Shroom for Two Episode 41: Gavle Goat

Hello, Heroes!

Welcome to the belated 41st episode of Shroom for Two! Taylor is back from the woods; your favorite PVZ Heroes podcast duo is ready to share strategic tip and Wikipedia factoids about goats once again.

We start with Mike’s climb to Ultimate rank with his free-to-play deck. He hit rank 50 in the last few days of the season, and he’s here to talk about how he did it. He’s also got a big huge reddit thread about what he learned, and we encourage you to check that out!

Next, we double up on Card of the Week. Corn Dog and Trapper Zombie get some scrutiny and we evaluate the contexts in which they’re good. This is the best run of event cards we’ve seen for a while - solid role-players with minimal downside, that you don’t need to stress about grinding four of.

Finally, we go over the victory threads from the winner of the reddit tournament! In exchange for their sweet 50 Canadian dollars, user Danilo made a pair of extensive write-ups! We break down a pair of the decks that they used, and go over some of the strategic implications of their card choices.

We’re always looking for more listener mail! Give us a holler at Shroomfortwopodcast@gmail.com!

Show Notes for Episode 41

0:00 The Gävle Goat https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gävle_goat

1:00 Mike hits ultimate with his F2P account https://www.reddit.com/r/PvZHeroes/comments/8xdj1b/free_to_play_hit_ultimate_in_7_weeks/

10:01 Card of the Week: Corn Dog

18:49 Card of the Week: Trapper Zombie

25:25 Ociti wins the Reddit Tournament

 - Plant Thread https://www.reddit.com/r/PvZHeroes/comments/8x8658/official_reddit_tournament_my_thougths_and_winner/

 - Zombie Thread https://www.reddit.com/r/PvZHeroes/comments/8xg0dn/official_reddit_tournament_part_2_plants_bans/

44:57 World Cup talk

 - That cool graphic  https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-france-and-croatia-made-it-to-the-world-cup-final-in-one-chart/

 

Shroom for Two Episode 40: Live Free or Mail Bag

Hello, Heroes! Welcome to another inquisitive episode about Shroom for Two. This week, we’re digging into our listener mail bag! 

First, we’re getting an update on Mike’s progress through the tournament. Then, we’re discussing a pair of Beastly event cards (Synchronized Swimmer and King of the Grill). Finally, our main segment is answering a handful of listener mails. 

If you’d like to hear your questions on the show, please write to us at shroomfortwopodcast@gmail.com! You can also find videos of Mike’s tournament games on our YouTube page, shroomfortwopodcast.

[0:00] Tournament Recap
[4:17] Card of the Week: Synchronized Swimmer
[9:09] Card of the Week: King of the Grill
[14:21] Listener Mail: Briar Rose
[20:11] Listener Mail: Valkyrie
[26:50] Listener Mail: Arena?
[36:26] Listener Mail: 1 cost gravestones
[40:43] Listener Deck: Banana Combustable
 - The email: https://pastebin.com/MsXzizUe
 - The deck: https://imgur.com/fpH1LGx
[44:05] Listener Mail: Underrated environments
[47:50] Listener Mail: Binary Trickster
 - The email: https://pastebin.com/BnMyNGca
 - The deck: https://imgur.com/gallery/d0nMjYS

 

Shroom for Two Episode 39: Bananasaurus Dex

Hello, Heroes! 

Welcome to another bananular episode of Shroom for Two! This week, we’re in for a handful of decks, and a handful of mea culpas about Banana Split!

First, Mike gives a tournament update, and agrees to reveal his slightly-super-secret technology later in the show.

Then, we highlight some cool stuff from the PVZ Heroes subreddit.  Some old stuff, some new stuff, and some cool work done by PVZ Heroes listeners.

Subsequently, we do a little follow-up from Listener Eliotte, who sends us a neat Cursed Gargolith deck. 

Afterwards, we give Sonic Bloom the Card-Of-The-Week treatment. While we don’t think it’s a runaway A+, we discuss how it can be used and what sorts of cards it’s a drop-in replacement for. 

Synonym-for-nextwards, we discuss Mike’s Banana CC deck that he cruised to Ultimate with. His win rate with the deck was, if you’ll excuse the pun, bananas. We talk about what might be so sweet about it, how he came to build it, and why on hollow earth he’s not running Berry Blast.  

[0:00] Mike's Tournament and Reddit Stuff
 - Concept art thread https://www.reddit.com/r/PvZHeroes/comments/8rzoz5/managed_to_find_concept_art_for_certain_cards_and/
 - Old gameplay video https://www.reddit.com/r/PvZHeroes/comments/8shd2a/old_gameplay_concept/
[3:47] Listener Eliotte's Cursed Gargolith deck
 - The deck https://imgur.com/a/67YYkAZ
[6:41] FTP tips thread
 - https://www.reddit.com/r/PvZHeroes/comments/8s11h7/suggestions_for_beginners_to_spending_gems_sparks/
[12:39] Sonic Bloom
[24:26] Mike's Banana Captain Combustible
 - The deck https://imgur.com/a/FlPQasV

Shroom for Two Episode 38: A Bridge Too Garg

Hello, Heroes! 

Welcome to another smashing episode of Shroom for Two! This week, surprising nobody, Mike continues into the top 8 of the second Reddit tournament. Will he take his super secret technology all the way to the Canadian bank? We’re on the edge of our American seats!

Meanwhile, Taylor’s been experimenting with a combo deck by redditor WiFi-Brain! We discussed Pod Fighter a few weeks ago, and WiFi-Brain publishes a very compact Pod Fighter deck that Taylor has been really enjoying! We discuss its construction and its strategy. Maybe Pod Fighter should be the foregrounded woman in the red dress to your next Wandering Eye Boyfriend meme.

Then, we discuss Going Viral, probably the best event card of the entire batch. It’s great - if you’re a zombie, you should play it. If you’re a plant, you should learn to play around it. We talk about how to do both, and why it very deservedly sits atop the event card rankings. 

Finally, we discuss Taylor’s favorite iconic zombie tribe, Gargantuars. We reminisce about their role in the original PVZ, discuss their mechanical identity, and talk about how to build with them! 

We’re running low on listener mail, so please send us some at shroomfortwopodcast@gmail.com!  

Show notes for episode 38

[0:00] Tournament Updates
[3:14] Reddit Highlight: OTK Pod Fighter
 - The Thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/PvZHeroes/comments/8qeodl/my_new_favorite_otk_pod_fighter_deck_very_fun/
[12:25] Card of the Week: Going Viral
 - Limited Resources: The 'Groan Test': https://www.reddit.com/r/lrcast/comments/40cz1g/what_exactly_is_the_groan_test/
[23:19] Tribe Talk: Gargantuars

Shroom for Two Episode 37: Wearing a Little Flower As a Hat

Hello, Heroes!

Welcome to another episode of Shroom for Two, the PVZ Heroes podcast that, like every rose, has its thorns.

This week, we discuss our current standings in the Reddit tournament. Mike's doing his best Lebron impression and vanquishing everybody, although perhaps the dream team of upcoming opponents will finally put a stop to his reign of terror.

Our card of the week, High Voltage Currant, kicks off an extremely juicy month of June. There are a lot of pushed event cards coming this month, and HVC is no exception. We talk about why it's good early and late, and why this Cosmic Berry by another name should make its way into your decks.

Finally, we do our next installment of Tribe Talk. Flowers are the subject this week; we discuss their far-reaching mechanical identity. We also ponder what needs to be done about Briar Rose, the flower lord that, upon a mountain of skulls, in a castle of pain, sits on a throne of our broken dreams.

If you'd like to sound off about Briar Rose, or any other subject, please write to us at shroomfortwopodcast@gmail.com!

Show notes for episode 37

[0:00] Tournament updates and jokes about Lebron
[2:52] Superpower randomness
[9:27] Card of the Week: High-Voltage Currant
[12:56] Mike's FTP Update
[14:13] Tribe Talk: Flowers (also Briar Rose)

Shroom for Two Episode 36: The Free-to-Play Episode

Hello, Heroes!

Welcome to a freely playable episode of Shroom for Two. Mike's free-to-play account has begun to bear fruit, and we have an extensive talk about how it's going so far,

Before that, we answer a handful of listener mails. We take a look at the basic set, have some follow-up about Secret Agent, and discuss freeze decks.

Before that, we discuss the card of the week: Sun Shroom. It's a little clunky compared to flower-based ramp mechanisms, but it's got some advantages.

Before that, we talk a bit about the Reddit tournament, and make a funny joke.

If you'd like to see our videos from the tournament, check out our YouTube channel at shroomfortwopodcast! We're also accepting listener mail at shroomfortwopodcast@gmail.com!

[0:00] Reddit Tournament
 - Joke: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/05/30/roseanne-barr-blames-ambien-zolpidem-drug-real-side-effects/654683002/
[7:18] Card of the Week: Sun Shroom
[17:20] Listener Mail: Basic cards
[19:39] Listener Mail: Follow up on Goat/Swimmer
 - From listener Patrick: https://pastebin.com/FvQ2X6Hf
 - Fry's Secret Agent/Goat deck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivTqfgy6baM
[24:40] Listener Mail: Freeze decks
 - Listener Ethan's Deck: https://imgur.com/J8Akgml
 - Listener Ethan's Mail: https://pastebin.com/RJe5DvbK
[33:59] F2P Talk
 - Mike's F2P gallery: https://imgur.com/a/XtBMEQB

 

Shroom for Two Episode 35: Imposter Syndrome

Hello, Heroes!

Welcome to episode 35 of Shroom for Two! This week, we begin with some debate over the rollout of the balance patch. First it was delayed, then it goofed the daily challenge, then we got a free booster pack. Taylor and Mike are differing levels of mad about the whole thing. Towards the end, we discuss a few decks that we've been working on. Taylor's back on the Mime Gargantuar kick, this time with Immorticia!

Next, we discuss Impfinity's favorite Card of the Week, Imposter! This little guy is 10 lbs of card advantage in a 5 lb bag, and we break down why exactly this 1-cost 2/1 is an aggro deck's dream come true.

Finally, we take a big bite of Savage Spinach! Mike's been hard at work brewing with each of the Mega-Grow heroes. We discuss how all-in Savage Spinach wants you to go, and which heroes have the best support structure for making that happen.

If you've got any listener mail to send us, please toss it our way at shroomfortwopodcast@gmail.com! We're also on YouTube at shroomfortwopodcast, so be sure to jackhammer those like buttons.

Show notes for Episode 35

Mike and Taylor's handful of decks: https://imgur.com/a/N28CERZ

 

Shroom for Two Episode 34: Pet Play

Hello, Heroes!

Welcome to a tribetastic episode of Shroom for Two! This week is the debut of our new segment, Tribe Talk. We kick it off with discussion of one of the post powerful zombie tribes: Pets! We talk about the ins and outs of the tribe and its associated gameplay.

We also perform a quck mea culpa on Banana Split, with Mike's banana CC deck outperforming our expectations. We also discuss Secret Agent, and why it's more narrow than it looks. We do a few listener mail questions as well!

If you'd like to have us answer your questions, please write to us at shroomfortwopodcast@gmail.com!

Show notes for Episode 34

[0:00] PVZ Heroes Reddit's Next Tournament https://www.reddit.com/r/PvZHeroes/comments/8joldu/2nd_official_reddit_tournament_with_prizes/

[2:53] Mike's Banana Captain Combustable https://imgur.com/a/a3WpQAU

[9:54] Card of the Week: Secret Agent

[21:21] Listener Mail: Would we ever stream on Twitch?

[25:51] Listener Mail: Climbing to Ultimate with one Hero per rank https://pastebin.com/BpXgGsCx

[29:56] Tribe Talk: Pets

Shroom for Two Episode 33: In Memoriam of Mustache Monument

Hello, Heroes! 

Welcome to a patchtastic episode of Shroom for Two! Apologies for the late posting.

This week, Mike and Taylor go over all the card changes! We highlight a few changes that we think will make a big impact. Mike and Taylor disagree about how big the Marine Bean change will be. Send us your thoughts about whether Marine Beans will start showing up in bean decks!

Then, we discuss this week’s card of the week - Garlic! Mike and Taylor also disagree about how good Garlic is. Taylor thinks it’s a must-have auto-include for every guardian deck, but that might just be because he loves Rotobaga and Pecanolith so much. Mike is more lukewarm on Garlic, but sees its potential.

Finally, Mike pulls up in his solid gold rocket car and tells Huge-Giganticus to get in, loser, we’re going shopping for ladder points. We discuss how Excavator Zombie is spicy HG technology, and ponder what the effects of the Mustache Monument nerf will be on Shieldcrusher Viking.

To get in touch, send us listener mail to shroomfortwopodcast@gmail.com!

Show Notes for Episode 33: 

Full list of card changes:  https://www.reddit.com/r/PvZHeroes/comments/8hzqld/spring_update_megathread/

Mike’s HG deck: https://ibb.co/eLBbkd

Timestamps:

[0:00] Card Changes

[25:09] Card of the Week: Garlic

[30:15] Mike’s HG Deck

Shroom for Two Episode 32: Smarty Plants

Hello, Heroes!

Welcome to another astute episode of Shroom for Two! This week, we double up on card-of-the-week segments, since we skipped discussing Health Nut last time. We hope you got the full complement of Health Nuts when they were available, because we've got pretty much nothing but good things to say about it. We're less generous to Banana Split, but we try to make it clear why, and what potential we see in it.

Then, we finally reach the thrilling conclusion of the Class Warfare segment. We end where we begin, with Green Shadow and the easy-to-learn, hard-to-master Smarty class. There's a lot of very juicy game design topics present in Smarty's section of the color pie! We discuss the combo enablers everybody hates to love and loves to hate, why beans are the gold standard for PVZ Heroes tribal synergy, and why Dark Matter Dragonfruit is just three Defensive Ends duct taped together.

Class Warfare may have concluded, but we've still got plenty of ideas in the pipeline for Shroom for Two! If you've got any ideas for us, or have any comments and questions to share, please email us at shroomfortwopodcast@gmail.com! You can also find us on YouTube at shroomfortwopodcast. Don't forget to jackhammer those "Like" and "Subscribe" buttons.