Our Dragon Priest deck guide features the best deck list for Season 44, with Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.
It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to learn that Dragon Priest is a deck that seeks to exploit the synergies that exist between the pool of Dragon-related cards that have been added to Hearthstone over the last few expansions.
Many of these Dragon synergies relate to increasing the stats of other cards - making them either more powerful or more resilient - or even a little bit of both at the same time. Add the Priest's hero power into the mix - which helps minions trade and trade again - and you'll soon see why the hero makes such a good match for this kind of deck.
Dragon Priest is nothing particularly new in Hearthstone, but it was predicted to slide straight down the rankings with the annual rotation, which took the dragon-stuffed sets of old out of action. Surprisingly enough, however, a few players have found quite a bit of success with a reworked version of this old favourite. It's very much a mid-tier deck right now, but strong in the right hands.
In the next of our Frozen Throne deck guides, we'll show you how to get to grips with this ever-popular deck archetype. We'll start with a look at the latest deck list, outline the basic strategy behind playing it, and then give you some Mulligan tips so you get off to a good start. Finally, we'll run you through all of the most crucial Dragon-powered combos that are part and parcel of the deck.
A refresh of our Dragon Priest guide was long overdue, and so you'll now find a powerful deck list in this article that's been tuned for the latest meta. Please make sure you import this new deck list into your game as a lot has changed for the archetype. On that note, make sure you reacquaint yourself with the combos section of this guide, as everything's been updated to match the radically different deck list!
Dragon Priest deck list and strategy
Here's the best deck list that we're aware of
|2 x Inner Fire||2 x Netherspite Historian|
|2 x Northshire Cleric||2 x Tar Creeper|
|1 x Potion of Madness||2 x Twilight Drake|
|2 x Power Word: Shield||2 x Cobalt Scalebane|
|2 x Divine Spirit|
|2 x Radiant Elemental|
|2 x Shadow Visions|
|2 x Kabal Talonpriest|
|1 x Shadow Word: Death|
|1 x Priest of the Feast|
|2 x Drakonid Operative|
|1 x Lyra the Sunshard|
|2 x Dragonfire Potion|
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When playing Dragon Priest, try to build your way towards establishing a solid presence by the mid-game, and use clever trading and removal cards to keep the opponent at bay until that moment comes. Cards like Shadow Word: Death and your AOE options all help you out a huge amount here.
There's an element of luck to be had from the likes of Netherspite Historian and Drakonid Operative, but you can very often use these cards to swing the match heavily in your favour. They're consistently useful enough to make Dragon Priest a very flexible deck in just about any corner of the Hearthstone metagame.
A special mention should be made in this latest version of the guide to the combo potential that exists between Inner Fire and Divine Spirit. You can use the latter to boost an active minion up in size, then use the former to increase its Attacking power for some surprise - often game-ending - burst damage.
More great Priest guides:
- 1. Highlander Priest - Highlander Priest deck list guide
- 2. Big Priest - Big Priest deck list guide
- 3. Dragon Priest - Dragon Priest deck list guide
- 4. Silence Priest - Silence Priest deck list guide
- 5. Hearthstone Guide 2017 - Hearthstone Guide 2017
- 6. Best Hearthstone decks - The best Hearthstone decks - October 2017
- 7. Tier List - Hearthstone deck tier list
Dragon Priest Mulligan guide
With this new Dragon Priest, so much of what you keep depends on the potential interactions between your first crop of cards and the cards you might want to dig around for.
Evergreen keeps include Northshire Cleric, Radiant Elemental and Netherspite Historian. You also want to think about keeping a card like Tar Creeper against aggressive opponents.
Think about the synergies though. If you get Netherspite Historian and any Dragon, it might be worth keeping the pair so you get a guaranteed pull off the Historian on Turn 2. Twilight Drake's a very popular keep in this context.
Dragon Priest combos and synergies
However familiar you may be with the concept of Dragon Priest, the Un'Goro expansion has thrown a few interesting new twists into the mix.
Here's a breakdown of all of the most important combos that you should keep in mind when playing this particular version of the deck.
- Shadow Visions will allow you to effectively duplicate any spell card in your deck. Obviously you only get so much control over the choice, but it can be great value.
- Against aggro opponents you can very often use Potion of Madness to grab one early-game enemy minion, slam it into another one, and in doing so clear two targets for one card!
- You only get to Discover a Dragon using Netherspite Historian if you have another Dragon class of card sitting in your hand.
- You can increase a minion's Health using Divine Spirit, then turn it into an attacking powerhouse with Inner Fire!
- All of your spells will cost one Mana less for as long as Radiant Elemental remains active on the board.
- Tar Creeper gains an extra two points of damage during your opponent's turn only. Work out how you can line up potentially favourable trades with a little extra work on your own turn.
- You really need to make sure you get the Battlecry effect of Drakonid Operative off, so think very carefully before playing out your only Dragon onto the board!
- When you play Twilight Drake, the Dragon will gain an extra point of Health for each card you have remaining in your hand.
- With Priest of the Feast out in play, every spell you cast will see three points of Health returned to your Hero.
- Cobalt Scalebane's special effect goes off at the end of each turn. If you have one or more friendly minions, one of them will be selected at random and granted an extra three points of Attack.
- A random Priest spell card will be added to your hand every time you cast a spell with Lyra the Sunshard out in play. There's obvious synergy here with Radiant Elemental, which reduces the cost of your spells.
- Note that Dragonfire Potion affects every minion on the board - even your own - unless it's a friendly or enemy Dragon class of card.