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N'Zoth Resurrect Priest Wild Deck

Last updated on Oct 23, 2016 at 08:55 by Pesty 20 comments

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The following guide outlines how to play Resurrect Control Priest. The deck aims to control the board as with most Priest decks, but has the ability to make Tempo plays by using Resurrect and Onyx Bishop to bring back that have previously died for a low cost. The deck can be rewarding to play but requires careful planning in order to control which minions are brought back to life

1. About the Author

This deck is presented to you by Pesty, a professional Hearthstone player playing since closed beta. He is a consistent legend player in both Wild and Standard with multiple high-rank finishes.

2. N'Zoth Resurrect Priest Wild Deck

Our deck costs 6,320 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Priest Cards Neutral Cards

2.1. Mana Curve

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3. Strategy

This Control Priest deck aims to control the board in the early and mid-game using strong, efficient minions and sustaining its own minions through use of their Hero Power, generating card advantage. Once you reach the late game in a stable position, this deck takes over and starts to come into its own.

The key tool to facilitate the control style of this deck is the Priest Hero Power. Being able to heal your own minions is an extremely powerful tool for controlling the board and as such, using your Mana to heal an existing minion is usually a better play than putting out a new one. This will extend your resources and enable you to keep more cards in hand for the later turns.

During the early-game, your turns will likely be quite passive as the only cheap minion in the deck, Northshire Cleric is not optimal to play early in the game. Firstly, it should be saved for later turns where it can be used to immediately gain value by drawing cards using either your Hero Power or Circle of Healing. Secondly and most importantly, if the minion dies early in the game it will dilute the pool of minions that can be brought to life using Resurrect, which can cause unnecessary risks going into the mid-game.

Heading into the mid-game, the most powerful card you can have in your hand is Injured Blademaster as it will return to the field as a 4/7 minion if targeted by Resurrect. Though you should still do so if the option is available, it is much less important to combine Injured Blademaster with Circle of Healing with this particular Priest deck as it still poses a strong board presence and opens up the possibilities of strong future Resurrect plays once it has been killed. Similarly, it is often correct to play Priest of the Feast or Auchenai Soulpriest on curve in preparation for future Resurrections if you have been unable to play a minion earlier in the game, this is especially important if you have a Onyx Bishop to play the following turn.

For the late-game, the deck contains both Sylvanas Windrunner and Ragnaros the Firelord as the decks big threats. If you can make it to this stage by playing only spells, you can win the game alone by resurrecting multiple copies of these cards. Additionally, Barnes has the potential to summon 1/1 copies from your deck, which can be threatening on their own but they will also allow you to resurrect them with their full stats if they are killed which can win you the game on the spot.

As a backup win condition the deck also contains N'Zoth, the Corruptor to create a board to end the game. Although the deck only contains 3 Deathrattle minions, chances are they will be resurrected at some point in the game which will add to the number of copies summoned when N’Zoth is played.

To ensure there is adequate time to get enough resurrect value in the game, the deck contains 3 board clears to help out in the form of Lightbomb, Holy Nova, and the combination of Circle of Healing and Auchenai Soulpriest. In addition, Priest has access to powerful single target removal such as Shadow Word: Death and Entomb to help deal with any large threats.

3.1. Synergies & Combinations

Auchenai Soulpriest can be used with Circle of Healing for a cheap 4 damage to all minions.

Injured Blademaster can be used with Circle of Healing for an early 4/7 minion.

Barnes can summon 1/1 copies of powerful minions in the deck which can be brought back to life with their full stats using Resurrect or Onyx Bishop.

3.2. Mulligans & Matchup Specific Strategies.

You are looking to keep a single copy of Injured Blademaster in all matchups as you want to open up the potential of Resurrect and Onyx Bishop as soon as possible. If you already have the Injured Blademaster in hand, you can additionally keep Circle of Healing and Resurrect as powerful early-game synergies.

Against Aggro, Northshire Cleric is an excellent card to fight for early board control and Power Word: Shield can be kept with it. Holy Smite can also be kept against Warlock, Hunter, and Paladin to deal with early 2 Health minions.

Against Control you can be much more greedy with your mulligan and look specifically for Onyx Bishop and Resurrect to ensure you can gain a large amount of Tempo in the mid-game.

3.3. Card Swaps

The number of copies of Holy Smite, Shadow Word: Death, Velen's Chosen, and Entomb are fairly flexible and can be changed to suit personal preference.

N'Zoth, the Corruptor can also be changed for one of the spells previously mentioned or a copy of Flash Heal to help deal with aggressive matchups.

4. ChangeLog

  • 23 Oct. 2016: Deck added.
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