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First of all, as I've mentioned in last week's Touchstone, we won't be publishing our weekly roundup this week since we are instead doing BlizzCon stories. And I was at BlizzCon for most of the weekend, so no time to put our weekly roundup together, sorry. One of the most interesting BlizzCon 2016 panels I attended was the Hearthstone [Free] Developer Q&A, where the developers talked about the present and future of the card game. There was a lot of - mostly small tidbits - of information that came out of the Q&A, and I think you'll find most of it very interesting if you're into the game...

Hot off the morning announcement of the new Hearthstone [Free] expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, we attended the Hearthstone: What’s Next seminar at BlizzCon. Obviously, the event was entirely centered around the new expansion and we were able to get a lot of cool information about the design cues for the expansion, along with a lot more detail about the three mafia families of Gadgetzan...




I don't know how the weather is across the Atlantic, but November has brought with it some incredibly cold weather to the UK, which I guess is fitting as we are slowly approaching the holiday season. Therefore it's almost poetic that Frost [$3.99], the snowy and sublime card game that released back in the far warmer month of September, has today received its first major content update on the App Store. With brand new scenarios, mechanics and abilities, fans of the game have even more to enjoy here, and anyone who missed the boat first time around have no excuse to stop giving Frost the cold shoulder and to give it a go today...

One Man Left have a pretty incredible track record on the App Store, as despite varying commercial success, the exhilarating twitch action gameplay of the Tilt To Live [$2.99] series was a lot of fun to play, especially in the early days of iOS as a serious gaming platform. Therefore, when the developers released Space Food Truck [$9.99 (HD)] on Steam back in March, it was incredibly interesting to see how the One Man Left team would step up to tackle a larger and more complex experience having plied their trade on relatively fleeting games prior to its release, the outstanding Outwitters [Free] aside. Thankfully, Space Food Truck was warmly received amongst the PC gaming community, and has finally made the transition to handheld devices, as today the game has launched on iPad (sorry, no mobile release as of yet), so anyone looking for a meaty strategic sci-fi adventure can snack on Space Food Truck now...

Gadgetzan News, Ladder Changes, World Championship Results, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #71

Hello and welcome to another weekly roundup of all news Hearthstone [Free]. This was an interesting week with two main things happening; on the one hand we have Blizzard teasing the new expansion, and on the other we had the Group Stages for the World Championship. We're getting more and more information on the new expansion, but there's plenty of question marks over the whole thing at the moment. I just with we get some big cards that shake the meta up quite a bit, maybe even a new keyword. We need some new toys to play with. As for the Championship, we got to see some fun games and some unexpected results, too...

Today, Clash Royale [Free] got another card, and this is a fun one. Today we got Graveyard, a 5-cost Legendary spell that spawns level 9 Skeletons with 10 second duration and 5 block radius. Skeletons are great against large, strong targets but too vulnerable to arrows and other units. So, many see this spell as a way to take out big targets more effectively. However, some reddit users aren't too impressed so far because they feel the spell is one elixir too expensive to be a good. Others, though, see it as verging on OP and have been looking for good counters to it. Valkyries, archers, goblins, and minions seem to be good counters so far as is poison, since it takes them out as they pop out of the ground...

With a single tweet this morning, Blizzard got the Hearthstone [Free] community buzzing. The tweet included a Greetings from Gadgetzan postcard, and immediately reddit caught fire. In the WOW lore, Gadgetzan is a neutral goblin-made trading outpost where the races of Azeroth, primarily goblins and gnomes, share inventions and ideas. Gadgetzan is also the headquarters of the Steamwheedle Cartel, which includes in its ranks some of the best goblin engineers, miners, and alchemists. The Goblins versus Gnomes expansion gave us some of these themes already, so it will be interesting to see how Blizzard deviates from what we've already seen. At the same time, GvG is no longer in Standard, so there's plenty of room for more Goblins and crazy machinery...

Kripp and Reynad on Heroic Tavern Brawl, Arena Info, Patch Changes, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #70

Welcome to another Hearthstone [Free] weekly news roundup, and what an interesting week this has been. Out of nowhere, Blizzard came out and announced a new mode, the Heroic Tavern Brawl, and the community reacted in the way it knows best; mostly negatively. It looks like Blizzard wanted to give its top competitive players a new mode to play with. Many players also see this new mode as a step towards Tournaments. No matter what the goal is, most players don't seem to be happy about the new mode. We'll have to wait and see the Heroic Brawl in action to truly have an opinion on it. We also got a new patch with some fun changes, some crazy Arena stats, and more. Walk right in and let us begin...

DeNA's Deckstorm: Duel of Guardians [Free] is a CCG that tried to target players looking for more complexity from a card game and brought some clever ideas to the CCG formula. Unfortunately, with DeNA Western shutting down (which we wrote about recently), Deckstorm is following suit and shutting down operations soon. As posted in-game, starting today no more special events or new content will be added to the game, but at the same time the game has been balanced one last time to make its remaining days fun for current players. On October 31st the game will be removed from the App Store, and from that day onward, IAPs will be disabled but any previous purchases will remain available...

If you like playing Murloc decks, you better read the notes for the upcoming Hearthstone [Free] patch since those little rascals will see one major change. Normally, Murloc cards buff all other Murlocs, including those of your opponent. That will no longer be the case since from now on, your Murlocs (like Grimscale Oracle for instance) will only buff your Murlocs. Blizzard is making this change to improve Murloc mirror matches. Yogg-Saron will also now apply Overload effects when it casts a spell with Overload, and some other cards have been changed as well. And if you like playing Arena, you'll see Karazhan cards at the same frequency as other card sets from now on. You can see all the bug fixes here...

WWE SuperCard [Free] has been quite successful with over 11 million downloads in 2 years and pretty good ratings on the App Store. Now 2K is teasing Season 3, which should be coming to the game this November. Season 3 will bring more than 100 new cards and three new card tiers, a ranked PvP mode where players will fight it out every month, and, more interestingly, a new Royal Rumble mode that brings real-time gameplay to the series for the first time. In Royal Rumble you can put 15 of yours cards against 15 of your opponent's and let them battle it out to see which one will remain standing at the end...

Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest [Free] is probably my favorite of the Puzzle Quest games primarily because I love CCGs and because it lets me mess around with Magic cards. And the way the Match-3 mechanics work in this game actually makes sense in the context of Magic. Today, the game added the Eldritch Moon set, which concludes the Shadow over Innistrad story with the reveal of the Eldrazi titan, Emrakul. The update adds 65 new cards, and all the cards are Uncommon or better - no Commons here. This set is also introducing two new mechanics to the game, Meld and Emerge. With Meld, once two card siblings hit the battlefield, they transform into another, more powerful form. When you play another one of those siblings, the transformed form of the card is reinforced...

This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is all about one cheap - but very powerful - Legendary, Shifter Zerus. Shifter Zerus is a 1-mana 1/1 Legendary, but the tricky thing about it is that each turn it's in your hands, it transforms into a random minion. So, as you can expect, your hand is going to be a locale of miracles as your Shifters transform into great Legendaries or worthless minions. In addition to those Shifters, you get random spells from the class you pick. And you start with 3 Mana crystals instead of one, so you'll be pumping some decent minions and spells early on in the game...

It might feel like it's been forever since we last talked about Plants vs. Zombies Heroes [Free], and it might as well have been; we wrote about the game being in soft-launch back in March, so it's been a while. Well, the developers finally feel the game is ready to officially see the light of day, and they have released it worldwide today. If you haven't checked out the game, you can read our hands-on from back in March. For those not into going back to the past, Plants vs. Zombies Heroes is a pretty fun CCG that lets you play with all the crazy plants and zombies from the original franchise. There are 20 plant and zombie heroes (think of them as classes) each with its own special powers. You, of course, collect cards through leveling up and buying packs, and build a deck to fight both in PvE and PvP...

Despite my lack of knowledge and interest in the card game that it takes its name from, Solitairica [$3.99] managed to take over my life for a few weeks in August, mainly thanks to its smooth difficulty curve, abundance of charm, and the ever-enticing goal of trying to get to the end of the road and defeat the omnipotent Emperor Stuck. With an extremely positive review last month, Solitairica was a bargain as its initial $3.99 price point - however, for anyone on the fence, developers Righteous Hammer Games have today put the game on sale for $1.99, which is an absolute bargain for the amount of hours you are likely to lose to the game...

It's nearly November, which puts us on the precipice of what many gaming veterans would call Call of Duty month. For the past however many years, the descent into the dark Winter months brings with it a whole host of massive, big budget console titles, however the only certainty is the next iteration in the immensely popular war franchise. On mobile, the story is somewhat different - while Call of Duty: Heroes [Free] and Call of Duty: Strike Team [$6.99] launched on the App Store in the past few years, it's been a while since Activision's flagship franchise returned to the smaller screen. Right on cue, Call of Duty: Siege, the newest iOS version of the series, today soft launched in Australia, but not in the way you'd expect - instead of first person action or the more strategic RTS approach we've seen in the past, Call of Duty is now a card game...

In the time after Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] launched all the way back in October 2014, the game has grown and developed far beyond the entertaining but flawed card game which warranted a relatively average three star review at release. Since this initial launch, we've seen a universal update, multiplayer implementation, numerous expansions, and most recently a whole new season that released last month, which has seen the game create a significant community amongst like-minded mobile gaming enthusiasts. However, the pre-eminent complaint in our review was that, for its original $9.99 price tag, Sentinels of the Multiverse was a bit expensive whilst it still had a few major issues. Having gone some way to fixing the latter issue, developers Handelabra Studio have gone one step further and reduced the base game to a record low price of $0.99, which is certainly a lot more palatable for anyone looking to try out this character-packed card game...

King is of course famous for all the Candy Crush games, which are still incredibly popular and profitable. The developer has launched a different kind of game today and will definitely be hoping to replicate Candy Crush's success, as difficult as that might be. The new game is called Shuffle Cats [Free] and is a take on the classic card game rummy. In Shuffle Cats you compete against other players in real-time, which is a big departure from Candy Crush. The way to win is to create as many Melds as possible (cards of the same rank or consecutive cards of the same suit), and when you do win, you're rewarded with Gems that allow you to get into one of the eight Card Clubs in the game. In other words, Shuffle Cats has pretty simple rules that should make it very accessible...

Remember how we've had Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawls where we had a deck full of Webspinners or, more recently, a deck full of portals? This time around, we get to pick one card and get 22 copies of it (plus 8 random cards). As you can imagine, this is going to be quite the crazy one since you can use any card you have, including those not in Standard anymore. Of course you need to keep mana cost in mind because having a deck full of 7-mana cards probably won't be to your benefit. In these types of Brawl you can go for strong, efficient decks that can quickly win you matches or go all crazy and try every silly idea you've ever had...

We've written a couple of times in the past about Pirates War - The Dice King [Free] and about the way beta testing in our forums helped the game improve prior to its launch. So, after a fruitful beta period, the game is out worldwide and you can go check it out yourselves. If you haven't read any of our previous stories, Pirates War - The Dice King combines elements of a board game and a card game. You play as a pirate captain trying to build your own pirate crew and plunder other players. There are numerous captains, crew members, and ships, and each provide you with different bonuses and skills. Once the game starts, you go around buying, upgrading, and collecting taxes in a manner that will remind you of Monopoly...

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