Blackrock Mountain Wrapup

I haven’t posted anything about Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure since it came out and I think it’s about time I got around to that.

The adventure was a lot of fun. The bosses had their own little quirks that you had to work around to win, but none of them were too hard.

The Mage class challenge was awesome and I have replayed it a bunch of times. The deck you get is a solid 30 Unstable Portals!

Unstable_Portal

I’ve tried my hand at a few of the Heroic bosses and beaten three of them. My decklists and a glimpse of how the decks work are available on YouTube at these links: Grim Guzzler, Emperor Thaurissan, and General Drakkisath.

Now that the adventure is over and I’ve collected all the cards, which ones are the best and most fun?

Hungry_Dragon

Hungry Dragon stays a favorite for me. You get a good creature and your opponent gets something useless or something that completely messes you up. Shieldbearer is one of my least favorite minions to pop for my opponent even though its usually trash.

Volcanic_Drake

Volcanic Drake is pretty good in Arena and might make mid-range Hunter much more viable. The Drake combines well with Unleash the Hounds. Drop the Hounds, wipe your opponent’s board, and then play the Drake for free.

Blackwing_Corruptor

Blackwing Corruptor is pretty much an auto-include if you’re building a dragon tribe deck. The Battlecry effect is just so strong. Get a decent sized minion and probably eliminate one of your opponent’s minions as well. Awesome card.

Drakonid_Crusher

Drakonid Crusher is another winner for Arena. 6 mana for a 6/6 isn’t bad. It’s only got 1 worse health than Boulderfist Ogre. And Drakonid is a dragon so it can activate the Battlecries of Blackwing Corruptor and other similar cards. Best part is that if you’re already winning and you drop Drakonid, you get a 9/9. Even bigger than a giant! Solid draft in Arena. Not so good in constructed because you usually need things other than huge creatures in constructed.

Dragonkin_Sorcerer

Dragonkin Sorcerer is terrifying when a Paladin plays it. It’s stats are average for its cost, but if the Paladin drops a buff spell on it, look out. And its a dragon for that dragon synergy as well.

Emperor_Thaurissan

Emperor Thaurissan made a lot of combo decks much more viable. Specifically Freeze Mage and Combo Druid. If the cards necessary for lethal are all 1 mana cheaper then the combo can be pulled of in one turn instead of two if needed or at an earlier turn thatn previously possible. Thaurissan is a great card.

NefarianMajordomo_Executus

Nefarian and Majordomo Exectus both underperformed my expectations to be honest. Nefarian often gets you spells that are completely useless in your current situation. Exectus is often a liability because becoming Ragnaros reduces your health to 8. In what situation would you want your health to go that low? Usually if its already that low. And if it is that low, then your opponent will just deal damage to you instead of Exectus.

Resurrect

Resurrect is one card that I’m excited to see more of. I’ve heard that it combos well with Injured Blademaster because it comes back at 4/7 instead of 4/3. I’d like to see if slightly modifying a Preist deck could make this card awesome, but I don’t play that much Priest anymore. I’ll give a try sometime! Maybe for the Heroic bosses.

Imp_Gang_Boss

Imp Gang Boss is a really nice Warlock card. Demons are getting better and better as Blizzard releases more of them. Imp Gang Boss is chock full of demons and quite difficult for your opponent to fully remove. Pretty much a solid card in any situation.

Lava_ShockFireguard_Destroyer

Lava Shock and Fireguard Destroyer are the two new Shaman class cards. Lava Shock is definitely cool. There are a few Shaman decks I’ve wanted to try out in the past, but Overloading too much stopped those decks from working. Lava Shock could fix that. And Fireguard is just a good card for its cost. It will almost always be worth the Overload cost you pay for it, just like Crackle.

Druid_of_the_Flame

Druid of the Flame is a good Druid card and it counts as a Beast to combo with Druid of the Fang. I once had Druid of the Fang, Druid of the Claw, and Druid of the Flame all out at the same time and I felt very naturey. You’ll almost always play the Druid of the Flame in 2/5 form just like Ancient of War, but its a good card regardless of the false choice.

Quick_Shot

Quick Shot is the latest upgrade to the Face Hunter deck. Out of cards? Why not deal damage and draw more cards! Plus it allows for more burst from the hand to surprise your opponent with lethal when they thought they were safe. Good card.

That’s all the new cards that stuck out to me. I’ll be posting more YouTube guides to beating the Heroic bosses as I manage to do it!

-GoCorral

Blackrock Mountain Announcement

Been a while since I’ve made a post because I’ve been quite sick. The flu is a terrible thing!

I’ve been wanting to make a post about Hearthstone’s new adventure expansion, Blackrock Mountain. Now that I’m no longer as concerned about dying I can write the post! Woohoo!

The adventure is based off a famous WoW raid once again that I know almost nothing about.

Looking at whats been released so far on the official website and trailer I can tell that the expansion has dragons, fire, and dwarves in it.

I LOVE dragons, so this is gonna be a killer set for me.

Moving on to a selection of the previewed cards though!

First up is the previewed Legendary, Rend Blackhand.

Rend_Blackhand

Only useful in a very very specific situation. You have to have him and a dragon in your hand and your opponent has to have a Legendary on their board that is worth killing. Otherwise it’s basically a weak Core Hound and no one plays that because it’s bad.

Next is the Hungry Dragon.

Hungry_Dragon

 

I’m pleased by this new addition to the dragon forces in the game. It’s strong, but not overwhelmingly strong. Did I mention that it’s a DRAGON?!?

Then we have the Dark Iron Skulker.

Dark_Iron_Skulker

Pretty obviously intended as an anti-aggro card for Rogues. Rogues already have a few tools for this with Fan of Knives and their hero power. This card is even better because its basically a Consecration stapled to a 3 mana cost minion body for only 5 mana. You’re getting 2 mana of oomph for free if the Skulker damages all of your opponent’s minions. I think this one will see a lot of play.

And the best for last! Axe Flinger!

Axe_Flinger

Super useful alongside Bouncing Blade, the GVG Warrior spell that deals 1 damage to a random minion and then another random minion until a minion dies. And the best thing about the Axe Flinger is that it immediately inspired me to make this video!

Blackrock Mountain is scheduled to come out sometime in April. Hopefully we’ll get to see a few more cards before then!

-GoCorral

Overwatch

Who watches over the Overwatch?
Who watches over the Overwatch?

Blizzard announced an entirely new game at their latest Blizzcon extravaganza.

This won’t be a game based off their existing brands like almost every other game they’ve released. Warcraft to Starcraft, Warcraft to WoW, WoW to Hearthstone, and Everything to Heroes of the Storm making Warcraft and Diablo the only truly original games they’ve made.

The new game is a first person shooter called Overwatch set in the near future. The animation style is similar to Team Fortress 2 and Disney’s Incredibles.

I said Incredibles because the FPS has characters that you choose to play before each match and each character has a set of super abilities they can use during the match.

The super powers are simple enough. One person can teleport, another can fly, another one can create a big energy shield, etc.

Blizzard has already released a bunch of videos on Overwatch’s website including a trailer video that introduces the setting and a few of the characters.

So why be excited about this? I haven’t played a true FPS in over half decade, why do I care?

Well first of all, Blizzard has a very successful track record with their games. If they release an FPS its likely that it will perform well and attract a lot of people to the genre from other Blizzard games as well as increasing competition in the FPS field.

Second, Blizzard is branching out! Like I said, they haven’t come out with a truly original game in over twenty years. Are they too rusty to do well in a market without a pre-established fanbase? I don’t know.

It’s entirely possible that Overwatch will flop because Blizzard doesn’t know jackshit about what people want from FPS games. I doubt that will happen as Blizzard has enough money to attract designers who will prevent that from happening. It’s unlikely that Overwatch will fail, but will it succeed?

At this point… Hard to say. The game doesn’t offer any new mechanics. Everything the characters can do I’ve seen in other FPS games. The setting isn’t really new either. Its a cross between Team Fortress 2’s animation style and the futuristic setting of Halo (maybe a little bit less techy than Halo, but close).

But is there any FPS that’s really unique? Mount and Blade to some extent, but its so different from most FPS games that it falls into the realm of simulation games.

Halo wasn’t unique when it came out. Doom and Goldeneye both had the same weapon swapping and ammo systems. But Halo was massively successful. It was one of the first games you could talk about at school without having to be embarrassed that you were a gamer.

Will Overwatch reach that same level of success where gamer society embraces it? Maybe, but I doubt it.

Either way, “The cavalry’s here, luvs!”

-Mister Ed

Trying to Beat Maexxna

Giving my standard Rogue deck a try against Maexxna and failing miserably.
Giving my standard Rogue deck a try against Maexxna and failing miserably.

I’ve been playing around with beating the Heroic version of one boss in Hearthstone’s Curse of Naxxramas.

The boss is called Maexxna and she is a giant spider.

The normal version was easy to beat, but the Heroic version is way harder.

She starts off with effectively three spider minions to your zero. Plus, if you kill one of those minions they turn into two other spiders.

She also has an ability she can use every turn for free to throw two of your minions back to your hand.

The best way to beat her seems obvious for Hearthstone veterans, play a deck with a bunch of minions that have effects when they’re played from your hand.

For example, there’s one minion that deals 1 damage when it is played. She returns it, but then you get the free damage once again!

There’s another few that heal you up. Play one of those every turn and she can’t bring you down as quickly.

Maexxna has a tendency to flood her side of the board with her weak spider minions. She can only have seven total and there’s a way to take advantage of this as well.

The best strategy I’ve heard so far is to play a minion who restores six life every turn. If Maexxna’s board is filled with seven minions that can each only deal one damage, then you’re only taking one damage per turn total.

Then you play a minion that can attack on its first turn to deal 4 damage to Maexxna directly.

So once you get to that point in the game you’re only taking 1 damage for every 4 damage Maexxna takes.

I haven’t tried that deck yet and I’m it takes a bit of luck and skill to succeed with it. Given enough time I’m sure I can manage it.

There’s still a lot more bosses to go after Maexxna though! I’ll be looking forward to them after my vacation.

-Mister Ed

EDIT: I did the strategy I talked about above and it worked perfectly. Give it a shot with Paladin if you’re having trouble with her!

Curse of Naxxramas

Curse of Naxxramas

The first Hearthstone expansion just came out today!

Blizzard released a trailer that you can check out to see what the theme of the expansion is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SDJgW3A_sw

I streamed on my Twitch channel while exploring the new expansion called Curse of Naxxramas. It is named after one of the first big raids in World of Warcraft (WoW), Hearthstone’s ancestor game.

In WoW a raid is a group of computer-controlled enemy bosses lumped together to be taken on for fun and loot.

Hearthstone sets up Naxxramas in just the same way.

The bosses are split up into five different groups.

One new group will come out each week. Defeating each boss unlocks a card and beating a whole group unlocks an additional card.

The expansion also includes “class challenges.”

These modes give you a specific deck to use against one of the bosses.

If you win the class challenge you unlock a card for that class.

The final new mode included in the expansion is Heroic mode.

Heroic mode allows you to face the computer-controlled bosses once again, but this time the bosses have a ridiculous advantage.

The bosses already get cards and powers that no one else has access to, but Heroic mode takes that a step further.

Now the powers are ridiculously strong, making it almost impossible to win.

The only way it possible way to win that I’ve seen is to construct a specific deck to defeat the bosses.

For example, one of the Heroic bosses gets to return two of your minions to your hand every turn without any cost to the boss.

But what if you constructed a deck where every time you played a minion you got an additional effect?

With that deck the boss’s power would be working against it, constantly giving you and advantage.

I’ve yet to come up with ideas for ways to take down the other two bosses. I’ll think of something or find a good idea already existing on the internet.

The expansion was a lot of fun. Heroic mode was frustrating, but beating it will be satisfying once I get there.

-Mister Ed

Hearthstone Streaming

A little preview of what my Hearthstone stream will look like.
A little preview of what my Hearthstone stream will look like.

So the big news earlier this week was that I have been working on a Heathstone stream, with a URL of http://www.twitch.tv/gocorral. I’ll be streaming tonight from 8-9PM Pacific time.

The current model is pictured above which I’ll be using to play tonight.

I tried to give the stream a consistent look with the game by taking all the extra pieces of the stream from Hearthstone.

The pack is a Hearthstone pack with the Hearthsteed on top.

The sign is taken from when the game is down for maintenance.

The Curse of Naxxramas art is taken from some of Blizzard’s own ads for Hearthstone.

The box surrounding the webcam image of my lovely face is taken from the main menu of the game.

I’m planning on streaming a playthrough of the new Naxxramas content once it is released. I’ll announce those streams as I get to them.

What is Hearthstone for the uninitiated? It’s an online card game put out by Blizzard, the same people who created Diablo and World of Warcraft.

Hearthstone is intended to be quite simple. They have an easy tutorial that teaches you how to play and each game takes about ten minutes or less.

If you’ve played any collectible card game before then its Hearthstone will be quite easy to pick up.

In the game your character is one of the main heroes from Blizzard’s Warcraft games.

Your hero has various spells, powers, minions, and weapons to help take out the opponent’s hero.

Both heroes start with 30 life which is slowly eaten up by the opponent’s hero and minions attacks through the game.

If you bring your opponent’s life down to zero then you win! There’s a celebratory image with ribbons and fireworks!

If your opponent wins then you can always play again.

I like the game a lot and would definitely suggest giving it a try. If you don’t like it, then you haven’t spent much time to learn that. If you do like it then we could play together!

My user name on the game is Jevaninada #1917. The game can be downloaded at http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/.

Again, my stream is July 20th (The night I’m publishing this) from 8-9PM Pacific time and the URL is http://www.twitch.tv/gocorral.

Thanks for watching!

-Mister Ed