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The Silent Priest (Naxxramas Priest Deck)

Yes, you can attack

Yes, you can attack, silly

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.

Why Priest?

Act of Aggression

Act of Aggression

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.

The Concept

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.

 

The Ideal Setup

The Ideal Setup

While this deck comes alive during the midgame, it can be flexible enough to get yourself a Turn 6 kill.

Turn 6 Kill

Turn 6 Kill

The Cards

The Silent Priest Deck by SylvanHunter

The Silent Priest Deck by SylvanHunter

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.

XO,
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3 Comments

  1. Shutdown says:

    i dont have Sylvanas atm should i replace it with another Cabal Shadow Priest or with one of these Legendaries: TBK/Hogger..

  2. Ethan says:

    Why not put in Auchenai Soulpriest in? Wailing soul can be used depending on when it is needed to be silenced for heal when 2 damage heal is no longer effective at all. zombie chow with no ironbeak could still work. 3/5 body is good even when silenced.

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