Okay I know Silence Priest has been a thing for a long time and it's very much a class identity but hear me out.
The most important cards in the new Silence Priest deck are good ol' Ancient Watcher (2-mana Yeti), the brand new Ancient Watcher (3-mana 5/6), and the all-important Dalaran Librarian (River Crocolisk w/ "Silence adjacent minions"). And these are all neutral class cards. (Faceless Rager and Sunfury Protector are also good neutral-class synergistic cards that are run in some versions of the deck!)
Please note, I do understand that the Priest-specific 0-mana Silence and 4-mana Unsleeping Soul (silence, then copy) are fantastic cards in this deck, as well as double Divine Spirit into Inner Fire/Topsy Turvy for a very cool high-roll.
So I wanted to ask the community, what other classes do you think could pull off a Silence-themed deck with those eight-to-ten cards (optional Sunfury) as a base? We're not trying to build a tier-1 deck, but maybe something could make it work.
First (bad) ideas:
Paladin...? The loss of Divine Favor makes it really hard to think of any kind of good draw engine, but you know, summoning an overstatted minion, then silencing it and buffing it to high heaven just sounds awesome!
Warlock! This is a heavily minion-based strategy, and noone's better at that than Warlock! Inifinite draw is cool, and the new Rafaam is always good fun for when a zoo deck runs out of steam. Plot Twist in particular fishes for the best cards you want, although it is to be noted that Watchers won't usually work with Fel Lord Betrug. Such a shame.
Maybe for mage as a budget variant? Mage and spell damage go hand in hand so that new 5/6 neutral can be activated more reliably. Mage also has decent draw to find the silence minions. There are more silences in neutral cards, I honestly like running owl in my shaman deck because it does bait out some kind of removal while neutralizing a threat. Even as simple as costing a mage 2 mana on next turn to ping it. So yeah, maybe build a deck around that with cheap spells and freezes for stall? I barely play mage so I have no idea if this could work, but in theory it sounds decent and if casual wasn't swarmed with netdeck farmers it would be fun to try.
Just wanted to say that I play a version of this in Hunter and it's a lot of fun in Casual. Tracking and Master's Call help you find your missing pieces, but the neutral cards carry the day and are obviously stronger in other classes. I've only played a handful of games so I haven't tried to optimize things yet (e.g. don't think I'll keep Flare), but here's what I'm running:
2x Tracking 2x Ancient Watcher 1x Bloodmage Thalnos 2x Dalaran Librarian 2x Flare 2x Sunfury Protector 1x Youthful Brewmaster 2x Arcane Watcher 2x Faceless Rager 2x Ironbeak Owl 2x Master's Call 2x Defender of Argus 2x Marked Shot 2x Soldier of Fortune 2x Spellbreaker 1x Harrison Jones 1x Mojomaster Zihi