In the first iteration of the Vainglory ESL Cup Series there was an underlying theme of comebacks. In each game that Team Unknown played on camera, they would have an early-game deficit, and they would overcome that disadvantage and surmount a turnaround. Can the same principles that Team Unknown used in each of their games be used to help players win in solo queue? Continue reading
“Recently the term metagame has come to be used by PC Gaming shoutcasters to describe an emergent methodology that is a subset of the basic strategy necessary to play the game at a high level.” – Wikipedia
The 1.4 patch has been live for about a week now. This has given me some time to get some games in, watch some streams, speak with high skill-tier players, and see how the North American metagame has changed. Here are my observations. Continue reading
Vainglory feels like a polished and enjoyable game and players knew that it would only be a matter of time until a competitive scene would emerge. ESL saw that same potential and the Vainglory Cup Series was born. ESL didn’t come unprepared, and in the Cup Series’ debut ESL showed that they were perfecting mobile competition. Continue reading
Back in February, I heavily evangelized a “burst Taka” build with Tension Bow, Aftershock, and Broken Myth. However, that feels like an eternity ago and Vainglory has evolved rapidly since then, with many changes to items, heroes, and the meta. As a result, I frequently see people on Reddit and the forums asking how they should be building Taka now or if he’s even a viable pick.
In short, Taka is not only viable, but he can be outright terrifying when built and played properly. After much experimentation and testing, I believe the end result is a Taka that is strong throughout all phases of the game, including his infamously weak early game. While I work on a more extensive write-up and guide, here’s a video to get you started. The biggest thing I’m going to ask of you is to open your mind… and cease to use Tension Bow. <gasp>
P.S. Unlike my April Fools post, this one is for real.
Other posts in this series:
- The Incognito Taka Buff Everyone Should Know About
- The Weaknesses of a Burst Taka
- The Rise of House Kamuha – Part 1: Optimizing WP Taka Builds [coming soon!]
- The Rise of House Kamuha – Part 2: Strategy and Tactics for WP Taka [coming soon!]
The patch notes for this most recent release of Vainglory were awesome. AdyEndrus did a great job of reviewing those notes yesterday and I encourage you to check it out. However, what’s most exciting for me is digging up all the little changes that were not documented – and there were several.
A new day, a new patch! It seems like yesterday we were trying to assess a massive 1.3.0 update, but SEMC has already pushed out another HUGE release! The list of changes is so long that we won’t cover everything today, but if you’re looking for a specific topic just scan down through the chapter headings and see if I cover it.
What is queue dodging?
Queue dodging is the act of not selecting a hero at the hero selection screen, or intentionally closing the app in the five seconds before the match starts. There are a variety of reasons that people do this:
1) To avoid having two laners
2) To avoid players who instalock heroes
3) You saw AdyEndrus on your team
Whatever the case, queue dodging happens, and in my experience happens frequently at higher Elo. Continue reading
This week’s stream was quite a blast: three King of the Hill matches and an exciting skin reveal. Heck, this whole week has just been filled with Vainglory content! We’ve gotten a ton of Vainglory lore for Ringo, and spotlight videos for Glaive, Adagio, and Catherine, as well as a Ringo video this weekend! And of course there’s that familiar feeling in the air that an update is right around the corner. Continue reading
It’s that time of week again, the developer livestream! This week we’ll be getting at least one more skin reveal, and possibly even a look at the actual system of how the skins will be earned. In addition we will see a continuation of EU and SEA King of the Hill brackets; R3D vs. Element in EU. Continue reading
It’s been about a month now since the 14th hero, Vox, dropped on the Fold. Prior to that, we already had a decent idea of what heroes we’d be getting before their announcements. The early-January announcement of the story for the next three heroes gave us clues to all three of them. Ardan was, of course, shown, unnamed, in the hologram of the first lore, while Vox and Celeste were mentioned as the twin children of Julia. So what clues can we find about the potential next hero or series of heroes? Continue reading