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This one's for all the Barbie fans out there, both those who flaunt it and those who hide it. As part of Barbie's 58th birthday celebration, Mattel has just released Barbie Sparkle Blast [Free], a game that combines your typical match-3 gameplay with the ability to dress Barbie to your liking. The coins you earn when playing the match-3 part of the game can be used to unlock and collect outfits, which is a good way of drawing in players interested in different things. The outfits aren't just cosmetic; each of them has power-ups that affect the match-3 part of the game, which is a cool gameplay loop...

If you were hoping for a fun, easy Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl and an easy pack this week, I'm sorry to disappoint; instead, what we are getting is the second Heroic Tavern Brawl, the brawl for those with either a lot of money to spare or really good collections (or both). The Heroic Tavern Brawl costs 1000 gold or $9.99 to join, so it's definitely not the kind of Brawl you join for fun and hope for the best. Once you join, you build a Standard deck and then compete with others in a kind of constructed Arena. Lose 3 times and you're out; get 12 wins, and you get the keys to the city (not really, but close.)..




Blizzard is in the process of organizing the Hearthstone [Free] Global Games, a team-based tournament where countries will go head to head and battle for supremacy and country pride. Starting today, you can help decide who the players will be on each of the 48 participating countries by voting for your favorite players. There are 8 players pre-selected for each team, and by the end of the voting process, 3 will be chosen. The way it works is you can only vote for players from country of your Battle.net account. My account is in the US, so I have to pick among players like Muzzy, Firebat, Amnesiac, Zalae, and dog. Each player has a little thought bubble with either inspirational or silly words (Firebat hates pirates but likes winning)...

After a brief beta period, the strategy card game Faeria [Free (HD)] is finally out worldwide, and I'm quite excited about this one. This cross-platform game combines a hex grid (which immediately makes it a good game in my opinion) with a CCG, and in order to defeat the other player, you have to modify the board accordingly. Think of it as playing Magic the Gathering but instead of having to play 3 lands before playing a specific card, you have to transform three board tiles into that specific kind of land and then play the minion on one of those lands. So, you'll have to be thinking both in terms of what kinds of cards you want to play but also how to transform the board to suit your cards and strategy...

Warfriends [Free] continues to be a very entertaining game with a pretty big player base, so I'm not surprised to see the developers quickly updating the game to offer more content and keep players busy. The 1.2 update, which just released, adds a new map built around an abandoned theme park, 10 brand new weapons, 4 new Tier 6 units to add to your troops, and a new co-leader squad role. Also, the update extends ranks up to Rank 43. Another welcome addition is punishing those who drop out of games; leaving a game after an opponent has been found now costs a dogtag. There's also a new "Report Cheater" option to the results screen, which makes me wonder how big of an issue cheating is in this game to require a button for it. At the same time, the game has added server-side anti-cheating and anti-hacking checks...

Hearthstone's [Free] new expansion Journey to Un'Goro is heading our way at some point in April, but as is usually the case, Blizzard has started giving us more info on the expansion in entertaining ways. Today, we got E. Malone's Expedition Journal - Week One, and it's - probably - filled with clues on cards and themes. The journal starts at the City of Stormwind and with rumors of Galvadon, a semi-mythical beast rumored to live in Un'Goro Crater. The rumors become the impetus for Malone's journey, and he soon finds his way to the City of Gadgetzan - where he votes for Kazakus apparently - and then the Un'Goro Crater Rim. Here we get some clues about brightly colored parrots called Jeweled Macaws - which I'm sure will find their way into the expansion. Elise Starseeker also chases after a huge butterfly, another possible card...

Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] is giving you another reason to play the game this week by launching its first large-scale event called Prince Versus Princess Voting Gauntlet. In this event, eight princess and princesses - Alfonse, Sharena, Ephraim, Eirika, Chrom, Lucina, Leo, and Elise - will fight it out to see who will prevail in popularity. You first pick one of those eight characters and then go on to command teams of three. While the Voting Gauntlet is active, you'll have a new log-in bonus and new special quests that will grant you Battle Flags for the Voting Gauntlet. The event will be fought over three rounds, each lasting 45 hours...

Clash of Clans [Free] is starting its Spring Updates with a balance run that should reintroduce some troops back into the meta and give players more options. Air Defense levels 4-8 upgrade costs and time will be decreased while Air Defense level 9 (TH 11) will be added to the game. The latter will be added as a response to high-level armies gaining traction recently. Wall level 12 limit will be increased by 25 (TH 11) so players can have more options for defending their TH 11s, Hog Rider levels 5-7 will see their hitpoints increased while Miner will see a smaller hitpoint increase across all levels. This way, both these units will be a bit more survivable...

If you haven't been playing Marvel Contest of Champions [Free], then you probably haven't heard the screams of outrage from many fans who felt that the latest update pretty much killed the game for them. The outrage was so intense - and pretty justified - that the developers responded to the outcry in a super apologetic tone and promised to fix all that they've managed to break. After apologizing for update 12.0 unintentionally making the game harder in a number of areas and nerfing some of the most-used strategies way too much, they stated that a new update is being worked on and should be coming out as soon as possible...

Ascension [Free] is one of the best deckbuilding games on the App Store, and a game I've personally played for many, many hours, and now it's getting ready to get another expansion called Gift of the Elements. Even though the announcement is for the physical version of the expansion, all Ascension's expansions end up in the digital version of the game too. Gift of the Elements is a gift of sorts to fans of the game because it brings back the two most-requested game mechanics from earlier expansions. The first one is Events, first introduced all the way back in Storm of Souls. Events have an immediate impact on all players the moment they're revealed in the center row. The new Events will be more impactful than the original ones...

Journey to Un'Goro Spoiler, Ben Brode Raps, Videos by Trump and Kripp, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #87

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, the 87th edition of our weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free]. It's been a week since Journey to Un'Goro was announced, and players are already trying to guess the expansion's effect on the meta and what the new cards and keywords will bring to the game. We've also seen the first Un'Goro spoiled accidentally, and it makes me want to play Murlocs again. We also had the Arena and Standard changes as well as the two expected nerfs. These stories and more - along with fun videos - await below, so let us begin...

Ellen DeGeneres decided to enter the world of mobile games back in 2013 with Heads Up!, and the game has been in the top grossing Apps pretty much ever since. So, it's fair to say that her popularity - and a well-designed game - is a pretty good recipe for success. That is why I expect her new game, Dice with Ellen [Free], to also be successful, although I'm not sure it's going to reach the success of Heads Up! [$0.99]. This dice game is pretty much a take on Yahtzee and is all about trying to get the best score and beat your friends and enemies...

The popularity of hero-centric multiplayer has taken gaming by storm over the last few years. Seeded by MOBAs like League of Legends and DotA 2 and spreading to the likes of Overwatch and Battleborn (R.I.P.). These games didn’t invent the concept of course, but it’s certainly become much more trendy. So, what would you say to a simple but deep hero centric turn based strategy game in a unique fantasy setting with day and night cycles during play that can completely change the face of a battlefield? All on mobile? I say heck yes. This is Little Lords of Twilight [Free]...

Even in comparison to its momentous launch last year, the past few weeks have been extremely significant for Pokemon GO [Free]. Having seen the introduction of Johto Pokemon, many trainers have braved the turbulent February weather to capture a whole new cast of collectible creatures, and a number of minor UI improvements have gone a long way to making Pokemon GO the idyllic mobile game that many envisioned and desired back in 2016. However, Niantic aren't getting complacent off the back of their impressive start to 2017 - at this year's Game Developer's Conference, the Pokemon GO creators outlined future prospects and events for the augmented reality app, as well as gave the audience a glimpse of some early ideas that didn't make the final iteration...

This week we have a brand new Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl called Gadgetzan Throw-Down, and as you can guess, it's all about those Gadgetzan crime families. When you start the brawl, you randomly get one of the three bosses and a deck full of cards from that family. Aya's hero power costs 4 mana and summons a Jade Golem, Kazakus' is a 2-mana add a random potion to your hand, and Don's costs 2 mana and gives +2/+2 to a minion in your hand. The decks, which appear to change every time, play pretty close to their design purpose, with Don being all about hand-buffing and strong taunts, Aya having the Jade Golems, and Kazakus potions and spells...

We had a hunch that the big Hearthstone [Free] patch that will change the game quite a bit would hit today, and we were right. Even though it will take a bit for it to hit mobile, it's definitely on the way. What does the patch bring? Well, a ton of huge changes that should rejuvenate the game. The first is the addition of floors in Ranked; you won't be able to drop below certain ranks - 20, 15, 10, 5, and Legend - once you hit them. That should help the Ladder feel more fun and the level of challenge more appropriate for the rank, especially after the first week or so of the season. The other big change is the Arena shift from Wild to Standard and the change in card frequency; expect to see more rare, epics, and legendaries as well as more spells and fewer neutral basic/classic cards...

Ankama, of Krosmaster and Dofus fame, has given us another interesting mobile game called Krosmaga [Free], and it looks pretty fun. This CCG will remind you a lot of Mojang's ill-fated Scrolls in that you use cards to place units on a battlefield and take out the other player's towers while protecting yours. In Kromaga, you play as a god and can unleash godly - and probably ungodly - powers upon your poor opponent. As with every CCG, you collect cards, build decks - or go with the premade ones the game offers - and go for either the PvP or the single player mode...

'Journey to Un'Goro', Arena Changes, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #86

Hello everyone and apologies for coming one day late; we didn't want to ignore the big Monday news. So, what a week this past one has been, especially given what happened yesterday, Monday. Blizzard finally announced Journey to Un'Goro, the next Hearthstone [Free] expansion that we all knew was on the way. The announcement got generally positive responses, as is usually the case, but what matters is the impact the expansion will have on the meta and whether it will make the game more fun. In addition to the expansion news, we also heard about the upcoming changes to the Arena, which should make the mode feel fresher and - hopefully - more fun. I think it's fair to say that we've never had so many changes announced as we've had in the last couple of weeks, which I hope is part of the developers' attempts to solve the game's problems and improve the experience for everyone involved. So far, so good, I think. Let us begin...

Now that we know that Hearthstone's [Free] next expansion is Journey Un'Goro, let's check out some more of the new cards. Most of them were talked about on the official announcement video. First of all, check out the new Quest cards, a really fun new mechanic that I can't wait to get my hands on. When you play the 1-mana Awaken the Makers Priest Quest spell (the first Legendary spell ever by the way) and then manage to summon 7 Deathrattle minions, you get Amara, Warden of Hope, a 5-mana 8/8 Legendary minion that sets your hero's Health to 40. The fun part is that your opponent will be able to follow the progress of your Quest and act accordingly...

It's finally official; Journey to Un'Goro is the next Hearthstone [Free] expansion! We knew it would probably be that thanks to an early leak, but today we got the official announcement, which you can watch in the video below. In Journey to Un'Goro, we get to visit a land of primordial wonder filled with ancient elementals, scary flora, and - of course - some of the biggest, baddest predators of Azeroth. You can, of course, expect to see dinosaurs; many, many dinosaurs. The expansion will add 135 new cards with many Beast cards but also a new tribe called Elemental. There will be also all kinds of other mechanics going on, like quest cards that give you monstrous power once you complete their requirements. And dinosaurs are very territorial and can Adapt (the name of another new mechanic) to any threat that comes their way thanks to a newly-discovered from of evolution. Sounds intriguing...

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