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'One Night in Karazhan' News and Guides, Purify Talk, Best Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #60

Welcome everyone to Touchstone, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] news roundup, and what a week the last one was. Hearthstone players, myself included, are always hungry for more content, so whenever new cards drop, you can feel the breath of fresh air running through the game. So, it's unsurprising that almost everyone had been waiting for the release of One Night in Karazhan Adventure with increasing impatience, and once the Prologue and Wing 1, The Parlor, hit last Thursday, everyone was all over it. I've enjoyed the first taste of Karazhan, and from what I've been reading around the internet, so did most of you...

I hope you've all enjoyed playing through the Prologue of One Night in Karazhan, Hearthstone's [Free] newest Adventure. If you haven't played the Prologue yet, you can check out our guide on how to defeat Prince Malchezaar. And now, the serious business of tackling the Adventure begins. Wing 1, The Parlor, has you walking through Karazhan along with Moroes, Karazhan's steward, since Medivh has disappeared after the Prologue encounter. This Wing has three bosses, the Silverware Golem, the Magic Mirror, and Chess, and all three are quite entertaining. There are also 2 class challenges, Shaman and Priest. You'll get 11 cards when you complete the Wing and the Class challenges, so plenty of lovely loot waiting for you at the end of The Parlor. This guide will cover all three bosses in both Normal and Heroic, so let's begin...




Welcome to our first of many guides on Hearthstone's [Free] latest Adventure, One Night in Karazhan. As this is the opening week of the Adventure, we'll have two guides, one for The Prologue - the free encounter that everyone gets to play - and one for the first, paid Wing, The Parlor. We'll be writing up guides every week to help you all make it through the Adventure as fast as possible and get your hands on all those fancy cards. So, get ready for another month of crazy Adventuring, Boss fighting, and card earning, and let's get started with The Prologue...

'Reigns' Review - Reign in Blood

The core concept of Reigns [$2.99] on paper seems intriguing enough. It's basically dating service Tinder, with swiping left or right to make decisions, combined with ruling a kingdom. Seems interesting enough, but Nerial and company have managed to imbue Reigns' concept in such a way that each decision feels weighty. As well, there's an intriguing long-term game here, with secrets to discover and an overall goal to reach that gives each session a unique purpose beyond its amusing concept, and elevates the whole experience above an amusing concept...

Obsidian's Pathfinder Adventures [Free] is a highly entertaining card game with great flavor and fun mechanics, and the upcoming 1.0.3.7 update seems on track to make the game even better. Every person that updates will get 6 sets of the Red Righteous dice, one for each character in the largest party available. The update will add new interfaces so that you can assign a different die to each character if you like, which will make it more pleasing when you roll (and will make it easier to know which member of your party is really never any help). There are also rarities associated with the dice. The other change is in card rarity, with cards now being linked more closely to where you are in the story. That way, most of the cards you'll be getting will be usable in the immediate future rather than getting cards that won't be useful until much later...

'One Night in Karazhan' Cards Spoiled, Ben Brode's Q&A, Trump Talk, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News In 'Touchstone' #59

Hello everyone, welcome to another Hearthstone [Free] weekly news roundup, and what a week this one is going to be. In case you have been slumbering for the last few weeks and have just woken up (or simply went off the grid), this Thursday, August 11, we are getting a new Adventure called One Night in Karazhan. So, start getting excited. Last week was eventful as we got to see all the upcoming cards and hear plenty of reactions to them - most of which you'll find in the Videos section. You can read (and watch) about the Friday stream that revealed more cards, read and watch pros talk about their (premature) card evaluations, read about Karazhan's RNG, watch Ben Brode answer questions about the game, and read about Trump (not the candidate). Let's jump into the last Touchstone before One Night in Karazhan gets us all in a Disco mood...

Read All About 'One Night in Karazhan' in Our 'Hearthstone' Weekly Roundup, Touchstone #58

Hello everyone, and welcome to a special Hearthstone [Free] Adventure news roundup. To no one's surprise Blizzard announced the next Hearthstone Adventure late at night on July 28th, and as we guessed, it was Karazhan related. Specifically, the new Adventure is called One Night in Karazhan and will launch August 11th, which is less than two weeks from today. The Adventure has a definite disco feel to it and verges on the silly (in a good way). You'll get to visit some very famous locations from World of Warcraft and have fun while you're at it. I found the theme of the Adventure quite charming, and the trailer song quite catchy. For today's Touchstone, I decided to focus on the Adventure alone because let's be honest, no one cares about anything else right now. So, come and get a taste of what Medivh is preparing for all of us on August 11th...

Almost every time I write a story about the very entertaining card game Sentinels of Multiverse [$6.99], someone in the comments will rightly inquire about the promised iPhone version of the game. Well, good news. Handelabra Games announced in a blog post that the 2.0 update, which makes the game universal, is coming Thursday, August 4th, the first day of Gencon. The developers didn't just hastily shove the game into the smaller iPhone screen; instead, they put a lot of effort into making it more than just "playable" on a phone. They redesigned the UI and did extensive beta testing to ensure that you'll be able to enjoy the game on your phone as much as you do on your tablet. I've played it a bit on my iPhone, and it does play great...

Well internet, you were right once again. In a stream that has just concluded, Blizzard announced the next Hearthstone [Free] Adventure, and it is, indeed, related to Karazhan and Medivh, as we had guessed when the event invitations went out. One Night in Karazhan, as is the official title, will take players all the way to Karazhan, Medivh's tower, for some "enchanted" single-player content. As the guest of Medivh, you'll be lavishly entertained, enjoying  wonderful feasts and Opera performances among other spectacles. As you can already tell, One Night in Karazhan will have a very different feel than League of Explorers and Blackrock Mountain; this one is all about partying under the disco balls...

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...

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