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HearthstoneSep 2, 2021 4:00 pm CT

How to win the A Recipe United Hearthstone Tavern Brawl

Hi, it’s Gus Ferrari back again, and today we’re talking the Triple D Camaro over to Stormwind to check out a great little place in the Dwarven District. I hear they’re grilling up some of the best Beer Basted Boar Ribs you’ve ever had. Whatcha want to do is start with a fresh Crag Boar Rib, then prepare your best Rhapsody Malt and use that as your marinade. Let that rest ove night and fire up your grill — all the dwarves will be coming to this cookout.

And while you’re at, try all ten deck recipes from the Hearthstone’s A Recipe United Tavern Brawl!

This week’s Tavern Brawl is an introduction to the United in Stormwind expansion. In this Brawl, you’ll get to try out some of the United in Stormwind expansion’s interesting deck recipes — and win a card pack in the process. It’s a modified version of An Outlandish Recipe, which introduced the Ashes of Outland expansion, and the Recipe of Tenacity, which introduced the Forged in the Barrens expansion. If you haven’t had a chance to play some of the expansion’s popular decks, this Brawl will let you give expansion a trial run.

Tavern Brawl basics

  • Name: A Recipe United!
  • Description: Take up arms and fight for Stormwind! Choose a class and enjoy the latest deck recipes
  • Fun level: 4/10
  • Difficulty: 9/10 to 4/10 depending on your class, deck, and opponent
  • Replayability: 5/10
  • Format: Standard
  • Type: PVP
  • Deck: Provided
  • Rewards: 1 Year of the Phoenix card pack.

For this Brawl, you choose your class and you’re assigned their deck recipe. These are premade decks, and the same decks you’ll find on the deck creation screen. The big difference in the Brawl is you get the deck with all the cards regardless of whether you own them or not. You’ll have every Legendary and Epic card you need in the deck.

Each class has a recipe meant to give players a good introduction to how the class will play in United in Stormwind. This would have probably been a bit more useful earlier on in the expansion. Releasing the Brawl a month after the expansion launched is an odd choice.

How to win A Recipe United Tavern Brawl

You need to be familiar with each deck, with some knowledge of both your and your opponent’s. Most decks are built around the new multi-stage Quests introduced in United in Stormwind. If you are playing a Quest-based deck, its better to go first and aim to execute your Quest faster than your opponent. If you’re playing one of the non-Quest based deck, stick to its game plan as detailed below. These deck emulate the hyper fast meta of the ladder so whatever you do, be sure to keep pressure on your opponent at all times.

The recipes

Demon Hunter

  • “Every Fel spell you cast will power up Jace Darkweaver. Unleash a barrage of them on your opponents!”
  • This is supposed to be a Combo deck, but it doesn’t have enough draw cards to play into what should be Demon Hunter’s strength — card draw.


  • “Gain Attack with your Hero to complete this Questline and protect the park!”
  • This is the most defensive deck of the bunch. Use your heavy armor to allow you to save cards like Germination and especially Mark of the Spikeshell for when Guff the Tough hits the board. Most of the other decks have lots of damage. Just hope that your armor can repel firepower of that magnitude.


  • “Demons have descended on the Dwarven District! After you cast enough damage-dealing spells to repel them, Tavish will aid you!”
  • Like Druid, this one is all about Quest. Keep doing damage with your spells. Once you’ve advanced the Quest be sure to use your zero mana Hero Power each time before you refresh it. You should be able to keep your opponent’s board clear as well as do damage to their Hero.


  • “Become an Archmage alongside Dawngrasp by casting Fire, Frost and Arcane spells!”
  • Another Quest-based deck. Try to advance the Quest the best you can. This one really comes down to draw. Save your Frost spells, as those were the ones that usually held me up.


  • “Team up with Highlord Fordragon to defend Stormwind. Buff every minion in your hand to keep up the pressure on your foes!”
  • This Quest felt weak compared to some of the others. The Quest that doesn’t provide the kind of power boost it needs for the resources required. Still, if you’re going to play Paladin, this is the deck you get.


  • “Not all Priests are Holy. Darkbishop Benedictus will offer you the power of Shadowform with this deck!”
  • One of the few non-Quest decks. Its main purpose is to shout to the player base that Shadow Priest is a thing in Hearthstone now. It may exist, but I’m not sure I’d say it’s viable just yet.


  • “Scabbs needs your help discovering the secrets of the SI:7! Use his Spy Gizmos to outwit your opponents!”
  • This Quest-based deck is about draw. If you get your low-cost SI:7 cards, you’re in business. If you don’t, you’ll be too far behind to ever catch up.


  • “Once you help Bru’kan master every element, he will power up your cards so that they play twice!”
  • The Quest didn’t seem like it was hard to complete. Once you’ve advanced to the final step, you want to get aggressive with your spells and take down your opponent. Just keep in mind that casting an Overload spell twice gives you double the overloaded mana crystals next turn.


  • “Help Tamsin summon the mighty Anetheron by filling your hand. Stormwind will soon be yours!”
  • Warlock’s Quest has already shown its power on the Ladder and the story is no different in the Brawl. The Quest gives you such a power boost for very few resources. It’s like the polar opposite of the Paladin Quest.


  • “Some of the mightiest minions have set their sights on Stormwind. With this deck, you can join their crew!”
  • This is the other of the two decks not based upon a Quest. Warrior has several cards that emulate the old Recruit mechanic. If they hit the right minions (Lothar, Rattlegore, etc.), you’re golden. If they don’t, you’re sunk.  Like many slower Warrior decks, drawing your Brawls at the right time is key.

If you want to win, try playing play Warlock, just like the ladder. But if you’re struggling, try the class you’re most comfortable with and hope for the best. There’s no rank to lose, so don’t be afraid to conceded if the game isn’t going your way. Like most Brawls, if you keep at, you’ll eventually get your win and get your Year of Phoenix pack.

My Hearthstone soapbox: Why can’t we play these decks all the time?

If you’ll allow me a moment to jump on my soapbox. As a free to play player, this Brawl is great. It gives me a taste of what these decks play like. The problem is once the Brawl is over, I can’t play them anymore because I don’t have the cards. I say this as a player who spent 5000g on packs at the beginning of the expansion, and bought the mini-set.

Perhaps more players would be more interested in the ladder if Hearthstone increased the amount of Epics and Legendary cards they awarded from packs so they could play decks like this beyond this one Brawl.

But for the meantime, this Brawl gives you a good look at today’s Hearthstone meta.

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