E3 2015: Magic Duels: Origins brings planeswalkers and their stories to the game

Magic’s Duels of the Planeswalkers served as introduction to the world’s most popular card game for millions of players, including myself. Magic Duels: Origins will introduce some new teaching tools, so Wizards of the Coast is allowing planeswalkers to enter the game for the first time. The digital set ties into Wizards’ physical set which as the more »

Hearthstone patch 2.7 will add Tavern Brawl mode, new hero portraits and more

Hearthstone‘s next growth spurt won’t introduce any new cards or deck slots, but it will answer a few of the more prevalent fan cries. Patch 2.7‘s grandest addition will be Tavern Brawl mode, an eclectic format that changes its rules on a weekly basis. Arriving mid-June, Tavern Brawl may require that you craft a deck under more »

Kickstarter Roundup: Early June 2015

The Kickstarter Roundup returns for early June! Since most Kickstarters have 30 day pledge periods, the “early” in the month editions will cover that blind spots from the previous entry, games that don’t have much time remaining, or Kickstarter projects that just stand out to me. In general, smaller Kickstarters will be the focus, but more »

Blizzard will sell new Hearthstone hero portraits

New cards and additional deck slots aside, the most requested Hearthstone feature is some new faces, new heroes to liven up the game and introduce new class cards. Well, new heroes are, in fact, on their way, though they’re probably not what most players are hoping for. In a recent BattleNet post, Blizzard revealed that they more »

Tabletop Simulator Review: Facilitating fun

Tabletop Simulator Price: $14.99 System(s): Windows, Mac, Linux Release Date: June 5, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Berserk Games (Berserk Games) ESRB Rating: N/A Tabletop Simulator is a hard game to review. It’s a sandbox, but not in the traditional sense. Rather, someone should approach it as a platform, a facilitator of other sorts of games. As more »

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist is, in fact, coming to PS4 and Xbox One

Just this past May, Germany’s USK ratings board listed Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist for release on PS4 and Xbox One. Flabbergasted, I assumed the listing was made in error, based on Konami distancing itself from consoles, and the mobile applicability of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. Still flabbergasted, I’m now eating those words: Konami has now confirmed that Legacy more »

For the first time, a Pokemon card has been banned

For the first time in the history of the Pokemon TCG, a card has been barred from tournament play. The ironically titled Trainer card “Lysandre’s Trump Card” will be banned from all sanctioned tournaments as of June 15, 2015, an announcement reads, and June 20 in Japan. This includes the Pokemon National Championships and World Championships. more »

What’s up with the new Yu-Gi-Oh! game listed for PS4 and Xbox One?

Konami has turned a new leaf, though the change didn’t come easy. In the past few months, we’ve seen the publisher delisted from the New York Stock Exchange due to financial constraints, bicker endlessly with Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima regarding his contract and the place of the Metal Gear IP, and play round after round of more »


How good is the Hearthstone mobile app? Very

With its most recent patch, Hearthstone has finally made its way to iOS and Android smartphones. The world’s free time reserves are depleting as we speak. But how quickly? How well does the new-fangled mobile app work? Surprisingly well, actually. The elements of the main menu bleed into every aspect of the app: everything you need more »

Nightbanes Review: It’s Not Magic The Gathering

Nightbanes Price: Free To Play System(s): PC Release Date: March 30, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Headup Games (Diviad) ESRB Rating: Not Rated One of my favorite things about video games is that they let me play a variety of things without actually needing to include other people. I especially like video games that are replications of more »

Hearthstone has gone fully mobile

Hearthstone is now playable on iOS and Android smartphones. With Hearthstone patch, Blizzard released the official mobile app, finally bringing the CCG out of its longstanding tablet gridlock and putting it in pockets everywhere. You can get the free app from iTunes, Google Play, or . As a special bonus for newcomers in celebration of the app’s release, all players more »

Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain: New Warlock and Hunter cards examined

After Blizzard’s 14-card bombshell, we’ve now seen all of Blackrock Mountain. The Hearthstone expansion is due out April 2, and we now know the 31 cards it’s bringing with it. And with the full set out in the open, we can finally evaluate individual cards more fairly. Up first, the Warlock’s Demonwrath, which has continued the support for the Demonlock play style.  more »