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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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Jun 24, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #21 : Tomb First Impressions, Peanut Butter on the Moon, and the Necromancer!!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the twenty first recording.  The guys have both been extremely busy on the show, off the show, in game, and out of game.  This week the guys are excited to talk about a lot of the news coming out of the Blizzard camp.  The Tomb of Sargeras hits live servers, there is floating peanut butter on the Moon in Overwatch, and the Necromancer cost and drop date is finally announced.  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, along with the majority of the WoW community have been in the Tomb of Sargeras and slaying some bosses.  This in turn has meant that a lot of Ryan’s game focus has been geared towards the new raid and the guild.  Outside of that school, a little bit of Overwatch, and some Heroes of the Storm have been in the playlist.

Dusty as well got to jump into Tomb and see some of the first few bosses.  Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm also saw some game time from Dusty.  The cross promotional events for Dusty are a big enjoyment.  For Hearthstone, Dusty has been doing his typical 4-5 games a day trying to climb the rankings ladder.

Tomb of Sargeras First Impressions:

Dusty was the first of the duo to be able to jump into Tomb and feels like the new raid is both aesthetically and mechanically super cool.  Whilst Dusty was only able to have enough time for the first few bosses, he did really enjoy what he was able to see and do.  Dusty also felt it prudent to rub it in to Ryan that he was able to jump in first.  This experience for Dusty was a good eye opener of how fun being in a raid with progression being the emphasis, even on normal difficulty, is very fun.  Ryan added to this sentiment that on multiple occasions when he and his guild have been able to drag people through a raid and with an organized group has been enough to convince them that an organized progression raid can be more fun than it seems.  As Ryan’s guild at the time of the show recording was only a few bosses short of clearing it on normal difficulty, he expresses his approval of the new raid.  He does wonder how he will feel a month or more in but for the time being the raid is fresh, a lot of fun, and very aesthetically pleasing.  The guys also talk on the fact that this raid could very well be the beginning of the end for the struggle that the WoW community has been battling against for over a decade.  To finish out the guys take a moment to discuss the possible future past Argus which comes after Tomb.  What can we expect with Argus and beyond?!

Necromancer Release Date and Cost:

As the Necromancer makes its’ debut to the live servers at a cost of $15, there is a lot of excitement around this news.  The release date will be June 27th with Rise of the Necromancer.  You can purchase this with a WoW token.  Along with the Necromancer, players who make this purchase will get an assortment of other in game Necromancer themed items.  With the Necromancer drop, new maps and questing will come to the game, providing players even more to do than there currently is.  Both Ryan and Dusty are excited to get in there with season 11 and experience the new content with the rest of the Diablo community.

Peanut Butter on the Moon:

Neither one of the guys have been able to play the new Lunar Colony map in an actual game but before the show the guys were able to fire up a custom arcade game with some AI and explore the new map.  Both guys laughed and found it hilarious that as you venture outside into the low gravity area, there is in fact jars of peanut butter floating around.  The rest of the map felt very fleshed out to the guys and really showcased the Overwatch teams’ ability to put together and deliver a very dynamic and detail oriented map that on top of all that really plays into the story of specific characters.  Ryan wonders how much is the map designed with the intent to play into the design of both Winston and Hammond if he is indeed the new heroe coming to the lineup.  Overwatch also announced that moving forward in the very near future some loot box changes will bring about the reduction of duplicate chances for items.

Hearthstone Loot Changes:

Ben Brode recently released a video announcing some news that there will be some changes made to the way card packs work in Hearthstone which also reflects some changes with loot in Overwatch.  This news established the fact that Legendary cards will no longer have a chance to be duplicated after they are first received which will make playing Hearthstone much more affordable and easier to get into.  Both Dusty and Ryan expressed their joy at this fact.


Where to find us:

Come check us out 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: www.twitch.tv/McirishGaming

            Raiding Podcast: The Raider’s Confessional
              @_trcpodcast –Twitter
The Raider’s Confessional -YouTube


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!

Necromancer and D3 Coming Soon Additions:
https://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/20845161

Hearthstone Card Pack Changes:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RPUG0lJpqJY

Overwatch Developer Update:
: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OkYJlPMdWNA

 

Jun 17, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #20 : Looking back at the Legionfall Campaign, Hammond to Overwatch, and the Lich King Returns?!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the twentieth recording.  The guys have both been hard at work on the show, off the show, in game, and out of game.  This week Dusty makes his triumphant return after a much-needed vacation and the guys talk about some exciting Blizzard things that are on the horizon.  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:

Ryan this past week has been putting the pedal to the floor with guild raid prep as Tomb of Sargeras is knocking on the door.  Outside of guild raid prep Ryan has been gearing up his Destruction Warlock to be his main raid toon for Tomb.  Ryan has also been playing some HotS with Dusty and doing the typical real life stuff.  He has also been working hard on his other podcast The Raider's Confessional.

Dusty this past week was on vacation.  For the most part, he disconnected from the internet and only played a few games of Hearthstone when he had some down time.  Over the last few days leading up to this show's recording, Dusty did manage to hit grindstone in Overwatch with his placement matches and some more HotS for the Diablo event.  In WoW, Dusty managed to get his Hunter mount and absolutely loves it.  Dusty also talks about how he is not super happy about not being able to use his class mounts on all of his characters.  That being said he likes most of the class mounts and thinks they are pretty cool. 

Looking back at 7.2 to 7.2.5:

As the guys take a look back at 7.2 one thing comes through loud and clear.  With what was originally intended for the Broken Shore and the accompanying quests to what we see now on live, Ryan talks to the fact that he feels like Blizzard really missed the mark on this one.  The quests were lackluster, tedious, nothing new, and in general not fun.  Dusty also feels like a better solution to the Broken Shore content would have been a quest line that takes you all over Azeroth revisiting when we began and gone through with the Legion conflict. 

Kerrigan Wings:

The guys quick touch on the Kerrigan wings that are coming to D3 via the HotS crossover event.  They both think they are super cool and are excited to play some Necro and get in D3 when some more new content drops.

Hammond to Overwatch?!:

It was mentioned in the last episode that there is a pretty credible source leaking newsthat the new hero to join the ranks of Overwatch is a Chimpanzee name Hammond.  Hammond, like Winston, was result of the moon experiments except he comes from the other side of the fence from Winston.  Hammond is angry, there is a rivalry between him and Winston, and he is supposedly a new support hero.  He has a barrier and a stun that he can place.  The guys go on to talk about how the dynamics that are entertained between all the characters make the game super cool and fun to play all the different characters. 

Return of the Lich King Hearthstone Expansion?!:

There was a recent leak via a domain purchase by Blizzard, returnofhelichking.com, that the next expansion in Hearthstone could very well be a Lich King-themed one.  A lot of the speculation and talk has been that it will not be a WoW related piece of content but rather a Hearthstone one.  There have been some Lich King cardbacks which also leads the community to believe it is indeed a Hearthstone expansion.  The guys talk some more about the time line and how the story is fleshed out inside of the game.  As the guys wrap of the Hearthstone talk, the chat ends up on a brief discussion about how hilarious the recent shorts the Hearthstone team has been putting out have been. 

Getting ready for Tomb:

Dusty asks Ryan what he would suggest to the listeners who are interested in raiding what they should be doing to get ready for Tomb.  He suggests that everyone be making sure they are getting their gear, artifact traits, artifact knowledge, and 3rd relic unlocked and all up to snuff.  Make sure you are doing world quests and whatever other gear outlets are available to ensure your gear, stats, and item level are up to speed.  On top of that wowhead has a Tomb prep guide out that Ryan suggests to everyone as a good source of this type of information.

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 upcoming episodes.

Twitter : @BlizzUmbrella

Reddit : BlizzardUmbrella

Social Links : Dusty – Btag: Techguru77#1984
                                      Twitter: @Dmporter17
                                      YouTube: TechnologyGuru
                        Ryan – Btag: Mcirish#1609
                                     Twitter: @McirishGaming
                                     Twitch: McirishGaming
                                    ...also on The Raider's Confessional podcast
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7afW50tEsni_VC1EOInbAA


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!

Jun 9, 2017

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the nineteenth recording. The guys have both been hard at work on the show, off the show, in game, and out of game. This week the guys are talking about some of the exciting news coming out of Blizzard. There has been a lot of news coming out of Blizzard this week and the guys are eager to talk about it. 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:

Dusty is off on a much needed vacation with his family. While he is enjoying his time off with the wife and kid Ryan is keeping the show running. Dusty will be back with the regular recording next week, but this week, Ryan has a special guest on the show and his name is Anthony!

This past week Ryan has been a leveling machine. With Tomb of Sargeras right around the corner, Ryan has been scrambling and leveling toons trying to find what character he will play for Tomb to fill whatever voids his guild ends up having. Outside of WoW after Ryan takes care of the real life on goings we all deal with, the podcasts and school, there hasn't been much time for other games.

Anthony, makes his podcast Debut. He tells the show that he plays tons of WoW and Hearthstone but other than playing Diablo with content releases he doesn't find himself playing many of the other games. Anthony finds himself enjoying leveling but not the grind for gear. In WoW Anthony labels himself as a hardcore casual. He doesn't raid in any capacity but really enjoys rep grinds. He has been enjoying these rep grinds since his first days of WoW in the latter portion of Wrath.

Raid Pacing:

Recently Blizzard made a comment that they feel raid pacing in Legion has been good. Ryan feels like yes, they can absolutely hold to to that claim with EN and ToV and into Nighthold. They can not however claim that Nighthold into Tomb of Sargeras was good pacing. It has been what Ryan feels like, the opposite of what Blizzard had claimed they would not do again. They claimed that they wouldn't repeat the staleness that was Warlords of Draenor and yet Ryan feels like they are right back there with the wait for Tomb and not to mention the giant ball that is the Broken Shore they dropped. That being said however, Ryan and his guild is overly ready and excited for Tomb.

Class Mounts are here:

This past week marked the appearance of class mounts. Anthony got his mount but explains that mounts aren't something he gets overly excited about. Mounts for Anthony serve a purpose and with or with out the cosmetics of those mounts, as long as the job he needs them to do gets, done, he is more than happy.

Pet Battle Dungeons:

Anthony tells the listeners about the new pet battle dungeon that's on its way, Deadmines! This dungeon will bring some great nostalgia and another dungeon to pet battle dungeon pool, along side Wailing Caverns. The new dungeon will also bring some more pets to the game!

Black Temple Timewalking:

Black Temple makes its' return with time walking. Ryan's group is looking forward to this and will more than likely go in on a raid night to knock it out and relive some of the past glory that was Burning Crusade. The gear that drops out the raid will scale to the level of your character and the encounters will still have mechanics that will need to be taken care of. This raid will not be a push over like looking for raid.

Legendary and Heirlooms:

Legendaries will get bumped to 970 with an item that is obtainable to to upgrade already existing legendaries. Heirlooms will also see a bump to 110 with Tomb of Sargeras.

Necromancer:

The Necromancer beta went live last week which means Necromancers being live is inching its way closer.

Diablo Cross Over:

Maltheal a new assasin is coming to HOTS and the cross over event in HOTS this time is for Diablo. With this event after playing 15 games in a party with a friend you get a cool death horse like mount in HOTS and ghost Kerrigan wings in Diablo. This event starts on the 13th.

A New Hero Leaked for Overwatch:

There has been a pretty good leak recently about a new hero coming to Overwatch. This hero's name appears to be Hammond, who is a chimpanzee support character. This character has placeable hook points that either puts up a barrier or stuns.

Anniversary Event:

The anniversary event ends the 12th so make sure to get in there and get your loot boxes while you can.

Hearthstone:

Hearthstone is going to see some new features like deck importing and golden card stacking.

Discussion:

Ryan Anthony talk about Blizzard resource management. Ryan feels like the resources for WoW have been spread thin and in some cases away from some things that would have once upon a time not gone neglected with the push putting out more content quicker than they have in the past.

The guys also discuss what could the secret dev team at Blizzard be cooking up? Is it a mobile game? All Anthony knows is that he hopes it's not free to play.

Anthony wants a Warcraft 4!


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

Social Links : Dusty – Btag: Techguru77#1984
Twitter: @Dmporter17
YouTube: TechnologyGuru
Ryan – Btag: Mcirish#1609
Twitter: @McirishGaming
Twitch: McirishGaming
...also on The Raider's Confessional podcast
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7afW50tEsni_VC1EOInbAA
Anthony – Find him on YouTube.com/Noxious


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!


Overwatch gif

https://gfycat.com/gifs/detail/InfiniteWigglyHarrierhawk

D3 Necromancer Link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgffbzo1tDI

 

 

 

 

Jun 2, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #18 : What to do when there is nothing to do?! Tomb release date and a new Overwatch map!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the eighteenth recording.  The guys have both been hard at work on the show, off the show, in game, and out of game.  This week the guys are talking about some of the exciting news coming out of Blizzard.  The WoW dev team finally gives a release date for Tomb and Overwatch announces a new map.  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 has been away from the computer to spend time with his significant other who just took off  for a summer job.  The one night he did get to play games he managed to level a DK to 100 and get caught up on all his emissaries and other things in WoW on his main.

Dusty has been playing Hearthstone and another card game called Gwent.  Dusty has also been playing a lot HOTS and doing so with some D.Va and Genji action.  Other than that Dusty has been keeping up with his emissaries in WoW and slowly leveling his DH this past week.

Release date for Tomb:

Recently Blizzard has finally told the community that the release date for Tomb is finally on the calendar.  That date is the 20th of June.  Dusty asks Ryan on the general feeling he and his guild have on this release date.  While there is a big amount of disappointment from both Ryan and his guild that this date is later than it should be, there is still a big amount of relief that the date is finally here and not that far around the corner.  This date marks the beginning of the end for NH and the start of preparing for Tomb.  Ryan's guild made the jump into mythic in Nighthold and are looking to dive deeper into mythic with Tomb.  This means that with this release date on the calendar, Ryan and the other officers will be looking at guild policies to see what is working, what hasn't been working, and look to address any of these things that need attention before Tomb comes.  This is done with the intent to improve the guild so that larger amounts of success can be had in Tomb progression.  Dusty feels like  from what he has seen with Tomb that a lot of that raid is very similar to what we have seen in the past.  This apprehension from Dusty doesn't come without some hope that Tomb will still be a fun and exciting raid.  Ryan's worry is slightly different in the fact that he thinks there might be the situation where, because everyone has been twirling their thumbs with the waiting game that some of the initial excitement with Tomb might be short lived.

New Overwatch map:

The Overwatch team has announce that a new map called, Horizon Lunar Colony, is coming to the map circuit.  Horizon is on the moon and is based in Winston's old stomping grounds.  There will be some spots with anti gravity effects.  Dusty talks about how every time the Overwatch team releases a content reveal, with them doing such a good job, he is left wanting more.  Ryan asks Dusty about his thoughts on how he thinks the dev team portrayed Winston in the release video.  While Dusty feels like they did a good job making Winston seem like the overly intelligent gorilla he is, Ryan felt like they almost made him seem like a big dumb brute at times.  Dusty thinks this might be intended because Winston does have a bit of a blend of these characteristics due to the nature of how he came to be who he is via this lab.  Ryan asks Dusty what drives his character picks in game.  Dusty's response is that for the most part in competitive it is with the intent of team comp and winning but in quick play, he often does pick characters because he likes them and their story.

Broken Shore is broken..........:

Ryan talks about how this week's Broken Shore quest is both broken and a waste of time.  This week's quest is to complete three Legionfall Order Hall quests from your mission board.  Ryan, and many other players are finding it incredibly difficult to get these missions to even appear on their mission boards not to mention it is yet another week of a lazy lack luster time gated quest chain.  Dusty as well feels like this is the case and it feels like Blizzard is just using these lack luster quests to tide us over until Tomb releases.  Ryan feels like this week in particular is especially bad because where the previous quests were doable despite the lack of creativeness with them, this week's quest is gated and extremely difficult to do because the missions don't even show up.

What to do when there is nothing to do:

The guys bring up the fact that in a lot of Blizzard's game lately we have been in a dead spot with content.  There hasn't been a lot of new stuff coming out.  In WoW the players have been waiting for Tomb for quite a while now and this is the same with some of the other games.  Keeping this in mind Dusty asks Ryan what he does when these slow times come about.  Ryan tells Dusty he often hops on an alt, plays other games, and does his best to try and do other things to keep the gaming fresh and not boring and monotonous.  This is often is a time to do some of the things people have been putting off because they were playing another game of choice.  The guys also talk about, with all the cross over events that Blizzard does, is the intent of Blizzard to keep people playing one game or keep them playing all of them games.  Dusty feels like the intent is to keep people playing games inside of the Blizzard ecosystem.


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

Btags : Dusty – Btag: Techguru77#1984
                            Twitter: @Dmporter17
                            YouTube: TechnologyGuru
             Ryan – Btag: Mcirish#1609
                          Twitter: @McirishGaming
                          Twitch: McirishGaming
                            ...also on The Raider's Confessional podcast


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!


Overwatch gif

https://gfycat.com/gifs/detail/InfiniteWigglyHarrierhawk

D3 Necromancer Link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgffbzo1tDI

 

 

 

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