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HearthstoneNov 25, 2020 8:04 pm CT

The decks you need to win the Hearthstone Half and Half Tavern Brawl

This week we’ve got a brand-new Hearthstone Tavern Brawl so get your orders in to Barista Lynchen and settle in for the Half and Half Tavern Brawl. I’ll have a double-pump Azerano, extra star-whip, Highmountain ice, with room for mana spice, please. Coffee is a big part of any writer’s day and that’s true with the Blizzard Watch crew as well.

Half and Half Tavern Brawl basics

  • Name: Half and Half
  • Description: Create a deck of 15 cards. At the start of the game, we’ll complete your deck with a copy of your opponent’s!
  • Fun level: 3/10
  • Difficulty: 5-8/10 (depending on the size of your card collection)
  • Replayability: 6/10
  • Format: Wild
  • Type: PVP
  • Deck: Constructed
  • Rewards: 1 Classic pack

You begin by choosing a class and making a deck. Since it’s Constructed Brawl the size of your collection will matter. It’s also using Wild rules which brings more cards into play. We’re only a week into the Madness at the Darkmoon Faire expansion so how many MDF packs you opened will be a factor.

You’re limited to only 15 cards in your deck, and you can use duplicates. Hearthstone decks are 30 cards so where do you the other 15 come from? Your opponent. You combine the two decks and each player gets a copy. The game then plays out as a normal Hearthstone match.

Since you’re both playing the same deck, the only difference is your class and Hero Power. Try to find cards and strategies that synergize well with your class and Hero Power. These cards give your opponent less value than they do for you. You’re giving them your win condition so think about putting a counter into your deck. Just realize you’re also giving them that counter.


How to win the Half and Half Tavern Brawl

Like most Constructed Brawls, the key to victory is finding a great deck. These Brawls act like a microcosm of a new expansion. In the early hours, there’s a ton of experimentation as players try new ideas and refine them. It’s some of the most fun time in Hearthstone. Over time, players discover the ‘meta,’ the deck (or decks) that are particularly strong given the ruleset. These lists are published on sites like r/Hearthstone (and others) and become dominant. Counter decks rise and you fall into the same sort of ‘meta’ as you see on the Ladder.

Without further ado, let’s look at some of the decks people are trying out. You’ll probably find even more refined versions of these later in the week.

Soul Demon Hunter

  • Deck Code: AAECAea5AwPUyAP3yAPyyQMG2cYD0c0D+84DzNIDzdID99UDAA==
  • Theory: Soul Demon Hunter is so good; you can win with only half a deck.

Face Hunter

  • Deck Code: AAECAR8D5aQDh7ADpLkDBskEorkDm80Dos4D8uED8+EDAA==
  • Face is the place. It’s always the place. Who cares what your opponent gave you. Keep hitting their face with minions, spells and your Hero Power.

Zoo Paladin

  • Deck Code: AAEBAZ8FBewP67kDysEDgt4Dh94DBdMTieYC+a4Dm80Dns0DAA==
  • This deck features cards that buff Silver Hand recruits. You’ll have them, your opponent won’t. Do your best to stay ahead on the board so you have something to buff.

Thief Rogue

  • Deck Code: AAEBAYO6Age9BOvwAurzAqj3AvWnA7euA6TRAwSUtgL7mgP+mgP+0QMA
  • Rogue has many cards that synergize with playing other classes’ cards. You’re also giving these to your opponent. The key is to play their cards and get a great use out of Tess Greymane.

Totem Shaman

  • Deck Code: AAEBAaoIC74GigfwB9IT9qoCoLYCnaMD2qUD+aUDqt4Dq94DAvuqApa5AwA
  • This deck is based upon buffing and coping Totems. It has a couple of totems to potentially give your opponent, but you’ll be able to summon your own totems with your hero power. Try to stay ahead on the board so you can pull off some powerful combos.

Pain Warlock

  • Deck Code: AAEBAf0GBaMBwgi47gLt7wLxrAMFxAjy0AKnmAPM0gPN0gMA
  • You run out of cards quick so the Warlock Hero Power is powerful in this Brawl. This deck relies on synergy with your Hero taking damage on your turn, which you can do more easily than your opponent.

More Half and Half Tavern Brawl deck lists

Keep checking Hearthstone Top Decks. There are more Tavern Brawl decks being added by the hour.

Overall, I like the attempt at something fresh and new. The Brawl’s main weakness is the same as the overall Ladder. Aggro has been too strong since Ashes of Outlands release. There are some fun decks and ideas, but too often you don’t get to enjoy them because you’re run over by an aggressive deck. Aggressive decks are their own kind of fun, and some people really enjoy them. I think the balance has tipped a little too far in their favor currently.

If you need a break from testing your Madness at the Darkmoon Faire decks or your frantic Shadowlands leveling, give this Brawl a try. Good luck getting this week’s Classic pack!

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