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Welcome to Not So Massively, our weekly roundup of the top news from popular multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBAs) and other multiplayer online games that aren't quite MMOs. Published every Monday, the column covers games such as League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth, Rise of Immortals, Bloodline Champions and more.

With over 200 viewers tuning in to watch last week's Path of Exile beta livestream, this week we'll be continuing the new tradition with our third Not So Massively livestream. Tune in to the Massively livestream channel on Friday, October 21st at 6 p.m. EDT to catch me and a few of the Massively staff playing incredibly popular MOBA League of Legends. Riot recently released a new champion spotlight on Teemo, one of the older champions and definitely the cutest.

This week, Bloodline Champions revealed details of upcoming bloodline Metal Warden along with an interesting photo contest to win one of several Metal Warden pre-order packs. Firefall developer Mark Kern showed off the Forge level editor this week and discussed the team's daunting goals for content scale. Rise of Immortals released a Halloween themed update along with new immortal Talia, and Blizzard announced a massive Diablo III beta key sweepstakes.

Skip past the cut for details of this week's biggest news from the world of MOBAs and other online games that aren't quite MMOs.

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When Riot Games releases a new League of Legends champion spotlight, it's not always for an upcoming character. Some of the older champions haven't yet been covered in a spotlight, and others sometimes need to be revisited if they're significantly redesigned in a patch. This week it's Teemo's turn to take the spotlight as we learn all about this tiny and completely adorable ranged damage-dealer. Featuring the ability to go invisible if he stands still for a few seconds and plant invisible exploding mushroom traps, Teemo is a master of appearing from nowhere to ruin your day. The champion spotlight video below features advice on playing Teemo in both normal and Dominion games.

If you've ever wanted to see how League of Legends plays, tune into our next Not So Massively livestream on October 21st at 6 p.m. EDT. We'll be getting to grips with standard LoL gameplay and hopefully checking out the new Dominion game mode.

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This week Bloodline Champions announced that the next bloodline to hit the game will be the mysterious Metal Warden with her awesome arm blaster. In addition to releasing the first glimpse video below to offer players a sneak peek at the bloodline's visuals, Stunlock has decided to run an interesting Metal Warden contest in conjunction with her release. A cut-out mask and papercraft blaster have been posted on the Bloodline Champions blog, and prizes will be available for the best photos of players wearing them.

One winner will receive an "ultimate" Metal Warden pre-order pack, two will receive a standard pre-order pack, and three more will get the bloodline for free. The contents of the pre-order packs and the price of the bloodline haven't been released yet, so it's not yet clear how much this prize is actually worth.

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To celebrate reaching a follower milestone on the official Firefall Twitter, developer Mark Kern impressed fans this week with a video showing off the game's level editor -- or rather the game's planet editor. We knew Firefall was going to have an expansive open world, but until now we didn't really know what kind of scope developers were aiming for.

In the video below, Mark demonstrates the Forge editor's truly planetary potential. Areas are selected on a 1/10th scale globe of the earth and then fleshed out with new content, and developers aim to continue expanding the playable area over the years until it covers the entire miniature globe.

Firefall also launched a new trailer this week; it focuses on the Dreadnought class.

If you've been trying to get your hands on a Diablo III beta key, you might just be in luck. This week Blizzard launched the massive Diablo III beta key sweepstakes, a campaign that will give out around 250 keys to fans every week for eight weeks. To enter for a chance to win one of the 2,000 available keys, sign up to the official Diablo III Facebook page and fill in the entry form application.

People in certain countries aren't eligible to enter the contest due to potential conflicts with gambling and trade laws. To check if you're eligible to enter, carefully read through the list of accepted countries at the start of the official contest rules page.

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Rise of Immortals released its Halloween update this week, bringing with it brand-new vampire immortal Talia, Queen of the Dead. All of Talia's skills are now known, including the interesting ability to teleport to targets and an ultimate ability that briefly turns incoming damage into healing for all teammates. The Rise of Immortals website has been updated with a Halloween theme, and the game itself has received similar stylings. The main menu, social hub and game maps have all been temporarily given a new Halloween theme.

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last week's Path of Exile livestream was a colossal success thanks to the developers at Grinding Gear Games and all the Path of Exile fans who tuned in to see the game in action. Over 200 people attended, including Chris from Grinding Gear, who donated a total of 40 beta keys to members of the audience. While most of the keys were given out in a first-come-first-served order at the end of the stream, several were given out to attentive audience members during the stream, and Chris posted 10 more via the official Path of Exile twitter page at the conclusion of the event.

For those who missed the stream and want to see Path of Exile in action, we've embedded the stream recording below. Keep an eye on the Not So Massively category this week as Massively's Patrick Mackey and I will be delivering our first impressions of the Path of Exile beta based on the livestream and further play time.

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