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HearthstoneOct 6, 2021 3:00 pm CT

Are you worthy to wield the ban hammer in Hearthstone’s Battle of the Bans Tavern Brawl?

The power of the ban hammer is in your hands in this week’s Hearthstone Tavern Brawl: Battle of the Bans. There’s no random element this week. It’s all about deck-building, card synergy, and crazy combos.

Tavern Brawl basics

  • Name: Battle of the Bans
  • Description: Pick four cards. Your opponent will BAN one of them, then we’ll make you a deck full of the cards remaining.
  • Fun level: 6/10
  • Difficulty: 6/10
  • Replayability: 5/10
  • Format: Wild with restrictions
  • Type: PVP
  • Deck: Constructed
  • Rewards: 1 Year of the Phoenix pack

This week you’re building to your own deck, though calling it a deck might be a little generous. You’re more building a team. A team of four stalwart cards to bring you to victory.

When you start the match, your opponent is shown three of your four cards. The fourth being hidden behind a “mystery choice” overlay. They will ban one of those cards, even the “mystery choice” should they so choose. All copies of that card are removed from your deck. Your deck is then reshuffled to give you 10 copies of the three remaining cards. If you had any copies of the banned card in your hand, they, too, are removed. You proceed to you draw as many cards as needed to get back to the same number of cards in hand as you started with.

While this is a Wild format Brawl, the developers did a little banning of their own so not all cards are available. Ice Block and Time Out! are… out. Jade Idol, Patches the PiratePrince Malchezaar, and Whizbang the Wonderful are also unavailable for play. This is the third time we’ve seen this Brawl, but there don’t seem to be any new bans, and even with the new expansions added since the last time this was the active Brawl. It plays much the same way. One interesting interaction is the new C’Thun card, which splits into four cards for your deck like usual, giving you more than the standard three — though using it doesn’t seem to be a winning strategy in this fast-paced Brawl.

How to win the Battle of the Bans Tavern Brawl

The key to victory is picking the right four cards. You need to set up your deck so your opponent can’t ban away you win condition. It’s like a game of tic-tac-toe where you want to have to two ways to win. This is the third time we’ve seen this Brawl and all of the past card lists still dominate. In my games thus far, I’ve seen little to no experimentation with new cards and players seem to be playing the same old decklists. If you do see an exciting new deck with newer cards, let me know about it in the comments.

Without further ado, let’s get into the lists! Here are some good card combos to try:

  • Mana burn Demon Hunter

Battlefiend, Crimson Sigil Runner, Mana Burn, Chaos Nova. Your opponent never casts a spell.

  • Face Demon Hunter

Twin Slice, Spectral Sight, Crimson Sigil Runner, Aldrachi Warblades

  • Face Demon Hunter (Oct 2021)

Fury, Chaos Strike, Peasant, Shadowhoof Slayer

  • Mill Druid

Doomsayer, Naturalize, Coldlight Oracle, Branching Paths

  • Mech Hunter

Metaltooth Leaper, Galvanizer, Mechwarper, Micro Machine

  • Beast Mastery Hunter

Timber Wolf, Crackling Razormaw, Scavenging Hyena, Master’s Call  Arcane Shot, Webspinner, Demon Companion and Freezing Trap

  • Face Hunter (October 2021)

Arcane Shot, Webspinner, Demon Companion, and Freezing Trap

  • Flamewaker Mage

Arcane Missiles, Research Project, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Flamewaker

  • Feint Mage

Mirror Image, Sorcerers Apprentice, Raid leader, Archmage Antonidas. Put down a bunch of Mirror Images, and buff them with Raid Leader. Free Mirror Images can give you lots of Fireballs with Antonidas.

  • Spell Damage Mage (Oct 2021)

Primordial Studies, Astromancer Solarian, Evocation, Primordial Glyph

  • Spell Priest

Mind Blast, Shadow Visions, Grave Horror, Radiant Elemental. If they ban Mind Blast, use Radiant cost reduction on Shadow Visions to get your Grave Horror down to 0 mana and build a wall of huge Taunts.

  • Shadow Priest

Leper Gnome, Shadowbomber or Kobold Sandtrooper, Mind Blast, Shadowed Spirits. Ban any kind of healing spell your opponent has.

  • Pogo Rogue 

Pogohopper, Mechwarper, Galvanizer, Sn1P-Sn4p. Huge Pogos or huge Sn1p-Sn4p. Either way, you’re set.

  • Pogo Vancleef Rogue (October 2021) 

Counterfeit Coin, Pogohopper, Edwin VanCleef, Secret Passage

  • Tess Rogue

Hallucination, Tess Greymane, Blink Fox, Doomsayer or Flik seems to work the best.

  • Evolve Shaman

Evolve, Unstable Evolution, Snowflipper Penguin, Wisp or Tinyfin. They can’t ban both of your minions or both of your Evolve effects.

  • Bomb Warrior

Bomb Wrangler, Clockwork Goblin, Kargath Bladefist, Wrenchcablier. You knew I was making a Bomb Warrior, right? This can be a little slow compared to some of the other decks. Most of the time they go for the weapon. If you never get to turn 8, Kargath can’t heal you.

  • Dragon Warrior

Alexstrasza’s Champion, Dragon Roar, Firetree Witchdoctor or Upgrade!, Emberscale Drake

  • Discard Warlock

Soulfire, The Soularium, Silverware Golem, Fist of Jaraxxus. Two Discard cards, two Discard activated cards.

  • Mech Warlock (October 2021)

Mechwarper, Galvanizer, Fel Cannon, Sn1p-Sn4p

More Battle of the Bans lists

I love all the great options for this Brawl. With only four cards, it’s easy enough to copy of list you’ve played against. One of these decks should see you through. If you find another great list, share it with us in the comments.

Keep checking Hearthstone Top Decks. There are more Tavern Brawl decks being added by the hour.

Overall, this is an enjoyable Brawl. The games can be quick and some of the combos are nuts. Good luck getting this week’s pack!

Originally published 5/13/2020, updated 10/6/2021

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