eSports

135 cards to order; Dean Ayala details the Hearthstone expansion process

135 cards to order; Dean Ayala details the Hearthstone expansion process

by , 20 Apr 2018

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Hearthstone’s Lead Final Designer, Dean Ayala. In part one of this three-part interview series, we discuss the game’s newest expansion – The Witchwood – and work out exactly what goes into creating a Hearthstone expansion.

Melbourne’s newest rivalry is in the esports arena, with Melbourne Order announced as a Gfinity Elite Series team

Melbourne’s newest rivalry is in the esports arena, with Melbourne Order announced as a Gfinity Elite Series team

by , 19 Apr 2018

In a city that already sports countless famous rivalries; Carlton-Collingwood, Essendon-Hawthorn, Victory-City, esports promoter Gfinity have today announced the addition of a second Melbourne team to their upcoming Elite Series competition, in the form of the Melbourne Order.

Overwatch teams explained

Overwatch teams explained

by , 19 Apr 2018

Last week we talked about the very basics of what makes Overwatch a game and how a team can claim victory over another on all the various map types.

Australian and New Zealand esports round-up: 18 April 2018

Australian and New Zealand esports round-up: 18 April 2018

by , 19 Apr 2018 Video

Welcome to The Podium, looking at all the action from across the world of esports in Australia and New Zealand.

The Witchwood: Early standout decks

The Witchwood: Early standout decks

by , 17 Apr 2018

It’s been a few days since the yearly rotation and the arrival of the newest Hearthstone expansion. With it has come the inevitable meta shakeup as players experiment with the new cards and synergies on offer.

Overwatch for beginners

Overwatch for beginners

by , 11 Apr 2018

Here on the esports side of The Roar, we write a fair bit about Overwatch, which is a popular game that seems to be on the rise.

Gfinity Elite Series to commence in May; Logitech announced as major partner

Gfinity Elite Series to commence in May; Logitech announced as major partner

by , 11 Apr 2018

Australian esports promoter has announced the Elite Series – Australia’s first city-based esports competition – will commence in May, with gaming peripheral brand Logitech signing on as a major partner for the competition.

Commentary and camerawork in the esports world; an interview with Insano

Commentary and camerawork in the esports world; an interview with Insano

by , 10 Apr 2018

We recently had an opportunity to speak to one of Australia’s most celebrated StarCraft community members in Matt “Insano” Kearney. In part two of this two-part interview series, he tells us exactly what it’s like to commentate and control the in-game camera for an esports event.

From RTS rookie to StarCraft addict; Insano’s journey to icon

From RTS rookie to StarCraft addict; Insano’s journey to icon

by , 9 Apr 2018

We recently had an opportunity to speak to one of Australia’s most celebrated StarCraft community members in Matt “Insano” Kearney. In part one of this two-part interview series, he discusses how he fell in love with the crown jewel of the real-time strategy genre as well as what seperates the professional players from the rest.

Why do esports athletes need ‘gaming’ equipment? An interview with Alienware’s Ben Jackson

Why do esports athletes need ‘gaming’ equipment? An interview with Alienware’s Ben Jackson

by , 6 Apr 2018

Much in the same way that traditional athletes regularly endorse sports drinks and attire, more and more esports athletes and teams are striking up sponsorship deals with computer equipment brands.

Get ready for after-school eSports

Get ready for after-school eSports

by , 5 Apr 2018

Most of us have memories of sitting out the front of a somewhat deserted school waiting for our parents to pick us up after a hard practice session.

The unpredictability of Overwatch League

The unpredictability of Overwatch League

by , 29 Mar 2018

Season 2 of the Overwatch League has come to a close after Season 1 runner ups New York Excelsior toppled Philadelphia Fusion to take the win. The final match came with an impressive reverse sweep after the Fusion took the first two games coming straight off their win over last seasons victors, the London Spitfire.

Overwatch World Cup announced for 2018

Overwatch World Cup announced for 2018

by , 28 Mar 2018

Despite some fears among the community that the Overwatch League would supersede the established Overwatch World Cup, Blizzard have today announced the third edition of the global tournament will return in 2018, with the finals once again to take place at BlizzCon in November.

“Bigger than swimming and netball”; OVO to add dedicated esports channel in April

“Bigger than swimming and netball”; OVO to add dedicated esports channel in April

by , 28 Mar 2018

Australian telecom OVO have announced their dedicated sports streaming service – OVOPlay – will start streaming content through a dedicated esports channel, with the company’s CEO Matt Jones imploring other media outlets to get involved in esports too.

The tricky issue of etiquette in esports

The tricky issue of etiquette in esports

by , 22 Mar 2018

It’s not uncommon for high-profile people to say or do things that are considered unacceptable by polite society. Sports, in general, have been plagued by athletes whose behaviour leaves much to be desired.

Everything we know about The Witchwood – Hearthstone’s next expansion

Everything we know about The Witchwood – Hearthstone’s next expansion

by , 20 Mar 2018

Set in the haunted region of Gilneas, the next Hearthstone expansion, titled The Witchwood, promises to shake up the game in many interesting the ways. Here’s everything we know so far about the next card set.

Overwatch League has become better since the Mercy meta’s departure

Overwatch League has become better since the Mercy meta’s departure

by , 20 Mar 2018

Perhaps the biggest criticism of Overwatch League’s Stage One was the prevalence of the ‘Mercy meta’, but Stage Two has had no similar complaints.

Three things I learned to improve my game from watching Overwatch League

Three things I learned to improve my game from watching Overwatch League

by , 16 Mar 2018

I started to notice a weird trend in my games of Overwatch recently, especially when playing Mystery Heroes.

Everything you need to know about Overwatch Contenders

Everything you need to know about Overwatch Contenders

by , 13 Mar 2018

A few weeks ago, Blizzard announced a potential pathway for Australian Overwatch players to the Overwatch League in the form of the Overwatch contenders competition.

How do you keep a collectible card game balanced? A chat with Hearthstone’s Ben Brode and Mike Donais

How do you keep a collectible card game balanced? A chat with Hearthstone’s Ben Brode and Mike Donais

by , 9 Mar 2018

Recently, The Roar sat down with Hearthstone game director Ben Brode and lead final designer Mike Donais to discuss card balance, the recent round of nerfs and the upcoming set rotation and hall of fame additions.


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