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Entitled Buyer

I recently had (yet another) bad experience with a Carousell user.

He seemed to be a genuine potential buyer at first. Pleasant, friendly and asking the right questions that a real interested party would be asking. But after a while he just left me hanging and when I prompted a reply, the situation blew up.

His Carousell name is williamng95 and he had shown interest in purchasing one of the extra Helix Cuffs I was selling.

Screenshots as evidence will all be posted at the end of this post. I’m not the only one to have a bad experience with him and I’ve highlighted those in screenshots at the end of my post as well.

The following is a transcript of our conversation so that it’s easier to read. You can check my words against the screenshots if you want. His words are in red, mine are in blue and I have added in my thoughts and comments in black.

Jan 28 4.25pm I’m interested!
Jan 28 4.25pm Can I see more photos? Of the black one with black
Jan 28 4.25pm Black with black embe
Jan 28 4.33pm Hello! Thanks for your interest. I’m not sure how extra photos will help though. The ones I’m selling are all wrapped in their cellophane wrap. I’ll send you pictures of the box of the black on black one when I get home tonight
Jan 28 4.36pm Sure
Jan 28 4.36pm I want to see
Jan 28 4.37pm Silver with black cuff emb and black cuff with black emebq
Jan 28 4.37pm Embe*
Jan 28 4.48pm Okie dokie 🙂 Will get those pics to you tonight. Probably around 10/11pm depending on what time I get home
Jan 28 4.49pm Sure no problem
Jan 28 4.52pm Happy new year btw
Jan 28, 4.53pm Hahah happy lunar new year bro

Jan 28, 6.30pm Hey man I just got back home for a short while. Here are the pics of the boxes.
Jan 28, 6.30pm *pic of boxes from the top*
Jan 28, 6.30pm *pic of boxes from the bottom*
Jan 28, 6.31pm As you can tell there really isn’t much to see
Jan 28, 6.31pm *pic of Black Cuff with Black Embellishments from the Ashley Chloe website*
Jan 28, 6.32pm This is what the black on black looks like from their website
Jan 28, 6.32pm *pic of Black Cuff with Silver Embellishments from the Ashley Chloe website*
Jan 28, 6.32pm Here’s the Silver on Black one. You can also see my Silver on Black cuff in this listing’s second picture

Jan 28, 7.15pm Which one nicer
Jan 28, 7.16pm Silver on black or black on. Black
Jan 28, 7.22pm Haha well I’d say the Black on Black. I chose silver on black at first because I liked the shine when it gleams in light. But after wearing it for a while now I think the black on black is nicer cuz it hides scratches and fingerprints. The silver on black requires more maintenance so it really depends if you’re willing to clean it every so often or like me are super lazy XD
Jan 28, 7.48pm Okay
Jan 28, 7.48pm I’ve decided
Jan 28, 7.52pm I get the
Jan 28, 7.54pm Black on black
Jan 28, 7.57pm Offered S$150
Jan 28, 7.57pm Please accept my offer to exchange feedback later 🙂
Jan 28, 8.01pm Excellent choice. When would you prefer to deal? I can deal at Boon Keng MRT anytime before 6pm on weekdays cuz I work near there. I can also meet up in Town area (See the meetup options in the listing) or in the East.
Jan 28, 8.01pm Accepted offer S$150
Jan 28, 8.01pm Can deal after CNY?
Jan 28, 8.02pm And able to check on spot and test ?
Jan 28, 8.02pm Sure. What days are you looking at tentatively? Like, date range, weekdays or weekends, etc?
Jan 28, 8.03pm Weekdays like wed or Thursday
Jan 28, 8.03pm Wonderful I stay near boon Keng so can deal there
Jan 28, 8.04pm This
Jan 28, 8.04pm I can help you set it up and Bluetooth it to your phone, but once it’s opened I can’t refund you cuz I won’t be able to resell it once it’s opened. It’s a new  product and I’m not a reseller. I just got them cheaper in bulk
Jan 28, 8.04pm Yes I know
Jan 28, 8.05pm (:
Jan 28, 8.05pm Yeap Wed or Thurs is fine. Anytime also can. My work I flexible so just give me 15mins to walk over to the station
Jan 28, 8.05pm But it’s working right no spoiled etc or got problem
Jan 28, 8.05pm Kk
Jan 28, 8.05pm My work is* flexible
Jan 28, 8.06pm Kk
Jan 28, 8.06pm Cool I’ll reserve the black on black for you first. See you after CNY 🙂
Jan 28, 8.06pm It’s fully working no problem right ?
Jan 28, 8.07pm Yeap. I took mine out of the box and it worked immediately
Jan 28, 8.07pm Just follow the instructions on the paper
Jan 28, 8.07pm Okay see you (:
Jan 28, 8.07pm I’ll show you how to take out and put back also
Jan 28, 8.07pm Okay
Jan 28, 8.08pm A bit fiddly, but you get used to it. Plus the coolness factor is awesome when you show off to your friends XD
Jan 28, 8.42pm Yep haha can use as fashion accessories

Jan 28, 11.04pm Hello I got one last request
Jan 28, 11.04pm Can u wear the silver on your hand and take pic ? And make it brighter
Jan 28, 11.07pm *pic with my Black Cuff with Silver Embellishments on my wrist*
Jan 28, 11.07pm How’s this?
Jan 28, 11.12pm Can take from a further angler
Jan 28, 11.12pm The whole thing
Jan 28, 11.13pm Oh okay hang on
Jan 28, 11.13pm *pic with my Black Cuff with Silver Embellishments on my wrist but further away*
Jan 28, 11.13pm *same pic but changed my wrist angle a little*
Jan 28, 11.25pm The black one
Jan 28, 11.25pm Also have the silver thing right but it’s in dark colour ?
Jan 28, 11.26pm Yeah. It’s more matt black I think, so it doesn’t reflect or sparkle in light. I haven’t actually seen it in real life.
Jan 29, 12.10am Okay black black for me

Jan 31, 10.00pm Hey man would you like confirm a day and time? You said either Wed or Thurs, so can you confirm which one yet so I can pack it into my bag now? (This was Tuesday night and by the time he replied I was already asleep)
Jan 31, 11.42pm Hey man after Chinese New Year I need to check my timing first
Jan 31, 11.43pm Will most likely be available next week my sed is quite pack tho will confirm on Tuesday or wed. Who the heck uses “sed” to mean “schedule”? But then again, what did I expect from someone who doesn’t put in as much effort as I do into communicating clearly?

Feb 01, 6.55am Oh after CNY as in after the 15days? Lol you didn’t give a date or date range so I interpreted it as after the CNY festivities of reunion dinner and visiting. Okay sure np I’ll ask again next Tues then 🙂 At this point I’m already mildly annoyed so I gave a slight jab at him when I said he didn’t give a date or date range. But still, fair enough, I was willing to wait another week.

Two days later
Feb 03, 6.19pm Yes sorry for late reply
Feb 03, 6.19pm Was really bisy
Feb 03, 6.19pm Busy*
Feb 03, 7.29pm Yeah np man, you have your priorities. Oh just to let you know I won’t be available on Thursday cuz I’ll be taking leave for a whole day thing. I’m still available to meet at Boon Keng Station any other weekday next week, anytime during the day.

Feb 07, 7.59am Hey bro is your schedule fixed yet? Ready to set a time to meet this Wednesday (tomorrow)? I’m not available on Thursday as I have a whole day event to attend.
Feb 07, 8.00am Best time for me would be 5pm cuz then I can leave immediately after I finish showing you the intricacies of the cuff

No reply the whole day. If you scroll up, you’ll see that on 31st Jan he said that he said he’d be available the following week, and that he’d confirm on Tuesday or wed (which is 7th or 8th Feb).
Feb 07, 9.35pm Hey man I need a confirmation by tonight so that I can pack the Helix Cuff into my bag.
Feb 07, 9.36pm I need check my sed tomorrow first

Five days later
Feb 12, 10.13pm Hi william, would you like to fix a date and time to meet this week?

No reply. Now I got really pissed and decided that I didn’t care if the deal went through or not. So on Monday night, nearly 24 hours after I sent the last prompt (which is the standard period of time I allow for a person to reply).
Feb 13, 9.29pm William I need a reply. I have tried multiple times to arrange a meetup with you but you never seem to get back to me. You will have 24hours to reply, starting from now, else I will report you.

Now things get interesting. After I sent a threat, he replied just three minutes later.
Feb 13, 9.32pm Hey sorry I’m. Busy
Feb 13, 9.32pm People busy you want to report ?
Feb 13, 9.32pm If your being this rude I won’t get from you .
Woah woah woah hold up. First of all, I had no issues if he was really busy. What I did have an issue with was his lack of response and that was what I’d threatened him about. Even if he was really busy, how hard can it be to take two minutes to acknowledge a message? Actually, how hard is it to plan out something when you have a schedule? Even if some things are up in the air, he ought to know when the next time would be that he could make a decision, and he could PLAN FOR THAT. Just be like, I can’t make a decision yet, let me confirm some stuff and I’ll get back to you by tomorrow night. Don’t tell me he’s not a planner; he has a bloody “sed” that he keeps talking about.

On top of that, he threatened me back with backing out of the deal, which, by Carousell rules, you cannot do, especially after you’ve made and offer and both parties have agreed to it. Backing out of a deal is a REPORTABLE MISDEMEANOUR.

In addition, it’s not like he wasn’t active on Carousell. He’d completed a deal just two days prior to this and I know because the other party left him positive feedback and I checked the timestamp. So it’s not like he couldn’t reply to me and I said as much.

Also, he said “your” instead of “you’re”.

Feb 13, 9.34pm You complete a deal 2 days ago. The seller left feedback on you. Which means you were active. You didn’t follow up after you said you’d check your schedule. You couldn’t even reply to my message. I have to resort to threatening you with reporting then you reply.
Feb 13, 9.34pm You are threatening me now I can report you too. Hah! Please, go ahead. I have all the evidence I need to back me up.
Feb 13, 9.35pm Rude? After you’ve been so inconsiderate to not reply me and you call me rude? Such hypocrisy.
Feb 13, 9.36pm I said I’m busy can’t you read ?
Feb 13, 9.36pm Now your calling me hypocrisy ? Hypocrisy is a noun, not an adjective. #lern2ingleesh
Feb 13, 9.36pm This is how you treat you buyer ? You serious ? This is how you treat your seller? You serious? Also, you are not my buyer. You are a POTENTIAL buyer.
Feb 13, 9.37pm You’re not too busy to talk now are you? You’re talking to me right now. All I wanted was a response. You could have easily said Hey man I’ll get back to you in a few days time.
Feb 13, 9.54pm I said I will check my sed first means I will get back to you in few days Now this activated my full lawyer/sjw mode.
Feb 13, 10.01pm On 7th Feb you said you’d check your “sed” for tomorrow (8th Feb) but you never got back to me. Not even a message saying you couldn’t make it. I waited 5 days later on the 12th to ask you if you wanted to make plans to meet up, but again you didn’t reply until I threatened you nearly 24 hours later. So far I’ve been the one suggesting actual dates to meet up and you’ve been postponing. That’s alright, but you haven’t suggested any other dates. I’ve put in effort to meet your every request and query. Even when I was not at home I promised I would send you pictures by a stated time, and I followed through on that promise. On 31 Jan, you promised to confirm by the following week’s Tuesday or Wednesday (7th or 8th), and yet you didn’t confirm anything at all.
Feb 13, 10.01pm I said that means I will get back to you
Feb 13, 10.01pm When?
Feb 13, 10.02pm The sed one
Feb 13, 10.02pm Yeah, I’m asking when did you say you’d get back to me by?
Feb 13, 10.08pm There is a very simple fix for this situation. If you are still interested to get this, then state a date and time you’re next available. I will adjust my schedule to fit yours. If not, you can say you’re not interested anymore and we can part ways. Let’s see if we can finally get a firm answer out you.

It’s now Monday, 20th Feb that I’ve completed writing this. Almost a full week since this happened and he has not replied since. I will update this space if he does reply after I share this post when I leave him feedback.

In summary he was:

  • inconsiderate: Doesn’t reply in a timely manner.
  • unreliable: Doesn’t setup meetups. I was actively pushing for a meetup date/time.
  • a liar: Doesn’t keep his promises to get back to me after checking his “sed”, whereas I kept all of mine.
  • entitled: Thinks that just because he’s the buyer, I have to take all his crap lying down.
  • dishonourable: Didn’t end things properly when I gave him a chance to do so.

Update: I left him negative feedback and sent him a message after I posted this. As usual, screenshots are at the end of the post. I’ve updated the conversation section and added a new feedback section. I had to screenshot on my mobile because the text formatting on web was horrible.

Conversation
Feb 20, 1.04pm I have given you almost a week to end things amicably, but you have chosen to choose the coward’s way out. I have left you negative feedback. Yes I know I said “chosen to choose” LOL.
Feb 20, 1.26pm I said i was busy
Feb 20, 1.26pm Which part of English can you not understand.
Feb 20, 1.34pm I understand English perfectly. But I think you don’t. I stated very clearly multiple times in my messages and in my post that I have no issue with your busy schedule. I do have an issue with your unreasonable slow replies. No one is too busy to reply and you have even demonstrated that by replying now, which only proves my point.
Feb 20, 1.36pm I reply doesn’t mean I’m not busy
Feb 20, 1.36pm I Already told you once I found a suitable date I will buy
Feb 20, 1.46pm I am done wasting my time with you. I’ve got what I wanted. Have a nice life.

Feedback
My feedback on him Based on my experience, this guy is an inconsiderate, unreliable, entitled and dishonourable liar. Full story here (with screenshots) https://punslingerofthemildjest.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/entitled-buyer/
His reply to my feedback Tried to threaten me because I was busy never reply , some more call me a hypocrite because I did not reply

His feedback on me Tried to threaten me because I was busy and never reply
My reply to his feedback I didn’t “try” to threaten you. I outright threatened you and I was completely justified in doing so. The full story (complete with screenshots) is here at https://punslingerofthemildjest.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/entitled-buyer/

Screenshot evidence, as promised.

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-Jace

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Interview with Staz

This post was first published on GameForge Hearthstone’s Facebook Page on Jan 27, 2017. I’m putting it here as a backup copy. Click here to see the original post.
Last week, Euneil “Staz” Javiñas won the entire World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) Hearthstone World Finals in Changzhou, China, and has become the first SEA player to have a major win. Bagging a cool USD150,000, a whopping 25kg trophy and bragging rights is nothing short of amazing and it’s probably more meaningful to him as it’s his biggest monetary victory yet.
The PH Alliance player is no stranger to hardship as his professional Hearthstone career has been riddled with potholes. He was repeatedly denied visas to the US which cost him several opportunities to compete. Nevertheless, he persevered and the Filipino finally earned the well deserved title of Champion of a premier Hearthstone tournament.
We managed to ask Staz a few questions and he graciously replied, giving us just a glimpse into his world. Most people would want to know how a full time eSports gamer prepares for such events and Staz’s secret is that he has no secret, just pure hard work. He predicted that most people would bring Reno and Patches decks, which was no surprise to anyone.
Staz himself brought Reno Mage and Pirate Warrior, as well as Miracle Rogue, Renolock and Jade Aggro Shaman. Staz felt that these decks had consistency and he preferred to focus on practicing with the decks than to come up with tournament strategy to counter a specific deck or type of deck. Staz didn’t favour any of his decks in particular, he just practiced with all of them them until he reached a fairly equal level of confidence with wielding each one effectively.
Since he expected meta decks, he practiced with meta decks, which not only let him understand the nuances and weaknesses of each deck, but also translated all that practice into muscle memory. Practice gains experience and enough experience turns into reflex actions and instinct. This meant that playing in the tournament didn’t tax his brainpower as much, which in turn allowed him to use his time each turn more effectively to figure out better plays, lessened the likelihood of misplays, and also extended his mental stamina by that much more.
Staz has a lot of respect and hope for our SEA players and says that he can name “at least 15 players who are equally good or even better than [him] here in SEA”. It’s just that we do not have as much exposure or as many major tournaments as the NA or EU regions. So what can SEA players do to elevate themselves to become world class players? Staz brings it back to hard work and perseverance. Just do your best and grind as many tournaments as you can. Keep practicing and, well, git gud, scrub. Everyone has different points of view and personally for him, he likes to understand all the mechanics and the current state of the meta.
He does feel that playing eSports, Hearthstone especially, is a viable full-time career as there are an increasing number of companies investing in eSports and more major tournaments coming up. There are also teams and sponsors that pay enough to satisfy your basic needs, if you can find them, but that really depends on the cost of living in your country. For example, here in Singapore, the cost of living is really quite expensive compared to that of our neighbours, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Just take it from Staz; when asked what the most fun or interesting thing he did (besides winning) while in Changzhou, he said he made a lot of friends and generally had a great time. Imagine living there, where the cost of living is about 50% cheaper compared to that of Singapore, playing Hearthstone everyday and hanging out with great people! You don’t really have that kind of freedom here when the pressures of being an adult have you working at least a part time job to pay the bills.
Our final question we had for Staz was where he saw himself in Hearthstone about two years from now. He replied that, due to Hearthstone’s unpredictability, no one can really look that far into the future. However he did say it could take him anywhere and, when he’s winning this kind of money, he can definitely go wherever he pleases!
Congratulations Staz, you’ve done your country and the SEA region proud. Euneil-ed it!
Written by Jace
Jace is a casual Hearthstone player. Like most players, he has dreams of hitting Legend, but like most players, he’s too lazy to put in the effort. So he writes articles like this one to learn from the true masters. Check out more of his writing attempts at punslingerofthemildjest.wordpress.com.
-Jace

Logitech G231 Prodigy

This post was first published on GameForge Hearthstone’s Facebook Page on Jan 17, 2017. I’m putting it here as a backup copy. Click here to see the original post.
REASONS TO OWN A GAMING HEADSET FOR HEARTHSTONE
  1. It’s an essential tool for gamers and streamers.
  2. It helps to provide quality streaming either casually or professionally on Facebook and Twitch TV.
  3. It enables clear communication via the new in-game chat function for coaching and strategy discussion.
  4. Enriches your overall gaming experience!
REVIEW ON LOGITECH G231 PRODIGY GAMING HEADSET
At only 255g, the G231 Prodigy is not only light, but it’s also covered in a sports mesh cloth at the areas where it makes contact with the wearer’s head, namely the ear cushions and the underside of the headband. While leatherette is more commonly used, the mesh cloth is more durable and doesn’t flake off when it gets old. The softness of the material and the way it allows air to ventilate through the mesh keeps the head and ears cool and overall provides great comfort to the wearer. This is a particularly desirable feature, given Singapore’s warm and humid climate. The ear cushions are designed to go around the ear rather than on the ear, which also adds to the comfort regardless of ear size or shape.
The G231 Prodigy also features ear cups that have a wide swivel range of up to 90 degrees. This is makes the headset stand out amongst other headsets that have fixed ear cups because it’s able to accommodate the wearer’s small movements. When other headphones slip, they tend to let in surrounding noise, but the G231’s ear cups swivel and continuously supply steady sound without needing to be readjusted.
The headset provides stereo sound, which is rich and crisp, and this gives the user a complete immersive experience. There is a bit of static sometimes, but this is one of the more affordable headsets so it’s actually quite acceptable for its price.
The unidirectional microphone doesn’t have noise cancelling, but still enables clear communication. The mic is fold-able, meaning you can push it away when you’re not using it, but it’s not retractable. Because of this, some of us feel it’s a bit large and we can’t adjust it to the desired length. If multiple people happen to use the same headset, then each person might need to adjust the length of the mic so having a retractable microphone would be preferable. Having volume control and a microphone muting switch on the wire is also quite useful. This means the user doesn’t have to adjust the volume on their computer when they switch between using the headset and speakers.
In conclusion, the G231 Prodigy is well-rounded and affordable and we highly recommend it for gamers looking to get started with a gaming headset. It’s durable and serves as a good starting pair that are definitely worth investing in!

Written by Jace

Jace is a casual Hearthstone player. Like most players, he has dreams of hitting Legend, but like most players, he’s too lazy to put in the effort. So he writes articles like this one to learn from the true masters. Check out more of his writing attempts at punslingerofthemildjest.wordpress.com.

-Jace

Road to Legend Rank 1 in 2 days

This post was first published on GameForge Hearthstone’s Facebook Page on Jan 6, 2017. I’m putting it here as a backup copy. Click here to see the original post.

Our very own katsucurry reached Rank 1 Legend just two days into Season 34 and naturally we are all very excited and eager to know what his secret is so that we can just copy/paste and hope to achieve similar results. Because we all want that “gg ez game bois” deck right?

Think it’s that easy? Katsucurry dedicated more than 20 hours of gameplay and played over 150 games, averaging a win rate of 66%. And he did it with just one deck: Reno Mage. He said that the deck definitely felt like a Tier One option as long as there were no Tier One Druids.

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Please not that this list was used by katsucurry but created by him.

DECKLIST
Kastucurry says he doesn’t consider himself to be a deck builder, he usually just plays the decks that he thinks are the current best out there. If he were to make any changes to the list, it would be to add additional card draw like Novice Engineer or Acolyte of Pain. The Ice Lance has also been hit or miss for him, so it’s next up on the chopping board.

MULLIGAN
Because this is a Reno deck, there’s no perfect way to make a reliable mulligan guide as there are way too many possible permutations of starting hands.

That being said, katsucurry did provide some tips:

  • Reno Jackson is always a keep except against Druid
  • Kazakus is always a keep
  • You want removal spells against aggressive decks
  • Against control, you want draw spells, cycle/value minions, Emperor Thaurissan and Archmage Antonidas

MATCH UPS
To answer the question that’s on everyone’s minds: No, Pirate Warrior isn’t the top dog on ladder. Out of the 150+ games he played, Katsucurry mostly faced Shamans – usually Aggro Shaman variants – but there were a few Midrange Shamans here and there as well. Other reasonably represented decks were Miracle Rogue, Renolock, Reno Mage, Pirate Warrior, Dragon Warrior and Dragon Priest. Other than Dragon Warrior, the rest of the decks shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

Katsucurry said that the easiest deck to beat was Midrange Shaman. This version of Reno Mage also has the edge in a mirror match and against Renolock because of it’s additional reach. Rogues and Dragon Priests feel like the harder match ups for this deck.

STRATEGY
Against aggressive decks, you basically try to survive with removal spells and get to the late game where you can resolve a threat and contest their board position.

Against control decks, you usually go for the burn plan which is really similar to how Freeze Mage wins and sometimes you can go for the value game plan. The burn plan is to crank out a bunch of Fireballs from Archmage Antonidas with the help of Emperor or double 1-cost Kazakus spells and then burn out your opponent to the ground with a little help from Pyroblast or Alexstrasza.

GAME PLAY TIPS
When playing against aggressive decks, the aim is just to survive the early game, so plan your turns in such a way that you take the least amount of damage possible. Don’t be afraid to use cards like Ice Lance just to prevent a few points of damage and keep stalling until you find Reno Jackson or stabilize the board.

Against control, your game plan should be to draw and cycle as much as possible to get to Emperor Thaurissan or Archmage Antonidas. You almost always want to wait for the Brann + Kazakus combo. However, if the situation calls for an emergency Kazakus board clear or if you feel the need to get immediate value in the form of drawing cards and/or developing a board, go for it.

INTERESTING PLAYS
The deck has a few interesting combos that are good to be aware of. Besides the Brann + Kazakus combo, there are:

  • Inkmaster Solia + Pyroblast + Roaring Torch or discounted Fireball can OTK after Alexstrasza or against an active Jaraxxus
  • Inkmaster Solia + 10 mana Kazakus potion on turn 7
  • With 10 mana crystals, Brann + Kabal Courier can potentially find and play Kazakus in the same turn
  • Brann + Kazakus for double 1-cost potions to play with Antonidas

Written by Jace

Jace is a casual Hearthstone player. Like most players, he has dreams of hitting Legend, but like most players, he’s too lazy to put in the effort. So he writes articles like this one to learn from the true masters. Check out more of his writing attempts at punslingerofthemildjest.wordpress.com.

-Jace

Sweet Justice

To say it’s been a while since my last post would be an understatement. I know, I know, I’ve been completely lazy and not writing anything anymore, but I think writing this post has just reignited my fire to write again, although probably not as consistently as before.

Anyway, the main topic: Social Justice! … or at least, I think so.

I’ve been using Carousell for quite a while now and I’ve joined several groups to promote my listings (aka getting rid of my stuff quicker XD). Two of the groups I’ve joined are Kickstarter related, so that I could sell my extra Baubax Jackets and Helix Cuffs. I also found some people to share the Vue Smart Glasses with, but that’s a different story.

When I first joined the group, I noticed that there were many non-Kickstarter listings and I was quite annoyed. So about a week ago, I sent a message to the admin of both groups (who turned out to be the same guy) requesting that he (or the moderators) clean up the group, or grant me moderator status to clean up the group for them. To my surprise, he agreed to make me a moderator and said he’ll get someone to start the process.

So I waited. This morning I was going through the group again and got annoyed, so I started messaging people on the group who had listings that clearly did not contain Kickstarter products, asking them to take down their listings from the group. Most were cooperative, but there was one guy who was quite resistant and I want to highlight him.

Here are the screenshots of our conversation.

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Clearly he has no respect for rules, so I have intentionally showed his username here. I just replied that I’d report his listing, since that was the only thing I can do as a normal group member. At the same time, I sent a message to the group admin asking about the progress to make me a moderator, and about 20mins later, he granted me moderator status.

AWWW YISSS NOW I’M A MODERATOR! My first act as a new moderator was to talk to fuzifuzion again:

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FEEL THE BURN! Oh it felt SOOO sweet to shove my moderator-ness in his face. Petty revenge? Probably. But oh I was so drunk on power. From then til lunchtime, I was happily deleting listings that had clearly non-Kickstarter stuff, like services and second-hand clothes. I managed to delete so much nonsense that I condensed three pages worth of listings into just one. That means there was about 67% garbage listings!

Now the groups are all tidied up and I will enthusiastically enforce the rules, just because I can.

So do you think I’m a social justice warrior, or petty tiny tyrant?

-Jace

Ingress – Drama

Last Saturday morning, I was training at Bukit Timah Hill with a few friends from Ingress for the Goruck event and there was some drama from the Resistance.

Our team met at 7am and walked to the starting point of the hill, with each person carrying a load of around 9kg. While we waited at the foot of the hill for our last member, I was happily hacked and blasted away at the Resistance’s web of links. It was so satifying to destroy two of their portals which each had a SoftBank Ultra Link, supporting about 23 links in total, I think.

Anyway, about an hour plus into our training, I got called out in the Ingress Comm section by the owner of the portals I destroyed.

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Like, whaaaat??? That’s kinda mean-spirited, rude and obviously a butt-hurt reaction to me poking a hole in his link web. I showed my fellow Enlightened Ruckers and they all had similar reactions. This was just after we finished the three sets of going up and down the steep part of the hill, climbing all the way to the summit via the stairs on the third run. We were just about to start our physical training, so I put away my phone after I showed them.

After the training, I decided to punch more holes in the Resistance web out of spite, then tagged bluwarrior back in the comms.

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Yeah okay, I’m a childish, petty person. But he started it! *throws a tantrum*

My response about training for two hours was pretty funny, if I do say so myself. But I wasn’t satisfied. I was riled up, pumped with leftover adrenaline and itching for a fight. So I poked the bear. And this was his response.

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Like I said, Pokemon Go came out, so we all lost interest in Ingress. Just FYI, Bukit Timah hill has a ton of Eevee and Clefairies. Nearby, Beauty World has Pikachu, Vulpix and Ryhorn, though they’re still fairly rare. You’re welcome.

Back to the main story. Okay, I admit, I don’t personally know who bluwarrior is or what he looks like, but the opportunity to return fire was too good to pass up. To be honest, I don’t know who PathToNowhere is either, but I’m glad a fellow Enlightened Agent came to my defense, which just goes to show how supportive we Enlightened as a community are, unlike the unfriendly – almost militarian – Resistance. Guys, come on, haven’t we had enough of Singapore’s crap army system?

Side note: PathToNowhere seems to be a portmanteau of two cards from Magic: the Gathering (MTG), named Path to Exile and Journey to Nowhere. Both cards are white and do similar things: They exile a creature. Of course, it’s entirely possible that the handle PathToNowhere holds it’s own significance to its user, but it’s a curious little coincidence.

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I MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE. I FORGOT TO SCREENSHOT BLUWARRIOR’S REPLY. But I remember it went something like this:

bluwarrior: “You want to challenge a guy three times your age?”

And our replies:

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I don’t know how old the other two are, but I’m 23, so I tripled it to 69. Heh, 69 XD

Sadly, he didn’t respond, so that was the end of my fun. But for my last jibe, I took over his church with a JARVIS Virus.

Disclaimer to the Resistance: This burn post is targeted at bluwarrior. I’m sure there many of you nice agents out there. He just isn’t one of you. Sorry for any smack talk, we are opposing teams after all XD

Here’s proof that we made it to the summit.

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-Jace

Feature Article – Mikkel Goh

This post was first published on GameForge Hearthstone’s blog on Aug 2, 2016. I’m putting it here as a backup copy. Click here to see the original post.

Mikkel Goh is an outgoing 17 year old student at BMC International College and is a competitive player in Hearthstone for Team GameForge. He started playing in 2015 through an introduction from Yee Shean, who is a friend and now fellow teammate. Mikkel realized he had potential when he achieved the Legend rank within his second month of picking up the game. He subsequently joined regular tournaments, both official and unofficial, often finishing within the top 32 out of 256 players, and has won at least two of them. With a competitive nature and a background in other card games such as Duel Masters and Vanguard, it isn’t hard to see why Mikkel has done so well.

Mikkel has expressed his desire to be a professional gamer and play Hearthstone competitively full time, which is why he joined the GameForge team just a few months after he picked up the game. He says that enjoys the prospect of attention, fame and respect it will bring him, and that that is his main motivation for training hard. As a student, he has a lot of free time, so he dedicates most of it to Hearthstone. One of the most important lessons he’s learnt is to calm down and manage his emotions well because he cannot think when he’s too stressed. For example, during the Campus Game Fest at ITE College Central in a match against heisnotaxel, he didn’t realise that he had lethal in his hand until the rope started. Thankfully, he saw it eventually and finished his opponent off just before the rope ended his turn.

When asked what he thought of the GameForge team, Mikkel commented that they were still small and that they had much to improve upon. He felt that the team should train together more often, not only to improve their skills but also to strengthen bonds and friendships. Mikkel appreciates the Global Friendly Series and has played in all of them except against MiTH, a team from Thailand. He would like to play against Team Abyssus in the future.

One question Mikkel was asked was what changes he would make or would like to see in Hearthstone, to which he immediately answered: “Reduce RNG”. RNG refers to luck based cards and effects, and stands for Random Number Generator, a function used by digital games to determine random outcomes. By reducing RNG, the overall skill level of players would have to increase, making the game more competitive. He would also like to see some form of active interaction on your opponent’s turn, similar to how instants and abilities work in Magic: The Gathering. Mikkel also disagrees with the having formats such as Standard and Wild as he supports buffing or nerfing existing cards, but since Blizzard has already implemented rotation, he’d like to see some expansion cards be shifted into Classic, so that they can become evergreen.

Random fun facts about Mikkel:
His favourite class is Druid.
He enjoys playing tempo and midrange decks.
He finds the Singapore Shit Post giant very amusing.

And here are some of Mikkel’s tips for new players and players trying to get to Legend:

1. Find a coach
Having someone guide you is very important as he or she can see things from a different perspective. Often when you’re playing the game, your vision becomes one dimensional and you may end up misplaying because you didn’t see a certain angle.

2. Think through your turns
Similar to finding a coach, this allows you to consider all possible plays, even if you’re playing a mindless cancer/smorc deck.

3. Ingrain good fundamental habits
Good habits like thinking through your turns are hard to form, but once you ingrain them, you can save a lot of time in higher level plays because you will instinctively know what to do next.

-Jace