Episode 18 – Blizzard, Can You Take Me High Enough?

Episode 18 – Blizzard, Can You Take Me High Enough?

 
 
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Standing In Fire E18 World of Warcraft Podcast
In which Tess, Militus, and Boom talk about the holidays, Moments of Zen, Patch 8.1, and the future of Blizzard. Join us and call in at 702-625-1337 or tweet us @sifpodcast!  Whoot!

Links Discussed:
Patch 8.1 released in tiers: https://www.wowhead.com/news=288840/patch-8-1-tides-of-vengeance-content-release-calendar
Bellular advises how to get ready for the patch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ60L_CDNsc&t=380s
Future of Blizzard/Diablo: https://kotaku.com/the-past-present-and-future-of-diablo-1830593195
Activision Sends Their Regards: https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/a07p2e/with_the_recent_leaks_from_blizzard_how_it_feels/
Max Level Rewards: https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/a0340q/back_in_the_day_you_were_rewarded_for_hitting_max/
Map of WoW, c. 1999: https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/9zyrwr/the_map_of_wow_1999/

Intro
Greetings to our one listener in Laos.

Contact Us (Tess)
Website: stopstandinginfire.com
Email: stopstandinginfire@gmail.com
Twitter: @sifpodcast
Twitch: standinginfirepodcast@twitch.tv
Phone: (Tess Jingle)

Segment 1: Moments of Zen
Tess – I played a chunk of other games while I enjoyed my time off with my family.

Militus – I was completing a WQ in Tiregard Sound and ran into a Mage. We had an interesting buff exchange. LOL.

Boom -. Thanksgiving week brought lots of family and friends and various activities. With the week off I also gamed my ass off and played Warhammer 40k Mechanicus, MTG Arena, Breach (Alpha), Overwatch and made it to level 63 in Neverwinter. The highlight was the Black Friday sale where I picked up tons of 75% off Overwatch league gear. Fitted hats! $10, T-shirts $6 and a killer jacket, $30. I even grabbed up the Overwatch Legos of Bastion my favorite Overwatch hero.

Segment 1: News/Topic
Story 1. Patch 8.1 (Dec. 11) will be released in tiers. See the tiers below:
https://www.wowhead.com/news=288840/patch-8-1-tides-of-vengeance-content-release-calendar

Watch this video by Bellular to get ready for the patch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ60L_CDNsc&t=380s

Story 2. What in the hell is happening at Blizzard right now? Read this article:
https://kotaku.com/the-past-present-and-future-of-diablo-1830593195

Militus – The only thing that can kill WoW is WoW… is that now happening? No shit. I am legitimately worried.

Boom – This is the WOD team. I want to open up with this comment. WoW is now the most graphically pretty MMO I think there is. (crazy I know) However, I want a more complex MMO. I want one that takes a long time to level (I feel like I should just be hitting cap now from an expansion). I want lots of currencies and confusion and things that make me immersed in the world because I have to explore and discover. WoW is just really familiar and streamlined to the point that it is something I play, not experience. These expansions seem to get thinner and thinner each time. Militus and I ran an entire zone in two hours during the opening night. That seems crazy to me.

With all that said, Blizzard Activision is set to make a crap ton of money next year if they push out a new title and expansions for all of their games. I am a conspiracy theorist and I actually believe they are holding announcements to purposely lower their stock price for a potential stock buyback because they are a few announcements away from a record few years. 2019/2020 could be huge for Blizzard. That is just my conspiracy though.

Segment 2: MILITUS REDDIT
Posted by
u/dude_seven
With the recent leaks from Blizzard, how it feels like:

Posted by
u/chr1s003
Back in the day you were rewarded for hitting max level….
So, I hit 120 today on one of my alts and I immediately felt bored and empty.

Back in the day you used to hit max level and think “YES!, I can finally learn this cool new spell I’ve been waiting for!”
Now you hit 120 and to gain access to the same shit we’ve been doing since Legion. WQ’s, etc.

They need to take some Legion legendary effects or something and add at least 1 more talent tier. IMO

Blizzard will NEVER Draw in a new player base if 100-120 is a void of nothingness but levels…. New players will simply quit with nothing to look forward too, I know I would.

Thoughts about this post? Agree or Disagree? Why?

Posted by u/triferg
the map of WoW, 1999

End of show Credits
SHOUT OUT TO WILDSTAR! 2PM PST , 11/28 Goodbye. Militus will be there. Come join him.

Jeremy W www.oak-production.com

Episode 17 – We Trick Tess

Episode 17 – We Trick Tess

 
 
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Standing In Fire E17
In which Tess, Militus, and Boom talk about playing other games to lessen the Gamer ADD issue, Moments of Zen, and 8.1 news. Join us and call in at 702-625-1337 or tweet us @sifpodcast!

Links Discussed:
Happy National Pickle Day!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2VJnjVe7NE
Neverwinter: https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/neverwinter
Interesting Procs coming to items from next raid tier
https://www.wowhead.com/news=288481/items-with-fun-procs-from-the-battle-of-dazaralor-raid
Pally animations.
https://www.wowhead.com/news=288633/tides-of-vengeance-new-paladin-spell-animations-beacons-blessing-of-freedom-bles
Concecrate Animation: https://www.wowhead.com/news=288483/new-paladin-consecration-spell-animation-patch-8-1-ptr
5th ring for Azerite armor: https://www.wowhead.com/news=288482/patch-8-1-ptr-azerite-pieces-with-the-fifth-ring-available-on-the-dungeon-journa
“Dodge the grapeshot” posted by Serious-Potato1: https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/9uwdkf/dodge_the_grapeshot/
Blizzard pls… posted by Nevolok: https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/9uuqzo/blizzard_pls/
Okay, fellow demon hunters… posted by Mantas964: https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/9x0cqc/okay_fellow_demon_hunters_i_get_you_want_your/

Intro
Happy National Pickle Day!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2VJnjVe7NE

Contact Us (Tess)
Website: stopstandinginfire.com
Email: stopstandinginfire@gmail.com
Twitter: @sifpodcast
Twitch: standinginfirepodcast@twitch.tv
Phone: (Tess Jingle)

Segment 1: Moments of Zen
Tess-

Militus – I had fun running BC TW dungeons. Love them so much.

Boom -. I created a chinese Apple account and downloaded the game that Diablo Immortal is based on. I have been playing it on my phone. This prompted me to start learning Chinese.

Raided, went 2/2 Mythic. Got a 370 weapon. Did a quest got a 355 shoulder set up. Put me at 360. I am doing decent DPS. I 100% stopped trying to get flying. I don’t even care.

Let me tell you about this game…

Segment 1: News/Topic
Interesting Procs coming to items from next raid tier
https://www.wowhead.com/news=288481/items-with-fun-procs-from-the-battle-of-dazaralor-raid

Why does Blizzard LOVE Paladins so much? More animations.
https://www.wowhead.com/news=288633/tides-of-vengeance-new-paladin-spell-animations-beacons-blessing-of-freedom-bles
ONLY HOLY. Ret does get a a new animation from an azeriate trait, though. Still no love for the prot.
Tess is sad.

New PTR build shows 5th ring for Azerite armor:
On the chest shown as example, the new ring unlocks at Azerite level 23. The normal rings will unlock after, at Azerite levels 27, 31, 35 and 39.

There are some changes to Amerite coming in 8.1, but nothing for Prot Pally. Tess is sad.

Segment 2: MILITUS REDDIT
Video
“Dodge the grapeshot” posted by Serious-Potato1 LMAO!
Watch the Demon Hunter and tell me just how funny this is!

"Dodge the grapeshot" from wow

Blizzard pls… posted by Nevolok

Okay, fellow demon hunters, I get you want your warglaives, but this is getting out of hand. – Posted by Mantas964

End of show Credits
Jeremy W www.oak-production.com

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Episode 14 Diablo the Next Big eSport?

Episode 14 Diablo the Next Big eSport?

 
 
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Standing In Fire E14
In which Tess, Militus, and Boom discuss Blizzcon, eSports, and changes to the Azerite Armor system in 8.1. Join us and call in at 702-625-1337 or tweet us @sifpodcast!

Links Discussed:
Mythic +’s Azurite armor: https://www.wowhead.com/news=288123/patch-8-1-ptr-build-28202-azerite-impurity-vendor-for-dungeon-azerite-armor
Leaked Maps: https://www.wowhead.com/news=288116/patch-8-1-ptr-build-28202-maps-for-battle-of-dazaralor
Preach’s video discussing the raid: https://youtu.be/7DndJ1oz1b4
Demo is Time-Locked: https://www.wowhead.com/news=288118/wow-classic-blizzcon-demo-pre-download-available-starting-today
Save Doubloons: https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/9qwruh/start_saving_doubloons_cause_they_are_currency/
Amazing People: https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/9qw249/amazing_people/
WoD Rep?: https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/9r1olj/laughing_skull_and_warlords_of_draenor/

Intro
Contact Us (Tess)

Website: stopstandinginfire.com
Email: stopstandinginfire@gmail.com
Twitter: @sifpodcast
Twitch: standinginfirepodcast@twitch.tv
Phone: (Tess Jingle)

Hot Topic: Mythic Dungeon Invitational and Blizzards Move to be an eSport Powerhouse
What do you think about eSports moving in on all Blizzard does? Seems like all games must have an eSport element. Is Blizzard becoming an eSport developer instead of a game developer? Will all future games from Blizzard be built around them being first and foremost an eSport?

Overwatch – Created as an eSport
Heroes of the Storm – created as eSport trying to capture some of that LoL market, then shifted to its own style.
Starcraft 2 – Created as game organically turned into an eSport powerhouse – spawned LoL
Hearthstone – created as and is an eSport powerhouse
World of Warcraft – eSports has always been in the background all recent moves have been to make it a relevant eSport.
Diablo 3 – Not really an eSport

Boom – Prediction: Diablo will be an eSport soon.

It feels like Blizzard is moving towards everything being an eSport in some capacity. It feels as if they are chasing the eSport carrot after LoL had so much success. Twitch is pretty much dominated by multiplayer competitive titles. And the ones that make it to mobile make the most money. The biggest games right now are eSport titles and that seems to be what they are moving towards. Is Blizzard now out to make the best eSport games or the games that people enjoy playing the most. It isn’t good or bad, it just is. And they are getting away from their MMO roots now and are headed towards mostly multiplayer competitive titles.

World of Warcraft has taken the best part of their game and turned it into a timed test (like a timed math test in grade school). It is no longer relaxing, immersive fun, it is stressful competitive play. I am not making a judgment, because it might be great for many gamers. It just isn’t why I played WoW originally.

Segment 1: News/Topic
https://www.wowhead.com/news=288123/patch-8-1-ptr-build-28202-azerite-impurity-vendor-for-dungeon-azerite-armor
What do you think about running Mythic +’s for Azurite armor?
Militus – I am not motivated to run more… think of all the people that ARE NOT SKILLED and NOW WILL BE RUNNING these dungeons

https://www.wowhead.com/news=288116/patch-8-1-ptr-build-28202-maps-for-battle-of-dazaralor
Looks like we are in for a great time!
Militus – The new raid looks really good. I have read where Preach and other high end raiders have LOVED the testing.

Preach’s video discussing the raid: https://youtu.be/7DndJ1oz1b4

https://www.wowhead.com/news=288118/wow-classic-blizzcon-demo-pre-download-available-starting-today
Boom – They are going to limit how long you get to play the demo. I thought that was interesting. I guess to prevent burnout?
Militus- I find this to be dishonest by Blizzard.

Segment 2: Moments of Zen
Tess –

Militus –
Raiding with Nick, Tess and Militus was amazing! Seeing Tess tanking like a pro!
Pro Tip: Do not turn on Warmode and try and turn in Weekly dungeon quest in Timeless isle.
Taking a break from daily WoW to play different games has been wonderful. LAN parties in 2018!

Boom – Raiding with Nick, Tess and Militus was really a great time. We downed 5 bosses in two hours and I was able to get two pieces of 370 loot which made my night.

Thank God for Destiny 2, if it wasn’t for this game I might have to read a book or something. Destiny 2 is on a freaking roll. Forsaken is really good. This is my favorite game this year by a long shot, and maybe my favorite game of the last two years. Amazingly enough there is more to do in this game right now than in the entire WoW BFA expansion. I will have more hours in on this to finish than BFA to date. I am level 34 the Infinite Forest is amazing. The PVE content is wonderful and you always feel like you are making progress and having an epic moment. It is a 10/10 for me.

Segment 3: MILITUS REDDIT
Posted by u/Krainz
Start saving doubloons cause they are currency for pets, toys, mog and a seahorse mount

Posted by u/Lordbobsaget
Amazing People

Posted by u/facepoundr
Laughing Skull and Warlords of Draenor Reputations have been Fixed on PTR
Militus – Why might Blizz be fixing WoD rep? WoD TW incoming?

Closing:
Tess Shout Outs:
Militus Shout Outs: Shout out to Ludsh Death Knight on Illidan server. Go FUCK yourself, dirtbag.
Boom shout Outs:

End of show Credits
Jeremy W www.oak-production.com

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Episode 12 Ion Keep Your Hands Off My Disc

Episode 12 Ion Keep Your Hands Off My Disc

 
 
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In which Tess, Militus, and Boom discuss balancing issues, Blizzcon dreams and the gear store. Join us and call in at 702-625-1337 or tweet us @sifpodcast!

Links Discussed:
One Shot Boss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N_psRqVd3M&feature=youtu.be
Got my vanilla hunter back: https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/9n8hg1/got_my_vanilla_hunter_back_havent_seen_her_in_10/
Polish vs. Content: https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/9nahwd/blizzard_polish_is_dead_its_all_about_content/
WQ Addon: https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/9n9370/remember_the_time_we_had_no_wq_with_invite_addon/
Dude Solos Mythic 9 in 6 hours: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71w1vEz0wro
Ion’s Q&A: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/321244461?t=04s
Blizzcon Gear:https://gear.blizzard.com/us/blizzcon?gear_game_franchise=268&t=55307

Episode 10 Blizzard Give that Man a Job!

Episode 10 Blizzard Give that Man a Job!

 
 
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We had some technical difficulties getting the show out this week. We apologize for it being a day late. We had to record it in pieces and put it together which took a little bit of time. In which Tess, Militus and Boom have technical difficulties in abundance, so much so that were are not actually certain what we end up discussing….

Episode 9 Boom wants Anchor Weed

Episode 9 Boom wants Anchor Weed

 
 
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In which Tess, Militus, and Boom discuss chessing Mythics, daily life in WoW today, gathering, and a lot of other crap. Join us and call in at 702-625-1337 or tweet us @sifpodcast!

Episode 8 Vote Kick Your Mom

Episode 8 Vote Kick Your Mom

 
 
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In which Tess, Militus, and Boom discuss running dungeons, dad jokes, Warfronts, and not being a jerk in-game. World of Warcraft Podcast.

Episode 7 The Moisty Moistness of Node Farming

Episode 7 The Moisty Moistness of Node Farming

 
 
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This week Tess, Militus and Boom talk about farming nodes in World of Warcraft and how moisty that farming can be. Buckle up for a great episode about World of Warcraft!

Episode 6 Send Themisto 5 Million Gold or Else…

Episode 6 Send Themisto 5 Million Gold or Else…

 
 
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Standing In Fire E6
In which Tess, Militus and Boom discuss too many things to list! Funny games trivia and more in this World of Warcraft Podcast about making enough gold to get the 5 million gold mount.

Episode 5 Talking Guilds with Art and Nikky of The Watch

Episode 5 Talking Guilds with Art and Nikky of The Watch

 
 
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Standing In Fire E5
In which Tess, Milla, and Boom discuss War Mode, playing with friends, and invite guild leaders Nikky and Art to chat about how to recuit/play/raid/live life in BfA! Join us and call in at 702-625-1337 or tweet us @sifpodcast!

Episode 4 World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth Launches

Episode 4 World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth Launches

 
 
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Standing In Fire Podcast S1E4
In which Tess, Militus and Boom discuss the launch of Battle for Azeroth, their questing pathways, and their favorite moments.

Episode 2 We Didn’t Start the Fire

Episode 2 We Didn’t Start the Fire

 
 
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Standing In Fire E2

We (The Alliance) didn’t start the fire … but you can be certain we will END IT! In episode 2, Boom, Militus, and Tess discuss their thoughts and impressions from the Pre-Patch Chapters 1-2, the Faction War, and the future of the expansion. Join us and call in at 702-625-1337 or tweet us @sifpodcast!