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Episode 154 – “WWeSports”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 154 called “WWeSports.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list, then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about the next Co-Op commander coming to StarCraft, get the Original StarCraft and StarCraft Brood Wars for free, Korean Presidency campaign using StarCraft to advertise, Heroes 2.0 is coming this week and it gives you free heroes, the success of the Necromancer beta, an all female Overwatch team is coming, and changes were made to Overwatch Comp mode. Then we finally move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about last week’s Twitter poll about mount rarity, transmog contests and more gimmicks coming to Patch 7.2.5.

But before we go, we have another amazing Rock the Cabinet 2017 Blizzard Arcade game to talk about called DNA Mad Scientist. And then we say our weekly goodbyes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 154 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Each and every week we scour news articles and Blue posts looking for this week’s Top 5 list! This week our Top 5 List comes from the Heroes of the Storm universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to quick match matchmaking this week. 

Top 5 Saltiest Quick Match Posts on the Heroes Forums  

5.) I’m not angry because I lost, I’m frustrated because my team was simply outmatched in every way, the match may as well have been predetermined.
4.)I have no words, other than. “Goodbye forever, QM”. Goodbye and good riddance.
3.)Varian keeps breaking QM matchmaking being “Multiclass” when most people go only tank. Why do they get a bruiser and we don’t?  How is Lucio still not nerfed?
2.)Is like cruel and unusual punishment. Thanks for the 4 month silence.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


Every week we talk about on the show how the Blizzard Arcade is 100% free. That’s thousands of games created by the StarCraft community, but now Blizzard wants their hand in on giving away free games to the world! It was announced this past week that the StarCraft Anthology (Original StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood Wars) is 100% for free for anyone who has a internet connection. Now you have NO reason to say you’ve never played StarCraft! Get out there and check them out today!

In Korea, StarCraft is like the baseball or football in the United States. It’s common, and every one knows about it. It’s so common that this years Korean Presidency race has candidates using StarCraft as a campaign tool in order to try to relate with population! How cool would it be if this happened in the United States?! Check out the whole story here! 

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This week is a busy week for Blizzard games, but Heroes of the Storm isn’t going to let StarCraft have all the fun with reveals! This week Heroes 2.0 launches on April 25th, 2017! They are having an launch event live on Twitch with everything that is going on. For more information about the launch event, check out this blog post. 

There are a lot of changes coming to Heroes this week, so if you want to keep up with everything that is going on, check out this article here!

But just like StarCraft, Heroes is giving away a TON of free stuff this week. Including Mega Bundles that will be giving you up to 20 free heroes for you to enjoy. Assassin bundles, support bundles, tank bundles and more! Check out which one is best for you here today! 

We’ve talked about (and cried about it for not getting invited) the Diablo 3 Necromancer beta that is going on right now. The response from the community has been very positive, and the Diablo team took the time to talk about it with IGN this past week. They discussed how the idea to bring the Necromancer to D3 came from a Game Jam session where they lock all the game developers in the basement at Blizzard and don’t allow them to come out until they have the next best idea for their game (that’s all a lie). But from this jam session, the necromancer was an idea, and immediately became a thing. And they talk about how much work has gone into the creation of the whole process. You can read more about the interview on IGN here!

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It was announced last week that Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri will be having an Overwatch esports team. In this day and age, that’s a pretty common thing… but Stephens College is an all female university, so this is a big deal! The school announced the program, that will be supported with scholarships, will begin in the Fall of 2017. The school picked Overwatch due to it’s diverse list of heroes and strong female character roles. It’s a huge step in the right direction to bring more diversity to esports. If you want to read more about the program here.

We talked about it on Episode 149 – The Great Pie Capture, and it has Blizzard listened directly to us and what we had to say about Pie. And they implemented it! (There were also thousands of others who said the same thing on the forms, but don’t burst our bubble!). Now in comp mode, a team will win the match when they capture 33.3% of the capture pie, verses that it only required 1% more than other team like before. That means, once a team captures 1/3 more of the pie, then they will win and the match ends. It’s a great change, and you can read more about it here!

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This week we discussion the following topics about World of Warcraft:

1.) Last week’s IceBox Poll: Do you think certain mounts in Warcraft should be expansion locked (ie. Riddler’s Mind-Worm) for rarity sake?
2.) Replica weapons not allowed on airplanes according to the TSA Twitter feed.
3.) The Trial of Style is… coming… soon.
4.) More “things” coming in Patch 7.2.5!


Each week we pick a game from the endless library of the Blizzard Arcade to test them out and help the listeners find some awesome stupidly fun games.

Game: DNA Mad Scientist v1.4 (Rock the Cabinet 2017 Submission)
Type: Co-op Commander
Creator: Nedia
Details: In this game Amon’s forces are working to convert Kaldalis into a hybrid Species, it is up to you and a partner to build up your attack and quickly take out the laboratories that Amon’s forces have set up.  Expansion in this game must be done quickly and efficiently because you have a time limit in which to take out the labs before it’s game over.  Would not recommend playing by yourself because the AI on your team does not work with you to assist in taking out your opponents and will just mine ore, and requires you set up defenses for them otherwise you will lose the game.  The pace to this Co-Op mission is very fast which means that decisions have to be made swiftly, a great trainer for when you want to learn how to develop your gameplay quickly. All in all this was a fun Co-Op mission and the creators concept was one that is easily replay-able.

Final Rating (1-5): 3.5

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

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Episode 153 – “Insert Creative Title Here”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 153 called “Insert Creative Title Here.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, April 16th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we talk about David Kim leaving the StarCraft team, then we go over last week’s BlizzCon IceBox poll, the Diablo Necromancer Beta is live, the Overwatch Uprising event is upon us, then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about an unexpected Sunday game server downtime, hidden secrets and riddles discovered, and a recent Dev Interview with Gamespot.

But before we go, we have another amazing Warcraft themed Blizzard Arcade game to talk about called Caverns of Time – Savior of the Horde. And then we say our weekly goodbyes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 153 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Last week on the StarCraft forums, it was announced that David Kim will be leaving his position as Senior Game Designer on StarCraft II to join an unannounced project at Blizzard Entertainment. Kim didn’t start out as a game designer, but started out as a StarCraft professional player who won the BlizzCon 2009 2 vs 2 exhibition match with his team. Clearing the chant here that day of “Nerf David Kim” was something that we should still be chanting. Kim has raised through the ranks of StarCraft and has even helped work on a few of the Heroes of the Storm maps. So whatever unannounced project that David Kim will be working on, it is in good hands. We wish him the best, and we hope to hear more about this project in the coming months! If you are interested in reading his goodbye letter on the forums, you can check it out here.

We discovered it after the show was recorded, but it was discovered that Hearthstone will be having an “Art of Hearthstone” book released on Amazon! It doesn’t come out until October 2017, but you should get it just in time to bring it with you to BlizzCon and get all your favorite Hearthstone artists and developers to sign it! If you want to pre-order a copy today AND support the show, click on this link, or the ad here.

We talked about the announcement just last week, but already this week it has been announced that the Diablo Necromancer Beta has already started! Just recently at BlizzCon it was announced that this new DLC would be coming to Diablo, but now it’s actually playable by those who got invited to test the beta. (Sadly, we didn’t sacrifice enough gnomes to the Lord of Destruction himself to gain invites). But so far the community is already in full testing mode, and they are making quick haste of finding bugs and providing feedback! If you want to be part of the beta, make sure your Beta Preferences are set up to have Diablo checked. To find out more about the Necromancer DLC, check out everything here!  

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In typical Blizzard fashion, they waited until we had recorded, edited and published our last episode and then they announced the latest Overwatch event! The Uprising event brings over 100 new items to the game, with some awesome throwback to the beginning of Overwatch skins for a few heroes like Mercy, Reinhardt, Tracer, and more. This new event offers more than just more loot, it also offers another awesome PVE experience in a modified version of King’s Row. In this game mode, you are working together as a team of four attempting to advance until the end of the map completing objectives along the way. It has several different difficulties, but is a blast to play overall. You have until May 1st to check it out, so don’t hesitate and miss this awesome event! You can find out more about this event here!

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This week we discussion the following topics about World of Warcraft:
1.) Strange Sunday game server outage. Cause: Unknown.
2.) Riddle me this, Riddle me that…. Warcraft players solve a hidden riddle! 
3.) Dev Interview with Gamespot. 


Each week we pick a game from the endless library of the Blizzard Arcade to test them out and help the listeners find some awesome stupidly fun games.

Game: Caverns of Time – Savior of the Horde v1.2
Type: RPG
Creator: Shakarax
Our Review: Wow, this is really polished it was unbelievably fun in ways we didn’t think possible in the arcade.  You start the game with thrall and 3 defenders and relive the downfall of Mannoroth and the freeing of the orcs from the felblood.  Work your way through the dungeon to assist Chromie in resetting the timeline and reap the rewards.  The game wasn’t extremely difficult but it had some great programming elements and the story was fun and engaging to follow through with actual cut scenes occurring through the dungeon. This game was fast paced and shows off just how amazing the arcade can be.

Final Rating (1-5): 5

Stupid funability (1-5): 

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

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Episode 152 – “One with the Universe”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 152 called “One with the Universe.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, April 9th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto our Top 5 Saltiest Universe ticket list of the week! Then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we talk about StarCraft Deepmind AI, a new champion was crowned in Heroes of the Dorm, a Hearthstone exploit for the ages, the Necromancer is coming soon™, a new Overwatch comic and a leaked upcoming event then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about changes made to achieve flying in Legion, and then we talk about our BlizzCon ticket purchasing experience and our problems with it.

But before we go, we have another amazing Blizzard Arcade game to talk about. And then we say our weekly good byes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 152 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Each and every week we scour news articles and Blue posts looking for this week’s Top 5 list! This week our Top 5 List comes from the ticket purchasing site Universe.

Top 5 Saltiest Universe Users

5.)How exactly are humans supposed to be able to buy tickets for this? We can’t compete with ebay scalper bots when the very instant tickets are for sale they’re already gone.
4.)I feel like if you get into the line and are ready to put in information, YOU GET A TICKET.
3.)For all the issues Eventbrite had, at least when you got to enter in your info, you had 15 minutes to do so. If Universe had this system, it would be even better.
2.)Sold out in 6min…. and this time they took down the ability to buy a ticket from the universe app… gg. 🙁
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


All of the General admission tickets for BlizzCon 2017 have come and gone in record time. In under 10 minutes, all the tickets have been sold, but the community is not happy with the changes they have been made to the ticket process, or the ticket process in general. On this weeks show, we talk about the changes that could be made in order to actually improve the system, but first we reach out to our community to help us with this week’s IceBox Twitter poll!

If you are attending BlizzCon, LET US KNOW! We’d love to meet you, shake your hand, hug you, or dance in the pale moonlight with you.

At BlizzCon 2016, the StarCraft team announced that they would be working together with Google Deepmind in order to create a more advanced Artificial Intelligence by using information taken for playing StarCraft. This past week it was announced a team from China’s Alibaba has published a paper describing a system they have created that will increase it’s overall success with creating this awesome AI. You can find out more about their research here! 

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Thousands of college teams signed up for Heroes of the Dorm, but only one could be crowned champion. This past week in Vegas, the University of Texas – Arlington Marvicks went 29 – 0 in order to secure the championship. They locked in and received college tuition, and bragging rights across the Heroes of the Storm world! You can hear more about their story here! 

Last week the new Hearthstone expansion, Journey to Un’goro, was released. And already there has been an exploit that was discovered while YouTube/Twitch streamer Disguised Toast discovered that you could skip your opponent’s turn with infinite Shadow Visions card play. Thankfully this exploit was caught by a top end streamer, so that hopefully it will be corrected soon! You can check it out here.

We have been waiting since November 2016 for the Necromancer patch to be announced, and the wait is almost over! This past week, the Diablo team came out to let us know that the Necromancer Beta is almost upon us! And since it is paid content, it will have a beta instead of a PTR test, so if you are interested in checking out the latest content, make sure you are signed up for Diablo betas! You can find more out about the Necromancer and the beta here! 

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The Overwatch world was busy this past week, not only did Lunatic-Hai win the Overwatch APEX Season 2 finals in the first ever Blizzard estadium in Taiwan. But it was announced that Overwatch shout-casters MonteCristo and DoA will be departing South Korea to cast Blizzard’s Overwatch League in the United States. This is a huge move in the direction that Overwatch esports will be taking. And its more news about the Overwatch League! Find out more on ESPN here!

This past week, Overwatch announced another digital comic called, “Uprising.” This comic is set in the time before most of the Overwatch crisis. It shows the introduction to Tracer, and more about the organization in the beginning. You can check out the comic here!

It appears that there is an upcoming announcement that will be releasing more skins related to the comic coming on April 11th, 2017. It’s been leaked on Xbox Live and Playstation already. You can see some of the teased skins here.

 

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This week we discussion the following topics about World of Warcraft:

1.) This past week the Legion Assaults started and changes were made to the Pathfinder 2.0 achievement for flying. Check it out here.


It’s that time of the year again when we hear about what’s next for the Rock the Cabinet contest. This year brings a whole new concept by it being based around Co-op missions! Like previous years, creators will have the chance to walk away with $10,000 USD, tickets to a future BlizzCon, and a chance to sit down and have a developer jam session with Blizzard themselves! If you are a Blizzard Arcade creator, take the time to read over the full details of the contest, and we will see you inside the StarCrade!

Each week we pick a game from the endless library of the Blizzard Arcade to test them out and help the listeners find some awesome stupidly fun games.

Game: You Are what you Eat v0.33
Type: Co-Op Command
Creator: Gastu
Details: Abathur has created a new zerg type called the consumalisc, it is your job as the commander in this map to protect this creature as it grows in strength traveling across the map consuming amons forces to gain strength. Very challenging and sets off at a very fast pace.  You are given some building percs at the beginning like a 200 resource pool to start so you can get right into creating troops as you need.  It is important to work with your partner to keep your base and the consumalisc safe.  Overall a solid co-op game and has almost all the aspects that make the current co-op commander missions fun.  However you have to play with people because your AI team mate wont help you.

Final Rating (1-5): 3.5

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

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List of Our Frozen Friendz! (Patreon Supporters)

Below you will find the list of our Frozen Friendz. The people you find on this list are people who went beyond the normal call of duty, picked up their nerd flag, and waved it high into the air for all to see. Because of the people on this list, Frozen Nerdz, Epic Questions and the Overwatch Arcade, are all made possible.

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Episode 151 – “Carrot on a Stick”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 151 called “Carrot on a Stick.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto our Top 5 Saltiest Warcraft list of the week. Then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we talk about Blizzard’s April Fools jokes, BlizzCon ticket sales, StarCraft Remastered, our Diablo IceBox poll, Heroes 2.0, Journey to Un’Goro, Orisa hits competitive play in Overwatch, and Blizzard opens its first estadium in Taiwan! Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about Patch 7.2 and the mess that it made, and how we can clean it up.

But before we go, we have another amazing Blizzard Arcade game to talk about. And then we say our weekly good byes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 151 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Each and every week we scour news articles and Blue posts looking for this week’s Top 5 list! This week our Top 5 List comes from the Wrcraft universe.

Top 5 Saltiest Warcraft Patch 7.2 Comments:

5.) Wait, mobs are gonna scale with ilvl now? is this true? if so that will kill a lot of the joy i got from gearing up :\
4.) We told them in WoD we wanted more to do, but we forgot to specify we wanted fun things to do.
3.) 7.2 gets a 0 out of 10 from me. Broken isle is also terrible. Who thought level scaling was a good idea?!
2.) log on look at screen think about doing something ,,, decide no damn way this is worth 15 bucks so log off wait for sub to expire…………….
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


If you were like us and you hid most of the day on Saturday to avoid April Fools, you may have missed some of the comical things that Blizzard did this year. You can check out the Warcraft Patch 7.8 notes, the StarCraft commander, the Textual BlizzCon experience, and more!

As a reminder, BlizzCon ticket sales are THIS WEEK! On the show we give a few different tips on how to improve your chances, but you will want to check out the official BlizzCon guide here!  Best of luck on getting your BlizzCon tickets!

While we were recording Episode 150 live on Twitch, the StarCraft team was at the I <3 StarCraft event in Korea where they announced the upcoming Summer release of StarCraft Remastered! But not only are they remastering the original StarCraft, but Blizzard is giving away the originals to everyone… for free! Check out this article to find out more information! 

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Last week, the Heroes team had a huge announcement for everyone… they are releasing Heroes 2.0! It’s already in Open Beta and everyone is encouraged to come out and test the changes. The list of things changing are new skins, loot crates, new leveling system, and much much more. We’d suggest checking out the laundry list of changes coming for yourself to take it all in. But, is it really needed?

This week the Journey finally starts! Everyone grab your shoes, and pack your backpack, we are going to Un’goro!!! The latest Hearthstone expansion will be coming live on Thursday, April 8th. There are a lot of changes coming, and it’s an exiting time to be a fan of Hearthstone!

Last week we asked the question, “What draws you to play #Diablo?” on Twitter. And here were the results!

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The waiting period is over and Orisa is now live in Competitive play in Overwatch. But is she living up to her role as an anchor tank? The community doesn’t feel like it, and neither do we! Find out what we have to talk about on the show this week, and see what the community is saying here!

It’s an exciting time to be a fan of Blizzard Entertainment esports. This past week it was announced that this coming weekend Blizzard will be opening its first ever estadium in Taiwan. This week they are hosting an Overwatch tournament. Check it all out here!

 

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This week on the show, we just have a nice long talk about the problems with Patch 7.2, the things we liked, and how to fix the mess that was caused by the launch of 7.2!


It’s that time of the year again when we hear about what’s next for the Rock the Cabinet contest. This year brings a whole new concept by it being based around Co-op missions! Like previous years, creators will have the chance to walk away with $10,000 USD, tickets to a future BlizzCon, and a chance to sit down and have a developer jam session with Blizzard themselves! If you are a Blizzard Arcade creator, take the time to read over the full details of the contest, and we will see you inside the StarCrade!

Each week we pick a game from the endless library of the Blizzard Arcade to test them out and help the listeners find some awesome stupidly fun games.

Game: Muad’dib’s Pokemon Adventure v0.3
Type: RPG adventure
Creator: PaulMuaDib
Details: This game had to take some time for the creator to make,  they input all of the names of every pokemon into the game and set it up like an open world environment.  You start the game by selecting 1 pokemon just as you would in the handheld games.  Then as you conquer battles against wild pokemon you will be able to get more as the game continues.  The ultimate goal is to conquer the elite four.  Use good strategy and you will progress through this game but it is very challenging and if all your pokemon get defeated the game is over for you.  Truly challenging may need some more work but very worth the play through.

Final Rating (1-5): 3.375

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy -5

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic -5
Kilroy -5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic -1
Kilroy -1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic -2
Kilroy -5

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Episode 150 – “Wild Celebration”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 150 called “Wild Celebration!” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded with a live studio audience on Twitch.tv on Saturday, March 25th, 2017.

In case you missed it, a highlight video will be available on YouTube in the coming days. Or you can catch the previous broadcast on our Twitch.tv channel!

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto a special episode 150 Top 5 list of the week. Then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we talk about the new Blizzard app, our Heroes of the Dorm brackets, new Diablo patch, yet still no necromancer, the Overwatch map editor, and then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about last week’s IceBox Twitter Poll, and then we deep dive into Patch 7.2 with the chat room!

But then episode 150 comes to an end and we say our weekly goodbyes!

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 150 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Each and every week we scour news articles and Blue posts looking for this week’s Top 5 list! This week our Top 5 List comes from listeners of the show….

Top 5 Excuses People Used for missing the Live show

5.) I thought you guys were a Disney Podcast…
4.) I’m vacationing in Greenland this weekend. They don’t like you there.
3.) I didn’t know you had recorded 149 episodes. Who are you?
2.) I pre-gamed too hard and I’m still in the drunk tank from Friday night.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


If you like to stay current with updates for Blizzard games, you may have noticed that this past week you were forced to download the newest version for the Battle.net launcher. But, things look a little different…. thats because Blizzard has started to make the switch from Battle.net over to the Blizzard App. For some, nothing will change and we will go on for years calling it the Battle.net app, and for others, the world just got flipped upside down. To find out more about these changes, check out this article!

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The Heroes of the Dorm action is in full swing as we move closer to the finals coming up April 8th in Vegas! This week we just give a quick update about our brackets. It looks like Kilroy is out of the runnings, but Epic is still in it with his UC Irvine pick! How is your bracket doing? Find out here! 

Another patch has been released for Diablo, but we are still waiting for the necromancer announcement. And we aren’t the only ones, a lot of members of the community are starting to get worried about when we will hear more about it. But in typical Blizzard fashion, they won’t release a product before it’s finished, but we are excited for it to finally be here! Find out more about what the community thinks here.

This week we have a Diablo themed IceBox Twitter poll! Get your votes in now!

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With the success of the Overwatch custom game menu, players are already looking for the “What’s next?!” option when it comes to making custom games within Overwatch. But they are going to have to wait a little longer than they may want. Jeff Kaplan says, “We are extremely open-minded about releasing a map editor for Overwatch someday.” Is someday the new… Soon ™? Either way, you can read more about what Jeff had to say on the forums here! 

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This week we discussion the following topics about World of Warcraft:

1.) Last weeks IceBox Twitter Poll: Are you bored with the current world content in Legion?
2.) Patch 7.2 Releases Today!!! Details.


It’s that time of the year again when we hear about what’s next for the Rock the Cabinet contest. This year brings a whole new concept by it being based around Co-op missions! Like previous years, creators will have the chance to walk away with $10,000 USD, tickets to a future BlizzCon, and a chance to sit down and have a developer jam session with Blizzard themselves! If you are a Blizzard Arcade creator, take the time to read over the full details of the contest, and we will see you inside the StarCrade!

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Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity

Episode 149 – “The Great Pie Capture”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 149 called “The Great Pie Capture.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, March 19th, 2017.

Since this is Episode 149, that means the milestone Episode 150 is just around the corner. We will be doing a live show on Saturday, March 25th on Twitch. Following a fast episode, we will be playing Overwatch with people on the stream. Once the show has been recorded, we will invite LMFAO into our skype call and shots will be had. So this is an event you won’t want to miss! More information here!

But on this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto another one of our Top 5 Overwatch lists of the week. Then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion which starts off with a ton of BlizzCon 2017 information, then we move onto talking about the return of the For Azeroth event in Heroes, Dinosaurs revealed in Hearthstone, Season 10 of Diablo coming to consoles, an unknown Overwatch pro team sweeping Korea, Orisa activates today, and changes coming to the PTR. Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about last weeks IceBox twitter poll, the most recent Legion Q&A, and then we talk about Patch 7.2 background downloader!

But no episode would be complete without discussing another Blizzard Arcade game. This week we discuss a 2017 Rock the Cabinet game called Burning Swarm! Then we get to the saddest part of the show, where we say our weekly goodbyes!

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 150 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Each and every week we scour news articles and Blue posts looking for this week’s Top 5 list! This week our Top 5 List comes from the Overwatch universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to ‘Has anyone else been experiencing a sudden influx of “Waiting for Players” games recently?’

Top 5 Saltiest Waiting for Player Complaints.

5.) I kinda don’t get why there’s even a “waiting for players” mode
4.) Everyone’s playing Breath of the Wild.
3.) Maybe this is what I suspected would happen. Server browser would kill QP.
2.) Working as intended.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


BLIZZCON 2017 has been announced! ALL ABOARD THE HYPE TRAIN!!!! Yes, that’s right, thousands of nerdz will be invading Anaheim, CA again this year on November 3 – 4, 2017. We are excited, and we are actively planning a trip for both of us to BlizzCon this year. For the official announcement, check out this link here.

Tickets will be going on sale on Wednesday, April 5 and Saturday, April 8 for $199USD each (No increase from last year), and $750 for the Benefit tickets. For ticket information go here!

Also Blizzard wanted to give everyone a heads up that there will be changes coming to the contests are BlizzCon this year, so if you are interested in being a participant in the contest, you may want to keep a close eye on upcoming announcements around them.

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This past week, the Hereos team announced the return of the For Azeroth! event for those players that missed it. It will be extended until Sunday, March 26. So this time, don’t hesitate and finish out your 15 matches using Warcraft heroes with friends before it goes away forever!

This year, we will be having the Frozen Nerdz Heroes of the Dorm Bracket Challenge! Points don’t matter, but only the winners. Epicinsanity picked UC Irvine, and Kilroy selected Illinois to go all the way! Who will be the winner this year?! Find out at the Grand Finals on April 8th!

 

This past week during a Hearthstone live stream, more cards we revealed for the upcoming Hearthstone expansion called Journey to Un’Goro. If you want to check out the broadcast, you can find it here. Or if you don’t have time to watch the whole VOD, you can check out the cards itself here! 

We’ve talked about the end of Season 9 c0ming, and we have talked about what’s coming for Season 10, but we have more exciting New’s about S10! And that’s Seasons are finally coming to consoles!!!! It’s exciting to see that Blizzard is giving some love to the console community, but they are also giving all Diablo players exciting new things with season 10 such as cosmetic rewards, season journey rewards, seasonal conquests and more! For more information about Season 10, check out the blog article here! 

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This past week a very little known Overwatch pro team “Meta Athena” which is mainly comprised of Korean High School students is sweeping the APEX Tournament with some insane meta breaking gameplay. No only did they take out one of the top teams, they have their sights on winning the whole tournament. Check out some of their insane play here.

Orisa activates today!

Very often the Overwatch team listens to the complaints of players, and in the latest PTR build they are doing just that. They are adding a  “tracking system has been added to Assault and Assault/Escort Maps that will allow us to break ties based on the progress that was made toward capturing the objective.” Even thought community wanted change, some of the changes that have been seen on PTR is causing more problems than good. If you want to check out the PTR notes and help Overwatch test head over here and help out! 

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This week we discussion the following topics about World of Warcraft:

1.) Last weeks IceBox poll: Would you watch a Blizzard Controlled and sponsored #Warcraft World First raid race? Results here.
2.) Legion Q&A with Matt Goss! Recap here.
3.) Patch 7.2 flagged as a release candidate. When will it release?!

This weeks IceBox Twitter Poll: Are you bored with the current world content in legion?


It’s that time of the year again when we hear about what’s next for the Rock the Cabinet contest. This year brings a whole new concept by it being based around Co-op missions! Like previous years, creators will have the chance to walk away with $10,000 USD, tickets to a future BlizzCon, and a chance to sit down and have a developer jam session with Blizzard themselves! If you are a Blizzard Arcade creator, take the time to read over the full details of the contest, and we will see you inside the StarCrade!

Each week we pick a game from the endless library of the Blizzard Arcade to test them out and help the listeners find some awesome stupidly fun games.

Game: Burning Swarm
Type: Co-Op
Creator: VioletAiur
Details: It seems that Amon is creating a new Hybrid KRONOS to rule Zerg Swarm in Char. Hybrid KRONOS would dominate Zerg Swarm with its powerful psionic energy. Can you deal with Amon’s strong army and supernatural Hybrid KRONOS, both of them? The destiny of Koprulu is in your hand!  This game is a straightforward Co-Op RTS with the factor of having to counter and dodge the incoming abilities of the boss. Thankfully the creator of this game has created a single player option for testing, so it allows for more play time and less downtime waiting for the game to fill.

Final Rating (1-5): 4.375

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

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Twitter: @FrozeNerdz
E-mail: IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com
Website: www.FrozeNerdz.com
YouTube: www.YouTube.com/c/Frozenerdz
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Instagram: www.instagram.com/frozenerdz
Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity


 

Episode 150 Celebration Coming!

Hiya Nerdz!

As many of you know, we have been creating Frozen Nerdz for over three years and it’s been one crazy ride. This coming week, we will be sitting down to record episode 150. When we recorded episode 100, people suggested we do something fun for our next milestone. So we want to do something awesome WITH you this coming week when we record.

On Saturday, March 25th, 2017 we will be recording Episode 150 live on Twitch.tv/frozenerdz! It’s not often that we do live shows, so we want this one to be super special for you our listeners. We haven’t selected a time just yet, but it will be sometime in the evening that day.

Once the show is recorded, we will be inviting LMFAO and Lil’ Jon into our Skype call, and we will be partaking in some adult beverages (in small glasses and quickly consumed), and then playing Overwatch together with our viewers.

We have decided against recording a drunken live show like a lot of people have suggested because we pride ourselves in keep our “clean” tag on iTunes. But once the recorders have stopped, we can’t promise that we will stay PG-13 for the rest of the live stream. Once the liquor starts flowing, we both turn into sailors. And we can’t control what we say.

Highlights from the Live Stream will be edited and added to the end of the episode to show everyone the fun that they missed. And depending on the level of game play/comedy for the livestream, it may be turned into a YouTube video for your viewing pleasure.

But we want YOU to be part of our 150 episode. So consider coming out to the live show. Finalized time and date will be published on our Twitter account (@FrozeNerdz) and this article will be updated to match.

If you have a special love note, voice mail, or anything you want to share with us for Episode 150 you can fill out the form below, or send them to us via DropBox here!  They will be read or played at the end of the show!

Reinhardt Bumper Cars! – OWA

Welcome to the Overwatch Arcade!

Today’s Overwatch Arcade game is called “Reinhardt Bumper Cars.” And you can watch it here!

Reinhardt Arcade Rule Set:

  • Preset: No Limits.
  • Mode: Control
    • Capture Speed Modifier: 225%
    • Hero Limit: Off
    • Scoring Speed: 125%
  • Heroes:
    • Reinhardt Only
      • Charge Ability Cooldown Time: 5%
      • Damage Dealt: 375%
      • Earthshatter Ultimate Generation: 75%
      • Fire Strike Ability Cooldown Time: 40%
      • Health: 500%
      • Movement Speed: 300%
      • Projectile Speed: 500%

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Episode 148 – “Dude, Batman?”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 148 called “Dude, Batman?” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, March 12th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto another one of our Warcraft Top 5 saltiest list of the week. Then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we talk changes to Warcraft esports, Heroes of the Dorm date and location revealed, the Hearthstone Global Games voting has started, Diablo Season 9 is coming to an end, a new Overwatch digital comic has arrived as well as two important forum posts by Jeff Kaplan, and then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about our IceBox poll from last week about addons, then we talk about the PVP Legion Q&A, then Blizzard dropping the ban hammer slightly on some folks.

But no episode would be complete without discussing another Blizzard Arcade game. This week we discuss a game called Weathered Shelter, a 2017 Rock the Cabinet submission! Then we get to the saddest part of the show, where we say our weekly goodbyes!

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 148 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

Find Us on iTunes / Stitcher


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Each and every week we scour news articles and Blue posts looking for this week’s Top 5 list! This week our Top 5 List comes from the Warcraft universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to Real Life money service sellers. Details found here.

Top 5 Saltiest Real Life Money Seller comments

5.) What about the people that only did gold sales but still got banned?
4.) Only did “gold” sales. Lol. Okay buddy, get out with playing the victim.
3.) ”top raiding guilds” ahaha like raiding guilds matter anymore, everyone is using raid finder noone cares about those oldschool outdated nerds
2.)But at the end of the day, what is the difference between selling runs for gold and runs for real money?
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


During this past week’s Legion Q&A, one of the members of the Warcraft esports team got a chance to revealed the changes coming to WoW esports! A lot of these changes appears to be widely appreciated by the top WoW esports players themselves, so the changes must be good. Some of the changes are that they are moving over to a point system similar to that of StarCraft WCS that gives teams points for winning tournaments, which includes Blizzard and community approved events. They are also increasing the amount of money players can make from these battles, and are allowing 12 teams to compete at the Global finals instead of just the previous 8. With all these PVP arena changes coming to WoW esports, when will the PVE community start getting in on the action? To find out more about these changes, and to join in on the conversation, check out this blog article here!

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This past weekend the Heroes of the Dorm date was revealed as well as the location of this years event! It appears that Heroes of the Dorm will be returning to Vegas the first weekend in April (April 8th). Similar to last year, the event will also have it’s 2017 Bracket Challenge. The challenge follows similar rules of the NCAA March Madness challenge where it matches up the teams and you pick the winners with hopes of getting the grand prize. This year Blizzard will be giving away $10,000 to the winner of the challenge, as well as Kerrigan Cheerleader skin codes to the Top 500 finishers. But that’s just for the fans at home, for the players in the tournament, they will be fitting for college tuition! Could you imagine telling your parents that you got your college paid for by playing a video game?! If you want to find out more about Heroes of the Dorm, or make your Bracket, head over to this article and start today! 

Following a similar format of the Overwatch World Cup from last year, this year the Hearthstone team has announced the Hearthstone Global Games. The event will host players from all over the globe, but its not based on their win rating, its all based on their community appeal because the fans of the game are the ones voting on who is going to be representing their country at the tournament! On the Hearthstone page, players are asking to represent their countries and looking for your vote and support! For more information about the Hearthstone Global Games and to vote on your favorite player head over here!

Thanks to an email this week, Epic and Kilroy both make up a voter request for the other person. Kilroy starts it off, but Epic quickly jumps in with his own support request. You will definitely want to listen to our IceBox segment of the show this week to find out what was said in the heat of the moment!

Season 9 is coming to an end on March 17th, and Season 10 will be starting on March 30th. With the season ending, you can check out where you, or your favorite Diablo player ranks on the seasonal leaderboards. But it also means that you have until March 17th to complete this seasons Conquests! So if you have been slacking like these nerdz, now is time to put the grind to the brimstone and get this work done! Don’t hesitate, get into Sanctuary today! More information about the season ending can be found here! 

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It wouldn’t be a week, or a show without more news coming from the Overwatch camp. This week is a little different because we aren’t talking about hackers or wearing any tin foil on our heads, but we did get a new digital comic called “Binary” that features Bastion and Torb! It’s a new story that we haven’t heard before, and gives more insight into Bastion! You can read it here!

But also this week, Jeff Kaplan went to the forums to let us all know that Orisa isn’t coming to live just yet due to an extended testing period! This is exciting news because it truly means that the Overwatch team is listening to the community about how fast new heroes are being released onto live servers. But that’s not all that Jeff had to say on the forums this week, he also asked players to stop abusing the server browser, and custom games for farming XP. He came out to ask the community to help police the system because if it’s not control, or stopped, custom games could lose their ability to reward XP all together which would result in less players actually participating in this style of game play. So if you see cheaters, report them before we all lose this awesome style of game play!

But that also brings up our next project we are working on at FrozeNerdz. And that’s the Overwatch Arcade! The Overwatch Arcade will be a YouTube video series that is released every Friday that showcases on game from this past week’s server browser. These games are created by members of the community and are a blast to play! Using a similar ranking scale as the StarCade, Epicinsanity will be playing, ranking and showing you why these game modes are successful or not! Find out more about the Overwatch Arcade by checking out our intro video here:

Or you can check out the main page, or follow us on Twitter at @OverwatchArcade today!

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This week we discuss the following topics about World of Warcraft:

1.) The PVP #LegionQA with Holinka! Check out the video here!
2.) Last week’s IceBox Poll: Would you be able to play #Warcraft without your addons? Results here!
3.) World of Warcraft takes action against players who are selling raid carries, arena boosts, and other in-game services for real life money. Details found here.

This week’s IceBox Twitter Poll:


It’s that time of the year again when we hear about what’s next for the Rock the Cabinet contest. This year brings a whole new concept by it being based around Co-op missions! Like previous years, creators will have the chance to walk away with $10,000 USD, tickets to a future BlizzCon, and a chance to sit down and have a developer jam session with Blizzard themselves! If you are a Blizzard Arcade creator, take the time to read over the full details of the contest, and we will see you inside the StarCrade!

Each week we pick a game from the endless library of the Blizzard Arcade to test them out and help the listeners find some awesome stupidly fun games.

Game: Weathered Shelter
Type: Co-Op
Creator: DeProgrammer
Details: This is a 2017 Rock the Cabinet contest entry.  This game is  slower paced but is entirely doable as a solo mission if you choose AI. The AI doesn’t really take part in doing the objectives. The story behind this map is pretty interesting and has some really cool layers to it.  The primary objective of this map is to find and destroy old Terran power plants and build new ones in their places.  This leads way to a destabilization of an anti warp field, which allows Protoss forces to warp in and attack you. Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal, but you are already having to deal with Amon’s forces coming at you in waves throughout the entire campaign.  You will lose the game if your base is destroyed or if 2 of the new power plants get destroyed.  But you will win if all the old plants get replaced in time.  Overall this game has a solid showing for a Co-op game, it even comes with its own voice overs to help tell you the story. The lack of AI impacted it but overall this game was super fun for us to play.

Final Rating (1-5): 4

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

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Twitter: @FrozeNerdz
E-mail: IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com
Website: www.FrozeNerdz.com
YouTube: www.YouTube.com/c/Frozenerdz
Patreon: www.Patreon.com/FrozeNerdz
Instagram: www.instagram.com/frozenerdz
Partner Network: CatalystGamingMedia.com
Creative Alliance: D20Crit / d20crit.com
Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity