Monday, August 19, 2019

Well Hello there!

well it has been about a year since my last post so letting the nobody that still reads this know I’m still alive. Still playing games and excited about some of the games coming out soon.

I recently got back into wow as of a couple of days ago since you can apparently earn flying for this expansion. I don’t understand the bullshit time gating at all. It honestly makes the game much less enjoyable for each character you need to level. I have been playing this game long enough . I don’t need an artificial grind to play .

Other than recently resubbing to wow I have been playing Black Ops 4 to prepare for the upcoming shooters. I will be getting Modern Warfare on Xbox and Borderlands 3 on the PC.

Blogging ain’t what it once was. It has been replaced by YouTube and Instagram and any number of other social media platforms. But they aren’t the same. It was amazing finding other bloggers and following their journeys. This was a fun little hobby. Never something for money . And it was great for a time. Now it is just another little blip in history.

I guess until next time....if there is a next time. Who knows . Maybe I should get with the times and post shit on other platforms . Or maybe I will just enjoy life without worrying about views and other dumb shit.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Why you do dis Blizz and Happy Birthday D3!

Seriously, this is the longest two weeks I have ever had to a wait for a game. I want to get my grubby little mitts on Overwatch, and there is still another week to go.

Mostly been playing Diablo 3, working on some stuff in season.

Speaking of D3, today is its 4th birthday. It has basically been two games in the time since it was released. When it came out, while I did enjoy it, the game was way too fucking hard, and the drops were shit. You were literally better off having yellow armor than legendaries. You could of course sell stuff on the AH, which just meant that bots ended up making a lot of money. I actually made enough to buy Cataclysm, so I guess I cant complain too much.

They really turned the game around though, and it became a really fun loot based game with a competitive side should you like that sort of thing. Great job Blizzard.

On a Destiny note, while I have not been playing, I have been quite happy that the community is continuing to roast Bungie about skill based matchmaking. It looks like they may actually do something about it this time.

And for you Overwatch hankering, here is the new animated short they released today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w2-3Dn9PGg

and here is a comic.

http://comic.playoverwatch.com/en-us/symmetra-a-better-world


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

And so my Watch has ended......

No, I am not in the Nights watch, but the Overwatch beta is now over and I have to wait another two weeks to play it again. And I am a sad panda.

After getting to play it for a week, I am still of the opinion that Overwatch is one of the most fun shooters I have played in a long time. Each hero is different and unique, and pretty much every character was enjoyable.

I played a lot of different characters, but I ended up mostly choosing two depending on offense and defense.

On offense, I ended up picking McCree mostly. He is very strong and has very high DPS as long as you land your flashbang. The flashbang/fan the hammer combo will one shot most players that arent tanks. He is a really nice counter to a couple of the really ebola characters, namely Tracer and Mei. His super is underwhelming, and he is pretty slow, but the combo makes him a 1v1 master.

The player I play on defense, and most people seem to be bad at is Torbjorn. The thing about most Torbjorns is that if you kill their turret, they run away like a little bitch. That is actually quite dumb honestly, as I have solo killed every character in the game with Torbjorn that has the turret dead. People really underestimate the amount of damage his shotgun like attack does. It two shots a lot of heroes, and I have killed many many people trying to flank around to take out my turret.

Another nice thing he has are the armor packs. They give you 75 additional health basically, and you can make more by picking up scrap that drops from dead players. In a 1v1 you can often engage, retreat, throw yourself and armor pack, and re engage. I had 54 elminations in one game with him as well as another game that I had a 40 kill streak. It is all about good turret placement so that it doesnt get sniped and that it gets to do its thing while your team is harassing the opposing team.

Overall, I cannot wait for the game to come out, and I suppose in the meantime I will be playing mostly Diablo as I have pretty much completely quit Destiny at this point. I would be getting mad at the game even if I was doing very well, and I just dont need to be stressed about something that dumb. If they ever fix the matchmaking, I may eventually play a bit again, but I am pretty certain that it has already been replaced by Overwatch.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New Diablo Patch, New Season Incoming

I will post the patch notes below, but they really arent that huge compared to some of the patches that have been coming out in recent months. There are a few gear changes that mostly seem to be buffs to each class, which is cool.

Strangely enough, the thing that I was most excited for was the menagerie goblin. They drop cosmetic items, and I love me some cosmetic items. Unfortunately, I have yet to see one of those sons of bitches. I WANT MAH PETS. I have also heard that there are new portraits and stuff you can get for your characters which is cool.

Diablo has done a great job turning what was basically a somewhat boring game at launch into something that is a lot of fun. You feel like you get rewarded with loot and materials for playing, which is what this kind of game is all about.

I also heard that they have not decided if they are going to release another D3 expansion, or just got straight to D4. I think I would be happy with either honestly, as I still really enjoy D3. If it is D4, I have to make the decision on if I want to do it on PC or console. I have been gravitating more towards console games these days as the player base is usually much higher for just about any game. I have also heard nothing but good things about the console version of Diablo.

As I wrote in the title, the new season is coming out this Friday, which means time to grind back to max level and do it all over again. I really like the start of a new season. Really feels like you have something to play for. I will probably start off with Barbarian like I always do and then start leveling the other classes as I feel like it. I just hope you can rebirth more characters this season so that I dont have to start deleting characters.

Patch Notes below.

GENERAL

  • Several changes have been made to improve server performance
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that prevented Massacre bonus experience from being calculated correctly
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CLASSES

  • Barbarian
    • Active Skills
      • Hammer of the Ancients
        • Skill Rune - Birthright
          • Now heals for 3% of your maximum Life on Critical Hits
          • No longer has a chance to drop a Health Globe
      • Ignore Pain
        • Skill Rune - Mob Rule
          • Damage reduction granted to allies has been reduced from 50% to 25%
    • Passive Skills
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  • Demon Hunter
    • Active Skills
      • Companion
        • Skill Rune - Boar Companion
          • The Life per second and resistance bonuses are also granted to your allies
        • Skill Rune - Wolf Companion
          • The damage bonus granted is now multiplicative with other sources of bonus damage
    • Passive Skills
      • Steady Aim
        • The damage bonus granted is now multiplicative with other sources of bonus damage
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  • Witch Doctor
    • Active Skills
      • Grasp of the Dead
        • Skill Rune - Death is Life
          • Chance to summon a Zombie Dog increased to 70%
          • No longer has a chance to drop a Health Globe
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  • Wizard
    • The Firebird's Finery (2) Set Bonus will now activate before Unstable Anomaly
    • Active Skills
      • Archon
        • Damage bonus increased from 20% to 300%
        • Armor and resistance bonuses increased from 20% to 150%
        • Damage bonus for each enemy killed is now multiplicative
        • Skill Rune - Improved Archon
          • Damage bonus increased from 22% to 50%
            • Note: This bonus is now multiplicative
        • Skill Rune - Teleport
          • Cooldown reduced from 3 to 2 seconds

ITEMS

  • Legendary potions can now be salvaged and will yield a Forgotten Soul
  • Legendary Gems
    • Bane of the Powerful
      • Rank 25 now also reduces damage taken from Elites by 15%
      • The damage bonus granted is now multiplicative with other sources of bonus damage
    • Enforcer
      • Pet damage reduction increased from 25% to 90%
      • The damage bonus granted to pets is now multiplicative with other sources of bonus damage
    • Gem of Efficacious Toxin
      • Poisoned enemies now also deal 10% reduced damage
    • Gogok of Swiftness
      • Has been redesigned
        • Now applies swiftness with every attack
        • Now also grants 0.50% chance to dodge per stack
        • Dodge chance increases by 0.01% per rank
    • Mirinae, Teardrop of the Starweaver
      • Smite damage increased from 2000% to 3000% weapon damage
      • Additional damage per rank increased from 40% to 60% weapon damage
      • Duration between bonus Smite casts at rank 25 reduced from 5 to 3 seconds
      • Smite now also heals you for 3% of your maximum Life each time it hits an enemy
    • Moratorium
      • Chance to clear staggered damage increased from 10% to 20% per kill
    • Pain Enhancer
      • Bleed increased from 1200% to 2500% weapon damage
      • Additional damage per rank increased from 30% to 50% weapon damage
    • Simplicity's Strength
      • The damage bonus granted is now multiplicative with other sources of primary skill bonus damage
      • Heal amount increased from 2% to 4% of maximum Life
    • Taeguk
      • Has been redesigned
        • Now only gains stacks when you spend resource on a channeled skill
        • Now stacks up to 10 times
        • Stacks now expire after 1.5 seconds
        • Grants 2.0% damage per stack
        • Damage increases by 0.04% per rank
        • Grants 2% Armor per stack at rank 25
          • Note: There is currently an issue causing this gem to only grant 1% Armor per stack
    • Wreath of Lightning
      • Lightning damage increased from 600% to 1250% weapon damage
      • Additional damage per rank increased from 10% to 25% weapon damage
    • Zei's Stone of Vengeance
      • Damage bonus per rank increased from 0.05% to 0.08% for every 10 yards between you and the enemy
  • Depth Diggers
    • The damage bonus granted is now multiplicative with other sources of primary skill bonus damage
  • Oculus Ring
    • Will now also be activated by your kills if equipped on your follower
  • Sanguinary Vambraces
    • Now benefit from all sources of bonus damage
  • Solanium
    • Can now only drop a Health Globe once every 8 seconds
  • Several existing Legendary items have been updated to include a unique Legendary power
    • Note: Existing items will not be affected by the following changes. Only new versions of the items will roll with the added Legendary power.
    • Frostburn
      • Now has Cold skills deal +15-20% increased damage and have a 50% chance to Freeze enemies as a Legendary Power
    • Magefist
      • Now has Fire skills deal +15-20% increased damage as a Legendary Power
    • Class-Specific Items
      • Barbarian
        • Immortal King's Call
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Damage bonus increased from 250% to 400%
        • The Legacy of Raekor
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Damage bonus per stack increased from 300% to 750%
        • Might of the Earth
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Damage bonus increased from 800% to 1200%
        • Skull Grasp
          • Has been redesigned
            • Your Whirlwind deals 250-300% additional damage
              • Note: This bonus is multiplicative with other sources of Whirlwind damage
        • Wrath of the Wastes
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • Damage reduction gained during Whirlwind increased from 40% to 50%
            • Your applied Rends deal triple damage
      • Crusader
        • Flail of the Ascended
          • New Legendary Two-Handed Flail
            • Your Shield Glare deals damage equal to up to your last 5 Shield Bash casts
        • Johanna's Argument
          • Now also increases the damage of Blessed Hammer by 100%
        • Thorns of the Invoker
          • (2) Set Bonus
            • Damage per stack increased from 25% to 35%
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Bonus Thorns damage dealt increased from 600% to 800%
        • Roland's Legacy
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • Damage bonus increased from 600% to 750%
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Duration increased from 5 to 8 seconds
      • Demon Hunter
        • Embodiment of the Marauder
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • Sentry damage bonus increased from 300% to 400%
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Damage bonus for each active Sentry increased from 600% to 800%
        • Lord Greenstone's Fan
          • Damage bonus increased from 80-100% to 160-200% per stack
        • Meticulous Bolts
          • No longer drops
          • Replaced with:
            • Elemental Quiver
              • New Legendary Quiver
                • Ball Lightning travels at 30% speed
                • Frost Arrow damage and chill duration increased by 200-250%
                • Immolation Arrow damage over time increased by 200-250%
                • Nether Tentacles damage and healing increased by 200-250%
        • Natalya's Vengeance
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Damage bonus increased from 400% to 500%
        • The Shadow's Mantle
          • (2) Set Bonus
            • Damage bonus increased from 600% to 1200%
        • Unhallowed Essence
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Damage bonus per point of Discipline increased from 20% to 40%
        • Wojahnni Assaulter
          • Rapid Fire damage bonus increased from 30-40% to 60-75% per stack
          • Channeling time required to gain a stack decreased from 1 second to 0.5 seconds
          • Now gains the first stack immediately
      • Monk
        • The Flow of Eternity
          • Now also increases your Seven-Sided Strike damage by 100%
        • Monkey King's Garb
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • Decoy damage increased from 500% to 1000% weapon damage per stack
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Damage bonus increased from 1500% to 3000%
        • Raiment of a Thousand Storms
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Dashing Strike now also increases your Spirit Generators by 300% for 6 seconds
        • Shenlong's Spirit
          • (2) Set Bonus
            • Damage bonus after reaching maximum Spirit increased from 100% to 150%
        • Uliana's Stratagem
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • Your Seven-Sided Strike deals double its total damage with each hit
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Now also increases your Exploding Palm damage by 250%
      • Witch Doctor
        • Bakuli Jungle Wraps
          • New Legendary Belt
            • Firebats deals 150-200% increased damage to enemies affected by Locust Swarm or Piranhas
        • Helltooth Harness
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Damage bonus increased from 900% to 1400%
        • Raiment of the Jade Harvester
          • (2) Set Bonus
            • Instant Haunt damage dealt increased from 60 to 120 seconds worth
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Instant damage dealt when consuming DoTs increased from 150 to 300 seconds worth
        • Spirit of Arachyr
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Damage bonus increased from 1200% to 1500%
        • Zunimassa's Haunt
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • Damage reduction per Fetish increased from 2% to 3%
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Damage bonus increased from 800% to 1500%
      • Wizard
        • Delsere's Magnum Opus
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • Has been redesigned
              • You take 50% reduced damage while you have a Slow Time active
              • Your allies gain half this benefit
        • Halo of Karini
          • New Legendary Ring
            • You take 45-60% less damage for 2 seconds after your Storm Armor electrocutes an enemy more than 30 yards away
        • Firebird's Finery
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Damage bonus for each enemy burning increased from 25% to 40%
            • Damage bonus when an Elite is burning increased from 600% to 2000%
        • Nilfur's Boast
          • Meteor damage bonus increased from 100% to 200%
          • Damage when hitting 3 or fewer enemies increased from 150-200% to 275-350%
        • Tal Rasha's Elements
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Damage bonus increased from 500% to 750% per stack
        • The Twisted Sword
          • Can now only benefit from a maximum of 5 Energy Twisters
        • Vyr's Amazing Arcana
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • Damage bonus increased from 1% to 1.5% per stack
      • Several existing class-specific Legendary items have been updated to include a unique Legendary power
        • Note: Existing items will not be affected by the following changes. Only new versions of the items will roll with the added Legendary power.
        • Monk
          • Crystal Fist
            • Legendary power added
              • Dashing Strike reduces your damage taken by 40-50% for 6 seconds
            • Level requirement has been reduced
          • Flesh Rake
            • Legendary power added
              • Dashing Strike increases the damage of Dashing Strike by 75-100% for 1 second, stacking up to 5 times
            • Level requirement has been reduced
        • Witch Doctor
          • Swamp Land Waders
            • Legendary power added
              • Sacrifice deals 350-400% additional damage to targets affected by Locust Swarm or Grasp of the Dead
      • Bug Fixes
        • Fixed an issue that caused the Firebird's Finery (6) Set Bonus to grant its Elite bonus damage when a Rare monsters minions were ignited

ADVENTURE MODE

  • Bounties
    • In the event that both Act III and Act IV bounties are complete, the bonus act will now always be turned in first
    • A Plague of Burrowers
      • Significantly reduced Burrowers' health
  • Nephalem Rifts
    • Greater Rifts
      • The amount of incoming damage in Greater Rift 70 and above has been reduced
      • The amount of Experience granted in Greater Rift 70 and above has been reduced
      • The cost required to empower, and gold awarded by a Greater Rift above rank 70 has been reduced, but the ratio of gold earned to empower cost remains the same
  • Set Dungeons
    • Barbarian
      • Immortal King's Call
        • Objective 2 now requires you to kill 150 enemies while Wrath of the Berserker is active
      • The Legacy of Raekor
        • Enemies hit by a Furious Charge that didn't hit 15 enemies are no longer prevented from counting toward the objective on future casts
      • Might of the Earth
        • Elites now appear in fixed locations
      • Wrath of the Wastes
        • Enemies hit by a Rend that didn't hit 10 enemies are no longer prevented from counting toward the objective on future casts
    • Crusader
      • Armor of Akkhan
        • The total number of monsters has been increased
        • Enemies hit by a Condemn that didn't hit 10 enemies are no longer prevented from counting toward the objective on future casts
    • Demon Hunter
      • Embodiment of the Marauder
        • Objective 1 now requires you to kill 140 enemies with 3 or more Sentries active
        • The total number of monsters has been increased
        • Rockworms now appear in fixed locations
        • Rockworms will now take longer to spring from the ground after appearing
      • The Shadow's Mantle
        • You no longer break the consecutive hit chain if you hit a target that has already been added to the chain
      • Unhallowed Essence
        • Enemies hit by a Multishot that didn't hit 20 enemies are no longer prevented from counting toward the objective on future casts
    • Witch Doctor
      • Raiment of the Jade Harvester
        • Deceivers will no longer use their Invisibility
        • Enemies hit by a Soul Harvest that didn't harvest 15 souls are no longer prevented from counting toward the objective on future casts
    • Wizard
      • Delsere's Magnum Opus
        • Enemies hit by a Slow Time that didn't initially hit 30 enemies are no longer prevented from counting toward the objective on future casts
      • Firebird's Finery
        • Objective 2 now requires you to Ignite or kill 20 enemies
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that could, under certain conditions, prevent players from being able to finish a Set Dungeon

CRAFTING

  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that prevented the quantity of items to be crafted from being properly updated when a new value was entered
    • Fixed an issue that prevented the list of affixes available when an item was being enchanted from being updated dynamically

MONSTERS

  • Pet attacks will now also break Primordial Scavengers' armor in the same way player attacks do
  • The amount of gold dropped by Gilded Barons has been reduced
  • The Merciless Witch
    • Removed her shields in both the Realm of Discord and Realm of Fright
    • Significantly increased her health in the Realm of Discord

USER INTERFACE

  • Holding shift while comparing an item will now also remove the benefit of Caldesann's Despair from the comparison
  • When viewing a player's profile in game, it will now indicate whether or not you are looking at the current profile
  • The Inventory button no longer flashes for level 70 characters when a new item is picked up
  • Your highest damage numbers will now also be displayed in orange when shortened combat numbers are disabled
  • A shadow has been added to stack and charge counts on the hotbar, and buff icons
  • Bug fixes
    • Fixed an issue that prevented profiles from being properly updated when inspecting a player in-game after they have enchanted an item or socketed a gem

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Destiny....just makes me mad

I keep trying to give Destiny another shot. Because I absolutely loved that game and put a ton of hours into it. I dont think I can keep doing it. I play as little as one match before I am seething thanks to the broken shitty matchmaking and the bullshit fucking lag issues. Bungie really fucked themselves right in the ass.

I honestly dont even know if I want to get Destiny 2 when it finally comes out. Bungie has proven over and over that they think that the people who play their games are stupid and dont know what they want. I know what I want. The game to not be a steaming pile of shit.

I have a ton of friends on Xbox that I met pretty much exclusively through Destiny. I would have 3-4 pages of people on and playing. Now, there may be 3 or 4 people.

The changes they made were pretty decent as far as PvE. But PvP is still a laggy fucked up garbage piece of shit.

I am probably honestly going to delete the fucking thing from my Xbox. All it does it get me angry, raise my blood pressure, and turn me into a person I dont like to be.

I have always raged at shooters to some extent. This one however takes the cake. I really just cant enjoy the game or look at it without fucking flames coming out of my eyes and steam out of my fucking ears.

Its not me Destiny....it is you. You were one awesome.....now you are fucking terrible.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Overwatch versus Battleborn

So, I have seen quite a lot of people comparing the two games to each other. I think that this is a natural direction considering both of them on the surface appear to have similar art styles, and both are hero based shooters in some way.

They look similar, but if you go into one expecting it to be like the other, then you are going to be very disappointed, and I dont think it is the fault of either game.

I was luck enough to play both this weekend since they were both in beta, and I was fortunate enough to get into the Overwatch stress test.

Let me get this out of the way right now. I am way more excited for Overwatch. I love shooters, and this is just the game I didnt know I wanted for all these years. It is honestly the most fun I have had in a shooter since the glory days of Destiny, and I only got to play two game modes on three maps. Now that I have that out of the way, lets go over them shall we.

Overwatch is a fast paced objective shooter that has different heroes with different roles. It is a bit like Team Fortress, but with a lot  more choice on characters, and without the annoying spy. The time to kill a slower than something like Call of Duty or Titanfall. This also depends on the character. Some characters have 600 hit points (tanks) while some of the others have as little as 150. The objective of the game is the objective. This makes people playing support classes like healer and tank quite valuable for the team, which is an unheard of concept in shooters. You can got zero kills and 10 deaths and still have a huge impact on the game. This adds a lot of depth as well as a bit of forgiveness to players who may not be great at shooters.

Battleborn on the other hand is a MOBA with shooter elements. It is more Smite then it is Call of Duty. The game modes have both player characters and NPCs to deal with. It has a skill system like a MOBA, it has building like a MOBA, it has creeps like a MOBA, and it has tower objectives like a MOBA. The reason for this? Because it is a MOBA. Sure it is also a shooter, but it has so much more in common with a MOBA than it does a shooter. It does still reward a player with better aim like a shooter, but the main goal is to destroy the other team's tower (Sentry). You will notice that time to kill is slow, and you often have to use all of your abilities to gank another hero. The only difference is that you can kill heroes from much further away thanks to the shooter mechanics in the game.

Game times could also not be more different. Overwatch usually had a play time of ten or so minutes. One match of Battleborn could last up to 30 depending on the stalemate at one Sentry or another. In Overwatch, you pick your hero and go, or change it on the fly as needed to counter the comp of the other team. In Battleborn, once you choose your hero, you are stuck with them. One has skill upgrade progressions (Battleborn), the other does not (Overwatch).

The timing of the release of these games is unfortunate. They are being released very close to one another, and look similar on the surface, so they will be compared to one another. I also think that this will hurt Battleborn. I love Overwatch, and I think it will be my main game once it comes out. That being said, I really enjoyed Battleborn as well and would certainly play it if it were free like every other MOBA out there.

I think that if you go into each one looking at them objectively for what they are, you can enjoy both a lot. If you go into them looking for one thing out of both, one of them is going to disappoint you greatly. Treat Overwatch as as a shooter, and Battleborn as a MOBA, and I feel like you will get the appropriate amount of fun from each.

Tomorrow I will talk about what heroes I liked in each since I played a bunch of them in Overwatch and only a couple in Battleborn