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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