Hearthstone Diary #4: Hunting Out in the Open
Hello 2017! Happy new year!
I’ve been quiet blog-wise in 2016 for a long time but not in the open scene–if you played a lot in open tournaments, chances are you’ve probably played against me. That said, I tried hard to make it to HS mother-of-all-tourneys, Blizzcon 2016, but didn’t quite make the cut. With all the frustrating #AlwaysTop4 and #AlwaysTop8 statuses I got in tourneys, it would have been easy to throw in the towel but thank heavens I have an awesome team and Hearthstone friends who cheered me on. Plus, I got other things to do such as my day job and Magic: The Gathering (we’ll get to this later).
I also celebrated my first year with compLexity Gaming. I learned so much and grew as a competitive player by just being around them–memes included. Many thanks to our manager, Fantasy, for being supportive and baiting me with real-life cards into placing many top 8s and eventually winning a 256-man tourney. It’s not Blizzcon-level yet but I’m not backing down just yet. 🙂
The Year of the Pirates
When the dust settled on Mysterious Challenger’s exit, we all had a general idea that Thrall-at-the-bottom-tier would get a much needed boost. We were, however, not prepared for him to stay on top for, what, two expansions/adventures long or even a year? It’s 2017 and we’re still playing Shaman on the last day of the season :p . There was a time when Pirate Warriors benched Shaman but Thrall ain’t taking sh*t from Garrosh so he got back right up there and dethroned him. Then the nerf came and Pirate Warriors are everywhere (Remember when I made Pirate Warrior in July 2014?). Journey to Un’Goro might slow things down a bit with the quests. I can’t wait to brew new decks.
I miss this the most. I haven’t been doing anything fancy right now that won’t be bullied and beaten to a pulp by pirate warriors. I’m hoping that Journey to Un’Goro will spark that deck building interest I had in 2014 Hearthstone. I’m starting to wonder when it started to become less fun. I hope I’ll get right back up.
The Majors, Tourney vs Ladder and Grinding for Points
I missed the Thailand Majors in September because it was a busy month at work but I tried to make it a point to be there at the Malaysia Majors. It was a great experience meeting other players and casters, especially those I follow on Twitter. I initially didn’t really think I would be able join Malaysia Major but my leave got approved at the last minute so I went there filled with a lot of hope (and dread). LOL, it didn’t really fo my way so… This year, the next Major will be in Japan and it’s on Asia server. I might sit that one out if I can’t get the cards on time. We’ll see…
I have been playing Standard Magic and hoping to qualify for a Pro Tour this year. Standard Meta has been stale but the good thing about it is it evolves every week. There’s always a different answer each week. MTG is my first (CCG) love and playing it always makes me feel better. I also find that I play better Hearthstone after I play MTG tourneys. It’s like I get my brain working better instead of just grinding mindlessly on ladder for hours. After tourneys, I rank better with fewer but more quality games.
I also started playing Gwent and I have to say the game wins feel so satisfying. At this point, I’m not sure if I’m saying it just because it’s new and I’m just dying to play something else, or the game is just really that good. I’ll write Gwent posts after I start going competitive on it.
As for Hearthstone, I feel like I’m married to this game but way past the honeymoon phase already lol (i.e. love-hate relationship). Expect new brews from me once Journey to Un’Goro starts. My goal by the Year of the Mammoth is to get back my creativity and probably fall in love again with this game. I’m planning to get back to content creation while still competing on the side.
It’s been a good 3+ years playing card games and I don’t see myself quitting these games soon. In fact, my future plans are made so that I’m going to have more time to compete more. Watch out for that 😉
Thank you for following me since 2014. I hope I’ll give back more to the CCG community this year 🙂