For me this card is more than useless. Fine - we haven't seen all of the cards from this set, but for now I see it as a worse Soul of the Forest. If shaman gets a totem buff, similarly like Everyfin is Awesome, then I would change my opinion about this. Shaman needs a way to upgrade his totems from weak tokens into strong ones or into such, which would have an impact on the board to justify the viability of this deck. Else I can only look at it as a meme one.
Token shaman may run this. I know the instinct is to dust this card, but a 3-mana deathrattle that essentially repopulates the board and makes your board much less susceptible to board clears is pretty nice. Combo'd with next turn bloodlust, this could possibly equate to lethal damage in all phases of the game. I think token shaman may run this, especially at the 3-mana slot.
Unfortunately, this card gets hard countered by Psychic Scream since the deathrattles wouldn't trigger and if they do, now you draw a totem some turn. I do agree that it would be helpful for keeping a board for Bloodlust. I kind of don't like it with Flametongue Totem though since you wouldn't be able to trade multiple minions in a row after playing it.
In a vacuum this isn't too bad, especially with that new 5/5 that summon Al'Akir if you have all the totems. 2 problems is that A, you can potentially triple up on totems that can't attack resulting in a lackluster board; B, it directly competes with Spirit Echo - instead of getting the minion back you summon a totem instead. In some cases it's better because you can still leave a board up to get buffed with bloodlust or evolved the next turn. In others it's worse because maybe you want the minion space on board for higher mana tokens to evolve [i.e. Jade Golems].
I'm very conflicted as to if this card will be good enough - maybe it will be good enough in token-type decks simply because you make your entire board stick better? I would want to play with it to actually see if it's good or not.
card sucks...totems will NEVER be a thing in shaman. they are just lame weak cards that make space in your board. 1 weak aoe from almost any class can clear the totems, killing ur tempo/combos/stategey etc.
stick to the same braindead lame net deck...evo shaman...the only good deck out there.
Shaman needs a way to upgrade his totems from weak tokens into strong ones or into such, which would have an impact on the board to justify the viability of this deck. Else I can only look at it as a meme one.
To be clear, I'm not saying that those will coalesce into a good deck. Just that we do have ways to weaponize totems. With some creative deckbuilding, there's definitely a chance at this card having plenty of uses. Anything that helps Shaman maintain board-presence is potentially scary.