Hearthstone Tribes: Mech Edition

Hello fellow tavern dwellers, and welcome to a new Hearthstone post! Tribes are a huge thing in the game that causes various cards to have awesome effects with one another. They range from Dragons to Murlocs, and many decks are built around specific tribes. One of my favorites is the Mech tribe. Mechs have been a part of the game from the very beginning, and with the new Magnetic skill, they are a major force to be reckoned with. Below is a list of some of my favorite Mechs, and some awesome synergies with other cards. Now, let’s have ourselves a good old brawl!

  • SN1P-SN4P Tribe: Mech Mana Cost: 3 Attack: 2 Health: 3 Type: Legendary Neutral Minion Appearance: A giant, blue robot crab with a mounted gun on its head. Expansion: The Boomsday Project Effect: Magnetic, Echo, Deathrattle: Summon two 1/1 Microbots. 

This card was released recently for free to new players, and it’s one of the best Mechs in the game. Being one of the first Legendaries to have Echo and Magnetic, the amount of play is incredible. It can magnetize to some insanely powerful creatures, creating an unstoppable behemoth of epic proportions.

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  • Blightnozzle Crawler Tribe: Mech Mana Cost: 4 Type: Rare Rogue Minion Appearance: A poisonous machine with multiple legs and syringes. Attack: 2 Health: 4 Effect: Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Ooze with Poisonous and Rush. Expansion: The Boomsday Project 

Another absolutely fantastic card that makes the Rogue class even more fun. The ability to summon a minion that can kill anything is extremely unique, and this card was a staple for Deathrattle Rogue decks. You can also magnetize this to other mechs to leave the opponent in for a nasty surprise.

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Trippy Art Studio (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s time for another look at some truly insane pieces. Now, let’s begin this mind-blowing adventure into psychedelic heaven!

  • Visitors from the Dark Star by Larry Carlson Pigment print on metallic paper.

This is an incredibly trippy and surreal work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. The piece takes place in a hellish forest with ink black trees and murky red sky. The whole atmosphere is extremely foreboding, and it accelerates in creepiness with the large shadowy creatures. These creatures don’t have facial features, but they do have piercing red eyes. The center of the painting seems to mirror in on itself, with repeated spookiness. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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  • Rainbow Ride by Rae Vena 2010 Acrylic 

This is a beautiful work by a fresh artist I have yet to talk about on this blog. Her name is Rae Vena, and I met her at the Electric Forest. She does some absolutely amazing psychedelic Pop Art. This work, in particular, is very trippy and exceptionally gorgeous. The background is filled with melting rainbows, and metal platforms, and this gives it a brilliant mixture of Surrealism and Realism. In the center of the piece lies a single carousel zebra, and this humorous object brings the work all together.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Attributes Earth Edition (Every Other Friday)

Hello fellow Duelists! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more awesome cards. Starting today, every other Friday, I will be going over some interesting cards from each attribute. Today’s attribute is Earth, so, let’s get ready to rock and roll!

  • Marmiting Captain Type: Warrior/Effect Attribute: Earth 3 Stars Appearance: A captain chef testing his newest recipe. ATK/ 1200 DEF/ 400 Effect: When this card is Normal Summoned: You can shuffle 1 card from your hand into the Deck, then draw 1 card, then you can Special Summon it if it is a monster.

A highly played card in Duel Links, and a surprisingly good one at that. Don’t let the low stats fool you, the amount of potential you get at Special Summoning is pretty incredible. It can be used as a secret weapon, or a strong play in the early game.

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  • Maxx “C” Type: Insect/Effect Attribute: Earth Appearance: A tiny luminous bunch of insects. ATK/ 500 DEF/ 200 Effect: During either player’s turn: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; this turn, each time your opponent Special Summons a monster(s), immediately draw 1 card. You can only use 1 “Maxx C” per turn.

Ah good old Maxx C! This card is banned for a very good reason, and won’t be off the list for a very long time. Special Summoning monsters is one of the main things that the game is built upon, so the rewards for using this card are nearly endless. This could also make an Exodia Draw Deck extremely viable. Although this card is banned, many other “C Cards” exist, including a super cool Insect-Robot hybrid with some ridiculously potent effects. 

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 187 (Special 2 Parter!)

Divide By Zero/ Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell by The Offspring from the album “Days Go By” Released: June 25th, 2012 Music Video Released: 2012 Genre: Punk Rock, Alternative Rock

These are the last 2 songs from the Days Go By album. They were both made into a continuous music video, that is one of the most awesome things I’ve ever laid my eyes upon! Dexter’s powerful vocals, Noodles’ aggressive guitar skills, and Parada’s awesome drumming really transform these pieces into rock gold. This first song, “Divide By Zero”,  tells the story of a solider in a futuristic war against an army of skeletal adversaries. There’s also a blue god of war and destruction that repeatedly changes sides to cause as much bloodshed as possible. Dexter essentially boosts morale throughout the song repeating the lyrics: “I will persevere, I will resist you here, I will interfere”. The intense chorus of instruments reminds me of a power metal ballad, and it’s fantastic! However, as the mood starts to change, the lyrics also take a turn into insanity. The suggestion to divide by zero might be metaphor for trying the impossible. This is shown in epic detail as the soldier, like Slim Pickens, at the end of Dr. Strangelove, rides a bomb to destroy the enemy and himself. After impact, “Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell” starts up. Taking place right after the solider’s “death”, he finds himself in Hell. The lyrics in this piece are mainly about chaos and the world appears to be ending. We get verses like “Dance around the fire that we once believed in”, and “If you are gonna go to hell, drink it up, you might as well”. The world is in a state of never ending anarchy, you should just stop caring and enjoy the destruction. Both of this songs are absolutely amazing, and I definitely recommend them to lovers of Rock.

 

 

Asher’s Jukebox Part 186

Hurt by Oliver Tree from the upcoming album “Ugly is Beautiful” Music Video Released: December 6th, 2018 Genres: Alternative Rock, Electronic, Indie Pop

Oliver Tree is a rising musician with many funny and catchy songs. He has also become somewhat of an internet meme due to his signature bowl haircut, tacky glasses, extravagant wardrobe, and love of popular culture. This song is supposedly, according to Tree, about a brutal scooter accident that happened last March. It also seems to be about a broken relationship with an unknown party. His vocals on the piece flow together quite well, and you can definitely tell that he loves making music. Tree is like a combination of Filthy Frank and the Beastie Boys, and I love every second of it!  He performed the song live on the Late Late Show on stilts with a bald cap to shock and delight of audience. The music video for the song became extremely popular, and now sits at over 16 million views. I just recently found his music, and now I can’t wait to see what insanity he will bring to the internet. His latest video, “Fuck”, is even more insane than “Hurt”, and I will be covering the entire album when it gets released later this year.

Keep in mind, the music video is age restricted, but it really doesn’t offend anybody.

Cinema Obscura Part 1

Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new topic! Strange cinema has always intrigued me, and I have finally decided to give it the significance it deserves. Every two weeks, I will be discussing some new strange films. Now, let’s go on a strangely epic adventure!

  • Freaks (1932) Unrated Directed by: Tod Browning Written by: Clarence Aaron Robbins, Leon Gordon, and Willis Goldbeck. Starring: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, and Olga Baclanova. Genres: Horror, Drama 64 mins Black and White

This highly controversial film ended Tod Browning’s career. The movie starred actual freakshow performers, and people thought it was extremely hard to watch because of it.  It’s the story of a beautiful trapeze artist named Cleopatra. She falls in love with a little person, but is really just after his inheritance. During a dinner party, she becomes intoxicated and verbally attacks the freaks. They respond by horrifically mutilating her body. She becomes a freak, and her new appearance is terrifying. If I ever watch this film, I will review it in its entirety.

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  • Street Trash (1987) Unrated (Probably R) for Blood and Gore, Strong Language, Offensive Humor, Gross-out Humor, Sex, Alcohol Consumption, and Disturbing Scenes Directed by:  James M. Muro Written by: Roy Frumkes Starring: Mike Lackey, Vic Noto, and Bill Chepil Genres: Comedy, Horror Run Time: 91 minutes Color 

This ultra-bizarre film, along with The Stuff, The Fly, Terrordome, and The Incredible Melting Man started the sub genre of Body Horror known as Melting Movies. The story is about a liquor store owner that finds a strange case of alcohol known as Viper. He ends up selling the booze to hobos for $1, and calamity ensues! The hobos begin to melt quite graphically with tons of CGI gore and sound effects. Seems like a stupidly fun film that I definitely want to watch someday.

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 185

El Dorado (SkyWorld) by Two Steps From Hell from the album: “Skyworld” Released: October 25th, 2012 Genres: Epic, Orchestral, Film, Neo-classical

It’s been a very long time since my last Jukebox, but I’m back and ready for action! This particular piece by the insanely talented music group, Two Steps From Hell, will blow your socks off! I’ve loved this group for many years, and never get tired of listening to their epic music. This song starts out with some intense violins and other string instruments. The entire piece has a very Middle Eastern feel to it, and you can imagine hearing it in some lavish party. The strings go on until about the 90 second mark, and then the drop comes in, and we are hit with a bazooka blast of raw musical power. A chorus of horns starts up, and thunderous drums annunciate the end of each note. Upon hearing this for this first time, my entire body became covered in goosebumps and tears of pure jubilation cascaded down my face. Next, a beautiful operatic voice fills the air and carries the piece till its eventual end. I would love to hear what you guys think of the piece in the comments’ section below. Also, I’m thinking of starting up a new Jukebox for epic orchestral music, any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the day.