Episode #69 – Everything Shamans With Melderon & Orcbit + John Staats On WoW Diary Success


Countdown To Classic is back with another great in depth class interview.

Today, join Josh as he sits down with Melderon and Orcbit to discuss everything and anything about those totem pounding, lightning wielding and chain healing Shamans!

After that, Josh is joined once again by former vanilla dev, John Staats, to discuss the success and reception of his upcoming book about the making of World of Warcraft, ‘The World of Warcraft Diary’.

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Episode #68 – Everything Naxxramas With Ayle


Venture into the Necropolis with Countdown To Classic as Josh enlists the help of listener Ayle in explaining what makes Naxxramas such a special place in vanilla World of Warcraft.

Ayles walks and talks us through Naxx’s true difficulty, what may come with Classic, discussions and thoughts on each and every encounter, loot notes and hopes for future runs.

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Episode #67 – Everything Hunters With Timecop & Raziya + Black Lotus Chat


Hunters! Listen up! Countdown To Classic comes at you this week with an interview with two of the best in the business for another entry of our general class overviews.

Josh puts Timecop and Raziya on the hot seat as they answer a barrage of questions all about their thoughts on the perception of the class today, whether or not there’s a use for the Survival spec, and Hunter PvP dominance, amongst others.

After that, Josh takes a quick call all about the Black Lotus and the farming mayhem that may be coming with what will likely be one of the more highly sought after items of WoW: Classic.

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Episode #66 – The Barrens Lore + Law & Order: Mankrik’s Wife Unit


Love The Barrens? Want to know everything there is to know about the place? Then Countdown To Classic has your back!

Get to know all the places and people in this huge, beloved zone as it was before the Cataclysm ravaged the area, and while it still smelled of sweet vanilla goodness.

After that, listen in on a special debut of Countdown To Classic Original Content, as Josh employs the skills of IRL Homicide Detective & WoW Fan, Riv, to investigate who really killed Mankrik’s Wife, in Law & Order: Mankrik’s Wife Unit.

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Episode #65 – Dire Maul Analysis + City Planning Anger


Coming off the back of the what was easily the show’s most successful week yet, Josh turns back to the listeners as we bring in Countdown fan, Shriken, who talks all things Dire Maul with Josh.

Listen in as we go over tips, tricks, loot, and thoughts on controversial topics like nerfing the DM farm and world buffs for World of Warcraft: Classic.

After that, Josh takes another trip down Memory Lane with some fun listener stories, and then reads out the most epic Anger Management submissions yet all about the problems with Stormwind city planning.

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Episode #64 – Inside THAT Blizzard + Nostalrius Meeting With Nano


Countdown To Classic brings you another bucket list interview today as Josh sits down with Nostalrius core member, Nano, to discuss exactly what happened in THAT famous meeting with Blizzard at Irvine.

Find out who was there, what was said and the attitudes of all involved.  Listen to this blow by blow account of someone who was in the room for the meeting that we’ve all wished we were flies on the wall for.

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Episode #63 – The Making Of World Of Warcraft With Vanilla Dev, John Staats


Speaking with someone who was a part of the team that made the game that is the subject of this podcast has been a lofty goal of Josh’s ever since beginning this journey with you all.

Listen in as Josh sits down for a very special, lengthy, chat with vanilla World of Warcraft’s original 3D Level Designer, and architect of many of the caves, dungeons and raids that you’ve spent hundreds of hours in, John Staats.

John has written a book, titled ‘The World of Warcraft Diary: A Journal In Computer Game Development’ (which will have a Kickstarter campaign starting on August 28).  John was kind enough to send me a preview of the first 100 pages of the book and I can easily say it’s something that I will be recommending getting behind wholeheartedly as an excellent ‘in the room’ account of the making of World of Warcraft.

This is an exceptionally long interview.  John was too kind in affording me 3 1/2 hours of his time over two back to back days.  Whilst you may rightfully balk at this run time, I can assure you every minute of this chat had me on the edge of my seat and unveiled a bunch of things that we simply never knew about the development of World of Warcraft.

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