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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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Feb 22, 2018

040: My Hearthstone Packs Cost 30 Quid With The Blue Recluse Boys

Dusty and Marty are out of town... Thus the gentlemen go crazy. We talk about Hearstone quests, Alpha Goodness, Mobile gaming, and SOO MUCH MORE!


Where to find us:

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/BlizzardUmbrella 

Come check us out 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: https://www.youtube.com/user/Technologyguru77
             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!


Read more at http://blizzardumbrella.libsyn.com/#PB1xeKj1j0Dv1qov.99

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the thirty ninth 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.  On this show the guys are talking about leveling in 7.3.5, allied races, BfA data mining, and a quick rundown of the rest of Blizzard’s games.  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:

The guys have both been into the raid scene and Dusty has been getting his feet wet in the other Blizzard games.

World of Warcraft:

This week the guys are talking 7.3.5 leveling, BfA data mining, and allied races.

Overwatch:

The CTF year of the dog event is here.

Hearthstone:

Card changes and the Valentines day quest contest.

HotS:

Maiev is in the Nexus.

Special:

Recently there is has been some controversy centered around an article writing about toxic class communities.  The guys take some time to discuss it and weigh in.


Where to find us:

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/BlizzardUmbrella 

Come check us out 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: https://www.youtube.com/user/Technologyguru77
             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!


Read more at http://blizzardumbrella.libsyn.com/#PB1xeKj1j0Dv1qov.99

Feb 16, 2018

Blizzard Umbrella #39 – Battle for Azeroth, Overwatch Reporting, and Card Changes in Hearthstone

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the thirty ninth 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.  On this show the guys are talking about leveling in 7.3.5, allied races, BfA data mining, and a quick rundown of the rest of Blizzard’s games.  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:

The guys have both been into the raid scene and Dusty has been getting his feet wet in the other Blizzard games.

World of Warcraft:

This week the guys are talking 7.3.5 leveling, BfA data mining, and allied races.

Overwatch:

The CTF year of the dog event is here.

Hearthstone:

Card changes and the Valentines day quest contest.

HotS:

Maiev is in the Nexus.

Special:

Recently there is has been some controversy centered around an article writing about toxic class communities.  The guys take some time to discuss it and weigh in.


Where to find us:

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/BlizzardUmbrella 

Come check us out 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: https://www.youtube.com/user/Technologyguru77
             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!


Read more at http://blizzardumbrella.libsyn.com/#PB1xeKj1j0Dv1qov.99

Feb 5, 2018

Blizzard Umbrella #38 – Battle for Azeroth, Overwatch Reporting, and Card Changes in Hearthstone

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the thirty sixth 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.  On this show the guys are talking about BfA, Overwatch reporting, and a quick rundown of the rest of Blizzard’s games.  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:

Both of the guys have been taking care of business with their raid teams as well as dabbling in a few of the other games Blizzard has to offer.

World of Warcraft:

This week the guys take some time to talk allied races and potential changes with BfA and the BfA Q&A a few hours away.

Overwatch:

Recently the Overwatch team has taken a new approach to deal with toxic players and their reporting system.  The games take some time to discuss this new attitude from Kaplan and his team.

Hearthstone:

Hearthstone is seeing some changes to a few cards.

HotS:

Maiev is making her way into the Nexus!


Where to find us:

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/BlizzardUmbrella 

Come check us out 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: https://www.youtube.com/user/Technologyguru77
             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!


Read more at http://blizzardumbrella.libsyn.com/#PB1xeKj1j0Dv1qov.99

Jan 27, 2018

Blizzard Umbrella #37 – Battle for Azeroth, Competitive Overwatch Play, and More?!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the thirty seventh 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.  On this show the guys are talking about Battle for Azeroth, Competitive Overwatch, and a few of the other games.  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:

The guys both been raiding on their new rigs and are loving life

World of Warcraft:

On top of getting selfie cam filters and a nerf to recruit a friend do, wow players are starting to hear more BfA chatter.

Overwatch:

The guys take some time to talk Overwatch League, competitive Overwatch, and Blizzard World.

More:

The guys also talk some HotS, Hearthstone, and Diablo.


Where to find us:

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/BlizzardUmbrella 

Come check us out 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: https://www.youtube.com/user/Technologyguru77
             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!


Read more at http://blizzardumbrella.libsyn.com/#PB1xeKj1j0Dv1qov.99

Jan 19, 2018

Blizzard Umbrella #36 - Patch 7.3.5, Overwatch League Week 1, and a Quick Rundown

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the thirty sixth 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.  On this show the guys are talking about patch 7.3.5, Overwatch League week 1, and a quick rundown of the rest of Blizzard’s games.  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:

The guys both have new rigs and are stoked to be back into the swing of things with new machines to carry them through!

World of Warcraft:

This past week saw 7.3.5 hit live servers.  Much of what came with that patch was liked and much was disliked.  The guys take some time to talk each of the big changes and/or introductions.

Overwatch:

Overwatch League rounded up week 1 of the first season last week and the guys talk quickly on their thoughts so far.

Hearthstone:

HGC is coming!

HotS:

Firebat is soon to be on live servers.


Where to find us:

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/BlizzardUmbrella 

Come check us out 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: https://www.youtube.com/user/Technologyguru77
             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!


Read more at http://blizzardumbrella.libsyn.com/#PB1xeKj1j0Dv1qov.99

Jan 10, 2018

Blizzard Umbrella #35 Antorus, Overwatch League, and Predicitions!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the thirty fifth 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.  On this show the guys are talking about Antorus, Overwatch League, and what they’ve been up to.  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:

The guys have both had quite a bit of real life that has kept them away but they couldn’t be more excited to be back in front of the mic talking about all things Blizzard!

World of Warcraft:

Dusty has officially joined the raiding community and the guys take some time to talk Antorus and what they like and dislike about it.

Overwatch:

January 10th, the fist day of the inaugural Overwatch League season is just around the corner.  Dusty and Ryan take some time to talk how they think the season will go and what they hope to see in moving forward.

Hearthstone:

This expansion doesn’t quite have the luster as the past expansion did for Dusty.  He hopes that Blizzard will continue to look at what works and doesn’t work with each expansion and make improvements as they go.

HotS:

Firebat is on the PTR!

General:

The guys make 3 predictions players will see this next year with expected, unexpected, and really unexpected announcements out of Blizzard.


Where to find us:

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/BlizzardUmbrella

Come check us out 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: https://www.youtube.com/user/Technologyguru77
             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!

Dec 16, 2017

034: Antorus Is Here and Kobolds Are Running Amuck In Hearthstone

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the thirty fourth 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.  On this show the guys are talking about Antorus and dungeon play in Hearthstone as well as a few other things.  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:

The guys have both had quite a bit of real life that has kept them away but they couldn’t be more excited to be back in front of the mic talking about all things Blizzard!

World of Warcraft:

The guys take some time to talk about how they like Antorus compared to other raids players have seen this expansion.  They also take some time to discuss what they think Battle for Azeroth holds both story wise and game play.

Overwatch:

Ryan and Dusty chat about the new mmr placement system in Overwatch and how they like Moira.

Hearthstone:

Dusty takes some time to talk about dungeons in Hearthstone.

HotS:

The guys haven’t had a lot of time for HotS but they briefly discuss some of the new heroes that have arrived in the Nexus.


Where to find us:

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/BlizzardUmbrella

Come check us out 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: https://www.youtube.com/user/Technologyguru77
             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!

Oct 31, 2017

033: The Ultimate BLIZZCON Prediction Show With The Blue Recluse Crew

Intro:

This week we are joined by the two-third of the Blue Recluse podcast to talk ALL things Blizzcon 2017. We have some crazy predictions and a couple of gentlemen from across the pond... What could go wrong! 

Listen to the Blue Recluse here

 

Where to Find us:

Come check us out at 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

Dusty: Btag – TechGuru77#1984

Twitter: @Dmporter17

YouTube: TechnologyGuru77

Ryan: Btag – mcirish#1609

Twitter: @McirishGaming

Twitch: www.twitch.tv/McirishGaming

Raiding Podcast: The Raider’s Confessional

Twitter: @_trcpodcast

YouTube: The Raider’s Confessional

Oct 21, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #32: Blizzcon Merch, Overwatch Sales Records, and Junkrat to the Nexus!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the thirtieth.  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.  This week the guys talk Blizzcon merch sale, BC timewalking, HCT, Overwatch hero updates, Junkrat in the Nexus, WCS finals, Destiny 2, and much more.   The website is up and running and you can find it at www.theblizzardumbrella.com to find out about the show and the guys.

What We’ve Been Up To:

This past week Dusty has been playing a lot of Hearthstone.  As well as Hearthstone Dusty spent some time watching the HGC tournament, leveling some alts in WoW, and playing some HotS.

Ryan, like Dusty mentioned, has been leveling his rogue.  Outside of the Rogue Ryan didn’t have a ton of time to play games due to school, but managed to raid one night, try out the Halloween event in Overwatch, and did some Destiny 2 raid.

Blizzard:

Blizzard recently announced that the countries of New Zealand, Japan, and Canada will soon be seeing all costs in their own currencies instead of the standard USD.  This is the beginning of what Blizzard hopes to do for all countries with Blizzard gamers.

The Blizzcon merch sale is now open to all players.  The guys talk about all the cool stuff they like.

The Blizzard annual pumpkin carving contest is now open to contestants.  The guys take a look at some of the past entries and mention how good some of them are.

World of Warcraft:

In the World of Warcraft KJ saw some nerfs overall.

The guys also talk about BC timewalking coming back around and whether or not they will jump into Black Temple.  Ryan says once was enough.

Ryan also takes some time to discuss the mechanics behind the new legendary trinkets and its epic counterparts from the upcoming raid.

Hearthstone:

Dusty talks about the HCT Summer Championships and how his picks did.  He also discusses with Ryan about their thoughts on how much does the new Blizzard Arena add to the viewing experience.

Beyond the HCT tournament, Dusty talks about the new warlock hero Nemsy Necrofizzle and some of the controversy behind how players can acquire her.

Dusty also discusses some of the free goodies players can get and his favorite, the Gone Fishin’ card back.

Overwatch:

This past week in Overwatch Ryan talks about the changes that both Lucio and Mercy received. Lucio had his wall speed increased and Mercy saw a change to her rez in combination with her ult.

Ryan also talks about the recent sales record Overwatch just hit with 35 million sales.

Also a side note, a recent petition was signed by 10k players to force Blizzard to reveal loot box chances in light of some recent pushes to change legislation to treat some in game micro sales with the same rules as gambling.

Heroes:

Dusty mentions that both Junkrat and the Hallows End event are present currently in the Nexus.  He also mentions that right now there are tons of new Halloween skins and that the new horse mount looks amazing.   

Diablo:

Ryan mentions that a rumor has been going around that there might be a Halloween event going on but the guys come to the conclusion that there is not.…….sad news.

Starcraft:

For once, Dusty talks about Starcraft in regards to the recent announcement that the WCS finals will be Oct 27th – Nov 4th.   

Destiny 2:

Ryan finishes off the show with some Destiny 2 talk.  Players can expect to see a new Nightfall strike, Exodus Crash. 

Ryan also mentions that recently Bungee removed the High kick emote due to players being able to glitch themselves into areas that players aren’t supposed to be able to access with it.

The guys also express some hype for the Oct 24th PC release

PC Min Spec Requirements: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/destiny-2s-pc-release-date-spec-requirements-serve/1100-6450248/

 

 

Ryan fails:

 

Ryan fails with an impromptu quiz for Dusty.  He asked Dusty how many raids were in Wrath.  He told Dusty 6 only to change to 7 but in fact after recording Ryan realized there was in fact 9.  BIG FAIL!

 

Fun was had though.

 

Where to Find us:

 

Come check us out at 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

 

Dusty: Btag – TechGuru77#1984

Twitter: @Dmporter17

YouTube: TechnologyGuru77

 

Ryan: Btag – mcirish#1609

Twitter: @McirishGaming

Twitch: www.twitch.tv/McirishGaming

Raiding Podcast: The Raider’s Confessional

Twitter: @_trcpodcast

YouTube: The Raider’s Confessional

 

Cole: You can find cole over at The Raider’s Confessional podcast with Ryan.

 

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!

Oct 13, 2017

031: Blizzard Arena, Blizzcon Goodies, Junkrat ad SOO Much More

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the 31st edition.  The guys have both been extremely busy on the show, off the show, in-game, and out of the game.  This week we talk about the new Blizzard Arena, Blizzcon Goody bags, and a LOT more!

Where to Find us:

Come check us out at 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

Dusty: Btag – TechGuru77#1984

Twitter: @Dmporter17

YouTube: TechnologyGuru77

 

Ryan: Btag – mcirish#1609

Twitter: @McirishGaming

Twitch: www.twitch.tv/McirishGaming

Raiding Podcast: The Raider’s Confessional

Twitter: @_trcpodcast

YouTube: The Raider’s Confessional

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!

Oct 4, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #30: Blizzard App, Mythic Dungeon Invitational, Jeff Kaplan Addresses Blue Posts, Ana and Volskaya Foundry, and Destiny 2!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the thirtieth.  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.  Dusty and Ryan are both excited to be back on the podcasting horse.  This week the guys talk the Battle.net app, the Mythic Dungeon Invitational, some Overwatch e-sports, a new hero and map to Heroes, Destiny 2, and more.   The website is up and running and you can find it at www.theblizzardumbrella.com to find out about the show and the guys.

What We’ve Been Up To:

Since the last episode the guys have both been busy dealing with the various curve ball life likes to throw sometimes.  They have managed to play some games and are excited to be back recording episodes and talking all things Blizzard.

Ryan is in a new guild and raiding some Mythic Tomb of Sargeras.  Other than ToS Ryan has been playing some alts, the occasional game of Hearthstone, Overwatch, and Destiny 2.

Dusty has largely taken a small break from games but has managed to play some Hearthstone, D3, and Wow.  He’s feeling good to be back into the swing of playing some games and couldn’t be more excited to be talking shop on the Blizzard Umbrella.

Blizzard:

Blizzard finally releases the much awaited Battle.net app that players can use to message via their mobile the devices.  Both the guys briefly weigh in.

World of Warcraft:

In the world of Warcraft the 5 man team named Free Marsy takes home 1st place in the Mythic Dungeon Invitational and the guys are happy to wish them the biggest of congratulations.

The also briefly talk the Netherlight Crucible, Argus, the anticipated Antorus, and the Turalyon and Alleria audio drama.

The guys both absolutely loved the new audio drama and wish that Blizzard would do more of this.

Rounding out the WoW discussion the guys discuss their speculations on the timeframe and announcement for the next expansion.

Hearthstone:

Dusty mentions that sense the last show, Druid amongst a few other classes have been nerfed and briefly brushes over some of these class changes. 

Dusty also talks about the pacing of the expansions in Hearthstone and the feeling about new content from the community.

To close out the Hearthstone talk Dusty mentions the situation that arose from the recent US tournament and the disconnects they dealt with.  From this situation, Dusty feels like there is an opportunity for Blizzard to learn because it is not something a company of Blizzard’s magnitude should have happen.

Overwatch:

In Overwatch a Russian player who is crucial to their teams strategy has been denied a Visa into ths US.  This means that he may miss their October 7th match in LA.

Also in Overwatch news was an article and a post from Jeff Kaplan talking about the lack of blue posts from the Overwatch Dev team.  Kaplan went on to mention that the toxic attitude of the community and the speed and ease in which players call for the heads of developers is a big deterrent for developers from wanting to respond to questions and posts from the community.  Ryan talks for a moment about the need for players to be more productive and respectful in their approach to expressing themselves and responding to feed back from the devs.

Heroes:

In Heroes news, there is a new map and a new map and a new hero.  The new map is Volskaya Foundry and the new hero is Ana.  Both hail from the Overwatch realm.  Dusty talks about his time trying out Ana and the fact that he really enjoys her gameplay.   

Diablo:

Recently Blizzard announced that this year at Blizzcon there will be no big Diablo announcements

Destiny 2:

The guys take a few minutes to talk about their thoughts on the current status of Destiny 2 and the current content available to players.

Where to Find us:

Come check us out at 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

 

Dusty: Btag – TechGuru77#1984

Twitter: @Dmporter17

YouTube: TechnologyGuru77

 

Ryan: Btag – mcirish#1609

Twitter: @McirishGaming

Twitch: www.twitch.tv/McirishGaming

Raiding Podcast: The Raider’s Confessional

Twitter: @_trcpodcast

YouTube: The Raider’s Confessional

Cole: You can find cole over at The Raider’s Confessional podcast with Ryan.

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!

Sep 4, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #29 Argus and 7.3, Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, New Mercy, and Junkertown, and Gamescon Recaps

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the twenty eighth 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.  This week the guys are talking about 7.3, Overwatch changes, and a lot of Gamescon recaps..  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 over the last two weeks has been spending a lot of time getting back into the swing of school and spending time with his girlfriend who is finally back.  In game Ryan’s guild finally managed to get Heroic KJ down and is looking towards Mythic now.  Ryan has also been playing some Hearthstone again.  He has been enjoying it for the most part and is looking forward to getting some more cards.  Other than that he has been playing some Overwatch when he can.

Dusty has been spending a good amount of time checking out Argus. Outside of WoW Dusty, along with Ryan, and The Blue Recluse guys, finished off their last season’s placement matches in Overwatch and had a blast.  Dusty has been spending a lot of time in Overwatch on his own as well.  Hearthstone as usual has been at the top of the list for games played for Dusty.  A bunch of the classes have new spell animations that are more than worth checking out.

World of Warcraft:

7.3 is here.  Argus is finally ours to explore and the beginning of the end starts now.  This patch has brought with it many changes to the game that make it a bit more alt friendly.  Mythic plus dungeons have been scaled up in difficulty and right now a plus ten will give you a max item level weekly cache.  This will be week 1 of 3 for content release on Argus.  This patch also brings inherently learned artifact knowledge for all players so everyone will always be at the same artifact knowledge, even fresh toons and players.  All characters will have their 3rd relic slot unlocked upon hitting 110.  The new nethershards are veiled argunites.  650 will get you a 910 item.  The nethershard vendor is now on the Vindicar as the veiled argunite vendor.  Eventually players will have access to the Netherlight Crucible for relic traits, a shoulder enchant for argunite clusters, and an unlimited use augmented runestone.

Overwatch:

Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch are now live and the new Mercy and Junkertown are on PTR.  Both Ryan and Dusty were super pumped with the Mei and Junkertown animated shorts.  Also new to Overwatch are some upcoming changes to the punishment system, which is intended to help eliminate trolls and leavers in the competitive system. 

HotS:

Kel’Thuzad is finally here!  He is on the ptr.  Along with this character the HotS dev team is a releasing a making of Kel’Thuzad YouTube series called “The Resurrecting of Kel’Thuzad”.  It’s a super cool series.

Hearthstone:

Knights of the Frozen Throne is well underway. The Gamescon cinematic fell on the fence for a lot of people but Dusty and Ryan it was amazing.  It did have a more Pixar feel to it but it represented the game really well and shows that Blizzard is good at many things.  HGG concluded at Gamescon and the US lost early.  Druid decks are becoming more and more problematic for a lot of people and the guys are curious if Blizzard will do anything to nerf them back into balance.

Destiny 2:

Sept 6th marks the release for console and Oct 24th marks the release for PC.  The beta’s respectively were both well received and the guys are hopeful this expansion does a better job capitalizing on its potential than its predecessor did.

Deep Thoughts with Dusty and Ryan:

Dusty asks Ryan what his thoughts are about the fact that Blizzard focused much of its efforts at Gamescon on cinematics and a lot of other non-direct game related content.  Ryan tells Dusty that Blizzard has to in order to keep up with current trends and stay competitive.  People like these things and these things are what set Blizzard apart from other companies.  If they don’t continue to be progressive on this front they risk losing their hold as one of the best gaming companies out there and possibly their livelihood.

 

Quiz Question:

Q) Who are the three Windrunner sisters?

A) Ryan nails it with Vereesa, Alleria, and of course Sylvannas.


Where to find us:

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/BlizzardUmbrella

Come check us out 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: https://www.youtube.com/user/Technologyguru77
             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!


 

Aug 19, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #28 : Trial of Style, Hearthstone Arena Drama, New Overwatch Game Modes, and Gamescon Lineup!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the twenty-eighth 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.  This week the guys are talking about all of the games and the big changes coming as well the upcoming Gamescon.  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 spending some time leveling his hunter and finally hit 110.  On top of playing some alts Ryan made the decision to step down as an officer in his guild due to some conflicting real-life obligations and has been back to enjoying playing some video games.

Dusty has been spending a vast amount of time in the new Hearthstone expansion and loving every minute of it. Other than Hearthstone Dusty has been playing a lot of Overwatch and even managed to get in a few games with Ryan.  Lastly Dusty much to the surprise of The Blue Recluse guys has been playing a few games of the new Starcraft Remastered.

World of Warcraft:

Trial of Style is here and ready for you all to come in with your best dress to impress. This one time event isn’t something that either Ryan or Dusty feel any sort of drive to participate in.

Also in WoW is the addition of new spell animations for certain classes.  Blizzard over the years has done a great job of giving big revamps to a lot of classes from expansion to expansion but haven’t always been on top of changing up some spell animations.  Well that is changing.  Blizzard has a ton of new spell animation updates coming and both Dusty and Ryan feel like some of these are super cool.

A new scenario involving Azeroth the titan has popped up recently in game and both the guys are excited to dive into it.

Overwatch:

Two new teams have been added to the Overwatch League, London and a second Los Angeles team.  Cloud 9 will be the London team.  The guys also take a second to talk on the irony that whilst a lot of these teams represent cities in and around the world, most of the teams will be physically playing out of Los Angeles.  Players will be given a 1 year contract with an option to extend to another year.  The minimum salary for players will be 50,000 U.S. dollars and players will receive health insurance and a retirement plan.  A minimum of fifty percent of the performance bonuses will be distributed to the players.  The guys talk about how this a change that esports has needed for a very long time and are hopeful this will be the catalyst to change esports as a whole.

Season 5 ends on August 28th and via a dev update from Kaplan himself players learn that both Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch will be coming to the game.

HotS:

Garrosh is in the Nexus and Dusty thinks he is a pretty fun warrior to play. 

Also in HOTS if you have an Amazon Prime account you can get a free legendary chest in HOTS.

Lastly the guys take a second to talk about the Hanamura map getting yanked from the map rotation.  While it is sad to see a map that was worked on so very hard the guys both feel that it is a good sign that Blizzard is on top of making sure what isn’t working is either fixed or pulled from game.  Both guys hope the map will make a triumphant return.

Hearthstone:

Dusty has been neck deep in the new expansion and loving it.  He bought a bunch of card packs between gold and real money.  This has let him experience the game in its fullest.  Dusty also talks about how the math right now is showing that it takes a lot less card packs to get a full playable set of cards than previous expansions.

In the arena community there has been some drama where Blizzard made some changes without telling the community and the community has been pretty unhappy with it. 

Diablo:

Patch 2.6.1 is on the PTR and has some good changes coming player’s way.  Many set and legendary items have had their drop chance increased which is a much needed and pleasant change.  This should make the game much more accessible for casual players so that they can fully experience the game.

Starcraft:

Starcraft Remasterd is here and playable.  That being said, the guys feel like the guys over at The Blue Recluse should eat their own words.  Take that you guys!

Destiny 2:

Destiny 2 is now on the Battlenet launcher.  This means that guys will now be talking about any big news for that game.  Both Dusty and Ryan patiently are awaiting the game but are skeptical the game will be any good but are hopeful that it will be.  Only time will tell. 

Gamescon:

Gamescon is around the corner and Blizzard has some pretty cool stuff slotted for Blizzard fans who will be in attendance either in person or via stream.  There will be everything from live art creation, panels, tournament finals, live dungeon races, and even the usual exciting surprise announcements.  Both the guys are excited to see what comes out of Gamescon.

Tinfoil Hat Discussion:

Dusty does some rapidfire prediction questions with Ryan discussing what the guys think will be coming from the surprise announcements for each of the games.

Quiz Question:

This week Dusty tests Ryan on his Hunter knowledge.  He asks Ryan what are the three types of pets and to give examples of each.


Where to find us:

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/BlizzardUmbrella

Come check us out 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: https://www.youtube.com/user/Technologyguru77
             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!

Gamescon and Trial of Style:
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/6905-Blizzard-Entertainment-at-gamescom-2017-Trial-of-Style

 

 

Aug 12, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #27 : The Netherlight Crucible, Garrosh Hellscream, Knights of the Frozen Throne, and Lucioball!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the twenty seventh recording.  The guys have both been hard at work both 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.  WoW catchup mechanics, Garrosh Hellscream, Lucioball, and the new Hearthstone expansion are all on this weeks lineup.  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 back into the gaming realm after having been on vacation and has also been working a lot.  In game Ryan has been playing some Diablo on his freshly 70 Necromancer. His guild downed H Avatar and is working on KJ.  Other than that Ryan has been leveling his hunter and got his priest class mount.    

Dusty this past week pick up the Twilight and Luminous Starseeker.  In WoW Dusty has been spending a ton of time on his fresh character he is trying to get Loremaster on.  Dusty has been doing all of this as he reads the Chronicle books.  On top of WoW Dusty has also been playing a bunch of Overwatch.  In Diablo Dusty has gotten up into the 400 paragon range.  Outside of Blizzard games Dusty has been playing some PUBG with Marty from the Blue Recluse and Ryan.

World of Warcraft:

Right now, Blizzard in 7.3 has a few catch up mechanics slotted that will be super cool additions.  The first mechanic is a change to artifact knowledge.  Starting Day 1 with 7.3 every single player no matter how long they have been at level 110, will have the exact same artifact knowledge and that knowledge will go up one level each week.  That means 10 weeks into 7.3 if someone hits level 110 for the first time they will automatically be at AK level 50. 

Also coming to the game is the Netherlight Crucible.  The Netherlight Crucible will unlock relic talents when you hit 6 different artifact points.  Each point will randomly assign a shadow trait and a holy trait to a relic slot.  No trait can be assigned twice.  Every time you put a new relic into your weapon for each tier of traits you have unlocked you will randomly be assigned new traits.

Heroes of the Storm:

Garrosh releases this week and Michael weighs in on last weeks discussion.  Michael talks about how he thinks that so many new characters won’t affect league play because the players will adapt.  Michael also talks about the fact that new characters gives player more options to find a character for a certain role that they really enjoy.  For instance Varian might not be a fun Warrior for a player but Garrosh might.

Hearthstone:

The new Hearthstone expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne, is here.  As this expansion gets closer Dusty feels like this expansion has been receiving less hype than Un’Goro.  Dusty worries that the new cards won’t be as exciting and fun.  With the new expansion players will be getting Thrall Death Seer for Shamans and Arc Bishop Benedictus for Priests.

Overwatch:

Lucioball is back and with a competitive mode.  Both of the guys are super pumped to have this.  Along with Lucioball is the Summer Games event and a bunch of new skins.  The old skins will be reduced to 1000 in price.

Diablo:

The new season is well under way and recently there was a nerf to goblin appearance rates in a certain area because players were abusing this to level.  With this nerf some of the dev team received death threats from players.  NOT COOL.

Starcraft:

Starcraft Remastered will be making its appearance on the 14th!

Trivia for Ryan:

Dusty asks Ryan what boss is in both WoW and Diablo and has the same name.  Ryan answers Cow King and is right but Dusty says he is wrong and that he should have answered The Butcher in Highmaul.

Where to Find us:

Come check us out at 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

Dusty: Btag – TechGuru77#1984

Twitter: @Dmporter17

YouTube: https:www.youtube.com/user/Technologyguru77

Ryan: Btag – mcirish#1609

          Twitter: @McirishGaming

          Twitch: www.twitch.tv/McirishGaming

          Raiding Podcast: The Raider’s Confessional

          Twitter: @_trcpodcast

          YouTube: The Raider’s Confessional

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!

Jul 30, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #26: Russel Brower Leaves Blizzard, Doomfist is live, Garosh is Announced as the Next HotS Heroe, and more!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the twenty-sixth 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. Dusty and Ryan both are back from vacation and ready to roll.  This week the guys talks about the world boss rotation in WoW, Russel Brower leaving the company, Doomfist, Garosh, and much more. The website is up and running and you can find it at www.theblizzardumbrella.com to find out about the show and the guys.

What We’ve Been Up To:

Ryan this past week has been gone on vacation up in the Rocky Mountains.  He has had one day since he has been back and spent every minute of it catching up on a few of his toons in WoW.  One of the quests he has been working on is his priest to get the class mount.

Dusty on the other hand was able to return a bit earlier from his vacation and get some game time in.  With the time he did have Dusty has been playing some Necro in the new Diablo season, a little bit of Hearthstone as he waits for the new expansion release date, and started a level 1 Tauren warrior in which he will be attempting to slowly level through all of the zones and all of the quests all the way up to max level. 

World of Warcraft

Recently via some ptr data it has been announced that in 7.3 the world boss rotation will be a fixed schedule.  Right the now the bosses are random from week to week but in moving forward Blizzard is doing away with this random schedule and moving towards a fixed rotation. Ryan feels like this is a good change and is like a lot of other things Blizzard has done of late, a day late and a dollar short but we will take it.

Dusty and Ryan also take some time to discuss the very unfortunate news that Russel Brower has left Blizzard.  Speculation is that he was let go or his position with the company has been let go as they see it that the work necessary can be done without his position.  As the guys talk about this sad news, Ryan and Dusty both feel that if indeed Blizzard did remove his position and it was not a mutual decision for him to leave it is very bad on Blizzard and goes against what the company has always presented itself to be in the eyes of the community.  Some of the music that players have heard over the last 12 years has been at the direction of Russel and has been very memorable.  It is with a heavy heart the community sees his him go and wishes him the very best of luck.  Ryan and Dusty both would like to believe that this decision was made mutually by both parties involved but based on the information it sadly does not sound to be the case.  In light of this news the guys both take a second to talk about some of the music they have experienced over the years.

Hearthstone:

With the recent announcement of the new expansion Dusty takes some time to talk about two of the new cards coming in the upcoming expansion.  The first card Dusty mentions is the Bearshark which is a 3 cost minion and a Hunter card.  Dusty doesn’t really like the card but absolutely loves the art work on the card.  The second card Dusty brings up is the Sindragossa card.  The card is 8 cost, 8 attack 8 health, has great art work, and summons 2 0/1 minions that when killed they add a legendary minion to your hand. 

Dusty also takes some time to talk about a card reveal stream and speculates we could very well see this expansion next week.  Bolvar Fireblood is also coming to Hearthstone and the guys are absolutely loving the artwork.

Dusty also informs listeners that if you defeat the Lich King on all 9 classes you get a young Arthas paladin skin.

Heroes of the Storm:

Right off the back of the release of Stukov the HotS community already has the announcement of the next hero, Garosh Hellscream.  Garosh will be a warrior.

Because of this announcement Dusty and Ryan take some time to discuss the issue of the speed of hero releases.  Ryan and Dusty both feel like that the speed of releases is too fast.  Ryan especially feels this way because the amount of characters they are looking to release in the next few years can devalue the game, over inflate the character choices, and make it hard for competitive players to really sink their teeth into specific characters.  The guys also discuss what some possible solutions could be to remedy this situation of having an overabundance of heroes to pick from.

Overwatch:

Doomfist is officially live and both Dusty and Ryan have had opportunities to play him. While Ryan does feel like that too many characters are a bad thing in a moba he does ironically like the diversity of heroes that players pick depending on the map.  It creates for a dynamic game and some fun variance from one match to the next.  Ryan also feels like Doomfist will have his niche in league play and he cannot wait to see how the pro players use him.

The guys also take some time to discuss the announcement of the first cities to get teams in the Overwatch league.  Dusty feels like the number of cities announced is low and should be more.

Curveball:

Dusty throws Ryan a curveball by asking him if he can rapid fire name 4 of the original old gods.  Ryan only gets one by name, Cthun.   

Where to Find us:

Come check us out at 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

Dusty: Btag – TechGuru77#1984

Twitter: @Dmporter17

YouTube: https:www.youtube.com/user/Technologyguru77

Ryan: Btag – mcirish#1609

Twitter: @McirishGaming

Twitch: www.twitch.tv/McirishGaming

Raiding Podcast: The Raider’s Confessional

Twitter: @_trcpodcast

YouTube: The Raider’s Confessional

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!

Jul 24, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #25: Overwatch League, Ice Cream Citadel, Chronicles Volume 3, and Follower Catch Up!!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the twenty fifth 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.  Dusty is off on a family vacation and Cole from The Raider’s Confessional joins Ryan as a special guest for this week’s episode.  Cole and Ryan spend some time talking about Doomfist, the Overwatch League, the Necromancer, Ice-Cream Citadel, Stukov, Method killing mythic KJ, Chronicles Volume 3, and follower ilvl catch up in 7.3.   The website is up and running and you can find it at www.theblizzardumbrella.com to find out about the show and the guys.

What We’ve Been Up To:

Cole this past week has been fighting a cold and been fighting some damaged tech from a rogue lightning strike.  It was a wonder he was even able to get on to do this weeks show.  Outside of battling some real life Cole has been able to play some Necromancer in anticipation for the upcoming season in D3.  In WoW he has been gearing up his fire mage alt. 

Ryan has been spending a lot of his time when not working on either podcast, working and getting ready for his trip out to Colorado to see the gf.  In WoW Ryan has been working on his Vengeance Demon Hunter.  Ryan also managed to get some more time in with Doomfist as he anticipates Doomfist hitting live servers.

Diablo 3:

The double xp weekend ended last weekend and we hope that those of you that really enjoy some D3 action were all able to get in there and get some extra xp. Cole and Ryan spend some time talking about what aspect of D3 draws each of them to play the game. Both guys seem to enjoy killing a lot of mobs more than the gear grind.

Overwatch League and Doomfist:

Last week Ryan and Dusty talked about how the Overwatch League announcement felt a bit premature considering how little the community has heard or seen since the initial announcement.  This week however we finally here some news with the announcement of the first 7 cities to have Overwatch teams.  The other big announcement with this news is that 50% of all revenue out of the league will go into a shared revenue pool that all teams share.  This is very similar to some of systems we currently see in other professional sports. Cole brings up the question,  is Overwatch truly the game to bring e-sports to the next level?  The guys also spend some time talking about how the league will handle new characters that are introduced to the game.

To round out the Overwatch talk, the guys talk quickly about their excitement for Doomfist on live servers and what they currently like with the hero with what they currently know or have experienced.

Ice Cream Citadel:

Lately the Hearthstone team has been doing a fantastic job with the live action shorts they have been putting out.  The two most recent ones are centered around the Lich King to go along with the new expansion announcement.  Cole and Ryan spend some time talking about the newest short, The Ice Cream Citadel.

Stukov:

Alexei Stukov is officially on live servers and is seeing a lot of game play from the community.  He is very much a unique support character and a very enticing hero.

Mythic KJ dead, Chronicle Vol. 3, and Follower Catch Up in 7.3:

The EU boys over at Method have finally brought about Mythic KJ’s world first demise.  Congrats to them.  Nice to see their hard work pay off and put them back on top.

Chronicles Volume 3 pre-order is now available and Cole couldn’t be more excited.  Ryan asks Cole to briefly talk about what people can find in each of these books which then causes Ryan to want to purchase the first two volumes.

Currently with what the PTR has on it, there is a follower catch up system coming to the game in 7.3.  There will be a quest chain with 5 quests that players will do via their mission boards that will give players follower items and collectively level 6 follower to item level 925.  This will be doable in its current state by all players no matter how high their followers item levels are.

Where to Find us:

Come check us out at 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

Dusty: Btag – TechGuru77#1984

Twitter: @Dmporter17

YouTube: https:www.youtube.com/user/Technologyguru77

Ryan: Btag – mcirish#1609

Twitter: @McirishGaming

Twitch: www.twitch.tv/McirishGaming

Raiding Podcast: The Raider’s Confessional

Twitter: @_trcpodcast

YouTube: The Raider’s Confessional

Cole: You can find cole over at The Raider’s Confessional podcast with Ryan.

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!

https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/6nc1zz/well_met_im_ben_brode_the_game_director_on/

Jul 14, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #24 : New Hearthstone Expansion, Black Temple Time Walking, Doomfist, and Stukov!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the twenty fourth 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.  This week the guys talk the new Hearthstone expansion, Black Temple time walking, Doomfist, and Stukov.  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 focusing on his guild’s progression and having some fun with Dusty and the Sunday Funday raid.  Ryan also did a +15 which was a lot of fun to say the least and has been leveling up a DH tank alt.  Other than WoW and podcasts Ryan got a chance to try some Doomfist action over on the Overwatch PTR.

Dusty as well has been spending some time leveling up an alt, a monk.  Dusty got to come along with Ryan’s guild for the Sunday Funday raid and got his KJ kill.  Dusty got his first legendary on his Demon Hunter and has been working on the mage class mount.  Other than WoW Dusty has been playing an aggro Druid list in Hearthstone.

Hearthstone:

Knights of the Frozen Throne, the next Hearthstone expansion has been announced.  Dusty is super excited for this expansion and believes it will drop the 3rd or 10th of August.  With the new expansion, will come a new legendary hero card, that will turn your hero into a Death Knight.  Dusty has already purchased the pre-order.  Dusty goes on to explain that we will get a bunch of new cards and the hunter hero card turns your hunter into Death Stalker Rexxar.  Dusty also goes on to explain what abilities and costs are associated with this card.  This type of hero card will be available for every class.  Lifesteal will also be making its appearance in the new cards available.  July 24th as Dusty tells us, will be the next reveal of more things to come with this new expansion.

Also in Hearthstone news, is a new event, a frost event.  This event like the current one will also give lots of free stuff and is a great opportunity for players to get into the game.

World of Warcraft:

The long wait for Ryan and many other raiders who go back to the days of Burning Crusade, is finally over.  Black Temple time walking is here.  Ryan and his guild are super ecstatic to get into Black Temple time walking.  The raid will drop 900 ilvl gear and will scale everyone down to level 70.  Ryan also talks with Dusty about how the raid will be somewhere between normal and lfr tuning wise.  The guys in closing for this topic discuss briefly the nostalgic appeal of this event.

Also in WoW news is the Mythic World Race and a Korean guild joining Method and Exorsus on Mythic KJ.  Ryan and Dusty make their predictions that the mythic race will see its end inside of this week.

Dusty this week found a website. wowloretldr.com.  This site, takes the history of Warcraft and breaks it down into super short bite size chunks.  The guys take a moment to ooh and aah over the website and how cool it is for lore nuts who might not enjoy reading quest text.  This site has a ton of good information and is really worth checking out in the guys’ opinion.

There has possibly been a leak revealing the next expansion.  Per some data mining on the ptr, there were some icons found that give a hint at a new zone and a new expansion.  Both Dusty and Ryan feel that the next expansion with what we already possibly know that this would be super cool.

To close out the WoW talk the guys briefly discuss one of the new mounts datamined for Argus and changes to artifact knowledge.  The mount looks really good and the guys are pumped to try and get it.  Artifact knowledge might see a boost to 50 in Argus.

Overwatch:

Ryan had a chance to try out Doomfist before the show.  Doomfist has a hand cannon that shoots rechargeable ammo out of his left hand.  The right hand contains the “Doomfist”.  This fist has an uppercut ability, a backhand ground slam ability, a punch that launches Doomfist forward, and an ultimate which launches Doomfist up in the air where the player can target a spot on the ground for Doomfist to come crashing down and one shot anyone caught standing there.  Ryan and Dusty also take some time to discuss the feel of Doomfist. 

HOTS:

Dusty lets everyone know that Stukov launches today and is a support character.  A support character that is more utility than healing.  Dusty also takes some time to describe his abilities.

Diablo:

While everyone awaits the next season, Dusty tells everyone about a bug that people were exploiting to one shot everyone and infinitely level their characters paragon levels.  This exploit did bring about a hotfix and a double xp weekend coming up.


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: https://www.youtube.com/user/Technologyguru77
             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!

WoWLoreTLDR:

http://wowloretldr.com/

New Zone:

https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/6losh0/did_blizzard_accidentally_leak_info_on_the_new/?st=j53k9kox&sh=9fd25164

New Mount:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.hipchat.com/27270/3521233/6fLrxQOmDWyXYxE/ezgif-1-85ee71c5e2.gif

 


 

Jul 9, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #23 : Overwatch league, Possible New Hearthstone Expansion, New Overwatch Hero, the Mythic Race, and Diablo Season 11!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the twenty third 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.  They guys were guests over on the Blue Recluse this week and had an absolute blast and can’t thank the boys over there enough.  This week the guys talk about the Overwatch League,  .  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 spending most of his in game time doing Tomb of Sargeras stuff with and for his guild.  He also has been continuing to gear up his warlock and gearing up a DH tank.  Outside of WoW Ryan has been working a lot on different podcasts and YouTube videos, playing some Necromancer in Diablo, and finishing up his summer semester of school.

Dusty as well has been spending a lot of time in the World of Warcraft.  He managed to come to a Sunday Funday N ToS raid with Ryan’s guild and managed to do a few of the bosses on his mage in a pug raid.  Other than WoW Dusty has been playing some Necromancer as well and playing some Hearthstone in his spare moments.

Overwatch League and the New Hero:

At this current time it looks like Doomfist will indeed be the new hero and not our previously speculated Hammond.  With the amount of information that is coming out about him, the guys discuss briefly what Doomfist will end up being.  As well as Doomfist there has been some recent discussion about the Overwatch League and what the future holds for it.  Keeping that in mind the guys take some time to discuss the ramifications of not only the announcement of Overwatch League but the fallout from that announcement as well.  As the guys dive into the discussion Ryan mentions that one of the outcomes of the announcement was the loss of some of the current professional Overwatch teams.  Many sponsors upon realizing the direction Overwatch e-sports is headed realized that there wouldn’t be a place for teams, especially ones where the players were not in the same region, to drop their current sponsorships of their teams and players.  This in Ryan and Dusty’s opinion adds to the current feeling that the announcement was premature and was immediately detrimental to the sport.  On top of that, the situation also gives rise for an increased need for Blizzard to speed up the release of the League and to make it extremely successful.  A lot of players who had their salaries set are now effectively out of jobs and having to go back to relying on streaming revenue and tournament winnings.

Hearthstone:

Currently the Midsummer Fire Festival is going on and Dusty loves it.  This festival brings double gold rewards for quest completion.  This in Dusty’s mind, is not only awesome but a great opportunity for more players to immerse themselves into the game.  Dusty also mentions a post from Ben Brode expressing his very own liking to what this event does for the game and a desire to do more of these types of events.  Also in recent Hearthstone news, a recent leak out of China, has caused a stir with the hint at the next expansion being the Knights of the Frozen Throne. 

World of Warcraft:

As the Mythic World race continues, Blizzard and the WoW team have already been releasing tweaks to the Tomb raid.  Ryan briefly discusses how easy it is for things to go missed with the increased focus from the dev team on new content push but it speaks volumes that they are constantly tweaking and balancing live content.  Dusty also takes some time to describe his experience in the Sunday Funday raid as he got to do more of the raid he has yet to be able to experience first hand.

Mythic World Race:

As the WoW talks winds down, the guys take some time to discuss the race.  Method managed to kill the second to last boss and be the first guild to get a world first without at least one other guild following suit in the same day, in this race.  Ryan also takes some time to explain the strategy of raid lock outs that many Mythic race guilds utilize.

Diablo Season 11:

Season 11 brings some new rewards, with a goblin picture frame being one.  Dusty can not wait and must have it.  Thursday July 20th will mark the beginning of season 11.

HotS:

The current brawl in Heroes of the Storm is a pull a party.  A pull party as Ryan explains is a brawl where all players are playing Stitches, surrounding a pool, and using their only ability, pull, to hook the opposing team’s members across the pool.  It’s a lot of fun and everyone should give it a go.

Blizzcon Tickets:

Blizzard did one last round of ticket sales for Blizzcon, and much to everyone’s dismay, they sold out extremely fast.  Okay well, lets be honest, we all expected them to go lightning fast.  Congrats to everyone that managed to snag tickets.


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: https://www.youtube.com/user/Technologyguru77
             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!

Special Thanks!:

A big special thanks goes out from us here at Blizzard Umbrella to our newest patron, Michael from over at The Blue Recluse.  Thanks Michael, your support is extremely appreciated!

Thanks buddy,
The Blizzard Umbrella guys

 

Jul 2, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #22 : Argus, Tier 21, New Hearthstone Expansion, and the Necromancer!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the twenty second 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.  Tier 21 appearances, a new Hearthstone expansion, Argus, and the Necromancer all make the weekly discussion.  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 spending most of his in game time doing Tomb of Sargeras stuff with and for his guild.  He also has been continuing to gear up his warlock.  Outside of WoW Ryan finished his placement matches in Overwatch, purchased the Necromancer pack, and has been working a lot on both podcasts.

Dusty as well has been spending a lot of time in the World of Warcraft.  He managed to get a few games of HotS in and has been playing his Necromancer in Diablo.  For WoW, Dusty has been trying out the new raid, leveling up charcters that he hasn’t yet, and working on class mounts.

Argus:

Information recently data mined from the PTR has brought some news to the attention of the public recently that Argus very well could have some zones.  One of the big worries for Ryan was that Argus would just be a raid and not fleshed out very well.  Dusty informs everyone that Argus outside of the raid and the new dungeon will be like the Timeless Isles. 

Tier 21:

Some other information that came from this data mining were models for tier 21.  Based on the models Ryan feels like that for the first time in a long time, the tier for the most part is all around very good looking.  His past impressions of raid tiers as far back as Wrath of the Lich King was such that he felt like the players would only get 1 or 2 good looking class sets.  Tier 21 however is amazing looking for Ryan. 

Further Cinematic Storyline Moments:

Dusty and Ryan talk about the announcement that Argus will bring about more cinematic story moments tied in with story quests.

New Dungeon:

Argus will also bring a new dungeon, Seat of the Triumvirate, to the docket and the guys briefly discuss how they feel the new dungeon will fit in.

Nether like Crucible:

A nether like crucible will potentially be coming to WoW which will allow players a way to customize relics.  Ryan explains to Dusty why this would be a good addition to help alleviate the pain that is farming relics for raiding based on their traits, by making a way for players to alter their current relics to be more viable.

New Raid Lead  in:

The guys take a moment to discuss the new raid and the possibility of another round of lead in quests like with 7.2.5.  Both Ryan and Dusty feel like repeating the weekly quests that players saw with the Broken Shore will be a very bad thing and should be avoided.  The guys also discuss how excited they are to finally see the end of what has been a struggle the residents of Azeroth and beyond have been fighting for a very long time.

New Hearthstone Xpac:

Thursday July 6th will bring a new expansion announcement for Hearthstone.

Necromancer:

The Necromancer is on live servers now.  Dusty has been able to get in some time with it and Ryan plans to try it out this coming weekend.  Dusty feels like the Necromancer game play feels really good and is a ton of fun.

New HotS Hero:

Check out the link below for the new hero teaser.

https://twitter.com/BlizzHeroes/status/880093452918153219


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: https://www.youtube.com/user/Technologyguru77
             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!

Special Thanks!:

A big special thanks goes out from us here at Blizzard Umbrella to our very first patron ever, Marty from over at The Blue Recluse.  Thanks Marty, your friendliness, helpfulness, and general all around good nature has been awesome and doesn’t go unappreciated!

Thanks buddy,
The Blizzard Umbrella guys

 

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

 

 

 

May 25, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #17 : Concordiance, Grilled, and Collomboration, that's what I have to say.  Destiny 2, Overwatch development league, and WoW artifact knowledge!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the seventeenth recording.  The guys have both been hard at work both 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.  Destiny 2, the Overwatch development league, the Overwatch event, 2.0,  and some more changes with WoW.  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 week Ryan went with Dusty to get their Riddler's mount, play some Heroes, and try out some PUBG!  Ryan's guild has changed up their format to one raid day they do a fun day where they either do old content or acheivement focused raiding and the other day they do progression.  This past week they went back and did some Mythic EN and had a blast. 

Dusty really enjoyed going back and doing some older content and getting the Riddler's mount.  Outside of WoW Dusty has been playing some Heroes and a lot of Hearthstone.

Overwatch development league:

Ryan feels like this move by Blizzard is a good move.  It appears to be an attempt to mimic how actual professional sports are with their respective farm leagues.  This for Ryan, provides a stepping stone that allows for players to have an easy time to work their way into the professional arena.  It causes for there to a be a much more smooth linear progression from quick play to paid professional.  It will also help to keep the game relevant.  Dusty feels like while some people may have a hard time watching much less understanding what's going on when watching Overwatch, he is really enjoying watching Overwatch.  This Contender's league for Dusty provides a lot more opportunities to watch the game.  It also makes people feel like they actually have a shot at being a “contender”.  In the past, Ryan feels like players had to know people or take huge financial risks to get into the pro scene.  This type of development league allows for people to have an easier time working their way into the scene. 

Artifact Knowledge 40:

The WoW development team has decided to scale back max artifact knowledge from 50 to 40.  Ryan feels like these changes have come from a place where Blizzard didn't necessarily know how much knowledge was going to be necessary to account for the time needed to max out a player's weapon with artifact traits.   A lot of the end game players, however, have been already reaching the Concordance of the Legionfall.  Even casual players aren't too far away from reaching that paragon trait.  Artifact power is obtainable in an increasing array of options.  This has brought about an understanding by Blizzard that artifact knowledge 50 is complete overkill.  There also isn't a large need to put paragon traits into Concordance of the Legionfall as a raider so there is no rush past getting that first point into the trait.  Dusty mentions that Blizzard also is going to allow players who have reached max artifact knowledge to give max artifact knowledge to their alts.  This means that players with that knowledge level will be able to max out their weapon much quicker than normal.  Ryan feels like this is a smart move on Blizzard's part due to players burning out and quitting the game from the AP grind.  This will not only make the need to grind AP be lessened but alsomake gearing and playing alts at an end game level more doable.  Having to redo something like a large grind over again is never something that players should feel like they have to do.  Dusty asks Ryan if he thinks Blizzard will continue to increase traits and artifact knowledge in future patches.  Ryan feels like it is inevitable with the design and fantasy of this expansion.  This will mean that more than likely artifact knowledge will have to go up and players will probably see some more traits with a possible trait squish before giving players more traits.

Destiny 2 hits the Blizzard launcher:

The announcement was made recently that Destiny 2 will be coming to PC exclusively through the Blizzard launcher.  Initially Ryan was indifferent with this news considering it has no bearing on his gaming experience.  Both Dusty and Ryan feel like that the big worry, which has been voiced from the community, is that this opens the door for a lot of non Blizzard games coming to the launcher and effectively turning it into another Steam or Origins type of situation.  Dusty feels like this is a good move on Blizzard's part because it will help to grow their already large community of players across all of their games.  Dusty does however feel like it's not a great move to have the PC version launch so much later than the console version.  Ryan feels like this will remove the first look experience for PC players due to the fact that console players will have a 3 month jump on the PC community.  Both Dusty and Ryan though have been getting more and more excited for this game as they continue to talk about it.  Ryan also mentions per a Blizzard post, there Is no intention at this current time to put any other non Blizzard games on the launcher.

News

Overwatch:  Overwatch anniversary event is here!

WoW:  Blizzard has been providing more formal opportunities for player feedback which has translated into some class changes!

HotS:  Has Blizzard tricked Overwatch players into playing Heroes?


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

Thanks again to the Blue Recluse guys.  We had a blast last week recording with them and we really want to encourage you all to go and check out their show if you haven't already!


The Blue Recluse guys:   Facebook: The Blue Recluse
YouTube: The Blue Recluse
Twitter:  @TheBlueRecluse_
Instagram: thebluerecluse
E-Mail: thebluereclusepodcast@gmail.com
Website: www.thebluerecluse.eu

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!

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!

Thanks in advance on behalf of the people making all this happen to anyone who does make contributions.

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

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

 

 

May 19, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #16 : We've got guests!  The Blue Recluse guys come to visit!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the sixteenth recording.  The guys have both been hard at work both on the show, off the show, in game, and out of game.  This week the guys have guests on the show!  Marty and Michael from The Blue Recluse, have graced Dusty and Ryan with their presence for the show's first ever guest episode.  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:

With Michael being the first person on the show that actually plays Starcraft, Ryan and Dusty both comment on how they both love to watch people play Starcraft but neither have really spent much if any time on the game. 

Dusty asks Michael and Marty what their thoughts on HotS 2.0 are.  Marty talks about how he likes the game a lot and he feels that 2.0 has almost been a revival for the game .  He really likes the new progression and loot box system, it's really made the game addicting again and is owed some well deserved praise. Michael feels that 2.0 has seen a bit of face lift to bring the game back into the spotlight and bring people back to the game.  Dusty follows up the guys by talking about how he feels like the game play and everything that comes with 2.0 just all feels good and makes the game very appetizing to play.  Ryan, having come from a bit more of a competitive MOBA background with DOTA and HoN, asks the guys to weigh in on whether they feel that with 2.0 and other crossover events has brought some artificial enticement to the game that causes for the cyclical influx of players to the game or not.   Michael feels that while at face value this is true, Blizzard's underlying intention is not just to get players to the game but try and keep them playing once they have started.  For Marty, the game got an Overwatch treatment with loot, where while he doesn't enjoy competitive Overwatch he still enjoys playing because he enjoys getting the loot boxes.  Dusty talks about how he really loves the feeling he gets when he gets to open loot in games like HotS, Overwatch and Hearthstone. 

Dusty asks the guys what they think the split is between competitive and casual players in games like these.  Michael thinks the proportions are overwhelmingly in favor of the casual player base but the games see cycles of players delving into competitive.  Marty thinks that access to competitive play in team based games like HotS and Overwatch is more in favor of the casual players because trying to be competitive on a solo basis can be challenging.   

As the talk progresses further into the balance of casual and competitive players , Ryan talks about how to not only be a part of a team but also a successful one, the people involved need to have similar goals in mind but also be compatible in the sense that everyone needs to enjoys being around each other.  Marty mentions how a lot of the time when a guild in WoW has an application involved in its' recruitment process, it's there to help filter out people who might not fit in with the group.  Dusty touches on how he feels that Blizzard does a good job catering to both the casual and competitive crowds.

With the Blue Recluse guys joining the show, it only seemed fitting to ask them their history behind their tenurship in the Blizzard universe and what those games have meant for them.  Michael talks about how as a kid he played some of the Blizzard games on his dad's playstation.  When he got older and was able to get his own PC he started really getting into the Blizzard games with Starcraft and Warcraft.  As Michael spent a lot of his youth playing sports because video games were not “cool”, his gaming didn't really take a front seat in his life until he got to go to Blizzcon.  This Blizzcon was the catalyst that brought Michael to his place in the digital community and his seat on The Blue Recluse.  Dusty tells Michael that he, like Michael spent much of his gaming, playing solo until he started doing the show and playing games with Ryan.  This experience has really shown Dusty how enjoyable playing with other people really brings a whole new meaning and enjoyment to games.  Michael agrees that playing games with other people and being a part of a community, big or small, is so much more enjoyable and fruitful. Michael also mentions that being a part of a group really helps to alleviate the annoyances that come with the impatient nature of people in pugs.  Marty chimes in with the comment that while some of the pugging scenes like LFR can be extremely toxic, they are in now way shape or form indicative of what the raid scene has to offer.  Ryan and Michael take the talk over to how Blizzcon really solidified that playing games was who they are and they really like being a part of a community that shares in their same passions.

Marty, with some ribbing of course, admits to his old age in the fact that he started playing Blizzard games with Lost Vikings and has played almost all of the Blizzard games as they have graced the digital community with their presence.  At a point in his life that studying became a priority, Marty took a break from games but got sucked back in with the release of World of Warcraft.  As he came back to the community, he started playing with people from all over Europe.  After spending so much time with these people and forming friendships online with them, the decision was made to do a meetup.  This meetup ended up being something Marty couldn't go to but as a phoenix rises out of the ashes, an opportunity arose when a guild mate decided to come to Marty's neck of the woods for New Years.  As people heard about this more and more joined in on the New Year's fun with each year's passing.  That group still meets up today.  Ryan talks about how he as well has made life long friends from playing these games and still talks to people he made friends with years ago.  People who might not even play anymore. 

While Marty and Michael have both given their stories, Marty graciously tells the guys the story of their third co-host, Tom who was unable to be in attendance.  Tom came to WoW with some people he played another mmo with.  In a happy accident, Tom managed to end up on a different server than the people he came to the game with.  He ended up on Marty's server.  He and Marty met out in the world while questing and the rest is history.  This eventually led to Marty and Tom creating The Blue Recluse.

While Marty and Tom created their show and have been doing it for a while, Michael eventually made his way onto the show as a co-host.  As Marty and Tom realized that bringing someone else on to the show who is of a different mindset or favors different games, they put the word out they were looking for a co-host.  Michael heard the call, answered it, and managed to go from a listener of the show to a now third leg of what is a great show, The Blue Recluse.

Marty and Dusty both feel like the podcasts are a great way for everyone to discuss and fan the flames of their inner nerd.  Marty feels that the podcast has caused for him to be a bit more opinionated and reserved about what games he spends his money on.

Marty talks about the interaction they have with their listeners.  He also tells the guys how he remembers the excitement that came with the first e-mail their show received from a listener.

 

News

Overwatch:  Overwatch will be seeing two books released.  The Art of Overwatch and The Anthology of Overwatch Vol. 1.

WoW:  A recent collection of data has given a very inconsistent number of classes and specs that have been able to conquer their respective challenge appearance events.

Hearthsone: A video by a respected pro player in Hearthstone has been making the rounds lately.  The video talks about two of the biggest problems with Hearthstone, being the cost and the RNG of the game.  This video is receiving a good amount of traction so it will be interesting to see if anything comes of it from Blizzard.

HotS:  D.Va is very close to making her appearance in HotS.


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:

The Blue Recluse guys:   Facebook: The Blue Recluse
YouTube: The Blue Recluse
Twitter:  @TheBlueRecluse_
Instagram: thebluerecluse
E-Mail: thebluereclusepodcast@gmail.com
Website: www.thebluerecluse.eu

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


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!

Thanks in advance on behalf of the people making all this happen to anyone who does make contributions.

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

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

 

 

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