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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Best Dominion moments 2016
« on: Today at 12:45:09 pm »
It was turn 11, and the costs are lowered because I took the screenshot on my opponent's turn and he had a Bridge. Yes, I had trashed like 3 Coppers already, but I also had a bunch of Scrying Pools and City Quarters and other Actions so my expectations to cycle through at least some of my deck, connect the Potion with at least $2 and connect the Moneylender with a Copper should have been pretty good (I mean, that's how it worked out for my opponent). Instead, I skipped the trashing that shuffle, I skipped the Scrying Pool gain that shuffle, and I skipped just one entire turn in general, putting me perhaps two-ish turns behind my opponent in terms of tempo and permanently behind in terms of the Scrying Pool split.

I guess I meant not unheard of.

Yeah and I'm still salty about that too.


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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Best Dominion moments 2016
« on: Today at 04:32:03 am »
FFS.


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Hearthstone / Re: Has anyone learned Hearthstone yet?
« on: Today at 03:54:42 am »
So much potential opens up with Malygos.

In wild, perhaps, where Emperor Thaurissan still exists. :(

Aren't Tavern Brawls usually wild (the ones where you build your own deck)?

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Dominion Articles / Re: Refreshing the Dominion Paradigms
« on: Today at 03:52:05 am »
There is no stuff "somewhere between engine and BM". must have won a bullshit prize somewhere in saner lands.

It has also gotten me into the top 50.

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Hearthstone / Re: Arena General Discussion
« on: April 26, 2017, 01:38:27 pm »
I had a 3/5 Sen'jin. My opponent had a 3/1 Wild Pyromancer and a 2/1 murloc. Then he Fireballed my Sen'jin.

Who won, though?

I did.

But were you a Warrior? Your opponent could have been trying to play around Mortal Strike while feeding spells to Yogg Saron.

I was a Hunter.

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Hearthstone / Re: Arena General Discussion
« on: April 26, 2017, 11:06:21 am »
I had a 3/5 Sen'jin. My opponent had a 3/1 Wild Pyromancer and a 2/1 murloc. Then he Fireballed my Sen'jin.

Who won, though?

I did.

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edit: Annex is fine is thick decks, where does all the hate come from? Removing five cards produces a lot more money!

It's not enough that you have a thick deck. You need to have a thick deck and you need to have not drawn it last turn and you need to have not drawn it this turn and you need to have good cards in your discard pile that are so much better than the average card left in your deck that you're fine with having to pay a bunch of debt and you need to not have more than 5 cards that you don't want to shuffle in and you need to want to buy a Duchy. Basically you have to be playing some kind of big money with a lot of Curses/Ruins in your deck and you need to draw your cards in exactly the right order at exactly the right time and then it's a good event to buy.

That, or it needs to be your last turn and you need to have a spare buy.

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Hearthstone / Re: Arena General Discussion
« on: April 26, 2017, 05:23:06 am »
I had a 3/5 Sen'jin. My opponent had a 3/1 Wild Pyromancer and a 2/1 murloc. Then he Fireballed my Sen'jin.

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Dominion Articles / Re: Refreshing the Dominion Paradigms
« on: April 26, 2017, 04:13:32 am »
Arguments from authority are not arguments.

Yes they are. Moreover, they are perfectly valid arguments as long as the expert quoted is an actual expert on the issue, such as in this case.
Nope. Do yourself a favour, jump into a time machine and get out of the Middle Ages or wherever you are intellectually stuck.

If you are living in the modern world you evaluate arguments independently of who made them. A guy without a PhD in a particular field can nonetheless contribute to it and a Nobel price laureate can talk as much bullshit as self-proclaimed Dominion expert.

That's true. Anyone could make the argument that hybrid strategies are not a thing because Awaclus's experience playing against other top 50 players says so, and it would be a valid argument regardless of who made it.

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Feedback / Re: Mouse scroll not working?
« on: April 26, 2017, 02:22:20 am »
I had it happen earlier today. Refreshing the page doesn't help, but closing and reopening the tab fixes it. Still not sure if it's anything to do with this site, or just a Chrome thing.

Pretty sure it's just a Chrome thing, I had it happen multiple times when I was using Chrome for a short while and I haven't ever had it on Opera.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: April 25, 2017, 02:10:35 pm »
I don't think it's an amazing idea to think of your body and your mind as two separate things.

Not sure if in response to me or Kuildeous but I would agree that one will follow the other although a priority on the body seems more efficient.

It was a response to both of you. I didn't say that one will follow the other, I said that there isn't even a reason to differentiate between the two in the first place. The entirety of a person is the entirety of a person and that's the smallest unit there's any point in considering before delving into specific body parts and stuff.

I do disagree with that. I'll cite comatose and sleeping for starters.

Well, in order to remain conscious, your cerebral cortex and reticular activating system need to function and you fall into a coma if that isn't the case. The cerebral cortex and the RAS are undoubtedly parts of your body, and similarly, any other body part can stop functioning and then it doesn't do whatever it is that it usually does anymore, so being comatose is not any different from having your hand cut off or something.

As far as sleeping is concerned, it affects a variety of different body parts, some of which are responsible for functions related to your consciousness and some of which are not. The same is true for the body parts that it doesn't affect. There are even body parts that sleeping causes to become more active than they are in a wakeful state, and even that group of body parts includes stuff that doesn't have anything to do with consciousness and stuff that does.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: April 25, 2017, 12:28:58 pm »
I don't think it's an amazing idea to think of your body and your mind as two separate things.

Not sure if in response to me or Kuildeous but I would agree that one will follow the other although a priority on the body seems more efficient.

It was a response to both of you. I didn't say that one will follow the other, I said that there isn't even a reason to differentiate between the two in the first place. The entirety of a person is the entirety of a person and that's the smallest unit there's any point in considering before delving into specific body parts and stuff.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: April 25, 2017, 12:05:52 pm »
I don't think it's an amazing idea to think of your body and your mind as two separate things.

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Dominion Videos and Streams / Re: Awaclus's Dominion Channels
« on: April 25, 2017, 12:01:54 pm »
I have a YouTube channel going on again, this time I'm planning to make more strategy advice oriented videos rather than just gameplay with commentary. What remains to be seen is how it'll end up working out.

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If you do it, I'll fax you a cookie ;-) (and/or appreciate it very much. Probably the latter.)


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Can someone explain to me why Quest has so few votes? In my experience it's been a dead Event so many times.

Edit: to explain more, there are certainly times where Quest happens to give you a Gold now and then, but that's the problem - it caps out at giving you a Gold. In games where you draw 6+ cards, you have actions to buy or have already drawn $6. In games where you have an extra Attack to discard, you usually have actions to buy too. The 2 Curse case can be useful, but it just doesn't pop up that often. So overall, it's a Gold that just kind of shows up now and then.

Because you can just open Attack/Attack and that's a pretty good opening if Quest is on the board. For instance, if you have double Ambassador and they collide, that's actually fine because at least you get a Gold that turn. Same goes for double Catapult. If you have double Urchin and they don't collide, getting a Gold instead of a Silver is pretty good on the turn where you don't buy another Urchin. You might even want to open something like double Oracle just because Quest is on the board if it's a big money game.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: April 23, 2017, 07:12:13 pm »
Also worth noting if anyone flies a Chinese airline.. cell phones cannot be used even if in airplane mode.  They must be powered off.  I was a bit annoyed as downloaded everything on my phone , including some podcasts, and couldn't use it during a 15 hour flight :(

Tablets and computers can be used, though.

Also, the airline crew is waaaaaaaaaaay more attractive than in America.  And also more formal.

Do they charge you for water like Spirit?

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Dominion Articles / Re: Refreshing the Dominion Paradigms
« on: April 23, 2017, 12:49:54 pm »
If I'm interpreting correctly, this statement is basically saying this: If you're buying village/smithy pairs, and a terminal coin/+buy card, then you're playing an engine. If you're only buying one Province a turn, then you are unequivocally doing it wrong. Either you should keep building until you can reliably draw deck and get to $16, OR you should NOT have been trying to draw deck in the first place and should just play a BM game. In BM, Villages are almost always do-nothing cards that might as well be Pearl Divers without the topdeck.

Not exactly. Single Province engines are good a lot of the time. The statement is basically saying this: BM is a strategy that relies on buying cards that are good on their own, without any antisynergies between them. If you introduce an antisynergy (between Village and Silver), it falls apart.

Multi-player.

 ::)

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Dominion Articles / Re: Refreshing the Dominion Paradigms
« on: April 22, 2017, 02:24:00 pm »
In order to be a reasonably competent Dominion player, do I need to understand what the heck you guys are talking about?

After and including weety4's reply, the only thing you need to understand is that you shouldn't go for a "hybrid strategy".

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Dominion Articles / Re: Refreshing the Dominion Paradigms
« on: April 22, 2017, 01:58:08 pm »
Nope.
Always entertaining to see how the dream of a smoothly running engine influences the opinion of so many Dominion players. Many games are precisely as messy as JThorne described.

What's influencing my opinion is the experience I've accumulated in the thousands of games that I've played against other players in the top 50 range. If your game is as messy as JThorne described, you are misplaying it.
The main problem with this argument, is that I'd prefer our Dominion paradigms to describe games that aren't just between players in the top 50 range.

I don't really see why the paradigms should reflect what people actually do rather than what people should do. For instance, there was a game in which I accidentally bought a Borrow before playing my Treasures, effectively skipping a turn and giving myself the -1 card token. This doesn't mean that we should talk about the "buy Borrow before you play Treasures" strategy as if it was a thing. Similarly, just because people play "hybrid strategies" doesn't mean they are a thing.

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Dominion Articles / Re: Refreshing the Dominion Paradigms
« on: April 22, 2017, 11:57:35 am »
Arguments from authority are not arguments.

Yes they are. Moreover, they are perfectly valid arguments as long as the expert quoted is an actual expert on the issue, such as in this case.

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Feedback / Re: Mouse scroll not working?
« on: April 22, 2017, 06:10:26 am »
I'm using my mom's computer right now (which doesn't have Opera so I have to use Chrome) and I also got this problem.

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So Bandit every turn slows down BM, as you said, but the Gold-minting effect is likely the more important.  (Yes?)

Well, at least in the sense that you can actually count on the Gold-minting effect to do something every time. Both of the effects are important though.

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Dominion Articles / Re: Refreshing the Dominion Paradigms
« on: April 22, 2017, 05:17:27 am »
Nope.
Always entertaining to see how the dream of a smoothly running engine influences the opinion of so many Dominion players. Many games are precisely as messy as JThorne described.

What's influencing my opinion is the experience I've accumulated in the thousands of games that I've played against other players in the top 50 range. If your game is as messy as JThorne described, you are misplaying it.

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Hearthstone / Re: 2015 & 2016: Best Hearthstone Moments
« on: April 21, 2017, 08:31:31 am »
I just won a crazy game on Arena where I fatigued for 6 (putting me at 2) and my opponent fatigued for 5 (killing him). At 1-2 with a very good deck, no less.

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