Episode 73 – “Those Who Endure”


Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 73 titled Those Who Endure!

We are a your Blizzard Entertainment 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.

The show was recorded on Sunday, August 9th, 2015. And was released on Tuesday August 11th 2015.

On Today’s episode we quickly go over our weeks in video games, then we jump right into covering all of this week’s news inside the Blizzard Entertainment Universe. But before we start this week’s discussion we present this week’s Top 10 List of Demon Hunter names. Then we drop a basic campfire and start our World of Warcraft discussion where we discuss as much as we can from this past week’s Legion announcement!! But then before you know it, we are onto the StarCade! This week we cover a Blizzard Arcade game called Those Who Endure – Aiur’s Last Stand! Then we move onto our Blizzard Discussion topics where we discuss the new Overwatch Hero and the new multiplayer StarCraft mode! If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, or want to join in on the conversation, feel free to email the show at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. Then we wrap up the show thanking those people who supported the show this week and then we say our weekly goodbyes. So sit back, relax and enjoy Episode 73 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast.

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Blizzard Entertainment News (August 2nd – August 9th, 2015):

The world of gaming is always changing so here is a heads up on what’s been happening this past week inside the Blizzard Universe. We highlight each one of these on the show, so if you want to learn more, just click on the link!

StarCraft

Team Liquids #WhyILoveSC2 contest has come to an end but you can find a summary of submission on their site or on the SC2 Blog

StarCraft shows off a new cooperative mode to be entering into the SC2 universe called Allied Commanders

Heroes of the Storm

New heroes skins and mounts coming soon™ who will be your favorite?

Along with with all those new heroes skins and mounts a new Battleground Infernal Shrines will be making its way to the Nexus

Ranked play is getting a makeover with some details about how this will work in this weeks conversations around the community.

Dynamic Bundles are finally on their way giving players a better price when they already own a hero!

Hearthstone

Season 16 ranked play final rankings are available congrats to Phreek for ranking #1

New Details about the Grand Tournament have come out at Gamescom all covered on the Hearthstone Blog.

Join Ben Brode and Dan “Frodan” Chou on august 14th at 10A.M. PDT  on the official Hearthstone Twitch for some show matches of the new expansion!

Diablo

Patch 2.3.0 takes a dive into adventure mode making bold feature changes and even adding a new zone!

Season 3 is coming to an end soon, push hard to secure your place on the leader boards.

Overwatch

New overwatch Maps have been revealed showing off more of Blizzards new Shooter that betas this fall!

A new Hero brings his sound blaster and awesome “rollerblades” into the fight and his name is LÚCIO.

A Overwatch button was added to the launcher but it is meant for helping players get more information on this upcoming game.

World of Warcraft

Another Warcraft Poll asks players what battle pet they would choose if they could only have 1? So far Unborn Val’kyr is in the lead.

Patch 6.2 Hotfix notes have been released for this past week.

Massive news comes to us all the way from Cologne Germany where blizzard has announce its new expansion, Legion , Which will be invading azeroth and your computers soon ™

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Frozen Nerdz Weekly Top 10 List

Its time for another Top 10 this weeks top 10

Top 10 List of Demon Hunter Names

10.) VanFelsing
9.) ThirdiBlind
8.) Valla
7.) FelBoy
6.) Felthuzad
5.) DmonRayVaun
4.) DannyGlaiver
3.) GlaivednConfused
2.) Prepared
1.) *Listen to Episode 73 for #1!*

World of Warcraft Discussion:

Each week we discuss topics that are current or helpful to the player community of the World of Warcraft. This week’s topics are as follows:

LORE SAID: amount of Legion info at gamescom: we made the mistake with Warlords of talking about too much too early, and some stuff didn’t make it. That’s something we’re trying very hard to avoid as much as possible with Legion, which means being a little tighter-lipped about our plans.The info will come, we just want to limit the risk of going back on what we share as much as possible. the gamescom Q&A/dev talk, I think that was an internal miscommunication. Many of us (myself included) also thought it was to be a Q&A. Can’t do anything but apologize for that. We’ll circle back and do better next time.

Topics:

1- Artifact weapons discussion

  • You will not loot weapons in Legion.
  • There will be no catch up mechanics for Artifact weapons on alts.
  • There are 36 Artifacts, one for each class and specialization.
  • You will earn Artifact Power as you accomplish things. Completing quest lines, dungeons, outdoor objectives, battlegrounds, and most major activities. The power is spent to unlock traits that empower your weapon and character, as well as visual customization.
  • Artifact weapons can be transmoged into other weapons, but not the other way around.
  • Earning the Artifact has a class and spec specific quest, but it isn’t anywhere near the green fire quest in terms of scale and difficulty.

2- Demon Hunter Discussion

  • Demon Hunters are a Hero Class, meaning they have a unique starting experience, similar to what Death Knights got. They will also start at a very high level, allowing you to immediately flow into the Legion content.
  • Demon Hunters only have two specs, as a healer didn’t make sense and another DPS spec would water down the identity of the class.
  • Double Jump allows you to get over obstacles that other classes cannot!
  • Demon Hunters wear Leather and can use Daggers, Fist Weapons, One-Handed Axes, One-Handed Maces, and One-Handed Swords.
  • The team talked about having the Demon Hunter wear mail, but it didn’t fit the class identity.
  • Only Night Elves and Blood Elves can be a Demon Hunter.
  • Demon Hunters will start somewhere around level 95 to 100.

3- Raid / Dungeon Discussion

  • Raids today are harder than they have ever been.
  • Raids worked out well for the most part in Warlords, but the team has talked about how to make loot better and how to improve personal loot for Legion.
  • The team wants to make sure that there are more dungeons, more varied challenges, and more replayability, and more of a reason to keep doing dungeons throughout the expansion.
  • The team isn’t sure how exactly they will incentivize players to keep going back to dungeons yet. Once you started to raid in Draenor, you had no reason to go back to a dungeon, which is not good. Mists of Pandaria was a better model, where you had a reward for doing a dungeon every day.

4- PVP

  • The Conquest system is going away.
  • The goals is to remove PvP gear. There will be PvP ways to obtain gear, but the power in PvP will be about the gear you obtain and the PvP talents that you unlock.
  • The new system is similar to a PvP talent system. As you gain honor, you progress through ranks from 1 to 50. Each rank gives you perks and bonuses, as well as unlocking PvP talents. The PvP talents allow the team to balance PvP more independently of PvE. These abilities will only work in battlegrounds and arenas. You unlock down a column and then start on the next one, so that you quickly unlock at least one option for each row, then further ranks give you more options to choose from. Everything is unlocked at rank 50.
  • Prestige Ranks – You can reset your honor rank and level it up again for Prestige Ranks that grant cosmetic rewards. This gives players that do a lot of PvP extra rewards that don’t increase their power.

5- Other

  • One of the social features under development is notifying you when friends join a queue and allowing you to queue with them.
  • The team would also like to improve communication across groups. If you have a group of friends you raid with or PvP with there should be a better way to communicate with them.
  • The team is happy with how flying worked out in Draenor. You will have to level up and explore the land before you are able to fly, similar to what is coming in Patch 6.2.1.
  • The professions team for Legion is the largest that Blizzard has ever had for WoW and lots of new things are coming. The team heard the feedback about Warlords professions.
  • The subscriber count is more volatile than it used to be because players have gotten older and don’t have as much free time anymore. As long as players are happy and enjoy the game, the team doesn’t mind extreme peaks and valleys. They just want to ensure you have a great experience and feel like you got your money’s worth.
  • The team doesn’t focus on or make decisions based on what their subscriber count is. They focus on making the best game they can, learn some lessons, and keep moving forward.
  • One more character slot will be added.
  • Survival Hunters will be a melee class with pet going forward.
  • You will spend less time in your Order Hall than you did in your Garrison. You go back to do quests, work on your artifact, and interact with your champions. You will likely spend a lot of your downtime in Dalaran.
  • Boost to 100 coming with purchase new or old char just like before

Perdictions

Beta: Epic – December Early; Kilroy – November Mid Late

Launch: Epic – Early May; Kilroy – Mid April

The Blizzard Arcade (The StarCade):

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.

This Week’s Game: Those Who Endure – Aiur’s Last Stand
Type: Survival
Creator: Thrikodias
DetailsPlay as Aiur’s unsung heroes. the Shel’na Kryhas. Who struggle every day as they try to survive against ruthless feral zerg.

Stupid Funability:

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5
Overall Score – 5

Ease of Play:

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5
Overall Score – 5

Replayability:

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5
Overall Score – 5

AI Incorporated:

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 3
Overall Score – 3

Overall Score – 4.5  out of 5!

General Blizzard Games Topics

Our focus here at Frozen Nerdz is to discuss all things Blizzard Entertainment and on occasion some interesting topics on other games in their family come up.

Overwatch – What did you think of the new hero and any additional coverage? “Beta fall 10th”

StarCraft – Legacy of the Void : Allied Commanders Preview

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