To make up for all those 4v5s, I got to play a 5v0

A lot of League of Legends players will complain about how the troll or AFK is always on their team.

If you’re not already aware, that’s a psychological phenomenon where you’re more inclined to remember some­thing bad happening to you, than happening to some­one else. If you lose a game when your team has someone AFK, it’s the AFK’s fault; if you win a game when the enemy has someone AFK, it’s because you’re skilled.

If you actually think really hard about it, as long as you’re not the one going AFK, it’s more likely for an AFK player to be on the enemy team than your team, because there are four public slots open on your team for an AFK player to potentially fill, while the enemy team has five open slots.

Apparently, the game was making up for all the 4v5s that I was having during ranked a few years ago (which was a contributing factor in the culmination of me quitting taking League of Legends seriously) … by giving me a 5v0.

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Yes, that is correct. Literally all five members of the enemy team were AFK. The enemy Shaco came back about half a minute before we ended the game, but he obviously couldn’t do anything while he was level 1.

Laughing at the absurdity that had just happened, we queued up again. In the next game, I guess the en­emy team might as well have just all been AFK, because apparently, matchmaking doesn’t work too well.

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Quinn OP.

Particularly OP against AP Ezreals who are gold league in ranked.

 

Patch 2.4.0 and Season 5 of Diablo III is here

World of Warcraft is great because you can install an add-on that automatically takes screenshots of a­chieve­ments and other iconic moments.

Unfortunately, Diablo III doesn’t have this same feature … so I played a ton and forgot to take screenshots.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Patch 2.4.0

The new patch came out, and for a few days before the season started, I played some more on my Wizard. I was pretty excited about Empowered Rifts, because it meant that I could level up my gems 33% faster. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize how expensive it would be.

For those with billions upon billions of gold, Empowered Rifts are a good money sink. For people like me, who aren’t exactly that wealthy yet, it makes you run out of gold pretty quickly.

In an attempt to get some of my money back, I went back to grinding Torment X Nephalem Rifts, and hit Paragon Level 500 in the progress.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Paragon Level 500

This is where my “oops I forgot to take screenshots” happens, where we now suddenly jump … to me completing the Champion set of the Season 5 journey.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Season 5, Champion

The next stage, after Champion, is a lot tougher, because I need to clear a Greater Rift Level 50 by myself, and level all three of my equipped special gems to 45. Luckily, I’m missing a critical item in my build that reduces the cooldown on my abilities every time I block an attack, so it should be a lot easier once I manage to find that item…

… Which brings me to my next point of how overpowered Crusader is. I’m missing a few pretty important components in my build, but I’m still already stronger than my Wizard.

Yes, that’s right. My seasonal Thorns of the Invoker Crusader, with a little over 10 hours of playtime, is already much stronger than my non-seasonal Wizard, on which I have played over 100 hours.

On Thorns Crusader, all you do is set your Punish to your left click, then just hold the button and move your mouse around the screen. If you happen to miss an enemy, it doesn’t matter – they’ll just commit suicide through the recoil damage by attacking you.

I’ve been playing the wrong class this entire time.

 

Missions, bonus objectives, treasure hunting, and more

Continuing on the topic of garrison missions from the previous World of Warcraft blog post, I have ap­par­ent­ly completed 500 missions. That seems like an astronomically high number, but I guess these missions really add up.

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor - On a Massive Number of Missions

I recently completed the Explore Draenor achievement, and now I’m an additional step closer to Draenor Fly­ing after finishing the Assault on the Iron Siegeworks, my final bonus objective, and earning the Se­curing Draenor achievement.

World of Warcraft - Securing Draenor

Unfortunately, the two achievements I have left are for reputation grinding and treasure hunting. I’m sure that the reputation achievement will come naturally, as I just play the game in the Tanaan Jungle, but the treasure hunting is going to be difficult. A lot of these items are hidden in random, obscure locations, and I end up getting pretty dizzy trying to navigate my way to them as my camera angle violently zooms in and out to try and adjust to the rapidly changing terrain.

I need to find 100 treasures total, and I recently hit the 50 mark. As you can see by the following screen­shot, a lot of these are pretty difficult to reach (this one was high up on a tree, onto which you had to fall from a cliff).

World of Warcraft - Expert Treasure Hunter

Although my time with World of Warcraft was great, my one month subscription period is coming to an end, and I think I’m going to take a short break from World of Warcraft once it does. I’m not exactly getting burnt out or frustrated with it or anything of the sort – I just like having some good variety in my gaming.

A big factor of this is the fact that the new season of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls just started, and I want to spend some time progressing through the Season 5 Journey. Because a lot of my time will be spent doing that, I’d prefer not to have overlapping games active if one of them requires a subscription (even though World of Warcraft’s subscription cost isn’t that much).

I’m not sure how long Diablo III is going to hold my attention, as it can get redundant pretty quickly once you have all the pieces of your main set, and you’re just frustratingly grinding for the last few pieces of complimentary gear.

My guess is that I’ll be back on World of Warcraft within a few weeks, and probably within a month or so at the most – I need to finish up this tedious legendary quest line.

 

Taking advantage of HotS Training Mode AFK XP Farming

I used to play Heroes of the Storm pretty obsessively a handful of months ago, but I’ve recently toned down my playing.

Yes, one of my jobs (specifically, the one with Tempo Storm) involves me directing and producing content related to Heroes of the Storm. But, that can be done without playing as much as I used to, because I still keep up with game updates (and my writers are keeping me knowledgeable by submitting articles to me, for me to review and edit).

Because of this, I apparently hadn’t posted any screenshots of achievements for a pretty long time – since reaching Level 10 with Nova, to be exact. While I was going through my old screenshots and backing up and archiving them, I decided to post a few of them on my blog, like the old days.

Back in mid-October, I finally got around to playing Hero League again after the soft reset and required 20 placement matches. I don’t remember anymore what my win/loss ratio was during my placement matches, but I ended up placing decently high (I think in the single digits), and the climb back up to Rank 1 was a breeze.

Heroes of the Storm - Rank 1

Since then, I also leveled three heroes to Level 10: Kael’thas, Valla, and Nazeebo.

Heroes of the Storm - Level 10 Kael'thas

Heroes of the Storm - Level 10 Valla

Heroes of the Storm - Level 10 Nazeebo

The funny thing about the last two Level 10s are that I didn’t actually play real games to gain experience for those heroes from Level 9 to Level 10, but instead, used Training mode to turn them gold.

This was a result of the huge smurf leveling craze after the refer-a-friend system was released. Apparently, people found out that they could enter Training mode and go AFK to gain free experience and level up their accounts so they could “earn” the Vulture on their main account.

I personally don’t have an interest in gaming the referral system to rush a mount, because I’m confident that, over time, I’m going to genuinely refer at least four real new players to the game. However, I didn’t want to miss out on this finding.

I loaded into many Training mode games with Valla and Nazeebo to farm experience and get them to Level 10. Apparently, in Training mode, you don’t get kicked out of the game for being AFK, so I left the game running in the background to harvest my rewards while getting some work done.

 

Wingmen, Elemental Runes, Misprinted Draenic Coins, and more

Unfortunately, during my World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor leveling process, I didn’t realize that you could have a bodyguard follow you around to help deal some extra damage. Luckily, ended up figuring it out at all, and started using Delvar Ironfist as my companion.

After bringing him to a lot of quests and bonus objectives, I finally managed to max out his reputation and turn him into my personal wingman.

World of Warcraft - Wingman

I mentioned a little while back that I finished collecting Abrogator Stones, but now I need to repeat the same process all over again, but with a different item in a different raid. That new item is Elemental Runes – I need to collect 300, and I get 9 for killing a boss in Blackrock Foundry (or 27 if I’m lucky). Luckily, I can speed up the process by a little bit, because you can also find Elemental Runes from garrison and shipyard missions.

World of Warcraft - Blackhand's Severed Arm

Speaking of garrison missions, something that I found unfortunate was that you could only have 20 followers active at a time, and once you deactivate a follower, it costs 250 gold to reactivate them. After doing a bit of research, I found out that improving your Barracks to the third tier lets you have 5 extra followers, for a total of 25. I quickly rushed the achievement necessary to learn the tier 3 blueprint so I could get my upgrade underway.

World of Warcraft - Patrolling Draenor

And finally, I managed to collect all 50 of my Misprinted Draenic Coins for my final heirloom weapon upgrade. Although it’s not really necessary for me, seeing as I don’t really play on any alternate characters, it was a nice bonus reward for daily dungeons that I was going to end up doing anyway.

I also found out that I was using a suboptimal staff for leveling my Shadow Priest – I had a haste staff, instead of a critical strike staff – so I purchased and upgraded the correct staff, so leveling from 100 to 110 would be a bit faster.

World of Warcraft - Misprinted Draenic Coin

 

Alchemy, invasions, Explore Draenor, and timewalking dungeons

I finally got around to leveling my Alchemy to 700. This entire time, I’ve been religiously collecting herbs from my Herb Garden, so much that I even managed to get my Draenor Seed Collector achievement not long ago. But, I wasn’t really ever doing anything with all these herbs I was picking.

I looked up some guides online to figure out what I could do with these herbs and where I can get the recipes, and I finally used my Secrets of Draenor Alchemy to buy some relevant recipes and use my Ta­lador Orchids to make intellect potions. Hopefully this means my damage will increase by at least a little bit.

World of Warcraft - Draenor Master

I also did my first garrison invasion defense since reaching level 100. I have a vague memory of doing something similar to this during my leveling process, but I leveled so fast and it was so long ago that I’m not entirely sure. If you earn 1,000 points during the invasion, you get the Gold Defender achievement; unfortunately, I was 40 points short, so I’m a Silver Defender.

World of Warcraft - Silver Defender

After a lot of running around, I finally got my Explore Draenor achievement. This is one of the a­chieve­ments necessary to learn how to fly in Draenor, and now I’m one step closer to my goal.

The last region I finished exploring was Frostfire Ridge. I’m not entirely sure, but I think that this is a Horde area, which is why there are so few flight locations and no quests anywhere. I employed the help of my Aviana’s Feather to launch myself airborne and get across some of the mountains, and I finished at Iron Waystation to unlock the entire Draenor continent map.

World of Warcraft - Explore Draenor

Last, but not least, I finished this week’s special event, which was timewalking dungeons. My last dungeon was the Pit of Saron, of which the final boss’ lair reminded me of Icecrown Citadel, the raid I recently soloed twice to get my dragon mount.

World of Warcraft - The Pit of Saron

 

Top 8 Mistakes that Players Make in Heroes of the Storm

I hadn’t made a video for Tempo Storm since before the holidays, so I decided to record one a few days ago, and released it today.

Today’s video is about the eight most common mistakes that players make in Heroes of the Storm. I talk about what the mistakes are, why they’re bad, and what you can do to avoid making them in your future games.

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=IKsgVXZH9ks&list=PLRz2JWFFHXPfp7U6spkl8K1HyM8K2dTC0

The content of this video is based on an article originally written by Aliette on Tempo Storm’s website:

“Top 8 Mistakes that Players Make”

Most of the content I use for videos is written by Corey Tincher, but I decided to mix it up a bit, because Aliette writes some good pieces as well. I’m working with her to see if I can guide her into writing more content suitable for video consumption by a wide and generic audience.

Until then, I’ll be working with some more of Corey’s articles – the next video I plan on releasing is the third part of Storm Psychology, on the diffusion of responsibility. Hopefully, that will be done within the next week or two.

If you have any questions about the content, suggestions about production, or requests for specific topics, feel free to leave them in the comments. I check YouTube video comments regularly, and I receive email notifications for comments on my blog, so chances are, I’ll see your message.

 

Herb Garden, Timewalking Dungeons, legendary quests, and more

I’m back with another week’s worth of World of Warcraft adventures, this time starting out with earning the Draenic Seed Collector achievement.

World of Warcraft - Draenic Seed Collector

I had been keeping tabs on that achievement for a while now, because I wanted to upgrade my herb garden and get the fruit tree for free food buffs. After earning the achievement, I went ahead and did that. Unfortunately, it seems like you can’t control which food buff you get – it randomly changes day-by-day.

My next big accomplishment is earning the Loremaster of Draenor achievement. I finally managed to go through the storyline of all the different regions.

World of Warcraft - Loremaster of Draenor

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This is a requirement for unlocking flying in Draenor, so I’m one step closer to not having to navigate through impossible terrain to get where I want to go.

This week’s special event is timewalking dungeons. Apparently, I deal no damage when I’m scaled down to Level 80, but fortunately, other people still do damage and carry me through the dungeon. I’m guessing that the overpowered people with item levels over 730 are queueing up for timewalking dungeons to finish the weekly quest – the OP people who I never see normally in heroic dungeon queues.

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And finally, I managed to collect enough Abrogator Stones to progress in the legendary quest storyline. I realize that I’m very far behind, because I didn’t play World of Warcraft right when Warlords of Draenor came out, and I didn’t make progress through the legendary quest as it was released.

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I thought that the hard, long, tedious part was over, and I would be able to rush through the future legendary quests. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem like it will be the case, because there is another quest that is basically the exact same as the Abrogator Stone quest, but with a different item and a different raid.

I have a feeling that it’s going to be a very long time before I get my legendary ring…

 

Taekwondo – Tornado & 360° Back Kick – Demo vs. Sparring

Some of you may know that martial arts is one of my hobbies. Although I took it a lot more seriously when I was younger, compared to right now, I still stop by a martial arts academy close by our family busi­ness.

Although I don’t really train that much anymore, I still coach students, and I’m friends with the owners. The head master of the school wanted to start making some videos for the academy’s YouTube channel, and being a content creator, I decided to help them out.

The first video we put together was a guide on how to modify tornado kicks and 360° back kicks when using them for demonstration (performance) purposes, as opposed to sparring.

The head master is obviously a lot better at taekwondo than I am, by a pretty significant margin, so he was the one actually showing the kicks. I have more experience with presentational speaking, so I added in some commentary in between his demonstrations.

Chris would love to hear your feedback, so if you have any comments, feel free to leave them on the video. He’s also in the process of brainstorming ideas, so if you have any requests, those will probably help him out quite a bit.

 

I am now a Glorious Icecrown Raider

It’s been a while since I posted about World of Warcraft, so I decided to showcase some of my screenshots in today’s blog post.

My biggest recent accomplishment was actually getting the Glory of the Icecrown Raider (25-player) a­chieve­ment. I’ve been wanting to finish this for over a year, ever since I first started playing World of War­craft.

Back in Mists of Pandaria, I had some friends who were veterans of World of Warcraft carry me through the final Wrath of the Lich King raid. We sort of made some progress here and there, but I was dis­ap­pointed at how little they actually knew about the game, and we ended up not getting me the a­chieve­ment.

As the saying goes, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Over the span of two weeks’ worth of instance resets, I managed to solo the Glory of the Icecrown Raider achievement with Sha­dow Priest.

Glory of the Icecrown Raider Achievement

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After returning to my Garrison, I hopped on my new dragon mount and took a screenshot in front of my Town Hall.

Glory of the Icecrown Raider - Dragon mount reward

I also went to an area of Talador where your character becomes translucent white, and took a screenshot of the mount there as well.

Glory of the Icecrown Raider - Dragon mount reward - white

I also finally made enough progress through the storyline to unlock the Shipyard in my Garrison.

World of Warcraft - Set Sail - Achievement

And finally, last week’s special event was doing dungeons on mythic difficulty. I actually had never done mythic dungeons before, because it takes a lot more effort to find a group (when you can just easily queue up for heroic dungeons in the instance finder).

After spending a lot of time searching for groups (which was difficult because my item level is only 700), I finally finished 4 mythic dungeons.

World of Warcraft - Mythic Dungeon

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