MOBA Category

MOBAs are multiplayer online battle arenas, PvP-centric, non-persistent online games that share some but not all mechanics in common with traditional MMORPGs. We formerly categorized MOBAs as “Not So Massively” games. You may also be interested in our Multiplayer category for other multiplayer online games that aren’t fully massive. [Follow the MOBA category’s RSS feed]

Heroes of the Storm introduces supercute StarCraft 'hero' Probius

Say what you will about Blizzard, but the studio knows how to make wordless bots adorable. Such is the case for Probius, the newly announced next hero for MOBA Heroes of the Storm -- and yes, he's really a Protoss drone from StarCraft. He'll be warping and buffing and disrupting and making little Artoo noises on the PTR next week starting on March 6th.

I can't wait to see what sort of funky porn people come up with for this lil dude. No, actually, I can totally wait. On second thought, how about a nice themed plushie?

Check out the video below!

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Cloud Pirates has arrived on Steam early access

Cloud Pirates officially flew into early access on Steam yesterday, bringing its quirky blend of Allods Online dirigibles and MOBA combat to the platform. The game has been in general early access since early February, but now we're in Steam early access. Clear? Great.

My.com asks $9.99 US for the base game, $49.99 for the Admiral Pack, and $59.98 for both together, so at the bottom it's a pretty cheap buy-in.

The latest content in the game is the 1.1 Goldrush update, which includes a convey mode where players guide their flying ore convoy along a route while being attack by enemy players. Check out the trailer and MJ's last playthrough below!

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SMITE's first Adventure mode, Nike's Valley of Victory, is live

Players logging into SMITE today are in for a treat: Adventures are officially live with the game's latest patch. Adventures are planned as limited-time special game modes that change up every six weeks.

The first such mode, Nike's Valley of Victory, is a capture-the-flag event that runs on PC through March 28th (console versions will lag behind start and end dates by week). Hi-Rez notes that the map is free, but not so for the Adventure Bundles and limited edition skins, which will go up in price come the next cycle. "The Bundles with each Adventure will be available for a discounted price during the 4 weeks that the game mode is live, then available at full price during all 2017 Adventures," says the studio.

Check out the explainer vids down below!

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Heroes of the Storm balance update tunes down Tychus, Varian, Malfurion, and Murky

The latest Heroes of the Storm balance patch isn't going to give anyone a bunch of satisfying new tricks. It's actually taking a lot of existing tricks away from various characters. Tychus, for example, has proven to be too darn good at not just tank-busting but assassin-busting as well, therefore making him too dominant against too wide a spread of heroes. Murky is clearly dominating, Malfurion is too good as support, and Varian isn't unbalanced but did have a few abilities that were just not fun to play against.

As such, all four characters have received some major adjustments. Tychus has had his attack range dropped and several abilities tinkered with, keeping his power at his intended role but tuning him down elsewhere. Murky received a wide-reaching nerf to his control and reliability, while Malfurion loses much of the power on his Entangling Roots and associated talents. Last but not least, Varian's Warbringer has been changed to a Slow effect, as the ranged stun was proving too easy to abuse and led to unenjoyable game states. There are a few other heroes with adjustments on a smaller scale as well; you may want to check out the full patch notes before diving in.

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Gigantic's Eternal Dawn heralds the arrival of new hero Zandora

MOBA Gigantic has a new update live in the open beta this week: Eternal Dawn. The patch features the bizarrely pink new hero Zandora, and boy does she ever have a chip on her shoulder. No really.

"Eternal Dawn introduces a few high-impact changes to Gigantic and welcomes Zandora - a lance-wielding melee/support hybrid hero," says PWE. "As with our other major updates, we'll be releasing additional content each week: gradually adding new Champion of Aurion skins for Beckett, Vadasi, Voden, and Zandora, as well as a powerful new creature, the Storm Drake. If you're eager to play with all the new skins, hero, and creature right away, you can also unlock all the new content immediately by purchasing the Eternal Dawn bundle, which unlocks everything on day one at a huge discount to the total cost."

Beta players can also expect new honor bonus rewards for underdog matches, the guardian damage preview, and brand-new eternal light weapons, plus the usual smattering of balance tweaks. Check out the trailer below!

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The MOP Up: Hearthstone gets ready to banish dozens of cards (February 19, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we have stories and videos from Overwatch, League of LegendsEVE OnlineMabinogi DuelSpace EngineersIngressEternal CrusadeElder Scrolls OnlineFinal BladeHearthstoneGod Eater OnlineDrakensang Online, and EVE Valkyrie, all waiting for you after the break!

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Hyper Universe recruits the scandalous Succubus

Angelic or devilish? With Hyper Universe's newest character, you can have both.

Nexon's upcoming 2-D MOBA recently added the Succubus to the champion roster in Korea. If you can get past her large... tracts of land, the Succubus has plenty of other abilities to offer in play. She can buff and debuff with her whip, shield allies with a bubble shield, and even temporarily charm everyone in range to be her slave. And if you don't care for her darker look, there is always the option to purchase an angelic skin as an alternative.

Hyper Universe should be coming to the west some time in 2017. See what the Succubus has to offer after the jump (besides a profile picture that makes it look as though she's trying to bazooka barf).

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The Stream Team: Celebrating SMITE's new Kuzenbo with codes

Have you always wanted to play as a ninja turtle in SMITE? Are you itching for a new god to rule the map with? Well you can possibly kill two birds with one tortoise thanks to the new god Kuzenbo. Massively OP's MJ is diving in to check out this new hard-shelled killer with the crazy grin, and she's got a handful of codes to give him away with his Yokozuna costume. Join us live at 4:00 p.m. for your chance to win!

What: SMITE
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 18th, 2017

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Paragon introduces K-pop-themed Shinbi hero

Epic's MOBA Paragon revealed a new playable hero this week: Shinbi, a K-pop themed melee superstar who's possibly a reference to pop star ShinB from GFRIEND, which incidentally hit MMO news this week once already thanks to its Valentine promo for Elsword. My apophenia, ahhhh!

"A world famous pop star known for summoning Spirit Wolves during her performances, Shinbi is a deceptive melee assassin who uses her wolves to dazzle her enemies and rip them to shreds in battle," says Epic, rattling off her themey skills: Rushing Beat, Line Tempo, Circle Rhythm, and All-Kill!. She officially launches February 21st.

Kotaku has a grand roundup of some of the criticisms of the character already, which basically boil down to melee sucks, why more girls though, what's K-pop, D.Va clone, and this is totally breaking my immersions in world lore we don't know anything about. So, you know. The usual.

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Play Heroes of the Storm, earn a free World of Warcraft mount

There's a neat cross-promotion going on right now between Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft. Blizzard is encouraging its fans to give Heroes a try by enticing them with a free WoW mount. If you play 15 matches with friends on your Battle.net list by March 13th, you'll get a Primal Flamesaber mount in WoW and a Judgment Charger mount and 10-day stimpack in Heroes for your troubles.

In other World of Warcraft news, the PTR just started testing out Patch 7.2's long-awaited flying, as well as the new Cathedral of the Eternal Night and some reward changes to mythic+ dungeons.

Check out the new Primal Flamesaber mount after the break and see if it's worth the effort!

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Kuzenbo, King of the Kappa, joins SMITE's roster today

Live in SMITE this very day is... OK, you know what, before we do this, let me just head off all Kappa jokes. Get it out of your system. OK. Kuzenbo, King of the Kappa -- the kappa of Japanese folklore, darnit, this is a real thing! Well not a real thing, but you know what I mean! -- is rolling out to SMITE PC players today. Kuzenbo's mechanics revolve around his head-bound water bowl, shell spikes, slams, and an epic ult called Watery Grave, which is as creepy as it sounds: "Kuzenbo pulls himself inwards under his shell and spins, summoning fierce currents that knock Enemies back, increase his Movement Speed, and allow him to move freely in all directions."

There's much more to the 4.2 patch, including Valentine's Day sales, the Clash map overhaul, and new skins, so check out the vids and pics below!

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League of Legends data feature in New York state lawsuit against Time Warner

Remember back in the day when you'd complain about your lag and connectivity issues in an online game, only to have the studio tell you the equivalent of, "It's ur ISP"? Well, maybe it is. And maybe it's intentional.

That's the contention of the state of New York, which earlier this month filed a lawsuit against the Time Warner conglom alleging a number of complaints that add up to fraud: that the corporation knowingly makes "false representations about speed and reliability" such that its internet network is overloaded, delivering a fraction of what consumers are promised and paying for; that the corporation rents deficient modems; that the corporation "rigged test results"; that Time Warner engineers knew and reported all this and the execs did nothing; and that the corporation took advantage of technical complexity and the public's limited ISP choices to get away with it all.

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The MOP Up: Free tanks for all! (February 12, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we have stories and videos from H1Z1, Gloria Victis, Diablo 3Path of ExileRiftStar RaidersGiganticLineage MLeague of LegendsFish Island 2Wild Buster OnlineHeroes of Incredible TalesWorld of TanksGod Eater OnlineClosers Online, and Star Citizen, all waiting for you after the break!

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