Way too early to be complaining about imbalance. The shamans I faced didn't take a single game off of me.
It seems like some of the problems are still there with shaman, eg. lack of consistent card draw(mana tide totem notwithstanding), lots of vulnerable 2-attack minions, heavy dependancy on combos to make things work.
Way too early. If anything Druid is showing fairly heavy strength but even then it's not uncounterable. You think shaman is bad, you sweet summer child you just wait till you face off a good rogue.
For everyone saying it's to early to tell. You guys realize that once everyone gets tired of trying C'Thun decks there will be even more aggro shamans on ladder? Right?
This is how it has worked with every expansion. New cards come out, people try to make fun decks, then they realize those decks aren't very good so they play some aggro deck. This time, though, you don't have cards like Sludge Belcher, Antique Healbot, and Zombie Chow to help against aggro.
to be honest i'm still not used to seeing people play anything other than aggro shaman or murloc shaman I was pretty used to there being 8 classes but either way I think I have to agree because it looks like the power level of a lot of their cards is higher than other decks by a good bit. Make shaman viable, not broken blizzard do you know how balancing works?
Played a fair bit of mid-range hunter, shaman hasn't posed a big problem (over 5-6 games)... perhaps I got lucky.
Shaman does seem like a powerhouse though. I'm not sure I agree on the statline reasoning, where they now count overload as a backdraw (ie 4 mana + 2 overload is now above ogre in stats).
We don't have much hard removal at turn 4, and coupled with a hard hitting aggro deck this creates a bit of a conundrum... for a deck like that it doesn't really matter too much if you only have 2 or 3 mana the next turn, and your opponent isn't going to be able to make a tempo play regardless... he's either spending 1-2 cards and going into card disadvantage, most likely losing tempo or he is taking 7 to the face and not catching up on board.
...People might have to actually run Big Game hunter if it is prevalent enough. He's okay if most people are running big drops.
Shaman is very good right now. All the sudden "hardcore" shaman players on ladder makes for some good match ups. I've been playing C'Thun priest/Reno Warlock and had some good games. Sometimes Shaman opens up completely broken but most times its a decent game.
You guys have to realize that it's much harder to optimize anti-aggro and control decks in comparison to aggro decks. It will take some time to create proper control decks to beat aggro decks, so I feel that if you just spend some optimizing, Aggro Shaman should probably be less of a problem. We'll see though.