HotSCast Episode 75 – Of BlizzCon, Tech Issues, and Con Crud! 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 recap BlizzCon 2015, giving the emotional reactions and bullet points, discuss how accurate (or inaccurate) our BlizzCon predictions were, and we are RIDDLED with tech issues and con crud! YAY! 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!!
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SALES & FREE HERO ROTATION
Week of November 10 – 17, 2015
- Sonya — $3.24 USD
- Wrath Sonya Skin — $3.74 USD
- Insectoid Zagara Skin — $3.74 USD
Free Hero Rotation:
- Sgt. Hammer (Slot unlocked at Player Level 12)
- Lt. Morales (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15)
Ril: Overwatch: Tracer
Mike: World of Warcraft: Greymane
Kali: World of Warcraft: Cho’gall (and Chill), Lunara
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP & UPCOMING CHANGES
Cloud 9 takes the first-ever world championships, with a hilarious troll Murky semifinals clincher along the way!
Building Sustainability: We’d like to put even stronger support systems in place so that existing teams can continue to thrive, create a more sustainable esports environment where new teams can emerge, as well as provide individual, high-MMR players who have not yet jumped into esports with even more opportunities to show they have what it takes to compete on a global stage.
If you and your teammates are hoping to join the fray next year, then grab your keyboards and start practicing now! The competition begins in January, and our first Global Championship kicks off later in the spring, with a prize pool of $500,000 USD. Stay tuned to HeroesoftheStorm.com/esports for more details over the coming weeks.
NEW MAPS, GAME MODES, & BLIZZARD’S LAST LAUGH
Ril: New map: Towers of Doom
Mike: New game mode: Arena Battleground
Kali: IGN’s 6.5/10 review in the teaser trailer
NEW SKINS & MOUNTS
Ril: Skins: Corruptor Cho’Gall, Master Cho’Gall, Sentinel Lunara
Mike: Skins: Master Lunara, Ringmaster Greymane, Master Greymane
Kali: Mounts: Ringmaster’s Pride, Felstalker, Cho’gall’s Mount: “Horsing Around” a.k.a. Carried
MATCHMAKING SYSTEM UPDATES
Ril: Bans enabled in ranked matches (coming soon)
Mike: Grandmaster ladder coming soon for top Rank 1 players
Kali: During the “State of the Game” panel, Dustin Browder explained that, first and foremost, they hear all of our complaints about the matchmaking system and they do realize there’s a problem. The issue stems from the fact that the game is based off the Starcraft 2 engine, so the matchmaking system is also based off that engine. This poses issues with the way in which the system goes about pairing up players for matches. The dev team is working on a brand new system that is being created from the group up. The hope is to launch the new system before the end of 2015. The focus of the new system is to create good games instead of creating games quickly. Simulations have shown a strong improvement and Blizzard said that getting this new system out is a priority.
BLIZZCON PREDICTION RESULTS
Ril: Group A – Dignitas, Cloud 9 Group B – NaVi, Tempo Storm — Dignitas Champs New Heroes – Tracer and Reaper from Overwatch ((Anduin)) Mounts – Elek
Mike: Group A – Dignitas, Cloud 9 Group B – Tempo Storm, BraveHeart — TS Champs Hearthstone – HotForm Winner.. 😛 Heroes: DC, Nef/ONyxia, millhouse, King Varian, Wizard SCII: Char
Kali: Group A – C9, Group B – Tempo Storm — Tempo Storm wins itHeroes — Medivh, Deckard Cain Mount — something whimsicalMap — Icecrown/Lich King
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