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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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Apr 26, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #13 : Teamwork Makes Dreamwork!  Community talk

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the thirteenth recording.  The guys have been working and discussing off air about progressing the show.  They both feel it’s time to bring in a third voice to the show.  Wanted: Third co-host who is outgoing and able to work with recording times! The website is up and running and you can find it at www.theblizzardumbrella.com to find out about the show and what the guys have been up to. 

What We’re Up to:

This past week Dusty has been able to get a good amount of game time in.  In WoW, Dusty is starting to feel like 7.2 and the Broken Shores is starting to grow on him.  Part of what makes this enjoyable for him is the fact that he really enjoys the world quests system.  Dusty attributes this to an addon called word quest group finder.  Ryan gives his stamp of approval of the addon.  Dusty touches on his desire for a change of pace and scenery in the next expansion.  No more fel green he says!  Ryan wants Old Gods stuff!  Dusty wraps up the WoW talk with his progress getting him close to having flying unlocked.  Dusty expresses his frustration with the Overwatch competitive play system as he tries to move up in the rankings.  Dusty has also been playing lots of Hearthstone still and loving it.  Heroes 2.0 can’t come soon enough for Dusty.

For Ryan, this past week has been filled with lots of school as the semester winds down but he did manage to get his shaman leveled to 110.  Not much has happened in the raiding scene for Ryan and his guild but they are looking to get back on the progression wagon very soon.  Ryan tells Dusty about how he was sitting on the item to get the fox mount for months when some of his guild members had been farming it to no avail.  Ryan and Dusty talk about how nice leveling is with flying unlocked, especially in zones like Highmountain and Stormheim.  The guys also talk about how quick and easy leveling is now compared to Legion’s launch. 

Quick Chat

Dusty and Ryan open up this week’s chat with the new Anduin cinematic.  Dusty discusses how awesome the cinematic is and how much he thinks it really brings Anduin into adulthood and a real figure head as King.  Ryan asks Dusty what Anduin’s true purpose of being there is. 

Part of what makes all of Blizzard’s games so awesome is the community aspect they bring to the table.  As the guys have grown up with these games the idea of community has taken on respective meanings for both Dusty and Ryan.  Ryan talks about all the life-long friends he has made through these games and talks about how he has had so many cool adventures and trips meeting these people.  Part of what makes this possible for Ryan is the fact that a person can spend so much time with the people they play with.  More so than people outside of games at times.  For Dusty these games have been a bit more of a solo play and a pug situation until recently.  Dusty feels that he has been very lucky with encouragement from family and friends to enjoy his gaming hobby and is really starting to realize how awesome the gaming community is even outside of game.  Having people to share in this hobby and these passions Is something that isn’t quite quantifiable.  While some of these games can have a toxic nature inside of the community, most of the community for Dusty is and has been very good.  Ryan feels like the community inside of these games is important even beyond face value.  Having people to work towards common goals, overcome hurdles, and share in the excitement of feeling the reward of hard work is irreplaceable.  Pugging certainly makes the game playable but having friends and people you play with on a regular basis makes these games so much more enjoyable.  Ryan talks about how he resisted Blizzcon for so long because of the fear that it would be “too nerdy”.  Much to his dismay he couldn’t have been more wrong.  Blizzcon for Ryan was eye opening to say the least.  Being able to be around thousands of people who all have the same love and passion is something that can’t be described.  The Blizzard community is one of the best communities around.  The guys wrap up the community talk with a brief discussion how the community can change depending on which Blizzard game you are playing.  Dusty feels like Blizzard does a fantastic job encouraging and nurturing “community”.

News

Heroes 2.0 is here!  As Heroes 2.0 makes its reveal, players can look to see both new currency and loot boxes available to them as they launch 2.0 for the first time.  A new map, 73 new skins, a free mega hero bundle, 2 new heroes one of which is Genji, new load outs, emojis, a new progression system, new voice overs, an updated UI, a new Nexus challenge event, and much more are coming to the Nexus!

WoW:  Week 5 is here and still no Tomb drop date.  A few hotfixes and a few minor changes.

Overwatch:  The Overwatch teams tells us that we should see 3 new maps this year.  It is estimated that a person would need to open 5000 loot boxes and spend over 1700 dollars or 1500 hours of playing to get all the event items.  This math means that it would be pretty much impossible to get all the Uprising event items during the event.  What are your thoughts?  The guys give theirs.

Hearthstone:  The global games are going on and Dusty is liking watching the teams.

Help Wanted:

Lately Ryan and a few other guys have been working on producing another podcast show that is solely focused on the WoW raiding scene.  To go with the show Ryan and the guys have been putting together a discord community to compliment the class discords with more raiding centric resources.  Recruitment, strats, and role specifc tips to give a few examples.  This is where the help wanted comes in.  The discord needs people to act as authoritative figures to help run and moderate this community.  Being able to be knowledgeable of the current raiding scene from LFR on up to Mythic as well as being able to point people in the right direction of helpful resources are necessary qualities. If you are a raider and would both enjoy and be able to put focus and effort into helping run this community reach out to Ryan via the contact information below.   


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

Btags : Dusty – Btag: Techguru77#1984
                            Twitter: @Dmporter17
                            YouTube: TechnologyGuru
             Ryan – Btag: Mcirish#1609
                          Twitter: @McirishGaming
                          Twitch: McirishGaming
            E-Mail: mcirishgaming@gmail.com


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.

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

Apr 19, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #12 : Quick Chat Coming at You!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the twelfth recording.  The guys have both been extremely busy and Ryan has had some computer struggles.  Due to all of this the guys decide to mix it up and just have a no topic in general quick chat about things going on in the game and how they feel about them.  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’re Up to:

This past week Ryan got his flying!!  Due to some fluke mass attendance related issues Ryan’s guild was unable to push forward with mythic progression but managed to clear all the bosses they have downed so far.  Ryan has been seeing some success in the little bit of Overwatch competitive rank push and was unable to get in any Diablo play this past week. 

Dusty managed to finish out his placement matches in Overwatch.  Dusty also managed to play through the new Omni crisis event in Overwatch and really enjoyed it.  Currently in WoW Dusty is finding it hard to find motivation to play the new content right now due to the lack of content and the difficulty of some content such as the challenge appearance.  He also is frustrated with the timing of invasions when they are up and not always being able to access them.  In Diablo Dusty managed to get a small bit of boosting his paragon levels done but not much else.  To round it out Dusty has been getting a ton of Hearthstone time in due to extreme fun he is having with the new expansion.

Quick Chat

The guys talk the new Overwatch event.  Ryan initially liked the even and the more he played it he found himself not enjoying it as much as he thought he would.  He feels like the Blizzard guys could have given the players more with the event.  Ryan feels like the comic was great but the playable content was lacking.  He questions whether it would have been better to have had to wait a little bit longer if it meant Blizzard would have given the players more.  For Ryan the story is the part that was lacking.  Dusty finds himself wanting a single player story play through more and more with every story tidbit they give the players.  Dusty talks briefly on the comment Jeff Kaplan made in regards to whether they would consider putting Overwatch on the Nintendo Switch.

News

WoW:  Still no Tomb release date and this week starts the weeks 4-11 lead up to Tomb so it will be interesting to see how long it does in fact take to get into Tomb of Sargeras.

HotS: Hanumura is coming Heroes as a map, you will be escorting a payload, and Genji is coming as the new Hero.  The release date for 2.0 is next week.  Also Ryan spaces out and forgets Dusty just talked about Genji coming to Heroes.  (Ryan here making fun of myself!)

Overwatch:  The Omni crisis event is live and playable.  It is Tracer’s first mission.  Don’t forget to check out the comic that comes with the event!

Hearthstone:  New decks are still popping up, there’s a new popular mage deck, and players are seeing a lot of Caverns of Time Rogue decks.


Where to find us:

Come check us out on our new 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

Btags : Dusty – Btag: Techguru77#1984
                            Twitter: @Dmporter17
                            YouTube: TechnologyGuru
             Ryan – Btag: Mcirish#1609
                          Twitter: @McirishGaming
                          Twitch: McirishGaming


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.

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

Apr 12, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #11 : It’s catch up day!!  Lets talk 7.2, Journey to Un’Goro, and Heroes 2.0!!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the eleventh recording.  The guys had some issues that kept them away from the show last week but they are back and fear not they have topics to discuss!!  This week the guys talk about what has been going on in some of Blizzards new content.  They talk 7.2, Journey to Un’Goro, and Heroes 2.0.   You can find the show on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.  You can also find us on Twitter @BlizzUmbrella and e-mail us at BlizzardUmbrella@gmail.com.  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’re Up to:

This past week Ryan’s guild pushed into Mythic NH and is now 2/10 Mythic.  Congrats to them!!  Ryan has been busy with school as the semester winds down.  He still has managed to find some time to keep working on his Overwatch rank and has been leveling a monk in Diablo with a friend for the new season.  Outside of a little game time in other games Ryan has mostly been working on WoW and the guild.

Dusty has been playing a wizard he has leveled up in Diablo this season.  The new lightning bolt build is proving to be quite interesting for him and gear is turning out to be tricky to obtain.  For Dusty 7.2 is giving him a feeling of lack luster.  Outside of those 2 games Dusty has been spending tons of time and some money on Hearthstone and the new expansion.  Dusty got all the cards he wanted and is really enjoying the new expansion.

Lets Catch up with 7.2, Journey to Un’Goro, and Heroes 2.0:

Jounrey to Un’Goro has currently proven to be a predicament for people who don’t have the ability or willingness to spend a bunch of money to get all the cards needed to adequately play the game.  The guys discuss whether or not Blizzard has tweaked some sliders behind the scene to lower the drop chance on good cards.  Ryan think it’s a very real possibility in light of Blizzard changing mob scaling in WoW unbeknownst to the player base.  Ryan also feels like Hearthstone is largely unplayable in its fullest for those who can’t or won’t spend the money to get all the cards.  Dusty feels like the card system needs some changing so people in this boat can access and play the game much easier without having to break the bank.  The guys discuss a possible new system that would allow for this scenario. 

As the guys start talking 7.2 Ryan mentions that even though 7.2 is the biggest patch WoW has ever seen, the patch is missing a huge portion of what is to be expected.  Ryan feels like while this current pace of content release is good, the fact that with each week of 7.2 feeding the player just a little bit more, Blizzard could have waited until they could have released more with the patch so players wouldn’t feel like they have done all there is to do within a few hours of touching the new content.  For Ryan the raid can’t really come soon enough as well as the rest of the content leading up to Tomb of Sargeras.  Dusty feels like that while Blizzard may not necessarily need to give major tidbits of the 7.2 content every week,  little bits every so often like emissaries on the Broken Shore would go a long way.  The time gating for Dusty is making getting into this patch really hard.  As the guys close out the 7.2 talk, Ryan calls for action from Blizzard.  Blizzard needs to fix the invasions so that they are more accessible for everyone instead of just the people who can log on in the middle of the day!

Do you like the Overwatch loot boxes, well Dusty certainly does and is totally loving the new loot system the Heroes team has put in 2.0.  Dusty talks about the new leveling system and how it brings about a feel of you are always making progress.  You would think most people are all about the new skins, the new mounts, the new shiny toys, but for Dusty, it’s all about the EMOJIS!!  The new 2.0 system really has Ryan feeling like he’ll play more since the aesthetics will be more accessible without having to spend a ton of time playing.  There will be three currencies usable in the game and Dusty explains how they will all work and how you can use them.  Dusty talks quickly about the new hero Cassia and thinks she is going to be a lot of fun and has a good kit.  Dusty also mentions on the Heroes website now they have an unlock schedule you can access to see when stuff is coming out.

Overwatch is set to announce a secret big reveal for the game and the guys quick weigh in on what they think it is going to be.  Ryan originally thought it was going to be an e-sports announcement but with recent teasers, he thinks it’s going to be an immersive backstory of some sort.  Dusty thinks we are going to get new skins, a new loot box, and a new single player event.

News

No news this week in light of the catch up episode.

Where to find us:

Come check us out on our new 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

Btags : Dusty – Btag: Techguru77#1984
                            Twitter: @Dmporter17
                            YouTube: TechnologyGuru
             Ryan – Btag: Mcirish#1609
                          Twitter: @McirishGaming
                          Twitch: McirishGaming

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!

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