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League of Legends introduces Braum, the Heart of the Freljord

Fantasy, Game Mechanics, News Items, Free-to-Play, MOBA, League of Legends

Is there a Mrs. Heart of the Freljord?
For too long, there's been a hole in the many champions of League of Legends. Braum, the Heart of the Freljord, fills that hole, introducing the first truly impressive moustache to the game and allowing everyone to marvel at every perfectly waxed hair. Oh, and he also serves as a tank support character, which is also a first, but mostly it's about that glorious lip-blanket.

Right, you probably want to know a little bit more about what Braum can do. Well, he applies a stacking debuff that stuns enemies with his basic attack, but once the first tap is in place, attacks from allies will also increase the stack count. He also attacks with line-based AoE attacks that snare targets, blocks attacks with his enormous shield, and can dash to his allies to help protect them from further attacks. In short, he's a traditional MMO tank tearing up the League of Legends lanes. And he has a moustache. Did we mention that?

Not So Massively: Hearthstone's iPad launch, HEX's closed beta, and HOTS' Brightwing reveal

Betas, Super-hero, Trailers, Video, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, Patches, Previews, PvP, News Items, PvE, Mobile, Trading Card Games, MMOFPS, Community Q&A, Not So Massively, MOBA, Infinite Crisis, HEX, Hearthstone, Virtual Reality

Hearthstone
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Infinite Crisis recruits Blue Beetle

Super-hero, Video, Classes, Free-to-Play, MOBA, Infinite Crisis

Infinite Crisis
Infinite Crisis has recruited a new warrior in its fight against property damage and excess jungling: Blue Beetle.

Blue Beetle, aka Jamie Reyes, came across a blue scarab that wrapped him up in battle armor. The sentient armor and Jamie came to a mutual understanding to fight for whatever player was controlling them that session.

Blue Beetle comes equipped with an energy cannon, a scarab scanner, a dash, and even an infiltrator mode. Bad guys get too close? Time for a little mandible taser, am I right? Turbine touts Blue Beetle as a highly mobile champion that can sneak up and smack down solo targets.

Check out Blue Beetle in action after the jump.

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Not So Massively: Heroes of the Storm's new heroes, Dawngate's beta launch, and Diablo III's latest patch

Betas, Fantasy, Classes, Game Mechanics, Interviews, Launches, MMO Industry, Patches, PvP, News Items, Free-to-Play, Mobile, Hands-On, MMOFPS, Events (Massively's Coverage), Miscellaneous, Not So Massively, MOBA, Diablo III, Hearthstone

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Welcome back to No So Massively, where every Monday we round up the highlights from the past week in the world of MOBAs, roguelikes, MMOTCGs, and other games that aren't quite MMOs.

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World of Tanks Xbox 360 gets Update 1.1

Trailers, Video, Patches, War, Free-to-Play, World of Tanks, MOBA

World of Tanks
World of Tanks' console drivers have a reason to rejoice: Update 1.1 has arrived for the Xbox 360.

The update has a slew of goodies for players to dig through, including recruitable crews for tanks, the map of Himmelsdorf, and five British vehicles. Crews earn experience through battles, level up, and add perks and abilities to the tank commander.

We've got the new trailer for World of Tanks Xbox 360 Edition and its 1.1 update after the break.

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SMITE brings out the Hindu god Kumbhakarna

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SMITE
The Sleeping Giant, Kumbhakarna, is the latest god to enter into SMITE's cage match pantheon.

This Hindu god might not be the most nimble or even the most awake, but he has power nevertheless. Kumbhakarna doesn't die when he hits zero hit points; he falls asleep and eventually wakes up at 25% health. He can also throw back enemies, root bad guys with a smash, and... yawn for a mez. You can check out his moves in the god reveal after the break.

[Source: Hi-Rez press release]

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PAX East 2014: Hands-on with Infinite Crisis

Super-hero, Opinion, Free-to-Play, Hands-On, Events (Massively's Coverage), MOBA, Infinite Crisis

Soundtrack by Blondie.
I don't know what Superman's problem is, man. I was expecting my confrontation with Doomsday to be something epic, something horrifying, but instead it turned into a pretty standard affair. Grab him with my enormous telescoping force arm, yank him over, slow him, then put up a shield while I beat the stuffing out of him. Seriously, I can only assume that Last Son of Krypton's death was largely a result of his desire for a vacation.

Of course, soon thereafter I fell victim to the eternal nemesis of Green Lantern -- enormous red-hued turrets surrounded by support drones. But I did all right.

MOBAs are not really my cup of tea, but superheroes are in a big way. I hadn't gotten a chance to play Infinite Crisis before now, but on the show floor at PAX East this year, I was given the chance to sit down and get a coaching session from one of the more experienced members of the team while I smashed heads. So I picked up Atomic Green Lantern and walked in fully expecting to fail left and right. To my pleasant surprise, the whole thing played out much better than I had expected, making excellent use of the license and providing a fun match all around.

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SMITE now features Bastet, the Goddess of Cats

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SMITE's Bastet
Hi-Rez has revealed its latest SMITE deity in a new five-minute video focusing on Bastet, the Goddess of Cats. The clip delves into Bastet's Egyptian lore, her passive and active abilities including Pounce, Razer Whip, and De-claw as well as her ultimate Cat Call.

The clip also features plenty of in-game scenarios showing off said abilities, so click past the cut if you want a preview of Bastet in action.

[Thanks Soren!]

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EA's Dawngate MOBA gets open beta, new trailer

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Dawngate
Electronic Arts and Waystone Games want you to know that their Dawngate MOBA is now in open beta. Should you play it? That depends on whether you value things like resource gathering and character customization in your MOBAs.

If you're still not sure, you can have a look at Dawngate's "Break the Meta" trailer after the cut. Don't forget our hands-on impressions while you're at it.

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World of Tanks crowns new e-sports world champion

Contests, Events (Real-World), Events (In-Game), War, Free-to-Play, World of Tanks, MOBA

WoT
In the ultimate showdown between hulking metal death machines, World of Tanks has crowned one victorous team that emerged triumphant over the battlefield.

Wargaming announced today that team Na'Vi won the world championship in the grand finals of its e-sports league. The new champions will take home $110,000 in prize money, with the runner-ups Virtus.Pro and The RED Rush: Unity receiving $100,000 and $40,000, respectively.

The Wargaming.net League World Championship took place in Warsaw, Poland, as 14 teams battled over three days for the top spot. According to the studio, "millions" tuned in to watch the grand finals on Twitch.

[Source: Wargaming press release]

Not So Massively: LoL's Twitch revamp, Dota 2's tourney sales, and D3's hotfix

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LoL
Welcome back to No So Massively, where every Monday we round up the highlights from the past week in the world of MOBAs, roguelikes, MMOTCGs, and other games that aren't quite MMOs.

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NBA's Jeremy Lin: 'Dota is a way of life'

Fantasy, Culture, MMO Industry, Free-to-Play, MOBA

Dota 2
NBA player Jeremy Lin recently expanded upon his remarks in the documentary Free to Play that "Dota [2] is a way of life." Talking to OnGamer, Lin said that the MOBA brought him, his family, and his friends closer together.

"When I say it's a way of life, it's more than just a game, it's a chance for us to play and catch up on life," he said. "It's something that's been really incorporated into our lives for years and years, consistently, no matter where you are."

Lin said that he normally played Dota 2 two to three times a week and admires the dedication and drive that exists in the community. In fact, he sees professional gamers in a similar light as professional athletes: "It takes a ton of work, it takes a lot of strategy, it takes a lot of commitment and takes a lot of discipline... You definitely have to understand the game and work on it, hone your skills.

Transformers Universe shows off Catapult and Shellshock

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More Arcee than Arcee.
Two new warriors are being shown off by Transformers Universe today. First on the list is Catapult, an Autobot sniper with a penchant for long-ranged abilities. Catapult's core arsenal depends upon her long-range sniper rifle and electro-cloud launcher, but she also carries a shotgun for backup in close-range combat. She also heals nearby Autobots slightly each time she manages to take a Decepticon off-line, making her ranged support that much more helpful to her allies in the fray.

On the other side of the coin is Shellshock, a massive Decepticon warrior covered in heavy armor and wielding a pair of cannons and an axe. His two cannons focus on dealing shield damage or spark damage, while his axe allows him to carve up and knock down nearby enemies. Shellshock also heals nearby allies when he downs an opponent, making this behemoth a force to be reckoned with in closer engagements. To see a glimpse of both characters in action, check out the videos past the break.

[Source: Jagex press release]

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Not So Massively: Diablo III's expansion, LoL's team builder, and the Oculus Rift acquisition

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NSM
Welcome back to No So Massively, where every Monday we round up the highlights from the past week in the world of MOBAs, roguelikes, MMOTCGs, and other games that aren't quite MMOs.

It's been a week of launches in the MOBA and multiplayer ARPG world!

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Nival officially releases Prime World MOBA

Fantasy, Trailers, Video, Launches, MMO Industry, PvP, News Items, PvE, Free-to-Play, MOBA

Prime World gameplay
Nival wants you to know that it has officially launched its Prime World MMO on platforms including Steam and Amazon. The game has been in open beta since fall 2013 and has been sampled by over 7 million players, according to the company's press release.

"Prime World adds the best features of deep MMORPGs to a fast paced MOBA," Nival says. "It merges persistent hero development and character customization with PvP and PvE gameplay. In addition, the game features story-driven battles and castle building all within a competitive online setting."

There's a launch trailer as well as the full PR blurb after the cut.

[Source: Nival press release]

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