Last weeks to catch the special SMITE Odyssey items! Also HiRez is offering all god unlocks and double favor as a special bonus New Years event!
It’s the winter holiday here at the OnRPG/MMOHuts office, and that means we’re taking some time off to spend with family and catch up with gaming!
We’ll be out through December 24-28 and January 1-4 due to Christmas, New Year’s, and the weekend, but we’ll be back in full operation on January 5th!
Keep busy during the holidays with your favorite MMO’s events and check out our 2014 Holiday Guide.
See you in 2015!
World of Warships shares key stats from their alpha testing and development in 2014.
KOG Games, a leading developer and publisher of popular free-to-play action MMORPGs, today announces the launch of the new ominous, albeit sultry 2nd Job for Ara Haan’s Little Specter path: Asura. Her path towards despair and redemption continues as her personal story in Elsword progresses:
Ara finally tracks her brother to the land of Feita, but to her sheer dismay, the brother she once knew has become the notorious leader of the very demon army that destroyed her family. Aren does not acknowledge her existence, and even worse, Ara witnesses the atrocities that Aren is now capable of. Devastated, Ara descends into despair…
A faint voice is heard in the distance. The ephemeral, drifting voice is familiar, and the words spark a fire inside her—the voice is that of the nine-tailed fox, Eun.
Eun tells her that together, they will grow even stronger and overcome all that troubles her, but Ara knows that doing so will defy her ancestors and defile the ancient Haan tradition of Exorcism. Nevertheless, fraught with anguish, she could see no other way to prevail. And, though Eun’s intentions remain hidden, the fact that the stalwart Spirit has greatly empowered her and never caused Ara any harm in all their time together was enough to convince her. The fox spirit persuades Ara to succumb and to accept the Fox Spirit completely. Armed with both the Exorcism Arts and now the very Fox Spirit itself, her true power becomes absolute! Ara is the ultimate dark revenant —Asura.
Secret Phantom Fox Art: Pulverization
As Asura, Ara has mastered the Exorcism Arts of her ancestors’. As a combo, players can use 4 new, Job specific skills in succession to unlock and unleash Pulverization, the new Secret Skill. Once executed successfully, Ara truly embodies the amalgamation of a master Exorcist and Phantom Fox to unleash ever-living hell upon her enemies.
Hyperactive Skill: Millennium Fox
Once Ara’s ultimate power, the Hyperactive Skill, has been unlocked, Ara can summon the avatar of Eun, the Millennium Fox. The colossal spirit then sweeps the battlefield raining darkness and lightning upon all who oppose her.
With immense power, sheer cunning, explosive speed and a body to die for, Ara has reached her Apex form. The Dark Fox will bring the demonic army to its knees, and consume their very souls… Darkness is Coming!
Play Elsword. Play your Manga.
League of Legends: Legend of the Poro King! (Snowdown 2014)
By Jason Parker (Ragachak)
High-Impact Poro Violence!
It’s Snowdown Showdown time! This is the big League of Legends Winter Holiday event, where cool new skins are offered, new icons appear, and of course, a new game mode shows up. This is the premiere of the “Legend of the Poro King” mode! This will take place in the same map as ARAM [Howling Abyss], but one of the major differences is that it is not an All-Random mode. It is blind pick with bans, a mix of the two normal options. There can be mirror matches, but at least there are some bans going on. Every time I review a new game mode, temporary or otherwise, I ask myself one very important question: Is there a point, or is it just fun? Is there something we can learn as players from it? In this one, I have to say yes. Poro King offers more than just festive shenanigans.
While there are many really silly things going on in this mode, such as always having five initiators when your side has the King, there is also the opportunity to practice skill shots. When you launch a poro, it is a skillshot that goes through most everything, and hits the first player in range. This can be a fantastic way to get better at predicting enemy movements and landing skillshots! It is an intensely simple game mode, but it is a great deal of fun. If your team controls the Poro King, make sure you defend him at all costs. He has a great deal of AOE damage/AOE healing, and players on your team can teleport to him at a very low cooldown to create insane initiations! Successful summonings and tags with your poros also gain unique Snowdown Poro icons for your account to show off how good you were at the mode. Granted, this is another temporary mode that we will probably not see for another year, but it does show the creative work of the Riot staff.
A Cho’Gath Christmas
The Poro King is humongous, and summoned in a hilarious manner: by throwing tiny, defenseless Poros at your opponents. Each time they hit a player, a counter at the top of the screen goes up. At ten, the gigantic Poro King appears! As the game progresses, he grows stronger, and he usually stays relevant to the game for the rest of the match. However, with the right team comp, he can be bursted down and ignored, so do not rely on him to just win the game. After all, it is unlikely that one team will possess him the entire match. As soon as he dies for your enemy, you can summon him if you have enough hits saved up.
There are no summoner spells to choose from in this mode either. You get “Poro Throw” and “Poro Leap”, both which can be swapped between your buttons as you please. Poro Throw is just as it implies and tosses a Poro at the enemy. Poro Leap, as stated earlier, is only active when you have the Poro King. It whisks you across the map to his side, creating interesting tactical possibilities. It does not appear that you can stack more hits on your opponent when you have the Poro King out, which is definitely a positive in this mode. It would allow a team to constantly have him, a respawning siege engine without limit. No one controls the King, but he mindlessly pushes forward, damaging and healing.
We Three Demacians
So who works best in this mode? You can use pretty much anyone here. There are of course bans that I see very frequently in this mode: Master Yi, Katarina, Sona, Kayle, Ziggs. Champions with a great deal of teamfight potential can really wreck this mode. I see a lot of the Yasuo-Malphite Wombo-Combo. Think about it: once your team has the Poro King, you can come from anywhere on the map, right into the middle of the team fight. Send in your champs with a knock up, and Yasuo mops up the whole squad with no work. The goal is to get to the other Nexus on the Howling Abyss, and using the Poro King with good teamwork, it can be a very short match. Much like the original ARAM, players start at level 3, and the items are the same, which is also something to keep in mind.
Once again, skill shots are the name of the game. If you can’t land hits, you can’t win this mode easily. Sure, you could win without the Poro King, but why struggle unnecessarily? Team comps still play a factor, but ultimately this can be played with any champions enjoyably. I personally would not stack a lot of ADCs/Marksmen, but having one is fun. I loved Twitch on this map. Stealth, Poro Leap, and start shooting people! It’s pretty chaotic but fast-paced. The average game shouldn’t last more than 20 or 30 minutes before victory or defeat are sealed.
Were You Naughty Or Nice?
While I am generally hard on the temporary modes as their short existence offers Riot little time for trial and error, I have to say that I really liked Legend of the Poro King. It helps teach a new mechanic and is genuinely fun and interesting. It’s not mindless and ridiculous like U.R.F. (don’t get me wrong: U.R.F. rules), and it’s not a tremendous let down like Ascension Mode (Dominion will always be boring, no matter what). I love this mode because everyone is viable; everyone can start a fight now! There is no real meta to it, though of course the hypercarries do what they do best when they can appear out of nowhere and start murdering their foes. So while there is no hard meta to this holiday bonus, there are a ton of fun things to see and do. I wish everyone luck on the Fields of Justice, and may your Poro-Aim be true!
Due to developer’s difficulty, JC Planet decided to stop its service for Legend of Silkroad on December 31st, 2014, Also, forum and the website will be closed to players by then.
Although this was a very difficult decision to make, they believe this will allow JC Planet to focus on servicing new and engaging games. For more info, visit https://los.jcplanet.com/News/
Wargaming today announced a brand new combat mode for World of Tanks—Winter Showdown. This new 8-Bit mode will offer exclusive in-game content including three custom-built vehicles, new map and platooning setups.
Available exclusively in Winter Showdown mode will be mega platoons, featuring 5 players instead of 3. Winter Showdown will offer several game setups: 2 mega platoons vs. 2 mega platoons or 10 vs. 10 in random.
To complement Winter Showdown mode, Wargaming have designed three exclusive tanks: the Mammoth heavy tank, the Polar Bear Tank Destroyer, and the Arctic Fox light tank. Each of these three tanks has a clearly designed role on the battlefield: the Mammoth is a close-quarters tank; the Polar Bear is a long-range, sniper vehicle; the Arctic Fox is quick, scouting tank. To complement these vehicles, there are special Gold rounds that can be used to heal teammates.
Also designed for Winter Showdown mode is an original battle arena, and a new medal, Operation Winter, that will be given to players that perform exceptionally well in this mode.
The Winter Showdown mode has multiple start dates depending on a player’s region. For those in North America, Europe, and Asia, the start date is January 26th, 2015. For those in the Korean Republic, the start date is January 15th, 2015.
For more info, visit http://worldoftanks.com/
Azubu announced today that it will stream a Best Zed North America charity tournament featuring top players within the community, as well as a number of current LCS pros. The tournament will determine who is North America’s most skilled player of Zed, the League of Legends shadowy ninja. In addition, the viewing community will be able to make donations to notable charities during the competition, including Extra Life.
The following pro players have already signed up to participate in the online tournament, taking place January 10-11, 2015 on Azubu.tv/Azubu:
Based upon the success of last year’s Best Riven NA tournament by the editors of eSportspedia, 32 Challenger and Master LoL players will face off in a series of 1v1 matches.
During the course of the tournament, viewers will be able to donate to charity. Azubu will add on to the total sum of donations 30%, 20% and 10% in the names of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Azubu will also conduct major giveaways, which include RP, holiday skin bundles, and a Grand Prize vacation for one to two community members to attend a live professional LoL match in either North America, Europe or Korea, depending on the winner’s region of residence.
“The team at eSportspedia put on a very successful “Best of X” tournament last year, so we jumped at the opportunity to support a new version of the tournament,” noted Ian Sharpe, Azubu’s CEO. “The holidays are all about coming together and giving back, so we’re asking the League community to join us in supporting charities such as Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals via their Extra Life program.”
Master and Challenger players are encouraged to sign up for the tournament. More information can be found at Azubu’s Best Zed NA Hub Page, and follow Azubu.tv/Azubu to be notified when the stream goes live. The Best Zed NA tournament will begin on Saturday, January 10 at 1PM PST, and will run through Sunday, January 11. For additional information, visit Azubu.tv/Azubu and Azubu’s Best Zed NA Hub Page.
A special new game mode arrives in World of Tanks just in time for the New Year holiday.
The latest expansion to martial arts MMO from Snail Games, Age of Wushu: Transcendence, will officially launch on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015.
The new expansion features content updates including the fifth level of inner skill, new instances, areas and systems, centered around the traditional themes of fate, loyalty, and conspiracy. These new features include:
The Fifth Inner Skill
- Players in the Eight Schools can learn the fifth inner skill
- Players in the Jianghu Schools can unlock higher level skill
New Fobidden Instances
- Players can join in three new Forbidden Instances: “the Hell King’s Dungeon”, “the Jinling Incident” and “the Qiandeng Crisis”
- Players will follow the story arc, including challenging the “Ten Ultimates” from Jianghu during the new instances
- New skill manuals will be available, introducing new skills and abilities into the game
For more info, visit: http://www.ageofwushu.com/news/view/481