Massively OP’s Best of 2017 Awards: Best MMO Expansion of 2017

Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2017 awards continue today with our award for Best MMO Expansion or Update of 2017, which was awarded to World of Warcraft: Legion last year. And like last year, 2017 had plenty to choose from! Every update and expansion to an MMORPG was eligible, as long as it launched in this calendar year, although honestly we had so many strong full-scale expansions that the updates barely stood a chance!

The Massively OP staff pick for Best MMO Expansion or Update of 2017 is…

GUILD WARS 2: PATH OF FIRE

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): From an outside perspective, Stormblood. I have Morrowind installed despite not having any nostalgic references for me to lure it in (just bears), but the hype and intensity of the player-base is infectious. I actually just “maybe”-ed to play it with real life friends of a friend since I keep hearing the story’s pretty good.

Brendan Drain (@nyphur): Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna): Just Path of Fire’s mounts, all by themselves, push Guild Wars 2’s second expansion to the front of this year’s top expansions, and that’s saying a lot since I also loved Morrowind and can only salute Stormblood for its solid performance. But of course, Path of Fire had much more than mounts; it’s also now got the most stunning landscapes in any MMORPG. I’ve had to grit my teeth over some of ArenaNet’s shenanigans this year, but Path of Fire deserves this crown.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre): Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood does everything that FFXIV’s first expansion did right over again, does several more things right on top of that, produces a better story and more engaging systems, and generally massively improves the game while keeping the same core loops that people have been enjoying for years now. It’s a picture of what a big boxed expansion should be. Runner-up: The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster): Morrowind. Bringing back one of the most iconic and beloved Elder Scrolls settings was a great decision, as was the new Warden class and allowing players to start a new character in that region instead of having to level through a lot of old-world content.

Larry Everett (@Shaddoe): It’s expected that I’m going to say Morrowind, and that’s exactly what I’m going to say. I think this expansion to the game really breathed new life into the game, and it also expanded the game’s lore and gameplay options. It introduced instanced PvP and more group PvE, too. I played through the main storyline more times than I played through any other series of quests in the whole game. It was very entertaining, and engaging despite being pretty much the same everytime I ran through it.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie): I give best expansion to Warframe’s Plains of Eidolon. Instead of just offering more content, this expansion literally expanded the scope of the game by leaps and bounds, driving it into open world territory. For second place I nominate Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire simply because by adding in really fun mounts, the game actually enticed me back in to play after never catching my interest over the years!

Tina Lauro Pollock (@purpletinabeans): Oh come on… you know my vote already, don’t ya?! I have to give it to Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire: The mounts are incredible and enhance my play experience for not only expansion-specific content but central Tyrian and Heart of Thorns zones. The story quality has improved significantly and there was so much of it that it took me a clear two months to finish writing about it all – phew! The nostalgia factor has been immensely positive and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere in Season 4 too. This was a quietly confident release for ANet that made no bold promises and simply delivered on what was promised.

Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire won our award for Best MMO Expansion or Update of 2017. What’s your pick?

Reader poll: Which MMORPG had the best update or expansion of 2017?

  • Guild Wars 2 - Path of Fire (47%, 1,126 Votes)
  • Elder Scrolls Online - Morrowind (8%, 181 Votes)
  • Final Fantasy XIV - Stormblood (9%, 219 Votes)
  • Warframe - Plains of Eidolon (2%, 46 Votes)
  • Black Desert - Kamasylvia (1%, 21 Votes)
  • LOTRO - Mordor (2%, 46 Votes)
  • EVE Online - Lifeblood (0%, 5 Votes)
  • World of Warcraft - Argus (2%, 52 Votes)
  • Path of Exile - War for the Atlas and The Fall of Oriath (2%, 42 Votes)
  • SWTOR - United Forces (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Blade and Soul - Dawn of the Lost Continent (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Star Trek Online - Season 14 (0%, 2 Votes)
  • EverQuest II - Planes of Prophecy (0%, 7 Votes)
  • ArcheAge - Maelstrom (0%, 1 Votes)
  • RIFT - Celestial Storm (0%, 3 Votes)
  • DDO - Mists of Ravenloft (23%, 550 Votes)
  • Elder Scrolls - Housing update (0%, 5 Votes)
  • WildStar - Communities update (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Nothing (2%, 54 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments) (0%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,387

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Poll options include all games nominated plus other games we thought would be worthy.

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Georgia Dweller

Ravenloft brings the nostalgia of the 80’s rpg scene that seems all the rage these days. Standing stones is very faithful to the source D&D material the Ravenloft springs from.

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connor_jones

For me it was Paths of Fire by default, and although I mostly enjoyed it, I was somehow left with a nagging feeling that Anet didn’t quite learn their lessons from Heart of Thorns.

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gelfred

Mists of Ravenloft is a good addition, but really could have done with a bit more content, but it was overall very enjoyable.
Path of Fire has alot of people liking it, I liked the expansion but it didnt address any of the issues GW2 has as an MMO for me, so shortly after the first PoF update ive parted ways with GW2.

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Sorenthaz

Wow, there’s a lot of GW2 love coming in out of practically nowhere, almost like this made it to a subreddit or something.

Meanwhile Stormblood.

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Viktor Budusov

Mordor. It has difficulties and problems, yes. But still Lotro gets another great (actually best :P) storylines, quite good instances and one of the most iconic regions in the LotR lore :)

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Robert Mann

Yeah, those mounts are cool looking from the sidelines. Even if GW2 and the MMO status quo isn’t really for me, I have to hand that to them.

That said, since I am a complete outsider to everything here… it’s just those animations that really caught my eye at all, and only due to friends who play.

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Rumm

Stormblood blows all of the other choices out of the water. New dungeons, new raids, new trials, 2 new classes. They had to add loads of new zone instances because there were so many people doing hunts at launch.

Stormblood is the heavyweight champ in terms of delivering oodles of content to its playerbase – PoF isn’t even in the same weight class. I’m actually a bit flabbergasted at how many more votes PoF has than the others. I don’t know what people have been doing to stay entertained in PoF for the past 3 months. Champion farming got boring after about a day.

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sauldo

Not to devolve in an ultimately fruitless debate about personal preferences but, to give you some perspective about why some people would prefer one over the other, I found Stormblood to be a solid expansion but it brought nothing new to the table, whereas PoF tried to break the status quo in many regards.

After finishing Stromblood’s MSQ I was very fast left running through the same old dungeons, and the new additions weren’t enough to keep me interested (and consequentely subbed) for long. In my opinion, PoF delivered a wider array of activities than dungeon delving for a lesser price of entry. There are 9 new specializations to mix up with the base classes what is topping SB’s two new classes and GW2’s mounts are by far superior to what I’ve seen in other MMOs so far, with the added value that it helped revitalize the core game (not to speak about SB’s disappointing underwater feature).

I won’t argue that SB’s instanced content is more solid and better implemented than what GW2 has ever done, but GW2’s real forte rests in its open world content and maps design whose, in return, are blowing SB out of the water. So different strokes to different people. At this point I’m treating ARR as a single player game with some online parts, which is nice to come back to each time a new substantial addition to the story is made, but it doesn’t mean it is a bad game or SB a bad expansion. Far from it in fact, just too conservative for my liking what, once again, could explain why some people would prefer PoF over it.

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connor_jones

As I said more than once to my guild mates, raids and dungeons and such are all well and good, but where GW2 really shines is with the open world exploration.

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Solaris

Stormblood…

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Lucky Jinx

I’m not sure if Rift’s Celestial Storm can be considered as an expansion, but I voted for it because I’ve been liking Starfall Prophecy as a whole a lot more than I ever did Storm Legion or Nightmare Tide. Scatherran Forest is just freaking beautiful zone, bringing the times of first venturing into Silverwood Forest to my mind. I don’t have much experience from Vostigar Peaks as of yet.. I unsubscribed a couple of months after Storm Legion and just recently returned. I have to say all the way until entering Celestial Lands I was having vomit in my mouth, thinking this was a baaaad idea. Now, however, I’m glad I made it through. Things look bright in the sky as they say…

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Loopy

I was gonna say Legion, but then i was reminded by Armsbend that it came out last year. Argus definitely wasn’t an amazing update, but i also haven’t really tried out most of the expansions in the list.

My vote is for Morrowind.

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Bryan Turner

The only expansion content I’ve played this year was Path of Fire so that was the obvious choice, granted I’ve quit GW2 because of their sh1tty balancing and lack of tiered Raiding.

Even though I play ESO now I haven’t gotten to Morrowind yet, I can’t legitimately comment on it. I do have some concerns regarding Morrowind such as the fact they charged $50 for one map for a map that doesn’t look any bigger than the core maps when you put the maps side by side (that could just be because the maps when you hit the map button are all the same size because it has to be standardized for the function in the game, just the scales might be vastly different), either way I bought for sale on Steam so even if it’s just one map with one full class then $20 should have been the normal price (especially when comparing it to GW2 POF). My concerns are probably just a common misconception, every one swears by this expansion, I’ve been playing in Stonefalls for a week and I haven’t even finished it yet (some one on Reddit claims Morrowind is more than 2 times the size of that map.).

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Jason Clearwater

Dungeons and Dragons Online’s Mists of Ravenloft expansion.

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Peregrine Falcon

SWTOR’s United Forces patch is an expansion now?

I mean… I know you guys had to fill up a list and all but a server merge and a new grouping UI is enough to be called an expansion now?

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Knox Harrington

“our award for Best MMO Expansion or Update of 2017”

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Peregrine Falcon

Meh… ok. Still. I guess a server merge technically qualifies as an ‘update.’

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agemyth 😩

Path of Exile’s Fall of Oriath update was pretty bonkers.

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Godnaz

Don’t play Guildwars 2 but had many friends and guild mates leave FFXIV for the game. It’s the flavor of the month right now so they must be doing something right. They’ll be back I’m sure… right?

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jay

While I love GW2 and PoF, i’m unsure how it won. Didn’t morrowind get 3 votes to PoF’s 2 and one 2nd place vote?

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Sallidar

PoF – Brendan, Bree, Tina
Morrowind – Larry, Justin
Stormblood – Andrew, Elliot
Plains of Eidolon – MJ

Seems clear. Elliot and Mj had runner-ups and Andrew talked about Morrowind while Bree mentioned both Morrowind and Stormblood. But the votes I think counted were above.

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Bryan Turner

I haven’t played Morrowind yet so I had no choice but to vote for POF. Quit GW2 for ESO recently.

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Bryan Correll

Bree’s votes count double. ;-)

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athiev

I count 3 votes for Path of Fire?

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Armsbend

Maybe the passion of the voters is taken into account.

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Vincent Clark

I’m surprised by the votes for LotRO’s Mordor (well, not that surprised). When you take everything into account….the extremely poor launch trailer, the hideous pricing of the expansion packs, the introduction of loot-boxes, the fact that the raid for the expansion was just released–over 4 months later–the instance cluster was reduced in size and still buggy with broken mechanics, the misinformation and back and forth about the ash mechanic…it should be in the Worst Expansion category instead. But, people love Middle Earth and tend to be more forgiving than most. Ah well…

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Viktor Budusov

No it shouldn’t. Launch trailer – oh yeah it’s so important! Haters never change, they will cry and scream about every pointless crap. Pricing isn’t that bad, the only bad thing is removing new race from base edition. Lootboxes exist for years everywhere. Isn’t it quite common to release raid after few months in MMORPGs? I walked through instances and don’t see buggy mechanics. “back and forth about the ash mechanic” actually means they hear to players.

Haters as always whine and scream. Blah

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Melissa McDonald

“Find the good, and praise it.” – Alex Haley

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rafael12104

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” -Aldous Huxley

Sorry. Couldn’t resist. I love a good quote! :)

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Vincent Clark

If I had found anything genuinely good in the Mordor expansion to praise I would have.

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Viktor Budusov

I understand it’s pointless to talk with hater but Mordor IS good after all. Great region, great questlines, good progression and itemisation (now at 21.3), good instances (i wonder what buggy mechanics you mean) even while few. I didn’t visit new raid though.

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Melissa McDonald

Strange how personally you take it that there are still fans of the game, who enjoy it and will even defend it!

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Vincent Clark

Your reaction to my post exposes you as the individual taking things personally. Strange indeed.

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Jack Pipsam

Morrowind was just full dank. I had a total blast returning to that environment and really enjoyed the quests, new class, soundtrack ect.

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François Verret

That’s some tight voting, which goes to show we had many good expansions this year.

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TomTurtle

I’m glad to see that there were even that many expansions being considered. A good year for them.

Of course I’m happy with PoF, and really enjoyed how ArenaNet learned many lessons from HoT. PoF was wonderful for a casual, solo player like me. It’s been great that ArenaNet has kept up its content pacing since LW Season 3, and I hope they can slot the next expansion in just as neatly.

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Darthbawl

LOL, could Brendan have been anymore brief in his choice? :P

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Armsbend

Mad it’s not EVE.

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Arktouros

POF was alright. Not great, not amazing, just alright. It was a $30 expansion that had about $30 worth of content in it. It’s story was basically heavily cribbed/recycled from Nightfall and it didn’t bring with it any lasting content. It seemed like it got the most praise from content tourists who were “so amazed” by exploration elements but the pragmatic reality is once those are over the expansion left you going back to other, better designed content that’s repeatable.

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BalsBigBrother

I suppose GW2’s PoF gets it by default from me seen as its the only one of this years expansions I have actually finished all the way through. Though to be fair I have only done it on one character at this point and have no real desire to run any others through.

Path of Exiles Fall of Oriath / War of the Atlas I enjoyed . While I finished the Oriath part the Atlas bit requires many more hours than I have available to give so I guess that one is a work in progress at this point in time. I haven’t got too far into Plains of Eidolon either in Warframe so I guess that is a work in progress too.

The Mordor expansion in Lotro is this years biggest disappointment for a number of reasons. ESO Morrowind as anaemic as it was just didn’t tick the right boxes for me so I just ran out of steam with it.

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Knox Harrington

I found PoF to be so underwhelming. Once you’re done with the short bit of story content, there’s no real reason to return to the new zones. The mounts are cool and props to ANet for breaking the mold on them, but in the end, I was looking for something to do that I haven’t already been doing in the base game for years on end. I’d sooner vote for “Nothing” than Path of Fire because at least “Nothing” isn’t underwhelming. You always know exactly what you’re gonna get with “Nothing”.

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Rumm

Agreed. PoF added a bunch of beautiful new zones, and gave no reason to go back to them after completing the story. There was also zero new group content until about a week ago.

I was done with PoF after a week; it was a pretty big let down after having played the beta and seen its potential.

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rafael12104

Well, there were some good options this year. Morrowind ranks quite high in my book. So does Path of Fire. BUT there can only be one and for me, this year, it’s *martial arts gong* Blade and Soul’s Dawn of The Lost Continent. I’ll call it DLC, Lol.

So, DLC was never billed as an expac. It didn’t cost a dime. And it improved the existing game and it added everything that an expansion pack would.

And the scenery is beautiful. The leveling to a new cap excellent. The new Dungeons and special skills a shitload of fun.

On top of all that, they offered everyone, for a limited time, a free level 50, so you could level up to 55 and enjoy the new content without starting from scratch. That included legendary gear and gems!

And just time for the holidays?

Nah, I’m sorry, but there wasn’t a better xpac in my book this year.

I’ll keep praising Blade and Soul as long as they keep doing this. Seems like I’m the lone wolf out in the wilderness sometimes. Well, me and a very few others. But I don’t mind. It is a great game and as a f2p game, a much better alternative to EA’s and Activision’s bullshit monetization. Ironic, isn’t it?

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blah blazh

It’s a fun MMO to play and has a great look to it (other than the character model style, I just don’t like it). I will say that the new class, the gunslinger, turned me off a bit from the game. Anyway, I might come back to play it a bit here and there since I’m taking a bit of a break from GW2.

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rafael12104

Sounds good, actually. It is a good game to duck in and out of for a little fun.

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blah blazh

I did the free level 50 when it was offered. I’m a bit sorry on my choice though as I picked the gunner. Only other level 50 I have is the force master but I haven’t played that in forever. I remember it being a glass cannon which can be tough to learn how to play again but I recall it being a fun class

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rafael12104

Oh yes. Force Masters are a fun class. They have a lot of firepower and utility. In fact FMs with their group protection abilities frequently save the day.

Yeah a bit of a glass cannon if your protection abilities are on cool down and you have stolen aggro. Lol. And not a good instant 50 because you really need to level and learn your skills. It is not an easy class to pick up.

Sorry to hear about your gunner. Shadow is a bit harder to get as opposed to fire. You might try changing your spec and see how that goes.

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Oleg Chebeneev

I need to check B&S again. I always considered it a top notch PvE MMO with cutscenes that make SWToR look stupid.
Do they still offer free 50?

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rafael12104

Unfortunately no. That offer ended a couple of weeks ago.

But, if you are already leveling, it can be a fun ride. You no longer have to grind for gear or even do the side quest. And the story is quite good.

Uta and I are leveling a couple of toons and we certainly can group up for dungeons or group content with you. That offer stands for anyone here, of course.

And you are right, the cut scenes are top notch.

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Utakata

I don’t think many folks here are playing B&S here to appreciate the game, let alone its expansion. As of posting this, the only 2 that have voted for it is likely you and your pigtailed game apprentice. :(

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Bruno Brito

If i can play a gunner, i may be up for it.

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rafael12104

Lol! Ah well, it’s ok. As long as BnS keeps it up, we will be here to point it out. But, these MMOs are funny, as you know. And, things might change for good or ill. Either way, we are having fun in BnS right now.

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Danny Smith

Do these mounts do anything special? because a movement speed buff in a 2017 mmo release seems like setting the bar real low otherwise.

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McGuffn

You use them to get to places you couldn’t without them. For example, the raptor has a long leap you can use to jump over ravines and sail over cliffs. Like Thelma and Louise, only you actually make it to the other side.

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blah blazh

yes they have more functionality than just a speed buff. Probably the most fun use of mounts I have I played with in any MMO.

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Brown Jenkin

Yep, one of the things that GW2 excels at is revisiting and polishing standard MMO fare around player experience. GW2’s mounts offer a ton more than just a speed buff and essentially remodel the way the character interacts with the environment. PoF much more than HoT seems to succeed at the oldschool “Legend of Zelda” approach to horizontal progression. Your character doesn’t necessarily get “stronger” but becomes more flexible and can encounter new things, revisit the game world in new ways.

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Koshelkin

What’s so special about GW2’s mounts?

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Godnaz

Apparently the mounts have unique skills they allow them to traverse difficult terrain and obstacles and reach areas in the game not easily accessible without them. Brilliant sell on an expansion if you ask me. Create a realm where you need the mounts in order to obtain all that’s offered. The based mounts are free I guess. The money being made from them is through unique skins.

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Brown Jenkin

There’s some solid videos and the like out there, basically they aren’t like typical MMO mounts. They offer way more than a speed buff.

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Melissa McDonald

my vote goes to Mordor in part because of what a significant milestone it is. Most games don’t have an established canon where we’re literally waiting for a known world to be completed, but this has finally happened (more or less) in LOTRO. A good expansion, too, but “best” is a matter of preference.

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Brown Jenkin

Path of Fire wins for me on mounts alone. GW2 showed once again that you can take old MMO stuff, polish it up and make it awesome.

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Armsbend

Path of Exile due to the price and the size of their updates this year.

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Oleg Chebeneev

WoW: Legion

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Armsbend

Won it last year.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Meh, Im not voting for Argus. Will just give it to GW2 expansion. For cool mounts and pretty zones

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drelkag

Lots of great options this year. I can see the reasoning behind Stormblood, Path of Fire or Morrowind winning.

For me it’d be Morrowind. The soundtrack was amazing and I really enjoyed exploring Vvardenfell again years before TES III’s timeline.

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