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Blizzard announces two new cards for Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas expansion

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Hearthstone has won over the PC Gamer office in a big way: Tyler loves the game a little too much, and we’ve devoted a lot of time to explaining the best decks, the best cards, and even celebrating a little fan art. We’re eagerly awaiting the new singleplayer adventure mode, Curse of Naxxramas, in part because it’s an opportunity to earn some awesome, brand-new cards.

Hearthstone leaves open beta, full release now available

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Just a few days after Blizzard prophesized the impending end of Hearthstone's beta, it's decided to surprise everyone by releasing the Warcraft-ified online card battler after three months of testing. The game is free to play, and the only requirement to get started is to hit the giant purple Play Now button at the official site.

Hearthstone community manager says beta is "drawing near to the end"

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Blizzard could soon be giving the stamp of approval to their magic internet wizard cards. In a post on the Hearthstone forum, community manager Christina "Zeriyah" Sims revealed that the collectable card game's beta test was "drawing near to the end". While the free-to-play title is currently available to all in open beta, the approaching full release is a sign that the major fixes and balance tweaks are nearly complete, and should act as a good point for new players to jump on board.*

Hearthstone open beta now live in Europe

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Blizzard are slowly wearing down the regional heroes blocking each continent's open beta Hearthstone access. America was the first to go, and, as of today, Europe has also fallen. Why did it take a few days longer? Well, we do have a lot more castles. In a flash of spectacularly animated magic (read: a blog post) the promising collectible card game was unlocked for all of Europe to try.

Scrolls is getting into the festive spirit with free game gifting

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Merry Christmas everybody! Okay, it's not Christmas yet. But given that most people don't want to work over the holidays, it's close enough that many offers, deals and special gifts are going live today and tomorrow anyway. Merry Corporate Christmas everybody! There's a particularly special gift for owners of Scrolls, or, more accurately, for the friends of owners of Scrolls. Mojang's card-based battler is giving everyone who owns the game a free giftable copy to give to pals.

Space Wolf trailer offers a first look at Warhammer 40K's tactical card game

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Here's an announcement trailer for Warhammer 40K: Space Wolf, the free-to-play tactical card game that was announced back in August. If you follow Warhammer to any extent, you'll have an idea of what to expect. If you don't, I've got some bad news: the Space Wolves are just people, not actual wolves who prowl around and do wolf things in space. I know, I was disappointed too.

Mojang isn't ruling out a free-to-play-structure for Scrolls

Ian Birnbaum at

Though it hasn’t actually released yet, Mojang’s new game Scrolls has already far exceeded the indie developer’s goals. After selling 40,000 units to become profitable in its first week of paid beta access, Scrolls sold another 60,000 copies and finally slowed down. Now that sales have plateaued, lead designer Jakob Porsér says that a free-to-play structure could be in the game’s future.

Hearthstone beta key giveaway

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Hearthstone is a new card-battling game from Blizzard set in the WarCraft universe. You take the role of one of nine heroes, customise your deck (or roll with a standard preset) and then deploy monsters and spells against other players to destroy them, which levels you up and gives you virtual fun-bucks with which to buy packs of new cards. It's feels like PopCap have made a card game. Magic missiles whistle-thump against enemy cards. Big spells can obliterate the board in a quick, roaring conflagration. It's reactive, satisfying and simple, and you can play it right now if you happen to grab one of the 350 keys we have to give away below.

Hearthstone beta key giveaway: grab instant access to Blizzard's new card battling game

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and then deploy monsters and spells against other players to destroy them, which levels you up and gives you virtual fun-bucks with which to buy packs of new cards. It's feels like PopCap have made a card game. Magic missiles whistle-thump against enemy cards. Big spells can obliterate the board in a quick, roaring conflagration. It's reactive, satisfying and simple, and you can play it right now if you happen to grab one of the 350 keys we have to give away below.

UPDATE: The first 350 have already gone! Blimey. The next giveaway will happen on this page at 3PM UK time on Friday 13/09/2013.

Update 2: We know that readers had trouble accessing the 13/09/2013 giveaway. For many, the page failed to update and the "grab a key" button didn't appear. While the site was suffering under exceptionally heavy load way in excess of the visits we received for the previous giveaway, some were able to access a Google cache of the site, log in and get a key. There is no evidence to suggest the keys were taken by bots. For the next giveaway we'll ensure that the competition isn't accessible via cache, and we'll reinforce our servers to cope with the demand. Apologies to those who were disappointed, we'll have another 350 keys for you next week.

Scrolls guide: How to play Mojang's card combat game

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If you’ve bought beta access to Scrolls, then you’ve no doubt figured out that it’s a card-based battle game. For anyone new to the genre, learning how to play can be slightly disorienting. We’ve assembled this beginner’s guide to alleviate that confusion, a list of essential knowledge that’ll help you start without worrying about getting waffle stomped.

New Divinity: Dragon Commander video shows over 20 minutes of gameplay

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Divinity: Dragon Commander is one of those games that defies genre classification, and does so quite aggressively. Like, angry-dragon-wearing-a-jetpack aggressively.

Scrolls beta release date announced, launch trailer released by Mojang

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Mojang, the Swedish developer behind indie superhit Minecraft, has been teasing us with glimpses of its next game, Scrolls, for quite some time. After two years of development, a long period of alpha testing and a protracted legal battle with Bethesda, Scrolls is finally set for a beta release next Monday, June 3.

Scrolls release date announced, launch trailer shows tactical battling and sacrificial bunnies

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About a minute and ten seconds into this launch trailer for Scrolls, Mojang's strategy card game, you can clearly see a player firing a catapult at a little group of bunnies. Now I know morality can be a tricky thing, but come on! What harm have bunnies ever done? Lynched lagomorphs aside, the trailer also reveals the date of the open beta, due next week on June 3rd.

Spicy Horse's Next Game is Hell Invaders

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Banishment to Hell's deepest, fieriest pits? We wouldn't have expected any less of gaming's own Master of the Dark Arts, American McGee. But as a collectible card game/RTS hybrid? Okay, that's a little different. McGee's studio Spicy Horse announced its new game today, the tentatively and unsubtly titled Hell Invaders. If the first screenshots are anything to go by, there's enough fire and brimstone here to last a lifetime of damnation—and all contained conveniently in card form, too!

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft footage pits Mage against Shaman, Shaman against Mage

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Are you ready for your first proper bout of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft footage? Oh. How about now? Great stuff. Blizzard's card-battling Warcraft spin-off looks pretty much how you'd expect a collectible card game to look, only with lots of fancy special effects and what seems to me to be a very tactile interface - an encouraging sign. There's a whole 9-minute match to digest here, between the Mage Jaina Proudmoore and the Shaman Thrall, with a shoutcasty man doing his thing over the top. When you're done, have a read of our recent preview, or sign up for the beta over yonder.

Scrolls' public beta due for release next month

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Scrolls, Mojang's turn-based card collecting strategy, is finally set for a public release. You'll be able to tear open the game from the shiny foil wrapper of the internet next month - with the launch planned for some point around the end of April. Initially releasing in beta, Mojang are planning a discounted version for early adopters. It makes sense: they did the same for Minecraft, and that's now made about 25% of all the money in the world. Probably.

Blizzard's Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft revealed, a free-to-play collectible card game

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Blizzard have announced their latest Warcraft title, and - no, it's not World of Warcraft 2. It's not Warcraft IV either, but rather a digital collectible card game named Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft. The company's first free-to-play game, Hearthstone will feature typical WoW classes such as rogue, warrior and mage, and will let you craft your own cards. Naturally, you'll also be able to find cards in-game, or buy packs with your own money for about a dollar. There will be 300 of these at launch, available in "common," "rare," "epic," and "legendary" flavours. Mmm, legendary. Teaser trailer below the break.