Monday, February 24, 2014

The Great Cheese - Episode 26

We finish the living room easily, then traverse the dining room table and chandelier. Almost done!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

4 Pillar Survival - Episode 33

The Nether is a dangerous place, but we apparently have unlimited portal access... bizarre.

[EDIT: The episodes were mixed up on youtube for a bit, and my posts have changed to get it all back in order. If you've seen this episode already, go back to Episode 32 again to see the "missing" video.]

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Great Cheese - Episode 25

We explore the entertainment center and the fireplace, discovering what NOT to do to a Nether Portal. Also, Minecraftception!

Friday, February 21, 2014

4 Pillar Survival - Episode 32

We try to figure out the logistics of growing a giant mushroom to make mushroom soup. James finds the way to The End and trouble in the Nether.
[EDIT: This is the REAL Episode 32. The other video posted here was Episode 33 by mistake.]

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Great Cheese - Episode 24

We journey to the living room and explore the dollhouse and model railroad.

Mr. Herobrine's Sing-along Tragedy

Here's a unique little collection of videos mixing Minecraft legends and Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog. Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Meta Shaman Control Deck

This shaman deck is loosely based off a deck run by Puffin a few weeks back at the high/legendary ranks. I've modified it to deal with the weapon-heavy metagame, and I'm happy with the results.

First off, let me praise one of the best removal cards in the game: Earth Shock. Why? Here's a list of troublesome things you can easily kill with no repercussions:

  • Argent Squire
  • Bloodmage Thalnos
  • Leper Gnome
  • Loot Hoarder
  • Scarlet Crusader
  • Twilight Drake

If you have one spell damage, add to that the following:
  • Argent Commander
  • Edwin VanCleef
  • Questing Adventurer

Not to mention all the other things that could use a good silencing! This is by far an amazing card that can really help to thwart your opponent's plans.

Acidic Swamp Ooze is pretty important in this meta - Eaglehorn Bow, Truesilver Champion, Fiery War Axe, and even Jaraxxus' weapon are very commonly seen. Hold ooze against weapon classes unless you're certain they're not running them.

The midgame is where things really get going with this deck. Yetis, Argus, Sen'jins and Harvest Golems allow you to make good trades and wreck when combined with Flametongue Totems. That said, you're most likely going to be playing board control until you can pull off a finisher with Ragnaros or Bloodlust.

If you don't have the legendaries, you can replace them with Argent Commanders, Earth Elementals, or any other reasonably big and scary minions.

4 Pillar Survival - Episode 31

Cats, dogs, and potion brewing this episode, and we chat a bit about movie sequels.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Great Cheese - Episode 23

We check out the hallway table and harvest the bonzai tree, then prepare to explore the living room. We lost video about halfway through and it's unfortunately unrecoverable. The footage was mostly us chopping down birch logs, so you're not missing much at least.

Huntard Budget Burst Deck

I decided to test the effectiveness of Starving Buzzard by building what at first looks like a really dumb deck.

As you can tell, it relies on the Starving Buzzard + Unleash the Hounds combo, which at first sounds like a horrible idea. The fact of the matter is that many decks rely on some kind of silly combo to be efficient, so why not give this a spin? Turns out it fairs pretty well.

The trick here is to hold back the big play until about turn 6 or so, allowing you to cast Buzzard + Hounds + a wolf and/or boar as needed. By this point you should be able to draw at least 3 cards from the combo and start cleaning the opponent's board with some beasts left over.

There will be times where you already have a decent hand and do not want to draw, in which case the Scavenging Hyena can be made instantly huge from the hounds instead. You do have to be careful sometimes with buzzard in play - I've decked myself once already (though was able to win that turn).

Freezing Trap, Animal Companion, Emperor Cobra and Kill Command can be used for early removal or tempo if necessary, though it's often better to hold back the last two for bigger removal or burst damage.

I've been beating Paladin Giant Control and both Murloc and Giant Warlocks without issue, which is great considering the control decks are typically chock full of epics and legendaries (which this deck has none of).

Warrior rushdown tends to be a difficult matchup, due to most of their minions having 3+ health and battlecries that you don't want them to replay due to Freezing Trap.

Because of Buzzard and Hyena, Snake Trap is an obvious addition if you have it/can craft it. Savannah Highmane and Stampeding Kodo aren't necessities, and may actually be slowing the deck down when you could just run more cheap beasts. I may test that at some point...

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Great Cheese - Episode 22

We clean out the oven... it's more exciting than it sounds, I promise! In fact, there's lava, burning, death and near death in this episode!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

4 Pillar Survival - Episode 29

We finally get all our wool colors, make snow golems, cake, pumpkin pie and a brewing stand, then discuss the logistics for growing a huge mushroom.

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Great Cheese - Episode 21

We move from the microwave to the refrigerator/freezer, collecting cheese as we go!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

4 Pillar Survival - Episode 28

Blaze rods, nether wart, cocoa beans, and endless snow!

How To Play Around OP Cards

Kripparian put out a video recently that quickly explains some of the more commonly seen class cards that tend to wreck in arena, and how to play around them. I think it's worth a watch, particularly for players just getting started.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Great Cheese - Episode 20

We begin exploring the kitchen, and find out the secret power source hidden in microwaves!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tradewell - Hunter Control Deck

I've had recent success with this hunter deck I built. It focuses on board control and using minions that normally trade favorably or provide buffs (thus the deck name).

It's by no means a dream deck - I'd probably remove the Loot Hoarders for Thalnos and Pagle if I had them, and Ragnaros would be a nice addition as well. Still, it handles nicely against most decks. Swap cards as you have/desire of course.

Warrior and rogue rushdown decks can sometimes outpace it, but often that's a case of opening hand RNG. This deck does quite well against the druid-heavy meta, being able to thwart the token deck pretty handily as well as the big taunts. Explosive Trap can single-handedly stop Force of Nature + Savage Roar as a finisher, assuming you're keeping their board mostly clear otherwise.

Against weenie aggro (which is currently also popular), Explosive Trap, Sen'jin Shieldmasta or Unleash The Hounds usually allow you to maintain early and midgame, where you'll start dropping larger threats like Venture Co. Mercenary. Deadly Shot is to be used against the late-game threats like giants and ironbarks, so use them sparingly!

I am purposely running the single Starving Buzzard, as it's really only phenomenal with Unleash The Hounds and the occasional Highmane deathrattle. That said, it might just be better running two instead of a Dire Wolf Alpha. I guess I just don't rate the Buzzard very highly. If you're in need of silence, owls probably fit somewhat better (buzzard synergy) unless it's so late in the game you can afford Spellbreaker.

[EDIT] Last night I crafted Ragnaros and added it to this deck, swapping out the single Argent Squire. She was really just filler anyway that fit the concept of 2-for-1 minions.

4 Pillar Survival - Episode 27

James defies death again while attempting to coax squid spawning, and we get ready to make snow golems!

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Great Cheese - Episode 19

We finish our trip to the bathroom by exploring the cabinet and sink, and prepare to enter the kitchen.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

4 Pillar Survival - Episode 26

We attempt to get a squid to spawn naturally, dye our sheep, get chicken and pigs, and learn about "the wub-wubs".

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Congrats and Thanks for The Great Cheese

Verques, creator of "The Great Cheese" map, recently replied to Episode 1 of our Let's Play series and had some exciting things to say.
Thank you for taking the time to play through my little map. The three of you have an obvious talent for the craft of banter, unity and presentation. I have enjoyed watching your play through up to episode 17 and am looking forward to seeing more of your work. With your permission, I would like to feature your series of this map on the main download page at PMC, to show my appreciation and support of your channel. Although I do not make custom maps any longer, I would still wish to update my page there with a quality LP such as yours. Thank you for providing a download link to the map and for presenting my map in such an entertaining way. You have my sub and my gratitude.  Verques

 I've replied to the comment already, but would like to again say thank you, Verques, for a unique, exciting map and for your kind words. I really appreciate that you've featured the series on your map page and thank you so much for your support.

Also, I'd like to thank James "AngerPuppet" Boley for introducing me to the map and inviting me to play in his series. It was great fun and James is an amazing player. In addition I'd like to congratulate you, James, for producing a series deemed worthy by the creator of such a fine map!

The Great Cheese - Episode 18

We finish our harrowing adventure of the shower and continue to the toilet. I had to restrain myself from inserting bathroom humor while writing the previous sentence.

Friday, February 7, 2014

4 Pillar Survival - Episode 25

We collect all the wool, build rails, and amuse ourselves with minecart sheep!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Great Cheese - Episode 17

We make a break for the bathroom to find a tub with silverfish and a shower apparently designed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

4 Pillar Survival - Episode 24

We assemble our enchanting table and James builds a pool for squids to spawn.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Great Cheese - Episode 16

We finally get around to exploring the grandfather clock. For real this time.

4 Pillar Survival - Episode 23

The grass has finally spread into the sheep pen, and we start harvesting colored wool.

The Great Cheese - Bonus Episode

We call in our resident parkour expert Jausst to attempt the sunflower challenge.

The Great Cheese - Episode 15

On our way to the clock we see a sunflower and a new challenge. We ultimately learn that we fail both at parkour and staying focused.

4 Pillar Survivial - Episode 22

James finishes the house and we talk about movies and classic Nintendo.