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After meandering deep inside Hearthstone's [Free] Blackrock Mountain these last three weeks, we've arrived at Blackwing Lair, Lord Victor Nefarius' seat of power within Blackrock Mountain. Nefarius tinkers with blood of the various dragon flights to create an unstoppable army (it's not an accident, I think, that Nefarius's name, Victor, is the same as another famous scientist's, Victor Frankestein). This week's Wing is definitely feeling more dragonlike, with the likes of Razorgore, Vaelastraz, and Chromaggus being the first three bosses and their creator, Lord Nefarius, who turns into a Dragon, awaiting you at the end...

It's time for more Hearthstone[Free] Solo Adventures as the fourth wing of Blackrock Mountain Adventure (BRM) has just opened. Now that you've cleaned out BRM's Blackrock Depths, Molten Core, and Blackrock Spire, it's time to take on Blackwing Lair. The bosses Razorgore, Vaelastraz, Chromaggus, and Lord Victor Nefarius are expecting you, and if you beat them, you get the Legendary Chromaggus. Today's Wing also includes two Class Challenges, Warlock and Rogue...

In Hearthstone's [Free] mythos, Blackrock Spire is the first line of defense against all who would threaten Blackwing's domain. Your mission in week three of Blackrock Mountain Adventure (BRM) is to take down all the ogres, orcs, and dragonspawn protecting its halls and gather the spoils, some very interesting cards...

'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' 3rd Adventure Wing Open - Welcome to Blackrock Spire

It's been a busy week for Hearthstone[Free], with the iPhone app finally arriving, and it's about to get busier. Blackrock Spire, the third wing of Blackrock Mountain Adventure (BRM) has just opened its gates to all who dare enter. Get ready to face Highlord Omokk, General Drakkisath, and Rend Blackhand in a fight to (their) death...

Now that Hearthstone [Freeis finally Universal, there's an influx of new players who have varying degrees of knowledge when it comes to Collectible Card Games (CCGs) like Hearthstone. That's why we've put together a Beginner's Guide to all things Hearthstone to help you along the way. This, in a way, is Guide Number Two that will discuss the general principles of deck-building so you can build better decks and, almost as important, understand the decks you'll be facing in Hearthstone...

Like many others, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the launch of Blizzard’s Hearthstone [Free] for iPhone (which was originally announced late last year). With today’s news that a universal update is now live on the App Store, I quickly downloaded it on my iPhone 6 to check out what the key differences are...

If you've been following the iOS gaming scene the last couple of years, you've probably heard of a F2P game called Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft [Free], a card game released for PC, Mac, and iPad in 2014. Blizzard's Team 5, the developers of the game, wanted to take collectible card game (CCG) principles, where players collect cards, build decks, and fight against other players' decks, and turn what's often seen as a hardcore gaming genre into a more accessible game that would appeal to a much wider audience. Since this is a Blizzard game, the developers decided to use the heroes and flavor of their megahit World of Warcraft (WOW) to build the Hearthstone mythos, linking in this way their new endeavor to their largest success and using WOW characters as a way to attract more players to Hearthstone. Team 5's plan worked perfectly because the game's accessibility combined with Blizzard's marketing and WOW mythos have allowed Hearthstone to explode in popularity...

So, Blizzard has spiced up our day by releasing Molten Core, the second Wing for Hearthstone's[Free] Blackrock Mountain (BRM) Adventure, and it's quite a fun one. I'm really enjoying what Blizzard's been doing with BRM so far, and I'm hoping that the new influx of cards will break Face Hunter's dominance in the Meta and make the game more fun for everyone...

Well, what are you waiting for? Molten Core, the second Wing of Hearthstone's[Free] Blackrock Mountain Adventure, has just opened for business. You'll have to fight Garr, Baron Geddon, and Majordomo Executus in order to complete this wing and reap the rewards (I am especially excited for Majordomo Executus, just for the fun moments he'll offer). There are also two Class Challenges, Warrior and Shaman...

'SoulSpark' Preview -  Turning Card-Battles into a Real-Time Affair

One of the reasons I've been enjoying the work of iOS game developers these last few years is that they tend to experiment with gaming mechanics and aren't afraid to mess with players' genre expectations. Granted, some of the results of the, at times, unbridled experimentation have been less than stellar. Still, I've enjoyed many of the products of all this experimentation, for instance I've had a lot of fun with most of Simogo's games ...

Just a few days after orchestrating what appears to be the longest ever turn in Hearthstone [Free], French player and streamer Florian "Mamytwink" Henn has again stretched the game's rules toward their breaking point. This time, he claims to have set up the most cards drawn and the most fatigue damage dealt in a single Hearthstone turn...

'Mortal Kombat X' Review - Vengeance Feels A Lot Like Justice

Let's get the obvious out of the way before we start. Mortal Kombat X [Free], the mobile take on the latest in the long-running Mortal Kombat series, is not a port of the game that is about to hit consoles. It uses some scaled-down assets and draws its roster from that game, but you should not expect this game to play like a traditional Mortal Kombat game. Instead, Mortal Kombat X should be seen as sort of a follow-up to the popular mobile version of Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free], with simple tap-based combat and a focus on collecting and building your stable of characters. Like it or lump it, the masses have spoken on what they want to see in a mobile fighting game, and fumbling around with virtual buttons and combos never meant for touch controls didn't make the list. Likewise, the heavy story elements found in the console versions of the game are nowhere to be found here...

'Boss Monster' Review - Beautiful Retro Card Game, Shame About the Interface

I'll put my cards on the table: I wasn't a fan of the Boss Monster card game. I was heavily in to Magic: The Gathering back then and a few of the guys in our club went ga-ga for Boss Monster and threw some cash in to the Kickstarter, but it never grabbed me in quite the same way. Yes I liked the retro theme and the pretty 8-bit art, and it's a cool idea to play as the baddy, but every time I played it struck me as one of those card games that has a lot of stuff going on, but not much happening...

So, the Blackrock Depths Wing of Blackrock Mountain Adventure (BRM) for Blizzard's Hearthstone [Free] has been officially released, and many of you are getting ready to take on the many challenges in the adventure. But, as you know, it's dangerous to go alone, so take this guide to help you get through the first three Bosses in both Normal and Heroic Difficulties as well as the two Class Challenges...

'Tis the season to be expanding, apparently. Just like Hearthstone with its upcoming Blackrock Mountain Adventure, Stoneblade's Solforge [Free] has just released a mini expansion...

And just like that, the trickle became a flood and all 31 cards from Hearthstone's [Free] upcoming adventure Blackrock Mountain have been revealed. Blizzard revealed the last 14 cards today on its Twitch stream, and there are definitely some gems...

'Earthcore: Shattered Elements' Preview - "Risking" a Change

Touchscreens and Collectible Card Games (CCGs) have been enjoying a great relationship the last few years with the App Store featuring games like Might and Magic: Duels of Champions, Solforge, Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers, and the current King of the Mountain, Blizzard's Hearthstone. I've recently been playing a bit of Earthcore: Shattered Elements [], a new CCG by Polish Independent Developers Tequila Games currently in soft-launch, and I think it's going to be an intriguing addition to iOS CCGs...

Another Hearthstone [Free]Tournament has ended as the Viagame House Cup #2 Hearthstone Tournament crowned its champion last night and, in a surprising twist, the two finalists didn't come from the 8 pro players invited to the Tournament but, rather, from the only 2 qualifiers to make it into the playoffs out of the 8 who qualified for the Tournament. The final was between Sheng Yuan "Roger" Luo and Frederik (Hoej) Nielsen. Hoej defeated Roger with 4-2 to win the title of Champion and, along with it, $10,000 and 100 Hearthstone World Championship (HWC) points. Hoej's domination came after a very rough start as he lost 0-3 to last year's Champion, Aleksandr "Kolento" Malsh, and was close to being eliminated when he found himself 0-2 down in an Elimination match...

New Hearthstone [Free] spoilers emerged from the depths of Blackrock Mountain yesterday as Blizzard pulled a Khaleesi and unleashed three dragon-themed card spoilers from the upcoming adventure (hard to believe Blizzard hasn't planned its dragons release to coincide with the Game of Thrones' Dragons coming to HBO a mere ten days after Blackrock's release)...

'Card Crawl' Review - Just One More Time

Card games are extremely difficult to make, in my estimation: the game has to provide a rigid set of rules, while having to deal with randomness in a way that feels fair while reveling in the entropy that comes from not knowing what's next. I don't know if Card Crawl [$1.99] ever completely succeeds in that respect in terms of fairness with the randomness. But it does an excellent enough job otherwise at making a game that's super-fun with an interesting set of rules that I struggle to put this one down...

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