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Making Budget Even Shaman

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Greetings Reddit. A lot of popular decks are quite expensive, and not all players can build them. Some are new to the game, some spent their dust on other cards, and some just want to get to know certain archetypes without spending much dust. This guide will help you make a budget Even Shaman deck – you'll find out which cards you can replace and which are irreplaceable, and you'll be able to choose one of the featured decklists

Below is what the latest Vicious Syndicate report says about Even Shaman

Even Shaman is good because there isn’t a single deck out there that dominates it. It has a solid matchup spread without any extreme weaknesses. With Odd Paladin mostly disappearing from the meta (at least for now), Even Shaman is a strong alternative to a consistent early game deck. It also feels much better to play without Spreading Plague around. We’ve seen some new builds running Scarab Egg as a sticky early game body to synergize with buffs. Our conclusion is that Scarab Egg is a pretty terrible card in the deck. We should only play good cards, like Corpsetaker, in good Hearthstone decks. Corpsetaker is a good card for sure. Winter is here, after all

First off, you have to get acquainted with the standard version of the archetype, as to find out what cards you're missing


Kolento's Even Shaman

2x (2) Dire Wolf Alpha
2x (2) Earthen Might
2x (2) Flametongue Totem
2x (2) Knife Juggler
2x (2) Menacing Nimbus
2x (2) Murkspark Eel
2x (2) Primalfin Totem
1x (2) Vicious Scalehide
2x (4) Corpsetaker
1x (4) Hex
2x (4) Saronite Chain Gang
1x (6) Argent Commander
2x (6) Fire Elemental
1x (6) Genn Greymane
1x (8) Al'Akir the Windlord
1x (8) Hagatha the Witch
1x (8) Kalimos, Primal Lord
1x (8) The Lich King
2x (10) Sea Giant

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This is the standard Even Shaman decklist that runs a lot of small minions and a lot of big ones. Kolento runs the best late game options – Al'Akir the Windlord, The Lich King, Hagatha the Witch and Kalimos, Primal Lord. Due to them, Even Shaman competes well against slow opponents

This deck costs 10900 dust, an amount that not a lot of players have. Some Legendary cards don't have much use outside of this deck, so it's logical that players doubt they should craft these cards


Which cards are replaceable and which are not?

Out of the Legendary cards, the only required one is Genn Greymane, due to obvious reasons. Other cards can be replaced one way or another (The Lich King, Hagatha the Witch, Al'Akir the Windlord and Kalimos, Primal Lord). Though, remember that Even Shaman cannot lack late game threats entirely – it will become very vulnerable to any Control deck with only small minions. So if you have any of the aforementioned minions, add them in your deck. Many players have The Lich King, so definitely consider running it

Out of the Epic cards, Sea Giant is required. That's due to the same reason – Even Shaman must not lack big threats. Sea Giant is the cheapest of Even Shaman's late game minions, so when you're making a cheap version of this deck, take this card into consideration first and foremost. Don't be afraid to craft Sea Giant, Classic cards will prove themselves useful sooner or later

Corpsetaker proved to be a solid card in Even Shaman decklists, but it can't be called required. It's definitely possible to build a deck without its package. Moreso, it's always included with Al'Akir the Windlord

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Cheap optional cards for Even Shaman

Knife Juggler – A solid option for the archetype, but not as strong as it was during the reign of Odd Paladin. It's still a decent card in Aggro matchups, but there are not that many targets with 1 Health for it in the meta. However, it also can hit face, so this option is still useful

Acidic Swamp Ooze – Usually, you'll be destroying Eaglehorn Bow, Candleshot and Odd Rogue's dagger. Other options will be encountered much rarer. Often, it will be played for Tempo as a 3/2

Scarab Egg – A sticky minion that makes the opponent have a hard time clearing the board. It can be empowered by buffs, and the 1/1 minions have great synergy with Dire Wolf Alpha and Flametongue Totem. Also, they help reduce the cost of Sea Giant

Mad Hatter – Will be useful for additional buffs. Playing Mad Hatter is often convenient for Even Shaman, due to the large amount of threats on the board

Defender of Argus – Will buff minions and protect important threats with Taunt. Has decent synergy with Scarab Egg. This option may be rarely used, but it has a place in Even Shaman

Dark Iron Dwarf – An unexpected and very cheap option for the more aggressive versions of the archetype. It immediately increases board damage by 2, which will be useful for trading or attacking the enemy hero

Argent Commander – Want to play aggressively, but don't have enough Charge minions? Argent Commander will help you. Not only is it a finisher, but it can also trade efficiently, due to Divine Shield. Also, it's an extra activator for Corpsetaker, if you have it

Arcane Dynamo – It's not used very often, but it still has a place in the deck. When playing it, usually, you'll be looking for Bloodlust, the spell that the deck unfortunately lacks. Sometimes, Volcano will be useful. You can also get Rain of Toads, Eureka!, The Storm Bringer and Lesser Sapphire Spellstone

Bonemare – A popular option for budget versions of any Even deck. Nobody expects the +4/+4 buff, so you'll often end games with it

Violet Wurm – A cheap late game option. Add it if you don't have enough big minions and don't want to spend a lot of dust on them


Budget Even Shaman

2x (2) Dire Wolf Alpha
2x (2) Earthen Might
2x (2) Flametongue Totem
2x (2) Knife Juggler
2x (2) Menacing Nimbus
2x (2) Murkspark Eel
2x (2) Primalfin Totem
1x (4) Defender of Argus
2x (4) Hex
1x (4) Mad Hatter
2x (4) Saronite Chain Gang
2x (6) Arcane Dynamo
2x (6) Fire Elemental
1x (6) Genn Greymane
2x (8) Bonemare
1x (8) Violet Wurm
2x (10) Sea Giant

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This Even Shaman decklist runs only one Legendary card and two Epic cards (Genn Greymane and two Sea Giants), all other cards are cheap. It only costs 4080 dust, and it's very cheap compared to the standard version of the archetype. This deck nicely fits new players and those who just want to test Even Shaman

If you like playing this archetype and are thinking about building its standard version, add the following cards first and foremost

Hagatha the Witch – Will help in a lot of slow matchups as a source of extra resources, and its Battlecry will be strong in Aggro matchups

The Lich King – Also useful in slow matchups

These two cards are the most important out of Even Shaman's Legendary cards. If you have them, immediately add them to your deck

After you've crafted these cards, you can consider Corpsetaker and its package. It's best to craft it together with Al'Akir the Windlord, so it doesn't lose the Windfury buff. If you don't have the dust for Al'Akir the Windlord, just Argent Commander and Vicious Scalehide (Divine Shield and Lifesteal) will be enough at first, while Saronite Chain Gang will give it Taunt

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Kalimos, Primal Lord is one of those cards that you're free to add if you want to – if you have a full package of expensive minions and useful synergies, you can play without Kalimos, Primal Lord


Alternative Budget Decklists

Elemental Even Shaman

1x (2) Acidic Swamp Ooze
2x (2) Dire Wolf Alpha
2x (2) Earthen Might
2x (2) Flametongue Totem
2x (2) Menacing Nimbus
2x (2) Murkspark Eel
2x (2) Primalfin Totem
2x (2) Scarab Egg
2x (4) Dark Iron Dwarf
2x (4) Fire Plume Phoenix
2x (4) Hex
2x (4) Saronite Chain Gang
2x (6) Fire Elemental
1x (6) Genn Greymane
1x (8) Bonemare
1x (8) Kalimos, Primal Lord
2x (10) Sea Giant

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This deck relies on Elemental synergy – there are 7 of them in the deck, and you can find extra ones with Menacing Nimbus and Earthen Might. Kalimos, Primal Lord is included for extra synergy, but you can replace it with any other cheap option

Freeze Even Shaman

2x (2) Brrrloc
2x (2) Dire Wolf Alpha
2x (2) Earthen Might
2x (2) Flametongue Totem
2x (2) Menacing Nimbus
2x (2) Murkspark Eel
2x (2) Primalfin Totem
2x (4) Avalanche
2x (4) Hex
2x (4) Saronite Chain Gang
2x (6) Frost Elemental
2x (6) Frozen Crusher
1x (6) Genn Greymane
2x (8) Bonemare
1x (8) Hagatha the Witch
2x (10) Sea Giant

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The Freeze Shaman that nobody believed could work. If you want to have some fun, try this cheap deck. You can add Moorabi, Ice Cream Peddler and Cryostasis in the deck


Conclusion

Don't feel bad if you can't afford an interesting deck – often, you can make any deck cheaper without losing a lot of its strength. Of course, budget decks are not as strong as their standard versions, but they're usually enough for simply getting to know certain decks. Budget decks give players the opportunity to try certain archetypes in action without spending a lot. I hope I helped those who wanted to play Even Shaman but didn't know where to start

Thank you for reading! Feel free to comment!

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