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

This week, the guys welcome friend, recent Heroes of the Storm tournament winner, and former raid team member Sharku to the show!

Patch 6.2.2 is currently on the PTR and was announced to be heading to the live servers on September 1! Not only will be an update to include PvP mercenary mode and flying, but a moose mount (finally!), changes to Horde racial, Timewalking dungeon loot changes, and the addition of Legendary Ring catch-up quests.

There are a few significant class changes also slated for 6.2.2, including buffs for Monks, Shadow Priests, Feral Druids and Protection Warriors. But since we’re deep into the Hellfire Citadel raid (the last of this expansion), is this a case of too little, too late? The crew discusses inside!

 

And there are many headlines in the Battlenet News too! Hearthstone releases The Grand Tournament expansion, Diablo patch 2.3.0 is now live, and the monk comes to Heroes of the Storm. The guys give you their thoughts and all of these new things and more in another fun episode!

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This week, the guys are joined by Jules Scott from Tauren Think Tank!

World of Warcraft PvP developer Brian Holinka made an appearance during the NA Arena Qualifier for Blizzcon to talk about the upcoming changes for PvP in WoW’s next expansion. One of the big reveals was that player stats will be based on the character’s specialization firstly, not their gear. That in conjunction with other changes should allow Blizzard more power to tune PvP than ever before without affecting PvE.

The flying patch was NOT released this week, but MMO-Champion.com did parse the numbers for flying achievements on 2 million current players. The numbers don’t reflect a real drive for players to fly in Draenor. Could it be that this patch is coming too late in the expansion, or is there really no need to fly in WoD?

Also, Reddit goes crazy over last week’s show, the Blizzcon goodie bag is revealed, Diablo, Heroes and Hearthstone make the Battlenet News, and one news article asks the question: Does Blizzard need World of Warcraft anymore? Plus, more on the Well Played Party at Blizzcon, your questions and more!

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This week, Rho from Realm Maintenance joins the crew as they go into detail about the announcements on the next expansion for World of Warcraft!

 

Blizzard was the talk of Gamescom this last week as they unveiled the next expansion — LEGION. Illidan returns, new zones and new raids will be created, and a new class — Demon Hunter — will land on Azeroth in 7.0. The players will guide you through some of what we know about LEGION, including Artifact weapons, class changes, some lore, BIG PvP changes, and what this new expansion may unlock for you. It’s a jam packed show, so strap in!

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This week, Blizzard announced a subscription loss of 1.5 million for Q2 this year. Hopefully this week’s expansion announcement at Gamescom will help keep the balance!

Mick Montgomery (host of The Starting Zone, StormCast and more) joins the CtR crew as they tackle the recent sub loss and possible reasons behind it. Even though WoW remains the top MMORPG, there seems to be a lot of criticism over Warlords of Draenor. Do the numbers reflect a failure by Blizzard to hold a particular audience, or is it that the MMO genre is losing ground overall? The guys go over viewer reactions, their own, and try to figure out how Blizzard may want to correct for future content.

 

And if you believe in terrific timing, Blizzard lands on Cologne, Germany for Gamescom 2015 and will announce their next expansion for World of Warcraft! There are a lot of speculations, and the crew will give you those and their own predictions for what this expansion will have in store. It’s a fun show with a lot of meat on it — hope you’re hungry!

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This week, member of Convert to Mythic raid team and Hereos of the Storm podcaster Gizmozord (Lords of the Storm) joins the CtR crew!

Method crosses the finish line first in Race to World First: HFC edition. The guys take a look at the standings overall, the number of wipes some of these teams went through, and the nerd screams after downing mythic Archimond. 

Patch 6.2.1 is now up on the test realms, and flying isn’t the only BIG thing in development. Mercenary Mode is in development too, which will be a new option when queuing for Ashran and unrated battlegrounds. When players elect to be a mercenary, they are eligible to play for the opposing faction to shorten queue times. Is this a good fix for Warcraft PVP? The crew discusses how the imbalance of player factions and racials come into play, and whether or not Blizzard should try other avenues.

The Warcraft movie footage from San Diego ComicCon was leaked, then suspended, then leaked and suspended again! The guys describe what they saw there and in the Warcraft movie panels now available online. Clancy Brown can speak Orc!

 

Also, Hearthstone will release The Grand Tournament expansion in August, Leoric swings into Heroes, and one of esports most vocal opponents gets canned. Plus your questions and more on this very fun show!

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This week, CtR welcomes the guys from Line of Sight Gaming, Tattva and Tovo!

In a recent interview, Cory Stockton (Lead Game Designer) announced that there were no more raids planned for Warlords of Draenor. If that’s the case, how long will we have to wait for the next expansion, and is there enough content in 6.2 to bridge the gap between Hellfire Citadel and the next expansion? What can Blizzard do to avoid another long lull between now and the next new content?

Guilds are racing to world first in Hellfire, but how do they stack up? Where are some of our favorite top guilds at, and what new players have come along since last time? The crew will also take a look at some of the mythic encounters’ difficulty and give you a good overview, including when we might see a world first kill of Archimonde.

Plus, the Warcraft movie is at the San Diego ComicCon! We’ve seen the pictures of all the armor and weapons, a great Legendary VR app that shows a 3D flyover of Stormwind, and heard all of the great news about turning a movie into an epic franchise. One thing WoW fans won’t see outside of SDCC, however, is the Warcraft teaser trailer, which won’t be released to the public until November. Is that a necessary part of the movie biz, or should Legendary release that trailer to the fans?

 

Also, the CtR crew will get to know Tattva and Tovo, what they do and how they try to put together their 2 Minute Tips for raiders and so much more in this very fun show!

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Yes patch 6.2 dropped this week, but it’s time to celebrate 4 years of CtR (and Koltrane’s last show)!

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll groan at all of the bad jokes the guys have in store for you. And they’ll play back a TON of incredible audio bits created since the show began. 

Visit Koltrane “In his robe,” Head to Blizzcon in a panda suit, join the guys as they make fun of raid bosses before they down them in epic fashion, sing along with Pat Krane, and finish it off with a very special legendary tribute to the Funky Monk himself. And there are plenty of laughs, feels, and fortune cookies along the way!

Don’t worry, WoW players, they’ll also give you their impressions of patch 6.2, the recent developer interviews, the Hellfire Citadel raid instance and much more. A little something for everyone in this very special, SUPER show.

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The crew returns for another CtR this week, and this time they bring along world class raider, Treckie!

Blizzard didn’t give much warning on the actual date, but patch 6.2 is set to launch Tuesday (June 23)! It’s time to get your characters ready for all of the great new content — the Hellfire Citadel raid, Tanaan Jungle, flying (to be released in a future patch), and much more. But what are some of the things you can do to make sure you’re on top of your game?

Another large part of this release is the final chapter of the Legendary Ring quest line. The guy will give you some the basic idea of what you’ll need to do — all while trying not to give you too many spoilers along the way.

Ion Hazzikostas, lead game designer for WoW, followed up last week’s Q&A with more on the forums this week. Included are more insights to some of his answers on the stream, and he also fields various new questions, ranging from class questions to encounter design and more.

Also the Battlenet News returns as Blizzard lands at the PC Gaming Show at E3 to talk Heroes, Diablo, and StarCraft II, and we finally see how Tavern Brawls will work in Hearthstone.

 

Plus, there’s a bunch of news for CtR Guild members, including information for the big Blizzcon party, the new raid tools exclusively for the CtR Guild and more!

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This week the CtR crew is back to talk all about the busy week in WoW!

Blizzard posted a few announcements and other articles this week, the first being that Warlords Season 1 will be ending soon. This means patch 6.2 is around the corner, and we may even be able to make a good guess as to the exact date!

The rage/debate for flying in Draenor has come to a definitive position from Blizzard. Players WILL be able to fly in Draenor after one character earns the achievement of Draenor Pathfinder. There are a number of different parts to this achievement (which the guys will tell you about), and once you get it all of your other characters will benefit!

Lead Game Designer Ion Hazzikostas and Community Manager Lore (Josh Allen) held the long awaited Q&A for game development, and covered a wide range of topics: Flying, Garrisons, Professions, Dungeons, Classes, and of course Raiding! The crew will take you through their highlights and give you the good, the bad, and the hilarious.

Plus, the 6.2 Armor Preview, the news from all around Battle.net and much more!

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This week, the guys are back for all the latest WoW news… and beyond!

Players got a preview of Hellfire Citadel in the form of a new post on the World of Warcraft website. Inside, it gives a broad overview of the characters and encounters raiders will face along with some very green pictures. Designers also gave some of their notes and insights on how they approached the encounters from a design perspective, which is a very cool twist!

MMO-Champion released the latest raiding statistics for Blackrock Foundry. And while the health of raiding overall looks great, is there too large of a gap between heroic difficulty and mythic? The guys will give you the breakdown inside this episode.

The Q&A with Lead Game Designer Ion Hazzikostas was pushed back a week to make room for a Heroes of the Storm lifestream event, and players erupted online. The CtR crew takes a look at some of the issues Warcraft players are facing right now, including the fact that WoW has to share the spotlight with some of the new Blizzard IPs.

Because it looks like we’re heading into a new age of Blizzard Entertainment, CtR tries out a new segment! The Battlenet News takes a look at the big headlines from other Blizzard games. Heroes of the Storm officially released this week introducing Johanna as the latest hero, Hearthstone will be offering hero skins soon™, and Overwatch has been releasing a ton of gameplay footage over the last couple of weeks.

 

Also inside: World of Warcraft is to be one of the first to be inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, fans react to Koltrane’s announcement last week, your questions and much more!

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