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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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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 157 – “2 Spam or Not 2 Spam”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 157 called “2 Spam or not 2 Spam.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, May 14th, 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 map rotations in Heroes of the Storm, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about map rotations in the Nexus, as well as our thoughts on Heroes 2.0, then we move onto our Hearthstone discussion talking about playing cards at Buffalo Wild Wings, a leaked Overwatch anniversary event, and then we talk about Overwatch League before moving onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about a Warcraft themed cookbook, Black Temple timewalking has been tested, and then we talk about last week’s IceBox poll about Mythic+ dungeons.

But before we go, we have another amazing Blizzard Arcade game to talk about called Losing Memories which is a 2017 Rock the Cabinet submission. 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 157 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 the latest Heroes of the Storm announcement pertaining to map rotation. 

Top 5 Saltiest Map rotation comments

5.) What moron says that there’s too many maps atm?  Where are they getting this ‘advice’?
4.) I honestly can’t stand Braxis. Map rotations must include way more maps to be bearable.
3.) I have Hanamura burn out hardcore right now. [edited for language by Moderator] 2.) Someone tell me once it’s gone because the multiple roster of maps is why i play HoTS and getting the same map multiple times is just really boring to me and makes me feel like i shOuld just go back to league
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


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It was featured in our Top 5 saltiest list, but it’s actually a topic we wanted to talk about this week on the show. Heroes is making it so that only 9 of the 13 maps are active at any given time, and it is limiting the exposure that new players will get to the whole map pool. The reason for this is when you have 13 different maps, you have 13 different objectives and it’s a lot to take in for new players. But that doesn’t have the community too happy… You can check out the community discussion here! 

But that’s not all we had to talk about from the Nexus this week, we weigh in our thoughts about how Heroes of the Storm 2.0 has effected our play time in the game, and more! Listen to the episode to find out what else we all talked about!

The Spring Hearthstone finals are just around the corner, and the community is confused on why a game based around playing a card game in a tavern is being played in a tavern!? THE INSANITY! Blizzard announced the play locations for the tournament, and 5 of the locations are inside Buffalo Wild Wings. The community doesn’t like this, but we had something else to say about it on this week’s show. Check it out to find out what! But you can find the announcement here! 

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Could it be? Once again Xbox leaks information about an upcoming Overwatch 1 year anniversary event coming to the game. They also leaked information talking about an Overwatch Game of the Year edition that may also be coming shortly! What else could they possibility leak!? The GotY edition sounds like it would include additional skins that were not given with the Origins edition, as well as the event having over 100 new items coming to the game. Is this too close to the release of Overwatch Uprising, or is it just in the perfect amount of time for something else to do within the game? Find out what the Nerdz had to say about it!

Also, this week it was talked about on ESPN that it would cost up to 20 million dollars to join the Overwatch League as an organization, but Blizzard came out to correct those rumors and assumptions saying that they are wrong, and that they are working hard on getting everything in place for the Overwatch League. But since it was announced over 6 months ago, we still have yet to hear anything about it from Blizzard. Is time running out, or are they in typical Blizzard fashion waiting until everything is perfect before they say anything? Fans are waiting, and are starting to get restless! Confused as much as we are about the Overwatch League, weigh in on this week’s IceBox Twitter poll!

 

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

1.) The World of Warcraft Cookbook! Buy a copy today and support the show! 

2.) Black Temple time walking testing feedback. Details.
3.) Last week’s IceBox Twitter Poll: Does the current @Warcraft Mythic+ system need changes?


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

Game: RTC 2017: Losing Memories v2.1
Type: Co-op
Creator: Austral
Details: Another RTC submission for the co-op mission category.  Work together with your team mate who will actually play with you if they are AI, however that AI isn’t the fastest in the universe so still don’t expect too much out of them. This game is a neat configuration you must race your enemies through a series of protoss constructs to get to an archive before the enemy does.  This is challenging as there are limitations on the troops you can build and, unlike your enemy, you have to deal with constant waves of assaulting forces while you are trying to build up resources and an assault force.  Gather your courage and take on this great entry to the RTC.

Final Rating (1-5): 4

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 3

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

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


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

Episode 149 – “The Great Pie Capture”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 149 called “The Great Pie Capture.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, March 19th, 2017.

Since this is Episode 149, that means the milestone Episode 150 is just around the corner. We will be doing a live show on Saturday, March 25th on Twitch. Following a fast episode, we will be playing Overwatch with people on the stream. Once the show has been recorded, we will invite LMFAO into our skype call and shots will be had. So this is an event you won’t want to miss! More information here!

But on this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto another one of our Top 5 Overwatch lists of the week. Then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion which starts off with a ton of BlizzCon 2017 information, then we move onto talking about the return of the For Azeroth event in Heroes, Dinosaurs revealed in Hearthstone, Season 10 of Diablo coming to consoles, an unknown Overwatch pro team sweeping Korea, Orisa activates today, and changes coming to the PTR. Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about last weeks IceBox twitter poll, the most recent Legion Q&A, and then we talk about Patch 7.2 background downloader!

But no episode would be complete without discussing another Blizzard Arcade game. This week we discuss a 2017 Rock the Cabinet game called Burning Swarm! 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 150 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 ‘Has anyone else been experiencing a sudden influx of “Waiting for Players” games recently?’

Top 5 Saltiest Waiting for Player Complaints.

5.) I kinda don’t get why there’s even a “waiting for players” mode
4.) Everyone’s playing Breath of the Wild.
3.) Maybe this is what I suspected would happen. Server browser would kill QP.
2.) Working as intended.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


BLIZZCON 2017 has been announced! ALL ABOARD THE HYPE TRAIN!!!! Yes, that’s right, thousands of nerdz will be invading Anaheim, CA again this year on November 3 – 4, 2017. We are excited, and we are actively planning a trip for both of us to BlizzCon this year. For the official announcement, check out this link here.

Tickets will be going on sale on Wednesday, April 5 and Saturday, April 8 for $199USD each (No increase from last year), and $750 for the Benefit tickets. For ticket information go here!

Also Blizzard wanted to give everyone a heads up that there will be changes coming to the contests are BlizzCon this year, so if you are interested in being a participant in the contest, you may want to keep a close eye on upcoming announcements around them.

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This past week, the Hereos team announced the return of the For Azeroth! event for those players that missed it. It will be extended until Sunday, March 26. So this time, don’t hesitate and finish out your 15 matches using Warcraft heroes with friends before it goes away forever!

This year, we will be having the Frozen Nerdz Heroes of the Dorm Bracket Challenge! Points don’t matter, but only the winners. Epicinsanity picked UC Irvine, and Kilroy selected Illinois to go all the way! Who will be the winner this year?! Find out at the Grand Finals on April 8th!

 

This past week during a Hearthstone live stream, more cards we revealed for the upcoming Hearthstone expansion called Journey to Un’Goro. If you want to check out the broadcast, you can find it here. Or if you don’t have time to watch the whole VOD, you can check out the cards itself here! 

We’ve talked about the end of Season 9 c0ming, and we have talked about what’s coming for Season 10, but we have more exciting New’s about S10! And that’s Seasons are finally coming to consoles!!!! It’s exciting to see that Blizzard is giving some love to the console community, but they are also giving all Diablo players exciting new things with season 10 such as cosmetic rewards, season journey rewards, seasonal conquests and more! For more information about Season 10, check out the blog article here! 

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This past week a very little known Overwatch pro team “Meta Athena” which is mainly comprised of Korean High School students is sweeping the APEX Tournament with some insane meta breaking gameplay. No only did they take out one of the top teams, they have their sights on winning the whole tournament. Check out some of their insane play here.

Orisa activates today!

Very often the Overwatch team listens to the complaints of players, and in the latest PTR build they are doing just that. They are adding a  “tracking system has been added to Assault and Assault/Escort Maps that will allow us to break ties based on the progress that was made toward capturing the objective.” Even thought community wanted change, some of the changes that have been seen on PTR is causing more problems than good. If you want to check out the PTR notes and help Overwatch test head over here and help out! 

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

1.) Last weeks IceBox poll: Would you watch a Blizzard Controlled and sponsored #Warcraft World First raid race? Results here.
2.) Legion Q&A with Matt Goss! Recap here.
3.) Patch 7.2 flagged as a release candidate. When will it release?!

This weeks IceBox Twitter Poll: Are you bored with the current world content in legion?


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: Burning Swarm
Type: Co-Op
Creator: VioletAiur
Details: It seems that Amon is creating a new Hybrid KRONOS to rule Zerg Swarm in Char. Hybrid KRONOS would dominate Zerg Swarm with its powerful psionic energy. Can you deal with Amon’s strong army and supernatural Hybrid KRONOS, both of them? The destiny of Koprulu is in your hand!  This game is a straightforward Co-Op RTS with the factor of having to counter and dodge the incoming abilities of the boss. Thankfully the creator of this game has created a single player option for testing, so it allows for more play time and less downtime waiting for the game to fill.

Final Rating (1-5): 4.375

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

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Episode 148 – “Dude, Batman?”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 148 called “Dude, Batman?” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, March 12th, 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 list of the week. Then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we talk changes to Warcraft esports, Heroes of the Dorm date and location revealed, the Hearthstone Global Games voting has started, Diablo Season 9 is coming to an end, a new Overwatch digital comic has arrived as well as two important forum posts by Jeff Kaplan, and then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about our IceBox poll from last week about addons, then we talk about the PVP Legion Q&A, then Blizzard dropping the ban hammer slightly on some folks.

But no episode would be complete without discussing another Blizzard Arcade game. This week we discuss a game called Weathered Shelter, a 2017 Rock the Cabinet submission! 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 148 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 Real Life money service sellers. Details found here.

Top 5 Saltiest Real Life Money Seller comments

5.) What about the people that only did gold sales but still got banned?
4.) Only did “gold” sales. Lol. Okay buddy, get out with playing the victim.
3.) ”top raiding guilds” ahaha like raiding guilds matter anymore, everyone is using raid finder noone cares about those oldschool outdated nerds
2.)But at the end of the day, what is the difference between selling runs for gold and runs for real money?
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


During this past week’s Legion Q&A, one of the members of the Warcraft esports team got a chance to revealed the changes coming to WoW esports! A lot of these changes appears to be widely appreciated by the top WoW esports players themselves, so the changes must be good. Some of the changes are that they are moving over to a point system similar to that of StarCraft WCS that gives teams points for winning tournaments, which includes Blizzard and community approved events. They are also increasing the amount of money players can make from these battles, and are allowing 12 teams to compete at the Global finals instead of just the previous 8. With all these PVP arena changes coming to WoW esports, when will the PVE community start getting in on the action? To find out more about these changes, and to join in on the conversation, check out this blog article here!

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This past weekend the Heroes of the Dorm date was revealed as well as the location of this years event! It appears that Heroes of the Dorm will be returning to Vegas the first weekend in April (April 8th). Similar to last year, the event will also have it’s 2017 Bracket Challenge. The challenge follows similar rules of the NCAA March Madness challenge where it matches up the teams and you pick the winners with hopes of getting the grand prize. This year Blizzard will be giving away $10,000 to the winner of the challenge, as well as Kerrigan Cheerleader skin codes to the Top 500 finishers. But that’s just for the fans at home, for the players in the tournament, they will be fitting for college tuition! Could you imagine telling your parents that you got your college paid for by playing a video game?! If you want to find out more about Heroes of the Dorm, or make your Bracket, head over to this article and start today! 

Following a similar format of the Overwatch World Cup from last year, this year the Hearthstone team has announced the Hearthstone Global Games. The event will host players from all over the globe, but its not based on their win rating, its all based on their community appeal because the fans of the game are the ones voting on who is going to be representing their country at the tournament! On the Hearthstone page, players are asking to represent their countries and looking for your vote and support! For more information about the Hearthstone Global Games and to vote on your favorite player head over here!

Thanks to an email this week, Epic and Kilroy both make up a voter request for the other person. Kilroy starts it off, but Epic quickly jumps in with his own support request. You will definitely want to listen to our IceBox segment of the show this week to find out what was said in the heat of the moment!

Season 9 is coming to an end on March 17th, and Season 10 will be starting on March 30th. With the season ending, you can check out where you, or your favorite Diablo player ranks on the seasonal leaderboards. But it also means that you have until March 17th to complete this seasons Conquests! So if you have been slacking like these nerdz, now is time to put the grind to the brimstone and get this work done! Don’t hesitate, get into Sanctuary today! More information about the season ending can be found here! 

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It wouldn’t be a week, or a show without more news coming from the Overwatch camp. This week is a little different because we aren’t talking about hackers or wearing any tin foil on our heads, but we did get a new digital comic called “Binary” that features Bastion and Torb! It’s a new story that we haven’t heard before, and gives more insight into Bastion! You can read it here!

But also this week, Jeff Kaplan went to the forums to let us all know that Orisa isn’t coming to live just yet due to an extended testing period! This is exciting news because it truly means that the Overwatch team is listening to the community about how fast new heroes are being released onto live servers. But that’s not all that Jeff had to say on the forums this week, he also asked players to stop abusing the server browser, and custom games for farming XP. He came out to ask the community to help police the system because if it’s not control, or stopped, custom games could lose their ability to reward XP all together which would result in less players actually participating in this style of game play. So if you see cheaters, report them before we all lose this awesome style of game play!

But that also brings up our next project we are working on at FrozeNerdz. And that’s the Overwatch Arcade! The Overwatch Arcade will be a YouTube video series that is released every Friday that showcases on game from this past week’s server browser. These games are created by members of the community and are a blast to play! Using a similar ranking scale as the StarCade, Epicinsanity will be playing, ranking and showing you why these game modes are successful or not! Find out more about the Overwatch Arcade by checking out our intro video here:

Or you can check out the main page, or follow us on Twitter at @OverwatchArcade today!

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

1.) The PVP #LegionQA with Holinka! Check out the video here!
2.) Last week’s IceBox Poll: Would you be able to play #Warcraft without your addons? Results here!
3.) World of Warcraft takes action against players who are selling raid carries, arena boosts, and other in-game services for real life money. Details found here.

This week’s IceBox Twitter Poll:


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: Weathered Shelter
Type: Co-Op
Creator: DeProgrammer
Details: This is a 2017 Rock the Cabinet contest entry.  This game is  slower paced but is entirely doable as a solo mission if you choose AI. The AI doesn’t really take part in doing the objectives. The story behind this map is pretty interesting and has some really cool layers to it.  The primary objective of this map is to find and destroy old Terran power plants and build new ones in their places.  This leads way to a destabilization of an anti warp field, which allows Protoss forces to warp in and attack you. Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal, but you are already having to deal with Amon’s forces coming at you in waves throughout the entire campaign.  You will lose the game if your base is destroyed or if 2 of the new power plants get destroyed.  But you will win if all the old plants get replaced in time.  Overall this game has a solid showing for a Co-op game, it even comes with its own voice overs to help tell you the story. The lack of AI impacted it but overall this game was super fun for us to play.

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
YouTube: www.YouTube.com/c/Frozenerdz
Patreon: www.Patreon.com/FrozeNerdz
Instagram: www.instagram.com/frozenerdz
Partner Network: CatalystGamingMedia.com
Creative Alliance: D20Crit / d20crit.com
Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity



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