DC Universe Online tests survival mode and St. Patty's Day

Do you lack a Fortress of Solitude? Well, Superman does now too because Braniac has moved in and is causing no end of trouble.

Right now on the DC Universe Online test server, players can engage in a new survival mode that takes place in Supes' arctic retreat. If players are tough enough, they can queue up to fight 20 waves of increasingly powerful foes in the hopes of gaining pants. Seriously, you can get Kryptonian pants from this, and if you've ever seen superhero attire, you'd know that pants are at a premium in this community.

Also on the test server is this year's St. Patty's Day event starring the always-fun-to-spell Mister Mxyzptlk. "For 2017, Mister Mxyzptlk has new base and style items, as well as a speaker that plays tunes that will make you want to dance. This year he's also brought a House Leprechaun that grants 'The Runaround' task, where if you collect all the coins you are awarded a special Green Prize Satchel!" Daybreak previewed.

Don't forget that the FLASH freebies end today!

Source: Patch notes

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The MOP Up: Hearthstone gets ready to banish dozens of cards (February 19, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we have stories and videos from Overwatch, League of LegendsEVE OnlineMabinogi DuelSpace EngineersIngressEternal CrusadeElder Scrolls OnlineFinal BladeHearthstoneGod Eater OnlineDrakensang Online, and EVE Valkyrie, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Elder Scrolls Online is headed to PAX East

Good news, at least if you're headed to PAX East in Boston on March 10th: ZeniMax announced this afternoon that Bethsoft is bringing The Elder Scrolls Online to the con, with the Morrowind expansha-campaign in tow. By our count, this'll be the last major convention for the game before the launch of Morrowind on June 6th (E3 begins the week after launch), so this'll be the best time for players to get their hands on it ahead of its arrival on the test server.

Morrowind was announced last month and is expected to include the new class and 4v4v4 PvP mode teased in the announcement tweet, in addition to the playable-from-level-1 Vvardenfell storyline and brand-new houses.

And yes, Massively OP will be there again this year!

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Path of Exile preps 'ultimate flashback event' with the new legacy league

Did you miss out on one of Path of Exile's more interesting challenge leagues from the past few years? Soon, you'll have the opportunity to make up for that, thanks to the game's "ultimate flashback event."

When Path of Exile's 2.6 patch arrives on March 3rd, the game will go into league overdrive with its Legacy League event. During this period, players will find and equip up to three "leaguestones" at a time that will activate any combination of Path of Exile's previous 17 challenge leagues. That's like... a crazy amount of potential league combinations.

This will be a great opportunity for players to not only experience past league challenges but to pick up unique items that were only available during those runs. Patch 2.6 will also add special reliquary treasure chambers ripe for looting, 40 new challenges, and a solo self-found mode. Don't miss our deep-dive on the all the new content from earlier this week!

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The Stream Team: Skating through The Secret World's new challenge

If there is one thing Massively OP's MJ has wanted in The Secret World, it's roller skates. Well, that and a penguin onesie. And thanks to the new challenge, she's finally got a real chance at getting one of them! MJ is heading in to complete challenges in order to earn a pair of gravity skates. They may not be the cool retro ones, but these in-line skates are still pretty spiffy. Better yet, they don't rely on RNG! Join us live at 9:00 p.m. and get in on the challenge grind. There may be scenarios and dungeons involved (and that means Death Counter!).

What: The Secret World
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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Old School RuneScape celebrates its fourth birthday

One of RuneScape's better and more popular experiments is celebrating its fourth birthday today. Old School RuneScape, the 2007-era version of the game that started up four years ago to cater to those looking for a more classic experience, has arguably become as popular if not more so than the standard RuneScape client.

To mark this occasion, Jagex is throwing an in-game bash courtesy of Party Pete. Players who participate can snag themselves a Gnome child's hat, a war ship, and a cow outfit. The studio also opened up a dozen new worlds to accommodate the growing demand for Old School RuneScape.

"This year is a double anniversary for Old School RuneScape; not only does the game celebrate its fourth birthday, but it's also the 10th anniversary of the 'snapshot' server we used to bring Old School to life," said Producer Mathew Kemp.

Source: Press release, Old School RuneScape

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The Stream Team: Picking a perfect ArcheAge pet

It's that time again, when ArcheAge gives you the chance to adopt adorable pets during the Pawesome Festival. And how could Massively OP's MJ resist those cute faces? She wants to secure herself a little corgi, so she's heading in to fill out all the requisite quests and earn enough tokens. Will she have enough time before it all ends? Tune in live at 4:00 p.m. to take part in the festival before it disappears on February 20th.

What: ArcheAge
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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Lord of the Rings Online reprises its Yule Festival

Some Lord of the Rings Online players are doing a double-take at logging in today to see that the Yule Festival has returned once more.

This isn't a mistake but instead a planned reprise of the winter holiday event for those who didn't manage to finish up their quests or spend their tokens in time. The Yule Festival encore will run from today through February 23rd.

Other upcoming LOTRO events on the calendar are as follows:

  • Lootbox Drop rate increase (February 23-27)
  • Hobnanigans (March 2-6)
  • Buried Treasure Event (March 9-13)
  • Spring Festival (March 22-April 3)
  • Hobnanigans (April 6-10)

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Love and skates: The Secret World offers Valentine goodies and new challenge

Love is in the air! And according to The Secret World, it's more of a plague. But players may actually be interested in catching what's going around; throughout the rest of February, there are various Valentine's Day-themed apparel and goodies to collects, including corsages and jewelry, stuffed bears, and even a red scooter. Satchels of Amorous Delights, filled with these cosmetics and consumables, are available from both the Merchant of Eros in the city hubs (for Black Bullion or Pax) and the item store (for Funcom or bonus points). Players can also grab a pair of heart pajamas from the item store as well as a Bag of Saint Valentinus to share.

Speaking of love, if you'd love a pair of roller skates but weren't lucky enough to get one from the RGN bags before, you can earn yourself a pair now. Funcom has introduced a new challenge (remember the Doomboard?), the completion of which nets a spiffy pair of gravity skates. This time you have over a month to complete just 35 challenges. With six different challenges offered each day and eight each week, you could be zipping along on your very own pair before the weekend is out. However, if this week is already busy with *ahem* other stuff, you've still got until March 19th before the challenge ends and your chance to get the skates skitters away.

Source: Valentine's goodies, gravity skate challenge. Thanks to John and Crow for the tips!

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The Stream Team: The heart is where the Hellbugs are... in Trove

Have you ever heard the phrase "Home is where the heart is"? But where's the heart? It's where the Hellbugs are -- in Trove! Those deadly Defiance critters have once again infested the voxel game (where they look way cuter) for Valentine's Day, and Massively OP's MJ has her heart set on getting one of the mounts. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to see if she finds true love... with a Love Bug!

What: Trove
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

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Preview: Path of Exile reveals The Fall of Oriath

Path of Exile fans, today is the big day: Grinding Gear Games is officially unveiling your next expansion, dubbed The Fall of Oriath.

It turns out that the place your Exile called home before being banished is not only the main setting of this act but is going through some rough times. Even lowbies like yours truly who vaguely recall their origin story can get behind this act. We're going home, dealing with civil unrest, and welcoming back some lost deities with sharp pointy objects or finger-wiggling destruction. And that's literally just the beginning.

Read on for our preview of the expansion from last week's press event, plus brand-new screenshots and the new trailer!

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Bless Online aids altoholism with free level boosts

Here's a possible preview of the kinds of promotions we might see from Bless Online when (if?) it arrives here in the west. This month, the fantasy title is holding a "Project Up" event on its Korean servers that will help both new and current players in leveling up their characters to the cap.

Any character that manages to hit level 45 or higher by March 16th will be treated to a nifty gift pack that includes a potion to instantly take a character to 50 and deck them out in purple gear. To get any potential new players to 45, Bless is also gifting lowbies with a gear box and temporary flying mounts to assist with their journey.

Even if you don't read Korean (for shame), you can get an idea of the leveling rewards from this promotion by eyeballing the following graphic.

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