Episode 29: The Pre-Blizzcon Show

“This is the Pre-Blizzcon Show – and we will talk about a lot of stuff we know nothing about yet; including hopes and predictions.”


Hearthstone

Blizzard have been busy banning accounts the past few weeks. People who have been botting or win trading have been banned and Blizzard have thereby promoted fair play and no cheating in Hearthstone.

There’s some speculations to what the new Hearthstone expansion will contain and the recent trademarking of Eye of Azshara has been stirring up some more speculations.


World of Warcraft

Together with the launch of the oceanic World of Warcraft servers there also was an Q&A which brought up topics as new blood elf models, server delay and the future of dungeons.


General Blizzard

Geoff Kneighley, the host of the Blizzcon live stream, has been teasing us saying we should look forward to the opening ceremony for Blizzcon. Personally I’m hoping for an announcement of Overwatch, whatever that might be.


Last Orders

Blizzard have promoted the Podcast(ish) youtube channel about the Nerdlords of Draenor. I found it really entertaining and cool with a new take on how you can do a podcast. They play through the WoD dungeons/starting zone so beware of spoilers!

Episode 28: G’Day Mate!

“Grab your surfboard because WoW is going down under. Metallica will be thrashing Blizzcon but not before a mystery is solved.”


General Blizzard

It’s the mighty Metallica who is playing at the closing ceremony at Blizzcon. Remember even if you don’t have tickets for the real thing you can still watch it with the virtual ticket. I’m wondering if they will be playing St. ‘Sha’ of Anger.

Others have noticed the same thing as I did last week with the missing panels at Blizzcon. They even noticed missing details in the floor planning.


Hearthstone

If you are the owner of an Android phone or tablet then you might be missing out on Hearthstone. Blizzard will change that come 2015 when the game will be out for the Android platform.


World of Warcraft

You will now be able to hunt crocodiles from your home computer if you are from Australia or New Zealand. Blizzard are setting up servers in Australia which should give a smoother game play for those affected.

In a recent interview with Ion Hazzikostas he said that unless something significantly changes there should be 10 more years of World of Warcraft.

If you like the rest of us have experienced any connectivity issues with the latest patch then there’s good news. These issues should be solved now. If you still are having issues you should contact the Blizzard support team so they can get it fixed.

A new patch will be added tomorrow to prepare for the launch of Warlords of Draenor. Hopefully it wont break as much as the 6.0.2 did.

Episode 27: World Server Down

“The latest World of Warcraft patch hit a bit harder than expected. It knocked out a few servers. Maybe see if you can get a spot in Heroes of the Storm instead?”


Heroes of the Storm

If you are in the alpha you get a chance to win access to all your battle.net friends. If you aren’t in the alpha? Well, then you also get a chance to win.


World of Warcraft

With an expansion on the horizon and the passing of summer the World of Warcraft subscription numbers are up.

If you haven’t killed Garrosh yet or if you’ve just been unlucky with the heirloom weapon drops you now get a 100 % chance to win a weapon.


General Blizzard

If you got the virtual ticket for Blizzcon you now also have access to the online merchandise store.

Episode 26: On The Horizon

“The Nexus has been rebooted and is ready for battle. The Iron Tide is upon us in World of Warcraft. And Blizzcon is just around the corner.”


World of Warcraft

Seems that we won’t see darker nights in all zones yet as only the worst offenders gets darkened.

But the big pre-expansion-patch will hit the servers this week so expect a lot of changes when those servers are back up.


Heroes of the Storm

A large patch hit the Heroes alpha last week which brought loads of new stuff to the Nexus.

If you were in the alpha you also had a chance to brawl with the blues. If you weren’t in the alpha or just weren’t lucky enough to play against them don’t fret. There’s video proof.


General Blizzard

The full schedule has now been released for those of you who are attending Blizzcon either in reality or virtually.

Episode 25: Now you see me

“A spooky card back awaits us as a reward in this season of Hearthstone.. and what’s this? Goblins on my minimap in Diablo? Let’s hunt!”


Hearthstone

To celebrate Halloween the seventh season of Hearthstone will have a Hallow’s End themed card back. So get to rank at least 20 in this season to get your hands on it.

And just to make it a bit extra spooky was the Naxxramas board added to the rotation in both normal play and in arena mode.


World of Warcraft

The PVP season is about to end so now is the time to make that last push to be the among the best PVP’ers in the world. Or maybe just to get those last items you need.


Diablo 3

Haven’t we all tried to miss a treasure goblin and not realizing that we pulled it until it was too late? The newest treasure goblin changes in Diablo should make it more clear when a goblin is near.


General Blizzard

Are you also a fan of the original Warcraft games but sad that you can’t play them on newer computers? Seems like Warcraft 3 is about to hit Battle.net.


Last orders

Thom was browsing Reddit and came across people creating their favorite Hearthstone cards in MS Paint. Some are amazing ones… and some are so bad it’s hilarious!

You can also win a World of Warcraft pet of your choice. Listen to the podcast to hear how you can win.

Episode 24: Titanfell

“6.0 for WoW might be out this week but there’s something at Blizzard that won’t be out as a new ghost enters the graveyard of games.”


General Blizzard

After seven years of production Blizzard finally decided to cancel Titan. It’s probably not a shocker since the earlier announcement that the game was being reevaluated. So we’ll probably never find out what Titan was going to be about, but there are some pretty good guesses out there.

If you are a fan of Blizzcon but can’t make it this year, you are probably going to buy the Virtual Pass. It has now been revealed what game rewards you will get when you buy the ticket.


Diablo 3

The Blood Shard prices for Kadala’s shop items has gone up. But luckily so has the chance to get those sought after legendary items.


World of Warcraft

Did you delete a character by mistake (or maybe in a nerd rage) then you can easily undelete it with the new restore my character in-game tool.

The last episode of Lords of War is out and this time it’s staring Maraad the Draenei who accompanied Wrynn in the previous videos. And don’t sweat it Maraad, we’ve all messed up the occasional escort quest.

Episode 23: The Calm Before the Storm

“What’s the first rule of Brawlers guild? You don’t mention Brawler’s guild in your intro. Oops too late…”


Hearthstone

Blizzards F2P card game Hearthstone hits 20 million players after just 6 months and proves that a F2P done right can have a massive reward.

Have you ever wondered where other players are at in ranked play? Blizzard has released a nice graph to show what rank most people are at.


World of Warcraft

Blizzard have increased their development staff with 50 % which slowed down the making of Warlords of Draenor, but it should in the long run make expansions arrive more quickly in the future.

The newest episode of Lords of War is out and we are taking a closer look at Kilrogg Deadeye.

The Brawler’s Guild season 1 is coming to an end so it’s your last chance to get those achievements under the belt before it’s too late.


Heroes of the Storm

The final phase of the technical alpha is about to end and is “celebrated” by giving you access too all the heroes before the first character wipe will occur.


Last Orders

If you are into season characters in Diablo 3 you might want to check out this Paragon Calculator. With it you can work out what your overall level of Paragon will be once the season is over.

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

angry brewfest letter

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

E: Click, click, boom!
http://tinyurl.com/puqlsnh

Episode 20: A Sea of Seasons

“Seasons! Seasons everywhere as Diablo gets a new patch and Season 6 begins in Hearthstone and the next WoW expansion might be here sooner than we think.”

Hearthstone

Blizzard hires HS pro
http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/08/28/blizzard-hire-hearthstone-pro-to-help-design-hearthstone/

Hearthstone tracker program
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvA1fVB1CJQ

Diablo 3

2.1 Patch is live!
http://www.diablofans.com/news/48184-2-1-releases-tomorrow-patch-2-1-roundup

World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft 2?
http://www.geek.com/games/blizzard-has-been-thinking-about-world-of-warcraft-2-for-a-decade-1602186/

Next expansion already in the making
http://www.gamebreaker.tv/games/world-of-warcraft-mmorpg/world-of-warcrafts-next-expansion-already-in-the-works/
http://www.alternative-blog.net/2014/08/only-semi-joking-was-i.html#sthash.ENJonSNI.wuwkFp1n.dpbs

Icy Veins interview with Tom Chilton at Gamescom
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4281-Garrisons-Inn-and-Tavern-Dev-Interview-Launcher-Upgrade-Blue-Tweets-Fan-Art-Garrisons-Inn-and-Tavern-Dev-Interview-Launcher-Upgrade-Blue-Tweets-Fan-Art