Ep 26 – Snakes & Clowns & Spiders OH MY!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | HotScast Episode #26 | Hosts: Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar)
Special Guests: Adam (RandomGeek), Ben (StaksNPaks), and Josh (Pakkuan_AIE) from The Nexus Podcast!

HotSCast and The Nexus Talk about Blizzcon 2014

INTRODUCTION

Ril: Ladies and Gentlemen, Heroes of all ages, welcome back to the Heart of the Storm! This is episode number 26 of HotSCast, recorded 10pm on the right coast, 29th October, 2014.

Blizzcon Heroes of the Storm Predictions!

Ril:
1 – Starcraft inspired battleground
2 – Deckard Cain announced as a Diablo Support Hero
3 – Community contest to choose/influence the next hero to come out

Adam:
1 – Beta Info
2 – 4 Heroes to play (Sylvanas, Kael’thas, Fenix, Butcher)
3 – People asking about Lost Vikings and Blackthorne

Kali:
1 – Your mom
2 – Kali having a beard
3 – They will bring back the Artifact system and shock Ril into a heart attack
4 – If they are talking about rankeds, hopefully they will be showing new maps

Mike:
1 – People will love our HotSCast Shirts Because They are Awesome
2 – Big Spider Mount – Broodmother Araneae

Ben:
1 – Draft mode details
2 – noobsnoobs and more noobs(aka Ben)
3 – casuals complaining about the lack of pve content in a pvp game!! (for fim)<—

Josh:
1 – New Maps
2 – 5 new heroes
3 – More details about ranked play

Head to The Nexus site to hear their awesome cast!

Possible Show Titles:

Gollum Statham
I’m a Hot Nerdy Princess
Winion Wins
Dev Sugar Juices
Leave the Beard Off
Palm of Hand Turns Me White
Snakes and Clowns and Spiders, OH MY!  – WINNER!!!

Ep 24 – Willy Nilly Wonder Billy!

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

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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

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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!!! :)

Ep 23 – Frikin Frackin Fire Crackin!

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Ril:  Ladies and Gentlemen, Heroes of all ages, welcome back to the Heart of the Storm!  This is episode number 23 of HotSCast, recorded 10pm on the right coast, 10th September, 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) – I’ve decided I’m going to give a random video game quote each show, and the first person that can tweet me the right answer (hopefully without Google cheating) gets like, mad props or something. Okay, first one will be easy:  “Nuclear launch detected.” (Starcraft, of course)
  • What have you been playing this week? – I bought Nova, so I have been melting faces with her. She is quite fun to play.

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

  • Quick hello and witty something, 140 chars or less (twitter style) – Well, You’ve been dead a long time. So, you’re going see a lot of things you won’t understand..
  • What have you been playing this week? – Heroes a bunch until Last night when I started playing Destiny!

Ril: And now, onto the news.

NEWSHeores of the Storm Battleground Pages HotSCast

Ril:  BlizzCon tickets have been emailed!

This Week in Heroes

Free Hero Rotation

Ril:  Week of Tuesday, September 9th, 2014:

  • Arthas
  • Diablo
  • Kerrigan
  • Tyrande
  • Nova
  • Li Li (available at level 8)
  • Abathur (available at level 10)

Patch Info

Ril:  Heroes now has a 64 bit client, though at the moment Blizzard has warned that it may not be fully functional. Anyone with more than 4GB of RAM will be able to make use of the extra power. Blizzard says the 64-bit client will stop any “out-of-memory error” messages. Step-by-step instructions on how to use the new client can be found on the IncGamers article link we will have in the show notes.

Link to article: http://www.incgamers.com/2014/09/heroes-of-the-storm-getting-64-bit-client-with-next-patch

Ril:  We have an article to cover up first and then we’ll finish up with the huge patch that went out just hours ago and most importantly, Chen Stormstout Has Arrived!

Topic #1

Ril:  Our friends over at Heroes Nexus put together an article about some key points from the Pax Prime 2014 interviews with Dustin “Rock” Browder, Game Director, and Phil Gonzales, Senior Artist. Five key areas were talked about. The first was regarding the playable Heroes:

  • When asked about Lost Vikings, Browder said to “stay tuned”.
    • Kali:  I can’t wait to see those additions! Talk about nostalgia.
  • They don’t know how many heroes they want to add to the game, but all the Blizzard lore certainly won’t [sic] let them run out of ideas.
  • A good stopping point would be when they are repeating heroes too much. Heroes should all be unique.
    • Kali:  I agree with this completely, BUT – Blizzard needs to remember that some mechanics are going to repeat no matter what they do. Many champs in League have similar mechanic types but are still very unique. I don’t have a problem with that, personally.
  • No plans for Deathwing as playable hero, he’s too big. Maybe a boss on a map instead.
    • Kali:  Forum poster “Restaron” said, “Can’t you put Deathwing in human form with dragon form as ultimate?” Not a bad point…
  • Not all heroes are the same. It’s okay if some heroes have mounts and others do not.
  • Chen has been tuned so that he is to drink his keg in the middle of a battle.
  • Chen’s Ultimate may not be final. It currently splits him into 3 separate Chens, it’s been designed to give him a lot more survivability.
  • Anub’Arak is a tank hero with a lot of maneuverability. He also has a line of spikes which stuns enemies. He excels at being in the enemy dps area and keeping them away.
  • We should see a patch containing one of the new heroes (Chen, Anub’Arak, Azmodan) soon. One hero should be released with each patch, and we’ll see these hero releases every 4-6 weeks.
    • Kali:  They’re picking up steam! Too exciting!

Ril:  Mike, why don’t you talk about Game Modes and eSports?

Mike:  Absolutely. So with Game Modes:

  • There wasn’t any discussion regarding a Free For All mode. They said that new modes are something to be looked at for next year.
  • The team still needs to get Draft Mode and Ranked Mode out there.
  • Draft Mode will allow you to see which map you are playing on so that you can pick the best composition for that map.
    • Kali:  Not sure if they were planning this all along, or listened to feedback, but thank you Blizzard. You guys will learn that in MOBAs, you can lose a match before it even begins with counter-picking.

Mike:  I know we’re all excited for more information about eSports and HotS. Here’s what they had to tell us:

  • The community should be able to do whatever they want with the game, we’re going to do all the same things we did with StarCraft;
  • Replay system, observer mode, a “clean” game, and art that read well.
  • Things that are good for eSports are also good for the game. They make a good game.
    • Kali:  This makes me so happy. Listen guys, I know you all think this is bad, but when the developers are focused on making the game good, we all benefit, even those that are “casuals.”
  • If eSports takes off, the dev team will be watching and will help improve things where they can.

Ril:  Awesome stuff! Now Kali, tell us about Battlegrounds and the Future of Heroes.

Kali:  Sure thing. First up, with Battlegrounds:

  • Ladder battleground rotation should be around 6-8 maps. Maps will be switched when new maps come out.
  • The team is currently looking at the battleground rotation as being something done every ladder season, not every week like the heroes.
    • Kali:  I’m okay with this because I play 1 dang map in League, lol, but I know some people are going to gripe…
  • Battleground seasons “every 3 to 4 months”.

Kali:  And finally, they discussed the Future of Heroes as the tech alpha continues:

  • They want the game to remain accessible to a large audience while keeping depth to the game. You should still be learning new things after sinking hundreds of hours into it.
    • Kali:  Fantastic point, Blizzard. Like I tell everyone that says, “I hated League, I played for 5 levels and then just stopped.” Umm, hello. It took me a year to feel comfortable enough to play ranked and not feel completely stupid. And at about 1.5 years, I’m still bad compared to many others. So what? When the game becomes easy, I’ll get bored. I have something to work toward right now and that keeps me playing it for hours and hours!
  • Body block griefing hasn’t been a big problem yet. They still want players to be able to block out enemies, it adds an extra thing for people to think about when playing. Everything is not final though!
  • Heroes is running on “very limited” hardware at the moment. Once the team is happy with the stability of the game, it will go into a Closed Beta and then an Open Beta.
    • Kali:  There you go, folks, confirmation of an open beta. Who just got excited? Everyone go do the Blizzard ice bucket challenge so they can afford more hardware…haha…

Link to article:  http://www.heroesnexus.com/news/1187-heroes-developer-interviews-heroes-game-modes

 

Topic #2 – The Patch and Chen Has Arrived!

These patch notes are HUGE! So follow the link below to the Heroes main page article –

http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/15787795/heroes-technical-alpha-patch-notes-sept-10-2014-9-10-2014

WRAP UP

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Episode 20 – A Hot Nexus!

HotSCast Audio ThumbnailIn this special edition episode we are joined by special guests Adam (@GeekofRandom) and Ben (@StaksNPaks) from The Nexus Podcast as well as Jason (@NevikJames) from The Shattered Soulstone!

We go inside the Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha to bring you the latest changes live in both audio, and video format! Hit the break for the embedded video from our YouTube channel and the audio player for the podcast version!

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Episode 16 – New Jersey Smells WEIRD!! PS, Muradin is a Boss! (Audio)

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This week Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys, and Kali (NerdiChar) are back after an unexpected weeks break from both recording and streaming to bring you the latest news from Heroes of the Storm and the community that has sprung up around Blizzard’s hot new MOBA!

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Heroes of the Storm Holiday Updates

Heroes Q&ARecently, Blizzard put out a neat Q&A video that gave us a ton of new info regarding the development for Heroes of the Storm, just in time for the holiday season. The video is pretty long, but it’s well worth the watch for anyone writhing in anticipation for this game…

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Heroes of the Storm NOT to be shown or playable at Dreamhack 2013

Dreamhack Winter 2013, the gamers mecca of Europe which takes place in Sweden, began yesterday – 28th November – and runs through 1st December.

Blizzard will have a decided presence at the convention, with confirmed showings of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor (the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion) and Reaper of Souls (the upcoming Diablo 3 expansion).

To our surprise, however, there is no announcement or seemingly any plan to show Heroes of the Storm.  This seems a bit odd considering just how polished the game is, and how well it played even in it’s alpha stage on the Blizzcon 2013 show floor.  Particularly because Heroes is poised to go up against MOBA giants like DotA 2, League of Legends, and Heroes of Newerth – which all have major placement at Dreamhack, including structured tournaments.

I can understand that Blizzard doesn’t want to have a tournament for Heroes just yet.  I can also understand that they do not want to release too much information about the game just yet.  But at a convention like Dreamhack, Heroes could easily fire a shot across the bow of the MOBA competition even with the trailer being shown and the alpha being playable that we had access to at Blizzcon.

Hopefully this doesn’t show that the timeline for Heroes of the Storm is longer than we have hoped, and that the game will not reach beta, let alone release, until well into 2014.

We shall see.

~Vincent // Rilandune

Heroes of the Storm – Cinematic Trailer

arthasHave you not yet watched the cinematic trailer to the upcoming MOBA game Heroes of the Storm to be launched by Blizzard Entertainment?  Are you ready have chills from the geek-out-factor you’ll have watching some of the most beloved characters in gaming history battling it out to a badass rock score?

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HotSCast – Heroes of the Storm Podcast!

Greetings folks!

Having just come back from BlizzCon 2013 we are STOKED to play Heroes of the Storm!  So what do we do?  Start a podcast, naturally!

Your hosts are:

Vincent aka Rilandune from Heroically Random

Mike aka Fimlys from Twsited Nether Blogcast

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We will be broadcasting live via Google Hangouts, the plan at the moment is for Monday nights at 10pm Eastern.

Moving forward we’ll develop the structure of the show, as it stands now Heroes isn’t in Beta yet, so we can only go over what we saw and played at BlizzCon.

Look for more information soon and we look forward to starting up a great Heroes of the Storm community!