Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 148 called “Dude, Batman?” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, March 12th, 2017.
On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto another one of our Warcraft Top 5 saltiest list of the week. Then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion where we talk changes to Warcraft esports, Heroes of the Dorm date and location revealed, the Hearthstone Global Games voting has started, Diablo Season 9 is coming to an end, a new Overwatch digital comic has arrived as well as two important forum posts by Jeff Kaplan, and then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about our IceBox poll from last week about addons, then we talk about the PVP Legion Q&A, then Blizzard dropping the ban hammer slightly on some folks.
But no episode would be complete without discussing another Blizzard Arcade game. This week we discuss a game called Weathered Shelter, a 2017 Rock the Cabinet submission! Then we get to the saddest part of the show, where 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 148 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!
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 Real Life money service sellers. Details found here.
Top 5 Saltiest Real Life Money Seller comments
5.) What about the people that only did gold sales but still got banned?
4.) Only did “gold” sales. Lol. Okay buddy, get out with playing the victim.
3.) ”top raiding guilds” ahaha like raiding guilds matter anymore, everyone is using raid finder noone cares about those oldschool outdated nerds
2.)But at the end of the day, what is the difference between selling runs for gold and runs for real money?
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*
During this past week’s Legion Q&A, one of the members of the Warcraft esports team got a chance to revealed the changes coming to WoW esports! A lot of these changes appears to be widely appreciated by the top WoW esports players themselves, so the changes must be good. Some of the changes are that they are moving over to a point system similar to that of StarCraft WCS that gives teams points for winning tournaments, which includes Blizzard and community approved events. They are also increasing the amount of money players can make from these battles, and are allowing 12 teams to compete at the Global finals instead of just the previous 8. With all these PVP arena changes coming to WoW esports, when will the PVE community start getting in on the action? To find out more about these changes, and to join in on the conversation, check out this blog article here!
This past weekend the Heroes of the Dorm date was revealed as well as the location of this years event! It appears that Heroes of the Dorm will be returning to Vegas the first weekend in April (April 8th). Similar to last year, the event will also have it’s 2017 Bracket Challenge. The challenge follows similar rules of the NCAA March Madness challenge where it matches up the teams and you pick the winners with hopes of getting the grand prize. This year Blizzard will be giving away $10,000 to the winner of the challenge, as well as Kerrigan Cheerleader skin codes to the Top 500 finishers. But that’s just for the fans at home, for the players in the tournament, they will be fitting for college tuition! Could you imagine telling your parents that you got your college paid for by playing a video game?! If you want to find out more about Heroes of the Dorm, or make your Bracket, head over to this article and start today!
Following a similar format of the Overwatch World Cup from last year, this year the Hearthstone team has announced the Hearthstone Global Games. The event will host players from all over the globe, but its not based on their win rating, its all based on their community appeal because the fans of the game are the ones voting on who is going to be representing their country at the tournament! On the Hearthstone page, players are asking to represent their countries and looking for your vote and support! For more information about the Hearthstone Global Games and to vote on your favorite player head over here!
Thanks to an email this week, Epic and Kilroy both make up a voter request for the other person. Kilroy starts it off, but Epic quickly jumps in with his own support request. You will definitely want to listen to our IceBox segment of the show this week to find out what was said in the heat of the moment!
Season 9 is coming to an end on March 17th, and Season 10 will be starting on March 30th. With the season ending, you can check out where you, or your favorite Diablo player ranks on the seasonal leaderboards. But it also means that you have until March 17th to complete this seasons Conquests! So if you have been slacking like these nerdz, now is time to put the grind to the brimstone and get this work done! Don’t hesitate, get into Sanctuary today! More information about the season ending can be found here!
It wouldn’t be a week, or a show without more news coming from the Overwatch camp. This week is a little different because we aren’t talking about hackers or wearing any tin foil on our heads, but we did get a new digital comic called “Binary” that features Bastion and Torb! It’s a new story that we haven’t heard before, and gives more insight into Bastion! You can read it here!
But also this week, Jeff Kaplan went to the forums to let us all know that Orisa isn’t coming to live just yet due to an extended testing period! This is exciting news because it truly means that the Overwatch team is listening to the community about how fast new heroes are being released onto live servers. But that’s not all that Jeff had to say on the forums this week, he also asked players to stop abusing the server browser, and custom games for farming XP. He came out to ask the community to help police the system because if it’s not control, or stopped, custom games could lose their ability to reward XP all together which would result in less players actually participating in this style of game play. So if you see cheaters, report them before we all lose this awesome style of game play!
But that also brings up our next project we are working on at FrozeNerdz. And that’s the Overwatch Arcade! The Overwatch Arcade will be a YouTube video series that is released every Friday that showcases on game from this past week’s server browser. These games are created by members of the community and are a blast to play! Using a similar ranking scale as the StarCade, Epicinsanity will be playing, ranking and showing you why these game modes are successful or not! Find out more about the Overwatch Arcade by checking out our intro video here:
This week we discuss the following topics about World of Warcraft:
1.) The PVP #LegionQA with Holinka! Check out the video here!
2.) Last week’s IceBox Poll: Would you be able to play #Warcraft without your addons? Results here!
3.) World of Warcraft takes action against players who are selling raid carries, arena boosts, and other in-game services for real life money. Details found here.
This week’s IceBox Twitter Poll:
It’s that time of the year again when we hear about what’s next for the Rock the Cabinet contest. This year brings a whole new concept by it being based around Co-op missions! Like previous years, creators will have the chance to walk away with $10,000 USD, tickets to a future BlizzCon, and a chance to sit down and have a developer jam session with Blizzard themselves! If you are a Blizzard Arcade creator, take the time to read over the full details of the contest, and we will see you inside the StarCrade!
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: Weathered Shelter Type: Co-Op Creator: DeProgrammer Details: This is a 2017 Rock the Cabinet contest entry. This game is slower paced but is entirely doable as a solo mission if you choose AI. The AI doesn’t really take part in doing the objectives. The story behind this map is pretty interesting and has some really cool layers to it. The primary objective of this map is to find and destroy old Terran power plants and build new ones in their places. This leads way to a destabilization of an anti warp field, which allows Protoss forces to warp in and attack you. Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal, but you are already having to deal with Amon’s forces coming at you in waves throughout the entire campaign. You will lose the game if your base is destroyed or if 2 of the new power plants get destroyed. But you will win if all the old plants get replaced in time. Overall this game has a solid showing for a Co-op game, it even comes with its own voice overs to help tell you the story. The lack of AI impacted it but overall this game was super fun for us to play.