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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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Episode 197 – “Drama Alert!”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 197 called “Drama Alert!” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, March 11th, 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 StarCraft II documentary, discipline action against four Overwatch League players, Epic goes on a rant about World of Warcraft esports and then we move onto our discussion about Heroes of the Storm adjusting their reporting system, Diablo could be Switching things up, Papa Jeff talks about Season 9 meta, and Overwatch drops the ban hammer on it’s moderators. Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about World of Warcraft: Chronicles Volume 3 coming out, and our thoughts on downtime during expansions.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called Dead Zone – Lost Hope! 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 197 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 

1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


It’s been a busy week for Blizzard Entertainment esports! Not only did we have action from the Overwatch League and World of Warcraft esports, we also received word that the crew over at Filmrise will be making a documentary about the life two StarCraft II pro’s and their journey’s towards BlizzCon. It will be called “Gamechangers: Dreams of Blizzcon” and will be looking into the life of Mun “MMA” Song Wan  and Jang “MC” Min Chul. And they also hint that there will be the possibility of Blizzard releasing an Overwatch esports documentary in the near future.

We have talked about it way more times than anyone should have to, but the Overwatch League is back in the news this week and this time it’s not just one player who’s getting in trouble, it’s multiple. Three players, and one coach are getting hit with some disciplinary action based on things they have recent said outside of the Overwatch League on either social media, or on their personal streams. But the one that caught everyone’s eye was the suspension of xQc from the Dallas Fuel. And minutes before we sat down to record the episode, the Dallas Fuel announced the departure of xQc from their roster. We go into a lengthy discussion about everything on the show, but if you want to read the official announcements they can be found here.

And to wrap up our esports discussion, Epicinsantiy goes on a rant about the world of the World of Warcraft esports. From their lack of advertisement and promotion, to the lack of information on their website about the events. Epic asks the question, “how can we take WOW esports seriously, if Blizzard isn’t?” Find out more about the discussion by listening to this episode!

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Heroes of the Storm has paved the report system in video games as we know it. They were first to implement the mute system for abusive chat, and helped clean up the community quiet a bit. But recently, it was made known that a popular Russian streamer was reporting his whole team after his team would lose. And Blizzard caught onto this action, and are re-writing their report system to prevent abuse from players like this. We’ve talked about similar things happening in Overwatch, but Heroes of the Storm seems to be the testing ground for new changes like this. Find out more about this issue here.

Who knew one simple Tweet could change the world as we know it… The Blizzard Entertainment Twitter account tweeted out “Good night” and played a 6 second video of Diablo III night light getting turned on and off, and the community immediately assumed that Diablo was coming to the Nintendo Switch. But wait… there’s more! The website Eurogamer claims to have proof from Blizzard saying it’s in the works, even though Blizzard themselves said no. The Community still insists its coming. Epic has a story about Diablo and switches. Check out the episode to hear about his demonic light switch experience.

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This past week, Papa Jeff went to the forums to talk about the current Meta that players are experiencing in Season 9 of competitive play in Overwatch. He wanted to debunk the rumors that different heroes are played across the different ranks. And from the information he shared, it basically proves that ranks have very similar Top 10 heroes played. For example, Dva is the highest picked hero across all ranks followed closely by Mercy and Moria. But there are heroes like Junkrat and Reinhardt who drop off the list very quickly once they hit Platinum rank. And heroes like Zenyetta and Tracer only show up in high competitive ranks, which has something to do with the fact that they are two higher skill capped players. What do you think about this kind of data?

We would be doing the community a disservice if we didn’t address the issue going on right now with one of the previous Overwatch League Twitch chat moderators. We talk about the topic in depth on the podcast. But if you want to know exactly what is going on, check out the source article on the topic from CodeHitchHiker aka Cher Scarlett called, “Half a million people have seen me naked.” In the article, she talks about how this Overwatch mod re-posted nude images of her online without her permission. From both of us here at Frozen Nerdz, there is a special place in hell for people do this type of thing. And the male in question deserves to lose more than just his career of such actions. This type of behavior is NOT “boys will be boys,” it is 110% not acceptable. And we don’t mention his name, because he doesn’t need anymore attention on this topic. But revenge porn needs to be stopped, and Cher has a White House petition started to do just that. Check it out here.

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With the Battle for Azeroth Alpha in full swing, it’s definitely another slow news week for World of Warcraft, so this week on the show we talk about the upcoming release of the World of Warcraft Chronicles Vol. 3. Interested in pre-ordered your copy that releases on March 27th, 2018, use our Amazon Affiliate link here! 

So what is there to do in World of Warcraft right now? *Crickets* *Crickets* There doesn’t seem to be much to do right now, but on this week’s show, we talk about a bunch of different options that Blizzard really should consider in order to prevent content draught like this again. Warlords of Draenor was bad, but is Legion during into WOD 2.0? Find out more from our discussion!


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: Dead Zone – Hope Lost v 1.4
Type: Survival
Creator: Apocrypha
Game Overview: Dead Zone – Hope Lost is described as a dense horror atmosphere unlike anything else seen in Starcraft 2 thanks to a large amount of custom assets, environmental systems and intricate sound design.”

Epic’s Review: “This game takes the cake on game design. Not only does it have voice acting, while playing the game I completely forgot I was playing StarCraft. It’s a top down horror game in an apocalyptic world where you have to savage, pick locks, do melee combat, protect your direwolf and try to survive, all whole in a dark in environment. I’m not sure that in our 4 years of playing the Blizzard Arcade we’ve ever found a game like this. Graphically, audibly, etc.”

 

 

Kilroy’s Review: “Holy crap, this game starts out with a huge cutscene sequence where it describes the story of a colony falling to a virus.  From there the game loads in and you are taught a new subset of controls and manual fighting efforts. This is an example of the Starcraft Arcade engine being pushed to its limits in modification and design.  The developer of this game put a ton of time into adjusting the lighting and weather, they have input a lock picking system that requires you to remember complex sequences to pick locks on car trunks just to get at some equipment or useful items that may help in your mission to survive.  The zombie AI is aggressive and will seek you out keeping you on your toes in this very expansive game. Great find and a totally awesome game overall.”

 

Final Rating (1-5): 5

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

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Episode 196 – “Snowball’s Chance”

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

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

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

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

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 196 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Each and every week we scour news articles and Blue posts looking for this week’s Top 5 list! This week our Top 5 List comes from the Hearthstone universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to the recent ranked play bug that took down ranked play for a few days.

Top 5 Saltiest Ranked Players in Hearthstone

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


 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

Leaked Image:

 

The Hanzo / Alexstrasza Video:

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

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

With Battle for Azeroth on the horizon, the battle between the Horde and the Alliance is starting to heat up. And on the shores of Silithus, we are going to battle… in the new Seething Shore Battleground!!! As we battle for Azerite, we also get to kill some smelly Alliance along the way! FOR THE HORDE. Check out the Wowhead recap/preview of the Seething Shore here!


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

Game: Snowball’s Chance v1.1
Type: Single Player
Creator: Imposter

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

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

 

 

Final Rating (1-5): 4.375

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 4

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


Episode 195 – “Green Boots”

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

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

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

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 195 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Each and every week we scour news articles and Blue posts looking for this week’s Top 5 list! This week our Top 5 List comes from the Diablo universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to the recent release of Season 13!

Top 5 Saltiest Diablo Season 13 Salt

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Final Rating (1-5): 5

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

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


Episode 194 – “Gotta Keep ‘em Separated”

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

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

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

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 194 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Each and every week we scour news articles and Blue posts looking for this week’s Top 5 list! This week our Top 5 List comes from the World of Warcraft  universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to the datamined texted from the Battle for Azeroth Alpha.

Top 5 Saltiest Horde Dataminers

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


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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Final Rating (1-5): 3.75

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 2
Kilroy – 5

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 3

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 2
Kilroy – 5

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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 193 – “Just the Way It Is”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 193 called “Just the Way It Is” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, February 11th, 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 history being made in StarCraft, Heroes of the Storm latest hero gets nerfed, voice chat coming to the Nexus, changes coming to Hearthstone ranked play, the Year of the Dog event is now live in Overwatch, the Stage 1 of the Overwatch League has come to an end, and Sombra changes sneak into the live Overwatch patch. Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the Battle for Azeroth Alpha going live, how to get into the Beta and class changes coming.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time! 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 193 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 voice chat being added to Heroes of the Storm.

Top 5 Heroes of the Storm Voice Chat Salt

5.) I whole-kindheartedly believe with all my heart that voice chat is not required in this game.
4.) As long as it launches in the off postion and never asks me to turn it on, it is fine
3.) WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO HOTS? shorter game times, no voice chat
2.) if they weren’t going to listen either way, I’d rather not hear them talking crap all day as they throw the game
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


It wouldn’t be the Winter Olympics without a Canadian winning something, and this time it’s one for the record books! Before the Winter Olympics kicked off, Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn took that top podium spot and made history by becoming the first woman to win a premier Starcraft II tournament after she defeated South Korea’s Kim “sOs” Yoo-jin! It’s a great day for StarCraft, but also a great day for esports in general! Check out all the action here!

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Maiev Shadowsong was just released into the Nexus, and already she is getting hit with the Nerf Bat! After her release, Blizzard realized that she may have had a little too much assassination sprinkled into her toolkit, so they made some minor adjustments. But even with this small changes, the community still things she is too powerful. She is a warden after all, so it kinda makes sense right?

MOBAs like Heroes of the Storm, League of Legends and DOTA are known for their toxic communities. And previously, Blizzard introduced the mute penalty for repeat offenders, but now it appears that they will be adding Voice Chat to the Nexus. For some, this will make competitive play, or Hero league easier because you can have better and faster communication. But others are already worried about how toxic voice chat is going to become. Which camp do you find yourself?

With Update 10.2, Hearthstone is coming some MAJOR changes to their ranked play system. Basically, they are making it more streamlined and unified which will help players of all ranks. Starting with the March 2018 season, every rank will be 5 stars, and you will only be rolled back 4 ranks at the start of a new month. But, the best part is… the cardback quest will only be 5 wins in ranked play instead of being 15-25 wins! So much hype all around! Check out all the upcoming changes here!

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Much dog. Great WOW. The 2018 Lunar Year event is here in Overwatch, and it’s the year of the dog! Besides awesome new Mercy, Genji, Zarya, Widowmaker skins and more, there is also competitive capture the flag, and a new capture the flag map! Check out everything that was added here!  

Stage 1 of the Overwatch League has come to an end, and our boys in Green the Houston Outlaws made it to the finals! But unfortunately they lost to the London Spitfire. But they lost to the Champions! The London Spitfire comes from behind to beat the New York Excel taking home the $125,000 prize! All three times fought hard, and battled it out until the end, but in the end, only London had the stamina to last the whole day! Check out all the action and the standings here! 

Not only did she hack BlizzCon 2016, she also hacked the live server patches and made some changes for herself… this past week, some Sombra changes snuck onto the Live Patch that were intended for the PTR. But was quickly corrected by Blizzard, but this mistake didn’t go unnoticed by the community!

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

1.) The Battle for Azeroth Alpha is live.
2.) Battle for Azeroth changes coming to Attack Power.
3.) Battle for Azeroth class changes. 


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: LoZ: Ocarina of Time v1.29
Type: Strategy
Creator:  Dimento
Kilroy Review: “The build time for this map must have been crazy long as the developer put in a ton of detail in trying to make the game map look similar to the map of Hyrule in Zelda itself.  Now here is where the games takes a side step away from the popular RPG game,  the play style is more of a wave style game where you need to grow resources through attacking and playing the waiting game.  Once you have an attacking force you need to use strategy to work to take over the map and in turn win the game.  Unfortunately the AI function in this game is not present and they will not compete with you if you try to take over the map.  Also you can automatically win the game by picking a friendly faction to the AI and the game will end with you as the winner in 80 seconds.  For a multiplayer experience this game certainly packs a punch and is well thought out, we encourage you to get out and try this map and see how well you fair in taking over Hyrule.”

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


Episode 192 – “Salami Selfie”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 192 called “Salami Selfie” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, February 4th, 2018.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about a new StarCraft comic coming soon, drama over Dva’s Pro Gamer status, Heroes of the Storm releases five pro strats, Hearthstone giving away thousands of card packs, a new Overwatch patch nerfs Mercy and Junkrat, the Year of the Dog event starts soon, and Stage 1 of Overwatch League is coming to an end.

Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the Battle for Azeroth pre-purchase debacle, and first Battle for Azeroth Developer Q&A.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called The Pirate Wars! 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 192 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 the World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth pre-purchase.

Top 5 Battle for Azeroth Pre-Order Salt

5.)  So even if you don’t want to buy , you still cant log on and play your toons seriously ? When I log on my toons are all gone WTH?
4.) They should change the title of this to “Pre-purchase Battle for Azeroth now! Or in a few days when our systems function correctly!”
3.) Of course the Allied races would be gated behind achievement grinds. Blizzard, I love World of Warcraft and have played since 2005. But back then grinding was possible because all I had to do was get up, go to school, come home and play.
2.) Hey, any chance I can pre-purchase BEING ABLE TO LOG INTO THE GAME?
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


Just when you think they can’t surprise us anymore, the StarCraft team announces a upcoming StarCraft comic coming from Dark Horse Comics. StarCraft: Scavengers will be following a team of engineers as they pillage a derelict Protoss ship above an uninhabited planet. The four-issue miniseries will be available soon for pre-orders, and will be releasing in July 2018. Find out more about it here!

And apparently there was some drama over Dva’s pro gamer status within the Overwatch universe. Check out the Drama Alert here!

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The Heroes of the Storm team is taking player strats to the next level by releasing 5 of the most used strategies by the Heroes of the Storm pros! They talk about: The 4-1 Split, Everything You Need To KnowHow to Know If You’ll Win the Level 1 FightWhen, Where, and Why You Should Cheese a Tower Early5v5 Mid, Why Do We Do This to Ourselves? and The Chinese Bush Meta. Click on the links to find out more!

The Hearthstone team decided it was time to turn it up to eleven inside the Tavern! They are now giving away a grand prize of 3000 card packs to one lucky winner, as well as a Lich King helm! But theres more than just one prize, they are giving away 30 card packs to over 1,000 players, and another 9 card packs to another 50,000 players! If you want to get in on the giveaway action, log into Hearthstone today and do your daily quests!

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The Mercy nerfs are upon us! HOLD ONTO YOUR BUTTS! Not only did they once again change her resurrection, but they also made it so that if you do resurrection someone, you instantly die. And respawn as Reinhardt. Okay, that’s not what actually happens, but it feels like it! And they also changed Junkrat, but it doesn’t really make a major impact to those who play at a higher level than Epic! Find out more about the communities reaction here! 

The Overwatch Year of the Dog event is coming on February 8th! In typical Overwatch fashion, we know nothing about the even besides the start date! Find out that and more here!

The Overwatch League Stage 1 is coming to an end this week with the title matches taking place on Saturday evening. Who will take home the first every championship: London Spitfire, New York Excel, or our favorite team the Houston Outlaws! Find out more about the rankings here! 

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

1.)  The Battle for Azeroth Pre-Purchase are now live!
2.) The First ever Battle for Azeroth Developer Q&A has taken place. Heres the recap!


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

Game: The Pirate Wars v0.10
Type:  Other
Creator: SpctrLament
Kilroy’s Review: “This is an island hopping game of Piracy and conquest,  Take out your opponents by growing your economy from taking over islands and developing the ultimate pirate fleet of all time.  Overall this is one of those games that has a lot of time placed into it and development is exceptional.  The Ai in the game works kinda however mostly in dealing with avoiding the navy to keep your pirate ambitions afloat.  A solid and well thought out addition to the Starcade and a worthwhile game to play.”

Final Rating (1-5): 3.8

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 3

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 5

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Episode 191 – “Let the Games Begin!”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 191 called “Let the Games Begin!” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, January 28th, 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 StarCraft tournament taking place before the Winter Olympics, a new stealthy assassin coming to the Nexus, Hearthstone changes on the horizon, Blizzard World is open for business, major upsets in Overwatch League, and Papa Jeff talks about how they are fighting toxicity outside the game. Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the upcoming Battle for Azeroth Q&A, a glimpse into the changes coming to classes, and the datamining for Battle for Azeroth is happening as an Alpha client shows up!

But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called TvZ Nexus Destroyers! 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 191 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 changes coming to classes in Battle for Azeroth.

Top 5 Saltiest Class change complaints for BFA

5.) bring back the talent trees from vanilla!!!
4.) when your classes only job ever is to do dps you should be the best at it. I could rant more but choose not to.
3.) Remove the “stand still to cast” requirement = fun/fast paced gameplay. Its were games like GW2 shine and wow could use a bit of that mojo imo, both pve and pvp wise.
2.) gimme back my tree
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


Things are starting to look up for the esports world as of late. We have the Overwatch League making waves, and now the long time running StarCraft tournament is making an appearance before the 2018 Winter Olympics. It was announced that Intel will be sponsoring a tournament that will be showcasing players from over 18 different countries competing for the championship. Players will be from Ukraine, Mexico, France, India, Colombia, the US, Australia, Poland, Brazil, Tunisia, Finland, China and Taiwan.

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During this past weeks HGC showcase, the Heroes of the Storm team announced the next hero that will be joining the lineup of stealthy assassins inside the Nexus! Maiev Shadowsong will be attempting to cage more than just Illidan as she brings her unique toolkit to the battlefield. Check out her spotlight video here! 

We talked about it a few weeks back, but this week it was announced that there will be some changes being made to the Hearthstone ranking system. Basically the system is being reset, and the monthly quest for the card back is being changed! The new quest will be win 5 ranked play games within the current month to gain the card back. Will these changes entice more people to log in to the game on a daily basis?

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Blizzard World is now open for business! Check out all the cosmetic changes that came along with it! 

With another week of Overwatch League play under our belts, we finally received our first round of upsets and no team remains undefeated within the league anymore! Seoul Dynasty finally falls to New York Excelsior. 

This week it was announced that Blizzard is actually using YouTube, Twitch, and social media to track down toxic members within the community. The game off an announcement from Papa Jeff in it’s latest Developer Update. To find out more about these changes, check out this article. 

 

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This week we discussion the following topics about World of Warcraft:
1.) There is an upcoming Battle for Azeroth Q&A coming on January 30th.
2.) Class Changes coming to Battle for Azeroth Preview
3.) Massive amounts of datamining is underway for the Battle for Azeroth Alpha!


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:  TvZ Nexus Destroyers v0.1
Type: Arena
Creator:  Hecsagon
Kilroy’s Review: “This game falls in line with a ton of those standard tug of war style builds except with one key difference, there is actual unit control rather than a mindless lane push that requires no formation or strategy.  So this actually stands out above other typical tug of war maps in that there is actually some effort needed on the players part after they have selected their minions to spawn for the waves.  The end goal of course for this game is to take out your opponents nexus and win the match.  In this 4v4 showdown you must cooperate with your team to create an effective push and outplay your opponent,  a worthwhile game to play with friends however you can’t solo play this game as there is no AI.  Overall the Nerdz did not hate on this game too much but it did fall short on AI.”

Final Rating (1-5):  3.25

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 4

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