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

The CtR crew is back for some great discussions, so get ready!

Since our last show, Blizzard announced a 2.9 million subscriber loss in Q1 as a part of their quarterly investor update. What does this very large drop in players mean, and is there any way to curb the dramatic shifts?

This last week, Blizzard blasted more players out of the game in a giant ban wave that has reportedly kicked over 100,000 players for botting. The guys take a look at some of the specifics that could be behind Blizzard’s motives and how some players get mistakenly put into the crossfire.

Gamesbeat interviewed Lead Game Designer Ion Hazzikostas recently, and inside the article he takes on a lot of different topics including raiding! The guys discuss some of the things he says, as well as voice some of their own frustrations about trying to defeat the highest difficulty encounters with a limited schedule. Is it even possible to be a “casual hardcore” player in Warlords?

 

Plus, Leeroy Jenkins turns 10, updates on the Warcraft movie, more raid testing on the PTR, the 6.2 Bonus Event Weekends and more!

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This week, the guys bring in a very special guest — Sloot, main tank and raid leader for Midwinter, the US 1st, World 3rd guild!

First, how has the Blackrock Foundry raid instance compared with other tiers for Midwinter, and how did they manage to pull so far ahead of everyone else this time? Can they do it again for Hellfire Citadel, and do they have any new plans for patch 6.2?

The guys also go in depth into the encounters for the next raid now being tested on the PTR. What has been seen on the PTR, and what is there to look forward to? Also, will these fights be just as reliant on personal responsibility as we’ve seen in Warlords of Draenor so far, and is that a good thing? The guys will even talk about some crazy mechanics that raiders will need to understand before heading in!

 

Plus, a preview of the Tanaan Jungle, more on Timewalking and what it’s meant to be, a recap of the Heroes of the Dorm tournament, your questions, and much more!

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This week, the CtR crew sets their sights on patch 6.2, as more raid bosses get tested on the PTR!

Four of the new bosses for Hellfire Citadel were put up for testing, including Kilrogg and Gorefiend, which have some unusual mechanics. And while the mechanics are interesting, there may be something more interesting happening in the background!

The Warcraft movie release was moved back to June 2016. Does this mean that the film is able to contend with other summer blockbusters, and what are the pros and cons of such a move?

More information was released and revised for patch 6.2, including some cool new pets, profession updates, and yes… costumes for Pepe. Even the legendary ring was updated to reveal the new group proc and how it may upgrade over time. And we’ll give you the details!

 

Plus, the WoW Token hits the EU, more on the new Timewalking feature and what it means for 5 man content, your questions and so much more!

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This week Blizzard put patch 6.2 on the test realms, and if you’ve been looking for more content, here it is!

The Tanaan Jungle will open, and includes a brand new raid tier with Hellfire Citadel. Archimonde will be the last boss of the instance, which brings up a couple of different questions. Will this tier bring in a storyline involving the Burning Legion? Will we see Sargeras? And on the other hand, what does this mean for the real world timeline of Warlords of Draenor?

Opening the Tanaan Jungle is only the beginning of new content. Players will be adding to their garrison with the new Shipyard, which will not only be the initial way to get to Tanaan, but will lead to naval missions as well.

A new Mythic dungeon difficulty was announced for 6.2, where players can tackle tough team content for item level 680 loot on a weekly lockout. But is reworking of current content a great catch up tool, or something that will be set aside rather quickly?

The Timewalking feature will also be coming to 6.2, where old school dungeons from previous expansions will be scaled to challenge players that have out leveled them in a new sort of “heroic” difficulty. Does this light the way for more scaled content, like Timewalking in old school raids, or will this “renewing” of old content be met with indifference?

Plus, more on the Legendary Ring (and it’s new proc), some BIG class changes for raiders in 6.2, and more in the jam packed episode of Convert to Raid!

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This week, the CtR crew is joined by streamer and mythic raider Brutall!

The WoW Token hit North American realms, and after just a few days the market price is down considerably from the original 30,000 gold price set by Blizzard. Were players surprised by the movement, and is the WoW Token a “win” for all parties involved?

Blizzcon general admission tickets go on sale this week. Are you prepared? The guys break down the information and get you ready to hit your F5 buttons!

Also, a group is managing to 5-man flexible Blackrock Foundry difficulties, and are now 10/10 normal and getting into heroics. What does it take for groups like this to succeed?

Plus, Forging Gorehowl, building your own Shadowmourne, our deepest apologies, your questions and much much more!

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This week, the CtR crew has the latest on what’s happening in WoW — so buckle up!

Blackrock Foundry Raid Finder Wing 4 was released this week, and experiences were varied. While some groups struggled, others breezed through in minutes to make this one of the shorter raid content releases in Warlords of Draenor. What makes for some of the differences, and what can you do to help make this a smooth fight for everyone?

The WoW Token is coming soon™ according to Blizzard, and with the latest patch have created a WoW Token area in the Auction House user interface. Though it’s not live yet, once trading begins you’ll be able to purchase a token for $20 USD. But what will the selling price be?

MMO-Champion.com released more raiding stats direct from the WoW Armory to examine completion rates of raids in Warlords. How does this compare with raiding in Siege of Orgrimmar and other past raids? Are we seeing a growing trend in the end game?

 

Plus, we have a ton of reaction from our last show, your questions and more to get to this week!

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This week’s show leads to some very fun and controversial conversations… be prepared!

Brian Holinka, Senior PvP Designer, took to Twitter this week asking: "Do you play WoW and Heroes of the Storm but you don't PvP in WoW? I'd love to hear why.” the CtR crew responds with an in-depth conversation trying to figure out what improvements WoW would have to make to capture the MOBA crowd and make PvP less of a daunting experience for players new to this aspect of WoW.

Also, thanks to a listener question we try to tackle the topic of the new difficulty in raiding (that deals more with mechanics than purely player power). Does this switch in player responsibility mean that teams need to better manage their expectations, and how should raid leaders proceed through this new era of raiding?

The Blackrock Foundry item increases arrived this week as promised…or did they? What kind of an increase can you expect from the change?

 

Plus, we congratulate Olivia Grace for her new position with Blizzard, catch up with Dairies about PAX East and South by Southwest, and have a lot of laughs along the way!

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The CtR crew welcomes special guest Affinity from Midwinter (World 3rd, US 1st in Blackrock Foundry) to the show!

The big news this week was all about Blizzcon, as Blizzard announced that the behemoth event will be held November 6th and 7th in Anaheim, California. With that announcement, players from around the world have already secured their stays, selling out surrounding hotels in hours! Where will you be staying that weekend?

With Affinity on the show, we couldn’t help but talk all about Mythic raiding. We take a look at which teams have crossed the finish line, and which teams have thrown in the towel — including his former team, Blood Legion. Also, Affinity discusses his transition into Midwinter and what it was like raiding with his new team.

Blizzard is making some small but important changes to the item levels of loot in BRF, increasing all raid drops by 5 ilevels retroactively. The guys discuss the change and what it may mean moving forward.

 

Plus, the WoW Token, Wing 3 of LFR opens, Blizzard Stream Awards, your questions, and much more — especially if you play resto druid!

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This week, the CtR crew dig in to patch 6.1 and cover Blizzard’s recent Q&A on Twitch!

Patch 6.1 dropped on Tuesday, and now we ask whether or not everything has lived up to the hype. Have items like the SELFIE camera and garrison jukebox been good things overall, or are these just small quality of life improvements?

Lead Game Designer Ion Hazzikostas and Community Manager Josh Allen (a.k.a. Lore) took to Twitch this week to talk about dungeons and raids in World of Warcraft. A lot of ground was covered, from how many raid tiers we can expect this expansion to personal loot changes, a “Timewalking” feature and more. The crew will run through some of the most notable A’s to your Q’s and have a bunch of fun along the way.

 

Plus a neutral panda is about to hit level 100, more news from the race to world first, and more!

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The race to world first in Blackjack Foundry is over, and Method has won! The CtR crew gives you all of the details inside, including overall standings, background on how teams prepare for the race and more.

There’s a rumble in the community, one that states that there’s a lack of content in Warlords of Draenor. The guys begin the conversation with some of the pitfalls and successes of Warlords, but are the problems really much different than previous expansions? Are there any possible solutions to this perception issue?

 

Plus, more on patch 6.1, Ion Hazzikostas interview from Mamytwink, your questions and much more!

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