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Snooker Nation June 2020

What a way to finish Snooker Nation season 2. Having played 28 matches over the last 6 months, both Jason and I have won 14 matches each and, incredibly, have won 130 frames each. Under these conditions the winner is the player with the most century breaks of the season which, in this case, is Jason with 38 centuries to my 34. I however win the highest break prize having scored 3 maximum breaks of 147 to Jason’s 2, which, in itself, is pretty impressive to have 5 maximum breaks between us.

05/06/2020 – Match 86

This was a pretty good result for Jason, winning 6 frames to 1 in a best of 11. I have to say, I feel like I was pretty unlucky this week, but, I can’t blame it all on bad luck as I also missed some pretty easy shots. There were no century breaks but considering this is the last month of our Snooker Nation season, a 6-1 victory is just what Jason needed.

12/06/2020 – Match 87

Disaster strikes for Jason, losing 6-1 in a best of 11. Nothing seemed to go right for him while I kept getting quite lucky. Unfortunately I only capitalized enough to secure 1  century of 107 in the 3rd frame, but as the season is coming to an end, I am just happy to take the win to give me the advantage.

19/06/2020 – Match 88

After the disaster Jason had last week it’s a bit of a miracle that he has kept himself in it by winning 6 frames to 1 in a best of 11 and scored 3 centuries in a row. 120 in the 3rd frame, 135 in the 4th and 102 in the 5 frame. I at least got a century of my own of 100 in the 6 frame, this however still means Jason has a 2 century lead. Ordinarily this would not matter but it could prove crucial in our final match of the season.

26/06/2020 – Match 89

This is an amazing finish to our Snooker Nation season with 6 century breaks between us. The match started with Jason needing to win the match 6 frames to 4 to guarantee season 2 victory or, win 6 frames to 5 with more century breaks for the season, which he was leading by 2. I had a great start and was leading 4 frames to 0 and had two century breaks, 100 in the 1st frame and 104 in the 4th. Somehow Jason found a way to hang on and played some careful and calculated snooker to win 6 of the next 7 frames with 4 century breaks of 117 in the 5th frame, 124 in the 6th, 112 in the 9th and 110 in the 11th and final frame of the season. Somewhere in there I clawed back a frame which put us even on matches won and frames won, but Jason secures victory having scored more centuries than me in the season. I feel a little gutted, it’s like in football losing a tournament not on points or goal difference but by number of cards issued or something similar. For the most part however, I am happy that we had such a grand finale, where we both played decently, and were both in it until the final 260th frame.

Season 2 (January – June 2020) statistics

Played Won Frames Won Centuries Highest Break
Copper 28 14 130 34 147 x 3
Jason 28 14 130 38 147 x 2

 


WoW Molten Core

WoW: Molten Core

For classic World of Warcraft I have written about my experiences in Onyxia’s Lair, Blackwing Lair and Zul’Gurub. It’s only right therefore that I write about my Molten Core experiences which began as soon as I reached level 60 in December 2019.

Like with all of the other raids in Classic World of Warcraft so far, I am finding Molten Core exceptionally easy. This is in part because my guild, Inspire, had already been consistently clearing Molten Core before I was level 60, another reason is that people, myself included, already knew what to expect. This is, after all, a remake of a 15+ year old game.

After more than 6 months clearing Molten Core there is still 1 piece of loot which eludes me, Band of Accuria. This ring is needed by just about everyone who plays a melee class or hunter. It is also prioritized to guild tanks before DPS (damage per second) player such as myself. It’s unlikely therefor that I will be getting this ring anytime soon.

Here I am recently clearing Molten Core with my guild. In the videos description I have timestamped each boss encounter should you wish to skip to ahead.

Like with many raids, Molten Core has it’s own reputation faction, the Hydraxian Waterlords. I very quickly reached revered because up until that point players are awarded reputation for everything killed in the raid. To reach exhaulted however, players only get reputation for killing the bosses. I reached exhaulted 2 weeks ago, but, there is still 1,000 reputation to get which is a pain because now only the last boss, Ragnaros, will award reputation. Still, I should get what I need in 2-3 weeks time.

One thing I like about Classic World of Warcraft is that every raid is kept relevant. In modern expansions players would only play the most recent content patch and most recent raid. In Classic WoW however some of the best loot in the game, most notably Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker, is obtained in Molten Core which means players will keep raiding it until the end.

I myself look forward to supporting my guild as much as possible by continuing to raid Molten Core with them. Even if I get Band of Accuria someday, it remains a nice and easy way to gear up guild members and make them stronger for future, more challenging content.


WoW June Update

WoW: June Update

Another month of excellent progress in my Classic World of Warcraft journey. As always, I have been consistently clearing the Molten Core, Blackwing Lair and Zul’Gurub raids. In addition, since my last update, I have written about my views and experiences in Blackwing Lair and in Zul’Gurub. I will due course be writing about Molten Core which, to be honest, is well overdue as I have been clearing it every week for about 7 or 8 months now.

I have been lucky enough to have been awarded two more pieces of loot which I can cross off my wish list below. I now only need the Bloodfang Belt to have all 8 pieces of the Tier 2 Bloodfang Armour set which has a very powerful set bonus.

Prestor’s Talisman of Connivery
Cloak of Firemaw
Bloodfang Chestpiece
Bloodfang Belt
Band of Accuria
Drake Fang Talisman
Chromatically Tempered Sword (Main hand weapon)
Maladath, Runed Blade of the Black Flight (Off hand weapon)

I have also been awarded Arlokk’s Grasp from Zul’Gurub which when combined with Thekal’s Grasp completes the Primal Blessing set. These weapons are far from the best weapons to use for any character, but, they are fun to use because every so often when you hit an enemy you turn into a sort of tiger, the same way High Priest Thekal does in Zul’Gurub which I have demonstrated below.

There has been some progress with my things to do list. I very quickly obtained exhaulted reputation with Zandalar Tribe and I am much closer to reaching 300 skill level with fishing and guns. Getting exhaulted reputation with Argent Dawn however is another matter and is proving to be a slow grind, I could easily see this taking me many months of achieve. With phase 5 of Classic World of Warcraft fast approaching, I will need to obtain 2 pieces of the Shadowcraft Armour set which I will need to complete the set and craft the Darkmantle Armour set. I think it’s also about time I ranked up at least once more in PvP (Player vs Player) to rank 8 (Knight-Captain).

Obtain Shadowcraft Pants
Obtain Shadowcraft Cap
Reach Rank 9 (Knight-Captain)
Gain exhaulted with Argent Dawn
Gain exhaulted with Zandalar Tribe
Get 300 skill in fishing
Get 300 skill in gun

Other than achieving some of things I have set out above, I hope to continue being a valued member of my guild, Inspire, who I value a great deal, and help prepare them from the up and coming Ahn’Qiraj content which I am told will be much more challenging than anything we have done so far. As such I will need to start thinking about acquiring items which give Nature Resistance since a number of bosses deal a significant amount of nature damage.


WoW Zul'Gurub

WoW: Zul’Gurub

As I said I would in my Blackwing Lair post, here are my thoughts on the Zul’Gurub raid re-released on the 15th April. Since the launch, my guild mates and I have been consistently clearing the raid for the spoils within.

The raid is easy, too easy in fact. Designed for 20 people, my guild easily clear it with around 15 players with no notable increase in difficulty. Some of the content can even be done with just 1 or 2 people. Personally, there is no new loot that is best in slot (BiS) for me, but, for a while, I did have one of two items as a temporary upgrade to what I had. The main objective for me has been to acquire two Primal Hakkari Idol’s in order to buff (improve) my helmet and leg slot items with Death’s Embrace. Another objective has been to reach exhaulted with the Zandalar Tribe so that I can purchase a Zandalar Signet of Might to improve my shoulder slot item. All of these things I am happy to say I have achieved as have most of my fellow guild members.

Other notable items are the Warblade of the Hakkari sword set and Thekal’s Grasp fist weapon set. While these items are not the best for me, I would still like them for vanity purposes and it would be fun to use them, perhaps in a PvP or dungeon setting. At the moment I have one of each and will continue to keep an eye out for the others.

Other than the items mentioned above, I, like just about anyone who plays World of Warcraft, would love to have either Swift Razzashi Raptor or Swift Zulian Tiger. Both of these are incredibly rare, so much so that for my guild only one Swift Zulian Tiger has dropped from High Priest Thekal and was awarded to fellow guild member Defel as seen below. You can see when it dropped during the raid in the above video around 28 minutes 30 seconds in and is linked in the video description.

Zul'Gurub Swift Zulian Tiger

Overall I am once again disappointed at how easy this content is. To be fair Zul’Gurub is designed to help newly leveled characters obtain good enough loot so that they can raid Blackwing Lair. I also appreciate most people playing Classic Word of Warcraft are well prepared this time around and that there is much more resources available today than there was 15 or so years ago. I just hope that future content, namely Ahn’Qiraj and Naxxramas, will offer some challenge.

Also, with the launch of Zul’Gurub, there is another world buff to collect before each raid. I have never been a fan of word buffs and wish all buffs would be removed as soon as you step inside a raid instance. This would remove the need of spending hours each week obtaining the buffs and would make each raid slightly harder. Thankfully, I have had a lot of time on my hands these past months, so it’s not so much of a big deal. Ordinarily however I would attend raids with only some of the buffs which in turn would make me look weak in comparison to fellow guild members and spoil some of my fun.


Snooker Nation

Snooker Nation May 2020

With just 1 more month of the Snooker Nation season Jason and I are playing, with only 4 games in hand, each match is more vital than ever before. At the end of May I have a two game advantage which means I will need to win 2 of the next 4 games to guarantee victory whereas Jason will need to win all 4. If I win 1 game and Jason 3, it will come down to frames won difference.

01/05/2020 – Match 81

This is perhaps the best Snooker Nation match Jason has ever played. I don’t think he missed a single shot and won 6 frames to 3 in a best of 11 while securing 3 century breaks including an impressive maximum break of 147 in the 3rd frame, 128 in the 5th and 135 in the 8th frame. To be fair, I didn’t play especially bad and got a century of my own of 133 in the 4th frame.

08/05/2020 – Match 82

Compared to the previous match, this was the polar opposite for Jason who missed shot after shot which ultimately cost him the match by losing 6 frames to 3 in a best of 11. I didn’t play especially well but did secure 2 century breaks, 130 in the 1st frame and 100 in the 9th and final frame. Jason did at least get a century of his own of 104 in the 4th frame, but I get the feeling this a match he will not want to remember.

15/05/2020 – Match 83

This was not a good match for either of us. Both Jason and I missed a lot of easy shots and made some terrible mistakes. Ultimately however, Jason won 6 frames to 3 in a best of 11. There was just 1 century break of 122 in the 3rd frame belonging to me.

23/05/2020 – Match 84

Once again both Jason and I played poorly which is strange statement to make as I did score a maximum break of 147 in the 5th frame. This however was the only century of the evening and the only ‘clean’ frame with the others being scrappy at best. I did however win 6 frames to 3 in a best of 11, not that either of us deserved to win. With just over 1 month to go of our second Snooker Nation season, we have only 5 games in hand with me leading 13-10. With this in mind Jason can only afford to let me win 1 more game if he has any chance of winning the season, and even then he will need to beat me on frames won difference.

29/05/2020 – Match 85

Yet another poor match but Jason did play a bit better than the last couple of matches. This time he won 6 frames to 3 in a best of 11. There were 3 century breaks in total, Jason had 101 in the 3rd frame while I had 108 in the 5th frame and 101 in the 7th frame. Could this be the start of a 5 match win streak needed to win Snooker Nation season 2?

Season 2 (January – June 2020) statistics

Played Won Frames Won Centuries Highest Break
Copper 24 13 117 30 147 x 3
Jason 24 11 111 31 147 x 2

 


WoW Blackwing Lair

WoW: Blackwing Lair

Last December I wrote about the Classic World of Warcraft Onyxia Lair raid, since then however I have neglected to write about other raids such as Blackwing Lair. Ever since Blackwing Lair was launched in Classic World of Warcraft my guild has cleared it of all of the bosses and distributed the loot. With the exception of the last two bosses in the first week and from being on standby a subsequent week, I have been present for all guild raids. As such I have been lucky enough to have been awarded 8 pieces of loot so far which is around 1 piece of loot every 2 weeks, my favourite being Claw of the Black Drake, which actually needs replacing as soon as possible, either with Chromatically Tempered Sword or Vis’kag the Bloodletter if I can get a better offhand weapon.

Blackwing Lair also contains most of the tier 2 set items which for me is the Bloodfang Armour set. So far I have 6 out of 8 set items and will be overjoyed if I am able to complete the set which will give me a powerful set bonus, at least for sword rogues such as myself.

When I played Vanilla World of Warcraft, around 15 or so years ago, I don’t recall ever attending a Blackwing Lair raid and, while in later expansions I frequently cleared the raid to obtain loot for vanity, I didn’t know what to expect. Here is a video of my guild and I clearing Blackwing Lair back in April. I have time stamped each boss in the description for those who are interested in a certain encounter.

To be honest, I am a little disappointed at how easy the raid is. I imagine it was much harder during Vanilla when the raid was first released, but, even so, most of the time it seems very forgiving when mistakes are being made.

Blackwing Lair is currently where most of the best items can be obtained and as such I shall try to continually attend raids my guild organize, even in the unlikely event I am awarded every item I want in there, it is still a great place to help others get the items they need for future, hopefully more difficult, content.

I shall endeavour to write about my experiences and opinions about the other raids Classic World of Warcraft currently has to offer, Molten Core and the somewhat recently released Zul’Gurub.


Super Mario Bros

Super Mario Bros

Not too long ago I aquired a SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) emulator and, as well as Street Fighter II, I have been using it to play Super Mario Bros. This has in turn inspired a trip down memory lane.

One of the first video games I ever played was Super Mario Bros on the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). Some of my earliest memories is staying with my father and playing this game for the first time. The idea that you could control the movements of a character on the television was magical, at least to 4 or 5 year old me.

Later, aged 7, I needed an operation in hospital. Obviously this wasn’t a pleasant experience but there was a room on the children’s ward that had an NES and indeed Super Mario Bros. One of the older kids showed everyone a secret he discovered on the first level of the game, where you could get an extra life. The idea that the game had hidden secrets to be discovered amazed me and I later found out that the game was full of them.

Not long after my stay in hospital, I was given a second hand NES with a small collection of games including Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt, Double Dragon II and III among a few others.

For readers who are not aware of this iconic game which was first released in 1985, I created a sample of the game play using the SNES emulator.

The SNES emulator is actually emulating a game called Super Mario All Stars which included Super Mario Bros and was released in 1993. As far as I am aware, this is the first instance of a game being remade and includes improved graphics and soundtrack.

When playing legitimately, by that I mean by not using any of the games exploits or cheats, I have managed to reach level 3 of world 8 with 882,600 points (Last updated 29/05/2020). This is by no means an impressive accolade but I want it documented should I wish to try and beat my record.

World 8 Level 3

It’s nice to play something different than World of Warcraft or Snooker Nation. While I doubt I will sink too much time playing Super Mario Bros, I do hope to play a more variety of old and new games in the future.


Classic WoW May Update

WoW: May Update

I have had yet another excellent month of Classic WoW. I have continued to dabble in PvP (Player vs Player) to maintain rank 7 (Knight-Lieutenant) by getting around 50,000 honour points a week which is very little and takes maybe 2 or 3 hours to accomplish.

My guild and I continue to clear the Molten Core and Blackwing Lair raids and as a result I have been awarded two pieces of loot which I can cross off my wish list below.

Prestor’s Talisman of Connivery
Cloak of Firemaw
Bloodfang Chestpiece
Bloodfang Bracers
Bloodfang Belt
Band of Accuria
Master Dragonslayer’s Ring
Drake Fang Talisman
Chromatically Tempered Sword (Main hand weapon)
Maladath, Runed Blade of the Black Flight (Off hand weapon)

In addition, I have also been awarded Taut Dragonhide Belt without incurring GP (Gear Points). In my opinion this is more suitable for a feral druid, however, none of the druids wanted the belt and I think it is pretty good for my rogue until I get Bloodfang Belt and even then may continue to be useful in PvP.

Last week, the right hand Bindings of the Windseeker used to create the Classic WoW iconic legendary Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker dropped from Garr in Molten Core. Of all the years playing World of Warcraft I think this comes close to one of my favourite moments. I now look forward to seeing the left hand bindings drop and helping our main tank, Eremir, create the sword.

My guild and I have also been clearing the recently released Zul’Gurub raid and, while there is nothing there on my wish list, I have been fortunate enough to have been given the items I require, namely Primal Hakkari Idol and Punctured Voodoo Doll to enchant both my head and leg item with Death’s Embrace. I will need to continue to raid Zul’Gurub to obtain exhaulted reputation with the Zandalar Tribe who will in turn sell me a Zandalar Signet of Might which will enchant my shoulder item.

I am pleased to have reached exhaulted reputation with Timbermaw Hold. What I most enjoyed about this experience is when you report to the Dwarf King Magni Bronzebeard in Ironforge he yells “Let it be known that Mithril – Alliance Rogue – has earned the undying respect of Ironforge and the Alliance as a whole. She has engaged in great diplomacy with Timbermaw Hold and performed valiant actions for them on our behalf. She has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Three cheers for Mithril – a true hero of the Alliance!”

It seemed to take forever, but I am also happy to be able to cross off getting 300 bow skill from my goals list. I have added getting exhaulted reputation with Zandalar Tribe which should be very easy.

Gain exhaulted with Timbermaw Hold
Gain exhaulted with Argent Dawn
Gain exhaulted with Zandalar Tribe
Get 300 skill in fishing
Get 300 skill in bow
Get 300 skill in gun

Finally and perhaps more importantly, on the 29th April, the officers in my guild, Inspire, decided to promote me to the rank of Veteran. This rank gives me access to an exclusive veteran channel on the guild discord server and will give me the occasional opportunity to help the officers steer the guild when decisions need to be made. To many, this may seem trivial, but to me shows that my efforts have been recognized and that my guild mates enjoy playing Classic WoW with me and want me to be a core part of the guild. I am really proud of how far I have come since my Playing Alone post written back in September and I am proud to be a part of the Inspire community.


WoW Warsong Gulch

WoW: Warsong Gulch

In my WoW: Arathi Basin post I said that I would endeavour to write about the Warsong Gulch battleground. Warsong Gulch is the first battleground to be released in WoW (World of Warcraft) 15 or so years ago. Because of this, Warsong Gulch has some of my first PvP (Player vs Player) memories as a level 30 – 40 druid where I needed to make my way to the Ashenvale battleground entrance (There were no battle masters at first) to queue for 20 – 40 minutes at a time to get a game. Here is the original video Blizzard Entertainment created for Warsong Gulch.

Warsong Gulch is a very simple 10 vs 10 capture the flag game, the first team to capture 3 flags, wins. To do this a team must take the enemy flag from the enemy base where they started and take it to their own base. If an enemy has your flag, you can return it to your base by killing them and clicking on the flag before another enemy player. I have won and lost countless games of Warsong Gulch and have established that there are numerous ways to win the game but, in my opinion, the most effective way is to try and control the middle of the battleground. Doing this makes it easier to react to either defend an ally who has the flag or kill an enemy who has your own while making it more difficult for your opponents.

I have already shown off in my WoW: April Update post, but I would like to share another good Warsong Gulch score sheet of mine.

WoW WSG Score

Here is a video I made of a Warsong Gulch match. I feel as though my video editing skills are slowly getting better but the actual capture and/or rendering of the video could be improved. Something for me to think about when I create more videos for my blog.

Like with Arathi Basin, there is a PvP faction, Silverwing Sentinels for the Alliance and Warsong Outriders for the horde. Silverwing Sentinels is by far my most favourite faction and have my favourite tabard. It’s not easy for a casual player, but I will attempt to play enough matches in order to reach exhaulted reputation and earn the tabard over a long period of time.


Snooker Nation

Snooker Nation April 2020

This month both Jason and I scored a maximum break of 147 and, with a lot more time on our hands, we squeezed in 7 matches. We have agreed however that we shouldn’t play more than once a week moving forward as we both found that playing too often took the fun out of the game. I have ended the April with a 3 match lead which is pretty big given that there are only two months left of our second Snooker Nation season.

02/04/2020 – Match 74

A nice start for me this month winning 6 frames to 4 in a best of 11, putting me ahead on matches won. I got lucky this match as at one stage I was down 4 frames to 1 but somehow managed to win 5 frames in a row to claim victory. There were three century breaks, 101 in the 3rd and 133 in the 5th frame belonging to Jason, I myself secured a break of 136 in the 8th frame.

03/04/2020 – Match 75

Winning this match 6 frames to 5 in a best of 11 gives me a 2 match win streak. There were 4 century breaks in total, I got 122 in the 1st frame which incidentally could have been my 3rd maximum break of 147 if I hadn’t of messed up the positioning on the final green ball. I also got 131 in the 11th and final frame. Jason bagged 2 centuries of his own, 114 in the 4th and 109 in the 8th frame.

09/04/2020 – Match 76

Jason ends my win streak beating me 6 frames to 4 in a best of 11 and, perhaps more importantly, scores a break of 147 in the 4th frame, the maximum break possible in a game of snooker. This is after 438 hours of Snooker Nation playtime and is an excellent achievement which I captured in the video below. Jason also scored 111 in the 7 frame which further demonstrates how well he played this week.

10/04/2020 – Match 77

After the domination Jason showed in our last match, including scoring a maximum break of 147, I am relieved to have won this match 6 frames to 3 in a best of 11. There were numerous opportunities for me to score century breaks but I was not able to capitalize. As a result Jason scored the only century for the evening of 115 in the 3rd frame.

13/04/2020 – Match 78

I felt a little bad after this match. At times I was somewhat lucky with the balls but from the offset Jason had all the bad luck, resulting in me winning 6 frames to 2 in a best of 11 with the only century break of 139 in the 7th frame. We agreed that we have been playing far too much Snooker Nation lately. With this extra time on our hands we have been playing more than we normally would which is taking the fun out of it. Perhaps it’s time we looked at playing a different game as well as Snooker Nation while we, more so I, have all this spare time.

17/04/2020 – Match 79

This was a far more enjoyable match, we both played really well and it could have gone either way. In the end I was victorious winning 6 frames to 4 in a best of 11. There were 4 century breaks between us, Jason got a massive 141 in the 2nd frame and 119 in the 8th. I am chuffed to get a 147 in the 3rd frame which makes 3 maximum 147 breaks in my Snooker Nation career. I also scored a break of 106 in the 9th frame.

24/04/2020 – Match 80

After winning 3 matches in a row, Jason once again breaks my win streak winning 6 frames to 3 in a best of 11. I am slightly annoyed with myself because the shots I missed were by a large margin. Usually, when missing, the ball will rattle around the pocket but most of my misses this week were not even remotely close. There were 3 centuries, Jason scored 104 in the 5th frame and 128 in the 8th frame where as I got a massive 142 in the 7 frame.

Season 2 (January – June 2020) statistics

Played Won Frames Won Centuries Highest Break
Copper 19 11 96 23 147 x 2
Jason 19 8 87 26 147

 


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