LOTI #009 – “The Frostwyrm Lair”
Welcome to the Legend of the Innkeeper. I’m Vastidious and I’m Ariannwyn. We’re glad you could join us for our ninth episode.
This week we are talking about…
The last wing of Naxxramas, The Frostwyrm Lair
What did you do this week?
1. “After Naxx” (Meta)
“Team 5, the nickname for the small team within Blizzard that made Hearthstone into what it is, is growing rapidly according to Chayes. It’s now up to 30 members, …”
“We wanted to add new mechanics to the game but we didn’t add a new keyword or anything that players would have to learn a new concept,” he said.”
“Then came the idea of a progressive rollout.”
“By designing the challenges as combat puzzles, Blizzard found a way to train players how to think about overcoming popular decks.”
2. Nerf it!
“Mad Scientist, a 2 mana creature that puts a secret directly into play, has given the Hunter class a huge boost.”
“The design team wanted Mad Scientist to be a strong card. Secrets weren’t exactly dominating the meta before Curse of Naxxramas released.”
3. Professional coach
“that means that when I play Hearthstone I always assume my opponent has the perfect hand and panic as soon as they play so much as a Goldshire Footman. “You’re focusing way too much on responding, and not enough on anticipation,” says Admirable. “At some point you have to create tension on the board.”
“Too often I respond to something unexpected happening by trying to change my approach entirely. Again, the problem is panicking. “When you deviate from your gameplan, you really start getting stuck,”
“The other thing to remember is to stop taking losing so seriously. “You’re going to lose a lot of games,” says Admirable. “That’s the nature of it. In Hearthstone you have to lose. You should take any loss as an opportunity to think what could I have done to win? “
“So, could hiring a coach work for you? Well that very much depends on how much you value your time and money, but also how important getting better at this game is to you?”
4. Windows 8 Tablet Giveaway
Intel is giving away 30 Windows 8 tablets with Hearthstone on them. The sweepstakes ends at 11:59 PM ET on October 12th, 2014 https://www.hearthstoneontablet.com/
5. Heartstone Top Deck Site
http://hearthstonetopdeck.com – Site has listings of the top decks that were used in recent tournaments by the pros.
Boss #1: Sapphiron
His hero power is 0 cost “Frost Breath” “Destroy all enemy minions that aren’t frozen.” There are two special cards. The first one you start with it on the board, “Frozen Champion” he’s a 5 cost, 2/10 “Permanently Frozen. Adjacent minions are immune to Frost Breath”. The other card is “Pure Cold” it’s a 5 cost spell “Deal 8 damage to the enemy hero, and Freeze it”. The card you get from defeating him is “Echoing Ooze” which is a 2 cost 1/2 minion “Battlecry: Summon an exact copy of this minion at the end of the turn.”
Boss #2: Kel’Thuzad
His hero power has two phases. The first phase in normal mode is “Frost Blast”, 0 cost “Deal 2 damage to the enemy hero and freeze it”. The only difference in heroic mode is that the ability is 3 damage.
In the second phase – normal mode – his hero power is “Chains”, 8 cost “Take control of a random enemy minion until the end of the turn”, and in heroic mode it is 8 cost “Take control of a random enemy minion”
He also has two special cards. The first one is “Mr Bigglesworth”, a 0 cost 1/1 kitty. The other is “Guardian of the Icecrown” which is a 4 cost 3/3 with taunt (in normal mode) and a 5/5 with taunt in heroic.
The card you get for defeating him is “Shade of Naxxramas” (3 cost 2/2 “Stealth. At the start of your turn gain 1/1”)
At the end of the wing you get “Kel’Thuzad” 8 cost 6/8 “At the end of each turn summon all friendly minions that died this turn”.
You fight against Kel’Thuzad, once you defeat him you unlock “Avenge” a 1 cost secret “Secret: When one of your minions dies, give a random friendly minion +3/+2”
Reviews and Emails
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From Dwrn: Have been listening to the show since episode one and just wanted to say I really enjoy it! I think it was two episodes ago when you asked for some ideas for more segments, and one that might be good for newer players, is a segment about certain decks and maybe call it “Player Deck of the Week” or something. You can look up certain decks and variations of them on all of the different websites that are available, give credit to the creator and then go through the whole deck and talk about what kind of deck it is and all the different combos and how to play it and stuff. Most of the creators give a summary on their deck and how you should play it so it shouldn’t be a super hard segment to do since most of the info is already there for you. You could also make the deck if you have the cards and play it a few times and give your personal experience and feedback on it as well! Anyway great job and keep it up, I look forward to the show every week and listen to it as soon as it pops up in my feed!
From Manuel: Hey again. I just wanted to write in and suggest some stuff for the podcast since I totally forgot last week. I definitely like you playing some arena because it’s my favorite mode of play (even though I’m really bad at it). Trumps card rankings help a lot for that so maybe you can use them, it made my life a lot easier.
I would also love some class specific podcasts.
From Zitter: Congratulations on the growing and entertaining show that you are hosting for us casual players. It really gets better every time I hear it.
Since the show is for casuals and done in a very laid back format my suggestion is to add a third chair for community guests who may be willing to come on. They can introduce themselves tell us about the decks they use, what their best rank is and what brought them to hearthstone. This will bring something fresh to every show. Most podcasts I listen to have 3 speakers which allow nice rotation of conversations.
Keep going and keep up the good show.
From @Shiny_Rob: My son and I just finished the latest show. We say fewer panda talk and more Druid talk!
Also from @Shiny_Rob: also, I found out that you only have to silence one of Feugen and Stalag. You just have to make sure the silenced one dies last
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