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Episode 206 – “People Be Trippin'”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 206 called “People Be Trippin’.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, May 13th, 2018.

On this week’s show, we go over our past week in video games before we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we start off talking about BlizzCon ticket sales, the cost of more teams coming to Overwatch League, the history of StarCraft, balancing in Hearthstone, changes coming to heroes in Heroes of the Storm, and then we talk about the Pink Mercy charity skin and the controversy behind it. Then we move onto talking about World of Warcraft. This week we talk about the real life cost of WoW gold, changes coming to the PVP system, and another cheater going to jail.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called Beast of the Hill! And then before you know it, it’s time for us to say our weekly goodbyes.

We also talk about our BlizzCon ticket experiences from this year, and our response to the Pink Mercy Skin in Overwatch.

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 206 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 Pink Mercy Charity Skin.

Top 5 Saltiest Charity Haters

5.) But locking this great and new skin behind a paywall is more than disgusting!
4.) That’s the first time I’ve seen a game ask for a minimum of a 15$ for a charity. Seems Blizz truely lives in a bubble.
3.) Too much money for Mercy; would have paid 15 for pink granny.
2.) whatever it’s for a good cause and all, but I don’t have $20 to drop on a card for Blizzard
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


The first two rounds of BlizzCon tickets went on sale, and within a total of 19 mins, all general admission tickets have been sold. But if you missed out on your shot to get tickets, there is still a chance to get the Benefit Dinner ticket when they go on sale Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. PDT through Universe. These tickets do cost $750 per ticket, which includes a BlizzCon ticket, but all the proceeds raised will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. If you are interested in the Benefit tickets, head here. If you want to see if there are any tickets available for purchase, keep checking out the LFBlizzCon.com page. 

We’ve talked about the upcoming expansion of the Overwatch League, and now the math and the cost behind the scenes has come out. It appears that the first 12 teams that join the Overwatch League each paid in a total of $20 million USD to join. And future teams will be looking at the cost of $30-60 million USD to join the league. The price change comes as the interest in the league increases. The teams within the Overwatch League are valued at $120-160 million USD right now. So the chance for growth is there, but who is going to be shelling out the $30-60 million to join in the next season of the Overwatch League? Only time will tell. On this episode, we talk about a few different teams we wouldn’t mind seeing, and discuss the overall topic a lot more.

It’s not really StarCraft news per say, but it’s defiantly a good StarCraft related read. So if you want to learn more about the history of how the game became a game, check out this PC Gamer article today! It’s a solid read!

Currently in Hearthstone there are a lot of cards and decks that just seem to have a higher win rate than others, and because of that the community has been demanding more balance come to Hearthstone. But the Hearthstone team weighs in on this topic saying its a mix between feelings and metrics. Meaning that they only make adjustments if it feels right to the play style of the game, and it has to be supported by metrics to back the reasoning behind it. The example they say is that if a deck wins 65% of the time, it feels good for the person playing it, but not so much for the person playing against it. But instead of nerfing the winning deck, what about increasing the win rate of the losing deck. Because if people are always losing, they won’t keep playing. Who needs facts when you can just act on your feelings?! 

This past week, we got two major announcements from the Heroes of the Storm team! And that means, some major reworks coming to both Diablo and Lunara. And some new skins of the two fo them. These reworks are going to be a more frequent thing coming out of the Heroes of the Storm team in order to balance the heroes in the game instead of always funneling new ones into the roster. And that’s definitely important. And it’s good to see that the Lord of Destruction was one of the first ones on their lists to get done.

And it has come and gone, and most of you didn’t even know it was happening this year. But the Heroes of the Dorm competition has crowded a new champion this past week in the Blizzard Arena. And this time around it wasn’t an American team that won the whole thing, but the Canadian University Laval that took home the scholarship money! To read more all about it, check out this article for recaps of that matches. 

If you like new Mercy skins, and supporting a good cause, the Overwatch team has a deal for you! You can get the new Pink Mercy skin today for just $14.99 USD and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). You can also pick up the $30 limited edition Pink Mercy shirt on the Blizzard Gear store. And by watching up to 6 hours of select Overwatch streams on Twitch, you can also get some exclusive BCRF sprays for use inside the game.

But with a good thing, there is always going to be salt and controversy. And it appears that Sony is at the front of the lines this time because on their PlayStation store is shows that only a portion of the proceeds will be going to the BCRF/Blizzard.

 

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

1.) WoW Gold worth more than the national currency of Venezuela
2.) Changes coming to WoW PVP ranks/rewards
3.) Arrested and receiving Jail Time for DDOSing WoW Servers.

 

 


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: Beast of the Hill v1.0
Type: King of the Hill
Creator: Pinny
Details: “Beast of the hill is a free for all mod where you have to stand on the red dot at the center of the map to score points!  Be the last man standing or collect enough points to win!”
Kilroy’s Review: “Fun concept simple RTS style with a center king of the hill theme.  Overall a solid built map, it doesn’t take away too much from the original SC2 game but a good mod nonetheless.  The AI doesn’t attempt to sit in the dot but it does like to attack your base relentlessly which is basically the other win condition so I guess there is AI even if it isn’t created by the developer.”

 

 

Final Rating (1-5): 3.125

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 2
Kilroy – 3

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 3

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 3

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Episode 205 – “In Blizzard’s World”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 205 called “In Blizzard’s World.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, May 6th, 2018.

On this week’s show, we go over our past week in video games before we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we start off talking about Overwatch League sponsorships and championships. Then we move onto talking about a new set of StarCraft maps coming to rotation, Diablo gets an update on console, Noblegarden coming to Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm introduces the Dark Nexus, and then we talk about hackers being punished in Overwatch. Then we move onto talking about World of Warcraft. This week we talk about a crazy live action Horde versus Alliance event, and a new developer interview about the story behind Battle for Azeroth.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called Heaven Besieged Infinite! And then before you know it, it’s time for us to say our weekly goodbyes.

We also talk about our BlizzCon ticket experiences from years past, and our worse BlizzCon experiences on Frozen Nerdz After Dark!

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 205 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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The time is NOW! This week, BlizzCon tickets go on sale! Check out here for more information.

Ticket Sale Days:

— General Admission: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 7pm Pacific Time
— General Admission: Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10am Pacific Time
— Benefit Tickets: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7pm Pacific Time

 

We’ve talked about it before wondering when we’d start seeing teams get sponsored by larger organizations and the time is now! This past week it was announced that the best team in the Overwatch League, the Houston Outlaws,  will be taking on the first major sponsor as they are now signed with T-Mobile. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise since T-Mobile is a major sponsor of all Blizzard events, including the Overwatch League. But this is a big step for our favorite team, and a great direction for the Overwatch League and esports everywhere.

Also in Overwatch League news, this past weekend we had the Stage 3 playoffs and finals.n The four teams that advanced were the LA Valiant, LA Gladiators, Boston Uprising, and the New York Excel. After some major competition, the final two teams that were left standing was the undefeated Boston Uprising, and the New York Excel. But only one team could take home the $100,000 cash prize, and once again the New York Excel prove that they are still the number one team in the Overwatch League.

With Season 2 of 2018 upon us in StarCraft II, we have new exciting maps upon us! You will definitely want to check them out for yourself. Words can not describe the awesomeness of Dreamcatcher! Here’s a gallery of them all!

If you are like us and just clinging to the change to hear ANYTHING from the Diablo team, now is your chance to be excited and disappointed all at the same time! This past week it was announced that Diablo III for console (PS4/XboxOne/etc), are now up to date with the PC version of the game! This is great for console players, but saddening for Diablo fans everywhere wondering if this marks the end of the game as a whole, or are we just in a holding pattern until the next big thing happens?!

Just when you finally finished off your Easter candy, Hearthstone decides to bring back memories of regret and disappointment! It’s a Witchwood Curse we swear!!! But on May 9th to the 13th, we will be getting the Noble Garden Tavern Brawl which will give away TWO GOLDEN CARDS!!! Even if you don’t care about this cards, they quickly become dust and turned into new cards of your liking! So if you want to collect eggs and paint them, check out the Noblegarden event!

Epic talked about it on the Frozen Nerd Report, but we wanted to make sure everyone knew about the latest in the Nexus. This past week we got the Ravenlord Comic, the Dark Nexus event preview, and then a 7 minute developer insight into the Lore of the Nexus. Besides just getting Deckard Cain, it’s a good time to be in the Nexus collecting loot, destroying towers and enjoying the story!

It’s been a few weeks (Maybe even months!) since the last time we talked about Hackers and cheaters in Overwatch. But now we are finally getting some justice because the South Korean government is punishing 13 people in connection to hacking in Overwatch. One receiving jail time and being fined up to $10,000 USD for violating the user agreement from Blizzard. This is major steps in the right direction to cut down on the illegal activity, but when will we see something like this happen in the United States? Listen to the Nerdz discussion about just that and more on this week’s episode!

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

1.) Live Action Horde versus Alliance in Czech forest.
2.) Developer interview with John Hight, World of Warcraft Production Director, about Battle for Azeroth.

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: Heaven Besieged Infinite
Type: Strategy
Creator: keenan
Details: “Heaven must hold out with limited units until God arrives to help.  Hell must destroy the throne of heaven without losing their prime evils.”

Kilroy’s Review: “A cool concept if you play with a full group of humans,  there is no prebuilt AI to take control of the different portions of the game and so it is only you charging in to assault the enemies bases.  Which ultimately makes this game play like a simulation where how long can you throw X at Y before you win. Seems like a cool concept and probably a very solid strategy game.”

 

 

Final Rating (1-5):  2.25

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 2

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 2

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Episode 204 – “%$@#ing Personal Loot”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 204 called “%$@#ing Personal Loot.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, April 29th, 2018.

On this week’s show, we go over our past week in video games before we move onto talking about recent changes to our Patreon and the introduction of the Frozen Nerdz After Dark podcast. Then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion starting the week off talking about Dive Comp in Overwatch League before we move onto talking about StarCraft Arcade Premium content, Monster Hunts added to the Witchwood, and changes coming to Symmetra. Then we move onto talking about World of Warcraft. This week we talk about Battle for Azeroth becoming a full beta, and then we recap the latest Developer Q&A.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called Woof! And then before you know it, it’s time for us to say our weekly goodbyes.

We talk about it within the show, but make sure you listen to the very end of the podcast to listen to the edited version of the first episode of the Frozen Nerdz After Dark podcast that will be available for everyone to listen to this week, but will be available on Patreon only going forward.

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 204 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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With Overwatch League in full swing, viewers have started to notice a trend in the matches that has been taking place so far. It’s the same heroes on each team, and each team is running their own version of “Dive Comp.” Dive Comp is a super aggressive team make up that takes all of your fast moving heroes and throws them quickly at the first point on a map. And usually consists of the same heroes like, Genji, Tracer, Zenyatta, Mercy, Lucio, Dva, Winston, etc. And because of this, a lot of people have started to stop watching the Overwatch League due to the repetitiveness. On this weeks show, we discuss changes that can be made, or heroes that could be added to help prevent this same compensation of heroes.

Back at BlizzCon 2014, we sat down and talked with the Blizzard Arcade team and they discussed the possibility of premium content coming to the Arcade to benefit creators. And with the arrival of the StarCraft II Patch 4.3.0 notes, it appears that we already have two premium Blizzard Arcade games available for purchase for $4.99. And in a recent interview about the topic, it was stressed that the major of the money made will be going to creators. With it only being two games, it’s definitely a system that is being tested, and we hope of the sake of content creators within the Blizzard Arcade,  it’s here to stay. To check out the maps available for purchase, or to learn more about the new premium content, check out the official press release.

With the release of The Witchwood within Hearthstone, we didn’t expect to get anything more than a new expansion, but boy were we wrong! This past week, the Monster Hunts was released as a new set of dungeon crawlers within the game. Similar to those that came with Kobolds and Catacombs, you play a set boss, or in this case Monster, and play as one of four Monster Hunters. It’s a great way to test your Hearthstone skills, and to level up heroes you may not play very often. But don’t take our word for it, check it out for yourself today!

We have complained about her before, and we may be complaining about her more in the future. But thankfully Blizzard is taking a look at another major Symmetra rework coming. This time focusing on her lock on beam, her turrets, her ultimates, her teleporter, and her alternate fire. So basically everything! This comes as a great relief since she has become a problem for most in comp and quick play. But will her changes make her more violable or less? The only way to find out is to check her out for yourself when the changes go live on the PTR. Find out how the Nerdz felt by listening to this weeks episode!

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

1.) The Battle For Azeroth Beta is now live! Make sure you are opt-ed in today so you can join us within the beta!
2.) The Latest Battle for Azeroth Developer Q&A Recap.


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: Woof 1.7
Type: Hide and Seek
Creator: Samo 
Kilroy’s Description: “Yikes, tried to queue alone, just a black map! I mean I want to play this game I want to love this game but I’m not sure how! I know the game is still in development so it has a chance to become a great game, as far as it stands you are either a dog or a zealot and the dogs have to hide from the zealots.”

 

 

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

 

This week’s Patreon Exclusive Podcast, After Dark, discussion topics:

  • Leavers in Overwatch
  • Where’s the Diablo team at?
  • Where are my Computers!?
  • ^$&#ing personal loot

To find out more about the Frozen Nerdz After Dark podcast, check out our Patreon page, or frozenerdz.com/afterdark

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Episode 203 – “Now Selling BlizzCoin”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 203 called “Now Selling BlizzCoin” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about Battle.net currency, esports marketing research, Overwatch Contenders, the World of Warcraft MDI before we move onto talking about the sad news coming out of the Hearthstone world. Then we talk about our Heroes of the Dorms brackets, a new map coming to the Overwatch rotation, and more drama in Dallas.  Then we move onto talking about World of Warcraft. This week we talk about Lordaeron and Teldrassil quests and cutscenes, and then we discuss War Mode.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called The Walking Dead! And then before you know it, it’s time for us to 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 203 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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With the releases of the WoW Token a few years ago, and our ability to convert it into Battle.net Balance, a lot of people have been asking for a way to gift that balance to friends. Well, we have good news for you: Battle.net Balance is now 100% giftable! Starting with as little as $5, you can now send your balance to friends for Birthdays, Graduations, or just because you care. There are some restrictions so you may want to familiarize yourself with everything here before you start gifting large sums of balance to your favorite podcasters 😛

Just a friendly reminder, BlizzCon Tickets go on Sale on SOON!

  • BlizzCon Ticket Sale #1: Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. PDT ($199)
  • BlizzCon Ticket Sale #2: Saturday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m. PDT ($199)
  • BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Ticket Sale: Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. PDT ($750)

For more information, check out BlizzCon.com! 

This past week it was announced that Activision Blizzard has a deal with Nielsen, the global measurement and data analytics company,  to track and value esports brand investments. The company will begin tracking with Overwatch League, the Overwatch World Cup, and Overwatch Contenders this year, along with Activision’s Call of Duty World League. It is estimated that esports has an economy of $906 million this year with the majority of that revenue coming from Sponsors and Advertisers. Does this mean will see a rise in new sponsors for events? Find out more about this partnership and research here.

With everyone’s eyes on the Overwatch League right now, and gamers asking themselves everywhere how do they get into the Overwatch League, the answer is actually pretty easy, but the road is a little rough. It all starts with Overwatch Contenders, which is basically the Amateur/Minor League for Overwatch, and we have moved from regular play into our playoff season already. If you want to see the who may be moving over to the Overwatch League soon, check out the Overwatch Contenders today! 

A lot of people have been talking about World of Warcraft esports for some time, and now we have the Mythic Dungeon Invitational upon us! Check out all the latest hot PVE action in the recent China and Asian Pacific regional weekends as we move into the European weekend this coming week. Which team will reign supreme?! Find out more here.

It’s a sad week for the Hearthstone team as well as the Blizzard Entertainment community as a whole. It was announced this week that Hamilton Chu, the Hearthstone’s Executive Producer, will be leaving the company. But unfortunately, he’s not the only person who’s leaving. The Hearthstone Game Director and elemental rapper Ben Brode also announced his departure from the team and Blizzard Entertainment. Brode was more of a community facing member of the team whereas Chu was more behind the scenes, but we have a feeling that both of them will be working together in the near future and something new and exciting is on the horizon. From both of us here at Frozen Nerdz, we wish them the best!

With Heroes of the Dorm in full effect, we put ourselves against each other to see which Nerd will be the best bracket picker in the land! Check out the official bracket here, Kilroy’s bracket here, and Epicinsanity’s bracket here.

Epic talked about it last week, and then this week it was revealed on the PTR that the map from Archives: Retribution will be a new escort map in Overwatch! The Rialto map is just in the basic stages of testing and appears to be overly unbalanced and favors snipers. But the map itself is beautiful and we are excited to see more of what it has in store on the PTR. Check out more about the latest patch here.

Normally, we would talk about the Overwatch League in our esports section, but this week we had more to talk about when it comes to the Dallas Fuel. It was announced this past week that the Fuel have let go of their coach KyKy, and their Korean DPS player Rascal. Players and coaches being replaced or let go isn’t anything new to esports, or sports in general. But the way that Rascal was let go has a lot of people in the community fired up about it so we figured it was best for us to weigh in on the discussion. In the press release the Dallas Fuel said, “We had hoped that Rascal could add flexibility to our DPS lineup on the team this season. Unfortunately, his commitment to the team did not meet our expectations and his unwillingness to communicate with the team while playing in recent matches became a large distraction.” Since Rascal is a Korean speaker player, and the rest of his team is English speaking, there are going to be communication issues. But instead of working on them, the Dallas Fuel decided to replace him. The LA Gladiator’s player Fissure weighed in on this topic on his “talk show.” To find out more about the Dallas Fuel Roster changes, check out the press release.

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

1.) Early Looks at each of the major battles: LordaeronTeldrassil
2.) War Mode will be replacing PVP servers


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: The Walking Dead v0.11
Type:  Puzzle
Creator:  SoulScream
Details: “You must find the best option for victory.”
Kilroy’s Review: “Honestly the game was easy to cheese but there was a point where you will get stuck and will not be able to go any further the design idea is cool however the overall completeness of the game is still kind of a beta.  Fun still I had to play it 2 times once i found the healing pool that let you cheese the game.”
Epicinsanity’s Review: “Overall the game was a little rough, the concept was there. But since it’s a 12v12 game, without AI that assists, it was a little harder to understand and advance. It’s a survival game that is built with Warcraft III assists. The whole point of the game is to block off doors to prevent zombies (undead npc’s) from zerg rushing you. I got to play as Arthas, and there were some other warcraft related players in the mix. It appears to be a remake of Stratholme.”

 

 

Final Rating (1-5):  2.25

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 3

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 2
Kilroy – 3

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 3

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 2

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Episode 202 – “We’re Bad at Email”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 202 called “We’re Bad at Email!” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, April 15th, 2018.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about job possibilities coming to Blizzard, a new esport arena coming, and then we talk about the BlizzCon announcement! Then we move onto talking about the release of The Witchwood, changes coming to Heroes of the Storm, and the Overwatch Retribution event. Then we move onto talking about World of Warcraft. This week we talk about Hall of Fame achievements for guilds, how BFA is going to effect Legion Legendaries, and then we talk about more PAXEast interviews about BFA.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called Kingdom Crush! And then before you know it, it’s time for us to 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 202 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 <Insert Game Here> universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to…: <Article/Topic Link here>

Top 5 Saltiest Warcraft Legendary Changes IN BFA

5.) That’s why I NEVER buy gear of any kind because it just becomes obsolete and useless when a new expansion comes along.
4.) I hope they don’t do this to the movement-increasing Legendaries. I’m going to be upset if I lose my Sentinel wisp boots. :C
3.) Looks like 115 twinks will be a thing
2.) 115 twink vs 120 normal player… and twink win xD
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


Looking for a new job? Have skills in the area of Policy, esports, and more? It appears that Blizzard is now hiring an esports policy associate who “will be tasked with evaluating and evolving Blizzard Entertainment’s Esports Policies. They will be coordinating the creation as well as the internal/external education of Blizzard’s Esports Policies.” So if you are interested in this job, or looking for a new career at Blizzard go check it out!

When Blizzard opened the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, CA, our first thought was…. there needs to be more of these in the United States. And someone in Texas must of heard our cries from the north, and they decided it was time to start working on a new one! Sitting between Dallas and Fort Worth, Arlington is a perfect location for an esports arena, and it appears we will be getting just that! The new arena will be able to fit  up to 1,000 spectators, VIP amenities and year-round event potential. Check out this article with a miss-leading headline. 

And last but not least, this past week Blizzard announced….. BLIZZCON!!!!!!!! The event will once again be held in Anaheim, CA the first weekend in November, the 2nd-3rd, and general admission tickets go on sale on May 9th and 12th for $199, and the benefit tickets go on sale May 16th for $750. But don’t stress getting tickets too much, there are plenty of tickets that people will be wanting to sell later on, so just start planning your trip now! Check out all the BlizzCon details here! 

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The Heroes of the Storm team is always looking to improve different aspects of the game from MMR to toxicity to match queue time! And this week is no different, the Heroes team posted a list of things they are looking into and then opened up a Reddit AMA in order to give us MORE information about the topics at hand. If you want to read more about what was talked about, you can check it all out here.

The latest Hearthstone expansion is here, and the Witchwood is in full swing! If you haven’t yet, take some time to log into the game and get three free card packs, and a guaranteed legendary! There are also a lot of awesome new cards, and you will definately want to check out the new affixes of Echo and Rush! Find out more about the Witchwood here.

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Shockingly enough, it was a rather quiet week on the Overwatch front! This past week the new Retribution event was released, and the archives got another mission to play within a PVE environment where players were able to check out one of the Blackwatch missions within the game. If you want to learn more about Blackwatch, McCree, Reaper, Moira, or Genji, there is no better time than now to check out the mission and collect those legendary loot boxes!

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

1.) Hall of Fame achievements replacing previous realm first.
2.) Legion Legendary effects will be disabled at lvl 116
3.) More PAXeast interviews, and more BFA information!


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: Kingdom Crush v0.9
Type: Board Game
Creator: JasonX
Details: “A turn based 4x strategy game, Heroes of the Land, Air, and Seas designed by Scott Almes and published by Gamelyn Games.  In this adaptation , you will choose from Blizzard’s Warcraft Franchise and defeat your opponents by achieving one of the various win conditions.”

Kilroy’s Review: “I personally enjoyed the board game look and feel to this game the layout was tile based and the object as far as I could tell was to create grunts to gain resources and upgrade before your opponent does plays like a turn based RTS with a chess like feel. Totally interesting and unique game but i would love for there to be a written tutorial or an in game one to assist in new players trying this out. Ultimately this was a fun game the developer has not created AI for it just yet but it does have enough of the core concepts down that this could be a great game.”

 

 

Final Rating (1-5):  2.375

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 2
Kilroy – 2

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 2
Kilroy – 4

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


Episode 201 – “Hanzo Got a Watch!”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 201 called “Hanzo Got A Watch!” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, April 8th, 2018.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about more drama in the Overwatch League, The Witchwood is coming, who and what is coming to the Nexus!?, Overwatch Archives, a new Overwatch comic released, and then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the remote auction house being deactivated, the Battle for Azeroth release date announced, changes being made to the physical collector’s edition, and the BFA Press Tour!

But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called Military Tournament! And then before you know it, it’s time for us to 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 201 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Another week, and another Overwatch League player is being fined for something they did on their own personal stream. This time it’s EQO from the Philadelphia Fusion. He was fined by both the Overwatch League and the Fusion. And then the Fusion will match his fine and donate it to the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate Campaign. This is a good move on their part, but it’s still getting out of hand how many times we have to talk about this. He was fined, suspended for three weeks, and has lost his streaming rights until June.

But wait, there’s more….unfortunately. The Boston Uprising player Dreamkazper has been let go from the team for being sexually inappropriate with an underaged fan. When we recorded the show, we only just heard about this topic, but since then it has been released that he was let go from the team while the Overwatch League investigates everything that happened. At this point, if the Overwatch League doesn’t step in and do something, it will be just as bad as other professional sports, and we don’t need that. We use to ask, when is it going to be enough? Well, we have hit that limit, and something needs to be done and this needs to be addressed.

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It has finally happened. We have been asking for four years, and it is finally upon us! Deckard Cain himself is coming to the Nexus! This past week at PAXeast, it was announced that the man, the myth, and the legend himself will be entering the Nexus as the next hero. He will be labeled as a support class, and will be throwing health potions to teammates, hitting people with the Horadric cube, “Stay awhile and listen” and hitting enemies with LORENADO!!!! You can check out his spotlight here. 

But that wasn’t all we heard about at PAXeast, we found out that the Heroes of the Storm team is looking to add more story and lore into the game, and will be releasing a comic later this month introducing us to what is going on behind the scenes inside the Nexus. But we ask the question, is it needed to know more about the story of a game who’s characters are from other games? Listen to the show to find out more!

The Witchwood is coming! It was announced this past week that the next Hearthstone Expansion, the Witchwood, will be hitting live servers on April 12th. So you have until then to purchase your 70 card packs for $50, and much much more! So head over to the Hearthstone page to check out all of the cards that are coming!

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We talked about it last week on the show, but the Overwatch team decided to take it one step further and they will be releasing Overwatch Archives on April 10th, 2018. The event will include the Uprising event from last year, but will also include the Retribution event featuring Blackwatch heroes. The event will run until April 30th, and will feature 160 new items including legendary skins for Hanzo, Moria, Mei, Winston, and more.

Check out the new Retribution comic here. And the overview video of the Retribution event here.

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

1.) The World of Warcraft Mobile Auction house is going away! The WoW Remote Auction House will be deactivated on April 18. 2018.
2.) Battle for Azeroth coming August 14th, 2018. Pre-Order a physical copy today! or a digital deluxe today!
3.) Collector’s Edition announced and revealed at PAXEast. Pre-Order a physical copy today.
4.) 
Battle for Azeroth Press Tour: Hazelnuttygames Battle for Azeroth Dev InterviewTradechat’s Battle for Azeroth Dev Interview, and Wowhead’s Battle for Azeroth Dev Interview. 
5.) Interviews about Battle for Azeroth at PAXeast!


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: Military Tournament v0.42
Type:  Tug of War
Creator: Korvin Gump
In-Game Overview/Description: The new generation of tug of war games.3 races, each of them has 16 spawn unit types. 20 Buffs for units upgrades. Over 2000 achievements + Builder rewards. Ability to play with computer players which has random strategies.
Kilroy’s Review: This is a straight up tug of war game.  The developer has added a ton of different features to it which cause you to have to scramble to beat the AI as they navigate the in game systems flawlessly making it very hard to win against them if you aren’t familiar with the in game systems.  Once you get the hang of it, it isn’t so bad the overall goal is to win the most rounds and defeat your opponent.

Final Rating (1-5): 3.875

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 5

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 3

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 4

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


Episode 198 – “Like the Color Green?!”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 198 called “Like the Color Green?!” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, March 18th, 2018.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about a Activision Blizzard esports is heating up, Heroes of the Dorm brackets are available today, more match fixing in StarCraft esports, the Witchwood is coming to Hearthstone, Fenix is coming to the Nexus, Overwatch League is talking about expanding, and Brigette is hitting live servers today! Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the most recent Battle for Azeroth Q&A that took place this past week.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called Solemn Quest! And then before you know it, it’s time for us to 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 198 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 the most recent Battle for Azeroth Q&A.

Top 5 BFA Q&A Salt

5.)”Alt friendly-ness will be the same as legion” PICK A MAIN BOIS, ALTS ARE DEAD AGAIN.
4.) Yet another useless, unproductive and damaging Q&A.
3.) Look at me. I wear a blazer over my Warcraft shirt. I’m professional. Don’t notice that I have the most punchable face at Blizzard.Coombs
2.) Maybe if they stopped with all the class changes every expansion. They could focus on actual content like heritage armor for current races.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


Just last week we were talking about how marketing and the usage of the MLG assets seem to be unused. But this past week, Activision Blizzard announced that they acquired three new executives on their marketing team. The new hires have an extensive background in traditional sports marketing, and when asked they expressed their excitement about working in esports. Check out this article for more information.

Shockingly enough, it’s almost the end of March and we are just now starting to hear more about Heroes of the Dorm 2018. Normally it follows suit with the NCAA Basketball tournament, but this year the top 64 teams were just revealed this past Monday. So that means… the Bracket Challenge should be short to follow. And hopefully some awesome prizes are to follow! To find out more about the Heroes of the Dorm, check out this article. 

Thanks to a listener email, we discovered early on in the week that there is more scandal in the StarCraft esports world, and this time it’s match fixing in StarCraft Remastered Tournaments. But we guess it stays true to the scandal that it’s happening in the original game again! But why does this keep happening? This week on the show we talk about how the prizes pool size, and the amount of gambling on matches in Korean has effected the esports.

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Whelp, we were wrong once again. It’s not a Diablo hero coming to the Nexus, or a Demon from World of Warcraft. This time we are getting Fenix from StarCraft! Fenix is a protoss who has been placed inside a dragoon mech, and he has some new interesting ability that could quickly make other heroes show up on the scene again. Check out his hero spotlight today! 

We almost got it! Last week we were speculating on what the next expansion of Hearthstone would be and thought it would be revealed at PAX East at the start of April. But Blizzard decided that was too far away, and went ahead and announced it this past week. Hearthstone: The Witchwood will be rolling out to servers in mid-April. And with it, it will be bringing two to action cards, as well as a chance to get your hands on 70…. yes…. 70 cardpacks for the $50! To find out more about the expansion, and the pre-purchase, check out the main blog! 

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During an interview this past week, Comiss Nate said they they are looking to expand the Overwatch League to 28 teams in the upcoming future! And they stressed that more of those teams will be international teams that focus on European and Asian markets (which is needed!). To hear more of the interview, check out this article! 

We talked about Brigette over the past couple weeks, but she is officially going live in-game on live servers this week! Check out all her details here.

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On this week’s podcast, we talk about the latest World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth live Q&A. And we talk about our thoughts about it as a whole, and we cover some of the important topics that will effect the community moving forward. You can check out the VOD here, and the recap 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: Solemn Quest v1.1
Type: RPG
Creator: DuckyTheDuck
Details: A Sudden eclipse has engulfed the realm in darkness, corrupting and driving it’s residents mad.  Sensing a great threat, the elders of your clan order you on a quest to find and destroy the source of the curse.

Final Rating (1-5): 4.25

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 3

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


Episode 196 – “Snowball’s Chance”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 196 called “Snowball’s Chance.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, March 4th, 2018.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about the Frozen Nerd Report, then we move onto talking about the state of World of Warcraft esports followed up with a discussion about the StarCraft 20th Anniversary celebration. Then we discover some salt in the Hearthstone community about the recent state of Ranked Play, and then we talk about what’s next in the Year of the Raven. Then we put on our tinfoil hats to talk about what could possibly be coming next to the Nexus before we move onto talking about Hero 27 in Overwatch.

Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the introduction of the WOW Token 3 years ago and its impact on how we play the game, and then we talk about the Seething Shore Battleground!

But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called Snowball’s Chance! And then before you know it, it’s time for us to 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 196 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 the recent ranked play bug that took down ranked play for a few days.

Top 5 Saltiest Ranked Players in Hearthstone

5.) So we can get 15 packs and 1k gold just like the Chinese players got last time?
4.) 16 hours without a fix… that seems… odd.
3.) One day without ranked, we made it <3
2.) Yeah, today we’re all angry chickens.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


 

This past Sunday, it was announced that there will be a Blizzard wide celebration for the 20th Anniversary StarCraft! There will be things happening in every game: SC2: Remastered: StarCraft 20th Anniversary UI Skin, SC2: 20th Anniversary UI Skins, Portrait, and Decal, Diablo: Dominion’s Revenge Pet, Overwatch: Sarah Kerrigan Ghost Skin, WOW: Salute to StarCraft, Heroes: StarCraft 20th Anniversary Portraits, Hearthstone: 3 Kobolds & Catacombs Packs/StarCraft themed Tavern Brawl. And we also received updates about StarCraft Deepmind, a 20 year recap from Mike Morhaime, and a few other videos. Check out everything about the celebration here!

 

With the Year of the Mammoth going extinct, we soar forward to the Year of the Raven! The New Year in Hearthstone will bring lots of changes, here is a list of a few of them: Set Rotation for standard/wild cards coming, new Hall of Fame inductees like Ice Block, Coldlight Oracle, and Molten Giant, faster quests, in-game tournaments, Lunara is coming as the new Druid hero. Find out more about the Year of the Raven here.

 

 

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Warning: Please put on your tinfoil hat before reading, or clicking on any of the provided links. They are watching you….

The Heroes of the Storm community is a very passionate community, and they do a lot of digging in order to find out what’s coming next to the Nexus. This past week all the major news sourcing were pointing towards the direction of Deckard Cain coming to Heroes of the Storm, but like the Nerdz pointed out. It’s probably not the course that Blizzard is going with HotS, but instead could be leaning towards a new Cathedral themed map based on the stained glass widows in the datamined picture. Don’t believe us? Have a look for yourself!

Leaked Image:

 

The Hanzo / Alexstrasza Video:

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We talked about it last week, just like the rest of the Overwatch world, but Hero 27 has been revealed! Brigette, the daughter of Torb, and squire to Reinhardt, is here, and she is labeled as a support! With her flail and shield, she is bringing a bunch of awesome new abilities to Overwatch. She’s able to heal herself and others by doing damage, she can throw out health packs to people, and she has a close range stun as well as a long range knockback… all as a support player! She’s currently available on the PTR, so you should go check her out and help make her the best hero Overwatch has seen!

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On March 2, 2015, the WOW Token was introduced. And on this week’s show, we talked about how it changed the WoW in-game economy, and how it made it so that we are able to not spend real money to play World of Warcraft, or to buy digital goods in other Blizzard games! Check out the history of the WoW Token here.

With Battle for Azeroth on the horizon, the battle between the Horde and the Alliance is starting to heat up. And on the shores of Silithus, we are going to battle… in the new Seething Shore Battleground!!! As we battle for Azerite, we also get to kill some smelly Alliance along the way! FOR THE HORDE. Check out the Wowhead recap/preview of the Seething Shore 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: Snowball’s Chance v1.1
Type: Single Player
Creator: Imposter

In-Game Details: “Wargirl’s next conquest is on a terribly cold map with frequent flash freezes. In order to counter this, she has decided to strike hard and fast! She has ended up far from the primary hive, but it matters not as the enemy seems nearly defeated.”

Epic’s Review: “The game is definitely a lot of fun for being a straight forward RTS style map… but it has one twist: Flash freeze. Flash freeze is on a timer and when it goes off, all units that aren’t either in the water, or standing on a “hot spot” on the map, get frozen. It stops resource gathering, and you have to be moving units back and forth to safety during these times. You can move around during it, so not sure if that’s working as intended, or just a loophole. But it was a lot of fun building in a snow covered environment and having to work around the flash freeze. But this is still just an RTS game.”

 

 

Final Rating (1-5): 4.375

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 4

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


Episode 195 – “Green Boots”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 195 called “Green Boots.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, February 25th, 2018.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about the introduction of Voice Chat into Heroes of the Storm, Wildfest coming to Hearthstone, Diablo Season 13 is here and people are salty, and then we talk about the Overwatch Puppy Rumble, get creeped out by Zenyatta walking, and then we talk about Hero 27! Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the Warcraft III invitational, item level and stat changes coming to Battle for Azeroth, the Uldir raid, and Legacy loot changes coming.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called Bacteria Invasion! And then before you know it, it’s time for us to 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 195 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 Diablo universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to the recent release of Season 13!

Top 5 Saltiest Diablo Season 13 Salt

5.) DEAD GAME NOTHING NEW BYE BYE
4.) it’s no secret blizzard hates D3 thats why they never change any thing ever at all
3.) Can barely play with your potato servers. Ping is always over 200.
2.) The 2005 Ford Mustang was a hit, just sayin’.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


 

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We talked about it before, but it has finally come to the Nexus! Voice chat is upon us… and the world hasn’t ended… yet! With the introduction of voice chat, Blizzard also added that they will be implementing voice silences to players who want to act a fool in voice. It works in the same fashion as in-game chat silences. It will not allow players to talk within team voice chat until their silence has run out. These are all good thing. And hopefully this helps with issues of voice chat becoming so toxic! To find out more about voice chat and their new policies, check out this article.

Also this past week, the Heroes of the Storm team sat down and did a Developer Q&A! You can check out the video here, and read the TL;DW recap here.

LET’S GET WILD! The Hearthstone Wildfest is upon us! Wildfest, which runs from today through March 11, introduces the Wild Arena, and two Wild Tavern Brawls! But why Wildfest? Listen to our conversation to find out our thoughts on this topic. You can find out more about Wildfest here.

The latest Diablo Season 13 is upon us! With it’s launch this past Friday, players have dove headfirst into the new season in search for the latest gear updates and to push rank, but is that enough for the Diablo community? Based on our weekly saltiest top 5, we talk about just that! Check out what’s been added to this season of Diablo here.

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We talked about it last week, and on Monday this past week it went live and the whole internet became obsessed with Overwatch themed puppy wear! The Overwatch Puppy Rumble showcased three different no kill animal rescue shelters across the United States. All the dogs that were shown during the event were available for adoption, and within the first 15 mins all of them had been adopted. It was a great opportunity for Blizzard to show off how awesome their communities can be. Check out the VOD here, and check out the Puppy Rumble website here.

The Overwatch community asked for it at the start of Overwatch League Stage 2, and they responded. They asked for Zen to walk… and then things got creepy… Check out the video here.

The world could always use more heroes…. And it appears that Hero 27 is upon us! We aren’t 100% who will be announced at the time of recording, but we have a pretty good idea. Check out the official announcements here, and then read up on some of the Reddit discussion here.

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

1.) Warcraft III Invitational is coming… what wait?!
2.) Battle for Azeroth Item Level and stat Scaling
3.) The Battle for Azeroth Uldir raid revealed!
4.) Legacy Loot Mode for transmog runs coming!


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: Bacteria Invasion v4.24
Type: Other
Creator: Querida
Kilroy’s Review:  “Play as a virus infecting the body in this hilarious and fun Starcade game.  Your goal as a virus is to infect healthy cells which are vespene geysers,  don’t go too fast otherwise the body will react and send more white blood cells your way.  You have limited time to cause serious damage to the body and win the game which can be a challenge.  A totally fantastic style of game and caught us by complete surprise we lost track of time playing this game.”

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 194 – “Gotta Keep ‘em Separated”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 194 called “Gotta Keep ‘em Separated.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, February 18th, 2018.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about an interesting new brawl in Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone is rolling out a new tournament, Diablo Season 13 starting soon, Overwatch Puppy Rumble coming, UC Berkeley wins the Overwatch Fiesta Bowl, Shanghai Dragons signs the first female Overwatch League Player, and the Overwatch Contenders is returning in March! Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about Timewalking Ulduar, the cultists are at it again, the Mythic Dungeon Invitational returning, datamined texts suggests a different story, and a recent Dungeon XP hotfix took place, but why?

But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called Island Tower Defense! And then before you know it, it’s time for us to 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 194 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 the datamined texted from the Battle for Azeroth Alpha.

Top 5 Saltiest Horde Dataminers

5.)So… Sylvanas is gonna be a raid boss…
4.)She… has become far worse than Garrosh could have ever been. Not only did she intentionally burn Teldrassil to the ground, she threatens Saurfang with undeath? She is evil.
3.)So disappointing as a Horde player…
2.)Sylvanas: Garrosh lemme copy your homework. Garrosh: Okay but change it a little bit so they can’t tell.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


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Heroes of the Storm is always testing the waters of the community to see what they can do to improve the game, or to add fun new features to the game. A lot of these tests are done in the form of the Weekly Brawls that are released. They all have a custom rule set, a custom map maybe, but this past week Blizzard pulled out all the stops and introduced a one lane random map that people have been asking for for some time. The map had a random hero selected, without talents, and the objective was to push the one lane and destroy the enemies core. Sounds like a lot of fun, but was it? Find out what the community had to say about this brawl here.

When it comes to Hearthstone esports and championships, one this is for sure… you are going to see a lot of the same decks, and heroes played. But this past week Hearthstone announced that they are going to be holding a Hearthstone Wild Open Tournament that will feature ALL THE CARDS from the game instead of just the most recent ones released with standard play. And that’s pretty excited for players and viewers alike because this gives a ton of new game play options to players going forward. Do you think you have what it takes to be part of the Wild Open tournament?! Sign up today!

Back in October 2016, Hearthstone tweeted at Nintendo when the Switch was announced and the community started freaking out and assuming that Hearthstone was going to be coming to the Switch. And over a year later, Blizzard speaks out about it saying that it’s not currently in the works or their plans. This is a topic we weighed in on based on our conversations with a Blizzard VP while we were at BlizzCon. But if you want to find out more about this either listen to this week’s episode, or check out this article.

 

Diablo Season 13 is on its way! Starting on February 23rd, will introduce new cosmetic rewards, obtainable by progressing through the Season Journey. One of the rewards that has everyone’s attention is the Blaine’s Bear pet! Who doesn’t want to add a bloody Teddy bear to their collection?!

 

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It has already come and gone, but the Overwatch 2018 Puppy Rumble was a complete success! On the show we didn’t really know much about the event, but when it went live on Monday, February 19th, 2018, our hearts and souls were captured by the cuteness on Twitch. The Puppy Rumble was a Overwatch Capture the Flag event set up to show case three United States based non-kill animal shelters and each one of the puppies that was showcased was up for adoption. Not only did most of them get adopted within the first 15 mins of the broadcast, over 41,000 people visited PuppyRumble.com to take a look at the puppies and the great causes. And you know here at Frozen Nerdz we are 110% animal friendly, and it was simply amazing to watch. Check out PuppyRumble.com to donate to any of these amazing shelters!

Once again, the UC Berkley team showed that they are still number one when it comes to college esports after they walked away with another win in an Overwatch tournament! Find out more about the other 3 teams that were in the tournament here.

We had the talk, the community had the talk, the world had the talk, and now… we finally see our first female Overwatch League pro signed to a team! The Shanghai Dragons pick up “Geguri” to add to their roster. Geguri is known for her amazing Zarya play, so much that in a previous tournament she was reported for cheating, and they found out… she’s just that damn good! She’s one of the players we suggested that a team pick up, and now someone finally did! We wish Genguri the best and we can’t wait to see what she can do within the Overwatch League!

It was recently announced that the Overwatch Contenders will be returning to the stage in March. Overwatch Contenders is like the minor league for the Overwatch League. It’s a training ground for new pro players to make a name for themselves before signing those big contracts to join a team. But we have one question: Is there TOO much Overwatch esports going on right now!? Find out our answers on the show!

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

1.) Timewalking Ulduar is upon us!
2.) The In-game Cultist are at it again!
3.) The Mythic Dungeon Invitational is upon us!
4.) Story elements from Battle for Azeroth datamined!
5.) Recent Dungeon XP Hotfixes


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: Island TD v7.7 v1.0
Type: Tower Defense
Creator:  Guffeh
Kilroy’s Review: “This is exactly what you think it is a straight up tower defense game.  No special twists other than its extremely challenging to play by yourself but not impossible.  Overall this game is a good example of its genre and gives each person a solid chance to stand out and defend their team by keeping the waves of enemies from reaching their goal.  The economy aspect of the game is based on kills which can definitely lead to a mineral drought.  Overall it’s a worthwhile addition to the TD genre.” 

Final Rating (1-5): 3.75

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 2
Kilroy – 5

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 3

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 2
Kilroy – 5

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