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 Pokemon Go, Conan Exiles, Warframe, Crash Force, Heroes of the Storm, Armored Warfare, Elder Scrolls Online, TERA, Avabel Online, Overwatch, Aion, Glory Ridge, Dragon Nest, all waiting for you after the break!
If you have a sweet tooth or diabetes, you may want to avoid the temptation that we're about to put in your path with today's headlining picture from the MOP community. It's... the Candy Man, as delicious as he is deadly.
"On the topic of sweets, this screenshot from Heroes of the Storm is one of my favorite things ever," writes Little Bugbear. "Sometime it's difficult in MOBAs to find a character and skin that fit you perfectly. For me Kandy King Muradian's pink beard and overwhelming decadence makes it the pinnacle of MOBA skins."
Amen to that. I just want a small nibble, is that so bad?
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!
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.
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!
Blizzard really, really wants its game launcher to be best friends with your Facebook account.
The studio has introduced a new version of the beta launcher that beefs up and adds several features that interface with your Facebook account. The big new one is being able to suggest friends will hook you up with your Facebook friends that also play Blizzard titles, but there are new streaming options and a different way of grouping your pals on your friends list as well.
"Suggested friends will provide users with new and easy ways to make new friends on Battle.net," Blizzard said. "Facebook friend finder will allow users who have linked their Facebook account with their Battle.net account to find and add them as Battle.net friends.
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.
Who's the best character in Overwatch? Trick question; it's always Lúcio because bards are the best. Fans of this Brazilian master of all things sonic will be thrilled to know, then, that he's been confirmed for inclusion in Heroes of the Storm as a support toon, thanks to a new teaser video from Blizzard out last night. Enjoy!
Score one for Blizzard: The gaming giant managed a win in its long struggle against German bot-maker and plague-on-honest-gaming Bossland GmbH.
The German Federal Court of Justice this week overturned earlier lower court rulings to determine that Bossland's HonorBuddy bot program for World of Warcraft is in fact in violation of anti-competition laws.
You'll recall that Bossland creates, distributes, and sells bots for Blizzard's games, which Blizz has ardently argued violates its copyrights and costs it exorbitant amounts of money to fight in-game and out. In May of 2015, Bossland convinced a German court to deny Blizzard's request for an injunction against it, which prompted Blizzard to sue Bossland's American contractor in a California federal court. That suit was ultimately dismissed, but when said American contractor cooperated with the authorities, Bossland absurdly accused Blizzard of copyright infringement for its acquisition of the Heroes of the Storm StormBuddy bot's source code. Let that sink in for a minute.
Blizzard has a giant "ICYMI" for MOBA Heroes of the Storm players -- or maybe lapsed/future players -- this weekend: The studio is turning the entire hero roster free-to-try temporarily starting Friday.
"2016 was an incredible year for Heroes of the Storm. We introduced of tons of new Heroes, features, events, mounts, skins, and even more to the Nexus, but just in case you missed it, you can check out the video below that recaps all the epic content we added to the game last year. To kick off 2017, celebrate everything that has happened in the past year, as well as everything we have planned for the year to come, we’re inviting everyone to enjoy three days of a completely full Hero roster from January 13–16!"
The studio is also talking up its recent patch, which replaced the vulnerability/resistance system with the new armor system and followed up with a light balance tweak for multiple heroes. The video of all the heroes you can play for free is tucked down below.
One of World of Warcraft's iconic warlords is now moonlighting in Blizzard's MOBA. This week, Heroes of the Storm released its first patch of the year that added the Troll Zul'jin as a playable hero, giving players a chance to unleash their berserker tendencies.
The update also added a new draft mode called tournament draft. "Tournament draft is a new draft mode added to custom games which allows players to swap their hero picks at-will at the end of a draft," the devs explained.
The team also recapped its achievements in 2016, which included 16 new heroes, 24 updates, 49 skins, 26 mounts, two additional battlegrounds, and ranked seasons. See it for yourself after the break.
Did you know that it was 20 years ago this week that the original Diablo released? Well, if you're playing any Blizzard game at all, you will be made well aware of this fact soon enough.
Blizzard is rolling out an anniversary celebration across its entire library, with special events and gifts in Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Overwatch, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft.
Among the festivities include the recreation of the classic Diablo dungeon in Diablo III, a new challenger in Hearthstone's Tavern Brawl, and Diablo III sprays in Overwatch. Blizzard also hinted at special encounters in World of Warcraft: "Strange things are afoot in the world of Azeroth as denizens of Sanctuary cross over into an unfamiliar world."
As the Horde pushed north following the destruction of Stormwind, the Alliance dogged their forces and conspired to push them back. But the Horde found allies as well, starting with the Forest Trolls led by Zul'jin, a group that hated the High Elves and the humans enough to gladly ally with the Horde's forces. It is that Zul'jin that is showing up in Heroes of the Storm as the newest hero in the game, rather than the half-blind one-armed maniac who later would show up as a raid boss. The years were not kind.
This version of Zul'jin happily dishes out damage with his twin axes, snaring and marking enemies or calling down massive axe strikes. He's also difficult to kill, capable of regenerating health or even becoming briefly unkillable. So he's an assassin, but he's the kind that can take a beating without folding completely. Check out the full rundown if you're looking forward to taking the original Troll allies of the Horde for a spin.