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  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 2 weeks ago

    I've heard really good things about Wild Rift (the mobile version of LoL). Unfortunately my phone is almost 10 years old so it just vomited when I tried to play it (in general, games that take up >3 GB are not good on a device with a max capacity of 16 GB), but maybe others would enjoy it.

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 4 weeks ago

    Haaaaave you tried BloodMefist's Memes and Dreams series?

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 1 month, 1 week ago
    Quote From Pezman

    I don't play Runeterra

    Well that's an easy fix! https://playruneterra.com/ 

    In all seriousness: as Frosty says, the concept is for both events to run concurrently without either detracting from each other. We appreciate that not everyone plays every game (personally, I haven't played HS in months), but auto-including everyone in both still just felt like the best approach. If nothing else, you can still play the LoR Word Search and either buy some fun Runeterra-themed headers and forum titles or wait for it to be converted to gold.

    Good luck in the FitB giveaway!

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Lol I'm still not use to the new acronym -- I saw this threat title and thought it might have something to do with the launch of a new Fitbit-integration feature. :-P

    In reply to FitB launch?
  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    If you're interested, I made a guide recently for upgrading your starter decks.

    https://outof.cards/legends-of-runeterra/guides/56-new-players-guide-to-upgrading-your-runeterra-starter-decks/

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Quote From Topandito

    I could be wrong if the levels are important enough for a deck....but this seems crazy weak and it seems like it would just be better to focus on leveling the characters through whatever means they require rather than play a 7 mana card that basically skips that turn.

    I think it depends entirely on the strength the Ascended. E.g., paying 7 mana to instant-level something with say comparable to L2 Aurelion Sol, Maokai, or Zoe would arguably be worth the 7 mana alone, and then you make serious progress towards your Restored Sun Disc and enable things like Devoted Council too. On the other hand, if the Ascended are more like Riven or Zed in power level, then those added benefits from won't be enough to justify the cost of 7 mana.

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Quote From tnrg

    In Hearthstone i like to play my own decks or off meta decks I see on the internet. With these homebrew or off meta deck i still want to be competive, minimal rank 5/legend each month (on 2 servers). I don't play aggro (but I don't hate paying against it) but mostly more greedy midrange decks. I like to fight for the board. That's why I also like arena. Most important is that I'm never out of cards! I like to have a hand full of cards (draw of discover) so each turn there are many choices to make. I don't like polarizing decks. I want a chance to win in every game. I don't like the huge swing turns Hearthstone have at the moment, like Cheese Paladin. Besides Standard and a bit of arena/wild I don't play any other game modes. I don't like duels that much and i really dislike battlegrounds and solo adventures. I play around 80% of my games on pc and 20% on mobile.

    With all this in mind, which CCG would you advise me to play? Runeterra, Magic, Mythgard or any other?

    Disclaimer: I am a devoted LoR player and very biased.

    That said, I'll always advocate for LoR. They work very hard to make the Champion cards relatively balanced in power level, which makes it very favorable for off-meta and home-brewing. There are big swing turns, but you have to work for them in advance rather than just play powerful cards on curve. There's also much more interaction -- your opponent has the opportunity to disrupt your plays, and good players will actually realize your about to make your big swing and commit their resources to countering you rather than just developing their own board. The game highly rewards playing a good strategy over just owning the best meta deck. Best of all, it's generous with in game crafting resources. My biggest peeve about HS was how much they expected you to spend just to stay competitive, and you needed to stay competitive to get rewards so it was a vicious cycle.

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 2 months, 1 week ago

    I personally haven't ever encountered that issue, and I'm glad it ultimately resolved for you.

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Quote From Koetti
    • Batman: Hush by Jeff Loeb and Jim Lee - Just the best Artwork Lee has ever done
    • The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley - Haven't read it yet, but by flipping trough it alone I already know it's gonna be awesome!

    Both are outstanding Batman comics by anyone's standards. If I were forced to give my #1 "best Batman ever" recommendation, however, I'd have to side with The Long Halloween written by Jeph Loeb illustrated by Tim Sale. A large part of Hush's success is the mystery, and I think Loeb does an even better job with TLH. Plus TLH is loosely an origin story, so you don't need any prior context or introduction for the characters while at the same time the plot moves quickly so you're not wasting time rehashing familiar content or worrying if something is being retcon'ed. Sale's artwork is also gorgeous -- he gives the series a very noir feel which goes fantastically with the murder mystery plotline.

    (Side note: even though its very beloved by most Batman fans, I personally wasn't really impressed with The Killing Joke. I suspect part of that may be because it was so revolutionary when it was originally released but not so much now 30+ years later -- I find a lot of Alan Moore's work like that.)

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    anchorm4n created a thread for book recommendations, and Koetti asked if comics counted (recommending Blacksad). I figured "hey, why not create a new sister thread just of comic recommendations? First a note though : actually buying comics is terribly expensive and impractical. If you're interested, I recommend trying to borrow trade paperbacks from your local library -- they are collections of 5-6 issues in a single ~130 page book, and most collect them just like normal books. Alternatively, the following online resources are great:

    • If your library participates, https://www.hoopladigital.com/ is incredible -- you'll get ~6 free downloads every month, and they have a very respectable library
    • "ComiXology Unlimited", "Marvel Unlimited", and "DC Universe Infinite" are subscription models, like Netflix for comics.

    OK, recommendations (disclaimer, all these will be on the mature side of things) :

    Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughan illustrated by Fiona Staples - 54 issues and going

    Frankly, you should be suspicious of any list of great comics that doesn't at least acknowledge Saga -- it's just that good. Saga is a one-of-a-kind sprawling space opera that's like Romeo and Juliet meets Star Wars. Be forewarned that it is very R rated though and often goes over the top.

    Hawkeye, written by Matt Fraction illustrated by David Aja - 18 issues

    You know all those jokes that Hawkeye is the weakest Avenger? Matt Fraction doesn't just lean into that schtick; he buys it a steak dinner. But the real magic trick is how, in a universe full gods and world-ending threats, he gets you to instead care about the residents of a crappy apartment complex and a one-eyed dog. 

    The Boys, written by Garth Ennis illustrated by Darick Robertson - 72 issues

    OK yes there's a very popular Amazon series based on this series, but the original comics are fantastic in their own right! And they are different enough that, even if you're fully caught up with the Amazon version, the comics can still surprise you. The final twists near the end of the series are what really do it for me, though -- I don't think I can name another villain I've sympathized with so much yet at the same time needed to see him stopped.

    Invincible, written by Robert Kirkman illustrated by Ryan Ottley - 144 issues

    Another comic that's about to have an Amazon series! This is Robert Kirkman's homage to classic superhero comics, and he does a fabulous job reproducing all the standard tropes...only to break them when you least expect it. The story starts with the titular character in a "son of Superman" role, but it certainly doesn't stay there. Fantastic combination of engaging characters, thrilling plot lines, and some surprisingly bloody action sequences.

    Lazarus, written by Greg Rucka illustrated by Michael Lark, 28 issues and going

    I generally enjoy all of Greg Rucka's work, and he's done some premiere world-building with this series. It's set in a dystopian future where everything is ruled by 16 rival families who are constantly warring and making and breaking alliances with each other. Each family is allowed one special champion, a lazarus, to be imbued with death-defying regenerative abilities through either cybernetics, nanites, pharmaceuticals, or some combination thereof. The whole thing takes on a modern day Game-Of-Thrones vibe.

    Red Sonja, written by Gail Simone illustrated by Walter Geovanni, 18 issues

    I'd always been dismissive of Red Sonja -- the whole "barbarian in a chain-mail bikini" appearance felt like a trap. Gail Simone does some incredible work with the character, though, forcing me to reassess everything. The opening scene sets the series perfectly : bandits come across a half-sleeping Sonja, who lazily admits them she's probably too drunk to stop them from making off with her horse but not so drunk that they wouldn't regret trying more. What follows is a beautiful blend of drama and comedy that makes me wish it wasn't only 18 issues long. 

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Lol that definitely sounds unintended.

    I haven't been playing Jungle lately -- has it degenerated to this exploit alone yet?

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 3 months ago

    To add an image, I usually click on the icon above (it looks like a box around a mountain) and enter the URL in the resultant popup. Make sure it's the URL of the image itself and not just a page with the image on it -- i.e., your URL should end in .jpg / .png / etc. Right-clicking on the literal image -> "Copy Image Address" can help.

    You correctly predicted #2 as the final version -- they increased PYB's mana cost 1:1, but left it at 5. Are you happy with it?

        

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 3 months ago
    Quote From RickyPeep

    HOWEVER i HATE LoR CAUSE I CANT EVEN FUDGING PLAY THE GAME FOR THE 3RD DAY IN A ROW DUE TO "MATCHMAKING FAILED OPPONENT FAILED TO CONNECT".

    Seriously wtf is even happening at or with their servers that this shitshow is still happening for the 3rd day in a row. I cant play it on PC or on Android and i literally just started to like the game, made a deck that rly seemed fun for me and wanted to try it out BUT OH WELL i guess i can only hope.

    Lol yeah, I get upset when I encounter that bug too.

    In my experience (PC client), once I see it once it will "stick" until I exit the client and restart it. That's always resolved it for me, though. If you're still having problems, maybe restart your PC?

    Good luck!

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 3 months, 1 week ago

    Greetings, all! I wanted to share a little bit about what we're looking to do for Runeterra content for the new year.

    • New weekly series, Wednesday Deck Spotlights, which go in-depth to a specific deck including mulligan guides, card substitutions, etc
    • More deck roundup articles that cover specific topics -- e.g., "Viktor decks"
    • A complete set of beginner guides for new players. I realize these guides will be beneath everyone who's reading this forum post right now, but I think it's really important for OoC to have a solid knowledge base to help introduce new players to the game and lure them to our site
    • More content for Labs and Gauntlets
    • More engagement/recognition for community decks. Specifically, I'm thinking about something like a new monthly series that highlights some of the LoR decks submitted during that month.

    Is there anything in particular you'd like to see more of? Meta decks? Off-meta decks? Please let us know in this thread.

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 3 months, 1 week ago

    I've seen a few people try to use it via discard to mixed success (e.g., Draven's Ax, Get Excited!).

    I think there's also potential for a "i'm just going to have a lot of high attack + low health units, play this, and then you either don't block and die now or lose your entire board and die on my next attack" style of play -- I just haven't seen a deck that can do that consistently yet.  

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    IMHO, the biggest problem with Arena mode is the cost of entry. When I was playing HS daily, I never played Arena except when I was awarded a free token because I was afraid of going <3 wins and "losing value". Especially once I learned that there were 3rd party PC tools that helped other players optimize their draft picks (I was exclusively mobile at that time) -- if you're not going to go through the same effort, you're essentially playing handicapped.

    I know they can't just make the mode entirely free and keep the same rewards, but it seems like they could do something to make it a more casual friendly.

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago
    Quote From FrostyFeet
    NameDescriptionRequirementXP
    That Which Was Broken

    Activate Reforge OR

    Play Games (Wins count double)

    0/10 OR

    0/6

    1000

    Well that's new. I wonder why they wanted so many Reforge activations that they had to include an alternative way to complete it.

    I got something similar today:

    NameDescriptionRequirementXP
    Glorious Evolution

    Activate Augment OR

    Play Games (Wins count double)

    0/10 OR

    0/6

    1000

    I would guess moreso they don't want players with small collections to feel forced to craft new cards or reroll just to clear a quest. 

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago
    Quote From Zyella
    Quote From clawz161

    The tokens should have taunt or rush, this card is so bad. It doesn't matter if you can summon 2 in one turn when they can just ignore it.

    It still would be terrible it would need that ,with easier requirement to maybe see some play

    It's a cool concept, but I think they really dropped the ball on "Who is this for?"

    • If it's for aggro / SMOrc: you need to be better than just a standard Pirate Warrior or Galakrond Warrior deck, which it clearly isn't.
    • If it's strictly value for control decks, then you really need to provide better value than a couple of  4|3s -- I'm thinking more like the 6|6s that Jaraxxas provides, and even then he isn't competitive enough to see play.
    • If it's for midrange, then you need to do the delicate balancing act of making sure the quest is quick enough it to respond to aggro while still powerful enough to pressure control & combo decks.

    But as is, Hack the System doesn't do any of those things. :-(

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago
  • OldManSanns's Avatar Administrator Azir 995 897 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    I wouldn't mind a format that is based around a rotating theme. E.g., maybe they have the theme be Explorers for ~3 months, and you are allowed to use cards from Saviors of Uldum and League of Explorers and a few select others that synergize with them. Somewhat comparable to MtG's "blocks", if you're familiar with that format.

    I've always been a little sad that Blizzard puts so much effort into lore and backstory and aesthetics, but it all goes to the wayside if the cards themselves can't beat whatever the standard meta is at that time.

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