moba

MOBA stands for “multiplayer online battle arena.”

The Stream Team: Watch to win Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics founders packs!

Massively OP’s MJ was disappointed to learn that the main gods no longer entered battle themselves in Hand of the Gods, so she’s going to take that out on her opponents army! While shes strategizing on how to destroy her enemies, she’ll be giving away a number of prizes, including founder’s packs and Venus competitors packs (both of which include a skin for SMITE). She has a few packs of runes to share as well, so join us live at 4:00 p.m. for your chance to win! If you want an Egyptian starter pack, grab one from our giveaway before they are gone.

What: Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 21st, 2017

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The Stream Team: A Gigantic launch

Bye-bye beta! Gigantic is launching today, and Massively OP’s MJ is heading back in to play a few matches. The shooter has a fun take on on the genre, AI adding bosses to each team. Now that the game is also on Steam, MJ is switching to play there instead of on her Windows 10 laptop; unfortunately that means she’s losing access to the pack she had before, so she’ll have to choose whom to play from whoever is available. Which hero will she select? Join us live at 3:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a launch-day edition of…

What: Gigantic
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 20th, 2016

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‘Strategic hero shooter’ Gigantic officially launches on PC and Xbox One

Make room in your gaming schedule because Perfect World’s Gigantic is now out with a vengeance. The glowy MOBA PWE rescued after delays and multiple financial and staffing difficulties and redubbed a “strategic hero shooter” officially launched today on multiple platforms, including Xbox One, Steam, and Windows 10.

The release is accompanied by a huge day one patch that includes Ramsay, the game’s 19th hero, who swings a massive blade. That’s just the beginning, too: The team plans to release an additional hero every month of live operation. Players can also enjoy the text chat feature, grab special skins through various partner sites, and buy one of the new packages.

We’ve got the launch trailer and a look back at Gigantic’s development and our coverage to date after the break!

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Grab a Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics Egyptian starter pack from Hi-Rez and MOP!

In celebration of the open beta launch of Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics, Hi-Rez Studios has granted Massively OP a bajillion keys for Egyptian Starter Packs for the game. It grants a trio of cards (Cataclysm, Magma Slam, and Geb) for PC players to help ya get started. Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!

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Master X Master kicks off the ranked preseason

Listen, we need to have a talk about your MOBA dedication. You’ve been taking too much time off, seeing the sun too often, and slacking on your team practice time. It’s time to get serious about your Master X Master skills because the ranked preseason began today.

Wait, preseason? What’s that about? As Season One approaches for the game’s competitive scene, there is a four week lead-up during which players can get used to the ranked environment and become eligible for ranked Titan Ruins matches. To accomplish the latter, you’ll need to be level 40 and have unlocked at least 12 characters.

The preseason period isn’t only for fun and practice; there are several rewards to be attained for those who climb up to the grand master rank. Even if you aren’t that good, you can still get a free rare token to buy special skins if you complete five matches.

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Analyst Michael Pachter’s Overwatch League skepticism and other business tidbits

Everyone’s favorite gaming industry analyst Michael Pachter announced that his firm Wedbush is “skeptical that the Overwatch League will achieve much success,” noting that Blizzard’s multiplayer online shooter is “difficult to watch,” too expensive to buy, and unapproachable compared to other games. It gets worse: He also argues that “investors are overly optimistic” given the huge expense for running teams in a league like this one, the fact that Amazon got to Twitch first, and the likelihood that Blizzard will eventually collide with antitrust law (and the lack of relevant international law).

“The major sports leagues in the US are allowed to ‘collude’ with one another to some extent in order to limit player salaries; it is not clear that OWL will be subject to such an exemption, suggesting to us that a determined owner with a large pocketbook may be able to capture the world’s best players by guaranteeing large salaries.”

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SMITE: Project Olympus, summer events, and Twi’lek Jedi

It’s summer in SMITE, and that means Twi’leks with lightsabers! Wait. No. Yes? Yes. Freya’s Ordo Aurora skin is live today, and it’s not hard to guess her inspiration.

It also means a boatload of other stuff, including the kickoff of the summer festivities (it’s beach-themed, this year); new skins for Da Ji, Kuzenbo, Cupid, Cernunnos, and Cu Chulainn; and the first inklings of Project Olympus, a series of overhaul patches first announced last week during DreamHack Valencia. This particular arm of the project includes beta testing for DirectX 11 and the 64-bit client, a high-res texture pack, prestige levels, and a new set of lootboxes called triumphant chests. As for the “Summer of SMITE,”

“It’s time for another summer road trip through the Battleground of the Gods! We’ll be releasing new Summer of SMITE content over the next several patches. Every time you buy a Skin, you’ll get to pick your favorite souvenir from our in-game shop. Then complete two specific Quests to unlock your bonus item forever! There are seven keepsakes to claim, plus an ultimate reward only available when you collect all eight Skins: one honey of a Limited Skin, only available during Summer of SMITE 2017!”

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Multiple countries will boycott the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games over e-sports concerns

Back in April, we wrote about how the Olympic Council of Asia and Alisports of China was aiming to bring e-sports to the Asian Games, reportedly the second-largest sporting event in the world, right behind The Olympics itself. In support of the move, the council cited the addition of e-sports to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in September as a “demonstration” sport featuring multiple games, including Dota 2, Starcraft II, and Hearthstone.

That may be in jeopardy now, however. SuperData reported this week that multiple countries have now backed out of the e-sports section of the AIMAG competitions. South Korea’s e-sports division quit the event in May, followed by Australia in June and Thailand earlier in July. Thailand, we should note, blocked participation in part over health concerns and “fears related to gaming addiction,” but South Korea and Australia raised objections over the exit of the well-recognized International Esport Federation and the formation of a relatively unregulated Asian Esports Federation in its place, as well as objections over the recruitment process for teams, which appears to blur national lines.

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The Stream Team: Heading back into SMITE Tactic’s Hand of the Gods

With Hands of the Gods opening beta up, more folks can jump in to see what is happening in the SMITE Tactics game. Massively OP’s MJ is heading back in to the battle. There are plenty of gods that need to be defeated! Want to see how things are progressing in this tactical title? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. and root on your favorite gods.

What: Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 14th, 2017

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Paragon introduces its new character, Zinx

The lack of humanoid cat-people in certain games is a failing that urgently needs to be addressed by developers, so it’s a good thing that Paragon is adding Zinx to the mix. It’s also a good thing that Paragon decided to introduce Zinx with a trailer to remind you of old grindhouse trailers, even if you mostly remember those from archives and references to the originals.

What can Zinx actually do? Well, wreck people, obviously. This is a MOBA; she’s not going to be showing up because she’s a mathematical whiz unless that translates to shooting people. But you can check out the trailer for her just below, so you can draw your own conclusions about whether or not she’s the anthropomorphic feline you’ve been waiting for; she’ll be available on July 18th.

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Global Chat: Learning from Master X Master

We’ve certainly remarked several times on Massively OP how much like an MMO Master X Master is, even though it firmly checks the “MOBA” box on its census form. With so much similarity and bleedover between the gameplay genres, is there something that MMOs can learn from this title?

Occasional Hero seems to think so and has pulled out three lessons from his experience, including altaholic pride: “As someone who loves playing an army of alts rather than a single character, I really like the idea of a game with a whole bunch of characters that I can switch between as I feel like it. It’s one of the reasons why I love Marvel Heroes so much, despite the fact that the gameplay revolves around doing the same content over and over. And the reason why playing a bunch of different characters/classes is fun in a game like Marvel Heroes or Master X Master is that they each have a unique gimmick.”

Join us for more interesting MMO discussions from gaming blogs after the break, including a strange revival for EverQuest Online Adventures, a new way to experience World of Warcraft, and first steps into Secret World Legends!

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DreamHack Valencia: SMITE’s Project Olympus, Hand of the Gods’ open beta, Paladin’s Jenos

Hi-Rez took the floor of DreamHack Valencia in Spain today for announcements across its stable of games.

First, the renamed online TCG Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics has kicked off its open beta, meaning it’s accessible for everyone now. It’s also launched a 70-card Venus Competitor’s Pack that includes a crossover Aphrodite skin in SMITE.

For SMITE itself, the team announced Project Olympus, a “new initiative intended to improve core game features and further polish” the MOBA over the next three updates. Expect “major” engine upgrades, improved 64-bit client support, HUD and controller improvements for console, better in-game tutorials, and post-level-30 prestige levels.

Paladins introduced new support toon Jenos, the Ascended, and revealed the Splitstone Quarry map.

During the event, SMITE and Paladins players will be going head to head in multiple competitions with a combined prize pool of over $200,000.

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Atlas Reactor adds a hula-hooping catgirl to its crazy roster

Hula-hoops and cats — they go together like cats and anything else that cats aren’t especially known to do. But somehow Atlas Reactor is making it work with NEV:3, a catgirl character who uses Tron-like hoops for ranged damage. Plus, she’s got a cat face emoticon in her name, so you know she means business.

NEV:3 joined the game’s cast yesterday in the Chapter 3 update: “With her custom-made catarangs, NEV:3 can prove to be quite catastrophic to her enemies. Her catarangs can be dished out to deal damage and will stay out for a turn. Afterwards, the catarang returns to NEV:3 dealing reduced damage along the path to her.”

Whether you’re on board with this catastrophe or not, Atlas Reactor is activating a double ISO weekend from July 14th through the 16th for everyone, so it might be worth setting aside some time to rack up extra advancement.

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