Mind Blast Priest ft. Vivid Leeroy (Rank 5-2, 76%)

Class: Priest - Format: Raven - Type: Control - Season: 49 - Style: Ladder

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Hey guys!

As always, it has been difficult for me, to find the right list for laddering in the new meta, since I don’t like playing decks that everybody plays (S-Tier decks or in other words: Warlock/Paladin), and most of the time I also want to make my own twists to existing lists.
I’m so damn happy that I found my list today in the morning, that i want to share it with you. It has been a very successful (and a bit lucky ;)) run today from Rank 5 to Rank 2 with a Score of 16 -5 = 76 %

https://imgur.com/a/XGt3PY8?

The Leeroy Jenkins / Vivid Nightmare Combo gives a lot of punch and can steal games on its own, because opponents don’t expect it. You can finish your weapon trading aggro opponent earlier for example. Or as a final push against Frostlich Jaina before your Mind Blast Turn. It came in really clutch against a Spiteful Druid, when he was winning the board back after Psychic Scream into Primordial Drake, but i knew i would have lethal the turn after, if i go face with Primordial Drake + double Leeroy Jenkins.
I have to say: I didn’t need the combo every game, but it felt it won me about 33 % of my games and i’ve been always happy to have that one missing combo piece in the deck for another 12 damage, if needed.

The Twilight Acolyte / Cabal Shadow Priest Package felt really strong to me in the list. They are both very good cards on their own. Twilight Acolyte as a pseudo-removal, Cabal Shadow Priest to grab some useful minions, or symply as a board swing. I think i don’t need to explain what they do together 😉

It is very worth to mention that the deck runs only 5 dragons, what is the most difficult part about the deck i feel. You definitely always have to keep an eye on that and maximise your draw! The reasoning behind it is, that i really don’t like running Twilight Drake. I don’t like the card at all for a very long time now. It gets blown out by Spellbreaker so often, and even if not, the 4 attack / high health minion doesn’t do much against full Paladin Boards or Cobalt Scalebane or double buffed up Hench-Clan Thug.

On the other hand i really, really liked Primordial Drake in the list. It never felt bad to play it. Love that card.

Divine Hymn heals you, helps you draw, and sometimes you can make yourself 2 Primordial Drake or Cabal Shadow Priest  with Vivid Nightmare, at the right moment, against Aggro for example. Remember that the minion you are going to copy with Vivid Nightmare will keep its Power Word: Shield buffs. I had some huge value plays with it. (Put Northshire Cleric on the board for maximum fun :D)

I consider Face Hunter, Quest Rogue/Taunt Druid and Murloc Paladin/Secret Mage as the worst matchups for the deck in that order.

If you have questions or see improvements, feel free to comment and…

Good luck on the ladder! 🙂

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  1. Sonofares
    May 21, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Awesome, great deck idea! Love the subversion of it being an Aggro Priest

    • Nickname23 - Author
      May 22, 2018 at 6:39 am

      Thanks 🙂
      Yeah, after stayin’ safe, it’s about getting some serious face damage in 😀

  2. Lavadolphin
    May 3, 2018 at 1:47 am

    Is there any way to sub out SR Anduin? I have most everything else, just trying to see if I can budget without dropping an extra 1.6k dust.

    • Nickname23 - Author
      May 3, 2018 at 6:29 am

      hey! 🙂 playing the list without SR is suboptimal to be honest, cause besides being such a good control option, it is kind of your gameplan to burn down your opponent bit by bit. In some matchups you play SR turn 8 asap without making use of its battlecry and start going face.

  3. Tooshy
    May 2, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    I also run twilight acolyte + cabal combo, but instead of two cabals I have one cabal and one shadow madness. Can recommend at least trying it out as it comes online much earlier and gives you a bit better early game as well as more versatile shadow visions package.

    • Nickname23 - Author
      May 3, 2018 at 6:21 am

      ok, gonna give it a try! How does your dragon package look like? No Scaleworm I guess?

      • Tooshy
        May 5, 2018 at 3:04 pm

        Yeah, I dropped scaleworms one by one. I still miss them but I have been doing much better in hard match ups. I also replaced shadow madness with another cabal shadow priest since people seem to run more control decks now.

        • Nickname23 - Author
          May 5, 2018 at 8:16 pm

          I know what you mean 🙂 I think it’s reasonable to play the full twilight acolyte / cabal shadow priest package anyway, to make it stronger.

  4. Diddykoiiiboi
    May 2, 2018 at 1:40 am

    Thanks for the deck list, looks awesome! Couple of questions to see your thoughts:

    1) Removing one of the SW:D and adding another Mass Dispel?
    – I feel like in the current meta, board silences and card draw is more valuable than the 2nd SW:D? Particularly as you have Shadowreaper

    2) Removing one of the Psychic Scream and adding a Twilight Drake?
    – I know you don’t really like this card at all haha, but if it is targeted by an enemy silence then that gives your Primordial Drake’s more chance of surviving a silence. It also gives you another minion to improve your curve into the mid-game and thins out your spells to get another MBlast when playing SVisions

    I’m nowhere near as good at the game as yourself so there’s are only thoughts I’ve had, your opinion on them would be most appreciated bro, thanks! 🙂

    • Nickname23 - Author
      May 2, 2018 at 6:52 am

      Thanks you for the feedback! 🙂

      This take on Mind Blast Priest is teched against Control – and Spiteful decks, (Cube – and Controllock, the Mirror, Control Mage and Spiteful Druid to name it) because that are the decks that were popping up for me at the time i build it and the non-Murloc Paladin Matchup should still be decent. That has been the inspiration for the list.

      To your points:
      1) The second SW:D besides two Twilight Acolytes is clearly a flex spot in the list. If you aren’t running into so much Warlock and more into Aggro, I would swap it immidiately for Twilight Drake, mainly for the Dragon Tag, but also as a body and the Silence bait you mentioned. SW:D is the only clean early answer to Mountain Giant, though.

    • Nickname23 - Author
      May 2, 2018 at 6:55 am

      2) I would not cut Psychic Scream. It is good to very good in every Matchup at a certain point in the match. And as I would ‘nt cut Psychic Scream, I would’nt add a second copy of Mass Dispel, because both cards do a bit of the same thing in some way. I also have to say I’ve been pretty satisfied with 1 copy of Mass Dispel. I almost never fished for it with Mind Visions, but that 1 copy came in handy sometimes.

      • Diddykoiiiboi
        May 3, 2018 at 8:50 am

        Hey bud, thanks so much for your replies and explanations, it all makes really good sense what you said and I fully understand!

        I was a little cheeky and had a look at the Featured decklist on this website that’s very similar to yours with a few differences, and I decided to take what I thought were the best bits from each deck (mostly yours… of course haha) and merge them into one!

        What do you think?
        ### Custom Priest
        # Class: Priest
        # Format: Standard
        # Year of the Raven
        #
        # 2x (1) Northshire Cleric
        # 2x (1) Power Word: Shield
        # 2x (2) Divine Hymn
        # 2x (2) Mind Blast
        # 2x (2) Shadow Visions
        # 1x (2) Squashling
        # 1x (2) Wild Pyromancer
        # 1x (3) Shadow Word: Death
        # 1x (3) Twilight Acolyte
        # 1x (3) Vivid Nightmare
        # 2x (4) Duskbreaker
        # 1x (4) Mass Dispel
        # 1x (4) Scaleworm
        # 1x (4) Twilight Drake
        # 1x (5) Harrison Jones
        # 1x (5) Leeroy Jenkins
        # 1x (6) Cabal Shadow Priest
        # 1x (6) Skulking Geist
        # 2x (7) Psychic Scream
        # 2x (8) Primordial Drake
        # 1x (8) Shadowreaper Anduin
        # 1x (9) Alexstrasza

        • Nickname23 - Author
          May 3, 2018 at 11:10 am

          Hehe nice 😀
          I think the list would work for sure, maybe cut the sqashling for another twilight acolyte to strengthen your cabal shadow priest 😉

        • Nickname23 - Author
          May 3, 2018 at 11:21 am

          To be honest, looks really good to me, could be better than my list (in a more well rounded way), but i will do the squashling/twilight acolyte swap before i go into my next game and try it out

  5. MarmotMurloc
    May 1, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    This deck looks really fun! I’ve been trying to make a ladder priest for a while and this looks like it would work well!
    Also, thanks for taking the time to write an in depth description, it seems that’s really unde done outside of decks made by the website creators!
    Great job, cool deck!

    • Nickname23 - Author
      May 2, 2018 at 6:00 am

      thanks for the nice reply! 🙂 mind blast priest should be the way to go with priest, but within the archetype it seems you are more flexible than some might think.

  6. Cruxkid
    April 30, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Looks pretty cool tbh

    • Nickname23 - Author
      May 1, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks 🙂 yeah it’s a lot of fun besides being a good option for ladder