A Less Friendly Game of Chess

Things have gotten a little underhanded at Medivh's Magical Chessboard. Bring 6 unique cards and hide them under the table, they could swing the match in your favor!

How It Works

  • Select a class and build a 6 card deck; 15 auto-attacking chess piece cards (first introduced in One Night in Karazhan solo content) will be added to it.
    • The starting deck will have 8 Pawns, 2 Bishops, 2 Rooks, 2 Knights, and 1 Queen.
  • You'll start from 20 Health, and play as White King or Black King. Your Hero Power is Castle.
  • Hero Cards, as well as Whizbang and Zayle are banned.

Castle Card ImageWhite Pawn Card ImageWhite Bishop Card Image

White Rook Card ImageWhite Knight Card ImageWhite Queen Card Image

Hot Decks for A Less Friendly Game of Chess

When We've Seen A Less Friendly Game of Chess

Week Started Ended Reward
Week #159 Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Saturday, June 30, 2018 1x Classic Pack
Week #216 Wednesday, July 31, 2019 Wednesday, August 07, 2019 1x Classic Pack
Week #293 Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1x Classic Pack


  • Pezman's Avatar
    Unwrapped 1400 1097 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 1 week, 2 days ago

    Why have they banned some evolve effects, but not all? I had a quick, easy win yesterday with Explosive Evolution and Bogstrok Clacker, among other things.

  • MurlocAggroB's Avatar
    COMMENT_COUNT_450_HS 890 461 Posts Joined 06/12/2019
    Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

    Hero cards are banned. Lord Jaraxxus however is not.

    If you want to goof around, that's a pretty good meme to do it with. Hero Power + Shadowflame isn't too shabby either considering everything has 6 HP.

    • giantpunda's Avatar
      175 59 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
      Posted 1 week, 2 days ago

      I won with Jaraxxus as well. Also pulled off a decent meme with Silas and Howlfiend. Discarded 4 of their cheat cards so their game plan was pretty much hosed.

  • Hydrafrog's Avatar
    Gul'dan 1215 1402 Posts Joined 05/28/2019
    Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

    Shocker, I went Warlock and used Plague of Flames, Raise Dead, Wicked Whispers, Shadow Council, Defile, and Shadowflame.  I've not gone past turn 6 without my opponent conceding.

    • stratloc's Avatar
      Charmander 125 9 Posts Joined 08/08/2019
      Posted 1 week, 1 day ago

      I hate chess brawls.  Thanks for making something equally annoying as the brawl itself.

    • CaptZoey's Avatar
      Silver Supporter 405 57 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
      Posted 1 week, 2 days ago

      For the lazy:

      # 1x (0) Raise Dead
      # 1x (1) Plague of Flames
      # 1x (1) Shadow Council
      # 1x (1) Wicked Whispers
      # 1x (2) Defile
      # 1x (4) Shadowflame

    • DarkFrostX's Avatar
      495 630 Posts Joined 07/26/2019
      Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

      Tried it since I didn't know what to do and won turn 4 with random demons. Great deck!

    • PLANETCRUNCH's Avatar
      E.V.I.L. Dragon 705 1012 Posts Joined 07/19/2019
      Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

      Thanks for the tip, I'll try this out 

  • Thonson's Avatar
    1180 1027 Posts Joined 03/24/2019
    Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

    Maybe not the best, but still my favorite deck for this Brawl!  I mean, when else can you play Wailing Soul unironically?!?!

    Token Chess (Big Burst Potential)
    A Token Druid Deck created by Thonson. Last updated 1 week, 3 days ago

  • MalusCrabus's Avatar
    200 18 Posts Joined 05/28/2019
    Posted 1 year, 5 months ago

    After winning a bunch with very mediocre and useless cards. Obviously didn't really get it at the start, but luckily neither did my opponents, so just played for tempo and won, also, discovering the Queen every times helps a little.

    Then I decided that I could've/should've just put together a weapon, buff it and just go face, so I did.

    1x Waggle Pick
    1x Deadly Poison
    1x Tinker's Sharpsword Oil
    1x Preparation
    1x Goblin Auto-Barber
    1x Naga Corsair

    Worked pretty well.

    • psychoontherox's Avatar
      Eldritch Horror 520 10 Posts Joined 09/24/2020
      Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

      This worked for me!

  • Horus's Avatar
    Grand Crusader 1810 1926 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 1 year, 5 months ago

    After about 10 games, I came to the conclusion that the 6 card's decklist don't make much of a difference*. It is mostly about your starting hand, tempo and keeping a steady aggression. The moment you start playing defensively, you most likely have already lost.

    *Some card, such as Vanish, Imp Gang Boss & Mal'Ganis - to only name a few - have noticeable effect

  • Xynot's Avatar
    130 25 Posts Joined 05/30/2019
    Posted 1 year, 5 months ago

    Cybertech Chip has been the MVP for me.  Played on a full board, it refills your hand with mechs of a variety of cost.  With the extra cards and the ability to play on curve and go face, it's easy to outclass their production.  The dark horse award goes to Faceless Rager which gives you a 5/6 early in the game. Of course, you could always decide to play Warrior and Explore Un'Goro. Here's the deck I used:

    Mech Poison
    A Unknown Hunter Deck created by Xynot. Last updated 1 year, 5 months ago

  • Watermelon86's Avatar
    Magma Rager 465 207 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 1 year, 5 months ago

    Tried running Drakkari Enchanter to double up on attacks.

    Didn't work.  I guess Auto-Attack isn't considered an end of turn effect.

  • linkblade91's Avatar
    Global Moderator 1255 1211 Posts Joined 02/09/2019
    Posted 1 year, 5 months ago

    I won with a Kathrena Hunter: 

    Pretty standard game until turn-8, when I ramped up significantly. Kathrena's death -> Oondasta -> Charged Devilsaur + King Krush from hand was a sudden blast of damage they were ill-equipped to deal with.

  • pidge's Avatar
    170 14 Posts Joined 07/03/2019
    Posted 1 year, 5 months ago

    The games I played were extremely long. I played a deck similar to, A smashing game of chess, that is listed above. I got the win after 3 or 4 attempts but in the game that I actually won I never played a hunter class card. Due to the games playing out as slow as they did, I would have to say this is not my favorite brawl.

  • Pezman's Avatar
    Unwrapped 1400 1097 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 1 year, 5 months ago

    Super fun: try Wailing Soul and Void Ripper. Make sure you've got a decent board of chess pieces on turn 7, then silence them all, swap them into 6/1's etc, then win. I run it in priest with Cleric, Shield, Circle and Binding Heal.

  • Hordaki's Avatar
    Dragon Scholar 590 246 Posts Joined 05/28/2019
  • kramerofboandls's Avatar
    HearthStationeer 490 226 Posts Joined 04/01/2019
    Posted 1 year, 5 months ago

    Inner fire does not work. Had to learn it the hard way. And I thought, this was a no-brainer :D

    I put a few removal cards of priest into the deck, worked pretty well regardless (even without inner fire). 

    • KANSAS's Avatar
      Old God Fanatic 1555 2461 Posts Joined 03/25/2019
      Posted 1 year, 5 months ago

      I made a druid deck full of board buffs and I was very disappointed when it did not work. 


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