Episode 133 – “Bandwidth Not Included”

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Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 133 titled “Bandwidth Not Included.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Monday, November 28th, 2016.

On this week’s show, we start off the show with another one of our Top 5 Saltiest lists. This week we feature salty comments about the Blizzard Black Friday sale! Then we move onto talking about StarCraft esports and its longevity, then onto a MMR decay being needed for Heroes of the Storm before we move onto talking about some murloc infused holiday music from Hearthstone. Then we move onto discussing the end of Season 2 of Overwatch, and the Symetra changes coming to the PTR.

Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we discuss latency issues with Wowhead & Warcraft, and discuss a new look into the World First race and what all goes on behind the scenes.

But before we say our weekly goodbyes, we introduce another amazing Blizzard Arcade game. This week we play a new single player RTS that’s great for people looking to check out StarCraft for free! You will want to check this campaign out!

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 133 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!

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Our Weekly Top 5:

Top 5 Saltiest Black Friday sale comments

5.) bah no Legion deal…
4.) 20th anniversary of Diablo. No Diablo sale. kek…
3.) Thanks for the Hearthstone deals! oh wait…
2.) I might have renewed my WoW sub if there was a Legion deal…
1.) *You’ll have to listen to Episode 133 to hear #1*


StarCraft News Banner

The 6th Season of 2016 is about to begin! This will be the first season of the year that will include all the major changes to the game that just came with Patch 3.8. It will also feature some of the most famous maps known to StarCraft II players! It’s an exciting time to be a fan of StarCraft esports. Read about the start of Season 6 here! 

But, it also came out this week that Korean StarCraft II players are now having issues with their winnings from tournaments. Due to inventors wanting to spend more money on other games like League of Legends, StarCraft pros in Korea are now having their salary capped at about $60k USD. The problem with this is more than just for players, but also for fans of the sport. With investors leaving, how soon before the crowd starts to follow? On this week’s show, we discuss just that. We both believe that StarCraft esports are in a great spot, but with some minor improvements it could be back on top! If you want to read the whole article, check it out here! 

Heroes of the Storm News Banner

With a lot of players returning to Heroes of the Storm to take part in the Nexus Challenge, there is a outpouring from the members of the community wanting a new feature, or maybe an old feature reworked added to the MMR and Ladder within Heroes. For most top tiers of ladder, there is an MMR/Rank decay that happens over time in order to make it so that players have to keep playing all season to keep their rank, but in Heroes of the Storm there is no MMR decay that removes players from the play group. Do you think that Heroes of the Storm should have some type of play requirement for it’s ladder play? You can chime in with community members over on Reddit if you do! 

Hearthstone News Banner

In order to help get you in the mood for the holiday’s, the Hearthstone team decided to release a video you can play in the background to get you in the holiday spirit… if you can handle the sounds of the murloc too! Check out this video below:

Overwatch News Banner

The close of another season is upon us! Overwatch Season 2 has come to an end, and Season 3 is just around the corner! But… when we are not sure. The forums as one thing, the in-game says another, and the internet says another! Can’t we just all agree on the same time and place! But there are some changes coming to the way that skill rating works for this new season. You can check out all of the changes  over here! 

But, we also got a Overwatch Development update from Jeff this past week. This time he talks about the redesign coming to Symmerta, who will become the first hero in Overwatch that will have two ultimate options. One being her teleporter and one being a shield generator, as well as a rework to the HP of the devices, her lock on beam and her turrets. Jeff goes on to explain how we the player base have been asking for a change and we have helped shape the way the new design works. You can check out the video here!  He also teased about a small new feature that will be coming that allows players to stay with a group of players they enjoy playing with without having to add them to your friends list!

World of Warcraft News Banner

This week’s World of Warcraft discussion topics:

1.) Wowhead causing Warcraft latency issues. ( Blue Post. Wowhead Post.)
2.) Exorsus (Russian Guild) talks out about the World First Race. (Reddit Post)
— We have a in depth talk about the different things they highlight: Helya Expolit, Race Coverage, ToS Violations and more!
3.) Watcher Dev responds with an old article. (Warcraft Post)

Blizzard Arcade Coverage Banner

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:  Odyssey Campaign Mission 1 
Type: Single Player RTS
Creator: CooperHawkes
Details: You play as Striker (Raynor) and Harsh (Tychus) as you go through the first mission of this series. There will be a total of 14 total missions in this Act. CooperHawkes says that for ACT II and beyond, only time will tell if those missions will actually happen or take place. The mission is straight up an RTS single player campaign mission, very similar to that you would see as part of the StarCraft II campaigns minus the voice acting. It’s got suspense around every corner, and different twists every time you think you are about to win. If this first mission has anything to say about the future missions, these mission packs are going to be a great hit! 

You can check out the map here: https://www.sc2mapster.com/maps/starcraft-2-odyssey-campaign/

Final Rating (1-5): 5

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Ease of Play (1-5)

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

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Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity

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