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Description[edit | edit source]
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.
Animists[edit | edit source]
Flamespeakers[edit | edit source]
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.
Whisperers[edit | edit source]
Notable Shamans[edit | edit source]
- Anowon, the Ruin Sage
- Auntie Wort
- Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief
- Hivis of the Scale
- Mayael the Anima
- Nissa Revane
- Rakka Mar
- Rosheen Meanderer
- The Sapling
- Sarkhan Vol
- Sunastian Falconer
- Zirilan of the Claw
Kamigawa[edit | edit source]
On Kamigawa a shaman is called yamabushi “One who lies in mountains.” This refers to mountain hermits who practice the ancient shamanic arts.
- Ben-Ben, Akki Hermit
- Dosan, the oldest living kannushi on Kamigawa and perhaps the most revered.
- Hidetsugu, the warden of Shinka, the ogre hermitage high in the Sokenzan range. A powerful ogre-mage who serves a great oni.
- Kiki-Jiki, an akki illusionist.
- Kobo, a human apprentice of the ogre shaman Hidetsugu
- Reki, the History of Kamigawa
- Ryusaki Kumano. A master yamabushi of great power.
- Sachi. The leader of the orochi shamans. Daughter of Seshiro.
- Sakiko, an orochi matron who has mastered the art of drawing green mana from her enemies’ holdings.
- Shizuko a powerful orochi shaman and rival of Sakiko who believes the orochi should be self-sufficient and uninvolved in the Kami War.
- Tok-Tok. An old akki shaman famous for his ability to survive almost anything.
Tribal - Shaman[edit | edit source]
- Morningtide featured Thornbite Staff, an equipment only usable on Shamans.
- Bosk Banneret makes Shaman spells cheaper to cast.
Shaman tokens[edit | edit source]
|Elemental Shaman||Red||Creature — Elemental Shaman||3/1|
|Red||Creature — Elemental Shaman||3/1||Haste|
|Treefolk Shaman||Green||Creature — Treefolk Shaman||2/5|
References[edit | edit source]
- Mark Rosewater. (March 24, 2008.) “Shaman You”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- 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.