Thursday, November 16, 2017

Heroes Never Die... For A Price

Or, My Favorite Mercy Skin in Overwatch

One of the best things about Overwatch is its many skins.  The basic character skins are fantastic, but the additional skins plus the customization of sprays, emotes, and voice lines make it possible to craft a character unique to you.  I myself tend to gravitate toward pink and purple skins.  I love Bastion's pink skin and Sombra's base skin.  However, I DO have a favorite skin in the entire game.

overwatch mercy skin imp favorite

Mercy's Imp skin!  I absolutely love it. I love it so much I made it my screens for my stream.  Purple and white is one of my favorite color combinations.  The way it subtly changes her resurrection line makes me giggle.  Like, that is SO me.  Heroes Never Die... For A Price.  I would totally charge for my services if I was her. Everyone's always all like "Someone switch to Mercy!" so she would definitely be in demand.

I love the intricate detailing on the costume.  Her boots are changed into an almost cloven hoof design reminiscent of a satyr or even the Devil.  I love the addition of the tail and the horns, and the purple hair and lipstick.  She also has those black triangles over her eyes.  All of it combined create an awesome, almost sadistic image that I like.  It's like she's saying "I'll heal you... but I'll also fuck you up and steal your soul."

This is always my skin when I play Mercy.  Do you have any skin you ALWAYS use?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Opinion on New D.Va and Mercy changes

Recently there were some changes in Overwatch that affected the characters of D.Va and Mercy.  D.Va was given missiles and a shorter shield time.  Mercy's ult was changed and she was given a rez that is on a 30-second cooldown as opposed to being her ult.

overwatch mercy ult changes imp skin sexy
overwatch changes missiles

As for the D.Va changes, I have to say I really like them.  I was literal garbage at D.Va before the changes.  Now I have a real feel for the character and I love diving in and charging someone with my guns blazing and my missiles going off on someone, and finishing it off with a good old fashioned bitchslap.  I find that I have more eliminations.  I feel like now D.Va plays like a DPS with more armor, which I like because I haven't yet found a DPS I'm actually good at (RIP).  I like the addition of the ranged missiles as a finisher to get rid of someone whose health is low or as a distraction.  I'm not too sad to see the duration of the shield shortened, as I usually only pop it for small durations anyway, like to block an ult until I can get out of the way or while diving in.  The changes make D.Va more versatile and easier to play.  She's sort of my main now.

overwatch changes defense matrix

I'm a little more iffy on the changes made to Mercy, though I can definitely see why they made them.  It's nice having a cooldown on the resurrection instead of having to wait for that perfect time to hit Q.  The one thing I'm concerned about is how Mercy can possibly get Play of the Game now without that quintuple rez.  I've only seen ONE Mercy PotG in the last few weeks, and that was a very good battle Mercy.  I miss the way her glide ability used to work.  I loved flinging myself around.  I don't like the much shortened range.  Her new ult IS nice though.  It's like Orisa's Supercharger, except healing.  You channel a heal on one person and it's buffed and bounces to nearby people.  The damage boost beam works the same way.  I wish they'd stop changing Mercy already.  She's fine the way she is.

overwatch mercy imp skin ult changes sexy

I've been having a really good time playing Overwatch lately, especially since I haven't played World of Warcraft in a couple months.  I will eventually come back of course.  I just need a break.  I've also enjoyed playing Bastion (so trolly).  I bounce mainly from D.Va to Mercy to Bastion.  If all three happen to be taken I pick either Sombra or Pharah even though I'm garbage at both of them.  My aim is just really bad.  That's part of the I love Bastion, D.Va, and Mercy.  You don't have to be able to aim.

overwatch mercy ult changes rez imp skin sexy

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Repping the Horde IRL

The Battle of Azeroth cinematic shown at Blizzcon really inspired my inner Hordie.  I loved how it featured Sylvanas in all her banshee glory, and her cry of "FOR THE HORDE!" sent chills down my spine.  It actually made me feel pride in my faction, even though I've never really bought into the whole faction pride thing too much.  It made me want to rep my faction more.

So I took to Google to find some cool wallpapers to replace my D.Va ones.

I made this one my lock screen.  I love it.

This one is now my home screen (yes I keep it tidy).  I love how the lock screen is simple but still very descriptive, and it flows into this dark and foreboding home screen of the Dark Lady looking right at you with her red eyes.

I actually already had this phone case so I dug it out because I knew it would fit my Horde/Sylvanas theme perfectly.  I got it from here.

My final touch was to download the audio from the cinematic and find the spot where Sylvanas yells "For the Horde".  I clipped it to just a few seconds of  the just that audio and I made it my text tone.  Now whenever someone texts me, my phone yells "FOR THE HORDE!" in Sylvanas banshee voice.  My phone makes me feel like a badass now.

Besides that, I also have the Horde racerback tee that was on the Blizzard gear store a while back, but it's gone now.  For a long time I'd wanted to get a Horde symbol tattoo but I just never had the money for it.  I would like to get it maybe pastel rainbow, and more stylized or "chibi"-ish than the traditional Horde symbol tattoo.  If anyone wants to design that for me, that would be awesome.

How do you rep your chosen faction?

Monday, November 6, 2017

World of Warcraft: Gameplay and Systems Recap

Other Blizzcon 2017 Recap Posts:

Overwatch: What's Next Panel Recap

Blizzard Social: What's Next Panel Recap

World of Warcraft: What's Next Panel Recap

This will be my last panel recap, as I didn't watch any other panels.  Blizzcon was a bit meh for me this year, honestly.  I only play 2 Blizzard games, so I only am interested in like... two-fifths of the panels.  But I was fairly pleased with what I saw.  Without further ado... on to the recap!

1. Poor mommy Azeroth getting all fucked up.

2. Of COURSE the goblins and gnomes are the ones who discovered this shit.

3. I feel like this expansion is kind of convoluted.  Like... we're all kicking each others' asses, then we go out and find these two island civilizations that both happen to have awesome navies, and then we both happen to go out on ship battles, all at the exact same time?  It doesn't sound all that interesting to me.  It sounds too tedious, and like this is all coming together TOO perfectly, if that makes any sense.  I like the sense of randomness that comes with just stumbling across an island continent like Pandaria and fighting on it.  This Battle for Azeroth shtick sounds like just more of the same old Horde vs. Alliance nonsense we've been dealing with since World of Warcraft Day 1.  I don't feel like it can be its own expansion.  The entire premise of the expansion with the navies and the islands and the boats sounds almost SILLY.

4. I didn't even like scenarios the first time they were a thing.  These will have to have some bitchin rewards for me to do them.

5. It's cute they wanted the island objectives to be a puzzle and tell a story, but I doubt the average player is going to appreciate the nuance of it.  They're just gonna kill shit and get out.

world of warcraft battle for azeroth island crab

Can I tame this crab on my hunter though?

6. A shadow hunter, a witch doctor, and a berserker.  Possible future subclasses?

world of warcraft battle for azeroth subclasses shadow hunter witch doctor berserker

7. Smart AI?  Nonsense.

8. The Alliance architecture on some of the islands sort of reminds me of Tol Barad.  I hated Tol Barad.

world of warcraft battle for azeroth alliance havenswood

9. We just (presumably) won our war with the Legion, and instead of coming together to rebuild our world and make it a better place... we've all decided to fight over it.  So whoever wins is basically king of the shit hill.  Magni is the only one who knows what's up, but who listens to dwarves?

10. So the Heart of Azeroth is Artifact 2.0, basically.  Once wasn't enough?

world of warcraft battle for azeroth heart of azeroth

11. They seem to be trying to customize the class experience by adding these armor "talent trees", but probably people will just analyze the fuck out of them to see which combination delivers the most output.  Ask Mr Robot will probably have a gadget for that.  So it's really no choice at all, because everyone will have the same cookie cutter build that has the most output.

12. So basically every time we get a new item, we're gonna have to plug it into Ask Mr Robot to find the best combination of gear and traits.  How is this any better than the reforging system?  At least that was simple.

13. What's the point of fighting over all this again?  Why don't we just let the Alliance have the Eastern Kingdoms, and the Horde can have Kalimdor?

14. Will we FINALLY find out what that inaccessible zone toward the top of Eastern Kingdoms is?

15. I will probably NEVER do a War Front.  It sounds way too tedious.

16. Yeah they are DEFINITELY trying to replace Discord!  Integrating voice right into World of Warcraft is a direct shot at other voice communication apps.  Whether it will be implemented correctly so as to draw in the player base away from those other apps is the challenge here.

17. My god can you imagine if there was a voice version of trade chat?  I can imagine all the "anal" spam.  I love anal spam.

world of warcraft battle for azeroth voice app

That concludes the Blizzcon spam (probably).  For more info you can check out great sites like wowhead or Blizzard Watch.  Hopefully the next expansion will be better than I think it will be and I'm just being a downer.

*pics clipped from virtual ticket*

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Overwatch: What's Next Panel Recap

Other Blizzcon 2017 Recap Posts:

World of Warcraft: Gameplay and Systems Recap

Blizzard Social: What's Next Panel Recap

World of Warcraft: What's Next Panel Recap

1. This evil bitch is experimenting on a bunny.

overwatch moira bunny experiment bitch cinematic

2. I still think she sounds like Demona from Gargoyles.

3. Can Tentacle Moira be a skin though?

4. "I think it's cool, but I dunno how I'm gonna use these tentacles..."  I know how.

overwatch moira concept art early

5. I like Moira's more androgynous feel.  She gives me a David Bowie in the '80s vibe.  I'm glad the Overwatch team don't feel compelled to make all their characters as bodacious as Widowmaker, because women do have these varying body types and we don't all have long legs and huge asses (though those who do, you rock girl!)  I feel like there's a lot more representation for all types of people in Overwatch than there is in most other games.

6. I think Moira's Oasis skin looks gorgeous.  The white and gold with purple accents is super pretty.

overwatch moira concept art skin

7. Holy shit that glam skin.  It's looks like a candy raver on acid threw up rainbows all over the paper.  It's terrible and awesome at the same time.  I guess they were getting David Bowie vibes too.

8. Moira's toolkit seems a bit OP.  Looks awesome.

9. "Stop off for a burger and some Death Wings at Snaxxramas."  I'm literally dying right now. 😂

10. They put a fuckton of detail into this map.  It's like a love letter to the fans of their other games.  I think it's actually really sweet.

11. There should be a skin of Widowmaker dressed as Sylvanas Windrunner.

12. Symmetra's new Halloween skin is very Deathwing-esque.  Perhaps it would have fit better in the Blizzard throwback skin series?

13. Torbjorn as Magni!  That is so hilarious.  But why did they make Widow look like Nova?  I mean Nova is cool and all but NO!

*pics capped from the virtual ticket*

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Blizzard Social: What's Next Panel Recap

Other Blizzcon 2017 Recap Posts:

World of Warcraft: Gameplay and Systems Recap

World of Warcraft: What's Next Panel Recap

Overwatch: What's Next Panel Recap

Blizzcon Opening Ceremony Recap: Embrace the Awesome

1. He's calling it, but didn't they scrap that and call it the Blizzard app instead?

2. Gotta say I'm so glad they added the invisibility feature on the app.

3. I really wish there weren't so many apps for phones.  There's like 3 or 4 official apps tied to Blizzard games.  It would make things so much easier if they would just combine them into one app.

4. The new Profile feature for the Blizzard desktop app gave me some Facebook vibes.  Like you get random friend requests on Facebook so you go to their page to creep them and see if they're worth adding.  This sounds like something similar.  I don't have a lot of friends in the Blizzard app so this might be a nice way to learn more about someone.

5. The ability to change your avatar and include links sounds like a good networking tool.  You can include Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, and presumably any other website.  I do with you could have the ability to upload a custom avatar though.

6. I think the Blizzard Groups feature looks interesting but I can't really think of a time I'd want to use it.  Like a group chat?  It could be useful for guildies who want to talk even when they're not all playing the same game or on the same server, but then you'd have to be Blizzard app friends with all your guildies and that would be annoying.

blizzard blizzcon social what's next panel

7. The interface looks a lot like a slightly streamlined version of Discord.  It had text and voice chat.  I think they just wanted to make their own proprietary version of Discord and keep everything in-house instead of people using a third-party voice program.  I think that's a good idea, but having to have all those people on your friends list would just be... daunting.

8. I don't know about being able to chat with people on my phone.  If I'm not actually on my PC playing the game I don't want people bugging me about it, you know?  I feel like there has to be a line between the game and your real life.

9. It's nice they updated the buying interface and added a gifting option.  I've heard that it was difficult to gift someone something, but I haven't done it so I don't know.

blizzard blizzcon social what's next panel gifting

World of Warcraft: What's Next Panel Recap

Other Blizzcon 2017 Recap Posts:

World of Warcraft: Gameplay and Systems Recap

Blizzard Social: What's Next Panel Recap

Overwatch: What's Next Panel Recap

Blizzcon Opening Ceremony Recap: Embrace the Awesome

1. I'm on a BOAT!

2. Um not gonna lie, the Horde probably started it.  Maybe by accident. Possibly.

2.  Kul Tiras doesn't look all that interesting.  Just more of the same Alliance architecture.

3. Drustvar looks kinda cool.

4. Weren't we fighting Zandalari like 2 expansions ago?  Why would they join us now?

5. I may be biased, but I feel like Zandalar looks way cooler than Kul Tiras.  It has a very Mayan-esque feel to it that Horde players don't see EVERYWHERE.  It seems more unique.  Also dinosaurs.  The environments look amazing.  So lush and green and jungley.

6. The blood troll chicks look sexy AF.


8.  Disappointed about no fox people in the video.  Sad panda.

9. Can Vol'jin not be dead?  He was a cool dude.  Of course I am completely loyal to the Banshee Queen but Vol'jin could come back and be like her adviser or something.  Which makes me wonder how Thrall feels about all this shit going on lately?  Haven't seen much of him.

10.  It's interesting that they are gating the new allied races behind a story.  I haven't decided yet if it's good or bad.  Just interesting.  Since it's something you only have to do once, I think most people won't be too pissy about it.

11. I do really wanna play a Nightborn though.  I always thought they looked pretty cool.  Night Elves are my favorite race but they're filthy Alliance so playing a Nightborn would be a good second.

12. I really hope either the Nightborn or the Zandalari trolls can be druids.  It's cool to know they're planning more allied races than the initial six.  There are so many possibilities I would want to play at some point.  Naga, ethereal, fox people...  My god a fox druid.  That would be so cool.

13. Scaling leveling zones might be interesting for some people, but I have Loremaster and there's no way in fuck I'm doing any old zones again.  It shall be dungeon leveling for me.

14. This Heart of Azeroth thing sounds complicated.  I miss the days when we could just get a new armor piece, reforge it to our best stat, and that was that.  None of this extra trait shit.

15. I don't like the sound of the Island Expedition thing.  I'm not really a fan of any cooperative gameplay (except raiding). I'd rather do something like this by myself.  The fact that there's an added factor of racing against an AI makes it even less likely for me to do it.  I'd rather be able to take my time.

16. Ugh PVP.  Yuck.

17. I'm on the fence about removing the distinction between PVP and PVE servers.  I HATE PVP and I swore I would never go to a PVP server ever.  However, some of my friends are on PVP servers, and lots of great raiding guilds are on PVP servers.  I'm glad they included a toggle to opt out of PVP because if there wasn't one I might have to actually quit the game.  I feel like this will open up a lot of opportunity that wasn't there before.

18. I don't think the dungeons should be faction-specific while leveling. You're just going to be stuck doing the same 4 dungeons over and over again.  And when you get to level 120, who the fuck is even going to be doing dungeons anymore?  Unless they have kept the Mythic+ system, in which case it's not quite so bad.

19. Oh yeah Mythics are still a thing.

20. The Freehold dungeon is giving me some Pirates of the Caribbean vibes.

21. I really want a gold-armored undead dinosaur mount, please.

22.  Did anyone else catch that Kezan, the tropical goblin home island, is going to be a dungeon?  I'd actually be really interested in doing that.  But didn't it like blow up or something?

23. Oh wait yeah he's talking about Kezan now.

24. Could blood trolls be one of the future planned allied races?  That would be cool.

25.  We'll be fighting Azshara!  I'm looking forward to this continuation from Legion's story.

26.  Yes, it matters who wins, you dirty slut.  Get out.

*pics lifted right out of the virtual ticket*

Friday, November 3, 2017

Blizzcon Opening Ceremony Recap: Embrace the Awesome

Other Blizzcon 2017 Recap Posts:

World of Warcraft: Gameplay and Systems Recap

Blizzard Social: What's Next Panel Recap

World of Warcraft: What's Next Panel Recap

Overwatch: What's Next Panel Recap

I'm back with my Blizzcon recaps!  As always, I will not be recapping everything Blizzcon goes over, as many sites will be doing that already.  I will be picking out the information I find the most interesting or am most hyped about, and give you my take on it.  Without further ado, let's get to the awesome!

1. Poor Mike Morhaime tries his hardest but I can tell he's nervous. He's stumbling over his words a bit but he's a fucking champ.

2. I don't even play Heroes of the Storm (YET!), but Alexstrasza is a badass motherfucker.  The cinematic way giving me some Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire vibes with Alexstrasza flying around the castle running into shit.

heroes of the storm Alexstrasza blizzcon cinematic

3. I don't play Hearthstone either but I enjoyed the cinematic.  When I saw the opening to the tunnel, it did make me think of the kobolds (aka the little candle fuckers in Highmountain), and it showed them and I was like 'called it'.  Also the Hearthstone set it so cute.

4. I feel like the 'Blizzard theme park' thing was kind of a tease at the beginning, like they were going to make it an actual thing, but then wait no it's an Overwatch map.  Well-played, Blizzard.  How AWESOME would a Blizzard theme park be though?  I'm thinking animatronic murlocs yelling 'mrglglglglgh!' at anyone who passes by.  Did anyone else notice the building called 'Snaxxramas'?  Gold.  Having the cinematic pan out at the end, showing Overwatch characters watching it on TV like a commercial was also a cute touch.  Bastion says, 'Beep boop?' and Torbjorn says 'For the Horde!'  Indeed my dude.

blizzardworld blizzcon cinematic ceremony

5. It's about time we got a new support hero.  The ones we have are GOOD, but the roster seems slightly limited.  Moira looks like a pretty interesting hero.  It's the classic story of science going too far and losing human emotion.  Science should be to benefit everyone, but here's an example of someone losing sight of that.  I like when Overwatch explores the story of Talon more, because we don't know a lot about it thus far.  Also I was thinking Moira sounds somewhat like Demona from Gargoyles (where my Garg fam at?!).  Moira's 'shadow step'-esque move seems like Reaper's shadow step thingy (never played him so I have no idea what it's called.  I thought Mercy was the one who worked on him, but what if it was Moira?  She sounds like a psychotic, egomaniacal bitch and I love it.

overwatch moira blizzcon opening ceremony

UPDATE: After some Google magic, it WAS Moira who did her scientific witchy-woo on Reaper and made him reapy.  I am so good.

6. I laughed out loud when Reinhardt's voice actor just ninjaed the stage.  I was like oh. my. god.  Fucking hilarious.  I'm so glad Blizzard has such a great sense of humor and you can tell the Overwatch voice actors especially have so much fun with their characters (you can find them being silly in videos on YouTube).

7. I liked the cinematic even though I don't play Reinhardt.  He's still a cool character and I love how just... fun-loving and cheery he is.  During the battle scene, I was like, 'Oooh look at all the Bastions.'  During the cinematic I had the feeling the other dude in armor was probably going to die.  It also struck me how much of a dickbucket Rein was being, just abandoning his squad to take all the glory for himself.  Then the other omnic dropped from the sky and I though it looked like an Orisa prototype.  I recognized some of the scenes from the Eichenwalde map.  I figured during the cinematic that the other armor guy was probably gonna bite it in some heroic way, causing Reinhardt to have some sort of emotional epiphany that changes his outlook on life.  Towards the end, my god it was sad.  If I was a more emotional person I would have cried like a baby.  We get to see how Reinhardt got his scar and ended up actually in the Overwatch game.  So like... at the end, does the suit of armor still have the dude's body in it?  That's kinda gross.  I feel like it would stink.  And who is this random redhead?  (I watched Panser's reaction video to this cinematic and she mentions she has the same tattoo as Torbjorn.  His daughter maybe?  They're both redheads.  NOTE: I knew Panser would cry.  No hate on her, I love her, I just know she gets very emotional and I knew before I watched that she was gonna cry because I almost cried.)

blizzcon opening ceremony reinhardt cinematic eichenwalde

8. Ice cream?

9.   Ooooh I see where this is going.

10. That was a pretty cool effect with them reversing all the cinematics.  I know a lot of players have been wanting a Vanilla play experience for a long time (I have heard so much 'back in my day' shit from classic WoW players).  I won't be playing it but I think it's awesome for the people who will.  The one thing I'm concerned about it that it will take away from current expansion players and there will be less people to play current content with.  I think people will understand now why Blizzard took such a hard stance with projects like Nostalrius, because they were planning to do the same thing and wanted no competition (which is understandable since it's their game).

11. I NEED that Shadow plushie.  It's so cute.  Even though I have no more room for plushies anywhere.  Or money for them.

blizzcon opening ceremony shadow plushie

12. Jaina's still angry.  Kul Tiras looks cool but I'm kinda disappointed it's Alliance-only. Guess I'll have to fire up my old Alliance druid to take this continent for a spin.  Of course, the Horde-only continent of Zandalar does not disappoint and I'm excited to explore it.  Snake people, dinosaurs, tentacles.  What's not to love?  And trolls.  I do love trolls.

blizzcon opening ceremony zandalar battle for azeroth

13. Void elves!  Dude I so wanna play a void elf.  They look so awesome!  I am kinda disappointed that they took this expansion all the way back to the Horde vs. Alliance.  Haven't we learned to get along by now?  If there is a clear winner, then where would WoW go from there?  Although, I feel like going back to the conflict that started it all will really bring out the nostalgia feels for the old-time players.  FOR THE HORDE!

14. The animation in this cinematic is so detailed like what the fuck.  LOOK AT THAT WORGEN DETAIL.

15. TORBJORN!  Wait no that's just a redheaded dwarf. Never mind.

16. The Alliance siege weapons look pretty badass.  Not gonna lie.  I wish they would have showed more of the night elves since I do love night elves.  If night elves weren't Alliance I'd play one of them because I'm basically a night elf, all treehugging and shit.

17. Ooooh Sylvanas is pissed.  YES MY QUEEN SLAY.  Her banshee mode looks super awesome.  I hope we see more of it.  Her call of 'FOR THE HORDE!' in her resounding banshee voice sent chills down my spine.  It made me want to pick up a sword and skin a gnome.

blizzcon opening ceremony cinematic battle for azeroth sylvanas horde banshee

18. I didn't even REALIZE that was Anduin until his helmet got knocked off.  He uh... he growed up.  Is he legal yet?

19. Anduin's 'For the Alliance' moment was cool and all but... Sylvanas was still way cooler.

20. Clearly, Sylvanas is more excited for this challenge than scared.

battle for azeroth cinematic blizzcon opening ceremony sylvanas horde

Bring it, motherfuckers.

*pics clipped from Blizzcon live feed*