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Highlander Priest deck list guide - Kobolds & Catacombs (KAC) December 2017 - Hearthstone

Our guide to playing the latest Kobolds and Catacombs version of Highlander Priest.

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Our Highlander Priest deck list guide outlines the best deck for Kobolds and Catacombs. This Highlander Priest guide also contains 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. The release of Kobolds and Catacombs has done nothing to slow this juggernaut down, and we expect it to continue being a big part of the meta going forwards.

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 key 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.

Update - 14th December 2017

Now that we've had a week or so of collective play we have a much better idea of how Highlander Priest will look in the Kobolds meta. We've updated the deck to reflect the one seeing most play right now, and adjusted the guide to take those tweaks into account.


Use the following links to quickly navigate to the section of the guide you're most interested in right now!

1. Deck list and strategy

2. Mulligan

3. Card combos and synergies

4. Advanced tips

Highlander Priest deck list and strategy

Here's the latest version of Highlander Priest that we think you should be piloting.

1 x Silence1 x Bloodmage Thalnos
1 x Holy Smite1 x Loot Hoarder
1 x Northshire Cleric1 x Novice Engineer
1 x Potion of Madness1 x Twilight Drake
1 x Power Word: Shield1 x Cobalt Scalebane
1 x Mind Blast1 x Primordial Drake
1 x Radiant Elemental1 x Alexstrasza
1 x Shadow Visions
1 x Shadow Word: Pain
1 x Spirit Lash
1 x Acolyte of Pain
1 x Curious Glimmerroot
1 x Gilded Gargoyle
1 x Shadow Word: Death
1 x Duskbreaker
1 x Kazakus
1 x Priest of the Feast
1 x Drakonid Operative
1 x Raza the Chained
1 x Dragonfire Potion
1 x Prophet Velen
1 x Psychic Scream
1 x Shadowreaper Anduin

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General Strategy:

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 interplay 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 refreeshes 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. Once the Kobolds launch frenzy has calmed down a little we'll provide additional insight into handling specific heroes on the ladder.

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Highlander Priest Mulligan guide

The ladder is so unstable at the moment that it's almost impossible to give firm Mulligan advice, so we'll stick with looking over some general principles around the early cards.

Raza the Chained is such a powerful card that it's perfectly legitimate to hold onto this pricey card right from the start. Otherwise you'll always find use from cards like Northshire Cleric, Kazakus, Loot Hoarder, Novice Engineer and Curious Glimmerroot. Against aggro opponents Potion of Madness will often allow you to steal one minion and kill another for free!

Once we've had a little more time to acclimatise ourselves with the new Kobolds and Catacombs 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. If you've a board of partially damage minions you can get some incredible value by combining this card with Circle of Healing.

- As long as Radiant Elemental is out in play, all of your spells will cost one Mana less than they otherwise would have.

- Bloodmage Thalnos will cause all of your damage-dealing spells to do an extra point of damage apiece. Alternatively it's a good card just for cycling extra card draw.

- You need another Dragon in your hand for the damage Battlecry of Duskbreaker to go off. Keep in mind that this will hurt your own minions as well.

- When Twilight Drake is put on the board it will gain an extra point of Health for each card remaining in your hand.

- When you hit End Turn, your active Cobalt Scalebane will give a randomly selected friendly minion an extra three points of Attack.

- 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.

- 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.

- Each time Acolyte of Pain takes damage you'll gain an extra card. Don't forget that cards like Dragonfire Potion and Duskbreaker damage your own minions too - including the Acolyte.

- Save Holy Smite and Mind Blast for when you have Prophet Velen out on the board, as this extra burst - combined with your Hero Power - can wrap the game up very quickly.

- Try to remember that Shadowreaper Anduin wipes out all enemy minions with five or more Attack when played. You may want to bait out a little more of the enemy's board, particularly against top-heavy decks like Jade Druid which is still most definitely a thing in the meta!

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.
  • 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.

This article contains additional reporting by James Pickard.

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