Hearthstone Kobolds and Catacombs

Choosing

I always played Hearthstone with my mobile phone, but since a while my old I phone didn’t have enough space for it after a patch. I tried to delete some of my stuff, but still no luck. Luckily one of my Christmas gifts was a new iPhone so I could get back into it.

The Game

Hearthstone is a card game, with tons of collectible cards. In the old days I used to play with M.A.G.U.S cards with my friends and traded some. Hearthstone gives back that feeling and so much more. Here your cards are animated, and it is far easier to find opponents to have battles with. There are also single player missions in it and you can collect gold that you can redeem to card packs so it isn’t necessary to buy new packs with real money. This is Hearthstone’s seventh expansion.

What’s new?

There are 135 new cards that are available. Every class has a weapon now, and not just any kind each have a legendary. There is a new skill called recruit. It let’s you summon minions directly to the battlefield from you deck. Spellstones are a new card type also. If you meet certain conditions they upgrade while in you hand. There are also the unidentified items. They effect are chosen when they arrive in your hand. Each of them has a certain amount of effects which can be chosen from. The new stuff are great, but I enjoy most of the new single player missions called dungeon run. You start in a dungeon with a hero of your choosing and you have to fight bosses. Each boss is stronger than the last one and between each boss you have new cards and sometimes learn a new special skill like all your deathrattles triggers twice. I played tons of hours with it my telephone battery cried out in pain and still only managed to complete it with three heroes so far. Oh and not to forget that it is totally free thanks to Blizzard.

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Starcraft 2 Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm and the Legacy of Void

Choosing

When I played with Prey 2017 and saw the incredible graphics and a good story I thought about Blizzard. I must write something about a Blizzard game. Starcraft is a game that every decent human being has already played. If you are not one of those people stop reading my blog and start to play it right now. There are no excuses. You can even download the Starcraft one for free Here. After you finished it and sucked up in its world you can advance to Starcraft 2. While I was playing it I wrote down some note that I wanted to definitely include in this post. A few days ago my computer died so there goes my notes. This is definitely the king of all strategy games so who needs notes anyway.

Races

There are three races in Starcraft two the Terrain, Protoss and the Zerg. The Terrain are the humans with advanced war technology. The Protoss are a race who has fewer numbers, but they make up with their supreme technology and the Zerg are the swarm. They are not so strong haven’t got any tech, but can replicate at amazing speeds so you can get overwhelmed by them easily if you are not careful. I know I said that there are three races, but there are actually a few more like the  Xel’Naga, or the purifiers but you should experience them yourself. It is too awesome to just write it down.

3 in 1

Starcraft 2 contains three different campaigns. The first one is the Wings of Liberty. The story continues where Starcraft one ended. If the unimaginable has happened and you don’t want to start with Starcraft one, but want to be up to date with the story line there is a cinematic in the game that summarize it for you traitors. In Wings of Liberty you control the Terrains and help Jim Raynor against Arcturus Mengsk by raising a rebellion. Arcturus was the one who got Sarah Kerrigan killed in Starcraft one, but you already know this. After Wings of Liberty comes the Heart of the Swarm. You control Sarah who has become a human, but not for long. You regain the queen of blades position soon and build a devastating army for vengeance.  The last campaign is the Legacy of Void where you control the Protoss. Artanis brings together the three separate factions of the Protoss agains Amon. Each of the three campaigns has its own unique characteristics. For example when I was playing with Wings of Liberty I could choose that I want to be with the ghost chick or the specter dude. After you choose on of them it affected your next quests. In Heart of the Swarm  and in Legacy of the Void the order you did the quests affected the dialog.

Cinematic and dialog

If you don’t like playing games you can just watch it’s story on YouTube, because it is great for a movie too. Starcraft 2 contains if I have to bet more than 2 hours of cinematic alone! And I didn’t count the in game conversations or between the maps dialog and extra Easter eggs. It has so many of those extras that I am sure you could fill in a book with just those. If you leave the game between missions to have a snack or something, in several occasions there are some conversations with the characters or an event occurs in the background.

Upgrades

Al three campaigns has upgrades as you progress them and all upgrades are totally different.

  • First there is the Terrain.They are called research points and you should try to collect as much as you can. You research Zerg and Protoss technology and after you understand it you can implement them in your army. You can trade them in the armory for advantages like no need for Scv to extract vespane gas or your command center can take over Zerg units for a short period of time etc. If this wasn’t enough you can recruit mercenaries too. They are from your units, but an upgraded version of them.
  • In Heart of the Swarm you upgrade Kerrigan herself and get better abilities when she gain levels. There is also the mutation upgrades and the evolution strains. Mutation upgrades are instantly available when you unlock a certain unit. Evolution strains are unlocked in the evolution missions and you can gain access to them in the evolution pit. There are always two different evolution which you must choose from. This makes the vast amount of units in Starcraft two even more. And the more different units the more different strategies so you are guaranteed to not get bored with the game later.
  • The last one is the Protoss. When you are playing with Protoss you are upgrading the Spear of Adun. It is the last of the great arkships capable of carrying an entire Protoss civilization. Its heart is the solar core and is a miniature synthetic and contained star powered by solarite. You can allocate its power to the various weapons and support systems. With more solarite you can allocate more energy. Before every map you can choose which are the helps you want to gain for that mission. The other upgrades are the unit upgrades. Your war council acts as a unit hub. As you progress through the story more units become available. With every new one you get three different versions of it, because you try to unite three Protoss factions. The Khalai, the Nerazim and the Tal’darim. There is also the Purifiers, but they are an ancient robotic race that the Protoss created. In the war council you can choose before every map which one of the units you want to use. I hope I wrote it down in a way that you can understand it easily or at least feel the complexity and the freedom you get with all of these different evolving systems.

Fun stuff

If these campaigns weren’t enough for you Starcraft main income and the love for it comes from multiplayer. Even in the ancient days before the era of internet playing you could play it with a local network and since a game usually lasted for 40 minutes or even less you could play it almost anytime when you and your friends got to a room with computers in it. There were lots of multiplayer modes and different maps with different unique methods even in Starcraft one. Just to pick one out I remember a map that was modified so you could play Zerg football. You shoot something with mutalisks and tried to reach with it the goal line. Maybe it was fan made I don’t quite remember it now. Nevertheless these mods  are also flourished in Starcraft 2. I don’t play multi ever, but there is one that caught my eye while reading about it. There is the realistic scale mod that changes the size and damage units in order to reflect what they are like in the actual lore. I watched some YouTube videos of it and it is quite hilarious. Speaking of which you should also watch CarbotAnimations Starcraft YouTube channel. It has little cartoon parodies of the game and they are really cool. My friend who showed it to me said that after blizzard noticed it they didn’t sue the creator for infringement instead they backed him up with money so he can improve it. Another thing is just how many people play this game, how huge it really is that in South Korea there are championships of it and the top players are considered national heroes and this is not a joke. The same friend told me that Korea has a football team and they wish was to meet the top Starcraft team because they are their heroes. Even the Korean army had a Starcraft team. Let this sink in while you are still reading this and not playing with it already.

 

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