Zootopia Movie Review

Zootopia

For my birthday my wife and I went to see Disney’s latest animated movie, Zootopia.

The movie is set in a world where every mammal has gained human intelligence.

Predators and prey get along and everyone lives as equals in a near-future society. Humans are absent and never mentioned.

Of course even though everyone is equal, prejudices, stereotypes, and predispositions about species still lend a heavy paw in deciding an animal’s role in society.

Our heroine, Judy Hops, is a young rabbit who dreams of being a police officer.

Judy achieves this dream despite bullying by the neighborhood fox and the unsupportive nature of her parents who follow the traditional rabbit lifestyle of carrot farming.

Judy graduates top of her class and goes off to the city of Zootopia to protect citizens from criminals.

The first job Judy gets is writing parking tickets. She quickly discovers that she and other species are often judged based on prejudicial ideas of what they are capable of.

Judy teams up with a small time criminal fox named Nicholas Wilde to solve a missing person case. Plot ensues and I won’t spoil it.

The movie’s content is excellent. Timely commentary on racism told through animals. Plenty of jokes and references to other movies (Alan Tudyk reprises his role as Duke of Weaselton from Frozen, only now he is an actual weasel named Duke Weaselton). Good buddy cop material suitable for children as well.

The movie’s music is also very good. Shakira plays an animal pop star version of Adele named Gazelle that provides a decent amount of the film’s great soundtrack.

It’s honestly harder for me to think who would dislike this movie than who would like it. Zootopia appeals to a wide range of audiences with elements of comedy, action, mystery, and family movies all mixed in.

If I had to pick someone who wouldn’t like Zootopia it would be someone adamantly against cutesie characters.

If that doesn’t sound like you then I think you should see this movie. It’s got something for everyone proving that Disney’s new direction is really working out for them.

-GoCorral

Naxxramas Construct Quarter

My Mage deck for taking down Heroic Patchwerk.
My Mage deck for taking down Heroic Patchwerk.

I did a Twitch stream on August 15th of the new Construct Quarter in Naxxramas. The stream will be available for a limited time on the GoCorral channel at Twitch if you want to watch.

I wasn’t able to finish all the bosses and class challenges this time. Mostly because the class challenges weren’t knock over easy anymore. I tried about a half dozen times on the Warrior challenge and had to end the stream defeated.

Later on I took a crack at the Heroic bosses and I took down Patchwerk on my first try with the deck pictured above.

If your eyes/computer can’t process pictures the decklist is:
Ice Lance x2
Mirror Image x2
Frostbolt x2
Mad Scientist x2
Murloc Tidehunter x2
Sunfury Protector x2
Arcane Intellect x2
Duplicate x2
Ice Barrier x2
Ice Block x2
Kirin Tor Mage x2
Fireball x2
Water Elemental x2
Sludge Belcher x2
Pyroblast x2

Patchwerk is the most unusual Naxxramas boss so far. He doesn’t have a deck.

All Patchwerk has is a weapon that he starts with and his hero power.

Patchwerk’s weapon, Hook, has a deathrattle effect that puts it back in his hand so he can play it again.

His hero power costs 4 and destroys one minion of Patchwerk’s choice. He’ll always pick a taunt minion or your strongest minion.

Patchwerk’s turn is easy to predict. If his Hook is in his hand he’ll play it. Next he uses his hero power if he has enough mana to do so to destroy the largest taunt minion you have or if there are no taunt minions, your largest minion without taunt. Finally, Patchwerk attacks your taunt minions or your face.

The only difference between the Normal and Heroic version of Patchwerk is the Hook. The Normal Hook has 5 attack and 8 durability. The Heroic Hook has 4 attack, 8 durability, and windfury so he can attack twice per turn.

So fiendish! So devilish! The Hook of Patchwerk!
So fiendish! So devilish! The Hook of Patchwerk!

A game against Patchwerk won’t take very long because his strategy focuses on hitting you in the face instead of clearing the board.

The deck I made is focused around freezing Patchwerk or stalling him with weak minions.

I won my first game against him by playing Mirror Image early, and then a Kirin Tor Mage to get a Duplicate secret down as well.

Patchwerk wiped out the Mirror Images, but the Duplicate put two more of them in my hand to stall him even further.

I used my Sunfury Protector, Murloc Tidehunter, and Sludge Belcher to stall further with other cheap taunt creatures while my Kirin Tor Mage hit Patchwerk for damage every turn.

Patchwerk hurt himself by using his Hook to take out my minions, but he was never smart enough to use his hero power to destroy the Kirin Tor Mage that was slowly murdering him.

I played two Ice Blocks to stall further and I had an Ice Barrier in hand to last another turn as well.

Another strategy of the deck is to get a Water Elemental down along with some taunts. The Water Elemental will keep Patchwerk frozen and unable to attack while the taunts will soak up the hero power instead of the Water Elemental. If you get that strategy going, you’re guaranteed a win.

Things I might change about this deck if you’re trying to build it or something similar include:
Taking out the Pyroblasts. The game ended on turn 9. Usually you won’t get a chance to use one.
Taking out Arcane Intellect maybe?
Adding Defender of Argus and Razorfen Hunter to have access to even more taunt creatures
Maybe adding cards like Dancing Swords and Coldlight Oracle to force Patchwerk to draw and hurt himself with fatigue damage.

I hope that helps you take down Patchwerk! I’ll be working on other decks to beat other Heroic bosses in the Construct Quarter soon.

-Mister Ed