paladins

Official Site: Paladins
Studio: Hi-Rez Studios
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: Shooter
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

The Stream Team: Practicing with Paladins’ new healer, Seris

With the release of Paladins’ Souls and Shadows update, Massively OP’s MJ has a new champion to play. She’s really looking forward to checking out Seris, the newest healer. Even better, she has codes to share that include both Seris as well as her Taboo skin set. Want to win one? Join us live at 8:00 p.m. EDT for your chance to collect her.

What: Paladins
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

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Shadow Priest-esque hero Seris is live in Paladins’ open beta

Paladins’ open beta update #48 went live yesterday, and with it arrived the champion teased for the last week and change. Her name is Seris, Oracle of the Abyss; Hi-Rez says she “plays unlike any other champion currently in the game and she really speaks to the fantasy art style” the studio is pursuing. That’s because she’s a bit of a hybrid shadow priest, with shadow damage and heals as well as a stealthy shift-phase and a super annoying (for enemies) crowd control move.

There are also a few new skins for existing characters (Alley Cat Maeve! Bomb King in what appears to be a blinged-out pimp costume!), plus tweaks to the co-op Cops and Robbers map and a bunch of requisite balance adjustments for other toons. Check out Seris’ vid below!

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SMITE gets a new racing mode, Paladins maps out e-sports tourney

Hi-Rez’s MOBAs are both seeing fresh updates this week.

In SMITE land, the 4.6 patch updates Hades and Ravana, adds a bunch of new skins, and perhaps most amusingly, adds Apollo’s Racer Rumble – a racing mode. “Pick from a cast of gods, get in their themed cars (yes, cars) and drive through two tracks with obstacles, items, and drifting,” says the studio. Vrooooooom.

Paladins, on the other hand, has witnessed a volcanic eruption! Patch 47 to the open beta landed yesterday, introducing the freebie Volcanic Makoa (free if you hit level 30, that is), along with new digs for Kinessa. E-sports is on the agenda too:

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The Stream Team: Celebrating Paladins’ console closed beta with Inara

Paladins just started closed beta on console today, so Massively OP’s MJ is diving in to celebrate by trying out the new champion introduced recently to the front line ranks.  As the Stone Warden, Inara commands stones to shoot, slow, and block her foes. Can MJ get the hang of this champion well enough to dive into some PvP with her, or will she have to fall back on Maeve or Ying? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. for the action, and don’t forget to grab a key if you want to play the game on Xbox One or PlayStation 4!

What: Paladins
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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Grab a Paladins closed beta key for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 from Hi-Rez and MOP

Hi-Rez’s team-shooter MOBA Paladins hits closed beta for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 today, expanding the game beyond its 8 million open beta players on PC. That means the Season 1 patch — with 22 champs, customization, trio of PvP modes, AI co-op challenges, and competitive ranked mode — debuts today. And Hi-Rez is touting a $50,000 prize pool for what it’s dubbed the “Console WarsPaladins tourney at Dreamhack this July.

Paladins will be free-to-play on launch; in the meantime, you’ll need keys to play on console. Guess who’s got keys for both platforms? You betcha! Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!

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Paladins bumps up Essence gains significantly for players

The Paladins community was not terribly happy with the changes made to the game’s microtransaction model for, let’s face it, entirely understandable reasons. Introducing Legendary cards, swapping things out for Essence, and then making Essence accumulate at such a slow rate as to be irrelevant? The good news is that the developers have heard the complaints and are rolling out fixes to make Essence easier to acquire from all sources.

Players will need 12,000 Essence rather than 18,000 to purchase Legendary cards, while duplicate Common cards will offer 250 Essence rather than 60. Players can also earn 1000 Essence per achievement, and Mastery bonuses achieved before the chest rewards were put into place will retroactively award a large amount of Essence rather than retroactive chests. That doesn’t necessarily mean that players will be totally all right with the changes made so far, but it’s a step in the direction of correcting course.

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Hi-Rez addresses the Paladins pay-to-win uproar

The Paladins community has been flipping tables this week over the game’s new Legendary cards and Essence currency, which players argue are blatantly pay-to-win. Hi Rez’s latest patch essentially nerfed gold grinding — and therefore, the players’ ability to save gold to simply buy what they want — by handing out the new Essence instead of gold to players who receive duplicates in their reward chests. If you’re sitting on a huge stock of gold and cards, you’re fine, but newbies are finding that gold is almost worthless, RNG can wreck them, and Essence accrues too slowly to be of use. And as MMO players all know, when you can’t compete without whipping out your credit card, the words “pay-to-win” aren’t far behind.

Good news, though: Hi-Rez said late last night that it’s working on the issue and will have some sort of update today, so you’re not going to have to make good on those threats to go play Overwatch after all:

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The Stream Team: Would you love a Paladins Maeve? Watch and win!

Would you love to play Paladins’ Maeve? Well this week is all about love, and Massively OP’s MJ has some codes for this brand-new champion to give away for an early Valentine’s Day present to you! Besides Maeve, you also get the exclusive Vagrant costume found in the radiant chests. MJ will also be trying out this flank champion out for the first time in battle. Tune in live at 4:00 p.m. for your chance to snag a code for yourself.

What: Paladins
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 13th, 2017

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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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The Stream Team: Celebrating Global Agenda by playing Paladins

Global Agenda turns seven today, but since every work around to get the game back on her computer failed, Massively OP’s MJ will have to celebrate by playing the game’s PvP spiritual successorPaladins. There’s plenty of fun to be had playing the various champions. Will MJ choose one of her favorites — Cassie, Ying, or Grover — or will she try someone new? There are so many to choose from! Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to honor the game that started Hi-Rez, and has led to everything the studio’s made.

What: Paladins
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

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The MOP Up: Players petition to ‘revive’ Ultima Online (January 29, 2017)

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 Final Fantasy XIVPaladinsHeroes and GeneralsTroveUltima OnlineDark and Light Mobile, Line of Sight, Galactic Junk League, and Travia Returns, all waiting for you after the break!

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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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Hi-Rez Expo 2017: SMITE’s specialty adventures, Paladins’ first season, and SMITE Tactics’ PvE

One of best parts of attending conventions is talking with the devs. And during my trip to Hi-Rez Expo 2017, I spoke with a number of them about a variety of topics, learning more about the games as well as witnessing their contagious exuberance for their projects first-hand. I spoke with lead designers AJ Walker, Rory Newbrough, and Scott Zier about SMITE’s Season 4 changes, Paladins’ Season 1, and SMITE Tactics’ possible PvE mode respectively. President Stew Chisam also added a tantalizing tidbit, sharing news about the upcoming addition of more limited-time adventures in SMITE. Let’s dive in!

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If you enjoyed the variety of the one-off arenas Xing Tian’s Mountain and Fafnir’s Winter Wonderland as I did, this next announcement should make you happy: New adventures will be a regular occurrence! Did you catch when devs mentioned them in previous notes? If not, you are in good company; Chisam noted that these new events were pretty much a hidden line announcement. But he elaborated on the topic for us.

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