MOBA Category

MOBAs are multiplayer online battle arenas, PvP-centric, non-persistent online games that share some but not all mechanics in common with traditional MMORPGs. We formerly categorized MOBAs as “Not So Massively” games. You may also be interested in our Multiplayer category for other multiplayer online games that aren’t fully massive. [Follow the MOBA category’s RSS feed]

Diablo III’s renegade wizard joins Heroes of the Storm

If you love crossovers between fictional universes, then Blizzard’s “anything goes” approach to Heroes of the Storm must send you into paroxysms of joy. The latest character to jump between the boundaries of the studio’s franchise is Diablo III’s Li-Ming, who joins the Heroes of the Storm roster as a renegade wizard.

Li-Ming is a cheeky Nephalem who has a full bag of magical tricks in her arsenal. She retains her classic look and many of her Diablo III attacks for her appearance in the MOBA. Meet Li-Ming for the first time or get to know her all over again in the video after the jump, and let us know what champion you’d like see crossover next!

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Gigantic’s closed beta is now open 24/7

Do you sit around on your couch, wailing and gnashing your teeth over the fact that you can only play Gigantic‘s closed beta during certain intervals? If so, you have got to find a better way to spend your time. That doesn’t sound healthy. Also, you’re wailing over nothing; the Gigantic closed beta is now open 24/7 on both Xbox One and Windows 10. You can continue wailing and gnashing your teeth if you were hoping to play the game on Windows 7 or Linux, though.

The team also introduced beta players and potential future beta players to another new hero in the game’s lineup, Beckett, a gunner with a jetpack. If you like swapping between machine gun and pistol formats whilst throwing grenades and calling down air strikes, she’s going to be your girl once you get in and play that new always-on beta test. She’s even inspired a bit of fanart already.

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The MOP Up: Metal Gear Online comes to PC (January 24, 2016)

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 welcomed Metal Gear Online’s multiplayer launch on PC, got a comprehensive lesson on the history of MMOs, took a peek at the cover art of Albion Online’s novel, wept at a heartfelt goodbye from two devs, and more!

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The Stream team: A Saturday stomp in MechWarrior Online (plus giveaway)

What to do when a snowy storm rages on out in the real world? How about rage a little yourself inside MechWarrior Online where the lasers are hot? OK, so we all know MassivelyOP’s MJ isn’t the most skilled at raging, but she does enjoy stomping around in her giant ‘mech and lobbing missiles at the enemy. And that pretty much sums up the fun of MWO, with no chance of frostbite.  Even better, today she gets to give away a slew of 24-hour premium codes. Tune in live at 4:00 p.m to enter to win one for yourself!

What: MechWarrior Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

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Betawatch: Having fun with Black Desert’s character creator (January 22, 2016)

Who doesn’t like a good character creator? The people in charge of Black Desert clearly like having one so much that a standalone version was released. Now everyone can enjoy making characters that are just like Bart. If you can’t wait to make a character and play said character, of course, you’ll have to wait for the next closed beta test starting up on February 18th.

Meanwhile, Blade & Soul leaves the list altogether, what with its launch this past Tuesday.

And there’s other beta news, too!

And just as in previous weeks, we do indeed have more titles listed down below. Is something missing? Why, let us know in the comments!

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Overpower melds fantasy arena matches with RPG progression

Is your MMO a little on the slow side? Need a jolt of excitement and danger to go with your love of RPG progression? Then you might harken to the call of Overpower, a new fantasy shooter that’s currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise $22,000.

Overpower describes itself as being inspired by MOBA combat, but really it’s more like fast-paced PvP arena matches with classes, gear, and leveling. It was made by a two-person studio, Hydrant Games, over the past couple of years and currently includes four classes and nine maps. The game has a colorful, cartoony style with classic RPG roles that are instantly identifiable (there are plans for many more as well).

Overpower is currently looking to get on Steam Greenlight so that it can start offering its beta to the community. If all goes well, Overpower will launch in May 2016. You can watch its trailer and get a taste of its combat after the jump.

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Heroes of the Storm will add Diablo’s Wizard and Necromancer to its lineup

Do you miss playing a Necromancer in Diablo II? It’s not quite the same when you play a round of Heroes of the Storm, but you can still get that necromantic rush with the upcoming addition of Xul the Necromancer. The game is also going to add in Li-Ming the Wizard from Diablo III, giving players all of the casting diabolical action anyone could desire. You may want to get some practice in before playing the characters in question, though, as both are intended to have a decently high skill cap.

A new balance patch has also been released to help keep the existing heroes of the game in line. Lunara, Brightwing, and Stitches have all gotten some buffs to their performance, while Raynor has been made a bit more vulnerable, Tyrande’s abilities have been tuned down, and Malfurion has had his healing powers shifted slightly. It remains to be seen how much these changes will affect the game’s metagame in the long run, but that’s what balance patches do.

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Paladins aims for more MOBA-like gameplay, less customisation

When Hi-Rez Studios first revealed its upcoming online shooter Paladins, people immediately started comparing it to Overwatch and the slew of MOBAs on the market today. Paladins definitely seems to derive many of its core ideas from MOBAs, with team-based objectives and iconic characters with abilities that unlock and improve over the course of a match. The main difference is that players in Paladins put together decks of power-up cards that unlock throughout each match rather than just levelling up their character’s core abilities.

In a new interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, developers revealed that the original design of the game was actually more like Team Fortress 2 or Global Agenda, with relatively few character classes but plenty of customisation via the card system. Feedback from testers has since shown that gamers much prefer a MOBA-style system with a larger number of characters that each has its own iconic identity and fills a particular role and gameplay style.

Developers now plan to limit the amount of customisation that’s possible using the card system so that each character’s playstyle is more consistent and predictable and wacky builds are less feasible. “The element of understanding the enemy and their capabilities is important to flag up here,” CEO Erez Goren told RPS, later adding that “People don’t seem to appreciate the variation on a character as much as they do having a new character that does things that particular way.” Paladins is currently in closed beta and is scheduled for release at some point during this year.

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MOBA Paragon shows a little mid-lane action

Some things we’re coming to accept that Paragon is not: slow, quiet, calm, and composed. And that’s just the way that the game’s fans probably like it.

In a new gameplay video, Epic Games shows us how crazy a mid-lane push can get as rival teams clash face-to-face. It features four heroes — Gadget, Feng Mao, Rampage, Kallari — all trying to get the upper hand and propel their team to victory.

Will this be your MOBA of choice when it comes out? Give this video a watch and let us know!

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How ‘Gamer Motivation Model’ researchers slot MOBAs on the strategy map

This winter, we’ve been chronicling the escapades of Nick Yee-founded game analytics consulting firm Quantic Foundry, which published what it’s calling the Gamer Motivation Model. Researchers compiled user-submitted profiles from thousands of gamers to develop a sort of modern Bartle quotient that groups gamer types into three “clusters of motivations” rather than the standard socializer, achiever, killer, explorer archetypes. Earlier this month, we invited our readers to take the test along with us to see how we fit into the greater gamer curve and understand how the model ranks us.

Yee’s most recent post on the project shows how the aggregate data might be used from a game development perspective rather than just to amuse curious gamers.

“[I]n the survey, we also ask gamers to list their favorite game titles. This allows us to pivot between gamers and games – we can use the aggregated game audience profiles to compare games. For example, is Civilization more strategically complex than SimCity? Well, we can compare their audience Strategy scores to find out. In this sense, the Gamer Motivation Profile isn’t just a benchmarking tool for gamers, it’s also a benchmarking tool for game titles.”

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Heroes of the Storm announces Spring Global Championship

The past few years have seen MOBAs take over the competitive gaming landscape, with just a handful of games managing to attract millions of tournament viewers each year. Heroes of the Storm obviously wants to be one of those few, and it’s got an ambitious plan to make it happen in 2016 with a full year of seasonal competitive tournaments. The 2016 Global Championship Circuit will consist of three main tournaments (Spring, Summer, and Fall) leading up to the main world championship tournament, and Blizzard is stumping up over $4,000,000 US in prize money throughout the year.

The Spring Global Championship qualifiers are now are underway in China, South Korea, and South-East Asia, with qualifiers for North America, Europe, Latin America, Taiwan and Australia/New Zealand still to come over the next few months. The top teams from each region will then meet for the finals from April 1st to April 3rd in Seoul, South Korea, where they’ll compete for a slice of the $500,000 US prize pool.

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The Stream Team: Playing Evie in Paladins

It has been much too long since MassivelyOP’s MJ caused a little mayhem in Paladins, the slightly whimsical objective-based team FPS. And with more game types open and another character she hasn’t played, it’s the perfect time to dive back in. Today she’ll check out Evie. Will this pig-tailed spellcaster become her new favorite champion? Tune in live at 1:00 p.m. for a few rounds of vault-blasting fun.

What: Paladins
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 1:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 18th, 2016

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ESPN officially launches an e-sports division, picks up e-sports journalists

When Activision-Blizzard acquired Major League Gaming earlier this month, CEO Bobby Kotick revealed his plans to create a kind of “ESPN of e-sports.” It turns out that ESPN has had its own eye on the world of competitive gaming all along, having previously tested the waters with several featured articles, web-streams, and even some live TV coverage. Viewing figures were obviously promising, as today ESPN ramped up its competitive gaming coverage with the launch of a brand new e-sports sub-site.

The new site features general articles on e-sports in addition to dedicated sections for League of Legends, Dota 2, and Hearthstone. The writers involved in the site include ESPN’s own Mina Kimes, who made waves online back in June with an in-depth feature on League of Legends pro Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. The site has also picked up notable e-sports journalist Rod Breslau and his colleague Tyler Erzberger from theScore e-sports publication, and articles from Leaguepedia’s Adel Chouadria and Chinese LoL scene expert Emily Rand have also surfaced.

With top e-sports tournaments routinely filling out stadiums, giving millions of dollars in prize money away, and attracting higher viewership than some offline sports, there’s no doubt that competitive gaming is on a sharp upward trend right now. It’s hoped that ESPN’s official adoption of dedicated e-sports coverage will lead to wider acceptance of competitive gaming as sport and more professional reporting standards.

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