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Dragon Priest Deck List Guide

Last updated on Dec 22, 2017 at 13:09 by Pesty 17 comments

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Dragon Priest is a historically strong archetype that utilised many of the powerful Dragons from the Blackrock Mountain expansion to play a curve of powerful Dragons that quickly snowball out of control. As Blackrock Mountain rotated out of the Standard format, the archetype shifted from full dragon decks to including just enough to be able to take advantage of Drakonid Operative and Netherspite Historian. Both of these cards provide great stats in addition to their powerful Discover effects, allowing you to simultaneously contest the board while also providing resources to play longer value games.

Although the variants of the archetype are built around the same cards, strategies can vary greatly. The powerful minions can be used to put pressure onto opponents in order to overwhelm opponents and squeeze out a faster victory. Conversely, decks can also favour a more Control style, using the powerful Discover effects to generate huge value and out-sustain opponents.

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

This Combo Dragon Priest Deck uses the Dragon Priest shell to fight for board control while assembling combo pieces to take advantage the high Health of Dragons to burst opponents down with Divine Spirit and Inner Fire.

This Xixo's SSC Tempo Dragon Priest Deck takes a much more aggressive approach to Dragon Priest. It cuts early-game removal spells in place of more minions and uses Free From Amber and Mind Control in combination with Spiteful Summoner and Grand Archivist to create huge late-game tempo swings. It was used by Xixo to win Seat Story Cup VIII in December 2017.

This Midrange Dragon Priest Deck relies on the raw mid-game strength of Dragons to be able to maintain strong board positions. This version adds in Cabal Shadow Priest to take advantage of Twilight Acolyte to devastate opponents.

This Miracle Dragon Priest Deck uses the powerful stats and synergies of Dragon Priest and combines it with Miracle Priest mechanics. The result is a high efficiency deck that can both contest the board with strong minions and control it with powerful spells.

This Zetalot's Dragon Priest Deck was used by professional player Zetalot who is renowned for being the most experienced Priest player in the world, to reach rank 16 Legend. This variant takes a similar approach to Control Priest, utilising the high value of the Dragon cards to help grind down opponents.

This Velen Dragon Priest Wild Deck takes Wild Dragon Priest and adds in a slight twist. The addition of Prophet Velen and Mind Blast provides an additional source of damage to burst down unsuspecting opponents.

This Dragon Priest Wild Deck features full strength Dragon Priest with many powerful additions from the Blackrock Mountain expansion. It aims to use the exceptional stats of Dragon cards to play a strong curve of minions that can rapidly snowball out of control.

1. Aim of the Archetype

Dragon Priest decks aim to take full advantage of the power of Drakonid Operative and to some lesser extent Netherspite Historian. The flexibility of these powerful Discover cards allows a flexible strategy that can react to the state of the game while also being able to develop powerful minions in the process.

2. Strengths and Weaknesses

With the rotation of the Blackrock Mountain expansion, Standard Dragon Priest variants run a very minimal number of Dragons, this can cause problems with consistency due to Dragon mechanics requiring another Dragon in hand in order to benefit from their powerful effects.

The strength of Dragon Priest is the ability to shift strategies in order to play at the pace of opponents. The Discover effect of Netherspite Historian means that powerful Dragons such as Ysera or Deathwing, Dragonlord can be used to to compete against Control decks whereas Faerie Dragon can be chosen as a cheap minion to contest the board against Aggro decks. Similarly Drakonid Operative's ability to Discover a card from your opponents deck means that it will almost always be relevant, providing cheap minions against Aggro and large threats against Control.

3. Key Cards and Crafting

Drakonid Operative is a completely essential card and the main reason for the success of the archetype. Without it there would not be enough Dragon synergy available.

Netherspite Historian is another key card and it is worth investing into the One Night in Karazhan expansion for if you wish to play the archetype. Although it is not a Dragon, its Discover ability provides a Dragon to provide additional synergy later into the game. Perhaps most importantly, Netherspite Historian also has a high chance of Discovering an additional copy of Drakonid Operative to provide huge value.

Primordial Drake is a common card in many Standard decks due to its strong stats, Taunt, and AoE effects. It is also essential in Dragon Priest due to the lack of good Dragon options available and most decks running the bare minimum number of Dragons to enable Battlecry effects.

4. ChangeLog

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  • 24 Jul. 2017: Archetype page for Dragon Priest added.
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