Episode 117 – Legion Confessions

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Bar Snacks Edition

This week we’ve tried something a little bit different. We usually start every episode of the show with a segment called ‘Bar Snacks’ and decided this week due to a lull in news we would have a full show in this style. We focus on light news, interact with our community and answer questions from you!

  • Battle.Net is changing it’s name.
  • Hearthstone leaks (Maiev Shadowsong).
  • Do you have a #LegionConfession? We do, and so does the community of The Blue Recluse.
  • Q&As

Last Orders

This week Thom was a guest on the Hearthstone Podcast 1600Dust. Check it out over at 1600dust.com and find the show on Twitter @1600Dust.

Episode 116 – That’s Thrall Folks

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The Machine of War have started in the Nexus – will you be joining the battle? One person who might have time to is Chris Metzen, as he is hanging up his Doomhammer! Finally it’s in-game goodies galore with the upcoming Warcraft Movie disc release and that little thing called BlizzCon.


Bar Snacks (Introduction)

  • Chris Metzen retires from Blizzard.
  • Machine of War update is live in Heroes of the Storm – Login now to get your free hero!
  • Tyrande Whisperwind is going to be a new priest skin in Hearthstone.

General Blizzard

  • BlizzCon 2016 virtual goodies announced.
  • Warcraft movie virtual loot when you buy the film.

World of Warcraft

  • Raiding and Mythic+ incoming!
  • Thoughts and feelings after 3 weeks of Legion.
  • Community Question: “What do you think of the companion app so far? If you could suggest a feature to add to it, what would you implement?”

Guest Information

Thanks to Taliesin from Taliesin & Evitel Do Games for joining us!

Taliesin & Evitel Do Games

Episode 115 – Charlie the Unicorn

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Big changes are coming to Hearthstone Arena mode, as some cards are getting put back in their packs. Meanwhile in Azeroth, World of Warcraft Legion has something in common with Warlords of Draenor. What could it be?


Bar Snacks (Introduction)

  • Overwatch’s core team is about the size of Valve.
  • World of Warcraft: Legion sells 3.3 million copies in 24 hours.

Hearthstone

  • Changes are coming to Arena mode.
  • Welcome the Welcome Bundle.

World of Warcraft

  • We talk about Dungeons, upcoming raids and mention a few points from the Legion Q&A.

Last Orders

During the show I mention a brief adventure I went on in game involving an NPC named Charlie. Shockingly Marty had never seen the ‘Charlie the Unicorn’ video and thus didn’t really get my whole exploration story in Azsuna to its maximum potential. If you are also in the dark over this wondrous video, then step into the light my friend:

Episode 114 – Power Up

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In Overwatch it’s time to get competitive again as Season 2 has begun (mmmm golden guns!). The party in Karazhan is over in Hearthstone, and could the greatest artifact for your hero in Azeroth be a mobile phone?


Bar Snacks (Introduction)

  • In Heroes of the Storm MvP and Commendations are being added. Seem familiar?
  • Overwatch Season 2 has begun.
  • From the 9th September until the 12th you can play Overwatch for FREE!
  • In Hearthstone the Karazhan adventure release is complete.

World of Warcraft

We give our thoughts and feeling on Legion so far. We mention a few details from patch 7.1 (more details were revealed at PAX West this week). Also mentioned is the World of Warcraft: Legion Companion App which allow you to perform tasks in your Order Hall, view World Quests and more!


Guest Information: 

Pete (TitansCreed): Twitter | YouTube | Twitch | Beam

A Tribute to Varian Wrynn

The Son of Stormwind lies here. Broken in two by his weakness, he lived by the sword. Forged together again, the greatest king the Kingdoms of Lordearon have ever seen. He led the might of the Alliance with pride. He lives forever in our very hearts.

Oh, son of Stormwind

Original blog post with rune translation can be found here

Episode 113 – Storm the Castle

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Updates, updates, updates. They are everywhere! Seems like there was a little something for everyone who attended Gamescom this year. Not that we have time once Legion hits. Sorry, didn’t mean to mention World of Warcraft…


Introduction

  • Blizzard sneak an update into the Overwatch public test realm which edits your text if you say a certain phrase.

Gamescom 2016 Round-up

Overwatch

  • We’re getting a new map in called Eichenwalde, set on the outskirts of Stuttgart, Germany.
  • New Legendary Reinhardt skins.
  • New Overwatch short was released: “The Last Bastion”
  • Competitive Mode Season 2 will begin September 6 with the adjustments to the matchmaking.

Heroes of the Storm

Starcraft 2


Last Orders

  • Just another reminder that we will be live on the WoW Challenges podcast this Saturday (27th) at 7pm Eastern time (US) aka Sunday 28th 1am CEST (EU) on twitch.tv

Episode 112 – Highway to Fel

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The Alliance and Horde have retreated from the Broken Shore, The Demon Hunters have been freed from their prisoners in the Vault of the Warden but Illidan is missing. All while The Legion invasion’s intensify on Azeroth. Let’s go to The Blue Recluse, have a pint and wait for this to blow over….


This week’s episode is a special World of Warcraft: Legion Edition! Are you prepared?


Bar Snacks (Introduction)

  • Pre-patch thoughts so far.
  • Zone Invasions
  • Demon Hunter starting experience
  • Varian’s Memorial

Gamescom Updates

  • Gamescom 2016 has just concluded and we got even more World of Warcraft information. We discuss a few of the topics raised during this event including; Raiding, Raid Addon Changes, Dungeons and Game Development.

Last Orders

  • We will be live on the WoW Challenges podcast this Saturday (27th) at 7pm Eastern time (US) aka Sunday 28th 1am CEST (EU) on twitch.tv – Better get that coffee on!

Episode 111 – Demonic Arrivals

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The party is finally underway in One Night in Karazhan. In Overwatch you’ll soon be finding out more about your favourite Hero ‘Bastion’ and in Azeroth the world reels from the events of The Broken Shore.


 Bar Snacks (Introduction)

  • We give our thoughts on the Broken Shore scenario in World of Warcraft.

Overwatch

  • Bastion digital short announced.
  • High Bandwidth option implemented into Quick Play and Competitive Mode.

Hearthstone

  • The Prologue and Parlor have been released in One Night in Karazhan. We discuss the first round of encounters briefly and chat about some of the cards acquired. Two of our main focuses were ‘Cloaked Huntress’ and ‘Silverware Golem.

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Last Orders

On this episodes we are joined by John Woolley. John is a Custom Hearthstone concept designer and shares with us his latest Tavern Brawl creation “Titans vs Old Gods“.

If you enjoyed this piece of work, why not check some of his previous encounters?

Well Met S’wit! A Comparative Look at Hearthstone and The Elder Scrolls: Legends

When Hearthstone released in it’s closed beta back in August 2013 (I know, it’s been that long already!) nobody could have predicted just how big the game was going to get, probably not even Blizzard themselves to some degree. The game was warmly received and quickly became one of the most streamed games on Twitch. By the time it released in March 2014 it was sitting with around 10 million players, so it was little wonder other companies looked at this and had a light-bulb moment.

Of course, Hearthstone wasn’t the first of its kind. Despite Blizzard being revolutionary in the games’ industry, one of their best attributes is taking a game format and making it accessible for everyone; something that the extremely well known Magic the Gathering couldn’t achieve due to it’s high barriers of entry.

Since then we’ve seen many companies attempt to take a slice of this delightful pie. Mojang released ‘Scrolls’ in June 2013 but it failed to make an impact and unfortunately the servers closed down in July 2016. Supercell, who made the popular mobile game Clash of Clans, also added to the pile with their take on a Trading Card Game: Clash Royale. When we take a look at the competitive gaming scene (which seems to be a great way to gauge popularity these days, like it or not) there’s only one real player and that’s Hearthstone.

Enter the latest name to take to the card table, Elder Scrolls: Legends. First teased back at E3 in 2015, ESL went through quite a quiet patch until April 2016 when closed beta began. It’s only really now that people have started to talk about the game due to the lifting of the NDA and the beginning of the Open Beta.

As an avid Hearthstone player and quite a big Elder Scrolls fan, it was a no brainer for me to get into this game as soon as possible. I was lucky enough to try the game out many moons ago in the closed beta and have started once again to put a bit of time into it.

The first thing you’ll probably notice about Elder Scroll Legends compared to Hearthstone is that it’s not quite as visually delightful. However, take nothing away from this,  the less flashy setting actually works really well.

Like in Hearthstone, you’ll begin ESL with a tutorial that is incorporated into the Story Mode of the game. Each early encounter introduces you to the basics of the game which operate almost identically to Hearthstone.

The one big difference you’ll eventually get around to is the aspect of the game known as lanes. The board is divided into two vertical lanes and you get given a choice of minion card placement. This offers a whole new layer of strategy which is made even more interesting by the fact that these lanes can process their own certain rules. For example, in the standard ‘VS’ format of the game, the right hand land is known as a ‘Shadow Lane’ and this allows minions to be untargetable by other minions for one turn, enabling you to build up a board presence and perhaps more freedom and opportunity to set up a potential combo.

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As you play through the Story Mode and level up your account overall, you’ll unlock cards and many of these will have mechanics which will be extremely familiar if you are a Hearthstone player.

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There’s several more mechanics you will recognize, including ‘Last Gasp’ (Deathrattle), ‘Lethal’ (acts like a deathtouch which is seen on minions like Emperor Combra and Maexxna), as well as obvious ones such as ‘Charge’.

One mechanic you won’t see in Hearthstone though is the ‘Prophecy’ keyword. Heroes in ESL start at 30 HP (just like Hearthstone) and at every loss of 5 health they will lose a rune around their portrait. This rune will draw a card; if the card is a prophecy card it may be played during your opponents turn for free! This does result in a slower style of play so far as you weigh up the risk and reward to damaging your opponent but allowing them to draw cards.

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In my brief time playing The Elder Scrolls: Legends I’ve found many differences (including it’s deck limit of 50-70 cards!) but it’s the similarities I found most comforting. Being able to pick up a play a new TCG without having to work out what exactly is going on has given me a beginners edge to this game and that is all thanks to Hearthstone.

Will The Elder Scrolls: Legends be a Hearthstone killer? No. I do however think there is room for both games to thrive and succeed. Having a competitive gaming market is always great for us as a consumer and it pushes companies to strive even harder. For now Elder Scrolls Legends remains in closed beta and on PC, but it will be moving to a mobile platform, which I think will undoubtedly increase its reach and popularity.

Until then, Hearthstone will still be getting the majority of my time while on the go, but it has started to give me a TCG dilemma when I sit down on my computer. My parting thought would be I hope each game continues to go from strength to strength because in the end, everyone will be a winner and like the good innkeeper in the Tavern says Busy night, but there’s always room for another!