Shroom for Two Episode 46: Rise of the Aerocabra

Hello, Heroes! Welcome to another goatlike episode of Shroom for Two! This week, we ride around on hoverboards in search of grass to eat.

Unfortunately, our hoverboards are in the shop, so instead, we discuss everybody’s favorite goat whose name sounds cooler in Spanish, the Hovergoat 3000.

We demo a new segment this week, where we blend the card of the week with a deck analysis. We’ve brewed an interesting deck featuring our pal the Aerocabra, and we’ve extended the card of the week segment to accommodate it.

We’re still looking for listener deck submissions! This week, we specifically call out Cyclecap decks and decks featuring Atomic Bombergranate. If you’ve got any of those to share, send them our way at shroomfortwopodcast@gmail.com!

Show Notes for this Episode

Our old friend HGC, Helena Geometric Carter: https://stattrek.com/online-calculator/hypergeometric.aspx

Binomial Probability Calculator, that you should really be using for Bad Moon Rising and other effects that draw with replacement (like random effects where you can get duplicates): https://stattrek.com/online-calculator/binomial.aspx

Taylor Series - an infinitely approximation or a function: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_series

Mike’s Aerocabra deck: https://imgur.com/AO4EMzq

 

Shroom for Two Episode 45: Peas, Greens, Potatoes, Tomatoes

Hello, Heroes!

Welcome to a nutritious episode of Shroom for Two! We start this week off by issuing some hypergeometric mea culpas, having previously steered you wrong on everybody's favorite cumulative probability distribution calculator.

Next, we give one last probabilistic hurrah to our friend the HGC, when discussing our Card of the Week, Forget Me Nuts! Forget Me Nuts is best in your opening hand, so we calculate the probability of that happening when you've included 4 in your deck. We break down the subtlety of the play pattern, and generally try to goad you into getting 4x of them. You won't regret it!

Finally, we bridge the gap between our old segment Tribe Talk and our new segment, the Currently Unnamed Deck Archetype Segment. We focus on a specific powerful meta deck and talk about its moving pieces. This week, it's peas!

If you've got any feedback, send it our way at shroomfortwopodcast@gmail.com!

 

Shroom for Two Episode 44: The One and a Half Dollar Mailbag

Hello, Heroes!

Welcome to another sesquidenominational episode of Shroom for Two! This week, your pals open up the mailbag and answer what's on your mind!

We also discuss one of the more influential event cards, Bad Moon Rising. Our old friend the Hypergeometric Calculator shows up to break down the math behind predicting your polymorphs.

If you've got obscure mathematical prefixes to share with us, or any thoughts and opinions about PVZ Heroes, send them our way at shroomfortwopodcast@gmail.com!

 

Shroom for Two Episode 43: Photosynthesizer is Good and You Should Put It in Everything

Hello, Heroes! Welcome to another photosynthetic episode of Shroom for Two!

This week, Mike completes his Listener Eliotte challenge and hits ultimate with 20 different decks. Then, an old frienemy shows up in the Card of the Week segment, looking a little worse for wear. Finally, we look at the quirky deck that Mike chose to highlight from his climb, an aggro Beta Carrotina deck, featuring 4x Photosynthesizer, a card that Mike maintains is good and that you should put in every deck.

We've got another mailbag episode coming up, so be sure to keep the questions coming! Drop us a line at shroomfortwopodcast@gmail.com if you've got any questions, comments, or suggestions!

Show notes for Episode 43:

0:00: Mike's 20 rank, 20 hero challenge

6:23: Card of the Week: Clique Pea

17:18: Aggro Beta-Carrotina https://imgur.com/a/84Y2DH5

31:57: Cards to turn into Heroes?

 

Shroom For Two Episode 42: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galactic Gardens

Hello, Heroes! 

Welcome to the next episode of Shroom for Two! This week, in honor of this being Episode 42, we’re reviewing the Galactic Gardens expansion!

First, we have some new videos to plug on our YouTube page - Mike and Taylor watched some of Mike’s recorded tournament matches and made commentary tracks! Check those out on YouTube channel shroomfortwopodcast to see our evaluation of those games. 

Next, we go into Sap Fling on the card of the week segment. We disagree about its overall power level, but agree that it’s a cool card that fills an interesting niche. 

Finally, we take a huge bite out of the Galactic Gardens set. We discuss the keywords, the Environment card type, and the cards we loved (plus one card we didn’t). 

If you’ve got commentary on Galactic Gardens, please send it to shroomfortwopodcast@gmail.com! 

Show Notes for Episode 42

0:00 YouTube Videos

4:30 Card of the Week: Sap Fling

15:08 Galactic Gardens set review

 

 

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)