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Priest Crafting Guide

Last updated on May 02, 2017 at 07:21 by Pesty 38 comments

Table of Contents

On this page, you will find a list of the most useful Common, Rare, Epic, and Legendary cards for the Priest class, in terms of crafting. We separate cards by their rarity; Common, Rare, Epic and Legendary, but each individual card is given a rating of priority. It is important to know that a Rare or Epic card that is given a "High" or "Top" priority rating should be crafted before a Legendary with a "Medium" rating. In fact, if you have 1,600 Arcane Dust to spend, crafting 2 or 3 Epics and a handful of Rares is usually better than spending it all on a single Legendary. If a card is not mentioned, you can safely assume that it is rarely, or never, used in the Constructed meta.

You will also find a guide on how to best allocate your gold or money between the various Card packs and Adventures. This can vary greatly from class to class and has a great effect on how quickly and efficiently you can build a competitive deck.

1. Class-Specific Cards

In this section, we list the class-specific cards that are important for you as a Priest.

1.1. Commons

  1. Radiant Elemental - Priority = MEDIUM: Radiant Elemental is a key card in Spell Priest decks, opening up the potential for powerful combos when combined with Shadow Visions or Lyra the Sunshard.
  2. Kabal Talonpriest - Priority = MEDIUM: Kabal Talonpriest is a very strong card offering premium stats for its Mana cost and has the potential to provide exceptional value if you have a minion in play to provide with a +3 Health buff. Injured Blademaster, and Auchenai Soulpriest.
  3. Circle of Healing - Priority = LOW: Circle of Healing is a key synergy card in Priest. It combines with multiple cards in many Priest decks to create beneficial effects, including Northshire Cleric, Injured Blademaster, and Auchenai Soulpriest.

1.2. Rares

  1. Auchenai Soulpriest - Priority = MEDIUM: Auchenai Soulpriest is a very strong Priest card and can be included in most decks due to its high power level. Having this card in your deck is extremely powerful when combined with cards like Circle of Healing.
  2. Drakonid Operative - Priority = MEDIUM: Drakonid Operative is a key component of Dragon Priest decks, proving both exceptional stats and value.
  3. Shifting Shade - Priority = LOW: Shifting Shade provides a reasonable minion for Priest decks while not losing card advantage. It gains additional value when played with N'Zoth, the Corruptor, which is a viable option in Priest decks.
  4. Crystalline Oracle - Priority = LOW: Crystalline Oracle is a cheap early-game minion that can be used in most Priest decks, as it does not sacrifice card advantage. It gains additional value when played with N'Zoth, the Corruptor, which is a viable option in Priest decks.

1.3. Epics

  1. Dragonfire Potion - Priority = MEDIUM: Dragonfire Potion is a powerful AoE Spell that is a core card in Dragon Priest and a strong choice in Control Priest decks.
  2. Shadow Visions - Priority = LOW: Shadow Visions is card that appears weak on the surface, however it has huge potential in Spell Priest decks when combined with Radiant Elemental and Lyra the Sunshard or when played in Combo Priest decks to help consistently draw crucial spells.
  3. Cabal Shadow Priest - Priority = LOW: Cabal Shadow Priest is an extremely high value minion that is sometimes underestimated by newer players. Even on an average outcome of stealing a 2/2, you have put 13 points of stats into play and effectively dealt 2 damage by removing the 2/2, all for 6 Mana.

1.4. Legendaries

  1. Lyra the Sunshard - Priority = MEDIUM: Lyra the Sunshard is an extremely powerful card that is crucial in Spell Priest decks. It has the potential for very powerful combos when combined with cards like Radiant Elemental and Shadow Visions.
  2. Kazakus - Priority = LOW: Kazakus is an essential card for Reno decks, providing massive value for its Mana cost. However, due to the no duplicate restriction of the card effect, it does not see play in any other Priest deck.
  3. Raza the Chained - Priority = LOW: Raza is an excellent card for Reno Priest, providing massive value over a long period of time. However, due to the no duplicate restriction of the card effect, it does not see play in any other Priest deck.

2. Neutral Cards

In this section, we list neutral cards that are always good to craft if you are playing Priest. Note that many of these cards will be usable in a wide range of decks across multiple classes. This means that crafting these cards over class specific ones is often a good idea if you plan to play a range of classes.

2.1. Commons

There are currently no neutral Commons that are played in common Priest decks.

2.2. Rares

  1. Wild Pyromancer - Priority = MEDIUM: Wild Pyromancer is a crucial card in Priest. When used in combination with Power Word: Shield it can create devastating board clears for your opponent.
  2. Injured Blademaster - Priority = LOW: Injured Blademaster is another key card in Priest, since by using the various healing abilities in the deck, you can restore it to full health very quickly. However, Blademaster is only run in Priest, so you will not much value out of this card across other classes.

2.3. Epics

Primordial Drake - Priority = LOW: Primordial Drake is a solid late-game defensive card that is essential in Dragon Priest and can also be used in various Control decks.

2.4. Legendaries

  1. Elise the Trailblazer - Priority = MEDIUM: Elise the Trailblazer is a card the provides huge value for its Mana cost. The extra cards provided synergise well with the naturally grindy nature of most Priest decks.

3. Gold Allocation Guide

3.1. Pack Type

Whispers of the Old Gods introduced a couple of important cards for Priests. Shifting Shade and N'Zoth, the Corruptor are both good cards for Control Priests, with Darkshire Alchemist seeing occasional play.

Mean Streets of Gadgetzan greatly increased the power level of Priest by introducing Dragonfire Potion, Drakonid Operative, and the Kabal gang, which provided a range of powerful tools for Reno decks.

The Journey to Un'Goro expansion added many powerful tools for Priests. Cards like Radiant Elemental, Lyra the Sunshard, and Shadow Visions allow the highly flexible Spell Priest archetype to be a force to be reckoned with. In addition to cards like Humongous Razorleaf, Crystalline Oracle, and Awaken the Makers which bolster other Priest archetypes.

Generally it is best to to focus on Journey to Un'Goro packs to maximise the chances of opening the most influential Priest cards.

3.2. One Night in Karazhan Adventure Value

One Night in Karazhan has many good additions for Priests. Priest of the Feast is a powerful minion that regularly sees play, while Onyx Bishop and Barnes open up the new Resurrect Priest archetype. Most importantly, the neutral cards Netherspite Historian and Book Wyrm are essential for Dragon Priest decks and One Night in Karazhan should be highly prioritised if you wish to play this archetype.

4. ChangeLog

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  • 02 May 2017: Updated for the Journey to Un'Goro expansion.
  • 21 Feb. 2017: Updated to reflect the changes in MSG meta.
  • 02 Sep. 2015: Updated to include Blackrock Mountain and The Grand Tournament cards.
  • 21 Feb. 2015: Complete overhaul in format, and update for the Goblins vs. Gnomes meta.
  • 08 Sep. 2014: Removed Tinkmaster Overspark.
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