A Fresh Take on Riot Games’ New World’s Theme: “Phoenix”

A Fresh Take on Riot Games’ New World’s Theme: “Phoenix”

As season 9 of League of Legends comes to a close, the best of the best League players from each region to compete for a chance at the Summoner’s Cup and a prize of $2,225,000 as a new World theme song sets the tone.

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The Elder Scrolls Online is Free to Play November 6-13

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We love free games. Thank you, Bethesda.

Is your bank account cursing you? Give your pockets a break and download the base game of The Elder Scrolls Online for free. Earlier this week, Bethesda blessed the Twitter feed with their announcement. “The next #ESO free play event starts soon!”

Here’s what you get if you decide to visit the beautiful world of Tamriel and download ESO during this free week:

  • Play one of four classes: Sorcerer, Nightblade, Templar, or Dragonknight (Or create one of each. Whatever.)

  • Explore 23 of ESO’s beautiful zones

  • You can play the main questline, Mages and Fighters Guild storylines

  • All new accounts receive 500 Crowns to spend in the in-game store (XBOX users will still need Xbox Gold)

  • Access to Morrowind zone and discover the Dark Elves

The Play for Free event will go from November 6 at 10:00 AM EST until Wednesday, November 13 at 10:00 AM EST.

For more information, visit the Elder Scrolls Online website.

Apex Legends: Season 3 Live, Battle Pass Rewards, and Crypto's Abilities

Apex Legends: Season 3 Live, Battle Pass Rewards, and Crypto's Abilities

Apex Legends Meltdown is live! Come check out all the Battle Pass rewards you can get this season, see Crypto's released abilities, and find out about big changes coming to the loot you'll see on the battlefield.

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Revisiting the History of World of Warcraft For Beginners

FROM TITANS AND OLD GODS, TO ORCS AND HUMANS, TO THE SCOURGE'S REIGN OF CHAOS AND ONWARD TO THE LEGION, NO OTHER HAS A HISTORY AS RICH AND EXCITING AS THAT OF THE WORLD OF WARCRAFT UNIVERSE.

With the World of Warcraft Classic release, many new adventurers to Azeroth are becoming interested in WoW lore. While it’s true you don't have to know the Warcraft history in order to appreciate the magnitude of World of Warcraft, learning about the history and lore can really add to the experience and immersion into the Warcraft universe. Azeroth's history is exciting and fun and full of mystery. Azeroth's history can be found everywhere. In addition to the Warcraft games, novels and shorts, "World of Warcraft" itself offers so many nuggets of lore within the storylines as well as books found throughout the game. From the book "Mythology of the Titans", found in Scarlet Monastery, to taking the fight to the Legion on Argus in the World of Warcraft Legion expansion, here's part 1 of the breakdown of the expansive history of the Warcraft universe.

IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WERE TITANS AND SHADOW...

Well, the Titans didn't exactly create the universe. We still don't know how the universe came to be. But the Titans, led by a council called the Pantheon, regulated the universe, the worlds and the beings that inhabited them. But from the Twisting Nether came dark magic--shadow magic and beings who sought to either destroy or control everything, the Eredar warlocks, enslaving countless worlds. The in-game book "Sargeras and the Betrayal" explains the rise and fall of the titans' greatest warrior, Sargeras. Sargeras was appointed to defend and protect the worlds from the spreading evil. And though Sargeras defeated the Eredar, he fell into depression, making him susceptible to corruption by his next foe, the Natherim or dreadlords. Sargeras, unable to shake the corruption and the depression joined the Natherim's Burning Legion. Sargeras acted as a sort of double agent, undermining all of the progress that the titans made as they went from world to world shaping and organizing.

Disclaimer: "Sargeras and the Betrayal" is the original tale of Sargeras' downfall. His lore was rewritten for Legion.

World of Warcraft  fan art of the 5 original dragon aspects. By artist Keisinger037

World of Warcraft fan art of the 5 original dragon aspects. By artist Keisinger037

BEHOLD! A NEW WORLD CALLED EARTH AZEROTH!

The titans made their way to a new world and called it Azeroth. But there, they discovered the inhabitants worshipped powerful, elemental beings referred to as The Old Gods. And so, the Pantheon waged war on The Old Gods. The Old Gods' armies were led by Therazane of earth, Al'akir of wind, Ragnaros of fire and Neptulon of water. Though the elemental lieutenants were powerful, they were not powerful enough to defeat the Pantheon's armies and were imprisoned far beneath the earth. After they felt their work was done with the ordering of Azeroth, they charged the dragon aspects, Alexstraza, Ysera, Nozdormu, Malygos and Neltharion to watch over their prized accomplishment, Kalimdor.

On this new world was a mysterious lake of great power, the Well of Eternity. The quel'dorei or Night Elves believed that the moon goddess, Elune, slumbered in The Well during sunlight. So the priests studied the well. Their quest of knowledge allowed them to create civilizations across the whole of Kalimdor. Queen Azshara built a civilization on the coast. She and her loyal subjects were also fascinated with the magical properties of The Well and began experimentation. They discovered their powers grew and soon could create or destroy life as they saw fit. It wasn't long before Sargeras felt the power of the Well and the practicing highborne from worlds away. Malfurion Stormrage, a powerful student of druidism suspected there was something corrupting Queen Azshara and her highborne elves. And so Sargeras convinced Queen Azshara to create open a portal at the Well of Eternity, prompting the first invasion of The Burning Legion. With the help of the dragon aspects, the Burning Legion was defeated, but not before Neltharion went mad and turned on his fellow aspects, renaming himself Deathwing. The Well of Eternity was destroyed and the highborne were exiled.

 

 THE HOMELESS HIGH ELVES FIND A NEW HOME.

After surviving the War of the Ancients and being exiled, the highborne, led by Dath'Remar sailed the turbulent waters of The Great Sea. Finally, they landed on the beaches of northern Lordaeron. They trekked inland, settling in Tirisfal Glades. However, there was something quite evil beneath the earth and many of the highborne went mad. They continued northward, encountered new creatures and beings and tribes of primitive humans--the Zul'Aman trolls--and finally they found a place that they could call home. They founded Quel'thalas and made Silvermoon City their capitol. They defeated the invading trolls and lived in peace for over 4,000. And then, having regrouped in the shadows, the trolls attacked, nearly destroying Quel'thalas.

The humans warred with each other constantly until one tribe, the Arathi tribe led by Thoradin, sought to unite the tribes. After defeating rival tribes, the Arathi would offer peace to those he conquered, gaining their respect and loyalty. With all human tribes united for the first time, they built Strom, becoming the first human empire led by King Thoradin. Envoys from Quel'thalas ventured to Strom to plead for help. The elves decided to some of the secrets of their magic with 100 select humans. Together, the elves and humans laid waste to the troll armies. Quel'thalas pledged their friendship and loyalty to Arathor and its bloodline.

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The Well of Eternity

AND THE HUMANS FUMBLED THE BALL.

The select 100 who learned the ways of the elves passed their knowledge down to a newer, naive generation. The humans began to spread out and built a second city called Dalaran just to the north of Strom. The new magi, feeling constricted, moved to Dalaran hoping to practice magic freely. They built up Dalaran, but their frivolity lured the Burning Legion back to Azeroth. Luckily, they did not come in armies, but launched small scale attacks. Still, they proved too powerful for the novice mages. The Dalaran mages sought help from the Quel'thalas.

The elves told them of the history of the Burning Legion and the dangers of practicing magic. The elves and human magi of Dalaran made a pact: they would entrust the magic of all with one responsible mage. The elves stressed the importance of keeping magic and the Burning Legion a secret, as to not spread fear, pandemonium and more recklessness. Thus, they created a secret council, The Guardians of Tirisfal. As more humans practiced magic throughout the lands, the Guardians' job was to monitor and assess to which degree of power was used. The Guardians of Tirisfal became known as the Kirin Tor or Mage Senate.

In addition to the many books, short stories, and comics about World of Warcraft lore, you can find lots of juicy little tidbits of history in various books, scrolls, letters, NPC interaction in-game.

There's So Much Beauty in the World of Warcraft

We’re in World of Warcraft’s 15th anniversary. World of Warcraft Classic release date is Tuesday, August 27, 2019, and players who quit WoW are coming back just for Classic WoW. People who have played WoW since Vanilla are on the World of Warcraft forums reminiscing about the good ‘ol days of being brutally murdered by Murlocs in Elwynn Forest, among other things.

Those Murlocs, at the lake… That have like a 2 sec respawn and aggro with a mob of like 5-6 at a time…Died so many times to them…

Old school Azeroth can be a pretty scary and intimidating place. But There are so many beautiful places in Azeroth. All it takes is some exploring.

Just be careful. Unlike later expansions, there is no flying in Classic WoW. The best tip for surviving Classic Azeroth is to do your best to stick to the roads when traveling. This is especially helpful if you will be playing a Night Elf and decide to make the journey from Teldrasil on Kalimdor to Stormwind City in Eastern Kingdoms. For some reason, many, if not most Alliance players who choose Night Elf characters, prefer to quest in Eastern Kingdoms. So, keep in mind that there are there are no portals and there is no boat that goes directly from Darkshore to Stormwind. The Darkshore boat takes you to Wetlands in Eastern Kingdoms. Then, you have to walk on foot, to Ironforge. Be sure to learn the flight paths of each town you visit on your way. Once you get to Ironforge, you’ll take the tram to Stormwind. Yes, this is how you get from the Night Elf starting area to the Stormwind.

But yes, there are so many beautifully scenic places to explore in World of Warcraft. With each of the World of Warcraft expansions, Blizzard Entertainment’s talented team created some of the eeriest, creepiest and beautiful places in all of gaming.

The latest WoW expansion, Battle for Azeroth, also boasts some gorgeous scenery. Whether you have warmode on or not, exploring some of these places is an absolute must. From the Zandalari troll home of Zulduzar to Queen Azshara’s underwater domain of Nazjatar, these places are stunning. There are very few games like World of Warcraft that would be able to compare visually.

Whether you will be playing World of Warcraft Classic, sticking to Battle for Azeroth, or will be playing both, don’t forget to appreciate the scenery. Do you have a favorite place to chill in Azeroth? Tell us your favorite places in the comments or on Facebook.

Sea of Solitude: Do you know who you really are?

Sea of Solitude: Do you know who you really are?

 You begin alone in a boat surrounded by a dark sea and storming sky. Kay, your protagonist, has told us she is trying to piece everything together. She told us that she has a family and friends, but yet, she is still feeling alone, again.

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League of Legends New Champion Breakdown - Qiyana

Riot Games - Qiyana

Riot Games - Qiyana

The League of Legends world is gaining a new, powerful woman to the roster of champions!

Qiyana is a highly mobile AD burst assassin. She works with the environment to set up magnificent plays, working with the in-game terrain in ways we’ve never seen before.

Qiyana’s Passive - Royal Privilege - will deal extra damage on the first ability or attack that Qiyana places on a champion and changing elements will reset the cooldown. In her Q ability - Edge of Ixtal - Qiyana slashes the area in front of her dealing damage. If she is currently using an element, her weapon will hurl a projectile that explodes. River will root opponents on hit, wall will deal bonus damage to units with low health, and brush will leave a trail that provides Qiyana stealth and movement speed. Qiyana’s W is Terrashape. This ability allows Qiyana to target an element (brush, river, or a wall) and gain the element as she makes a quick dash forward. Useful for its movement and providing an element, which resets her passive, this ability is going to be crucial to maximizing your damage. Audacity, Qiyana’s W ability, lets Qiyana dash toward a target enemy, dealing damage upon arrival. Her ultimate is Supreme Display of Power. Qiyana will create a shockwave, knocking back enemies - any river, brush, or wall that is hit provides an extra pop of damage, then stun enemies hit.

Qiyana has the ability to adapt and overcome almost any challenge, hunting down squishy champions and snowballing her team to victory. Knowing where to position yourself around your chosen element, or using Terrashape to select a nearby element, will grant you extra damage, attack speed, and damage buffs. Look to be maximizing the time you have an element selected, as it also provides buffs to Edge of Ixtal, allowing you to root, deal bonus damage to low targets, or chase your opponents in stealth.  A good Q-W-Q will give you some insane outplay potential as well as giving you bonus damage from your passive. Beware of fighters who can survive your burst of damage, or worse, CC you to stop your combo.

Qiyana has no trouble picking off immobile skillshot champions, using her mobility to juke around their damage and nuking them down. Dragon and Baron area fights are a Qiyana’s dream as it will allow you to have the full range of access to your elements, letting you adapt as you need to in fights, not to mention all those passive resets that are upping your damage. Your ultimate gets a lot scarier when you’ve got an element to combo it with. Ulting through brush or the river causes a wave of ice to follow your shockwave, stunning enemies hit by the ice. When your enemies’ back is against a wall, send a shockwave at them to cause an explosion along the length of the wall and stunning enemies hit by the blast.

We hope that this has given you some insight into our new assassin, Qiyana! Heed our tips and tricks and we bet you’ll get Mastery 7 in no time. See you on the Rift, Summoner!

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Top 5 Hottest Cowboys in Video Games

Sexual attraction toward characters in video games is different for many. When men think of sexy, they tend to think of exposed body parts (breasts, booty, thighs). Hence, the outcry for the Mortal Kombat 9 female costumes to be put into Mortal Kombat 11.

They also think that exposing the digital chests of men in video games is a reverse form of objectification to satisfy women gamers. That is not true at all. Why? For many, if not most women gamers, sexual attraction has nothing to do with unrealistic, digital abs and big arms (that’s for men’s adoration and idea of what masculine should look like, not female sexual gratification). So, what’s sexy to femme gamers? Cowboys.

Here are the top 5 cowboys in video games who can get it.

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Jesse McCree

Overwatch

When an enemy McCree stuns me and says, “Whoa there,” I don’t know whether to be angry or turned on. No seriously, McCree or, as some Overwatch players refer to him, Daddy, exudes that old West charm and grit often seen in old Western films.

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Sadie Adler

Red Dead Redemption 2

Look up badassery in the dictionary and you’ll see Sadie Adler’s beautiful face right there. RDR2 players didn’t just fall in love with her super cute freckles, kinda messy hair and voice, but with her triumphant storyline. We discovered her story by playing through the game. From widow to bad ass outlaw, Sadie—we can’t stop crushing on Sadie.

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Erron Black

Mortal Kombat 11

The only thing we trust about Erron Black is that he was definitely a cutie pie at least 150 years ago when he worked for Shang Tsung. He’s a mercenary who is actually from the old West. But this dog has learned many new tricks.

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John Marston

Red Dead Redemption

He’s the quintessential cowboy Robin Hood—ex-criminal with a heart of gold. Sure, he left the life of crime to be a family man, but that’s the bad boy turned good trope that makes gamers swoon.

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Ashe

Overwatch

Gorgeous. Rich. Deadly. Overwatch’s Ashe leads the Deadlock Gang that operates out of Arizona. With her BoB (Big Omnic Butler) by her side, she steals anything she wants. Including our hearts.

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