The Blue Recluse Episode 192: IKEA Meatballs

Main episode topics include: Heroes of the Storm & World of Warcraft

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Bar Snacks

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Tasty bits of Blizzard Entertainment News!

What’s on the menu this week:

Twitch drops are coming to Heroes of the Storm

Abusive chat crackdown in the Nexus as Blizzard continues their hard stand on toxic behaviour

There’s been an update on World of Warcraft Classic!

What happened in the latest Battle For Azeroth Q&A?


Last Orders

Stay tuned after the episode for The Frazley Report from our favourite Gnome, Frazley.

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Episode 88 – Seas the Day

“The dead are rising in the Nexus…. and Is your glass half full or half empty? In Legion it won’t matter as you won’t be to use water mounts…”


Heroes of the Storm

Xul the necromancer is about to get added to the Nexus.

Two new small features are soon getting added to the game.

Get a free portrait if you’re going to watch the Esports stream.


World of Warcraft

The race for world first got a bit more interesting now that Paragon has decided to quit raiding.

Is the removal of Water Striders water walking ability the new flying-gate?


Guests: Sil from Battle Chat Show and Rosie Brent

 

Episode 78 – For Whom The Bell Tol’Barad

“Winter approaches and the heat of the demonic forces has arrived in Legion – The alpha is live! Doom rises in the Nexus and the Ruined City awaits us in Hearthstone!”


In Heroes of the Storm the new battleground Towers of Doom has been added and it’s a bit different than most of the maps.

There’s some big news for the smallest race in World of Warcraft when legion hits. But it’s not only the small an unappreciated gnomes that gets new and huntery things.

Now that Thanksgiving is over it’s finally time to look at the new wing in Hearthstone‘s League of Explores when The Ruined City hits this week.

Episode 22: Enter the Panda

“Leeroy’s getting a nerf in Hearthstone but at least he still has chicken, and things in Heroes of the Storm are about to get a little kung-fu!”


World of Warcraft

8 days after the release of Warlords of Draenor some new content will be added to the game. World of Warcrafts 10 year anniversary will add some cool new stuff to do.

If you can’t wait to see what’s in store for the pre-WoD launch, you can now test the upcoming patch 6.0 on the public test realms.

Are you tired of your characters look then you should visit the barber shop. You will be able to give your new improved character model a face-lift if you feel like those wrinkles needs to be smoothed.

Last chance to get your Challenge Mode rewards and those SoO achievements. Because come 6.0 they will go away.

Do you have an old character that you haven’t played since 2008 that’s just sitting there waiting for you to have time? Then you need to log it if you want to keep the name.


Heroes of the Storm

The Nexus isn’t a safe place and with the newest alpha patch update The Nexus just got a bit more dangerous. You can now test our Chen Stormstout and so far the reactions have been quite good. He should be a fun addition to the game. We can’t wait to test his skills.


Hearthstone

Leeroy Jenkins took a beating with the nerfbat together with the Hunter’s Buzzard. We think Leeroy nerf is fair enough since it’s always been a very powerful card and one you never have to think about picking. Will be a huge blow to miracle rogues though. Buzzard change is quite hefty though and with 2 health for 5 mana it can still be easily removed.


Diablo 3

Pets owners rejoice in Diablo 3 with the news that pets will be slightly buffed to reflect player statistics. I for sure know one very happy Witch Doctor who can’t wait for these changes to come through.


Last Orders

One José Vega has made some amazing concept art and among others these awesome Hearthstone card backs, which beats our own very effort a few weeks back.

The Starcraft 2 game editor together with the community just keeps to amazes us. Someone have remade Diablo 2 within the Starcraft 2 editor. Amazing, right?

The Assassin’s Creed movie is going to be out in August 2015 – it has Robert Downey Jr. as Leonardo Da Vinci and Michael Fassbender as Desmond Miles. I’m so excited! But it does increase the expectations with those actors.

And Markus “Notch” Persson sells his company Mojang to Microsoft who will take over the development of Minecraft. The price? Small $2.5 billion.

Episode 21: Orcs, Vikings and Pirates

“Arrrrrrrrrrr you ready for the next card back in Hearthstone? Could Vikings be arriving in the Nexus? And Virtual Ticket info for Blizzcon has been announced!”

Hearthstone

Yarr! New card back finally revealed

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Source: http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/15551018/hearthstone%E2%84%A2-september-2014-ranked-play-season-plundering-pirates-9-3-2014

Heroes of the Storm

Heroes
– When asked about Lost Vikings, Browder said to “stay tuned”.
– No plans for Deathwing as playable hero, he’s too big. Maybe a boss on a map instead.
– We should see a patch containing one of the new heroes (Chen, Anub’Arak, Azmodan) soon. One hero should be released with each patch, and we’ll see these hero releases every 4-6 weeks.

Game Modes
– There wasn’t any discussion regarding a Free For All mode. New modes are something to look at next year.
– The team still needs to get Draft Mode and Ranked Mode out there.
– Draft Mode will allow you to see which map you are playing on so that you can pick the best composition for that map.

eSports
– The community should be able to do whatever they want with the game, we’re going to do all the same things we did with StarCraft;
– Replay system, observer mode, a “clean” game, and art that read well.
– Things that are good for eSports are also good for the game. They make a good game.
– If eSports takes off, the dev team will be watching and will help improve things where they can

Battlegrounds
– Ladder battleground rotation should be around 6-8 maps. Maps will be switched when new maps come out.
– The team is currently looking at the battleground rotation as being something done every ladder season, not every week like the heroes.
– Battleground seasons “every 3 to 4 months”.

Future
– They want the game to remain accessible to a large audience while keeping depth to the game. You should still be learning new things after sinking hundreds of hours into it.
– Heroes is running on “very limited” hardware at the moment. Once the team is happy with the stability of the game, it will go into a Closed Beta and then an Open Beta.

Source: http://www.heroesnexus.com/news/1187-heroes-developer-interviews-heroes-game-modes

World of Warcraft
Warlords of Draenor Beta changes

Currency changes
– During the 6.0 pre-patch, item upgrades will cost 50 Lesser Charms instead of Valor Points and Warforged Seals will no longer be capped.
– Leveling heirlooms now cost 400g, but prices aren’t final.
– Justice and Valor gear cost anywhere from 15g to 200g
– Warlords set tokens will work like Timeless Isle tokens.

Brewfest
– You can finally unsubscribe from Brewfest mail: Angry Brewfest Letter

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Source: http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4292-Warlords-of-Draenor-Beta-Build-18816-Dev-Q-A-Raid-Testing-Valor-and-Lesser-Charm

Twitter Q&A

Garrison Buildings
– You will be able to swap garrison outposts at Level 100.
– If you build a profession building for a profession you know, you will get a faster daily cooldown, the highest tier recipes, and other perks.
– If you build a profession building that is for a profession you don’t know, you will still be able to have the NPCs craft all but the best things from that profession.
– Level 3 garrison blueprints will be account-wide, as they are unlocked from achievements.

Garrison Quests
– You can invite friends to your garrison to help with invasions. There are Bronze, Silver, and Gold level rewards depending on how well you repel the invasion, so having a friend help out might be useful.
– NPCs that invade your garrison can attack buildings or walls, kidnap followers, or do other things using a new AI system.
– Every week or so you will get a story quest at your garrison, somewhat like the Patch 5.1 daily quests.
– There are sixteen weeks worth of non-repeatable story quests right now, which take place in the max level areas in Draenor zones.
– The first few weeks you build up your garrison and meet some characters, then around eight weeks in the more exciting parts start.
– You should be able to do these quests with friends.

Garrisons Misc
– Instead of dismissing followers, you will just deactivate them. This allows them to keep all of their experience. Reactivation has a daily cooldown and gold cost.
– Death Knights that are exalted with Knights of the Ebon Blade will be able to recruit all Death Knight guards for their garrison.

Misc
– Some of the max level areas in Draenor are group areas.
– The legendary quest has you working with Archmage Khadgar to build a legendary ring over the course of the expansion, starting at level 98. There aren’t any PvP elements or long grinds in this questline this time.
– Originally the team was going to make it really hard to get back to Azeroth after disabling the Dark Portal, but that didn’t feel fun.
– The team was working on Warlords of Draenor before Mists of Pandaria was done. They have been trying to think about the next few expansions ahead of time to make the story fit together better. They already have a really good idea of what the next expansion will be about now.

Source: http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4299-Warlords-of-Draenor-Live-Developer-Q-A

Lords of War – Pt 2
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4301-Lords-of-War-Part-Two-Grommash

General Blizzard

Blizzcon virtual tickets available
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4298-Blizzcon-2014-Virtual-Ticket-Now-on-Sale

Last Orders

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Episode 14: 3 strikes and you’re out!

“The door to death finally swings open in Hearthstone, and soon you can level your heroes in the storm.”

Heroes of the Storm

New hero and new battle ground

http://www.heroesnexus.com/news/1152-hero-rotation-for-week-of-july-15th-developer-q-a

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New hero level progression

http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/14845424/incoming-progression-system-and-reward-changes-7-18-2014

Introducing artifacts

http://eu.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/14833869/introducing-artifacts-21-07-2014

Garden of Terror – new battleground

http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/14806627/developer-insights-garden-of-terror-7-16-2014

World of Warcraft

Holiday events changing? Revamped?

Muffinus hinted that holidays may see some changes or updates in Warlords of Draenor.

https://twitter.com/Muffinus/status/489212646680313857

A little bit of perspective – Blizz got 36% of the all the mmo players

http://www.gamebreaker.tv/games/world-of-warcraft-mmorpg/star-wars-the-old-republic-broke-165-million-last-year/

Hearthstone

Naxx is released tomorrow

http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/14832730/curse-of-naxxramas%E2%84%A2-creeps-out-on-july-22-7-17-2014?cid=social_20140717_28006146

Another card reveal

http://www.hearthpwn.com/news/561-naxxramas-card-reveal-loatheb-deck-spotlight

All the new cards

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.701675023208602.1073741841.498467596862680&type=3

Episode 8: We’ll never get this podcast done in time

Hearthstone season 2 is coming to an end, but Diablo Legendary buff is here to stay and could we soon be playing Heroes of the Storm?

World of Warcraft

Crash Courses

Further Customization

Challenge mode weapons and tier set

Hearthstone

World championships at Blizzcon

Diablo 3

Anniversary buff is here to stay

Heroes of the storm

Possible ‘Founders Pack’

Episode 5: Podcast versus Player

A new season of hearthstone has begun. So prepare your deck – and sharpen those blades, as we talk PVP changes for Warlords of Draenor

Heroes of the Storm

New skins

Azeroth Choppers

Episode 3

Hearthstone

Season 2 backs

World of Warcraft

Changes to PVP

New quest log

Interview with Ion Hazzikostas