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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...

I love sushi more than pretty much any other kind food, so I was naturally very interested to check out the card game Sushi Go! [$4.99] when it came out, but for one reason or another, I never got around to it. Fortunately, we now have a digital version of the game and it's bound to make me crave sushi much more often. So, I would call it a mixed blessing. Sushi GoI is a fast-playing card game where your goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they quickly pass by you. You'll have to be strategic and fast while also making sure the other players don't get the sushi they need to win...

Karazhan Guides, Yogg-Saron RNG Talk, Top Wild and Standard Decks, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #62

Welcome to our (slightly delayed) Touchstone Tavern, where we talk about everything that happened last week in the world of Hearthstone [Free] . Last week we got Wing 3 of One Night in Karazhan, and it was quite a fun one with plenty of beasts and other promising cards. Other than that, though, there wasn't that much going on in the world of Hearthstone. What I have noticed is that the voices claiming we have too much RNG in the game right now are getting increasingly louder. Whether that's a bad thing or a good thing remains to be seen. Other than that, we got some fun Wild decks if you want to jump over to that side of Hearthstone, a fun cartoon, questions about Yogg-Saron's role in tournament play, and more. So, let's jump in ...

'One Night in Karazhan' News and Guides, Barnes Talk, Karazhan Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #61

Hello everyone and welcome to Touchstone #61, our weekly article covering all the interesting and fun Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. Last week we got to play The Opera, Wing 2 of One Night in Karazhan Adventure, and personally I had fun getting through all the encounters. Yes, Karazhan isn't as innovative as League of Explorers in terms of the encounter mechanics, but thematically I find it more entertaining than the previous adventure, but that could be just me. Today you can check out our Normal and Heroic Guide for Wing 2, views on which classes are getting the best Karazhan cards, a very interesting article on how you should evaluate new cards, and plenty of tournament news and decklists. Let's get started...

Welcome to our guide for The Opera, the second Wing of Hearthstone's [Free] latest adventure, One Night in Karazhan. Instead of going with Disney references like Wing 1, Wing 2 goes for a more literary vibe with references to William Shakespeare's, Grimm's, and Frank Baum's works. The three bosses are Julianne, Big Bad Wolf, and the Crone, and there are some fun ideas in this Wing, though nothing like the Chess from last week's Wing. The encounters are pretty easy on Normal - probably easier than last week's - but the Heroic ones are a different matter, especially The Crone one. Overall this is a fun Wing, and while most of the cards we are getting aren't the strongest - outside the Legendary Barnes - any new cards are always welcome...

We were on the hype train for Gambrinous and Versus Evil's Guild of Dungeoneering [$4.99] ever since we saw it at PAX South way back in January of last year. However, as is common with multiplatform releases, Guild of Dungeoneering was released on desktop the following July, and us poor mobile gamers had to wait an entire year before the game finally launched in the App Store last month. It was worth the wait, though, as we thought the game was pretty darn good. There's another side benefit to this staggered release too, as since the game has been on desktop for a year already that means it's already had a major expansion released, and now less than a month after arriving on iOS, that expansion is hitting the mobile version of Guild of Dungeoneering. According to the developers, the Pirates Cove expansion includes "30% more game with a brand new pirate themed region complete with 3 new dungeoneer classes to quest with, 23 new monsters to defeat and 27 new items to equip." Here's the trailer from when the expansion launched on desktop...

'One Night in Karazhan' News and Guides, Purify Talk, Best Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #60

Welcome everyone to Touchstone, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] news roundup, and what a week the last one was. Hearthstone players, myself included, are always hungry for more content, so whenever new cards drop, you can feel the breath of fresh air running through the game. So, it's unsurprising that almost everyone had been waiting for the release of One Night in Karazhan Adventure with increasing impatience, and once the Prologue and Wing 1, The Parlor, hit last Thursday, everyone was all over it. I've enjoyed the first taste of Karazhan, and from what I've been reading around the internet, so did most of you...

I hope you've all enjoyed playing through the Prologue of One Night in Karazhan, Hearthstone's [Free] newest Adventure. If you haven't played the Prologue yet, you can check out our guide on how to defeat Prince Malchezaar. And now, the serious business of tackling the Adventure begins. Wing 1, The Parlor, has you walking through Karazhan along with Moroes, Karazhan's steward, since Medivh has disappeared after the Prologue encounter. This Wing has three bosses, the Silverware Golem, the Magic Mirror, and Chess, and all three are quite entertaining. There are also 2 class challenges, Shaman and Priest. You'll get 11 cards when you complete the Wing and the Class challenges, so plenty of lovely loot waiting for you at the end of The Parlor. This guide will cover all three bosses in both Normal and Heroic, so let's begin...

Welcome to our first of many guides on Hearthstone's [Free] latest Adventure, One Night in Karazhan. As this is the opening week of the Adventure, we'll have two guides, one for The Prologue - the free encounter that everyone gets to play - and one for the first, paid Wing, The Parlor. We'll be writing up guides every week to help you all make it through the Adventure as fast as possible and get your hands on all those fancy cards. So, get ready for another month of crazy Adventuring, Boss fighting, and card earning, and let's get started with The Prologue...

'Reigns' Review - Reign in Blood

The core concept of Reigns [$2.99] on paper seems intriguing enough. It's basically dating service Tinder, with swiping left or right to make decisions, combined with ruling a kingdom. Seems interesting enough, but Nerial and company have managed to imbue Reigns' concept in such a way that each decision feels weighty. As well, there's an intriguing long-term game here, with secrets to discover and an overall goal to reach that gives each session a unique purpose beyond its amusing concept, and elevates the whole experience above an amusing concept...

Obsidian's Pathfinder Adventures [Free] is a highly entertaining card game with great flavor and fun mechanics, and the upcoming 1.0.3.7 update seems on track to make the game even better. Every person that updates will get 6 sets of the Red Righteous dice, one for each character in the largest party available. The update will add new interfaces so that you can assign a different die to each character if you like, which will make it more pleasing when you roll (and will make it easier to know which member of your party is really never any help). There are also rarities associated with the dice. The other change is in card rarity, with cards now being linked more closely to where you are in the story. That way, most of the cards you'll be getting will be usable in the immediate future rather than getting cards that won't be useful until much later...

'One Night in Karazhan' Cards Spoiled, Ben Brode's Q&A, Trump Talk, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News In 'Touchstone' #59

Hello everyone, welcome to another Hearthstone [Free] weekly news roundup, and what a week this one is going to be. In case you have been slumbering for the last few weeks and have just woken up (or simply went off the grid), this Thursday, August 11, we are getting a new Adventure called One Night in Karazhan. So, start getting excited. Last week was eventful as we got to see all the upcoming cards and hear plenty of reactions to them - most of which you'll find in the Videos section. You can read (and watch) about the Friday stream that revealed more cards, read and watch pros talk about their (premature) card evaluations, read about Karazhan's RNG, watch Ben Brode answer questions about the game, and read about Trump (not the candidate). Let's jump into the last Touchstone before One Night in Karazhan gets us all in a Disco mood...

Read All About 'One Night in Karazhan' in Our 'Hearthstone' Weekly Roundup, Touchstone #58

Hello everyone, and welcome to a special Hearthstone [Free] Adventure news roundup. To no one's surprise Blizzard announced the next Hearthstone Adventure late at night on July 28th, and as we guessed, it was Karazhan related. Specifically, the new Adventure is called One Night in Karazhan and will launch August 11th, which is less than two weeks from today. The Adventure has a definite disco feel to it and verges on the silly (in a good way). You'll get to visit some very famous locations from World of Warcraft and have fun while you're at it. I found the theme of the Adventure quite charming, and the trailer song quite catchy. For today's Touchstone, I decided to focus on the Adventure alone because let's be honest, no one cares about anything else right now. So, come and get a taste of what Medivh is preparing for all of us on August 11th...

Almost every time I write a story about the very entertaining card game Sentinels of Multiverse [$6.99], someone in the comments will rightly inquire about the promised iPhone version of the game. Well, good news. Handelabra Games announced in a blog post that the 2.0 update, which makes the game universal, is coming Thursday, August 4th, the first day of Gencon. The developers didn't just hastily shove the game into the smaller iPhone screen; instead, they put a lot of effort into making it more than just "playable" on a phone. They redesigned the UI and did extensive beta testing to ensure that you'll be able to enjoy the game on your phone as much as you do on your tablet. I've played it a bit on my iPhone, and it does play great...

Well internet, you were right once again. In a stream that has just concluded, Blizzard announced the next Hearthstone [Free] Adventure, and it is, indeed, related to Karazhan and Medivh, as we had guessed when the event invitations went out. One Night in Karazhan, as is the official title, will take players all the way to Karazhan, Medivh's tower, for some "enchanted" single-player content. As the guest of Medivh, you'll be lavishly entertained, enjoying  wonderful feasts and Opera performances among other spectacles. As you can already tell, One Night in Karazhan will have a very different feel than League of Explorers and Blackrock Mountain; this one is all about partying under the disco balls...

Karazhan Adventure Coming (?), Frodan Talks Pro Scene, Best Decks for the Meta, and More 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #57

Welcome everyone to another weekly roundup of all Hearthstone [Free] news, and apologies for coming to you one day later than usual. As I wrote about yesterday, I was at San Diego Comic-Con for most of last week, so I didn't have the time to put together a whole column. Still, nothing really happened last week anyway, right? Well, except that long-awaited announcement about new content coming our way soon. We've been seeing the signs for some weeks now, so I wasn't surprised to see tangible evidence of new content, but it's still nice to know we'll be getting new cards soon (how soon no one knows, yet)...

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