The MOP Up: The Dota 2 forum hack (August 14, 2016)

    
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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 learned that Dota 2’s forums got majorly hacked back in July to the tune of two million accounts. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Neverwinter, Age of Conan, World of TanksHearthstone, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

New Games and Testing

  • Bluehole: Tough luck for those hoping that Bluehole was working on a new MMO. Instead, the studio has just released a mobile title called Raid Master on Android devices (iOS this fall).
  • Guardians of Ember: On the plus side, Runewaker is coming out with a mobile MMORPG this fall called Guardians of Ember. According to its press release, this game is “a unique combination of hack’n’slash and traditional MMORPG with a focus on action-oriented combat in PVE and PVP as well as near endless character optimization.”
  • Dreadnaught: This class-based multiplayer space battler is making its way to Gamescom this month, with a new onslaught mode in the works for the fall.

Patches

  • Age of Wushu Dynasty: This mobile title got a Master Tamer update, which included a “25v25 faction war system, six unique combat pets, new treasure refinement systems, and more.” So refine that treasure already! [Source: press release]
  • Age of Conan: A small August 10th patch fixed a Demonologist issue and improved the raid finder.
  • Neverwinter: Guild alliances are now available on the Xbox One. These alliances help out smaller guilds by allowing them to pool resources to match the big boys.
  • Heroes and Generals: The patch headline says it all: “Five new tanks and half the grind!” The grind is referring to rank progression, which should go faster now.

Odds and Ends

Videos

Hearthstone’s lead developer jumps into the controversy swirling around Purify, a rather terrible Priest card. He explains the design decisions behind it and said that it won’t be used in arena mode for now.

Looking for a mage hybrid to play? Look no further than MapleStory 2’s Soul Binder, a newly revealed class that does ranged DPS while providing team support.