Patches 2.0.23 and 2.0.24 went live this week, bringing with them a whole host of balance changes and other sensible updates
. The bastard sword and halberd items have been removed from the game, and their places in certain recipes have been taken by the broadsword and warhammer, respectively. Minor balance tweaks, bug fixes and cosmetic changes were made to many heroes and items, but some big changes came to Engineer.
Engineer's third skill, Tinker, has been replaced with a brand-new Spider Mine ability. He can have up to nine of these stealthed mines active at a time, and they remain dormant until an enemy comes within range. The mines then activate, lose their stealth, and chase the target until they make contact, whereupon they'll explode and deal a considerable amount of damage. This new ability is sure to completely change the way Engineer is played, encouraging the use of mind games to lure enemies into your mines.
The other big news of 2.0.23 is that that Nomad is finally live and playable. We looked at Nomad's abilities last week, but if you'd like to see him in action, watch the official Nomad hero spotlight, embedded below in HD. The end of the video also shows the new Engineer spider mines in action.
It's been a busy news week for League of Legends
, and not all of it has been positive. The LoL
servers have been experiencing severe stability problems
throughout the week, interrupting many players' normal activities. In response, Riot Games
has given all players who have logged into their accounts within the last 30 days 350 Riot points to spend in the game's cash shop.
Riot Games has released a deluge of new videos this week, including a vague first look at the upcoming Monkey King champion
. Continuing the tradition of development transparency, a new art spotlight was released this week
featuring new champion Brand, the Burning Vengeance. The video shows the creation of a piece of concept art from start to finish. As expected, Brand's release has been accompanied by a new champion spotlight video showcasing his unique abilities and roles. If you'd like to find out more about this new ranged AoE nuker, watch the spotlight video embedded below in HD.
Rise of Immortals
entered closed beta phase last week, and already developer Petroglyph Games
has begun pumping out more information on the game. In an exclusive with Curse
, Petroglyph revealed the first details of Ichorr, a strength character with a focus on both tanking and healing. The character's abilities haven't yet been fleshed out, but a lot can be inferred by the names and icons released. The biggest news for RoI
this week was the release of a new community interview with the game's developers
. Interested players asked questions about the game's development focus, and Petroglyph took the time to respond. Issues tackled in the interview include PvE content, instanced dungeons, the game's focus on PvP, and what makes RoI
different to other MOBAs.
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