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