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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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Now displaying: November, 2021
Nov 30, 2021

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 M+ Affixes, Cooking Impossible, Darkmoon Faire and everything else going on around Azeroth and Shadowlands!

Episode #491: Last week for the Illidari Doomhawk! is ready for Download!

What’s New this Week in World of Warcraft!

  • Weekly Event – Pet Battle Bonus Event
  • World Boss - Valinor, the Light of Eons in Bastion
    • Archbishop Benedictus (Priests)
    • Final Verdict (Paladins)
    • Windspeaker’s Lava Resurgence (Shaman)
  • Desmotaeron World Boss - Mor’geth, Tormentor of the Damned
  • Mythic + Affixes - Fortified, Sanguine, Necrotic, Tormented
  • Dungeon Quests - Sanguine Depths, Halls of Atonement
  • Torghast Wings - Fracture Chambers, Coldheart Interstitia
  • PvP Brawl - Cooking Impossible
  • PvP Quests - Arenas, Arena Skirmishes
  • WoW’s 17th Anniversary - November 15th to December 6th
  • Darkmoon Faire - December 5th to 11th
  • 9.2 Morgan Day Interview
  • ABetterABK
  • Hotfixes
  • and much more!

Trying to reach the show? You can find us on Discord at The Starting Zone or email us at TheStartingZone@Gmail.com

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

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Nov 30, 2021

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

On this episode Spencer Downey and Jason Lucas find out what's on the TSZ patrons minds with the November 2021 Patron Q&A!

Episode #490: November Patron Q&A! is ready for Download!

What’s New this Week in World of Warcraft!

  • What about 9.2 are you most looking forward to? 
  • Pursuant of the conversation about the gap in access to the raid bosses, what do the two of you think of this design idea, and if you were going to use a split raid or some other raid change to help lessen the long tail of an expansion, how would you design it in broad terms?
  • Do you think 9.2 will have an impact on the player numbers? From my friends list some people are giving SL a second shot but I am not sure if that's an overall trend.
  • What two legendaries were you hoping to wear and what would it have opened up gameplay wise for you?
  • Away from 9.2, with a lot of talk around how the end of Shadowlands will 'close a chapter of WoW' do you think that the next expansion will finally bring cross-faction end game content (raiding etc.) or indeed will there even still be an alliance and a horde come next expansion?

Trying to reach the show? You can find us on Discord at The Starting Zone or email us at TheStartingZone@Gmail.com

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

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Nov 23, 2021

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 Gearing in 9.2, Solo Arena Brawl, Pilgrim's Bounty, Hotfixes and everything else going on around Azeroth and Shadowlands!

Episode #489: The Solo Shuffle! is ready for Download!

What’s New this Week in World of Warcraft!

  • Weekly Event – Shadowlands Dungeon Event
  • World Boss - Nurgash Muckformed in Revendreth
    • Frenzied Monstrosity (DKs)
    • Erratic Fel Core (Warlocks)
    • Azj’Aqir’s Madness (Warlocks)
  • Desmotaeron World Boss - Mor’geth, Tormentor of the Damned
  • Mythic + Affixes - Tyrannical, Inspiring, Quaking, Tormented
  • Dungeon Quests - Sanguine Depths, Halls of Atonement
  • Torghast Wings - Fracture Chambers, Coldheart Interstitia
  • PvP Brawl - Warsong Scramble
  • PvP Quests - Arenas, Arena Skirmishes
  • WoW’s 17th Anniversary - November 15th to December 6th
  • Pilgrim’s Bounty - Live through November 30th
  • Gearing in Eternity’s End
  • Eternity’s End Preview: Solo Shuffle
  • 9.2 Morgan Day Interview
  • ABetterABK
  • Hotfixes
  • and much more!

Trying to reach the show? You can find us on Discord at The Starting Zone or email us at TheStartingZone@Gmail.com

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

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Nov 20, 2021

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

On this special episode, Spencer Downey and Jason Lucas discuss the upcoming 9.2 content release with Morgan Day!

Episode #488: Talking 9.2 with Morgan Day! is ready for Download!

The foundation of the questions we asked Morgan

  • New Zone: Zereth Mortis

How did working through the pandemic affect the plan for Shadowlands and getting a new zone added to each patch?

This seems like a natural place for Shadowlands’ story to resolve, but what went into actually getting it there?

What is the plan for Legendary crafting in 9.2? We know we get the new materials from Zereth Mortis. How do we get them and about how long after patch would you expect players to have their first top-rank Legendary? 

Will we still need Rank 4 or Rank 6 base items to get started ? 

Will we still need Soul Ash/Soul Cinders to craft a new Legendary from scratch?
Will there be Conduit upgrade items via Zereth Mortis? 

Are Conduits going up 2 more ranks, similar from S1 to S2? 

What kind of catchup mechanics are being planned to get characters to baseline relevance with the Conduit system at the outset of 9.2?

  • New Feature: Cypher of the First Ones

What can players expect from the Cypher in regards to progression?

Is it gated weekly, similar to Renown?

Is there player choice in which upgrades unlock when? Are unlocks account-wide to any degree?

How do we advance our progress at the Cypher? Are there specific tasks/quests, fill-the-bar style activities, lootable items similar to Archivist’s Codex, or something else entirely?

Are we “speccing out” the Cypher, so to speak, choosing certain upgrades/perks at the expense of others, or does every character eventually get the full slate of benefits?

  • New Raid: Sepulcher of the First Ones

Can you talk a bit about the factors that went into the decision to time-gate the initial release? 

Can players expect a big shift in gameplay or the zone when they return the week after defeating the Anduin encounter?

Are there plans for unlockable skips? 

What about fast-travel points around the raid zone, like Hellfire Citadel had?

With tier pieces being available from other sources, is there an intent to put uniquely powerful items in the new raid? 

We saw probably not enough of that in Castle Nathria and maybe a bit too much in Sanctum of Domination.

How is the team feeling about raid encounter length at the top end? 

Should we expect more 12-15 minute marathons?

Did the team feel basing boss phase transitions on health, like on KT, was effective? It resulted in many teams having unwanted “hold dps” phases, is that something we might see in this raid?

Great vault loot restricted behind bosses killed?

  • New Loot: Class Sets Return

Will the set bonuses be per class or per spec? 

Are there unique effects in Raid/M+/PvP or a set pair of bonuses per set? How many total pieces of each set are there?

Is the goal with the class sets to shake up gameplay/rotations/priority or more to provide passive bonuses on top of what we’re already doing?

With set pieces dropping again, it would be nice to have tokens back. Has there been any thought about bringing Master Loot back?

  • Shadowlands Season 3

Extrapolating high keystone versions of Tazavesh is a bit intimidating at the moment. Will we see changes to bring these dungeons in line with the rest of the pool?

Operation: Mechagon was pretty on par with the rest of BFA, the additions to Legion were pretty big outliers.

The Season 2 affix has been pretty fun, anything you can talk about regarding the plan for Season 3? 

We haven’t seen anything in SL that affected dungeon routes the way Awakened did for example in BFA, is that a concept that might be revisited?
How is the team feeling about the way Mythic + Rating/Valor have worked out in Season 2? 

Any notable updates coming in Season 3 or should we expect a similar path, just with 2 more dungeons in the pool?
We know there are Torghast updates coming and new layers. Will Torghast still be a source for 9.2 Legendary mats or is that being 100% shifted to Zereth Mortis? 

Any updates to the Box of Many Things? What kind of new stuff will there be for Torghast players to chase?

How does the team feel about the Great Vault this expansion?

Any thoughts on adding some kind of duplicate logic to the system or a streak-protection/currency type of option?

Looking ahead, what were the lessons the team learned over the course of Shadowlands and how are they informing future design?

Trying to reach the show? You can find us on Discord at The Starting Zone or email us at TheStartingZone@Gmail.com

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

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Nov 17, 2021

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 first look at 9.2, WoW's 17th Anniversary, Hotfixes and everything else going on around Azeroth and Shadowlands!

Episode #487: 9.2 Preview! is ready for Download!

What’s New this Week in World of Warcraft!

  • Weekly Event – Battleground Bonus Event
  • World Boss - Oranomonos the Everbranching in Ardenweald
    • Fevered Incantation (Mages)
    • Surging Shots (Hunters)
    • Verdant Infusion (Druids)
  • Desmotaeron World Boss - Mor’geth, Tormentor of the Damned
  • Mythic + Affixes - Fortified, Spiteful, Grievous, Tormented
  • Dungeon Quests - De Other Side, Necrotic Wake
  • PvP Brawl - Shado-Pan Showdown
  • PvP Quests - Arenas, Arena Skirmishes
  • WoW’s 17th Anniversary - November 15th to December 6th
  • 9.2: Eternity's End Preview
  • ABetterABK
  • Hotfixes
  • and much more!

Trying to reach the show? You can find us on Discord at The Starting Zone or email us at TheStartingZone@Gmail.com

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!

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Nov 9, 2021

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 first week of 9.1.5 patch, Moonkin Festival, Hotfixes and everything else going on around Azeroth and Shadowlands!

Episode #486: Quality of Life! is ready for Download!

What’s New this Week in World of Warcraft!

  • Weekly Event – Warlords of Draenor Timewalking
  • World Boss - Mortanis, Bone Construct in Maldraxxus
    • Guile Charm (Rogues)
    • Fujieda (Warriors)
    • Keefer (Monks)
  • Desmotaeron World Boss - Mor’geth, Tormentor of the Damned
  • Mythic + Affixes - Tyrannical, Bursting, Volcanic, Tormented
  • Dungeon Quests - Theater of Pain x2
  • PvP Brawl - Deepwind Dunk
  • PvP Quests - Random BGs, Rated BGs
  • Micro-Holiday: Moonkin Festival - November 12th
  • WoW’s 17th Anniversary - November 15th to December 6th
  • New Questline for Blue Murloc
  • ABetterABK
  • Hotfixes
  • and much more!

Trying to reach the show? You can find us on Discord at The Starting Zone or email us at TheStartingZone@Gmail.com

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!

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Nov 2, 2021

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 9.1.5 patch, MDI Grand Finals, Hotfixes and everything else going on around Azeroth and Shadowlands!

Episode #485: 9.1.5 has arrived! is ready for Download!

What’s New this Week in World of Warcraft!

Trying to reach the show? You can find us on Discord at The Starting Zone or email us at TheStartingZone@Gmail.com

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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