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Murloc Paladin and Silence Priest Guides, Deck Sharing, Elemental Art, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in Touchstone #98

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the best stories and videos from the world of Hearthstone [Free]. Last week was quite an interesting one, with Blizzard announcing some big upcoming additions to the client. I was glad to see that the developers are actively working on ways to improve the game, and I'm hoping for a Tournament mode soon (fingers crossed). We also saw a new way to get free cards, and, more importantly for most players, some very good guides for some of the strongest decks in the current meta. We also had some fun tournaments. Scroll down to read all the stories and watch some of the best videos of the past week...

Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)], the CCG based on the extremely popular universe, has received another update that has added the first version of Spectator Mode. Now, you'll be able to watch your friends screw up big time and, if you so desire, chat with them and tell them all the things they are doing wrong and why they should just quit and go play something they're actually good at. Or you could actually try and help them, but where's the fun in that, I ask. Jokes aside, a good Spectator Mode is an essential part of making a game ready for tournaments, so I'm glad to see Elder Scrolls: Legends starting to work on that feature...




Lost Portal CCG [$2.99] is a lovely game made by a single developer, and it's been one of the favorite games of our forum users, as the over 80-pages long forum thread can attest to. Today, the game received another update that makes the Aerahym Expansion available for purchase. The expansion adds 33 new cards to the game along with a new town—which comes with new quests, enemies, and bosses. There are also 15 new portraits available and the level cap has been raised by 2. And there are 17 new Avatar cards added for existing enemies along with the usual fixed and adjustments...

Star Realms [Free] is a great deck building game that has a pretty loyal following. When the game came to mobile, its UI design wasn't the best—as we noted in our review—and overall it didn't look as good as the game deserved. Even though the game has been out since 2014, the developers decided to release an update today that overhauls the game's look as well as adds real-time gameplay and the Colony Wars expansion. The new interface is based on player feedback and should look much better, and there's even new music. In addition to the UI changes, there have been other changes like increased security, with every move logged with the server now...

Magic the Gathering: Puzzle Quest [Free] continues to keep up with all the Magic The Gathering expansions, and today's update has brought the Amonkhet expansion to the very entertaining mobile game. Amonkhet is the 74th Magic expansion and the first in the Amonkhet block. As you might probably have guessed from the name, this expansion was inspired by Ancient Egypt. The MTG: Puzzle Quest version of the expansion comes with 155 new cards, including 10 Masterpiece cards...

Reynad Interview, Best Legendaries to Craft, Rogue Quest, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' 97

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the most interesting Hearthstone [Free] news and videos of this past week. This wasn't the most fascinating week in the history of the game, so don't expect to read any ground-breaking stories. Since we are a few weeks after the launch of Un'Goro, there's an understandable lull in the world of Hearthstone. Still, there were some interesting articles, and it's not every day you get to talk about Buffalo Wild Wings and Hearthstone in the same sentence. There's also an interview with Reynad, talk of Wild, and much more, so let's jump right in and begin...

Hearthstone's [Free] Tavern Brawl has become a weekly staple for players, and—even if you haven't realized it—we have reached the 100th week since the Brawl was added to the game. And if HearthPwn's datamining of Patch 8.0 is accurate, and it usually is, the 100th Tavern Brawl will include 9 previous brawls, and you'll be playing a random one each time. The fun part is that your opponent may end up with a different one, which you can imagine what kind of shenanigans that will create. Even if the original Brawl had you building your own deck, this time around all the decks will consist of random cards...

Wild Decks and Meta, Pros Talk Un'Goro, Midrange Hunter, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #96

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. This week we saw even more emphasis on Wild, with Blizzard giving us the first Wild Heroic Brawl ever. Add to that the recent announcement about the upcoming Wild tournament, and it's pretty clear that Blizzard is starting to increasingly look at the Wild side of the game, which is positive for the game since it offers another entertaining mode.  We also have more verdicts on Journey to Un'Goro as well as updated card evaluations. And, as always, we have the best, craziest, and most interesting videos of the week. Let's jump over the image below and begin...

The strategy card game Faeria [Free (HD)] offers a fun alternative to most other App Store CCGs, and now it's getting ready to jump from your tablets to your phones. When the game came out on tablets, it had quite a few issues, but to the credit of the developers, they went about improving the game quite a bit. Now, they are working on bringing the game to your phones, which I know many of you had asked for. If you're interested in participating in a one-week beta test on either iOS and Android, you can go here and apply. The early access (which is what they're calling the beta) will run until May 15th and will be available for iPhones with iOS 10 and up and Android phones and tablets with Android 6+...

Good news for those who enjoy board games as the classic Race for the Galaxy [$6.99] is now available for iOS and Android. In this board game you try to advance your empire by playing cards to build technological developments or settle planets. As with similar Euro games, you try to have the most victory by the time the game ends, so you'll be trying to build a strong economy. You secretly and simultaneously decide which one of the seven phases you'll lock in, then you reveal your picks at the same time, and then execute the various phases in the order decided. You can take all kinds of action like investing in exploration to settle valuable planets or going down the military path...

As we wrote a few months back, Shadowverse [Free], the increasingly popular CCG, was planning on running a Street Fighter V crossover event, and that event is finally live. During this event, Shadowverse will feature seven Leader Packs containing a Leader skin, an emblem, and a set of card sleeves, all of which will be Street Fighter V-themed. You'll get the likes of Cammy (as Forestcraft), Chun Li (Swordcraft), Juri (Runecraft), and so on. You can buy these Packs either individually or as a single set. Additionally, anyone playing the game during the campaign period—which runs until May 25th—will get a special card sleeve, emblem, and a Tempest of the Gods card pack...

Clash Royale [Free] is adding an interesting new spell today called Heal, and—as I hope you can guess—it heals your troops. This 3-Elixir spell heals your units every 0.5 seconds over 3 seconds for 176/sec at Level 7, and it can really change the momentum of a match if played at the right time on the right troops. The spell is unlocked at Arena 10, Hog Mountain. The Heal spell featured in its own Draft Challenge during the weekend, so some of you are already familiar with how it plays. For the rest of you, today's the day to go get your hands on it. Why would you want to play the Heal Spell in your deck?..

Paladin Rising, Wild Tournament Coming, Un'Goro Archetypes, and More 'Hearthstone' News in 'Touchstone' #95

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the most interesting Hearthstone articles and videos. This week we saw the meta starting to transition as some new decks started making an impression on ranked. We also have a Wild tournament coming (finally) as well as stories about new Un'Goro archetypes, the decks that should be dominating the meta in the near future, and much more. And, like always, we have some fun videos for your work/school break. Overall, it's been a pretty positive week with players enjoying the variety of decks. Without further ado, let us begin...

If you manage to reach Rank 9 in the Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)] Versus Battle this month, you'll get your hands on Chaurus Breeding Pit, and it's a pretty interesting card. In case you've just started playing the game, if you get to Rank 9, you'll get one copy of the card. In Rank 5 you'll get your second copy of the card, and if you hit Rank 1, you get the full set. But what exactly is this new card? Chaurus Breeding Pit is a 10-cost Action that summons a Chaurus Reaper in each lane, and Chaurus Reaper is a 7-cost 5/4 Chaurus that gives all enemy creatures in a lane -1/-1. As the developers point out, this is the kind of card you want to play if you didn't have a good early game and hope to turn things around. And while the card is 10 mana, it does give you two 7-cost cards, so technically it's a bargain...

If you don't like Yogg-Saron's spell shenanigans, you might want to keep away from Hearthstone's [Free] Tavern Brawl this week. The Servant of Yogg-Saron Tryouts, a repeat from last summer, has you picking a class and gives you a deck full of random minions. The fun part is that every time you play a minion, it casts a random spell at a random target. Even though this is a repeat Brawl, you'll be casting quite a few new spells because of the Un'Goro expansion, so it should still feel quite fresh and entertaining. If, of course, you don't like RNG, there won't be much for you to like in this brawl...

Cheap and Strong Un'Goro Decks, Quest Talk, Warrior Taunt, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #94

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] column that brings together the best news and videos from the previous seven day. And what happened in the world of Hearthstone last week? Rogue Quest is still being talked about but not to the extent it had been the last couple of weeks. Instead, there were plenty of positive stories that talked about how great the Un'Goro meta is at the moment. We also have the best decks to play right now as well as the best decks if you're low on cards and dust. There's even a Street Fighter story today. Let us begin...

If you've been enjoying Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)], prepare for some more fun content this weekend as Chaos Arena makes its return to the game. If you haven't played this mode before, Chaos Arena mixes up the lane conditions and scenario rules and makes for some... chaotic matches (sorry about that). There are fun scenarios that really freshen up the game, like getting three creatures into your deck at the start of the match, switching decks with your opponent, or playing with interesting cards already on the board. There are also interesting Lane Conditions: for instance, when summoning a creature in one lane, another random one of the same cost will appear, or if you have the most cards in one lane at the end of the turn, you deal damage to your opponent, and many, many other entertaining ideas...

A couple of years ago we wrote about Spells of Genesis [Free], a trading card game that uses Bitcoin's blockchain technology to power its in-game economy, and now the game is finally out on the App Store. Let's talk about the game first. In Spells of Genesis players have to build decks by trading and combining orbs before clashing with their opponents. The game plays more like an arcade one than something like Hearthstone, but at its core it's still all about collecting cards, trading cards, and building the strongest decks you can. There are over 200 levels and missions and hundreds of cards to get your hands on...

Un'Goro Meta, Rogue Quest, Nerf Candidates, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #93

Hello everyone, and welcome to a slightly-delayed Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup of great news and videos. As was to be expected, last week was pretty much all about Journey to Un'Goro, the latest expansion, but this time around not everyone was happy about what the expansion has brought to the game. In terms of gameplay, though, people are enjoying putting together new and, occasionally, silly decks. Unsurprisingly, players are already calling for the nerf of some cards, which is always the case when new cards enter the game. We also got a sense of where the meta stands right now, although the top deck might surprise you unpleasantly. Let's jump into the Un'Goro crater and get started...

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the first (only? WE'LL SEE) Musgravian Musings. I figured if Andy Fretz gets his own Zone, Tasos gets his own Principle, and Carter can Crater all day long, I could do a sort of editorial column of my own. But rather than share strong opinions on the issues, what I'd like to do is to use this space to do some short non-review reflections on recent game releases. In general, these will be games that have caught my interest in some way or another. They'll also tend to be games that I didn't review in the first place. I'm going to kick things off by taking a look at two of the biggest recent releases, Card Thief [$1.99] from TinyTouchTales and Death Road to Canada [$8.99] from Rocketcat Games...

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