I have been playing with for the wolf and i have found out how powerful the totem is.
Doesn't drain stamina
Can act as a guard. It reveals the fog of war around it.
Can change the tide of a battle.
Defence:Make about 4 ballistamen with totem BG and launch them around the entrances to your base. When the enemy troops come they will be weakened and you watchtowers will kill them.Remember to send some troops For support. Keep the ballistamen who have launched a totem alive because if they die the totem gets destroyed.
Offence: Launch a totem before you attack use the totem to see what troops around. send your troops to the totem and hold their ground. Send a level 1 unit and attack their buildings after they send their units to kill the level 1 unit make him or her run to you group of units their troops will get slaughtered.
So remember if your playing wolf use the totem remember that.