Stream VOD: Giving Path of Exile another try after 3 years

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=s6Ht1U9-yqI&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

About three years ago, I signed up for a Path of Exile account and played for about half an hour (a majority of the time being spent browsing the skill tree). It didn’t really suck me in; shortly after this, I got a new laptop, and I didn’t reinstall PoE on my new laptop.

It’s been quite some time since then, and I decided to give Path of Exile another chance. I installed the game again last night, and let the downloader/patcher run overnight.

In this stream session, I play Path of Exile for about two hours, trying my best to immerse myself into the storyline to enjoy the game as much as possible. So far, I’m pretty satisfied, and look forward to at least finishing the campaign.

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=TxHmvYzpxr0&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

In the second part of today’s stream, I continue playing Path of Exile, completing Act 1 and moving on to Act 2. I realize that PoE isn’t that easy of a game, and it’s very easy to die when fighting bosses if I don’t get the timing on my kiting correct.

So far, the storyline isn’t as captivating as the one in Diablo III (or other similar games), but it’s still interesting enough to facilitate immersion and make me want to find out what happens next.

 

Stream Highlight: Why I hate playing League of Legends

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=We-Ysc6HpbU&list=PLKQUciHiP2v4pjgahACo31KsZe1LS8kvp

Earlier today, I went on the PBE to play DJ Sona mid.

The game was off to a great start – as you can see in the video, I already have a kill at level 3 because my team successfully responded to a enemy jungler solo invade and I killed him for first blood. I even managed to get myself blue buff.

Then, a level later, my game decides to disconnect.

But not all the way – that wouldn’t be troll enough. Instead, only my outstream gets disconnected, but my downstream is fine, so I’m not able to move, but I’m able to clearly see LeBlanc killing me.

… Then my camera gets permanently locked.

 

What I think of the “MagicAmy is two different people” controversy

In the past few days, there has been a lot of controversy about the true identity of MagicAmy, the com­pet­i­tive Hearthstone player.

People have stepped forward claiming that Amy is a Korean girl as a front, but a Canadian man in the background actually playing the game. They also have been revealing anecdotes about how Amy has cheated and manipulated them out of money.

If you don’t know the further details about the controversy, and are actually interested, you will probably want to go to the Hearthstone subreddit to learn about all the elements of this situation, as my post is directed at the people who already know what’s going on.

I strongly believe that the claims of manipulation should not have been released to the public, and it is mostly irrelevant to the problem of her real identity. From my perspective, a bunch of guys who fell in love with Amy over the Internet are now regretting giving her money because she is no longer giving them the attention that she used to. In retaliation, they are opportunizing on this drama to “get back” at Amy.

As for her true identity, I have a feeling that she actually is who she claims she is, and all this evidence just happens to be the unfortunate coincidence of account sharing*. However, because it’s logically pos­si­ble for all this controversial stuff to be true, people are more likely to believe the story that leads to the more interesting outcome.

According to the Tempo/Storm announcement, MagicAmy was released from the team because she chose to leave.

To me, this looks more like a case of reddit scaring Amy away from the Hearthstone scene through ha­rass­ment and abuse, rather than her leaving because she was “found out.” Because of what reddit’s Hearth­stone subreddit did to her, Amy most likely no longer sees Hearth­stone as a safe community in which she can exist.

Of course, I don’t know Amy personally, and even if I did, I wouldn’t really have much of an interest to pry into her past personal history. So, I most likely won’t ever know 100% what the real story is. However, I trust Reynad and Frodan (the administration of Tempo/Storm) enough that, after their investigation found nothing suspicious, this whole controversy was just some coincidencial occurrences blown irrationally out of proportion.

*Edit: When I say account sharing, I am referring to her other accounts, such as email and Skype, and not her Hearthstone account. A lot of the evidence is on the basis that she shares usernames with this Ca­na­dian man.

 

Stream VOD: Playing games and chatting with Ed

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=uyyw3IbKonw&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

In the first part, I play some bot games on League of Legends with Ed. We play bot games instead of PvP because Ed’s mouse ran out of batteries.

During the bot games, I play Ashe, Brand, and Pantheon, which are Simon’s three favorite champions.

On a side note, my voice cuts off part-way through the stream because I forgot to unmute myself after I come back from answering the phone. I realize a while later, so my voice comes back eventually.

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=887XW6uo3m0&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

In the second part of the stream, I open up Hearthstone and spectate Taiki playing Warlock for a bit. After he finishes his daily quest and logs out, I complete one of my own daily quests by playing budget control Paladin (with no GvG cards because I haven’t been playing much since the release of the expansion).

 

Dodging the 0-3 Police for a 5-win Mage arena run

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Jor5tmKf9jY&list=PLKQUciHiP2v6lehTLfSf2M9HVjrfb8Hzt

I did an arena run today to complete some daily quests.

http://heartharena.com/arena-run/qyj36f

At the beginning, I thought I was about to go 0-3, but managed to win five games in a row to end the arena run 5-3. Although it didn’t end up as well as my last arena run, it was good enough to finish all my daily quests and get me some decent rewards to make the run worth it.

Also, if you’re curious about the title, the “0-3 Police” is a reference to a copypasta that is used on Hearthstone streams on Twitch when broadcasters start losing arena games with 0 wins.

 

Why I don’t like Katarina’s new splash art

To start, here’s a game on the PBE I played with Katarina to show the new splash art:

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=P5TJ3t0S4o4&list=PLKQUciHiP2v4FC-81KQi_y3eFTITpiftc

The in-game model is the same, so the only “new” content in that video is the cut-out splash art in the loading screen.

Also, if you plan on watching the actual video, it’s a good example of how to make a comeback when your team isn’t doing very well and nobody is taking the initiative to make something happen. Through pa­tience and capitalizing on opportunities created by the enemies’ mistakes, we were able to win the stag­nant game after stalling for over half an hour.

As for Katarina’s new splash art, I don’t like it very much.

This is Katarina’s new splash art:

This is Katarina’s old splash art:

As is apparent by the comparison, the new Katarina splash art completely changes the structure of her face. She went from a round baby-faced champion to a champion who failed to get any luck from her genetics.

It seems like the artist’s objective was to make Katarina look more rugged and violent to match her assassin playstyle.

I am strongly against reworking the core concepts of characters. I feel as if, once a character is made, their primary identifying traits should never change.

An example of this is from Smite. I was never really invested much in Smite, so I didn’t really care that much about it. I played one character over 90% of the time – his name was Ao Kuang. He was an Asian dragon that was straightforward to play – a stereotypical glass cannon with high damage and relatively low mobility.

For some reason, they changed Ao Kuang. They took the kit (the passive, abilities, etc.) and put it on a completely new character named Kukulkan. Then, they reworked Ao Kuang so he was completely dif­fer­ent.

What I don’t understand is why they didn’t just keep Ao Kuang as-is, then put the new kit intended for “new Ao Kuang” onto Kukulkan.

Because I wasn’t very invested into Smite, a small change like this made it very easy for me to not like the game. They took away my Asian dragon that I liked to play (Kukulkan was Mayan), so I sort of became dis­tant with Smite. Today, I almost never play Smite.

Connecting this back to League of Legends, they are taking Katarina and trying to change her personality. She used to be an innocent-looking, baby-faced girl who was unexpectedly deadly. Now, it looks like Riot is trying to turn her into a testosterone-filled, long-faced woman who has little finesse with what she’s doing, and is more of a brute-force champion.

VladBacescu redesigned Katarina’s new splash art and posted his modified version onto reddit:

I like his version a lot better – it maintains the old facial personality, while still keeping the new design elements of the new splash at (rather than just being on a green lightning backdrop).

 

Opening a Golden Iron Juggernaut after a 9-win arena run

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=KjbfWI1JWvg&list=PLKQUciHiP2v6lehTLfSf2M9HVjrfb8Hzt

After using HearthArena to decide what cards I should pick, because I’m terrible at Arena, I start a run with Shaman.

http://heartharena.com/arena-run/dv79hb

At the end of the run, I open my reward pack 1:50:48 into the video and get a golden Iron Juggernaut.

I’m not exploding with excitement because I know I’m probably never going to play the card, but I guess it’s nice to have it in my collection.

If it was a golden Lord Jaraxxus or Mal’Ganis, I probably would’ve literally jumped out of my chair … I’m still waiting for that day.

 

Stream VOD: Killing Black Dragons and Dark Beasts for Slayer

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=lx2qE40VQl4&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

In today’s stream, I start off by burning some Maple Logs to get the maximum health boost from the bonfire, then head over to the Taverly Dungeon to kill Black Dragons for a Slayer task.

I skip the anti-fire shield and potion because I’m able to heal through most of the damage with my Regenerate ability and a few pieces of mid-level food.

After finishing that task, I head back to the Slayer Master to receive my first ever Dark Beast task.

I didn’t realize how much damage they dealt, so I had a little bit of a difficult time at the beginning, but once the Dark Beasts became pacified, it became a lot easier.

 

Stream VOD: Doing Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone dailies

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ki-zhHq20JA&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

This is the second part of the stream session from yesterday, after I got Level 99 in Woodcutting on RuneScape.

On Heroes of the Storm, I play Diablo to get my “Diablo Character” quest completion (because, believe it or not, … Diablo is from Diablo). On Hearthstone, I play budget Mage to get my “Hunter or Mage” quest completion.

 

Achieving skill mastery in Woodcutting on RuneScape

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=IJ5jyJkLFEU&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

Earlier today, I reached Level 99 and achieved skill mastery in Woodcutting.

I streamed the last four hours of my journey of chopping crystal tree shards and shattering crystal. This footage has been sped up to twice its original speed.

According to what’s seen in this training session, crystal trees give about 100,000 XP/hr at level 98 Woodcutting.

For the technically astute who are curious as to how I doubled the speed of this video – I originally recorded this VOD at 30 FPS. Then, using FFMPEG, I ran this command:

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -filter_complex “[0:v]setpts=0.5*PTS[v];[0:a]atempo=2.0[a]” -map “[v]” -map “[a]” -r 60 output.mp4

This resulted in a video clip of half the length and double the frame rate of the original.