Category Archives: Pham Fact

A Very Darling Duelist

Fiora is my favorite champion in all of “League of Legends.” Lately, I have been thinking I need to showcase my love for this champion.

I will start by using more Fiora-related images for my avatars and whatnot, starting with this awesome chibi drawn by Hyldenia.

Fiora by Hyldenia

Isn’t it just darling? The drawing is so darn cute! :)

But seriously, please check out Hyldenia’s page. It’s awesome.

FIORA FOREVER! ♥

Late-season Terrors in Ranked

The end of the third season for “League of Legends” is about two weeks away. Of course, this means the ranked ladder at this point is going to be overrun with a lot more players than usual.

Unfortunately, this also entails dealing with the “riff-raff” of the community as everyone is trying to make the last-second push toward their rank goals. It is incredibly mean to call these individuals the “riff-raff,” but believe me – they will put a damper on your progress.

Regardless of the division you are aiming for (Gold, Platinum and so forth), the LoL community’s worst offenders are running rampant in ranked at the moment.

Below are five random examples of the players who have been causing me so many problems in ranked. In no particular order of significance. Continue reading

Pet Peeve: Incorrect, “English Class” Interpretations

True story: a long time ago, I actually considered being an English teacher. Like, I really put a lot of thought into it.

However, I was more interested in teaching English grammar and writing, as opposed to lecturing about literature. I do in fact like reading, but only with niche things (comic books, manga and all that jazz.)

I gave up on the notion of being an English teacher because I deemed myself too shy to stand in front of students all day to teach them about stuff, but that is beside the point.

I bring up “English class” interpretations because, quite frankly, there is no other way to describe what some people do to “sound smart.” It’s annoying to come across something that is written in such a manner that misses the mark.

Don’t get me wrong: I do in fact like hearing the opinions of others, even if it’s strictly out of curiosity. I have a lot of varied views on multiple topics. Of course, I believe context is always important.

Case in point: “Kill la Kill” is an extreme anime title for this fall season. I say extreme because it is an over-the-top, probably offensive, yet stylish show.

I came across a random post on Tumblr the other day that has this to say about the anime. Continue reading

Card Me: Ranger’s Guile

Ranger's Guile

Ranger’s Guile in Magic: The Gathering is hands down my favorite Instant spell in the game. It falls in the line of “ghetto green” cards I like to use, and being a common card makes it easy to find.

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Card Name: Ranger’s Guile
Mana Cost: Green
Converted Mana Cost: 1
Types: Instant
Card Text: Target creature you control gets +1/+1 and gains hexproof until end of turn. (It can’t be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
Flavor Text: “You don’t survive in the wild by standing in plain sight.”—Garruk Wildspeaker
Expansion: Magic 2014 Core Set (Common) Magic 2014 Core Set
Rarity: Common
All Sets: Innistrad (Common)Magic 2014 Core Set (Common)
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So one Green mana is all it takes for the magic to happen. At Instant speed, I can use it on either turn during a regular match. Ranger’s Guile grants a creature of mine a subtle +1/1 boost and the handy-dandy hexproof for the rest of the turn.
I am genuinely surprised this card is not used that much for any deck that has green.

I actually run a full set of Ranger’s Guile in my Mono Green deck in the mainboard. People are shocked that I run four copies of a dinky common in my deck, but this means I often see Ranger’s Guile throughout my games for the element of surprise.
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Hey There, Sailor Scout

Technically speaking, my very first shoujo anime was “Sailor Moon.”

Granted, it was probably everyone’s first shoujo anime series back in the day (it came out in the states when I was around the second or third grade). I remember watching the show randomly in the morning before school.

I guess you could have called it a guilty pleasure of sorts before I even knew what that was. It was “different” in the sense that it was definitely geared for girls, and it was one of those anime things. Oh gosh, remember when anime used to be super niche? As in, no one but only a very select group of the population knew of its existence?

As a boy, it entailed me liking cartoons with giant robots, cool weapons and fancy explosions. Conversely, “Sailor Moon” had a bunch of female characters who fight evil by transforming into pretty warriors donning sailor uniforms. In particular, romantic love is often a main catalyst for the plots throughout the show.

Nonetheless, “Sailor Moon” was awesome to me, as girly as it was.

Heck, even the original opening in Japanese is super catchy.

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My Top 10 Anime Buzzwords

After watching a lot of anime over the years, it gets to the point where one can start to pick up on what I call “anime buzzwords.”

Basically, these are words you are going to hear throughout various anime shows, regardless of the genre or intended audience.

Now, of course, please keep in mind this is just my personal list that is in no particular order of significance.
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1. 許せない (yuresenai) /// Unforgivable/I cannot forgive you!
As a friend points out to me, 許せない is probably one of the closest equivalents to a “f**k you” in Japanese when you are mad at someone. But of course, Japanese as a language doesn’t really have many “swear words” per se, but shouting out an “unforgivable” proves to be potent enough.

Did someone do something really mean and despicable to you? 許せない!

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