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HearthstoneOct 15, 2020 6:06 pm CT

Not the Hero you deserve, but the Hero you need to win Hearthstone’s Boss Battle Royale Tavern Brawl

Ding! Ding! Ding! It’s time for a big old Boss Battle Royale Tavern Brawl. This is the third incarnation of this Hearthstone Brawl with a brand new set of competitors and powers. Ten mighty heroes enter the ring. Which one will you lead to victory?

Boss Battle Royale 3 Basics

  • Name: Boss Battle Royale
  • Description: Dress up as your favorite boss for the costume contest. Find out who’s the winner!
  • Fun level: 9/10
  • Difficulty: 7/10
  • Replayability: 9/10
  • Format: Wild
  • Type: PvP
  • Deck: Provided
  • Rewards: 1 Classic pack

You choose from among ten Heroes, each representing a Hearthstone class. Let’s take a look at our competitors and their Hero Powers:

  • Baduu Prime – Corrupted by Rust (Passive) – After you play a minion, give it Stealth or Poisonous.
  • Cenarius – Nature’s Grasp (2 mana) – Summon a 2/2 Treant with Taunt.
  • Dr. Boom – SUMMON THE BOTS! (2 mana) – Add a random Boomlabs Mech to your hand.
  • Hagatha the Vengeful – Swampqueen’s Touch (2 mana) – Transform a friendly minion into one that costs 1-3 more.
  • Illidan Stormrage – Burning Rage (Passive) – After your hero attacks, deal 1 damage to all enemies.
  • Kriziki the Winged – Wings of Rebirth (2 mana) – Give a minion Reborn and “Can’t be targeted by spells or Hero Powers.”
  • Lich Baz’hial – Lich’s Phylactery (0 mana) – Restore 20 Health to your Hero. Reduce by 1 for every friendly minion that dies. After 20 minions die, the Hero power changes to Broken Phylactery (Passive) which makes you take double damage from fatigue.
  • Rotwing – Rot Aura (1 mana) – Trigger ALL Deathrattle effects.
  • Mother Sharaz – Parry and Riposte (Passive) – The first time you are damaged each turn, prevent it and counterattack!
  • White King – Castle (2 mana) – Discover a chess piece.

How to win the Boss Battle Royale 3 Tavern Brawl

This Brawl is all about picking the right hero and piloting them to victory. Here’s a rundown of the strategy for each hero:

  • Rotwing is your S tier choice. Mulligan for your low cost Deathrattles like Firey Bat and Runic Egg. If you get a Chromatic Egg in your mulligan, keep it, because none of the other decks can deal with the big minions Chromatic Egg creates. Play Chromatic Egg on turn 5 so you can use the Hero Power and immediately get your dragon out.
  • Mother Sharaz is another strong pick. Your Hero Power forces the opponents to waste attacks against you with small minions so they end up clearing their own board. She has a deck filled with cards to counter enemy minions.
  • Cenarius plays similarly to a token Druid. Build your board and buff your minions. You’ll always have a Taunt minion down from the Hero Power to stall your opponent.
  • Dr. Boom and Illidan both encourage an aggressive style of play. As Illidan, you need to carefully balance clearing minions with your face and applying pressure to the opponent. You have some Lifesteal cards, but if you get too low, you’ll be vulnerable to a quick death. Try to set up a big burst damage turn with Kayn Sunfury. Dr. Boom has a mech deck, but most of his minions are small. Use Zoo style swarm tactics and take an aggressive approach.

  • Lich Baz’hial reminds me of a freeze Mage. You have many ways to freeze and frustrate your opponent. Use cards like Bittertide Hydra to pressure your opponent since your heal will counter its downside, but be careful. With such a low starting health, you’re vulnerable to having your opponent burst your down.
  • As Hagatha the Vengeful, you need to get ahead on the board quickly. Your Hero Power is a bit reactive since the transformed minions won’t be able to attack the same turn unless it has Rush. This is the Hero with the wideset range of outcomes. If crazy randomness is why you play Brawls, Hagatha might be the right pick. First you have to deal with the 1-3 mana Evolve. On top of that, you’ve got an entire Wild pool of cards from which your resulting minions could come. These games can go amazing or terrible.
  • Baduu Prime is another hero with some heavy RNG mechanics. Most of the time, you’ll prefer Poisonous, but sometimes Stealth makes more sense. Baduu’s Poisonous is one of the few ways to deal with Rotwing’s Dragons.
  • Kriziki’s Hero Power is strong, but the deck tries too hard to be themed and doesn’t do a good job of taking advantage of the Hero Power. I don’t recommend Kriziki, but know that you’ll have a ton of respect if you manage to get a win with this Hero.
  • The chess aspect of the White King is the most unique playstyle of any of the Heroes, but it’s tough to score wins with. You’ll struggle against any kind of board clear or against a minion with a ton of health. You can’t kill your opponent fast enough and eventually your opponent’s minions will just overwhelm you.

This is one of the best and most fun Brawls I’ve played recently. There’s good picks for aggressive minded players as well as more control oriented players. The Brawl has exciting plays and a good amount of strategic decisions. Even if you’ve skipped the last couple of Brawls, definitely check this one out.

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