Episode 154 – “WWeSports”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 154 called “WWeSports.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto weekly Top 5 saltiest list, then we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about the next Co-Op commander coming to StarCraft, get the Original StarCraft and StarCraft Brood Wars for free, Korean Presidency campaign using StarCraft to advertise, Heroes 2.0 is coming this week and it gives you free heroes, the success of the Necromancer beta, an all female Overwatch team is coming, and changes were made to Overwatch Comp mode. Then we finally move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about last week’s Twitter poll about mount rarity, transmog contests and more gimmicks coming to Patch 7.2.5.

But before we go, we have another amazing Rock the Cabinet 2017 Blizzard Arcade game to talk about called DNA Mad Scientist. 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 154 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 Heroes of the Storm universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to quick match matchmaking this week. 

Top 5 Saltiest Quick Match Posts on the Heroes Forums  

5.) I’m not angry because I lost, I’m frustrated because my team was simply outmatched in every way, the match may as well have been predetermined.
4.)I have no words, other than. “Goodbye forever, QM”. Goodbye and good riddance.
3.)Varian keeps breaking QM matchmaking being “Multiclass” when most people go only tank. Why do they get a bruiser and we don’t?  How is Lucio still not nerfed?
2.)Is like cruel and unusual punishment. Thanks for the 4 month silence.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*


Every week we talk about on the show how the Blizzard Arcade is 100% free. That’s thousands of games created by the StarCraft community, but now Blizzard wants their hand in on giving away free games to the world! It was announced this past week that the StarCraft Anthology (Original StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood Wars) is 100% for free for anyone who has a internet connection. Now you have NO reason to say you’ve never played StarCraft! Get out there and check them out today!

In Korea, StarCraft is like the baseball or football in the United States. It’s common, and every one knows about it. It’s so common that this years Korean Presidency race has candidates using StarCraft as a campaign tool in order to try to relate with population! How cool would it be if this happened in the United States?! Check out the whole story here! 

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This week is a busy week for Blizzard games, but Heroes of the Storm isn’t going to let StarCraft have all the fun with reveals! This week Heroes 2.0 launches on April 25th, 2017! They are having an launch event live on Twitch with everything that is going on. For more information about the launch event, check out this blog post. 

There are a lot of changes coming to Heroes this week, so if you want to keep up with everything that is going on, check out this article here!

But just like StarCraft, Heroes is giving away a TON of free stuff this week. Including Mega Bundles that will be giving you up to 20 free heroes for you to enjoy. Assassin bundles, support bundles, tank bundles and more! Check out which one is best for you here today! 

We’ve talked about (and cried about it for not getting invited) the Diablo 3 Necromancer beta that is going on right now. The response from the community has been very positive, and the Diablo team took the time to talk about it with IGN this past week. They discussed how the idea to bring the Necromancer to D3 came from a Game Jam session where they lock all the game developers in the basement at Blizzard and don’t allow them to come out until they have the next best idea for their game (that’s all a lie). But from this jam session, the necromancer was an idea, and immediately became a thing. And they talk about how much work has gone into the creation of the whole process. You can read more about the interview on IGN here!

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It was announced last week that Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri will be having an Overwatch esports team. In this day and age, that’s a pretty common thing… but Stephens College is an all female university, so this is a big deal! The school announced the program, that will be supported with scholarships, will begin in the Fall of 2017. The school picked Overwatch due to it’s diverse list of heroes and strong female character roles. It’s a huge step in the right direction to bring more diversity to esports. If you want to read more about the program here.

We talked about it on Episode 149 – The Great Pie Capture, and it has Blizzard listened directly to us and what we had to say about Pie. And they implemented it! (There were also thousands of others who said the same thing on the forms, but don’t burst our bubble!). Now in comp mode, a team will win the match when they capture 33.3% of the capture pie, verses that it only required 1% more than other team like before. That means, once a team captures 1/3 more of the pie, then they will win and the match ends. It’s a great change, and you can read more about it here!

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

1.) Last week’s IceBox Poll: Do you think certain mounts in Warcraft should be expansion locked (ie. Riddler’s Mind-Worm) for rarity sake?
2.) Replica weapons not allowed on airplanes according to the TSA Twitter feed.
3.) The Trial of Style is… coming… soon.
4.) More “things” coming in Patch 7.2.5!


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: DNA Mad Scientist v1.4 (Rock the Cabinet 2017 Submission)
Type: Co-op Commander
Creator: Nedia
Details: In this game Amon’s forces are working to convert Kaldalis into a hybrid Species, it is up to you and a partner to build up your attack and quickly take out the laboratories that Amon’s forces have set up.  Expansion in this game must be done quickly and efficiently because you have a time limit in which to take out the labs before it’s game over.  Would not recommend playing by yourself because the AI on your team does not work with you to assist in taking out your opponents and will just mine ore, and requires you set up defenses for them otherwise you will lose the game.  The pace to this Co-Op mission is very fast which means that decisions have to be made swiftly, a great trainer for when you want to learn how to develop your gameplay quickly. All in all this was a fun Co-Op mission and the creators concept was one that is easily replay-able.

Final Rating (1-5): 3.5

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 4
Kilroy – 4

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