Highlander Kazakus Priest Deck List Guide – November 2017

Our Highlander Kazakus Priest deck list guide will teach you how to pilot this popular deck! Our guide features mulligan, play, and card replacement strategies!

Introduction

The Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion has breathed new life into the Highlander Priest archetype also known as Razakus Priest. After Journey to Un’Goro ushered a new era of Standard and rotated Reno Jackson out of the format, incentives to play a highlander style of decks were few and far between, but KFT brings a plethora of tools that are a perfect fit for the archetype and have blasted the deck to the top of the meta. It utilizes the powerful Kazakus and Raza the Chained to solidify its position as the best Priest deck out there and also the premium control deck of the format that can even go toe to toe with Jade Druid.

This version of the deck is based off of Findan’s #1 Legend Razakus Priest. and in it’s current iteration it has been slightly modified, approaching Zalae’s list in order to better fit in the current metagame.

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Highlander Kazakus Priest Mid-November 2017 Update

After success in the HCT circuit, the Gadgetzan Auctioneer tech has fallen once again out of favor. Tempo Rogue has solidified as the best deck in the meta (closely followed by Highlander Priest and Jade Druid), so Priests have adapted by cutting back on the insane amounts of card draw and throughout the past couple of weeks more decks have included Kabal Talonpriest to fight for the board more successfully. The fact that Gnomish Inventor is still in the deck speaks volumes of just how much Priests want to draw as much as possible, to assemble the combo and OTK the opponent. Leading into the second half of November and the last month of KFT Standard, we have updated our guide to include the highest win percentage decklist that is well rounded to fight the dominant ladder decks.

Zalae’s Razakus Highlander Priest Video Guide

The Kazakus shell

So, why would we succumb to the incredibly restrictive deckbuilding conditions of Raza or Kazakus?

Well, the short answer is that they are incredibly powerful cards worthy of warping the entire structure of the deck around them. Kazakus is an all-star in every matchup, from aggro to combo, but Raza is incredibly powerful on his own right. The new expansion has introduced nine new Death Knight Heroes, each with a powerful battlecry effect and more importantly – very strong hero powers, some of which are sure to fill Ragnaros with envy. Shadowreaper Anduin‘s own hero power might be the most toned down of all (I, as many others, suspect that this is entirely due to Raza the Chained‘s existence) and it’s still very impressive. It’s also not hard to imagine having access to other class’ death knights and their hero powers, too, considering you are playing Priest, which is a class known for its tricks and copying cards from the opponent’s deck.

The major benefit of playing a Kazakus deck is the deckbuilding flexibility. The man himself is quite versatile, able to adapt and provide answer to every situation you could find yourself in, but that also shows in the deck as a whole. Singleton decks, in theory, suffer from the inconsistency of not having two copies of their most valuable cards. In practice however, that’s not entirely the case. The reason is that, like normally built decks, singleton lists run “packages” of cards that serve similar functions within the deck, be it either card draw, sustain, a midrange plan, flex spots or win conditions. Within these packages individual cards may change but the goal they strive to achieve will remain constant. Both types of decks are similar in that regard, but where normal ones use consistency and redundancy, singleton decks offer variety and adaptability (based of course on the available card pool), allowing you to switch up your strategy to best fit each individual game. This style deemphasizes a deck’s strength in archetype matchups such as control vs aggro, but at the same time reinforces the player’s ability to address each deck individually and exploit more granular differences. As the card pool in Standard grows (and it will continue to do so with the next expansion, yet unannounced) singleton-style decks tend to become more dominant as long as the heavy deckbuilding restriction is translated to the according power level payoff, such as Kazakus or Raza.

Speaking of power level, that’s another important thing to stress. While yes, cards in singleton decks still go in packages that serve the same role and yes, they are somewhat interchangeable, we still need to account for the fact that, in practice, every card in a singleton deck is legendary and that has to be represented with the appropriate power level… which is also to an extent why singleton decks are so expensive – they use lots of legendary and epic cards, because often those are the most singlehandedly powerful ones. While synergies and redundancy are not excluded from the equation by definition, true consistency and specific card combos are usually hard to come by, though this deck offers so much card draw that this downside is virtually negated.

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) or high tempo Midrange decks (e.g. Midrange Hunter). Slow decks are slower Midrange and Control decks. It’s worth noting that for all intents and purposes, it’s never really wrong to keep Kazakus – after all, we have built the entire deck to accommodate him and he has real and strong applications in each matchup.

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.

VS AGGRO

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.

VS CONTROL

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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68 Comments

Discuss This Deck
  1. JustMike18
    November 16, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Kazakus change?

    Reply
  2. Fhighlander
    November 8, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Any suggestions for replacing Thalnos?

    Reply
    • Fhighlander
      November 8, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      And I don’t have Elise.

      Reply
  3. 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

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

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

    Reply
    • 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.

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

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

    Reply
    • 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).

      Reply
  6. 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.

    Reply
  7. 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?

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  8. 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.

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

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

      Reply
  9. 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.

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  10. Illibam
    October 8, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    How to replace priest of the feast?

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

      Greater Healing Potion

      Reply
  11. 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?

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

      It’s definitely good.

      Reply
  12. 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 😀

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

      Fixed, thanks.

      Reply
      • harry
        October 5, 2017 at 2:40 pm

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

        Reply
        • aidan
          October 5, 2017 at 5:02 pm

          no not worth

          Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  13. 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?

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    • 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.

      Reply
      • Craigus
        October 3, 2017 at 6:01 am

        Thanks Rainon. My thoughts as well

        Kazakus it is!

        Reply
  14. Kiwi
    October 1, 2017 at 8:37 pm

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

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  15. MrMeme
    September 28, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Replacement for Velen?

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  16. RngJesus
    September 14, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    What about Mind Blast? Or is it overkill?

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  17. 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

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
      • Need4win
        September 12, 2017 at 7:10 am

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

        Reply
  18. 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

    Reply
    • 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?

      Reply
  19. 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 ?

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  20. DanTheMan
    September 8, 2017 at 4:36 am

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

    Reply
  21. DanTheMan
    September 8, 2017 at 4:35 am

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

    Reply
    • Skeptical
      October 19, 2017 at 2:45 am

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

      Reply
  22. 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.

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    • 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.

      Reply
  23. Donehutt
    September 5, 2017 at 9:38 am

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

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    • Donehutt
      September 5, 2017 at 9:39 am

      And is it better to craft Velen or Elise ?

      Reply
      • 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.

        Reply
  24. 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

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

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

      Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
    • 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

      Reply
    • Azerial
      September 27, 2017 at 6:15 pm

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

      Reply
  25. 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…

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  26. 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?

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  27. ilbomba
    September 3, 2017 at 2:35 pm

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

    Reply
  28. 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

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
      • 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
        AAECAa0GHvsBlwKcArQC5QTJBooHogmlCdMK1wryDPsMoawCg7sCtbsCt7sC2LsCsLwC6r8C0cEC2MEC5MICysMCz8cCx8sC5cwC5swC8M8CkNMCAAA=

        I dont have:

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

        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

        Reply
        • 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.

          Reply
          • 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!

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

    This deck has too much card draw

    Reply
    • ilbomba
      September 2, 2017 at 1:04 am

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

      Reply
    • 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.

      Reply

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