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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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Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard is bringing a few big changes to Heroes of the Storm soon


Death timers and snowball prevention
Oct 02
// Chris Carter
Heroes of the Storm is about to get the Medic and Artanis heroes, but there's a few big changes on the way for the core game. The first adjustment is death timers. Blizzard feels like they were way too low early on in a ...
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Artanis

Artanis has been datamined in Heroes of the Storm, check out his abilities


He sounds like a beefier Zeratul
Sep 30
// Chris Carter
Heroes of the Storm has only begun its content updates, as we have a whole host of skins, mounts, and characters coming up. The Support-based Medic Lt. Morales is set to debut soon, and after that, the Warrior Artanis. W...
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Medic

Heroes of the Storm's Medic is the dedicated healer we needed


Not a hybrid
Sep 29
// Chris Carter
Kharazim is probably my favorite character in Heroes of the Storm at the moment, but it's about time that we got the StarCraft healer we've always wanted with Lt. Morales, the Medic. With a number of supports e...
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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm's Medic has a Samus Aran skin


Check out what's coming to Heroes
Sep 24
// Chris Carter
Every so often, Blizzard keeps us updated on what's coming to Heroes of the Storm, and it's always a ton of stuff. This time around they've given us a quick look at the Medic and all her skins, as well as the character model ...

Heroes of the Storm 101 for new players

Sep 20 // Nic Rowen
General tips When you first start, focus on not dying more than getting kills. Heroes might not be as prone to hopeless snowballing as other MOBAs, but it can still happen if you have a teammate who is constantly feeding the enemy easy XP and free lanes. Don't be that teammate! Kills and #BigPlays will come with time, there is no need to dive towers and chase people all over right away. Play the objectives! Heroes is unique in that it has a variety of maps, each with a different gimmick. One may have you collecting gems or coins and depositing them in a central area to summon NPCs that will attack enemy forts, others may have you rushing to an area to defend, attack, or claim a certain objective for other benefits. It's almost always a good idea to prioritize objectives over pushing a lane or grabbing a mercenary camp or whatever else you might be doing (you'll learn when it's a good idea to break that rule with time). Watch the mini-map. The mini-map is your friend. The mini-map is life. The mini-map will show you where the objectives are on a map, where your friends are, any revealed enemies, any active merc camps, and so on. It's also the best way to quickly communicate in a random quickmatch (where you'll likely be cutting your teeth). Ping the map when you need your teammate's attention, pay attention when they signal for backup, and keep an eye on those sneaky, sneaky assassins who keep popping in and out of the fog. Play around with different characters. Try to make a point of touring every free character you can. Not only is this a great way to earn gold (as Chris pointed out, you gain a tidy sum for each character you take to level 5 and it's a fairly quick process), but it will also give you an idea of what each other hero is capable of. Important to know when sizing up a fight, and something that is much easier to learn by doing rather than just watching. Character tips Stick with Honest Jimmy. Jim Raynor is the tutorial character for a reason; he's super easy to use. That said, he's also surprisingly strong. He has a simple, but useful toolbox that lets him score high hero damage and push lanes while staying fairly safe. He's one of the cheapest characters to buy with gold as well as being included in the $5.00 starter pack if you don't mind making a small investment. You can learn the ropes, and the maps, with him and eventually move to more nuanced characters. Don't get too strung out about top-tier picks or “playing the meta.” You're new, the people you're going to be matched with will likely be new as well. Nobody in your cohort is going to know how to properly take advantage of the best characters anyway. Hell, I've been playing a ton of Gazlowe (supposedly one of the worst characters) and I've been topping the scoreboard for siege damage and team XP in most games (sometimes even hero damage!) Can Gazlowe hang in a competitive meta? Probably not. But down in the slums with all the other newbies, he plays just fine -- as does almost every other character. That said, you should probably stay away from the Lost Vikings, Abathur, and Chen. These are not bad heroes, but they're more complex and require advanced knowledge to properly use. Grow into them later (Murky has a rep for being a tricky character as well, but honestly he seemed pretty easy to use to me, so your mileage may vary depending on play style). Playing with others This is probably the most “duh” tip ever, but the game is much more fun when playing with people you know! You don't need to fill out a full five man team, even having just one or two wingmen can let you be a more complex and tricky with your teamwork, setting up coordinated attacks, or trading off lanes while someone heals or secures an objective. A little simple teamwork goes a long way! If you have a dependable partner or two, try to play complementary characters that can support each others efforts. Have a friend who likes aggressive melee characters like Thrall or Sonya? Try pairing up as the monk, Kharazim, who can heal nearby characters in melee range and deal respectable damage in his own right. You can be bash brothers chasing down foes together far more effectively than you would on your own. Diablo and E.T.C are walking meat slabs who can bully other players with multiple stuns and repositioning attacks when they roll together. It might not be complicated, but other new players will probably have trouble dealing with the pair. Even better if you have another friend playing a high-damage clean up character like Jaina to take advantage of the chaos. When all else fails, just play Li Li. She's dead simple to use and can drag otherwise hopeless teams through nasty brawls with her prolific healing. Hey, if you and your friends are all new, you might occasionally need a crutch to lean on as you learn. Again, these are fairly basic tips, but they might just make your entry into the world of Heroes and MOBAs a little bit smoother than it would have been. I've been completely blown away by how much I've enjoyed my time with Heroes so far and would encourage you to try it for yourself if you've been interested but haven't taken the plunge yet. Of course, if you have some more knowledge bombs new players should know, or some tips for more advanced players, please feel free to share!
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By a noob, for noobs
As you might have read, I recently got into Heroes of the Storm in a big way. I'm super late to the party, and our own Chris Carter has already written a great list of quick tips you should definitely read if you're intereste...


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