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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...

League of Legends' Kindred sports a killer kit and beautiful design

Oct 28 // Chris Carter
[embed]317933:60896:0[/embed] "Kindred," a new jungler, is actually two characters -- Lamb and Wolf. Their dichotomy is rather interesting, as they symbolize aspects of death, with stark color contrasts to boot. While Riot Games could have half-assed the theme it really went all out, and the animations for Kindred are some of the best in the game, especially when it comes to Wolf's spirit tail effects. I also love dual characters as they have so much potential in terms of interesting skins. So what can they do? Well, Kindred is really more of an active Champion, more so than a lot of others currently on offer. Their W, which doubles as an area-of-effect attack, requires players to constantly move around to build stacks, which triggers health regeneration after attacking. Once you've launched a shot the stack resets, so you better be clicking a mile a minute to keep it up. Given the fact that their E is a slow and their Q is a vault that hits multiple foes, Kindred is a rather versatile Champion that can do a lot more than jungle. This goes double for the pair's ultimate, which creates an area-of-effect space where nothing can die (read: drop below 10% health), friend or foe, for 10 seconds. It's clearly situational and best used when losing a teamfight, but it can completely change the course of a match. By virtue of playing Kindred, players can select a Champion to "hunt" by clicking on their portrait. After killing that target, you'll gain a permanent stat increase, and a lengthy cooldown will be in place for the same player -- though you can switch it up at will. Jungling is also a ton of fun, as you can kite enemies with your range and vault ability, allowing for some interesting early game play. Their E is also perfect for setting up ganks while roaming. While Kindred is a beast, Riot might be gearing up for a nerf at some point. It's very easy to gain an advantage over lesser players by hunting them constantly, as all you need is roughly two or three people to pick on throughout the match to gain the upper hand, stat-wise. This stacks very well with armor penetration gear. In the meantime the Champion requires a ton of skill to play and relies on a good team to shine, so pick the duo up if you haven't already.
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Two characters in one
It's getting to the point where I'm starting to get lost when selecting a Champion in League of Legends. Sure, the newest kid on the block, Kindred, has a giant floating mask for an icon and the list is in alphabetical order,...

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HotS Halloween

Heroes of the Storm's new Halloween content is pricey


This picture is worth $53.04
Oct 23
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard is about to hold its Hallow's End event in Heroes of the Storm and that means a new mount and skin, a 50 percent XP boost in all regions, and the chance to unlock a Jack-O'-Lantern portrait. The new Headless Horseman...
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Heroes of the Storm

I'm not sold on Heroes of the Storm's Artanis yet


The game's first StarCraft Warrior
Oct 21
// Chris Carter
Heroes of the Storm's Artanis isn't dropping officially until October 27, but those of you who pre-ordered Legacy of the Void can play him now, as part of an early access program. While Artanis might be a formidable foe within the confines of the StarCraft universe, I'm not sure I'll be using him to suit my Warrior needs.
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Blizzard

Blizzard is going to completely overhaul Heroes of the Storm matchmaking


After a warranted rant from a top player
Oct 15
// Chris Carter
Yesterday, a rant from #1 rated Heroes of the Storm player Srey took reddit by...storm (ha). Essentially, he pleaded for a better matchmaking experience both on lower and higher levels of play. Right now, the system seemingly...
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League of Legends

League of Legends' crazy '5v5 One For All' mode returns this month


Last appearance was two years ago
Oct 15
// Chris Carter
I've been playing League of Legends since the beta, and it's crazy to think that it's been over six years since then. It's also been two years since the "One For All" gametype debuted, which pits two teams of the same ch...
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G2A

G2A gets salty about Riot dropping League of Legends sponsorship


What did they expect?
Oct 09
// Chris Carter
In case you haven't heard, Riot Games recently ended its sponsorship with G2A, a third-party key distribution site -- a move G2A calls "heavy-handed and potentially damaging." The thing is, this partnership ended in part due ...
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BBC LoL

BBC Three will livestream the League of Legends World Championships


Hosted by BBC Radio 1 presenters
Oct 08
// Laura Kate Dale
Over the last couple of years we have seen eSports become more and more accepted as a legitimate part of the public consciousness in America. Big eSports tournaments getting air time on networks like ESPN for example have bee...
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League of Legends

Riot bans key reseller G2A from sponsoring League teams


No more G2A branding at LoL events
Oct 07
// Joe Parlock
G2A is fairly infamous among game developers. The site is a third-party key reselling site, which sells game keys users have acquired (through various means), often without the permission of the developer. This means that oft...
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Heroes of the Storm

Legacy of the Void owners can get Artanis early in Heroes of the Storm


Or just stockpile your gold
Oct 06
// Jordan Devore
I haven't even seen the Medic yet! Before I know it, Artanis will be here too. He's headed to Heroes of the Storm as a melee warrior on October 27, 2015, but there's a way to get him early. Folks who pre-purchase StarCraft II...
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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm's Medic patch is live, with a host of other changes


Small additions
Oct 06
// Chris Carter
In addition to the all-new StarCraft-based Medic support character, the newest Heroes of the Storm patch brings in a few other quality of life additions. The UI is now re-tooled to provide more information to the player,...

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