Our Dragon Priest Hearthstone deck guide features the best deck list for Kobolds and Catacombs, 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, it's slowly risen up the rankings in recent months, and is expected to be a big player in the upcoming new meta.
In the next of our Kobolds and Catacombs 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.
UPDATE - 14th December 2017
We've completely overhauled our Dragon Priest guide to incorporate one of the strongest deck lists being played in the game right now, full stop. We've also adjusted the rest of the guide to match these changes. Please ensure you update your in-game deck list as there's a lot that's new about Dragon Priest today!
Dragon Priest deck list and strategy
The following deck is seeing a huge amount of play right now and packs an impressive win-rate. We suspect it's not quite the finished article though, and will be providing another update in the next few days. Still, for now we reckon this is about as good as it gets for the Dragon Priest.
|2 x Northshire Cleric||2 x Netherspite Historian|
|2 x Shadow Ascendant||2 x Tar Creeper|
|2 x Curious Glimmerroot||1 x Twilight Drake|
|2 x Kabal Talonpriest||2 x Cobalt Scalebane|
|2 x Duskbreaker||2 x Spiteful Summoner|
|2 x Drakonid Operative||2 x Bonemare|
|2 x Free From Amber||2 x Corridor Creeper|
|2 x Mind Control||1 x Grand Archivist|
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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. New card Duskbreaker provides immense value in the context of controlling the game, and is one of the most important additions to this archetype in Kobolds and Catacombs.
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.
Once things have settled down we're going to be updating our Dragon Priest guide with a massive amount of strategy advice for handling each opponent. We just need things to settle down a little first, so we have an idea of what players are packing on the ladder.
Until then, study the combo section at the bottom of this page very carefully as it contains in-depth advice on how all the cards in this exact deck list synergise with one another. In an uncertain meta, it pays to make this stuff second-nature!
More great Priest guides:
- 1. Big Priest - Big Priest deck list guide
- 2. Dragon Priest - Dragon Priest deck list guide
- 3. Highlander Priest - Highlander Priest deck list guide
- 4. Silence Priest - Silence Priest deck list guide
- 5. Spell Priest - Spell Priest deck list guide
- 6. Temporus Priest - Temporus Priest deck list guide
- 7. Kobolds and Catacombs decks - Best Kobolds and Catacombs decks
- 8. Dungeon Run - Dungeon Run guide
Dragon Priest Mulligan guide
When the meta has firmed up we'll be providing hero-specific advice for what to keep against which opponents. The following cards are all useful early-game minions, however. In rough order of importance:
- 1. Northshire Cleric
- 2. Netherspite Historian
- 3. Shadow Ascendant
- 4. Duskbreaker
- 5. Tar Creeper
You do need to factor in Dragon synergies here, even at the earliest stages of the game. If you get Twilight Drake and Netherspite Historian, for example, it can be worth holding onto the former as well as the latter.
Dragon Priest combos and synergies
However familiar you may be with the concept of Dragon Priest, the Kobolds and Catacombs 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.
- You only get to Discover a Dragon using Netherspite Historian if you have another Dragon class of card sitting in your hand.
- If Shadow Ascendant is allowed to live, it'll grant a friendly minion +1 / +1 when you hit End Turn.
- When you put Spiteful Summoner into play it'll choose a spell from your deck at random, then summon a minion that costs the same as that spell.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bonemare can be used to turn even the humblest of minions into a hugely annoying problem for the other player to deal with. Not only does it gain +4 / +4 stats when targeted with this card, it'll also become a Taunt minion which helps to protect the rest of your board.
- Corridor Creeper is showing up everywhere in the meta right now. For the unfamiliar, if this card is in your hand it'll become one Mana cheaper for each friendly minion that dies. It can be very easy to play this card for free as a result!
- Duskbreaker is a very powerful new card for this archetype. Assuming you have another Dragon in your hand on the turn its played, all minions on the board (friendly or otherwise) will take three points of damage. Ouch.