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Episode 185 – “BOOOMFIST”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 185 called “BOOOMFIST.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the World of Warcraft universe. Then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we start off by talking about the future of StarCraft, and then we move onto discussing stealth changes and then we have a double support discussion! Then we move onto talking about the release of Hearthstone Kobolds and Catacombs. Then we move onto talking about Overwatch amateur play, a bias ranking of the Overwatch heroes, and then our thoughts about Doomfist in the current state of the game, and more. Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the the release of Antorus, Patch 7.3.5 hits the PTR with a lot going on.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about another Blizzard Arcade game and this week we talk about one called Zerg Assault: Homeworld Beta Revival! 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 185 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 recent announcements of the upcoming Allied Race racials that showed up on the Patch 7.3.5 PTR.

Top 5 Saltiest 7.3.5 Allied Races Complaints

5.) Don’t nerf the new allied racial abilities…but current races could use a buff. Otherwise no one will play the old races…
4.) lets add more to the already op racials that void elfs have. how about no.
3.) what exactly is Void Storage good for now that Appearances are account-wide?
2.) Every other racial in the game offers some throughput benefit to every role in the game. Except this one.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


This week was a pretty light week for StarCraft news as we wait for the arrival of the next esports season. But this week, we bring up the question of…. StarCraft: What’s next? We talk about expansions, StarCraft III and the possibility of a Mobile RTS Game. But what do you think will be next in the chronicles of StarCraft?

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As games get longer in the teeth, they have to make changes to make things different, hence the creation of patch content. But some times you have to think outside the patch and you have to make changes to things like… the way heroes appear when they are in stealth. From the previous shimmer of light to a outlined stealth, there is some major changes coming to Heroes of the Storm.

Also in the Nexus, they are looking into why double support has become such a thing in competitive play and esports. Blizzard is taking a look at what is going on, and they are working on getting it balanced and figured out. But with the changes being made, will it have major issues on people who are one role players, or those that main support?

It was announced this past week that not only will we be getting three expansions in 2018 for Hearthstone, we are also getting Kobolds and Catacombs this Thursday. They revealed all the remaining cards, and it’s hyped that there are more coming for Hearthstone and that things are planned out. To find out more about the expansion, check out this article! 

Have you ever wanted a personal mount of Azmodan before? If you have a 3D printer, now is your chance! A Diablo Fan created the blueprints so you are able to 3D print your own statue! Check out the images here! 

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Have you ever wondered how to become a Overwatch Pro, or how to become part of the Overwatch League? Blizzard has released what it takes to become a Contender! For all the details check out this article! 

Last week, we talked about ranking the Overwatch League teams based on their logos, merch and more. This week, we found an article that someone ranked all the heroes in Overwatch based on their…. opinion. We may get a little harsh on this topic on the show this week, but it needed to be address. Check out the episode to find out more!

The only take away we can get from the last article is that no one seems to enjoy Doomfist, but Blizzard has heard the complaints and they are looking into it. But what changes can be made to fix his current state in the game?

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

1.) Antorus Raid: It’s live, and what are our thoughts so far
2.) 7.3.5 Hits the PTR, with a ton of details! 
3.) New Warcraft Zone Scaling!


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: Zerg Assault: Homeworld Beta Revival v0.3
Type: Survival 
Creator: Jabs
Kilroy’s Review: “It felt good to play this map this week,  as it was a complete 180 from the previous weeks.  The developer of this game did a great job of creating a challenging and fun gameplay environment.  You start this map off with a central base and it’s up to you to build your economy up by killing zerg waves and expanding outward fast to clear objectives.  If you don’t clear the objectives fast then the game increases in difficulty very quickly making it a real challenge and totally fun to play.  The tuning up of the AI opponent as well as the objective style gameplay really brought it home for us this week and that is reflected in its ratings.”

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
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Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity


Episode 184 – “First Date Questions”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 184 called “First Date Questions.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, November 26th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the Overwatch universe. Then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we start off by talking about StarCraft Deepmind, and then we move onto discussing Heroes of the Storm in a positive light before we move onto talking about Hearthstone Lore. Then we move onto talking about Overwatch active users, the Overwatch League branding, and a sit down interview with Michael Chu talking about Moira then we move onto talking about World of Warcraft. This week we talk about the breakdown of Legion heading into Battle for Azeroth, and then we talk about what’s leading into the launch of Antorus the Burning Throne raid that launches this week.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about another Blizzard Arcade game and this week we talk about one called Bug 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 184 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Each and every week we scour news articles and Blue posts looking for this week’s Top 5 list! This week our Top 5 List comes from the Overwatch universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to the current state of Competitive play!

Top 5 Saltiest OW Comp complaints

5.)Very nice work on report and ban system guys, well done. Guys who troll or throw need hundreds of reports to actually get banned, and the ban will last for a few days. Very comforting. Resolved the issue 100%.
4.) I lost 500 sr last week. Games are full of throwers and trolls, every single game there´s a troll, a thrower.
3.) I honestly think the sr system should be reworked
2.) This game provides a terrible competitive experience.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


 

We can’t stop talking about it, and won’t until we finally see it in action! But there is another awesome article talking about StarCraft Deepmind and how Google hired a previous StarCraft pro player in order to help with it’s advancements. Hopefully this gets us one step closer to seeing the ultimate show down between StarCraft Pro and ….the computers! Check out the whole article here!

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Last week we talked about how Blizzard is just going to keep making the Heroes of the Storm for THEIR community and aren’t looking to overthrow or become the King of the MOBA genre. But htis week, we found an article talking about how Heroes stands apart from games like League of Legends. Kilroy has played LOL before, so he weighs in with his thoughts on the topic. Find out more about the article we are referencing here.

With Kobolds and Catacombs on the horizon, Blizzard is releasing a 3 Part Lore series called Tale of the Fox which is giving us the background of Marin the Fox and the upcoming cards that will be being released. On this week’s show, we discuss the concept of Lore behind the card and the game. Check out part 1 and part 2 here.

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With one time purchase games, and mobile games, we are always talking about Daily Active Users. For a game like Overwatch, you don’t normally think looking at the amount of time people spend playing Overwatch. But it was recently announced that on average Overwatch players are playing about 2 hours of Overwatch per day. That’s at least 14 hrs of Overwatch a week. Are you above or below average?

When it comes to branding, one thing is important… how to talk about the branding on your first date… or maybe not. But recently on ESPN esports, they talked about the new branding of the Overwatch League teams. If you are interested in branding and marketing, or need something to talk about on your next date, check out this article!

Also this past week, for those people who weren’t at BlizzCon, or didn’t watch the BlizzCon virtual ticket, Michael Chu sat down to talk about Moira and Blizzard World. It’s definitely an article you will want to check out!

 

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

1.) Legion heading to Battle for Azeroth
2.) Antorus Raid starts this week, here’s some important information:

Wowhead.com Guides / MMO-Champion Minimalist Guide MS / MMO-Champion Dungeon Journal 


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: Bug Wars
Type: Survival
Creator: TheChosenOne
Kilroy’s Review: “Well this one was kind of interesting at first,  you are given a queen to start growing your economy and making tons of drones.  And then you make more drones.  But wait,  just when you thought you had made enough drones, you have to make more drones.  There wasn’t a clear motive to this game and we’re not sure that there really is an obtainable win condition given that you are secluded in your own corner of the map surrounded by walls you can’t go through and you can’t create any attack minions at all.  This one looked good at first but not sure it’s playable without other people. Unfortunately wasn’t able to give this one high marks.”

 

Final Rating (1-5): 1

Stupid funability (1-5): 

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

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


Episode 183 – “Chumbawamba Sammiches”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 183 called “Chumbawamba Sammiches.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, November 19th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the World of Warcraft universe. Then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we talk about subtweeting from the StarCraft team, Heroes of the Storm is just going to keep making their game, Hearthstone announces its announcement stream, should Diablo 3 go Free to Play?, Moria hits live servers, and an Overwatch Pro gets a 72 hour ban then we move onto talking about World of Warcraft. This week we talk about the Battle for Azeroth launch, World of Warcraft turns 13, and then we recap the important information from this past week’s Developer Q&A.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about another Blizzard Arcade game and this week we talk about one called _DO-OM_! 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 183 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 upcoming changes being made to Tier Sets.

Top 5 Saltiest No Tier in Battle For Azeroth Comments

5.)  this change seems designed to blow up all incentive to raid entirely.
4.) Maybe if we could return to the days in which we didn’t have four raid difficulties, it wouldn’t be so bad…
3.)This is Blizzard. They’re incredibly lazy recently and I would bet all of the gold I have on all of my toons that we will get just 1 Cloth/Leather/Mail/Plate set per tier.
2.)  Adding something that nobody asked for is a bad reason to remove something nobody asked to be removed.  This game has 100 problems and tier has to be near the bottom.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


 

This past week, it appeared that the StarCraft team may have been casting a little shade and did some possible subtweeting about the fact that StarCraft 2 is going free to play. Some found it hilarious, others were offended. So just another day on the internet. Check out this article and the hilarious commercial today!

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When a game is created, it’s normal for them to try to become the best within the current genre. And with Heroes of the Storm, that story seems no different… until they talk about the game themselves with the MOBA genre. Blizzard sits down with Polygon to talk about how they are making the best game for their community and they are happy with it’s overall performance within the genre. It’s definitely an article worth checking out! 

In typical Hearthstone fashion, they made an announcement to reveal their announcement for the upcoming cards for Kobolds and Catacombs. They revealed a lot of new cards, and will be revealing more in the near future. Stay in the loop by checking on the official Blizzard announcement page here! 

On this week’s show, we talk about if Diablo III should consider going free to play in a similar fashion of StarCraft II has gone? Listen to the show to find out our thoughts!

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We’ve talked about it before and we can pretty much guarantee that we will be talking about it again. Toxicity in Overwatch. But it took a different approach this week when a Overwatch League Pro was given a 72 hour ban for “falsely reporting.” While on stream, he reacted very emotionally and unprofessionally. He later released an unapologetic response on Twitter. OWL Pro Félix “xQc” Lengyel, who represents the Dallas Fuel, can be seen here getting his ban. And then you can see him here reporting players for “being pieces of poo*.”

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

1.) Battle for Azeroth Launch Predictions. 
2.) The World of Warcraft 13th Birthday Celebration!
3.) Legion Developer Q&A Recap


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

Game: _DO-OM_ v0.2
Type: Other
Creator: Hnry
Kilroy’s Review: “The details for this game are simply put “Chumbawamba sammich” and even that would seem to make more sense than this game did,  overall this is one of those games where the developer may have just been trying to make it as strange as possible and succeeding on all counts.  Not even sure we were able to figure out the win condition for this game or what the objective was but that’s completely OK since we were too busy trying to figure out what was going on at all.  So far may be the worst showing for us but hey they can’t all be winners.” 

Final Rating (1-5): 1

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

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


Episode 182 – “Responses to BlizzCon 2017”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 182 called “Responses to BlizzCon 2017.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, November 12th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we slowly go over our past week in video games and at BlizzCon before we move onto weekly Top 5 list of the week talking our favorite moments from BlizzCon 2017. Then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we talk our responses to the overall BlizzCon 2017 event, StarCraft goes Free to Play, Heroes of the Storm reveals two new dragon heroes, Hearthstone goes deep deep deep into the lore for it’s next expansion, Diablo has nothing to say, Overwatch hits us with a Blizzard themed map and a new support hero, and then we move onto talking about World of Warcraft. This week for World of Warcraft we talk about Warcraft Classic, the announcement and reveal of Battle for Azeroth and more.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about another Blizzard Arcade game and this week we talk about one called The Mist – Paradise Beach! 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 182 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 our experiences at BlizzCon 2017.

Top 5 Frozen Nerdz BlizzCon Moments

5.) Opening Ceremonies
4.) Con Before the Storm
3.) Discord Party
2.) Spaghetti Sandwiches
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


If you haven’t already caught everything that happened at BlizzCon 2017, the best way to get your hands and eyes on all the content is by getting yourself the virtual ticket! Buy one here today! 

It wasn’t a large announcement year for StarCraft, but they did announce that there will be a group commander coming in the form of Han and Horner, and that StarCraft II will be coming free to play. Now, the game won’t be 100% free, but the basics of the game will be available for free while other content will still have to be unlocked through progression and purchases. You can find out everything coming for StarCraft here in the official press release. 

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CALLED IT! We talked about it before on the show that it would be awesome to see Hanzo and Alexstrasza both enter the Nexus. Well, at the BlizzCon 2017 opening ceremonies Blizzard answered the call and revealed an awesome new cinematic trailer to show off both heroes coming to Heroes of the Storm. Check out the video here, and the press release here.

And just when we were feeling awesome by guessing one thing that Blizzard was going to announce, we got knocked off our high horse quickly when they announced what was going to be next for Hearthstone. We were hoping for a Booty Bay related expansion, but instead we got blind sided Kobolds & Catacombs! From a new single player dungeon style campaign to insane new cards. Check out all the current information about this upcoming expansion here. 

As promised, there were no major announcements from the Diablo universe at BlizzCon even though some of us stayed hopeful of a wild surprise. But during one of their community panels, they did drop some major hints about something coming in the near future. They just weren’t ready to show it off just yet. Check out that panel here (requires the virtual ticket)!

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Just went we thought we knew how Blizzard’s mind works, they hit us with a massive curveball that knocks us all completely off course. From the original announcement of Overwatch, the question about Blizzneyland was asked, and the response was… maybe. Well, Blizzard has gone straight meta and they added BlizzardWorld into a Blizzard game about Blizzard games?! What?! Does your head hurt yet. Well, prepare your bodies for this awesome ride of adventure that is a Blizzard inspired theme park map coming to Overwatch!  You can check it out here.

But thankfully, that wasn’t the only thing Blizzard had up their sleeves. They also revealed the next support hero joining the roster of oddies in Overwatch: Moria. It’s spelled OPAF. She’s a mashup healer that has a weapon like Mei, an orb like Symmetra, and a beam of death like no other. Check out her video here.

We forgot to talk about it on the show, or we just repressed the emotional trauma from the annoucnement, but there was a Reinhardt short that was announced by Darin De Paul who is the voice actor for Reinhardt! Check out the animated short here.

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

1.) Warcraft Classic Announced.
2.) World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth announced
3.) Battle for Azeroth Break Down.


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 Mist – Paradise Beach
Type: Hero Battle
Creator: SoulScream
Kilroy’s Review: “This game is all about outlasting your opponents and strategizing the best way to survive the many waves that will be coming inbound to destroy your core.  Keep yourself alive and your core alive longer than your opponents and you win.  This is a fun concept for a game and has a lot of depth to it the AI in the map modes is challenging and the hero designs are clever and fresh.  There could certainly have been more instructions on how to prepare yourself for the fights but once you figure this out the game takes off in a whirlwind of fun and challenges.  Playable by yourself or against other players however AI players won’t take you on so you will need to bring your friends to truly appreciate this game.”

 

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 – 3
Kilroy – 3

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 181 – “BlizzCon Bar, Baby!”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 181 called “Blizzcon bar, Baby!” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, October 29th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 list of the week talking about World of Warcraft expansion titles. Then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we talk about the BlizzCon community night hosts revealed, a Korean University has a StarCraft AI vs human tournament coming, Hearthstone teases the virtual ticket golden legendary, Heroes of the Storm making changes to the 2018 HGC, Papa Jeff talks about evolving Overwatch esports, Overwatch League team names and logos revealed, and then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the lucid nightmare riddle, and what our hopes are for the next World of Warcraft expansion.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about another Blizzard Arcade game and this week we talk about one called Reinforcements Delay 5! 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 181 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 decided to make a funny list of World of Warcraft Expansion names this week!

Top 5 Best World of Warcraft Expansion Names

5.) World of Warcraft: Rise of the Lich Queen
4.) World of Warcraft: Wave Race
3.) World of Warcraft: Waterworld
2.) World of Warcraft: The Dark Below
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


 

It was brought to our attention that a university in Korea will be hosting a human verses AI in a StarCraft match this week! It’s exciting to hear that advances are being made in the area of StarCraft AI! Check out the press release here.

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With the 2017 HGC finishes at BlizzCon, talks about the improvement coming to Heroes of the Storm esports are already upon us. Blizzard is looking into making improvements to the viewing experience, changes to the league structure, and more stringent rules on team ownership. But the question we have is… is it a little late for these requirements and changes? Want to hear our discussion… check out the show!

Once again, it appears that the Hearthstone team couldn’t hold onto the information any longer so they just had to let us know that the Golden Legendary card that all BlizzCon attendees and virtual ticket holders will receive is Marin the Fox! He just so happens to be a pirate!!! This just plays more into the fact that we will probably be seeing a Booty Bay or Pirate expansion announced at BlizzCon this week!

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This week with the Overwatch World Cup finals on the Horizon, it was announced that there will be some major changes being made to how Overwatch esports works. Teams will have colored jerseys that represent the teams in the game (i.e Red team = red on the screen) and there will be improvements made to the map system. All of these changes will help advance Overwatch into the esport event it should have always been!

Watch the Papa Jeff update here! 

Also this past week (and even this week) more teams names have been revealed along with their logs and team colors. Here are some of the ones we know about already: Boston Uprising, Dallas Fuel, Los Angeles Valiant, San Francisco Shock, Seoul Dynasty, Shanghai Dragons. Check out more at the Overwatch League website! 

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

1.) Blizzard Reveals their Lucid Nightmare Riddle.
2.) What do WE want in the next expansion?


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: Reinforcements Delay 5
Type: Survival
Creator: DeathBringer
Kilroys Review:  “This is an interesting survival game,  it is a continuation of a series of these games and is very well put together.  You first load in as an evil person who has to taint several Terran towns and then use the converted minions you acquire during setup phase to assault a Terran outpost that is set and bent on destroying you.  Operate as efficiently as you can and prepare for multiple waves of Terrans while you protect your leader to amass strength and take out the outpost.  Very well put together game with cutscenes and story, very worthwhile.”

Final Rating (1-5): 4.75

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

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


Episode 180 – “Bust A Move”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 180 called “Bust A Move.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the Hearthstone esports scene. Then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we talk about Zenyatta being created inside StarCraft, Junkrat drops bombs on the Nexus, Hearthstone has some esports drama, a new Diablo patch is coming and there may be something special for Diablo players at BlizzCon, then we discuss Overwatch content cycles and number of players, then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the latest drama with Legacy servers, Patch 7.3.2, a new Christie Golden book coming, and beta servers showing up on the communities radar.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about another Blizzard Arcade game and this week we talk about one called Humageddon! 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 180 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 esports universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to one Hearthstone player waving during their competitive tournament. 

Top 5 Saltiest Hearthstone Pro Comments

5.) that’s some real life BM there, what a tool lol.
4.) I sincerely hope he gets at least a short-term suspension from competitive play. Absolutely disgusting and unwarranted BM across all the games.
3.) cocosasa wtf? Why?
2.) Cuz he is a DB. Just look at him, clear to see
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


We are always talking about amazing fan creations and the awesome games that people are able to make using the StarCraft API editor. Without the editor, the Blizzard Arcade (StarCrade) wouldn’t even be a thing. But this past week, it was discovered that a creator made Zenyatta from Overwatch inside StarCraft! Not only did the hero look like Zenyatta to the last T, it also had similar visuals like discord orb, and tranquility. Words can not describe how awesome this is! Check it out today!

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Not only do we get Overwatch inside of StarCraft, it has once again invaded the Nexus! And things are coming up a little explodey this time as Junkrat is officially released to the Heroes of the Storm lineup! Not only does he have a rip tire of doom, he also brings a secondary ultimate, and some interesting mechanics to the fold. It’s probably a good thing he won’t be playable in the upcoming BlizzCon HGC. Check out his hero Spotlight here! 

Don’t worry. There isn’t any Overwatch inside of Hearthstone… just yet. But there was some drama that spawned not only our Top 5 saltiest list, but also has started a major conversation in the esports world about sportsmanship, and some players bad manners (BM). One player waved at another player during tournament play. And the world exploded. Later the player came out to explain himself, but it doesn’t seem to have cooled the fire. But we talk about how having animated and entertaining players in esports is a good thing. And that we need more female players in the esports scene! Check out the drama alert here. And if you want to watch it in action, you can do so here.

Even though Diablo won’t have any major reveals at BlizzCon 2017, they do have new content coming out with it’s latest patch being on the horizon right now. With Patch 2.6.1, there will be changes coming to crusaders, legendary items, item sets, and more. But it was announced this past week that Diablo will have a “one-off adventure” for those people attending BlizzCon 2017. They posted, “Swing by and try out our convention-exclusive Diablo III experience! Something strange stirs just inside the gates of New Tristram. . . . Choose your favorite nephalem hero and find out what lies in store in this unique, one-off adventure!” on their website this past week. Check it out for yourself! 

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We found an interesting article about the Overwatch content release cycle, and they compared it to League of Legends. So, we decided to pick apart the article and discuss the Overwatch release schedule. And with that, we talk about how you can’t complain about their not being content if you aren’t playing the available content yourself! Epicinsanity gets a little fired up over this article.

This past week it was announced that Overwatch has surpassed 35 million players! After only being out for a year and a half, they have hit another massive milestone. Congratulations Overwatch! 

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

1.) More Nostalrius drama. Shuts down project… again.
2.) Patch 7.3.2 hits the background downloader
3.) New Christie Golden book (Before the Storm) up on Amazon.
4.) The Beta Servers appear! 


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: Humageddon v3.2
Type: Survival
Creator: ChillPillz
Kilroy’s Review: “What a silly and interesting game, you exist inside of a post post apocalypse world where humans have driven back the zombies, work together with other Zombie types to overcome game obstacles and find your way out of the maze of Terrans trying to kill you. Very clever design in a close up 3rd person perspective and it really is a well built game.  Overall it has lots to offer and is a great addition to the starcade.  These Nerdz definitely would recommend 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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Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity


Episode 179 – “Naked Gnomes”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 179 called “Naked Gnomes.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, October 15th, 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 some recent Warcraft changes and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about Facebook AI CherryPi tries StarCraft, new UI changes coming to the Blizzard Arcade, Junkrat banned from HGC, Fireside Gatherings are harder than you think, more Overwatch hiring rumors, and we talk about an amazing Overwatch Clone being sued. Then we talk about the BlizzCon show floor, the Virtual Ticket videos, the Pre-BlizzCon merch sale, and then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the latest ban wave, changes coming to the Warcraft.exe, and Gul’dan gets soloed.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about another Blizzard Arcade game and this week we talk about one called Battle For The Living! 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 179 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 recent changes to the Warcraft.exe.

Top 5 Saltiest “Modders”

5.) It’s not hurting anyone. It’s not a big deal, it never was. Blizzard has known about them for years. They have been around since vanilla days. It’s okay, really. Just calm down.
4.) It’s literally harmless and blizzard has been okay with it for some time. The only reason it is ruined now is because of what they did to remove botters.
3.) I just want my mods back.
2.) Please, please revert those exe changes, please. Give us our mods back. WoW just hasn’t been the same..
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


It’s finally here! They have released the BlizzCon 2017 floor plan. Besides Diablo bathrooms, and a Slyvannas statue, there’s not too much out of the ordinary from previous years. Check out the floor plan here. 

More videos were added to the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket. If you haven’t watched the free videos, check them out. If you want MORE awesome behind the scenes videos from inside Blizzard, consider getting the virtual ticket!

And if you get the virtual ticket, you also get a ton of awesome in-game digital goodies! Check them out here!

And for those people attending BlizzCon, or virtual ticket holders, you get early access to the Pre-BlizzCon merch sale on the Blizzard Gear store! They have awesome new merch like Mei Yeti Slippers, and you can get you very own… MEI SNOWBALL!!!! OMG!!!! Check it out here.

 

Recently, there was a StarCraft AI tournament that a lot of large companies participated in. One of the major new comers to the scene was Facebook CherryPi. Out of 28 contestants, Facebook paced sixth overall. In a world that is constantly changing, it’s awesome to see larger companies focusing on the improvement of AI technology. To find out more about this event, check out this article! 

We are excited for some major UI changes coming to StarCraft and the Blizzard Arcade! The changes will make it easier to navigate the Blizzard Arcade, and help speed up the process of getting into new and exciting custom games!

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Just like previous seasons, and other esports, it was announced that Junkrat will not be playable at the Heroes Grand Championship (HGC) at BlizzCon. This means that even though recent updates to heroes like Zul’jin, Nazeebo, and Muradin will still be active, but Junkrat will not be playable.

It was announced this past week, that you are able to gain the latest Hearthstone Warlock hero by participating in a Fireside Brawl. So if you want to get Nemsy Necrofizzle, check out these Fireside Gatherings .

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Rumors are once again brewing in the “Unannounced Project” hiring scene again, and this time Overwatch is included in the rumors. They are hiring an intern with experience in Overwatch. Does that mean something new is coming from the IP, or a new branch of Blizzard IPs coming?! The world may never know!

There is a new Overwatch Clone on the mobile market, and they are getting hit with a lawsuit by Blizzard. If you want to find out more about it, check it out here. Or you can watch some of the footage here. We are not going to name it here.

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

1.) Looking for something new to do in Warcraft? Have you tried soloing Normal Gul’dan? Mionee has! Check it out here.
2.) Blizzard hits botters with another ban wave.
3.) Warcraft.exe changes break the naked mods! 


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: Battle For The Living v3.32
Type: Hero Battle
Creator: starkiller
Kilroy’s Review: “You start out this game on a split map where you have units sitting on top of a ridge.  There are not many instructions on how to go about playing this map,  you are left with some serious figuring out to do.  Along with that there is no AI built into this map and it really doesn’t have that great of gameplay.  Safe to say these nerdz  Hated it.”

Final Rating (1-5): 1

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

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Twitter: @FrozeNerdz
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Episode 178 – “Some Not A-Mused”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 177 called “Some Not A-Mused.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, October 8th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the BlizzCon band announcement, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about the opening of the Blizzard Arena in LA, the BlizzCon schedule and closing band announced, StarCraft Deepmind is holding a mini conference, Heroes of the Storm shows what’s coming next, Twitch Prime gives away golden Hearthstone Cards, Diablo Season 11 is coming to an end, Overwatch Halloween of Terror skins leaked, Overwatch Leagues effect on smaller esports organizations, then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the latest Legion Developer Q&A with Ion Hazzikostas.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about another Blizzard Arcade game and this week we talk about one called Empire Builder 3! 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 178 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 BlizzCon 2017 closing band announcement!

Top 5 Muse Salt

5.) They haven’t had a good albulm since 2009. twilight or no, they were a great band that are now has-beens barely above the level of a garage band.
4.) ehhh…..
3.) Pass!
2.) This is horrible news… what a joke. Wow. Talk about a depressing update on this topic.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


The new Blizzard Arena has officially opened it’s doors in Burbank, California this past weekend where it played host to the Overwatch Contenders finals. After the grand opening, may Blizzard employees and press were invited to check on the new location, and fans were able to check it out themselves on for the esports event. But for those of us that live thousands of miles away, we just get to look at all the pretty pictures! You can check them out here! 

The Official BlizzCon 2017 schedule has been released! We scoured through it looking for any chance that Blizzard may have something up their sleeves, but we were not able to find anything directly related to a surprise. But we did discover that there are a few panels that caught our attention like the Voices of Blizzard – The Powerful Women of Warcraft panel featuring the voice actresses of WOW, and that the Instance Podcast with Scott Johnson has it’s own 45 min time slot on the community stage! Congrats Scott!

If you want to keep up with everything going on with the Frozen Nerdz at BlizzCon 2017, check out our BlizzCon page! 

After looking at the BlizzCon 2017 schedule, we were missing one thing… where was the StarCraft Deep Mind panel?! It appears that Blizzard and Google have different plans for the Deep Mind this year, they are actually hosting a mini-convention at the Hilton on November 3-4 for all AI Developers interested in learning more about AI development. Even though we aren’t AI developers, we are going to try to see if we can act like Robots and sneak into this event to hear everything that’s going on in the state of StarCraft Deep Mind progression! You can find out more about this mini-con here! 

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Even though BlizzCon is on the horizon, the Heroes of the Storm team just keeps on their normal content release schedule by showing us what will be coming next! From Junkrat becoming playable to Hallows End event skins coming, there is a lot to look forward to coming to the Nexus. Check it all out here! Or just watch this sweet video:

Do you like golden cards? Well, now is your chance to get a WHOLE PACK of them! If you are an Amazon Prime member, and link your Amazon account with your Twitch account you can unlock the awesome rewards related to Twitch Prime! And this time, Hearthstone is offering up a whole pack of golden cards coming in November! Either you can get some sweet classic cards you don’t have, or a ton of dust!


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The latest Diablo season is coming to a close here on October 20th. So if you still need to gain the rewards from Season 11, make sure you get into the game soon and finish them up! Find out more about the season ending here.

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We talked about the leaked images of the Overwatch Halloween of Terror event making it’s return on October 10th, but now it appears there has been a few more images leaked that showcase some of the upcoming skins for Mei, Zenyatta, Symmetra, Reaper and more. Check them all out here. And we will find out more about all the skins, sprays, voice lines, poses, and more coming Tuesday when it’s all officially announced!

We were worried that it would happen, and now it has. With the release of the Overwatch League, some of the smaller OW esports teams, like Team Rogue, are disbanding their teams in order to allow their players to join OWL teams. Team Rogue was able to gain the funds to purchase a team slot, but they were not approved to be part of the Season 1 team lineup. Will more of this be taking place in the future days as OWL teams have until the end of October to lock in their Season 1 rosters? Only time will tell.

 

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

1.) The latest Legion Developer Q&A recap.


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

Game: Empire Builder 3 v1.0
Type: Strategy
Creator: Samo
Kilroy’s Review: “The goal of this game is straightforward, build your town and grow your economy.  This game can be played alone or with friends and is almost like an age of empires, meets Sim City, meets Starcraft.  Now as you continue to build yourself up and establish your income and armies and buildings you will be attacked by protoss who will be also making settlements helping them to advance at a differing rate based on how often you interrupt their progress.  Expand and take over the map grow your empire and have some fun in this Starcade game.  This game may not have been for the Nerdz but it is still worth checking out.”

Final Rating (1-5): 3.125

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 2
Kilroy – 3

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 3

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 2
Kilroy – 2

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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 177 – “BlizzCon 2017 Predictions”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 177 called “BlizzCon 2017 Predictions.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, September 30th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the Diablo universe, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about Starcraft taking a toll on esports legends, Ana goes live in Heroes of the Storm, a fireside chat with the Hearthstone team, Diablos presence at BlizzCon, Halloween of Terror returning to Overwatch, and then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion where we talk about the end of Legion coming in Patch 7.3.2. But that’s not all we talk about this week, we give our predictions for BlizzCon 2017 for each game within the Blizzard Universe, and we even take a crack at figuring out the closing band!

But no episode would be complete without us talking about another Blizzard Arcade game called Closed! 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 177 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 Diablo announcing their lack of presence at BlizzCon 2017.

Top 5 Saltiest No Diablocon Comments:

5.) No new Diablo announcements at Blizzcon ? Damn this Sucks !
4.) Sigh…. So another year of slight patch changes and nothing… Why do we play anymore
3.) Don’t disappoint us Blizzard. Millions of Diablo fans are waiting for serious things.
2.) I only care about diablo, the rest of blizz games are pure !@#$ to me :/. Ah well this and the ptr nerf just makes it a great day for diablo fans I guess.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


 

Jaedong, one of the most iconic StarCraft esports players, talks about how after 15 years of playing StarCraft his body is reacting to the physical strain. Normally we hear this when talking about pro football players, but it’s definitely a new area that we will be experiencing going forward. It definitely going to be an area of interest for gamers going forward! Check out the whole ESPN article here.

The Frozen Nerdz 2017 BlizzCon Predictions for StarCraft:

  • New Commander missions, Deep Mind matches/updates, and Mobile release

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Ana goes live in Heroes of the Storm this past week, and with her joining the list of heroes inside the Nexus, there were also a few changes that went live with her! You can check it all out here.

The Frozen Nerdz 2017 BlizzCon Predictions for Heroes of the Storm:

  • New Heroes (Hanzo / Alexstraza [Source]), new map (World of Warcraft related?), new game mode/style.

This past week, Hamilton Chu and game director Ben Brode sat down for a Fireside chat with Eurogamer to talk about the current state of the game, and what we can expect going forward! This is an interview you won’t want to miss! Check it out here! 

The Frozen Nerdz 2017 BlizzCon Predictions for Hearthstone:

  • New Expansion (Booty Bay related!), more cards, new Hero classes DK , DH and Monk (PLZ?!)

The Diablo Team announced this past week that there will be no major announcements to be made at BlizzCon 2017. This breaks our hearts, but we understand the process behind the scenes and we respect their decision. Read the whole announcement here, and then listen to our discussion on the show!

The Frozen Nerdz 2017 BlizzCon Predictions for Diablo:

  • Many tears. Much sadness. Even darker souls.

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Due to the lack of respect for Blizzard, a retail employee publishes pictures of the upcoming Overwatch Halloween Terror event signage. And it shows that it will be returning on October 10th, 2017! This is super excited and we are hoping to see some new awesome hero skins coming! Check out the leak here.

The Frozen Nerdz 2017 BlizzCon Predictions for Overwatch:

  • Hero 26 (and more?!), New Maps, New map style/game mode, New arcade features

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

1.) Patch 7.3.2 may be marking the end of Legion. Check out the spoilers ahead!

The Frozen Nerdz 2017 BlizzCon Predictions for World of Warcraft:

  • New Expansion, New Cinematic, New Newness, OMG Heads Exploding

Overall BlizzCon Blizzard Announcements:

  • Mike Morhaime tackles the topic of injustice in the World, and how Blizzard will be tackling toxicity inside their games.

Closing Band Announcement:

  • Red Hot Chill Peppers, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Usher, the Eagles, Ale Storm, and more!

 


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: Closed v0.11
Type: Survival
Creator: Twelve
Kilroy’s Review: “The details for this game were rather mean, they go as follows “This game aims to starve you of information.  Learn quickly and adapt to your surroundings”.  So what information do you need to survive this game? Simply put just avoid being attacked and use your map and its resources to your advantage, team members can work together to survive the night. Overall the Frozen Nerdz liked this game but it may need to give you some information leading into it to make it worth your while, AI team members won’t play but the game does have its own AI monsters who will attack you.”

Final Rating (1-5): 3.125

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 3

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 2.5
Kilroy – 2.5

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 3

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


Episode 176 – “Geography Lessons”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 176 called “Geography Lessons” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, September 24th, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the World of Warcraft universe, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk more about the upcoming World of Podcasts event, an indoor sports event invites StarCraft players to participate, the Heroes of the Storm meta may be getting hit with a grenade, the return of the Hearthstone Trinity tournament, Overwatch changes hit the PTR, and we find out more about the Overwatch League’s launch. Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the Mythic+ Dungeon Invitational, the AMA with Samwise, and our response to the communities rage about the Netherlight Crucible.

But before we go, we talk about another Blizzard Arcade game called Pac-Mancraft! 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 <<Episode ###>> 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 recent Blue post talks about the Netherlight Crucible being added in Patch 7.3.

Top 5 Saltiest Netherlight Crucible comments.

5.) this isn’t the first time blizzard contradicted themselves. in-fact it’s probably the 1000th time.
4.) Ya the Crucible is a RNG NIGHTMARE! Reforging was great compared to this.
3.) netherlight is reforging made worse in ways i couldn’t even imagine
2.) Blizzard speaks out against something and then does exactly what it spoke out against? Color me shocked!
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


We talked about it last week on the show, but it has been officially announced! This year at the Pre-BlizzCon event Con Before the Storm, both nerdz will be part of panels at the World of Podcasts event! Kilroy will be representing the show by speaking at the Pre-BlizzCon Kickoff Panel, and Epicisanity will be the moderator for the World of Warcraft panel! The event takes place on Thursday, November 2nd at the Anaheim Hilton. For more information, check out the World of Podcasts page! 

Don’t miss a single moment of the BlizzCon experience and get yourself one of those fancy BlizzCon Virtual Tickets today! 

Normally when you think of StarCraft esports, you think of awesome head to head matches of Protoss verses Zerg, or insane APM from the pros, but in Turkmenistan they are changing the face of StarCraft esports! At the 5th Asian Indoor Games, the StarCraft pros will be sharing an arena alongside traditional indoor sports and martial arts such as Bowling, 3-on-3 Basketball, Taekwondo, and more. How cool is that?! This means that the gap between sports and esports are closing faster and faster! What a time to be a nerd?!

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Last week on the show, we talked about Ana and Junkrat joining the cast of the heroes from Overwatch inside the Nexus! But this past week, the Ana spotlight was revealed and she is currently playable on the Heroes of the Storm PTR right now! And once players saw her Heroes toolkit, they started asking how much effect she will have on the current meta of the game. In a game where double support is a common occurrence, her healing/anti-healing grenade may destroy the meta faster than we even know. Is that what Blizzard wanted to happen? Is that why she was the next hero to enter the Nexus? Only time will tell. But you can check out her Hero Spotlight here! 

 

Hearthstone is known for it’s single player game play, and when it comes to esports, you don’t often think of it as a team sport. But when the ESL announces the second season of the community favorite Trinity Tournament coming on September 27th, we are about to see the added twist to the game. The Trinity event is known for team based Hearthstone Tournaments where teams of 3 work together to beat their opponent. One person plays, but the other two are able to provide insight during the matches. All of this spawns conversations about 1v1v1 or even 3v3 Hearthstone brawls! Does this open up the possibilities for future events?!

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This past week some PTR changes were snuck into the files that has the community a little upset (imagine that, the Overwatch community upset?!). The changes pertain to the use of “ultimate charge.” Previously if you died during the use of your ultimate, you wouldn’t be charged for it’s use. Now, if you die during it’s cast animation (i.e. Mei, Bastion, Hanzo, Genji, etc.) you could lose the full use of your ultimate ability. This doesn’t effect a lot of players, but those that feel like they are being cheated are upset. It comes down to having to better time the use of your ultimates to make sure you don’t die in the process of using it.

And we finally have a date for the start of the Overwatch League Season! Coming December 6th, players from the 12 teams from around the world will start competing in the pre-season matches at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, CA. And on January 10th, the season will officially start! But, since it’s been over a year since the announcement, and it seems to be slow moving, is it a little too late when it comes to the hype behind the Overwatch League? We have a great discussion about it on this weeks show, so give it a listen to hear it all!

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

1.) The Mythic Dungeon Invitational
2.)  Shadows of Argus Art Contest
3.) Samwise Reddit AMA
4.) Netherlight Crucible 


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: Pac-Mancraft (Beta) v1.7
Type: Puzzle
Creator: BlueCricket
Kilroy’s Review: “Like its name this game is pacman!  Sure there aren’t ghosts instead it’s zerg and  you are going head to head against friends running a gauntlet and using abilities to corral zerg or kill them or move them away from you and after your opponent. THIS GAME IS ROACH SNAKE FUN!.  but there is no AI opponents and that means that you gotta find others to place otherwise it’s still pacman which can be played by itself. Gotta try this game the developer for it has really done a great job.” 

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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