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Bunnyhoppor, who made the semi final stage of both the HCT Last Call and the Winter Championship events, has written a guide for his Priest deck that took him to Rank 7 Legend.

Priest has not had the best of times over the last few months, but just as the meta is about to change, Bunnyhoppor has produced a list and guide that has given Priest fans something to smile about. On top of his own results with the deck, RDU managed Brawl runs of 11 and 10 wins with the same list.

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Bunnyhoppor's Dragon Priest guide gives out some advice for each matchup and the mulligans associated with that matchup. He also suggests some tech choices you might like to make, depending on the classes you are playing against the most.  If you like playing Priest, and are looking for a deck until the new meta comes out, you might want to give this a go. Warning: Shaman is still a difficult matchup, sadly.

His guide was published on Hearthpwn, and can be viewed on this link.

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its good to see the dragon priest still getting attention like this, with priest being on the back foot for so long now.

I started playing with dragon priest and my first crafted legendaries were all in the name of dragon priest. I am gonna give this list a try and see how my success holds.

 

long live priests (quite literally I'd say)

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7 minutes ago, Shine said:

its good to see the dragon priest still getting attention like this, with priest being on the back foot for so long now.

It's the only deck and class that, when I encounter them while playing Control Warrior, I just sit back and groan. I hate playing against Priests. The games just take so long if you play a lot of control decks.

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17 hours ago, Blainie said:

The games just take so long if you play a lot of control decks.

Play aggro, the problem will solve itself on its own. (Not always in the right way, but that's another discussion entirely.)

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17 hours ago, Blainie said:

It's the only deck and class that, when I encounter them while playing Control Warrior, I just sit back and groan. I hate playing against Priests. The games just take so long if you play a lot of control decks.

I always feel the same coming up against Control Warrior ...

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1 hour ago, Keizoku said:

Play aggro, the problem will solve itself on its own. (Not always in the right way, but that's another discussion entirely.)

Playing aggro though :(

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1 hour ago, PaasHaaS said:

I always feel the same coming up against Control Warrior ...

As long as they don't get some stupid OP start, CW is pretty chilled against all except vs. Priest. Then it's a tense of game of ensuring I don't screw something up!

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As someone who never payed dragon priest much attention until now, I must say this deck is severely underrated. It feels like playing dragon warrior(ie being able to out tempo almost any other deck in the game if your draw isn't completely terrible), while also packing enough late game resources to be able to out value control decks if it comes down to it(the brann+netherspite combo is particularly nasty). More importantly, the shaman match up seems to be a breeze, as you have good ways to deal with everything they throw at you(pains and book wyrms for thunder bluff, 2 deaths and entomb for rag and the 7/7, double nova to clear out a board of totems,...) , and many of your minions match up well against their aoe too.

I know it's kind of late in the season already, but I just went from rank 10 to 6, getting my first loss against a freeze mage(which is obviously going to be the single worst match up for every priest deck ever). The deck seems to be easy enough to pilot to legend if you are willing to invest the time, which is a pretty good step up for a priest deck in the current meta.

Something I feel the need to point out, which might be one of the things that is holding back a couple of dragon priest players using this deck(bunnyhoppor himself mentions it in his guide): shadow word:death should be used for tempo. Since you pack so much single target removal, it just becomes pointless to try and save it for bigger threats(unlike what you usually do with other priest lists, which pack only one death/entomb), and doing so only clogs up your hand and leaves you behind on the board eventually. It's much better to use it as early as possible on something like a thing from below and use the tempo it gives you to play minions in the same turn.

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4 hours ago, JooBatanete said:

As someone who never payed dragon priest much attention until now, I must say this deck is severely underrated. It feels like playing dragon warrior(ie being able to out tempo almost any other deck in the game if your draw isn't completely terrible), while also packing enough late game resources to be able to out value control decks if it comes down to it(the brann+netherspite combo is particularly nasty).

The time when I feel the biggest struggle happens is early turns vs. aggro. Warrior can maintain itself so much better in early turns because of weapon removal, Brawl etc., while Priest can be left to just get destroyed by Discard Lock for example.

 

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On 11/23/2016 at 10:32 AM, Blainie said:

The time when I feel the biggest struggle happens is early turns vs. aggro. Warrior can maintain itself so much better in early turns because of weapon removal, Brawl etc., while Priest can be left to just get destroyed by Discard Lock for example.

 

I actually don't feel like this deck is bad at all against aggro in general, and aggro decks have been on a downward trend lately.

 

Tempo mage definitely seems annoying to play against though. They just have efficient removal for everything you throw at them, and they can easily kill you if you let them get the board.

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23 hours ago, JooBatanete said:

I actually don't feel like this deck is bad at all against aggro in general, and aggro decks have been on a downward trend lately.

 

Tempo mage definitely seems annoying to play against though. They just have efficient removal for everything you throw at them, and they can easily kill you if you let them get the board.

The problem is that you need to draw an early clear as Priest because you simply don't have super value minions that Warrior has, such as Ravaging Ghoul. Cleric and Netherspite both suck for trading. Assuming you T1 Cleric, T2 Netherspite, by that time you could be facing a Discard Warlock's 3/2, 4/3 and 3/3 with them ready to play turn 3, or a Shaman's 2/3 3/4 and ready to play another 3/4. 

You need to draw super well with removal since he doesn't run Auch/Circle, so getting early Pains, or just pray for them to not have any removal for your 3/6 taunts.

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