Heroes of the Storm

Episode 210 – “Cookie Distraction”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 210 called “Cookie Distraction.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, June 10th, 2018.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past weeks in video games before we move onto talking about our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we start off talking about the potential changes that could help the HGC, Overwatch League coming home, more new Diablo jobs posted, stealth Hearthstone nerfs, new heroes and maps in Heroes of the Storm, changes coming to Symmetra, and then we move onto talking about World of Warcraft. This week we talk about Storytelling at E3, Epic Battlegrounds coming, and then we wrap up with a discussion on the Battle for Azeroth Global launch!

And then before you know it, it’s time for us to say our weekly goodbyes.

And then for our Patrons on Frozen Nerdz After Dark, we talk about BlizzCon closing acts, lack of communication on changes, and rehashed content.

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 210 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 recent stealth changes made to Hearthstone cards!

Top 5 Saltiest Hearthstone Players

5.) Can you please say something to justify making an arguably bad card worse (Tess) while not offering a refund?
4.) I don’t mean to be an !@#, but, didnt we get a dust refund when yogg got this exact same nerf? what changed?
3.) Just your daily reminder, that blizzard lied to us, and they need to publicly admit that fact, and apologize.
2.) They’re hoping people only focus on Tess and don’t notice the other stealth nerfs they made.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


With the overwhelming success and structure of the Overwatch League, it brings into question what other Blizzard esports can do in order to keep the focus on them instead of other games within the genre. And it brings up the question on what the Heroes esports team can do in order to make HoTS thriving again. On this show we talk about what another esports organization did in order to bring their game back to the top. Would something like that work for Heroes and the HGC?

With recent talks about the Overwatch League adding more international teams, we start to wonder when will we see teams playing at other stadiums instead of just the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, CA. Well, recently Commissioner Nate sat down with ESPN to talk about having teams playing “home” games by 2020. This is a major step in the right direction, but how would that all work out? Find out more about this topic here! 

We’ve been talking about it for months, but now it seems that the “unannounced Diablo” project is hiring specifically for it instead of it just being suggested and rumored. This is a step in the right direction, but don’t you find it funny that on Episode 209 we talked about how Diablo is working on something they just can’t say what? 😛

Hearthstone was in a little bit of hot water this past week when they announced that changes to cards were going live today. Normally Hearthstone is very open and forward about card changes, but this time around they didn’t say anything about it and just made changes. And that made the community a little bit… salty.

This past week the Heroes of the Storm team announced that the next hero headed to the Nexus will be Yrel! But that wasn’t the only thing that they announced, they also told us that they will be releasing a new Warcraft themed map called Alterac Pass! And with that, they were will be a new event coming called Echoes of Alterac! It’s a good time to be a fan of Warcraft and a player of Heroes of the Storm!

Overwatch still remains supreme when it comes to communication about what’s going on within the game. Besides just changes coming to Symmetra, we have a lot of new features that have been hinted about from Papa Jeff on his latest developer update. And one of those features is going to be the group finding feature that will allow players to make their own groups. But will that be good, or bad for the game? Find out more here! 

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

1.) E3 will Host Blizzard storytelling in the Coliseum on June 13th
2.) Epic Battle grounds may reintroduce sites like Tol Barad and Wintergrasp
3.) Battle for Azeroth releasing Globally!


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Episode 209 – “‘Cause This is Thriller”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 209 called “‘Cause This is Thriller.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past weeks in video games before we move onto talking about the Blizzard Arcade and DitchCon 2018 before moving onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we start off talking about the Overwatch League finals, tournament sites, the zerg rush at Dreamhack Austin, the Diablo team speaks out, Hearthstone’s latest card back, suspensions in the HGC, Overwatch celebrates Pride Month, and then we move onto talking about World of Warcraft. This week we talk about the upcoming World of Warcraft Global MDI, and changes coming to the guild UI in Battle for Azeroth.

And then before you know it, it’s time for us to say our weekly goodbyes.

And then for our Patrons on Frozen Nerdz After Dark, we talk about the gambling in esports, communication from Blizzard, and much much more.

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 209 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Help make DitchCon 2018 possible! If you aren’t familar with it, DitchCon is the one true PARTY before BlizzCon, we are talking DJ playing the best music, bartenders serving the best drinks, and nerds as far as the eye can see! We talked about it on the show, but we want to make sure you have all the official information and the links needed to make it happen!

For more information about DitchCon 2018, check out their website.
To help support the event, check out their Kickstarter!

With Overwatch League being the hottest thing since sliced bread when it comes to esports, it doesn’t come as any surprise when the finals sold out after just a short time! The Inaugural Season of Overwatch League finals will be taking place at the Barclays Center in New York City where 20,000 fans will fill the stadium to cheer on the best in the Overwatch League. It’s definitely an exciting time for Blizzard esports and Overwatch as a whole. So make sure you tune in on July 27–28 for the finals! For more information about the finals, check out the press release. 

Amateur players are always looking for a chance to break onto the competitive scene and make a name for themselves. And most of them will take any chance they can to make a little money along the way. And recently, one of the tournament websites that gave players a chance at paid competition decided to close it’s doors. But it did so without paying out the money it owed players. Should sites this be allowed to function and should Blizzard implement something like this for themselves that gives players a chance to fund they journey to the top? Find out more about our thoughts on this topic on the show!

Finally a WCS tournament has come back to the States! And this time in typical StarCraft fashion Dreamhack Austin was swarmed with Zerg players trying to take home the championship, and the ever elusive WCS points. But, the community had some questions about WHY there were so many Zerg players (almost double) than Protoss or Terran? Does that mean Zerg needs to be balanced better to prevent this from happening again, or is this just time for the Zerg to shine?! Find out our feelings on the topic on this week’s show!

It’s happened! The Diablo team has spoken up about something being worked on in the background. Maybe they decided to say something since the players of Sanctuary were starting to get as restless as the demons. But communication is good and we appreciate it. But what will be next for Diablo?

The latest card back has been revealed for the month of June and it seems to be beaming with arcane energy. But what does that mean!? It means we are getting an awesome Blue Dragonflight inspired card back and maybe a tease at whats to come in the Year of the Raven! We’ve talked about it before, but this points at towards a new Hearthstone expansion possibly being on the horizon here shortly. So make sure you put on your tinfoil hats before listening to this episode!

It’s happened before, but now the Heroes of the Storm esports team and Blizzard are taking a stand against it. And this time Relic from the Korean Team GLuck has been suspended for trying to poach players from other teams! Relic will be suspended from the Heroes Global Championship (HGC) for one year, fined USD $1,500, and must give up his ownership of the team. Is this a step in the right direction for Heroes esports? Find out our thoughts on the topic on this week’s show.

With June being Pride Month, it comes at no surprise that Blizzard and Overwatch would be participating in the celebration of diversity! And this year, they will be hosting Pride Day at the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, CA on Saturday, June 9th! And want some better news? They are also going to be hosting Pride Day celebration parties around the world in places like Houston, TX, New York City, NY, Seattle, WA, and London, England! To find out more about the celebration, check out the press release! 

Have you ever wanted to see MORE of the maps you can play in Overwatch? Nows your chance! One user recorded a video showing off the range of the maps and how detailed Blizzard went when creating this maps within the Overwatch Universe. Check it out here! 

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

1.) The MDI Global Finals begin June 22nd
2.) Changes coming to the Guild UI in Battle for Azeroth


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Episode 208 – “Brontosaurus Rekts”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 208 called “Brontosaurus Rekts.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, May 27th, 2018.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past weeks in video games before we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we start off talking about the challenges for the success of Overwatch League. Then we move onto talking about how our decks were changed due to recent nerfs in Hearthstone, let’s get ready to rumble in the Nexus, the Overwatch Anniversary is upon us,  and then we move onto talking about World of Warcraft. This week we talk about the 5 million gold mount, and the recent Jaina comic!

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

And then for our Patrons, we talk about the future of the StarCade, teabaggers in Overwatch, and those that press Q.

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 208 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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When it comes to esports, a lot of time the success is measured by what we can see: the number of viewers. Recently, Fortnite came onto the scene as one of the hottest games and this past week Epic Games announced that they are going to be funneling $100 million into their future esports prize pools. But before any of that even happened, Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA team the Dallas Mavericks, spoke out saying that he’s questioning the success of the Overwatch League and believes that Fortnite is pulling away the viewers. But is that really true? Find out our thoughts on this week’s show!

With recent changes to a group of cards within Hearthstone, players have had to make major adjustments to their decks. Find out how our decks are surviving and if we have had to make any adjustments.

Last week on the show we discussed the possibility of Sombra coming to the Nexus, and the most recent event called, “Nexomania” all things point at it being the prefect time for her to hack her way into the Nexus. But before any of that can happen, we must all step into the ring and see who the next challenger is! Check out the new seasonal event skins for Lunara, Diablo, Sonya, Garrosh, and much much more! Check out all the details here. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY OVERWATCH!!!! And to celebrate, the Overwatch Anniversary event is upon us. And this year, they are giving us a second chance to collect all the previous holiday loot that we may have missed, and a chance to replay the past event Holiday brawls! To find out more about the Anniversary, check out the announcement page! 

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

1.) The 5 million gold mount costs how much IRL!?
2.) New Comic – Jaina: Reunion


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: Endurance v1.1
Type: Strategy
Creator: XDarkEndX
Details: The map is designed for two players. Six enemy forces lie along the map from east to west. As the mission continues, each enemy force activated over time with increasingly higher difficulty levels set to their AI script. The players have the objectives of defeating all enemy forces.
Kilroy’s Review: “I was excited for this map it even said it had AI scripts in it so it had to be good right? Well I guess by AI they meant gatherers collecting resources waiting for you to come and kick their heads in.  But since the name of the map was endurance it was best to make it a good show and take over the whole map and consume all of the resources before realizing that even if you kill all of the AI forces there is no win condition and you basically are just stuck waiting for a win screen that will never come… sad day.”

 

 

Final Rating (1-5): 2

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

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Episode 207 – “Lore Overload”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 207 called “Lore Overload.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, May 20th, 2018.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we start off talking about Overwatch Contenders, and an upcoming Hearthstone cosplay competition. Then we talk about card changes coming to Hearthstone, could the next hero headed to the Nexus be Sombra, Overwatch hits 40 million players, Pink Mercy hits almost $10 million raised, and the Overwatch anniversary event is coming. Then we move onto talking about World of Warcraft. This week we talk about a Before the Storm preview, character limits increased, and BFA messing up the Lore…. again.

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

And then for our Patrons, we talk about Alternate Timelines in World of Warcraft, smurf accounts in Overwatch, and the Battle.net launcher.

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 207of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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In the world of Overwatch, there is always something going on when it comes to esports! With the action just heating up in the Overwatch League and the talks of more teams being added to the roster. Within Overwatch Contenders, we have some awesome teams making waves down under in Sydney with the Drop Bears sweeping the league. Not only did they beat some of the best teams, they are also representing their country in the finals. To find out more about Overwatch Contenders, check out this article here! 

It’s not everyday we hear about a new Cosplay Competition going on, and this time its coming from the Hearthstone Universe. So bust out your cardboard, scissors and watercolors and let the fun begin! This competition is only available for European listeners, but you will win an awesome Hearthstone cosplay prop, a paid trip to Gamescom and much much more! For more details, check out the announcement.

Just when the Hearthstone meta was starting to heat up, and the decks were starting to get set in stone, Blizzard decided it was time to shake up the meta a little by nerfing a few cards. Changes are being made to Naga Sea Witch, Spiteful Summoner, Possessed Lackey, Dark Pact, Call to Arms, and The Caverns Below. For more full details, you can either hear about it on the show or check out the main announcement.

With all the hype going on right now in the Nexus and adding lore, a lot of people are thinking that there is more going on behind the scenes instead of just the normal Blizzard media releases. People think that with the most recent HGC event, at the end of the overall broadcast there was some “static” that appeared on the screen that suggested that Sombra was hacking into the system. Is it another Sombra ARG, or just the community going crazy for content again? Find out more about this “event” here.

We’ve talked about it before, but it appears that Overwatch has increased to 40 million players world wide. And with the 2nd anniversary on it’s way, that’s an amazing feat to reach! The Anniversity event will bring back ALL previous events and skins. So now will be the time to play some Junerksteins Revenge, or Uprising Retribution some more. But with announcements, there are always leaks that happens. So if you want to check out all the new skins coming for this event, check out this article. If not, wait until Tuesday when the event goes live.

The chance to buy your own Pink Mercy Skin has passed, but that doesn’t mean the impact wasn’t reached. It was reported that almost $10 million was raised for Breast Cancer Research Foundation. It will be interesting to see how much was raised from T-shirt sales, Twitch donations and bit donations.

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

1.) A preview of Before the Storm by Christie Golden.

2.) Per Realm Character Limit increased to 18

3.) Alternate Timelines coming in 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: Gandalf v0.2
Type:  Arena
Creator: Acaraco
Details: Who is da true Gandalf?
Kilroy’s Review: “This is a simple arena style map with one purpose to pick up the ring of power and become the one true Gandalf.  Using spells that will make themselves available as you play and kill your opponents you can play keep away while holding the Ring in hopes of making it to a cumulative 240 seconds.  The AI does not fight back so I wouldn’t recommend going it alone otherwise the game will be really boring.”

 

 

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 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 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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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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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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