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Karazhan Adventure Coming (?), Frodan Talks Pro Scene, Best Decks for the Meta, and More 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #57

Welcome everyone to another weekly roundup of all Hearthstone [Free] news, and apologies for coming to you one day later than usual. As I wrote about yesterday, I was at San Diego Comic-Con for most of last week, so I didn't have the time to put together a whole column. Still, nothing really happened last week anyway, right? Well, except that long-awaited announcement about new content coming our way soon. We've been seeing the signs for some weeks now, so I wasn't surprised to see tangible evidence of new content, but it's still nice to know we'll be getting new cards soon (how soon no one knows, yet)...

'Politaire' Review - You Got to Know When To Hold 'Em

I got into poker at a relatively young age. For most kids in conservative families, it's usually the same story -- one of your relatives probably teaches it to you and tries to get you to sip a beer. I carried over my knowledge of straights and flushes into middle school, where I'd compete for candy in the cafeteria and tell faculty and staff we were playing Go Fish. And in high school, like everyone else during the height of the poker craze that seemingly exploded with Rounders, I played for higher stakes. But by my college years, it kind of tapered off a bit, and now I rarely encounter a situation where I can get some hands in. Yet, I've kept all of my experiences bottled in, including all of the statistical probabilities for each hand, ready to dump at a moment's notice. That proved rather useful for Politaire [Free]...




These past two weeks, we've been talking about Blizzard's whispers that a new Hearthstone [Free] Adventure announcement is incoming, and it seems that next week, those whispers will turn into an actual announcement. According to this invitation sent to us as well as to many pro players and Hearthstone personalities, Blizzard is preparing a "once-in-a-lifetime event that will be full of magic and celebration," and there's also "something very special in story for you." "Please be prompt," the invitation concludes, "as we have an unforgettable adventure planned!" The chances that this is not an Adventure announcement are pretty slim to none, but we won't know for sure until next Thursday, July 28th...

'Ulduar' Adventure Rumors, Expensive and Cheap Decks, the State of Priest, and More 'Hearthstone' News in 'Touchstone' #56

Welcome to another weekly roundup that helps you keep up with all that's going on in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This week we have even more whispers of possible themes for the next Adventure, two stories about decklists you can put together depending on whether you're rolling in dust or running out of it, a long article that tries to figure out why Priest is so bad in the competitive environment, info on the latest patch and its new, Murloc Shaman hero, and more. And there's some interesting new video series, for instance one that's all about Hearthstone in VR. With the buzz about an adventure announcement becoming stronger by the day, I'm guessing it won't be long before we start the song and dance of analyzing new cards and trying to figure out how the meta will change. Until then, though, let's talk about this week...

A little more than a month ago, we learned that Cartoon Network was readying a sequel of sorts to their massively popular card battler Card Wars - Adventure Time [$3.99], and earlier today that game, Card Wars Kingdom [Free], went live in the App Store. Just as the first game was adapted from a fictional card game that was played in an episode of Adventure Time, Card Wars Kingdom is loosely based on the latest episode Daddy-Daughter Card Wars where Jake has to win an underground Card Wars tournament. Fittingly, Card Wars Kingdoms has a brand new online PvP feature and tournaments...

If you like your Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl with a side of RNG, today's Brawl should be just your thing. 'Servant of Yogg-Saron' Tryouts has you picking a class and then gives you a deck full of random minions. For every minion you play, a random spell is cast on a random target; in a way, it's a one-shot Yogg-Saron effect. As you can imagine, this Brawl is great for completing your dailies because even if you aren't very good at playing the game, Yogg-Saron might still come through for you with his random spell-casting. If you're the kind of player who hates RNG, though, better keep away from this on because it will possibly drive you insane (which is a common effect of the Old Gods)...

Hearthstone's [Free] latest update is a big one, and while it doesn't change much about the game, it does add some interesting new features. We are getting a new Shaman hero, Morgl the Oracle, which can be earned by referring a friend and having them reach a total of 20 levels across all classes. They cannot be recruited if they've already reached level 20. According to the patchnotes, your next four recruits will earn you a free Classic Pack. Said friends will get a free pack for accepting your generous and completely not self-serving invitation, and you'll get a new hero to play with...

Best Wild Decks, Control Shaman, Next Adventure Theme, and More 'Hearthstone' News in 'Touchstone' #55

Welcome to another weekly roundup of all news Hearthstone [Free]. This week hasn't been a barn burner, so don't expect any mind-blowing stories; still, there are some interesting things to talk about, like more and more people talking about Wild compared to a few weeks ago and the first mentions of future Adventures. There were stories about the best - or most entertaining - Wild decks along with a sense of the current Wild meta, hopes for what the next Adventure will hold, Shaman talk, the history of Miracle Rogue, and more. And, of course, the most entertaining videos of the week. So, enjoy this week's roundup, and let's hope we start hearing more about more content soon...

Ben Brode Talks State of the Game, Warrior is All the Rage, Yogg-Saron Rules, and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #54

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free]. I've (almost) finished my move across the Atlantic, and now we are back to business as usual (minus the slight timezone change). This week we have Ben Brode talking about the current state of the game as well as what the team is looking to fix in the future, a pro going to legend in three days with a new F2P account,  the diversity found in the Warrior class, the current state of the meta - hint, Aggro Shaman still rules - and much more. I hope you've been enjoying playing Hearthstone and the diversity in the meta is allowing you to have fun. Do let me know in the comments what you think about the state of the game. Okay, on we go...

'Touchstone Tavern', Our Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup, Is on Hiatus This Week

Hello everyone. Normally, I would be welcoming you all to another extensive recap of all news Hearthstone [Free], but unfortunately this last week was extremely busy for me since I was preparing for my return to the US after two years away. As a result, I couldn't put together one of my usual articles for you. Instead, what I've decided to do is to write the Videos part of the article to give you something to hold you over until next week. There are some very fun videos that should keep you entertained. If all goes as planned, I'll be able to attend BlizzCon 2016 in November and write a BlizzCon-focused Touchstone Tavern. So, enjoy this week's shortened Touchstone Tavern, and I'll see you all on the other side...

If you like CCGs like Hearthstone, you should definitely check out Shadowverse [Free], a new CCG that's now available in a number of countries (including the US and the UK) with more countries coming in August. Developed by Cygames, the Japanese developer responsible for Rage of Bahamut, Shadowverse will definitely remind you of Hearthstone, but it has enough to offer both in terms of gameplay and world-building to make it stand on its own. And yes, I know I'm constantly referencing Hearthstone, but Blizzard's game has become the golden standard for mobile CCGs. Add to that how Shadowverse's gameplay has plenty in common with Hearthstone's, and you'll understand the reason I keep bringing it up...

Improving Ladder Performance, Control Warrior Rules, Priest In Trouble, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in Touchstone #53

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our Hearthstone [Free] weekly news roundup that helps you stay on top of everything going on in the world of Hearthstone and (hopefully) helps you improve your game. This past week we had articles about the popularity of Mage decks, ways to improve your Ladder game, the current state of the meta, decklists and stats from tournaments, N'Zoth's dominance, and much more. As you can tell, the meta is still in relative flux, which is a good thing for the game considering the new expansion has been out for a while now. I hope you've been enjoying the game recently. If you've been hoping for any changes, do tell me in the comments; I'm curious to see what players are enjoying and what not. Let's jump in, shall we?..

After a few weeks of fun, new Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawls, we are back to an old one, and I suppose it was about time. This week's Brawl is Heart of the Sunwell, a Brawl almost from a year ago (wow, we've had Brawls for almost a year now). Heart of the Sunwell has you building a deck and then starts you off with ten mana. As you can imagine, you don't have to worry about low-mana early game minions, but at the same time don't go overboard with big minions because you want to be able to play more than one minion at a turn if you can. It's a good idea to run some card draw so you can have enough cards in your hand - but play spells rather than weak card draw minions - and keep in mind that unlike the original version of this Brawl, you can bring those Old Gods along and play them on turn one if you so wish (although they won't be too useful)...

Playing Wild, Building the Best Decks, Is Shaman Too Strong, and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #51

Welcome to another weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free] here at TouchArcade. As you'll see this week, many Hearthstone articles have to do with how to build or understand the strongest (or most fun) decks in the current meta, and I suppose that makes sense considering the immense changes the game underwent ever since the shift to Standard. So, you'll read about various dominant decks and decks that dominated tournaments, but at the same time we'll be dipping into Wild a bit more than usual. I don't know if Standard is getting a bit too slow for players, but I've been hearing more and more players starting to peek over at Wild perhaps in search for something different and, maybe, faster. So, let's dive into this week's news...

After waiting for quite some time for Solforge [Free]to get its much-needed UI and economy update, the day has finally come, and now you can finally enjoy what the game has to offer without too many UI issues. The lane-based CCG with its very clever leveling mechanic was one of my most-played iOS games for quite a long time, but the pretty laggy UI forced me to stop playing. Now that the new update is up, I've started playing again and remembered how much I enjoy the game and how refreshing it is to be able to play something that really gets my mind going in a very different direction than Hearthstone. I really like CCGs, so I'm glad I get to have two very different ones to spend time on...

Best Renolock Archetypes, Best Neutral Legendaries, Strongest Decks, and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #50

Welcome to the 50th issue of our weekly Hearthstone [Free] column. Half a century is definitely a milestone that shows how much has been going in the world of Hearthstone these last few months. While it is a nice number, unfortunately it didn't come on a week with any groundbreaking news. It hasn't been a boring week, though, and there's still plenty to talk about regarding the various Renolock decks, the influence of Whispers on Arena, along with general tips about the expansion, which neutral Legendaries to craft, and, of course, the current state of the meta. With the dust settling, we are beginning to see the effects of the expansion and of the shift to Standard on the game, and you might be wondering which classes are the best right now. Well, read on and find out...

If you've been enjoying the fantastic Exploding Kittens [$1.99], I have good news for you. The game has just received the 3.0 Update, which has added the new Betrayal Card Pack that adds four very interesting cards to the game. We're getting Fake Shuffle, that pretends to shuffle the deck but only randomizes the next card you draw, Kitten Roll Call, which relocates all the Exploding Kittens cards to the top of the deck, Alter the Future, which lets you peek at the top cards and rearrange their order, and Self Slap, which lets you slap yourself so you can take more turns in a row. As you can guess, this deck should change up the game quite a bit, especially the Kitten Roll Call card that can really put your opponents in quite a bind. The new Expansion Pack costs $1.99, which is a fair price for the pain you'll get to inflict on everyone...

Originally announced in August of last year, and following its initial soft-launch this past January, Activision's latest game in the mega-popular Skylanders series Skylanders Battlecast [Free] is now widely available. Skylanders Battlecast takes the extensive roster of characters in the series and turns them into cards for a card battling experience that's not totally dissimilar to Blizzard's current king of CCGs Hearthstone [Free]. What's neat about Skylanders Battlecast is that, like the other games in the series, it blends physical products into the digital game. There are digital cards to unlock but you can also hop on over to a local retailer and buy physical card packs to scan into the game...

Exploding Kittens [$1.99] continues to be great fun, and it's a game I'll often pick up, play a couple of rounds, explode more than a few times, and put it down with a smile on my face because the game is still hilarious. In the latest update, Exploding Kittens continues to provide more reasons for people to laugh by adding a new avatar pack that's all about Science vs Religion. While other developers might have tried to go about this theme in a subtle way, Exploding Kittens goes head first by letting you play as Jesus or the Devil. So yes, not subtle but definitely funny, at least for me. The Avatar pack also adds Darwin, the Flying Spaghetti Monster (because why not), Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, and Jibbers. And, of course, they all come with hilarious sound effects. The pack costs $1.99, which is a small price to pay to play as Jesus or the Devil...

'Pathfinder Adventures' Review - Or How to Make a Card Game Feel More Like an Adventure

Do you like adventuring? Do you enjoy role playing? Do you like cards? Do you like rolling imaginary dice? Then I think you're going to like Pathfinder Adventures [Free (HD)], Obsidian's digital port of the very popular Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. I'm always interested in seeing how games translate to different mediums, and I was curious to see how this physical card game would look like - and play -  on my iPad. I'm glad to say that Obsidian did a great job turning what can be a complicated card game into a great app that though not perfect, definitely delivers a great looking game that's relatively easy to play - at least as easy as the original rules allow it to be...

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