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Earlier this week, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp unleashed the latest update to their mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free]. Along with new skins and the requisite balance changes, 1.17 also introduces the Battle Royale Public Queue, which is the next step into truly making the game a ‘mobile MOBA.’..

Gameloft’s take on a freemium city builder infused with Disney magic is an excellent title for those that interested in anything related to the House of Mouse. Yet, similar to other similar titles, Disney Magic Kingdoms does possess some nuance to the way it handles its timer based gameplay. We’ve been playing it quite a bit in order to build our ideal Disney park (hint, it doesn’t involve putting the Astro Orbiters in front of the entrance to Tomrorowland) and have a few tips to impart for those looking to build without resorting to IAP...




Yesterday, version 1.16 of Super Evil Megacorp's hit mobile MOBA Vainglory [Free] launched and with it saw the debut of its newest hero Alpha as well as a new gameplay mode along with new skins and a host of balance changes...

Fresh off the conclusion of their winter tournaments, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp have announced a two week celebration for all Vainglory [Free] players celebrating the start of the Spring competitive season...

Capping off its Winter Season of gameplay (scheduled to be completed in approximately a week), the folks at Super Evil Megacorp recently hosted both its North American and European Union Vainglory [Free] seasonal tournaments. Taking place across consecutive weekends, each tournament offered fans of the mobile MOBA an opportunity to meet up, check out of the best each region has to offer, and watch some pretty cool match-ups with the developers...

In addition to the announcing the first details to its next Hearthstone [Free] expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods this morning, Blizzard also unveiled to all players the first six of the slated 134 cards of the expansion pack. Two of the announced cards, the Legendary C’Thun and Beckoner of Evil are bonus cards that will be provided to players on the first expansion pack opened, allowing players the opportunity to start building C’Thun decks quickly. The other cards offer a decent cross section of cultist cards that modify C’Thun as well as showcase the overarching theme of the expansion (namely cards that have been twisted by the call of the old Gods). Hit the break to see the official card art in all its high definition glory. Meanwhile, stick with us as we continue our coverage on Hearthstone’s latest expansion...

Blizzard Announces Next 'Hearthstone' Expansion: 'Whispers of the Old Gods'

Earlier today at the Americas Winter Championship Blizzard took the wraps off of their latest Hearthstone [Free] expansion, which looks to take the game in a much different direction than the last few expansions both from a gameplay and thematic standpoint. Focusing on the old C’Thun, Y’Shaarj, Yogg-Saron, N’Zoth, from a thematic standpoint Whispers of the Old Gods decidedly takes a much more darker approach than the League of Explorers Adventure or its last expansion, The Grand Tournament. The backstory for the expansion has the old gods warping and twisting the inhabitants of Azeroth (which is typically the only way they can typically influence the world, if you follow Warcraft lore)...

As the winter season in Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA begins to wind down, Vainglory’s [Free] latest content update seems to have something for everyone. Not only does 1.15 have three cool new skins (including the long awaited Star Queen Celeste Tier II), but the latest limited-time skin can also be obtained via in-game cards (as opposed to the previous ICE-only iterations). There are also a wide variety of balance changes that seem to touch nearly every hero...

In addition to the launch of a Lunar New Year map skin, new hero skins, and various gameplay changes, Version 1.14 in Super Evil Megacorp’s Vainglory [Free] also saw the debut of Ozo. A fast and furious melee jungler, Ozo relies on quick player reflexes in order to do the most damage to his enemies. I’ve been enjoying Ozo during his ICE-exclusive period and now that he’s available for Glory unlock, we thought we’d post an introductory guide for players looking to see if he’s worth adding to your repertoire (spoiler alert: I think he is)...

Hot off the recent news of Ranked Play Draft Mode, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp have announced even more news concerning their mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free]...

Even though Vainglory [Free] has seen its share of tournaments and competitions since its launch last year, one thing it has been strangely missing is a built-in Draft mode for true tournament play. That changes with Version 1.14 with a significant revamping of Ranked play...

After spending the last two weeks with Vainglory’s [Free] newest hero, Reim, I have to say that he’s had the most challenging difficulty curve of any hero that I’ve written a guide for. With high-damage moves dependent on timing, sustain reliant on landing said moves, and middle of the road mobility, I found that Reim requires a player that will give him a lot of attention. However, with proper training (perhaps starting with our guide below), he has the potential to be a high end jungle front liner for any team down the stretch...

As we alluded to earlier in the week, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp have officially launched their second season of content with the launch of Reim as well as a host of other changes in Version 1.13 that hit their mobile MOBA Vainglory [Free] earlier today...

SEMC Reveals New 'Vainglory' Hero Details, Holiday Skins

January 11th, 2016 12:15 PM EDT by Eric Ford in Games, MOBA, News
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In its latest Friday developer stream, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp took the wraps off the latest additions to its mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free]...

Eric’s Favorite iPhone and iPad Games of 2015: MOBAs, RPGs and Freemium, Oh My!

I know how it's always quite cliche to make remarks about how time has flown by and yet that's exactly how I feel about this year (at least, in regards to iOS games). For folks that have listened to our RPG Reload Podcast or have checked out my streams on Mobcrush, you probably have a good idea of the types of games I enjoy and what I've been most interested in. As the year is nearly through, let's go through some of the games that I spent the most time playing this year...

I’ve been a pretty big fan of all the recent heroes that have debuted on Super Evil Megacorp’s Vainglory [Free]. However, I get particularly excited whenever there’s a new ranged hero designed for lane play. Kestrel is the latest hero to enter the Halcyon Fold in that role and I was pretty excited to check her out. After some extended play I’m also pleased to say that she’s an excellent addition to the slowly expanding lineup in the popular mobile MOBA. Now that she’s out of her week-long ICE exclusivity period we figured we’d launch our usual beginner’s guide for players that are trying to decide if she’s worth the investment...

The folks at Super Evil Megacorp appear to be ramping up their hero development cycle as the hit mobile MOBA Vainglory [Free] has a new hero to check out less than a month after its last hero hit the Halcyon Fold. This time it’s the Stormguard archer Kestrel that makes her debut. ..

We’ve been reporting on Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes [Free] since it was announced back in June of this year. As a freemium hero collecting turn-based game, there’s obviously a lot to keep track of in turns of currency and timers. While that’s obviously a turn off for a lot of players, there’s plenty here in terms of depth and character variety to make it worth trudging through for Star Wars fans. Thus, the purpose of this guide is to get new players acclimated to the freemium systems in the hope that they’ll be able to enjoy what Galaxy of Heroes has to offer...

This month’s heroic addition to Vainglory [Free], like most of the heroes that have come to the Halcyon Fold before, adds an interesting twist to the dynamic of the hit mobile MOBA. Blackfeather is also a blast to play and has the potential to do some serious damage in the hands of players that know how to use him. Alas, before one can get to that point, it’s important to understand what exactly he brings to the table. Enter our beginner’s guide, in which we provide a brief introduction to Blackfeather his abilities and some potential builds for making him work in-game...

'Skylanders SuperChargers' Review - A Pretty Fun and Relatively Economical Ride

iOS versions of current console games still pretty scarce, but it’s refreshing to see this trend slowly start to reverse with recent launches of Disney Infinity 3.0, Guitar Hero Live, and Skylanders SuperChargers [Free] on iOS. In the case of SuperChargers, this is the second full launch of a console game with the previous Trap Team [Free (HD)] having made its iOS debut last year...