#23 – Battle for PvP

Belle joins Rho post-Blizzcon to discuss Battle for Azeroth and the ramifications the next expansion has for PvP.

Note: This episode is not at the typical sound quality we strive for on this show due to unforseen technical issues in post-production. Efforts will be made to correct this going forward.

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You can also find Belle on Pwncast.

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Episode 247 : Blizzcon – The Hype Awakens

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This show includes a special Blizzcon interview with Hearthstone Game Designer Mike Donais and Concept Artist Jomaro Kindred which focuses on the recently announced Kobolds & Catacombs set. You’ll also hear Rho’s personal take on Blizzcon from Day 0 to the day after.

If you enjoy World of Warcraft, listen to Rho on the Rolling Restart podcast!

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Weekly Podcast Roundup : Oct. 30 – Nov. 6, 2017

Every Monday, Realm Maintenance brings you a long list of WoW and other Blizzard franchise podcasts that were published the week and weekend before. If you don’t see your favorite Blizzard franchise podcast listed, just let Rho know in the comments. Be sure to leave a link to it, and we’ll pick it up next week.

All podcasts and content belong to their owners. Realm Maintenance is not responsible for what you hear, and some of the content may not be safe for work.

NOTE: Due to this roundup being posted late, this week’s update includes shows posted through the Monday after Blizzcon.

World of Podcasts 2017 Podcasts Can Be Found By Clicking This Link

General Blizzard Podcasts

World of Warcraft Podcasts

Hearthstone Podcasts

Diablo Podcasts

Heroes of the Storm Podcasts

Overwatch Podcasts

Episode 246 : The Calm Before the Blizzcouch

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Blizzcon is days, even hours away! Share in the hype building as Rho interviews Virtual Ticket host Michele Morrow, WoW YouTubers Taliesin & Evitel, Battlenet News Host Pat Krane, and Cosplayer Kaz on the Road to Blizzcon 2017!

Realm Maintenance returns in just one week with this year’s Blizzcon recap episode, featuring community interviews and much more!

If you enjoy World of Warcraft, listen to Rho on the Rolling Restart podcast!

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#22 – Simply the Best

Three co-hosts join Rho in a special pre-Blizzcon episode that takes a look at the best parts of Legion before briefly looking ahead to what’s to come at Blizzcon for World of Warcraft.

NOTE: Rolling Restart’s next episode is scheduled for November 11th, but we may squeeze in a show on the 4th recorded live from Blizzcon! Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for any updates.

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Episode 245 : Virtually Blizzcon Time

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This week it’s a short show with the usual helpings of podcast news and information, including how you may be able to get your hands on a Blizzcon Virtual ticket on this show or several others thanks to Blizzard Entertainment!

Realm Maintenance returns in just one week with a special pre-Blizzcon episode. Don’t miss it!

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Blizzcon 2017 Virtual Ticket Giveaway!

Realm Maintenance has a pair of Blizzcon Virtual ticket codes to give away to some lucky listeners!

To enter, just listen to Tuesday’s episode of Realm Maintenance for the codeword. You’ll have until Saturday, October 28th to either tweet the codeword as a hashtag to @RealmPodcast on Twitter, or you can email RealmPodcast@gmail.com with the codeword in the subject line.

A random email entry and a random twitter entry will each be chosen at 3pm Eastern on October 28th, and winners will be contacted later that day.

Thanks to Blizzard Entertainment for providing these codes!

For more information on everything you get with the Virtual Ticket, check out blizzcon.com.

 

Blizzcon Interview with Patrick Magruder

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A special interview with World of Warcraft Lead Software Engineer Patrick Magruder.

Thanks to Blizzard Entertainment and the WoW team for making this happen.

Keep watching this feed later in the week for a full Bizzcon recap episode of the show!

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My Blizzcon 2016 Predictions

For the past month, I’ve invited listeners of the show to participate in a little contest to see who can best predict a number of topics in regards to Blizzcon 2016.

I gave some predictions on Episode 214 this week, but I figured I’d take a few minutes to call my own shots here and answer all those same questions, with maybe a few extras.

Will Chris Metzen appear in person on stage during the Opening Ceremony?

No. While this is a celebration of 25 years of Blizzard and 10 Blizzcons, I feel like a statement is made here that Blizzard goes on. Would I love to see it happen? Hell yes. I just feel it’s not likely.

During the Opening Ceremony, which franchise will be featured immediately following Mike Morhaime’s opening remarks?

Hearthstone. It’s quite possibly the only franchise that’s announcing substantial new content, and the game is relevant to a huge playerbase. This Opening Ceremony will start strong and end strong. Hearthstone is where it starts strong.

Will a new IP be introduced at Blizzcon? (Note: this means a new franchise entirely, not a new game from an established IP)

No. While I strongly believe there are great things in the works, those projects aren’t even baking in the oven yet. We also have to consider that Overwatch is still in its infancy as Blizzard’s newest IP, and resources are undoubtedly being used to grow it.

How many new Heroes will be introduced for Heroes of the Storm during the Opening Ceremony?

Two. It -might- be three, but I’m leaning more toward two heroes. One of the heroes will have a fairly standard kit, while the other will make us think differently about how Heroes can be made (in the same vein that Lost Vikings and Cho’Gal surprised us).

Will a new hero class (Death Knight, Monk, etc.) be announced for Hearthstone?

Absolutely not. If we had teasers from Pandaria or Northrend instead of Gadgetzan, I might reconsider. That said, it would be pretty crazy if we got say… an Engineer hero class. Odds of that happening? <1%

Will Patch 7.2 content for World of Warcraft be revealed at Blizzcon? and…

If 7.2 content is revealed for WoW, what do you think it will include?

Yes, we’ll learn much more about patch 7.2. 7.2 will mark the opening of the Nighthold raid. That’s almost a no-brainer. I also feel that 7.2 (or 7.3) will introduce us to a new max level questing zone, part of which will be playable at Blizzcon. Where is this quest zone? Nowhere on Azeroth. I’m thinking more along the lines of a Legion controlled world, with a look similar to what we’ve seen in the Warlock order hall and Demon Hunter starting experience. This might also be the location for new 5-man content. While I’m on the topic of 7.2… I believe it will be announced that Mythic (but not Mythic+) will be added to Dungeon Finder. In order to use keystones you’ll still have to enter a Mythic the usual way. We’ll also see a number of new legendary items added to the pool, and artifacts will gain a new method of empowering/progression for those who max them out.

Will Sombra be playable for Overwatch at Blizzcon?

Yes. Let’s move on…

Excluding Sombra, how many new characters will be revealed for Overwatch at Blizzcon 2016?

One, and it’s the third incarnation of Doomfist.

Name up to three characters that you predict will be revealed for Heroes of the Storm at Blizzcon!

Now I said there would be two, but -if- there are three my money is on Varian Wrynn, Deckard Cain, and Lucio. Mind you on this episode of Azeroth Roundtable I made different predictions, but that was mainly because Jon picked Varian and Deckard before me and I wanted to make things interesting. I actually agree quite a bit on Varian and Deckard.

What will be announced for the Diablo franchise?

To celebrate 20 years of Diablo, Patch 2.5 will be a major content patch that gives players access to special rifts that allow you to re-enact events from past Diablo games. Think Diablo 3 meets Caverns of Time. The other day new art of a class previously seen in Diablo 2 made an appearance. I won’t say what it is here, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if that class is introduced to Diablo 3.

I do not think Diablo 4 or a new expansion for Diablo 3 will be announced. I would love to be proven wrong, believe me.

Will a new mobile app be revealed at Blizzcon 2016?

Yes…. and no. By that, I mean the Legion Companion app will get a major content upgrade that has nothing to do with Order Halls. Pet battlers, your time is now. Embrace it.

Which universe will the winning Costume Contest creation represent?

Overwatch. It will be cosplay of a Legendary skin for one of the female characters, or it will be an amazing Reinhardt. That said, Genn Greymane will be a finalist, and I would love Greymane to prove me wrong and win it all. Good luck Frostee and Kaz.

Which two classes will face off in the very last game of the Hearthstone World Championship?

Shaman – Mage

Which region will the Heroes of the Storm Fall Champions come from?

Taiwan. Please Buff Arthas. No, seriously, please buff him.

Will Tournament Mode be announced for Hearthstone?

No. I make that prediction based on the simple fact that Heroic Brawl is a thing. That said, I think we’re going to learn about significant changes coming to Ranked and Arena play.

How many -combined- new maps will be revealed between Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch? (Heroes Brawl maps do not count)

Two, both of them from Overwatch. I don’t think we’ll see a new Battleground revealed for Heroes so soon after the release of the Machines of War additions. I do think we’ll find out about some new Brawl maps, but they don’t count.

Will Deckard Cain be mentioned in any way during any Diablo panel or the Opening Ceremony?

Absolutely, because he’ll at the very least be a new Hero of the Storm. Otherwise, he’ll be brought up on Friday’s Diablo panel.

Bonus Predictions:

  1. Overwatch is getting an animated series on Netflix. Tentative release date: late 2017
  2. Starcraft will get a new series of mission packs with a Zerg focus.
  3. Anduin plays a major part in 7.3. So does Wrathion.
  4. The next Hearthstone content will be released November 29th. Heroic Brawl will take place a week before that launch.
  5. Announcer packs are coming to Heroes of the Storm.
  6. World of Podcasts is going to be awesome! Listen to it live or download the panels after the fact. (Okay, I’m biased.)
  7. Murlocs. You’ll know it when you see it.

And finally…

Exactly how long will Mike Morhaime’s opening remarks be?

11 minutes, 11 seconds.

 

 

 

 

Realm Maintenance: Ep. #65 – Blizzcon and Back Again

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Rho takes a week off from the usual format to bring you interviews with a number of people he encountered at Blizzcon last weekend.

Interviews: Meagan and Ward from Warcraft Trolls, Xantar from Holy Shatt, Elvine from twitch.tv/elvinemod, Ben from Azeroth Roundtable, Lignar and Medicakes from Epic Podcast, Koltrane from Convert to Raid, KevinOldScratch from Darkmoon Herald, WoW Lead Quest Designer Craig Amai, Twizz from Twizzcast, Rem from Tauren Think Tank.

Thanks to John “TotalBiscuit” Bain, Tom Chilton, Jesse Cox, Chris Metzen, Mike Morhaime, Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street, and Mark “Turpster” Turpin for taking a moment to record bumpers for the show!

The show will return to its normal format next week!

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