Our Spiteful Priest deck list guide features the best deck list for The Witchwood (April 2018). Our Spiteful Priest guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.
Spiteful Priest was a new Hearthstone deck to arrive with Kobolds and Catacombs, and it's one which leans heavily on the titular card for its strength. The good news for fans of the archetype is that it's also looking pretty strong as the Witchwood meta starts to settle.
What makes the Spiteful Summoner 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.
UPDATE - 18TH APRIL - THE WITCHWOOD
We've now fully incorporated our recommended deck list into this guide, and we've also comprehensively expanded on just about every section of it! You'll now find detailed strategy advice for piloting this deck, a revised look at the Mulligan process and a closer look at the deck's signature cards.
Spiteful Priest deck list and strategy
This is the best version of Spiteful 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.
|1 x Chameleos||1 x Prince Keleseth|
|2 x Northshire Cleric||2 x Nightmare Amalgam|
|2 x Curious Glimmerroot||2 x Tar Creeper|
|2 x Twilight Acolyte||2 x Scaleworm|
|2 x Duskbreaker||1 x Spellbreaker|
|2 x Free From Amber||2 x Twilight Drake|
|2 x Mind Control||2 x Cobalt Scalebane|
|2 x Spiteful Summoner|
|2 x Wyrmguard|
|1 x Grand Archivist|
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- 1. Control Priest - Control Priest deck list guide - The Witchwood
- 2. Dragon Priest - Dragon Priest deck list guide - The Witchwood
- 3. Spiteful Priest - Spiteful Priest deck list guide - The Witchwood
- 4. Mind Blast Priest - Mind Blast Priest deck list guide - The Witchwood
- 5. Combo Priest - Combo Priest deck list guide - The Witchwood
- 6. Witchwood Decks - Best Witchwood decks
- 7. Monster Hunt - Hearthstone: Monster Hunt guide
Spiteful Priest is a deck that spends the early-to-mid game clearing minions and slowly developing a board presence. You have a vast array of removal tools, including straightforward board clears and Rush minions that synergise with the Dragons in the deck. A number of taunt and high health minions can also chew through your opponent’s creatures with ease.
The turning point comes at Turn 6 with Spiteful Summoner, which will either summon an eight or ten Mana minion alongside it, as the only spells in the deck are Free from Amber and Mind Control. From there the late game grows ever more powerful as you put yourself way out of reach of your opponent.
Early game: You can take a number of approaches in the early game depending on how fortunate you’ve been with your Mulligan. Obviously, if you have Prince Keleseth then you’ll want to get that down as soon as possible to buff the rest of your deck. You can also develop your hand with card draw from Northshire Cleric, or simply steal cards from your opponent’s deck using Curious Glimmerroot.
You have multiple ways to deal with your opponent’s early minions too: either trade away yours if you’re in a position to do so, throw up taunts and high health minions that will outlast them, or hold off for one larger board clear.
Mid game: Here you’ll start to hit some of your bigger plays that will see off most other decks if you’ve kept them in check up to this point. If you’ve been taking it slowly, a high health Twilight Drake can be a significant obstacle for them to overcome. Cobalt Scalebane buffing your minions with three extra attack each turn can also get dangerous very fast.
Spiteful Summoner will start slamming eight or ten Mana minions onto the board that your opponent will struggle to deal with if they don’t have any hard removal too.
Late game: Any players praying for that last bit of damage will have their dreams shattered when you drop a giant Wyrmguard in their way. A 4 / 11 taunt minion will stop most things in their tracks. Then, Free From Amber can give you powerful eight Mana or more minions, or if your opponent plays something large and imposing you can convert it over to your side with Mind Control.
These are some tips on how to handle any aggro opponents you face on ladder:
- Don’t be afraid to encourage them into over-committing on the board in the early game if you have a Duskbreaker in hand that can wipe out everything.
- Many of your minions – such as Tar Creeper, Scaleworm and Twilight Drake – are very efficient at trading into multiple lower strength cards.
- It can be worth spending the two Mana each turn on your hero power to heal minions or steadily heal yourself back up over time and get out of range of any surprise burst.
- Make sure you have a Dragon in your hand when you play Wyrmguard. Getting the extra attack power and taunt keyword will ensure it’s something all aggro decks have no comfortable way of dealing with – unless they’re holding a silence effect.
- Northshire Cleric can contest well with most early game minions while also drawing you some extra cards to gain a huge advantage over your opponent.
Keep these tips in mind when you come across control decks on ladder:
- Chances are it’ll be a slow start for both of you so work on your card draw and gather extra resources in the early game using Northshire Cleric and Curious Glimmerroot.
- Chameleos is wonderful for peeking into your opponent’s hand so you can prepare yourself for their upcoming plays.
- You have a number of ways to deal with their big threats: either reduce their attack power to piddly values with Twilight Acolyte, silence it with Spellbreaker or just steal it for yourself using Mind Control.
- Spending a turn just using your hero power, even if you don’t need to heal anything, is sometimes a better play than just throwing something onto the board for no reason.
- Always mulligan for Spiteful Summoner against control decks as it is more vital than ever as your win condition in those matchups.
Spiteful Priest Mulligan guide
Here are some of the cards you’ll want to hunt for in particular when it comes to building your opening hand.
- 1. Prince Keleseth: Gives all your minions +1/+1 for the rest of the game. You definitely want this.
- 2. Northshire Cleric: Usually survives taking a hit from your opponent’s one drop and can then get you a card draw on turn two.
- 3. Chameleos: Not necessarily worth keeping to be played, but it does allow you to spy on the cards in your opponent’s hand.
- 4. Tar Creeper: Worth holding against aggro to slow them down in the early game.
- 5. Duskbreaker: Another card that excels against aggro as it usually clears the entire board on Turn 4.
Spiteful Priest tips, card combos and synergies
If you've not played this kind of deck before then 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.
- 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.
- Duskbreaker's powerful Battlecry board-clear can only be triggered if you have another Dragon in your hand when this card has played. Check twice!
- Note that Nightmare Amalgam qualifies as a Dragon - amongst many other things - and so can be used to trigger all Dragon-fuelled effects in the deck.
- New card Scaleworm can attack another minion on the same turn it's played - and gain +1 Attack - but only if you have a Dragon in your hand.
- Another powerful Dragon-in-hand card is Wyrmguard. This is a powerful late-game Taunt and you are highly encouraged to ensure those bonus effects get 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.
- 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!
Spiteful Priest card choices and substitutions
The influx of new Witchwood cards has encouraged some interesting developments with Spiteful Priest, so here are the deck’s most impactful cards and potential substitutes where possible:
- Chameleos: For the most part you won’t be playing the minion this transforms into, as the information you gather from what’s in your opponent’s hand is more important. Consider Thoughtsteal if you need a replacement.
- Curious Glimmerroot: If you have a good idea of which deck type you’re up against, this usually gives you a free card and a 3/3 body on the board. A fun mechanic, although not vitally important. Tortollan Shellraiser can fit in here if needed.
- Nightmare Amalgam: It simply serves as another activator for your Dragon cards. You can run Faerie Dragon if you find you’re lacking in Dragons without it.
- Twilight Acolyte: Good for reducing down the strength of powerful late game cards, although if you want to go for straight removal you can throw in a Shadow Word: Death instead.
- Duskbreaker: A big board clear for little Mana that excels against aggro.
- Spiteful Summoner: The card that gives the deck its name – and it’s the reason why you only run Free from Amber and Mind Control as spells.
- Grand Archivist: A minion that randomly casts Free from Amber or Mind Control at the end of your turn is quite valuable. It isn’t vital, however, and can be replaced with something like Nightscale Matriarch.