Convert to Raid: The podcast for raiders in the World of Warcraft! (Video Games)

For videos, audios, and all things CtR, join us online at http://converttoraid.com

The CTR Kickstarter is now open! Check out all the exclusive loot at http://converttoraid.com/party

Sharku (Adults with Jobs) and Gizmo (Lords of the Storm) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
10:15 Gathering Storm Tournament Wrap Up
14:15 - CTR Party Kickstarter Update
17:30 - Patch 7.2.5 Overview: Black Temple Timewsalking, Chromie Scenario, more
27:20 - Nighthold nerfs, class changes,
32:15 - PvP Brawl of the Week
34:00 - Artifact Knowledge Hotfix
37:30 - Developer Q&A with Paul Kubit Recap
44:00 - Overwatch: new map, Figma Tracer
47:30 - HotS: Malthael now available, new rewards available, Season 2 starts, New Core Concepts
56:20 - eSports: HGC updates, WoW NA Arena Cup #3 results
1:00:00 - Discussion on WoW PvP
1:04:15 - Outro

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:
Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Sharku -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR
Gizmo -- http://twitter.com/Gizmozord

Direct download: bnn_41.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:35pm CDT

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The CTR Kickstarter is now open! Check out all the exclusive loot at http://converttoraid.com/party

Tattva (Line of Sight Gaming), Gizmo (Lords of the Storm) and John (Well Met, The Payload) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
15:20 - Gathering Storm Tournament Update
26:15 - 7.2.5 is coming! Death of Chromie
30:15 - Tomb of Sargeras, Morgan Day (Lead Encounter Designer for WoW) community interviews
43:15 - Class Mounts
48:00 - Overwatch: New map, nerfs
1:00:45 - HotS: New hero, Thrall rework, Bolt of the Storm changes, Diablo crossover
1:11:40 - Hearthstone: Deck import/export, Kripp "presses the button"
1:18:30 - eSports: HGC, Overwatch Contenders, Team8, WoW eSports page, more
1:25:50 - Outro

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:
Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Tattva -- http://twitter.com/LoS_Gaming
Gizmo -- http://twitter.com/Gizmozord
John Horstmann -- http://twitter.com/KickedTripod

Direct download: bnn_40.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:35pm CDT

For videos, audios, and all things CtR, join us online at http://converttoraid.com

The CTR Kickstarter is now open! Check out all the exclusive loot at http://converttoraid.com/party
For more information on the Gathering Storm Tournament, head to http://gatheringstormtournament.com

Tattva and Sharku join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
10:00 - Show Announcements: Gatherin Storm Tournament, CTR Party Kickstarter info
17:00 - New guild to take over top spot?
23:00 - CM Response Ignites Discussion
30:30 - PvP Season 3 ending, Blizzard Preview of Tomb of Sargeras
42:15 - WoW Goes Mobile?
50:25 - People Being Bored in WoW: soloing, Super Hole in One, Pet Battle Leveling
56:00 - Overwatch: New hero, map to be announced? Loot box complaints
1:06:00 HotS: 2nd Anniversary loots, HotS Soundtrack released
1:11:00 - eSports Highlights
1:13:50 - Outro

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:
Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Tattva -- http://twitter.com/LoS_Gaming
Shark -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR

Direct download: bnn_39.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:50pm CDT

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For more information on the Gathering Storm Tournament, head to http://gatheringstormtournament.com

Dairies and Sharku join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
9:00 - Show Announcements: John update, Kickstarter for the CTR Party, Gathering Storm update
18:40 - Destiny 2 Comes to the Battle.net Launcher
26:15 - Serenity Calls it Quits
34:15 - Artifact Knowledge Changes
39:45 - Overwatch: One Year Anniversary, More stories coming!
47:50 - Hearthstone: upcoming changes
51:30 - HotS: Tryhard for Good Charity Fundraising, Core Concepts update
54:15 - SC2: Artosis and Tasteless announcer pack!
56:35 - eSports Roundup: HotS HGC, Hearthstone Global Games, Overwatch Contenders
1:08:15 - Outro

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:
Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Dairies -- http://twitter.com/BoredMind
Shark -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR

Direct download: bnn_38.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:14pm CDT

For videos, audios, and all things CtR, join us online at http://converttoraid.com

For more information on the Gathering Storm Tournament, head to http://gatheringstormtournament.com
Kinsmen T-Shirt campaign: http://teespring.com/kinsmen

Tattva (Line of Sight Gaming) and Gizmo (The Lords of the Storm podcast) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
5:00 - The Nighthold Blues
14:00 - Gather Storm
19:00 - Kinsmen campaign 24:30 - New Armory Design
33:00 - New Legendary Ring
36:30 - Win Trade Bans
44:25 - Overwatch: Thanks a billion! (Blizzard earnings)
48:30 - Overwatch, Hearthstone, and China
54:15 - HotS: D.Va on PTR and more
1:02:45 - Diablo: Necromancer Q&A
1:06:00 - StarCraft Source Code Find
1:09:50 - eSports roundup
1:27:30 - Outro Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:

Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Tattva -- http://twitter.com/LoS_Gaming
Gizmo -- http://twitter.com/Gizmozord

 

Direct download: bnn_37.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:30pm CDT

For videos, audios, and all things CtR, join us online at http://converttoraid.com

Check out the new Kinsmen T-Shirt only available until May 14th! http://teespring.com/kinsmen
For more information on the Gathering Storm Tournament, head to http://gatheringstormtournament.com

Tattva (Line of Sight Gaming) and John Horstmann (The Payload and Well Met podcasts) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro 16:00 - Patch 7.2 Q&A with Ion Hazzikostas
20:00 - Discussion on Blizzard Communications
30:30 - Tattva's Tinfoil Hat
38:00 - How Dairies broke WoW
39:00 - Raid Testing
41:00 - Mythic+ dungeon changes
45:00 - Hearthstone: 70 Million Players, Wild Tournament, Wild Heroic Tavern Brawl, Quest Rogue Rant
51:30 - Overwatch: Timeline article, Uprising event ends,
56:55 - Heroes 2.0: Core Concepts
1:03:50 - eSports wrap up
1:06:00 - Outro

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:
Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
John Horstmann -- http://twitter.com/KickedTripod
Tattva -- http://twitter.com/LoS_Gaming

Direct download: bnn_36.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:05pm CDT

For videos, audios, and all things CtR, join us online at http://converttoraid.com

For more information on the Gathering Storm Tournament, head to http://gatheringstormtournament.com

Tattva (Line of Sight Gaming), Gizmo (Lords of the Storm podcast) and Dairies join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
6:30 - Commentary on Overwatch Uprising
15:45 - Heroes 2.0 releases: D.Va coming soon, Mega Bundles, Nexus Challenges, UI Changes and more!
32:40 - Heroes: Try Hard for Good
38:00 - WoW: Watch Q&A coming, Anduin cinematic released
55:00 - Overwatch: Maps in development
58:30 - StarCraft 2: New Co-op announced
1:03:00 - eSports: HGC recap
1:04:40 - Outro

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:
Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Dairies -- http://twitter.com/BoredMind
Gizmo -- http://twitter.com/Gizmozord
Tattva -- http://twitter.com/LoS_Gaming

Direct download: bnn_35.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:39pm CDT

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For more information on the Gathering Storm Tournament, head to http://gatheringstormtournament.com

John Horstmann (Well Met and The Payload podcasts), Sharku (Adults with Jobs) and DAIIRES join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
15:40 - Patch 7.2.5 preview: Timewalking RAID and more
27:30 - PvP Brawl
29:35 - Week 4 of Breeching the Tomb
35:45 - Hearthstone: Volcanoes erupt, Behind the Card, Art Book Coming!
42:05 - Hearoes of the Storm: 2.0 next week, Hanamura map, Genji on PTR
52:00 - Overwatch: Jeff Kaplan interview, competitive Overwatch MMR issues
1:03:00 - Diablo: Necromancer is OP on Beta
1:04:30 - eSports roundup!
1:06:45 - Outro

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:
Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Dairies -- http://twitter.com/BoredMind
Sharku -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR
John -- http://twitter.com/KickedTripod

Direct download: bnn_34.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:37pm CDT

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For more information on the Gathering Storm Tournament, head to http://gatheringstormtournament.com

John Horstmann (Well Met and The Payload podcasts), Sharku (Adults with Jobs) and Tattva (Line of Sight Gaming) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
4:15 - Riddler's Mind Worm Mount Discovered!
10:40 - Un'Goro Play Analysis from John
20:40 - Announcement: GATHERING STORM TOURNAMENT
26:00 - Blizzcon Tickets SOLD OUT
27:45 - Flying in Legion!
33:45 - Week 3: Order Hall Quests and more in 7.2
40:30 - Hearthstone: Maiev Shadowsong Quest, Mob Mentality in the Forums
45:50 - Overwatch: Uprising PvE Content!
50:10 - Heroes of the Storm: Veteran's Chests update on the PTR
57:00 - Diablo: Necromancer Beta is LIVE (invite only)
59:00 - eSports: Heroes of the Dorm Finals
1:04:15 - Listener Question: Is It Too Easy to Raid?
1:19:25 - Outro

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:
Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Tattva -- http://twitter.com/LoS_Gaming
Sharku -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR
John -- http://twitter.com/KickedTripod

Direct download: bnn_33.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:51pm CDT

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John Horstmann (Well Met and The Payload podcasts) Gizmo (Lords of the Storm) and Sharku join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
8:00 - Blizzcon Tickets on Sale this week!
16:15 - April Fools Day at Blizzard
22:15 - Patch 7.2 iLevel Scaling, Bosses bugged
30:40 - Mage Tower and the 1%
36:30 - Legion Assaults live, PvP Brawl
41:00 - Timed Release for 7.2
47:00 - Discussion: Communications of WoW, Blizz
56:40 - Hearthstone: Un'Goro Releases this Week!
1:00:40 - Heroes of the Storm 2.0 Details, future calendar here: http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/heroes20/
1:16:50 - Overwatch: New content?, Overwatch World Cup Announced
1:19:50 - eSports: Heroes of the Dorm this weekend
1:21:15 - Outro

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:
Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Gizmo -- http://twitter.com/Gizmozord
Sharku -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR
John -- http://twitter.com/KickedTripod

Direct download: bnn_32.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:35pm CDT

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John Horstmann (Well Met and The Payload podcasts) and Tattva (Line of Sight Gaming) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
7:20 - WoW Character Services on Sale through April 4
10:20 - Patch 7.2 hits Azeroth! (First Impressions)
27:00 - Artifact power in 7.2 and beyond
30:50 - Overwatch Update: Widowmaker Statue, Overwatch League possibilities
38:00 - Hearthstone: card reveals, Year of the Mammoth rewards
40:00 - BREAKING: Heroes of the Storm 2.0 Announcement!
44:35 - StarCraft REMASTERED
49:00 - eSports Roundup: Hearthstone, Heroes of the Dorm
58:30 - Bellular Announcement and Follow Up
1:06:45 - Outro

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:
Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Tattva -- http://twitter.com/LoS_Gaming
John -- http://twitter.com/KickedTripod

Direct download: bnn_31.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:37pm CDT

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Gizmo (Lords of the Storm), Sharku (Adults with Jobs), and Tattva (Line of Sight Gaming) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
4:55 - Discussion: Alts
14:00 - Discussion: Raider Fatigue, Loot Rewards and more
29:15 - Legion Q&A: Itemization (and how it fits with previous discussion)
38:30 - New Artifact Appearance for Patch 7.2 might not be easy to get!
46:00 - Tank balance in Nighthold
56:10 - Blizzard vs. Bossland
58:00 - Overwatch: Orisa goes live!
1:02:40 - Heroes of the Storm: For Azeroth event extended and more!
1:08:00 - Quick Hearthstone Update
1:08:45 - Patch 2.5 went live for consoles
1:15:45 - Outro

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Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Gizmo -- http://twitter.com/Gizmozord
Sharku -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR
Tattva -- http://twitter.com/LoS_Gaming

Direct download: bnn_30.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:01pm CDT

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John Horstmann (Well Met and The Payload podcasts), and Sharku (Adults with Jobs) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
13:15 - Community Spotlight
18:45 - Legion PvP Update this week with Brian Holinka
24:20 - Patch 7.2: Relic changes and player power, friendly nameplates, and other PTR highlights
48:30 - Heroes of the Storm: New hero, updates, Cho'Gall quest coming back!
54:50 - Overwatch: New hero announced, season 4 starts
1:10:15 - Hearthstone: Angry Chicken turns 200, Ben Brode raps
1:12:20 - Diablo: Season 9 ends March 17th!
1:14:30 - StarCraft 2: Patch 3.11 is live! New co-op mission and commander rework
1:15:20 - eSports updates: Overwatch, HotS
1:21:15 - Outro

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:
Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Sharku -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR
John -- http://twitter.com/KickedTripod

Direct download: bnn_28.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:20pm CDT

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John Horstmann (Well Met and The Payload podcasts), Gizmo (Lords of the Storm podcast) and Sharku (Adults with Jobs) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
12:15 - Facebook and Blizzard Games
22:15 - Activision Blizzard Earnings and what it means for WoW
27:00 - Top Raid Teams take a break
44:30 - Legendary Drop Rate clarification
46:40 - Wing 3, WoW Chronicles Vol. 2, PvP Brawls in Patch 7.2
52:30 - Heroes of the Storm: WoW mount, new heroes, Charity Brawl
1:01:15 - Hearthstone: Year of the Mammoth, Hall of Fame cards, Ranked Floors
1:11:45 - Overwatch: Season 3 ends, new hero teased
1:21:00 - eSports Roundup: HotS, Overwatch, Hearthstone
1:26:10 - Outro

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:
Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Gizmo -- http://twitter.com/Gizmozord
Sharku -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR
John -- http://twitter.com/KickedTripod

Direct download: bnn_26.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:26am CDT

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John Horstmann (Well Met and The Payload podcasts), and Tattva (Line of Sight Gaming) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
9:00 - Race to World First is Over!
19:30 - LFR Wing 2, discussion on mechanics
35:20 - Patch 7.2 on the PTR
41:50 - Mythic +24 dungeon cleared in time!
43:30 - WoW Token goes Battle.net wide!
50:15 - New WoW mount via HotS
53:00 - HotS: Lucio coming!
55:10 - Hearthstone Leak!
58:20 - Overwatch Server Browser
1:11:35 - eSports: Hearthstone, Overwatch
1:15:00 - Outro

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Tattva -- http://twitter.com/LoS_Gaming
John -- http://twitter.com/KickedTripod

Direct download: bnn_25.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:33pm CDT

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John Horstmann (Well Met and The Payload podcasts), Sharku (Adults with Jobs), and Gizmo (Lords of the Storm podcast) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
11:11 - Discussion on Legendaries, crafted Legendaries in 7.2?
26:15 - Race to World First, guild drama!
36:20 - Patch 7.2 - Pathfinder Part 1
44:05 - Rolling Stone story
47:15 - HotS - Valeera review, Heroes of the Dorm announced
1:06:35 - Hearthstone - Earnings, meta updates, new adventure soon?
1:11:40 - StarCraft 2 - Totalbiscuit voice pack, Balance changes
1:15:25 - Overwatch - Bastion changes
1:18:25 - HotS, Overwatch
1:25:00 - Outro

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Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Gizmo - http://twitter.com/Gizmozord
Sharku - http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR
John -- http://twitter.com/KickedTripod

Direct download: bnn_24.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:58pm CDT

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John Horstmann (Well Played and The Payload podcasts), and Tattva (Line of Sight Gaming) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
5:50 - All Nighthold LoS Gaming Videos are out!
16:45 - CtR Guild Anniversary Thanks!
18:15 - Mythic Nighthold Opens with LFR Wing 1
23:45 - 7.1.5 Hotfixes - Class changes, Mythic+ Dungeon Rewards Increase
27:00 - Patch 7.2 Hits the PTR
46:55 - Balance of Power skins available, bugged
50:15 - Heroes of the Storm: Veleera, Lunar Event
52:05 - Hearthstone: ESL Trinity Series
54:15 - Overwatch: Lunar Event, Capture the Flag
59:15 - Discussion: WoW PvP Brawls, Consistency in Blizzard Games
1:08:15 - eSports: Overwatch, Hots
1:17:20 - Outro

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Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Tattva -- http://twitter.com/LoS_Gaming
John -- http://twitter.com/KickedTripod

Direct download: bnn_23.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:34pm CDT

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John Horstmann (Well Played and The Payload podcasts), Sharku (Adults with Jobs) and Gizmo (Lords of the Storm) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
13:05 - CtR Guild Anniversary!
15:50 - Nighthold opens!
24:10 - End Cinematic for Nighthold
31:00 - Upgrading Legendaries
35:15 - BC turns 10
35:50 - The Nostalrius Situation (Discussion)
54:10 - Heroes of the Storm: New hero, sandbox
58:55 - Hearthstone Q&A and Communication
1:09:10 - Overwatch Q&A
1:11:15 - StarCraft 2 New Maps, Contest
1:14:00 - eSports: HotS, Overwatch, Hearthstone, SC2
1:19:30 - Listener Question: Raid Leading a Casual Team
1:33:00 - Outro

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:
Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Gizmo -- http://twitter.com/Gizmozord
John -- http://twitter.com/KickedTripod
Sharku -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR

Direct download: bnn_22.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:17pm CDT

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Tattva (Line of Sight Gaming), Sharku (Adults with Jobs) and Gizmo (Lords of the Storm) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
9:15 - CtR Guild Anniversary!
14:40 - Patch 7.1.5 goes live - what's new?
24:20 - Nighthold raid begins Jan. 17
28:55 - World First Problems - Competitive player woes with Legion
1:04:00 - Heroes Update - new heroes!
1:08:05 - Overwatch Update - New map!
1:12:00 - eSports Update - HotS, Hearthstone, eSports Annual Earnings
1:19:00 - Outro

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:
Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Gizmo -- http://twitter.com/Gizmozord
Tattva -- http://twitter.com/LoS_Gaming
Sharku -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR

Direct download: bnn_21.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:51pm CDT

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John Horstmann (Well Met and The Payload at BlizzPro.com) joins Pat Krane this week to talk about WoW and more!

Inside, Pat and John discuss the Mei holiday event in Overwatch, The latest on when the Nighthold raid comes to Legion, rumors of Terry Crews voicing a Blizzard character, and a bunch of esports in both Hearthstone and Overwatch!

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John Horstmann -- http://twitter.com/KickedTripod

Direct download: bnn_20.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 8:16pm CDT

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John Horstmann (Well Met and The Payload at BlizzPro.com) joins Pat Krane for a Battlenet News Break to quickly go over this week's news. Then Pat and Sloot from Serenity (#2 raid team in the world) talk all things Legion!

Intro: Battlenet New Break

15:00 - Sloot interview

1:13:00 - Outro

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John Horstmann -- http://twitter.com/KickedTripod

Direct download: SR_19.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:18pm CDT

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John Horstmann (Well Met and The Payload at BlizzPro.com) and Jules Scott (Tauren Think Tank and Slaying Demons podcasts) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
15:40 - Secondary Stat Squish (PTR)
23:30 - Shadow Priest changes on the PTR
29:30 - Legendaries RNG
42:30 - Nostalrius coming back?
53:20 - Ion Hazzikostas Q&A coming
54:10 - Heroes of the Storm on the PTR
1:00:00 - Hearthstone - New Expansion
1:15:20 - Overwatch - Game of the Year! Plus Holiday season coming soon
1:22:40 - eSports - Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm
1:25:30 - Outro

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:
Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane
Jules -- http://twitter.com/JulesRPG
John Horstmann -- http://twitter.com/KickedTripod

Direct download: bnn_19.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:47pm CDT

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Want to help Pat on his new ebook for beginning podcasters? Head to PodcastLaunchPad.com to sign up!
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John Horstmann (Well Met and The Payload at BlizzPro.com) and Gizmo (Lords of the Storm) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
15:00 - Legion from a World First Raider's perspective: Legendaries
17:45 - Discussion: Race to World First, Mythic Raiding Coverage
44:30 - Dave Kosak joins Hearthstone!
57:00 - Overwatch: New patch, new map, Season 3
1:00:00 - eSports: Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm
1:05:45 - Outro

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Gizmo -- http://twitter.com/Gizmozord
John Horstmann -- http://twitter.com/KickedTripod

Direct download: bnn_18.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:26pm CDT

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John Horstmann (Well Met and The Payload at BlizzPro.com), Gizmo (Lords of the Storm) and Tattva (Line of Sight Gaming) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
4:20 - Blizzard Black Friday Deals
7:50 - Gizmo's take on 1v1 in Overwatch
12:30 - World Boss: The Soultakers
15:50 - Mythic Trial of Valor and team bans
28:10 - Patch 7.1.5 and class balance
30:55 - Artifact Knowledge catch up mechanics
38:00 - Legendaries and bad luck protection
43:00 - Hearthstone heroic brawls
56:30 - Heroes of the Storm: Varian, stats, and sales
1:02:40 - Overwatch: Symmetra changes
1:10:20 - eSports: Overwatch and HotS
1:17:40 - Outro

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John Horstmann (Well Met and The Payload at BlizzPro.com), and Sharku (Adults with Jobs) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro
12:45 - Trial of Valor Mythic and LFR open!
16:05 - Developer Q&A with Ion Hazzikostas: a Look into 7.3, Karazhan, and content in general
20:20 - Sidetrack: How people play WoW may have changed. Raiding, 5 man and other content
31:40 - Back on track: Karazhan, artifact transmog, Kirin Tor quests, keystone dungeons, legendaries and more
36:15 - 7.1.5 on the PTR - spec balancing, new holidays and more
40:35 - HotS: Varian Wrynn, Overwatch cross promotion
49:00 - Hearthstone: Inside the new expansion
58:25 - Overwatch: Sombra, select screen changes, new game modes, etc.
1:08:15 - eSports - Desyncronizing Blizzard eSports
1:16:00 - Special mention: Scott Johnson interviews Chris Metzen
1:17:00 - Outro

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In this special report, the CtR crew gives their opinions, views, and first hand accounts from Blizzcon 2016 in Anaheim, CA! They talk about the Overwatch League and what that could mean for eSports, the Diablo announcements, and oh yeah... ALL OF THE WORLD OF WARCRAFT COMING SOON™. Enjoy!

 

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:30pm CDT

In this special report, Jules Scott (Tauren Think Tank) joins Pat Krane to give you an overview of Blizzcon 2016!

 

Inside, they discuss the panels and other events for those watching (or rewatching) on the Virtual Ticket, those stages and activities only seen in person, the Blizzard esports scene, and some of the planned gatherings happening over the long weekend. We hope you all have a great time during Blizzcon 2016 whether or not you're going to the show, and we'll see you next time!

 

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:44pm CDT

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Gizmo (Lords of the Storm podcast), and Sharku (Adults with Jobs) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro

15:10 - Blizzcon news and updates!

30:25 - Patch 7.1 Highlights: Karazhan, Suramar quest line, Illidan quest line, and more

52:15 - Heroes of the Storm updates: Hallow's End, new brawl

54:30 - Hearthstone update: Gadgetzan as next expansion?

57:30 - eSports (general info about Blizzcon games)

1:03:10 - Outro

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:05pm CDT

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Gizmo (Lords of the Storm podcast), Tattva (Line of Sight Gaming), and John (http://twitch.tv/kickedtripod) join the crew this week to talk about WoW and more!

Intro

7:55 - World Boss of the Week

10:20 - Tom Chilton leaves WoW, Ion Hazzikostas new Game Director

15:45 - Patch 7.1 Q&A - content pacing, raid scaling, action camera, legendaries, and more

40:20 - Blizzcon updates! Map and schedule talk, esports and more

52:00 - Heroes of the Storm brawls and more

58:45 - Hearthstone competitive tavern brawls

1:09:05 - Overwatch moves into StarCraft II

1:12:35 - Sombra fake out

1:19:30 - Outro

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:34am CDT

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Gizmo (Lords of the Storm podcast) and John Horstmann (BlizzPro.com) join the crew this week to talk about the latest in World of Warcraft and other fun stuff!

Intro

4:30 - Dairies on going from hardcore to casual WoW play

8:00 - John on gearing in WoW without raiding

13:05 - WoW to hold a Q&A this week before Patch 7.1. What do we expect to hear?

31:45 - Leveling stats from MMO-Champion

39:40 - Blizzcon updates! Gear store, Diablo Party, Well Played Party

49:20 - Heroes of the Storm: New Hero + Brawls on PTR

53:55 - Hearthstone updates

55:30 - Overwatch: Halloween Season Play

1:04:00 - Jeff Kaplan talks about OW Development

1:11:40 - Q&A???

1:15:15 - Outro

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:14pm CDT

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Gizmo (Lords of the Storm podcast) and Sharku (Adults with Jobs) join the crew this week to talk about the Race to World First and other fun stuff!

Intro

9:50 - World Boss for this week

15:50 - 10th Anniversary of South Park's WoW episode

18:10 - Race to World First is over! Gearing, tuning, and more.

37:00 - WoW has 10.1 million subs? Nope, that's not a thing.

43:50 - Questing (sidetrack) including Illidan quest line (minor spoilers)

49:40 - World Quests have bonus rep

50:55 - UI Changes for patch 7.1 - What does it mean?

55:00 - HotS: Zarya released

56:35 - HotS: Brawls announced!

59:55 - What will be announced at Blizzcon? eSports for HotS

1:02:30 - HotS: New hero TBA Thursday

1:03:25 - HotS: Murloc Geniuses going pro!

1:04:25 - HotS: More on Zarya and balancing

1:06:25 - Hearthstone: Balance changes, HS hero for HotS?

1:14:30 - Overwatch: Twitch's top new game of 2016!

1:16:00 - OW: Sombra TBA at Blizzcon?

1:17:25 - OW: Halloween seasonal play?

1:20:50 - OW Open Finals on TBS

1:21:40 - Outro

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:43pm CDT

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Tattva and Tovo from Line of Sight Gaming (http://youtube.com/LoSGamingShow) join the crew this week to talk about the Emerald Nightmare and other fun stuff!

Intro

11:00 - You Are Not Repaired! (http://teespring.com/notrepaired)

11:45 - Class and Spec Hotfixes

18:55 - The Mythic Race to World First Update

24:30 - Gearing in Legion (Mythic raid teams, legendaries, reasons to run all the things, mythic dungeons and more)

30:30 - The War Room: Nythendra, Il'gynoth, Elerethe Renferal overview, tips and strats

32:05 - Nythendra

38:30 - Il'gynoth

44:45 - Elerethe Renferal

56:55 - Warcraft Movie out, Battle.Net going away

1:03:10 - Esports!

1:13:10 - Outro

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:29pm CDT

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Gizmo (Lords of the Storm podcast) and John Horstmann (blizzpro.com) join the crew this week to talk about the Emerald Nightmare and other fun stuff!

Intro

13:00 - New swag from CtR!

15:00 - Emerald Nightmare raid launches!

23:10 - Materials to gather before raiding

30:15 - World Bosses overview

33:40 - Mythic+ dungeons overview

38:35 - Brewfest quick notes

40:25 - Blizzcon in game goodies!

43:25 - Battlenet Name Changes now $10

44:40 - Heroes of the Storm updates - maps, Alarak hero, limited maps for BGs, and more from the PTR

50:10 - Overwatch overview and rumors

51:30 - Craig Amai leaves Blizzard

53:00 - Rob Pardo's new studio

53:50 - Listener mail: Favorite artifact quest lines

1:01:45 - Outro

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Direct download: bnn_10.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:31am CDT

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Tattva and Tovo from Line of Sight Gaming join Pat Krane to talk about getting Raid Ready in Legion!


Intro 1:15 - Class Order Hall Gear

6:00 - Crafted Gear 9:30 - Legendaries

13:20 - World Quests, Emissary Quests and Suramar

20:00 - PvP

22:20 - How Titan Forged gear works

24:00 - Dungeons (Normal, Heroic, Mythic, Mythic +)

34:00 - Artifact Power, Research, Scaling Rewards

39:00 - Reputation and World Quests 41:30 - Artifact Weapon Leveling Tips

45:00 - Tips on Missions

47:45 - Outro

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Direct download: SR_9.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:27am CDT

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This week, Sharku, Tattva (LoS Gaming) and John Horstmann (blizzpro.com) join the crew as we talk about Warcraft and other Blizzard games!

Intro -- Shark starts anew, Tattva is doing all the things, and John prefers WoW

12:30 - New T-Shirt Campaign - http://teespring.com/notrepaired

14:00 - Corrupted Blood Incident Anniversary

17:45 - Legion Sells 3.3 Million Copies on Day 1

19:35 - Side Discussion: Pacing in WoW

26:30 - Concurrent Players During Launch Week

30:15 - Priorities and Tips for the Fresh 110!

34:30 - Chris Metzen Retires, the guys reflect

48:45 - Warcraft Movie In Game Bonuses

54:50 - Developer Q&A with Ion Hazzikostas (Order Halls, Dingeon Grinding, Class Balancing, Pacing Part Deux, and more)

1:10:50 - Heroes of the Storm: New Patch! Alarak and Machines of War maps released

1:12:45 - Hearthstone Classic Pack Sale

1:15:00 - Question: Tanking in Legion

1:19:20 - Outro

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Direct download: bnn_9.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:54am CDT

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This week, Gizmo (Lords of the Storm podcast) and John Horstmann (blizzpro.com) join the crew as we talk about Warcraft and other Blizzard games!

Intro -- LEGION Reactions and Impressions

14:25 - (Shadow) Priest changes from Dairies and John

20:55 - Fire Mage from Gizmo

23:30 - (Mythic) Dungeons thoughts

26:50 - Discussion: What to do once you hit 110?

40:50 - Discussion: Is there too much content in Legion, and will it last?

47:50 - Legion Companion App

55:10 - Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan!

1:00:20 - Heroes of the Storm updates

1:02:40 - Overwatch Season 2 patch notes and discussion on competitive play

1:18:40 Outro

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For videos, audios, and all things CtR, join us online at http://converttoraid.com This week, Gizmo (Lords of the Storm podcast) and John Horstmann (blizzpro.com) join the crew as we talk about Warcraft and other Blizzard games!

Intro 4:45 - Is there too much Blizzard content?

5:40 - Demon Invasions (recap)

10:50 - Broken Shore Scenario and story (recap), minor spoilers!

17:15 - New for Demon Invasions and pre-Legion story - no spoilers

21:55 - WoW at Gamescom 2016, Mythic+ dungeon race and more

23:35 - Small group content, flexibility of the game

31:20 - Heroes of the Storm announcements at Gamescom

37:55 - Hots - New maps and competitive play

40:00 - Hearthstone New Adventure recap and reaction

47:30 - Overwatch competitive mode changes

58:05 - Overwatch announcements at Gamescom

1:02:40 - eSports (HotS and Overwatch) 1:07:45 - Outro Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:

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

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This week, Gizmo (Lords of the Storm podcast) and Sharku join the crew as we talk about Warcraft and other Blizzard games!

Intro - Welcome back, Sharku!

11:05 - Demon Hunters/Invasions rock Azeroth!
11:45 - Broken Shore scenario
15:40 - Demon Invasions
17:53 - Demon Hunter starting area overview
18:30 - Naming of a DH
21:10 - More Demon Invasion
25:08 - Dark Whispers event
31:55 - Harbinger Series
34:35 - Diablo Season 7 begins
40:00 - Auriel is LIVE in Heroes of the Storm
42:20 - LucioBall glitch
44:50 - HotS eSports - NA Tournament and more
53:10 - Listener Question
58:00 - Outro

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:44pm CDT

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This week, Gizmo (Lords of the Storm podcast) and Mick Montgomery (Spazzbot Studios) join the crew as we talk about Warcraft and other Blizzard games!

Intro -- Mick explains why he's leaving CtR, Pat makes a decision (more or less)

12:20 - Pokemon Party Bus in Minneapolis?

15:00 - Demon Invasion and Demon Hunters arrive August 9!

21:10 - Mythic Dungeons arrival in Legion, camera changes

25:30 - WoW Audio Drama Now Available!

31:10 - Facebook Live Streaming in beta

35:40 - Overwatch Goes to Rio!

42:20 - Karazhan Adventure Coming to Hearthstone!

46:25 - New hero (Auriel) coming to Heroes of the Storm!

53:40 - Gul'dan review (HotS)

55:35 - eSports in Overwatch and HotS

1:00:40 - Outro

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:01pm CDT

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This week, Tattva (Line of Sight Gaming) and John Horstmann (The Payload and Well Met podcasts at BlizzPro.com) join the crew as we talk about Warcraft and other Blizzard games!

Intro -- LoS Game Night, Overwatch eSports and catching up with the gang

11:00 -- Well Played Party at Blizzcon 2016 is go!

12:40 -- Blizzcon Virtual Tickets and Goodie Box 19:14 -- WoW Website update

20:35 -- WoW Patch 7.0.3 Legion Prepatch! Spell animations, class changes, transmog, view distance vs. camera zoom distance, spell pruning, professions UI, disc priests, and more

43:45 -- Updated Silence Penalty

48:40 -- WoW Fishing Raids

50:20 -- WoW comics, videos and now a radio drama series!

54:10 -- Overwatch: New hero, Ana!

1:00:15 -- Overwatch competitive play

1:04:15 -- HotS: Gul'dan, new hero announced (Auriel), and more

1:07:55 -- Heathstone RAF, new adventure TBA

1:13:05 -- Outro Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:07pm CDT

In this special report, Mick Montgomery and Gizmo take a look at the latest news from Heroes of the Storm. Covered in this in depth report -- the current ranked play system, new hero announcements, massive patch notes coming your way, and a special look at the latest Roster-pocalypse in the NA pro scene. Enjoy!

 

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:58pm CDT

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In this Special Report, Pat talks to Accomp about the LEGION BETA. They will be talking in depth on some items, but there is so much happening with Legion that this conversation will only scratch the surface of all the information to be had. If you wish to follow along, check out Accomp’s Legion Guide here: http://accomp.me/wow/warcraft-legion-new-expansion-guide/

 

0:00 - Intro

2:28 - Demon Hunter overview

7:19 - Class overhaul overview: Talents, Artifact weapons and talents, Alternate specs and characters, etc.

18:49 - Character progression paths: Leveling, mob scaling, world quests, Suramar, dungeons 34:46 - Mythic+ dungeons

41:12 - Raid testing

44:35 - Gearing paths, legendary items and the Titanforge system

54:30 - Professions

1:00:23 - Glyphs

1:04:09 - Tranmog system

1:05:19 Wrap Up and Outro

 

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Direct download: SR_3.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:29am CDT

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This week, Gizmo (Lords of the Storm podcast) and Tattva (Line of Sight Gaming) join the crew as we talk about Warcraft and other Blizzard games!

2:30 - Warcraft Movie

11:30 - WoW Developer Q&A with Ion Hazzikostas, Pre-Legion event on the PTR

26:25 - Heroes of the Storm updates, new game mode, and Season 1 of Ranked Play!

37:35 - HotS post: Health Sustain and Support Heroes

40:09 - Overwatch: Developer Jeff Kaplan on competitive play, ranked systems, and more

48:32 - Overwatch PTR now available

50:50 - Overwatch overtakes LoL in Korea

51:58 - eSports: Hearthstone Spring Championships and Heroes at Dreamhack

57:23 - Listener Questions and Show Close

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:38am CDT

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This week, Sharku, Gizmo and John join the crew as we talk about Warcraft and other Blizzard games!

10:08 - The Warcraft Movie premiered (for North America) in LA, and some of our guys were there. The crew on this show wasn’t, but did catch the Red (actually black) Carpet video on Twitch.

19:28 - After 10 years of working at Blizzard, lead game developer Jay Wilson leaves Blizzard and the gaming industry. The crew takes a look at this sometimes controversial dev and wishes him bon voyage!

23:38 - Blizzard is teaming up with Facebook to bring its suite of games to the masses! Soon you’ll be able to see which of your Facebook friends is playing, join in, and maybe even stream to Facebook Live with just the click of a mouse. How do our players react?

33:33 - The guys discuss some of the latest from the beta, including a post from Celestalon about revamping talents just a couple of months away from launch, draw distance, music and more.

41:44 - Remember that discussion about legacy/pristine servers? So do we. This week the crew follows up with Nostalrius as the meet up with Blizzard big wigs.

48:53 - Overwatch recruits more than 7 million players and bans over 1500 for cheating.

58:07 - Heroes of the Storm is getting some revamps, now available on the PTR (like MMR changes!).

1:07:00 - ESPORTS: including Heroes NA Qualifier recap, the upcoming Hearthstone European Spring Qualifier, and an Overwatch Invitational. Oh… and watch this Azmo-dunk play - https://clips.twitch.tv/esl_heroes/LivelyCurlewMVGame

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:42am CDT

This is a special report from CtR HQ all about Blizzard esports!

 

Jules Scott joins Pat Krane for a look at Blizzard esports. Inside, they preview upcoming Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone tournaments, and talk about some of the interesting matchups and other tidbits along the way.

 

Also, Jules and Pat review the first Overwatch tournament held this last weekend and how Cloud 9 has set them head and shoulders apart from their competition.

 

There are some reports out there about how professional players are leaving HotS for other, more established games. Jules gives you the scoop on the different aspects of why that might be happening.

 

It's a great mini-sode to kick off more varied content on this channel. Let us know what you think - we are listening. Email converttoraid@gmail.com or find us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ConverttoRaid

 

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:56pm CDT

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This week, Sharku and Gizmo join the crew as we make a BIG announcement and talk about Warcraft and other Blizzard games!

 

The Warcraft movie has been released internationally, but still 10 days away from it’s launch in the U.S. How do box office numbers, internet reviews and the crew’s opinions stack up to help viewers expectations? What will be the real teller of whether or not this movie is a success?

 

Overwatch is the Blizzard’s fastest selling console game (in the UK), which shouldn’t be any surprise. The guys will go behind the numbers a bit and talk about OW’s first competitive tournament along the way. What lies in store for Blizzard’s newest game?

 

Plus, Heroes of the Storm turns 1, Hearthstone tournaments go legit, your questions and more in this first installment of The Battlenet News!

 

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Direct download: bnn_1.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:29pm CDT

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John Horstmann and Sharku join the crew for this week’s show (mainly on Overwatch).

 

Overwatch went live this week, so the guys jump straight into the Battlenet News for stories surrounding the launch. The joys, the salt, and the community interest in this fantastic game have been incredible over the last few days, so the crew dives in to discuss many different aspects of Overwatch.

 

Since the last CtR, World of Warcraft’s next expansion has gone into beta development, allowing even more people to see what’s in store for Legion. While this episode doesn’t go into any depth on the gameplay, the guys are planning future shows as we head toward the August 30th launch.

 

One item did stick out this last week, as Ion “Watcher” Hazzikostas took to the forums in another Developer Watercooler discussion on PvP gear in Legion. Instead of resilience or PvP Power, the devs are making PvE gear and PvP gear THE SAME. How will this affect those who have chosen one aspect over the other, or does it even matter? Will this finally help WoW PvP stand on even footing with raiding?

 

Plus the Warcraft movie hype is real, Chromie lands in the Nexus, and Diablo 3 turns 4 and more!

 

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Direct download: ctr_219.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:06pm CDT

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This week, Pat and Dairies are joined by Gizmo and Mick for a ton of Blizzard talk!

We’ve got a glimpse into how flying will be rolled out for Legion, so let the salt start… flying! Blizzard released Part One of the achievements needed to take to the skies of The Broken Isles, and they include completing all story quests and exploring every part of the new continent. Are there concerns amongst the players, and how have the developers responded?

Overwatch open beta starts this week, with early entry for pre-orders already underway. We’ll get the insight from both new and veteran players to see how this game is shaping up before the official release on May 24th!

Heroes of the Storm will allow coaches in comms for the Summer Championship. How will this change the game, and is this the right timing for a move like this?

Plus, Diablo Season 6, a DARGON will land in the Nexus, Blizzcon tickets, the Warcraft movie and much more!

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Direct download: ctr_217.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:27am CDT

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This week, John Horstmann from Well Met and The Payload podcasts (at http://blizzpro.com) joins the crew with Sharku. While technical difficulties messed with the last show, there is now a veritable smorgasbord of news to discuss!

Legion, the next expansion for World of Warcraft was announced to launch on August 30, 2016. Both cheers and salt can be heard from the community, and the guys discuss their own opinions on the matter.

J. Allen Brack took to the forums to discuss the shutting down of the Nostalrius legacy servers and mentioned the idea of “pristine servers” that would, in essence, remove bonus XP and other “easy buttons” while still playing the game in its current state. Is this enough to address what Nostalrius members were after? What can Blizzard do that would make sense for both the company and the community?

Hearthstone launched its new expansion “Whispers of the Old Gods” this week. The crew talks about the cards, the expansion and more as they try to figure out the new meta.

Plus, Blizzcon tickets sell out (as always), StaCraft 2 players arrested for game fixing, the Overwatch hype train is at full speed, Diablo Season 6 hits this week, Tracer lands in the Nexus and a lot more!

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Direct download: ctr_216.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:19am CDT

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Gizmo and Sharku join the crew for this week’s show filled with all sorts of amazing Blizzard news!

Blizzcon 2016 has been announced, and will be held November 4-5 in the Anaheim Convention Center. The real question is, can they fit everything in in just two days?

Mythic+ dungeons are being tested for the next expansion of World of Warcraft. Keystones will be able to make these dungeons more difficult, even adding up to two different affixes to up the ante. If these work like the developers want, could these new dungeons put raiding in jeopardy, or will they simply bolster the ranks?

Plus, competitive play comes to Overwatch, Heroes of the Dorm recap, clarification on Legion’s Class Order Missions, and a whole lot more!

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Direct download: ctr_215.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:15am CDT

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This week, Mick and Sharku join the CtR crew with tons of Blizzard news and updates.

Is beta coming soon and not soon™? The alpha contains almost all of the specs, and Icy-Veins is giving away beta keys to celebrate their 5 year anniversary this month. Could beta be available in the next few weeks, and what might that do for timing of Legion overall?

BattleNet Voice is coming to the launcher and is currently in alpha. Soon you’ll be able to text and voice chat with your friends and guildies across all of the Blizzard games. The guys talk about all of the features and how Blizzard needs to develop it further to make it a more meaningful experience for everyone.

Plus, HUGE patch notes from Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch, a new hero for Hearthstone (via World of Warcraft), Blizzcon rumors and a LOT more in this jam packed episode!

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Direct download: ctr_214.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:35am CDT

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This week Gizmo and Sharku join the crew for WoW talk and more!

It’s a quiet week on the live servers, but the alpha is still humming along. The guys will share a little bit about what they’ve been playing lately, especially BM Hunters. Plus Pat shares the details for the Minnesota Warcraft Movie Meetup in June!

In the meantime, how about a good read? The book Warcraft Chronicle Vol. 1 comes out next week (March 15), and Pat Krane somehow managed to get an advanced copy. He’ll give you the rundown, mixing up names and lore along the way.

Overwatch’s release date is set for May 24, with an OPEN BETA earlier that month. The guys will give you the details as they get pumped up to play with everyone.

WoW bosses collide on Twitter and Facebook to find out who is the biggest baddie of them all in March Badness! Which of the Hateful Eight is your pick?

Plus, Xul goes live and a lot of esports talk with Heroes of the Storm, Dairies wants your Left Sharks, and a lot more!

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Direct download: ctr_213.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:00pm CDT

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This week, Gizmo and Mick join the crew for WoW talk and more!

 

The EU took the prize for the Legion Dungeon Race this last week, though the big winners were the fans. Not only did they get to see some different strategies, but also got to take a look at the Maw of Souls dungeon -- an amazing instance that may require dramamine!

 

Class Order Halls got an update in the alpha, with the new mission table. Will this manage to be everything the developers hoped would become of garrisons, and what will this mean for players as they explore the new zones?

 

Also, the Q4 earnings call, trinkets will be getting a makeover for 7.0, Turretwatch is the meta since Overwatch beta came back, and Heroes of the Storm keeps getting retuned. All that and more in another fun filled show!

 

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Direct download: ctr_211.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:56pm CDT

This week, Gizmo and Tovo join the crew for WoW talk and more!

 

Tattva and Tovo (Line of Sight Gaming) team up with other casters from North America to go head to head with Fat Boss and other European streamers in a Legion dungeon race this Thursday. Not only will you be able to check out some of the new instances, you can cheer on your favorite team to victory!

 

Overwatch is back in closed beta, and they’ve made a TON of changes. Character progression, new maps, a new game type (control), skins, sprays, balance changes and more. The guys will go over all of the details and their first impressions of this new version of a fan favorite.

 

Plus Blizz turns 25, your questions, Minecraft Dairies and more in another fun show!

 

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:42pm CDT

This week, Tattva and Sharku join the crew!

While WoW "news" is pretty quiet, there's plenty to discuss about the Legion alpha. New dungeons and a few different specs were released into the alpha servers, and the guys go over what they've been doing recently. Plus, a great listener question about gameplay for tanks!

In the Battlenet News, Hearthstone will be releasing a new way to challenge others with Standard Play - where you can only play the more recent cards. But don't worry, Wild play will have all of your favorites.

Heroes of the Storm welcome Li Ming to the Nexus. This glass cannon is bound to be a blast to play - just don't get too close to the fight!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:56pm CDT

This week, Gizmo and Sharku join the crew for WoW talk and more!

Other than all we’ve been doing on live servers, Legion alpha continues to be the main source for news in World of Warcraft. The crew will give all of their experiences on how various classes are playing along with some of the sights without giving away any big lore spoilers. The good, the bad and the alpha!

In other Blizzard games, Game Director Jeff Kaplan announced that Overwatch should be coming back in mid-February with a bunch of new stuff, including new maps and at least one new game mode. The guys discuss the details.

And Heroes of the Storm announced the wizard and necromancer characters from Diablo.  Game Director Dustin Browder announced them on Stormcast along with addressing some upcoming balancing and gameplay features.

Plus, your questions, Shark can’t get tier gear, Gizmo goes hard core in Diablo and dies, Pat might try for rank in Hearthstone and more in this jam packed show!

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Direct download: ctr_208.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:23am CDT

Mick Montgomery and Tovo from Line of Sight Gaming join the crew this week to talk all things Blizzard Gaming... and beyond!

The next alpha build for Legion is now playable, and includes a new zone, a new dungeon, and a bunch of new specs for players to try. Elemental and enhancement shaman are a part of that, as well as the shaman class hall. The guys give you their experiences so far, and try not to give any story spoilers along the way!

ESPN announced that they will start covering eSports much more in the future, even starting their own ESPN eSports Twitter account. What does this mean for esports in general, and how might this affect Activision Blizzard as they begin to launch their own esports division?

Diablo Season 5 begins and includes a bunch of new stuff, Heroes of the Storm gets Genn Greymane, and the Heroes Spring Global Championship is announced.

Plus, the CtR Guild celebrates it's third anniversary, Pulp Fiction's producer comes to Activision Blizzard, and lots more!

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Direct download: ctr_207.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

This week, Gizmo (from the Lords of the Storm podcast) and Sharku join the crew!

Everyone at Blizzard is coming back to work after the holiday break, but there have been some bold decisions for the new year!

It's now easier than ever to upgrade your legendary ring. Upgrades can be bought with Valor on top of Archimonde kills! But what does this mean for your average player?

Activision Blizzard scooped most of the assets from Major League Gaming before the end of 2015. What will this mean for Activision Blizzard's new eSports Division (and the possible fans at home)? Also, what steps do they need to take to become the "ESPN of eSports?"

Plus, Moose Mount Runs, games of the year, a bunch of your questions and a ton of good times. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ctr_206.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:42am CDT

This week, Tattva from Line of Sight Gaming and Gizmo from Lords of the Storm podcast join the CtR crew!

As we head into the holidays, the guys chat a little bit more about their first impressions with the latest alpha build of Legion, the next expansion for World of Warcraft. The crew discusses the classes and specs they've played, questing zones, class halls, and more, including some minor spoilers.

The developers of Overwatch have a lot to work to do while the beta is on hiatus, including coming up with how players may progress when the game goes live. Director Jeff Kaplan revealed a couple of ideas that the crew discusses.

Heroes of the Storm has a new face in the lineup -- Lunara! Gizmo fills you in on basic playstyle of the dryad and also talks about the MMR improvements now live in the game.

Plus, a lot of listener questions on WoW and more! Happy Feast of Winter Veil, and a Happy New Year from Convert to Raid!

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Direct download: ctr_205.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:12am CDT

This week, Mick and Tovo join the CtR crew to talk about some alpha!

A new build to the Legion alpha means that there's a lot more to see and do, including many of the intro quests for the Artifact Weapon, the Highmountain questing zone, new dungeons, and possibly even the pre-expansion event. While we try not to spoil the story too much for you, expect there to be talk about questing, class mechanics and more.

The guys will tell you what they've experienced, their first impressions, and some of the changes you might expect as it's laid out right now. Of course this is early in its development (so things will be changing), but there are some impressive things to discuss!

Plus, Treasure Demons, Changes to Every Man for Himself, the Battlenet News and much more!

 

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Direct download: ctr_204.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:46pm CDT

This week, there's a lot more information being data mined in the Legion beta build, including a list of LEGENDARY ITEMS as well as Artifact Weapon talents!

The list of Legendaries is quite long (56 at current count), and is split up between different roles, classes and specs. The guys go over what we know about them -- which isn't a lot -- and how we'd like them to be for Legion. What makes an item Legendary? How could the developers better capture the fantasy of these items, and how will these items affect players both personally and as part of a raid team?

With many (but not all) of the Artifact Weapon talents now data mined in their very early stages, what do we see? How do these talents feel when it comes to basic gameplay options, and what do our players hope for Legion?

Plus, more info on Gnome and Goblin Hunters, sign up for your free Moose, follow us on Twitter for free stuff when we have it, your questions and so much more in this very fun episode!

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Direct download: ctr_203.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:27am CDT

This week Mick and Sharku join the CtR crew to talk about the latest Blizzard news.

Blizzard released a whole bunch of WoW on the world, opening up the Legion beta for data mining and allowing streamers, friends and family to play an alpha build!

The alpha build features the Demon Hunter and not much else, including character creation and the starting zone in Mardun. It's a throwback to Outland and has a familiar feel for those that have played through The Burning Crusade. This isn't much different from what they offered at Blizzcon this year, but it is something new for players to see over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Meanwhile, beta data has exploded all over the internet, with tons of new items, spells, talents, strings, and more... all without anyone being able to play it. While there's a lot of information out there, players still don't know exactly how the game will feel. And while much of this initial build may change during the beta process, the CtR crew give an overview of the new talents systems (for both PvE and PvP), scenarios and more.

Plus Moose Mounts, that Fel Reaver noise, Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm news, your questions and lots of laughs. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ctr_202.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:16pm CDT

The CtR crew is back from Blizzcon, and there’s a TON of WoW news to catch up on! 

Patch 6.2.3 hits World of Warcraft and includes cross realm Mythic raiding, the Grove Warden moose mount, Cataclysm Timewalking dungeons, valor and more! The guys cover all of it and even reveal a way that you can get your moose mount through our site!

This week, Blizzard has been releasing all of the Legion Class Previews as a way to describe the way that classes and specs will be changing for the next expansion. While there may be some concerns from players about how these will eventually play on live servers, the developers put forth strong class fantasies as their guide moving forward. The guys talk about the overviews and what they expect of their own classes, especially discussing hunters, priests and druids.

Also... Gnome hunters, all the Battlenet News, your questions and more! 

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:20pm CDT

*** WARNING -- This show is not recommended for work or kids. ***

Welcome inside The Asparagus Initiative's house party! The ENTIRE CtR crew joined up live in Anaheim, California for a Blizzcon 2015 Wrapup. Inside, the guys cover a lot of specifics about World of Warcraft, drink a lot of spicy water, and behave fairly irresponsibly to make this truly a very unique celebration.

Beware, and enjoy!

Direct download: ctr_200.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:21pm CDT

Tovo from Line of Sight Gaming and Sharku join this week’s crew as we make that final push toward Anaheim!

With less than two weeks until Blizzcon 2015, Blizzard HQ isn’t dropping a ton of news. But the news we do have is incredible, especially if you like esports. 

Activision Blizzard (the parent company) is creating a new eSports Division in the company, separate from both Activision and Blizzard Entertainment games. On top of that, they’ve hired top talent in key positions to help grow esports in the company. Steve Bornstein (former CEO of ESPN and NFL Network) joins as chairman while Mike Sepso (co-founder of Major League Gaming) joins as a senior VP. We assume that this means only good things for all of Blizzard’s newest games, but will this help or hurt raiding in World of Warcraft?

Patch 6.2.3 is on the PTR, and there may have been some things we didn’t cover as well as we should have, like cross realm Mythic raiding! But will all of the changes in the next patch be able to extend the life of Warlords of Draenor until the next expansion?

In the Battlenet News, OVERWATCH closed beta is out! The guys will give you their first impressions about the heroes, the gameplay, and the hype train that is Blizzard’s latest IP. 

 

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Direct download: ctr_199.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:46am CDT

Convert to Raid #198 - Patch 6.2.3 Coming Soon™

Tattva from LoS Gaming and Mick Montgomery join the CtR crew this week for some really great discussions and lots of laughs!

Blizzard unveiled patch 6.2.3 last week on the test realms, and it may address some of the players’ concerns. Some of what’s inside patch 6.2.3 are new Timewalking dungeons from Cataclysm, Cross Realm Mythic raiding, the moose mount, and a return of the valor system!

On this show, the crew covers the patch piece by piece and spark some interesting conversations. Are these added items and systems worthwhile, and why are they now being included in the game? Who is Blizzard trying to reach, and how do some players view it? And more importantly, can these new features lure back players at the end of an expansion?

Plus, Blizzcon is right around the corner, and Linkin Park was announced for the closing ceremonies. No matter how you feel about the band, there are many things to look forward to both in person and on the virtual ticket, and the guys give you the rundown.

Also, Overwatch Closed Beta starts October 27th! This show is jam packed, so strap in!

 

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Direct download: ctr_198.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:02pm CDT

This week, there wasn’t a ton of World of Warcraft news, but there’s still a lot to talk about as we all get closer to Blizzcon 2015. Like Blizzcon 2015!

The map and schedule for Blizzcon has been released, and there were a couple of notable things missing, including no live raid event. Is it the recent guild turmoil, no new raid to preview, too many other games, or is it that Blizzard’s focus is more on eSports? The guys discuss whether or not this is a significant move by Blizzard.

Pepe has already made his way into players’ hearts, now a plush Pepe toy moves into the Blizzard gear store and he also gets several costumes in game, like knight, ninja, viking, and pirate. The crew couldn’t resist having some fun with it during the show.

Overwatch will be coming to a stream near you! Thursday, Oct. 15, Blizzard is teaming up with a couple of streamers to introduce live Overwatch gameplay on Twitch. While this says nothing about when the beta will be released, it should whet players appetites even more for this new game.

Plus, Hearthstone nerfs a pivotal card for Warriors, we take your questions on mythic requirements and dps balance, and have a lot of fun along the way. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ctr_197.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:49pm CDT

This week, Tattva (from LoS Gaming) and Sharku join the crew!

 

The face of raiding may be changing as Blizzard announced nerfs to 6 encounters on Normal mode Hellfire Citadel this last week. In some cases mechanics were tuned down so that casual guilds didn’t have to worry as much about personal responsibility as much, and on other bosses Blizzard removed mechanics altogether. Is this a case of tuning the encounter so that more people can see it, or could this be telling of what’s to come for normal modes of the future?

The Road to Blizzcon divided over the last weekend as we saw tournaments for both the Asia-Pacific region held in Taipei and the EU region hosted in Prague. The crew will give you some of the action and predict how well some of these competitors will stack up against their American counterparts.

In the Battlenet News, the guys go over some of the new stuff in Starcraft’s Patch 3.0! A new user interface and Whispers of Oblivion missions are now available on live. In Heroes of the Storm, Lt. Morales is now live along with a new Try Mode so that you can test heroes better than before.

 

Plus your questions, a bunch of silliness, and much more!

 

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Direct download: ctr_196.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:30pm CDT

This week, Mick Montgomery (StormCast, The Starting Zone) and Tovo (2 Minute Tips) are back on the CtR crew!

We have more information about the split between the raiders of Method and the new guild Serenity from a Manaflask interview this week. While there are no reports of personal drama, team focus and leadership have been discussed by both sides. The guys will give you the details inside!

Blizzcon is only 6 weeks away! It’s time to check out what we’ll be getting with our Blizzcon tickets and virtual tickets this year. And why is it that World of Warcraft always gives out the best stuff?

Plus, Archimonde changes help teams of all sizes, our Leading the Raid segment looks at guild hopping, plus a listener question on the upcoming class changes for Legion.

In the Battlenet News, Diablo’s latest season starts to wane, and we’ll have a bit of a recap on the NA Qualifiers for Heroes of the Storm in Vegas and more!

Direct download: ctr_195.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:47pm CDT

This week, returning friends Gizmozord (Lords of the Storm Podcast) and Sharku join the CtR crew!

Top World of Warcraft raiding guild Method saw some roster changes this week as players left to form a new guild, Serenity. Midwinter also lost a couple of their top players to the new guild as well, including their main tank (and friend of the show) Slootbag. What does this mean for the top raiding scene for Legion, and do these moves say anything about the raiding in Warlords of Draenor or WoW in general? The guys discuss it inside.

Also, Gamereactor.eu released their Gamescom interview with Ion Hazzikostas and Tom Chilton, and it brought up several interesting questions for our panel. Should expansions be serialized or self-contained (or as raiders, do we care)? Does the progression path look interesting and fun for Legion? And has Blizzard been successful in making the most of their worlds?

In the Battlenet News, StarCraft 2 released a cinematic and announced that their next expansion, Legacy of the Void, will be released after Blizzcon on November 10th. Also, a Diablo Q&A from Reddit, a review of Rexxar in Heroes of the Storm, and looking forward to the HotS American Championship this weekend in Las Vegas.

Plus your questions, a special show announcement, and much more!

 

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Direct download: ctr_194.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:49pm CDT

This week, Sal from The Converted Podcast joins the crew to talk about the latest happenings in WoW and more!

While we were away, patch 6.2.2 took flight on September 1st as promised, and with only 2 hours of downtime on U.S. servers. Not only is the the flight patch for Draenor, but also introduces Mercenary Mode in PvP, has some Timewalking loot changes, class changes, as well as a slight buff to all the horde racial traits.

Blizzard’s Senior Game Designer Jonathan LeCraft appeared at DragonCon in Atlanta to give us more insight into what’s coming for WoW’s next expansion — LEGION. Some of the topics he discussed included Demon Hunters, overhauls for other classes, professions, transmog, and even some lore items. The CtR crew digs in to give you their takes on some of the details!

 

In the Battlenet News: Overwatch Coming Soon™, Diablo Season 4 goes live, Rexxar is released into the Nexus, and Heroes of the Storm’s new silencing mechanic for toxic players. Plus the gang answers your questions and so much more in another fun show!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:21pm CDT

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:19pm CDT

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:50pm CDT

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:02am CDT

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:25am CDT

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:31am CDT

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

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:27pm CDT

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:47pm CDT

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:40pm CDT

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:30pm CDT

This week, the gang is back for another romping ride through the latest news and opinion in World of Warcraft!

Blizzard’s Lead Game Designer Ion Hazzikostas is making headlines again, this time in a recent Polygon article. Hazzokostas announced that Draenor will not see flight at all, and this direction includes future expansions. Does flying matter if the developers can create meaningful flight points? When does staying on the ground mount become more of a hassle? And what about all the new flying mounts Blizz is releasing?

Also, in the latest Dev Watercolor article, itemization will be changing in patch 6.2. There are plans to change personal loot so that it’s more competitive to the group loot system, bringing more rewards and making announcements to the raid. Also, the further players progress into Hellfire Citadel, the more they will be rewarded with higher item level loot. Will these changes make a huge difference in how raids are viewed, or is this just a refinement of systems?

 

Also inside: how to get ready for the next patch, Koltrane’s BIG announcement, a follow up on the casual hardcore issues from last episode, your questions and more!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:38am CDT

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:04pm CDT

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:24am CDT

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:29pm CDT

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:10pm CDT

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:03pm CDT

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:39pm CDT

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:06pm CDT

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:29am CDT

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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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:31pm CDT

Mythic Blackrock Foundry kicks off this week, as does the race to world first! While there are returning favorites like Method, Paragon, and Midwinter, some teams have changed their rosters and upped their game to claim their spots amongst raiding royalty. The CtR crew lets you in on who are the surprises, and whether or not this raid tier will be finished by the end of this week’s lockout.

The CtR War Room opens its doors for the first time this expansion to take a closer look at Blackrock Foundry, but of course with this crew it’s gonna get weird! Get ready to usher out the young ones as Convert to Raid presents another reading of 50 Shades of Raid.

Hans’gar and Franzok are doing more than just trying to pound raid teams into the ground. They’re actually making players sick! Players are reporting headaches, confusion, vertigo and nausea from a combination of the moving conveyor belts and player movement. The guys will give you their take inside this show.

 

Plus, patch 6.1 and daily dungeon quests, WoD soundtrack nominated for another award, your questions and a lot more!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:18am CDT

This week, raid teams raced to Gorgrond as the Blackrock Foundry raid instance kicked off in normal and heroic modes. Initial impressions are good from player reports, and the encounters have some good variety to keep all kinds of different players challenged. Especially the trash!

Ion Hazzikostas, Lead Game Designer on World of Warcraft, wrote a post that clarified the intentions behind the encounter difficulties and what players should expect as they clear bosses. The guys go over the details, give you their opinions, and provide some key information that could be important for your team.

With the opening of the Blackrock Foundry, now raiders can finally get some Tier 17 gear in this expansion. But are the bonuses overpowered, or are they just “nice”? Plus, find out the worst part of the new gear (according to Pat Krane).

 

Plus, WoW Insider turns into Blizzard Watch, mounting up at level 1, your questions and a whole lot more!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:45am CDT

This week, CtR welcomes Treckie back to talk about everything raiding and WoW!

Blizzard posted a preview of all 10 bosses in the upcoming Blackrock Foundry raid (starting Feb. 3), and the guys talk about some of the encounters and what you can expect in this first tier of raiding. Treckie gives us his experience with some of the encounters and gives his tips on what your team may want to try first!

There’s even more information coming out about Patch 6.1 now on the test realms (PTR). Along with an heirloom tab and heirloom upgrades for your alts, the BIG feature is that you’ll be able to summon a raid or world boss to your garrison! The guys give all the details and their views inside.

 

Plus, Treckie talks tank balance, taking a S.E.L.F.I.E. in game gets better, professions see some changes in 6.1, and the guys will even give some starting tips for how raid leaders can look at combat logs. All in this very fun episode of Convert to Raid!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:21pm CDT

This week, the CtR crew found out that Blackrock Foundry (the next raid instance) will be coming February 3, sooner than many players anticipated! While some are undoubtedly relieved to be moving on, is there concern that the beginning of this expansion is moving just as quickly as Mists of Pandaria? Or was Highmaul really supposed to be more of an introductory raid that would lead into the “real raiding” of Blackrock?

There’s more information data mined from Patch 6.1 from the test servers, including character model updates, better colorblind options, and UI changes. But why are the Blizzard developers changing the male Night Elf run?

 

Also: Convert to Raid (the guild) celebrates their second anniversary, “Veteran Accounts” explained, how to take your team to the mythic level and what you can expect along the way, a technical look at resto druids, your questions and so much more!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:39am CDT

The guys are back with a brand new show in the brand new year!

Over the break, the last boss of the Highmaul raid was released in the Looking for Raid difficulty. Did LFR live up to the promise of Blizzcon 2013 as being “tourist mode,” or were there unexpected results? The CtR crew weighs in, and Dairies response may surprise you!

Patch 6.1 hits the test realms, and the data mining has already gone deep! The guys will give you some of the big highlights, which include a Legendary garrison follower, a couple of new toys, a new mount, and more.

Blackrock Foundry is also set to release around the time 6.1 should be hitting live servers in late February. How does the timing compare to that of Mists of Pandaria, and what do we know about this new schedule for raid releases?

The 10th Anniversary events wrap up this week, but how have they been received? MMO-Champion.com released some statistics over the break, and the players will give you the low down. Will we see more content like this in the future, and was there a point that Blizzard was trying to prove during these events?

 

Plus, Ghostcrawler tweets about WoW, Blizzard hotfixes may save the game, a lonely panda hits level 95, and a whole lot more in this week’s return of Convert to Raid!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:59am CDT

The CtR crew is back for one last hilarious, informative show before 2015!

The race to world first may be over, but not all of the top 20 have crossed the finish line. The guys check in on the standings, and tell you how Blizzard may have screwed it all up for the competition in Highmaul.

Looking for Raid Wing 2 opened this week, named Arcane Sanctum, and features Tectus, Twin Ogron and Ko’ragh. LFR heroes are finding out that mechanics matter, and players are dying! So is this still “tourist mode,” or are we seeing a step up in difficulty?

Blizzard announced several plans for patch 6.1 and beyond, like the new Blood Elf models, a Legendary follower for your garrison, a tab for heirloom items similar to pets and mounts, and being able to tweet from in-game.

But there were some surprises in that announcement, like Blizzard announcing that they will be overhauling the UI so that people will be able to follow the action in War Games skirmishes! Soon™, tournament organizers may be able to have a true spectator mode, which could mean future improvements for PvE as well!

Also, Blizzard announced that they are developing a way for players to purchase tradable game-time token with real dollars to see for gold. What does this mean for the economy of WoW, and does that mean we may be heading to a “pay to win” model?

 

Happy Winter Veil, and a Happy New Year from Convert to Raid. We’ll see you next year!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:39pm CDT

This week, Derevka joins Pat Krane and Koltrane to talk about all things World of Warcraft!

Mythic Highmaul released on Tuesday, and that means we got to see our favorite bleeding-edge teams take on the most difficult versions of the new raid encounters. And this year’s competition has been exciting, with a real worldwide race to world first. The guys have the play by play and tell you why this is so interesting.

Wing 1 of Looking for Raid difficulty also released this week, and the crew has some insight as to how a few different new features to Warlords really make LFR (and raiding in general) probably the best it’s ever been.

As World of Warcraft Lead Class Designer Kris Zierhut said in last week’s interview, some classes and specs got some adjustment this week before the mythic race. What are the initial findings? Do classes feel balanced enough, or is there another round of changes in the works?

 

Plus, a highlight of some key hotfixes, Death Knights creation requirements to go away, your questions and so much more. This episode is high energy fun that all raiders should enjoy!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am CDT

The CtR crew talks WoW with Blizzard’s Lead Game Developer Ion (Watcher) Hazzikostas, and Lead Class Designer Kris Zierhut. Inside, the guys talk garrisons, classes, flying in Draenor, stats, and of course… RAIDING!

LFR and mythic raiding starts this week, and according to Hazzikostas, the team feels confident with the tuning of all the different difficulty levels. Both developers go further into tuning and what you can expect at different gear levels for your play style.

Expect another round of class balancing before mythic raiding kicks off on Tuesday, as there are some classes and specs that aren’t performing as well as hoped. The guys get into some of the finer details, especially with those classes of some of our vocal community members. They also talk tanks and healers, secondary stats and more.

And the CtR guys learn some fun extra things too! After the Molten Core 40 man LFR, will there be another classic raid released in this format? Probably not. There is a chance that Gnomes could be seeing some new race/class combinations in the future, however. And they even talk toys, like Aviana’s Feather!

There’s tons of information inside. Enjoy!

Direct download: ctr_164.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:23pm CDT

It’s been well over a year since our last new raid in WoW, and the CtR crew cannot wait until the Highmaul raid opens on Tuesday (Dec. 2)! So the guys have a special introduction to all of the new bosses and what you might be able to expect when you meet them for the first time.

Patch 6.0.3 landed this week, and there were a number of fixes and changes in Blizzard’s first attempt for better class balance this expansion. The gang will go over some of the bigger spell changes and talk about how it might affect your play.

 

Also, more tips and tricks for your Garrisons, early WoD stats from MMO-Champion, the new Blood Elf character models, and more on another fun-filled episode!

Direct download: ctr_163.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:47pm CDT