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Control Priest deck list guide - August 2017 - Hearthstone

Our guide to playing the latest version of Control Priest in Season 41.

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Our Control Priest deck guide has the best deck list for Season 41, with Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.

Control Priest is a Hearthstone deck archetype that looks to lock down the early and mid stages of every match it finds itself in, before pushing forward with a more meaningful board presence in the late-game. The name is no accident, and in the latest Frozen Throne version of the deck your early-game is almost entirely about weaving spells together.

It's quite a slow deck to play all things considered, but it should suit those who are happy for a leisurely but assured climb up the ladder. A word of warning is appropriate here, however. In order to play this deck effectively, you'll have to juggle a lot of unknown variables that will present themselves throughout the course of each match. Accordingly, a solid understanding of the broader metagame is vital if you're to make the right calls at the right time, and achieve a consistent climb through the ranks as a result.

In our Control Priest guide, we've highlighted one of the most popular deck lists being piloted right now, and provided some basic Mulligan advice for getting your matches off to a good start. After that we've broken down all of the combos available to you if you decide to use our recommended deck list.

We'll add to this guide in time, but please let us know in the comments if you have any questions about playing the deck. We'll do our best to help!

FROZEN THRONE UPDATE

We're shining a light on the deck created by player Tars over the Frozen Throne launch weekend. We'll be adding Mulligan advice back in to our Control Priest guide in the coming days, but we just want to wait and get a feel for the new meta before reinstating this section. Please do share any tips of your own in the comments, and check back soon for an update.

Our Frozen Throne: Best Decks and Guides hub contains everything you need to get stuck into the new meta!

Control Priest deck list and strategy

This is the deck list put together by Tars over the launch weekend of Knights of the Frozen Throne. We have to stress as always that this deck is likely to change quite a bit over the coming days, so please be conservative when it comes to crafting any new cards that you don't own.

PriestNeutral
2 x Forbidden Shaping1 x Arfus
2 x Pint-Size Potion1 x Barnes
2 x Potion of Madness1 x The Lich King
2 x Shadow Visions1 x Ysera
2 x Shadow Word: Pain1 x Y'Shaarj, Rage Unbound
1 x Spirit Lash
2 x Shadow Word: Death
2 x Eternal Servitude
1 x Greater Healing Potion
2 x Shadow Word: Horror
2 x Dragonfire Potion
2 x Shadow Essence
1 x Free From Amber
2 x Obsidian Statue

Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.

Deck Import ID: AAECAa0GCKIJqKsChbgCt7sCmcgCws4C8M8CtuICC9MK1wqhrAKirAK1uwLovwLqvwLRwQLlzALmzAK0zgIA

As with all Control Priest decks, the objective is to take charge of every match during the early and mid sections of the game, by making clever use of your powerful removal spells to keep the board completely cleared down.

There's so much potential variation in these outcomes that's it's quite tricky to provide definitive strategy advice for how to play things out. You'll need to be extremely flexible and reactive to the strengths and weaknesses of the opponent in front of you to make the correct call each time, and only experience of actually piloting the deck in the live game will help you on that front. You also need to make very efficient use of your spells.

To get somewhat ahead of the game, we recommend you study the combo section at the bottom of the page. This should at least give you some grounding in the fundamentals of playing the Control Priest this month. Once the Frozen Throne meta has become properly established, we'll update this section of our guide with loads of advice for dealing with specific opponents.

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Control Priest tips, combos and synergies

There are some important combos to keep in mind when playing with the latest take on Control Priest. You'll find the most crucial ones in our round-up here:

When you cast Forbidden Shaping you'll gain a minion that costs the same as your current Mana levels. The results of this are, of course, very random!

- Pint-Size Potion can be used to bring a target into range of spells like Shadow Word: Pain, or Potion of Madness. Consider also the clearance potential when this is combined with Shadow Word: Horror.

- Spirit Lash impacts both friendly and non-friendly minions, but you gain a point of Health back for each creature you hit with this spell.

- Note that while Dragonfire Potion is an amazing mid-game AOE spell, any Dragons out in play will not suffer a single scratch.

- When Arfus dies you'll be rewarded with a randomly selected one of ten Death Knight cards. The Lich King rewards you with one of these cards at the end of your turn. Here are all ten cards that form this collection:

CostNameDescription
2Death CoilDeal 5 damage to an enemy, or restore 5 Health to a friendly character.
2Death GripSteal a minion from your opponent's deck and add it to your hand.
2ObliterateDestroy a minion. Your hero takes damage equal to its Health.
3Death and DecayDeal 3 damage to all enemies.
4Anti-Magic ShellGive your minions +2 / +2 and “Can't be targeted by spells or Hero Powers.”
5Doom PactDestroy all minions. Remove the top card from your deck for each minion destroyed.
6Army of the DeadRemove the top 5 cards of your deck. Summony any minions removed.
7FrostmourneDeathrattle: Summon every minion killed by this [5 / 3] weapon.

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