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MMO Week in Review: Warframe’s first steps into a larger world (October 15, 2017)

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Warframe took another step closer to being an MMORPG this week with the launch of its Plains of Eidolon expansion, which introduced an open-world landscape feel to zones and a slew of MMO-like questing options.

In Final Fantasy XIV, the latest housing crisis was met by apologies from no less than Naoki Yoshida.

And on the business end of things, the ESRB declined to classify lockboxes as gambling, Blizzard sued another Chinese ripoff, and IGN bought out the Humble Bundle company.

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World of Warcraft Demon Hunter solos normal Gul’dan

A Demon Hunter should be able to kill demons. That’s their one job description, and so it should be no surprise that World of Warcraft’s Demon Hunters are actually very good at killing demons. But most of them are not nearly as good as Mione, a name you’ll find in no lore compilations who still deserves a nod for soloing normal-mode Gul’dan.

Yes, solo. As in “big boss of the second full raid of the expansion taken out by a single dedicated player.”

Obviously, gear has improved somewhat since Gul’dan’s release, but the fight (which is watchable in sped-up form below) still took over an hour to complete. “Doesn’t Gul’dan hit enrage at 12 minutes?” you ask. And you’re right, he does. He enrages, and Mione deals with that mechanic. Go ahead and watch the video, then check out the video description to see how this was accomplished, including waiting out the enrage. The notes do mention that the “real” fight (after the enrage happens and falls off) “only” took 27 minutes, which is… still insanely impressive.

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Junkrat is exploding into Heroes of the Storm

The parade of Overwatch characters porting straight over to Heroes of the Storm continues with the latest addition to the game, Junkrat. How does he play? Like Junkrat, that’s how. He throws around lots of bombs and makes things blow up and laughs at inappropriate times. That’s his whole deal, guys, it’s not like Overwatch has a rich narrative history to draw upon.

Oh, you were curious about mechanics? In that case you can hop down below and check out the preview video, that might be more straightforward.

Junkrat’s ability include the huge knockback of Concussion Mine (it can even fling people over terrain) and the bouncing explosive fun of Frag Grenades. If you’re familiar with the character in Overwatch, you’ll have a pretty clear picture of the general tone of his abilities if not the specifics; check out the preview before to see him blowing things up with style.

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MMO Week in Review: The battle of the sci-fi MMO conventions (October 8, 2017)

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It’s the battle of the conventions this weekend as NYCC, EVE Vegas, and Frontier Expo have all gone head-to-head. At NYCC, Star Wars The Old Republic dished out info on the new Timothy Zahn-inspired planet; at EVE Vegas, we got the scoop on post-Lifeblood F2P EVE Online improvements and CCP’s new mobile game; and we’ll have a bunch of news on Elite Dangerous tomorrowday straight from London!

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World of Warcraft’s Ion Hazzikostas talks randomness and Legendaries

There’s been another live community Q&A session with World of Warcraft director Ion Hazzikostas, and if you’re in the “highly frustrated” crowd of fans, the answers received are not going to mollify you. Flying in Argus? No. Randomness? Yes, that’s all good, there’s always been randomness in RPGs. Can we get world bosses more frequently? No.

On the other hand, if you’re pleased as punch with the current state of the game, you’ll probably be happy about minor quality-of-life bumps like the promise to continue using new Druid forms in future expansions or the plans for more realm connections. So take that as you will and adjust your expectations accordingly.

Meanwhile, there’s a strong hint that an Offline mode is coming to Battle.net, since an “appear offline” option has been added to the app in its most recent beta version. So if you’d like to avoid all notice from others, that’s going to be a good thing.

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The BlizzCon schedule is out, and it sure has some World of Warcraft panels

Again, we caution our readers, as we did yesterday, that there is not any official announcement of an announcement regarding the next World of Warcraft expansion, except that you can expect one next month. But boy, there is a lot of World of Warcraft stuff on this year’s BlizzCon schedule. It’s up now, and while you’ll have to page through to November 3rd to see the actual schedule, you can see several WoW-themed panels that are also helpfully vague enough to not officially say there’s an expansion while also pretty strongly hinting at it.

Of course, those of you more concerned with Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, or Hearthstone still have some panels to look forward to. Those of you more concerned with StarCraft II or Diablo III should just feel sad. Check out the full schedule if you want to get an idea of what’s coming; it’s a little too early to formally announce that we’ll be doing our usual liveblogs, but that does seem likely.

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MMO Week in Review: Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire eyecandy (October 1, 2017)

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After a rocky first weekend, Guild Wars 2’s massive Path of Fire expansion smoothed out, impressing the Massively OP staff and readers alike with its eyecandy and “joy of movement” philosophy (if not so much its storyline). Meanwhile, Black Desert launched the first part of its Kamasylvia update, Final Fantasy XIV announced its The Legend Returns patch, and Camelot Unchained’s Mark Jacobs spoke with us about his game’s social system shakeup.

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Diablo III will get absolutely no announcements at this year’s BlizzCon

Blizzard really cares about the Diablo III fanbase and the overall Diablo franchise. So what if it gets less attention than other franchises? So what if it’s gotten an alarming lack of updates since its solitary expansion? So what if the game was once referred to in a press release as “that other game we run sometimes, Devin or Derrick, some D thing?” So what if the game is going to have no announcements whatsoever at this year’s BlizzCon?

Wait, that last one is actually kind of really bad. Like, this is a problem.

Yes, Blizzard has confirmed on the forums that there will be no announcements for the franchise this year. D3 itself will have a presence, but there are no announcements coming out, so you had best put that out of your mind right now. There’s also the promise that more is coming out in the future, but when all is said and done… well, it’s hard to get one’s hopes up.

We did get plenty of announcements and new content last year thanks to the game’s 20th anniversary, but it appears we’re now retreating to the pattern from the years before that.

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World of Warcraft hotfixes include an account-wide Argus unlock

How many alts do you have on World of Warcraft? Be honest, we won’t judge you (and can’t hear you anyway). Because unless the number is “zero” you probably have already had enough of unlocking Argus on each and every alt you want to bring in there. Good news, though; the latest round of hotfixes makes Argus an account-wide unlock as you complete the story chapters in the region.

The net result is that your extra characters will be able to jump in and go (assuming they meet the usual requirements) rather than sitting through the same story you’ve already seen before. The patch also includes PvP balance changes and a handful of bug fixes, so that should affect your play experience, but really it’s all about bringing your alts to Argus for that sweet Burning Legion experience. (By experience, we of course are referring to the experience, not actual experience points. You should not be leveling up in Argus.)

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MMO Week in Review: Following the Path of Fire back to Guild Wars 2 (September 24, 2017)

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Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire expansion launched on Friday, sending fans of Tyria and nostalgia back into the Elonian deserts. How many of those 11 million total accounts are playing? Probably not all of them, to be sure, but enough to cause more than a few disconnects and instance-creation problems through the weekend, especially in the EU but felt across the game’s territories. The demand bodes well for the game’s long-term finances (if not its short-term charm).

Don’t miss our coverage of the update; we streamed the launch on Friday, got our accounts in order, and debated the game’s material storage nerfs. MOP’s Choose My Adventure series will also cover Guild Wars 2 for the next month, so keep an eye out for that, a special guest on the podcast, and our impressions of the launch!

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Prepare yourself for World of Warcraft ilevel 1000 legendaries

World of Warcraft: Legion isn’t quite finished yet. The green-tinged expansion has a few tricks left up its sleeve before players’ attention turns completely to the next chapter of the MMO’s lifecycle.

In addition opening up the new raid and adding in a few heavy story teasers for the upcoming expansion, Patch 7.3.2 is throwing in a new item that will allow players to upgrade their legendary items to ilevel 1000 for the first time. This is thanks to Awoken Titan Essence, which helps bootstrap legendary gear up 30 levels from 970. It probably won’t be easy to obtain; Blizzard Watch outlines a possible process for the upgrade with numerous bullet points that suggests a tad bit of a grind.

With four-digit ilevels becoming a reality, is it about time for Blizzard to consider another round of stat squishing? Or should the studio keep pushing bigger and more impressive numbers across the board?

Source: Wowhead via Blizzard Watch

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World of Warcraft audio drama shows what happened to Alleria and Turalyon

The open question of “where are Alleria and Turalyon” was bouncing around in World of Warcraft pretty much as soon as players got to Outland and didn’t see them. Now they’re finally in the game, but the game also offers only hints and rumors about the transition between being in Outland at the end of Warcraft II and where they are now. We know they’re part of the Army of Light and that they’ve had some adventures, but what were those adventures?

Well, why not listen to about two hours of audio drama below? That’ll clear things right up.

Titled “A Thousand Years of War,” the audio drama gives a comprehensive look at what happened to the ranger and paladin when they first encountered the Army of Light, how they reached their current place, and what several of their offhand references to past events really mean. It’s a lengthy listen, but if you’re a lore fiend, you’ll probably enjoy all of it. Check it out just below, and don’t worry, as long as you keep listening, you don’t need to watch the actual video.

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MMO Week in Review: EVE’s is an evil laugh (September 17, 2017)

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This week, the universe of EVE Online was rocked by a sudden but inevitable betrayal that compounded the ongoing player-instigated wars and led to the banning of a notable EVE player and elected CSM official caught threatening to mutilate another player in real life. The impetus? The theft of in-game property worth approximately $20,000. Ouch.

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