LOTI 020 : Blizzcon Special!

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LOTI 020 – Legend of the Innkeeper – “BlizzCon Special”

Intro:

Welcome to the Legend of the Innkeeper.  I’m Vastidious and I’m Ariannwyn.  We’re glad you could join us for our 20th episode.

This week we are talking about…  BLIZZCON!!!

Updates:

What did you do this week?

Top 3 of the week – AFTER we talk about Blizzcon – See Below

News

1. Blizzard announces December release for Android tablet version of Hearthstone

http://hearthstone.blizzpro.com/2014/11/04/hearthstone-to-android-tablets-december-2014/

 

  • Free Hearthstone Guide

 

http://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/2lh4vp/the_complete_guide_for_hearthstone_player_free/

Blizzcon Coverage

Let’s get the other news out of the way.  This is the 20th Anniversary for Blizzard and the 10th Anniversary for Blizzcon.  If you aren’t familiar with Blizzcon, it’s Blizzard’s huge conference in which they showcase and usually announce any new games or expansions.  Getting tickets to Blizzcon is a challenge in itself.  They usually have two specific times that they make tickets available and usually they are sold out within seconds of that time.  And I really mean seconds.

The tickets cost $199 this year and it’s a two day event that is the mecca of all that is Blizzard.  This year, the major announcements were a new game title and a new expansion.

New Game: Overwatch

The new game is called Overwatch. It’s a team based shooter where heroes do battle in a world of conflict.  It’s more of a FPS (First person shooter) type MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game.  Other similar type games are Defense of the Ancients (DotA), DotA 2 and League of Legends.

I know Ariannwyn will want to say something about the trailer, right?

One of my first questions, was if this game had anything to do with the previously announced cancelled title, Titan.  Titan was a MMORPG game that was in development by Blizzard for several years and was to be a major title for the studio.  Chris Metzen did acknowledge that aspects of Titan such as maps, have “continuity” with Titan.  But beyond that the games were not identical.

My first impression was “oh great, another game where I won’t be able to compete and will be killed over and over and over again”.  However, they said that their desire was to create a game that placed emphasis on accomplishing goals as a team rather than trying to achieve large number of kills.  Metzen said, “”we have a long legacy of developing multiplayer games, and it came down to ‘is it even possible to build a shooter that doesn’t feel cynical, that doesn’t feel cruel, that doesn’t feel nasty? Can you build one that really promotes teamwork and relationship and having fun with your friends, and not getting killed with a thrown knife from halfway across the map as soon as you jump in?'”

So I’m interested to see how that turns out in the end.  It’s not my style of game but I will be sure to check it out.

New Expansion: Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes

Of course this is what we really want to talk about the most.  The expansion details have finally been released.  It’s named Goblins vs Gnomes.  It’s going to be available to players in December.I was an engineer when I played World of Warcraft and have pretty good experience with engineering, which is a big focus of this expansion.  If you aren’t familiar with the engineering craft in WoW, essentially it allowed players to craft many different mechanical devices for use the game.  Devices like Explosive Sheep and the BlingTron 3000.  They are quirky, unpredictable and can be quite deadly at times.  The goblins are usually cobbled together pieces that blow up more often than work.  The gnomes creations seem to be more refined but don’t work much better.

The expansion brings a new minion type, Mechs.  There are going to be both neutral and class specific mechs which will make things very interesting.  The cards are going to be available in special packs in the in-game shop.  You can buy them with either gold or real money and they will cost the same as the expert packs.  And you’ll be able to get cards in Arena as they are released to the game.  Which tells us that not all the cards will be available immediately.  That they will space them out over time, which they did in Naxxramas.  There are going to be more than 120 cards that will be available.

Spectator Mode

Another feature that they are adding with this expansion is Spectator mode.  You can watch friends play their games if it’s enabled, which it is by default.  From what it looks like, you have to be friends to be able to watch the game.  But it’s not just about watching, you have full control over what you are looking at.  As the game progresses, you can hover over cards and minions to get full card text and the details on buffs, and you can also check out the history to see what happened before you started watching.

Not only that, but they also added features to make streaming tournaments easier.  It supports spectating on two players at the same time.  You can view both players hands and casters can keep tabs on both players from a single Hearthstone client.

Cards:

Ok let’s start looking at some of the new cards that have been shown off so far.  There are 37 cards in this list.  Just think there are possibly 90 more to come!

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Annoy-o-Tron – 2 mana, 1./2 mech minion – Taunt, Divine Shield

 

Blingtron 3000 – 5 mana, 3./4 mech minion – Battlecry: Equip a random weapon for each player.

 

Bomb Lobber – 5 mana, 3/3 minion – Battlecry: Deal 4 damage to a random enemy minion.

 

Boom Bot – 1 mana, 1/1 mech minion – Deathrattle: Deal 1-4 damage to a random enemy.

 

Cogmaster – 1 mana, 1./2 minion – Has +2 attack while you have a Mech.

 

Dr. Boom (Legendary) – 7 mana, 7/7 minion – Battlecry: Summon two 1/1 Boom Bots. WARNING: Bots may explode.

 

Enhance-o Mechano – 4 mana, 3/2 Mech minion – Battlecry: Give your other minions Windfury, Taunt, or Divine Shield (at random).

 

Explosive Sheep – 2 mana, 1./1 Mech minion – Deathrattle: Deal 2 damage to all minions.

 

Flamecannon – 2 mana spell, Deal 4 damage to a random enemy minion

 

Goblin Blastmage – 4 mana, 5/4 minion, Battlecry: If you control a Mech, deal 4 damage randomly split among enemy characters.

 

Madder Bomber – 5 mana, 5/4 minion, Battlecry: Deal 6 damage randomly split between all other characters.

 

Mechwarper – 2 mana, 2./3 Mech minion – Your Mechs cost (1) less.

 

Mekgineer Thermaplugg (Legendary) – 9 mana, 9/7 Mech minion, Whenever an enemy minion dies, summon a Leper Gnome.

 

Micro Machine – 2 mana, 1./2 Mech minion, At the start of each turn, gain +1 Attack.

 

Piloted Shredder – 4 mana, 4/3 Mech minion, Deathrattle: Summon a random 2-Cost minion.

 

Piloted Sky Golem – 6 mana, 6/4 Mech Minion, Deathrattle: Summon a random 4-Cost minion.

 

Sneed’s Old Shredder (Legendary) – 8 mana, 5/7 Mech minion, Deathrattle: Summon a random legendary minion.

 

*NOTE: Piloted mechs have pilots so when the Mech is destroyed, the pilot ejects and carries on the fight.

 

Recombobulator – 2 mana, 3/2 minion, Battlecry: Transform a friendly minion into a random minion with the same Cost.

 

Shrinkmeister – 2 mana, 3/2 minion, Battlecry: Give a minion -2 Attack this turn.

 

Spider Tank – 3 mana, 3./4 Mech minion

 

Unstable Portal – 2 mana, Add a random minion to your hand.  It costs (3) less.

 

Upgraded Repair Bot – 5 mana, 5/5 Mech minion, Battlecry: Give a friendly Mech +4 Health.

 

Velen’s Chosen – 3 mana, Give a minion +2/+4 and Spell Damage +1.

 

Mimiron’s Head – 5 mana, 4./5 Mech minion, At the start of your turn, if you have at least 3 Mechs, destroy them all and form V-07-TR-ON.

 

V-07-TR-oN – 8 mana, 4/8 Mech minion, Charge, Mega-Windfury (Can attack four times a turn.)

 

Bouncing Blade (Warrior) – 3 mana, Deal 1 damage to a random minion.  Repeat until a minion dies.

 

Clockwork Giant – 12 mana, 8/8 Mech minion, Costs (1) less for each card in your opponent’s hand.

 

Clockwork Gnome – 1 mana, 2/1 Mech minion, Deathrattle: Add a Spare Part card to your hand.

 

Gnomish Experimenter – 3 mana, 3/2 minion, Battlecry: Draw a card.  If it’s a minion, transform it into a Chicken.

 

Tinkertown Technician – 3 mana, 3/3 minion, Battlecry: If you have a Mech, gain +1/+1 and add a Spare Part to your hand.

 

Armor Plating (spare part) – 1 mana, Give a minion +1 Health

 

Emergency Coolant (spare part) – 1 mana, Freeze a minion.

 

Finicky Cloakfield (spare part) – 1 mana, Give a friendly minion Stealth until your next turn.

 

Reversing Switch (spare part) – 1 mana, Swap a minion’s Attack and Health.

 

Rusty Horn (spare part) – 1 mana, Give a minion Taunt

 

Time Rewinder (spare part) – 1 mana, Return a friendly minion to your hand.

 

Whirling Blades (spare part) – 1 mana, Give a minion +1 Attack.

 

Top 3 Cards From Goblins vs Gnomes:

Vastidious –

Enhance-o Mechano – 4 mana, 3/2 Mech minion – Battlecry: Give your other minions Windfury, Taunt, or Divine Shield (at random).

Mekgineer Thermaplugg (Legendary) – 9 mana, 9/7 Mech minion, Whenever an enemy minion dies, summon a Leper Gnome.

The combo:

Mimiron’s Head – 5 mana, 4./5 Mech minion, At the start of your turn, if you have at least 3 Mechs, destroy them all and form V-07-TR-ON.

V-07-TR-oN – 8 mana, 4/8 Mech minion, Charge, Mega-Windfury (Can attack four times a turn.)

Ariannwyn –

Thermaplugg, Enhance-o Mechano, Bouncing Blade

Tournaments

Firebat won the Hearthstone Championship at Blizzcon, taking home a $100,000 prize.

Reviews and Emails

iTunes Reviews: 5 star from Tychek

I just listened for the first time and I must say I am impressed.  Very unique being you are a father daughter combo which is outstanding by the way.  I can feel the passion you have for the game and listening to you guys makes me want to play more even when I feel like quitting because ladder destroys my hopes (can’t pass 15 for the life of me).  Keep sharing your experience as you play, the lessons you learn and keep making more.  I will be looking forward to more from you two.  Thank you and keep up the great work.

Emails: I just wanted to say hi and say that your podcasts are brilliant and to just say keep up the good work ! Thanks, Sevan7

Twitter: 88 followers

Outro

That does it for this episode.  You can email the show at [email protected]  You can also visit our website at legendoftheinnkeeper.com where we will post the show notes with the episode that has links to all the information we discussed.

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Until next show, Happy gaming!

Credits:

Music by James Marantettehttps://soundcloud.com/james-marantette

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Vastidious is a long time gamer, father to Ariannwyn and doesn't read the text on the cards.

1 Comment

  1. Voltron:

    I know that the Voltron has a casting cost when completed but all summoned creatures do and it can vary based on the how tough the summoned creature is. Take the Shaman wolves that you can summon. Unless I’m mistaken they are listed as having a 2 casting cost should the be pushed back to your hand.

    My gut is that the Mimron’s head will indeed summon Voltron directly to the battlefield and you will be able to attack with it immeidately allowing you to play 3 mechs, summon Volton and then attack with it 4 times doing 12 damage if there are no taunts in play not counting face damage done by the three mechs you already have in play.

    I expect nerfing before final release.

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