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Monday, March 12, 2018

Valve's Dota Plus Subscription Service Released

A community-based mod created by Valve Corporation for Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, that has become the most popular free-to-play multiplayer online game of all-time on Steam with the highest number of concurrent players hooked on (until the recent ground-breaking debut of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds), Dota 2 has already brought revolution in gaming. Now, a new subscription service for the game named Dota Plus is live from Valve.

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Valve's Dota Plus Subscription Service Released

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Dota Plus effectively creates a revolution that literally overthrows Majors Battle Passes and promises regular features and content updates. Majors Battle Passes was introduced back in 2016 which used to bring various challenges on a daily or weekly basis. Dota Plus will do almost the exact similar thing but there will be literally hundreds of challenges and some of them will be hero-specific. The biggest difference is that while Majors Battle Passes were seasonal, Dota Plus is ongoing.

RELATED: Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update

The service is designed to improve your gameplay and performance to help your hero make progress, which is the sole purpose of the new Hero Leveling system. While a certain hero will level up by playing matches and earning level badges, it allows you to earn XP. Upon leveling up, the hero can unlock badges and Shards as rewards. If you complete at least a minimum of three games per week, you can get extra Shards to purchase rewards.

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Hero Suggestions

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Plus Assistant is a newly featured tool that will suggest abilities, heroes and items for more optimized build. It actually analyzes data from millions of games played recently from all skill levels and helps you choose wisely. The tool also advises you on which hero to pick or which one will be more effective for you based on your playstyle. However, you can always decline the suggestions from Plus Assistant and choose your own course of action.

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Battle Cup Is Back

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There are weekly Battle Cup tournaments where Dota Plus subscribers will get free entry whereas non-subscribing participants will have to purchase $0.99 worth Battle Cup tickets each to partake. The winner will get profile accolades, special emoticons and 20,000 Shard as the new in-game currency. In the current trends of eSports, Dota 2 is one of the very popular titles and this weekly tournaments will make player more competitive about the game.

RELATED: Dota 2 Will Be Newbie Friendly

Charged only $3.99 per month for their subscription service, Dota Plus also offers you a 6% discount if you sign up for 6 months and 12% if you choose 12 months. Despite being a free-to-play multiplayer, Dota 2 lets you purchase cosmetic skins and announcer voices. So, adding a paid subscription is not very surprising but can be a huge game-changer for sure.

Hearthstone: The Witchwood Expansion Announced

Developer Blizzard Entertainment's free-to-play online collectible card game Hearthstone is getting an expansion with 135 brand-new cards. Titled "Hearthstone: The Witchwood", this expansion is the first of 2018 that will usher Year of the Raven. Though they have not stated any specific release date for it to arrive yet, The Witchwood pack will probably drop anytime before April 30.

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Hearthstone: The Witchwood Expansion Announced

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Now check out the following clip where the game developers of Hearthstone go to the Irvine California backwoods to reveal more about The Witchwood.

The newly introduced 135 Hearthstone cards are themed on the haunted forest of Gilneas to fend off the spirits of Witchwood. There will be new type of cards and a shift from the usual gameplay mechanics to a new style. For example, if you are to build your deck with Baku the Mooneater or Genn Greymane, then you either has to own odd or even cost cards, so that the former will grant Hero Power upgrade and the latter will cost 1 Hero Power for the whole game for any class.

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New Cards and Mechanics

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The Phantom Militia has the power of Echo, which allows you to play the card many times in the same turn depending on how much mana you are packing and this one is one of the many from the set. Though Rush card Militia Commander cannot attack the opponent's hero like Charge cards, they will attack other minions on a same turn. Before the expansion goes live, claim three card packs and a random Class legendary card for free just by logging into the game.

It also launches a single-player experience called Monster Hunts and it will start within two weeks of the release of the expansion. If you have played Kobolds & Catacombs then this mode may seem familiar to Dungeon Run to you. Players collect their loot bounties to upgrade a deck upon killing the bosses following eight progressively challenging fights for staying alive and exploring further into The Witchwood.

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Hearthstone: The Witchwood expansion pack is priced only 49.99 and you can get a special 50 card pack bundle on pre-purchase. As an included bonus, you will also receive the exclusive In a Dark Wood card back and 20 more The Witchwood card packs. The only other thing that you will need is a Blizzard account to enjoy playing this intense collectible card game on Warcraft folklore.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Amnesia Collection Free on Steam

What developer Frictional Games have done with their survival horror Amnesia game series is quite commendable. Even YouTube's most popular channel PewDiePie used to post videos of Felix Kjellberg playing Amnesia a lot back in the days! If you are fan of the series, then we got good news for you. Amnesia Collection containing with two of the titles from the franchise is now absolutely FREE this weekend on Steam for a limited time.

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Amnesia Collection Free on Steam

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Collecting Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs as a bundle that is worth $34.99, this offer is something that you cannot afford to miss if horror games are your favorite. Frictional Games have previously offered Amnesia: The Dark Descent for free and that was quite a long ago. It is very much possible for you to miss that opportunity to grab the copy and look now; you can have the entire series at one place.

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To have Amnesia Collection free for lifetime, all you have to do is to go to Steam within the period of this limited time offer and then click "Install Game". Both The Dark Descent and A Machine for Pigs will start installing and the games will remain in your library even after the exclusive offer is expired. There was no word on how long this promotion will last but we believe either it would be over within the weekend or over the week long.

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The Dark Descent and A Machine for Pigs

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Two of the titles from the series have the near similar taste of horror but apparently, the sequel has made things a bit simpler. That being said, it still is more than enough to scare the hell out of you on any given day and will leave you in chills.

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So, go and grab those two modern horror-classic games from Steam while you still can, so that if you are in crave for some good horror-game time, you can just get your fill with either one of Amnesia series. Playing Amnesia series will give you the idea of from where the scare tactics of Resident Evil 7 got their inspiration from.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Dota 2 7.10 Update Details

During the release of their Spring Cleaning update 7.08, IceFrog and Valve Corporation announced that they will be releasing biweekly patch for their free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game Dota 2 from now on. As per the announcement, Patch 7.10 is released on live servers and although it isn't another major update, this brings a huge wave of change to the game's hero pool to make things interesting for players.

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Dota 2 7.10 Update

RELATED: Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update

The highlight of the update is that is enables ranged intelligence hero Dark Willow in Captains Mode, which makes her character available for professional tournaments from now on. Dark Willow was introduced to the game in October, 2017 though the "Dueling Fates" update. Since this is the first time she is in Captains Mode, we still have to find out how she fares in competitive tournaments. Currently, the character has a 54.69% win rate in 5,000 MMR and above.

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Dark Willow Added To Captain's Mode

RELATED: Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

Base gold bounty for Bounty Rune was 50, which is now increased to 10, making it 60 but it no longer gives you XP. Tome of Knowledge XP bonus has increased to 200, as it was 500 before and now it is raised to 700. Melee Creeps gold bounty was previously 41 and now it has become 40 after reducing just 1. As an alternative for branch, you will get a Faerie Fire for Randoming. Bonus hero count is slightly increased from an earlier 10 to 12 now.

RELATED: Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

A wide array of heroes from the likes of Abaddon, Ancient Apparition, Arc Warden, Axe, Clinkz, Crystal Maiden, Drow Ranger, Jakiro, Lina, Lion, Lone Druid, Monkey King, Nature's Prophet, Riki, Rubick, Skywrath Mage, Undying, Venomancer and Warlock got their Level 15 Talent increased, whereas Anti-Mage, Invoker, Luna, Necrophos, Phoenix, Sven, Treant Protector and Wraith King got it changed or improved slightly. The majority of change is related to Cooldown and Damage.

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Dota 2 Patch 7.10 Much Updated Heroes

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We see a vast number of heroes having their talents altered in different ways and abilities tweaked with this patch. In some cases, a few got the boot as their attack radius has been scaled down or exchanged with something else. Aspects as Health, Range and Speed got the secondary priority in update 7.10. Arc Warden, Gyrocopter, Invoker, Lina, Monkey King and Warlock are probably the ones that has received major tuning during the process.

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That's all for now from Patch 7.10 and according to their announcement of biweekly release of updates, IceFrog and Valve will be introducing two patches for Dota 2 every month. Despite the changes make some people happy and some furious for not having what they had in mind, we only hope to see the best outcome from them when they are tested on live matches to help the players strategize.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Erik Killmonger Enters Marvel: Contest of Champions

As the whole world is eagerly waiting for the premiere of the live-action Black Panther movie that debutes King T’Challa of Wakanda starring actor Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War, Gods of Egypt) in the titular lead role, let's not forget about the film's primary antagonist Erik Killmonger, portrayed by Michael B. Jordan (Creed, The Wire). He finally steps into Marvel: Contest of Champions to claim his rightful place.

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Erik Killmonger Enters Marvel: Contest of Champions

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For long, Erik Killmonger has been an arch-nemesis for one of Marvel's most prominent black superhero, Black Panther. Their rivalry eventually found its way to the silver screen with the release of the movie and his arrival to the Marvel Cinematic Universe calls for a celebration. So, developer Kabam's lead character artist Gene Campbell and game designer Piero Herrera were all game for that.

RELATED: The Sentry Enters Marvel: Contest of Champions

While Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan's character goes into clash into theaters, Erik Killmonger follows his arch-enemy from the lands of Wakanda to The Collector's cosmic Battlerealm of Champions. Just like the studio has paid keen attention to details for the character and its design, Contest of Champions developers also put the same level of effort in the game to do justice to Killmonger for bringing him into the arena.

The greatest Champions the universe could offer, The Collector has amassed them all and Erik Killmonger is one of his newest collections. He brings the best defensive abilities on the table if you play offense with him. He receives Indestructible Charges when a Special 2 Attack is activated and it lets him resist a Special 3 Attack from his adversary without breaking a sweat or taking damage.

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Erik Killmonger Joins The Contest

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His character can shrug off enemy attacks during a block using his Counterpunch Charges and begin performing his very own combo. This attack tactics is very effective against Stun Immune opponents of Battlerealm. Erik Killmonger is most effective on a fight with the company of Black Panther (Civil War), The Void and Winter Soldier. These combinations will grant you Regeneration and help you get True Strike pretty easily, the latter of which is quite helpful against Champions like Spider-Man.

RELATED: Hela Enters Marvel: Contest of Champions

A fighting game available to play on Android and iOS devices from Kabam, Marvel: Contest of Champions is free-to-play for all. We have high hopes for Marvel StudiosBlack Panther that is releasing worldwide this weekend and it provided a wonderful opportunity for the developers to bring new cinematic incursions of the popular Marvel character.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Gladiator Hulk Enters Marvel: Contest of Champions

The Collector did an impressive job of bringing the biggest and baddest of contenders from across the universe and more are still joining. When Marvel Studios presents Thor: Ragnarok hit the theatres; it gave us two new Champions on Battlerealm. One of them was Chris Hemsworth's version of Thor portrayed in the film and another being Cate Blanchett's Hela. Now, the arena of Champions is going to see a new contender, who lives to destroy his opponents.

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Gladiator Hulk Enters Marvel: Contest of Champions

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We already know that the green goliath is notorious for his untamed savage rage and all he lacked all this time was an arena full of audience to exhibit his showmanship. On Earth, he has crushed many with his unstoppable raw strength and The Contest offers him a wide array of Champions to smash from. On the land of Sakaar, he totally changed his outlook by wearing gladiatorial armor and wielding weapons to the battle.

Though The Collector's Battlerealm already have a jade giant rampaging around, the one that is inspired from the film is very different and unique in his own “Gladiator” glory. He is more ruthless towards his adversaries and he demands for cheer from the crowd as he smashes the Champions. This green one is not jolly at all. He is mean in a fight and doesn't shy away from brutally using his arena weapons in battle.

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Gladiator Hulk Base Stats & Abilities

RELATED: Marvel: Contest of Champions 3rd Anniversary!

The new Gladiator Hulk’s ability kit is all about smashing. His Special 1 sends out shockwaves to his opponent as he throws his hammer down. He attacks using both weapons in Special 2 and Special 3 comes with his axe throwing to the enemy before a leaping SMASH! He is great to pair with Black Widow, Hela, Loki and Gladiator Thor as this will increase the special attacks of his associates and give him exclusive bonuses.

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The Grandmaster's Champion

RELATED: Hela Enters Marvel: Contest of Champions

Released back in 2014 as a free-to-play fighting game for Android and iOS mobile devices, Marvel: Contest of Champions is developed and published by Kabam. Since the very beginning, the game has been adding many new and popular characters from Marvel Comics to the Battlerealm for an epic showdown. The movie versions of the characters are just to celebrate the release of the characters on big-screen and we hope Gladiator Hulk will surely be popular in the game.

Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update

Before PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds took the video game world by storm, Valve Corporation's free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game Dota 2 used to rule the gaming communities and Steam. The game sure has lost to PUBG for the crown spot on global dominance but has not faded in popularity. One thing that they are very much known for is to release frequent updates for the game to keep things interesting all the time and we are here to talk about the recent one.

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Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update

The newest update for Dota 2 from developer Valve, Spring Cleaning update 7.08 is currently live and we got some patch notes to discuss here. The Official Site of DOTA 2 contains the update and the details regarding it all in one place, so you can go ahead and check that out too. We want to focus on some key features that update 7.08 is going to bring to the table.

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Player Profile Redesigned

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As part of the update, player profiles are newly redesigned to include various common features as well as some new ones. You can now personalize your profile section by setting your preferred background images available on the index of your loading screen. Your previous performances of last ten matches will be on display and it might be a little uncomfortable for players who are on a bad run lately.

RELATED: Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

To keep the negativity out and retain the good vibe among the community, Valve has announced to execute a six-month ban on those who are extremely abusive or needs to learn how to behave in public. Same thing goes for the ones who attempts to cheat in-game. So, you people better stay clear from any sort of cursing to fellow members of the group and try to play your game in a fair way.

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Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update Key-Features

RELATED: Dota 2 Will Be Newbie Friendly

The "Last Hit Trainer" on the Learn tab lets you practice last hitting creeps and Dota 2 players are well aware of the significance of last hit creeps for gold as well as XP. Matchmaking process is now based on your selected language to improve communication among the team members. You can also see if the others are prepared to queue using the "Ready Check" button.

Many heroes and items are slightly tweaked or cosmetically changed by lead developer IceFrog in Spring Cleaning 7.08 update. Bug fixes, minor changes and adjustments in gameplay are usually expected when an update goes live. It's not that all the changes should please you or be in your favor but you should keep it mind that they are for the betterment for an improved game-playing experience to a large number of Dota 2 players.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Paladins Lore Cinematic: "A Realm Divided"

As Hi-Rez Expo 2018 came hot on our tail with ongoing Paladins World Championship and the SMITE World Championship, the last day of the event came to an end with the fourth annual Cosplay Contest by Hi-Rez Studios. Meanwhile, the developer studio thought it would be a good time to drop some new video regarding an origin story for the game Paladins: Champions of the Realm that they've been making for us and meaning to show us for some time.

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Paladins Lore Cinematic – A Realm Divided

Hi-Rez Studios released a brand-new cinematic video on Paladins titled "A Realm Divided", which takes the players further into the unexplored legacy of the game.

"A Realm Divided" goes way back into the ancient history of the Paladins from their golden age when they used to fight wars against dragons with their magical power to restore order and balance to the world. After all was settled, the Paladins retired and the former among them formed a council of magistrates. For centuries, there were peace and order under their guidance but then came a time when crafted crystals became a new source of power that brought a new revolution.

RELATED: HRX 2018 Paladins and SMITE Cosplay

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A Realm Divided

However, the uses of this new crystals caused accidents and the council deemed the use of it by common folks should be prohibited. Grand Magister Karnes took a zero-tolerance policy on this matter only to rebelled by an ancient Paladin warrior. As the rebellion stands against the magistrates with weaponized crystal magic, the former took heavy damage but became more determined in their cause. So, the battle to restore balance to the realm begins and the lore of Paladins takes a new step towards expansion.

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Hi-Rez Studios presents Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free-to-play hero shooter game available to play on Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For their latest announcement of joining online multiplayer battle royale, the studio itself and the game is currently a hot-topic on the gaming industry for the past couple of days. Then the release of this cinematic short also hints that the game is being readied for a long race in the upcoming time.