Mind Blast Control Priest Deck List Guide – Post Nerf: Witchwood – June 2018

Our Mind Blast Control Priest deck list guide goes through the ins-and-outs of this popular deck from the The Witchwood expansion! This guide will teach you how to mulligan, pilot, and substitute cards for this archetype!

Introduction to Mind Blast Priest

“Priest loses so many important cards with the upcoming rotation!”: That statement was heard quite often in the last few weeks, and combined with the newly revealed Priest cards, the lion’s share of the community pronounced Priest’s future in the Year of the Raven dead.

Maybe in this case the wish was the father of the thought due to the dominance of the class in the second part of the Year of the Mammoth; but after all, Priest seems to be more than alive and well. Spiteful Priest was the obvious choice for most players at the start of the expansion, but another once famous archetype that we’re going to take a look at is on the rise yet again: Mind Blast Control Priest.

POST-NERF UPDATE: This guide has been updated to reflect the recent card balance patch from May 22nd. Plenty of unfavorable matchups got a lot better; therefore Mind Blast Priest is on its way to become one of the top-tier lists to play in the current meta-game!

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Mind Blast Priest General Strategy

On first sight, this deck might seem to be kind of all over the place in the chaotic meta game of the first few weeks of Witchwood. However, the combination of the best Priest cards in the game makes this deck a true meta-breaker in the best possible way. Looking at the statistics of admittedly moderate sample size, Mind Blast Control Priest has beaten the most played decks (Odd Paladin, Odd Hunter, Cubelock, and Tempo Rogue) pretty convincingly.

With the new patch, many important matchups will become way more favorable, and the deck as a whole will perform even better both in competitive and casual play. If you want to read more information about specific matchups, please don’t hesitate to scroll down to the Matchup section.

Now to the actual list: First of all, we have the card draw engine that includes Northshire Cleric, Wild Pyromancer, Power Word: Shield and a new addition called Divine Hymn. One of the strongest upsides of this group of cards is the fact that it also serves as a great way to clear the board early; Shadow Visions and Mind Blast can help in that regard as well. The amount of board clear in total makes this archetype a great match against the Aggro lists that currently try to break greedy control archetypes.
Acolyte of Pain finds a place in more and more lists as the new Standard year goes along, and rightfully so: It can pick up a lot of value against Paladin and other archetypes that rely on cheap minion pressure; it also may be the “most included card after various iterations” in all of Hearthstone’s control archetype. The amount of greed only increases with the evolution of the meta-game at the time, and the inclusion of this card showcases exactly that.

The dragon package suffered heavy losses with the rotation, but still kept important cards like Duskbreaker, Twilight Drake and Primordial Drake which help to survive into the later stages of the game. Alexstrasza may look like a random include, but serves one particular purpose: To defeat the mighty Cube Warlock. This will be discussed further in the Matchup Guide section.
One of the more powerful cards of the earlier iterations, Scaleworm, has seen less and less play recently. Reasons for that may be its mediocre performance against Aggro, and the refinement of the archetype itself towards a more draw-heavy solution.

Acidic Swamp Ooze is having a field day in basically every control list at the moment. Paladins alone use three to five different weapons, Hunter uses at least two as well. Our dear friend Harrison Jones has been cut from most versions of this list recently, just because other cards have way more consistent performance. The fact that Cube Warlock has been sent to the nether with the recent balance patch justifies the cut as well.

One or two copies of Shadow Word: Death try to handle early Mountain Giant aggression and Spiteful Summoner high rolls, something that many control lists still struggle with. Newer versions seem to run Twilight Acolyte instead of SW:D, which is fine as well but always less reliant against early threats.
When all the floodgates open eventually, Psychic Scream and Shadowreaper Anduin are ready to remove ridiculous board states to save enough time to get to the win condition of this deck.

The “curve ball” in this list is Mind Blast. 10 damage for 4 mana may still be the best face damage per mana distribution in the whole game, and we don’t even need cards like Prophet Velen to make it work. Shadow Visions alone can produce up to four copies, and Alexstrasza does all the dirty work up to 15 health anyway.

A very weird addition that finds its way into more and more lists is Holy Fire, but the fact that it can add additional reach against heavy Armor archetypes like Taunt Druid oder Quest Warrior can make it worthwhile in the long run.

The archetype of Mind Blast Priest turned from a sleeper deck into one of the most played lists on ladder on all ranks. The patch favors Priest as a whole even more, and if you know how to play specific matchups, nothing can stop you!

Mind Blast Priest Matchup and Mulligan Guides

Cubelock: HIGHLY FAVORED

You want to beat Cube Warlock more consistently than any other list? Play Mind Blast Control Priest. Playing this matchup, however, is surely not a walk in the park. It is key to know when to pull the trigger on specific cards. Alexstrasza for example is part of our “combo”, so playing that on curve does absolutely nothing since Cubelock can just heal back up to full life in a heartbeat. It really is a game of attrition, and having Shadowreaper Anduin in hand early is almost mandatory to be able to put out enough damage before playing Alex eventually. Bait out as many heals as possible, try to get additional Mind Blast copies, and don’t use your Mass Dispel too early. And by the way: If you get confronted by a random copy of Rin, the First Disciple, be sure to Silence it as quickly as possible, because that is one of the very few ways to lose if played on curve.

Mulligan: Cards to keep are Shadow Word: Death, Northshire Cleric, Shadowreaper Anduin, and Acidic Swamp Ooze or Harrison Jones.

Odd Paladin/Even Paladin/Murloc Paladin: HIGHLY FAVORED

History doesn’t change, and that applies to Control Priest versus Aggro Paladin. Wild Pyromancer alone carries you through the early game, and if you don’t draw one, you should at least get Northshire Cleric for early board contesting or Duskbreaker for the heavy board swing on turn 4.

Don’t underestimate their ability of reloading the board, and choose wisely when it comes to board clear. If you play the board correctly you will almost always come out ahead, and Psychic Scream or Primordial Drake will seal the game eventually.

Mulligan: Cards to keep are Northshire Cleric, Wild Pyromancer, Power Word Shield and Duskbreaker.

Odd Aggro Hunter: HIGHLY FAVORED

Basically the same game plan as against Odd Paladin. Don’t be afraid to neglect your life total at the beginning of the game, because Divine Hymn or Shadow Visions will almost always be in your back pocket. Use your Hero Power to make value trades and to keep the board presence.

Mulligan: Cards to keep are Northshire Cleric, Wild Pyromancer, Power Word Shield and Duskbreaker.

Spell Hunter: UNFAVORED

This matchup can become very hard. The mix of singular threats through Build-a-Beast and lots of 3/3 wolves makes keeping the board clean a herulian task. Mulligan HARD for Duskbreaker if you want to maintain a lead into the late game! This is the single-most important card in the matchup.
Try to maximize your value cards, play Pyromancer only when you can clear the board with it, and Northshire Cleric only when you can draw cards with it the very same turn.

Mulligan: Cards to keep are Northshire Cleric, Wild Pyromancer, and Duskbreaker.

Tempo Rogue: FAVORED

Many opponents will think that you are playing a Spiteful Priest list, and that helps you a ton in the matchup against Rogues. They will try to build up a big Edwin early on, and you will eat it up with Shadow Word: Death. The rest of the matchup plays out as easy. Scaleworm is the answer Priest needed against Fal’dorei Strider, so even more value-oriented Rogue archetypes will have trouble to compete in the mid game.

Mulligan: Cards to keep are Northshire Cleric, Wild Pyromancer, Power Word: Shield and Duskbreaker.

Spiteful Druid: EVEN TO UNFAVORED

As we all know, Spiteful Summoner’s rolls have become increasingly better due to the rotation of the Old Gods, and that is why this archetype can high-roll you out of the game in a heartbeat. The combination of Prince Keleseth and copious amounts of cheap minions that have more than 3 health can become too much from time to time. The deck also has a lot of defensive capabilities, and Armor is the bane of every combo-based Alexstrasza deck. Try to go in as early as possible, get your Scaleworm on the board, and pray.

Mulligan: Cards to keep are Northshire Cleric, Wild Pyromancer, Power Word: Shield and Duskbreaker or Scaleworm.

Tempo Mage: BALANCED

In my opinion, this is one of the most fun matchups of Mind Blast Priest. It really can go both ways every time; your Duskbreaker can deal with all of their minion threats at once, but well-timed Counterspells and Explosive Runes can cost you the game. Besides that, destroying Aluneth with your Ooze feels incredibly satisfying and will most likely win you the whole match.
Try to focus on board control as much as possible, use your Health as a resource. This can backfire of course, but normally Shadow Visions and Divine Hymn should keep you out of lethal range for a long time.

Mulligan: Cards to keep are Northshire Cleric, Wild Pyromancer, Power Word: Shield and Duskbreaker.

Elemental/Control Mage: UNFAVORED

You know what’s as bad as Armor for our list? Lifesteal, and Frost Lich Jaina has plenty of that in hand. In this matchup you basically need to hard-mulligan for Shadowreaper Anduin so that you can apply pressure as early as possible and before Jaina gets drawn. You have to go wide on the board as well, because the board will stay clear all of the time anyway. The matchup against more value-oriented Elemental Mages without that many board clears is much better.

Mulligan: Cards to keep are Northshire Cleric, Power Word: Shield and Shadowreaper Anduin.

Odd Rogue: BALANCED

Odd Rogue can dish out tons of early damage due to their upgraded Hero Power and cards like Hench-Clan Thug. Try to not play greedy with your board clear, because this archetype tends to not have as many board refill compared to other Aggro archetypes.

Mulligan: Cards to keep are Northshire Cleric, Wild Pyromancer, Power Word: Shield and Duskbreaker.

Even Shaman: SLIGHTLY UNFAVORED

Control Priest always had a hard time against Shaman, just because it has no way to deal with huge amounts of cheap value minions over and over again. Even Shaman has more than enough of that, and the fact that those Totems can turn into legit threats in the mid-game thanks to Flametongue Totem or Dire Wolf Alpha. The only hope in this matchup is to draw Pyromancer every time; other than that, Duskbreaker needs to carry into the late-game where Anduin and Mind Blast could do enough damage while removing their board over and over again.

Mulligan: Cards to keep are Northshire Cleric, Wild Pyromancer, Power Word: Shield and Duskbreaker.

Taunt Druid/Quest Warrior/Odd Warrior: UNFAVORED

On paper these are the worst matchups for Mind Blast Priest. If played correctly, running out of Armor is not an option for both decks.
However, if your opponent doesn’t know what he’s up against, these games can turn into skill-based matchups really quick. Even in Legend ranks, lots of players still play too greedy instead of leaning back and just ramping up Armor over and over again. Sadly, both the paper and the real match is lost if you don’t draw Anduin early enough.

Mulligan: Cards to keep are Northshire Cleric, Power Word: Shield and Shadowreaper Anduin.

Mind Blast Priest Tech Cards and Replacements

Shadow Word: Death: Depending on the meta, you can only run one copy of SW:D, but at the moment it’s just too good against Mountain Giant and Spiteful Summoner. A healthy alternative of course is Twilight Acolyte.

Chameleos: Many variations of this list run Chameleos, and in a more control-oriented meta, this card can spy out a lot of vital information and create great value.

Prophet Velen: This card actually does nothing in terms of additional reach within a single turn, just because it has to stick to the board for at least one turn.

Spirit Lash: A lot of lists run this card, especially if you can’t afford a second copy of Psychic Scream; it adds good board clear and healing, especially combined with Pyromancer.

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  1. Steviek
    June 21, 2018 at 11:47 am

    I do really enjoy this deck. I used Zetalot’s mind blast priest in the last meta (yes featuring squashling) but the deck lacked a little diversity in terms of changing to the new meta when you weren’t just up against even paladins and warlocks (non even before nerf).

    This deck is more balanced it gives you more choices and as long as you determine your win condition early you can win against pretty much all decks (except armour decks). If you go all out attack against shudderwock decks and use your psychic screams to dilute his deck with saronites you can counter act his high draw dependence.

    Currently rank 3 with the deck (not my highest ranking ever) but certainly good for sea giants treasure 🙂

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    • Tharid - Author
      June 24, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks for your feedback! Great to hear that the deck bounces back in the volatile meta 🙂

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  2. S2mikey
    June 15, 2018 at 4:42 am

    Update. This deck can barely beat paladins now since they are “onto” it as well. They run cards that deal with your minions better and aren’t falling for the shenanigans anymore. This deck is purely terrible right now. It loses to just about everything currently on ladder. It was solid at one point but that time has passed. It needs a total rework or just play something else. Like to see an updated deck list that’s ACTUALLY working if anyone has one.

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  3. Sherpass
    June 10, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Hi i”ve been trying this deck last season and i loved it for its uniqueness and the general ‘control into a surprise’ factor. However, i felt that in this season, it is a lot harder to climb the ladder with the proliferation of control and anti control decks in the meta now. (Rank 8 currently) Against taunt druid, you lose to them simply because of the insane amounts of armour they can rack up plus taunts so you cant hot them in the face with you minions to chip away their armour. Against shudderwock, the life drinkers and healing rains make it near impossible to burst them and their board clears make it hard to stick any minions to hit them in the face. I have won against some control and elemental mages, mainly using 4 mindblasts to burst them from 22 but on most occasions, i just get lifestolen and lose. Against quest warriors, i pretty much just have to to pray that they go greedy and change their hero power but even if they do, the lack of the ability of this deck to flood the board constantly with minions would lose me the game in about 3 turns post finishing their quest.

    So i feel that in this season where control decks are rampant, as much as i would like it to be, this deck is not really advantageous to play in the ladder currently. May i hear your thoughts on this? Perhaps some suggestions and details on how to increase the win rate against these control decks outside of the brief description above? Also could you include a guide on how to mulligan and play against shudderwock decks, seems like you forgot to include it above. Cheers! 🙂

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    • Tharid - Author
      June 11, 2018 at 3:19 am

      As already said in other comments, Mind Blast Priest is still a good deck to ladder with.

      You have been naming almost all bad matchups, but remember, those matchups have been unfavored last season as well. The main problem is that Priest’s good matchups, Aggro Paladin and Control Warlock, have been nerfed, so you won’t play these highly favored matchups that often.

      This deck will adapt to the meta as much as it can, as the inclusion of Holy Fire and Cabal Shadow Priest shows. The surge of Hunter and Even Shaman is still a problem for Priest, so right now it’s a lot harder to climb with the deck compared to last season. It has to be said though that this deck was a piece of cake to ladder with before the nerfs, especially because Paladin and Warlock dominated the tier lists.

      To increase your win rate you have to know your win condition in every matchup, even if it’s a bad one. You also have to accept the fact that decks like Shudderwock Shaman are way less reliant compared to this deck because they have way less card draw. Losing against Shudderwock feels uncomparably bad, and that is why players feel like their matchup against them is “unwinnable”, I know that feeling first hand, but in reality Even Shaman is the way better Shaman deck to play right now.

      Try to get to your win condition at any cost against Shudderwock, and that refers to other Control matchups as well. Control decks try not to win, they want that their opponents to lose. We have as much time with Priest, so try to go for the long haul combined with two burst turns.

      Keeping the card draw machine in hand is vital; don’t play Cleric on 1 if you have Pyro as well. Wait for Divine Hymn and guarantee 2-3 cards drawn duing a mid game turn, that’s way better.

      If you have the right hand however you can try to build up tempo. The drake package helps a lot with that, and if Shudderwock doesn’t have removal you can easily get in a lot of early damage that they need to outheal. After that you can play Alex and guarantee a good burst follow-up.

      Again, what you said is not entirely false, but the amount of Control decks are not really the problem because you can still outplay opponents in longer games. The problem is Hunter and Even Shaman, against those we have to rely on Duskbreaker and Duskbreaker only, because Pyro won’t finish the job at all.

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      • Sherpass
        June 11, 2018 at 11:43 pm

        Thank you very much for your reply :D.
        With regards to the first paragraph, I am not intentionally picking out a list of bad matchups of this deck but simply giving a compilation of popular meta control decks that the ladder is riddled with currently in the strangely slow and control meta so far. And turns out that all of them, when analysed and played against have an advantage against this deck (Understandbly since control decks are normally loaded with life gain) Yes these decks were always poor matchups for this deck but I feel that they have been more common in this strangely slow and control heavy meta this season so far. Hence, I would feel that this deck may not be the wisest to ladder with right now as you have also highlighted.
        In addition, may I ask why you chose to keep north shire cleric in the mulligan but not acolyte of pain if the the reason for doing so is card draw? Also, against control like shudderwock and heavy decks like taunt Druid where they have lightning bolt for the former and wrath and that 4 3/6 as their first minion, for the latter,would it be wise to play northshire on turn one without power word or wild pyro in hand?
        Thank you!

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        • Tharid - Author
          June 12, 2018 at 3:10 am

          Well, holding Northshire against Shaman has one big upside: You’ll want it badly against Even Shaman. They normalle run no 3-attack minion in the 2-mana slot, so you’re almost guaranteed to draw a card or even remove a Dire Wolf Alpha or a Knife Juggler.

          And it’s fine to keep against Shudderwock as well. Having one of three or four cards that you need to activate your on-turn draw machine makes sense. The same goes for Taunt Druid, or maybe even more; you need to maximize your chances to draw into your real win condition, an early Alex/Anduin. There’s also Token Druid around, and Northshire does well as an early drop against that as well, so it’s a win-win, similar to Shaman.

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    • S2mikey
      June 14, 2018 at 5:15 am

      Thanks for posting what I’ve also been finding when playing this deck but I get blasted for stating facts! The Meta has changed a LOT since a season or two ago when this deck was much stronger. As Tharid correctly pointed out, this decks two best matchups, Aggro Paladin and cube are not being played nearly as much anymore so your “easy” climb has been halted big time. Now, it’s druids, hunters, miracle rogue, quest warrior and different versions of frost Lich Jaina decks which destroy mind blast priest most of the time. Those art the facts. Now, you can try some different tech options which might help but I’m finding that 3/4 of my matchups on ladder right now between ranks 10-15 are NOT favored at all. Can’t “skill” your way out of horrible matchups. Just saying. Good luck though, if you find some new tech cards and they help, let me know. I enjoy the deck but it’s getting frustrating when you just que into one terrible matchup after another.

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  4. Thre
    June 8, 2018 at 5:53 am

    I hit rank 17 to 5 with this deck last season but I think there is really no point to playing this deck now because there are only druids and shudderwock shamans and there is no way to win against them they are just insta concede for this deck

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    • Tharid - Author
      June 8, 2018 at 7:14 am

      Shudderwock Shaman can be a problem; however, if you can adapt in terms of playstyle you will squeeze out a win here and there, just because Shudderwock Shaman is way more draw-dependant than our deck.

      I strongly disagree on Druid being a problem. We still lose the most to Spiteful Druid. I’d say this deck definitely has a positive WR against Token Druid, and Taunt Druid is mostly an even, more skill-based matchup

      The meta adapted to Mind Blast Priest as well, but the deck still peforms very well on ladder. The novelty factor surely wore off, but if you really understand this deck (which I’m pretty sure you do since you climbed from 17 to 5), you can still outplay many opponents who want to climb with less refined decks. Always keep that in mind!

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      • S2mikey
        June 10, 2018 at 12:57 pm

        What “less refined” decks does this beat right now? I can tell you that most of the meta is “onto” the shenanigans and beat it fairly easily. The guy that posted above you said last season he climbed with it. One season often makes a huge difference between deck success. Right now, Mind Blast priest is extremely dependent on perfect muligans and starting cards. If your hand is filled with useless spells and late game minions you are dead. Also, Armor decks still beat it most of the time. So does Odd Rogue. Just saying. Thats the reality of it.

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    • S2mikey
      June 8, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      Druids and their never-ending armor is a brutal matchup. Period. You are seeing this yourself. Same issue occurs with Quest Warrior and the incessant armor stacking. You can stick these matchups out and pray it goes your way but the win rate against those decks is abysmal. The games take a while too so losses are even more irritating. Shudderwock is more draw dependent but thats another one that makes you cringe.

      You also mentioned that you climbed last season with this deck and I believe it was MUCH better a season ago than it is right now. People are more ready for it, IMO. And, there are more bad matchups on ladder like Druid, Warrior, some hunters, Frost Lich Mage, and even some Warlocks now are doing better against this deck. Its still dominates Paladins and does pretty good against Rogues too. But outside of those two matchups it always seems to be an uphill battle. I find mysef constantly swaapping out 2-3 cards because some of the tech choices just dont work. Very frustrating.

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  5. z34
    June 7, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    What do you think about cutting Scaleworm for Leeroy or Argent Commander?

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    • Tharid - Author
      June 8, 2018 at 5:02 am

      Not a fan to be honest!
      Your win condition revolves around spell and Hero Power damage, not Charge minions. Scaleworm wants to 2-1, and it does that almost all the time. Commander could do that as well, but it’s just a more expensive minion. Leeroy gets substantially worse if you don’t use it as a finisher, and our finisher is already HP + MB + HP + MB + HP or other variations of that.

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      • Z34
        June 8, 2018 at 12:15 pm

        That sounds reasonable, thanks.

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  6. yushizy
    June 7, 2018 at 11:29 am

    I really wanted to try this deck after watching it in the HCT recently, and as a huge Priest fan I can say I love this deck after a few games already! Going for that golden priest! But how is this deck doing against spell hunter? I’ve run into a lot of spell hunters recently, so just curious on how it’s doing against it. Great deck!

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    • Tharid - Author
      June 8, 2018 at 4:55 am

      I totally forgot to include the Spell Hunter matchup into the guide update, sorry about that! Has been added.

      For a bite more detail on this matchup: I would say it’s pretty unfavored in total. You can get ahead in the mid game if you hit that crucial Duskbreaker against the Spellstones, but more often will you get into late game with a Deathstalker Rexxar ready to outvalue you in every possible way due to Build-a-Beast.

      Most of these situations come down to a race, and playing greedy in those is key. Keep your Mass Dispel against Lifesteal and Taunt beasts, because the only thing Spell Hunter doesn’t have in his deck is healing. Try to get in early face damage, but KEEP Cleric and Pyro for effective board clear and draw on the same turn. Spell Hunter has no early threats, and you want to draw as much as possible.

      The surge of Hunter made this deck substantially weaker on ladder, I won’t lie about that; but you can still win lots of games by knowing your exact win conditions against Spell Hunter.

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  7. Sceptershock
    June 5, 2018 at 3:41 am

    Hello Tharid, i am a big fan of priest and my current deck is inner fire divine spirit with a combo of unlimited lyra spamming with 4 copy of radiants (vivid nightmare). i found that my deck is inconsistent and too many spells. I saw this deck of yours and was wondering is lyra viable in a deck? Thank you for the info

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    • Tharid - Author
      June 5, 2018 at 3:57 am

      Mind Blast Priest allows to include a lot of tech inclusions, that’s why it’s such a great deck. You can almost certainly switch out Mind Control/one Acolyte of Pain for Lyra!

      Keep in mind though that this deck produces maximum value through the deck itself. Lyra can certainly be fun and produce multiple Mind Blasts for example, but you’d need to keep Power Word: Shield for example to make it worthwhile. Not having Elementals makes things more complicated as well.

      However I can see a world where this serves more like a legit threat that needs to be cleared in control matchups, and that causes you to have a lot more chances to stick other minion threats on the board. In aggro matchups Lyra is kind of useless because you want to keep cheap spells and Coin for Pyromancer.

      Give it a try and see if it works out for your playstyle!

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    • Sceptershock
      June 5, 2018 at 4:14 am

      i am trying your deck now and will post feed back.

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      • Sceptershock
        June 5, 2018 at 4:16 am

        I am using your deck from the replays. I watched them all. I am trying to get past rank 20 this season. LOLs. such a noob

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        • Tharid - Author
          June 5, 2018 at 7:08 am

          Good luck!

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  8. S2mikey
    June 3, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Does anyone have any proof that this deck is still viable right now? I dont mean arbitrary stats from whatever website either. I mean like videos or replays against current meta decks. I ask because this deck isnt performing that well right now at all. It loses straight up to a good number of meta decks. Paladins are no problem and its OK against Rogue & warlocks. But, control prie st, DK Jaina, Druids and Warriors are terrible. Whats the scoop? Any tangible info?

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    • Tharid - Author
      June 4, 2018 at 5:34 am

      5-2 after a short lunch break session (Rank 5 to 4): https://i.imgur.com/mk5B1Ks.png

      The ladder is full of Hunter which is a pretty even matchup if it’s Spell Hunter, and unfavorable if it’s Big Hunter (see first loss although it was t2 Keleseth into double Saping Oozeling which is basically the dream mid game). The loss against Warlock came down to a Shadow Visions coin flip between Mass Dispel and Mind Blast.

      Here are the replays, although I doubt you’ll look through any of them:

      https://hsreplay.net/replay/KhmbihQHjSeqk6ywRNxhxe
      https://hsreplay.net/replay/4BxFiiePDQ9pznndyPcFtX
      https://hsreplay.net/replay/gXu6cNHx3ayuL9EjMBnn5Q
      https://hsreplay.net/replay/WkmyGHKW28Q5SbFmeNN3kV
      https://hsreplay.net/replay/BPkKVMLHHbWnGRz9H7ZzbK
      https://hsreplay.net/replay/WUjMW4YvARNZQgmaUCWp34
      https://hsreplay.net/replay/U5CVNu6PncZgG8Xm6EfLVK

      I said everything about the matchups you listed. Luckily, most of these decks are not being played alot in the current meta with the exception of Token Druid, and we have a marvelous matchup against them due to Mass Dispel, Pyro and Duskbreaker. I’ll spare you with any “arbitray stats from whatever website” aka the most reliant sources to empiric Hearthstone statistics that are used by pro players, casters and Blizzard itself.

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      • S2mikey
        June 4, 2018 at 6:43 pm

        Ugh. Im not playing at rank 5 which is completely different from where Im at. My last few games were against Shuddercrap, 2 quest Warriors, one hunter, one paladin(win), One Face mage and one Druid. I conceded instantly to the Shaman because I refuse to play against the most broken card in the history of HS. The taunt warriors are always a loss. Trust me. You would have lost too. The Hunter was a loss but of COURSE I didnt draw Duskbreaker to deal with the Wolves. Face Mage wasa a win but I got lucky with heals and duskbreaker and heals. Druid is an automatic loss.

        Basically its like this: If you are playing against any kind of deck with tokens or aggro and dont get duskbreaker in time you lose the game. If you que up against Quest Warrior you can waste your time hoping for a miracle but you’re probably dead. Shudderwock is a gauranteed loss. I know you’re trying here but your Rank 5 “data” is meaningless since at that level its all memes and people goofing around since they hit the rank floor.

        I dont know why you cant understand that the 7 games you played arent the same 7 games me and others have played? This deck is brutally draw dependent and has some truly horrible matchups that take an act of God to have a chance against. There is the data. id love to watch the replays but what good do they do? Watching games against meme hunter decks isnt helping.

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        • Tharid - Author
          June 5, 2018 at 1:20 am

          How about you post your replays to see if those games really were 100% losses from the very start? There are no “guaranteed” losses in this game. You only lose if you don’t try. Shudderwock Shaman for example is WAY MORE draw-dependant than our deck, and conceding instantly is just another sign of your game mentality.

          The “floor” argument doesn’t really match here as well, because it’s the beginning of the new season and ex-Legend players start at low Rank 4, just where I was as well. The majority of players play these decks to climb, and if you think that Recruit Hunter is a “meme deck” then you haven’t played against it.

          This is my last reply. Try and backup your points with your own data, just like I did, because otherwise you’re just being another random player who blames the game for everything instead of himself to improve his game.
          And last but not least, play a freaking different deck if you don’t like Mind Blast Priest. Look up tier lists and choose the best performing deck, play it, and if you don’t climb with it in the long run you’ll see that not the deck is the problem but you.

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          • S2mikey
            June 7, 2018 at 3:54 pm

            The “data” is the deck loses to too many meta decks right now to be viable. Sorry to say. Thats fine, it happens. Evryone that plays it will figure that soon enough when they run into Druids, some warlocks, hunters and Mages. Then they’ll have their “data”. I think the deck needs a massive rework. Its not me. If you dont draw the cards you need, which is very possible in a game thats mostly based on card draw luck then you lose games. Its really that simple. The deck needs more condidtent card draw and cant rely on just 1-2 cards to win.

  9. Umbreomancer
    June 1, 2018 at 11:45 am

    So this might just be a stupid question, but if I wanted to slot in Ysera somewhere, what would you suggest? She’s kind of my favorite control-shell legendary and I always want to include her, but I’m not the best at making my own changes to good decklists. Is there a replacement to be made, or is she too detrimental to what this deck is trying to accomplish?

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    • Tharid - Author
      June 1, 2018 at 1:23 pm

      I know that feel, Ysera is awesome! I’d swap out Mind Control if you haven’t already.

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  10. Jarrad Shaw
    May 30, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Tharid, I noticed you updated the deck list 5/30/2018. Many of the cards in the description do not represent the current list, making it a bit confusing. Is there any way, sometime, you can update your description to reflect to new changes/cards? Thanks!

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    • S2mikey
      May 30, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      Yeah…I dunno. Try it out as is and I think you’ll find the deck is NOT that great right now. It gets destroyed by anything with healing or armor. It loses to control priest. It struggles against a lot of meme decks too. Its just too draw dependent and the matchups are very polarizing. You’ll beat up on Warlocks and most paladins so thats good. But you’ll lose to everything else.

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  11. Meowtastic
    May 29, 2018 at 10:45 am

    I gotta say, this is my favorite deck right now, having alot of fun with it.
    Tho I’ve made some changes,
    I removed 1 Power Word: Shield for 1 Holy Fire, I felt like I never ever used 2 PW:S and with Skulking Geist i most often ended up removing 1 or 2, so I saw someone run with Holy Fire, so I tried that and found it to be better.
    I also removed 1 Scale Worm for 1 Twilight Acolyte, it’s just so nice to have against aggro (Mountain Giant).
    Those are the small changes I did, but to me it feels better that way 🙂

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    • Tharid - Author
      May 29, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Very reasonable changes, hope you’re tearing up the ladder!

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      • S2mikey
        May 30, 2018 at 4:43 pm

        Id like to see a video of “tearing up the ladder” with this exact deck. I call nonsense. WAY too many bad matchups.

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        • Tharid - Author
          May 31, 2018 at 2:44 am

          Here are some stats from hsreplay.net.
          They refer to the win rates and games played of the most popular Mind Blast Priest archetypes, played in the timespan between May 22nd and May 31st aka “time since the nerf”. I included every variation of the archetype that a) has the same 23-24 core cards and b) has 1000 games played or more:

          Win rate / Games played

          51.0 6800
          53.5 6600
          55.3 6500
          53.1 5200
          53.5 4900
          51.3 4000
          54.1 3500
          53.3 3500
          57.4 3100
          54.2 2300
          54.1 2300
          55.0 2000
          53.6 1300
          52.5 1300
          50.4 1200
          54.0 1100
          54.7 1000

          There’s not a single list with negative win rate with a meaningful samplesize. A grand total of 56600 games since the last patch shows that the archetype is still doing very well. In fact, I believe that you won’t be able to find many other archetypes with such a high combined win rate over so many different lists; you may not be aware of, but that’s a great sign of a deck archetype that does well including dozens of different tech cards.

          I won’t try to get out the exact combined win rate of all these decks, just because your continuous trolling is simply not worth my time. By the looks of it you’re between Rank 13 to 15, and sadly my hsreplay.net premium account can’t create data for that exact frame of the Hearthstone ladder.

          But that doesn’t matter anyway. You want a video of someone playing this deck? You don’t need that. I have something that is worth way more than a video. I have statistics that actually prove the deck’s viability over the course of the last 10 days.

          If you don’t like a list, don’t play it. You want help? I tried to help you several times, but you’re still badmouthing this guide and this list. Not able to climb with this deck between Rank 13 to 15? The deck is not the problem, you’re the problem, and that’s not offensive, that’s just a fact based on empiric evidence I have shown multiple times in this comment section.

          You’re denunciating me by saying I’m lying and you “calling nonsense”, but I yet have to see your actual proof that this list performs poorly. Please stop commenting if you have absolutely nothing to contribute.

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          • S2mikey
            May 31, 2018 at 6:16 am

            Trolling because I’m questioning the validity of a deck that has some horrible matchups and I want some video proof of its effectiveness against said decks? And you can’t provide any because a bunch of numbers is supposed to support it all? My rank currently is 12 but that fluctuates. You claim to want to help but can’t give data in my rank range and also don’t seem to think a video is of any use. Why so? Let me SEE people beating taunt warriors, taunt druids, control mages and other horrible matchups that you claim should still be wins. That would be actual proof and might even “help” since I’d se these amazing “skill” plays that I’m apparently missing. But…guess not.

            That’s the problem with this game and it’s community. No one actually helps, they just throw out meaningless stats from some arbitrary websites and then tell you to “Git Gud”. My bad, my fault. I guess.

  12. Mariachi
    May 28, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    I’m thinking that Mental Control is a dead draw every time, i barely have space to use her, and the most times that i lost, this card is on my hand. Do you think it is really need in this deck?

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    • Tharid - Author
      May 29, 2018 at 1:22 am

      Mind Control is not a mandatory inclusion, no. It’s not a win condition, but it can carry you against other control archetypes like Taunt Druid or Quest Warrior. The ability to both remove and build board presence against high priority minions like Cube, Hadronox or big Taunt minions can give you another two or three turns that you need to finish the opponent off with your Hero Power!

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      • S2mikey
        May 29, 2018 at 2:10 am

        Yeah, not really sure about that card here. I also question skulking Geist. A six mana 4/6 that doesn’t always do very much. With the nerfs, are people running dark pact anymore? What other important spells is this card killing? It’s a terrible tempo play.

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        • Tharid - Author
          May 29, 2018 at 3:41 am

          Cold Blood. Naturalize. Lesser Jasper Spellstone. Power Word Shield. Shield Slam. Hunter’s Mark. Lost in the Jungle. Arcane Missiles.

          There’s still plenty of cards for Skulking Geist. Dark Pact made it a staple in every iteration of the list, but it’s still pretty vital. The surge of Taunt and Devilsaur Cube Druids alone makes Skulking Geist very valuable in the current meta-game.

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          • S2mikey
            May 29, 2018 at 4:20 pm

            Yeah, maybe so. This deck is NOT that great right now. Im sorry but its wildly inconststent. Great one matchup but then gets destroyed next game when your starting hand has no dragons and therefore no board clears. Oh well. Its tier 3 at best which is fne but you aint climbing with it. Fun to play but way too dependent on draw perfection to climb. Too may gmes where you just dont have what you need and auto-lose.

        • Mariachi
          May 31, 2018 at 8:54 am

          Disagree. This deck is great. I’m Rank 2 rn. Guess u are not usin it correctly. There some terrible matchups, like Frost Lich Jaina, but still a very nice deck

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  13. Xtinct
    May 24, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Um why the 2 copies of psychic scream?

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    • Tharid - Author
      May 25, 2018 at 5:30 am

      Psychic Scream is undoubtedly one of the best board removals in the game, especially against other control archetypes. It saves time and can weaken the enemy’s remaining deck a whole lot.

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  14. Icarus103
    May 21, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    I like the deck a lot but I can’t get past 18 with it. I lose to bad draws on paladin and then the fringe decks like warrior armor recruit kills me. Also this mentions Harrison Jones but it isn’t in your deck list?

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    • Tharid - Author
      May 22, 2018 at 1:26 am

      The current decklist always represents the “most popular” based on several statistics. We’re currently working on an update for the guide to reflect the post-nerf meta and other meta-based changes throughout the last weeks.

      “Bad draws” can always happen. If they happen on a regular base, you need to accept the fact that you’re just very, very unlucky. It doesn’t have to do with you not playing the deck correctly. However, it is very important to know your win condition against Paladin: Mulligan hard for early minion pressure, and don’t be afraid to initiate counter-aggression in moments of weakness.

      Besides that, this matchup will become a lot easier with the nerfs. Never give up, never surrender! You can always post replays in here if you’re not sure about your moves in a specific game or matchup.

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      • S2mikey
        May 25, 2018 at 1:08 pm

        Can we just say it now: frost Lich Jana is an automatic, 100% guaranteed loss? I’m so sick of trying to squeeze out a win against that stupid deck but it’s impossible. Zero chance. DK Jaina is the most broken card in the game against any kind of control deck. It’s so stupid…..they can heal back to 30 health like every damned turn. How could this card have even been produced? My goodness. It’s like a 2 mana Reno Jackson every turn. Nice job, design team.

        So, yeah, this mind blast priest has some absolutely horrific matchups and if you meet them you will lose the game. Period. Next time I see a mage play any elementals I’m doing the alt+f4 trick. Not wasting my time or just getting irritated.

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        • Cloudcard
          May 25, 2018 at 8:44 pm

          S2 mikey, jajajajaj that Was the best coment that i read in this page ever, i hate that stupid card too.

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    • S2mikey
      May 22, 2018 at 1:14 pm

      Yeah, I’m not running the exact version that is listed but I too and stuck between 13-15 with it. It’s just inconsistent against too many decks right now. Paladins and warlocks are the best matchups by far and my win rate against those is very good. But, there are too many decks that just destroy this deck like quest rogue, DK hunter, taunt Druid, control mage and some others. The deck is OK against quest warrior but draws decide that matchup.

      I’m trying different tech choices that seem to help here and there but then cost me elsewhere. It’s simply inconsistent….no other way to put it. Hence, the deck has like about a 50% win rate overall. You just can’t climb like that. Maybe post nerf it will be better? I don’t know though, the post nerf meta will change and might make this deck worse.

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  15. Mariachi
    May 21, 2018 at 8:35 am

    GREAT DECK!!! Just amazing, guess i win like 50 matches and loose 10 and just because i was unlucky against druids and didnt draw the geist… tonight i’m going to legend o/ thanks dude!

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    • Tharid - Author
      May 22, 2018 at 1:26 am

      Great to hear, good luck on your Legend run!

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  16. ISoDynamic
    May 20, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Hey guys, looking for a little input. I’ve played about 25 games without either of the legends in this deck and I’m a little short of the dust to craft both, which one is the better one to have on it’s own for the time being? I’ve been sort of leaning towards Alex cause it’s a classic card, but I also feel like there’s more closing potential with Anduin. Thanks in advance!

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    • Tharid - Author
      May 21, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Both legendaries are absolutely mandatory; without them your results will vary a whole lot compared to deck versions that run them. If I had to choose though I’d craft Anduin instead of Alex, just because it’s your main win condition in combination with Mind Blasts, and because it’ll be a very valuable card for the rest of the Standard year.

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  17. Kiwito21
    May 15, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    So should play the holy fire one or this one? And is twilight acolyte good in this deck? Any suggestion help 🙂

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    • Tharid - Author
      May 16, 2018 at 6:47 am

      We will eventually update this guide once the new patch hits, and we will talk a lot about these two cards.

      I really like the Holy Fire tech choice; it adds tons of reach against armor-heavy decks like Taunt Druid or Odd Warrior, and it can save your ass against our arch nemesis Quest Rogue.

      Twilight Acolyte is a tricky one; it serves as some sort of alternative for SW:D, but it’s way less reliant. I always go for SW:D just because I can get it with Shadow Visions. SW:D of course lowers the chance to get Mind Blast with SV, but I take that disadvantage in favor of a very effective removal *spell*. Back in “old” Dragon Priest, minion presence to defend the board in the early stages meant everything, but I think that Mind Blast Priest has enough spells to do that in the early game anyway.

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      • Le sun
        May 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

        Thanks for the thorough input, exactly what I was wondering

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  18. some guy
    May 15, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Um, im looking for decks to craft and i have both alex and anduin and a couple of the epics,
    should i craft this deck? Im only at rank 15 so… yea

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    • Tharid - Author
      May 15, 2018 at 7:55 am

      This deck does very well across all ranks, so there’s no reason to not try it! Mind Blast Priest will most likely come out ahead after the nerfs as well, just because they won’t affect this deck at all.

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      • some guy
        May 15, 2018 at 8:54 am

        Thank You!

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  19. Aa
    May 14, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Too old

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  20. Tonka
    May 14, 2018 at 11:38 am

    I really appreciate this deck, was stuck with the meta rush at 15 but since running this deck I’ve managed to hit 11 in under a day. Props to you sir!

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    • Tharid - Author
      May 15, 2018 at 2:26 am

      Great to hear, Legend is in sight!

      Reply
  21. ygalion
    May 14, 2018 at 4:45 am

    4 out of 4 lost in ranked at level 21.
    Not much back up plan with this deck. Also lack of dmg against high hp poison and 4 attack+ high hp cards

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    • Tharid - Author
      May 15, 2018 at 2:41 am

      I’d advise you to try the deck out more, a sample size of 4 games is pretty low, especially at low ranks. You can also sift through the comments if you feel like you need to include certain tech cards to have some “back up plans” depending on the current meta.

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  22. M.C Fat Biscuit
    May 11, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Can I run Gluttonous Ooze instead of Acidic? I understand that 2 mana is good for efficiency, especially against warlock, but I feel the extra armor could be good against aggro decks.

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    • Tharid - Author
      May 13, 2018 at 11:45 am

      That’s fine. I personally really like Acidic Swamp Ooze just because it can deal tons of damage early against heavy control bullies if they don’t draw well, and that one extra turn you can play it earlier can mean 3 more damage in the end.

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      • Hearthjoe
        May 14, 2018 at 9:04 pm

        Also Acidic Swamp Ooze is good at pushing damage with Shadowreaper Anduin. I won a few games due to the 2 mana cost

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        • Tharid - Author
          May 15, 2018 at 2:26 am

          Good point!

          Reply
  23. Usor Nome
    May 11, 2018 at 9:42 am

    I put 2 pumpkin and remove a swd and the mass dispel, and work really well

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  24. ledale
    May 9, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Can i replace psychic scream with smth? I dont have enough dust and in far future i probably wont have but this deck seem really fun and i really want to play it. Is it still playable without psychic scream?

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    • Tharid - Author
      May 11, 2018 at 4:35 am

      You should at least run one copy of it. It’s your backup against Aggro if you don’t draw into early board clear, and it buys you turns against heavy control boards (Void Lords, etc.).

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  25. TooBadSoSad
    May 6, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    One of the worst decks I’ve ever played. So mulligan + draw reliant. Waste of dust.

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    • S2mikey
      May 7, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      Yah, I’ve about had enough of it too. It simply doesn’t win. Way too dependent on far too many things. The only deck it beats is Paladin. It is NOT favored against warlock. That’s a huge lie. It loses to control priest, warlocks, Druid, mage and some hunters. Total joke.

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      • Tharid - Author
        May 9, 2018 at 12:59 am

        According to hsreplay, in 140.000 games played, the winrate of this deck against any Warlock is over 62%.

        https://hsreplay.net/decks/fS2rEbxNUX8wr40SnkHYzb/#gameType=RANKED_STANDARD&tab=overview

        According to the last two vS Data Reaper Reports, the deck’s winrate against both Cube and Control Warlock is well over 50%, and was even higher two weeks ago.

        https://www.vicioussyndicate.com/drr/matchup-chart-data-reaper-report/

        It’s one thing that you don’t seem to be able to play the deck and its matchups correctly, but it’s very rude to call a given fact a “huge lie” that can be disproved within ten seconds worth of Google search.

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        • SwoleLord
          May 9, 2018 at 5:40 am

          *whistle slowly*.. killin em lol

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        • S2mikey
          May 19, 2018 at 3:49 pm

          Or, maybe I’m getting matched up against decks that it instantly loses to. Have you ever considered that? Obviously you haven’t since this deck is an automatic loss to many decks people are playing right now. DK Mage or Face mage? Dead. Quest warrior with all those taunts and armor? Dead. Shudderwock? Usually dead due to the obscene amount of healing they have. Druids? Maybe 50/50 but taunts Druid destroys this deck.

          Sure, I kill paladins and sometimes warlocks. That’s IT. Every other deck is a horrible matchup…..like horrible. Those are the real world facts.

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          • Tharid - Author
            May 20, 2018 at 3:19 am

            Greetings again,

            please, if you try to cover your answer with “real world facts”, please don’t be afraid to show a source for said facts, just like I did in my first answer. Despite the lack of sources, I will try and answer your doubting regarding those matchups:

            “DK Mage”: I don’t know which archetype you’re referring to, but let’s take Big Mage. That has indeed a slightly favored matchup against Control Priest, it always had. That however does NOT mean that it’s an autoloss. You need to mulligan hard for Anduin and you need to try to get in early minion pressure before they clear the board.

            “Face Mage”: We see a 54% WR for the most prominent Burn Mage deck against Priest on metastats. However, lots of Control Priest lists have a positive or even WR aganist Burn Mage as well. In the end I’d say it’s a pretty balanced matchup; we have tons of healing thanks to Shadow Visions and Divine Hymn, and a defensive Alex can work wonderes. Duskbreaker challenges every single minion on the board at once, so if you try to outheal them you’ll get a good chance to win at the end. This is most DEFINITELY NOT an autoloss.

            Quest Warrior: I said this many times in the comments section, but it’s common knowledge that Quest Warrior vs Control Priest is more of a skill matchup than anything, and that applies to lower ranks more than anything. Bad players try to do their quest asa fast as possible so that they can kill you with their Hero Power, and that gives us enough time to get in early minion and Anduin damage. Shadow Visions for multiple Mass Dispels does tons of work, and newer lists include Twilight Acolyte and Cabal Shadow Priest to steal one of their Taunt minions. I do have to admit that it’s one of the harder matchups to play from a skill perspective, but if you’re the better player piloting your deck in this specific matchup, you’ll increase your winning edge and therefore WR by a ton.
            As a personal note, I’m currently 7-1 with this deck against Warrior this season, and none of these matches have been against Aggro or Rush.

            Shudderwock: They need to get their combo in the first 15-20 cards. Everybody can lose against a combo-heavy archetype if they draw the nuts. In the bigger picture, Shudderwock Shaman is so incredibly inconsistent that you should be able to outplay them much more often than they draw the nuts against you. There’s a reason this deck is Tier 1 and Shudderwock Shaman is Tier 3.

            “Druids”: It’s funny that you say that the Druid matchup is 50/50, because it is BY FAR the worst matchup for Control Priest across all ranks (Quest Rogue becomes worse but only at 5-Legend). You just simply can’t do a whole lot against even one Spiteful Summoner on curve if you don’t have enough early minion pressure. Some people even mulligan for SW:D, but a Tyrantus high roll for example will basically crush your soul. The unrelenting minion pressure with lots of Taunts overcomes the average board clear capabilities of Control Priest.

            Taunt Druid on the other hand can become, similar to Quest Warrior, a skill matchup, because Taunt Druid itself is very hard to play, and it is very easy to lose if you don’t know how much damage the Priest can dish out in one turn; one wrong use of Branching Path for example can easily win you the game, but you have to play the better game as well of course.

            And now some numbers for these terms “dead” and “autolose”: My worst matchup this season is Druid, and I’m 12-18 with Control Priest against Druid. That’s a 40% WR in 5-Legend. That means that out of 10 games I win 4 games. It DOESN’T mean that I lose every game out of 10 games. Please stop using this kind of “definitive” language when it comes to statistics, it just blatantly shows that you have no numbers and no experience to back your claims.

            I have played over 150 games with this deck the last two seasons, and I can safely say that this rightfully has become a Tier 1 deck, just because it has no real losing matchups, The amount of working mechanisms when behind is unmatched or only challenged by Cubelock at the moment, and this deck will only get stronger after the nerfs hit next week.

            Please try to badmouth a Tier 1 deck somewhere else, because here your “real world facts” really don’t shine. As “priestplayer” said, you’re welcome to post replays of one of your matches against these “unwinnable matchups” so we can discuss them!

          • S2mikey
            May 20, 2018 at 5:47 am

            You mention Control priest several times…. Im talking strictly Mind Blast which IMO are different decks. Hope were talking about the same thing here. As for Druid – I meant that I had a good win rate against aggro or token druids that tend to open with Fireflies and such. Not Taunt/Hadronix druid which is a waste of time, sorry to say. As for Taunt Warrior… thats great if you have some luck it but there is no way to bust through that armor. Alex doesnt help. Your hero power is nice but with few minions of your own to play the 8 damage often hits your face late game. Hard to sustain much of that with only Divine Hymn to heal with.

            Face Mage is just awful. That 54% stat is only a snapshot and not really taking into account everything. None of those stats do – thats why I hate relying on them as the only argument for a decks quality. There is a LOT more to it than some arbitrary website data snapshot. Its a terrible matchup unless you draw perfectly and they draw terribly which does happen. But, its hard to “skill” your way out of Wyrm, into Arcan, into secrets, into Kirin Tor, etc, etc. Good Luck.

            And…. yer talking From Rank 5 and down. At that stage, your chances of facing meme decks or goofy decks goes way up. For everyone else thats between R5 and R15, we are seeing a much dfferent meta thats loaded with try-hards and tier -1 net decks. Again, this is where those stats simply dont paint the whole picture at all. Once I get to R5 or lower I start goofing around and the matchups change drastically. Not apples to apples, IMO. I swear I have been matched up like 6-7 times in a row with exact counters to Mind Blast priest…. its silly at that point.

            I dunno…. I question anyone taking this deck from R15 down to R5 without a lot of good matchup luck and all that. No way anyone is just breezing through like nothing. Sure, if you get nothing but Paladins and Warlocks then suddenly the deck feels awesome. Its very relative to what your playing against. The deck is very polarizing.

      • priestplayer
        May 9, 2018 at 7:56 pm

        ‘it simply doesn’t win’ What rank are you? Plenty of people have piloted this deck to high ranks in legend and aren’t complaining. Go into deck tracker and link some of your replays, I’m confident you have no idea how to play this deck properly.

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        • S2mikey
          May 19, 2018 at 3:45 pm

          Sorry but this deck right now is garbage in this meta. Warlocks are changing their decks to deal better with this deck. The only decks it does OK against is paladins. It’s an automatic loss to any DK Mage deck, taunt warrior, most druids, control priests, and Shudderwock. I don’t know what the hell everyone sees in this deck and whoever is playing it at high legend is getting extremely lucky and facing nothing but Palladins.

          I’m playing it just fine…..the deck simply lacks a LOT of tools to deal with the cancerous meta we have right now. Those are the facts. Thanks for your guidance.

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  26. Dave
    May 4, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    How does this deck handle baku quest warrior?

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    • Blairdre
      May 5, 2018 at 10:07 am

      It doesnt. Baku warrior is insta concede.
      That being said i have over 70% wins with this deck so well worth it

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      • Tharid - Author
        May 9, 2018 at 12:47 am

        That’s not entirely true. The deck may not have a positive WR over all ranks, but I’m absolutely certain that many, many Warrior players at lower ranks don’t know what Priest deck they’re facing, and in that case it’s more of a skill matchup than anything.

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  27. DoomTemplar
    May 4, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    First thing I would like to say is that I really enjoy the list. I love that it continues on what I was able to do with the Raza focussed deck.
    Started playing the deck around R15 to see what I needed to do vs certain match-ups. Really like the Skulking Geist vs Warlock and vs Kingsbane Rogue (if that is even a thing).
    Made a few changes cause I wanted a better match-up vs aggro/warlock:
    -1 Divine Hymn; +1 Spirit Lash.
    Works great vs silver hand recruits + I prefer some damage + heal
    -1 SW: Death; -1 Mind Control; +2 Squashling.
    Early game can be usefull to heal your side + add some small bodies. Late game helps your combo/Heals you for 10 if you needed a bit more sustain.
    -1 Ooze; +1 Harrison Jones. : Most of the time I just want the draw effect to get to DK Anduin faster. Ooze was fine in must match-ups it was needed, but I simply personally prefer Harrison.
    I tried playing acolyte for more draws first, but his tempo was simply too low compared to a full enemy board silence with Mass Dispel. (Especially vs Paladin, Warlock and Druid)
    Currently going 28-2, only losing vs Spitefull Druids cause my opponent simply had more resources.

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    • DrNut
      May 12, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      I like your substitutions on Death, MC and Ooze. Those were exactly the cards I thought could be replaced in this deck, but Squashling wasn’t a replacement I had in mind. Going to give it a shot.

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  28. Charles
    April 30, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I love this deck. Anduin and Velen were 2 of my first 3 legendary cards. However, I’m really struggling to find a purpose for Divine Hymn. It seems like it’d just be better to run Spirit Lash instead. I’ve yet to be in a situation where using Divine Hymn would restore enough health to turn the game around, and it seems really wasteful to use it for Wild Pyro.

    I’ve started running 1 copy of Spirit Lash and 1 copy of Divine Hymn, but I’m thinking of cutting that single copy as well. Is there something I’m missing about this card? I’d rather just have even more board clear.

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    • Yummyfishpl
      May 1, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      I think you shouldn’t have more board clear in this deck because it has a lot of them and against aggressive decks works better than good. Spirit Lash is great against aggro paladin but mind blast priest beats it even without Lash, so I think it’s better to replace Divine Hymn (also for me 2 of them is just too much – often 2 dead cards in hand) or one Shadow Word: Death with some card draw (something like Novice Engineer or Acolyte of Pain). For me more card draw works excellent because it really helps you to get faster your Anduin or Mind Blasts which is really important, especially against control. Hope I helped you.

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      • Charles
        May 3, 2018 at 5:16 pm

        Spirit Lash has actually saved my life so many times. Gaining 4-6 health with it while putting minions in range of your other board clears is insanely good against decks like Murloc Paladin. I feel like I only need 1 copy of Divine Hymn because I can easily discover a second or third copy of it against the likes of Face Mage, but I’ll experiment with a bunch of different combinations.

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  29. STEWBACCA
    April 28, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    This deck is literally trash. 0-20. Auto-loss versus Elemental Mage, Rush Warrior and Baku Warrior, and taunt Druid and both Spiteful variants (Druid and Priest). Can‘t beat Cube Lock even with all the tech (not enough direct damage to finish the job, especially with his 3 life gain per turn. I‘m so pissed didn‘t craft Anduin when it was decent.) What a gimmick freakin‘ deck.

    Lost to the stupid life gain weapon Rogue deck, the Quest Amara deck, the 4 horsemen deck. This deck maybe beats Aggro paladin (which i played ZERO of in the 20 matches I tired it).

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    • Fastteag
      April 29, 2018 at 9:59 pm

      Calling a deck trash because you don’t know how to play it is pretty stupid, it is one of the top decks in high legend at the moment. It’s incredibly good vs the top decks right now but its a very skill testing deck and requires practice.

      Also, who in this game is playing kingsbane, quest amara and four horsemen decks, hell I’ve only seen one rush warrior and elemental mage.

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    • Matt
      May 4, 2018 at 7:16 am

      If you are struggling against cubes and taunt Druid with a geist I think you need to re-evaluate how you play this deck.

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    • OldManPastry
      May 5, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Yes, obviously the deck is whats trash…

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    • Ahq
      May 11, 2018 at 7:52 pm

      It doesn’t work against high Armour gain decks, as for warlocks, bait the heal and then use Alez, you will win. I always beat spiteful if I keep the right cards in hand, (Alduin and Shadow Death)

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    • Mariachi
      May 21, 2018 at 8:33 am

      LOL, I faced 20 cubelocks and if i loose 2 was alot… u suck man.

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  30. Dogshit
    April 28, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    You rely on knowing every single deck in play for this to work. I understand you no job, mouthbreathing dickheads have that amount of time to put into this game. But the rest of society doesn’t.

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  31. gm6
    April 27, 2018 at 5:57 am

    So i spent my last dust on this deck. Hope it will work with reaching legend.

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    • Vasa94
      April 28, 2018 at 4:13 am

      Man it’s really strong deck with high win rate for me so enjoy playing with it.

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  32. Joshhodg
    April 25, 2018 at 4:06 am

    You still have Harrison Jones mentioned all over the guide even though you traded him out for Skulking Geist. In another post you mentioned you didn’t think Skulking Geist truly helped with the winrate against Cube Lock. Mind me asking the reason for the swap?

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 25, 2018 at 5:17 am

      Evident may correct me if I’m wrong, but all the Guide lists will get replaced by the most popular list that gets tracked by metastats or hsreplay as soon as those lists become popular in the first place.

      I still think that the deck is fine without Geist, but other people, including my dear colleague Stonekeep, think that Geist instead of Harrison is the way to go. Initially the list has done very well without Geist, but maybe now, after a lot of Warlocks know what they’re up against, adding Geist might be the right move.

      All in all I’d say it’s personal preference. If you feel like Geist improves your matchups, go ahead and take him on your journey 🙂

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      • Camba
        April 25, 2018 at 7:08 am

        I´ve been testing the deck and I think Geist or even Chamaleos is better than having another minion to destroy weapons, in fact I feel that the weapon has less impact on my wins than a lock healing 8 heals for which i need 2 mind blast to compete with.

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        • Joshhodg
          April 25, 2018 at 2:24 pm

          Thank you guys for the input. I appreciate it.

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      • Lj Cruz
        April 26, 2018 at 8:33 am

        What is the sole purpose of Sulking Geist. Sorry, I’ve never used the card

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        • Tharid - Author
          April 26, 2018 at 8:57 am

          It destroys all 1-mana spells in both your own and the enemy’s deck. This can be very useful in the matchup against Warlocks because you destroy their copies of Dark Pact which are an excellent source of healing up over and over again.

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      • Vasa94
        April 28, 2018 at 4:15 am

        Geist is so strong agaisnt cubelocks and there are planty of them and I havent lost with single cubelock yet

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  33. Yummyfishpl
    April 25, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Control priest is one of my favourite decks so I’m very happy it’s back. Mind blast priest is actually really good on ranked right now cause it’s almost impossible to lose against aggro pally and also works well against other aggro decks. Playing against cubelock require some skill (and luck) but it’s still a good deck to beat it. Even against “unfavorable” decks like control mage or druid I win 50% games on legend. To sum up deck is bad against some decks like quest rogue but it’s viable deck and if you like control priest you shuld try it out.

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  34. Godinabox
    April 24, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    What do you think about swapping in lich king for a primordial drake?

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 25, 2018 at 3:39 am

      Swapping dragons is a tough one because your Scaleworms lose tons of synergy. Besides that, Primordial Drake still serves as the best nail in the coffin against Aggro board refill, so I’d rather swap a Twilight Drake.

      Another thing: Lich King is a great card, it offers tons of value. But what can it do in this list that we don’t already have? It’s basically an 8-mana 8/8 taunt minion, because only one of its eight DK cards will add more reach to our damage kit (Death Coil), and I’d rather take PD’s board clear to be honest 🙂

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    • Technovid
      April 25, 2018 at 8:30 am

      With all the dude Paladino running around it might make those matchups slightly worse? But it’ll make the control matchups better.

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  35. Botmaster
    April 24, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    I’m absolute disgusted how I see this deck played around 200legend, people honestly play this deck like idiots.
    I highly recommend you run double psychic scream if you want to win the harder match ups and vs mage I would aim to get an extra mind blast just for a nice little dmg combo to burn armour gained and probably a third psychic scream . Your aim is to keep elementals off her board for you to play Alex and then win. I have managed a 10 win streak with this deck including 3 mages this deck has potential.

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    • Lj Cruz
      April 26, 2018 at 11:10 am

      When is the best time to use Psychic Scream with this deck?

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  36. Sylux6
    April 24, 2018 at 10:44 am

    You can’t beat Odd Warrior right ?

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 24, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Depends on their skill level. As said before, I’m convinced that it is a pretty decent skill-based matchup, and if YOU know what you’re doing and the Warrior doesn’t, then it could easily go your way. Many Odd Warriors try to equip Sulfuras asap, and that gives us enough time to burn through the low amounts of Armor due to them not having their Hero Power anymore. However, if they choose to not equip the quest weapon, winning is actually not that easy.

      Last but not least, Odd Warrior is a very niche archetype according to the latest ladder statistics, so I wouldn’t be too worried about it.

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    • BK2222
      April 24, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      Very fun deck to play, just got one question, what’s the mass dispell for?

      We don’t run inner fire or something like that, so taunts generally don’t matter, so what exactly is the purpose of mass dispell in the deck?

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      • Tharid - Author
        April 25, 2018 at 3:36 am

        Yesterday I ruined a Token Druid’s day with Pyro+Mass Dispel against a board full of whisps with Soul of the Forest.

        Generally speaking, Mass Dispel does tons of work against basically all archetypes. You need draw, and you need to survive. Yes, we don’t run a combo that relies on face damage, but Alex + Mass Dispel the next turn can give you enough reach against Warlocks or Warriors for example.

        Even against Paladins this card can take out a lot of damage if you draw poorly in the early game. It silences Divine Shields, Knife Jugglers and other stuff that they can capitalize on.

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  37. Brenden
    April 24, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Um are there any replacements, I just spent all my dust crafting spiteful priest and i lack all the epics for this deck
    pls help

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 24, 2018 at 6:29 am

      As already said in multiple comments, most epics are absolutely mandatory in this deck, Shadow Visions in particular. If you can’t afford the very core of the list you shouldn’t bother to play this deck, as harsh as it may sound.

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      • Brenden
        April 24, 2018 at 6:01 pm

        So um should I dust my golden rexxar for this
        I used to play spell hunter but now…

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      • Brenden
        April 24, 2018 at 6:06 pm

        I’m f2p and got anduin, alex and the golden rexxar from packs so yea……..
        trying to find a deck to get higher in the ladder and since spell hunter isnt as good

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        • Tharid - Author
          April 25, 2018 at 3:30 am

          I don’t think you should go for this list when you’re F2P. Aggro decks still are much cheaper, and Odd/Even Paladin do very well for their cost, and they are much easier to play. On the other side, all of the cards in this deck have very high crafting value anyway.

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          • Brenden
            April 25, 2018 at 7:14 am

            I have both Anduin and Alex already so…….. yea just the epics left which im ok with crafting as they mostly seem really good

  38. Adrian
    April 23, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    I guess this deck was good before the expansion because now it gets wrecked by about everything

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    • Getloppy
      April 23, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      I just hit legend with it. Still good just tough to get used to how to play certain matchups

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  39. ITFreely
    April 23, 2018 at 8:58 am

    I’ve been using this deck from Rank 5 to Rank 3 with the intent of using it to attempt Legend. I ended up removing one Scaleworm and adding one Spirit Lash. Although this deck is already highly favored against aggro decks, I was still finding myself in the occasional situation where my draws just weren’t lining up correctly, for instance no pyro/spell combos in the early game or a Duskbreaker without a dragon activator. I didn’t want to cut Scaleworm but I really wanted the Spirit Lash and that was the best card I could come up with to cut as all the others are just too important for the roles they were intended to fill.

    Spirit Lash has essentially turned a favorable matchup into an almost unloseable one as not only does it provide an excellent clear for all the little one health dudes but it can also provide some much needed face healing as well (plus it provides a nice way to damage all your dudes and then combo with Northshire Cleric/Hymn for some serious card draw).

    The cut doesn’t seem to hurt the already unfavorable match-ups too much, although against decks like Druid (Spiteful or Taunt), early game pressure from minions on board does seem to be the way to win, so one might argue that having the extra body might improve those matchups slightly and obviously Spirit Lash does very little against those decks. I guess it boils down to what you’re facing more of.

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  40. Tesshu
    April 21, 2018 at 7:37 am

    My favorite deck right now and this absolutely wrecks on the ladder. Easy wins against the aggro decks, in particular against Paladin (Psychic Scream and he can shuffle 7 1/1 dudes in his deck :-). Pyro and Breaker take care of early game aggression.

    Control a bit more difficult, but against the popular decks (Cubelock, Mage, Spiteful) still super solid. Would keep the 1x Mind Control, as that comes in handy against Cubelock and to some extent, Spiteful high rolls. You are favoured against aggro already, so would not tech in more anti-aggro stuff. 0

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  41. DeadlyMurloc
    April 20, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    So im quite bad at HS and would love to get better. ive used this deck for a bit and i cant seem to win consistently, i have a 33% win rate. any tips for getting better, or anything that could help me?

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    • getloppy
      April 20, 2018 at 10:48 pm

      Maybe tharid can add but this deck is difficult (but fun) to play. Games generally can be separated into playing against aggro or control. Against aggro, aggressively mull for early drops and board wipes. You will repeatedly wipe the board and eventually win by attrition. Focus discover on spells that help u survive. The other half is control. These games usually go to near fatigue and last very long. Winning these takes practice and focus on two things: your shadowreaper and mind blasts. try to survive till late game and discover as many mind blasts as possible. Ideally, u will wipe the board then play shadowreaper. At that point, focus on chaining hits to their face. Finish with the volley of mind blasts uv collected. Hope some of this helps. Btw, my edits to his list: -1 SWD, -1 mind control and +2 stonehill defender. Not so much that i needed help v aggro but his is so good with your 1/3 drop and almost always can find a powerful late game drop. I always lack targets for mind control and SWD.

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      • Tharid - Author
        April 21, 2018 at 7:02 am

        Good summary!

        Stonehill Defender is a greedy tech decision that makes our matchup against Warlock a little bit worse, but its great for survival in the early stages against decks like Quest Rogue or Aggro archetypes.

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        • Getloppy
          April 21, 2018 at 11:55 am

          Imo stonehill good against all. Obvious is the aggro. But it’s a body against control to start chipping at armor. It protects ur early drops. It’s a body to heal for your 1 drop. It also consistently finds high cost threats for late game. It also triggers shadowreaper twice minimum. I also helps u survive after swapping to reaper. Warlock is a favorable match up, but I’ve found the extra taunts go a long way vs non favored druid.

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  42. Whatagullibull
    April 19, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Isnt this just theos deck why dont you credit him at all?

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  43. Moofo
    April 19, 2018 at 5:55 am

    I m a f2p player and this is my first control deck i manage to craft. Is cheaper than other control decks, good vs most popular decks in current (early witchwood) meta, and very brainish deck. The only change i made was +1 Gheist -Harisson, as my dust wasnt enough. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 19, 2018 at 6:56 am

      Brainish may be my new favorite word to describe this deck 🙂

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  44. Terrible
    April 18, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    This deck is just terrible. Haven’t won any games trying to make this thing work. Maybe the people ranting about it just got super lucky?

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    • Emsick
      April 19, 2018 at 3:59 am

      I’m playing this deck since 5 rank 0 stars and still got 1 rank 4 stars. Trying to become a legend.

      I don’t have Harrison Jones so i change it for another mass disspel. It was working till rank 2, so now i am playin 1 mass display and i add second mind control.

      I really do like this deck, but i have big problem vs druid (whit beast that summon all taunts) – they are making so much armor that i think i just can’t kill them.

      Keep trying!

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      • Tharid - Author
        April 19, 2018 at 6:54 am

        Good work, keep on climbing! That matchup can be very tricky. Always keep in mind that you played the deck to Rank 1 though, so you must be pretty good with it, and that is the number one prerequisite to beat bad matchups as well.

        Good luck!

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 19, 2018 at 6:55 am

      What matchups did you play against? What do you think was the reason behind your losses?

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      • Levi
        April 23, 2018 at 7:14 pm

        I’m doing well with this deck except against spiteful Druid. You just can’t win against Spiteful Druid with this deck cause it lacks a strong broad presence whereas that’s what spiteful Druid pressures you with. Even cleric and shield on opening hand isn’t fast enough for a curved tempo, and once they highroll a 12/12 or 7/14 with Spiteful summoner and then take control of the board before turn 7, which is usually what happenes, you’re done.

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    • Spoopy
      April 19, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      This deck has a leaning curve. It is a harder deck to pilot, but once you get the hang used to it, it works wonders. What in particular is going wrong for you?

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  45. Alpha
    April 18, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Admittedly, I didn’t have all the cards on that list So mine is that list but with these changes:

    -1 Psychic Scream (I didn’t have 2 screams in my collect)
    -2 Primordial Drakes (I didn’t have 2 Primordials in my library)
    -1 Harrison Jones (I don’t have Harrison Jones in my library)

    +1 Skulking Geist (Tech choice to burn Dark Pacts and Lost in the Jungles. Anything else is a bonus)
    +2 Spirit Lash
    +1 Acidic swamp Ooze

    Even with these changes, I’m finding that the deck is working really well. The Spirit Lashes have been really helpful with keeping aggro in check in further as well as just being more sustain against Cubelock’s doomguards. The Skulking Geist has been MVP in several of my Cubelock match ups. It has admittedly, eaten at least one of my PW:S each of the games I played it, but it also always ate 2x Dark Pacts, mortal coils, and Lost in the Jungles each time. That’s probably just my deck highrolling its ass off, but there you go.

    Really cool list dude. Even though I didn’t have all the cards to replicate it, I’m happy with what I do have for it. My experience against Cubelock and Paladin has been sooooo much better, thanks to you.

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 19, 2018 at 6:52 am

      Great to hear! Spirit Lash can work wonders if the meta leans towards more Paladin and Hunter archetypes.

      As already said in other comments, Skulking Geist isn’t that obvious of a tech choice in my opinion. The deck does well without it, and while it may seem that it causes the Warlock matchups to be a lot easier, it shouldn’t change the initial win rate by that much.

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  46. Cmurphbucs
    April 18, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Any thought of putting in the coin/Velen combo? Can swap out one weapon removal and mind control but put in the gargoyle and Velen for extra burst

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 19, 2018 at 6:34 am

      Yeah, people have been suggesting that! I think it’s a tough tech choice. Coins are not needed as a direct win condition like it was with OTK Paladin, and yes, they might be valuable against Aggro for additional Pyromancer value. In Control those coins can get pretty clunk over time because we don’t have as much cycle as OTK Paladin, and while Coldlight Oracle has left the scene, there’s still plenty of situations where you can easily overdraw (Hadronox Druid intensifies).

      Try it out and report back how it performed! 🙂

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  47. Straynok
    April 18, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    I love this deck, I’ve been playing another version, but can’t wait to try this one.
    Can I ask two questions?

    #1 I’m not sure about the Mind Controls place in the deck because i’m not sure what i’m trying to MC in the current meta. if spiteful comes out on turn 10 we have other answers and voidlords we want to pop to shuffle the 1/3’s.
    what about replacing it with Glimmeroot or something?

    #2 what about playing twilight acolyte instead of Death, to give you a threat to replace theirs, and more consistancy when looking for Mind Blast?
    thanks for posting the list, it looks awesome.

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 19, 2018 at 6:40 am

      #1: MC is a great tech choice against Cubelock. You can MC greedy Cubes or Voidlords for protection against incoming Doomguards. I don’t think it’s really needed, but it can buy you the turns you need for working on your combo.

      #2: Solid choice depending on the meta. It can be great against Odd Paladin as well, but with the amount of Mountain Giants being in the game right now, hard removal trumps everything!

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  48. Lawrecords
    April 18, 2018 at 3:13 am

    I have Chameleos and i’m keen to use him regardless of his effectiveness. What would you sub out to make room for him?

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 18, 2018 at 3:39 am

      MrYagut played a iteration of this deck with Chameleos and only one copy of SW:D.

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  49. FMJ.
    April 17, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Nice guide mate! Did you forget Quest Warrior? i think is the worst favored scenario 😀

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 18, 2018 at 3:42 am

      Thanks! You can only cover so many different matchups, but that is what the comments are for, right 🙂

      Your MU against Taunt Warrior *can* be very unfavored. That however requires the Taunt Warrior player to know what he’s up against. A lot of more casual players will never expect you running this list, so they will try to get to using Sulfuras as quickly as possible. That is where you can flood the board and Alex+MB his face, because Armor Up doesn’t provide the Armor he needs against us in the later stages of the game.

      In general I’d call this a “skill matchup”. If you’re the better player, then you should have a fairly decent win rate.

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  50. Getloppy
    April 17, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Great deck. I’m finding the lack of warlocks and eqpt at rank 4 warrants swapping a shadow word death and Harrison Jones which both lack tagets. Seems meta dependent. Lots of game losses due to those cluttering my hand. Swapped for mix of chameleos and stonehill defender. Very untested but liked both. Really up in the air on those two slots. My meta is paladin (almost auto win) and druid with druid being a tough MU. Open to ideas! Great post.

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 18, 2018 at 3:48 am

      Interesting ideas! We have double Weapon Removal, but Jones is highly situational and not very usable against Aggro, so that is indeed a tech inclusion against Warlocks only. Stonehill Defender can be great, especially if you find Obsidian Statue; great “last alamo” against Aggro, and a two-turn-saver in Control matchups.

      Druid is a tough one, but I beat Hadronox Druid pretty consistently. The matchup plays very similar to Cubelock: Try to get the most value out of your Screams, focus on card draw, and get Anduin go as quickly as possible. As it is with most bad matchups, the fact that we play a list they won’t expect gives us a massive edge, so many Taunt Druids will try to erect that Taunt Wall to get Hadronox value, when they instead should just bank Armor into the late game.

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  51. Aeternus
    April 17, 2018 at 11:26 am

    This deck is actually insanely good! Once you get the hang of it you can literally kill anyone from 20+ health in one turn…well 2 turns if you need to Alex before. Playing against aggro decks can be a bit tricky, but survival is definitely not a problem for this deck, you got so much removal is ridiculous.

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 18, 2018 at 3:44 am

      Glad to hear you are having success with it!

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  52. ITFreely
    April 17, 2018 at 11:11 am

    This deck is the truth. It’s consistently beating Warlocks and Pallys, as the guide proclaims. I’m just trying to get my games in before I start seeing a bunch of these running around ladder.

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 18, 2018 at 3:43 am

      “This deck is the truth” may be my favorite statement regarding this list 🙂 Go get ’em!

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  53. Akron
    April 17, 2018 at 10:40 am

    I got chameleos, any card of the deck to replace with? Ty

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 18, 2018 at 3:38 am

      MrYagut played a list with Chameleos and only one copy of SW:D.

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      • Camba
        April 18, 2018 at 12:43 pm

        Thank you! 🙂

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  54. Jake
    April 17, 2018 at 4:08 am

    Is it possible to play this deck without Alexstrasza?

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    • Halusky
      April 17, 2018 at 9:13 am

      What is the win condition than?

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  55. boring
    April 16, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Vs taunt druid this deck get destroyed but then again i have drawn anduin bottom 5 all 6 games…

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 17, 2018 at 3:55 am

      That’s a lot of bad luck in six games 🙁 Drawing Anduin is key against Hadronox/Taunt Druid. I’d still mulligan it away because there has been an uprising of Token Druid, and you’ll need all the board clear you can find against that. Keep on trying! 🙂

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  56. Johnny
    April 16, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Dude this deck is amazing, is fucking breaking the meta, u need a little bit luck of course but this deck is doing it and when facing druid most of the time is skill based i love it, feels awesome killin pala/cube/baku hunter

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  57. Ween
    April 16, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    The deck seems pretty good but I cut 1 Scream for 1 Spirit Lash to help ensure I have a tool to remove Silver Hand Recruits.

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  58. Peter
    April 16, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    I went 16-8 at legend with this deck. It’s a decent deck I would say.

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  59. Hurj
    April 16, 2018 at 10:52 am

    The deck seems like fun, but for me, it has struggled with gaining presence on the board during the early turns. Has anyone else had the same problem? I ended up cutting out some of the more expensive cards and adding some two drops like Doomsayer.

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    • Mike
      April 16, 2018 at 12:30 pm

      Yep, if you don’t draw cleric or duskbreaker early or pyromancer against paladin you are usually too far behind. It feels so helpless. This deck needs more board presence, IMO. It could also use more silencing fornstupid warlock BS.

      The deck is also an automatic loss against elemental mage. I dunno, I don’t think this deck is that great. Requires too many pieces to fall into place. Maybe there are bette priest decks with dragons?

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 16, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      This deck does not focus on early board presence. You contest early enemy board presence with board clear, not with minions. Collect your Pyro chain, heal up in the meantime, and strike back with a one-time board clear and a follow-up Scaleworm to get into a healthy mid game.

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  60. RIP
    April 16, 2018 at 10:46 am

    You should really be running geist, if u play vs any decent players and they are on warlock they will be saving the heals for the alex unless they have the otk cube combo with umbra or without her. I mean worst case you geist 2 power words, which is less valuable than 16heal plus combo potential and all in all this is a control deck.

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 16, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      I have been thinking alot about Geist. On paper it looks great and may serve the greater cause, but I don’t think that it is really needed. It makes the matchup easier, but if you control your deck accordingly, win rate should stay the same.

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  61. Chris
    April 16, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Just started playing this deck currently 5-0 at rank 9-7. I queued into baku taunt warriors and still managed to beat through 20 armour and win

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    • Tharid - Author
      April 16, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      Great to hear! Taunt Warriors are tough to beat, but if you stay patient you might get the upper hand one time or another!

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      • Alpha
        April 18, 2018 at 1:10 am

        I concede to Taunt warriors. There’s so few currently, but its always like, 30-60 minute games. An uphill battle that really isn’t worth the stress of going through.

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  62. Goldenv69
    April 16, 2018 at 7:19 am

    This is an awesome deck, funny to play and really strong right now. I just did 2 important change:

    Harrison Ford –> Prophet Velen

    Mind Control –> Gilded Gargoyle

    That’s because I prefer to have more option for the combo (Alextrasa+DK Anduin or Velen+Mindblast). Right now I lost only vs EvenMage

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  63. adopped
    April 16, 2018 at 6:05 am

    I only have limit dust to craft and i must choose between Physic scream and Primordial Drake
    Which one should icraft first and what can i use to replace the other one?

    Reply
    • Goldenv69
      April 16, 2018 at 7:12 am

      Physic screem is stronger right now and cost one mana less. Obviusly Primordial has a great body but the 2 dmg arent enought sometimes to clear the board and in this meta with this deck a board clear is essentialy

      Reply
      • adopped
        April 17, 2018 at 3:15 am

        any replacement for the drake?

        Reply
  64. codeRED
    April 16, 2018 at 5:28 am

    Any card to tech out for Silence?

    Reply
    • Tharid - Author
      April 16, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      What would you want Silence for? Mass Dispel does the job in that regard. I don’t think it’d be worth to replace any card in that list with Silence!

      Reply
  65. Martin
    April 16, 2018 at 4:09 am

    This deck is just a mess. I don’t see how a few mindblasts are supposed to be the answer to cube lock. They have so much healing that it really isn’t a problem for them to just heal up after you cast Alex and you have no good ways of putting up pressure in the beginning.

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    • Kapulet
      April 16, 2018 at 5:06 am

      The idea is to bait out his heal and discover an additional 2 mind blasts for 20 dmg. mass dispell will help pressure through the voidlords. a good read will signal the best time to drop alex. This is all made pretty clear in the guide.

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    • Oropher
      April 17, 2018 at 11:41 am

      I have a high WR vs Cubelock with this deck. You sometimes dont even need more than 2 mindblasts. They never expect the mind blast because Priest usually runs Spiteful. Early game is easy, you erase giants or doomguards easily. Late game you can destroy their weapons, use psychic to clear the board and then they have to deal with your dragons, You can poke them until they are at range of your mindblast or minions and then you can either mind control the voidlord or go mindblast depending on the board. Remember Anduin DK + 2 mindblasts means 16 damage, and with 3 mindblasts is 19 damage, so as long as you are in that range you are gucci 🙂

      Reply
  66. Luzbel
    April 15, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    RAZAKUS STRIKES BACK

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  67. ArthurPZQ
    April 15, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Any replacements for harrison jones?

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    • Luzbel
      April 15, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      Just the good ol Ooze

      Reply
    • Matthew Ventura
      April 17, 2018 at 9:11 am

      I have Harrison but I subbed it for a squashing, I know it sounds funny but its actually quite a versatile card lol. If you don’t draw your pyro or dusk early you can have a couple of these guys heal you up and do some trading against aggro, it’s great for healing your own minions out of duskbreakers range or even late game getting to to heal for 10 + put 10 damage worth of pumpkins on the board! Personally I’ve had more success with the squashling than with double weapon removal, maybe there’s a better card for the deck but it works pretty well for me!

      Reply
  68. MangoTheory
    April 15, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    I’m missing both psychic screams and a second copy of shadow visions, any suggestions on replacing these 3? I spent all my dust on spiteful druid and shuderwock shaman but am stuck teedertodering b/w rank 4 and 5

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    • Adichie
      April 15, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      They’re both really important. Being able to shuffle – as opposed to kill – creatures is part of why the deck is so good against Warlock. And Shadow Visions represents a win condition by collecting more Mind Blasts, while also saving your ass when you need a specific removal spell earlier in the game.

      There’s not a lot of leeway in replacing them. I’d get Visions before Scream, though, as Scream can be replaced more easily against non-deathrattle decks.

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      • Tharid - Author
        April 16, 2018 at 8:42 am

        Agreed. You could maaaybe play with one Scream only and go for something that adds reach (Holy Fire for example), but two Shadow Visions is a must.

        Reply
        • MangoTheory
          April 16, 2018 at 4:25 pm

          Super, thanks for the feedback guys, going to craft a psychic scream and a shadow visions so I’m running 2 visions and 1 scream and going to add clockwork attomaton in place of 1 scream.

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          • Cosine
            April 17, 2018 at 2:03 pm

            I think the holy fire would be better than clockwork, since it can function as removal or reach, as well as providing more reach on same turn its played.

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