Category: Gaming


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:

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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:

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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.

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

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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.

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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:

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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.

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 😀

Hope you liked the Warlords of Draenor Cinematic video too…

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

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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 😀

The last time I remember my huntard

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and Priestess

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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 🙂

 

 

 

 

World of Warcraft Account Warlocked

Another Post Pictures Now Blog Details Later post but I plan to do it with a twist of free six.

I’m really excited about this post because it will be some sort of a preview of my other planned post for the future. It is also related to one of my favorite topics here which is gaming let’s try this with World of Warcraft Account Warlocked.

On Pokemon, Google and April Fools

I love the Pokemon game! So when Google launched their Google Pokemon April Fool’s Game I wasted no time hunting pokemons over google maps in my Droid.

My first catch was a Rotom

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Next was Dragonite
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And my first high profile pokemon was Bulbasaur
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For the first ten to twenty or so pokemons, I usually caught them near Google offices worldwide (Googleplex in Mountain View, Google offices in Ireland, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, etc).

Google Pokemon Challenge JP

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Some other interesting locations: Competitor Campuses (Apple in Cupertino CA)

Google Pokemon Challenge De Anza

Google Pokemon Challenge Cupertino

In the Philippines too: Manila

Google Pokemon Challenge Manila

Google Pokemon Challenge Manila 2

Albay, Bicol, near Mayon Volcano

Google Pokemon Challenge Mayon Volcano

 

In Davao, near Mt. Apo

 

Google Pokemon Challenge Mt Apoand there are some other pokemon too in Batangas (near Taal Volcano) and Palawan.

I then focused on completing my favorite pokemon:

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I’m happy for the first day!!!

Day 2: Gotta catch them all!!! 150 of them. Its a difficult task but…

Google Pokemon Challenge eevee

Flareon

 

With the help of reddit and other basic internet sleuthing skillz

Google Pokemon Challenge last 1

Completed!!!

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One of the most enjoyable and fun-filled Google April Fools!

Thank you Google!!!

 

Flappy Bird Cheats

It’s been a long time since I featured a game here at menardconnect.com. And since this Flappy Bird game is such a hit let me do some Flappy Bird Cheats post.

Flappy Bird Splash

Flappy Bird is really an addicting game for most people. I am not really sure why. Maybe because its so simple and yet so difficult. The game was released last year (around May 2013) and was removed from both Apple AppStore and Google Play last week.

The first Flappy Bird Cheat I found out was this: there were lots of Flappy Bird cheaters out there. By cheaters I mean really nasty people creating and releasing fake and malicious apps and games. They are taking advantage that the author have removed it from the App Store and Google Play. Quoting my colleagues report  at Trendlabs Security Intel Blog

The interesting turn of events surrounding the game Flappy Bird has had the Internet buzzing: after becoming massively popular (downloaded more than 50 million times), the developer suddenly announced that he will take down the game from app stores, and then actually did it. The decision brought the interest around the game to an even greater scale, with similar apps seen emerging in app stores, and even auctions for devices with the app installed.

The next development we saw, however, is a less desirable one: we found a bunch of fake Android Flappy Bird apps spreading online”

Full story here

Its really sad to see that bad guys (read: cybercriminals) are always up-to-date on the latest buzz and trends. And they will take each opportunity to constantly make money/quick bucks on popular games (like Flappy Bird and Temple Run 2). I guess because that’s where the money is.

While sharing and tweeting that gaming/security blog post last week:

I discovered my next Flappy Bird Cheat: Twitter have its own share of Flappy Bird cheaters.

By just twitting about Flappy Bird, (match it with #hashtag #flappybird) Twitter autobots will reply to your tweet offering Flappy Bird cheats and Flappy Bird hacks.

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 Flappy Bird Unlimited Lives? What?

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 I was really lost on how Harry Potter got in the picture here 😀

Don’t worry I am always a responsible internet citizen and I reported these spammers to Twitter Spam Team.

So for those looking for Flappy Bird cheats and hacks, be careful ok? Don’t blame me if you get something bad and malicious in the internetz!!!

For me I think I will still be on the lookout for other legit tricks. Why? Because my Flappy Bird high score is still…

my Flappy Bird high score not that high 😀

I hope you like my Flappy Bird cheat warning post.

Watch out for more gaming post soon…

World of Warcraft Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar

Blizzard posted the official trailer of WoW Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar this week. Yes Orgrimmar will be under siege by both The Alliance and The Horde (see my previous post related to this topic)

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Image: screencap from Youtube video

It’s really exciting so I am sharing it here at menardconnect.com. Watch it:

Here is the transcript of the Siege of Orgrimmar video (courtesy of Feronar from US-Lightbringer Server with some minor edits c/o me)

Garrosh Hellscream (G.H.): Hmmm… it thirsts. Bring it to the pools!
Taran Zhu (T.Z.): Enough!!! You have run rampant for far too long, Hellscream. But that stops now.
G.H.: Hahahahaha… Step aside, Pandaren. You confront a force beyond reckoning.
T.Z.: Your father dabbled in powers beyond reckoning. Where is he now?
G.H.: Rrrryyaaaaahhhh!
T.Z.: I have fought beside the Tauren, Trolls, and others. You are nothing like them!
G.H.: They are no longer a part of my Horde!
T.Z.: The world will hear of this. *cough* They will come for you.
G.H.: Yes. I’m counting on it. The armies of the world will come for me, and within my fortress, they will face all the terrible creatures I have wrought, the boundless power I have mastered, and one by one, they will fall at my feet. Anyone who would rise against my new horde will be impaled upon the spires of Orgrimmar! You, Pandaren, tried to bury your hate and your anger, but such power can not be contained. It must be unleashed!
T.Z.: A time will come when you will answer for your crimes!
G.H.: I answer to no one!
G.H.: All who challenge me will burn in the fires of my hatred!!!

Some video highlights for me:

1:20: I love how Taran Zhu taunts.

1:43: Gorehowl up for grabs!

1:55: In your face! Take that Garrosh!!!

Lowlights at 2:16 and 3:06 🙁

The youtube video was published on August 15, 2013. Quoting the description in youtube:

The official trailer for World of Warcraft Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar.

Garrosh Hellscream’s treacherous excavation of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms has finished with sinister results — not just for Pandaria, but for all Azeroth.

In a compound beneath Ragefire Chasm, Garrosh has infused his followers — the ‘true Horde’ — with the pilfered essence of the Old God Y’shaarj. With the power of a primordial world-twisting force at his command, Garrosh can rebuild the Horde in his image: strong, obedient, and, most importantly, ‘pure’.

Vol’jin’s attempts to lead Horde rebels into the capital of Orgrimmar haven’t gone unnoticed — and the mightiest heroes of the Alliance have stepped in to siege one of their enemies’ most prized cities. Will the Alliance be content with overthrowing a despot, or will they crush the Horde at one of the most vulnerable points in its history?

New Raid: The Siege of Orgrimmar
– The Siege of Orgrimmar is a 3-wing, 14-boss raid for max-level players, which will call you to take down Warchief Garrosh Hellscream at the head of a host of Azeroth’s finest.

New Raid Mode: Flexible
– Raid with a group of friends and guild mates regardless of server, and with any group size from 10 to 25, and the difficulty will automatically adjust to provide an appropriately challenging experience.

New Feature: Proving Grounds
– Undertake solo trials to practice or learn a new class role (Tank, Healer, or Damage). Each trial is available in multiple difficulties — Bronze through Gold and the challenging ‘Endless’ mode.

New Zone: The Timeless Isle
– Giant outdoor zone promoting open-world adventuring with tons of hidden treasures, giant creatures to defeat, five world bosses, a pet battle tournament, and much more!

Legendary Quest: Judgment of the Black Prince
– The epic conclusion to the Legendary quest line will see players rewarded with unique cloaks imbued with powerful new abilities.

New Feature: Connected Realms
– Lower population realms will be permanently and seamlessly “linked.” Players on the same Connected Realm will be able to trade, send and receive mail, join the same guilds, access a single Auction House, run the same Raids and Dungeons, and join other adventurers to complete quests.

PvP: Redesigned Arena System
– Arenas are no longer tied to specific Battlegroups, and players no longer need to create or join an Arena team to compete. Similar to the Rated Battleground system, players in a party of the appropriate size can queue.

I have watched related videos and it got very interesting storyline. Will do a follow up post on this patch over the weekend 🙂 For now I need to do some training and preps!!!

For more details on the World of Warcraft Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar kindly visit

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/10158897

To end this post: let me leave some one-liner to Garrosh: “We will come for you and you will answer for your crimes!!!”

Blizzard Launches The Characters of Warcraft

Blizzard highlighted major World of Warcraft characters in the website this week by launching The Characters of Warcraft. I got alerted on this via the WoW game launcher

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And after some clicking around the website, I felt happy that they are featuring the great characters from the Warcraft lore. I’m an avid fan of the lore as I collect (and read) most of their World of Warcraft books. Blizz introduced the Warcraft heroes with the caption:

The heroes and villains of Warcraft stand larger than life, even in a world engulfed by constant conflict. Below, we’ve collected the personal histories and war stories of Azeroth’s paragons. Will you fight beside them, follow them…or topple them?

And then you will have Varian, Garrosh, Vol’jin, Lei Shin and others highlighted on the cover page. Clicking on the Warcraft heroes, the website will usually show 2 paragraph shorties, one describing the history of the character and the last paragraph their recent role, activities, highlights after the opening of the Mist in Pandaria. Screenshots, artworks and other links related the Warcraft lore characters are also featured in each page.

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If you are not into the Warcraft lore that much, I guess this is a good introduction to the characters and heroes. But if you are a Warcraft lore geek, maybe it’s not that much new information. But overall we should be glad that Blizzard is promoting the Warcraft lore more now
You can view the The Characters of Warcraft by visiting:

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/characters/

So who is your favorite Characters of Warcraft?

World of Warcraft Escalation: Patch 5.3 Live This Week

Blizzard deployed WoW Patch 5.3 after server maintenance this week. Patch 5.3, dubbed as “Escalation” is a major patch and it contains a lot of new content and fixes.

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 Image Credit: Blizzard and us.battle.net

 

Quoting the official battle dot net website:

The battle for Pandaria is approaching a fever pitch. Her resources are plundered. Her earth is scoured. The Alliance and the Horde are at each other’s throats – but great dangers lurk within their own ranks.

While Warchief Garrosh Hellscream’s excavation squads bore deep into Pandaria’s Vale of Eternal Blossoms in search of chthonic power, Taran Zhu, lord of the Shado-Pan, grows increasingly concerned about the presence of outsiders in his homeland. Meanwhile, in search of new soldiers to shore up his war in Pandaria, King Varian Wrynn has been forced to turn to the Dark Iron Dwarf Princess Moira for aid.

The struggle for Pandaria threatens to engulf all Azeroth, and you’re at the forefront of the conflict.

I am also excited about the following wow content/lore updates:

  • Battlefield:Barrens (I won’t give spoilers but this will be the staging point for the Darkspear rebellion)
  • Cool new character title “Darkspear Revolutionary” for the Horde (sorry I have no active alliance toon to get the counterpart title “Hordebreaker”)
  • Level 85-90 XP requirements reduced by 33% in this patch. (Yo! Time to max the alts!)

I really love the Warcraft lore so I’m glad that finally Vol’jin and the Darkspears are now leading some revolt against Garrosh. I have just finished reading the Tides of War novel several weeks ago, and every time I see Garrosh in-game I make it a point to “/rude” him whichever toon I’m logged in 🙂 . I also remember doing some wow scenario last year (the one where Garrosh ordered Vol’jin killed but the troll shadow hunter mon survived) and I’m loving how this “oust Garrosh” plot is turning out.

Cant wait til my wow weekend!!!

You can read more about WoW Escalation: Patch 5.3 here and here

Like WoW and warcraft? Kindly visit my other wow posts here