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Silence Priest deck list guide - November 2017 - Hearthstone

Our guide to playing Silence Priest in the Frozen Throne meta.

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Our Silence Priest deck guide features the best deck list for Season 44, 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 quite some way from the highest 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.

UPDATE 17/11/2017

You should not head to the ladder with Silence Priest expecting an easy time of things right now - it's very much a mid-tier deck in the overall roster. Having said that, this is about as good as thing are going to get for the archetype before the launch of Kobolds and Catacombs, and so the deck list is at least highly refined if you're up for the challenge!

Silence Priest deck list and strategy

This is pretty much the established Silence Priest deck for the Frozen Throne meta. It's not a tremendously popular - or powerful - deck right now, but this is about as it good as things get for the archetype.

PriestNeutral
2 x Silence2 x Ancient Watcher
2 x Inner Fire1 x Golakka Crawler
2 x Northshire Cleric2 x Humongous Razorleaf
1 x Potion of Madness2 x Tar Creeper
2 x Power Word: Shield2 x Faceless Shambler
2 x Divine Spirit1 x Bittertide Hydra
2 x Purify
2 x Radiant Elemental
2 x Shadow Visions
2 x Kabal Talonpriest
1 x Lyra the Sunshard

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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 couldn't previous attack but now 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 that exists, rather than the Legendary - if you have to choose, that is.

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, 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 further.

More great Priest guides:

Silence Priest Mulligan guide

Without targets to silence it's hard to do much of anything with this deck, and so cards like Ancient Watcher and Humongous Razorleaf are important to keep during the Mulligan process.

Northshire Cleric is another common keep, particularly if you can buff it up with something like Power Word: Shield, while Radiant Elemental offers excellent value if you can feed it with a spell right away.

Against aggro opponents a card like Potion of Madness will very often allow you to pinch one minion and slam it into another for great value! Against Rogues and Warriors you should hold onto Golakka Crawler if you get it, as its great for stopping a Pirate-heavy deck in its tracks.

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Silence Priest tips, combos and synergies

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 “useless” 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 very quickly.

- 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 you can keep in your back-pocket.

- 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 taunted version of itself.

- Tar Creeper only against two extra points of attacking strength on the opponent's turn. You might need to do a little bit of delicate minion trading to create a defense that's preferential to you on the opponent's next turn.

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

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