League of Legends released details of the balance patch that accompanies new hybrid melee and ranged champion Jayce this week. The patch will nerf global ultimates and is set to bring some big gameplay changes for Orianna, Nunu, and LeBlanc. Dota 2 released classic heroes Dsruptor and Undying this week as competitive tournament The Defense gets underway. Heroes of Newerth launched its massive Game HoN contest this week, giving away hundreds of dollars' worth of alt avatars to anyone who plays 25 matches before this coming Friday.
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Each of Orianna's ball commands is also being modified: Attack will have a significantly shorter cooldown but lower damage to compensate; Dissonance will have its ability power coefficient increased; and Protect will receive an increase in cast range. Orianna will also now need fewer stacks of her passive buff to play effectively. Nunu has been rebalanced to be a more effective jungler, and underused champion LeBlanc is getting some buffs to make her competitive.
The patch also brings minor tweaks to dozens of champions and a big nerf to the cooldowns of several global ultimates. Check out the official patch notes for a full list of changes, and watch the video below to find out why the changes above are being made.
Dota 2 has added classic heroes Disruptor and Undying and enabled Rubick, Wisp, and Luna in Captain's Mode games following extensive testing and bugfixing. Dota TV has been having some technical problems streaming competitive tournament The Defense this week, but Valve assured players that the system is now stable in time for the end of the group stages.
Path of Exile's endgame map system, check out the video below from Grinding Gear Games showing the mechanic in action. Response to the map system is been incredibly positive, and the 45 base types of map is sure to create huge replayability in the endgame.
The video shows the Eternal Laboratory that uses maps to create portals; it also shows off a few of the map affixes that add additional challenge and loot to spawned dungeons. Currency items can be used to craft new maps by rerolling the stats on a magic map or upgrading the map to add bonus loot drops.
MOBA Heroes of Newerth is running its massive Game HoN contest this week to encourage people to play more matches with friends. Every player who completes 10 games before Friday, July 13th, will receive a free creepy doll alt avatar for hero Puppet Master. Play 25 games and you'll automatically win a huge store bundle full of alt avatars and icons valued at 3,190 gold coins or 15,960 silver coins.
If you queued with friends for 10 of those games, you'll get an additional set of alt avatars, icons and taunts valued at 2,464 gold coins or 13,207 silver coins. Only normal mode and casual mode games qualify for the contest, so unfortunately you won't be able to win by playing the popular new MidWars game mode.
Blacklight: Retribution and you want to see what all the fuss is about, you'll be glad to know the game officially released on Steam this week. You can pick the game up through steam for free or buy a starter pack full of guns, equipment and microtransaction points at a 50% discount. Steam users will get an exclusive orange portal weapon tag if they reach level 5 before July 16th.
Diablo III players were starting to use macros to swap to their magic find gear before dealing the killing blow to elite monsters. Blizzard has been looking into ways to solve the problem, and this week, the studio published a blog with five proposed solutions and asked players for feedback.
Option 1 is to set a cap on magic find to make it easier to hit the cap using normal combat gear, a choice that players aren't very happy with. Option 2 is to slowly increase magic find over time after your magic find gear has been equipped, which would eliminate the bonus if people swap in the moments before an elite's death. Option 3 is a simpler system that uses an average of your magic find for the previous five minutes, and option 4 is to completely zero a player's magic find for 3 minutes after swapping gear. Whichever system Blizzard chooses, the plan is to add more magic find to compensate for the nerf. Nephalem Valor stacks may be buffed or a new source of magic find may be introduced.
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