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New Partnership, Website and Moving Forward!

We're moving to new site!

Mana Crystals is partnering up with Disguised Toast for future Hearthstone content. All future content will be on the Disguised Toast website.

Disguised Toast will have the following Hearthstone sections for you to check out:

So be sure to bookmark the website Disguised Toast for your future visits. See you there!

Newsletter #3 - Notification System, Replies/Mentions and Winners of the Community Event!

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Notification System and Mentions!

The latest feature on Mana Crystals is the notification system and the @mention capability in comments! We're hoping this feature will enable a much easier time to track and follow conversations for both readers and authors.

All notifications can be found on your notification page. You will get a notification when one of the following happens:

  • When someone leaves a comment on your guide
  • When someone replies to your comment
  • When someone mentions you in a comment

You can mention someone in a comment by typing '@' followed by their username (not case sensitive). Similar to how Twitter works!

Being a new feature, we'd love it if you guys give a try and let us know what you think about it. Is it lacking in certain areas or do you want more options? The notification system is currently just on-site, no email notifications yet!

Winners of Our First Community Event!

The winners of our community event has been announced. Head over to the original post to check it out. We'll be contacting the winners directly!

Newsletter #2 - Site Updates, Tournament Results, and Moving Forward!

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Welcome to the second issue of our Newsletter - where we sum up what's been happening for the past week on Mana Crystals!

Note: Just 4 days left for your chance to participate in Mana Crystals' first community event where you can win 15 or 60 card packs!

My Apologies

We have been extremely busy this week - we gained a lot of new visitors (welcome!) and was very glad to see some of you giving our guide tool a try.

Due to how busy we have been this week, we weren't able to put together a State of the Meta report this week. Our sincerest apologies!

But if you want an idea how on what decks people are playing in tournaments, check out this post, containing Top 16 decklists from the DreamHack Austin tournament that took place over the weekend.

So What Have We Been Doing?

We've been working on a bunch of new features to improve the reading and navigating experience of the site, as well as some tools that will help make the authors' lives a little easier.

The following are currently being worked on.

Reply to Reply is coming

Right now you can only reply to top level comments. We develop Mana Crystals site using agile and lean methodology, adding features as the need rises. We're seeing a lot of conversations taking place, so it's time to improve that aspect of it.

Mentions (@) will be part of that improvement

People can mention you in a comment of a guide that you aren't necessary the author of. But how will you know?

Notifications will also be coming

To help authors handle the comments left on their guides (without manually checking the guides every few minutes), there will be a new notification system! It will function similarly to Facebook's - be notified (on the site) when there's a comment left on your guide, a reply to your comment or when someone mentions you.

Email notification won't be part of the initial scope, but if there is sufficient request for it, we can build it.

Updated our faq and editor tutorials

If you are still not sure what exactly is Mana Crystals - check out our new faq to help answer that question!

If you want some tips on how to create awesome look guides, check out the editor tutorial here.

A Few Things That's Live (Or Soon To Be)

Here are a couple of new things that you may have already noticed on the site.

Feedback collection

We have been reaching out to everyone, asking for feedback on how we can improve the site to make it better for you (whether as a reader or as an author). So if you have a moment, be sure to reply back! We'd greatly appreciate it.

Tooltips in comments

You can now use the tooltip command ([card]) in comments.

New decklist layout

We have livened up the decklists presentation - with card images and a touch of colors (from the straight text version). Hope you like it!

Ads

We added an ad on the sidebar and two at the bottom. We're hoping to offset some of the server costs (Amazmon Cloudfront is proving to be quite expensive!). Please consider adding Mana Crystals to your whitelist.

New landing page layout

We'll have new landing page layout very soon. Its goal is to tidy the space usage and add a few useful (hopefully) sections while taking out the less visited sections. Let us know what you think of it when it's live.

Closing

If you have any comments/suggestions/critiques, leave us a comment, email us or hit us up on Twitter.

As usual, we would like to give a big thank you to those who have signed up, left comments or created guides. We promise to keep improving the site, both features and content!

Newsletter #1 - OG Decks, Win 60 Card Pack Bundles and more!

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Welcome to the first post of this series where we sum up what's been happening on this site!

Win a 60 Card Pack Bundle!

Mana Crystals is hosting a community event where participants can win a 60 card pack bundle and/or a 15 card bundle! You can check out the event details page here. The event is currently active and will last until May 15th.

The Decks Pros and Streamers Playing

We've been working very hard researching on what some of the decks the top players are playing. You can find our summary in the following 3 articles:

Now that there are less and less variety of new arch types being discovered, we'll be stopping the daily summary articles of OG Decks. But, decklists from pros and streamers will continuously be added to the site on a daily basis! They'll be posted under the username 'Community'. **Link to decklists

We always do our best to link to the source of where we found the decklist to ensure legitimacy and credibility.

Deck Rankings

If you want to know the popular deck archtypes currently being played, be sure to check out our Standard Deck Rankings page.

As people become more familiar with the decks, there should be more complete deck guides coming out (instead of just pure decklists).

Going Forward

Mana Crystal's goal is to become the best tool for Hearthstone content creators and writers - where they can create beautiful guides, publish and share those guides. Keeping the site mobile friendly is also one of the key areas we're keeping our focus on. We have a lot more writer friendly features as well as readers' quality of life updates coming to the site, so we hope you continue to use this site and give us your support!

If you have any comments/suggestions/critiques, leave us a comment, email us or hit up on Twitter.

And a big thank you to those who have signed up, left comments or created guides. We'll extremely grateful for your support!

A soft launch of the site!

We're still fleshing out the site and building more features. The core stuff should be good to go - so feel free to start an account and try writing a guide!

Any feedback is welcome - please leave comments on the site, email us at manacrystals@gmail.com or hit us up on Twitter!