Episode 171 – “Epic’s Animated Shorts”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 171 called “Epic’s Animated Shorts.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, August 21st, 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 from the Overwatch universe, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk more about Blizzards presence at Gamescom 2017 and the possible reveals we may see, then we move onto talking about Epic’s first impression with StarCraft Remastered, some changes on the horizon for StarCraft multiplayer, Legendary lootboxes for FREE in Heroes of the Storm from Amazon Prime, a Blizzard Arcade creator remakes Diablo 2 using StarCraft assets, Deathmatch coming to the Overwatch Arcade, and then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about spell changes coming with Patch 7.3, and we talk about the Trial of Style event, and we talk about what we will talk about next week revolving around Legion Pros and Cons.

But before we go, we talk about another amazing Blizzard Arcade game called Tug Defense! 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 171 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 Overwatch universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to the upcoming Deathmatch arcade mode that is coming to Overwatch.

Top 5 Saltiest Deathmatch Comments

5.) I have spawned in front of a Torb turret and inside of a Symmetra Car wash. This needs to be addressed.
4.) Currently, a main problem with deathmatch is that it is worth far less than any other gamemode because only one player counts as winning.
3.) Disabling a couple of Symmetra’s abilities wouldn’t hurt either. She’s even more OP in Deathmatch. She got about 3-5 more kills in the match I just played than even the Pharah.
2.) Junkrat Is too Overpowered for Deathmatch
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*

After we recorded Episode 170 last week, Blizzard was like… here, have our Gamescom 2017 schedule! And with that, they revealed that there will be a group of Blizzard developers in attendance to reveal the latest cinematics for the upcoming content they have in the works. That means, one this weeks show we once again talk about the rumors of what may be coming like the new Overwatch map called Junkertown, a new hero coming for Heroes of the Storm, and more. Check out the whole schedule here. 

Just when the community was getting use to calling it the Blizzard App, Blizzard announced this past week they will once again be rebranding as “Blizzard Battle.net.” This comes from a lot of talks from the community and a few challenges to rebranding their whole network. Either way, we are happy to have Battle.net back with us… since we never stopped calling it that! Find out more about the rebranding here.

This past week, StarCraft Remastered was released. Epic had the time to sit down and check out the game in all it’s glory. On this week’s show, he gives us a quick break down of what SC:RM looks like, and if you should spend the $15 USD to purchase the game. The answer varies based on your level of love for StarCraft. Love it? Buy it. Just want to be friends with it? Consider it. But you may want to save the cash. It really is just a graphical rework. There is no new gameplay, or campaign. It’s 100% the same game. And that’s why IT’S AMAZING!

With the end of this season of StarCraft esports on the horizon, StarCraft is planning on making some changes to the way that multiplayer works. They are looking at underused units, the strength of the Protoss, and more. We love that StarCraft listens so closely to their esports community, and are making changes accordingly. To find out more about the upcoming changes, check out the discussion here.

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We have talked about it in the past, but it’s now getting some more light shined on it from the gaming community. For the French Canadian programmer, Etienne Godbout he is taking his love for Diablo II and his ability to program to re-create Diablo II inside the Blizzard Arcade using StarCraft assets. In “The Curse of Tristram,” he rebuilds Diablo II and adds his own personal twist when it comes to loot stats and the community is loving it! Check out this Mashable article talking all about it! 

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It was announced a few weeks ago, but we are finally getting caught up with everything outside of Gamescom and BlizzCon rumors, and we a ready to talk about the new arcade map type called Deathmatch. Papa Jeff gives us the rundown in this video so it’s just best to take his word for it!

On this week’s show, we talk about how the Deathmatch mode may cause more problems than we need inside of Overwatch right now. But you have to listen to the episode to hear everything!

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

1.) New Spell effects are coming to some classes in Patch 7.3. Check them out here.
2.) The Trial of Style took place this past week! Check out the Wowhead guide here.
3.) Talks about Next Weeks Legion Discussion post Gamescom!


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: -+Tug Defense+- v0.15
Type: Tug of War
Creator: Hecsagon
Kilroy’s Review: “This game is your basic 1 lane tug of war,  the goal is to develop your income while optimizing your waves to assault your enemy.  In this tug of war you have 3 tiers of unit builds that can occur based on your income level and point in the game you have reached, all in all this is a sound concept for a tug of war match and has some good qualities to it that make it worthwhile to play if you enjoy this kind of gameplay.”

Final Rating (1-5): 2.75

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 2
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 3

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