Get ready to sacrifice some of your health because this week’s Hearthstone (Free) Tavern Brawl is Blood Magic – Standard, and it’s all about paying life for spells. This tavern brawl is a Standard version of Blood Magic from back in February. The rules are pretty simple: all your spells cost health instead of mana, so there are some crazy opportunities for the kinds of turns that make your opponent concede as quickly as he can. You can even pull off one-turn-kills if you build the right deck and get a good opening hand. Not surprisingly, many reddit users are complaining about the great number of Druid decks already populating this brawl, and given how strong those decks are, it was to be expected. Keep in mind that you’ll take damage equal to the mana cost of the card the moment you play it, so reducing card cost pays off.
In terms of strategies, Mage has some very strong spells, like Pyroblast and Fireball, that can lead to a one-turn-kill if you’re lucky, Paladin’s buff cards like Blessing of Kings work great, and Dinosize with cheap charge minions (hello, Stonetusk Boar) can also do great damage. Plan for matches to end by turn 3 or even earlier. The Brawl is live, so go see how fast you can take out your opponents, and chime in the comments with good deck ideas.