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!!!!!