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Episode 162 – “Claw Crackers”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 162 called “Claw Crackers.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, June 18th, 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 from the Warcraft forums, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about cheaters banned from StarCraft, the Rock the Cabinet 2017 Top 5 finalist revealed, new job postings for the Diablo Team, Overwatch console players not getting what they want, the community wants to see Jeff Kaplan play Overwatch, we talk about how we can’t be part of the Overwatch Open for Amateurs.  Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about Holinka leaving the Warcraft team, the unannounced project, and Legendaries in Patch 7.2.5.

But before we go, we talk another awesome game within the Blizzard Arcade called Cow Hunters! 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 162 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 World of Warcraft universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to Brian Holinka’s announcement of leaving the Warcraft team for an unannounced Blizzard project. You can read more about it here.

Top 5 Saltiest Saltiest Holinka Leaving Posts

5.) Woo this made my day. Best of luck to you Brian.
4.) FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YESSSSSSSSSS
3.) p r a i s e t h e l o r d
2.) Good now PvP can hopefully be good again
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*

From both of us here at the Frozen Nerdz Podcast, we just want to thank Brian for all his hard work and dedication to the World of Warcraft PVP scene over the past 5 years, and we are excited to see what the future holds for him! Congratulations. But remember, you will always be our Batman!


Match fixing isn’t something new to the StarCraft esports scene, but this past week seven Chinese players were given up to two year bans from being able to participate in any or all Blizzard sanctioned events due to match fixing, and/or smurfing. But it’s amazing to us that some players were only given 6 month bans for professional play, are those punishments too light for cheating? Find out more from our discussion on this week’s show!

We talked about the top 10 last week on the show, now it’s time to talk about the Top 5 finalists in this years Rock the Cabinet contest! The Top 5 finalists were decided by the votes from the community, and now the Top 5 will be put up against Blizzard employees to see which games prove to be this years best Co-Op creation! We successfully picked 4 of the Top 5 games, but how did your favorite games hold up in the voting? Find all the results here!

There are lots of rumors running around the internet that StarCraft isn’t going to be the only game that gets remastered or updated for current gaming systems. This past week it was noticed that Blizzard is hiring for a Diablo position that would be working on making the original Diablo game updated for new systems! But does that mean we will get a remastered version of the game, or just an updated playable version? The world may never know! Check out more of what we are talking about here.

As we all patiently wait for the Necromancer DLC, Blizzard keeps showing off new features coming to Diablo to keep us longing for more… Check out the latest update showcasing Challenger Rifts!

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From the day of LAN Parties, or playing FPS’s in your buddies basement, people have always enjoyed the ability to play two players or more at the same time on the same screen. Overwatch console players have been asking for this feature to be added to the game, but sadly this past week they got their answer that it is not currently in the works, and may never come to consoles. We can empathize with those parents wanting to play Overwatch with their kids, or the families that only have one console or TV, but split screen of a lot of newer FPS games just isn’t possible anymore with online play and high definition graphics. You can read more about Blizzards response here.

After Jeff Kaplan dropped some snark on a forum user this past week, the community has been demanding that Jeff shows off his Overwatch skills to the community truly showing that he plays the game as much and as well as he claims. Though we have seen him play in the past, it doesn’t mean we will see it again in the future. But we personally think it would be awesome to see Jeff go head to head in a Brawl with the Blues, or some type of casted Overwatch esports! Hey! Nerdz can dream right?!

This past week it was announced that there will be an Overwatch Open for Amateurs! But with anything nice for the community, there is always going to be people who have issues with it. And with this event, players are having a problem that it requires at least reaching master rank once in order to enter the tournament! But with 30 million players, can you really say that everyone is allowed to play in the Open Division of the Overwatch League? Well, the Nerdz discuss just that on this week’s show, from Epic’s Bronze perspective to Kilroy’s Gold one! You can find out more about the Overwatch Open here.

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

1.) Brian Holinka leaves the World of Warcraft team for an unannounced Blizzard project. TINFOIL HAT TIME!

2.) Legendary drops before upgrades are available.


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: Cow Hunters v2.2
Type: Arena
Creator: Pancakes
Kilroy’s Review:  “Simple and addicting best describe this game,  work as a cow slaughtering mercenary and surpass your opponents by gathering resources from dead cows and your opponents, last man standing is the winner.  Right off the bat this is a truly fun game that requires strategy and patience to really succeed against your opponents. Over all the Nerdz are very satisfied with this game and it’s simple and almost roach snake qualities, all it needs now is a killer soundtrack and maybe some AI so you can train to pwn human opponents.”

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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Episode 161 – “Need More Power!”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 161 called “Need More Power!” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, June 11th, 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 from the Overwatch forums, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about an interview about StarCraft remastered, changes coming to the Heroes of the Storm version of Hanamura, Ben Brode talks Hearthstone meta, the Necromancer rewards have been revealed, Blizzard suspends an Overwatch Pro, the Summer Games may be coming back, and then we have a nice long talk about Overwatch lootboxes.  Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the arrival of Patch 7.2.5, and then we talk about the latest Legion Q&A with Paul Kubit.

But before we go, we talk our upcoming video series showcasing the Top 10 finalist for the 2017 Rock the Cabinet contest within the Blizzard Arcade! 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 161 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 still pertaining to the issues with Lootboxes within Overwatch and specifically the anniversary event!

Top 5 Saltiest Continued Lootbox comments

5.) Every time I get a legendary and it is a non event one I die a little on the inside. (Just got a Legendary and it is the Yeti Hunter Mei….)
4.) Oh, look. Two gold discs come out of a box. A coin and the fudging Lucio skin I already had.
3.)I hope someone will get fudging fired because of this. STILL NO ANSWER??? This is beyond ridiculous.
2.)My prediction: June 13th when the event is over they will simply unstick this thread, lock it and let it vanish into the depth of this rapidly moving forum. Problem solved – Kaplan style.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


This past week, there were a lot of Interviews with different branches of the Blizzard Universe, but the first one we talked about was an interview with Pete Stilwell talking about StarCraft Remastered. He talks about joining the team, and what it all takes to take an old version of the game and updating it to new technology without losing the original look and feel for players. He talks about how they reached out to the StarCraft community that has been playing this game weekly for 20 years to see what their thoughts were about it. You can catch the whole interview here.

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There are some changes coming to the Heroes of the Storm version of Hanamaura and it doesn’t seem like the Heroes team can make the Community happy. But for us nerdz, we enjoy the map a lot due to it having a lot of different options on how to win the matches. But what will the changes be? We aren’t sure, we just have to wait and see!

The second interview we talked about this week was one with Ben Brode talking with PC Gamer about the meta within Hearthstone, random events to give away cards, and how his job doesn’t stop when he gets home from work! He says that he goes onto the forums, reddit and beyond in order to stay in contact with the player base, and also to relax. How crazy is that?! Find out more by reading the full interview here.

Even though we are still waiting to see when the Necromancer will come out in Diablo, Blizzard reveals what the rewards within the game will be for purchasing the DLC. From banners to in-game pets and more! Check them all out here, or in the picture below!

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It wouldn’t be a week of talking about Overwatch without tin foil hats, or people being banned for cheating. But this week there is a twist in the normal Overwatch formula, because it was discovered that the Overwatch Pro Player Dafram has been suspended by Blizzard for match throwing! He was streaming on his alt account and was talking to his community about how he throws matches and how he just stays active enough so that it appears like he is actually trying, but isn’t. This is coming from one of the top Overwatch players in the world… no wonder the rest of the community has so many problems! Check out the whole Kotaku article here.

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

1.) Patch 7.2.5 releases on June 13th.

2.) Legion Q&A with Paul Kubit.


This past week we sat down and played each and every one of the Top 10 finalists for the 2017 Rock the Cabinet! Here are our top 5 (6) picks!

  1. Cradle of Death: 5
  2. Mercenary Business: 5
  3. Death From Above: 4.33
  4. Armory Retaking: 3.83
  5. Construction Yard: 3.83
  6. Part and Parcel: 3.83

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Episode 160 – “Where’s Mr. Cain?”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 160 called “Where’s Mr. Cain?” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, June 4th, 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 from the Overwatch forums, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about the 2017 Rock the Cabinet Top 10 finalists, the Aspect of Death is coming to the Nexus, Hearthstone received a major update, Blizzard reveals male and female cinematics for the Necromancer, Overwatch is going to the moon, problems in the console world, and then we talk about our experiences in Overwatch competitive season 5. Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about an interview that Slootbag had with Morgan Day one of the encounter designers for World of Warcraft, and then we talk about the Tomb of Sargeras release schedule.

But before we go, we have another Blizzard Arcade game to talk about called Duskers! 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 160 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 the insane level of toxicity within the Overwatch community. You can read the forum for yourself here! 

Top 5 Saltiest  Posts towards Overwatch Toxicity

5.) News flash: This community is a microcosm of society. It’s not better elsewhere. Words can not affect you unless you let them. Stop being a weenie.
4.) The internet has salty people “Get over it”
3.) Try the Nintendo Switch, no chat or voice chat for bullies to torment you in online games.
2.) Freaking soft people and their safe spaces these days. Grow a pair and harden up.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


It’s finally here! The Top 10 Rock the Cabinet 2017 games have been picked, now its time for the community to play, vote and win! You could win one of three awesome Asus gaming laptops, or even some awesome StarCraft swag from the team by just playing some of the top 10 games within the Blizzard Arcade! Check out the official posting of the rules, and the list of games here! 

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The Heroes of the Storm team started teasing what hero was going to be next shortly after we recorded Episode 159, but they didn’t take long before they showed us who was next! Straight out of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, the Aspect of Death himself, Malthael is coming to the Nexus! He’s already available on the PTR for testing, and will be going live here shortly. You can check out what he’s going to look like and what else the HotS team is working on in this short in-progress video! From the things we have seen in this video, we believe we may be seeing a Summer themed event in Heroes or maybe even Overwatch…. but who honestly knows?!

This past week, Hearthstone received a major update! Besides just bug fixes and your normal updates, Blizzard added the import deck option into the game! By entering a simple string of text, you are able to import a deck right into your mobile device, or PC! It’s so easy and faster that Kilroy does it LIVE on the show for everyone to … hear! It’s a feature that has been asked for from the community for years, and it’s finally here! Dust off those cards, and dive head first into making awesome new decks within the game! For more information about this feature, check out this article! 

Time is slowly ticking away as we wait for the announcement of when the Necromancers will be available within Diablo, but Blizzard doesn’t want us waiting without anything to do… This past week they released two new cinematic trailers for the Necromancer! Check out the female, and male versions here!

 

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With Overwatch being a game that was created using Earth as it’s home planet, we should have seen it coming. We have cars without wheels, omnics roaming around the streets, and wild hogs running rampant in the streets. But now, Earth just has too much gravity for our liking and we are headed to the Moon!!! The newest map was announced, and it appears that we will be travel where it all started for Baby Winston, and we get to explore the Horizon Lunar Colony! Not only does it add new story to the game, it also adds a new “Low Gravity” feature within the new map, and option being added to the Overwatch Arcade! You can hear more about it from Jeff himself in this short video!

It was also talked about this past week that there were some major issues with people getting DDoS’ed by players on console due to the lack of a report feature on the PS Network. You can read more about everything here.

And besides talking about news, we have a deep dive discussion all about our experience in Overwatch Competitive Season 5. From toxic players, to horrible ratings, to Epic uninstalling the game! You won’t want to miss this discussion this week!

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

1.)  Slootbag interviews Morgan Day (Lead Encounter Designer). From raid design to Mythic+ affixes, to story telling to Mythic raids, you can read/watch it all here! 

2.) Epic was right! Tomb of Sargeras opens on June 20th! You can check out the whole schedule here!


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: Duskers
Type: Strategy
Creator: Alien
Kilroy’s Review:  “Where to begin on this one… Simply put it is the most confusing disaster that we have ever played on the show you have a starting area with unique abilities and scavengers and no instructions, no real way to engage your opponents, make any resources, or move outside of your enclosure.  Far be it for us to say from an outside perspective this game is close to 100% unplayable and lacked anything that similar arcade games have to make them fun.”

Final Rating (1-5): 1

Stupid funability (1-5): 

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Ease of Play (1-5): 

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

AI incorporated(1-5): 

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

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Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity


Episode 159 – “SnarkCrate”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 159 called “SnarkCrate.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, May 28th, 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 from World of Warcraft, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about the Heroes of the Storm 2nd Anniversary, problems with RNG in Hearthstone, Kilroy shares his experience of playing a Necromancer in Diablo, then we talk a lot about Overwatch including issues with loot box loot, and problems with competitive play before moving onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the Tomb of Sargeras raid preview and community managers says the darnedest things!

But before we go, we have another Blizzard Arcade game to talk about called Mine Wars! 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 159 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 the World of Warcraft universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to something a community manager said on the World of Warcraft forums. You can read more about that here!

Top 5 Saltiest Community Manager Responses

5.) Just another example of an arrogant company.
4.) I’m more offended that this is what the blue thought was worth commenting on.
3.) How many more subs will be lost until changes are made?
2.) Successful companies that want to stay that way NEVER treat customers like they’re idiots!
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


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It’s been only two years since Heroes of the Storm went live, and Blizzard is ready to celebrate the launch of their MOBA with a 2nd Anniversary event in game! Complete a few quests, collect a few rare 2nd anniversary event exclusive items including a banner, player icon, and a spray! These items are available for a limited time only, so jump into the Nexus today before they are gone! Here’s a preview of what the loot looks like. You can find everything about the 2nd Anniversary event here!

Day9 is known for his Hearthstone live streams and his commentary, but this past week he was playing a game on his live stream that lasted for about 30 minutes based solely on an insane amount of RNG. Which brings up the question we talk about on the show this week, is there TOO much RNG in Hearthstone now? You can check out his whole match here!

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Competitive Season 4 comes to an end, but season 5 is just around the corner and starts this week! But that means, the Nerdz have some discussion about the current state of competitive play, and what they feel like needs to be taken into consideration when fixing the game. To hear this discussion check out Episode 159.

But this week is also still the Overwatch Anniversary event where you can get tons of new skins, dance moves, emotes, voice lines and more. But the community noticed one thing in order to gain all the items during this event via currency, you would have to play for over 12 hrs a day in hopes to get them all! This week on the show, we talk about the chances of getting loot in loot boxes, and what Blizzard may consider doing in order to guarantee better results for consumers.

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

1.) TOS preview is now available
2.) Community Managers say the darnedest things! 


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: Mine Wars — Test v0.2
Type: Other
Creator: GladiatorMax
Kilroy’s Review: “This one is just one of those games you want to enjoy but can’t just yet because it’s still 100% in test and thing in it are really buggy some AI will play some won’t. There is no real easy way to collect vespene gas there is a very stranger builder system that works but is very limited and the time required makes this game super hard to enjoy.  But what is mine wars?  Its a game where you work to clear rock formations out of your way across a map and gather resources to build an army and take out your opponents before they take you out.  Finding Vespene and upgrading your units will ensure your victory as that is the most important aspect of this game is how much damage you can do.  The faster you clear the stronger you become.”

Final Rating (1-5): 1.75

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 3

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

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Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity


Episode 158 – “Funsies in the Onesies”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 158 called “Funsies in the Onesies.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, May 21st, 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 from Hearthstone, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about more voice packs coming to StarCraft, then we talk about StarCraft pros talking about Deepmind learning the game, then we talk about a surprise on the Blizzard Launcher, the Heroes of the Storm Nexus Challenge comes to an end, Hearthstone gives away a free card and adds new features, then we talk about more animated shorts coming to Overwatch, as well as more information on the upcoming Anniversary event then we finally move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about author Christie Golden joins Blizzard, we hear from the in-game cinematics team, then we wrap it all up with a discussion about the new legendary rings that are on PTR.

But before we go, we have another Blizzard Arcade game to talk about called Lava Run! 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 158 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 Hearthstone universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to Hearthstone giving out a free card to players who logged in on May 20th. Read more about the salt here.

Top 5 Saltiest Free Card Receivers in Hearthstone

5.) why tho?
4.) Wow, what a Fun “Promotion”!
3.)the catch is you have to sell your soul to blizzard. jokes on your blizzard, everyone who plays this game already has!
2.) Long weekend. I’ll be in the middle of a national park with no internet available. RIP
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


We talked about it on this week’s show, but if you are attending BlizzCon, or just want to help out, consider supporting DitchCon on Kickstarter! DitchCon is a WILD and CRAZY party that happens the Wednesday before BlizzCon! It is hosted by the awesome people over at PWNCast, a World of Warcraft podcast, and gives everyone a chance to hang out, have a drink, and get their dance on. It’s truely an amazing party! So if you want to support, check out their Kickstarter, or help spread the word (that part is free!). But we will be there, but that can only happen if the event gets fully funded!

If you logged into your Blizzard Launcher this past week, or maybe even your Battle.net launcher if you are slow to update, you may have noticed something strange and out of place. Blizzard announced this past week that they will be adding Destiny 2 to the Blizzard Launcher. Destiny 2 is a Activision Blizzard title, so it makes sense, but what’s more shocking Destiny 2 will now be available on PC! The previous game was console only, and with Blizzards help it will now be brought to PC. But what’s more exciting is that you will be able to purchase the game with Battle.net balance! Imagine buying a new game with your WOW Tokens!

If you are a huge StarCraft esports fan, you already know the names of Tasteless and Artosis. But if you aren’t crazy like us, they are two previous StarCraft pros who have turned announcers. But you don’t have to watch esports to hear them talk anymore, you can actually hear them in-game with the latest “Tastosis” voice pack that is coming to the game in Patch 3.14! You can check it out here! 

When it was announced at BlizzCon 2016, we weren’t when or if we would ever see the Deepmind AI go up against a StarCraft Pro. Recently, StarCraft pro’s sat down to talk about their perspective on the topic. And it definitely brings up a lot more questions than it answers, but it also increases the level of excitement for an artificial intelligence to take on one of StarCrafts best players. If you want to read more about the interview with Byun and Jaedong here!

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The Heroes of the Storm Nexus Challenge 2.0 has come to an end. We hope you were able to collect all your skins, lootboxes and more before it ended! On the show, we talk about our experiences with Heroes 2.0, and how it effects how we played the game. Give us a listen of a different perspective.

This past week there was a lot of stuff that the Hearthstone universe shared with the world. First up they offered up one free card for logging in on May 20th. But like most free things in the world, the community wasn’t too happy it wasn’t free enough. You can read all the salt here.

They also released a new live action series called Mulligans. No spoilers here, but you can check out the first in the series here! 

But wait theres more! They also announced that they will be adding some long awaited community requested features to the game. Some of those features are friends forever which allows you to challenge friends to complete quests, and sharing is caring which finally allows us to import and export decks directly in the game! You won’t have to use any third party apps to complete the task! You can check out these features first hand here! 

 

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It’s been awhile since we have seen a full rendered animated short from the Overwatch team, but recently Jeff Kaplan announced that they are working on more and we will be seeing something new soon(tm). We love getting new content from the Overwatch team, so we are excited to see what comes up! You can check out the whole interaction here.

Nothing has been officially announced as we type this, but it’s been one year since Overwatch has been released, and there is a event on the horizon. It’s been leaked on Xbox, it was been teased on Twitter, but we haven’t heard exactly what is coming just yet. You can watch a 1 year recap of Overwatch here, or check out the teased new skins here!

Prepare your bodies, minds and soul, the Play Overwatch for Free weekend is almost upon us! Do you have friends who don’t like playing awesome video games because they cost real money? Now is your chance to get them addicted to the latest gaming sensation ever known! Play Overwatch for free from May 26-29th on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4! All the details can be found here!

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

1.) World of Warcraft author Christie Golden joins Blizzard!
2.) The in-game cinematics team talks about their jobs! Details.
3.) European Raiding guild Serenity calls it quits :(. More details here.
4.) New legendary rings show up on the Warcraft PTR. Details here.


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: Lava Run-Alpha Testing v1.32
Type: Other Survival Maze
Creator: Armageddon
Kilroy’s Review: “Here is a game that really tests the player’s ability to work together with a team of people all working towards a common goal, Surviving the lava and navigating a maze.  You start off the game selecting your hero and after you have done that each hero has specific abilities and traits that will assist your team in breaking down barriers building up resources creating walls to slow the flow of lava on the map as you make your way to the finish line.  Plan your use of crystals and what you destroy to help keep your team flowing but not the lava and you will win.  But right off the bat this map is unbelievably challenging and will certainly take more than just you to clear, cant bring AI as there isnt any so get your friends in this game and survive the lava flows.”

Final Rating (1-5): 4.5

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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Episode 156 – “Theatre Butter”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 156 called “Theatre Butter.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, May 7th, 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 about mob scaling in World of Warcraft. Then we talk about an awesome interview about StarCraft Remastered with the people working on it, then we talk about loot probability in Heroes of the Storm, then we quickly cover the latest Necromancer Q&A, Overwatch breaks more records for Blizzard, and then we talk about the most recent Blizzard earnings call. Then we finally move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about Blizzard cracking down on Win-Trading, Blizzard helps out a community in-game event, and then we talk about the changes coming to Mythic+ dungeons.

But before we go, we have another amazing Blizzard Arcade game to talk about called On The Clock. 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 156 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 Warcraft universe. We discovered a lot of salt STILL pertaining to mob scaling in game since Patch 7.2 came out.

Top 5 Saltiest Mob Scaling in 7.2 Comments:

5.) I’ve given this game a lot – and in return, it has spit in my face.
4.) Blizzard: If it aint broke, break it
3.)I like just wiping !@#$ out. I don’t want every single mob to take the same rotation.
2.)Scaling doesn’t affect DPS or character output, at all… holy carp are you really going to try and make that argument?
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


What would you do if you found a dusty old CD jewel case labeled StarCraft Source Code in a box you bought off eBay? A lot of people would keep it, but not one Reddit user. He reached out to Blizzard and returned the item to them. And for doing the right thing, he has been handsomely rewarded with a TON of Blizzard swag, but the fun didn’t stop there. Blizzard is giving an all expenses paid trip to BlizzCon this year to show their appreciation. It just goes to show that if you do the right thing, you will be rewarded beyond your wildest dreams!

This past week, the StarCraft team had an internal interview about the upcoming StarCraft Remastered game at will be releasing here shortly. This time they sat down with a ton of different members of the team bringing into perspective how much time and love has gone into remastering the game. It’s more than just slapping on a new coat of paint, it’s all about making sure the game looks and feels like it did when it first came out. You will want to check out that interview here! 

But there was also another awesome interview with Mike Morhaime and Samwise Didier about the beginning of Blizzard and how StarCraft came to be the game that it is today. Check that one out here!

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Due to changes in Chinese Law, Heroes of the Storm, and other Blizzard games are now required to the loot probability within their loot crates, packs and more. So this past week, Blizzard announced what the math looks like behind the scenes for Heroes of the Storm.

Here is an excerpt from the news article:

— Rare items should occur in every box.
— Epic items should occur every 4.5 boxes, on average (22.2%)
— Legendary items should occur every 17.5 boxes, on average (5.7%).

Those are some pretty good odds over all. But how would lower numbers effect other games outside the Blizzard Universe? We talk about it on the show this week, so give it a listen to find out! You can see the other games stats here.

This past week the Diablo team sat down for another Necromancer Q&A and they covered a METRIC ton of information for players. But there were two super important things for players who aren’t in the beta (LIKE US) to take away from the Q&A and that is…

Question: Will we need to purchase the Necromancer across both the Xbox and PC? (and PS4)

Answer: Yes. They are separate products.

Question: Why is their hair white?

Answer: There is a legitimate reason for this that is explained by lore. That is going to be answered in the future through media still to be released.

So with that being said, there will be more Lore coming through a media form here shortly, so that is exciting! We are hoping for another Epic Trailer like the D.va announcement trailer for heroes of the Storm. You can catch the video of the Q&A here! 

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You can take off your tin foil hat, there isn’t any new Doomfist leaks to talk about this week, but we do have some awesome news for Overwatch to bring you! This past week in the Blizzard Quarter 1 earnings call, it was announced that Overwatch has become Blizzard Activision’s 8th Billion Dollar franchise. And they did so in less than a year! It has also increased to 30 million heroes who have answered the call since Overwatch has been activated!

But overall, Blizzard’s reporting record highs for a lot of their games. And you can check out an overview of their earnings call here! 

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

1.) Blizzard takes action against Win Traders! Details.
2.) Blizzard goes the extra “mile” for Running of the Gnomes! Details.
3.) Changes coming to Mythic+ Dungeons. Details.

IceBox Twitter Poll:


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: RTC2017: On The Clock
Type: Co-Op
Creator: Dr. SuperEvil 
Details: The Mobius corps has come up with a massive warping battle platform that you and your co-op commander must take over before the timer runs out.  Many challenges face you as you make your way across this platform.  The platform has some amazing game mechanics which really make for a unique style of gameplay,  there are multiple platforms that are shifting at random intervals in time which means that a frontal assault isn’t always assured in this map.  Throw in assaults from the enemies to keep you on your toes to make this map a complete package.  There are some story elements that are needed to take this map to the next level but overall a strong showing in this years RTC.  May not have AI but if you like Co-op missions it is worth the wait for another player.

Final Rating (1-5):  3.375

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 – 3
Kilroy – 4

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Twitter: @FrozeNerdz
E-mail: IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com
Website: www.FrozeNerdz.com
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Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity


Episode 155 – Two Point Oh!?

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 155 called “Two Point Oh!?.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, April 30th, 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 about Hanamura, then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about the end of the Rock the Cabinet 2017 submission window, then we talk about the release of Heroes of the Storm 2.0, rumors are starting about Diablo becoming remastered, more tinfoil hats needed for Overwatch again but this time it’s around audio files, and then we talk about Overwatch pros helping other players get good! Then we finally move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about last week’s Twitter poll about micro-holidays, an interview from PC Gamer with Ion Hazzikostas and then we cover the latest Legion Q&A.

But before we go, we have another amazing Blizzard Arcade game to talk about called Ant Colonies – The Evolution. 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 155 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 new Hanamura map that released. 

Top 5 Saltiest Hanamura Comments

5.) They need to add the option to ban maps in QM already
4.) The map is garbage. Mechanically, it’s far worse than even Warhead Junction. First team to destroy a keep automatically wins.
3.) I am sorry blizzard, but Hanamura is the worst thing I have ever seen in moba. Please redesign / delete this map. 🙁
2.) I love having my payload contested by someone not even within my sight range.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


The 2017 Rock the Cabinet submission window has come to a close. As Blizzard works on compiling the official list, we wait patiently to play all the awesome games the Blizzard Arcade community has created for this years Co-Op mission theme. As your number one news source for the Blizzard Arcade, have no fear, we will keep you in the know about what’s coming next!

More details here!

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This past week Heroes of the Storm released it’s largest content patch to date that introduced the new loot system, the new Hanamura map, the new hero Gen’ji is released, a new progression system, and much more! On the show, we talk about our first impressions, what mega bundle we picked, and why this change was a great thing.

But that’s not it, they also announced that the will be a new hero coming to the Nexus, and you can check out the video here!

And with that, there is a new Nexus Challenge 2.0 upon us. Get awesome skins for both Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch, as well as a chance to play with friends and get some awesome loot! Check it out today! 

With the announcement of StarCraft remastered, the rumor mill is in full work on what game is next to be remastered! Diablo is one of the games that people are talking about, and we believe it would be a great thing for the Lord of Destruction to get a facelift, but when do you draw the line on Remastering and Reboots? If the world of movies has taught us anything, the world doesn’t always want more remaster or rebooted material. But we talk about it on the show, so if you want to hear about our discussion check it out today. Or you can read about what others are saying here.

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But Diablo wasn’t the only game the required a tinfoil hat this week, the Overwatch community is back at trying to figure out what is next, and this time to revolves around a few audio files that were discovered in the game awhile ago, but are just starting to resurface. You can check out those files here. But what does this all mean? Are we going to… the moon? Or the jungle?! NO ONE KNOWS!

But it’s not all just rumors in the Overwatch world, this past week a group of European Professional players announced that they will be using their skills to help increase the skills of others in the Overwatch world. They will be coaching players on how to take their skill level to the next level. Check it all out here!

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

1.) Last weeks IceBox Twitter Poll: What are your feelings about the micro-holiday events that are happening? Check out the results here.
2.) The Future of World of Warcraft with PC Gamer
3.) April 27th Legion Q&A. Check out the video here, recap here, or Epic’s Recap on Epic Questions here! 


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: Ant Colonies – The Evolution v1.9
Type: Strategy
Creator: Moon
Details: This game is weird… but totally fun.  You start off with a drone who you morph into a queen from 1 of 3 options each ant queen has a different benefit making your armies strong and diverse.  You have to tunnel into the walls of the map to expose creep to build foragers and army ants on to wage battle against the other ant colonies.  Build tunnels but be ever mindful of defense and planning your attack on the encroaching armies of your neighbor ant colonies.  The game lacks in AI but that’s ok you can easily find people to play this game as it is very fun.  We spent hours on this just replaying it to try and be the superior colony it is a fun challenge with a simple objective and it makes this game truly awesome.

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
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Creative Alliance: D20Crit / d20crit.com
Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity


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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Twitter: @FrozeNerdz
E-mail: IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com
Website: www.FrozeNerdz.com
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Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity

 

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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Twitter: @FrozeNerdz
E-mail: IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com
Website: www.FrozeNerdz.com
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Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity


 

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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