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StanCifka's HGG Big Priest Deck

Last updated on Sep 06, 2017 at 04:01 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 while using powerful removal spells and board clears to keep the board in check.

It was used by StanCifka as part of Czech Republic's victory at the Hearthstone Global Games.

1. Card List

This deck costs 6,600 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Priest Cards Neutral Cards

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2. Mana Curve


3. Comments On The Variation

Big Priest is a Control Priest variant that exclusively plays powerful minions to take advantage of Barnes and Shadow Essence. After a weaker copy of a big minion has been killed it can be resummoned using Eternal Servitude at full strength for a huge boost in tempo. It should be your primary focus to begin summoning minion using these cards as soon as possible.

As the core strategy of the deck only consists of a few cards, the rest of the deck is filled with powerful control spells to support the strategy. This variant most notable takes advantage of the powerful combo of Shadow Word: Horror and Pint-Size Potion as a cheap board clear in addition to the more commonly used Dragonfire Potion.

To compensate for the lack of minions in the deck, this version by StanCifka includes Mind Vision and Thoughtsteal to proactively generate additional cards. These cards will sometimes generate additional minions that can be played without having to to include them directly in the deck, which would lower the strength of Barnes and Shadow Essence.

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.

3.2. Quick Mulligan Guide

You should mulligan aggressively for Barnes or Shadow Essence in your opening hand to begin playing big minions as soon as possible. If you have either of these cards then Eternal Servitude can also be kept as a follow-up. Against Aggro decks you can keep an additional removal spell in your opening hand such as Potion of Madness, Holy Smite, or Shadow Word: Pain to help survive the early-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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  • 06 Sep. 2017: Quick Mulligan Guide added.
  • 05 Sep. 2017: Added Big Priest variant used by Stancifka at the HGG.
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