Welcome to our Dragon Priest deck guide where we discuss how to pilot a meta Dragon Priest deck efficiently- utilizing removal spells, high value dragons and Elise the Trailblazer to fuel your hand and close out the game. 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, Wild Pyromancer and removal spells. Wild Pyromancer chained with cheap spells can offer a lot of value and clear out boards against aggressive decks. You also have the infamous Auchenai Soulpriest and Circle of Healing combo, that allows you to wipe out the early game board almost every time against top decks. The deck also packs a lot of burst healing potential to recuperate against aggro decks.
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.
Deck is based off of Zetalot‘s Dragon Priest.
Dragon Priest Mulligan Strategy & Guide
VS Fast Decks
Higher Priority (Keep every time)
- Northshire Cleric – A very good early game minion for dealing with tokens that are quite popular in the meta and if left uncontested, it can draw you a bunch of cards.
- Shadow Word: Pain – A solid early game removal that efficiently deals with early game threats, we run only one copy of the card so you need to know what you want to save it for based on your matchups.
Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)
- Power Word: Shield – It works well with Wild Pyromancer for clearing early game boards and with Northshire Cleric for potential draw value out of your cleric while also drawing a card with this spell.
- Wild Pyromancer – Keep Wild Pyromancer only if you have spells to combo with.
- Auchenai Soulpriest – You want to keep Auchenai Soulpriest only if you have a Circle of Healing in hand for a turn 4 board clear against fast decks.
- Dragonfire Potion – Keep the card with the coin against fast decks if you do not have a Wild Pyromancer or Auchenai Soulpriest board clears.
- Curious Glimmerroot – Keep the card only if you already have a turn 1 or 2 play.
VS Slow Decks
Higher Priority (Keep every time)
- Drakonid Operative – A very powerful turn 5 play that helps you draw from your opponent’s deck, you ideally want to be looking for hard removal or late game threats.
- Priest of the Feast – A very solid 4 drop that is hard to remove due to its high health pool. It is not bad as an on-curve play against control decks as you are not going to lose health too quickly and will not need to chain spells to get health back.
- Curious Glimmerroot – A great 3 drop to draw from your opponent’s deck and fish for hard removal and threats to play against them.
Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)
- Harrison Jones – You want to keep the card against decks like Control Paladin and Quest Warrior as you can easily squeeze out card draw from Harrison after destroying a weapon.
- Netherspite Historian – Keep Netherspite Historian only if you have a Drakonid Operative in hand.
Dragon Priest Win Rates
Dragon Priest Play Strategy
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. The card goes in and out of the meta quite often and with the current meta being flooded with 1 HP minions or low attack minions, Northshire Cleric works out quite well in Priest decks. Power Word: Shield is a key card for protecting your Cleric and it can combo well with Wild Pyromancer, which is another key card for your early game.
Once you get to turns 3 and 4 you have solid options in the deck in form of cards like Curious Glimmerroot, Priest of the Feast and Auchenai Soulpriest to counter pressure from your opponent. Curious Glimmerroot might not have the best stats for a 3 drop but it pulls a copy of a card from your opponent’s deck if you guess it correctly.
Beating Aggro decks that try to flood the board is what Dragon Priest does best and you have a bunch of early game board clears as well as lots of burst healing potential to drain out their resources and beat them in the mid to late game.
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. Elise The Trailblazer and Harrison Jones also fill up the 5 mana slot and each serve their own purpose and offer immense value. Harrison Jones has been out of meta for quite a while now despite weapons being popular, but the card is slowly making a return and if the recently concluded Dreamhack is anything to go by – he definitely has a lot of value in the current meta.
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 extra 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!
Elise The Trailblazer and Shadow Visions make a great pair and it’s one of the most fun aspects of the deck. While you want to aggressively play your Shadow Visions when behind to find answers, if you are against a mid range or control deck you are very likely to be able to play Elise and then follow up with Shadow Visions later. You can potentially open up to 3 Un’Goro packs in one game if your Shadow Visions manage to pull Elise packs every time you play them. Of course, the later you play the combo the more likely it is that you will open multiple packs and it is definitely something you want to do against control decks.
When it comes to hard removals you have access to Shadow Word: Pain and Shadow Word: Death, which are extremely mana efficient at dealing with threats. The deck shines the most with its massive amount of board clears. You have access to Wild Pyromancer and Auchenai Soulpriest for multiple card combos for board clears and when it comes to single card board clears you have access to Dragonfire Potion and Primordial Drake.
The deck does not run any Silence effects by default that can deal with big and valuable threats and with cards like Spikeridged Steed and Murloc Warleader being commonly used, you can land into sticky situations sometimes. You can however draw silence effects off of Lyra the Sunshard if you get lucky!
Dragon Priest Combos and Synergies
Wild Pyromancer synergises with pretty much every spell you have except Dragonfire Potion, you can chain a couple spells to clear the board against hyper-aggresive decks that play a lot of 1 or 2 HP minions. Wild Pyromancer can be used creatively with Northshire Cleric and Circle of Healing (after playing an initial spell), to draw a bunch of cards and depending on how many minions are alive on board, you can expect a lot of value out of your Cleric. You can also mill an enemy Priest player if they have a Cleric on board by forcing draws using your Wild Pyromancer.
Auchenai Soulpriest and Circle of Healing is a great 4 mana 2 card board clear that wipes out anything with 4 or less health.
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.
Elise the Trailblazer and Shadow Visions is a great combo to play in the late game. Once your deck has been thinned out and you do not have too many cards left, Elise can be played and followed up with Shadow Visions, allowing you to pull out 3 copies of Un’Goro packs that can offer you 15 random cards for a total of 8 mana (you pay 6 mana for opening 3 Un’Goro packs and 4 mana for 2 Shadow Visions).
Dragon Priest Card Substitutions
Harrison Jones: You can cut Harrison Jones for Acidic Swamp Ooze if you do not have Harrison in your collection and are not willing to invest 1,600 dust on him. He is a very good card but is very meta dependent when it comes to being played. Acidic Swamp Ooze gets the job done for just 2 mana but you lose out on the card draw Harrison can provide you.
Elise the Trailblazer and the Lyra the Sunshard package: You can cut out Elise the Trailblazer for Ysera. Ysera provides tremendous amounts of late game value if she sticks on the board. Elise is the better choice in the current meta but you can swap her for Ysera if you do not own a copy of Elise. If you plan on cutting Elise, Shadow Visions also loses a lot of value since drawing multiple Elise packs is a solid win condition against slower decks. That being said, Shadow Visions does have a lot of individual value as well without Elise as it can draw out extra copies of spot removals and AoE spells in clutch moments.
You can swap out Shadow Visions and Lyra for two copies of Twilight Drake and one copy of Book Wyrm. It will allow you to substantially reduce the cost of the deck if you are low on dust at the moment or happen to be starting out with the game.
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