League of Legends: Pro draft to get 10 champ bans

Hello! So here’s a bit of League of Legends [official site] news which might not sound big at first, especially if you don’t play or don’t watch the pro scene BUT it is a big thing and I will try to explain a little about why. The news is that League of Legends is finally expanding the ban bit of the pick and ban phase you get before competitive matches. Instead of three opportunities to remove a champion from the selection process teams will now get five. Ten bans overall – three each at the start of the phase and then a further two each after some of the champions have been picked. Here’s why I’m excited: Read the rest of this entry »

Smite Season 4 brings new pantheon, new map

The Morrigan

Along with all the new game announcements/closed beta phases and whatnot, Hi-Rez’s god-themed MOBA, Smite [official site] is getting its annual overhaul. The Season 4 changes include a Celtic-focused event to mark the first character from that pantheon (The Morrigan), an Egyptian-themed Clash map, item updates, changes to ranked play, integrated voice chat, multi-queueing and the addition of Rituals to name just a few.

Here’s a rundown of the main points.

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Dota 2 Boston Major: Highlights and must-see matches

Boston Major

Another multimillion-dollar Dota 2 Major tournament has come to a close this weekend as top teams from all over the world battled for the Boston Major‘s Eaglesong trophy and a share of the $3m prize pool. Would OG be able to defend their title with a remixed lineup or would some feisty newcomers be able to snaffle it away? In case you’re still avoiding spoilers all of this will be revealed after the jump, as well as the must-watch matches so you can condense your viewing into a single action-packed evening! Read the rest of this entry »

How to watch Dota 2

Dota 2 [official site] begins its next season of multi-million dollar Major tournaments in earnest on December 3, with the Boston Major set to take over the lavish Wang Theatre. While only a relatively small number of viewers will be able to fit inside to see the ridiculously monied spell-storms up close, potentially millions more will be watching via stream – including you, if you so desire.

Indeed, watching top-tier Dota can be even more entertaining, and significantly less aggravating, than playing it yourself. Yet surely you’d need at least a decent amount of hands-on experience with the game to derive any understanding, let alone enjoyment, from spectating others?

Fret not. It is a remarkably complex (and ever-changing) game, but it’s also surprising easy to pick up the basics when it’s just ten heroes duking it out, while a team of casters and analysts spell the action out over mic. Better yet, read this guide – a primer on both the essentials and the intricacies of a game of Dota 2, beamed through the prism of pro match viewership like Tinker’s Aghs Q! Read the rest of this entry »

Blizzcon Gets First Overwatch World Cup Winners With Clean Sweep Grand Finals

Overwatch World Cup

This weekend saw the finals of the Overwatch [official site] World Cup at Blizzcon. I told you about that one on Friday, if memory serves? Ah yes! Good good. It was essentially an exhibition match with a title at stake. I’ve been catching up with the action this morning over my porridge and I have to say, the final itself was pretty lopsided. I won’t put named team spoilers above the cut, but I will say it wasn’t a great match in terms of edge-of-seat excitement or anything. Anyhoodle: the main spoilery bit is next, after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

Overwatch World Cup Finals: When And Where?

Overwatch

This weekend the worlds finest Overwatch [official site] esportsthletes* will be descending on Anaheim to participate in the Overwatch World Cup as part of Blizzcon. So that’ll be nice. Particularly if you’re into watching Overwatch. Watching over Overwatch. But who watches the watchers of Overwatch? ANYWAY! Read the rest of this entry »

League Of Legends Worlds 2016: And The Winners Are…

LA's Staples Center

After five weeks of League of Legends’ World Championships ping-ponging across the United States from venue to venue and gradually shedding teams the final contenders, SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy, went head-to-head at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the deciding best-of-five. I appreciate a bunch of you might be waiting to watch the rebroadcast or be saving up the VODs to watch over a leisurely Sunday so I’ll keep the spoilers until after the jump. Read on to find out how Season 6 ended…

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