Convert to Raid: The podcast for raiders in the World of Warcraft!

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

#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 CST

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

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

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 CST

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

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

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 CST

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

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

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 CST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 CST

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.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:49pm CST

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!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:56pm CST

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!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:46pm CST

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.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:57pm CST

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!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:26pm CST

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!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:49pm CST

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!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:13pm CST

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!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:48pm CST

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!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:47pm CST

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!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:03pm CST

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!

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

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!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:32pm CST

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!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:58pm CST

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!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:41pm CST

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!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:23pm CST

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!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:32pm CST

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!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:18pm CST

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!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:37pm CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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?

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:10pm CST

This week, the guys go in depth with all the changes in patch 5.0.4, talk beta class balance, check out the free Armory app, and talk about some of the changes announced recently about LFR in MoP.  Athaerick becomes an irregular co-host, Solarflair talks BC raiding, Zhug announces an announcement, and writer/podcaster Euripides stops by to talk about how to prepare for the new expansion and how we might make money in Mists of Pandaria.  It's a very fun show with lots of great information, so get comfortable and stay awhile!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:05pm CST

This week, the guys will give you the scoop on patch 5.0.4 and when it's coming to Azeroth, and try to get you ready for Mists of Pandaria as best we can!  Koltrane apologizes for his segment, "In My Robe." Zhug finds the not so perfect solution for LFR, and Solarflair gets sassy over low level raiding.  We discuss the newly released cinematic trailer, we find out who is really jazzed for the latest changes to the druid travel form, and we check out one aspect of professions as we make the move into Pandaria.  All of this and a TON of your questions as well!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:13pm CST

Athaerick is back from his summer of fun, and the guys give big grats to the Convert to Raid lowbie raiding team, discuss the new team forming for Mists of Pandaria, and dive into all of the latest news from Blizzard HQ.  They even have a big discussion about LFR in Dragon Soul and try to analyze the good and bad, talk about the changes to LFR in Mists of Pandaria, and try to figure out if and how people may change up the way they use this raiding tool.  Plus, they take care of several listener questions along the way!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:38pm CST

The guys discuss the latest news from around Warcraft-land, like the latest WoW subscription numbers, the raid schedule for Mists of Pandaria, and the latest update to the quest line for the next Legendary weapons.  Also, Preach (PreachGaming.com) stops by to give us the overview on every single class and spec on the beta!  If you have a question about which spec you should roll in MoP, you should get plenty of answers.  It's yet another show, packed with loads of information and a ton of laughs!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:45pm CST

Koltrane returns for a fun filled show! The guys discuss the release date of Mists of Pandaria, Koltrane names his panda, Zhug debates which version of MoP he's going to buy, and Solarflair hears what a real English accent sounds like as Olivia Grace (WoW Insider) joins the show with fellow PVP aficionado Mike B. (Gamebreaker.TV) to discuss everything PVP.  From cataclysm and expansions past to all of the new Mists of Pandaria battlegrounds and statistics, we've got it covered on this week's show.  Very fun, tightly packed, and full of all sorts of knowledge you'll want to know!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:17pm CST

This week Solarflair and Zhug pug in Jules from the Tauren Think Tank to help discuss the latest news and issues of the day, including PTR 5.0.4 going live, a funky green button on Battle.net, heroic raid testing on the beta, and even the illusive "nude drood!" We also break into the mailbag to answer a lot of your questions and give a little guide to new raiders wanting to pug into normals. Also... Blizzard has challenged us to challenge you, and we need your help!

Direct download: ctr_54.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:20pm CST

Solarflair and Zhug aren't by their lonesomes this week as they pug in RevnGeek to help with the show!  While raiding may be winding down, there's still a ton to talk about!  They talk all about low level raiding vs. The Summer Challenge, the latest nerf to hit Dragon Soul, the state of 10 and 25 man raiding, the new player mentoring system and more.  They also take your questions on alternative loot systems, future legendaries, and other big topics too! 

Direct download: ctr_53.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:59pm CST

The guys are back, the CtR Command Center is open, and it's time to catch up with the playas and all the latest WoW news while we share some of the best bits from our first year on the internets.  We talk all about the beta, take your questions and share a bunch of laughs in this show, and even blame Dave for all of our troubles.  Thank you for being a part of our show for the last year, and we look forward to seeing you for a long time to come!

Direct download: ctr_52.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:03pm CST

This week, the guys are away... but we still have a jam packed show of ultimate goodness for you! Zhug will catch you up on a couple of news stories on the beta, we'll give you a look behind the curtain with some pre and post show banter, and LilMissy will give us the lowdown on how Blizzard delivers the lore of WoW.  Seriously, Zhug and Missy talk for about an hour and it's really a fun discussion!

Direct download: ctr_51.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00pm CST

This week, the guys discuss some of the hot topics of the week, including: Jaina's hot flashes, the latest furry hairstyles, how a legendary item may be like a high school graduation ceremony, and Ghostcrawler's busy week in the forums and more!  Plus, we talk to WoW Insider's own Poneria about the class that is going through an overhaul for Mists of Pandaria, and find out which specs still need some more work. Plus, we answer some of your questions, tell some bad jokes, and have a whole lot of fun.

Direct download: ctr_50.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:35pm CST

This week, all the guys are back - even Solarflair the Sleepyhead - and talk about a bunch of different topics... the new 25% nerf to Dragon Soul, the female Pandaren voice, Blizzard's reworking of entire zones in MoP and more. The crew takes on Madness of Deathwing, the final encounter of the Dragon Soul raid, answers your questions about raiding and other stuff too.  It's a huge show, so look out!

Direct download: ctr_49.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:38pm CST

The beta level cap hits 90, new aror sets are released along with some very creepy sounds from both the pandaren and various warlock pets.  The guys take a look and a listen to all the new stuff and answer your questions and more.  Derevka, a top theory crafter and beta professional, stops by to chat about how we can use the beta as a tool to get the most out of the new expansion before it hits!

Direct download: ctr_48.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:16pm CST

With all of the Diablo 3 hullabaloo finally disapating, the guys can get back to some serious business! We'll give you the latest news and views from the beta and beyond. Solarflair rants about hunter tier 14 gear, we get into the new way Blizzard is doing legendaries for MoP, we'll talk about a great new gold sink for raiding on the go, dailies going unlimited, and of course answer a ton of listener mail. Enjoy!

Direct download: ctr_47.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:57pm CST

This show, the gang discusses how the release of Diablo III has changed the face of raiding in World of Warcraft and the population of many capital cities!  They also tackle the latest beta patch and even speculate why Blizzard made a couple of smaller updates to items within the game.  Then we trick out our toons with Zoopercat and Eric from Ask Mr. Robot, and we give you all the information you'll need to understand this fantastic tool for raiders!

Direct download: ctr_46.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:16pm CST

This show, the guys talk about all the latest news, like the Battle Royale of Raiding, cat armor, panda dances, cross realm zones, and more!  Zhug gets corrected, Koltrane talks like a robot, Solarflair explains why he doesn't want to be near the CtR Steak House, and we take a lot of listener questions this week as well.

Direct download: ctr_45.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:49pm CST

This show, the gang gets back together after 2 weeks away, catching up with each other's adventures and catching you up with all the latest WoW news!  Zhug reminisces about the Minnesota Meet Up, the guys talk about the 20% nerf and what it means for raiders everywhere, and of course they talk about the latest beta news as well.  The Spine of Deathwing is on the chopping block in the War Room, and of course they have plenty of questions to answer, and so much more!

Direct download: ctr_44.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:42pm CST

On this week's show, we'll tell the entire tale of Koltrane and his journey to attain the legendary staff, Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest.  We'll take you from the very beginning to the final moments, with all the drama, excitement, and bad jokes that can only be told in our series of produced goodness.  Also, we'll give you the latest Mists of Pandaria beta news, old school raiding updates, tips for raid leaders everywhere and we'll get to your questions.  It's another packed show of legendary proportions!

Direct download: ctr_43.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:43pm CST

This show, the guys talk about all the big picture updates happening in the beta, Zhug gives out Dork of the Week like it was going out of style, and we get an update on Koltrane's Legendary Segment!  We also bring in Eade from My Epic Heals to talk with us about Holy Paladins, and feature an original song!

Direct download: ctr_42.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:41pm CST

This show, the guys discuss their impressions of raiding Molten Core at Level 60, Athaerick and Koltrane are all about the BETA, and we talk about Ghostcrawler's latest posts about how choices are choices in Mists of Pandaria.  Also, find out what the theme of April is on CtR as we try to figure out why Arizona's Congress doesn't have a clue about how the internet works and a lot more!

Direct download: ctr_41.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:11pm CST

This week the guys discuss all the news about the beta and upcoming expansion Mists of Pandaria, including the new raid environments, why warlocks won't be tanking, and with the latest skinny on the phat loots!  We also take on the chaos boss in Dragon Soul known as Warmaster Blackhorn!  Also... you might want to watch out for really bad April Fools jokes.

Direct download: ctr_40.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:12pm CST

This show the guys follow up with all of the news being pumped out about the beta (giving their opinions along the way), Zhug has a meetup for gamers in Minnesota, and Preach from Preach Gaming comes on to wrap up Melee Month with a great discussion on Frost DKs.  You do not want to miss this episode for the insights, the information, or the fun!

Direct download: ctr_39.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:18pm CST

This show, the guys discuss the overview of interesting things that dropped this week regarding the next expansion... Mists of Pandaria.  Find out more about mounts, professions, glyphs, monks, pandas, factions, storylines and of course RAIDING.  It's a special edition show of CtR now available to blow your mind!

Direct download: ctr_38.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:08pm CST

This show, the guys (minus Koltrane) talk about all the news BEFORE the big news drops about Mists of Pandaria, including a 10 DK heroic Ragnaros kill, the Diablo III release and what that could mean for the MoP beta and more.  Tillman comes on to give us the 411 on Assassination Rogues, and we give our reactions to leaked photos and videos provided by our chatroom!  

Direct download: ctr_37.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:06pm CST

This week the guys have a LOT to discuss.  Not only were there two big interviews with WoW Devs, but the Mists beta might be coming pretty darn soon along with a whole new breakdown for buffs and debuffs.  We talk enhancement shamans with Ceindra, starting a guild with Zaikai, and talk a lot more about our Level 60 Raiding Challenge.  This show is packed full of gaming goodness, so get your ears ready!

Direct download: ctr_36.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:57pm CST

This week the guys bring in The Daily Blink's Chris Hanel and discuss stat changes for Mists of Pandaria, catch up on the Iron Man Challenge, and throw Ultraxion on the chopping block in The War Room.  We also learn all about the inside details of Chris's secret trip to Blizzard HQ (not really), bring up our own at level Raiding Challenge, and declare March as Melee Month!  Another show packed full of raiding goodness.  Open up and say, "YESSSSSS!"

Direct download: ctr_35.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:03pm CST

This week the guys talk about the latest gossip about Mists of Pandaria, follow up on the Iron Man Challenge, discuss why we love the next nerf in Dragon Soul and a lot more.  Torage the Warrior also comes on the show to talk to us about how and why he switched his long time raiding spec to Arms, and gets Koltrane on a rant about the different RNG specs in WoW right now.  We cover a lot of ground, so buckle up!

Direct download: ctr_34.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:43pm CST

This week the crew takes a look into the Mists of Pandaria talent calculator, discuss the solo Algalon kill and put Hagara the Stormbinder on the chopping block in The War Room.  They also talk about how to combat the raiding grind and answer a few of your questions along the way!

Direct download: ctr_33.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:46pm CST

This week, the guys catch up with Koltrane on his legendary staff, talk about the latest buzz from Blizzard HQ including the latest earnings call, and answer some of your questions.  And we have a special guest in to discuss a lot about druid tanking.  It's another full show!

Direct download: ctr_32.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:12pm CST

This week we pug in Raiding a Raider's RevnGeek as we tackle all the news with patch 4.3.2, including cross realm raiding and the ret pally dps buff!  We also take a few listener questions, and defeat the beach ball toting, evil Warlord Zon'ozz!  Thanks to RevnGeek (and Boobear) for joining Zhug and Solarflair this week... a very fun show indeed!

Direct download: ctr_31.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:20pm CST

This week the guys talk about the upcoming nerf and the new patch, go over the latest raiding statistics, and get completely bummed over no Blizzcon in 2012.  Then we spin the show on its ear as we talk with James and Rob from Exodus, ranked 9th in the world on wowprogress.com, all about raiding in the race to world first.  We hit a LOT of key ingredients for those guilds that want to step up their game, and we get a ton of insight into what it's like to raid in this ultra competitive environment.  It's another amazing show!

Direct download: ctr_30.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:37pm CST

Buff mages!  This week the guys bring in very special guest Chris Hanel (The Daily Blink, Legendary) to discuss the upcoming nerf to the Dragon Soul raid, the talent system for Mists of Pandaria and in The Scouting Report, Chris drops some knowledge  on us about fire mages. This is a very full show packed with fun surprises and lots of information and opinions, definitely one that you don't want to miss.  Bazoobagwabo!

Direct download: ctr_29.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:07pm CST

This week the guys discuss the latest raiding numbers, cross realm raiding with Real ID friends and how it may or may not effect the server communities.  Also, Yor'Sahj is and his rainbow of pain is on the chopping block, and the guys try to answer all of your questions and more!

Direct download: ctr_28.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:49pm CST

The guys are back from break and ready to raid with you! This week we catch up on the race to world first for Dragon Soul, chat about the newly announced cross realm raiding, and also try to guess what the timing of MoP is going to be.  Frostheim -- you know, THE Frostheim -- comes on to talk about the hunter class in a mind scrambling rendition of The Scouting Report.  Seriously, Koltrane could be in recovery for weeks.  It's another show loaded down with tons of information and fun!

Direct download: ctr_27.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:09pm CST

Join the guys from CtR as we countdown to the new year with our best production pieces from 2011! You'll hear the best boss intros, scenes and maybe even a song that we've done since the beginning of the show back in June.  Join in on all the fun and entertainment Convert to Raid has done throughout 2011, and we look forward to bringing you more amazing raiding action in 2012!  Happy New Year from the crew... Bazoobagwabo!

Direct download: ctr_26.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:00pm CST

Happy holidays from the crew at CtR!  This year, we'll celebrate with a look back at some of the great adventures we've had this year, along with some holiday songs -- from Zhug and from friends of the show.  Thank you so much for all you've given us this year!

Direct download: ctr_25.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:00pm CST

It's another packed show, where the guys discuss How to Survive the LFR, we comment on the race to world first, and Ghostcrawler's most recent interview with Curse.com.  Morchok, the first boss of Dragon Soul is on the chopping block, and we take a look at a couple of our listener questions and MORE.  It's our last live show of 2011, and it doesn't disappoint!

Direct download: ctr_24.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:57pm CST

This week the CtR crew is visited by Lore from Gamebreaker TV and Tankspot fame to discuss lots of cool WoW stuff... like LFR and why loot rolls aren't quite awesome, the loot exploit suspensions and why everyone is wrong, and we even put him on the spot about Protection Paladins in The Scouting Report.  Plus the guys try to answer your questions, and we have a ton of fun along the way.  Got your name in the hat for our big giveaway?  You should do it now!

Direct download: ctr_23.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:30pm CST

With the drop of patch 4.3 comes a lot of changes to the face of World of Warcraft, and this week we examine the love/hate relationship of LFR and what it means for different types of players. We also talk about first impressions of the new Dragon Soul raid, answer your questions, and chat with Hafrot from Rawrcast (rawrcast.com *this is an explicit show*) all about the behemoth known as 25 man raiding!

Direct download: ctr_22_1.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:23pm CST

The guys talk turkey in this week's show about the upcoming 4.3 patch, LFR loot rules and the Dragon Soul Encounter Pages, and they look ahead to Mists of Pandaria with the new talent calculators.  Matticus from World of Matticus and WoW Insider stops by to talk about healing priests in The Scouting Report, we have an AWESOME GIVEAWAY, and we try to answer a couple of tricky questions from you, the listeners. Be on the lookout as Zhug and Koltrane are back to their weird antics and more!!!

Direct download: ctr_21.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:02pm CST

This week the crew celebrates WoW's 7th Anniversary (and makes a wish for a new pet), goes over some of the numbers for Firelands raiding, and examines the freak out over mana pools.  But that's not all!  Shannox makes a special return in heroic mode so the guys can down him and his dogs for good.  Plus, the players answer your questions and a LOT more.  Join us!

Direct download: ctr_20.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:05pm CST

This week the guys discuss the end of patch 4.2 and look a little closer into when 4.3 will drop.  In The Scouting Report, we do something a little different!  With the BIG Q&A from Ghostcrawler and the devs, the crew examines all of the classes and playstyles closely, giving you the relevant info you'll need stepping into the future of World of Warcraft.  And, of course, we try to get to as many of your questions as possible!

Direct download: ctr_19.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:13pm CST

This week the guys discuss all the latest news on the PTR, make predictions on when 4.3 will drop, and rant on someone else's rant.  Ragnaros is on the chopping block in this week's War Room, and the gang clears normal mode Firelands with the in depth analysis of this fight. And of course we try to get to as many questions as possible!  Come join us, it's another packed episode of CtR!

Direct download: ctr_18.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:11pm CST

This week the guys discuss all the news post Blizzcon, for what's happening now and what's to come in patch 4.3 and Mists of Pandaria!  Solarflair gives his insights on how the new LFR system works (or doesn't), we'll answer all your questions, and you can find out why Blizzard is Dork of the Week.

Direct download: ctr_17.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:54pm CST

The guys put on a special show to wrap up all of the details released at Blizzcon 2011, especially concentrating on the next expansion: The Mists of Pandaria. We'll examine all of the new features, the new race and class, the dungeons, the raids, the overall themes and how it all fits together. Along the way, look out for Zhug and Koltrane's (completely fake) antics at Blizzcon.  This show is full of awesomesauce!

Direct download: ctr_16.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:43pm CST

This week the guys discuss how a little pet could (but probably won't) change the economy of WoW, the importance of getting your math right, and take a look at all the new shinies on the PTR.  Dragon Soul, anyone?  We'll also get a big ol' heaping helping of Domo on top.  Majordomo Staghelm is in our sights in this week's War Room.  We'll also try to answer your raiding questions and more on another show packed full of raiding goodness. Enjoy!

Direct download: ctr_15.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:38pm CST

This week the guys on CtR go over some of the latest news from the PTR, answer your raid leadership questions, and we have Wolfshayde from Earthen Ring stop by to discuss how to make your very own tree grow up to be a big, healing behemoth as we talk some Resto Druid! 

Direct download: ctr_14-2.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:47pm CST

This week the crew gives their impressions of the PTR, talk more about the Looking for Raid feature, and put Alysrazor's head on the chopping block for an awesome War Room segment and a TON more.

Direct download: ctr_13.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:21pm CST

We have a jam packed show for you this week!  We catch up with Koltrane on his Legendary questline, we poke some fun at the nerfs in the Firelands, talk about our impressions of the latest information on patch 4.3, and Torage from Feathermoon-US stops by to give us insight into the Fury Warrior.  And, of course we try to answer your questions too.  Expect some EPIC moments and quite a few bad jokes this time around on CtR!

Direct download: ctr_12.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:02pm CST

This week we go in depth on Koltrane's update on the Legendary Staff questline, we talk about the huge raiding news we received over the last week, discussing raid leadership and getting to listener questions along the way.  Even without our regular War Room or Scouting Report, it's a VERY full show.  Enjoy! 

Direct download: ctr_11.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:41pm CST

This week Koltrane discusses his progress in getting the Legendary staff along with all the recent changes, the gang dives into all things rogue-like with their guest Hemolicious from US-Drenden, and Zhug takes a hard line in Leading the Raid.  Of course we'll answer your questions along the way and a LOT more.  It's another jam packed show on CtR!

Direct download: ctr_10.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:24pm CST

This week Zhug, Athaerick and Koltrane discuss some of the latest buzz around patch 4.3, the upcoming tank changes, and of course listener email.  They also head into the War Room and talk details and strategy for Baleroc!

Direct download: ctr_9.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:18pm CST

This week we have a very special guest... Lore from Tankspot.com and Gamebreaker.tv!  We discuss what it takes to be a hardcore raider, the upcoming 4.3 patch, and even get into the strats on three different bosses in hardcore mode.  Plus Zhug and the guys talk news, raid leadership and more!

Direct download: ctr_8.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:48pm CST

This week the BIG news has hit about what's coming up in patch 4.3, so we talk about the new raid and all the cool new features the upcoming patch will bring.  Stinkiepete from Feathermoon-US chats with us in depth about Destruction Warlocks, and of course we try to answer a few listener questions.  It's another jam-packed show on Convert to Raid!

Direct download: ctr_7.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:09pm CST

This week we take a look at more world firsts, have an in depth chat about Lord Rhyolith and how you can expect to die on this fight, and we try to get through a big ol' pile of listener mail!  And of course we'll give you the scoop on Koltrane's Legendary quest, give some good raid leadership advice, and yes... there is much laughter too!

Direct download: 6_-_Convert_to_Raid__RNG_for_You_and_Me.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:13pm CST

On this show, we delve further in Koltrane's quest for the legendary staff, speculate on what the latest moves from Blizzard means for World of Warcraft, and we talk with one of our listeners in depth about Blood DK tanks!  We of course discuss raiding news, answer our listener mail, including a couple the deal with raid leadership... and more!  Join us, won't you?

Direct download: 5_-_Convert_to_Raid__From_the_Bowels_of_CoT.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:18pm CST

In this week's show, we discuss what the top raiding team in Azeroth thinks about the Firelands, we creep into Beth'tilac's fiery web of doom, we have some excellent tips for the noob raid leader and lot more!  Of course we name a Dork of the Week and have a lot of laughs in the process, so join in on the conversation!

Direct download: 4_-_Convert_to_Raid__The_HBIC.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:15pm CST

In today's show, we make a BIG show announcement, catch up on all the latest news from the brains at Blizz, examining the latest Ask the Devs post in particular. And we tackle the mystical healing powers of the resto shaman with our special guest, Festoon!

Direct download: 3_-_Convert_to_Raid__The_Mystical_Asparagus.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:21pm CST

In this show we discuss all the latest raiding news in WoW, and even name our first Convert to Raid Dork of the Week!  There's also a double dose of the War Room as we discuss the details and our strategies for both Occu'thar in Baradin Hold and Shannox of the Firelands -- giving you a couple of different strats that the "other guys" haven't told you about.  And we have our first session of Leading the Raid with a listener question!

And, we invite YOU to pug in with us and join all of our conversations, including our Scouting Report segment.  Find out all the details inside, and thanks for listening!

Special thanks to Soundboyz for select music on the show today.  :)

Direct download: 2_-_Convert_to_Raid__Nerd_Alert.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:17pm CST

Our first official show, and there's a LOT to talk about!

We discuss the end of patch 4.1 and the beginning of patch 4.2... the Rage of the Firelands!  You'll get our first impressions of the area and some trash talk about it too.  We also cover some of the bigger class changes in the latest rebalancing, and have a lot of fun along the way!

Hope you enjoy it!

Direct download: 1_-_Convert_to_Raid__The_Drinking_Game.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:49pm CST