Ep 36 – The Sammich Shuffle!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | HotScast Episode #36 | Hosts: Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar)

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PATCH NOTES

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..

GET BETA ACCESS NOW!

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

RECAP and CLARIFICATION – Hero League

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.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

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

SKINS & MOUNTS

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
Thrall
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:
Arthas
Crown Prince Arthas skin
Vampire Hunter Valla skin

http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/forum/topic/15699634571 

– 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

NEW HEROES

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

PATCH NOTES

http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/17345414/heroes-closed-beta-patch-notes-january-13-2015-1-13-2015

http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/forum/topic/15698855165 – addendum to main patch notes

NEW BATTLEGROUNDS

Adam: I need to play it… plain and simple.

Kali: Sky Temple is here!

Potential Show Titles:

In With The Skin
She Is EEEEEEEEEVIL

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

Enjoy!!

 

 

Ep 27 – BlizzCon 2014 Impressions and our interview with Samwise!

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We have a FANTASTIC show for you so let’s get right into it!

Here’s a list of some of the things we discussed:

  • Addition of Jaina, Thrall, and Lost Vikings
  • Two new Battlegrounds – Sky Temple and Tomb of the Spider Queen
  • Announcement of more Heroes to come such as
    • Lady Sylvanas
    • Skeleton King
    • Crusader
    • The Butcher
    • And more!
  • Concept art for a Diablo 3 themed battleground – Heaven and Hell
  • And most importantly, I got to sit down for a one-on-one interview with legendary Blizzard artist – Samwise Didier!

There’s nothing more to say but to enjoy our BlizzCon 2014 recap and the Samwise interview!

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