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 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 bit of both. Throw 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 sort of archetype.
Dragon Priest is nothing particularly new in Hearthstone, then, 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, a few players have found quite a bit of success with a reworked version of this old favourite.
In the next of our Un'Goro deck guides, we'll show you how to get to grips with this ever-popular deck archetype. Whether you're a veteran of Dragon Priest from months gone by, or are completely new to the concept, we think you'll find everything you'll need to get going in this article. Everyone will benefit from brushing up on the new combos at least!
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.
Editor's note: April 2017 Update - This version of Un'Goro Dragon Priest makes use of one of the new Legendaries, Lyra the Sunshard. We recommend exercising caution when it comes to crafting this card, as we really can't call how this archetype's fortunes will pan out once the early days of Un'Goro are behind us.
(For the Wild version of this deck, make sure you take a look at our Wild Dragon Priest deck list and guide)
BREAKING NEWS! - Don't miss our round-up of the best Journey to Un'Goro decks that are busting their way into the new metagame!
Dragon Priest deck list and strategy - April 2017
A few new Gadgetzan cards have livened things up a little for the Dragon Priest, and we're going with a very traditional, evolved take on the format this month. We will, as always, review it ahead of the next competitive season.
|2 x Northshire Cleric||1 x Acidic Swamp Ooze|
|2 x Power Word: Shield||2 x Netherspite Historian|
|2 x Radiant Elemental||2 x Twilight Drake|
|2 x Shadow Visions||2 x Book Wyrm|
|2 x Shadow Word: Pain||2 x Primordial Drake|
|1 x Curious Glimmerroot|
|2 x Kabal Talonpriest|
|2 x Shadow Word: Death|
|2 x Drakonid Operative|
|1 x Holy Nova|
|1 x Lyra the Sunshard|
|2 x Dragonfire Potion|
We'll be fleshing out this section of our guide a great deal in the coming weeks, but it's tough to give broad gameplay advice until we've had more experience with the deck in the new metagame.
What we've done for now is break down all of the combos involved towards the bottom of this page. Combine that insight with the Mulligan advice coming up next, and you should be able to get a feel for how this deck works on the ladder.
We'll have a new version of this guide ready for you in the near future.
More great Priest guides:
- 1. Quest Priest - Quest Priest deck list guide (Awaken the Makers)
- 2. Dragon Priest - Dragon Priest deck list guide
- 3. Silence Priest - Silence Priest deck list guide
- 4. Quest decks - Hearthstone: Quest decks
- 5. Un'Goro decks - Hearthstone: Un'Goro decks
- 6. Tier list - Hearthstone: Deck Tier List (Standard) - April 2017 (Season 37)
Dragon Priest Mulligan guide - April 2017
With this new Dragon Priest, so much of what you keep depends on the potential interactions between your first crop of cards and the cards you might want to dig around for.
All things being equal though, Northshire Cleric and Radiant Elemental are prime keeps here, and if you've got either of the above then you should hold onto Power Word: Shield as well.
If you have The Coin you can afford to hold onto cards like Twilight Drake, and if that's the case then you can justify keeping some of your Dragon-fuelled cards like Netherspite Historian.
Against Warriors you can greater weighting towards Acidic Swamp Ooze, while against all aggro opponents you'll find having Shadow Word: Pain or very useful as well.
Once things have settled down we're going to update this guide with advice for Mulliganing against individual heroes. Until then, use the above suggestions as a very rough guideline for dealing with this phase of the game.
Dragon Priest combos and synergies - April 2017
However familiar you may be with the concept of Dragon Priest, the Un'Goro 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.
- Shadow Visions will allow you to effectively duplicate any spell card in your deck. Obviously you only get so much control over the choice, but it can be great value.
- Every spell becomes cheaper with Radiant Elemental. In particularly you can buff this card with Power Word: Shield for free on the same turn it's played.
- 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!
- The same advice applies to Netherspite Historian, which is a pretty useless card once you take the Dragon synergy away.
- Lyra the Sunshard provides further fuel for your fire, although she's going to be a prime removal target for your opponent. It might be beter to play her later on when you can throw a few extra spells into the mix straight away.
- Note that Dragonfire Potion affects every minion on the board - even your own - unless it's a friendly or enemy Dragon class of card.
- You can use Book Wyrm to cleanly remove a 3 or less Attack enemy minion from the board, but again you need another Dragon in your hand for the effect to be triggered.