Random Post: The Card Game Vortex

Seriously… I’ve been pretty much roped into card games. It’s nothing new, but this is different in the sense that I’m getting in to A LOT of them at the same time. I’ve played Magic, but basically had no one to play against that didn’t require commuting. I also got into YuGiOh but stopped right after Season 1 ended. Just lost interest, and having no transportation was another downside. I still think that with the right games and the right amount of investment, you’re really not gonna go broke from constantly having to buy new cards.

  • Weiss Schwarz – This is my main game. This is where I feel the most comfortable, and where I feel like I can compete with anyone at anytime without fear of being overwhelmed. There are definitely 5 series I want to get into, but it’s a question of how many decks I’ll make. Love Live, Da Capo, Nisekoi, Rewrite, and Kantai Collection. I may get into Nanoha and Little Busters, as well. The good news is that after I finish my decks, they’re basically usable at any time, unless they actually ban cards. The bad news is the initial investment.
  • Cardfight! Vanguard – The power creep is completely obvious. Nouvelle, and then Legion. Yikes. This is the game where I’m limiting myself to decks rather than sets. Bermuda Duos with 4x Iori, 3x Meer, and 3x Reit. 10 Grade 3 is pretty steep but it’s alright. I might actually run 12crit instead of 8crit 4draw because 10k guards. The other one is either AF Tetra Drive or Genesis.
  • Kaijudo – Weirdly enough, I had bought into this juuuust a little bit. I don’t plan on buying into this from now on. JP Duel Masters has no playerbase in our area, so no point. I just run one deck right now, Green/Blue Tempo.
  • Z/X – I LOVE THIS GAME. The luck factor from both life cards and ignition is definitely prominent, but because of how the field is, there’s a lot of strategy involved. I’m definitely running Blue/Red Aggro (though having to buy 3 Sword Sniper, Rigel that costs $20 each is pricey). The Black/Green Control deck I proxied is… hard to play. I’m just not used to it, but I like having to get rid of threats without battle. My friend told me to run more removal-to-trash (Moonlight Funeral Fang), but sometimes, sending a card without cost restrictions to resource zone means that card is gone for the entire game.
  • WIXOSS – This game is pretty fun, as well. I’m not too sure how many people here actually play it, but I know of a bunch of people online whom I can “netplay” with.
  • LevelNEO – The game looks interesting, and I’m definitely going to buy into it once No Game No Life is released.
  • Universal Fighting System – Once the KOF reprints come out in October, I’ll start building my Athena and Kula decks. I could also play this on OCTGN right now… but I don’t have a single game in my name yet.
  • Magic the Gathering – The TCG of utmost reluctance. On one side, I could play Legacy and not worry about a lot of rotations. On the other, I could play Modern and play in events. I was actually netdecking for a budget modern deck (I’M SORRY I’M NOT A MtG PLAYER) but I haven’t decided what to play. EDH is just… no. I feel like EDH games take FOREVER to finish. If I wanted to have a lengthy, but enjoyable game, I’d play Weiss or Z/X.

A Justified Tier List: Love Live V2!

With the second season of Love Live basically at its end, I figured I’d update this post with everything that has happened. I won’t even pretend to hype the top 3… so here you go. As a disclaimer, just because someone isn’t in the Top 3 doesn’t mean I don’t like them. This was a really tough tier list to go through because I love the entirety of Muse.

  1. Maki
  2. Nico
  3. Honoka
  4. Umi
  5. Eri
  6. Kotori
  7. Hanayo
  8. Rin
  9. Nozomi

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CotD 3/13/2014

In retrospect, while Red suddenly has heal, the Kongou sisters aren’t that OP.

Refresh Point

Today we have most of the Kongoe-class battleships – but where’s the nameship!?

Kongoe-class Battleship No. 2, Hiei
KC/S25-083 RR CH
Red Levl 3 Cost 2 Trigger 1 Soul
Power 9500 Soul 2 <Ship Girl> <Battleship>
[Auto] When this card is placed from hand to the stage, you may choose 1 <Ship Girl> character in your waiting room and return it to your hand.
[Act] [Rest 2 of your other <Ship Girl> characters, put this card in the waiting room] Choose a 「Kongoe-class Battleship No. 2, Hiei Kai-Ni」 in your waiting room and put it in the slot this card was in, and it gains +1000 Power for the turn.

Kongoe-class Battleship No. 2, Hiei Kai-Ni
KC/S25-081 RR+ CH
Red Level 3 Cost 3 Trigger 1 Soul
Power 9500 Soul 2 <Ship Girl> <Battleship>
[Cont] This card gains +X Power, where X is 1000 times the Level of the character…

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Super Quick Update: “eSports and Competitive Play”

Short and sweet update on my decisions to try and go back to older games, as well as entries to other options.

  • Black Ops 2: Everyone’s on Ghosts
  • Alliance of Valiant Arms: Everything is fucking OP, and the shop system has been butchered.
  • Blacklight Retribution: HRV a.k.a. legal wallhacking slows the game down to a crawl.
  • Quake Live: Time issues, and it’s hardly popular in North America.
  • Counter-Strike: Very very tempting, but the community is still split between three games, unlike StarCraft where the entire scene had pretty much transitioned into SC2 HotS. As an example, CEVO still hosts 1.6, Source, AND GO events.
  • COD4 Promod: NOBODY is playing this on leagues anymore. Hell, I don’t think it’s on ANY league.
  • KOFXIII: If I have the time, sure, as well as a regular sparring partner/s, but like I said in the main post, it’s fragmented as a community.
  • America’s Army Proving Grounds: I was pretty good at AA3, but I never saw any competition potential on it. Highly considering this route.
  • Tribes Ascend: I’m complete shit at this game
  • League of Legends: LOL FUCK MOBA SOLO Q IS HELL
  • Ghost Recon Online: Another good candidate that would actually be fun to play. My only issues with this game is my frame rates when playing it. Gotta upgrade my rig first.
  • Day of Defeat: WAIT, SERIOUSLY? This shit is still listed on NationalESL. Tempting but no.
  • TF2: Really, it’s more of the same “I have to find a team” deal.

That’s about it, really. While I have options, I’m just too reluctant to start again, considering my rig isn’t up to spec anymore.

eSports/Competitive Play and Why I Can’t Do It Right Now

I used to be a Promod player like you, then I took a shitty PC in the face.

I used to be a Promod player like you, then I took a shitty PC in the face.

tl;dr money

I used to be big on playing competitive FPS. I had experience playing PAM2 Rifles-Only CTF on Call of Duty 2, Promod and PAM4 on Call of Duty 4, Black Ops 2, and Alliance of Valiant Arms. I used to love playing to win, playing to help my team rise up the ranks, playing and actually having fun.

Now, that’s all changed. With the decline on eSports-friendly games and denial of private rentable servers, I just can’t take it seriously anymore, at least on the FPS side. So I looked for another way.

My search led me to fighting games. Sure, I was a big super-casual-nub whose only combos involved a jump-in kick to crouching kick to some special move, but I was willing to learn. In fact, I had bought a stick, and I had modded a few of its parts. Hell, I even put custom art on it. What’s my problem now? Time. While I could easily squeeze in an hour practice a day, five days a week, one online game per day, I just don’t feel motivated. My issue with the FGC is the general fragility of its games, and how splintered and fractured the communities are, because let’s face it, there are MULTIPLE FGs out there. Comparing it to RTS where StarCraft has a hold, or FPS where Counter-Strike is still here, or something bigger like the MOBA scene where LoL and Dota2 are both popular.

On a smaller scale, the only reason I can’t really play at these levels anymore is that I’m running on an aging system (well, let’s face it, it was aging 4 years ago). My frames per second are suboptimal, and anyone can tell you that frames is life in a shooter. On the other side, I just don’t have access to an online console. I have an Xbox but that requires a subscription that I can’t sustain. I don’t have a PS3, either.

They’re really just lame excuses, but at its core, being “hella poverty” is actually a predicament when you’re trying to be good at this. I doubt any skilled player can keep their consistency when they move from a 250FPS average rig to a 20FPS average. Still, I’m not giving up. I’m probably going to start going back to the games I had played competitively in, and maybe find new prospects. As of right now, AVA and Blacklight Retribution come to mind easily.

A Justified Tier List: Love Live!

The Love Live cast "µ's" Clockwise from the left: Nozomi, Rin, Hanayo, Kotori, Honoka, Umi, Nico, Maki, Eri

The Love Live cast “µ’s”
Clockwise from the left: Nozomi, Rin, Hanayo, Kotori, Honoka, Umi, Nico, Maki, Eri

In this series, I’ll be talking about TIER LISTS, mostly from visual novels but like right now, it can also be from anime. Really, the point of these posts is to speak my mind as to how and why I rate characters as they are. For instance, people seem to love Kotori in Love Live (the SIF poll confirmed it!), but I’m just infatuated with Maki and Nico. Anywho, we’ll start from the bottom and work our way up, though I would assume people already know who I picked for top 1.

UPDATE: Well, this song had pretty much redeemed Hanayo as a singer, and would have overtaken Rin if it wasn’t for how good THIS song is. Unfortunately, more of Nozomi’s mediocre (that’s putting it nicely) singing has been plaguing both μ’s and lily white (the UmiNozoPana group) so the most up-to-date rankings are:

  1. Maki
  2. Nico
  3. Umi
  4. Eri
  5. Kotori
  6. Honoka
  7. Rin
  8. Hanayo
  9. Nozomi

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