Runes, honor, and the ban system have all been reworked. Are these changes a good thing for League of Legends lovers?

League of Legends: Runes Reforged and the Honor System

Riot loves updating League of Legends. Players get new patches every two weeks, and we've seen some other big changes recently: runes reforged, 10 bans in champion select, and a new honor system. While the fundamental strategies of League are fairly consistent,...
Is the UMP-45 still overpowered?

The UMP-45 Nerf: Is It Still Overpowered?

On May 23rd, Valve put in place a patch that nerfed the UMP-45. It was a long time coming. At the professional level, the UMP-45 has been overpowered for quite some time. When it was revealed that the UMP was...
Expect to see lots of Clockwerk at TI7.

The Heroes of the TI7 Qualifiers

With the conclusion of the International 2017 Qualifiers, and the group stages only a month away, it's time to turn our attention towards the TI7 metagame. IceFrog has already made a few tweaks before it kicks off, with the...
Dota 2 Mid Heroes

Dota 2: The Best Unconventional Mid Heroes

We've got a crazy meta on our hands right now. At the Summit 7, one of the last large events before TI7, Dota fans got a chance to see how pros were adjusting to the new patch, and certain teams, especially
When The Fall of Oriath is released in mid-July, expect to see more players combining support gems and DOT abilities.

DOT Changes in Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath

As the release date for Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath gets closer and closer, fans of the popular ARPG are rolling up their sleeves and putting their theorycrafting hats on. And for good reason. Lots of features and...
Virtus Pro threw caution and conventional wisdom to the wind at the Summit 7, picking over 80 different heroes during the main event.

Summit 7: Post-Patch Meta Stabilization and Innovation

Valve's been fairly good about waiting for tournaments to end before dropping new patches, with some exceptions. Every patch brings a change to the overall meta and it usually takes a while for things to "settle down" after an update...
Read our guide to learn how to use Solar Crest efficiently in Dota 2.

Dota 2: How to Win Games with Solar Crest

Solar Crest has been a go-to item in Dota in recent patches, making regular appearances in the inventories of both carries and supports alike. And why wouldn't anyone want to buy it? It's affordable, greatly improves your survivability and kill...
Keeper of the Light is an incredibly useful support hero, capable of wiping out the other team's mana pool and providing impressive pushing power. This Keeper of the Light guide is designed to help you make the most of the hero.

Dota 2 Guide: How to Win Games with Keeper of the Light

Ezalor, the Keeper of the Light (KotL), is a ranged Intelligence hero. He rides around on a horse, carries a staff, and has a big bushy beard. He's Dota's version of Gandalf. Keeper of the Light is a common pick...
Power creep is a common issue in competitive titles, but is Dota 2 the exception?

Does Dota 2 Have a Power Creep Problem?

Every time a new Dota patch comes out, the community's discussion of IceFrog's changes will, at some point, involve a heated debate about 'Power Creep.' It's a well-known issue in almost every game genre that undergoes patches and iterations, including...
Sven received a couple nerfs in 7.06b, but the hero remains one of the breakout stars in the still young meta of Dota's 7.06 patch.

Dota 2: The Best Heroes of Patch 7.06b

The release of Dota's 7.06 patch has drastically changed the meta and tempo of the game. To check out the full 7.06 patch notes, you can refer to Valve's nicely organized list here. If you've been out of the Dota loop, get...
Image from leaked trailer for upcoming Overwatch event, "Overwatch: Insurrection."

First Look at Upcoming “Overwatch: Insurrection” Event

A teaser trailer for the next Overwatch event was leaked over Sony's PlayStation Network yesterday, and the video included a start date for the in-game event (April 11th) as well as announced the flashy title: Overwatch: Insurrection. The teaser is all...
Alchemist has been one of the most popular heroes in 7.04, and we expect to see him receive significant nerfs in Patch 7.05.

Dota 2: What Do We Need in Patch 7.05?

With the Dota Asia Championships 2017 behind us, and the Kiev Major only a few weeks away, it's highly likely that IceFrog will make a few balancing tweaks to the game. Valve will presumably want to avoid destabilizing the...