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Nox is the 59th God of SMITE (Video)

29 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_smite_patch_water_dancer_Nox_Default_CardThe Goddess of Night is upon the. Hi-Rez Studios patched SMITE, its third-person god-based multiplayer online battle arena that’s been tearing up the eSports scene. The latest addition is from the growing Roman pantheon, one which is no longer meant to deliver the lawlz, and fulfills the role of a magical ranged mage with ludicrous area damage. Opposing players should check their casting around Nox, as when any other god casts an ability in her vicinity she lights a candle. Upon the fourth, her next ability costs no mana. Some clutch no mana situations easily avoided!

Naturally, Nox is not all Hi-Rez has been working on for today’s patch. In addition, there’s a pair of Odyssey additions, including a new badass skin for Rama, Orbital Bombardment, a new daily login promotion – gain Favor, then Gems – associated voice packs and the addition of lobby emotes. Things are about to get noisy!

The combatants of SMITE continue to morph as the community of pro players hones in on their design. Geb has been nerfed, seeing his Stone Shield no longer provide knockback immunity, Hel has been buffed to stance dance even fiercer, Sun Wukong is buffed for better laning capabilities, Tyr is being closely watched, but has been given a single-target heal buff, Ra saw his escapist abilities crushed and Ah Muzen Cab is now more difficult to pronounce. I mean AHC saw his ultimated buffed for fluidity and a tad of damage.

Full notes, the official God Reveal, details to promotions and more after the cut. Continue Reading

Instance Gratification 11: Still Doing that WoW Thing

29 October 2014 | 2 Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_instance_gratification_Mogushan_Vaults_world_warcraft_lfrInstance Gratification is the return of one of our premiere video outings. Originally featuring the cast of founder bloggers thrashing World of Warcraft dungeons and viewer runs of Dungeon & Dragons Online, the reinvigorated column heads to the realm of the Twitch channel. Come join us every Wednesday for dungeon dives, solo attempts and general loot hoarding in your favorite games.

Come join me as I attempt to remember how on earth to play my priest as I run Looking For Raid group, heroic dungeons and aimlessly run around the Timeless Isle looking for lootable purple hogging chest. All in a largely pointless attempt to increase my ilvl far enough to simple run something that will be fully available when Warlords of Draenor is released in a few weeks. That’s right folks, I’m grinding gear in World of Warcraft moments before a new experience is released because I have nothing better to do with my time!

Thankfully, an old guildie, and I mean vanilla WoW old, pointed me in the direction of an awesome guide for the Timeless Isle chests over on MMO-Champion. Unfortunately, those two other aspects of the stream will remain largely uneducated. I will be clueless in a few heroics, and while I have done both LFR options available to me so far, I don’t understand the mechanics in the least since everyone flies through them. But hey, it’s a new week now. Maybe the RNG gods will give me better luck.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and general shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream. The show will kick off around 1:00 PM EST and continue until approximately 3:00 PM! The floggings will continue until the ilvl has improved! Continue Reading

Why is Anyone Grinding Gear Ahead of Warlords of Draenor?

28 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_wow_ubrs_level_90_grinding_ilvlI never understood the reasoning behind massive returns shortly before an MMORPG expansion. For the most part, everything previous to the expansion is simply abandoned. Content, gear, storylines, freaking everything. Without events like the Operation Gnomeregan or the devastation of all of Azeroth (thanks, Deathwing), which were fantastic ideas, there’s zero reason from a story standpoint. Gear, well, that’s usually even more pointless as anything you earn, even the pimpest of epics, is quickly replaced by quest gear or your early leveling dungeons. My days of slaving over vanilla World of Warcraft epics for the first green from a quest may have traumatized me forever. Bitter may even be applicable.

Before I continue, let me point out that I completely understand the completionist angle. I get it, people like achievements, seeing the finality of what they’ve worked towards in MoP and all that. And, frankly, it’s insanely easy to do some of the more difficult challenges now so why not take advantage. Still, it’s not my cup of tea, but a reasonable excuse for those looking for something to do. Continue Reading

Neverwinter: Module 5 – Rise of Tiamat Coming Mid-November (Video)

28 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

NW_M5 Announce Screenshot 2_WatermarkedCryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment are pushing out the fifth major content patch for the action-oriented Dungeon & Dragons MMORPG on November 18. The driving feature of Rise of Tiamat is the continued epic storyline of the Season of Dragons, which may or may not be culminating with the Rise of Tiamat.

The short trailer contains some minor, yet obvious, spoilers and even pre-emptively answers a question we sent off to Cryptic Studios as part of an upcoming design interview. It’s short and sweet, done in the in-game machinima style with voice over work that’ll get you pumped for the upcoming expansion and the return of Tiamat from the Nine Hells.

In addition to the return of the multiheaded leader of evil dragonkind Module 5: Rise of Tiamat will include a new paragon path for the Scourge Warlock, introduced as part of Tyranny of Dragons, new items, epic sized battles and, naturally, plenty of gear.

Lore Hound will have an all-new interview on the design of the Rise of Tiamat available ahead of the November 18 release. Until then, hit the jump for the full story trailer and additional Module 5 assets. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: Heroes of the SMITE (Giveaways)

27 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_smite_heroes_storm_moba_mondayMOBA Monday is a weekly showcase of how to perform, eh, let’s go with adequately – we hope – in a massive online battle arena. The streaming squad features the hottest, upcoming or most interesting titles of their and the communities fancy for a few rounds of PvP shenanigans in our weekly Twitch channel staple.

Blizzard’s answer to the MOBA craze is leading off this week’s MOBA Monday. Heroes of the Storm received a massive patch early this month, which focused predominantly on user interface tweaks. One large enough to force Blizzard to reset everyone’s account. This means that I’m now back to square one, but the experience bonus for having friends in your group should expedite the ordeal. Of course, it would have been more efficient to simply earn 100% more experience during the double XP week. Oh well.

Hi-Rez Studios is stealing the second time slot. I won’t be starting from scratch in SMITE, but considering how long I’ve been farming Worshipper for my squad it seems that way. Thankfully, the end is near. Not a moment too soon, since I’ve only two or three more tanks to grind! I’m going to stick with Arena for the stream, but at least this will get me prepared for the upcoming SMITE Regional Championship, which Lore Hound will be attending in late November.

MOBA Monday will kick off around 1:00 PM EST. Hit the jump or head directly to the channel page to watch live. Don’t forget to follow for all the updates and giveaway opportunities, including this week’s SMITE god and skin codes! Continue Reading

Join the Struggle Against or With Vampires in Nosgoth (Giveaway)

24 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_nosgoth_giveaway_closed_betaWondering how you can join the death-filled world of Nosgoth? The third-person fighting game remains in early beta testing so it’s not exactly easy. Sure, you can pre-purchase for Early Access, but who wants to spend money when you don’t have to? The answer should be “no one!” Psyonix and Lore Hound is teaming up to make that a really easy task. We’re simply giving closed beta access away!

Come join the asymmetrical PvP combat in the gothic world before the rise of Kain and appearance of Raziel. Featuring class-based team combat across two rounds, Nosgoth evens the playing field by forcing players to play two rounds, one go with the brutal humans and their contraptions and a second as ravaging vampires. Equip yourself with a crossbow, wings or a massive health pool. Whatever your playstyle, Nosgoth has a class for you.

If free closed beta access and the above summary doesn’t make you committed, you can check out its appearance on F2P Friday and our recent interview with Eric Majka, which introduced the game to us. It’s interesting to see how far Nosgoth has broken from its single-player origins as part of the now-canceled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun.

Head over to the Nosgoth giveaway page to claim you closed beta key. Head over to the official website to redeem and begin playing!

F2P Friday: Storymode of Marvel Heroes & Pokemans (Giveaways)

24 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_marvel_heroes_nova_guardians_galaxy_f2p_fridayF2P Friday is our weekly showcase of the growing free-to-play market, from MMORPGs to first-person shooters and beyond.The stream team will feature the latest, greatest and just plain fun games that cost you nothing to play. Ever. Granted, you should throw the developer a bone if you enjoy a title, but you don’t have to.

Our most recent discussion with David Brevik didn’t go so well. Thanks technology. However, the one before that went smashingly, as did our geek out with community manager Ryan Collins. Literally during last week’s episode a new patch was applied to Marvel Heroes 2015. It’s about time I patch up and check it out. However, I’m still working on my Black Panther run through and, ultimately, that’ll be our focus. Sorry, Wasp and Nova. Nuts to you Cyclops, I’ve always disliked your holier-than-thou wanna-be-Superman history.

Can I get away with such an angry critique and then gush over Pokemon? I can, right, because that’s exactly what I am going to do. The Pokemon Company released the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online for iPads in late September, and while we won’t be livestreaming from there, the PC client is, well, tolerable. I haven’t had much time in the digital version of the card game, but I still have a collection of physical cards. Hopefully those weekends playing a decade ago have stuck with me somehow.

Be sure to subscribe tothe channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which is scheduled to kick off at 3:00 PM EST and run until around 5:00 PM EST. Marvel Heroes 2015 players have a shot at Random Costume Box codes and we’ll also be distributing some Pokemon TCG deck codes. Continue Reading

Hearthstone Delayed For Mobile Devices; Surprises No One

23 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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The delay of the iOS and Android versions of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft isn’t a surprise because Blizzard Entertainment is the developer, but because of the aforementioned platform. I’ve had numerous discussions with Hearthstone aficionados on the merits of creating a mobile app for a title that was designed as a PC/Tablet game. Few promoted the incredibly popular card game heading to mobile devices. And no, it wasn’t because they feared losing all their free time (to frustration) and Naxxramas heroics.

Complexity of developing for Android’s myriad of screen sizes and device strength aside, the game is simply too complex for such small screens. I’m not referring to gameplay complex, that title goes to Magic the Gather 2015, but the basic needs of viewing card abilities, seeing your entire hand, secrets, the game log easily and seamlessly. I’ve no doubt that Blizzard could make mobile Hearthstone happen. But the experience, the ease-of-use and intuitive interface that are such necessities for the casual market, will be incredibly mutated, nerfed if you will.

Despite the developer’s intentions to get the Android app out by the end of the year, I hope those editions are simply canned like Project Titan and rolled into a new or existing product. Blizzard openly admits that recreating the Hearthstone feel is not only important, but incredibly difficult on these smaller platforms.

“One of the biggest challenges with that is revamping the user interface so it feels intuitive and offers the same quality Hearthstone experience, but this time from the palm of your hand.”

Phablet aside, if there’s any developer that I would bank on nailing this it’d be Blizzard. Still, I can’t imagine it’s something I will want to play when I already have a PC client and an iPad edition. Let alone throwing in the hell that is gaming on a 4G LTE connection.