Gift Exchange

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Tavern Brawl game mode.

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"Great Father is dropping crates on the battlefield! Get a gift each time you smash your opponent's crate... or your own!"

Gift Exchange is a Tavern Brawl. It debuted on December 14, 2015. For exact times, see the schedule.

The first ever festive Tavern Brawl, Gift Exchange celebrates Winter Veil, and is played exclusively on the special snow-laden Stormwind battlefield.

History[edit | edit source]

Tavern Brawl Start End Notes
27 December 16, 2015 December 21, 2015 Winter Veil Wreath card back reward
86 February 1, 2017 February 6, 2017 Winter Veil Wreath card back reward; otherwise, Classic pack
185 December 26, 2018 December 31, 2018 Winter Veil Treat card back reward; otherwise, Classic pack
236 December 18, 2019 December 25, 2019 Winter Veil Treat card back reward; otherwise, Classic pack

Changes[edit | edit source]

The original outing of this Brawl saw all players awarded with a special card back upon their first win. The Brawl's second appearance saw players who had already collected the card back awarded a Classic card pack instead.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The "Winter Veil Wreath" card back, awarding for completing this Brawl for the first time in 2015-2017

This Winter Veil-themed Brawl sees players creating their own custom decks using any class. The Brawl revolves around Winter's Veil Gifts, special minions with a Deathrattle that grants the destroying player a Stolen Winter's Veil Gift. The board starts empty, but if at the start of their turn a player has no Winter's Veil Gifts on their side of the board, a fresh Winter's Veil Gift will be delivered by Greatfather Winter.

Stolen Winter's Veil Gift allows the player to Discover a card belonging to the class of the player who controlled the Winter's Veil Gift minion, with its mana cost reduced by 5. In addition, only spells and minions of 5 cost or higher can be Discovered. Players also have a chance to Discover the special card Hardpacked Snowballs.

Instead of a card pack, winning in this Tavern Brawl awards a special card back: Winter Veil Wreath (in 2015-2017), or the Winter Veil Treat (in 2018-2019). However, if the player already owns the Winter Veil Wreath card back, the usual Classic card pack will be awarded instead.

The "Winter Veil Treat" card back, awarding for completing this Brawl for the first time in 2018-2019

Special cards[edit | edit source]

Hardpacked Snowballs(27518).png
Winter's Veil Gift(27270).png
Stolen Winter's Veil Gift(27271).png

Notes[edit | edit source]

Possible cards[edit | edit source]

Following are the cards which have a chance to be Discovered by Stolen Winter's Veil Gift, as of Rastakhan's Rumble. As noted above, generated Gifts function differently from the standard Discover effect. Neutral cards are not listed for gifts generated by Lorewalker Cho, etc.

Hardpacked Snowballs(27518).png
Druid of the Claw(587).png
Druid of the Fang(12243).png
Verdant Longneck(52583).png
Bewitched Guardian(89431).png
Lotus Agents(49629).png
Virmen Sensei(49721).png
Force of Nature(237).png
Gloom Stag(89341).png
Living Mana(55491).png
Lunar Visions(49635).png
Duskfallen Aviana(89385).png
Ixlid, Fungal Lord(76947).png
Dark Arakkoa(35189).png
Jade Behemoth(49718).png
Menagerie Warden(42059).png
Moonglade Portal(42040).png
Spreading Plague(62841).png
Tending Tauren(89900).png
Dark Wispers(12298).png
Stampeding Roar(90221).png
Aya Blackpaw(49706).png
Ironhide Direhorn(90170).png
Knight of the Wild(22360).png
Ancient of Lore(34).png
Ancient of War(242).png
Dreampetal Florist(89880).png
Giant Anaconda(55546).png
Wisps of the Old Gods(33172).png
Gonk, the Raptor(90237).png
Malfurion the Pestilent(62904).png
Ironbark Protector(238).png
Gloop Sprayer(89846).png
Grizzled Guardian(76894).png
Volcanic Lumberer(14458).png
Tree of Life(12270).png
Ultimate Infestation(62879).png
Kun the Forgotten King(49628).png
Starving Buzzard(101).png
Tundra Rhino(162).png
Baited Arrow(90156).png
Cobra Shot(12304).png
Vilebrood Skitterer(89441).png
Carrion Drake(89440).png
Corpse Widow(62867).png
Explosive Shot(114).png
King of Beasts(12285).png
Lesser Emerald Spellstone(76950).png
Ram Wrangler(22344).png
Tol'vir Warden(55484).png
Halazzi, the Lynx(90285).png
Princess Huhuran(35188).png
Ball of Spiders(22272).png
Savannah Highmane(8).png
Seeping Oozeling(76882).png
To My Side!(76970).png
Deathstalker Rexxar(58724).png
Abominable Bowman(61829).png
Crushing Walls(73319).png
Boommaster Flark(89848).png
Don Han'Cho(49683).png
Swamp King Dred(55454).png
Flark's Boom-Zooka(89918).png
Kathrena Winterwisp(76873).png
Call of the Wild(33167).png
King Krush(194).png
Dragon's Breath(14446).png
Ethereal Conjurer(27249).png
Flame Lance(22302).png
Bonfire Elemental(89425).png
Curio Collector(89451).png
Servant of Yogg-Saron(33179).png
Blast Wave(90204).png
Cabalist's Tome(33155).png
Deck of Wonders(76942).png
Dragon's Fury(76963).png
Faceless Summoner(33178).png
Kabal Crystal Runner(49700).png
Coldarra Drake(22261).png
Toki, Time-Tinker(89406).png
Firelands Portal(42025).png
Greater Arcane Missiles(49740).png
Archmage Antonidas(220).png
Flame Leviathan(12290).png
Inkmaster Solia(49693).png
Jan'alai, the Dragonhawk(90176).png
Luna's Pocket Galaxy(89888).png
Glacial Mysteries(62869).png
Hex Lord Malacrass(90159).png
Dragoncaller Alanna(76960).png
Frost Lich Jaina(61810).png
Ghostly Charger(89445).png
Solemn Vigil(14453).png
Stand Against Darkness(31116).png
Blessed Champion(7).png
Cobalt Guardian(12222).png
Dragon Consort(14452).png
Grimestreet Enforcer(49667).png
Holy Wrath(355).png
Shrink Ray(89864).png
Tuskarr Jouster(22315).png
Call to Arms(76919).png
Bolvar Fordragon(12244).png
Bolvar, Fireblood(61831).png
Prince Liam(89443).png
Crystal Lion(76968).png
Ivory Knight(42019).png
Spikeridged Steed(55516).png
Avenging Wrath(142).png
Glowstone Technician(89938).png
Enter the Coliseum(22380).png
Level Up!(76867).png
Mysterious Challenger(22394).png
Sunkeeper Tarim(55462).png
Guardian of Kings(283).png
Grimestreet Protector(49678).png
A New Challenger...(90173).png
Don Han'Cho(49683).png
Eadric the Pure(22313).png
Kangor's Endless Army(89818).png
Lynessa Sunsorrow(76920).png
Lay on Hands(506).png
Ragnaros, Lightlord(33147).png
Tirion Fordring(391).png
Uther of the Ebon Blade(62906).png
Anyfin Can Happen(27240).png
Shirvallah, the Tiger(90145).png
Holy Nova(671).png
Darkshire Alchemist(35199).png
Kabal Songstealer(49753).png
Power Word- Tentacles(35193).png
Quartz Elemental(89458).png
Devour Mind(62868).png
Drakonid Operative(49638).png
Excavated Evil(27242).png
Holy Water(89390).png
Mass Hysteria(90253).png
Onyx Bishop(42058).png
Twilight Darkmender(35191).png
Upgraded Repair Bot(12185).png
Glitter Moth(89340).png
Power Word- Replicate(89870).png
Reckless Experimenter(89820).png
Lyra the Sunshard(55545).png
Raza the Chained(49702).png
Temple Enforcer(232).png
Coffin Crasher(89368).png
Holy Fire(457).png
Shadow Essence(62896).png
Cabal Shadow Priest(147).png
Dragonfire Potion(49648).png
Embrace Darkness(62857).png
Herald Volazj(33127).png
Lady in White(89375).png
Zerek, Master Cloner(89863).png
Lesser Diamond Spellstone(76954).png
Nightscale Matriarch(89457).png
Psychic Scream(76911).png
Archbishop Benedictus(62856).png
Bwonsamdi, the Dead(90169).png
Confessor Paletress(22368).png
Prophet Velen(228).png
Free From Amber(55542).png
Princess Talanji(90209).png
Shadowreaper Anduin(62889).png
Obsidian Statue(62870).png
Zerek's Cloning Gallery(89840).png
Mind Control(401).png
Grave Horror(90186).png
Bone Baron(62939).png
Crazed Chemist(89943).png
Shado-Pan Rider(22305).png
Dark Iron Skulker(14434).png
Ethereal Peddler(42023).png
Lesser Onyx Spellstone(76953).png
Lotus Agents(49629).png
Ogre Ninja(12235).png
Lotus Assassin(49619).png
Necrium Vial(89879).png
Vilespine Slayer(55490).png
Gral, the Shark(90189).png
Myra Rotspring(89865).png
Myra's Unstable Element(89802).png
Cursed Castaway(89376).png
Thistle Tea(33174).png
Cannon Barrage(90160).png
Luckydo Buccaneer(49754).png
Spectral Pillager(62945).png
Aya Blackpaw(49706).png
Trade Prince Gallywix(12291).png
Gurubashi Hypemon(90195).png
Captain Hooktusk(90234).png
Tess Greymane(89422).png
Blade of C'Thun(35197).png
Valeera the Hollow(62876).png
Lotus Agents(49629).png
Thunder Bluff Valiant(22271).png
Voodoo Hexxer(61826).png
Earth Elemental(124).png
Windshear Stormcaller(76921).png
Hallazeal the Ascended(33131).png
Thrall, Deathseer(62861).png
White Eyes(49726).png
Fire Elemental(636).png
Rain of Toads(90157).png
Thing from Below(33159).png
Aya Blackpaw(49706).png
Grumble, Worldshaker(76891).png
Krag'wa, the Frog(90255).png
The Mistcaller(22349).png
Jade Chieftain(49720).png
Everyfin is Awesome(27224).png
Lesser Sapphire Spellstone(73330).png
Stone Sentinel(55467).png
The Storm Bringer(89892).png
Hagatha the Witch(89355).png
Kalimos, Primal Lord(55473).png
Al'Akir the Windlord(335).png
Snowfury Giant(62918).png
Floating Watcher(12271).png
Kara Kazham!(42033).png
Tar Lurker(55578).png
Usher of Souls(35242).png
Despicable Dreadlord(62903).png
Feeding Time(55589).png
Bane of Doom(670).png
Deathweb Spider(89395).png
Omega Agent(89822).png
Blood-Queen Lana'thel(61814).png
Dread Infernal(36).png
Cruel Dinomancer(55569).png
Felfire Potion(49699).png
Possessed Lackey(76948).png
Siphon Soul(573).png
Void Crusher(22387).png
Anima Golem(12245).png
Dark Bargain(22388).png
Kabal Trafficker(49742).png
Glinda Crowskin(89352).png
Rin, the First Disciple(73326).png
Wilfred Fizzlebang(22288).png
Abyssal Enforcer(49691).png
Blood Troll Sapper(90264).png
Fearsome Doomguard(22391).png
Lord Godfrey(89359).png
Twisting Nether(398).png
Void Contract(90153).png
Dr. Morrigan(89890).png
Hir'eek, the Bat(90150).png
Krul the Unshackled(49744).png
Lord Jaraxxus(482).png
Bloodreaver Gul'dan(62934).png
Ironforge Portal(42064).png
Alley Armorsmith(49663).png
Death Revenant(62926).png
Direhorn Hatchling(55524).png
Emberscale Drake(90230).png
Festeroot Hulk(89418).png
Siege Engine(12275).png
Sudden Genesis(55577).png
Darius Crowley(89369).png
Gemstudded Golem(77004).png
Ornery Direhorn(55530).png
Unidentified Shield(76935).png
Gather Your Party(73320).png
Heavy Metal!(90166).png
Security Rover(89876).png
Deadly Arsenal(89384).png
Sea Reaver(22339).png
Iron Juggernaut(12295).png
Obsidian Destroyer(27222).png
Tar Lord(55535).png
Ancient Shieldbearer(33122).png
Lesser Mithril Spellstone(76872).png
Beryllium Nullifier(89800).png
Blackhowl Gunspire(89374).png
Don Han'Cho(49683).png
Dr. Boom, Mad Genius(89827).png
Akali, the Rhino(90220).png
Geosculptor Yip(76929).png
Grommash Hellscream(643).png
Scourgelord Garrosh(62927).png
King Mosh(55501).png
The Boomship(89856).png
Varian Wrynn(22342).png

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The reduced mana cost and high mana range of the cards Discovered from the Winter's Veil Gifts makes them high priorities for attacking. Specifically, the high cost tends to increase the likelihood of drawing legendary and epic cards, including powerful options like Flamestrike and Archmage Antonidas - and at substantially reduced costs.

The limited pool of cards at 5 mana or above for each class also makes the options far more predictable. For a list of cards for each class, see Possible cards, above.

The choice of class can not only be used to give the player the maximum advantage in their deck and Hero Power, but also to give the opponent the worst choice of possible cards to Discover.

The fairly regular supply of 1-mana spells makes spell-related cards like Flamewaker highly effective.

Destroying your own Winter's Veil Gifts can be a very effective way of preventing the opponent from destroying it on their turn, since you will only receive a replacement at the start of your next turn. In addition, you will obtain a Stolen Winter's Veil Gift, with the class set to match your own hero. Another way to deny a Gift to your enemy is Silence on your own crate, leaving it to be destroyed with no gain for your opponent.

Since the Gift minions have 0 Attack, stat-switching effects like Reversing Switch can be used to destroy them immediately. This also makes them a good target for Health buffs.

Because the cards obtained from gifts are high-impact with a big discount, you might find success by crafting a deck dedicated toward destroying boxes on both sides of the board. There are many cards that are helpful toward this goal: Doomsayer will clear the board after a new box has been dropped, Power Overwhelming is one of the cheapest ways to destroy your own box, and Void Terror is guaranteed to be a 3/7 minion that instantly earns you a free gift.

Keep in mind that boxes on the battlefield will be Exhausted immediately after being dropped. Plan your buffs accordingly.

Warlock class is recommended for newbies this Tavern Brawl due to big amount of cheap basic/common removals/4 damage spells (e.g. Corruption and Soulfire) and cheap 4+ attack minions (Succubus/Wrathguard both cost 2 mana and have 4 attack), so it becomes easy to destroy gifts in first turns of game, gaining cheap and powerful cards. Power Overwhelming, when used properly, may be used to kill both gifts for 1 mana (target your gift, order it to attack enemy gift) if your gift wasn't placed this turn, giving big advantage.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This is the first ever festive Tavern Brawl, made to coincide with Hearthstone's first seasonal event - Winter Veil, in December 2015. Further seasonal events are speculated for the future, with some details already in place for a Lunar New Year celebration.
  • The reprise of this Brawl in February 2017 marks the first time in the history of the game that a limited-availability card back has been made available again.

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