This week I have a special set of recommendations for you. I’ve always loved competitive games, even if I’m not the type to really get hyper-competitive about them. And, I’ve always been interested in Trading Card Games (TCGs). Back in the day I even played the World of Warcraft TCG, although Winnipeg never had much of a scene for it, even at its prime. These recommendations are in honour of competition with a little special surprise at the end.
League of Legends (Game)
My current downtime addiction, and a bit of a cop-out for a recommendation. League of Legends is currently the most popular PC game in the world, and the world’s largest E-Sport – it’s an obvious choice for recommending when talking about competitive games. But it is a very well designed Massively Online Battle Arena game that is always improving, and if you have a good attitude going in can be a fantastic experience. It’s a team game and that can lead to some frustration, but keep a good attitude and just enjoy the game, you’ll have a good time. If you’re looking for me, my in-game name is Eleshakai, feel free to add me! And, if you’re new, you can sign up here.
No Game No Life (Anime)
Now, obviously anime isn’t competitive since you just watch it… but if you had to pick an anime that focused on the competition this is the best choice. No Game No Life is about two gamers who have never lost at anything except to each other, but are suddenly transported to a world where games dictate everything… everything. It’s a really interesting anime, and it’s one that I highly recommend whether the subject matter would be something you’d be normally interested in or not.
Alucard2004 (Twitch Streamer)
I first started watching Alucard several months ago back when he used to mostly stream Super Metroid speedruns. He’s quickly become just about my favourite streamer to watch due to the effort he takes to interact with and involve his viewers in everything he does. Lately he’s switched pace from speedrunning to playing Drafts in a digital card game called Hex. Now, I get it – if you’ve never done it before, it sounds like watching a TCG would be boring… but what makes a twitch stream is not the game, but the streamer… and Alucard is one of the most entertaining and just flat-out nice guys I’ve watched on twitch and he’s not getting nearly enough viewership as he deserves. Oh, and he frequently does giveaways on stream as well, so you may not come away emptyhanded either!
Hex: Shards of Fate (Game)
I don’t normally like to recommend things that aren’t ‘finished’ yet, but since it’s relevant and I don’t think it’s getting enough attention… today we’re going to talk about Hex: Shards of Fate. It’s been a recent trend to try to digitize card games… there were a few attempts to take TCGs and make them digital like Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh initially. And lately a few companies have tackled the trial of trying to make a fully digital TCG – such as Blizzard’s anti-social Hearthstone. But Cryptozoic, the people behind the World of Warcraft TCG over the past few years have decided to do something unique. They’re not only building a full TCG in a digital space… but they’re also planning to implement a cooperative pve component to it. It’s a fascinating concept, and I’m really curious to see where it goes.
Now, Hex is in beta so it’s not just ‘sign up and play’ quite yet… and in its current form, don’t expect to get anywhere if you’re not willing to shell out some money. But if you’re interested in one of the more impressive and interesting looking digital TCGs, sign up for the beta here. If you do get in, feel free to add me, my in-game name for Hex is Eraia.
And now on to the surprise… normally I save these types of recommendations for my monthly updates, but given the timing I don’t think that’ll work out. As a special recommendation, some people I know through twitch are hosting a charity Hex stream for Child’s Play on August 1st and 2nd. This will be a great time to not only support an amazing 48-hour charity stream, but also to get some insight and exposure to Hex itself if you’re interested.
Infam0usne0 and Cirouss will be hosting this charity stream on the Hex TCG twitch page, and they have a ton of giveaways (I’ve heard rumour of numerous beta keys as well for those of you interested in the game but not fortunate enough to be in the beta yet) that you can enter simply by donating here. This is a fantastic event, and I strongly recommend everyone at least check it out briefly, even if you’re not interested in the game itself. For more information, you can check out details on the Child’s Play website or on the Hex forums.