LOTI 023 : Priest Strategy Guide

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LOTI #023  – Legend of the Innkeeper – “Priest Strategy Guide”

Intro:

Welcome to the Legend of the Innkeeper.  I’m Vastidious and I’m Ariannwyn.  We’re glad you could join us for our 23rd episode.

This week we are talking about…

Updates:

What did you do this week?

Top 3 Priest cards of the week

Vastidious – Thoughtsteal, Mind Control, Holy Nova

Ariannwyn – Thoughtsteal, Auchenai, Circle of Healing

Espo – Power Word: Shield, Thoughtsteal, Prophet Velen

News

1. Blizzard is removing Golden Heroes from Botters

http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/forum/topic/15270098488?abt=nav1&utm_expid=68589644-24.yOgsCsWhSz-gOSDIbl82Wg.1&page=3&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fus.battle.net%2Fhearthstone%2Fen%2Fforum%2F%3Fabt%3Dnav1#57

2. Spreadsheet of every GvG card revealed

http://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/2nqz78/every_gvg_card_revealed_so_far_in_one_spreadsheet/

New Cards

http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards?display=3&filter-set=101&filter-unreleased=1

Crackle  http://i.imgur.com/717Xhqj.png

Demonheart http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12237-demonheart

Druid of the Fang http://i.imgur.com/Rd4S3eq.png

Dunemaul Shaman http://i.imgur.com/iMhLVMg.png

Feign Death http://i.imgur.com/M8l0apr.png

Gahz’rilla http://i.imgur.com/FwAmFby.png

Iron Sensei http://i.imgur.com/hXQUHWI.jpg

Lil’ Exorcist http://i.imgur.com/Z2AmFbU.png

Ogre Ninja http://i.imgur.com/VL31B2V.png

Recombobulator http://i.imgur.com/z87fDcD.png

Sabotage http://i.imgur.com/dXXBgWb.png

Scarlet Purifier http://i.imgur.com/HKS9gSL.png

Snowchugger http://i.imgur.com/IY8siY6.png

Spider Tank http://i.imgur.com/94m02Bm.png

Steamwheedle Sniper http://i.imgur.com/YxezRuW.png

Tinkertown Technician http://i.imgur.com/vrtBFhA.png

Getting Better

Priest Guide

If you didn’t know this already, the Priest class is Ariannwyn’s favorite class.  We saved this class for last in our strategy guide segments just so that she had plenty of time to prepare for it.

The Priest class is one of the harder classes to master.  It’s a favorite of Amaz, one of the more well known streamers and tournament winners.  The Priest is sneaky with lots of focus on healing and taking advantage of unique combos and cards.  They can control enemy minions, copy enemy minions, copy enemy cards and draw numerous cards.

I really like how Blizzard has incorporated from WoW both the Holy Priest and the Shadow Priest play styles into the class giving both defensive and offensive powers to the class.

The Priest hero is Auduin Wrynn and his hero power is called Lesser Heal.  For 2 mana, it allows you to heal yourself or any other target for 2 health.  And yes, any other target.

One of the unique abilities that is given to the Priest is the ability to change your hero power with the card Shadowform.  Shadowform is a 3 mana spell with the text, “Your hero power becomes “Deal 2 damage”.  If already in Shadowform it becomes “Deal 3 damage”.  Also you can change your hero power temporarily when you play a Auchenai Soulpriest (4 mana, 3./5 minion, Your cards and powers that restore health now deal damage instead.)

Combos

As compared to the Mage, the Priest has quite a few different combos that are frequently played. In fact, many of the Priest cards work better in combos than by themselves.

Lightspawn (4 mana, -/5 minion, This minion’s attack is always equal to its health.) and Power Word: Shield (1 mana, Give a minion +2 health. Draw a card.) – This is a great combo to play a 7/7 minion on turn 5.

Lightspawn and Divine Spirit (2 mana, Double a minion’s health) – This is better done later in the game.  If you add in Power Word: Shield, it’s even more deadly.  Also don’t play the Divine Spirit until the turn when he can attack.  This minion is a huge target for silence and that would just not be fun if you waste it.

Northshire Cleric (1 mana, 1./3 minion, Whenever a minion is healed, draw a card) and Holy Nova (5 mana spell, Deal 2 damage to all enemies.  Restore 2 health to all friendly characters.) – This is a powerful combo when you have a bunch of damaged minions on the board.  In those situations you can end up drawing 3-4 cards.  Just be aware how many cards you already have in your hand.  You don’t want to destroy cards.

Injured Blademaster (3 mana, 4/7 minion, Battlecry: Deal 4 damage to HIMSELF.) and some form of healing with the Northshire Cleric on the board – This is a powerful minion that you can get out on the board early and then heal up with something like Circle of Healing (0 mana spell, Restore 4 Health to ALL minions.).

Auchenai Soulpriest (4 mana, 3./5 minion, Your cards and powers that restore health now deal damage instead.) and Circle of Healing (0 mana spell, Restore 4 Health to ALL minions.).  This is a great combo that can be used to clear the board.

Special Cards

Auchenai Soulpriest (4 mana, 3./5 minion, Your cards and powers that restore health now deal damage instead.)

Thoughtsteal (3 mana spell, Copy 2 cards from your opponent’s deck and put them into your hand)

Mind Vision (1 mana spell, Put a copy of a random card in your opponent’s hand into your hand.)

Mindgames (4 mana spell, Put a copy of a random minion from your opponent’s deck into the battlefield.)

Holy Nova (5 mana spell, Deal 2 damage to all enemies.  Restore 2 health to all friendly characters.)

Mind Control (10 mana spell, Take control of an enemy minion)

Northshire Cleric (1 mana, 1./3 minion, Whenever a minion is healed, draw a card)

Cabal Shadow Priest (6 mana, 4/.5 minion, Battlecry: Take control of an enemy minion that has 2 or less attack.)

Prophet Velen – Legendary (7 mana, 7/7 minion, Double the damage and healing of your spells and hero power).

Decks

Ariannwyn’s Priest Deck

Circle of Healing x2

Power Word: Shield x2

Northshire Cleric x2

Shadow Word: Pain x2

Wild Pyromancer x2

Shadow Word: Death x1

Thoughtsteal x2

Earthen Ring Farseer x2

Harvest Golem x2

Injured Blademaster x2

Shadow Madness x1

Auchenai Soulpriest x2

Holy Nova x2

Azure Drake x2

Sludge Belcher x2

Gruul x1 (Or Ragnaros)

Mind Control

 

Ariannwyn’s Priest Deck: Deathrattle

2x Circle of Healing

1x Power Word: Shield

2x Northsire Cleric

2x Undertaker

2x Zombie Chow

2x Loot Hoarder

1x Shadow Word: Death

2x Thoughtsteal

2x Dark Cultist

2x Injured Blademaster

2x Shadow Madness

2x Auchenai Soulpriest

1x Chillwind Yeti (Replaced Cairne)

1x Defender of Argus

1x Holy Nova

2x Azure Drake

1x Feugen

1x Stalagg

1x Mind Control

Aggro Priest (From a listener, Zelicus)

2x Circle of Healing

1x Silence

2x Power Word: Shield

2x Northshire Cleric

1x Acidic Swamp Ooze

2x Wild Pyromancer

1x Shadow Word: Death

2x Thoughtsteal

2x Dark Cultist

1x Earthen Ring Farseer

2x Injured Blademaster

2x Shadow Madness

2x Auchenai Soulpriest

1x Defender of Argus

2x Holy Nova

2x Sludge Belcher

1x Holy Fire

1x Cabal Shadow Priest

1x Gruul

 

Shadowpriest

2x Circle of Healing

2x Holy Smite

2x Northshire Cleric

2x Mind Blast

2x Shadow Word: Pain

2x Wild Pyromancer

2x Shadow Word: Death

1x Shadowform

1x Thoughtsteal

1x Dark Cultist

2x Earthen Ring Fareer

2x Injured Blademaster

2x Auchenai Soulpriest

2x Holy Nova

2x Azure Drake

1x Faceless Manipulator

1x Holy Fire

1x Cabal Shadow Priest

 

Kolento Ladder Priest

Kolento Priest

Arena

You can’t play a Priest the same way in Arena as you do in Constructed.  For one you can’t rely on the same cards you could in Constructed.  The Priest does not do well in Arena as an aggressive Priest.  You are much better off playing a slow and steady game trying to make it to the late game and to bring out big minions.

Understanding what your opponent has available to them is extremely important as a Priest in the Arena.  Keeping your minions healed and out of range of many of the removal abilities will help you win in the long run.

Your advantage in Arena, if you can get it, is your Thoughtsteal or Mind Control cards.  Also just because you are playing defensive doesn’t mean you can’t have any aggressive cards.  You do need to try and obtain at least a few end game minions to be able to finish it off.  And if you can get to the end game you do have your hero ability to help keep you alive if your opponent is in fatigue.

Arena Cards

Some of the best cards for Priests in the Arena are listed below in alphabetical order.

Auchenai Soulpriest (4 mana, 3./5 minion, Your cards and powers that restore health now deal damage instead.) – A great card to temporarily turn your hero power into an attack, but when you are going to heal make sure you remember that he’s out.  Any healing action will do damage.  You’ve been warned!

Holy Nova (5 mana spell, Deal 2 damage to all enemies.  Restore 2 health to all friendly characters.) – A great board clearing spell.  It heals, it kills, it julianne’s fries.

Lightspawn (4 mana, -/5 minion, This minion’s attack is always equal to its health.) – A troublesome minion that has to be dealt with for your opponent.  For 4 mana, it’s a potential hazard.

Mind Control (10 mana spell, Take control of an enemy minion) – If you make it to the end game this can change the pace of the game.  They finally play their big minion and you steal it away.

Northshire Cleric (1 mana, 1./3 minion, Whenever a minion is healed, draw a card) – One of your only card draw options other than neutral cards.  It’s even better if you can get a few rounds of drawing from it.

Power Word: Shield (1 mana, Give a minion +2 health. Draw a card.) – Extra health AND a card draw.  Perfect combination.

Shadow Word: Death (3 mana, Destroy a minion with an Attack of 5 or more.) and Shadow Word: Pain (2 mana, Destroy a minion with 3 or less Attack.) – These cards are the bread and butter to a Priests removal ability.  Unfortunately, minions with 4 attack are hard to remove.  I would recommend at least 1 SW: Death to take out the late game big minions that you can’t Mind Control.

Temple Enforcer (6 mana, 6/6 minion, Battlecry: Give a friendly minion +3 Health) – A great minion to buff your Lightspawn plus it’s a 6/6 minion.

Reviews and Emails

iTunes Reviews: No new reviews

Emails:

Hi guys, love your podcast. Only found you guys a week ago and Im going back and listening from the start. But your most recent show about the Mage was the best so far. Probably cause I’m a Mage player haha, I found it really helpful with my deck building. Just need an Archmage Antonidas  haha.

Anyway keep up the great work. And I’ve posted a review on iTunes too.

Thanks from Australia’s beautiful Gold Coast, Chris “mailey85” Bailey

Twitter: 98 followers

Outro

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Until next show, Happy gaming!

Credits:

Music by James Marantettehttps://soundcloud.com/james-marantette

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Vastidious is a long time gamer, father to Ariannwyn and doesn’t read the text on the cards.

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