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Tavern Brawl is one of Hearthstone's lighter game modes. A weekly event, a new Tavern Brawl begins each Wednesday (Thursday in Asian regions), ending the following Monday. Outside of these times, the mode is not available for play. See the schedule for this week's times.

Each Tavern Brawl presents a limited time opportunity to face other players in special matches with unique rules. These might be requiring players to use special pre-made decks, adding random cards or minions, or changing the very rules of ability activation or mana use. Some Tavern Brawls allow the player to construct special decks especially for the challenge from within the game mode itself, while others provide powerful premade decks, or even entirely random decks, and some Brawls even see players take control of special heroes with their own Hero Powers. Some Brawls feature Tavern Brawl cards, special cards not available in other types of play, as well as boss cards from adventures such as One Night in Karazhan. Each week sees a fresh Tavern Brawl, with its own unique rules.

As well as being matched against other random opponents, players are able to challenge players on their friends list to a Tavern Brawl, as a special type of Friendly Challenge.[1]

An intentionally "fun" game mode, Tavern Brawls offer unique limited time experiences, with far less of a competitive focus than other game modes. This makes them good for quick matches, friendly games and accumulating gold through quests and cumulative wins. With many Brawls incorporating random card generation or minion summoning, winning a Tavern Brawl often involves a fair amount of luck, as well as the ability to adapt to and deal with the situation at hand. Tavern Brawls help to break up the focused rigours of Hearthstone's other game modes by providing a fresh twist on the game's rules each week.

Tavern Brawls are intended to be highly accessible, even for players without extensive card collections.[2] However, Tavern Brawls are not unlocked until the player reaches level 20 with at least one class.


Each week, the current Tavern Brawl will open and close according to the following schedule, depending on region:[3]

Region Open Close
Europe Wed 10:00 PM CET
Wed 9:00 PM UTC
Mon 6:00 AM CET
Mon 5:00 AM UTC
Americas Wed 9:00 AM PST
Wed 5:00 PM UTC
Mon 3:00 AM PST
Mon 11:00 AM UTC
Taiwan/China Thu 5:00 AM CST
Wed 9:00 PM UTC
Mon 6:00 AM CST
Sun 10:00 PM UTC
Korea Thu 6:00 AM KST
Wed 9:00 PM UTC
Mon 7:00 AM KST
Sun 10:00 PM UTC


# Open Close Tavern Brawl Type
70 October 12, 2016 October 17, 2016 All-Star Squad Constructed
69 October 5, 2016 October 10, 2016 A Friendly Game of Chess Premade
68 September 28, 2016 October 3, 2016 Reprise: Boom Bot vs. Annoy-o-Tron! Premade
67 September 21, 2016 September 26, 2016 Reprise: Randomonium Randomized
66 September 14, 2016 September 19, 2016 Top 3 Constructed
65 September 7, 2016 September 12, 2016 Reprise: Cart Crash at the Crossroads Randomized
64 August 31, 2016 September 5, 2016 Party Portals! Randomized
63 August 24, 2016 August 29, 2016 Reprise: Captain Blackheart's Treasure Randomized
62 August 17, 2016 August 22, 2016 Nefarian Rises! Cooperative
61 August 10, 2016 August 15, 2016 A Dark Recipe Premade
60 August 3, 2016 August 8, 2016 Storming Stormwind Single-player
59 July 27, 2016 August 1, 2016 Reprise: Randomonium Randomized
58 July 20, 2016 July 25, 2016 Reprise: Idols of Azeroth Premade
57 July 13, 2016 July 18, 2016 'Servant of Yogg-Saron' Tryouts Randomized
56 July 6, 2016 July 11, 2016 Reprise: Clockwork Card Dealer Constructed
55 June 29, 2016 July 4, 2016 ShiftCon Randomized
54 June 22, 2016 June 27, 2016 Pick a Hand, Any Hand Randomized
53 June 15, 2016 June 20, 2016 Reprise: Heart of the Sunwell Constructed
52 June 8, 2016 June 13, 2016 Cloneball! Randomized
51 June 1, 2016 June 6, 2016 Cart Crash at the Crossroads Randomized
50 May 25, 2016 May 30, 2016 Shadow Towers Constructed
49 May 18, 2016 May 23, 2016 Reprise: Unite Against Mechazod! Cooperative
48 May 11, 2016 May 16, 2016 Top 2 Constructed
47 May 4, 2016 May 9, 2016 Reprise: Spiders, Spiders, EVERYWHERE! Randomized
46 April 27, 2016 May 2, 2016 Reprise: Encounter at the Crossroads Randomized
45 April 20, 2016 April 25, 2016 Idols of Azeroth Premade
44 April 13, 2016 April 18, 2016 The Great Stone of Challenge Constructed
43 April 6, 2016 April 11, 2016 Reprise: Too Many Portals! Randomized
42 March 30, 2016 April 4, 2016 You Must be This Tall to Brawl Constructed
41 March 23, 2016 March 28, 2016 An Evil Exchange Premade
40 March 16, 2016 March 21, 2016 Reprise: Battle of Tol Barad Constructed
39 March 9, 2016 March 14, 2016 Reprise: Randomonium Randomized
38 March 2, 2016 March 7, 2016 Deal Your Fate Constructed
37 February 24, 2016 February 29, 2016 Clash of the Minions Constructed
36 February 17, 2016 February 22, 2016 Lead from the Front Constructed
35 February 10, 2016 February 15, 2016 Reprise: Decks Assemble! Premade
34 February 3, 2016 February 8, 2016 Blingtron's Beauteous Brawl Constructed
33 January 27, 2016 February 1, 2016 Miniature Warfare Constructed
32 January 20, 2016 January 25, 2016 Reprise: Captain Blackheart's Treasure Randomized
31 January 13, 2016 January 18, 2016 Return of Mechazod! Cooperative
30 January 6, 2016 January 11, 2016 Battle of the Builds Constructed
29 December 30, 2015 January 4, 2016 Reprise: Who's the Boss Now? Constructed
28 December 23, 2015 December 28, 2015 Reprise: Randomonium Randomized
27 December 16, 2015 December 21, 2015 Gift Exchange Constructed
26 December 9, 2015 December 14, 2015 Reprise: Encounter at the Crossroads Randomized
25 December 2, 2015 December 7, 2015 Decks Assemble! Premade
24 November 25, 2015 November 30, 2015 Battle of Tol Barad Constructed
23 November 18, 2015 November 23, 2015 Captain Blackheart's Treasure Randomized
22 November 11, 2015 November 16, 2015 Reprise: Showdown at Blackrock Mountain Premade
21 November 4, 2015 November 9, 2015 Unite Against Mechazod! Cooperative
20 October 28, 2015 November 2, 2015 Reprise: Spiders, Spiders, EVERYWHERE! Randomized
19 October 21, 2015 October 26, 2015 Who's the Boss Now? Constructed
18 October 14, 2015 October 19, 2015 Randomonium Randomized
17 October 7, 2015 October 12, 2015 Clockwork Card Dealer Constructed
16 September 30, 2015 October 5, 2015 Boom Bot vs. Annoy-o-Tron! Premade
15 September 23, 2015 September 28, 2015 Underdog Rules Constructed
14 September 16, 2015 September 21, 2015 Reprise: Too Many Portals! Randomized
13 September 9, 2015 September 14, 2015 Double Deathrattler Battler Constructed
12 September 2, 2015 September 7, 2015 It's Raining Mana! Constructed
11 August 26, 2015 August 31, 2015 Reprise: Encounter at the Crossroads Randomized
10 August 19, 2015 August 24, 2015 Grand Tournament Match Premade
9 August 12, 2015 August 17, 2015 Reprise: The Great Summoner Competition Constructed
8 August 5, 2015 August 10, 2015 The Masked Ball Constructed
7 July 29, 2015 August 3, 2015 Too Many Portals! Randomized
6 July 22, 2015 July 27, 2015 Heart of the Sunwell Constructed
5 July 15, 2015 July 20, 2015 Encounter at the Crossroads Randomized
4 July 8, 2015 July 13, 2015 The Great Summoner Competition Constructed
3 July 1, 2015 July 6, 2015 Spiders, Spiders, EVERYWHERE! Randomized
2 June 24, 2015 June 29, 2015 Banana Brawl! Constructed
1 June 17, 2015 June 22, 2015 Showdown at Blackrock Mountain Premade

Repeated Tavern Brawls[]

While most weeks see a brand new Tavern Brawl, just under half are reprises of previous Brawls. Since each Brawl is only available for 5 days, this allows players to enjoy old favourites again, and avoids Brawls becoming overly similar due to a desire to explore past mechanics. Most reprises are simple repeat outings, identical to the original Brawl, but some involve changes, such as fixing bugs or balance issues, or even adding in extra elements.

The following table lists Tavern Brawls that have appeared more than once, including brief notes of any known changes.

Tavern Brawl Number of appearances Known changes
Randomonium 5
Encounter at the Crossroads 4
Captain Blackheart's Treasure 3
Spiders, Spiders, EVERYWHERE! 3
Too Many Portals! 3
Unite Against Mechazod! / Return of Mechazod! 3 Assassinate replaced by Prioritize in Mechazod's deck
Battle of Tol Barad 2
Boom Bot vs. Annoy-o-Tron! 2
Cart Crash at the Crossroads 2
Clockwork Card Dealer 2
Decks Assemble! 2
Heart of the Sunwell 2
Idols of Azeroth 2
Showdown at Blackrock Mountain 2 Starting Mana Crystals for Nefarian reduced
The Great Summoner Competition 2
Who's the Boss Now? 2

Latest Tavern Brawl[]

All-Star Squad banner.jpg

All-Star Squad[]

Main article: All-Star Squad
"Spiders and Portals have had their chance, now you choose! Pick one card for your deck, and you will get 22 copies of it plus 8 random class cards!"

This Tavern Brawl sees players doing battle with decks composed of 22 copies of the card of their choosing, plus 8 random class cards.

Previous Tavern Brawls[]

A selection of the most recent Brawls are listed below. For a complete list, see the History section, above.

A Friendly Game of Chess banner.jpg

A Friendly Game of Chess[]

Main article: A Friendly Game of Chess
"Challenge an opponent to a game of chess! Most of your pieces will automatically attack the minion (or minions) in front of them!"

This Brawl sees players recreating the Chess encounter from One Night in Karazhan. At the start of each Brawl the players are randomly assigned to play either the White or Black King heroes, each with only 10 Health. Both use identical premade decks of 15 special cards, as well as the Castle Hero Power, matching the encounter's Heroic mode version. With most minions unable to attack directly - instead dealing damage automatically - players will have to think carefully in order to triumph in this Brawl.


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Hero Powers
Special cards

All special cards are featured in both colours. For a full list, see the Brawl page.

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Black Bishop(42247).png
White Rook(42245).png
Black Knight(42248).png
White Queen(42250).png

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Boom Bot vs. Annoy-o-Tron![]

Main article: Boom Bot vs. Annoy-o-Tron!
"Two epic robots meet face-to-face. Sparks will fly, oil will flow! Help decide who reigns supreme... Boom Bot, or Annoy-o-Tron!"

This Brawl sees players doing battle in the roles of two special heroes - Boom Bot and Annoy-o-Tron - each has its own Hero Power and semi-randomised premade deck, mostly made up of Mechs and cards from Goblins vs Gnomes.

Boom Bot(22514).png
Hero Powers
Boom Bot Jr.(22515).png
Hello! Hello! Hello!(22513).png

Randomonium banner.png


Main article: Randomonium
"An encounter at the crossroads... under a manastorm! Choose a class, get random cards. Each turn your cards' cost are randomized!"

This Brawl sees players competing with almost entirely randomised pre-made decks. Players can choose any class, and will then receive a deck randomly composed of neutral and class-specific cards. Decks are composed of 30 cards, but may break the usual card limitation of 2 copies per deck (1 copy per deck for legendaries), allowing any number of copies within a deck. At the start of each turn, each card has a chance to have its mana cost changed to a random value, equal to or lower than the card's original mana cost, but not lower than 1.

Top 3 banner.jpg

Top 3[]

Main article: Top 3
"Let's mix it up a bit, shall we? Pick three cards and we'll make you a deck with ten copies of each card."

This Tavern Brawl sees players doing battle with custom decks composed solely of copies of three cards chosen by the player. Each deck includes precisely 10 copies of each chosen card. Players cannot include more than one copy of any card.

Cart Crash at the Crossroads banner.jpg

Cart Crash at the Crossroads[]

Main article: Cart Crash at the Crossroads
"You collided with another Hero and your decks are mixed up! Pick another hero at the start of the game; your deck will be a random combination of the two classes!"

This Tavern Brawl sees players doing battle with randomly constructed decks, using a combination of two selected classes. To enter the Brawl the player first chooses a class, after which a deck is randomly generated containing 19 cards suitable to that class. Following the mulligan, the player then chooses from one of three random "second classes", resulting in 11 cards suitable to that class being shuffled into their deck.

Party Portals! banner.jpg

Party Portals![]

Main article: Party Portals!
"The Medivas are putting on a special show, and you're the star! Summon minions with various portals to create a most excellent performance."

This Brawl sees both players playing as Medivh, with randomized decks consisting entirely of various "Portal" cards. Each player also starts the game with a special immune Karazhan-themed minion on the battlefield (either Mark Moonwalker, Susie Sizzlesong or Wanda Wonderhooves) reducing the cost of Portals by 1.

Portal cards
Party Portal!(42077).png
Unstable Portal(12178).png
Maelstrom Portal(42045).png
Silvermoon Portal(42054).png
Ironforge Portal(42064).png
Moonglade Portal(42040).png
Firelands Portal(42025).png

Captain Blackheart's Treasure banner.png

Captain Blackheart's Treasure[]

Main article: Captain Blackheart's Treasure
"The Captain left treasure for EVERYONE, but mostly for you! Each turn, open a chest of three random cards and choose one to put in your hand!"

This Brawl sees players doing battle using classes of their choosing. However, regardless of class, both players' decks consist of 30 copies of Pirate. At the start of each turn, instead of drawing a card from their deck, the player Discovers a new card. This provides the player with a choice of three random cards, with their chosen option added to their hand. Cards of any type and cost may feature, although as with all Discover effects, class cards are four times as likely to be offered.

Featured cards

Nefarian Rises! banner.jpg

Nefarian Rises![]

Main article: Nefarian Rises!
"Join forces with a friend to take down Nefarian. Again. Anduin teams up with newcomer Morgl in this new cooperative Tavern Brawl!"

This cooperative Brawl sees players working together to defeat Nefarian, a special boss minion. Each turn, Nefarian will swap which side of the board he is on, allowing the currently active player to attack him. However, not content to provide target practice for the players, at the end of each turn Nefarian will cast a special spell of his own, attempting to defeat the players.

Nefarian himself is a special minion with 200 Health. Nefarian starts with 0 Attack, but as soon as his Health reaches 160 he will become temporarily Immune, gain 5 Attack and cast Elemental Eruption, dealing 4-6 damage to all other minions. This process repeats at 60 Health, when he gains another 5 Attack (for a total of 10) and casts Twisted Light, healing himself 30 Health and dealing 30 damage to all other minions. Reaching the "glorious finale" also empowers Nefarian's spells, making them deal even more damage. If the players can bring him to 0 Health he will be destroyed, winning the Brawl.

At the start of the match the players are randomly chosen to play as Anduin (priest) and Morgl (shaman). Each player receives a premade deck as well as the standard Hero Power for their class. The decks contain a mix of regular cards and powerful Tavern Brawl cards, with the cards provided allowing for some very powerful combinations if the two players can work together.

Special cards

There are too many special cards to list them all here, but some examples are featured below.

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Explosive Rune(35380).png
Twisted Light(35371).png
Dragonscale Warrior(35385).png
Main Tank(35392).png
Intrepid Dragonstalker(35391).png
Raid Healer(35394).png

A Dark Recipe banner.jpg

A Dark Recipe[]

Main article: A Dark Recipe
"Care for a taste of the Old God's power? Pick a class and we'll give you a taste of the Old God's Recipe for that class to do battle!"

This Brawl sees players using decks constructed from the Old Gods themed Deck Recipes.

Storming Stormwind banner.png

Storming Stormwind[]

Main article: Storming Stormwind
"Lay siege to Stormwind! The city starts with 1 Health and goes up as you hit it. How much damage can YOU do?"

This first ever single-player Brawl sees players competing with constructed decks of any class against the computer-controlled hero City of Stormwind.

The objective of this Brawl is to inflict as much damage as possible upon the enemy hero before the player's Health is reduced to zero. When the player takes fatal damage, the Brawl ends in victory for the player. The player can also end the Brawl by dealing 1000 damage to the enemy hero. At the end of the Brawl, a scoreboard appears showing the total amount of damage dealt to the enemy hero, the number of turns played, and the number of enemy minions destroyed.

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Special cards

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Idols of Azeroth banner.jpg

Idols of Azeroth[]

Main article: Idols of Azeroth
"Ever draw a spell when you really needed a minion? Never again! Your deck will be 30 Raven Idols, so you'll be able to discover whatever you need!"

This Tavern Brawl sees players doing battle with decks composed solely of Raven Idol, allowing players to repeatedly Discover either minions or spells.

Featured cards
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Battle of the Builds[]

Main article: Battle of the Builds
"What's better? Battlecry, Deathrattle, Spells, or Murlocs? Make a deck, pick a side, and let's find out!"

This Brawl sees players creating their own custom decks using any class. At the start of their first turn, each player chooses one of four possible bonuses: Battlecry Bonus, Deathrattle Bonus, Murloc Bonus or Spell Bonus. The chosen bonus remains in effect for the rest of the match, and cannot be reselected.

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Deathrattle Bonus(27294).png
Murloc Bonus(27522).png
Spell Bonus(27292).png


Tavern Brawl, promo art


  • Tavern Brawls have free admission.[1][4][5] Very rarely, a Brawl such as Heroic Tavern Brawl may charge an admission fee.
  • Tavern Brawls are only available to players with at least one level 20 hero.[1]
  • Players can play each Tavern Brawl as many times as they like while it is active.[6][7]
  • Only the current Tavern Brawl is accessible to players. Players are not able to access past Brawls, or challenge other players to take part in them.[8]
  • While each Brawl has a limited run, some Tavern Brawls are repeated later on. Reprise selection appears to be largely based on popularity.


  • Tavern Brawls use unique decks, which do not take up any of the player's regular deck slots.[9][10] Players create Tavern Brawls within the Tavern Brawl interface, and the deck is lost when the Brawl is retired.
  • The composition of Tavern Brawl decks depends on the Brawl. Many are constructed partially or wholly from the player's own collection, with some seeing random cards added to the deck made. Other Brawls feature premade decks, either with specific (and often unique) cards, or entirely randomised.
    • Brawl decks will not require or allow the player to use more than 2 copies of a card from their own collection, or more than 1 in the case of legendaries.[11]
  • Most Brawls require the player to choose a class, either during deck construction or in place of deck construction, but some instead randomly assign players to take control of special heroes, with their own decks.
  • Tavern Brawl cards are similar to Boss cards, special cards specific to Tavern Brawls are not available in other types of play. See below for more information.


  • Unless specifically challenging a friend, players will be randomly matched against other participating players "of similar skill level".[12]
  • Initial player seeding is apparently based on rankings in other types of play.[13] This is most likely based on Casual or Ranked mode play, or a combination of the two.
  • After the initial placement, player matchmaking is controlled by the player's success in Tavern Brawls, using a hidden MMR.[14] Tavern Brawl MMR is ongoing, and carries over from week to week.[15]
  • Co-operative Tavern Brawls are an exception, and do not use any MMR.[16]

Rewards and quests[]

  • Players will earn a free Classic card pack for their first win each week. No other rewards are planned.[17] This is intended to prevent players from feeling they have to play,[18] and may also be in order to allow design space for unusual and potentially uneven arrangements, which could otherwise prove frustrating for those seeking to earn repeated rewards through wins.
    • This reward was originally announced to end when the "launch event" ended.[1][19] However, having begun in June 2015, it seems likely the reward is now intended to be ongoing.
  • Tavern Brawls are eligible to count toward daily quests.[20][21] Wins also count toward the "10 gold per 3 wins" reward.[22]
  • There is one Brawl-specific quest, "Everybody! Get in here!", which awards 60 gold for winning 5 Tavern Brawls.
  • Challenging a friend to a Tavern Brawl will not be eligible for most quests, as these matches are considered Friendly Challenges for these purposes.[23]
  • Players can earn experience in Tavern Brawl.[24]


  • Tavern Brawls are released in the Americas region first, followed by the Europe, Taiwan/Korea and China regions, simultaneously, around 4 hours later. As a result, the Americas region sometimes experiences technical issues following the release of a new Brawl, serving as a testbed for the latest modifications. Despite not directly modifying other game modes, the release of a Tavern Brawl nevertheless involves changes which can cause disconnections and extended downtime for the entire game, making this testing period necessary to limit disruption to a single region. The four hour delay following the Americas release is intended to allow time for the developers to attend to any stability issues or severe bugs, before launching the Brawl in other regions.
    • As of December 2015, additional testing measures are planned, to reduce related stability issues.[25] However, the changes will "take some time to implement".[25]

Tavern Brawl cards[]

Tavern Brawl cards are special cards, heroes and Hero Powers only available to players when participating in a specific Tavern Brawl. These are usually provided through pre-made decks, although they may be granted to players directly during matches. Tavern Brawl cards usually match the theme of the Brawl, and often feature fun or outlandish powers not seen in regular cards.

For a full list of known cards, see Tavern Brawl card. Featured Tavern Brawl cards for each Brawl can be found on individual Brawl pages, or in the Previous Brawls section.


As of October 2016, Tavern Brawls are primarily designed by Pat Nagle (the namesake of Nat Pagle) and Dan Emmons.[26] The two designers "sit in a room and brainstorm", with additional inspiration from the internet and other team members. The ideas are then playtested and iterated upon with the rest of Team 5.[27][28] Tim Erskine serves as producer for Tavern Brawl content.[29]

According to designers Emmons and Pagle, the most important goal of Tavern Brawls is to provide variety and freshness, "mixing up" the standard game experience of ladder or Arena play, and providing players a reason and reward for logging in regularly.[26] The "Surprise" of the new Brawl each week is also "really big" for the developers.[26]

Tavern Brawls also allow for experimentation, and are sometime used to test or develop new mechanics, allowing the developers to observe player reactions. This time spent developing the required technology makes it relatively simple to then implement the mechanic elsewhere in the game.[30] Examples of this process include Discover. However, the developers balance the ease of experimentation with a desire to keep new mechanics fresh for players to discover in new sets. Ben Brode explains:

"There are pros and cons. The pros are obviously that we would get more confidence on balance. One of the cons is that part of the fun of card games is exploration. If we are putting it out there and a lot of it gets solved or figured out, then when we release a set it isn’t as crazy and exciting as it could be."[31]

The brevity of Brawls also frees the developers to experiment with a variety of designs, since "even if [the developers] make a really bad one" it will only last a few days.[26] This allows the designers to create Brawls that target specific groups of players, and take risks with their designs.[26]


Tavern Brawls were being discussed by the developers prior to the launch of Hearthstone.[32] However, it was not until June 10, 2015, more than a year after the game's release, that the feature would be announced to players.

The Tavern Brawl system was added with Patch on June 15, but was not activated until June 17, when the first Tavern Brawl, Showdown at Blackrock Mountain, went live. In the interim period before the first Brawl, the as yet blank fourth button on the game box would begin to sparkle each time the player entered the main menu.

Captain Blackheart's Treasure was planned for release in October 2015, in order to debut the upcoming Discover mechanic.[27] However, technical problems prevented this, and the keyword was instead announced at BlizzCon 2015 with its accompanying adventure, The League of Explorers.

On November 4, 2015, the first cooperative Tavern Brawl was released, Unite Against Mechazod!, marking the first cooperative two-player experience within the game. At the time of its creation, this was the most difficult Brawl to create yet.[27]

In December 2015, with disconnections and downtime in the Europe region coinciding with the release of the latest Tavern Brawl becoming a regular occurrence, Blizzard announced that they would be adding additional testing measures to help prevent this in the future.[25] Shortly afterwards it was announced that the release times for Tavern Brawls in each region would be changing: instead of debuting in the Europe region at 4pm UTC, followed by Americas at 6pm and other regions at 7pm, new Brawls would now debut in the Americas region at 5pm UTC, then in all other regions 9pm.[33][3]

In October 2016 Heroic Tavern Brawl was announced, marking a new hybridisation of the Tavern Brawl and Arena game modes.


  • Following the Gift Exchange Tavern Brawl, the 2015 winter break saw a repeat of Randomonium rather than another new Tavern Brawl. Ben Brode explained that this was partly due to there being "nobody in the office over the break to fix things if they go wrong, which new brawls are more likely to do."[34]
  • The developers considered placing the Tavern Brawl button in the third slot (currently occupied by the Arena button), which would have provided a more symmetrical appearance given the smaller amount of space available for lettering on the fourth button. However, they decided against it, possibly due to length issues in languages other than English.[35]
  • On July 29, 2015, Showdown at Blackrock Mountain was mistakenly reprised as the seventh Tavern Brawl, sparking widespread complaint from players, who assumed this to be the intended Brawl. The correct Brawl, Too Many Portals!, replaced it around an hour later, but not until many players had already played and won games in the former Brawl, earning their weekly card pack. Zeriyah remarked, "Sometimes when you play with dimensional space, the wrong Tavern Brawl gets sucked through the portal. Whoops."[36] A similar error has taken place with subsequent Brawls. On July 20, 2016, Battle of the Builds was reprised as the fifty-eighth Tavern Brawl, but bugs quickly became evident. Blizzard announced a few hours later that the Brawl "wasn't behaving" and replaced it with another reprise, Idols of Azeroth.[37]


There is a couple of days' downtime after each Brawl

Trying to queue into a Tavern Brawl just after it has closed

The basic Tavern Brawl interface

The collection manager has some minor colour and interface tweaks when used in Tavern Brawl mode, and uses the Standard format colouring despite viewing in Wild format

Patch changes[]

  • Whispers of the Old Gods logo.png Patch (2016-04-24):
    • Players can now challenge their friends to Tavern Brawls from any game screen. Previously the player had to be on the Brawl screen when issuing the challenge.
  • Blackrock Mountain logo.png Patch (2015-06-15):
    • Added.


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  2. Zeriyah on Twitter. (2015-06-10). 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tavern Brawl Time Change. (2015-12-15). 
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  24. Tested by User:Taohinton, 2015-07-01. Gained XP (and a level) on rogue playing Spiders, Spiders, EVERYWHERE!
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  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 Designer Insights with Dan and Pat: Tavern Brawls. (2016-10-17). 
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Tavern Brawls and Open Q&A - BlizzCon 2015 Live Panel Recap (Fireside Chat). (2015-11-07). 
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