Episode 178 – “Some Not A-Mused”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 177 called “Some Not A-Mused.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, October 8th, 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 BlizzCon band announcement, and then we jump into our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about the opening of the Blizzard Arena in LA, the BlizzCon schedule and closing band announced, StarCraft Deepmind is holding a mini conference, Heroes of the Storm shows what’s coming next, Twitch Prime gives away golden Hearthstone Cards, Diablo Season 11 is coming to an end, Overwatch Halloween of Terror skins leaked, Overwatch Leagues effect on smaller esports organizations, then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about the latest Legion Developer Q&A with Ion Hazzikostas.

But no episode would be complete without us talking about another Blizzard Arcade game and this week we talk about one called Empire Builder 3! And then before you know it, it’s time for us to 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 178 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 <Insert Game Here> universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to the BlizzCon 2017 closing band announcement!

Top 5 Muse Salt

5.) They haven’t had a good albulm since 2009. twilight or no, they were a great band that are now has-beens barely above the level of a garage band.
4.) ehhh…..
3.) Pass!
2.) This is horrible news… what a joke. Wow. Talk about a depressing update on this topic.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*

The new Blizzard Arena has officially opened it’s doors in Burbank, California this past weekend where it played host to the Overwatch Contenders finals. After the grand opening, may Blizzard employees and press were invited to check on the new location, and fans were able to check it out themselves on for the esports event. But for those of us that live thousands of miles away, we just get to look at all the pretty pictures! You can check them out here! 

The Official BlizzCon 2017 schedule has been released! We scoured through it looking for any chance that Blizzard may have something up their sleeves, but we were not able to find anything directly related to a surprise. But we did discover that there are a few panels that caught our attention like the Voices of Blizzard – The Powerful Women of Warcraft panel featuring the voice actresses of WOW, and that the Instance Podcast with Scott Johnson has it’s own 45 min time slot on the community stage! Congrats Scott!

If you want to keep up with everything going on with the Frozen Nerdz at BlizzCon 2017, check out our BlizzCon page! 

After looking at the BlizzCon 2017 schedule, we were missing one thing… where was the StarCraft Deep Mind panel?! It appears that Blizzard and Google have different plans for the Deep Mind this year, they are actually hosting a mini-convention at the Hilton on November 3-4 for all AI Developers interested in learning more about AI development. Even though we aren’t AI developers, we are going to try to see if we can act like Robots and sneak into this event to hear everything that’s going on in the state of StarCraft Deep Mind progression! You can find out more about this mini-con here! 

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Even though BlizzCon is on the horizon, the Heroes of the Storm team just keeps on their normal content release schedule by showing us what will be coming next! From Junkrat becoming playable to Hallows End event skins coming, there is a lot to look forward to coming to the Nexus. Check it all out here! Or just watch this sweet video:

Do you like golden cards? Well, now is your chance to get a WHOLE PACK of them! If you are an Amazon Prime member, and link your Amazon account with your Twitch account you can unlock the awesome rewards related to Twitch Prime! And this time, Hearthstone is offering up a whole pack of golden cards coming in November! Either you can get some sweet classic cards you don’t have, or a ton of dust!

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The latest Diablo season is coming to a close here on October 20th. So if you still need to gain the rewards from Season 11, make sure you get into the game soon and finish them up! Find out more about the season ending here.

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We talked about the leaked images of the Overwatch Halloween of Terror event making it’s return on October 10th, but now it appears there has been a few more images leaked that showcase some of the upcoming skins for Mei, Zenyatta, Symmetra, Reaper and more. Check them all out here. And we will find out more about all the skins, sprays, voice lines, poses, and more coming Tuesday when it’s all officially announced!

We were worried that it would happen, and now it has. With the release of the Overwatch League, some of the smaller OW esports teams, like Team Rogue, are disbanding their teams in order to allow their players to join OWL teams. Team Rogue was able to gain the funds to purchase a team slot, but they were not approved to be part of the Season 1 team lineup. Will more of this be taking place in the future days as OWL teams have until the end of October to lock in their Season 1 rosters? Only time will tell.


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

1.) The latest Legion Developer Q&A recap.

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: Empire Builder 3 v1.0
Type: Strategy
Creator: Samo
Kilroy’s Review: “The goal of this game is straightforward, build your town and grow your economy.  This game can be played alone or with friends and is almost like an age of empires, meets Sim City, meets Starcraft.  Now as you continue to build yourself up and establish your income and armies and buildings you will be attacked by protoss who will be also making settlements helping them to advance at a differing rate based on how often you interrupt their progress.  Expand and take over the map grow your empire and have some fun in this Starcade game.  This game may not have been for the Nerdz but it is still worth checking out.”

Final Rating (1-5): 3.125

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 2
Kilroy – 3

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 3

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 2
Kilroy – 2

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