Legend Rank 1 Silence Priest (Journey to Ungoro)

Class: Priest - Format: mammoth - Type: combo - Season: season-38 - Style: ladder

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Hello! I recently had the fortune of making it Rank 1 Legend with Silence Priest as of 5/8/17 and have been doing my best to hold up the spot since. I didn’t track my winrate on my climb up, but I played the deck solely from Tier 3 (Molten Giant) until the final spot. 



Here is the list i’m running. It’s something I came up with after trying other variants of Silence Priest. I think a lot of people severely underestimate the potential and strength of this archetype. Personally, I think the deck is busted. I think it has a pre-nerf Patron level of strength, and am honestly surprised at how rare this deck seems to be on ladder.

The deck has the ability to out-tempo aggro decks, and out-value and combo a majority of others. It has one of, it not the strongest draw engines of any other deck on the ladder. This, combined with the flexibility and cost reduction of radiant elemental makes representing lethal a threat starting very early. The tour de force of the deck stems, unsurprisingly, from Lyra, a card that when paired with radiant elemental on turns 7+ will give you the tools and win condition needed to outlast/outcombo more resilient decks like N’zoth Paladin and Taunt Warrior. 

**Card Choices**

**Circle of Healing**

This may seem an odd inclusion at first glance. The flexibility and card advantage that this card can generate with a cleric pyro combo comes without the tempo loss of having to spend 2 mana on a heal. While Circle has otherwise been clunky in other iterations of priest, the addition of Shadow Visions allows you to have access to potential +2’s or higher on any given damaged board (which you will have given your beefy silenced minions). At its worst, it allows you to cycle with pyro/acolyte, and gives Lyra more fuel for the fodder. 


The second piece of the card advantage puzzle that also fends off aggressive decks incredibly effectively. In MU’s where pyromancers would otherwise be dead, you have acolyte and cleric/circle to generate more value. 

**Acolyte of Pain**

The way this deck wins is essentially by drawing your deck. With the inclusion of pyro, we’re able to get fairly ridiculous and consistent card advantage by cycling spells on the board via shadow visions and radiant elemental. If acolyte lives on board after turn 3, turn 4 can have a radiant + pyro + visions + PW:S + circle, etc. etc.

**Where are my Faceless Shamblers?**

Simply put, you don’t need them. They don’t advance your game plan of drawing to kill your opponent, and often can stay dead in a hand that otherwise needs to advance its plan of accumulating combo pieces. Given this deck is faster than other variants of silence priest, and that we have better early game tools with dealing with aggressive decks, shambler just does too little at a whopping 4 mana. Against control oriented decks, Shambler either sits dead in hand, or leads to an overextension on your board. At the end of the day, you only need one minion on board to get the kill. 

**One Talonpriest?**

As strange as it sounds, Talonpriest might be the worst card in the deck. The body and effect are great, but two copies often leads to clunky hands with nothing important you want to buff. On top of this we’re usually not buffing minions until we’re ready to combo for a majority of MU’s, so I often found having two Talonpriests would lead to them being vanilla 3/4 bodies with nothing to buff on board. They don’t generate card advantage, and we have better ways of going for the OTK without it. Additonally, at 3 mana, it makes including it in an OTK where we have multiple 1 mana divine spirits and 0 mana inner fires more difficult to pull off.


It should go without saying that this deck is incredibly difficult to play. On any given turn there are often several lines of play that can lead to victory or defeat depending on your MU. That being said, with enough practice, I think this deck has one of the most consistent and highest win-rates of any other deck I’ve piloted. It requires a great deal of practice and patience, in addition to reads to be made on your opponent. Often times going for the combo early if you have a read on the opponents hand (they don’t have removal for instance) is sometimes the only time to win. When these reads are made correctly, it is one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve had playing HS since Beta. But you will lose a lot going in blind. Here is some MU advice: 

**Pirate Warrior**

A difficult MU if they get the perfect draw. Early radiant/pyro plays are crucial to be able to clear early threats and start building a board for lethal. You’re on a clock, but you can represent lethal faster than them with the right draws. An important thing to do in this MU is to find the line that ends the game soonest. If they’re smashing Reapers into your face, they are also doing less to prevent you from going off. If the game manages to go late, you have Lyra at your disposal to try and dig for Ungoro Flash heals

**Taunt Warrior**

We win this MU through card advantage. Your goal is to take up the role of a mid-range deck, representing persistent threats through your 4/5’s and 4/8’s, making sure to never overextend. They do not provide any real threats, so you’re consistently able to pull off a lot of card advantage through pyro/acolyte/cleric/circle shenanigans. A very important part of this MU is demonstrating the strength of the radiant ele/Lyra combo. The way we typically win this MU is one of two ways: 1. Either we potion of madness a 2/6 or 2/7 OR 2. We wait for a turn 9/10 Radiant Elemental x2 Lyra combo. If you’ve applied consistent pressure through your minions through the duration of the game, the amount of random priest BS you’ll be able to throw at him for the duration of the game should help in closing it out (Bonus points for mind visioning Sulfuras randomly). This line of play wins more consistently than I’m sure I’m making it sound.

**Caverns Rogue**

Like the Pirate Warrior MU, we want to end this game as quickly as possible. Hard mulligan for plant + silences and hope they don’t prep vanish. You’re able to kill them before they complete their quest, especially since they will provide you with little to no resistance on their part. Don’t be afraid to drop your combo early: it’s much better to force them to have an answer then to play scared. If you give them time, you will lose. Bonus points for purifying through the occasionally freeze effect. 

It should also be noted that we run 2x Potion of Madness and 2x Silence for their Igneous Elementals. A favourable matchup

**Miracle Rogue**

We have the tools to not get outvalued by Miracle, but we have to make sure we keep up tempo wise. Thankfully Radiant elemental and 4/8’s have you covered there. Probably one of the more difficult MU’s, but our ability to represent lethal early and silence Edwin’s help us out.

**N’zoth Paladin**

See Taunt Warrior. A more difficult MU due to Paladin’s ability to not give a damn about how large your minions are. This is another MU won by not overextending, and assembling combo pieces. We can oftentimes represent surprise lethal by holding onto silences for Steed/Tirion. In the right hands, I’m fairly certain this MU is even, if not positive. That being said, it is a difficult one.


Worst MU. As a deck, we’re not equipped with dealing with Calm Megasaur. We have a fighting chance with Radiant and Pyro, but oftentimes, the perfect aggro murloc pally deck will give little to no damns. Keep their board clear as best you can, and hope they slip up. 


We’re priest with potion of madness and pyro. You’re good.

**Jade Druid**

One of, if not the most favorable MU’s. Like other slower decks, Jades just give us the time we need to assemble combo pieces and large minions, usually simultaneously. Unlike other MU’s, they don’t have the removal, so feel free to slam down this divine spirits early. Some druid variants run Naturalize. I don’t understand this, but hey, two more cards to just do it again.

**Aggro Druid**

One of the safer aggro variants for us. While we don’t run Shamblers, we do run Pyros, and two spells is all you need to hold onto after turn 4 to make sure you don’t get overwhelmed by Living Mana. Mulligan for radiant/pyro + PW:S and potion. One of my higher winrates comes from Aggro Druid


We draw faster than them, we represent lethal faster than them. Create a big minion early, and pop both their blocks before they have the mana to do anything about it. Also helps that silence goes through freeze. Only thing to watch out for is overextending into a frost/doomsayer. Your card advantage should easily take care of the rest. If things get tough, you have Lyra shenanigans to pull you out of lethal range. This is another MU you have to make sure you don’t throw both of your radiants away for early because of this. 


You have 4 attack minions. That being said, try to avoid favorable potion of madness options for your opponent (don’t play acolyte on a board with your watcher unless you can also generate cards from it immediately)

**Silence Priest**

The first person to put a large minion on board wins; neither deck runs SW:D. Hard mulligan for Watcher;purify combo. Watch out for potion of madness targets, so avoid putting <2 attack minions on the board late game.

If you’re still with me, thank for for taking the time to read this long write-up. Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below that I’d be happy to answer!

**TL;DR: Mike was right**

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  1. Laxxas
    June 2, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Thanks for the deck! Do you think its a good deck to climb with (i.e 15-5)?

  2. Darkburrow#2495
    May 28, 2017 at 3:25 am

    Damn, this deck is really hard to play, ive lost most of my games but i do win when i actually draw what i need, sometimes i dont draw any silence and i sit there with a board full of Watchers and Razorleafs while opponent just beats me silly 😛

    • Darkburrow#2495
      May 28, 2017 at 4:43 am

      I went Dragonpriest instead, more consistent and more my playstyle 😛

  3. Nope
    May 17, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    This deck is garbage. No way to get taunt just gets ran over by all the aggro decks. Terrible.

  4. nn
    May 15, 2017 at 7:30 am

    well ty for experience
    just wonder where shaman (control taunt & aggro jade). atleast they rekt me (my other lowcost decks) wild 3->5 rank but im sure there are some standart redactions too
    no “def” and win condition with this deck.aggro punish you for lack of taunts.but vs control , taunt war for example , you cant just sit afk. so all he needs is to find every single removal on lyra and plants/watchers and u have zero chances to win. still u can kill anyone turn 4-5 or die vs both aggro and control decks with lack of draw/silence/units/aoe combos.

    • nn
      May 15, 2017 at 7:31 am

      <<just wonder where shaman (control taunt & aggro jade).
      i meant missin matchaps explanation

  5. Ndyviper
    May 14, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Awesome deck, was looking for something new to climb, was getting stuck at ranked 12. Ive only been playing for an hour or so already at rank 7, I can see this deck really working well. Its so satisfying when it works, have about a 75% win rate with it so far. Best tip I could give when using it, DONT be greedy, and dont silence until the next turn when you can play actually attack that turn. And dont be scared to use potion of madness to take one of their minions with a pyro on board just to circle of heal it back. The extra one card draw is more than WORTH it.

  6. equware
    May 13, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Where is text from card choices? Da FUQ

  7. Giancarlo Doardi
    May 11, 2017 at 9:37 am

    -1 pyromancer +1 talon? Just because x2kabal are better than x2pyro early game in your hand

  8. WarnerHS
    May 11, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I am using this deck in Wild and thinking of taking out Ancient Watcher and replacing with Deathlords for taunt and high health value with just as useful Silencing value. What do you think? Also, Eydis Darkbane for fun?

    • Cruxkid
      May 14, 2017 at 1:10 am

      Have a look in last week’s Heroic Tavern Brawl on this site. Somebody used a wild Purify Priest (with Deathlords AND Velens Chosen) and went 12-0 I believe.

  9. Crackbone
    May 11, 2017 at 5:50 am

    i was thinking, how good do u think is Hozen Healer in this deck? Or what other card would u replace lyra with

    • Crackbone
      May 11, 2017 at 5:54 am

      Maybe pint-size potion or ysera could do some work

    • shampein
      July 3, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      maybe elise

      or you can discover lyra using servant of kalimos but then you need elementals,, you got 2, maybe put in 2 radiants and 2 tar creepers, with some luck you discover lyra

      actually its not so important, she is just an alternative win condition, usually you iwn by buffing a minion

      you can cut off one radiant, 1 silence, one watcher
      the acolytes and the pyromancers, the cyrcles, thats 8 cards

      some good alternatives are auchenai soulpriest, injured blademaster, sunfury protector, argent protector

      dragons like twillight drake, and you cna chuck in removals like auchenai+cyrcle, dragonfire potion

  10. Poor Bastard
    May 11, 2017 at 3:30 am

    Is Purify a must for this deck? I don’t have Kharazan because I didn’t buy the set when it released and it only has very few cards which are super important to decks I like – can I cut this card?

    • Diligent Nose
      May 11, 2017 at 6:05 am

      I’d buy Karazan man, Grandmother for midrange hunter, Medivh for mage/control priest, Curator for quest warrior, Giants for miracle rogue, Netherspite Historian for Dragon Priest, Barns is pretty common, and that’s just the neutrals.

    • shampein
      July 3, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      yes and no

      you can use normal silences, kabal songstealer, ironbreak owl, spellbreaker
      normally the 4 silences are for 4 minions which cant attack, sometimes one i used offensively so if you cut 2 silences then use 2 normal minions like gurubashiberseker or injured blademaster or replace one silence at least

      purifiy draws a card, and good for lyra, as the normal one, usually you need to use 0 cost silence deffensively so purify goes on your minion, silence stops edwin or a minion which is annoying

  11. Masoch
    May 11, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Awesome deck, just tried it a few minutes ago. The lack of shambler was weird at the beginning. But after trying it out, it is just as you said, almost all the time is a dead card, a very reactive minion which gives you nothing of value if your board is empty or full of small minions.

    Destroyed a pirate warrior on my second game, lyra miracle turns are amazing, getting a mind games into PW’s Leeroy is fun as hell. And on my last game I played against a Mid range priest, getting an early watcher followed by a plant, both silenced and the game was already over. Killed him on turn 8 with a 18/18 plant.

    I’ll try to reach legend with it too. It’s a really hard deck to master, but is so much fun.

  12. hazgut
    May 10, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you for tips! Is this playable without Lyra?

    • Ribcage
      May 10, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      reading the guide you see the card itself can win you the game. I would say yes but, it would be much worse.

      • oliver
        May 11, 2017 at 12:46 am

        ive been playing it all night and havent drawn lyra, won a pile of games so

    • Masoch
      May 11, 2017 at 1:17 am

      it is playable without her, but it makes it so much better. She can help you recover from a losing game (getting chain binding heals with a radiant elemental on board) or help you win faster (Getting a mind control and stealing his/her Tirion). If you can get the dust to craft her, do it. You won’t regret it.

    • Cruxkid
      May 14, 2017 at 1:13 am

      she’s an alternate win-con Vs slower matchups. You don’t NEED her but she’s a nice addition to the deck. Kabal Songstealer could be a feasible replacement