Episode #115 – The Calm Before The Storm

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It’s the last episode of Countdown To Classic before release month dawns on us, and so the show is taking one last chance to enjoy the calm before the storm of content coming in August and onwards.

Today, we kick off with some awesome in game advice, but then bring it down a notch as we get zen with a bunch of ‘external’ topics about World of Warcraft Classic.

So sit back, relax, and let Countdown soothe you…..just before we turn it up to 11.

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Episode #114 – Celebrity Countdown – Madseason on WoW Classic, Brad McQuaid on MMO’s & Pantheon, Athalus on WoW Radio, & SneakyB4rd on Quests

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It’s raining notable names over at Countdown To Classic as Josh sits down for a bunch of epic one on one chats.

First, we hear from Madseason, of the immensely popular Madseasonshow YouTube channel, as he sits down for a tavern chat covering a variety of WoW Classic topics as we get a bit of a deeper insight into his thoughts on Classic and what makes him and his character tick.

Next, MMORPG icon, Brad McQuaid, stops by for a lengthy chat covering his thoughts on the state of MMORPG’s, game design philosophies, and some meaty chat another highly anticipated MMORPG that he’s currently working on in Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen.

After that, Athalus, the founder of WoW Radio, checks in to talk about the wild ride of setting up the first ever World of Warcraft talk show, discovering & working with TotalBiscuit, and leaves with a fun announcement about his plans for Classic.

And finally, we talk with SneakyB4rd, who’s not a celebrity outside of the show, but it’s his second time on the podcast so he’s a celebrity to us! We chat about some of his favourite quests, favourite questing zones, and what makes the quests of Classic good or bad.

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Episode #113 – Winners & Losers of Beta, Crit Suppression, The Making of Karazhan (Part Two), & Countdown Guilds

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Beta is done and so it’s time to give some final thoughts on what was a critical window of time for WoW Classic’s development process.

The show extensively covers the winners and losers of the beta, which includes a twist that would make M. Night Shymalan cringe!

After that the show goes on to break down the sneakily huge blue post regarding crit suppression with the theorycrafters, vanilla dungeon designer John Staat’s is back for part two of his epic recap of the making of Karazhan, and then we hear all about what’s happening with Countdown To Classic guild options.

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Episode #112 – Hunter Issues in the Beta, The Making of Karazhan (Part One), Nihilum + Death & Taxes Reminisce, Theorycrafting Commentary, & Pat Krane on the Classic Culture Shock

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Less than seven weeks to launch and there’s more to talk about on the show than ever! Listen to Josh discuss a wide range of topics with the listeners, who continue to call in for a fun chat.

Today, Hunter extraordinaire Zeroed stops by to chat about all of the Hunter issues that have reared their ugly head in the beta, causing concern for everyone wanting to roll their beloved ranged class in Classic.  Vanilla dungeon designer John Staats stops by again for part one of an epic two part conversation about the making of Karazhan, which while not being playable in vanilla, was very much a part of the vanilla design process.

Next, we unite former nemeses in a call about vanilla raid history, as members of famed guilds Nihilum and Death & Taxes stop by to bury the hatchet and fondly reminisce about their feats back in the day.  After that, we go over some detailed theorycrafting about warriors, warlocks and priests amongst others, and then finish up speaking with the host of the fantastic podcast ‘Convert To Raid’, as Pat Krane stops by to talk about what it’s been like coming back to Classic in the beta after so many years with retail.

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Episode #111 – Thunderfury, Dr. Lupo on WoW Classic & Streaming, A Listener Reply To World Buffs, EU Server Mayhem, & The Making Of Wailing Caverns

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Did somebody call in about Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker?!?

Countdown To Classic is back again as we inch another week closer to launch day, and we’ve got more topical issues and game related chatter for you.

Callers from far and wide hit the show up to discuss the minutiae behind using Thunderfury, a pro-world buffs reply, and Twitch sensation Dr. Lupo stops by to talk about his history with WoW and give his thoughts on how well WoW Classic and streaming will mix.

Then we hear from a couple of European players who have concerns over the recent news from Blizzard about EU servers, and finally, vanilla dungeon designer John Staats is back again to discuss the making of Wailing Caverns.

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