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Priest Crafting Guide

Last updated on Sep 02, 2015 at 16:03 by Sottle 38 comments

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On this page, you will find a list of the most useful Common, Rare, Epic, and Legendary cards for the Priest class, in terms of crafting. We separate cards by their rarity; Common, Rare, Epic and Legendary, but each individual card is given a rating of priority. It is important to know that a Rare or Epic card that is given a "High" or "Top" priority rating should be crafted before a Legendary with a "Medium" rating. In fact, if you have 1,600 Arcane Dust to spend, crafting 2 or 3 Epics and a handful of Rares is usually better than spending it all on a single Legendary. If a card is not mentioned, you can safely assume that it is rarely, or never, used in the Constructed meta.

You will also find a guide on how to best allocate your gold or money between Classic packs, Goblins vs. Gnomes packs, and the Curse of Naxxramas adventure. This can vary greatly from class to class and has a great effect on how quickly and efficiently you can build a competitive deck.

1. Class-Specific Cards

In this section, we list the class-specific cards that are important for you as a Priest.

1.1. Commons

  1. Thoughtsteal - Priority = MEDIUM - Thoughtsteal is a key card in Priest to provide more options against Control decks. Without access to this card you can often find yourself being outlasted by other slow decks.
  2. Circle of Healing - Priority = MEDIUM: Circle of Healing is a key synergy card in Priest. It combines with multiple cards in many Priest decks to create beneficial effects, including Northshire Cleric, Injured Blademaster, and Auchenai Soulpriest.
  3. Shrinkmeister - Priority = LOW: Shrinkmeister was extremely common in the early days of the Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion, but has recently tailed off in popularity, and is commonly seen as a single copy, or not at all, in high level Priest decks.
  4. Velen's Chosen - Priority = LOW - Velen's Chosen is a powerful card but it often does not fit with the game plan of Priest decks. Although it can be a nice addition as a single or double copy to your deck, it is not a top priority.

1.2. Rares

  1. Auchenai Soulpriest - Priority = TOP: Auchenia Soulpriest is a staple card in Priest, and is included in almost every deck due to its high power level. Having this card in your deck also activates several other synergy cards like Circle of Healing and Light of the Naaru.
  2. Shadow Madness - Priority = MEDIUM: Shadow Madness is a high value card that can enable to you to deal extremely effectively with Deathrattle minions by stealing their effects.
  3. Holy Fire - Priority = MEDIUM: Holy Fire is a strong card for Priest to provide some stability against Aggro decks. Although it is a fairly inefficient removal spell against Control, the extra life gain it provides against Aggro is a very valuable resource.
  4. Light of the Naaru - Priority = MEDIUM: Light of the Naaru is a powerful new addition to the Priest class. It provides some additional life gain, synergises very well with Injured Blademaster and Auchenai Soulpriest, and the Lightwarden, although a weak card in isolation, is often very strong if summoned for free.
  5. Wyrmrest Agent - Priority = MEDIUM: Wyrmrest Agent is a key component of Dragon Priest decks, which since the release of The Grand Tournament has become on the most powerful options for playing Priest.
  6. Shadowboxer - Priority = LOW: Shadowboxer is a powerful card in theory, but much like Velen's Chosen, it does not synergise particularly well with the game plan of most Priest decks.

1.3. Epics

  1. Cabal Shadow Priest - Priority = HIGH: Cabal Shadow Priest is an extremely high value minion that is sometimes underestimated by newer players. Even on an average outcome of stealing a 2/2, you have put 13 points of stats into play and effectively dealt 2 damage by removing the 2/2, all for 6 Mana.
  2. Lightbomb - Priority = LOW: Lightbomb is a card that is rotated in and out of Priest decks based on the meta. In the right situation it can be extremely powerful, but the return on investment for the high dust cost is not particularly good.

1.4. Legendaries

  1. Vol'jin - Priority = HIGH: Vol'jin is an extrememly powerful card that will create an immediate increase in power for your deck. In many cases it provides a very similar effect to Fire Elemental, one of the strongest 6 Mana cards in the game, for a Mana less.

2. Neutral Cards

In this section, we list neutral cards that are always good to craft if you are playing Priest. Note that many of these cards will be usable in a wide range of decks across multiple classes. This means that crafting these cards over class specific ones is often a good idea if you plan to play a range of classes.

2.1. Commons

  1. Earthen Ring Farseer - Priority = LOW: Earthen Ring Farseer is a nice addition to a Priest deck to provide some additional synergy with Injured Blademaster, Auchenai Soulpriest, and Northshire Cleric. However, it is by no means vital, and is in fact not seen that commonly in current Priest decks.

2.2. Rares

  1. Wild Pyromancer - Priority = TOP: Wild Pyromancer is a crucial card in Priest. When used in combination with Power Word: Shield it can create devastating board clears for your opponent.
  2. Injured Blademaster - Priority = HIGH: Injured Blademaster is another key card in Priest, since by using the various healing abilities in the deck, you can restore it to full health very quickly. However, Blademaster is only run in Priest, so you will not much value out of this card across other classes.
  3. Azure Drake - Priority = MEDIUM: Azure Drake is a powerful card in a Dragon Priest deck, and offers a lot of flexibility across other decks and classes.

2.3. Epics

Twilight Guardian - Priority = MEDIUM: Twilight Guardian is a key component of any Dragon Priest deck.

2.4. Legendaries

  1. Sylvanas Windrunner - Priority = TOP: Sylvanas is a very high value minion, and is a staple in almost every Priest deck. It is also extremely common across a wide variety of classes.
  2. Dr. Boom - Priority = HIGH: Dr. Boom is a dominant force in the game currently, and is featured in a large variety of decks. Priest makes good use out of Boom as a late-game Control tool.
  3. Sneed's Old Shredder - Priority = LOW: Sneed's Old Shredder is an extremely high value minion if your opponent does not have access to a Silence or Transform effect. However, due to how slow it is, it is only played in very late-game focused Control decks, making it less attractive than a card like Dr. Boom which is played across a wider variety of styles.

3. Gold Allocation Guide

3.1. Pack Type

Although Priest was granted some nice new tools in the Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion, such as Shrinkmeister and Light of the Naaru, the core of most Priest decks comes from the classic set. Mech synergy is very rarely found in Priest decks, meaning they get very little out of the large number of Mech related cards in the new set. Because of all this, it is best to focus on Classic packs to maximise your chances of key cards like Auchenai Soulpriest, and Cabal Shadow Priest.

This is equally true of The Grand Tournament expansion, with many of the Priest class cards in the set being situational, or weak.

3.2. Curse of Naxxramas Adventure Value

Curse of Naxxramas has fairly low value overall for a Priest player, with only Zombie Chow, Sludge Belcher, and occasionally Loatheb being found in common decks. However, the Priest class card, Dark Cultist, is one of the best cards in the whole set, and may be worth the investment to unlock.

3.3. Blackrock Mountain Adventure Value

Blackrock Mountain has pretty high value for a Priest player, since Dragon Priest is a powerful deck, and most of the key Dragon synergy cards like Blackwing Technician and Blackwing Corruptor are found in this adventure.

4. ChangeLog

  • 02 Sep. 2015: Updated to include Blackrock Mountain and The Grand Tournament cards.
  • 21 Feb. 2015: Complete overhaul in format, and update for the Goblins vs. Gnomes meta.
  • 08 Sep. 2014: Removed Tinkmaster Overspark.
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