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World of Warcraft: Legion

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I may seriously need to re-think my having quit World of Warcraft…. ok, I’m done thinking about it. I’m coming back.  I’m coming the f*ck back!  At the recent Gamescom held at a place in Germany named after a synonym for men’s fragrance apparently, Blizzard announced and revealed the next expansion to their cash cow, World of Warcraft: LEGION!  The acronym, “OMG“, doesn’t seem appropriately dramatic enough to quantify what a big old gamer chubby this gave me.  Before I lose my sh!t, check out the announcement trailer:

Right? RIGHT?  How psyched are you (he asked whilst assuming his viewer even plays and/or KNOWS about World of Warcraft)?  It’s like the programmers, artists and designers are getting to take a real 2nd crack at giving us everything we already loved about the Burning Crusade, with interest.   I’m not entirely sure what I’m more pumped about; the fact that we’ll have the opportunity to wield what is being referred to as Artifacts Weapons like Ashbringer or Frostmourne or the brand spank-me new Hero Class of Demon Hunter!  I mean come on!  Does this expansion also come with an attachment to help you fap while gaming?  Cuz that would probably take it over the top… no?  Not a good idea?  Oh well.

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I would say my only real MEH moment, would be that while Artifact Weapons like Ashbringer and Doomhammer, start out looking exactly like you remember them, Frostmourne is reconstituted as 2 1-handed weapons that are more just inspired by Frostmourne, rather than looking exactly like the real thing.  Additionally, it also effectively sort of forces Death Knights like myself, to dual-wield in the Frost Spec.  Apparently, they’re looking to make Unholy viable as dual-wield spec as well, so  there’s that.  There’s also a 2-handed artifact weapon for Death Knights, but it’snot pattern after Frostmourne at all.  That being said, the blades look awesome!

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This expansion couldn’t have come at a better time for all involved; especially given Blizzard’s recent ridiculous dip in subscribers over the last quarter.  This isn’t just the standard up-and-down trend World of Warcraft cycles through.  We’re talking a wholesale exodus of formally dedicated WoW-heads like yours truly.  I’m not entirely sure if Warlords of Draenor didn’t deliver (especially given the fall out from Mists of Pandaria) or people are just moving on.  In either event, I’m sure this announcement tipped the scales favorably for Blizzard.  I’ll be on pins, needles and assorted shrapnel until this expansion launches!  Fingers crossed that there’s a playable demo at BlizzCon this year when I attend.


Hearthstone’s Grand Tournament

GrandTourney1In what looks to be a battle lifted straight from World of Warcraft’s Patch 3.2: Call of the Crusade, Blizzard gives us Hearthstone’s next expansion: The Grand Tournament!

When the Lich King and his undead Scourge threatened the world, the Argent Crusade called upon Azeroth’s mightiest heroes to prove their mettle in a magnificent tournament. Knights of all races flocked to Northrend, vying for glory in epic battles against fearsome monsters. Though the Lich King’s evil has been vanquished, the Grand Tournament continues… the competitive atmosphere’s just a bit more playful than it used to be.

And why shouldn’t the show go on? Would-be champions are arriving in droves from all over the world, hankering to prove their worth and claim the honor of flying their colors in the name of victory!

Who will be the victor of The Grand Tournament? You and your friends, of course!

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I couldn’t be more excited!  We’re not just talking about something as simple as just another expansion in Hearthstone’s already amazing line-up; we’re looking at the Trial of the Crusader.  Do you realize where that’s held?  Northrend!  And do you realize which World of Warcraft expansion that was?  Wrath of the Lich King!  And do you realize what class that signifies will make its debut?  THE DEATH KNIGHT!

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Initiate Fan-Girl Squealing!!! Like, OH my total GAWD!  FINALLY!  My Hearthstone life is complete.  To be fair, it hasn’t actually been officially stated (yet) that the Death Knight will make its debut apart from seeing that brief animation in the Grand Tournament’s official cinematic, but come on!  It’s happening!  Whether or not that means the Death Knight will be featured in a bodacious new card or (oh please, oh please, oh please) be a new Hero to us, remains to be seen.  It better freaking be the latter though.  I would just keel over and die, if it wasn’t.  Besides, Hearthstone is due for a new Hero Class and this expansion couldn’t BE more of an appropriate time to debut one.

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Stoked beyond words either way.  I just hope Blizzard takes me BEYOND, beyond words and makes my wish come true.  All I want for Christmas is a Death Knight class!  Make it so!


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Mal’Ganis Massacre

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So I recently crafted the Mal’Ganis card to add to my Warlock deck in Hearthstone.

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All in all, I’d say it was an outrageous success.


HearthPWN’ed!

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If you haven’t had the opportunity (not to mention common sense) to download and play Hearthstone, you’re missing out.  I mean, it’s free FFS, and you can play it on your mobile device or computer.  Granted, there are more than couple of advantages of purchasing some of the in-game items but I wouldn’t exactly call it a “Pay-To-Win” scenario.  You can easily build a ridiculous and powerful deck without ever giving a single penny.  But this isn’t about my championing the cause of the game.  No.  No.  No.  This is about how EPIC my game last night was!

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I freaking OWNED this guy.  My victory was made even sweeter by the fact that he had the audacity to use a douche-bag name like “ProDude”.  Really?   Who does that?  He must’ve been sh!tting his pants when he faced my warlock deck; which is LEETSAUCE, btw.  I’ve even taken the liberty to point out the ROFLWPWN wall he was up against, thanks to my hand-dandy WACOM tablet.  For the uninitiated among you, allow me to clarify the 2 cards that spelled his undoing:

Kel’Thuzad remains the most OP card in my entire deck.  With every turn that passes (my own or my opponent) he will resurrect any of my cards that died.  Knowing this, I am constantly sending in my other cards first to kill any of his that are on the board, before attacking the player himself.  Sneed’s Old Shredder, has a death rattle that will summon another random legendary card to the field, so I get more and more powerful with every turn that he dies, then gets brought back to life.  So you know what that means?

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Poor schmuck didn’t know what hit him.


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Warcraft Movie at Comic-Con

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Comic-Con is killing me.  Despite my self-proclaimed geek status, I’ve never been to one.  I’ve just had the pleasure of watching all my social-media feeds EXPLODE with yummy tidbits of nerdy goodness.  The one convention I almost never miss however, is BlizzCon.  Imagine my unfettered GLEE when today, the newest promo pieces for the World of Warcraft movie, were unveiled at Comic-Con!

Killin me!  Just KILLIN ME!  It makes me almost regret the self-imposed break I’m taking from Azeroth and my Silent but Deadly Death Knight, Xerberus.  **giggle**  If ever there was something that would pull Xerberus out of exile, it would be the excitement I’m feeling right now.

And can I just take a moment to drool over the sexiest Orc like EVER?

Soon, Xerberus.  Soon…


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WoWAh Saturday.  The day when I sort of rest and sort of get stuff done; by that I mean I make a whole pot of coffee and spend the entirety of the first half of the day playing World of Warcraft.  Sad, right?  In my defense, I’ve scaled down considerably from when I was a self-described, hardcore, elite, gamer that would spend 3-4 hours A NIGHT playing.  I don’t mind saying though, that I was awesome.  Like TOTES.  Now, I tend to just waft into a random raid group or (gawd help me) an LFR group to blow up the meters quietly; because that’s how I like to show off: Silent but Deadly. Continue reading


Warlords of Draenope

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So much pain.  So much misery.  So much hurt.  SO much anger!

I feel like I lead a very simple life these days.  I work a white-collar, corporate, 8-5’ish type job.  I come home every night to my loving husband, cook dinner and we squat in front of the TV watching Netflix episodes of whatever our latest obsession is.  For the record, right now it’s “Cousins on Call” on HGTV which features impossibly hot men who remodel people’s homes with skill, speed and form-fitting shirts that hug their magnificently beefy physiques.  Seriously, it’s criminal just how attractive these guys are.  As impressive as their renovations are, I’m equally captivated by the sheer gorgeousness of these guys.  The fact that I have a bounty of episodes and spin-offs of these two guys just waiting for my lecherous viewing pleasures makes my underwear tight. But I digress.

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All I want to do when I have free time is to game and in this case, that means playing through the brand spank-me new expansion of World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor.  Alas, that is just not in the cards for me along with what seems to be thousands upon thousands of gamers across the world.  It seems Azeroth has succumbed to the evil of a raid boss unlike any other: DDOS (a.k.a Distributed Denial of Service).  Their official statement on this whole shebang was as follows:

“We’re continuing to work toward greater realm stability and address the service issues impacting latency,” the post reads. “Our current biggest hurdle is the concentration of players in specific areas and zones, and an unexpected effect of that concentration on the realm stability. We’re continuing to maintain a lowered realm population cap to help with the stability, which is resulting in increased queue times.

“We’re seeing some increase in individual zones drop which are causing localized player disconnections as we get into primetime in the Americas, and if someone is disconnected they will quite likely run into a queue to log back in. Work is progressing on improving realm stability through fixes targeting individual in-game issues, as well as on the backend game and network services.”

Some of these words were too big and they hurt my brain, but what this boils down to (from my limited understanding) means someone on the other of the Atlantic (or Pacific depending on which way you’re traveling, I guess) is attacking World of Warcraft and creating a bottleneck that forces Blizzard to cap the amount of players that can log-in.  Everywhere you turn on the net, you find people in queues of 2K – 5K and average wait times of nearly half a day.  I myself came out of a NyQuil coma cuz I haz teh cold, and logged in to basically find that rather than play the expansion tonight, I would instead need to go back to Hearthstone and pour over the ins and outs of the “Miracle Rogue” deck.

Sidebar: I have NO idea what I’m doing there.

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So rather than enjoy the expansion tonight, I will be overdosing on NyQuil yet again, pass out in my desk chair with my hands placed firmly on the keyboard, to hopefully wake up to a wonderful new world in which Blizzard will have removed the cap on players entering the realm and see my Death Knight, Xerberus, once again.  The poor guy is still level 90 because he’s not really stepped foot past the Ragey Dark Portal.

Good luck you lads and lassies of Blizzard.  Whatever it is you’re doing to bring the happy back in our lives, more power to you.  I imagine the coffee makers are in overdrive somewhere in Irvine so the Blizz programmers, developers, etc can work night and day to fix this.  Please note however, that if my weekend is not spent in Draenor, I will boil your collective bunnies.


BlizzCon 2014

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I have what I’m going to refer to as a Convention Hangover.  Lots of fun was had, but now I’m paying for it.  There’s no way I would’ve done as much walking and standing as I did over the last few days on purpose.  Ew.  As if.  BUT, when you put the promise of new game info at my feet, then I’m burdened with glorious purpose to see as much as possible before my body passes out.  Which it did.  Early on the 2nd day.  Oh well.

I couldn’t even go onto the many WONDERFUL things we experienced, but I can say one of the more EPIC announcements was the introduction of a completely different world that Blizzard was bringing in the form of new game: Overwatch.  I cannot say enough about how much I want to play this game… which is weird considering how much I’m NOT a fan of the FPS-like genre.   I’ve been told it’s pretty much like Team Fortress 2 but more.  Being that I’ve never played that, my mind was wandering more towards Marvel Nemesis (which, if you’ve never played, you’re missing out).  I’m nowhere near lucid enough to speak properly on this ridiculous-fun looking game, (given the recently coined term Convention Hangover) but I think this gameplay footage will wrap it up quite nicely in my place.

I didn’t get much World of Warcraft love this time around, but given that most of last year’s BlizzCon was devoted to the reveal of the expansion, I can let it slide.  That didn’t stop me and my loving husband (yes, he’s a gamer too) from being complete dorks in front of a green screen and getting our picture taken.  He definitely came in like a wrecking ball. Pictures like this make me worry about us… a lot.

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Speaking of my husband though, he did get a nice surprise in the form of the trailer of the newest Starcraft II expansion.  He’s a total Sci-Fi nerd, so this kind of stuff makes his underwear tight.

See how happy he was when we saw the trailer?  That’s the smile of a happy gamer.

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Heroes of the Storm has a lot of new features coming into the fray, not the least of which includes some new playable characters like Thrall, Jaina and the mutha-fuggin Lost Vikings!  I literally lost my mind when I saw them hop on screen.  Good times were had by all.

At any rate, there’s infinitely too much for one little person (like me) can cover in one little blog like this one so I’m going to let Polygon cover it for me; cuz they’re awesome and I love them long time.  Gamespot also did a pretty thorough write-up.  If you haven’t figured out that you should’ve clicked on the previous links, there’s no help for you.

All in all, it was loads of fun and I blew nearly $400 in Blizz merchandise.  Was pretty brutal.  Can’t wait till next year!

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Ok.  Ok.  One more greenscreen pic… cuz it’s awesome.

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