July 10, 2016 - hearthstone, tavern brawl

Clockwork Card Dealer Tavern Brawl

Tinkertown gnomes are testing their prototype card-bot: Optimotron! The card you draw on turn 1 will be a 1-cost card, if you have one. On turn 2, a 2-cost card…

This brawl guarentees that your deck will curve out. The basic gameplan for most decks is to load up on little creatures, then put strong minions at higher parts of your curve (5+). Running Dr. Boom as your only 7 drop will guarentee the option to play him on turn 7.

Fair warning, you will see a lot of Secret Paladin this brawl. The deck is extremely strong since it ends up being turn 6 Mysterious Challenger, turn 7 Dr. Boom, turn 8 Tyrion Fordring, turn 9 Alexstrasza (Nefarian or Ysera are fine too), turn 10 N'Zoth, the Corruptor.

Best Decks

Clockwork Card Dealer's format is extremely stale. You're going to run into Secret Paladin, Secret Paladin, and some more Secret Paladin, with the occasional Secret Paladin (this isn't really a joke, either). Either play Secret Paladin or know how to beat it.

Remember that the format for this tavern brawl is Wild, so cards like Mad Scientist, Sludge Belcher, Kel'thuzad and Dr. Boom are allowed.

Secret Paladin

As mentioned at the top of the article, Secret Paladin is the best deck for this tavern brawl. Mysterious Challenger into Dr Boom into Tyrion Fordring, into Alexstrasza, into N'Zoth is too much for just about any deck.

Paladin Cards Neutral Cards
Cost Card Name Cost Card Name
1 2x Avenge 1 2x Secret Keeper
1 1x Competitive Spirit 2 2x Knife Juggler
1 2x Noble Sacrifice 4 2x Piloted Shredder
1 1x Redemption 5 1x Loatheb
2 2x Shielded Minibot 5 2x Sludge Belcher
3 1x Aldor Peacekeeper 7 1x Dr. Boom
3 1x Coghammer 9 1x Alexstrasza
3 2x Muster for Battle 10 N'Zoth, the Corrupted
4 1x Blessing of Kings
4 1x Keeper of Uldaman
4 1x Truesilver Champion
6 2x Mysterious Challenger
8 1x Tirion Fordring

Freeze Mage

Freeze Mage is a hard counter to Secret Paladin and the deck benefits greatly from the tavern brawl's mechanic. You don't need to dig for Alexstrasza or Pyroblast and Emperor Thaurissan has very little competition with your other six drop (Blizzard).

Mage Cards Neutral Cards
Cost Card Name Cost Card Name
1 2x Ice Lance 2 1x Bloodmage Thalnos
2 2x Frostbolt 2 2x Doomsayer
3 2x Arcane Intellect 2 2x Mad Scientist
3 1x Forgotten Torch 2 2x Novice Engineer
3 2x Frost Nova 3 2x Acolyte of Pain
3 2x Ice Barrier 6 1x Emperor Thaurissan
3 2x Ice Block 9 1x Alexstrasza
4 2x Fireball
6 2x Blizzard
7 1x Flamestrike
10 1x Pyroblast

Note: You can replace Flamestrike with Archmage Antonidas or a second Forgotten Torch if you'd like.

C'Thun Warrior

The tavern brawl guarentees that you will draw C'Thun on turn 10, so any deck that can run C'Thun is viable (this includes rogue, but warrior is a little better).

Warrior Cards Neutral Cards
Cost Card Name Cost Card Name
1 2x Execute 3 1x Acolyte of Pain
1 2x Shield Slam 3 1x Brann Bronzebeard
2 2x Fiery War Axe 3 2x Disciple of C'Thun
2 2x Slam 4 2x C'Thun's Chosen
3 2x Shield Block 5 2x Crazed Worshipper
3 2x Ravaging Ghoul 6 1x Emporer Thaurissan
5 2x Brawl 6 1x Justicar Trueheart
7 2x Ancient Shieldbearer 6 1x Sylvanas Windrunner
7 1x Twin Emporer Vek'lor
8 1x Doomcaller
10 1x C'Thun

Note: You can cut a card like Ravaging Ghoul or Brann Bronzebeard for a powerful 9 drop (Alexstrasza).

Other Options

If you don't have the necessary cards to make any of the decks mentioned above, look into decks that curve out well like Dragon Priest, Midrange Hunter, or Pirate Warrior; Reno Warlock is another option as you can guarentee Reno Jackson on turn 6 if you decide not to run Siphon Soul. I didn't want to clutter this post with extra decks, so just search Google for wild format variations of those decks.