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Guild Wars 2 April 2016 Patch Review – A Teaser

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I didn’t have time to finish an in depth post about the April patch, so I’ll be doing a brief overview based on each mode. So without further ado, here we go!

Edit: Didn’t have time to get to this and it’s a bit late at this point in time so there will be no extended review of the April patch.

PvE

So the main problem with PvE was the HoT maps being very grindy. Many players have stated that it takes away from what they liked about GW2 which is that they didn’t feel forced to sped hours upon hours to get something significance. Well ArenaNet went back and fixed that. They added waaaaaay more map boxes to open which means more loot and more materials you needed to make things for legendaries or scribing. They also gave out way more map keys and currencies so that you can buy more if you participate in a full map rotation that is. HoT events are more rewarding in this regard. Finally they updated some HoT NPCs to be frequently available rather than that required the map being at a certain stage in order to be accessed. All these changes were amazing and definitely reinvigorated players the first few days.

Fractals got some balances and tweaks. The mistlock instabilities are way better and are challenging but not to the point of super annoying. Players can finally craft the legendary back piece Ad Infinitum which was a long wait from HoT launch. Rewards got tweaked as well. They do feel a lot better and you definitely get a lot less rings which was not that rewarding over time.

Right now, PvE players are lying in wait for Living World Season 3 which is, at the earliest, July. In the mean time there are some current event updates ArenaNet added to PvE that slightly tide the lore hounds over about what could be happening to Tyria or some possible events in LS3.

PvP

It’s here with PvP that I’ll highlight the balance changes. So Thief and Warrior, two professions having trouble in the recent past are seeing more play. Mostly because everyone else got toned down. Thief in particular seems to be able to do +1 and decapping again in a fairly decent manner. Warrior I’m not entirely sure of. I think condi Warrior will be viable. Power warrior might be with the new Destroyer & Demolisher amulets but we’ll see.

Mesmer definitely feels like it’s one of the best professions right now. Revenant is still up there as well. Elementalist seems to have dipped slightly over Ranger as support but is still viable. Engineer and Necromancer got hit but is still viable. The profession that probably needs a bit of help now is Guardian. Guardian has little to no mobility whereas everyone else has something to get around.

PvP itself is still problematic with unranked queues being still up to par. Ranked should be better in this regard but then there’s the issue of motivation of playing for an entire season. This is something I’ll talk about in a more detailed post.

WvW

This is the last one I wanted to touch because it was the one thing ArenaNet had to appease a lot of WvW players with. WvW is getting better each week. The patch alone brought reward tracks, quality of life changes and an improved and more open Desert borderlands. This brought people back into the mode which made things more fun and active.

On top of that, post-patch ArenaNet has been putting up polls and getting feedback on players opinions. These polls are on features players would like to see or that players think ArenaNet should work on. It’s a very transparent approach to things. I’m glad that they took the time to accumulate all the issues players see with the mode. It’s interesting as ArenaNet try to merge player’s wants with some of the ideals ArenaNet want for WvW into a cohesive game mode every WvW player can enjoy and that ArenaNet can be happy with. Hopefully they keep up the good work.

And that’s the overview of things. Overall the patch was pretty awesome. The only exception is to some balance nerfs that I think weren’t warranted to the degree they were nerfed. Again, I’ll try to have a more in depth view of things once I get the chance. Hopefully this tides you over for now!

Age’s Site Update For May 2016

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Greetings all, you didn’t think I’d forget about the monthly post did ya?

Guild Wars 2 posts were really slow to none existent due to ArenaNet being hush hush about the April patch which proved to be awesome. I’ll have a post about that sometime this week and about PvP. They’re both taking a while due to the depth of the topics. I’ve been super busy for the past couple of weeks for some reason. I’m trying to find more time and space to do writing but it did take a hit again due to PAX East (which was awesome), friend in hospital, and other IRL things. I did manage to find time to craft Chuka and Champawat, the legendary HoT shortbow (image above) which is my favorite short bow skin at the moment.

League of Legends MSI is going on and I’m really impressed with NA and The Wildcard team doing well. Europe was very disappointing due to G2 taking more of a break than practicing for MSI. This was very foolish in my opinion, as you will not be prepared or as prepared for the teams who will take MSI very seriously. They did pay for it, winning only 2 out of their 10 games.

Overwatch has had me enthralled. Played as much as possible in the weekend and open beta and I’m reaffirmed that Overwatch is a solid game that I’ll be playing often for down time. Maybe I’ll get into the competitive scene but that’s a ways off so we’ll see.

For games of this month we have Battleborn (PC, PS4, XB1) which released on May 3rd. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4) comes out on May 10th, Doom (PC, PS4, XB1) releases on May 13th. Overwatch (PC, PS4, XB1) is going to be released on May 24th.

That’s all for now, take care and have a good one!

– Age

Thoughts On League Of Legends Season 6 Spring LCS Finals

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Sorry this is late; PAX East taking over my time right now. I found some time to write this up so here we go!

Europe Finals: Origen vs G2 Esports

Th finals between these two teams was an interesting turn of events. In Game, G2 was in a clear position to win. However, they also showed a lot of their risky side as they made decisions that could have made the game harder to win or even aetting themselves up to lose. I was a little worried for them in this respect but the constant hammering and “making plays” playstyle is how they succeeded to this point.

Game 2 was a turn of events as Origen seem to find their footing and made it out with a solid game 2 victory. Mostly due to punishing the Twisted Fate pick that Perkz chose which didn’t pan out. I believe the idea was to use TF to help/gank other lanes and have that split push pressure but Perkz was kept down pretty hard which allowed Origen to get ahead and had the pressure which prevented the split push threat. The bright light was that Kikis on G2 was doing well overall.

Game 3 Perkz was on Zed, and he rolled over Origen. He also pulled threat allowing G2 to make plays on the map. This allowed G2 to snowball the game into a win. Pretty much Game One all over again.

Game 4 PowerofEvil was swapped out for xPeke who played Lissandra. At first, it looks like Orgen was going to win. xPeke and Amazing kept Perkz, on Zed, down. They also had decent control in top and bottom lane which helped propel Origen into an advantageous lead. Then Baron happened, G2’s jungler Trickgot the Baron steal which gave G2 the slight advantage. What closed out the game was that a few minutes later another engagement occurred but xPeke mistimed a Zhonya’s and got killed by Perkz Death Mark which allowed G2 to push through to the base at 40 minutes with super minions. Needless to say, G2 won the game at that moment.

North America Finals: Counter Logic Gaming vs Team Solo Mid

The finals for this series had me on the edge of my seat. It was great series. Tje games showed that Stixxay and Hauntzer have a small optimal champ pool where Stixxay really shined with Caitlyn and Tristana. Hauntzer with Poppy and Maokai.

Game 1 was quite even thought CLG had the better map control due to killing more towers. However, CLG seems to win the important fights which eventually resulted in TSM’s inhibitors in the top and bottom lane getting taken out. With that, Aphromoo used banner of command to buff a cannon minion. What CLG did afterwards is bait TSM out with a Baron bait. CLG lost the fight but TSM couldn’t clear out the minions that flooded into their base as a result which resulted in a Winion game.

Game 2 was a game that was very TSM sided as Hauntzer did work on Poppy and Sven on Graves. They were able to secure an early lead and keep the pressure on. No one on CLG could pressure back effectively to gain back ground. A team fight broke out in mid lane on CLG’s side and TSM won a 4-0 which allowed them to win the game.

Game 3 was a CLG win mainly due to Aphromoo’s Bard. is ultimates and stuns made teamfights a nightmare for TSM as they got caught out a multitude of times (which you can’t really fault them for, flash is a 5 min cooldown). To be quite honest I thought TSM was coming back a bit near the end but then a teamfight broke out that allow Stixxay to free hit on people. which resulted in the game winning Ace for CLG.

Game 4 was a game TSM had a lot of control in. Same story as game 3 minus the Bard on TSM and Stixxay losing the Caitlyn pick. A team fight broke out oddly enough in the middle top lane. However, TSM easily won that due to CLG all training into the fight one by one and all dying as a result. This allowed TSM to push into the base for a win.

Game 5 could have gone either way. Fights were even. Gold was pretty even. Kill were even. But it was the protect the ADC comp from CLG that won them this game. Stixxay played Tristana as was able to get the kills and resets to wipe out over half of TSM for the game winning team fight.

MSI Predictions

As good as G2 Esports did in the LCS split, I don’t think they’ll do as well at MSI. The reason being is the way they played felt like they were taking risk at times and sometimes they overstayed their welcome. Both these things could potentially screw them versus these other teams, especially the Korean and Chinese teams.

Counter Logic Gaming I think will be a string team going into MSI. They showed great teamwork and coordination in team fights and every person on that team has their moment to shine. Really interested to see how CLG fairs.

Thoughts On League Of Legends Season 6 Spring LCS Semifinals

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I decided to release this post before playoffs to have a quick reminded of how teams are fairing. Week 9 of EU and NA LCS solidifies placements and overall how teams are doing before they practice for playoffs.

Europe Semifinals

Alright so first up is H2K versus Origen. It felt a bit like a snowball matches. More so for H2K. Origen however was able to overcome the odds and win the series 3-2. I think Amazing was a huge factor in this series. His Kindred was quite good and he went in and made plays. H2K didn’t do bad at all in my opinion. In particular H2K’s top lane Odoamne did well when he wasn’t behind.

G2 Esports versus Fnatic was a matchup I wasn’t sure of since I didn’t know how well G2 could do in a best of 5. With a falter in the 2nd game G2 did extremely well overall winning the series 3-1. The team fight control was surprisingly fluid with teammates collapsing well. Fnatic in the 2nd game felt like they stood a good chance but they couldn’t repeat that performance.

North America Semifinals

Liquid versus CLG was an experience. I said in my Quarter finals post that if both teams show up either one could win and it would go to five games. It delivered. Most games were one sided but the last 5th match was the best one. Liquid had a great advantage but CLG started clawing it back with Baron plays. In the end it was the double teleport that got Piglet killed that won CLG the series. Both teams showed exceptional team fighting skills.

Immortals versus vs Team Solo Mid was a turnout no one expected. TSM won but with a 3-0 sweep. It felt like Reignover and Huni got a bit shut down but it also felt like they just weren’t all there. Wildturtle did well and Polbelter held his own. The biggest impact on that series was Svenskeren. He was all over the place, snowballing lanes and keeping Reignover down. It was a good sight to see for a player that’s had a not so great split.

Playoff Predictions: Finals

Origen versus G2 Esports. Not exactly sure who’s going to win but I’d say it’s in G2’s favor right now. I think G2 has what it takes to bring down Origen. Despite Origen having the experience it all comes down to Amazing playing well. G2 has great collapse and team fight potential but they tend to overdo it at times which could be bad for them. I feel Kindred will be a contested pick.

CLG vs TSM. A classic. Right now, I’d give it to TSM but it really depends on Svenskeren and if he could keep up his level of jungling for TSM and Stixxay being a solid ADC for CLG. The top lane will be interesting as Darshan and Hauntzer both are exceptional top lanes especially as of late. Again, it’s hard to call but if I had to choose, I’d say TSM. They have a better lane matchup but it’ll all come down to the team fights and the location of said team fights.

Thoughts On League Of Legends Season 6 Spring LCS Quarterfinals

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I decided to release this post before playoffs to have a quick reminded of how teams are fairing. Week 9 of EU and NA LCS solidifies placements and overall how teams are doing before they practice for playoffs.

Europe Quarterfinals

Alright so first up is Team Vitality vs Fnatic. Now, I called it in favor of Vitality, mostly because they seemed solid in their play style. What I failed to incorporate was their play style. Fnatic has a history of playing different styles thanks in part to their coach and they took advantage of that. Fnatic’s first two games were stomps to put it bluntly. The 3rd game Vitality came back super strong in a very controlled game. Game 4 could have been anyone’s game but Fnatic broke the game wide open with a huge ace at 35 minutes that won them the game and the series.

Origen vs Unicorns of Love was a surprising twist as Origen won with a 3-0 sweep. Origen seems to shape up when it matters and their experience with best of 5s seemed to triumph over Unicorns who quite honestly didn’t seem to be all there. It was interesting too as the games were quite even in kills and gold.

North America Quarterfinals

Cloud 9 vs Team Solo Mid was a rough one to call. TSM has been in the middle of the pack while C9 have been steadily improving over the split. The first game was pretty much a stomp in C9’s favor. The other three games however turned from even games into stomps in TSM’s favor. The idea was to keep Rush down early. By making sure Rush couldn’t make plays in order to push everyone else on C9 ahead, TSM kept one step ahead. Props to Hauntzer  & especially Svenskeren for playing well in those matches. With TSM showing up they secured a semi final spot. Immortals might have a fight on their hands.

Liquid versus NRG was not interesting to watch with the exception of the 2nd game. Liquid pretty much  had it in the bag if they played well. It’s kind of sad too seeing that NRG did super well at the start of the split but then just fell off horribly. The only member who I felt had presence on NRG was Impact and his tanking items which kept him up for an absurd amount of time.

Playoff Predictions: Semi Finals

Origen versus H2K is a coin toss. It really depends which Origen team shows up as I think H2K can do well in a best of 5. G2 Esports versus Fnatic will be interesting and is another coin toss. G2 is good but I’m not sure how they will do in a best of 5.

CLG vs Liquid I have no idea who will win that. Both teams doing well can prove to be a series that goes to all 5 games. TSM versus Immortals. Man, this will be a series to watch. TSM, if they show up, may just be able to take these giants down. Huni and Reignover will be the players TSM want to shut down. I think the first two games will be very telling of how the series will go.