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Hosted by Spencer Downey & Jason Lucas, The Starting Zone is a Podcast about the people who play World of Warcraft. Whether you are a brand new player, a casual world of warcraft player or a hardcore committed WOWHEAD, this is the show for you! Jason and Spencer have relevant yet entertaining conversations about the game while providing valuable information for all Players! This show is produced by Spazbot Studios.

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Hosted by Spencer Downey & Jason Lucas, The Starting Zone is a Podcast about the people who play World of Warcraft. Whether you are a brand new player, a casual world of warcraft player or a hardcore committed WOWHEAD, this is the show for you! Jason and Spencer have relevant yet entertaining conversations about the game while providing valuable information for all Players! This show is produced by Spazbot Studios.

    Episode #491: Last week for the Illidari Doomhawk!

    Episode #491: Last week for the Illidari Doomhawk!

    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 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!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode #490: November Patron Q&A!

    Episode #490: November Patron Q&A!

    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 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!

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Episode #489: The Solo Shuffle!

    Episode #489: The Solo Shuffle!

    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 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!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode #488: Talking 9.2 with Morgan Day! 

    Episode #488: Talking 9.2 with Morgan Day! 

    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 wi

    • 57 min
    Episode #487: 9.2 Preview!

    Episode #487: 9.2 Preview!

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

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode #486: Quality of Life!

    Episode #486: Quality of Life!

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

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
731 Ratings

731 Ratings

Tyrlariane ,

New listener

Just found your show a couple weeks ago and absolutely love it! It’s a great way to keep me engaged in 9.1. How do you all stay engaged with WoW during content droughts?

All the best and keep up the amazing work!

longtimelasttime ,

Buy 5 stars with shoutouts

Spencer and Jason are podcasters that are too tight with blizzard to properly review the game as it is, and they get defensive in weird ways about the game. Ultimate;y though, since the show is something I don't plan to engage with, and that's ok.

This show deserves better than a 1 star, but it's funny to me listening to spencer whine about negative reviews

T@lking1 ,

Amazing Show!

Hey guys! I am a long time fan and I love this show. I love longer episodes I listen to them while I farm. Hope progression is going nicely! If you could recommend a good server that would be great I am on a low population server *Greymane* that I’ve played on for 13 years. And I need a new home! Would you guys play a Classic server with x10 rates and lower gear drop Rates? I think that it would be a great server. Thanks guys good luck!!!

Sincerely, Dastinn Greymane.

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