Episode 106 – Lé-gi-on Go!

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The pre-expansion events are almost upon us in World of Warcraft Legion, are you prepared? Sudden Death in Overwatch competitive play might not live much longer and is it new hero time in New Earth already?


Bar Snacks (Introduction)

  • World of Warcraft pre-expansion patch has begun downloading!
  • Top 10 video game movies.
  • Overwatch competitive play update.

Overwatch


World of Warcraft

  • Legion Comic #2 is out – “Nightborne: Twilight of Suramar” – Available in PDF and Motion format.
  • Warlords of Draenor PvP Season 3 is ending.
  • Legion is almost here.

Last Orders

Don’t forget to ‘Stay a while and petition‘ to #getdeckardajob. We really want Deckard Cain in Heroes of the Storm!

Episode 91 – Novawatch

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“Voice chat is coming to Battle.net, Play by sound in Overwatch, We keep hearing Whispers from the Tavern in Hearthstone and Nova is ready to make some noise in Starcraft 2…”


Introudction

Last week we forgot about Azmodunk! How is it possible?!


General Blizzard

Blizzchat is on the way!


Starcraft 2

Nova: Covert Ops got a release date


Overwatch

Animated Shorts got a teaser and then finally got released yesterday Overwatch: Recall. We also find out what’s to come – Lore-wise and soon we could be playing by sound


Hearthstone

We discuss Old Gods cards revealed from the week in Hearthstone


Last Orders

#FakeGods is here. Every day until Old Gods is released we’ll be revealing a card created by ourselves or the community.

Episode 76 – Exploration

“Attention all you gnomes in the world. It’s time to explore new sides of yourself. Speaking of exploring. We will venture to the far sides of Azeroth to search for The Staff of Origination.”


Which of Blizzard’s games are great E-sports? We have a small discussion about that.


World of Warcraft

Patch 6.2.3 is out this week and Gnomes will soon be able to become hunters.

Blizzard announced that they are going to stop telling us about the subscriber numbers in the future. Does it even matter?


Hearthstone

We talk about the first wing of League of Explores and we’re taking a sneak peek at the next wing as well.

 

 

Episode 66 – Grand Opening of Packs

The Grand Tournament has finally been released and Thom is celebrating that by opening his 50 card packs while doing the show.


General Blizzard

Virtual ticket now available for purchase


Hearthstone

TGT is out!

We discuss a touch of class from Blizzard in Hearthstone this week


Heroes of the Storm

New patch has hit has arrived and we have a new class, the monk.


World of Warcraft

World Firsts – an extensive timeline and the flying in Draenor update is due for September 2nd.

 

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 41 – A Fresh Start

“Are you ready for a fresh start in Diablo, Season 2 begins! and Light your lantern as the Lunar Festival has arrived” 


General Blizzard

Duncan Jones (Director of the Warcraft Movie) has been talking about the movie and potential marketing moves.


World of Warcraft

Argi the Space goat mini pet rakes in an impressive $1.9 million for the Red Cross for the ongoing Ebola relief efforts.

The Lunar Festival is here with a new pet, but not too much to offer veteran players sadly.


Diablo

Season 2 has begun and we talk about starting over and why you should… or shouldn’t..


Heroes of the Storm

There is an Upcoming WoW and Heroes promotion. We talk about how they might implement this. Cross over stuff is awesome!

Also we talk about the state of ranked play and with the Lunar Festival in full swing in Azeroth, The Nexus will reap it’s benefits with a XP Boost.