Tavern Brawl – Gift Exchange

This week’s Tavern Brawl is “Gift Exchange”!

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Official Description for Gift Exchange

Great Father is dropping cards on the battlefield! Get a gift each time you smash your opponent’s crate… or your own!

Gift Exchange Chalkboard


General Information

  • Earn a Winter Veil Treat Card Back for your first win in this Brawl. If you already have it, you’ll get a Year of the Gryphon card pack instead.
  • It’s the sixth time we see this Brawl. Last time we’ve seen it on December 16, 2020.
  • This is a PvP Brawl.
  • Brawl’s format is Wild.
  • It’s a Constructed Brawl – you need to pick a Hero and build your own deck.
  • Each turn, if you don’t already have one, a Winter's Veil Gift spawns on your side of the board. If you destroy your opponent’s or your own ON YOUR TURN, you’ll receive a Stolen Winter's Veil Gift.
  • If you destroyed your opponent’s Gift, then you’ll get a choice of three of your opponent’s class cards that are all reduced by 5 mana. If you destroyed your own gift, then you’ll get a choice of three of yours class cards that are all reduced by 5 mana. In each of these scenarios, one of the cards you receive has a chance to be Hardpacked Snowballs which is a pretty valuable card.
  • You really want to destroy as many Winter's Veil Gifts as you can. It seems the cards you get to choose from areย clearly skewed towards Legendaries and Epics, and getting (for example) a Tirion Fordring for 3-mana is pretty strong!
  • Crazed Alchemist and similar effects are good because they can insta-kill a Gift. Warlock is also strong with Power Overwhelming, Void Terror or Grim Rally, which work well with the Gifts. Similarly, class like Paladin, which can buff the Gifts and attack with them is pretty nice.


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  1. Loki777
    December 23, 2021 at 9:07 am

    Desecrated Graveyard has been great. Auto breaking your own box for 3 turns and a 4/4 body each time has been fun

  2. NotGurgi
    December 18, 2020 at 3:58 pm


    Reno Priest with all the cards that are broken with chests, except confuse since I didn’t have it. Feel free to add.

  3. Stellman
    December 17, 2020 at 9:30 am



  4. NAT
    December 17, 2020 at 3:45 am


    • NAT
      December 17, 2020 at 3:58 am

      No loss with my deck. Tell me what you think guys! Thank you!

      • Barrenmore
        December 17, 2020 at 4:03 am

        Trying it out now, will give you some feedback shortly

        • Barrenmore
          December 17, 2020 at 4:48 am

          Lost the first but won the next 3 so I like it after getting used to it.

          • NAT
            December 17, 2020 at 5:03 am

            I have 10-0…. The key is to immediately take all crates from the opponent so he doesn’t get any ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Cridn
    December 19, 2019 at 4:10 am

    Step 1, copy deck code
    step 2, load deck
    step 3, gg
    ### Brawl Deck
    # Class: Warlock
    # Format: Wild
    # 2x (1) Flame Imp
    # 2x (1) Grim Rally
    # 2x (1) Kobold Librarian
    # 2x (1) Possessed Villager
    # 2x (1) Power Overwhelming
    # 2x (1) Sanguine Reveler
    # 2x (1) Spirit Bomb
    # 2x (2) Crazed Alchemist
    # 2x (2) Scorp-o-matic
    # 2x (3) Ratcatcher
    # 2x (3) Void Ripper
    # 2x (3) Void Terror
    # 2x (4) Imp-losion
    # 2x (4) Lesser Amethyst Spellstone
    # 2x (4) Ravenous Pterrordax
    # To use this deck, copy it to your clipboard and create a new deck in Hearthstone

  6. HyperJCT
    December 18, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    First time posting here, but I built a deck that I liked and wanted to share it. I can’t get the deck builder to work so I’ll just post what I have. Keep in mind this is just using cards I currently have:

    Dark Pact – 2
    Grim Rally – 2
    Plague of Flames – 2
    Power Overwhelming – 2
    Sanguine Reveler – 2
    Soul Fire – 2
    Spirit Bomb – 2
    Crazed Alchemist – 2
    EVIL Genius – 2
    Scorp-o-matic – 2
    Youthful Brewmaster – 2
    Unwilling Sacrifice – 2
    Void Terror – 2
    Ravenous Pterrordax – 2
    Valdris Felgore – 1
    Twisting Nether – 1

    I’m sure there are other/better cards to use. I considered using Depth Charge instead of Soulfire, but not sure about that yet. Thank you.

    • Ridanculous
      December 18, 2019 at 10:13 pm

      Nice list.
      Here’s a deck code for something similar:


      Uses Mossy Horror, Stampeding Kodo (both are a bit slow tbh) and Kooky Chemist

    • Thorgrimm
      December 19, 2019 at 1:38 am

      Worked great, thanks for posting it

  7. Bakayoutube
    December 18, 2019 at 3:21 pm


    I post a video of this event on youtube here :
    Just the classic priest deck except for death wing card

    good game ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Stonekeep - Site Admin
    December 18, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Update: Itโ€™s the fourth time we see this Brawl. Comments below this one are old, but can often still be relevant!

    You can share your decks in the comments and we’ll feature them in this post! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. MortalWombat
    December 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    I made a neat Priest Deck with a 100% enemy concede rate by turn 3 or 4. Inner fire for your box and topsy-turvy for their’s is a very powerful deck combined with radiant elementals. Strongly recommend it.

  10. Xalik
    December 27, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    The gifts rewards are deathrattles, so deathrattle decks let you get multiple gifts out of your own boxes. I did deathrattle hunter and got so much tempo by turn 3-4 it was over.

  11. radu
    December 26, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Are you f kidding me? I didn’t play last week’s brawl because I didn’t want any cardback

    • DrJ
      December 26, 2018 at 10:55 pm

      You’re lucky man! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Antiliani
      December 27, 2018 at 2:24 am

      Well lesson learned.

    • Edison
      December 27, 2018 at 4:55 am

      Apparently I am offered a card pack because I got the card back last time =O

  12. Ronadan
    December 26, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Although I love playing warlock, I hate brawls like this. Brawls that one class is absolutely dominating and others “have some chances” are too boring.

    Sanguine Reveler, Pterrodax, Ratcatcher, Void terror, Grim rally and soulfire are all warlock class cards with less than 4 mana cost. Add 2 copies of cards like crazed alchemist, Void ripper and Scorp-o-matic to have a perfect near aggro deck for this brawl. Huge reduced cost for discovered cards AND high chances of getting actually good cards makes a comeback from this type of deck nearly impossible.

    if it was standard, the gap between class power levels wasn’t this obvious. but good wild cards can offer the player ahead serious tempo and guess what? Almost always, warlock player is ahead.

    overall, play warlock

  13. PucKviruS
    December 26, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Turn 4 win warlock

    ### Token Buff Warlock
    # Class: Warlock
    # Format: Standard
    # Year of the Raven
    # 1x (1) Fire Fly
    # 2x (1) Flame Imp
    # 1x (1) Grim Rally
    # 2x (1) Kobold Librarian
    # 2x (1) Soul Infusion
    # 2x (1) Voidwalker
    # 2x (2) Scarab Egg
    # 2x (2) Spirit of the Bat
    # 2x (2) Vulgar Homunculus
    # 2x (3) Devilsaur Egg
    # 2x (3) Doubling Imp
    # 2x (4) Arena Fanatic
    # 2x (4) Ravenous Pterrordax
    # 2x (4) Saronite Chain Gang
    # 2x (5) Fungalmancer
    # 1x (5) Leeroy Jenkins
    # 1x (10) Sea Giant
    # To use this deck, copy it to your clipboard and create a new deck in Hearthstone

  14. moreprime
    February 2, 2017 at 12:05 am

    i made a deck with priest,

    notable priest cards:

    circle of healing + auchenai souldpriest, confuse, shadow word pain, dragon fire potion, and all the steal cards

    notable neutrals:

    doomsayer, crazed alchemist, kooky chemist

  15. TacoRocco
    February 1, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    With the addition of Kooky Chemist (or whatever it is called), I would mention it in the tips alongside Crazed Alchemist.

  16. osmansosa
    February 1, 2017 at 10:13 am

    What is the reward if we already have that card back ?

    • Evident
      February 1, 2017 at 10:15 am

      You get a Classic Pack if you already have the card back.

  17. TacoRocco
    December 20, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    One thing to note about this brawl is that you get presents when gifts die on YOUR turn. I was facing a guy and his explosive trap killed my present, but I got the gift.

    • erik
      February 2, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      i believe it says the gift goes to current player

  18. Ursus
    December 18, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Any basic/cheap decks recommended for this brawl?

  19. Marco Bunge
    December 16, 2015 at 11:23 pm


    Tempo mage (http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/decks/tempo-mage-deck-list/) with forgotten toarch is great ๐Ÿ™‚

    Playing this list:

    -2 Arcane Blast
    +1 Forgotten Toarch
    +1 Etheral Conjurer

    Best regards

  20. Pommesfee
    December 16, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    By the way, the reason why you get a lot of epics and legendaries is that you can only get cards that would normally cost 5 or more. And most of those cards are at a higher rarity.

  21. hearthstonepro
    December 16, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    any decks recommended for this brawl?

  22. Neuerpacific
    December 16, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    malylock with 1 crazed alchemist and a void terror is OP shit 9 games winstreak now ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. paladinftw
    December 16, 2015 at 10:29 am

    secret paladin is OP for this brawl, you protect your gifts with noble sac then you buff everything to smash your opponents gifts.