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Stalling Zoo Priest (w/ Alexstraza Combo)

  • Last updated Jul 9, 2014 (Live Patch 5506)
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  • 16 Minions
  • 14 Spells
  • Deck Type: Ranked Deck
  • Deck Archetype: Unknown
  • Crafting Cost: 2820
  • Dust Needed: Loading Collection
  • Created: 7/9/2014 (Live Patch 5506)
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This was inspired by using Alexstraza to set the enemy to 15 health one turn (9 mana) and then immediately double mindblasting and using a wolfrider - abusive seargant the next (8 mana). There's a plethora of other ways you can rush with a priest and finish with a double mind-blast... I'm not saying this is better than any of those it's just another idea; therefore, any critique please be within the deck and not compared to others (really, I'm just having fun here).

I obviously just explained the finish. If you don't have Alexstraza (I don't even) it kind of defeats the entire purpose. If you have Prophet Velen then Mind Blast does all types of wonders and that's a whole different story. Nonetheless, alternative finish is to use the Kobold Geomancer instead of the abusive seargant to make the mindblasts 6 damage each and then the Wolfrider doesn't get boosted.
Every other card besides those is all about stalling. It's not reeeally a zoo deck but the variety of minions is somewhat necessary. From my experiences and research, the hardest thing to do as a rushing Zoo Priest is keep your minions alive because AoE wipes them most times. All of the minions I've chosen aren't meant to do damage to the hero (though you can, obviously) but just be complete pests that the enemy has to handle. I've chosen ones I know that people frequently try to get rid of asap and/or use 2+ cards to remove. A few are maintenance, like Shieldbearer and Acidic Swamp Ooze, but for the most part people hate the other ones on the board. The spells are pretty self-explanatory. Shadowform isn't necessary (if it's not a card that's part of the finishing combo, it's not necessary honestly... if you don't have many of these cards they can be swapped, I really just think this assortment gets most attention away from your own face) but it's super useful in my opinion, and better than Auchenai Soulpriest in this deck.

So, in summary...
- Use minions to stall (so you don't die, and can get enough mana/ right cards to do finishing combo)
- Use spells like they're intended to (silence is mainly to dismand any taunts in finishing combo but sometimes you really just need to use it otherwise)
- Once you get to 9 mana, drop Alexstraza. Next turn, double mind blast and wolfrider and you can find the other 2damage with abusive sergeant or geomancer

Most possible swaps (in my opinion):
Trade 1 SW-Death for Mind Control (hopefully you'll have the right cards to finish at 9mana tho)
Trade 1 Holy Fire for a StormWind Champion
Trade ImpMaster for Faerie Dragon or Raging Worgen
Trade 1 Wolf Rider for either2 directly above