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'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...




If you ever worked in an office the last 25 years or have grandparents who owned a Windows PC, then you know Microsoft's Solitaire [Free] all too well, and now you'll be able to play this classic game on your mobile device. This game came with the Windows OS and became one of the most played games ever not because of how amazing it is but because it was always available to anyone sitting in front of a Windows PC. Don't underestimate what boredom can do to you; it can even make you play Solitaire countless times in a loop up there with any other groundhog day nightmare. Jokes aside, Microsoft's Solitaire has probably been a gateway game for many, so it deserves a spot in the hall of fame if just for that...

This week's Hearthstone [Free]Tavern Brawl couldn't be further from last week's Heroic Tavern Brawl. Instead of putting together your own deck and relying mostly on skill, this week you take Valeera's deck of spells to the brawl. The spells come from all classes, so you'll see some interesting lost opportunities for synergies, but the fun part is that every time you play a spell, it summons a random minion of the same cost. As you can imagine, this Brawl is pretty heavy in terms of RNG, but the fact that the minions aren't totally random and are, instead, of the same mana as the spell does give you a better idea of what you might get. You'll still be constantly surprised, of course. Keep in mind that spells are cast after the minion is summoned, so if you play a spell that clears the board, it will remove your own newly-summoned minion, too...

Blizzard continues to reveal more and more Hearthstone [Free] Mean Streets of Gadgetzan cards, but today the cards we got to see come with a brand new mechanic, the Jade Golem. This new mechanic is part of the Jade Lotus gang, and it will remind you of C'Thun in a way but with more than just one minion. So, a card like the 4-mana 2/3 Jade Spirit has a Battlecry: Summon a Jade Golem and the 4-mana Jade Lightning spell deals 4 damage and summons a Jade Golem. Nothing that ground-breaking so far, but the interesting part of the Jade Golem is that every time you summon one, it gets +1/+1 from the previous one. So if you summon let's say 10 Jadegolems (I've seen the card written both as Jade Golem and Jadegolem so not sure which is the right one yet), the last one you summon will have 10/10 stats. In other words, it's a C'Thun mechanic but instead of all your buffs going on one minion, you get one buffed minion per summon...

'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...

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