Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 136 called “Twas the Week of Winter Veil.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, December 18th, 2016.
On this week’s show, we change things up and discuss our first holiday memories with family and video games. Then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we talk about another Heroes of the Storm team leaving the scene, the Diablo Facebook Q&A, Overwatch and it’s coolness factor, Terry Crews visits Blizzard HQ and the latest on the Symmerta reworks!
Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the release of Nighthold, changes coming to legendaries, and then we talk about changes being made to Trials of Valor!
And this week we wrap up the show with a special rendition of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” And then we 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 136 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!
2016 has been a rough year for a lot of people, but Heroes of the Storm has been producing content and hosting amazing tournaments! But that doesn’t prevent people from taking their team and leaving the scene. This past week it was announced that Team Liquid will no longer be supporting their Heroes Team. But that doesn’t mean that the Heroes community or esports scene is coming to an end. In 2017, Heroes plans to make it so that their competitive esports teams will be receiving a base salary. Because of this there will be a shift in being required to have a team organization to being individually owned. But don’t take our word for it, check out the article here!
This past week the Diablo team took to Facebook in order to address some of the latest community concerns. They answered a lot of specific questions about upcoming changes to gear sets, legendary’s and more. The biggest thing that was discussed was the end of the current season and the start of the next, but if you want to check out the whole Q&A here!
It wouldn’t be Winter without an event from the Overwatch Team! This past week we were introduced to the Winter Wonderland which included 100 new cosmetic items ranging from new skins, voice lines, hero intros, and more! With the Winter Wonderland we also got the Mei Snowball Offensive which is a 6v6 single elimination brawl featuring ONLY Mei where you get one single shot to kill your opponent. But with the event, came some scrutiny from the community on Mei’s holiday skin. Her skin is basically just a recolor of her basic starter skin, and the community isn’t happy. But Jeff Kaplan went on to say, “Coolness is very subjective, and based off of the community reaction it seems like our gauge was off on this one.”
We just finished the Sombra ARG and it appears the community is already taking a dive towards the next thing they are trying to cook up. This time it involves a visit to Blizzard Headquarters by Terry Crews. They are assuming that he is either there to voice Doomfist, make Doomfist, or model for Doomfist, or maybe because the new Orc statue, or who knows. But like the community does, they went down the rabbit hole. You can check out more about of the tin foil hat pipe dream here.
This week we discussion the following topics about World of Warcraft:
“Twas the Night Before Winter Veil” — Overwatch Edition
Originally Written by Clement C. Moore. Rewritten by Epicinsanity and Kilroy
‘Twas the night before Winter Veil, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In hopes that St. Roadhog soon would be there; The heroes were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of multi-kills danced in their heads; And Ana in her kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our minds for a long winter’s nap, When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I sprinted like the flash, Flung open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the drifts of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to the objectives below, When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature payload, and Six tiny heroes, With a chubby old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Hog.
More rapid than eagles his heroes they came, And he grunted, and shouted, and called them by name: “Now, Sombra now, Tracer now Winston, and Mercy! On, Hanzo and Genji! To the top of the point! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!” As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, they fly to the sky; So up to the house-top the heroes they flew, With the sleigh full of loot boxes, and St. Roadhog too. And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and leaping of each big boot. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down the chimney St. Roadhog came with a bound. He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot; A bundle of loot boxes he had flung on his back, And he looked like a dealer just opening his pack. His eyes–how they leered! his belly how massive! His face was all covered, his nose like a pig! His oinkish little mouth was sewn up like a wound, And the mask on his chin was as black as Reapers soul; The chunk of a candycane he held tight in his hand, And the smoke encircled his head like a wreath; He had a mask covered face and a big round belly, That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly. He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old junker, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself; A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose; He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Winter Veil to all, and to all a good-night.”