C0ntrolBoy’s #3 Legend Big Priest (September 2017)

Class: Priest - Format: mammoth - Type: control - Season: season-42 - Style: ladder - Meta Deck: Big Priest - Link: Source
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  1. jumpypuppet
    September 25, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    i’m confused by all the one-offs, as well as the continued inclusion of holy smite in a lot of these lists (not including the ones w/ malygos obviously). seems like it’d be better to avoid having so many single copies, for shadow visions’ sake

  2. Magnus
    September 24, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    is it possible to make a cheaper version of this deck without barnes, the lich king, ysera and yshaar

    • jumpypuppet
      September 25, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      lol…no. while highrolling y’shaarj isn’t the whole point of the deck, contrary to most ppl’s mistaken belief that it only works when you manage to luck into an early barnes, almost all of the cards you mentioned are still crucial.

      the central idea is to summon copies of your most powerful minions as early and often as possible. the catch is, almost none of them can derive their power from stats alone; there must be some kind of accompanying, *non-battlecry* effect. that’s because part of the reason you’re able bring minions onto the field several times over, and the whole reason you can often do so much earlier than usual, is by summoning largely random tokens (i.e. weaker copies) via barnes and shadow essence. so you can’t just load your deck w/ big fatties, statwise, because they’ll often get pulled into play as either 5/5s or 1/1s. basically, in order for the deck to work, any substitution you try to make has to meet these requirements:

      1. can’t just have high stats w/o accompanying effect (barnes+SV create weaker tokens)
      2. effect can’t be a battlecry (neither barnes+SV nor eternal servitude proc them)
      3. only want a few minions in your deck (too many and u dilute rez+barnes+yshaarj pools)
      4. consequently, those few minions should have an immediate, game-altering impact

      once you’ve narrowed it down you’ll realize that there are barely any substitutions that would qualify. you can’t get rid of barnes or y’shaarj, since they’re half of the mechanism used to summon minions in the first place, and while you could try something like cairne or lyra in place of ysera/LK, it’s unlikely that they’d provide enough of an impact.

    • Afropower1
      September 26, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Use the 7/7 charge dinosaur but Barnes is almost essential
      You can charge face every time you summon it and play all the damage spells and hopefully you have anduin

  3. evdukov
    September 23, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Only about luck…

    • John
      September 24, 2017 at 2:43 am

      Dude, its a card game

    • jumpypuppet
      September 25, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      it’s really, really, really not tho

      whenever i see someone expressing this sentiment — and u see it a lot, in basically any discussion involving big priest — i can’t help but read it as an admission that they don’t know how to play the class.

      mulliganing barnes is nice when it happens, but it happens about as often as drawing 3/4 of your minions before t6, or playing shadow visions into barnes — that’s why the other 29 cards exist. you have massive amounts of board clear and stalling power; what matters is how you use them, not whether you stumble facefirst into a free win w/ a turn 4 ysera. i win games all the time where i don’t actually manage to put a minion on the field until turn 8 or 9 or even 10.

      • Afropower1
        September 26, 2017 at 10:36 am

        Your absolutely right I piloted big priest to legend this season and my last 8 games were 8-0 my username is my gamer tag