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Silence Priest (also known as Purify Priest) is a Priest deck type that is characterized by using Silence effects on one's own minions to change cards with serious drawbacks (such as "Can't attack") into cheap high-stat minions. The deck type has been tried at least since the One Night in Karazhan adventure, with players trying to make a deck around One Night in KarazhanPurify, generally considered a very bad card, but it gained enough popularity to become part of the meta after the release of Journey to Un'Goro.

Silence Priest returned as an archetype in Rise of Shadows, with cards like Rise of ShadowsArcane Watcher and Rise of ShadowsUnsleeping Soul.


The idea of the deck is to play cards that cannot attack (such as LegacyAncient Watcher), which then are silenced with Silence, One Night in KarazhanPurify or other Silence effects, and/or receive Taunt through cards such as LegacySunfury Protector. It also often uses the LegacyDivine Spirit-LegacyInner Fire combo, which can turn a high defense minion like Journey to Un'GoroHumongous Razorleaf into a giant powerhouse.

Common cards[]

Core cards[]

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

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Dalaran Librarian
Ancient Watcher
Arcane Watcher
Faceless Rager
Hench-Clan Shadequill
The Nameless One
Unsleeping Soul
Convincing Infiltrator

Optional cards[]

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

Circle of Healing
Raise Dead
Topsy Turvy
Inner Fire
Lazul's Scheme
Potion Vendor
Wild Pyromancer
EVIL Conscripter
Divine Hymn
Injured Blademaster
Madame Lazul
Defender of Argus
Rotten Applebaum
Damaged Stegotron
Quartz Elemental
G'huun the Blood God
Mass Resurrection

Wild cards[]

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

Wild cards that fit well into this deck type:

Northshire Cleric
Potion of Madness
Divine Spirit
Radiant Elemental
Shadow Visions
Acolyte of Pain
Kabal Talonpriest
Humongous Razorleaf
Velen's Chosen
Eerie Statue
Faceless Shambler
Wailing Soul
Kabal Songstealer
Mass Hysteria
Lyra the Sunshard
Psychic Scream