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'Gadgetzan' Best & Worst Decks and Cards, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #75

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of everything that happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This past week, the topic that dominated was - of course - the new expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. The expansion, which arrived with a quickly-fixed bug, has been so far quite positively received and people have been having fun experimenting with silly decks. It looks like Blizzard has designed a strong expansion that should rejuvenate the game. Of course, we've heard this story before, so we'll have to be a bit patient before crowning Mean Streets a success. After all, maybe in a couple of weeks a super-powerful deck will emerge that will spoil everyone's fun. So far, though, so good. This week's Touchstone is all about the expansion, so step right through the door...

One game that has been very popular in our community but has flown mostly under the radar since its release in June is The Counter of Death [Free] from developer Curlking. This twitch reaction game has you facing off against an onslaught of foes by countering their attacks which leads to you automatically launching an offense of your own. It's done very simply by either touching the giant upper counter button or lower counter button, and paying close attention to your enemy's motions prior to their strike is key to being successful. For such simple mechanics, The Counter of Death is a surprisingly strategic game, and made even better by its fantastic presentation that mimicked old-school kung-fu movies to a T. ..




Last night the Game Awards for 2016 took place in Los Angeles, and distributed a whole host of accolades across various platforms and mediums, even including fan created games and an eSports award. Despite a heavy emphasis on console gaming, there were a few mobile games nominated for numerous categories across the night, and against opposition from critically acclaimed releases such as Fire Emblem Fates, Ratchet and Clank, and even the stunning slashing iOS RPG Severed [$3.99], Pokemon GO [Free] managed to pick up the awards for 'Best Mobile/Handheld Game' and 'Best Family Game', the latter of which trumped a whole host of console releases to take the trophy. Similarly, Pokemon GO also triumphed in the same 'Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year' section of the Golden Joystick Awards, which is the UK equivalent to the Game Awards ceremony, as well as also winning the 'Innovation of the Year' accolade. Such universal recognition of Pokemon GO's impact on gaming is a fantastic thing for mobile gaming, and emphasises how the augmented reality craze managed to permeate the mainstream like nothing else over the summer months...

Minecraft [$6.99] has been arguably the most influential game of the past decade. Whether it's the crafting and mining mechanics, the emphasis on survival or sandbox gameplay, or even just the sheer online connectivity that Mojang's flagship title has utilised to such devastatingly popular effect, there's no doubt that the reverberations from the block-building behemoth have greatly impacted gaming, and likely will continue to do so for a while. Even though iOS received its iteration of Minecraft rather late (and a severely limited version, at least at launch), its omnipresence on the iTunes charts emphasises its impression on the platform, and games such as Junk Jack Retro [$2.99] are direct results of such an influence. Featuring an incredibly well done 2D take on the sandbox building formula, Junk Jack Retro (and its later sequel now confusingly titled Junk Jack [$4.99]) developed a cult following amongst the mobile community, and for good reason. To celebrate the new game's desktop release, Junk Jack Retro is available for free for a week, and definitely worth giving a go if you haven't tried the series before, or have been living under a rock for the past five years...

If you haven't been watching, the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan packs from Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion came with an unintentional bug that made the drop rate of tri-class cards higher than intended. Well, Blizzard has just announced that a hotfix has been rolled out to all players on the Americas server at 2:30PM PST, and that should correct the issues. Any player on the Americas server who opened Gadgetzan packs prior to 2:30PM PST will receive additional packs as compensation. If you were one of those affected, you will receive 33% of the total amount of Gadgetzan packs you opened prior to 2:30 rounded up, regardless if you got the packs using gold, real money, or from quests. If you bought the 50-pack bundled and opened all of the packs before 2:30, you'll get an additional 17 packs...

Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] has been adding new characters frequently, and this time around we are getting Medusa, Queen of the Inhumans. As producers Josh Austin explained, Medusa won the poll that the developers conducted over the summer, so it looks like the players really wanted her in the game. She's designed to be a support character that can also cause damage while healing the team, if you know how to play her that is. Her hair appropriately can shake the board up by generating health, gaining additional AP, causing damage, or even swapping random tiles and stealing any swapped enemy special tiles. In other words, she can be a pain. Her abilities are all about messing with the opponent's tiles and turning the battle around all by herself. The Queen of the Inhumans is available starting today...

Okay everyone, time to walk the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan because Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion has just released in the Americas (it will release tomorrow in Europe). There are now 132 brand new cards for you to get your hands on, and some of them are quite fantastic. A few quick words about the expansion first. Mean Streets of Gadgetzan puts you in the middle of a clash between three crime families running Gadgetzan, the Grimy Goons (Hunter, Paladin, Warrior), the Kabal (Mage, Priest, Warlock), and Jade Lotus (Druid, Rogue, Shaman). Each of the families plays differently with the Grimy Goons buffing minions in your hands, the Kabal using all kinds of crazy potions, and the Jade Lotus using stealth and the ever-growing Jade Golems to take down the opposition. There are also the Tri-Class Cards, neutral minions that can only be used by one family...

Don't Grind [Free] is a silly game, but silly in the positive sense of the word. We really like it here at TouchArcade towers, and it's no accident it was our Game of the Week. Something about trying to keep those poor vegetables, sweets, or whatever from dying at the blades of the huge buzzsaws is endearing, especially because the physics work great and make the game feel good. The game has just released a funny video to celebrate 2 million players, so we thought it would be a good time to write about this developer blog that talks about the game's origin and all the development decisions that went into making it. For instance, the developers wanted to have gore and screaming in the game but made sure it was more on the funny than horrifying side. That's why you won't see red-colored blood or any little animals falling into those buzzsaws...

Yogg-Saron hasn't always been everyone's favorite Hearthstone [Free] Whispers of the Old Gods card; something about a ton of random spells blasting all over the place irked those who hate RNG. The card has been nerfed a bit but is still a powerful one, and in this repeat Tavern Brawl its RNG spell effect is back to make your Brawl, well, unexpected. In Servant of Yogg-Saron Tryouts you pick a class and get a deck full of random minions. Every time you play a minion, a random spell is cast. That spell might hit your side of the board as easily as the opponent's side, so play minions wisely. If you don't like RNG, well, pop in, get that pack, and run away as fast as you can...

'Exiled Kingdoms RPG' Review - Chop 'til You Drop

I usually try to stay on top of the various RPGs that come out from week to week, but every once in a while, something good slips past. Fortunately, the TouchArcade forums are pretty reliable about finding the things we happen to miss, and that's just how I came across Exiled Kingdoms [Free], a surprisingly excellent action-RPG in the vein of Diablo. While it's not the prettiest game around, it offers dozens of hours of killing monsters, looting dungeons, and gathering awesome gear. Just in case you need some convincing, the game even offers a substantial portion to play for free, with the rest unlocking for a one-time IAP...

When Hearthstone's [Free] Whispers of the Old Gods expansion released, we got quite a few quests with Whispers packs as rewards. Now that the Gadgetzan patch has dropped ahead of the expansion release on Thursday, many have been digging into the notes to see what goodies we are getting this time around. As HearthPwn has discovered, winning 3 games as a class from one of the families gets you 2 Mean Streets packs. So, winning a game as a Hunter, Paladin, and Warrior, or Druid, Rogue, and Shaman, or Mage, Priest, and Warlock, will get you those 6 free packs. Not a bad deal at all. In the last expansion, we all got 3 packs for free, so I would expect that to happen again. I'm not sure we are going to get a Legendary like the last time, but I hope we do...

World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] has recently become available for the PC as well, so it's no surprise that the latest 3.4 update is a big one. First of all, the update adds a whole new branch of American tanks from Tier II to the Tier X T57 Heavy Tank. It's been a while since we got a whole new branch, so this should be fun. We are also getting a new map, the Canyon, that's all about the American West with abandoned mines, a miners' village, and an old railway above a canyon. There are also numerous changes to maps like Falls Creek, Port Bay, Middleburg, and more, which should make those maps better both in terms of gameplay and performance...

Pathfinder Adventures' [Free] developers continue to offer new content and new ways to enjoy the game, and this time around they've decided to offer a limited-time bundle that gives players some pretty cool stuff. The Barbarian's Bloody Bundle comes with a new character, Amiri, a tribal warrior and one-woman extermination machine. New characters are always a great addition to Pathfinder Adventures, and Amiri sounds like a fun one. The bundle also includes a Legendary card, Prayer of Gorum, a Rare card, Belkzen Warchief, and 25 chests filled with new cards and dice. This is a pretty good deal, especially for those who just can't have enough of Pathfinder Adventures and keep wanting more content...

Our culture's fiction has a fascination with werewolves. We've explored what it would be like to be an American werewolf tourist in Europe, what it would be like to have a werewolf Michael J. Fox, what it would be like to have a werewolf boyfriend, what it would be like to have a werewolf boyfriend who competes with our vampire boyfriend but then ends up being the boyfriend of our daughter instead, and so on. But I feel we could be doing a better job of digging into the fascinating subject of what it would be like to have a werewolf member of congress, a niche I was hoping Congresswolf [Free], a recent gamebook release from Choice of Games, would fill...

Supercell continues to tinker with Clash Royale's [Free] cards, and the next balance update will see one of the most popular minions, the Mega Minion, nerfed. Specifically, the Mega Minion will see its damage decreased by 6% and hit speed decreased to 1.4sec from 1.3sec. The reason for the nerf is that the Mega Minion offers a lot of value in defense and fits in pretty much every deck. Developers don't like auto-includes, so they are reducing its damage output. Tombstone is also getting nerfed with spawn speed decreased to 2.9sec from 2.5. The reasoning behind the nerf is similar to that of the Mega Minion; the building is used too much at the top. The Lava Hound will also see a slight nerf with its hitpoints reduced by 1%...

After days and days of teasing, we now have the official date for Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, and it's closer than we expected. The expansion is coming out December 1st, or December 2nd depending on your region. Blizzard had said "early December," and apparently they really did mean the early part. If you want to get some of the new cards for a good price, make sure you grab the Mean Streets pre-order from here before December 1st. The pre-order lets you get 50 packs for $49.99, which is a great deal if you were planning on spending money on the game. You won't be able to open the packs until the expansion goes live, as is always the case with these things...

'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?..

'Super Cat Tales' Review - Don't Paws, Play This Nya-ow

In spite of the seeming limitation of having no physical buttons by default, iOS has a lot of really great platformers. Some of them get by with virtual controls, putting some of the burden on the player to simply get used to them. That's fine, but unless the game is a port from another platform, I'm not sure if it's really the best way to go. I think some of the best platformers on iOS are the ones that avoid the temptation of using virtual buttons and find a way to build a game around a more fitting setup. Sure, you have to sacrifice some of the conventional ways of designing levels and obstacles, but in doing that, many games find something new and interesting...

There are all kinds of characters one expects to find in a MOBA, and most of them are either fantasy characters (Mages and Warriors of all sorts) or the occasional sci-fi ones when a developer wants to move away from the current trend. What you don't usually expect to see is the infamous doll Chucky and the legendary Robocop. Yet those are exactly the characters the kind of characters that Kick9 wants in its MOBA Legends [Free]. Chucky was added during Halloween, which was an appropriate addition, and Robocop will be added as a limited addition in the near future...

Clash Royale [Free] continues to add new cards to the game on a regular schedule, and the newer one that has just been added to the game is Elite Barbarians, a common 6-Elixir card unlockable in Arena 7. The card spawns 2 handsome Elite Barbarians, which as expected are melee units. They work similar to normal Barbarians but have better damage and HP. The Elite Barbarians have a 1 second deployment speed, 1.5 second hit speed, and they are very fast. According to this guide, players expect Elite Barbarians to be used mostly as an offensive card and their fast movement and attack speed should make them quite damaging...

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