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438 cardsas of Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
0.2% 1.8% 14.6% 37.2% 26% 3.9% 4.6% 1.6% 1.4% 3.4% 0.2% 1.1% 3.4% 0.5%
While the word Shaman has shown up in flavor text since the early days (for example Anarchy), the creature type itself only dates back to Mirrodin (for example Spikeshot Goblin). That set featured the new race/class model. Creative needed to flesh out the classes, and found that wizards showed up in too high a volume. The Shaman creature type was created to help sub-categorize the types of magic-users in the game. Afterwards some earlier cards, like Sunastian Falconer from Legends, also gained the type.
Shamans are similar to wizards in that their magic comes from rituals, lore, and years of practice, but their craft has an emotional and spiritual component reminiscent of druids. Wizards were defined as more formally trained. They went to schools and studied their craft. Shamans have a more wild connection to their magic; they are common among the more primitive red, green, and black-aligned races, including elves, goblins, and treefolk, whom they serve as protectors and spiritual leaders.
Flamespeakers are a shamanic order dedicated to Purphoros, the god of the forge. They worship strange eidolons said to inhabit the volcanoes and cracks in the great mountains of Akros and are regarded as seers by the population.
Each tribe of the River Heralds is also led by a Shaper, who shares their name with the tribe's river. The magic of these shamans is focused on controlling the wind, water, and jungle environment. They strive to maintain a peaceful coexistence with nature, not to conquer it or defy it. They are called Shapers for the way they alter nature around them. They also summon elementals, living creatures formed from water or tangles of jungle growth.
Yamabushi is the name given to shamans on Kamigawa. The literal meaning is "One who lies in mountains" which refers to the mountain hermits who practice the ancient shamanic arts.
- Hivis of the Scale
- Sunastian Falconer
- Valduk, Keeper of the Flame
- Zirilan of the Claw
- Reki, the History of Kamigawa
- Ryusaki Kumano
- Sachi, Daughter of Seshiro
- Sakiko, Mother of Summer
- Mirrodin/New Phyrexia
|Token Name||Color||Type Line||P/T||Text Box||Source||Printings|
|Elemental Shaman||Red||Creature — Elemental Shaman||3/1|
|Red||Creature — Elemental Shaman||3/1||Haste|
|Treefolk Shaman||Green||Creature — Treefolk Shaman||2/5|
|Timeless Witness||Black||Creature — Zombie Human Shaman||4/4||When Timeless Witness enters the battlefield, return target card from your graveyard to your hand.|
In Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms shamans are essentially analogous to the sorcerer class in D&D rather than the actual shaman class in the game. This is because the former fit slightly closer to the Magic definition of "shaman" (as an emotional/channeling spellcaster) rather than the more conventional definition of "shaman" (spirit worker) D&D uses. Sorcerer characters are typed shaman and shaman is the only MTG class with no class enchantment.
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- Devin Low (March 28, 2008). "Shamans Intended, Shamans Spontaneous". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Arcana (March 24, 2008). "Shpot the Shaman!". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Doug Beyer (March 26, 2008). "The Shaman's Cause". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Creative Team (August 28, 2013). "Planeswalkers Guide to Theros, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Creative Team (September 10, 2014). "Planeswalker's Guide to Khans of Tarkir, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.