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'Gadgetzan' Reveals, Heroic Brawl Hits, Reynad and Amaz Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #73

Welcome everyone to another Touchstone issue, our weekly column about all things Hearthstone [Free]. This has been an eventful week but with only two topics dominating the conversation; the continuous stream of Gagdetzan reveals and the first Heroic Tavern Brawl. Since everyone has been talking about these two topics, there aren't that many news stories to talk about that don't simply repeat the same information. However, there are some fun and informative videos as the pros continue to talk about the new expansion and all the revealed cards. Not too long to go now before we see a (hopefully) new meta. The signs are positive, but we haven't yet seen all the cards. Fingers crossed that deckbuilding will be fun again...

'Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links' Has Soft Launched in Australia and Japan, With a Worldwide Release Scheduled for 2017

While I tended to spend what little money I had on video games, there is no denying the massive part that Yu-Gi-Oh played in my childhood, both in terms of the anime and the card game. Following Yugi's exploits against Kaiba and Pegasus was a lot of fun, and winning a game against friends through summoning the pieces of Exodia (contrary to rumors, it is possible to call him) was as climactic as anything in these formative years of my youth. When Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links was announced earlier this year, the possibility of reliving some of the best memories of my childhood through duelling all the characters from the anime - as well as friends online - was incredibly exciting. For fans in Japan and Australia, the wait is now over - over the past week, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links has soft launched on the App Store in the two aforementioned regions, and with both Japanese and English language options already available, it shouldn't be long until other countries can activate their trap cards in this newest Yu-Gi-Oh game on iOS...




Shuffle Cats [Free], King's latest game, is all about virtual cats, but now it wants to add some actual cats to the mix, and your cat might be it. The game is an update version of Rummy and is quite entertaining with charming art, especially if you like cats. Today, King has announced its nationwide contest to find America's Next Shuffle Cat. The winner of the contest will join the kitty gangs of the game. How does the contest work? King invites you to submit original photos or short videos of your cats. Then a panel of judges will review all the submissions, and on December 6 King will bring the top five finalists to New York City for a chance at the top price: being featured in the game for one weekend as the co-host in Walter's Workshop...

New 'Gadgetzan' Card Reveal, Expansion Reception, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News and Videos in 'Touchstone' #72

Welcome everyone to Touchstone Tavern, TouchArcade's weekly roundup of the best stories and videos from the world of Hearthstone [Free]. Just like every week for the last many, many months, this week we gathered all the news of the last seven days in a single article so it's easier to get a good sense of the state of the Hearthstone universe. While usually we have all kinds of diverse stories, this week the news was, unsurprisingly, all about the upcoming expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. And speaking of the expansion, Blizzard gave us a present to give you all of you: three brand new cards from Mean Streets, and they are all about conditional Charge. In addition to our card reveal, there's also all kinds of news from BlizzCon, various opinions on what the expansion is bringing to the game, tournament news, and, of course, many card review videos. So, a pretty full and exciting week. Let us begin...

If you play CCGs, you probably know the name Richard Garfield. If you don't, all you need to know is that he is the game designer who designed Magic the Gathering and also had a hand in games like Netrunner, Battle Tech, and many, many more. Now we just got a drafting card game called Treasure Hunter [$4.99] designed by the man himself. Per the description on BoardGameGeek, Treasure Hunter is all about trying to grab as much treasure and coins as you can in the game's five rounds. There's treasure that isn't treasure, though, so you have to be careful about what you're collecting. You draw a number of cards, and then you pick one and hand the rest to the next player. You continue doing so until everyone has 9 cards...

Obsidian continues to give us more Pathfinder Adventures [Free] content, and this time around we are getting Deck 5. Update 1.1.5, which should be dropping soon, is adding Sings of the Saviors to the game, and it looks great. This new deck adds 5 new scenarios, 3 new locations, new maps, new loot, new legendary rewards, and new mechanics to the game, like Rimeskull with the Sihedron Circle Location. As the update blog points out, this is a great new mechanic that should entertain players quite a bit. One of the scenarios includes a huge dragon, Arkrhyst, that hits everyone with a breath weapon even before combat begins. There's also a scenario that comes with three villains, and they look fun to take on. Apparently, each time you defeat one of those villains, the others get more difficult to beat...

This is actually a bit of news I meant to get to last week and didn't have time, but seeing as how unique a game Calculords [Free] is and how log it's been since its last content update, I felt like it was still worth talking about. First off, Calculords is a card-based strategy game which launched back in February of 2014. It had you building up a deck of units and battling against a colorful cast of AI opponents in its campaign, placing your units among 3 lanes on the playfield to battle head to head against your opponents' units. It sounds a bit standard as far as card-battlers go, but what set Calculords apart was its use of math. Yes, math! It's fun! ..

One of the most fun moments of BlizzCon was getting to interview Yong Yoo, Senior Producer for Hearthstone [Free], and Mike Donais, Hearthstone's Principal Game Designer. I read and write a lot about this game, and what I'm often very interested in is what the developers think about the game's current state, the various issues players always bring up, and where they want to take the game in the future. However, getting that information isn't always easy since more often than not we have to rely on Twitter or reddit. So, I was glad to sit down and talk Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion as well as how they're working to improve the game on iOS...

First of all, as I've mentioned in last week's Touchstone, we won't be publishing our weekly roundup this week since we are instead doing BlizzCon stories. And I was at BlizzCon for most of the weekend, so no time to put our weekly roundup together, sorry. One of the most interesting BlizzCon 2016 panels I attended was the Hearthstone [Free] Developer Q&A, where the developers talked about the present and future of the card game. There was a lot of - mostly small tidbits - of information that came out of the Q&A, and I think you'll find most of it very interesting if you're into the game...

Hot off the morning announcement of the new Hearthstone [Free] expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, we attended the Hearthstone: What’s Next seminar at BlizzCon. Obviously, the event was entirely centered around the new expansion and we were able to get a lot of cool information about the design cues for the expansion, along with a lot more detail about the three mafia families of Gadgetzan...

I don't know how the weather is across the Atlantic, but November has brought with it some incredibly cold weather to the UK, which I guess is fitting as we are slowly approaching the holiday season. Therefore it's almost poetic that Frost [$3.99], the snowy and sublime card game that released back in the far warmer month of September, has today received its first major content update on the App Store. With brand new scenarios, mechanics and abilities, fans of the game have even more to enjoy here, and anyone who missed the boat first time around have no excuse to stop giving Frost the cold shoulder and to give it a go today...

One Man Left have a pretty incredible track record on the App Store, as despite varying commercial success, the exhilarating twitch action gameplay of the Tilt To Live [$2.99] series was a lot of fun to play, especially in the early days of iOS as a serious gaming platform. Therefore, when the developers released Space Food Truck [$9.99 (HD)] on Steam back in March, it was incredibly interesting to see how the One Man Left team would step up to tackle a larger and more complex experience having plied their trade on relatively fleeting games prior to its release, the outstanding Outwitters [Free] aside. Thankfully, Space Food Truck was warmly received amongst the PC gaming community, and has finally made the transition to handheld devices, as today the game has launched on iPad (sorry, no mobile release as of yet), so anyone looking for a meaty strategic sci-fi adventure can snack on Space Food Truck now...

Gadgetzan News, Ladder Changes, World Championship Results, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #71

Hello and welcome to another weekly roundup of all news Hearthstone [Free]. This was an interesting week with two main things happening; on the one hand we have Blizzard teasing the new expansion, and on the other we had the Group Stages for the World Championship. We're getting more and more information on the new expansion, but there's plenty of question marks over the whole thing at the moment. I just with we get some big cards that shake the meta up quite a bit, maybe even a new keyword. We need some new toys to play with. As for the Championship, we got to see some fun games and some unexpected results, too...

Today, Clash Royale [Free] got another card, and this is a fun one. Today we got Graveyard, a 5-cost Legendary spell that spawns level 9 Skeletons with 10 second duration and 5 block radius. Skeletons are great against large, strong targets but too vulnerable to arrows and other units. So, many see this spell as a way to take out big targets more effectively. However, some reddit users aren't too impressed so far because they feel the spell is one elixir too expensive to be a good. Others, though, see it as verging on OP and have been looking for good counters to it. Valkyries, archers, goblins, and minions seem to be good counters so far as is poison, since it takes them out as they pop out of the ground...

With a single tweet this morning, Blizzard got the Hearthstone [Free] community buzzing. The tweet included a Greetings from Gadgetzan postcard, and immediately reddit caught fire. In the WOW lore, Gadgetzan is a neutral goblin-made trading outpost where the races of Azeroth, primarily goblins and gnomes, share inventions and ideas. Gadgetzan is also the headquarters of the Steamwheedle Cartel, which includes in its ranks some of the best goblin engineers, miners, and alchemists. The Goblins versus Gnomes expansion gave us some of these themes already, so it will be interesting to see how Blizzard deviates from what we've already seen. At the same time, GvG is no longer in Standard, so there's plenty of room for more Goblins and crazy machinery...

Kripp and Reynad on Heroic Tavern Brawl, Arena Info, Patch Changes, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #70

Welcome to another Hearthstone [Free] weekly news roundup, and what an interesting week this has been. Out of nowhere, Blizzard came out and announced a new mode, the Heroic Tavern Brawl, and the community reacted in the way it knows best; mostly negatively. It looks like Blizzard wanted to give its top competitive players a new mode to play with. Many players also see this new mode as a step towards Tournaments. No matter what the goal is, most players don't seem to be happy about the new mode. We'll have to wait and see the Heroic Brawl in action to truly have an opinion on it. We also got a new patch with some fun changes, some crazy Arena stats, and more. Walk right in and let us begin...

DeNA's Deckstorm: Duel of Guardians [Free] is a CCG that tried to target players looking for more complexity from a card game and brought some clever ideas to the CCG formula. Unfortunately, with DeNA Western shutting down (which we wrote about recently), Deckstorm is following suit and shutting down operations soon. As posted in-game, starting today no more special events or new content will be added to the game, but at the same time the game has been balanced one last time to make its remaining days fun for current players. On October 31st the game will be removed from the App Store, and from that day onward, IAPs will be disabled but any previous purchases will remain available...

If you like playing Murloc decks, you better read the notes for the upcoming Hearthstone [Free] patch since those little rascals will see one major change. Normally, Murloc cards buff all other Murlocs, including those of your opponent. That will no longer be the case since from now on, your Murlocs (like Grimscale Oracle for instance) will only buff your Murlocs. Blizzard is making this change to improve Murloc mirror matches. Yogg-Saron will also now apply Overload effects when it casts a spell with Overload, and some other cards have been changed as well. And if you like playing Arena, you'll see Karazhan cards at the same frequency as other card sets from now on. You can see all the bug fixes here...

WWE SuperCard [Free] has been quite successful with over 11 million downloads in 2 years and pretty good ratings on the App Store. Now 2K is teasing Season 3, which should be coming to the game this November. Season 3 will bring more than 100 new cards and three new card tiers, a ranked PvP mode where players will fight it out every month, and, more interestingly, a new Royal Rumble mode that brings real-time gameplay to the series for the first time. In Royal Rumble you can put 15 of yours cards against 15 of your opponent's and let them battle it out to see which one will remain standing at the end...

Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest [Free] is probably my favorite of the Puzzle Quest games primarily because I love CCGs and because it lets me mess around with Magic cards. And the way the Match-3 mechanics work in this game actually makes sense in the context of Magic. Today, the game added the Eldritch Moon set, which concludes the Shadow over Innistrad story with the reveal of the Eldrazi titan, Emrakul. The update adds 65 new cards, and all the cards are Uncommon or better - no Commons here. This set is also introducing two new mechanics to the game, Meld and Emerge. With Meld, once two card siblings hit the battlefield, they transform into another, more powerful form. When you play another one of those siblings, the transformed form of the card is reinforced...

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