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Welcome to my insights to this Weeks’s Tavern Brawl. I will cover what I have seen and the results of play week to week. The goal of this column is to players a heads up on what the theme is for the week. I will provide key aspects, what I played, who I played against, and my opinion on all the data I accumulate resulting from the games.
Tavern Brawl Experience
Let’s get started. I have played Tavern Brawl’s since the concept started in Hearthstone. I am glad it has evolved and become much better since its first inception. The randomness and theme changes are fun and exciting. I look forward to the Brawl every week. It is a nice changed from the ranked grind and trying to draw the cards you know you need to win. The Brawl promotes new thinking, new play, new ideas and a great change of pace.
Tavern Brawl Week 50
This week’s theme is gift exchange. The game starts with a crate on one player’s side and at each turn a crate will appear if one is not on the table.
The crate is [cardinsert card=”winters-veil-gift” float=”right”]
The card is a zero casting cost creature with stats of zero attack and four health. The text on the card is “Death rattle: Give current player a gift”. Basically when this card is destroyed it will provide the player who destroys it a one casting cost spell.
The gift is [cardinsert card=”stolen-winters-veil-gift” float=”right”]
This card gives you a choice of three cards with reduced casting costs. The card choices are from the opponent’s class. The twist on this scenario is that either player can kill either’s crate. The player who destroys the crate on his side or the opponent’s side will be rewarded with the one casting cost gift card. Each player can kill his own crate or the opponent’s crate. The reason behind killing your own is preventing the opponent from getting the gift card. The other twist is each player can also silence his own crate preventing the opponent from getting a gift. The rest of the game is as normal with cards you selected plus the cards you get from the gifts.
Now for the game play. Based on the theme I decided to go with a Priest deck due to the availability to silence multiple ways, kill the crates, and the ability to heal as the games tend to go long from my experience playing this week so far. I do not mean fatigue play per say but that the games tend to go to turn ten and beyond. Do not get me wrong; in fact, I had games that ended in as quickly as seven turns depending on the gifts you draw and your opening hand. One game I had a [card]king-krush[/card] with a zero casting cost which was shocking to play on turn four which led to a very quick game since the opponent did not have an answer. During the several games I played that was an astonishing event that did not repeat itself mainly because I did not see that many Hunter’s the rest of the day. The interesting thing about the three card choices is that there seems to be no rhyme or reason other than completely random but associated with the opposing player’s hero. So while it is difficult to have a plan set going in, the randomness means constantly adapting to each turn.
Deck Construction of Choice
I’ll start now with my deck construction concepts. I chose the hero I thought best to utilize silence. That would be Priest for me. The Priest has the following options when it comes to silence: [card]silence[/card], [card]mass-dispel[/card], [card]Ironbeak-owl[/card], Light’s Champion (not selected since only affects demons), [card]spellbreaker[/card] , and [card]wailing-soul[/card]. All can be used on you or your opponent except Wailing Soul which silences your minions only which can beneficial since you may want to silence your own crates. I decided to go with the following cards at the beginning: two copies of silence, and two copies of Ironbeak Owl.
This gave me the option of silencing my own crates and the opponent’s crates hopefully early on depending on card draw of course. The next concept I wanted to do was have the ability to destroy crates either with direct damage or spells. This led to the following choices: two copies of [card]confuse[/card] which switches the attack and health of all minions using sparingly as long as I could kill my own crate first, two copies of [card]shadow-word-pain[/card] which kills a minion with three attacks or less for crates, two copies of [card]divine-spirit[/card] to double the health of my crates to make more difficult to destroy, and two copies of [card]velens-chosen[/card] to use on my crates to make it more difficult to destroy. The rest of the deck was made up of Dragons to utilize the synergy Priest has with them due to the Dragon cards available for the Priest only such as [card]twilight-whelp[/card] and [card]wyrmrest-agent[/card].
I did a decklist but I also wanted to cover principles and concepts not just give a list because everyone has different thoughts and ideas as what is necessary but also to have options and ideas to make informed choices. The final deck list is what the deck evolved to and I made a run with it to twenty three wins with losses of course.
Results of Games Played
The time now is for the results of the game play. Once my deck was built I entered the Tavern Brawl with high expectations since I thought I had the right cards, concepts and ideas to rake in the wins. The beginning went well as I went six wins and zero losses. That string was comprised of Hunter, Hunter, Priest, Priest, Warrior, Priest, and Hunter. Then I met my first Warlock. That turned out to be the least favorable matchup due to the gift cards I received based on the hero type. The game took forever I gave in at forty five minutes with both of us at thirty life. I thought fatigue Warrior was rough but to my astonishment this was more brutal. I continued playing and started to see more Warlocks and finished the evaluation with a fifty percent win rate on the first day. I will continue playing and post comments on my article with updates as the days and games go by. The only drawback to this type of Tavern Brawl is that once you pick a hero that is what you have to play until the next week of Tavern brawl. When you are left with created your own deck the choice of hero becomes a crucial decision. I look at the theme and description to make a choice which is not always optimal but always leads to at least one win to get the free pack.
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