Mango the Yorkshire Terrier went on an adventure yesterday to the Tempo Storm Hearthstone Frostside Gathering, a rebranded Fireside Gathering in San Diego, CA in celebration of the new, upcoming Hearthstone expansion involving the Lich King. Because I am part of Tempo Storm, we got there a little earlier than everyone else so we could get settled and help set up when needed. reynad, the founder and CEO of Tempo Storm, and his girlfriend Michaela were there as well; Michaela wanted to put sunglasses on Mango. Frodan, one of the co-founders of Tempo Storm and currently a Hearthstone caster and broadcast personality, dressed up as Gul’dan. Here he is calmly petting Mango as he gazes off into the distance, plotting his next world takeover and domination. Jessica Nigri, world-famous cosplayer and personality, was also at the event. She absolutely adored Mango and held him for about half an hour or so. FakeNerdBoy, Jessica Nigri’s boyfriend and a broadcaster, also held Mango for a little while. The event itself wasn’t really that great for me, seeing as I don’t really like parties, but Ed is still over in California visiting from Illinois, and he seemed to enjoy it. I don’t drink alcohol, but Ed does, so he got some free drinks and roamed around enjoying the event. We stayed for around six hours; this photo of Ed is from shortly before we were about to leave: I was the one who ended up driving from Riverside County to San Diego. It’s right around a hundred miles in each direction, and I thought the drive there would be awful (because I hate driving), but it actually wasn’t that bad. What was bad, however, was trying to find parking in San Diego. After proceeding to fail at finding an open spot for a good 20 minutes or so, we finally made our way into a parking garage and found a spot. On our way out, I discovered that parking cost … US$60.00. I guess owning a multi-floor parking structure in San Diego is good business.
Tempo Storm hosted a Fireside Festival in Rancho Cucamonga, CA earlier today. The Fireside Festival was essentially a regular Hearthstone Fireside Gathering, but a lot larger than usual with way more events and notable attendees. Because we were the organization hosting the event, I set myself up in the corner to ensure that there were no problems and the event would run smoothly. I was in the back with Rentaro and RagingCherry, who was running the tournament part of the Festival. Usually, I post photos of the stuff around me, but I decided to actually post photos of myself today for a change. First up is a photo with Hyped. He’s a professional Overwatch player for Immortals now, but he used to be a professional Hearthstone player for Tempo Storm, and was one of the people who ran the classic Tempo Storm Hearthstone Meta Snapshot. I’m friends with his girlfriend, so I tweeted this photo at her and said “hey look who I found.” Part of the activities that were offered were designing your own card and putting your face in the space where the card art would be. I made myself an 8/8 for 8 mana that has a Battlecry of bringing your opponent down to 1 HP, then losing the game anyway. I thought it would fit me well because I tend to play aggro decks a lot, and my opponents tend to be really good at making a comeback after they’re down to single-digit health. There were also dry-erase boards in the shape of emotes, so I made one that said “Lost board control on turn 2? I concede to you.” I tend to get really frustrated at cards like Knife Juggler and other RNG-based cards that just completely destroy your early board (so much so that they basically just win the entire early game if their Knife Juggler hits, or they get smashed the entire game if their Knife Juggler misses). So, this is actually pretty accurate. And finally, one of my friends convinced me to write “♥ I love reynad ♥” and hold the sign up while standing next to him. He was in a meeting with someone in this photo, but the person with whom he was talking actually noticed me and alerted reynad to my presence, thinking I was an actual fan who wanted his attention, rather than an employee at Tempo Storm just joking around … lol
After a substantial amount of community backlash from Tempo Storm’s Hearthstone Meta Snapshot repeatedly being late and being riddled with basic typos, the Tempo Storm administration decided that it would be best for me to take over directing the project moving forward. This is actually a much larger project than I originally thought it would, and it took a massive amount of time for me to finish polishing up and releasing the first Hearthstone Meta Snapshot under my guidance. For those who aren’t aware of how the Meta Snapshot works already, we have nine experts, one for each class, who create decks and write descriptions about all their decks. Then, collaboratively, the experts determine which decks are strongest, and rank them in order, relative to the current meta. After they finish all this, my busy work comes into play, where I compile all the data provided to me by the experts, design and combine it in an appealing and attractive manner, fix any errors I find, and publish it as a full, cohesive piece. In between snapshots, I would be submitting suggestions to the web developers for new features for the snapshot that would improve the overall quality of the project (or, just implementing them myself if I’m able to) (although I haven’t quite had the time to do this yet, seeing as I took over this project three days ago). You can find the full Hearthstone Meta Snapshot at the link below, and you can see a few previews as well: https://tempostorm.com/hearthstone/meta-snapshot/standard/2016-05-18 As I asked in the “Thoughts & Observations” section, I’m open to feedback and suggestions on how to refine and improve the Hearthstone Meta Snapshot. I’ll be reading all the comments on this snapshot (and replying to ones with questions), and I always read all comments posted on my website, so feel free to leave me your thoughts either directly on the snapshot or in this blog post.
As I’ve stated multiple times before, I’ve sort of lost my passion for Hearthstone (not that it was much of a burning passion to begin with anyway), and I often find it more frustrating than fun. So, I haven’t really been grinding much on the ranked ladder, and haven’t really climbed that high. Regardless, I’m somewhat satisfied with my golden Floating Watcher. I main Warlock, so I’m trying to get all the Warlock cards and complete my class collection. Even though it’s only a golden common card, it’s still one step closer to my goal.
Yesterday I went through some of my Hearthstone achievements, and I’m back today with some more. These are my loot chests from ranked play during November 2015, December 2015, and January 2016. They’re not that great, and are progressively getting worse, because I’m not really spending as much time playing Hearthstone as I used to. Before, I tried to get to Rank 5 before the end of the season so I can get maximal chest rewards, but now, I’m just getting over Rank 20 so I can get a chest at all, and not really trying to get any higher than that. Although I’m not playing anywhere near as much Hearthstone as I used to play, I still sign in once in a while to do a daily quest here and there, and finish the week’s Tavern Brawl. I use all my spare gold to buy packs, and I occasionally get lucky and open a legendary card. This is the first time I opened two legendary cards in a single pack – I got Lord Jaraxxus (which is unfortunate, because I already crafted Golden Lord Jaraxxus a long time ago) and Lorewalker Cho (which is also unfortunate because what even is this card). In a different pack, I opened my second golden legendary card, Baron Geddon. My first golden legendary card was Iron Juggernaut; I think it’s already been over a year since I opened that. Baron Geddon doesn’t really fit in any of the decks I play, but I’m probably just going to keep it, in case it becomes useful later on. Although I already have a Golden Lord Jaraxxus, I’m definitely going to keep regular Lord Jaraxxus because Warlock is my favorite class, and I want to try and at least get a complete collection of Warlock cards. And as I said earlier, I’m pretty sure I’m never going to use Lorewalker Cho, so I’m probably going to disenchant it.
Hearthstone’s 22nd season of ranked play just ended today, and as I went to post the screenshot of my loot chest, I realized that I hadn’t posted any Hearthstone screenshots in general for months. So, I decided to spend today going over my Hearthstone accomplishments since November 2015, and delay posting more recent screenshots for one day. I decided to be less stingy when it comes to spending on games, especially if the games are made by developers I support. So, a while back, I purchased the digital deluxe edition Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, the third expansion. As a reward, I got the Legacy of the Void card back. I also got myself a BlizzCon 2015 Virtual Ticket, primarily to watch all the panels and seminars and produce content for Tempo Storm, but also to enjoy myself in observing what was going on at the convention. As a part of my virtual ticket package, I got a card back to show that I participated in the BlizzCon festivities in 2015. Back when League of Explorers was just coming out, there was an option to pre-order the expansion and get two unique cards for free – Explorer’s Hat and Forgotten Torch. On the first day the pre-order was available, I didn’t know this, and just queued up for a regular ranked game. I encountered an opponent who had already purchased the pre-order of the expansion, and already added Explorer’s Hat to his deck. Of course, I had no clue what this new card was, and I figured that it had something to do with the League of Explorers, but I assumed that it was a bug that let him use the cards before the expansion was officially released. After searching for an answer to my confusion, I came across some information that let me know I could also get these cards if I pre-ordered. I followed through with the transaction, and, as promised, got my copies of the new cards. After one month, all the wings of the expansion were released, I completed all of them on normal difficulty, and I completed another glorious adventure.
I looked back at the Hearthstone-related posts I’ve made on my blog and realized that I haven’t really been sharing much apart from random VODs. So, I decided to go back through my screenshots and pull some interesting ones to share. But, before we do that, I opened up my game this morning to be met with my Sea Giant Treasure Chest, and my first month of being rewarded for achieving Rank 5 in ranked play. I heard that the chest you earn at Rank 5 is the highest you can get, and the chest you get for hitting Legend will be the same. I wasn’t able to verify that off personal experience, because I stopped playing Hearthstone for the month once I reached Rank 5, but seeing as one of the game developers tweeted it himself, I assume it’s true. This is a screenshot from a few months ago of getting a new mount in Heroes of the Storm for winning 100 games in Hearthstone. It isn’t really the best mount in the game, and I most likely won’t ever use it, but of course, it’s all about the collection. Earlier this month, I opened a Goblins vs. Gnomes pack and got Mal’Ganis. It’s a bit unfortunate because I already crafted Golden Mal’Ganis and wouldn’t ever use the regular version, but again, like my HotS mounts, it’s all about the collection (at least for Warlock, because it’s my favorite class). This is a classic pack I opened that contained Golden Captain Greenskin. This is my second golden legendary that I opened, and fourth in possession (because I crafted golden Lord Jaraxxus and Mal’Ganis). I already have the regular, non-golden Captain Greenskin, and this isn’t really a legendary card that I would likely ever use, so I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it, or disenchant it so I can craft a different legendary that I’ll actually put in my decks. And finally, this is a screenshot of me being sad and opening my second Dreadscale. I already got one in my initial 50 pre-ordered packs. Since then, I’ve opened less than ten more The Grand Tournament packs, and got another Dreadscale. I’m also extremely jealous that Hunter got two legendary cards in The Grand Tournament expansion, while Warlock (and every single other class for that matter) got only one.