Episode 39: Love, Leaks, Lunar

“Love is in the air in Azeroth, Hearthstone welcomes Lunar New Year and Blizzard News has leaked everywhere…” 


General Blizzard

An article was posted (then pulled, and reposted) on Yahoo Finance with leaks from inside Blizzard HQ. We are going through all of these leaks/rumors and give our opinion about it.


Hearthstone

The new card back for this months play has been released and it’s inspired by Lunar New Year

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World of Warcraft

Love is in the air and you can as usual get a few pets, some mounts and 635 epics.

Episode 38: Undertaking Changes

“You can now buy your way into the Nexus, Undertaker is potentially put back in the coffin and could we be getting free level 25 battle pets?”


World of Warcraft

When a character is killed, a new screen now shows more information on what killed you.

Level 100 characters with a Tier-3 Garrison will now receive an item in the mail that increases a single Battle Pet’s level to 25.


Heroes of the Storm

Buy the founders pack and get beta access to Heroes of the Storm, along with 3 characters + skins + 2.500 gold + a shiny golden mount.


Hearthstone

Trump is teaching you how to play Hearthstone.

A New Card Back has been released and something called Lunar New Years has been data mined and Undertaker gets a little nerf.

Episode 37: Orcs, orcs, more orcs

“Blizzard are mailing orcs to long-time players, a new orc character has been released into the nexus, and you will soon be able to kill the next orc that stands in our way in Draenor.”


World of Warcraft

If you are a veteran World of Warcraft player and have been subbed since within 60 days from launch, then you might have a little something in your mailbox soon.

The Blackrock Foundry raid schedule has been released. So have a peek at the dates so you know when you have to deal with Blackhand.


Heroes of the Storm

The beta brought in Thrall as a playable character and introduced a new battleground called ‘Sky Temple’ and to top everything off they also added a new ranked game mode.

Episode 36: #why????

“New beta, new season and a new patch – it’s 2015 and Blizzard seems busier than ever.”


Heroes of the Storm

The closed beta is finally here. Not in the beta yet? Here’s what to do.


Diablo 3

The first season in diablo 3 is almost over – but what’s to expect when the season ends?


World of Warcraft

Loads of new stuff is going into World of Warcraft when patch 6.1 hits and you’ll soon be able to try it all on the public test realm.


Last orders

If you are a bit stats-confused in World of Warcraft like me then I can recommend the addon Pawn.

Episode 35: Happy New Beer

“Ho ho ho it’s the last show of the year, but have no fear, we are here to bring you cheer today and again next year!”


Hearthstone

A lot of eager – but unobservant – people got themselves a little surprise when they bought some of the new Goblins vs. Gnomes card packs. They didn’t notice they had to check off the GvG option before buying and therefore ended up with (in some cases a lot) of the original card packs.


World of Warcraft

The level 55 limit you need to create a Death knight has now been removed.

And a big congrats to Paragon to be the world first to clear mythic Highmaul.


Heroes of the Storm

Don’t forget to join the games on Thursday the 18th to brawl with the blues. Or watch it on twitch.

And check out the Stimpacks you can buy for increased xp and gold.

 

 

Episode 34: Things That Go Boom!

“Warning, Warning intruder alert, Goblins and Gnomes have been spotted invading the Arena in Hearthstone, prepare for… CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZYYYYYYYYYY!”


Hearthstone

The Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion did a little pre-release of the game and started out in arena a little bit early. It also introduced a few balancing of both new and old cards.

And not only does the expansion come out this week – it also won for best mobile game at the game awards 2014 this weekend.


World of Warcraft

Last week not only ended with an AMA with the developers over at reddit, they also made two interviews with both Convert to Raid and Final Boss TV.


Una’s Tip of the Week

Episode 33: The Red Crush

“We dive into the toolbox and take a closer look at some of the new cards in Goblins Vs Gnomes and somebody do a ready check! It’s time to raid again in WoW!”


World of Warcraft

Community manager Lore and Mike B. talked about some of the reasons why WoD was delayed, the DDoS-attack and what 10 millions subscribers does to the servers on the latest episode of their podcast “Don’t get your hopes up”.

On December 3rd you will be able to adopt a space goat through the battle.net or the in game shop. 100 % of the earnings from the battle pet goes to the American Red Cross for ebola relief efforts.

It’s raid time again so better get those raid lock outs under the belt. Blizzard has posted a quick recap on how they work.


Hearthstone

The season 9 card back has been released and is created with gnomish engineering. So get to rank 20 in the season where the expansion will hit to require this card back.

Blizzard and Hearthstone is nominated for the game awards this year and you can watch the show on December 5th.

You can also take a sneak peek at the newest cards released for the expansion.


Heroes of the Storm

On Thursday December 4th you can ask the developers anything when they are having an AMA on reddit.

Episode 32: Loot Drama

“The launch of Warlords of Draenor haven’t been the best expansion launch but we managed to get through. The pitchforks are back in the barn… for now.”


Starcraft 2

Even though you are a pro starcraft player you can’t just say anything you like which this player found out when he tweeted he was about to rape his opponent.


Heroes of the Storm

Over on the official site for Heroes of the Storm John Hodgson has made a blog post about how they stay true to the characters when designing new heroes.

And speaking of design. The winter veil skins has just been released on the site as well and they look very jolly!

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World of Warcraft

There has been ups and downs following the launch of Warlords of Draenor. The launch had some troubles because of a DDOS attack which made logging in harder than it should be. Another reason for long queues and login trouble was due to the fact that the expansion has brought in loads of both returning and new players. This means the subscription number is back up to about 10 millions active accounts. But Blizzard did apologize for the not so great launch so they decided to give the players almost a week worth of free game time. Apology accepted.

Blizzard did start a little storm themselves when they first reverted the new personal loot system for 5 man dungeons to old need/greed system. Even more people got upset about this change so the pitchforks found they way back onto the forums and Twitter so Blizzard decided to revert the revert.

Episode 31: A Warlord’s Welcome

“We’ve assaulted the Dark Portal and set foot in Draenor just in time to mark 10 years of WoW, and soon there will be even more RnG in Hearthstone.”


Hearthstone

Don’t you just hate when you lose in Hearthstone due to bad RNG? Blizzard talks a bit about that in this interview over at PC Gamer.

The continued effort to rid Hearthstone of bots is continuing.


World of Warcraft

It’s really easy to upset people these days. A random placed quote in the 10 year anniversary documentary brought forth the pitchforks on the EU forums.

A cool advertising for Warlords of Draenor in New York on Time Square happened right before the launch. But it doesn’t stop there. Gazlowe Realty wants to sell you a nice little summer Garrison in Draenor.

And it’s this week that the game has it’s 10 year birthday and it’s being celebrated with some nice in game content.


We also talk about flying and Draenor and if it’s actually needed. What do you think? Hit us up on Twitter on @tbrpodcast or mail us at thebluereclusepodcast@gmail.com

Episode 30: David M. Adams Tweeted Me A Picture

“Thank god there isn’t that much news after this years Blizzcon. We might actually have to shorten the show today.”


We are talking about all the goodies that got announced at Blizzcon.

The big announcement was their new game Overwatch which is a multiplayer FPS. The whole announcement was just so amazing and what we saw so far looked awesome.

The eternal struggle between Goblins and Gnomes will be the main theme of the new expansion for Hearthstone.

Loads of new things for the up coming patches of Diablo 3 which included new legendaries, new area, new season, just new stuff.

Legacy of the Void is the new expansion for Starcraft 2 and we did get a sneak peek at what’s in store.

A few new heroes and new battlegrounds was also announced for Heroes of the Storm – including a beta date for January already.

Also a big thanks to all the people I tweeted with during Blizzcon. Was super fun to live tweet and thanks for the picture you sent me David M. Adams from the Overwatch booth at Blizzcon.

The “Thom is in Canada” segment has music from bensound.com