We knew from last week that Blizzard was going to celebrate Diablo's 20th anniversary in all its games, and today the Dark Wanderer has made his appearance as this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl.. First of all, this Brawl feels more like an Adventure since it's a one player affair. You get to create a deck and then take on the hooded stranger holding a grim deck in his hands. The Dark Wanderer starts the game with 3 secrets already played and the Hero Power Diabolical Powers that summons a random Imp. The secrets aren't your usual fare, so expect to see all kinds of weirdness happening (you can check out all the secrets here). And since he gets to summon Imps, the Dark Wanderer also brings many Warlock buffing cards to the table, so don't let those Imps survive for too many turns or you'll get nasty surprises.

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The Brawl also comes with some fun, Diablo-themed surprises that I won't spoil for you. Keep in mind that Eater of Secrets, Flare, and Kezan Mystic can't be picked for this Brawl; Blizzard doesn't want you stealing the Wanderer's secrets. I used a pretty standard Warrior deck - with armor buffs and a few taunts - and won pretty easily. Just bring enough AOE spells to take care of those stealthy Blood Imps and don't get fatigued.

Overall, this isn't a difficult one to beat, but the fun part is that every time you beat it, you get a screen that tells you how many minions you've killed and how many secrets revealed. Once you beat it, you get a card back called Secret Level - which is pretty fiery and pretty cool. My advice is avoid reading too much about this Brawl and just go jump in; it will be much more fun that way.

  • houseofg

    Yeah, I beat it with a run of the mill mage deck but I didn't pop the third secret which apparently opens a second (no reward) brawl...? I saw that on Reddit but didn't want to read too much, to avoid spoiling.

    • houseofg

      Ahhh I see now. (SPOILER FOLLOWS!) ................................................................There is a secret level, not a second brawl.

    • loox

      So we need to pop all three secrets?

      • houseofg

        Right.

  • Dakota Gibbs

    Anybody else getting tons of redirect links anytime they click on an article from toucharcade? I'm deleting it from my bookmarks until it's fixed. Very intrusive advertising and I can't even read an article on my iPhone without cancelling it from loading.

  • Alexandru Alexa

    Where is the fun when is no free pack?

    • George Tomlinson

      Blizzard are always extra generous around Christmas Kappa

    • George Tomlinson

      This week you get 0 packs and a card back. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Um, maybe we should move the Scrooge brawl 1 week away from Christmas, in case we look too like Scrooge? Yeah. I think so. You know Scrooge changed for the better though. There is hope for you too Blizzard.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Jesus.

      • TheVimFuego

        I believe he is still recovering from the recently completed birthday celebrations. It was quite widely hyped, give him a week or so to reply.

      • George Tomlinson

        Christmas 'quite widely hyped' PogChamp.

      • George Tomlinson

        Did I go in too deep?

  • George Tomlinson

    I'm not gonna lie. 0 packs isn't as fun as 1.

    • TheVimFuego

      Fair enough, I've been playing forever so an extra pack is less relevant to me than someone with a limited collection. I was hoping the "player gains gold on deathrattle" mechanic was actual gold though, that would have been cool even if they limited it to 100 for the whole brawl, i.e. another way of getting 1 pack. Not aimed at you but I get a bit annoyed with the sense of entitlement some people have for what is (sort of) a free to play game run by an entertainment corporation that, unsurprisingly, wants to turn a profit. So all the "blizzard = scrooge" comments just make me laugh.

      • George Tomlinson

        The issue here for me isn't players expectations. It's the decision to give what's widely considered to be a substantially lesser reward at a time of year which traditionally is for many people a time when they give each other more gifts than at other times of year. Granted this year it was a week after Christmas, but it still feels a little too close for comfort. Last year I think it was actually the Christmas week. Either they thought players value card backs as highly as packs, which would be an odd thing to think, or they know players don't value card backs as highly, which makes the decision to replace the brawl reward with this at Christmas an odd one. If it was any other time of year it wouldn't seem so strange at least. I'm not saying they behave like Scrooge in general: they save that sort of behaviour for Christmas.

      • TheVimFuego

        I hear you, the timing isn't great. I think this brawl was originally timed for earlier but postponed for technical reasons. I was also disappointed when the 'sale' mooted on Google Play didn't happen too. It would be nice for all players to get some kind of discount around the holiday season but it didn't happen. I agree with you that the look isn't good to award a card back (which I couldn't care less about, I rock the default always) rather than a pack.

      • George Tomlinson

        Sorry about the 2 long answers. I deleted the first and it wasn't showing as such, but then it mysteriously became undeleted. Pc FailFish.

  • Nate Schoals