Resurrect Priest Deck List Guide – Rise of Shadows – May 2019

Resurrect Priest Deck List Guide – Rise of Shadows – May 2019

Our Rise of Shadows Resurrect Priest deck list guide will help you learn how to better pilot this popular Priest build. Our guide features mulligan and play strategies!

Introduction to Resurrect Priest

Resurrect priest is back and better than ever! Ok, that last one is a lie, but the deck is back and it can have decent results, when piloted correctly. With the removal of Radiant Elemental and Lesser Diamond Spellstone the deck moves away from being a combo-heavy deck, looking to perform an OTK with Prophet Velen and Malygos, opting for a more controlling approach to the game. The list includes the classic combo of Divine Spirit and Topsy Turvy/Inner Fire, because of the high average health of the deck’s minions.

Although the deck is largely reactionary, using the class’s spells to stall the opponent’s progression until the mid-game point, you can take use your defensively-stated minions to stabilize and take control of the board, using your hero power and healing spells to keep them fighting for far longer than they should be able to, thus running your opponent out of resources.


The gameplan does not really change between matchups, at least for the mulligan stage and until the mid-game point. In most cases, opening with a Northshire Cleric is a huge advantage, so you should be looking for her every time. Being able to have her on the board to start cycling through your deck is key, since the deck is reactive and looks to answer the opponent’s board, rather than be the aggressor. Those are the main cards you want to mulligan for:

Key Cards

  • Forbidden Words: A new addition to the class’s arsenal, this spell allows for flexibility when removing an enemy minion. It further allows for the priest class to effectively remove 4-attack minions, something that the class really struggles with.
  • Archmage Vargoth: The expansion’s free legendary, it can be used to re-play a spell you cast during your turn. When he is on the board, casting Mass Resurrection can really put you in a winning position, ressurecting 6 minions on the same turn.
  • Convincing Infiltrator: Although the 2/6 body for 5 mana is really weak on its own, its Deathrattle effect is what matters here, making the minion trade at least 2-for-1.
  • Mass Hysteria: With the removal of Psychic Scream, because of the rotation, this is the best AoE that the class has at its disposal for now. Really key against aggressive and token decks.
  • Catrina Muerte: One of the two ways to resurrect your big minions, its statline makes it resistant most of the non-warrior removal. Keeping her alive is a priority, but even 1 good resurrection is good enough against agressive decks.
  • Mosh'ogg Enforcer: Possibly the most annoying taunt minion in the game for now. Although at 8 mana it’s really late and you need to survive to that point, its 14 points of health makes the low attack totally irrelevant, since 2 attack is enough to deal with tokens and aggressively-stated minions. You add a Divine Shield to the 2/14 body, and it’s just a pain to get through it. Where this minion really shines though, is the ability to deal 28 damage with Topsy Turvy/Inner Fire and just 1 Divine Spirit.
  • Mass Resurrection: The second way to resurrect your minions. The 9 mana cost is extremely high (possibly to avoid combo exploits) but with Northshire Cleric being the only minion under 4 mana in the deck, the chance for a good resurrection is high. Plus, you don’t need to charge it with spells, like Lesser Diamond Spellstone.

Main Goals and Strategy

The deck has two main goals: stall the game, using big taunts and then resurrecting them via Catrina Muerte and Mass Resurrection, or use a minion’s high health pool to perform an OTK with Divine Spirit x2 + Topsy Turvy/Inner Fire. You can also use the one copy of Shadow Madness to steal an enemy minion with high health and use it to kill your opponent with 2x Divine SpiritTopsy Turvy/Inner Fire.

The deck utilizes the class’s abundance of single-target removal to deal with the opponent’s biggest threat each turn. The biggest drawback for this list is the lack of good AoE, with the two copies of Mass Hysteria being the best and most reliable way to deal with a wide board. After that, your best answer to the enemy board is dropping taunt after taunt on the board, then making the opponent have to deal with multiple boards of taunt minions, through Catrina Muerte and Mass Resurrection

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  1. Velin
    April 24, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Strong deck…and fun…for owner, not for the opponent i guess…

  2. OldManSanns
    April 22, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Are all the variants of Wall/Rez priest with Lady in White just inferior?

    I impulsively dusted her because I thought she’s never ever see play, and ever since I’ve been dreading some silent comeback–Murphy’s laws and all.

    • GlosuuLang
      April 23, 2019 at 7:32 am

      Lady in White seems quite bad in Rez Priest. Not only is her effect useless on resurrected minions, she also dilutes the pool of minions you want to resurrect, so it also has anti-synergy. In a Wall version with more creatures and no resurrection spells Lady in White is better. The problem this card has is that you can’t tutor it at the moment. Many games you won’t be able to drop her on Turn 6, and so your defensively statted minions won’t be real threats those games.

      • JimmyRaynor - Author
        April 24, 2019 at 5:24 am

        Exactly. You can go all in with Lady in White, but you would need to drop the ressurect effects and the Divine Spirit + Inner Fire/Topsy Turvy combo and just play a more mid-range style. Could work, just not good enough most likely.

  3. Imnomada
    April 22, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Vargoth is a key card in this deck. If you have it in your resurrect pool by turn 9 with couple of big taunts it will create double troubles for your opponent.

    • JimmyRaynor - Author
      April 24, 2019 at 5:25 am

      Exactly. I didn’t think too highly of him for the first couple of days during the reveal season, but he is such a powerful card in the right decks.

  4. Stonekeep - Site Admin
    April 22, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Deck & guide were updated for Rise of Shadows, comments below this one might be outdated!

  5. Rimjobpetty
    January 31, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Great guide. Thanks!

  6. Deejoeywang
    January 28, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Does anyone thinks Barnes will be a good inclusion, or is he not so good in this deck.

  7. Skilgannon
    January 17, 2019 at 3:03 am

    surely no shadow essence is wrong, one look at the stats on HS replay tells you that

  8. CK HO
    January 13, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Dear Sir,

    The list you provide doesn’t include Shadow Essence…

    • JoyDivision
      January 15, 2019 at 3:15 am

      Which means it is a list without that card!?

      Regardless of that I never get the deck to work … always drawing Velen and Malygos before any cheaty shenanigans, always ressurecting the wrong minions with Spellstone. Nevertheless, opponents playing those abominations constantly kill me with perfect rng.

      Yeah I know … stop complaining. 😉

    • DukeStarswisher
      January 15, 2019 at 8:39 am

      I’m pretty sure a lot of players are dropping that card because of how inconsistent it is. More often than not you pull a 5/5 radiant or gargoyle which doesn’t really help vs. aggro on turn 6.

      • Stanczyk
        January 15, 2019 at 2:35 pm

        I’m quite sure that he is referring to the fact that the profile of this updated deck list still mentions a card that was previously included.

        • DukeStarswisher
          January 15, 2019 at 3:09 pm

          Yeah I just noticed that it mentions coining shadow essence in the beginning in the gargoyles description.

  9. Cilan
    January 12, 2019 at 2:26 am

    The deck used to have shadow word death as staple, it is faster for removal than reaper anduin. Which do you think is better?

  10. Raymond
    January 6, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    So I do not own most of the cards But the ladder is full with these.

    How do I beat it…?

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      January 11, 2019 at 12:12 pm

      Aggressive decks have good matchup against it. Even Paladin, Odd Rogue, even Midrange Hunter (or the Beast-oriented Secret Hunter).

      • mr. kitty
        January 15, 2019 at 1:10 pm

        i played beast oriented secret hunter against him and he destroyed me without using his brain thats how much this is broken and how this game is becoming uneven. where idiots win because they just purchase cards

  11. Stat
    December 4, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    I love how you post this as your deck, even though I used it for a month before this.

    • Evident
      December 5, 2018 at 9:14 am

      We didn’t post it as our deck, but it’s our guide on the deck. Many people have used this deck for months.

  12. beep now
    November 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    its good i have played before but this deck its interesting with zerek’s cloning gallery and i feel nice to impruve this deck

  13. Lentilsoupboy
    October 3, 2018 at 2:11 am

    Spent all my dust on getting the missing pieces to this deck, luckily loving it. Not in the high ranks or anything but ive managed to climb to rank 12 from 8 pretty fast. When i started using it i had probably 30-40% win rate now my record overall stands at 28-15.
    I think Stonekeep is right you need to play and learn your matchups. I seem to have a high winrate against Druid 66% and a respectable 50% against Rougue but managed to get favourable mulligans/draws in those games.
    Star card has to be Lyra the Sunshard freaking love that card. Such crazy things can happen.

  14. Mathieu Selvon
    September 29, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    How do i beat druid with this deck… especially when they switch decks

    • Lentilsoupboy
      October 3, 2018 at 2:27 am

      Usually by the time they want to swap decks you should have enough resources to combo or do enough damage. Thats how it plays out against me so far but sometimes they ramp too fast.

    • wobba
      October 17, 2018 at 5:01 am


  15. CD001
    September 25, 2018 at 5:04 am

    … conveniently timed since I opened this pack a few days ago 🙂

  16. Tarquinius
    September 25, 2018 at 3:57 am

    I’ve seen quite a bit of this deck recently, as well as Exodia Pally gaining popularity. I know the latter is not a brand new deck but it’s another wacky-ass one that is picking up steam. I don’t really understand the people who are saying this meta is getting stale, as decks like these show otherwise. Honestly I think people just naturally get restless if there isn’t any change for a few months, but I agree with Blizzard’s sentiment about not re-balancing things if they don’t actually think things need to be re-balanced. If you’re not a pro or streamer that has access to all the cards, save up for and build a new deck, then your experience will feel fresh again, especially when there are so many potential match-ups.

    But maybe not this one lol.. because it will cost you an arm and a leg and a toe and an eyelid. Wish I had the dust to try it out for the amazing Zerek’s Cloning Gallery animation alone!

    • Cruxkid
      December 4, 2018 at 11:38 pm

      Because nobody tries new decks. They just copy paste a deck and either win or say it’s trash and the meta sucks. Everyone waits for streamers to bring out a new deck and base the meta around those.

    • NC
      January 14, 2019 at 7:55 am

      The reason is, people have to actually be good to win games now. You can’t just spam odd pally or zoolock and climb. You have to know your matchups. It’s coming as a bit of a shock to people who thought they were good and now keep getting otk’d by people who are paying attention to the situation. Meta is balanced and fun. It just takes time to learn your own deck before you’re good.

      • Ravnsborg
        January 19, 2019 at 8:19 pm

        I don’t know if I agree. In legend it might be more diverse, but from 10-1 I feel like it’s basically just hunters, and then a few times resurrect priest, and if you’re lucky you might see exodia pala, even lock/shaman. I never see any other deck. Maybe 5% odd quest warrior, because they are the only ones who stand a chance against all those, sort of. So when pretty little me queue up with my thief rogue, I usually get butchered, but it’s fun, though. Or maybe I’m just bad.

  17. ZEeoN
    September 24, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    This deck has a just plain awful time with Odd Warrior and druids that gain lots of armor such as Malygos. I agree word for word with the paragraph about why you’d keep the Radiant Elemental against slower decks as well but in these two I started to mulligan it because I have not yet managed to win another way against these decks than being lucky enough to pull off the Gallery OTK (but maybe that’s just me).

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      September 25, 2018 at 8:49 am

      It’s weird, I actually think that Odd Warrior is a good matchup for you. Most of the time you win through Spellstones and other revives – you just revive threat after threat each turn (aim for the Lich KIng) and they run out of removals to deal with those. Druid is bad, but not THAT bad – the reason it’s bad is because they might combo you before you put enough pressure with the big threats. But a good Spellstone is also a way to win in that matchup.

      The reason I’d keep Radiant even in matchups like Odd Warrior or Maly Druid is that while ideally you want to go for the OTK combo, you won’t likely win those matchups like that. I mean, by the time you pull it off, they should have lots of Armor, and you will probably draw some of your combo pieces (like Maly or Velen) BEFORE Mind Blasts and Holy Smites. Radiant is there to get some chip damage (getting through that Armor is important and they might not see it as a huge threat early, might not have removal, and if e.g. Warrior wastes Shield Slam to kill it, that’s great for you because he might not have it for LK), and possibly to play some of your cards a turn earlier. E.g. If it sticks in the mid game, you can play Essence on 5, or possibly even Zerek’s on T8 (I don’t assume that a T2 Radiant will stick, but you might keep it until the mid game in some scenarios).

      Generaly, the deck is very hard to play. I’ve played it quite a lot in the last few days and ended up with a negative win rate for the first 20-30 games, and then barely kept it above 50%. But I’ve seen clearly that I was getting better and better with it. The thing is that it has SO MANY different win conditions and the matchup knowledge is very important – you need to know which ones you prioritize vs which deck, as well as simply how to play it out in certain scenarios. I honestly think it’s one of the most difficult decks to play right now, which gives even more credit to Asmodai for getting to #1 with it so many times.

      • ZEeoN
        September 25, 2018 at 9:43 am

        Definitely see your point, thanks for elaborating it so well. I think there is much to take into consideration for this deck. It’s weird to say it but it might even be different each time, as was just said on the HCT stream, it’s a clown fest where you never know what your game plan is going to be until you’re looking at it. You could also argue that double coin from the Gargoyles achieves almost the same as the early Radiant but that again depends on the rest of your hand and your pool of dead minions, and of course whether shadow essence is available at all. I love it for that reason, it just offers so many choices along the way that I do NOT want to be the person who has to write a guide this time.
        What I can say, though, is that albeit kind of a meme, there is not much that feels as good as suddenly being able to deal 66 damage in one turn. Literally the first deck I have played that really made me miss the sorry emote!

    • Matt
      September 26, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      I haven’t lost to odd warrior yet, infact they tend to leave the match or concede because of the recursion.

  18. SwoleLord
    September 24, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Loved the article but I’m curious as to why you wrote it? I only have warrior and priest left to make golden so I found this very useful

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      September 25, 2018 at 2:22 am

      I don’t understand the question – it’s a deck guide, we have guides for nearly every popular deck in the game. That’s why I wrote this one, since it was getting more popular recently 🙂

      • SwoleLord
        September 25, 2018 at 6:01 pm

        I just found it strange since it’s a off meta deck but ty for the response

        • Stonekeep - Site Admin
          September 25, 2018 at 8:09 pm

          It was off-meta 2 weeks ago, but it’s one of the most popular decks in the last few days. At least at the higher ranks, because I’m facing it constantly in Legend.

          But we write guides for off-meta decks too if they catch our attention!

          • SwoleLord
            September 26, 2018 at 12:08 am

            Really? I’ve been hovering from 5-3(too many druids lol) and have yet to see it. If it does do well I might have to craft cloning gallery