Monday, February 6, 2017

Grand Vorgus Cup - Smash 4 Amiibo Tournament

Well well well. It seems I've finally trained just about all of the amiibo I'd like to - all of my mains and the other characters I like to play. Sure, there are some others I might like to train, but the amiibo unavailability and cost of those amiibos means I'm drawing a line. Now, what to do with all these amiibo I've trained? It's fun to fight with them (and get obliterated most of the time), and it's fun to play with a friend and try our luck at defeating them. However, there's a greater question that needs to be answered... Who among these daring amiibos is the strongest, the bestest, the most glorious champion?!

The 12 mighty challengers!
That, is a question I shall seek to answer with the Grand Vorgus Cup - Smash 4 Amiibo Tournament! WooOOOoOOO!

There will be 12 competitors each duking it out in a double-elimination style tournament to be crowned champion. Best 2 out of 3 fights wins the bracket and proceeds to the next round. We'll be fighting on Battleground with no items and 2 stock each.  Let me introduce you to our intrepid warriors:

Sanic the legendary hegehog. Gotta go fast! Very hard to hit in a fight.
Kupa Junia is the king of taking a beating with ultra-high defense and healing effects.
2Spooky4Me hits pretty dang hard with spooky telekinesis.
Greninjy is another hard to hit fighter. All ninja like Greninjy.
Apollo seems to be the most patient little amiibo, but can explode into a fight out of nowhere.
Dankey Kang is all about smacking his opponents HARD. I've seen him inflict over 100% in a single hit!
Mr Mustard tends to linger in a match until he's at about 350%, or sometimes more.
Deddy Keng is a feisty little monkey not afraid to bite your face off.
Vorgus packs a wallop while confidently strolling across any stage.
BrainMagic is a volatile character. Super, perfect, exploding, healing shields are it's ultimate weapon.
Korby whips around landing all manner of blows to opponents with those stubby limbs.
P Bubs (whom can't seem to look straight in this photo) likes to float around and pummel opponents.
Here is the randomized starting brackets. I'll be using www.challonge.com to setup and organize this tournament.


After each round I will edit this post and add a new picture of the results. Let the Tournament... BEGIN!

Match 1 - Kupa Junia Vs. Sanic
At first Kupa Junia had a lot of trouble hitting Sanic which gave Sanic game 1. Afterwards, Kupa Junia opted for strategic strikes and sheilding. Sanic, unable to keep up with Kupa Junia's healing effects, lost the next two games - Kupa Junia not losing a single stock.

Match 2 - Korby Vs. Dankey Kang
Dankey Kang hits hard straight out of the gate, but Korby soon equalized the percent at 158% each. The pink puffball takes the first match with air superiority. In Match 2 Korby starts off strong, but Dankey Kang quickly counters and takes the match. Each match has been incredibly equal - coming down to a single KO blow. However, Korby takes the third win in these incredibly hard-hitting rapid matches.

Match 3 - Greninjy Vs. Deddy Keng
This set had a lot of skilled and nimble dodging from both parties. Greninjy especially showing off some fancy footwork with an incredible 10+ footstools. It was enough to overwhelm Deddy Keng in Match 1. In Match 2 and 3 Deddy Keng had gotten wise. Taking a whole stock of Greninjy's without taking a single percent. Both parties had a mistep and SD'd once, but in the end Deddy Keng was victorious.

Match 4 - 2Spooky4Me Vs. Mr Mustard
Match 1 saw Mr Mustard predominantly chasing after 2Spooky4Me, but to no avail as 2Spooky4Me turned and striked at every moment. Mr Mustard managed to catch up with some huge hits in Match 2. In the final match 2Spooky4Me broke Mr Mustard's sheild, but took no advantage of the opportunity. With both fighters a shot away from victroy 2Spooky4Me clinches the win with a swing of his bat.


That concludes Round 1. We saw each set go all three games - each fighter not wanting to go to the loser's bracket.
Match 5 - BrainMagic Vs. Kupa Junia
BrainMagic continually shut Kupa Junia down with it's exploding shield in the first match. In Match 2 Kupa Junia comes back with a vengeance. BrainMagic at 115% before having to deal with Kupa Junia's final stock - Kupa Junia easily takes the match. Match 3 saw BrainMagic open with a mega 71% combo and take Kupa Junia all the way up to 194% before even getting hit. BrainMagic wins the match after fighting hard to deal a total 655% damage across Kupa Junia's 2 stocks.

Match 6 - Vorgus Vs. Korby
Korby is the obvious air master, but Vorgus showing she is just as capable. Plenty of aerials being exchanged, though many are not connecting from either party. Match 1 and 2 were incredibly even. Vorgus taking Match 1 with a charged beam shot and Korby taking match 2 with a quick up smash. Korby starts Match 3 by overwhelming Vorgus. Vorgus, in the end, was unable to equalize the match and Korby finished her off with 2 stock still in the bag.

Match 7 - P Bubs Vs. Deddy Keng P Bubs was substantially knocked around in match 1 by Deddy Keng. She did make good use of her Toad counter to deal some nice damage, but it was too little too late. Match 2 saw P Bubs determined to stay in the fight reaching 308% at one point, but not being able to get the KO on a 228% Deddy Keng. It's the first 2 Match set of the tournament!

Match 8 - Apollo Vs. 2Spooky4Me

In Match 1 2Spooky4Me hits Apollo hard, but Apollo keeps the match even thanks to the trusty Pikmin. Lucas breaks Apollo's shield with an up smash and smokes him out of the stadium with his bat. Another up smash from 2Spooky4Me proves fatal - and again in Match 2. Apollo manages to break 2Spooky4Me's shield, but it's early in the match and doesn't amount to anything. 2 Spooky4Me proceeded to clean up.


This concludes Round 2! We saw our first 2 Match sets and sent more competitors to the loser's brackets. BrainMagic, Korby, Deddy keng, and 2Spooky4Me proceed to Round 3!
Match 15 - BrainMagic Vs. Korby
BrainMagic aggressively charges out of the gate surprising Korby. Korby gets his footing and evens it out. Evenly matched at 162%. The fighters trade stocks. It's a tense first match but BrainMagic takes it with an exploding shield. Korby launches a flurry of attacks in Match 2, but barely manages to land any of them. The match stays even, but an up throw from BrainMagic sends Korby to the Loser's bracket.

Match 16 - Deddy Keng Vs. 2Spooky4Me
Deddy cranks it up to 11 while 2Spooky4Me tries to dodge as many attacks as possible. 2Spooky4Me trying to end a stock with an up smash, but misses 5 times before succeeding with the bat instead. In match 2 Deddy manages to keep the game tight and edges ahead in the final push - then lands a KO hit. Match 3 saw a spookily untouchable 2Spooky4Me overwhelm and take a stock of Deddy Keng while only taking 14%. Deddy, determined to catch up, steps up his game. It's not enough to avoid another KO from the bat though.

That concludes Round 3! Both sets were high intensity. Now, we're left with BrainMagic and 2Spooky4Me facing off in a very psychically charged Semifinal set!
Match 12 - Apollo Vs. Sanic
Sanic clearly dominated at first, but Apollo hung in there each stock - at one point avoiding Sanic's KO hits while at 252%!

Match 11 - Dankey Kang Vs. P Bubs Dankey Kang quickly finishes the set, beating P Bubs 2 matches in a row with a total time of less than 2 minutes!

Match 10 - Vorgus Vs. Greninjy
It took 3 long matches to settle the fates of these competitors. After the third match - one of the longest of the tournament so far - Vorgus took the victory.

Match 9 - Kupa Junia Vs. Mr Mustard
Who could have ever expected a brawl between these two family members? Father Koopa immediately showed his alpha status by showing no mercy to the poor child. Kupa Junia put up more of a fight in the second bout and managed to get a stock off of Mr Mustard. However, Mr Mustard proves he's still the king.

That's the end of Loser's Round 1. Our first four tournament knockouts were Sanic, P Bubs, Greninjy, and Kupa Junia.
Match 14 - Apollo Vs. Dankey Kang
Dankey Kang was unable to land as many hits as he needed (and he only needed a few) in order to finish off Apollo. Apollo, managing to hit back with many firm shots and finishing Dankey Kang off with up airs more than once.

Match 13 - Vorgus Vs. Mr Mustard
Mr Mustard stuck around well over 200% on every stock forcing Vorgus to slowly fall behind as the battle raged. Mr Mustard

Loser's Round 2 see crowd favourite, Dankey Kang, knocked out of the tournament. Joining him on the sidelines is Vorgus. Apollo and Mr Mustard advance to face Korby and Deddy Keng proving his side smash is a force to truly be reckoned with.
Match 17 - Korby Vs. Apollo
Korby was too fast and furious for Apollo. Not a moment went by where Korby wasn't right up in Apollo's face. The match was pretty even, but Korby seemed to quickly get that KO in before Apollo ever could.

Match 18 - Deddy Keng Vs. Mr Mustard Deddy clearly knew his was around Mr Mustard in Match 1. However, in Match 2 Mr Mustard opened the floodgates and unleashed fury upon Deddy Keng. In Match 3, Deddy took bloody vengeance against Mr Mustard knocking him out without losing a stock and only sustaining a final 11% damage.

Apollo and Mr Mustard have been knocked clean out of the tournament. Korby now faces Deddy Keng in Loser's Round 4.
Match 20 - BrainMagic Vs. 2Spooky4Me
BrainMagic's shield seems to be posing a problem for 2Spooky4Me. A stunning glare frome BrainMagic has 2Spooky4Me unable to move and BrainMagic takes him out. 2Spooky4Me equalizes the score quickly. BrainMagic, in an emberassing mistep, SD's while trying to evade a pikafire from off the stage! In the second Match a Prone BrainMagic takes the full force of 2Spooky4Me's up smash. A hard ground slam down air sends 2Spooky4Me flying into the ground and bouncing straight all the way up and out of the screen. 2Spooky4Me secures his spot in the finals with a homerun - proving BrainMagic's perfect exploding shield is not invincible after all.

Match 19 - Korby Vs. Deddy Keng
These 2 fast paced fighters come fast out of the gate. Deddy Keng takes the lead and begins to work Korby over without breaking a sweat. Korby dodges frantically to stay in the game, but it's not enough. In Match 2 Deddy Keng scores three up smashes and sends Korby flying. It seems Korby doesn't want the victory as badly as Deddy Keng who handily takes the set.

2Spooky4Me is ready for the finals! Who will they face off against?
Match 21 - BrainMagic Vs. DeddyKeng
It's an evenly matched brawl with each fighter hitting the other hard. Deddy gets the first stock, but now sits at 174%. BrainMagic takes him out after a while. BrainMagic, now behind, tries hard to catch up. He does so with a well timed shield and 2 forward smashes. It's anyone's game. Deddy Keng manages to land a charged smash attack on BrainMagic's shield breaking it! Deddy takes the first match with a calm forward smash. In the second Match BrainMagic had all the oomph taken out of him. Deddy shows his superiority over the psychic creature. BrainMagic makes a small come back, but was just too far behind to make anything more happen.

BrainMagic is knocked out of the tournament. Deddy Keng is on to the finals for a rematch against the very same competitor whom sent him to the Loser's brackets in the first place!
THE FINALS

Match 22 - 2Spooky4Me Vs. Deddy Keng
2Spooky4Me gets an early freeze on Deddy and hammers him good. Deddy retaliates best he can. It's a close match. 2Spooky4Me lands another freeze, but doesn't make the most of the opportunity. Deddy is falling behind as 2Spooky4Me now giving him no time to catch his breath. 2Spooky4Me nails Deddy Keng with that bat stick for a win. In the second Match the fight was closely matched. 2Spooky4Me tosses Deddy to one side, and then rushes over and under him to land a devastating up smash. Deddy now falling behind again - unable to get a stock off 2Spooky4Me even though he's at 123%. Finally, Deddy lands a KO blow, but is now behind at 120% to a fresh stock. 2Spooky4Me dodges a strong forward smash from Deddy and lands his own down smash firmly into Deddy's feet - sending him flying. It's enough for 2Spooky4Me to be crowned the champion!

2Spooky4Me is crowned the champion!
There we have it folks! The Lucas amiibo "2Spooky4Me" is the champion of the Grand Vorgus Cup! He played a total of 5 sets (12 fights total) - only losing twice in the whole tournament. Once to Mr Mustard and once to Deddy Keng. Deddy Keng had a chance to get revenge and take the Grand Vorgus Cup for himself, but was knocked flat by 2Spooky4Me in the final match. Thanks for reading! I'll leave with the final results.



2Spooky4Me - Grand Vorgus Cup Champion

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

MTG: Terra Terror


I want to share a deck I made a few years ago that I've just had the chance to revise. I call that deck Terra Terror! Mwahaha hahaha! It is the ultimate land control and decimation deck ever devised! Well, or so I hope. I actually haven't had a chance to really test it in a real game yet, but on paper it sounds brutal and cruel.

The previous incarnation of this deck focused solely on things that blew up lands which is the point, but it seemed to have a tough time keeping itself afloat in battle. I'd end up behind, or outnumbered, or out of cards and out of options. This new version should be much scarier! Fear it!

4 x Llanowar Elves - For the cheap ramp.
4 x Akki Blizzard Herder - For the cheap land destruction.
1 x Krosan Restorer - Helps get lands back.
1 x Dwarven Driller - Helps destroy even more lands!
2 x Countryside Crusher - Gets stronger and stronger.
2 x Terravore - Hey! I get stronger and stronger too!
1 x Mina and Denn, Wildborn - For the additional land play and trample.

4 x Winter Orb - Brrr, it sure is getting cold. ;) Slows things right down.
4 x Custody Battle - Just hand those creatures over.
3 x Crown of the Ages - And... now hand another creature over.
3 x Gruul Cluestone - More ramp.
3 x Harrow - Some more awesome ramp!
3 x Roiling Terrain - Bam! Damage! Ow!
1 x Price of Glory - Don't even think about using instants during my turn.

12 x Mountains
11 x Forests

First off, the biggest difference in this deck is now the inclusion of 4 Winter Orb's and the addition of ways for me to ramp despite my land situation. Winter's Orb slows the game to a screeching halt... if you don't have alternative ways of creating mana. The cluestone and elves help ramp it up and the fact that 90% of my deck can be cast with 3 or less mana definitely helps. I really wanted another one or two Krosan Restorers because once threshold is reached, and it will be with this deck, it can produce so much mana. Unfortunately, I only have one and everywhere I looked was out of stock.

Secondly, the deck now includes some Crown of the Ages to accompany the already present Custody Battles. They go together like peanut butter and jam and bread and it's oh so delicious. Opponents will either have to lose a land, or risk permanently losing a creature to my side. Crown of the Ages can move Custody Battle to other creatures, and the original creature would remain under my control. It's devious and deadly.

Third. I've got some potentially heavy hitters in the deck now. Previously I had next to nothing for this job and at some point you got to hit back. Terravore and Countryside Crusher are perfect for this deck. They should be big and bad in no time.

Finally, I've added a few other cards that could prove useful. Mina and Denn, Wildborn will let me play additional lands and give those heavy hitters some trample. Harrow will help me ramp. Price of Glory will protect and potentially destroy even more land. I do love Price of Glory.

All in all I believe it's a large improvement over the original incarnation. Terra Terror should be interesting to say the least!

The Great Note Archive Mission

I've been holding on to a huge couple of binders full of notes for years now. I have high school notes from all sorts of classes - math, physics, social studies, english, etc. I have post-secondary notes from the Art Institute of Vancouver. There's notes from my time in Kwantlen in the Drafting program. Basically, there's a lot of paper just sitting around taking up space. I'd like to change that!

Part of me thinks, "I'll never look at this stuff again so just chuck it out and move on." Well, the other part of me says, "WHAT IF I NEED IT ONE DAY?!"

So, to compromise I'll try to take all these notes, turn them into digital copies, and chuck the hard copies. It's a bit of an undertaking that's for sure. So here's what I'm going to do...

Here's my Note Picture Taking K'Nex Apparatus!
I've created an apparatus to place my phone in and take pictures of every page of notes. It's built out of K'Nex and will allow me to slide a page in, take a picture, pull the page out, and repeat. I've opted for this method as opposed to scanning as it should simply be much quicker to simply hit a button on my phone every couple of seconds. The scanner takes too long to move up and down the page and wait for me to drop it and push a couple of buttons. This, combined with the fact that I don't need the quality to be amazing, just good enough to read, means I really don't need to use the scanner.

Here's the skeleton of the apparatus. The papers were only there to help reflect light.
The photos will be uploaded automatically to Google's Google Photo cloud. From there I plan to download them (possibly crop them) and reupload them in an organized fashion to Google Drive. Google Photos are weird in that if you move them around in Google Drive they still relate back to Google Photos and I really don't know how else to break this connection other than by downloading them and then deleting them from Google Photos. This was they'll only be accessible in Google Drive and not turning my Google Photos page into a collection of notes. It should work.

By the end I'll hopefully gain a couple shelves of space! Goodbye clutter!

Monday, December 26, 2016

2016 Music Exploration

This year saw me bring in a pair of my headphones to work which I could plug into the computer. The music helps keep me focused and makes the day go by a little faster. It's wonderful! Now, I don't really subscribe to any particular music service like google play, spotify, etc. so the I've been getting tunes in my head is by listening to music on YouTube.

I have the autoplay feature turned on for YouTube so I can just start playing a song and when it's done it'll go to the next music video and I can listen to it in the background. This has taken me on some random music adventures. Some are hits and some are misses, but I'm sure glad I've had a chance to learn about some new music this way!

Here's some of my favourite songs and music videos!

First off, my sister sent me this cool music video that also has some sweet beats. It put a big smile on my face! This song, "SOURCE," by Fever The Ghost also led me to some other great music.


One song and music video I was led to is "Let's Go" by Stuck in the Sound. The art style is clean and the story is kind of tragic, but in a way that should make you think a little bit.


Another great song and awesomely animated music video is "Delta" by C2C. I had to watch it a couple of times before I noticed and realized that the triangle symbol on the neglected religious man's clothing also happens to be the thing people are all fussing over in the video.


Yet another band found via autoplay is Concorde. They're a french indie band, but they do sing in English. It's hard to find much of anything about them, but they have a bunch of songs on YouTube you can listen to. Honestly, they're all worth listening to. All gold.


I can't say enough about Lorn. The beats are always spot on and completely pull me in. Makes me feel like it's the future - the feeling of some mysterious, unseen, ambiguous force of the future. The music video for "Anvil" basically visualizes one possible future - one in which over population has probably occurred.


Another Lorn music video, for "Ghosst(s)" is just a total creep you out sort of video, but oh so cool.


One more from Lorn, but there are so many more to explore, is "Acid Rain." It's a solid tune that I just have to share.


I could listen to this song over and over again. "Bye Bye Macadam" by Rone sounds great on it's own with a nice buildup, but I could also watch the music video over and over again. There's something hypnotizing about it. I like to think the dancing figures are beings exerting their influence over the universe and it's creation and flow of energy.


One heck of a catchy tune - Mr Oizo's "Hand in the Fire" has me bouncing my head up and down and singing along to the, uh, racy, euphemistic lyrics.


A racy music video this time around as we've got Tame Impala's "The Less I Know The Better." The innuendo is pretty blatant, but the transitions and cinematography is top-notch. Plus the song is great!


Another song found by jumping around via autoplay is "You Don't Know Me" by Son Lux. I'm hooked.


"Change is Everything," also by Son Lux, is another great song. The Music Video blows my mind every time I watch.


"The Cigarette Duet" by Princess Chelsea is totally hipster, but oh so fun and cute.


I stumbled onto Mac Demarco and his album Salad Days. It's joy to just chill, work on something, and just listen to. Here's "Treat Her Better."


"Dazzle" by Oh Wonder is a song that gets me moving. I just want to groove to it.


Vitalic, an eletronic band I love to listen to, had a couple more new albums I didn't even know about! The autoplay stumbled me towards them one day and I was overjoyed to hear more. "Lucky Star" was a Vitalic reawakening for me.


"Stamina," also by Vitalic, gets me pumped up. Ladies and gentleman, CRANK IT UP!


It has a bit of a mind-bending music video to go along with it's catchy track. Uffie's "Difficult" is fun.


Gesaffalstein's "Pursuit" music video seems to tell the story of the upbringing of some militaristic dictator and mad leader told via snapshots of his life. It's a great tune. (WARNING NSFW)


Metronomy has a new album this year. Summer '08 is an incredible album and every song is dripping with their distinct style. Here's one of my favourites - "Night Owl."


Sylvan Esso has many songs that are a joy to listen to. Here's just one of their excellent songs, "Hey Miami."


Neon Indian was a favourite from years ago. They've got new music! YEAH! Here's one of their awesome tunes, "Slumlord Rising."


There's more, oh there is so much more! Let's just end on a couple of Kavinsky Tracks. "Pacific Coast Highway" first and lastly "Odd Look." Very 80's. Very cool.



Well, this has been one of my largest music posts that's for sure. I've enjoyed hearing so much new music this year - the above examples are only scratching the surface. If you're looking for new music give YouTube's autoplay a try and just see where it takes you. Start with a song you like, and just let it ride. Hopefully you've enjoyed what I've shared with you, and I can't wait to hear more new stuff in 2017!

Merry Triangle Dude Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone had a great day and a very merry Christmas. I know I'll be eating some delicious home cooked food later and spending time with family and friends. Two things I thoroughly enjoy (oh man that food is going to be yummy in my tummy). Also, we actually got some snow this year which is very exciting! There hasn't been snow in December in years, so many frozen-falling-iceless years... So it's nice to have some snow for a change! Anyhow, here's a special Triangle Dude Christmas card. Merry Christmas!