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NebuchadnezzarHS

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  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 1 day, 4 hours ago

    Perhaps I was not clear enough, so I will share my perspective of why I turn emotes off. Aside from playing a turn-based game of digital cards, I do not care for ANY other interaction with my opponent whatsoever. I do not play HS to make friends or enemies. I like HS because it reminds me of Magic: The Gathering; it has a collectible aspect, cool animations, tons of flavor, most of the time it is really fun and it even runs on a mobile device. When playing a match (Win or Lose) the outcome will be decided by who played the best sequence of cards. If I get bored during a match, I will fiddle with the board or direct my attention somewhere else. If the AI was smart enough, I would not even mind playing against it, but since it also rewards less XP I will not do this. Whenever I want to discuss about HS, I just go online and visit a great HS community like Out of Cards instead of spamming emotes with some random stranger opponent.

    People are different, which makes them unique. People play games like HS in their own way and get their personal satisfaction/enjoyment out of it. The fact Blizzard assumes an auto-squelch setting would be used only because people got offended prior is already flawed and false.

    Bottomline is this; there already exists a manual squelch option in the game. So, they clearly are not opposed to players getting squelched. Some of us just want an extra auto-squelch setting which save us some time. The saved time is at most 2 seconds each game. Considering I already played 15000+ games (and counting) it adds up significantly (8 hours! rounded down). It is just plain ignorant that a Quality of Life request so simple and harmless is not granted to HS players by Team5.

    By the way, not trying to convince you of anything unless by any chance you are working for Blizzard who randomly saw my somewhat harsh (rant) comment 😇

  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 2 days, 5 hours ago

    Your example has some similarities to the emotes issue, but IMO they do not entirely fall in the same category. I do agree with that some long animations are annoying and should be sped up. Shudderwock was the worst offender.

    A more similar example would be to have to sit through the NPC telling their story/conversations in the solo adventures. At least with those most HS players probably will not revisit them after getting the reward. Why does Team5 not look at it from the point of view such as that we do not want nor have to login by filling in our password whenever we launch Hearthstone? They have implemented a keep me logged in (or remember my credentials) checkbox for that. Just implement the very same kind of checkbox for (opt-in) auto-squelching emotes in the settings as it is a frequently asked/desired for Quality of Life improvement and be done with it once and for all.

    Quote From Team5

    Auto-squelch is something that's been discussed by the Hearthstone team before, but it's not something we're comfortable with. What would likely happen were auto-squelch implemented is that players would enable it after a single incident, and that would be it. They would never reactivate emotes, and as more players did it over time, emotes would largely be devalued.

    Squelch exists as it does now as a means to ignore someone being particularly vocal. If someone is just spamming 'thanks' over and over, you have a means to deal with it, and bypass perceived rude behavior. You absolutely have the option to squelch every single opponent you play, and we're comfortable with that. We simply don't want to give players the option to forever disable emotes with the click of a single button.

    There's a lot of feedback on this particular issue, and it's something we're constantly evaluating, but that's where we are as a team, presently.

    Considering the opinion of Team5 (quoted above) and speaking for us manual-squelchers out there, we can even live with such a setting which could reset itself after installing every patch as a meet eachother in the middle solution.

    Having this setting does not hurt anyone that wants to emote; the emoters can still emote until eternity into the void without them ever knowing they were squelched already and it only improves the experience for us squelchers (who never want to get emoted). Thus a net positive, let us see this being implemented and read back in one of the future patch notes please (one can only hope).

    Sorry for hijacking this topic to ask for (or at least share my thoughts about) an auto-squelch setting within the game client/app itself 😋 so please continue the discussion about the intentions of emotes.

  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 2 days, 6 hours ago

    Whatever each players' negative/neutral/positive intention of (ab)using the available emotes is, as Tumbleweedovski stated earlier, an (opt-in) auto-squelch option should at least help out HS players who do not want to interact at all with their opponents whatsoever aside from playing the actual game itself. To this day, I cannot comprehend the reluctant stance/opinion of Team5 on this matter.

  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 3 days, 21 hours ago

    I just hit level 133 today, a thirdway until the end of the current Rewards Track 🏁

    I chose Felravager Illidan as my second T2 hero reward. It certainly is not one of my favorite hero portraits but should get plenty usage until I finally reach a 1000 Demon Hunter wins (next year maybe).

    The third hero portrait will definitely be Dragonstalker Rexxar, because he looks absolutely amazing with that awesome shiny golden Dragon armor. ROAR!! 🐲

  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 1 week, 1 day ago

    Celestalon posted this on Twitter: "Unfortunately, it was a little TOO much passion for our Practice Mode servers to handle. We are working on fixes, hope to have Practice working again in a few hours! Sorry about the delay!"

  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 1 week, 1 day ago

    I claimed Deathmantle Valeera. However, this issue has not been properly fixed at all, because I was only able to claim one single Tier 2 hero portrait instead of two, even though I have met the requirements. The achievement progress states that both first two stages have been claimed today which is not true at all.

    These silly issues are really starting to piss me off now, because as a programmer myself I feel the quality of the added features is currently well below par and honestly very close to being outright unacceptable. Do they even test their code themselves at all or are we their beta testers? If the latter is the case, we should all be on their payroll list.

    EDIT: Apparently, they are aware that the bug is still present and is being fixed in waves? Seriously what the heck? Perhaps, I should try to get employed at Blizzard and dive into their code to see what kind of pasta dish it really is🤣

  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 1 week, 2 days ago

    Sounds plausible indeed. I would still consider it a bug though, but rather a very silly and somewhat explainable one. They could easily "fix" it by simply adding a single bonus +1 level per rewards track for that cumulative level count. I see no other real solution because I assume most people will simply not understand the calculation otherwise (like I did before).

  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 1 week, 2 days ago

    Yes, it is bugged and being looked into by Team 5. Aside from unable to claim any hero portrait, the calculation is also a bit off. It currently says I am at cumulative level 466, but it should be 468 instead (350 + 118 = 468). I guess they have not tested this new feature properly, but that is the "quality" of what we have seen for quite a lot of recent patches now unfortunately (notice the the growing list of bugfixes).

  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 1 week, 4 days ago

    According to this official Blizzard blog post, the seasonal ranked rewards are indeed Standard cards only. That is a bummer. Reaching at least Diamond 5 every season has become a bit less interesting now I know this 😔

    Oh well, it is still 100 extra arcane dust though!

  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 1 week, 5 days ago

    Thanks! Indeed I completely finished the previous rewards track about 2½ weeks too early, before the new expansion launched. I will slow down eventually and take it a bit easier this time around though, no worries 😁

  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 1 week, 5 days ago

    Did anyone notice that the ranked ladder seasonal reward epic card (of April) was a duplicate? I am missing quite a few Wild epics still, but did not receive any of them. Perhaps only Standard cards are offered as ranked ladder seasonal rewards?

    Although somewhat understandable, it is not mentioned specifically anywhere in-game, I think 🤔

    This is not really meant as a complaint, but it does feel bad that the Wild cardpool is not included (at least so it seems). Especially since you can reach Diamond 5 also in both Wild and Classic modes nowadays.

  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 1 week, 5 days ago

    I am currently at level 108 and I picked up Demonbane Illidan, but did not use him ever since yet. Demon Hunter is not one of the top dogs now unfortunately.

    I have to agree with the meta being quite boring at this moment. Hopefully Team 5 will address it soon™.

    By the way, did anyone notice that the seasonal epic card (of April) was a duplicate? I am missing quite a few Wild epics still, but did not receive any of them. Perhaps only Standard cards are offered as seasonal rewards? Although somewhat understandable, it is not mentioned specifically anywhere in-game 🤔

    EDIT: Seasonal ranked ladder rewards are indeed Standard only cards according to this official Blizzard blog post.

  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Will the release of new Tier 2 hero portraits (obtainable after completing every 200 levels on the reward tracks) change your future amount of play? I am not so sure yet.

    If they stick with two tiers in total, I will be able to obtain all the Tier 2 hero portraits sooner anyways than the Tier 1 hero portraits. Also, I am not at all familiar with the WoW armors and therefore I have no real affinity with them other than my own taste for their graphics.

    Personally, I like the Rogue hero portrait and by picking it up should incentivize me to play Rogue even more. Same goes for the Demon Hunter hero portrait (which I like less though).

    On a somewhat lighter but related sidenote, do you think there might be a threshold of too much collectible stuff added to HS too quickly which could scare off some potential collectors? 

    What is your opinion on these matters?

  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    All right, all right, all right... I finally hit level 100. Groovy Baby! 🤘

    In front of me is only the bonus part of the rewards track left. So, let us see how far I will be able to get till the fat lady sings this time around 🤭

    How are you all doing at this moment? Progressing smoothly I reckon.

  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Congratulations!! 🥳🎉🎊

    I can still remember the ecstatic sense of joy I experienced all the way back in January 2018 when I first reached Legend myself (with machinegun Priest). It was as if time suddenly stopped for a whole minute long. There was no one around me with whom I could share the awesome feeling though, but it was absolutely amazing nonetheless.

    Over the years, I reached Legend another 19 times (and counting). Each time it felt super cool to me when I beat the gatekeeper end boss, but that feeling will most likely never again eclipse the very first virgin Legend experience 🤣

    Anyways, enjoy the well deserved accomplishment. As a Legend player yourself starting today, you can wield the Legend cardback from now on.

    Kudos! 👍

    In reply to First Time Legend
  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    I reached level 90 yesterday and finally got my precious new coin (part of the paid rewards track)

    The voyage in front of me will be rough still (10x 2500 XP) before I sail into calmer waters ⛵️

    Which hero portrait will you be picking up this time around? Nightslayer Valeera was my previous pick. Most logical would be to choose another portrait that I am going to use (to reach 1000 wins for my remaining 4 classes) instead of one that stays in mint condition.

    Currently, my picks are between Demonbane Illidan and Felheart Gul'dan.

  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    I am at level 83 right now and levelling up takes a really long time (2500 XP per level). I cannot wait to reach level 100 and start gaining at least one level each day again until level 400.

    Good luck and have fun!

  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 1 month ago

    Thanks! Hearthstone is the only game I play (roughly 3 hours per day). Unfortunately, due to the skewed curve of the rewards track, level 70 is only about halfway to level 100, XP wise.

    Arrived at level 78 now (20% to level 400) and finally completed all the XP achievements from Forged into the Barrens. The Druid achievement Buy One, Get One Free was really really REALLY horrible to complete, ugh! Much worse than the Greybough achievement from the previous expansion.

    I will now focus on getting to 1000 wins for the remaining 5 classes to collect their corresponding hero portraits:

    • Hunter: 966
    • Druid: 912
    • Shaman: 856
    • Rogue: 755
    • Demon Hunter: 154
  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 1 month ago

    I just hit level 70 and finally received the 20% XP boost, yeah baby! 🥳

    I have 3 XP achievements left to complete (91% done) of which 2 are the most troublesome: Buy One, Get One Free and Who Let the Dogs Out?

  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar Face Collector 1340 512 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 1 month ago

    I just hit level 65 today and I am currently focused on completing the new XP achievements (69% done). The overall difficulty of the new XP achievements seems to be easier this time around. At the very least, less legendaries are required in order to complete all of them.

    I paid very little attention to the level 20 and level 50 legendaries I got (and thus forgot about them already), because my Forged in the Barrens collection was completed on launch day (pretty looking coin by the way).

    I think my current XP progress is probably slightly behind compared to the previous rewards track. Though, I should be hitting level 70 at the very end of this week and finally get that sweet 20% XP boost again 😍

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