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Ticking Abomination, Frost Festival, Balance, Nerfs, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #106

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup of cool news and videos. Even though we're in the middle of the summer and everyone is pretty much toasting in the sun, the Hearthstone world is still moving along towards the Frozen Throne. We have a story on a new Frozen Throne minion, the first of the latest reveals. We also have quite a few interviews with different developers on various aspects of the new expansion, clarification on the new events and the card pack rules, talk on the current state of the game, and more. Let us begin...

Back at the end of May, Obsidian Entertainment announced that a big new content update was in the works for their digital version of popular card game Pathfinder Adventures [Free]. Details were vague at that time but we did know the new content would be called Rise of the Goblins and would be loosely based on the We Be Goblins expansion that was released for the physical version of Pathfinder. This week Obsidian has taken the lid off of Rise of the Goblins and have revealed that the new content will come in the form of an entirely new campaign. It will interweave with the existing Rise of the Runelords campaign but will be played from the perspective of the Goblins. They're introducing two new Goblin characters to star in this new campaign, Ranzak (from Skull & Shackles) and Poog (from Goblin Burn! Deck)...




Ben Brode's AMA, Quest Rogue, Lich King, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #105

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern everyone, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup. We put together the best stories and videos from last week, and it was a pretty good week. Knights of the Frozen Throne, the next expansion, is rapidly closing in, and even though we didn't have any reveals this week (they start on the 24th), we still had some expansion-related talk. There was also Ben Brode's informative AMA, Caverns Below nerf, a silly Lich King ad, and much more. And, of course, plenty of fun and informative videos. Now let's all try and push July to move faster so August, and the expansion, arrive. Long live the Lich King...

Just last week we posted the newest trailer and release date for Card Monsters, a card battler from developer Mu77 that's been in the works for quite some time and is hoping to revolutionize the genre on mobile by paring down battles to 3 minutes or less. Well, as promised, Card Monsters: 3 Minute Duels [Free] indeed hit the App Store globally today. Besides its quick matches, Card Monsters also boasts a simplified deck building system where you'll choose just 8 monster types and 8 item types out of a total pool of 450 cards. The monster cards can be leveled up giving them an upgraded status, new skills, and even new card art. In addition, all the monster cards can be augmented by equipping them with items, hopefully offering a nice variety of tactics and strategies for every player. ..

Get ready some plenty of madness and craziness as the monthly Chaos Arena returns to Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)] tomorrow, July 14th. The Chaos Arena is a special event that changes how the game plays and makes for some fun times. There are randomly selected scenarios and lane conditions that make your PvP matches pretty entertaining and a nice change from the usual PvP modes. The scenarios can force players to switch decks, start with 3 additional magicka (which can really change how a deck plays), or spawn different creatures in different lanes...

If you've been getting more into Bethesda's Elder Scrolls: Legends [appprice url="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-elder-scrolls-legends/id1084019358?mt=8] and you want to get better at the VS Arena mode, there's a good guide just for you. The VS Arena mode is a lot like Hearthstone's Arena, and it's a good way to improve your collection. The guide talks about how to go about picking a class once you're first getting started, with strength-based and intelligence-based classes doing well because of their many aggressive cards and good counters to most cards. Then the guide breaks down how to go about drafting your deck and what to consider in terms of number of card copies, curve, prophecies, and so on...

I'm pretty sure you can all guess the most frequent question I get when I talk about Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)]; yes, when is the game coming to phones. Well, Pete Hines, Vice President of Bethesda, is currently streaming Legends on Twitch, and he announced that the game is coming to phones at some point this month. Given that we're already past the first week of July, that leaves only 3 weeks to go. So, it looks like it won't be too far off now, which I know will make many (including me) quite happy because being able to play on a phone means I get to play more...

The solitaire card game Onirim [Free] has quite a few fans in our forums and in the gaming community more generally. Today, the game has received the Crossroads and Dead Ends update that adds 16 cards to the player's deck, which introduce new obstacles and opportunities to escape the twisted dreamscape of the game. The expansion includes four Crossroads, which can be played as any color, and Dead Ends cards that provide new challenges by forcing players to hold on to those cards until the end of the game...

It's time for another Hearthstone [Free] "Choose Your Champion," so get ready to pick a pro and earn some card packs. The HCT Spring Championship is just around the corner now, and you can pick one of the 16 competitors and get card pack rewards depending on how well they do. This is one of the easiest ways to get at least one pack, and if you pick wisely, you might even get four packs. The HCT Spring Championship has players from around the globe fighting for their share of the $250,000 as well as a place at the Hearthstone World Championship. There are four groups of four players, and the Championship will use a dual-tournament format until eight remain, and then it will switch to a single-elimination bracket...

It's been a week for CCGs this one, with Elder Scrolls: Legends getting the Skyrim expansion and now Shadowverse [Free] got the Wonderland Dreams expansion, the game's 5th. The expansion brings over a 100 cards to the game, all of which have to do with old and new fables. As you can see from the Alice in Wonderland-themed trailer below, Wonderland Dreams looks like a fun trip into fairy tales and fables including Don Quixote, Alice, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, and many more. Definitely a fun theme to explore and a departure from the usual fantasy fare of other CCGs...

The highly entertaining Solitairica [$3.99] is expanding, with more decks and battles coming to the game tomorrow, June 29th. Tomorrow's Primal Champions DLC, which will cost $0.99, will add 4 new decks, each consisting a single color. Barbarian will be all about attacking, Vanguard defending, Acrobat agility, and Sorcerer willpower. There will also be Epic difficulty for decks once you defeat the Emperor. Epic difficulty will offer plenty of challenge for experienced players, and it will have 28 battles, which is 10 more than normal, more dangerous versions of monsters and traits, and a tighter coin economy to force you to buy smart...

Fans of Skyrim, it's time to revisit those Dragon Shouts and famous heroes, but this time in Bethesda's Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)]. The Heroes of Skyrim expansion, which has just gone live, introduces 154 new cards to the game and allows you to enjoy all the famous locations and people from Skyrim. You'll get to see allies like Aela the Huntress, J'Zargo, and Delphine, as well as Dragons like Alduin and Paarthurnax. The update has added over a dozen new Daily Quests, which include goals relating to Companions and the College of Winterhold. Some of the quests will give you new Skyrim packs as rewards...

Card Pack Changes, Token Shaman Guide, Kripp and Kibler Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News on 'Touchstone' #103

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players, and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best stories and videos from last week. As you've probably heard by now, we got some great news last week about changes in the card packs, changes that should help free-to-play players build better collections for cheaper. We also had some issues with the upcoming Wild Open. You will also read a Token Shaman guide, take a look at the good and bad Un'Goro card designs, and more. And, of course, we have the best videos from the past week. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and let's begin...

Hearthstone's [Free] Ben Brode just announced some great card pack changes that will help you build a strong collection easier. Starting from the next expansion (but applying to all card packs in the game), when you open a pack that includes a Legendary, it will never be one that you already own; instead, it will be a a different Legendary card from the same set. What that means is you can go ahead and craft a Legendary without worrying that you might be unlucky enough to get that same Legendary in your next pack. Additionally, you will never get more than two copies of a common, rare, or epic card in one pack. Those two changes should help players build a strong collection faster and with less money, which is a great thing...

I hope you're not afraid of spiders, because this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is a classic one called Spiders, Spiders Everwhere, which is, as you might have guessed already, all about spiders. This Brawl premiered back in 2015 and was one of the very first ones, although we've played it a few times since then. In Spiders, Spiders Everywhere, you get a deck full of Webspinners and random spells from your class. Webspinners' deathrattle gives you a random beast, so expect to have plenty of beasts in your hand, and so will your opponent...

Card Thief [$1.99] is without a doubt one of the best iOS games of the year thus far, as Tinytouchtales managed to take the successful formula from Card Crawl [$2.99] and blend it with a load of peculiar stealth elements. The resulting amalgam was something that felt both familiar and intuitive, but also unlike anything that had been done before on the App Store, and it stood out even amongst the strong offerings of Apple's indie game showcase at the time. Hot off the tails of Card Thief's success, the developer has put their time into the next Tinytouchtales project in the form of Miracle Merchant. While we first heard about Miracle Merchant last September, the solitaire-style potion creating title has progressed significantly since this first glimpse, and is now looking for beta testers on our forum thread...

You probably realized that the 2v2 button on your Clash Royale [Free] main screen wasn't going to be permanent from its countdown timer, and now that it's gone (sad face), many players are wondering when we're getting it back. According to Supercell, the 2v2 button will once more be making its appearance on your main screen this July, and it will stay there throughout the whole month, which is why this summer will be known as the Summer of 2v2. Supercell added the 2v2 button for a week to see whether that's something the players would want to have there permanently, and if yes, in what form?..

Disguised Toast Responds, Best Wild and Standard Decks, Best Legendaries to Craft, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News on 'Touchstone' #102

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] stories and videos from this past week. The past week was on the quiet side, with nothing really earth shattering happening. We are officially in the post-expansion lull, so there isn't too much going on. Still, there are some interesting guides on various decks you can put together, a guide on what legendaries you should be crafting, stories on the game's negativity, and more. How is your Hearthstone gaming going? Are you enjoying the current state of the meta, or are you ready for a change and for new cards to come into the game? Let me know in the comments...

I've repeatedly written about the crazy amount of content Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] has received in recent years, and on June 22nd the game is about to get another mega-expansion called Villains of the Multiverse, which is part of Season 2. This expansion brings 10 new Team Mode villains and 4 new environments to the game, and once it releases, almost every deck currently available for the physical version of the game (outside one deck that will also be coming to the game soon) will be available in the video game version of Sentinels. That's quite a feat considering how much content the physical game has...

If you like your Hearthstone [Free] classes mixed up or want to get a taste of how two-class decks would look, go play Cart Crash at the Crossroads, this week's Tavern Brawl. We've played this one in the past, but as is the case after every expansion, new cards make for fresh brawls. Cart Crash at the Crossroads has you picking a class and getting a random deck, and on the first turn, you get to Discover another class. While your hero power remains the one of your original class, your deck becomes a mix of random cards from both classes. Keep in mind that your win only count towards quests for the original hero you picked...

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