Author Archives: Eric Ford


As summer comes to an end, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp have released one last Summer season update for Vainglory [Free], this one with a new hero and a final special edition summer skin. Coming into the Halcyon Fold is Samuel, a dark mage positioned as a ranged lane hero that has the ability to put enemy heroes to sleep with his ultimate ability. In addition, Samuel’s other abilities center on being able to control large amounts of the battlefield with damage over time spells. It’s always nice to get another ranged lane hero, so I’m looking forward to taking Samuel for a spin...

Now that its Incredibles event has been complete for a few weeks, Disney Magic Kingdoms [Free] recently updated with some new, permanent character unlocks. Unfortunately, the new content also includes a pretty annoying way to unlock them. Both Cinderella and Prince Charming are now available for folks to unlock no matter here you are in terms of the main storyline, joining Aurora and Prince Philip as the second classic Disney Prince/Princess combo available to invite into your kingdom (sorry, Rapunzel/Flynn doesn't count). Accompanying the new characters is a decent variety of new decorations, along with Splash Mountain which is a pretty iconic and awesome attraction...




Now that Pokemon Go [Free] has been out in the wild for a little bit and the servers seem to have settled down, one of the more interesting facets that newcomers are starting to realize is the distinct lack of any in-game guides or tutorials. This is especially true for the game’s gym and combat guide, which is decidedly different from other ‘normal’ Pokemon games. Well, we’ve certainly been out and about catching them all in the wild and we’ve got some tips and info for folks looking to figure out how to get started with gyms...

Battles in Pokemon Go [Free] are relatively simple in nature, but are still significantly different than that of its console counterparts. In addition, Pokemon Go has a much different way of improving your pokemon team than previous titles. So, check out the following tips and guidance for improving your team and making it more likely that you’ll win those gym battles in the future...

Folks interested in checking out the latest AR fad are in a bit of a tough spot right now. Pokemon Go [Free] servers have been on the fritz all day long. Players attempting to log in were met with a vague message stating that the servers were experiencing issues and to come back later.   While it’s obviously easy to check out the status by launching the app, the game is annoyingly requiring a fresh log in with every launch, most likely due to the app’s inability to form a good login connection...

Version 1.19 of Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA Vainglory [Free] is now out for the masses and with it comes significant changes beyond a seasonal facelift. With a new hero, new skins and some hefty changes to hero roles, there’s a lot of interesting things to take a look at in this update...

In its first significant limited time event, the characters from Pixar’s The Incredibles are currently available for unlocking in Disney Magic Kingdoms [Free], the freemium city (or rather, amusement park) builder from Gameloft...

While the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp have done a great job simply adding heroes on a regular basis, I’ve been more excited with the various gameplay and system improvements that have been made over the last half a year. With Version 1.18, which was released earlier this week, Vainglory [Free] now tackles the always persistent problem of longevity and player motivation...

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...