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HearthstoneNov 18, 2021 1:00 pm CT

The decks you need to win Hearthstone’s Battle of Tol Barad Tavern Brawl

This week’s Hearthstone Tavern Brawl takes us to the Battle of Tol Barad. In World of Warcraft, Tol Barad is a world PVP zone where the Alliance and Horde battle over the island  prison and its magical inhabitants. In the Brawl, the magical creatures are escaping and it’s up to you to restore order.

This will be this Tavern Brawl’s fifth time in the Brawl rotation, but the first time it’s been seen in a year.

Tavern Brawl basics

  • Name: Battle of Tol Barad
  • Description: Magical creatures are escaping from Tol Barad! Play a minion and get a random spell of the same cost, but for free!
  • Fun level: 8/10
  • Difficulty: 6/10
  • Replayability: 8/10
  • Format: Wild
  • Type: PVP
  • Deck: Constructed
  • Rewards: 1 Year of the Phoenix pack

Because you need to build a deck for this Brawl — and a Wild deck at that — the size of your collection matters. You’ll want to build a minion-heavy deck to fuel the random element of this Tavern Brawl: a random spell generated every time you play a minion. You maintain a measure of control because the spell generated will have the same mana cost as the minion played, but the spell can come from any class, giving you a wide range of outcomes.

But since the spell will cost you exactly zero mana to cast, what have you got to lose?

How to win the Battle of Tol Barad Tavern Brawl

You want a deck with plenty of minions to generate those free spells, and you want to play minions on curve as often as possible. This means playing a minion on each turn and one with a cost close to your maximum mana to generate the best spells you can. You want a good variety of mana costs in your deck. Having nothing but a bunch of small minions will leave you with a handful of equally small spells.

When the game gets started, play your minions first to build your board and generate zero costs spells. You may get just the buff or removal you need to resolve your opponent’s board. Rogue is a strong Hero this week as all these zero cost spells help them activate their many combos.

Loatheb is a great minion to include in any deck because he’ll make those zero cost spells your opponent has cost five mana for one round. Millhouse Manastorm is another good addition. Since the spells are zero cost anyway, you don’t have to worry about the mana cost reduction. Try to avoid putting many spells in your deck — let the minions generate them.

And even though you’re trying to play minions on curve, be careful about overcommitting to the board. Your opponent can generate spells from any class. AOE is plentiful, if unreliable.

Winning Battle of Tol Barad Brawl decks

The key to victory is to build a mostly minion deck with a wide variety of costs so you can play on curve. If you don’t have cards to build any of these decks, you can sub in minions you do have — Pen Flinger and Knife Juggler are good in just about any deck, as is practically any minion with an effect that triggers when you cast a spell or play a minion.

Here are some decks to help you earn this week’s win.

New decks for the 11/17/2021 Brawl

Pen Flinger Mage

Deck code: AAEBAf0EBO+AA/2lA/isA5egBA0MlQOXBuMR9K8C68ICiZYD+MwDhc0Dn80DpNED+N0D2qAEAA==

Mage seems an obvious choice for a spell centric Brawl. This deck uses cheap minions to generate the zero mana spells, and minions that benefit from cheap spells. Bloodmage Thalnos is in the Core set so everyone should have access to him. The low cost minions and spells make for an aggressive deck that can end games quickly.

Zul’jin Hunter

Deck code: AAEBAR8K4fUCm4UD8ZYDg7kD1LoD49QD+uEDg+IDzPkDvKAECsbOAurmAsDsAt31AuL1Arn4Arz8AqGhA5/NA76gBAA=

This is a Deathrattle focused deck. It might be a little slow for the current meta, but it allows you to have a *blast* once you play Zul’jin. It’s weak on card draw so try to play your minions on curve. This is a homebrew deck and deckbuilding isn’t my greatest strength. If you see ways to improve it, let me know in the comments.

Murloc Shaman

Deck code: AAEBAaoIAuAFqO4DDtsDpwi3bJ3CAovOAoyUA7WYA8qrA4fUA5HkA5ToA7PoA93sA5XwAwA=

This deck is straightforward. Spam your Murlocs on the board and use the spells you get to clear your opponent’s board, or buff your minions.

Decks from the previous iterations

Tempo Demon Hunter

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This deck aims to pressure your opponent from turn one and never let up. There are plenty of cheap cards to take a Questing Adventure from zero to hero in one turn.

Quest Hunter

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This budget-friendly deck only has one Legendary: the Quest. If you don’t have that, sub in a big beast. This is a standard zoo type strategy: flood the board with minions, hope you get some buff spells and that your opponent doesn’t get much AOE.

Budget Aggro Druid

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This deck follows the standard Zoo model, building and buffing a wide board and counting on small, buffed minions to win the day. Play minions and go for your opponent’s face immediately to take them out before they get to their big cards.

Deathrattle Rogue

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Deathrattles and Giants power this deck from Hearthpwn user JakeDaSnake78. He even includes helpful card replacements for the more expensive cards in the list.

Tempo Flamewalker Mage

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Most of the Mage decks in rotation count on Flamewalker, which does damage whenever you cast a spell. With all of your zero cost spells, once this card gets going, it’s hard to stop. You can substitute practically any card except Flamewalker here.

More Battle of Tol Barad decks

One of these decks should see you through. If you find another great deck, share it with us in the comments.

If you have a smaller collection, try one of the budget decks. Getting a win with a smaller collection can be challenging, but keep it up and hope for some good RNG. And if none of these decks work for you, check for more community decks on Hearthstone Top Decks. (Just be sure you look for decks for the Tol Barad Brawl, as all Brawl decks are mixed together.) New Brawl decks keep being added and plenty of older decks still work well.

Overall, this is an enjoyable Brawl. It still has some random aspects, but also good tactical decisions to make your play feel impactful. Good luck getting this week’s pack!

Originally published 4/23/2020, updated 11/17/2021

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