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    posted a message on New ranking system

    If you are a common legend grinder, or even rank 5 grinder which gives a "x9" star boost at this point, the climb back up to rank 10 (now known as diamond) is fairly trivial.  I'm back up to gold 1 with only 6 or 7 wins, and if patterns follow, platinum won't be much slower.

     

    I enjoy the idea of starting everyone off at the same starting line each season, but I suppose the advantages given to high finishing players were necessary.  Having to slog through 50 ranks one star at a time might be a little much to ask for folks who want to compete for high legend and such.

     

    In any case, I've been away from the game for a few months, but with the announcement that the HCT will be online-only for the near future, AND invites going to the top 16 ladder finishers, you will see me ruthlessly grinding this month.  I miss the tournament days of Magic: the Gathering, and decided this is the year.

     

    Hope all are well and healthy.

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    posted a message on Am I bad or just inexperienced?

    This isn't a debate when framed properly; it's a very simple set of premises with an undeniable conclusion.

    Simply observing who obtains legend is not a relevant way of deciding whether skill is a relevant indicator of performance in this game.  Those that insist on resting their entire argument on the fact that some decks can be piloted to a 51% win rate with very little variance in play, and that therefore it's only  a matter of time investment to get to legend, are not discussing anything relevant to the question at hand.

    Instead, take a look at . . . let's say the top 20 finishers in any given ladder (NA, Europe, etc).  Watch how often the same names appear over and over again.  Note that within the top 500 or so legend, those same decks that were so easy to maintain a 51% win rate before take a nose dive in win potential except when played by these same individuals.  You reach an inescapable conclusion.

     

    That was the four sentence version of something I have repeatedly typed out over pages.  If you actually care about understanding exactly where skill becomes the primary consideration in this game, go to my post history.  I've done this too many times to type the whole thing out again.  Suffice it to say, you have to stop using "I reached legend one month" as the definition of a skilled player if you want to have an honest discussion about this.

     

    Very much looking forward to being back in the game.  Btw, throwing down the gauntlet now.  I will be the first demon hunter to 500 wins.

     

    toodaloo

     

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    posted a message on Whizbang to Legend Rank?

    I did it way back when Whizbang first came out, but I was under the impression they haven't updated the decks.

     

    Not sure exactly how that works these days.  I thought about retrying the run to Legend with . . . I can't even remember what the other Whizbang-like card is called, but once was enough for me.

     

    Besides, despite what people always like to pretend, there's a rare diversity of meta right now.  I'm busy enjoying Standard as is.

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    posted a message on Vs Embiggen Druid, what do you do if this happens: ?

    Oh yeah, Genesas made me remember, I'm only speaking of Standard.

    Wild has plenty of game swingers that can mitigate the Embiggen plus tempo situation.

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    posted a message on Vs Embiggen Druid, what do you do if this happens: ?

    But again, just as when the guy coins out the Breath of Dreams, playing TWO Embiggens on turn one is clear evidence of a person who has no idea what he's doing.

    I suppose I should have added that in my response, but if a person double Embiggens that early, they gave you a window to win the game that they should not have given you.

     

    I suppose a reasonable response would be that a person playing ONE Embiggen plus Breath doesn't indicate he knows what he's doing . . . it might indicate he just didn't draw the second Embiggen.  Nevertheless, in either the case where he knows to hold the second OR he has another useful card in hand, you are staring at a sub 5% win rate as near as I can tell, unless you are playing a deck intending on winning or losing the game before any of the Embiggened creatures come down.

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    posted a message on Vs Embiggen Druid, what do you do if this happens: ?

    First of all, if he plays Coin plus Breath on turn one, I'd always play it out, because the guy is an idiot.  Even with the breath, the coin is better use if held past turn 3.

     

    But as to the substance of your question, if the guy opens with Embiggen plus Breath of Dreams and I'm playing anything but Full Face Gally Warrior or Zoo Lock or something equally aggressive, I concede.

     

    I'm not for this behavior usually, but the winrate on his part at that point is so ungodly high, I honestly think if you are trying to hit high legend ranks or whatever rank cutoff you like, you are better served saving the time.  You just won't be able to do anything more than about 5% of the time.

     

    If you're not uber-concerned about your finishing rank, it's still frustrating, but by all means, shoot for the stars.

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    posted a message on [LEGEND] Infinite Quest Druid

    Never understood why the Emperor Thaur gets included.  To my understanding, you don't need him for the combo.

    Thoughts?

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    posted a message on Anyone Else Seeing a Bug Where No Basic Cards Exist?

    I logged in a few minutes ago, and all of my decks are reading "2x/30 complete", with various amounts of cards missing.  Further inspection reveals that the cards missing are all in the basic set, and I can't figure any way to get them back.

     

    Have relogged a couple of times, no change.  Anyone else seen/seeing this?

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    posted a message on how to get the best out of hack/quest warrior

    As much as creative deckbuilders don't want to admit it, Hack the System was always destined to be a one-year option.

    In other words, there was no circumstance when Hack the System would be a viable option while Dr. Boom's hero card is still legal in standard.

    We will have to reevaluate after the April 2020 set has released.

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    posted a message on Now Twitch viewers are getting censored?

    You right, I can only aspire to your villainy.

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    posted a message on Now Twitch viewers are getting censored?
    Quote from Sherman1986 >>
    Quote from Shadowrisen>>

    @Sherman

    I was always on the side of Hong Kong and certainly on the side of people who approve of being able to speak of the Hong Kong situation openly.  I just question the sincerity of Hoogout and other posters who pretend as if another poster is garbage if he doesn't rev up to the same level of white-hot molten outrage as whoever is yelling the loudest right now.

    "I was always on the side of Hong Kong and certainly on the side of people who approve of being able to speak of the Hong Kong situation openly."

    Shadowrisen, Shadowrisen, Shadowrisen... For someone who labeled the conflict in Hong Kong as "not a big deal", just because it didn't cause any direct impact on his life, and also claimed there is a long list of problems in the world to address before it (just to take away importance from the subject), that's really a very strange statement to make.

    I'm pretty sure the word "neutral" would be much more appropriate in this case. ;)

     And I'm telling you the word Neutral doesn't describe me in the least.  the phrase "not a big deal" was used very clearly and very limitedly to the discussion regarding whether or not any of this stuff impacts the daily lives of the streamers in question.  I believe we were specifically talking about Kripp and his audience.

    It is NOT heartless or uncaring to acknowledge the simple fact that most of that group of people have more immediate claims on their attention and even their caring than a conflict in another part of the world AND that if they were inclined to be immediately concerned with a world tragedy, the Hong Kong situation would be nowhere near the first one on the list to be actively concerned about.

     

    All of that can be true while at the same time, I can care about the people of Hong Kong.  A lot of other things can be true at the same time, as well.

    1.  I'm more concerned with paying my rent, even though no one is going to die if I miss a payment.  That's not selfish; that's the way it SHOULD be.  I have a duty of care to myself and my wife.  I have no duty to a protestor in Hong Kong.  Furthermore, I have no foreseeably effective way of affecting the situation in HK, whereas I am in a great spot to affect the rent payment.  My whole original post stemmed from the absurdity of pretending that we should be jumping on the bandwagon of the Hong Kong situation when we all probably are missing more pressing concerns in our lives.

    2.  One day, I might have everything in my immediate family life taken care of to such an extent that I might be able to focus my life on something grander than the daily struggle of chores and obligations.  In other words, maybe I'll have financial obligations taken care of to the point where I could responsibly find some cause like the Hong Kong situation to actually try and affect on a larger scale.  If that day ever comes, there is NO WAY IN HELL THAT HONG KONG WOULD BE THE CHOICE.

    After your last post, I actually took a moment or two and listed in my head all of the clearly worse humanitarian situations of which I knew that were currently happening around the world.  I could think of SEVEN different areas of the world that were in far worse shape and/or far more easily fixed at the benefit of many more lives than the HK situation.  Since I don't have any family in HK or any personal attachment that would lead me away from the pure utilitarian calculation, I'm certainly not going to pick the HK situation as the spot to devote myself.

     

    Now, I seriously doubt I'm the only one for which all of this is true.  I may be the only one willing to take the time to type it all out, but I suspect this is a somewhat universal experience of an American worker relative to the Hong Kong protests.  The reason I waded into this argument in the first place was that some members of the community sought to shame anyone who thought this way.

    How dare you suggest other problems might take precedent?  How dare you not be angry, and indulge in raging against Blizzard as a result?

    That last question is most relevant to the whole Blizzard issue.  My answer is simple . . . why would you expect anything different, either from China or from Blizzard?  The same people who are constantly lamenting Blizzard's practices are the ones advocating for a new level of outrage when in fact, they are supposed to be the ones who always expect such bad behavior!  For them, if we are being intellectually constant, it should have just been a Tuesday.  Nothing special or surprising at all.

    And as for the Chinese government, I am highly skeptical whether any of these keyboard warriors actually know much of the history that goes into the interactions between Hong Kong and China, but I do, and it wasn't surprising to me in the least that this is how the events went down.  If anything, I'm surprised there hasn't been more open bloodshed.

    I feel for the people of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, and any number of others that have had to face China from a position of disadvantage.  I can't do anything about it right now, and I wouldn't start there even if I had the ability to wish human suffering away one horror show at a time, but I do care.

    Hope that's sufficiently clear.

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    posted a message on Now Twitch viewers are getting censored?

    @Sherman

    I was always on the side of Hong Kong and certainly on the side of people who approve of being able to speak of the Hong Kong situation openly.  I just question the sincerity of Hoogout and other posters who pretend as if another poster is garbage if he doesn't rev up to the same level of white-hot molten outrage as whoever is yelling the loudest right now.

    @ Sobrano

    Well said all around.

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    posted a message on Now Twitch viewers are getting censored?

    Sorry, that was somewhat sarcasm.  More accurately, I should have said, "now that we know they are willing to strip a winner of prizes and future opportunities, the relatively minor step of chat bans is not surprising in the least."

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    posted a message on Now Twitch viewers are getting censored?

    I share the outrage of anyone getting banned for saying ANYTHING that isn't overtly illegal in a public forum . . .

    HOWEVER . . .

    I'm also kind of surprised anyone is surprised by this.  It was the logical next step after the Blitzchung and subsequent chat spam.

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    posted a message on Blitzchung kicked out of grandmasters and banned from competitive play

    @Dunscot

    He writes these long diatribes about every aspect of the game being designed with active malice.  Some of the theories are actually quite entertaining.

    @Ehronatha

    Did you really miss the sarcasm in WingsDude's post?  If you didn't, and I'm getting trolled, kudos to you.  But it sure sounds like you thought his comments were genuine.

     

     

    I don't really think a lot productive has been added to this topic in the last 24 hrs, but I had to come back and note that Brian Kibler is one of the worst people to be holding up as someone with a reasonable stance on this whole thing.  I vividly remember him handing out bans for years straight to anyone who would suggest that maybe, possibly, we shouldn't be building the gallows to hang Trump over Russiagate.  THEN, when the Mueller report hit and the whole narrative was disproven, he bans at least 8 people that day for asking if he'd read the report, including two subscribers who had been subbed for multiple years.

    None of this is to suggest he isn't fully within his rights in all of these actions, but I just can't keep a straight face as people venerate him for having some claim to wisdom on this topic.

     

    It will be interesting to see whether Hearthstone actually takes a tangible hit in revenue this quarter.  After all the hubbub and rhetoric, it would be spectacularly embarrassing for the community to NOT have put its money where its mouth is.  In the past, however, the talk has rarely translated into any collective action with any bite behind it.

    Despite my not being very impressed with the cause celeb this time around, I actually am rooting for those of you who want to see Blizzard take a hit.  Despite the shit some folks want to talk in their indecipherable rants, I DO want to see a community able to affect some change in the company that makes and maintains so many games I love.  BUT, it won't happen for you.  This will all be forgotten in plenty of time for sales to hike on the upcoming new expansion in December, UNLESS those of you who care do what it takes to make sure this is not forgotten.

    Good luck.

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