Ep 53 -Open Beta is Open!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015   |   HotScast Episode #53   |   Hosts:  Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar) Special Guest:  Will (Shadow Leader)

HotSCast Heroes of the Storm Open Beta is Open

HotSCast Episode 53 – Open Beta is Open! – 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! This week we have special guest Shadow Leader, the Beta is now OPEN, and MORE!! Enjoy! And if you do, please leave us a review on iTunes, or Stitcher, or whatever podcast catcher of your choosing! That is the best help you can provide in growing the show, Thanks!!

Hit the Break for our LEGENDARY Level Show Notes, links, and Videos!

Shadow Leader
Make sure to check out our special guest’s YouTube page! And find him on Twitter!
Shadow Leader on YouTube
Shadow Leader on Twitter

SALES & FREE HERO ROTATION

Weekly Sale:  May 18 – 26, 2015 (extended 1 extra day this week)

Jaina — Sale Price: $4.99 USD

Pure Country E.T.C. Skin — Sale Price: $4.99 USD

Crypt King Tassadar Skin — Sale Price: $4.99 USD

Week of Tuesday, May 19, 2015:

  • Anub’arak
  • Brightwing
  • Kerrigan
  • Muradin
  • Raynor
  • Nazeebo (Available after you reach player level 12)
  • Lost Vikings (Available after you reach player level 15)

SKINS & MOUNTS

Ril:  Super Sonya available now for $9.99 USD

Mike:  Mad Martian Gazlowe available now for $9.99 USD

Kali:  Mad and Mighty Skin Bundle, which includes Super Sonya and Mad Martian Gazlowe – $14.98 USD

Will:  Mad and Mighty Complete Bundle, which includes Sonya, Super Sonya, Gazlowe, and Mad Martian Gazlowe – $24.72 USD

Links:  http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/19120394/super-sonya-and-mad-martian-gazlowe-skins-now-available-5-19-2015

BIG HUGE MEGA ANNOUNCEMENTS OMG

Open Beta started today! Make sure you add our real IDs so you can join us for games!

Links:  http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2015/05/19/heroes-of-the-storm-open-beta-welcomes-all-comers-today.aspx

E-SPORTS & TOURNAMENTS

Ril:  The Nexus portal will soon be transporting the greatest Heroes of the Storm players in the world to a new battleground—BlizzCon! Heroes of the Storm will be featured on stage alongside StarCraft II, World of Warcraft, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, with the World Championship for all four events taking place at BlizzCon on November 6 – 7 in Anaheim.

Mike:  The first road to BlizzCon qualifiers are coming soon to Australia and New Zealand, China, Europe, Latin America, North America, Korea, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan. These online events will culminate in live regional championships where the eight best Heroes of the Storm teams from around the world will be decided to compete for a $1.2M prize pool.

Kali:  A total of eight teams will participate in the Heroes of the Storm World Championship at BlizzCon 2015: 2 teams from America, 2 from Europe, 2 from China, 1 from Korea, and 1 from Taiwan. These teams will face-off in group stages until only four remain. Once the final four teams have been determined, they will battle it out in a single-elimination bracket until the first Heroes of the Storm world champions are crowned.

Will:  Think you and your teammates have what it takes to be called BlizzCon champs? Keep an eye on the Heroes of the Storm website for tournament dates and qualifier details. Announcements so far:  For North America, monthly tournaments will be held between June and August. For Southeast Asia, Signups for the qualifiers opened on May 15.

Links:  http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/19127984/heroes-of-the-storm-world-championship-announced-5-14-2015

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

Ril:  To celebrate the upcoming launch of Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Entertainment and DeviantArt have joined forces to bring you a truly epic fan art contest with over $13,000 worth of prizes and an original sketch from Sam Didier up for grabs! Your challenge is to create an original artwork depicting characters from two or more different Blizzard universes engaged in battle.

Mike:  Your entries will have a chance to be seen around the globe. The 25 semi-finalists will be selected by the Heroes of the Storm art team, and top three winners will be hand-selected by Sam Didier — Senior Art Director of Heroes of the Storm! Check out the link in the show notes which explains the official rules and how to enter.

Kali:  I geeked out really hard today because Blizzard released a photo of a Batman-style light over London. In actuality, they put out a really cool display at Old Billingsgate to rally gamers to the live launch event with the hashtag “NexusCalling”. Check out the Batman picture on our Facebook page and the Heroes launch website in the show notes!

Will:  You can also go to nexuscalling.com watch the live stream of the launch event and create a Heroes-inspired avatar. Some avatars will be shown entering the Nexus during the event or warping into battle on the Nexus Calling website. You can also share your avatar on social media and tweet #NexusCalling to be featured on the website.

Links:

http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/19216871/be-part-of-the-heroes-of-the-storm-launch-celebrations-5-18-2015

http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/19120396/blizzard-and-deviantart-present-the-heroes-of-the-storm%E2%84%A2-ultimate-fan-art-contest-5-19-2015

Links:

http://venturebeat.com/2015/05/18/heroes-of-the-storm-tips-for-moba-beginners-and-league-of-legendsdota-2-deserters/http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/heroes/485714-hero-league-101

Potential Show Titles:

I’m On Illidan’s Crotch
I Has Become Illidan’s Codpiece
Killing My Wallet With The New Skins
Trainer Raynor
A Regular Bob Instead
Ping it Twice
Ping Until It Stops Letting You

Enjoy!!

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