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The Starting Zone: The World of Warcraft Podcast!

The Starting Zone is The World of Warcraft Podcast for New and Experienced Players! Hosted by Spencer Downey and Jason Lucas, it includes content for players of all skill and experience levels. So whether you enjoy World of Warcraft raiding, PvP, or are rolling a toon for the very first time, we think you’ll really enjoy The Starting Zone: The World of Warcraft Podcast! The show started in 2009 with co-hosts Jesse Kobayashi and Mick Montgomery sharing helpful tips on how to play World of Warcraft. The show was very popular in its first year cracking the top 20 iTunes podcasts for World of Warcraft while also being featured in the New and Notable section upon its debut! Currently The Starting Zone is the top World of Warcraft podcasts on iTunes and enjoying its largest subscription rate to date!
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Sep 30, 2020

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Welcome to The Starting Zone Podcast, The World of Warcraft Podcast for New and Experienced Players!

On this weeks episode, Spencer Downey and Jason Lucas discuss the character customization changes coming with 9.0, AWC Championship, Conduits, delayed Pre-Patch and everything else going on around Azeroth!

Episode #414: Customize your Character! is ready for Download!

What’s New this Week in World of Warcraft!

  • Weekly Event – Warlords of Draenor Timewalking
  • World Boss - Grand Empress Shek’zara
  • 8.3 World Boss – Ulmath, the Soulbinder
  • Mythic+ Affixes – Fortified/Bolstering/Skittish/Awakened
  • Call to Arms – Tiragarde Sound, Mechagon and Vale of Eternal Blossoms
  • Impressive Influence Returns - September 1st to September 30th
  • Brewfest - September 20th to October 6th
  • PvP Brawl: Warsong Scramble
  • Harvest Festival - Now through October 6th
  • Darkmoon Faire - October 4th to 10th
  • Island Expeditions
    • Rotting Mire (Pirates)
    • Un’gol Ruins (Quillboar)
    • Verdant Wilds (Furbolgs)
  • Salvage Vendor
    • Havenswood Salvage
      • Risen Mare
    • Rotting Mire Salvage
      • Squawks
    • Verdant Wilds Salvage
      • Surf Jelly
      • Various mog appearances
  • Horrific Vision - Stormwind
  • Corruption Vendor Schedule, week of September 22nd

 

Have you heard about our Patreon? It’s a great way to support the show and goes towards making more content for you! Check it out here: https://www.patreon.com/thestartingzone

Looking for to grab some great TSZ merch? Look no further than here!

We’ve got the shirts, hoodies, mugs, pillows even stickers you want!

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The Starting Zone is produced by Spazbot Studios, Good Shows by Good People Visit them today!

Are you looking for some AWESOME DEALS?!? Want to support our shows & Spazbot Studios? Well, you clicked on the right web page! We have some great deals lined up for you below, so check them out! Any purchase you make using the links & coupons below helps support our show!

We have partnered with Jinx.com to bring you an AWESOME DEAL! Use the PROMO CODE “SPAZBOT” at checkout to get 15% off your NEXT purchase! That’s right, 15% off your next purchase of any order of $120.00 or LESS! What are you waiting for? Jinx makes shirts, hoodies, heck, even socks emblazoned with the LOGO of your FAVORITE Game! Visit them today by clicking the banner below! REMEMBER TO CLICK THE BANNER BELOW!

Look Human is an apparel company with 100,000 unique and fun designs so you can express your unique identity. Whether you are a gamer, movie nerd, science geek, fitness nut, or just want to show off your general weird self... Use our promo code 'spazbot' to get ANY t-Shirt for 14.99! For some shirts that is nearly 50% their retail price. Holy Crap Balls. So, what are you waiting for? Go be you, and LOOK HUMAN today!

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Sep 29, 2020
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Welcome to The Starting Zone Podcast, The World of Warcraft Podcast for New and Experienced Players!

Spencer Downey and Jason Lucas sit down to talk with our Patrons about what's on their minds for the September 2020 Patron Q&A!

Episode #413: September Patron Q&A! is ready for Download!

  • Hey fellas with release coming soon..... what are your usual release day rituals and why does it include Mountain Dew and Doritos!!
  • Do you feel that having borrowed power every expansion is a good idea?
    • Borrowed Power, will covenants be carried forward?
  • Do you prefer a more grounded story each expac or huge set pieces? Does it matter to you if big ideas don’t get fully carried through or realised during an expansion?
    In short: was sticking a sword in Azeroth a good idea?
  • At what point does this, as storytelling, get old, and is it the only way to ensure a character feels like they're progressing and gaining power each expansion?

 

Have you heard about our Patreon? It’s a great way to support the show and goes towards making more content for you! Check it out here: https://www.patreon.com/thestartingzone

Looking for to grab some great TSZ merch? Look no further than here!

We’ve got the shirts, hoodies, mugs, pillows even stickers you want! This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is shirts-1.jpg

The Starting Zone is produced by Spazbot Studios, Good Shows by Good People Visit them today!

Are you looking for some AWESOME DEALS?!? Want to support our shows & Spazbot Studios? Well, you clicked on the right web page! We have some great deals lined up for you below, so check them out! We have Partnered with Jinx.com to bring you an AWESOME DEAL! Use the PROMO CODE “SPAZBOT” at checkout to get 15% off your NEXT purchase! That’s right, 15% off your next purchase of any order of $120.00 or LESS! What are you waiting for? Jinx makes shirts, hoodies, heck, even socks emblazoned with the LOGO of your FAVORITE Game! Look Human is an apparel company with 100,000 unique and fun designs so you can express your unique identity. Whether you are a gamer, movie nerd, science geek, fitness nut, or just want to show off your general weird self... Use our promo code 'spazbot' to get ANY t-Shirt for 14.99! For some shirts that is nearly 50% their retail price. Holy Crap Balls. So, what are you waiting for? Go be you, and LOOK HUMAN today! Shop LookHUMAN Today!

Sep 23, 2020

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Welcome to The Starting Zone Podcast, The World of Warcraft Podcast for New and Experienced Players!

On this weeks episode, Spencer Downey and Jason Lucas discuss changes coming with 9.0, No Bonus rolls in Shadowlands, Blizzconline and everything else going on around Azeroth!

Episode #412: What's up with 9.0? is ready for Download!

What’s New this Week in World of Warcraft!

 

Have you heard about our Patreon? It’s a great way to support the show and goes towards making more content for you! Check it out here: https://www.patreon.com/thestartingzone

Looking for to grab some great TSZ merch? Look no further than here!

We’ve got the shirts, hoodies, mugs, pillows even stickers you want!

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is shirts-1.jpg

The Starting Zone is produced by Spazbot Studios, Good Shows by Good People Visit them today!

Are you looking for some AWESOME DEALS?!? Want to support our shows & Spazbot Studios? Well, you clicked on the right web page! We have some great deals lined up for you below, so check them out! Any purchase you make using the links & coupons below helps support our show!

We have partnered with Jinx.com to bring you an AWESOME DEAL! Use the PROMO CODE “SPAZBOT” at checkout to get 15% off your NEXT purchase! That’s right, 15% off your next purchase of any order of $120.00 or LESS! What are you waiting for? Jinx makes shirts, hoodies, heck, even socks emblazoned with the LOGO of your FAVORITE Game! Visit them today by clicking the banner below! REMEMBER TO CLICK THE BANNER BELOW!

Look Human is an apparel company with 100,000 unique and fun designs so you can express your unique identity. Whether you are a gamer, movie nerd, science geek, fitness nut, or just want to show off your general weird self... Use our promo code 'spazbot' to get ANY t-Shirt for 14.99! For some shirts that is nearly 50% their retail price. Holy Crap Balls. So, what are you waiting for? Go be you, and LOOK HUMAN today!

Shop LookHUMAN Today!

Sep 16, 2020

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Welcome to The Starting Zone Podcast, The World of Warcraft Podcast for New and Experienced Players!

On this weeks episode, Spencer Downey and Jason Lucas discuss AWC week four, the last cloak upgrade, Ion's The Road to Shadowlands post and everything else going on around Azeroth!

Episode #411: The Road to Shadowlands! is ready for Download!

What’s New this Week in World of Warcraft!

  • Weekly Event – Battle for Azeroth Dungeon Event
  • World Boss - Ulmath, the Soulbinder
  • 8.3 World Boss – Grand Empress Shek’zara
  • Mythic+ Affixes – Fortified/Sanguine/Grievous/Awakened
  • Call to Arms – Stormsong Valley, Mechagon and Vale of Eternal Blossoms
  • PvP Brawl - Gravity Lapse
  • Impressive Influence Returns - September 1st to September 30th
  • Pirate’s Day - September 19th
  • Brewfest - September 20th to October 6th
  • Island Expeditions
    • Havenswood (Worgen)
    • Jorundall (Vrykul)
    • Snowblossom Village (Mogu)
  • Island Salvage Caches
    • Skittering Hollow Salvage
      • Surf Jelly 
    • Molten Cay Salvage
      • Also Surf Jelly
    • Whispering Reef Salvage
      • Yet Another Surf Jelly
    • Elemental Salvage
      • Various mogs and pets
  • Horrific Vision - Stormwind
  • Corruption Vendor Schedule, week of September 1st

 

Have you heard about our Patreon? It’s a great way to support the show and goes towards making more content for you! Check it out here: https://www.patreon.com/thestartingzone

Looking for to grab some great TSZ merch? Look no further than here!

We’ve got the shirts, hoodies, mugs, pillows even stickers you want!

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is shirts-1.jpg

The Starting Zone is produced by Spazbot Studios, Good Shows by Good People Visit them today!

Are you looking for some AWESOME DEALS?!? Want to support our shows & Spazbot Studios? Well, you clicked on the right web page! We have some great deals lined up for you below, so check them out! Any purchase you make using the links & coupons below helps support our show!

We have partnered with Jinx.com to bring you an AWESOME DEAL! Use the PROMO CODE “SPAZBOT” at checkout to get 15% off your NEXT purchase! That’s right, 15% off your next purchase of any order of $120.00 or LESS! What are you waiting for? Jinx makes shirts, hoodies, heck, even socks emblazoned with the LOGO of your FAVORITE Game! Visit them today by clicking the banner below! REMEMBER TO CLICK THE BANNER BELOW!

Look Human is an apparel company with 100,000 unique and fun designs so you can express your unique identity. Whether you are a gamer, movie nerd, science geek, fitness nut, or just want to show off your general weird self... Use our promo code 'spazbot' to get ANY t-Shirt for 14.99! For some shirts that is nearly 50% their retail price. Holy Crap Balls. So, what are you waiting for? Go be you, and LOOK HUMAN today!

Shop LookHUMAN Today!

Sep 9, 2020

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Welcome to The Starting Zone Podcast, The World of Warcraft Podcast for New and Experienced Players!

On this weeks episode, Spencer Downey and Jason Lucas discuss AWC week three, upcoming M+ affix changes, additional spells off the GCD and everything else going on around Azeroth!

Episode #410: Beta is still Beta! is ready for Download!

What’s New this Week in World of Warcraft!

  • Weekly Event – Battleground Bonus Event
  • World Boss - Wekemara
  • 8.3 World Boss – Vuk’laz the Earthbreaker
  • Mythic+ Affixes – Tyrannical/Raging/Explosive/Awakened
  • Call to Arms – Vol’dun, Nazjatar and Uldum
  • Darkmoon Faire - September 6th to September 12th
  • Impressive Influence Returns - September 1st to September 30th
  • Island Expeditions
    • Rotting Mire (Saurok)
    • Whispering Reef (Naga)
    • Crestfall (Dragonkin)
  • Island Salvage Caches
    • Crestfall Salvage
      • Twilight Avenger
      • Squawks
    • Un’gol Ruins Salvage
      • Oomgut Ritual Drum
      • Bad Mojo Banana
      • Magic Monkey Banana
    • Verdant Wilds Salvage
      • Surf Jelly
      • Risen Mare
    • Venture Co. Salvage
      • Various transmog pieces
  • Horrific Vision - Orgrimmar
  • Corruption Vendor Schedule, week of September 1st

 

Have you heard about our Patreon? It’s a great way to support the show and goes towards making more content for you! Check it out here: https://www.patreon.com/thestartingzone

Looking for to grab some great TSZ merch? Look no further than here!

We’ve got the shirts, hoodies, mugs, pillows even stickers you want!

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is shirts-1.jpg

The Starting Zone is produced by Spazbot Studios, Good Shows by Good People Visit them today!

Are you looking for some AWESOME DEALS?!? Want to support our shows & Spazbot Studios? Well, you clicked on the right web page! We have some great deals lined up for you below, so check them out! Any purchase you make using the links & coupons below helps support our show!

We have partnered with Jinx.com to bring you an AWESOME DEAL! Use the PROMO CODE “SPAZBOT” at checkout to get 15% off your NEXT purchase! That’s right, 15% off your next purchase of any order of $120.00 or LESS! What are you waiting for? Jinx makes shirts, hoodies, heck, even socks emblazoned with the LOGO of your FAVORITE Game! Visit them today by clicking the banner below! REMEMBER TO CLICK THE BANNER BELOW!

Look Human is an apparel company with 100,000 unique and fun designs so you can express your unique identity. Whether you are a gamer, movie nerd, science geek, fitness nut, or just want to show off your general weird self... Use our promo code 'spazbot' to get ANY t-Shirt for 14.99! For some shirts that is nearly 50% their retail price. Holy Crap Balls. So, what are you waiting for? Go be you, and LOOK HUMAN today!

Shop LookHUMAN Today!

Sep 2, 2020

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Welcome to The Starting Zone Podcast, The World of Warcraft Podcast for New and Experienced Players!

On this weeks episode, Spencer Downey and Jason Lucas discuss AWC week two, Shadowlands System Requirements, Raid Release Schedule and everything else going on around Azeroth!

Episode #409: Shadowlands Global Release! is ready for Download!

What’s New this Week in World of Warcraft!

  • Weekly Event – Mists of Pandaria Timewalking
  • 8.3 World Boss – Grand Empress Shek’zara
  • Nazjatar World Boss – Ulmath, the Soulbinder
  • Mythic+ Affixes – Fortified/Bolstering/Grievous/Awakened
  • Call to Arms – Drustvar, Mechagon and Vale of Eternal Blossoms
  • Trial of Style - August 31st to September 4th
  • Brawl - Arathi Blizzard
  • Darkmoon Faire - September 6th to September 12th
  • Impressive Influence Returns  - September 1st to September 30th
  • Island Expeditions
    • Skittering Hollow (Kobolds)
    • Verdant Wilds (Furbolgs)
    • Havenswood (Worgen)
  • Island Salvage Caches
    • Havenswood
      • Risen Mare
    • Snowblossom 
      • Qinsho’s Eternal Hound
    • Whispering Reef 
      • Surf Jelly
  • Horrific Vision - Stormwind
  • Corruption Vendor Schedule, week of September 1st

Have you heard about our Patreon? It’s a great way to support the show and goes towards making more content for you! Check it out here: https://www.patreon.com/thestartingzone

Looking for to grab some great TSZ merch? Look no further than here!

We’ve got the shirts, hoodies, mugs, pillows even stickers you want!

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is shirts-1.jpg

The Starting Zone is produced by Spazbot Studios, Good Shows by Good People Visit them today!

Are you looking for some AWESOME DEALS?!? Want to support our shows & Spazbot Studios? Well, you clicked on the right web page! We have some great deals lined up for you below, so check them out! Any purchase you make using the links & coupons below helps support our show!

We have partnered with Jinx.com to bring you an AWESOME DEAL! Use the PROMO CODE “SPAZBOT” at checkout to get 15% off your NEXT purchase! That’s right, 15% off your next purchase of any order of $120.00 or LESS! What are you waiting for? Jinx makes shirts, hoodies, heck, even socks emblazoned with the LOGO of your FAVORITE Game! Visit them today by clicking the banner below! REMEMBER TO CLICK THE BANNER BELOW!

Look Human is an apparel company with 100,000 unique and fun designs so you can express your unique identity. Whether you are a gamer, movie nerd, science geek, fitness nut, or just want to show off your general weird self... Use our promo code 'spazbot' to get ANY t-Shirt for 14.99! For some shirts that is nearly 50% their retail price. Holy Crap Balls. So, what are you waiting for? Go be you, and LOOK HUMAN today!

Shop LookHUMAN Today!

Sep 1, 2020
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Welcome to The Starting Zone Podcast, The World of Warcraft Podcast for New and Experienced Players!

Spencer Downey and Jason Lucas sit down to talk with our Patrons about what's on their minds for the August 2020 Patron Q&A!

Episode #408: August Patron Q&A! is ready for Download!

  • Do you think blizzard need to change how the server transfer services is done? Have it similar to FF14 where you pay 20 dollars for a few toons but you have a cool down to when you can do it again. I have some max toons on dead servers which I wanted to transfer to Zul'jin. They have all the old profession which I wanted to keep. It's too expensive at the moment with transfer services.
  • What, if anything, do you feel WoW is lacking related to game play and/or storytelling, and where do you think it shines?
  • We've seen Uther in the Bastion short. Which characters would you most like to see in the other three shorts? (Personally,  I'd like to see Onyxia in Revendreth, if I'm understanding their concept correctly; and I'm struggling with the other two because I keep conflating when characters died and wanting to see characters that died post cataclysm, who would all be in the Maw)But I anticipate I'm going to think "of course" as soon as I know who the lore characters are.
  • Because of a perceived short beta window, a few voices in the community seem concerned that Shadowlands may be releasing [Ragnaros voice] “too soon”, what are your feelings towards the timing of SLs release and upcoming raid schedule?
  • Hey Gents.... With the Afterlives short, what would you guys think of a netflix series in the same manner or would you prefer if they did something more of the cinematic approach. Where would you like to see the story start up and what would be your sought after story to cover.
  • So this hasn't been exactly confirmed but I would put money on it. So I wanted to get your thoughts on the matter and if you would be cool if this is how it plays out.  I feel like with the whole level squish, this is the way WoW is going to be going forward. Our new normal. I believe that we will get squished back to 50 with every future pre-patch and our goal will be to level to 60 in the new expansion. And then the previous expansion will be bottled up into it own little section and be available to do for the 10-50 experience.  I personally think this is a great plan. It helps the devs in a lot of ways with developing the game. How do you guys feel about this?

 

Have you heard about our Patreon? It’s a great way to support the show and goes towards making more content for you! Check it out here: https://www.patreon.com/thestartingzone

Looking for to grab some great TSZ merch? Look no further than here!

We’ve got the shirts, hoodies, mugs, pillows even stickers you want! This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is shirts-1.jpg

The Starting Zone is produced by Spazbot Studios, Good Shows by Good People Visit them today!

Are you looking for some AWESOME DEALS?!? Want to support our shows & Spazbot Studios? Well, you clicked on the right web page! We have some great deals lined up for you below, so check them out! We have Partnered with Jinx.com to bring you an AWESOME DEAL! Use the PROMO CODE “SPAZBOT” at checkout to get 15% off your NEXT purchase! That’s right, 15% off your next purchase of any order of $120.00 or LESS! What are you waiting for? Jinx makes shirts, hoodies, heck, even socks emblazoned with the LOGO of your FAVORITE Game! Look Human is an apparel company with 100,000 unique and fun designs so you can express your unique identity. Whether you are a gamer, movie nerd, science geek, fitness nut, or just want to show off your general weird self... Use our promo code 'spazbot' to get ANY t-Shirt for 14.99! For some shirts that is nearly 50% their retail price. Holy Crap Balls. So, what are you waiting for? Go be you, and LOOK HUMAN today! Shop LookHUMAN Today!

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