Category Archives: MOBA

Lucasfilm and Disney don't officially call him Old Luke, but let's face it: Luke Skywalker had some years on him in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That said, he still showed Mr. Emo himself, Kylo Ren, a few new tricks, and he'll look to do the same for mobile gamers since he's joining the fray in the latest update to Star Wars: Force Arena [Free], along with more characters from the most recent Star Wars saga film, conveniently released on digital HD earlier this week...

While Arena of Valor [Free] is bigger than sliced bread in Asian territories, the game hasn't yet made a similar massive impact on the Western market. You could point your finger at a lot of reasons for this, but the one I find the most reasonable is the stigma towards mobile games from people who would likely really enjoy AoV if they just gave it a try. In Asian countries, hardcore gamers don't have any problem playing games on their phone, which isn't really the case here. This week, an insider at Tencent let us in on plans to turn that perception around with a global mobile esports strategy that aims to put mobile esports on par with esports on any other platform...




Earlier this month we wrote about a significant update to Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free] . Version 2.12 was slated to significantly revamp the way skins were unlocked in-game as well as update a variety of other facets of the game. Now, Version 2.12 has finally hit, and with it, the launch of the long awaited 5v5 mode to all Golden Ticket holders...

Here's How to Unlock Wonder Woman in 'Arena of Valor' Right Now

Arena of Valor [Free], the latest mobile MOBA to take iOS devices by storm, finally has its first big licensed character hitting the US version of the title. Starting today, players can start the journey to obtain Wonder Woman, the DC-licensed Amazonian Warrior. Starting today, a multitude of quests are now available that will each bestow Wonder Badges. The quests range from a wide variety of objectives, most of them centered around trying all the different types of battles (3v3, 5v5 etc) as well as objective based quests (Defeat a tower in battle). Unlocking Wonder Woman will require a total of 76 Wonder Badges, meaning that players will need to continually check in on quest statuses and ensure that the login quests are all cashed in as soon as possible...

Yesterday, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp unveiled a significant revamping of how skins are crafted within its mobile MOBA Vainglory [Free]. These changes should go quite aways to alleviating some of the longstanding concerns...

'Arena of Valor' Launch Day Review - The Global Sensation Arrives in North America

While I've dabbled in MOBAs since the earliest days of DOTA, it was Riot's League of Legends (LoL) that finally sucked me in. I started playing LoL in 2009, and haven't really looked back since. Before Playerunknown's Battlegrounds was released, my PC was used exclusively to play LoL with friends. I've played thousands of individual games, and have spent thousands of dollars in the game over the last eight years, slowly unlocking every champion and collecting a absurd amount of skins in the process. In fact, LoL is what brought me in to the esports fold, and I've since attended multiple League of Legends Championship Series games. What's always been strange to me is that while I cannot get enough of LoL on my PC, mobile MOBAs really haven't done anything for me with Call of Champions being the only one I stuck with for any significant amount of time. Sadly, it seemed the community died off pretty quickly, and with that, my interest in the only mobile MOBA I enjoyed...

It looks like the mobile MOBA war is heating up. Tencent's Arena of Valor is getting ready to launch in North America and bring with it all kinds of fun features, but Vainglory [Free], probably the most popular mobile MOBA on the global market, isn't sitting still either. Today, the developers announced that they've opened pre-registrations for the upcoming 5v5 mode, which should be an interesting change from the game's usual 3v3 mode. The new 5v5 map has been built from the ground up through a collaboration between designers and former competitive players and should be fun to play. 5v5 can be very rewarding to play, but it's also very prone to players disconnecting half-way through the game, so hopefully that has been addressed somehow...

Earlier this week, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp released the latest update to their mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free] . In addition to the requisite balance changes to heroes, items, and talents, Version 2.9 sees the release of new skins (including Halloween themed ones), new items, significant changes to vision, and the launch of the newest hero the Churnwalker...

If you were looking for another MOBA to check out on your mobile phones, Square Enix has just delivered. Flame Vs Blaze [Free], which has been in beta for quite some time, is now available in the US and Canada. Flame Vs Blaze offers 10-minute long matches where you and 2 of your friends can go up against 3 others and show them who's boss. In order to prevail, you will be recruiting monsters and gathering resources to strengthen your own Reactor while trying to take down the opponents' Reactor. Flame Vs Blaze's "innovation" is what the developers call "Mode Shift," the ability to transform your character and gain new abilities, which should allow for multiple playstyles...

Vainglory [Free], easily the most recognizable mobile MOBA, is kicking off its North American and European Vainglory8 Autumn Season tomorrow, so it you enjoy some good MOBA action, you should tune in. Over the new few weeks, teams like Cloud9, Hollywood Hammers, Gankstars, NOVA eSports, Rogue, Fnatic, and G2 Esports will compete for a spot in the World Championship in Singapore, which will take place December 14-17. It's a pretty tough contest given that only one team per region will qualify for the World Championship, so the stakes are definitely high. European matches will begin at 9AM PST and the North American ones 2PM PST. And, of course, you can watch the matches on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook...

Some of us may be mourning now that summer is nearing its close. However, Vainglory [Free] has released its 2.8 update to ease our pain. The 2.8 update includes some pretty big changes to the game, such as adding two new in-game items (SpellSword and Healing Flask), removing potions, numerous balance changes, and multiple UI improvements...

There has been tremendous progression with the development of Vainglory [Free] ever since its official release back in late 2014. Super Evil Megacorp has consistently added new heroes, events, skins, game-modes, and a Talent system to the game. There is more content for players to enjoy than ever and there is still the release of a 5 vs 5 game-mode looming on the horizon...

It was just a matter of time. Clash Royale [Free] is one of the world's most popular collectible-card games, and certainly the biggest lane-based battler to date. Supercell, the makers of the game, experimented with a temporary 2v2 mode where you can join together with a friend, clan mate, or totally random person to take on a different duo. Matchmaking is done based on average level and these duels have been a big hit with players. Supercell got a lot of mileage by hyping up the summer of 2v2, where duos could duel for the entire month of July, but have finally bowed to the inevitable and 2v2 is here to stay...

Vainglory [Free] is one of the biggest games on either app store and home to the most competitive MOBA scene in mobile gaming. Super Evil Megacorp, the makers of Vainglory, just released a brand-new update to the game yesterday. Version 2.7 is headlined by a new hero: Reza. Reza is an assassin who is quite fond of fire, judging by his powers. He sports Scorcher, a fiery shockwave that'll crispify foes in its path and an ultimate power in the form of Netherform Detonator, a nuke of fiery destruction. Supporting his fire-based arsenal is, appropriately enough, the Firestarter heroic perk which allow Reza's basic attacks to do crystal damage after applying Firestarter with his special attacks. You can unlock Reza with ICE for the first seven days and either ICE or glory thereafter...

Hit MOBA 'Honor of Kings' Labelled As "Poison" by the Chinese Government, as They Threaten a Further Crackdown on Online Games

Even though the PC and MMO sector of the industry is comfortably the largest in the world and worth over $12 billion, video games are a relatively nascent concept in China. Consoles were banned until 2015 in the East Asian country, and despite China's formidable eSports reputation and booming social network gaming scene, the government is still grappling to control the unprecedented and uncontrollable popularity of many mobile MMO titles. Honor of Kings is one such game, and with 200 million players since its 2015 release that results in the title making up to 40% of Tencent's total mobile games revenue, it has proved to be a runaway hit in China thus far. However, amidst legitimate fears of children becoming addicted to such massively online releases, the Chinese government has this week labeled Honor of Kings as 'poison' in the state-run People's Daily paper, and has threatened further action against Tencent to crack down on the influence such games have over vulnerable young gamers...

Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free], has launched its latest update and with it comes some significant quality of life upgrades. In addition to a new hero and the requisite new skins Version 2.6 also introduces a significant revamp to its in-game communication system...

Brawl Stars was only revealed less than two days ago, however it's been awesome to see how the game has become so popular in such a short space of time, and not solely because of its impressive pedigree. The first Brawl Stars tournament has already taken place, the game has soft launched in Canada, and with four substantial game modes and a surprising amount of variation for a MOBA title, Supercell's latest major release shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. In our extensive hands-on with Brawl Stars, we were impressed with how the short play sessions and variation of both characters and maps made it incredibly difficult to put it down, and if you're equally enthralled by the game or want to learn more about the best techniques, come join our lively Brawl Stars Discord Server...

In terms of offering the full (and lengthy) MOBA experience on mobile, Super Evil Megacorp's Vainglory [Free] has done a pretty good job in succeeding in that endeavor. However, there has always been a desire for shorter, more "mobile-friendly" battles, which is why Vainglory added both Blitz and Battle Royale over the last year or so. With Version 2.5, those shorter battle modes are being significantly overhauled with the introduction of talents...

Another Vainglory [Free] update from the folks at Super Evil Megacorp is upon us. This time the soul reaper Baptiste joins the battle and to celebrate, along with a bunch of pretty cool looking skins. Adding to the update is the announcement of double glory weekends in order to celebrate the new hero...

Titan Brawl [Free], the one-lane, fast MOBA, has been doing well since it came out, and now it's adding a very fun new feature that should give players a new way to enjoy the game. As part of its big 2.0 update, which has added a new progression system and better rewards, the game is getting Boss Raids. The way it works is Clans can challenge humongous creatures with infinite power and try to put as much hurt on them as possible within a specific time frame. Every time the Clan defeats a Boss, they receive rewards and a stronger, more challenging Boss appears in its place ready to take everyone down...

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