Completing the second wing of Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain

Earlier today, the second wing of Hearthstone’s second PvE adventure, Blackrock Mountain, opened up to the public.

Less than half an hour after release, I started playing. In about an hour, I manage to beat all three normal mode bosses and complete both class challenges.

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

I ended up having an easy time completing most of the matches, but Ragnaros trolled me pretty hard, and I ended up failing a few times before managing to win.

I wish I could have five Molten Giants in my deck too.

 


 


 

Guardian of the Sands Xerath – Unreleased skin preview on LoL PBE

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

In this video, I show off Guardian of the Sands Xerath, a new skin only available on the public beta server – check it out if you want to see it before it’s released on the live servers.

This game also features the new skin Omega Squad Teemo as my laning opponent.

I end up doing poorly in lane, but contribute to my team after I choose to roam instead of continuing to die to Teemo’s ambushes.

The reason I ended up being more useful than Teemo, even though I lost my lane, is because our hard-engage team composition countered Teemo’s decision to split push the entire game.

So, when I grouped with my team and roamed around as five, there wasn’t anything the enemy team could do when we decided to fight 5v4, because they couldn’t escape our engage.

Teemo would end up getting some objectives off the fact that he was not in the fight, but unfortunately for him, we would trade the objectives right back after killing the rest of his team.

If he decided to instead come and help his team, he would be too late due to the fact that he had Ignite instead of Teleport, so he would end up just getting picked off when he showed up, because his team would already be losing the fight.

Although this isn’t exactly the best example of a great game, it provides you with a suggestion as to what you can do (other than giving up) if you end up underperforming early game.

 


 

Stream VOD: Warlock arena run and Mage daily quest on Hearthstone

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=gJJTnX1pWgY&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

I start off this stream session by drafting a Warlock arena deck and going 0-2 before getting three wins and more-or-less breaking even in my run.

After my arena run, I play three games with Mage in order to complete my daily quest of winning two games with Mage (the one game I lose is against a Hobgoblin Paladin).

I still have the Blackrock Mountain logo on my stream, not because I was playing Blackrock Mountain during this VOD, but because I still want to bring awareness to the event going on, so more people will participate during future wing releases.

 


 

Blackrock Depths, the first wing of Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=I0-KgvxDy5k&list=PLKQUciHiP2v6lehTLfSf2M9HVjrfb8Hzt

Playing the first wing of the new Hearthstone PvE expansion, Blackrock Mountain. I complete the normal mode and class challenges, and manage to beat one of the three bosses in heroic mode.

Although I wasn’t participating in the Race for Blackrock Mountain challenge, I still put the logo in my stream to support the event and spread awareness, because I’m very excited that Twitch is holding a contest like this.

Also, the random deck list on the side was put there accidentally, and is not used at all during the stream session. (For those who are curious, it is the Warlock deck that Xixo used to be the first Legend Rank 1 player in North America in April 2015.)

Update: It seems like the first person who completed the challenge was Eric Dong, @EricDong4 on Twitter. I’m glad that a “regular” player managed to get the reward, and not some already-famous streamer. A lot of people thought that Amaz was the first person to finish the challenge, and were a bit upset when they found out their favorite streamer didn’t win. But, honestly, I’m pretty sure Amaz doesn’t need any more money than he has right now, if it means taking away prize money from someone else who could win it.

 


 

Playing AP Tryndamere and armor-tank Hecarim on URF

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=qVbtGKH0QJg&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

One of my martial arts students (Blue Reapor in-game) invited me to play some Ultra Rapid Fire (URF) with him earlier today.

I remembered that AP Tryndamere was really strong last year, so I decided to try it out this year. This game was literally the first time I have ever played AP Tryndamere (although I do often play him as an AD carry on Twisted Treeline).

The game ended up going a lot better than I had anticipated, even though we were at a disadvantage in players due to our Blitzcrank disconnecting.

http://matchhistory.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/NA1/1781459423/42925966

One very important thing that I did not realize during the game is that Void Staff is NOT a good item for AP Tryndamere. Even though his Spinning Slash scales off ability power, it still deals physical damage. Thus, you should be getting a Last Whisper for the armor penetration, and armor penetration runes instead of magic penetration.

At 42:40 in the stream VOD, I almost get a pentakill … until Blue Reapor accidentally steals it with his Shockwave.

The Hecarim game starts 55 minutes into the video, and that game also ends up going a lot better than I thought it would.

 


 

Lagging on Heroes of the Storm with Tyrande and Valla

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

Earlier today, I played some Tyrande on Heroes of the Storm to finish a daily quest of playing three games with a support character, then played a few more games with Valla to try and get as much value out of my free stimpack as possible.

When your account reaches level 10, you get a free stimpack. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t realize when my account had hit level 10 because, immediately after the game that pulled me out of level 9, I closed the game without paying attention because I was playing with a friend and switching games.

It wasn’t until a few days later when I signed back in that I realized my stimpack was active and running.

I was planning on playing a lot more Heroes of the Storm today, even after my few Valla games, to try and get the most out of my limited remaining stimpack time. Unfortunately, I was getting too much lag and frame skip that it was getting too irritating and I was losing motivation to play.

In other games, when you have network inconsistency (such as latency problems), your ping usually just goes up, and sometimes you might see some packet loss where things don’t update immediately.

In Heroes of the Storm, it’s very different in that, instead of lag, your game just freezes for split seconds at a time. You can imagine that, if you’re in the middle of an important fight, those split seconds can make a huge difference because your character becomes completely uncontrollable during that time.

People managed to find out that you can press the Ctrl + Alt + F combination on your keyboard to bring up some network statistics, and there was a “network spikes” section that showed all the little bumps in your connection. On bad games, I would be reaching over 20 network spikes per minute.

Blizzard noticed this and actually ended up taking out the network spike information from that command because they said it was giving a false message to those using it. Unfortunately, they didn’t actually fix the problem along with the update.

I haven’t really experimented that much with different connections, so it might just be that Heroes of the Storm isn’t really compatible with the Internet service provider or router that I happen to be using. Hopefully that actually is the case, as that means I’ll be able to play it with either a 4G connection or at a different location.

 


 

Stream VOD: Doing dailies, completing slayer tasks, and training skills

I’ve been playing some RuneScape in the past few days and have some stream VODs available to watch.

None of them have audio, though, because I was listening to music and watching videos in the back­ground, and I didn’t want to deal with any potential copyright problems.

Also, these are not in high definition, as they were uploaded in 540p.

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Bj8NdZO5suo&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=JSs7QPYl8Hg&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

 


 

Casting SKT Faker playing new-meta Urgot mid against Master Yi

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=d6WVI5KDs2E&list=PLKQUciHiP2v4LAVushOiGmRkDRw4vwHrv

Watch gameplay of SK Telecom’s mid laner Faker (Lee Sang-Hyeok) play Urgot mid against Master Yi in a challenger-level ranked solo queue game on the League of Legends Korean server.

(Disclaimer: I am a play-by-play shoutcaster, not a color commentator or analyst. If you find my casting distracting, uninsightful, or too energetic, remember that you can mute the video while watching.)

I decided to cast this particular game because Urgot mid is a new strategy recently on the rise in pro­fessional League of Legends. It gained a lot of exposure when Urgot was picked as a counter to Zed against Team SoloMid. Check out the video to see how one of Korea’s best League of Legends players uses Urgot to carry his team.