The Grinding Gear Podcast

By Garrett Weinzierl and Kyle Fergusson

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Burnout-free video game coverage from podcast veterans. Join Garrett and Kyle every week as they get lost in games, pop culture, and everything they’re personally playing.

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No Must Have Games | The Grinding Gear Podcast #2
Big show. Activision Throws Shade at Blizzard, EA Taking the L and Multiversus is the hot new thing for the kids. Garrett and Kyle also unleash their new show segment and catch up on the God of War playthrough. FF14 fans will also enjoy the sprinkling of topics as we both enjoyed some Monster Hunter and have become curious to get into Worlds or Rise. Emails and more. Supportourbromance.com or we’ll add premium currencies to unlock additional characters.
Aug 05, 2022
Into the Next Us | The Grinding Gear Podcast #1
We’re back! You’re here, perhaps for the first time. The voyage begins. The Grinding Gear Podcast is here to bring you burn-out-free video game coverage and much more. Join Garrett and Kyle, podcast veterans as they are, for Wrath Classics release date, the D&D movie trailer, and a big serving of God of War 2018. Emails and more. Supportourbromance.com or we’ll make NFTs!
Jul 28, 2022
Our Favorite Games - Garrett & Kyle’s Podcast Vacation Vol.2
Happy Thursday! Garrett and Kyle are back with another podcast vacation episode to give you a look into their nerdy brains. Join the two as they dive deep, genre by genre, into their favorite games of all time. They'll be back soon to announce their new podcast.
Jul 21, 2022
The Bromance - Garrett & Kyle’s Podcast Vacation Vol.1
The transformation begins. Garrett and Kyle are coming to you from podcasting pergatory. The audio lands in between Into the Nexus and what is next for our podcasting duo. Enjoy as the two reminisce on their journey from podcasting about StarCraft 2, to a YouTube exploration of Final Fantasy XIV, and a maybe a hint or two about where they're going from here.
Jul 14, 2022
#433 - Into the Nexus: “Out of the Nexus”
Heroes, the time has come. Blizzard has announced Maintenance mode for our beloved game. If you’ve enjoyed this show, if you’ve enjoyed that last year: Stay tuned right here. This feed is going to evolve. Join Garrett and Kyle on a new journey starting in two weeks. For now, this is our send off to our beloved Heroes of the Storm. Thank you all for your continued support and we hope to see you in and out of the Nexus.
Jul 08, 2022
#432 - Into the Nexus: “4 Days”
Season extension! But only 4 days? What is in store for our favorite MOBA. Or should I say, Hero Brawler! Kyle has been on an Artanis kick while Garrett got his eyes on the future. We take a look at the Heroes adjacent news, your emails and more!
Jun 30, 2022
#431 - Into the Nexus: “1 Week”
One week till a balance patch?! What’s on your list? Garrett and Kyle share their desires for the upcoming Heroes of the Storm update. Reddit has ideas, discord has ideas. All math or CCL balance awaits us. You be the judge! Emails and more to follow!
Jun 23, 2022
#430 - Into the Nexus: “Getting Hammered”
Into the Nexus, the Heroes of the Storm resistance broadcast that will not STOP! News from the bastion of battle, the holdout for our great game. Garrett and Kyle talk Hammer of all things. Hammer is in! Get the rundown. We also have a preview of what Heroes could look like on the Xbox Game Pass. And what will become of our Boosts?! Your emails, questions, and more! Stay tuned HEROES!
Jun 16, 2022
#429 - Into the Nexus: “Storm the Gate!”
Into the Nexus is hot on the tail of the Stormgate’s announcement. Unveiled at the Summer Game Fest, old Blizzard and even Heroes devs hope to revive the RTS genre (and even take esports with it). Daybringer is on the project, which leaves some big unknowns with Heroes. CCL continues, AZ Jackson shares stories. Your emails and MORE!
Jun 09, 2022
#428 - Into the Nexus: “RTS Revival”
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Bahamut joins for what starts as a CCL centric episode, but goes on a journey. The caster tells tales of metas abound and gets you hype for this upcoming weekend of games; but with Garrett out sick, Kyle and Bahamut take a look at the plethora of mobile games being released right now. This leads to a look at the StarCraft custom game scene where they appear to be recreating Heroes of the Storm with new content. Perhaps our salvation lies not with Heroes but outside. Maybe even a little studio called Frost Giant.
Jun 03, 2022
#427 - Into the Nexus: “Mobile-palooza”
No internet can’t stop us, THIS IS Into the Nexus. Mobile Madness is unleashed. Arclight Rumble beta and Marvel Snap beta have been played. Diablo Immortal is just a week away. The new Heroes season is four weeks away, supposedly. Will the release of mobile mania bring devs back to our beloved game? Are companies even chasing the right market right now? Your emails and more in another stealth recorded episode!
May 26, 2022
#426 - Into the Nexus: “Into the Breakfast”
Join us for Into the Breakfast! Garrett and Kyle, give you a special morning episode of your favorite Heroes of the Storm podcast. The HeroesEsports Twitter account has awakened yet again, and the launch has fresh content on it. There is also a bug fix and some community manager interaction on Reddit. The team stirs?! Emails and more!
May 19, 2022
#425 - Into the Nexus: “Don’t Light My Fire”
Into the Nexus returns with Hot Fixes and Hot Takes! Garrett and Kyle take on the received bug fix report and HeroesHearths Week 1 of the CCL Season 4. What awaits in the meta for you? You’ll have to listen and find out.
May 12, 2022
#424 - Into the Nexus: “Leaver Inferno”
CCL is on the horizon. Garrett and Kyle breakdown the team rosters released last week. Heroes is currently undergoing maintenance, so that mystery will be saved for another day. We now know the WarCraft mobile game and it is not a Heroes influence product. Emails, stories, and more! Enjoy!
May 05, 2022
#423 - Into the Nexus: “First Time?”
Garrett and Kyle share all. Wisdom Gaming, hosts of the HeroesHearth CCL, have revealed that they have been running Heroes of the Storm esports at an “unsustainable loss” since. In an attempt to attract more sponsors, they are moving the stream to Grubby's channel. This comes hot on the heels of announcements that Twitch is planning to increase its revenue by increasing ads and reducing payout percentages. Blizzard is about to unleash its mobile empire. Will it use Heroes of the Storm assets? Welcome to the madness.
Apr 28, 2022
#422 - Into the Nexus: “Live Más”
Garrett and Kyle return with the latest Heroes news! We are speeding towards HeroesHearth’s CCL Season 4, just two weeks out. We also take a look at the recent meta shake ups. Naturally, Blizzard has been busy promoting their upcoming WoW expansion Dragonflight. Microsoft is considering adding ads to their F2P games, which Heroes will one day be. Options, comments and Heroes of the Storm. Enjoy!
Apr 22, 2022
#421 - Into the Nexus: “Koticking”
Into the Nexus, returns to bring you the Heroes best and Blizzard happenings. NGS is over for Kyle, so he and Garrett have been on a Stormrage vacation from serious town. The Activision Blizzard ongoings have taken a turn though, and it seems the Governor of California might be interfering with the case. Emails round out the show and bring us back to our Heroes of the Storm home.
Apr 14, 2022
#420 - Into the Nexus: “Ladder Land”
Into the Nexus is back and talking ladder! Former Heroes Balance Designer AZJackson was on Twitter this week talking about a recent article posted by Magic the Gathering creator Richard Garfield. The challenges of game design and letting things like MMR handle your players for you. We also briefly check on World of Warcraft’s new expansion leaks before taking emails.
Apr 07, 2022
#419 - Into the Nexus: “Patch Feelings”
We’ve got a patch! Garrett and Kyle break-down the tools and toys you’ll be enjoying or lamenting this weekend. Download bug has been fixed, the version mismatch has been fixed. We may also have a new mystery balance designer who is showcasing their new project style!
Mar 31, 2022
#418 - Into the Nexus: “Maw or Naw?”
Into the Nexus is back! The people’s show. The show for the people by the people. Garrett and Kyle take a look at Blizzard’s upcoming releases and talk about the health of video game production. NGS continues and Kyle has a few new strats to share with you including a fancy new reason to pick Zagara (last pick that is). Emails and more, oh yea!
Mar 24, 2022
#417 - Into the Nexus: “Whitemane Steam Train”
Live esports is back! HeroesHearth announces its round of 4 for CCL will be held in their new studio in August. Three Heroes of the Storm lan events in 2022? What is this? 2018?! Garrett and Kyle take a look at the evolving meta, your emails and more!
Mar 18, 2022
#416 - Into the Nexus: “Roster Woes”
Into the Nexus, the Blizzard episode. Heroes of the Storm is of course the focus, we talk the 30k Roster shake-up that might impact the entire league. However, Blizzard is making big moves across its flagship games, a full Road Map for World of Warcraft properties was announced. StarCraft is getting a balance patch designed by the community, and Overwatch plans to release it’s second installment with the PvE cut out to start. If Blizzard is healthy, Heroes is healthy: Let's check in.
Mar 10, 2022
#415 - Into the Nexus: “Is Mal’Ganis Good?”
Garrett and Kyle are cursed! Solo games are great, but their duos suffer. After a brief recovery, CCL announcements abound! Season 4 is on the way along with some changes to the player draft and format. And why aren't players taking camps?! Stay tuned.
Mar 04, 2022
#414 - Into the Nexus: “Give Arthas Defile!”
Video game riches have descended upon us. A wealth of games are releasing and Heroes of the Storm is still one of your favorite dishes. Garrett and Kyle take a look at the recent balance patch to see where things have shaken up. The mailbag is still bursting. The hosts make headway. Keep em coming to itncast@gmail!
Feb 23, 2022
#413 - Into the Nexus: “Building a Better Team”
This week Garrett and Kyle dive into the finer details of honing your team drafts, using Baby on Board’s recent Nexus Gaming Series victory. We also reveal the secrets of Malthael in an impromptu bruise special. Otherwise, It’s mailbag time and we got a packed one. Enjoy!
Feb 18, 2022
#412 - Into the Nexus: “We Have Totems at Home”
A beefy episode for a beefy patch. This is the coverage of the first balance patch of 2022. Garrett has a new toy in Malthael. Kyle is healer main for his NGS team and it’s big on Malfurion. The balance, the breakdown. It’s all here. We also squeeze in an email. Enjoy!
Feb 11, 2022
#411 - Into the Nexus: “Defrost Miami w/ Chillrogg”
Heroes Esports continues thanks to awesome folks like today’s guest Chillrogg of Chillymountain. This weekend is the upcoming Defrost Lan tournament taking place live at NLG Miami, and we’ve got all the details for you here. Garrett and Kyle touch on the balance patch, but we will go deep on that next week. For now, enjoy this inside scoop on esports organization and team management.
Feb 03, 2022
#410 - Into the Nexus: “Heroes of the Game Pass”
Garrett and Kyle break down the Microsoft Activision buyout with a Heroes of the Storm mindset. Phil Spencer and the Microsoft Game Pass have built up a lot of goodwill over the last several years, is it enough to save Blizzard/Activision. What will happen to our humble game of Heroes? Will we end up on the game pass? Will Masterchief be playable? The hosts also discuss the announced unnamed survival game. Brief CCL chat at the end. Enjoy!
Jan 27, 2022
#409 - Into the Nexus: “Hanging with Justing”
CCL Analyst and former HGC pro-player piTkid aka Justing joins the show this week to get you ready for the upcoming Season 3 grand finals. We take a trip down memory lane. Tower Ammo to playing on stage. We also touch on the Microsoft acquisition, but we will cover that in-depth next week.
Jan 20, 2022
#408 - Into the Nexus: “Frostmourne Should Always Hunger”
Into the Nexus, Garrett and Kyle. In this existential episode of your favorite Heroes of the Storm podcast, we discuss the inner workings of Blizzard and the game industry as a whole. How much transparency should the players get as we move into the future. We also prepare ourselves for the CCL round of 4 and the Grand Finals which will follow. Emails and more to follow.
Jan 13, 2022
#407 - Into the Nexus: “Love the Way You Rehgar”
Welcome to 2022! Into the Nexus returns with Garrett and Kyle investigating the outsourcing market at Blizzard. The guys also discuss the big Rehgar counter you’re missing and what heroes they will be maining in 2022. Your emails, Jurassic Park and more!
Jan 06, 2022
#406 - Into the Nexus: “Heroes Sandwich”
The final episode of 2021, this is Into the Nexus, your Heroes of the Storm podcast. Garrett and Kyle emerge from their Holiday hibernation, enjoy the results. Johanna has the lane clear back, so where did the big rework take her? Does Malfurion need a rework? Nova? Thrall and Alexstraza? How about some off-topic questions.
Dec 30, 2021
#405 - Into the Nexus: “Wiggle in Unique Ways” w/ Kiyeberries
Kiyeberries returns to talk all things healers with Kyle and Garrett. Rehgar’s reign continues, Butcher has nipples, and why you should just turn off chat on this episode of Into the Nexus!
Dec 23, 2021
#404 - Into the Nexus: “The Probe Meta?”
The meta is changing. The CCL has upped the pace of the game. Johanna is now a high damage off-lane. Probius is a zoning double soaking spell caster. Rehgar is just plain running amok. Garrett and Kyle give you the scoop, as well the business of battle-pass and your emails.
Dec 16, 2021
#403 - Into the Nexus: “Tone Down Totems”
Rehgar reigns supreme! The totems are upon us! Rework is out and it’s ushering in a dive meta. The CCL will tell this weekend. Garrett and Kyle give you the scoop on the hearty tomatic titanic. The six month season roll is also on the table, along with your emails and more!
Dec 09, 2021
#402 - Into the Nexus: “Rehgar Salad Bar”
It’s patch time! Rehgar rework, Probius update, and a horde of other adjustments. Garrett and Kyle walk you through all the upcoming changes to get you ready for December 6th. What themes will develop? What can we expect from the future and is this balance for our home games, or CCL focused?
Dec 02, 2021
#401 - Into the Nexus: “Holiday Secret”
Into the Nexus is back, with a SECRET episode. Recorded offline in time for the Holidays, Garrett and Kyle cover all the ongoing action over the HeroesHearth CCL tournament. The battle rages on as 8 teams vie for placing through group phase heading towards those post new year playoffs. Several lessons for our home games have Kyle curious, including Mephisto, Lunara and that old-reliable Johanna. The host also play a little AMA with reddit to make this a complete Heroes meal.
Nov 22, 2021
#400 - Into the Nexus: “11 Years of Garrett & Kyle”
The Into the Nexus 400th EPISODE! Prepare for celebration and story time with Garrett and Kyle. For 7 years Into the Nexus has brought you non-stop Heroes of the Storm news and comment; but Garrett and Kyle go back 11 years to their first project StarCast. Join us for a journey through not only Heroes past, but a quest of content creation.
Nov 18, 2021
#399 - Into the Nexus: “High Hopes” w/ Not_Paradox
Not_Paradox rejoins the show! Since his last appearance, the Heroes content creator coach has been keeping busy with guides, balance reviews and gaming psychology videos on his YouTube. Kyle and Paradox discuss the current meta surrounding the ongoing HeroesHearth CCL tournament as well as it’s effect on our home game.
Nov 12, 2021
#398 - Into the Nexus: “Turn It Off & On Again”
We’ve been had! Heroes of the Storm awaits its season role and next big patch. We know reworks and balance await us, but we don’t know when. Blizzard/Activision made headlines again this week and it left the whole “park” of Heroes of the Storm feeling off. Garrett and Kyle discuss the future but also the present. CCL is going strong into its first week of competition and there is quite a bit to glean from it.
Nov 04, 2021
#397 - Into the Nexus: “CCL Eve” w/ Bahamut
CCL returns to Twitch and Bahamut returns to share the hype on Into the Nexus!
Oct 28, 2021
#396 - Into the Nexus: “You Do Have Heroes in Your Heroes Game?”
The community is on the prowl. Two weeks left in the Storm League season means content could be right around the corner. Yet no word has been heard from the developers. Are they busy creating the next hero or has something happened to our beloved team. The elephant in the room is exposed. Fans are nervous. Garret and Kyle take a look at the other MOBA markets and see what they’ve been up to during a tough year of development. After quelling, or perhaps stoking, concerns. The dudes take a look at win-rates since the patch, CCL content, your emails, and more!
Oct 21, 2021
#395 - Into the Nexus: “esports Goes to the Mall”
Heroes Esports is making moves. The HeroesHearth CCL Season 3 is on the horizon and their parent company Wisdom gaming has created a brick-and-mortar studio at the Mall of America. While it won't be ready in time for Season 3, CCL will have a presence at the new studio. Garrett and Kyle take a trip down the memory lane of Esports as we look forward to some live Heroes action, possibly in 2022. League of Legends also stole our best feature!
Oct 14, 2021
#394 - Into the Nexus: “Illidan is Good?”
Into the Nexus, post-patch fallout! Things are moving and shaking. Garrett and Kyle bring you the details. Does Braxis need a music update? Does Morales need MULE? Should Nazeebo get Vile Infection via quest? Crack on the mailbag, it’s a full Heroestastic show!
Oct 07, 2021
#393 - Into the Nexus: “Don’t Mana Tap That”
Patch time is here! While the main movers and shakers may be missing, there are some new toys for some of your old favorites. Gazlowe, the harbinger of the lower leagues is getting a base kit nerf, Maiev gets a fancy 20 unlock and Stukov Balisto power has been lowered. Garrett wants Zagara back, Kyle wants more from Thrall. We’ve got all the details and plenty of opinions. Enjoy!
Oct 01, 2021
#392 - Into the Nexus: “The Worst 10s and 20s in HotS”
All is quiet in the Nexus, but not on Into the Nexus! Garrett and Kyle bring you all the latest Heroes talk, including a surprising discovery of tips and tricks, a critical look at some lack-luster 10s and 20s and of course your emails. In a role reversal, Kyle is the salt to Garretts pepper, but it takes both to make a well seasoned show.
Sep 23, 2021
#391 - Into the Nexus: “Crispy Tea”
Into the Nexus brings you all the Heroes news each and every week. In this episode, Garrett and Kyle check in with the balance and see where our meta has settled during this most recent initiation of patches. Storm League is underway, and we get a peak at what we can expect from the high end tournament players. We also got a little hint at an upcoming Li Li update. Your emails and more, make this the Heroes place to be. Enjoy!
Sep 16, 2021
#390 - Into the Nexus: “Hammer of the Storm”
MochrieTV is here and we are diving past the tip of the Iceberg. Tips and tricks, bugs and features. Mochrie is here to reveal the inner workings of Heroes of the Storm for your benefit. Kyle and Garrett have questions, Mochrie has answers. Naturally Nazeebo still reigns supreme, but have you heard of Hammer of the Storm?
Sep 09, 2021
#389 - Into the Nexus: “Killed Queen”
The Queen is dead, all hail King Nazeebo! Garrett is in dire straits. His main is nerfed. Kyle has the solution though, a wacky match special Nazeebo build to share. The community also has ideas about how to help out the Broodmother. They also celebrated CCL Season 3 ending up on the launcher. Finally, the dudes take a look at the Mood Meter. Emails and more! Special thanks to all the patrons over at Patreon.com/itn who make this show possible!
Sep 01, 2021
#4 - Nexus Gaming News: WTF is Going on with Halo Infinite?
With a fresh trailer at gamescom 2021 Halo Infinite seems to be holding any new looks at its campaign close to Master Chief’s broad metallic chest. Garrett and Kyle take a look at Infinite’s seeming desire to hide its campaign from a fanbase that has been critical of previous campaign previews as well as the recent announcements of major features that will be absent at the game’s launch.
Sep 01, 2021
#388 - Into the Nexus: “Slamage”
Spiders, Skeletons and Banelings! Oh my! Patch time is here and changes are being felt. Garrett and Kyle cover the strange disappearance of Zagara as she was disabled by Blizzard. She's back, but a little less potent than previous, with a promise to keep the updates coming. Nazeebo seems the big winner with Leoric getting some real nice bake-ins as well. Deckard Cain likely going to be bringing some pain coming up, and a bizarre buff to Hanzo?! All this and more from your favorite Heroes hoppin hosts. Stay tuned!
Aug 26, 2021
#3 - Nexus Gaming News: Activision Blizzard Allegedly Interfered with the Ongoing Lawsuit
An expansion to the existing anti-discrimination lawsuit has added temporary workers of whom California is suing on behalf. And California’s Department of Fair Employment & Housing alleges that Activision Blizzard has interfered with the state’s investigation stating that "documents related to investigations and complaints were shredded by human resource personnel".
Aug 25, 2021
#2 - Nexus Gaming News: Why players are leaving WoW for FFXIV
Final Fantasy 14 keeps staying in the news as the new king of the MMOs as World of Warcraft enthusiasm wanes. But what is it about FFXIV that is so attractive to MMO players? Garrett and Kyle dive into this from the perspective of a recently and not-so-recently retired WoW players.
Aug 24, 2021
#387 - Into the Nexus: “Sleeper Heroes”
Into the Nexus brings you the Heroes of the Storm tidings every week, and it’s no different today! Garrett and Kyle are sad to report that the patch has been delayed, but devs seemed to have a fiery surprise awaiting us. The dudes always wish to share with you the good word about Regen Globes. They also want to point out to you a few specialized Heroes that you might be overlooking. Dust off those oddies, and enjoy this Heroes of the Storm helping.
Aug 19, 2021
#1 - Nexus Gaming News: Does Diablo II Resurrected Succeed Where Reforged Failed?
Diablo II: Resurrected has completed its first beta weekend and players have finally gotten a good look at what the remastered game has to offer. Back during their live coverage of BlizzcOnline 2021 Garrett and Kyle both placed heavy importance on Resurrected delivering on its promise of fully remade cinematics. The podcasting duo review the cinematics that have been revealed as a result of the beta and compare them to the originals.
Aug 17, 2021
#386 - Into the Nexus: “Dragon Something”
It’s Into the Nexus! Garrett and Kyle have been duoing, stories to tell. Garrett wants to play nothing but Zagara, Kyle is on a Mephisto kick. Hanzo rears his handsome head. We have a cryptic Blue Post but otherwise it's on to our project: 2 Outa 2. That’s right, the Kofalt Test is back. “Does it Sound Exciting, Is It Fun”. Follow that by our new segment Eye on Blizzard.
Aug 12, 2021
#385 - Into the Nexus: “Zagarmageddon”
Into the Nexus is back with all the Heroes of the Storm happenings and our new segment, Eye on Blizzard. Garrett is back, enjoying Zagara, and has some thoughts to share on the recent patch. Kyle shares stories of his time in CCS. We’ve also got a Blue Post hinting at two upcoming reworks! But the show doesn't end there, we want to keep you informed on the ongoing situation at Blizzard. Stay tuned after the Heroes news for that coverage.
Aug 05, 2021
#384 - Into the Nexus: “#ActiBlizzWalkout”
Today’s episode is our support of the Blizzard Walkout. We will be covering the lawsuit and accounts of harassment against Blizzard the same as we would any other news regarding Blizzard and Heroes of the Storm. We are not ending Into the Nexus and plan to be back next week with Heroes news, but this week is our support of the Blizzard Walkout. After the news we will be having a fun chat as always… but about non-Blizzard games. Think of it as a Weeksauce revival.
Jul 29, 2021
#383 - Into the Nexus: “Oh the Banelings” w/ Bahamut
Patch Cadence! Seems we have a new schedule for Heroes of the Storm balance, once a month. Perfection. Kyle is joined by Bahamut, caster for the CCL tournament, to talk about their approaching Grand Finals and the impact the balance patch might have on the weekend's play. The duo also go in depth on the various changes including a Morales Rework and a dangerously devilish update to Zagara. Artani also rejoice! This and more, enjoy!
Jul 22, 2021
#382 - Into the Nexus: “The Cavalier Coach” w/ CavalierGuest

CavalierGuest, OXG Esports and community coach, returns to the show! In his last appearance, Hogger was fresh in the Nexus and we sped ahead talking strategy for the recently released Hero. In this episode, Kyle goes a little deeper about what it means to be a top coach for Heroes of the Storm through Cav’s own experience with gaming: World of Warcraft raiding, HGC history, roster building, people management and high level play. CCL is on everyone's mind as the tournament heads towards the round of 4, and CavalierGuest gives us a rundown of Oxygen Esports journey through the CCL season 2. Then we get into some nitty-gritty strategy for the folks at home, incorporating weird drafts like solo assassin, double support and double soakers into your own drafts. Enjoy!

Jul 15, 2021
#381 - Into the Nexus: “Is it exciting? Is it broken?”
The Council of Garrett and Kyle, with the powers gifted to us by Kofalt, are here to decide the fate of your balance inquiries. The quote "trying to make things that sound really exciting on paper, but aren't as broken as you think they are" guides our way as we review Reddit’s recent spree of talent suggestions to the balance designer. It doesn’t have to end here though. Share your balance and talent ideas with the show at Itncast@gmail.com.
Jul 08, 2021
#380 - Into the Nexus: “with HOTS-Dev Kofalt”
Associate Game Designer for Heroes of the Storm Josh “RawrJar” Kofalt joins the show! Garrett and Kyle get to sit down with the man behind the balance curtain and ask your questions! Kofalt has a rich history with the game, joining in the technical alpha, Cloud9, coaching and eventually making his way on to the Q&A team. Now part of the developers, Kofalt has taken up the mantle on Reddit for balance updates and inquiries. This episode is a catalogue of design philosophies, strategies and a gimps at the Heroes Team as a whole. Enjoy, and remember to thank your devs!
Jul 01, 2021
#379 - Into the Nexus: “Kiyeberries Returns”
Into the Nexus, The Heroes of the Storm Podcast, is joined by Kiyeberries: CCL Live Coordinator, Healer Streamer Extraordinar and fellow NGS Teammate! Our guest brings stories from the Gold Leagues and the Twitch sphere, fresh to your ears.
Jun 24, 2021
#378 - Into the Nexus: “Building a Better Blaze”
Balance time! Delivered fresh from the devs. Garrett and Kyle walk you through all the changes which are already live inside your game! Blaze, Garrosh, Muradin, Stitches, Imperius, Anduin, Raynor, Valla, Johanna and Orphea. But wait, where is Stukov? Well the infested man is out for the weekend due to bugs. Stay tuned and find out more.
Jun 17, 2021
#377 - Into the Nexus: “Garrett Really Hates Subdue”
Kofalt is on the case! Blue posts, it’s what’s for dinner on Into the Nexus. The new, and we assume, Lead Balance Designer has taken to Reddit to show us the future. Updates incoming soon for Raynor, Malfurion and Johanna. Garrett and Kyle have opinions on Subdue and go through your emails.
Jun 10, 2021
#376 - Into the Nexus: “UnQuest”
Jun 03, 2021
#375 - Into the Nexus: “Azmodunking with Jhow”
Jhow, streamer, educational YouTube and former HGC caster rejoins the show to bring the good word of Valla… or Azmodan! Yes the self proclaimed valla one trick has a secret weapon up his sleeve.
May 27, 2021
#374 - Into the Nexus: “The Reign of Vengeance”
The patch is live! Garrett and Kyle walk you through all the goodies inside to prepare you for your weekend’s Heroes-tastic adventures. Hots is in the public eye this week as not only Blizzard, but other news sources have been talking about our humble little game. Next comes the big patch rundown. Week one playtesting feelings on the reworks and covering the ins and outs of all the balance chances. Just ban Valla (unless you’re GM quality Zeratul is ready).
May 20, 2021
#373 - Into the Nexus: “UnDead Game”
The long awaited patch is here and its BIG! Five Hero Reworks, eleven balanced Heroes, new XP Orb changes and two hosts ready to guide you through. These are the big strokes. Loan Talents are coming and they showcase new tools the developers have to adjust and argument heroes. XP orbs are being reinforced as a learning tool. Anduin, Johanna, Raynor, Stitches and Valla are all getting a fresh coat of talent paint. We’ll see you next week with the more minute crunchy details.
May 13, 2021
#372 - Into the Nexus: “The Blue Barrage”
The Blues have spoken! Is Kofalt the new balance designer? Or just a brave soul helming the communication ship? Either way, the lines are open and we have a glimpse in the happenings over the Heroes team. Garrett and Kyle walk you through the important bits: Bug fixes, balance incoming and future skin updates. We also take a healthy dose of emails. Enjoy this Into the Nexus!
May 06, 2021
#371 - Into the Nexus: “Whip it Out”
Into the Nexus is your SOURCE for Heroes of the Storm news! Garrett and Kyle continue through our long meta with a host of new discoveries thanks to CCL. Heroes Devs have returned to the reddit to bring us a reminder of tasty breadcrumbs, which might be only 2 weeks away. Tensions are high and moral is low across the Heroes of the Storm community as they attempt to gauge their expectations. All this and more on this hearty edition of ITN.
Apr 29, 2021
#370 - Into the Nexus: “Redrafting the CCL” w/ Bahamut
With HeroesHearth’s Community Clash League Season 2 upon us, Bahamut joins the show and gives us the rundown of the team which starts play this weekend. Garrett and Kyle walk you through the tournament draft, teams, meta, rules and map pools as we head towards some top tier Heroes of the Storm action. The gang also theorizes how the game has shifted since the previous Season 1 and what we can expect on the horizon. Emails and more! Enjoy this packed episode of Into the Nexus.
Apr 22, 2021
#369 - Into the Nexus: “Get Low”
Into the Nexus is back to throw the bones! Let’s divine up some patch information. Garrett and Kyle take a look at the old AMA and Dev comments to find the future patch.
Apr 15, 2021
#368 - Into the Nexus: “Tiers & Tears”
Into the Nexus returns with your weekly Heroes of the Storm update! The community is hungry for communication! Blizzard as a whole seems to be struggling to release content across their games, with Hearthstone currently the exception. CCL is right on the horizon, but will that exacerbate the perception of the community should balance not happen. Sonya, Hogger and DVa currently dominate the bruiser seen and bruisers are slowly taking over the tank roles. Does the next update need to be a dramatic shake up? Or should we refine our current understanding of the game. Garrett and Kyle also talk ARAM, Speedruns, your emails and more!
Apr 07, 2021
#367 - Into the Nexus: “What the Tank?”
The HOTS devs are being really quiet this week and during their silence some convincing community-made Heroes of the Storm pranks sent players into a sad spiral. Kyle and Garrett talk about this long period of no changes, the latest HOTS dev, CCL’s player drama, CavalierGuest’s new tanking guide, and take your questions.
Apr 01, 2021
#366 - Into the Nexus: “The Smurf Special”
Fresh off the Internet, Garrett and Kyle bring you the tidings from around the moba sphere. While we eagerly await out patch in two weeks, eyes have turned towards Dota 2’s new initiative to ban all smurfs from their games. Naturally Heroes of the Storm wants to get in on the smurf banning action. CCL is firing up with their Free Agent Tournament this weekend. All this and more on your Heroes of the Storm podcast of choice. Enjoy!
Mar 25, 2021
#365 - Into the Nexus: “Panda Parrot Pals”
Garrett and Kyle, ever ready for analogy, bring you the big news from around Heroes of the Storm! We take a look at the March 2nd Balance patch and analyse its impact on the game. Spoiler Alert: There was an impact. We also have a guess as to who the new balance designer might be. Is this the end of Activision Esports? Blizz/Activision announces more layoffs to it’s esports divisions, this time for Overwatch League. Your emails and more!
Mar 18, 2021
#364 - Into the Nexus: “Breaking Through Obvious Walls”
We’ve had a busy few weeks Into the Nexus. Guests, patches. It’s time to kick it with Garrett and Kyle, old school style. Prepare yourself for anecdotes, knowledge bombs and classic off topic banter. Falstad is all the rage and we go deep on how the people are playing him. Kyle also has many lesson to share from tournament play and recent pro interviews. We also breakdown the game basics in out strategy section for a new player to the game. All this and more on this Heroes of the Storm podcast.
Mar 11, 2021
#363 - Into the Nexus: “Panda-monium”
It’s patch time! Garrett and Kyle walk you through the changing tides on the high seas of Heroes of the Storm. While it may not be meta defining, there are plenty of new toys to play with; particularly if you are into the likes of Li Li, Falstad and Tyrael. Deep dive with us through an ocean of changes! Got an opinion on the changes? Let us know at Itncast@gmail.com
Mar 04, 2021
#362 - Into the Nexus: “SUMMON PATCH NOTES” w/ NotParadox
As is tradition, Not_Paradox joins us for our post BlizzCon show; BlizzcOnline anyway. While we get to our coverage, we get breaking news about the upcoming Balance Patch next week! Queue the predictions, what will be the big movers and shakers? We’ve got ideas: particular about Nova. Paradox joins Garrett and Kyle for your emails to make this a complete episode. See you next week with that balance patch!
Feb 25, 2021
#361 - Into the Nexus: “Mountain Out of a Gnoll-hill”
Into the Nexus is back with your weekly heaping helping of Heroes of the Storm news. Garret and Kyle walk the recent blue posts, predictions of the incoming season and our favorite new segment: This week I learned. We also have a heaping helping of Hogger strategy. Your emails and more! We will see you on the other side of BlizzcOnline.
Feb 18, 2021
#360 - Into the Nexus: “Mystery Cadence”
In the immortal words of Illidan: “In truth, it was I who was betrayed. Still, I am hunted. Still, I am hated. Now, my blind eyes can see what others cannot.” In this episode of Into the Nexus, Garrett and Kyle have concerns. A savagely tone death tweet from the Heroes account let loose the bad news: No BlizzcOnline presence for Heroes of the Storm. While we have received word from the devs that things are still being worked on, it’s up to us to unravel the mystery of future Cadence.
Feb 11, 2021
#359 - Into the Nexus: “How lucky we are...”
BlizzcOnline approaches and we’ve gotten a peak at what our announcements might look like. Dark Nexus Deathwing takes center stage for Heroes rep on the show floor but folks are more worried about the Tracer exclusive mount. Garrett and Kyle take you through all weeks happenings including a farewell to AZ Jackson, strategies from tournament play and a big honkin’ strategy section all about how to draft better. All with notes of floral, fruity, earthy car analogies and snack chips that you have come to love.
Feb 04, 2021
#358 - Into the Nexus: “Team Done?”
The big balance patch is here! Garrett and Kyle give you the full rundown with all the buffs (though few), nerfs and talent incentivization’s. There is a lot here. The much desired Hogger nerfs have arrived, but they are tame. In fact the dudes are more excited about some of the cool new ways that talents are being updated, look at you Kael’thas. Enjoy this meaty show and be prepared for your upcoming heroes experience. Knowledge is power!
Jan 29, 2021
#357 - Into the Nexus: “First Patch of 2021!”
The big balance patch is here! Garrett and Kyle give you the full rundown with all the buffs (though few), nerfs and talent incetivizations’s. There is a lot here. The much desired Hogger nerfs have arrived, but they are tame. In fact the dudes are more excited about some of the cool new ways that talents are being updated, look at you Kael’thas. Enjoy this meaty show and be prepared for your upcoming heroes experience. Knowledge is power!
Jan 21, 2021
#356 - Into the Nexus: “with Michael Udall”
Michael Udall joins the episode to talk about CCL and the future of Heroes of the Storm. The 30k team owner has high hopes for the game and the upcoming BlizzcOnline. Garrett and Kyle are happy to announce that next week will be a balance patch and from Blizzard sources, we know some 22 heroes will be updated. We have several ideas about what it could be and Udall shares his hopes as well. Finish it up with questions from the patrons and videos, and we got ourselves a packed guest episode.
Jan 14, 2021
#355 - Into the Nexus: “Plat-eau”
Into the Nexus is back and talking Heroes. Garrett and Kyle continue their plat’tastic adventures and have hit their first wall at Plat 2. The learning shall continue. In the news, players are trying to fix Quick Match and the thoughts have landed on Lane Clear. Would lane clear get people to play more tank and support? Also, the CCL is gearing up to its finals with Semi-finals starting up this weekend! Your emails and more complete this edition of Into the nexus, the Heroes of the Storm podcast.
Jan 07, 2021
#354 - Into the Nexus: “Ask Us Anything”
It’s the final episode of 2020 Into the Nexus! The Holiday meta is in full swing and news is on hold until the new year so the dudes take an AMA from the Patrons and chat! Of course we reminisce about the year that was Heroes. Favorite update of the year? Favorite release? But we also talk video games in general, ups and downs of 2020, mac and cheese preferences and the games that define us! Plus game projects for 2021. We will see you next week with more Heroes of the Storm talk, but enjoy this AMA episode!
Dec 31, 2020
#353 - Into the Nexus: “Plat Twins”
Into the Nexus is here to bring you the Heroes of the Storm news: Rain, Sleet or Holiday Snow! Garrett and Kyle have been playing a lot together and share some stories from their Plat-tastic adventures. We also note that some CCL players are over the honeymoon and are ready to see some fundamental map changes. But despite the Holiday festivities, we do need to get serious for a moment here: What is going to happen at BlizzcOnline. What can we expect from the devs and Blizzard as a whole. And in light of the Hearthstone news, what is the future of esports at Activision Blizzard?!
Dec 24, 2020
#352 - Into the Nexus: “Eventful Anomalies”
A classic Garrett and Kyle episode! The hosts navigate through the two week meta update and Hogger is doing well despite difficulty. Climbing and feasting on win-rates. They also check out how the balance has fared since the Medallion removal. But the real drama, where is the winter update? Fans fear the Toys event won’t make its triumphant return. Will there be a Holiday next week? Are the devs saving up something big for BlizzcOnline? Your emails and more. ITN is supported by our badass Patrons.
Dec 17, 2020
#351 - Into the Nexus: “CavalierGuest Guests”
CavalierGuest guest on this week’s Into the Nexus! The CCL Coach and content creator shares his knowledge with Garrett and Kyle, and you the listener! Learn about Hogger and how he is busted! See the Meta! Draft your heart out and be kind to one another. Community questions and more fill out this wonder episode. ITN is supported by our badass Patrons. You can become a ITN Patron by going to Patreon.com/itn.
Dec 10, 2020
#350 - Into the Nexus: “Hogg Wild Style”
Hogger is out and while he may be hard, may be unique, he is not performing well. Seems some buffs might be in order, though it doesn’t make him any less fun. There is a lot of happenings in the Nexus including a new change to the way group MMR will be calculated. Garrett and Kyle dive deep on this mystery and provide some insight on these now active changes. Follow it up with emails and you got a rockin’ 350th episode to enjoy. Support the show over at Patreon.com/itn.
Dec 03, 2020
#349 - Into the Nexus: “Poggers for Hogger”
It happened! Hogger is IN! The Public Test Realm is live and we have gotten a look at the new Bruiser coming to Heroes of the Storm. Garrett and Kyle give an in depth rundown of all the gnollish happenings. There is also balance to be had, many of which mirror the CCL happenings. Oh, and Gladiator's Medallion is being removed. Enjoy this early holiday special (for Americans anyway) of Into the Nexus.
Nov 24, 2020
#348 - Into the Nexus: “Personal Issue with Circles”
Garrett and Kyle are here with all the Heroes of the Storm goodness. A Two Week Balance Check in perhaps? How about a look at who needs a rework? Or perhaps a Battlepass in Heroes future? Lets see what’s going on over at Hearthstone. Your emails and more, make this the perfect ITN episode for your commute or background enjoyment.
Nov 19, 2020
#347 - Into the Nexus: “Bruise Cruise”
Into the Nexus is back and so is Garrett! The Heroes Hosts run you through all the various influences and impacts of the ongoing CCL tournament, but first, Garrett gets a chance to comment on the most recent patch. Much has changed since his departure, including a host of new main assassins, comp structures and Medallion fall out. What will happen in three weeks? Will the Medallion stay? Will it change? And should you be banning Medivh?! Stay tuned to find out.
Nov 12, 2020
#346 - Into the Nexus: "Patch of Plenty" with Not_Paradox
Host Kyle Fergusson and guest Not_Paradox lead you through a MEATY Patch! Warhead Junction gets an update, along with a massive pile of changes to Bruisers, many being brought into balance with the new D.Va and Gazlowe changes. Of course, we don’t want any Hero to feel left out, so we hit them all! Prepare yourself for a massive episode. Enjoy!
Nov 06, 2020
#345 - Into the Nexus: “Put a ring on it”
Garrett is back, Blue Posts are in and Kyle has new teams! We get word from Blizzard about Mei, Deathwing, percent damage and Sonya Leap. We also get to a little CCL talk and the hot strategies and noteworthy happenings from this past weekend's Icebreaker. Finish it out with your emails. Enjoy! ITN is supported by our badass Patrons.
Oct 29, 2020
#344 - Into the Nexus: "CCL Special with Bahamut"
This week’s show is joined by CCL ambassador, caster and analyst BahamutGaming. The CCL (Community Clash League) by HeroesHearth and Wisdom Gaming starts up this weekend with it’s Icebreaker tournament. Kyle and Bahamut give you the big rundown of the players, organizations, prize pools, schedules and more. Of course we also hit out two week balance patch review, but mostly we get into the thick of the upcoming tournament play. Garrett is out of town, but will return soon. Enjoy! Give a pair of Bombas socks when you buy a pair, and get twenty percent off your first purchase at Bombas.com/nexus.
Oct 22, 2020
#343 - Into the Nexus: “Kickin’ It with Kiyeberries”
Patch Patch Patch! The long awaited moment is here and this one hits all the important bits. Yet it also explores some new ideas. New ways to buff talents and heroics. New ideas for some of our under-picked ideas. Garrett and Kyle are here to give you the massive rundown. Agree? Disagree? Reach out to the show at itncast@gmail with your comments and questions!
Oct 15, 2020
#342 - Into the Nexus: “Opening Our Presents”
Patch Patch Patch! The long awaited moment is here and this one hits all the important bits. Yet it also explores some new ideas. New ways to buff talents and heroics. New ideas for some of our under-picked ideas. Garrett and Kyle are here to give you the massive rundown. Agree? Disagree? Reach out to the show at itncast@gmail with your comments and questions!
Oct 08, 2020
#341 - Into the Nexus: “Fellowship of the Things”
The continuing adventurers of Garrett and Kyle, now with more team action! The patch has been delayed, or is mysteriously missing. ARAM has taken over the game as the best way to level up an account. Many feel that the mode's unique drafting mechanics could make it’s way over to Quick Match. Should the Medallion stay? Should it go? Should it change? Talent builds, emails and more round this out to a hearty Heroes experience.
Oct 01, 2020
#340 - Into the Nexus: “Humble Rumble”
Into the Nexus has been packed with guests recently and it's time to take things back to basics. Garrett and Kyle have been playing in full teams and the experience has been eye opening, humbling and brutal. But there is more to be had than personal accidotes. DreamHaven was announced, packed to the brim with the whos who of old Blizzard. BlizzcOnline is incoming in early February and the guys go over the big new GrubbyTier List. Your emails and more make this episode a complete and balanced podcast.
Sep 25, 2020
#339 - Into the Nexus: “Stats and Statues”
Not_Paradox is here so you know we got a meaty show for you! Garrett and Kyle guide our guest through the two week check-in. Where are we on Gladiator’s Medallion? Who is up, who is down? Whats the deal with Gazlowe and D.Va. Naturally, many other discussions to be had including CCL, influence of tournament play and how to find your own builds in a sea of information.
Sep 17, 2020
#338 - Into the Nexus: “Arting with Kinabrew”
In this Episode of Into the Nexus: Garrett and Kyle are joined by Andrew “TheBrew” Kinabrew, Senior II Artist for Heroes of the Storm. The gang gets to talking about how the art works over at Blizzard and the recent Craft Wars release. How models are built, lit, adjusted and released; a process taking the entire team. This is a deep dive into the art department for Heroes. We will see you next week with our two week balance check it. Enjoy and thank your artists!
Sep 10, 2020
#337 - Into the Nexus: “Everyone Gets Unstoppable!”
The event Garrett and Kyle have been waiting for. The crossover Warcraft and StarCraft event is coming with the new season. The guys couldn’t be more excited for it. Get ready for the Gladiator's Medallion, unstoppable for all! Brawl is becoming the official ARAM mode. There is also a D.Va and Gazlowe rework incoming, making them full blown Bruisers ready to meet our 2020 opinions on the role. More balance to follow, making this a packed episode of Into the Nexus.
Sep 03, 2020
#336 - Into the Nexus: “Holy My Chromie”
Into the Nexus is supported by our wonderful patrons via Patreon! If you would like to help support the show go to http://Patreon.com/ITN. The ITN Patrons are responsible for many improvements to the podcast including the addition of monthly contributers like NotParadox.
Aug 27, 2020
#335 - Into the Nexus: “Bringing Home the Beetles”
Patch time! No surprise here, Garrett and Kyle like talking tanks and there is another massive patch of tankery goodness. Of course we all have our pet projects. Garrett is stoked about the Tyrande buff and Kyle looks forward to streamlining a few talent tiers.
Aug 20, 2020
#334 - Into the Nexus: “つ _ ༽つ SUMMON PATCH NOTES”
Heroes Esports is coming back! Or did it ever leave? Garrett and Kyle break down all Heroes of the Storm happenings. The expected 3 week balance patch has been delayed to next week, but devs converm it is on the way. HeroesHearth is teasing out their upcoming CCL event with Masters and Grandmasters across the NA region. Kyle shares his recent macro discoveries from team play and Garrett tells us all about his probius desires. Emails and more, enjoy this episode of Into the Nexus sponsored by the Patrons over at Patreon.com/ITN.
Aug 13, 2020
#333 - Into the Nexus: “A Tale of Two Tiers”
Tier List Mayhem! Garrett and Kyle are back, but it’s all quiet on the developer front. While Mei might be suffering from some RNG power, the game, the meta, is in a solid place. Time to enjoy the settled landscape and talk a little about Tier Lists. The hosts duke it out of a fresh pile of opinions. Who is SSS? Who is F? And who is the classic cookie? Stay tuned and enjoy this episode of Into the Nexus!
Aug 07, 2020
#332 - Into the Nexus: “D Value”
Garrett is back and it’s time to get caught up on all the Heroes happenings with Kyle. Garrett is back on an old favorite, Tychus. Kyle is tanking up the tanking biz. We have a big check in with the win-rates over at HOTSlogs.com and talk about their new tool for reputation and team analysis. There are also some AMA Tidbits from the recent developer Q&A worth mentioned. Your emails finish out this episode.
Jul 30, 2020
#331 - Into the Nexus: “Renaissance Beam” with Bahamut
Kyle and Bahamut break down the recent July 15th patch with some coordinated play in mind. With a recent shotcaller take over of the team, Kyle has a lot of questions, and who better to answer them than perhaps the busiest casting in Heroes: Bahamutgaming. Nerfs and Buffs, all of interest. Garrett is on vacation and will rejoin the show next week. Enjoy!
Jul 23, 2020
#330 - Into the Nexus: “Noodling” with AZ Jackson
Game and Balance Designer AZJackson returns to the show, following his most recent balance patch. We catch up since his last episode 311: Xul, Tassadar, Cassia, Tracer, Call for Help, Mei and the Weather. Of course the weather is a big topic of our conversation, but what we really want to talk about is Tanks and the recent balance patch. Garrett and Kyle lead you through a rollercoaster of an interview, with delightful heights, challenging lows and the story of Broody the Broodlord.
Jul 16, 2020
#329 - Into the Nexus: “Where we’re going we don’t need angles.”
Garrett and Kyle are here with the big patch rundown! The movers and shakers of 2.51. Some make perfect sense with the weather anomaly, others are complete mysteries. We’ll have to ask AZJackson how things look on his end next week. We round out the show with emails and more!
Jul 09, 2020
#328 - Into the Nexus: “Project Picks”
With a solid number of games to draw stats from Garrett and Kyle take a good look at the current state of Heroes of the Storm following Mei’s release. If you’re looking to update your roster to get the most out of the weather anomaly this is the episode for you!
Jul 03, 2020
#327 - Into the Nexus: “What Kind of Icing?” w/ NotParadox
NotParadox joins the episode to give us his impressions on Mei, Weather and more. Garrett and Kyle guide you through many other topics as well such as game information and game education. What can be done? Would people take advantage of it? And does the new weather actually impact the game in a meaningful way or does it just complicate our nuance. Wise up and enjoy this episode of Into the Nexus.
Jun 25, 2020
#326 - Into the Nexus: “Whether the Weather”
An Overwatch Tank? Called it! Mei joins Heroes of the Storm, but it’s hardly the most scandalous happening of the week. Weather is on its way, and it’s looking to change up your gameplay! Rain, Snow, Fog! And Garrett is having none of it! What strategies will be revealed. Can Kyle sell you the incoming climate? Stay tuned.
Jun 18, 2020
#325 - Into the Nexus: “The Same Snowflake Theory”
Mysteries on the horizon! On this week's Into the Nexus, Garrett and Kyle try to solve the snowflake puzzle, knowing full well they may be wrong come tomorrow's reveal. Mei? Baal? Map rework? D.va Rework? Stay tuned. The guys also have at a number of other game issues including overnerfing Deathwing and lane freezing. The episode culminates in a less-than-rapid-fire mailbag. Enjoy!
Jun 11, 2020
#324 - Into the Nexus: “Kicking it with Cassia”
A mysterious missing patch? Tracer is still running amuck and Cassia still undertuned but it seems they might be holding back for a big big Call for Help update. As fans await the balance patch, their eyes have turned on Tanks and the limited selection of the role. Can we fix and elevate our situational picks to ETC/Johanna status? Garrett and Kyle give their all to solve the equation. They also try to solve the early game fight issue. Stay tuned for answers on this week’s Into the Nexus!
Jun 04, 2020
#323 - Into the Nexus: “Think Tank”
A mysterious missing patch? Tracer is still running amuck and Cassia still undertuned but it seems they might be holding back for a big big Call for Help update. As fans await the balance patch, their eyes have turned on Tanks and the limited selection of the role. Can we fix and elevate our situational picks to ETC/Johanna status? Garrett and Kyle give their all to solve the equation. They also try to solve the early game fight issue. Stay tuned for answers on this week’s Into the Nexus!
May 28, 2020
#322 - Into the Nexus: “Building a Better Anomaly”
With a very recent forum post asking for feedback on possible ways to reign the Call for Help Anomaly, Garrett and Kyle talk for almost two hours about the very interesting possibilities on the horizon for Heroes of the Storm.
May 21, 2020
#321 - Into the Nexus: “JHow Returns”
JHow is back and this time Garrett is here! It’s been a busy year full of reworks and Anomalies and our wonderful guest is here to give you full rundown. Towers, Cassia, Tracer, Xul, Tassadar and Deathwing; all are under the microscope. We also get the lowdown on what your returning roster should look like for top tier training. Thank you to all our Patrons for their continued support.
May 14, 2020
#320 - Into the Nexus: “Summertime and the living is inting”
Big patch! Garrett and Kyle give you the speedy rundown of all the Heroes happenings. Anomaly tower charges are here and they are slightly less deadly but overall cleaned up in some of their poison oddities. A surprise to some, but not to those seeing those new skins come in, we got a Tracer and Cassia rework! Buffs buffs BUFFS to follow. The much expected Tassadar adjustment as well. Join us wont you!
May 07, 2020
#319 - Into the Nexus: “Fight Beef with Chicken”
The Heroes of the Storm developers have taken to Reddit in their most recent Ask Me Anything. All your favorites are here: KaeoMilker, BlizzAZJackson, Blizz_Daybringer, Blizz_DWarner and more! Garrett and Kyle give you the express pass through all the important tidbits and happenings. We also take a quick look at what's happening with Tassadar and what we can expect from next week’s balance patch. Your emails will have to wait because this is a PACKED episode.
Apr 30, 2020
#318 - Into the Nexus: “Siegeability”
Big reactions episode! The anomaly has been live for a week; Garrett and Kyle have questions. Tassadar’s popularity is up 300% but his win-rate doesn’t match the hype. What can be done for the new High Templar to bring him in line. We also help the Blizz team clarify a recent statement on losing on purpose. But the real meat of the show lies ahead, the recent anomaly has left some of our maps in an odd state. You might need to split push to get maximum value and there seems to be a growing problem with Sky Temple/Towers of Doom. Stay tuned! Your wins may depend on it!
Apr 23, 2020
#317 - Into the Nexus: “New Damage”
New season, new meta, new strategies. That's why Garrett and Kyle have called in the professionals. Not_Paradox is here to give you the fact, opinion and run down on all the Heroes of the Storm happenings. You want tower strats? We got em. You want a Tassadar build? Oh yea, we got a great one for ya. You want a Garden of Terror strategy in 10 minutes or less, got that too.
Apr 16, 2020
#316 - Into the Nexus: “Call for Help”
The season is closing and a giant patch is incoming! Call of Help Nexus Anomaly, Favoriting Talents, Tassadar Rework, Improved Ai, Grandmaster changes and more! Huge changes coming to the game. Defending and attacking will be changed forever due the new rocking towers and cores. Garrett and Kyle are here to prepare you for next week! Oh and the Dark Nexus event.
Apr 09, 2020
#315 - Into the Nexus: “What Did You Ban?!”
All Heroes Free to Play! Garrett and Kyle hit you with a new/returning player guide, but not before they share all their Heroes of the Storm happenings. A wild week full of dev posts and tricky April Fools’ trickery. Your emails, nachos, Shrek, and more on this episode of Into the Nexus.
Apr 02, 2020
#314 - Into the Nexus: “Wacky Mac” w/ McIntyre
On this week’s Into the Nexus, Garrett, and Kyle call in a special guest to help us run through the recent balance: McIntyre. The pro-player turned content producer for HeroesHearth gives us a peak at their recent happenings and gives us a view of top tier play past and present. He also drops on us his super secret ETC build. ITN is supported by our badass Patrons. You can become an ITN Patron by going to Patreon.com/itn.
Mar 26, 2020
#313 - Into the Nexus: “Bugs Be Gone”
BUGS BE GONE! On today’s Into the Nexus Garrett and Kyle run you through all this week’s Heroes of the Storm news including bug fixes, incoming mini-season events and more. While we love that you love Heroes of the Storm with us; be good to each other and yourself during these stressful times. Enjoy competitive gaming responsibly. And for goodness sakes lets update the Heroes pricing structure! Your emails and more make this a complete Into the Nexus.
Mar 19, 2020
#312 - Into the Nexus: “Death by Skeleton”
Big patch week! Garrett and Kyle are here to give you the rundown on all the Heroes happenings starting with a big balance patch fresh from the devs. But all is not sunshine and Arthas buffs. Bugs have snuck into the game and are starting to pile up. It’s a new frontier and Into the Nexus is here to guide you through. ITN is supported by our badass Patrons. You can become a ITN Patron by going to Patreon.com/itn.
Mar 12, 2020
#311 - Into the Nexus: “Salt Wall” w/ Blizz AZ Jackson
On this very special episode of Into the Nexus, Garrett and Kyle are joined by none other than Hero Balance Designer Adam “AZJackson” Jackson. Get ready for an extremely candid and passionate episode as Adam shares everything from balance philosophies, interactions, failed tests and a glimpse at upcoming Nexus Anomalies. Get ready for a journey. ITN is supported by our badass Patrons. You can become a ITN Patron by going to Patreon.com/itn.
Mar 05, 2020
#310 - Into the Nexus: “Supporting Grassroot esports” w/ Bahamut
Caster Chris “Bahamut” Oniciu joins the show and school the dudes about all the happenings in Tournament play. Amature to Division S, Bahamut has seen it all. Check him out on the CCL, Heroes Lounge and Nexus Gaming Series. Garrett and Kyle lead our caster guest through the week’s happenings including a look at our February balance update, Blue Posts and more! This episode is sponsored by our lovely patrons over at Patreon.com/ITN.
Feb 27, 2020
#309 - Into the Nexus: “The Eternal Battle”
Garrett and Kyle are back to bring you all the Heroes happenings from around the web. Hotslogs uploader is functioning and for next week’s stats heavy episode we encourage you to make an account and hit that upload button over at https://www.hotslogs.com/Account/Upload. Blizzard talks Ai this week is here to give you the clickbait skinny on their upcoming Ai updates. We also have some blueposts, emails and more to share.
Feb 20, 2020
#308 - Into the Nexus: “Ababutt”
It’s a weekend edition of Into the Nexus! Garrett and Kyle sit down for a relaxing and imaginative rundown of the February 12th patch. That is, after they report on their Mage homework from last week’s episode. As with our previous patch rundowns, feel free to join us in the notes as we go through and talk at the end about who was buffed, who was nerfed and who was the big money winner of the week. Good luck in your games!
Feb 16, 2020
#307 - Into the Nexus: “It’s Lashes!”
This week we are joined by former Heroes of the Storm Community Manager and Heroes streamer Bethany aka: Itslashes. Garrett and Kyle head down memory lane for a bit before getting to the hard questions: How do you reach out to community leads, what was the teams favorite content to create and a brand new way to play everyone's favorite ban target Kael'thas. The gang also takes a look at the impact from the January 22nd balance patch. Don’t forget to fix your Region selection to Best Match.
Feb 06, 2020
#306 - Into the Nexus: “Get to 10”
On this Into the Nexus Garrett and Kyle break down an interview from Kyle Dates Heroes Designer and deep dive on “bringing value to Heroes of the Storm”. Kyle has also been competing in the CCL by HeroesHearth and he's here to share all he’s learned in his time from the coordinated pro-sphere. Blue Posts, your emails and more on this hearty episode!
Jan 30, 2020
#305 - Into the Nexus: “We heard you Kyle and Garrett
The first balance 2020 is here! Garrett and Kyle give you the scoop on who is going up, who is going down and who got some new toys to play with. Speaking of Toys, the Toys Event will be around for a while longer, but that doesn’t mean the yearly schedule is ruined, but it does mean we are coming up on our next hero release. But no time for guessing this episode, today is about the facts and the fact is that ITN got Arthas buffs.
Jan 23, 2020
#304 - Into the Nexus: “HOTSlogging On”
Hotslogs is back! On this celebratory episode, Garrett and Kyle tells your a bit about the journey that brings you back to your favorite website. Patch time has been delayed from the holidays but fret not, the devs have gotten plenty of data and are ready to retool that Deathwing. The dudes also run down a big Alterac Pass strat from the prolific Zanehyde. Your emails and more for this hot off the press episode of Into the Nexus!
Jan 16, 2020
#303 - Into the Nexus: “Climbing with NotParadox”
Jan 09, 2020
#302 - Into the Nexus: “A Heroic Year”
Jan 03, 2020
#301 - Into the Nexus: “So Good at Dinging”
Dec 26, 2019
#300 - Into the Nexus: “Three Zero Zero”
Dec 19, 2019
#299 - Into the Nexus: “The Ups & Downs of Orbs”
Dec 12, 2019
#298 - Into the Nexus: “Deathwing Rises”
Dec 05, 2019
#297 - Into the Nexus: “Of Orbs and Dragons” with Zanehyde
Nov 27, 2019
#296 - Into the Nexus: “Balancing Act”
Nov 23, 2019
#295 - Into the Nexus: “Calm Before the Patch”
Nov 14, 2019
#294 - Into the Nexus: “The New XP Game”
Nov 07, 2019
#293 - Into the Nexus: “The Worldbreaker”
Oct 28, 2019
#291 - Into the Nexus: “Team Drafting”
Oct 25, 2019
#292 - Into the Nexus: “The One Ring”
Oct 25, 2019
#290 - Into the Nexus: “Laws of Hope”
Oct 10, 2019
#289 - Into the Nexus: “Solo Drafting”
Oct 03, 2019
#288 - Into the Nexus: “Whitem-AA-ne”
Sep 26, 2019
#287 - Into the Nexus: “Dos Reworks”
Sep 20, 2019
#286 - Into the Nexus: “Ambassador Tyrael”
Sep 12, 2019
#285 - Into the Nexus: “Putting the HOT in HOTS”
Sep 05, 2019
#284 - Into the Nexus: “Just Pick Jaina”
Aug 29, 2019
#283 - Into the Nexus: “The Bronze Situation”
Aug 22, 2019
#282 - Into the Nexus: “Post-Qhira”
Aug 15, 2019
#281 - Into the Nexus: “Bitin’ Butts & Winning Games”
Aug 08, 2019
#280 - Into the Nexus: “Revolving Sweep the Leg”
Aug 01, 2019
#279 - Into the Nexus: "Rip it Good with Jhow"
Jul 25, 2019
#278 - Into the Nexus: “Movement Mayhem”
Jul 16, 2019
#277 - Into the Nexus: “Ten Percent”
Jul 11, 2019
#276 - Into the Nexus: “Protect the Fountain”
Jul 03, 2019
#275 - Into the Nexus: “Tank & Rank”
Jun 27, 2019
#274 - Into the Nexus: “Reworks Make the Dreams Work”
Jun 20, 2019
#273 - Into the Nexus: “Draught in your Draft”
Jun 18, 2019
#273 - Into the Nexus: “Draught in your Draft”
Jun 13, 2019
#272 - Into the Nexus: “Lower Floors & Higher Ceilings”
Jun 06, 2019
#271 - Into the Nexus: “Blaze Curious”
May 30, 2019
#270 - Into the Nexus: “The Fast and the Righteous”
May 23, 2019
#269 - Into the Nexus: “Dusting”
May 16, 2019
#268 - Into the Nexus: “AMA-mazing”
May 09, 2019
#267 - Into the Nexus: “Priest Boy King Face”
May 03, 2019
#266 - Into the Nexus: “Lock or Flex?”
Apr 23, 2019
#265 - Into the Nexus: “More Mana, More Tension”
Apr 18, 2019
#264 - Into the Nexus: “The Meta Rollercoaster”
Apr 11, 2019
#263 - Into the Nexus: “Role Control”
Apr 05, 2019
#262 - Into the Nexus: “Face the Placements”
Mar 28, 2019
#261 - Into the Nexus: “Quite the package”
Mar 22, 2019
#260 - Into the Nexus: “Flip the Bird”
Mar 14, 2019
#259 - Into the Nexus: “Do the dishes”
Mar 08, 2019
#258 - Into the Nexus: “Ban-aid”
Mar 01, 2019
#257 - Into the Nexus: “This King Walks”
Feb 22, 2019
#256 - Into the Nexus: "Not Successful Enough"
Feb 13, 2019
#255 - Into the Nexus: “Mine Your Area”
Feb 08, 2019
#254 - Into the Nexus: “What is Easy?”
Feb 01, 2019
#253 - Into the Nexus: “Deliver us from beetles”
Jan 25, 2019
#252 - Into the Nexus: “The Rising esports Phoenix”
Jan 18, 2019
#251 - Into the Nexus: “Kebab’s Burgers”
Jan 11, 2019
#250 - Into the Nexus: “It Came from the High Heavens!”
Jan 04, 2019
#249 - Into the Nexus: “Customer Service & Marriage Counseling”
Dec 28, 2018
#248 - Into the Nexus: “Dawn of a new day”
Dec 21, 2018
#247 - Into the Nexus: “Experience the Experience”
Dec 14, 2018
#246 - Into the Nexus: “Growing Pains”
Dec 06, 2018
#245 - Into the Nexus: “The Power Pie”
Nov 30, 2018
#244 - Into the Nexus: “Thanksgiving Mailbag”
Nov 20, 2018
#243 - Into the Nexus: “Ting Ting Varian”
Nov 16, 2018
#242 - Into the Nexus: “Past, Present, Future”
Nov 08, 2018
#241 - Into the Nexus: “Live from BlizzCon 2018”
Nov 07, 2018
#240 - Into the Nexus: “Overtuned 2018”
Oct 25, 2018
#239 - Into the Nexus: "Three Wishes w/ NotParadox"
It’s Mal’ganis! A very stoked Kyle is joined by an equally stoked Jeff Cannata for a rundown of all the big news of the week, including, most importantly, the incoming dreadlord. What follows after can be best described as balance forensics as we analyze the most recent balance patch to better understand its impact on our home games. All roads lead to BlizzCon.
Oct 19, 2018
#238 - Into the Nexus: "Eternal Burger"
It’s Mal’ganis! A very stoked Kyle is joined by an equally stoked Jeff Cannata for a rundown of all the big news of the week, including, most importantly, the incoming dreadlord. What follows after can be best described as balance forensics as we analyze the most recent balance patch to better understand its impact on our home games. All roads lead to BlizzCon.
Oct 12, 2018
#237 - Into the Nexus: “League of our own”
Oct 04, 2018
#236 - Into the Nexus: “Creepy Kerrigan”
Sep 27, 2018
#235 - Into the Nexus: “Passing Wind”
Sep 20, 2018
#234 - Into the Nexus: “Ebb and Flow”
Sep 14, 2018
#233 - Into the Nexus: “Elune’s Boon”
Sep 07, 2018
#232 - Into the Nexus: “Quirky Clunky”
Aug 30, 2018
#231 - Into the Nexus: “Mefisto in your Mefacesto”
Aug 24, 2018
#230 - Into the Nexus: “The Resurrection Challenge”
Aug 16, 2018
#229 - Into the Nexus: “AMA my champion!”
Aug 09, 2018
#228 - Into the Nexus: “Frustration alleviation”
Aug 02, 2018
#227 - Into the Nexus: “Meet the Team”
Jul 27, 2018
#226 - Into the Nexus: “The Rotation Dictation”
Jul 18, 2018
#225 - Into the Nexus: “Release the Reworks!”
Jul 12, 2018
#224 - Into the Nexus: “Give ‘Em Some Pepper”
Jul 06, 2018
#223 - Into the Nexus: “Sin is in!”
Jun 28, 2018
#222 - Into the Nexus: “Sound the Horn!”
Jun 21, 2018
#221 - Into the Nexus: “Charging Up”
Jun 14, 2018
#220 - Into the Nexus: “Echoes of Alterac”`
Jun 07, 2018
#219 - Into the Nexus: “Top Down Balance”
May 31, 2018
#218 - Into the Nexus: "Expect the Unexpected"
May 25, 2018
#217 - Into the Nexus: “How Best to Test”
May 17, 2018
#216 - Into the Nexus: “Back in the Crosshairs”
May 11, 2018
#215 - Into the Nexus: “Unleash the Lore!”
May 03, 2018
#214 - Into the Nexus: “Motion for a Potion”
Dunktrain makes his triumphant return! Garrett and Kyle rewind the clock and talk about all that has been going down since Dunk last join the show. Then we get into the nitty gritty of the new live support, Deckard Cain while talking about his impact and HGC. Finished out with some emails on team play.
Apr 26, 2018
#213 - Into the Nexus: “Play Awhile and Listen”
Apr 20, 2018
#212 - Into the Nexus: “Tempo Storm’ing”
Apr 13, 2018
#211 - Into the Nexus: “Stay Awhile and Listen”
Apr 06, 2018
#210 - Into the Nexus: “Order of the Fenix”
Mar 29, 2018
#209 - Into the Nexus: “Many Patches”
Mar 23, 2018
#208 - Into the Nexus: “Here there be Dragoons”
Mar 16, 2018
#207 - Into the Nexus: “A Million Ways to Clash in the West”
Mar 09, 2018
#206 - Into the Nexus: “Redirecting the Spotlight”
Mar 02, 2018
#205 - Into the Nexus: “Look Who’s Talking”
Feb 23, 2018
#204 - Into the Nexus: “The Gut Check”
Feb 16, 2018
#203 - Into the Nexus: “Tough Love”
Feb 09, 2018
#202 - Into the Nexus: “Golden”
Feb 02, 2018
#201 - Into the Nexus: “Death & Sylvanas”
Jan 26, 2018
#200 - Into the Nexus: “200th Celebration!”
Jan 19, 2018
#199.5 - Into the Nexus: “Hot and Bothered”
Jan 12, 2018
#199 - Into the Nexus: “Crude Oil”
Jan 05, 2018
#198 - Into the Nexus: “Plathell”
Dec 29, 2017
#197 - Into the Nexus: “The Dust Settles”
Dec 22, 2017
#196 - Into the Nexus: “The Reset Button”
Dec 14, 2017
#195 - Into the Nexus: “The times they are a-changin'’”
Dec 08, 2017
#194 - Into the Nexus: “Supportocalypse!”
Dec 01, 2017
#193 - Into the Nexus: “They’re not called Happybats”
Nov 22, 2017
#192 - Into the Nexus: “Bound by Life”
Nov 17, 2017
#191 - Into the Nexus: "Live from BlizzCon 2017"
Nov 06, 2017
#190 - Into the Nexus: “Pre-BlizzCon 2017”
Oct 31, 2017
#189 - Into the Nexus: “HGC Finals Begin!”
Oct 27, 2017
#188 - Into the Nexus: “Junkrath!”
Oct 20, 2017
#187 - Into the Nexus: “I have a big but here”
Oct 13, 2017
#186 - Into the Nexus: “Group Up!”
Oct 06, 2017
#185 - Into the Nexus: “Ana Analysis”
Sep 29, 2017
#184 - Into the Nexus: “All the Overwatch!”
Sep 22, 2017
#183 - Into the Nexus: “Git Gud Garrett”
Sep 15, 2017
#182 - Into the Nexus: “A Lich in the Matrix”
Sep 08, 2017
#181 - Into the Nexus: “Decently Elegant”
Sep 01, 2017
#180 - Into the Nexus: “The Call”
Aug 25, 2017
#179 - Into the Nexus: “We’re both five”
Aug 18, 2017
#178 - Into the Nexus: “Don’t get too weird”
Aug 11, 2017
#177 - Into the Nexus: “Hail to the Warchief”
Aug 04, 2017
#176 - Into the Nexus: "Changing Times"
On this week's jam packed Into the Nexus, Kyle Fergusson and Jeff Cannata take a look at the newest hero to be announced Garrosh, a solo tank warrior. Next is on to some hefty balance changes and developer tidbits; wrapping with out discussion of the new HGC Twitch Cheermote system.
Jul 28, 2017
#175 - Into the Nexus: “Hilariously Wrong”
Jul 19, 2017
#174 - Into the Nexus: “Incentivization”
Jul 14, 2017
#173 - Into the Nexus: “Zerg Russian”
Jul 07, 2017
#172 - Into the Nexus: “Hell it’s about summertime”
Jun 28, 2017
#171 - Into the Nexus: “Mid-Season Fallout”
Jun 23, 2017
#170 - Into the Nexus: “Reaping the Benefits”
Jun 16, 2017
#169 - Into the Nexus: “To the Windows! To the Thrall!”
Jun 09, 2017
#168 - Into the Nexus: “No one can stop death”
Jun 02, 2017
#167 - Into the Nexus: “Missed Connections”
May 26, 2017
#166 - Into the Nexus: “Genji’s Impact”
May 19, 2017
#165 - Into the Nexus: “Time to raise my APM”
May 12, 2017
#164 - Into the Nexus: “With Your Support”
May 05, 2017
#163 - Into the Nexus: “Heroes 2.GOOOOO!”
Apr 28, 2017
#162 - Into the Nexus: “Stay positive, don’t die”
Apr 21, 2017
#161 - Into the Nexus: “Drain the Bear”
Apr 14, 2017
#160 - Into the Nexus: “Tell me what you taunt, what you really really taunt”
Apr 07, 2017
#159 - Into the Nexus: “Heroes 2: Electric Boogaloo”
Mar 31, 2017
#158 - Into the Nexus: “World of Main Tanks”
Mar 24, 2017
#157 - Into the Nexus: “What do I play now?”
Mar 19, 2017
#156 - Into the Nexus: “Get Probed”
Mar 10, 2017
#155 - Into the Nexus: “Ty-Cuss”
Mar 03, 2017
#154 - Into the Nexus: “Mur-Lock Down”
Feb 24, 2017
#153 - Into the Nexus: “DunkTrain Returns”
Feb 17, 2017
#152 - Into the Nexus: “Skate or Die”
Feb 10, 2017
#151 - Into the Nexus: "Patron Hangout #13"
Feb 03, 2017
#150 - Into the Nexus: “Lost but smiling”
Feb 03, 2017
#149 - Into the Nexus: “Specing Subtlety”
Jan 27, 2017
#148 - Into the Nexus: “In-A-Gadda-Va-Leera”
Jan 20, 2017
#147 - Into the Nexus: “Heroic Balance”
Jan 13, 2017
#146 - Into the Nexus: “Too Soon Junior”
Jan 06, 2017
#145 - Into the Nexus: “Really Exciting Trees”
Dec 28, 2016
#144 - Into the Nexus: “Zul’jin got an arm for Winter Veil”
Dec 21, 2016