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The Stream Team: Temples or levels, that is the Path of Exiles question

While Massively OP’s MJ has been piddling around with temples in Path of Exile’s new Incursion Leagues, one of her friends has already finished the whole story! Now she’s torn between leveling and gorging on temples. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to hear the hints behind his success and to cheer MJ on in either leveling or creating more temples to plunder.

What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 18th, 2018

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The MOP Up: Skyforge’s PvP revolution (June 17, 2018)

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!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from War of RightsClosers OnlineWorld War ZOld School RuneScapeThe Black DeathOrbusVRReign of GuildsSkyforgeAlchemiaStoryPath of ExileGrim DawnRevelation OnlineDefiance 2050, and DDO, all waiting for you after the break!

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Path of Exile’s Incursion league launched smoothly with no crunch time

If you think that patching a game always means crunch time, misery, and developers sobbing beneath their desks, Path of Exile’s Incursion league launch shows it doesn’t have to be. The recap on the launch weekend makes it clear that there was no crunch time leading up to the launch, no major problems, and a smooth rollout all around. Most of the smaller issues were even sorted with hotfixes, which worked to the team’s advantage. And the changes have rocked the meta about, which also means that it’s more entertaining to see what players are trying.

Of course, some bigger issues couldn’t be fixed with hotfixes, which is why a larger patch is planned for next week to address three major crash issues. It also includes new 3D art for Apep’s Supremacy and Shadowstitch, which will hopefully give them a little more visual pop. The patch isn’t due until next week, but you can see the planned changes right now.

We checked out the Incursion update last night; you can catch our play through on Twitch!

Source: Incursion recap, Minor patch; thanks to Veldan for the tip!

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The Stream Team: Raiding Path of Exiles’ temple

Earlier this week, Massively OP’s MJ completed the 11 incursions to build her first temple of the new league. Today, she’s going to dive into that personalized dungeon. What will it look like? What loot will she collect? Rumor has it there is lots of good loot to be had! Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to see what she finds once she raids the temple.

What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 7th, 2018

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The Stream Team: Going to the temple in Path of Exile’s Incursion League

We’re going to the temple and we’re gonna get loooooot! As much as Massively OP’s MJ is tired of starting over in Path of Exile, she can’t help herself. The new leagues just keep sounding so interesting! And now that Incursion has launched she’s got herself another new character to enjoy the uniqueness of this one. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for a first temple trip in the new league.

What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 173: The Bless Mess

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin unravel the whole “Bless mess,” as it were — and boy is it messy. It’s a weird week of MMO news, with expansions, the apocalypse, and spyware conspiracies abounding. There’s also reader emails covering the eastern MMO invasion and open world exploration.

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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Path of Exile’s Incursion update is live today

Going live today for PC players of Path of Exile is Incursion, the MMOARPG’s latest expansion, featuring the promised skill revamps and the choose-your-own-adventure modes of the new dungeon. Xbox One gamers will be waiting a bit longer as always.

“In Path of Exile: Incursion players will journey over a thousand years into the past to the long-dead Vaal Empire to help explorer Alva Valai locate the lost temple of Atzoatl and the amazing treasures it holds.”

The servers go down at 1 p.m. EDT today, just as this post goes live; they should be back by 4 p.m. EDT with the update in tow. That gives you plenty of time to doodle in the comments or post gifs on Reddit, plus it’s a 2.5-5GB patch, depending on how you get it, so that’ll take a bit too (yes, preloading is possible).

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Path of Exile posts the full patch notes for its Incursion update

A patch is a beautiful thing for Path of Exile if you enjoy reading through patch notes or playing new patch content. You’ll have to wait a bit longer for the actual patch content to go live, but the patch notes are available right now, and they are extensive. Want to find out everything there is to know about the Incursion league? It’s all there, explaining how players will travel back in time for some reason to create a version of history that’s more beneficial for their efforts in the present.

The notes also include a full rundown on the many, many skill changes for balance, including the overall philosophy behind trap changes and the many new gems added with the patch. Whether you’re in for the new League or just want to keep playing, there’s enough stuff here that you’ll want to survey all of it with a careful eye. So much to do and so much to enjoy when the patch goes live June 1st.

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The Stream Team: Bye-bye Path of Exile’s Bestiary League

With Path of Exile’s Incursion starting this weekend, Massively OP’s MJ really, really wanted to get one more day of Bestiary League adventures in before she said goodbye to all her critters. But things don’t exactly go as planned. Then again, when do they ever? What she should have done is thrown a net over it! Join us live at 6:00 p.m. for more…

What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

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The Stream Team: Let’s talk Path of Exile’s buyout by Tencent

So, happy Monday! Many of us have started our week with the news that Tencent bought out Path of Exile. Some folks are congratulatory, but many players are quite concerned about what this will mean for their favorite title. Will this herald the end of one of the best payment models? Or will a cash influx help the game just be more awesome? Massively OP’s MJ wants to discuss the issue, so join us live at 9:00 p.m. to share your thoughts.

What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 21st, 2018

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Tencent gains majority stake in Path of Exile’s Grinding Gear Games

Path of Exiles has a new boss this week.

Grinding Gear Games announced that Chinese mega-publisher Tencent has purchased a majority stake in the studio. While this undoubtedly will raise concerns in Path of Exile’s community about the direction and control of the game, GGG spun the announcement as good news.

“We will remain an independent company and there won’t be any big changes to how we operate,” Grinding Gear said. “We want to reassure the community that this will not affect the development and operations of Path of Exile […] Tencent’s agenda is clear: to give us the resources to make Path of Exile as good as it can be.”

The studio reiterated that Tencent isn’t going to try to change the game, force pay-to-win aspects on it, or give the Chinese version priority. It also said that it will continue its rollout of four major releases per year and is developing the next expansions as well as version 4.0, which is coming sometime in 2020.

Source: Reddit. Cheers, Cyclone Jack, yoh_sl, and Tanek.

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Would you attend a Path of Exile con in New Zealand?

How does an ExileCon sound to you? Grinding Gear Games wants to know if you’d be interested in traveling down New Zealand next year to partake in all the dev and demo trappings of a convention specifically for Path of Exile. Understanding that travel costs to its home city Auckland in November 2019 would be expensive, the studio wants to gauge interest in the event before committing to run it.

Besides announcements, including the big 4.0.0 mega-expansion, players would get to hang out and talk to devs, play demos, buy merchandise, party, and revel in swag. On top of that, there would be finals to various tournaments. GGG also wants to run competitions that will grant winners free flights and accommodations to the event.

If this sounds like something you’d consider, head on over to the official forums to fill out a quick form to let the team know!

Source: Path of Exile Twitter

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Grinding Gear runs down everything you need to know about Path of Exile’s Incursion League

Path of Exile is preparing to throw players back in time with its upcoming Incursion Challenge League. When the league arrives in June, players will travel back to an ancient treasure temple and monkey about with history all in the name of sweet, glorious loot.

Of course, players have had a lot of questions about how the Incursion League will function, which is why Grinding Gear posted a helpful FAQ to clarify details.

Players will be hunting for Alva on the game’s many maps. When found, she will open up portals to incursions and the temple. All of these will be modified by the level of the map in which they are found, so it sounds like the instances will vary in difficulty.

The studio said that the temple itself features a randomly generated layout that changes based on what you do during your incursions. And if you get locked out of certain rooms? “That’s what the explosives room is for.”

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