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The MOP Up: Pox Nora’s PS4 launch (May 28, 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 Splatoon 2HellionEpocylipseLogresSteam HammerHEXIngressMabinogi HeroesPox Nora, and Heroes and Generals, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Stream Team: Hitting the HEX campaign trail hard

With a new-found confidence in her killer bunny pack, Massively OP’s MJ is ready to take on more HEX content. After trouncing that dungeon, she’s eager to hit the campaign trail again with her fuzzy army. What will she run into next as she explores new areas? And more importantly, can HoppyHoppyJoyJoy bash the threats or will the bunnies be bopped on the nose and sent scampering away in defeat? Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to find out.

What: HEX
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 18, 2017

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The Stream Team: Fighting through HEX’s Fort Romor

Those filthy humans have taken over Fort Romor, the next dungeon along the path of HEX’s PvE campaign, and Massively OP’s MJ needs to clear them out. Her deck has been tweaked with some new battle bunnies, so she’s better prepared for the fight this time around. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to see if MJ can make it through this dungeon with her new collection of killer bunnies.

What: HEX
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 21st, 2017

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The Stream Team: Post-Easter battle bunnies in HEX

Most people think of cute and cuddly bunnies when they wax nostalgic about Easter, but not Massively OP’s MJ. No, she also envisions battle bunnies with killer instincts! So what better way to celebrate the day after Easter than with HEX? MJ finally rescued all the gnomes, so she can head out for new adventures with HoppyHoppyJoyJoy. Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. to join her and cheer on the battle bunnies.

What: HEX
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 17th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Helping HEX’s lost gnomes

Now that Massively OP’s MJ has finally gotten one group of HEX’s lost gnomes to safety, she can move on to other adventures.  But there are more stranded gnomes, and she can’t just leave them there, all sad and cowering in fear.  So she’s heading back across the desert and facing more giant worms in order to rescue the rest. Join us live at 4:00 p.m. as MJ battles more worms.

What: HEX
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 27th, 2017

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HEX celebrates Scars of War release with special weekend tournaments

HEX’s big Scars of War expansion launches today, and HEX Entertainment is celebrating with a round of special tournaments over the weekend. Starting on Friday, March 3rd, at 1:00 p.m. EST, players can participate in a Draft Gauntlet Queue, a Sealed Gauntlet Queue, or an Evo Gauntlet Queue for a chance to win prizes, including two exclusive alternate art cards and platinum. The gauntlets will conclude at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 6th. For full details on the exact entry fees and prizes for each gauntlet, check out the official site.

Those who join in these battles will be restricted to only using decks created from Scars of War booster packs. Not sure which cards you’ll want to build a your tournament deck with? Check out the full listing of all new cards being added to the game in this special spoiler post on the official site.

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HEX and Gameforge are parting ways

HEX Entertainment released a newsletter today announcing that its TCG HEX: Shards of Fate will return to self-publishing. As publisher, Gameforge has been responsible for operational procedures such as community management, customer support, promotion, sales, and marketing; going forward those duties, along with all other live operations, will be handled directly by HEX Entertainment along with all development.

Both companies assure that this mutually reached agreement will have no impact on the game itself, and that migrating accounts will be as easy as two clicks when you log into HEX. HEX Entertainment also expressed its excitement over the “many new features [it has] in store for the game.”

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The Stream Team: Death to Hex’s death worm hydra

Massively OP’s MJ is mad enough to kill — to kill all those darn-blasted giant death worms that have her trapped in the desert. Her heart is willing, but is her hand? She was able to pull off a victory of a Wormoid, but then the Wormoid Hydra ground her into the dirt. Can she finally make it across the sands and dump those pesky lost Gnomes? Join us live at 4:00 p.m. to see who wins: Death bunny vs. death worms.

What: HEX: Shards of Fate
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

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MMO lockboxes, keys, and booster packs: Gambling or gaming?

Lockboxes have become a hot topic over the last couple of years. Last month, both our writers and readers crowned SWTOR worst business model of the year in part over its lockbox shenanigans. And several business model and lockbox-related articles made it into our list of most-commented-on articles of the year, including the Daily Grind on lockboxes and gambling.

So where do we draw the line between gambling and hobby gaming? Why are lockboxes acceptable? Are they really something MMO developers should continue to use in order to monetize their games?

I’ve done some research and even gotten some expert legal opinions about this based on American law (and some international), and I can’t say I’m entirely happy about my results.
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Hi-Rez Expo 2017: Hands-on with online card game SMITE Rivals

The cat is out of the bag. Or should I say Manticore? SMITE Rivals was announced at Hi-Rez Expo 2017 yesterday, giving players a third option for playing the gods in the SMITE IP. But the night before the world found out, I had the opportunity to sit down with a few of the folks who are creating the game and not only learn about it but play it for myself! (And no, I didn’t break it!)

So what is SMITE Rivals? It’s a game that blends the original MOBA with a collectible card game. Now, folks who have come to know me know that for the majority of my gaming life, MOBAs and CCGs both have terrified me. Maybe terrified is too strong of a word, but I definitely avoided them. I was both unfamiliar with them and unskilled. It’s only been this past year that I have started dabbling into these realms. So what happens when you combine these two fears into a single game?

It turns out, I love it.

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The Stream Team: Happy HEX holidays

Holiday festivites are starting to wind down, but Massively OP’s MJ is not letting them go! She’s starting her year off right by enjoying a few rounds of HEX. Today is the last day she can try for the special holiday items from the Night of Bells event. How lucky will she be? Tune in live at 1:00 p.m. as she dives through dungeons looking for an ugly sweater and a Pappy Jasper card.

What: HEX: Shards of Fate
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 1:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 2nd, 2017

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Massively OP’s MMO guide to the Steam Winter Sale

Do you have any money left after all of that holiday shopping, travel, and dining out? Steam would very much like to have what remains, if you please, and is willing to trade you some discounted games in return.

Yes, the annual Steam Winter Sale is up and running, which means all sorts of deals for the frugal MMORPG player. We’ve compiled a huge list of all of the deals — including discounts of up to 90% off! — to help you navigate the holiday promotion. The sale ends on January 2nd. Hope it helps!

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HEX launches the second chapter of Chronicles of Entrath

If you’ve finished up HEX’s PvE campaign, you’ve probably been looking forward to the next Chronicles of Entrath update. Now it’s here, and players can dive right in! And if you haven’t finished it up yet, never fear — many of the goodies in the second chapter are available no matter where you might are in your progression.

Chronicles of Entrath – Chapter 2 introduces mercenaries to help you play through dungeons, a new ranger class playable on either faction, a increased level cap to 15, and an all-new zone (which happens to be larger than the first) filled with many encounters and four new dungeons. And did we mention you will sail the Alachian Sea on your own customizable ship for your adventures? Chapter 2 also includes draft gauntlets, a new way to play limited with double-elimination in a capped number of matches (3). Check it all out in the trailer below.

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