Our Control Priest deck list guide features the best deck list for Season 48 (March 2018). Our Control Priest guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.
Control Priest is a Hearthstone deck archetype that looks to lock down the early and mid stages of every match it finds itself in, before pushing forward with a more meaningful board presence in the late-game. The name is no accident, and in the latest Kobold and Catacobms version of the deck your early-game is almost entirely about weaving spells together.
It's quite a slow deck to play all things considered, but it should suit those who are happy for a leisurely but assured climb up the ladder. A word of warning is appropriate here, however. In order to play this deck effectively, you'll have to juggle a lot of unknown variables that will present themselves throughout the course of each match. Accordingly, a solid understanding of the broader metagame is vital if you're to make the right calls at the right time, and achieve a consistent climb through the ranks as a result.
In our Control Priest guide, we've highlighted one of the most popular deck lists being piloted right now, and provided some basic Mulligan advice for getting your matches off to a good start. After that we've broken down all of the combos available to you if you decide to use our recommended deck list.
We'll add to this guide in time, but please let us know in the comments if you have any questions about playing the deck. We'll do our best to help!
UPDATE - 9TH MARCH 2018
It should come as no surprise to learn that Control Priest has changed quite a bit since our February update. It's only returned to play in recent weeks, and so a lot of refinement is inevitable. It's still something of a Tier 2 / 3 deck at the moment though, so don't craft anything too expensive if you're not ready to commit to a very slow climb!
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Control Priest deck list and strategy
Control Priest has made a bit of a comeback over the last month or so and this is the version of the deck that's currently seeing the most competitive play:
|2 x Northshire Cleric||2 x Netherspite Historian|
|2 x Pint-Size Potion||1 x Elise the Trailblazer|
|2 x Potion of Madness||2 x Primordial Drake|
|2 x Power Word: Shield|
|2 x Shadow Visions|
|2 x Curious Glimmerroot|
|2 x Twilight Acolyte|
|2 x Duskbreaker|
|1 x Greater Healing Potion|
|2 x Shadow Word: Horror|
|2 x Drakonid Operative|
|1 x Kabal Songstealer|
|2 x Cabal Shadow Priest|
|1 x Shadowreaper Anduin|
Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.
Deck Import ID: AAECAa0GBLe7AuG/As/HApDTAg2QAuUE8gyhrAKCtQK1uwK6uwLovwLRwQLZwQLJxwLL5gL86gIA
As with all Control Priest decks, the objective is to take charge of every match during the early and mid sections of the game, by making clever use of your powerful removal spells to keep the board completely cleared down.
There's so much potential variation in these outcomes that's it's quite tricky to provide definitive strategy advice for how to play things out. You'll need to be extremely flexible and reactive to the strengths and weaknesses of the opponent in front of you to make the correct call each time, and only experience of actually piloting the deck in the live game will help you on that front. You also need to make very efficient use of your spells.
To get somewhat ahead of the game, we recommend you study the combo section at the bottom of the page. This should at least give you some grounding in the fundamentals of playing the Control Priest this month.
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Control Priest Mulligan guide
You need to be able to hand a wide variety of match-ups with this deck, but there are certain cards that will prove very useful in just about every encounter you'll face.
For that reason you should feel very comfortable keeping cards like Northshire Cleric, Netherspite Historian and Duskbreaker. Obviously you need a Dragon card to enable those last two plays.
We'll make one note here about aggro opponents. You really can't afford to get over-run with Control Priest, so a card like Potion of Madness becomes even more valuable in this encounters. This will very often allow you to grab an early-game enemy minion and slam it into another target, taking two problems out in one shot.
Control Priest tips, combos and synergies
There are some important combos to keep in mind when playing with the latest take on Control Priest. You'll find the most crucial ones in our round-up here:
- If you have Northshire Cleric out in play, then healing another minion - friendly or not - will cause an extra card to be drawn from your deck and placed in your hand.
- Certain cards require you to have a Dragon category of card in your hand if you want to achieve their bonus Battlecry effect. In this deck, those cards are Netherspite Historian, Twilight Acolyte, Duskbreaker and Drakonid Operative. Plan your plays carefully as a result - it might be worth holding your last enabling card back for a more valuable turn later on.
- As we've already mentioned elsewhere in our Control Priest guide, you can very often steal an early-game minion with Potion of Madness, slam it into another minion, and destroy both targets in the process.
- There are similar synergies between Potion of Madness, Twilight Acolyte and Cabal Shadow Priest. Once a meaty target has been brought down to size by the Acolyte, you can pinch it for your own side of the board with either of the other two cards.
- Pint-Size Potion combos with Shadow Word: Horror to create another board clear, although do check that your bringing the minions down into the range of that latter card and have a plan to deal with any remaining enemy minions.
- Once you've transformed in your new hero form by casting Shadowreaper Anduin, you'll gain a new Hero Power which dishes out two points of targeted damage. This ability refreshes each time you play a card, allowing you to potentially use it multiple times in any given turn.