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]

Paladins brings out the street-smart Maeve

So apparently Paladins' thing is that it's going to be the online multiplayer title that fires patches and new characters at us from some sort of coding gatling gun. It hasn't even been two weeks since Patch 42 and the introduction of Torvold, and now Hi-Rez is springing Patch 43 on us with a whole new champion to play.

The hero of the moment is Maeve, a street-smart rogue who dual-wields throwing daggers, double-jumps around the place, and puts enemies to sleep. Plus, she has pink hair and you know that's half the battle right there.

Patch 43 also contains several limited-time Valentine's Day-themed accessories, skins, and even a "McDreamy" candy pony mount in the store. Yes, you'll certainly be the envy of every Jerry and Jane on the block when you're riding that bad boy in late August. Check out the patch notes and get an overview of this update after the break!

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Heroes of the Storm shows off Lucio and new mounts/skins

At the rate Heroes of the Storm is currently going, we'll soon wind up with every Overwatch cast member in the game. Lucio is the latest character to make the leap, skating his way into the fray with a number of abilities that will be familiar to anyone familiar with the rollerblading healer from the shooter. His knockback, barriers, healing auras, and wall skates are all intact, but he can also now pop up a debuffing aura to weaken enemies instead of healing allies. In other words, he's still Lucio.

The video also shows off the upcoming Love Goddess Tyrande skin, along with two new mounts (one rather love-themed, the other... less so, unless your version of romance involves immolated equines). Check out everything that's under development in the video just below.

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Crush Online enters season 2

Crush Online debuted its second season on February 2nd, changing the landscape of the MMO/MOBA hybrid with some key changes.

The biggest difference from season one is the addition of a new quest system that allows for daily, weekly, and monthly missions, giving players more to do. The team added over 40 more items to the game as well as a new set that can be achieved via PvP. As might be expected, the update also contained some balance adjustments to bring things to a more even keel.

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The Stream Team: SMITE's mighty Vamana giveaway

It's been over two weeks since Masively OP's MJ had a SMITE giveaway (the horror!), but she's aiming to fix that right now. Today, MJ has a brand new skin to share! Vamana just got a visual update in this week's patch, and MJ has a handful of the new Divine Protector skins to dole out to viewers. As she's never played him before, MJ will also be giving this god a whirl. Will he be more fun than Loki? Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. to find out and for your chance to win this mighty god with his new look. (Just beware the parasol!)

What: SMITE
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 3rd, 2017

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Airship-themed MOBA Cloud Pirates enters early access February 9

Arrrr, skymateys: Cloud Pirates is floating into early access on February 9 following a stress test two days before.

The game is an online MOBA/shooter hybrid in which players soar through the skies in Allods Online-inspired dirigibles and shoot the crap out of each other with cannon. The game will be playable through Steam's early access program beginning on February 9th, though of course you can pick up a founder's pack to play early.

Update 1.1, Gold Rush, "enables pirates to gain a head start that will allow players to loot special resources," says My.com. "Players can form brotherhoods, the clans of the game, to loot or defend special aerial convoys and be rewarded in valuable “meteor ore.” Future updates will allow brotherhoods to build incredibly useful sky fortresses. These fortresses will play a pivotal role in Cloud Pirates high stakes action.

Check out the new trailer below!

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Gigantic's Eternal Dawn update begins rollout February 23

Gigantic's so-called "first major update," Exile in the North, went live just a few weeks ago, but PWE and Motiga have way more in store for fans of this charming MOBA. Today, the studios formally announced that they're rolling out the game's "second major update," Eternal Dawn, beginning on February 23rd.

In addition to 18 eternal light weapons and a website-based leaderboard for heroes, the update will introduce (and skin) Zandora.

"A lance-wielding Eternal who has emerged from the Star City to walk among mortals, Zandora is a melee/support hybrid who uses auras to empower herself and allies on the battlefield. Zandora is already the second Hero released since the game’s Dec 8 Game Preview program live date, increasing the total cast to 18. With the goal of a new Hero every 6 weeks, the team is excited to massively grow the Hero pool, expanding the highly strategic play. Owners of Gigantic’s Founders Pack will automatically unlock Zandora for free."

A new creature and three additional skins will follow a week apart through the month of March.

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SMITE kicks off season 4 with a huge patch

Such fun. Big gods. Power number high! Wow SMITE.

Bringing together memes of yesteryear, deities of time immemorial, and e-sports of today is SMITE, which has finally pulled the trigger on Season Four. Yesterday, Patch 4.1 went live in the game, unleashing a torrent of new god skins, ranked leaderboards, emotes, changes, and revamps. Hi-Rez is handing out additional rewards for top performers of Season 3 and has started selling the new Season 4 spring tickets. It's a seriously huge patch that deserves a careful reading of the full notes to properly comprehend.

"In Season 4, we are updating some of our core features of SMITE," Hi-Rez said. "Ranked is receiving a revamp to its structure, T-Screen makes its return, and players who have Diamond Mastered gods will have new forms of progression available to them."

Check out the Patch 4.1 overview video after the jump!

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One-eyed Yeti menaces Gigantic, children get snow day

You've encountered the abominable snowman, probably more than once, in video games. We assume that you've also seen your fair share of cyclopes (cyclopsi?) as well. But have you ever encountered a Yeti Cyclops? Only if you've played Gigantic this week, and if that's the case, then you probably didn't live to tell the tale.

Gigantic added in two new winter-themed summons to the insanity with its January 26th update. The Yeti Cyclops erects walls, smashes foes, and creates freeze traps to lock down enemy attackers. His colleague, the tree-like Winter Bloomer, is more of a combat medic that can also slow down and entangle foes.

Which one would you want on your side? We don't want to bias you, but if you don't pick Yeti Cyclops, we can no longer be friends. There's no going back from that rejection.

Source: Gigantic

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Paladins enlists a runic sage for battlefield buffs

Paladins, a mere 42 patches young and still not yet launched, is bringing on board a frontline fighter named Torvald. As a runic sage, Torvald uses the magical power of his giant glove to buff, debuff, and heal right up in the face of the enemy. He's also got a knockback Gatling gun-like ability for when he wants some breathing room.

The patch also introduced a new weekly PvE event called Tank It to the Limit (pause for groans), raised the level cap to 999, a Year of the Rooster gun, and added a mounts tab in the game store.

You can read up on all of the patch changes or get a quick visual overview with the following video!

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PAX South 2017: Hyper Universe is coming to the west in 2017

Great news for those following the cross-genre MOBA Hyper UniverseNexon officially announced this week that the game will be coming to North America, Europe, Oceania, and Latin America in 2017. The publisher is showing off Hyper Universe at PAX South this weekend and has a new trailer to pump up excitement for the title.

It's been a little while since we covered this game, so here's your quick-and-dirty primer. Hyper Universe is skewing away from the traditional MOBA design by focusing on multi-level 2-D environments with characters that are more or less blatant homages to popular real life and pop culture icons.

Strap in for a hyperactive announcement trailer after the break!

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Gigantic's Exile in the North patch and Pakko are live today

Live in Gigantic today is a patch PWE is calling the MOBA's "first major update": Exile in the North. Open beta players will get their hands on an adorable, slip-slidey new hero, Pakko, plus an array of winter gear and weapon skins.

"Exile in the North also features several gameplay and quality of life improvements, including more generous end-of-match Crown Boosts and the addition of Honor Bonuses for players who battle shorthanded to the bitter end despite teammate disconnections and drops. Hero Mastery Skins are also now available to unlock as you play and master each Hero."

Check out the patch notes, trailer, pics, infographic below!

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The Stream Team: Lots more SMITE-ing with Loki

Massively OP's MJ had so much fun playing Loki that she's diving right back into SMITE for another round. This time, she might even venture out of the AI arena and into PvP! She also has it on good authority that the SMITE skins fairy might just make a guest appearance to give away a skin or two. Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. to get in on the action and the giveaway.

What: SMITE
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

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