Episode 210 – “Cookie Distraction”

Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 210 called “Cookie Distraction.” We are your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, June 10th, 2018.

On this week’s show, we quickly go over our past weeks in video games before we move onto talking about our Blizzard Entertainment discussion. This week we start off talking about the potential changes that could help the HGC, Overwatch League coming home, more new Diablo jobs posted, stealth Hearthstone nerfs, new heroes and maps in Heroes of the Storm, changes coming to Symmetra, and then we move onto talking about World of Warcraft. This week we talk about Storytelling at E3, Epic Battlegrounds coming, and then we wrap up with a discussion on the Battle for Azeroth Global launch!

And then before you know it, it’s time for us to say our weekly goodbyes.

And then for our Patrons on Frozen Nerdz After Dark, we talk about BlizzCon closing acts, lack of communication on changes, and rehashed content.

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 210 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 Hearthstone universe. We discovered a lot of salt pertaining to recent stealth changes made to Hearthstone cards!

Top 5 Saltiest Hearthstone Players

5.) Can you please say something to justify making an arguably bad card worse (Tess) while not offering a refund?
4.) I don’t mean to be an !@#, but, didnt we get a dust refund when yogg got this exact same nerf? what changed?
3.) Just your daily reminder, that blizzard lied to us, and they need to publicly admit that fact, and apologize.
2.) They’re hoping people only focus on Tess and don’t notice the other stealth nerfs they made.
1.) *To hear #1, listen to this week’s episode!*

With the overwhelming success and structure of the Overwatch League, it brings into question what other Blizzard esports can do in order to keep the focus on them instead of other games within the genre. And it brings up the question on what the Heroes esports team can do in order to make HoTS thriving again. On this show we talk about what another esports organization did in order to bring their game back to the top. Would something like that work for Heroes and the HGC?

With recent talks about the Overwatch League adding more international teams, we start to wonder when will we see teams playing at other stadiums instead of just the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, CA. Well, recently Commissioner Nate sat down with ESPN to talk about having teams playing “home” games by 2020. This is a major step in the right direction, but how would that all work out? Find out more about this topic here! 

We’ve been talking about it for months, but now it seems that the “unannounced Diablo” project is hiring specifically for it instead of it just being suggested and rumored. This is a step in the right direction, but don’t you find it funny that on Episode 209 we talked about how Diablo is working on something they just can’t say what? 😛

Hearthstone was in a little bit of hot water this past week when they announced that changes to cards were going live today. Normally Hearthstone is very open and forward about card changes, but this time around they didn’t say anything about it and just made changes. And that made the community a little bit… salty.

This past week the Heroes of the Storm team announced that the next hero headed to the Nexus will be Yrel! But that wasn’t the only thing that they announced, they also told us that they will be releasing a new Warcraft themed map called Alterac Pass! And with that, they were will be a new event coming called Echoes of Alterac! It’s a good time to be a fan of Warcraft and a player of Heroes of the Storm!

Overwatch still remains supreme when it comes to communication about what’s going on within the game. Besides just changes coming to Symmetra, we have a lot of new features that have been hinted about from Papa Jeff on his latest developer update. And one of those features is going to be the group finding feature that will allow players to make their own groups. But will that be good, or bad for the game? Find out more here! 

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

1.) E3 will Host Blizzard storytelling in the Coliseum on June 13th
2.) Epic Battle grounds may reintroduce sites like Tol Barad and Wintergrasp
3.) Battle for Azeroth releasing Globally!

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