i was lucky with card finds and have basically all totem related cards: carving chisel, anchored totem, party favor, the stone wright, gigantotems. the rest i filled up with other totems , some removals and some card draw.
..... absolute loosing vs everything.
its too early for the topic to be final but I can't imagine this will ever work. its not synergetic with the recently introduced upgrade spells/minions as you depend on your cheap totems to grow. i can't help myself but thinking every meta is kind of unplayable on their signature cards since they took the elementals away from shaman. another sad expansion.
Every site, pro, streamer and player said that the totem package was too weak when revealed. Compare it to Impending Catastrophe and the imp package or Wild Spirits and the wildseed package, totems just don’t have as much impact. Having to copy battlecries to make your totems good enough isn’t as good as playing a denathrius combo and ending the game.
Yeah, I figured out the problem before the expansion launched and confirmed it after seeing the deck in action. The problem is is how reliant the deck is on the legendary to give all your totems 2 attack. If you don't draw the legendary, you just get stomped. Basic totems just don't have that good of value on their own without some card buffing them up.
I think there's a decent chance we'll see totem buffs soon. Either that or Blizzard is planning to add more totem cards in the following expansions, and they're happy with Evolve being the only new Shaman archetype in the meantime. The former is probably more likely since Blizzard pretty much never plans ahead.