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"Summoners from across the world have come to compete. When you cast a spell, a random minion of the same cost is summoned for you!"

The Great Summoner Competition is a Tavern Brawl. It debuted on July 8, 2015. For exact times, see the schedule.


Tavern Brawl Start End
4 July 8, 2015 July 13, 2015
9 August 12, 2015 August 17, 2015
126 November 8, 2017 November 13, 2017


The Great Summoner Competition allows players to construct regular custom decks, using any class. Whenever a spell is cast, a random minion of the same mana cost will be summoned for the player.

Success in this Brawl requires a good knowledge of the possible minions for each mana cost, as well as adaptability to many possible outcomes in each case. With the value of spells essentially doubled, decks featuring many spells will provide good opportunity to exploit the Brawl's special mechanic.


  • The minion summoned will always have the same cost as the amount of mana you paid for the spell. This means using cost modifying effects like LegacySorcerer's Apprentice and Loatheb to make spells cheaper or more expensive will affect what minions will be summoned upon casting those spells.
  • The minion summoned appears before the On Play Phase, meaning that if it triggers 'whenever you play a spell' or 'whenever you play a card' it will trigger on the same spell that summoned it.[1] This means it also appears before the Spell Text Phase - so summoning an LegacyAuchenai Soulpriest, LegacyProphet Velen or minion with Spell Damage +1 will modify the spell's result, for example.[2]
  • Death processing and aura update are not run between the Brawl Rule summoned minion and the On Play Phase. For example, if the Brawl Rule summoned minion triggers a LegacyKnife Juggler to reduce an enemy LegacyLorewalker Cho to 0 Health, it still triggers and copies the spell.[3]


Using spell-heavy decks is preferable to minion-heavy ones, since spells are generating minions anyway. These minions are put on the battlefield before the spells take effect, so e.g. Goblins vs GnomesEcho of Medivh will copy that extra minion, LegacyUnleash the Hounds may provide one less LegacyHound if the board is full, the spell may cause more damage, if the summoned minion increased Spell Damage etc.

Summoned minions are exhausted unless they have Charge (or are granted it), and their Battlecries are not activated.

Expensive spells result in expensive minions being summoned, so ways of reducing spell cost e.g. LegacySorcerer's Apprentice may not work to your advantage. Similarly, playing NaxxramasLoatheb in the late game may be just what your opponent needed. Very expensive spells like LegacyPyroblast or LegacyMind Control summon very powerful minions - either LegacyDeathwing or LegacySea Giant - for free, just be sure to have space on the board.

Since there will be a lot of spells used, spell-related minions like LegacyMana Wyrm, Goblins vs GnomesBurly Rockjaw Trogg, Goblins vs GnomesStonesplinter Trogg, Blackrock MountainFlamewaker or LegacyMana Addict work well. The spells summon minions, which will be traded, so death-related cards like LegacyFlesheating Ghoul can be very powerful. LegacyMind Control Tech can help to steal minions on populated boards, although it is unlikely to make a huge difference if the opponent has a significant board advantage. Due to the dominant presence of Mages in this Brawl, Goblins vs GnomesKezan Mystic can be useful for taking control of an opposing Secret, especially LegacyIce Block.

For a turn, LegacyMillhouse Manastorm reduces the cost of all your opponent's Spells to 0. This can work against your opponent, forcing them to summon LegacyWisp and Goblins vs GnomesTarget Dummy with their Spells, especially if they have few cards in their hand. On the other hand, playing Millhouse also risks the opponent gaining significant momentum with their free Spells; playing Millhouse against a Mage with a playable LegacyArchmage Antonidas in the hand will result in an instant loss.


  • The popularity of this Brawl inspired the creation of The League of ExplorersSummoning Stone a few months later.[4]


The Brawl saw a resurgence of minions not often seen in other types of play

The increased value of spells saw many players using exclusively spell decks, and saw an influx of unusual spells

The lack of 10 cost minions made cards like LegacyMind Control a 50/50 between LegacySea Giant and LegacyDeathwing


  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4wgGiAilto&t=11m35s Tested in Patch_2.7.0.9166 (Tavern Brawl patch)
  2. Witnessed by User:Taohinton, July 2015. LegacyFlamestrike summoned Prophet Velen, resulting in 8 damage to enemy minions.
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnyzDLx9qW4 Tested in Patch_2.7.0.9166 (Tavern Brawl patch)
  4. Tavern Brawls and Open Q&A - BlizzCon 2015 Live Panel Recap (Fireside Chat). (2015-11-07).