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Episode 158 – “Funsies in the Onesies”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 158 called “Funsies in the Onesies.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, May 21st, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from Hearthstone, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about more voice packs coming to StarCraft, then we talk about StarCraft pros talking about Deepmind learning the game, then we talk about a surprise on the Blizzard Launcher, the Heroes of the Storm Nexus Challenge comes to an end, Hearthstone gives away a free card and adds new features, then we talk about more animated shorts coming to Overwatch, as well as more information on the upcoming Anniversary event then we finally move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about author Christie Golden joins Blizzard, we hear from the in-game cinematics team, then we wrap it all up with a discussion about the new legendary rings that are on PTR.

But before we go, we have another Blizzard Arcade game to talk about called Lava Run! And then we say our weekly goodbyes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 158 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Each and every week we scour news articles and Blue posts looking for this week’s Top 5 list! This week our Top 5 List comes from the Hearthstone universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to Hearthstone giving out a free card to players who logged in on May 20th. Read more about the salt here.

Top 5 Saltiest Free Card Receivers in Hearthstone

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Final Rating (1-5): 4.5

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

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Episode 156 – “Theatre Butter”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 156 called “Theatre Butter.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, May 7th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list about mob scaling in World of Warcraft. Then we talk about an awesome interview about StarCraft Remastered with the people working on it, then we talk about loot probability in Heroes of the Storm, then we quickly cover the latest Necromancer Q&A, Overwatch breaks more records for Blizzard, and then we talk about the most recent Blizzard earnings call. Then we finally move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about Blizzard cracking down on Win-Trading, Blizzard helps out a community in-game event, and then we talk about the changes coming to Mythic+ dungeons.

But before we go, we have another amazing Blizzard Arcade game to talk about called On The Clock. And then we say our weekly goodbyes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 156 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Each and every week we scour news articles and Blue posts looking for this week’s Top 5 list! This week our Top 5 List comes from the Warcraft universe. We discovered a lot of salt STILL pertaining to mob scaling in game since Patch 7.2 came out.

Top 5 Saltiest Mob Scaling in 7.2 Comments:

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


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

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

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

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

Here is an excerpt from the news article:

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

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

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

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

Answer: Yes. They are separate products.

Question: Why is their hair white?

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

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

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

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

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

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

IceBox Twitter Poll:


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

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

Final Rating (1-5):  3.375

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 4

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


Episode 155 – Two Point Oh!?

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 155 called “Two Point Oh!?.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, April 30th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list about Hanamura, then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about the end of the Rock the Cabinet 2017 submission window, then we talk about the release of Heroes of the Storm 2.0, rumors are starting about Diablo becoming remastered, more tinfoil hats needed for Overwatch again but this time it’s around audio files, and then we talk about Overwatch pros helping other players get good! Then we finally move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about last week’s Twitter poll about micro-holidays, an interview from PC Gamer with Ion Hazzikostas and then we cover the latest Legion Q&A.

But before we go, we have another amazing Blizzard Arcade game to talk about called Ant Colonies – The Evolution. And then we say our weekly goodbyes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 155 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Each and every week we scour news articles and Blue posts looking for this week’s Top 5 list! This week our Top 5 List comes from the Heroes of the Storm universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to new Hanamura map that released. 

Top 5 Saltiest Hanamura Comments

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


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

More details here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Final Rating (1-5): 4

Stupid funability (1-5): 

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

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


Episode 154 – “WWeSports”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 154 called “WWeSports.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list, then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about the next Co-Op commander coming to StarCraft, get the Original StarCraft and StarCraft Brood Wars for free, Korean Presidency campaign using StarCraft to advertise, Heroes 2.0 is coming this week and it gives you free heroes, the success of the Necromancer beta, an all female Overwatch team is coming, and changes were made to Overwatch Comp mode. Then we finally move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about last week’s Twitter poll about mount rarity, transmog contests and more gimmicks coming to Patch 7.2.5.

But before we go, we have another amazing Rock the Cabinet 2017 Blizzard Arcade game to talk about called DNA Mad Scientist. And then we say our weekly goodbyes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 154 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Each and every week we scour news articles and Blue posts looking for this week’s Top 5 list! This week our Top 5 List comes from the Heroes of the Storm universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to quick match matchmaking this week. 

Top 5 Saltiest Quick Match Posts on the Heroes Forums  

5.) I’m not angry because I lost, I’m frustrated because my team was simply outmatched in every way, the match may as well have been predetermined.
4.)I have no words, other than. “Goodbye forever, QM”. Goodbye and good riddance.
3.)Varian keeps breaking QM matchmaking being “Multiclass” when most people go only tank. Why do they get a bruiser and we don’t?  How is Lucio still not nerfed?
2.)Is like cruel and unusual punishment. Thanks for the 4 month silence.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


Every week we talk about on the show how the Blizzard Arcade is 100% free. That’s thousands of games created by the StarCraft community, but now Blizzard wants their hand in on giving away free games to the world! It was announced this past week that the StarCraft Anthology (Original StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood Wars) is 100% for free for anyone who has a internet connection. Now you have NO reason to say you’ve never played StarCraft! Get out there and check them out today!

In Korea, StarCraft is like the baseball or football in the United States. It’s common, and every one knows about it. It’s so common that this years Korean Presidency race has candidates using StarCraft as a campaign tool in order to try to relate with population! How cool would it be if this happened in the United States?! Check out the whole story here! 

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This week is a busy week for Blizzard games, but Heroes of the Storm isn’t going to let StarCraft have all the fun with reveals! This week Heroes 2.0 launches on April 25th, 2017! They are having an launch event live on Twitch with everything that is going on. For more information about the launch event, check out this blog post. 

There are a lot of changes coming to Heroes this week, so if you want to keep up with everything that is going on, check out this article here!

But just like StarCraft, Heroes is giving away a TON of free stuff this week. Including Mega Bundles that will be giving you up to 20 free heroes for you to enjoy. Assassin bundles, support bundles, tank bundles and more! Check out which one is best for you here today! 

We’ve talked about (and cried about it for not getting invited) the Diablo 3 Necromancer beta that is going on right now. The response from the community has been very positive, and the Diablo team took the time to talk about it with IGN this past week. They discussed how the idea to bring the Necromancer to D3 came from a Game Jam session where they lock all the game developers in the basement at Blizzard and don’t allow them to come out until they have the next best idea for their game (that’s all a lie). But from this jam session, the necromancer was an idea, and immediately became a thing. And they talk about how much work has gone into the creation of the whole process. You can read more about the interview on IGN here!

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It was announced last week that Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri will be having an Overwatch esports team. In this day and age, that’s a pretty common thing… but Stephens College is an all female university, so this is a big deal! The school announced the program, that will be supported with scholarships, will begin in the Fall of 2017. The school picked Overwatch due to it’s diverse list of heroes and strong female character roles. It’s a huge step in the right direction to bring more diversity to esports. If you want to read more about the program here.

We talked about it on Episode 149 – The Great Pie Capture, and it has Blizzard listened directly to us and what we had to say about Pie. And they implemented it! (There were also thousands of others who said the same thing on the forms, but don’t burst our bubble!). Now in comp mode, a team will win the match when they capture 33.3% of the capture pie, verses that it only required 1% more than other team like before. That means, once a team captures 1/3 more of the pie, then they will win and the match ends. It’s a great change, and you can read more about it here!

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

1.) Last week’s IceBox Poll: Do you think certain mounts in Warcraft should be expansion locked (ie. Riddler’s Mind-Worm) for rarity sake?
2.) Replica weapons not allowed on airplanes according to the TSA Twitter feed.
3.) The Trial of Style is… coming… soon.
4.) More “things” coming in Patch 7.2.5!


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

Game: DNA Mad Scientist v1.4 (Rock the Cabinet 2017 Submission)
Type: Co-op Commander
Creator: Nedia
Details: In this game Amon’s forces are working to convert Kaldalis into a hybrid Species, it is up to you and a partner to build up your attack and quickly take out the laboratories that Amon’s forces have set up.  Expansion in this game must be done quickly and efficiently because you have a time limit in which to take out the labs before it’s game over.  Would not recommend playing by yourself because the AI on your team does not work with you to assist in taking out your opponents and will just mine ore, and requires you set up defenses for them otherwise you will lose the game.  The pace to this Co-Op mission is very fast which means that decisions have to be made swiftly, a great trainer for when you want to learn how to develop your gameplay quickly. All in all this was a fun Co-Op mission and the creators concept was one that is easily replay-able.

Final Rating (1-5): 3.5

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

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

 

Episode 153 – “Insert Creative Title Here”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 153 called “Insert Creative Title Here.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, April 16th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we talk about David Kim leaving the StarCraft team, then we go over last week’s BlizzCon IceBox poll, the Diablo Necromancer Beta is live, the Overwatch Uprising event is upon us, then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about an unexpected Sunday game server downtime, hidden secrets and riddles discovered, and a recent Dev Interview with Gamespot.

But before we go, we have another amazing Warcraft themed Blizzard Arcade game to talk about called Caverns of Time – Savior of the Horde. And then we say our weekly goodbyes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 153 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Last week on the StarCraft forums, it was announced that David Kim will be leaving his position as Senior Game Designer on StarCraft II to join an unannounced project at Blizzard Entertainment. Kim didn’t start out as a game designer, but started out as a StarCraft professional player who won the BlizzCon 2009 2 vs 2 exhibition match with his team. Clearing the chant here that day of “Nerf David Kim” was something that we should still be chanting. Kim has raised through the ranks of StarCraft and has even helped work on a few of the Heroes of the Storm maps. So whatever unannounced project that David Kim will be working on, it is in good hands. We wish him the best, and we hope to hear more about this project in the coming months! If you are interested in reading his goodbye letter on the forums, you can check it out here.

We discovered it after the show was recorded, but it was discovered that Hearthstone will be having an “Art of Hearthstone” book released on Amazon! It doesn’t come out until October 2017, but you should get it just in time to bring it with you to BlizzCon and get all your favorite Hearthstone artists and developers to sign it! If you want to pre-order a copy today AND support the show, click on this link, or the ad here.

We talked about the announcement just last week, but already this week it has been announced that the Diablo Necromancer Beta has already started! Just recently at BlizzCon it was announced that this new DLC would be coming to Diablo, but now it’s actually playable by those who got invited to test the beta. (Sadly, we didn’t sacrifice enough gnomes to the Lord of Destruction himself to gain invites). But so far the community is already in full testing mode, and they are making quick haste of finding bugs and providing feedback! If you want to be part of the beta, make sure your Beta Preferences are set up to have Diablo checked. To find out more about the Necromancer DLC, check out everything here!  

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In typical Blizzard fashion, they waited until we had recorded, edited and published our last episode and then they announced the latest Overwatch event! The Uprising event brings over 100 new items to the game, with some awesome throwback to the beginning of Overwatch skins for a few heroes like Mercy, Reinhardt, Tracer, and more. This new event offers more than just more loot, it also offers another awesome PVE experience in a modified version of King’s Row. In this game mode, you are working together as a team of four attempting to advance until the end of the map completing objectives along the way. It has several different difficulties, but is a blast to play overall. You have until May 1st to check it out, so don’t hesitate and miss this awesome event! You can find out more about this event here!

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This week we discussion the following topics about World of Warcraft:
1.) Strange Sunday game server outage. Cause: Unknown.
2.) Riddle me this, Riddle me that…. Warcraft players solve a hidden riddle! 
3.) Dev Interview with Gamespot. 


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

Game: Caverns of Time – Savior of the Horde v1.2
Type: RPG
Creator: Shakarax
Our Review: Wow, this is really polished it was unbelievably fun in ways we didn’t think possible in the arcade.  You start the game with thrall and 3 defenders and relive the downfall of Mannoroth and the freeing of the orcs from the felblood.  Work your way through the dungeon to assist Chromie in resetting the timeline and reap the rewards.  The game wasn’t extremely difficult but it had some great programming elements and the story was fun and engaging to follow through with actual cut scenes occurring through the dungeon. This game was fast paced and shows off just how amazing the arcade can be.

Final Rating (1-5): 5

Stupid funability (1-5): 

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

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Episode 152 – “One with the Universe”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 152 called “One with the Universe.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, April 9th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto our Top 5 Saltiest Universe ticket list of the week! Then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we talk about StarCraft Deepmind AI, a new champion was crowned in Heroes of the Dorm, a Hearthstone exploit for the ages, the Necromancer is coming soon™, a new Overwatch comic and a leaked upcoming event then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about changes made to achieve flying in Legion, and then we talk about our BlizzCon ticket purchasing experience and our problems with it.

But before we go, we have another amazing Blizzard Arcade game to talk about. And then we say our weekly good byes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 152 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Each and every week we scour news articles and Blue posts looking for this week’s Top 5 list! This week our Top 5 List comes from the ticket purchasing site Universe.

Top 5 Saltiest Universe Users

5.)How exactly are humans supposed to be able to buy tickets for this? We can’t compete with ebay scalper bots when the very instant tickets are for sale they’re already gone.
4.)I feel like if you get into the line and are ready to put in information, YOU GET A TICKET.
3.)For all the issues Eventbrite had, at least when you got to enter in your info, you had 15 minutes to do so. If Universe had this system, it would be even better.
2.)Sold out in 6min…. and this time they took down the ability to buy a ticket from the universe app… gg. 🙁
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


All of the General admission tickets for BlizzCon 2017 have come and gone in record time. In under 10 minutes, all the tickets have been sold, but the community is not happy with the changes they have been made to the ticket process, or the ticket process in general. On this weeks show, we talk about the changes that could be made in order to actually improve the system, but first we reach out to our community to help us with this week’s IceBox Twitter poll!

If you are attending BlizzCon, LET US KNOW! We’d love to meet you, shake your hand, hug you, or dance in the pale moonlight with you.

At BlizzCon 2016, the StarCraft team announced that they would be working together with Google Deepmind in order to create a more advanced Artificial Intelligence by using information taken for playing StarCraft. This past week it was announced a team from China’s Alibaba has published a paper describing a system they have created that will increase it’s overall success with creating this awesome AI. You can find out more about their research here! 

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Thousands of college teams signed up for Heroes of the Dorm, but only one could be crowned champion. This past week in Vegas, the University of Texas – Arlington Marvicks went 29 – 0 in order to secure the championship. They locked in and received college tuition, and bragging rights across the Heroes of the Storm world! You can hear more about their story here! 

Last week the new Hearthstone expansion, Journey to Un’goro, was released. And already there has been an exploit that was discovered while YouTube/Twitch streamer Disguised Toast discovered that you could skip your opponent’s turn with infinite Shadow Visions card play. Thankfully this exploit was caught by a top end streamer, so that hopefully it will be corrected soon! You can check it out here.

We have been waiting since November 2016 for the Necromancer patch to be announced, and the wait is almost over! This past week, the Diablo team came out to let us know that the Necromancer Beta is almost upon us! And since it is paid content, it will have a beta instead of a PTR test, so if you are interested in checking out the latest content, make sure you are signed up for Diablo betas! You can find more out about the Necromancer and the beta here! 

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The Overwatch world was busy this past week, not only did Lunatic-Hai win the Overwatch APEX Season 2 finals in the first ever Blizzard estadium in Taiwan. But it was announced that Overwatch shout-casters MonteCristo and DoA will be departing South Korea to cast Blizzard’s Overwatch League in the United States. This is a huge move in the direction that Overwatch esports will be taking. And its more news about the Overwatch League! Find out more on ESPN here!

This past week, Overwatch announced another digital comic called, “Uprising.” This comic is set in the time before most of the Overwatch crisis. It shows the introduction to Tracer, and more about the organization in the beginning. You can check out the comic here!

It appears that there is an upcoming announcement that will be releasing more skins related to the comic coming on April 11th, 2017. It’s been leaked on Xbox Live and Playstation already. You can see some of the teased skins here.

 

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

1.) This past week the Legion Assaults started and changes were made to the Pathfinder 2.0 achievement for flying. Check it out here.


It’s that time of the year again when we hear about what’s next for the Rock the Cabinet contest. This year brings a whole new concept by it being based around Co-op missions! Like previous years, creators will have the chance to walk away with $10,000 USD, tickets to a future BlizzCon, and a chance to sit down and have a developer jam session with Blizzard themselves! If you are a Blizzard Arcade creator, take the time to read over the full details of the contest, and we will see you inside the StarCrade!

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

Game: You Are what you Eat v0.33
Type: Co-Op Command
Creator: Gastu
Details: Abathur has created a new zerg type called the consumalisc, it is your job as the commander in this map to protect this creature as it grows in strength traveling across the map consuming amons forces to gain strength. Very challenging and sets off at a very fast pace.  You are given some building percs at the beginning like a 200 resource pool to start so you can get right into creating troops as you need.  It is important to work with your partner to keep your base and the consumalisc safe.  Overall a solid co-op game and has almost all the aspects that make the current co-op commander missions fun.  However you have to play with people because your AI team mate wont help you.

Final Rating (1-5): 3.5

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

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Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity


 

Episode 151 – “Carrot on a Stick”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 151 called “Carrot on a Stick.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto our Top 5 Saltiest Warcraft list of the week. Then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we talk about Blizzard’s April Fools jokes, BlizzCon ticket sales, StarCraft Remastered, our Diablo IceBox poll, Heroes 2.0, Journey to Un’Goro, Orisa hits competitive play in Overwatch, and Blizzard opens its first estadium in Taiwan! Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about Patch 7.2 and the mess that it made, and how we can clean it up.

But before we go, we have another amazing Blizzard Arcade game to talk about. And then we say our weekly good byes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 151 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 Wrcraft universe.

Top 5 Saltiest Warcraft Patch 7.2 Comments:

5.) Wait, mobs are gonna scale with ilvl now? is this true? if so that will kill a lot of the joy i got from gearing up :\
4.) We told them in WoD we wanted more to do, but we forgot to specify we wanted fun things to do.
3.) 7.2 gets a 0 out of 10 from me. Broken isle is also terrible. Who thought level scaling was a good idea?!
2.) log on look at screen think about doing something ,,, decide no damn way this is worth 15 bucks so log off wait for sub to expire…………….
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


If you were like us and you hid most of the day on Saturday to avoid April Fools, you may have missed some of the comical things that Blizzard did this year. You can check out the Warcraft Patch 7.8 notes, the StarCraft commander, the Textual BlizzCon experience, and more!

As a reminder, BlizzCon ticket sales are THIS WEEK! On the show we give a few different tips on how to improve your chances, but you will want to check out the official BlizzCon guide here!  Best of luck on getting your BlizzCon tickets!

While we were recording Episode 150 live on Twitch, the StarCraft team was at the I <3 StarCraft event in Korea where they announced the upcoming Summer release of StarCraft Remastered! But not only are they remastering the original StarCraft, but Blizzard is giving away the originals to everyone… for free! Check out this article to find out more information! 

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Last week, the Heroes team had a huge announcement for everyone… they are releasing Heroes 2.0! It’s already in Open Beta and everyone is encouraged to come out and test the changes. The list of things changing are new skins, loot crates, new leveling system, and much much more. We’d suggest checking out the laundry list of changes coming for yourself to take it all in. But, is it really needed?

This week the Journey finally starts! Everyone grab your shoes, and pack your backpack, we are going to Un’goro!!! The latest Hearthstone expansion will be coming live on Thursday, April 8th. There are a lot of changes coming, and it’s an exiting time to be a fan of Hearthstone!

Last week we asked the question, “What draws you to play #Diablo?” on Twitter. And here were the results!

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The waiting period is over and Orisa is now live in Competitive play in Overwatch. But is she living up to her role as an anchor tank? The community doesn’t feel like it, and neither do we! Find out what we have to talk about on the show this week, and see what the community is saying here!

It’s an exciting time to be a fan of Blizzard Entertainment esports. This past week it was announced that this coming weekend Blizzard will be opening its first ever estadium in Taiwan. This week they are hosting an Overwatch tournament. Check it all out here!

 

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This week on the show, we just have a nice long talk about the problems with Patch 7.2, the things we liked, and how to fix the mess that was caused by the launch of 7.2!


It’s that time of the year again when we hear about what’s next for the Rock the Cabinet contest. This year brings a whole new concept by it being based around Co-op missions! Like previous years, creators will have the chance to walk away with $10,000 USD, tickets to a future BlizzCon, and a chance to sit down and have a developer jam session with Blizzard themselves! If you are a Blizzard Arcade creator, take the time to read over the full details of the contest, and we will see you inside the StarCrade!

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

Game: Muad’dib’s Pokemon Adventure v0.3
Type: RPG adventure
Creator: PaulMuaDib
Details: This game had to take some time for the creator to make,  they input all of the names of every pokemon into the game and set it up like an open world environment.  You start the game by selecting 1 pokemon just as you would in the handheld games.  Then as you conquer battles against wild pokemon you will be able to get more as the game continues.  The ultimate goal is to conquer the elite four.  Use good strategy and you will progress through this game but it is very challenging and if all your pokemon get defeated the game is over for you.  Truly challenging may need some more work but very worth the play through.

Final Rating (1-5): 3.375

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy -5

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic -5
Kilroy -5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic -1
Kilroy -1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic -2
Kilroy -5

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E-mail: IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com
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Episode 147 – “Welcome to Jurassic Park”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 147 called “Welcome to Jurassic Park” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, March 5th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto another one of our Overwatch Top 5 list of the week. Then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we start off talking about the Dead of Night patch coming to StarCraft, another Hero is coming to the Nexus, it’s dinosaur time in Hearthstone, a new tank hero is coming to Overwatch, and then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about last week’s IceBox twitter poll, the upcoming Legion PVP Q&A, and then we talk about changes coming to addons in Patch 7.2.

But no episode would be complete without discussing another Blizzard Arcade game. This week we discuss a Blizzard created co-op map called Left2Die. Then we get to the saddest part of the show, where 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 147 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 changes that happened to Bastion this past week in Overwatch. Check out this Reddit article for more info!

Top 5 POSITIVE Bastion Comments

5.) WHERE IS SOMBRA WHEN YOU NEED HER?!…. Here all along.
4.) As a Reinhardt, I’m still scared at the thought of seeing a bastion every game.
3.) I’m a bot, bleep, bloop.
2.) Found the Bastion main
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


On the fringes of the Dominion, an unsuspecting world has become the target of a rapid zerg infestation… The new Dead of Night patch is upon StarCraft and will be coming in Patch 3.11. The Dead of Night is inspired by the very popular Blizzard Arcade co-op game Left2Die that is created by Blizzard Entertainment back in 2011. There will be new infested units coming with this patch as well as a ton of other changes pertaining to the multiplayer aspects of the game. To find out more about Patch 3.11, you can check out more about that here!

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Besides just amazing Heroes esports game play coming out of Poland as part of the the HGC Western Clash this past week, we also got a new hero announcement! The Heroes team teased it on Twitter earlier in the week, and everyone’s minds were going in a ton of different directions. But when it came time for the reveal it was pretty evident who the announcement was going to be. The sounds of the Protoss Probe could be playing in the background and then they announced that Probius, the Protoss Probe, will be the next hero warping into the Nexus! It’s unique play style will bring some much needed diversity to the Nexus. But that’s not the only think that was announced, but the return of Hero fire, as well as some UI changes will be coming shorty. Lots of great changes coming to the Nexus, and if you want to read more about them, you  can check out this article here! 

The community hit the nail on the head with what would be next in Hearthstone. This past week Ben Brode sat down around a campfire to let us all know that Journey to Un’goro will be the next 135 card expansion coming to the game. Not only will we see new cards, and game board, we will also see a new affix being added to the cards. The new adapt affix will give players more control of what their cards will do letting them be able to select between different minion skills like taunt, windfury, +3 attack, and more. But will the dinosaurs and elementals be enough to take out the Pirates? Only time will tell… Check out the official announcement here! 

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Last week was a huge reveal week for Blizzard Entertainment, and finally it put some rest to the amount of theories about who would become hero 24 in Overwatch. After a late Monday tease, we didn’t have to wait long for Blizzard to finally reveal that the next Hero would be Orisa! Orisa, a creation of Efi, will be a tank hero who will help fill the role of anchor tank, and team buffer. Orisa is available on the PTR and will be releasing into the general population probably sooner than we hope. To find out more about Orisa, check out her announcement here.

After the Nerdz played a lot of Overwatch this past week with new players and friends from their World of Warcraft, the topic of the Overwatch match making system was brought up. We discuss different aspects of it, but in order to hear about it all, check out Episode 147!

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

1.) Last week’s IceBox PVP Poll! Details here.
2.) The next Legion Q&A will be coming this week and it will cover the topic of: PVP. Details.
3.) Changes coming to addons and friendly nameplates in Patch 7.2. Forum Details.


It’s that time of the year again when we hear about what’s next for the Rock the Cabinet contest. This year brings a whole new concept by it being based around Co-op missions! Like previous years, creators will have the chance to walk away with $10,000 USD, tickets to a future BlizzCon, and a chance to sit down and have a developer jam session with Blizzard themselves! If you are a Blizzard Arcade creator, take the time to read over the full details of the contest, and we will see you inside the StarCrade!

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

Game: Left2Die
Type: Zombie Co-Op
Creator: Blizzard Entertainment
Details:  The goal of the map is to defend a Terran base against waves of “Zombies” at night while destroying their buildings during daytime. You also collect Biomass by killing stronger enemies or destroying enemy buildings that can be used for unlocking new units and buildings.

Final Rating (1-5): 4

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

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Episode 146 – “Don’t Be A Todd”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 146 called “Don’t Be A Todd.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, February 26th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto another one of our Warcraft Top 5 Saltiest lists of the week and introduce another living Warcraft meme. Then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion starting with a impressive ending to a global StarCraft match, an impressive feedback post from the Heroes community, a professional Hearthstone player goes into retirement, botters becoming a problem in Diablo seasons, Overwatch wins two new awards, Korean Overwatch hackers now being tracked by their government, more rumors coming out of Numbani, and then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the PVP community being upset about upcoming changes, then we offer up another Warcraft twitter poll, then we talk about this last weeks Legion Q&A.

But no episode would be complete without discussing another Blizzard Arcade game. This week we discuss a 2017 Rock the Cabinet submission called Scavenger Hunt. Then it’s time 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 146 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Each and every week we scour news articles and Blue posts looking for this week’s Top 5 list! This week our Top 5 List comes from the Warcraft universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to something Lore said about…. Todd… If you want to find out more about Todd, check out this forum article! 

Top 5 Saltiest Todd Comments:

5.) I hate Todd Before we were wiping at 1% continuously because Todd only got 34 points instead of 54 like everyone else in the raid, but now we have a much harder time carrying Todd.
4.) Screw Todd. Get him off my team and bring in someone who has the time and gear to do the work. Todd can go find himself a home in a less progressed guild of like minded and geared players. WE DON”T WANT TODD.
3.) …..who the flying fresh squeezed orange juice is Todd?
2.) I hope Todd gets /gkicked
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


This past week in StarCraft Global play, Ryung uses his insane ubermicro to secure a victory by using his marines. Using marines to win a match isn’t something new for the StarCraft scene, but it is something you rarely see happen in this high level of play. Check out this Twitch video of the action, and see for yourself!

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It’s not every day that the community sits back and provides constructive feedback to game developers, so when a positive constructive feedback post formed on the forums this past week, it caught the attention of many members within the Heroes community. The player talk about heroes that need reworks, balances, and improvements to increase their competitiveness within the current meta and hero play. If you want to see what quality feedback looks like, or want to add to the discussion, head over to the forums to do so!

We’ve talked about Hearthstone card bloat and current state of imbalance on the show before, but now we have one Hearthstone professional player who says he’s walking away from the game for that very reason. ‘Lifecoach’ has announced this past week that he will be giving up Hearthstone due to the imbalance. In his video, he tells the audience how he will never again be talking, or playing Hearthstone because he says “I really have to assume that they are either not capable of changing that or that they are not willing to do that.” To hear it for yourself, check out his video here. 

Diablo is a game created around mostly single player content and is well known for it’s never ending grind of content that drives players insane. But some players are taking it to the next level and using bots to farm their gear, and make it so that they can push rank during the current season ladder play, and like always this cheating has infuriated the community. “Play nice, play fair” is one of Blizzards mottos, but they haven’t done anything about it yet, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not on their radar. If you want to see what the community is saying, or add more about how much cheaters suck, you can add those comments to this article here!

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There are a few contests in the Overwatch world as of late. Besides cheaters and rumors about the next hero, the Overwatch universe is full of …. awards! This past week Overwatch walked away with the most coveted DICE game award! The award was so special that Jeff Kaplan left his recording studio to actually accept the award in person at the event! The DICE awards are presented by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, so they are totally legit unlike the Frozen Nerdz Game of the Year award! If you want to check out the other winners, you can see the list of them here! 

But it wouldn’t be another week without Overwatch cheater talk, and this week is no different. It was announced this past week that Blizzard and the South Korean government are working together to crack down on the cheating in their PC Bangs. Going forward players will have to use their Korean Social Security number in order to play Overwatch at the PC bangs, and will have to personally own the a copy of the game to play on other region servers. This is a huge step in the right direction! If you want learn more about this and banning, check out this article here!

But now its Overwatch rumor time! It wouldn’t be a week without the stock cost of tinfoil to go through the roof! This past week Blizzard shared an Overwatch news article about a young up and coming scientist called Efi. She specializes in robotics and onimic technology and is taking a trip shortly out of Numbani. But while she is at the airport, there is an incident and Doomfist’s glove is now missing! There is a lot of speculation going around right now, but all we can do is wait a see! You can find out more about Efi here, and what’s going on in Numbani here. But hopefully we will be finding out more about all of this shortly!

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

1.) The WOW PVP community is upset…. again. Details.
2.) Our Weekly PVP related Twitter Poll!
3.) We discuss this past week’s Legion Q&A! Recap here.

You can also listen to Epicinsanity give a recap of this Q&A by listening to S02E18 of the Epic Questions podcast! Details here.


It’s that time of the year again when we hear about what’s next for the Rock the Cabinet contest. This year brings a whole new concept by it being based around Co-op missions! Like previous years, creators will have the chance to walk away with $10,000 USD, tickets to a future BlizzCon, and a chance to sit down and have a developer jam session with Blizzard themselves! If you are a Blizzard Arcade creator, take the time to read over the full details of the contest, and we will see you inside the StarCrade!

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

Game: Scavenger Hunt
Type: Co-op commander mission
Creator: Azureguy
Details: This is a Rock the cabinet 2017 submission for creating a Co-op commander mission to test what a pair of friends can do.  Object of this mission is to protect a character named Christopher while he collects things that were lost in a crash landing of his ship, amon’s forces are working to prevent you from getting to them and its up to you to work quickly to build a base and start producing troops quickly as the game takes off at a breakneck pace.  The main guy you have to protect puts himself in danger rather quickly and it takes a ton of coordination to bring together enough forces to protect his initial push to a missing item.  The already established enemies have stronger forces than you at the start which can make this difficult.  With a team mate it makes this more feasible, however there is currently no AI in the game to allow for you to play with an AI on your team and come out ahead so you will have to do it all alone.  Overall this is a crazy mission invoking real challenges and was worth playing for both of us as we worked as a team trashing the enemies and playing like pros.

Final Rating (1-5): 4

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

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Episode 142 – “Invisible Bunnies”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 142 called “Invisible Bunnies.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, January 29th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto our StarCraft Top 5 Saltiest list. Then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion starting with Blizzard possibility giving away StarCraft for free, the return of Heroes of the Dorm, the latest Diablo Q&A, and Overwatch hits a major milestone with players, and then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the state of the Warcraft World First race, as well as invisible bunnies… and then we wrap up our Warcraft discussion with more thoughts on the latest Patch 7.2 changes.

Then we discuss a Blizzard Arcade RTS game. 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 142 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Weekly Top 5

Top 5 Saltiest Starcraft Balance Posts List

5.) GOT DESTROYED BY THE SAME PERSON TWICEIn ranked match. I don’t know how to play this game anymore…. :/
4.) Please bring back the old cyclone, for the love of God just bring it back.
3.) Every patch or update makes me glad I quit a few weeks ago. Mech is dead as dead can be.
2.) Just when you thought they couldn’t make lotv any more annoying and frustrating to play.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


Besides just the Blizzard Arcade, there are reports that StarCraft: Wings of Liberty may be making it’s way to players accounts for free! Reports show that players who have not previously purchased StarCraft are getting the game added to their Battle.net accounts. There could be may reasons for this, and we discuss them all on the show this week! If you want to read about the reports, check out this article here.

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Back to school…. back to school… to prove to my parents that I’m not a noob… It’s time to pack your lunch, and prepare yourself for the return of the Heroes of the Dorm competition! If you are currently enrolled in school, grab 4 of your best friends and quickly learn how to play video games! But this year, Heroes of the Dorm will not be aired on ESPN, but will be streamed live only on Facebook. There are many things that could have changed this and they are discussed on this week’s show! Check out the announcement of HotD here! 

This past week the Diablo team took the time to sit down and talk players directly about the upcoming Necromancer character coming to the game. They covered the amount of art required to design this character, how the characters are going to play different than those of Diablo 2, and much much more. If you want to read the a quick recap, check out this article here. If you want to watch the interview, here is the video for it!

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Not many games in reach the 10 million copies sold within the first year, let alone hitting 20 million… but Overwatch proved that won’t settle for second best. It was recently announced that recently Overwatch hit the 25 million copies sold benchmark! From both of us here at the Frozen Nerdz we would like to say a huge congratulations and job well done! Here’s to 25 million copies and 25 million more!

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

1.) The World of Warcraft World First race…. drama. Details here.
2.) Russian guild Fusion banned. Details here.
3.) Invisible bunnies… what? Details here. List of bunnies here.
4.) More Patch 7.2 coverage. Details here.


It’s that time of the year again when we hear about what’s next for the Rock the Cabinet contest. This year brings a whole new concept by it being based around Co-op missions! Like previous years, creators will have the chance to walk away with $10,000 USD, tickets to a future BlizzCon, and a chance to sit down and have a developer jam session with Blizzard themselves! If you are a Blizzard Arcade creator, take the time to read over the full details of the contest, and we will see you inside the StarCrade!

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

Game: Zerus Assault v1.4
Type: Strategy
Creator: TiBzZO

Details: Not every game in the Starcade is a game that is built to be different from the normal RTS sometimes they take directly from the regular starcraft RTS and add new challenges for the players.  This game involves 2 aspects, one is a constant assault on a Terran AI who is your ally, they are land locked from you and you can aid them directly so you have to indirectly stop the zerg onslaught before they happen. Seems reasonable but in addition to that you are also being assaulted by a protoss army that is far more formidable and advanced than you are from the start, so you have to be mindful of building base defenses asap otherwise you will get eradicated almost immediately and the game will be a loss.  Overall this game is very difficult and provides interesting challenges at first, but once you overcome them the skill requirement drops off fairly fast and can leave you wondering if the game is finished yet.

Final Rating (1-5): 4

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 2
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 – 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