Our Dragon Priest deck list guide features the best post-nerf deck list for Season 47 (February 2018). Our Dragon Priest guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.
It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to learn that Dragon Priest is a deck that seeks to exploit the synergies that exist between the pool of Dragon-related cards that have been added to Hearthstone over the last few expansions.
Many of these Dragon synergies relate to increasing the stats of other cards - making them either more powerful or more resilient - or even a little bit of both at the same time. Add the Priest's hero power into the mix - which helps minions trade and trade again - and you'll soon see why the hero makes such a good match for this kind of deck.
Dragon Priest is nothing particularly new in Hearthstone, but it was predicted to slide straight down the rankings with the annual rotation, which took the dragon-stuffed sets of old out of action. Surprisingly enough, however, it's slowly risen up the rankings in recent months, and is expected to be a big player in the ongoing meta.
In the next of our Kobolds and Catacombs deck guides, we'll show you how to get to grips with this ever-popular deck archetype. We'll start with a look at the latest deck list, outline the basic strategy behind playing it, and then give you some Mulligan tips so you get off to a good start. Finally, we'll run you through all of the most crucial Dragon-powered combos that are part and parcel of the deck.
UPDATE - 7th FEBRUARY 2018
We've updated our Dragon Priest guide to reflect one of the early post-nerf lists that's seeing a lot of play right now. The archetype will almost certainly continue being refined over the next few days and weeks though, so this should be considered a work-in-progress for now.
Dragon Priest deck list and strategy
The following deck list seems to be the strongest version in the immediate wake of the nerf patch. We suspect it's not quite the finished article though, and will be providing another update shortly. Still, for now we reckon this is about as good as it gets for the Dragon Priest.
|1 x Circle of Healing||2 x Netherspite Historian|
|1 x Silence||1 x Wild Pyromancer|
|2 x Inner Fire||2 x Twilight Drake|
|2 x Northshire Cleric|
|2 x Potion of Madness|
|2 x Power Word: Shield|
|2 x Divine Spirit|
|2 x Radiant Elemental|
|2 x Shadow Visions|
|2 x Kabal Talonpriest|
|2 x Twilight Acolyte|
|2 x Duskbreaker|
|2 x Drakonid Operative|
|1 x Lyra the Sunshard|
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When playing Dragon Priest, try to build your way towards establishing a solid presence by the mid-game, and use clever trading and removal cards to keep the opponent at bay until that moment comes. New card Duskbreaker provides immense value in the context of controlling the game, and is one of the most important additions to this archetype in Kobolds and Catacombs.
There's an element of luck to be had from the likes of Netherspite Historian and Drakonid Operative, but you can very often use these cards to swing the match heavily in your favour. They're consistently useful enough to make Dragon Priest a very flexible deck in just about any corner of the Hearthstone metagame.
Once things have settled down we're going to be updating our Dragon Priest guide with a massive amount of strategy advice for handling each opponent. We just need things to settle down a little first, so we have an idea of what players are packing on the ladder.
Until then, study the combo section at the bottom of this page very carefully as it contains in-depth advice on how all the cards in this exact deck list synergise with one another. In an uncertain meta, it pays to make this stuff second-nature!
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Dragon Priest Mulligan guide
When the meta has firmed up we'll be providing hero-specific advice for what to keep against which opponents. The following cards are all useful early-game minions, however. In rough order of importance:
- 1. Northshire Cleric
- 2. Netherspite Historian
- 3. Radiant Elemental
- 4. Duskbreaker
- 5. Power Word: Shield
You do need to factor in Dragon synergies here, even at the earliest stages of the game. If you get Twilight Drake and Netherspite Historian, for example, it can be worth holding onto the former as well as the latter.
Dragon Priest combos and synergies
However familiar you may be with the concept of Dragon Priest, the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion has thrown a few interesting new twists into the mix.
Here's a breakdown of all of the most important combos that you should keep in mind when playing this particular version of the deck.
- Potion of Madness has particular value in aggro match-ups, as it'll often allow you to steal one minion from your opponent, and slam it into another. That sometimes gets rid of two enemy minions in one move!
- You only get to Discover a Dragon using Netherspite Historian if you have another Dragon class of card sitting in your hand.
- Divine Spirit lets you double the Health of a minion, while Inner Fire then lets you increase the target's Attack value to match its Health. In this way you can achieve a huge amount of burst damage to finish a match off fast.
- Don't forget that Wild Pyromancer's damage affects friendly minions too, and that the damage is dished out after the effect of the spell you cast has been put into play.
- With Radiant Elemental on the board, every spell in your possession costs one less Mana to cast.
- You really need to make sure you get the Battlecry effect of Drakonid Operative off, so think very carefully before playing out your only Dragon onto the board.
- When you play Twilight Drake, the Dragon will gain an extra point of Health for each card you have remaining in your hand.
- Duskbreaker is a very powerful new card for this archetype. Assuming you have another Dragon in your hand on the turn its played, all minions on the board (friendly or otherwise) will take three points of damage. Ouch.
- Twilight Acolyte can be used to bring a problematic enemy minion down into range of Potion of Madness. Assuming it has a lot of Health, you can then use your collection of Inner Fire and Divine Spirit spells to obliterate the opponent in one fell swoop!
- Once Lyra the Sunshard is on the board, any spells you play will cause an extra random Priest spell to be added to your hand. There's obvious further synergy here with Radiant Elemental.