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Awesomenauts

Awesomenauts is getting a new free character next week


Also, the 2.12 update
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
I can't believe Awesomenauts is still getting free characters at this point beyond their Starstorm expansion -- it's been over three years since the game launched on PC. But here we are, and on September 2nd, the g...
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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm has a neat little Duck Hunt homage


It will likely go away next patch
Aug 21
// Chris Carter
Whenever you have time, boot up Heroes of the Storm and check out this cute new Easter egg. It takes place in the Monk's splash screen following the latest patch, and allows you to play a small little game of Duck Hunt....
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Rick and Morty Dota 2

Now Rick and Morty can nar-*belch*-rate your Dota 2 matches


Radiant just wiped out the Roshan guy!
Aug 21
// Patrick Hancock
The announcer packs for Dota 2 are easily some of the best purchases available within the free-to-play game. Personally, I go back and forth between the Stanley Parable and Bastion announcers. Not only are the...
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League of Legends

League of Legends switching to Chicago servers next week


On August 25
Aug 19
// Chris Carter
Riot Games is getting ready to switch over their central servers from the west coast to Chicago, which should help alleviate latency issues all across the country for League of Legends players. Now, we know that the publ...

Review: Smite (Xbox One)

Aug 19 // Chris Carter
Smite (PC, Xbox One [reviewed])Developer: Hi-Rez StudiosPublisher: Hi-Rez StudiosRelease Date: March 25, 2014 (PC) / August 19, 2015 (Xbox One)MSRP: Free-to-play with microtransactions ($30 for all Gods until August 31) Unlike your typical MOBA experience, SMITE is framed by way of a behind-the-back camera, more akin to an action game than an RTS title. It was predicated on coming to a console day one, mostly because of how simple the control scheme was, and I'm pleased to say that the transition has been incredibly smooth, gameplay-wise. For new players looking to jump in, all you really have to do to play at a base level is understand that the right trigger initiates your auto-attack, and the face buttons correspond to specific abilities, all of which are relatively self-explanatory. Of course, there's a deeper level of understanding required when it comes to leveling up your abilities and buying items and equipment, but the former can even be implemented automatically if you wish. Where Smite really shines is with its assortment of game modes that will appeal to pretty much everyone. While MOBAs typically cycle in the same few gametypes with "guest" modes appearing sparingly, Smite goes all out with five variations available at all times. These include Arena (5v5 all-out fights without lanes), Joust (3v3 one lane), Conquest (standard MOBA 5v5 three lane), Assault (5v5 ARAM), and Siege (4v4 two lanes). You can also spring for four modes that pit you against the AI, should you need the practice. In short, the game has it all, and any one mode will keep you satisfied for quite some time. It's also great that Smite works in a lot of personality into said maps, like the fact that the final "core" is actually a boss character that players have to take down, and the last line of defense is a giant phoenix. There are 67 gods (characters) currently, all from various faiths throughout history. Characters range from well-known deities like Hades, all the way to Sun Wokong, to Guan Yu. While every god does look different enough visually, I couldn't help but realize that playing with a controller really exposes some of the monotony of Smite's gameplay. For the most part, you're going to be holding down RT, firing off a boring series of auto-attacks. Although it is easy to pickup, it's important to realize that although it may look like it, Smite isn't a full-on action game, and that abilities move rather slowly in the grand scheme of things. In a PC MOBA clicking can often keep you constantly engaged as you're always figuring out the best position possible, but Smite can feel sluggish by comparison. For those of you who don't enjoy the genre on PC, this may be the game for you. [embed]305026:59981:0[/embed] It also doesn't help that a lot of abilities tend to blend together, and in one particular session, I played three gods that basically had the exact same attacks, just with slightly different animations. Since you're leveling up the same abilities each time without an option to take new ones, you're going to want to switch gods often to keep things fresh. If you really want to go all in, you can buy the Founder's Pack for $30, which grants you access to every current and future god. It's a pretty great deal as you're essentially "buying out" the game, but unfortunately it's only available until the end of the month. Outside of that, you're left with a rather generous free rotation of 11 characters per week, and an assortment of boosters, items, skins, emotes, and icons. The game is heavily monetized and many things must be purchased with premium currency, but the Founder's Pack and most of what's on offer is fair. There's also a few issues inherent to the Xbox One version of the game. For starters, no Cross-Play capabilities with the PC edition really sucks. Also, Hi-Rez is only offering up account progress transfers for a limited time, one way to the Xbox One, and it's just that -- a progress transfer. Note that experience levels and most of your content will be ported over, but not everything (Gems, mastery levels, and any stats or activities aren't eligible). It's also unfortunate that there's no inherent keyboard support (like many PS4 games). Based on my experience, nearly every player is content on playing without any form of communication, which, as many know, can be a kiss of death in a MOBA. SMITE is a fine game and a great choice for folks who may not spend a lot of time on their PC, but there are a number of shortcomings present in both editions that prevent me from playing it as much as some of its competitors. Still, it's a perfect starting point if you're looking to get into the genre, especially with the intuitive controller scheme.
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I'll be done in a minotaur two
Hi-Rez Studios has earned a rather interesting reputation in recent years. After creating Tribes: Ascend, a game heavily reliant on the free-to-play model, fans accused the studio of abandoning the game in record time (roughl...

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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm's Monk patch is out right now


Also, the bundle update and more tweaks
Aug 18
// Chris Carter
Today, you can get your hands on Heroes of the Storm's Monk for 15,000 Gold, or $10. He's a hybrid support of sorts, with a heavy emphasis on damage, more-so than most of the supports in the game. He's also really fun to play...
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Heroes of the Storm

Here's how to get the Diablo III/Heroes of the Storm cross-items


Items for both games
Aug 18
// Chris Carter
Blizzard has explained the cross-promotion efforts for Diablo III and Heroes of the Storm, which can net you some nice little extras depending on how much you play. First off, anyone who owns Diablo III (has a licen...
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Smite Xbox One

If you want to buy every God in Smite for $30, you have until August 31


It launches on Xbox One next week
Aug 14
// Chris Carter
If you're into Smite on Xbox One and want access to every current and future character in the game, you might want to start thinking about buying the Founder's Pack soon. Hi-Rez has announced that the $30 bundle will be ...
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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm's Monk sure is versatile


Here's the rundown on Kharazim
Aug 13
// Jordan Devore
I'm excited for Kharazim to join Heroes of the Storm next week. If you haven't yet played as the monk in the Public Test Realm, Blizzard's spotlight video is a crash course on his versatility. Kharazim can focus on extra dama...
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League of Legends

League of Legends servers moving to Chicago to alleviate issues


Pre-move tests were successful
Aug 12
// Chris Carter
After all these years, Riot Games still has intermittent issues with League of Legends servers -- a problem it intends to fix very soon. In the next few weeks, the company will move its servers over to the centralized lo...
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Heroes new map/Monk

Quick thoughts on Heroes of the Storm's Monk and new Infernal Shrines level


Currently on PTR
Aug 11
// Chris Carter
Blizzard has unleashed a host of new changes onto the public test realm (PTR) for Heroes of the Storm, including a new character (Kharazim the Monk) and a new map (Infernal Shrines). I had a chance to take them both for a spi...
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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm's new dynamic bundles won't screw you out of money


Good!
Aug 10
// Chris Carter
While I adore Heroes of the Storm as a MOBA, it still needs a lot of work behind the scenes and on the backend. One such issue is the storefront, which, among other issues, charges users full price for bundles when they ...
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Dota 2 tournament

Dota 2's The International 5 finals are tomorrow, here's what you need to know


Three teams remain competing for first
Aug 07
// Ben Pack
The International 5 is coming to a close tomorrow. The three remaining teams in the Dota 2 world championships are each guaranteed at least $2 million dollars.
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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm enlists StarCraft's Medic


Plus a look at upcoming skins
Aug 07
// Jordan Devore
I was more than happy to see Blizzard show off three upcoming characters in Heroes of the Storm this week, but there's another announcement! StarCraft's Medic is also in development. In a round-up email covering Kharazim (who...
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The International

Dota 2's The International 5 is halfway through, here's who is in the running


Millions of dollars still on the line
Aug 05
// Ben Pack
After three full days of Dota 2 matches, The International 5 -- the highest-paying eSports event ever -- is fifty percent completed. With $18 million dollars on the line, eight teams of five are still in contention for the title of "best Dota 2 team in the world."
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Heroes of the Storm

These are the next three Heroes of the Storm


Artanis, Kharazim, and Rexxar
Aug 05
// Jordan Devore
I don't think I'll stray far from Valla (especially now that I have her Master Skin), but I have been stockpiling gold for another Diablo character in Heroes of the Storm -- Kharazim, Monk of Ivgorod. At gamescom, Blizzard opened up about the Monk and shared details on two other heroes (Warcraft's Rexxar and StarCraft's Artanis) as well as a new three-lane map, Infernal Shrines.
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League of Legends

Turns out League of Legends' Gangplank isn't actually dead


Surprising absolutely zero LoL fans
Aug 03
// Laura Kate Dale
If you're a League of Legends player who enjoys playing Gangplank, you likely noticed very quickly when the character was completely removed from the game last week. During Bilgewater: Burning Tides, a huge story event for Le...
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The International

The International 5, the largest eSports event ever, begins Monday


Almost 18 million dollars on the line
Aug 02
// Ben Pack
The International 5, Dota 2's largest tournament of all time, kicks off this Monday with two matches. With a prize pool of $17.8 million dollars on the line, TI5 will no doubt offer the highest level of eSports entertainment....
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League of Legends

Riot killed my pirate husband Gangplank and removed him from League of Legends


And I will always love youuuu
Jul 30
// Joe Parlock
Only a couple of weeks ago in League of Legends, everyone’s favourite pirate Gangplank got a fresh coat of paint and some changes to how he played. He played well, he looked even better (Riot does love its fanservice), ...
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Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard enacts Stimpack XP bonus for new Heroes of the Storm players this week


July 28 through August 4
Jul 29
// Chris Carter
If you're a new player who logs into Heroes of the Storm from now until August 4, you'll earn a seven day Stimpack bonus for your troubles. In essence, it's an XP boost, which is augmented on a bonus for having a friend in yo...
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Smite

Kevin Sorbo returns as Hercules in Smite


Here's how to get the voice pack
Jul 24
// Jordan Devore
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys star Kevin Sorbo has lent his voice to Hi-Rez Studios' mythology-themed MOBA Smite. How this collaboration didn't happen sooner, I'm not sure. Before crying "disappointed!" over microtransacti...
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League of Legends

League of Legends' massive patch 5.14 is out


Gangplank rework and more
Jul 22
// Chris Carter
Riot Games has updated League of Legends into patch 5.14, which brings about a number of small fixes and some larger adjustments. The biggest changes are easily the Gangplank and Miss Fortune reworks, as well as the UI o...

Heroes of the Storm's Leoric is another unique addition to the entire MOBA genre

Jul 21 // Chris Carter
Leroic's Q is a simple bash called Skeletal Swing, and would be extremely boring if it didn't do double damage to minions and cause a slow. Because of this, it has a lot of utility in terms of clearing waves and chasing or escaping. It also has a much longer range than I thought it would with a giant modified cone (you can spec it to reach even more distance!), and can go through gates/walls. Not to mention the fact that it's perfect for clearing out smaller creeps in the mines and garden. Drain Hope (W) is a bolt of sorts that allows him to heal, which helps his viability as a warrior class and adds some range to his kit. It only works on heroes, just like Thrall's wolves, so he can't just heal himself in any circumstance -- plus, he needs to maintain a specific distance to channel. Wraith Walk (E) is a really cool teleport, which lets Leoric become unstoppable for a few seconds and phase shift a short distance. He's much more mobile than a lot of other heroes because of this, but his body is vulnerable while he uses it. As you can see, most of his abilities can be countered. In terms of his Heroics, Entomb is a good way in theory to guarantee a single enemy death (it literally causes an impassable tomb to appear), but after extensive testing, I'm going to say that it's just straight-up not very good. It's a little tougher to aim than Butcher's Lamb to the Slaughter, and it's easily countered with a quick Bolt of the Storm or any teleport right towards the open side. His other Heroic, March of the Black King, is likely going to be the top pick by most people. In essence, Leoric whacks everything in front of him in rapid succession, which causes him to heal while he's at it. It's an amazing initiation, as most enemies will likely have to run away from its fairly big area of effect, lest they allow him to heal. [embed]296386:59624:0[/embed] Ok, so it's a fairly easy-to-grasp kit, but his trait is really where he shines -- even when he's KOed, he doesn't technically "die," and can still persist on the battlefield as a wraith. He doesn't do direct damage, but he can use his abilities to reduce his death timer, and return to the board wherever you happen to leave his ghost. Because of this, Leoric has 100% uptime. Now, rising from the dead isn't a completely new MOBA concept -- it isn't even new to Heroes (Uther) -- but since the entire character is built around it and he can do it at level one, it makes for some very interesting gameplay. I love how a lot of his traits are built to work for both variants, and you can even hearth back to base while "dead." It obviously works best with specific objectives, like the Dragon Shire shrines, where you can come right back while the enemy is low on health. Since you can clearly see his ghost as an enemy, it's easy to plan for his resurrection, but the vision his death form grants is a huge factor. When I played the Butcher the day he debuted, I could tell he was fairly balanced with only 10 or so games under my belt. He has a pretty straightforward role, and there are a multitude of counters you can use against him so long as the enemy team is working together. With Leoric, it's much harder to tell where he fits in the current meta, and whether he will need buff or nerf tweaks long term. He's not particularly bursty until later levels and his deaths do grant full kill bonuses for the enemy team, so I can see a lot of players being reckless at low-level play to balance him out in Quick Match. Additionally, he's slow in general, doesn't quite feel as sturdy as some other dedicated tanks, and all his cooldowns take a while to recharge. Right now, I'm fairly happy with where Leoric is at, but again, it's too early to tell what plans Blizzard has for him and if he'll end up being a viable hero in the future. We'll have to keep a close eye on his win rates.
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What is dead may never die
Today, Blizzard dropped Leoric the Skeleton King, the newest addition to Heroes of the Storm. He's a melee Warrior with one very intriguing trait, and has a heavy amount of lore to draw upon from the Diablo series. In short, he's a perfect candidate for the game, and Blizzard has been on a roll since debuting Kael'Thas, Johanna, and Butcher respectively.

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Heroes of the Storm

Diablo's King Leoric joins Heroes of the Storm today


Rest in peace, already!
Jul 21
// Jordan Devore
This video for King Leoric isn't as informative as the prior one, but I had to share it for that last line. The new Heroes of the Storm combatant seems as if he'll be a royal pain in the ass on maps like Cursed Hollow and Sky Temple, to say nothing of his undying ability that lets him roam around as a wraith. I'm saving my stockpile of gold for the Monk, though. He was my boy in Diablo III.
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Heroes of the Storm

This Heroes of the Storm Zeratul play is insanely clutch


This is why you take Void Prison
Jul 21
// Chris Carter
Zeratul is frequently banned at high-level play in Heroes of the Storm tournaments, and now you can see why, with this video shared by JJ TheMighty. The top Heroic ability (ultimate) pick is Void Prison, because of...
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Gangplank

Gangplank gets a new spotlight after League of Legends rework


Meet the new pirate
Jul 21
// Chris Carter
Gangplank's rework is complete, and he'll be entering into League of Legends arena as a new man. Now instead of Grog Soaked Blade he has Trial by Fire, which periodically powers up his auto-attacks. Now, Parrrley can gr...
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The International

Dota 2 launches The International 5 website


Largest prize pool ever for first place
Jul 18
// Ben Pack
As announced on the Dota 2 blog, the official website for The International 5 has launched. TI5's website showcases prize pool breakdowns, the teams that will be competing, replays, and a link to the web store....
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League of Legends

League of Legends' massive HUD update is coming soon


With patch 5.14
Jul 17
// Chris Carter
League of Legends is getting ready to push its new HUD update with patch 5.14, and Riot Games has finalized some of the details based on fan feedback. A few of the biggest changes are the addition of teammate ultimate ti...
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Heroes of the Storm

Learn about King Leoric's backstory, hero out 'soon' in Heroes of the Storm


Rise from your grave
Jul 14
// Chris Carter
[Update: Blizzard has noted that Leoric will not arrive today.] Blizzard has announced that King Leoric will be released today in Heroes of the Storm -- though he hasn't shown up on the marketplace just yet. Leoric isn'...
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MOBA BRO-BA

Namco's Supernova gets closed beta, adds BRO-bot


MOBA BRO-BA
Jul 14
// Steven Hansen
Namco's supermoba Supernova is getting a closed beta this month. Alpha testers are automagically entered into the beta; all else can sign up here to join the space robot wars. Supernova's closed beta also includes new comman...

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