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Blade & Soul shows off enhancing your gear with its new Augment system

Legendary accessories in Blade & Soul are the sort of things that you know you can wear for a very long time without replacing. That’s good, but it also means that you’ve hit a dead end in terms of chasing new stats. So the new Augment system will help change that by giving you more stats to chase! Sure, your ring already has great stats, but it could be enhancing your damage against bosses. Doesn’t that sound even better?

Each of the given accessory slots has three different sorts of Augment that can be applied; one adds boss damage and critical chance, one adds critical chance and critical damage, and the last adds HP and PvP defense. Each sort has a maximum amount that it can add to an accessory, but each augment application is randomized; you could wind up with the best values right away or roll them multiple times without much luck. Check out the full rundown for numbers before you get ready to make your best accessories even better after all.

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One Shots: Fashion patrol coming your way!

Well that is certainly one way to fill up the comments section with tons of screenshots: asking all of you to show of your best and boldest fashion! We had a virtual fashion show last week in the One Shots comments, and here are my personal favorites of the bunch (although most all were tremendous).

First up is UpayaBlossom, who brings some springtime cheer into the dour setting of Secret World Legends. “Oooh… fashion show? I was born ready for this!” she wrote.

Here’s a weird thought. What if all of the enemies in video games were adorable people and we played as the hideous monsters? What kind of fashion would we sport then?

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TERA invites you to show off your beach bod at next week’s summer festival

The summer festival in TERA is almost upon us, and boy am I ever tempted to fill out the rest of this post with nothing but a mash-up of Beach Boys lyrics. But we can’t wish that they would all be Arborean girls — we’ve got to get ready for this event.

Raging from June 21st through July 31st, TERA’s summer festival actually offers to big events for players: the Beach Bash and the Festival of the Sun. So go chop up some watermelons, build sandcastles, fight off monsters, and earn all sorts of delightful rewards. And if you don’t like any of the rewards in the barter store, they can use tokens to purchase a loot box with a random cosmetic from a previous year’s festival.

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Blade and Soul throws the kitchen sink into next week’s patch

You know it’s a really good and meaty content patch when a studio can get more than two blog posts out of it. Blade and Soul’s Celestial Dawn fits that bill, because NCsoft is still talking about next week’s update, this time with a post on the big changes coming to various items and systems.

The Celestial Dawn update is goign to give players even more rewards from Nightfall Sanctuary’s hard difficulty bosses and improved the payouts from Celestial Basin activities. The crafting system got a balance and price pass and Zen Bean traders will be stocked with a “greater variety” of goods.

To help players tackle the bigger challenges of this patch, the legendary accessory augment system was born: “The new legendary accessory augment system allows you to tackle specific hard mode dungeons for a chance at Psyche items, which will allow you to further increase your legendary accessory power. Each dungeon has their own unique psyche related to the augment system, in addition to the battlefield traders having their own PvP-focused versions.”

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DC Universe Online opens testing for the third part of the Death of Superman

Superman has died. Bereft of life, he’s gone to meet his maker. But of course DC Universe Online isn’t leaving it there, and players will soon have to deal with the fact that Superman’s body has gone missing from the Fortress of Solitude. This leads Supergirl to conclude that someone used the Phantom Zone Projector to steal it, which makes sense to somebody. Regardless, the third part of the story will see players heading out to find that corpse, and it’s available on the game’s test server right now.

Players can take on new feats, pick up new reward items, and take on one more mission in the latest update on the test server; the patch is also meant to address a number of minor bugs and fix various quality-of-life issues. Check out the full rundown from the early patch notes, or just jump in and start testing the update now.

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Battle Bards Episode 122: Happy town

In peaceful villages and bubbly burgs, you just know that there’s bound to be an abundance of happy music! Whenever the Battle Bards regroup to lick their wounds and drink the terrors away, they often find that happy town music is perfect to soothe jangled nerves and re-center one’s heroism. There’s plenty of those tunes in today’s episode, so recoup with them as they listen to the songs of the common folk.

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 122: Happy town (or download it) now:

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Blade and Soul preps two bonus events for its Celestial Dawn release

Seriously, what could be better than a juicy content drop for your favorite fantasy MMORPG? Well, how about a pair of events that tie into the patch and give you an extra boost to get caught up?

For the June 20th release of Celestial Dawn, Blade and Soul is planning a pair of events to maximize interest and excitement over this patch. First up is the Weaponsmith’s Forge, which runs from June 20th through July 25th. During this period, players will be able to upgrade their weapons for a discounted cost, get more upgrade materials, and snag a daily gildstone to exchange for pretty awesome cosmetics and weapons.

Also running during that same window is the Raid Crusade event. This throws down a weekly challenge to complete raids and hard mode dungeons in exchange for bonus rewards.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 174: Fallout vs. Elder Scrolls

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin take tentative steps into the early reveals of E3 — including Fallout 76, Elder Scrolls Online, Anthem, and Final Fantasy XIV, all while dealing with a ton of updates and even an expansion launch. June is here, and we’re all gaming hard!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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E3 2018: En Masse on TERA’s lootboxes, console port, PvE vs. PvP, and the June 26 Gunner class launch

It’s E3 2018, and you know what that means: covering hot new mobile games of IPs you wanted for PC/console!

No? Oh, well, that’s probably for the best, as En Masse Senior Product Manager Matt Denomme told me that he isn’t personally familiar with any “specific plans” to bring TERA M to the west, at least as published by En Masse. However, Denomme did do a lot of work with the console port, so during our E3 meetup, we talked about TERA‘s six years of life, lootboxes, the vanarch system (RIP), and more.

Console awareness

Denomme admits that TERA’s console launch was a lot of work. There’s some relief that the game’s been out in the wild, but the team knows there are some issues and nasty bugs to tackle, like Velika City on Xbox not running well. The update that’s bringing the Gunner launch should have a lot of those bug fixes and optimizations. Denomme couldn’t tell me the specific date for that update during our discussion, but we’ve since learned it’ll launch on June 26th!

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The Stream Team: Doing The Death of Superman, Part 2 in DCUO

Apparently Superman’s death is going to be a drawn out affair in DCUO, as the second part of the event launched just last week (and one more is still to come!). Massively OP’s MJ already completed part 1, and now it is time to delve into part 2 of The Death of Superman. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to see how well the Man of Steel fares in this episode.

What: DC Universe Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 11th, 2018

Enjoy the show!

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Blade and Soul rounds out its Nightfall Sanctuary raid

What MMORPG actually releases a fully-fleshed out raid in this day and age? You have to milk that content drip by drip, giving players just enough to be challenging but not enough so that the top raiding guilds blow through it in one evening.

Blade and Soul seems perfectly fine with the current model of chopping up raids, as it only delivered half of the Nightfall Sanctuary so far. The rest is coming on June 20th, when part two arrives with even more bosses, areas, and rewards for 12-player groups to tackle. It’s in this update that the final showdown against the Grand Celestial Emperor is going to take place, with appropriate legendary gear dropping for anyone who can dethrone this shiny jerk.

“Your raid will need to work in perfect harmony if you’re to have any chance against the Grand Celestial Emperor. More than a few will fall before him and his relentless pursuit of power,” said NCsoft.

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TERA’s Hero’s Oath is live today with a new dungeon and piles of new loot

Hero’s Oath is live in TERA today. Somehow, I didn’t quite realize that TERA had committed to a “near-monthly” update schedule, but En Masse is definitely keeping to it with this leg of the anniversary launch content. Expect a new dungeon, new PvE leaderboards, and gobs of loot:

“Dungeon runners with level 65 characters wearing powerful gear, an average item level of 446 or higher, can head to the Velika Outskirts to take on the newly introduced Antaroth’s Abyss dungeon. The dungeon comes in both a normal and (Hard) difficulty, with three deadly bosses ready and waiting to challenge even the most skilled of players. And with the newly introduced dungeon leaderboards, currently active for Antaroth’s Abyss (Hard) and Pit of Petrax, players can race against each other to see who can claim the glory and be the fastest group to clear the dungeon.”

Incidentally, TERA is also running a monthly level-up event right now; the Gunner is up first!

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Superman keeps on dying in DC Universe Online

I cannot the the only person who finds it humorously weird that up-and-coming heroes in DC Universe Online keep grabbing costume elements from famous superheroes and villains. You think that Batman and the Joker feel a little unnerved that so many people are running around wearing their clothes?

At least Superman isn’t saying anything, because he’s dead. Well, deader than he was when the first part of the Death of Superman update went out in the game. Now that the second part is here, players can grab the iconic Supes costume and try to replace the Man of Steel. Good luck with that!

This update throws players against the guy who killed Superman to see if they can do any better. Good luck with that, too. The Doomsday raid comes with new feats, items, a title, and the Superman 80th anniversary emblem.

Source: DCUO

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