Episode 175 – “LAN PARTY!!!”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 175 called “LAN PARTY!!!” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, September 16th, 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 Heroes of the Storm universe, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk more about the upcoming StarCraft announcer pack, two new heroes and a new map coming to Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone’s getting a cookbook, more Diablo hiring rumors and questions, an upcoming Overwatch F2P weekend, Papa Jeff talks about toxicity, and hints are Hero 26. We talk about all of that before moving onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the latest Adoption pet for Hurricane Relief, the Mythic Dungeon Invitational, and the Netherlight Crucible. Then we wrap up our discussion with talks about the BlizzCon Virtual ticket.

But before we go, we talk about another Blizzard Arcade game called Tree 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 175 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 the addition of two Overwatch heroes to the Nexus! 

Top 5 Saltiest Overwatch Characters in Heroes Comments

5.) STOP ADDING OVERWATCH CHARACTERS!!!! All it does is serve to say “We have ZERO ideas for new creative characters people actually want and need to fill the gap fast.”
4.) my biggest complaint is the ludicrous amount of mobility most of them have in their kit.
3.) I know this game is based on taking characters of all blizz’s games, but I don’t want Overwatch characters! It’s just a fallback when they don’t have other ideas!
2.) OW characters are absolutely boring and stale. They are a copy and paste, which is why they do it. It is easy rather than needing to be innovative.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*

The 2017 BlizzCon virtual ticket is getting a major revamp thanks for the feedback from previous years. This year there will be more coverage that never before as they are adding over 30 additional hours of content to the virtual ticket! Not only from the stages of the Anaheim Convention Center, but also from Blizzard HQ itself! In the weeks leading up to BlizzCon 2017, they will be releasing exclusive videos the the events page that will showcase cosplay creation, artwork, the secret Blizzard Vault, and more!

 To find out more about the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, check out our Twitter moment of the live tweets.

If you want to purchase a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, you can do so here!

Day9 is a house hold name in the Blizzard Entertainment world, from StarCraft to Hearthstone, he is known for his work in the community. So it does not come as much of a surprise after the StarCraft: Remastered live stream, that he would be the next Announcer pack being added to the game. Congratulations to Sean! Much deserved and we are excited to hear you announce our game play in the future!

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Straight out of Overwatch and into the Nexus go Ana and Junkrat. Yes. TWO HEROES coming for the Overwatch Universe to enter the Nexus. But besides just new heroes, we are also getting a Volskaya Industry map! And a metric ton of new hero skins coming! All of this being announced within 50 days of BlizzCon. What is in store for us at BlizzCon this year?! You can watch the video of the reveal here.

It may comes as a surprise to some, but it was announced this past week that the creator of the World of Warcraft Cookbook is whipping up some new Hearthstone inspired recipes! From tavern inspired food to cocktails to mock-tails, there is a lot being shown over in this new cookbook from Chelsea Monroe-Cassel! Check out all the details here.

The rumor mill is still working overtime right now. And they are even more split between a Diablo 4 or a Diablo II Remastered coming! From the most recent career postings on the Blizzard’s career page, we aren’t sure either. They are looking for someone “deeply familiar with the art of game development, our industry, and the AAA environment.” What does this mean? More waiting. More sleepless nights.

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If you haven’t been playing it already, Overwatch is offering a free to play weekend coming up this week! From September 22nd to the 25th, you can play Overwatch on all systems 100% for free. Details here. And after you decide you love it, you can buy it here.

This past week, Papa Jeff took to the microphone to introduce to us the latest Developer Update coming for Overwatch. But this time, he didn’t have any awesome new features coming, or a new hero to reveal, or nerfs to Symmetra (HEY! We can dream!). He wanted to talk about one thing… toxicity. It’s not a new concept to the world of First Person Shooters, and it’s definitely not new to video games, but Blizzard lives by the motto of “Play nice, play fair.” So they are taking a stand against the toxicity within one of their most played and successful games.

You can watch the video here.

But, not everyone in the world of the internet is happy with the way Jeff presented this information and the words that he used. Experts in the field of Online Harassment feel like Jeff missed the mark on addressing the issue. If you want to hear how Epic feels about this topic, tune into this episode to find out!

Also, since we haven’t talked about enough rumors this week, Jeff drops some knowledge on us about the upcoming Hero 26! WHAT?!

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

1.) Support Hurricane Relief and adopt a new pet!

2.) The Mythic Dungeon Invitational 

3.) The Netherlight Crucible and it’s importance. Wowhead Guide here.

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:  +-Tree Defense-+ v0.7
Type: Tower Defense
Creator: Hecsagon
Kilroy’s Review: “This is an interesting tower defense game.  You start the game off using drones to select a subset of defense units who will be placed in the way of incoming enemies  who are moving their way up the tree.  You have to work with team mates to kill as many waves as possible.  This game is super challenging to play by yourself as waves of enemies come a little too fast to play alone.  Adding AI to this game won’t help you as they will not engage with the environment and attempt to hold the map with you.  While an interesting tower defense game and worth playing if you like them this isn’t the best showing in the genre.”

Final Rating (1-5): 2.5

Stupid funability (1-5): 

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 3

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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