Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft launched into open beta in North America on Tuesday. You can play it right now. And some of us were lucky enough to score a spot in the closed beta, giving us weeks or even months to learn the ins and outs of Blizzard's free-to-play online collectible card game. Here are some tips, strategies, and bits of beginner's advice to help you pick a class, master the arena, and even the playing field against Hearthstone's seasoned players.
The time for begging, hoping and forum-scouring for invites is over, and the time for unrestricted access to Hearthstone is here... for many of us, at least. Blizzard just launched its Warcraft-themed free-to-play card game into open beta in North America, with other regions rolling out "later this week," which means you'll see a big purple "Play Free Now" button on the Hearthstone website if you live in the US or Canada. If you've been waiting for your shot at card battling greatness, love Magic the Gathering, or just want to see what all the fuss is about, wait no longer.
League of Legends had, has or will have a card game in the works, as revealed in perhaps the oddest manner possible. Riot Games' co-founder and president Marc Merrill seemingly had his twitter account hacked over the weekend, with said hacker revealing the existence of a standalone card game called League of Legends: Supremacy (a name Riot trademarked a year ago). The account thief teased a few images and then threatened to upload the whole lot, before backing down and handing control back to Marc.
The nice thing about the new trailer for Ironclad Tactics is that I can watch it without my brain trying to shut down from the stress of what it's being shown. That wasn't the case with Zachtronics Industries' last game, SpaceChem. But then, rather than a puzzler that revels in its exponential increase in complication, Ironclad Tactics is a card-based civil war battler. With robots.
Telltale has dusted off its green, felt battlefield of chips and difficult-to-remember card combinations for Poker Night 2, and it's calling up another quirky cast hailing from games and TV/film to humorously overreact whenever you're dealt a superior hand. You'll practice your poker face against Borderlands' Clatrap, Brock Samson from The Venture Bros. show, the beady-eyed Sam from Sam & Max, and the always-groovy Ash Williams from Army of Darkness.
Wizards of the Coast have announced the latest edition of their Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers collectible card-battling series. Named, inevitably, Magic 2014, the game boasts of "10 brand new decks, 15 new encounters, 10 new puzzle challenges", in addition to a new game mode and the chance to digitally interact with Magic's new line of cards before they're immortalised in cardboard later in the year. By the looks of it, this doesn't appear to as major an upgrade as the one between Magic 2012 and 13, unless that new mode is particularly revolutionary.
The first bout of legal sparring is over in the Mojang vs. Bethesda battle for the Scrolls trademark. Notch tweeted to say that Mojang have won an interim injunction, which will allow them to continue to use the Scrolls name as the trial progresses. It's good news for Notch and co. as legal battles can drag on for months.
"We won the interim injunction! We can keep using the name "Scrolls". ZeniMax/Bethesda can still appeal the ruling, but I'm very happy. :D," says Notch.
Paradox Interactive have announced the latest game in the popular Hearts of Iron series; a free-to-play digital card game.
Hearts of Iron: The Card Game will see players take on the role of either and Allied or Axis tank commander and destroy their opponents through the use cards. A trading system will be implemented as well as deck management.
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