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Say goodbye to dear old Yogg-Saron, friends, for he is never going to be the same again. The Hearthstone [Free] update we've been waiting for should be hitting today (it's already live on PC, but it usually takes time to go through all the channels), and it should change the meta quite a bit (emphasis on should). If you haven't been following the news, this update will change a few important cards. Call of the Wild will cost 9 mana instead of 8, Execute and Rockbiter Weapon both go from 1 mana to 2, Tuskarr Totemic will only summon basic Totems, Abusive Sergeant has 1 attack instead of 2, Charge gives friendly minions Charge but those minions can't attack enemy heroes (and also it costs 1 instead of 3), and, the biggest change, Yogg-Saron will stop casting spells when it leaves the battlefield or is silenced...

Blizzard Announced Nerfs, Trump, Reynad, Kibler, and Others Respond, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #67

What a week this one was. We've talked repeatedly the past few weeks that the Hearthstone [Free] community wasn't happy with the state of the game partly because of the high level of RNG and because of the rather monotonous meta that consisted of Shaman upon Shaman and a few Warriors on the side. Well, Blizzard was indeed listening because out of nowhere, we got information that in the next patch (6.1.3), the developers are bringing the nerf hammer out of the drawer and banging away. The nerfs, which I talk about in more detail below, are substantial and should hit some of the most popular decks while also trying to ensure a better game going forward. Whether they will succeed, we shall see...




Fox's animation shows have been dominating TV for quite some time now. Family Guy, Futurama, Bob's Burgers, American Dad, and King of the Hill all offer their own specific kind of craziness and humor. It's not surprising, then, that Kongregate decided to develop a card game based on all five shows, and the result is hilarious, as to be expected. Yet not all is rosy in Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards [Free]; while you'll laugh at the silly card combos and be entertained for quite a bit with the gameplay, eventually you hit so many timers that you'll quickly regret your investment in the game...

A few weeks back we wrote how Hearthstone [Free] was adding a new Priest Hero, Tyrande Whisperwind, as part of a special promotion, but we didn't know what that promotion would actually be. Now we do. Twitch just announced that those who sign up for Twitch Prime, Twitch's new "premium experience" that comes free for those who already have Amazon Prime, will get Tyrande for free. The way it works is you go to twitchprime.com, and link your Amazon Prime account to your Twitch account. If you don't have Amazon Prime, you can sign up for a 30-day trial on the same website and then still claim Tyrande...

As promised, Supercell has revealed the next card to come to Clash Royale [Free] as part of the latest update, and its the Inferno Dragon. As you can see in the videos below, the Inferno Dragon works a lot like the Inferno Tower (but with a shorter range) in that as time passes, its attack gets stronger. In the first two seconds of its attack, it deals 75 dps, the next 2 seconds it deals 250 dps, and then it reaches its maximum of 875 dps. So, if you ignore this one and don't take it out as soon as possible, you are gonna get some serious damage. The positive is that it's easily distracted by small units, so make sure you have some ready to go. It's also relatively fragile and quite slow...

The CCG Shadowverse [Free] has been slowly but steadily gaining steam judging by all the streams I see popping up here and there, and now the game has added its first card expansion called Darkness Evolved. The update adds 109 new cards that open up new possibilities for evolution, which is the game's main claim to fame. These new cards should help keep the game fresh and the fact that they are coming out not too long after the game released globally is a good sign for the game's future. In addition to the new cards, the update also adds Spectator mode, the ability to invite friends to private matches, and much more...

We've talked in the past about how Magic Duels [Free] was a missed opportunity for Wizards since it failed to bring to mobile (and PC for that matter) a Hearthstone-like Magic equivalent, which is a real pity for fans of the most popular CCG. Still, despite its flaws Magic Duels is entertaining and has also kept up to pace with the release of Magic sets, which has been one of the most positive things about it. The latest update has added the Kaladesh set, the 72(!) Magic expansion and the first in the Kaladesh Block. The physical set will release September 30th, so mobile actually got it a couple of days early...

A few weeks back we wrote that the deck-building word game Paperback [$3.99] was getting a digital version, and that version would be coming out soon. Well, "soon" has arrived since Paperback has just released on the App Store. In the game you play an author trying to finish genre novels like Sci-Fi, Romance, Westerns, and so on. You start with a deck of letter cards, and as you form words, you earn money that you then use to purchase even more powerful letters (in a way like you do what you do in games like Ascension  minus the word-building). Many of the letters have special abilities that get activated when used in a word...

Even though the majority of major App Store releases are clustered around the traditional Thursday launch date, it's always fantastic to start the week with some games that, for whatever reason, avoided this trope of iOS gaming. Frost [$3.99], from the critically acclaimed graphic designer Jérôme Bodin, is one such release, and while RPG titles infused with card game mechanics is not necessarily a new concept, the predictably brilliant aesthetic direction of the title could go far in distinguishing it from the crowd. Having already launched on Steam to almost universal positive feedback, Frost describes itself as a 'solo survival card game', and requires you to build your deck in the vein of similar titles such as Dominion [Free] and Ascension [Free] to survive a perpetual Arctic winter...

'Solitairica' Review - The Solitaire Roguelike Your Grandma Could Enjoy

Solitaire is quite possibly the most popular video game of all time, thanks to the game's inclusion in Windows in particular. Many a bored office worker, student, and grandparent has sunk hours into this classic card game. Now, with games like Card Crawl [$2.99] bringing modern roguelike influence into card games, it seems only fitting that Solitairica [$3.99] should come into existence, bringing something more closely resembling actual solitaire to the solitaire roguelike subgenre. And it promises to steal countless hours of your time, even if you're not necessarily a card game player...

A week ago we wrote that while Android was getting Season 2 of Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] last Friday as was originally planned, the iOS version was stuck somewhere along the way (aka Apple's purgatory). The good news is that Season 2 has finally launched for iOS. To celebrate the release, there's a sale going on (ends today) that should help people who've been on the fence to jump in. Since Season 2 has now released on all platforms, the Dark Watch Setback variant is available for unlocking via story challenge, so get on that if you haven't...

While there's a lot of talk about Hearthstone's [Free] competitive scene right now and whether it's on the right path, the fact remains that we are getting closer to BlizzCon and, therefore, the Hearthstone World Championship. Blizzard has now given us more details on the dates, times, and format of the World Championship. So, first the general information. There will be a prize pool of $1.000.000 this year, the biggest ever, and the group stages will take place between October 26th-30th, which is the Opening Week. Each group will consist of four competitors, one from each of the four regions (Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and China). They will be seeded according to their HCT Points that they've accumulated throughout the season...

When I first played Exploding Kittens on mobile, I was quite happy with the way the physical had turned digital; the subtle additions of animation and sounds here and there really helped bring the game to life, making it even more fun to play than the original. Sushi Go! [$4.99] has followed a similar path in its journey from card to digital with the developer keeping the game's original card art but adding subtle animations that help make the game quite charming and make it feel more like a digital game than a straight port of a card game. Sushi Go! isn't perfect - there's limited interaction with other players (no emotes or anything like that), which detracts from the social aspect of a card game, and the iPad UI doesn't take advantage of the screen as well as it could. Despite these issues, Sushi Go! is a fun, quick card game that might also put a smile on your face every time you play it...

Yogg-Saron RNG, Arena Bans, BatStone Bans, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'TouchStone' #65

Welcome to another weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free]. This has been an interesting week with the release of the Arena bans and the continuous talk about the future of the game's competitive scene. I believe it's fair to say that the game is going through one of its most turbulent periods in terms of how people see it and how they see its future. Of course no one is saying that the game isn't popular and won't continue to be so, but there's definitely a general feeling that the game probably isn't where the developers and players would want it to currently. The good news is that pro players like Firebat are jumping in to offer solutions to the game's competitive issues. So, read on...

BlizzCon 2016 is getting closer day by day, and Blizzard has decided it's time to show us what Hearthstone [Free] in-game goodies attendees and Virtual Ticket holders will be getting. The card back we are getting is the Welcome Inn, which looks like the opening screen of the game and is, if I'm honest, quite good-looking. If it's anything like last year's, this year's BlizzCon will have a Fireside Gathering going on where you can go and play Hearthstone with others or even (probably) join Micro Tournaments. So, it makes sense that the card back is linked to that event and is, well, welcoming you "inn."..

Priests are getting some love in the latest Hearthstone [Free] update with the introduction of a new Priest Hero, Tyrande Whisperwind. In WOW lore, Whisperwind is the chosen high priestess of Elune and the most prominent night elf leader. You'll be able to get Tyrande Whisperwind and the Tyrande card back via an upcoming special promotion, which hopefully won't require me to make any new friends. The update has also added the Welcome Bundle, a one-time $4.99 bundle of 10 Classic card packs and a guaranteed Classic Class Legendary. The bundle is great value if you're trying to build up your collection or simply want some cheap dust, so pick this one up for sure...

If you have an iOS device and you've been looking forward to getting Season 2 of Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] this Friday as originally announced, I am sorry. Because of some unexpected issues described in this blog post, the iOS will probably not be coming this Friday but at a later, yet unannounced date. The good new for Android players is that Season 2 will release this Friday as originally planned. The release will also come with a 48 period discount period, a perfect time to pick up the game and its many expansions. Because of the iOS issues, Dark Watch Setback won't be available for unlocking until all platforms have the new version of the game...

Stoneblade's and Playdek's Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Free] continues to be one of the best card games on mobile, and the many expansions it has received have definitely helped it stay fresh and fun. Today, Ascension got its 9th(!) expansion, Dreamscape, which changes up the game quite a bit. In Dreamscape, you join the heroes of New Vigil as they explore the Dreamscapes. The expansion adds the new Insight resource and Dreamborn cards, which allow players to access Dream cards and other powers. You can use the Dreamscape to access the new Vision cards, which are pretty powerful, as well as the usual Heroes and Constructs...

Arena Changes, Pro Scene Problems, Patron Returns (?) and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #64

With One Night in Karazhan adventure over, I thought the Hearthstone [Free] world would go quiet for a bit, but Blizzard had other plans for the game and for us. If you've missed the news, Blizzard will be removing quite a few cards from the Arena in an effort to rebalance it and make it more interesting for players. That move was met by mixed reactions as you'll see further below, especially in the Videos section. Most news stories on the Arena changes did nothing more than list the cards to be removed, so I didn't include them to avoid repetition. Outside the Arena news, the latest pro team news seem to be a bad omen for the future of competitive Hearthstone, but maybe it's just a re-alingment. Okay, let's get started...

We've written in the past about Star Crusade CCG [Free], and even got a chance to check it out at GDC, and now the game is officially out. Yes, another CCG, but this one tries to bring a few different ideas to the table. The game has variable deck sizes - with smaller ones starting first and the larger ones having more survivability - module cards - which add unique bonuses and skills to your commander - and much more. There are over 400 cards available currently and plenty of different ways to play - casual, ranked, draft etc - that should keep you busy. From what I've seen in gameplay trailers so far, the game looks pretty good...

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