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

The CtR crew is back for another look at the latest news for raiders in World of Warcraft!

Over the last week, the issues of the initial Warlords of Draenor launch have been addressed by Blizzard. Not only did J Allen Brack (Executive Producer and Vice President of Blizzard Entertainment) issue an apology, he topped it with five free days for the players that lived through it. Not only that, but in a press release Blizzard announced that World of Warcraft is back over 10 million subscribers — which may have been one of the big reasons behind the issues in the first place.

This week WoW celebrates its 10th Anniversary, and the players get a refresher of that Classic WoW taste. There’s a new PvP zone for a limited time as players can relive their days of glory in Hillsbrad with Southshore vs. Tarren Mill, and something special for raiders.

Molten Core has been updated for level 100 players as a 40 man in Raid Finder difficulty. There are no new mechanics, but if you never raided this at level it could prove quite the challenge — especially considering it’s in LFR. While the developers are now doing some nerfs to this content, the guys will give you tips and tricks for the uninitiated. This quick rundown just could save your life (and countless others), so listen up!

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Warlords of Draenor released this week and players flooded through the dark portal into the new expansion. And, yes, there have been problems, including really long queues, DDOS attacks, downed servers and maintenance. But let’s talk about the content!

The CtR crew will take you through their leveling experiences, giving you their take on quests, zones, bonus objectives, and surprises. Could this be the best expansion for leveling of all time? Plus, they talk about how players can gear up quickly after dinging level 100, which garrisons and outposts are most beneficial, and how raiders can more easily get ready for the release of the Highmaul raid.

 

Plus, the guys will recap Blizzcon — from the meet ups with friends to the lack of WoW news, Overwatch to the parties — reliving the fun of Anaheim. Get ready to have a blast on this week’s show!

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As you prepare for Blizzcon 2014, we've got you covered with some of our best music and bits from Blizzcons past. Enjoy!

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No, this isn't a full show, but there's a bunch of information we wanted to make sure that you had before heading to Blizzcon 2014!

T Shirts will be available through Sunday the 25th at http://converttoraid.com so we can ship it out to you before the show.

 

SMASH Bash! (Convert to Raid, The Converted, Tauren Think Tank, The Starting Zone, My Epic Heals and more!)

Friday, Nov. 7th

7-11pm

Hilton Ballroom

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This week, Treckie from the top raiding guild in the world, Method, joins Dairies and Pat Krane to talk about all of the new changes to Azeroth with the arrival of patch 6.0.2!

Inside, the guys talk about some of the more interesting changes this week, including class balance (and Blizzard hotfixes), bugs in game, the leveling experience, and more. Siege of Orgrimmar has seen a huge nerf for Mythic difficulties, with record boss kills… so maybe now is the time for your team to hit this new difficulty!

The add-on ElvUI was in the spotlight this week, as some code was discovered that could allow the developer to really change some players’ game. The gang will tell you what happened and what you should do to make sure it’s not affecting you.

Plus, we talk to Treckie about Blizzcon, and how Method plans to defeat Midwinter in the World of Warcraft Raiding Panel! He reveals all of his secrets (not really) on how he plans to take them down in this exhibition/competition. 

 

Also, Blasted Lands and UBRS, soloing legacy raids, where to get your class guides, your questions, and T-Shirts... but only for a limited time!

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This week, Pat Krane, Koltrane and Dairies welcome lead game designer Ion Hazzikostas and senior game designer Brian Holinka to the show! Inside, they’ll discuss the upcoming changes for support classes, Ashran and PvP, raid encounters, class balance, and more.

This week Blizzard announced the raiding panel for Blizzcon. Ion Hazzikostas gives us the inside scoop on which teams will be playing in this exhibition and what encounters they’ll be facing.

Also, the guys chat about garrisons and the end game, professions, crowd control changes and diminishing returns, the legendary ring for Warlords, and a ton of listener questions. It’s all inside this very full episode of Convert to Raid!

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With about a month until Blizzcon and the next expansion for World of Warcraft, the CtR crew gets you ready for the 6.0 pre patch and beyond!

Blizzard announced the close of many different seasons in the next couple of weeks — Arena and Rated Battleground Season 15, Brawler’s Guild and Challenge Modes Season One — which means a lot of new beginnings are right around the corner. The Warlords of Draenor patch 6.0.2 is also downloading in the background, so clear some room out of your PC, as you’ll need about 10GB or more for all the new stuff!

The crew also talks through the dungeons you’ll face in the next expansion. Will 4 dungeons be enough, or will garrisons and the rest of the new questing process take the pressure off of instances for leveling?

 

Also, Titan is cancelled by Blizz, the Road to Blizzcon, Brawler’s Guild Season Two, your questions and more in this very fun show!

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This week, the guys at Convert to Raid learned that players will be losing out on some key items in patch 6.0.2 (coming soon™). For example, with the pre-patch, players will no longer be able to start the legendary cloak quest. And come the expansion in November, the cloak quest will be taken out completely. What does this mean for raiders, especially those switching their mains for Warlords of Draenor?

Also, Justice Point Heirloom vendors will be taken out of the game for a bit as the brains at Blizzard come up with a new system (since Justice and Valor will be taken out as well). If you don’t have them all by now, it’s time to get them while the getting is good!

And Ion “Watcher” Hazzikostas took to the forums to explain the mentality behind all of the changes to healing in Warlords, giving players a little more insight to how things should work in the near future. However, the balancing act isn’t quite there yet, so get ready when the pre-expansion patch drops in the upcoming weeks!

Also, character names reclaimed, a look behind the tech curtain, legacy raid changes on the PTR, Collector’s Edition blues, your questions and so much more!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:19am CDT

This week, pre-expansion patch 6.0.2 lands on the PTR! The guys take a look at all the PTR has to offer versus the beta. Not only will there be Mythic raiding of Siege of Orgrimmar, but there are a number of quality of life improvements, class changes, and more.

The bonus roll will still be a thing in Warlords of Draenor, and our friends over at Icy Veins put together a guide on how to get them. Four ways to get your three weekly rolls are through quests from Ashran (don’t worry, only one involves PvP), and you can also get them through your garrisons. Find out how in this episode.

As discussed last week, garrisons will also be able to give raiders more loot! We have clarifications from developers Tom Chilton and Ion Hazzikostas on what type of loot to expect, and how often we can expect them.

 

Also, we’ve got more info on the 10 year anniversary celebration of WoW, class changes on the beta (including tanks and DKs), your questions and so much more. Enjoy!

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This week, Derevka joins Pat Krane and Koltrane for a very fun show with news direct from the Warlords of Draenor beta!

Tanks have been very strong in the beta so far, and according to Chadd “Celestalon” Nervigg’s recent post, too strong. To avoid “power creep,” tanks will be getting many of their abilities reduced in effectiveness, essentially making them more squishy. Of course this will be done for all tanks, and creature damage will be reduced to offset the issues. What does this mean for tanking and healing for raiders, and will it change game play overall?

Game Developers Cory Stockton and Dave Kosak joined Community Manager Josh “Lore” Allen for a live Q&A session on Twitch this week. While many of the answers revolved around leveling up with your garrisons, there were a number of things of interest to raiders. 

For example, there are some interesting ways to get loot in WoD. One way is through garrison missions, where you might be able to get new gear and even upgrade the gear you already have. The other way to get the best gear in the game is through the Black Market Auction House. But what does this mean for raiders of all levels? How will those raiders on the cutting edge of progression respond? And is it the best solution to drop random raid loot outside of raid instances?

 

Also covered: the PAX wrapup, Proving Grounds silver now needed for random 5-man heroics on the beta, mythic raid testing, gear upgrades in 6.0, the BlizzCon virtual ticket, and more!

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This week, the beta continues to get a workout, and the CtR crew is tracking the action for you!

LFR for Warlords got a first look on the test servers, and it was… LFR. Not quite what the developers promised at Blizzcon with “Tourist Mode," but they also mentioned that in this first pass it was probably overtuned. If the LFR doesn’t change significantly, however, how will that translate into how these different difficulties are used by WoW players?

Mythic raiding also got a workout on beta, with 6 bosses being tested this week. With the speed that developers seem to be going, the November release date looks solid. But what is the process, and will we see these bosses being tested again?

Also, more interviews have been released from Tom Chilton at Gamescom, and one of the big bombs he dropped was that Warlords may only see two raid tiers instead of the usual three, depending on the next expansion. Does that seem too fast, or are you okay with a “shorter” expansion?

 

Also, Play with the Blues, Choppers hit Azeroth (in the beta), your questions and more in another fun filled episode!

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The CtR crew is back, and this week we debate the latest big news from Blizzard! At a “mini-Blizzcon" event in Los Angeles, Mike Morheim, Ion Hazzikostas, Brian Holinka and Chris Metzen took the stage in a huge lifestream event to announce the upcoming release of Warlords of Draenor. Not only did they show the new cinematic, but also gave more details on what’s to come for the next expansion, along with a release date of November 13, 2014!

There is a lot of varying opinion on all of the information from the event, even within the CtR crew!

Tom Chilton gave several interviews at GamesCom to talk about Warlords after the announcement in Germany, giving more specifics (and spoilers) that have sparked even more discussion and controversy within the WoW community.

The guys go toe to toe on everything this week, including on the cinematic, the 6.0 pre-expansion patch, the final boss of WoD, and even the 10th anniversary celebration announcement and more! It’s another fun-filled show on Convert to Raid!

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This week, Blizzard announced something that surprised no one: the Alliance bike from Azeroth Choppers will be available in game as well as the one from the Horde! But the Alliance bike will be available for purchase from a vendor, and no specific price tag was mentioned.

While at Blizzcon, developers said that not all races would be reworked by the time Warlords was released, but they will manage to rework every race except for Blood Elves. With all of the artwork that is new and improved for WoD, can anyone blame them? (If you read the forums, the answer is yes.)

Speaking of forums, one post got a lot of attention this week on the World of Warcraft forums that contained a lot of bad information. The CtR crew gives its own unique take on this to help set the record straight with a little reenactment with a special guest!

 

The gang will also give you the synopsis of the dungeons available right now on the Warlords of Draenor beta as well as a brief look at some of the raid testing that’s been going on this week along with all of your questions!

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This week marked the first public raid testing in the beta, and the CtR crew was there… kind of. When Blizz tried testing Gruul and The Butcher, the servers were having some stability issues. Many raid testers were outraged that something that is being tested as a beta had failed. Down servers added to the fact that the first two bosses released for testing have been a part of Blizzard games before sent the flames to the forums and Twitter.

On Friday, Blizzard was set to have more raid testing, but this came to a halt after a real life fire in Irvine shut down the power substation. While power was restored that morning, the developers postponed the test.

The patch notes for Warlords of Draenor revealed that Hunters will be getting Aspect of the Fox again, this time retooled into a 6 second raid wide cooldown! Feral druids are getting a little bit a love from the devs with a level 100 talent that can transform your cat into Saberon form. Thunder Cats are go!!!!

 

Also, we’ll have the latest news about Ashran, transmogrification for your weapon enchants, the new female Tauren model along with all your questions and so much more!

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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There are lots of little things happening with Blizzard right now, and it gives the gang some time to recuperate from their big interview last week with Celestalon and Zarhym. So this week Koltrane and Pat Krane welcome Treckie from the #1 guild in the world, Method, and together they take a look deeper into the Warlords of Draenor alpha patch notes. There’s some important items that weren’t gotten to last week, so they fill in some of the facts that dropped through the cracks!

 

Also, Blizzard packs PAX East full of beta codes, Naxxramas hits Hearthstone, Alliance vs. Horde in Azeroth Choppers, new models and animations, and your big questions of the week!

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Convert to Raid #138 - Celestalon and Zarhym Interview!

This week, Blizzard joins the CtR crew with Technical Game Designer Chadd Nervig (Celestalon) and Community Manager Jonathan Brown (Zarhym)! Over the course of two hours, the guys uncover more information about the Warlords of Draenor alpha.

 

It doesn’t matter what role you play, or your class or spec. We’ve got something for everyone in this jam packed interview! Covered inside:

• Garrisons

• Scenarios and Challenge Modes

• Raid encounters

• Warlords Alpha basics and how it will roll out

• New character models

• Draenor Perks

• Overall philosophies for tanking, healing and dps

• Raid utility

 

• More details on every single class!

 

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Happy April Fool’s Day! This week, the Convert to Raid crew get the information you need about the game you love!

A new WoW Source video with Morgan Webb is coming soon, this time talking about PvP and class changes direct from the game designers. But could there be a leak at Blizzard HQ? The guys intercept some fantastical information with the upcoming changes!

If you could blacklist a couple of 5 man dungeons, would you? Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas pondered this on Twitter, which turned into an online poll! But could dungeon blacklisting be bad for the World of Warcraft?

Some new tools are being developed by names we already trust! Ask Mr. Robot will be revealing their brand of combat logs soon, and Wowhead.com just unveiled their class guides for new and boosted 90s. What do they bring to the game, and who are they trying to connect with?

 

All of that, plus a discussion on professions in WoD, your questions, and more on another intriguing show!

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This week, Koltrane and Pat Krane welcome Derevka for a very fun and informative show on all the latest in World of Warcraft!

Siege of Orgrimmar has been out for over six months, and  this is the longest we’ve ever had to wait for new content in the history of WoW. Was this a communication breakdown between the developers and the rest of the WoW community, did something go wrong, or is this “working as intended” according to the development plan?

Blizzard has made the wait a little easier, however. This week, Blizzard announced that normal and heroic raiding were both going cross realm. Is this move so that raid teams can recruit for Mythic raiding in Warlords, or did the devs do this to try and extend the life of Siege of Orgrimmar?

The crew takes a look at the pieces and give you their insights on these issues and a lot more in another jam packed show!

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This week, Blizzard released the Warlords of Draenor pre-purchase along with the boosts to level 90, but have they caused more issues for raiders in the World of Warcraft? The Convert to Raid crew takes a look into how the new 90s have made their impact on LFR and Flex, along with how much we can expect to pay for the next expansion and when we can expect it.

Could flight not come to Draenor in the next expansion? Blizzard developer Alex Afrasiabi discussed it in a recent interview, and the CtR gang finds some surprising results from their chat room.

Plus, the guys tackle questions on raid and guild leadership issues, news from other Blizzard games, and a bunch more in this week’s show!

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

This week CtR tackles the latest Dev Watercooler released just a couple of days prior, this one talking about health pools and healing for Warlords of Draenor. The guys break it down and try to keep it all in context for what it could mean for the next expansion. 

Plus, a new video was published on YouTube (on the Warcraft account) about the level 90 boost being available, yet it hasn’t made it’s way to the World of Warcraft site. What does this mean, and when will it be available in game?

And the guys answer a ton of viewer questions, including one about how to examine combat logs during raid. The crew gives you the 411 on some of the key information to look at as well as some great addons to try out.

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This week’s Convert to Raid revealed some interesting possibilities for the future of the World of Warcraft!

Patch 5.4.7 dropped, and a few key problems forced Blizzard to have more realm maintenance later in the week. Not only were addons like OQueue broken, but mounts from the Blizzard store went missing as well. The hubbub had people on the forums threatening to unsubscribe (and more), but now players may have more mounts than they know what to do with.

Directly after the patch landed on Azeroth, the Blizzard in game store contained a character boost to level 90 for a whopping $60 US. The guys will give you their take on the price and whether or not they plan making a purchase or two, especially if their raid team needed the help.

Blizzard developers held international press events over this last week, and one of the revelations dropped was that a silver medal in Proving Grounds may be a prerequisite for Heroic Dungeons in the next expansion. The more casual players shouldn’t be affected by this change too much, as heroics should not be a necessary progression path to get to LFR. But this does bring up a few key questions:

  • (How) will this change item level differences between normal 5-mans, heroic dungeons, and LFR?

  • Does this mean that heroic 5-mans can be even more challenging than in the past?

  • Why does Blizzard feel the need to teach us how to play our role?

  • And do more difficulty levels mean that more players will be able to play in their niche and be happy, or will they just feel like Blizzard is forcing them through unnecessary hoops to get to the good stuff?

 

Plus, the gang talks about the new character model updates, Twitch plays WoW, PvP changes and answers a bunch of your emails on another jam packed show!

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

 

The Convert to Raid crew are back in action to give you the hottest news for raiders in World of Warcraft!

This week, Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas dropped a ton of news, including some minor nerfs to the 10 man heroic version of the Garrosh encounter. While this has been an issue for awhile, now is the time to make some adjustments to ensure that the difficulty between 10 and 25 is better aligned.

The Challenge Mode dungeon “season” is ending soon, according to Blizzard. But did anyone ever tell the general public that this was a “season” in the first place? Why did Blizzard pull the plug? How have players been reacting to the news, and how can Blizzard improve on this scaled 5 man content in Warlords?

And finally, reported just before this show recorded, patch 5.4.7 should be landing this week in the World of Warcraft! This new patch brings the start of the next PvP season, several class changes and preparation for the Level 90 Boosts and Pre-Order for Warlords of Draenor. Not everything may be available right away, but we expect to hear more news about the Pre-Order soon™.

Also, The Scroll of Resurrection Retires, garrison art is revealed by Blizzard, casters may have fewer instants in WoD, and more!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:59am CDT

This week, they CtR crew looks into their crystal ball to see the future of World of Warcraft!

PvP Season 14 is ending soon, but why would raiders care? According to Blizzard, we could be seeing the end of this season in the next couple of weeks, with patch 5.4.7 soon to follow. Included in the patch should be pre-purchase of Warlords of Draenor, the free boost to 90 and much more. And if the next PvP season is around 20 weeks long, when will we be seeing the next expansion? And when should we be finding out more about the release of the beta? The guys will give you their predictions!

WoW subscription numbers are… up? According to Blizzards quarterly earnings call, Q4 saw an increase of 200,000 subscribed members. This is definitely a surprise to many in the community. Can it all be traced back to Blizzcon, or is there something else in the works? And will Blizzard be able to retain these numbers?

In the prepatch to Warlords, expect a raiding shakeup! Ion Hazzikostas, Lead Encounter Designer for Blizzard said via Twitter that patch 6.0 would introduce all of the raid group changes into Siege of Orgrimmar. So Flex becomes Normal, Normal becomes Heroic, and Heroic becomes Mythic. It’s downright confusing for the guys to keep everything straight, but they’ll try to get everything and everyone sorted out as we approach the big switch.

 

Also, how can you get raiding experience if no one will let you in to your group? The guys take a look at a viewer question on how to take their first steps as a raider. Also, a wrap up of the Blizzard Stream Awards, more questions from you, and lots of laughs inside this week’s show!

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This week, Pat Krane and Dairies welcome special guest Sloot from top ranked guild Midwinter, and they discuss difficulty levels for all kinds of encounters for Warlords of Draenor!

Lead Encounter Designer Ion “Watcher" Hazzikostas talked with several community members from the EU, touching on the resurrection of heroic 5 man content and what kind of difficulty we might expect for the upcoming expansion.  

Along with that, Watcher mentioned that there may be alternate ways to gear up to similar ilevels to Looking For Raid, possibly through challenge modes. With all of the new opportunities Blizzard is giving players for loot in WoD, does that spell the demise of LFR or will it make playing the game more flexible and fun for everyone?

Mythic mechanics are getting freshened up too, according to Hazzikostas. The crew discusses how Blizzard could accomplish it, giving examples of what makes a good (and bad) raid encounter.

And finally, Sloot and the guys take an in depth look into what raid leaders should consider before taking their normal team into Mythic content in Warlords. If you’re thinking about taking your team to the next level, you won’t want to miss this discussion!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:23pm CDT

This week, Blizzard banned a TON of accounts (unofficial numbers in the hundreds of thousands) for botting programs that enhance gameplay, and some WoW players were caught in the crossfire. The CtR crew explains how these third party programs work, and what other programs may have been suspect. But was Blizzard biting the hand that feeds them, or is their tolerance for cheaters really that low?

Ion Hazzikostas announced that Blizzard is pretty happy with the bonus roll system for loot that was developed in Mists of Pandaria, but are you? Are there improvements to be made, or do the limitations feel appropriate?

The human female artwork revamp was released this week, and Koltrane explains why Blizzard should think about clothing their models, and why his coworkers are avoiding him at the water cooler.

More raiding stats were released this week from MMO-Champion about class popularity in heroic Siege of Orgrimmar, and the CtR crew weeds through the data to get to the important stuff.  Plus, the Warcraft movie finishes its first week of filming, the CtR Guild anniversary celebration wraps up, the guys answer your questions and more in this exciting episode!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:06pm CDT

This week, former Blizzard lead developer Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street revealed his new gig at Riot Games. While the CtR gang were sure that was the most likely scenario, there was someone we have to thank for cracking the case -- Mr. Magoops, Cat Detective. And we’ll even play his story!


Big news broke on the World of Warcraft website: digital copies of Warlords of Draenor will be available SOON™ for pre-order. And when you purchase, you’ll receive the pet, the mount, and even your free boost to 90. Blizzard also hinted that the closed beta will be coming in the next several weeks as well.  While everyone is excited about this, there are some words that bring up concerns of when WoD will actually drop.


Siege of Orgrimmar is getting some nerfs this week, and Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas took to the forums to reassure raiders that these will only be targeted nerfs on several of the last encounters of the raid. Most nerfs are to smooth out progression further or help 10 man teams getting stuck on specific mechanics, and the guys give their take on why this is great news.


The Convert to Raid Guild on Aerie Peak - US celebrates its first anniversary this week, and the guys give you a little more detail on some of the inner workings of the guild and how we’re able to keep it running with the help of some very special people.


Of course there’s a ton more inside, so sit back, relax, and laugh along with Convert to Raid!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:13pm CDT

This week the guys have plenty to talk about as everyone from Blizzard seems to have finally come back from the winter break!

More raiding stats are unleashed on the internet as MMO-Champion takes a look at heroic progression. Only 0.23% of active raiders have downed heroic Garrosh, but what does that mean in the scheme of things?

Blizzard’s Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas joined Twitter this week and had plenty to say about some of the upcoming plans (or lack thereof) for the future of raiding. But is short form social media a good thing for players looking to glean some insight, or is it all too much noise for the average consumer?

Hazzikostas did state via Twitter that there were no plans for a raid-wide nerf in Siege of Orgrimmar. The players discuss whether (and when) they think it’s going to come, and how big of an influence Flex Raids are in the equation.

Also, with the flexible raiding system and the proposed Group Finder tool for Warlords, where does LFR fit in the next expansion? The guys tell you their reasons why Blizzard needs to nerf this feature even further in the future.

And… Convert to Raid is covering PvP news? Sure! Afterall, the announcement of a new PvP season could point to when the next expansion may drop. The crew updates their calendars and make new predictions based off the latest information.

And Pat, Koltrane and Dairies wrap up last week’s segment on how to be a better raid leader for 2014 with some more advice on communication and taking a look at different loot systems around the World of Warcraft.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:21pm CDT

Happy New Year from Convert to Raid! The guys kick off 2014 with an extremely informative show, so get ready!


WoWProgress.com released a series of statistics comparing Siege of Orgrimmar to Throne of Thunder, both with the number of players and guilds downing bosses and the number of players still considered “active.” Pat, Dairies and Koltrane make sure to compare apples to apples as they sort out the numbers to figure out whether or not WoW is losing raiders.


A bomb was dropped from Chadd “Celestalon” Nervig on Twitter -- there will be no primary stats on gems for the next expansion! What does that mean for players, and more importantly, what does it mean for Jewelcrafters?  What should we expect in Warlords, and should the Blizzard developers be rethinking the way professions work?


If you made a new year’s resolution to be a better raider (or raid leader), the CtR crew has got you covered!  You’ll get an in depth discussion of how raiders and raid leaders can improve their preparation, performance, attitude and communication to make sure that your raid team is firing on all cylinders!


All that and much more in a very fun, extremely informative Convert to Raid!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:02am CDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Covert to Raid #121 - Ghostcrawler Calls It Quits!

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

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

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

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

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

All of that and more on a very fun show!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#96 - Convert to Raid: Valor Plants

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

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

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

Direct download: ctr_95.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:35pm CDT

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

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

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

Direct download: ctr_93.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:49pm CDT

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

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

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

Direct download: ctr_91.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:20pm CDT

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

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

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

Direct download: ctr_89.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:27am CDT

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

Direct download: ctr_88.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:04pm CDT

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

Direct download: ctr_87.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:14pm CDT

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

Direct download: ctr_86.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:36pm CDT

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

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:34pm CDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The guys are dressed up in their tuxes to celebrate the coming of 2013 with a look back on the best of 2012.  Not only will there be a countdown of our great production bits -- boss intros, songs, and the finale from Koltrane's Legendary Staff quests -- but we have Josh Allen stop by (Lore from Gamebreaker TV's Legendary), and all of the information we have on patch 5.2 which lands soon on the PTR. Tons of information? Check. Loads of fun discussion? Check. Incredibly weird and funny bits to savor before the new year hits? Check!  Looks like this show has got it all.  Enjoy, and happy new year from all of us to you!

Direct download: ctr_77.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:48pm CDT

While the guys wait for the end of the world (according to the Mayan calendar), they've got a lot to discuss! Koltrane talks more about the Arcane Mage, Solarflair levels his boomy, and Zhug shares a casually legendary tale!  Also, the guys take another look at the state of raiding in WoW, especially after all of the developer interviews in the last week or so.  Also, Elegon is on the chopping block, and the boys take you through the action blow by blow. Plus, it's the CtR Holiday show, so we have presents for everyone, including you!  If you'd like to win a Cinder Kitten pet, please head to converttoraid.com for more information in the post for this show. Happy holidays, from all of us to you!

Direct download: ctr_76.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:47pm CDT

This week, the gang talks about switching things up in 5.1 for themselves before catching up with the latest round of developer interviews around World of Warcraft land, commenting on some of the most notable information we've gleened.  Also, Vlad from Icy-Veins.com stops by to talk about how this internet powerhouse for raiders and how he and his business partner got started and how they keep things going. The guys answer your questions, and Koltrane has built the ultimate guide for Arcrane Mages at the end of the episode.  You'll want to stay tuned this entire episode -- lots of great stuff!

Direct download: ctr_75.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:03pm CDT

On this special episode, Pat Krane sits down one on one with Ion Hazzikostas, Lead Encounter Designer for Blizzard. They discuss a lot of the end game content: scenarios, challenge modes, Brawler's Guild, dailies, dailies and more dailies, and of course every single mode of raid content!  Trials, tribulations, lessons learned, and triumphs abound in this jam packed interview!

Direct download: ctr_74.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:19pm CDT

This week, patch 5.1 hit the live servers despite what Zhug said in the last episode, so the guys will take a look at some of the changes as they see them right now. They discuss dailies, dailies, and more dailies (now with flagged opposition), item level upgrades, the Legendary casual questline, the new standard time, and much more -- including the big changes to LFR and LFD, and lots of class changes too!  Plus, Zhug apologizes, Koltrane may dust off his 2 button keyboard, and Solarflair just tries to find the words.  Also, the guys take down The Spirit Kings in the War Room and give you the blow by blow and a ton more.  Hang on tight... it's gonna get freaky!

Direct download: ctr_73.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:32pm CDT

Admittedly nothing much in the raiding news department from Blizzard. But when have we let that stop us before?  The guys catch you up on the race to world first, they prognosticate on patch 5.1 and have a little chat about LFR difficulty and what you need to know in order to clear this content.  Plus, Zhug gets a little Monky, Solarflair and Koltrane level up, and all the guys proceed to the next level of raiding!

Direct download: ctr_72.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:58pm CDT

This week the guys have very pleasant conversations about World of Warcraft as they catch up on their raiding progression and all of the latest news and views from Pandaria, including: The latest on the race to world first as they prepare to tackle the heroic Terrace of Endless Spring, the latest release candidate for patch 5.1 and what that means for WoW players everywhere, and they'll discuss highlights of the Battle.net World Championship as it comes to a close... and more!  Laughs, drama, news, and maybe a question or two from you guys.

Thank you so much for listening!

Direct download: ctr_71.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:41pm CDT

This week, the gang will catch you up on the latest raiding news and so much more!  The latest leg of the racde to world first comes to a close, LFR, Normal, and Heroic Heart of Fear got some quick fixes, the Battle.net World Championship is for WoW fans too, and Gara'jal the Spiritbinder is on the chopping block in The War Room.  Of course there is a LOT more, but you should really hear it all for yourself!

Direct download: ctr_70.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:23pm CDT

This week, the crew takes a look at the latest news about the end game: Heart of Fear progression and the race to world first, loot as it relates to dailies and LFR for raiders everywhere, and we even take a look ahead to patch 5.1 and beyond. Solarflair and Zhug debate on whether it's okay to have a "pay to play" system for the Brawler's Guild while Koltrane is still recovering from last week's raid night.  Plus, Adobe from My Epic Heals drops by to give us some in depth tips and tricks for playing the resto shaman!  How do we pack in so much show? You be the judge!

Also. Please help those affected by last week's Superstorm Sandy by donating to the Red Cross!

Direct download: ctr_69.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:32pm CDT

This week, the guys discuss all of the latest, including: The release of the Heart of Fear raid, Korean Realms getting double lock outs, some of the latest changes to patch 5.1 on the test realms, and Feng the Accursed is on the chopping block in this week's War Room!  Plus, Solarflair gets a new gig, Zhug takes a hard stance on trouble makers, and Koltrane turns furry.  All of this and so much more in this colossal show!

Direct download: ctr_68.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:18pm CDT

This week, the CtR crew has another fun filled week of WoW news and entertainment for you!  A well known DK almost solos a Challenge Mode, Method speaks out about their #1 (25 man) heroic conclusion of the Mogu'Shan Vaults, 5.1 patch notes could be very interesting for some classes, and of course there are dailies, dailies, and more dailies.  We even have a great discussion on the loot systems in WoW and have a couple of ideas on how to improve them!  Solarflair steps up with his raiding schedule, Koltrane gets all hasty, and Zhug upgrades the CtR Command Center!

Direct download: ctr_67.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:37pm CDT

This week, the guys give you the latest in WoW news and entertainment, even amidst the various tech problems (which, thanks to the miracle of editing, you won't hear much of)! Paragon beats everyone to the end even though they're only a 10 man, patch 5.1 hits the PTR and the crew has some small spoilers, and The War Room makes it's triumphant return as The Stone Guard gets taken down.  Also, Zhug changes guilds, Koltrane steps in the goo, and Solarflair tanks a vicious Klaxxi in real life!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:57pm CDT

This week, the guys give away all the secrets!!! No, not really, but they do talk about reputation and dungeon grinding, Exodus being first to close the door on Mogu'Shan Vaults in normal mode, Challenge Modes, keybinding your spells and more... including a politician outed by her competitors for being a WoW player! *gasp*  Zhug makes an apology, Solarflair officially adds another raid team to lead, and Koltrane is having fun with his monk - Wokfu.  It's fast talking and high action on this jam packed show.  Check it out!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:16pm CDT

Mists of Pandaria landed, and Convert to Raid responds with a great big round of applause! We'll give you our first impressions on leveling, dungeons, the auction house, rep and gear grinding and so much more.  Koltrane was out sick, so we asked WoW Insider Olvia Grace to join in on the fun!  Zhug gets a special present, Solarflair goes on the air with no sleep, and Olivia still has yet to hit the level cap. Also, we'll get you ready for Mogu'Shan Vaults with a brief strategy overview. If you raid (and even if you don't), you can't miss this show!

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

This show, the guys are getting amped for the release of Mists of Pandaria, and are celebrating with a couple of awesome guests.  Ion Hazzikostas (Lead Encounter Designer) talks to Zhug, and the guys talk to Eatmopie about all of the different monk specs to get you ready.  But that's only a part of what happens!  Solarflair revives his hunter, Koltrane reveals how RAF will benefit his monk (Wokfu), and Zhug may be switching his raiding main after this week's Scouting Report.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:15pm CDT

This week, the news has been... brief.  But there's still a ton of things to talk about!  A top guild goes 10 man, the devs take to Reddit, and the guys get you ready for Mists of Pandaria with a pre-launch discussion of things you may want to consider before sitting down for a marathon session of WoW.  Plus, Solarflair may be saying goodbye to an old friend, Koltrane waxes poetic about Ulduar, and Zhug gives new listeners a look into what you can expect from the show once MoP drops!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:31pm CDT

This week the World of Warcraft lays silent, mostly, except for a couple of rustles in the trees.  The one rustling the loudest is Ghostcrawler because he just joined TWITTER!  O-M-G Ba-by! We have some other interesting bits and pieces as well too.  Solarflair talks about the Darkmoon Rabbit, Koltrane finds the hidden Batman reference in MoP, and Zhug loses it completely!  It's not a long show, but hold on to your hats because it's gonna get WEIRD!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:02pm CDT

This week the guys take a look at 5.0.4 since it dropped on the live realms. Account wide mounts, pets and achievements, Loot in LFR, broken addons, AoE looting and more -- plus they take a look at YOUR reaction to some of the class changes, especially when it comes to talents and glyphs.  The players even have a great discussion about raiding heroics and progression fights and what that should mean in the scheme of things.  The guys give you the 411 on how you can get citizenship in the Bazoobagwabo Nation, Solarflair goes buggy over BC raiding, Koltrain revs up thanks to a friend, and Zhug drops a BOMB of an announcement that you won't want to miss.  Join us, won't you?

Direct download: ctr_60.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:10pm CDT