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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 Palm Reading or Sethekk Veilweaver. Prior to the introduction of the Core set, cards like Northshire Cleric and Circle of Healing, 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 Shadowreaper Anduin, Mind Blast and Alexstrasza to close out the game. The deck also ran a small Dragon package with Duskbreaker, Primordial Drake, and Twilight Drake 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.

For the Year of the Dragon, Control Priest changed to running Activate the Obelisk, with the quest reward giving Priests a consistent way to buff their minions into much bigger threats.

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 Murozond the Infinite, the deck switched to a straightforward Fatigue-oriented gameplan.

Common cards[]

The following cards are usually in the deck.

Core cards[]

The following cards are played in most or all versions of the deck:

Raise Dead
Holy Smite
Wave of Apathy
Condemn (Rank 1)
Sethekk Veilweaver
Thrive in the Shadows
Mindrender Illucia
Nazmani Bloodweaver
Palm Reading
Cabal Acolyte
Soul Mirror

Optional cards[]

The following cards are played more than occasionally, but not always:

Desperate Prayer
Animated Broomstick
Armor Vendor
Cleric of An'she
Draconic Studies
Flash Heal
Psychic Conjurer
Reliquary of Souls
Acidic Swamp Ooze
Bloodmage Thalnos
Loot Hoarder
Shadow Word: Death
Devouring Plague
Brittlebone Destroyer
High Abbess Alura
Holy Nova
Kazakus, Golem Shaper
Shadow Word: Ruin
Against All Odds
Dark Inquisitor Xanesh
Priest of An'she
Psyche Split
Steward of Scrolls
Devout Pupil
Lightshower Elemental
Skeletal Dragon
G'huun the Blood God
Alexstrasza the Life-Binder
Malygos the Spellweaver
Ysera the Dreamer
Yogg-Saron, Master of Fate
Y'Shaarj, the Defiler

Wild cards[]

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.

Wild cards that fit well into this deck type:

Forbidden Words
Activate the Obelisk
Binding Heal
Cleric of Scales
Northshire Cleric
Potion of Madness
Divine Hymn
EVIL Conscripter
Injured Tol'vir
Shadow Visions
Shadow Word: Pain
Wild Pyromancer
Zephrys the Great
Acolyte of Pain
Breath of the Infinite
Injured Blademaster
Kabal Talonpriest
Madame Lazul
Mindflayer Kaahrj
Shadow Madness
Twilight Acolyte
Grave Rune
Greater Healing Potion
High Priest Amet
Priest of the Feast
Twilight Drake
Big Ol' Whelp
Cobalt Spellkin
Convincing Infiltrator
Harrison Jones
Kabal Songstealer
Mass Hysteria
Sandhoof Waterbearer
Cabal Shadow Priest
Dragonfire Potion
Justicar Trueheart
Khartut Defender
Skulking Geist
Archbishop Benedictus
Psychic Scream
Catrina Muerte
The Lich King
Murozond the Infinite
Primordial Drake
Shadowreaper Anduin
Dragonqueen Alexstrasza
Plague of Death
N'Zoth, the Corruptor

Galakrond Priest variant[]

Disciple of Galakrond
Devoted Maniac
Fate Weaver
Shield of Galakrond
Kronx Dragonhoof
Galakrond, the Unspeakable