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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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Mar 9, 2017

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the fourth recording of the Dusty and Ryan duo.  You can find the show on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.  You can also find us on Twitter @BlizzUmbrella and e-mail us at BlizzardUmbrella@gmail.com.  This week the show discusses the PTR and whether we like it or not.

Oops:

Prior to this show there has been an oops.  You have all been told the wrong Twitter username to find the guys at.  The correct username if you want to find them is @BlizzUmbrella.  OOPS!

What We’re Up to:

This past week Ryan’s guild killed a few more bosses and is now 8/10 Heroic Nighthold.  Look out Gul’dan!  Ryan has been taking a break from all the WoWs outside of raiding to play a lot of Overwatch competitive play.  On top of that, Ryan has also been enjoying playing some Orissa on the Overwatch PTR.

Dusty has been pretty busy but has managed to get some gaming in.  This last week Dusty grabs the pet before the Diablo season ends.  In WoW Dusty finishes off pathfinder part 1 and the ending of the Suramar questline really catches Dusty’s eye. Pathfinder part 2 can’t come soon enough!  To top it all off, Dusty plays around with some funky deck combinations in hearthstone while waiting for Un’Goro to drop. 

Outside of Blizzard games Dusty has been playing Zelda on his new Nintendo Switch. 

To PTR or Not to PTR:

Outside of Hearthstone, all of Blizzard’s game have a PTR.  The PTR or Public Test Realm is an alternate version of each respective game that has future content on it.  Players can come try out this content and allow Blizzard to gain some feedback or find bugs prior to live launch.  When it comes to the, PTR Ryan and Dusty both agree that the PTR for WoW isn’t something that they want to utilize due to it potentially ruining the magic of each WoW encounter.  Games like Overwatch and HOTS are more gameplay oriented so the PTR isn’t such a big deal to Dusty and Ryan.  Hearthstone doesn’t use a PTR and the guys feel that it’s due to gameplay speed and simplicity.  Diablo and Starcraft both have a PTR and respectively they serve a particular purpose.  When it comes to WoW, the PVE scene at the top level is very competitive.  These guilds and players put in a lot of time and effort to try and be the World 1st.  In order to best prepare to achieve this objective they will spend a lot of time on the PTR putting together the strategies for their boss kills.  Does this ruin some of the prestigiousness of end game raiding?  This begs to question what is a good balance from a PTR perspective of what is enough for Blizzard to put on there for testing and what to hold back so as to keep things fresh and exciting?  In short, both Ryan and Dusty feel that the PTR is great for some games, not so great for other games, and pointless altogether for games like Hearthstone.

News

- In Overwatch, Orissa hits the PTR and already sees some nerfs, Ana and Bastion see some nerfs, Winston’s bubble CD gets changed, and Zarya sees a change to her bubble as well
- Probius makes the HOTS roster
- Hearthstone awaits the new expansion and new ladder changes go live
- WoW AP and Rep items gained prior to 7.2 are pointless to hold on to and the way the new artifact traits work is released
- The current Diablo season is ending soon, the new one is not far behind it, and when can you look to see the Necromancer

Closing

Another week is in the books as the duo of Dusty and Ryan chat all things Blizzard. Keep looking to see them bring more information and talks to you and they will talk to you next week.

Where to find us:

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


Probious Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPxjfQaxZhI
Ben Brode raps Un’Goro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEmnpRSgqQk
Alternate rap video sped up 1.5x (This one is a lot more fun to listen to): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDIUkCJ2nSk

There are a lot more versions out there the public has gotten a hold of and they are all great.  Check them out on YouTube!  Good on you Ben!

Mar 1, 2017

006: All the games to play!? Game Overload!

Intro:

This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the third recording of the Dusty and Ryan duo.  You can now find the show on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.  This week the show discusses the plethora of games Blizzard has available to the community.  What does this in terms of how players spend their time or the focus of Blizzard as they continue to develop these games?

What We’re Up to:

Ryan’s guild makes some heroic progress in Nighthold!  Much to his dismay Ryan also took the time to do the archaeology weekly for the moose mount.  On top of doing the his typical WoW thing Ryan also finished of the HotS Warcraft event, played some competitive Overwatch, and has been continuing to dust off his Hearthstone skills, can you say one shot?!

Dusty and Ryan played some HotS together which caused Dusty to realize how much he appreciates being able to play and communicate with people as he plays games instead of playing solo.

Dusty plays lots Zul’Jin and goes on a win streak.  On top of playing lots of Heroes dusty jumps into LFR and does the second wing of Nighthold for the first time.  Dusty also hits rank 10 in Hearthstone and looks forward to getting his chest!

Both Dusty and Ryan come from a different perspective when it comes to raiding and briefly discuss how they feel about Nighthold with that in mind.

LFR can be a cesspool!

A Diverse Game Selection:

Blizzard over the years has branched out to a point where they have game options in almost all of the big genres out there.  With multiple games of different types available both players and Blizzard are presented with a dilemma of where does their time and focus go.  Blizzard obviously has multiple development teams to cover their bases but the players only have so much time in a given week.  With that in mind, the questions stands, what does this mean from Blizzards end and from the players end?  Does Blizzard design games and events with the intent to get people to play all the games?  Do the players reach a point where there is so much to do that they start to miss out due to lack of adequate gaming time?  Does this dilemma cause these games to grow more towards a casual player scene or does the hardcore gamer not get neglected?  How many players still play non Blizzard games now?  Dusty and Ryan give their two cents.

News

- Farming legendary items will be possible in 7.2 and getting a legendary for an offspec will be easier
- Hearthstone has the Journey to Un’Goro expansion coming soon
- HotS sees lots of heroes changes on the PTR
- Overwatch’s new competitive season is on the doorstep

Closing

Another week is in the books as the duo of Dusty and Ryan chat all things Blizzard. Keep looking to see them bring more information and talks to you and they will talk to you next week.

Where to find us:

E-mail: BlizzardUmbrella@gmail.com E-mail any questions or topics you’d like Dusty and Ryan to cover in up-coming episodes.

Twitter : @BlizzardUmbrella

Reddit : BlizzardUmbrella

Btags : Dusty – Techguru77#1984
             Ryan – Mcirish#1609

 

Feb 22, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #2 : Can you hear me?! Talk To Us Blizzard

Intro:

Blizzard Umbrella is back for its second episode of the newly rebooted podcast!
We are now live on iTunes and soon to be on both Google Play and Stitcher.
Our twitter account is now live, @BlizzardUmbrella.
You can also find us on reddit via the username BlizzardUmbrella!

What We’re Up to:

Taking a break from just playing WoW, Ryan has been getting back into some of the other games.  New to hearthstone?  Don’t worry, so is Ryan.  On top of trying not to be a noob at Hearthstone Ryan has been working on the Heroes of the Storm event for the WoW mount and placed Gold in competitive Overwatch. 

Dusty and Ryan briefly discuss their love for Solider 76 and how Ryan was able to place higher in the ranks than someone who did better than he did. 

Is the competitive placement process a good one?  Ryan and Dusty weigh in. 

In game this week Dusty gets his first legendary on his mage alt and gets some gear on his hunter through LFR.  Did you say legendary, because Dusty’s frost mage did.  A pretty orange belt now sits on his mage’s waist!  Dusty can’t get enough of Lucio in HotS.

LFR drops set pieces again.  The talk ventures into the question of whether this good or not.

Blizzard Communication:

There has been lots of chatter lately about Blizzard’s communication to the players.  With supposed plans to get better at acknowledging the players’ questions and needs what does this mean?  Is Blizzards communication lacking?  Does it still need improvement or is it fine right where it is at?  That being said, is Blizzard well within their rights or their ethical obligation to the players, to keep them in the dark or waiting at times?

News

-Legendary drops have being seeing some love behind the scenes in World of Warcraft
-Lucio in HotS is seeing some good action
-Season 10 for Diablo is on the PTR and extra special legendary items are in the news
-Spirit Claws and Small Time Buccaneer cards see some change in Hearthstone and Year of the Mammoth brings a new content release schedule

Closing

Another week is in the books as the duo of Dusty and Ryan chat all things Blizzard. Keep looking to see them bring more information and talks to you and they will talk to you next week.

Where to find us:

E-mail: BlizzardUmbrella@gmail.com E-mail any questions or topics you’d like Dusty and Ryan to cover in up-coming episodes.

Twitter : @BlizzardUmbrella

Reddit : BlizzardUmbrella

Additional Links:
Legendary Changes for WoW?
http://blizzardwatch.com/2017/02/17/legendary-item-drop-rates-clarified-wow-devs/
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20753149009?page=1#1
http://blizzardwatch.com/2017/02/21/get-legendary-needed/

Feb 16, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #1 : Battle Tokens!

Intro:

Dusty is joined by his new Co-Host, Ryan, as the show makes it return to the podcast and gaming community. 

What We’re Up to:

Dusty has been playing lots of Hearthstone while dabbling in some WoW, Overwatch, and HotS, and Ryan has been concentrating on Nighthold progression with his raid team.  The talks swings to Nighthold raiding and its comparison to EN and Tov.  How are set bonuses right now and legendary items?  What classes are we playing currently and Dusty touches on how he likes to spend his time on Hearthstone.

Battle Tokens:

Dusty and Ryan discuss the implications of the new Battle.Net balance from Battle Tokens. Under the old system tokens only gave game time and gold but the new system offers so much more.  The $15 balance can be used in all of Blizzard’s games.  What does this mean for Blizzard, the players, and WoW’s in game economy?  Will this pull money out of an over saturated WoW economy?  Will players actually use these services and is the $5 Blizzard keeps a good or bad thing?  All of this discussed.

Blizzards Multi Genre Game Collection

Ryan briefly mentions and asks Dusty what his thoughts are on Blizzards ability to get players to play outside their wheel house.  A topic for another podcast?!

Nighthold and Suramar

Dusty and Ryan briefly discuss whether they like Suramar and how awesome Nighthold is.

7.2 Inc

Pathfinder part 2 is on its way and the quality of life is something to be desired!

News

-Hearthstones new expansion leaked!
-Lucio is coming to HotS
-HotS new event brings a new mount to WoW!

Closing

Both Dusty and Ryan are super excited to have the opportunity to do this podcast and fan the flames of their inner blizzard fanboy desires.  Join them in the following weeks to come as they bring up more topics that have to do with everything Blizzard!

Where to find us:

E-mail: BlizzardUmbrella@gmail.com E-mail any questions or topics you’d like Dusty and Ryan to cover in up-coming episodes.

May 12, 2016
Get in touch with the show:
@blizzumbrella on Twitter
www.blizzardumbrella.com
Email us - blizzardumbrella@gmail.com
 
My week in Blizzard Games.
 
WoW - Doing my normal Garrison Dailies. Leveled up my skinning to 700 on my Hunter Main --- Trying to make a checklist now that Legion will be coming in a few months on what I want to have done by August 30th release date. Started a new undead Warlock for no reason at all... I don't even like the undead models at all. May delete the character soon. :)
 
Hearthstone - Been playing a Yogg Mage all week long plus a Divine shield Paladin that has been a ton of fun. The meta is beginning to take shape and it is a lot of  fun. Chakki took first place in the DH tournament in Austin.
 
HOTS - In heroes I have been playing a TON of Lt. Morales. She is basically an OP healer from what I can tell. I played 11 games with her and won 9. I really am enjoying heroes more now that I am going in and playing different types of characters. I have been trying to do my dailies every couple days and that keeps me motivated to play different heroes that I may not have tried before.
 
Diablo 3 - Continuing with my Seasonal Journey in Season 6. This has been a lot of fun this season playing a Wizard. I am in the process of finish my Firebirds set. I have all the pieces but a couple of them have really bad rolls. I'm trying to unlock that darn portrait this Season! That is my goal.
 
Starcraft - Trying to continue my way through the story line. And want to begin playing the new 
 
Overwatch - Not to much Overwatch this week as I am trying to wait until release so all of my progress does not get wiped. 
 
Blizzard Gaming News
 
Wow - Some transmog items have popped up all over for those who go to see the new Warcraft Movie. They all look pretty cool. A bunch of updates to the Legion Alpha, BUT all of that stuff is going to change anyways
 
There was a live stream with content creator Jesse Cox that revealed some interesting stuff about Legion and World Quests
  • Order Halls have less visual customization but you can customize the gameplay. Order Halls are iconic locations that have been around long before you--you wouldn't totally redecorate it. However, the Artifact Weapons have visual customization.
  • Order Hall fantasy - you are a champion but also part of a group of famous peers. Think King Author and Knights of the Round Table.
One time story Epic quest for each class. Gave some really cool examples.
Every day when you log in, there is an emissary that asks you to do specific sets of world quests to aid a faction 
Talked about the leveling experience from 1 and how they know it is broken and they want to fix it.
They talked about other stuff as well BUT it's all online linked somewhere for you to find easily.
 
Hearthstone - The biggest news in the hearthstone world was that Chakki won the DH Austin tournament this weekend with some really cool decks. He had a nazoth Paladin deck that was awesome!
 
Heroes of the Storm - This week 2 new heroes were revealed. Chromie and Medivh. Both are assassins. and Chromie is the first Gnome to enter the game! How exciting is that! There are going to be some major Heroe reworks in the near future for Arthas and Anubarak as well as Falstad. 
They also talked about the upcoming Ranked Mode Revamp. So they introduced Grandmaster Leagues, Seasons, and Rewards. This will begin around a month from now. There are multiple tiers now with rewards each season. Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and the best will be called diamond. With each win or loss you may either be promoted to the next highest tier or demoted to a tier below the one you are in now. Also, I love this because I am all about more STUFF like the rewards such as the Wolf that they have teased in the forum post as well as new portraits.
 
Overwatch - The only news in overwatch is that the Beta is over and they gave us an extra day so that was fun. As I said earlier I am patiently waiting the release date on the 24th of May.
May 4, 2016

In this week's episode of the Blizzard Umbrella Podcast, I talk about my week in game and what I have been up to.

Hearthstone continued with the OG Expansion. Played around with some more fun Decks --- C'thun Druid and Deathrattle Rogue
Diablo 3 Season 6 has begun and I went with a wizard this time and have gotten to around Paragon 202
WOW - Normal Garrison Dailies to rack up the golds
Heroes of the Storm - Have been playing a lot of Tracer and having a lot of fun! Wanting to get the next skin variant the GREEN one
Overwatch --- The Overwatch Open Beta is here and I am having a blast! Playing a TON of Junkrat and messing around with other characters as well.
 
I also talk about the news this week for each game.
 
The topic of the week for this episode was "Would You Want To Play On A Vanilla Wow Server?"
Apr 27, 2016

In the first every episode of the Blizzard Umbrella Podcast, I talk about what the show is about and why I want to do a show about Blizzards games! I introduce myself and the format of the show. 

Happenings In Game:

This week I have been playing TONS of Hearthstone with the release of the new Whispers of the Old Gods expansion. Messing around with a Shaman and C'Thun Priest deck. I talk in depth about the new Standard format and what I think of Old Gods so far.

In wow I'm just doing the normal Garrison chores and waiting for Legion on August 30th. I also discuss what I've been doing in Overwatch as well!

Don't forget to email the show at blizzardumbrella@gmail.com to get your questions on the next show!

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