Control Priest is a Priest deck type that relies on the use of Priest's plentiful removal spells to exhaust and out-value other decks. The deck aims to maintain board control and get a serious card advantage through their resource-generating cards like or . Prior to the introduction of the Core set, cards like and , providing consistent draw, were also used to outlast the opponent in the late game.
For the Year of the Raven, the deck used the burst direct damage potential provided by , and to close out the game. The deck also ran a small Dragon package with , , and as well as Alexstrasza, herself, being a Dragon. The Control Priest's ability to survive aggressive strategies in the early and stabilize into the late game made it ideal to climb with against aggro decks.
With the advent of the Year of the Gryphon, and the rotation of much of Priest's Burst damage, Dragon cards and late-game bombs like , the deck switched to a straightforward Fatigue-oriented gameplan.
The following cards are usually in the deck.
The following cards are played in most or all versions of the deck:
The following cards are played more than occasionally, but not always:
Wild cards that fit well into this deck type:
Galakrond Priest variant
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