Our Combo Priest deck list guide features the best Rastakhan deck list for Season 59 of Hearthstone (February 2019). Our Combo Priest guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.
Combo Priest is a Hearthstone deck that's been around in one form or another for absolutely years at this point, going back and forth between a number of forms depending on what’s popular in the latest expansion. The version we’ll be discussing here is the classic Divine Spirit / Inner Fire combo, however, you can search for our APM Priest guide should that be the one you’re looking for instead.
With this more familiar version of the deck, your aim is to supersize a single minion by buffing its Health to a massive number with Divine Spirit, and then its Attack to match its Health with Inner Fire. Executed correctly, you’ll have a minion with attack power well into the double digits that can usually defeat your opponent outright and in a single blow.
In this edition of our Combo Priest guide, we're highlighting the most competitive version of the deck that's seeing play right now. We've also added in loads of strategy and Mulligan advice to help you pilot the deck to your best ability. If this one continues to be popular, we'll continue updating this article!
UPDATE - FEBRUARY 2019 #1
Very little has changed for Combo Priest since our update at the start of the year, and we'll be surprised if there are any upsets for the established deck list ahead of the next expansion. This is something of an off-meta deck at the moment, so only run it on the ladder if you're not too fussed about achieving a steady climb.
Combo Priest deck list and strategy
Here is the version of Combo Priest seeing the most play in the current stage of the Rastakhan meta. We'll update our recommendation as the meta evolves over time.
|2 x Circle of Healing||2 x Wild Pyromancer|
|2 x Silence||2 x Acolyte of Pain|
|2 x Inner Fire||1 x Banana Buffon|
|2 x Northshire Cleric||2 x Witchwood Grizzly|
|2 x Power Word: Shield|
|2 x Divine Spirit|
|2 x Radiant Elemental|
|2 x Shadow Visions|
|1 x Extra Arms|
|2 x Eternal Servitude|
|1 x Lyra the Sunshard|
|1 x Mass Hysteria|
|2 x Grave Horror|
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- 1. Tier List - Hearthstone deck tier list (Rise of Shadows)
- 2. Nomi Priest - Nomi Priest deck list guide (Rise of Shadows)
- 3. Silence Priest - Silence Priest deck list guide (Rise of Shadows)
- 4. Wall Priest - Wall Priest deck list guide (Rise of Shadows)
- 5. Mech Priest - Mech Priest deck list guide (Rise of Shadows)
Combo Priest is all about building to that one moment in a game when you have all the pieces you need in hand to create one giant minion with a ludicrous attack value that can kill your opponent in a single hit. That’s the dream scenario, so to get there you’ll want to play the slow and steady control game Priest is known for, while drawing through your deck to find the cards you need.
While the concept of the deck has remained the same between expansions, some new cards from the Rastakhan’s Rumble set have given it a few more useful tools. Mass Hysteria should cause a fair bit of chaos for your opponent's board state, while Grave Horror is an interesting new inclusion too: a powerful minion that is reduced in cost for each spell you cast. Being able to play it for cheap means setting up that Divine Spirit / Inner Fire combo is even more doable over a single turn.
Early game: Your early turns are all about card draw and control. Try to orchestrate a situation where you can have Northshire Cleric on the board, and use it to draw cards with your hero power. You can buff its Health with Power Word: Shield, or even use one copy of Divine Spirit on it to ensure it stays alive so you can start your card draw engine if needed. Wild Pyromancer combined with many of your cheap spells is a good way to maintain board control as well, while the area of effect damage can also trigger card draws from Acolyte of Pain.
Mid game: Continue maintaining board control and drawing through your deck as you head into the mid game. You can better target some of the spells you’re looking for in the combo by using Shadow Visions, which can also give you extra copies of Divine Spirit to create an even bigger minion. You can also start applying some buffs to the minion you want to make your focus of the combo with Banana Buffoon and Extra Arms. Whatever the case, you should be looking to find a way to execute the combo shortly.
Late game: At this point, you should have completed all the setup and have all the cards you need to pull off the combo. Play as many copies of Divine Spirit as you have on the chosen minion, make their Attack power equal to that massive Health value using Inner Fire, and then swing for lethal damage.
Some important things to keep in mind when against aggro decks:
- 1. A big weakness of Combo Priest is fast decks, as they have the potential to burn you down before you’ve gathered all the pieces you need.
- 2. Card draw is definitely one of your priorities, but it may be wise to focus on minion removal against aggro so you don’t get overwhelmed.
- 3. Powering up a Wild Pyromancer with additional Health can be worthwhile so it stays alive against multiple area of effect damage triggers, and you can - hopefully - clear the board repeatedly.
- 4. Shadow Visions is often best used to gather additional copies of your key combo pieces such as Divine Spirit, although you can use it in desperation to find other useful spells if needed.
Here are a few tips when facing control opponents on ladder:
- 1. It should be much easier to focus on card draw in this match-up as you’ll be under less pressure from slower opponents.
- 2. If you’re concerned a giant Taunt minion is going to block the way for your hit of lethal damage, make sure you have Silence saved in hand to clear the way.
- 3. In absolutely desperate times, you can cast Power Word: Shield on one of your opponent’s minions if you really need the card draw.
- 4. You’ll want to watch out for control decks that run cards that can interfere with your hand. If a Discard or card swap effect hits one of your combo pieces you might be done for.
Combo Priest Mulligan guide
In the Mulligan phase you’ll want to emphasise card draw so you can gather all the necessary combo pieces together.
- 1. Northshire Cleric: The perfect way to start drawing through your deck in the early game.
- 2. Radiant Elemental: A two-drop with decent stats that can also start offering a discount on your spells.
- 3. Power Word: Shield: Works as more card draw while also offering the potential to gain a little more value out of your early game minions.
- 4. Acolyte of Pain: More early game card draw.
Combo Priest tips, combos and synergies
We've already outlined your game-winning combo elsewhere in this guide, but here are the other card synergies you need to be aware of when playing this list:
- Power Word: Shield provides more Health for its target and also draws you a card in the process.
- All spells cost one Mana less while Radiant Elemental is on the board, and this effect stacks if you have more than one copy of the minion in play.
- When you cast Divine Spirit on a minion its Health is immediately doubled from whatever value it is currently on, not its maximum Health.
- As the key combo of the deck, Inner Fire can be applied on a minion you’ve buffed with Divine Spirit to set their Attack to be equal to their Health. The damage potential with this can be monstrous.
- You can combine Northshire Cleric with the healing from your Hero Power to draw additional cards, or use cheap spells such as Circle of Healing to restore the Health of multiple creatures and draw many more cards at once.
- The Mana cost of Grave Horror is reduced by one for each Spell you cast throughout a match. With all the cheap Spells in Combo Priest, you should be able to drop the cost significantly to set up a big tempo play.
- Another card that can exploit all the cheap Spells in Priest is Lyra the Sunshard. This Elemental will give you a random Priest Spell back into your hand whenever you play any other Spell, functioning as its own mini draw engine.
- When you cast a Spell with Wild Pyromancer on the board it’ll trigger an effect that deals one damage to all minions. You can exploit this as a way to clear the board of your opponent’s creatures, but be careful as it can kill off your own minions too!
Card choices and substitutions
There are some very key cards that are essential for making Combo Priest priest. We’ve listed all the important ones you need to know about below:
- Northshire Cleric: Is reliable for a lot of your card draw in the early game and can get out of hand if your opponent doesn’t deal with it quickly. Sometimes it can even be the minion you cast the combo on to kill your foe!
- Divine Spirit: Doubles the Health of the target minion. You can create extra copies with Shadow Visions, should you want to guarantee the minion you choose has enough Health to be converted into Attack as well for the killing blow.
- Inner Fire: This is the spell that will take your chosen minion’s Health and set its Attack value to be equal to it. With all the Health-increasing possibilities in the deck, you can create a single seriously powerful creature.
- Radiant Elemental: You need enough of these on the board so that all your spells cost zero mana, allowing you to repeat the combo multiple times to fill your hand with copies of Divine Spirit.
- Shadow Visions: Can discover a copy of the combo piece you’re missing, rather than forcing you to dig through your deck to find it.
- Wild Pyromancer: Serves as an important area of effect removal tool in the deck when combined with all the cheap spells you’ll find in the list.
- Lyra the Sunshard: A surprisingly useful way to gain a lot of additional Spells in your hand that can be answers to potential problems the deck hasn’t really planned for in the base card list.