Its been ages since I updated the WordPress theme of my blog. So I tinkered around and liked this new theme from WebTuts called Gamepress. I love the gaming and techie feel of this theme so I am trying it out for the next couple of days.

 

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I’m not yet 100% decided but as of today I am comfortable with the theme.

For now my dear friends and readers, feel free to let me know if you like the new menardconnect.com-look too or you like the old theme, and give the reason why. You can leave comments at the end of this post or ping me via twitter or leave a via my contact page.

If you find something missing or some old feature broken please feel free contact me too and I will try my best to look into it.

Lastly, my thanks to Philip M. Hofer  of Frumph.net for the wonderful Easel Theme.

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My Hearthstone Hunter Deck and Hearthstone Paladin Deck is getting some traction so I am sharing another of my favorite Hearthstone Deck here in menardconnect.com.

Like my previous posts on Hearthstone Deck Hunter and Hearthstone Deck Paladin, thisHearthstone Deck for Shaman is a free Hearthstone deck as all the cards used are all basic cards. This free Hearthstone Deck is ideal for starting players who like playing Hearthstone Shammys and does not have any Hearthstone Golds to boot.

hearthstone-all-basic-shammy

2 x [0]Ancestral Healing
2 x [1] Rockbiter Weapon
2 x [1]Voodoo Doctor
2 x [2]Acidic Swamp Ooze
2 x [2]Flametongue Totem
2 x [3]Hex
2 x [3]Razorfen Hunter
2 x [3]Shattered Sun Cleric
2 x [4]Chillwind Yeti
2 x [4]Sen’jin Shieldmasta
2 x [4]Windspeaker
2 x [5]Bloodlust
2 x [5] Frostwolf Warlord
2 x [6]Fire Elemental
2 x [7]Stormwind Champion

Note: the number inside [x] is the mana cost (I find this notation useful when looking for the cards in the players collection)

This Shaman Hearthstone Deck mana curve will look like this:

hearthstone-all-basic-shammy-mana-disti

 

This Hearthstone shaman deck is a mix of minions and shaman skills.
The gameplay for this deck is to survive the early game and do massive damage mid or end game. Strategy is to try putting down many minions (low cost) and buffing them with totems. Keeping the minions alive for a long time will be the key move and when the player have many minions on the board, drop the killer shaman trademark move, Bloodlust.

This Shaman Hearthstone deck gave me good numbers wins in play mode and ranked mode without having me spending any Hearthstone gold. Cool huh! Hope you like my Free Hearthstone Deck for Shaman post.

Also kindle check my other Hearthstone Deck posts:

Hearthstone Deck Hunter
Hearthstone Deck Paladin

I will post more of my favorite Hearthstone Deck Cheats soon…

 

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words so…

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Image Credits: Twitter.com and FIBA

Congrats guys!  Congrats also to the Team Pilipinas crew!

Warm greetings also to all Pinoys worldwide celebrating this victory!!!

Mabuhay!

#Puso!

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Twitter launched some cool features last week.

Going to analytics.twitter.com will give you great metrics about your tweets and your followers.
For followers stats, it shows data about your followers interests (Top Interests and Most Unique Interests), location, gender and list tweeps your followers also follow.

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For the tweets metrics, it highlights your tweets impressions and engagement data. Good visualization given the data is free.

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For the followers stats, I believe it’s already there as you check it out, but for the tweets metrics, you need to somewhat enable it (or login once into the analytics page) to start the population of data.

We might argue that these are geeky data points, but my personal take here is that in this interconnected world of social media this is good and interesting data (and quite possibly profitable too *hint* *hint*) .

No security issues so far but I will try to update this post (and my soon to be re-launched tech blog) if I find something new.

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I am sharing another of my favorite Hearthstone Deck cheats here in menardconnect.com. Just like my previous post on Hearthstone Deck for Hunters, this Hearthstone Deck Paladin edition is a free Hearthstone Deck as the cards used are all basic cards that you can get when you reach level 10 Paladin. This free Paladin Hearthstone Deck is ideal for starting players who love playing Hearthstone Pallies and does not have much Hearthstone Golds. Here it is:

hearthstone-all-basic-paladin

2 x [1]Blessing of Might
2 x [2]Acidic Swamp Ooze
2 x [2]Murloc Tidehunter
2 x [2]Novice Engineer
2 x [3]Ironfur Grizzly
2 x [3]Raid Leader
2 x [3]Razorfen Hunter
2 x [4]Truesilver Champion
2 x [4]Blessing of Kings
2 x [4]Consecration
2 x [4]Dragonling Mechanic
2 x [4]Sen’jin Shieldmasta
2 x [5]Frostwolf Warlord
2 x [6]Lord of the Arena
2 x [7]Stormwind Champion

Note: the number inside [x] is the mana cost (I find this notation useful when looking for the cards in the collection)
This Paladin Hearthstone Deck mana distribution will look like this

hearthstone-all-basic-paladin-mana

This Hearthstone paladin deck is a mix of minions and paladin abilities. The usual gameplay for paladin is dependent on minions. Strategy is to try putting down many minions (low cost ones multiple ones like Murloc Tidehunter and Razorfen Hunter) keeping them alive for a long time  and powering up those many minions using the +1/+1 abilities of other mid-high minions (Frostwolf Warlord and Stormwind Champion) … and crush the paladin enemy of course.

This Paladin Hearthstone deck will give good wins in play mode and ranked mode without spending any Hearthstone gold. Of course it has its weaknesses but hey its a free Hearthstone deck good for beginners.

Hope you like my Hearthstone Deck Paladin post.

Also kindle check my other Hearthstone Deck posts:

I will post more Hearthstone Deck Cheats soon here in menardconnect.com. Watch out for it.

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I am sharing some of my favorite Hearthstone Deck Cheats here in my blog. I mentioned in my Hearthstone Cheats and Tips post the importance of leveling a hero to level 10 because the hero class will get all the basic cards. So lets get started on this Best Hearthstone Deck post with this a Free Hunter Deck.

This free Hearthstone Deck is ideal for starting player who love playing Hunter but does not have big budget (read Hearthstone gold or real money). This Hunter Deck is all free as the cards included are all basic cards that you will get when you reach level 10. So here it is:

hearthstone-all-basic-hunter

2 x [0]Hunter’s Mark
2 x [1]Arcane Shot
2 x [1]Stonetusk Boar
2 x [1]Timber Wolf
2 x [2]Bloodfen Raptor
2 x [2]Starving Buzzard
2 x [3]Animal Companion
2 x [3]Ironfur Grizzly
2 x [3]Silverback Patriarch
2 x [4]Multi-Shot
2 x [4]Houndmaster
2 x [4]Oasis Snapjaw
2 x [5]Tundra Rhino
2 x [7]Core Hound

Note: the number inside [x] is the mana cost

Mana distribution will look like this:

hearthstone-all-basic-hunter-mana

Just like any hunter deck, this one is full of beasts. And like in WoW, I love beastmaster huntards so the the name of this deck is All Basic Huntard. The key card here is the Starving Buzzard, you must use it wisely as it is the main drawing power for the hunter deck. You should take advantage of it and put other beasts in the table on the same turn. Also make good use of other key hearthstone hunter cards: Timber Wolf, Animal Companion and Houndmaster and Tundra Rhino.

This hunter deck can be aggressive for an all basic hunter deck and can give good wins in play mode and ranked mode.

Hope you like my Hearthstone Deck Hunter post. For other Hearthstone decks posts kindly visit:

I will post more Hearthstone Deck Cheats here in menardconnect.com soon.

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I am enjoying this Warcraft game called Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Hearthstone is a turn-based card game by Blizzard. They say the mechanics is similar to Magic: The Gathering card game (I haven’t played a lot of Magic apart from a short stint during my college days) but this time it incorporates characters, minions and the usual gaming elements from the Warcraft world.

I know I’m may be a late bloomer in the Hearthstone scene (maybe because of my World of Warcraft hiatus) but because this is my blog I can write about any topic here even if its late or crazy so in the tradition of my free six series here is my Free Six Hearthstone Cheats, Info and Tips

Hearthstone Tip 1. Hearthstone is FREE.

Yup! Free for iPad, FREE for PC and FREE for Windows 8. And it will soon hit the Android platform this year too :) .
So try it while its still free. I installed the free PC version around start of the year, but given my wow hiatus my PC time is very much limited then and I did not progress much other than few level ups for Jaina, the mage character. When Blizzard released Hearthstone for iPad app during the holy week vacation, I installed it

hearthstone-ipad-appstore-editors-choice

It was an Editor’s Choice in the App store and tried to play while I was on vacation.

For Hearthstone for iPad, kindly visit

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hearthstone-heroes-warcraft/id625257520?mt=8

For Hearthstone for PC kindly visit

http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/

Hearthstone Tip 2. Just play and try it out with the Innkeeper and unlock all heroes

For beginners, only Jaina will be available so you need to defeat other characters to unlock them. If you are into World of Warcraft, you will see the familiar classes and their strengths. For example, Jaina and mages are heavy DPS characters so this is the usual gameplay for mages. Then if you unlock other characters you will see their strengths very similar to their counterparts in in WoW. For example, Priests are usually a good healers, but can be shadow DPS priests too. Malfurion (Druid) have both healing and DPS capabilities, etc.

I suggest unlocking all heroes first (by battling the Innkeeper in normal mode) so you can get the mechanics of the game. After unlocking all 9 characters that the next Hearthstone moneymaking tip can be continued.

Hearthstone Tip 3. Want some free Hearthstone gold? Play quests!
Just like WoW, Hearthstone got some daily quests too.

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This is the main way for get Hearthstone gold without spending real money. Complete quests and explore other heroes match up.

Hearthstone Tip 4. Level up all heroes up to level 10.

All should be at least Lvl 10

All Heroes should be at least Lvl 10 for an extra reward

By leveling heroes to Level 10, you will get all basic cards for that hero. Basic cards are the free card rewards you get when you level up. By leveling _ALL_ heroes to Level 10, you will get some extra Hearthstone gold.

Do this side by side with completing quests and you will soon have a good amount of free Hearthstone gold. You will also have a good feel on which class will suit your gameplay (usually by this time, you will have your favorite class already).

Next Steps:

  • You can then assemble a good deck using all basic cards and do more PVP with more success.
  • Or you can try Arena too (see next tip)

Hearthstone Tip 5. Spending Hearthstone Gold
When you have some substantial Hearthstone gold already, you will be tempted to spend it of course. There are 2 ways: You can buy Expert Card Pack (100 gold) or go to Arena (free Arena pass for 1st timers, 150 gold for succeeding Arena Tickets)

By buying Expert Card Pack at 100 gold you will have better cards. An expert card pack will contain at least 1 good expert card (common, rare, epic, legendary) that will boost you card collection and deck.

hearthstone-buy-expert-pack

In my opinion, spending Hearthstone Gold for Arena Tickets is better than buying expert pack. Yup I know in expert pack its very straightforward 100 gold for 5 cards, and Arena ticket is 150 golds, but prize starts at 1 pack (5 cards) + some dusts. But take note that in Arena the more wins the better the prizes (more dusts, more gold and more cards and decks), so you get random cards, improve your experience with the random card deck, and chance for bigger prizes.

Hearthstone Tip 6. Match Arena Hero with your Daily Hero Quests
What I mean by this Hearthstone cheat is that if you have Paladin or Warrior Dominance quest of Priest or Warlock Dominance Quest:

hearthstone-arena-class-quest-matchup

Then try Arena and check if any of the 4 characters (Paladin, Warrior, Priest or Warlock) are available for your Arena Play. If yes, then roll for it and hit two birds with one stone.

And that’s it. I will try to share some favorite decks I am using so  you can play around with the deck too.

Hope you liked my Free Six Hearthstone Cheats, Info and Tips here at menardconnect.com. Watch out for more Hearthstone Cheats and tips post soon…

Update: Here is my Hearthstone Deck HunterHearthstone Deck Paladin and Hearthstone Deck Shaman posts.

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Last week I posted that about my WoW hiatus, and today Blizzard posted this video live in Gamescom.

Yup this this the World of Warcraft‘s upcoming expansion, the Warlords of Draenor Cinematic. What can I say? Wow!

The cinematic video features Gul’dan, Hellscream, Mannoroth and lots of orcs of old from the Rise of the Horde book timeline. The warlock is offering the Cup of Unity, the Chalice of Rebirth to the Warsong Chieftain. Warcraft lore fanatics know that the cup contains the blood of Mannoroth, that one that will make all those who drink it forever slave to the demonic powers of the Legion. A definite alternate story because I did not see the other noteworthy characters from the Rise of the Horde (where was Ner’zhul, Blackhand, and Durotan, yup i’ve checked RoH chapter 19, pages 301 to 311 in the paperback). Curiosity will really kill the (drood) cat hehehe! And with the date of release: 11.13.14! Wow! Just wow!

With the description in Youtube

Return to a savage world. Garrosh Hellscream has escaped through the Dark Portal and forged the orc clans of old into a terrifying war machine known as the Iron Horde. Take your place on the front lines of the battle for Draenor 11.13.14.

I’ll delay my Hearthstone post for tomorrow or Sunday! This video needs to be blogged at menardconnect.com.

For now… the end of hiatus is under planning stage na :-D

Hope you liked the Warlords of Draenor Cinematic video too…

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It’s been eleven months (and counting). Yup I’ve been away from World of Warcraft for almost a year now and this is the reason why my account was warlocked

wow-account-warlocked

 

Today, Raven bought me a paperback copy of the Shadows of the Horde and I got reminded to finish my PPNBDL post on WoW so I’m posting this WoW themed update pending in the blog post drafts for so long :D

The last time I remember my huntard

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and Priestess

wow-account-happy-times-nonono

was online, they were messing around in Azeroth (and Pandaria) and that both the Alliance and the Horde were trying to storm Orgrimmar to oust the {insert adjective here} Warchief!

But a lot of things have passed in-game since then.  Some highlights include: the Horde got a new Warchief and the game will have the next expansion set in Draenor. I’ll be back in WoW but no definite time on when the hiatus will end…

In the meantime, I’m good with posting some occassional pictures of my WoW Calendar.

Here is March

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April

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May

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June and July

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To keep the Warcraft love alive I’m closely interacting with my WoW Tweeps on twitter and will be re-reading the the Voljin book: Shadows of the Horde (Thanks Raven!)

And of course do some Hearthstone on the side…

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Wow! Good idea, maybe that game is worth some beginner tips and cheats posts here in menardconnect.com :)

 

 

 

 

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I got lots of backlog for Menardconnect.com as I’m kinda busy with family and work stuff. But here is another Post Picture Now Blog Details Later post with a Free Six twist. Here are free six photos for Punta Tiera Blanca Beach Resort. Punta Tiera Blanca is hidden resort in Gatasan, Catanauan, Quezon. I still fondly remember that place because it was where I spent some of my summers with my cousins when I was a younger. Will do a longer blog post on the Punta Tiera Blanca experience soon.

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