Cheap(ish) Priest Deck for Tavern Brawl 2015-07-22

The Hearthstone Tavern Brawl for this week (i.e. starting on the 22nd July) is “Heart of the Sunwell” – you start at 10 mana, and construct a Brawl-specific deck. Lots of people over on the Hearthstone SubReddit are saying those players with the most legendaries will win, or variations of “Alexstraza > Ragnaros > win.”

I don’t have a particularly wide choice of Legendary cards, or a huge number of good high-cost minion cards, so I had to come up with an alternative. My plan was to use a Priest deck with a few counters and a couple of neat tricks. The deck I used is below:

Silence x 2
Inner Fire x 2
Mind Vision x 2
Divine Spirit x 2
Resurrect x 2
Shadow Word: Pain x 2
Shadow Word: Death x 2
Thoughtsteal x 2
Faceless Manipulator x 2
Lord of the Arena
Core Hound
Ravenholdt Assassin
Force-Tank MAX
Mind Control x 2
Shadow Madness

This deck does include some legendaries, but they’re not essential, and are really just there to enhance the effectiveness of the other cards. Kel’Thuzad is probably the one I’d want most out of all the legend cards, given his ability to resurrect dead cards – allowing you to clear the board (almost) with abandon.

The basic strategy is to always have at least one Taunt and one “attack” card out there. Use your Shadow Word cards to clear anything nasty you can’t clear more efficiently, and use Mind Control, Mind Vision, Thoughtsteal, and Faceless Manipulator to “steal” your opponent’s best tricks and put them under pressure.

I won several games in a row with this deck, usually by turn 5/6, and often by turn 3. Key minion cards proved to be Force-Tank MAX, Sunwalker, and Faceless Manipulator. The only game I lost was to another Priest running Deathwing, which cleared the board when I had no decent follow-up in hand, and 18 health left.

What decks have you had success with this week?