My Favorite Cards From Rise of Shadows Part 1

Hello fellow Tavern Dwellers! It’s time for another Hearthstone post! As many of you know, the newest expansion has been announced. Rise of Shadows releases in its entirety on April 9th. It mainly focuses on the baddies of Warcraft, and I can’t wait to try it out. Although we still have 7 days left for its release, I will be going over some of my favorite new cards from the list that we have so far. Now, let’s have ourselves a tavern brawl!

  • Dragon Speaker Type: Paladin Epic Minion Appearance: A epic looking paladin in golden armor. Mana Cost: 5 Attack: 3 Health: 5 Effect: Give all Dragons in your hand +3/+3

This card alone could make Dragon Paladin a viable deck. The huge stat boost to Dragons is absolutely insane, and I could definitely see some new strategies appearing out of this card. Plus, the stats aren’t terrible on a 5-cost minion.

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  • Walking Fountain Type: Shaman Neutral Minion Tribe: Elemental Appearance:  A legless elemental with spiky hair and sharp teeth. Mana Cost: 8 Attack: 4 Health: 8 Effect: Lifesteal, Rush, Windfury

This is a very unique minion with some pretty awesome effects. It can attack twice the turn it’s summoned, and recovers 4 health to your hero each time it does so. Also, it has pretty high health, and can’t be taken down easily.

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  • Arch-Villain Rafaam Type: Warlock Legendary Minion Appearance: The supreme archeologist looking sinister and badass. Mana Cost: 7 Attack: 7 Health: 8 Effect: Taunt: Battlecry: Replace your hand and deck with Legendary minions

Jesus Christ, this minion is fucking awesome! It essentially is the Golden Monkey with better stats and a better effect. Replacing your entire deck with Legendary minions is a ton of fun in its own right, but now that Elise is out of Standard Format, people will be using this card religiously. I absolutely can’t wait to try this amazing card out in the new expansion. Also, the taunt effect is a very nice touch.

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  • Nozari Type: Paladin Legendary Minion Tribe: Dragon Appearance: The golden female dragon and co-leader of the Keepers of Time. Mana Cost: 10 Attack: 4 Health: 12 Effect: Battlecry: Restore both heroes full health.

Wow, this card is pretty incredible. A beefy dragon that almost restarts the game is a really nice idea, and I could see this being a very trolly mechanic. It has many synergies with many Paladin cards, and the heavy body, makes it hard to take down.

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Some of My Favorite Binding of Isaac Items Part 1

Hello everyone, and welcome to a new topic! As mentioned before, The Binding of Isaac is one of my favorite video games of all time. With an amazing 547 items, the amount of synergies are literally endless. The following will be a multiple part series on my favorite items, and the awesome synergies that go with it. Now, let’s dive into the basement, and start our crazy adventure!

  • (Obvious Choice) Brimstone: Type: Passive Item Cosmetic Change: Transforms Issac into a black demon with red eyes and massive horns. Location: Item Room (Requires some specific items to appear) or Devil Room Effect: Changes Isaac’s tears into a chargeable blood laser that deals his damage for 13 ticks. The laser pierces the entire terrain in a horizontal pattern. If you have 20/20, the beam doubles, and if you have Loki’s Horns, the beam can shoot in a cross-shaped pattern. Lastly, there’s the crazy synergy with Tammy’s Head that literally melts enemies and bosses alike. 

Good old Brimstone! This item was first introduced to the game in the Wrath of the Lamb expansion, and I immediately fell in love with it. The laser is a fantastic early game item, and the ridiculous synergies with it can make you win instantly. 

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  • Fruit Cake Type: Passive Location: Item Rooms  Cosmetic Change: Issac’s tears are colored like a rainbow. Effect: Every tear that Issac shoots has a random effect ranging from Antigravity to Wiggle Worm. Synergies: Combine this item with 3 Dollar Bill for crazy status effects and unpredictable damage. You can also combine it with any bomb-type item for random bomb effects.

I absolutely adore this item! I love the concept of randomness in video games, and this fits the concept to a T. While it can occasionally backfire and kill you, it’s a blast to pick up on any run.

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My Favorite Stan Lee Characters

Hello fellow comic book fans! It’s time for part 2 of my Stan Lee tribute. Being a huge comic book fan, I have loved many of his creations throughout the years. This post will be on my favorite of his characters. Now, let’s dive into Stan Lee’s amazing creations!

  • Juggernaut Real Name: Cain Marko Status: Villain Ht: 6’10 Wt: 900 lbs First Appeared: The X-Men #12- The Origin of Professor X (July 1st, 1965) Creators: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Powers/Abilities: Extraordinary Superhuman strength, Force field, Invulnerability, Superhuman Speed, Telepathy-blocking helmet 

Cain was the bullying stepbrother of Professor X. In his childhood, Cain was always the second favorite child, with his stepdad favoring his own son rather than him. Then, one unfortunate day, Cain set fire to his stepdad’s lab, and he died saving the boy. Many years later, Charles and Cain were drafted into the military, and it was there when he got his powers. After deserting his troops, he stumbled upon a cave, where he found a mystic gem. The gem gave him incredible strength, stamina, and protection, as well as causing a cave in which seemingly killed him. He escaped years later, with a furious temper, and revenge on his mind. He became a constant enemy of the X-Men, and has nearly defeated them on many occasions. 

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  • Black Panther Real Name: T’Challa Status: King of Wakanda and Hero First Appeared: Fantastic Four #52- Introducing the Sensational Black Panther (July 1st, 1966) Creators: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Powers/Abilities: Genius-like Intellect, Vibranium suit, Master of multiple martial arts, Superhuman agility, Enhanced senses, Weapons expert, Energy daggers, Anti-metal claws, Energy shield, Invisibility, Multilingual, Superhuman strength, Acute healing factor, Exceptionally Durable, Super speed, Superhuman Stamina

T’Challa was a Wakandan prince whose father was a superpowered monarch known as the Black Panther. The nation of Wakanda is technologically advanced due to the discovery of a mineral called Vibranium. T’Challa’s father used this mineral to empower the society, and tried to keep it under wraps from the rest of the world. Unfortunately, the villainous scientist, Ulysses S. Klaw, broke into Wakanda, and killed the prince’s father. Thinking fast, T’Challa turned Klaw’s sound based weapon against him, destroying his right hand in the process. With no one to rule Wakanda, T’Challa performed the sacred ritual into become Wakanda’s new king. Upon claiming the throne, the prince was given the Heart-shaped Herb, an incredibly powerful item that gives the user significantly enhanced physical capabilities. The Fantastic Four visited Wakanda, and were quickly defeated by T’Challa. The king then explained that he was testing the Superhero team to see if they were capable of taking down Klaw. The team became quick friends with T’Challa, and still team up with him on many missions. He also made friends with Captain America, and helped him take down an imposter. Shortly after, T’Challa joined the Avengers, and became a very powerful team member, while continuing to rule over Wakanda. I highly recommend watching Black Panther to get some more information on this awesome and unique superhero.

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Asher’s Video Game Reviews (One Every 2 Months)

Hello fellow gamers, and welcome to a new game review! I am really looking forward to reviewing this particular game, and I hope that you guys will enjoy it. Now, let’s begin!

Dead Cells Release Date: August 7, 2018 Platforms: PC,PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One Rated T for Teen (Gore, Violence, Blood, Language) Developed by Motion Twin Composer: Yoann Laulan Genres: Metroidvania and Roguelike 

Dead Cells is a game that I wanted the second I saw Tear of Grace playing it. It essentially is what would happen if Dark Souls was an Action Platformer. You take control of a humanoid creature that doesn’t have a head. It’s known as The Prisoner or The Beheaded. You start the game in a prison where you’re told by a guard that you can’t die. Instead of having a Game Over, you get transformed into this green slime, and possess a corpse to take control of it. The object of the game is to presumably escape the prison, and find out why you were captured to begin with. It won’t be easy, however, as there’s tons of enemies and traps in your way. Each time you start a run, you a randomly given two weapons in the form of a sword and a shield. You also collect 2 extremely important items throughout your journey. Whenever you kill an enemy, they will drop money, and may have a chance to drop a glowing blue orb known as a cell. Cells are used to upgrade your arsenal of weapons, and to increase drops in the dungeons. The difficulty comes in the gameplay, as when you “die”, you will drop all of the cells you currently are holding. The good news, is that the cells that you use to upgrade weapons are permeant, so the weapons will stay unlocked. Each enemy has a special type of attack that can massively drain your health, however, there’s an easy cue whenever they perform it. Your weapons range from awesome swords that cause the enemies to bleed, to freaking sandals that allow you to kick your way through huge mobs. The faster and quicker your reaction time is, the better you’ll do in the game. I also have gotta say, the music is absolutely perfect, as it embodies every situation that you run into. The game isn’t complete yet, but you’re guaranteed to have a great time playing it, as the rewards are random with every run. I highly recommend this game to lovers of The Binding Of Isaac and Platforming fans in general. Posted below is Sethorven playing Dead Cells, so if it interests you, buy the game, and you won’t be disappointed. Final Rating: 9.6/10 (Incredibly Fun)

 

Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some amazing paintings. Now, have fun exploring the gallery!

  • Peptic Ulcer by Jean-Michel Basquiat (Part of The Daros Suite of Thirty-two Drawings) 1982-83 Acrylic, oil paintstick, pastel, crayon, charcoal, and pencil on paper

This is a great work by “Master Surrealist”, Basquiat. This particular piece has a lot of emphasis on anatomy. His usual tropes are seen in the piece, such as, repeated text, and complex designs. I especially love his morbidly adorable depictions of various organs and teeth. The strangest object in the painting would have to be the chainsaw that’s located near the leftmost corner. I would love to hear what you guys think of this work in the comments’ section below.

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  • The Knife Grinder by Kasimir Malevich Oil on Canvas 1912-13 Genre: Cubo-Futurism 

This work is extremely fascinating in design, and I love Malevich’s intricate shapes and use of fractals. The repetition of some of the objects make the main figure appear to be in multiple dimensions, and this is awesome. I also adore his choice of colors, being metallic blue, silvers, bronzes, and golds. This really adds to the industrial appeal of the work. He clearly is influenced by Escher, and the entire piece almost seems like a love letter to his trippy geometric patterns and shapes. If you really examine the piece, you can see what appears to be a man working on a knife with a saw. I might want to dedicate a topic to this specific style of art, and would love to hear your thoughts about that idea and this piece in the comments’ section below.

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More Horrible Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards (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 terrible cards. Now, let’s duel!

  • Larvae Moth Type: Insect Effect 2 Stars Attribute: Earth ATK/ 500 DEF/ 400  Appearance: A green caterpillar with spike-like protrusions. Effect: This monster cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card can only be Special Summoned by Tributing “Petit Moth” on the 2nd of your turns after “Petit Moth” has been equipped with “Cocoon of Evolution”.

God, where to start with this card! Summoning Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth is a major pain in the ass anyway, but this is unacceptable! You have to go through so much just to get this on the field, and when you do, it can basically get killed by anything! Just run “Cocoon of Ultra Evolution”, and you can get the stupid Great Moth out without having to worry about using this trash!

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  • Ally of Justice Garadholg Type: Machine Effect Attribute: Dark ATK/ 1600 DEF/ 400 4 stars Effect: If this card battles a LIGHT monster, it gains 200 ATK during the Damage Step only. Appearance: A vibrant, red machine with a purple, plasma sword.

Why does such a cool machine have such an awful effect? The main premise of the “Ally of Justice” archetype is to destroy LIGHT monsters, and they usually do very bad job of doing such. This card is no exception with below average stats for a 4 star monster, and an incredibly weak ATK increase.

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Asher Recommends (Every Month)

Hello fellow followers, and welcome to a new topic! Every month, I will be discussing one of my influences on creating this blog in the first place. Now, let’s get started with the blog, Thirsty Dudes. 

Thirsty Dudes is a drink blog that was created in 2009 by Mike Literman, Jason Draper, and Derek Neuland. Each drink reviewer has a unique style, and the reviews range from text-based, to video. There are also many categories of drinks on the site, my favorite being Other/Weird, Energy Drinks, Jelly, and Chunky. The drinks are rated on a 1-5 bottle scale, with 1 being revolting, and 5 being sublime. I first came across the blog after trying a strange Bird’s Nest drink from Chinatown, and the rest is history! I highly recommend checking the blog out, and I’d love to hear your opinions on it in the comments’ section below.

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