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Rookie's Big Priest Deck

Last updated on Aug 14, 2017 at 00:01 by Pesty 39 comments

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This variant of Control Priest is comprised entirely of powerful minions in order to create huge tempo turns with Barnes and Shadow Essence. It uses a multitude of spells to control the board during the early-game to compensate for the lack of cheap minions in the deck. It was used by Rookie to reach rank 7 Legend.

1. Card List

This deck costs 9,020 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. Comments On The Variation

This variant cuts all early-game minions and replaces them with additional spells to control the board in order to not get overwhelmed by opponents. Most notably is the combination of Pint-Size Potion and Shadow Word: Horror which can be used to kill all minions of 5 or more Attack upon entering the mid-game.

The core strategy of this archetype involves taking advantage of Barnes and Shadow Essence to summon copies of one of the powerful minions one of the few powerful minions in the deck. The Lich King, Ysera, Y'Shaarj, Rage Unbound, Obsidian Statues are the primary targets due to their powerful end of turn and Deathrattle effects.

To help compensate for the lack of minions in the deck, several of the spells in the deck can be used to summon minions while not diluting the powerful minion in the deck. Forbidden Shaping is included to help fill out turns where there are no other plays possible and adds some strength to the board to slow opponents down, if it can be held until the late-game it is capable of functioning as another powerful minion for the deck. Eternal Servitude can be used as a cheap method to copy powerful minions in the deck. It is excellent for summoning a full-power version of a minion after a copy summoned by Barnes or Shadow Essence has been killed.

3.1. Pros and Cons

The combination of spells minions in the deck means there are significantly more powerful threats available compared to more traditional Control Priest decks, making it an excellent choice for taking on other Control decks.

The downside of this variant is that if Barnes or Shadow Essence are not drawn then it is hard to get any minion onto the board until very late into the game. This can be enough to lose the game against Aggro and Midrange decks who play minions throughout the game.

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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  • 14 Aug. 2017: Variant added.
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