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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