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Blizzard Umbrella: The Podcast For People Who Love Blizzard Games

This is a podcast about all things Blizzard Entertainment. We cover all of their games on a weekly basis. We talk World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo, and Starcraft 2. Each week Dusty and Ryan talk about their weeks in the Blizzard Universe, the recent news, and a topic related to the Blizzard gaming sphere. This podcast was inspired by shows like The Instance, Convert To Raid, Overwatchers, Angry Chicken, and so much more! If you are into blizzard games this is the show for you!
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May 11, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #15 : Secrets don't make friends Blizzard, or do they?!  New legendaries in WoW?

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the fifteenth recording.  The guys have both been busy and hard at it with the real life grind but have managed to get another show recorded.  This week the guys talk about some interesting news to come out of China and what does it mean for Blizzard's games.  There's also some talk of more legendaries coming to the World of Warcraft in 7.2.5.The website is up and running and you can find it at www.theblizzardumbrella.com to find out about the show and what they have been up to. 

What We’ve Been Up to:

This past week Ryan and his guild have been working to get some new raid members up to snuff.  His guild has also been working to get the group back into the mythics considering Tomb of Sargeras is probably still a good ways off.  Outside of WoW Ryan has been working hard off the air to get the new podcast ready.  That hard work has paid off as the first recording for the new show about the raiding scene in World of Warcraft will more than likely happen tonight (5.10.17).  Ryan announces that he will announce the launch of the show via the Blizzard Umbrella Twitter right after the recording with the info needed to find the new show.

Dusty has managed to get a bunch of game time in this past week.  He has been working his way up the ladder in Hearthstone and been dabbling with some fun decks.  Dusty also managed to get into a small Overwatch binge in an attempt to climb the ranks in competitive only to find his success washed away in the toxic low ranks.  This experience has Dusty considering holding off from competitive Overwatch until next season in June.  In WoW Dusty has been spending some more time leveling his Demonhunter with his newly acquired ability to fly.  The flying has reinforced Dusty's liking for some of the zones aesthetically, like Highmountain.  The flying has also made some of the World Quests super easy, especially the Kirin Tor ones.  In Heroes of the Storm, Dusty has been continuing to enjoy the awesomeness that is 2.0.  Dusty also is chomping at the bit to play the new Necromancer in Diablo.

Secrets Don't Make Friends Blizzard:

Recently news has made its way around that China has passed a new law that would require Blizzard to divulge the drop chances for items out of loot boxes, card packs, or any other item that could be considered gambling, if it wishes to continue to sell and push their games in China.  While the specifics of this news could very possibly be not entirely accurate it does bring the question of whether or not this could possibly be a good thing to the table.  Considering this news, the guys discuss how this translates to the current state of Blizzard's games when it comes to these items that contain unknown random items.  Dusty feels like this is a good thing considering how much money is actually being spent on these items from players.  Ryan is on the fence because divulging some of this information in some way is a win for the players due to the fact people have been asking for this type of information for quite some time.  On the other hand this causes for Blizzard to have to restructure some of it's business model and marketing strategies as well as some disclaimers due to the inherent liabilities that would come Blizzard's way as players start to realize that on an individual level the drop chances may not reflect accurately.  Ryan also goes as far as to explain that Blizzard would have to do a good job explaining that drop chances apply to an average across the community rather than on an individual player level.  This also will force Blizzard to be a bit more upfront and honest which could be very good for the community Ryan feels.  Dusty notes that there have been a decent amount of conspiracy theories floating around that are almost all guaranteed to be false.  Ryan mentions that because these numbers will have to be given out to the players in China, the numbers will be available to everyone.  With this fact comes the possibility for people to take advantage of the system.  Dusty thinks obviously people will always try to cheat the system and take advantage, but ultimately feels that Blizzard in its true fashion will do a good job to keep the game going and going strong.  Dusty also feels that most of the items in question are aesthetic and the games that have items that aren't aesthetic, have systems in place for people to continue to work towards obtaining items outside of spending money.  This in turn means that it doesn't really affect game play much less the fact that it will still be very hard to cheese the system even with this information.   Ryan also wants to know how much keeping some information secret has either worked for or against Blizzard in a business sense.  The guys both ask for any listeners out there that have more specific knowledge on drop chances and even this news piece to message into the show.  They'd love to hear from you.

News

Overwatch:  Overwatch just got announced to be Blizzard's next IP to reach a billion dollars inside of a year.

WoW:  PTR and current news all points to 7.2.5 bringing new legendaries for each class.  These legendaries in their current form are rings and each ring has stamina, a gem socket, and an equip that gives each class access to a talent.  T19 and T20 set bonuses for some classes look to be receiving changes in 7.2.5 to ensure that T20 is ultimately more desirable over T19.

Hearthsone: A lot of wild stuff is going on!

HotS:  This week brings continuation of the 5 weeks to unlocking D.Va.


Help Wanted:

The show is still looking for a third co-host.  If you are interested and think you would be a good fit, use the contact info listed below to get in touch with the guys. 


If you would be interested in being a part of a discord community that strives to aid the WoW raiding community with resources that compliment the already existing class discords, contact Ryan.

Where to find us:

Come check us out on our website! - www.theblizzardumbrella.com

E-mail: BlizzardUmbrella@gmail.com E-mail any questions or topics you’d like Dusty and Ryan to cover in up-coming episodes.

Twitter : @BlizzUmbrella

Reddit : BlizzardUmbrella

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Closing:

Thanks as always for listening to the show!  Come find us and say hello.  We love hearing feedback and always are ready to answer any questions you guys have!  Thanks again and we will talk to you next week!

Con Before The Storm 2017

For those of you looking to go to Blizzcon or wanting to check out and support any of the events going on around the convention check out the link below.  Con Before the Storm is a preconvention convention put on by creators in the Blizzard community as way for the players to meet, interact, and celebrate any and all things Blizzard.  Blizzard employees have been known to make appearances and mingle with the players.  Just saying!

For those of you that do make contributions thanks in advance on behalf of the people making all this happen.

The initial goals have been met and in an attempt to bring more to people attendee the kickstarter has been refocused at some stretch goals. 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/d20crit/con-before-the-storm-2017/

Overwatch article:

https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/overwatch-loot-box-drop-rates/

 

 

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