Budget Combo Dragon Priest Deck List Guide (The Boomsday Project)

Class: Priest - Format: Raven - Type: Combo - Style: Budget - Meta Deck: Dragon Priest

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Our Budget Combo Dragon Priest deck list guide for the The Boomsday Project expansion will teach you how to play this Combo Priest list. This Budget Dragon Priest guide includes Mulligans, Gameplay Strategy, Card Substitutions, and Combos/Synergies!

Introduction to Budget Combo Dragon Priest

Combo Dragon Priest got pretty popular in the Kobolds and Catacomb meta. While we had seen Silence versions of Priest that operated under a similar principal, we had not seen the archetype reach the heights it had towards the end of the Year of the Mammoth.

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The Boomsday Project Update

The Boomsday Project didn’t have any dragon synergy, but it did come with a new combo tool: Topsy Turvy. As long as the minion you target has at least one attack, Topsy Turvy acts as a third copy of Inner Fire that can’t be removed by Skulking Geist. It also has the added functionality of removing enemy Doomsayers and making Taunt minions with high health easier to trade into.

Budget Combo Dragon Priest Mulligan Guide

The best cards you can get in your early mulligan are Northshire Cleric, Radiant Elemental, and Power Word: Shield. If you have one of these minions, you can keep some of your higher cost ones like Shadow Ascendant, Tar Creeper, or Duskbreaker (particularly if you know it’s a board flood deck). If you have Radiant and Shield you can also keep Divine Spirit or Inner Fire (probably better because you can play the same turn as you Shield) which can win you the game if your opponent can’t deal with it.

Budget Combo Dragon Priest Play Strategy

The combo from which this deck gets its name is Inner Fire plus Divine Spirit. Divine Spirit doubles a minion’s health, and Inner Fire changes the minion’s attack to be equal to its health. If you have a minion with, for example, 5 health on the board, playing two copies of Divine Spirit and then targeting it with Inner Fire will increase its stats to 20/20! In a perfect world you would save the combo for when you can use it to destroy the enemy hero in one turn.

Radiant Elemental and Power Word: Shield is one of your best early game starters. If you can follow this up with a Tar Creeper to protect the Elemental you will be in a really good spot.

Sometimes you just have to throw down your Northshire Cleric and hope that they can’t kill it. You won’t always get a draw, but maintaining some semblance of a board is very important. This is especially relevant against aggressive decks, and ones that play a lot of 1-attack minions will have to alter their strategy or give you a free draw a lot of the time.

Against aggressive decks Duskbreaker is a real all-star. Dealing three damage to the whole board and leaving a 3/3 body behind is ridiculously powerful for four mana.

Your main targets for buffs are going to be your higher health minions. If it’s early against an aggressive or midrange class that doesn’t run cheap removal like Hunter, Paladin, or Rogue you can be more aggressive with Inner Fire. Making a large minion early in the game can be an effective way to get significant advantage if your opponent is unlikely to have an answer for it for a couple turns. Keep in mind how likely it might be that your opponent has a way to Silence your minion before you commit to this.

This being the Dragon version means you aren’t fully reliant on your combo to win games. You have late game power with Bone Drake, Nightscale Matriarch, and Wyrmguard. This deck also has some snowball potential in Shadow Ascendant and Cobalt Scalebane.

Future Card Replacements for Budget Combo Dragon Priest

The Dragon package isn’t as strong as it once was when it had Drakonid Operative, so this deck doesn’t really turn into a meta deck. Combo Priest without the Dragon package looks like it will have its place in the meta. The first and most important thing you need for that version of the deck, or even just a better version of this one, is Shadow Visions. This is the card that took Inner Fire Priest from a meme to a real competitor. Shadow Visions fills in the holes of your combo, and can function as additional copies of Divine Spirit.

You could try taking out Shadow Ascendant and Tar Creeper to add Wild Pyromancer and Acolyte of Pain if you want to invest more in the combo side of this deck. Wild Pyromancer strengthens the Northshire Cleric/Nightscale Matriarch plus Circle of Healing synergy of the deck, and combos well with Acolyte of Pain to draw into things faster.

Combo Priest (aka APM Priest) gained some interesting tools from The Boomsday Project. Topsy Turvy and Test Subject combined with both Radiant Elemental, and a Vivid Nightmare can produce endless Divine Spirit. Once you have a bunch of Divine Spirit you can put them all on a Stonetusk Boar to OTK your opponent. This deck requires a lot of practice and the ability to play cards very quickly in a turn, but it can be very powerful.

General Replacements

If you have these then you might want to slot them into the deck, but because this doesn’t evolve into a meta deck I’m not recommending you craft any of them unless you think you’ll use them in another list.

  • Lyra the Sunshard – A very solid minion to target with the buffs or just start cycling your cards with.
  • Primordial Drake – Strong late game sweeper that has taunt and is great for receiving buffs from your combo pieces.
  • Ysera – If you happen to have it then it can fit in the deck, but it’s pretty slow and can weigh down your hand quite a bit if you get it in the early game.

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  1. Raspa
    August 14, 2018 at 3:01 am

    Will this deck still be viable when Shadow Visions rotate out?

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    • Martian - Author
      August 14, 2018 at 7:11 am

      Depends what gets printed before that happens, but I do think shadow visions is a large part of what makes it strong.

      Reply
  2. Christian
    July 20, 2018 at 12:32 am

    What do you think of exchanging the circle of healing and spirit lash for two holy novas? It plays better with your healing mechanic and lowers the amount of spells you can discover to get your combo.

    Reply
  3. HiTop
    June 12, 2018 at 6:56 am

    What would you take out of this deck to substitute Primordial Drake? Thanks for the deck! Fun to play!

    Reply
  4. Pegasus
    June 7, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    For what should I replace the Lyra?

    Reply
  5. MightyFart
    May 18, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    What about removing two Shadow Word: Death for two Spellbreakers? Sometimes i combo a minion, my oponent is in lethal damage with i could directly attavk him, but Void Lord gets in the way. Silence looks pretty strong in this season. What you guys think?

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    • MightFart
      May 18, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      @Correction: if i could attack him directly.*

      Reply
  6. Wraeth
    May 18, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    I have shadowreaper anduin, who i know is a very powerful card. Any card I can replace for him?

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    • TheHenn17
      June 7, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Don’t know if this helps still but I’m using this deck with both shadow visions replacements and instead of two twilight acolyte replacements I only have one and then shadowreaper. This deck laddered me to rank 15 on a 7 game winstreak today! Very happy with it.

      Reply
  7. Battle Courgette
    May 15, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Any room for Prophet Velen or Chameleos in this deck? They’re like my only 2 legendaries and I’m dying to use them.

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    • Leper Gnome
      July 2, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      Take out the silence and 1 circle of healing

      Reply
  8. Servivo
    May 10, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Wow. Thanks for the deck!! It is very useful. I change the two bone drakes for 1 cobalt scale and the legendary y lady in white (that was my free legendary) . First, I think that it would not work with twilight drake but not always someone has a lady in white in the early phase of the game so it was a normal game with a situational buff of lady in white that is really amazing with wyrmguard and nightscale matriarch. I wil put “like”

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  9. BouncyBear
    April 22, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    should i take out 2 nightscale for 2 primordal drake?

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  10. TeoGeo
    April 19, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Which card should I take out for ysera?

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    • hidratante
      April 20, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      Yah would like to know as well

      Reply
      • Raven
        May 10, 2018 at 2:31 pm

        just take the sleepy guy out
        same cost ysera is just better

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        • Raven
          May 10, 2018 at 2:35 pm

          oops wrong deck

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 22, 2018 at 9:29 am

      I’d cut a Nightscale Matriarch.

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    • Thantacore
      June 2, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      You can take out a wyrm guard

      Reply
  11. VoidDragon
    April 17, 2018 at 3:25 am

    So…I got the witchwood legendary lady in white and …. I was just wondering if anyone would know a budget version of lady in white deck

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 22, 2018 at 9:30 am

      I think you could cut a Bone Drake and it could work in this deck.

      Reply
  12. Josse
    April 16, 2018 at 1:26 am

    As a Wild payer, I included the Shadow Visions, removed Wyrmguard for Drakonid Operative (didn’t open any), and took out one Bone Drake for Lady in White.

    Works great!

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 22, 2018 at 9:29 am

      Nice!

      Reply
      • Josse
        April 24, 2018 at 3:57 am

        However after the meta settled, the deck seems to be close to tier 3-4…

        Yet still good, however Baku (Odd) Paladin is a better option with approx. The same cost.

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  13. Hinotoumei
    January 20, 2018 at 11:29 am

    deck is actualy pretty decent.

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    • Hinotoumei
      January 21, 2018 at 11:30 am

      check out my twitch channel to see this deck in action. i made a few adjustments. swapped out 1 tar creeper, 1 shadow word death, silence and 1 acolyte for 2 mindvisions, 1 thought steal and spellstealer. deck is so far working great with these changes at least at low ladder level. you can use the elixir to bypass the 2 less minions by crossing ffingers hoping you get “summon a 1/1 copy” though admittedly this seems to pop up at quite a resonable rate (higher than life steal and deathrattle effect) in fact got 2 “summon 1/1” in one match TWICE. this is a great low budget priest deck for climbing ladder (with these changes). hard to get used to it, but perhaps if you watch my channel you can see for yourself just how awesome it is.

      https://www.twitch.tv/hinotoumei

      Reply
  14. Tewered
    January 7, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Hi!
    I like this deck, seems good. Should i add DK Priest?

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 7, 2018 at 9:13 am

      I don’t think it really fits in this deck.

      Reply
      • flex93
        January 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm

        hey man dirt rat i should replace him with what card plz

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        • Evident - Site Admin
          January 15, 2018 at 4:32 pm

          I’d probably swap out Shellraiser.

          Reply
  15. Roger
    December 30, 2017 at 1:48 am

    What cards could I take out for corridor creeper?

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    • Dylan
      January 11, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      I’m also wondering this

      Reply
      • Evident - Site Admin
        January 15, 2018 at 4:33 pm

        Shellraiser, Shadow Ascendant, or Unidentified Elixir.

        Reply
  16. cameron vandenberg
    December 20, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    i just replaced the neutrals with power word tentacles, lightspawn and deathwing now it’s over powered and is sombody wants to vs me my name is Cameronv0011 and battle numbers are #1428

    Reply
  17. Fix3d
    December 12, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Is Marin the Fox useful here? Idk, maybe making a budget version of a deck like this:
    http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/decks/senfglas-marin-fox-miracle-combo-priest-november-2017/
    I think it’s worth mentioning that without Lyra and Shadow Visions the deck would be a lot less consistent, but this Inner Fire deck isn’t especially consistent you know.
    Just wondering.

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 13, 2017 at 11:14 am

      I don’t think it’d work very well, it’s really just a 6/6 minion and you can’t guarantee that you can kill the chest. I did talk about Shadow Visions in the gameplay and replacement section.

      Reply
    • NV
      December 14, 2017 at 5:15 am

      Marin the FOX,

      Next turn potion of madness, 2x divine spirit, 1x inner fire

      Reply
  18. Mihac
    November 9, 2017 at 8:31 am

    A very good budget deck for beginners, using it and it seems to work out. I was lucky enough to get 2 legendary cards and an epic and I had enough dust to make it.

    Reply
  19. PetaZedrok
    October 7, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    So, it good when i replace the defender of argus and power word tentacles with the cards you suggested?

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  20. ZenGarde
    October 5, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Been playing this deck on a new account and the fact that i managed to beat Jade Druid with it really stands testament to the power of the deck and is a relatively easy to play deck for newer players trying to scrape together some gold for the more expensive meta decks so thankyou Rogue Zebra for sharing it with us. I can’t help but share my experience with the deck in case some fellow new players decided to pick it up and take it for a spin.

    At the moment i’m using the budget version of the deck but swapped out the Acolyte of Agony’s with Tar Creeper’s since they have the benefit of both being a 3/5 taunt for 3 mana, a solid target for the Inner Fire combo but most importantly i noticed that players tend to avoid attacking into it and either A) burning removal on it or B) avoiding attacking it entirely unless they have a minion that will survive the 3 damage recoil. This allows you to play them when the enemy doesn’t have a beefy minion on the board and most likely you will have a target for the Inner Fire combo (Power Word Tentacles, Divine Spirit, Divine Spirit, Inner Fire for 44 damage at 10 mana) on the next turn.

    I’m looking forward to crafting a Lyra to replace the Defender of Argus and 2 x Priest of the Feast’s which i will probably replace the Night Howler’s with since they feel like a “win more” card and the deck overall struggles to play from behind rather than maintain their winning position in my opinion.

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  21. Kristine
    September 30, 2017 at 3:56 am

    I climbed from rank 20 to rank 15 with the cheap silence version quite easily. Now it feels like this deck runs out of value… Lyra would be so nice 😀 I once had the coin, silence, 2 mana silent minion and the puffing spells. Ended up with turn 3 20/20 😀

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  22. Christof
    September 26, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Why not Hozen Healer instead of Night Howler?

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  23. SlpZA
    September 25, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Nice Deck! Keen to try it out! I couldn’t really interpret your substitution section, um, what would an ideal / meta inner fire priest look like at the moment if you don’t mind? Sorry, I am illiterate xD

    Reply
  24. lolman
    September 23, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    i have a hard time with this deck cause i play against agro hunter so the lack of minions is rly bad

    Reply
  25. Stephan
    September 2, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I’ve been running a similar deck for about a month now, thanks for the tips.

    A strong (but pricey, and about to phase out) addition to this type of deck is a Faceless Shambler. Essentially, any point from turn 7 on, you DS/IF your ??? (Humongous Razorleaf usually being my favorite) then toss down a shambler. Two 16/16’s, one with Taunt, is often enough to end the game outright. Faceless Manipulator is another, less attractive option.

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  26. TTN
    August 31, 2017 at 4:06 am

    can i replace night howler with gurubashi berserker?

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  27. Carlos
    August 20, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Hello. I always have the difficulty on drawing minions. Maybe this deck should have more minions?
    What’s your opinion on this?

    Thanks.

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    • Rogue Zebra
      August 28, 2017 at 10:22 am

      It is a tough line to walk, Carlos. We want minions that stick around while also not diluting the combo aspect of the deck too much. One of the big losses to the budget version is not having Priest of the Feast. That would be my first go-to minion. The hope is that if we have our card draw engine going like we want, then we can get the requisite body for our combo.

      Let me know if you have any suggestions for card substitutions, I’d be happy to try them out!

      Reply

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