Matt Saberhagen’s Retraction
Matt would like to issue a brief retraction to something he mentioned regarding WoW Classic in our Blizzard Breakdown in this episode.
Links from this episode
The migrant caravan
Troops sent to border before the caravan is even close
Current caravan location
You have to get to the border or a port of entry to apply for asylum
The administration’s desperate moves to draw attention to to it ahead of the midterms and away issues voters might be concentrating instead.
- Is a second civil war brewing?
We’re in a political war that’s boiling over into violence – will it escalate further?
Between culture, color, class, and morality.
It seems that democrats and pro-Trump republicans are both fearful of the prospect. 59% of a 1,000 person Rasmussen poll “are concerned that those opposed to President Trump’s policies will resort to violence, and 33% are very concerned.”
Women and those under 40 are more worried about a possible civil war than men and older voters are. Forty-four percent (44%) of black voters think a second civil war is likely in the next five years, a view shared by 28% of whites and 36% of other minority voters. White voters are also less concerned about political violence than the others are.
- White Supremacy (Nationalism)
‘Nationalist’ groups are on the rise, emboldened by the stances this administration is taking. Between unite the right (charlottesville, and their anniversary rally), the Proud Boys, and other openly racist and far-right extremist groups.
Administration Dog whistles prior to midterm
Ron DeSantis “let’s not monkey this up.” – referencing the gubernatorial race in Florida, where he is facing Andrew Gillum who is African American.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue (Trump appointee) used the term cotton-pickin in reference to the same race.
The connection between anti-Semitism and white supremacy
Hate crimes on the rise
Kroger shooter (not charged with a hate crime here’s why)
He tried to get into a black church beforehand
Is our political violence getting worse?
Diablo: Immortal – New mobile game with stories that take place between Diablo’s 2 and 3. Made with NetEase.
The announcement was from Wyatt Cheng, Diablo Principal Designer – who also had to field the most embarrassing (for him) yet savage af question in the Q&A (Is this an out of season April Fool’s joke?)
The TL;DR on the backlash: https://www.pcgamer.com/blizzard-faces-huge-backlash-for-diablo-mobile-game-fans-call-it-a-slap-in-the-face/
- Warcraft III – Reforged
Blizzard is remastering Warcraft III – and hopes to do “more with it…than just slap a coat of paint on it”.
Taliesin & Evitel vid on WCIII- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJqBzHn8yyI
- World of Warcraft
Battle for Azeroth
They announced new and exciting content for patches 8.1.5 and 8.2, with patch 8.1 Tides of Vengeance being announced to drop on December 11th, and the raid with it, Battle for Dazor’alor opening after the holidays – in early 2019.
Battle for Dazor’alor is a raid that will have different bosses based on the faction of your raid.
There are nine encounters total in Battle of Dazar’alor. Some encounters have minor flavor tweaks for each faction, while other encounters are clearly meant to be experienced by one faction, and the other faction gets to experience it through flashback storytelling.
For those interested in the actual boss composition per faction, and an overview of the raid as a whole –
They also unveiled the Lost Honor cinematic for 8.1:
Even if you’re not a gamer, you should watch it just to be in awe of what computer animation can do, and for the beautiful storytelling.
Classic will be free with your active WoW account (current expansion) and will be its own live game, once again. It will feature staggered progression, just as it did in March 2005 – with only the Molten Core and Onyxia’s Lair raids available in their “stage one launch”.
- All of the events you remember or have heard legendary stories about will be happening again!