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Hearthstone: Budget Shaman

Hello everybody, Geek Generation here. I was on the other server working through the quests to trying to get enough gold to pop the pity timer for legendary for Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. I had a play Shaman cards quest and looked through the collection and came up with the following list.

2 x Lightning Bolt
2 x Spirit Claws
2 x Tunnel Trogg
2 x Flametongue Totem
2 x Maelstrom Portal
2 x Totem Golem
2 x Hex
2 x Lava Burst
2 x Lightning Burst
2 x Mana Tide Totem
2 x Unbound Elemental
2 x Fireguard Destroyer
2 x Jade Lightning
2 x Azure Drake
2 x Thunder Bluff Valiant

fireguard_destroyer flamewreathed_faceless jinyu_waterspeaker
I did not have any Flamewreathed Faceless (henceforth acronymed as FF) in the collection and went with Fireguard Destroyer. The thing is, i think a case can be made for using Fireguard Destroyer over FF. While Fireguard Destroyer is strictly worse in stats than FF, and it’s not just it’s vulnerability to Silence effects, it does have one advantage over FF. Fireguard Destroyer overloads for only 1 mana.

Overloading for only 1 instead of 2 makes for a better turn 5. You could still play Jade Lightning on the next turn! Overloading, unlike pure stats, is harder to quantify and appreciate. Nevertheless, try out Fireguard Destroyer and you’ll definitely come to appreciate the tempo plays that can be afforded for overloading less. You won’t be disappointed.

If it helps, instead of comparing with FF, compare it to Jinyu. Sometimes, control decks do play out Jinyu for tempo, mostly disregarding the heal effect. At times, it can be a strong play because of it’s 6 health. Fireguard Destroyer has the same health and more attack.

Ok, comparing it to Jinyu doesn’t work quite so well, but take it as a compromise between FF and Jinyu. You want a strong beater but do not want to overload for so much that it destroys your turn 5. Or even turn 4, because coin-ing Fireguard Destroyer is so much less risky.

Ok so much for now, Geek Generation out.

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