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Saturday, April 30, 2011

News Updates



1. Heroes of Newerth in Dreamm Hack Summer 2011


Heroes of Newerth is already one of the most popular games at DreamHack. During the DreamHack Summer event all attendees will be able to play HoN for FREE. All you have to do is download the game from www.heroesofnewerth.com and start playing! Gather some friends and sign-up for the DreamHack BYOC tournament! - Read the rest of the article here


2. HoNPortal Hero Guide Competition

So if you guys heard already about another hon site, this honportal should be one of your list, in order to promote the site, they are recruiting writers by making this competition, so please follow their twitter and facebook page too, to join the competition please go to this thread :



3. S2Games " We are not afraid " against Valve and DotA2


Hear it directly by Ripten with interview with S2Diva and S2Fielding exclusive in :
http://www.ripten.com/2011/04/28/s2-games-and-heroes-of-newerth-are-not-worried-about-valve-and-dota-2/


4. HoN Desktop wallpaper by S2Aaron and Revan_XP


Just go visit the thread : http://forums.heroesofnewerth.com/showthread.php?t=236920
and also S2Aaron Blog in : http://www.s2aaron.blogspot.com/

Patch 2.0.27 - GOLD Strider Forsaken Archer


Version 2.0.27.1
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- Fixed Homecoming Stone effects playing on Towers through fog

Version 2.0.27
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- AFK players are no longer included in vote counts
- Added 6 account icons created by community member Popo`
- Added some new data to the Watch User interface
- Fixed some annoyances with the Topbar and Notifications

Fixed the following to prevent mod exploits:
- Blood Chalice
- Sacrificial Stone
- Balphagore's Hell on Newerth


== Items ==

Flying Courier
- Returned the visual effects when the Flying Courier used its Q and W

Health Potion
- Fixed so it won't affect siege units

Homecoming Stone
- Now disarms the tower you teleport into for 3 seconds (begins at the start of the channel)
- Adds an additional 3 seconds to the disarm for every additional teleport while it is still disarmed
* First disarms for 3s total, length of the channel
* Second disarms for 6s total, 3s seconds past channel
* Third disarms for 9s total, 6s seconds past channel, etc

Mana Potion
- Fixed so it won't affect siege units

Mock of Brilliance
- Fixed it showing the glow only when it is 'on' and not 'off'

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Announcement

Fayde by Julian Grei

So, tomorrow Im going on holiday to Bali with my highschool friends, and i will be back on Sunday and Im afraid that Friday there will be a patch, or maybe new updates from s2games.
I will try update via twitter, so please i suggest you guys to follow @HonBlog
And im sorry for the inconvinience

Best Regards,

An2x

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Yogscast - 2.0.26 Patch Preview


Friday, April 22, 2011

Patch 2.0.26 - Easter Day Patch

Version 2.0.26.1
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- Added a missing texture


Version 2.0.26
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- Fixed shop stock decreasing even if you had a full inventory when trying to buy a limited quanity item
- Fixed a longstanding annoyance where on screen health bars that appear above units would occlude other health bars
* This was most prevalent when a full health creep was standing to the left of a low health creep. The full health creep's health bar would end up occulding the health bar of the low hp creep, making it much harder to last hit/deny
- Added 4 new Account Icons



== Heroes ==

- Added a new Agility hero: Silhouette

- Introducing a Limited Edition Alt Avatar: Bunny Predator - Available for 1 week only
- Added a new Premium Alt Avatar: Wretched Hottie
- Added a new Alt Avatar: White Lotus Silhouette

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mystery Avatar Taunt

Silhouette : Hero Spotlight



Smyger, Swebyson and I present the latest preview spotlight on the ranged agility hero, Silhouette! Female ninja coming to Newerth on FRIDAY FRIDAY!

Also Easter Bunny Predator will come to shop this FRIDAY !


Sorry for the late update, Im glad that the final exam is now over, 3 months of holiday !

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Silhouette Hero Spotlight Coming Soon !

This picture says all, but Im afraid, today is the last day of my highschool exam and I think I will post a late update about the video later until tonight, I will try to update via Blackberry if I can, and @Bloodseeker or @CoverGhoul please post up the video link via Chatbox, and for all visitor, Im very sorry for this inconvinience and wish me luck.

Alternative Avatar Sneak Peek


Guess who is it? Ophelia?Hag?Hellbringer? too many speculations, but she's hot !

Lots of exciting unannounced HoN stuff coming up! Can't wait to finish it so everyone can enjoy it :D -S2Maide 

He just teased us again and now we are very curious what stuff, they also do some spring sale for icons, see the detail here : http://forums.heroesofnewerth.com/showthread.php?t=249607

Monday, April 18, 2011

Next Upcoming Hero : Silhouette the Ninja Girl


Coming to Newerth This Friday 22nd !

S2 Games describes Silhouette

Role :
 
Silhouette is a ranged Agility hero based around quick, unpredictable movements and attacks. She’s definitely got carry potential, but also houses an array of early game action tools to let her get in the fray early on. Silhouette has the arsenal of any self-respecting ninja: she owns a vast collection of shiny throwing projectiles, and always has her trusty grappling hook with her. Ninjas are tricky, and Silhouette is no exception; even her Shadow is a weapon.


Abilities :
  • Death Lotus
  • Tree Grapple
  • Relentless Salvo
  • Shadow

Playstyle :
 
Silhouette’s combat style reflects her creative and resourceful nature. She uses her blades defensively and offensively, at both close quarters and long distance. Her grappling hook is a versatile tool for her to gain combat mobility or take advantage of the power of a nice, strong piece of wood. Silhouette’s Shadow allows her to almost be in two places at once, and she prefers to execute her foes in a quick and painful flurry.

Readmore about PCGamer Speculation exclusively in :

Saturday, April 16, 2011

S2Nome Reddit Post

Gunner by Julian Grei


AzorMx :  " I read in your blog a while ago about another iteration of the blood chalice, any chance you can tell us more about that?  "

S2Nome : 

" The other iteration of the Blood Chalice is as follows. It's pretty safe for me to disclose it now, since I believe the idea is scapped.

- 400 - 450 gold 
-single item, like Mana Battery (no components)
-no stat bonuses, just the 150 HP and get 100 MP conversion 
-on nearby hero death, passively gives you a charge, up to 2 charges 
-charge grants a single use of Blood Chalice that DOESN'T reduce health

Basically, if you were near a kill, you got a "free" use of Blood Chalice. I still maintain that this version of Chalice is superior, and I've always felt that the stats on Blood Chalice made it too strong. However, it seems that Chalice usage has stabilized, so I don't think we'll be changing it anytime soon. "

Read the rest of the post in :
http://www.reddit.com/r/HeroesofNewerth/comments/gqwqn/im_s2nome_designer_for_hon_ama/

Friday, April 15, 2011

Patch 2.0.25 - LadyBug Pestilence


Note: Due to a minor error (my fault) the Mac/Linux patches will be a few hours behind. Sorry.

Version 2.0.25
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- Added a new Pestilence Alt Avatar: Ladybug Pestilence
- Fix to a server issue that caused them to degrade after extended uptime
- Alchemist Bones have been changed back to the 2-charge buildup version

LadyBug Pestilence Coming Tomorrow !

 Prepare to be surrounded by mini ladybugs !

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Solo Mid Guide by Peachz and Moon


Monday, April 11, 2011

How to counter Spider Mines by S2Nome



So I found a thread about OP Engi, then read about Nome's post about official guide about how to counter the spidermine, hope its usefull.

Early Game
  • Keep good lane control so you can see where Engineer is at all times.
  • Counter-pick Engineer with Ophelia, Warbeast, Balphagore, or any other hero with summons.
  • Take unconventional routes to avoid mines.
  • If you know where the mines are, don't buy a Revelation Ward just yet. Let him waste his time placing a lot, then buy one to sweep them all up.
  • Make use of his lack of Keg/Turret levels to kill him or his lanemate repeatedly. Just don't walk into traps (and they will almost always be obvious).
  • Most importantly, don't be dumb.

Mid Game

Saturday, April 9, 2011

2.0.23 Patch Analysis by GGJinot



Analysis by GosuGamers Strategist, Emin "Jinot" Eke

Brutalizer:

The recent changes have made the Brutalizer a more viable choice on Agility carries than it was before. Furthermore, the increased Strength is welcomed by most Agility heroes that lack survivability.

Runed Axe (renamed to Rune Cleaver):

This change was needed, in my opinion, since it lowered the efficiency of carries like Swiftblade and Scout during the early game.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Old Nomad Video


Patch 2.0.24 - Nomad ,Engineer and Items Rework



Version 2.0.24.1
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- Fixed resetting keybinds


Version 2.0.24
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- Fixed a stringtable error with Engineer's Spider Mines
- Fixed a cosmetic shop model that was missing
- Fixed Nomad's third level of Sandstorm giving 1500% movespeed
- Updated the icon for Rosie Engineer

Version 2.0.23
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- Fixed the Zzz above creeps for player controlled units
- Vagabond Leader,Minotaur, and Catman Champion now no longer use abilities against Magic Immune units


== Items ==

- Token of Life duration lowered from 10 minutes to 7 minutes
* Kongor's respawn time is still 10 minutes

- Bastard Sword removed from the game
- Halberd removed from the game
- Fortified Bracelet renamed to Fortified Bracer
- Talisman of Exile renamed to Amulet of Exile
- Great Arcana renamed to Arcana

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Nomad Hero Spotlight


See something weird like gold mechanic creature that do Ka Boom to Plague?
Is it just a joke to tease us?Or maybe Engineer Alt.Avatar or the craziest thing is Techies coming to Newerth?

So a visitor just told me about Female Engineer(his Alt Avatar I think) in 3:10 also, there was a shiny gold mine near female engi and it exploded, I think its not female engi turret, so what is that thing?new item?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Nomad Returns this Friday

Sand Wraith, you beeter watch out dude !

Read it Exclusive in PCGamer

What S2 said about Nomad

Role: The Nomad is an elusive melee semi-carry that puts an emphasis on the player’s decision-making and reflexes over raw, head-on damage output. His skills are designed to reward and complement players who prefer to outplay their opponents by way of deception and guile.
  • Sandstorm: When Sandstorm is activated, the Nomad conjures a whirling cyclone of dust around him that envelops himself and nearby allies in a shroud of invisibility. In addition, they receive a significant movement speed bonus, while enemies within the sandstorm lose movement speed. This duality allows for Sandstorm to be a very useful tool for both chasing and escaping. An ally in need can be hidden from opponents and escorted to safety, or the skill may be used to initiate upon the opposing team. Because the enemy cannot see under the Sandstorm, they never know how many of you are approaching.
  • Mirage Strike: Leveling up Mirage Strike grants two sub-abilities: True Strike and Mirage Strike. True Strike will cause the Nomad to charge recklessly at an opponent, dealing high physical damage and increasing his attack speed. Mirage Strike will cause the Nomad to become invisible and send an illusion to perform the charge in his stead. Proper use and a mixture of True Strike and Mirage Strike is what will keep your opponents on their toes. By never allowing them the luxury of knowing whether you’re really charging at them, you can take the opportunity to deal extra damage.
  • Wanderer: The Nomad’s passive ability charges his sword with the sand around him as he moves. With each 100 distance traveled, his next attack gains a significant boost to attack damage. This ability allows him to deal very high damage when coupled with Mirage and True Strike. It also means that when he chases an opponent, he is constantly charging up Wanderer for his next attack.
  • Edge Counter (Ultimate): Edge Counter is the Nomad’s greatest asset in a large-scale battle, as it can often be the difference between winning or losing an encounter. When activated, Edge Counter puts the Nomad in a one-second state of stasis. If he is attacked, damaged, or spell casted upon by an enemy hero during this state, the Nomad shrugs the attack off and counters his assailant with a massive wave of sand, dealing high magic damage and stunning anyone in its wake. His stunned opponents then become vulnerable to a volley of attacks from True Strike.

New Melee Hero this Friday 8th in PCGamer

Stay tuned here for information on our upcoming hero, which will join the melee on Newerth on April 8th. Keep your eyes peeled to www.PCGamer.com, where the hero will be unveiled.

In other news, it is MsPudding's birthday today (April 5th)! Please spam her.

[S2]DivA
S2 Staff Member

Monday, April 4, 2011

RedditHon Official Website

Visit RedditHon.Com

" RedditHoN.com is a brand new site for the reddit community of S2 Games’ popular Heroes of Newerth.
We seek to bring you all kinds of features and events, from AMAs with S2 Staff and top tier players, to redditor only tournaments to test your skill against others.  To start things off, we’re planning on revealing new features of the site and events every day this week!
Today we plan on stress testing the servers and some back end features for stability, but also bringing the new sub-reddit CSS overhaul!  Head over here to choose your account’s icon and add your in-game name to your account.  Please be patient with waiting for the initial update, this is our first large scale test of the system.
We plan on using this website as a place or organize events and give us a bit more freedom outside of reddit.  If you have any suggestions or questions feel free to ask them in the thread on the sub-reddit. "

Marx

Friday, April 1, 2011

Patch 2.0.22 - April Fools Avatar Patch



Version 2.0.22
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- April Fools~!
* Some announcer sounds and hero voices have been... touched up...

- Alchemist Bones have been reverted to the older cooldown version
* This is a temporary fix while we get new code to fix a significant bug

- Added a new Alternate Avatar designed by FnaticMSI: MSIvy Slither
- Added a new Alternate Avatar: Mountain Tundra
- Added a new Alternate Avatar: Quadropod Tremble

Scout Hero Spotlight Teaser

Community Positions Open, Apply Today! (GM, SBT & RCT)

 Fill the position today and chance to win the car in S2Games parking lot(they bought it from the goblin coins)

Hey Folks,
Are you sitting around with nothing to do? Are you underachieving and not reaching your full e-potential? Well look no further! S2 Games is looking for dedicated, skilled individuals to join the ranks of our private Beta Testing Group and help us test upcoming new patches and content and provide helpful feedback.

Don't miss an opportunity to be part of the behind-the-scenes team that makes HoN possible while also having the chance to receive special S2 perks for your time and effort.

Note1:
None of the following are paid positions.
Note2:
The SBT & RCT clients are both PC only. So to Mac/Linux users... sorry, but you are out of luck!

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Gaming Point is a blog for game developers. We teach concepts rather than the technical things like coding, so go have a look at the site, because there's plenty of awesome guides there.
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