Hello, it’s Gus Ferrari back, and today we’re swapping the Triple D Camaro in front of a Goblin sub to dive in Nazjatar. I hear there’s a great little place called Mrgl’s Bar and Gill that serves the freshest seafood in Azeroth. Start your meal with some Unagi skewer and then try the fragrant Kakavia. For dessert, I hear their Mon’Dazi is the real deal!

And while you’re chewing, try all ten deck recipes from the hearthstones A sunken recipe Tavern Brawl!

This week’s Tavern Brawl is an introduction to the Journey to the Sunken City extension. In this Brawl you can try out some of the interesting deck recipes from the expansion – and win a card pack in the process. Though strangely absent in Broken in Alterac Valley, this type of Brawl has become a regular addition whenever we get a new expansion. We had a bizarre recipe for the Ashes of Outland extension, Recipe of tenacity for the Forged in the Barrens expansion, and A Recipe United for the United in Stormwind extension.

If you’re in doubt about which cards are worth making or how much of your hard-earned gold to deposit into packs, this Brawl has you giving the expansion a trial run.

Basics of Tavern Brawl

  • Name: A sunken recipe Tavern Brawl
  • Description: Dive into the sunken city! Pick a class and enjoy the latest deck recipes!
  • Fun level: 5/10
  • Difficulty: 9/10 to 4/10 depending on your class, deck and opponent
  • Replayability: 5/10
  • Format: Standard
  • Type: PVP
  • Deck: As long as
  • Rewards: 1 standard card pack

For this Brawl you choose your class and you are assigned their card recipe. These are ready-made decks and the same decks you can find on the deck creation screen. The big difference in the Brawl is that you get the deck with all the cards, whether you own them or not. You have all the Legendary and Epic cards you need for the deck.

Each class has a recipe intended to give players a good introduction to how the class will play Journey to the Sunken City† The timing of A Sunken Recipe’s release is ideal, as the expansion was only released a few days ago.

How to win A Sunken Recipe Tavern Brawl

Let’s take a look at each card game and a quick tip for playing it. You can only choose the class: the deck is assigned. Each class has received two new deck recipes with the expansion, but you will only see the Journey to the Sunken City-themed decks in this Brawl. Ini Stormcoil not only dominates battlefields: you will see her deck after deck in this Brawl.

For starters, choose the class you feel most comfortable in, and don’t be afraid to give in if the game isn’t to your liking. Warrior, Demon Hunter and Mage looked strong in my playing time, but keep in mind that my sample size was quite small.

The deck recipes

Demon Hunter

  • Abyssal Attack
    • Pisces are friends, but you will be the food for this pesky Naga! And don’t even think about sneaking past, because Xhilag of the Abyss can see everything with its Stalks.
    • This is an easy going card game with only three cards costing more than 4 mana. Hit your opponents so hard and so fast they’ll think they’ve taken the express train straight to Davy Jones’ locker!


  • Miraculous Growth
    • Some Naga have quite green fingers! Hedra the Heretic will grow a board of monstrous creatures if you cast big spells during the game.
    • This deck is built around Hedra’s battle cry (“For every spell you’ve used while holding it, summon a minion from that spell’s cost”) and Gruff’s Hero card, but you only have two copies of a single spell from 7 mana and two copies of a single 6 mana spell as your ‘big spells’. Use them wisely!


  • Snakes galore
    • The Naga have their bows at the ready to power up your spells! Twinbow Terrocoil will cast your next spell twice, then you can finish the game with the gruesome Hydraloon.
    • The Terrocoils help you reduce the mana cost of your Naga Giant. Giving Hyrdaloon’s Heads Rush creates a nice swing. But you have countless ways to reduce mana costs. Casting a spell might help you, but it won’t help the Naga Giant’s cost savings that much.


  • Technonic Titan
    • The Beast of the Deep is no match for the mechanical wonders of Ini Stormcoil! Swarm the board and use Gaia, the Techtonic to upgrade your fleet.
    • This deck has a strong Mech theme. Gaia is a good pseudo board and if you can let her survive long enough to play Ini on her, you will create a strong presence on the board.


  • Oh Cap’n!
    • Captain Hooktusk is back and she is now Admiral! Gather your pirate crew and steal your opponent’s belongings before letting them walk all over the plank!
    • If Mage is all about the bots, then it’s a pirate’s life for Rogue. This is a nice midrange deck with early pressure from pirates and great later game powerplay from Hooktusk. Scabbs works as a pseudo Vanish, but also gives you board presence after the Vanish.


  • Popping bubbles
    • Ini Stormcoil is an engineering genius! Use technology like The Leviathan to sift through the seabed and see what you can dig up.
    • This is another Mech themed deck that makes heavy use of the new Dredge keyword. It also has a handbuff theme that hasn’t always been a super successful strategy, but has seen a bit of a resurgence.


  • How enlightening?
    • Put on your most beautiful snake wig and you will shine. Use the Naga’s spell-making abilities to overwhelm your opponent.
    • This deck felt like it wanted to be a combo-style deck with lots of draw and bless to give you that old Divine Spirit Inner Fire finisher combo.


  • Ooh Shiny
    • They say that the most vibrant creatures are also the most deadly. Don’t get too close to these bioluminescent denizens of the deep or you might be startled by their spell damage.
    • The idea behind this deck is to build a board, buff it with Bioluminescence, and then rain terror down on your opponent with massive spell damage. Good plan, if you live long enough to make it work.


  • The Curse of Za’qul
    • Drag your opponent to their watery grave by tormenting them with Abyssal Curses! If your health drops a bit in the process, Za’qul will turn your opponent’s pain into your gain.
    • I was surprised how little Journey to the Sunken City cards that this deck has used. Even without opening my packs, I only missed 8 cards to make this deck. If you are an F2P player, this might be a good card game to start with on the Ladder. Za’qul will give you Abyssal Curses Lifesteal while he is on the board. Tamsin comes in handy for copying some of your curse generators.


  • Wow Nellie!
    • Colossal creatures lurk in the depths of your deck! Control the board and complete the game with monstrous henchmen such as Trenchstalker and Nellie, the great thresher.
    • This felt like an old-school Control Warrior deck where you try to answer your opponent’s every move while building up a massive pile of armor. If anything tempted me to go back to the standard ladder, it would be a deck like this that is strong in the meta. I am intrigued.

Mine hearthstone soapbox: Why can’t we always play these decks?

If you’ll just allow me to jump on my soapbox. As a free to play player, this Brawl is awesome. It gives me a taste of how these decks play. The problem is that when the Brawl is over, I can’t play it anymore because I don’t have the cards. Even if I spend 5,000g on packs, I can’t guarantee that I’ll have enough expensive cards open to build the deck I want, or give me enough fabric to make the cards I need. I think maybe Blizzard should look at how many Epics and Legendary cards they award from packs. More players could be more interested in the Ladder if hearthstone lowered the barrier to entry.

But for now we can all enjoy the Brawl.

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