Another week, another wing in the latest Player vs Environment adventure from Hearthstone. This week: The Menagerie.
The Curator kicks off this wing as the first boss. His hero power: Your hero has Taunt. It’s passive. I wasn’t quite sure if it meant my hero has Taunt as well. In the end, it didn’t really matter.
It took a few tries, but I ground the Curator to a halt.
The Zoobot is a 3/3 neutral minion with a Battlecry: Give a random friendly Beast, Dragon, and Murloc +1/+1. It is also a Mech. Interesting combination.
Menagerie Warden Reward: This 5/5 druid card has a Battlecry: Chose a friendly Beast, summon a copy of it.
Nightbane is boss 2. His hero power is a head-scratcher. Passive: start with 10 mana. I didn’t tailor my deck from this but got a perty-nice draw (sic).
Even though he Pyroblasted Ragnaros, I swarmed him with my minions. The contest was over before it started. I like the premise, but I think in a PvE setting it’s just too easy.
Nightbane Templar Reward: A 2/3 paladin minion with a Battlecry: If you are holding a dragon, summon 2 1/1 Whelps.
Runic Egg Reward: 0/2 neutral minion with a Deathrattle: Draw a card. There may be a grand plan for this card. I’m not seeing it.
Terestian Illhoof is the 3rd and final boss of the Menagerie wing. His hero power: Only Sickly Imps can damage Illhoof. It’s passive, and the Sickly Imps are much like the Dreadstead warlock minion, except they damage the hero.
Had I switched things up with my deck, this fight would have been a lot easier. Having lots of AoE cards, or minions who can do AoE is useful.
Purify Reward: Everyone’s favorite 2 cost priest spell! I see a lot of hate for this card, I’m not sure why. There are plenty of friendly minions that could benefit from a good old silence. Plus you draw a card. It’s also a spell.
Avian Watcher Reward: This 3/6 nuetral minion has a Battlecry: If you control a secret, gain +1/+1 and taunt. Very tempted to put this bad boy in my mage and hunter decks, but it would best fit in my paladin deck. A 4/7 taunt is a monster. Yep.
Menagerie Magician Unlocked: A 4/4 neutral minion with a Battlecry: Give a random Beast, Dragon, and Murloc +2/+2. This is going to make for some funky synergy–and I love it!
The Curator Reward: I got so excited with this 4/6 Legendary that I forgot to screen capture the reward picture! It’s got Taunt and a Battlecry: Draw a Beast, Dragon, and Murloc from your deck. Get ready to see this card. A lot. It’s also a Mech. Yeah.
Hunter, Warrior, and Mage Class Challenges Unlocked!
For the hunter class challenge, you face off vs the Curator again, this time with a custom hunter deck. Personally, I think they made it pretty easy on us, but hey. There is always Heroic mode.
Maybe it was the cards I drew, I breezed right through, I shut down the Curator, It had to happen sooner or later. Ha.
Cat Trick Reward: This 2-cost hunter spell is a Secret: After your opponent casts a spell, summon a 4/2 panther with Stealth. Good but not great. Better if you are playing a spell/secret heavy hunter deck.
Warrior Class Challenge: You get Illhoof again, this time with a stacked warrior deck. It shows you how easy this fight can be with the right cards.
A few Taunts and some AoE later…
Fool’s Bane Reward: This is a 3/4 warrior weapon with a condition: Unlimited attacks each turn. Can’t attack heroes. Not sold on this card. Seems like it is very situational.
For the Mage class challenge, you get Nightbane again with a custom mage deck. Starting out with Medivh in your hand AND a Pyroblast is pretty much the win right there.
They really stacked that deck. There was also Y’Shaarj Pyroblast summoned with Atiesh equipped. I cannot wait to get my hands on Medivh. So much fun to be had…
Babbling Book Reward: Not flashy but a 1/1 minion that adds a spell to your deck. Good opener for anyone playing Yogg deck. Yes please!
That wraps up this week’s action. Stay tuned for the 4th, and final wing coming next week!