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Paragon kicks off its Winterfest celebrations

Do you feel a deep and urgent desire to make sure that everything around you is supremely festive during the holiday season? Paragon is right there with you, as it’s introducing Winterfest, packed with as many holiday-tat-centric skins as you could possibly want. Because it’s not really the holiday season unless you’re beating the snot out of your enemies with tinsel and electric tree lights.

Fans can receive various bits of Winterfest loot starting today from watching YouTube videos or Twitch videos for the game; meanwhile, the game is putting its five Winterfest skins on sale on December 13th for players who haven’t already gotten one as a lucky bit of loot. The event as a whole runs until January 9th, so you’ve got plenty of time over the next month to get seasonal decorations (including a holiday sweater cut into a midriff-exposing shirt with hip cozies, apparently).

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The MOP Up: Gunjack 2 gets a launch date (November 13, 2016)

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 past week, CCP announced a launch date for Gunjack 2: End of Shift. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Aion, Final Fantasy XI, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Paragon shows off the Countess, arriving October 25th

Late October is the time to start having the creepy stuff show up in your game, right? Like a vampire stalking you in the shadows, teleporting up to you and killing your characters midway through a match of Paragon. That’s pretty scary. It’s also going to be very real with the addition of the Countess on October 25th.

The Countess is classified as a burst caster hero, which seems appropriate for a teleporting vampire in a slinky leather catsuit. (You knew she was going to be in a slinky leather catsuit, let’s not pretend otherwise.) If you want to see what she’ll look like in action, check out the video just below.

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Paragon has entered open beta on PC and PlayStation 4

Has Paragon piqued your interest enough to keep you following the game, but not quite enough to shell out for a founder’s pack? That’s totally understandable. You’ll be happy to know, then, that the game has entered its open beta phase on both the PlayStation 4 and the PC, meaning that you can jump in and start playing the third-person MOBA right now for free. All of the heroes are unlocked, all of the cards are earned through play, everything that you could need for play is right there in the game proper.

If your interest hasn’t yet been piqued, however… well, now’s the perfect time to start, you can dive into the beta test for free. There’s even a collection of screenshots and an open beta trailer to ramp up your excitement.

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Paragon unveils its newest character, Greystone

Dying, as a general rule, is not an effective combat strategy. You want to avoid dying when fighting people. But Paragon‘s newest character, Greystone, isn’t afraid to die. Not just because he can wade in and take less damage, either; it’s because his ultimate ability turns him to stone and allows him to reincarnate while dealing damage around him. Dying is actually an important part of his strategy.

Once you get that Greystone is kind of all about marching into the jaws of death, his ability to charge into combat and knock enemies around becomes much clearer. After all, you want to wade into the thick of battle and go down swinging, right? Check out a preview of his abilities and gameplay in the video below, and see how he manages to make dying into a worthwhile strategic component. Still probably not something to use as a general rule, though.

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Paragon adds in new weekly objectives and daily victory chests

Do you like to win games? Of course you do. You probably like the fact that winning a match every day in Paragon rewards you with a free loot chest, that’s nice. It’s a bit less nice that you might miss out on that chest if you only have time for a match or two without a win, though, and it’s even worse if you didn’t even know the chests existed. That’s one of the main reasons behind the changes made to the system. Players now earn a locked chest each day just for logging in; those chests can be stored up, and each win will open one locked chest in your inventory.

This also ties into the game’s new weekly quests, which are meant as another path toward players having a diverse set of goals to pursue. Each week, you’ll be given a list of four random objectives. Succeeding at one of the objectives gives you a cards, while succeeding at multiple objectives gives you even more cards after your initial reward. It’s just a little more incentive to log in and keep playing while also encouraging you to diversify your playstyle a bit more.

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Paragon grants extra rewards to PlayStation Plus members

PlayStation Plus players, it’s time that your membership started paying dividends. Paragon thinks so, at least, which is why the game is doling out a free PS Plus pack to members in July.

The PS Plus pack includes a fast pass to the early access gameplay, a three-win reputation boost, three master challenges, and instant challenger skins. Additionally, players can enjoy a month of events and in-game unlocks prior to Paragon going into open beta on August 16th.

Want to see these freebies with your own naked, sweating eyeballs? Check out the PS Plus trailer below!

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Khaimera is live in today’s Paragon patch; watch the teaser video

Epic Games has today released yet another hero for its upcoming MOBA Paragon. Khaimera is described by Epic as a “high-risk, hi-reward” melee jungler and goes live with today’s 27.1 patch. (Khaimera is described by Kotaku, on the other hand, as Skull-Face McMoonhead, which seems pretty accurate.)

“The TL;DR on Khaimera is that he is a melee fighter who excels at singling out enemies. He is a great duelist which allows him to lock down solo Heroes in order to isolate and execute. His Unleash ability gives him massive attack speed for a short period of time. His Spirit Regeneration ability gives him Health Regen on basic attack. His ability Ambush allows him to close the gap onto enemy heroes and lock them down with his Ultimate, Cull which roots your target and pushes their allies away.”

Paragon remains in early access for PC and PS4 until its open beta August 16th.

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Paragon plans major gameplay overhaul, August 16 open beta

Epic has announced that “free open beta” for its gritty MOBA Paragon will begin on August 16th.

Two letters to the community today suggest that radical changes are on the way for the game. “We know we’re lacking in some key areas – few strong hero roles, aberrant roaming deathmatch strategies (‘Deathball’), and most importantly, a lot of the core ‘feeling’ that MOBAs give,” writes Lead Hero Designer Cameron Winston. To that end, Epic aims to remove travel mode, add teleport, alter card power sharing, reduce lane minions, adjust match length, introduce draft mode, and rebalance heroes — much of which is going live in next week’s patch, previewed in the video walkthrough below.

Epic has also posted a reveal trailer for Khaimera, “a melee fighter who specializes in disrupting team fights with close-up encounters.” He goes live later this month.

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Paragon’s GRIM.exe hero is no gentle giant

Epic’s MOBA Paragon has revealed one more hero ahead of its early access launch this week: the robot GRIM.exe. The video begins as a tongue-in-cheek advertisement for the adorable gentle giant, then morphs into a sinister demonstration of his pew pew cannon.

“This new playable character is a ranger at the controls of a turret robot that obeys the finger and the eye. His pulse cannon provides extensive damage to minions and other enemy Heroes, but it can also slow down or reverse using his shield. Its Targeted Gyro Force Orb target enemies and pass through objects and other units outside of Heroes. For a clean and responsible war, opt for GRIM.exe!”

Paragon hits early access tomorrow; founder packages run from $9.99 to $89.99 US. Open beta — which will be free — is still planned for the summer.

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Take a look inside Paragon’s $59.99 Essentials Edition

Paragon’s insane take on the MOBA field is set to go wide when the game hits open beta this summer. The specific date for that release looks to be June 7th, as Epic Games has pinpointed that day for the sale of Paragon’s Essentials Edition.

The Essentials Edition includes a bundle of goods to help get you off to a running start. These include beta access, five skins, master hero challenges, several heroes, rep boosts, and a chunk of in-game currency. “If you play a lot of Paragon, the 6,000 Paragon Coins is worth it by itself,” claims the PlayStation blog. “The whole Essentials Edition is more than $160 in value (based on in-game currency) for only $59.99 ($79.99 Canadian).”

But why read about it when you can see it in action? Paragon has released a short trailer for the Essentials Edition to show off the spiffy-looking skins, so check it out below.

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Paragon’s early access starts on March 18 with Founder’s packs

There have been plenty of tidbits coming out about Paragon lately, but you won’t have to rely upon tidbits to get a sense of the game starting on March 18th. Early access can be purchased by buying one of the game’s three Founder’s Packs, and if you didn’t expect the game to have that option we don’t know what rock you’ve been living under.

The cheapest option is $20, while players with more money to pledge for the game can go in for $60 or a princely $100 for a wider variety of skins, unlockable items, boosts, and a free pack to give to a friend. It’s worth noting for the record that all of the game’s heroes will be free, so you’re buying nothing more than cosmetics with bigger packs. Not willing to put up the money? You can still sign up for the beta, or you can wait for open testing starting sometime this summer.

Source: Reddit via VG24/7

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Eight tips for success in Epic’s MOBA Paragon

Nobody ever claimed that MOBAs were easy to comprehend in full. Sure, you can get in and start playing relatively quickly, but to truly master the game and not be the video game equivalent of a Mr. Magoo, you need to study and learn all of the systems, strategies, and techniques.

Epic Games has that in mind as it presents its latest Paragon video. This time around, the studio lays out a tutorial of sorts with eight tips to succeed in the game. Some of these tips are pretty standard for MOBAs, including pushing your lane and letting minions do the work for you.

You can watch the tips video after the break!

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