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