Today is Memorial Day here in the U.S., and it is a day that means a lot to me on a very deep and personal level. I have spoken in past years of my own family and their service to this great country. No matter what problems we may face as a society, there is no other place I would rather call home than right here. So today, I give honor to all of those men and women who have sacrificed much to provide us all with our freedoms. To the past, present, and future generations, I thank you for all that you do to keep my family safe.
It has been quite some time since we all sat down for a Sunday Brunch together. Now back in the day, Sunday Brunch was an ongoing series where I tended to wander more freely away from the focus of the site and dive into the things that were going on in my life. If I were to be completely honest with you all, then I would admit, as I am doing right now, that this series fell flat on its face.
When I had originally sat down and started really thinking of the purpose of the series, I wanted to talk about things that were personal to me. Things like dealing with General Anxiety Disorder, going through a divorce, rebuilding your life, struggles with health, religion, politics, my career, and all of the other things that I was experiencing; however, at the same time, I didn't want to truly open up. That really made things rather difficult and the end result was a series that skirted the issues and hinted at things, but never really dove into them.
You may be wondering why we are talking about this today? Well, the honest truth is that I was reading some of the old blog posts today at work in search of ideas for things to discuss. I tend to do that if I hit a brick wall when sitting down to write. Naturally I came across one of the old "Sunday Brunch" posts and it made me start reflecting on what the goal was versus how it actually turned out, and that my dear friends has led me to this post today.
As I sit here trying to formulate the exact words of what I want to get across, this thought keeps crossing my mind: I believe that we are here to help one another. We have all gone through certain things and experiences that have changed who we are, for better and sometimes for worse, but at the end of the day, if those experiences can help someone else, then I feel that it is my responsibility to share it with whomever. So with that thought in mind, I am going to spend the next few days considering the fate of "Sunday Brunch".
Now to not end on so serious a note, because I am rarely serious, I thought I would share some of the random silliness of last night's Hearthstone games! I logged in pretty late for me, and wasn't sure what I wanted to do. As you all know, I have been on a big kick of running ladder matches; however, I just wasn't feeling it. So I looked at the quest log and I one that wanted fifty wins from a Paladin or Warrior, and another to kill forty minions. I figured that could be fun and I have a couple Warrior decks that I have been messing with recently.
The first few matches I ran a deck that focuses on building up a lot of armor and just slowly whittling away the opponent's life points. It is a fun deck, but somewhat slower than what I prefer. I think it has potential and probably I could shape it more into a traditional control style deck, which I may do. The second deck focuses on using the Grim Patron! I don't really think I need to go into much detail about that deck, as I am sure we all have ran into "that" warrior before.
Neither deck was overly powerful, but they both got the job done eventually. I played the first deck to three wins and then switched to play a few matches in an attempt to get a feel for the second deck. I have to admit that the Patron deck is a lot of fun when the cards line up for you; however, if they don't line up for you, then I felt it was kind of a waste of time. I would imagine that comes more from throwing the deck together real quick and not spending much time looking at what other people are doing with their versions. I imagine that I will spend some time working on both versions and eventually have a little bit more information to share, but for the time being, enjoy the pictures!
What's this? A rare Saturday post? That's right boys and girls, from now on Holy Shock is going to add in a little something extra at the end of the week! Starting today and every Saturday moving forward, we will be posting screenshots from all the in-game action during the course of the week! Hearthstone? Heck yeah! League of Legends? Maybe, if I ever get back around to playing it again! World of Warcraft? You know there is going to be at least a screenshot or two from the mailbox right? As this week was a week of focus on Hearthstone, I pretty much only have screenshots from ranked play, so enjoy!
Last night I hopped on a little later than what I usually do and was playing through ranked match after ranked match and I started noticing something! I was hitting "Well Played" every match. It didn't matter how terribly I played or my opponent played. It got me wondering why in the world do I do this? As I was pondering this, I hit a match where I made several mistakes in the early rounds that led to me being soundly destroyed. Upon me realizing the futility of the situation, I hit the concede button in order to move on, and there it was... "Well played."
It cut straight to my soul! I was actually really mad at myself from the terrible showing and those two little words felt like salt being thrown in an open wound. As soon as this happened, I grabbed my trusty notepad and began scribbling down the thoughts that would eventually lead to this post, and the first few thoughts I am not too proud of.
As I began to think about various games where you can interact with your opponents, I began to realize how quickly we "GG" or hit that button to signal some other similar phrase. It actually began to amuse me as if I were to be completely honest, then I would have to admit that I rarely mean it. It is like being in the youth sports leagues all over again. You remember that feeling right? That one where you line up and smack hands mumbling good game when in fact it was anything but a good game.
Yes, we should be good sports about losing, but at the same time do we really need to line up, so to say, in the virtual world and say good game? More importantly, when you get soundly thrashed, do you hit that "GG" button or do you silently hit the concede and then quietly (or loudly for some) curse the other person out for getting lucky or having RNG on their side?
So I am making it a goal from this point on to only hit the "GG" button when I truly mean it. If I play a terrible match and a toddler with the basic deck could have beat me, then no "GG" for you. If I feel like RNG robbed me by dropping that Doomslayer in the end game and wiping my board when it was a clear victory, there will be no "GG" for my opponent; however, when I play that person who has spent the time studying the game and put together a solid deck and played it well, regardless of win or lose, that person gets the "GG"! So yes, some of you mech mages and face hunters, might actually start getting a "GG" out of me!
I hope you all are doing great! I had something else that I was going to write about, but then as I was reading articles on my news feed, I saw this awesome image. It has really gotten me stoked for the upcoming Warcraft movie. I have been fighting hard to keep my fan boy in check, but this image looks really, really good. Perhaps there is a chance that the Warcraft movie will finally break the barrier of great for gaming movies. What do you all think?
I hope everyone has been having a great Wednesday! I know that this post is extremely late in the day, but that is basically because I had thought I had one scheduled for today already, oops! Oh well! I couldn't help but post the above picture. I had this idea floating around in my head all day yesterday while getting pounded into the ground by uptempo decks. What I basically wondered was could I use one minion to one shot an opponent in the current state of the game? Yeah, I have seen plenty of videos where that perfect moment comes together, but I doubt the creators of the decks/vidoes made it the sole purpose of their deck... maybe the did, who knows?
So with this in mind I set out to create a Paladin deck that could place enough road blocks in front of an opponent that I could first stay alive long enough to create the minion, and then have enough mana to pull off the diabolical kill. Well, after more losses than I count, the perfect storm hit and the end results was exactly what I had hoped to see, a thirty point minion kill.
Will this ever become a part of the regular game? No, I have no intention of keeping this deck. This was more of a moment where I just wanted to do something that was fun and had no pressure involved. I thought it would be fun to share with you all in this late Hump Day post!
Welcome back to Holy Shock! I use to go on talking about Paladins and what not, but lately I have been stuck on Hearthstone! So why should we break the mold today? Last night I logged in and was met with the achievement where you need to play forty minions that cost two or less, and being the achievement addicted fool that I am... I quickly made me this Hunter deck in all of five seconds. Well, maybe not five seconds, but you get the idea that I placed no thought into its creation whatsoever, right?
My goal was to sling down as many low cost minions as I could before my portrait shattered in agonizing shame. Alright, there really is nothing agonizing about losing... unless you actually would lose to this deck! We all know that that would never happen... right?
I am terribly sorry to the poor players who actually lost, I honestly had no intention of trying to win. Had you just kept on chugging away, I am sure you would have seen the futility of my deck; however, you chose to end it all! I suppose I should have been happy, but these two made me actually play a couple more games than I had originally intended! Now they got me thinking of crossing over to the dark side and making a face Hunter! Alright, settle down... settle down! I promise that I am not going to be making any sort of face Hunter in the near future. I do find it funny that so many players tend to concede before they really know if the match is truly out of their reach. Hang in there guys! Worse case scenario is some player is going to clear your minions, blast your portrait, and you are out what a minute or two more? C'mon! Help me avoid these terrible thoughts of creating these decks!
So while I am somewhat complaining, if you can call it that, let me throw a shout out to the players who took it way too serious! Do you really need to run the rope half way down on every turn? I get that you are trying to think out every possible play, but seriously... just throw some cards down and smash the little fellows to bits! I think it was just RNG having one more fun moment at my expense. He wants to lose! Pft... that ain't gonna happen! Well, I am happy to say that eventually I managed to run out my poor little forty minions and earn, yes I said earn, my dang achievement! I'll see you all next time!
I hope everyone had a great weekend and that your Monday is kicking off another great week. Over the weekend, I put in a lot of time playing Hearthstone. I had some positive things happen, like hitting rank 14, and then some really bad things happen... like going on a big losing streak. Now I could blame RNG for disliking me by dropping multiple Doomsayers or encountering players who were absolutely terrible, but then I would have to admit that perhaps my winning streak was nothing but RNG. So rather than admit that perhaps I am really bad at this game, I would rather focus on the positive!
For example, I made the decision to swap out a few cards and add in Hellfire and Bane of Doom. The Hellfire addition was extremely useful in helping me decimate a couple players I ran into; however, every time I faced a Hunter, it appeared as if my Hellfire cards and taunts were mysteriously removed from my deck. Is there a secret Hunter ability that removes all such cards?
The deck appears to be extremely effective against Magi. To my knowledge, since I started my run, I have only lost to one Mage and that was due to an unfortunate Doomsayer spawning late in the game. I would also note that the Mage was a mech Mage as well. I wish I could remember their name because they played flawlessly and seemed to know exactly what I was planning to do.
I am not going to lie to you all, there were times where I wanted to switch decks and play a more conventional deck, if there really is one, but I just really like how this deck is handling. Perhaps next month I will run a different deck, but for the remainder of this month... YOUR SOUL SHALL BE MINE!!!!
Happy Thursday all! I hope you all are doing absolutely great today! Today's post is going to be a short one, but I have pictures!!!!! I hit rank 15 yesterday! I am pretty pleased with the overall success of the deck. I do believe though that this weekend I may tweak a few cards around to provide a little more protection against face decks.
I had a good friend who spent his evening Tuesday throwing various decks at me. While some of the decks won by sheer RNG, others won by shining the light on the weakness of my ability to clear a board. So that having been said, I believe that this weekend we will look to tweak the deck slightly in hopes of adding in a little protection against these decks.
I did also manage to sneak my way into WoW yesterday and was working on cleaning up my bank some. I have been kicking the idea around of making a major change there and if I do decide to act, then I must be prepared! Look for more WoW updates in the near future!
In other gaming news, I received my beta access to Star Craft II: Legacy of the Void at the end of April; however, I did not notice this till late yesterday. I did download and hop into it, but there seemed to be only one other player online who was completely out of my class in terms of skill. So sadly, I really have nothing to report on there yet, but keep your eyes around here because I promise to bring you all the terrible game-play I can! Well, I think that is going to do it for me today. Catch you all next time!
I think that this deck has potential and I certainly want to try to take it as far as I possibly can. How far will that be? Well, that I do not know, but I do know that it will be a fun ride! I think that is going to do it for today, below are some screenshots from this deck in action. I hope y'all have a great day and I'll see you next time!