Brawl of the week: The Webspinner

Your Friendly Neighborhood Naxxramas spider headlines this week in Tavern Brawl mode. If you are not familiar, the Webspinner is a 1/1 beast minion that has a Deathrattle: place a random beast into your hand. A great card, especially for a hunter using beast synergy.

Webspinner Week

Webspinner Week. They are small and green. Mostly harmless.

We had a similar deck in Naxxramas only there were some other conditions. I’m a little fuzzy on those details, but those conditions no longer carry over to this fight. In addition, whichever class you choose, you get a random deck filled with Webspinners and random class cards. I’m sure this worked better in the developer’s head than in actuality.

Your Deck

Played the first match with a hunter thinking there would be some synergy. I was wrong! I got my butt kicked by a paladin. Go figure. It only took me one more match to cash in on a win. I switched to a druid in hopes to catch the one card you need a beast for. No luck, but I did pull Gahz’rilla and a Malorne and that helped cap a win. Terribly quirky. I like the fact we get to pick a deck. Too much RNG for me though. So far, my favorite week was Bananas!

A little help from my friends

I got by with a little help from my friends…

Either way, hard to knock a free pack of cards. Hope you enjoy Webspinner Week. See you next Wednesday!

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Saad but true, Brandon traded to Bluejackets

I was among the many who were shocked yesterday when the tweets started coming out. Apparently talks broke down between Saad’s agent and the Blackhawks. Word trickled out late on Monday that the two sides were far apart. I was a little puzzled because there was a story that Brandon was going to give the Hawks a “Hometown” discount.

$6+ million per year for 6 years doesn’t seem like that much of a discount if you ask me. A discount could have been, maybe take less up front and get more later on. I dunno. Either way, Saad played his last game as a Chicago Blackhawk. What’s worse, he was traded away for an average bunch of guys. One of which, will count 3+ million against the 2015-16 year salary cap.

In my world, I would have let the qualifying offer come out and taken the draft picks. I then would have used the cap space to re-sign some of the players who, I dunno–maybe helped you win a Stanley Cup a few weeks ago? I get that Saad was going to cost too much. I also understand that they wanted players ready to go, but you had those in Desjardins, Richards, Vermette, and Oduya. They certainly couldn’t have signed all of those players, but 2-3 would have been nice. Especially Oduya, who played just as good as any other Hawks defenseman down the stretch.

Stan Bowman has done a terrific job since he’s been with Chicago, even though he had little to do with assembling the core of the team, he was still able to get the team from point B to point C. His moves last year all worked out and produced a 3rd title in just 6 years. It’s a pretty mean feat to pull off. I just think the draft picks combined with the cap space was the best thing to do for now and for the near future. Of course, I am not an NHL general manager. I just play one on the internet!

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Which historic team would you want to play for?

Another hypothetical here. One David Kaplan should approve of. The Blackhawks just won their 3rd Stanley Cup in 6 years. This definitively puts them in the company of the ’85 Bears, the Jordan Bulls and any recent baseball team that won a world series–yeah the 2005 White Sox. So my question is, which team would you want to play on?

The ’85 Bears are still talked about and referenced around the states. More so in Chicago and it’s surrounding area than nationally, but 30 years later, people still remember. Could you imagine being put in with that defensive line, being the running back, blocking for Walter Payton?

Michael Jordan had 2 championship runs in the ’90s. From ’91-’93 and then again from ’96-’98. He played on a team that won a record 72 games, which still stands even in today’s watered down NBA. How cool would it be to play along Michael, Scottie, or even Dennis Rodman?

The 2015 White Sox did what no other baseball team in this city has done in the last 88* years. They won a world series. The team wasn’t flashy but they got the job done. Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is a master at keeping the spotlight on himself and not the team, for good or for bad. With the leadership of players like Paul Konerko, Jermaine Dye, AJ Pierzynski, and Mark Buehrle, they were able to accomplish their ultimate goal.

Jonathan Toews and company have taken home Lord Stanley’s cup in 2010, 2013, and 2015. They were within a puck bounce of making the final in 2014. Instead, the LA Kings skated to their 2nd cup in 3 years. How cool would it be to play on a line with Toews or Kane or to have Duncan Keith as your fellow defenseman?

I guess it comes down to which is your favorite sport? NFL football is mine, but I would have a hard time deciding between the Bulls, Bears, or current Blackhawks team. Either way, you would be bound for glory and be remembered for decades, if not longer.

So, which would you pick? Feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.

*at the time.

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Sweep by Cardinals a blessing in disguise?

As a lifelong Cubs fan, I am used to scouting the clouds for a silver lining. So when it looks darkest, and the rain is coming down, (literally) it gives one time to reflect a little. If the Cubs didn’t get beat so bad, (scored 4 runs in 3 games) they might have been furthering the sentiment that they need to move some prospects and “go for it” this year. I don’t think this is the time to try and go out in a “blaze of glory”. More like time to reload.

If anything good has come out of it, it’s this: The Cubs have done some nice things, they got to 9 games over .500. There is a clear gap however between them and a Cardinals team, that is 17 games over .500. Without some of their best players. It’s kind of mind boggling.

What do the Cubs do now? I would hold on to prospects such as Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara. Baez is currently recovering from a hand fracture, so his progress is going to be slowed. Alcantara is struggling in triple A Iowa right now. As good as Rizzo and Bryant have been, they only have 1 player hitting above .300 at this point. They still strand too many players in scoring position, and they strike out at alarming rates. The bullpen needs at least 2 more arms, and they need at least 1 more starter, who is a #1 or #2.

I would imagine the plan would be to see who is dealing at the All-Star break, but more realistically, wait until the offseason and buy another arm. They need either Soler or Baez to turn it on and add Kyle Schwarber either in September or next spring.

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Rizzo has “it” in spades

Swagger? Check. Personality? Check. Leadership? Check. Resolve? Check. Professionalism? Check. Talent? Check. Anthony Rizzo has “it”, and he has it in spades.

Maybe it’s beating cancer or maybe he had it all already and that helped him beat cancer. Either way, he is a young man on a mission. He’s a guy, no doubt, his teammates love and have no problem following. He’s young and a little bold, but that’s what you need in any profession.

Whether he is hitting home runs, cheering his teammates on or challenging an entire team to a brawl, Anthony Rizzo does it with passion and style. The Cubs are a young and hungry team, they might not make the playoffs this year, but it won’t be long before Anthony Rizzo and company will be post season competitors. Hopefully for a long time to come.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite Cubs here for the 2015 All-Star game!

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Best song performance in a movie (non musical)

I’m not a fan of musicals but I do like the occasional tune belted out/performed by an actor who can sing a little bit. It usually adds to the charm or levity of the movie. It also adds depth to the character. When pulled off, it makes for a memorable moment.

Don’t stop ’til you get enough- Like in the above pictured video from Rush Hour 2. Especially when it’s not expected. I mean, this scene just sets the tone for the movie. Chris Tucker is the best, so there’s that.

Cuban Pete- From the movie The Mask was a hit on many levels. It really showcased how talented an actor, singer, and dancer Jim Carrey is.

Show me the way to go home- Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss. Jaws happens to be one of my favorite movies, so of course this would be in there. I could have also went with Robert Shaw singing, “Farewell and Adieu”.

You lost that loving feeling- Yeah, it’s cheesy as hell, but it worked in the summer blockbuster Top Gun, all those years ago. The Spanish subtitles add to the charm ;)

Living la vida loca- The movie can be animated, which might be cheating a little, but none less fun to watch. As is the case with this song at the end of Shrek 2. Antonio Banderas and Eddie Murphy put on a good, uh, show?

BBC- Not only does Mike Myers do a great job as the British secret agent, he sang and co-wrote the song! Here’s “Ming Tea” with BBC!

Cancion del Mariachi- Antonio Banderas again, with his two buddies, setting the scene for the movie Desperado. The movie has a fantastic soundtrack in which Banderas performs this track.

The Dornishman’s wife- Bronn, the sell-sword is a rough and rugged sort of man. So when he starts belting out a tune and reveals a beautiful singing voice it’s quite stunning. The song’s lyrics are tailored to fit Bronn’s personality. Even if you never watched an episode of Game of Thrones, you can enjoy this.

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Card of the week: Questing Adventurer

The first time I saw this card, I knew I had to have it. The thought of buffing it up to some crazy power filled my head with all kinds of delusions of grandeur. When I got my first real legendary (first one was Millhouse Manastorm) Edwin VanCleef, the Questing Adventurer fit right into that deck. I then became a big fan of the rogue.

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That there is a whole lot of untapped potential.

At it’s base, the Questing Adventurer is a 2/2 minion for 3 mana. However, with every card you play it get’s +1/+1. You can see how that can lead to some amazing things. The downside is: One little silence and it’s reduced back to a 2/2. Go for the gold I say!

QA and VC

Questing Adventurer and a VanCleef!

The strategy: The strategy is pretty easy. Save if for a little later on when you can boost it up and also, when your opponent might have used up a couple removals/silences. With my Edwin VanCleef deck, I had lots of low cost minions and spells to boost him up, so adding the Questing Adventurer was a natural fit. Spells that buff it or protect it will work really well. It fits in nicely with rogue and paladin decks.

128 135 Questing Adventurer

Okay, it was vs the Inkeeper, slightly more challenging than having a friend let you set up the longest turn though…

Cards that accent it: Pretty much every card–I know, that doesn’t help, so let me give you some ideas.

  • Youthful Brewmaster*– A 3/2 minion that places a friendly minion back in your hand. A little insurance in case it gets the silent treatment.
  • Annoy-o-Tron– As a 1/2 minion with Taunt and Divine Shield, this little sucker is the perfect running mate for a Questing Adventurer.
  • Knife Juggler– Since you might be using a lot of low cost minions, he could be great.
  • Shade of Naxxramas– It’s just plain mean, man.
  • Demolisher– If you put this out early, good chance it might get a silence thrown at it. It’s also one of my favorite minions, so there’s that.
  • Defender of Argus– If you are playing the Youthful Brewmaster, this guy can be reused.
  • Piloted Shredder– Always a good candidate for a silence. People don’t like it when you get extra minions/cards.
  • Faceless Manipulator– Especially good when you have a Questing Adventurer that is buffed up a little. 2 is better than 1!
  • Loatheb– Could prevent a bad thing from happening.
  • Any and all cards with Taunt. Especially if your opponent has no silence/removals.

Bonus Play: In a rogue deck, there are lots of cards, from Preparation to Shadowstep. Conceal is a good one, especially if you have VanCleef down. They also have Gang Up which is pure evil. The Paladin deck has a host of cards to protect your minions, such as Hand of Protection, Noble Sacrifice, Redemption, and Argent Protector.

How to acquire: It’s a rare card in the original Hearthstone expert packs. You can also craft it for 100 dusts.

That’s it for this week. Go make a Questing Adventurer deck, enjoy!

*remind me to do a write up on this card next week!


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