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Hearthstone’s newest expansion has a new card that’s causing balance issues… with animations

When a new expansion arrives in Hearthstone, there will be balance issues. That’s almost inevitable; you know it’s going to happen, it’s part of the nature of the beast. What seems a little bit unusual is the fact that this particular card is causing balance issues simply due to animation locks. The legendary Shaman card Shudderwock is causing problems due to the nature of its special abilities, which replays every single Battlecry effect on your side of the board through the whole game.

This is obviously powerful, but this can also wind up cycling through an extensive and long animation cycle that ultimately leaves your opponent unable to actually play, which is clearly not an intended function of the card. The functionality will be revisited next week, so hopefully players will not long have to suffer a strategy of winning via animation locks. There’s a charming meta nature to it, but it still feels cheap.

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MMO Week in Review: When you gaze too long into EVE’s Abyss, the Abyss also… actually it just PKs you (April 15, 2018)

Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

After wrapping up PAX East – and chronicling our experiences with Pantheon, Ship of Heroes, ESO Summerset, and Ashes of Creation – we dived straight into EVE Online’s annual Fanfest, where this year CCP Games announced the Into the Abyss expansion as well as progress on Project Nova. Stay tuned for more! In the meantime, read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: WoW picks its Battle for Azeroth launch date, Ultima Online goes free-to-play (April 8, 2018)

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Classic-but-still-updated MMORPGs were on fire this week! World of Warcraft kicked off PAX East with a bang by announcing Battle for Azeroth’s launch date of August 14th, and then Ultima Online released its Endless Journey patch, taking the 20-year-old game free-to-play for the first time ever.

Stay tuned early this week as we roll out all our PAX coverage! In the meantime, read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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World of Warcraft reveals Battle for Azeroth plans

The information dam seems to have broken with World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, and we are all about to be swept away in the flood. At a press event at the studio this week, Blizzard disclosed many more details about the upcoming expansion including its plans leading up to it.

The expansion beta should be starting soon. Blizzard said that the expansion “pre-patch” will hit the game a few weeks before Battle for Azeroth’s August 14th release. It’ll contain quests and scenarios leading up to the main expansion, including the Burning of Teldrassil and the Battle for Lordaeron.

As for allied races, each side will have six emissaries planned, although some of those races will be shared. Mag’har Orcs and Dark Iron Dwarves will be unlocked after going through the war campaign, with Kul Tiran Humans and Zandalari Trolls to be unlocked later in the expansion cycle. Blizzard said that it liked the pacing of Legion’s content rollout and will be using that as a template for Battle for Azeroth.

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MMO Week in Review: April Fools’ Day, SOTA, and Star Citizen (April 1, 2018)

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Shroud of the Avatar is hereby granted no more launches! Yes, this week Richard Garriott’s Ultima-inspired MMORPG officially shed its in-testing shroud, while, Star Citizen launched its 3.1 alpha, Guild Wars 2 rolled out SAB, and April Fools’ Day gripped the genre. And at GDC, we took a look at big game data, SpatialOS, Defiance, and Ultima Online through the eyes of its original creators.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions!

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World of Warcraft improves questing limits and hints at new emotes in Battle for Azeroth

The limit of 25 active quests in World of Warcraft isn’t so bad, so long as you never forget to abandon old quests, always do one zone at a time, and scrupulously clear out lingering tasks ahead of time. In other words, it really is a relic of older times, which makes sense when you consider that the limit was put in place during the game’s first expansion. The good news is that Battle for Azeroth is no longer counting account-wide quests toward that limit, so things like battle pet quests are no longer going to leave you working under limitations.

Players will also notice a special lighting effect around low-level daily quests, so it’ll be that much easier to pick up those when relevant, as well.

For those of you who already have no problem keeping your quest logs free and clear but are mostly interested in more emotes, the expansion seems to also be adding a new emote for booping your fellow adventurers on the nose. No word yet on animations for this emote, but the text files are in there; we can only hope that Druid players are prepared for what will inevitably result.

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MMO Week in Review: Expansions for Elder Scrolls Online, Star Trek Online, and Skyforge (March 25, 2018)

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Sea of Thieves launched this week, it’s true, captivating many MMORPG player hearts with a round of yo-ho-hos and ahoy theres, but it was a huge week for the MMORPG industry all by itself too. We got expansion announcements for Elder Scrolls Online, Star Trek Online, and Skyforge and a launch announcement for Bless, plus deep-dives with Shroud of the Avatar, Secret World Legends‘ South Africa content, the newly launched ARK Park, and SWTOR’s 5.8 update. All that against the backdrop of our meanderings through GDC – including an exclusive with Ship of Heroes!

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: Practicing Pig in Project Gorgon (March 18, 2018)

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If you’ve ever fancied a sandboxish MMORPG where you can exercise your pig form, flower arrangement, iocaine resistance, interpretive dance, phrenology, and dying skills, then Project Gorgon was made for you – and as luck would have it, it rolled into early access on Steam this week.

Meanwhile, Secret World Legends announced its South Africa-themed content patch, we dug into new research on aggression and games, multiple sci-fi games honored Stephen Hawking, we got the scoop on ArcheAge 4.5, and classic EverQuest turned 19 years old.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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Blizzard teases decks in Hearthstone and characters in Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm

It’s time for a whole lot of new characters to smash into the fray in Blizzard’s various multiplayer offerings. Hearthstone doesn’t have characters, per se, but it does have deck types, and the game’s next expansion is delivering a whole new deck type with Odds & Evens. Yes, that’s where you have an entire deck consisting of cards with odd costs or even costs; you can check out the video below for more elaboration.

Overwatch, of course, does have new characters. Specifically, it has Brigitte, who as it turns out will be arriving in the game on March 20th. If you’ve been looking forward to playing the smashy warrior-healer on the live game, you’ll have your chance very soon.

Last but not least, the Heroes of the Storm team is promising another new hero in the form of Fenix, a character from StarCraft who got killed in the first few missions. Later, he came back in a giant spider robot carrying his dead body. (He was a Dragoon. It makes sense in context.) So that’s also fun, although we warn you that teams might not appreciate you saying “I return to serve” every time you respawn.

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MMO Week in Review: Trion triumphs with RIFT Prime (March 11, 2018)

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Queues for days! Well, maybe not literally for days, but queues have definitely befallen players who’ve been trying to play the popular RIFT Prime server this weekend, which honestly is a good thing, since every single one of those folks angling for a vanilla-ish experience is paying a sub.

“We apologize most profusely for our great success,” Trion joked, noting that it’s been busily raising server caps and expects login times to spread out as “the first heated rush to glory fades.”

Don’t forget to check out our guide to the new server, as well as our first impressions published this weekend, then read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: All the MMO birthdays (March 4, 2018)

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The MMO genre celebrated a ton of birthdays this week, including anniversaries for the launches of Black Desert, The Division, RIFT, Wakfu, and Dungeons and Dragons Online. Meanwhile, Funcom announced a new game (not an MMO, though), Elite Dangerous launched its next chapter, Path of Exile’s Bestiary update made it out the door, Soulworker hit open beta, Secret World Legends pushed out its agent network, and Trion stunned everyone with its Defiance 2050 reboot plans.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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Overwatch posts an in-universe letter hinting at its next hero

So, who’s the next hero for Overwatch? We don’t know yet, but there’s plenty of room for speculation… and there’s a little more food for that speculation with the latest lore release. Of course, it doesn’t outright say who the next hero is, but it seems like it might be relevant as we look at a letter from Torbjorn to his wife following his rescue by Reinhardt, right before the birth of his daughter.

This all lines up nicely with speculation that Torbjorn’s daughter Brigitte, whom we’ve seen in Reinhardt’s recent video; it turns out that she’s also Reinhardt’s goddaughter, thus further linking her to what happens next. Obviously, this is speculation, and it could be something completely different… but it does seem to be where the lore is pointing at the moment. As much as it’s pointing to anything. It could always be Torbjorn’s lost arm as the next character, really.

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MMO Week in Review: So what’s Funcom making next? (February 25, 2018)

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Funcom is up to something: This past week, the studio announced that it will announce (you gotta love announcement announcements) a new game on Wednesday. We don’t know much about what it is, save that it’s a post-apoc setting with possibly prefab characters. So MMORPG players will probably be watching curiously on Wednesday… but our bet is Funcom fans will go back to poring over Secret World’s agent system previews instead.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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