The Silent Priest (Naxxramas Priest Deck)
In memory of Wai Kah Jun
It’s been a week since my friend, shinypanty, has succumbed to cancer. We used to discuss Priest decks (a lot) around June as I used to main this class before I concentrated on Hunter. The night before he passed on, he was still able to receive my message. I told him BNet misses him already. I slept that night thinking he was going to get better. The next morning, he was gone. #FuckCancer
I would’ve loved to show this Priest deck to you, KJ. It features Mr. Wailing Soul.
I chose Priest because of the heals and the steals. I initially included Silence and Mass Dispel in my first Silent Priest deck and I just stayed on. This feels like a RW Lifegain MTG deck with Act of Aggression, in the form of Shadow Madness. This also used to have two Cabal Shadowpriests but I had to sacrifice one for a Gnomish Inventor.
This deck revolves around Wailing Soul silencing early-drop minions such as Zombie Chow, Ancient Watcher and Dancing Swords. If you have these in your hands, you’ll be fine. Ironbeak Owl is also a good card to keep if you don’t see Wailing Soul.
While this deck comes alive during the midgame, it can be flexible enough to get yourself a Turn 6 kill.
Holy Smite – Priest staple that can finish off any Holy Nova leftover or prevent one-off lethal situations
Power Word: Shield – Card draw, mainly
Zombie Chow – Early board presence that could chip off your opponent’s face fast as you wait for Wailing Soul to silence him—no free 5HP for you, worthy opponent.
Ancient Watcher – Who would kill Ancient Watcher early on? He usually just stays there while your opponent figures out what you’re gonna do with it.
Ironbeak Owl – Mainly for Sludge Belcher but you can use this to silence Ancient Watcher, Zombie, or Dancing Swords if Wailing Soul isn’t there yet.
Shadow Word: Death – Priest staple, especially for opponents like Druids who Innervate + Big Minion early in the game
Thoughtsteal – Card cycling and maybe you’ll get an awesome card from your opponent
Dancing Swords – Early 4/4 minion
Shadow Madness – Mainly for “borrowing” Sludge Belcher so your minions can attack to the face. Opponents usually plop Sludgie down by Turn 5 but by Turn 4, you already have Wailing Soul + silenced minions. Therefore, “borrowing” will do.
Chillwind Yeti – Nothing to silence about him and he’s an awesome 4/5.
Defender of Argus – As if silenced Ancient Watchers don’t deal enough damage already… Get this guy flanked between your watchers or Dancing Swords for bigger damage while putting up defenses.
Gnomish Inventor – Card draw. I cannot use Cleric or Acolyte because Wailing Soul may render them useless. Novice Engineer is too easy to kill, hence Gnomish Inventor
Wailing Soul – The main guy. ’nuff said
Holy Nova – Board clear that heals your existing damaged minions
Loatheb – Because Loatheb. He stalls your opponent and he has a 5/5 body.
Sludge Belcher – Most annoying taunt ever.
Cabal Shadow Priest – Steals nice minions like Armorsmith
Sylvanas Windrunner – Scary minion that will make your opponent hesitate on playing Brawl or putting Ragnaros on board
Ragnaros the Firelord – YOLO burst
Playing on the Ladder
I have tried this deck from Rank 9 to 7 with generally good results. It’s the control guys that you have to watch out for. If the game stretches on from Turn 8 onwards, you may find yourself in trouble. I’ll update this article with matchups soon. Let me know if you have any ideas on how to make this deck better.