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