Upcoming console MOBA Guardians of Middle-Earth
released two new videos ahead of this week's launch. The fifth part in its MOBA Mastery series looks at team-based strategy
, covering important topics like effective lane pairing and efficiently farming to hit level 5 and unlock your ultimate ability. In the latest Battle Profile video, developers also introduced Haldir the Silvan elf and possessed goblin Lugbol.
Haldir is a long-ranged attack damage hero with the ability to teleport around the battlefield and get into the perfect position to strike. His Wrath of the Elves ability fires five basic attacks in a cone, and deals incredible damage if fired at point blank range. Lugbol is a Goblin sorceror with extremely poor basic attack damage but incredible ability damage. He summons a wolf to fight by his side and deals massive damage with area-effect fire spells.Bloodline Champions
was one of the earlier competitive MOBAs back in 2011, having a popular e-sports scene but differentiating itself from DotA
-based games by focusing on more action-oriented gameplay. Now it seems that the game is under threat of extinction
as the playerbase continues to shrink. Some players have blamed the lack of big game updates, and others believe the community itself is pushing players away.
The past few months have certainly been light on character and gameplay reveals, and that may be starting to take its toll. To help get the game back to full strength, community member Entarion is starting a new series of roundtable discussion videos and is looking to the community for topics to cover. Some suggestions so far have included realistic ways to make Bloodline Champions
better known, details of how it will fit in with the rapidly growing e-sports scene, and information on new characters. Head over to the Reddit thread
to suggest a topic or contribute to the discussion.
As League of Legends
picks up the pace following DreamHack Winter 2012 and the Thanksgiving break, this week Riot Games
gave players a look inside the mind of professional LoL
player Alex Ich from Moscow Five. Alex talks about his favourite character, Ryze, and the challenges of playing him at a competitive level.
The Dota 2
dev team has taken it easy over the Thanksgiving break, but the competitive e-sports scene stops for nothing. The grand final of the World Cyber Games Dota 2
tournament took place this week, with Invictus Gaming facing off against Team DK. The match was streamed live with some hilarious commentary
and a refreshingly relaxed tone for the competitive gaming scene.
has spent the past few months working on a complete overhaul of practically everything in Rise of Immortals.
The massive Battle For Graxia update is set to reboot the game as a more traditional competitive MOBA. Players will pick heroes tactically at the start of each game, and will be matched against players of similar skill levels based on tracked stats.
The colossal overhaul has been in the works for months, but the end is finally in sight. Battle For Graxia has now officially entered open beta on Steam
and will hopefully soon transition to a full free-to-play release. The updated game will provide a more familiar MOBA gameplay style and could lead to a large competitive tournament scene as we've seen in other games.
's Jay Wilson confirmed this week that there are no plans for PvP-specific gear
in Diablo III
, leaving the question of what the PvP tokens that DiabloFans found
in datamined files will be used for. Last week Jay promised that a PvP blog update is on the way
and apologised for keeping fans waiting, so we should know the answer to that question soon enough.
If you've been struggling to build an effective Wizard for farming Inferno, the video below offers some much-needed gearing advice. In the video, livestreamer Archon InfernoFriday builds an effective gear set for a critical mass Wizard build on a budget of only a million gold. The build can easily farm Inferno with Monster Power set to two or three but doesn't have enough damage to efficiently farm in higher difficulties.
Upcoming dungeon crawler Path of Exile
is known for an incredibly complex character customisation system that has produced some pretty crazy but effective builds. This week developers released a massive 25MB image
showing the game's entire passive skill tree system in all its glory. To navigate the system, players will have to pick key passives that will make their build work and figure out an efficient route to them that picks up as many applicable bonuses as possible.Path of Exile
is in the running for the Indie of the Year award at IndieDB
. The award organiser asks people to find and vote for the games they love on IndieDB each year to help compile a list of the 100 most popular indie games on the site. A second phase of voting will then open to determine rankings. With previous first place winners like Minecraft
, there's sure to be some stiff competition this year.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 email@example.com.