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Silence Priest deck list guide - July 2017 - Hearthstone

Our guide to playing the Silence Priest deck in the Un'Goro metagame.

Our Silence Priest deck guide features the best deck list for Season 40, with Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.

Silence Priest is a Hearthstone deck that - finally - makes a compelling case for the much-derided Purify card, alongside a host of buff spells and minions that can turn otherwise useless minions (such as Ancient Watcher) into fighting powerhouses. It's not quite in the upper tier of competitive decks right now, but it's nice to see the archetype making some kind of name for itself.

In our Silence Priest guide we've got an extremely strong deck list for you to play around with, as well as a general overview of the strategy involved in playing it correctly. After that we'll walk you through the Mulligan process, then explain how all of the cards in this deck actually interact with one another.

This should give you a good grounding in how to play this new archetype, and we'll expand on this guide a great deal if the concept remains viable in the long-run. Until then, let us know in the comments if there's anything you're unsure of and we'll do our best to help you out.

Editor's note - July Update #2 - We haven't made many changes to Silence Priest this month (and the deck list remains the same), but we have expanded certain areas of our guide. You'll now find some tips on card substitutions if you're struggling to make ends meet, although do be aware that a new expansion is on its way - who knows who useful any given card will be in a month or two from now.

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Silence Priest deck list and strategy - July 2017

This is pretty much the established Silence Priest deck for the Un'Goro metagame. If we find any viable alternatives, we'll add links to them in this section of our guide.

PriestNeutral
2 x Silence2 x Ancient Watcher
2 x Inner Fire2 x Acolyte of Pain
2 x Northshire Cleric2 x Humongous Razorleaf
2 x Potion of Madness1 x Tar Creeper
2 x Power Word: Shield2 x Faceless Shambler
2 x Divine Spirit
2 x Purify
2 x Radiant Elemental
2 x Shadow Visions
2 x Kabal Talonpriest
1 x Lyra the Sunshard

Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.

Deck Import ID: AAECAa0GAsrDAr7IAg74At0E5QSlCdEK8gz7DKmtAqy0ArW7AvC7AtHBAtjBAsXHAgA=

Card substitutions

- If you can only afford to craft one Epic for this deck, make it Shadow Vision as it's insanely useful for building your combo if the final piece is staying stubbornly in your deck pile. Otherwise look for any source of card-draw that you have.

- Faceless Shamblers are powerful because they can be used to copy minions that can't attack into those that can. Your only alternative if you can't craft these is to go for something like Defender of Argus, although keep in mind that this is very much a defensive move rather than an offensive one.

- Consider Lyra the Sunshard as a win-more card in this deck list. It's very useful but by no means a necessary part of the deck if you really can't afford to craft her. Consider dropping in a Kabal Songstealer for an extra silencing effect as well as its assistance as a solid minion.

Put simply, you are much better off crafting the epics contained in pretty much every version of Silence Priest, rather than the one Legend you can actually live without if push comes to shove.

Strategy

The very general strategy behind Silence Priest involves fielding bulky minions with extreme downsides (such as not being able to attack), before using any one of your many silencing options to nullify that drawback and make the minion meaningfully useful.

Additionally, you can weave cards like Kabal Talonpriest and Divine Spirit into the mix. This will increase a minion's health pool before you drop Inner Fire on it, creating a creature with immense attacking potential in the process

That's the fundamentals of playing the deck though, and you should be able to use the Mulligan and combo advice contained further down the page to gain an understanding of how you can achieve these goals. If the deck increases in popularity, we'll expand on our strategy advice.

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Silence Priest Mulligan guide - July 2017

This is a deck that shines in the very specific kind of metagame that we're experiencing right now - and that metagame is still being defined to a certain degree. For that reason, we'll be providing hero-specific Mulligan advice in the next edition of this guide.

We can give some guidance on the evergreen picks you should be looking for though. Ancient Watcher and Humongous Razorleaf provide big silencing targets early on, while Power Word: Shield and Kabal Talonpriest can be used to start bulking those creatures up. If the opponent can't remove them cleanly, they're going to be in big trouble.

Radiant Elemental is another strong card to keep as well, and you should aim to get good use out of its Mana-reducing effect before it's taken out as a priority by your opponent. Either look to keep something like Power Word: Shield alongside it to bulk out one of your “dead” minions, or hold back on playing this minion until you have spells to fuel the fire.

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Silence Priest tips, combos and synergies - Julky 2017

Here are the most important combos that are available to you if you pilot this version of the deck!

- Silence and Purify can be used to make your “dead” minions - Ancient Watcher and Humongous Razorleaf - active.

- As long as Radiant Elemental remains active on the board, the spells you cast will cost one Mana less. This can be used in conjunction with cards like Inner Fire and Divine Spirit to create a huge, game-ending turn.

- Note that Silence can also be used to remove the negative attack effect of Bittertide Hydra. There are probably better targets all things considered, but it is technically an option to consider!

- Try to drop Faceless Shambler onto a big target that's been buffed up. If your attacking minion can't finish the game off in one turn, it can at least be protected somewhat by an equally large tauntd minion.

- Lyra the Sunshard will add a random Priest spell card to your hand, each time you cast any spell.

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