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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(329974).png
Holy Smite(409).png
Wave of Apathy(329985).png
Condemn (Rank 1)(487640).png
Sethekk Veilweaver(210748).png
Thrive in the Shadows(475132).png
Mindrender Illucia(329978).png
Nazmani Bloodweaver(388991).png
Palm Reading(388982).png
Cabal Acolyte(329889).png
Soul Mirror(210804).png

Optional cards[]

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

Desperate Prayer(463929).png
Animated Broomstick(329973).png
Armor Vendor(442041).png
Cleric of An'she(63464).png
Draconic Studies(329980).png
Flash Heal(22328).png
Psychic Conjurer(210653).png
Reliquary of Souls(210805).png
Acidic Swamp Ooze(74).png
Bloodmage Thalnos(525).png
Loot Hoarder(395).png
Shadow Word- Death(547).png
Devouring Plague(464115).png
Brittlebone Destroyer(329882).png
High Abbess Alura(329941).png
Holy Nova(671).png
Kazakus, Golem Shaper(487629).png
Shadow Word- Ruin(210655).png
Against All Odds(63347).png
Dark Inquisitor Xanesh(442066).png
Priest of An'she(487657).png
Psyche Split(210818).png
Steward of Scrolls(329957).png
Devout Pupil(329922).png
Lightshower Elemental(487638).png
Skeletal Dragon(210820).png
G'huun the Blood God(389002).png
Alexstrasza the Life-Binder(474989).png
Malygos the Spellweaver(463940).png
Ysera the Dreamer(463939).png
Yogg-Saron, Master of Fate(378802).png
Y'Shaarj, the Defiler(378801).png

Wild cards[]

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

Wild cards that fit well into this deck type:

Forbidden Words(90548).png
Activate the Obelisk(90796).png
Binding Heal(55540).png
Cleric of Scales(184962).png
Northshire Cleric(600).png
Potion of Madness(49630).png
Divine Hymn(89461).png
EVIL Conscripter(90592).png
Injured Tol'vir(90805).png
Shadow Visions(55463).png
Shadow Word- Pain(315).png
Wild Pyromancer(25).png
Zephrys the Great(90825).png
Acolyte of Pain(428).png
Breath of the Infinite(151353).png
Injured Blademaster(209).png
Kabal Talonpriest(49620).png
Madame Lazul(90560).png
Mindflayer Kaahrj(151368).png
Shadow Madness(442).png
Twilight Acolyte(76974).png
Grave Rune(151417).png
Greater Healing Potion(49755).png
High Priest Amet(90760).png
Priest of the Feast(42056).png
Twilight Drake(360).png
Big Ol' Whelp(151402).png
Cobalt Spellkin(151371).png
Convincing Infiltrator(90630).png
Harrison Jones(602).png
Kabal Songstealer(49753).png
Mass Hysteria(90253).png
Sandhoof Waterbearer(90809).png
Cabal Shadow Priest(147).png
Dragonfire Potion(49648).png
Justicar Trueheart(22276).png
Khartut Defender(90794).png
Skulking Geist(62883).png
Archbishop Benedictus(62856).png
Psychic Scream(76911).png
Catrina Muerte(90614).png
The Lich King(62922).png
Murozond the Infinite(151382).png
Primordial Drake(55533).png
Shadowreaper Anduin(62889).png
Dragonqueen Alexstrasza(151349).png
Plague of Death(90693).png
N'Zoth, the Corruptor(33134).png

Galakrond Priest variant[]

Disciple of Galakrond(151424).png
Devoted Maniac(127300).png
Fate Weaver(127297).png
Shield of Galakrond(127268).png
Kronx Dragonhoof(151334).png
Galakrond, the Unspeakable(127288).png