Welcome, fellow achievement hunter.

Ever since the introduction of the rewards track, each expansion has always brought us a handful of achievements to complete in order to gain more rewards: while some of them are relatively easy to complete, some others may take some time or a proper set up. In case you're wondering what's the best way to gain all that sweet sweet XP locked behind Murder at Castle Nathria's achievements, do not fret, as we have the answer you're looking for!

In this guide we'll focus our attention on the Castle Nathria Shaman achievements and provide at least one way to complete each of them so that you'll be able to get closer to the end of your reward track.

Disclaimer: as always, all expansion achievements can be completed in Ranked Standard, Ranked Wild, Arena, Casual & Heroic Duels and Classic - Casual Standard, Casual Wild and Tavern Brawl will not count towards your hunt! Moreover, we'll always take Ranked Standard as the default game format for our strategies: if we happen to have some strategies or particular interactions belonging to other modes to highlight, we'll be sure to specify it.

Here are all the achievements we're going to complete together:

  1. If a Totem Falls in the Woods... - Control a board full of Totems.
  2. Off the Deep End - Transform 50/100/150 friendly minions with Muck Pools.
  3. Sea of Thieves - Summon 50 minions with the effect of Baroness Vashj.
  4. Holding Those For a Friend - Overload your opponent for 20/40 Mana with Framester.

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    Castle Nathria Shaman Achievements Overview

    Shaman has one of the easiest achievement sets of the Murder at Castle Nathria expansion:

    Edit: guide updated with the achievement from the Maw and Disorder Mini-Set.

    How to Complete the "If a Totem Falls in the Woods..." Shaman Achievement

    • Requirement: Control a board full of Totems.
    • Speed Rating: 5/5.
    • XP Points Rewarded: 200 XP
    • Related Achievements: none.

    Disclaimer: based on our experience, controlling a board full of Totems isn't enough for you to complete If a Totem Falls in the Woods - you actually need to end your turn in order to trigger the achievement.

    There are plenty of ways for you to complete this achievement, both in Standard and Wild. Starting with the former, the cornerstone of our strategy is obviously going to be Party Favor Totem: its Infused form will spawn two basic Totems, so we'll need two of these units plus the 7th Totem, which can come from either your Hero Power, Carving Chisel or in the form of Amalgam of the Deep/Gigantotem/Sinstone Totem.

    Regarding Wild, Even Shaman is the fastest way to get the job done.

    How to Complete the "Off the Deep End" Shaman Achievement

    • Requirement: Transform 50/100/150 friendly minions with Muck Pools.
    • Speed Rating: 2/5.
    • XP Points Rewarded: 100, 100 and 500 XP
    • Related Achievements:
      • Shaman's Primordial Soup
      • Neutral's Gone but Not Forgotten
      • Neutral's Location, Location, Location!
      • Neutral's Need a Map?
      • Neutral's Stop! Infuse Time!
      • Neutral's Long Live the King

    Off the Deep End is easier than Rogue's Tales from the Crypt because Muck Pools requires less setup to be good and has higher chances to grant immediate impact on the board.

    The decklist you see below is filled with many Castle Nathria Neutral cards, whose respective achievements can be completed while working towards Off the Deep End.

    How to Complete the "Primordial Soup" Shaman Achievement

    • Requirement: Summon 50 minions with the effect of Baroness Vashj.
    • Speed Rating: 4/5.
    • XP Points Rewarded: 200 XP
    • Related Achievements

    Although we suggest you to complete Primordial Soup while going for Off the Deep End, there's a way for you to grind this achievement alone. In this situation, we'll use a small Naga package, as well as some card draw and spell generation.

    As for Wild, our user NebuchadnezzarHS came up with a rather efficient strategy, which is explained in detail in the deck's dedicated page - thanks for the contribution!

    How to Complete the "Holding Those For a Friend" Shaman Achievement

    • Requirement: Overload your opponent for 20/40 Mana with Framester.
    • Speed Rating: 2/5 in Standard and 3/5 in Wild
    • XP Points Rewared: 200 and 200 XP
    • Related Achievements:

    One mistake I made when grinding Holding Those For a Friend is that I believed I needed to shuffle as many Framed as possible in my opponents' decks, only for them to draw just one or two and then kill me. After a few games, I realized that the fastest way to complete this achievement is shuffling the Framed spells very fast, so that your opponents will have higher chances to draw them.

    Another notable aspect of this achievement is that it requires your opponent to draw only 20 Framed spells, which isn't a lot.

    If you do Wild, there are a few cards that will be veeery helpful.

    Other Resources

    In case you're still deep in your achievement hunt, worry not: we prepared a guide for each class (and neutrals!) for you to take inspiration from, so that you'll be able to complete them in no time for those sweet sweet XP points.

    We have added an #achievements channel on our Discord server if you want to talk with others in real-time. If you need an assist, you can also respond to this guide and we'll do our best to help you out; the comments are also a great way to share your own decks that you've used to complete the achievements above.

    Good luck tackling any of these achievements for your experience boost or just for the sake of satisfying completion!