Budget Inner Fire Priest Deck List Guide (Kobolds and Catacombs)

Class: Priest - Format: Mammoth - Type: Combo - Style: Budget

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Deck Import

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

Introduction to Budget Inner Fire Priest

Inner Fire Priest has kind of always been a fringe deck, but Silence versions of Priest have been powerful from time to time. You will also see the Inner Fire and Divine Spirit combo in Dragon Priest which takes advantage of their high health minions. The deck while not popular in Standard is one of the top decks in Wild!

Kobolds and Catacombs Update

Kobolds and Catacombs has not added a lot to this deck, but Unidentified Elixir is a pretty interesting card to play around with. Three of the four bonuses you can get (Elixir of Hope, Elixir of Life, and Elixir of Purity) are very good. The final one (Elixir of Shadows), while not great is still serviceable!

This wouldn’t be my first choice as a budget deck, but when it really fires on all cylinders it can be quite powerful. You can also transition from this deck to Dragon Priest.

Budget Inner Fire 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 Radiant and Shield, you can keep some of your other minions like Shadow Ascendant, Kabal Talonpriest, or Tar Creeper. If you have this combo 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 Inner Fire Priest Play Strategy

This deck is 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 absolutely importance and should generally always be healed instead of your own face. It is absolutely vital that you keep them alive because there isn’t a whole lot of AOE removal in this deck. You’ve got Wild Pyromancer that you can do some cute combos with, 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. Your biggest worry with the Radiant Elemental is facing another Priest and them having Potion of Madness shenanigans or Shadow Word: Pain. This means you should be careful buffing its health unless you can Inner Fire it right away (which is weak to Shadow Word: Death).

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.

Be very careful when you’re playing around with Wild Pyromancer because it’s really easy to destroy your own minions or mess up the ordering. Make sure you plan the turn ahead of time, attack with any minion you might lose, or cast a spell prior to playing it if you don’t want to kill the Pyromancer and have no way of buffing it.

Your main targets for buffs are obviously going to be your bigger health minions. This doesn’t just mean Tar Creeper and Tortollan Shellraiser, but also minions you buff with your Shield and Kabal Talonpriest. 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 (Secret Mage doesn’t run Polymorph).

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.

Unidentified Elixir is a new addition to the deck from Kobolds and Catacombs! It has three very good bonuses and one not so great one for this deck. This is a card I’m still on the fence about, it isn’t necessary for the list and you could play something like Power Word: Tentacles or potentially play with some of the ratios of the 1-of cards instead.

Future Card Replacements for Budget Inner Fire Priest

There’s no real “meta” version of Inner Fire Priest. The deck is kind of a fringe deck and you would very likely head to Dragon Priest when starting to craft new cards.

  • 1x Spirit Lash, 1x Unidentified Elixir > 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 Tortollan ShellraiserPriest of the Feast – Really good comeback card and great for healing yourself back up because of all the spells in the deck. Unfortunately it’s in the One Night in Karzhan adventure which I’m not sure is worth purchasing since it will be rotating out of Standard in 2018.

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.

  • Dirty Rat – Sees play in Control based decks and can sometimes burn you, but it works very well in this deck.
  • Lyra the Sunshard – A very solid minion to target with the buffs or just start cycling your cards with. This also sees some play in Dragon and Highlander Priest.
  • Corridor Creeper – Sadly this card would actually be pretty good in this deck. If you make some early trades you can pair it on the same turn with your minions that add buffs if you have an empty board, or you can cast some buff spells on it. A 0-mana 5/5 minion is good, who knew?!


Discuss This Deck
  1. 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.


  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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 😀

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

    Why not Hozen Healer instead of Night Howler?

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

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

    can i replace night howler with gurubashi berserker?

  15. 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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