Rob and Darryl are back with some updates from IRL, Warcraft, Heroes, and even a little Hearthstone.
In episode 169 Darryl has Hearthstone fever but still feels like he’s missing something. The boys are joined by return guest Justin to help clear the air about some of the deck nuances, class archetypes, and tricks to help be successful against the dreaded RNG.
In episode 168 the boys are joined by Mr Robots human interface, Vee! If you have ever wondered why stat weights are important and exactly how the AMR best in bags feature works then this episode is for you.
In Episode 167 the boys are joined by repeat guest and Subtlety Rogue Wowhead guide writer, Gray Hound! You know the drill, everything from talents to stats to getting the best legendaries. This episode was set up by special request from Joseph M. Make sure and hit us up if there is a class, spec or any other Blizzard game content you’d like to hear us cover on the show!
In episode 166 Darryl decides to see if he can finally overcome his Hearthstone hurdle. And to help see if we can make that jump into greatness is special guest Alec of the Golden Wisp podcast. The boys talk all about the state of the meta, how to be successful on the ladder, and what classes will help or hinder you on your Journey to Un’Goro.
In episode 165 the boys are joined by Wowhead Resto Druid guide writer Jaydaa! We cover everything from talents to abilities to weakauras to legendaries. If you’ve ever been interested in the HoTtest healer in Azeroth, then this is an episode you don’t want to miss!
In episode 164 the boys are joined by DJ Tyrant of the Blizzpro Heroes Power Hour and Payload podcasts to talk all about Heroes 2.0! We cover everything from the new progression system to loot crates to currency to the brand new Overwatch themed hero and battle ground. For current fans and those even remotely interested in the brand new Heroes of the Storm, this is an episode you do not want to miss!
In episode 163 the boys are joined by Hazel from Hazel Nutty Games to talk all about 7.2. From new zones to pet battles to transmog to flying, if you happened to miss the new hotness and want to know what Illidan and the crew are up to, this is the episode for you.
In Episode 162 the boys are joined by Wowhead Affliction guide writer, Terryn! You know the drill. Everything from talents to rotation to the tips and tricks you need to hit those parses. If you’ve ever been interested in those dot-tastic, soul stealing math lords, then this is the episode for you!
In episode 161 the boys are joined by Blizzard Watch lore aficionado Anne Stickney to talk about character development in Legion. From Jaina to Dadghar to Illidan to Wrathion, we talk all about the current state of the Legion and some of our highs and lows with our favorite Azeroth friends and family.
In episode 160 the boys are joined by Wowhead Fury Warrior guide writer, Archimtiros! If you’ve ever been interested in playing a fury warrior, there has never been a better time than now. From stats to talents to being your own personal bloodlust, we cover everything you need to know to enrage your way to the top of the meters.
In Episode 159 the boys are joined by Pepe advocate and Wowhead site director, Perculia! If you’ve ever been interested in the process behind data mining, PTR, or curating the premier Warcraft internet database then this is the show for you!
In episode 158 the boys are joined by Wowhead Holy Priest guide author, Automatic Jak! If you’ve ever wanted to wield the light a little differently than those hammer swinging Paladins, then this episode is just for you! From stats to talents to cool downs to the perfect moment to sacrifice yourself for the team, this episode covers everything you need to know.
Episode 157 is all about the light and how to swing it as the boys are joined by Wowhead Holy Paladin guide writer, Dreamguard. You know the drill – stats, talents, and all the tricks of the trade you need to know to be a rockstar pally healer!
Episode 156 is all about health and fitness… and not fit n’is whole pizza in your mouth either. The boys are joined by Miranda Blu and talk about how to make long term changes and be a healthy gamer. From motivation, to eating habits, to finding exercise that you enjoy, this episode just might help you get focused on being a better, more healthy you!
In episode 155 the boys are joined by the premier elemental Shaman, Binkenstein, to discuss everything you need to know about commanding the elements and bringing the nature smackdown. It may not be the flavor of the month but it’s most certainly capable of getting the job done. With many tricky talent choices and a large variety of abilities, this episode will help you become the best elemental slinger this side of the Maelstrom!
In episode 154 the boys are joined by Protection Paladin champion Gray Hound! If you’ve ever wanted to venture into the world of light swinging, Captain America shield throwing, consecrating heroes then this episode is one for you! From talents to stats to resource management, we cover everything you need to know to make you a rock star protector.
In episode 153 the boys are joined by Malkarii to talk all about getting Ready to Raid! With the Nighthold patch fresh in our laps, what better time for everyone to dip into the wonderful world of raiding. Never raided before? No problem! This community is just for you!
In episode 152 the boys are joined once again by shadow priest expert DJ Riff to talk about the massive changes that came along with patch 7.1.5. Shadow priest just got a little more edgy with the improvements to AoE dots and general talent options. If you want to be on top of your shadow priest game heading into Nighthold, this is definitely an episode for you!
In episode 151 the boys are joined by Warcraft addon author Mystical, the man behind Deadly Boss Mods. As one of the most widely acclaimed and popular addons to date, Rob and Darryl take this opportunity to find out exactly what it takes to build, maintain, and even be creative with some new features. From broken range radars to custom alerts to creating your very own voice pack, this is an episode you do not want to miss!
In this monumental episode the boys are joined by Training Dummies original host and founding dummy, Hoofit! After a break from Warcraft for 14 months, Hoofit recounts his adventures during his triumphant return to Azeroth. Everything from starting on a new server, to boosting a toon, to addons, to building yourself a nice little stash of gold, Episode 150 is a show you do not want to miss!
In episode 149 the boys are joined by the one and only Slootbag! Come hang out as the crew covers everything from raiding, preparing alts, gearing, and Mythic plus dungeons…. Oh and tanking because Rob couldn’t help but to ask questions about tanking. And yes, Darryl did just learn what bolstering is!
Episode 148 is all about redemption as the boys are joined by special guest Wordup to discuss the mighty Enhancement Shaman! It may have some of the core feel of the old melee class you used to know but it’s a whole new game for the bad boys and girls of the maelstrom. After finally admitting his stance on his warlock, will Darryl renounce his new main for his old ghost wolf roots?
Episode 147 is chocked full of insanity as the boys are joined by Wowhead guide writer for all things shadow priest, DJ Riff! If you ever wondered if you could top the meters and kill yourself all at the same time, then come hang out for this very special episode.
In episode 146 the boys are joined by Llarold to talk about all things Blood DK! As the guide writer for Wowhead on the sons of liches, this episode covers everything from talents, to priority rotations, to the mysterious active mitigation. If you’ve ever wanted to play the original class that has “given up everything” then this episode is for you.
From archaeology to why Nomi keeps burning all of your food, to crying yourself to sleep at night because you spent all that time leveling your fishing artifact, special guest Dominia gives us all the dirty details on secondary professions and which ones you should avoid. It’s episode 145 of the Training Dummies!
In this very special Blizzcon wrap up the boys are joined by Steph Oddish to discuss the 2016 Heroes of the Storm championships and the future of Blizzard esports. From mistakes in the Heroes finals to drafts to making a living playing video games, come hang out for episode 144 of the Training Dummies!
In episode 143 the boys are joined by Molsan and Slainte to talk about the ins and outs of Blizzcon. This time the boys get past the obvious tips and have some real talk about what it means to be part of the community and how they plan on approaching the annual celebration.
In episode 142 the boys are joined by Vengeance Demon Hunter champion, Munkky. As the guide writer for Icy Veins and Wowhead, Munkky is the perfect resource to help set things straight for Rob as he is still finding his way through stat priorities and which talents really are the best.
Mardum – https://discord.gg/CtNnryx
The Fel Hammer – https://discord.gg/AAmtZj8
TankChat – https://discord.gg/7ncTW9q
In this extra special episode the boys are joined by The Running of the Gnomes founder and coordinator, Dravvie! With the big event just around the corner, Dravvie helps answer any questions that you might have in order to participate in the event or how you can donate to help fight breast cancer. Even small change can be a big deal.
In episode 140 the boys are joined by Murloc Genius team mom, Artemishowl. Come hang out as the crew talks about preparing for the Heroes of the Storm Blizzcon championships, joining up with Astral Authority, and keeping up with the meta. If you’ve ever wondered what all it takes to get into the professional Heroes esports scene, then this is an episode for you!
In episode 139 the boys are joined by their very own Tech Support Tauren™, Krhainos. If you have ever been frustrated with lag or wonder what all this talk about DDOS attacks really mean, then this technical talk is just for you.
The thing I was going to say about wireless routers but forgot:
When you purchase a new wireless access point or router, it might use a newer wireless technology than the devices you already have.
Sometimes you can only benefit from what the newer technology brings if your device uses that new standard too.
Another SSD fear that turned out to be myth:
SSDs were also rumored to have a shorter lives than spindle drives because flash memory have a limited number times it can be written. It was theorized that you could “use up” those writes quicker than the natural lifespan of a spindle drive.
These days, SSDs can have their full capacity written continuously for many years before before they can’t be written to anymore.
Bits vs. bytes:
Bits are expressed in a lower case b (ex. Gb = Gigabit), and bytes are expressed in a capital B (ex. KB = Kilobytes).
If you’re downloading from Steam at 1MB/s (1 megabyte per second), your service is likely at least 8Mb/s (8 megabit per second).
Links to stuff if you want to dive deeper.
On bandwidth use:
(these are just graphs produced from my router)
The light blue and green represent voice traffic and WoW. In the first picture, you can see the sudden rise in bandwidth use around 23:00 when we start raiding, and you can almost even identify each boss fight with each plateau. In the second image, there’s a different pattern near 23:00 and that’s because we blitzed through Throne of Thunder, which was more of a continuous slaughter than the bursty activity in “real” raiding.
Can you beat Usain Bolt out of the blocks?
Was your reaction time faster than how quick AT&T can send data from New York to Seattle?
On password security:
Disclaimer : You probably shouldn’t just trust any website with your real password. It probably isn’t a good idea to enter your real password here.
To run a continuous ping:
1) Open your Start menu, type in “cmd” and press enter. This should open a Command Prompt.
2) Enter the following:
ping -t [host]
where [host] is an IP address listed by Blizzard or, your router’s IP address, etc.
Not all hosts will respond to ICMP echo requests.
In episode 138 the boys are joined by Destruction Warlock champion Brusalk. With raiding just around the corner, Darryl realized that the best time to get his demons and dots sorted out is before the wiping begins. Come hang out as Brusalk reviews everything you need to know to bring your own rain of destruction!
You know how Darryl always says that our shows are self-serving? Well, he wasn’t kidding! We had such a great response from the Legion artifact episode that we just had to do a follow up to figure out just what the heck is going on with garris….. errr Class Order Halls. If you aren’t sure where to go and how to progress then this episode is just for you!
In episode 136 the boys are joined by the of Queen destro warlocks, Belle from the mighty PWNCAST! This time it’s everything you need to know about the brand new weapon system in Legion, Artifacts! From relics to artifact power to artifact knowledge to making sure you pick the right path, this is an episode that will help you get PREPARED before Legion drops!
In episode 134 the boys are joined by Midwinter tank Grafarion and this time it’s all about perspective… With all the criticism around tanking in Legion, we thought it would be nice to take a step back and try to understand the philosophy and goals for tanking. Turns out tanking is going to take some creativity, an open mind and a whole lot of teamwork. If you ever had the desire to be that meat shield for your team, this is definitely an episode you don’t want to miss!
In episode 133 the boys are joined by Ask Mr Robot’s binary babe, Vee! With Legion just around the corner, the team behind AMR has something completely new in store…. Simulations! With everything from ability rotations, to stats weights, to best in slot gear, this AMR makeover is something you do not want to miss!