Convert to Raid Presents: The podcast for World of Warcraft and other Blizzard Games!

This week, the crew has their yearly Winter Veil special, talking about all of the latest WoW news, playing some of their best bits from the year, and more!

There is no more “magic number” in flex raiding as the developers have released their plan for Warlords of Draenor a little early. Now flexible raiding is even more flexible, minimizing perceived encounter breakpoints with a system that better scales to each group size.  While some mechanics in Siege of Orgrimmar won’t scale as easily as others, there shouldn’t be a strong need to keep flex teams to a certain number of members.

The Warcraft movie announced two more actors joining the fray, with Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown.  Both are veteran actors well known for action, so the players are getting amped up to think about the possibilities for this epic film.

The guys then turn the show over to you, as they take calls and answer your questions! Not only will the cast reveal fun information about themselves, but also talk about gear in SoO, discuss raiding in previous expansions, tackle the PvP vs. PvE debate, look back on the CtR Guild, as well as give great advice for those just stepping into heroics now.

Plus, grab some Noggenfogger and listen in on a few of our favorite comedy skits from 2013, celebrate, and look forward to a spectacular new year!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:19pm CDT

This week, Pat Krane and Koltrane welcome Derevka (from Something Wicked, Whisperwind US) back to the show to talk about the latest happenings in World of Warcraft!

The 5-Man Dungeons of Warlords of Draenor are put under the CtR microscope as a new post on the EU forums went up about difficulty levels proposed for the next expansion. Is there a way that Blizzard can create meaningful, long lasting 5-man content for raiders, and how will it stack up against other VP grinds like scenarios?  The guys take a look at the issue from several different angles, coming up with some possible solutions.

The recently disbanded guild <vodka> is planning to rejoin the top raiding guilds in the world for Warlords, but will their new, more casual plan be a help or a hinderance for their rankings?  Plus, as a ton of 10 man teams like Paragon venture into Mythic content, what will that do for the race to world first?

Derevka, Pat and Koltrane also talk in depth about healing, including healing meters vs. performance, discipline priests vs. other healing styles, and whether or not healing roles in World of Warcraft need a serious update.

Plus, they go back into the War Room to discuss the second encounter in Siege of Orgrimmar in both normals and heroics, try to get to your questions and a lot more!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:42pm CDT

This week, the guys are back for another look at the latest buzz in the WoW community!

The Warcraft movie announced some of their cast members this week including Rob Kazinski, who claims to have a huge WoW background and plays a mean DK.  How important is it for our crew that the cast and crew of the movie play World of Warcraft?  Is there a meaningful difference to us if these guys are fans of the movie magic they’re producing?

Armory Stats show (as reported by MMO-Champion) that raiding numbers in Mists of Pandaria have dropped steadily over the expansion, with only 10% of raiders completing Siege of Orgrimmar.  Has the luster of raiding worn off, is the pain and toxicity of LFR too much for players to handle, or is it just a matter of time before those numbers start climbing again?

It was Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street’s last day last week, so how can we welcome the newest guy (Celestalon) to the forefront of the Blizzard community?  By blaming him, of course… for everything!

Raegwyn is back at downing bosses all by himself, and recently he took on (and defeated) Dark Animus in 10 man normal.  Find out how he did it, and what other encounters we should expect being soloed soon!

Could Blizzcon be changing for the future?  The Blizzcon follow up survey from this year certainly alludes that could be, possibly even splitting the panels from esports.  The guys break down how it could happen

All that, plus there are a ton of viewer questions in the mail bag, so Pat, Koltrane and Dairies give you their insights on your questions!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:43pm CDT

Covert to Raid #121 - Ghostcrawler Calls It Quits!

This week on CtR, Treckie from the top guild in the world (Method) joins Koltrane and Pat Krane to talk about the latest news and views from around World of Warcraft, including a big shake up at Blizzard Entertainment!

Greg Street announced that after almost six years as Lead Systems Designer he’s calling it quits and moving on to new (as yet undisclosed) opportunities.  The guys discuss what Ghostcrawler has meant to the WoW Community over the years, and Koltrane’s cat left some clues as to where he might end up.  Plus, the guys take a stroll down Memory Lane to their favorite G.C. moments.

It may have been a short work week here in the U.S., but Community Manager Crithto released a huge post on gearing and stats for Warlords of Draenor.  Will gearing be simplified for the next expansion, or will it be just as confusing?  The guys discuss some interesting developments and what it could mean for players at the end game.

A warlock from Russia (YouTube handle: Snowball) managed to solo Immerseus in the Siege of Orgrimmar raid instance!  Was this flawed design, or are warlocks that overpowered?  The crew weighs in with their opinions on having anyone be able to solo current content.

Treckie comes fresh from DreamHack Winter and gives some great insights on raiding in a top guild, including his views on Mists of Pandaria raiding and what’s to come for Warlords of Draenor.  And if you want to take your game to the next level, he’s got some stellar advice.

All of that and more on a very fun show!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:33pm CDT

Happy Pilgrims Bounty!  This week: Pat Krane, Koltrane and Dairies dig a little deeper into some of the new features revealed at Blizzcon in a very fun show with a couple of classic CtR bits just in time for Turkey Day.

A new post-Blizzcon video with the devs has surfaced, and with that come some new insights to Mythic Raiding, and the guys take a look at the pros and cons of the new system from all types of raid difficulties. More information on garrisons was revealed through the interview, including why they weren’t implemented for guilds.  But what does the CtR crew want and expect from such a feature?

Plus, more on armor changes from Ghostcrawler, speed kills now on WoWProgress.com, patch 5.4.2 and you, and we get to a ton of viewer questions. Plus, Dairies moves west, Pat gets shushed, and Koltrane loves your brains.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:22pm CDT

The boys are back from their adventures in Anaheim, mostly recovered from the Con Crud, so let's talk some WoW and have some fun! Zhug, Koltrane and Dairies will bring you through their Blizzcon experiences, into the parties, talking to the developers, along with their reactions to all of the new things that Warlords of Draenor will bring to WoW. On the docket: garrisons, inventory updates, new lore, armor changes and, of course, the huge upcoming RAIDING changes introduced by Blizzard. Along with all of the information and insights, there's also plenty of fun... so get ready for another jam packed show!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:05pm CDT

In a very special episode of CtR, the guys are gearing up for Blizzcon 2013! In preparation, they take a look back at the last Blizzcon and see if Mists of Pandaria lived up to the expectations from the presentations of Chris Metzen, Scott Mercer, Cory Stockton, Mike Morhaime and other developers back in 2011. And then they turn to look to the future, guided in part by predictions from our listeners! Plus, LFR nerfs, addon issues, Connected Realms and missing characters, and a whole bunch of fun!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:42pm CDT

This week, the guys get weirder than ever before, so prepare yourself! Item scaling may be the next big feature released by Blizzard, and you can find out how it was done.  Armory stats for Mists of Pandaria are out, and the boys discuss how recent changes may have had some impact with the players. Plus, Dairies has a new team, Koltrane is back on the spicy water, and Zhug has issues with movie quotes... and Zhug and Kolt get uncomfortably weird in the War Room when they have to do the bit LIVE. Prepare yourself as we dive into the Siege of Orgrimmar!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:49pm CDT

The guys are back with another fun show full of the latest news and views in WoW! Blizzard puts one WoW expansion rumor to rest and clears up exactly what they'll be doing at Blizzcon. Players are trying to min/max flex raids, but are they just overthinking the whole thing? Guild Ox claims that every Mage spec is good, but how's popularity for other specs? And we'll get to your questions as well, especially one on the Legendary LOOT! Plus, Koltrane drinks spicy water, Dairies wipes on a homerun, and Zhug clearly doesn't get how to write a show.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:51pm CDT

The guys get together again for a very fun show! They take a look at this week's developer interview, especially flex raiding, the Timeless Isle, anmd discuss what Blizzard may need to do to make sure that both melee and ranged classes get the most out of raid encounters.  Also, healers are to be blamed for input lag, and the developers have responded. How will those changes affect the game play of healers across World of Warcarft?  Also, the guys take a look at how their characters became their raiding mains, Kolt goes ga-ga for flex, Zhug's bags are full, and Dairies believes Azeroth is going to run out of ocean soon!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:52pm CDT

This week, Affinitii from Blood Legion joins the gang (in his robe) to talk all about the race to world first. Not only does he give his thoughts on the Siege of Orgrimmar, but his opinions on healer balance, the differences of the race between the East and the West, and more.  The guys will give you the latest changes to LFR and give a great idea to Blizzard on how to make it better for everyone.  Plus, find out what's in your Virtual Ticket goodie bag, check out the details on the Warcraft movie, and perhaps ponder this question: why would anyone think of doing Flex Raid progression?  All of that and a ton of fun in another great show!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:19pm CDT

This week the guys are back at it again and talking raiding and more! Garrosh is on the run as the top teams in the world try for the world first.  Is LFR headed for a major nerf, or do we just need more time?  And loot seems to be dropping more now than ever before!  And the guys discuss the new connected realm feature, a new trademark from New Zealand and get to a few listener questions along the way! Plus Zhug has a twin, Dairies shares tales of his favorite fruit, and Koltrane gets beat up by a kung fu pigeon!  All this and updates on our website and our party at Blizzcon, and much more in another BIG BIG show! 

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:13pm CDT

Zhug and Dairies welcome Jules Scott from Tauren Think Tank back to the show, and they have a LOT to talk about.  The race to world first is underway, and the pacing is fast! The first wing of LFR is now open, and do players need an adjustment on expectations for Flex?  Are 5 man dungeons no longer needed, or does Blizzard need to change up their thinking on what raiders really want?  And are the Legendary cloaks too powerful to ignore?  We'll attempt to answer those questions, plus: Dairies goes 13 of 28 in SoO, Jules loves her mushrooms, and Zhug works it on the mailbox for repair money, and much more!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:32pm CDT

The guys are back after patch 5.4 landed on Azeroth, and they have a TON to talk about!  Get their impressions of Timeless Isle, find out some of the problems of Proving Grounds, and the PEOPLE'S LEGENDARY gets passed out all across the World of Warcraft.  We'll take a look at your opinions from last show's topics and we take a deeper look into the Siege of Orgrimmar and how Normals compare with Flex Raids.  Blizzcon tickets go on sale, rep gains still suck, and we'll waste some time in Leading the Raid.  Koltrane is NOT bitter about this week's release, Dairies LOVES the entrance to SoO, and Zhug HATES his legendary proc.  Lots of laughs and great information on this week's show... get ready!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:53pm CDT

The CtR boys are back the week before patch 5.4, and they'll try to get you ready for it! They'll have reactions to the LFR and Flex raid schedule releases that leads into a larger discussion that stems from comments on the forums.  Also, a lot of fansites have stepped up their game for patch 5.4, and you'll get the lowdown!  The War Room will wrap up the rest of the Throne of Thunder raid in a flurry of action to get to Lei Shen. Zhug and Dairies talk some PAX, Koltrane won't get funky with his monk, and there's TONS of fun as they wrap up all of their summer fun and ready us all for Garrosh!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:02pm CDT

This week, the guys are back in action to get you prepared for patch 5.4. Inside, they talk about the release date for the Siege of Orgrmmar, a likely item squish for the next expansion, character model reworks, the end of the WoW TCG, and an incredible interview with World of Warcraft's Lead Encounter Designer, Ion Hazzikostas!  Dairies and Zhug ask about flex raiding, valor and gear in 5.4, proving grounds, the Siege of Orgrimmar raid, and more.  Plus, we get to your questions! It's another fun show for your brain case!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:03pm CDT

This week, the guys welcome Derevka -- he's a priest!  They talk about the Hearthstone beta, healing priests on the PTR along with all the latest news about patch 5.4 and beyond.  Blizz trademarks a new game title... or do they? The date for patch 5.4 is unofficially announced, shaman get some transmog love (but not in LFR), Flex and LFR rollouts examined, and was Blizz's latest EPIC trailer all that epic for alliance? Plus, Koltrane sends notes from afar, Dairies retires from WoW (not really), Derevka gets crumbs in his keyboard, and Zhug is horrible at TCGs. All of this and so much more on another jam packed episode!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:45pm CDT

This week, Kolt and Zhug welcome Olivia Grace back to the podcast, and they discuss the latest from patch 5.4, including the pre-patch press tour, flex raid testing, and some new heirloom weapons and why the forums are all abuzz. Also, the boys chat with Liv about the state of PvP and how and why raiders should jump into battle! Plus, Olivia hides in her flag room, Kolt gets mousey, and Zhug has some real rage issues.  It's a ton of fun with great information and commentary for raiders in the World of Warcraft.  Enjoy! 

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:52pm CDT

This week, the guys take on some different aspects of raiding, including some lore spoilers and speculation for the next raid in patch 5.4 in the Siege of Orgrimmar! Also, Vengeance gets an overhaul, the nerf bat is coming to the Throne of Thunder, and you'll find out exactly how much RPPM trinkets confuse Koltrane.  They also answer your raiding questions and have a lot of fun along the way.  Enjoy!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:48pm CDT

This week the guys welcome special guest Affinitii from the top ranked raiding guild Blood Legion, and he gives us the view from the top for the entire show! WoW subs are reportedly down again, so of course it's officially dead... right? From the controversial Blizzard store to in game, it's all about the new currencies.  And Affinitii shares with us his experiences with the PTR, how he uses his time there, and what exactly he and his team are looking for during the test period.  Plus the guys answer your questions, talk about the WoW movie preview from Comicon and more on another very full episode of Convert to Raid!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:30pm CDT

This week, the guys are back in the PTR to check out all the new stuff for raiders in the World of Warcraft.  The Timeless Isle is up for testing, as are the new Proving Grounds. We have a breakdown on the item levels for Siege of Orgrimmar and some insight on what that could mean for your team.  Also, 25 DK Mogu'Shan Vaults, some listener questions, and Tortos interrupts the show in the War Room!  Lots of fun and great information for you -- enjoy!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:16pm CDT

The guys are back in the saddle for another hilarious ride through the current state of WoW.  Blizzard introduces some new and epic items coming to the store, but where will they draw the line, and what does this mean for players in the US and EU?  The PTR is in full testing mode, including most of the raid bosses and a lot of VERY LARGE class changes that you may want to pay attention to.  Also, they get through a bunch of listener questions about the end of this expansion, monk dps and more.  Also... Zhug can't find the right words, Dairies returns home, and Koltrane is twerkin' it!  Put your hands on your hips and listen up to another great show!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:53pm CDT

Koltrane and Zhug have a special report this week as they return from the most magical place in all of the World of Warcraft -- Blizzard Entertainment. You'll get some of the inside scoop for patch 5.4 and beyond, including the latest on the Timeless Isle, the Legendary item for Mists of Pandaria and what that could mean for The Siege of Orgrimmar. Plus, we'll get to a couple of your questions and more! Dairies covers the numbers, Koltrane recovers from a Bashiok margarita, and Zhug wants to head under the covers after his long trip home.  Lots of cool inside details can be found here, so stay tuned!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:59pm CDT

This week, the guys give you the latest scoop from your favorite game, including: A preview of The Siege of Orgrimmar (spolier alert), Legendary drops getting more common, and an alleged Mobile Armory hack brings up the subject of security for MMOs. And we get to your comments and questions on Flex raiding and LFR for non-raiders, a great Leading the Raid section, and a bunch of other great information.  Also, Zhug gets a big head, Dairies teaches the youth of America, and Koltrane likes to multitask with EVERYTHING.  As always, this show is a blast, so hold onto your hats!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:04pm CDT

Zhug, Koltrane and Dairies are back for their big 100th show, and this time around they continue the Flex Raiding debate, give you the 411 on a couple of new announcements: Virtual Realms and Proving Grounds, and reveal exactly how the Council of Elders got their fourth member in The War Room. Also, we get to a lot of your questions and have a ton of fun in store. Zhug messes around with his playlist, Koltrane is now IN the game, and Dairies has 30 seconds to tell you everything you need to know.  It's a wild ride, so buckle up!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:54pm CDT

This week, the guys invite Preach on from PreachGaming.com to discuss his insights into the LFR experience as new players might experience it and discuss the new feature announced for 5.4 -- Flexible Raiding!  This round table discussion touches on several aspects of the game from a multitude of levels -- community, LFR game play, player apathy, accessibility and what too much of it means, how the new system could help mend those things that are broken but create more problems along the way.  We say goodbye to Solarflair and welcome Dairies to the cast, Zhug forgot how to button, and Koltrane... well... he's Koltrane, I mean come on!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:15pm CDT

Zhug returns from his Roman holiday, and comes back to find his show broken to pieces. So Koltrane and Dairies join him to help break it some more! Titan gets a blizzard reset, Ghostcrawler and others make the interviewing rounds, there's more talk on heroic scenarios, and the guys talk about why Blizzard should not add more dungeons. Plus, find out why Yoshi likes Zhug's shin, why Dairies' wallet loves Blizzard, and why Koltrane wants a better fan. All this wrapped up in a very fun, energetic show that you'll love to shove into your ear holes. Enjoy!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:40pm CDT

Pat Krane is still lounging around in Italy, so we bring in some PUGs for this show!  Koltrane hosts this episode, along with Jules Scott from the Tauren Think Tank podcast, and Dairies from Convert to Raid Too for a big discussion about the release of 5.3 and what they've been doing so far in this patch.  They talk heroic scenarios, the dynamic events in The Barrens, among other topics.  Koltrane has been getting the "love" from mages in the audience after talking about playing his warlock more last week!  With 5.3 releasing, the gang discusses the recent developer interviews from Greg Street (Ghostcrawler) and Adam Holinka ("the PvP guy", according to Koltrane!).  New 5-mans are not in this patch, but the developers say they're coming back - do you miss them?  They also discuss 25-man and 10-man raiding, and how the devs and the players feel about the different size raid options.  Death Knights are now open to more than one per server, and Ghostcrawler talks possible changes in Vengeance mechanics in 5.4.  After the show, stay tuned for a presentation on Protection Warriors, which was done as part of the Convert to Raid guild "Boot Camp" events a few weeks ago.  Great information on all aspects of warrior tanking from a player who has mastered his class.  Enjoy this very full and information-filled show!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:22pm CDT

#96 - Convert to Raid: Valor Plants

This week, Pat Krane is in Italy, so the monkeys are running the show! Koltrane steps into the host spot, Solarflair is breaking his Deathwing on the stream, and Jules Scott takes over the third chair as co-host and producer.  The guys (and girl!) talk about all things 5.3 with the release of "Escalation" coming on Tuesday, May 21st.  They run through valor upgrades, faster leveling in Pandaria, getting Lesser Charms and pet battles. There's a breakdown of 5.2 raiding and Throne of Thunder from the developers' perspective, now that developer interviews are hitting the feeds.  Speaking of developer interviews, Pat Krane got to chat with Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas, and we've included their chat at the end of the show.  Don't miss the look into 5.3, the state of raiding, and some new information about 5.4! Due to some technical issues, our audio quality is not up to our normally high standards, and we apologize for that. Thank you for your understanding!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 8:11pm CDT

This week, Solar and Zhug are joined by Josh Allen (a.k.a. Lore from Legendary, PST, Tankspot.com, Brawlcast, etc.) to discuss his upcoming move to Blizzard HQ, World of Warcraft's most recent plunge in subscription numbers, Blizzcon 2013, patch 5.3 and a lot more.  Sloot from the number two guild in the U.S., Midwinter, joins the guys to have an epic roundtable discussion of protection paladins -- and if you're playing one now, you will not want to miss it.  Also, Solar gushes over our guests, Lore spills the beans on how he'll communicate ideas to the devs, Zhug spills... all over his desk, and more.  Be warned: this is a very full show and you will not want to miss a moment of it. Enjoy!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:35pm CDT

This week, the guys are all in rare form, not only giving you the latest news and views in World of Warcraft, but also providing one heck of a show. Find out how to level alts in patch 5.3 (which is right around the corner), Ghostcrawler talks more tri-spec, Josh Allen heads to Irvine, California to work for Blizzard, Firelands has been seeded just for druids, and more. And what does Superman, the New York Times and World of Warcraft have in common? Horridon takes over the War Room with Affinity from Blood Legion, Koltrane wipes an LFR, Solarflair is a dingo, and Zhug has a couple of BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS that you won't want to miss! Expect lively conversations, tons of laughs, and an incredible wealth of information on another excellent show.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:18pm CDT

This week, the guys are back in the studio and back to work, covering everything that's happened in the raiding world in the last couple of weeks. Not only do they cover heroic progression raiding, BLIZZCON 2013, the devs Q&A, and more... but Blatty from the world first guild Method comes to talk about Affliction Warlocks in The Scouting Report!  It's a very full, very French, and very fun show!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:49pm CDT

We're taking the show on the road this week to glitzy Las Vegas strip for a (mostly) LIVE show! You'll get to meet the Vegas crew, including: Petunya, Arcayne, Dairies, Jules, and Zhug and Koltrane as well. This show isn't completely about WoW, but it's more about these WoW players and how they play their game. There's some great information and insight, lots of laughs, and maybe even a few adult beverages. So /roll the dice and join in on the fun!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:18am CDT

This week, the guys give you the updates raiders need to know!  The race to world first is over, 10 man ToT gets some targeted nerfs, the Durumu encounter gets a lot more clear, there are some great healing updates for patch 5.3, and WoW is trying to keep more stuff in game with a new browser. Affinitii from Blood Legion joins us to talk all about top level raiding and we talk Mistweaver Monk in The Scouting Report! Zhug had another Legendary week, Koltrane gets locked and loaded, and Solarflair might be getting another raid night (or several).

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:20pm CDT

This week the guys take on the latest news and rumors surrounding the World of Warcraft, including: Blizzcon tickets on sale soon, the latest juicy Blizzcon and Titan rumors, heroic progression updates, LFR difficulty levels, and the latest updates for the next patch of WoW.  Also, Jin'rokh the Breaker enters the War Room, Solar wants progressive lockouts, Koltrane finds a bug, and Zhug tells you what Titan really is (not really).  It's a huge show with tons of great information, speculation and laughs... so strap in and hang on tight!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:48am CDT

This week, the guys celebrate both Easter and April Fool's Day by talking about their favorite game -- World of Warcraft! Topics include: Heroic progression updates, shaman hotfixes, triple spec and other patch 5.3 data, the removal of flight paths, and the problem with gear. Also, you'llhave another Scouting Report with one of the best balance druids in the game -- Zoomkins from Blood Legion!  Zhug gets on his soapbox, Solar gives up the hunt, and Koltrane goes on a killing spree! 

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:27am CDT

This week, the boys of CtR give you all of the latest updates to the game, including: the latest Oondasta changes, the race to world first, Hearthstone announced, Patch 5.3 coming soon, and a TON more. And Paragon gets another notch in their belt DURING THE SHOW! Also, Solarflair has a time delay, Zhug gets Monk-y, and Koltrane now comes with hiw own soundtrack. It's another wild ride, so hang on tight!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:04pm CDT

The guys discuss the latest news from the World of Warcraft, including the latest cry from Mages across Azeroth, Horridon's eating habits, the race to world first, world bosses in cross realm zones and more. They also take a look at the latest round of interviews from Ghostcrawler, give you some insight to one of the new solo scenarios, and answer some of your questions. Also, Zhug returns from the slopes, Koltrane rejoices over hotfixes, and we find out how much Solar loves to raid.  This show is a real roller coaster of emotions as well, and includes a very special note about one of our biggest fans.  This show is dedicated to the memory of Jaden.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:14pm CDT

This week, the CtR crew has one heck of a show waiting for you for patch 5.2! They talk about the Pet Battle bug and all the alts it spawned, the Throne of Thunder schedule is ready for you, and they'll take a look at some of the major changes to every single class in the World of Warcraft and more! Plus, Koltrane gets really funky, Solar sets his site on a new dinosaur, and Zhug says WTF in the first week of the patch. They answer your questions and have a few surprises in this jam packed show!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:36pm CDT

This week, the guys get you ready for 5.2 landing THIS WEEK in World of Warcraftland with a Throne of Thunder preview, developer interviews, and more on some of the features of 5.2 and beyond -- they even prognosticate about the super secret next BIG THING from Blizzard coming in Mists of Pandaria. Zhug and Solar reminisce about hunters of long ago and Kolt has a new leash on life. Mix that with their usual brand of weird and funny insights, and you've got quite the show!  Get ready for a HUGE WEEK OF WOW with Convert to Raid!

Direct download: ctr_85.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:34pm CDT

This week, Blizzcon announced, PvP Season 12 comes to a close (and so does patch 5.1), there will be more loot than just 28 gold, and top guilds may need to really step up their game to get a World First Ra-den kill. Plus, Amber-Shaper Un'sok is in the War Room, the guys answer your questions, and they have another BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!  Koltrane goes fire, Solarflair fires into Yogg, and Zhug has issues going left.

Direct download: ctr_84.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:49pm CDT

The show goes off the rails this week as the guys try to get you ready for patch 5.2, and there's no sense in trying to save it.  But they go over the latest news and view in World of Warcraft Land, like: Bashiok's latest post about 5.2 and you, Ra-den is the hidden heroic boss only for a limited time, and the latest chapter in the Legendary Quest Line.  Also, Solarflair gets to keep his Valor, Koltrane hedges his bet, and Zhug is so old that he can't remember where his is half the time. Plus, they get to answer a bunch of your questions along the way in this hilarious episode of CtR!

Direct download: ctr_83.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:56pm CDT

This week, the boys of CtR get you psyched up for patch 5.2 with a ton of great news straight from the PTR, including: currency conversions, raid nerfs, gear, green fire, and unlock dates for testing the Isle of the Thunder King.  The crew also asked you what you're getting ready for in 5.2, WoW subs down to 9.6 million, and both Garalon and Wind Lord Mel'jarak take over the War Room in another all star death match!  It's a BIG BUG show, so get ready!

Direct download: ctr_82.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:46pm CDT

This week Koltrane takes a little vacation, but Solar and Zhug pug in the all-star raider, Dairies, to save the day. They talk high-end raiding merger, LFR buffs for those groups that need it, professions revamps and what that could mean for you, and more!  Dairies also gives you the insight you'll need to play a disc priest right now and on the PTR. They also take your questions and also give you more insight into the new Convert to Raid guild on Aerie Peak US!  All of that and a lot more, as always.

Direct download: ctr_81.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:57pm CDT

This week, the gang takes a look at the latest from patch 5.2, including the Mogu Charms of Fate and what that means for casual raiders, and they take on Grand Vizier Zor'lok and Blade Master Ta'yak in a double episode of The War Room!  Also, the guys give you the F.A.Q. on the new guild in Aerie Peaks US, including all of the details for our most heard questions of the week. Welcome home, raiders!

Direct download: ctr_80.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:26pm CDT

This week, the guys take a peek behind the curtain of encounter design, give you more details of patch 5.2 on the PTR, and even talks about PvP gear... *gasp!*  But they have even bigger news for you too.  Convert to Raid will now be an in game community!  Find out all the details about how you can be a part of the fun in this very cool new project.  Also, Solarflair gets a Solarbear, Zhug wouldn't know a metagem if it was in his helm, and Koltrane goes back to playing like Chunk Norris.  Plus, the boys get to a lot of your questions in this exciting show!

Direct download: ctr_79.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:49pm CDT

The guys are back after a bit of a break, and there's lots of catching up to do! Solarflair talks old school raiding in Naxx, The Asparagus Initiative has an emergency meeting, and Zhug tells of his adventures away from the Command Center.  A level 80 pally kicks Elegon's butt, patch 5.2 is live on the PTR, and the Cinder Kitten raises big money for the Red Cross. Also, Will of the Emperor is in the War Room, we'll answer some of your questions and more.  Welcome to another brand new Convert to Raid!

Direct download: ctr_78.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:13pm CDT

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