ragequit

So yeah, started up a Hearthstone Arena, got into this board… and my opponent ragequit ;x

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Sometimes, it feels good being really mean.

EDIT: Then, after going 4-0, I drop 3 games straight to me drawing only useless spells or 1-2 drop creatures for 3 turns in a row while my opponents play 2 4-drops per turn for those 3 turns. People like to bash Magic because being land screwed can be frustrating, but in Hearthstone you just run into more unwinnable situations. Sure, you can usually play your stuff, but there’s less strategy and more “no matter what I did, I would have lost anyway” games. Because there’s very little actual interaction between players on the board, it feels more like rock-paper-scissors or War; you do something, and your opponent just trumps it, and that’s it.

the devil is a part-timer – dub review

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Since this is my first formal anime review, I figure I should start with some disclaimer information. I am an anime enthusiast; I tend to watch anime for production qualities, story, cast/characters, music, and general fun. I don’t usually limit myself by genre. Of course, I do tend to enjoy some genres more than others, and I have chosen not to watch shows because I didn’t like the art style or the synopsis didn’t sound interesting, so I’m not some kind of super critic or anything.

Hataraku Maou-sama is one of my top 3 anime of all time, so I may show some biases in that respect.

I usually prefer subtitled anime because I am a Japanese voice actor nerd, and I also find the quality of Japanese voice acting to be much higher than what I’ve seen of English voice acting. This includes anime dubs and video game dubs. I am not against watching/playing a dub, but I just find lots of inconsistencies in dubs that bother me, specifically that voiced lines attempt to conform to the animated lip movements, which oftentimes causes a strange lack of punctuation in the flow of conversations. Aside from that, I also feel that Japanese voice acting just comes out more passionately, more realistically; whether the lack of this is the fault of the English voice actor or the director or some other party, I don’t know. Last, some things just make more sense because they’re in Japanese and the setting is usually centered around or dealing with being Japanese. A big one is Japanese dialects; oftentimes, dubbed anime attempts to retain dialects by using various heavy English/American accents, the usual culprits being a British accent, southern accent, or New York accent. This isn’t really accurate since the social connotation is different, so the experience changes.

Now, with that out of the way, I shall transition into the review. This is not a spoiler-free review, so don’t read on if you haven’t watched this series yet!

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best thing ever

Well, not quite, but very close!

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This is seriously one of my favorite anime and I rewatch it… not often, per se, but I’ve seen it more than a few times. Here’s hoping it gets another season soon!

So I haven’t played Guild Wars 2 since it originally came out in fall of 2012. I played for about a month, then I started a telecommute job which meant I was only home on weekends, and I just didn’t want to commit my limited time to it. Fast forward to summer of 2014 and I decided, what the hell, I’ll update the game, login, and see what’s what.

As luck would have it, I logged in right when ArenaNet pushed out the “Season 2″ storyline. This means that, apparently, I missed Season 1 and can’t do it >_< whoops.

Well, what I really wanted to talk about were the changes between when I last played around launch and the game as it is now.

First, I may be remembering this wrong, but I believe daily quests used to be all mandatory in order to earn the daily chest reward. Now, there are 8 categories and you only need to do 5 of them to get the chest. This is really nice since it feels less like you have to “go out of your way” to accomplish a task and rather just do whatever you want to do, then go finish off whatever you’re close to completing when you’re done. Likewise, the monthly quest is now completing 4 tasks rather than an entire, huge list of them. Of course, for both cases, you can complete more quests than are necessary, which just gives you more achievement points and experience.

One of the new features I love is that they improved that temporary rank advancement in World vs. World, where you can only perform certain actions if you’re a certain rank. They replaced it with a system similar to Paragon levels in Diablo 3; you now earn WvW experience and levels. Every level gives you 1 WvW skill point, which can be used to earn cool passive bonuses in WvW, such as decreased damage from guards, increased damage when using siege weapons, increased supply capacity, etc. There is much more incentive to continue doing WvW now. Other WvW changes include getting rid of the Orbs of Power from the borderlands maps and replacing them with 5 zone control points; they’re fairly spread out and you lose control if no one is in the circle, so to earn the bonus for that borderland, you need at least 3 people to capture 3 of the 5 points. This is nicer compared to having the orbs defended in a keep, which means if one realm loses their keep and orb, it’s that much harder to get it back.

Guilds seem to have gotten some cool new features, like Guild Missions, Guild Puzzles, Guild Bounties. Since my guild is just RL friends and no one but me has signed in for months, I doubt I’ll get to see them unless I join another guild, haha. Not to mention that the Guild Puzzles apparently require at least 6 people in order to do it.

Last, a lot more items were added to the collection bank, such as Mystic Coins and Globs of Ectoplasm, which definitely helps save a ton of bank space!

Well, I’m not sure how long I’ll be playing this time, but I’m planning to finish off my thief’s personal story (apparently I stopped at lvl 32 for some reason; I vaguely recall leveling up purely from WvW and exploration >.>), doing the Season 2 story, and continuing to pretend I’m working on a legendary weapon. Yes, you need 250 of each of the 8 different tier 6 crafting materials. Yes, I totally have like 200 items combined across all 8 materials :O

first conspiracy draft

After being a bit disenchanted with Magic over the last few weeks (also just life issues that heavily dissuaded me from playing too much Magic), I decided to run down and do a Conspiracy draft before stores stopped hosting them. My first draft went… very well, if I do say so myself :X

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Had a nice Defender theme going along with some very strong cards and Sulfuric Vortex as a finisher.

I won the 4-player match, which got me free entry into another draft since players wanted to draft again rather than play out a finals match. My second draft went less well, but I still had a solid deck and also pulled out a win in a 3-player match even though I got kind of screwed early on. I definitely drafted more fun cards the second time around :3

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