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Xixo's SSC Tempo Dragon Priest Deck

Last updated on Dec 22, 2017 at 13:09 by Pesty 17 comments

Table of Contents

This guide details the key differences in Xixo's Tempo Dragon Priest deck and the additional strategy required to play it effectively.

1. Card List

This deck costs 3,900 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

This variant cuts all early-game spells such as Power Word: Shield, Shadow Word: Death, and Shadow Word: Pain and instead uses Free From Amber and Mind Control as its only spells to extract huge values from Spiteful Summoner and Grand Archivist in the late-game.

As this variant contains no removal spells, additional early-game minions such as Shadow Ascendant, Curious Glimmerroot, and Tar Creeper are present. It is important to try and use these additional minions to maintain full board control as there is no Dragonfire Potion available, leaving Duskbreaker as the only form of AoE in the deck.

Where possible, you should try and play Spiteful Summoner on turn 6, or turn 5 with The Coin. As it is guaranteed to reveal either Free From Amber or Mind Control to summon a random 8 or 10 Mana minion, the tempo gain is so huge that there is almost never a better play if you are not in imminent danger.

Grand Archivist requires a bit more consideration when being played. Throughout the game, you should keep track of how many copies of Mind Control and Free From Amber have been drawn so you know which card Grand Archivist is likely to cast. If you are expecting Mind Control to be played, you should try and remove any small threats from your opponent's board and even isolate a lone big minion if possible. If you are expecting Free From Amber to be played, the effect becomes similar to that of Spiteful Summoner and you are free to play your turn as normal.

3.1. Pros and Cons

The use of Grand Archivist and Spiteful Summoner in this variant provide huge amounts of pressure to put onto Control decks. However, the lack of removal spells make it very difficult to get back into the game if board control is lost.

3.2. Quick Mulligan Guide

You should look for a solid curve of early-game minions in your opening hand such as Northshire Cleric, Shadow Ascendant, Tar Creeper, and Curious Glimmerroot. You can also always keep Corridor Creeper in your opening hand to ensure you can benefit from its Mana reduction as soon as possible.

Against very aggressive decks, you can additionally keep Duskbreaker to allow you to swing back onto the board on turn 4.

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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  • 22 Dec. 2017: Variant added.
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