The Leviathan Raid: Beaten in Six Hours

You know know we Guardians love to learn a good raid, but before sitting at the feet of Raid masters like ZG Photo or LuluSoccer, you have to remember that they all start from somewhere. That first step. that incredibly humbling moment where the Raid Team Leader and their crew have no idea what is coming next.

Yesterday, a fireteam named The Legend Himself stepped forward to face the challenge of Destiny 2’s first raid, Leviathan. They completed it in six hours.

From Koatu.com:

Destiny 2’s first raid, Leviathan, went live at 10am pacific today. Immediately, hardcore clans got to work. Hours later, a team of players cracked it. The Legend Himself had the honor of being the first team ever to beat a raid in Destiny 2. You can see the spoilerific final moments below. Chat, as you might expect, goes wild.

See the whole story, complete with spoiler video of Leviathan’s finale, here.

The Legend Himself, led by ScaRdrow, has an incredible history with Destiny Raids as he and his team accomplished not only the Rise of Iron Raid Wrath of the Machine (a personal favorite of Tee’s) in record time, but accomplished what many considered the impossible and unimaginable: a solo face-off with Aksis. Challenges are nothing new to this team, and what a feat to pull off in the first week of Destiny 2.

At the time of posting this, ZG Photo (friend of the podcast) is entering his ninth hour with a skilled Raid team; but Raids are not meant to be easy. They are meant to be a challenge, and we Guardians salute not only The Legend Himself, but ZG, Lulu, OneActual, 3vil_Aura, and others taking on what can only be described as an incredible task.

Well done, Guardians. Well done.

Episode #018: Destiny 1 As Beta (with special guest, ZG Photo!)

So…Twitch streamer ZGPhoto

Can’t get rid of the guy…

…and that’s fine by us!

Happy Hour from the Tower: A Destiny Podcast brings you right up to the eve of Destiny 2 with a look back on Destiny, featuring ZGPhoto. Now you remember Zack? We apparently didn’t scare or piss off the seasoned Guardian after his interview as he elected to stick around for another show…and we’re more than okay with our guest Guardian chiming in on the idea of Destiny being a giant Beta for the game about to drop within 24 hours!

Truth be told, we had a grand time with Zack back in Episode #17, and it is a little unsettling how well he fits in with us at the Tower. Who knows? I think a live podcast from GuardianCon may be in order!

Got a question for Zack or the Guardians at the Tower? Give us feedback at 703.791.1701 or podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com. We’d love to hear from you!

00:00 — Introduction

  • ZG fits so well into the HHFTT crew, we already have a drop-in set aside, just for him!
  • Even with Vegas crud, Nick cannot duplicate Coach’s homage to Ghaul.
  • Nick and Brandon are not making recording in their studio any easier.
  • Long distance does nothing to dampen Zack’s comic timing.

2:07 — Episode #018: Destiny 1 As Beta (with special guest, ZGPhoto)

  • Great minds think alike.
  • Wow. Tee talks like he shoots: sloppily and all over the target.
  • From Zack’s perspective, the early days of Destiny felt like a test. A long test, one grind at a time.
  • Nick may not be the PvP or Raid Aficionado, but when it comes to Lore…
  • A distinct improvement between Destiny 2 Beta and Destiny 1: the storytelling.
  • And what a shame with the wasted voice talent behind The Stranger. (See our voice talent episode for more on that.)
  • Returning to the debate of Dinklebot vs Nolanbot
  • The show’s hardcore gamer, Brandon, chimes in with his own thoughts on Destiny 2 and how the Destiny 1 journey unfolds.
    • Of course Destiny 2 looks like Destiny 1. It’s a sequel, after all.
    • Tee lets his Warlock Elitism show. Again.
    • Haters: Complaining just to complain.
    • We want the same thing as before…but bigger and better.

14:09— GameStop of Innovation Center (Manassas, Virginia)

14:45 — Destiny in the News and Wrapping Up (with special guest, ZGPhoto)

  • Tee didn’t even have to drop the prompt. Zack’s got this!
  • Jumping back to focus on ZGPhoto and his Twitch stream (which you should be watching…)
  • Destiny in the News
  • Oh, wait a minute, one more question for Zack…
    • The origin story of the Photobombers
    • When finding a niche, find something that flows.
  • Some side-love for MAGFest as we talk about #DestinyGoals and GuardianCon 2018
  • What about the Raid Clinic Zack and James Werk host? Will that be returning for Destiny 2?
    • And why Zack is trying to avoid any of the spoilery Destiny 2 rumors and news pre-release.
    • Plans are in play for the next incarnation of Zack’s and James’ Raid Clinics
  • Considering “Public Clans” and “Guided Games” options coming with Destiny 2
  • Hard lessons learned from Destiny
  • Let us know what you think of the Destiny experience and how Destiny 2 is treating you!
    • Voicemail — 703.791.1701
    • Email — podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com
    • And make sure to leave us a review on iTunes! Let people know about this podcast.
  • Where to find ZG…
  • Having Twitch streamers in studio is good fun. Cool stuff happens.

Remember to leave us a comment or questions
for the show at 703.791.1701, 
or here at the blog.
We’ll talk about it!

And remember, you can find the show on iTunesStitcher, and Google Play!
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Eyes up, Guardian!
Time to give up the Ghost.

Thanks for listening. 

Episode #017: An Interview with ZG Photo!

We had so much fun hosting Twitch streamer 3vil_Aura on Happy Hour from the Tower: A Destiny Podcast that we decided to do it again!

Welcome to the podcast Zack or ZG Photo of The Photobombers. With years of streaming and a good amount of gaming under the belt, Zack pays a visit to the Tower to talk about his experiences with Destiny, his love for the raids (including King’s Fall!), and his thoughts on the recent Destiny 2 Beta…and hockey.

Yes. Hockey.

Got a question for Zack or the Guardians at the Tower? Give us feedback at 703.791.1701 or podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com. We’d love to hear from you!

00:00 — Introduction

  • Trying a new recording location. Tee’s still figuring out where everything is.
  • SWEET — ZGPhoto is on the line!
  • Zack is quite the hugger, especially at events like GuardianCon.
  • By the sound of Nick’s voice, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.
  • A little bit of a GuardianCon tease before jumping in with both feet…

2:42 — Episode #017: An Interview with ZG Photo!

  • You met ZGPhoto in our first video episode. Now, get to know him and what his channel is all about.
  • Zack loves some Destiny, but PUB-G is an experience!
  • What made Raids Zack’s thing on Destiny & Coffee
  • A bit of love for Logan Scott
  • For any KinderGuardians, what is the difference between a Strike, a Nightfall, and a Raid.
  • How does ZG Photo call the shots with players he has never ran with. (Sometimes, it is not as easy as one would think.)
  • Brandon put ZG Photo on the spot
    • Zack’s Favorite Raid: Vault of Glass and Wrath of the Machine
    • Nick draws first blood…and Tee goes on the defensive.
    • The show’s favorite drop-in, an encore play
    • Why King’s Fall is not Zack’s favorite raid.

17:29 — Podcast It Yourself Workshop 2017

18:10 —Episode #017: An Interview with ZG Photo! (Part Two)

  • Zack’s fitting in just fine, isn’t he?
  • Zack’s Favorite Raid Visually: King’s Fall (Yes, King’s Fall!)
  • On Wrath of the Machine, Tee was not the only one sight-seeing in Aksis’ Server Room…
  • ZG Photo chimes in on the Destiny 2 Beta
    • It was a “safe” Beta.
    • There needed to be more, on both PvE and PvP.
    • Quick shout-out to Orion who’s in step with Zack.
    • Why are our Destiny 2 characters looking like…cartoons?
    • PvP felt smarter.
  • Thoughts on The Crucible
    • Matches felt slower.
    • 4v4 was a lot of fun in Countdown
    • Brandon’s Joy: Hunters will have knives in their melee
  • Returning to GuardianCon 2017 and Zack’s one-day experience
  • Some quick-love to Molly…and her non-gaming talents.
  • Changing gears in the show…
    • Dirtiest team in the National Hockey League
    • Nick and Zack settle in for some hard hockey talk…and it is so much fun to listen to them go!
    • And the Red Wings are getting a new stadium!
  • Serious love for Detroit. (Tee was just there last month!)

34:47 — Feedback & Wrapping Up

  • And Zac gets to join us for a Feedback segment! How cool is that?
  • Wait a sec… who called our show?!
  • YES, #BlondeSolo HERSELF CALLED OUR SHOW!!!
  • Oh, Zachary, you do not know who Courtenay Taylor is? You need to listen to this show.
  • That voicemail has aged like a fine scotch, it has. No, seriously…
  • Welcome to Happy Hour from the Tower, the most adorable Destiny podcast in the podosphere!
  • And Zack was worried about following 3vil_Aura’s interview. Holy Hannah!
  • So we’ve heard from #BlondeSolo. NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!
    • Voicemail — 703.791.1701
    • Email — podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com
    • And make sure to leave us a review on iTunes! Let people know about this podcast.
  • Where to find ZG…
  • Having Twitch streamers in studio is good fun. Cool stuff happens.

Remember to leave us a comment or questions
for the show at 703.791.1701, 
or here at the blog.
We’ll talk about it!

And remember, you can find the show on iTunesStitcher, and Google Play!
Subscribe, listen, and review.

Eyes up, Guardian!
Time to give up the Ghost.

Thanks for listening. 

Episode #002: Welcome to the Age of Triumph!

Episode #002 of Happy Hour from the Tower: A Destiny Podcast is going “Cabals Deep” into what Bungie is calling their “Victory Lap” prior to the release of Destiny 2. Age of Triumph is a new record book—the biggest Bungie has ever released—and Tee, Nick, and Brandon are nostalgically looking ahead to what’s in store.

00:00 — Introduction

  • Once again? But this is our second episode.
  • Age of Triumph in one Twitch stream? Don’t be ridiculous…

1:32 — Welcome to the Age of Triumph 

  • This is the celebration from Bungie for Destiny.
    • Why Twitch is called Twitch, according to Nick…
    • A bit of the community is upset about all this new gear coming.
    • Let’s enjoy the Farewell Tour
  • Stream One: Let’s talk about RAIDS
    • Deej (David Dague), Community Manager
    • Ryan Paradis, Lead Designer
    • Joe Blackburn, Senior Raid Designer
  • All of Destiny’s raids are back…but there is a catch.
  • For any new Destiny players, what is a Raid?
  • Brandon discovers the hard way how matchmaking works: It doesn’t.
  • Horror Stories of Failed Raids
  • There is more to Age of Triumph other than Raids. Let’s talk about Strikes.
  • Smoked Meat analogies work for this game.
  • Stream Two: All About STRIKES and QUESTS
    • Deej (again)
    • Tim Williams, Story Developer from Rise of Iron
    • Joe Sifferman, Strike Developer
  • New weekly Quest Playlists
    • 12 steps to new treasures and cool stuff
    • Where is your Record Book? (Just in case you don’t know.)
    • This is a 12-Step Program that is no help whatsoever.
  • Treasures of the Ages: available at EverVerse or playing the AoT challenges.
  • A few notes on finding Silver Dust
  • Feeling the pain of the grind…
  • New Weekly Offerings
    • Challenge of Elders (Level 42 Arena)
    • Nightfall Strike (Level 42/380 Light)
    • Some Daybreak Modifier Love
  • Can you smell the nostalgia? We can.
  • Daybreak Modifier drops on Day 1…and we are counting down…
  • Nick’s Lament…

13:10 — Geek Radio Daily

14:11 — The Age of Triumph (Part Two)

  • When does this Age of Triumph madness begin today? Wait…TODAY?!
  • So how close are we to that coveted 390 Light Level? Yeah, about that…
  • Stream Three: All the GOODIES
    • Deej (as always)
    • Ian Macintosh, Artist
    • Josh Hammrick, Senior Designer.
  • Apparently, Deej is your huckleberry.
  • We do love MAGFest on this podcast.
  • The armor of the Age of Triumph is insane…
  • The Vault of Glass armor

    Brandon covets it, but Tee’s got issues.
  • Verizon will not be sponsoring this podcast anytime soon.
  • We also love Rev3 on this podcast.
  • The Crota’s End armor
  • And you know what’s another great analogy that works for Destiny?
  • The Wrath of the Machine: Age of Triumph Armor…

    Tee wants this. BAD.
  • Tee is continuing baby steps with his KinderGuardian…
  • The Moment of Triumph armor…sexay!

  • So how did Bungie pull this off without putting on additional demands on the consoles?
  • And then you have the Exotic weapons…
    • It’s great listening to Nick and Brandon covet gear.
    • Foreshadowing to Episode #3
  • Nick goes there…

23:06 — Guardian Feedback

  • Comments from the Cosmodrome already?!
    • A question from Steve Saylor, The Blind Gamer — Where to start on Destiny?
    • A comment from author P.C. Haring — Why do you play Destiny?
    • What happens when Guardians tie the knot? You get epic photos like this! (Props to Sandy Pataray/illbeyourpal on Xbox)

  • Want to share your thoughts with the Tower?
    • Voicemail — 703.791.1701
    • Email — podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com

Signing off from the Tower…

Remember to leave us a comment or questions
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or here at the blog.
We’ll talk about it!

And remember, you can find the show on iTunesStitcher, and Google Play!
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Eyes up, Guardian!
Time to give up the Ghost.

Thanks for listening.