Silver I

I decided over my winter break to get back to League a bit and try to do some ranked games.  That turned into a 10 game marathon to see where I fall.  I wound up in Silver I when all was said and done.  Pretty good for a rusty old fart like myself.

I realized a few things while playing that needed to be corrected immediately.

A)Bots had made me lazy.  I played Bot games to the point of knowing their exact patterns.  I forgot how unpredictable humans are.

B)The new items had me thrown for a loop.  Where the fuck was my Reverie? What was I doing with free wards? Why did no one ward still if they gave you free ones?

C)I needed a wider champion base.

So while not the best choice, I’ve gone back to playing PVP Normals for a bit.  Save up IP for new champions(I’ve gotten Quinn and Rengar so far), learn these new masteries and items(such memorization is more Trevor’s thing), and realize that people are not computer code that goes a certain way.  So, please come play with me if you have a chance!

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Been Isolated

Sorry I haven’t been keeping up.  Honestly, I’ve been a bit isolated.  Some of it is self-imposed other parts are more dependent on things going on.

I had another massive surgery on my foot, so I haven’t fully walked in over two months.  Even before that walking was painful and exasperating due to the pain and swelling.  I hate being the weak link so I stopped going to as many events and being as social.  Then at the end of November, Trevor lost his job, so I’ve been determined not to go anywhere and spend money.  It is also one of those times where I’m not sure if life is going to be uprooted or not, due to his job loss and possible job prospects, so I just start to cut ties with people…not talking, not showing interest, not caring.

It probably isn’t good for me.

Most of my MTG experiences have been on DoTP and a little bit of MTGO/MODO…which was awful. Hopefully when it comes back it won’t be so bad.  I went to GPDC and did side events and saw people I normally wouldn’t, but did not play in the main event as I did not have a Legacy deck. The events I did play in I did well, but never quite made it to first.  Didn’t expect much considering how long it had been since I had held cards in my hand.

I’ll probably be at an IQ this weekend since it is relatively close and free.  Trevor and I both have cards to play with, so we had may as well.

I’ve been playing quite a bit of League as well, trying to get better in the jungle and top lanes since those were my weakest positions previously.  Until I have a multitude of champions that I can play in all positions down pat, I don’t think I will do much in the ranked system.  That and school which I have to do nearly 5 nights a week…

Anyway, hopefully I’ll be more interactive here in the future.  Might use this as an outlet for a bit.  Might post some fiction type items.  Probably do some tournament type reports.  Probably get some PS4 game reviews up…maybe even some for Vita…or go back and do more comic book reviews… I don’t know.  Tell me what you want to see

Vi and why I’m digging her.

So I saved up my IP in League to purchase Vi.  I really enjoyed the idea of such a punky chick who punched things.  That was actually fully clothed, even if some of the clothing was silly and unnecessary.

I was not disappointed.  Her quips are awesome, her movements are great for being a team fight disrupter, and she has enough mobility as a melee champion that I don’t feel trapped time and time again.

I’m still working on how to better use her E skill and mix the AP/AD early on, but I think that may come down to runes and masteries made more specific for her rather than items early game.  Which is highly doable as soon as I sit down and actually, well, do it.

So overall, a good champion.  Nothing that I can really complain about with her.  She is sassy, strong, and actually dressed. I feel comfortable playing her.  At least as a women.  Still getting there as a player.

Keep it fun…

I found this via reddit and it very much so explains my feelings towards LoL right now. I’d also like to add in when every female champion didn’t have Boob Windows, but ehh. I wasn’t playing in Beta, but I have been playing over two years at this point. Long enough to remember when ELO Hell was just coming into use.

His videos are pretty enjoyable as well, so do go him out on youtube.

Spider Queen….Why so naked?

For serious Riot.  We have had enough of the cleavage bound and mid-drift showing females.  It is getting old now.  I understand that on some level, sex sells, but for pete’s sake this is just getting blatantly gross and misogynistic at this point.

I love the game.  I love my minions.  I enjoy the champion mechanics   But right now, If I want to have a female champion that wears clothes I have to go play Leona, Kayle, or a Yordle.  You ruined Morganna by making her anorexic and none of the new females are much better.  Now I can’t play her without having a skin cause I’m just repulsed.

Soraka is the only one that has really been improved upon recently.  And I don’t play her!

I just want an actual woman champion.  Not a sexualized figure, but a character that doesn’t make me feel guilty for my own imperfections every time I see it or give the male players of the game the validation to say women in real life are fat simply because the virtual characters they play with are unhealthy.

I don’t pretend to know the exact answer to this issue, but this is how I feel.  It is honestly why I kinda moved away from the game along with starting school.  Feeling like a second class woman while in game was kinda awful.  I know that women can be full figured, or at the very least fully clothed, and still be sexy.  I’m not talking like fully covered, but fully clothed.

Maybe I’m just ranting…I’ll go back to my pointless girl gamer section of the world now and feel insignificant.

 

EDIT: Thank you to Nhan-Fiction to providing me with this wonderful link showing exactly what I’m talking about with female champions looking the same recently.

I will Be A Hero

I will be taking the plunge and playing games for 24 hours in order to help the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in their Extra Life fundraiser.  I have joined Team Reddit since that is where I learned about the fundraiser and am aiming to raise $100.  More would be fantastic, but since it is my first year I am aiming low.

HERE IS WHERE YOU CAN DONATE TO ME!  I will be doing a mix of things ranging from being on the PS3, playing Magic on Cockatraice, playing on Steam, and playing League of Legends.  I will stream as much of this as possible and would love for some of you to join me.  I’ll be live blogging and inviting viewers to games and matches and doing random game types if people want.  This is supposed to be interactive and fun after all!

Any amount you can give is great, even if it is just a reblog, tweeting my donations page, or sharing it on the other social networking sites.  Feel free to ask me any questions or give me any gamer tags so I can add you to programs and pull you up as I’m playing 😀

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT ON THIS BLOG!  It really does mean a lot to me.

Escapist Expo Day 3 & 4

So the last two days of the expo where so much of a run around that I did not get to write promptly.  I’m so sorry!  Here is my recap though along with pictures!

Saturday got off to an interesting start.  My first match of the tournament never showed up so I wound up going over and playing Bob Maher instead.  I did not want to waste the time just sitting there on my hands, I wanted to get some practice in and get a good feel for my deck.  Plus he was playing things I had never seen before, which was way awesome.  I won the first round, which was a really nice boost to my confidence, but lost the second, which was fine with me because seeing the mechanics he had going was astounding!  We ran out of time before the next round of the tournament to even out the tie breaker, but it was till way awesome to play against someone of that caliber and have Jon Finkel watch.

As for the actual tournament I had another match where I won in regards to someone not showing up, a lot of people absolutely confused by the various numbers of werewolves I had and the fact that each one had an answer to something.  A few people who when I busted out the Thundermaw Hellkite were like, that isn’t a werewolf!  So?  He messes your day up like my werewolves do…he is just a Were-maw.  However, I did not win any of these matches.  I had this issue of either getting all lands or all creatures and mulliganing myself to five.

It was seriously as if my deck was not really shuffled enough until my last match up, which went nearly perfectly.  Playing against a Delver Deck was cake!  I out aggro’d him to a point of no return.  On top of that, Mondronen Shaman/Tovolar’s Magehunter caused major damage to those decks with the sheer amount of spells they throw down.  Pair that with an Immerwolf and make it unflippable and the result was very damaging.

In the end, I wound up in 39th place out of over 70 people, which for my first tournament did not seem to bad to me.  By the time the tournament was over, though, there was not time to do much else.  We went and hunted down food, which wound up being Bull City Burger.  In between a few matches though I was able to get out real quick and pick up a new play mat(which was need since the tables where damaging my sleeves).  There were only five of these made and Cynthia Sheppard was nice enough to sign it for me!

Blue Flame was drawn by Cynthia Sheppard and sold as a play mat by her at Escapist Expo.

That evening we also took part in a cubed draft.  That was absolutely insane!  I played with cards that I had either not seen in forever or had never seen before which was just a really cool instance!  I tried to play a blue/red mill deck, but I just wasn’t able to really get the ramp up and going.  I guess that is the downside of cubed.

Did I mention that there were some 5,000 people there on Saturday?  Yeah, next year will be amazing and will need to be held in a bigger place.  Kinda happy that I was stuck in a tournament the whole time.

Sunday/Day 4 was a lot more low key.  We went and shopped a bunch.  I picked up a T-shirt that has a Stormtrooper walking an AT-AT. AT-ST, and AT-TE which is just fantastic!  I also got a set of tie-die dice, a new deck box, Yoda card sleeves, and a Vulpix hat.  I also won a new tabletop game and some new gaming headphones from Plantronics that are bound to be more comfortable then my current ones.

I also got a picture of this guy:

He goes and gathers artists renditions of his costume onto his play mat.

This is David O’Brien, who I have now referred to at the Magic the Gathering Knight.  He has this awesome costume with dice, and chain mail dragons from cards.  He has a white play mat that he then takes with him to cons and such to try and get the artists of Magic to draw him on and sign.  It is a way awesome idea.    It was really neat to see someone so dedicated to the game as well.

I got to watch the start of the finals for the League of Legends tournament, but by the time they would have really gotten started, I needed to be in my D&D Next session.  This was beyond fun!  I got to play as a Hafling Rogue Cook…and I decided to throw salt on a frog that was attacking me.  Take that Frog!

Did I mention that our DM was THE James Wyatt…you know, guys who does a lot of Forgotten Realms stuff, Lead Designer for Next, has worked at Wizards for a long time, etc.  Anyway, his DMing was amazing!  It was incredibly fluid for only having 2 hours and 9 people of varying skill.  He was able to instruct those of us who had little experience with D&D and react quite quickly to those of us who were able read the character sheet and really get all the steps down instantly.  We did not get very far in the campaign, but we had lots of laughs and killed some good creatures.

By the way, I’m enjoying Next a lot more then 4.

The American Classic Arcade Museum was really awesome.  I got to play some games where I don’t even know how people tolerated them back then.  Food Fight…really? OMG I wanted to kick the thing.  However, my love of Dig-Dug lived on and I simply could not resist the bicycle pump.  Trevor had his own obsessions to deal with throughout the day.

Also, won a pair of GameCom 380s from their booth quite accidently!  I took their survey figuring who doesn’t need more girl gamer input and wound up walking away with a pair of super comfy gaming headphones…SWEET DEAL!  Probably going to give them a good run through tonight, and Trev would like their bluetooth ones, so we will certainly see.

But Sunday went by way to fast.  I wish there had been more time, but I’m not sure what we would have done with it.  I think it would have been great it there could have been more events going later into the evening, but with a con only going from 10 am to 6 pm, I feel that I certainly learned a lot, made a lot of great new friends, listened to some good music(go check out D&D Sluggers 😉 ), and of course played some awesome games.

Plus, with some free time, a little relaxation happened:

Fuzzy bathrobes=ultimate comfort

So until next year, keep your decks updated, the character sheets fresh, and remember, GAMING IS LIFE!