Ep 37 – Topically Deflated Balls!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | HotScast Episode #37 | Hosts: Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar)

SKINS & MOUNTS

HotSCast Heroes of the Storm Lunar Festival

Mike: Lunar Festival is here!

http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/17776012/new-lunar-festival-items-available-now-1-27-2015

The following Lunar Festival Items are available Now in the Heroes Shop!
New Skins
Elder Chen Skin — $9.99 USD
Festival Li Li Skin — $9.99 USD
New Mount
Lunar Tiger Mount*
* The Lunar Tiger Mount is currently available only with purchase of the Lunar Festival Complete or Lunar Festival Skin Bundles. It will eventually become available for purchase as an individual item with a future game update.
Lunar Festival Bundles
Join in our Lunar Festival celebration with two brand new Bundle Packs! Check out the limited-time Bundles listed below, and be sure to pick them up before they’re removed from the Shop at a later date.
Lunar Festival Complete Bundle — Now $32.96 USD
Lunar Tiger Mount
Chen + Elder Chen Skin
Li Li + Festival Li Li Skin
Lunar Festival Skin Bundle — Now $22.47 USD
Lunar Tiger Mount
Elder Chen Skin
Festival Li Li Skin

HotSCast Heroes of the Storm Weekly Sale

Weekly Sale: January 26 – February 2, 2015
Tassadar — Sale Price: $3.24 USD
High Templar Zeratul Skin — Sale Price: $2.49 USD
Medic Uther Skin — Sale Price: $4.99 USD

Kali: Free Hero Rotation

Week of Tuesday, January 27th, 2015:
Arthas
E.T.C
Kerrigan
Li Li
Uther
Level 12: Nazeebo
Level 15: Tychus

EPIC FAILS

Mike: We have a story about Rilandune going AFK… (Cat on Fire story)

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

Ril: http://www.heroesfire.com/hots/guide/quot-siege-mode-online-quot-1315

Hammer build from Rick, a gent I met at BlizzCon with Ghemit

Mike: Another site somewhat like Hero.gg : HotsLogs

https://www.hotslogs.com/Default

Possible Show Titles:

10% Science
I Downloaded The Uploader
Hot Slogs
Urban Uptown Funk
Topically Deflated Balls ****
LiLi Creepy Face

Ep 36 – The Sammich Shuffle!

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

HotSCast Thrall Heroes of the Storm Closed Beta

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 34 – The BETA IS COMING, THE BETA IS COMING!!

Recorded Thursday, January 8, 2015 | HotScast Episode #34 |
Hosts: Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar)

Heroes of the Storm - The BETA IS COMING - HotSCast

The Closed Beta of Heroes of the Storm is coming Tuesday, January 13th 2015!!

Brawl with the Blues, closed beta edition coming January 14 (next Wednesday) at 11am PST (more info in the link)

Link:  http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/17445860/brawl-with-the-blues-closed-beta-edition-1-7-2015

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

Kali: An epic cosplayer used a 3D printer to become Valla, you have to see this!

Link:  http://3dprint.com/34804/valla-3d-printed-armor-cosplay/

T-Shirt Contest Winners!!!

For the past month or so we’ve held a T-Shirt contest for our listeners, they needed only to send us an email with their favorite Heroes Skin.

Those winners are:

Patrick “Bazeleel” – The HotSCast T-Shirt with Developers Signatures
– – – – – Abathur’s Pajama Skin – “Pajamathur”
Finn – The official Heroes of the Storm T-Shirt from BlizzCon
– – – – – Tyrael’s Seraphim Skin
*Bonus Awarding* – 
Gizmozord – The extra HotSCast shirt found after the contest began
– – – – – Big Top Gazlowe

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who entered!! Stay tuned for more contests to come!

Possible Show Titles:

Chinese Screwdriver
There’s a Blue Light On My Peter Dinklage
The Yawn is a Lie
I Hit My Skull Head
#Fimllet
The Beta Is Coming, The Beta Is Coming!! ****

Enjoy!!

Ep 33 – Have You Seen My Chicken Sammich?!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 | HotScast Episode #33 | Hosts: Vincent (Rilandune), Mike (Fimlys), & Kali (NerdiChar)

HotSCast Heroes of the Storm HotS Alpha Year One 2014 Year In Review

INTRODUCTION

Ril: Ladies and Gentlemen, Heroes of all ages, welcome back to the Heart of the Storm! This is episode number 33 of HotSCast, recorded 9pm on the right coast, 30th December, 2014.

HotSCast is the podcast for the people, the players, the Heroes, covering all the awesome that is the Blizzard Entertainment brawler – Heroes of the Storm. I am your host Vincent, aka Rilandune. With me as always are my intrepid co-hosts

Kali, a.k.a. NerdiChar:
Sorry I missed last show guys, my love for Tolkien outweighs my love for all other geekery! Taking it super old school with tonight’s quote – “You have died of dysentery.”

Ril: What have you been playing this week?

Kali: Just WoW and Hearthstone this week actually. I have been super busy with the holidays so not much time for gaming.

and Mike, a.k.a. Fimlys:

Mike:  “We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.”
― Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

Ril: What have you been playing this week?

Mike: WoW, Dragonage: Inquisition, Divinity: Original Sin, Skylanders: Trap team, Hearthstone, Couple games of Heroes

Heroes of the Storm – Year in Review!

Year in review link: http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/17100032/2014-year-in-review-12-22-2014

And, the holiday XP boost that was –

http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/17100031/holiday-xp-boost-and-technical-alpha-portrait-rewards-12-24-2014

Possible Show Titles:

Kill All Texas Oranges
Rank 26, The Ril Rank
Warlock Evil Fire of Evilness
Open Close Beta
Have You Seen My Chicken Sammich? ****
Hit The Ball Rolling
No Pants Allowed

We had an absolute BLAST covering Heroes of the Storm in 2014, and cannot wait for all the awesome that is to come in 2015!!

OH YEAH! Closed Beta starts January 13th!!!!!

Enjoy!

 

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 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!

level up

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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Heroes of the Storm – First Look; featuring Nova Gameplay

Heroes NovaHey, all! Jaetch here. It’s been a while since I submerged myself in the Heroes of the Storm world. As I’m primarily a Diablo III player, the recent (well, month-old) launch of D3’s first expansion, Reaper of Souls, pretty much ate up all my gaming time and I am totally okay with that.

However, I did not forget there’s something on my table that I have to taste. That’s right, the Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha.

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Episode 12 – Rainbow Brightwing LiLi Murky Multipass! (Audio)

HotSCast Audio Thumbnail This week Ril, Fim, and Char were all at the virtual table to discuss Heroes of the Storm news coming out of PAX East as well as the wipe to take place on all current Alpha players on Tuesday 15th April. As always we had a fantastic show recording, with much hilarity and live interaction with the chat room!

Hit the break for more show notes and links and the embedded audio!

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Episode 11 – Mucho Diablo! (Audio)

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Greetings folks! This week Vincent and Mike | sadly down one Kali who was stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck during recording :( | got back into the swing of things with a great discussion of Heroes of the Storm, the current state of the Technical Alpha, and more!

Hit the break for more show-notes and the embedded audio!
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