Aggro Shaman is a Hearthstone deck which specialises in taking an extremely aggressive approach to every match, and doesn't waste any time whittling down the opponent's health pool. You've got great early-game presence thanks to some powerful Overload synergies, and lots of ways of punching above your weight in order to put the opponent under unbearable pressure. It's an extremely powerful way of climbing the early ranks of each month's ladders very quickly indeed.
Our Aggro Shaman guide features a great deck list to get started with, and it's one that we think will help you make rapid progress up the ladder. We've also got a guide to prospering at each stage of the game, as well as some advice on how to Mulligan this new version of the deck. Finally, we've a breakdown of all the most powerful card combos you have at your disposal.
Editor's note - February update: Aggro Shaman has taken on a decidedly Jade Golem flavour in every version of the archetype that we've been tracking. You should find our recommended deck list for this month to be a very solid starting point for climbing up the ladder. This archetype is arguably the most powerful in the game right now!
(For the Wild version of this deck, make sure you take a look at our Wild Aggro Shaman deck list and guide)
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Aggro Shaman (Standard) deck list and strategy - February 2017
|2 x Lightning Bolt||1 x Patches the Pirate|
|2 x Spirit Claws||1 x Sir Finley Mrrgglton|
|2 x Tunnel Trogg||2 x Small-time Buccaneer|
|2 x Flametongue Totem||2 x Southsea Deckhand|
|2 x Jade Claws||1 x Bloodmage Thalnos|
|1 x Maelstrom Portal||1 x Azure Drake|
|2 x Totem Golem||1 x Aya Blackpaw|
|2 x Feral Spirit|
|2 x Lava Burst|
|2 x Flamewreathed Faceless|
|2 x Jade Lightning|
Alternative Aggro Shaman lists
While the deck list outlined above is our recommended one for climbing the ladder this month, you might like to check out some of the other options that are available.
No prizes for guessing that you want to take an extremely aggressive stance when it comes to playing out this particular Shaman deck. Once you've got minions out on the board, you can then look to use your tempo-boosting cards to either keep your opponent out of the game, or just push furious damage into their face and get over the finishing line before they can build up an adequate response to your pressure.
There are plenty of different early-game plays you can make to achieve this, but there's not much more strategy to consider than that! The devil, however, is in the detail – make sure you familiarise yourself thoroughly with the Mulligan process described further down this page, as well as the various card combos that make this deck tick.
More great Shaman guides:
- The best Standard decks in Hearthstone - February 2017
- The best Wild decks in Hearthstone - December 2016
- Hearthstone: Deck Tier List - February 2017
- Aggro Shaman (Standard) deck list and guide
- Control Shaman (Standard) deck list and guide
- Evolve Shaman (Standard) deck list and guide
- Jade Midrange Shaman (Standard) deck list and guide
Aggro Shaman (Standard) Mulligan guide - February 2017
Mulligan advice is a little tricky this early on in the Gadgetzan metagame, but things are a good deal easier for an aggro deck like this. Your prime keep is Small-time Buccaneer, as it pulls Patches the Pirate into play for free - a very nice start.
Beyond this card you'll get a lot of value out of Tunnel Trogg and any early Overload juice you can give it. Don't forget the interaction between Spirit Claws and Bloodmage Thalnos either. If you've got The Coin and have the earlier turns taken care of, you can think about keeping something a little weightier.
We'll flesh out this part of our Aggro Shaman guide once the shape of the metagame is a little clearer.
Aggro Shaman (Standard) tips, combos and synergies - February 2017
here are some new Gadgetzan Aggro Shaman synergies that are worth being aware of, particularly when it comes to the Jade Golem plays. Here's a quick look at some of the most important card combos:
- Every card that carries an Overload penalty increases the power of any Tunnel Trogg you have out in play. Just be careful to juggle your future Mana availability carefully, particularly in the early game.
- If you have a weapon in your hand, then Small-time Bucaneer will gain two points of attacking power.
- Southsea Deckhand can attack on the turn its played if you have a weapon in your hand at the time.
- Even the smallest minions can be boosted up considerably by placing Flametongue Totem on the board. Just watch the positioning in case you need to trade off multiple boosted minions into something problematic on the board.
- Bloodmage Thalnos empowers Spirit Claws, as does your spell damage totem and Azure Drake. Note that the effect is removed if the source of spell damage disappears.
- The damage spells in this deck list are made more powerful if Azure Drake, your spell damage totem, or Bloodmage Thalnos are out on hte board.
- The following cards all have important Jade Golem synergies that you need to plan for: Jade Claws, Jade Lightning and Aya Blackpaw.
- Small-Time Buccaneer will bring Patches the Pirate into play for free!