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Forest Warden Omu tips & strategies – Hearthstone Battlegrounds




Forest Warden Omu has debuted in Hearthstone Battlegrounds with Tuesday’s 18.2 update, so Shacknews is getting in tune with nature with some tips and strategies.

Hearthstone deployed its 18.2 update on Tuesday morning and introduced three new heroes to the game’s Battlegrounds mode. All of them are new to Battlegrounds and each have their own distinct Hero Powers. We’re analyzing them throughout the week, continuing with Forest Warden Omu.

Forest Warden Omu tips & strategies – Hearthstone Battlegrounds

Forest Warden Omu’s Hero Power is called Everbloom and it lets you have it both ways in a sense. You can use it to get off to a slow start, but also finish strong.

If you upgrade Bob’s Tavern, Everbloom will grant you an extra two Gold automatically. If you’re clever enough with your tokens early on, you can upgrade Bob’s Tavern and still pull in a minion from the next tier.

With Everbloom essentially giving you a two Gold margin of error, you’re encouraged to upgrade earlier than you normally would. Getting up to Tier 4 and 5 early is critical for anyone hoping to get ahead. If you boost up your keep your early game minions boosted, you should be able to speedrun to the later tiers and build a strong Beast or menagerie composition from there. If you can get to Tier 5 fast enough, consider investing in Mama Bear and laying down some strong Beasts like Cave Hydra. Focus on getting triples so you can use that same Mama Bear to get a buffed-up Maexxna or Ghastcoiler.

Omu is very straightforward. It might take a few games to learn the best way to manage your two Gold advantage, but once you do, you’ll have little trouble getting up to Tiers 5 and 6 quickly. Just remember that it costs eight Gold to upgrade to Tier 5 the turn after you hit Tier 4. That means you can upgrade to Tier 5 on your next turn and still have four Gold left to spend. Plan this turn carefully.

These strategies should help you get started with Forest Warden Omu. We’ll have more Hearthstone Battlegrounds guides in the future, so keep it on Shacknews for the latest.

Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can’t enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?



Evening Reading – September 18, 2020




Good evening Shacknews, it’s finally Friday night. I made it. You made it. We made it. What a week it’s been. There has been a metric tonne of news announced this week, covering all sides of the games industry. It’s a great time to be a gamer, and it’s only going to get better as the year goes on. Now, how about we take a little stroll together across some of our articles here on Shacknews and then take a look at what’s going on around the internet?

In case you missed it at Shacknews:

And now… Other Stuff From The Internet!!!

This time, correlation is 100% causation

There’s a bigger secret happening here. Perhaps IHOP is making bigfoots?

Ruth Bader Ginsberg has passed away

Though many will be sad, now is the time to tap into the anger. Go out and vote. Go out and vote like your life depends on it, because it does.

Aliens confirmed

Cyberpunk really does have it all.

Master of Sneak

Okay. That’s it. I’m getting Among Us.

For the 21yo gamers

I hear it comes with a side of Doritos and an XP bonus for Halo or Call of Duty, dealer’s choice.

Xbox/PS or sheep-thing

I assume the sheep is a Pokeman.

And now, Spelunky 2 death montage!

Phew. That’s a lot of shenanigans.

Price stalemate

Save $100 and lose a disc drive. Worth it? Maybe. Come and tell us what you think of the most recent PlayStation 5 showcase.

Any guesses on what the next PlayStation will be called?

My money’s on PlayStation 6.

Princess Toe-Beans and Beemo

These are Blake’s adorable kitties. Aren’t they cute!

There you have it, Shacknews, your Evening Reading for September 18, 2020. Please consider subscribing to Shacknews Mercury to support our site for as little as $1/month. Here’s a photo of Rad and me for your viewing pleasure! He’s getting to be a big boy these days. Maybe next week I’ll share some photos from when he was but a wee kitty.

What are you up to tonight? Let us know in the Shacknews Chatty comment thread below.

Hailing from the land down under, Sam Chandler is relatively new to the industry, getting his start a few years ago as a writer-for-hire. After bouncing round a few universities, securing a bachelor degree, and finding his feet, he’s found his new family here at Shacknews as a Guides Editor. There’s nothing he loves more than crafting a guide that will help someone. If you need help with a guide, or notice something not quite right, you can Tweet him: @SamuelChandler 


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Shacknews Twitch Highlights: Rocket League, Fight Crab, and Quest 64




You know what time it is. Come enjoy another round of Shacknews Twitch Highlights.

The end of the week means it’s time to recap the week in streaming at Shacknews. We stream a variety of content on our Twitch channel almost every day of the week, providing topical discussions and (sometimes) high-quality gameplay. Of course, it’s not realistic to expect anybody to be able to watch and consume every hour of Shacknews Twitch broadcasting. Because of this, we compile the can’t-miss moments into a smaller package that we like to call Shacknews Twitch Highlights.

The latest batch of Shacknews Twitch Highlights features many of our recurring streams. Starting with The Adventures of Rusty Claymore, Reviews Editor Blake Morse pits shellfish head to head in Fight Crab. Watch as Blake lays the smackdown as a massive crab tearing through the street. He even fought a giant pistol-wielding lobster. It truly is must-see programming, in my humble opinion.

Next up is Skankcore 64! You may have heard about Shacknews Chatty member Skankcore and his grand journey to beat every game released for the Nintendo 64 console in North America. Recently crossing F-Zero X and Star Fox 64 off of the list, Skankcore has now moved on to Quest 64. He’s still got quite a long way to go, but tune in so that you can say you were there once Skankcore has finally met his goal.

The PS5 showcase went down this week, revealing more details about Sony’s slate of releases, as well as their next-gen console. We did a special Shack Stream where Blake Morse and Greg Burke reacted live to the stream. See their genuine reactions to Final Fantasy 16, Demon’s Souls gameplay, and the PS5 price reveal. 

This week’s episode also features another installment in the ongoing Shacknews Stimulus Games. This time, the Shack Staff go head to head in Brawlhalla and Rocket League in order to determine one true champion.

To catch these streams live, you’ll want to drop Shacknews a follow over on our Twitch channel. To view more highlight videos, pay a visit to Shacknews on YouTube.

Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland, who likes to game. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mom’s desktop during weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were some of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He is a huge Star Wars nerd and film fanatic that will talk with you about movies and games all day. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_


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Shack Chat: What’s your reaction to the September PlayStation 5 Showcase?




This week, Sony finally stopped beating around the bush and gave PlayStation fans what they’ve been waiting for. They offered up a PS5 price and a PS5 release date. They also showed off almost a dozen games, a handful of which will be available at launch. And if that sounds like they showed off a lot, it does, but they were also missing some critical details.

For this week’s Shack Chat, the Shacknews staff gets into their impressions of the September PlayStation 5 Showcase. A few of us went off the board and rambled on about the aftermath, which is understandable, because… well… we’ll let them explain it in their own words.

Question: What’s your reaction to the September PlayStation 5 Showcase?

Pre-order details may vary – Ozzie Mejia, Wario64 stan #1

The presentation itself was great. I’m not going to complain about the PS5 Showcase itself, but it’s the aftermath that everybody’s talking about and that everybody rightfully has grievances with. It was all the chaos that followed surrounding pre-orders and a bunch of details that nobody got unless they followed Geoff Keighley. It was the note that pre-orders would start the next day, except pre-orders started within hours. It was people within PlayStation that said months ago that people would have “plenty of notice” before pre-orders go up and instead had to watch as stores haphazardly threw up pre-orders. And it was me spending two hours hitting the Checkout button on my Best Buy before the site finally told me, “SOLD OUT! LOL!” I missed the AEW Dynamite main event for this! (Go watch that, by the way. Trent’s mom might be the best character on all of these shows.) God help anyone who wasn’t following Wario64 on Twitter.

Oh, the games? Yeah, they’re great. Spider-Man? Cool, cool. Final Fantasy XVI? That’s… wait, where’s my FF7 Remake Part 2? (One thing at a time, Ozzie! Focus!) Anyway, come on, man. How can I focus on the games when the pre-order fiasco leaves such a sour taste in my mouth?

I’m a simple man – Donovan Erskine, Elite Gamer

I’m a simple man, I see Miles Morales, I’m in. The extended look at gameplay we got to see from Spider-Man: Miles Morales was super impressive. The story looks, great, I dig the Harlem setting, and that combat… oh, the combat. It looks just as fluid and impactful as the combat in Marvel’s Spider-Man, but with Miles’ unique fighting style, as well as his electric and cloaking abilities. Wake me up in November, please.

Final Fantasy 16! – Blake Morse, Reviews Editor


Sony must think I’m a clown – Chris Jarrard, Usually likes being a clown

I experienced lots of emotions during the Playstation Showcase on Wednesday ranging from excitement to utter disappointment, and only a third of those emotions came during the actual show. I was excited to see Spider-Man: Miles Morales as it was hyped to be next-gen PS5-only and then the demo ended up being only 30hz followed by the reveal that it was just cross-gen after all. FF16 was shown with a disclaimer that the video was captured on PC with the intention of emulating PS5, only to have Squeenix come out after the show and declare it won’t be on PC. Demon’s Souls looked good, especially in its 4K 60Hz trailer that indicated it would arrive on PC (which Sony then said was not true upon removing said trailer). Horizon Forbidden West wasn’t on the show, only to be revealed on a blog right after as a cross-gen game. Geoff Keighley was on Twitter seconds after the live show giving out useful information that should have been part of the PlayStation Showcase itself.

More dumb stuff happened, but there’s no way any normal person could leave Wednesday night with solid information about what exactly you would get on console launch day unless you followed 12 different Twitter accounts and hunted down a bunch of blogs and corporate error corrections. At least Sony is going to allow us PS Plus users to play a few PS4 games on PS5 for launch day? Hooray? What happened to backwards compatibility?

Can’t wait to cheer on a bunch of remasters of 2017 games over the next year because that seems like the only thing likely to happen for marks foolish enough to buy a new console this holiday season.

I’ll stick with my PS4 – Sam Chandler, Cross-generational games are good

One of the big things Sony fans have been clamoring about are the games that you can only play on PlayStation 5. Cut to the showcase and it seems that a lot of the high-profile games will also be playable on the PS4. Wasn’t this a bad thing when Xbox did it?

Until God of War comes out, and is only available on PS5, I’ll just stick to playing Game Pass games on my PC, playing third-person games on Series X when I need to, and playing any cross-gen games that take my fancy on my PlayStation 4.

<p.And, as much as I’m thrilled by most of what I saw in the Demon’s Souls gameplay trailer, I can’t in good conscience spend $750 AUD to play a single game at launch – in fact, one of the only games at launch that looks appealing to me, on a platform where none of my friends play.

Not Bad – Bill Lavoy, Managing Editor

I didn’t mind what I saw from Sony with the PS5 Showcase. I snagged a pre-order, but not because I was so blown away I had to have it now. I need one for work, and I would get one eventually due to killer exclusives, but nothing about the presentation made me crank my hype level up. If anything, I’m more caught up in the fact we’re approaching a Q4 where we get a new Xbox, new PlayStation, the RTX 30XX series, and Cyberpunk 2077. It’s a very cool time to be a gamer, so long as you have a few thousand bucks burning a hole in your pocket.

Who knew Cross-Gen would be so big? – Josh Hawkins, Guides Guy

I wasn’t really expecting Sony to go about things the way that they did. Overall the presentation was nice, and the showcase did a lot to get us hyped up. Unfortunately, they also kind of shot themselves in the foot quite a bit, too.

By not revealing a whole lot of details about each game until after the presentation they forced users to go searching for that info, which probably led to some not even finding it until several hours later. They also didn’t really drop any preorder info, instead leaving that to the social media team.

Overall the showcase was cool, but Sony could have done a lot better. Also, what the heck is up with all this cross-gen stuff? I wonder how that’s going to affect games “pushing new boundaries” and all that next-gen marketing nonsense we keep hearing.

The right price, buried in a clown parade – TJ Denzer, News Editor

Boy howdy, was Wednesday a day. We got that showcase, I was happy to see Final Fantasy 16 and Deathloop (maybe my most anticipated game of 2021), and then, bahgawd, we got a price and launch date. Delicious!

Not so delicious? Being told pre-orders were going live on Thursday, November 17, only for them to open and sell out immediately after the show. I was streaming Indie-licious for Shacknews and had no idea until I stepped out of the ether. It was like the Community GIF in which Troy comes in with the pizzas to see everything is on fire and in chaos. Thank goodness I was one of the special few who signed up for Sony’s dumb pre-order raffle so I could buy their poorly marketed box, because while the showcase was good, everything that has come after has been a circus.

Intrigued – David L. Craddock, long reads editor


Cheaper console will sell better – Greg Burke, Head of Video

As an avid Xbox console supporter there was only one way I saw Micosoft pulling out in front on the PS5, and that was with hardware price. In order to sell Xbox consoles, specify The Xbox Series X, they needed to come under what Sony was planning to charge. The fact that you can get a PS5 that supposedly does 4k at 60fps, for 100 less than the Xbox Series X is going to destroy the console in terms of sales. This is coming from a guy who doesn’t really care about Demon Souls or other PS5 exclusives. True you have a Series S which falls under even cheaper than the PS5 digital version but people want the best hardware for the cheapest price, and no one is going to want a Series S since it comes with much less power, even if Microsoft thinks it’s a great value. It doesn’t matter. Xbox will sell one Series X for every four PS5’s sold.

It was ok – Steve Tyminski, Contributing Editor

Sony finally revealed more details of the PlayStation 5 during the September reveal event. I would have to say the biggest take-away I had from it was the price of the system. That was something I wanted to know for quite some time and the world got the answer of $399 for the digital only and $499 for the disc drive version. Those prices aren’t as bad as I thought they were going to be. That being said Demon’s Souls is a game that I’m looking forward to as well as the new Spider-man, Final Fantasy and God of War. The PlayStation Plus collection is another good add on to the system in an era where everyone wants to be able to play their older games in one form or another.

Those are our thoughts? What are your thoughts on the September PlayStation 5 Showcase? What are your thoughts on the clown fiesta that ensued since? Join the conversation and let us know. And if you’re not part of the Chatty community, hit the button at the top of the page and register your account today.


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