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Holy Wrath Paladin deck list guide - Descent of Dragons - Hearthstone (December 2019)

How to play the spicy combo Paladin deck in Descent of Dragons.

Holy Wrath Paladin is a Hearthstone deck for those of you who like to swing in with ridiculous amounts of damage in a single spell. It’s based around combining one of the oldest spells available to the class, Holy Wrath, with the Rastakhan’s Rumble legendary, Shirvallah, the Tiger, to deal a potential 50 damage in one fell swoop.

As the Loa minion starts at a cost of 25 mana, you can take full advantage of that with the Holy Wrath spell. It will draw a card from your deck and deal damage relative to the mana cost of the card drawn. To pull the combo off, though, it requires a significant amount of set up, which impatient players may find extremely tedious compared to more traditional decks!

Read on below for the best Holy Wrath Paladin deck list being played right now, as well as some general strategy advice and a list of the most important combos in the deck


Although Holy Wrath Paladin isn’t the most popular deck around at the moment, it received a boost thanks to the addition of Sathrovarr. This new Legendary minion offers you the chance to triple up on copies of Shirvallah, the Tiger, should you need a bit more time to pull off the combo.

Holy Wrath Paladin deck list and strategy

Here is a Holy Wrath Paladin deck list that's seeing the most play in the current meta. We’ll be sure to update this guide over the coming weeks with all the latest list tweaks.

2 x Crystology1 x Elven Archer
1 x Crystalsmith Kangor2 x Baleful Banker
2 x Flash of Light1 x Bloodmage Thalnos
2 x Time Out!2 x Wild Pyromancer
2 x Consecration1 x Zephrys the Great
1 x Equality1 x Acolyte of Pain
2 x Hammer of Wrath1 x Sathrovarr
2 x Prismatic Lens2 x Novice Engineer
1 x Truesilver Champion
2 x Holy Wrath
1 x Shrink Ray
1 x Shirvallah, the Tiger

Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.

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General strategy

Playing Holy Wrath Paladin is all about working towards your Holy Wrath and Shirvallah, the Tiger combo. What you’ll need to do is play a lengthy game of resource management that’ll have you drawing through your entire deck, refilling your draw pile with a copy (or copies) of Shirvallah, the Tiger, and then casting Holy Wrath to pull them for 25 damage a piece to the opponent’s life total.

The deck is built around hitting this point of the game, so you have a lot of card draw options with the likes of Novice Engineer, Acolyte of Pain and Flash of Light. Survivability to reach the late game comes from powerful board clears such as Shrink Ray and Consecration. You also have Time Out to play with too.

Don’t be afraid to play Shirvallah, the Tiger if you draw it early to stay in the game too, but just be sure you can combine it with a Baleful Banker to ensure another copy goes back into your deck to use with Holy Wrath later.

Holy Wrath Paladin Mulligan guide

Keep your eyes peeled for the following cards when building out your opening hand:

  • 1. Crystology - A great card that pulls early presence into your hand, including card draw minions like Bloodmage Thalnos and Novice Engineer.
  • 2. Novice Engineer - A super simple early board presence that will also start the process of cycling through your deck.
  • 3. Acolyte of Pain - More of that card draw you just can't have too much of.

Holy Wrath Paladin tips, combos and synergies

Here are a few of the key combos and card synergies in Holy Wrath Paladin which you’ll need to keep in mind in order to have the most success with the deck:

- When you cast Holy Wrath it’ll draw the top card from your deck and deal its mana cost in damage to the chosen target. For this deck, you’ll want to engineer it so that the card you draw from Holy Wrath is Shirvallah, the Tiger so as to deal 25 damage to your opponent’s health.

- Once your Shirvallah, the Tiger has been discounted enough, you can play it alongside Sathrovarr, giving you yet more copies in case you need to use your first one to survive against aggression. You’ll get an extra copy in your deck and hand, and they’ll all cost 0 mana, as well as another one on the board.

- Whenever Acolyte of Pain takes even the tiniest bit of damage, you'll draw a card from your remaining deck.

- You can add extra copies of Shirvallah, the Tiger to your deck using Baleful Banker. Hold onto the card and - once your draw pile is empty - play Shirvallah, the Tiger. Next, target it with Baleful Banker and then cast Holy Wrath to guarantee the 25 damage.

- Combine either Equality or Shrink Ray with Consecration to give you a near-guaranteed board clear. You can also use Shrink Ray with Wild Pyromancer for a similar effect, but be careful as that will hit all of your minions too!

- Considering the extra time you need to set up your combo, Time Out is a perfect card for making yourself Immune for that one additional turn you may need to get the last combo pieces in place.

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