Our Control Priest deck guide has the best deck list for Season 38, 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. The Priest's restorative hero power helps to maintain a very sticky board presence,as it often ensures your minions live to fight more days that they otherwise would! 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.
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.
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Editor's note - May 2017: Quite a lot's changed for Control Priest since we last updated this guide back in December. For that reason you'd be wise to brush up on all of the fine detail quite carefully if you're returning from a break. There are also quite a few different versions of this deck in use right now, and we're highlighting just one of the most popular versions.
Control Priest deck list and strategy - May 2017
There are so many different versions of Control Priest in circulation right now that it's very difficult to pick out the one true definitive version. This is a pretty solid deck list though, and we think it should make an excellent starting point for anyone looking to explore the archetype.
|2 x Circle of Healing||2 x Wild Pyromancer|
|2 x Inner Fire||2 x Acolyte of Pain|
|2 x Northshire Cleric||2 x Injured Blademaster|
|2 x Potion of Madness|
|2 x Power Word: Shield|
|2 x Divine Spirit|
|2 x Radiant Elemental|
|2 x Shadow Visions|
|2 x Shadow Word: Pain|
|2 x Kabal Talonpriest|
|1 x Shadow Word: Death|
|2 x Priest of the Feast|
|1 x Lyra the Sunshard|
As with all Control Priest decks, the objective is to take charge of every match during the early and mid sections of the game, and by making clever use of your powerful removal spells, and minions which can be healed up to fight another day. Rather than outlining the nitty gritty behind playing each one, we recommend you study the combo section at the bottom of the page so you can respond flexibly towards whatever your opponent presents you with.
If you can maintain even some kind of board presence into the late-game then you'll actually be pretty well set up to get over the finishing line, just through out-valuing your opponent. Don't forget the devastating impact of your Inner Fire and Divine Spirit combo though. These spells can be combined to create an absolute monster on the board.
More great Priest guides:
- 1. Dragon Priest - Dragon Priest deck list guide
- 2. Silence Priest - Silence Priest deck list guide
- 3. Control Priest - Control Priest deck list guide
- 4. Highlander Priest - Highlander Priest deck list guide
- 5. Best Standard decks - The best Standard Hearthstone decks
- 6. Best Wild decks - The best Wild Hearthstone decks
- 7. Tier List - Deck Tier List
Control Priest Mulligan guide - May 2017
Radiant Elemental is a hugely important keep for this particular version of Control Priest, as it has such a huge effect on any of the many spells you're likely to draw into. The value of Northshire Cleric goes up a great deal if you have Power Word: Shield as well. Circle of Healing and Injured Blademaster is another common combo.
As for basic spells, Shadow Word: Pain is almost always worth holding onto, while Potion of Madness well help you slow down aggro decks in particular. If you're confident you're up against an aggro deck, you'll also find Wild Pyromancer useful, but you obviously want to play a spell alongside it.
When we next update this guide, we'll break this section of our Control Priest guide down with recommendations for every hero in the game.
Control Priest tips, combos and synergies - May 2017
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:
- A classic finishing play involves applying Divine Spirit to a heavy minion, then boosting its attack power up wither Inner Fire. Power Word: Shield can also be used to feed this process.
- If you've a busy board, you can draw a large number of cards by damaging your minions slightly before dropping Northshire Cleric and Circle of Healing.
- Each spell you cast while Radiant Elemental is out on the board will cost one Mana less.
- If Wild Pyromancer is in play, any spells you cast will cause a point of damage to be inflicted against both friendly and enemy minions alike. Note that the effect of the spell will be applied before the damage.
- Each spell you cast while Priest of the Feast is out on the board will see your health increased by three points.
- Lyra the Sunshard will pop a randomly selected Priest spell into your hand, every time you cast a different spell.