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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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The Stream Team: Win a Wizard101 Battlemage Keep bundle

It’s time for another MOP giveaway of awesome Wizard101 goodies! Massively OP’s MJ has gotten her hands on a few Battlemage Keep bundles and she’s ready to dole them out to viewers. What does this bundle include? A house, mount, pet, armor, and more! More specifically, there is:

  • a havox mount
  • a wargoyle pet
  • Battlemage Armor
  • Battlemage staff and shield (with several different color options)
  • a Battlemage Keep castle
  • an additional castle space elixir
  • 100 bonus crowns for stitching your Battlemage staff and shield
  • 5000 crowns

Sounds spiffy, no? If this looks like something you’d like to get your hands on, join us live at 6:00 p.m. for your chance to win!

What: Wizard101
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 21st, 2018

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The Stream Team: Age of Conan turned 10!

Welcome to double digits, Age of Conan. The Barbarian MMO turned 10 years old this weekend, and Massively OP’s MJ is on hand to celebrate that milestone. She’ll be exploring Hyboria on her Demonologist. Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. to hang out with a 10-year-old and wish AoC a happy anniversary with us.

What: Age of Conan
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 21st, 2018

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Bless Online details its massive taming system and 660 tame-able critters

One of the three core content pieces in Bless Online is its taming system, though it was only lightly on display for press during our most recent hands-on. Neowiz has a new video out this morning featuring the system ahead of its early access beta launch later this month. And yes, you can tame monsters.

“Almost all of the existing monsters in Bless can be turned into either mounts or pets – when Early Access begins you will find 660 unique creatures available for taming. Each region in Bless has its own type of creatures. Depending on the type of environment, you can meet monsters of all sorts: some are cute and friendly, while others are wild and fierce or even ridiculous! If you happen to stumble upon an elite monster as you journey around the Bless world, try to tame it! Although it may be difficult, if you are successful in taming it you will gain a special companion.”

The brand-new taming video is below.

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The Stream Team: Returning to Radical heights before it ends

Even though Massively OP’s MJ is not a fan of battle royale, she was amused by the atmosphere of Radical Heights. And since the game can shut off at any moment now that the studio has closed, she wants to get one last session of crazy ’80s in. Join us in live at 6:00 p.m. for what could be the last day ever for…

What: Radical Heights
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 19th, 2018

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The Stream Team: Welcome to ARK’s sheepball!

Massively OP’s MJ has been looking forward to today for a very long time. It’s the inaugural game of sheepball! That’s right: This amazing new sport has been fully developed for play on ARK: Aberration.  Who will score the most? Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to watch this new amazing sport that’s sure to take the survival genre by storm. If they all had sheep.

What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 19th, 2018

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The Stream Team: Diving into the Death of Superman, part 1

Superman looks pretty good for 80, doesn’t he? And 80 is definitely a birthday worth celebrating. That is exactly what DCUO is doing with a big commemorative event going on right now. Massively OP’s MJ is jumping into the festivities. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to dive into the Death of Superman, part 1.

What: DC Universe Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 18th, 2018

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The Stream Team: A rush on gold in Wild West Online

There’s gold in them thar Wild West Online hills! Massively OP’s MJ has a map that will show her where she can mine some gold and she’s not afraid to use it. It’s also a good time to talk about this western’s proposed changes to make PvE more possible with being caught up in PvP. Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. to see if MJ survives the gold rush. If she strikes it rich, she might even spend some time at the roulette wheel.

What: Wild West Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 18th, 2018

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First impressions of State of Decay 2: Frolicking fun with friends and zombies

State of Decay 2 is out, and I know, I know, it’s not an MMO, but it does have online multiplayer in a shared world, as long as someone’s hosting. And I’ve been thoroughly sucked in.

Here’s the thing: It’s survival, it’s got a bit of a story, and you can immediately deal with griefers in the post-apocalypse and never have to see them again. I had great experiences with friends and foes alike, and I think some of you might feel the same if you give it a whirl.

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The Stream Team: Gabbing all about Guild Wars 2

Success! Massively OP’s MJ has finally nabbed Bree for some GW2 adventures! What adventures? Does it matter: It’s Bree and MJ gabbing all about the game. It doesn’t matter where they go or what they do, they will still cause trouble. Don’t believe us? Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. as this dangerous duo take over…

What: Guild Wars 2
Who: Bree Royce & MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 17th, 2018

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The Stream Team: AQ3D’s hairy situation

Have you ever seen Moglin Scissorhands? No? Well now is your chance! AQ3D just introduced a barbershop to allow players to get more creative with their looks. And in true AQ3D style, there is story complete with crazy cutscenes involved! Massively OP’s MJ has an appointment with the barber, and she’s bringing Artix along. Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to see what kind of craziness they get into.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

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Choose My Adventure: Starting fresh-ish in Final Fantasy XI

This is actually a Choose My Adventure that I was somewhat reluctant to do for a long time, simply because… well, in some ways, it goes against the entire spirit of Choose My Adventure. Or at least the spirit that I’ve always used as a guiding principle for these columns, for however much it matters.

The goal of Choose My Adventure has always been to take someone who is either wholly unfamiliar with a game or at least not an expert at it and throw them into a game with as little support as possible. There’s no way that I can realistically hit the level cap and make major headway into the endgame, of course, but I can at least try a game with fresh eyes and see how it plays, while presenting those thoughts in a non-tedious fashion.

And then we have Final Fantasy XI, which I cannot possibly look at with new eyes because I know this game very well. If I had to list the MMOs I know best, FFXI would probably be third or fourth on the list. Which is why for a long time I didn’t bring it up, because… I know all of this stuff, right?

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Pantheon reveals its Ranger, Rogue, and Monk classes

This month’s Pantheon newsletter is a doozy for folks eagerly awaiting the details of the game’s classes. Visionary Realms has revealed three: the sneaky Rogue along with the versatile Ranger toon, though fans of classic D&D-inspired MMORPGs may be most interested in the Monk.

“[The Monk’s] internal flow of Chakra is held back by a series of six gates, like water behind a sequence of dams. The Monk must learn to open these gates in order to wield their Chakra without limits, releasing it in a torrent of punishing damage, or in the form of powerful defensive and self-healing abilities. The 6 gates are known as: The Gate of Anger, the Gate of Peace, the Gate of Sorrow, the Gate of Joy, the Gate of Balance and the Gate of Release. In combat, Monks will constantly generate Chakra as a percentage of the damage they deal. In addition, certain abilities will increase a Monk’s Chakra by a certain amount when used.”

Racial combos, armor types, weapon types, and even a partial list of abilities are all included with the reveals, so they’re worth a click-through. VR says to expect more class details throughout the summer. The newsletter includes a deep-dive into the Orc tribes, as well.

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