Priest

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The Light calls, but shadows whisper. Heroes of righteousness, Priests have unmatched healing potential and can bestow powerful holy enchantments on their minions. However, there is no light without dark. Priests can also tap into the shadows to manipulate the minds of their enemies and deal mortifying psychic damage.[1]

Priest icon.png Priest is one of 11 classes in Hearthstone.

Heroes[edit | edit source]

Priest is represented by the following heroes. Anduin Wrynn is the default hero of Priest.

Heroes

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Alternate portraits

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Background[edit | edit source]

Main article: Priest

Priests are devoted to the spiritual, and express their unwavering faith by serving the people. For millennia they have left behind the confines of their temples and the comfort of their shrines so they can support their allies in war-torn lands. In the midst of terrible conflict, no hero questions the value of the priestly orders. These masters of the healing arts keep their companions fighting far beyond their normal capacities with an array of restorative powers and blessings. The divine forces at the priest’s command can also be turned against foes, smiting them with holy fury.

As light cannot exist without darkness, and darkness without light, some priests tap into shadow to better understand their own abilities, as well as the abilities of those who threaten them.[2]

Hero Power[edit | edit source]

Lesser Heal
Main article: LegacyLesser Heal
Restore your allies with a divine touch.[1]

The default priest Hero Power is LegacyLesser Heal, a powerful healing option which can be used on heroes or minions to restore Health. It can help restore damaged minions to full Health, keeping them alive and allowing them to trade against multiple enemies, leading to good card advantage. It can also be used to heal the hero itself, recovering Health lost to the opponent's attacks. A powerful defensive tool, Lesser Heal can allow the priest and its minions to survive long after they should have been defeated, and fits best with a slower strategy, outlasting and outmaneuvering opponents.

Replacement Hero Powers[edit | edit source]


Heal
Mind Spike
Voidform
Obelisk's Eye
Galakrond's Wit
Holy Touch
Void Spike

Traits[edit | edit source]

Healing[edit | edit source]

Staying alive is one of the best ways to make it to victory. Priests have powerful cards for keeping their minions in tiptop shape to deal damage.[1]

Priests are masters of healing, and can heal themselves and their minions through their Hero Power and a range of healing spells, as well as boosting minions' health. Priests' healing theme is reinforced by synergies with spells such as LegacyInner Fire, and minions such as LegacyLightspawn. Priests are capable of strong defensive play, keeping a handful of minions alive against all odds, and quickly regenerating defenders between rounds.

Featured cards

Power Word: Shield
Circle of Healing
Holy Nova
Lightwell

Silence[edit | edit source]

Priests can use their psychic abilities to control minions, manipulating even their very card text. Silence can erase the power of a Priest’s enemies, and by the same token eliminate weaknesses from friendly minions.[1]
Featured cards

Purify
Mass Dispel
Plague of Death
Kabal Songstealer

Cloning[edit | edit source]

A truly sage Priest knows how to use the enemy’s mind tricks against them.[1]

Known for their ability to peer into the minds of their opponents, priests can use spells such as LegacyMind Vision and LegacyThoughtsteal to steal from their opponent's deck. Priests also feature a theme of mind control, seizing control of enemy minions through cards such as LegacyCabal Shadow Priest, LegacyShadow Madness and the infamous LegacyMind Control.

Featured cards

Zerek's Cloning Gallery
Thoughtsteal
Madame Lazul
Seance

How to get cards[edit | edit source]

Core cards[edit | edit source]

Completing the Apprentice Track awards 17 Priest cards (32 copies), while winning up to 500 games in Ranked, Arena and Duels awards golden copies of existing cards. All Core cards are uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.


Ship's Chirurgeon
Shadow Word: Pain
Madame Lazul
Void Shard
Lesser Diamond Spellstone
Crimson Clergy
Flash Heal
Holy Smite
Psychic Conjurer
Shard of the Naaru
Holy Champion
Mana Geode
Shadow Ascendant
Shadow Word: Death
Thrive in the Shadows
Holy Nova
Shadowed Spirit
Drakonid Operative
Shadow Word: Ruin
Darkbishop Benedictus
Lightbomb
Catrina Muerte

Expansion cards[edit | edit source]

Priest pack
Main article: Card pack

Priest's expansion cards can be obtained mostly by obtaining corresponding card packs or Priest class packs. The player can buy them in Shop with gold or real money, or get them through various sources. Some cards may be available through various promotions, like logging in to get them.

Mini-set cards, while can be obtained like expansion cards, can also be obtained by buying its bundle available in Shop for a limited-time. The player can buy the bundle with gold or real money.

Expansions cards are also craftable and can be obtained by crafting them with Arcane Dust.

Adventure cards[edit | edit source]

Main article: Adventure

Adventure cards can be obtained by completing their Adventure's encounters. They are uncraftable until the player completes the Adventure or their set rotates to Wild format. The player can buy the Adventure with gold for each individual part, or real money for the whole of it.

Cards[edit | edit source]

For Standard format cards, see Priest/Standard format.
For Wild format cards, see Priest/Wild format.
For Classic format cards, see Priest/Classic format.

Breakdown of Priest cards in both Standard and Wild formats can be seen in the following table.

PriestPriest card statistics
Rarity Hero Minion Spell Weapon Location
Free 0 1 17 0 0
CommonCommon 0 59 67 1 1
RareRare 0 57 58 1 1
EpicEpic 0 32 33 0 0
LegendaryLegendary 3 48 6 1 0

Strategy and gameplay[edit | edit source]

The Priest is one of the most defense-oriented class in the game. Their ability to keep their own minions alive and destroy even the biggest army of minions is one of the best in the game, their ability to buff allies is only second to Paladins, and their copious sources of card generation allows them to keep up their momentum over the long run. This is countered by the Priest's low damage output, lacking strong high-Attack minions and methods of dealing burst damage. The Priest must win the game by gradually whittling away at the opponent's health through their very resilient minions. Priests heavily lean on the control playstyle as a result, although they can play the tempo game by making their early-game minions very stubborn to remove.

The Priest Hero Power, LegacyLesser Heal, allows them to heal any target for 2 Health each turn. It can be very useful for not only keeping themselves alive, but also for regenerating defenders or for preventing a valuable minion from being worn down. Due to this, Priests may favour minions with higher health pools since they can survive attacks to get healed. To complement this, Priests have access to multiple cards that give a minion a sizable Health buff, such as LegacyPower Infusion, Mean Streets of GadgetzanKabal Talonpriest, and Saviors of UldumHigh Priest Amet. As a result, most opponents will struggle to remove the Priest's minions, which can trade and win against more fragile minions effortlessly and tank a removal spell, while increasing their capacity for healing.

The Priest's array of removal spells are potent. A LegacyHoly Smite, Saviors of UldumPenance, or LegacyHoly Nova can take care of weaker foes easily. Even high-health minions are at risk, with cards like LegacyShadow Word: Pain and LegacyShadow Word: Death being capable of outright destroying them. Even when the Priest is completely overwhelmed, they can wipe the board clean with cards like LegacyShadow Word: Ruin, Rastakhan's RumbleMass Hysteria, and Saviors of UldumPlague of Death, even if it can cost them their own minions. These cards lets the Priest protect their minions while ahead or turn the game around when falling behind effectively. Priests are potent spellcasters as a result, and cards like One Night in KarazhanPriest of the Feast and Journey to Un'GoroLyra the Sunshard complements that.

The Priest's ability to read their opponent's mind translates to card generation. They can use cards like LegacyPsychic Conjurer, LegacyThoughtsteal, and Knights of the Frozen ThroneArchbishop Benedictus to copy cards from their opponent's deck to use their cards against them, and cards like LegacyMind Vision, The WitchwoodChameleos, and Madame Lazul even lets them take a peek at their opponent's hand, giving them a strategic upper hand. Copying your opponent's cards can be great fun, and can provide you with some very unusual possibilities. They can find themselves suddenly hacking away at enemies with a LegacyGorehowl, chucking Fireballs with LegacyArchmage Antonidas, or even turn into their opponent's class if they copied a Hero card.

Priest can also bend lesser minds to their will, mind controlling them to join their side. With LegacyMind Control, they can take a valuable minion from their opponent of their choosing, able to single-handedly turn the game in their favor if the opponent was relying on them to win. On the less costly side of things, they have methods of temporary mind control too, such as LegacyShadow Madness and Mean Streets of GadgetzanPotion of Madness, using them to turn against their kin and destroy each other; even better if the controlled minion had a Deathrattle effect, which the Priest forcibly takes away from their opponent.

With multiple Priest cards having quirks that require a minion to be at a certain Attack level, they also have cards to manipulate a minion's Attack temporarily, such as LegacyScarlet Subjugator and Rise of ShadowsLazul's Scheme, which combo well with cards like LegacyCabal Shadow Priest, or at the very least help make more efficient trades.

Priests have the largest and most flexible silencing options of any class. The basic Silence spell costs 0 mana, and LegacyMass Dispel is the only card that can silence multiple enemies. They can even use cards like One Night in KarazhanPurify and Rise of ShadowsUnsleeping Soul to Silence their own minions, turning normally useless minions with huge stats like an LegacyAncient Watcher into powerful attackers.

When healing is not enough, Priests can also resurrect their fallen allies with cards like Rise of ShadowsMass Resurrection and Knights of the Frozen ThroneEternal Servitude. These cards can potentially summon minions that have a higher Mana cost than the spell that was used to resurrect them. Decks have been made to exploit this effect to their fullest by utilizing only expensive minions.

Complementing their ability to resurrect allies are Deathrattle effect. They control powerful Deathrattle minions like Knights of the Frozen ThroneObsidian Statue to their will, combined with cards like Rise of ShadowsShadowy Figure, Journey to Un'GoroMirage Caller, and Journey to Un'GoroAwaken the Makers make their impact more significant.

Priests also have an affinity for dragons. Their strength and cost complement well with the Priest's playstyle, which are made even better with dragon synergy cards like Kobolds & CatacombsDuskbreaker and Mean Streets of GadgetzanDrakonid Operative.

Burst damage & combos[edit | edit source]

A playstyle that used to be associated with Priest was their ability to unleash combos that can one-shot the opponent. LegacyMind Blast was once part of the Priest's arsenal, dealing direct damage to the hero for a small cost. Combined with LegacyProphet Velen, who doubled healing and spell damage, this became even more potent, but by creating multiple copies of Prophet Velen in a variety of different ways, a simple 5-damage Mind Blast multiplied into loads of unavoidable damage. Even without Mind Blast, Priests were able to use other unconventional methods to one-turn-kill their opponent.

Priest could also tap into their shadow powers with LegacyShadowform to turn their Hero Power into a damage dealer, sacrificing their healing power for offense. What's more, Knights of the Frozen ThroneShadowreaper Anduin did more of the same but refreshed on playing a card, and with the help from the Kabal he could unleash loads of damage in a single turn. A more temporary solution was using LegacyAuchenai Soulpriest or Rastakhan's RumbleAuchenai Phantasm to turn their healing into damage, which combined with burst healing like LegacyCircle of Healing was a potent removal or damage.

LegacyDivine Spirit is a Priest spell that doubles a minion's Health, making them twice as hard to kill. While it can be used to simply protect a minion from dying, it can also be used with LegacyInner Fire to convert their health into big damage, and doubling an already double health minion was often enough to outright kill an opponent.

In the Year of the Phoenix, some of the Priest's core cards were replaced to distance the class's identity from burst damage combos, moving these tools to the Hall of Fame.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The priest class is infamous for its slow plays and a bias toward control decks. In April 2016, the official Twitter account described priest as "Arguably the most time consuming golden hero" to obtain.[3]
  • "Priest turn" is a phrase used to describe turns when the optimal play is simply to do nothing. The term is usually applied to late game turns where total inaction is far less common, and typically refers to priests, but can also be used for other classes. The term first arose due to the play-style of many control priest decks, which frequently saw late game turns with full mana, several cards in hand, and yet the priest taking no action, except perhaps to use Lesser Heal on themselves.
  • Some priests, when unable to take any action on turn 2, will use their mana to cast a LegacyLesser Heal on their opponent. Since no other action can be taken, and assuming that no damage has yet been dealt, there is neither any advantage nor disadvantage to this act (unless the player's deck includes Frost Giants). Thanks may be offered, or when a pair of priests is involved, the gesture may be reciprocated. The Hero Power is sometimes accompanied by Anduin's threaten emote - "The Light shall burn you!" - suggesting the healing is in fact a somewhat ineffective attempt to destroy the opponent.
  • At one point during the game's alpha, the priest's Hero Power did not heal targets, but rather gave +1 Health to the next minion the priest played. The effect stacked if it was not consumed, meaning that if the priest used the ability several times (over several turns) without summoning a minion, the next minion summoned would gain several points of bonus Health. This design was eventually removed, primarily due to concerns over UI and mechanic complexity, and because the developers felt that it strayed too far from the priest's healing-based nature.[4]
  • Tyrande Whisperwind appears to have been an earlier prototype for the priest class during the game's alpha, prior to the arrival of Anduin.[5][6]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Card frames
Dual-class
History

References[edit | edit source]