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Instance Gratification 17: Dare I Enter the Quagmire of LFR?

14 January 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_instance_gratification_wow_warlords_highmaulInstance 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.

I’ve repeatedly stated that my return to Azeroth *cough* I mean Draenor, is entirely due to the Tenth Anniversary of World of Warcraft. The thing is that’s firmly behind us now. A whole 24 hours in fact. And while I didn’t get a chance to stream my Molten Core run as I had hoped that doesn’t mean Solidsagart didn’t score a Ragnaros kill. It simply happened so late at night that I was terrified of disturbing others in the house. Psylocke can be a real curmudgeon.

This means that not only am I level 100, finally, but I’ve increased my ilvl to the required ilvl 615 to enter the Looking for Raid conundrum. Considering I didn’t manage to throw ole Rags up on the stream the least I could do is make a few attempts at Highmaul. I hear the first Warlords of Draenor raid now has all of its pieces available for me to stumble my way through. I better get my crap together, revamp my action bars for the most optimized finger stretching and bring my A game or face the rather of unexplained kicking (which one can only assume is because you “sucked”). Here’s to grabbing a few sexy purpalz to increase my epeen before I am not summarily dismissed from a random group of strangers.

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

SMITE World Championship: Day 3 Results

12 January 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_smite_world_championship_titan_cognitive_prime_team_profileThis is where the bread and butter is. What all the teams have trained for over the course of months and years, Day 3 of the SMITE World Championship. Making it this far firmly cements a squad as one of the greatest in the world. The number one seed Cognitive Prime comes into the championship game without dropping a set running through the winners bracket. Titan is more tuckered out after earning its way through the quarterfinals and past SK Gaming. The Consolation match features the heavy hitters of the regional championships, SK Gaming from Europe and Cognitive Red out of North America. Consolation is no joke thanks to Odyssey contributions pushing that award over $300,000.

Best of three Consolation Series

Cognitive Red vs. SK Gaming (2-0)

Cognitive Red refused to alter its strategy too much throughout the tournament. The consistent aggressive play off the backs of typical draft pick enabled them to force every team fight and gain map control. On the flip side, SK Gaming added some cheese to the match with less routine picks that ultimately got them in trouble. Red controlled the flow of both games at all points for a lopsidded series against their European equals in today’s opening and rather lackluster series. Even if you’re a Cog Red fan seeing such professionals as SK Gaming get outplayed so badly doesn’t make for enjoyable viewing. For instance, in game 2 SK Gaming scored its first kill defending the final push. Continue Reading

Smite World Championship: Day 2 Results

11 January 2015 | No Comments » | Jonathon Whittington

Today was chock-full of brutal, heated fights, no teams letting up the pressure. Moving on, you may have expected more cautious play, but we here at LoreHound are happy to report: that was certainly not the case. The anticipation prior was intense and it only made the awesome matches even more heart-pounding, the crowd either baited breathe or cheering constantly.

So, with that in mind, here is the match-by-match for Day 2 at SWC, brought to you by LoreHound:

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Smite World Championship: COG Prime vs. Red?

10 January 2015 | 3 Comments » | Jonathon Whittington

Being down here in Atlanta for the Smite World Championship with Lore Hound has been rousing! A lot of interesting things are happening right now at Hi-Rez Studios and even more concerning the implications of their Xbox One reveal of Smite on the gaming and eSports scenes, however, that is for another – promptly posted – article.

As anyone may be sure, every team on the show-floor and playing today were exceptional, and there are many action-packed, juicy moments that Patrick has shared, but none of the tension, pressure and anticipation hold a candle to tomorrow’s potential for a rematch of COG Prime vs. COG Red. For those of you that didn’t tune in during the Smite North American Championship, in a surprising win by COG Red, the respective child-team of the almighty COG Prime won in a best of three match. The crowds, the fans, the onlookers, everyone was surprised and exhilarated. Now, here in Atlanta again, the Smite World Championships are shaping up, and guess what teams have a potential match-up tomorrow? Continue Reading

Smite World Championship: Day 1 Results

9 January 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_smite_world_championship_day1_resultsThe Odyssey was an amazing way for Hi-Rez Studio to hype the first SMITE World Championship while simultaneously increasing the prize pool for pro gamers. That simultaneously made #SWC more attractive as an eSports draw to everyone, gamer, reporter and viewers. By contributing the community was awarded with unique items, from ward skins to icons and character skins. The community didn’t miss a beat far surpassing the aspirations of a $2 million that Todd Harris hoped for at the North American Championship.

Cognitive Red beat out sister team Cognitive Prime to enter the World Championship with the #1 North American seed. Latin America and China come into the first championship at a severe disadvantage thanks to the game only recently releasing in the respective territories. SK Gaming, on the other hand, is as experienced as any team and secured itself the #1 seed from Europe. Eight teams entered today’s round robin vying to win the first match and guarantee a spot in the quarter finals. Two of them failed and were ultimately eliminated from play. A further two teams moved into the semifinals undefeated and with a bye. The other four remaining teams will duke it out in the quarterfinals after a 1-1 start.

Continue after the cut for match-by-match breakdown, synopsis and expectations. The #SWC has already produced far more aggressive play than the NA Championship matches. Continue Reading

The Evolution of WoW’s Behavioral Psychology

9 January 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_wow_dailies_behavioural_psychologyWorld of Warcraft launched a shade over ten years ago with typical game design motives of RPGs and MMORPGs. The reason we players kept returning to Azeroth was the simple desire to continuing progressing the development of our character. For days of play time that tended to mean squashing quests and mobs to collect more and more experience. Upon reaching the end goal of level 60 progress morphed to become gear, often by way of reputation grinds later in vanilla WoW. This core design remains, yet has been supplanted by gameplay features designed from the ideas of behavioral psychology. More specifically, radical behaviourism.

There’s no need for a doctorate in psychology to understand the idea. It’s to keep us coming back to our avatars, sinking more and more time, ultimately making players less likely to cut ties with WoW. And the business reason should be frankly obvious, staying connected means we keep playing and keep paying. What we players may overlook is how simple, and somewhat defenseless, we can be to these mechanics. By no means is WoW the only game to include such mechanics, but it was one of the earliest AAA titles to heavily leverage them. Continue Reading

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade Founder’s Options Boggle The Mind

8 January 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade is easily one of my most anticipated MMORPGs. Not that Behaviour Interactive, the title’s developer, has an impressive resume in the genre or the intellectual property has a fantastic track record of, you know, coming to fruition. Those are some historical happenings that can easily change. The way Behaviour has progressed with Eternal Crusade provides faith in its upcoming release. The dark intellectual property itself and seductive feature list are what drew me to investigate joining the Founder ranks, so I tracked myself to the Founder page and was dumbfounded.

There are over 23 freaking items to chose from. Many of which don’t even include access to the game itself. Very confusing at first glance.

Upon further inspection many of these options are meant to unlock additional options to various Founder packs. If you’re interested in unleashing more than just the WAAAGH! you’ll only be set back $10. The Pioneer Pack Ork Edition on the other hand is tailored to expand the newly-announced F2P version. Those six options get you in the game. The other 18 offer Rogue Trader Points, act as gift cards or head tantalizingly close to the pay-to-win model by unlocking racial weaponry. Continue Reading

This’ll Get You Ready for the SMITE World Championship This Weekend

6 January 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Fear not, we’ll be in full attendance ensuring that our own Twitch channel is well stocked with Tyr Convention 2015 skins for the year to come. And that’s simply in addition to our tour of the new office, cosplay coverage, results summaries and more planned coverage of the first SMITE World Championship.