Brawl of the Week: Returns & Exchanges

This week’s Tavern Brawl is a new one just in time for Winter’s Veil: Returns & Exchanges. Simply build a deck of 20 minions, and they will add 10 random spells, then “gift it” to your opponent. I totally did this wrong. I though they were only giving the spells for some reason, so I made a pretty good deck. I went up vs another mage too, so you can imagine how much that sucked.

Early on anyways. You also only start with 20 health for some reason. I got lucky, and was able to swap my deck back. There is one of those “swap” your deck back cards. Which was nice.

I’m not too sure if I will play this again. I might just for giggles. You get a card back instead of a free pack, but that’s all good because there is a quest out there: Play 100 cards, and get 4 free packs from the current expansion. So that’s cool. So get in there, get your cardback, and have some fun. I’ll see you next week for the last “Brawl of the Week” of 2018!

New Card back!

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Cubs fans need to ‘chill out’

I saw an article come across the Twitter. It said something to the effect that Cubs fans were really upset, and used some bad language on the reddit. I purposely avoid sites like that because they are basically spaces for the vocal minority to spout off. Those aren’t real Cubs fans. Those are bandwagon fans. Johnny-come-lately. They were not the fans coming out in the 90s, and packing Wrigley Field.

No. Those fans are still warmed by a 2016 World Series victory over the Cleveland Indians. Those fans remember Bill Buckner, and 1984. Those fans remember Andre Dawson and his knees failing him in 1989–one of the most magical regular seasons in Cubs history. They might remember 2003, and the epic meltdown just 5 outs away from a World Series birth–maybe. It’s doubtful though. 2003 was the kind of heartbreak; a kind of rite of passage that the majority of Cubs fans have earned.

Bottom line, unless you shed some real tears, you don’t get to be salty about the Cubs not going deeper into the playoffs. Especially after the kind of year 2018 was. They battled, scratched and clawed, and fell one game short. 1 run short, really. Joe Maddon probably had his best season at manager, despite a few critical misses down the stretch. Including one that landed his default closer on the DL when they really needed him.

The main problem was the offense, but that another story.

Chill out Cubs fans. Yeah you. The ones who just started watching baseball in the last 4-5 years. The ones who maybe watched casually over the years, and came back in 2015-2016. The ones who don’t remember Dusty Baker, or Lou Piniella. Or Sammy Sosa, and all the baggage he came with. In the immortal words of Aaron Rodgers: Relax. R-E-L-A-X. You don’t know adversity. You might think you do. You don’t remember 1986, where 4/5ths of the starting rotation went down. You don’t remember All-Star closer Lee Smith getting traded. You probably don’t remember Rafael Palmeiro being traded for a guy named Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams.

It’s okay. If I know one thing, the Cubs will give you lots of adversity over the coming years. If you stick with them, they might even bring you to tears. Someday you will know what the rest of us do. This team still has a solid core. They have a good rotation, decent bullpen, and some young sluggers. Enjoy the ride. This will fade. Who knows when it will come around again.

 

 

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Brawl of the Week: Return of Mechazod! (again)

I’ve been a slacker the past few weeks. Actually did the brawls, and took screen shots, but never wrote them up. Hopefully I am back on track now! This week’s brawl is: Return of Mechazod. You get one of, I assume 9 premade hero/decks and take on Mechazod in one of Hearthstone’s few co-op brawls.

Mechazod is hugely annoying, and he cheats. If you have never played this brawl, you are in for a treat. I use this word semi-sarcastically. You’ll know.

I got really lucky in having a druid as my partner. They healed me a few times, which was swell. Despite me making a mistake and not attacking when I should, we whipped the ‘Zod before he whipped us.

This brawl can either be really fun, or really frustrating. Your mileage may vary. So get in there and ace this mech. Have fun, and pick up your free pack. I’ll see you next week!

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1st and 5

I haven’t written in a few weeks, but I am back for the playoffs! Week 13 ushers in some opportunity to stream, or stash players with good matchups. Let’s go!

QB: Dak Prescott, Cowboys- I mentioned Dak a few weeks back, but it not only bears repeating, he has the best 4 weeks remaining: Saints, Eagles, at Colts, and Buccaneers. Doesn’t get much better than that. Baker Mayfield, Browns- has 7 passing TDs over the last 2 weeks, and looks like he is hitting his stride. He does have a tough draw at the Texans this week, but things get better after that.

RB: Gus Edwards, Ravens- Many of you probably snagged Edwards after last week’s performance; he’s available in 46.2% of ESPN leagues.

WR: David Moore, Seahawks- Despite a disappointing passing game, QB Russell Wilson has been more consistent in the past weeks. Moore is very much in the mix for targets, and has a nice schedule the next 4 weeks. Home 3 of the next 4 games: 49ers twice, Vikings, and the Chiefs.

TE: Cameron Brate, Buccaneers- He’s back in play after OJ Howard went down. With Jameis back as the QB, he becomes a reliable option at TE.

D/ST: Titans are playing the Jets, and the Chiefs are at the Raiders. Two good options if you can get them.

 

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Brawl of the Week: A Temporus Shift

This week’s Tavern Brawl is: A Temporus Shift. I believe this to be new. Build a deck under the premise that you will get an extra turn, and so shall your opponent. Every. Round.

I copied my version of a “Dragon Priest”, and went to town. I went up vs a hunter, and either they didn’t build a specific deck, or it simply failed. Either way, I feel pretty lucky.

I didn’t get the greatest draw, but the extra turns helped me get out a lot of cards early. My opponent didn’t really have much in the way of counters, so it was a fairly easy romp. I expect the brawls to get much harder, and more complex as time moves on. Especially those nasty mage decks where all of a sudden there have 4-5 tiny mages who end up making every spell cost zero mana. Yeah. That one.

So get in there before it gets full of those mage decks. Snag that free pack, and enjoy! See you next week!

 

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1st and 5

Week 10 is gone, scoring is still up, and Le’Veon Bell will not play a down in 2018. Let’s go through the wasteland that is the NFL fantasy waiver wire.

QB: Lamar Jackson, Ravens- Let me preface this by saying he may not start this week. Looking at the Ravens remaining schedule, he may be worth stashing on your bench. Lamar has: Raiders, Falcons, Chiefs, and Buccaneers on his schedule. If you want someone more solid, Baker Mayfield, and Dak Prescott are still available in 60% or more of ESPN leagues.

RB: Rashaad Penny, Seahawks- Now the Seahawks are a bit of a mess on their line, and Mike Davis looks like he will at least have a share of the snaps. Penny however, had a decent game, rushing for 100 yards and a TD, on 12 carries.

WR: Anthony Miller, Bears- He’s getting the targets, and Mitch Trubisky is looking like a franchise QB. He’s not going to be a WR1 or WR2 every week, but he is definitely worthy of a Flex spot. He’s only on 13.4% of ESPN rosters. Go get ’em.

TE: Jonnu Smith, Titans- I know. A little known tight end on a team with a struggling QB? Mariota has been playing better as late; 4 TDs in the last 2 games. Smith grabbed 2 of those. This time of year, consider it a blessing from the football gods. Only his close friends, and family members own him, (or .06%) so go get him.

D/ST: This is a hard time to be looking for D/ST help, and the Jets/Buffalo stream is on a bye week. The Steelers D/ST are still out there. I’m pretty sure I told you guys to pick them up before. This week they host the Jaguars. Arizona is available in most leagues, and they play the Raiders who are gifting points to even below average D/ST.

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Blackhawks say “Goodbye” to Joel Quenneville

Everyone with even the smallest sports knowledge knew this day was coming. Most of us though it wouldn’t be this soon. Sure there are some who have been calling for this for a few seasons. Even as he was leading the team to their third Stanley Cup. The same people wanted to trade Kane, and Toews too. I felt Q had at least one more year to see if things were turning around. 15 games into the new season was enough for the front office to move on.

By the numbers, he is the 2nd winningest coach in Blackhawks history: 452 regular season wins, and a .627 winning percentage in his 11 seasons with the Hawks. 3 Stanley Cups, 76-52 in the playoffs, with a winning percentage of .594. I’m guessing he goes into the NHL hall of fame shortly after he retires.

The Blackhawks chose to fire him 15 games into the season rather than move on between seasons. A move that I would love someone explain to me. This tells me that they are reacting to something rather than executing a plan, and therein lies the problem. Coach Quenneville has to take blame for his part in the recent losing/missing out on the playoffs. So does the front office though. Most notably, trading away so much talent because of horrendous contracts. General Manager Stan Bowman is widely know for throwing out “no move” contracts. They were lucky to get away from Marian Hossa’s contract, or they would be paying him for 3-5 more years after he retired. They have a similar one with Brent Seabrook.

With me, it’s more how it went down, then when, or why. Like I said at the top, we knew it was coming. You could say Q had his opportunities. I would like to know how much input Q had on certain personnel decisions, such as moving Artemi Panarin, who seemed to not only add a spark, but carry the Hawks, and bolster the offense. He and Patrick Kane had tremendous chemistry together.

They usher in a new era in Blackhawks history. Stan Bowman will largely be graded by how the current team does. I wonder how long he will go until his judgment day comes. The rest of the season? 2 years? I guess time will tell.

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