On Grinding through Bronze part 3

On Grinding through Bronze part 3

Well its been awhile since I made a contribution to my log of progress into the race for gold. As it stands, I will be able to attain Bronze 1 rank as soon as I can make it to my series. I was able to acquire a free win somehow that goes towards my series wins. Bronze is just a challenge to jungle main and support secondary role. As a Teemo main my experience in ranked is really disappointing. I have had some really great games but being Teemo will bring out the worst in people including the members of your team. Just to recap, I have switched from playing Teemo which only primarily worked in bronze 4 until I can attain some higher elo players with a better attitude of the game.

The fact that it worked in the lower rank tier is so beyond strange to me. The higher I went up in rank the more people on my team had bad attitudes about my choice to play Teemo. I will agree I did have a few bad games. Of course I had some AFK but lately, it has not been nearly as frequent. Last night I experienced some really high server lag. I do hope that the AFK stays away. It takes away so much fun.

I have made it to my series in Bronze 2 three times so far. Needless to say, I am getting annoyed by the unlucky teams I get in my series. But then again, I have usually only made it to my series after a long win streak. The way she goes. I’m suffering from elo hell in the worst way. My actual MMR(matchmaker rating) is starting to pick up in most games. I am being placed with low silvers although the average rank among the team tends to flip-flop. There isn’t a lot I have to say about Bronze as a whole. There are some good players in Bronze there is no doubt. They are few and far in between but they do rise given time to.

I hope to be out of bronze before Halloween. Goals. lol. I have picked up two new Junglers and maybe we should talk about that. Coming from maining Teemo to maining Jungle and secondary Support.

How hard is it for you to learn a new champion that falls into a similar role that you are used to playing?

I was able to pick up Amumu and Gragas with quite ease and it literally only took me a few hours each. Before I took them into ranked I had played at least one game beforehand without losing in a regular match. I’ve been carried this far. Just playing but I did give a lower ranked bronzie brother some help in his series which resulted in a promotion. I do prefer to solo but I can’t deny that if you can play with someone you have developed a synergy with you will win lots more games.

Obviously, maining jungle I am always going to have to admit that Sejuani just has the perfect playstyle for me. I main her simply bc she has everything a team needs to secure kills and ensure successful ganks. She is also very mobile. Amumu is not mobile at all although he can make some pretty decent plays with his Q and Ult. Amumu is probably the most stun heavy jungler. I would say he is literally the easiest jungler I have ever picked up besides Warwick who in my honest opinion is not really viable in ranked FOR ME. Gragas, on the other hand, is like a jack of all trades and can be quite mobile offering some really nice and unique CC with his ult.

Support has been quite a fun time for me as of late as well. Two supports I believe you can’t go wrong with would be Blitzcrank and Soraka. An honorable mention to the lovely Janna of course as I have made some magic happen with her kit. Support is such a frustration to main. I just can’t stand to lane with someone who doesn’t synergize with my playstyle. I did main support for a long time but it really wrecked my MMR in season 5 causing me to go from silver 4 to bronze 5 and the climb continues. Somehow I always manage to climb out with the small amount of time I’m actually able to dedicate towards playing.

I actually ended a game with Soraka to the tune of Al Greens’ Love and Happiness the other day with a KDA of 2/1/17 which  comes out to 19:1. Soraka heals and heals, in general, are really overpowered right now. Another heavy heal support with a very nice kit is Sona and she actually has the highest win rate in the game at this time.

Its been a really rough start but things are starting to pick up a bit and my games are getting slowly but surely more in tune to actual competition level and not just troll status. So let’s strap on those moonboots and shoot for the stars! Silver soon and Gold on the horizon.

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Anivia Support Super Storm

Anivia Support Super Storm

anivia_blackfrost_wip_by__marena_-d6ku75xIf you are into heavy poke damage supports and haven’t tried out the magnificent frosty storm bringing bird then I have some news for you. The bird is the word! Anivia support is right on par with the deadliest of AP poke support sports such as Brand and Zyra. There is no better feeling than watching your enemies crawl away from full health after your Q + E combo(stun and shatter). The early game is some of the most devastating damage that can be inflicted and could easily net your team first blood if played correctly.

How are you building Anivia? Well, I myself like to focus on her extremely high damage output and often times will rush Tear of the Goddess to usher in the destruction of my enemy bot lane. This first  back pick will really help you out in the long run and allow you to maximize mana as early as possible. Anivia is undoubtedly one of the most mana hungry mages and I would encourage anyone to be wary of casting and try your best to capitalize on her auto attack range.

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artist atryl

 

Making plays as a support is often not expected and in my honest opinion is highly underrated. Although I don’t condone anyone to be going solo in any lane as support. A champion such as the bird is actually really well at helping to push back lanes that are unattended by their respected laners. She also excels at defending towers making it possible to freeze and or minimize turret damage. It’s actually a really fun time poking with Anivia the way I play her is like keeping a constant movement in a sort of figure eight.

Hard matchups will likely be other heavy poke champions such as brand and Zyra. Zyra, in particular, will wreak havoc on your front lines so be wary of initiation and let the enemy make mistakes or just do your best to deny farm. throwing up a last second wall or over extended storm can easily manipulate the pathing of enemies and will allow you to hit your stun and shatter combo to max damage.

There is some debate as to whether she offers enough damage passively and you should build her to be more healthy and tanky. OR what I like to do and just go full glass cannon and build straight AP with maybe a Zz’rot Portal as your defensive item. Zz’rot is great on Anivia for a few reasons. I like to use it to divert attention away from skirmishes in mid lane. This is especially important if you are behind as catching an enemy out and away from their team could net your team some gold. It doesn’t always work and should be approached cautiously.

Playing Anivia Support can really be fun and I do hope you give it a shot!!trollwall

 

You can also troll the hell out of people with your wall. Just dont troll your team or they will hate you and you will give all anivia players a bad name.

 

IS Pokemon Go leading trainers to their deaths?

After spending a few hours of my adult life chasing Pokemon through the streets of my neighborhood and the poke-stops of my town. I have concluded that Pokemon Go is indeed the bane of my existence. It actually makes me want to go outside which is sometimes beyond my nature. I have traveled far and wide in search of these Pokemon. Creating some great bonds with some not so real friends of an AR(Augmented Reality). A design that is not extremely new but unique nonetheless. It’s really easy and fun to do while walking or jogging or even riding your bike.

The game promotes users to be aware of their surroundings. There is a lot of controversy about the games safety and whether it should be banned or not. With what some people are calling “Poke Gangs” the public hasn’t taken too kindly to Pokemon Go in some areas and especially places of business. Some businesses have started to use the Pokemon Go app to promote their own personal agenda. Indiana is the home of a proud animal shelter that employed the help of many volunteers through an online ad featuring choice starter Pokemon. The ad ran long enough to secure volunteers who would walk the dogs for many days to come.

My one concern with Pokemon Go would be that if you really wanted to be competitive about it, you would have to dedicate legitimate time towards it. I simply don’t have that kind of time but I will train up and try to stay relevant in the days to come. Unlike some people I am not really concerned with the regular issues being reported in the news but I will say that my area experiences a somewhat low level of crime.

The biggest controversial issue with the game right now is robbers and killers reportedly using the poke-stops as the bait for their dirty deeds. This is all over the news and is constantly being talked about when I go out. The most common crowds I see going out would be teenage kids and their parents maybe not far away but I don’t see them. In addition,  people from the ages of 20-32 in a myriad of different shapes and sizes can also be seen in hordes. A lot of them I’m not sure if I would have ever run into without having been playing the game.

It’s certainly been a fun time playing this game but I’m afraid I just don’t have time to really dedicate towards being the very best that no one ever was. It’s really easy to spend 2-3 hours playing this game and I just can’t spare more than an hour of time to exercise and jog or ride my bike around. I try to gain a level each day but it’s not always likely or even possible due to my schedule.

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Whether or not you are going to die while playing this game is completely up to you. This should not come to you as a surprise. This game could be dangerous; of course walking across the street without looking is dangerous. You would have to be a fool to do that and of course there are foolish and stupid people in the world. This is not grounds for any type of game bans  although I can understand places of high interest restricting access to the property.

The game is not the absolute best thing that has ever happened to the world but let’s be honest, it is very popular and if you have played it you might agree it can be addictive. The freedom of being able to get pokeballs at pokestops makes it possible to progress in the game without having to spend a dime. In my book if you can bring a lot of people together for free and still make a profit you are doing something right.

 

The most aware situation: Groups flock to high traffic areas during the early and late day light hours where there are dozens of pokestops and the incoming supply of Pokemon is endless.

The most unaware situation: I will confess that I’m a stealthy operator and I was not bringing any attention to myself on this night out alone. Our subject of study would be the pasty white man with long black hair who looked like he had just awoken from the dead. Steadily creeping towards me on the sidewalk near an older mall that was once a hustling and bustling place now sporting an almost always empty parking lot. His eyes gluedto his phone I wonder if he will ever look up to acknowledge a passerby. I turn my Pokemon Go music to max volume and continue to strut toward my destination the malls entrance. The closest pokestop to my home and a good ten minute walk away.

Will he look up and possibly save his own life from the dangers that lurk in the dark?

I continue to walk not stopping for even a second as I sense no foreboding evil entities. Does he possess this ability himself I wonder? Is he really so at home and in his element that no harm could befall him on this late night of Pokemon hunting stroll? I’m certainly not afraid of his transforming into a being of devilish descent. As a man, I am fairly confident in my ability to outrun or handle him physically. I wonder if he is considering these options himself?

Two strangers walking directly towards one another this fateful night.

His pace slows down and he comes to a stop. He begins to fumble with his phone excitedly flicking an extended index finger from top to bottom. A quick fist of success arises and locks into a victorious hum that starts him back on his previous path and begins to resonate with my own being. I began to hum as well. The Pokemon Go song of course.

Here we are again walking directly towards each other in the dead of night at an abandoned mall completely deserted of all life. Completely alone. At this point, I am beginning to suspect that he is not going to notice me at all as I am literally about to walk into him so I step off the sidewalk and walk a few steps behind him before I turn around and look up like a deer in the head lights of an automobile.

My music still playing literally as loud as my phone will allow. Somehow I was able to walk completely past this person unawares and completely absorbed into the Pokemon Go experience. He suddenly hears my music and jerks back his head yelping “Pokemon Go?” , I reply with a simple affirmation to ease him from any tension. He smiles and informs me of a Gastly that he just caught at the Pokestop. Suddenly his phone vibrates and he instinctively dives back into the game so I turn around and head towards this Gastly I’ve just been informed of.

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Upon arriving at the Pokestop my phone begins to rumble as I discover the Gastly and a Pidgey(the most common Pokemon in my area). I’m currently farming Pidgey to evolve into Pidgeotto with other Pokemon during a lucky egg 30-minute time span where I gain double experience and can actually level up a lot quicker. Each Lucky Egg costs about a dollar but the game actually rewards them to you sometimes when you level up. It is said that you can level about 60-65 Pokemon in the duration of one Lucky Egg. That is about 60,000-70,000 experience and could level you up a considerable amount depending on your progress.

The Gastly was a really nice find and I haven’t been able to find another one yet but the search continues maybe tonight.

Is that trainer wrong for playing so unaware? He was not being cautious of me at all and I could have been anyone doing anything. I stayed aware of his presence since I noticed him while I crossed through the parking lot. He didn’t notice me until I literally walked right past him and was behind him. Just imagine if I had not been paying attention either. Crash. lol this situation was unacceptable to me and I can’t imagine myself being so reckless. I’m not going to dive into the social awkwardness or common sense of the public or the average Pokemon Go player.

There really is no average Pokemon Go player. They come in all shapes and sizes and all ages. This game has a great potential for player versus player competition. The game has great potential for thieves and killers to take advantage of known pokestops and gyms at night.

What is in store for the future of this game and games that will undoubtedly surface in response to soak up some of the success experienced by the Pokemon company?

Other reports of hackers and automobile accidents, deaths, dead bodies found, and many more popping up everyday. After many reported accidents and incidents will the public still support Pokemon Go?

 

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art by darkkenjie

 

 

Retro Rundown: Advance Wars

Retro Rundown: Advance Wars

Ive been addicted to my emulator and playing classic games lately.

There’s nothing like that warm nostalgic feeling I get when I’m strategically moving in for the kill and ultimately the win in this turn based strategy war simulator for the GBA(Game Boy Advance). When it comes to this system a game like this really shines. I would definitely put it in my top ten.

The levels are reminiscent of  a puzzle. It can be drudgery if you are like me and want to suffer through mistakes made and try to make the best of a game. The raw experience can make a single encounter last entirely too long sometimes 70+ days/turns is just too much(me complaining about choices I make SMH). Of course you can save before every move or whatever you want to do and if you dont like it you can always just restart where you last saved.

Its not often that I even get to complete an entire campaign mode but this game has a somewhat short campaign mode.Do not fear though because there is plenty of play potential in other game modes as well. If I knew how to, it would be fun to play with other people, but I seriously doubt people are still playing Advance Wars even though its a great game.

Really what turned me onto this game was the cover art right out it just appeals to my anime loving fanboy heart. Honestly I wouldn’t mind doing some fan-art myself.. and maybe I will.

advance-wars-paul-tokachThe mechanics are really easy to understand. The tutorial is even something I enjoyed learning how to play the game which can be rare. The graphics are superb for the platform and are utilized to the specifications of the machines maximum capacity.

The characters are fun and energetic causing me to appreciate my own dull and lazy lifestyle of non-war activities. If only I were afforded the opportunity to lead the cries of many to their dastardly demise on the battlegrounds! Just playing Im an advocate for world peace. YUS! lets all hold hands and scream LOVE.

advance_wars_forum_avatar_by_navalaceAnyways I dont want this to seem like a shitpost so heres some valuable information about my experience playing this game:

I’m still pumping hours into the game literally over 100 hours so far so you know its a worthy investment for you Retro Heads. You are employed by the Red Ribbon Army(this is actually false and I am just reverting to Dragon Ball knowledge) to be an advisor for the up and coming commander who happens to be a small child that goes by the name of Andy. Andy is the type of guy who likes to carry a wrench around and thinks its fun to fix damaged items.

The battle system is quite interesting and has a lot of potential for advancement and development if someone were to recreate or build off of this set up. All commanders are given the same units they can use or build. The commander in charge of the units has special traits that allows certain units to perform well or worse depending on the scenario. Take Andy for example; he possesses a special ability that heals/repairs all units for 2 points and gives them a small boost in their combat abilities for that turn. Other commanders has similar abilities that charge over time depending on moves made during turn.

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Md Tank Cosplay by d-slim

My personal favorite commander comes from a small island and is quite special in many ways. Taking the initiative to attack first and ask questions later his most trusted council would turn out to be his young adolescent daughter who is much more skilled in the art of war. The island reminds me of Japan for some reason. Fighting this guy is hilarious because he is just terrible at everything even though he has clear advantages over your forces which aren’t even looking for a fight he attacks anyways.

The character animations for battle are really quite a trip. Assuming you don’t care about the lives of troops and machines created within the confines of a handheld video game you might get  a kick out of the killing blow on an enemy troop as well.

Fog of war is something that I do think the game could have went into greater detail developing as there are only 2-3 units that can really see very far at all and on some missions that have fog of war its really annoying to be attacked from somewhere you cant even see and then have to deploy all you troops to or away from said area to root it out. Annoying as can be but its a process.

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Advance Wars is like retro heaven. Its fun. Addictive. Handheld. You can emulate it on your phone FFS. The graphics are super cool cutting edge and the objective of the game is KILL. What more do you want from a turn based war simulator? Let me know! Alternatively if you would just love to play this game but dont own a GBA you can learn how to play it on your phone here How to Emulate GBA on Android.

 

How to Emulate GBA on Android

How to Emulate GBA on Android

Hi, welcome to the Android GBA(Gameboy Advance) Emulation how to!

IF you are using an android phone this should be pretty quick and simple.

IF you are using an Iphone or any other type of phone such as a flip phone from the 90s then I suggest you throw that garbo away and get your life right.

If you have enough space to get any game in the playstore and play it then you have more than enough space to download John GBA Lite and a dozen or so games. Use discretion when downloading games because it is illegal to use ROMs you do not own. In my past I have bought every single GBA title known to man so I use them all frequently.

We will be utilizing a wonderful website that deserves your hard earned money if you are a retro head as you will be soon entering retro heaven. Welcome to the past, present, and future. Emuparadise is your one stop shop for all games retro. If you are having a hard time figuring all of this out I have installed this handy dandy numbered list that should get you to the emu of your dreams and the games of your past.

  1. Own Android Phone
  2. Download John GBA Lite from the playstore
  3. Visit Emuparadise.me
  4. Click ROMs, ISOs, and Games
  5. Find the Gameboy Advance under handheld/cellphone
  6. Search the titles for games you love
  7. Click the game
  8. Under the quick Navigation index click the Direct Download Link
  9. Click the Download link
  10. Submit the CAPTCHA and download for happy days!
  11. To play simply open the emulator
  12. The ROMs will place themselves magically in front of your eyes
  13. Pick one and play on, Garth

Thanks for stopping by and have a supa coor day!

On Grinding through Bronze part 2

On Grinding through Bronze part 2

Can we analyze the meta and pick champions such as Blitzcrank and Sejuani(who currently have very high win-rates) to pick up some progression in Bronze? You bet, and I did. Already at 50 lp in Bronze 2. I’m setting my sights for Silver and Beyond.

LoL(League of Legends) elo hell ranked game-play(the kind of competitive e-sports that can net pro players in millions a year) often revolves around pro-picks and meta-picks. What I find to work the best is instead of trying to adapt to the meta is making the meta work for my play-style. I enjoy playing champions with a strong sense of survival and a somewhat equal fight or flight capability. While it certainly helps to have experience playing the enemy champion or being familiar with them the most important thing in ranked is being comfortable playing your champion and knowing the ins and outs of combat capabilities of said champion.

 

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More art by Kaiseresc

Blitzcrank has always served me well in the role of Support. He offers some of the best aggressive play making potential in the game. I tend to rely on the enemy to make mistakes more often than not. In this elo it is common to see various movement patterns and predicting them just takes time to notice them. I hold the mechanical champion in high esteem. Top tier along with other play-makers like Thresh.

 

 

tumblr_nig8kc8OYw1rgj7ubo1_500As for Sejuani, she is a very fun champ with a great kit that benefits any team wanting a highly diverse tank. She has a dash knockup that can be combo’d with flash and ult to stop an entire enemy team dead in their tracks safely while you can effectively run away or engage with your team. She is a natural tank and has decent clear speed. Her ult can change any situation into a favorable one and should be used to make plays as well as saved for better plays if you predict them.

While I don’t main Support anymore I noticed that one of my main Champions had rose in win-rate and remained very low in ban rate. It was strange I also noticed my main Jungle pick had rose very high in win-rate and kept a very low ban rate. I changed my focus from Teemo top lane and began to Queue for Jg and Supp. Currently sporting a 4-0 win streak on Blitz. Of course Sej is one of my favorites of all time so I play her a lot but 6-3 isn’t so bad is it? That was my approach to series and Bronze 2.

Will I find all the Dragon Balls and wish my way out of Bronze? Find out next time on Leisure League!

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As the second installment and log of my experience On Grinding Through Bronze if you want to check out the first you can always find it here. On Grinding Through Bronze

On Grinding Through Bronze Elo Rank

On Grinding Through Bronze Elo Rank

So, last year was pretty devastating to my original League of Legends account. The circumstances which arrived me to my placements matches were not by coincidence. All done in one night; fate served me with an awe-full Bronze 4 ranking. I had practically given up on grinding out that terrible dredge after experiencing a full blown league tilt. I literally saw only negativity when playing by observing myself and my team with zero motivation. Blaming an entire loss on others or taking the blame myself it didn’t seem to matter much. It wasn’t even fair to be playing the game with trolls or afk ratios that were a quarter of all my ranked games being trolled or afk. I felt a hopeless despair and began playing other games. I also lost interest in this blog for quite a while.

I did begin to pick up league again towards the end of the season and safely climbed to Bronze 1 with 99 points the moment the season had ended. Needing only 1 win to make silver at that. Of course I made Silver but alas the season has already begun again. Here I am reliving a similar situation although for my own sanity it seems it would slightly improve. Although, my placement matches alone were tragedy and I actually had two afk matches and two trolled matches. The foreboding sense of bad luck… I somehow ended up in Bronze 3. Showing that even with the efforts of countless hours I still get the shaft. Only just starting the season a few months ago I have finally made it to Bronze 2 series. What a joy.

This season I’m excited to be able to pick my roles. I am looking forward to climbing out of bronze once again and setting my sights on Gold 5 as my marker. I am banking on my champion pool for jungle and support. Alternatively, I have been maining Teemo top lane. I am having the worst luck with picking teemo bc I tend to get trolled by teammates who have lost morale or faith in my ability to perform by picking teemo. I have had a few bad games as well just entirely my fault for the enemy onslaught. It is nerve wrecking to experience but I try my best to just view it as a learning experience.

The rate at which I climbed from the over encumbered pits of elo hell was so very rapid, having only taken place in about 4 weeks(this is very short for me since I rarely got to play more than one game a day except on the weekends), that I  would like to write about and document the experience this season. Restraining from making negative posts I think I will be able to reach my before-mentioned goal of gold 5 ranking.

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My current standings.