Posts Tagged ‘Hearthstone’

Impressions: The Elder Scrolls – Legends

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the team behind The Elder Scrolls: Legends [official site] must be great fans of Hearthstone. Much of this new collectible card game will be instantly familiar to those who’ve played Blizzard’s Warcraft-based equivalent. There’s a gradually increasing pool of magic points with which to play cards. The same attack value and health stats, with most creatures being unable to strike on the turn they’re summoned. A slew of common special abilities that break the base rules, such as allowing for an attack immediately after being played, or having a one-hit shield to protect them from damage. Sure, everything has a different name, like “Guard” instead of “Taunt”, but the initial sense of deja vu is overwhelming. Thankfully, that fades.

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Hearthstone’s Next Adventure: One Night In Karazhan

“One night in Karazhan makes a hard man humble!” Murray Head almost sang in 1982. “Not much between despair and ecstasy.” Though it’d be another dozen years before Warcraft first came out, and two decades more before Hearthstone [official site], clearly he knew. “One night in Karazhan and the tough guys tumble / Can’t be too careful with your company / I can feel Medivh walking next to me,” he almost sang. And he was almost right: Blizzard have announced that the next Hearthstone Adventure add-on is ‘One Night in Karazhan‘, venturing to Medivh’s magical tower.

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Blizzard Take Another Legal Crack At Cheat Makers

I miss the days when cheats for multiplayer games were quaint little things which didn’t quite work – wallhacks which turned levels into confusing glass mazes, aimbots which mostly missed unless you had a really low ping. I almost felt sorry for people using them. Now cheats are everywhere, they’re horrible, and they’re difficult to stop. Blizzard are going straight to the source, recently filing a lawsuit against a company who make and sell hacks for WoW, Hearthstone, Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, and, most recently, Overwatch [official site]. Well, they’re going after them again.

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Hearthstone Patch Heralds Expansion With Rebalancing

Poor fella!

Hearthstone [official site] will this week get its third expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods, but big changes beyond 134 new cards are already here. Patch 5.0.0 launched over the weekend, updating Blizzard’s free-to-play card game with a heap of balance changes and preparing for the new ‘Standard’ format which only allows cards from a smaller pool. Also, Blizzard have now revealed all of Whispers of the Old Gods’ new cards. They’ve been busy, that lot.

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The RPG Scrollbars: In The Cards

These days, you’re just not a proper RPG unless you’ve got a fancy card-game spin-off either in or out of world. Gwent. Hearthstone. Arcomage. Triple Triad. Legends of Norrath. Pokemon CCG. Now The Elder Scrolls is throwing its adventurer’s cap into the ring with The Elder Scrolls: Legends, as announced aeons ago, but only just going into closed beta. Quite a gold-rush, especially given that historically, these games haven’t done particularly well in digital form, even when backed by a big name or license.
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Hearthstone: Whispers Of The Old Gods Rises Next Week

You’ll have to speak up, dearie. The gods are old, so very old, and they’re not what they used to be. It’s going to have taken them two years and several expansions to arrive in Hearthstone [official site], and none of you thought to check up on them or see if they needed help. I hope you feel guilty, Hearthstoners. Well, C’Thun, Yogg-Saron, Y’Shaarj, N’Zoth, and all their chums will arrive with the free-to-play card game’s third expansion next week, Blizzard have announced. I doubt those oldies will be too pleased.

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