Convert to Raid: The podcast for raiders in World of Warcraft

This week the CtR crew returns for another fun filled show!

The Heart of the Valorous goes live again, but why did Blizzard only make it available over a weekend and not during the rest of the week? And will valor caps increase any time soon so that we can upgrade more than one piece of armor per week?

Warlords beta patch notes have been released! The crew gives you some of the highlights and tries to calm you down as the game continues to be developed. The guys also discuss the feedback process for all of these changes and how that works with the communication from Blizzard to its players.

Want to know more about how your Garrison will work in Warlords? Wowhead.com recently posted all of their datamined information about garrisons, including an in depth look at the buildings that you’ll be able to choose from. How will these buildings help your gameplay? Are there any overpowered perks from these buildings? Find out inside!

Also, Rob Pardo, Chief Creative Director for Blizzard Entertainment, is leaving the company after 17 years. Where he’ll be moving to and why he is leaving are still unanswered. But while Pardo leaves the building, Mike Morhaime answered an open letter about (the lack of diversity) in Blizzard games. Is there a tie between the two?

 

Plus, leading the raid for mythic teams in Warlords, pre-release reviews, beta blues and Pat makes some BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS!

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This week, Blizzard turned the Warlords of Draenor alpha into the Warlords of Draenor betal, allowing more people access to test server stability. And the CtR crew was there to check it all out. Aside from lots of crashes and bugs, there were a bunch of changes to explore!

Tanaan Jungle, the entry point in the next expansion, appeared in the latest build. Khadgar, Thrall and others will test your meddle, unless of course you’re decked out in heroic gear from Siege of Orgrimmar. The guys will give you a glimpse into the action, and tell you what awards await.

Some players may be feeling left out in the cold in the beta process, however. The crew takes a look at some of the issues with the beta invite process, and takes you through the timeline as it appeared on Twitter.

Another sticking point for some players this week — faction capitals. Blizzard announced at Blizzcon 2013 that the faction capitals would be at Karabor and Bloodspire. But during the development process, and with the greater development of garrisons, the devs have changed their collective mind. While these cities will still be explorable, auction houses, portals, and all normal faction capital functions will be on the island of Ashran, just outside of the PvP zone. The guys give you the lowdown and their opinions on why Blizz made the change.

 

Plus, the new male human model arrives, Shadowmoon Burial Grounds preview, and a bunch of your questions. It’s another jam packed show, so hang on for another fun ride through Warcraft-land!

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The CtR crew is back for another fun show! This week, they look at some weird achievements, new loot for Warlords of Draenor, and more!

The Gaze of the Black Prince is a new buff unleashed by Blizzard to help those on their quest for the legendary cloak. it essentially improves your chance for all of the collection quests in your adventures. But it only lasts for two weeks, ending June 30th, and is that enough time for those just starting down the path? And while Blizzard’s new buff certainly can help players, is this really a benefit to the community, or would it be best to make The Gaze last until 6.0?

Shadowmoon Valley content was released in the WoD alpha, and while it looks really great, that doesn’t mean it’s very stable. Just as the crew went to hop online, there were critical errors taking down the servers for the weekend. But that doesn’t mean we can’t theorycraft!

Monks and Warriors received some fine tuning with the latest alpha patch as well, including more ability pruning and some serious playstyle changes. While the jury is still out on what this means for both of those classes, Chadd “Celestalon” Nervig from Blizzard says that there will be even more changes coming, especially to Arms Warriors.

 

Plus, game responsiveness improvements are coming with WoD, druids may be bugging out about their new gear, the crew takes your questions and more!

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This week, the CtR crew takes a look at a bunch of changes on the Warlords alpha that have some players up in arms!

Blizzard has removed active mana regeneration from the latest patch (6.0.1 Alpha), and healers are being forced into a more measured style of play. While the community reacts, the question remains on whether or not Blizzard thinks it’s sustainable for raiding in the future.

Several classes were hit by ability pruning this week as Blizzard figures out exactly what each spec needs to survive in Warlords. Some of the changes seem kind of extreme or random, and the gang gives you the details and their reactions to them. Look out druids and shaman!

Also, Blizzard is giving each spec a 5% secondary stat boost. This will not only to give players a little bit of protection from bad drops, but also to help players understand which secondary stats are best for them. But the crew is confused as to why it’s called an “attunement."

 

Also, the guys take a look at the latest mount to hit the Blizzard store, our latest experiences with heroic Thok, the changes to the Timeless Isle, and your questions in another very fun show!

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The gang is all back this week, and ready to charge into the fray of everything World of Warcraft!

The friends and family alpha was released for Warlords of Draenor, and yes, the guys at CtR has been playing it. They cover all of their reactions to their in game experiences to give you some of the information you’ve been longing for! Inside this episode they cover questing, garrisons, characters, the new models, the available dungeon, the stat squish, spell changes, and many other aspects of the latest release. Also, the crew will take a look at why Blizzard released the alpha the way it has, which has left some long time players feeling left out in the cold.

A recent developer watercooler article gave an inside look at the stat changes for Warlords. Koltrane, Dairies and Pat Krane take a look at some of the changes Blizzard has made since Blizzcon and why some changes needed to happen.

Also, Azeroth Choppers comes to a conclusion, but was it as fulfilling of a season as the crew had hoped for? Plus, find out the latest information for the CtR Guild and a couple of real life meetups, including our party at Blizzcon 2014! Even through all of the video issues, this is still a great round of conversations… enjoy!

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Pat Krane and Koltrane are back, bringing in Treckie from Method (#1 ranked guild in the world) for another great show!

Blizzard released their first blog post on garrisons, so the CtR crew examines some of the different features and systems of this new and expansive content for Warlords of Draenor. They discuss how player choices will effect how each character levels up to give them a somewhat unique experience, what you can expect from garrisons as you move about Draenor, and how followers can help you maximize your efforts.

The Heart of the Valorous buff went out this last week, but it seems to have landed with a thud… at least with our panel. What do more upgrades and faster valor gains mean, and why did Blizzard feel the need to do it?

 

Also, actor Ben Foster speaks about his character in the Warcraft movie, Moonkin get a huge change in the Warlords alpha, old school raiding can help change things up for your raid team, and much more!

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This week, Dairies and Pat Krane are joined by Zoopercat from Ask Mr. Robot to talk about the latest news in World of Warcraft!

Patch 5.4.8 is on the PTR, and it's all about upgrades! Now you can upgrade your armor a total of 4 times. Is this a much needed improvement for players struggling, or is it a way to stretch Siege of Orgrimmar while waiting for Warlords of Draenor?

It was revealed this week from Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas that the gearing path for Warlords will be similar to how it is now, with dungeon loot item levels beneath that of all difficulties of raid loot. But does that mean LFR is a concern for those raiders that usually tackle tougher content?

And finally, the crew talks to Zoopercat directly about the newest addition to Ask Mr. Robot -- combat logs (currently in alpha). She gives some great insight to their approach for logs, some refreshing problems they're finding solutions for, and other items that may just blow your mind!

Get ready for a great show! (Plus, some tech issues. Thanks, internet.)

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Olivia Grace and Derevka both join Pat Krane this week for incredible discussions on the biggest news in WoW this week!

 

Blizzcon sold out in minutes, and the new Eventbrite system seemed to have mixed reviews from the thousands that logged in this week to buy. The crew talks about their ticket experiences with Eventbrite and try to figure out what will be at Blizzcon for World of Warcraft fans.

 

This week also saw the Q1 investor call from Activision Blizzard, where it was revealed that World of Warcraft has only lost 200,000 subscribers. Blizzard did employ some tricks like the Warlords pre-release and the boost to 90 program, but how long will this last without new content?

 

And in Raiding News, more information was released on the changes to raiding in 6.0, plus Ion Hazzikostas had another interview. The gang takes a look at all of the upcoming changes to give you the latest view on garrisons, raid lockouts, gearing, and much more on this very engaging show!

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This week, the CtR crew takes a look all the news that was raiding in Warlords of Draenor! Ion Hazzikostas, Warcraft’s Lead Encounter Designer, had a few posts discussing the raiding mindset over the history of the game as well as looking into the future of Warlords. On top of that, he also sat down with Olivia Grace for an hour long talk all about the upcoming raiding changes.


The guys discuss not just the topics brought up like raid lockouts, loot, LFR changes, group finder, garrisons and more, but also try to dig into the details to try to find out how raiding will change in the next expansion. It’s a great conversation, and one you shouldn’t miss!

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Koltrane, Pat Krane and Dairies are back in action after a week off, catching you up on all things WoW!

Announced earlier this week, Blizzcon 2014 will be taking over Anaheim this November 7th and 8th, and the guys give you the lowdown on nearby hotels, ticket prices, and more. There are new prices and a new system for buying tickets (now through Eventbrite), so listen up if you’re thinking of going!

The latest WoW Source video hit the WoW website this week as well. Discussing mostly PvP, there were a few key items concerning raiders, like a potentially great new system for raid testing going into Warlords.

Plus, active mana regen is back on the menu for healers, find out why Pat Krane is nervous about garrisons, Dairies explains how to get all of the achievements in WoW, and Koltrane gets hassled by gnomes. Plus, your questions and a whole lot more in another amazing show!

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