Tavern Brawl – Showdown at Blackrock Mountain

This week’s Tavern Brawl is “Showdown at Blackrock Mountain”!

Discuss this Tavern Brawl on our Discord!

General Information

  • You get one Classic Pack for winning your first game this week.
  • It’s the fifth time we see this Brawl.
  • It was the first Brawl ever!
  • It’s a Boss Brawl.
  • You get to take control of either Ragnaros or Nefarian and fight to see who is the strongest raid boss! Each boss has a unique deck with Blackrock flavored minions and cards as well as unique Hero Powers.

Characters & Decks Information

Ragnaros the Firelord


  • Health: 30 with 30 Armor
  • Starts with 4 Mana
  • Hero Power – Wild Magic (2) – Add a random spell from any class into your hand. It costs (0).



Here are some of the cards you can expect to find in each deck.

Official Description for Showdown at Blackrock Mountain

The two epic bosses of Blackrock Mountain are settling things once and for all… with your help!

Showdown at Blackrock Mountain Chalkboard



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  1. Taznak
    May 2, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    If it’s the exact same brawl from the past, then Nefarian has the stronger early game (due to starting with 4 mana crystals), and Ragnaros has the stronger late game (better Hero Power).

    Overall, Nefarian is heavily favored, he wins 60-70% of the games in my experience, and Ragnaros’ key card to come back from Nefarian’s huge early board advantage is Living Bomb.

    • CD001
      May 3, 2019 at 4:10 am

      … unless you draw both Core Hound Puppies early (I had them both on-board by turn 4), then it’s pretty much game over for Nerfarian unless they get an Electron -> Shadowflame combo.

    • MilesTegF
      May 3, 2019 at 7:31 am

      Id say that Nefarian is not that favored. Having played many games i’d say its actually pretty balanced. The thing is that i think people dont play Ragnaros right cos its kind of counter intuitive. To win with Ragnaros, you have to focus on clearing the board constantly even if it means to attack a 7/7 with your 2dmg weapon. You have to consider your own Health as a resource. A typical turn 2 play is to play a 6/6 taunt and attack his 7/7 dragon with your weapon to force him to kill it to clear your taunt. This because on one part it helps you gain the board, which is imperative in this brawl, and also cos it helps you to drop your lava giants early (and your 20/20 later) Most games i won with Ragnaros i did it with about 10-15 Health left mostly because of all the damage i took attacking with the weapon at minions on the first few turns. And many times when playing Nefarian, i knew i won the moment my opponent decided to attack my face instead of a minion on the board with the weapon on those starting turns.

  2. Llama
    March 9, 2018 at 6:37 am

    Hallucination vs Ragnaros gives rogue cards

  3. Spyder9899
    March 7, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    I thought I read on this site that we would get 3 packs to make up for the ranked play problems. Did I get that wrong?

    • Evident
      March 7, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      You are correct, hopefully they are distributed this week!

      • Spyder9899
        March 7, 2018 at 8:41 pm

        Sorry, I should clarify. I thought I read the reward for the tavern brawl would 3 card packs instead of just one classic. I guess that’s not the case.

        • Vjater
          March 7, 2018 at 9:25 pm

          An upcoming Starraft-inspired tavern brawl will reward 3 Kobolds Packs (March 21 until March 25)

        • Evident
          March 8, 2018 at 8:09 am

          Ahh, yeah the 3 packs Tavern Brawl is the StarCraft themed one that will happen towards the end of the month.

          • Spyder9899
            March 8, 2018 at 4:34 pm

            Oh wow . 6 packs. 🙂

          • Lamri247
            May 2, 2019 at 10:03 am

            where did you read that says we get 3 packs? I didn’t see it here or on the official hearthstone website and twitter.

  4. WeedSmurf
    July 28, 2017 at 5:33 am

    With Nefarian it’s impossible to win, the shitiest brawl ever… 4 times in a row with Nefarian…

    • WeedSmurf
      July 28, 2017 at 5:39 am

      Nefarian 0/5
      Ragnaros 1/1 ez…

      • Advocaat
        March 8, 2018 at 6:03 am

        Nefarian first try win… 🙂

    • Bill Blasen
      March 9, 2018 at 7:29 am

      I won my first two in a row with Nefarian.

    • CD001
      March 11, 2018 at 1:39 am

      Winning with Nefarian is somewhat dependent on what cards you get from the hero power; getting a really powerful spell for 0 mana is amazing.

      Having said that I just won my first attempt at this brawl (this time around) with Nefarian and 3 of the cards I got from the hero power cost 0 anyway… Ancestral Healing, Preparation and Forbidden Flame.

  5. Advocaat
    July 27, 2017 at 3:58 am

    I like this brawl… one of the few I enjoy

  6. AgentMango
    July 26, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Even though this tavern brawl has been done several times, it’s still one of my most favourite one to play.

  7. TacoRocco
    November 11, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Interesting thing to note too: If Nefarian uses Burgle (from his Wild Magic Hero Power) against Ragnaros, it gives you 2 coins instead of any of Ragnaros’ cards. Just something to keep in mind if you happen to get burgle from Wild Magic.