LoL champions and skins on sale 8/31-9/3


Shen splash art

This weekend Apocalyptic Brand is putting some champions and skins on sale. The champions he has graciously reduced are Shen, Cassiopeia, and Heimerdinger. All of them are available for just 487 RP each. The three skins on sale are: Battlecast Urgot, Tribal Ryze, and Executioner Mundo. You can pick up Tribal Ryze for just 260 RP; however, Battlecast Urgot and Executioner Mundo are on sale for 487 RP. Purchase them now from the League of Legends store before the deals end Monday, September 3rd.

Battlecast Urgot in-game image

Battlecast Urgot splash art

Tribal Ryze in-game image

Tribal Ryze splash art

Executioner Mundo in-game image

Executioner Mundo splash art

 

 

LoL – late August patch preview with notes


The latest patch has been integrated onto the League of Legends servers now. With it comes nerfs to Diana along with tweaks to Graves, Corki, and Ezreal. In additon, the Abyssal Scepter’s range has been reduced. Check out the video below for more details with the patch notes that show all the newest changes.

PvP.net 1.66

  • You can now disable notifications by using the new “Notification Suppression” feature in the Options menu

League of Legends v1.0.0.146

Akali

  • Mark of the Assassin
    • Fixed: Now correctly grants the Energy return when the target is killed by the magic damage from her passive

Alistar

  • General
    • Base Movement Speed reduced to 300 from 305
  • Headbutt
    • Cast range reduced to 600 from 650

Corki

  • Hextech Shrapnel Shells
    • No longer benefits from critical strikes
  • Valkyrie
    • Cooldown increased to 26/23/20/17/14 seconds from 20/18/16/14/12
  • Missile Barrage
    • Charge time for missiles increased to 12 seconds from 10

Diana

  • General
    • Base Health Regen reduced to 7 from 10
    • Updated model and splash art for Dark Valkyrie Diana
  • Crescent Strike
    • Damage reduced to 70/110/150/190/230 from 80/125/170/215/260
    • Ability Power ratio reduced to 0.7 from 0.8
  • Pale Cascade
    • Damage per orb reduced to 20/34/48/62/76 from 20/36/52/68/84
  • Lunar Rush
    • Cooldown increased to 25/20/15 seconds from 20/16/12

Evelynn

  • Shadow Walk
    • Detection radius reduced to 700 from 750
  • Hate Spike
    • Mana cost reduced to 14/18/22/26/30 from 19/23/27/31/35
  • Dark Frenzy
    • While active, Evelynn now ignores unit collision
    • Cooldown reduced to 15 seconds from 20
  • Ravage
    • Cast range increased to 225 from 185
  • Agony’s Embrace
    • Cooldown reduced to 120/90/60 seconds from 120/100/80

Ezreal

  • Mystic Shot
    • Mana cost reduced to 28/31/34/37/40 from 30/35/40/45/50
  • Essence Flux
    • Damage reduced to 70/115/160/205/250 from 80/130/180/230/280
    • Ability Power ratio increased to 0.8 from 0.7
    • Width reduced to 80 from 120

Gragas

  • Body Slam
    • Charge speed reduced to 900 from 1050
    • Mana cost increased to 75 from 50
  • Explosive Cask
    • Cooldown increased to 100/90/80 seconds from 90/75/60

Graves

  • General
    • Base Attack Speed reduced to 0.625 from 0.638
  • Quickdraw
    • Attack Speed reduced to 30/40/50/60/70% from 40/50/60/70/80%

Jarvan IV

  • Demacian Standard
    • When targeting a location outside of Demacian Standard’s range, Demacian Standard will now be cast at its maximum range in the direction of the targeted location

Karthus

  • Wall of Pain
    • No longer reduces Armor
    • Magic Resist reduction adjusted to 15% instead of flat 15/20/25/30/35

Katarina

  • Voracity
    • Cooldown reduction on kill or assist increased to 15 seconds from 10 seconds
  • Bouncing Blade
    • Base damage increased to 60/95/130/165/200 from 50/85/120/155/190
    • Ability Power Ratio decreased to 0.45 from 0.5
    • Mark detonation Ability Power ratio reduced to 0.15 from 0.2
  • Sinister Steel
    • Ability Power Ratio decreased to 0.25 from 0.3
  • Shunpo
    • Damage increased to 60/85/110/135/160 from 40/70/100/130/160
    • Cooldown reduced to 12/10.5/9/7.5/6 from 14/12/10/8/6
    • Fixed: Tooltip now states the correct Damage Reduction amount (15%, not 20%)

Mordekaiser

  • Increased the size of his model

Nunu

  • Ice Blast
    • Slow duration reduced to 3 seconds from 4

Rengar

  • Unseen Predator
    • Now leaps directly on top of the target instead of slightly behind them
  • Bola Strike
    • Fixed: Bola Strike will no longer fail to cast

Shen

  • Shadow Dash
    • Cooldown increased to 16/14/12/10/8 seconds from 10/9.5/9/8.5/8

Teemo

  • Toxic Shot
    • Fixed: Poison damage now works correctly at higher Attack Speeds

Twitch

  • Expunge
    • Base damage increased to 40/50/60/70/80 from 20/35/50/65/80
    • Mana cost reduced to 50/60/70/80/90 from 70/75/80/85/90
  • Spray and Pray
    • Reduced cast frame to make his attacks more responsive

Warwick

  • Fixed: Warwick’s passive now has a buff icon, and will work properly on consecutive hits

Items

  • Abyssal Scepter
    • Aura range reduced to 600 from 1000
  • The following items will now display a targeting indicator to show whether you are placing a ward inside of a bush: Wriggle’s Lantern, Vision Ward, and Sight Ward
  • The following items will now display their cooldown on the item itself, rather than with a buff: Maw of Malmortius, Hexdrinker, Banshee’s Veil, Guardian Angel, Sheen, Lichbane, Trinity Force, Tear of the Goddess, Archangel’s Staff, and Manamune
  • Fixed: Wards no longer list that they have 20 Attack Damage

The Darkness II 75% off on Steam


This weekend Steam has reduced Digital Extremes’ The Darkness II for 75% off. Therefore until Monday at 1pm EST, you can pick up a copy of The Darkness II for just $12.49.

World of Warcraft 5.0.4 patch now live


Blizzard’s latest expansion is drawing closer as the latest patch 5.0.4 implements many new features and changes to each and every class as well as to the game itself. These new features include, but not limited to account-wide achievements, new talent system that mimics Diablo, cross-realm zones, and BattleTag support. In addition, Valor Points have been converted to Justice Points, while Conquest Points have been converted to Honor Points. Also there are brand new glyphs and the daily quest cap has been removed. For more information, check out the patch notes below.

General
Account-wide Achievements, pets, and mounts

  •         In Patch 5.0.4 and beyond, the majority of your character’s Achievements, pets, and mounts will be shared with your other characters.
    Please read: Bringing Achievements to the Account Level, by Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street

World Event: Attack on Theramore Isle

  •         Warchief Garrosh, obsessed with assuring the Horde’s supremacy over Kalimdor, launches an all-out attack against Jaina’s island home of Theramore. Though valiant Alliance defenders rush to repel the sudden onslaught, they’ll soon find themselves unprepared for the terrible scope of Garrosh’s true plans…
  •         This Scenario will become available in the weeks leading up to the launch of Mists of Pandaria on September 25.

AOE Looting

  •         Area of effect looting comes to World of Warcraft with this patch. After killing a group of enemies in close proximity, when you loot one of their corpses, the loot window will include items from all of the nearby corpses for which you have loot rights.

BattleTag support in World of Warcraft

Players who have enabled their BattleTag will now be able to:

  •             See BattleTag friends in your friends list.
  •             Add and remove BattleTag friends.
  •             Send BattleTag invites to other players via right-click.

Cross-Realm Zones

  •         In some zones, players are now able to form a group with other players from a select pool of realms.
  •         When a player is in a zone that is set as a “cross-realm zone”, in addition to seeing other players from their native realm, they’ll also seamlessly see (and be able to play with) players from other realms.
  •         Players will always be able to group and quest as they normally would with players from their native realm.
  •         This functionality will be enabled for a limited number of realms at first, and will be granted to additional realms as we near the release of Mists of Pandaria.

Classes: General

All classes have been updated with a new talent system, improved abilities, and spells (accessible throughout levels 1-85). Your character’s talents have been reset.

  •         Many old talents have been converted to specialization abilities.
  •         Druids now have access to a fourth class specialization: Guardian.
  •         New spells are now learned automatically. Class trainers are only needed to change talents, glyphs, class specialization, or to utilize the dual specialization feature.
  •         All characters now take 40% less damage from other players.

Currency Conversion

  •     Valor points have been converted to Justice points, and Conquest points have been converted to Honor points.
  •     Neither of the resultant currencies (Justice and Honor) have an enforced hard-cap at this time.
  •     Players are no longer able to earn Valor or Conquest points (bosses drop Justice, and arenas are closed).
  •     Items formerly purchasable for Valor/Conquest are available for Justice/Honor.

Items

Spell Penetration has been replaced by PvP Power on existing items.
Head enchants removed

  •         Enchants that modify the gear in your head slot have been removed from the game. This includes older head enchants of every type.

Relics, ranged, and thrown items

  •         The slot in which ranged, relics, and thrown items were previously equipped has been removed. All weapons should now be equipped in the weapon slot.
  •         Ranged weapons, including wands, have been adjusted to be more powerful.
  •         Ranged weapons no longer have a minimum range.

Professions

  •     The glyph system has been updated. Many class glyphs have been added, altered, or moved to different glyph types.
  •     Prime glyphs have been removed.
  •     Chef’s Award and Dalaran Cooking Award have been removed. Existing awards have been converted to Epicurean’s Award.

Quests

  •     The cap for daily quests has been removed.
  •     There is no longer a displayed count of daily quests completed.

User Interface

  •     There is a new user interface for your mounts and pets.
  •     Character creation screens have been updated.
  •     Buffs have been consolidated in the UI.
  •     New roll results frame added. This new feature can be accessed by clicking the word “[Loot]” in chat, or by typing “/loot”.
  •     The PvE queue frames have been unified. You can now queue for dungeons, raids, and other queue-able content in one handy place.
  •     Vendors now offer item filtering.
  •     Spellbooks have been updated to reflect changes to core abilities, and now include a brief overview of specializations.
  •     The Dungeon Journal has been expanded with information on all pre-Cataclysm encounters.
  •     A new help system has been added to many frames. You can toggle this on and off by clicking the “i” button in the upper left corner of the frame.

Mac

  •     Mac OS X 10.5 is no longer supported.
  •     Added full support for Retina displays.
  •     Added support for game resolutions that match Mac screen aspect ratios.
  •     Switching between Windowed and Fullscreen display modes should be faster.
  •     A “Help” menu has been added, so that players can quickly navigate to support pages.
  •     A menu item that allows players to copy system information to the Clipboard has been added.
  •     A menu item that reveals various game files and folders in Finder has been added.

Indie Royale’s Getaway Bundle available now


Indie Royale is back, of course, with a new bundle titled the Getaway Bundle. This bundle features six games and some music as usual. For a little under $6, you can pick up Analogue: A Hate Story, Shattered Horizon, Da New Guys, Waves, Miniflake, and Super Amazing Wagon Adventure. Each game is available for Desura except for Shattered Horizon; however, Shattered Horizon, Analogue: A Hate Story and Waves are the only available games for Steam. If you pay $8 or more, you’ll receive the album Handheld Heroes Volume 1 by Handheld Heroes. Also by just paying for the bundle, you’ll also receive the Da New Guys, Waves, and Analogue: A Hate Story‘s official soundtracks with the six games. Check out the trailer below along with the official blog post detailing all the games. Also here’s the official website.

Indie Royale is back with a bundle that will take you on unique adventures from the comfort of your own living room: “travel” to the moon, the American Old West, a starship called the Mungunghwa, and more with the Getaway Bundle featuring six independent games, including exclusive debut Super Amazing Wagon Adventure!

The first exotic location on the itinerary is the moon where you can fight a zero-gravity death match in Futuremark’s unique multiplayer FPS Shattered Horizon available for Windows on Steam. Celebrated by Strategy Informer for game mechanics that create “thought-provoking gameplay”, Shattered Horizon offers unique combat features, realistic space gameplay, 32 player battles and huge levels that offer hours of gameplay. Top contributors will be rewarded for their generosity in this bundle; the top 10 contributors will receive a Shattered Horizon t-shirt; in addition, the top 5 contributors will also receive a meteorite sample from the Sikhote-Alin meteorite (Russia, 1947) with display case and certificate of authenticity. NOTE: Shattered Horizon requires DirectX 10, a DirectX 10 compatible video card, and Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Next up is Christine Love’s visual novel-style game, Analogue: A Hate Story, which takes place thousands of years in the future and is also loosely based on the Joseon Dynasty in Korea, available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. A current Indiecade Finalist, this game is focused around finding out the fate of a ship with the help of the ship’s two AIs after it re-appears 600 years following its mysterious disappearance whilst on a mission to establish an interstellar colony. Also included are the Space and Science DLC and the original soundtrack. PC Gamer calls Analogue: A Hate Story “ingeniously constructed” and states that “watching its narrative clockwork spinning is a huge part of the appeal.”

Offered along this journey is an Indie Royale exclusive debut; adventure on the Oregon Trail with Sparse Vector’s game, Super Amazing Wagon Adventure available for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. This 2D shooter offers random gameplay elements and a mission to traverse fires, avalanches and time travel while fighting against bears, giant spiders, buffalo herds, snakes, scorpions, sharks, bandits, wolves and aliens. Originally developed for XBLIG, Eurogamer raved about the XBLIG version of Super Amazing Wagon Adventure : “Hilariously weird, with a solid gameplay base, it’s really quite brilliant.”

Also offered on the “getaway” is a look behind the scenes of a professional wrestling ring with retro point-and-click adventure from Wadjet Eye Games: Da New Guys, available for Windows on Desura and DRM-free (also included is the original soundtrack). Da New Guys is based on 3 wrestlers from England (Brain, Simon and Defender) who have immigrated to America. The story begins with the kidnapping of Brain and his recently won medal; Simon and Defender embark on a journey to save Brain which leads them to the city’s darkest corners. Da New Guys offers pixel hunts, puzzles, a lighthearted story, tongue-in-cheek RPG elements and quirky dialogue.

Included in the Getaway Bundle is a twin-stick shooter from Squid In A Box Waves, available for Windows on Steam, Desura and DRM-free, which offers a rather unique destination that is “out of this world.” Waves is different from other games of its kind by rewarding you for killing your enemies by triggering a slow-motion buffer and the ability to bomb them; it offers quite lively chiptune tracks and some strategy elements when it comes to killing enemies. Offering five different modes, leaderboards and 20 levels Waves was recognized by Eurogamer as one of the “finest examples of the twin-stick arcade shooter genre to arrive in recent years.”

Last up is I-Game-Art’s retro 1bit RPG miniFlake available for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. A roguelike RPG, miniFlake offers great chiptune music; retro sound effects; and randomly generated dungeons, overworld maps location names, and NPCs. The goal of the game is to pillage dungeons, and this gets increasingly difficult with each level. MiniFlake is still an Alpha: an updated build will be made available on your Indie Royale Key Page every time developer updates it (and the Desura version will automatically update).

Finally, those who pay $8 USD or their currency equivalent during the Getaway Bundle will get ‘Handheld Heroes Volume One’ a project, directed by Saskrotch which consists of 41-tracks from leading chiptune artists. Featuring familiar artists like Wizwars, Alex Mauer, Heosphoros, little-scale, OxygenStar, Goto80, zabutom, IAYD, Bit Shifter, this compilation pays homage to Game Boy, Master System, NES, Game Boy Advance, Amiga and a myriad of other “old skool” consoles.

You can find more information on Getaway Bundle, including real-time statistics and its current price, on its official website or via its Facebook and Twitter pages. And a final reminder – get in early while the prices are still low (unless generous contributors drop the price), so “get away” and grab a bundle today!

LoL champions and skins on sale 8/28-8/31 and free champion rotation week 40


Jax splash art

Today you can purchase three champions, courtesy of Ezreal. These champions are Jax, Darius, and Urgot. Darius and Urgot are available now for just 487RP, but Jax is a 292 RP. In addition, the following three skins are on sale too: Royal Guard Fiora, Imperial Xin Zhao, and Commando Galio. Both Royal Guard Fiora and Commando Galio are purchasable for 487 RP, while Imperial Xin Zhao is available for 260 RP. Also for the last week of August, here are the free champions available to play for week 40: Katarina, Ahri, Malphite, Taric, Master Yi, Teemo, Kennen, Graves, Leona, and Volibear.

Royal Guard Fiora in-game image

Royal Guard Fiora splash art

Imperial Xin Zhao in-game image

Imperial Xin Zhao splash art

Commando Galio in-game image

Commando Galio splash art

 

Steam discounts British indie game bundle and The Walking Dead; The Walking Dead: Episode 3 – Long Road Ahead available tomorrow


This midweek madness sale is pretty awesome. Steam has discounted Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead to 40% off, making it a wonderful $14.99 for all five episodes. This is undoubtedly due to the upcoming release of Episode 3 – Long Road Ahead, which has released today for PlayStation Network. However, other gamers will have to wait one more day for its release to Xbox Live Arcade, PC, and Mac. In addition, tomorrow Episode 2 – Starved For Help will release on iOS. You can pick up the bundle of the game that includes all episodes upon release for just $14.99 as well from the iTunes App Store. If you wish to purchase it individually, then the episode will cost $4.99. I thoroughly have enjoyed the first two episodes and highly recommend the game to anyone who’s interested in it. Picking it up for just $14.99 is a great deal.

Also there’s the British Indie Game Bundle that features six games: Defcon, Eufloria, Frozen Synapse, Gratuitous Space Battles, Revenge of the Titans, and Ben There, Dan That! and Time Gentlemen, Please! Special Edition Double Pack. The bundle is available for just $9.99 (75% off).

Both these deals will end as always on Thursday at 7pm EST.

LoL – late August patch preview


Soon there will be another patch which will tweak the gameplay on the Fields of Justice. This time we’ll be seeing changes to Graves, Corki, and Ezreal along with buffs for Evelynn, the Widowmaker. In addition, the Abyssal Scepter will be receiving some changes as well. Check it all out below.

Steam highlights Just Cause and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier for the weekend


This weekend Steam has discounted Just Cause and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Just Cause and Just Cause 2 are available for 75% off making both games purchasable for under $7. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is also available for 33% off reducing it to $33.49 until Monday 1pm EST.

LoL champions and skins on sale 8/21-8/24 and free champion rotation week 39


Ezreal splash art

This week we have Ezreal, Taric, and Trundle all at reduced price, according to Lord Darius. Ezreal and Trundle are now available for just 487 RP; however Taric is available to pick up at a cheaper 292 RP. Additionally, one of Taric’s skins is on sale as well, Bloodstone Taric. Also Pentakill Yorick and Full Metal Pantheon are discounted too. All three of these skins are purchasable for just 487 RP until Friday, August 24th. Also it’s week 39 and the free champion rotation highlights: Janna, Diana, Annie, Kassadin, Nunu, Singed, Twisted Fate, Galio, Miss Fortune, and Xin Zhao.

Bloodstone Taric in-game image

Bloodstone Taric splash art

Pentakill Yorick in-game image

Pentakill Yorick splash art

Full Metal Pantheon in-game image

Full Metal Pantheon splash art

Warhammer Quest releasing next year to iOS


Warhammer Quest is coming to iOS in the spring of 2013. Created from Games Workshops’ best-selling tabletop games, Warhammer Quest will be a dungeon crawler that enables players to control a party of four. Below is the trailer, but it’s rather boring and doesn’t incorporate any sort of gameplay aspects into it.

 

LoL – Rengar, the Pridestalker available now


Rengar splash art

Rengar, the Pridestalker is now available to play on the Fields of Justice. This new champion as always is 975 RP or 6300 IP. Also there’s a bundle which includes the champion and its new skin for just 1462 RP. The new skin is Headhunter Rengar which can be seen below.

Headhunter Rengar splash art

Headhunter Rengar in-game animations

 

 

 

Red Sox lineup 8/21/12 vs Los Angeles Angels


Ciriaco 3B
Pedroia 2B
Ellsbury CF
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Saltalamacchia C
Nava DH
Aviles SS
Podsednik LF

Cook SP

LoL champion spotlight – Rengar, the Pridestalker


Rengar, the Pridestalker splash art

Check out the latest champion spotlight on the upcoming new addition to the League of Legends roster, Rengar, the Pridestalker.

Note: Rengar has not been released yet, he’s still being tested on the PBE.

Steam discounts Mount & Blade franchise and highlights new bundle


Once again there’s another Steam midweek madness sale. This time there’s a bundle and discounts on the Mount & Blade franchise. The bundle feature until Thursday is the bitComposer Games and Viva Media Bundle. It features five games for an awesome price of just $9.99 (75% off). Check them out below, but the individual games themselves are not on sale, just the bundle.

Additionally, the Mount & Blade is also 75% off making the entire franchise purchasable for just $8.74. That includes Mount & Blade, Mount & Blade: Warband, Mount & Blade: Warband – Napoleonic Wars, and Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword. Also if you own any Mount & Blade title, you can receive a 20% off discount on the upcoming Paradox title, War of the Roses. Both sales end on Thursday, August 23rd at 7pm EST. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive additionally launched today as well and is available for $14.99 for both PC and Mac systems.

 

Plants vs Zombies 2 to come next spring


PopCap Games has announced they’ll be releasing a sequel to the much beloved game, Plants vs Zombies. The game will launch sometime in spring 2013 and will feature an all new slew of plants and zombies and “mulch more”. Below is the official announcement.

PopCap Games, maker of some of the world’s most popular video game franchises and a division of EA, today announced that the underground growth of the sequel to Plants vs. Zombies, one of the world’s most popular video games, is germinating and advancing with rigor.

The sequel to Plants vs. Zombies is expected to launch by late spring 2013, and will include a bevy of new features, settings, and situations, designed to delight the franchise’s tens of millions of fans around the world. No other details of the highly anticipated new installment in the franchise are available at this time, beyond the following comments from some of the game’s denizens.

“Spring is crullest curlie ungood time, and plantz grow dull roots,” noted an unidentified spokesperson. “So, we are meating you for brainz at yore house. No worry to skedule schedlue plan… we’re freee anytime. We’ll find you.”

“There was a time we relished a bracing, hearty blend of zombies, in the morning,” said Sonny F. Lower, a representative of the Flora Forever Foundation. “But first, a brisk shower and some strategic pruning are required. Tomorrow is near!”

Known for its quirky, one-of-a-kind blend of art, humor, polish and attention to detail, PopCap has been a mainstay of casual, mobile and social gaming for more than a decade. More than a billion people around the world have played PopCap’s video games, including the award-winning, blockbuster franchises Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled, Zuma, Peggle and Bookworm. The breadth of PopCap’s audience is similarly impressive, as its games appeal equally to both genders and all ages.

Red Sox lineup 8/19/12 vs New York Yankees


Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Lavarnway C
Saltalamacchia DH
Podsednik RF
Ciriaco SS
Punto 3B

Beckett SP

LoL champions and skins on sale 8/17-8/20


Olaf splash art

For a quick rundown of the new champions and skins on sale this weekend, we have Olaf, Sona, and Miss Fortune available for 487 RP each. Then for the skins, Dark Crystal Ryze, Buccaneer Tristana, and General Wukong are all on sale. Dark Crystal Ryze and General Wukong are 487 RP, but Buccaneer Tristana is available for 260 RP. They are all purchasable until Monday, August 20th. Here’s the post by Riot which is pretty funny and has a lot more fluff.

Pentakillers!

We’ve just started auditions for the latest addition to the Pentakill lineup since our last drummer got crushed under a pile of amplifiers after a tragic explosion took down the stage last tour stop. Hey, what was his name again? Who gives a **** – he was a nihilist anyway.

They’re saying that the resulting riots tore down nearly a third of the city and resulted in at least 18 deaths. Feeders! Everything has an expiration date. Unfortunately, the town council is on our ass to pay the damages, and the lawyers are saying that the “embrace the inevitable” defense is looking shaky. I guess we can’t afford to cancel the tour, so it’s time to hold some emergency tryouts.

Unfortunately, Mordekaiser refuses to get out of bed and Karthus still hasn’t made bail, so it’s up to me to find the best replacement. Pass me that bottle of Jayce Daniels, because this @#$!’s about to get heavy. Alright, send them in, but any one of you @$#holes who can’t keep time is going on sale!

  • Dark Crystal Ryze looks totally metal and rocks his own special effects. The dark horns and black spines look totally badass but he keeps shorting out the amp stack every time he hits a drum solo. If you’ve got insulated wiring you can take him for 487 RP.
  • General Wukong keeps talking about how he wants creative control. You’re the drummer, dumb@#$. You just sit behind the band, you **** dirty ape! 487 RP to take this monkey off our backs.
  • Buccaneer Tristana clearly thinks that this is a different kind of band. We’re Pentakill – the biggest death metal band to ever grace the Fields of Justice. I don’t care how much you want to shoot something, you can’t come on stage dressed like a pirate! Take this one back to the docks for 260 RP.

Sona splash art

  • You can’t play the drums if you’re already on keys, Sona. This isn’t one of those prissy pop bands, this is metal! There’s no double bass on your drum machine, no matter how many kits you’ve sampled. Take her back to your studio for 487 RP.
  • Miss Fortune thinks she should be the front-woman just because she’s showing more skin. This audition is for drummer! Our front-man is so metal he doesn’t even have skin! Your band can hire her for 487 RP.
  • This Olaf guy showed up completely smashed and keeps screaming about how he’s a Berserker. He’s already broken six drum kits and drank a full case of beer, and I haven’t even hit record, yet. That’s totally brutal! I’m going to make him play it again when he sobers up. For now, you can go get his stomach pumped for 487 RP.

Dark Crystal Ryze in-game image

Dark Crystal Ryze splash art

General Wukong in-game image

General Wukong splash art

Buccaneer Tristana in-game image

Buccaneer Tristana splash art

 

 

 

 

 

Red Sox lineup 8/17/12 vs New York Yankees


Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross DH
Saltalamacchia C
Aviles SS
Podsednik RF
Ciriaco 3B

Morales SP

Steam discounts Sniper Elite and Alan Wake franchises for the weekend


This weekend Steam has two lovely franchise sales, Sniper Elite along with Alan Wake. Sniper Elite V2 is available at 66% off along with the original game at the same reduced price. In fact, you can purchase the entire franchise for just $18.69. Additionally, this weekend you can catch the Alan Wake franchise for just $9.99 (75% off). Alan Wake is available $7.49. However, the franchise pack includes both Alan Wake and Alan Wake: American Nightmare with Alan Wake Collector’s Edition Extras (Developer Commentary Videos, Illustrated PDF Book, and Soundtrack) for just $2.50 more than the original title. As always, the Steam sale ends on Monday at 1pm EST.

Trine 2 to receive Goblin Menace DLC in the fall


Trine 2 will be receiving a DLC titled Goblin Menace. The brand new DLC like most DLCs will expand on the gameplay of the original game by introducing new levels along with skills available for the three classes. Check out the reveal trailer below for this new expansion which will hit in the fall for just Steam and Wii U (Trine 2: Director’s Cut). Eventually, the DLC will probably make it to the PS3 and Xbox 360, but there’s still no word on that, the release date, and price. Whatever the release date or the price may be, it looks wonderful in the vivid screenshots and is probably well worth the wait.

 

Borderlands 2 includes fifth class, the Mechromancer


Mechromancer concept art

Borderlands 2 is almost less than one month away. With that in mind, new trailers and more details are being revealed for everyone to get excited about. Borderlands 2 features four new classes: the Gunzerker, the Siren, the Commando and the Assassin. In addition, there’s the Mechromancer, a punk girl with ponytails who has the ability to summon Deathtrap, a robot. Within the Mechromancer’s skill tree, you have the ability to upgrade your companion, Deathtrap. One of which its abilities is an explosive clap that sandwiches opponents together than has a knock-back effect afterwards. Check out the latest video below featuring Handsome Jack and remember the Borderlands sequel will be releasing on September 18th for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 and the 21st for the UK.

Deathtrap concept art

You may have noticed Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchfordspeaking out against the “girlfriend mode” nickname on Twitter.

As reported below, the Mechromancer skill tree that helps video game newcomers is formally called Best Friends Forever. But Borderlands 2 lead designer John Hemingway referred to it numerous times as “girlfriend mode”.

“Borderlands 2 does NOT have a girlfriend mode,” Pitchford stated on Twitter. “Anyone that says otherwise is misinformed or trying to stir up something that isn’t there.

“The future DLC Mechromancer class has a skill tree that makes it easier for less skilled coop partners (any gender!) to play and be useful.”

Pitchford didn’t deny that Hemingway had said “girlfriend mode”. Instead, he labelled the term a “personal anecdote” that had been spun by the media.

“There is no universe where Hemingway is a sexist,” Pitchford added. “All the women at Gearbox would beat his and anyone else’s ass” (Eurogamer).

 

LoL champion spotlight – Katarina, the Sinister Blade


Katarina in-game animations

With the most recent patch, Katarina, the Sinister Blade underwent a remake and has had her abilities tweaked. The image above shows off the new animations given to Katarina. Also below check out the new champion spotlight.

LoL new skins available – Full Metal Rammus and Riot Graves


Full Metal Rammus splash art

In addition to the new announcement of the upcoming champion, Syndra, the Dark Sovereign, there’s also two new skins to get excited about. Full Metal Rammus and Riot Graves will be joining the ranks. You’ll be able to purchase both skins on August 16th.

Full Metal Rammus in-game animations

If you’re planning on paying us a visit at Gamescom this year, you’ve undoubtedly got a lot of reasons to be excited. Between hands-on time with some upcoming champions and witnessing the European Regionals, there’s a lot to take in at the Riot Games booth.

Just in case you weren’t excited enough, we’ve also got some extra swag waiting for you in Cologne. If you ever hoped to roll out a more industrial look for your Armordillo, then you’ll be pleased to know that Full Metal Rammus is sporting mechanized animations and a new model, along with sound and spell effects befitting his mechanical new look. This new Rammus skin will be available free to anyone who pays a visit to the Riot Games booth.

Riot Graves splash art

In addition to Rammus, we’re also giving out a brand new Riot event skin. Riot K-9 Nasus will be retiring from the force to make room for a riotous new Graves. Decked out head-to-toe in riot control gear and sporting a new dash animation on Quick Draw, this new take on your favorite Outlaw is sure to have you locked and loaded!

Riot Graves in-game animations

LoL – Syndra, the Dark Sovereign revealed


Syndra, the Dark Sovereign

In addition to Rengar, we’ll have another upcoming champion available for play at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. After the Pridestalker joins the League, Syndra, the Dark Sovereign, will descend upon the Fields of Justice in the following patch. A magical prodigy, Syndra conjures powerful dark spheres, and even wields enemy minions and monsters as weapons. Here’s the full rundown of her abilities.

  • Transcendent (Passive): Each of Syndra’s normal abilities gain an extra effect at max rank.
    o Dark Sphere: Spheres deal bonus damage to champions.
    o Force of Will: Projectiles briefly knocks enemies into the air.
    o Scatter the Weak: Cone width increases.
  • Dark Sphere: Syndra conjures a dark sphere at a target location, dealing magic damage in an area. The sphere remains for several seconds and can be manipulated by Syndra’s other abilities.
  • Force of Will:
    o First Cast: Grabs a target dark sphere, enemy minion or neutral monster.
    o Second Cast: Throw a grasped dark sphere or enemy at a target area. Enemies struck by the projectile take magic damage and are slowed.
  • Scatter the Weak: Deals magic damage in a cone and knocks enemies away based on how close they are to Syndra. Dark spheres within the area-of-effect are also knocked back, dealing magic damage and stunning enemies in their path.
  • Unleashed Power (Ultimate): Draws upon Syndra’s full cataclysmic power, harnessing all active dark spheres to deal additional magic damage to an enemy champion.

Syndra in-game animations

Syndra’s kit revolves around the manipulation of short-duration globes left behind by Dark Sphere. While the function of Dark Sphere is very simple on the surface, proper sphere management can be the difference between success and failure with Syndra. Each of her abilities can be used on its own in a pinch, but good sphere placement ensures that Syndra always has the ammunition she needs to throw projectiles with Force of Will, and creates new firing angles for globes launched with Scatter the Weak.

While it might be tempting to snatch up a defenseless minion and use it as a projectile, Syndra’s Force of Will ability really shines when it’s used in conjunction with dark spheres. Syndra can use Force of Will to reposition these globes for a successful shot with Scatter the Weak while Dark Sphere is on cooldown, or to extend the duration of a sphere that’s about to expire in order to build up ammunition on the battlefield. Ultimately, keeping your sphere count high in this manner will allow you to dictate the course of a battle by threatening a large area.

The importance of managing your dark spheres is most keenly illustrated by Syndra’s ultimate ability, Unleashed Power. The increased damage granted by each active sphere can transform this ability from high-damage nuke into a cataclysmic attack. Good planning and strategic dark sphere placement can make Syndra an intimidating opponent to face in mid lane.

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