Ep 31 – 8 Crazy Nights!

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014   |   HotScast Episode #31   |   Hosts:  Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar)

HotSCast Altered Fates Bundle Heroes of the Storm Malfurion Tyrande


Ril:  New Skins released! Altered Fates Skins and Bundles – Betrayer Malfurion and Warden Tyrande

**The history we know has been reimagined in two Altered Fates-themed Skins – Betrayer Malfurion and Warden Tyrande! These two new skins are now available for purchase in the Shop along with two new bundles.**

New Skins

Betrayer Malfurion Skin — $9.99 USD

Warden Tyrande Skin — $7.49 USD

New Bundles

Altered Fates Skin Bundle — Now $13.11 USD

Betrayer Malfurion Skin

Warden Tyrande Skin

Altered Fates Complete Bundle — Now $22.47 USD

Malfurion + Betrayer Malfurion Skin

Tyrande + Warden Tyrande Skin

Links, if relevant:  http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/forum/topic/15538506267


Ril:  Please also note that the Gold price for our newest hero, Jaina, has been reduced from 15,000 to 10,000 Gold.


Ril:  WRM – a listener I met at BlizzCon, is absolutely thrilled with the changes to Sgt. Hammer. I told him to send us an email with some specifics, but we’ve been chatting through Bnet and he was able to take down 4 enemies with just a support keeping him healed.

Contest submissions are continuing to come in, and I don’t want to say which Hero this is, as to not skew anyone elses answers that come in, but there is a SURPRISING majority of favorite Hero Skins being for the same Hero, and the look of that Hero itself being the favorite. We have started receiving requests for the small Heroes shirt also, but more for the HotSCast tee, so keep those submissions coming in, let us know your favorite skin via an email to HotSCast@gmail.com, and if you’d like the small shirt, you will have better odds overall, but keep them coming either way! The winner will be announced on our first show in January!

Lastly, a huge thanks to the community for the support in the wake of the tragedy that took place in my town yesterday!


Ril:  Valla – Turret’s

Possible Show Titles:

No Horse-Armor Points
Rocky Bilbayo
***8 Crazy Nights***


Ep 30 – Took A Printer To The Knee!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | HotScast Episode #30 | Hosts: Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar)

Winter Veil Bundle HotSCast Heroes of the Storm


Ril: Quick update here, they’ve unveiled a Winter Veil Complete Bundle – it gets you the hero Jaina, the Winter Veil Jaina skin, Great-Father Winter Rehgar, and the Reign-Deer Mount for a grand total of $29.97. Buying those separately would cost you $39.96, that’s a savings of $9.99

Links: http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/forum/topic/15490908981#1


Ril: Using Tyrael to keep 4 enemy team members off a Trib in cursed hollow using a spec’d Holy Smite for pushing, a spec’d El’Druins Might for blocking field, and continously circling the bushes, long enough for my teammates to come in and secure the trib and a quad-kill!

Mike: Taking down Arthas with Malf one on one :) .. Hybrid DPS/Heal Malf FTW.

Kali: Last Wed when we streamed and we didn’t allow the enemy team to get even one dragon


Mike: Not really PATCH notes but they had the Reddit AMA on Thursday, 12/4. Link to good recap is below.

Links: http://www.heroesnexus.com/news/1259-heroes-developer-ama-recap


Ril: Friend of the show – Breja, and his son PDawg, had a personal thing happen at home and they had to bail on a match in progress, relatively early, maybe 8 minutes in on a Dragon Shire, and we won the match with 2 AI bots. That’s an Epic Win if I ever had one!


Ril: Quick shout to Conor, a fan of the show, who let us know that for Episode 28, the one with the Samwise interview, he had issues downloading it on the built in ios podcast app, but he was able to access it using a third party app, Down-Cast. None of us on the show have ios devices, so it’s hard for us to test the podcast coming through on iTunes, so huge thanks to Conor for letting us know that, and if anyone had an issue getting the episode via iTunes we are very sorry and we’ll try to figure out what went wrong there.

If you guys ever have any issues with an episode, do let us know and we’ll get right on it!

Mike: Tweet from Kinsman Gizmo on twitter @Gizmozord – “I think the reason they aren’t resetting lvls at beta is so the new players don’t just get destroyed by people who have been able to play all throughout the alpha. That way they can get matched up with people of similar level. At least at the beginning.”


Kali: Now the surrounding towers protecting the town give XP when destroyed, not just Town Halls. I think this needed to happen. This might change map strategy to now include pushing as a priority…pushing was always a priority but never over team fighting. Now it may be advantageous to have 1 person branch off and split push?


Mike: Here is a CATTSBIG that IS in the game now.. Your teammates (the actual heroes) will comment that you should go get healed if your health is low.

Kali: I’m sure I am going to get all sorts of flack for this one…but, since it is a microtransaction game, and you know all the WoW players will at least probably give it a shot…they should add vanity pets that you can buy. Like just a pet that follows you around the map just because. Or make them extremely rare feats of strength, like having been part of the beta, or placing into a high ranked tier at the end of a season, etc. Blizzard, if you decide to do this, I demand a pet in my honor. lol

Possible Show Titles:

NerdiPrincess Oranges
***Took A Printer To The Knee***
Heroes Bunch of People Team
407 W BlizzCon
RandomGeek was Go-Tee-Yay’d


Ep 29 – Ian McKellen Wears Jaina Pants!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | HotScast Episode #29 | Hosts: Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar)

HotSCast - Heroes of the Storm Jaina Proudmoore New Hero


Ril: Graphical improvements to Malfurion and ETC main model

Mike: Love the graphical improvements. I think the Winter Veil outfits are nice but don’t really “grab” me like some of the other skins have. Not as big on my list of things to spend money on compared to the heroes themselves.

Kali: Great-Father Winter Rehgar, Reign-deer mount, and Winter Veil Jaina! Countess Kerrigan now turns into a bat when mounted. Master skins added for ETC, Jaina, Malfurion.

Links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQgfBq7Jo5k


Ril: Loved her at BlizzCon, love her now. Easily my favorite Assassin at the moment. Love the AOE’s and the CC’s/Slows. Her damage output isn’t terrific, but her utility more than makes up for it.

Mike: Jaina. Played her a bit but so far loving what I’ve played. She can be pretty squishy but generally a lot of fun.

Kali: Jaina! I absolutely love her play style – you have to combo to be effective and be fairly choosy with your talents to create those combos effectively. I found it funny that I was paired against Arthas during the “try” arena, and I whooped his butt haha.

Links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehImE3FpDb8


Mike: Was hearthstone bringing you to full? I don’t think it was.. I think it is doing more than before.. Stimpacks look interesting. Change to Dragon Knight not being targetable by friendly spells means you can’t heal him. Supposedly a big comp for Dragonshire is to make sure you have a healer to keep the DK up. This might change the comp choices significantly (kinda goes with comp stuff but based on patch notes..)

Kali: Stimpacks, dance/victory/taunt animations added. Hearthstone now only adds a flat health/mana amount back instead of bringing you to full? (I don’t like that) Lots of Battleground, Talent, and Hero changes from balancing team.

Links: http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/16467431/heroes-technical-alpha-patch-notes-december-2-2014-12-2-2014

You can follow the show on twitter @HotSCast, I am @Rilandune, Kali is @NerdiChar, and @Fimlys for Mike. Head to the shows homepage at hotscast.com for links to our Facebook, Google +, YouTube pages, show notes, videos, and more.

You can email the show at HotSCast@gmail.com.

For all the services you could think of that relate to a podcast we can be found as HotSCast including iTunes and Stitcher where you can leave us a review and we’ll love you for it!

Possible Show Titles:

Blitter Pills Blinga Blinga
Anesthesia Level Fall Asleep
Don’t Give Me Those Wavy Hands
80’s Pr0n Music
****Ian McKellen Wears Jaina Pants ****
Scream of a Gramer
Slash Dance IRL
Shuttin Down Spike


Ep 28 – Wayback Machine Face!

HotSCast Episode 28 – Wayback Machine Face!

Happy Birthday HotSCast

This week we discuss our one year anniversary! We get nostalgic on the last year of covering Heroes of the Storm, and have a fun time with the chat room on our birthday!


And if you do, please leave us a review on iTunes and/or Stitcher! That is the best help you can provide in growing the show, Thanks!!

HotSCast is YOUR source for all the Heroes of the Storm coverage you can handle! You can reach us on Twitter @HotSCast, on Twitch.tv/HotSCast, YouTube.com/HotSCast, on Google+ and Facebook as HotSCast. Email the show HotSCast@gmail.com!

Also, we just announced a contest to win one of these two t-shirts! All you need to do is email the show, again HotSCast@gmail.com, and let us know what your favorite Hero skin is in the Heroes of the Storm. That’s it! It’s THAT easy!

HotSCast T-Shirt Contest

Enjoy, and email us so you can win yourself a t-shirt!!

Ep 27 – BlizzCon 2014 Impressions and our interview with Samwise!


We have a FANTASTIC show for you so let’s get right into it!

Here’s a list of some of the things we discussed:

  • Addition of Jaina, Thrall, and Lost Vikings
  • Two new Battlegrounds – Sky Temple and Tomb of the Spider Queen
  • Announcement of more Heroes to come such as
    • Lady Sylvanas
    • Skeleton King
    • Crusader
    • The Butcher
    • And more!
  • Concept art for a Diablo 3 themed battleground – Heaven and Hell
  • And most importantly, I got to sit down for a one-on-one interview with legendary Blizzard artist – Samwise Didier!

There’s nothing more to say but to enjoy our BlizzCon 2014 recap and the Samwise interview!


You’re Invited!! The Twisted Nether & HotSCast BlizzCon Party!

BlizzCon 2014 HotSCast


The time is upon us friends – it’s time for BLIZZZZZZZZCONNNNNNNNN!

As we do every year, the Twisted Nether Blogcast is throwing THE party to attend at BlizzCon and raising money for Child’s Play at the same time!

As we are a part of the TNN (Twisted Nether Network) the party is also a HotSCast party!

And the best part – You Are Invited!!! Coming to BlizzCon? Coming to Anaheim with no ticket to BlizzCon? Come one, come all we say!

Join us Friday night at the Bowlmor lanes on the Anaheim Garden walk, just a short walk from the Convention Center! (Hit the link for directions and info!) We’ll have drink tickets available, 2 pool tables to ourselves the entire night thanks to Jed of Jed’s Corner of WoW Shenanagins!

Come hang out with us, the crew from TNB, and all our friend and enjoy a casual night of drinks, pool, bowling, and fun frivolity!

Can’t wait to see you there!

Ep 26 – Snakes & Clowns & Spiders OH MY!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | HotScast Episode #26 | Hosts: Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar)
Special Guests: Adam (RandomGeek), Ben (StaksNPaks), and Josh (Pakkuan_AIE) from The Nexus Podcast!

HotSCast and The Nexus Talk about Blizzcon 2014


Ril: Ladies and Gentlemen, Heroes of all ages, welcome back to the Heart of the Storm! This is episode number 26 of HotSCast, recorded 10pm on the right coast, 29th October, 2014.

Blizzcon Heroes of the Storm Predictions!

1 – Starcraft inspired battleground
2 – Deckard Cain announced as a Diablo Support Hero
3 – Community contest to choose/influence the next hero to come out

1 – Beta Info
2 – 4 Heroes to play (Sylvanas, Kael’thas, Fenix, Butcher)
3 – People asking about Lost Vikings and Blackthorne

1 – Your mom
2 – Kali having a beard
3 – They will bring back the Artifact system and shock Ril into a heart attack
4 – If they are talking about rankeds, hopefully they will be showing new maps

1 – People will love our HotSCast Shirts Because They are Awesome
2 – Big Spider Mount – Broodmother Araneae

1 – Draft mode details
2 – noobsnoobs and more noobs(aka Ben)
3 – casuals complaining about the lack of pve content in a pvp game!! (for fim)<—

1 – New Maps
2 – 5 new heroes
3 – More details about ranked play

Head to The Nexus site to hear their awesome cast!

Possible Show Titles:

Gollum Statham
I’m a Hot Nerdy Princess
Winion Wins
Dev Sugar Juices
Leave the Beard Off
Palm of Hand Turns Me White
Snakes and Clowns and Spiders, OH MY!  – WINNER!!!

Ep 25 – It’s Very Zergei

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | HotScast Episode #25 | Hosts: Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar)
Special Guests: none



Ril: Ladies and Gentlemen, Heroes of all ages, welcome back to the Heart of the Storm! This is episode number 25 of HotSCast, recorded 10pm on the right coast, 15th October, 2014.

HotSCast is the Heroes of the Storm podcast for the people, the players, the Heroes, often off-topic and always rail-free. I am your host Vincent, aka Rilandune. With me as always are my intrepid co-hosts

Kali, a.k.a. NerdiChar, a.k.a. [Ril’s crazy name]:
Quick hello and witty something, 140 chars or less (twitter style) – This week’s quote is, “Stay a while, and listen.” (Diablo II)

Ril: What have you been playing this week? – I have been playing “my Doctoral Comprehensive Exam started Monday”…lol. So yeah…not much time for any gaming at the moment. :( BUT, I did kick off Charred Hearts as planned, and we now have 2 fantastic episodes available at charredhearts.com or your favorite podcatcher app. AND it looks like we are getting picked up by a podcast network! Details to come when all of that is finalized.

and Mike, a.k.a. Fimlys, a.k.a. [Ril’s crazy name]:

Mike: Quick hello and witty something, 140 chars or less (twitter style) – Stuff and Such

Ril: What have you been playing this week?

Mike: Heroes, WoW (6.0.2), Borderlands Pre-Sequel, Finished Shadow of Mordor

Ril: And now, onto the news.


This Week in Heroes

Ril: New skins! For Halloween, Blizzard is releasing Countess Kerrigan, Infested Tychus (the first legendary skin), and Skelethur Abathur.

Mike: [response] – maybe explain what a legendary skin is? ?? lol

Kali: [response] – OMG COUNTESS KERRIGAN

Link to the articles/videos of the skins: http://www.gamezone.com/news/heroes-of-the-storm-gets-halloween-themed-skins-including-first-legendary

Ril: We have three articles to cover this week.

Topic #1

Ril: There has been a lot of buzz about Titan being scrapped, and the rumor is that now all of that money and manpower will go toward Heroes.

Link to the article: http://venturebeat.com/2014/09/23/titans-death-may-leave-blizzards-future-in-the-hands-of-hearthstone-and-heroes-of-the-storm/

Topic #2

Ril: Cloud 9 has officially announced their intentions of creating a Heroes of the Storm team, and plan to unveil at BlizzCon.

Link to the article: http://www.pcgamesn.com/heroes-of-the-storm/cloud9-announce-their-new-heroes-of-the-storm-team-will-debut-at-blizzcon

Topic #3

Ril: Heroes tech alpha now to include players in China to test specific aspects of the game, such as ranked play and draft mode.

Link to the articles: http://www.pcgamesn.com/heroes-of-the-storm/heroes-of-the-storm-rolls-on-chinese-players-to-test-new-alpha-features



You can follow the show on twitter @HotSCast, I am @Rilandune, Kali is @NerdiChar, and @Fimlys for Mike. Head to the shows homepage at hotscast.com for links to our Facebook, Google +, YouTube pages, show notes, videos, and more.

You can email the show at HotSCast@gmail.com.

For all the services you could think of that relate to a podcast we can be found as HotSCast.

Find our parent show hosted by our own Fimlys and his faithful co-hort Hydra at TwistedNether.net.

You can hear myself and Nevik from Shattered Soulstone talk about all manner of Geeky things on Heroically Random, find that at heroicallyrandom.com

You can hear Kali and close-friend of the show @GeekofRandom, or Adam from The Nexus as he sometimes is called, on the internet dating show for nerds, Charred Hearts. They can be found at charredhearts.com.

At Blizzcon, make sure to come to the Twisted Nether party on Friday night. Also go to the World of Podcasts party on Thursday night.

You can find this show, Twisted Nether Blogcast, Heroically Random, and Charred Hearts on iTunes, Stitcher, and any podcatcher app of your choosing.

Help out the show! Leave us a review on Stitcher and iTunes, and we’ll read your name out on the show! That is absolutely one of the best ways to help the show grow and we truly appreciate it!

Until next time folks, never stop asking yourself the question – Who is YOUR Hero?!

Possible Show Titles
It’s Very Zergei  –  WINNER!
Great Approval Wall of China
Kill Ketchup