Welcome to my write up for Shudderwock Shaman in the Hearthstone Wild format. The purpose of this thread is to condense a lot of the information scattered across the internet in regards to Shudderwock Shaman, from the card choices and deck lists, to the nitty-gritty details on matchups and strategy for what I consider to be one of the most value oriented decks available in the Wild format! The objective is to create a living thread to discuss the deck as it continues to evolve in the Wild format, and provide players with resources for constructing the deck.
What is Shudderwock Shaman?
Shudderwock Shaman is a Combo deck in the Wild format that revolves around various Battlecry triggers that provide you value in the mid-game and help set up for an infinite combo upon executing Shudderwock. Shudderwock Shaman currently resides somewhere around Tier 3 in the Wild format.
There has been a few historical itterations of Shudderwock Shaman as new sets have been released over time. The original combo was centered around playing Doppelgangster + Zola the Gorgon + Lifedrinker + Grumble, Worldshaker in order to create copies of Shudderwock that you could play for 1 mana and get repeatable damage from Lifedrinker in order to kill your opponent. The combination would also deploy Loatheb triggers to help protect your board after Shudderwock resolved, so that if your triggers randomly went against your favor, you could attempt to repeat the process the following turn, if you only received a basic copy of Shudderwock.
With the introduction of the Rise of Shadows expansion, Shudderwock Shaman found additional value in Jepetto Joybuzz. Now being able to replace Emperor Thaurissan with a battlecry effect that would allow you to directly, and steeply, discount top-end minions within the deck. Saviors of Uldum brought with it Corrupt the Waters, allowing you to double-dip into battlecry triggers for additional support and has also fostered the arrival of a few different variants of Shudderwock Shaman.
Why Shudderwock Shaman?
Shudderwock Shaman is a deck that offers the pilot a lot of various value cards and plays as a combo deck. If you are a player who loves playing combinations of cards and a deck that focuses on card sequencing, Shudderwock Shaman is a deck for you, regardless of what variant you may be playing. If you are looking for a quick deck to crush the ladder and climb, this deck may not be for you as it plays slow games. Currently, Shudderwock Shaman resides around Tier 3 and some variations may have more or less play depending on the state of the Wild metagame. Shudderwock Shaman is a great deck for anyone looking to play some of the most historic cards that Hearthstone has to offer, without falling into the category of a generic Reno Jackson or N'Zoth, the Corruptor deck.
Building Shudderwock Shaman
Shudderwock Shaman offers up a couple variations in the Wild format whether it is a Jade-based variant, a mill variant, or a highlander variant. Some may be more effective than others depending on the metagame.
There is a lot of option to run across the mana curve when you are running a Shudderwock deck, and there are a lot of battlecries you can lean on to create solid value during the course of the game. This portion of the primer is dedicated to walking you through the mana curve and the options you have when constructing your Shudderwock deck as you climb the ladder or prepare for a tournament.
This thread is currently a WIP. As I am running short of time writing this tonight, I will update it in the next day or two in order to include a section discussing card combinations, share decklists, talk about the current state of the deck in the meta, and a few other things.
Want to jump into the discussion? Comment below with your ideas on card combinations, or share your decklist for Highlander Shudderwock, or even open up with some card ideas that I have missed in the post.
My name is Chris, and I have been playing Hearthstone since open beta in 2014 and involved in strategical card games since 1996! I am an ex content producer for articles relating to Magic the Gathering strategy and a designer by profession, with emphasis on the cultivation of user interaction and experience. My latest venture is starting up Hearthstone content creation to share with the community.
I dont like grumble and think its very cheesy but I love shudderwock. And without it lifedrinker isn't viable.
So i play a reno version with Banker and Zola in combination with doppelgangster of course. Play the quest, get a thaurissan tick on shudderwock so you can hero power and play it.
Then get a big heal plus board impact through dirty rat, twin tyrant, troll batrider and mostly Siamat & twilight drake to have strong shudderwocks often with taunt left on board.
Hero power after quest plus dirty rat is often enough to defeat any combo decks. And shudderwock gives it another chance. Other cards are supportive for board impact like loatheb, dragonqueen alex, zephrys, ooze and loats of drawcards and boardclears/poly effects.
What are your experiences with Faceless Corruptor + Barista Lynchen? I know she is really slow in Wild, but the same applies to the classic version of Doppelgangster and Grumble/Zola. At least, in this new combo, you have two cards there are don't have horrible stats (I.e. Dopplegangster without evolve)...
Also, do you guys run Dirty Rat or just let it go, regarding other faster combo decks?