Loop Hero: Best Cards | Game Rant
The unique spin that Loop Hero brings to the roguelike genre is the concept of having the player build the challenge themselves with randomly-generated cards. This brings an element of deck-building to the table, as players must choose which types of cards will be available to “draw” during an expedition. There are many cards to unlock and only a select few can be placed in the deck at one time, so this poses the question of which cards are the best in Loop Hero.
When starting Loop Hero for the first time, only a few cards are initially available. Some of the beginner cards are valuable and will continue to be useful for many hours of playtime. However, long-term success in Loop Hero depends on upgrading the campsite hub and getting access to new cards. Below is an explanation of some of the best cards and how to obtain and use them.
Mountain and Meadow cards are part of the initial kit when starting fresh in Loop Hero, but these landscapes will continue to necessary in the long run. To make the most of these, players should arrange Mountain cards in a 3×3 formation to create a Mountain Peak that boosts HP by an even greater amount. Meadows should be placed next to other structures or a Mountain to become a Blooming Meadow that restores more HP each day. Compared to the Mountain, Rock cards are less effective and can even be discarded if the player wants to stave off a boss encounter.
Sand dunes are unlocked by building an Intel center, and each of these cards placed during an expedition reduces the HP of enemy creatures by 1%. The Forest card is of course unlocked by building a Forest at the campsite, and it will add +1% to the hero’s attack speed. This effect becomes noticeably useful as more Forests are placed, and only more so if a River is placed next to the forest to double the effect. Players should be careful about using a River next to a Desert or Sand dunes, however, as this yields an Oasis that lowers the attack speed of the hero as well as monsters.
Road and Roadside Cards
Nothing is more relieving than drawing a Village card. After constructing a Gymnasium at camp, players can use the Village during expeditions as a safe haven of sorts, where few monsters spawn and HP can be restored. It also opens the door for quests, which are important for quickly gaining experience points and obtaining game-changing traits for the remainder of the run. The Vampire mansion is available from the beginning and offers the chance to get powerful gear for a hero capable of defeating fearsome vampire enemies. The Vampire Mansion can be paired with a Village, which removes its status as a sanctuary for several loops but later becomes an even greater source for experience and health.
The Blood grove can make a huge difference after unlocking it via the Field kitchen. It can only be placed next to a Grove card, but it causes any enemy to immediately die when it reaches 15% health. With clever placement, this effect can even be used against bosses. And after defeating the first boss, players will also have access to the Chrono crystals card, which doubles the effectiveness of adjacent cards with a daily trigger. This could mean getting twice the healing from Meadow cards, which is not to be underestimated.
Special Golden cards become available after building the Intel Center. These cards possess once-per-run effects that can really change the way an expedition unfolds, but they always have positive and negative outcomes that must be weighed carefully. Even so, one particularly useful Golden card that should be used is the Arsenal. After placing this card, a new equipment slot becomes available for the hero. Subsequent gear drops will have lower stats overall though, so the timing of when to play this card is important.
Loop Hero is available now on PC.
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Published at Tue, 16 Mar 2021 15:08:50 +0000
WandaVision Producer Explains Why They Cast Evan Peters As Quicksilver
At this point, just about every Marvel fan is aware that WandaVision had a very special cameo from Evan Peters that served as a nod to Fox’s X-Men films. While some were happy to just see a fun wink at the X-Men continuity in the MCU, others were quite certain that this particular character was confirmation that the timelines of the MCU and X-Men films were finally going to merge after Disney’s acquisition of Fox.
The show has finally wrapped up, however, and unfortunately for hopeful fans, there was no confirmation one way or the other on the multiverse question. Peters hangs around as Quicksilver until the end of the show, but in the end, he is portrayed as just another victim of the struggle between Wanda and Agatha Harkness, with no hints of any timeline altering shenanigans.
While some still argue that Peters’ Quicksilver cameo was testing the waters for some kind of crossover, others were disappointed that Disney didn’t pull the trigger and confirm the appearance of the X-Men. For now, it seems that any kind of substantial answer about what happens to the continuity of Fox’s X-Men films will have to wait. In the meantime, one WandaVision producer has shed some light on the reason for choosing Peters as Quicksilver. To go into slightly more detail, Peters wasn’t exactly the Quicksilver fans remember from Avengers: Age of Ultron. At first, it is implied that Wanda has somehow raised her brother from the dead with a brand new appearance, but eventually, it is revealed that the villain Agatha Harkness has purposefully manipulated a man named Ralph into pretending to be Quicksilver, and Wanda had nothing to do with it.
As producer Mary Livanos explains, leaving aside the issue of multiverse and cameos, the moment was meant to send Wanda off-balance, make her question her own abilities and motivations: “the villain plot really was to make Wanda feel unsure about her power…. we wanted her to be unsure about what she was capable of, about what she was doing, was her subconscious acting out again?” From a narrative standpoint, casting Quicksilver with a new face and personality serves both to confuse audiences, and Wanda herself.
They also wanted to emulate the actual grieving process, including what it’s actually like to lose someone and how memories can become fuzzy. In order to simulate that idea, the concept of having Pietro return for the first time since his demise in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but with a different appearance, became an interesting parallel to the way real-life memories of loved ones can change over time: “In our studies of grief and grieving, a side effect that we found is when you lose someone, the details of memory recall can get fuzzy. So the idea that she kind of forgot exactly what her brother’s face looked like, and perhaps her powers have been acting out again, we found really compelling.”
So even though Peters’ appearance in WandaVision may not be setting up an X-Men crossover, it’s clear a lot of thought went into the casting choice, and it fit the narrative in subtle ways that reinforce the theme of grief and loss. It’s an interesting peak behind the scenes of how casting decisions like this are made very early in the creative process.
WandaVision is now available on Disney Plus.
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Published at Tue, 16 Mar 2021 15:00:32 +0000