NHS boss accuses loot boxes of pushing “under the radar” gambling at kids
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 January 2020, 11:29 am
Buckle up, 2020. It’s time to wade neck-deep back into the never-ending loot box discourse. The latest contributor to the debate around videogame mystery boxes is NHS Mental health director Claire Murdoch, who joins the growing chorus of officials calling for surprise mechanics to be regulated under UK gambling laws. In a report released earlier […]


Ubisoft's revamped editorial board want to stop stagnation in their games
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 January 2020, 12:59 pm
Pop quiz, readers. If I say Ubisoft, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Massive, systemic open worlds? Towers wot you climb to unlock the map? Extensive skills trees and an apolitical approach to politically charged themes? France? For the last 20 years, everything that makes a Ubisoft game tick has been decided by […]


Sokpop just Sok-dropped their entire catalogue on Steam
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 January 2020, 8:43 am
My first impression of Dutch indie collective Sokpop Collective was an odd’un. Leaving a Berlin club one frozen afternoon in 2017, we were stopped by the presence of some bizarre boys. Squatting and posing and donning coats sewn together with odd pairs of socks, who was I to know that these strange lads were about […]


Priceless Play – 18 January 2020
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 January 2020, 7:00 am
My ten-year high school reunion was last year. I didn’t go, obviously, because I am too cool and also I live something like 3,000 miles away from my old high school. I don’t know about you, but I don’t super love remembering who I was in high school. It’s a truly terrifying time: the searing […]


No, Valve still aren't working on Left 4 Dead 3
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 January 2020, 7:06 am
Like a pesky head cold that never quite clears, Left 4 Dead 3 rumours returned to clog the internet airways again this week. After all, Valve are making games again. Between the surprise announcement of Half-Life: Alyx and another wave of leaked concept art for an infectious Left 4 Dead threequel, there was fleeting hope […]


What are we all playing this weekend?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 January 2020, 4:00 am
Though I’d swear blind it’s Wednesday at latest, apparently this is Saturday? Suspicious. What are you playing this weekend? Here’s what we’re clicking on!


Scalpel at the Smuggler’s Gate
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Theros Beyond Death is here (not beyond death).... let's brew!
Posted by Heartlessgamer.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 1:46 pm
Murdered titles aside; Magic the Gathering's latest set, Theros Beyond Death, is here and available on Arena.  With a new set comes new deck brews.  I will state up front that I am a net decker in general (i.e. I copy decks of the Internet), but with new sets I'll happily take some of popular decks and see if I can slot some of the new cards in to brew up something a little fresher.

I tend towards aggressive decks on Arena since they are most often the least rare/mythic reliant.  I love more control oriented or tempo based decks, but my current Arena position does not allow for me to craft those decks.  With that in mind I first looked at the classic red aggro decks that are popular at the dawn of every set (aggro decks tend to do well early on as other decks are not yet refined).  I didn't find anything that drew my attention so I looked at white weenie decks and struck out there.


Then I stumbled onto folks playing with Nightmare Shepherd in mono-black decks focused on devotion win condition with Gray Merchant of Asphodel (affectionately known as Gary).  The core of the decks seemed to be the Cauldron Familiar/Witch's Oven sacrifice engine from the previous metagame featuring cards such as Ayara, First of Locthwain and Priest of Forgotten Gods to make the sacrifice and recursion of the cats pay off.

This got me thinking about what else would be fun to sacrifice to trigger Nightmare Shepherd and I immediately went looking for "enter the battlefield" effects and that brought me to one of my favorite cards from a previous discard deck; Yarok's Fenlurker.  Fenlurker was an upgrade to the previous use of Burgler Rat in discard decks as its an equal effect with an upside.  Fenlurkers upside looks even better now with Nightmare Shepherd and the devotion win condition with Gary.   A quick glance at various decklists on some websites confirmed I wasn't alone in this thinking.

Looking further I wanted to take the concepts here even further and started to look for other cards that supported the brewing theme around sacrificing and getting things back in return.  This brought me to Kaya's Ghostform which I had remembered from a few draft runs where I kept ending up with multiple copies of it.  It paid off in a few draft games so I threw it in here to help bring back more fodder for the sacrifice.

I filled the rest of my modest brew in with the curve from other mono-black devotion decks I am seeing online (the fill ins were pretty straight forward black staples; Knight of the Ebon Legion, Murderous Rider, etc).  

Here is what I landed on and hope to get around to crafting for Best of 1 play:

Deck
3 Priest of Forgotten Gods (RNA) 83
4 Kaya's Ghostform (WAR) 94
4 Knight of the Ebon Legion (M20) 105
3 Yarok's Fenlurker (M20) 123
2 Witch's Cottage (ELD) 249
4 Witch's Oven (ELD) 237
19 Swamp (ELD) 261
3 Ayara, First of Locthwain (ELD) 75
4 Cauldron Familiar (ELD) 81
3 Murderous Rider (ELD) 97
3 Castle Locthwain (ELD) 241
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel (THB) 99
4 Nightmare Shepherd (THB) 108

Unfortunately it will be a bit of time before I get to play it as I am planning to build my collection via draft and not spend wildcards at this time.  We'll see how the meta shapes up and if there is any competitive legs to mono-black devotion sacrifice.



Wot I think – Vestaria Saga I: War of the Scions
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 12:00 pm
Developer: Vestaria Project Publisher: DANGEN Entertainment, Gamera Game Release: Out now On: Windows From: Steam Price: £15.50/$20/€17 Look, do you like Fire Emblem? If so, do you believe the series peaked with the release of Thracia 776, twenty years ago? Well, if that’s you, then great. You’re gonna adore Vestaria Saga I: War of the […]


Best PC gaming deals of the week – 17th January 2020
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 12:30 pm
Hark, it’s your deals herald once again, back with the best PC gaming deals of the week. There’s a lot to sink your teeth into this week, with Humble’s Winter Sale still rolling on, offering up big juicy discounts on loads of the bestest best PC games of 2019, as well as a small saving […]


The PlayStation exclusives we'd love to see on PC
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 12:30 pm
There are rumours that robo-dinosaur hunting adventure Horizon: Zero Dawn is coming to PC soon, which would be the first time a game produced by a Sony-owned studio has shaken loose from its console shackles. We’ve also seen other former PlayStation exclusives developed by third-party studios make the leap to PC in the past year, […]


Three to the Moon Now
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 1:15 pm
Meanwhile, in Bizarro Norrath, I now have three characters at the new level cap introduced with the Blood of Luclin expansion.  This is a feat so without precedent that I am not sure what to do. And I am not just at the  level cap for adventure levels,


Game devs and players continue banding together to help the Australian bushfire crisis
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 10:47 am
Australia is still burning, but over the last couple of days they’ve actually had some rain! While this is a big help to certain areas, there are still 83 fires blazing around the country, and there’s a lot of people and wildlife still in trouble. It’s good job then that there are even more game […]


Blizzard Wants to Lock You in with a Flying Rat
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 10:15 am
With Tuesday’s post about the Visions of N’Zoth update for Battle for Azeroth, there was a short bit of discussion as to what else Blizz might do to keep people subscribed between now and the launch of the Shadowlands expansion.  I suggested that


Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer now unlikely to come before 2022
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 7:34 am
Following last night’s announcement that Cyberpunk 2077 is delayed from April into September, CD Projekt gave a wee update on when we should expect its mysterious multiplayer aspect: probably not until 2022, at earliest. They’d never said when to expect the project (which is officially codenamed Cyberpunk Multiplayer) but we do now know when not […]


The Flare Path: Ticket to Ryde
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 8:00 am
In a desperate bid to stave off bankruptcy, troubled British airline Flybe has taken to leasing spare aircraft to anyone with a chequebook and a gold braid encrusted pilot’s hat. Possessing the requisite accoutrements, Flare Path Sky Tours yesterday took temporary possession of an elderly Twin Otter called Tarka. The plan is to use said […]


The Foxer
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 8:00 am
The 127-cell honeycomb below is a fancy form of wordsearch in which every cell is used, and words can curl and zigzag but never overlap. Each hive foxer has a theme (some previous ones: sheep, mazes, earthquakes, and The 39 Steps). Identifying this theme is a vital part of the defoxing process. Today’s puzzle is […]


Wired2Fire's Predator PC is primed and ready for 1440p gaming for just under £1300
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 9:00 am
At the end of last year, I put together our official RPS Rig, which included everything you needed to build a gaming PC for less than £1000, including your monitor, mouse and keyboard and all the extra peripherals that go with a modern PC. However, many of you asked what that rig would look like […]


2020's most exciting new PC games
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 9:17 am
Over the break we had a chance to do some serious scientific study of this business we call games, and it turns out that games are actually good. 2020 in particular has a healthy mix of big budget bonanzas and smaller indie plates to suit everyone’s discerning tastes. And, as you know, the RPS treehouse […]


Gaming overview 2019
Posted by Morphisat's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 9:22 am
Posted an overview of my gaming activities in 2019 over at my greendale blog:


5 reasons I’m desperate for Horizon Zero Dawn on PC
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 6:00 am
I was feeling a bit out of touch yesterday. Games Twitter was alight with loud opinions on Cyberpunk 2077 getting delayed until September, like a jungle full of cartoon animals reacting to the death of some kind of games Mufasa, but I didn’t really care. I worried that maybe I didn’t care enough about big […]


Shenmue 3 will let you play as two new characters in its first DLC next week
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 6:05 am
Koch Media have announced the very first DLC for Shenmue 3, Battle Rally, will be released on Tuesday 21st January. By the looks of things it’s inviting players to take part in a race (on foot I think?), and you’ll even be able to play as different characters for the first time. Sorry Ryo. “Battle […]


The Elder Scrolls Online is heading to Skyrim to deal with pesky vampires
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 6:06 am
In the land of Skyrim, it turns out, you’re never more than a hundred feet from a vampire. The Elder Scrolls Online has planned a series of updates dubbed “The Dark Heart Of Skyrim”, where you’ll spend the rest of the year rooting out the bastards from the land of the Nords. That starts with […]


The Apex Legends Grand Soirée lacks for wholesome bonding activities
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 6:40 am
The Apex Legends Grand Soirée has arrived, and it’s all a tad familiar. Yes, the trailer pleasingly revealed Pathfinder’s true nature as a Teletubby. But planned events for the two weeks include ‘fighting at night’ and ‘fighting with shotguns and sniper rifles’. This is a perfectly acceptable use of people’s time, but it’s also a […]


The 11 worst years of our future, according to games
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 4:00 am
One Off The List is our weekly list feature. Is there something you think doesn’t deserve to be on this list? Comment with your reasons why, and next week it may be struck off. Here we stand in the dark neo-year of 2020. The spam bots have risen to prominence, the governments of the world […]


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