After two repeat performances, this week’s Hearthstone (Free) Tavern Brawl is all new, and it’s the type that actually makes me want to build a deck (even if I usually don’t care much about deck-building Brawls). Battle of the Builds asks some of the most important questions that lie at the center of human existence: what’s better, Battlecries, Deathrattles, Armor, or Murlocs? In order to find out, you get to create your own deck, but the twist this week is that at the beginning of each game, you get to choose one of four bonuses. You’ll either get a +1/+1 to your Battlecry minions, +1/+1 to your Deathrattle minions, a 1/1 Murloc at the end of your turn, or 3 armor whenever you play a spell. I like how the developers are giving these very clear deck-building ‘hints’ since they should help new or very casual players see how you can build decks around one keyword, one tribe, and so on.
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If you want to drive people crazy this week, a Murloc deck (Paladin or Shaman) should do the trick since you are guaranteed a Murloc on the board every turn. Running a couple of Knife Jugglers will be a good idea too so you can take advantage of that Murloc summoning. If you’re going to build a deck with the Battlecry bonus in mind, you might want to throw in a Brann Bronzebeard to take advantage of all those Battlecry cards.
This Brawl opens up many possibilities for some fun deckbuilding, but it also raises the issue once more of how you’ll need to erase your deck every time you build another, which can be a bit of a pain to be honest. The Brawl is live in NA, so go build some fun decks and share them in the comments.