Stage Two and Team Compositions

This post is not some deep analysis of hero picks or anything serious of that nature. It’s just a small observation of compositions being ultilized. With the nerf of Mercy, support heroes neglected last meta are breath with new life. Lucio and Ana are back baby, but Mercy is not being tossed in the corner to rot. She still has resurrect, which is probably the most powerful non ultimate ability in the game. A powerful ability like resurrect should always have a drawback. Mercy is vulnerable to displacement and is a sitting duck without support. In the match with Dallas Fuel and the LA Gladiators, Custa’s Mercy kept bringing back AKM and damaged boost him along with nano that made his visor far superior to Surefour’s nano visor. Mercy is not dead, but the power gap between the support heroes have diminished just a bit.

Ana may still be a bit lacking because of the dive meta. Nothing in that regard has changed. DVA’s defense matrix and shields reduces Ana’s effectiveness on the field. I’m not entirely sure what kind of buffs Ana needs, but I feel she needs something to make her more competitive with the other supports.

Dive meta is back. Lucio and Zenyatta had a strong showing this week. Zen’s sheer damage output and discord orbs coupled with Lucio’s speed boost is more entertaining to watch than the moth meta of the past. However, this meta isn’t anything new. If you watch any of the APEX matches in Korea, dive meta was all the rage. We are just returning back to it. However, there are more ways to deal with dive compositions, so it’s not easily the steam roll-able onslaught like it was in the past. Dive is still tricky to work out since it requires impeccable coordination among team members.

Death ball compositions is back and even more vicious than ever. With the addition of Moira, it’s even easier to heal it. Moira’s ultimate can be charged very quickly which can snowball a fight in favor of the team with her.

So if this first week is any indicator of things to come, dive and death ball compositions will be very popular. Of course this depends on the map type in question. Some compositions work very well on certain maps like death ball on the first point on King’s Row. Dive works practically on any map, but the coordination required to play it through has to be top notch. It should be interesting to see what will unfold during week two.


Stage Two of OWL

As of this post, 47 minutes from now will be the start of OWL stage two. This first team to face off will be Seoul Dynasty versus LA Valiants. The second team to face off is the Dallas Fuel versus Shanghai Dragons with the last set being LA Gladiators versus SF Shocks. It should be noted these matches will be on the patch with the nerfs to Mercy. Moth meta allowed for aggressive plays, but with her recent changes, teams will have to change up their styles. With the nerf to Mercy, we will probably see more Lucio and Moira. I’m not so sure about Ana because dive, shields and defensive matrix make her relatively weak compare to the other supports. Ana will probably be run on certain maps like the first point of Gibraltar where there is high ground for Ana to perch with teammates being nearby in case she needs peeling.

The team I look forward to playing will be the Dallas Fuel. The team has struggled in the last meta with their weak tank lineup. With XQC barred from stage one, the team had to rely on an anti dive comp. Towards the end of stage one, they began to show their true strength and played more consistently. This meta, there is a chance for death ball meta to come back into play which suits the old EnvyUs style of slow drawn out fights.

I’m just glad moth meta is gone. Mercy won’t disappear though. She will still be paired with Pharah and her resurrection ability is nothing to be scoffed at. She can still resurrect people if they get picked off early, but she will not be as oppressive like she was in the moth meta. I’m interested to see what supports teams will be running. I hope to see more Lucio and Ana: Lucio with the crazy wall climbs/peels and Ana for nanos, grenades and sleep darts.


My Gamer Fuel

Seems like a fun topic to talk about. The stereotypical gamer food is usually something portable and can be eaten with one hand. I’ve been thinking about what I eat before a gaming session. I put away about an hour before starting a session with the following foods: rice balls, water, an energy drink, and some dried fruits.

I absolutely love rice balls. They are compact, dense, and delicious. I live next to a tea shop that specializes in rice balls. My typical order is either SPAM or shrimp tempera with some hot green tea. I try not to overeat cause it makes me tired. If I’m not in the mood for rice balls, any sandwich or food in a compact form will do.

The energy drink varies at times. Sometimes I would have it and other days I would leave it out. It’s usually Red Bull and on rare occasion Monsters. Monster is usually too sweet for my taste. I would order ice coffee, but my stomach has been acting up lately so I tend to only have it in small amounts. The drink I need the most is regular water. There is literally no substitute for it. It keeps you quenched and hydrated.

Dried fruits like apricots, raisins are my go to snacks through a session. I stagger the fruits across the gaming session. It helps me sustain the session as long as I need it.

There’s my gamer fuel of choice. Without this subsistence, competing on ladder would literally be absolute hell. Stomach triumphs over gaming any day.

Nearing the end of a season and more!

As of this post, season eight in Overwatch is coming to an end. It’s been a rough season for me going from high masters two seasons ago to just barely qualifying for masters. A major part of it was the season gap between season six and seven. I took time off from the game. I jumped back in midway in season eight to discover my skills have dulled to the point I was a liability.

DPS is my preferred role, but it’s a role coveted by most players. Healers is a solid second and tanks are last. I like to frag out as much as possible and go for highlight plays, but it’s also what holds me back as a player. I try to do cool shit and end up face down on the floor looking like an idiot. It’s a stark difference from my MMO background where I main healer. In Overwatch, I like supports where I could have the most offensive impact. Whether it’s Ana or Moira, I like to be able to hold my own against the enemy as well as be healer the team needs. My hero picks this season is all over the place. Jack of all trades, master of none. I flex and get punish for it. Maybe I should focus on just a handful of heroes, but it would be boring. I’ve never been able to just stick to a single hero. My mechanical skills is too inconsistent to be good with McCree and Tracer, but my game sense is solid. Keeping tabs on enemy ultimate and positioning isn’t too difficult. I’ve also discovered I’m decent at shot calling. With it in mind, I should go forth the next season being a tank or support. Lord knows we need more of those.

With just six days to the end of season eight, I thought I make a post summarizing my overall experience this season. It was short, but insightful. In other Overwatch related content, the Overwatch League was some of the best things I’ve watch this year. NYXL lost to the London Spitfire was thrilling and heartbreaking. Dallas Fuel is my team even if they did poorly. Their victory over the LA Gladiators was uplifting. They looked almost like the EnvyUs of the past. They won without Effect as well. Dallas Fuel has struggled with their coordination and weak tank line up. I’m hopeful in stage two, Dallas Fuel will be a force to be reckon with. BURN BLUE!

FGO Valentine 2018



I’m not prepared for this. I thought it was going to be some Valentine rerun, but this is so evil. JAlter/Setsubun was a bait gacha for this event. SEMIRAMIS! She will arrive tomorrow in all her beautiful glory. I don’t have the quartz or monetary income for this Q_Q. So this event will last about half a month so I will have that one percent chance of scoring a character I’ve long sought after. Like any other event, I will probably farm it to death to get all the materials in shop. I hope you masters are ready. I know I’m not.

On another note, I will post more Overwatch content, but it’ll be my usual rant about competitive ladder. I may write an article relating to things in the pro scene, but I’m hesitant on the subject matter. Anyway folks, I’m out. Happy Tuesday!

Setsubun Event Cleared!

100 floors cleared

The Setsubun Event is winding down. It’s definitely an interesting event for FGO veterans. Due to the lockout mechanics of this event, I had to dig through three to one star servants to clear this event in a manageable time frame. All the tower bosses have some weird mechanics that were manageable for the most part. I don’t have Waver/Merlin to run buster memes, but I do have the servants to run Arts/Quick teams. This event has made me appreciate the three star roster. Sure they’re not as fancy as their SR/SSR equivalent, but the majority of them have synergistic qualities that makes participating in this event easy. My favorite three star (and apparently the majority of FGO players) is Cu Cuchulain, the best three star lancer in this game because of his sheer ability to outlast your opponent. He along side a couple three stars made ascending this pagoda a breeze.

Quick team kicks 200 floor in the face

The last boss of the tower is Kintoki. It posed a bit of difficulty due to berserker advantage against all classes and I didn’t have Abigail or Hokusai in my arsenal. I had two setups I could field for this situation: art or quick. I decided to field a quick team composing of Osakabehime, Maid Alter, Okita, and Mashu. Unfortunately, Okita got smashed early on. I was counting on her to be the trump card of this setup, but poor planning on my part and some bad luck got her killed. At turn five, Kintoki decided to kill Osakabehime instead of Alter. Fortunately, I was able to deploy her NP, which gave Alter a huge boost in damage and survivability. On turn six, I used her NP and finished him off with critical hits on turn seven.

Setsubun Gamer is such an ass

Let’s get to challenge quest of this event. Setsubun Gamer aka Tomoe Gozen was a giant pain in the ass. She has three bars of HP with two minions she can summon. Her NP applies a powerful burn and a debuff that amplifies the former. What makes her even more annoying is the ability to put taunt on her minions. The solution to this problem is to utilize an AOE lancer to bypass the taunt restriction. Ereshkigal and Jeanne D’arc Lily come into mind. Once two bars are depleted, she will buff herself with a five hit evasion buff…five hits. You can brute force the buff away or utilize a servant with buff removal skills. In this case, I have Enkidu’s Presence Detection to remove evasion. A common servant for buff removal is Medea. With the event CE and Medea’s High-Speed Divine Words, she can use her NP in one turn which should put you in the clear. The servants I fielded for this event are Enkidu, Lancer Alter, Jeanne D’arc Lily, a support Tamamo Lancer, and Mashu.

Final Thoughts and other things

DelightWorks did inform the player base to level servants for this event. If you have a huge roster at your disposal, you can clear this event in a couple days or less. It took me most of the event’s duration. I didn’t want to rush it. I took a day or two to farm up experience cards for the servants I lacked to make this event easier. I thoroughly enjoyed this event because it forced me to utilized my entire roster of servants. I hope to see future events of this style in the future. On another note with all the QP given out, I was able to finally max out best kouhai.

bb is best kouhai

I eagerly anticipate the next set of events and the eventual release of part two. It’s definitely a good year to be a FGO player.

Long Awaited Overwatch Competitive Results and FGO Setsubun Event!

So recently, I’ve gotten back into the groove of competitive play. I hit masters which was the target goal. Simple. However, I wanted to climb for Grandmasters. Two seasons ago, I came damn close to it. I was short about a 150 points. It dampened my spirits the following season which I quit in about a week. Today I started at 3491. I dropped out of masters because of some unpredictable variables: rage quits, D/C, lack of cohesion, etc.

Maybe today was going to be just an SR tug of war where I play a ton of games and end up with relatively the same SR… Nope. Not today. I ended up at 3217 today. I mainly play DPS roles with support/tank roles sprinkled in whenever our team’s roster was imbalanced. Some games I was mediocre. Other times I was on fire, but circumstances spelled my teams defeat. I’m not particularly angry at people. I am frustrated at my own performance and wished  I had done things differently which definitely would have affected the outcomes of a couple matches. Ah, the beauty of hindsight. It also helps I was somewhat sleep deprived for most of my matches, dulling the rage which I would have directed at my teammates if I was hyper caffeinated and on Adderall. But yelling at your teammates serves no purpose other than to tilt and cause people to rage quit on the spot. My thought process in matches goes like this: if there’s even the slightest chance of victory, I will play my ass off and try to attain victory. I don’t care if there’s six minutes on defense on Point B of Anubis. We play this shit to the end cause there’s always a chance of victory. That’s my little short for this weeks competitive ladder.


In about a day, FGO JP will be getting the Setsubun 2018 event. Thanks to aesma-daeva on the FGO reddit, the event is as followed:

First part:

Event duration: 2018/1/24 (Wed) Maintenance Ends – 1/31 (Wed) 12:59

Time-limited high difficulty event.

Complete the main quest and clear the hundred pagodas to receive clear rewards.

There is a Boss Servant per 10 floors of the tower. Defeat all Boss Servants and clear the event completely!


Clear the Final Singularity (Salomon).

There is NO need to clear Epic of Remnants to join this event.

Regarding the ‘Tired’ condition.

Servants who cleared a quest in this event will become ‘tired’ and is unable to sortie for a certain amount of time.

While you can wait until the tiredness disappear, you won’t be able to advance the event that way, let’s use Servants who are not tired and challenge the tower!


The Tired condition only applies if you win. Should you lose or retreat from the battle, they will NOT become Tired.

Servants with the same name as Tired Servants, will also become Tired AKA no using duplicates.

No item or Command Seal can be used to heal the Tired status.

You cannot use the Servants ONLY FOR THE EVENT QUEST. That means, you can use them for non-Tower event quests (Such as story, strengthening, or daily quests)

Regarding the Onsen (Hot Spring)

After you advanced the main quests and clear the quest ‘Secret Healing Onsen Found’ quest, the onsen will become available.

The onsen has a mysterious effect of healing the fatigue of your Servants, reducing the time needed to heal the ‘Tired’ state. You can put at maximum 5 Servants in the onsen.

Place your favorite Servants in the onsen to hasten their fatigue recovery so you can use them again!


You can switch the Servants in the onsen as you want, however Servants who left the onsen will not receive the ‘hastened fatigue recovery’ effect, please be careful.

Servants who are in the onsen cannot be moved to the 2nd Archive, please be careful.

A way to conquer the event

If you equip the Limited Craft Essence [Robe for the Oni] (or [Oni in Human Clothing] if you prefer) that you can get by clearing the quests in this event, the equipped Servant’s ATK will increase by 100%


Robe for the Oni/Oni in Human Clothing

ATK 500 (Max: 2000)

HP 0


Increase own critical damage by 10%, star generation by 10%, and start the battle with 30% NP charge + During the Setsubun, increase own attack damage by 100%

If you limit break it, the attack bonus increases even further!

Additional note:

In the Setsubun event, there is no ‘Servant bonus’. Therefore, train many Servants and clear the hundred pagodas while switching your Servants around.

TL Note: The name of the CE can also mean ‘oni pretending to be a human’, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. As u/Azraeleon said, if you localize it, it will become Oni in Human Clothing.

Regarding the Challenge Quest

Once you clear the hundred floors of the pagoda, a challenge quest will be unlocked.

You can replay the challenge quest as many times as you want.

During the Challenge Quest, you CAN use your friend’s Support Servant and ‘Tired’ Servant.

In addition, Servants used to clear the Challenge Quest will not be ‘Tired’.

Like usual, the exp, rewards, and drops, are one time only.


2018/1/22(Mon) 18:00 – 1/31(Wed) 12:59

All daily Exp and Mats quests are unlocked during the duration mentioned above.

In short, level as many servants as you can! I only have a total of thirty servants max ascended. I need to work on my remaining SRs and some three star servants and I should be good to go. I’m excited for a challenging event. Good luck to all masters out there. Let’s knock this Pagoda down!


Source for Setsubun Event