Walking Dead Weekly

Last night’s episode, New Best Friends, was how the 2nd half should have kicked off. It started off with another tense meeting between the Saviors and The Kingdom, before we dive into it,

*****Spoiler Alert*****

Just when I thought things were going to escalate, Ezekiel bows down again, this time letting a Savior further demean Richard and take his gun from him. It was nice to see Morgan jump in when things got a little physical. Benjamin jumped in as well, and showed he can handle himself with the staff. Unfortunately, Morgan lost his hand-crafted staff to the same Savior who took Richard’s gun. All this went down in the opening segment. So, if you missed it, you missed a lot!

Secret Separation: Richard shows Daryl his shack-o-guns and stuffs. He wants Daryl to help him hit the Saviors and lead them back to The Kingdom. Only problem is, Richard mentioned a woman, and Daryl quickly figured out it was Carol. I was really surprised he didn’t kill Richard straight away. Richard is way too emotional to the point of becoming unhinged, and that is no bueno. If they can’t calm him down, he could lash out and start something with the Saviors before Rick & co. are ready.

***New Group: The Scavengers***New characters: Tamiel and Jadis***

The Scavengers: In just the 3rd segment, we get to see what happens to Gabriel, Rick & company, and it’s pretty epic. First of all, I have to say the music in this episode is spectacular. It seems to hit on this new era that is unfolding. Really digging it. Rick makes his case for why this new group should join them. The leader says no. Gabriel steps up and holds one member at knife-point. It leads to the leader prompting Gabriel to make his case. Something clicked with her, as she beckoned rick to be shown, “up, up, up”. There it overlooked the entire junkyard. You can see the Sanctuary off in the distance. The leader of the Scavengers tells Rick he must prove his worth, and shoves him down into a pit where he must fight an armored walker one on one. After a brief fight, Rick emerges victorious, and round 2 of negotiations resume. This time Rick and their leader strike an accord. A new alliance is forged–for now. Rick finally asks the leader what her name is, Jadis.

It was really nice to see Rick so confident in a dire situation. He was stoic and fearless. Strongly negotiated a deal with this new community.

Reunited: And it feels so good! Daryl finds Carol after he gets back to The Kingdom and it’s better than I ever could have expected it to be. Their bond of friendship is as strong as ever. If she only knew what Daryl and the others have been threw since she left.

What made you smile: Gabriel and Rick have a nice talk and he lets Rick know what happened back in Alexandria with the supplies. I knew it was out of character for him just to take all their food and bolt. Gabriel asks Rick what made him smile. Rick says “someone showed me that enemies can become friends” as he puts a hand on Gabriel’s shoulder. That was a really nice moment, in an episode of nice moments.

Rosita is a tremendous shit. She really did deserve Spencer. I’m wondering if she will be of any use to Alexandria going forward. Someone is going to have to give her a major attitude adjustment.

Rick tells Tara she has been out further than anyone else, “at least you can tell us where not to look”. Tara smiles and nods, she will keep Oceanside a secret for now.

Carol explains why she left to Daryl. She then asks how everyone back at Alexandria was. Daryl could see her emotion pouring out of her. He lies and says the Saviors came; everyone was fine. They made a deal like Ezekiel did. No doubt his talk with Morgan hit home.

Two tigers: Daryl seems to be comfortable around the tiger–more importantly, Shiva is at ease with him. The two tigers make an instant bond. Daryl and Morgan have a nice talk about Carol. Daryl tells Morgan they need The Kingdom and he needs to make it happen. Morgan insists it can’t be him. Daryl then tells him, “whatever you are holding onto, you already lost,” and to “wake the hell up”. Hoping that Daryl’s words have the same affect on Morgan as Morgan’s did on him. Daryl tells Morgan he is going back to Hilltop in the morning. I am skeptical about this for a couple reasons. Daryl’s safety, and Carol’s. Daryl is the only one that knows about Richard’s plan.

This is the episode we should have got last week. I’m sure they could have made it a 90 minute installment. As it turns out, New Best Friends is probably in my top 10. Maybe that’s for the better.

Questions: My biggest question out of last night’s show, is probably: What will Carol do now? Now that she knows Daryl was there, will she go to Hilltop when she finds out he left? Will she leave again? Will she rejoin The Kingdom? I’m kind of afraid for her now more than ever.

Will Richard hold it together long enough for Rick to come back and tell them they formed an alliance with the Scavengers? He has the weapons Rick needs to cement the alliance. Will he make another attempt on Carol now that Daryl left?

Morgan lost his staff. Does he craft a new one? Does he consider Daryl’s words and talk to Ezekiel about the Saviors? Perhaps Rick or someone else will visit and tell them about the Scavengers.

Zombie kill of the week: There was only two, but it was an obvious win: Rick facing off vs Winslow–the armored walker. Difficulty level: 10/10.

 

 

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2017: The year after a championship

2017: The year after a championship

2-10-17

February 14th, pitchers and catchers report

Sunshine descends on spring fields in Arizona

Glorious big skies stretch out, eyes open wide

Blue and bright, beckoning, vastness

An ocean of hope and dreams

Still hungover from the magnificence that is the championship

A summer looms, not so far in the distance

Spring is on the heels of a fleeting winter

Gone is the pressure that had built over a century

Gone is the tag of “loveable loser”

In comes the tag of the champion

This season will be like none other

At least in the past 108 years

This season will be pure joy

Bathe in the afterglow

Eat more hotdogs

Drink more beer

Enjoy every bite, every sip

Every handshake, high-five, and fist bump

Celebrate every “W”

Mourn every loss

Give it the 24-hour rule

Perhaps they will win another, but if not, we finally got the prize

That prize is this season. A year to hold your head up high

Look every opposition in the eye, knowing, our team was the best

If only for one season

If only for one dream

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Walking Dead Weekly

Sunday night, our favorite zombie apocalypse show returned. I have to be honest, it was more ‘just another episode’, than a second half premiere. That being said, it was still The Walking Dead, and did not disappoint on some real good action. Before we get into it,

*****Spoiler Alert*****

Rock in the road started out fairly calm. The long awaited trip to the Kingdom was uneventful, if predictable. I was pretty sure Ezekiel will need to be pushed by something, perhaps the death of his promising squire, Benjamin. Perhaps another heated exchange between Richard and the saviors.

Selling out: Gregory will sell out Rick and the others the first chance he gets. I mean, he already has I guess when he tried to give up Maggie and Sasha. Perhaps he will have a “redemption” moment. Not sure what he does in the comic.

Losing myself: It was kind of interesting to see Morgan lie to Rick’s face about Carol. Ok, it was a half-lie. Carol is gone, but not gone. There is something underlying here.

One thing: One thing I noticed was that Morgan suggested to take out Negan, and maybe that would stop the Saviors. Interesting that it went ignored. I don’t think it was brought up on Talking Dead.

Eyes on you: Is Carol watching out for Benjamin or was it just a chance encounter in the forest? She tried to scare him like he was a little kid, and refreshingly, he wasn’t afraid. He even offered her some food and water. Little does he know, Ezekiel and Morgan have been taking care of that.

The good, bad, and the ugly: Daryl stayed behind at The Kingdom so he won’t be found anywhere else. The Saviors have yet to set foot in the Kingdom–good. Sasha (and me) knew Ezekiel would not be quick to join Rick and Hilltop to go to war with the Saviors. I’m hoping it doesn’t take all the way until the finale for it to happen, but somehow I think it will–bad. Rosita’s attitude just sucks. The way she treats Eugene most of the time, and then the sassy remark that she and Sasha are not friends, they just “slept with the same dead guy” was crappy–ugly. Real ugly.

We need these explosives: It was nice to see something break in the favor of the group. Stumbling upon the barricade of cars rigged with dynamite, RPGs, and tanks of gasoline was a gold mine. It also set up some cool f/x.

Simon Says: Daryl is hiding at Alexandria. Wrong. We all know he’s at The Kingdom. Simon also said Daryl is targeted for execution and he wants all of Alexandria to witness. I don’t like Simon. Cannot wait to see who gets the kill shot on him. That sounds like it’s own post.

Boat: The group finds Gabriel’s bible and come to the conclusion that he took the supplies to the boat that Rick and Aaron scavenged. After tracking Gabriel’s shoe prints, the group is surrounded by 30-40 armed young men and women. Rick breaks into a huge smile.

Questions: This episode left more questions than it answered, for sure. The biggest of which is probably this new group who surrounded Rick and company. I have heard rumors who they are, but I still don’t know much about them. Who are they? Will they be quick to join them? Where did they come from? Do they have Heath? Do they have anyone else from their past? Have they had run-ins with the Saviors?

Why did Gabriel act alone and take all the supplies to the boat? Was he contacted by a member of their group? Possibly the one who was surveying Alexandria? Where is he now? It didn’t look like he was around.

What will it take to convince Ezekiel to go to war against the Saviors? Morgan? Carol? A key member of The Kingdom being killed? I’m betting on the latter. Either Richard or Benjamin. By looks of next week’s preview, it looks like another confrontation is going to take place.

Will Carol stick around or take off? If she saw or heard about Rick and the group coming to The Kingdom, will that push her away? If history proves anything, she will keep an eye on things and spring out when needed the most.

Zombie kill of the week: Not even a doubt. This one is a 10-beller (if you are familiar with hockey, you might catch that one). There hasn’t been as epic a zombie kill since Daryl RPG-ed the pond in Alexandria. Rick and Michonne hopped into cars on either side of the expressway and used the cable the dynamite was attached to, to cut the walkers in half. If you haven’t watched it yet, man you need to! It was capped off with a nice explosion.

 

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Brawl of the week: Blood Magic

This week’s Tavern Brawl is: Blood Magic (cue the RHCP). Basically, all your spells cost health instead of mana. This should make for some wild ass brawls. I wan’t sure how I was going to like this, if at all, but I got lucky and won my first match.

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Blood Magic: craft your decks carefully!

My opponent had way too many spells, and used a lot of them on minions, which to me, was silly. This battle uses Wild Rules, which means you can use every card in your library.

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Spells do not have mana costs, as you see. Plan accordingly!

I went a couple different ways here. First one was to use only heavy hitting spells like Fireball (or low mana/high impact cards like Ice Lance and Frostbolt). The second thing, was try and lower the spell/health cost. The third, was my little secret*, and it worked! If you check out the list of cards I used, you will probably spot it.

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I got a secret! (and no, it’s not the spell!)

So go on and get in there before the hard core players come in and stack their decks with crazy cards/combos. Get that free pack and enjoy! See you next week.

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With 1 health left, they concede

*There are 2 minions that can really impact the game: The Violet Illusionist is a neutral minion from the Karazhan adventure–it makes you invulnerable on your turn. The other is a mage minion, Animated Armor, available from The League of Explorers adventure–allows you to only take 1 damage at a time.

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I am American

I am American

2-10-07

I would like to share a facebook rant I recently posted. I don’t like posting my political thoughts often, but sometimes, I just can’t help myself. The world is in a volatile place right now. So many are simply misguided. If we differ in our political/religious ideology, that is OK. We can in fact still be friend/coworkers, and most importantly–fellow Americans. Yes we can. There is only one side telling you otherwise, and they are wrong.

“I’ve been a republican since long before I could vote. I have always had a high regard for law enforcement and military. Most importantly, I have always tried to live by the ‘golden rule’. I am so ashamed of those who call themselves “liberal” and go on like they do. They have the nerve to call us “deplorable” and un-American. Meanwhile, we are the vast majority who are serving and protecting the country while they have the time to gather in protest of the American way of life. If it bothers you so much dear liberals, you are free to leave. You won’t though, because no other country on the face of this planet will let you shit all over them, and ask for more. Disrespect all you want, but don’t dare call yourselves American. You are clearly not. You represent everything that is wrong with the country. I challenge you to quit being part of the problem, and actually be part of the solution. Your so called protests, are nothing more than hate rallies for anyone who has an ideology that differs from your own. That is not American. Wake up.”

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with zombies!

That’s right. Everyone’s favorite zombie apocalypse show is back this weekend. Season 7 resumes with a mid-season marathon that kicks off Friday (Sat 12am C/1am Eastern) with season 5, and runs all the way through the first half of season 7. As always, check your local listings for exact times!

Set the DVR, and settle down on the couch for some epic TV watching.

 

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Who do you want to kill Negan vs who should kill Negan

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Basic Tol Barad deck

This week’s Tavern Brawl is one of my favorites. So much so, I thought I would make a deck using only basic cards, and share it with the world. Grab your favorite beverage and come along for the ride!

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The premise is simple: For every minion you play, you get a same cost spell, which you can cast for free! Making a balanced deck is key. If you stack your deck right, you can dominate the brawl. I’m not going to lie, it’s challenging only using basic cards, so I might use a few “common” cards that can be easily crafted for 40 dusts per card.

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One of the strategies could be to try and procure, or ‘cultivate’ certain cards. This is done by simply stacking your deck with minions that cost the same. In this case, I have (8) 2-cost minions in my deck. If you happen to have Equality by chance, and you are running a paladin deck, best put it in there!

Now, one thing to keep in mind is, this brawl uses ‘Wild’ rules, which simply means: you can use any card in your entire library–no restrictions. So those nasty cards from Naxx or Goblins vs Gnomes are welcomed!

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I really hate the Doomsayer. So beating a player using one is oh-so-sweet!

Let’s talk about the cards. I tried to use a lot of Charge and Battlecry minions. This way, if/when they get wiped off the board, you still got a use out of them, in addition to the spell they generate. Feel free to sub in or out as you see fit.

1- Cost Minions: Elven Archer (1)- I just put one in. It comes in really handy. You might want to put 2 in. Totally up to you.

Goldshire Footman (2)- I ran with 2. A couple early Taunt minions. If you have Annoy-o-Tron, by all means, swap this out.

Voodoo Doctor (1)- 2 health plus a 2/1 minion is pretty decent for 1 mana. This minion can heal your hero or another minion. If you have done League of Explorers, and have Brann Bronzebeard, I would go ahead and put him in to enhance your Battlecry minions.

2- Cost: Acidic Swamp Ooze (1)- I put one in just in case. Most people are staying away from weapons here because weapons don’t generate spells.

Argent Protector (2)- There may be some better 2-cost minions to consider. This one is a “common” minion, so you would have to have gotten it from packs or craft it for 40 dust. If you don’t have it, and don’t want to craft it–don’t worry about it. Plenty more 2-cost minions out there.

Bluegill Warrior (2)- This little guy is sweet. 2/1 minion with Charge. Can be played in concert with other cards to really ramp up it’s value. Not saying it’s a must-have, but it’s pretty nice.

Frostwolf Grunt (1)- A 2/2 minion with Taunt. Nothing fancy. Feel free to swap it out with an upgrade as you see fit.

Grimestreet Outfitter (2)- This is either crafted for 40 dust or contained in “Mean Streets of Gadgetzan” packs. It’s not a must-have, but for the “money” and mana, it’s a hugely powerful card. 1/1 minion that buffs EVERY minion in your hand with +1/+1. If you are rolling with any paladin deck, I’d craft 2 and never look back.

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Using a balanced deck in this brawl will help you dominate your opponents.

3-Cost: Dalaran Mage (1)- This guy is pretty slick. A 1/4 minion that gives +1 Spellpower. That doesn’t seem like much, but all of a sudden that Consecrate now does 3 damage. I only put one in, but you might want to consider more.

Ironfur Grizzly (1)- I only put one of these 3/3 minions with Taunt. Feel free to add another if you fancy it.

Raid Leader (1)- The Raid Leader, a 2/2 minion that gives all your other minions +1 attack can be devastating when used properly. I only put one in there, and quite frankly, one is enough. Many times I found myself waiting to have enough minions to benefit.

Wolfrider (2)- Like the Murloc Warrior, this card is not a must-have, but it sure is nice in this brawl. A 3/1 minion with Charge can either take out a minion or deliver a nice jab to your opponents face. Combine it with other buff cards to maximize it’s effect!

4-Cost: Chillwind Yeti (2)- This bad boy is only replaced by a select few cards. One of them is the Piloted Shredder from Goblins vs Gnomes, if you have it. Otherwise, go to town with this 4/5 minion. It’s 5 health means your opponent has to burn a serious damage/removal to get rid of it.

Consecration (2)- One of the few spells I included. There are definitely other minions you could use such as Explosive Sheep, if you have it. However, because it can be pumped up by cards like Dalaran Mage, make it pretty handy as well.

Dark Iron Dwarf (2)- This dude is a 4/4 minion that grants another friendly minion +2 attack for the turn. A solid card, but you may have an upgrade.

Gnomish Inventor (1)- A 2/4 minion that allows you to draw a card. Solid, but not spectacular. It’s low attack may let your opponent go for other minions, then you can come back with Dark Iron Dwarf or Raid Leader.

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Many of your battles with a basic deck will be long, hard fought campaigns.

5-Cost: Darkscale Healer (1)- Only have one, but one may be just what you need. She is a 4/5 minion that heals all friendly characters for 2. That can be pumped up with minions like the Dalaran Mage.

Nightblade (2)- A fantastic card for almost any deck, this 4/4 minion has a Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to the enemy hero. Pow! Yeah. Pretty solid. Especially if you have Brann on the board.

6-Cost: Reckless Rocketeer (2)- This is a nice card for 2 reasons: 1, you have the obvious 5/2 minion with Charge, and 2: It’s a 6 mana card. Those 6 mana spells are pretty nice!

7-Cost: Guardian of Kings (2)- In the paladin deck, this is a pretty powerful card, especially in this battle. Not a lot of 7-cost spells out there, so there is a good chance you will get: Flamestrike, Sprint, or Firelands Portal.

That should give you a basic idea of some cards to use. Pretty much all of them can be swapped out. Be sure to have 3-4 of each mana cost at the minimum. If you happened to do any of the adventures like Naxxramas or League of Explorers, you will have some nice options there.

There is a lot of fun to be had with this brawl. I hope this guide helps you to enjoy it, even if you don’t have a huge library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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