Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Puzzle & Dragons: Japan Duel Masters Collab card notes (Updated #3 for Bolmeteus' updated LS)

It's not the Yugioh, Duel Monsters, collaboration that I hoped for but at least it is a Collectible Card Game (CCG) so perhaps there might be a chance for one with Yugioh in the future? The collaboration  card information is out at PuzzleDragonX.com and one of the things that caught my eye was the skill up cards for the 2.0 Rider Series (except the dark rider). Phoenix Rider turned out to be quite a useful sub, having that Monster Hunter Baggi-like defensive ability, and I think those who have him will definitely look to max skill him here. Be sure to check through the dungeon drops as there are quite a few 10 cost cards in there that might be useful for low cost dungeons. On to the Collaboration Egg Machine cards! (English names are referenced from astalotte's subreddit post on the Collab REM info)

Update: Game8's card ratings for the Collab eggs. I completely agree with the assessment with the minor difference being that I think Romanoffis good but Game8 rates is even more highly. Individual sample teams for the gold cards are linked below.

Silver Eggs

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Magic Duels: Origins, a F2P Digital Magic: The Gathering game coming in July 2015

Wizard announces Magic Duels: Origins

This is something I've always wanted long ago but I probably won't be trying due to time constraints as this is another F2P game which will take a lot of grinding to get the cards you want. It's also not coming to Macs, iPhones or a console that I own so I will only consider trying on the family iPad after checking out the cards it have. Here's a gameplay trailer by IGN posted through the official Magic website.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Puzzle & Dragons: Follow-up post on the Japan's Saint Seiya Collaboration

I was away from my computer and missed out on writing about the recent Saint Seiya Collaboration so here's a follow-up on the new and updated cards.

New cards listed on PuzzleDragonX.com

UVO Aquarius Hyoga
He is really similar to Yo & Siegfried in leader skill and will probably have similar fate as him; I doubt anyone will be leading with him and with his active skill affecting only Balanced type, his usage is really niche. He is a nice sub for Yo & Siegfried nevertheless. The biggest improvement for this UVO for me is the artwork as he went from cartoonish to manga-ish.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Heroes of the Storm: Some of my tips for new players starting out and thoughts on the game (Updated with Impressions)

I don't usually write about Multiplayer Online Battler Arena (MOBA) because I try to keep this blog focused on Card games and puzzles. However, there is a cross-promotion of sorts between Heroes of the Storm (HotS) and Hearthstone to get an exclusive card back for Hearthstone. You need to reach level 12 for the HotS account in order to score the card back for the corresponding Hearthstone account and there are definitely some tips you can research a bit in order to try to reach it faster. HotS is currently in open beta so everyone can start playing the game now.

Some of the most important tips are from Skill Shotter.com for fast account levelling. Generally, you want to to play Quickmatches and party up with friends for the bonus experience. When you start the game, there is an option to find party at the main screen. Be sure to friend the party members for the bonus. If you are willing to spend money, then getting a stimpack will make the process even faster. In addition, you can get a Wonder Billie mount (Edit#3: and icon portrait) if you make any purchase during the HotS beta, which is right now.