Posts Tagged: CCGs

Storm warning: Blizzard launches Curse of Naxxramas expansion on iOS and desktop

I put a spell on you.

I put a spell on you.

Neumann has been preparing you for Blizzard’s first Hearthstone expansion for weeks, tallying new cards and dissecting the pricing structure. And now the day has arrived: Curse of Naxxramas is out right now worldwide as an update to the Hearthstone iPad app. Word on the PT forums is that Blizzard’s servers are having some launch day hiccups, so patience is advised if you’re diving in tonight.

Naxxramas shakes up established Hearthstone strategies with 30 new cards for Blizzard’s fantasy collectible card game, but it also adds a whole new single-player campaign that adds solo depth to what was primarily a multiplayer affair until now. The PT staff reviewed Hearthstone as a roundtable chat back in May.

After the jump, a cinematic trailer for Naxxramas that (let’s be honest) has bupkis to do with the game, but is still pretty neat-o.

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Boys, look who it is: Curse of Naxxramas coming July 22

Heigan living up to his moniker

Heigan living up to his moniker

Blizzard Entertainment knows how to do a couple things really well: make great games and hype the hell out of every one of them. The latest example of this is the upcoming expansion for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Curse of Naxxramas. The hype started with the expansion’s announcement, which occurred just days before the eagerly anticipated release of Hearthstone for iPad. Yes, many of us knew an expansion was coming for a game we had yet to play.

After that, it was the usual Blizzard frontal assault. Weekly card leaks, pricing leaks and confirmations and the entire time never committing to a release date.

Until today.

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Gentlemen, Start Your Tapping : Magic 2015 Arrives for iPad

Ho ho ho Green Giant

Ho ho ho Green Giant

In a somewhat surprising fashion, Wizards of the Coast released the latest version of Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers, otherwise known as Magic 2015, for iPad yesterday. Why surprising? Well, because we didn’t receive any sort of announcement until well after it actually hit the App Store, and it won’t be available on other platforms until July 16th. So, good for us iPad owners, I guess.

The last iteration, Magic 2014, was known for being a buggy mess on iPad, so it will be interesting to see if the latest version brings some of those issues along, or if it’s been cleaned up and we have a problem-free platform for some card dueling.

From a functional standpoint, Magic 2015 is pretty much the same as its predecessors with one major addition: full deck building. No more being limited to certain themed decks and cards. Here, you can buy all the cards and boosters and build whatever the hell you want.

Magic 2015 is free to download but don’t worry, there’s a ton of card bundles and boosters to buy within the app. Trailer after the break.

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The Cost of the Curse: Curse of Naxxramas Pricing Revealed

I hope you like my invention!

I hope you like my invention!

If there’s one thing I probably don’t need, it’s more incentive to play Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and yet Blizzard is releasing the first expansion for it later this month. There’s a lot we know about the Curse of Naxxramas expansion, but the one thing we didn’t know was the dent it would put in our wallets.

Yesterday, Blizzard revealed the stone cold truth about what it’s going to cost to head through the halls of Naxxramas as well as shedding some light on the expansion itself. The expansion will consist of 5 wings that will be released over the course of 5 weeks. The first wing, the Arachnid Quarter, will be free during the month-long launch period. After that it will join it’s brethren at either 700 in-game gold, or $7 per wing. That’s right, even if you get the first wing free, you’ll still be shelling out nearly $30 to get the rest of the expansion.

Too much? There are ways to lower the burden after the break.

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A Very Special Episode of Magic 2015, Part 2

Zombies don't stand a chance

Zombies don’t stand a chance

Back in April we learned that the upcoming edition of Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers, otherwise known as Magic 2015, would have several cards designed by some rather famous individuals. We have cards from board game designers like James Ernest and David Sirlin, as well as a bunch of cards designed by video game veterans. We’re talking guys like Markus Persson, Richard Garriott, Brian Fargo and more. We even have a card designed by Jim Darkmagic and Omin Dran, the better half of Acquisitions Incorporated (and they might have done some other stuff, too).

Back then, we only knew who was designing the cards, but today we’ve actually gained access to the WotC private vaults to glimpse each card in its glory.

Check out each of the 15 new cards after the break. You know you want to.

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Taz’Dingo! Curse of Naxxramas Class Cards Revealed

Welcome to the party, pal.

Welcome to the party, pal.

I love Hearthstone. I would think that would be apparent as it’s my choice every time Owen asks us what we’re currently playing. I play it a lot. I listen to podcasts about it, I frequent websites about it. Worst of all, I even follow Blizzard’s Hearthstone Twitter feed. I fear I may be becoming a, dare I say, fanboy. [may be? -ed.]

The twitter feed from Blizzard has been active in teasing new cards for the upcoming Curse of Naxxramas expansion that should be unleashed sometime this summer. Announced were 30 new cards in total, with 21 neutrals and 9 class specific cards. When they announced the expansion, 5 of the neutral cards were revealed and they indicated that the Deathrattle mechanism would play a prominent role.

Finally, all 9 class cards have been revealed. Take a look after the break.

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Our 5 favourite iOS games of 2014 (so far)

Failure never felt so good.

Failure never felt so good.

As we approach the half-way mark of 2014, the PT staff took some time this week to contemplate the year’s releases. Just as with last year’s mid-year list, these picks aren’t as thoroughly agonised over and discussed as our end-of-year awards — just a from-the-hip roundup of the games that have made the biggest impression on us so far.

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Groundhog Day: Magic 2015 Gameplay Looks A Lot Like Magic

Feels like the first time

Feels like the first time

A few weeks ago we made the incredibly surprising announcement that Wizards of the Coast would be following Magic 2013 and Magic 2014 with a new version, creatively titled Magic 2015. We even had a trailer that showed nothing of gameplay or new features but did indicate that whoever does CGI for WotC is competent. Hell, more than competent. Some might even call them “above average” or “pretty great”.

Of course, having Planeswalkers in full CGI means nothing because the digital Magic games all entail slinging virtual cards around a virtual board with nary a CGI Planeswalker in sight. Well, we now have some actual gameplay and, SURPRISE, it looks very similar to the last couple versions. This isn’t a bad thing as the last 2 versions of Magic worked wonderfully on iPad and are, actually, two of the best CCGs made for the platform. If it ain’t broke, and all that. Seriously, if you’re a fan of Magic at all (and who isn’t?), these apps are fantastic.

Magic 2015 should be released this summer for every platform out there including iPad, Android tablets and Kindle devices. Gameplay trailer and screens after the break.

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