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Control Priest (AKA Big Priest) Deck List Guide

Last updated on Sep 06, 2017 at 04:01 by Pesty 39 comments

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Control Priest is an archetype that has existed since the beginning of Hearthstone and much like Control Warrior it aims to use efficient removal spells and board clear effects to grind down opponents over long games. Unlike Control Warrior, Control Priest decks are significantly cheaper to craft as they are able to use cards like Thoughtsteal and Free From Amber to access poweful minions instead of putting Legendary minions themselves into a deck.

The success of the archetype is down to the Priest Hero Power, Lesser Heal, which can greatly increase the longevity of high Health minions, allowing them to efficiently trade into multiple opposing minions.

Below, you will find link to our deck lists for Control Priest, starting with our featured deck, which we consider the most common variant.

This Control Priest Deck is a Control Priest variant that features strong late-game value. It contains plenty of spells to control the board throughout the early and mid-game and utilises the powerful combination of Medivh, the Guardian and Free From Amber to add huge amounts of power to the board in the late-game.

This StanCifka's HGG Big Priest Deck is a build of the popular 'Big Priest' variant that was used by StanCifka as part of Czech Republic's victory at the Hearthstone Global Games.

This Rookie's Big Priest Deck is a very greedy build of Control Priest. It forgoes any early-game board presence in order to use Barnes and Shadow Essence to cheaply summon copies of powerful minions like Obsidian Statue and Y'Shaarj, Rage Unbound. This version was used by Rookie in August 2017 to reach top 10 Legend on the Asia server.

This Wild N'Zoth Control Priest Deck is a Control Priest variant that utilises many strong Deathrattle minions in order to overwhelm opponents with N'Zoth, the Corruptor in the late-game. The large number of Deathrattle minions makes this variant much more proactive than other Control Priest decks, putting more emphasis on fighting for board control instead of relying on AoE effects.

This Wild Control Priest Deck is focused on surviving until the late-game and defeating opponents with fatigue damage. It takes advantage of Entomb and Deathlord to slow opponents down whilst simultaneously providing an advantage over opponents upon reaching fatigue.

This Wild N'Zoth Resurrect Priest Deck is a Control Priest variant takes advantage of the many Resurrect effects available to the Priest class. It favours playing high value minions and repeatedly resurrecting until opponents cannot handle the pressure. As many of the Resurrect targets are Deathrattle minions, N'Zoth, the Corruptor is used as late-game win conditions to break resilient opponents.

1. Aim of the Deck

By taking advantage of Lesser Heal Control Priest decks are able to extract additional value from their minions while also not having to worry about how much direct damage is taken. Combining this strategy with many efficient board clear and removal spells, Control Priest decks aim to finish off opponents once they are out of resources or simply let them die to fatigue damage.

2. Strengths and Weaknesses

Control Priest decks are usually very strong against Aggro decks. This is due to the large amount of AoE damage available from cards like Wild Pyromancer and Auchenai Soulpriest + Circle of Healing, while being able to negate some of the damage taken with the Priest Hero Power.

Although there are many AoE effects available, most of them require multiple cards to be efficient, which can lead to them being inconsistent. Additionally Priests have some of the best removal spells in the game in the form of Shadow Word: Pain and Shadow Word: Death, however neither of these cards are able to target minions with 4 Attack, which can become incredibly problematic and even game losing if the opponent has strong control of the board.

3. Key Cards and Crafting

Elise the Trailblazer is a powerful Legendary minion used in many Control archetype, including Control Priest. It provides many cards at the expense of a single slot in a deck, which is excellent for long games where both players are expected to reach fatigue.

Having many AoE effects available is essential when playing Control Priest. Wild Pyromancer and Auchenai Soulpriest + Circle of Healing are most commonly used. Dragonfire Potion is another excellent AoE effect, however it is an optional extra that can be added in based on the most popular decks in the meta.

4. ChangeLog

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  • 29 Jul. 2017: Added new guide format for Control Priest.
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