The Instance: Deep Dives for Gamers

By Scott Johnson

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 Jun 21, 2020


The Instance: Weekly radio for fans and lovers of video games and the topics that shape the gaming world. 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.

Episode Date
The Instance 650: Hurt Me Plenty
Scott Garrett and Joce have been seeing a lot of chatter in our circles about difficulty settings in games, hard modes, casual players, and more. Got us to thinking about what the current games-space looks like these days when it comes to game difficulty, and how devs get more players in, and block some players out. Lots to talk about, plus emails and more!
Sep 24, 2021
The Instance 649: Tell Me a Story
Our topic this week deals with video games with a narrative, and why we seem to be swinging back to story after a love affair with games as services. Join Scott, Joce, and Garrett!
Sep 17, 2021
The Instance 648: Content Warning Warning
From the ESRB, to big blue warning screens before you launch your games, to making sure you're not driving while catching Pokemon. Today we talk about the modern gaming version of 'content warnings'. Do they work? If so, how, and why? Do we need them? And aren't there better ways to do this in an interactive medium? Join Scott, Joce and Garrett for a deep dive. Plus your emails and more.
Sep 03, 2021
The Instance 647: Play it again, Sam
GOOD NEWS! Jocelyn is our new permanent co-host and we are pretty stoked about it! Today we do a deep dive topic on why we keep buying the same games over and over when they get enhanced, remastered, or resurrected. And why is Mass Effect Legendary a good example, and Warcraft III Reforged such a terrible example. Your thoughts too, plus your emails!
Aug 20, 2021
The Instance 646: Honor The Chicken
Joined by Jocelyn for a deep dive into the world of Elder Scrolls Online. Is it a game you should play? What kind of player does it attract? We dig down and find out! Your emails too!
Aug 13, 2021
The Instance 645: Rubber Meet Road
We have one more in us for this mess, and then the real work begins on trying to do our part to make the world a better place. Garrett Scott and Patrick on this one. Yeah, we know, more dude talk. But for all the shows we've done in the last week about this, this one needed to happen for the main show crew.
Jul 30, 2021
The Instance Suplimental: Scott and Jules
Scott and his guest Jules Scott sit down and have a discussion about more of this Blizz fallout, but more specifically, the need for female voices in the discussion, and how even our best intentions are sometimes just a little off target. We hope you’ll listen and be part of the discussion.
Jul 27, 2021
The Instance 644: The Hero You Should Be
The state of CA is suing Blizzard and Activision and for good reason. Join Scott and guest host Jon as they help make sense of all of it. Plus, our deep look into why Final Fantasy 14 seems to be having such a moment right now in the hearts of MMO players. Your emails and more!
Jul 23, 2021
The Instance 643: A Whole New World
WoW on a handheld? The Steam Deck says, SURE! The big (possibly not real) WoW internal memo leak and what it means, and what we can learn about it. FF14 is getting its own cook book. The Lich King is back with his own board game. Our big discussion this week: Amazon Studios upcoming MMO, "New World". What it is, what we want it to be, what we know, and what we can expect from it. Joined today with guest-host Alex! Emails and more!
Jul 16, 2021
The Instance 642: Got Change?
Things are changing, and we are here to tell you what that means. What is a single player game when you convert it to a service game? AC wants to find out. Is telling your fans to head over to a competing MMP a revolt, or something else? Also, we go deep on the upcoming D2 Resurrection release, and why we are coming around fast to what they are selling. Also, how do NDA's and non-competes work these days at game devs? Tune in and find out!
Jul 09, 2021
The Instance 641: Coming Back Home?
A little up top talk about how seeing next gen game environments makes us want WoW to go there. A few E3 thoughts. The WoW team gets a new animated individual. You want Scott's blanket. We have a date for 9.1, and we blow out the discussion about what it will take to get you back into the game at this stage. How things scale in dungeons and more!
Jun 18, 2021
The Instance 640: Who Holds The Bag?
Couple interesting stories up top about Overwatch going cross-platform, but what that change in Battlenet means to everyone else playing blizzard games. Then our big topic this week: Is Activision really the problem? We discuss the history of the Act/Blizz venture, what the time since looks like when looking back, and what they might do in future to fix some of things players are concerned about. And some fun discussion about where Warcraft might go when it's not WoW anymore.
Jun 11, 2021
The Instance PSA 6-4-2021
The Instance PSA 6-4-2021
Jun 04, 2021
The Instance 669: Skinny McWhite Hair
There is no Blizzcon in 2021. What might they do? We discuss that. Also, More ex-Blizzard news from Frost Giant. Looks like they have Mike looking over their shoulder as well. Zovaal and why he got kicked out of the good graces of his old pals, and now calls The Maw his home. IGN has a good breakdown about the changes at Blizzard. Why is it easier to come back to some old games and not others? That's our big topic today for you Classic heads. Emails and more!
May 28, 2021
The Instance 638: Clone Deal
More ex-blizzard people are starting cool new studios! What does Lightfordge do? We talk about it. BC classic character cloning got cheaper today. Run something with an ARM64 chip? WoW will now run on it. Torghast might let you level one day. Our Main Quest today is all about the art and aesthetic of The Burning Crusade, and how it holds up today ahead of the Classic launch. Your emails and more!
May 14, 2021
The Instance 637: The Darkest of Dark Portals
Activision and Blizzard had some revealing things to say at the earnings call last week. We break it down. We all get to return to Outland on June 1st. Some of you will pay another $60 to do it. Emails and more!
May 07, 2021
The Instance 636: Wearing The Sloth
The WoW charity worked out great and now you all get to wear a Sloth on your back. Ready to read Warcraft Sylvanas this fall. PTR 9.1 has been interesting. 19 years at Blizzard and that's a wrap for Jeff Kaplan. Blizzard now, vs Blizzard then. Emails about WoW 2 and more!
Apr 23, 2021
The Instance 635: Happy Cussing
It's Question and Answer day here at the instance, where we answer some of your burning questions with answers that would make the Lich King proud. Enjoy!
Apr 09, 2021
The Instance 634: Gravy After Sixty
You like to buy game time? Well, you just lost a couple options and we'll discuss why. Frost Giant could bring RTS's back to your life in a big way. TBC Classic is now in beta, and you can get to 66 if you wanna! We've had some time in there and have some thoughts. Why the leveling experience in Shadowlands is more of a party than a game, and more!
Mar 26, 2021
Frogpants Plays: Special Interview with Chris Metzen

Scott and Chris have a sit-down and chat up up about his new big project, plus lots of great insights into development of this kind of project vs something like a major game release at Blizzard. Here’s a bit more about the project.

Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent is a 5E campaign setting by Chris Metzen and Warchief Gaming. The first release in this universe, Worldbook: Lawbrand, is based on the roleplaying campaign that Chris ran with his childhood friends in the eighties and nineties, before heading to Blizzard to work on worlds such as Warcraft, StarCraft, and more.

Enjoy Scott Johnson chatting with Chris Metzen about his awesome new project!

Mar 23, 2021
The Instance 633: Where Doth The Ancient Wander?
We talk about all there is to know about 9.0.5, which is not a lot turns out. But we have a real Q&A party and answer all your burning questions. Oh, and what TBC bosses do YOU remember?
Mar 12, 2021
The Instance 632: No More Bone Cloak!
Lots to cover this week, including the chance that Diablo Immortal might be emulatable. Oh and controller support might not work. 30 days of free Heroes means you should be playing some! Then we hit our big talk this week, all about Patch 9.01 and all the changes and tweaks therein! Your emails and more!
Mar 05, 2021
The Instance 631: Warcraft Junior
People are not happy about character customizations stopping for the foreseeable future. Suddenly Scott loves Torghast again. How your boost will work in Classic TBC. What the confirmation of a Mobile Warcraft Project likely means. We break down all the wow stuff by the numbers and more today on The Instance!
Feb 26, 2021
The Instance: BlizzConline 2021 Co-Coverage
The Instance: BlizzConline 2021 Co-Coverage with Scott, Garrett, Kyle and Joce!
Feb 20, 2021
The Instance 630: Have you been mythically valiant?
Valor points are back, and we have the skinny on how those are going to work! Some of you are not gonna be happy about it either. Wanna get your Battlenet launcher to 'Crash'? Well, you sorta can for $40. We have all the details we know about the Blizzconline schedule next week, and break it down for you. We make a few bets while we're at it! We play a game of 'Know Your Cards', and answer your emails!
Feb 12, 2021
The Instance 629: Online and On Time for The Conline!
Forth Quarter results for Blizz are in, and we break down the numbers a bit and what it means for WoW this year. Some weird language in their about getting WoW on "more devices and platforms". Increased Anima rewards in Raids and Dungeons coming next Tuesday! We dig deep into what BlizzConline looks like from this view, and what we expect to happen and a few things we'd love to see from their first online only Blizzcon event. Emails about Classic TBC and more!
Feb 05, 2021
The Instance 628: Will the Crusade still Burn?
We dig into the Vicarious Visions story a bit and what Blizz might be doing with them. How people are running 8 levels of Torghast in 5 minutes. And a BIG discussion of Blizzconline and the possibility of BC happening that weekend in Classic.
Jan 29, 2021
The Instance 627: A Time And Season for PVP
We get into some Classic to start things off with the Scarab event, and then to that Battlenet update that most of us had but didn't know about it till recently. The latest DPS numbers are in and things look grim for hunters. When is the right time to put on your PVP pants? Taking Torghast abilities into the maw and more!
Jan 22, 2021
The Instance 626: Scaling Torblast
The Instance 626: Scaling Torblast
Jan 10, 2021
The Instance 625: Need a Ride?
We knew Torghast changes were coming, and now we know what they are all about. Ghostcrawler announces that RIOT is making an MMO. Patrick is playing Diablo Immortal and has thoughts. We dissect a bit more of Ion's interview with Polygon regarding upcoming WoW changes. Let's have a big discussion about game travel, and what needs to change about it. Mod of The Week! Emails and more!
Dec 18, 2020
The Instance 624: Cool and Long but still Cool
How PVP rewards will work this week, and next. The big new world bosses and what you will get from them. Blizzard breaks its own record for most PC games sold! A long discussion about Torghast!
Dec 11, 2020
The Instance 623: Don't take a black light to Silvermoon
What you should be doing in week two of this expansion, WoW goes back on TV this week, gear scores and where you should find them this week, our impressions of Torghast, zone zeitgeist, and why that sword thing in Maldraxxus was dumb, and LOTS more!
Dec 04, 2020
The Instance 622: Stop and Smell The Polygons
It's our big Shadowlands launch discussion! Join Scott, Patrick and Garrett and they dig into the new content with arms wide open! Oh and some discussion regarding building your own rotations. It's more fun than you think!
Nov 27, 2020
The Instance 621: When did you last call your Maw?
We announce a MAJOR contest today! Also, no more multi-boxers allowed in WOW. Blizzard details how those legendaries are gonna work. All about the death rising event and LOTS more!
Nov 13, 2020
The Instance PSA for 11-06-2020
The Instance PSA for 11-06-2020
Nov 06, 2020
The Instance 620: Late for your date
How our pre-patch time has led up to today. Alts alts and more alts. Old bugs, why Pandaria is seeing so many players, fixing that ding 50 moment, and loads more. Blizzard did an earnings call, and there are some interesting bits of data here. Metzen started something new, and Kosak finds a new job path. We get a new Shadowlands date and the rest of the release schedule, and we have a lot to say about that as well. Rapid Fire Questions and emails too! Hop in and enjoy!
Oct 30, 2020
SPECIAL: A chat with Chris Metzen, and Warchief Gaming!
A special sit down with Chris Metzen, chatting about his “next big thing”, Warchief Gaming, and life post-blizzard, and what the creative spirit needs!
Oct 27, 2020
The Instance 619: Floor Walker Cho
We have a BIG discussion about everything to do with the pre-patch and our experience so far in this not-yet-expansion expansion. Plus, the drop-off of SC2, PTR testing for Naxx for our Classic friends, a new cinematic to dig your eyes into, Rapid Fire Questions, emails and more!
Oct 16, 2020
The Instance 618: 1% is a lot less than 100%
Prepatch plans for the 13th are heating up, and we talk about the stuff you can expect next week when it hits. Covenant Abilities are no longer location restricted. Hunters need more dots and buffs. Mythic Mounts are about to get REALLY hard to drop. A closer look at what closing the blizzard france offices means, and why it's maybe not everything you think. New Metzen interview coming and more!
Oct 09, 2020
The Instance 617: Delay That Order
We kick things off this week with a quick look at that huge Diablo IV talent tree. Then it's off to wow town and a discussion about how Conduits work in the game, and why they are way more than just relics-reloaded. And our big story, the delay (with no new date) of Shadowlands. Plus Rapid Fire Questions, your emails and more!
Oct 02, 2020
The Instance 616: A Haven for Dreams and Things
We talk about one of the more fun wow bugs lately. The long deleted are coming back to haunt some players. Barbershops and character creation got interesting, and gone is the Appearance Change charges. No more bonus rolls, and we think that's pretty great. Are you at all excited about BlizzConline? We think the name is dumb but we are excited anyway. We go deep into the new Morhaime venture, Dreamhaven, and what it might mean for you as players of the kinds of games they are likely to build.
Sep 25, 2020
The Instance 615: Garry The Anima Cow
WoW Classic goes hard into eSports this coming month. Will you have the right 15 man team to compete? Also a look at a CGI jailer in PC Gamer. Pre-patch is coming down right now. South Park treatment of the Jailer, speaking of the Jailer. We do a full look at the final Afterlives shorts. What do we think of Vampire Town? Tune in and find out!
Sep 18, 2020
The Instance 614: Hogger In The Maw
TWO new Afterlives shorts to talk about, and wrap our heads around. We do just that. Plus, new music and login screen data-mined and we really quite like what we see and hear. Blizzard is taking a LOT of stuff off the global cool-down, and your favorite class might just be rejoicing. Torghast got less tutorials, and more rubber on the road in the latest update. How Blizz wants to limit the "burden of regret" when it comes to Covenant choices, and how you will have to atone if you come back. Rapid Fire Questions, and emails and more!
Sep 11, 2020
The Instance 613: How much gold for the 3080?
Will YOU get a really expensive card for your wow life this year? Two brand new books heading to stores and they are both about wow. Castle Nathria is opening and we know right when it will. Legion and BFA reps are about to get a lot easier to grind. Those new animated shorts are pretty rad. We have a launch date for Shadowlands! Rapid Fire Questions and emails and more!
Sep 01, 2020
The Instance 612: Expect some Pugfoolery
Gamescom on the 27th will debut some sweet animated goodness from WoW. What we expect from that. Ray-traced examples show by Blizz and we have some thoughts on how the tech will work in your client. Congrats, WoW Classic players, ya'll are on a single layer now! The future of the WoW mobile app for players and more!!!
Aug 25, 2020
The Instance 611: 68 to 71 is the new 27
Nvidia wants to help with your RTX fun in WoW, and they have a patch to prove it. Blizzard previewed Adventures! And it's kind of an Auto-Battler. How the pre-patch event is a lot like the old days. Shadowlands joins the cosmic map of Warcraft! The top 4 seeds in the US are in for Overwatch! A deep dive into how Legendaries will work in Shadowlands, and a lot more! (Including more Rapid Fire Questions.)
Aug 18, 2020
The Instance Bonus for August 2020
The Instance Bonus for August 2020
Aug 18, 2020
The Instance 610: Goats and Gruffhorns
Some tweaks to the show today! Hope you enjoy them! Blizzard honors the fallen. The Shadowlands beta build adds some really nice stuff for transmog fans. Restrictions lifted! Breakdown of the latest beta build. Act/Blizz has a new eSports guy who comes from the MLB! Earnings call clashes with internal strife in Blizzard. WoW Source Code turns one million. Greifing in the AQ war effort in classic will be met with swift action from Blizzard. Big topic today: How Heirlooms will work in Shadowlands, and the new character experience. Rapid Fire Questions! Your emails and more!
Aug 11, 2020
The Instance 609: Custom Stained Night Elves
All the recent changes to the Shadowlands beta, all the stuff you need to do before it goes away in BFA, a classic player who leveled his hunter with nothing but his wits, Sulfuras unlocks Ahn'Qiraj in 14 hours, Diablo Immortal yet lives, and why seasons would work really well in modern WoW leveling.
Jul 31, 2020
The Instance 608: In the shadow of the lands
Time to break down all the finer details of the Shadowlands stream last week, includiing deeper looks at the release, beta, gameplay updates, and more. Plus, HS dropped a big one today. Your emails and more!
Jul 14, 2020
The Instance 607: The Shadowlands Update
Our live coverage of the Shadowlands stream dev update, and our thoughts about what they showed. Enjoy!
Jul 08, 2020
The Instance 606: Fling open the gates!
Classic is about to toss open the gates of Ahn'Qiraj again, and we are pretty excited about that idea. We talk a bunch about that event changed wow forever, and why they've not tried something quite that ambitious since. Also, Duncan Jones spills the beans on why no more Warcraft movies. The Shadowlands showcase is now happening next week. Small World of Warcraft is a thing and you can get it now. Happy 20 years, Diablo II, and why the Hero Pool thing was hard for us to understand! And more!
Jun 30, 2020
The Instance 605: Mixing It Up
Mixer is no more...where will YOU stream your WoW dungeon runs now? Some ugly stuff happening in the underbelly this week. Overwolf takes a bite out of CurseForge. Exploits still happen a lot and Blizzard talks about what they do these days. How your Auction House play is about to change. Hearthstone has a big week, Heroes gets Mei, and Diablo II rumors fire up again! Your emails and more!
Jun 23, 2020
The Instance 604: Ignite Spreading
The Shadowlands reveal event was pushed. We talk about why and what might come of it. Fire mage talk leads to keeping everything on fire. Classic Summer Bowl is coming! More classic updates. Diablo IV barbarian gameplay was shown, but we are not sure who showed it. Heroes of the Storm Hearthstone and Overwatch all have notes today, and your emails to boot!
Jun 09, 2020
The Instance: Time To Listen
The Instance: Time To Listen
Jun 02, 2020
The Instance 603: Who's The Big Bad
Blizzcon is cancelled. What will they do instead? We have some ideas. Also, the AWC 2020 schedule is up! The Undead get some better knees. Oibos seems pretty rad. Reforged devs finally talk. And lots more today.
May 29, 2020
The Instance 602: Machine Learning Disability
We touch on this saved Echoes of Ny'alotha business that has everyone in a froth this week. Plus another great interview with Ion that gave us some new stuff to chew on. WoWesports goes more official, why War Mode might be the best feature in BFA and a whole lot more, including your emails!
May 19, 2020
The Instance Bonus for April/May 2020
The Instance Bonus for April/May 2020
May 19, 2020
The Instance 601: Pain and Pride
Some more Alpha thoughts coming in, and why Patrick likes things light and airy. Diablo 2 Resurrected might be coming sooner than later. Act/Blizz did their earnings call and the numbers are...ok? Leroy Jenkins turns 15 years old! How tall is your favorite faction leader? Stop banning Xul. No more Dire Wolf Alphas. Why Horde v Alliance is neither evil nor good, and more!
May 12, 2020
The Instance 600: Blue Face and Glowy Eyes
Venturebeat sits down with Morhaime and he says some really interesting things. Then Ghostcrawler had more to add to the subject. Shadowlands gets new race descriptions. Torghast is aghast with more content and fixes in the closed alpha. No more one DH to rule them all per realm. At least right before Shadowlands. Great reddit ama to dig through for Heroes fans. Nothing going on in HS or OW this week. But that Diablo itch is real, yo.
May 05, 2020
The Instance 599: Tripping Over A Fel Reaver
LOTS of additional alpha talk today, with more impressions than ever. Bastion might be ugly. Exiles Reach might be amazing looking. No delay in Shadowlands says team lead. New Sylvanas and Jailer models revealed. Your emails and more!
Apr 28, 2020
The Instance 598: Climb That Tower
Torghast is really really good, and we go pretty deep into how Blizz should make sure this thing stays awesome. Shadowlands is changing flying forever. The Winds of Wisdom buff is now good through the Shadowlands pre-patch! Blizz has a lot to say about long lines in Classic. New character creation screen and some datamining have us making all kinds of guesses about consoles, controllers, mobile and more. Raytracing options coming too. All around blizzard, and your emails!
Apr 21, 2020
The Instance 597: The Great UnPruning
The Alpha is underway, and we have things to say about it. Is Blizz making a WoW-based auto-battler? Maybe. The MDI is happening and there are some cool changes this year. How Exile's Reach will work for new and old players alike. The level squish, and what that translates to in the game from vanila to Shadowlands. The quest marker got a bit update. We have some word on Blizzcon 2020 from Saralyn Smith. Hearthstone had a good week. Heroes and Overwatch got big patches today. Why Mages seem busted and more!
Apr 14, 2020
The Instance 596: I Am My Scarves
The Alpha test for Shadowlands is nigh!! We have all the details and some thoughts on how this new expansion is shaping up! Plus a look at how all 12 classes are getting some big changes in the "un-pruning" that is about to happen. Some quality of life stuff as well. What can be done about Classic queues? The Devs say they have a way. Heroes gets buffed up cores, Hearthstone gets a lot of new cards and your emails!
Apr 07, 2020
The Instance 595: Even more classic than classic
We talk about the Blizz survey about how players wanna see Burning Crusade happen in a classic context. Get your transmog on in Legion content in a much easier way now! Enjoy a month of 100% XP boost. Echo seems a little OP to Patrick. Hearthstone is getting some fundamental underpinning changes. Diablo loses a community manager! When will we get those new races? And loads more!
Mar 31, 2020
The Instance 594: An Afix on Life
What is Blizz doing during this time? They say as much on twitter. That current temp on Mythic+ and what we like most about it. Blizzard getting further down the road with good TV and film. Making content during times like this. Big stuff happening to the Overwatch team. Hearthstone does a big patch drop and way more!
Mar 17, 2020
The Instance 593: I like big hammers and I can not lie
We make some Blizzcon predictions given the "viral" nature of the day. Classic fans are getting Arathi Basin tomorrow! Why Paly tanks are better than Demon Hunter tanks. Shadows Rising is rising in July. Why this game will NEVER see player housing and more!
Mar 10, 2020
The Instance Classic Focus Episode
The Instance Classic Focus Episode: A chat with GamerChex from Stay Classic, looking at how the classic community is doing, what they want, and what Blizzard is doing with their favorite Classic MMO.
Mar 06, 2020
The Instance 591: I'll take the mecha
WoW Tolkens are coming to classic at least for China. Will that every happen in other regions? Got a HUGE Diablo IV update and we hope they keep this up. The Fall of The Lich King gets a fresh coat of paint. Hearthstone went Battlegrounds crazy this week. How solo friendly is the game in 2020, and more!
Feb 28, 2020
The Instance 590: You Seem Very Animated
We get into what it means to be a part of the shadowlands beta. We go deep on the seeming confirmation that Diablo and Overwatch are headed to netflix. Garrett went to Irvine for some hearthstone thing, and we try and pry stuff out of him about it. Starcraft Ghost was leaked and we have thoughts. What keeps people playing wow in a world full of other MMOs and MORE!
Feb 21, 2020
The Instance 589: Head in the clouds
We try and dissect what is happening with this GeForce Now thing and how it applies to Blizzard. We also have some things to say about The Eastern Kingdoms. Blizz has a deal for would-be classic players. Hearthstone loves Battlegrounds. Diablo gets a new head. Want your own battlecruiser? A look through the eyes of WoW Head and more!
Feb 14, 2020
The Instance Bonus for Jan/Feb 2020
The Instance Bonus for Jan/Feb 2020
Feb 10, 2020
The Instance 588: Hellscream
We go through the rough launch of Wacraft III Reforged in some detail. What should of happened, what might happen, and what we think about it all. eGPU's are great for Mac wow players, and your emails!
Jan 31, 2020
The Instance 587: The Jenga Tower of My Own Bias
We are a bit into 8.3 and we take a bit of a post-mortem look at things thus far. Classic is making changes, and some people say that is a huge mistake. The undead just got a lot more sexy. Hearthstone gets some SP on. Who would play Arthas in a movie? Where to go from 20? And why Party Sync rocks!
Jan 24, 2020
The Instance 586: A truly horrific vision
8.3 is here and we are down to talk about it! And we take a LOT of your comments into the mix today. Plus a great interview with Jeremy Feasel at Blizzard about this patch and more! Enjoy!
Jan 17, 2020
The Instance 585: Sexy Son of Deathwing
WoW Classic is getting some serious updates next month and we break them down. January 14th has all you retail players are looking for, and we are here to get ready for that too. Warcraft III, and why we may or may not be playing it. All around blizzard, your calls and more!
Jan 10, 2020
The Instance 584: We like a mean villain
We have a date for N'Zoth, and all the details surrounding his debut. Reforged took a little longer to get done. What Blizz games are keeping us warm for the holidays? Lots of calls and emails today and more!
Dec 31, 2019
The Instance Bonus for Dec 2019
The Instance Bonus for Dec 2019
Dec 21, 2019
The Instance 583: 2020 Vision
Today we take a hard look at 2020 and what we all want out of Blizzard for the new year! Plus a load of your emails and calls! Join Scott Patrick and Garrett for a hopeful look at a new year from Blizzard and World of Warcraft.
Dec 13, 2019
The Instance 582: You are without honor
The nature of holiday gaming with Blizzard games, and WoW in particular. Legendary Transmog coming and coming soon! Brutosaur going to Black Market! People are ticked. Guilds and Communities getting some love right now on the live server. WoW Classic honor issues are real, and Blizzard is on it. Deathwing is a gimmick dammit. Hitting 120 and watching Grey's Anatomy while you do it.
Dec 06, 2019
The Instance 581: The Eyes Have It
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!
Nov 15, 2019
The Instance 580: Taking Bolvar by The Hand
Deep dive into Shadowlands from Blizzcon and beyond, plus everything we think about Diablo IV, the latest Blizz earnings call, and so much more. Get in here!
Nov 08, 2019
Patrick and Garrett talk Shadowlands D4 And OW2 First Impressions at Blizzcon
Patrick and Garrett talk Shadowlands D4 And OW2 First Impressions at Blizzcon
Nov 05, 2019
The Instance 579: Blizzcon 2019 Commentary Day 1
The Instance 579: Blizzcon 2019 Commentary Day 1. With Scott and Jon and Beau! Enjoy!
Nov 01, 2019
The Instance 578: Do it in a Murloc onesie
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!
Oct 25, 2019
The Instance 577: Underwatch Rebellion
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!
Oct 18, 2019
The Instance 576: We Don't Get To Hide
We talk about the huge smelly elephant in the room, and are very much looking forward to your thoughts. We also hit the latest wow news and stuff as well, so tune in and enjoy.
Oct 11, 2019
The Instance - Supplemental
A supplemental quick take on recent events. Thanks for listening.
Oct 09, 2019
The Instance 575: Finduin yourself with Gillvanas
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.
Oct 04, 2019
The Instance 574: Walk with me...the rest of the way
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!
Sep 27, 2019
The Instance 573: An interview with Jason Hayes
An interview with Jason Hayes, the creator of the WoW theme, and soooooo much great blizz music over the last almost 20 years.
Sep 26, 2019
The Instance Bonus for Sept 2019
The Instance Bonus for Sept 2019
Sep 22, 2019
The Instance 572: I will sync to your level
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!
Sep 20, 2019
The Instance 571: We came for the backpack
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!
Sep 13, 2019
The Instance 570: Classically Trained
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!
Aug 30, 2019
The Instance 569: Instant Classic
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!
Aug 27, 2019
The Instance 568: What's in a name?
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!
Aug 16, 2019
The Instance 567: Zuljin and his Circle Axes
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!
Aug 09, 2019
The Instance 566: Dirt Devil Games
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.
Jul 29, 2019
The Instance 565: Classically Trained
WoW Classic beta news, and a look at all the hunter problems it seems to have, both real and imagined. And we backload the show today with a TON of your emails and live calls! Join us!
Jul 15, 2019
The Instance Bonus Show for June / July 2019
The Instance Bonus Show for June / July 2019
Jul 05, 2019
The Instance 564: Mikecraft
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!
Jul 05, 2019
The Instance 563: What's different this time?
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!
Jun 28, 2019
The Instance 562: Blizzard Auto-Missed Auto-Chess?
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!
Jun 21, 2019
The Instance 561: Did you say Battlepants?
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!
Jun 14, 2019
The Instance Bonus Show for June 2019
The Instance Bonus Show for June 2019
Jun 07, 2019
The Instance 560: Low Poly Slice of Cheese
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!
May 31, 2019
The Instance 559: Siri, what is hindsight?
We take a deep dive into our WoW Classic time this week. Talk about hanging out with much older men. Frosty the Snow Mage. How Thrall got his Groove back, and so much more today!
May 24, 2019
The Instance 558: How Safe Is Your Haven
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!
May 17, 2019
The Instance 557: The Whale Room
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!
May 03, 2019
The Instance Bonus Show Late April 2019: Factions
The Instance Bonus Show Late April 2019, where Scott and Garrett talk about factions and how they can have their cake and eat it too!
May 02, 2019
The Instance 556: Place your bets!
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!
Apr 24, 2019
The Metzen Series Part 03: I Am Content
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!
Apr 19, 2019
The Metzen Series Part 02: Game Life
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.
Apr 16, 2019
The Instance 555: What to do when in Mechadong
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!
Apr 12, 2019
The Metzen Series Part 01: Open Book
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.
Apr 08, 2019
The Instance 554: Mecha-What?
More old Blizz games going to GoG. What to expect in Rise of Azshara. More classic updates from Blizzard. And way more!
Mar 29, 2019
The Instance 553: Jimmies in a Rustle
Introducing Instance Loot! Corn dogs. AIE taking alliance applications. The results of the recent WoW Q&A livestream. Getting that beacon is all Scott wants. Around blizzard and more!
Mar 22, 2019
The Instance 552: Vote Baine in 2020
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!
Mar 15, 2019
Break week, take a look at CORE!
Break week, take a look at CORE! Back next friday!
Mar 11, 2019
The Instance 551: Fake Bacon Accent
No one wants my Azerite gear. We have a date with Trolls and Pirates! The art stream was really well done. Classic also got some news! A look around blizz and more!
Mar 01, 2019
The Instance 550: Eminemsplaining
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!
Feb 22, 2019
The Instance 549: Blizzard Conditions
A DEEP dive into everything we saw and heard this week. The layoffs, the future of blizzard, and what an angry player base is talking about. This is one to listen to for sure.
Feb 15, 2019
The Instance 548: Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun
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!
Feb 08, 2019
The Instance 547: Mike and the catch up mechanics, or, Swine Flew
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!
Feb 01, 2019
The Instance 546: Tinker Toy Dingle Dorf
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!
Jan 25, 2019
The Instance 545: Old Zoners
Raid testing, what Bungie leaving might mean for Blizzard, letting you do ANYTHING in old zones, and way more.
Jan 11, 2019
The Instance 544: Wineglasses and Free Haircuts
Scott and Garrett try to make sense of the latest in Blizzard and WoW news, as well as think about the old days of Wrath Gate. Also, we kinda know what Second Dinner is up to now. And so much more.
Jan 04, 2019
The Instance 543: Directional Cheese
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!
Dec 21, 2018
The Instance 542: Pagans what dunit
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!
Dec 07, 2018
The Instance 541: We didn't start the fire
What the crap does Warcraft Go look like anyway?? Kotaku goes hard. 8.1 thoughts. The Sylvanas retcon and Saurfang predictions. Around blizzard, your emails and more!
Nov 30, 2018
The Instance 540: Immortal and Infamous
Our BIG blizzcon wrapup is here and now! All the stuff we saw, all the stuff we liked, and a few things we didn't. A full crew today as well. Enjoy!
Nov 09, 2018
The Instance 539: Brack Classic
Hold the door, and get on the train, and fiddle! Also, everything we know and don't know about Blizzcon next week. Also how the WoW classic thing is gonna work for you VT holders. And loads more!
Oct 26, 2018
The Instance 538: Kill Mother Just One More Time
We know what Blizzcon looks like, and it looks a little different than we were predicting. Ion talked to Forbes about WoW and there's stuff to mine in there. A whole lot more so check it out!
Oct 19, 2018
The Instance 537: Mike LessHaime
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!
Oct 05, 2018
The Instance 536: Full Pants Defense
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!
Sep 21, 2018
The Instance 535: Diablo Pyramid Scream
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!
Sep 14, 2018
The Instance 534: Wipe off your Druid
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 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!
Sep 07, 2018
The Instance 533: Old Cod makes a Fish Kerrigan
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!
Aug 31, 2018
The Instance 532: Don't get your Bwonsamdi in a bunch
We sum up week one of Battle for Azeroth, and have lots to say about Loas, Bwonsamdi, haunted alliance quests, scary Genn and so much more. This is a big one folks.
Aug 17, 2018
The Instance 531: Eyes in the back of his head
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!
Aug 10, 2018
Special Interview: Chris Metzen 2.0
Another sit down with Chris Metzen to talk about fandom, when it gets toxic and why, and lots of other great stuff. Hop in and thanks for listening!
Aug 09, 2018
The Instance 530: How sour is your fang?
What happens when you start all over again? We talk about the fire and the tree, and then we talk about the Orc and his new Troll buddy. Our thoughts on War of Thorns thus far. And so much more.
Aug 03, 2018
The Instance 529: Raging Nostalgia
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!
Jul 27, 2018
512 - Kristian Nairn's Chicken Checkbook
Our episode with Kristian Nairn, aka Hodor and house dj master! He's still playing WoW and has all kinds of thoughts on the state of things! Enjoy! Scott Patrick and Turps are here too!
Jul 19, 2018
The Instance 521 - Get More Dark Iron
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!
Jul 19, 2018
The Instance 522 - War Mode On
That prepatch is close and we get a taste. War Mode sounds amazing and we are all kind of in on this new way of doing PVP. Where did Brode go? Why that stock dip? And so much more!
Jul 19, 2018
The Instance 528: Dollars for Races
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!
Jul 19, 2018
The Instance 528b: Before The Storm Spoiler Show
Garrett and Patrick sit down and have a chat about Before The Storm, spoilers and all! Enjoy!
Jul 19, 2018
The Instance 527: Gesticulating Magni
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!
Jun 22, 2018
The Instance 526: Azeroth in Two
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!
Jun 15, 2018
The Instance 525: Three Sisters is a crowd
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!
Jun 08, 2018
The Instance 524: Long Time Listener, First Time Phisher
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!
Jun 01, 2018
The Instance 523: Get Off My Launcher
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!
May 18, 2018
The Instance 520 - Blizzcome 2018
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!
Apr 13, 2018
The Instance 519 - Drop That Date
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!
Apr 06, 2018
The Instance 518 - The Song of Storms
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!
Mar 30, 2018
The Instance 517 - Babius Interuptus
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!
Mar 16, 2018
The Instance 516 - Click The Horse in Your Bag
What is up with that Zandalari moonkin form?? Seething Shore is seething with battleground goodness. Duncan Jones had trouble with Warcraft. A look around blizzard and more!
Mar 02, 2018
The Instance 515 - It Burns
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!
Feb 16, 2018
Instance 514 - Alpha Males
An alpha landed and we played it so we are gonna talk about it! Lots about allied races, pre-orders, etc. It's all that and more with Scott and Turps on The Instance!
Feb 09, 2018
The Instance 513 - This time, with more antlers
LOTS to talk about this week with the new patch and the expansion up for sale. What does it all mean for you today? Find out with me and special returning guest, Garrett Winezurple!
Feb 02, 2018
511 - Who's gonna save WoW for history?
Druid alts for no good reason. Tuesday is patch day. Unlock those races but know what you need to do. Should warcraft be free? How big is your classes unit? Your emails and loads more!
Jan 12, 2018
510 - Forward Momentum
Our end of year listener call-in episode! We talk the past, present, and FUTURE of World of Warcraft! Happy New Year!
Dec 29, 2017
509 - Deep Dungeons
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!
Dec 15, 2017
508 - Antorus for Us
Antorus is live and full of terrors. Can we talk about the sword? Raid Markers have a birthday. Lots of PTR goodness this week. A look around the rest of blizzard, and some great emails to boot!
Dec 01, 2017
507 - Wrynn Body Spray
We take a break from news this Thanksgiving weekend and sit down with Scott and Turpster and talk about the new expansion in terms of lore and character trajectory. Enjoy!
Nov 24, 2017
506 - The Battle for Talking About Azeroth
Our post-Blizzcon episode where we dig deep into The Battle For Azeroth!
Nov 10, 2017
505 - The Instance at Blizzcon, with Chris Robinson!
Our live panel from the Blizzcon Epic Stage! Enjoy!
Nov 06, 2017
504 - The Instance: Boxes in Boxes
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!
Oct 20, 2017
503 - The Instance: Doing his dark work
All the WoW stuff you can stand today on this episode of The Instance!
Oct 12, 2017
502 - The Instance: Happy Birthday, Panda Town
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!
Sep 30, 2017
501 - The Instance: One Thousand Years
Topping off the hunter and workin on yer mage! Flying and THEN do it. Argus tells some tales. Blizzcon mounts are awesome. A thousand years of war. And more!
Sep 22, 2017
500 - The Instance: I am my scars
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!
Sep 08, 2017
499 - The Instance: Seven Point Three
Today was all about 7.3, and what we think of it! A few other odds and ends as well! Tune in and check it out!
Sep 01, 2017
The Instance Gamescom 2017 Edition
Our Gamescom coverage of what Blizzard might do there. New WoW expansion? Maybe. Get all the juicy details from Scott and Patrick today!
Aug 23, 2017
498 - The Instance: Gamescom Cometh
Our pre-Gamescom coverage of what Blizzard might do there. New WoW expansion? Maybe. Get all the juicy details from Scott and Patrick today!
Aug 18, 2017
497 - The Instance: Beyond The Burger Story
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!
Aug 04, 2017
496 - The Instance: 7.3 Story is off the chain
Our lore breakdown of what is coming in 7.3. Warning: There be spoilers ahead, matey.
Jul 14, 2017
495 - The Instance: Argus smells like burning
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!
Jul 07, 2017
Nerdtacular 2017 Games Panel
Our big video game panel from N17, including guests Greg Street and Russell Brower, and MANY more.
Jul 03, 2017
494 - The Instance: Mail Bagging!
Better loot, a date with death, and YOUR emails today, on a very feedback based episode of The Instance!
Jun 23, 2017
493 - The Instance: How We PVP
On this episode of The Instance, WoW PVP, and what it might need to do to continue being a thing, and more!
Jun 09, 2017
492 - The Instance: Jaina Proudmoore
Our lore episode about the great Jaina Proudmoore.
Jun 02, 2017
491 - The Instance: Payload Delivered
Overwatch turns ONE this week, and we are here to see how that went, and how it should go moving forward!
May 26, 2017
490 - The Instance: The Spicy Guys
A deep Diablo dive today as we celebrate five years of Diablo III. We look back and forward on this great franchise. Also, Patrick is all in for 7.2 and Destiny is gonna be on your launchers!
May 20, 2017
A quick Instance PSA
A quick Instance PSA
May 12, 2017
489 - The Instance: King Varian Wrynn
We take a deep look at the beloved Alliance leader and king, Varian Wrynn.
May 04, 2017
488 - The Instance: No April like this April
Scott and Patrick break down all the recent Blizzard news!
Apr 21, 2017
487 - The Instance: Catching up with Russell
Catching up with Russell Brower, sound and music lord at Blizzard Entertainment. Loads of great stuff about WoW and music in general at Blizzard.
Apr 07, 2017
486 - The Instance: Space Goats, Coast to Coast
We give you the complete rundown of what to expect Tuesday from patch 7.2, and the tomb of Sargaras. We go deep into the story of 7.2 as well. What CCG's learn from HS, and what you might pay for a necromancer this summer and more!
Mar 24, 2017
485 - The Instance: LORE 04, Thrall
Another Lore focused episode, where we focus on Thrall and his storied history! Enjoy!
Mar 20, 2017
484 - The Instance: This player vs that player
Holinka has stuff to say about the latest in WoW PVP. Turns out paid raid clears are a big no-no at Blizzard. Probius has his one eye on you. Orisa is four-legged awesome. Why are HS prices going up? Lots more with Scott, Dills, and Patrick!
Mar 10, 2017
483 - The Instance: Community Matters
Let's talk about community for a while.
Mar 06, 2017
482 - The Instance: Show me your cards
On this episode of The Instance, a special focus on Hearthstone, and what the future holds for the most popular digital CCG in the world.
Feb 24, 2017
481 - The Instance: Year over Year
On this episode of The Instance, Blizzard made bank last quarter. Get your primal flame on. WoW Tokens are for more things now. Lucio enters the Nexus. Roadhog and Winston getting some love. PVP thoughts from listeners, and more!
Feb 10, 2017
480 - The Instance: So Competative
A special episode where Scott and Patrick look at the future of Blizzard's "competition in every game" plans, and how that might affect players like you.
Feb 03, 2017
479 - The Instance: LORE 03, The Tomb of Sargeras
We take on another LORE episode, this time focusing on the Tomb of Sargeras and more!
Jan 27, 2017
478 - The Instance: Make Dungeons Matter Again
7.2 has some really cool stuff in store! PVP Brawls sound...interesting. Kara gets split in two. We enter the Tomb and soon. Flying is back! More vanilla server drama. Wei Wang is out! Valeera enters the Nexus. HS team talks more. Season 9 goes solo. Overwatch likes skins. Town Cryer and more!
Jan 20, 2017
477 - The Instance: Looks like a thumb
On this episode of The Instance, killin that Cow King. Nighthold approaches, and that means a raid schedule. Where did that stealth sound come from? Zul'Jin in the HIZZOUSE! More cows in HS. Diablo goes retro for a while. Overwatch makes you lucky. Your emails and more! Oh, and it looks like a thumb.
Jan 06, 2017
476 - The Instance: The Year That Was
On this episode of The Instance, we sum up Blizzard in 2016, and look forward to what the new year might hold, and more!
Dec 30, 2016
475 - The Instance: Elysium minus Matt Damon
Ion had more things to say, and we like to talk about those things. We go DEEP into the Elysium news. Micro holidays are here! Kosak is off to play some HS. Happy 12 years! Browder moves down the hall! Also Rag is coming! Overwatch won! How to handle legacies, and how to move regions in WoW!
Dec 09, 2016
472 - The Instance: Hozen Paradise
On this episode of The Instance, how mean are the Mean Streets? Bad luck in Legion NERFED! Bans for raiders handed out. What's that first person engine job about? Strap in for Rag in heroes next week! Symmetra is getting some serious love. Some more thoughts on Legacy Servers. Your calls and emails and more!
Dec 02, 2016
471 - The Instance: 12 Years Young
On this episode of The Instance, Make sure you hear what Chris has to say. Private groups sound nice. Happy 12, WoW! What happens in Argus? Some big reworks coming. Trails of Valor up for all. Heroes has some good stuff going on. Diablo 1 on the PTR. Sombra and Arcade kicking it in OW and more!
Nov 18, 2016
470 - The Instance: The Chris Metzen Interview
The Chris Metzen Interview - Scott sits down with Chris and talks about the past, the present, and the future.
Nov 15, 2016
469 - The Instance: Lore Episode 2
Our second big lore episode! The Old Gods get some attention, and we try and figure out all these whispers!
Nov 11, 2016
468 - The Instance: The Angry Instance
Our Blizzcon 2016 Live episode!
Nov 08, 2016
467 - The Instance: Blizzcon Attunement
On this episode of The Instance, bed ridden means HS ridden. Weird Al is your dude. No classic server stuff at Blizzcon. Cooking with Wow! 7.1 round up! Our blizzcon predictions and more!
Oct 28, 2016
466 - The Instance: A Change in The Guard
On this episode of The Instance, Chilton is out and Ion is in. What might Tom be moving to? Blizzcon schedule becomes clear. Where are we in Legion? Is Suramar too much of a hassle? OW gets a little scary. Your feedback and more!
Oct 14, 2016
465 - The Instance: The Holinka Files
A mid-week PVP interview with Holinka! Originally aired on the RallyPoint podcast. Enjoy!
Oct 12, 2016
464 - The Instance: Demons need Hunting
More of our time in Azeroth. 7.1 has lots of little goodies in it. Huntin them demons. Wing 2 is out for LFR peeps. Still no band! Samuro enters the nexus. Loads more plus your emails and calls!
Oct 07, 2016
463 - The Instance: Lore Special 01
Our first of hopefully many lore specials for World of Warcraft and The Instance. Join Scott and Turpster and we set at the feet of knowledge and tackle the titans in this episode.
Oct 04, 2016
462 - The Instance: The World is your Quest
So we are a month in, and LOVING every part of Legion. Patrick not happy with PVP or the economy. More people leaving. Someone has to be first in the nightmare and more!
Sep 30, 2016
461 - The Instance: The Heart of The Thing
Blizzard loses a big one. It's a new day in Legion! 7.1 has stuff in it! Bonfire lit a bonfire. Extras with your movie purchase. Blizzcon goodies become clear. Heroes goes to war. Your feedback and more!
Sep 16, 2016
460 - The Instance: Nailed it
On this episode of The Instance, A BIG Legion post-release show with lots of good stuff! Get in here!
Sep 02, 2016
SPECIAL - The Instance: Rally Point and Greg Street
SPECIAL - The Instance: Rally Point and Greg Street
Aug 31, 2016
459 - The Instance: The Naval Table
The post launch schedule for legion is there and ready. What we know about 7.1 ahead of launch. DVD getting a deleted scene. Alts and invasions are in. All this Sombra stuff. Your emails and more!
Aug 26, 2016
458 - The Instance: The Long Way Around
On this episode of The Instance, Karazhan is back! Khadgar wants to take you on a trip. Invasions were bugged! More audio drama please! We get to all the gamescom announcements! Your feedback and more!
Aug 19, 2016
457 - The Instance: Invading Our Lives!
That patch is HUGE and we go DEEP! Everything from Demon Hunters to PVP on hit deaths! Full house today!
Aug 12, 2016
456 - The Instance: The Adventures of Dhadgar
ZOOMING still a thing. What we've been up to in the post-patch world. Blizzard did well this quarter. Illidan gets his stage time. Streaming this stuff on Facebook. How does the Tomb sound. PTR Auriel! Special Event coming for HS. Overwatch gets all up in the summer games and more!
Aug 05, 2016
455 - The Instance: Wipe out the whole village
On this episode of The Instance, we go DEEP into what you can expect on day one of Legion on August 30th. More Harbingers. Hearthstone gets really funky and more!
Jul 29, 2016
454 - The Instance: Harbingers & Patches
The patch came and we have a lot to say about it. Scott is feeling very frosty. Gul'dan origins are interesting! Goodie bag revealed! Chronicles Vol. 2 is out! Ana has our hearts. Your feedback and more!
Jul 22, 2016
453 - The Instance: The Demons Have Come To The Thing!
On this episode of The Instance, it's our big Legion Pre-Launch special! We take a long loving look at what you can expect to hit as early as this coming Tuesday! Oh, and stuff happened in all blizzard games worth talking about so hop in!
Jul 15, 2016
452 - The Instance: PVP For Everyone
We go deep into Legion PVP and find out what the team has in store. Class trials and action cams are all the rage in the beta. Looking for WoW themed beer? Good, cause China has you covered. Overwatch get's it's ranked mode on. A load of your feedback and more!
Jul 01, 2016
451 - The Instance: Legion Could be Legendary
We talk a bit more about that movie that came out. There was one really important thing missing. Ion gave us another big Q&A about Legion. How do you feel about one-button authentication? Medivh seems ok! ElderScrolls gets in on the HS action. Diablo getting harder and deeper. Overwatch had a HUGE launch number. Your calls and emails and more!
Jun 17, 2016
450 - The Instance: SPOILER ALERT movie episode
IMPORTANT! A SPECIAL MOVIE EPISODE of The Instance is here. Turpster has seen the movie twice, and we go DEEEEP into spoiler territory on this episode about the Warcraft movie! So be WARNED! SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
Jun 03, 2016
449 - The Instance: Launch Week
On this episode of The Instance, the movie is out in 20 markets and doing pretty well. Gamers seem to like it too! XP boosts in heroes for the 1 year anniversary. Hello Hell Billie. Diablo has a real chance at GamesCom. A look at the Overwatch launch week that was, and more!
May 31, 2016
448 - The Instance: Legion Landing
Warlords is all part of the package now. Talent and Spec changes in Legion. Movie Update! Chromie in the wild and we have thoughts. On the eve of Overwatch and more!
May 23, 2016
447 - The Instance: The more we hear, the more we like!
We take a nice long look at the Watcherdev breakdown of the current state of Legion, and what that means for you in August. Bunch of movie clips got leaked! Login rewards explained for the movie tie-in. Chromie is way fun! Season 6 is well underway. Get ready for The Dragon on the 16th! Your calls and more!
May 16, 2016
446 - The Instance: Your own private little server
There's a new gold cap! Blizzard responds to the private server thing. Big movie details at PAX in Boston. Tracer is out for everyone. There are old gods among us now in HS. Are you ready for Season 6 in Diablo 3? Overwatch has some dates! Your emails and calls and more! and more!
May 02, 2016
445 - The Instance: Hot Summer Date
On this episode of The Instance, Blizzcon tickets went fast! August 30th is still technically summer. Significant alpha updates. Get your tap on in Legion! New trailer for the movie is dub-steppy. Tracer enters the Nexus. Hearthstone gets nerfed and buffed! Those Mercy wings are awesome. Open beta ends on the 25th for Overwatch. Your feedback and more!
Apr 22, 2016
444 - The Instance: Overwatch Special with Michael Chu
An interview with Michael Chu, senior game designer on Overwatch! Give it a listen!
Apr 12, 2016
443 - The Instance: Server Down!
On this episode of The Instance, We have dates for Blizzcon! Nostalrius is no more. Should people be shocked when Blizz shuts them down? Mythic gets the PLUS treatment. Overwatch ranked play explained. Where are you, 76? Your emails and and more!
Apr 08, 2016
442 - The Instance: Old Gods First
On this episode of The Instance, Why did HS get N'Zoth first? More TV spots for Warcraft. D2 and WIII updates explained. Leaked Blizzcon dates. Alpha voice testing begins. Best of luck to Mickey! Big Patch dropping in Heroes this week. Overwatch just gets better. Your emails, calls and more!
Mar 25, 2016
441 - The Instance: Patching All The Things
We're going to miss Jonathan. Warcraft III and Diablo II get patches for some reason. New Warcraft movie tv spot is tight. Sad day for Everquest Next. Getting to 100 on a dance pad. Xul is great! Dehaka is coming! The Lost Cavern will scratch a special kind of itch for some. Tracer leaked! Hearthstone recipes are amazing. Overwatch Overload. Your emails too!
Mar 18, 2016
440 - The Instance: All the Thrall
On this episode of The Instance, movie pics surface. We tackle a TON of your emails. Xul likes you and you'll like him. Overwatch BREAKS IT DOWN and more!
Mar 04, 2016
438 - The Instance: Recommended Specs
On this episode of The Instance, we have Legion system specs and they are higher! Two players unlocked EVERYTHING. Get your own Warcraft movie props. Heroes gets all charity like. How the Turret meta in Overwatch got smashed yesterday, and what it means when Blizzard says nothing is random!
Feb 19, 2016
438 - The Instance: Taquito Grill
On this episode of The Instance, so how did that earnings call go? WoW numbers are not being reported anymore. Maybe you get some free WoW with movie tickets. More on Formats. The OW beta is back and we have a lot to say about what changed and what stayed the same. Your calls and emails and more!
Feb 12, 2016
437 - The Instance: That's a wild format
On this episode of The Instance, Duncan Jones interview coming soon! TV spots and interviews: Early movie stuff starting to happen. There's a doomhammer in Skyrim now. Get toys now! Li-Ming is the bomb! The lunar festival is live in the Nexusw. What the hell are FORMATS in HS? Back to Overwatch soon. Your feedback and more!
Feb 05, 2016
436 - The Instance: The greyest of manes
On this episode of The Instance, The alpha came back. PVP in WoW today vs tomorrow. Genn Greymane looks nice and squishy. Wizards and Necromancers in the house. 2.4 hit Diablo and it feels great. Overwatch gets back to business in February. Your calls and emails and more!
Jan 22, 2016