Highlander Priest Deck List Guide – Kobolds and Catacombs (KAC) – December 2017

Our Razakus Highlander Priest deck list guide for the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion features the top list for this new archetype. This Highlander Priest guide includes Mulligans, Strategy, Card Replacements, and Combos/Synergies!

Introduction to Highlander Priest

Highlander Priest is a combo/control deck that aims to stay alive in true control fashion while digging through the deck until it can assemble multiple combo pieces and burst the opponent from high life totals. With the right pieces comboed together it can also OTK (one-turn-kill, meaning it can end the game in a single powerful turn) from 30 life or higher, however that’s not always necessary. The entire deck is built upon the interaction between Raza the Chained and Shadowreaper Anduin, who’s hero power the deck exploits to win the game.

The deck started off the Year of the Mammoth rather slowly – because of Reno Jackson‘s departure from Standard, the highlander archetypes did not see too much play initially. However, it was later discovered that Priest actually has enough sustain to support it and justify the inclusion of Kazakus, mainly, which is a really powerful card. Ironically enough, Raza the Chained was there as “just a good card” and simply because the deck was already singleton-based. The deck played the long game and grinded opponents out through attrition, removing everything and slowly accumulating an advantage. Back then, N'Zoth, The Corruptor was a common addition and the deck used the new Lyra the Sunshard to generate overwhelming value.

Then, everything changed, when the Frozen Nation attacked. With a new expansion came hero cards and Priest got Shadowreaper Anduin, which was soon discovered to be very oppressive with the cost reduction applied by Raza the Chained. Opponents couldn’t stick minions to the board because the Priest would clear them simply by playing cards. Although not immediately into the new meta, it didn’t take people too long to discover that if you instead go face with Anduin’s hero power and play lots of cards, you can actually end the game very quickly as Priest and actually winning the game is often times better than simply not losing. Around that time is when another package got added to the Raza and Anduin combo – Prophet Velen and Mind Blast, which along a discounter hero power deal a total of 20 damage from hand… as Priest. Soon people stopped trying to go off with Radiant Elemental and Lyra the Sunshard and instead were going off with Radiant ElementalProphet Velen and cheap spells for massive amounts of burst damage.

The Kobolds and Catacombs expansion completely solidified Highlander Priest as the top dog in the meta by giving it new tools – not many, but very powerful. Psychic Scream was released onto the game and is by far the strongest mass removal ever made and it fits right into this deck, since it doesn’t care about the board at all. It’s not a lot, but it’s very much.The deck evolved into what it is today by replacing everything replaceable with cheap spells and ways to dig through the deck in order to assemble a combo with seemingly many pieces. Currently, the standard assembly of cards that deals 28 damage and virtually OTKs everything is:

Hero Power -> Prophet Velen -> Hero Power -> Radiant Elemental -> Hero Power -> Mind Blast -> Hero Power -> Holy Smite

Add any other cheap spell to that and it goes over 30 damage, not to mention when you add more. The trick here is that this is not particularly hard to assemble or pull off, with very little disruption being possible other than having the Priest be rushed down by aggro or a random Dirty Rat pulling a combo piece by accident. The entire deck consists of three sets of cards – cycle to go through the deck, removal and sustain to stay alive while going through the deck and the combo, meanwhile playing Raza the Chained and Shadowreaper Anduin somewhere along the way, on turns 5 and 8 respectively if possible. Everything comes together to create a powerful deck that has warped the entire metagame around it because it can do everything. Continue reading for insight on how to properly pilot the deck and navigate through it’s many interactions and matchups.

Highlander Priest Mulligan Strategy & Guide

The mulligan section will be divided into two parts – against fast decks and against slow decks. Fast decks are generally the Aggro decks (e.g. Pirate Warrior, Murloc Paladin) or high tempo Midrange decks (e.g. Keleseth Rogue, Midrange Hunter). Slow decks are slower Midrange and Control decks.

VS Fast Decks

Higher Priority (Keep every time)

  • Potion of Madness – This is as cheap as interaction and removal spells are ever going to be. It allows you to go 2 for 1 in card advantage and use their own minions to make beneficial trades, wrestling board control from the very beginning. It can also completely turn the early game around by grabbing a small deathrattle minion. The denied value for the opponent and the added value for you will set you up to lock the game.
  • Spirit Lash – This unassuming spell is the key to beating aggressive decks. We all know what Maelstrom Portal can do against the pirate warriors of the world and where it summons a minion that can range from very bad to great, Lash will heal you for a set amount and stabilize you as you enter the midgame.
  • Kazakus – The namesake card of the deck is always a keeper. Even though it comes down on turn four, the 1-mana potions are incredibly strong in a pinch and the 5-mana potions offer board clear and sustain. If you are lucky enough to find him in the opening hand, do not toss him back.

Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)

  • Holy Smite – Another form of cheap interaction that serves a very similar purpose as Potion of Madness (in the aggro matchup) – removing early game threats as soon as possible. It’s not powerful enough to kill even some of the 1-drops, but it can stop small minions that threaten to grow out of control and act as supplementary removal to your other damage-based spells. Keep if you lack one of the better options above or have the ability to line it up against a specific creature from the opponent’s deck.
  • Shadow Word: Pain – While this is an unconditional answer to most any minion run by aggro, it is after all a 1 for 1 at best. If you have other interaction or cheap minions to play on the board it’s OK to keep but if it’s your only answer, toss it away for something more efficient.
  • Shadow Word: Horror – Most aggro decks will be trying to go wide on the board with small minions in the early game and this card can blow them out when the time comes to transition to the midgame. The reason it’s not a 100% safe keep is that sometimes even fast decks can quickly outgrow its range, especially buff-based decks like Token Druid. Keep if there aren’t better cards for the matchup already present in your opening hand.

VS Slow Decks

If you are facing another control deck you would want to be mulliganing for your all of your value cards. The Discover effects offer strong card advantage and Kazakus can generate a 10 mana potion for a tremendous swing turn. Don’t be afraid to keep expensive and slow cards in your hand and you can hold onto cards you know you are going to need in order to win, such as Lyra, Velen and Anduin, but if possible try to find earlier plays.

Higher Priority (Keep every time)

  • Shadow Visions – Value is the name of the game in Control mirrors and you will look for every way to generate more of it. Use Visions to grab an extra Un'Goro Pack for the ultimate resource advantage.
  • Raza the Chained – The cheaper of your two combo pieces, a great stats per cost ratio and a much needed effect make this almost a no-brainer. Keeping will ensure you have one less piece to dig for and the discount on the hero power can be very good even on your basic Lesser Heal.
  • Kazakus – It is almost never wrong to keep Kazakus in the opening hand, especially against Control. Most of the potion combinations you can go for will provide you with an enormous advantage in the form of a huge tempo play or just raw value.

Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)

  • Shadow Word: Death – Against control you know for a fact you will be needing that hard removal and you might as well keep it. It’s an investment in the mulligan stage that guarantees you will have it whenever you need it most, but it’s not a clear cut decision. Keep it if you know the key threats from the opponent’s deck and the different ways you can answer them, as well as if you think you can cash in on the tempo from the incredible cost efficiency of Death.
  • Shadowreaper Anduin – Control and midrange decks are known for playing big durdly minions and building powerful boards. Not only does the new Death Knight allow you to clear a board full of those, his hero power will provide an unending stream of cheap and efficient damage that can be used both as removal and as a Hunter hero power to start closing out the game. Try not to keep expensive cards if there are better options but don’t feel bad if you chose to keep this one around.
  • Curious Glimmerroot – You are going for value and this little guy brings it… if you know your opponent’s deck. More importantly, it can help you identify what their deck is as early as turn 3, while the body is not too terribly bad below the curve. Don’t keep if there are better options in your hand or you have a decent curve that you want to chain and try to prioritize drawing from your deck instead of the opponent’s.

Highlander Priest Win Rates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Highlander Priest General Game Plan and Play Strategy

When playing Kazakus Priest, it’s very important to understand what your deck is, what it does and what your role in the particular match is going to be. Luckily, you don’t have to think about it too often because you will almost always be the control deck. Your main win conditions are Lyra the Sunshard value generation and killing people with Shadowreaper Anduin‘s chaingun hero power, both of which are supported by an extraordinary number of cheap spells. Prophet Velen adds extra “oomph” to the latter, making your hero powers hit for 4 damage between every card you play.

Notice that there is a difference between win condition and game plan. Typically, throughout most games you play, you will follow along the deck’s game plan of playing the control game, exhausting the opponent’s resources and generating value . Win conditions can change depending on the matchup, but after all the deck is built in a way that the easiest and primary way to close out the game is through a Velen/Voidform powerturn of burst damage. That said, you can often adapt to the game at hand and win in an alternative fashion. The deck runs essentially every source of card draw that’s even remotely viable in order to do it’s thing more consistently, which is what makes it so effective. Even though it’s a singleton-style deck, no card seems out of reach with the tons of draw and generation the deck is capable of. As such, it can execute successfully a variety of different approaches depending on the matchup.


Against aggressive decks that try to bring your life total to zero as quickly as possible, there is a plethora of removal and healing in the deck that will allow you to outlast any form of finite damage coming your way. The goal here is to stall and heal up until the enemy runs out of resources, at which point you can easily lock the game with big threats and powerful turns. Key cards are mostly Priest of the FeastBinding Heal and Doomsayer, which if dealt with is virtually a 2-mana heal for 7 hp.

The premier aggro/burn deck of the format is once again Pirate Warrior, which proves to be very problematic for this deck. Priest’s tools have never quite been able to line up well against their threats and it shows. Priest of the Feast and the Binding Heal are a nod to the inevitable need to heal up against this deck and even that is usually not enough. If you are facing too many warriors, I would recommend considering tech options such as Ooze or Crawler – with this deck’s off-the-charts cycling you are going to see them a lot more often.

Another very prominent aggro deck is Token Druid. Fortunately, the matchup against them is quite favorable, especially with inclusions such as Mass Dispel, which can reduce a buffed up board back to a pile of 1-attack minions. Priest has some of the most mana-efficient unconditional answers to big threats such as Bittertide Hydra or a fast growing Vicious Fledgling in the form of Shadow Word: Death, as well as multiple board clears to answer the deck’s flooding power, all of which stack very well against Living Mana.


Against slow decks you have more options, but they fall in two general categories – outdamaging or outvaluing the opponent. Using the deck’s ridiculous cycling capabilities (for a Priest), you can get your Anduin + Velen game state reliably and relatively quickly. As a bonus, most of your low cost spells can be preserved throughout the game as they don’t hold too much value in control matchups, making for a very effective burst turn. Alternatively, you can generate tons of value with the Lyra + Radiant Elemental turn or simply by dominating the attrition battle with sheer card advantage. The problem with that approach is that the ladder is devoid of other real control decks because Jade Druid is smothering them out of the metagame… and you can’t play the attrition game against that deck. Against them, always try to set up as much burst as possible, most of the time they will not have healed back up to ridiculous health totals. In fact, the biggest reason this control deck is able to exist in this ultimately infested meta is that it preys on Druid decks – bursting down the jades and staving off waves of aggro.

With Shadowreaper Anduin on the board, the highest amount of damage you can do in one turn from hand is – Hero power (2), Velen, Hero power (+4), Holy Smite (+4), Hero Power (+4), Silence, Hero power (+4), another 1-cost card, Hero power (+4), final 1-cost card, Hero power (+4) for a total of 26 damage. Now, obviously this is very unlikely to happen in a real game, however holding both Prophet Velenand Holy Smite for a 14 damage burst is more than reasonable – it’s what you’ve been trying to pull of the entire time. Then, there is the scenario where you already have Velen on the board going into your power turn – any combination of cheap spells and minions is going to deal massive amounts of damage.

Highlander Priest Card Substitutions

Priest decks have always been on the more expensive side of things because the class is naturally steered toward a control playstyle, which usually revolves around the most expensive and powerful cards, which can be often found in Epic and Legendary slots. This problem is only exacerbated in a Highlander deck which treats all of it’s cards as Legendary… and they often times are. This particular variation is built around a burst combo, so the following cards that make it up are irreplaceable:

  • Shadowreaper Anduin – This is the most important part of the combo and the way to deal damage with it.
  • Raza the Chained – Without discounting the hero power to 0 you’re not really doing anything, so that’s really important as well.
  • Prophet Velen – If you want to be doing high amounts of damage in one turn, this is the Draenei for the job.
  • Kazakus – While it’s entirely possible that this deck might still be played as a highlander build solely due to Raza’s interaction with Anduin, it would be silly not to take advantage of the other card that has the same requirement.

Moving on, there are some cards that can be replaced – how much “oomph” you lose in the process will vary on a case by case basis:

  • Lyra the Sunshard – Although she is a great value generator for the deck and her effect can’t be mimicked successfully, there are other cards that can serve a somewhat similar purpose. Anything from Kabal Courier for the added value to cards like Eternal Servitude for a Velen on the cheap can be reasonable substitutions.
  • Curious Glimmerroot – Another value card that doesn’t serve a particularly key role in the deck. Once again Kabal Courier is a great option that costs four times as less and can be played in two more classes. If you don’t have Glimmerroot I would recommend not crafting it and straight up using Courier instead.
  • Dragonfire Potion – While nothing can directly replace the sheer power of Dragonfire, you can get away with using Holy Nova. It’s not nearly as effective against midrange boards and can’t be used in conjunction with either Thalnos or Spirit Lash to clear a Gul’Dan board flood, but it stacks up excellently against Aggro Druid’s Living Mana and Token Shaman’s totems.
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Discuss This Deck
  1. Luthersama
    January 2, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    I keep running into the new armor stack Jade Druid how do I beat them with this deck? By the time I have my combo they are at 50+ hp, maybe I’m just unlucky

  2. Cruxkid
    December 29, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Yeah I just took someone out with 37 damage in one turn. Fun times

  3. Dioa
    December 20, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Embrace the shadows??

    • Chimborazo - Author
      December 21, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Yes? It’s a better Auchenai Soulpriest.

      • Ironike
        December 25, 2017 at 9:06 am

        Not always. It is better as in you can prayer wrath sooner. However, having a 2 damage hero power is awesome!

        • Chimborazo - Author
          December 25, 2017 at 2:07 pm

          Soulpriest sticks around after the Circle of Healing (which is the entire reason to play it) very, very rarely and in most matchups you actually want the ability to heal, especially since it can turn off a crucial Binding Heal. Decks are tempo-focused at the moment and although the 3-attack is relevant, it has 1 health when used with Circle and is too easily cleared with tempo gain for the opponent. If it’s at full health, you played a Sen’Jin Shieldmasta without the taunt on turn 4 or simply managed to ping them for 2 on turn 6. Sub-optimal in most cases, even though the Sen’Jin body can sometimes be relevant.

  4. David6k
    December 16, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I can make this deck , but i really don’t know if i should.I think i know how to play it , but , i really don’t know 😀

    • David6k
      December 16, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      *i really don’t know if i should craft it.

      • David6k
        December 16, 2017 at 4:54 pm

        neah , crafted it , swaped auctioneer for lyra , it’s fun , just played 5 games with it , won them all.

        • Chimborazo - Author
          December 19, 2017 at 3:32 am

          There is absolutely no reason to play Lyra in this deck. Update is coming out today so hopefully that will explain things better.

          • David6k
            December 19, 2017 at 12:51 pm

            I don’t know , i crafted it either way , and it won me some games , but yeah , i think auctioneer might be better since i am losing games because of card draw.

  5. SonOfZiz
    December 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    First of all, i was leery of dropping so much dust on legendaries for a deck i didnt know for sure id enjoy, but i decided to go for it since its also a top-tier wild deck. And oh man i dont regret it one bit! The deck is a blast!

    That said, having played both, the dragon list seems largely just way better than this one. Really the only things it cuts compared to this list are the cards i found were strongly underperforming anyway.

  6. Luthersama
    December 12, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Pls update evident! Love this site btw 🙂

  7. Sup3rskrull
    December 1, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    there is a new highlander deck, mostly creatures and most of them are death rattle. You still have Raza and DK but excludes most spells and Velen. Which deck is this?

    • LaHaa
      December 2, 2017 at 1:45 pm
    • Chimborazo - Author
      December 2, 2017 at 11:52 pm

      What you are referring to is a completely different deck that’s quite honestly a high-level gimmick that aim to exploit an unusual approach that people don’t expect when thay face Priest and is generally safe. Rogue does pretty much the same thing but better.

      • Cruxkid
        December 29, 2017 at 1:24 am

        If you ever play Aggro Priest in casual you’ll notice people always Mulligan wrong against you. It’s a decent tactic

  8. Peakes
    November 29, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Thoughts on Coldlght Oracle for the card draw?
    And what would you recommend swapping out for Golakka Crawler if seeing a lot of pirates?

    • Chimborazo - Author
      November 29, 2017 at 7:33 am

      There is a heavier-cycle version that uses Clodlight Oracle, it’s a perfectly fine source of draw. This specific list here doesn’t because it’s more well-rounded, but you can totally play Oracle. If you want to be better against pirates you can take out somethung clunky. The best thing to cut is Mass Dispel, but you can also get rid of the Auctioneer if you are facing mostly aggressive decks, however that will hurt your control matchups noticeably.

  9. johnny
    November 29, 2017 at 4:07 am

    Your main win conditions are Lyra the Sunshard value generation.

    There is no lyra..

    • Chimborazo - Author
      November 29, 2017 at 7:29 am

      That’s not even close to your main win condition, I don’t know where you got that idea from. This deck wins by bursting people down with Velen and Shadowreaper Anduin’s hero power.

    • Sup3rskrull
      December 1, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      its arguable, but when you cast a spell to draw cards, do you want a random card that has no combo factor with your deck? Or draw cards that can finish the game and necessary pieces as they are part of the combo i.e., Velen Raza DK

  10. wildrage
    November 26, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Love the deck, but I am running out of cards consistently. I love having all the cards, but unfortunately run out of cards before just before I can close the game out.

    • Chimborazo - Author
      November 27, 2017 at 6:19 am

      That means that you are not sending enough stuff at the opponent’s face. If you completely run out of cards, you have an OTK with Prophet Velen when you have your Shadowreaper Anduin hero power. Velen, Radiant and a bunch of 0- and 1-cost spells (that costs 0 thanks to Radiant) and Mind Blast in the same turn.

  11. MrMeme
    November 23, 2017 at 2:52 am


    • Chimborazo - Author
      November 23, 2017 at 4:11 am

      Oh my god! How could this be? Is this even real life?

  12. Proxxi
    November 20, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    I really love playing this deck and I’ve been playing around 100 games with it. It’s almost impossible to reach rank 5 with this deck. You have to be so lucky with the cards.. getting the cards in the right order/combination and hope for other early deck getting a bad start.
    Maybe it’s just me being extremly unlucky with my cards!!

    Compared to other decks out there such as Jade druid, Big Druid, Rogues, secret mages, Mid range hunters and warlocks it’s hard playing a Kazakus priest. Also, the other decks are easier to play and most of them cheaper aswell.

    And HOW on earth do you win against a mage that on round 10 kills you with 20 fireballss ??

    • thepunisher_rich
      November 25, 2017 at 1:38 am

      No you are just garbage. This deck is the best. If you cant even get 5 with this don’t blame the deck scrub.

      • Cruxkid
        December 29, 2017 at 1:26 am

        Wow, so edgy. It’s not an easy deck to pilot mate so just practice with it and be sure to change cards based on your meta

  13. JustMike18
    November 16, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Kazakus change?

    • steez
      November 19, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      surprising for me, kazakus has won me so many games

  14. Fhighlander
    November 8, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Any suggestions for replacing Thalnos?

    • Fhighlander
      November 8, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      And I don’t have Elise.

  15. MrMeme
    October 31, 2017 at 2:32 am

    I replaced Thalnos with Elise is that fine or should I save dust for thalnos? I think elise is better than thalnos in the deck since she offers so much valuue

  16. Go face never minions
    October 21, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Is it possible to play this deck without velen or kazakus?

    • Waving
      October 31, 2017 at 1:57 am

      Without Velen you lose your prime combo win condition. It would still be decent, but not even close to as good as the optimal list.

  17. Dirty playz
    October 17, 2017 at 4:10 am

    I want to add dirty rat here, what can i replace?

    • Chimborazo - Author
      October 17, 2017 at 7:31 am

      You can sacrifice some burst potential against Druid by cutting Mind Blast or just remove the worst card in your deck (Auchenai).

  18. Jordan Neal
    October 16, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I’m hybridizing this with the old Elise version. Dropping Auchenai and Circle for Elise and Tar Creeper. Early taunt saves my ass against Hunter and Shaman.

  19. METHY
    October 13, 2017 at 5:01 am

    What could i possibly cut for elise. I realy like playing her in this deck (Should i even do it?) Also, why gnommish inventor?

    • Chimborazo - Author
      October 13, 2017 at 7:55 am

      We play Inventor because we need pretty much every card that draws other cards. You can cut Auchenai for Elise if yo ureally want to.

    • Jordan Neal
      October 16, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      I’ve cut Auchenai for Elise, and Circle of Healing for Tar Creeper. Tar Creeper has saved my ass way to many times with the old build of this deck for me to drop it. The early taunt can destroy Hunter and Shaman.

  20. BabaryLion
    October 9, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I am disappointed with my results playing this deck. I performed much better with the deck prior to this, with Elyse.

    I actually reached level 10 with the Elyse deck last season. The Ungoro pack helped and make your spells and minions unpredictable for your opponent. I’ve been trying to play this deck since this weekend, and I realize the problem is me, or the competition on the lower ladder kills this deck, but I run out of cards in a couple of games.

    The synergy feels off, where the combos are not in my hand. I try and play for them, but I end up just playing the cards as a hail mary at times. For example, Circle of Healing + Auchenai does not happen, can’t get the cards at the right moment. Same for Circle of Healing, + Northshire Cleric + Spirit Lash.

    • Jordan Neal
      October 16, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Yeah, trading out Auchenai for Elise is an easy call for me.

  21. Bad Luck
    October 8, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Ok… i’ve been playing the deck for the weekend because everybody is saying that THIS IS THE DECK.

    Stuck on level 10 (because you cant lose anymore stars at this point).

    Impossible to win JADE DRUIDS. You just cant. They wait for the Fen’ral combo and this is it. Bad hands against agro is also a defeat, like the Rogue deck of the moment.

    Only easy matchups are Shamans. For the dust cost of the deck, if you are not a pro player (i mean PRO), dont use this deck. Too much strugle. Warlock or Rogue are my bets.

    Best of luck to you all.

    • Fhighlander
      November 4, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Believe me it possible to win. I usually play with Jade Druid and i lost 6/10 against this deck. I’m saving to craft this one now.

  22. Illibam
    October 8, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    How to replace priest of the feast?

    • Chimborazo - Author
      October 8, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      Greater Healing Potion

  23. Goktug
    October 7, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I played the elise version of this deck. The previous one in this site. İt is still good?

    • Chimborazo - Author
      October 8, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      It’s definitely good.

  24. Greven86
    October 3, 2017 at 3:16 am

    “Tar Creeper – An excellent body in the early game that stops most threats around its mana cost dead in their tracks.”

    It’s not on the deck list though 😀

    • Evident - Site Admin
      October 3, 2017 at 8:12 am

      Fixed, thanks.

      • harry
        October 5, 2017 at 2:40 pm

        is it worth dusting guldan to craft thalnos(only card i dont have)?

        • aidan
          October 5, 2017 at 5:02 pm

          no not worth

    • Chimborazo - Author
      October 4, 2017 at 12:51 am

      You got me!

      The new iteration of the deck changed quite a bit of cards. I tried to delete all mentions of the ones that were no longer in the decklist but I failed. Now I must restore honor to my family by committing Seppuku… or by doing a better job next time.

  25. Craigus
    October 3, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Just dusted my Big Priest deck to start building this

    Have all the cheaper cards + Anduin & Razza

    Enough dust to craft either Velen or Kazakus next

    Which would you recommend?

    • Rainon
      October 3, 2017 at 5:50 am

      Not the author but a highlander priest player…

      I would think Kazakus is definitely way more flexible in this case. I personally do not have Velen, so I’ve been running a deck without it. It works, but of course I lose a lot of the burst without him.

      • Craigus
        October 3, 2017 at 6:01 am

        Thanks Rainon. My thoughts as well

        Kazakus it is!

  26. Kiwi
    October 1, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I have every card except bloodmage Thalnos, how can I replace him?

    • Chimborazo - Author
      October 2, 2017 at 1:22 am

      Just cut him and play one of the next best cards that didn’t make it into the final list – Wild Promancer for more board clear options, Mass Dispel for the extra cycle and a little bit of value, Cabal Shadow Priest against midrange decks or Elise for added value in the control matchups.

      Alternatively, if you really want to win the mirror matches, play a Mirage Caller.

  27. MrMeme
    September 28, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Replacement for Velen?

    • Chimborazo - Author
      September 29, 2017 at 2:58 am

      You can play a version of the deck that doesn’t have Velen and still somewhat burst them down, but it’s a lot less reliable to actually kill the opponent. Anything that gives you more cards or generates value is fine.

  28. RngJesus
    September 14, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    What about Mind Blast? Or is it overkill?

    • Chimborazo - Author
      September 17, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      If you want to be greedier and improve the mirror match, Mind Blast is OK but then you give up power somewhere else – cycling our anti-aggro tools. If you are facing too many other Priests, you can consider Burgly Bully and/or Mind Blast.

  29. Need4win
    September 12, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Hi m8, if my opponent is also highlander and he gets raza and dk first, what should i do, if i have only dk in my hand, i need to play him asap, or just w8 for raza and try to stay alive? coz every time when my opponent gets combo first, i lose :C

    • Chimborazo - Author
      September 12, 2017 at 1:21 am

      Yea that’s kind of how mirror matches work, it’s very hard to avoid that happening. Your best bet is to powercycle as much as possible and deny them draws – it’s important to fight for the card advantage. Usually the person who outdraws their opponent wins. Get 5 mana Kazakus potions that draw 2 cards whenever possible and use Potion of Madness to deny them Acolyte, Hoarder or Thalnos cycling.

      • Need4win
        September 12, 2017 at 7:10 am

        thnx, i will try and i think u gave me the best option. Good tips bro

  30. freakout
    September 10, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    is it a good idea in the mirror matchup to have Hemet in the deck between elise?….cuz the match depend so much on having DK

    • Yabu
      September 11, 2017 at 3:03 am

      It’s only good when you refresh the hero power several times every turn, and how are you going to do that with no 3 cost and lower cards?

  31. And-u-loose
    September 8, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    How can you say that this deck feasts on Jade decks if the Winrate is ~39% ? Is there any viable techs against them, besides skullking ?

    • Chimborazo - Author
      September 9, 2017 at 12:13 am

      It beats Druids by bursting them down from high health totals. The reason for the low winrate is because the deck is very popular and is being played by everybody – unfortunately most players who pick up the deck don’t recognise their win condition and try to play on the board against a stream of 10/10 and higher jades.

  32. DanTheMan
    September 8, 2017 at 4:36 am

    and I don’t see the ‘nerf’ changing that.

  33. DanTheMan
    September 8, 2017 at 4:35 am

    the fact that this deck looses miserably to jade druid… is depressing to me.

    • Skeptical
      October 19, 2017 at 2:45 am

      The fact you don’t know how to spell the word lose, is even more depressing…

  34. Robin
    September 6, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Your thoughts on skulking geist in this deck? It’s slightly anti-synergistic, but can occasionally help by thinning your deck/hand, and many decks that aren’t jade druid will be running it anyway. I’ve been playing this deck swapping Glimerroot and Priest of the Feast (which I don’t own) for Kabal Courier and Geist and having mixed results, but it feels worth it to not be hopeless against jade druid.

    • Chimborazo - Author
      September 7, 2017 at 4:06 am

      It’s not really needed. You beat Jade Druid by bursting them down with an insane Velen turn and can take them down from upwards of 20 hp easy. You have plenty of time to set that up in the matchup. Geist will remove your Holy Smite, which is absolutely crucial for dealing a lot of damage.

      If you play Geist you will kill their Idols, but that doesn’t matter because you don’t want to go to fatigue. If you’re not killing them you will lose to the rest of their jade cards.

  35. Donehutt
    September 5, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Is Elise replaceable, if so how can I replace her?

    • Donehutt
      September 5, 2017 at 9:39 am

      And is it better to craft Velen or Elise ?

      • Chimborazo - Author
        September 5, 2017 at 11:01 am

        For this deck, definitely Velen. In general, Elise is a safer craft, used in more decks.

  36. Pakett86
    September 4, 2017 at 11:46 am

    How do I beat quest mage (I see them very often) without dirty rat or more card steals to find ice block? It’s insta concede for me

    • Jiří Rak
      September 4, 2017 at 11:53 am

      What about stonehill defender instead tar creaper and Laval courir instead curious glomerular?

    • Chimborazo - Author
      September 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      You simply have to be faster than them. You can assemble your burst more quickly and just kill them. If you are seeing that many Mages than obviously you need to tech against the field. Cut the Greater Healing Potion for an Eater of Secrets.

    • vincanteo
      September 20, 2017 at 9:12 am

      I put in a secret eater just for this matchup because its so tough but I find it dead in all other matchups. I also have a coldlight and i’ve try to burn some of their key cards but its inconsistent. You need to burn antonidas to ruin the combo as most quest mages run 2x simalcrum to copy sorcerers. I find myself losing to a 2hp quest mage 100% of the time if they draw antonidas and I’m out of options. #help

    • Azerial
      September 27, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      basically get combo early and pressure them before they have combo assembled.

  37. Telim Tor
    September 4, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Is it worth to craft Raza right now? I dont have it and in 8 month it will rotate out. I dont have Velen also but I have all the other cards, including Anduin, Kazakus and Elise…

    I think that doing the deck without the first 2 cards would be a lot less powerfull…

    • Chimborazo - Author
      September 4, 2017 at 11:08 am

      You can’t go wrong with Raza. Many people play a version without Velen that’s a little bit more value oriented.

  38. Daretti
    September 3, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Is it worth i to craft prophet velen right now, or will the deck be less viable after a druid nerf? Or is prophet velen replaceable?

    • Chimborazo - Author
      September 3, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      Velen is not replaceable and most definitely worth to craft. If you don’t believe me, you can listen to Frodan’s wise words: https://clips.twitch.tv/CleverFlirtyAntelopeCoolCat.

      Although the deck is built in a way where it can handle Jade Druid, it’s still not a guaranteed win. A nerf to that class will only make this deck even stronger, potentially the #1 in the meta.

  39. ilbomba
    September 3, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    this deck is so beautiful. pure fun + very very strong

  40. Gabe c
    September 3, 2017 at 1:57 am

    I dont know if the owner of this guide looks at the comments but i would like to applaud the maker of this. This was extremely helpful and easy to use, and was really clean. Thank you so much for making this, for us new players you are a godsend.

    PS: If you make more guides in the future make more substitute sections like Glimmerroot for Kabal

    • Chimborazo - Author
      September 3, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Thank you very much for the kind words!

      I do plan to further expand this guide (waiting on a couple of visual assets) and improve the substitute sections on all of my guides to the best of my ability. We realise that not everybody can afford to invest into this game as much as the streamers and pro players do and we try to provide the best budget alternatives whenever that’s possible.

      • Gabe c
        September 3, 2017 at 5:09 pm

        Highlander Kazakus
        Class: Priest
        1x (0) Silence
        1x (1) Holy Smite
        1x (1) Northshire Cleric
        1x (1) Potion of Madness
        1x (1) Power Word: Shield
        1x (2) Acidic Swamp Ooze
        1x (2) Golakka Crawler
        1x (2) Loot Hoarder
        1x (2) Novice Engineer
        1x (2) Radiant Elemental
        1x (2) Shadow Visions
        1x (2) Shadow Word: Pain
        1x (2) Spirit Lash
        1x (3) Acolyte of Pain
        1x (3) Kabal Courier
        1x (3) Shadow Word: Death
        1x (3) Tar Creeper
        1x (4) Eternal Servitude
        1x (4) Gnomish Inventor
        1x (4) Greater Healing Potion
        1x (4) Kazakus
        1x (4) Shadow Word: Horror
        1x (5) Elise the Trailblazer
        1x (5) Holy Nova
        1x (5) Raza the Chained
        1x (6) Bone Drake
        1x (6) Dragonfire Potion
        1x (8) Shadowreaper Anduin
        1x (9) Obsidian Statue
        1x (9) Ysera

        I dont have:

        Mass Dispel
        Pint-Size Potion
        Priest of the Feast
        Lyra the Sunshard
        Prophet Velen
        Bloodmage Thalnos

        If there are anythings you think I should drop or change out i’m all ears
        I dont have a lot of cards but Priest is by far my favorite deck and I basicly disenchanted all of my other cards to make the deck

        • Chimborazo - Author
          September 3, 2017 at 10:20 pm

          You don’t need to play all of those cycling minions such as Gnomish Inventor, Novice and Loot Hoarder since without Velen you are not drawing into a kill turn as fast as possible. With powerful cards like Statue and Ysera you can consider Shadow Essence and Y’Shaarj if you have him and I would recommend getting the Karazhan adventure – Barnes is a perfect fit for your deck and it will give you Priest of the Feast as well.

          The most important piece missing from your deck is Kabal Songstealer, which is an incredibly powerful card and common.

          • Gabe c
            September 3, 2017 at 10:39 pm

            Thank you so much!
            So do you think I should craft Kabal and put priest of the feast and barnes in?
            Do you think I should get Karazhan adventure?

          • Chimborazo - Author
            September 3, 2017 at 10:57 pm

            I think Kabal is a must-have. Getting Karazhan would be nice – it has a ton of powerful cards that are good across many classes, but it’s not strictly necessary. But it’s fun to play through the missions!

  41. MrMeme
    September 2, 2017 at 12:58 am

    This deck has too much card draw

    • ilbomba
      September 2, 2017 at 1:04 am

      too much card draw? there can´t be enough in this deck

    • Chimborazo - Author
      September 2, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      It’s on par with other control decks, you think it’s too much because it’s a combination of the Priest class’ lack of draw and the highlander deck type.


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