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Priest Crafting Guide

Last updated on Feb 21, 2017 at 22:32 by Pesty 38 comments

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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. Kabal Talonpriest - Priority = HIGH: 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.
  2. Circle of Healing - Priority = MEDIUM: 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 = HIGH: Auchenai Soulpriest is a staple card in Priest, and is included in almost every deck due to its high power level. Having this card in your deck also activates several other synergy cards like Circle of Healing and Flash Heal.
  2. Drakonid Operative - Priority = MEDIUM: Drakonid Operative is a key component of Dragon Priest decks, proving both exceptional stats and value.
  3. Wyrmrest Agent - Priority = MEDIUM: Wyrmrest Agent is a key component of Dragon Priest decks, which since the release of The Grand Tournament has become one of the most powerful options for playing Priest.
  4. Shifting Shade - Priority = MEDIUM: 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.

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. 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. Kazakus - Priority = MEDIUM: 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.
  2. 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 = HIGH: 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 = MEDIUM: 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.
  3. Azure Drake - Priority = MEDIUM: Azure Drake is a powerful card in a Dragon Priest deck, and offers a lot of flexibility across other decks and classes.

2.3. Epics

Twilight Guardian - Priority = MEDIUM: Twilight Guardian is a key component of any Dragon Priest deck.

2.4. Legendaries

  1. Justicar Trueheart - Priority = MEDIUM: Justicar Trueheart greatly improves survivability for Control Priest and gives the improved Hero Power great synergy with cards like Raza the Chained.
  2. Sylvanas Windrunner - Priority = LOW: Sylvanas is a very high value minion, and is a strong choice for any slow Priest deck. It is also extremely common across a wide variety of classes.

3. Gold Allocation Guide

3.1. Pack Type

The Grand Tournament provides some strong cards for Priests. Wyrmrest Agent and Twilight Guardian are both essential cards for Dragon Priest decks. Justicar Trueheart also sees regular play in a range of Control Priest decks, making The Grand Tournament packs a reasonable investment.

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.

Generally it is best to to focus on Mean Streets of Gadgetzan packs to maximise the chances of opening the most influencial Priest cards.

3.2. Blackrock Mountain Adventure Value

Blackrock Mountain has pretty high value for a Priest player, since Dragon Priest is a powerful deck, and most of the key Dragon synergy cards like Blackwing Technician and Blackwing Corruptor are found in this adventure.

3.3. League of Explorers Adventure Value

League of Explorers contains a few powerful cards for Priests. Entomb and Excavated Evil regularly see play as strong removal options and Museum Curator is regularly used in Control Priests as a much needed proactive 2 Mana play. Additionally, the expansion contains Reno Jackson which is essential for the Reno Priest archetype.

3.4. 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 the highest prioritised Adventure for Priest as a result.

4. ChangeLog

  • 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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