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Gigantic

Gigantic developer Motiga announces layoffs


The game is still in closed beta
Feb 09
// Mike Cosimano
Just over two months after its most recent layoff announcement, Gigantic developer Motiga has announced another round of redundancies. Motiga CEO Chris Chung made the announcement on the site's official blog earlier toda...
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League of Legends

League of Legends' Jhin is out, already sparking balance discussion


With a premium skin
Feb 02
// Chris Carter
Jhin the Virtuoso is now available in League of Legends, and there's a handy Spotlight available to show you what he can do. One of his main gimmicks involves shooting off four bullets, after which he has to momentarily reloa...
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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm enlists Li-Ming tomorrow


Buffs for Rehgar
Feb 01
// Jordan Devore
It seems Chris and I have begun taking turns covering Heroes of the Storm. He last shared impressions of Li-Ming, and now I'm back to tell you she's launching earlier than expected. After a short stint on the public test real...

Li-Ming is a powerhouse in Heroes of the Storm, but not overly so

Jan 27 // Chris Carter
[embed]337067:62020:0[/embed] I took her for a spin in PTR this week, and I have to say I'm impressed. Her magic missile ability is really fun to aim, as it alters its skillshot path depending on the amount of heroes present. It allows for a unique kill potential that a lot of players won't be expecting when she's fresh on the roster. Her Arcane Orb is also really fun to use, especially on objective-heavy maps like Cursed Hollow. Throwing a few of those bad boys in will definitely disrupt things more than most characters, and if you score a kill, Li-Ming's passive refreshes your cooldowns. A five second cooldown on teleport also makes her quite the mobile character, especially on maps with lots of twists and turns to phase through. She's fun to play if you're quick with your fingers, as she can both chase and escape (or dodge) damage on a near constant basis. Think of her first Heroic as a modified Diablo Lightning Breath, as she remains stationary for an angled beam attack. It's damage on top of damage, and it works with her passive. But where Li-Ming falters is utility and crowd control. Unlike Kael'thas who has a killer stun, zoning Phoenix Heroic, and a similar kit, Li-Ming is pure damage. Her teleport is self-serving, as is her passive. Her second Heroic can be used as a minor zoning power of sorts with a forgiving 20-second cooldown, but it just isn't enough, and takes insane coordination to really set up a kill like a stun can. As a result, I think Li-Ming is in a good spot balance-wise. Sure she seems overpowered at first glance, but I can already think of a few counters, and she just hit the PTR. Since their debut, Artanis and Morales (the latter especially) have climbed in winrate, as Blizzard tends to favor newer creations first when it comes to balancing. As such, Li-Ming seems like a safe bet to buy when she arrives in early February -- at the very least, she'll be a competent pick. There's also a few big changes coming, as Nova and Rehgar have been completely reworked (nerfs and buffs respectively), and a ton of new stuff is on the way.
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Up now on PTR
The last two characters in Heroes of the Storm have ended up with rather disappointing when it comes to rankings. After two weeks, Greymane is the fourth worst hero in terms of win-rate, and Lunara is the fifth worst. That's ...


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Heroes of the Storm

Li-Ming seems deadly in Heroes of the Storm


She's playable now on the PTR
Jan 26
// Jordan Devore
Before Xul the Necromancer makes it to Heroes of the Storm in the coming weeks, we're getting another character from the Diablo series, Li-Ming the Wizard. Ahead of her wide release (which is set for February 9, accordin...
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League of Legends

League of Legends' Shen just got a rework, watch him in action


Go ninja go
Jan 26
// Chris Carter
Every so often, MOBA developers take a look at old characters who may aren't doing so well, and give them a makeover. This is commonly referred to as a "rework," and League of Legends' Shen is next on the chopping block. The ...
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Heroes of the Storm

That's Arthas as a man-bat in Heroes of the Storm


These are the new cosmetic items
Jan 22
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard has a video previewing the next batch of heroes, skins, and mounts coming soon to Heroes of the Storm and oh my god did Arthas just turn into a bat because he's a vampire? He did. He totally did. And that blue Lt. Mo...
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Heroes of the Storm

Diablo's Necromancer is headed to Heroes of the Storm


He'll be joined by the Wizard
Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
Someone's been hitting the gym since his Diablo II days! The fan favorite Necromancer (Xul) and Diablo III's Wizard (Li-Ming) are coming to Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard revealed today. There isn't an official breakdown of th...
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At least he doesn't vape

Epic's Paragon introduces a pipe-smoking Ivan Ooze


New characters unveiled
Jan 20
// Steven Hansen
There is some barrier to entry for the (wildly successful) MOBA genre. Epic's (Gears of War) shot at the genre, Paragon, is coming to consoles (PS4 and PC) and is a pulled in third-person game following MOBA principles, whic...
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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm's 2016 tournaments start soon


Here's the spring schedule
Jan 18
// Jordan Devore
This year, we'll have quite a few opportunities to watch top Heroes of the Storm players compete. Blizzard has some $4 million in prizes to give out during its Global Championship Circuit. The competition is split up into thr...
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League of Legends

League of Legends' Jhin sounds like the ultimate carry


'The Virtuoso'
Jan 14
// Chris Carter
Riot Games has unveiled its latest Champion for League of Legends in Jhin, "The Virtuoso." He's a bit of an odd duck, in that he has to reload his gun, and his attacks don't do as much crit damage by design -- rather, he...
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Happy ending?

Muslim man blocked from Paragon beta sign-up for his name


Epic apologizes and promises a fix
Jan 12
// Jed Whitaker
Muhammad Khan attempted to sign up for the Paragon beta -- Epic's upcoming MOBA -- and was surprised to receive the following message:

I'm undecided when it comes to Heroes of the Storm's Greymane

Jan 12 // Chris Carter
[embed]333706:61834:0[/embed] His main gimmick is that as a human he operates as a ranged combatant, and in Worgen form, as a melee fighter. Every single one of his abilities is modified towards each style, like his Q, which throws a cocktail or swipes in a cone at enemies for human and wolf respectively. His W is a generic stat buff of sorts that grants you attack power, and E leaps backward as a Worgen, or forward as a human, altering your state. His Heroics are familiar territory, with a Worgen-centric "Go for the Throat" (that's, you guessed it, an aggressive lunge), or "Marked for the Kill," which is a lot like Tyrande's coveted mark ability to allow increased damage on targets. None of this feels particularly new, especially in comparison to some of the more interesting champions (ha) that have dropped in the past several months. Note that you can't actually shift between forms at will with a convenient passive -- rather, you're restricted to using your E. If you're a human, that means that you need a specific target to leap onto within the range of your circular ability. He also isn't all that exciting after you've grasped his basic moveset, as his entire strategy essentially boils down to damage. Now that's not inherently a bad thing as he is an assassin after all, but he seems to have no real synergy with a group, which is a problem in this stun-based teamfighting meta. Because of these reasons and more, he feels a bit limited and one-dimensional. My favorite thing about him has to be his E though, as it can also be used as in pursuit of foes, and when combined with his burst damage potential and cocktail toss, it's very easy to chase down stragglers and then retreat back into the night. Even with that nice bit of mobility though I'm likely going to fall back to other characters.
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15,000 gold or $9.99
Greymane has hit Heroes of the Storm today, entering the arena as the only Worgen character -- the werewolf-like race of Warcraft fame. After an afternoon of giving him a shot though, I'm not super jazzed about fitting him into my normal rotation.

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New HotS character

Heroes of the Storm gets the shapeshifting Greymane tomorrow


Lord of the Worgen
Jan 11
// Jordan Devore
I've fallen a little behind in Heroes of the Storm since Lunara's debut, but I'll want to get back to playing regularly soon. Blizzard is adding Greymane tomorrow! He's a ranged human assassin capable of transforming into a powerful melee-centric beast mid-fight. Take a look:
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League of Legends

League of Legends' newest champion tease reminds me of the Hannibal TV show


This is Riot's design
Jan 07
// Chris Carter
Riot Games is teasing its next Champion for League of Legends, by way of a video called "Mind of the Virtuoso." Sporting a Dishonored-like mask, they artfully turn someone into a tree with a bullet, which reminds me of ...
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Awesomenauts

Awesomenauts is still trucking with a brand new expansion, Overdrive


Among other enhancements
Dec 21
// Chris Carter
You really have to give it to Ronimo. They released their 2D action platformer MOBA Awesomenauts back in 2012, and as a smaller developer, they've gone through so much. They've dealt with legal issues surrounding the pub...
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Riot Games

League dev Riot Games purchased by Chinese company


Yeah, that sounds about right
Dec 18
// Mike Cosimano
Recently, League of Legends developers Riot Games inadvertently announced the acquisition of Riot by Chinese holdings company Tencent Holdings Ltd in a blog post regarding changes to the company's compensation policy. "O...

Heroes of the Storm's Lunara sure is fun

Dec 17 // Chris Carter
[embed]327377:61557:0[/embed] She also has a straight-forward set of moves. Her Q is a slightly delayed explosion, her W can be detonated after hitting an enemy with an auto-attack for an extra slow, and her E calls out a Wisp, which can be controlled for scouting. Her kit is fast and furious, and you'll be doing lots of constant clicking with slow cooldowns and poison, damage over time auto-attacks. Positioning is everything with Lunara, because while she can do a ton of damage overall, she's very squishy, and only has one proper escape outside of her raw speed. When it comes to Heroics, I favor her second choice (Leaping Strike), which is a two-charge attack that causes her to leap in the air over her opponent (rendering her unstoppable) for a quick damage spike. This is an escape of sorts, but it can also put you in harm's way if you leap incorrectly (watch the above video at 3:38 for an example). Her other Heroic is a tad less interesting, as it merely damages enemies in a straight line, and doesn't mesh with her mobile playstyle. As for her abilities, I tend to take a few specific ones every time, which increases her utility a bit. At the first level mark I pick up the skill that grants you vision for enemies during the auto-attack poison duration, which, when coupled with her Wisp, helps out your team quite a bit (especially if you're playing cloaked heroes). Speaking of the Wisp, I always take the skill that makes it cost zero mana and grants it a shorter cooldown period. That way, I can constantly use it to scout out camps or objectives -- it took me a bit, but I got in the habit of using it every time it was up, and micro-managing it around the board using the mini-map. It's really hard to tell if a character is balanced when it hasn't even been out a week yet, but Lunara is very fun to play, and my favorite new character since Kharazim. It's important to note though that she works better with planned out team compositions, as she has almost no wave-clearing ability or utility. She is a pure single-target damage dealer. And really, that suits my playstyle just fine.
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15,000 gold or $9.99 ($4.99 with sale)
Lunara arrived in Heroes of the Storm this week, and I boosted her up to level 5 in one night alone -- she's that fun to play. As an assassin she's capable of tons of damage (I'm usually top Hero Damage in unranked play)...

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Heroes of the Storm

You'll need friends to earn this cool Heroes of the Storm mount


It's tied to a recruitment program
Dec 08
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard has begun its "Recruit a Friend" program for Heroes of the Storm in which players can share a unique sign-up link with their pals to unlock in-game rewards. Notably, you can earn a Vulture Hover Bike mount, shown abo...
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Gigantic

MOBA studio lays off 16 people as development continues on its first game


Gigantic delayed into 2016
Dec 07
// Chris Carter
Having played the Gigantic beta, I can safely say that I'm interested in seeing the finished product. It looks like we'll have to wait a bit longer though, amid some unfortunate layoffs for developer Motiga. According to...
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Paragon announced

Epic is making a MOBA called Paragon for PS4 and PC


One more MOBA
Dec 05
// Steven Hansen
Gears of Who? Epic Games' new ploy is getting in on the crowded MOBA space with Paragon, a PS4 and PC game just announced at the PlayStation Experience. "Paragon is the MOBA from Epic Games that puts you in the fight with ex...
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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm's 360 day XP boost is $60


A 50% discount
Nov 24
// Chris Carter
Heroes of the Storm's Black Friday sale is upon us today, which provides a 50% discount on everything in the game. But I couldn't find info on the supposed "deeply discounted" 360 day Stimpak (read: XP boost) so I decided to ...
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Heroes map

This Heroes of the Storm map is a lot to take in


Towers of Doom
Nov 24
// Jordan Devore
Prior to playing the new Heroes of the Storm map, Towers of Doom, my only real exposure to it was reading the all-too-brief objective summary during the loading screen. Thank goodness I was only training with the AI. This map...
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League of Legends

League of Legends promotes new Champion with a browser game


Trial of the Kraken Priestess
Nov 23
// Chris Carter
Illaoi, the Kraken Priestess, is the newest Champion on the block for League of Legends. Riot Games is allowing players to get acquainted with her tough love personality by way of a minigame, which is playable in your browser...
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Big HotS sale

Heroes of the Storm is throwing a 50% off sale next week


That includes heroes, skins, and mounts
Nov 20
// Jordan Devore
Hey, big spender. You may want to hold off on making any purchases in Heroes of the Storm over the next few days. Blizzard is about to throw a fairly substantial Black Friday sale. From November 24 to December 8, the game's s...
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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm's Cho'gall is freaking weird, but feels balanced


Rolling out today
Nov 17
// Chris Carter
Earlier this month, Blizzard announced a two-player hero in the form of Cho'gall for Heroes of the Storm. In essence, the primary player would control movement and their own set of abilities with Cho, and another would take care of Gall, who is attached to the former -- almost like a permanent Abathur hat. It makes for an interesting playstyle, but of course, it has its drawbacks.
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Heroes Cho'Gall

Heroes of the Storm's two-player hero in action


Power couples only please
Nov 16
// Nic Rowen
Cho'Gall looks every bit as delightfully ridiculous as I was hoping he'd be since his announcement during BlizzCon. The two-headed Ogre is a giant of a hero with a massive health pool and an assortment of wild attacks and ski...
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League of Legends

League of Legends' latest character is Illaoi, the Kraken Priestess


She's a badass
Nov 11
// Chris Carter
Riot really has a knack for designing awesome looking characters -- the latest Champion for League of Legends is no exception -- and Illaoi looks particularly cool. Her conceit is that she can summon tentacles for strong...
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Heroes of the Storm

New characters announced for Heroes of the Storm, including a two-player hero


Haha wow
Nov 06
// Chris Carter
Heroes of the Storm is known for trying some of the more unconventional types of playstyles, and that goes double for the upcoming character Cho'gall. As Warcraft fans know, this famous ogre has two heads, which will all...
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Overwatch

Overwatch's Tracer basically confirmed for Heroes of the Storm


Probably not until mid 2016
Nov 06
// Chris Carter
Multiple retailers seemed to have ruined Blizzard's surprise, and spilled the beans early for the console versions of Overwatch. But as Blizzard tends to do, buying the premium version of the game will net you bonuses for oth...

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