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"Great Father is dropping crates on the battlefield! Get a gift each time you smash your opponent's crate... or your own!"

Gift Exchange is a Tavern Brawl. It debuted on December 14, 2015. For exact times, see the schedule.

The first ever festive Tavern Brawl, Gift Exchange celebrates Winter Veil, and is played exclusively on the special snow-laden Stormwind battlefield.


Tavern Brawl Start End Notes
27 December 16, 2015 December 21, 2015 Winter Veil Wreath card back reward
86 February 1, 2017 February 6, 2017 Winter Veil Wreath card back reward; otherwise, Classic pack
185 December 26, 2018 December 31, 2018 Winter Veil Treat card back reward; otherwise, Classic pack
236 December 18, 2019 December 25, 2019 Winter Veil Treat card back reward; otherwise, Classic pack
288 December 16, 2020 December 23, 2020 Winter Veil Treat card back reward; otherwise, Classic pack


The original outing of this Brawl saw all players awarded with a special card back upon their first win. The Brawl's second appearance saw players who had already collected the card back awarded a Classic card pack instead.

The third appearance onward changed the reward to the Winter Veil Treat card back (which had previously been awarded by Returns & Exchanges).


The "Winter Veil Wreath" card back, awarding for completing this Brawl for the first time in 2015-2017

This Winter Veil-themed Brawl sees players creating their own custom decks using any class. The Brawl revolves around Winter's Veil Gifts, special minions with a Deathrattle that grants the destroying player a Stolen Winter's Veil Gift. The board starts empty, but if at the start of their turn a player has no Winter's Veil Gifts on their side of the board, a fresh Winter's Veil Gift will be delivered by Greatfather Winter.

Stolen Winter's Veil Gift allows the player to Discover a card belonging to the class of the player who controlled the Winter's Veil Gift minion, with its mana cost reduced by 5. In addition, only spells and minions of 5 cost or higher can be Discovered. Players also have a chance to Discover the special card Hardpacked Snowballs.

Instead of a card pack, winning in this Tavern Brawl awards a special card back: Winter Veil Wreath (in 2015-2017), or the Winter Veil Treat (in 2018-2020). However, if the player already owns the awarded card back, the usual Classic card pack will be awarded instead.

The "Winter Veil Treat" card back, awarding for completing this Brawl for the first time in 2018-2020

Special cards[]

Hardpacked Snowballs(27518).png
Winter's Veil Gift(27270).png
Stolen Winter's Veil Gift(27271).png


Possible cards[]

Following are the cards which have a chance to be Discovered by Stolen Winter's Veil Gift. As noted above, generated Gifts function differently from the standard Discover effect. Neutral cards are not listed for gifts generated by Lorewalker Cho, etc.

Hardpacked Snowballs(27518).png
Demon Hunter
Ixlid, Fungal Lord(76947).png
Virmen Sensei(49721).png
Ironhide Direhorn(90170).png
Grizzled Guardian(76894).png
Sheldras Moontree(64439).png
Lesser Emerald Spellstone(76950).png
Rats of Extraordinary Size(64627).png
Savannah Highmane(8).png
Seeping Oozeling(76882).png
To My Side!(76970).png
Crushing Walls(73319).png
Kathrena Winterwisp(76873).png
Deck of Wonders(76942).png
Dragon's Fury(76963).png
Clumsy Courier(64433).png
Grand Magus Antonidas(64438).png
Mordresh Fire Eye(487632).png
Dragoncaller Alanna(76960).png
Bolvar, Fireblood(61831).png
Crystal Lion(76968).png
Level Up!(76867).png
Lynessa Sunsorrow(76920).png
Darkbishop Benedictus(64443).png
Lesser Diamond Spellstone(76954).png
Psychic Scream(76911).png
Flesh Giant(329888).png
Lesser Onyx Spellstone(76953).png
Windshear Stormcaller(76921).png
Grumble, Worldshaker(76891).png
Tiny Toys(64355).png
Lesser Sapphire Spellstone(73330).png
Shady Bartender(64895).png
Possessed Lackey(76948).png
Rin, the First Disciple(73326).png
Ring Matron(389010).png
Stealer of Souls(63370).png
Flesh Giant(329888).png
Stonemaul Anchorman(464323).png
Gather Your Party(73320).png
Gemstudded Golem(77004).png
Security Rover(89876).png
Unidentified Shield(76935).png
Lesser Mithril Spellstone(76872).png
Geosculptor Yip(76929).png


The reduced mana cost and high mana range of the cards Discovered from the Winter's Veil Gifts makes them high priorities for attacking. Specifically, the high cost tends to increase the likelihood of drawing legendary and epic cards, including powerful options like Flamestrike and Archmage Antonidas - and at substantially reduced costs.

The limited pool of cards at 5 mana or above for each class also makes the options far more predictable. For a list of cards for each class, see Possible cards, above.

The choice of class can not only be used to give the player the maximum advantage in their deck and Hero Power, but also to give the opponent the worst choice of possible cards to Discover.

The fairly regular supply of 1-mana spells makes spell-related cards like Flamewaker highly effective.

Destroying your own Winter's Veil Gifts can be a very effective way of preventing the opponent from destroying it on their turn, since you will only receive a replacement at the start of your next turn. In addition, you will obtain a Stolen Winter's Veil Gift, with the class set to match your own hero. Another way to deny a Gift to your enemy is Silence on your own crate, leaving it to be destroyed with no gain for your opponent.

Since the Gift minions have 0 Attack, stat-switching effects like Reversing Switch can be used to destroy them immediately. This also makes them a good target for Health buffs.

Because the cards obtained from gifts are high-impact with a big discount, you might find success by crafting a deck dedicated toward destroying boxes on both sides of the board. There are many cards that are helpful toward this goal: Doomsayer will clear the board after a new box has been dropped, Power Overwhelming is one of the cheapest ways to destroy your own box, and Void Terror is guaranteed to be a 3/7 minion that instantly earns you a free gift.

Keep in mind that boxes on the battlefield will be Exhausted immediately after being dropped. Plan your buffs accordingly.

Warlock class is recommended for newbies this Tavern Brawl due to big amount of cheap basic/common removals/4 damage spells (e.g. Corruption and Soulfire) and cheap 4+ attack minions (Succubus/Wrathguard both cost 2 mana and have 4 attack), so it becomes easy to destroy gifts in first turns of game, gaining cheap and powerful cards. Power Overwhelming, when used properly, may be used to kill both gifts for 1 mana (target your gift, order it to attack enemy gift) if your gift wasn't placed this turn, giving big advantage.


  • This is the first ever festive Tavern Brawl, made to coincide with Hearthstone's first seasonal event - Winter Veil, in December 2015. Further seasonal events are speculated for the future, with some details already in place for a Lunar New Year celebration.
  • The reprise of this Brawl in February 2017 marks the first time in the history of the game that a limited-availability card back has been made available again.


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