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]

League of Legends reveals confusing new champion Jhin

Last week Riot Games released a bizarre video called Mind of the Virtuoso that appeared to be part art project and part … I guess art project again. The gunshots and creepy masked face at the end made it pretty clear we were looking at League of Legends‘ next ranged champion, and that has now been made official with a new champion reveal devblog on marksman Jhin, The Virtuoso.

Every fourth basic attack Jhin fires deals an automatic critical strike and bonus damage based on his missing health, but that’s not the whole story. Slain enemies also spawn a blooming flower on the corpse that reveals and slows nearby enemies and then explodes for bonus damage. Unlike most champions, Jhin has the unique twist that any attack speed and critical chance he gains from items and runes actually give him bonus attack damage instead. His criticals also deal less bonus damage than normal but grant him a small boost of movement speed, which is based on his attack speed.

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SMITE kicks off the Rising Dawn promotional event

Amaterasu is the Japanese goddess of the sun, a new deity within SMITE‘s deific roster and a flexible one besides. But bringing Amaterasu alone into the game wouldn’t constitute an event. No, her arrival brings along plenty of other Japanese-themed skins for the various deities, so even if she’s not palling around with her fellow pantheon members right now, she can feel right at home around Kaiju Sobek.

The timeline there may be a bit weird.

The overall event pattern is similar to the Odyssey events, with bonus rolls for chests unlocking time-limited skins. Only two skins are on display now, but three more are promised, with one of them possibly a reward for unlocking the first four (based on the pattern of other events). Whether you want to get in on the sun goddess action or not, there’s plenty of new stuff arriving with the the dawn this time around.

Hi-Rez also released an infographic in the wake of its recent tourney; we’ve included it below.

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Battle Bards Episode 66: The best of MOBA music

This week on the Battle Bards podcast, the crew branches out from the familiar territory of MMO soundtracks and into the wild, untamed regions of MOBA scores. With a survey of titles such as League of Legends, Infinite Crisis, SMITE, and Heroes of the Storm, it’s a musical journey that will rouse the fighter in all of us!

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin Olivetti co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Player.FM.

We’ve got Episode 66: MOBAs for you after the break!

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Heroes of the Storm is adding Genn Greymane to its lineup today

It feels like it’s been forever since Heroes of the Storm announced the addition of Gilnean ruler Genn Greymane to its roster, but he has not been forgotten! In fact, Greymane should be added to the game today. How do we know that?

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Catch up with SMITE’s $1,000,000 world championship

The world of e-sports and competitive gaming has seen a massive explosion in recent years in terms of both viewership and prize money. Top competitive gaming tournaments now routinely sell out large arenas and venues, often attract higher viewership figures than some real-world sports, and collectively dish out millions of dollars each year. Third-person MOBA SMITE is no exception, packing out Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre this past week for its second annual World Championship tournament. Eight top teams from around the world battled it out over $1,000,000 in prize money from January 7th to January 10th, with the first place winners taking home $500,000.

Last year’s champion COGnitive Gaming disbanded some time after its big win, but the team’s entire roster was picked up e-sports organisation Cloud9 for this tournament. They joined the other qualifiers Enemy, Paradigm, Epsilon eSports, Fnatic, AVANT-Garde, paiN Gaming, Isurus Gaming, Oh My God B, and Qiae Gu Reapers in a tense four-day competition. Reveal winner

In the end, first place went to European newcomers Epsilon eSports, with North American contenders Enemy and Cloud9 coming in second and third place respectively.

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