Get the decks you need to win the Hallow’s End Masquerade Ball Tavern Brawl
Welcome one and all to the Hearthstone Hallow’s End Masquerade Ball Tavern Brawl. All your minions are getting into their costumes, and our host, the esteemed Mage, Kel’thuzad, is wearing a Lich costume. Don’t get me wrong, the guy casts a great Frostbolt, but I don’t think the Lich look fits him.
The first time you hear of the concept of Halloween it kind of blows your mind. People are giving out candy? Just giving it away? How do I get in on this? Okay, I’ll wear that.
Hallow’s End Masquerade Ball Tavern Brawl basics
- Name: Hallow’s End Masquerade Ball
- Description: Everyone is dressed up for the Masquerade. When a minion is played, they become a minion that costs (2) more! Destroy them to reveal the minion under the mask.
- Fun level: 3/10
- Difficulty: 8/10
- Replayability: 6/10
- Format: Wild
- Type: PVP
- Deck: Constructed
- Rewards: 1 Classic pack
You’ll start by selecting a class and making a deck. This is a Constructed Brawl so the overall size of your collection will matter. It uses Wild rules which brings far more cards into play.
When you play a minion, it will trigger its Battlecry effect. After that, it will transform into a minion that costs two more with a Deathrattle which summons the original minion back. Let’s look at our old friend Carnivorous Cube: when he gets played, his Battlecry will go off and destroy a friendly minion. Then he transforms into a random 7 cost minion since he costs 5 mana. When that 7 mana minion dies, its Deathrattle summons Carnivorous Cube. When Carnivorous Cube dies, its Deathrattle goes off and you get two copies of whatever minion it ate.
When minions are summoned, they come back at full health. Injured Blademaster would give you a full 4/7. If your transformed minion is silenced or transformed by a spell like Hex, Polymorph, or Devolving Missiles, you don’t get the original minion back.
How to win Hallow’s End Masquerade Ball Tavern Brawl
The rules of the Brawl make your board incredibly sticky, because your opponent has to clear the transformed minion as well as the original minion. This is a dream scenario for Zoo decks of all kinds and it’s no shock several Zoo decks are doing well. You can start with low-cost minions like Wisp, Desk Imp, Snowflipper Penguin, Argent Squire, Beaming Sidekick, Animated Broomstick, Firefly, and Target Dummy. Mix in 1-mana class minions, some buffs, and some comeback AOE and you’ll have a functional deck. Some players have suggested Lackeys, but there aren’t enough generation cards and they play too slowly to turn many matches.
The strategy is straightforward. Get a hand full of cheap minions, then dump your hand and pressure your opponent. Against slower decks, keep the pressure on and never let up. Against another Zoo style deck, hope for more favorable upgrades than your opponent. One of the best outcomes is to get Ace Hunter Kreen out of your transformation, because he makes your other minions Immune and should provide an almost insurmountable lead.
Here are some winning decks to try out:
Wild Token Druid
Deck code: AAEBAZICApG8AoQXDvutA7nSA/2nA+UH+cwD3MwD6BXNuwLUBYgO6bAD9wPG0QPmBQA=
It’s a Token Druid, so you know the drill. Flood the board with little minions, then keep the pressure on and wait for your big finish.
Small Army Paladin
Deck code: AAEBAaToAgaMDqYV0xb70wLY/gKOmgMMswGnBY0Q1K4C4soC48sCi+UC2f4C+a4Dlc0Dns0Dz9EDAA==
Spam as many 0- and 1-mana cost minions as you can. Mulligan away your secrets and hope you draw Mysterious Challenger. Play aggressive, and use First Day of School to generate minions and Divine Favor to refill your hand. Get Corridor Creeper out for next to no mana.
Deck code: AAEBAf0GAA+zAfIBhQP1BZoHjRC3bLasAuvCAuLKAqfNApXOAvmuA5XNA8/RAwA=
Like the Paladin deck above, you fill your deck with 0- and 1-mana cost minions. Animated Broomstick allows for some excellent value trades. This deck uses Warlock’s powerful Hero Power to draw cards instead of relying on drawing a Divine Favor.
Homegrown Deathrattle Priest
Deck code: AAEBAZ/HAgrcAckGsLwC1cEC5cwC5swC5uwCn6kDlroDzr4DCtYK2Q2PDr4W3MECl4cDgpQDrKUD2awDp8sDAA==
This is a Priest deck of my own making. It has good curve, several strong Deathrattles, plus duplication cards like Grave Rune and Gift of Luminance. Shadow Madness is a great addition. You take over the transformed minion and when it dies, you keep the original minion for yourself. I played this before the Zoo decks took over the Brawl. It has good AOE, but sometimes the Zoo deck has such an explosive start there’s no recovery.
More Hallow’s End Masquerade Ball deck lists
I’m rather proud of myself for coming up with a deck on that got the pack. Hopefully, one of these decks listed here should get you the W. Keep checking Hearthstone Top Decks, because there are more Tavern Brawl decks being added by the hour. If you find another great list, share it with us in the comments.
Overall, this Brawl started out fun but Zoo and aggressive decks quickly took over. That’s a playstyle I don’ t find particularly exciting, so I’m probably done. If you do enjoy it, it can make for quick games, and this can be a great Brawl to farm up some gold. Good luck getting this week’s Classic pack.
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