You know things have gotten away from you when you see a Hogger sitting at ten attack and six health! Well, that is exactly what happened yesterday when I was working my hardest to clear out two quests for wins with a Paladin; however, that is not what I want to discuss at this time.
Instead I wanted to talk about the fun that I have been having in the Tavern Brawls lately. I really enjoy this facet of the game and even when RNG kicks me where the sun don't shine, it doesn't really bother me because I have been having an absolute blast. Case in point, the brawl which featured the player as either randomly getting one of the two bosses, Ragnaros or Nefarian, was a lot more fun than I felt it would be. Now I will admit that I was a much better Ragnaros. I just had no luck whatsoever with trying for the random spell cards when using Nefarian. Did it stop me from playing or ruin the fun I was having? Surprisingly it did not. I actually had more fun trying to figure out how to play all the insane spell cards that I was drawing.
Of all the mechanics that have been introduced so far, my absolute favorite brawl was the one where you worked together to take down a boss. It really made me think back to the days of watching Yu-Gi-Oh dueling with one of his friends. To be completely honest, I really hope that the developers behind Hearthstone find a way to incorporate two on two player duels in the game itself. How much fun would it be to team up with your buddy and see if you can mesh your decks together against two other players? There is so much depth that could occur, but I am sure there is also a whole lot of pains that would creep up as well. Just imagine the sheer fun though as you and your best card mate throw down, it would be glorious!
A lot of you may not know that I have had access to Heroes of the Storm since back in the technical alpha. Now I rarely discussed the game because quite frankly I am the reason so many of you will rage in a game. I have absolutely no clue what I am doing or where I should be at. Does that bother me? Not in the slightest! I figure it is payback for all of your terrible random dungeons that I have had to heal you through. Yup, I said it and I meant it!
So last night I was playing my heart out in Hearthstone and I got a message from my good friend Edyion. She was looking to see if she could coax me into the Nexus in order to spread the Cho'Gall disease. I was getting my butt handed to me at the time by an Ice Mage and figured why not?
So I logged in and it was only the two of us to start out with. I chose Gall, which meant she got Cho. I am sure there is a joke there to be made, but I will let someone else make it. Anyway, we hopped in and played a couple quick matches and earned her the right to use Cho'Gall as well.
I have to admit that I had so much fun playing the game with this unique style of game play. There were moments that I had a kill perfectly set up and all I had to do was hit my "R" button. As I would begin to laugh maniacally as my finger would strike the key... away Cho would run! Thus my easy kill would run away and I would be left somewhat angered, but also moderately amused by how the simple things like aiming became a nightmare. I am not going to lie, this is one of the single greatest mechanics Blizzard has introduced into this genre of game and I am hooked. So if anyone is looking for the Gall to their Cho, I'm your Ogre!
I think right now, my absolute favorite game to sit down and play is Hearthstone. While I would love to be able to focus more on it and really push getting ranked, I honestly just enjoy sitting down and knocking out achievements. Yesterday's achievement was the one where you need to play a certain number of two mana or less minions. So what better deck to use than my really old Face Hunter?
Now this deck hasn't been updated in quite some time and honestly, it still plays very well. Now I know many of you out there, myself at one time included, cannot stand to see the Face Hunter on the other side of the board. However, since picking up the deck and playing it, there is quite a bit of skill involved in playing it well, versus just throwing any card out there because you can.
A great example is your second turn play. Quite often you will see players throw any card out because they believe the goal is to just constantly churn out cards. In truth, this tactic does work, but it is not the most effective way to play the game. Sometimes holding onto your cards and simply using your hero ability is the best play for the round. Actually I would say that if RNG is hating you, quite often this is the smarter play as it will allow you to set up better plays down the line.
The screenshot from above was against a Shaman who had been really annoying throughout the game. You know the types. They're the ones who spam the taunts and then never end their turn until the rope is about to end. Well, he thought he would save himself by hexing what he perceived to be the card that would prevent me from getting the win for one more turn. Unfortunately for him, I drew my Abusive Sargent and subsequently buffed my hexed card and used the frog to end the game. It was a lot of fun, and not because it was an overly challenging match, but rather because RNG smiled at me and allowed me to have one last laugh, and that is why I truly love and hate Hearthstone.
Hope the day is progressing well for you! The last couple days I have been putting in a ton of time on Emprius. Yesterday, while I spent a lot of time in game, really did not see me getting much accomplished. Yes, I did some quests and yes, I managed to get a few things done, but the majority of my time was spent working on getting the garrison up and running at level two.
Now I know I can cheat and look up some of the guides that are out and about, but honestly where is the fun in that? I have been enjoying playing at a slower speed since returning and have taken pride in avoiding any guides to date. Instead, it is fun, to me, just to go about and make choices based off of what I think will work best.
One of the really fun aspects of doing things on my own, has actually been in finding new followers. The other day, for example, I was completely lost in one of the zones and I came across this Ogre who was in a pretty bad situation. I stopped and flamed a whole bunch of baddies and low and behold gained a new follower. I was really excited and it brought back that feeling of discovery that I have mentioned was missing.
As you may (or may not) know, I have recently jumped back into the World of Warcraft! So far I have been controlling my addiction to the game by limiting how long I am allowing myself to play. Alright, I am really more limited by the fact that I have far too much going on outside of the game world, but Blizzcon got me completely excited for the next expansion! Anyway, I have been trying to do one level per day.
So last night, while Emprius was torching his way across the frozen wastelands of Draenor, he was asked by Khadgar to take a peak in on good old Gul'dan. Needless to say, Emprius was quite displeased that there was a Warlock convention going on and he was not invited. As you can imagine (or may know from doing the quest yourself), things do not end well for one of these individuals.
I am currently sitting at level 95 and have been really enjoying my time back in the game. While I am missing the old days of running with the crew, it has been a refreshing experience doing a solo grind. I even hit up a random dungeon with a strange group of Forsaken, and minus a few singe marks to the others, things went splendidly. I even managed to pick up a present for Lunk!
Happy hump day everyone! Hope your day is going great! Mine has been pretty good so far. Yesterday I had this strange urge to play WoW, so I logged on my account and looked over all of my characters and debated on whether I should just start fresh or jump back into the fight with an established character. I cannot stand the thought of starting all over again, so I chose to log into my Warlock, Emprius! It was not long before death and destruction was raining down all around Azeroth! I am having a massive urge to get back into WoW on a more consistent basis lately, which should translate into a lot of activity happening around here. For now, be warned, something wicked is out there and he might be closer than you think.
Yup, Demon Hunters are a thing now in the game...
I am not quite sure how I feel about the announcement of Legion, World of Warcraft's next expansion. One part of me is extremely excited because the announcement video took me back to when the game felt new and extremely fresh; however, the other part of me is constantly whispering into my ear to remember the disappointments of recent expansions. So with that said, let's take a look at what we know for sure shall we?
"The tomb of Sargeras has been reopened, and the demons of the Burning Legion pour into our world. Their full, terrifying might is fixed on summoning the Dark Titan to Azeroth - and they've already located the key to his return.
With the Alliance and the Horde devastated, only you can take up Warcraft's most legendary artifcats, scour the ancient Broken Isles for relics of the Titans, and challenge the Legion before Azeroth's last hope dies.
Steel yourself, champion. Extinction is imminent."
Well, that is not exactly a whole lot to go off of is it? Fortunately, there was a large presentation from Gamescom that we can dive into and then there is the expansion website itself, which does have quite a bit of information up on it. With so much information to digest, I am going to be breaking it into several different posts to discuss my take on the various aspects of the expansion. So meet me back here next time for my thoughts on all things Legion!
I hope everyone is having an awesome Thursday! When I logged on yesterday and switched over to Twitch to check out who was streaming, I noticed a few WoW Streamers who had phrases like "Expansion Hype" as their stream titles. Naturally this made me curious and so I headed over to the WoW website to check and there was the above image.
In the past, an announcement of a new WoW expansion would have gotten me excited. I would have been on the edge of my seat, searching for any clues on what the next expansion would be. I would have dove head first into the forums to read what others were saying. However, this time around I really could care less.
You see, I had hoped that WoW:WoD would reignite my love of this game. Sadly, it did not. I wish I could point to one thing or another that was wrong, but I cannot. The whole expansion just felt boring. I suppose if I were required to point my finger to one thing, it would be that this expansion further isolated me as a player. What I mean is that I use to love to log in and run content with my friends and guild mates. With the introduction of the random queues, most everyone just logs in and does their thing and logs out. That feeling of running with a group has for the most part died. Now I suppose this is more of an individual feeling, in this case mine, versus the whole of those left playing WoW, but never the less, it is the reason that my love for WoW has dropped so low.
Will I buy the new expansion? Yes, I will because I have a lot invested in my characters and I truly love the lore and the core game. What I will not be doing is spending countless hours that I now devote to games such as Hearthstone and Minecraft, playing WoW. At least if it remains as it currently is. So what about you all? What is your initial thoughts on the pending announcement? Leave them in the comments section and I will see you guys next time!
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!