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[Featured] Disability and Gaming

by Team [DKMR] on

Team DKMR: Twitter | Website | Forums Sponsored by: Hearthstats.net Disability and Gaming I thought I’d write a special article this week given the events of last week’s NESL KOTH, on which I faced-off against Amaz. A significant amount of discourse was had in the NESL twitch chat regarding my odd mannerisms and tendency to “smile” or “frown” frequently. Some postulated I had a disability, others were merely vulgar. The truth is that I suffer from a severe neuromuscular disorder known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy (“SMA”). SMA manifests in various degrees of severity which all have in common general muscle wasting and mobility impairment. The most severe variety of SMA is the most common genetic cause of infant death. Due to this muscle weakness, lifting my arm or shifting my weight can cause me to grimace as I exert a more than typical proportion of muscle to achieve these feats. I am incredibly comfortable with the ...

In this episode, we talk about a bunch of stuff, including hockey and football… for some reason. In actual news, we cover Blizzard’s Hearthstone poster contest, the Fireside Gatherings starting on April 26 (including an official event hosted by BlizzPro), and are amazed that the Hearthstone app is the number 1 downloaded app in 34 countries after just one day. According to Business Insider, the app is expected to generate $30 million in annual revenue for Blizzard. We also waited just long enough to catch the BlizzCon 2014 announcement, and the announcement for the upcoming Hearthstone World Championship. Finally, inspired by a recent discussion on Reddit, the we debate which minions would have the worst emotes when uttered in the bedroom. Naughty indeed. Your hosts: Marc aka @shamanrongar Shauna aka @Mageycake, twitch.tv/trin1595, youtube.com/user/mageycake  Stephen aka @sastewart111, twitch.tv/leviathan111 Michael aka @shoctologist, twitch.tv/shoctologist1, youtube.com/user/shoctologist Robert aka @RobertAWing, twitch.tv/zenstyle Intro performed by: Lucas Reis @Lucas_ReisRBM, youtube.com/user/LuckReisBR RSS feed: feeds.feedburner.com/BlizzprosHearthstonePodcast Subscribe in iTunes Follow the show on Twitter: @hearthproshow Connect to us on Facebook Contact us at: hearthpro@blizzpro.com Record a voice message for the ...

It all started with a message. … Brian (Twizz from KCDKMR) shot me a message telling me that he had a cool deck he’d been working on; he mentioned that he built it to crush aggro decks like Warlock Zoo and Hunter Combo/Faceroll and had skewed the deck in that direction. He also said that he’d been having issues with slower decks, the midrange and control decks. He asked if I could give the deck a good once over, play it some, and we’d talk about it and see if we could find a way ahead. The initial list he sent to me was very anti-aggro; I mean, I had a hard time seeing how a hunter deck could hope to succeed. Holy Light, Earthen-Ring Farseer, Guardian of Kings, Defender of Argus, Abomination, Sunwalker… It was an aggro player’s worst nightmare! The original list (for reference; this is not the ...

 

Card Smart: Mountain Giant

by Marc Huber on

Sure, you can play that winning card and step away from your match the glorious victor. But where is the fun unless you can also drop some lore knowledge on your opponent and add insult to injury? In this column, we don’t worry about card values or strategy – all we care about is that sweet, sweet lore. Check back every Wednesday for a new installment of Card Smart! The Mountain giant is an enormous creature made of living stone and plants, grass and moss. Originally brought to life by the Titans, Mountain Giant are essentially the environmental protectors of Azeroth. Having fallen into a deep slumber for many centuries, the mountain giants awoke at the start of the invasion of Azeroth by the Burning Legion. The giants came to the aid of the night elves in an effort to fight back against these destructive intruders. Mountain Giants have a natural life span of thousands of years. They adapt to their surroundings, ...

 

New Druid Card: Poison Seeds

by matticus on

One of the announcements coming out PAX East from Blizzard was the new Naxxramas Adventure mode. We know that the upcoming set was going to see the addition of 30 new cards. Of those 30, nine would be class specific. Today, the @PlayHearthstone twitter account revealed what the new Druid specific card would be. This is a powerful common card. It doesn’t exactly clear the board, but it can be an equalizer if used properly. A spell like this bypasses Divine Shield and destroys larger minions that might have Taunt active (like Molten Giant with a Sunfury Protector). It turns larger threats into a much more manageable size. Don’t want to deal with a Ragnaros or a Ysera? Poison Seeds and you facing some not-so-legendaries instead. Right away, I would pair Poison Seeds with Savage Roar next turn as a potential finisher (assuming your Treants survive). Of course, this assumes that ...

What a month for Hearthstone it has been! We’ve seen the first official Ranked Play season commence. Legend rank card backs are popping up faster than a whack-a-mole. The iPad version is officially released worldwide. Curse of Naxxramas Adventure mode was revealed at PAX East. It seems like there has never been a better time to be a Hearthstone addict! With all of the new rewards and gameplay options on the horizon, I find myself less concerned with reaching Legend rank and focusing more on finding fun, less grindy ways to enjoy my gaming experience. For the last few weeks, I’ve created a Free to Play (F2P) account and I’ve been climbing the ladder using a F2P Priest deck. Funny enough, this deck is now at the same rank (Rank 10) as my legendary stacked main account and I didn’t have the benefit of bonus stars at the start of this season. I’m enjoying ...

 

Druid Tokens Deck List

by JR Cook on

Episode 7: Druid Tokens Deck List Druid Tokens Class: Druid Cards sorted by Low Cost Druid (19) Innervate x2 Claw x2 Power of the Wild x2 Wrath x2 Savage Roar x2 Swipe x2 Keeper of the Grove x2 Druid of the Claw x2 Force of Nature Ancient of Lore x2 Neutral (11) Argent Squire x2 Loot Hoarder x2 Blood Knight Harvest Golem x2 Leeroy Jenkins Violet Teacher x2 Azure Drake...

BlizzCon 2014 is coming, and perhaps more importantly, so are the Hearthstone World Championships! Complaints of tournaments catering only to established internet personalities can be put to bed. The Hearthstone World Championship tournaments will feature the best of the best, chosen from months of ranked play. These top competitors will be given the opportunity to duel on the biggest stage in all of Hearthstone, BlizzCon 2014. We’d speculated that this would be the case before, and we’re glad to be right on this one. Here are the details from the official Hearthstone blog: Come one, come all, and begin your journey to the Hearthstone World Championships, to be held live at this year’s BlizzCon! Whether you’re new to the game or a seasoned Hearthstone veteran, anyone has the potential to become the Hearthstone World Champion. We’re looking for the best of the best to put their skills to the test ...

 

Observations From the Grind

by Zenstyle on

It’s April 22nd. In eight days, Hearthstone’s first official ladder season will come to a close. Ranks will be reset, and the grind will begin anew. I have not yet reached legendary, despite 30+ hours of grinding the ladder. It’s admittedly frustrating. What I lack in completion of my goal however, I make up for in lessons, some hilarious, others painful, and I feel they’re worth sharing with the class. If you’ve never hit legendary before and are considering making the trek, here are (read this next bit dramatically for maximum effect)  ZENSTYLE’S OBSERVATIONS FROM THE GRIND. You are not a visionary I wrote an article earlier this month talking about how I wanted to innovate, and blah, blah, blah. I was going to make a Priest deck and totally show all those Hunters and Warlocks. I tried. It didn’t happen. I now use Hunter and Warlock. It’s a vicious ...

 

Board Clearing…A-Bom Style!

by Twizz on

We’ve all played against the Warlock Zoo and Hunter Aggro Decks.  There are SO many annoyances in them because the strategy of the decks are to play cheap minions and buff them up quickly.  As any other player, you’re constantly playing around Unleash the Hounds, Savannah Highmanes or Murlocs that continue to barf more Murlocs.  I’ve been working on a Paladin deck that counters these and today I’d like to share with you a card combo that really works well at clearing the board and some heavy minions. Abomination + Redemption Abominations are just nasty.  A 5 cost (which is a little pricey in my eyes) that’s a Taunted 4/4.  When it dies, it does 2 damage to everything.  That’s the minions, the opponent and most imporantly….you!  So use this combination wisely (a.k.a. not when you’re at 6 or less health). On turn 6, if the board is becoming cluttered, ...

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