Friday, August 28, 2015

Hidden Tiger

I made a pretty cool Hearthstone deck with some of the new expansion cards that I've been sitting at about Rank 8 with for the last couple of days. I call it Hidden Tiger and I'm way too pleased with that word play. Yes, the deck does in fact include lions, and tigers, and a few bears. This also pleases me way too much.

I'm super excited about it because I never thought I'd be able to make a "competitive" and also super fun deck with just my own brain meats. The idea of the math behind mana curves makes me depressed so I always looked up decks online and used the ones I thought were fun.

My deck uses the current meta efficiency combo plate of two Eaglehorn Bow, six Secrets and two Mad Scientists, with a focus on efficient midgame minions and low-cost removal to supplement the traps and weapon. But anyway I already wrote about it. Comments are super appreciated.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Some thoughts on the expansion info that has been revealed so far.

The Legion is back! Again! The Burning Crusade was merely a setback. Now begins the Legion Crusade! Though if this one turns out to be a setback too, they'll probably be back in about expansion number ten with a fully armed and fully operational Burning Legion Crusade. If we kill Archimonde any more the lore team might finally give up and just say respawning is canon.

Artifact weapons sound like a great alternate progression system, and anything that might simplify loot tables a bit is probably good-- we don't need more gear slots to fill. Class quests sound dumb but whatever, so are most quests.

The third new class to be added to the game is the Demon Hunter from Diablo. Though for some reason in WoW it's a melee class, not ranged. I assume they just liked the name "Demon Hunter" because it's expansion appropriate and threw out everything but the name like any good corporation trying to exploit a franchise.

Do the devs know something I don't, which is why they have never created a new ranged class? I just don't get why it keeps happening. I'm not saying it's definitely not a coincidence, but three is a much clearer pattern than two. If it continues like that, next we'll get either a melee Witch Doctor or melee Wizard.

The other disappointing thing is that like Death Knights you can't level Demon Hunters from the start of the game. Levels one through ninety-four are missing from this class. Sometimes I feel like I'm in a minority of players because I don't actively resent every unnecessary second that Blizzard forces me to play their video game.

Also, and I might be splitting hairs here, but two hero classes? It's like the word hero has no meaning any more.