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Heroes of Newerth 1-year birthday and Bloodline Champions celebration on now

If arena-based PVP games are your thing, there’s a two-fer for this weekend. Heroes of Newerth is celebrating their one-year birthday by opening the game up for a free-to-play 11-day session. Bloodline Champions is celebrating their fanbase by offering up all their bloodline heroes free to play.

Heroes of Newerth

With over 50,000 players, S2Games’ Heroes of Newerth (or HoN for short) is an arena-based PvP game based the wildly popular WarCraft III mod known as Defense of the Ancients (DoTA). Featuring the same gameplay styles and a whole new engine, this game is everything you want and more. I played during the beta time, but didn’t keep up once the game went final and into retail. Starting now, you can sign-up for a free Heroes of Newerth and play free for the next 10 days. Free-2-Play ends on Sunday, May 22nd at 12am EST.

Heroes of Newerth is a one-time purchase of $30 to get access to over 65 heroes to play as, with free updates constantly evolving and changing the game. The game is currently in version 2.0.

Full details of the free to play event here:

Bloodline Champions

Additionally, the normally Free-2-Play game Bloodline Champions is opening all the doors for play in it’s own celebration. Normally most characters are locked away when you first start, but from now until Noon GMT on Monday, May 16th you can play as any bloodline character. Stunlock Studios and Funcom ‘s Arena PvP game is very appealing. It’s a bit different from the above Heroes of Newerth, League of Legends, or even the classic DoTA. It’s all action-based, rather than clicking a specific skill and waiting for the animation – every click or button press is a direction action, a la Diablo. Though it’s still all PvP arena battles.

With this event, they are introducing the Recruit-A-Friend system. Basically by introducing people to the game, you will gain coin and points to use on your character without having to use real money. Good move from the developers not to force too much pay to play – when you can earn it for free.

Full details here: