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

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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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Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane

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

Sharku -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR

Gizmo -- http://twitter.com/Gizmozord

 

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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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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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Dairies -- http://twitter.com/BoredMind

Sharku -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR

Gizmo -- http://twitter.com/Gizmozord

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

Sharku -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR

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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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Dairies -- http://twitter.com/BoredMind

Gizmo -- http://twitter.com/Gizmozord

Mick -- http://twitter.com/MickMontgomery

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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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Sharku -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR

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

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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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Gizmo --http://twitter.com/Gizmozord

Sharku -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR

 

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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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Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane

Dairies -- http://twitter.com/BoredMind

Mick -- http://twitter.com/MickMontgomery

Sharku -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR

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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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Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane

Gizmo -- http://twitter.com/Gizmozord

Sharku -- http://twitter.com/Sharku_CTR

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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!

 

You can follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/converttoraid or individually:

Pat Krane -- http://twitter.com/PatKrane

Dairies -- http://twitter.com/BoredMind

Gizmo -- http://twitter.com/Gizmozord

Mick -- http://twitter.com/MickMontgomery

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