Our Spiteful Summoner Priest guide features the best post-nerf deck list for Season 47 (February 2018), along with Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.
Spiteful Summoner Priest is a brand new Hearthstone deck which leans heavily on the titular card for its strength. What makes this card so important to the deck though? Well, when played it'll reveal a random spell from your deck, and then summon a random choice of minion that costs the same amount as that spell. Given that most deck lists only feature the Free From Amber and Mind Control spells, you're guaranteed a meaty play from putting the Summoner out into play.
As well as this signature card you've got plenty of other tools to work with as well. In our guide to playing this new archetype we've highlighted a particularly powerful deck list you can start with. We've also got some Mulligan tips, a run down of every combo you have at your disposal and in a future update we'll be providing detailed strategy advice.
Although it's not quite a Tier 1 deck by itself at the moment, Spiteful Summoner Priest is nevertheless proving very popular. Priest fans shouldn't find it an expensive option to upgrade to in the Kobolds and meta either, so do dip into it if you fancy a change of pace!
UPDATE - 9th FEBRUARY 2018
We've got a new post-nerf version of Spiteful Summoner Priest for you to take to the ladder. No doubt there'll be further changes ahead for this archetype, so keep this page bookmarked for updates. We'll revisit it again once the new meta dust has properly settled.
Spiteful Summoner Priest deck list and strategy
This is the best version of Spiteful Summoner Priest that we're aware of at this stage of the meta, although as it's a relatively new archetype you should expect at least a handful of changes over the next month or so.
|2 x Northshire Cleric||2 x Netherspite Historian|
|2 x Shadow Ascendant||2 x Tar Creeper|
|2 x Curious Glimmerroot||2 x Twilight Drake|
|2 x Kabal Talonpriest||2 x Cobalt Scalebane|
|2 x Twilight Acolyte||1 x Harrison Jones|
|2 x Duskbreaker||1 x Grand Archivist|
|2 x Drakonid Operative|
|2 x Spiteful Summoner|
|2 x Free From Amber|
|2 x Mind Control|
Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.
Deck Import ID: AAECAa0GApAH0OcCDgiNCPIMgrUCursC8LsC2cECysMCmcgCyssCzswCy+YC/OoC1+sCAA==
In aggro match-ups your prime consideration should be about keeping the opponent from building an increasingly deadly board presence. Duskbreaker is a hugely important card in this context and is one of the Priest's best new cards in the Kobolds expansion. If you can pull off a decent clear and enter the mid-game in command of the board, you are highly favoured to out-value the opponent.
Against control opponents you'll want to play things a little more aggressively, while still being conscious of both your Health total and the amount of resources you commit into a potential board-wipe. You do need to burn through as much of their removal as you can though, so that they struggle to make a meaningful comeback following your Spiteful Summoner / Free From Amber plays.
Here's a video primer for you if you'd like a look at the deck in action before taking it to the ladder yourself:
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Spiteful Summoner Priest Mulligan guide
Northshire Cleric and Shadow Ascendant are both extremely popular general keeps.
Against aggro decks specifically you will gain particular value from Tar Creeper (for defense) and Duskbreaker for obvious board-clearing power. In more control-orientated match-ups you can usually afford to keep slower / later plays such as Spiteful Summoner, Curious Glimmeroot and Drakonid Operative.
You do need to give a certain amount of thought to cards like Netherspite Historian though. If you can tie her up with a neat Dragon synergy, she's probably worth keeping in your opening hand.
Spiteful Summoner Priest tips, card combos and synergies
As this is a fairly new deck for Kobolds and Catacombs you are strongly encouraged to take a bit of time reading through the following combos before taking this list to the ladder!
- Every time a minion is healed, Northshire Cleric will add a card to your hand. Note that this effect stacks if multiple minions are topped up.
- Netherspite Historian will allow you to select one of three random Dragons, but for the effect to go off you must already have a Dragon card in your hand. In this version of the deck you have access to the following: Duskbreaker, Twilight Drake, Cobalt Scalebane and Drakonid Operative.
- Shadow Ascendant grants another friendly minion an extra + 1 / +1 of stats at the end of your turn. If you have multiple possible targets, one will be selected at random.
- Tar Creeper only has its bonus Attack power during the opponent's turn. Try to plan things out ahead of their turn so you can make life as difficult as possible for them.
- When you play Twilight Drake onto the board, it'll gain one extra Health for each remaining card that exists in your hand.
- Cobalt Scalebane will choose a random friendly minion at the end of your turn and give it an extra 3 points of Attack. Note that this creature cannot target itself.
- Drakonid Operative will allow you to Discover a card from your opponent's deck, but like the Netherspite Historian you must have another Dragon in your hand at the time for this Battlecry to be triggered.
- Your cheapest spell in this deck costs 8 Mana, and so Spiteful Summoner is guaranteed to summon a random minion that costs at least that much.
- Harrison Jones will not only destroy the weapon your opponent is holding, he'll draw you an extra card for each point of durability that was removed in the process.
- Grand Archivist plays similarly to Spiteful Summoner in that there are no bad spells to pull from this deck, and you're guaranteed to get a big play out of it!