Tavern Brawl – The Burndown

This week’s Tavern Brawl is “The Burndown”!

Official Description for The Burndown

Ragnaros is looking for the strongest deck! Take control of a random deck, if you lose you’ll get a copy of your opponent’s deck! How long can your deck survive THE BURNDOWN!?

The Burndown Chalkboard

General Information

  • You get one Saviors of Uldum card pack for your first victory this week.
  • The Brawl is a part of Fire Fest-EVIL event.
  • It’s the first time we see this Brawl.
  • Brawl’s format is Wild.
  • It’s a premade decks Brawl – you don’t need to build your own deck. Just queue and you’ll get one of the “random” decks.
  • The idea behind Brawl is that you play your “random” deck until you lose. If you lose – you take your opponent’s deck. This means that naturally, over time, weaker decks will get out of the Brawl (other than new people queuing) and the only the strongest ones will remain. What the best decks will look like after a few days?


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  1. Izzyreluz
    July 26, 2019 at 2:07 am

    The idea was good, but unfortunately, there are 6 days left in this Tavern Brawl and it really isn’t fun playing Merc 280 vs Merc 280 as all the weaker decks have been ruled out already

  2. DukeStarswisher
    July 25, 2019 at 6:44 am

    I stopped playing because of Mercenaries 280. I’m pretty sure you all know what I’m talking about…

    • Petem1911
      July 25, 2019 at 8:02 am

      I hate the way they said random deck, but its actually out of a small pool of pre-made decks. So yeah there isn’t a Mercenaries 279 or 278 etc. Just one warrior, maybe a couple per class. Would be so much cooler if each deck was made from pure RnG

      • DukeStarswisher
        July 25, 2019 at 10:22 am

        So you’re telling me that Team 5 INTENTIONALLY put four patches in a warrior deck and thought that would be fun?

        That’s a hard no from me dawg.

        • Petem1911
          July 25, 2019 at 3:30 pm

          Yes. I was playing for hours and not once did I ever see any other version of warrior than 280. Obviously I would have queued a few times against first timers in the brawl and others having just played one game. Not once another version of warrior. So my intuition tells me that random decks weren’t generated every time a new player joined in.

          • Petem1911
            July 25, 2019 at 3:50 pm

            As stated above

            It’s a premade decks Brawl – you don’t need to build your own deck. Just queue and you’ll get one of the “random” decks.

          • OhlienUFZ
            July 25, 2019 at 4:15 pm

            I saw a Taunt warrior deck. I don’t think the decks are pre-made card for card. The decks are probably made by randomly selecting a few buckets of cards like in solo adventures. Mercenary 280 probably selected some pirate buckets, and they contained 4 patches in them.

      • OldManSanns
        July 29, 2019 at 10:25 am

        There were originally more warrior decks, Mercenaries 280 just beat them all out. I don’t know that there were 279 other warrior decks with pirate themes per-say–I suspect the number is a hash value, not a sequential enumeration–but I do recall seeing 2-3 other warrior decks the first day I played.

    • Iambehindyou
      July 25, 2019 at 10:44 am

      To be fair, It’s not impossible to beat. Im 6-0 vs Merc 280. But yeah it’s pretty toxic if you just keep queuing into it.

      • DukeStarswisher
        July 25, 2019 at 10:54 am

        Its toxic enough for me to auto concede against any other opponent just so I don’t have to play it anymore.

  3. Kanaal
    July 25, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Seems like something went wrong and a pirate warrior deck including 4 copies of Patches appeared? Within 5 games I played against nothing else (Cannon + N’Zoths First Mate + 4 Patches is 10 damage on turn 2).

    • GameBUG99
      July 25, 2019 at 5:38 am

      And then add Southsea Captain or/and a 3 mana Skycap’n Kragg, That tempo play is insane!!!

    • Margibso
      July 25, 2019 at 6:16 am

      Yeah, 11 power and toughness on turn one for 1 mana is bonkers.

    • DukeStarswisher
      July 25, 2019 at 6:47 am

      Yeah they seriously f’d up the whole thing. I was excited for this, but now its just 10 minutes of me mirror conceding.

  4. JadeBuddha
    July 25, 2019 at 1:02 am

    For me, seeing the data generated by this brawl would be far more interesting than the experience of playing it has been. It seems like a sort of nature vs. nurture scenario, and I’d love to see the outlier cases:

    – Bad decks that lasted a while because they had good players.
    – Good decks that tanked immediately because they had poor players.

  5. TheTallRonan
    July 24, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Well, that didn’t take long.

    Curious to see what Blizzard does bow that their brawl consists of one deck playing against itself.

  6. MilesTegF
    July 24, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    I think the decks aren’t fully “random”… first time i played i got a shaman that was heavy on Murlocs and Elementals with synergies and some battlecry minions and cards. Granted, it wasn’t a meta deck, but it was quite consistent by itselt (Unlike many random decks i’ve recieved on other brawls) Other decks i encountered in the short time i played were also like that.. a Warlock with a sort of zoo demon deck, or a Mage with a spell synergies deck. All the decks were pretty consistent having minions and spells with synergies between them.

    Maybe they made several decks for each class.
    Another alternative is that they made several packages per class:
    For Example, for shaman making: 1)overload package, 2)murloc package, 3)elemental package, 4)evolution package 5)jade package, 6) Battlecry package, 7) etc…
    Each with 10 cards and then when you start it makes you a deck randomly selecting 3 of the packages.

    I dont know for sure, cos i only played a few games, but i think it may be something like that.

    • Grobson
      July 24, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      The decks I got have names, so I am leaving towards random from the decks available but until a few more games I can’t be sure.

    • OldManSanns
      July 29, 2019 at 11:03 am

      I suspect what they did was take their “buckets” from dungeon runs and make an algorithm that randomly picks them, then assigned it a name based on whatever buckets were picked the most. For example: if you look at the infamous “Mercenaries 280”, you see that the entire deck is pirates and weapons with the exception of a few armor cards–namely Justicar Trueheart, Heavy Metal, and Yip–which seem entirely out of place. But there’s no Omega Assembly, Doctor Boom, or any of the other great cards you might expect if you were just randomly picking any warrior cards out of a hat.

  7. Alkoviak
    July 24, 2019 at 1:08 pm

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    Quite a long time as passed since and I have to recognize that the website continues to work well and provide quality content.

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  8. OldManSanns
    July 24, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Conceptually this sounds like a fun experiment. I just worry a little for what the “meta” will possibly look like towards the end of the week.