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I think it's pretty fair to say that Supercell has decided to troll the many Clash of Clans [Free] players. If you've been keeping up with the teasers for the huge upcoming Clash of Clans update, you'll know that the Captain's Day Logs haven't exactly been bursting with content; actually, you could say that they've barely contained any content at all. The fourth teaser, aptly named Losing My Mind, is all about Hog Rider singing about losing his mind because he's been in the water for too long. It's pretty easy to see that Supercell is teasing all those players who've been getting impatient and have started complaining about the lack of information in these teasers...

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...




If you're in the mood for some fun Clash Royale [Free] matches, make sure you check out the Double Elixir Draft Challenge, running from today until May 15th. As the title shows, this draft challenge will feel like playing overtime the whole time. The way the draft works is you pick one out of two cards and your opponent gets the one you don't pick, all the while you're getting his rejected cards as well. And that's how you build your deck, so you can imagine what kind of decks you can end up with in the Double Elixir Draft Challenge. The rewards for this challenge can only be collected one time, but they are plentiful. You'll be getting gold at 2, 5, 8, 10, and 12 wins, with 12 wins giving you 64000 gold...

It's hard to hear the word Faraway and not think of Eliss [$2.99] developer Steph Thirion's forever-in-development constellation creating game, but while I'm not sure if that one will ever actually see the light of day in the meantime there's a new Faraway in town that's stolen my heart. Officially titled Faraway: Puzzle Escape [Free], the game makes no bones about being a "modern tribute" to the all-time classic Myst. You'll explore 18 different temple ruins solving various types of puzzles in order to open the path ahead and continue marching onward. There's also quite a bit to discover, too, including hidden pages from your father's diary which will help flesh out the story and explain why you're doing what you're doing. Or you can just solve puzzles, it's up to you!..

If you've been consistently losing in Clash Royale [Free], it might not be you but the cards you pick for your decks (although it might also be you). A recent blog post by Woody, one of the fixtures of the competitive community, talks about the most popular cards in competitive decks and should help you improve your own decks. In order of most to least popular, the top 8 are Skeletons, The Log, Goblin Gang, Zap, Knight, Mega Minion, Elixir Collector, and Ice Spirit. The blog post has a ton of statistics regarding these cards and the top decks in the game. For instance, Skeletons and The Log are in over half of all the top ladder decks...

Zach Gage's Typeshift [Free] is a very clever take on word games, and I've quite enjoyed playing it. If you haven't played the game, you should first check out our review of it before reading the rest of this article. In a recent blog post, Gage talked about the game's design process and how he went about adjusting the game's difficulty curve. While the mechanic of sliding letters back and forth on a digital combination lock remained the same throughout the design process, everything else was designed and iterated upon repeatedly. He wanted a puzzle game where as you worked your way through it, the puzzle got easier to solve, which is apparently a common feature in crossword puzzles. However, in early iterations of the game the puzzles didn't seem to get any easier no matter how many words a player had solved...

It feels like just yesterday that Rodeo Stampede [Free] *ahem* stampeded onto the App Store, but in fact it was back in June of last year that it first arrived. During a time of Crossy Road-alikes galore, it was easy to see screenshots of Rodeo Stampede and think it's just another one of those, but its super unique (and super fun!) jump-from-animal-to-animal mechanic made the game stand out from the rest, and our own Rob Funnell loved the game in his review. Since that original release, Rodeo Stampede has received some of the best post-launch support I've ever seen, including adding in tons of new species of animals, special holiday events, and an entire breeding system so you could raise adorable baby animals and talk in baby talk to them. Or maybe that's just me. Anyway, the point is that Rodeo Stampede is pretty awesome, and it looks to get even better next Thursday when a new Jurassic update will add a ton of awesome dinosaurs into the mix...

Supercell continues to tease the huge upcoming Clash of Clans [Free] update, but the way it's doing so is on the questionable side. Captain's Log Day 3: Passing Time is full of ocean blue and a barely talking Hog Rider and nothing else, so it's no wonder that reddit users are frustrated with the way Supercell is going about teasing this update. The developer is known for giving us a ton of sneak peeks prior to updates, so these pretty vapid teasers aren't really doing the game any favors. Of course you could go all Sherlock on this short video and try and find some hints about the new update, but good luck with that...

One year ago today, Leap Day [Free] had the crazy idea of being an auto-running platformer built around having a brand new level each and every day. Combined with a vertical level design that could easily be played in portrait with one thumb, and absolutely spot-on physics and jumping mechanics, Leap Day totally pulled off what it was hoping to do. It's a challenging platformer completely tailored to mobile play. The formula seems to have proven popular too, as Leap Day has received a ton of additional content over the course of the past year feeding a hungry base of players. Well, to celebrate their one year anniversary, Nitrome have released the biggest update yet for Leap Day featuring tons of new enemies and obstacles to leap and wall jump your way through. Check out the new stuff in the trailer below...

As we wrote about a couple of days ago, Hearthstone's [Free] 100th Tavern Brawl is quite a crazy one. A Cavalcade of Brawls celebrates past Tavern Brawls by assigning one Brawl per class and having you fight it out with your opponent, even if the two of you are playing different classes and, therefore, different Brawls. As you'd expect, not all Brawl combos are fair, and you might be stuck in a Brawl with pretty much no chance of beating your opponent. For instance, I played the Shaman's Party Portals against the Priest's Cloneball and was pretty much massacred since he was throwing down legendaries and I was using slightly cheaper portals...

Rick and Morty is the greatest television show in history (it's a fact, Google it) and Pocket Mortys [Free] is the greatest Pokemon-like video game based on Rick and Morty (also a fact). We loved Pocket Mortys in our original review from January of last year, and it's only gotten better in the many months since then with a steady stream of content updates released for the game. Now, it's about to get even betterer as one of the key elements that would help it feel truly Pokemon-like, online battling, is apparently heading to Pocket Mortys and Adult Swim wants to recruit some beta testers for the new feature on Android...

The existence of an Injustice 2, a sequel to Warner Bros. and NetherRealm's 2013 smash hit Injustice: Gods Among Us, was first leaked via some marketing materials back in June of last year. The success of the original game on console and PC, and it's overwhelming success and ability to print money on mobile, pretty much guaranteed that a mobile sequel would be coming, but this past February it was officially confirmed by way of Injustice 2 on mobile soft-launching in the App Store. Recently NetherRealm announced that Injustice 2 would be launching on mobile on May 11th, just prior to the console release next week. Well, the App Store typically operates a bit offbeat and this case is no different: Injustice 2 [Free] is now live worldwide in the App Store 2 days ahead of schedule. ..

Warfriends [Free] continues to be a very popular game partly because of how fun the battles can be, and the latest update should make the game even better. Update 1.3 adds a new Skirmish mode that allows you to quickly earn XP and loot. You start with 5 Skirmishes, and once you tap the Skirmish button, they are all instantly used and take 48 minutes each to recharge. And, of course, you can pay gold to recharge your Skirmishes. As you can imagine, this is another way for the developers to make money in what is a very choreographed payment model. Also, the game now has a redesigned energy indicator that shows you what's going in in the Battlefield...

You may have noticed in the past month or so that Knights of Pen & Paper 2, developed by KYY Games and published by Paradox Interactive, had gone missing from the App Store. Several players in our forums and elsewhere on the internet sure noticed, but Paradox was remaining tight-lipped about why the game was removed saying that a big announcement would be coming. Well, here is the big announcement: Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is converting to full free to play, and all previous progress players have made in both the iOS and Android versions is being completely wiped due to the save files being incompatible with the new free to play version. PriceIsRightFailHorn.wav..

Philipp Stollenmayer, aka Kamibox, is one of my favorite developers on mobile. Not only does he create absolute masterpieces like Pancake - The Game [Free], but he's also responsible for the brilliant platformer Sometimes You Die [$1.99] and several excellent puzzle games like Squaredance [Free], Okay? [Free], and Zip–Zap [$1.99]. That last one is the subject of a Game Design Deep Dive, an awesome feature over at Gamasutra that has developers explaining some of the finer points behind the games that they've made. The whole thing is worth a read, and is not very long, but two of the most interesting aspects I got out of it were: 1) Zip–Zap was originally a platformer and 2) that Stollenmayer actually created a really cool paper prototype of the game during development that sadly turned out to be totally useless...

FIFA Mobile Soccer [Free] is moving to add Team of the Season, but the developers are planning on doing it differently from the way console FIFA does it. Although we won't have all the details until a couple of weeks from now, the developers have given some hints as to how Team of the Season will look like. The developers will only release squads for the five major European Leagues (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and England), and they will follow the Console release schedule. For instance, when the console version releases the England TOTS, so will the mobile version...

Hearthstone's [Free] Tavern Brawl has become a weekly staple for players, and—even if you haven't realized it—we have reached the 100th week since the Brawl was added to the game. And if HearthPwn's datamining of Patch 8.0 is accurate, and it usually is, the 100th Tavern Brawl will include 9 previous brawls, and you'll be playing a random one each time. The fun part is that your opponent may end up with a different one, which you can imagine what kind of shenanigans that will create. Even if the original Brawl had you building your own deck, this time around all the decks will consist of random cards...

Today we got another Clash of Clans [Free] update teaser, and this one revealed ever less than previous teasers. Captain's Log Day 2 is called New Friends and is all about how Hog Rider is looking forward to making friends once he and the rest reach the shore. Specifically, he's thinking of making friends with Skeletons. That's pretty much all that the teaser is, well, teasing, and some of the Reddit users are starting to get frustrated by the lack of substance in this teasers. On the other hand, they are called teasers, so I guess they are succeeding in their mission. Don't expect any kinds of sneak peeks like we usually get because Supercell has decided not to use that tactic for this update...

Raresloth's King Rabbit [Free] is a lovely game and has been expanding ever since its release. In March, we got the Emerald expansion, which added 64 levels to the game, and now the developers are working on Ruby, another 64-level expansion. However, this one is going to be created by the players rather than the developers. Raresloth is running a design competition—since the game now features a level designer—and will pick the best 64 levels created by players to be featured in the Ruby expansion. All you have to do is create a level, publish it, and share your level on Raresloth's Twitter account. The competition will run until May 15th, and the update will hit the App Store June 1st...

Wild Decks and Meta, Pros Talk Un'Goro, Midrange Hunter, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #96

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. This week we saw even more emphasis on Wild, with Blizzard giving us the first Wild Heroic Brawl ever. Add to that the recent announcement about the upcoming Wild tournament, and it's pretty clear that Blizzard is starting to increasingly look at the Wild side of the game, which is positive for the game since it offers another entertaining mode.  We also have more verdicts on Journey to Un'Goro as well as updated card evaluations. And, as always, we have the best, craziest, and most interesting videos of the week. Let's jump over the image below and begin...

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