MTG Arena Lost Caverns of Ixalan dinosaur artwork

[Update# 2]: MTG Arena has re-released Khans of Tarkir and launched Timeless - a new high-powered format.

[Update]: The Alchemy mini-expansion has now arrived, and I have to say, the cards below ended up being even more fun than I expected!

Despite the entirety of Khans of Tarkir coming this December 12th for Historic and Explorer players, the MTG Arena team has somehow managed to find the time to create another in a long line of expansions for the Alchemy format. As such, the titular Alchemy: Ixalan mini expansion will be launching on December 5th with 30 new cards to toy around with.

Much like before, a good chunk of the cards have been designed to beef up the various archetypes and mechanics found in the main set. Or in other words, you can expect to see support for things like dinosaurs, pirates, merfolk and artifacts, as well as a couple of individually spicy cards that are bound to make a splash even in older formats like Historic Brawl.

Warhammer 40k: Darktide official artwork for The Traitor Curse update

[Update #2]: Darktide devs are aiming to rework the Crafting and Achievement systems, as well as add new Content throughout 2024.

[Update]: The second part of the Anniversary update has now arrived and, unsurprisingly, it's quite good!

It's only been a short while since Patch #15 arrived, and already the Darktide team is planning a new batch of content to mess around with. Once it arrives at some point in early to mid December, The Traitor Curse - Part 2 update will bring with it four new consumable items, new weapon variants, a brand new map, yet another rework of the Veteran's skill tree, as well as a time-limited boss fight against the Karnak Twins showcased during the last update.

First and foremost, let's talk about the four new consumable Stimms. While the details are still few and far between, it appear that they're going to be slightly tweaked versions of Vermintide 2's potions. In other words, you'll be able to use them to either heal, boost damage, increase speed or hasten cooldown reduction, with the downside being that they'll most likely take up a valuable inventory slot. They might not sound like a big deal now, but given how useful they proved themselves to be in Vermintide 2, I'm sure they'll be invaluable in Darktide as well.

Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Syndicate key artwork without logo

If you're looking for an excuse to stay indoors and avoid the bitter cold, you'll be happy to hear that Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Syndicate is currently free to grab. Simply head on over to the Ubisoft store, add it to your account, and you'll be good to go.

Naturally, there is a bit of a time limit. The promotion will end on December 6th, so do make sure to add Assassin's Creed Syndicate to your account before then. Once you've done that you'll be able to play it whenever you want and for however long you want.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous The Lord of Nothing DLC key art and logo

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous' Through the Ashes DLC released all the way back in April 2022 with a self-contained mini-campaign detailing some of the events happening on the sidelines of the main story. Quite a bit of time has gone by since then, but I'm happy to say that the latest The Lord of Nothing DLC has now finally brought an end to the side-story and with it some much needed closure for the various characters.

In actual gameplay terms, The Lord of Nothing DLC brings with it another 10-15 hour-long storyline to explore with a familiar character or a newly created one, a whole bunch of new areas and dungeons to scour in search of loot, and naturally, a little bit of extra content for the main campaign as well. What all of this looks like in action, as well as what sort of crew you'll be traveling with, that you can find out through the trailer below:

Dota 2 Spring Cleaning update artwork

As is often the case with big tournaments, The International 2023 has quite clearly revealed which are the most powerful heroes and strategies in Dota 2. Unsurprisingly, this knowledge then quickly spread to the general playerbase and so the matches for the past few weeks have been filled with Spirit Breakers, Chaos Knights, Kunkkas and similarly annoying heroes.

So in order to sort this problem out and shake up the metagame, at least slightly, Valve has now unleashed Patch 7.34e. While there are a couple of buffs sprinkled throughout, it's important to note that Patch 7.34e is primarily focused on lowering the impact of the best heroes. In other words, don't get too excited about your favorite niche picks becoming more powerful as that's likely going to come with 7.35 somewhere down the line.

MTG Arena artwork for Gishath from the new Lost Caverns of Ixalan set

[Update #2]: MTG Arena is adding a super high powered new format with no bans - Timeless!

[Update]: MTG Arena's Alchemy: Ixalan mini-expansion is launching December 5th with some spicy new cards.

Seemingly inspired by everything little kids like, MTG Arena's The Lost Caverns of Ixalan set has just recently arrived with plenty of dinosaurs, vampires, pirates and weird fungus creatures to mess around with. In gameplay terms this means there's around 300 new cards to brew with, a variety of returning mechanics like Explore, as well as three interesting new keywords: Craft, Descend and Discover.

Craft, in the most basic terms, is a new way of transforming artifacts. By paying the craft cost and exiling a specific number and type of cards from your graveyard or battlefield, you can transform your artifact and get a powerful effect. I find it to be quite an elegant mechanic, especially in limited.

Darktide's Patch #15 The Traitor's Curse: Part 1 official artwork and logo

[Update #2]: Darktide devs are aiming to rework the Crafting and Achievement systems, as well as add new Content throughout 2024.

[Update]: The Traitor's Curse Part 2, Darktide's December update, will add potions, new weapons, new map and a dual boss encounter!

If you were hoping for a major Darktide update this holiday season, I'm pleased to say I bring a double dose of good news! Not only has Patch #15: The Traitor Curse just arrived with some fun new content, but there will also be a follow-up patch coming in the near future with even more stuff to mess around with! The exact details are still shrouded in mystery, however, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens with that one.

As for right now, the highlights for Patch #15 include a brand new zone and map, a sizable extension of the Veteran's skill tree, as well as a serious increase in difficulty for the more challenging missions. This doesn't mean that the enemies were buffed, however, but rather that you will now have to deal with more of them, more complex combinations of them, and more often. In other words, there's a lot more things to smash a giant chainsword into!

Warhammer 40k: Darktide artwork showing off the PC-exclusive Vanguard cosmetic armor sets

[Update #2]: The armor sets have now arrived, and with them the announcement that Darktide's December update will add potions, new weapons, new map and a dual boss encounter!

[Update]: Darktide's Patch #15 has added the first Carnival map and expanded the Veteran's skill tree.

While Warhammer 40k: Darktide is currently in an amazing spot, it unfortunately didn't launch as such. Its first few months were mired with countless crashes, annoying bugs, as well as a plethora of balance problems that rendered most of the weapons useless in higher difficulties.

So when Fatshark released the heavily updated version of the game onto Xbox back in October alongside an astonishingly generous amount of paid in-game currency, there was a fair bit of hubbub from the PC crowd that felt like they were taken for a ride. To their credit, instead of staying silent and waiting for it all to blow over, Fatshark quickly apologized and promised they'd find some sort of solution.

MTG Arena The Lost Caverns of Ixalan artwork for a cool-looking dinosaur

[Update #2]: MTG Arena's Alchemy: Ixalan mini-expansion is launching December 5th with some spicy new cards.

[Update]: The Lost Caverns of Ixalan has now arrived with dinosaurs, vampires, bonus Commander cards and a surprisingly aggressive limited format.

I hope you're in the mood for dinosaurs, vampires and weird fungus creatures, because The Lost Caverns of Ixalan expansion will be heading over to MTG Arena on November 14th. There will be 300 new cards to mess around with, a variety of returning mechanics like Explore, as well as three rather interesting new keywords: Craft, Descend and Discover.

To put it simply, Craft is a new way of transforming artifacts. By paying the craft cost and exiling a specific number and type of cards from the battlefield or graveyard, you can transform your artifact and get a powerful effect.

World of Warcraft Patch 10.2: Guardians of the Dream official artwork for the tree

[Update]: World of Warcraft devs have revealed the Roadmap and their plans for updates throughout 2024.

If the recent Blizzcon announcements have gotten you excited about World of Warcraft, you'll be happy to hear that Dragonflight's major Patch 10.2: Guardians of the Dream has just arrived. The update brings with it the Emerald Dream as a brand new zone, a variety of new customization options for Druids and Blood Elves, a legendary two-handed axe to uncover, a new Mythic+ and PvP season, as well as new Dragonriding talents to help you go even faster.

While not my cup of tea, Patch 10.2 has also added the ability to use old flying mechanics in the various Dragonflight zones. So if you're willing to sacrifice speed for convenience, simply complete the new Pathfinder achievement and you'll be able to whip out all of your old favorites!