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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:42am CDT

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:12am CDT

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

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

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

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

 

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:46pm CDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:16pm CDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beware, and enjoy!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:21pm CDT

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:46am CDT

Convert to Raid #198 - Patch 6.2.3 Coming Soon™

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

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

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

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

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

 

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