Earlier this week, we covered the news that season two had begun
, and we looked into the Volibear patch
's changes to jungling. In a new Inside Design article
, Riot Games
developer Morello discussed the recent removal of the dodge stat. "Dodge only starts looking compelling when it can be stacked," explained Morello, "but when stacked too high, it completely (and permanently) shuts down a subset of characters." The stat has been removed, and players who have purchased runes that contain it have been fully refunded
for their purchases.
Interestingly, the formula used to calculate dodge is also used for critical strike, but that stat will remain unchanged. Developers explained that while critical strike is random chance, it can still be countered by buying more armour. As dodge has no counter, it just adds a random element to combat that removes skill-based gameplay.
In the absence of official information reveals from Blizzard
this week, fansite DiabloFans has been poking around in the data files to find information about the jeweler NPC
and the various gems you can find throughout the game. Although none of these details is final and the Jeweler hasn't been officially added to the beta yet, the details look promising. Magic find gems make a return, this time being limited only to emeralds in helmets. Rubies placed in helmets grant bonus experience per kill, and topazes in helms make more gold drop, making it a tough choice to build for magic find before your character is max level.
The first of five issues of Blizzard's Diablo III
comic Sword of Justice was released this week
in a limited edition 100,000-issue run. All copies have already sold, but some have appeared for resale on eBay. The comic is being produced by DC Comics, and when all five issues are out, they will be compiled into a mass-produced graphic novel. If you can't wait that long to get your fill of Diablo
artwork, check out the incredibly impressive Diablo
fan costume below.
Metal Warden officially released
this week ahead of the Dreamhack Winter 2011 weekend
. The Bloodline Champions
tournament at Dreamhack went off without major problems, with live streaming of every game via Twitch TV. If you missed the tournament or just want to see what competitive BLC
gameplay is like, you can watch the recorded matches online.
Fresh on the back of the $20,000 unofficial HoNWars
tournament, S2 Games
will be rolling out its own official Heroes of Newerth
tournament named HoNTour
. The beta stage for HoNTour features a whopping $100,000 US prize fund for 10 events over the course of two months. Registration is open now, and we've heard that there will be varying tiers of difficulty, but unfortunately S2 has neglected to reveal any details
of the tournament itself.
The event has been restricted to certain countries for legal reasons, with the permitted countries limited to a small group selectable on the signup page. If your country isn't in the list, you unfortunately won't be able to participate in the tournament. The finals of this summer's MSI Beat It HoN tournament
also took place at Dreamhack Winter this week, pitting the top teams from the summer tournament against each other in a bid to win a massive cash prize. Favourite Fnatic.MSI won the tournament as expected, defeating Frenetic Array two games to one.
Pycon has finally arrived on the scene, and this week Petroglyph
celebrates his release with a new immortal spotlight
. The melee tank immortal has significant damage potential and a supportive shout ability to buff nearby allies. His signature ability interestingly grants him charges that increase his damage as he tanks damage, making it essential to build Pycon as a tank if you plan to take out enemy immortals quickly. Check out RoI's
Pycon immortal spotlight video below for more details.
Competitive Facebook game Dungeon Overlord
officially launches this week and releases its anticipated Heart of the Mountain update that allows players to officially take over an entire mountain and tax other players who live there. To celebrate the official release, Night Owl Games
has posted the trailer below.
BioWare's foray into the MOBA scene with Wrath of Heroes
was unexpected, but the Warhammer
-based competitive game has already entered closed beta. The third beta took place this weekend
, and I got some hands-on time with it to find out how it matches up to other games in the genre. Keep an eye out in the Not So Massively
category this week for my first impressions of the Wrath of Heroes
beta, including screenshots of the game in action.Join us every Monday for Not So Massively, our roundup of the top news from popular online games that aren't quite MMOs. If you think there's a game we should be covering in Not So Massively or you've found some interesting news you think deserves attention in the next roundup, please mail the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.