Dragon Priest Deck List Guide – November 2017

Welcome to our Dragon Priest deck guide where we discuss how to pilot a meta Dragon Priest deck efficiently- utilizing AOE, high value dragons, and powerful combos with Divine Spirit and Inner Fire. Our deck guide includes Mulligans, Gameplay Tips, Synergies and Card replacements.

The goal of the deck is to aggressively contest the early game with Northshire Cleric, Radiant Elemental and Tar Creeper. Dragons come into play in the later game due to the strength of cards like Cobalt Scalebane and Drakonid Operative.

Dragon Priest became popular during the Grand Tournament meta with cards like Wyrmrest Agent and Twilight Guardian being core components of the deck. Even though Blackrock Mountain tried to push dragon synergies, it was only after The Grand Tournament cards were added to the game that Priest started utilizing dragons efficiently and has always been a great anti-aggro deck.

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Update – Dragon Priest – November 2017

Dragon Priest is a solid list if are looking for a different type of deck to bring to the ladder. It combines Dragon synergy with the ability to burst an opponent down with Divine Spirit and Inner Fire.

Dragon Priest Mulligan Strategy & Guide

VS Fast Decks

Higher Priority (Keep every time)

  • Northshire Cleric – A very good early game minion for dealing with low health minions that are quite popular in the meta and if left uncontested, it can draw you a bunch of cards.
  • Radiant Elemental – Cheap early game minion that pairs well with Power Word: Shield as a way to trade into low health minions.
  • Tar Creeper – Good aggression stopper and a prime candidate for PW:S and Divine Spirit.

Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)

  • Power Word: Shield – Solid keep if you already have one of the cheap minions listed above.
  • Potion of Madness – It’s great when it gets a 2-for-1, but better players will tend to attempt to play around it.
  • Kabal Talonpriest – Keep only if you have one of the above cheap minions. Don’t be too greedy with the buff and play it rather than pass the turn if you are under pressure.
  • Priest of the Feast – Good stats but obviously very slow. Only keep if you have a good curve already.

VS Slow Decks

Higher Priority (Keep every time)

  • Northshire Cleric – Can do some early game chip damage and clear small minions, can also be held to make sure you get value from it.
  • Netherspite Historian – You are looking for value in the slow matchups and this card provides a lot of it. It is obviously best kept if you already have a Dragon in hand, but you don’t have to play it immediately against slow decks.
  • Twilight Drake – If you are in for a slower matchup you won’t be aggressively dumping your hand so Twilight Drake can get nice and healthy.

Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)

  • Drakonid Operative – This is such a powerful card that it can be worth keeping in slow matchups, it’s especially good if you are looking to backup your Netherspite Historian.

Dragon Priest Win Rates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Dragon Priest Play Strategy

Vs Aggro

Ideally you want to open up with Northshire Cleric and get value out of the card. However, playing it as a 1/3 on board might not be the best idea against all decks as it is a card that demands instant removal and you want to get some value out of the card if possible.

Once you get to turns 3 and 4 you have solid options in the deck in form of cards like Kabal Talonpriest, Priest of the Feast and Tar Creeper to counter pressure from your opponent. Twilight Drake can do a lot of work, but against aggressive decks you will usually have to be playing a card out of your hand every turn so its health will usually be fairly low.

Most aggro decks will not have an answer to a big taunt other than to run many minions into it. If you have Divine Spirit, try to hold a higher health minion so that you can land it on them. Tar Creeper is your prime target for this type of play. Be careful with this against Tempo Rogue, because they have Vilespine Slayer and that could just ruin your day so try to play around that if possible.

Vs Control

Drakonid Operative is one of the strongest 5 drops in the game and it can help you maintain card advantage against your opponent by giving you information about your opponent’s deck. In control matchups, even a card advantage of 1 can make a massive difference and being able to deal with aggro decks as well as having the ability to out-value control decks is what this deck is capable of. Even if you do not manage to get the card’s effect off and are forced to play the minion for tempo, it is still a 5 mana 5/6 which is solid stats and can contest multiple mid game minions most of the time.

Lyra the Sunshard is in the deck to cycle your cards for other cards and you want to hold a bunch of spells to pull off a big combo in the late game. Ideally you want to play Lyra with 1-2 mana spells to get more cheap spells. Being able to get copies of things like Shadow Word: Pain, Shadow Word: Death, Power Word: Shield or even AOE spells that you have in the deck can help you a lot. If your Lyra is left uncontested for a turn you are most likely going to win on the back of the card!

While this deck is mostly tempo/midrange, it can also be fairly combo oriented with the Divine Spirit and Inner Fire included. Be on the look out for game winning combinations because you’ll have more time to draw into them against a slower deck.

Dragon Priest Combos and Synergies

Priest of the Feast is a good catchup card if you need to stabilize your health pool, with enough 1 and 2 mana spells in the deck you can combo a couple of them to gain back a decent amount of health.

Lyra the Sunshard has a lot of synergy with your cheap spells and with several 0 and 1 mana Priest spells you can draw about 3 cards quite easily with Lyra. Drawing extra copies of hard removals, card draw, AOE spells or even burn damage can be beneficial depending on your situation.

Divine Spirit/Inner Fire is your big combo. It is rarely a good idea to play these on a minion that can’t attack on the turn you play them and at least get a trade. You can be greedier in a slower matchup, but you should play Divine Spirit early if you can get multiple trades against an aggressive deck.

Remember that Kabal Talonpriest is not a Dragon and will die if you play Dragonfire Potion. Also, pay attention to your opponent’s board because Cobalt Scalebane is a popular card and won’t take damage from the Potion.

Dragon Priest Card Substitutions

Not a lot of room for swaps in Dragon Priest currently. Lyra would be hard to play without as it wins you games against control and can pull out clutch games against aggro decks. Deathwing is included in some lists, and you can cut a copy of Cobalt Scalebane if you want to play it.

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19 Comments

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  1. Spyborg
    November 16, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Horrible deck. I’m a fairly good player, and this deck will get you hardly any wins to make up for the losses. DONT waste your time and dust.

    Reply
    • Mosab
      November 19, 2017 at 7:22 am

      A lot of people are getting different results to you, especially pro players playing this. are you sure you’re playing this deck correctly? Calling yourself a fairly good player doesn’t give me much to judge .

      Reply
  2. murad
    November 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    macht alles ein gefallen löscht das gammlige deck danke der größte ROTZT

    Reply
  3. kabal
    July 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    songstealer better

    Reply
  4. wendel
    July 20, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    bad deck 0 – 8

    Reply
    • chukky1123
      August 3, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      sorry but here am 12-2 easy mode

      Reply
    • Mania
      November 2, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Lol? I’m 13-3 obviously you aren’t playing the deck correctly.

      Reply
  5. Israphil
    July 14, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    This deck is awesome !!

    Reply
  6. Abelcain
    July 12, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I have only faced a single warrior this month so far.

    Other than that match, the only other time I have ever used Harrison Jones was against a mage with Atiesh.

    What would be a good substitution for Harrison Jones besides acidic swamp ooze and other weapon breakers for this meta?

    Reply
    • Chronomancer
      August 4, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      Twilight Drake fits like a glove in this deck

      Reply
  7. a
    July 7, 2017 at 3:51 am

    gjty 🙂

    Reply
  8. Fistouille
    July 6, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Only 4 dragons ? it’s a joke ?

    Reply
    • darkslayer_91
      July 6, 2017 at 5:39 am

      I know right? Plus, no Radiant Elemental, Harrison Jones is kinda useless, considering you’ll be having full hand almost everytime.

      Reply
  9. Ricky
    July 5, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Any room for twilight drake?

    Reply
  10. Heinkel
    July 5, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    The win rate vs Quest rog is gonna get higher soon… finally.

    Reply
  11. Karma
    July 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    so there is a matchup for elemental shaman and not token shaman?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      July 5, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      Sorry about that, I just added Evolve (Token) Shaman into the mix.

      Reply
  12. Archios
    July 5, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Isn’t this Zetalot’s list he used to reach high legend a while ago?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      July 5, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Yes, I just added a mention of that in the guide.

      Reply

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