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The verb "brauchen" is in the Konjunktiv II, however, I can not see this declension of the verb http://konjugator.reverso.net/konjugation-deutsch-verb-brauchen.html

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Both versions are correct:

... als brauchte er keine Hilfe
... als bräuchte er keine Hilfe

You can find a better declension table here: Flexion von »brauchen« on wiktionary

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Contrary to former times the alternative imperfect subjunctive »bräuchte« is nowadays classified as standard too.

Source: Duden - Richtiges und gutes Deutsch

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