Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 37.1 entitled Live at BlizzCon!
We are your Blizzard Entertainment and Steam Free to Play discussion podcast. Each week we discuss anything that falls in between or outside those two glaciers. From talking about the games you love, the worlds you live in, AND maybe even a few you haven’t even heard of yet. Join Kilroy and Epicinsanity each week as we sit down and discuss the topics no one else is talking about as we bring you new points of view in a not so standard podcast format.
This episode was recorded LIVE from BlizzCon 2014 on Saturday, November 8th after Day 1 of the convention. And was released on Sunday, Novemeber 9th, 2014.
On todays show, we talk about all things Blizzard Entertainment, from World of Warcraft to the Blizzard Arcade to Overwatch. This episode is jammed packed with BlizzCon goodness. So sit back, relax and enjoy!
Warlords of Draenor Releases November 13th, 2014
Press Release Information about the Upcoming Warlords Expansion:
Explore a Savage World: Explore the hostile world of Draenor, home of the orc and draenei races, as it once existed, and adventure in all-new zones alongside characters central to Warcraft history.
Build Your Garrison: Construct, command, and expand your own customizable stronghold on Draenor, and gather NPC followers to collect resources and embark on missions on your orders.
Jump to Level 90: Boost one character of your choosing to be ready to adventure on Draenor, making it easier than ever to enjoy the latest content alongside your friends—available now when you pre-purchase the expansion.
New Player Character Art: Character models and animations for many of World of Warcraft’s existing playable races are being fully revamped in keeping with the game’s iconically epic style.
Adventure to Level 100: Reach new heights of power and unlock bonuses to further enhance your abilities on your way to the new level cap of 100.
…And More: Take on a wide array of Dungeons, Raids, Battlegrounds, Challenge Modes, and more—no matter what kind of content you enjoy, new adventures await.
Garona – Paula Patton – Done with live action instead of motion capture.
The Starcade (Blizzard Arcade):
More information coming about some of the developer changes coming within the next few days.
Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void announcement!
The Return of the Lurker!
As a standalone experience, Legacy of the Void will allow players to immediately dive into StarCraft II, even if they did not play Wings of Liberty or Heart of the Swarm.
The new campaign will reveal the stunning conclusion to one of the greatest sci-fi stories of all time, deciding the fates of Jim Raynor, Kerrigan, Zeratul, and more.
Archon Mode will be a new, two-player cooperative experience that involves both players sharing control over a single base and army in multiplayer action.By sharing the responsibilities of commanding troops and managing resources, players can focus on their own areas of the battle and execute more intricate strategies.
Allied Commanders is another cooperative mode that involves players joining forces and taking on the roles of powerful commanders from the StarCraft saga. Players battle through scenarios together, leveling up their commanders’ capabilities as they progress.
Brand-new units for the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg, and new abilities for existing units expand the strategic depth of StarCraft II multiplayer action.
Automated tournaments over Battle.net will give players a new and convenient way to compete with each other online.
New multiplayer maps and tilesets will bring the battle to all corners of the Koprulu Sector.
Hearthstone: Goblin vs Gnomes Expansion Announced!
Goblins vs Gnomes is the explosive first Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft expansion, giving players more cards—and more ways to construct their decks—than ever before!
GvG card packs will offer players over 120 new cards to add to their collection, sparking an explosion of new strategic options and ways to play Hearthstone. These cards focus on the epic rivalry between goblins and gnomes—as well as the inventions they concoct to get the upper hand.
WHY GOBLINS VS GNOMES?
Hapless heroes across Azeroth have learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to the contraptions crafted by goblin engineers and their gnomish counterparts—and that dynamic is the perfect fit for Hearthstone. With our first expansion, we wanted to stick with a fun common theme just like we did with Curse of Naxxramas, our first Adventure—but this time, the results are more unpredictable.
NEW CARD TYPE: MECHS
GvG features a new type of card —Mechs—that represent the inventions designed by goblins and gnomes. These mechanical marvels can have, well . . . let’s just say “interesting” interactions with other cards that we can’t wait for players to discover.
IN THE ARENA
As with Curse of Naxxramas, GvG cards will be available in the Arena without having to own any of the cards. Players will also win Goblins versus Gnomes card packs after completing a run in the Arena.
HOW DO YOU GET THESE CRAZY THINGS?
Players will be able to add GvG cards to their collection by purchasing new card packs in the store for in-game gold or real money at the same price as the existing card packs
WHEN IS IT OUT?
Goblins vs Gnomes is due out in December 2014, for all your tinkering needs.
Diablo 3 Upcoming Changes:
Heroes of the Storm:
WHAT IS HEROES OF THE STORM?
Heroes of the Storm is a fun-filled, free-to-play online team brawler starring your favorite Blizzard characters. In Heroes, the epic battles between the champions and villains of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo aren’t settled with last hits and kill-stealing—victory is achieved by working together as a team.
Whether you’re a hardcore World of Warcraft raider, a demon-slaying Barbarian, or a Bronze-league Terran, you’ll find customizable heroes from across the Blizzard multiverse to suit your play style – with more on the way. Grab four of your buddies and engage in fast-paced 5v5 mayhem across varied battlegrounds that impact strategy and change the way you play every match. When the mightiest characters in gaming history clash, hilarity and mayhem take center stage!
CHOOSE YOUR HERO
Characters like Thrall, Kerrigan, Diablo, Arthas, Zeratul, Tyrael—powerful legends from Azeroth, Sanctuary, the Koprulu sector, and beyond—have been sucked into the Nexus, a transdimensional storm, to engage in eternal battle. Stranded in a strange limbo of clashing universes, these combatants are joined by the same fate—to engage in pulse-pounding combat, and team up in a deadly struggle for survival. Each hero’s fighting style can be customized through a talent system that unlocks special bonuses and abilities that reflect each hero’s unique persona.
MASTER THE BATTLEGROUNDS
The Nexus plunges the greatest warriors and strategists of the Blizzard multiverse into one of 7unique battlegrounds for a no-holds-barred melee. Conquer mercenary camps to recruit powerful allies, such as siege giants, to your side. Unlock the mysteries of each battleground, including ghostly pirate ships, the fickle Raven Lord, and massive grave golems to achieve a glorious victory. Each battleground offers a different strategic objective, affecting how you play each hero, as well as team strategy.
GET INTO THE ACTION – FASTER
With matches clocking in at 20 minutes, players must quickly come together and execute with precision. The thrill of battle unfolds quickly as players strategically choose talents to customize their fighting style without the need to manage items or money. Each match offers numerous possibilities and challenges for players to create new strategies based on battleground objectives as well as team compositions. Features such as Ranked Play and Custom Games create another level of competition for teams ready for a higher level battle.
SMASH YOUR ENEMIES IN STYLE
Distinguish yourself and your team in battle with dozens of unique heroes, skins, and mounts. Then choose from among multiple heroic abilities, enabling you to dish out ruin in the form of orbital bombardments, strafing frost wyrms, or all-consuming hellfire—to name just a few of the many ways you’ll be able to deliver destruction to your enemies.
WHAT IS OVERWATCH?
Overwatch is a highly stylized team-based shooter set on a near-future earth. Every match is an intense multiplayer showdown pitting a diverse cast of heroes, mercenaries, scientists, adventurers, and oddities against each other in an epic, globe-spanning conflict.
In Overwatch, bold characters with extraordinary abilities fight across fantastic yet familiar battlegrounds. Teleport past rockets while an ally dives behind a double-decker hoverbus on the cobblestone streets of London. Shield your team from a shadowy archer’s ambush, then hunt him through a bazaar beneath a high-tech Egyptian pyramid.
A GLOBAL CAST OF AMAZING HEROES
The heroes of Overwatch each brings their own unique powers and game-changing ultimate abilities into battle. Tracer, a former British test pilot who shrugs at danger, executes impossible acrobatic assaults thanks to her ability to teleport, drop bombs, and even reverse time.
Tracer’s time-space tricks not getting the job done? Switch heroes mid-match and command the might of Winston, an ingenious ape armed with a turbo-powered jet pack. Leap across rooftops to crash into the thick of battle, distracting your foes from their target.
The heroes of Overwatch are many, powerful, and distinct—but their potential is amplified when they assemble into a formidable team. Your options for achieving victory are endless when you and your allies can defy gravity, transform into rapid-firing turrets, or conjure billboard-sized energy shields.
12 heroes are playable at BlizzCon—with many more to come.
OVER-THE-TOP SHOOTER ACTION
In Overwatch, teams will compete in 6v6 objective-based battles set across the world.
Every battlefield is iconicand built to allow each character’s signature abilities to shine. Fights shift from streets to rooftops to open skies as teams play off of each others’ powers, clashing over dynamic mission objectives.
Overwatch:The action is unbounded, the heroes are vibrant, and the potential to creatively combine powers is limitless. Team up and accomplish the incredible.