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Episode 171 – “Epic’s Animated Shorts”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 171 called “Epic’s Animated Shorts.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, August 21st, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the Overwatch universe, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk more about Blizzards presence at Gamescom 2017 and the possible reveals we may see, then we move onto talking about Epic’s first impression with StarCraft Remastered, some changes on the horizon for StarCraft multiplayer, Legendary lootboxes for FREE in Heroes of the Storm from Amazon Prime, a Blizzard Arcade creator remakes Diablo 2 using StarCraft assets, Deathmatch coming to the Overwatch Arcade, and then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about spell changes coming with Patch 7.3, and we talk about the Trial of Style event, and we talk about what we will talk about next week revolving around Legion Pros and Cons.

But before we go, we talk about another amazing Blizzard Arcade game called Tug Defense! And then we say our weekly goodbyes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 171 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 upcoming Deathmatch arcade mode that is coming to Overwatch.

Top 5 Saltiest Deathmatch Comments

5.) I have spawned in front of a Torb turret and inside of a Symmetra Car wash. This needs to be addressed.
4.) Currently, a main problem with deathmatch is that it is worth far less than any other gamemode because only one player counts as winning.
3.) Disabling a couple of Symmetra’s abilities wouldn’t hurt either. She’s even more OP in Deathmatch. She got about 3-5 more kills in the match I just played than even the Pharah.
2.) Junkrat Is too Overpowered for Deathmatch
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


After we recorded Episode 170 last week, Blizzard was like… here, have our Gamescom 2017 schedule! And with that, they revealed that there will be a group of Blizzard developers in attendance to reveal the latest cinematics for the upcoming content they have in the works. That means, one this weeks show we once again talk about the rumors of what may be coming like the new Overwatch map called Junkertown, a new hero coming for Heroes of the Storm, and more. Check out the whole schedule here. 

Just when the community was getting use to calling it the Blizzard App, Blizzard announced this past week they will once again be rebranding as “Blizzard Battle.net.” This comes from a lot of talks from the community and a few challenges to rebranding their whole network. Either way, we are happy to have Battle.net back with us… since we never stopped calling it that! Find out more about the rebranding here.

This past week, StarCraft Remastered was released. Epic had the time to sit down and check out the game in all it’s glory. On this week’s show, he gives us a quick break down of what SC:RM looks like, and if you should spend the $15 USD to purchase the game. The answer varies based on your level of love for StarCraft. Love it? Buy it. Just want to be friends with it? Consider it. But you may want to save the cash. It really is just a graphical rework. There is no new gameplay, or campaign. It’s 100% the same game. And that’s why IT’S AMAZING!

With the end of this season of StarCraft esports on the horizon, StarCraft is planning on making some changes to the way that multiplayer works. They are looking at underused units, the strength of the Protoss, and more. We love that StarCraft listens so closely to their esports community, and are making changes accordingly. To find out more about the upcoming changes, check out the discussion here.

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We have talked about it in the past, but it’s now getting some more light shined on it from the gaming community. For the French Canadian programmer, Etienne Godbout he is taking his love for Diablo II and his ability to program to re-create Diablo II inside the Blizzard Arcade using StarCraft assets. In “The Curse of Tristram,” he rebuilds Diablo II and adds his own personal twist when it comes to loot stats and the community is loving it! Check out this Mashable article talking all about it! 

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It was announced a few weeks ago, but we are finally getting caught up with everything outside of Gamescom and BlizzCon rumors, and we a ready to talk about the new arcade map type called Deathmatch. Papa Jeff gives us the rundown in this video so it’s just best to take his word for it!

On this week’s show, we talk about how the Deathmatch mode may cause more problems than we need inside of Overwatch right now. But you have to listen to the episode to hear everything!

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

1.) New Spell effects are coming to some classes in Patch 7.3. Check them out here.
2.) The Trial of Style took place this past week! Check out the Wowhead guide here.
3.) Talks about Next Weeks Legion Discussion post Gamescom!

 


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: -+Tug Defense+- v0.15
Type: Tug of War
Creator: Hecsagon
Kilroy’s Review: “This game is your basic 1 lane tug of war,  the goal is to develop your income while optimizing your waves to assault your enemy.  In this tug of war you have 3 tiers of unit builds that can occur based on your income level and point in the game you have reached, all in all this is a sound concept for a tug of war match and has some good qualities to it that make it worthwhile to play if you enjoy this kind of gameplay.”

Final Rating (1-5): 2.75

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 2
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 3

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


Episode 170 – “Moon Antz”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 170 called “Moon Antz.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, August 13th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the Warcraft universe, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about Blizzards presence at Gamescom 2017, then we move onto talking about the release of StarCraft Remastered, then onto the release of Knights of the Frozen Throne, a Diablo history lesson, then we discuss the Overwatch Summer Games event, and two more teams added to the Overwatch League then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about Warcraft III hitting the PTR… wait what?! and then we talk about another ban wave involving accounts sharing and real money transactions.

But before we go, we talk about another amazing Blizzard Arcade game inspired by a StarCraft Brood War map called Desert Strike Azure! And then we say our weekly goodbyes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 170 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 Blizzard release of the most recent in-game mount & pet combo! If you want to pick up the pet, click here!

Top 5 Saltiest Store Mount/Pet Comments

5.) The colors are nice but the price sure isn’t.
4.) The $25 question – does it fly?
3.) Blizzard is getting lazy on their stuff. Where’s the wow factor (pun not intended) to make me part w/ $30
2.)There are no incentives to get wow gold, but there are incentives to get real money. Conclusion Wow token price ascends rises and rises What kind of market liberalists are they, who control prices in this way through other policies
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


With Gamescom happening on August 22th through the 26th, Blizzard published their list of streamers who will be attendance and helping them with promotion throughout the event. But what does that mean for announcements and information coming?! We aren’t sure. But there are NO Diablo steamers listed?! On this weeks show we talk about our thoughts of what could be coming out of Germany here within the next weeks days. You can check out the list of streamers here!

StarCraft Remastered is now live! If you forget to pick up your copy, you can still purchase it here! With it’s launch after we recorded, we could only talk about the HYPE that’s being created around the launch with a TWO DAY LAN party event that will be featuring StarCraft greats like Legionnaire, Draco, G5, Nyoken, Ret, White-Ra, and the event will be cast by brothers Day9 and Tasteless! And throughout the event, Blizzard will be doing Pizza Supply drops onto people all around the WORLD*! Is that not amazing!? We are both excited to check out SC:RM and can’t wait to talk about it on the show next week!

This past week, Knights of the Frozen Throne was released! Not only did it come with over 100 new cards, tons of awesome legendaries, and the excitement of a new meta, we also got an awesome video from Blizzard! In this video, the Lich King himself took the time to respond to questions, read tweets, and overall grace us with his icy presence. And you know that we love all things cold and chilly, so this video was no exception. What are you doing reading this?! Go watch the video!

With the rumors of something big coming this year at BlizzCon from the Lord of Destruction himself, the internet is a buzz with anything related to Diablo. This week on the show, we talk about Error 37 which almost caused the destruction of Diablo 3 upon release and how Blizzard rallied to save the launch. But one of the big things that helped the franchise was the release of Diablo on consoles like XboxOne and Playstation 4. And with the success of Overwatch on console, could the route that Blizzard takes with future game releases to focused around multiplatform? We talk about that and more on this weeks show!

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The Overwatch Summer Games are here! We have talked about them for awhile now, but they have finally arrived, and the skins from this event definitely stole the show! Biker Reaper, Bikini Wearing Widow, Mercy’s Summer Outfit, Solider 76 Ultimate Dad joke, Lifeguard McCree, and more! You have to check them out! Awesome job art team on creating another reason for us to throw money at our computer screens!

Two more teams were announced this past week for the Overwatch League. This time we get Los Angeles, and London! But, London wasn’t taken by the London based esports organization Fnatic, but instead was scooped up by Cloud 9! It’s an interesting move and defiantly gave us a lot to talk about on the show!

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

1.) Warcraft III hits the PTR… wait what?! Is this 2002!?
2.) Another ban wave hits players based on Account Sharing and Real Money Transactions. But this time, sponsors get involved! And Blizzard responses. 


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: Desert Strike Azure
Type: Tug of War
Creator: TerraAzure
Epic’s Review: “Desert Strike Azure is Azures take on a classic map called Desert Strike Queen which came from Brood Wars. It was ported into SC2 and then Azure gave it a twist of his own. In this version, you gain more control over unit movement speeds and unit counters. Overall, this map is INSANELY large, and has definitely taken a lot of work in order create on such a large scale. There is a solo player mode, so this game has gone the extra mile to make sure these Nerdz are happy! But it is a map that does have a large learning curve, but once you figure it out, it’s super easy to start destroying your enemy!”

Final Rating (1-5): 4.625

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 4

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

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Website: www.FrozeNerdz.com
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Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity


Episode 169 – “BlizzCon Hipsters”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 169 called “BlizzCon Hipsters.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, August 6th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the Hearthstone universe, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we recap BlizzCon 2016 and line up our predictions for BlizzCon 2017, then we talk about the StarCraft: Remastered launch event in Korea, Mustaches have arrived in the Nexus, the Frozen Throne coming this week to Hearthstone, but not before Ben Brodes gives us another rap, the Overwatch Summer Games are coming back with Competitive Lucio Ball, then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the Patch 7.3 Legion Q&A that took place this past week.

But before we go, we talk about another amazing Blizzard Arcade game called Cruiser Commander Condition Zero! And then we say our weekly goodbyes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 169 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 pending release of the Knights of the Frozen Throne!

Top 5 Saltiest Hearthstone Comments

5.) Looks like all of the classes got really OP cards this expansion.
4.) We get it Blizzard. You love Mage. Now how about tossing some of those great spells at the other classes?
3.) mage the only class allowed to keep one deck for years while all other forced or nerfed to change.
2.) Why is there nothing but Murloc Paladins…
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


 

With BlizzCon less than 100 days away, it’s time to start preparing our minds and bodies for the experience. On this week’s episode, we break down what we found out at BlizzCon 2016, and then go over what our thoughts and predictions are for BlizzCon 2017! We talked all about BlizzCon 2016 on Episode 131 and you can find that all here.

Last year we got:

  • Blizzard Arcade: RotC 2017 – Co-Op Announcement
  • Starcraft: Deepmind
  • Heroes of the Storm: Varian and Ragnaros
  • Diablo: Necromancer / Anniversary event
  • Hearthstone: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
  • Overwatch: Sombra, and Overwatch League
  • World of Warcraft: Legion Patches 7.2/7.3, raids Nighthold and Tomb of Sargeras. Mini-holidays, Class Mounts, new 5 man dungeons
  • Band: Weird Al

BlizzCon 2017 predictions:

  • Blizzard Arcade:
    • Epic: Maybe a theme using SC:remastered assets?
    • Kilroy: FPS theme
  • Starcraft:
    • Epic: SC3? 
    • Kilroy: Mobile/Tablet Starcraft RTS
  • Heroes of the Storm:
    • Epic: Deckard Cain. New maps.
    • Kilroy: Millhouse Manastorm, Cairne/Bane, Vol’jin
  • Diablo:
    • Epic: Expansion? or D4
    • Kilroy: The next Chapter for the Nephilim
  • Hearthstone:
    • Epic: expansion: Ulduar theme?
    • Kilroy: Under the Sea expansion
  • Overwatch:
    • Epic: New heroes (Another healer), new maps, new game modes. OWL cities?
    • Kilroy: Map Developer in development, New Healer, new builder type
  • World of Warcraft:
    • Epic: Expansion – Jania Related
    • Kilroy: Expansion
  • Band:
    • Epic: Marylin Manson, Zombie and Stone Sour, Daft Punk, Skrillex, Deadmau5
    • Kilroy: System of a Down, Coheed and Cambria, or Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, The Killers, Weezer.

With StarCraft: Remastered on the horizon, we are now just days away from getting to experience it in all of its awesomeness! But in the heart of South Korea, over 10,000 people gathered this past weekend to celebrate the launch and the history of esports with some epic battles from returning pros. StarCraft esports is alive and well, and won’t be going anywhere soon!

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This past week, it was discovered on the Heroes of the Storm PTR that there was a bug that was causing heroes to have poorly photoshopped mustaches on their faces. We aren’t just talking about the men, but also the women! It’s a hilarious bug, but it makes us wonder… how did this happen? And what does this mean for us in the future?! Kilroy thinks McCree is on his way, and Epic just makes bad facial hair jokes.

It seems like they have been revealing cards for the past month, but the wait is finally over! The Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion is coming to us on August 10th, 2017!  We are one step closer to having Death Knights in the tavern, but not just yet! If you haven’t already, you can still pre-purchase 50 packs of cards and get the exclusive cardback!

But just when you thought the hottest thing coming out of the Hearthstone camp this past week was the card reveals, Ben Brode drops another hot jam off his upcoming mix tape! Check out Arthas today! 

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It was announced late last week that the Overwatch Summer Games event will be coming back this year! This time it starts on August 8th and will run until August 28th, 2017! Not only are the 2016 cosmetic items returning at a discounted rate, there will also be new awesome items to gain! This is the first repeat event for Overwatch, and it’s bringing a twist to it. Last year, we got our hands on a play mode called, “Lucio Ball.” This year, you will be able to play a ranked version of the game and gain competitive points towards your next (or first!) golden weapon! But, with that, the community isn’t always happy with these types of rewards? Do you think this is the way it should be handled?

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

1.) The August 3rd Legion Q&A Recap

Hear it from Blizzard themselves and  watch the VOD 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:  Cruiser Commander Condition Zero v.0.10
Type: Strategy
Creator: Alien
Kilroy’s Review: “This is a completely unique game to the starcade in the fact that it is a space battle setup.  You have to use your armada to take control of asteroids and beat your opponent.  There is a ton of detail in this game and it has clearly taken the developer a lot of time to get all the aspects of this game worked out.  When you first step into this game it is very important to use the tutorial system otherwise it will be entirely too confusing for you to play,  It is very worth the play however it is kind of a challenging game and will require some time to do a match so be ready for that.  Overall we enjoyed this game but it did have some flaws.”

Final Rating (1-5): 3

Stupid funability (1-5): 

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 3

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

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Twitter: @FrozeNerdz
E-mail: IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com
Website: www.FrozeNerdz.com
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Creative Alliance: D20Crit / d20crit.com
Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity


Episode 168 – “Fists of DOOOOOOOM”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 168 called “Fists of DOOOOOOOM.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, July 30th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the Overwatch universe, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about StarCraft Remastered interview with ESPN, the 2017 Rock the Cabinet winners have been announced, Heroes players are concerned with Garrosh, Hearthstone announces a ton of cards and free missions, Doomfist hits live servers, a new griefer feature added, and then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about virtual reality, and a look at the Tomb of Sargeras world first race in the from the eyes of a raid leader.

But before we go, we talk about another amazing Blizzard Arcade game called Doom Space! And then we say our weekly goodbyes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 168 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 release of Doomfist on live servers!

Top 5 Saltiest Doomfist Release Comments

5.)His charge is way too loud that it makes it so easy to make him burn and waste it if he thinks he can get you around a corner.
4.)he takes no skill at all
3.)He honestly feeks like a joke character, the kind they would add for april fools day who would end up a fun to play troll hero.
2.)Doomfist is op when he is pocketed
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


This past week,  Mike Morhaime and Pete Stillwell sat down with ESPN to talk about their approach to creating StarCraft Remastered. They talk about how they reached out to the community to make sure they were remastering the game the correct way. As players of Brood Wars, it’s awesome to hear their approach on everything. And we are both excited for August 14th to get to play it all again! Check out the whole article here! 

It’s finally here! The 2017 Rock the Cabinet winners have been announced, and we are excited to have played the awesome games from this years contest. It’s amazing how creative the StarCraft community is! Congrats to Part and Parcel for taking home the gold, but huge grats to all the creators from this years contest! Check out the recap video here!

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With the announcement of Garrosh, the community is having second thoughts about having another berserker warrior in the game. From his damage reduction to his healing upon doing damage, he is definitely going to be a force to be reckon with! But the community thinks he may be a little too overpowered and may need some second approach by the development team. But we think… they just need to wait until he’s actually on the PTR (which he is now!). But the community is passionate, and that’s what we like to see!

From free ice cream to free missions, the Hearthstone team is getting the community hyped up about the release of the Knights of the Frozen Throne. They announced a ton of new cards this past week, and Dave Kosak took the time to let us all know how the new mission system will work with the upcoming expansion. We will actually be facing off against the Lich King himself in an all out brawl which will give a different experience depending on the type of hero you are playing. So really there will be 9 different encounters that will offer up a ton of a different experiences for everyone involved. Check it all out here! 

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With Doomfist just hitting live servers, the Overwatch community is already digging for the next hero anywhere they can find it! This past week a photo was “leaked” from someone saying they have tight ties with the Overwatch team. We aren’t sure if we believe the leaks, but we do wish the community would stop going down the tin foil hat rabbit hole so hard! If you are interested in reading about the “leak,” check out the article here.

The Overwatch World Cup is happening in full force! Most recently they traveled down under to Australia to determine who would be heading to BlizzCon! From the awesome plays, to amazing cosplay, a ton of awesome fun came out the the event! Congratulations to Sweden and Australia on advancing to BlizzCon! Check out all the sweet plays here!

We talked about it last week, and Blizzard was like.. what’s up?! Here you go! And released their new “Reporting and Penalty System.” The main thing to focus on for this new policy change is, “To this end, effective immediately, we will be issuing increased penalties to players in response to verified reports of bad behavior. In Overwatch, that means anything from abusive chat, harassment, in-game spam, match inactivity (being intentionally AFK), and griefing. If you see someone engaging in any of these types of behaviors, report them. Players in violation will be silenced, suspended, or even banned from the game as a result.” You can read more about it here!

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

1.) World of Warcraft Virtual Reality of Stormwind and Dalaran!
2.) Exsorsus Raid Leader speaks out about Tomb of Sargeras progression.


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: DOOM SPACE
Type: FPS
Creator: MOTHBALLS 
Kilroy’s Review: “The creator of this game said it was a mix between Doom (The Original) and Dead Space, and they were not kidding it is a perfect mashup all built right into the SC2 Universe using Starcraft assets.  Right off the bat you take off in a quick maze action FPS with a gun and things to kill,  some of the graphics are a bit choppy at the moment but this game is still in initial build and test mode and looks like it will be one promising Starcade addition.  Worth the play, the wait, the everything, and for the second week in a row the starcade has a 5* Hit. Can’t wait to see the full out finished product.”

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
YouTube: www.YouTube.com/c/Frozenerdz
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Creative Alliance: D20Crit / d20crit.com
Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity


Episode 167 – “Free Ice Scream”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 167 called “Free Ice Scream.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, July 23rd, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the Hearthstone universe, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about the discontinuation of support for Windows XP and Vista, slight BlizzCon predictions, a wild Orc appears in the Nexus, Hearthstone brought frozen treats to a Hot Con, Diablo Season 11 is now live, Overwatch has a few skin glitches, there could be an anti-griefer system coming and then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the death to private servers…. again, the Warcraft team loses another inspirational person, and what’s coming in Patch 7.3.

But before we go, we talk about another amazing Blizzard Arcade game called Ice Baneling Escape! And then we say our weekly goodbyes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 167 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 free ice cream that was given out at San Diego Comic Con.

Top 5 Saltiest  Ice Cream Haters

5.) I want card reveal not free ice scream, that i will never get!
4.) god theyre desperate
3.) I’am very sad with you Lich king , we do not need free ice cream , we need few free packs . Hope you are listening .
2.) so this is what happened to the lich king after he wasn’t hired for that hearthstone position..
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


For some, 1999 doesn’t seem that long ago… but for some, they weren’t even born yet… (let that sink in…). But the Windows OS from back then will no longer be getting supported by Blizzard. It’s been announced again that come October, Blizzard will no longer be supporting Windows XP or Windows Vista for it’s games. It’s time to upgrade from to Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 today!

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream! And the Hearthstone team answered the call by opening a Frozen Throne themed ice cream parlor at San Diego Comic Con this past weekend. And it was a major hit, and not only because the Lich King himself showed up, but because who doesn’t like free ice cream!? (Besides those people in our Top 5 saltiest list!).

But that’s not it from the Hearthstone team this week, as they ramp up for the big card reveals starting on July 24th, they are giving players a chance to do arena runs to earn card packs for the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion! What are you doing reading this?! Go collect your card packs, or at least go check out this awesome Frozen Throne themed comic that also came out!

Just when you thought you were starting to finally spend outside in the sunlight, Diablo releases another season upon us! This time Season 11 starts and everyone is off to the races collecting the new gear sets, or just destroying Greater Rifts as a necromancer! Season 11 is the first season that the necromancer is apart of, and it’s dang exciting!

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Sometimes bugs make it onto the Overwatch PTR and are quickly fixed by Blizzard. Other times the bugs are so big they require a FLAMETHROWER to just burn them all to death! We aren’t even sure if its a bug, or if it’s a new skin coming, or is there a flamethrower wielding hero in our future? We are hoping for ALL THREE!!! Just imagine if Mei had an evil twin who used fire instead of ice?! Wrestle with Jeff, prepare for death!

But wait, theres more! Not only did the Overwatch team release a new comic called Masquerade, it also is rumored that there may be an anti-griefer system coming to live shortly. This system would basically make it so that people who are throwing matches would be penalized, and the punishment would be pretty extreme. And it’s just what we always wanted! That, and a flamethrower wielding ice princesses!

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

1.) Legacy Servers and stuff…. again… 
2.) World of Warcraft Lead composer departs from Blizzard
3.) What we know about Patch 7.3 so far


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: Ice Baneling Escape – Cold Voyage v1.1
Type: Puzzle
Creator: Chioy
Kilroy’s Review: “Take on 27 challenging puzzles as you navigate your baneling through some treacherous obstacles. Now when we say challenging we mean darn near impossible, these maps are really quite hard and you can play them over and over again till you beat all 27 and then once you do that you can turn up the challenge even more by playing the game in extreme challenge and extreme speed mode.  Gotta say this is one well rounded Puzzle game, sure there are some control quirks here and there that can work against you, still totally worth all the time I invest in it.”

 

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
YouTube: www.YouTube.com/c/Frozenerdz
Patreon: www.Patreon.com/FrozeNerdz
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Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity


Episode 166 – “French Bagel”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 166 called “French Bagel.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, July 16th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the Warcraft forums, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about a StarCraft Remastered ladder play, the Heroes community wants transparency, Ben Brode answers a ton of questions on Reddit, a Diablo bug evolves into a Double XP weekend, and finally the Overwatch League gives us something to chew on. Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the Mythic Dungeon Invitational, and our experiences within Black Temple time walking!

But before we go, we recap the 2017 Rock the Cabinet Top 5 finalists! And then we say our weekly goodbyes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 166 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 announcement of the Mythic Dungeon Invitational! 

Top 5 Saltiest Mythic Dungeon Invitational Salt Posts

5.) PvE… E-sports? Isn’t it the definition of E-sports that people go up against other players, not the environment?
4.) yeesh, i love m+ because it ISN’T a competition. gonna take some extra effort on my end to keep Woohoo Look At These Esports from looming over my fun.
3.) So once the optimal 5 man team is determined every other class can kiss their chances of getting M+ invites good bye. Can’t wait.
2.) You have 6k arena prize pools at major tournaments, but you are giving 100k to a mythic+ tournament? I’m fine with this tournament having a nice pool, but I mean, show PvP some love too.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


With StarCraft Remastered coming on August 14, 2017, and we are hyped to be talking about StarCraft news today! This week we focus on talking about the fact that Blizzard said that StarCraft Remastered will have it’s OWN competitive ladder. That means there will be a separation between old school gamers and new school gamers. This is great news, and we are excited to climb the new ladder! 

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Since the changes of Heroes 2.o, it appears that there were some stealth changes that happened when it came to the release of new skins, sprays, and mounts in the game. It’s not a new concept that when something comes out it costs more to purchase with in-game currency within the game, but with the recent release of new skins it caught the Heroes community without notice. And people are upset. Blizzard’s response to the community hasn’t helped the situation. But we offer this one piece of wisdom… don’t be mad about things you can buy with a digital currency instead of RL money!

For some, Hearthstone has gotten old, or stale… but the good news is… there is a new site on the block to help spice things up! It takes suggestions from the Hearthstone community to create new daily quests to complete! Spin the wheel, and get a new challenge! Do you like playing certain cards, or not playing certain classes? This is the site for you. Check out Hearthstone Roulette today! 

This past week Rapper Ben Brode made another appearance on Reddit, and this time it wasn’t in meme form! He took to the internet in a Hearthstone AMA where he answered a TON of questions revolving around the current state of Hearthstone, what’s next, card reveal, and much much more! If you ever wondered what Ben’s favorite pizza topping was, now is your chance to find out! Check out the whole AMA here! 

Some times bugs slip through the cracks and aren’t caught until they do some massive damage to the competitive ladder within Diablo. And this past week, that happened. There was a bug/exploit based on a certain set up on Nercromancers and Demon Hunters that resulted in them to be able to complete Greater Rifts faster than anyone else. And Blizzard’s answer to this was giving us a Double XP weekend this past week! For some, that’s awesome, but for a part of the community is still upset about it and they are questioning why they didn’t take part in this exploit. It’s a dirty fine line to walk, but in the end, play nice; play fair.

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It has finally happened! The Overwatch League has announced the first 7 teams! Even though it doesn’t span the whole globe just yet, it’s still awesome to hear from the OWL Commissioner! Check out the announcement here, and the video here.

But wait, there’s always more Overwatch news for the world! Along with this past weekends Overwatch World Cup matches, there was an awesome thing that happened within the French Government revolving around Overwatch! This past week the Secretary of State from the French Assembly took the time to send a letter showing support for the French team representing the EU in the Overwatch World Cup! Check it all out here! 

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

1.) The Mythic Dungeon Invitational is here! PVE esports is now a thing!
2.) Black Temple Timewalking adventures with Epic and Kilroy!


This past week was a very busy week for the nerdz, so we were not able to play a Blizzard Arcade for the first time ever! But we are in a holding pattern as we wait for the announcement of the winner of the Rock the Cabinet 2017 contest! As a remember, this are the final community votes for the contest!

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


Episode 165 – “Liver Licker”

 Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 165 called “Liver Licker.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, July 9th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the Overwatch forums, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about a StarCraft Remastered commercial, Round 3 of BlizzCon tickets come and go, Hearthstone decided to jump on the Frozen theme train, Diablo Season 11 starts soon, and Doomfist has been officially announced by Overwatch, and Papa Jeff gives us his humble opinion on balance on the forums. Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the use of one shot mechanics on bosses in Tomb of Sargeras, and then we talk what expansion could be next for World of Warcraft.

But before we go, we talk another Blizzard Arcade called Last Generator! And then we say our weekly goodbyes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 165 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 anouncement of Doomfist!

Top 5 Saltiest Doomfist comments

5.)Doomfist’s primary fire reloads while his other abilities are being used, including his quick melee. I don’t think any other hero functions this way.
4.)He’s slow all abilities are easy to dodge even his ult and shotgun fire isn’t hit scan so i don’t see him getting much play at higher level
3.) I speak for all of us when I say that we, the Overwatch community, are in agreement that we are disappointed with the casting of Sahr Ngaujah as Doomfist.
2.) I was really hoping Doomfist might be a good counter to the cancer that is the dive comp that is infecting this game but looking at his gameplay it doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon he looks like a perfect fit so we now we have Dva Winston and Doomfist to choose from oh joy…
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


BlizzCon general admission tickets have now all been sold out. Round 3 lasted just as long as the previous rounds, but that comes at no surprise to us! But know that even though they may be sold out, places like www.LFBlizzCon.com may have tickets being sold from time to time. So if you are still looking for tickets, check there first!

The video game culture in Korea is so much more advance than that in the United States. And they prove that by releasing an awesome StarCraft Remastered commercial! Words can not describe how awesome this is, so you just need to check it out for yourself!

This past week there was more big news out of Blizzard and the Hearthstone team. It was announced that we will be heading to Northrend in the next expansion called “Knights of the Frozen Throne!” Not only does it follow our favorite theme of frozen things, it also introduces new death knight hero cards which allow every player to become a Death Knight! Check out the announcement trailer here.

With the Necromancer being out for only a short period of time, it’s already been announced that the next season of Diablo will be starting on Thursday, July 20th, 2017. But the community is starting to wonder why there hasn’t been any patch notes, and why the download files are almost 2GB in capacity. What’s coming this season!? We aren’t sure either. But we hope it’s more EXPLODY!!!

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The day has finally come…. Doomfist has been announced, revealed and talked about! His origin story was brought in a new art style, but it doesn’t fail to deliver more questions and more lore than every before! And with the announcement, we heard from Jeff Kaplan with another developer update talking about Doomfist and their strategy behind him.

But that wasn’t all we would get from Papa Jeff this week, he took the time to sit down and give us his humble opinion about class balance changes on the forums! Even though we may not agree with everything he had to say, we definitely appreciate him taking the time to give us a little insight and his opinion on the topic! Check it all out here.

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

1.) 8 out of 9 Mythic Tomb of Sargeras bosses have one shot mechanics, is Blizzard getting lazy with their game design?
2.) Things found on the PTR hint at the next World of Warcraft expansion. TINFOIL HAT TIME! 


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 Last Generator
Type: Survival
Creator: Deathscyp 
Kilroy’s Review: “In this game you and 3 other players have 35 minutes to defend a base with limited resources and a limited army.  This game requires a ton of strategy and is very challenging to complete as the rate at which you gather materials is very slow.  Each person is given a corner to defend as the core is constantly under siege by infested that come in waves.  Unfortunately there is no native AI for your team so you will have to work 4 times as hard to accomplish a win.  If you are looking for a game that will take 35 minutes to win then this is your game if not this game may not be best for you.”

Final Rating (1-5): 2

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 2
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 2
Kilroy – 2

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 3

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Twitter: @FrozeNerdz
E-mail: IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com
Website: www.FrozeNerdz.com
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Partner Network: CatalystGamingMedia.com
Creative Alliance: D20Crit / d20crit.com
Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity


Episode 164 – “102 Days”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 164 called “102 Days.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, July 2nd, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the Overwatch forums, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about a StarCraft Remastered date, a hot and wet Heroes of the Storm promotion, Hearthstone goes Wild, a Overwatch PSA for hoarders, then we talk about the state of Overwatch esports. Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the World of Warcraft World First Race, and then we talk about Patch 7.3 hits the PTR… already…

But before we go, we talk another awesome game within the Blizzard Arcade called S.C.R.A.P.! And then we say our weekly goodbyes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 164 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 recent changes made to Roadhog.

Top 5 Saltiest Roadhog Nerf Complaints

5.)  Roadhog was completely ruined. His winrate has dropped to near 40%, and his pickrate has dropped to less than 5%. And that was the FIRST WEEK of his nerf, it’s probably even lower now.
4.) he didn’t need that nerf and its been lethal to him
3.) Please fix this hero. He was good, now he is horrible.
2.) Good riddance don’t want to see him again. Roadhog and pharah can just be removed from the game for greater good.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


The wait is finally over! On August 14, 2017 StarCraft Remastered will be released! We are insanely excited to replay the classic from our childhood. With stunning new graphics and beautiful new layouts, could this be the resurgence to push StarCraft back to the top of a lot of gamers Go-To list!? We think it has a chance. If you are interested in pre-purchasing StarCraft Remastered, you can do so here.

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It’s Summertime!!! And the Heroes of the Storm team is about to give away a lot of hot loot for hundreds of thousands of players. The Suns Out Guns Out promotion is here! If you want to win an all expenses paid trip for two to BlizzCon 2017, you have to WIN one game in Heroes of the Storm each day for the next month. Or you may win a gaming PC, an Illidan Statue, a metric ton of loot crates, or more! Check out all the details and rules here. And now, check out this video!

The next StarCraft hero is coming to the Nexus! He’s a mixture between Zerg and Terran, and he’s a support hero… we welcome Stukov to the Nexus. It may seem strange that he is a support hero, but it’s exciting because he brings a whole new style of healing to the game. He heals with poison globes, slows enemies with poisons, or he can use his ultimate to slap the enemy, or take one of them out of play for awhile! Check him out in this video!

 

Just when you think you can’t get enough of the wild announcements coming from Blizzard, this past week it was announced that Hearthstone will be releasing all of their previous expansions again to allow players access to the previous cards that can be used in Wild Play. There are a lot of changing coming to packs and legendaries also, so it’s an exciting time to be getting back into Hearthstone before the next upcoming expansion is released!

The Nercomancer Pack has been released! And this week we talk about our first impressions with it on the show, but if you are interested in purchasing the pack yourself, you can do so here! 

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The Overwatch team just wanted to give us all a Public Service Announcement (PSA) about NOT hoarding lootboxes right now. We have talked about it before, but it needs to be addressed again. Lootboxes are timestamped when you receive them, not when you open them. So if you get the lootbox, there is not reason NOT to open them right away. So stop hoarding, and start opening!

With little information about the Overwatch League being released, a few more well known Overwatch teams are stepping back from the esports scene. But does that mean that Overwatch esports is already stalling out? On the show we talk about how maybe it’s not that it’s stalling out, but that maybe there needs to be better communication from Blizzard Esports about events, and how with teams hearing a ticket price of $10 million for buy in may be scaring smaller organizations away from the scene. But what do you think?

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

1.) The World First Race is upon us, and thanks to Method we are all kept in the know!
2.) To Argus! Patch 7.3 is already on the PTR, but is it too soon?


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: S.C.R.A.P. Public Alpha v1.9
Type: Strategy 
Creator: Wayward
Kilroy’s Recap: “In this game you work as a harvesting group to get as many resources as you can from scrap that is laying around the battlefield.  It’s important to plan wisely and build a sturdy defense while operating as stealthily as possible to avoid your opponent and gain the upper hand against them.  Unfortunately there is no built in AI and it makes for a boring match but the concept of this game’s alpha is both entertaining and fun needs some additional work but is shaping up to be a great Starcade game.”

Final Rating (1-5): 3

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 3

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 3

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Twitter: @FrozeNerdz
E-mail: IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com
Website: www.FrozeNerdz.com
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Creative Alliance: D20Crit / d20crit.com
Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity


Episode 163 – “#PrettyPhoto 9”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 163 called “#PrettyPhoto 9.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, June 25th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the Warcraft forums, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about a surprise round 3 of BlizzCon general admission tickets, a major franchise sponsors a StarCraft WCS tournament, Hearthstone announced changes coming to packs and legendaries, the Necromancer Pack is here, Overwatch and Twitch sign an exclusive esports deal, Papa Jeff gives us an update on lootboxes, and more information has been datamined about upcoming Overwatch maps and heroes. Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the speculation about a Warcraft 2 movie, our thoughts of Tomb of Sargeras, and then we talk about the surprise Warcraft reddit AMA that happened this past Friday.

But before we go, we talk another awesome game within the Blizzard Arcade called Train! And then we say our weekly goodbyes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 163 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 withering essence quest-line that was released this past week!

Top 5 Saltiest Writhing Essence Comments

5.) Ugh, I have to run heroics now?
4.) They didn’t fix it last time, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
3.) So if you complete the quest with 55/50 essences, 5 are lost. Blatant way to time gate lego upgrade further? WTF Blizz?
2.)Because it’s bad game design. Essences earned should not be lost.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


In case you missed the first two chances at getting BlizzCon general admission tickets, you may have just struck gold because the RNG gods are looking down on you with favor right now. It was announced this past week that the Anaheim Convention Center expansion will be finished in time for BlizzCon 2017, so that means they will be selling additional tickets!!! They go on sale on July 5th 2017 at 7pm Pacific. So if you want to hang out with the two most awesomest nerdz in November, you won’t want to miss this last chance at tickets!

As the esports scene gets bigger so do the sponsors! This past week it was announced that McDonald’s will be one of the main sponsors for the upcoming WCS Australia tournament. Does that mean we will start seeing more and more large franchise getting behind esports? What does this mean for the future of small esports organizations? Find out the answers to these two questions and more by checking out this episode!

 

Ben Brode decided it was time to step away from his rap career and took a page out of Papa Jeff’s book and decided to announce a few changes coming to Hearthstone straight to the camera and onto the YouTubez. (Is that what the cool kids are saying these days?). He talks about changes coming to legendary drop rates, and that it will become extremely rare to get a duplicate legendary going forward. So don’t have fear about crafting one and then getting it for free because the changes coming will make this next to impossible. Is this what Hearthstone needs? Find out on this week’s episode!  

 

They announced it right after we recorded Episode 162, but they gave us the date and price for the upcoming Necromancer pack coming to Diablo. It will release…. TODAY!!!!! And will only cost $14.99 USD. Or… it will be the cost of one WOW Token since you can convert World of Wawrcraft gold to $15 USB BattleNet balance. Will this be the standard for Blizzard going forward? Will we be able to buy new games for 4 WOW Tokens? Find out more about this discussion on this week’s episode!

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Partnerships aren’t something new to the industry, but when two powerhouses combine their efforts only good can come from it! This past week it was announced that Overwatch and Twitch will be joining forces to bring us the most amazing esports experience ever, as well as some awesome swag for those people who have Twitch Prime.

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This past week, Papa Jeff sat down to give us another Developer Update! This time he talks about the upcoming highlight feature that will give players a chance to record and export their plays of the game, or awesome experiences within a match! He also tackles the lootbox problems that we have been experiencing and talking about! Change is coming!

We know you are sick of people talking about it and your tin foil hat is a little hot in the summer, so here we go! Doomfist semi-confirmed! In the latest PTR build, people have discovered a few things in the crash files like “Summer Event/Doomfist.” They also discovered two additional maps, strings for new skins, and other cosmetic items! So prepare your bodies, minds and mouse clicking fingers for what’s next!

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

1.) Duncan Jones talks about what it would be like if he had some say in a Warcraft 2 movie!
2.) Tomb of Sargeras came out, and the Nerdz explored it!
3.) Surprise! There was a Warcraft Reddit AMA this past week!


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: Train 
Type: Survival
Creator: Catastrophic
Details: This is one fun tough little game, it gets increasingly difficult as you go along.  Start by taking control of a train and working together with team mates to drop turrets and gather resources as you complete laps around a circuit all while being attacked by constant waves of Zerg.  Don’t let them over run you or the game is over.  We certainly enjoyed this game even though it was simple it brought on the challenge and made it quite a lot of fun.

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
YouTube: www.YouTube.com/c/Frozenerdz
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Creative Alliance: D20Crit / d20crit.com
Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity


Episode 162 – “Claw Crackers”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 162 called “Claw Crackers.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, June 18th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the Warcraft forums, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about cheaters banned from StarCraft, the Rock the Cabinet 2017 Top 5 finalist revealed, new job postings for the Diablo Team, Overwatch console players not getting what they want, the community wants to see Jeff Kaplan play Overwatch, we talk about how we can’t be part of the Overwatch Open for Amateurs.  Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about Holinka leaving the Warcraft team, the unannounced project, and Legendaries in Patch 7.2.5.

But before we go, we talk another awesome game within the Blizzard Arcade called Cow Hunters! And then we say our weekly goodbyes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 162 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Each and every week we scour news articles and Blue posts looking for this week’s Top 5 list! This week our Top 5 List comes from the World of Warcraft universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to Brian Holinka’s announcement of leaving the Warcraft team for an unannounced Blizzard project. You can read more about it here.

Top 5 Saltiest Saltiest Holinka Leaving Posts

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.) Legendary drops before upgrades are available.


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

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

Final Rating (1-5): 4

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

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