Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 203 called “Now Selling BlizzCoin” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, April 22nd, 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 Battle.net currency, esports marketing research, Overwatch Contenders, the World of Warcraft MDI before we move onto talking about the sad news coming out of the Hearthstone world. Then we talk about our Heroes of the Dorms brackets, a new map coming to the Overwatch rotation, and more drama in Dallas. Then we move onto talking about World of Warcraft. This week we talk about Lordaeron and Teldrassil quests and cutscenes, and then we discuss War Mode.
But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called The Walking Dead! 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 203 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!
With the releases of the WoW Token a few years ago, and our ability to convert it into Battle.net Balance, a lot of people have been asking for a way to gift that balance to friends. Well, we have good news for you: Battle.net Balance is now 100% giftable! Starting with as little as $5, you can now send your balance to friends for Birthdays, Graduations, or just because you care. There are some restrictions so you may want to familiarize yourself with everything here before you start gifting large sums of balance to your favorite podcasters 😛
Just a friendly reminder, BlizzCon Tickets go on Sale on SOON!
BlizzCon Ticket Sale #1: Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. PDT ($199)
BlizzCon Ticket Sale #2: Saturday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m. PDT ($199)
BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Ticket Sale: Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. PDT ($750)
This past week it was announced that Activision Blizzard has a deal with Nielsen, the global measurement and data analytics company, to track and value esports brand investments. The company will begin tracking with Overwatch League, the Overwatch World Cup, and Overwatch Contenders this year, along with Activision’s Call of Duty World League. It is estimated that esports has an economy of $906 million this year with the majority of that revenue coming from Sponsors and Advertisers. Does this mean will see a rise in new sponsors for events? Find out more about this partnership and research here.
With everyone’s eyes on the Overwatch League right now, and gamers asking themselves everywhere how do they get into the Overwatch League, the answer is actually pretty easy, but the road is a little rough. It all starts with Overwatch Contenders, which is basically the Amateur/Minor League for Overwatch, and we have moved from regular play into our playoff season already. If you want to see the who may be moving over to the Overwatch League soon, check out the Overwatch Contenders today!
A lot of people have been talking about World of Warcraft esports for some time, and now we have the Mythic Dungeon Invitational upon us! Check out all the latest hot PVE action in the recent China and Asian Pacific regional weekends as we move into the European weekend this coming week. Which team will reign supreme?! Find out more here.
It’s a sad week for the Hearthstone team as well as the Blizzard Entertainment community as a whole. It was announced this week that Hamilton Chu, the Hearthstone’s Executive Producer, will be leaving the company. But unfortunately, he’s not the only person who’s leaving. The Hearthstone Game Director and elemental rapper Ben Brode also announced his departure from the team and Blizzard Entertainment. Brode was more of a community facing member of the team whereas Chu was more behind the scenes, but we have a feeling that both of them will be working together in the near future and something new and exciting is on the horizon. From both of us here at Frozen Nerdz, we wish them the best!
Epic talked about it last week, and then this week it was revealed on the PTR that the map from Archives: Retribution will be a new escort map in Overwatch! The Rialto map is just in the basic stages of testing and appears to be overly unbalanced and favors snipers. But the map itself is beautiful and we are excited to see more of what it has in store on the PTR. Check out more about the latest patch here.
Normally, we would talk about the Overwatch League in our esports section, but this week we had more to talk about when it comes to the Dallas Fuel. It was announced this past week that the Fuel have let go of their coach KyKy, and their Korean DPS player Rascal. Players and coaches being replaced or let go isn’t anything new to esports, or sports in general. But the way that Rascal was let go has a lot of people in the community fired up about it so we figured it was best for us to weigh in on the discussion. In the press release the Dallas Fuel said, “We had hoped that Rascal could add flexibility to our DPS lineup on the team this season. Unfortunately, his commitment to the team did not meet our expectations and his unwillingness to communicate with the team while playing in recent matches became a large distraction.” Since Rascal is a Korean speaker player, and the rest of his team is English speaking, there are going to be communication issues. But instead of working on them, the Dallas Fuel decided to replace him. The LA Gladiator’s player Fissure weighed in on this topic on his “talk show.” To find out more about the Dallas Fuel Roster changes, check out the press release.
This week we discussion the following topics about World of Warcraft:
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: The Walking Dead v0.11 Type: Puzzle Creator: SoulScream Details: “You must find the best option for victory.” Kilroy’s Review: “Honestly the game was easy to cheese but there was a point where you will get stuck and will not be able to go any further the design idea is cool however the overall completeness of the game is still kind of a beta. Fun still I had to play it 2 times once i found the healing pool that let you cheese the game.” Epicinsanity’s Review: “Overall the game was a little rough, the concept was there. But since it’s a 12v12 game, without AI that assists, it was a little harder to understand and advance. It’s a survival game that is built with Warcraft III assists. The whole point of the game is to block off doors to prevent zombies (undead npc’s) from zerg rushing you. I got to play as Arthas, and there were some other warcraft related players in the mix. It appears to be a remake of Stratholme.”