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New Shaman Minion - Totem Goliath

  • Arthas's Avatar 300 953 Posts Joined 03/10/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    A new Epic Shaman Minion, Totem Goliath, has been revealed!!

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  • YourPrivateNightmare's Avatar Swamp 965 2063 Posts Joined 03/25/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    I find this very concerning with the whole totem archetype still being around.

     

    Also, notably, if this gets popped the turn you play it you can follow it up on the next one with Vessina and have all the totems ready to attack.

     

    Either way, totemic Reflection has already proven to be a useful spell and maybe there's room for a totem package in Galakrond.

     

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  • UVE's Avatar 405 291 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    There are a lot of interesting wild synergies like Windshear Stormcaller, Draenei Totemcarver or Thunder Bluff Valiant.

    In standar, totem shaman looks funny, but idk if will be a thing.

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  • Demonxz95's Avatar Content Squad Card Designer Enthusiast 750 1055 Posts Joined 03/19/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Remember Windshear Stormcaller? It's still going to be garbage because it would be a lot simpler to just play Al'Akir in your deck instead, but it's still funny to think about.

    I think it's mostly too slow with the Overload 2, although with Totemic Reflection, it could be quite strong. I for one, am a big fan of Totem support, so I like this.

    And on a more interesting note, Totem Golem has finally been overthrown as the largest Totem in the game after 5 years.

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  • Brandon's Avatar Devoted Outlander 305 372 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    This looks like quite a strong totem. Might make totem shaman even better in standard, and you can hardly go wrong with running this. its deathrattle is always useful. It gives board presence for Bloodlust, it gives taunt against aggro, and it's a totem, meaning you can copy this with Totemic Reflection and Splitting Axe. This car is NUTS.

    In wild though... THANK GOODNESS ITS NOT EVEN COSTED. Also i'm afraid of the turn 5 Totem Goliath into that one "if you control all 4 basic totems, summon Al'Akir the Windlord" card (looked it up, it's Windshear Stormcaller. Totem Goliath seems really strong, but if it's ever getting nerfed, they MUST nerf it by 2 mana, otherwise this will be even more broken in a even shaman deck. This card might actually give rise to ODD Totem Shaman in wild.

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  • sinti's Avatar Global Moderator 1005 1779 Posts Joined 10/20/2018
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    I mean spawning 4 totems is not something to scoff at in Totem Shaman and the body for 5 mana is decent as well. I guess it will depend if the Overload price is too much in the end or not.


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  • economicaooc's Avatar 255 336 Posts Joined 03/04/2020
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    The card's biggest weakness is that in a fast deck, this fills your board with 0-attack minions when it dies, even though they are bloodlust-able. That and this having an odd mana cost, locking it out of even shaman.

    Windshear Stormcaller exists, but any kind of combo with it could almost certainly be improved by just playing al'akir instead.

    This post is discussing the wild format.

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  • GoliathTheDwarf's Avatar Content Squad Devoted Academic 465 500 Posts Joined 05/28/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Will this be the support that totem shaman needs to realize a greater potential, at least in wild? Only time will tell, but I'm hopeful myself. 

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  • duppie's Avatar HearthStationeer 205 210 Posts Joined 04/02/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    with what we know right now, I'm not sure this is good.  I really want it to be because it's super cool but i'm skeptical.  

    it's a 5 mana 4/5 that doesn't impact the board.  It has to die to summon the totems.  it's vulnerable to single target removal and tempo tools like bounces, silences, transforms, freezes.  it overloads you for two mana so it doesn't curve into bloodlust (in the event that they kill it and can't kill the totems), 

    you can play one of the zero mana totem buffs and splitting axe but like, idk thats a three card combo and two turn set up and all it does is make a bunch of 2/2s lol.

     

    I guess it can be decent if totem shaman had the early game to be even with most decks, but right now it has to explode on the board around these turns, and this is actually just kind of slow.  if totem shaman had the early game to be at parity, then maybe you could do more with the totems, we'll see.  

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  • DarkFrostX's Avatar 290 436 Posts Joined 07/26/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    I like it, even though I don't play totem shaman it seems like solid support for that archetype.

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  • PLANETCRUNCH's Avatar 425 753 Posts Joined 07/19/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    I initially thought this card is garbage. it's a chillwind yeti that costs (1) more with an overload of (2) on your next turn. Sure the deathrattle gives you 4 0/2 with beneficial effects but they're removed by the weakest of AOE.

    Then I noticed it's also a totem, and realized that it synergies with the totem cards Shaman has received the last year. Totemic Reflection will make it a 7/8 and a copy of itself, splitting axe will also copy it. if you purposefully activate the deathrattle you can use Totemic Might for +2 health across your board and Totemic Shock for +2 attack. 

    The totems creating a wide board can be utilized by the Mogu Fleshshaper to discount itself by (4), or to help create lethal with Bloodlust and Vessina. 

    With the new spell lightning blossom Shamans will be able to throw this out onto the field by turn 3, and while the overload will mean you wont' have much of a turn 4 your opponent will need to answer it before this snowballs into something dangerous 

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  • BloodMefist's Avatar 320 298 Posts Joined 05/28/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    A '5 mana 5/12' spread across 5 bodies seems pretty decent.  After running Totem Shaman for a little bit, this card is a blessing since it makes it easier to actually stick a Totem on the board.  That said, the Overload is harsh and might cause be enough to push this out of consideration, but only time will tell.

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  • Xarkkal's Avatar Servant of Illidan 835 1319 Posts Joined 03/29/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    This is actually really neat and might help continue to push totem Shaman into more than a meme. It's already on the cusp, this card just might do it. 

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  • DoubleSummon's Avatar 910 1725 Posts Joined 03/25/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    you can dupe this guy while giving it +2/+2, you can have it swarm the board with the basic totems.. for vessina as said.. or you can also dupe it with totem splitter..

    seems like a fun card tbh.. kind of expensive and slow but it can be fun to play with.

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  • Elfensilver's Avatar 340 462 Posts Joined 03/14/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Since most of the time an expansion means an archetype per class, will this be an entire totem expansion for shaman?

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  • Dermostatic's Avatar 275 146 Posts Joined 03/31/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    There's a lot of space for this in Wild. Maybe a combo with Windshear Stormcaller is finally possible? I'm also really sad that Tuskarr Totemic was ever nerfed. Can you imagine this popping out on turn 3?

    In standard, Totems have received support in the form of buffs that this could capitalise on. However, I think Shaman needs a little more than a 4/5 that makes a few bad 1-cost minions to push it into S/A-tier.

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  • dapperdog's Avatar 655 1207 Posts Joined 07/29/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Solid card that is instantly playable in totem decks. There might even be a place for it in other shaman decks as well, since the deathrattle's quite handy.

    Oh, and its possible to get this on turn 1 with Lightning Bloom, skip turn 2, and Totemic Reflection on turn 3 into opponent concedes.

    Its possibly the best thing that could happen to totem shaman.

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  • Meteorite12's Avatar 570 667 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Cards that let Shaman have a better chance at sticking stuff on the board is pretty much always going to have the potential to be scary, given bloodlust. Looks slow, but it being a totem itself is interesting

    Who needs consistency when you could have fun?

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  • KANSAS's Avatar 1100 2130 Posts Joined 03/25/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    I gave this card 5 stars because I love totems. I am not sure if this will be good, being a deathrattle makes it kind of slow. I hope I open this, if not I may craft it. 4/5 stats isn't the worst, the deathrattle makes it sticky and gives you some extra board presence. The overload though may make this too slow to be good.

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  • Emptyness's Avatar Supporter 460 522 Posts Joined 03/16/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    I am always up to experimenting with totem shaman. It's a nice board refill in the mid to late game. They are pushing the archetype unusually hard with this card.

    And he kinda reminds me of the big giant teacher in Harry Potter, so it fits the theme they wanna have for their version of Scholomance, I guess.

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