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'Hearthstone' League of Explorers Adventure Review - No Monkeying Around, This Adventure Was Spectacular

League of Explorers, the latest Hearthstone [Free]Adventure, came pretty much out of nowhere. Although we knew that something was going to be announced at BlizzCon, we didn't have any details about its theme or the cards it would include. Not only were we surprised with an Adventure that deviated from the typical World of Warcraft lore of previous expansions and adventures, but we got it in our hands the week of the announcement, leaving little time to evaluate the Adventure's 45 cards. It's not that surprising, then, that when the first bunch of cards, and especially Reno Jackson, were released after LoE Wing 1, everyone was amazed by the effect LoE already had on the game. Literally overnight, the meta slowed down and everyone playing Hearthstone, from pros to casuals, felt that the game was fresh and interesting again and out of the rut it had been for months...

If you are surprised that this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is available early in NA, it's not a drill or a mistake; Blizzard has decided to change the Tavern Brawl times to help with the recent Brawl issues. Now, the Americas Brawls will start Wednesday 9:00 AM PST to give Blizzard time to monitor any issues that might pop up, increase their response time, and minimize service impact to all the players. So, from now on if you are in the Americas, you get to play the Brawl for a few more hours a week. Brawl time changes aside, today we have a new Brawl to play, and it's a very fun and festive one. The Gift Exchange Brawl, a special Winter Veil Brawl, is probably one of the most entertaining I've played so far. It's also season-appropriate as it's all about giving and receiving presents...




'Code Of Arms' Review - Bar Versus The World

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December 8th, 2015 11:30 AM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in 4 stars, Card, Free, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Strategy
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In a review of a different game that made use of barcode scanning, I talked about how I've always been enamored of the idea, but rarely found the games attached to the scanning to be of much merit. Well, I've finally found a pretty decent game that integrates barcode scanning. It's called Code Of Arms [Free], and it's basically like a simplified version of Dungelot [$1.99] fused with a card battler. If you enjoyed that game, you'll probably enjoy this one even if the scanning mechanic does nothing for you. Best of all, it's inexplicably free, without even so much as ads to support it...

I know, you are in disbelief, rubbing your eyes and blinking to make sure what you are reading is true and not the result of that weird concoction you downed last night or last year's pizza you had for dinner (I know, it looked perfectly edible). The famous card game Dominion [Free] is now available on the App Store after many trials and tribulations and a 3-year journey. Quick context: back in 2012, Goko Games tried to introduce the world to HTML-5 gaming and decided to use Dominion as part flagship game part advertising. Well, the platform's launch was horrible and Dominion was immediately pulled from the App Store. Even since that fateful day, Dominion fans have been looking across the ocean, waiting for the game to resurface once more and take its rightful (?) place among iOS card games. In early October, the game was submitted to Apple for review, and then, once more, the game went as silent as a ninja...

Well, I think it's time I finally try to become a Hearthstone [Free] Pro. Okay, maybe not, because I lack the dedication, time, and skill, but after reading the Hearthstone Championship Tour announcement, I'm definitely tempted. Blizzard has released the details about what 2016 holds for the Hearthstone Championship Tour, and the news are definitely positive. There are plenty of changes from last year's Tour, and I think they will make the fans and most pros happy. This year we'll have four tournaments - three Season Championships and one Last Call Invitational per region - to help determine who will make it to BlizzCon. This new plan will result in more local champions and, hopefully, more cool stories which are what more often than not get fans invested in an esport...

You might remember how a couple of weeks ago when the Hearthstone [Free]Tavern Brawl we got was Webspinners, another repeat performance. However, you might also remember that the Brawl wasn't supposed to be Webspinners; instead, it was supposed to be Captain Blackheart's Treasure, a Brawl that would hint at (and prepare players for) the League of Explorers announcement ahead of Blizzcon. Alas, it was not to be as the gremlins came out from the digital woodwork and took the Captain down. Although Webspinners was fun, everyone was left wondering about the one that got away. Well, today we get to find out as Captain Blackheart's Treasure is now officially live for NA (for real this time)...

It has begun fellow adventurers. Temple of Orsis, the first Wing of Hearthstone's [Free] new Adventure, The League of Explorers, is now available, and millions of fellow adventurers are diving into the temples, avoiding traps and searching for loot (cards) and glory. If you don't know what a Hearthstone Adventure is, this is a Single Player mode where players have to defeat various bosses and challenges in order to earn the 45 new cards. The Adventure consists of 4 Wings (each with 3 or more bosses/challenges), and a total of 9 class challenges, one for each Hearthstone class. We know that not everyone has the time, patience, or skill to make it through the Temple of Orsis unscathed. So, we will be putting together Guides to help you get those sweet new cards as easily and painlessly as possible. This guide will describe the various encounters, give you tips and tricks for each, and then give you decks ideas to help you get the Staff Of Origination...

Remember back in June when Hearthstone [Free] launched its brand-new mode, the Tavern Brawl? Seems like ages ago, doesn't it? That first Brawl was Showdown at Blackrock Mountain, or Ragnaros Vs Nefarian, a clash of two pre-constructed decks that many felt was unbalanced since Nefarian was a faster deck while Ragnaros needed to win in the later turns, which for many was easier said than done. Well, this week Blizzard decided to make up for that Brawl by doing a repeat Showdown at Blackrock Mountain but with a slight - but important - change; Nefarian starts with 4 mana crystals rather than five. This nerf should help slow down Nefarian a bit and make the matchup a bit more balanced...

EA has just released the Star Wars Battlefront Companion [Free], an app that should help you get even more out of the Star Wars game launching very soon. The Companion app lets you connect with friends, track your Star Wars Battlefront career, and play Base Command, a card-based game included in the app. ..

After almost a year of Hearthstone [Free] matches, some tough regional qualifying series, and an equally tough Group Stage last week, the Hearthstone World Championship final stage is finally upon us, and it's shaping up to be lots of fun! The Group Stage produced some big surprises, biggest of all being the great performances by Asia-Pacific Region players, who most considered the clear underdog. The other surprise was that there's only one surviving member of the Americas team. Add to that some surprise eliminations of fan favorites like Lifecoach, and you get the idea about the upcoming playoffs. Expect to see even more surprises during the weekend and maybe, just maybe, Shaman going all the way (wishful thinking on my behalf, I know). Your final eight are ThijsNL (EU), Kno (APAC), ZoroHS (CH), Kranich (APAC), Ostkaka (EU), Hotform (AM), DieMeng (CH), and Pinpingho (APAC)...

As we wrote yesterday, this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is the one everyone's been waiting for, the Co-Op one, also known as United Against Mechazod (sounds like a court case to me), and it's available now. You'll have to work together with the player across the board to beat Gearmaster Mechazod, a 2 Attack 95 Health Taunt Boss who hates both players equally. Each turn, Mechazod changes sides on the board and attacks the one player with his pretty awesome attacks. You'll be playing with pre-made decks that should have really fun synergies when both players pick the right cards to play. You can either play the Brawl with a friend or queue up a random frenemy. Keep in mind that if you want to get your free pack, which this week you get simply for participating, you'll have to play with a random person. As you can imagine, every Hearthstone player out there is excited about this Brawl, and with good reason...

Well, time to find a friend and have some Hearthstone [Free] fun as Blizzard just announced that this week's Tavern Brawl will be United Against Mechazod, the Co-Op Tavern Brawl we wrote about a few weeks ago. I suppose the timing shouldn't come as a great surprise since this is BlizzCon week. In this Brawl, you and a friend (or someone who pretends to be your friend) will take on Gearmaster Mechazod, a 2 Attack 95 Life Taunt Boss. Both players will be on the same side, and you'll have pre-made decks assembled to give both you and your partner the chance to take out the Boss with the mustache. Each turn, Mechazod will change sides on the board, so you'll both have to play the right cards at the right time to defeat him...

As we reported about a week ago, Handelabra Studio's Sentinels of the Multiverse [$9.99 (HD)], a digital adaptation of the popular physical board game of the same name, had its multiplayer update rejected by Apple due to the game's use of "cheat codes." In this case, cheat codes referred to special codes that could be entered into the game to unlock special card variants without forcing players to earn them through progressions or buy them via IAP. It was a nice compromise that allowed players who perhaps weren't skilled enough or didn't have the devotion to unlock them through play to get access to the variants, while those who did like that challenge could preserve their sense of accomplishment. Well, Apple didn't like that whole thing, so they rejected the latest update with the multiplayer functionality based on the whole cheat code thing, which had actually been in the game for some time already and made it through multiple Apple approval processes prior. That's our Apple! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯..

Hearthstone [Free] had some issues today with its Tavern Brawl, which isn't that rare an event. Originally, this week's Brawl was supposed to be Captain Blackheart's Treasure, a reference to a Heroes of the Storm NPC apparently. In this Brawl, you would select one of three random cards to add to your hand each turn. The brawl had premade decks, so you can imagine what kind of RNG fun would have ensued. However, once the Brawl went live, players encountered a bug where the game would search for an opponent for ever, so Blizzard had to quickly pull it down and replace it with another one. We've been having too many Brawl bugs recently, and I wonder why that's the case. As for this specific issue, maybe Blizzard's eye is on Blizzcon rather than anything else, which could explain the Brawl issues...

Well, it's time. After months of matches, the sixteen finalists are ready to start the (almost) final leg of their journey to the Hearthstone [Free] World Champion crown. Today we have the Group Stages, which will be part of BlizzCon's Opening Week festivities. The sixteen Hearthstone players (hailing from the Americas, Europe, China, and the Asia-Pacific region) have been split in four groups, and two players from each group will advance to form the Top 8. We don't seem to have a "Group of Death," but all the groups look like they'll offer entertaining clashes. The Group Stage starts at 17:00 CET, will last until October 31st, and you can watch the whole thing here with us. After the Group Stage is done, we'll have to wait for a week for the rest of action to commence. On November 7-8, the Top 8 will meet to fight for the title in what should be some cracking matches...

A couple of weeks ago I wrote that Sentinels of the Multiverse [$9.99 (HD)] was getting a huge update last weekend that would add a multiplayer mode to the popular card game. Well, unfortunately Sentinels is still a single-player game, so, what's the deal? According to the developers, the update lost its way somewhere in the corridors of Apple's underground layer, a not-unheard of scenario. The game had previous issues with Apple's review process, and from the looks of it none of those issues were the fault of the developers. When Handelabra submitted the Sentinel's multiplayer update, it got a message that the review team had a question about it. As you know, that's never a good message to receive when it comes to Apple's review process...

Blizzard made an announcement today that might end up having a big impact on esports in general and Hearthstone [Free] more specifically. According to the announcement, Blizzard has established a new division that will build on the Company's "competitive gaming leadership" by creating new ways to deliver the best-in-class fan experience across all games and platforms. In order to achieve that, Blizzard's new division will be headed by former CEO of ESPN and the NFL Network, Steve Bornstein. I know many of you might say that you don't really don't care about esports, but Blizzard's move might have both short-term and long-term benefits for mobile gamers and gaming, especially with Blizzard being one of the biggest developers in the world at the moment. Also, Blizzard's focus on esports will likely increase Hearthstone's popularity, which in turn might help make mobile gaming more respectable to the general audience...

Another Wednesday, another Tavern Brawl, another RNG party. This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl's called Who's the Boss Now?, and in it you get help from the dungeon bosses. You build your own deck (which I'm not crazy about as you know), and then you follow most of the regular Hearthstone rules minus the Hero Power one. Instead of having your normal class Hero Power, in this Brawl you start with a random hero power and each time you use it, you get a new one. You can use your Hero Power more than one time per turn, so you can imagine all the crazy RNG combinations that can occur when you play 5 hero powers in a row. I have a feeling this Brawl will be more fun between friends because you can mess with each other after playing 4,5 different hero powers...

I like the Honest Trailers guys because while they do make fun of movies, songs, and games, their points are usually very true. Such is the case with the Hearthstone [Free] Honest Trailer, which is pretty funny to all of us who play the game. Hearthstone, or "the Idiot's Version of Magic the Gathering, is ripe for mocking both because it's huge but also because of that three-letter acronym that everyone likes to talk about; RNG. The way the trailer describes the Hearthstone journey of the average person is quite accurate: you try to put together an amazing deck with your crappy early cards, you get smacked around repeatedly, and then you wise up and start netdecking. Haven't we all gone through that process?..

Thanks to HearthPwn, we have a spy inside Blizzard's Headquarters, or at least one that's able to "decrypt" the company's secret code (not so secret, but I like the whole Bond metaphor here). A couple of months ago, we wrote about how HearthPwn's datamining revealed references to a possible Hearthstone [Free] Co-Op mode, and now HearthPwn has done the same magic on the most recent patch and unveiled much more info on the upcoming Co-Op Tavern Brawl. We now know that Gearmaster Mechazod will be the Co-Op Tavern Brawl Boss, and he'll have 95 Health, 2 Attack, a mana cost of 10, and the best mustache I've seen recently. He might be a hipster Boss, which makes him even more dangerous. His text states that "Mechazod wins if he defeats either of you!" which clearly points to a Co-Op battle against Hipster guy...

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