Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 197 called “Drama Alert!” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, March 11th, 2018.
On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past week in video games before we move onto Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we talk about a StarCraft II documentary, discipline action against four Overwatch League players, Epic goes on a rant about World of Warcraft esports and then we move onto our discussion about Heroes of the Storm adjusting their reporting system, Diablo could be Switching things up, Papa Jeff talks about Season 9 meta, and Overwatch drops the ban hammer on it’s moderators. Then we move onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week we talk about World of Warcraft: Chronicles Volume 3 coming out, and our thoughts on downtime during expansions.
But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one calledDead Zone – Lost Hope! 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 197 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!
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It’s been a busy week for Blizzard Entertainment esports! Not only did we have action from the Overwatch League and World of Warcraft esports, we also received word that the crew over at Filmrise will be making a documentary about the life two StarCraft II pro’s and their journey’s towards BlizzCon. It will be called “Gamechangers: Dreams of Blizzcon” and will be looking into the life of Mun “MMA” Song Wan and Jang “MC” Min Chul. And they also hint that there will be the possibility of Blizzard releasing an Overwatch esports documentary in the near future.
We have talked about it way more times than anyone should have to, but the Overwatch League is back in the news this week and this time it’s not just one player who’s getting in trouble, it’s multiple. Three players, and one coach are getting hit with some disciplinary action based on things they have recent said outside of the Overwatch League on either social media, or on their personal streams. But the one that caught everyone’s eye was the suspension of xQc from the Dallas Fuel. And minutes before we sat down to record the episode, the Dallas Fuel announced the departure of xQc from their roster. We go into a lengthy discussion about everything on the show, but if you want to read the official announcements they can be found here.
And to wrap up our esports discussion, Epicinsantiy goes on a rant about the world of the World of Warcraft esports. From their lack of advertisement and promotion, to the lack of information on their website about the events. Epic asks the question, “how can we take WOW esports seriously, if Blizzard isn’t?” Find out more about the discussion by listening to this episode!
Heroes of the Storm has paved the report system in video games as we know it. They were first to implement the mute system for abusive chat, and helped clean up the community quiet a bit. But recently, it was made known that a popular Russian streamer was reporting his whole team after his team would lose. And Blizzard caught onto this action, and are re-writing their report system to prevent abuse from players like this. We’ve talked about similar things happening in Overwatch, but Heroes of the Storm seems to be the testing ground for new changes like this. Find out more about this issue here.
Who knew one simple Tweet could change the world as we know it… The Blizzard Entertainment Twitter account tweeted out “Good night” and played a 6 second video of Diablo III night light getting turned on and off, and the community immediately assumed that Diablo was coming to the Nintendo Switch. But wait… there’s more! The website Eurogamer claims to have proof from Blizzard saying it’s in the works, even though Blizzard themselves said no. The Community still insists its coming. Epic has a story about Diablo and switches. Check out the episode to hear about his demonic light switch experience.
This past week, Papa Jeff went to the forums to talk about the current Meta that players are experiencing in Season 9 of competitive play in Overwatch. He wanted to debunk the rumors that different heroes are played across the different ranks. And from the information he shared, it basically proves that ranks have very similar Top 10 heroes played. For example, Dva is the highest picked hero across all ranks followed closely by Mercy and Moria. But there are heroes like Junkrat and Reinhardt who drop off the list very quickly once they hit Platinum rank. And heroes like Zenyetta and Tracer only show up in high competitive ranks, which has something to do with the fact that they are two higher skill capped players. What do you think about this kind of data?
We would be doing the community a disservice if we didn’t address the issue going on right now with one of the previous Overwatch League Twitch chat moderators. We talk about the topic in depth on the podcast. But if you want to know exactly what is going on, check out the source article on the topic from CodeHitchHiker aka Cher Scarlett called, “Half a million people have seen me naked.” In the article, she talks about how this Overwatch mod re-posted nude images of her online without her permission. From both of us here at Frozen Nerdz, there is a special place in hell for people do this type of thing. And the male in question deserves to lose more than just his career of such actions. This type of behavior is NOT “boys will be boys,” it is 110% not acceptable. And we don’t mention his name, because he doesn’t need anymore attention on this topic. But revenge porn needs to be stopped, and Cher has a White House petition started to do just that. Check it out here.
With the Battle for Azeroth Alpha in full swing, it’s definitely another slow news week for World of Warcraft, so this week on the show we talk about the upcoming release of the World of Warcraft Chronicles Vol. 3. Interested in pre-ordered your copy that releases on March 27th, 2018, use our Amazon Affiliate link here!
So what is there to do in World of Warcraft right now? *Crickets* *Crickets* There doesn’t seem to be much to do right now, but on this week’s show, we talk about a bunch of different options that Blizzard really should consider in order to prevent content draught like this again. Warlords of Draenor was bad, but is Legion during into WOD 2.0? Find out more from our discussion!
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: Dead Zone – Hope Lost v 1.4 Type: Survival Creator: Apocrypha Game Overview: “Dead Zone – Hope Lost is described as a dense horror atmosphere unlike anything else seen in Starcraft 2 thanks to a large amount of custom assets, environmental systems and intricate sound design.”
Epic’s Review: “This game takes the cake on game design. Not only does it have voice acting, while playing the game I completely forgot I was playing StarCraft. It’s a top down horror game in an apocalyptic world where you have to savage, pick locks, do melee combat, protect your direwolf and try to survive, all whole in a dark in environment. I’m not sure that in our 4 years of playing the Blizzard Arcade we’ve ever found a game like this. Graphically, audibly, etc.”
Kilroy’s Review: “Holy crap, this game starts out with a huge cutscene sequence where it describes the story of a colony falling to a virus. From there the game loads in and you are taught a new subset of controls and manual fighting efforts. This is an example of the Starcraft Arcade engine being pushed to its limits in modification and design. The developer of this game put a ton of time into adjusting the lighting and weather, they have input a lock picking system that requires you to remember complex sequences to pick locks on car trunks just to get at some equipment or useful items that may help in your mission to survive. The zombie AI is aggressive and will seek you out keeping you on your toes in this very expansive game. Great find and a totally awesome game overall.”