Weekly Legends: (My) Velen Priest
Let’s face it guys, the meta has become stale. Real stale. Like a piece of bread left out for three weeks in a Nairobi desert. When that happens (and boy has it happened in the past) what do you do? Well, you can always complain (an option many, myself included, have taken in the past), or you can do something about it. In my case, I decided to try and play something that I had never played before to do something I had never done in the process. The deck was Velen Priest, and the goal was to take Priest to legend. In my two years playing legend I have taken all classes to the orange diamond except Priest, and while I waited for Whispers to come out (still waiting, Blizz…) I thought I’d have some fun. It is always important to make sure you are having fun while playing a game, and that can be easy to forget with a stressful CCG like Hearthstone. Always check yourself and see if the things you are doing are actually worth doing. As such, when I started to really feel overwhelmed by the game, I began to look up decklists for past Velen lists and see what I could make.
I always knew that Prophet Velen/double (20 damage with an Emperor Thaurissan tick if you’re counting) had a lot of potential. Even since the early days of Blackrock Mountain I have wanted to play the deck. However, most of the lists I came across were a little off. They were all too focused on damage, too keyed in on trying to make the “dream” combo happen. While you do need the damage to win, I quickly realized that you don’t need to always be working towards the wombo combo because no one will ever see it coming. All you need to do was stay alive. As such, I took the classic combo and stuck it inside of a more natural Priest shell. Yes, the deck isn’t as “explosive” with things like Velen's Chosen, but it is much better at grinding games down. You are not always going to win with the combo, sometimes you are just going to be a control deck. And that’s just fine. Understanding you role each game is, above everything else, the key to this deck.