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Kazakus Highlander Priest Deck

Last updated on Aug 16, 2017 at 05:42 by Pesty 14 comments

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The following guide contains instructions on hot to play Highlander Priest. It is a very powerful Control archetype that uses a deck filled with 30 unique cards to access the powerful Battlecry effects of Kazakus and Raza the Chained.

1. Card List

This deck costs 10,840 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Priest Cards Neutral Cards

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2. Mana Curve

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3. Strategy

Highlander Priest is an incredibly resilient archetype due to the large number of removal spells, AoE spells and healing effects available. It follows a very slow and Controlling style, similar to Control Priest until Shadowreaper Anduin can be played and a more offensive stance can be taken with the Voidform Hero Power.

3.1. Key Skills

3.1.1. Understanding the Pace of the Game

Highlander Priest is naturally a fairly reactive archetype. In games you will need to quickly assess how your opponent is playing and react to their strategy accordingly.

Against aggressive decks you should aim to play your cards as fast as possible in order to slow your opponents down enough for you to use powerful AoE and healing effects. You can alternatively play a bit slower if you have a powerful AoE combo available such as Auchenai Soulpriest + Circle of Healing or Shadow Word: Horror + Pint-Size Potion, knowing you can clear your opponents board on Turns 4 or 5 respectively.

Against Control decks, you should instead aim to get the maximum possible value out of every one of your cards as games will often come down to a battle of resources. This will often mean taking more damage in order to get more value out of powerful AoE combos or or saving your powerful removal spells like Shadow Word: Death for your opponents larger targets.

The pace of the game has a huge impact on Kazakus specifically. Against Aggro decks you will often be looking to create a cheap spell you can fit into your Mana curve to disrupt your opponent, whereas against Control decks it is much more valuable to select a powerful 10 Mana spell that can greatly alter the state of the board.

3.1.2. Understanding your Deck

Highlander decks by nature require you to consider the interactions between more individual cards than usual. Due to this, you should take extra time to familiarise yourself with your Deck and make sure you understand the important cards and interactions that can have a significant impact on games. You will almost need to keep all the remaining cards in your deck in mind at all times as cards that perform the same role will often do so differently. This is an important skill to have in all matchups as against Aggro decks, you will need to understand the outs that are in your deck in the form of heals, board clears, and Taunt minions, and be able to play towards them effectively. Against Control decks it can be even more important as games can often come down to the last few cards in each player's deck, and it is important to be able to plan ahead for the cards you are due to draw and how they will interact with your opponents plays.

3.1.3. Ending the Game

Highlander Priest aims to end games almost exclusively in 2 different ways.

  1. Against Aggro decks, the aim of the game is simply to survive by any means necessary, this will usually involve using board clear and healing effects until your opponent is out of cards and therefore unable to deal any more damage.
  2. Against other decks, winning the game almost always revolves around Shadowreaper Anduin and the Voidform Hero Power, which can ideally be played for free if you have played Raza the Chained. The new Hero Power effectively appends 'deal 2 damage' onto every card you play, which is a huge boost in both tempo in value. This effect can be used in one of 2 ways, either aggressively to slowly burn your opponents Health down as you play cards each turn, or defensively to kill off any minion your opponent plays until they run out of cards. How you decide to play will depend entirely on the state of the game.
    • Against opponents who have an advantage on board or have few cards in hand it is better to kill their minions, knowing you can easily out-value them and crush them once they are out of cards.
    • Against opponents with either low Health or minimal healing in their decks, it is often possible just to burn them down over many turns knowing you have a fairly consistent source of damage, however even when taking this approach you should still look for easy kills on opponents minions where possible.

4. About the Author

This deck is presented to you by Pesty, a professional Hearthstone player playing since closed beta. She is a consistent legend player in both Wild and Standard with multiple high-rank finishes.

5. ChangeLog

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  • 16 Aug. 2016: Deck added.
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