The Instance: Weekly radio for fans and lovers of World of Warcraft and all things Blizzard. We don't take sides, we don't whine, we just give you the facts, news and tips that you want and need for your favorite online addictions. Come meet us at the stone for another Instance!
PVP honor and classic encounters came to Classic this week. Death Knights and Elves are losing their eyes. The real deal behind Diablo Immortal. Our series of quick looks at the new zones in Shadowlands! We start with Oribos! Around blizzard, your emails, and more!
Patrick has a solution for all of Blizzards problems. We try and figure out what the fourth mystery slot is for in the panels next week. Still no bands. Did Fallout help Blizzard this week? That art in WIII Reforged is cool, at least we think so. How we avoid WoW burnout and more!
We had a Blizz post since last week, and Patrick and Scott are here to talk about it a bit. Plus all our predictions for Blizzcon. Will they address the HK thing on stage? We speculate. World of Warcraft has lots of books for you this weekend. How we might see a world with three factions and more!
We go through all that is on offer for Blizzcon people and Virtual Ticket people at Blizzcon this year. No idea who the bands are yet. There's a 20 min cut of that Saurfang stuff. Classic DB vs WoWhead. Classic Phase 2 coming before the end of the year. And what that includes. New rad art book from Blizz. Our favorite tracks, and the chance that Sylvanas is going full Snape on us.
What to do between grinding rep! Also, we go DEEEP into the final cinematics released this week in WoW retail. So much to say here, but we will let you hear it all on the show! Classic updates and more!
Patch 8.2.5 brings some interesting new things to the retail table, including a sync feature we go in deep on. Also, classic servers and retail servers should get a break from DDOS attacks for now. We gotta get that bee mount. Don't abuse Classic layering bugs, or you might get banned. Did you get your shard? All that and more!
Scott is grinding dailies, Garrett is earning gold, and Patrick is still on the fence. PTR 8.2.5 hits and loads of cool stuff. The key art for Blizzcon holds a could secrets. Recruit a Friend is back and causing controversy. What if Classic was launched for Chromie and her pals? Moving characters for lower queues. Around blizzard and more!
More classic stuff to talk about, including the hit nature of it this week. They are bumping up server caps for people with long queues. Why no LFG addon in classic? We answer that. Blizzard is suing a company for ripping them off. And SO much more today, on The Instance!
Classic is here, and we have a lot to say about our time in Old Azeroth. Queue times were not great, and neither was world servers, but mostly things are ok on the tech front. 1 million people watched twitch wow. Stock prices went up! Get in line for boars! And a lot more!
Will classic do things to WoW prime that we are not yet expecting? We go DEEP into this idea! Classic AMA coming next week. Did we get the names we want in Classic? Blizzard has earnings call with some interesting things therein. Sigma is out. Hearthstone has growth. Heroes is solid, and diablo makes room for the new kid. Your emails and more!
Scott and Garrett look deep into the eyes of Classic and see what you need to be ready for in a couple of weeks. Plus RP/PVP servers, reserving your names for Classic, and more! Also, Store Mounts cause another stir. New gobs and worgs look rad. Loot boxes days numbered? Qhira is awesome. HS gets a lot of new cards this week. Best music in WoW ever? And more!
We have an important chat at the top of the show about recent events. Then we dive deep into why Frank Pearce is leaving and what he might do now that he's gone. Big expansion leaks happened, maybe, and we nitpick around with a few of the details we think might hold water. The story of the next exp is full of old gods and tentacles. Sigma seems cool, Qhira is awesome, and we talk about why no ads for classic yet.
What might Mike Morhaime do next? We have some theories. Wan't movie props? They are selling a ton of it. WoW Classic enters a phase that puts it much closer to it's August release date. Hearthstone has a nutty new expansion coming. How the WoW companion app might work as a GPS based AR game server for Blizz and more!
Scott and Garrett dive in this week with a look at the patch! We have lots of thoughts, including what we think of the Thrall Jaina friendship refresh. Wanna pay for a mount or get it with 6 months of wow time? Mike Morhaime has LOTS to say now that his non-compete is up. Lots more so hop in and enjoy!
Scott has a beef with Blizzard on this AutoChess mess. Ashara is rising next Tuesday! We break down all the stuff you can expect on patch day. How gold farming will work in Classic. How to get more out of the WoW companion app and more! The whole crew is here!
The starcraft game we will never get...again. Overwatch 2 is happening and we discuss it a bit. How blizzard might do games in future. WoW as a base sub to a larger Blizzard sub. Metzen wanted Naga. And loads more!
Scott Turps and Garrett get another episode out the door with some more impressions of Classic, and some ideas about where it might go next. Loads of other odds and ends today as well, so give it a listen!
We talk about the Safe Haven cinematic at length. WoW Classic is live in beta, and we get the full game in August. We go deep on Classic stuff today as well. We get a little from J Allen Brack on the state of blizzard. 15 years means more ways to give your money to Warcraft. Around Blizzard and more!
We have dates, details, and concerns about Blizzcon 2019. No Gamescom sadly this year. Blizz had an earnings call. How many characters can you have in WoW Classic? Get your PTR on with Nazjatar and Operation Mechagon. All around blizzard and more!
We SHOULD have heard about Blizzcon by now so we are left wondering a little. Crucible of Storms is out and seems good! Alpha internal testing starts for WoW Classic. 8.2 gets datamined hardcore. We have a new Thrall and we have speculation to go with it. Around Blizzard and more!
The 3rd and final part of this most recent Chris Metzen interview series. Perhaps the most emotional and intense of the three, but with some very happy endings. Not to mention some great behind the scenes in StarCraft and Diablo III. Thank you everyone, and especially Chris, for making this series happen. More soon!
Part two in our multi-part interview series with Chris Metzen, video game legend, now retired. One part followup to our previous interviews and many parts look at the now and future of Chris, games, life and more.
Metzen interviews, and Azhshara rising! Plus more about the war campaign. The new Heart of Azeroth might just get it right. Flying unlocked and a giant wheel mount if you please. SOO Much more about the new summer content coming!
Part one in our multi-part interview series with Chris Metzen, video game legend, now retired. One part followup to our previous interviews and many parts look at the now and future of Chris, games, life and more.
What if 2019 is the best Blizzcon of all time? A breakdown of what we have seen in patch 8.1.5 including war campaign story, redone battlegrounds, and a little talk about PortalGate 2019. Hati is back for hunters btw. The WoW classic release plan is out there now. All the news around blizzard and more!
Come to Vegas and play with us! Also, Metzen wants your suggestions! Scott gets a nice mount without even trying! Get your troll and fat pirate soon! Wowhead knows how to make a nice tool. Everything Blizz does getting shaded by last week's layoffs? More about blizzard plus your emails!
Method has the method and gets it twice! Hunters can ride a pet soon and Hati fans are happy about it. Zandalari and Kul Tiran get starters. Some hot fixes and changes are here on the live server. Let the yearly Love Rocket Farming begin! Stuff brewing with Baine and Derek Proudmoore on the PTR. All around blizzard, your emails and more!
Get your mythic and raid finder on this week. What do you do if you are just shy of i350? We will probably have to buy that pig. Wanna be Kul Tiran or Zandalari? Good, cause now we know what you have to do. Ion had some cool stuff to say about the state of the game in a german interview. Heroes is bumming us out. Diablo is scratching some itches again. Overwatch also has itch scratch happening with a new Paris map. Hearthstone gets hard nerfed. Your emails and more!
The Battle of Dazar'alor is upon us, so get in there. We talk all about it, and some of story stuff it came with. We take a few points from the recent Q&A. Blizzard made a pretty big hire in January. Your emails and more!
Some deep talk about 8.1, and the cloud that currently hangs over blizzard at the moment. I think we hit some pretty thoughtful stuff so check it out. Also a look at games around blizz, and what the upcoming raid will do for WoW. And lots more!
Tides of Vengeance Arrives Starting December 11. Are we ready? Battling for the trees of Darkshore. Assaulting the factions is fun maybe? Do YOU wanna look like a Blood Elf NPC? The raid is coming soon enough. Around Blizzard and more!
We dive deep into the legacy of Mike Morhaime as co founder and president of blizzard for 27 years. What will Brack do? Got that new book! Azerite power gets addressed. The Blizzcon schedule has some interesting stuff in it. Your emails and more!
Big week for WoW stuff, so dive right in! Changes coming with Tides of Vengeance. Lots of quality of life improvements. System improvements. Addressing account-wide rep grinds, etc. More about that book. $77.94 is a weird amount for a promotion. And loads more!
Scott is playing more Warcraft than in the history of the game, and he's not sure why. LFR reports are good. Warfronts are...weird. Virtual Tickets are known and more expensive this time around. We also know what's in the goodie bag now. All around blizzard and more!
Gettin that 370 gear is fun! Scott whips out his old Druid and plows thru Legion zones...again. Uldir is out and it's pretty cool. World bosses are now...in the world. Warfronts are not all that if you are horde right now. Forgot about the pull-back on armor sets this expansion. Blizzard waves the ban hammer. Around Blizzard, your emails and more!
Gearing up and runnin them dungeons yo. Azshara's story gets told. Dark Iron and Mag'Har people are available! How wow was made back then. Next week has loads of new content. BFA breaks records. And so much more!
Join Scott Turps and Garrett! We are one week away! Malfurion can sure take an axe to the back and live. Battle for Lordaeron was this week. What we thought! Where's our 3rd Warbringers? Metzen interview takeaways. So many new Zap characters. All around blizzard and more!
Scott and Turps get down and dirty with the War of Thorns, and find out what is behind all this horde aggression. Warmode is fun! Commercials and tv spots galore for BfA. Jaina is the new hotness. You don't have to pay for the base game anymore. Returning players solution, and a look around Blizzard!
Join Scott, Turps and Garrett today as they talk about why Dark Iron Dwarves are rad. Why arcane torrent is getting nerfed. Giving Blizzard Balance to your friends. Voice coming back to WoW. Why BfA mounts seem so crazy. More around blizzard, and more!
Everyone is getting the BfA itch it seems. The Duelers League thing is real. The new book so far. New wow doc put out by Wired and Blizzard. Allied races and what you might pay for them. How that free weekend went. Wasteland in heroes. There's a hamster in OW. New HS tease coming. Your emails and more!
Blizz wants to bring you all back this weekend for free. They also wanna give you deals on character services. We now have a basic plan for Classic Servers. New login screen looks a lot like WCIII. We now have an end game for your Legion weapons. PVP getting overhauled and we have the deets. More around blizzard and your emails!
The new title music is out and it's pretty ok! Or is it? What we learned from Ion in the latest Q&A. What we learned from the E3 story panel the WoW team did. The new book is out! Around Blizzard, and your emails!
Copy your main to the beta now! BfA will launch in all regions at the same time, a first for the game. WoW story telling on display at E3 next week. Movie props go for big cash if you are a Warcraft fan. Three Sisters is pretty good. Dusting off that old monk. Around Blizzard update, and your emails!
So you might wanna hear this beta key story. WoW gold is worth a lot in South America. Your feedback about launcher changes. Will we see Arthas's sister? There might be a new well of eternity. 13 to 23. Will Blizz ever do another base building RTS? Probably not. Why OW will never get a campaign. And more!
What's this new invader on the Blizz launcher? Lots of blizzard stuff on a leaked memo that may not be real at all. That WoW DDoS attacker in Romania faces actual justice for his crimes. We are running a contest for BFA beta keys! (Thanks, Blizzard!) That SC2 Diablo II remake is way better than you think. Happy 2 years, Overwatch! Why waiting in line for Blizzcon tickets is hard! And so much more!
Blizzcon tickets are coming and we have a date. Why it's hard to get around the con and see it all! More on why that mobile stuff is complicated for WoW players. Is WOW the biggest selling entertainment product of all time? WCIII goes all wide screen. Witchwood is out! Cain is on deck! Not enough story in OW, and your emails!
We have a release date folks! And we know what the collectors edition is gonna look like and cost. No Trolls for you on launch day. What we heard at PAX this week. Where you'll get all your Azerite. No more remote AH. The rest of Blizzard and more!
Stormsong Valley is open and it looks incredible! Warcrat Chronicle is out in it's 3rd volume, and brings things pretty current! Family Guy gets it's wow on this weekend. Blood Elves get yellow eyes! How professions get leveled in BFA. Recaps on this week's happenings in OW, HS, and Heroes. Your emails and more!
Turps is in the US for GDC, and Patrick is in full baby mode, but here we are anyway! Let's take a deeper look at the allied races and what blizzard has planned for them in the future. Artifact weapons are going away but also not entirely...we explain. Personal Loot is here to stay. Island Expeditions go into full test mode! Around Blizzard and more!
There are some interesting new insights into the future of Alliance and Horde that we get into today. Item squish is in effect. No more first aid? Looks like it. Year of the Dog gets WoW as well. Is Twitch helping or hurting? All that and more with Scott and Turpster!
Garrett joins Scott today for some talk about what makes dungeon runs so great, and why WoW lost one to the HS team! We know what happens to your weapons now. Antorus 3rd boss is a jerk. What's happening around blizzard! Your emails and more!
When you know you have the boss on farm. Gettin that Yak years down the road. Vanilla WoW gets a big setback for some. Blizzcon happenings. Junkrat hits the scene. Loot boxes and how Blizzard fits in all that. Appearing Offline is here and more!
Raiding! Beast Master is the right way. Mages get their due. The Battlenet app is out. Pandas celebrate 5 years. Offline Mode may never come. What would a mobile MMORTS from Blizz looks like? Diablo no show this year. Kaplan talks toxic players. Your emails and more!
We continue to love 7.3, and find some surprising things about ourselves in its corners. We also talk about what Blizzards new Arena in LA could mean. Story controversies continue with Illidan, and even story in Overwatch! Are legendaries working? How to get and sell Blizzard stock, and more!
We kick it off with how T's recent visit of Blizzard went. Ion had a bunch of new stuff to say about 7.3 in WoW. Catchup mechanics and why we like them. Raid Finder gets less touristy. Garrosh stinks up the Nexus. Hearthstone is aimed in a good direction with Throne. Doomfist is all up in it in OW. Diablo discussion worth hearing and more!
Garrett joins Scott Turpster and Patrick for a HUGE week in news, with a big look at WoW 7.3, and everything that means. We also take a peak at Stukov, Knights of The Frozen Throne, the Necromancer, and Doomfist! Big show so tuck in!