Introduction: How to Defeat Rafaam Using Kel'Thuzad in "An Evil Exchange" Tavern Brawl

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Kel'Thuzad's premade deck is more powerful than Rafaam during early to mid-game. Try to dominate the board faster using Gluth and Anub'Rekhans. Rafaam will be a big threat once he completed his staff / hero power. Kill your opponent as much as possible.


Wesley666 (author)2016-03-29

Creeper, Mad Scientist, Anub, Gluth, even Sludge Blecher are all traps in this brawl. Its a tremendously one sided brawl, Kel'Thuzad should win every game, long or short. The hero power is so strong, waiting until turn 3 or 4 to play something is not a big deal, if you can play out Gothak the Harvester, Heigan the Unclean, Grand Widow Faerlina, Sapphiron early, then every time you press your 2 mana hero power you are guaranteed a strong card. That and every time another one is killed, you have more chance of summoning it later.

The idea behind Kel'Thuzad was to keep the minions that summon other minions off the board as long as possible. If you get to say turn 15, or 20, and have had 5 Sapphirons die, several Gothaks, a few Faerlinas, but you only just had the first Gluth die, or the first haunted creeper, you have a way larger chance for your 2 mana to summon a larger creep which is higher value.

I went 22-22 with Kel'Thuzad but only about 4-12 with Rafaam, and the only games I won as Rafaam were where the opponent played out Creeper or Mad Scientist turn 2. You kill it and the spiders as fast as possible and if he hero powers it back, kill them again. When he spends 2 mana then, he usually gets a 1 mana 1-1 spider or a 2 mana 1-2 Creeper or a 2-2 Scientist. That is terrible value, then his deck becomes on par with Rafaam and Rafaam's Hero power gets stronger with staff pieces and you face roll him. So as long as you don't do that with Kel'Thuzad and make sure your hero power is disgustingly overpowered for the whole game and have at least a 90% chance to summon a big card or a power creep, there is no reason ever to lose.

Wesley666 (author)Wesley6662016-03-29

Honestly, if he cleared your board (And his board clear is insane), you would likely have lost. Your hero power would have become useless and he would have been able to comeback fairly easily. Knowing the card lists for both decks helps, Rafaam doesn't have too many minions, its fine not playing things as Kel and waiting to play something better, its unlikely Rafaam could play something. Even if Rafaam plays something like a dark peddler, a few turns of taking 2 to the face is nothing. He is really slow, but gets much stronger as the game goes on. Kel'Thuzad's deck is made so mistakes and certain plays will make him weaker as the game goes on, but he can be played to be strong the whole game. Its not a huge mistake, or really a mistake at all how you played him, but there are far stronger ways to play Kel'Thuzad, and I really mean he should never lose, ever.

Hi there Wesley! Thanks for your comments about the brawl! Yeah, I have to agree that if he have spells, he can wipe out my minions easily! I also played Rafaam, and I find it enjoyable and challenging. Saving spells that can wipe your opponent's minions is a must (!) while you're waiting for your full hero's power.

You can also check my game replay here using Rafaam - Cheers! :D

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-03-26

Nice tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

I'm glad you like it. Thank you!

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