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Card Thief [$2.99] is without a doubt one of the best iOS games of the year thus far, as Tinytouchtales managed to take the successful formula from Card Crawl [$2.99] and blend it with a load of peculiar stealth elements. The resulting amalgam was something that felt both familiar and intuitive, but also unlike anything that had been done before on the App Store, and it stood out even amongst the strong offerings of Apple's indie game showcase at the time. Hot off the tails of Card Thief's success, the developer has put their time into the next Tinytouchtales project in the form of Miracle Merchant. While we first heard about Miracle Merchant last September, the solitaire-style potion creating title has progressed significantly since this first glimpse, and is now looking for beta testers on our forum thread...

You probably realized that the 2v2 button on your Clash Royale [Free] main screen wasn't going to be permanent from its countdown timer, and now that it's gone (sad face), many players are wondering when we're getting it back. According to Supercell, the 2v2 button will once more be making its appearance on your main screen this July, and it will stay there throughout the whole month, which is why this summer will be known as the Summer of 2v2. Supercell added the 2v2 button for a week to see whether that's something the players would want to have there permanently, and if yes, in what form?..




Disguised Toast Responds, Best Wild and Standard Decks, Best Legendaries to Craft, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News on 'Touchstone' #102

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] stories and videos from this past week. The past week was on the quiet side, with nothing really earth shattering happening. We are officially in the post-expansion lull, so there isn't too much going on. Still, there are some interesting guides on various decks you can put together, a guide on what legendaries you should be crafting, stories on the game's negativity, and more. How is your Hearthstone gaming going? Are you enjoying the current state of the meta, or are you ready for a change and for new cards to come into the game? Let me know in the comments...

I've repeatedly written about the crazy amount of content Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] has received in recent years, and on June 22nd the game is about to get another mega-expansion called Villains of the Multiverse, which is part of Season 2. This expansion brings 10 new Team Mode villains and 4 new environments to the game, and once it releases, almost every deck currently available for the physical version of the game (outside one deck that will also be coming to the game soon) will be available in the video game version of Sentinels. That's quite a feat considering how much content the physical game has...

If you like your Hearthstone [Free] classes mixed up or want to get a taste of how two-class decks would look, go play Cart Crash at the Crossroads, this week's Tavern Brawl. We've played this one in the past, but as is the case after every expansion, new cards make for fresh brawls. Cart Crash at the Crossroads has you picking a class and getting a random deck, and on the first turn, you get to Discover another class. While your hero power remains the one of your original class, your deck becomes a mix of random cards from both classes. Keep in mind that your win only count towards quests for the original hero you picked...

The CCG Shadowverse [Free] continues to be quite popular, and its developers continue adding content at a steady pace. This time around, we are getting a new expansion called Wonderland Dreams, and as you can see in the trailer below, it's all about fables and fairytales, with Alice leading the way and many others following suit. The expansion adds 104 new story-inspired cards, including cool Neutral deckbuilding options. The developers claim that the expansion will let you make new types of decks that should make the game feel fresh again. As is always the case, it remains to be seen whether those decks will be strong enough to stick around...

Clash Royale 1.9 [Free] update has just been released, and it brings a ton of new features and cards to the game. First of all, we are getting four new cards: Mega Knight, Cannon Cart, Flying Machine, and Skeleton Barrel. Each of the cards will release with its own Special Challenge as has been the case recently. And we'll be getting new Challenges: Sudden Death, Ramp Up, and Triple Elixir. 1.9 also brings more deck slots at Arena 8, the ability to copy decks from TV Royale and shared replays, and Clans will now unlock at Level 1—although card requests still unlock at Level 3...

Disguised Toast Gets Suspended, Kripp Builds 96K Deck, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #101

Welcome to Touchstone Tavern #101, our Hearthstone [Free] weekly roundup of the best stories and craziest videos. I hope you've been enjoying your card play and that the gods of RNG have been good to you. We didn't have any groundbreaking news last week, but there were still plenty of interesting stories, ranging from Ben Brode talking about the state of the game to Disguised Toast getting banned and plenty in between. The meta seems to be on the more stable side at the moment, which means we don't get too many surprises, but players overall seem to still be fine with the state of the game. How are you enjoying your playtime? Finding enough variety to keep it interesting, or are you already glancing to see when the next expansion will hit?..

This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is called Just a Hallucination and is actually a pretty cool one. In Just a Hallucination you pick a class and get a random deck filled with spells that also includes these magical cards called Hallucination, 1-mana cards that let you discover a card from your opponent's class. As you can imagine, you get to play with some really fun class combinations; for instance, I was playing a Mage and kept adding Warrior Taunt cards to my deck, making for a pretty entertaining match, especially since my opponent kept using my spells and secrets on me and smashing my poor minions...

Bethesda's Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free] continues to add ways to play the game, and now it's ready to add a new mode called Gauntlet. The Gauntlet is a tournament-style mode that gives you the chance to put your best decks to the test against other players. Gauntlets come in various forms and will offer exclusive cosmetic prices among other things. The first Gauntlet, which is also the simplest, is called Rumble, and it will run from Saturday, June 10th until Monday, June 12th. In Gauntlet, you pick a deck from your collection and battle until you reach nice wins or three losses. It's a lot like Hearthstone's Heroic Tavern Brawls. It will cost you 150 Gold or one Event Ticket to enter, and you can get some pretty good prizes if you don't completely suck...

Enjoy Our 100th 'Hearthstone' 'Touchstone Tavern' Weekly Roundup

Welcome everyone to our 100th Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of everything cool and interesting in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. Hard to believe that we've reached that 100 issue milestone, which also translates into me doing this for quite a long time. The first time we published this column was May 26th, 2015, so the 100th issue comes just a bit after the two-year anniversary. I hope you've been enjoying reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it. If you feel like seeing how much the game and the conversations around it have changed, go check out Touchstone #1. Fun times, I guarantee it. And now, enjoy last week's news, today...

We wrote a few weeks back that Hearthstone [Free] was going to get some new features, and those new features have just been added in the latest update. The first big feature is Deck Importing. You can now copy and import decklists from the internet or even from your own decklist library, a feature that should make our lives so much easier and make switching out decks faster. The client will know when a valid decklist is copied and will ask you whether you want to use it when creating a new deck. In theory, at least. The other big feature is Quest with friends, the ability to complete most quests during Friendly Challenges, which wasn't allowed before...

Most card games on the App Store let you collect cards but not trade them with others, which creates all kinds of issues for those looking to play those games on a budget. Magic Quest: TCG [Free], which has just released on iOS and Android, lives up to the Trading Card Game part of the name by offering players an Auction House where they can make get some gold for their extra cards. Now, that doesn't mean the whole action house thing will work well, but I'm glad to see that option offered in a card game. In terms of gameplay, Magic Quest doesn't seem to be bringing anything terribly original to the formula, and I do wish they had picked a more original name...

Budget Un'Goro Decks, Wild Tournament Talk, Twitch Streamers and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #99

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup of the best stories and videos. And, as you can see, we are up to issue 99, which is pretty crazy if I'm honest. This week we have some cool guides for Un'Goro budget decks—because we all need cheap things in life—talk about the new player experience, one of the most ridiculous matches ever starring streamer Day9, some issues with the upcoming Wild tournament, and more. It's been quite a busy week overall, and we are glad to be able to bring you all those news in one convenient story. I hope you enjoy both the stories and the videos, and I'll see you all next week for our 100th Touchstone Tavern...

Murloc Paladin and Silence Priest Guides, Deck Sharing, Elemental Art, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in Touchstone #98

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the best stories and videos from the world of Hearthstone [Free]. Last week was quite an interesting one, with Blizzard announcing some big upcoming additions to the client. I was glad to see that the developers are actively working on ways to improve the game, and I'm hoping for a Tournament mode soon (fingers crossed). We also saw a new way to get free cards, and, more importantly for most players, some very good guides for some of the strongest decks in the current meta. We also had some fun tournaments. Scroll down to read all the stories and watch some of the best videos of the past week...

Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free], the CCG based on the extremely popular universe, has received another update that has added the first version of Spectator Mode. Now, you'll be able to watch your friends screw up big time and, if you so desire, chat with them and tell them all the things they are doing wrong and why they should just quit and go play something they're actually good at. Or you could actually try and help them, but where's the fun in that, I ask. Jokes aside, a good Spectator Mode is an essential part of making a game ready for tournaments, so I'm glad to see Elder Scrolls: Legends starting to work on that feature...

Lost Portal CCG [$1.99] is a lovely game made by a single developer, and it's been one of the favorite games of our forum users, as the over 80-pages long forum thread can attest to. Today, the game received another update that makes the Aerahym Expansion available for purchase. The expansion adds 33 new cards to the game along with a new town—which comes with new quests, enemies, and bosses. There are also 15 new portraits available and the level cap has been raised by 2. And there are 17 new Avatar cards added for existing enemies along with the usual fixed and adjustments...

Star Realms [Free] is a great deck building game that has a pretty loyal following. When the game came to mobile, its UI design wasn't the best—as we noted in our review—and overall it didn't look as good as the game deserved. Even though the game has been out since 2014, the developers decided to release an update today that overhauls the game's look as well as adds real-time gameplay and the Colony Wars expansion. The new interface is based on player feedback and should look much better, and there's even new music. In addition to the UI changes, there have been other changes like increased security, with every move logged with the server now...

Magic the Gathering: Puzzle Quest [Free] continues to keep up with all the Magic The Gathering expansions, and today's update has brought the Amonkhet expansion to the very entertaining mobile game. Amonkhet is the 74th Magic expansion and the first in the Amonkhet block. As you might probably have guessed from the name, this expansion was inspired by Ancient Egypt. The MTG: Puzzle Quest version of the expansion comes with 155 new cards, including 10 Masterpiece cards...

Reynad Interview, Best Legendaries to Craft, Rogue Quest, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' 97

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the most interesting Hearthstone [Free] news and videos of this past week. This wasn't the most fascinating week in the history of the game, so don't expect to read any ground-breaking stories. Since we are a few weeks after the launch of Un'Goro, there's an understandable lull in the world of Hearthstone. Still, there were some interesting articles, and it's not every day you get to talk about Buffalo Wild Wings and Hearthstone in the same sentence. There's also an interview with Reynad, talk of Wild, and much more, so let's jump right in and begin...

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