Yesterday, Riot introduced the world to Taliyah, League of Legends’ next playable champion. For the most part, people responded very positively toward Taliyah. Champion designer Daniel Klein responded to the vocal minority against Taliyah, however, by stating that “Restricting body types is limiting to us as creators.”
Out with the old, in with the new. Riot’s released a champion spotlight for Poppy 2.0, the long-awaited rework of one of League of Legends’ oldest and most outdated playable characters. She looks really neat! This probably means she’s coming into the main game in the next week or two, too.
Permit me to brag for a moment. There are so, so few opportunities for me to show off when it comes to League of Legends, that I want to relish this one.
This is the new Quinn, a ranged archer character in League of Legends who fights with a giant vicious eagle named “Valor” perched on her shoulder. She’s a lot like the old Quinn, only she’s become much more...intimate with her bird friend.
The StarCraft assassin Nova is free to play for everyone in Heroes of the Storm this week. Some call the prospect of playing every HOTS match against a perma-stealthed long-range sniper assassin “annoying.” I call it open season.
Annie always looks so small and easy to kill when she’s wandering around with her stuffed teddy bear until...TIBBERS!!!
Blizzard added its latest battleground into its rad new MOBA Heroes of the Storm this week, and boy is this map a weird one. Called “Towers of Doom,” it takes some of the most sacred principles of the genre and either throws them out the window or distorts them beyond recognition. It’s a bold experiment, but is it fun?
Smite’s “Ultimate God Pack,” which gives you every character currently in the game plus any future characters Hi-Rez adds to it, is going on sale tomorrow for $20. I highly recommend it if you have any interest in the game. Except for Dota 2 (which makes every hero free), this is easily the best deal in any MOBA.
There’s a great sale going on in Heroes of the Storm right now that takes 50% off everything in the game—provided you spend real money on it. There’s also a new 360-day stimpack available, which could be a great thing to buy if you know you’re gonna be playing a lot of HOTS. The sale lasts until December 8th.
Today Blizzard released an overview video for Heroes of the Storm’s new map “Towers of Doom,” which, in a unique twist on the standard MOBA formula, doesn’t actually allow players to directly attack the enemy’s core. It sounds a tad complicated, so I recommend watching before you queue up for a match.
Today is a very special day for longtime League of Legends fans. Today is the day that Riot finally brought Poppy back.
Ever since they changed Heroes of the Storm’s name from Blizzard All-Stars and, even more regrettably, Blizzard Dota, Blizzard has insisted on calling its excellent new MOBA a “hero brawler” and therefore not calling it a MOBA. It was a silly choice when Blizzard first made it. Now, it’s become a damaging one.
“Backdooring” is a common strategy in Heroes of the Storm and other similar MOBAs by which one or more players try to sneak past the enemy team and attack their base before they have a chance to respond. It can be an ingenious way to save a game at the last possible minute. Key word: CAN be.
Heroes of the Storm has been going through a lot of changes lately, some small, some the size of a gigantic two-headed ogre. There’s one change that’s disturbed me more and more the more I think about it. They added KDA ratios into the game. Oh god, the KDA ratio!
Playing as Cho’Gall in Heroes of the Storm is one of the most entertaining things I’ve experienced in a MOBA. It’s also one of the clumsiest things I’ve ever done in any video game. I suppose when you and another teammate are simultaneously playing as single hero, clumsiness is the point.
Here’s the Heroes of the Storm spotlight for Cho’Gall, the crazy-sounding new character that’s controlled by two people at the same time. Blizzard said they expect him to go live in HOTS sometime this week. My colleague Nathan Grayson and I are sure to start butting heads (literally!) once that happens.
A whole lot of ink has been spilt talking about talking about how “toxic” League of Legends is. Little to none of this coverage has actually tried to show what an in-game altercation actually looks, sounds, and feels like to those involved when a game goes to shit. I’m going to walk you through the blow-by-blow of one…
A pro-tip I heard straight from a Rioter: it’s pronounced “ill-OW-ee.”
...until it actually happens. And then you feel like a fool.