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

Heroes of the Storm News Banner

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

World of Warcraft News Banner

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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