Ep 45 – I Yesh’d Too Soon!

Recorded Tuesday, March 24, 2015   |   HotScast Episode #45   |   Hosts:  Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar)

HotSCast Episode 45 – I Yesh’d Too Early! – 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 talk about the HUGE new patch, UI Changes, Lady Sylvanas enters The Nexus, Tomb of the Spider Queen, GREG STREET aka Ghostcrawler is STILL NERFING PALLIES, 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!!

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Ep 41 – Thrallin’ and Ballin’!

HotSCast Episode 41 – Thrallin’ and Ballin’! – 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 discuss Kali’s Epic Wins, the upcoming Heroes panels at PAX East, the next Brawl with the Blues, and so much 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!!

HotSCast Heroes of the Storm Thrall Thrallin and Ballin

Tuesday, February 24, 2015   |   HotScast Episode #41   |   Hosts:  Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar)

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Ep 38 – They NARFED Valla!

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This week we talk about how Dustin Browder, the man behind the helm of Heroes of the Storm, promises that “We Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!”, an epically epic fail moment which happened in a match with Fimlys, and MORE! Enjoy! And if you do, please leave us a review on iTunes and/or Stitcher! Thanks!!

HotSCast Heroes of the Storm Valla NARFED

Show Notes:

SKINS & MOUNTS

Weekly Sale: February 2 – 9, 2015

Kerrigan — Sale Price: $4.24 USD
Kaijo Diablo Skin — Sale Price: $2.49 USD
Cyberwolf Mount — Sale Price: $4.99 USD

Main Topic

In an interview with PC Gamer, Blizzard’s Dustin Browder said, “We’re just going to keep adding heroes forever until we get sick of it.” They also said something similar about maps, “…until somebody tells us, ‘Dude, too many maps’ or whatever.” They finished out the interview by saying “This is the pace that we’re hoping to continue developing at going forward. We’re gonna add game modes, we’re gonna add new heroes, we’re gonna add new battlegrounds. Our goal for this game is to communicate with our audience to the best of our ability that you haven’t seen anything yet. We don’t want this game to become stale. We do not want this game to become repetitive. We want this game to constantly evolve.”

PC Gamer Article: http://www.pcgamer.com/blizzard-on-heroes-of-the-storm-you-havent-seen-anything-yet/#page-1

Free Heroes:

Week of Tuesday, February 3, 2015:
Diablo
Muradin
Raynor
Rehgar
Tyrande
Azmodan (Available after you reach player level 12)
Zeratul (Available after you reach player level 15)

Possible Show Titles:

ERMAGERD RERPER ER SERZ!
HNRLOTRA
Left Shark Jacks
Frank Oz’ish
Blizzard of Oz
Narf < Chicken Sammich
Report the Narf!
They NARFED Valla! ****

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

SKINS & MOUNTS

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

NEW HEROES

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

NOTABLE NOTES

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

Enjoy!!

Ep 25 – It’s Very Zergei

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

HotSCast-Azmodan-Heroes-Of-The-Storm

INTRODUCTION

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.

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
http://www.lazygamer.net/general-news/heroes-of-the-storm-gets-some-scary-new-skins/

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

http://segmentnext.com/2014/10/14/heroes-of-the-storm-technical-alpha-ready-for-china/

WRAP UP

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

Ep 24 – Willy Nilly Wonder Billy!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | HotScast Episode #24 | Hosts: Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar)
Special Guests: none

HotSCast - Calm Before the Storm Heroes of the Storm Alpha End

INTRODUCTION

Ril: Ladies and Gentlemen, Heroes of all ages, welcome back to the Heart of the Storm! This is episode number 24 of HotSCast, recorded 10pm on the right coast, 1st 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

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

Mike: Quick hello and witty something, 140 chars or less (twitter style) – “This is your fault. I’m going to kill you. And all the cake is gone. You don’t even care, do you?” (Portal)

Ril: What have you been playing this week?

Mike: Destiny.. And Gauntlet. Not much Heroes though. :(

and Kali, a.k.a. NerdiChar, a.k.a. [Ril’s crazy name]:
Quick hello and witty something, 140 chars or less (twitter style) – Okay listeners, I was really bummed last show when no one tweeted me the answer to my video game quote! Don’t let me down this week! The quote is, “You were almost a Jill sandwich!” Name that game. (Resident Evil)

Ril: What have you been playing this week? – Tons of WoW, I am in the mad dash to get all my toons to 90 before the xpac hits. Also, on Monday, 9/22, I had a guest spot on Hearthcast, which was super fun! We talked about “what Blizzard knows about you,” and I promptly made a tin foil hat after we went over that information. You can listen to episode #236 at http://www.hearthcast.com/.

Ril: Quick BlizzCon update! Blizzard released the exclusive Heroes goodies for BlizzCon attendees and viewers, which include the Ethereal Nexus Charger mount and a Nexus Brawler portrait. Check out the show notes for a link to view the items.

Link to view the items: http://www.heroesnexus.com/news/1204-heroes-of-the-storms-blizzcon-goody-exclusive

And now, onto the news.

NEWS

This Week in Heroes

Ril: The Tech Alpha is now officially down and will be back online October 7. Why, you ask? If you are part of the tech alpha, you saw this email on September 20:

“We’re gearing up to enter the final phase of Technical Alpha, and there are several items you’ll want to keep in mind as it approaches. This is an exciting milestone for Heroes of the Storm. Preparing for this phase includes an account wipe, and we’d like to give you a rundown of everything you’ll need to know.

All Heroes Temporarily Available

We’re shutting down the Heroes of the Storm Shop on September 22. At that time, you will be unable to make any purchases using Gold or real money. However, we don’t want that to put a damper on your latest matchmaking win-streak. We’re thrilled to let you know that while the Shop is offline, all 29 Heroes in the Technical Alpha lineup will be available for play in the free Hero rotation!”

Ril: Kali, why don’t you tell us what Blizzard had to say about starting fresh.

Kali: Starting Fresh

“The week after we shut down the shop, we’ll bring the Technical Alpha service offline for more than a week of extended maintenance. During this time, you’ll be unable to login or play Heroes of the Storm and we’ll reset everyone’s Heroes accounts. Once the Nexus is brought back online, it will be as though you’re starting fresh with a brand new account. This means that any leveling progression you’ve made, rewards you’ve unlocked, in-game Gold you’ve earned, and any purchases you’ve made with real-money or Gold prior to the wipe will be reset.

However, kindly keep in mind that following the account wipe, any real money you spent thus far during play testing has not been lost and will be refunded to your Battle.net Balance. Even though you’ll be starting fresh at level one, you’ll still be able to use the refunded money to pick up that shiny Bundle Pack, Mount, or Skin you might have had your eye on over the last few weeks. As an added bonus, anyone who made a real-money purchase during the Technical Alpha will receive an exclusive Wonder Billie Mount!

This is the final planned Heroes of the Storm account wipe and monetary refund. Our goal is to avoid future player and hero progression wipes after we come back online, but we may still need to adjust or wipe player progression with future updates. Don’t worry, though, because we’ll give you ample warning if that ever becomes necessary. What we do know is that from the moment we bring Heroes back online after this wipe, purchases you make in the Shop will be permanent. So get those Heroes, Bundles, Skins, and Mounts with the confidence that you won’t need to acquire them again.”

Ril: Good stuff! So, the Legend of Zelda originally taught us that it’s dangerous to go alone. Mike, tell us why Blizzard wants us to remember that important lesson:

Mike: It’s Dangerous to Go Alone.

“Once Heroes is back online, all current players will be moved to their home Battle.net region. When this occurs, a number of things will happen:

You will lose access to the friends list you built in the Heroes Technical Alpha thus far. But you will regain access to your normal Battle.net friends list that you share with all other Blizzard games, including Diablo® III, Hearthstone®, StarCraft® II, and World of Warcraft®.
Your friends in other Blizzard games will now see you as playing Heroes of the Storm and be able to communicate with you across games.
If you wish to remain in contact with friends you made to this point in the Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha, take down their BattleTags (both the account name and unique ID number) now, and add them to your friends list after the wipe. Please note however, that some of the friends you made in the Alpha may have a different home Battle.net region than you do, so it will not be possible to friend them unless you are in the same home region.

Though a lot of what’s happening is on the backend and not immediately visible to testers, all of the work we’re doing on this transition is a major step for Heroes of the Storm. For testers, we appreciate your patience through this process as we move forward in the development of the game. Until next time, we hope you’ll enjoy queuing up with our entire Hero lineup starting next Monday, and we’ll see you in the Nexus!

– Heroes of the Storm team”

Ril: We have two articles to cover this week.

Topic #1

Ril: Blizzard, via Vaeflare, introduced Battleground pages on August 27. These are interactive maps which include videos of key objectives, mercenary camps, points of interest, and more! Whether you’ve been out traversing the Nexus for months or are still eagerly waiting to jump into the fray, there’s always something new to discover.

Vaeflare says to look for fun details such as the notorious kraken, demonic pig, fisherman, drawbridge, outhouse, and sunken treasure chest.

Mike: [response]

Kali: These are such a great idea! For you min-maxers that don’t have game access, I would suggest to go read over these pages and get ready for the game when it goes live for you. We have played a few games that were close and we were able to secure the win by getting a merc camp or other objective. Think of these pages as the first of many strategy guides to come.

Link to the article: http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/15487815

Topic #2

Ril: We briefly mentioned on the last show that Heroes now has an official league. We need to correct that because there are now at least 3 leagues that have already started to host tournaments. The ESV Champions League is a tournament of 8 North American teams. Playoffs begin October 1st.

Mike: Gosu gamers said, “The league promises to provide insight on the competitive side of Heroes of the Storm, a game still in alpha, making its first steps into eSports. The teams themselves are those occupying the highest MMR peaks in the game and are comprised of popular Heroes streamers and eSports figures from different games.” For those of you that aren’t familiar with the term MMR, it stands for “Match Making Rating.” In games, this is the internal, typically hidden rating that is used to match you with other players in ranked games.

Kali: There are some famous StarCraft II players on the ESV Champions League teams. Gosu Gamers made a good point, “I just find it fascinating that these players are coming from a game that requires incredible micro [managing] to be superior, to something that focuses on one unit alone.” That is kind of how I feel changing from last hitting in League to the team objectives in Heroes.

Ril: There is also the Heroes Premier League, which has 20 teams between North America and Europe. Their playoffs begin on December 1st.

Mike: And last but not least, the mYinsanity-VersaSphere North American Invitational currently has 4 teams. Those matches began on September 17th.

Kali: Make sure to check out the links in the show notes for access to the match videos. I’ve watched a few and they are so intense! And Ril, now you can start practicing your shout casting! :)

Link to the articles: http://www.lazygamer.net/general-news/heroes-of-the-storm-gets-its-first-league/

http://www.gosugamers.net/heroesofthestorm/news/28410-the-first-heroes-of-the-storm-league-starts-next-week-follow-it-on-gosugamers

HEROES 101

Ril: It’s been a while since we included this segment in the show, and we apologize for that guys. There has just been so much news to talk about lately that we haven’t had time for much else! I guess that’s actually quite a good thing, when you think about it.
So for this Heroes 101 segment, we’re going to talk about the concept of “counter-picking.” Kali, since you are the resident League of Legends expert, why don’t you tell us more about this concept within LoL for a comparison.
Kali: We are finally getting to see some competitive play in HotS, so hopefully a “meta,” possibly with “laning,” will emerge. While we await those details, let’s talk about how counter-picking works in League and relate it to what we currently know about HotS.
With counter-picking, you try to choose heroes that are strong against their matched competitor. So, for example, if I was playing AP Carry in mid lane on League (think magic damage assassin), and the other team chose Veiger, I would choose Syndra. The reason is that Syndra’s range is much longer than Veiger’s, so she can poke him all day long and prevent him from farming. This negatively affects him throughout the laning phase and puts him behind on gold for the entire match.
How does that translate in Heroes? Well, let’s pretend the meta is that mid lane always has a solo Assassin. If I see the other team choose Kerrigan, I might choose Nova so that I can poke Kerrigan from a distance. If I keep Kerrigan’s health low, she will have to hearth or run away, reducing the XP for her team in that lane and removing her from team fights while she is back at base.

Mike: [response] – maybe you could tell us about this concept in DOTA 2 or HoN?

Ril: [response]

WRAP UP

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.

blizzcon party..

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

[edit: the first episode is airing Saturday, Oct 4 @ 10:00p Eastern!] Soon you’ll be able to hear Kali and close-friend of the show @GeekofRandom, or Adam from The Nexus as he sometimes is called, on the forth-coming internet dating show Charred Hearts.

At Blizzcon, make sure to come to our party on Friday night. The Twisted Nether Party.. 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?!

POTENTIAL SHOW TITLES!!!

1) I Can Poke Kerrigan
2) Warm Beer and a Cold Chicken Sammich
3) #BecauseDraenor
4) Where’s My Frikkin Monolith?
5) Willy Nilly Wonder Billy – WINNER!!! :)

Episode 22 – Hipster Yuengling!

This is Episode 22 of HotSCast, Hipster Yuengling!!

Frost Wyrm Arthas Heroes of the Storm HotSCast

I decided to do things a little differently this week with the notes here. Kali has so graciously offered to take care of the show notes each week and is doing such an incredible job that I thought, why keep that from the world? So from here out I’ll be posting our working show notes right here on the blog with the episode posts! Let us know what you think of this at HotSCast@gmail.com!

Enjoy the show, and our new approach to the show notes on the site!

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Ril:  Ladies and Gentlemen, Heroes of all ages, welcome back to the Heart of the Storm!  This is episode number 22 of HotSCast, recorded 10pm on the right coast, 27th August, 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 –

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

  • Quick hello and witty something, 140 chars or less (twitter style) – [response]
  • What have you been playing this week? – Valla, Malfurion, Diablo, Witch Doctor (liking)

and Kali, a.k.a. NerdiChar, a.k.a. [Ril’s crazy name]:

  • Quick hello and witty something, 140 chars or less (twitter style) – I went to my cousin’s wedding this past weekend and danced like a fool, I am so glad no one recorded that and put it on social media! Speaking of which, I did the ice bucket challenge on Saturday, that was so cold.
  • What have you been playing this week? – I might have a slight obsession with Zeratul and Malfurion, as everyone saw last week during the stream…I can’t stop playing them! I did just buy Nova though, so I might break away to play her a bit.

Ril: And now, onto the news.

NEWS

This Week in Heroes

Free Hero Rotation

Week of Tuesday, August 26th, 2014:

  • ETC
  • Raynor
  • Tyrael
  • Uther
  • Zagara
  • Tychus (level 8+)
  • Rehgar (level 10+)

New Skins

This information was released by Blizzard back on July 23, but we are just getting around to mentioning it. Sorry about that! Frost Worm Arthas and Big Top Gazlowe are now available for purchase in the shop.

Link to YouTube video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PlfokJFpE8

Ril:  We have 3 news topics to discuss.

Topic #1

Ril:  SteelSeries announced they are going to release a HotS-themed mouse and mousepad.

In a press release, Tino Soelberg, SteelSeries CTO said,

Heroes of the Storm has been such a highly anticipated title that we were excited to create a product exclusively for the game. We knew that Blizzard and players would want a mouse designed for versatility and  that would evoke the aesthetics from within the game. The SteelSeries Engine is such an important component of this mouse in that players can save an unlimited number of profiles and settings for each that would reflect the type of character you’re playing; assigning illumination settings to each of your profiles to differentiate between characters is another way the mouse can enhance gameplay.

Kali:  I actually use a SteelSeries mouse and keyboard, and my other half uses their mousepad. We’ve really enjoyed their products. Here are the highlights of the mouse:

  • LED illuminated lights that feature the Heroes of the Storm graphic design…ooh, glowy!
  • Tournament-grade buttons
  • Pro-grade laser sensor
  • CPI range from 1-5.700
  • Rubberized surface with “hand-sweat resistant coating”

Mike:  The Heroes of the Storm Mouse and QcK Mousepad will be available later this year for $69.99 for the mouse and $14.99 for the Mousepad. [Additional thoughts]

Link to article:  http://www.sidequesting.com/2014/08/steelseries-gets-heroes-of-the-storm/

Topic #2

Ril:  Lazygamer.net had an interview at Gamescon with Senior Producer Kaeo Milker. You can watch the entire interview by checking out the link that will be posted in the show notes. One of the questions asked was:

“I did ask after the interview if there was any kind of indication as to when the game will hit an open beta. I was told that there are still several stages of the alpha before it can even hit closed beta.”

Mike:  [response]

Kali:  Uh oh, I don’t think the listeners are going to like that news. Keep your chin up guys and keep watching our stream on Twitch! We love to take your requests for what to play and what talents to choose.

Link to the article:  http://www.lazygamer.net/general-news/we-talk-heroes-of-the-storm-at-gamescom/

Topic #3

Ril:  Fimlys found an article on Reddit that explains step-by-step how to watch replays of games you have played in the tech alpha.

Kali:  Probably in the beta and definitely in the official release, there will be a way to spectate and/or watch replays, but for now this is a great way to watch matches.

Mike:  The tutorial is fairly simple and can be found in the article we will post in the show notes. A few good tips to note:

  • The hotkeys are similar to the ones in StarCraft 2. For example, Ctrl+W hides the bottom UI area.
  • You can view the selected talents of the other players.
  • You can use F10 to toggle the menu which will allow you to stop watching the replay.

Link to the article:  http://www.reddit.com/r/heroesofthestorm/comments/26nelb/how_to_watch_a_replay/

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Enjoy!

Ep 21 – From GamesCom comes 3 NEW HEROES!!

Episode 21 – From GamesCom comes 3 NEW HEROES!!!

GamesCom is underway in Cologne Germany and ALREADY we have Heroes of the Storm news from Blizzard Entertainment!

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In this article from the Heroes of the Storm blog, Vaeflare goes into detail on the new Heroes gracing the battlegrounds of the NexusAzmodan from the Diablo Universe, Anub’arak and Chen Stormstout from the Warcraft Universe!

Hit the break for announcement video direct from GamesCom 2014, and more links from the show as we covered a great deal of topics!

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Episode 18 – NerdiChar’s Very Italian Birthday!! (Audio)

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Greetings Ladies & Gentlmen and welcome back to the Heart of the Storm!

This week was a VERY special episode as our very own NerdiChar, aka Kali, had her real life level up day on the very day we recorded!

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Aside from Kali’s birthday there wasn’t a huge amount of news in Heroes of the Storm but we did talk a great deal about our views of Heroes thus far, what the game can do moving forward both inside the game itself and in the larger community sense. We also discussed the three new skins that were revealed, and for the embedded video hit the break!

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Episode 14 – Lord Nerfar Nippletalk (Audio)

HotSCast Audio ThumbnailThis week Vincent (Rilandune), Kali (NerdiChar), and Mike (Fimlys), go over the recent Heroes of the Storm patch notes, line by line, covering each piece in great detail. We talk about balancing in the game, mechanics of specific heroes and how they’ve changed and been effected by the patch. In Heroes 101 we went in depth on Brightwing, covering the origin of the hero, where she’s from, what she does, weaknesses and strengths. As always the chatroom for the live show recording was amazing! We love each and every one of you that come to the live recording and we encourage everyone that can to join us for on Wednesday’s for the show recording!

Enjoy!

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the album art… yeah… we got ROFL’stomped by The Nexus in a 5v5 – the album art and the twitter pic is our badge of shame that will be worn for the next 3 days. :)