Humongous Razorleaf seemed like the card that could possibly bring back the Hearthstone community's beloved Handlock deck. For about a week, casual and pro players all tried to find something that worked. Eventually, someone did, but it wasn't for a Warlock deck. It was for Priests.
Silence Priest has emerged as one of the three strong archetypes for the class in the Journey to Un'Goro meta. According to ViciousSyndicate, Priest finds itself in the bottom three classes when it comes to popularity, but it's still strong enough for anyone to grab and climb the ladder to Legend.
But what does a Silence Priest deck look like? And what are the variations between them? Our friend Ray Walkinshaw has put together an infographic comparing ten different pro decks.
These are the ten we're looking at today. Thanks in advance to our friends at HSReplay.net for providing these basic statistics for all decks with over 1,000 games played in our database. For more advanced statistics on each deck list, follow the link at the end of each row.
|Deck||Win Rate||Avg Game Length||Avg Turns||Sample Size||HSReplay.net Stats|
|Orange's Silence Priest||47.48%||6 min.||7.5||1,200||Link|
|Odemian's Silence Priest||51.07%||7 min.||8.0||9,600||Link|
|Zuka's Silence Priest||52.18%||7 min.||7.5||51,000||Link|
|Civila123's Silence Priest||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Trunks' Silence Priest||54.22%||6 min.||8.0||1,500||Link|
|Hotform's Silence Priest||52.86%||7 min.||8.0||13,000||Link|
|Savjz' Silence Priest||50.73%||6 min.||7.5||9,600||Link|
|Iner's Silence Priest||48.11%||7 min.||8.0||4,000||Link|
|Bdbringa's Silence Priest||46.27%||7 min.||7.5||38,000||Link|
|Stancifka's Silence Priest||43.09%||7 min.||8.0||1,300||Link|
Note: To get import codes for these decks, visit their individual deck pages and click "Copy Deck."
These are the cards that Ray has identified as core across all of the Silence Priest decks in the sample. In total, this encompasses 27 of the 30 card slots with very little room for experimentation. It seems that this archetype as a whole has largely been optimized.
|Inner Fire||2||Radiant Elemental||2|
|Northshire Cleric||2||Shadow Visions||2|
|Potion of Madness||2||Humongous Razorleaf||2|
|Power Word: Shield||2||Kabal Talonpriest||2|
|Ancient Watcher||2||Faceless Shambler||2|
|Divine Spirit||2||Lyra the Sunshard||1|
Afterward, we'll be further breaking down some stats on what cards are being run.
The Main Replacements
With such limited room, there are only three cards that are commonly run that aren't considered a core card.
Note: The Number of Cards Per Deck columns in the table below do not take into account decks that do not run the card. We simply want to show you that when players run Acolyte of Pain they usually include two copies of it.
|In Decks||Card||# Per Deck|
|70%||Acolyte of Pain||1.86|
The rest of these cards don't make frequent appearances and mostly seek to help improve the deck's win rate against certain matchups.
|In Decks||Card||# Per Deck||In Decks||Card||# Per Deck|
|20%||Circle of Healing||1.50||10%||Priest of the Feast||1.00|
|20%||Kabal Songstealer||1.00||10%||Elise the Trailblazer||1.00|
|10%||Dirty Rat||2.00||10%||Sunfury Protector||1.00|
Outside of adding these cards, a few pros have opted to remove some as well.
Potion of Madness - Potion of Madness is an interesting card. On one hand, it can be completely dead if there's nothing to steal. On the other, not only can it help alleviate some pressure, but it can also function as a win condition against archetypes like Taunt Warrior. That said, it is the most frequently cut card out of these decks.
Faceless Shambler - Some players view Shambler as too slow of a card against some very aggressive decks. It requires you have something meaty on the field to copy stats from and that isn't always possible.
Kabal Talonpriest - Despite being a good way to increase the value of your Divine Spirit, a few players have opted to remove a copy or two from their decks. Both are running Circle of Healing which also helps increase your minion's survivability.
Purify - Unlike Silence, Purify can only be cast on your own minions, but it does draw a card. But sometimes you don't have a proper Silence target and Purify is essentially dead. So it makes sense that removing a single copy isn't the end of the world. Don't remove both though. The chances you draw all four of your "Can't Attack" minions is small so it's usually okay, though it does decrease your chance of drawing some kind of Silence.
Thanks for checking out another installment of Hearthstone Pro Deck Comparison. We hope you've enjoyed it and that it helped you learn more about the archetype. If you're interested in more, check out our Secret Mage comparison! To learn more, make sure to check out our Silence Priest deck guide by Stonekeep.