Episode 189 – “Recognized and Respected”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 189 called “Recognized and Respected.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, January 14th, 2018.

On this week’s show, we slowly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list from the Overwatch League Launch. Then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we talk about mistakes were made in the StarCraft WCS brackets, Developers and Pros discuss the upcoming Heroes of the Storm 2018 changes, Ben Brodes from the Hearthstone team hints at upcoming balance changes, the Darkening of Tristram event returns to Diablo, Overwatch League kicks off this past week, Korean Pros still dominating the scene, our thoughts on female representation in the Overwatch Pro scene. Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about when Patch 7.3.5 will be released, insane boss soloing, and then we talk about changes coming to WOW esports.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called Warships.TEST! 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 189 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 League universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to 

Top 5 Saltiest Overwatch League Complainers

5.) I am pretty sure a lot of people agree with me that the league is to repetitive and not that fun to watch.
4.) OWL is a joke, and you’re all the punchline
3.) The competitive scene did not develop on its own, it was forced into existence with money.
2.) OWL was clearly a ponzi scheme to suck in investor capital and adclick money as rapidly as possible
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


With the kick off of the 2018 StarCraft WCS series, fans and players were excited to see the hot action again and hoping to see some amazing games. But little did they know, that there was a mistake in the seeding of the brackets, and some of those matches they watched will not count. And will have to be replayed. And this leaves some players in the balance since they already qualified, but may not after their matches are replayed. How something like this happened is beyond us, but it still happened.

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With Blaze hitting the Nexus over the past week, all sights are now set on what’s next inside the Nexus. And with the HGC kicking off this past weekend, players are excited for the new season. But where are the changes that were talked about at BlizzCon 2017? Glad you asked. Those changes are coming to Heroes of the Storm here shortly and were just recently talked about by developers and Heroes Pro’s alike. From the upcoming stealth changes, camera changes, or the changes being made to forts and keeps, there are a lot of things coming to the Nexus. Curious what the Pro Players had to say about it? Check it out here!

Well, Heroes of the Storm isn’t the only game with changes coming. This past week, Ben Brode commented about the possibility of changes coming for Kobolds & Catacombs. These changes are mainly focused around the Corridor Creeper card that reduces the mana cost of the card by one every time a minion dies. Does a card like that need to exist in the game? And if so, what changes can be made to make it more balanced?

It’s been very quiet on the Diablo front of the past few weeks, but it appears that we have some demons stirring in Sanctuary. The Diablo Anniversary event Darkening of Tristram is back in full effect for the month of January. If you missed out on this event last year, now is the time to get in there and check it out!

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The Overwatch League kicked off in full effect last week! It appeared to peak at around 450k people watching and kept about 250k people watching over the cross of the week and weekend action. There were a lot of awesome plays and some major upsets! The action was there and it shows that the Overwatch League is here to stay! How did your team do? Check out the standings here.

The Overwatch League has given everyone 100 league tokens to purchase one free skins of the 312 overall skins, but if you want your chance at a second one…. sign up for their newsletter!

With the South Korean team winning the previous Overwatch World Cup, it was no surprise that the Korean players that joined different Overwatch League teams would be making waves within the scene already. But they are. From Pines confidence on Control Maps to Fleta with his insane Widow shots. They just can’t be stopped. It’s awesome to see how well players can be when they have a country that supports esports so strongly!

There was a lot of buzz around the Twitter universe and the rest of the world talking about the lack of female representation in the Overwatch League as Pro players and Commentators. With Overwatch being a game that prides itself on diversity, it seemed to lack it during the start of the season. Now we aren’t experts, but we believe there needs to be a major change in the way the community views women gamers. They need to be recognized and respected. click here to learn more!And there are plenty of professional female gamers out there,

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

1.) When will Patch 7.3.5 launch? January 16th, 2018! Patch notes here.
2.) Insane Solo Play! 
3.) The 2018 Changes coming to World of Warcraft esports.

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: Warships.TEST v1.2
Type: Hero Battle
Creator: Nembrot
Kilroy Review: “This week’s game was a great jump back into the arcade style games we know and love!  You get to command a battle platform in space built with your own designed custom defenses to engage in air to air combat while trying to take out your opponents starbases.  Sound cool so far? Well this is a 3v3 matchup arena and inside it has a built in leveling and skill system different size platforms with different abilities and very unique battle system.  All in all this game is one we think everyone should be getting down with and really having a blast. Despite not having AI this game has claimed a top spot in our hearts for being unique and fun in a way most other Starcade games aren’t. “

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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