Weekly Legends: Control Priest
What is dead may never die. Well, that’s not necessarily true. In fact, sometimes things that are dead stay way, way dead. However, in other cases those things persist despite what everyone else thinks. Of course, I am talking about Control Priest. When Whispers dropped, it took just about every good Control Priest card with it. No longer did they access to Lightbomb or early tempo plays like Deathlord or Velen's Chosen. As a result, the class has largely disappeared from ladder, and when it does pop up it is usually dragon or C’thun variants. Today’s list (coming from a player known as SexyNerd17) directly challenges that notion and shows us that Control Priest (at least one version) is still alive and kicking. While it may be easy to see the familiar cards in this and just assume it is the same it has always been, that would be ignoring the subtle differences that make it tick.
Innovation is a very important part of Hearthstone. In fact, it is the reason behind this entire series. Just because something doesn’t work or doesn’t click in the way you thought it would does not mean its unplayable. You just need to make tweaks and find cards that are good at battling the ladder. This deck is a perfect example of that, running a ton of value cards that are solely in here to deal with one specific matchup. This is important because understanding how to make a deck that everyone considers bad or subpar work is a very good exercise that will help you brew your own lists. Just know that when building decks you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. There are many classes (such as Priest) that have very strong cores and very powerful interactions. If you want to adapt a deck to the meta, you typically want to stick with those interactions and then see what other cards fit them. Not everything has to be out of left field, as long as it all works together.