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Snooker Nation July 2021

The first month of Snooker Nation season 5 between my good friend Jason and I started and ended well for me, but I still find myself level on matches won. Technically I am in the lead with frames won, however it’s much too early to be seriously considering that with 5 months and a potential of 22 more matches to play. Altogether the quality of play has been quite high with very few scrappy frames. It seems that for the most part the player who makes the first pot will secure the frame, making safety shots more paramount than ever.

09/07/2021 – Match 135

This has been an excellent start to my Snooker Nation season 5 campaign, winning 6 frames to 1. I scored two century breaks, 135 in the 1st frame and 131 in the 4th frame. Heartbreakingly however I was well on track to score 147 in frame 1 but missed the black with just 2 reds on the table. There was a similar situation for Jason in frame 6, who missed the final red of a potential break of 147 and ultimacy scored 112, which is better than nothing. I feel like I played very well and took advantage of most of the opportunities presented to me, Jason however commented that he didn’t feel like he played well and that this was possibly his worst Snooker Nation performance. I can’t argue with how Jason felt, but from my point of view he just had a scrappy safety game this week.

16/07/2021 – Match 136

Not such a good match for me this week, losing 6 frames to 5. It was a match of two halves really with me leading 3-0 at one stage. Interestingly in the 1st frame I won by a re-spot of the black. This is when both players score the same amount of points and there are no more balls on the table to pot. Since both Jason and I had 67 points each, the black was put back on its spot and I was able to pot it to claim the frame. There were 4 century breaks, I scored 118 in the second frame but Jason scored the remaining 3, 130 in the 7th frame, 126 in the the 8th and another 130 in the 10th frame. Altogether we both played fairly well, the only scrappy frame was the final frame where we both choked and missed some relatively easy shots.

23/07/2021 – Match 137

Once again I have failed to keep an early lead and lost 6 frames to 5. There were 4 century breaks, I scored 128 in the 2nd frame and 102 in the 7th frame while Jason scored 126 in the 5th frame and 133 in the 6th frame which is now his highest break so far this season. There were some somewhat scrappy frames with both of us missing some easy shots or running out of position. I am sure Jason will agree some of his safety shots were lacking and that we were both, at times, pretty unlucky. I thought that I would win the final frame but somehow missed an easy, straight forward green. I must have played that shot 50 times before and not missed. That’s the thing with Snooker Nation, when you’re up against it you can start to second guess yourself and make terrible mistakes.

30/07/2021 – Match 138

A nice end to the first month of Snooker Nation season 5 for me, winning 6 frames to 4. The whole match was quite smooth with no real scrappy frames to speak of. That said there was only 1 century break of  131 in the 3rd frame which belongs to me. In the frames that followed, several times both Jason and I came close to scoring century breaks, scoring 80+ points on multiple occasions, but for one reason or other we couldn’t quite do enough.

Season 5 (July – December 2021) statistics

Played Won Frames Won Centuries Highest Break
Copper 4 2 22 7 135
Jason 4 2 17 6 133

 


WoW July Update

WoW: July Update

A lot has happened since my last WoW update. After reaching level 70 I embarked upon getting ‘attuned’ to raid Karazhan and be able to enter dungeons on ‘heroic’ difficulty which offers a greater challenge in return for better loot and a badge of justice from each defeated boss. Although not strictly required, especially for a rogue, I also wanted to obtain keys for the Shattered Halls and The Arcatraz dungeons. I am happy to say that with help from fellow guild members Mufka, Bella, Eremir and several others I have successfully completed all of these.

Since getting attuned for Karazhan, I have been consistently raiding it as part of 1 of 2 or most recently 3 groups of 10 players. For the most part raiding Karazhan has been positive and the group I am part of has defeat most if not all bosses, however, when raiding Karazhan I am getting frustrated with certain people and on a whole. Karazhan is a 10 player raid which means individual contribution has a higher affect than if we were part of a 25 player or 40 player raid. Rather than each person being 2.5% of a 40 player raid or 4% of a 25 player raid, players are 10% of a 10 player raid and their actions usually have greater consequence and is certainly more noticeable. With maybe the exception of Nightbane, I find that all of the boss encounters in Karazhan are mechanically incredibly easy, much easier than most of Vanilla WoW content and will be much easier than what is to come in The Burning Crusade (TBC). To see someone get the most simple boss mechanics wrong or not keep an eye on threat meters has on 1 or 2 occasions made me quite angry, which is entirely my problem, not theirs. If I am unable to resolve my anger issues, I am going to have to decline raiding Karazhan and perhaps see how I feel in 25 player raids, especially ones where the mechanics are difficult and understandable to get wrong. I feel like I am letting my friends and guild down with this anger, I really must do better.

On a more positive note, I have been awarded 10 pieces of loot. While only two of these are what is considered best in slot (BIS), the others have been upgrades and I am grateful for all of them. The two BIS items I have been given are Spiteblade and Drape of the Dark Reavers. I also have four or five other BIS items which I have obtained in heroic dungeons or by buying them from the badge of justice vendor. I have created my first TBC ‘BIS wish list’ for phase 1 as I did throughout most of Vanilla WoW, obviously this list is subject to change and I will be interested in other items which might not be BIS.

Netherblade Facemask
Choker of Vile Intent
Wastewalker Shoulderpads
Drape of the Dark Reavers
Netherblade Chestpiece
Nightfall Wristguards
Wastewalker Gloves
Girdle of the Deathdealer
Skulker’s Greaves
Edgewalker Longboots
Ring of a Thousand Marks
Garona’s Signet Ring
Dragonspine Trophy
Bloodlust Brooch
Spiteblade
Latro’s Shifting Sword
Veteran’s Musket

As well as raiding and getting attuned, I have had some success with professions and raising weapon skills. Most noteworthy is that I managed to save 5000 gold (the main in-game currency) to raise my riding skill to 300 so that I can purchase and use a fast flying mount for another 200 gold. Since doing this I have been pretty much broke when it comes to gold and will need to start saving again for expensive enchants and consumables. Now that I am able to cross off a lot of my ‘to-do’ list below, from next month I will be able to better streamline what I want to do and perhaps add more items of interest to me.

Professions

Raise alchemy to 375 and become elixir master
Raise cooking to 375
Raise fishing to 375
Raise riding skill to 300 for fast flying mount

Weapon skills

Raise swords skill to 350
Raise defence skill to 350
Raise daggers skill to 350
Raise maces skill to 350
Raise thrown skill to 350
Raise bows skill to 350
Raise guns skill to 350
Raise crossbow skill to 350
Raise unarmed skill to 350

Attunements

Complete Karazhan attunement
Complete Shattered Halls attunement
Complete Alcatraz attunement
Heroic Hellfire Citadel attunement
Heroic Coilfang Reservoir attunement
Heroic Auchindoun attunement
Heroic Caverns of Time attunement
Heroic Sha’tar dungeon attunement

Factions

Get exalted with The Aldor
Get exalted with Sha’tar
Get exalted with Lower City
Get exalted with Keepers of Time
Get exalted with The Violet Eye
Get exalted with Cenarion Expedition
Get exalted with The Consortium
Get exalted with Honour Hold
Get exalted with Kurenai
Get exalted with Sporeggar

Moving forward, other than being a happier and calmer raider, I hope to build up a bank of gold and work on getting exalted with some of the new TBC factions. For the moment I have no interest in PvP (Player vs Player) but do have a number of additional attunements to complete for future content and will want to learn and discover alchemy recipes so that I might be a helpful alchemist for my guild mates. I will also like to record more game play and produce more YouTube videos to supplement my blogging.

This time last year I was unable to cross anything off of my short ‘wish list’ of items and was struggling to find a good off-hand sword. That said Roundhouse, Tsun, Pallydude, Tailsmad and others helped me complete the Shadowcraft Armour set which I still have to this day. I was also successful in obtaining some items with nature resistance in preparation for Ahn’Qira which was due to be released 28th July 2020.


Snooker Nation

Snooker Nation June 2021

Defeat. Jason has won Snooker Nation season 4 by winning 12 matches to my 10. However, having won the final match of the season and held on to the highest break of 147, I feel as though I can still hold my head high. As before with the end of season 3, I have combined all of the season statistics together for the last two years. It’s astonishing to me that we have played close to 850 frames across nearly 100 matches, have scored 230 century breaks and have had 7 maximum breaks of 147 between us.

04/06/2021 – Match 131

I need to win every match this month to win the 4th season of Snooker Nation against my friend Jason. I start well by winning this match 6 frames to 2 and scored the only century break of 121 in the 2nd frame. I could have easily scored another century but in one frame I missed the final green with a break of 99. Overall the frames were quite smooth and we both played reasonably well, there were however some elements of bad luck but in equal measure. After I missed a pot Jason potted a red and black putting me back on the table to win the 1st frame. Later, in the 7th frame, I potted the white ball as well as a red ball, on that occasion however, I was able to narrowly win the frame when Jason missed one of the last balls he needed.

11/06/2021 – Match 132

While this match started well for me, from frame 6 it fell apart. I scored my only century of the match of 122 in the 2nd frame and everything was going quite well until Jason made a mockery of me, scoring 4 centuries in the final 6 frames to win the match 6 frames to 5. In the 6th frame Jason scored 105, followed by 109 in the 8th, 124 in the 9th and 118 in the 11th frames. Losing this match has made it much more difficult to win the season, I now need to win the next two matches and somehow come ahead in number of frames won.

18/06/2021 – Match 133

In order to stay in the run for a Snooker Nation season 4 victory I needed to win this match as convincingly as possible. However, try as I might, I was unable to succeed and Jason won 6 frames to 5 claiming the season 4 title. There were 3 century breaks, 116 in the 4th frame, 106 in the 7th frame and 109 in the 10th frame all belonging to Jason. Although I didn’t score any century breaks and ultimately lost the match, I didn’t play too badly. I narrowly missed a century in the 3rd frame but fumbled the final red. I also came close on the 9th frame but ran out of position on the final yellow. Next week will be the final Snooker Nation match for season 4, and while it is impossible for me to win the season, I will be playing for pride.

25/06/2021 – Match 134

Regardless of the result of this match, it wouldn’t be possible for me to win this season of Snooker Nation, but I played for pride and to end the season on a high note, which I succeeded by winning 6 frames to 5. Overall the match was pretty clean and smooth, the only scrappy frame was frame 6 after I played a ‘lottery’ shot by hitting the pack of reds hard to try and fluke one in. I scored two centuries, 138 in the second frame and 137 in the fifth. Jason had a century of his own of 119 in the 8th frame bringing his total century breaks to 37 this season but he was unable to match my highest break of 147.

Season 4 (January – June 2021) statistics

Played Won Frames Won Centuries Highest Break
Copper 22 10 103 31 147
Jason 22 12 110 37 141

 

Seasons 1 – 4 (June 2019 – June 2021) lifetime statistics

Played Won Frames Won Centuries Highest Break
Copper 97 49 427 103 147 x 5
Jason 97 48 417 127 147 x 2

 


The Beginning of The Burning Crusade Classic

WoW: June Update – The Burning Crusade Classic

The first thing want to mention, other than The Burning Crusade Classic has been available since Wednesday 2nd June, is that the guild I am part of, Inspire, needed to be remade and is now called ‘Inspired’. This was because during the pre-patch, before the launch of The Burning Crusade, the guild leader (and main raid leader) ‘disappeared’. I have learned from guild officers that the then guild leader (Warriodude aka Pallydude) wanted to step down, which of course is fine, but for whatever reason didn’t say his goodbyes to the wider guild and did not transfer control. Because of this the remaining officers were forced to choose a new leader for the guild which will be Bubbel and new raid leaders which will be Nefertity, Mexcoo and Kyra. Bubbel, Mexcoo and Kyra have been with the guild for a very long time and I am sure they will be great, Bubbel especially has shown that she can organize and keep things moving. Nefertity hasn’t been with the guild too long but seems very knowledgeable about the game and will make an excellent raid leader. Most of the guild has transferred their characters from ‘Inspire’ to ‘Inspired’ and it looks like the transition has gone well, thanks to Bubbel and all of the other officers. I can’t speak for everyone in the guild but despite all of this, I hope Warriodude is well and I hope he will decide to play WoW with us again. If you ever read this Warriodude, thank you for what you did for Inspire during Vanilla Classic and thank you for helping me become a better player, even a better gamer.

Back to The Burning Crusade and on an individual level, I have had an excellent start to my Burning Crusade adventure. My goal to reach level 70 was to average 1 level per day thinking that some days I would get 2 levels, other days I would get 1 level and some days I wouldn’t level my character at all. I thought that this way by the 10th day I would have achieved the first step in what I hope to be a successful Burning Crusade campaign. As it turns out I reached level 70 on the 9th day, the 10th June, beating my goal by 1 day and was the 14th level 70 in my guild, plus the 1st rogue. I happy with this result, especially as of the 9 days it took me to reach level 70 over half I had full-time work. The best part about my levelling experience is that I have appeared to have joined a small group of extremely nice and kind guild members who let me complete dungeons with them and are generally supportive of each other with their Burning Crusade goals. Eremir, Bella and Mufka (Cesmina) are fast becoming good friends in World of Warcraft, Mufka in particular has become a dear friend to me outside of the game. I find it difficult making friends, but these people have been extraordinary. I hope that as a team we will continue to support each other and have many more adventures together clearing dungeons and raiding. Here is a video of when I was level 65 with Eremir and other guild members completing a dungeon.

Now that I am level 70, the hard work can begin in getting attuned for the Karazhan raid, heroic dungeons, and generally gaining reputation with a variety of different factions for items and alchemy recipes. Because there is so much to do, I have created a rather large ‘to do list’ with everything I can think of. As before I will add to it as and when I have more goals.

Professions

Raise lockpicking skill to 350
Raise poisons skill to 350
Raise alchemy to 375 and become elixir master
Raise herbalism to 375
Raise cooking to 375
Raise first aid to 375
Raise fishing to 375
Raise riding skill to 300 for fast flying mount

Weapon skills

Raise swords skill to 350
Raise defence skill to 350
Raise daggers skill to 350
Raise maces skill to 350
Raise thrown skill to 350
Raise bows skill to 350
Raise guns skill to 350
Raise crossbow skill to 350
Raise unarmed skill to 350

Attunements

Complete Karazhan attunement
Complete Shattered Halls attunement
Complete Alcatraz attunement
Complete Black Morass attunement
Heroic Hellfire Citadel attunement
Heroic Coilfang Reservoir attunement
Heroic Auchindoun attunement
Heroic Caverns of Time attunement
Heroic Sha’tar dungeon attunement

Factions

Get exalted with The Aldor
Get exalted with Sha’tar
Get exalted with Lower City
Get exalted with Keepers of Time
Get exalted with The Violet Eye
Get exalted with Cenarion Expedition
Get exalted with The Consortium
Get exalted with Honour Hold
Get exalted with Kurenai
Get exalted with Sporeggar

I will need to create a ‘wish list’ of the items I want in phase 1 of The Burning Crusade and since our loot system has changed from EP/GP (Effort Points / Gear Points) system to a loot council system, I will need to provide most of that list for the guild officers to see via ‘That’s My BIS‘ which will feed into the loot system and reward me (or not as the case may be) accordingly. I am not ready yet to blog about my wish list, I will need more time to give it some thought, however the information I will be using about the best items for my rogue in phase 1 can be found here.

It has certainly been a more exciting month of World of Warcraft since my last update, this time last year however I was having a lot of fun showing off my Primal Blessing set, something which is quite unique to World of Warcraft. Moving forward I hope to continue playing with my friends Eremir, Bella and Mufka as well as my other guild mates to cross off items on my ‘to-do’ list and begin farming heroic dungeons for the gear that they offer.


Diablo III Season 23 End

Diablo III Season 23 End

While I haven’t played Diablo III for a over a week, today will officially be my last day playing Season 23. It feels like I achieved a lot since my previous Diablo III season 23 post, most notably I have beaten my personal best of completing a tier 81 greater rift which I set during season 17. My new record is now tier 95 set by my Demon Hunter and I should add that I also beat it by completing a tier 83 greater rift with a Barbarian. My only regret might be that I didn’t beat it with my wizard which ultimately only reached level 62 as you can see in the bellow screenshot.

Diablo III Season 23 Records

Another thing I wanted to beat was my seasonal paragon level personal best. In season 23 I reached level 841 which is 41 levels more than my season 17 record and 10 levels more than all of my hardcore paragon experience put together. It’s worth mentioning that I leveled a Crusader, Monk and for the first time a Necromancer to level 70 but didn’t achieve much else with them. I realize these achievements are nothing compared to what many other players can do, with paragon levels in the thousands, but I am still pleased with myself and had around 111 hours of thoroughly enjoyable playtime.

Diablo III Season 23 Summary

It wasn’t all good however, season 23 claimed the lives of two of my hardcore characters including a Barbarian which I remade and a Demon Hunter. To be honest the Demon Hunter death was planned as I was attempting a tier 97 greater rift which I knew was high risk, but I wanted season 23 to go out with a bang and as such I recorded my attempt below.

I am not sure if there will be a time where I will play more Diablo III or immerse myself in another season. With Diablo II Resurrected and Diablo IV on the cards, it is much more likely that I will spend my time playing those games. In addition, for WoW Classic The Burning Crusade will launch tomorrow which will consume a lot of my time, at least in the short term.


Snooker Nation

Snooker Nation May 2021

Having lost 2 of 3 Snooker Nation matches this month, I find myself on the back foot entering the final month of season 4. There are a potential of 4 matches in June, all of which I will need to win to guarantee victory. If I lose 1 match I will need to try and win on frames won of which I am 10 frames behind. If I lose 2 matches there will be no way for me to win. It’s safe to say the odds are not in my favour, but I will try my best.

08/05/2021 – Match 128

I can’t help but feel disappointed with my performance in this match, especially in Frame 3 where I attempted a silly shot early on without even looking at it properly which Jason used to punish me by clearing the table and scoring 141. This was the only terrible shot I remember, but I did get unlucky at times, one example of this was that I potted a red and black in frame 5 which Jason went on to win. It looked like I might have suffered a white wash but in frame 6 I managed to a break of 114 and then 105 in frame 7. As well as 141 in frame 3 Jason scored 113 in frame 2 and finished the match with 139 in frame 8, winning 6 frames to 2.

21/05/2021 – Match 129

A pretty good match for me winning 6 frames to 3 and ending Jason’s win streak. For the most part each frame was smooth, annoyingly I ran out of position on the 1st frame with a break of 96, narrowly missing a century with 2 reds on the table. I also missed a century in the 8th frame when I ran out of position on the final yellow. The only scrappy frame was the 2nd where both Jason and I missing an easy shot each, but it wasn’t too bad. In the following frames Jason got pretty unlucky on at least 3 occasions, the worst being when Jason potted a red and the blue when the pink ball hit and deflected it. Because of my narrowly missed centuries I only bagged one of 128 in frame 4, where as Jason secured 129 in frame 3 and 112 in frame 7.

28/05/2021 – Match 130

Almost every frame this week could be described as scrappy. Both Jason and I didn’t play very well and each missed multiple easy shots. For every shot Jason missed however, I must have missed 2 or 3 and as such Jason won 6 frames to 1. There was 1 century break for Jason in frame 2 of 111 which is the only frame I could describe as being smooth. It’s not that either of us were unlucky this week, it’s just we played poorly. I am not sure if I even got a break higher than 50, which really is rock bottom.

Season 4 (January – June 2021) statistics

Played Won Frames Won Centuries Highest Break
Copper 18 8 81 27 147
Jason 18 10 91 29 141

 


Destruction Derby 2

Destruction Derby 2

About a month ago I decided to buy the PlayStation 1 game Destruction Derby 2 which was pre-owned for £9.55. The game arrived in near perfect condition, including the case, which I have seen sell for around £10 when new. I am of course delighted with my purchase, it’s a welcome addition to my small collection, but it’s a bit of a shame because the condition suggests the game might not have been enjoyed much by the previous owner.

Destruction Derby 2 was released for the PlayStation 1 in 1996 and was later made part of the ‘platinum series’ of games. Quite a few years ago I gave away my PlayStation 1 along with a lot of games, but I have never owned Destruction Derby 2 until now. I did however have a demo CD which featured Destruction Derby 2 along with several other games. For those that don’t know, a demo CD was usually sold with a PlayStation or PC magazine and would contain games or software with limited access and would usually compliment an article in the magazine itself. When I used to buy them back in 1997 – 2000 it would cost around £5 which, to a kid, was quite a bit of money back then. It was however an ideal way to ‘try before you buy’ or in my case ‘try before you ask for’ games. While I did like the demo of Destruction Derby 2, there was always something else I would rather have and as such I never got it.

Part of the reason this game appeals to me is that I have always said that I am terrible at playing racing games, something I mention in my Gran Turismo 3 post. The whole point of Destruction Derby however is not necessarily to win the race by being the fastest but to avoid taking damage while causing damage to other drivers. The only way I would win a Gran Turismo 3 race against my friend Jason for example would be to try and crash into him on a corner to somehow slow him down more than myself and repeat that process several times which is not the way the game was designed to be played and only worked maybe 1 time in every 20. In Destruction Derby 2 this is exactly the way the game is designed to be played and is encouraged. There is even a ‘race mode’ called Destruction Derby where there is no race but a game of trying to survive and keep your car intact for as long as possible which I attempt to demonstrate below.

The game is not all good, as you can see the graphics are pretty bad, even by 1996 standards. The commentator quickly becomes annoying saying the same 5 or 6 lines and while the metal soundtrack is pretty awesome when playing, it’s awful on the main screen when selecting what you want to do. It’s as if it belongs to a completely different game. The game also features a replay feature which can be saved to a PlayStation 1 memory card. Each save takes 1 ‘block’ out of 15 so you can’t save many, but it’s a cool feature which I used to record my video.

Moving forward I intend to play Destruction Derby 2 a little more and will probably break it out from time to time to have some mindless carnage fun. I will also keep an eye out for more modern games which are like Destruction Derby 2, such as Destruction Derby Raw or Demolition Derby.


WoW May Update - The End of Vanilla Classic

WoW: May Update – The End of Vanilla Classic

World of Warcraft Vanilla Classic will soon come to an end with the pre-patch for The Burning Crusade Classic due for release in a matter of days. As such this will be my last post regarding my Vanilla Classic journey which began back in August 2019 when players were encouraged to create their characters early. Since then I have written another 32 blog posts (including this one) covering my experiences from reaching level 60 with my rogue (the maximum level possible), joining a guild, clearing all of the ‘end game’ content the game has to offer and amassing over 75 days and 22 hours of total played time on my rogue.

Blizzard Entertainment (the developers of World of Warcraft) will introduce a character copy service where players can pay to have their character copied and will exist on a permanent Vanilla Classic realm. Players who do not pay will have to choose whether their character will be on a Vanilla Classic or Burning Crusade realm, but it will be free. For the purpose of nostalgia, I am going to pay and copy my main character (Mithril) to exist on both realms. I doubt I will play much on the vanilla classic realm, but I will at least have my character and her items memorialized. I will then with a clear conscience clear out all of her hard earned Vanilla Classic items on the The Burning Crusade realm, knowing that I can still access them on the Vanilla Classic realm.

I have tried to select a few screenshots to supplement this blog post to try and sum up my Vanilla Classic journey, but there are so many. I have some good memories defeating bosses, completing raids, the guild acquiring the Scarab Lord title and mount, Thunderfury, Swift Zulian Tiger from High Priest Thekal and much more. I have settled on a screenshot of Inspire defeating Viscidus for the first time in Ahn’Qiraj followed by a screenshot of an evening of trying to find shortcuts in Molten Core which is when most of the raid died trying to jump down to where Golemagg the Incinerator resides (we never tried this again). Finally I couldn’t resist sharing a screenshot of when we as a guild finally got our first Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker, something we deserved much sooner.

WoW May Update - The End of Vanilla Classic

WoW May Update - The End of Vanilla Classic

WoW May Update - The End of Vanilla Classic

Raiding has been considerably reduced as people prepare for The Burning Crusade. I have however received Kiss of the Spider which was on my wish list and Iblis, Blade of the Fallen Seraph which I did not especially want, but it is an upgrade and is worth having at this late stage of the game since there is virtually no chance of me doing any better at this point. This time last year my Classic World of Warcraft adventure was in full swing, judging from my screenshot it looks like I had a combination of tier 1 and tier 2 set items, had just reached exhaulted with Timbermaw Hold and had helped find the right hand Bindings of the Windseeker for the guild’s main tank.

Moving forward there is very little I can do but prepare for the expansion, the best thing would be to try and make some gold, grind some reputation, or tie off loose ends. It’s also worth giving the game a rest for a while so as not to risk burning out before The Burning Crusade launch. Some people will be working hard on new characters for the expansion, but that’s not something which interests me. Once the expansion is live my main focus will be to reach level 70, along with everybody else. From there if memory servers me it will be important to reach revered status with 4 factions for heroic dungeon attunements and work on getting attuned to the various raids on offer, starting with Karazhan. Once I find my feet with the expansion, I will try and produce a checklist of things to do for my next update and figure out what my character’s best in slot items are.

I am worried that my time playing The Burning Crusade Classic could be short lived, it really depends on how well Inspire guild survives the transition. I fear that a guild which consistently musters 40+ people to raid will find it difficult to appease everyone when the maximum raid size is either 10 or 25 people. Some people are leaving or have stopped playing, where as others are starting playing again ahead of the expansion. There has been talk about players wanting to raid to multiple characters and that there will be multiple raiding teams to accommodate everyone. While this might work if there are people dedicated to playing more than 1 character, it will take time for a player to be in a position to play the end game content on 2+ characters. However one unfortunate thing I have found playing World of Warcraft for all these years is that people are impatient and will want everything to happen right away. I seriously hope the core group of people which make Inspire the amazing guild it is remain active and (selfishly) I hope they can find a place for me to play with them. Without these people who I have come to like and respect, The Burning Crusade offers very little to me.


Diablo III Season 23 Progress Update

Diablo III Season 23 Progress Update

It’s been over 4 weeks of Diablo III Season 23 and I feel like I have made some excellent progress since my initial start. I now have a level 70 (the maximum level) barbarian, demon hunter, crusader and necromancer in addition to my wizard and have reached paragon level 700 which is just 100 away from my season 17 personal best. I also decided to play through and complete Diablo III in story mode which was something I did a long time ago shortly after the game’s release. I wanted to delve back into the story and watch the cinematic cut scenes again but also add Diablo III to my list of completed games since I started blogging.

Diablo III Season 23 Summary

Diablo III Congratulations Screen

Perhaps more important than my paragon level or roster of characters is that I have completed a tier 70 greater rift with my barbarian. This is important because completing a tier 70 greater rift solo unlocks the possibility of finding Primal Ancient Legendary items with my season 23 hardcore characters. Primal Ancient items are the rarest and most powerful items in the game, so far I have collected 5 but none of them are particularly helpful to any of my characters right now. The recording below is me completing a tier 70 greater rift for the first time this season.

Since the recording above, I have completed a tier 75 greater rift with my barbarian, a tier 62 greater rift with my wizard and a tier 45 greater rift with my demon hunter. Moving forward I will be wanting to improve all of these and possibly add a record for my necromancer and crusader. Ultimately however, my main goal is to beat my personal best of tier 81 which I set during season 17 with my wizard. I am confident I will accomplish these goals with the time I have left of what could be my last Diablo III season.


Snooker Nation

Snooker Nation April 2021

This has got to be one of the best months of Snooker Nation for me having won 4 out of 5 matches and scoring a maximum break of 147 after nearly a year since the last one. I enter May behind by just 1 match, with up to 8 more matches for the season, there is everything to play for.

02/04/2021 – Match 123

Both Jason and I continue the theme of playing well. There was only 1 ‘scrappy’ frame where I missed a colour twice in the 3rd frame but was still able to win it after Jason missed a relatively straight forward red. Jason kicked off the centuries in the 1st frame with a break of 131 after an excellent pot to the middle pocket. Jason also scored 138 in the 5th frame and 132 in the 8th. I had two centuries of my own, 105 in both the 4th and 11th frame which helped me win the match 6 frames to 5. Although I am happy to have won, I am disappointed with my break of 105 in the 11th frame because I was 1 red away from potentially scoring a maximum break of 147.

09/04/2021 – Match 124

This was a match of two halves, Jason and I started playing it well, scoring century breaks, but then it turned pretty scrappy. I felt a bit hard done by in the 1st frame, Jason had missed a red which ended up hovering over the pocket but I just couldn’t hit it, even off a cushion. Eventually I tried an ambitious plant which failed. In the second frame I scored 103 but left a potential break of 145 after missing difficult black, the third frame I scored 120 but couldn’t pot the blue which could have resulted in a break of 138. Jason cleared the table in the 4th frame scoring and impressive 141, the new highest break of the season so far. From then on each frame was really scrappy, both of us missing multiple shots and making a real hash of things. Ultimately however I won 6 frames to 4, giving me a 3 match win streak.

16/04/2021 – Match 125

An unlucky match of Snooker Nation for Jason, after potting the first red in frame 1, he ran out of position and snookered himself which I was able to capitalize from and score a decent break of 132. In the 2nd frame I played a very poor safety shot but almost immediately Jason potted the white putting me back on the table. To make things worse, I almost scored a century in the third frame after Jason potted a red and black at the same time. At one stage I was winning 4 frames to 0 and it looked like it might be a white wash. Thankfully Jason was able to dig deep and win 3 frames including a break of 109 in the 7th frame. Eventually however I was able to win 6 frames to 3, giving me a 4 match win streak.

23/04/2021 – Match 126

For the most part this was a pretty clean and straight forward match, the second frame was a bit scrappy after I played a ‘lottery shot’ which is where I hit the pack of reds with the cue ball as hard as I can with a lot of top spin to try and pot one by fluke. Other than that I scored 104 in the 3rd frame and 112 in the 4th frame which could have been 139 if I hadn’t missed the final yellow. Jason scored 115 in the 8th frame but I was able to win the match 6 frames to 4. I have for the first time equalized with Jason in matches won this season. Hopefully I can take the lead next week.

30/04/2021 – Match 127

This has got to be one of the most crazy Snooker Nation matches this season, perhaps even of all time between Jason and me. In the 1st frame Jason had a break of 134 and only needed to pot the pink and black to secure a maximum break of 147. After potting the blue however, Jason’s position on the pink wasn’t that good and he narrowly missed the pot. In the 2nd frame Jason had another pretty good chance at getting getting a 147 with just a few reds remaining but, in frame 4, I scored the maximum break of 147 which, for readers who are unaware, is the ultimate achievement in the game of Snooker. Between the two of us, this is the 7th maximum break, the last one was almost a year ago in May 2020. Perhaps more surprising than this is how bad the 3rd frame was, after Jason almost scored a maximum break twice and before I actually scored a 147, we played the worst frame of Snooker Nation ever. To say it was a scrappy frame would be an understatement, we both missed multiple easy shots and it was as if we just started playing Snooker Nation and were learning the controls. Other than that the rest of the match was fairly clean, I scored 110 in the 8th frame but Jason ultimately won 6 frames to 3 and ended my win streak.

Season 4 (January – June 2021) statistics

Played Won Frames Won Centuries Highest Break
Copper 15 7 72 24 147
Jason 15 8 76 23 141

 


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