Down the Hatch: My Time With Hearthstone in 2016

Down the Hatch: My Time With Hearthstone in 2016

You know, I had plans to compile a bunch of stats from the year that explicitly stated how well I played Hearthstone. Then my regular computer stopped working, and the Decktracker on this one didn’t record a whole lot of games, so there you have it.

Last year, I wrote a post at the end of 2015, stating it was the year I became an Arena player. This goal was reaffirmed in 2016, where I mainly stayed in the Arena while enjoying Hearthstone. But, I guess in 2016, I began to play more Hearthstone, and Constructed/Ranked Play. Let’s talk about 2016 in Hearthstone for me.

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Wins and levels as of 1/1/17

Arena

My Arena average stands at 4.83, which means that my overall wins per run was short of 5 as well in 2016. I did get the Lightforge Key (12 wins) 7 times in 2016, putting me at 11 Lightforge Keys overall. There was a bit of diversity in classes this time, as I got my first 12-wins with Shaman, Warlock, Hunter and Druid. The Hunter run was also my first non 12-2, as a 12-1 run.

2016 saw the first changes made to the Arena ever, with the rebalancing initiative. I would like to see more done to recognize the Arena and players in the future, though I am not particularly looking forward to any drafting synergy changes, which I feel would promote less transparency. For now, I will likely continue approaching the game with this Arena mindset.

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My most recent 12-win had Deadly Fork doing just enough to win.
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12-1 Arena feat Pantry Spider

Constructed/Ranked

Having the Decktracker stats here would be great, but whomp whomp. I won something like 51-53% of Ranked games. I can say that I got Rank 5 only once in 2016, achieved by either playing Reno Rogue or when Shaman was the new hotness. I started the year brushing Rank 10, but ever since the Rank 5 breach, I have been regularly ending seasons around Rank 6 or 7. This inability to muster a little extra effort to get a golden epic reward rather than a golden rare card epitomizes where I hit my limits in Ranked play. I would very much like to get Legend some day in 2017, but the inability to get to Rank 5 on a regular basis highlights my general inability to play Ranked.

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I need to get more of these

I don’t play much Wild, but I did play mostly Wild in November 2016, when I was completely done with the Standard meta. I hit Rank 10 there as a high. Otherwise, I head to Ranked Wild as a playground to complete quests and earn some easy Ranked wins in the same action.

On the Golden Hero front, nothing happened in 2016.I got Golden Valeera in April 2015, and haven’t gotten another one since. This is something I don’t put priority in at all I guess.

This Blog

I blogged all year about Hearthstone mostly, and I am not sure if I reaped the rewards from it. I know the amount of traffic blogs get have a bit of variance, so no idea “how well I did.” But, I blogged a lot, a lot of people (relative term) read stuff. While I am not the best Hearthstone player, I do have a lot to say on the blog!

I have a concurrent blog going on Creators, but haven’t had the time recently to double-post things. Will hop back on that blog soon.

Hitting 10,000 views was a bit of a milestone for me, and I ended the year with 11,468 views.

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2015, the year I blogged crap

I have mentioned it before, but I got huge spikes in my views from Hearthstone Reddit. Surprisingly, 2 of my best posts in the year were about Diablo 3 and Syphon Filter. Maybe I should blog about other games once and a while.

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Master of Evolution still doesn’t have a future.

Nothing really new in my blog audience. I do get a kick out of a single view from random countries/territories/isles now and then. I will achieve the ultimate country achievement if North Korea some day registers. Hearthstone is taking over the world.

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Probably a better gauge of English-readers across the world.

This blog is run by myself and I don’t get paid for it. Everything is “organic” (I hate myself already for saying that). So, most of my views come off various search engines and spikes on Reddit.

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Other Things

I did appear in the Top Deck Kings Podcast as a guest once, that was a good experience. I have thought about Podcasting in the past, but it is something I haven’t gone into, as I don’t feel I bring anything new to what is already out there.

I also have an experimental YouTube account where some videos of gameplay and analysis are found. That hasn’t gotten much traction, and I am not interested in being a streamer, so that’s that. Another thing that I did this year!

Oh yeah and don’t forget the time I predicted Am’gam Rager.

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2017

Here’s to 2017 in Hearthstone. I look forward to all the neat stuff that will come out. I sure hope I am still enjoying the game and blogging by this time next year. We never know what will happen, but I fully intend to keep playing this game.

 

Mana Milestone: 10k Views

Mana Milestone: 10k Views

While I woke up this morning cold, sneezing, and covered with tissues and snot (allergies are the worst), I remembered to check my phone to not miss an important milestone for this blog. And I happened to catch it at the right time:

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10,000 views is not a big deal for any mainstream site, as they probably get that many views in a matter of hours. But this is something that I am proud of, given I get my views through my own self-promotion and getting SEO hits on search engines. The other hilarious thing about my blog is that I got 16% of my views on one day. As much of a wasteland Hearthstone Reddit is usually, I owe them that one. Thanks for reading about Master of Evolution, a card that Shamans don’t play because they have better options.

Anyways, I want to thank everyone who reads my blog or has come for a look. While most of my views come from the Western world, people from all over the world (I mean all over) have come by, all united by the interest in Hearthstone. Thanks to everyone on Twitter, who I talk Hearthstone with. Thanks to all my fellow game bloggers on WordPress.

I don’t have a lot exciting going on in my life, but this blog is something I enjoy doing. Talking and thinking about Hearthstone gets my juices flowing, and I try to share my thoughts here. While I am also posting on the Creators blog (https://creators.co/@GreenRanger), where there are editors working on my posts, this will still be my go-to site for posting anything. Moving forward, I expect to delve into Mean Streets of Gadgetzan completely, and I also might write about other games now and then. I recently realized that I have a lot to talk about Diablo I.

Anyways, thanks for getting me to 10,000 views. I look forward to keep talking Hearthstone with everyone.

One Year of Mana

One year ago, I decided to resurrect my blogging hobby that had gone on and off for years. Unlike previous boring personal blogs, I decided to solely focus the blog on the game Hearthstone. And here we are.

All-time stats

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My overall stats are funny. I guess I blogged fairly regularly every few days through the year. I had just over 8,400 views and 6,950 visitors. I had a few days of high-view outliers, where my blog was advertised on Hearthstone Reddit, and my site traffic was on fire.

Top 10 posts

Post Views
Master of Evolution – A Bright Future 3238
Home page / Archives 1535
Hearthstone vs Magic Duels 706
Pick Your Poison: The Dilemma of 3 Bad Arena Choices 244
Grinding Tools 193
On the HearthArena Fallout 151
My Top 10 Cards from Whispers of the Old Gods 121
Enter the Shadows: Diablo 3 Patch 2.4 115
Tentacles for Arms, Throwing Everyone for a Loop 108
The Most Annoying Minions in Hearthstone 99
Miraculous Revival -What’s Next for Miracle Rogue? 96

As alluded above, most of my views came from a few days. My pre-Old Gods release post of Master of Evolution stats in transforming minions was prefaced by a post I put on Hearthstone Reddit. It became a front page post, and the rest is history. My next highest posts were put on Reddit by strangers. “Hearthstone vs Magic Duels” is a post that seems to keep giving, and is useful in introducing people to both games. “Pick Your Poison” was a post I really enjoyed writing, about drafting bad arena cards. “Grinding Tools” is an admittedly lousy post that just describes what decks I played for a season. The post about ADWCTA and Merps leaving HearthArena was a bit of Hearthstone drama that will help explain that incident. The Old Gods Top 10 list was a bit generic, but very enjoyable and though-provoking to create. My sole post on Diablo III was also one of my highest-viewed posts. Other posts rounding out the top 10 include a commentary on the horrible Tentacles for Arms, a list of annoying Hearthstone minions, and theorycrafting Miracle Rogue after Dog’s usage of Tomb Pillager.

Most popular countries

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Country Views
United States 3648
Canada 491
United Kingdom 474
Germany 436
Australia 304
Brazil 261
France 204
Singapore 197
Netherlands 169
Sweden 147

Not surprisingly most of my viewers come from the United States. Being a popular game on the EU servers, a lot of European or “Western” countries show up as top views. Brazil and Singapore have some reach as being slightly different countries, but show the Hearthstone passion in those countries. The blog has reached computers through the world, including the Faroe Islands, Seychelles, Curacao, and even a country called “European Union!”

Top referrers

Referrer Times
Reddit 2614
Google 2411
WordPress 199
Twitter 147
Bing 123
Google Images 98
Yahoo 50
DuckDuckGo 41

Not surprisingly, Reddit was the top source of referrals to my page, given the front page advert. A slew of search engines and social media outlets WordPress and Twitter chipped in. I even got a view from someone in a cave using Dogpile.

The future

I will keep up the blog so as long as I am obsessed with and keep playing Hearthstone. It has allowed me a great outlet to vent all my Hearthstone-related thoughts. Thanks everyone for reading!

The Liebster Award – Responses

The Liebster Award – Responses

Yesterday, I was nominated for The Liebster Award, an award given by bloggers for bloggers. I am extremely humbled for this recognition. The nomination was sent by Particlebit, who does an awesome job himself writing about all things games, and very cool game reviews.

The basic rules of the Liebster Award is to mention the award and blogger who nominated you, and to propagate the award to other bloggers and post questions for them to answer. Unfortunately, my blogging network is actually quite small, as I haven’t done too much exploring on the blogosphere. Also most of my interactions with my gaming persona are through Twitter. Thus, this post will just be responses to the Liebster Award questions from Partclebit. Maybe I’ll have a bigger blogging network someday!

  • Favorite video game console?
    • Most of the gaming in my life has been done through computer, but my favorite console is definitely PS1. PS1 was the first console I ever owned, so there’s that. A really memorable game series I played on PS1 was Syphon Filter 1-3. Final Fantasy VII – IX were also played at various times on PS1.
  • Favorite game on LEAST favorite console?
    • This is a tough one, as I have only ever owned a couple of consoles ever, so it would be definitely a game I played with a friend at some time. I’ll go with Super Smash Bros Melee on Gamecube, being my least favorite console. Melee was a super fun game that I played quite a bit in high school and college. I’m sure there are plenty of great games on Gamecube, but I had to nominate a random console I don’t really like! Maybe I don’t like the way Gamecube looks? I don’t know.
  • What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
    • I just saw Warcraft last weekend.
  • How long have you been blogging?
    • My first blog was through Xanga, which was done when I was a freshman or sophomore in high school, so about 12 or 13 years ago. I’ve taken breaks now and then from blogging.
  • Why did you start blogging?
    • I originally started blogging just to start an online diary on my daily life, and to provide my views on current events, politics, etc. This blog is the first one where I actually have a true focus (Hearthstone), and I did it to successfully fill a void in my life. I really wanted to talk about Hearthstone!
  • Who is your favorite Pokemon?
    • I’m loyal to the original 151, as those are the ones I know by heart. I’ll go with Gengar, who always has a grin on his face and just looks like big, spiky, badass, purple ghost.hqdefault.jpg
  • How big is your gaming backlog at the moment?
    • I devote an hour or two to Hearthstone every day. I am also currently juggling games Heroes of the Storm, Borderlands 2, and Duelyst.
  • What are you doing when aren’t playing a game or working?
    • I honestly don’t have too many hobbies or am very tired from work. I do enjoy working out at the gym and watching tv. I am also working on a book, something I have worked on sporadically for at least 2 years. I also have a very strong interest for baseball, especially in sabermetrics. I spend a bit of time watching baseball on tv or online, or just like reading analysis posts.
  • What is one interesting, unique fact about yourself most people don’t know?
    • I don’t listen to her music, but I share a birthday with Taylor Swift (12/13/89).
  • Eat pizza with your hands or with a fork?
    • I’m from New Jersey, where pizza is exclusively eaten with hands. Also, a lunchlady in elementary school drilled it in our heads once, saying “this is America, you eat pizza with your hands!” I can see value in eating deep dish pizzas with utensils.
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“Fortunately, pizza exists!”