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

    Yeah, LulChina, I was making a joke, there's nothing objectionable about what you said at all, but if people are going to jump on me, then they better take you behind the woodshed for days.

     

    Someone asked, "if we are going to forget it in a month, does that mean we shouldn't say anything in the first place?"  The answer is simple.  No, you can say whatever you like.  HOWEVER, stop acting as if those who aren't as rabidly incensed are somehow morally deficient.

    As far as the business side goes, the Chinese company owns 5% of Blizzard.  That says nothing about what percentage of Blizzard's revenue comes from China.  And while I don't know the number, I know the number is growing rapidly.

     

    See, if anyone actually wanted to hash this out with a rational discussion, what you'd really be arguing is an evaluation of short term sacrifices vs long term gains in Chinese culture.  That place is brutally repressive.  And the only way things change over there is for people within China to realize that things can be different.  So, who knows?  Maybe by playing by the rules and getting an American endeavor into the Chinese markets and past their censors, in the long run Blizzard will contribute to the downfall of one of the last major league players in the old Communist power structure.

    Or maybe that's all complete bullshit, and China will be successful in bending everything American influence has to offer to its own benefit with absolutely no progress being made.  But if you find yourself reading this and even a little bit at a loss as to which side you think is going to play out, then maybe take a moment and consider whether you should be the one pontificating on moral clarity over political speech in a gaming tournament.

    And yes, Sherman, I agree it's still a fun place to be.  That's why I would never claim to be uninstalling all of Blizzard over any one incident.  But I seriously doubt most of these folks will, either.  "I'm quitting this shit game" is the most played out of played out memes on all gaming forums, and I doubt this time will be any different.

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

    Lulchina stayed out of it long enough for me to become the antiChrist of the thread for daring to point out a hole or two in the story, and now what are you supposed to call him?  No truer evil has been seen in this world, I'm sure.

    I agree with whoever called out the "fake outrage" comment.  There's no particular reason to believe most of these guys are being disingenuous, nor is that required for the argument I'm trying to make.

    I will say one thing by way of slight apology:  I would never have believed that the amount of publicity towards this story would ever have been generated thru a Hearthstone tournament.  Nevertheless, it is clear those of you who set out to make some noise have clearly succeeded.  I don't know yet if there's anything material to come out of it, but you got farther (further?) than I expected you could.

    It's going to be interesting to see if any of the other Asia-Pacific players feel the need to say or do something in protest of Blitzchung's treatment this weekend for the GM series.  I hope no one else loses their career over it, but everyone has to decide how best to fight the bullshit of the world.

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    posted a message on Blitzchung kicked out of grandmasters and banned from competitive play
    Quote from Dendroid >>
    Quote from Shadowrisen >>

     

    If you want to get into the sorrows of the world, there is a LONG list to address before we come to Hong Kong.  No amount of crucifying me is going to change that.

     So because inequities exist elsewhere, somehow that denegrates what's happening in Hong Kong?  What a vile opinion, you seem to lack a basic lack of empathy for human suffering, honestly makes me sick to my stomach people like you exist unironically to spout bile in every direction.

     See, this is what I mean when I talk about virtue signaling.  Where did I say anything that remotely approaches denegrating a tragedy?

    I'm seriously asking, where do you get that impression?  I can't imagine how anyone who is even passingly acquainted with the situation would have anything but sympathy for the people actually going through it.

    Is it possible to keep the conversation rational at all?  "Vile . . . lack of empathy . . . sick to my stomach . . . spout bile in every direction" where is any of this featured? 

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

    What can't you believe, Sherman?

    I know Hog will continute to strawman, but what I said was very limited and straightforward.  When I made a comment, the thread was focused on how awful it was for a streamer not to make a stand on this issue.  And for all the reasons illustrated above, that's a ridiculous and hypocritical stance to take.

    Furthermore, some misguided soul up the thread said something about the Hong Kong issue being the "biggest" issue of a lifetime or some such hyperbole.  It's not in the top 5.  It's not in the top 10.  In the course of a lifetime, I seriously doubt it will make the top 50.

    Now, the one thoughtful reply to my post made the reasonable comment that we are on a Blizzard forum, and this is a Blizzard issue, so it's reasonable to comment on this and not the ten thousand other travesties going on in the world.  Fair enough, I suppose, but hasn't the boat sailed on that one the second Blizzard ported Hearthstone to the iPhone?  Apple's human rights record gets me far more up at arms than Southeast Asian geopolitics.

    If you want to get into the sorrows of the world, there is a LONG list to address before we come to Hong Kong.  No amount of crucifying me is going to change that.

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

    Never understand why people feel the need to virtue signal.  If you feel strongly about an issue, by all means, let yourself be heard.

    But when you get on someone else's case for referring to the issue as "not a big deal" in the clear and obvious context of impact on twitch chat and streamer content, you're just ignoring reality to make yourself feel better about your moral standing.

    I'm not in HK.  No one I care about beyond one human being to another is in HK.  Probably the most direct impact this entire event will have on my life is having to watch Pathra bumble thru another year of GM.  If that doesn't qualify as "not a big deal", I don't know what does.

    Meanwhile, the idea that we're supposed to fall out of our chairs and leap to action whenever oppression is taking place in the world is ludicrous.  Where's your post about Sudan?  Turkey?  South Africa?  Syria?  For that matter, if you're American, the death toll on a weekend in Chicago is more noteworthy, so where's the outrage?

    I'm sorry the guy got banned; I wish Blizzard would not kow tow that enthusiastically.  I am, however, not surprised in the least.  Furthermore, if you're calling on a streamer or some third party like that to do something about it, you have to at least be able to make a credible case as to what his/her self-sacrifice could accomplish, and in this case there is no reason to believe any one individual could affect Blizzard policy in the least.

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

    I apologize I didn't read all six pages, so if I'm not the first to observe this . . . I'm sorry.

    But . . .

    In addition to all of the other possible complaints about kow towing to Chinese political will, has anyone realized this means that Pathra probably isn't going to get the relegation she so richly deserves?

    I have been wanting to launch a You Tube miniseries based solely around the bad plays featured prominently in her GM league play, and it looks like I'll have another year of material.

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