Built-in utility with extra benefits on the side are always great things to look for in Magic: The Gathering.
Witchstalker is a great example of lots of useful qualities, but not in an overpowered way that makes you feel like you’re cheating for running it in your deck.
Card Name: Witchstalker
So you get a 3/3 body with self-Hexproof for three mana, plus it has the means to gain extra +1/1 counters on its own for blue or black spells played on your turn. Though the secondary effect seldom happens, the Hexproof alone is totally worth it.
In Magic, lots of spot removal run rampant in a variety of decks for various formats, but Witchstalker will never fear the targeted effects. Its 3/3 stats also mean it will be a solid fighter, while always having the option of being pumped up for some extra bite.
This wolf card is a solid choice for any green deck.
As much as I love being part of the “League of Legends” community, I hate the fact that an abundance of toxic players exist. Whether it is due to a lack of maturity or just a matter of some players just being naughty players for the sheer sake of it, toxic players do detract from the entire LoL experience.
Unfortunately, toxic players come in many vile forms, and sometimes it does come down to picking your poison as to whom you would rather deal with in your given match.
Below are five types of toxic players who I despise (not including trolls who set out to ruin games on purpose because they are a given).
In no particular order of significance.
1. The Pub Star
Don’t get me wrong. I do believe some swag is necessary if you want to get good at a video game, or anything for that matter, but there is always that point where one is just being an annoying showboat.
The pub star often put themselves in the same vein as higher-level pros. And sure, some of these guys and gals do have some noteworthy skills to their names, but their attitude often stinks.
A pub star thinks highly of themselves. They are the ones who brag about their feats of high-kill games that they just “carried in.” They boast about how they will win the game for you without breaking a sweat.
And you may be asking, “How is this all bad?”
Well, a pub star always comes off as smug, and thus they are naturally difficult to rally behind when they are just pushy. Instead of leading their allies toward victory, they often “isolate” themselves as being above their teammates.
And of course, when things go south during your LoL match, expect the air of confidence from the pub star to devolve into a transition of blaming their teammates, flaming and coughing up excuses.
“OMG, this team is too heavy! I can’t carry this!”
Expect them to flame you for stupid things, nitpicking you over things that probably do not make sense. They will try to rationalize why they somehow underperform after proclaiming how good they are.
Basically, pub stars are toxic because they reflect every negative stereotype of a player in LoL who constantly goes into every game with the “It’s not me – it’s my teammates’ fault if I do bad!” mentality. Continue reading
“We all abide by the vibe we create for ourselves.”
Are you aware that willpower is finite? You should think of it as a personal resource we all have inside of us all.
Your willpower is your sense of motivation, your sense of focus … just that kind of special energy that tells you to “keep going” in your everyday lives. After a while, of course, this energy gets used up. Like a battery, we all need to get our willpower levels recharged.
Do you feel drained sometimes? If so, you should remember to give yourself some time to restore your energy back to tip-top shape.
“We all abide by the vibe we create for ourselves.”
I need to become better in “League of Legends.”
I must change my ways as a play-setter into a playmaker. At all costs.
But a combination of bad luck and poor judgment has hindered my progress. I feel like I am actually improving as an individual, but some element is missing.
Nonetheless, I believe in the notion of perseverance.
What’s Your Type?
My transition from being a play-setter to a playmaker in “League of Legends” continues. I am certainly learning a lot as I try to improve as a player.
A quick recap of what I mean by the terms:
Play-setter: A player who complements their teammates to make them look better. Play-setters enhance good plays and generally provide support to their allies, plus they are generally overshadowed by playmakers who do the “heavy duty” stuff (i.e. getting kills).
Playmaker: A player who is capable of pulling off the exciting plays that lead to big, in-game impact. These players can and will carry their allies to victory, assuming they have the appropriate supporting cast to make it all possible.
And again, I will emphasize that both player types are not mutually exclusive to each other. Anyone can be a play-setter or a playmaker, and some are naturally a mix of both types.
But yeah, for so long, I was only just a play-setter and nothing more. Even back when I played Defense of the Ancients (DotA), I proudly proclaimed myself to be a support-focused person. I often struggled with winning games on “my own,” relying heavily on my teammates to make victory possible while I did my part to contribute toward a win.
And honestly, I have been very content with being a play-setter up to this point, but the urge to become a true playmaker is calling out to me. Continue reading
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.
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!
In “League of Legends,” I am a firm believer in two types of specific players you want to have as teammates: the play-setter and playmaker.
The play-setter is basically someone who complements good plays. They are the ones who create situations where someone else on your team can take advantage of for a bigger result. A play-setter, to me, is often a support-focused player, but the play-setter can be found in any role.
For instance, it could be the Janna who uses her Eye of the Storm on her ally to give them enough of a damage boost to secure a kill.
Basically, play-setters make their teammates look better in-game. They often are not found in the limelight because the ones getting all the glory draw the attention.
On the other hand, the playmaker is obviously someone who can pull off the fancy, highlight reel-worthy kind of actions. These are the types of players who leave you in awe when they do something cool and interesting.
More often than not, these types of players can carry games on their shoulders when given the right supporting cast. Playmakers can be found in any role, but the roles with the largest impact are where they can thrive in the most.
The important aspect between these two player types? Well, for one thing, both are not mutually exclusive to each other. Continue reading
“Tilting” in “League of Legends” often refers to a span of time where you play poorly.
For me, tilting happens way too often. I attribute my tilting to a number of things, ranging from my mood swings to other unstable emotions.
Lately in LoL, I just feel like I cannot win consistently. Regardless if I am playing technically decent, it just feels like a constant inner battle to eek out a victory.
It is too frustrating to say the least. I wish I could correct my tilts a lot easier, but everyone is different. I just feel like such an unlucky player sometimes.
“Your parents leave you too soon and your kids and spouse come along late, but your siblings know you when you are in your most inchoate form.”
- Jeffrey Kluger
I am an Asian American.
I always filled out the “Asian/Pacific Islander” bubble on standardized tests.
I was an all-star at math up to the fourth grade (a chart in third grade full of stars across the board said so).
I ate rice every day growing up.
My eyes are slanted enough that balloon string can blindfold me (literally).
If you call me Asian, it is correct. And if you want to be more exact, I am a Vietnamese American. Continue reading