Posted: December 16, 2014
Name ingame : Varg
So I'm gonna give my opinion after 140 hours of play. I'm now in Champions Tier which is basically the "best players" and I'm 12th best ranked. This seems to be reset every two weeks and I'm not going to try to be Champion again as it takes a bit too much of time imo and there is no real benefit to it.
This game was made for portable devices such as IPAD but can be played on PC. I played only on PC so I can't say about the other devices. This game has great potential but also many development flaws due to the stupid Zynga company. So overall I would recommend the game. Let's check the pros and cons :
The pros :
1 - Great game and great pvp. The matches are 3v3. A mix of WoW arena and a Moba. No minions but 3 towers and a nexus for each team to destroy. There are permanent (for the duration of the match) and temporary boosts on the ground that you must collect to get stronger. Theses pickups increase one of your attributes or give a bonus like +20% movement speed for a decent time.
2 - No grind for gear, you get your gear as in a moba but contrary to games as Dota, everybody will end up full geared in 10 minutes. So even the supporting heroes are not useless in lategame.
3 - The game seems rather simple but it has an in-depths complexity. Easy to start, not that easy to master because you will have to check the build of other players, the amount of gold of their team, the position of everybody, their life points and estimate their skill to try some moves to get kills without being killed. However, it is easier then WoW Arena 3v3 and more fun imo because more relaxed (and because you don't have to deal with 4 action bars full of spells and macros with modifiers).
4 - The server isn't empty, there are still players all the time. You will encounter the same names often but you can play at any hour.
5 - Completly Free to Play, no gameplay benefit from paying at all. It takes some time but you can unlock every hero for free.
The cons :
1 - Main problem is that the company Zynga doesn't care about the game anymore so don't expect updates and balancing. There is a good playerbase but no company to update the game..
2 - This is an important point : there is a list of friend and many people will add you if you are a good player, but THERE IS NO CHAT !! AT ALL !! You simply cannot communicate with your teammmates apart from basic pings such as "attack" or "defend". And you can never communicate with your friend list...
3 - The cosmetical items in the shop cost too much (approx. 12 euros for one skin). I bought a skin myself (Dark Valkyrie Ava) but now I know that Zynga doesn't update so I no longer buy. Yeah the prices are too high, we would have prefered more items given for such price, especially considering that the company doesn't care about the game.
4 - The game lacks some balancing. Nothing you can't overcome with dedication and skill but there are better heroes or builds then others. For exemple, "Void" build Helios is OP while "Sun" Helios is way weeker. Balthazar (a demon with the ulti of Vengeful Spirit of Dota) is weak, Artharion (an archer with a dash) is really strong with either build (dps or nuker)
You can play melees at a high level but you have to be very aware of your capabilities and the distances/positionning beetwen players. I reached the Champions Tier with a melee tank/assassin (Lizeth) but the first time I tried Lizeth I though that she was completly useless. On the other side, most ranged with dashes or mobility are easier to play.
5 - As the game isn't updated, it lacks some heroes that should have been implemented for the sake of balance. This results into some team compos very hard to beat unless you really know what you're doing and what to build. I'm talking mostly about compos like healer Kyra + 2 nukers (artharion, helios..). The healing options are limited mostly to Kyra, and a lesser extend others can heal a bit. You CAN always win with good reactional build and teamplay BUT there is NO CHAT so you can hardly coordinate with people.
So you see the deal : a good pvp game with a HUGE potential but the worst company ever behind it. The worst as they simply don't care at all, they won't respond to any post and they have deleted their dedicated forum anyway.