Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 206 called “People Be Trippin’.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, May 13th, 2018.
On this week’s show, we go over our past week in video games before we move onto our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we start off talking about BlizzCon ticket sales, the cost of more teams coming to Overwatch League, the history of StarCraft, balancing in Hearthstone, changes coming to heroes in Heroes of the Storm, and then we talk about the Pink Mercy charity skin and the controversy behind it. Then we move onto talking about World of Warcraft. This week we talk about the real life cost of WoW gold, changes coming to the PVP system, and another cheater going to jail.
But no episode would be complete without us talking about a Blizzard Arcade game and this week we are talking about one called Beast of the Hill! And then before you know it, it’s time for us to say our weekly goodbyes.
We also talk about our BlizzCon ticket experiences from this year, and our response to the Pink Mercy Skin in Overwatch.
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 206 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!
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 Pink Mercy Charity Skin.
Top 5 Saltiest Charity Haters
5.) But locking this great and new skin behind a paywall is more than disgusting!
4.) That’s the first time I’ve seen a game ask for a minimum of a 15$ for a charity. Seems Blizz truely lives in a bubble.
3.) Too much money for Mercy; would have paid 15 for pink granny.
2.) whatever it’s for a good cause and all, but I don’t have $20 to drop on a card for Blizzard
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*
The first two rounds of BlizzCon tickets went on sale, and within a total of 19 mins, all general admission tickets have been sold. But if you missed out on your shot to get tickets, there is still a chance to get the Benefit Dinner ticket when they go on sale Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. PDT through Universe. These tickets do cost $750 per ticket, which includes a BlizzCon ticket, but all the proceeds raised will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. If you are interested in the Benefit tickets, head here. If you want to see if there are any tickets available for purchase, keep checking out the LFBlizzCon.com page.
We’ve talked about the upcoming expansion of the Overwatch League, and now the math and the cost behind the scenes has come out. It appears that the first 12 teams that join the Overwatch League each paid in a total of $20 million USD to join. And future teams will be looking at the cost of $30-60 million USD to join the league. The price change comes as the interest in the league increases. The teams within the Overwatch League are valued at $120-160 million USD right now. So the chance for growth is there, but who is going to be shelling out the $30-60 million to join in the next season of the Overwatch League? Only time will tell. On this episode, we talk about a few different teams we wouldn’t mind seeing, and discuss the overall topic a lot more.
It’s not really StarCraft news per say, but it’s defiantly a good StarCraft related read. So if you want to learn more about the history of how the game became a game, check out this PC Gamer article today! It’s a solid read!
Currently in Hearthstone there are a lot of cards and decks that just seem to have a higher win rate than others, and because of that the community has been demanding more balance come to Hearthstone. But the Hearthstone team weighs in on this topic saying its a mix between feelings and metrics. Meaning that they only make adjustments if it feels right to the play style of the game, and it has to be supported by metrics to back the reasoning behind it. The example they say is that if a deck wins 65% of the time, it feels good for the person playing it, but not so much for the person playing against it. But instead of nerfing the winning deck, what about increasing the win rate of the losing deck. Because if people are always losing, they won’t keep playing. Who needs facts when you can just act on your feelings?!
This past week, we got two major announcements from the Heroes of the Storm team! And that means, some major reworks coming to both Diablo and Lunara. And some new skins of the two fo them. These reworks are going to be a more frequent thing coming out of the Heroes of the Storm team in order to balance the heroes in the game instead of always funneling new ones into the roster. And that’s definitely important. And it’s good to see that the Lord of Destruction was one of the first ones on their lists to get done.
And it has come and gone, and most of you didn’t even know it was happening this year. But the Heroes of the Dorm competition has crowded a new champion this past week in the Blizzard Arena. And this time around it wasn’t an American team that won the whole thing, but the Canadian University Laval that took home the scholarship money! To read more all about it, check out this article for recaps of that matches.
If you like new Mercy skins, and supporting a good cause, the Overwatch team has a deal for you! You can get the new Pink Mercy skin today for just $14.99 USD and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). You can also pick up the $30 limited edition Pink Mercy shirt on the Blizzard Gear store. And by watching up to 6 hours of select Overwatch streams on Twitch, you can also get some exclusive BCRF sprays for use inside the game.
But with a good thing, there is always going to be salt and controversy. And it appears that Sony is at the front of the lines this time because on their PlayStation store is shows that only a portion of the proceeds will be going to the BCRF/Blizzard.
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: Beast of the Hill v1.0 Type: King of the Hill Creator: Pinny Details: “Beast of the hill is a free for all mod where you have to stand on the red dot at the center of the map to score points! Be the last man standing or collect enough points to win!” Kilroy’s Review: “Fun concept simple RTS style with a center king of the hill theme. Overall a solid built map, it doesn’t take away too much from the original SC2 game but a good mod nonetheless. The AI doesn’t attempt to sit in the dot but it does like to attack your base relentlessly which is basically the other win condition so I guess there is AI even if it isn’t created by the developer.”