Episode #104 – Release Date!! Discussing Beta, Layering, Cross-realm BG’s + Kevin Jordan on Rogues + Retail Reception of Classic WoW

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CAN YOU SAY RELEASE DATE BABY??!!?

Blizzard finally delivers the news that everyone had been eager to hear with a release date for World of Warcraft Classic, and brings a number of other huge news items along with it.

Josh gets a handful of dedicated listeners on the line to breakdown the news while it was piping hot and fresh, and the group discusses sharding’s lesser known cousin ‘layering’, closed beta, and cross-realm battlegrounds amongst other topics that came to light.

After that, former vanilla WoW class/talents/abilities designer Kevin Jordan is back for his final class breakdown as we rip through the design history of Rogues in vanilla WoW.

Finally, we hear from a few listeners all about what the predicted reception of Classic will be from the retail crowd who haven’t already made the commitment to try the game out.

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Episode #103 – Paladin PvE, RP-PVP’ers State Their Case, & Podcasting WoW

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It’s a Triple P kind of day over at Countdown To Classic as we discuss Paladins, Podcasting, and Playing Roles (that’s kind of cheating, I know).

Listen as as three very experienced and knowledgeable players, Theloras, Smiter, and Sonosuke, talk listeners through the minutiae of Paladin PvE across all three specs, in what was a very extensive and enjoyable chat.

After that we hear from a group of passionate RP-PvP’ers who want their voices heard all the way in Irvine, CA about why Blizzard should reconsider their position on not having RP-PVP servers at launch.

And, finally, the show is lucky enough to welcome some WoW Podcasting royalty in Star Mike (World of Warcast) & Rho (Realm Maintenance), along with two newcomers to the podcasting game in Allen & Anthony (The Classic Casual), to discuss the history and fun of podcasting about World of Warcraft.

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Episode #102 – EQ & Rift’s Scott Hartsman Talks EQ vs. WoW + The Future of MMORPG’s, Progressive Itemization News Discussed, & Kevin Jordan On Priests

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Countdown To Classic calls in the big guns as the show welcomes a very special guest, and an MMORPG heavy hitter in Scott Hartsman.

Scott shares stories about competing against WoW as the technical director for Everquest and Everquest 2, as well as trying to trying to break away from the pack during his time as CEO of Trion Worlds with Rift.  He also gives some great thoughts on WoW Classic and the potential future of the MMORPG genre as a whole.

The great chat keeps coming as the episode also hits on the big news we got recently about Blizzard’s stance on progressive itemization in Classic with Nano (Nostalrius Core) & the listeners, as well as going through the design history and thought process behind making Priests in vanilla WoW with former class designer, Kevin Jordan.

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Episode #101 – Alpha Announced, Kevin Jordan On Warlocks, Tales of the Past Creator Speaks & Quest Knowledge

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Big news this past week as we were told by big blue that internal alpha testing had begun over at Irvine! Josh breaks down this news and what it means for us moving forward with the listeners.

Then we hear from former vanilla WoW class designer Kevin Jordan on Warlocks for another amazing segment of Ask Kevin.

After that, the show features an in depth interview with Martin Falch, creator of the immensely popular machinima series from back in the day, ‘Tales of the Past’ to discuss the ins and outs of making those movies.

Finally, we hear all about the pros and cons of knowing vanilla quests inside and out.

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Episode #100 – The Journey From Nostalrius To Classic, Kevin Jordan On Paladins, Josh Chooses A Region, & Hardcore Guild ‘Onslaught’

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Countdown To Classic turns in its 100th episode, and hits that century mark in style by bringing you a bunch of great calls with the listeners of the show.

First, Josh undertakes the most ambitious call in history as he gets 10 people on the line to discuss the emotional journey of the past three years, from the shutdown of Nostalrius to the announcement of WoW: Classic to where we are today.

After that, former vanilla WoW class designer Kevin Jordan is back again to discuss the design philosophies behind Paladins.

Next, Josh has a bit of fun and enlists the help of some North American and Oceanic players to woo him to their servers as he finally chooses which region he will play Classic on.

And bringing it home, Josh sits down with members of the super hardcore guild, ‘Onslaught’, to discuss the ins and outs of pushing vanilla WoW to the next level and their plans for Classic, which includes a surprise YouTube star’s appearance!

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Episode #99 – Luke Lafreniere Talks Nost, Kevin Jordan Talks Hunters, PvP News & Hunter PvP

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Countdown is back with two, count ’em, two very special guests this week as the show keeps going with another packed episode full of WoW Classic goodness.

First up, Josh is humbled to be joined by Luke Lafreniere of Linus Tech Tips fame, to discuss his love of vanilla WoW and his time with Nostalrius.

After that, we hear yet again from vanilla WoW class designer Kevin Jordan all about the history and decisions behind designing Hunters.

Then we hear from the listeners, as a crew calls in about the huge PvP schedule news we got during the week, and then Nineteen27 from Death & Taxes returns to break down PvP tips for Hunters against all the other classes.

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Episode #98 – Kevin Jordan On Shaman, Beta Guesstimations, Spell Batching News, Speed Leveling Contender + Memory Lane Etc.

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The show brings back vanilla WoW Class Designer Kevin Jordan once again to cover off on Shaman, Josh gets on the wowey sauce and discusses beta possibilities with the listeners.

We also hear from the show’s resident PvP expert OhGee about Blizzard’s decision to implement spell batching in WoW: Classic, and then Josh talks to a real contender in the world first 60 race.

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