Episode 196 – “Snowball’s Chance”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 196 called “Snowball’s Chance.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, March 4th, 2018.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about the Frozen Nerd Report, then we move onto talking about the state of World of Warcraft esports followed up with a discussion about the StarCraft 20th Anniversary celebration. Then we discover some salt in the Hearthstone community about the recent state of Ranked Play, and then we talk about what’s next in the Year of the Raven. Then we put on our tinfoil hats to talk about what could possibly be coming next to the Nexus before we move onto talking about Hero 27 in Overwatch.

Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the introduction of the WOW Token 3 years ago and its impact on how we play the game, and then we talk about the Seething Shore Battleground!

But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called Snowball’s Chance! 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 196 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 the recent ranked play bug that took down ranked play for a few days.

Top 5 Saltiest Ranked Players in Hearthstone

5.) So we can get 15 packs and 1k gold just like the Chinese players got last time?
4.) 16 hours without a fix… that seems… odd.
3.) One day without ranked, we made it <3
2.) Yeah, today we’re all angry chickens.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


 

This past Sunday, it was announced that there will be a Blizzard wide celebration for the 20th Anniversary StarCraft! There will be things happening in every game: SC2: Remastered: StarCraft 20th Anniversary UI Skin, SC2: 20th Anniversary UI Skins, Portrait, and Decal, Diablo: Dominion’s Revenge Pet, Overwatch: Sarah Kerrigan Ghost Skin, WOW: Salute to StarCraft, Heroes: StarCraft 20th Anniversary Portraits, Hearthstone: 3 Kobolds & Catacombs Packs/StarCraft themed Tavern Brawl. And we also received updates about StarCraft Deepmind, a 20 year recap from Mike Morhaime, and a few other videos. Check out everything about the celebration here!

 

With the Year of the Mammoth going extinct, we soar forward to the Year of the Raven! The New Year in Hearthstone will bring lots of changes, here is a list of a few of them: Set Rotation for standard/wild cards coming, new Hall of Fame inductees like Ice Block, Coldlight Oracle, and Molten Giant, faster quests, in-game tournaments, Lunara is coming as the new Druid hero. Find out more about the Year of the Raven here.

 

 

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Warning: Please put on your tinfoil hat before reading, or clicking on any of the provided links. They are watching you….

The Heroes of the Storm community is a very passionate community, and they do a lot of digging in order to find out what’s coming next to the Nexus. This past week all the major news sourcing were pointing towards the direction of Deckard Cain coming to Heroes of the Storm, but like the Nerdz pointed out. It’s probably not the course that Blizzard is going with HotS, but instead could be leaning towards a new Cathedral themed map based on the stained glass widows in the datamined picture. Don’t believe us? Have a look for yourself!

Leaked Image:

 

The Hanzo / Alexstrasza Video:

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We talked about it last week, just like the rest of the Overwatch world, but Hero 27 has been revealed! Brigette, the daughter of Torb, and squire to Reinhardt, is here, and she is labeled as a support! With her flail and shield, she is bringing a bunch of awesome new abilities to Overwatch. She’s able to heal herself and others by doing damage, she can throw out health packs to people, and she has a close range stun as well as a long range knockback… all as a support player! She’s currently available on the PTR, so you should go check her out and help make her the best hero Overwatch has seen!

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On March 2, 2015, the WOW Token was introduced. And on this week’s show, we talked about how it changed the WoW in-game economy, and how it made it so that we are able to not spend real money to play World of Warcraft, or to buy digital goods in other Blizzard games! Check out the history of the WoW Token here.

With Battle for Azeroth on the horizon, the battle between the Horde and the Alliance is starting to heat up. And on the shores of Silithus, we are going to battle… in the new Seething Shore Battleground!!! As we battle for Azerite, we also get to kill some smelly Alliance along the way! FOR THE HORDE. Check out the Wowhead recap/preview of the Seething Shore 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: Snowball’s Chance v1.1
Type: Single Player
Creator: Imposter

In-Game Details: “Wargirl’s next conquest is on a terribly cold map with frequent flash freezes. In order to counter this, she has decided to strike hard and fast! She has ended up far from the primary hive, but it matters not as the enemy seems nearly defeated.”

Epic’s Review: “The game is definitely a lot of fun for being a straight forward RTS style map… but it has one twist: Flash freeze. Flash freeze is on a timer and when it goes off, all units that aren’t either in the water, or standing on a “hot spot” on the map, get frozen. It stops resource gathering, and you have to be moving units back and forth to safety during these times. You can move around during it, so not sure if that’s working as intended, or just a loophole. But it was a lot of fun building in a snow covered environment and having to work around the flash freeze. But this is still just an RTS game.”

 

 

Final Rating (1-5): 4.375

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 4

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