A lengthy blog post has been published on the League of Legends site that provides a first-look at some big changes coming in time for the 2019 competitive season and some tune-ups of the new player system. Most significantly, big changes are coming to ranked play. The new player system will be tuned up for 2019 including an optional "auto-buy" system that provides guidance to new players in terms of how to build their characters. The tutorial system is being updated and retooled to give newbs more information about characters, game mechanics and more. Probably the biggest changes are coming to ranked competitive play. Changes are being "shared early so you can help us shape Ranked, and we'll be updating you regularly throughout development", the blog post reads. at a season's start, players receive a provisional rank that marks the lowest a player can go after placement games. This lets players know what to expect up front players will be matched in Ranked Solo / Duo according to … [Read more...] about Riot Details Changes to New Player Experience, Tutorials & Competitive Play
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Without a doubt, if there were no titles like League of Legends, Overwatch, CS: Go, and Dota, we wouldn’t be able to talk about eSports today. These titles were the ones to first bring video games into the spotlight and turn them into sports. Of course, some people would say that eSports are not actual sports, but many would argue with them. eSports have become quite popular in the past few years, and given the tournaments that have more and more viewers every year, it’s safe to say that eSports will not stop here. Recently, a video game played by two people was watched by more than 600,000 people at the same time. If not else, this should really make people think of eSports as real sports. As we already stated, Overwatch, league of Legends, CS: Go, and Dota 2 are currently the most popular eSports titles. While these games will always be famous for turning eSports into what they are today, new titles are coming and they will most likely make eSports even more popular. The … [Read more...] about Overwatch and LoL Still Main eSports Titles, Could Come To Olympics?
The past couple of weeks has been wild as we dispatched writers to GDC in San Francisco and PAX East in Boston to gather up and bring back everything they could on the MMORPGs large and small on the spring convention circuit. In fact, as I type this, we’ve got Brendan in Reykjavik for EVE Fanfest too! So for this week’s Overthinking, we’re rounding up our coverage and then reflecting on the best and worst as we pick out what most excites, surprises, and disappoints us: First the roundups, then our thoughts. Read on! PAX EAST 2018 Massively Overthinking: The best of PAX East and GDC in 2018 Ashes of Creation looks back at PAX East while promising a Q4 alpha Ship of Heroes posts a timeline for the first half of 2018 PAX East 2018: An interview with the big griffon statue PAX East 2018: Hands-on with Pantheon Rise of the Fallen PAX East 2018: Catching up on Legends of Aria’s improvements since the last PAX PAX East 2018: Frostkeep’s MMO Rend … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: The best of PAX East and GDC in 2018
THE GRINDSTONE TRIBUNAL: Why? Why?! WHY?! WHY?!! WHY?!!! Dreskar: Secret World Legends is one of those games that physically hurts to play. I feel insulted every time I see the game in action or whenever just roaming around within the game’s world. It still has some of the old charm of Secret World in there but covered in layers and layers of stupidity, incompetence, and greed. This is not a good game, not by any stretch of the imagination would I ever recommend such a piece of shit, and I honestly feel the developers should be ashamed of themselves. All that cleverness that the base game had, was eroded by the awful UI, flashy gimmicks and constant looming knowledge of lockboxes containing better loot. Combat was absolutely atrocious with no redeeming qualities to it, an over reliance on RNG and little else without even basic variety in builds as you are so hamstrung with so few abilities and passives you can’t make anything unique work. This even extends to the idea that … [Read more...] about Secret World Legends (Episode 100)
One of the most common questions that I’m asked from my adoring throngs on the street is, “Justin, where oh where can I get some of these marvelous MMO soundtracks that you talk about all of the time?” OK, that just never happens (on the street, that is), but people are often curious how they can go about starting to amass an MMO soundtrack collection or where to find their favorite album. The sad truth is that so much music from these games is never officially released in any capacity, which is why I scour YouTube for fan rips of the music files. However, every so often I do discover a studio release somewhere, and I try to keep an up-to-date log on these to help others in their quest for video game scores. So in the spirit of Christmas and sharing, today I’m going to show you how you can get your ears on more than 120 soundtracks and scores from MMOs, MOBAs, and other online titles — some of which are free and legal for the taking. You’re … [Read more...] about Jukebox Heroes: Massively OP’s guide to grabbing 120+ MMO soundtracks