Just did my first play through with BGotW as the herald and holy cow is that guy hard. not only are most of the hexagonal monsters decently difficult to beat, but it puts two monsters on the gates which kind of hoses spellcasters, especially since you need them because half the hexs have PR or PI. I honestly like the corruption cards, those things are pretty fun IMO. But with the doom token on monster surges I was running out of time and fast so it was like "**** it, stop closing gates and get those magic weapons and spells" (was playing against Eihort with his PI). ended up kicking his ass because i avoided cultists and sealing gates like the plague. got lucky because i had George and his retainer for money, had Charlie draw brazier of souls on his first stop at the curio, rex murphy started with a shriveling and a gladius of carcosa so he was set, and Daisy started with alchemy as her spell so i had her just farm the magic shop.
But so far I must say that BGotW is the hardest herald and if I was facing someone with an instagib mechanic I probably would have lost!