Budget Combo Dragon Priest Deck List Guide (The Witchwood)

Class: Priest - Format: Raven - Type: Combo - Style: Budget - Meta Deck: Dragon Priest

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Deck Import

Learn how to play this archetype with our Dragon Priest Deck List Guide.

Our Budget Combo Dragon Priest deck list guide for the The Witchwood expansion will teach you how to play this Combo Priest list. This Budget Dragon Priest guide includes Mulligans, Gameplay Strategy, Card Substitutions, and Combos/Synergies!

Introduction to Budget Combo Dragon Priest

Combo Dragon Priest got pretty popular in the Kobolds and Catacomb meta. While we had seen Silence versions of Priest that operated under a similar principal, we had not seen the archetype reach the heights it had towards the end of the Year of the Mammoth.

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The Witchwood Update

While Priest lost what might be the strongest Dragon cards of all-time in Drakonid Operative, it still has access to probably the SECOND strongest Dragon card of all-time with Duskbreaker. This card alone can help carry you against most aggressive decks due to its ability to sweep boards with ease. The Witchwood has brought some interesting new additions to Dragon Priest decks. Nightscale Matriarch makes for a powerful late game card that can fill up your board with Whelps, and Wyrmguard gives you a strong late game taunt to help finish games or act as a target for your Divine Spirit + Inner Fire combo!

Budget Combo Dragon Priest Mulligan Guide

The best cards you can get in your early mulligan are Northshire Cleric, Radiant Elemental, and Power Word: Shield. If you have one of these minions, you can keep some of your higher cost ones like Shadow Ascendant, Tar Creeper, or Duskbreaker (particularly if you know it’s a board flood deck). If you have Radiant and Shield you can also keep Divine Spirit or Inner Fire (probably better because you can play the same turn as you Shield) which can win you the game if your opponent can’t deal with it.

Budget Combo Dragon Priest Play Strategy

This deck can be a bit difficult to play, but when it gets going and you get used to it you can do quite a few crazy things. Your minions are of the absolute importance and should generally always be healed instead of your own face. It is vital that you keep them alive because there isn’t a whole lot of AOE removal in this deck. You’ve got Duskbreaker, and you’ve got Spirit Lash which can provide a bit of extra damage to the board.

Radiant Elemental and Power Word: Shield is one of your best early game starters. If you can follow this up with a Tar Creeper to protect the Elemental you will be in a really good spot.

Unfortunately, sometimes you just have to throw down your Northshire Cleric and hope that they can’t kill it. You won’t always get a draw, but maintaining some semblance of a board is very important. This is especially the case against aggressive decks, but ones that play 1-Health minions will have to alter their strategy or give you a free draw generally.

Your main targets for buffs are obviously going to be your bigger health minions. This doesn’t just mean Tar Creeper, Twilight Drake, and your other Dragons. However, you can also buff your minions with your Shield and Shadow Ascendant. The one card you need to be particularly careful with is Inner Fire. You should only really use it when you are going to get an attack from the minion, or you know for sure the minion isn’t going to die the next turn. If it’s early against an aggressive or midrange class that doesn’t run cheap removal like Druid, Hunter, Paladin, or Rogue you can be more aggressive with it. However, even spell-casting classes can be taken advantage of if you time it right. Warlock can’t remove big minions early in the game, and Mage’s would struggle with stuff above 6 or 7-Health.

Speaking of buffs, you shouldn’t always be holding on for the Inner Fire and Divine Shield combo. Just getting something like a 6/6 early in the game is enough to put a ton of pressure on your opponent. You are at the mercy of your draws, and until you can get Shadow Visions this deck isn’t always going to be consistent.

This being the Dragon version, however, means you aren’t fully reliant on your combo to win games. You have late game power with Bone Drake, Nightscale Matriarch, and Wyrmguard. You can just beat your opponent out via the board and your healing of your minions, so don’t always feel like you are reliant on the combo.

Future Card Replacements for Budget Combo Dragon Priest

This deck converts quite nicely into the meta version of Combo Dragon Priest! You are only really missing the following Epic cards:

  • 1x Spirit Lash, 1x Circle of Healing > Shadow Visions – Makes this deck a WHOLE lot more consistent and is great in just about every Priest deck. Visions is really good at allowing you to pick a card based on your matchup and current situation. I would keep this in my mulligan once you have it.
  • 2x Shadow Word: Death > Twilight Acolyte – Once you have your Shadow Visions you want to limit the spells you have in the deck so you are consistently hitting your combo pieces when you need them. Acolyte does a good job acting a pseudo removal.

General Replacements

If you have these then you might want to slot them into the deck, but because this doesn’t evolve into a meta deck I’m not recommending you craft any of these unless you think you’ll use them in another list.

  • Lyra the Sunshard – A very solid minion to target with the buffs or just start cycling your cards with.
  • Primordial Drake – Strong late game sweeper that has taunt and is great for receiving buffs from your combo pieces.
  • Ysera – If you happen to have it then it can fit in the deck, but it’s pretty slow and can weigh down your hand quite a bit if you get it in the early game.
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Discuss This Deck
  1. HiTop
    June 12, 2018 at 6:56 am

    What would you take out of this deck to substitute Primordial Drake? Thanks for the deck! Fun to play!

  2. Pegasus
    June 7, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    For what should I replace the Lyra?

  3. MightyFart
    May 18, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    What about removing two Shadow Word: Death for two Spellbreakers? Sometimes i combo a minion, my oponent is in lethal damage with i could directly attavk him, but Void Lord gets in the way. Silence looks pretty strong in this season. What you guys think?

    • MightFart
      May 18, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      @Correction: if i could attack him directly.*

  4. Wraeth
    May 18, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    I have shadowreaper anduin, who i know is a very powerful card. Any card I can replace for him?

    • TheHenn17
      June 7, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Don’t know if this helps still but I’m using this deck with both shadow visions replacements and instead of two twilight acolyte replacements I only have one and then shadowreaper. This deck laddered me to rank 15 on a 7 game winstreak today! Very happy with it.

  5. Battle Courgette
    May 15, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Any room for Prophet Velen or Chameleos in this deck? They’re like my only 2 legendaries and I’m dying to use them.

  6. Servivo
    May 10, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Wow. Thanks for the deck!! It is very useful. I change the two bone drakes for 1 cobalt scale and the legendary y lady in white (that was my free legendary) . First, I think that it would not work with twilight drake but not always someone has a lady in white in the early phase of the game so it was a normal game with a situational buff of lady in white that is really amazing with wyrmguard and nightscale matriarch. I wil put “like”

  7. BouncyBear
    April 22, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    should i take out 2 nightscale for 2 primordal drake?

  8. TeoGeo
    April 19, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Which card should I take out for ysera?

    • hidratante
      April 20, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      Yah would like to know as well

      • Raven
        May 10, 2018 at 2:31 pm

        just take the sleepy guy out
        same cost ysera is just better

        • Raven
          May 10, 2018 at 2:35 pm

          oops wrong deck

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 22, 2018 at 9:29 am

      I’d cut a Nightscale Matriarch.

    • Thantacore
      June 2, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      You can take out a wyrm guard

  9. VoidDragon
    April 17, 2018 at 3:25 am

    So…I got the witchwood legendary lady in white and …. I was just wondering if anyone would know a budget version of lady in white deck

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 22, 2018 at 9:30 am

      I think you could cut a Bone Drake and it could work in this deck.

  10. Josse
    April 16, 2018 at 1:26 am

    As a Wild payer, I included the Shadow Visions, removed Wyrmguard for Drakonid Operative (didn’t open any), and took out one Bone Drake for Lady in White.

    Works great!

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 22, 2018 at 9:29 am


      • Josse
        April 24, 2018 at 3:57 am

        However after the meta settled, the deck seems to be close to tier 3-4…

        Yet still good, however Baku (Odd) Paladin is a better option with approx. The same cost.

  11. Hinotoumei
    January 20, 2018 at 11:29 am

    deck is actualy pretty decent.

    • Hinotoumei
      January 21, 2018 at 11:30 am

      check out my twitch channel to see this deck in action. i made a few adjustments. swapped out 1 tar creeper, 1 shadow word death, silence and 1 acolyte for 2 mindvisions, 1 thought steal and spellstealer. deck is so far working great with these changes at least at low ladder level. you can use the elixir to bypass the 2 less minions by crossing ffingers hoping you get “summon a 1/1 copy” though admittedly this seems to pop up at quite a resonable rate (higher than life steal and deathrattle effect) in fact got 2 “summon 1/1” in one match TWICE. this is a great low budget priest deck for climbing ladder (with these changes). hard to get used to it, but perhaps if you watch my channel you can see for yourself just how awesome it is.


  12. Tewered
    January 7, 2018 at 9:10 am

    I like this deck, seems good. Should i add DK Priest?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 7, 2018 at 9:13 am

      I don’t think it really fits in this deck.

      • flex93
        January 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm

        hey man dirt rat i should replace him with what card plz

        • Evident - Site Admin
          January 15, 2018 at 4:32 pm

          I’d probably swap out Shellraiser.

  13. Roger
    December 30, 2017 at 1:48 am

    What cards could I take out for corridor creeper?

    • Dylan
      January 11, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      I’m also wondering this

      • Evident - Site Admin
        January 15, 2018 at 4:33 pm

        Shellraiser, Shadow Ascendant, or Unidentified Elixir.

  14. cameron vandenberg
    December 20, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    i just replaced the neutrals with power word tentacles, lightspawn and deathwing now it’s over powered and is sombody wants to vs me my name is Cameronv0011 and battle numbers are #1428

  15. Fix3d
    December 12, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Is Marin the Fox useful here? Idk, maybe making a budget version of a deck like this:
    I think it’s worth mentioning that without Lyra and Shadow Visions the deck would be a lot less consistent, but this Inner Fire deck isn’t especially consistent you know.
    Just wondering.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 13, 2017 at 11:14 am

      I don’t think it’d work very well, it’s really just a 6/6 minion and you can’t guarantee that you can kill the chest. I did talk about Shadow Visions in the gameplay and replacement section.

    • NV
      December 14, 2017 at 5:15 am

      Marin the FOX,

      Next turn potion of madness, 2x divine spirit, 1x inner fire

  16. Mihac
    November 9, 2017 at 8:31 am

    A very good budget deck for beginners, using it and it seems to work out. I was lucky enough to get 2 legendary cards and an epic and I had enough dust to make it.

  17. PetaZedrok
    October 7, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    So, it good when i replace the defender of argus and power word tentacles with the cards you suggested?

  18. ZenGarde
    October 5, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Been playing this deck on a new account and the fact that i managed to beat Jade Druid with it really stands testament to the power of the deck and is a relatively easy to play deck for newer players trying to scrape together some gold for the more expensive meta decks so thankyou Rogue Zebra for sharing it with us. I can’t help but share my experience with the deck in case some fellow new players decided to pick it up and take it for a spin.

    At the moment i’m using the budget version of the deck but swapped out the Acolyte of Agony’s with Tar Creeper’s since they have the benefit of both being a 3/5 taunt for 3 mana, a solid target for the Inner Fire combo but most importantly i noticed that players tend to avoid attacking into it and either A) burning removal on it or B) avoiding attacking it entirely unless they have a minion that will survive the 3 damage recoil. This allows you to play them when the enemy doesn’t have a beefy minion on the board and most likely you will have a target for the Inner Fire combo (Power Word Tentacles, Divine Spirit, Divine Spirit, Inner Fire for 44 damage at 10 mana) on the next turn.

    I’m looking forward to crafting a Lyra to replace the Defender of Argus and 2 x Priest of the Feast’s which i will probably replace the Night Howler’s with since they feel like a “win more” card and the deck overall struggles to play from behind rather than maintain their winning position in my opinion.

  19. Kristine
    September 30, 2017 at 3:56 am

    I climbed from rank 20 to rank 15 with the cheap silence version quite easily. Now it feels like this deck runs out of value… Lyra would be so nice 😀 I once had the coin, silence, 2 mana silent minion and the puffing spells. Ended up with turn 3 20/20 😀

  20. Christof
    September 26, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Why not Hozen Healer instead of Night Howler?

  21. SlpZA
    September 25, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Nice Deck! Keen to try it out! I couldn’t really interpret your substitution section, um, what would an ideal / meta inner fire priest look like at the moment if you don’t mind? Sorry, I am illiterate xD

  22. lolman
    September 23, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    i have a hard time with this deck cause i play against agro hunter so the lack of minions is rly bad

  23. Stephan
    September 2, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I’ve been running a similar deck for about a month now, thanks for the tips.

    A strong (but pricey, and about to phase out) addition to this type of deck is a Faceless Shambler. Essentially, any point from turn 7 on, you DS/IF your ??? (Humongous Razorleaf usually being my favorite) then toss down a shambler. Two 16/16’s, one with Taunt, is often enough to end the game outright. Faceless Manipulator is another, less attractive option.

  24. TTN
    August 31, 2017 at 4:06 am

    can i replace night howler with gurubashi berserker?

  25. Carlos
    August 20, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Hello. I always have the difficulty on drawing minions. Maybe this deck should have more minions?
    What’s your opinion on this?


    • Rogue Zebra
      August 28, 2017 at 10:22 am

      It is a tough line to walk, Carlos. We want minions that stick around while also not diluting the combo aspect of the deck too much. One of the big losses to the budget version is not having Priest of the Feast. That would be my first go-to minion. The hope is that if we have our card draw engine going like we want, then we can get the requisite body for our combo.

      Let me know if you have any suggestions for card substitutions, I’d be happy to try them out!


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