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Hearthstone Always-on

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When Blizzard launched Diablo 3, people raged about always-on DRM. There was no single player, because of the auction house and they wanted a more ‘social’ experience, allowing your friends to jump in at any time. Now I’m playing Hearthstone in beta, and I noticed that this is also always-on. I don’t like it. Not at all.

I noticed the always-on when I played the tutorial. When you start the game for the first time, you have to play a few rounds to get used to the mechanics. During the last tutorial, one card away from winning, my internet disconnected (yay, wifi) and I had to redo the whole match. This also happened later when I was playing in practice mode. These modes can be offline, and I would really like that. My wifi wavers a lot and I notice these lags during a play against AI. I don’t see what my card does, I’ve to wait two to three seconds before I can play another card. It annoys the hell out of me, mostly because I lose my flow. This is even more annoying in PvP, but that can’t be helped.

I would like to know what you think. Should AI battles in Hearthstone be offline? Is Always-on essential to Hearthstone?

Hearthstone key

I finally got one, but not from Blizzard. Hearthstone is Blizzard’s new WoW themed card game and is currently in beta. The game will be free to play when it’s released, but will have microtransactions. You can buy booster packs with gold, the in-game currency or with real money. I checked yesterday and it’s €44, 99 for 40 packs. Each of the packs you buy with real money has a guaranteed rare or higher. The packs you buy with gold don’t have this guarantee.

I didn’t have much time to play yet, but I finished all the tutorials and unlocked the shaman and druid deck. Hopefully I can unlock the rest this weekend. After unlocking all the decks and leveling them up, I’ll probably buy some booster packs. Maybe with a video. Who knows 🙂

I will post more about Hearthstone. If you also have access to the beta, feel free to add me. My Battle tag is on the right side of the page.

Night Circus

Night Circus

Night Circus

I’ve set a challenge on GoodReads to read 52 books this year. The first new one I started was Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Last year I stumbled upon a game called Fallen London. One of FailBetter Games’ other projects was Night Circus. Both projects are interactive stories based around a card and inventory system. While Fallen London works better as a game-like interactive story, Night Circus’ story held me captive. I knew there was a book, so I stopped playing. I kept getting cards I just used or couldn’t use, so it would’ve taken me a lot of waiting time before I knew the whole story. I went to London for some Christmas shopping and of course I went to Waterstones. That’s where I found the book.

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Reading list 2013

Gaming isn’t the only thing I do. I read a lot and I enjoy watching movies. I use GoodReads to track my reading process, my read and to-read list. They have a reading challenge every year and this year, my challenge was to read sixty books. I passed!

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Endalia has
completed her goal of reading 60 books in 2012!
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Next year I’m gonna challenge myself again to read sixty books. This is a reading list to help me reach my goal. I know there aren’t sixty books on there, because I don’t have sixty new books. So there is still room for recommendations. Have you read a book you think is awesome? Let me know in the comments!

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Launch Party Scars of Mirrodin

This weekend there are launch parties of the new magic set and first of a new block happening all over the world. I’ve followed the previews of this set, Scars of Mirrodin, and it got me really excited. Especially the new mechanisms: infect, proliferate and metalcraft. I wasn’t in the magic community when Mirrodin got released, but I can understand that the return of the Phyrexians and the all-metal-world is a great setting for new directions.

I played the launch party at MTG Legends FNM Almere and it was my first official tournaments. I never played sealed before, so I was really glad when some of the other members helped with constructing a deck of all my cards. The guy who was sitting opposite of saw what I got out of the boosters and hated himself for not switching boosters with me. The boosters gave me a Koth of the Hammer, Wormcoil Engine and Molten-Tail Masticore. Everyone who heard or saw what I drew, didn’t want to play me. I don’t really know why, because I suck at constructing decks and playing (as I always miss the right actions).

When I saw Koth, I immediately knew that my deck needed red. My other red draws weren’t as good, but two Shatter were a good reason to not splash red. My second colour was white. Why? I don’t really know, because my white cards weren’t very good either. The two Gold Myr and Auriok Replica helped me playing my Wormcoil Engine early in the game and preventing damage from nasty powered up cards (lots of equipment and metalcraft).

This is the deck I made:

Lands:

11 Mountain
6 Plains

Creatures:
Auriok Replica
Auriok Sunchaser
Barrage Ogre
Chrome Steed
Copper Myr
Darksteel Myr
Goblin Gaveleer
Gold Myr 2x
Ichorclaw Myr
Leonin Arbiter
Molten-Tail Masticore
Myrsmith
Salvage Scout
Snapsail Glider
Wurmcoil Engine

Spells:
Glint Hawk Idol
Grafted Exoskeleton
Koth of the Hammer
Panic Spellbomb
2 Shatter
Tumble Magnet

Both Wormcoil Engine and Molten-Tail Masticore loved me very much. 80% of the time, I had Wormcoil Engine in my opening hand; 40% of the time, Molten-Tail Masticore; and 20% both. Koth didn’t like me very much, I only got to play (and win) with his killer ability. He probably knew that I was gonna trade him after the tournament for Elspeth. I play a lot more with white than with red, so for me it’s a logical decision. I ended up with one win, one draw and two losses, which were entirely my fault, and not my deck’s. I ended up 16th out of the 23, which is pretty good considered that there were some players with pro points.

I know this isn’t the best deck you could make with this pool of cards and I dare you to make one that would’ve earned me a top 10 place. You can post them in the comments section and I will try them out.

Pool

Colourless
Auriok Replica 2x
Barbed Battlegear
Bladed Pinions 2x
Chrome Steed
Copper Myr
Corpse Cur
Darksteel Myr
Flight Spellbomb
Golden Urn F
Gold Myr 2x
Glint Hawk Idol
Grafted Exoskeleton
Heavy Arbalest
Ichorclaw Myr
Liquimetal Coating
Molten-Tail Masticore
Nihil Spellbomb
Panic Spellbomb
Razorfield Thresher
Saberclaw Golem
Snapsail Glider
Strider Harness
Trigon of Mending
Trigon of Thought
Tumble Magnet
Vector Asp
Wurmcoil Engine

White
Auriok Sunchaser
Ghalma’s Warden
Leonin Arbiter
Myrsmith
Salvage Scout
Seize the Initiative
Soul Parry
Whitesun’s Passage

Blue
Darkslick Drake
Inexorale Tide
Lumengrid Drake
Riddlesmith 2x
Shape Anew
Sky-Eel School
Steady Progress
Stoic Rebuttal
Twisted Image
Vault Skyward

Black
Bleak Coven Vampires
Blistergrub
Ichor Rats F
Instill Infection 2x
Painsmith
Plague Stinger 2x
Psychic Miasma 2x
Relic Putrescence

Red
Assault Strobe
Barrage Ogre
Goblin Gaveleer
Ferrovore 2x
Furnace Celebration
Koth of the Hammer
Scoria Elemental
Shatter 2x

Green
Alpha Tyrranax
Bellowing Tanglewurm
Blight Mamba
Carapace Forger 2x
Ezuri’s Archers 2x
Lifesmith
Tel-Jilad Defiance 2x
Tel-Jilad Fallen
Untamed Might
Viridian Revel
Wing Puncture