Tavern Brawl – Blood Magic

This week’s Tavern Brawl is “Blood Magic”!

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Official Description for Blood Magic – Standard

How much are willing to sacrifice for power? All your spells will cost health instead of mana!

Blood Magic – Standard Chalkboard

General Information

  • Earn a Year of the Phoenix card pack for your first win in this Brawl.
  • This is the fifth time we see this Brawl (Blood Magic), and the second time we see it in a Wild format. Last time we’ve seen the Wild version on February 15, 2017.
  • It’s a PvP Brawl.
  • Brawl’s format is Wild.
  • It’s a build your own deck Brawl. Pick a class and build a regular decklist.
  • The twist is that your spells cost health instead of mana. That’s why your deck should mostly consist of the spells for obvious reasons.
  • You can’t play spells if their casting cost would kill you – e.g. if you have 5 health, you can only use spells that cost 4 or less.
  • Spells that draw cards are very important since you can cycle through your deck quickly for “free”. Preferably ones that both draw and gain life at the same time – e.g. Lay on Hands or Overflow are amazing.
  • Violet Illusionist is a way to prevent all damage on your turn, which means that all your spells will be free. However, you need to survive until Turn 3 to play it, which is not always easy in such volatile format.
  • Then you need some sort of win condition – the Brawl is very combo-heavy. For some ideas, check out the list of decks below.

Blood Magic – Decks

We had some old decks here, but they were severely outdated since the Brawl last happened over 4 years ago. Post your decklists in the comments and I’ll feature them in this post!


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  1. FooBars
    June 9, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Ironic for them to give us this while Stealer of Souls is running rampant in Wild

    • Chansford
      June 10, 2021 at 12:56 am

      Absolutely, just queued into 3 of these bad boys in a row in Wild. Two turn 5 lethals and one turn 6 lethal. Great interactive fun watching the opponent draw their deck and waiting to be killed.

  2. Plantim
    June 9, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Druid (best) : AAEBAZICAA9AX8EEhQa3BpoI/M0Ch84Cv/IC26UD5boDouEDwOwDuKAEuaAEAA==
    Paladin : AAECAZ8FAA9G+gGjArMDvQPSBK8HlgndCvILw6QDna4D67kDysED0tEDAA==
    DH : AAECAR8C2QnslgMOqAK1A4cEuwXtBocHlwj5lgOfpQODtgP7uwOC0AOT0QO50gMA

  3. 1stDestroyer
    February 15, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Miracle OTK Paladin!!

    With this deck, if opponents don’t concede by the end of Turn 3 or 4, they’re probably dead already.

    To summarize what this deck does, you drop a stonetusk boar on the board, buff it up like crazy, and kill your opponent while Violet Illusionist absorbs all the spell costs. The reason you have to wait a few turns is because you need 4 mana to drop both the Violet Illusionist and Stonetusk Boar. Enjoy winning your games and I hope my deck gets featured!


    • 1stDestroyer
      February 15, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Update: I just noticed that ExaltedSmiley already submitted a similar deck. However, this one is slightly different in that you don’t have to worry about health… in fact your usually left with 30 HP at the end.

  4. Ylphy
    February 15, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Malygos druid might not be the best, but it ends fast :

    every spell that deal damage to the opponent
    most card draw (every spell card draw for sure)
    every ramp spells
    some beast to stay alive and because you spend no mana beside
    6-cost portal is nice

    cycle, get maly, get mana (ramp + innervate).
    end of game

  5. theHunted
    February 15, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Does Loatheb make them take 5 additional damage?

  6. Starfinguer
    February 15, 2017 at 10:47 am

    AKA make pirate warrior job easyer, Took me 6 maches to win my pack, I was looking foward to play a malygos deck but is almost impossible ;-;