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Get ready for a showdown between the villains of two past Adventures: it's Kel'Thuzad versus Rafaam!


This week's Tavern Brawl (March 23-28) resembles the very first Tavern Brawl, Ragnaros versus Nefarian. This time, it's two different heroes battling it out, Kel'Thuzad versus Rafaam.


KT starts with 30 health and 30 armor, as well as a 2-mana hero power that allows him to resurrect a random friendly minion. Rafaam starts with 60 health and a 2-mana hero power called "Staff, First Piece". At its first stage, this hero power adds a random minion that costs 5 mana or less to your hand. However, you have two 3-mana Uncover Staff Piece cards in your deck that allow you to upgrade your hero power. With the first upgrade, your hero power becomes "Add a random minion to your hand. It costs (2) less" and with the second one it becomes "Add a random legendary minion to your hand. It costs (4) less."


As you can imagine, both bosses have cards and minions that you may have encountered while playing their respective adventures. Kel'Thuzad has mostly Naxxramas cards and Legendary cards that represent bosses in the Curse of Naxxramas Adventure, while the same goes for Rafaam and League of Explorers.


From first impressions on Reddit, people seem to think that Kel'Thuzad is overall more powerful. Personally, I played and won my first game as Rafaam: my opponent had literally no early game and if you upgrade Rafaam's hero power fast enough, the game is yours. I also felt that the League of Explorers bosses-turned-into-legendary-minions were quite powerful, Zinaar actually helped me a lot. However, if KT gets his early game, he is extremely hard to counter, especially with his Necromancy hero power.


Inside the spoiler tags you can find the deck lists of both Heroes:




2x Mad Scientist

2x Haunted Creeper

2x Dark Cultist

1x Heigan the Unclean

1x Anub'rekhan

1x Gothik the Harvester

1x Grand Widow Faerlina

1x Lady Blaumeux

1x Gluth

1x Sludge Belcher

1x Loatheb

1x Maexxna

1x Stalagg

1x Feugen

1x Sapphiron

1x Grobbulus

1x Noth the Plaguebringer

1x Instructor Razuvious

1x Patchwerk



2x Frostbolt

1x Necrotic Poison

1x Counterspell

2x Duplicate

1x Vaporize

1x Darkness calls (Can summon two of the non-collectible Naxxramas bosses)




2x Dark Peddler

2x Slithering Archer

2x Keeper of Uldaman

2x Tomb Pillager

2x Ethereal Conjurer

1x Chieftain Scarvash

1x Lady Naz'jar

1x The Steel Sentinel

1x Zinaar



1x Lothar's Left Greeve

1x Putress' Vial

1x Hakkari Blood Goblet

2x Darkbomb

2x Shadow Word: Pain

2x Forgotten Torch

2x Shadow Word: Death

2x Uncover Staff Piece

2x Entomb
1x Flamestrike


Good luck and have fun!

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