LOTI 003 : Rabbit Trails

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#003 – Legend of the Innkeeper – “Rabbit Trails”

 

Intro:  Welcome to the Legend of the Innkeeper.  I’m Vastidious and I’m Ariannwyn.  We’re glad you could join us for our third episode.

This week we are talking about…


Updates:

What did you do this week?

Trump’s Arena Spreadsheets – http://www.liquidhearth.com/guides/arena-tier-list


News

1. Male Only Tournament in Finland?

http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/07/02/hearthstone-tournament/

– they removed the restriction:  http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/07/03/iesf-removes-male-only-restriction-from-its-e-sports-tournaments/

“If their goal was admirable, their methods were entirely the wrong way to go about promoting women in e-sports. And even that excuse falls flat when you take into account that many of the games in the IeSF World Championship had no women’s competition at all.”

2.  Naxxramas pricing revealed!

http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/14601010/curse-of-naxxramas%E2%84%A2-wing-entry-details-and-heroic-mode-7-8-2014

All 5 wings (after 1st month) – $24.99

Already have 1st, the rest for – $19.99

Already have 1st & 2nd, the rest for $14.99

Already have first three, the rest for $9.99

Individual wings are $6.99 or 700 in-game gold each wing

3.  As each wing is released, cards show up in the Arena http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/13665269

As each wing is released, the cards available in each wing will also show up in your Arena picks, even if you have not earned them for your personal collection yet.

4.  Should you save up gold to buy the wings or just pay cash?

Overall most agree that you should spend the cash for Naxx and use your gold for packs instead.  Here is one thread with numbers behind it.  http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/forum/topic/13347465220?page=7

2800 gold is 28 packs. At about $1.33 a pack, that’s a little over 37 bucks.

15 packs = $19.99 – 2 packs for $2.99 – 1 pack for 100 gold.

1 pack is approx. $1.50.; 40 is approx. $1.25 per packm

Compare the numbers below. The lower gold to $ value, the better the deal it is

1 pack: 1g : $0.015

40 packs: 1g : $0.0125

1 naxx: 1g : $0.01

2-5 naxx: 1g : $0.0714

Conclusion: Buying any bundle of Naxx wings (with $$) will give you almost double TO double the value of your dollar than if you bought the packs (with $$) because gold is significantly cheaper (by the dollar amount) if you buy Naxx wings over packs. If you’re considering spending money on packs, but saving your gold for Naxx, do it the other way around and you will get a LOT more cards for your money overall.

And while we are talking about spending money on the game, did you see this video where a guy spent $750 on packs?!?  He ended up with one of everything. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1vZyj4ajtY

5. Breakdown of Naxx Facts

a. The costs above

b. When you unlock a wing, it’s unlocked forever

c. When a wing is opened (not unlocked) cards will show in Arena

d. During the introduction month (1 month after it comes out) the first wing is free.  After that initial month, it will cost to buy that wing.  But if you get it during the first month it’s free forever.

e.  Even if you purchase all the wings at the beginning, you will not get early access

f.  Defeat a wing and you unlock Heroic mode for that wing.

g.  Defeat all bosses in heroic and you get a special card back.

h.  Golden versions of Naxxramas cards can be crafted with Arcane Dust once you have acquired the non-golden version of that card.  (http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/forum/topic/13347465220?page=10#190)

Naxx Guide – http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Curse_of_Naxxramas


Getting better

Suggestion:  If you really want to get better, try recording your games and re-watching them.  If you lost, see what happened to make you lose, or what you could have done better.

Control decks:

http://hearthstone.blizzpro.com/2013/09/16/basic-tips-for-playing-control-decks/

http://www.icy-veins.com/hearthstone/how-to-build-a-deck-in-hearthstone

http://www.ign.com/wikis/hearthstone-heroes-of-warcraft/Advanced_Deck_Building_Strategies

http://www.tentonhammer.com/hearthstone/control-deck-guide

“Control” in HearthStone does not mean “stop your opponent from ever playing cards” like in Magic, but rather means “prevent your opponent from having any meaningful cards on the field”.

  • Control is about surviving until the end of the game when you can throw out your bigger minions. Control decks tend to focus on card advantage and board removal (like taunt, freezes, or area of effect)
  • What class should you choose to play a control deck with?  All classes can play control, but some are better at it than others. Mages and Druids are probably the best at control. Druid might be a little harder to play than Mage because a lot of the cards have two options.

Card advantage

  • First most important thing to have in your control deck is a way to draw cards. Each class has special ways to draw cards

Board control

  • In rush decks board control means (?) taking out the enemy minions and bashing the opponent with your own. (?) by turn 5 or 6 you want to go for the kill.
  • Control decks you want to take advantage of your resources since you will be going into rounds 9 and 10. -Area of effect are great since it’s one card for many minions.  You may even want to wait for the opponent to throw down a few more minions before you blast them.
  • Saving bigger minions until your opponent doesn’t have a hand can be great. Sometimes if you play them sooner they will be subject to an assassinate etc.
  • You do want to have a plan of what you want to play…say working towards playing Mind Control on something amazing. If you know what cards you need to win the game it helps you figure what to play, and when to draw cards.

Good neutral cards for Control decks.  We will go over each class later on other episodes.

– Good idea to have silence like Ironbeak Owl or Spellbreaker

– Control decks often have a healing minion or two like Earthen Ring Farseer

– Harvest Golem and Chillwind Yeti are pretty much in every deck since they are harder to remove.

– A taunt or two may be useful, Sen’Jin Shieldmasta is one of the best, along with Sunwalker

– Minions that clear the board can be helpful, Wild Pyromancer and Abomination are two examples

– Some Control decks have a charge minion in them such as Argent Commander

– Adding a couple smaller minions to play the first turn or two are a good idea as well.  Some classes may have one you would like to include, but if not Argent Squire, Acidic Swamp Ooze or Faerie Dragon might be good ones.


Reviews and Emails

iTunes Review:

Zelicus – “Instantly one of my favorite Hearthstone podcasts!  The hosts have a great passion for this game we all love so much.  Perfect for the new player, a veteran, or anyone in between!  Give it a listen!”

Email from Abpnog in London, UK – Let me just pop in to say your podcast is great. I like the dynamics between you, the level you pitch the podcast to and all the information you get on the website”  (just a sample of the email)

Twitter Update – 10 followers!


Outro

That does it for this episode.  You can email the show at [email protected].  You can also visit our website at legendoftheinnkeeper.com where we will post the show notes with the episode that has links to all the information we discussed.

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Until next show, Happy gaming!

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Vastidious is a long time gamer, father to Ariannwyn and doesn’t read the text on the cards.

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  1. That was a fun episode. But unfortunately my allergies have been driving me nuts lately and after listening to the podcast during editing, I noticed that I had to clear my throat a lot! I’m sorry everyone!

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