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HearthstoneFeb 28, 2024 6:00 pm CT

The decks you need to win the Miniature Warfare (Wild) Hearthstone Tavern Brawl

You’re going to be playing with toy versions of your minions in Hearthstone’s Miniature Warfare Tavern Brawl. Everyone loves toys, but which toys are the best toys a young (or young at heart) sentient being can play with? I’m glad you asked! We here at Blizzard Watch have connections, so please give a warm Blizzard Watch welcome to our toy expert, coming to you all the way from Ulduar to help us with this Brawl, XT-002!

XT-002 : New toys? For me? I promise I won’t break them this time!

Miniature Warfare Tavern Brawl basics

  • Name: Miniature Warfare (Wild)
  • Description: That pesky Shrinkmeister turned all your Hearthstone cards into toys! Now all your minions are 1/1 and only cost (1) mana.
  • Fun level: 5/10
  • Difficulty: 8/10
  • Replayability: 5/10
  • Format: Wild
  • Type: PVP
  • Deck: Constructed
  • Rewards: 1 Standard card pack (can contain any card from any set in the current Standard rotation)

XT-002 : I’m ready to play!

Players first saw this Brawl in 2016. It made multiple appearances in 2017 before returning in 2018 as a Standard Brawl. It received the Brawliseum treatment for 2019. After that, it was locked in Hearthstone vault until its return in 2023, and again in 2024.

Brawls are often a proving ground for new mechanics. This particular Brawl led to the Legendary card, Jepetto Joybuzz, in 2019’s Rise of Shadows expansion. The Brawl’s main mechanic is the same as Joybuzz: set mana cost, health, and attack of minions to 1. While Joybuzz can only affect two cards, the Brawl affects every single card in your deck.

As a Constructed Wild Brawl, the overall size of your collection will make a huge difference in the decks you can play — and how difficult it might be to get a win.

XT-002 : Time for a new game! My old toys will fight my new toys!

How to win Miniature Warfare (Wild) Hearthstone Tavern Brawl

Breaking news! Update for 2024: There is a quirky implementation with Lor’themar Theron, which has a Battlecry that doubles the stats of minions in your deck. If you play him the minions in your deck return to their normal stats with with a +1/+1 buff. If you get Brann down first, it’s +2/+2. What seems to be happening, thanks to the sleuths like Hearthpwn user GreatGopher1 and reddit user AintEverLucky, is some interaction between the mechanic that your minions keep enchantments they gain in your deck and the Brawl implementation. When you play Lor’themar, the stats of your minions become enchantments. For example, if you have a 5/5 in your deck when you play Lor’themar, the game now sees this as a 1/1 with a +5/+5 enchantment. So when you play it, it is a 6/6. Banjosaur also takes advantage of the interaction, as does Bwonsomdi, but unfortunately, in a negative sense.

Is this a bug? The developers have not clarified as of this writing. If you’ve heard anything, let us know in the comments. Until we get clarity, use this to full effect with the Lor’themar deck we highlight below.

Like most Constructed Brawls, the key to victory is finding a great deck. Over time, players discover the meta — the deck (or decks) that are particularly strong given the ruleset. These lists are published on sites like ours and others. They become dominant, then counter decks rise and you fall into the same sort of ‘meta’ as you see on the Ladder.

In my games, I have found the Brawl rules to be a little inconsistent with summoned minions. For the most part anything summoned — like Gravewing summoned from a Stoneborn General — will also become a 1/1. But there were a few times when the summoned minion retained its stats. Forensic Duster is a fantastic counter card for this Brawl. It makes all your opponent’s 1/1s cost 2 mana instead of 1.

The decks you need to win Miniature Warfare (Wild) Hearthstone Tavern Brawl

Spell damage Druid

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This deck places huge spell damage buffs on the board like Malygos, Darkfire Moonkin, and Street Trickster. Once a couple of those are down, you eliminate your opponent through buffed spells like Moonfire, Moonbeam and Living Roots.

Credit: Zakarummx at Heartpwn

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This deck is the same basic idea, but requires the specific combo of Malygos plus Faceless Manipulator twice. It’s probably more inconsistent, but when it hits, it should almost an OTK.

Credit: Shmaynus at Hearthpwn

Abuse Lor’themar Priest

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You want to see Lor’themar in action? Check out this deck. Use Sir Finley, Sea Guide to get Lor’themar Theron. After you play Lor’themar, play Gaslight Gatekeeper to exchange your unbuffed cards for your buffed ones. Magatha, Bane of Music puts even more buffed cards into your hand.

Credit: MahjongDaily at reddit

Ben’s Whale Minion Shaman

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This deck just throws down powerful Legendary card after powerful Legendary card. Free to play players need not apply.

Credit: Ben Heathston at TwiX.

 Alexstrasza OTK Rogue

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Generate several copies of Alexstrasza. With Brann on the board, you only need 2 Alexstraszas (Alexstraszi?) to get an OTK. Without Brann down, you need 4.

Credit: danilatrunovx at Hearhtpwn and Larry at Out of Games.

Old (but still good) decks to win the Miniature Warfare (Wild) Hearthstone Tavern Brawl

Any class

I’m going to start with more of a concept than a specific deck list because I lack the cards to make it and take it for a test run myself. The key is to include the Jailer along with minions that summon other minions. The most effective way I’ve seen this done is with Neptulon the Tidehunter. Since Neptulon has Windfury and you get the tentacles attacking twice. With Jailer making your minions immune, it’s just a race to kill your opponent before the Fatigue damage kills you. Mossy Horror should also be a popular choice for just about every list. With all minions being 1/1, Mossy is a guaranteed board clear.

Mystolon’s Triple Blood Death Knight

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This deck tries to remove your opponent’s win condition. Your Discover cards give you flexibility to find whatever you need for your current situation, whether that’s more draw or a timely board clear. The alternative game plan is to set up a potential 36 damage turn.

Ferwhir_Netherstorm’s Big Bad Demon Hunter

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This employs many of the big, powerful minions you’ll see in several of these lists. It also leverages Demon Hunter’s excellent card draw abilities to keep your hand full of resources.

Ben Hearthstone’s Deathrattle/Beeeg Hunter

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Friend of the blog, Ben Hearthstone, brings us this interesting Hunter deck. It’s full of big, powerful Deathrattle minions. It includes enablers like Play Dead, Nine Lives and Baron Rivendare to get even more out of your Deathrattles.

Alexyixiu’s Partial big spell Mage

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Reckless Apprentice provides AOE to attack your opponent’s board. Discount Rune of the Archmage and Drakefire Amulet down to 1-mana with Balinda Stonehearth. You could also cast them at their normal cost and then recast them with Grey Sage Parrot.

Hearthstone Top Decks DrCthulu’s Combo Priest

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This comes from DrCthulu. Your plan is to get Spell Damage cards like Prophet Velen and Bloodmage Thalnos on the board with plenty of mana left to bomb your opponent’s face with Mind Blast, Holy Smite and your other spells.

Honor’s homegrown minion-heavy Warlock deck

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Deck building is not my strong suit, but here’s my attempt. I picked a bunch of powerful, expensive minions like Ysera the Dreamer, The Lich King, Marin the Fox, Baron Geddon, Rin, the First Disciple, Reno Jackson, Sathrovaarr, Zephrys the Great, etc. I also included Brawl MVP Mossy Horror, and Primodial Drake for a bit of AOE. I chose Warlock because you often run out of cards and Warlock’s draw Hero Power is a great way to keep your hand full of options. I’ve won abut 50% of my games with it.

More Miniature Warfare (Wild) Hearthstone Tavern Brawl decks

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

Getting a win with a smaller collection can be challenging. Ben Hearthstone said it well, “there’s just so much broken stuff out there it’s hard to narrow down to 30 cards.” And if none of these decks work for you, check for more community decks on Hearthstone Top Decks. New Brawl decks keep being added and plenty of older decks still work well.

Overall, this is an enjoyable Brawl. There are a ton of viable cards and strategies, at least here in the early part of the Brawl’s cycle. Good luck getting this week’s pack!

Last updated February 28, 2024

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