Tavern Brawl – Pick a Hand, Any Hand

This week’s Tavern Brawl is “Pick a Hand, Any Hand”!

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Official Description for Pick a Hand, Any Hand

Pick the first seven cards of your deck, and we’ll fill the rest with Unstable Portals. You get your portals AFTER your mulligan.

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General Information

  • You get one Standard Card Pack for winning your first game this week.
  • This is the fourth time we see this Brawl. Last time we’ve seen it on January 17, 2020.
  • It’s a PvP Brawl.
  • The Brawl’s format is Wild.
  • It’s a Constructed Brawl. You pick a class and build a deck of exactly seven cards.
  • You start the game with only seven cards in your deck – you can mulligan for anything you need. After the mulligan, your deck is filled with 23 extra Unstable Portals.
  • The idea is to pick some cards that you REALLY want to get at the start because you’re basically guaranteed to get them. If you count mulligan, you see 6 out of 7 cards you selected when going first and all 7 when going second. Since you can virtually guarantee a certain card in your opening hand, you can try to build some combos around it.

Pick a Hand, Any Hand Deck Lists

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  1. Inhiszton
    December 1, 2023 at 3:29 am

    Since the brawl is wild, I simply used Automaton Priest:

    # 2x (0) Raise Dead
    # 1x (1) Animate Dead
    # 2x (1) Astral Automaton
    # 2x (2) Creation Protocol

  2. JennIsCool
    November 30, 2023 at 11:13 am

    Mecha’thun Druid

    Ramp to steamcleaner, stabilise with reno, combo at 10 mana with mecha’thun – innervate -naturalize combo.

    Biology Project
    Reno, Lone Ranger

  3. Tailsfromvienna
    November 29, 2023 at 11:47 am

    I aimed at Frequency Oscillator – Mistake – Parachute Brigand – Parachute Brigand – Patches.

    That did not work, because i drew Patches turn 1.
    Still won because i got Ysera from a portal, which is a good card at 6 mana

  4. Helioshadow
    September 17, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Had a bit of success with 1x Spectral Cutlass, 2x Cavern Shinyfinder, 2x Deadly Poison, 2x Counterfeit Coin. Maybe sub in a Sap for the big Van Cleefs and the Mana Wyrms or Apprentices. It’s a bit slow, but it’s extremely difficult to stop once it gets going.

  5. Wator
    September 15, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Kinda trolly hunter list, probably just got lucky with the beasts but won 4/5 games:
    2x Jeweled Macaw
    2x Play Dead
    2x Webspinner
    x1 Terrorscale Stalker

  6. BlackPantsu
    September 14, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Zoo Warlock

    Flame Imp x2
    Kobold Librarian x2
    Voodoo Doctor x1
    Happy Ghoul x 2

    First 9 games,win 7 lose 2.Keep voodoo and happy ghoul everytime.

  7. CD001
    September 14, 2018 at 4:39 am

    Awwwww Troggzor, he finally has a use!

  8. TheTallRonan
    September 13, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Anyone else sick of tavern brawls that are either “whenever you play a card X random thing happens” or “we filled your deck with a million copies of Y RNG-based card”?

    Like I get why they do this rather than forcing you to build a whole deck just to get your pack. But after the hallucination one and the raven idol one and the 30th unstable portal one, they all start to feel same-y.

    I like the “pick a hand” mechanic a lot, but still, looking forward to the KFT brawl.

    • OldManSanns
      January 17, 2020 at 9:41 am

      To be fair: they did originally plan to do a neat little PvE adventure with custom voices and a few custom bosses for the brawl this week. This Randy McRandomness thing is their last-minute contingency plan for when the latter melted down post-launch.

  9. D930065
    September 13, 2018 at 6:51 am

    flame imp*2
    kobold librarian*1
    voodoo doctor*2
    happy ghoul*2
    90% flood 4 minions when go second

    • D930065
      September 13, 2018 at 6:59 am

      counterfeit coin*2
      Edwin VanCleef*1
      huge vancleef incoming

  10. Joopiter
    September 13, 2018 at 5:35 am

    If you want something fun, instead of OP mage, go Paladin with 2x Prismatic Lens and bounch of Big Boys (+ maybe 1 or 2 Consecration to stop early aggresion).

  11. Cruxkid
    September 12, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    1x Genn
    2x Eel
    2x 4 mana evolve guy
    2x Hex


    • simon
      September 13, 2018 at 5:39 am

      very clever deck.. works

  12. Collo
    September 12, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    successful with Anti-aggro even warrior concept:

    Warpath x2
    Execute x2
    Blood Razor x1
    Genn Greymane x1
    Scourgelord Garrosh x1

  13. Doran
    September 12, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Good luck with mage so far, the taxing dude has been great:

    2x Mana Wurm
    2x the 3/2 for 3 that makes spells cost 1 more for your opponent
    1x Sorcerers Apprentice
    2x Leyline Manipulator

  14. Jan Rus
    September 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Mage Deck
    2x Mana Wyrm
    2x Sorcerer’s Apprentice
    2x Demented Frostcaller (wild)
    Stargazer Luna

    If you get Stargazer Luna and Frostcaller on the board every portal freezes an enemy and draws a card totally locking down your opponent and filling your board with portal minions. No chance for your opponent to damage you after turn 4.

  15. Evident
    September 12, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Comments below this are from the last release of this Tavern Brawl. They may still be useful, but some of the cards might have been nerfed.

    • JoyDivision
      September 12, 2018 at 11:42 pm

      Thank you! I mean – THANK YOU. A little comment is all it takes. Please do that in every updated article in the future.

  16. Nandiman
    June 25, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I’ve gone 5 – 0 with Auctioneer Tempo Mage (had daily mission for 5 brawls)

    – 2 x Mana Wyrm
    – 2 x Sorcerers Apprentice
    – 2 x Flamewakers
    – 1 x Auctioneer

    (Did not manage the dream though: 2 Apprentices and Auctioneer on the board: infinite Portals)

    • Danzig
      June 25, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      2 x Sorcerer App
      2 x mana wyrm
      2 x arcane missiles
      1 x flamewalker
      20 wins

    • Metamagus
      September 12, 2018 at 9:24 am

      Updating this list for Sept 2016
      Swap Auctioneer for Luna

      Happy hunting.

  17. cheesecake
    June 23, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    2x Consecrate, 2x Equality, 2x Humility, 1x Guardian of Kings

  18. Ichorid
    June 23, 2016 at 3:42 am

    I just went mill mode (ended up killing my oponent with onyxia/ bloodlust though)

    1x coldlight oracle
    2x gang up
    2x shadowstep
    2x vanish

  19. Sandro1000
    June 23, 2016 at 1:47 am


  20. Pneumatiker
    June 23, 2016 at 12:56 am

    1x Alarm-o-bot
    2x Innervate
    4x Big Dudes
    I took:
    1x Ragnaros
    1x Deathwing
    1x Y’Shaarj
    1x Soggoth
    Mulligan for Alarm-o-bot, Innervate and any big boy.

  21. Rifi
    June 22, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Druid, 3 games – 3 wins

    Innervate x 2
    Living Roots x 1
    Power of the Wild x 1
    Violet Teacher x 2
    Yogg – Saron: Hope’s End x 1

  22. Ivan
    June 22, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    This one has been doing quite nicely:

    Deathlord x2
    Inner Fire x2
    Divine Spirit x2

    Deals with annoying tempo mages.

  23. Deathmist
    June 22, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    2x Evolve
    1x Shieldbearer
    2x Bilefin
    2x Murloc Tidehunter

    The perfect hand gets you two three drops, a two drop, and two one drops on turn 3.

  24. TimeRonin
    June 22, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    1x Demonwrath
    1x Shadowflame
    1x Antique Healbot
    1x Siphon Soul
    1x Justicar Trueheart
    1x Twisting Nether
    1x Yogg-Saron, Hope’s End

  25. Arnianor
    June 22, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    2 Innervate
    2 Astral Communion
    2 Nourish
    1 Troggzor The Earthinator

    Heavy muligan for astral communion on turn 1 and GG

  26. Shwitz44
    June 22, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I did pretty well with Mage.
    2x Mana Wyrm
    2x Frostbolt
    2x Sorcerer’s Apprentice
    1x Polymorph

  27. karmaprey
    June 22, 2016 at 9:55 am

    2x Preperation
    2x Conceal
    2x Sap
    1x Edwin VanCleef

    Usually Portal early, then Prep into a portal then hopefully get 0 drops to make Edwin huge. Sap to get their big ones out of the way.

  28. Athansor
    June 22, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Working with a warrior deck to start:

    Upgrade x2
    fiery waraxe x2
    dread corsair x2
    bloodsail cultist x1

    Really only works well with the coin so you can double upgrade a turn one waraxe.