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July 16, 2013 Post Mortem

Well I ended up spending some CP's and Silver and Shield Points to purchase Infiltrator White Crown Nix, and to ISO out her and Wonderman.  That team proved successful after all others had driven me to insanity with thier inconsistency.  A slow steady playing most of the day allowed me to keep up with volume and finish at 1298, finally obtaining my first ever Vibranium finish.  

Now, I like many others also received Angel as a reward, can't say I am "upset" but it does feel "dirty".   In reality just saved me the time in farming the 135 CP when he was going to be released.  Plus it will make doing the SO11 task a breeze.  

The issue for me is since I was also running SWMBO's team, she has been tied up on other projects, I did over 800 attacks this season.  Just too dang many for my taste, I was totally burned out at the end nad it showed in my work and family life.  So I can now legitmately say I finished in Vibranium.  Done.  No more.  Not worth it.  It will take a really nice outfit for me to try to do this again.  Diamond with a lot less stress is good enough for me.

So Congratulations to those who Legitmately finsihed in Adamantium, here's hoping PD compensate's you appropriately for your time, cash, and effort.  Congrats to all who recevied their awards and to those of us who lucked out due to glitches ;)


July 15, 2013

So it all comes down to this, attempting to maintain something I have never achieved in all my previous attempts and a new Spec Ops to manage at the same time... No problem, after all indecision is the key to flexibility!

Logged quite a few last night and woke up to only a net -23 since my last battle, 1 - 2.  I will monitor it all day as best I can and hope i can survice the crush of the last hours.  

Best of luck us all!


July 14, 2013

Happy Bastille Day!   As my Staff finished last night I equipped it for overnight.  Well 2-8 overnight, first AFK wins in a long time. Put in many extra lst night and still stayed in Diamond, logged in this morning at 1179... yep same as yesterday :P  

On the plus side I was able to get my 5 wins in 5 attacks, another Nugget off the spinner, lol.

Status: Rating 1285 /  Rank above Diamond /  Attacks 414 


Shep's Staff: 125+ / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  5+ / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  5 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 0 Gold) 


July 13, 2013

0-7 Overnight -99.  After running 23 attacks yesterday to be a net +23 on the day, I started the day at 1179 safely back in Diamond.

So far I am 3 - 4 on attacks this morning for another net -25 since I started.  I was doing rather well up to the 7/5 patch and I have tried multiple teams and strategies all with the same results, Bad.  I have put in more attacks in this tournament than any other and it appears all my volume will be for naught as I will end up right where I always do.  I am frustrated beyond belief at this point.

Still frustrated but finally completed my 5 wins... and the game must have sensed my near stroke inducing rage andgave me my last Caducite off the spinner so in 8 hours I will have my staff for 0 Gold.

Status: Rating 1226 /  Diamond /  Attacks 394 

Shep's Staff: 125+ / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  5+ / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  5 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 0 Gold) 


July 12, 2013

Wow, I cannot wait for this thing to be over.  AFK is still horrible, did a bunch last night and changed team around only to go 2 -7 and log in this morning at 1265.  

Attacks are going horribly already lost 4 this morning, have a few concepts but why is it that every toon I want to use is borked?  Seriously, we could not patch in fixes for the bugs from the July 5th patch already?!?  

So  5 - 4 on attacks.  It was like crawling on your hands an knees across broken class soaked in salt and vinegar, but I got to the spinner and at least it rewarded me with a Caducite WOOT!  only 1 more needed.  I oculd spend the 10 gold but, I will take my chances, I do not think it would make a difference right now, but perhaps if i do not win it on Sunday's spin I will pay up so I can have it on the last day.

Status: Rating 1294 /  Rank which shall not be named /  Attacks 347 

Shep's Staff: 125+ / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  5+ / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  4 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 10 Gold) 


July 11, 2013

Increase volume continues unabated, but in last week that is to be expected I guess.  Just holding on by skin of my teeth (and extra attacks)  My AFK continues to be horrible and changing up team to reduce Scrapper exposure by swapping BSQS for P5 Emma did no good, but playing AOE Spam Bot did work on a couple of attacks.  

Started this morning at 1253 (SQUEAK).  Took 8 attacks and 1 PvP Challenge token to get my 5 wins, ugh.  Won a Sinister Scepter off the spinner, so I changed the team up just to try to new toy...  We'll see how it does, honestly can't be any worse than my team did last night (0-4).  

Resigned to having to do extra attacks the rest of the way through as I cannot seem to create a cushion.  The nerf to 12.2 (I KNOW it is still the best payoff, but the droughts reduce the skinner box effectiveness for me)  and the grind has worn me down and I stopped farming so I had no new heroes to raise my bonuses.  So just going to try to gut it out and pray for the best... lots of praying.

Status: Rating 1277 /  Rank which shall not be named /  Attacks 319 

Shepherd's Staff: 124 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  5 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  3 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 21 Gold) 


July 10, 2013

Oh soul crushing volume, there you are!  I tried to keep up with my AFK losses last night...  it kind of worked... I did not win a single defense...  That combined with the fact that I had 2 attacking losses and a few wins where i would lose 2 AFK while attcking made for a long night.  A long, draining 23 attack night just to maintain position.

But it "worked" as I logged in this morning at 1286.  I had another 9 defenses after I went to bed before I logged this morning.  But mercifully I went 3-6.  I posted 5 wins in 5 attacks and 1 loss while attacking, another gold Nugget off the spinner...  Really?  REALLY! 4 more shots for 2 more Caducite... not good odds.

Status: Rating 1343 /  Rank which shall not be named /  Attacks 306 

Shepherd's Staff: 119 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  5 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  3 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 26 Gold) 


July 9, 2013

It's quiet, too quiet if you know what I mean.  After putting in some evening attacks to counter during the day defense losses, I started this morning at 1286, only 3 AFK defenses.  SWMBO had none.. 0!  I know I have just jinxed it but it makes me nervous.  But nervous in preferable to buried.  

5 Straight attacks for wins this morning, but had 1 "Defense while attacking" loss mixed in.  Received another Nugget off the spinner, nad I know it is mocking me as the Caducite was the next square, I know I was being taunted by an inanimate random number generator!  It's doing it on purpose I tells ya!

Status: Rating 1354 /  Rank which shall not be named /  Attacks 278 

Shepherd's Staff: 113 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  5 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  3 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 32 Gold) 


July 8, 2013

Annnnnd the hammer fell.  Welcome to the league which shall not me named, here is your overnight -101, enjoy!  Yeah went 2-8 AFK over night and pounded me back to a 1210 starting point this morning. 

Took me 7 attacks to get 5 wins.  Current Axe bug leads to interesting strategy, if opposing Agent has it it, my reaction is "Kill it!  KILL IT WITH FIRE!"  which, if it works, is fine as the buff is removed when Agent dies... if not you get hit  HARD, and most likely lose.  Reminds me of GLADos "If at first you don't succeed, you fail, and the simulation will terminate." 

Got a Hydra Signet off the spinner.  Wait, what? there are items other than staff materials on the spinner?  Huh, who knew?

Status: Rating 1262 /  Rank above Diamond /  Attacks 265 

Shepherd's Staff: 107 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  5 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  3 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 38 Gold) 

  July 7, 2013

Well trying to keep up with the AFK is currently paying off.  Started this morning at 1238!  Currently dropped the QJ out of my load out Friday for Warbringer, if I am going to have to face a borked weapon I might as well have it as well.  Got my 5 wins is 5 attacks including one I should probably not have but class advantage and turn order helped me out, but I lost an AFK in there so I ended up in the rank which not be named.  Another Gold Nugget off the spinner again <sigh>  Need 2 more Caducites in the next 7 spinners, but in all honesty 20 gold is OK for something that looks as interesting as the staff..

Status: Rating 1301 /  Rank above Diamond /  Attacks 256 

Shepherd's Staff: 102 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  5 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  3 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 43 Gold) 


July 6, 2013

Well this is going to be an interesting weekend...  Patch nerfs to Rescue, Patch BUGS like Omega no longer penetrating and exploting shields, and Warbringer no longer removing stacks on attack... OUCH.  Can't wait for the fixes to warbringer as it hurts a lot.

Put in extra Attacks yesterday to keep up with AFK.  Took 7 attacks to get my 5 wins.  Competition getting challenging again.  Luck streak ended with another Gold Nugget off the spinner.

Status: Rating 1246 /  Diamond /  Attacks 246 

Shepherd's Staff: 96 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  5 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  3 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 49 Gold) 


July 5, 2013

Well put in some extra attacks last night to make up for the AFK volume, but nothing too serious.  Trying to stay in full on lurk mode.  Started this morning at 1165, not bad for overnight losses, then I went and hosed my first attack by not trageting the correct protector... stompage ensued.  So took 6 attacks to get my 5 wins and apparently asking politely worked as I got a Caducite off the spinner <YAY!>

Status: Rating 1221 /  Diamond /  Attacks 230 

Shepherd's Staff: 90 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  5 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  3 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 55 Gold) 


July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day!  Well took a beating AFK as I only did my 7 the other day, was not in the mood to put in extras at night, so I started at 1109.  The plus side is that I was able to rattle off 5 wins in 5 attacks and received another Feather off the spinner...  <Sigh> Caducites please!  

Status: Rating 1170 /  Diamond /  Attacks 213 

Shepherd's Staff: 85 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  5 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  2 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 70 Gold) 


July 3, 2013

It is not going to happen.  Just do not have enough juice.  I spent challenge tokens last night in an effort to get a cushion above 1250 and all I did was waste 2 hours of my life, raise my blood pressure, and essentially nerd rage. 20+ extra attacks to move BACKWARDS.  Could not string together wins to save my soul.  Each win was followed by a match up I was hopelessly out classed in or a person with a lower rating that if/when I lost would ruin any progress I had made.  I am not made out for PvP....

So I logged in today at 1149, yeah I told you it was NOT a good evening.  Took 7 attacks this morning to get my 5 wins.  Received a 5 Challenge Token so at least I replenished a little that I wasted last night,  So I have resigned to not missing Vibranium (AGAIN) and trying to save my sanity instead.  I hope the tourney has been kinder to you all dear readers.

Status: Rating 1212 /  Diamond /  Attacks 207 

Shepherd's Staff: 80 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  5 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  2 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 75 Gold) 


July 2, 2013

So I decided to try to get a cushion last night as I just eeked into the the "Rank which shall not be named".  Yeah bad choice, lost 6 attacks in a row, ended up burning some challenge tokens all just to basically run in place... and wake up this morning back in Diamond at 1176. 

Perhaps my half measure of buying PvP trinkets (20 Gold worth) was not enough.  But for some reason see a vast majority of people in my meta all have Vibranium rewards (Bruiser Lab Coat) which makes me think what are these people doing down here?  Why me?  Why are you running Rescue, HFM with Savant Spear, and WC Phoenix, just hoping to make the match go long enough to cause a CVE?  Other questions of the day:

Apparently, when OS has Power of Four (Thanks SW!) changing classes counts as one of your 4 moves... LAME /sad trombone

Since when when an agent is phased from using Sinister Scepter and attacks with SS does it not cause them to come out of phase?  Is that not an attack?

These and other questions will NOT be answered on the next episode of Soap!  6 attacks to get 5 wins.  back at the border.  Another Sera Feather off the spinner WOOT!  Thant's 5, C'mon Caducites!

Status: Rating 1237 /  Diamond /  Attacks 167 

Shepherd's Staff: 75 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  5 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  2 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 80 Gold) 


July 1, 2013

Happy Canada Day!  Well logged in this AM to a slight slide after logging some extra fights last night, 1172.  Actaually got 5 wins in 5 attacks, although 3 of the 5 were nail biting come from behind victories thanks mainly to silly AI or miraculous Procs.  Must remember this day when I get a string of close losses.  In any event received a Seraphim Feather from the spinner so that is mroe good news.  Not sure this is where I want to be with still 2 weeks left on the treadmill but i beats being in Silver.

Status: Rating 1255 /  "The Rank which shall not be named" /  Attacks 140 

Shepherd's Staff: 70 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  4 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  2 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 95 Gold) 


June 29-30, 2013

Well did a bunch of extra attacks Saturday night, 3 too many in fact, as I lost the last 3 attacks before I went to bed... always good for a restful night's sleep :P  On the plus side I still have not had a revisit of the mismatch a couple weeks back and for better or worse loses have ben close.  Rattled off 5 wins in 7 attacks this morning.  Plus 2 good spinners, Caducite yesterday, Feather today!

Status: Rating 1186 /  Diamond  /  Attacks 130 

Shepherd's Staff: 65 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  3 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  2 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 110 Gold) 


June 28, 2013

Knocked back into Gold overnight but just barely.  Not sure if it is new people entering now that we are close to 2 weeks or the fact that I am slowly climbing but seeing a lot of people with vault scores over 100k, some over 125k.  Saw one with 12 Hard Nox and 12 Butcher Blades... "Pardon me sir but what are you doing slumming in Diamond?"  All of that and it took me 6 attacks to get my 5 wins, busy day so I know I will not be able to get in more today.  All of my whining yesterday worked out!  Another Gold Nugget off the spinner... oh wait that is the opposite of what I wanted.  SWMBO has another hilarious problem... she now has 7 Caducites but only 2 feathers :P

Status: Rating 1089 /  Diamond  /  Attacks 103 

Shepherd's Staff: 55 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  2 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  1 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 140 Gold) 


June 27, 2013

Again, another -90 some AFK night... it's quiet, too quiet.  Got 5 wins in 5 attacks.  Will need to put in some extra attacks to get where I need to be (the rank which has eluded me thus far, who's name I will not speak... errr type.)  Spinner gave me another Nugget... really?!  C'mon how about some of the 10 Gold items I need there RNG!

Status: Rating 1104 /  Diamond  /  Attacks 97 

Shepherd's Staff: 49 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  2 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  1 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 146 Gold) 


June 26, 2013

Volume appears to be returning to normal (only about -100 from overnight AFK).  Took 6 attacks for 5 wins today.  Got a 5 PvP Challenge token off the spinner

Status: Rating 1123 /  Diamond  /  Attacks 92 

Shepherd's Staff: 43 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  2 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  1 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 152 Gold) 



June 25, 2013

Well the weirdness that is PvP season 9 continues.  SWMBO logged in to find once of the now infamous -158 pending update, then later in the night a +147 both still show in her battle log.  I have so far not seen one of these (JINX!)

Well a couple days ago I spent some Gold and purchased 10 Unstoppable Lockboxes which actually got my me 8th comic cover!  I also purhased 10 watches, so I have finally borken down and used gold for PvP Vault.  Alas that did me no good as that was right before the weekend fo pain (let us never speak of it again).  I also purchased QS blue scrapper pjs.  That has helped quite a bit.  Got my 5 wins in 5 attacks today, and from the spinner, another Gold Nugget /facepalm.

Status: Rating 1094 /  Diamond  /  Attacks 86 

Shepherd's Staff: 38 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  2 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  1 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 157 Gold) 


June 22 - 24, 2013

I have come before you to apologize, the previous complaints made on June 21st are invalid.  They are in truth the halcyon, salad days of PvP and I long to return to them... please?  The weekend was BRUTAL (and I wish I could add more emphasis, like dripping blood letters or some such)  Match against people 200 points higher than me who out vaulted, out heroe'd and one who actually already had purchased the Shepherd's Staff...  I took all day to grind out the 5 wins each day and actually ended up losing ground in the process.

My only consolations were: 1) by reading the Wiki things were tough all over, everybody way having similar issues; and 2) I picked up some more mats for the staff.

Can not seem to break into Diamond, but we'll see how it goes as there are 20 days left.

Summing up for 3 days worth of activity:

Status: Rating 976 /  Gold  /  Attacks 79 (woot a net +11 after an additional 49 attacks!)

Shepherd's Staff: 32 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  2 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  1 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 163 Gold)


June 21, 2013

Ow, ow, OW!  Make the bad man stop!  After tacking on an additional 4 attacks yesterday (4 - 0) and getting my rating up over 1,000, I had 18 AFK defenses (5 - 13) dropping me back to 873... back to SILVER!  Ouch.

Well at least the climb back was helped by my low rating.  After 6 attacks (5 - 1) and one AFK Defense win, I was back to 965.  The one loss came to a person with 100k offense vault + turn order Opposing agent (sign post, hotshot); Modern Thor (Thunder) = dead.  At least I only lost 8 points as it was my first attack, I was still 873 and he was over 1,040.

So 5 nuggets plus another nugget off the spinner (grumble, grumble) gets me closer to the staff.

Really have been considering dropping some gold for vault bonus <GASP> to replace my real dogs as I have received anything from lockboxes or off PvP spinner recently.  But then I think about the potential cost of the staff..  Guess I have another day or so to think about it before the "Limited Edition" Watches go away... (hums Dora the Explorer theme song)

Status: Rating 965 /  Gold  /  Attacks 30

Shepherd's Staff: 17 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  1 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  0 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 198 Gold)


June 20, 2013

OK, i think i am over the fact that I will not be seeing any Juggy Boxes this tourney <sniff>.  As always, past results are NOT indicative of future projections.

So I did some extra work yesterday just because it seems to me that gaining rating appears to be a bit harder this time.  Perhaps it is becuase it is still early but everything (wins and losses) seem a lot closer with fewer +/- 20's and +/- 11's.  But as PKB would say, small sample sizes abound.  I'll keep an eye on it.  My extra attacks (6 - 2) combined with a very favorable AFK defense (7 - 6), also most likely due to it being early; allowed me to start the day at 932.  Still facing the gamut of matches from the sickeningly easy, to the nigh on impossible.  Took 7 attacks to get my 5 wins and had 1 AFK loss while battling, so ended the day at 954.  Spinner gave me more mats!  Another Gold Nugget /sad trombone.

Status: Rating 954 /  Gold  /  Attacks 20

Shepherd's Staff: 11 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  1 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  0 / 5 Caducites (10 G);                (Current "Buy it Now" price: 204 Gold)


June 19, 2013

Welcome to PvP season 9!  I must say the rewards are more intruiging this season, although the Savant's Spear has been helpful in PvE, I am not sure what I would unload to use it in PvP.  But most intruiging of all will be are there Juggy Lockboxes on the spinner?  I don't know Johnny, let's find out!

<intermission music>

OK that was odd, first win I received a "Gold nugget" which appears to be a consumable... NOT an unstoppable lockbox   :(  THIS BODES ILL! <deep calming breaths>

OK on the plus side it appears we have a quest to construct a weapon that will give our agent some of the powers of Angel... intruiging.  Now this task does say Season 9 ONLY, so perhaps lockboxes back in season 10?

<intermission music>

OK... 5 attacks for 5 wins...  got to spinner, no Lockboxes... ouch, playdom, ouch.  I guess Juggy will be out of my grasp for now.  I wonder if there will be another shot at Constrictor lock boxes.  I am at 7/8, but SWMBO is only at 5/8 for the Binding Agent with 6 dupes already.  Not a cool move in my opinion.

Recevied a Seraphim Feather off of the spinner.

Status: Rating 889  /  Silver  /  Attacks 5

Shepherd's Staff: 5 / 125 Gold Nuggets (1 G);  1 / 5 Seraphim Feathers (10 G);  0 / 5 Caducites (10 G);               (Current "Buy it Now" price: 210 Gold)

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