Top 10 Video Game Wind Masters

Hello everyone, it’s ChrisX in another countdown about the elements. Well, I already did my favorite element. So… let’s see what’s next… Ah yes. A blizzard is a common usage of the element of ice, a storm of snows. By that, it’s not formed with solely just ice. Another element is in use of that, and it’s called the Wind.

One of the four cardinal elements in many stories, the Wind give a great emphasis on speed and freedom, those who wield the element of winds are either someone who can’t be kept down while they zip around the field with ease. In addition of that, there are grace to be found within manipulations of winds. But that is not to be underestimated, the wind contain enough great power to even shape the land itself. Want proof? Try near on a tornado and see if you can stand your ground.

(P.S: I’m only joking on the tornado. Don’t ever try this!)

Unlike most other elements, the wind is formless and with it, it can take on many forms which can be used to protect or strike the enemies, usually by sending them aside or upwards, or sometimes used in conjunction of storms to devastate their enemies. This is the list of the 10 masters of wind in video games that I think utilizes the best of the element in addition of having enough sense of freedom to embody the spirit of wind.

Yes, 10. It isn’t my birthday and it isn’t my favorite element.

That said, same rules apply. Only from games I played and only one per franchise. Welp, time to breeze through the list! This is…

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Top 10 Video Game Archers

Hello everyone, it’s ChrisX and I frickin’ apologize for not updating for so goddamn long time. Things… happen. New games, jobs, and stuffs like that. But yeah, I’m… kind of back. I hope.

So that being said, let’s go back to another list including weapons. Let’s see about… ranged weapon. Of course, the first instance of ranged weapon is… stone. Yeah, pick up a stone, then throw it to your enemy. But eventually, it evolved into something more eloquent. For instance, eventually they sharpened the rock, and put it on a stick. And thus… a throwable pointed stick

… Pointed sticks?

… Anyway, as humans evolved more, they started to develop more classy weapons to attack from afar. But pretty much, amongst the older weapons, the most popular one has got to be the bow and arrow, where you launch your arrow using a strung bow. The user of this weapon would later be known as ‘Archer’.

And seeing that video games often take place in fantasy themes where feudal weapons were used, it’s no surprise that there are tons of archers in video game history. And hell, sometimes even in modern times, there are still archers that forego more modern ranged weapons like guns, and instead uses bow and arrow. It’s easier to pull a trigger, but archery is a different beast altogether. Calmness and concentration plays a bigger part in this, so a lot of archers really come with a cool head as they are looking for ways to get into the best position and then give one fatal accurate shot that will still kill their target just as good as a gun does. On a head.

I mean, sure, we do have some super hot blooded archers out there, but I don’t think that would make them quite efficient in a long run. However, that’s that: Cool-headedness definitely will be a bigger part on what makes a great archer in video games. But otherwise, same rules apply. Only one character per series and only from games I played. And another thing… the characters must be MAINLY using bow and arrow for their weapon. If a bow is just a side weapon for them… I’m sorry, but that’s out of question. Also… crossbows? I try not to use them. There seems to be more crossbow users that later would warrant its own list.

That’s enough for introduction. Now deep breath, take aim… and let’s go on with the countdown.

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(Yes, I used ‘Archer’ this time, not ‘Archery Expert’ or ‘Bow Experts’. If it’s simpler that way, so be it)


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Top 20 Video Game Ice Masters (Part 1)

Hello everybody and happy holidays! Merry Christmas! And Happy Birthday to ME! Yes, so for this one occasion, here’s a special treat for you. It’s a winter season, where there’s lots of snows and ice.

In video games… I like ice. It’s my favorite element. There’s just something cool about those cold blocks of ice usually formed into one big, sharp needle getting thrown to the enemy. Or occasionally, encasing them in a big block of ice, immobilizing them so you can either leave them or do whatever to them while they’re being helpless. It also helps that those who wield the ice tends to be the coolest character. No, I’m not being punny here. Kind of. Those who wield the ice elements usually has this one trait shared with the element itself: Coldness. They tend to have calm and cool composure, enabling them to plan where and how they would apply the form of ice and cold to their foes. For the most part, they tend to be very smart as well. Of course, not every ice users are like that, even those in this list, but you get the idea.

And because ice is my favorite element, and it’s nearing a special day to me, that is, the day I get closer to my lifespan limit and time where the cold hand of death claims me… I mean, my birthday… I want to make this one special. That is, rather than going for 10 characters like usual, I’m doubling the size and make it 20 characters. Yes, I have that much spare characters that I like best when using ice.

Same rules apply, only games I’ve played and one character per franchise. Now, just stay frosty… and get to the list. (… And see how many ice puns I ended up committing.)

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Top 10 Video Game Axe Experts

Hello everybody and welcome back to yet another and probably final Weapons on a Stick session. So when you take a hammer and tried to make a version that replaces the blunt weight side with a thinner, bladed steel… well you get the axe. Well the more ‘proper’ version of this would be ‘Poleaxes’ but… I’m not sure if I can find a lot of specific poleaxe experts, there’s only a few. So… I think we’ll stick with Axes. It’s still on a stick after all, only the blade at the end of the stick is made of steel.

When it comes to axes, perhaps one thing it symbolizes the most is strength. Brute strength, in fact. I think you guys can forget about graces when dealing with axes, because it’s pure on concentrated power. Of course, it was created at first to chop woods or trees and to make use of it, great strength is needed, not some stylistic precision (though it does help!) As such, when it comes to video games and battles, a brutish character might come along with axe as further displays of their strength. I understand there are other cases that axe users didn’t look as brutish as most, but still, that’s the most common interpretation of those with axes. Or maybe they’re not brutes… they’re just crazy. But either way, it shows that those who wield the axe usually gives the vibes of menace or an overbearing aura.

With a lot of its brute connotations, a lot of times an axe appears in video games, specifically RPG’s… they’d belong to either brutish monsters or bandits. But there’s a lot more renowned axe experts that stands above these kind of people in their ways to use the axes. And therefore, let’s count down the Top 10 Video Game Axe Experts. As usual, the same rule apply, only from games I have played and only on per franchise.

All right then, it’s time to get into the chopping block. The countdown begins!

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Top 10 Video Game Hammer Experts

Hello everybody and welcome back to another Countdown Post of mine, continuing with the Weapons on a Stick theme. Now, shall we say that if we switch the blade on that stick into a GIANT mass of weight… What do we get? Hammers, that’s what.

In the beginning, hammers were invented to construct structures. Mostly by pounding nails to woods or nails or anything. At times, people also use it to construct weapons, that’s what blacksmiths do. It just happens that the bigger the hammer becomes, the more destructive it becomes, sometimes even becoming a reverse of its original purpose, a bludgeon weapon to either demolish structures, or just bash someone’s skull, either breaking them, or knocking them away for a very long distance. It’s also a popular weapon for clerics who abhor steel sharp weapons… and it’s also a popular weapon for anime girls who tends to get annoyed with their male friends.

But we’re not gonna talk about anime.

The hammers tend to be a powerful weapon, slow at swing, but packs a massive weight in each blows. And so, within this list, 10 Experts of Hammers in video game history shall be listed and we will see who stands in the top to put the mightiest hammer down there is. As usual, the two main rules apply: Only one character per franchise, and only from the games I played. And only from things originating from video games. I swear to God, if anime-origin characters can be put in this list, I would’ve happily put in the GaoGaiGar in, due to the massive Goldion Hammer or Goldion Crusher, and it was showcased in Super Robot Wars! But alas, rules are rules.

So let’s not wait any longer. It’s hammer ti– Wait, no, I don’t say that. I’ll reveal why later. Onward to the countdown then!

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Top 10 Video Game Spear Experts

(Pre-word: I meant no offense if I make mention of someone else’s tastes and comparing it. I’m not saying my opinion’s better, it’s just different. With that being said, let’s continue)

Hello everybody and welcome back into another session of Weapon on A Stick. Last time we have dealt with the stick itself, Combat Staff… Now if you add a pointy blade on the end of it, the result would be the spear and its subset. Halberds, naginata, pikes. The Spear combines the long reach of a staff and the piercing power of a blade, and sometimes also its slashing power, making it a bit safer to use, and also simpler to use in various modes, just keep your distance and keep swinging or stabbing. It’s also a popular weapon to use on horseback due to its reach. Many medieval cavalries have used the spear or its subsets as their go-to weapon for melee cavalry combat.

So, here I am, listing down the 10 Video Game experts of spear that is entrenched in my mind, they can swing, stab and slash no matter where they are. But first and foremost! I have to mention this: Spear is so widely used in video games that sometimes, its sub families are considered spears itself. This is why for this countdown, I will bypass that one difference, if it’s a subset of a spear, like naginata, it’s eligible for this. Aside of that, only from the games I played… well maybe that has just one subversion (you’ll see it soon enough), but it still applies. Also only one per franchise, that goes naturally.

Welp I don’t think I have more to say for intros. Let’s cut through this countdown at once!

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Top 10 Video Game Combat Staff Experts

Hello everybody and welcome back to your daily dose of video game countdowns. Now that Halloween is over, I’d say we can get into more normal weaponries, or this time, because I can’t get enough of themes… let’s try to come up with another silly theme for it. Let’s see… I know! How about Countdowns about Weapons… ON A STICK!

(I’m gonna have to cheat later by the way, I don’t think there’s enough poleaxe users)

We will start with the root of it. The stick itself. Sometimes, a weapon can look and appear simple, but it gets results and sometimes it’s kind of all you need. Enter the Combat Staff. Or Bo Staff.

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Long in reach, and of the blunt type, the Combat Staff is a pretty popular weapons for those who are pacifistic in nature, but requires a weapon. Monks or Kung-Fu fighting characters tend to use that. But regardless, it remains a popular staple amongst video games, what they lack in steel and cutting capability, they make it up for their long range. The combat staff also exemplifies versatility, it has various uses that will depend on its user’s mind and cunning on how much of it can unleash its potential.

So! That being said, it’s time I count down 10 video game characters that has been known for the usage of this simple yet deadly weapon. Aside of the usual rule of ‘only from games I have played’, I’ll have to mention one thing. In order to qualify, the characters must be using the staff mainly to smack around their enemies up close physically. Staves have been also a popular choice as a conduit of magic. However, they’d be magic casters, NOT combat staff experts. We’re looking for more… physical things. I would excuse it if the staff is a variant like Sansetsukon or the Three-sectioned staff, but it has to be a long staff that is ideally wielded with two hands like a quarterstaff. Baton-staves will not count.

All right, all things said and done, it’s time to dig in to the best combat staff users in video game! Let the countdown begin!

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Top 10 Video Game Dark Is Not Evil Characters

Darkness…

Needs to get a DSL. His line is always — Hold a sec, I’m not a Blizzard character who has been poked too many times, am I?

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Welcome ladies and gentlemen to yet another series of countdown before Halloween closes in. So speaking of Halloween, I know that there is some sort of tradition to dress up as menacing being or monsters. Ghosts, Vampires, Werewolves, Pumpkin Heads… Those are the common creatures of darkness that lurk in both folk tales and often used in video games for us good guys to beat. So consensus is, these creatures associated with darkness are always evil, right?

Actually no.

Sometimes, a character looks that menacing, utilizing the power of Darkness, or can make you think ‘He’s dark related. He must be suspicious as hell.’, and you won’t be always wrong, because the power of darkness corrupts. Well not these characters, these characters utilize the power of darkness, or just evil powers overall, or just overall look menacing or terrifying, but they’re not that evil at heart. They can be perfectly good guys, or they can be just overall tragic character… that needs a hug. After all, always remember that power is just a tool, at the hands of good men, even the evilest power can be the greatest force of good… and at the hands of evil men, even the most righteous power can be the greatest force of evil.

And even TV Tropes has two articles in regards of these phenomenon: Bad Powers, Good People and… Dark Is Not Evil.

And now, I am going to list up 10 characters in video games that to me live up to these archetypes the most, the characters who looks evil or having evil or dark powers… but turns out to be not that bad or even heroic… so the next time someone approached you for trick or treat in this Halloween, you don’t get the wrong idea. Remember, they’re just innocent kids beneath the costume! … Uh, yeah we hope. Same rules apply, just from video games I have played.

Just be careful that there are spoilers galore. Well that’s enough talk… HAVE AT YOU!

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The MOBA Season: Prologue

In which I explain shortly on how I got into the genre and my attempts to get to these series of videos…

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(Unfortunately for Heroes of Newerth, I still kinda lack a lot of knowledge on them)

It all began when a certain event in console gaming shook me so much, as much as a geek like me could handle (We’ll get to that later), that I retreated to PC gaming. At first I was just an ex-Dota player, who played in my campus casually, and after that retreat, I discovered Steam… and Dota 2 was free! I was able to indulge myself in the game as a small retreat, but due to TV Tropes and a certain youtuber/content maker known as the Green Scorpion… Well, long story short, I got introduced with League of Legends. I was skeptical to join at first… until I discovered there was an Indonesian server provided by Garena.

Long story short, I simply got ADDICTED. I spent hours and hours within the year in playing that game, exploring its nuances, getting better. In addition, I also occasionally slips into Dota 2 as well. The latter is a harder game, but nonetheless enjoyable. And as time passed, more big stuffs came in, in form of Smite and Heroes of the Storm. All in all, I fell in love the MOBA genre for real… something that was supposed to be a runaway place.

However, as time passed and I also became more and more impressed with countdown makers… It hits me one thing… Most of them are only giving credits to League of Legends. I know everyone have their own preferences, and it’s okay… and it may be just me getting petty. But I thought that the other big MOBA games deserve their own recognition amongst the community. This, in addition of several unsavory stuffs amongst the genre… that is, being a fan war that attempts to badmouth the other product to make their own product look better… (for instance, ‘a Dota 2 fan calling the genre MOBA should be lambasted because it’s League that coined it, Dota 2 is ARTS damn it!’. No, shut up, enough with this elitism.) It doesn’t endear me one bit. It’s like saying you can only pick one. Pick just one to master with dedication, I can understand, but pick just one to love and badmouth the rest? The hell??

And that was why I made the MOBA Season series of videos. I might have very little audience so far and it still pained me, but does that deter me? No. I did it anyway, because I start to enjoy doing what I do and expressing love to what I like. The MOBA Season is basically a series of countdowns where I list up my favorite things in certain MOBAs, though I put it on hiatus for now to hopefully expand my area of interests in the eyes of many. Besides, I don’t call myself pro, I’m just your casual scrub who never played Ranked. So things are mostly on personal preferences.

And after this, I might even expand the season for things other than countdowns. For instance, common cliches that are often featured throughout every MOBAs. It’s not going to make your play style better, but it might be some interesting tidbits.

But for now, after this, I will first post the videos I have made so far for the Season, before I move on. If you’re interested in this… Good for you!

I’ll see you next time.

Old Video: Top 10 Video Game Knife Wielders

Well what can I say, I’m impressed by many. One of them are lists about characters in fiction that wields weaponry. From Green Scorpion’s Weapons Month (check him out, he’s awesome), to Solking R’s video, to a whole site with loads of weaponries and other stuffs featured… Well, it’s my turn.

Or WAS, because I made this quite awhile ago. My own opinion on who are the top 10 knife wielders of video games I’ve known.

More about this coming soon later!