Author Archives: Eric Ford


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...

We last reported on Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free], receiving some pretty cool features (as well as skins) with an early November update. Not to be outdone with that update, the MOBA developers have released a second update in the same month, this time launching a new hero, making the requisite balance changes, and debuting some pretty cool queue features...

If you’ve been following Vainglory’s [Freeweekly streams, you’ve probably heard already about some of the changes previewed in version 1.10. For the rest of us, the update has finally hit the App Store and with it comes some welcome bug fixes as well as some great changes to the guild system...

Earlier this week, the United States Copyright Office released its latest round of exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. While a lot of them were renewals, such as the iPhone jailbreaking exemption were renewed, there were a few new exemptions that were added to the mix that specifically deal with how owners of certain video games can interact with and circumvent copy protection software. However, before we get to the explicit exemptions that have been added, it’s probably a good idea to provide a brief background on the act itself and why these exemptions are required...

Kabam’s Star Wars: Uprising [Free] is not a very forgiving freemium game. With multiple in-game currencies along with a premium counterpart that’s pretty expensive to purchase that aspect of Uprising would be tough enough to navigate. Combine that with the expansive equipment system, mission structure and the extracurricular battles and there is plenty of opportunity for players to lose out on potential rewards. However, with the right timing and knowledge, there’s also opportunity to be taken advantaged of. A few of us here have been playing pretty regularly since launch and have compiled a few tips on how to potentially put the odds in your favor...

In addition to the awesome Guild/Team additions as well as the Halloween map skin, Version 1.9 of Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA Vainglory [Free] also saw the debut of Phinn, the latest hero to enter the Halcyon Fold. It’s always nice to see a new Support character and like all the other heroes, Phinn has some pretty crazy tricks up his sleeve. If you’re interested in seeing how Phinn plays within the meta, read on as we offer a beginner’s guide...

'Vainglory' Dev Releases New Details on Upcoming Update

September 28th, 2015 7:47 PM EDT by Eric Ford in MOBA, News, Updates
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During the weekend at TwitchCon, Super Evil Megacorp held a few streams regarding its mobile MOBA Vainglory and its upcoming additions that will launch with its Version 1.9 Update. Some of them, like Seasons mode, have already been discussed at length, but there were a few cool new announcements, such as the debut of limited-time skins and even a seasonal map overlay that will debut (and most likely last) through the first Season of play...

Freemium elements, aside, I’m a pretty big fan of the recent Pokemon Shuffle Mobile [Free] title to hit iOS. While I played it a bit on the Nintendo 3DS, I always thought it would work better on mobile (with others agreeing as well) and my convictions turned out to be correct when I finally installed it on my iPhone. While it has great production values and all the Pokemon allies most fans have grown to love, it’s still a match-3 freemium game. Despite the good and bad associated with that, it does mean that as a freemium game there are always a few things to keep in mind, as well as tips that can be followed in order to maximize your enjoyment with the game. We thought we’d compile a few of those in a starter guide for folks looking to get a leg up on the game...