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Blizzard Umbrella: The Podcast For People Who Love Blizzard Games

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

 

 

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