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hearthstone standard deathrattle dragon priest deck strategy guide

Ever since Blackrock Mountain and The Grand Tournament, Dragon Priest has been a staple of the class. Its strong ability to consistently play good card after good card did wonders for a class that never got to grow outside of Control archetypes. With Whispers of the Old Gods, a whole new avenue opened up with Deathrattle minions thanks to one N’Zoth the Corrupter. His ability to resurrect Deathrattle minions who’ve died really shook up the meta-game, with N’Zoth decks in many classes seeing play. Let’s cobble together these two archetypes and see how it does.

As is customary for your traditional Dragon Priest, the goal of the deck is to curve out your game plan – meaning you’re going to want to play one-cost minions on turn one, and so on and so forth. Saving big-cost minions like Ysera and Chillmaw can swing the game in your favor if you play your cards right. Chillmaw’s interaction with N’Zoth also gives him more value, and he’s already a really solid minion.

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Deathwing, Dragonlord. I got him out of one of my free packs and have been trying to make him work ever since. He’s certainly not a bad card, and with N’Zoth synergies he can be a huge power play. A part of running a N’Zoth Dragon deck is tricking your opponent into thinking you’re just playing a standard, run of the mill Dragon deck. Once you put down Sylvanas, though, the illusion of Dragon Priest is up, and your opponent will probably pick up on the hybrid deck you’re running.

This deck does well against most non-aggro archetypes, and even in those cases, Chillmaw and Holy Nova can wipe a board clean in the right situations. Clutch plays with Entomb and Ysera are just as essential as early-game board dominance with cards like Wyrmrest Argent. If you’re lucky enough to get Brann Bronzebeard out and have a couple favorable interactions with him, he justifies his inclusion in this already cramped deck. That’s where the deck falters, you aren’t getting the full potential of a Dragon deck or a N’Zoth Deathrattle deck, you’re picking and choosing the best of what those have to offer (such as the aforementioned Chillmaw).

This isn’t a deck you take on the ladder to beat out Aggro Shaman and Zoolock. This is for dealing with mid-range to control decks in a way that’s fun, albeit a tad on the expensive side.

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