Getting serious about Overwatch
With my Overwatch hiatus in Competitive Season 3, my MMR tanked and I ended up at the bottom of the barrel bronze. Until that point, however, I wasn’t playing well anyway. I played a lot of D.Va as if she was Reinhardt, which is not an effective way to play D.Va. Towards the end of Season 3, my hubby got super into Overwatch, so having his involvement has been a huge help. He’s a high gold player so with his coaching, alongside Youtube videos, I decided to pick Ana as my main to push myself out of Bronze.
I didn’t think I would like playing a support, but Ana is a lot of fun. Depending on the team skill, I can also effectively solo heal fairly well. With some help from my hubby, I’m now out of Bronze elo hell and into Silver! Now I just need to get stronger on some other characters. I’m decent as Soldier: 76, but I really need to diversify my character pool.
Starting and Completing FFXV
I really enjoyed FFXV. The game did a really good job blending the open world elements without it being overwhelming, and I loved the magic crafting system. The characters were fun, the story was great, and it’s definitely in my personal top 5 for favorite Final Fantasy games.
In case anyone is curious, I did not continue the main story (Chapter 8) until I finished everything in the world that I wanted to. I completed all the main dungeons and got all the Royal Arms. The only thing I wish I did was finish the fishing quests, but I needed to beat FFXV before ME: Andromeda came out, and I was running out of time between the launch date and thesis work. Either way, I continued with the story at level 61 and I just pushed through the story to the end. It was a great experience and I felt prepared to finish the game after the story’s climax, even though it is possible to travel back to pre-Chapter 8 world state.
Did I actually write my thesis between all these games?
Yes! In fact, I recently defended my thesis, which means I did a small presentation in front of my committee and we had a Q&A after. I have some minor edits and then I will be good to go!
My post-graduation plans are to create a personal website and link the blog or rebrand the blog from the site. I would like to discuss portions of my thesis on the site as well. After all, it was a lot of work and I want to share it!
What about Hearthstone?
This month I didn’t really play Hearthstone, for various reasons. First, March was basically Shamanstone and I’ve never been big on Shaman’s play-style. Most of the classes I don’t like as much were super popular and combined with a really grindy ladder experience, I just got bored. I thought it may be nice to grind out the last 70 games towards my Golden Paladin portrait in Wild, but that’s just as bad of an experience.
With Un’Goro now out (since this post is kinda late), I’m looking forward to Rogue and maybe finally getting my golden Paladin, but we’ll see. I had a really bad experience opening my packs (which I will follow up on in a forthcoming post) and I’m not sure that the cost of Hearthstone is worth my time, especially since there are a lot of interesting games in the market right now. I really think Hearthstone needs additional game modes, or a revamp of ladder. At least the ladder floors are keeping my rating from completely tanking.
I will say that on launch day, before the patch went through, I had an excellent run with my Tempo Mage and went from 19-16 in less than an hour. It was a nice send off to a deck that was such a huge part of my game experience. FLAME ON! ❤