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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...

Every time I feel like I may be losing interest in Pokemon GO [Free], Niantic announce a new event or additional features that suck me right back into 2016's augmented reality hit. While we reported that changes were afoot when the developers announced a temporary respite from the gyms last week, Niantic have today announced a comprehensive list of dramatic improvements to Pokemon GO that are arguably the most profound overhaul of the game's mechanics since it first launched last July. As detailed on the official website, Pokemon GO will soon be receiving reformed gyms that shake up the stagnant Dragonite-filled meta, Gym Badges to collect around the world, brand new Raid Battles for even more co-operative action, and a host of new items such as Technical Machines finally making their mobile Pokemon debut...




If you've been enjoying the Advance Wars-like Super Senso [Free], you'll be glad to know that Update 1.8, which has just gone live, adds more content to the game. The new update adds more Challenges to the game, since they appear to be fan-favorites. Challenges are one-turn puzzles and can be quite the brain teasers. There are also 3 new advanced tutorials that should help new players get the hang of the game faster. More interestingly, we are getting two new units: Med-Bot and Saboteur. Med-Bots have weak attacks but heal adjacent allied units at the start of both yours and the opponent's turn. Saboteurs are fast infantry units with the ability to evade the first instance of damage each turn...

'Flipping Legend' Review - It's Flipping Sweet

It can be tough to stand out for a game that is in a well-worn genre. The sort of endless runner with action elements genre can be a tough sell for some folks when there's a ton of those games out there. But Flipping Legend [Free] doesn't deserve to be skipped. This separates itself from the rest of the pack by having a unique movement system, an RPG-style upgrade system, strong artistic direction, and most importantly: being fun to play at its very core...

As we wrote about a few days ago, Night School Studio, of Oxenfree and Mr. Robot fame, were working on a The Mummy tie-in game, and now that game is out worldwide. If you haven't been reading about The Mummy, you might not know that it's supposed to launch the Dark Universe, Universal Pictures' attempt at creating a series of films that will revive the studio's classic monster characters for a new generation. The Mummy Dark Universe Stories [Free] is a free episodic series where you take the role of The Mummy protagonist, Nick Morton (played by Tom Cruise), and embark on a narrative game with multiple choices and dynamic comic-book style illustrations...

Rocketcat and Madgarden's Death Road to Canada [$8.99] has been one of the biggest releases of the year, and is so gosh darn good that there's no doubt in my mind it will be very high up on the list of games we'll be discussing for our Game of the Year and Best Games of 2017 coverage in December. That said, the initial release was already pretty fantastic but the developers have been continuously adding new stuff through updates since the game's release back in March, making for an even better experience. Their forthcoming update, dubbed the "COCCYX" update, is by far the biggest yet though, so if you can't get enough of trying to make your way to Canada to evade the zombie apocalypse (and probably dying before you get there most of the time) then you're going to want to check out part 1 and part 2 of the huge list of update details that Kepa has put together in our forums...

If you like cats, you're going to probably enjoy the just-released Castle Cats [Free], an idle-management game filled with cute cats. If you don't like cats, then what's wrong with you? Okay, maybe you're a dog person (traitor). Castle Cats has you managing your cat-filled castle and trying to upgrade your cats in order to fight the evil Pugomancer (that probably slobbers all over you). You have dozens of unique cats to collect and upgrade, and each has their own skills and traits...

There are few games that bring a smile to my face like Dumpling Design's Dashy Crashy [Free]. This lane-based avoidance game (calling it just a runner doesn't quite do it justice) captured the soul of some of the loudest, most attention-grabbing arcade games from the '90s while utilizing a really neat risk/reward system that dared you to go as fast as possible while avoiding crashing. Along with colorful, cheery graphics and tons of achievements and vehicles to unlock, there was plenty to love in Dashy Crashy in our original review. And while Dashy Crashy was a great–although simple–high score chaser, Dumpling had some major plans for the title and over the next year worked on a massive version 2.0 update which they dubbed Dashy Crashy Turbo. The update hit in early March and added special abilities to the many vehicles in the game, a sweet progression system that had you upgrading your driver's license by completing achievements, a way better system for unlocking cars, 25 brand new cars, and tons more. It was basically a sequel but delivered as a free update to the original game, which was pretty darn cool...

I'll be honest with you - Cars is, in my view, one of the weaker Pixar films. Releasing at the precipice of my teenage years means it doesn't have the nostalgic pull of some of the older Pixar franchises, and overall the cast of characters and story just felt a bit hollow and overly commercialised. However, I am no film critic, and this is a mobile gaming website, so such criticism of the movie is my long-winded way of saying that the latest Disney iOS adaptation of the series, titled Cars: Lightning League [Free], actually looks quite impressive for a spin-off title. While featuring the tried and true third person auto-running (or in this case, auto-driving) camera from Temple Run [Free], Cars: Lightning League looks to have some neat and varied gameplay elements that should appeal to younger readers and fans of the franchise alike...

'Brawl Stars' Has Soft Launched on the Canadian App Store, Android Version Coming Soon?

A whole host of massive games have been announced at E3 over the past week, and for some time it appeared that the iOS community had missed out on its own major upcoming release at the event. Thankfully, Supercell saved the day, and the announcement of their next 3-on-3 online shooter Brawl Stars was met with much excitement when it came out of nowhere on Wednesday morning. Best of all, you don't have to wait months to try out the latest release from the makers of Clash of Clans [Free] and Clash Royale [Free], as the beta for Brawl Stars has soft launched in Canada today, and can be downloaded from all regions through using our soft launch guide...

Back in August of 2016, we wrote a story about Rovio soft-launching Angry Birds Evolution [Free], and after a year in soft launch purgatory, the game is now out in the US. If you haven't heard anything about Angry Birds Evolution (or you're confusing it with one of the many other Rovio games currently in soft launch), know that this game is Rovio's take on the "bumper cars" style battling popularize by games such as Monster Strike [Free]. You mostly slingshot your characters around with the purpose of hitting your opponent's character at the right angle and with the right amount of power. It's quite a fun mechanic that can make for some fun gaming moments...

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...

As was to be expected, Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, whose trailer looks like five movies combined into one, is paying a visit to Transformers: Forged to Fight [Free] in an update that's gone live today. This new update brings backgrounds inspired from various scenes from the upcoming movie. And we are also getting Autobot Drift, the samurai bot with questionable loyalties, as a new playable character. You can find more about his story in the A Question of Loyalty event. Megatron is also back as the new boss of Alliance Missions...

There has been a lot of activity around Supercell lately, and while we've seen the likes of Clash of Clans [Free] grow from a cult hit into a cultural phenomenon, many have been wondering what the Finnish developers have been up to since Clash Royale [Free] released in March 2016. Today, it seems like we may finally have an answer. A game titled Brawl Stars has been heavily teased on both Twitter and Reddit, and at 9am PDT an exclusive look is scheduled to be streamed on YouTube, giving a first glimpse of the 3v3 combat action in Supercell's next huge iOS release...

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?..

If you like the dark side of the Star Wars universe, you should rejoice because Admiral Thrawn is coming to Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes [Free] very soon. According to the E3 announcement a few moments ago, Galaxy of Heroes is getting Admiral Thrawn and more Empire dark side content this season. Apparently, Admiral Thrawn is a killer in PvP, great in PvE, and a beast in raids. He's the first Empire character who has the Cleanse ability, which allows you to clear debuffs. He also has another unique ability that allows him to let Empire-only allies cleanse their own debuffs and manipulate turn meters. He's very strategic and can apply his turn meter to other players...

Supercell is pulling out the big nerf hammer next week and taking down some of the most popular Clash Royale [Free] cards. Night Witch, the latest card to have been added, will spawn 3 Bats on death instead of 4 and will spawn one second slower. Tornado's duration will go from 3sec to 2.5sec, The Log's range down to 11.1 from 11.6, Goblin Gang will now have 2 Spear Goblin instead of 3, and Skeletons will see a decrease from 4 to 3. Some cards will see buffs, with the Bandid seeing a 4% hitpoints increase, the Inferno Dragon a 7% hitpoints increase as well as a faster re-targeting, and more...

Framed [$3.99] has an ingenious premise behind it; move comic book panels around to change the outcome of the scene. When it was first announced a few years back, everyone was very excited to try it out. While the game had some issues, as we noted in our review when the game came out, it's still a fun game with great art, and it has gone free for the first time ever. This drop in price probably has to do with the recent announcement that Framed 2 is in development, which we posted about recently. Framed suffered from some very predictable puzzles—moving ladders around, rotating pathways, and so on—and a complete lack of narrative, which made players feel a bit lost and lacking an actual purpose outside escaping cops...

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