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Evolve Shaman is a shaman deck type that revolves around Evolve and other related effects to up the value of minions to higher-costing ones, often utilizing minions with high base mana cost with built-in mana reduction to transform it early for a huge tempo lead.

Evolve Shaman often run high-cost, low-stat cards with high-power Battlecry effects and evolve them into higher-costing ones, usually with better stats. Evolve Shaman is arguably one of the most luck-dependent decks in the game due to the high variance of outcomes, with results spanning across all minions from all classes, from minions with huge stats or strong Deathrattle effects, to extremely understatted Battlecry minions or disastrous board wiping effects.

While a few Evolve-type effects remained in the Year of the Raven, it rotated out many of its key cards, including Evolve itself, and Evolve Shaman as a deck became a Wild-only deck, although it did see a brief return to Standard during the Doom in the Tomb event.

Evolve Shaman returned to Standard with the addition of Bogstrok Clacker and Boggspine Knuckles in Ashes of Outland, and gained a huge surge in popularity in Madness at the Darkmoon Faire with Revolve and Pit Master.

Common cards[]

The following cards are usually in the deck.

Core cards[]

The following cards are played in most or all versions of the deck:

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Sludge Slurper(90599).png
Surging Tempest(151409).png
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Desert Hare(90830).png
Far Sight(107).png
DMF 703.png
Hoard Pillager(151428).png
Boggspine Knuckles(210706).png
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Mogu Fleshshaper(90836).png

Optional cards[]

The following cards are played more than occasionally, but not always:

Lightning Bloom(329861).png
EVIL Cable Rat(90574).png
EVIL Totem(90695).png
Explosive Evolution(184969).png
Novice Engineer(435).png
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Bogstrok Clacker(210705).png
Mana Tide Totem(613).png
Serpentshrine Portal(210829).png
Dread Corsair(261).png
Devoted Maniac(127300).png
Faceless Corruptor(151381).png
Shield of Galakrond(127268).png
Sea Giant(614).png

Wild cards[]

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.

Wild cards that fit well into this deck type:

Unstable Evolution(76931).png
Voltaic Burst(89866).png
Primalfin Totem(55596).png
Maelstrom Portal(42045).png
Big Bad Voodoo(90229).png
Jade Claws(49724).png
Mind Control Tech(368).png
Bog Slosher(90238).png
Spirit of the Frog(90218).png
Brann Bronzebeard(27214).png
Electra Stormsurge(89804).png
Healing Rain(77008).png
Master of Evolution(33160).png
Saronite Chain Gang(62901).png
Jade Lightning(49707).png
Antique Healbot(12227).png
Thrall, Deathseer(62861).png
Nerubian Prophet(35233).png
Thing from Below(33159).png
Krag'wa, the Frog(90255).png
The Storm Bringer(89892).png
Corridor Creeper(77000).png