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Season 10 Low Budget Tempo Priest Undertaker GvG Wild Deck

Last updated on Jan 15, 2015 at 21:51 by Sottle 1 comment

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Disclaimer: this deck has been archived. It remains on the website for documentation purposes, but we no longer maintain it and no longer guarantee that it works well in the current meta-game.

The following guide explains a Deathrattle focused Priest deck. It is extremely versatile due to both being one of the best aggro counters available in the game, whilst also being able to compete successfully with late-game focused Control decks. It plays in a very fun, fast paced manner and is relatively simple for newer players to learn.

1. About the Author

This deck is presented to you by Sottle, a professional Hearthstone player who plays for compLexity Gaming. Sottle regularly streams on Twitch and explains all of his moves. Watching him is a good opportunity to see how this and other decks play out in practice, and how decisions are made in real time.

2. S10 Low Budget Tempo Priest Undertaker GvG Wild Deck

Our deck costs 3,820 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Priest Cards Neutral Cards

2.1. Mana Curve


3. Strategy

This Priest deck aims to get off to a fast start with early minions such as Undertaker and Zombie Chow and then carry that momentum throughout the game. It is fantastic at shutting down decks with early and consistent aggression, as well as being able to hold its own in a lot of control matchups.

The Priest Hero Power is key to enforcing and maintaining an advantage with this deck. After getting ahead on board early, you can use your Hero Power to get additional value out of your minions. This will stretch out the resources in your hand and lead to card and board advantage over your opponent. When ahead on board, the Priest Hero Power is perhaps the most powerful in the game and this deck aims to get ahead on board early, and stay there, to take advantage of this.

When deciding whether to heal a minion, always keep in mind your opponent's options. For example, Shamans excel at doing 3 damage with cards like Lightning Bolt, Rockbiter Weapon, and Fire Elemental, so healing a minion out of range of these cards can be extremely frustrating for your opponent.

Your early game turns will consist of quickly building a board using Undertaker and your early Deathrattle minions such as Zombie Chow, Loot Hoarder, and Dark Cultist. Using these minions, you can keep pace with even the fastest decks in the game such as Zoo and Hunter.

Once you have some board presence, you will look to compound an advantage by making efficient trades and healing your minions. This will create 2-for-1 scenarios and generate card advantage for you, which will be of huge significance in the later turns. If you combine this healing strategy with a Northshire Cleric the game can quickly spiral out of control in your favour.

Upon entering the mid-game, you will want to switch to a more aggressive strategy, limiting your trades and pushing through damage to your opponent. This is not an all out aggro deck however, so be sure to make efficient trades when they are available. Remember, trading your minions is vital to complement your Hero Power. Auchenai Soulpriest is a key card to facilitate this as the 2 damage Hero Power will enable you to clear minions effectively, creating more repetitive damage from your own minions.

During this period, your AoE cards will come into play. Holy Nova is a powerful tool for boards that are in the balance. It enables you to attack opposing minions and then finish them off with the Holy Nova damage whilst simultaneously healing the damage you took on your own minions. On the other hand, if your opponent does manage to fight off the tempo of this deck and gains a board advantage, you have a powerful board sweep tool in the form of the Auchenai Soulpriest + Circle of Healing combo.

Vol'jin is a strong and flexible card in the deck. Against other midrange decks such as Druid, it can be used to answer one of their minions such as a Spectral Knight or Druid of the Claw, while against Control decks such as Warrior, it can be used as an additional answer to one of their late game finishers like Ragnaros the Firelord. It is important in many matchups to not get too greedy with Vol'jin, swapping health with a 4 or 5 Health creature is still very strong, especially if you have a Zombie Chow or Loot Hoarder on the board to trade effectively.

Unlike many Undertaker based decks, your Undertaker does not lose value very quickly if you do not have it in your opening hand. Playing an Undertaker in the mid- or late-game alongside cards like Mechanical Yeti, Sludge Belcher, or Piloted Sky Golem can still create imposing board states from out of nowhere.

Despite being a fast paced deck, Deathrattle Priest is fully capable of competing in the late-game. You have some of the most powerful late-game plays in the game available to you in the form of Mind Control, Cabal Shadow Priest, and Piloted Sky Golem. Combine this further with the sustainability your Hero Power brings, both to your minions and your life total, plus your ability to cheaply deal with your opponent's late game minions with Shadow Word: Death, and you should be able to seal the game.

When making a final push for lethal damage you should keep an eye out for potential synergy plays between Auchenai Soulpriest and Zombie Chow. For example, with both already on board, you can attack with the Chow and then kill it using Shadow Word: Pain or Circle of Healing. These plays are common finishers and can drastically increase your damage potential beyond what is immediately obvious.

3.1. Synergies & Combinations

Priest is a very combo heavy deck and as such, learning the interactions between your cards is key to playing the class successfully.

Auchenai Soulpriest + Circle of Healing turns your Circle of Healing into a 4 damage global AoE. While not always useful when you have minions on board, it is one of the best catch-up mechanisms in the game.

Northshire Cleric in combination with Circle of Healing can be used to draw multiple cards in 1 turn.

3.2. Mulligans & Matchup Specific Strategies

Deathrattle Priest is a deck that plays out fairly consistently across most matchups. You will mulligan for your Undertakers and accompanying low cost Deathrattle minions, along with Power Word: Shield to help your minions survive early trades.

Against aggressive decks, you should look harder for Zombie Chow and Northshire Cleric along with your Undertaker. Both of these minions trade very efficiently with common openings from Aggro decks, such as Leper Gnome. You can also consider keeping either Auchenai Soulpriest or Circle of Healing and hoping to draw into the other, as this combo is usually very important against Aggro. Loot Hoarder is okay in these matchups, but you should consider throwing it back to look for the other minions mentioned that are able to 2-for-1 your opponent.

Against Control, you should look for your usual Undertaker start, but keeping a slightly slower hand with cards like Dark Cultist is also fine. Northshire Cleric should usually not be kept in these matchups unless you have it in combination with Power Word: Shield as it can often be difficult to get value in the early game against Control decks with a lot of removal. The exception to this rule is Paladin. In this matchup Cleric can often not be dealt with until Turn 4 and deals extremely efficiently with Paladin's Hero Power.

3.3. Card Swaps

Vol'jin can be swapped for a second Holy Nova to increase your winrate against Aggro decks.

Mind Control can also be removed from the deck for an additional early game card such as Holy Smite or Shadow Word: Pain if you are facing a high percentage of Aggro decks.

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