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Official Site: SMITE
Studio: Hi-Rez Studios
Launch Date: March 25, 2014
Genre: Mythological Fantasy MOBA
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, Xbox One

Not So Massively: HoN’s Grimm Hunt, HEX’s 100k tourney, and Descent’s reboot

It’s been a packed week in the world of online multiplayer gaming, with competitive tournament announcements, patches, and tons of new videos. Microsoft may be forced to remove monsters and combat from Minecraft in Turkey following a report by the country’s Social Policies Ministry. Competitive card game Hearthstone revealed a $3,000 invitational tournament among eight pre-selected pro players, while competing card game HEX announced its colossal $100,000 Frost Ring Arena tournament. SMITE followed up its recent Oceanic server release with a new competitive league for players from Australia and New Zealand and jumped to consoles with its Xbox One alpha.

Heroes of Newerth released a new objective-based game mode called The Grimm Hunt to liven up the standard MOBA gameplay with some new ideas. Destiny revealed some more details of what’s to come in patch 1.1.2, and Elite: Dangerous released its own patch 1.2 with the highly anticipated Wings multiplatyer feature. Star Citizen released a new trailer showing off the social module and how the various parts of the game will tie together in the persistent universe. Classic dogfighter Descent may get a reboot as Descent Underground if its ambitious $600,000 kickstarter succeeds.
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The Stream Team: MOBA Madness in SMITE and Infinite Crisis

It started as a one-off thing, but MassivelyOP’s Mike Foster just can’t stop the MOBA Madness. This week the stream’s going into all-new territory, featuring Hi-Rez Studio’s SMITE along with Turbine’s Infinite Crisis. Are these games different enough to break from the pack? Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. EDT as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team finds out.

What: SMITE/Infinite Crisis
Who: Mike Foster
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Enjoy the show!

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Not So Massively: Hearthstone’s MagicAmy drama; Riot rules on SpectateFaker

Riot Games President Marc Merill says he regrets comments made in the heat of the moment regarding the recent SpectateFaker controversy. Riot issued its ruling on the matter this week, confirming that it will take the stream down as Faker believes it’s harming his career. League of Legends also got a new champion this week with Bard, an odd new support champion who grows in power by collecting musical chimes that appear randomly on the map. Hearthstone was also rocked with its own scandal recently as players began aggressively investigating female competitive player Hyerim “MagicAmy” Lee over accusations that someone else was playing her tournament matches for her.

In lighter news, Blizzard announced that it will have a huge booth in March’s Intel Extreme Masters event and will be giving out Heroes of the Storm beta keys at the event. Infinite Crisis faces low player numbers as it closes down the Gotham Heights matchmaking queue. Diablo III players have found a way to power-level extremely quickly and have already broken the 800 paragon level barrier. Third person MOBA SMITE has released new goddess Bellona, the Ancient Roman Goddess of war. Destiny‘s patch 1.1.1 has now landed along with new goodies like mobile vault access and a new hardcore Inferno game mode. And mobile MOBA Vainglory released new mage hero Celeste as part of patch 1.2.0.

Read on for a detailed breakdown of this week’s news from popular online multiplayer games.

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SMITE adds the warrior Bellona to the fray

SMITE has taken another giant step forward as the MOBA has introduced its first true female warrior to the champion pantheon.

Bellona is a take-no-prisoners fighter who wields several different giant weapons (including sword and hammer) depending on the attack. The more Bellona hits or gets hit, the faster she moves and the more protected she becomes, making her an agile tank.

The recent patch also added new champion skins, emotes, voice packs, and a new god rotation. You can watch the patch overview video after the jump.

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Not So Massively: Star Citizen offers rental gear, Diablo III player hits level 1000, and Dota 2’s Year Beast controversy

Welcome to Not So Massively, Massively Overpowered’s weekly roundup of all the news from the world of MOBAs, lobby-based games, and other online multiplayer games that aren’t quite MMOs. If this column looks familiar, that’s probably because back on Massively we had a similar column called Not So Massively. With the site’s rebirth, the column is back with a new name and full-featured coverage!

It’s been a bumper week for online gaming news, with Star Citizen announcing its new equipment rental scheme for Arena Commander and Destiny streaming its latest Raid dungeon at Crota’s End. Both SMITE and Path of Exile have announced the beginning of new competitive seasons, and League of Legends released Patch 5.3 with nerfs to Ahri and a new Nemesis Draft game mode. Blizzard revealed that the next playable character in Heroes of The Storm will be The Lost Vikings (yes, all three at once), and Infinite Crisis revealed new champion Katana. In more bizarre news, a Russian Diablo III player has managed to hit paragon level 1000 in hardcore mode, and Dota 2 faces intense community backlash to its Year Beast Brawl event.

Read on for a full breakdown of the week’s biggest online gaming news.

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MOBAs dominate Raptr’s January rankings as WoW playtime falls

According to a Raptr press release posted today, MOBA League of Legends dominated the service’s January rankings with just under 20% of total playtime share. World of Warcraft held onto second place with not quite 11% of total playtime share, but it “lost 5.28% of play time in January compared to December.”

DOTA 2, SMITE, and Hearthstone scored well; Diablo III, in particular, saw its playtime rise 77.27% percent month-over-month, likely a result of the 2.12 patch.

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