Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Comics Corner Xmas Tourney
About 56 participants entered and after six rounds of Swiss, here are our standings:
Is: 9th place. 4 wins, 1 draw, 1 lose
Rexxdelarocha: 26th place. 3 wins, 3 loses
Azrulxp: 28th place. 2 wins, 1 draw, 3 loses
K’: ?? (dude, fill me in)
What a day that was for me. I was fearing Dragonstorm but ended up facing 3 Trons. All of them the TriskeTron version.
In my first match, I lost 2-0 to TriskeTron. In the first game, he managed to recycle his Triskelavus with Academy Ruin every turn to the point that I will die to library death. In the second game, I lost because he drew a godhand.
2nd match. Another TriskeTron. I won the first game although it took me more than 30 minutes to beat the guy. On the 2nd game, he managed to remove 2 of my Life from the Loams, crippling my deck. Not to mention that he locked my Urza’s Factory with Faith Fetter’s AND Commandeered my Stormbind. Luckily I was saved by the time limit.
3rd match. Vs W/B Aggro. Finally, no counterspells to deny my deck. I won 2-0. On game 1, I Stormbind-Loam him to death. Second game, he mulliganed once and decided to keep his hand of 1 land. On 4th turn, he scooped up with only one land in play.
4th match. Against Solar Flare. To my surprise, the guy knew my deck. Every single part of it. He even knew different version of the deck. In the first game, his Angel of Despair and Akroma knocked my life below 10. Luckily I topdecked a Wrath of God to clear the table. Unluckily, he topdecked another Akroma which I cannot kill since I got only Stormbind in play and 2 Lightning Helix in hand which Akroma is protected against. Here’s how second game goes: His 3rd turn – Compulsive Research, ditching Akroma and Angel of Despair. 4th turn Dread Return, bringing Despair, killing my Stormbind. Next turn, he Return an Akroma and swing for 11. I topdecked a Wrath of God and Faith Fetter’s the following turns but in the end, I was raped by another Angel of Despair.
5th match. A Boros deck that was heavy on burn spells and filled his hand quickly with Howling Mine. I was quickly burned on game 1. On game 2, I got a COP:Red on my opening hand. With the help of his Howling Mine, I managed to Stormbind for 8 each turn. Game 3 was pretty much like game 2 but instead of COP:Red, I casted a Story Circle.
6th match. Another Tron. Lost game 1 to buybacked Spell Burst with more than enough mana to cast it three times a turn. On game 2, I managed to lock his mana with Loamed Ghost Quarters for 6-7 turns and burning him with Stormbind for 2-4 every turn but suddenly he Commandeered my LftL and completed his Tron. Next he drop a COP:Red which I managed to lock with Fetter’s but then he dropped another COP. He then accumulated his manabase that it is enough to stop an army of goblins. I then realised that the only way to kill him is with token creatures. He was at about 4 life and can recycled Triskelavus every turn. With the tokens that I generated, I can only score 1-2 damage every 3 turns. Then he hit a Jester’s Cap and started to kill my library. With Academy Ruin in play, I have no choice but to concede.
That was my day. The other guys have to post their own post regarding the tourney.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Coming Soon to a Server near you
Yup, I’m thinking the same thing too. Hurrah to no lag!! Hurrah to Bahasa
I’m thrilled, really. From the look of this thread, Warcraftsea (SEA stands for
From the looks of it, is Warcraft going to be invaded by kids too?
Whatever it is, this marks the impact of Wow in the South East Asia Region. Sooner or later, the Warcraft will become an addiction you cannot resist.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Dragons rule the world again
Magic World Championship just over this past weekend. For the two consecutive years, a Japanese claimed the title of world champion. However, they were not able to retain the title for team competition as they lost to team Netherlands in the final.
Many things happened during Worlds including the return of Kai Budde, two players disqualified in a same match, and a 3-hours quarterfinal match between Gabriel Nassif and Tiago Chan.
Makihito Mihara claimed this year’s world champion title by piloting a Dragonstorm deck. We can now expect the price for the key-cards of this deck such as Dragonstorm and Borgadan Hellkite to skyrocket. Other cards that were included in the decks that reached top 8 (Urzalands, Proclamation of Rebirth, Teferi) can also be expected to increase in price. Better search for your copies while you still can. (Top 8 decklist can be found here.)
The Nassif-Chan match is interesting (or boring, depending on your view). The Martyr-Rebirth powered by Urzatrons netted Nassif shitloads of life. Chan can actually deals damage that would be enough to kill any other decks each turns. However, with Nassif’s life at hundreds (and gaining more each turn), 20 damage (or 25, or 30) per turn is nothing.
Worlds is over. The new season will start soon. The next biggest tournament in Malaysia will be on 17th December at Mid Valley. We can expect that there will be tons of Dragonstorms, Urzatrons, and Boros there. Either you play them, or meta against them.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Make Mine Marvel
Now with bigger roster, I can finally play using characters outside of X-Men. Oh, and did I mentioned Deadpool? Now I can make my team Badass using Deadpool, Ghost Rider, Wolverine, and Blade. If Gambit is playable, I would have replaced Wolverine with the cajun. Hell, I would even prefer Nightcrawler over Wolverine. Oh, and no villain is playable. So that means no Venom.
New to the series (or at least I think it's new) is that each different costume grants different attributes at a cost of some cash. Which means that Spidey's classic suit and his symbiote suit carries different advantages.
You'll fight through dozens of villains through different familiar locations all over Marvel Universe from China, to Mephisto's Lair, to Asgard. The story begins with an air attack masterminded by Dr Doom on SHIELD at which point Nick Fury then summoned Thor, Wolvie, Spidey, and Cap to repel the attackers. Then for the rest of the game, you'll go from one location to another in order to foil the plans of Dr Doom and his gathering of villains with plots taking straight right off the Comic 101.
All things said, Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a good superhero game but certainly not the best (that honor goes to Freedom Force). Although the game is short, you'll enjoy it while it last. Plus, it got Deadpool.
Monday, October 30, 2006
I’m addicted to Nightfall. Nuff said. Just remind me to eat and sleep.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Football Manager 2007
What’s up sports fan? Err… I dunno if this should be categorized as a sport game but it is football, and it is about football management. Since Eidos and Sports Interactive split up in 2004, both have come up with their own version of football management simulation, Championship Manager (CM) and Football Manager (FM).
I received CM (07) demo a week ago, along with FM07. To tell you the truth, only FM07 get me hooked, I just played CM for a day and uninstall it. Sure, CM has fancy graphics now, 3D-like match generation (can’t beat FIFA though) but if you want in depth tactics and game play, FM07 is clearly the winner here. The last time I played FM was almost a year ago. Seems like WoW kept me busy at most times and I can’t seem to remember to play any other games.
Just like every FM, it has a complete database of players, clubs, and countries around the world (yes, you can manage a Malaysian Club, but why would you?). The new FM has a more in depth info, including player’s picture, club’s logo, club’s home and away jerseys, and you can even upload your own photo as a manager.
It seems that I have left FM for too long as I kept losing the easy matches. However, the new features like “Quick tactics” and “Team talks” is something I see as quite refreshing as you have to keep your team moral up before, after and even during the game. You can also deploy “The waiting game” tactic, something that I really really despise. But as long as it is legal in football, it is legal in the game.
There’s a lot for me to explore in the game, such as training, scouting, psychological battle with other managers. Man, I haven’t tried the multiplayer yet. Feel free to browse the screenshots I took.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Magic Day Revisited
So after years away from Magic world, yesterday me, Ed, Array, and another guy named Azrul got together and played Magic for almost nine hours. Right after the Time Spiral expansion was released which included some “timeshifted” cards. Timeshift cards are old cards that were reprinted in their original design (sans the original expansion symbol) which are all the cards that we are familiar with since we stopped playing during Onslaught block. It could also be said that we ourselves were timeshifted.
And for some reason, Lady Luck must really love me yesterday. Out of five boosters I bought, three of them forked out some of my favourite cards of the timeshifted cards – The Rack, Nicol Bolas, and Avatar of Woe. I like The Rack simply because I never had one before. Nicol Bolas is my favourite elder dragon while Avatar of Woe is just the best and probably the only playable avatar out of all avatars.
We also discovered a new multiplayer rule. Team play where any non-mana effect that includes the word “you” will affects the whole team. This makes cards like Noble Purpose or Propaganda totally broken.
We might probably make a weekly gathering from this point onwards. Once we gathered all the old gang, friday night is gonna be an eight-player multiplayer magic night. Ah, hell. Just what I need. Another distraction to fit into my busy schedule of November.
(All pictures are Copyright of Wizards of the Coast Inc.)
Sunday, October 08, 2006
WoW Private Server MangOS Edition
To start playing WoW private server you need the client installed in your computer. Usually this can be downloaded from any torrent site. After that you will need to patch the client to the latest version of which most of the servers will use in their emulator. All the patching complete, you can now play your private WoW provided that you have selected which server you like to play on. The list of servers is long so choose wisely and I have to warn that the process of registering as a new player in a server could be tedious, frustrating and time-consuming. But fortunately, most of these servers came with a forum so that if you get stuck, just check out the faqs and guides that have been provided. Just to get you started I've provided a link here that will take you to the WoW private servers list.
Actually, I wanted to show some screen shots that I took while playing in a server that used the latest emulator. All this while from version 1.7 to 1.11, the emulator used for private WoW was WoWEmu. WoWEmu was a good emulator but as all WoW emulator go, it lacked many features when compared to real WoW server and can only support limited number of players. Thus there were many attempts to upgrade and replace WoWEmu and so far the most successful I’ve encountered is MangOS emulator. MangOS was created by a group which unfortunately I don’t have any ideas about as I cannot access their site at www.mangosproject.org for the time being. So far the emulator is promising in providing an alternative and complete WoW experience. Currently I’m playing at Hav0c’s Gryphon server and they are using an updated version of MangOS emulator. As you can see from the screenshots taken from Gryphon below are a few visible changes compared with server which used WoWEmu:
A video demo of all classes' abilities recorded from a MangOS based server.
But if you feel that it is too much hassle just to play private WoW, why don’t give Guild Wars a try? You only have to pay once and you can play like forever online. I know I will later ;)…
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
So this time, as soon as the bridge is opened, I went directly to Area 69 to grab myself a tank. For some reason, the tank is not there. So how the hell am I gonna get off this desert with 5-stars worth of authority chasing over my ass? At first I thought I should grab a chopper but it'll probably just gunned down by the anti-air guns. So I grabbed a barrack truck, which is slow as an ass but tough enough to get me to San Fierro.
Once I removed all the wanted level, I went on and stole an FBI car that was chasing me before. I got 1 star, so I figured I'd just drive around the town until the wanted level is gone.
Then I thought I'd take a screenshot of the beatdown FBI car that I was driving. BIG MISTAKE. With my right hand holding the mouse, trying to get a good angle, and my left hand is getting ready to take a screenshot, a cop came from my blindspot and freaking arrested me. Right in front of my goddamn safehouse. And I didn't even save the game yet. At the moment as shown in the screenshot, I still haven't realised that the cop is right by the door. Damn.... There goes another 20k of cash, buying back all my weapons.
The moral of the story is: Save the game, dumbass. Then you don't have to go screaming, waking up the neighbourhood at
CJ's Last Supper
Sunday, September 24, 2006
A few days ago, I started playing San Andreas again, aiming for 100% this time. At first I was planning on finishing the game as fat CJ but then once I maxed out his muscle, he no longer looks fat.
I have been playing until San Fierro and these are some screenshot I took during the course of the game. More will come soon. Oh, and get ready to hear me bitch about the mandatory airplane mission.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Give it a kick
When you say football, the first thing a gamer would think off is FIFA (the game) by EA SPORTS. Some would prefer Winning Eleven but for me playing a team named Manchester United is much cooler than playing a team named Man Red.
FIFA 07 is the latest football game from EA SPORTS hence its 14th title from the FIFA series. If you would like to try the demo, so you can download it here. Otherwise, you could wait for another 2 weeks to buy the game.
I wanted to try the demo with my gaming PC, but when I read the requirements, “GeForce MX is not supported” “Aww… damn…” Luckily, I still have my work laptop (Core with ATI). The bad news is, my gamepad couldn’t be recognized by the laptop. SO I have to play FIFA, old school.
Like most games, the first thing you look into a game is its graphics. FIFA 07 doesn’t shine that much. It is still with its ‘watercolor’ image, and the UI is pretty much the same with its predecessor. Realistic player movement? Yes, except the celebrating goals part.
Something must have gone wrong during the motion capture process because the players who were celebrating goals were as stiff as Peter Crouch (no offense
If you are a fan of FIFA series, then you shouldn’t miss this. Well, it’s either this or Winning Eleven (or Sensible Soccer, perhaps?).
Btw Malaysians, you can pre-order this at The Software Boutique. The pre-order price is RM79.00, so you'll save........ RM40 (i hate maths..) Pre-order ends 26th September, so hurry now.Release Date: 3rd October (Malaysia)
Minumum System Requirement:
256 Megabytes of RAM (512 MB recommended)
DirectX 9.0c Compatible 3D accelerated 64 MB video card or equivalent (except GEFORCE MX)
(Approx.) 1 GB free hard disk space
DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
MS compatible mouse
Please note that 16 bit colour is not supported
Required Operating Systems:
Windows XP SP2 or Windows 2000 SP4
Note that Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME and Windows NT 4.0 are not supported.
Monday, September 18, 2006
I first started play the game approximately 2 months ago, though i've seen it in the arcades for like a few weeks earlier than i first started playing. Why? Just wondering if it was one of the illegal version that was being edited by some pathetic untalented group of individuals just like the ones titled 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon', 'KOF 2002 PLUS', 'KOF 2002 MAGIC PLUS', 'KOF 10th Anniversary (UNIQUE)'....and the list goes on (not forgetting those PC-Versions~Shermie & Mai without even a piece of cloth covering their body...Geeez! What were they thinking?). But at least it shows that most people are more interested with the KOF series over other series(hahaha...SF is dead!), though in this case...in a rather negative manner.
What has always been the 'X'-factor of the KOF series is the UNIQUE(Ryu & Ken..? Nahh!) set of new(even the old ones..) characters & the new gameplay mechanics that are being introduced on their new releases. The gameplay mechanics never fail to impress numerous players throughout the world(that includes me, yeah..!) though i have to admit that some are kinda over the 'line'. Such as...? KOF 2000.....strikers anywhere, anytime! Whew! I'd call 'em broken if they were Magic cards(hahaha...!).
For your information, KOF XI is not the latest of the series, it was KOF Maximum Impact 2(if i'm not mistaken...hehehe!). The sequel to the KOF MI kicks!(damn! even 3D is good when it comes to KOF). However, in my humble opinion, KOF XI kicks harder!(ouuchhh..!) So if you have not get your hands on it, try it...NOW!
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Saturday, September 16, 2006
Top 10 Hottest pixel chicks and polygon babes
So we at Gamer Malaya made our own list right here. Now maybe some of you are wondering why some babes didn’t make it. Well the rule is that we chose only one character from each series. My original list has four KOF chicks. Plus, we kinda cut down the total number of chicks from fighting game. That’s why there’s no street fighter chicks here.
Also, I’m not a big fan of Lara Croft. She’s just in the list because Edz insisted. I considered putting Brooke Burke in the list since she was in NFS but Edz said putting a picture from playboy is too controversial for a Malaysian blog.
So here is our list:1 - Vanessa – King of Fighters
2 - Ivy – Soul Calibur
4 - Princess Farah – Prince of
6 - Tina Armstrong – Dead or Alive
7 - Tifa Lockhart – Final Fantasy VII
8 - Christie Monteiro – Tekken
9 - Bastila Shan – Star Wars: Knights of the