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MMO Week in Review: PAX East awards, EverQuest's 18th, and ESO's battlegrounds (March 19, 2017)

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A week after PAX East's close, we've completed our assignments and handed out our awards. Make sure you cast your vote in our reader poll for the best MMO of the show!

Meanwhile, EverQuest celebrates 18 years online, Revelation fielded pay-to-win complaints, we compared survival sandbox Rend to other MMOs, Star Citizen wowed onlookers with its level design, and our columnist took a hard look at The Elder Scrolls Online's proposed Morrowind battleground system.

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

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MMO Week in Review: PAX East so far (March 12, 2017)

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PAX East is over, and Eliot is home safe with a zeppelin-full of stories. The best bit so far has been our interview with Final Fantasy XIV's Naoki Yoshida, but we also covered TERA's console port, the FFXIV panel, and our Funcom chat about Conan Exiles. And there's plenty more to come! Stay tuned for tomorrow and Tuesday, when we'll be spilling the rest of our PAX interviews, including a super secret one you veteran MMORPG fans are going to love! In the meanwhile, read on for the very best of this week's MMO news and opinions.

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The Daily Grind: What provokes you to kick MMO group members?

Yesterday, Blizzard Watch writer Dan O'Halloran recounted -- unfavorably -- dispiriting tales about looking-for-raid scenarios in World of Warcraft that end in vote-kicking -- not for abuse or AFKing but for simply being the lowest-performing damage character.

"Tichondrius, for example, has an enrage timer and if you don’t kill him in a certain amount of time, he goes HAM on the raid, everyone dies and you have to start that encounter over. Twice that has happened in my LFR raids on him and both times someone in the raid has immediately called to kick the low performing DPS players arguing that we need better performing replacements to down the boss."

Maybe I'm too nice for my own good, but I'm with Dan: I would never dream of booting someone in order to replace him with someone with better damage meter performance. Sure, I want to win, but not more than I don't want to be a giant jerk to my groupmates. I've seen enough bullying for one lifetime; I don't want my valuable leisure time filled with it too.

Would you? What provokes you to votekick and kick MMO group members?

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MMO Week in Review: On The Secret World's relaunch (March 5, 2017)

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Funcom's latest financial report this week was bolstered by Conan Exiles' success and the reveal that The Secret World isn't getting an expansion as rumored after all; it's getting a complete relaunch this spring with a fresh newbie experience, combat overhaul, and adjusted business model. Funcom's been tight-lipped on details so far, meaning speculation (even from our own TSW columnist) is running wild.

There's some sad news out of Funcom this week too: Anarchy Online and Age of Conan are basically headed for maintenance mode. "No further significant work is expected to be done on this project going forward," Funcom says of both games.

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

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Heroes of the Storm introduces supercute StarCraft 'hero' Probius

Say what you will about Blizzard, but the studio knows how to make wordless bots adorable. Such is the case for Probius, the newly announced next hero for MOBA Heroes of the Storm -- and yes, he's really a Protoss drone from StarCraft. He'll be warping and buffing and disrupting and making little Artoo noises on the PTR next week starting on March 6th.

I can't wait to see what sort of funky porn people come up with for this lil dude. No, actually, I can totally wait. On second thought, how about a nice themed plushie?

Check out the video below!

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MMO Week in Review: Morrowind's bear butts (February 26, 2017)

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Elder Scrolls Online let the press loose on the Morrowind expanshachapter this week, and we met the challenge: We deep-dived the story and lore behind the new version of the 15-year-old Vvardenfell, scoped out the unusual 4v4v4 PvP battlegrounds, and examined the new jack-of-all-trades Warden class (and yes, there are bear butts). And don't forget the gameplay trailer, which ought to satisfy those grumpy about not getting any gameplay sneaks during the reveal last month.

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

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The Doomfist has been stolen on Overwatch's test server

There have been hints of it flying around for quite some time from Overwatch datamining, but now it's happened. A Twitter update first posted that there had been an attack in Numbani, with several guard robots destroyed in the violence:

This is followed up by an update to the Numbani map on the game's test server with the Doomfist missing from its protective case. And who's that on the photo credit? Why, it's Efi Oladele, the robotics genius who mentioned that she was heading to the airport with her family following a robotics grant. So we've got a missing Doomfist, a robot expert surrounded by a whole lot of demolished robots, and an unknown assailant. The question then becomes what happens next?

Of course, here's the interesting point of reference - the impact crater in the attack seems to look a bit like someone punched a robot into a wall, doesn't it? So there's a few pieces that may be left to assemble.

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World of Warcraft Q&A covers legendaries, artifact power, and relics; Blizz nixes 7.2 PvP changes

If you missed it, yesterday World of Warcraft Game Director Ion Hazzikostas sat down for another one of his lengthy community question-and-answer sessions.

While no groundbreaking revelations came out over the stream, Hazzikostas did spend a good amount of time answering queries about the constantly hot topic of Legion legendaries. He said that players who swap specs should find that the game will give them an increased chance of getting a legendary for that spec when there is none present. The team wants to reduce the power gap between strong and weak legendaries, although the four craftable legendaries in Patch 7.2 will be "middle of the road."

Other topics included how Patch 7.2 will deal with catching up on artifact power and expanding relics to include two traits instead of the current one. The patch will contain artifact knowledge tomes to boost players' alts to 30 and 35, as the team doesn't want players to feel as though they're doing nothing other than grinding AP for the expansion.

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World of Warcraft hatches hippogryphs, expands Nighthold, and continues token madness

The expansion of World of Warcraft's token utility continues to ripple across the entire Blizzard ecosystem, as prices remain high and supply occasionally runs out. Polygon has gone so far to posit that grinding out gold in WoW might be more efficient to get those Hearthstone packs and Overwatch loot boxes than actually playing those games.

The article contains a lot of math: "It takes about 135 hours of playing Overwatch to earn 100 loot boxes. A bundle of 50 loot boxes costs $40 plus tax, so Overwatch pays out loot-box rewards worth about sixty cents for every hour you play [...] You should be able to earn the six tokens you need to buy a hundred loot boxes in about 30 hours of grinding herbs in World of Warcraft, so you earn more than four times as many Overwatch loot boxes per hour farming herbs in WoW than you’ll earn from actually playing Overwatch."

In other World of Warcraft news, wing three of Nighthold is now open for business, so get in there and make us all proud. Today and today only is the new Hatching of the Hippogryph micro-holiday, if you're into that sort of thing. Additionally, you might also want to catch the latest new developer Q&A livestream this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. EST.

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MMO Week in Review: Smed prolly gets Amazon Prime for life now (February 19, 2016)

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This week, eyebrows across the MMOverse lifted when John Smedley, just seven weeks after the cancellation of crowdfunded Hero's Song and the closure of his indie studio, was announced as the leader of a new MMO studio under the Amazon Games banner, with most of the Pixelmage studio intact. Smed has thus far not responded to request for comment, but we're sure he's a bit swamped right about now.

Meanwhile, it was Fan Festival weekend for Final Fantasy XIV; Massively OP's Eliot Lefebvre dragged himself outta bed at the crack o' dawn to report on the Red Mage, swimming, and how Naoki Yoshida literally came out on stage in full Samurai gear to announce the new job.

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

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World of Warcraft increases legendary drop chances, preps PvP class tuning

Despairing that you'll never get a legendary item in World of Warcraft? Have patience, young grasshopper, because it might just happen soon. Blizzard revealed that it's been ramping up the drop rate for players over the past couple of months. In addition, while your first legendary has the highest chance of dropping, from the second legendary attempt on, all odds are the same that you'll find yourself squeeing over a new baby in your inventory.

Blizzard confirmed that players won't be able to equip more than two legendaries at a time in Patch 7.2, but didn't rule out a change to this in the future.

Next week, players will see "a large round of PvP tuning changes" to several class abilities. Unholy Death Knight players are also getting some nice buffs in PvE, which means that it's finally paying off to play with dead things.

Source: Blizzard Watch, patch notes. Cheers, Kalamari!

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The Daily Grind: Have you ever boycotted an MMORPG?

Blizzard Watch ran an editorial yesterday quoting former marine biologist and World of Warcraft Lead Systems Designer Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street on the subject of video game boycotts: "I would not advocate boycotting a game as a way to make a statement, especially if deep down you still love the game. You’re just not likely to drive change as a result."

It's not a new idea, but it's one worth revisiting whether we're talking about something as big as economic and political sanctions or something as small as quitting a video game with a big ol' flounce: Even if a whole crapton of people quit over something terrible in a game, it's unlikely to have much of an effect since the developers won't know why. There will always be exceptions -- like the NGE or monoclegate -- and they're such outliers that they have names. For the most part, games really can't react to a few thousand people quitting over a patch here and there. Boycotts just aren't specific enough.

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Play Heroes of the Storm, earn a free World of Warcraft mount

There's a neat cross-promotion going on right now between Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft. Blizzard is encouraging its fans to give Heroes a try by enticing them with a free WoW mount. If you play 15 matches with friends on your Battle.net list by March 13th, you'll get a Primal Flamesaber mount in WoW and a Judgment Charger mount and 10-day stimpack in Heroes for your troubles.

In other World of Warcraft news, the PTR just started testing out Patch 7.2's long-awaited flying, as well as the new Cathedral of the Eternal Night and some reward changes to mythic+ dungeons.

Check out the new Primal Flamesaber mount after the break and see if it's worth the effort!

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