- Even Priest
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Even Priest has lacked a win condition until relatively recently. Now, with the change to Kazakusan, a small dragon package allows Even Priest to use it for its late game. In addition, it uses the cheap hero power to be able to snowball and win some games early along with effects from Luminous Geode, Lightsteed, and Bless. The unnerf to Crabrider has also been quite key for the archetype.
Now, let's get into a guide on playing the deck. It's going to go through major overarching strategies to keep in mind, how to mulligan, gameplay tips on key synergies, and card choices.
Fun and Unique Moments
Difficulty to Master
Even Priest uses its hero power to try and control the board and win early, but has Kazakusan as a backup value win con for the late game if needed.
Aggro - Cards like Crabrider and Injured Tol'vir, along with Lightsteed and Luminous Geode, can snowball attack while keeping board control along with heals from your hero power and Circle of Healing. Bless can be very useful on such minions as well. Power Word: Feast allows you to favorably trade and then heal a minion to full, and trigger Luminous Geode and Lightsteed synergies as well. Therefore, it's possible to win games from this synergy where you take over the board early.
Anti Aggro - As a dragon deck, Duskbreaker offers great anti Aggro potential. In addition, the deck uses Blademaster Samuro and buffs to have one-sided board clears as well as Xyrella to do the same. Serena Bloodfeather can neutralize a big minion while putting a big body into play on your side of the board. The one-sidedness of these anti Aggro tools make it easier to keep pushing your own Aggro strategy while removing the enemy board.
Value - Lorekeeper Polkelt can put Murozond the Infinite and Kazakusan at the top of your deck. Murozond is useful to get short-term value and stats into play, especially if you can copy a hero card with a powerful hero power. Kazakusan can be a win condition all by himself just through the sheer power of his treasures.
Even Priest is like an Aggro deck and Control deck at the same time, where it's great at early game aggression and board control but doesn't mind too much if it fails as it still has Kazakusan as a powerful backup plan.
These highlights show how this deck can have both a powerful Aggro-based and Kazakusan-based strategy.
- Keep a Crabrider, a Luminous Geode, an Injured Tol'vir, and if you have a 2 cost minion Power Word: Feast. You can keep Bless if you have Crabrider.
- Consider keeping Duskbreaker if against Aggro.
The key to playing this deck well is to balance the Aggro and Control parts of the deck.
Below are gameplay tips regarding many of the synergies in this deck and how to use them effectively.
Another good combo with Crabrider is to play it after Luminous Geode, attack an enemy minion, heal the Crabrider, then have a 3 attack Crabrider you can trade with again. Next turn you can have a 5/4 minion with Windfury. This combo is really good in the early game, and if you can use Power Word: Feast on it as well as the hero power that's even better.
Lightsteed works even if the minion is not damaged, but Luminous Geode only works on damaged minions.
Be careful with Circle of Healing, for Luminous Geode only your own minions are affected but for Lightsteed all minions. It's better to trade and destroy as many enemy minions as you can before using Circle of Healing to heal and perhaps buff your own minions.
Amalgam of the Deep can be used to get more dragons but can also discover murlocs and elementals.
Circle of Healing and your hero power are the best ways to trigger Xyrella.
Blademaster Samuro and Power Word: Feast or Bless can lead to powerful one sided board clears.
Lorekeeper Polkelt is used to have Kazakusan near the top of your deck.
This section is going to go through the main packages of cards in the deck. Each package has cards that help the deck with a specific goal. When playing the deck, it's useful to know what purposes each card serves and what other cards in the deck have synergy with it or help achieve the same purpose. This section might also be useful if you're interested in the reasoning for why each card was included in the deck.
Your 1 mana hero power as well as these cards are great for getting value from healing.
These dragons are mostly in here to activate the powerful Kazakusan and Duskbreaker.
These cards let you clear enemy boards.
Card Draw and Value
Card draw is great to getting to cards from your other packages. Cornelius Roame is here because Even Priest lacks in other good card draw and often gets to low hand sizes. Raise Dead is like 0 mana draw 2. Polkelt makes your future draws better.
Even Priest takes advantage of a 1 mana hero power to have consistent access to healing which synergizes with cards like Injured Tol'vir, Luminous Geode, and Lightsteed. If you have a question or comment, or are wondering about a card substitution, post below.
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