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@Jaeken Yup, still here for Hearthstone. I was just filling in temporarily.
5 days, 16 hours ago on Blizzard Watch is looking for a priest columnist
@Sophdog There's times where I START a match with a deck in place but then quickly change classes if I find that it's not working out practically compared to in theory. I try to link the decks within the individual sections though.
5 days, 22 hours ago on Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain: Blackrock Spire guide
@Malkil @Jackwraith Ah, two headed giant. I miss that format. Hated sealed and draft though. My deck construction skills were always sub par at best.
Jack, agreed. It's a little hard to dig for solutions. Recommend Loot Hoarder!
5 days, 22 hours ago on The Hearthstone tournament experience
@Mankeybone Never thought about that way either. Quite crafty! I always thought if Moira was MC'd, he'd go berserk but then I re-read the ability and it says when she dies, not when she's no longer under Emp's control.
3 weeks ago on Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain: Blackrock Depths guide
@Euphyley That is VERY true and a strong alternative solution.
@TimCotrell Actually, I screwed up on that one. I'm assuming that's like the 20 minute cut. What I was trying to do was create smaller, one-match length highlights for an upcoming blog post -- A guide to the Blackrock Depths version. I was in the middle of uploading the full Hearthstone session but it looks like it was cut off. I'm going to try the export the full 2 hours again.
Alex is going to kill me.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Matticus streams Hearthstone: Blackrock Mountain adventure edition!
@MOlock I am learning how to play -- On stream.
The first game I played against Heroic Thaurissan after wiping to the guy all night after I logged off the stream? Managed to take him out. Go figure.
@theRealSerade The author has a name and I did do "basic" research. It's an overview moreso than anything else. There are excellent and numerous shadow resources out there so if you're looking for material more in-depth, check it out as it sounds like it's more your speed.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Power Word: Void Entropy and the double Discipline decision
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Hearthstone iPhone and Android phone support rumored for April
Sorry to disappoint. https://twitter.com/CM_Whirthun/status/583012867294687232
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Hearthstone’s April card back revealed: Cupcakes!
@SpaceBard Negative, I have not seen any specific information as to the exact time. My suspicion is midnight, Pacific time. My next guess would be sometime in the morning like say, 10 AM.
@WarlockAman Oh gosh no. I don't have that kind of literature artistic side at all.
Iambic pentameter is a maybe though.
@TechTotem Yay! Over level 20! Now do it again!
@Chrth @HistoryJosh My editors were extremely displeased because I spent more time coming up with puns than I did actually writing the post.
@camojan @Jaeken This is exactly right. Lots of the big damage cards are viewed as non-threats because of the presence of BGH. However, most decks see the inclusion of just one and it immediately helps neutralize the opponent's big minion WHILE they have the resource to play another minion. Because of this, it's best to favor cards that either do something when they come into play or do something when they die (a la Deathrattle).
Why not run more big minions? That's a curve question. Run too many and you might end up with too many dead draws in the early or mid game where your hands are full of big minions but you don't have the resources to play them.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Final cards from Blackrock Mountain released
@Amethyst Reitou @WorldOfMatticus @Neuromante I can confirm that any armor you have up doesn't get removed if you Majordomo into a Rag. Just your life total changes.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Final cards from Blackrock Mountain released
@Neuromante Similar vein as you. Thought about including Majordom in a Warrior deck. Between Shield Maidens, Shields up, and armor power, it ought to provide a bit of a hefty barrier.
@StarcallerGogor @Deyns They mentioned it a few times before it went live on other assorted channels. Granted, it's something that should have also been mentioned on either their blog or forums, but at the same time, if we're fans of the game, we also follow other outlets and personalities to glean other interesting information. Send them feedback and post on their forums that you'd appreciate it if their plans for releasing future card spoilers would be available on additional outlets.
https://www.facebook.com/Hearthstone/posts/884298654946237 - Official facebook post
https://twitter.com/PlayHearthstone/status/581624345094557696 - Official twitter accounthttps://twitter.com/CM_Zeriyah/status/581625589506830336 - Community manager's twitter account
@SpaceBard @WorldOfMatticus Yup, I did a ctrl+f for defender. When I write these up, I usually do them in sections, not all in one linear move (Sometimes I write matchups first, then alternate card inclusions, then early game, mulligan, mid game, etc).
... I mean, I have a process. It's just still a work in progress ^^.
4 weeks ago on Control your Hearthstone opponents with Orange’s midrange hunter deck
@SpaceBard Ideally with the Scientist yes. Either way, it represents a bit of a tempo swing in the match. On one side, if you get the Scientist out early and the Deathrattle triggers, you thin out your deck. But it might not make as much of an impact that early in the game.
For the Eaglehorn, probably not. It's in the 3 mana slot because it lets the Hunter remove any other threats on the board without having to send minions into them or trading away a boar or whatever.
@SpaceBard @Chrth Screw it. Go big or go home. Go with the Krushinator.
@SpaceBard It's one of those tech cards that you CAN include if you wish, especially if you come up against a gluttony of face hunters or warlock zoo deck streaks. I will edit and clarify that though, thanks for asking!
@Neuromante Yeah, you bet. The monthly schedule regime I'm considering right now will be constructed or adventure the mode the first 3 weeks. The last Friday will always be an arena.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Matticus streams Hearthstone: Arena edition!
@robertjamesftw It was originally from the Warcraft TCG.
1 month ago on Power Word: Void Entropy and the double Discipline decision
@Arashikou @spellotape No because now you would switch players over to a less engaging play style of non-stop casting of Power Word Shield instead of doing so every few seconds (and where you can use different fillers like Penance instead). That restriction isn't there because of power. It's there so that it makes the class a little more fun to play.
@PonSquared Funny you say that. Did you catch the part where I specifically said I switched back to Holy because my guild picked up another Disc priest? I even discussed my experience and mild discomfort in getting back to playing Holy again.
Did I get it right this time? ;)Also, will discuss the interesting Alexstrasza + Drakonid one two punch combo tomorrow. Anyone else notice the nod they gave to vanilla Nef with the class calls part in the card?
1 month ago on Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain: Hidden Laboratory and Nefarian revealed
@KeeperoftheMonsters No, you're not. I just had Blackwing Tech open and wrote down the wrong Battle cry.
1 month ago on Blackwing Lair wing revealed for Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain
@Gerrion Normally, you'd throw away cards like Alex and Malygos because they won't have an effect on the game until way later. Just to augment the other 2-3 cards in your starting hand? It's an awfully risky proposition. I'd rather have cards I can use that will interface with the board early, as opposed to holding one of them. Plus it tips off your opponent that one card in your hand is a dragon. Could be a Faerie Dragon, could be a Deathwing.
Gotta see what the other half of the set will be.
@dreamweaver7x @WorldOfMatticus @SpaceBard Thanks. Had the Technician image open when I was writing this. Got the ability right at least!
@Jaeken Hey, great! Glad you liked the Warrior deck! I'm sorry I wasn't able to make it properly work out consistently when I used it. I'm just not warrior-y enough :(.
@SpaceBard Fixed. I get my words crossed. Thanks for the catch!
I'm going to say the damage is targetable. You can choose where that 3 damage is going to go (Hero or a minion).
SELL ALL THE TOKENS!
1 month ago on WoW Token to cost $20, coming soon
@Rosander @Kovarian Yup, just toss them all in there as quick as you can one after the other.
1 month ago on The world’s longest Hearthstone turn
@Deyns iPad and tablets will be available later today.
1 month, 1 week ago on Blackrock Mountain Adventure available for preorder!
@Jaeken Here is Amaz's Priest deck that he used during the ESL regular season. I suspect he used something similar in Katowice. http://pro.eslgaming.com/hearthstone/legendary/winter-2014-15/decklist/186/
1 month, 1 week ago on IEM Katowice 2015 Hearthstone winning deck list
Just to clarify, when I say ability, I mean like a mage's or priest's Hero Power would not trigger Dragonkin Sorcerer. Minion based abilities like Abusive Sergeant wouldn't activate it either. Spare parts though would (which opens up some interesting mechanics with Mech Mage and Mech Shaman based decks).
1 month, 1 week ago on Two new dragon-themed cards from Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain
@Jaeken @WorldOfMatticus Compromise: I knock out normal quickly on my own to at least unlock some of the cards, but I'll do heroic live for the first time.
1 month, 1 week ago on Matticus streams Hearthstone
@Jaeken You want me to stream my attempts in Blackrock Mountain adventure mode with no prep work or advance notice whatsoever, going in blind, while trying to figure out how to best defeat each individual boss and wing? All live, on stream, where I can possibly make a fool of myself and cry in frustration that I can't beat the simple AI of a card game?
I'll think about it. But I don't wanna waste anyone's time either!
Guilds like mine that have been stuck at Blackhand with about 10% to go should easily be able to overpower him now.
Emphasis on should.
Same thing with Butcher. Man those 5% wipes are brutal.
1 month, 1 week ago on Blizzard raises Blackrock Foundry item levels UPDATED
@Amethyst Reitou Unnghhh, I hate playing rogues :( but I will see what I can put together.
@Jaeken @camojan Yup, I was holding on to those spells hoping I could use them to burst him down but it was already too late.
@Neuromante Try this link http://www.twitch.tv/blizzardwatch/c/6316342
@Sickfit Does this link work for you? http://www.twitch.tv/blizzardwatch/c/6316342
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Matticus streams Hearthstone
@Jaeken Unfortunately, it ended up being 2-3 for the night. :(
I blame the pilot!
@BobZeta @tjillin This is the second straight year the price has been $200. Looks like that streak has broken -- For now.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on BlizzCon 2015 announced
@TheWilward Whoa, you guys cleaned them out fast.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Get your hands on exclusive gaming deals with Blizzard Watch and NewEgg
@Jaeken You know, "only" 3 mythic geared alts. ^^
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Blood Legion to step back from World First raiding
@capnrad Shoulda named it Leper-er Gnome.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Two new Blackrock Mountain cards revealed for Hearthstone