Trade: Yes, you go first
I agree with it, i've been messing with shaman lately, after using an overload card, I can't do practically nothing in my next turn. I love the overload mechanic, I think it's very fun, but this mechanic punishes the player more than rewards him I think.
Shaman isn't that bad as people think, his early game is actually pretty decent, but his lategame is kinda meh, plus his draw tools are very limited so it's easy to end up with an empty hand. This class is missing something that will make it able to fight as equals in late game with classes such as warrior or priest, btw Al'Akir is his only heavy card.
He is really awkward to play and build, the fact that you have to play elementals every turn makes it hard to fit neutral cards such as wandmaker or 2/4 toad. 3/4 elemental with a spell discover also doesn't make any sense there. You want to have nature spells in your deck if you play toad, but the best shamans spells are neutral or arcane. On top of that, lots of good shaman cards cost 5 and there's no way you could put them all into the deck. I think a shaman should have more healing cards, after all he is a shaman, and I don't really want to play tidal surge plus Kazakus is kinda must have there IMO since his 4 mana cards are so lame.
In my opinion, the team responsible for the shaman did a pretty good job when it comes to aggro shaman, but in the current meta, midrange decks are just more efficient. Aggro decks cannot handle the number of aoe and heals that control decks have. I hope he will be better in the next expansion, he has potential and some good cards like Mistrunner (this card is nuts).
Also I miss the spell power totem, 1/1 is useless.
I'm not talking about warlock - priest matchup, just when i see a warlock i'm like oh an easy win for the boy, it's just so easy to play around his cards, and he cannot discover 5 copies of each of his removal/healing spells. And yeah, priest has 20% wr vs warlock but that's his only bad matchup. i've seen a lot of priest players in top legend absolutely farming all aggro/mid/otk decks. People think the warlock is the problem but the more i see priest play I don't think that is the warlock, I think the priests are just brainwashing us into thinking they are cool, but the priests are the problem. In reality the warlocks are the saviours, they are the ones putting the priests in check, they are the ones that are gonna mill their cards if they will get too greedy with their decks.
Demon Hunter is so bad, without Inquisitors it would be literally worse than Shaman. This deck works in the high legend tho cause no one plays paladin there.
Please buff warlock, nether is so slow, without that 7 mana 6/6 taunt its not that great, cascading disaster is so random and bad if it's not corrupted, siphon soul is not a tempo card, school spirits can't clear even 1 mana minions because they usually have 3 hp. Look at priest, he can discover like 15 aoe spells in one game, warlock can't do that :'(