Our Dragon Priest deck guide features the best deck list for Season 42, 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 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 bit of both. Throw 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 sort of archetype.
Dragon Priest is nothing particularly new in Hearthstone, then, 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.
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.
FROZEN THRONE UPDATE
Our Dragon Priest is now up to date for the launch of the Frozen Throne. As always, please do keep in mind that the deck list will change a lot in the next few weeks, so some of the cards you craft may not see further play!
We've updated the deck list, added some extra detail about the new cards that are featured, and also updated all of the tips and combos to reflect these new changes.
Our Frozen Throne: Best Decks and Guides hub contains everything you need to get stuck into the new meta!
Dragon Priest deck list and strategy
Here's the Dragon Priest deck we recommend playing in the current metagame.
|2 x Northshire Cleric||2 x Netherspite Historian|
|2 x Power Word: Shield||1 x Twilight Drake|
|2 x Radiant Elemental||2 x Cobalt Scalebane|
|2 x Shadow Visions||1 x Elise the Trailblazer|
|2 x Shadow Word: Pain||2 x Bone Drake|
|1 x Kabal Talonpriest||2 x Book Wyrm|
|1 x Shadow Word: Death||2 x Primordial Drake|
|2 x Drakonid Operative||1 x The Lich King|
|1 x Lyra the Sunshard|
|1 x Dragonfire Potion|
|1 x Shadowreaper Anduin|
Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.
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When playing Dragon Priest, try to build your way towards establishing a solid presence in the mid-game, and use clever trading and removal cards to keep the opponent at bay until that moment comes. Shadow Word: Pain, Shadow Word: Death and your AOE options all help 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 viable and very flexible deck in just about any corner of the Hearthstone metagame.
New Frozen Throne cards:
Let's take a look at the new Frozen Throne cards that feature in this version of the deck:
- Cobalt Scalebane is a new Dragon and so of course gets a feature here! At the end of each turn he remains on the board he'll grant a different friendly minion three points of Attack.
- Bone Drake is another Dragon and so has obvious synergy. That it adds an extra Dragon to your hand when it dies only makes the case for this card even more compelling.
- The Lich King is a Legendary card we expect to see a lot of in the Frozen Throne meta. At the end of each of your turns he'll add a random Death Knight card to your hand. Check out the combo section of this guide for a breakdown of all the options here.
- A more contentious craft is Shadowreaper Anduin, the Priest's Death Knight Hero card. When played you'll obliterate all minions with five or more points of Attack. You'll gain a new hero power that lets you target two points of damage at something, and its refreshed when you play another card.
(For the Wild version of this deck, make sure you take a look at our Wild Dragon Priest deck list guide)
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. Top Standard decks - Top Hearthstone decks
- 6. Best Wild decks - The best Wild Hearthstone decks
- 7. Tier List - 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.
In every match-up though you can't go far wrong by holding onto cards like Northshire Cleric, Netherspite Historian, Radiant Elemental, Shadow Word: Pain and Kabal Talonpriest. Power Word: Shield can be useful against weapon-wielding opponents in particular.
When the Frozen Throne meta has taken shape properly, we'll return to this section of our guide and provide hero-specific recommendations.
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.
- Every spell becomes cheaper with Radiant Elemental. In particularly you can buff this card with Power Word: Shield for free on the same turn it's played.
- 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!
- The same advice applies to Netherspite Historian, which is a pretty useless card once you take the Dragon synergy away.
- Lyra the Sunshard provides further fuel for your fire, although she's going to be a prime removal target for your opponent. It might be beter to play her later on when you can throw a few extra spells into the mix straight away.
- Note that Dragonfire Potion affects every minion on the board - even your own - unless it's a friendly or enemy Dragon class of card.
- You can use Book Wyrm to cleanly remove a 3 or less Attack enemy minion from the board, but again you need another Dragon in your hand for the effect to be triggered.
- Remember that Primordial Drake damages your own minions as well as your opponent's!
- When Bone Drake's Deathrattle is triggered a random Dragon minion from the Hearthstone card collection will be added to your hand. Fingers crossed for Ysera...
- If The Lich King is alive on the board at the end of your turn he'll pop a random Death Knight card into your hand. There are eight possibilities in total:
|2||Death Coil||Deal 5 damage to an enemy, or restore 5 Health to a friendly character.|
|2||Death Grip||Steal a minion from your opponent's deck and add it to your hand.|
|2||Obliterate||Destroy a minion. Your hero takes damage equal to its Health.|
|3||Death and Decay||Deal 3 damage to all enemies.|
|4||Anti-Magic Shell||Give your minions +2 / +2 and “Can't be targeted by spells or Hero Powers.”|
|5||Doom Pact||Destroy all minions. Remove the top card from your deck for each minion destroyed.|
|6||Army of the Dead||Remove the top 5 cards of your deck. Summony any minions removed.|
|7||Frostmourne||Deathrattle: Summon every minion killed by this [5 / 3] weapon.|