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Highlander Priest Archetype Guide

Last updated on Apr 12, 2018 at 10:12 by Pesty 14 comments

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Highlander Priest, formerly known as Reno Priest, is an archetype that plays a deck with 30 unique cards to utilise powerful Battlecry effects of several minions. It was a very strong archetype prior to the 2017 standard rotation, when it utilised the power of Reno Jackson, but then greatly suffered when this card was removed from Standard.

The Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion revived the archetype with the addition of Shadowreaper Anduin, which provides a dramatic boost in late-game strength with the Battlecry of Raza the Chained.

Highlander Priest plays a very Control style, stalling the game as much as possible until the 2 aforementioned cards can be played. Once both cards have been played, the Voidform Hero Power can be used for 1 Mana each time a card is played, providing a huge boost in tempo to fight back and grind opponents out of the game.

Highlander Priest plays a very Control style, stalling the game as much as possible until the 2 aforementioned cards can be played. Once both cards have been played, the Voidform Hero Power can be used for 1 Mana each time a card is played, providing a huge boost in tempo to fight back and grind opponents out of the game.

As of the 10.2 balance patch reducing the effectiveness of Raza the Chained, Highlander Priest greatly has greatly decreased in strength and is no longer a strong competitive archetype.

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

This Kazakus Highlander Priest Deck is a well-rounded version of Highlander Priest. It contains a good mix of tools to make it able to perform reasonably in any matchup. It is a solid starting point for players who wish to familiarise themselves with the archetype.

1. Aim of Highlander Priest

Highlander Priest aims to play a Control style stalling out games as long as possible until both Raza the Chained and Shadowreaper Anduin can both be played safely. Upon playing both cards a more aggressive approach can be taken as every card played allows a further 2 damage to be dealt for just 1 Mana. The damage can either be used defensively to kill opponents minions or offensively to burn down opponents as a win condition.

2. Highlander Priest Strengths and Weaknesses

Due to the requirement of 30 unique cards, Highlander Priest is weaker than Control Priest at controlling the board and stalling opponents, despite using a similar strategy However, once the required cards have been played the archetype becomes incredibly powerful and it becomes almost impossible to lose games.

3. Key Cards and Crafting

Raza the Chained and Shadowreaper Anduin are essential Legendary minions to play Highlander Priest, as the whole strategy of the archetype revolves around playing them. Kazakus is also a very powerful minion that is able to be played, however the archetype is technically playable without it (despite the card lending its name to it). Lyra the Sunshard is also a very strong well-rounded Legendary minion for the archetype as the spell generation has excellent synergy with Voidform in the late-game.

As the rest of the deck should be made up of unique cards, the options are fairly flexible having a larger collection will help a lot but it is most important just to have a good balance between Removal spells, AoE effects, and Heals.

4. ChangeLog

  • 12 Apr. 2018: Archetype moved to the Wild format for the Year of the Raven.
  • 07 Feb. 2018: Added a note regarding the viability of the archetype following the 10.2 balance patch.
  • 05 Sep. 2017: Archetype renamed to Highlander Priest.
  • 16 Aug. 2017: Added new guide format for Kazakus Priest.
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