Samantha Cruse

@ktjnwow

 

Ally and Sam sit down to talk about the changes made to the presentation of WoW as an esport, the future of arenas on the road to BlizzCon in 2017. Several format changes were introduced for PvP to have a strong presence on par with Blizzard’s other competitive titles. The show will be prerecorded every Tuesday, and made available Wednesday. You can listen here or find us on Stitcher,  iTunes, or Google Play. If you have any questions for the show, email us at ArcAna@blizzpro.com, or you can find us on Twitter: @ArcaneAnalysis, @Phaerixia, @Allayva, and @Ktjnwow.

This week Sam and Ally talk about their personal experiences with burnout. From content droughts in expansions past to the current unfamiliar dilemma of burning out from too much to do and learning how to pick your battles and when it’s time to walk away, which can be anything from the amount of time devoted each week to raiding or rolling a new character for a fresh perspective. The show will be prerecorded every Tuesday, and made available Wednesday. You can listen here or find us on Stitcher,  iTunes, or Google Play. If you have any questions for the show, email us at ArcAna@blizzpro.com, or you can find us on Twitter: @ArcaneAnalysis, @Phaerixia, @Allayva, and @Ktjnwow.

This week Ally, Katie, and Sam reflect on the first six months of Legion. How some changes to gameplay have differed from previous expansions, and the impact it has made to their investment, from pet battles to professions and elite level raiding. The show will be prerecorded every Tuesday, and made available Wednesday. You can listen here or find us on Stitcher,  iTunes, or Google Play. If you have any questions for the show, email us at ArcAna@blizzpro.com, or you can find us on Twitter: @ArcaneAnalysis, @Phaerixia, @Allayva, and @Ktjnwow.

 

For Azeroth Challenge Guide

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Calling all Warcraft mount collectors! Beginning February 14th at 10am PST through March 14 10am PST you can participate in a cross-franchise challenge by completing 15 games in Heroes of the Storm with a friend as any hero from the Warcraft universe and you will be handsomely rewarded with a Primal Flamesaber in WoW and Flames of Judgement Charger in Heroes. Here are some tips and tricks to make it through the event as quickly, and hopefully painlessly, as possible. Complete the tutorial: If you’ve never logged into Heroes of the Storm before, go ahead and complete the initial tutorial in order to learn how to move around in the game and using/selecting talents. Find a friend: if you’re finding it difficult to track down buddies complete the challenge with, /join FORAZEROTH from the in-game chat in Heroes. There will be plenty of folks looking for others to team up with. Get started:

 

This week Ally, Katie, and Sam dip in to dungeons. From leveling to end-game, bridging gear gaps to the experiences before and after the introduction of group finder. The gals discuss the evolution of the role of dungeon loot being a stepping stone to raiding to providing their own unique challenges and rewards becoming comparable or superior to raid gear. The show will be prerecorded every Tuesday, and made available Wednesday. You can listen here or find us on Stitcher,  iTunes, or Google Play. If you have any questions for the show, email us at ArcAna@blizzpro.com, or you can find us on Twitter: @ArcaneAnalysis, @Phaerixia, @Allayva, and @Ktjnwow.

Today Blizzard announced that sales of the Mischief in-game companion pet and gear store plush reached over 2.5 million for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This is the first year a physical item was part of the December promotion. Last year offered Brightpaw which raised 1.7 Million for Make-A-Wish and brings up the total donated to the Foundation over 7.1 million dollars. Mischief surpasses the previous fundraising record held by the Cinder Kitten for relief effort from Superstorm Sandy in 2012 which raised 2.3 million dollars. Previous charity and relief efforts include: 2015: Brightpaw – $1,700,000 – Make-a-Wish 2014: Argi – $1,900,000 – American Red Cross/Ebola 2013: Alterac Brew Pup – $1,000,000 – Make-a-Wish 2012: Cinder Kitten: $2,300,000 – Superstorm Sandy 2011: Cenarion Hatchling – $1,900,000 – Tsunami Relief in Japan 2010: Moonkin Hatchling: $800,000 – Make-a-Wish 2009: Pandaren Monk – $1,100,000 – Make-a-Wish This brings charity and relief effort donations through

 

Arcane Analysis Episode 04: PvP

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This week Ally, Katie, and Sam discuss PvP. From it’s humble beginnings in Vanilla to the introduction of Arenas in Burning Crusade; the evolution of PvP gear, spell-tuning and unique talents and what they mean for entry-level and high-end PvP. The show will be prerecorded every Tuesday, and made available Wednesday. You can listen here or find us on Stitcher,  iTunes, or Google Play. If you have any questions for the show, email us at ArcAna@blizzpro.com, or you can find us on Twitter: @ArcaneAnalysis, @Phaerixia, @Allayva, and @Ktjnwow.

 

Arcane Analysis Episode 03: Raiding

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Welcome to Arcane Analysis, a podcast focused on all things related to World of Warcraft! Each week your hosts Sam, Ally, and Katie will discuss the finer points of raiding, pvp, current esports events, and the game’s ever-evolving design. The Nighthold content release inspires the topic of the third episode: raids. The girls discuss the evolution of raid sizes, difficulties, the impact of releasing content too soon or languishing through content droughts, and the sought after sweet spot in between. The show will be prerecorded every Tuesday, and made available Wednesday. You can listen here or find us on Stitcher,  iTunes, or Google Play. If you have any questions for the show, email us at ArcAna@blizzpro.com, or you can find us on Twitter: @ArcaneAnalysis, @Phaerixia, @Allayva, and @Ktjnwow.

Welcome to Arcane Analysis, a podcast focused on all things related to World of Warcraft! Each week your hosts Sam, Ally, and Katie will discuss the finer points of raiding, pvp, current esports events, and the game’s ever-evolving design. On episode 2, the girls dive into the allure and history of legendaries in WoW, some failings in Legion with throughput vs utility legendaries, changes in Patch 7.1.5 to bring the disparities more inline, and make suggestions on how to keep the fun alive alongside the power. The show will be prerecorded every Tuesday, and made available Wednesday. You can listen here or find us on Stitcher,  iTunes, or Google Play. If you have any questions for the show, email us at ArcAna@blizzpro.com, or you can find us on Twitter: @ArcaneAnalysis, @Phaerixia, @Allayva, and @Ktjnwow.

 

Patch 7.1.5 is Now Live

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Patch 7.1.5 brings a massive amount of changes and new/updated content. Highlights include: Opening of The Nighthold raid January 17th Balancing of legendary equipment, new legendaries, and increased item level for newly acquired legendaries (existing ones can have their ilvl increased) Numerous class balancing changes and talent reworks Secondary stats have been reworked to be more valuable to all specs Professions updates PVP updates: Artifact traits 35+ are now active (update: in non-instanced PvP) Prestige cap raised to rank 9 MoP dungeons being added to the timewalking rotation Brawler’s Guild returns and has been reworked for new and amusing challenges Micro Holidays introduced Artifact Knowledge catch-up to rank 20

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