Episode 47 – Danish Mouth

“An eruption of Hearthstone news as all the cards have now been revealed. Just in time to celebrate our 1 year anniversary”


Hearthstone

The release date for Blackrock Mountain finally got announced, together with the rest of the cards in the adventure.


Last orders

It’s our 1 year anniversary so you can win a beta key for Heroes of the Storm – all you have to do is to tweet at us @tbrpodcast with the hashtag #tbrheroes – let us know your favorite pet or why you need the beta key, or just write some jibber jabber.

Episode 46 – Yet Another Ding

“It’s heating up in Blackrock Mountain as pre-orders go live in Hearthstone, Reaper of Soul celebrates it’s 1 year birthday and an Exp Boost in the Nexus? Yes please!”


Diablo 3

The end of season 2 is near and is already in the first week of April – which means season 3 is close!

Reaper of Souls, the first expansion to Diablo 3, is turning 1 and that’s celebrated with an experience and gold buff.


Heroes of the Storm

On Saturday an 25 % experience boost was added to Heroes to celebrate that the next patch is up next week. The new patch introduces new skins, new maps and last but not least Sylvanas Windrunner as a playable hero.


Hearthstone

The next adventure mode, Blackrock Mountain, can now be preordered in the in game shop. The three next class cards was revealed as well.


Last Orders

In other news this week in the MMO world, the subscription drop change to The Elder Scrolls Online went live. Question is would this encourage you more to go out and play this game now? Do you think subscriptions in MMO’s are a thing of the past? Listen to the podcast to hear our opinions.

Episode 45 – Another Ding!

“The dates for Blizzcon has been announced. We got one less team in the race for world first… and Hearthstone dinged 1.”


General Blizzard

Blizzcon has been announced and will be held on November 6th and 7th. You can buy the tickets in April.


World of Warcraft

Good news if you love to play with alts. The legendary quest line is easier to do the second time around.

To make it feel more rewarding to do Blackrock Foundry Blizzard decided to increase the item level for all gear obtained in the instance.

The race for World First will in the future have one less guild participating when Blood Legion says goodbye after 10 years of being on top.


Hearthstone

The game is now 1 year old and loads of people are celebrating.

Both Ben Brode and Eric Dodds have been giving interviews regarding the upcoming Hearthstone adventure.

 

 

 

Episode 44 – Level 34

“New maps and new characters for both Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch has been announced, oh, and also a little adventure for Hearthstone.”


It’s the weekend after Pax East and there is so much news!


World of Warcraft

Special mention goes out to Doubleagent, that crazy guy who has been leveling a neutral Pandaren in the Pandaren starter zone dinged 100.


Heroes of the Storm

Coming soon to the Nexus, if you are currently in the beta you might get selected by Blizzard and receive some additional keys which you can hand out to your buddies.

From Pax the New Battleground: Tomb of the Spider queen was shown off. It’s an underground location that is pretty unique to the Nexus so far as it’s incredibly small.

spiderqueen

Also a new hero video of Sylvanas Windrunner. She is looking pretty awesome.

Also on the way is more progression ideas and clans. It seems Heroes of the Storm is moving along nicely.


Overwatch

Do not adjust your set, we do have some Overwatch news. This sees the introduction of two new heroes and one new payload map.

Welcome aboard Zarya & McCree.


Hearthstone

Probably the most exciting news to come out of Pax (in our opinion) was the announcement of a new Hearthstone adventure, Blackrock Mountain. We had hinted at it in our previous show but now it’s official.

Also Marty mentions about an interesting talk on the UI design for Hearthstone and how the game was brought to life.

New adventure mode for Hearthstone?

A few curious things has happened within the Hearthstone sphere the past few days. It could be a sign that a new adventure mode will be just around the corner.

The Leak
If we go a few weeks back some might remember the leak from inside Blizzard which was posted on Yahoo finance. One of the subjects the article mentioned was that Blizzard was working on a new Hearthstone expansion which was set to be released in April.

We here at The Blue Recluse thought it highly possible that Blizzard had something in the works, but we didn’t think a full blown expansion would be it.
Our prediction was that it would be a new adventure mode similar to ‘Curse of Naxxramas’.

Past Timings
If we take a  look back in time, the original game was released in March 2014 and just 4 month later we saw the first adventure mode. The adventure mode gave the game a much needed stir up to the meta game, because at this time the game felt very predictable. Most people used the most common builds and you could pretty much predict what deck your opponent was playing just from the class he was playing.

In December 2014 the Goblins vs. Gnomes was released and with 121 new cards the meta was bound to change. But now we have reached March and the meta game seems just as predictable as it did right before ‘Curse of Naxxramas’. So a little stir up is needed very soon to keep the game interesting.

So if we take a look at the timing from the past, then 4 months seems like a pretty good timing to add new content to the game. Which would be around April.

Data mining
This week we saw a post pop up on Hearthpwn with some data mining and one particular string was very interesting. It contained the abbreviation ‘BRM’ which in World of Warcraft means ‘Blackrock Mountain’. On this weeks podcast we suggested this could possibly mean that the next adventure mode for Hearthstone could indeed be called ‘Blackrock Mountain’.

It’s a large area with multiple raids and instances and it could easily be translated into a whole theme. The mountain contains a big variety of mobs and baddies ranging from Dark Iron Dwarves, Nefarian, Ragnaros, elementals to dragons. There’s so much going on in that place so a whole adventure mode theme could easily be made from that place alone.

Card Backs
If we  look back in time to the month before ‘Curse of Naxxramas’ was released, the monthly card back was actually a Naxxramas themed design. This week the card back for March was themed around Ragnaros who resides in… you guessed it: Blackrock Mountain.

Possible easter egg?
When I checked the official Hearthstone website today I noticed a little thing was added. A few seconds after the site is loaded a small elemental pops up and starts doing the traditional “elemental-dance” which you know from World of Warcraft.

Could this be a little easter egg that points in the direction of Blackrock Mountain?

elemental

Pax East
Our prediction is that Blizzard will reveal an adventure mode soon, possibly at Pax East this weekend and that it will be themed around Blackrock Mountain. A lot of small hints points in that direction at least – and the timing of Pax East is just fitting.

Episode 43 – Selfies! Selfies everywhere!

“Buy WoW gold for money with the new WoW token. Maybe Blackrock Mountain is the new HS adventure. But first, let me take a selfie.” 


Hearthstone

It’s heating up in Hearthstone as a new month is upon us which can mean only one thing. New card back! This Ragnaros card back will make a nice addition to the collection.

Also speaking of Ragnaros who hangs out in Molten Core in Blackrock Mountain, could the next adventure mode be set there?


World of Warcraft

Soon you won’t have to pay for a WoW sub… if you have a lot of gold. Or if you need gold, this could be a solution for you!

New additions are coming to Darkmoon Faire, including the Darkmoon Faire Race, start your engines!

This week also say Lead Designer Ion Hazzikostas host a Raid and Dungeon Q&A with CM Lore.


Last Orders

Our very own Martin Hoffmann Larsen has been busy creating a new mini project. Introducing www.warcraftselfies.net for all your Warcraft Selfie needs.