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Naga Sea Witch, Nerfs, Death Knights and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #112

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup of everything cool that happened last week. The most important news is that we are getting some important nerfs that should change the effectiveness of some powerful decks, although we'll have to wait and see their actual effect. We also got some fun Hearthstone competitions, a great article on designing Death Knights, and some fun videos. I'm glad to see the developers take relatively quick action and give us some nerfs that will hopefully help balance the classes a bit better. The team has been guilty in the past of waiting too long before nerfing cards, so I'm glad to see this wasn't the case this time around. Let us begin...

If you are a Hearthstone [Free] player, you can now proudly display your love for the game as an official phone case. Specifically, FabZat is now offering official, high-quality (or so they say) 3D-Printed phone cases based on some of the game's most memorable cards and card backs. While the selection isn't as extensive as I would like it to be, it does contain some gems. There's the amazing Dr. Boom (I miss that card), Aya Blackpaw, Deathwing, Grommash Hellscream, Patches the Pirate, Reno Jackson, Ragnaros the Firelord, Leeroy Jenkins, and Azure Drake. On the card back side, there's Ice Crown, Pirates, Fireside, Love is in the air, and more. The store will be adding more cards based on player demand and new content...




Hearthstone's [Free] Oktoberbrawl has officially commenced, so get ready for some entertaining matches and (of course) pretzels and beer. The way Oktoberbrawl works is there are two teams of three players, Team Light and Team Void, and you can support your team of choice. Team Void consists of Dog, Thijs, and J4CKIECHAN, and Team Light consists of Kripparian, Reynad, and Alliestrasza. The members of these two teams will face off in weekly, live-streamed matches using fresh accounts and building decks from packs earned along the way. Those of us participating in the Oktoberbrawl can help our team of choice get more packs each week by winning Ranked games...

Card Nerfs, Druid Power Level, Naga Sea Witch, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #111

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the most interesting Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. As was to be expected, this week was dominated by the announcement of the upcoming nerfs to some very important cards. We aren't used to Blizzard taking action that quickly, so when the developers announced that they were going to nerf five cards, almost everyone in the community was caught off guard. Every player has been waiting to see Druid nerfed, but the nerfs went beyond that, and not everyone is happy about it. I'm glad to see the developers being more reactive to issues with the game, and I'd rather they go for it and get it a bit wrong than wait for months to ensure they get it 100% right. Let us begin...

Tabletop card game Friday (Freitag) [$3.99] made its way to the digital world back in July and provided mobile gamers with an opportunity to play as Friday from Robinson Crusoe. Your job is to direct the efforts of Robinson, famous literary shipwreck victim and all around bonehead, as he learns his way around the island and gets better at, you know, not getting himself killed. The game is a lot of fun and just got a major content update: King of the Island. King of the Island is an online tournament for 1024 players who will compete to become the best of the bunch and true ruler of the tropical island...

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi slowly drawing nearer and with the director for Star Wars: Episode IX getting fired the other day, Star Wars has been in the news quite a bit the last couple of weeks, and what better time for Star Wars: Force Collection [Free] to add new Jedi-related content to the game and get players excited again. Specifically, in celebration of its fourth anniversary, the game is getting a new BB-8 5-stars card along with a First Order Stormtrooper 5-stars card. In addition to these new cards, from today until September 13th Star Wars: Force Collection will run a Revenge of the Bosses event with Han Solo and Kylo Ren 5-star cards as rewards. I wonder if (spoilers) the Kylo Ren card kills the Han Solo card if they're in the same deck, all the while the Han card looks in disbelief and disappointment. Or maybe we'll get the Undercover Boss version of Kylo Ren...

Few games on the App Store can be so fun and so infuriating at the same time as Clash Royale [Free], so every time the developers talk about the game's inner workings, passions understandably flare up. Recently, the developers did a Reddit AMA where they responded to all kinds of questions on such major issues as card balancing, matchmaking, and more, giving us an interesting inside look at the game. On balancing, the devs recognized how controversial a topic it is and confessed that it's scary to work on or even talk about. The goal of balancing for this specific game is to make all cards useful at least to a degree, and the more cards and diversity exists, the more likely a rock-paper-scissors kind of meta emerges. The developers seem to be happy with the balance at the moment, although they of course said they'll continue working on it...

When you think of fighting games, you don't usually think of turn-based mechanics and cards (unless it's Yomi), but Martial Arts Brutality [Free], which has just released worldwide, is exactly that, a turn-based fighting game that uses cards. As you would expect from a free-to-play card game, you get to discover, collect, and upgrade your cards, and you try to build the best deck you can build. Once you're happy with that deck, you can take it online to fight either with or against your friends (the second being definitely more fun). And to make sure you can rub some salt on those wounds, the game includes a taunting system. The game lives up to its name by letting you inflict all kinds of injuries on your hapless opponents, which I'm sure will please many of its players...

Best 'Frozen Throne' Decks, Decks to Beat Druid, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #110

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of last week's best news stories and videos from the world of Hearthstone [Free]. As was to be expected, there's a lot of talk about the current power levels of Druid and the effects that has on the meta (and the game as a whole). So, we have stories both about getting on the Druid bandwagon and trying to beat Druid decks. There are also stories about the new short Blizzard has unveiled, which is lovely, as well as the results of the Global Games finals. Overall, the world of Hearthstone seems to be all about Druid issues at this moment, and it remains to be seen whether the Druid-mania will soon subside or whether it will continue until Blizzard does something about the current state of the meta. Let us begin...

Battlejack [Free] from NEXON and Grand Cru has made its way to the App Store today. The strategic card RPG is available for free on both iOS and Android allowing you to embark on a journey to vanquish evil forces. Battlejack has more than 100 levels where you can evolve and fuse mighty heroes to build decks to take down the enemy. There's a PVP mode with asynchronous combat and support for guilds where you get rewarded for helping out said guild. Watch the release trailer below:..

All kinds of interesting things are happening in Hearthstone [Free] over at Gamescom 2017, with a huge Fireside Brawl mimicking an MMO raid, but unfortunately those of us not there have to settle for a typical Tavern Brawl. By the Power of Ragnaros is a new brawl, and it mimics the power of Emperor Thaurissan. In other words, you build your own deck, and at the end of your turn, the cards in your hand get cheaper by one. Keep in mind that the end of your opponent's turn has no effect on your cards and that this effect only affects cards in your hand, not in your deck. There are quite a few decks that can find success in this Brawl, but remember to mulligan properly since that opening hand is going to get cheap really quickly...

Druid Too Strong, Frozen Throne Crazy Cards, Disguised Toast, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #109

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players, and welcome to our weekly roundup of the best news and videos. We are in the second week of the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion, and the meta is still a bit all over the place, although Druid decks seem to be much stronger than most other decks. Players seem to be having fun with the new cards and the Death Knights. This week we have stories on climbing the ladder in an unstable meta, fun Frozen throne decks to play, Frozen Throne bugs and surprises, and much more. Overall, it's been a good week for the game, and it's always fun to get to play with new cards, especially when we see new archetypes and new ideas. I hope you've been enjoying Knights of the Frozen Throne. Now, let's jump into the news...

This year has seen a large number of collectible-card game contenders enter the scene, all looking to take a bite out of the audiences of Hearthstone [Free], Clash Royale [Free], or both. Eternal Card Game [Free] was a recent entrant into the field and perhaps the most Magic: The Gathering like of all options out there today. You declare blockers in Eternal, for one, a facet of gameplay Hearthstone jettisoned for simplicity's sake and most others have followed suit. Eternal also features what seems like gigantic booster packs at twelve cards deep. It's a really good game and made by Dire Wolf Digital, the folks behind The Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free]...

For the last few tournaments, Hearthstone [Free] has been giving away packs to those who pick a winning champion, and now it's time for another round of Choose Your Champion, this time for the Hearthstone Global Games Finals 2017. There are only four teams left in the competition—Ukraine, South Korea, USA, and the Czech Republic—so you have pretty good chances of grabbing free packs. The way Choose Your Champion works is you pick one of the four finalist as your champion (you can't switch once you confirm your choice, so pick wisely), and then the more wins your champion gets, the more packs you earn. Pretty easy, isn't it?..

Frost [$3.99] is a deck-building card game that is all about surviving against impossible odds in a treacherous environment where any misstep can be your last. It is cold. It is bleak. It is fantastic. You play as the leader of a small band of survivors looking to outrun the Frost — a killer blizzard — and make it to the Refuge, the one place where one can find a modicum of safety from the storm. The entire game is designed to support Frost's narrative and theme, from the chilling music and spot-on sound effects to the whitewashed artwork full of chilly blues, grays, and whites...

Best Frozen Throne Decks, Death Knight Rankings, Trolden and Kripp Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #108

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first post-Knights of the Frozen Throne Hearthstone [Free] roundup. We finally got the infusion of all the cool new cards into the game, and everyone seems to be happy, at least for now. The post-expansion honeymoon periods are always fun because the meta is very fluid and everyone is trying different ideas. Blizzard's new pack rules have helped most players get a good starting collection, and overall things seem to be good in the Hearthstone world. We have stories about strong Frozen Throne decks, stories about the new Death Knight cards, and a lot more. We even have a Destiny story. So, hop over the image below and let us begin...

This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is the shifty ShiftCon, but it looks like it's too buggy to work at the moment. If you log into Hearthstone right now, you'll get a message that "We're aware that some players can't access the Tavern Brawl right now. We're working hard to fix the issue. Thanks for your patience." So, if you were planning on playing the Brawl right now, you might be unable to actually start a match. The actual brawl is all about the cheap but very powerful legendary Shifter Zerus. Each player gets a random deck consisting of many Shifter Zerus and some random spells from your chosen class. And each player starts with 3 mana...

'Legendary DXP,' a Digital Deck-Building Game Based on the Popular Tabletop Version, is Launching Next Week

Last June, Upper Deck — the trading-card and sports memorabilia maker — announced that it was moving into the digital arena with Legendary DXP, a digital trading card game based on its Legendary tabletop games. The best known of these is probably Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game, though as any true browncoat can tell you, there's also a version based on Joss Whedon's Firefly. Legendary DXP will use similar deck building gameplay as the tabletop games, though it will be set in a new — and considerably less expensive to license — fantasy world called Alamyth. The names have changed but the theme remains and players will recruit powerful and legendary heroes to improve their deck and use it to battle dastardly evil-doing villains that keep popping up...

The entertaining deck-building card game Paperback: The Game [$3.99] just got much better after its latest update because it now has asynchronous multiplayer mode, which I know many in our forums have been waiting for. The new mode has a fun twist: if your opponent drops out because of your amazing skills, an AI player steps in so you can continue playing. If you haven't read our review of the game, Paperback is a deck-building game in the vein of something like Ascencion, and you'll be picking various cards (some of them with special powers) to form words. The game is all about pulp novels and a fight between writers, and it's a theme that really makes the game stand out and will definitely please book lovers...

Collectible-card game Faeria [Free (HD)] launched earlier this year armed with a new spin on a familiar genre. It introduced the "living board" where players add lands to a hex-based battlefield and use those lands to summon creatures to take the battle to the foe. It's certainly different than Hearthstone [Free] and other CCG contenders and the battlefield sculpting aspect brings a separate layer of strategy and challenge...

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