Ep 36 – The Sammich Shuffle!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | HotScast Episode #36 | Hosts: Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar)

HotSCast Thrall Heroes of the Storm Closed Beta


Ril: Closed Beta XP Boost – From Jan 16 to Jan 18 there was a 100% XP boost to celebrate the launch of the Beta, and it stacked additively with Stimpacks.

Mike: Not sure if this should go here but..


Founder’s Pack : https://us.battle.net/shop/en/product/heroes-of-the-storm-founders-pack

Beta access!!, 2500 gold, Diablo, Raynor, Tyrande, Lurkablo Diablo, Commander Raynor, Blood Elf Tyrande, Golden Cyber Wolf Mount


Hero League

Requirements to queue: Reach Level 30 or higher and own 10 or more Heroes.

Draft Mode: alternate hero picking, no bans

A coin toss will determine which team will pick first. The team that wins the coin toss will be prompted to pick one Hero on the first turn, after which, teams will alternate picking two Heroes per turn until just one player remains on the team that lost the coin toss.

Players may only choose from the pool of Heroes that they already own.

Each player will have 30 seconds to select a Hero during their turn. If no selection is made, a Hero will be locked in automatically.

Once locked in, a Hero can no longer be selected by any other player.

Points and Ranks: Start at Rank 50, highest rank is Rank 1, win to rank up, but if you lose too many games you may be demoted (cannot go below 50)

Game Abandonment: A player that leaves an in-progress Hero League or Quick Match game will not be allowed to queue for Ranked Play until a new Quick Match game is completed.

Leaving a Hero League game during Draft Mode will result in a loss of 300 ranked points in addition to the above penalty, and all of that player’s party members at the time of Draft Mode abandonment will also receive these penalties.

Clarification on Talent Changes:

Calldown: MULE

MULE intelligence has been increased!
MULEs now prioritize repairing Structures over replenishing ammunition (if a building has ammunition, its ammunition will still be replenished while it is being repaired.)
MULEs will now prioritize Town Halls and Towers, then Gates and Moonwells, and then Walls.
If two Structures with equal priority are in range of the MULE’s placement, it will begin repairing the one it was dropped closer to.
After all Structures in range are healed, a MULE will then prioritize based on their need for ammunition.

Mercenary Lord

New functionality
Siege and Bruiser Mercenaries now deal 50% increased damage.
A player with the Mercenary Lord Talent must be within proximity of Siege and Bruiser Mercenaries in order for them to receive the damage bonus.


Ril: Hero.GG

A community and site for match uploads, rankings, stats, resources, with prizes, and ties into HeroFire (part of the MOBA Fire network)

Mike: Finally got to play Sky Temple. Fun. @Gizmozord on Twitter said the guardians are too easy and that may be, but they can’t get too difficult or people will stop feeling it’s worth doing the temples if they know they need the whole team there to do it. maybe?

Kali: Another Tweet: Dwight Kellow @Screech79 : ep35 one of the most random shows I have ever heard! I have no idea of the wow references but it was fun.

Possible Show Titles:

Diablo Up
The Sammich Shuffle ****
State of the HotS Address
You Should Be A Shamin of Yourself
Red Necklace of Balls
Rumple Thrall Skin
Stun the Hammer, Kill the Hammer

Ep 35 – BETA! Who’s Your Gyro?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | HotScast Episode #35 | Hosts: Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar)
Special Guests: Adam (RandomGeek) & Dave (Ceraphus)

HotSCast - Heroes of the Storm Closed Beta Launches with Sky Temple and Thrall


Mike: With the Beta there were new skins and mounts.. There was Crypt King Tassadar, Desert Queen Zagara, Luxorian Monkey Brightwing and Hellhammer Thrall (and his Master Skin).. Mount we had the Magic Carpet Mount. There is a Bundle for the Luxorian stuff that just has the skins and the mount or you can get the heroes, skins and mounts Bundle.

Adam: Crypt King Tassadar may be the best skin ever….ever.

Kali: Some visual/art updates to quite a few of the existing skins. See patch notes. New skins and mounts coming/already in game solo or as bundles:

Elder Chen
Crypt King Tassadar
Festival Li Li
Luxorian Monkey Brightwing
Lunar Tiger Mount
Magic Carpet Mount
Master Thrall
Hellhammer Thrall
Desert Queen Zagara

Blizzard announced that three random items in the shop will be on sale each week, starting today. This is a great way to collect all of the Heroes, mounts, and skins on a budget.

This week’s sale is:
Crown Prince Arthas skin
Vampire Hunter Valla skin


– more info on weekly store salesE-SPORTS & TOURNAMENTSAdam: Community Rules Update to Tournaments

Kali: Ranked play is here, and draft play is coming! See patch notes.

Hero League and Team League

Link: http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/17345415/coming-soon-hero-league-and-draft-mode-1-9-2015


Mike: There is a Thrall bundle that includes his Hellhammer Thrall

The epic trailer!

http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/17528770/thrall-hero-week-1-13-2015 – Thrall hero week blue post



http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/forum/topic/15698855165 – addendum to main patch notes


Adam: I need to play it… plain and simple.

Kali: Sky Temple is here!

Potential Show Titles:

In With The Skin

Ranks ALWAYS Matter
Macro’d Trash Talk
The Wiener Genie
New York System Hot Wieners
The Greek Sweat
Arm Pit Wieners
Who’s Your Gyro? *****
Adam Years For Armpit Hot Dogs





Recorded Thursday, January 8, 2015 | HotScast Episode #34 |
Hosts: Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar)

Heroes of the Storm - The BETA IS COMING - HotSCast

The Closed Beta of Heroes of the Storm is coming Tuesday, January 13th 2015!!

Brawl with the Blues, closed beta edition coming January 14 (next Wednesday) at 11am PST (more info in the link)

Link:  http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/17445860/brawl-with-the-blues-closed-beta-edition-1-7-2015


Kali: An epic cosplayer used a 3D printer to become Valla, you have to see this!

Link:  http://3dprint.com/34804/valla-3d-printed-armor-cosplay/

T-Shirt Contest Winners!!!

For the past month or so we’ve held a T-Shirt contest for our listeners, they needed only to send us an email with their favorite Heroes Skin.

Those winners are:

Patrick “Bazeleel” – The HotSCast T-Shirt with Developers Signatures
– – – – – Abathur’s Pajama Skin – “Pajamathur”
Finn – The official Heroes of the Storm T-Shirt from BlizzCon
– – – – – Tyrael’s Seraphim Skin
*Bonus Awarding* – 
Gizmozord – The extra HotSCast shirt found after the contest began
– – – – – Big Top Gazlowe

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who entered!! Stay tuned for more contests to come!

Possible Show Titles:

Chinese Screwdriver
There’s a Blue Light On My Peter Dinklage
The Yawn is a Lie
I Hit My Skull Head
The Beta Is Coming, The Beta Is Coming!! ****


Ep 33 – Have You Seen My Chicken Sammich?!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 | HotScast Episode #33 | Hosts: Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar)

HotSCast Heroes of the Storm HotS Alpha Year One 2014 Year In Review


Ril: Ladies and Gentlemen, Heroes of all ages, welcome back to the Heart of the Storm! This is episode number 33 of HotSCast, recorded 9pm on the right coast, 30th December, 2014.

HotSCast is the podcast for the people, the players, the Heroes, covering all the awesome that is the Blizzard Entertainment brawler – Heroes of the Storm. I am your host Vincent, aka Rilandune. With me as always are my intrepid co-hosts

Kali, a.k.a. NerdiChar:
Sorry I missed last show guys, my love for Tolkien outweighs my love for all other geekery! Taking it super old school with tonight’s quote – “You have died of dysentery.”

Ril: What have you been playing this week?

Kali: Just WoW and Hearthstone this week actually. I have been super busy with the holidays so not much time for gaming.

and Mike, a.k.a. Fimlys:

Mike:  “We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.”
― Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

Ril: What have you been playing this week?

Mike: WoW, Dragonage: Inquisition, Divinity: Original Sin, Skylanders: Trap team, Hearthstone, Couple games of Heroes

Heroes of the Storm – Year in Review!

Year in review link: http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/17100032/2014-year-in-review-12-22-2014

And, the holiday XP boost that was –


Possible Show Titles:

Kill All Texas Oranges
Rank 26, The Ril Rank
Warlock Evil Fire of Evilness
Open Close Beta
Have You Seen My Chicken Sammich? ****
Hit The Ball Rolling
No Pants Allowed

We had an absolute BLAST covering Heroes of the Storm in 2014, and cannot wait for all the awesome that is to come in 2015!!

OH YEAH! Closed Beta starts January 13th!!!!!



Ep 32: Solo Hero – Seasons Greetings And Random Outtakes!

HotSCast Episode 32 – Solo Hero – Seasons Greetings And Random Outakes!

HotSCast 32 Seasons Greetings and Random Outtakes!


We skipped our Christmas week show because I (Ril) was a completely zombified flu-riddled hot mess! So instead, I wish you all some seasons greetings, and strung together some random outtakes from pre-shows over the past few weeks :) Enjoy! 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!!

Don’t forget, there’s still one more week to enter our contest to win one of two T-shirts!
Just email us – HotSCast@gmail.com – and let us know what your favorite skin in the game is, that’s it, it’s that easy!

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

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!!