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Patches Good for the Meta (?), Card-Draw RNG, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #78

Welcome one and all to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly column on everything and anything Hearthstone [Free]. I hope you've been enjoying your holidays and your rest - if you've been lucky enough to have some of that. And, of course, I hope you've had the opportunity to play Hearthstone more than usual; if you have, then you've probably seen plenty of Pirate Warriors and, increasingly, our old friend, Mr. Midrange Shaman. As you can imagine, this past week (and a bit) hasn't been the most eventful in the world of Hearthstone, but there's still news to talk about and plenty of videos to watch. Without further ado, let's jump in then, shall we?..

This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is all about the curve. Clockwork Card Dealer, which we've seen a couple of times in the past, uses these amazing contraptions that on each turn ensure you draw a card with a mana cost equal to the mana you have on that turn. In other words, on turn one, you'll draw a 1-mana card, on turn two, a 2-mana card, and so on. As you can guess, you can very easily build a deck that takes advantage of the Brawl rules and ensures you get the card you need each turn. Of course, it's not that easy if you don't have a good collection because you can be sure that players with expensive legendaries will get to draw them exactly when they want them, provided they're still alive...




Obsidian said that Pathfinder Adventures' [Free] Deck 6 was almost here, and it was speaking truth because the latest update just brought Spires of Xin-Shalast to us just in time for the holidays. Deck 6 brings 5 new scenarios to the game, including the conclusion to the Rise of the Runelords adventure, 4 new locations, 4 new maps, over 40 new monsters, villains, and henchmen, and, of course, tons more weapons, spells, loots, and so on. The update also brings character equipment sets where characters have alternate versions you can purchase in the store and each alt has alternate art. You can see the slight differences between the alts and the original characters in terms of stats here...

Patches and Pirate Warrior, Gadgetzan Decks, Crazy Trump Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #77

Hello everyone and welcome to our pre-holiday Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. As to be expected, most of the stories this week are still about the effect of Gadgetzan on the game, be that in terms of how the meta has changed or how the game feels after the influx of the 132 new cards. There's an interesting article on how Patches the Pirate came to be as well as an article on how to beat that scummy Pirate. Overall, most players seem to be happy with the current state of the game, and that's great because the game needed a nice boost of positivity after the last few months. And as to be expected, we won't be publishing a Touchstone Tavern next Monday because Christmas, of course. Let us begin...

Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] continues to give us more heroes and more villains to play with, and this time around we are getting the first mega-expansion, Vengeance (imagine that word in an echoey, villainy voice). Vengeance brings five heroes and two environments to the game, but more importantly, it's actually bringing a whole new way to play the game. Team Villain Mode has your heroes fight it out against a team of villains, with the five villains that come in Vengeance designed to be mixed and matched into various villain teams just like you can do with heroes...

The card game Plants Vs Zombies Heroes [Free] has been doing pretty well so far, even grabbing one of Apple's best of 2016 awards recently. In the latest update, PVZH has added a new feature that should get players logging into the game more often. The new addition is weekly in-game single and multiplayer events that let you unlock new cards to add to your collection. These new cards aren't available via any other means, so this is your chance to grab some sweet exclusives. If you win games with that week's featured Hero class, you can boost the amount of tickets you earn, which in turn you can use to grab even more cards...

This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is finally all about Gadgetzan, and it's a fun one, too. The Battle for Gadgetzan picks the Druid, Priest, or Paladin class for you and then has you play with that class' Deck Recipe. In other words, you get to play with the various archetypes the developers feel work the best for each class (or at least are the easiest to play). Expect to play Dragon Priest, with all its beautiful new toys, Jade Druid, where you'll play those lovely buffed guys turn after turn, and Buff Paladin, where you buff minions in your hand. There's also plenty of banter between the leaders of the gangs while you play, which is entertaining...

Supercell is at it again. Clash Royale [Free] is getting an update January 13th, and the developers have once again started throwing sneak peeks our way. The first new addition is a new Arena, the Jungle Arena, which unlocks at 2600 Trophies and looks pretty awesome. We are also getting four new cards, with each card releasing every two weeks as per the usual recent practice. We are getting the Goblin Gang and the Dart Goblin along with two other cards. The Goblin Dart is very appropriate for the new Jungle Arena. We are also getting more ways to get your hands on Epic cards, with Epic Sunday, Epic Chests, and more. You can check all the details on the sneak peeks here...

The Star Wars: Force Collection [Free] card game is getting its third set of cards on December the 14th, and - to no one's surprise - this new set includes cards inspired by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The game is getting Darth Vader, Captain Cassian Andor, Alliance loyalists K-2SO and Bodhi Rook, as well as two incarnations of Rogue One's Imperial Troopers, Shoretroopers and Tank Troopers. These guys are specialists commissioned to protect top secret military facilities, and as all Star Wars fans know, they usually do a pretty bad job at it. These are just some of the cards included in the new set, and I have to congratulate the developers for managing to time the release just right...

If you remember the scene in Star Wars when R2-D2 is playing Holochess with Chewbacca, then you'll immediately recognize HoloGrid: Monster Battle [Free], a game created in collaboration with Academy Award VFX Director Phil Tippett, the guy who actually designed and animated the Holochess scenes from both Star Wars and The Force Awakens. We wrote about the game back in March, talking about how Tippett wanted to shift from making monsters on screen to making them for games. At its core, the game is a hybrid between a board game and a CCG, but it also uses AR technology to make it feel more alive and closer to the Holochess experience...

Patches the Pirate, Top 'Gadgetzan' Decks, Meta Report, Reynad Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #76

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players, and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of everything that happened in the world of Blizzard's smash hit last week. To no one's surprise, last week was all about Gadgetzan, the latest expansion. We have stories about which classes are doing well and which aren't, what decks are the strongest in the current meta, what you can do about that Patches guy, and much more. We also have some fun and informative videos, and the first meta report post-Gadgetzan release, which will surely help you pick the right decks to play if climbing the ladder is your thing. So, step right in from the cold, and let's get started...

As we wrote about recently, King was running a contest to find America's Next Shuffle Cat, the cat that would briefly star in Shuffle Cats [Free]. After receiving plenty of cat photos and videos from across the US, the committee picked four finalists that got to strut their tails and furs on a literal cat walk even. After a hard fought battle, the winner was Wylie Coyote Super Genius (and by extension Michelle Meinhold of Fresno, CA), who'll now get to be in Shuffle Cats. As you can see from the photo, the kitty looks more perplexed than anything and doesn't ever realize he'll be the envy of all other cats...

'Gadgetzan' Best & Worst Decks and Cards, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #75

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of everything that happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This past week, the topic that dominated was - of course - the new expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. The expansion, which arrived with a quickly-fixed bug, has been so far quite positively received and people have been having fun experimenting with silly decks. It looks like Blizzard has designed a strong expansion that should rejuvenate the game. Of course, we've heard this story before, so we'll have to be a bit patient before crowning Mean Streets a success. After all, maybe in a couple of weeks a super-powerful deck will emerge that will spoil everyone's fun. So far, though, so good. This week's Touchstone is all about the expansion, so step right through the door...

Okay everyone, time to walk the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan because Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion has just released in the Americas (it will release tomorrow in Europe). There are now 132 brand new cards for you to get your hands on, and some of them are quite fantastic. A few quick words about the expansion first. Mean Streets of Gadgetzan puts you in the middle of a clash between three crime families running Gadgetzan, the Grimy Goons (Hunter, Paladin, Warrior), the Kabal (Mage, Priest, Warlock), and Jade Lotus (Druid, Rogue, Shaman). Each of the families plays differently with the Grimy Goons buffing minions in your hands, the Kabal using all kinds of crazy potions, and the Jade Lotus using stealth and the ever-growing Jade Golems to take down the opposition. There are also the Tri-Class Cards, neutral minions that can only be used by one family...

Yogg-Saron hasn't always been everyone's favorite Hearthstone [Free] Whispers of the Old Gods card; something about a ton of random spells blasting all over the place irked those who hate RNG. The card has been nerfed a bit but is still a powerful one, and in this repeat Tavern Brawl its RNG spell effect is back to make your Brawl, well, unexpected. In Servant of Yogg-Saron Tryouts you pick a class and get a deck full of random minions. Every time you play a minion, a random spell is cast. That spell might hit your side of the board as easily as the opponent's side, so play minions wisely. If you don't like RNG, well, pop in, get that pack, and run away as fast as you can...

When Hearthstone's [Free] Whispers of the Old Gods expansion released, we got quite a few quests with Whispers packs as rewards. Now that the Gadgetzan patch has dropped ahead of the expansion release on Thursday, many have been digging into the notes to see what goodies we are getting this time around. As HearthPwn has discovered, winning 3 games as a class from one of the families gets you 2 Mean Streets packs. So, winning a game as a Hunter, Paladin, and Warrior, or Druid, Rogue, and Shaman, or Mage, Priest, and Warlock, will get you those 6 free packs. Not a bad deal at all. In the last expansion, we all got 3 packs for free, so I would expect that to happen again. I'm not sure we are going to get a Legendary like the last time, but I hope we do...

Pathfinder Adventures' [Free] developers continue to offer new content and new ways to enjoy the game, and this time around they've decided to offer a limited-time bundle that gives players some pretty cool stuff. The Barbarian's Bloody Bundle comes with a new character, Amiri, a tribal warrior and one-woman extermination machine. New characters are always a great addition to Pathfinder Adventures, and Amiri sounds like a fun one. The bundle also includes a Legendary card, Prayer of Gorum, a Rare card, Belkzen Warchief, and 25 chests filled with new cards and dice. This is a pretty good deal, especially for those who just can't have enough of Pathfinder Adventures and keep wanting more content...

After days and days of teasing, we now have the official date for Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, and it's closer than we expected. The expansion is coming out December 1st, or December 2nd depending on your region. Blizzard had said "early December," and apparently they really did mean the early part. If you want to get some of the new cards for a good price, make sure you grab the Mean Streets pre-order from here before December 1st. The pre-order lets you get 50 packs for $49.99, which is a great deal if you were planning on spending money on the game. You won't be able to open the packs until the expansion goes live, as is always the case with these things...

'Mean Streets', Priest, Shaman, Devolve, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #74

Hello once more and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly column that covers everything that happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free] this past week. As you can probably guess, the world of Hearthstone currently revolves around the upcoming expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, so most of the news had something to do with the upcoming set. There's talk about the state of Priest and Rogue, new mechanics (good and bad?) coming to the game, Murloc Yule Log, and plenty of videos with card reveals and other fun stuff. So, let's not delay and let's jump right in, shall we?..

Have you been following the reveals for Hearthstone's [Free] upcoming expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan? We've been getting some very interesting cards (and some not so interesting ones), and by now we've almost seen all 132 cards of the expansion. There are still a few missing, though, and we're probably about to have all of them revealed on November 28th. On that day at 10 AM PDT, Senior Designer Matt Place and caster Frodan, as well as some other members of the design team, will show on stream how each of the three families plays. This family versus family affair will, of course, be a way for the Hearthstone team to reveal more Mean Streets cards, and I wouldn't be surprised if we get to see all of them on that day...

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