Our Silence Priest deck guide features the best deck list for Season 38, 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. How long the deck remains competitive for is uncertain right now, but at this stage of the Un'Goro metagame it's proving to be pretty powerful stuff.
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.
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Silence Priest deck list and strategy - May 2017
The Silence Priest format will no doubt go through a lot of changes in the coming weeks, but this a pretty typical deck list to play with right now:
|2 x Silence||2 x Ancient Watcher|
|2 x Inner Fire||2 x Acolyte of Pain|
|2 x Northshire Cleric||2 x Humongous Razorleaf|
|2 x Potion of Madness||1 x Tar Creeper|
|2 x Power Word: Shield||2 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|
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
We'll be expanding on this section of the guide in greater detail once we've had a chance to play around with the archetype in more depth. 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.
Silence Priest Mulligan guide - May 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 - May 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.