Monthly Archives: May 2015

Legendary tempo mage tutorial

Looking for a fun mage deck that is also legend viable? Look no further, this baby right here took me to legend in just one day, from rank 4, and also a lot closer to my golden mage portrait 😛

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Ok, now for the card explanations:

The arcane missiles serve multiple roles, like to provide cheap fuel for the flamewalkers and Antonidas and to remove early threaths from hunters and possibly even the druid’s shades of naxxramass.

The mirror images serve as a protection and fuel for the flamewalkers & Antonidas, and they are great to be played in the same turn as those cards, giving us tremendous tempo. A great play is a turn 3 flamewalker, followed by a coin and the mirror images. If you get this to happen vs a face hunter, it gives you an amazing advantage, and then you can continue to pummel him with your spells, not needing to activate his traps.

Clockwork Gnomes are a good 1 mana play, they can trade well with early threaths like knife jugglers and they provide a spare part, that can be used with the flamewalkers/Antonidas or to save the day by taunting a minion or freezing another one.

Mana Wyrms are the best play in round 1, they offer great stats for 1 mana, and, if let alone, they can grow, and sometimes even give you lethal by turn 4 🙂 Sometimes your opponent will spend removal and silences just for them, and leaving them none to counter the flamewalkers later.

The flamecannon is excellent vs warriors and druids and vs those matchups only should be kept in your starting hand in order to deal with acolytes, armorsmiths and shades.

Frostbolt is used in every viable mage deck, this jewel is a must, as it’s a great removal and can freeze a big target in place. Mulligan for it vs Hunters, Paladins and Zoo.

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Generalul on EU ladder, Starcraft 2

As i said, i’m working my way back to the top, and ocassionally i play some team games as well, where i even made it to top 15 global 2v2 :))

Here is a sample of my laddering activity, a game that started with a cannon rush and developed into a long drawn out macro game with a split map situation 😛

And who thinks team games are a cheese fest, take a look at this 57 minute baby:

See you on ladder, nubz ^^

Rezolvare problema dublu click la mouse

Click-ul dublu este o problema de care m-am lovit si eu, dupa cativa ani buni de folosire a unui minunat RAT 7, mouse-ul cu cele mai multe posibilitati de customizare pe care am pus mana pana acum. De la un timp, click-ul stanga devenea dublu click, nu exact ceva ce iti doresti cand lucrezi sau te joci, ambele fiind valabile in cazul meu. Daca nu ati umblat la setarile mouse-ului si credeti ca e posibil sa aveti aceasta problema, puteti confirma acest lucru aici, testand butonul cu probleme (de obicei stangul, fiind cel mai folosit):

http://unixpapa.com/js/testmouse.html

Daca se confirma ca se realizeaza dublu click la o singura apasare, aveti mai multe solutii:

Daca mouse-ul este in garantie, norocul vostru, insa de obicei chestiile acestea apar dupa cativa ani, ceea ce inseamna ca ori va orientati catre un mouse nou, ori incercati sa-i prelungiti acestuia durata de utilizare.

O solutie destul de eficienta, mai ales pentru cand apar primele probleme, este utilizarea unui program de scripting, cum este de exemplu AutoHotkey, ce poate fi downloadat de aici.

Urmatorul pas este sa inserati in fisierul text AutoHotkeyU64.ahk (accesibil si de la edit script) urmatoarele:

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If (A_TimeSincePriorHotkey < 4) Return Click Down KeyWait, LButton Click Up Return Am folosit aceasta metoda cu succes timp de mai bine de jumatate de an, iar cand ma deplasam la unele LAN-uri, pur si simplu luam pe stick programelul si fisierul text cu script-ul, care anula dublu click ce se producea inainte. Totusi, in cele din urma partea fizica cedeaza atat de tare, incat doar o interventie pe partea de hard mai poate fi de folos. Pentru asta trebuie sa va inarmati cu ustensilele necesare, dar si cu ceva rabdare. In acest sens am realizat un mic video, iar mai jos sunt explicate in detaliu toate etapele:

Primul pas este sa desfaceti mouse-ul, in cazul RAT-ului fiind vorba de 3 suruburi micute, pentru care recomand o surubelnita careia i se poate inlocui capul, in functie de ce dimensiune aveti nevoie:

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Dupa aceea se poate trage cu usurinta partea de sus, incepand din fata, unde exista niste cleme, iar apoi ne vom concentra pe butonul care ne intereseaza (stangul in acest caz).

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Trebuie sa desfacem aparatoarea dreptunghiulara, avand grija sa nu pierdem butonasul verde, care va cadea in momentul in care o desprindem. Problema este data de resortul auriu de sub aparatoare, care se detensioneaza cu timpul, nemairaspunzand corespunzator la apasarea butonului:

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Asa arata cand prezinta probleme:

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Asa trebuie sa arate dupa ce il indreptam cu mana/surubelnita:

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Partea cea mai grea este sa il punem la loc, in pozitia corecta, lucru destul de dificil avand in vedere dimensiunea redusa a pieselor si mecanismul dupa care opereaza. Am atasat o mica schema, in care va sfatuiesc ca prima data sa incercati sa potriviti partea care tocmai ati indoit-o a resortului (B), in punctul 2, iar apoi, tinand capatul C sub partea 3, sa trageti in jos pana A se fixeaza in 1.

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De mentionat ca prima data cand am incercat sa montez mouse-ul la loc mi-a luat mai bine de o ora. Daca piesele nu se potrivesc cum trebuie, click-ul nu se va realiza deloc dupa aceea, asa ca daca credeti ca ati reusit, faceti o proba inainte de pune totul la loc. Daca totul merge ok, luati butonasul verde si potriviti-l in aparatoare, iar apoi va trebui sa il puneti la loc intorcand mouse-ul invers, altfel butonasul va pica.

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Refaceti apoi ceilalti pasi si testati-va jucarioara. Este posibil sa mai fie nevoie de cateva ajustari ale resortului, ori daca pe viitor acesta se va detensiona iarasi si va produce dublu click, sa repetati procedura!

Bratislava, Slovakia and Fukas apartments, avoid at all costs!

We all know that the unhappiness of a client toward a certain service spread a lot more quickly that the praises of a satisfied one, which is normal in a way. When you pay for something, it seems appropriate when at the end you benefit from all that you have been promised for your money and your expectations have been fulfilled, afterall, you paid for it! On the other hand when what you see is NOT what you get, then it’s only right to be angry. I know this all too well, working with people for the past 10 years, 5 of those being dedicated to my dear project Comanda Caricaturi.

In October 2014 i was in a mini “eurotrip” with my wife, i drove from my home city of Cluj-Napoca with a few days stops in Budapest, Prague and for the return trip, we had planned to also stay a day in Bratislava. The bookings were all done on booking.com, where we selected from the range of offers only those that had wifi, parking and breakfast and then we took the decision based on the price and the emplacement. For Budapest and Prague we’ve been really inspired, but the same cannot be said about Bratislava and Fukas Apartments…

So, we arrived in Bratislava an hour earlier than the time specified on the website for the checkin (14:00) and i called the contact person, Jana Antalova, and i asked her where i can safely park the car (from the reviews i have read on the net, i got it that the slovak police are similar to ours, and that they have a hobby for finning tourists, or you can find yourself with a towed car, something i didn’t want to expperience). In a very broken english, she told me that she can arrive only around 15:00 and that i can find parking somewhere in the “Opera” area, but that i will need to take a taxi back to the apartment on Lermontova, or just walk for 20 minutes! I told her that this is not acceptable and that this weren’t the informations that i read on the site, and if i was lied to, i would ask a refund and look for accomodation elsewhere. I heard her talking to someone in slovakian, and then she replied she can come at 14:00, and that indeed i can park at the suit.

Ok… I used the time until her arrival to explore the surroundings, looking for a parking space, free or paid (i didn’t care) as i was informed i would find some in a previous email received from Fukas Apartments:

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Generalul, reloaded!

After a long pause, exploring other games, getting better at Hearthstone and a lot of non-gaming work, Generalul tooks up arms again and returns to pawn some noobs on the Starcraft 2 ladder! I never had a high apm, but after all this time, i found i was having trouble with the game’s mechanics. Still, you don’t get to be top 25 world 1v1 random for nothing, and it all started to come back to me. Some things remain the same, some change, but you have to do your best and as you play more and more, you will improve. As you all know, i love rushes and allinish strats, but the map pool often forces long drawn-out macro games.

Back to diamond, the first step in the road for total random world dominance ^^

So, if you meet Generalul on ladder, please, give him your tears noobs 😛