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"Death is not quite the end... because minions with Deathrattle now rattle twice."

Double Deathrattler Battler is a Tavern Brawl. It debuted September 9, 2015. For exact times, see the schedule.

History[]

Tavern Brawl Start End
13 September 9, 2015 September 14, 2015
78 December 7, 2016 December 12, 2016
168 August 29, 2018 September 3, 2018

Overview[]

In this Brawl, any minion Deathrattle activated will take effect twice, adding value to minions with beneficial Deathrattles. Weapon Deathrattles are not affected.[1] Players are able to construct their own decks, using any class.

The basic function of this effect is identical to that of NaxxramasBaron Rivendare's ongoing effect. Baron Rivendare's effect does not stack with the Brawl's effect.[2]

For notes on the function of Deathrattles, and a list of Deathrattle minions and related cards, see Deathrattle.

Strategy[]

Obviously this Brawl makes minions with desirable Deathrattles far more valuable. Examples include NaxxramasDark Cultist, NaxxramasMad Scientist, Goblins vs GnomesPiloted Shredder, LegacyLoot Hoarder, LegacySylvanas Windrunner and Goblins vs GnomesDr. Boom's Boom Bots. Classes with access to many strong Deathrattle minions will often be chosen over others, such as Hunters and Rogues.

Deck types may depend on which Deathrattle minions are chosen. The Brawl's effect could improve board presence from sticky minions, increase card draw, or work to put Secrets rapidly into play.

You can't make Nerubians without breaking a few eggs

It should be noted that not all Deathrattles are desirable for duplication. As well as obviously negative ones such as NaxxramasZombie Chow, The Grand TournamentDarnassus Aspirant or LegacyThe Beast, some such as that of LegacyTirion Fordring and Goblins vs GnomesMalorne will gain no special advantage from activating twice, since the second activation will effectively overwrite the first. Some Deathrattles, such as those of Goblins vs GnomesExplosive Sheep and LegacyAbomination, could be desirable or undesirable depending on the type of deck. NaxxramasBaron Rivendare and The Boomsday ProjectNecromechanic should not be included because his effect does not stack with this Tavern Brawl.

Deathrattle synergy is also very effective, such as NaxxramasUndertaker, Goblins vs GnomesFeign Death, and Journey to Un'GoroTerrorscale Stalker. The latter two will also benefit from this Brawl's special effect, with each affected minion's Deathrattle triggering twice. N'Zoth is obviously an incredibly powerful card for this Tavern Brawl by doubling your already doubled Deathrattles.

Shamans have some powerful synergy options. NaxxramasReincarnate is effectively a single-minion Feign Death, also serving to remove any damage and enchantments. LegacyAncestral Spirit is even more effective, since it works via a Deathrattle - destroying the minion will actually result in 2 copies being re-summoned to take its place, in addition to double the consequences of its own Deathrattle. For example, trading a NaxxramasHaunted Creeper with Ancestral Spirit will result in 4 Spectral Spiders and 2 Haunted Creepers, while combining Ancestral Spirit and Reincarnate on 1 Goblins vs GnomesPiloted Shredder will result in 3 Piloted Shredders and 2 random 2-cost minions. Reincarnate is particularly useful for activating NaxxramasNerubian Egg.

Destroying your own minions is often a strong strategy. Besides Reincarnate, LegacyPower Overwhelming is a strong warlock option, alongside LegacyVoid Terror. LegacyRedemption can be effective if managed correctly for allowing multiple Deathrattle activations, as can NaxxramasDuplicate in a slightly different way. LegacySylvanas Windrunner is a particularly strong target for trading and self-destruction, especially when the opponent has the upper hand, or Taunts blocking your way. Sylvanas can be played from the hand and immediately destroyed with spells like LegacyShadow Word: Death or LegacyKill Command, resulting in two of the opponent's minions being stolen. This effectively turns any such two-card combo into a double LegacyMind Control, albeit without control over which minions are taken.

Of course, the presence of so many Deathrattles in the Brawl's meta also provides ample opportunity for counters to take advantage of this trend. Goblins vs GnomesLil' Exorcist and Goblins vs GnomesScarlet Purifier are specifically anti-Deathrattle, while Silence effects such as LegacyMass Dispel and Mean Streets of GadgetzanDefias Cleaner can be very useful for negating the Deathrattles of the opponent, without which their board may be far less impressive. LegacyHex, LegacyPolymorph, and Mean Streets of GadgetzanPotion of Polymorph can also be effective.

One high-performing deck for this Tavern Brawl is The Boomsday ProjectGoblin Bomb Deathrattle Hunter. Using their cheap and numerous Deathrattle activators on Goblin Bombs lets them dish out face damage very quickly, and opponents are very unlikely to outpace their damage output.

Priests are a strong pick for this Tavern Brawl due to the many Deathrattle counter options they have access to, including a large selection of Silence cards like Mass Dispel, as well like minion-stealing effects like LegacyShadow Madness and Mean Streets of GadgetzanPotion of Madness to steal the Deathrattle effect for themselves.

This Brawl's focus on minions tends to lead to minion-heavy decks, and boards filled with smaller minions. This can make AoE removal like LegacyLightning Storm, LegacyWhirlwind and LegacyFlamestrike very desirable. Due to the popularity of sticky Deathrattle minions, LegacyMind Control Tech also becomes much easier to activate. It can also make minion-synergy cards more effective, particularly LegacyBloodlust.

The Grand TournamentDreadsteed will summon two Dreadsteeds when it dies, allowing you to build up an unkillable army of Dreadsteeds using a single card. This can backfire in the late game, however, when the opponent can intentionally fill your board with Dreadsteeds so that you cannot play anything else.

Jade Rogue is a strong deck to play, thanks to Mean Streets of GadgetzanJade Swarmer. If you can duplicate its effect with cards such as The League of ExplorersUnearthed Raptor and summon more Jade Golems through other means, you can quickly ramp up your Golem's strength.

References[]

 
  1. Zeriyah on Twitter. (2015-09-08). 
  2. Zeriyah on Twitter. (2015-09-09). 


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