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The time to get all spooky is drawing nearer, Hearthstone [Free] players, because the Hallow's End celebration update is live on mobile now (although it might take a bit for everyone to get it). First of all, we are getting an all-new dual class Arena Mode where all nine Heroes attend in costume. How does it work? You start an Arena run, pick a Hero and a Hero Power, and then you get to pick from cards belonging to both of the classes (and, of course, neutrals too). And we are all getting a free Arena ticket during Hallow's End, so everyone can check out this new Arena. Additionally, we are getting a special Tavern Brawl, The Headless Horseman Rides, where we get to "disguise" ourselves by using a deck of cards from several classes as well as a passive Hero Power...

After many months of competition, Clash Royale's [Free] Crown Championship World Finals have been announced, and they will take place on December 3rd at the Copper Box Arena in London. The competition was a huge one, with over 28 million unique participants at the start of it and only 16 competitors remaining. And now, the one who will manage to grab that golden crown will also earn $150,000, which is definitely not bad at all. If you're planning on attending the event in person, you can buy tickets now, which are just over 40 British pounds and come with 4 mystery items (which seem to be a figurine, a beanie, a tote bag, and something else)...




Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99], the popular card game with a thousand heroes and villains and a billion expansions (only slight exaggeration), is celebrating its 3rd anniversary this week, and as is to expected, it's dropping prices and offering deals for all those who either haven't bought the game yet or haven't bought the zillion expansions (again, only slight exaggeration). So, the base game is now at its lowest price ever, $.99 cents (down from $6.99), Season 1—which includes 7 expansions, 11 new heroes, 19 villains, and 11 environments— is 40% off ($14.99), and all standalone expansions are cheaper by a dollar. As you can see, this anniversary is the perfect time to either grab or expand the game for pretty cheap...

Hearthstone [Free] is famous for having some crazy card interactions, but it's also infamous for having some of those interactions resolve in unpredictable ways, which often messes with player decisions and frustrates players (and might even affect the outcomes of matches). Players have been calling for these interaction issues to be fixed, and it looks like the developers are finally starting to remedy those issues. In a video today, Josh Durica, Hearthstone Gameplay Engineer, talked about some improvements coming to the game. The first rule change is in order for "after" triggers to activate, the card needs to be present for the original action. So, when a Wild Pyromancer is summoned by a spell, it won't trigger because it wasn't present at the beginning of the action...

'DropMix' Review - Music and Cards Make for An Awesome Board Game

With the physical instruments scene long past peak popularity, the folks over at Harmonix, in conjunction with Hasbro, have moved on to something that’s quite a bit different from the Boston developer’s previous games. DropMix [Free] is a physical board game that’s a delightful mix of approachable card-based gameplay combined with amazing music the Harmonix pedigree. Sure, the gameplay is a little basic, and like music games some of your enjoyment is based on your love of the music included, but damn if it isn’t simply fun to play with other people...

Civilization building intersects collectible-card gaming in Age of Rivals [$1.99], a two-player game that is, for my money, one of the best games of the year. Age of Rivals is a card-drafting game where you must choose your path to victory. You can seek military prowess, economic dominance, cultural supremacy, or a more balanced path and one of the virtues of the game are its many routes to victory. The game is well worth a try, especially now that it has its first content expansion. The Conflict of Faith expansion brings 18 new cards, a brand new campaign, 6 new challenge levels to conquer as well as various gameplay improvements. Check out our forum thread for the complete list of additions in this awesome additional expansion for Age of Rivals...

At long last Smash Up [$4.99], a unique card battler, has arrived in the Apple Store. Nomad Games has been steadily working on a digital version of tabletop hit for some time and you can now play the results. In Smash Up there are nine playable factions including zombies, ninjas, pirates, dinosaurs, and robots. Each faction has its own deck which boasts cards with unique abilities and a distinct play style. You start the game by taking turns drafting two of these factions into service and shuffling the two decks together into what is hopefully a powerful 40-card alliance fit to take down your opponents. We wrote about Smash Up's impending mobile launch last week, but the game has finally released onto the App Store today...

Clash Royale's [Free]Touchdown, the recently added new mode, is really fun to play and offers a very different tactical challenge than the normal mode. If you've been having trouble figuring out how best to play it and how to get those Crowns, read on for some very useful tips from the Clash Royale Arena website. First, let's clarify those rules. In this mode you have to get troops into the opponent's endzone. Each time one troop gets into the endzone, you get a crown, and whoever gets to 3 crowns first wins. The first 2 minutes of the match are x1 Elixir and the rest x2 Elixir. And some cards cannot be placed past the middle of the field because they would pretty much break the game...

After teasing for a few days, Supercell has finally released the latest Clash Royale [Free] update, and it's a really big one. First of all, we are getting a brand new mode called Touchdown that completely changes the way you play the game. Gone are the towers, the river, and the bridges. Now it's all about getting your troops in the opponent's endzone; do that three times, and you win the match. I haven't had a chance to try the new mode yet, but I'm all for any idea that changes Clash Royale's usual flow. In addition to Touchdown, we are also getting new Gold Rush and Gem Rush events, which give you gold and gems respectively for taking down towers. And Mirror battles have you take on an opponent with the exact same deck...

Clash Royale [Free] players have been very divided on the recent 2v2 mode addition because while the mode itself was fun, having to play it with randoms as your teammates often took most of the fun away and led to all kinds of rage. Well, it looks that Supercell is finally fixing that issue in the upcoming October update. According to the latest sneak peek, you will now be able to do 2v2 challenges with clan mates and friends instead of random players, which should elevate the mode tremendously. And, to add even more fun to the mode, you'll be able to use brand new emote phrases to communicate with your teammate after the match...

Hearthstone [Free] players, it's time to get your hands on free packs. Unless, of course, you have something against free things. The 2017 Hearthstone Championship Tour's last Championship is almost here, and, as is always the case now, it comes with a brand new "Choose Your Champion" contest. In Choose Your Champion, you pick one of the finalists as your champion, and for each round they win, you get a free pack. Pick wisely, though, because there's no changing Champions; once you pick one, you're stuck for the whole tournament. This year's champions include players like Orange, Purple, Pavel, SHRoyalBaiZe, OmegaZero, and more. You have until October 11th to pick your champion, so don't take too long...

Supercell has started teasing features for Clash Royale's [Free] upcoming update, and the first one we got to see today is Quests, which are a great way of giving players reasons to come back and play beyond just having fun and grinding coins. These Quests will eventually replace the game's Achievements, which weren't working that well if we are honest. We will now have both daily and weekly Quests, and the rewards for them will include Super Magical and Legendary Chests. As you can see from the video below, Quests include collecting a specific number of cards, winning a 2v2 Battle 5 times, play a spell card 50 times, and so on. As is the case with every other game of this type, you can replace one Quest per day if you don't like what's being offered...

Although we knew that Hearthstone's [Free] next expansion would be announced at BlizzCon, since that's often the case, we didn't know exactly when that would be. Well, now we know. Blizzard has released the schedule for BlizzCon, and the "Hearthstone - What's Next" panel will take place November 3rd, at 1:45 PM PDT. As the schedule states, during that panel the team will give us a look at "what they're serving up next and delve deep into how the Year of the Mammoth will come to a close." As you probably know if you play the game, we have one expansion left in this season, and everyone's hoping it's a good one...

Clash Royale [Free] these days is all about the upcoming new mode called Touchdown (which we talked about over the weekend), and the latest episode of the official podcast Radio Royale talked more about how they came up with the new mode. They talk about how they started removing different parts of the normal arena in order to make a mode that feels different, and that’s how Touchdown came about. They removed the towers, rivers, bridges, etc, and then had to think about how you would score in this new mode. They go on to talk about different versions of scoring and how they settled in the way the scoring works now. They also go into why some of the cards were pretty broken and, therefore, have limits in the way they can be deployed...

Best Meta Decks, Top Podcasts, Fun Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #114

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] stories and videos from last week. Overall, we had a pretty quiet week without any groundbreaking news, but there's always something interesting going on. We have plenty of decks you can copy if you want to either play some crazy decks or actually climb the ladder. Of course, it's one thing to copy a deck and another to figure out how to play it right. Still, quite a few options. In general, though, it's been a quiet week, and I'm guessing it's going to continue to be quiet until we hit BlizzCon and see what the team has in store for us. Until then, enjoy putting together fun decks...

Good news, Clash Royale [Free] players. Your favorite game is about to get a brand new mode, and it looks and plays very differently than everything else we've played before. This new mode is called Touchdown, and it can only be played in 2v2 (at least for the time being). The developers showed off Touchdown earlier today, and you can check it out here. This mode is a draft-only mode and is played on a field with no towers, rivers, or bridges; instead, it's played on a field with two end zones, one on each side. Every time a troop walks into the end zone, you get a crown. At three crowns, you win the game. Most minions can only be played within a specific part of the field, and spells can be played anywhere on the field...

Asmodee Digital has been releasing some fun card and board games, and the latest release, Harald: A Game of Influence [$2.99], sounds like an interesting concept and unlike most other card games on the App Store. Harald is all about using your cards to win the King's favor. You play as the head of a village, and you try to use your cards to charm the most influential character of the realm and be noticed by the King. The game comes with six different characters, each with different bonuses and function. You've got the scout, the merchant, and bard, the warrior, and so on. I like games where characters have different powers because that introduced interesting tactics and forces you to rethink your strategies depending on who you're playing as...

Pathfinder Adventures [Free] continues to expand, with the latest update bringing additional content to the game. And while mobile players will surely enjoy the new content, what they will be most interested in is the upcoming price changes announced today. Specifically, the developers said the price adjustments are a result of listening to player feedback and looking at what is bought and what is not bought. Additionally, they wanted to make sure new content and older content follows the same pricing guidelines. For instance, they felt that it didn't make sense for a bundle to cost more than purchasing the bundle contents separately...

Best Wild and Standard Decks, Nerfs, Luckiest Combos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #113

Hello and welcome to another Hearthstone [Free] weekly news and videos roundup. We had all kinds of different stories last week, ranging from the big nerfs going live to questions about the place of Hero Cards in Arena and more. The game seems to be in a peculiar moment right now judging by last week's stories. Even though most are happy with the Frozen Throne expansion, they also see the game as stale and the same decks sticking around for way too long. Then there's the Warrior Fatigue issue and tournament issues more generally, which have left a sour taste to those who enjoy the esports side of things. I'm curious to see what the developers are considering to do to remedy this general feeling of discontent that seems to pervade the community (not that it's a new feeling). Are you happy with the game right now, and do you play as much as you used to?..

I like playing card games like Hearthstone and Elder Scrolls: Legends, but sometimes I get the itch for some more tactical gameplay, which is why I've been waiting to get Duelyst on my phone for quite some time now. Stormbound [Free], a game that has released globally this week after a few months in soft launch, brings to the table a fun combination of card collection and tactical gameplay that looks simple at first but has enough tactical depth and interesting ideas to scratch that itch. I've been playing it quite a bit this week, and I've been having fun playing both against the AI and against others. My only reservation is that matches take a bit too long and that the threat that is pay-to-win does rear its head here and there...

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