Ok folks, here's my latest spin on dragon priest. Won 5 straight games up to rank 5 so pretty happy with this list. *Update - Took out Zola for a 5/5 silence minion to match the top list on hsreplay. Also makes the list more budget friendly but I still think Zola's a good option.*
Obviously this list is inspired by Satellite's amazing list and is similar to some of the most effective dragon priest lists on hsreplay.net (credits to Firebat for the idea of putting the prince into Satellite's decklist), but I put in a few personal touches. The concerns I had were not having an early enough swing turn and running out of board clears. This led me to look into lists running Patches the Pirate and Prince Keleseth. This also led to reducing the number of 8 cost cards and increasing the number of 3 cost minions.
Options at 3-4 mana
Curious Glimmerroot - included for the bonus card; optional
Deathspeaker - can generate a free trade and has 4 health
Kabal Talonpriest - solid inclusion, both copies recommended
Southsea Captain - obvious double inclusion for pirate/prince synergy
Twilight Acolyte - included for stealing a minion's attack and having 4 health
Zola the Gorgon - can be included in hopes of getting a 3rd Duskbreaker or Spiteful Summoner but can be replaced by above cards
Gluttonous Ooze - not included but good anti-weapon tech
Mind Control Tech - not included but good tech vs wide boards
Tar Creeper - included for defense against aggro and having 5 health
Spellbreaker - can be included for an additional silence effect
The basic game plan remains the same as in other big spell priest decks:
1. Play minions for tempo. Build a board and keep putting pressure on the opponent.
2. Bring out your dragons to contest the midgame (especially Duskbreaker).
3. As early as possible, drop Spiteful Summoner for a free 8 or 10 cost minion and a devastating board swing.
4. Pile on with your Bonemare and/or Corridor Creeper.
5. Leverage your big spells further with Grand Archivist.
Always mulligan for Northshire Cleric, Prince Keleseth.
Against aggro/midrange keep Duskbreaker and Corridor Creeper.
With a good hand or the coin, consider keeping Southsea Captain and other 3 mana minions.
Right now this is my favorite version of big spell priest, but who knows where the meta will settle? Give it a try and see what you think! Comment below what cards you like or don't like. And please upvote if you like it!