Our Highlander Priest deck guide features the best deck list for Season 43, with Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.
Highlander Priest was a relatively new Hearthstone archetype to show up in 2017, and it's only gone from strength to strength since a handful of meta-stifling cards were nerfed in the Frozen Throne era.
It's a deck which is stuffed to the brim with removal options to ensure you remain in control at all times, while key card Raza the Chained ensures a steady stream of free healing is available to you throughout the match. That can of course be converted into damage by Shadowreaper Anduin, and your new repeatable hero power can be combined with cheap cards to deliver a surprising amount of burst damage on a single turn. With Prophet Velen on the board that job only gets easier!
We say "easier" but the fact is this is quite a tricky deck to play to a high standard. It requires a broad knowledge of the metagame so you use your removal efficiently, and an aptitude for calculating potential damage based on the three Legendary cards outlined above, in conjunction with the trigger cards in your hand.
While it's a fiddly deck to play well, our Highlander Priest guide contains one of the best deck lists you can make use of right now. We've also got some advice for surviving the Mulligan phase and handling individual opponents on the ladder. Finally we wrap things up with a complete breakdown of all the card synergies contained in this particular version of the deck.
Highlander Priest is enjoying a huge surge in popularity right now, so even if you've not got the stomach for piloting it yourself, it pays to be familiar with how it works. For those looking to play this top tier deck we've added in an updated deck list, and also reworked the rest of the guide around it. Expect more updates in the coming weeks as this archetype becomes ever more refined over time!
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Highlander Priest deck list and strategy
This sort of deck is always going to be subject to a lot of variation, but you should find this to be a pretty strong Highlander Priest deck list:
|1 x Silence||1 x Bloodmage Thalnos|
|1 x Holy Smite||1 x Doomsayer|
|1 x Northshire Cleric||1 x Loot Hoarder|
|1 x Pint-Size Potion||1 x Novice Engineer|
|1 x Potion of Madness||1 x Acolyte of Pain|
|1 x Power Word: Shield||1 x Tar Creeper|
|1 x Radiant Elemental||1 x Gnomish Inventor|
|1 x Shadow Visions||1 x Elise the Trailblazer|
|1 x Shadow Word: Pain|
|1 x Spirit Lash|
|1 x Curious Glimmerroot|
|1 x Shadow Word: Death|
|1 x Greater Healing Potion|
|1 x Kazakus|
|1 x Mass Dispel|
|1 x Priest of the Feast|
|1 x Shadow Word: Horror|
|1 x Lyra the Sunshard|
|1 x Raza the Chained|
|1 x Dragonfire Potion|
|1 x Prophet Velen|
|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.
Deck Import ID: AAECAa0GHgmKAfsBlwKcArQC5QTtBaUJ0wrWCtcK8gz7DKGsApK0AoO7ArW7Are7Ati7Aui/Auq/AtHBAtjBAtnBAsrDAs/HAr7IAvDPApDTAgAA
+ 1 Eternal Servitude, N'Zoth, the Corruptor, Obsidian Statue, Cairne Bloodhoof, Tortollan Shellraiser / - 1 Novice Engineer, Gnomish Inventor, Doomsayer, Tar Creeper, Shadow Word: Horror
A lot of cards are getting mixed around here to incorporate a Deathrattle / N'Zoth package. Better for control match-ups, this will give you an even more powerful late-game.
+ 1 Cabal Shadow Priest / - 1 Gnomish Inventor
There are lots of game-winning minions out there that you might care to pinch off your opponent. You can even combine this with Pint-Size Potion to steal something with a higher attack value.
+ 1 Stonehill Defender / - 1 Gnomish Inventor
You may need the extra Taunt minion from Stonehill Defender to slow down an aggro-heavy corner of the ladder, but otherwise stick with Gnomish Inventor - a card from your deck is typically more useful.
+ 1 Skulking Geist / - 1 Tar Creeper
Jade Druid is far less popular than it once was, but it's still very much a threat on ladder. Throw in a Skulking Geist if you’re having problems.
This deck is built around two core cards which only provide their special effects if you've not a single duplicate card in your deck list: Kazakus and Raza the Chained. Given that there are so many different ways of building out a necessarily long deck like this, there's no one true version of the deck that can be optimised for every area of the metagame.
What is common amongst all of these decks is the interpaly between Raza the Chained, Shadowreaper Anduin and Prophet Velen. Raza permanently reduces the cost of your hero power to zero, while Shadowreaper Anduin converts it into a source of damage that refereshes with each card played. That means you can fire it off, play a card, fire it off again and so on until you run out of Mana. With Prophet Velen on the board as well you have access to a huge amount of potential burst damage.
Although packing only one of each card in a deck such as this might lead you to be concerned about consistency, the fact is the Priest has so many different ways of achieving the same goal that it is a class uniquely positioned to exploit this type of otherwise restrictive deck. It's not easy to play, however, and you should expect to have to invest a great deal of time mastering the many intricacies involved.
You'll gain a better understanding of this deck simply by studying the combo section towards the bottom of this page, but we wanted to highlight some advice for handling specific match-ups:
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
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- 7. Tier List - Hearthstone deck tier list
Highlander Priest Mulligan guide
When you're up against aggressive decks it's important you don't let them run away with the match. For that reason you want to prioritise cards such as Potion of Madness, which will very often let you achieve a two for one card trade. Spirit Lash has obvious AOE potential against opponents with low-health minions as well. Tar Creeper puts up a solid wall, while a Turn 5 Kazakus potion can really wreck your opponent's dreams.
Perennially useful keeps in just about all match-ups include Radiant Elemental, Doomsayer, Shadow Word: Pain and Northshire Cleric. Once we've had a little more time to acclimatise ourselves with the new post-nerf meta, we'll update this section with more detail advice for Mulliganing against specific opponents on the ladder.
Highlander Priest card combos and synergies
These are the most important card combos you need to be thinking about when playing this particular version of Highlander Priest:
- Every time you heal a minion while Northshire Cleric is out on the board, you'll receive an extra card in your hand.
- Pint-Size Potion and Shadow Word: Horror can be combined together to produce an astonishingly effective board-clear.
- As long as Radiant Elemental is out in play, all of your spells will cost one Mana less than they otherwise would have.
- Spirit Lash not only deals a point of damage to all minions - including your own - it also restores a point of hero Health for each minion it affects.
- If Priest of the Feast is on the board, every spell you cast will cause three points of Health to be restored to your hero.
- Whenever Lyra the Sunshard is on the board, the spells you play will cause a randomly selected Priest card to be added to your hand. Take your time here, and study the goodies you're getting along the way - they might massively improve your current turn in unexpected ways.
- Raza the Chained has important synergy with Shadowreaper Anduin. Your new hero power created by this latter card lets you dish out two points of damage, and its refreshed every time you play a card. That can add up to a surprising amount of "free" burst damage, especially if Prophet Velen is on the board at the time.
- Bloodmage Thalnos causes every spell in your arsenal to do one extra point of damage. That might not sound like a lot, but it has important synergy in particular with AOE damage spells such as Spirit Lash and Holy Nova.
- Each time Acolyte of Pain takes damage you'll gain an extra card. Don't forget that cards like Spirit Lash and Dragonfire Potion damage your own minions too - including the Acolyte.
Highlander Priest - Advanced tips
Here's a handful of addition, advanced tips which should you on the path to mastery with this tricky archetype:
- Curious Glimmerroot provides the opportunity to take one of your opponent’s cards if you can guess it correctly from three potential options. To find success with here you’ll need a wider awareness of the meta to know which cards are most likely to be in their deck. That said, it’s usually quite an obvious choice, and you can even take a gamble with an obscure card that would be more helpful to you in the off-chance they have included it!
- Once you’ve got Raza the Chained and Shadowreaper Anduin into play, consider how best to chain together minions and spells to continuously reset your hero power. If you queue up cards correctly, it can offer a huge amount of burst damage to clear your opponent’s board or even work as a way to finish the game. Have Lyra the Sunshard in play at the same time and you’ll never run out of resources!
- With the volume of board clears available to you in the deck, don’t be afraid to let your opponent over-commit and extend on the board so you can punish them. Dragonfire Potion is an obvious response here, but also think about how you can combine Pint-Size Potion and Shadow Word: Horror for another board clear.
- Prophet Velen doubles the effect of all damage and healing spells you use, in addition to your hero power. This works incredibly well when you want to finish off the game with Holy Smite or Shadowreaper Anduin’s hero power. It also synergises brilliantly with Greater Healing Potion to get you right back into even the most disastrous games.
This article contains additional reporting by James Pickard.