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The Stream Team: Making it to Muspelheim in SMITE’s newest adventure

Muspelheim or bust! Massively OP’s MJ didn’t make it past the first boss during the first stream SMITE’s new Shadows Over Hercopolis adventure to get to Muspelheim. She didn’t even make it to the boss! Today is going to be different: Today she is going to conquer the icy realm of Niflheim and move on. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to see if she succeeds. (As a bonus, for every chest she opens on stream, she’ll give away a god and skin code!)

What: SMITE
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 13th, 2017

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The MOP Up: EVE Online eases you into its universe (November 12, 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!

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 KurtzPelPath of ExileThe Black DeathSMITEEVE OnlineDreadnoughtHeroes of the StormTERA MBattleriteDragon Quest RivalsFinal Fantasy XIAionPokemon GoVendetta OnlineIngress, and Old School RuneScape, all waiting for you after the break!

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Whatever happened to Global Agenda, The Realm Online, and Mabinogi?

Ever pause during your day and find yourself wondering, “Whatever happened to that game?” With hundreds upon hundreds of online titles these days, it’s surprisingly easy for MMOs to fall through the cracks and become buried as more aggressive or active games take the spotlight.

Well, every so often we here at Massively Overpowered find ourselves curious what has transpired with certain MMOs that we haven’t heard from in quite a while. Have we missed the action and notices? Has the game gone into stealth maintenance mode? What’s the deal? What has it been up to lately?

That’s when we put on our detective hats and go sleuthing. Today we look at what has been going on with Global Agenda, The Realm Online, and Mabinogi.

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Working As Intended: Guild Wars 2’s new mount licenses are still lockboxes, but they’re not the worst lockboxes

Pretty much everyone assumed that back when Guild Wars 2 planned out mounts, it did so with its cash shop in mind. The game is already not-so-jokingly known as “Fashion Wars,” so it’s got a playerbase primed and ready to splash out for sparkly mounts, especially cosmetic upgrades to what is very likely the best mount system in any MMORPG to date. The first set of mount cosmetics arrived for Halloween, a whole pack of skelly skins that players could buy directly. The second set, however, has now landed with a new sales scheme, and it’s caused significant controversy just as anticipated.

As we explained yesterday, ArenaNet has added 30 new mount skins to the game, but instead of selling them directly, the studio is selling them in a hybrid sort of lockbox: You buy one of the mount licenses, which unlocks one mount skin on your account that you don’t already have. You always get a mount skin, and you never get repeats, potentially all the way up to 30 licenses for 30 skins.

Unless you get the one you want sooner. That’s a big unless.

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Guild Wars 2 balances classes and adds spectacular new mounts – for a price

Guild Wars 2 patched in new mounts today, and they’re gorgeous. But don’t get too excited; they’re in gated behind a weird new RNG scheme that’s not remotely as bad as lockboxes (but still may mildly annoy you). You decide:

“For a limited time, the new Reforged Warhound mount skin is available in the Style category of the Gem Store for 2,000 gems. The Black Lion Stables are pleased to open their doors and offer new mount adoption licenses. Each license will allow you to claim a random mount skin from the Black Lion Stables, and they are available in the Style category of the Gem Store for 400 gems each.”

If you’re familiar with the way SMITE does some of its RNG promos, the new license is kinda like that: You’re at least guaranteed a mount skin out of these lockboxes, but it might not be the one you want, so you’ll be buying and rolling the dice over and over until you get it. Only there are 30 skins. You might be buying and rolling for a while at 400 gems ($5 a pop, or a discounted rate if you buy 10 or 30 at a time). In case you’re wondering, to buy all 30 right now would run you $120 in real cash, though that’ll go up to $150 once the promo is over. It’s worth pointing out we don’t know the odds for getting any of the mounts, only that you do always get one.

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The Stream Team: Slaying SMITE’s new Shadows Over Hercopolis adventure

Massively OP’s MJ got to test out SMITE’s new Shadows Over Hercopolis adventure over the weekend, and she can’t wait to get back in! There are many cool new mechanics, and she’s determined to master them and conquer Muspelheim. MJ even has a secret weapon to help her succeed: Hi-Rez’s Gabe Mughelli! He will be joining her in the quest to save Hercules. Tune in live at 4:00 p.m. to check out this brand-new adventure. There will also be many gods and skins to give away, plus one ultimate pack!

What: SMITE
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 6th, 2017

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Hands on: Having a blast in SMITE’s new adventure, Shadows Over Hercopolis

Although I have tried, the MOBA side of SMITE isn’t quite for me (yet). I’m just not terribly comfortable in the various lane modes like conquest, clash, and joust. But what is awesome about Hi-Rez’s title is that there’s more to do that can entice different types of gamers into the title — even MMOers like myself. I enjoy the arena mode, but I really fell in love with the first PvE challenge Xing Tian’s Mountain, and the subsequent Fafnir’s Wonderland. These special modes offered unique gameplay, which also allowed me to get more comfortable with gods and feel more confident venturing into other modes. So when SMITE adventures were announced at Hi-Rez Expo 2017, I was ecstatic! And I have not been disappointed by any adventure yet. But nothing has been as cool as the newest adventure that opened today, Shadows Over Hercopolis.

If you’d thought the past Trials of King Hercules gave SMITE a bit of MMO flavor before, the new Shadows Over Hercopolis does even more so! It’s an action RPG adventure with a number of new mechanics, and it is a blast! I got to play this adventure over the weekend with Hi-Rez’s Isiah Turner, community manager, and Gabe Mughelli, public relations manager. And I can’t wait to dive in again.

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SMITE’s Tides of China update is live today, overseen by Super Chill Bacchus

Patch 4.20: Tides of China is live in SMITE today, bringing with it seven Chinese quests (eight would have been more auspicious!) and the Chinese conqueror achievement. Expect new buyables under the Odyssey banner, a new loot pack, a ton of icon reworks, and bug fixes and balance adjustments for Amaterasu, Artio, Guan Yu, Izanami, Camazotz, Cu Chulainn, Da Ji, Kumbhakarna, Raijin, Vamana, Poseidon, and Zeus. Artio and Izanami in particular are seeing nerfs (sorry!). Soul Eater got a nice redesign as well.

And! There’s a bunch of new exclusive skins too, but the best one by far is the new Super Chill Bacchus skin.

Don’t forget that The Reaping is live in the game as of yesterday too, so you can get your Halloween on.

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SMITE to fold its Chinese players into the global community

Contrary to popular belief, sometimes server merges can be a very good thing — especially if your country or region has been kept isolated from others up to this point.

SMITE’s Chinese population is about to join up with the rest of the global community, thanks to a deal between Tencent and Hi-Rez. MMO Culture is reporting that the merge is scheduled for January 2018, after which the game will be truly global and have one shared rank ladder. Between now and then, no new players can register and veteran SMITErs are going to need to take some action to transfer their account over.

Tencent and Hi-Rez are also working on a possible deal to bring the studio’s Paladins over to China. The closed beta for Paladins has been running in that country for a while now.

Source: MMO Culture

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Take home a Hand of the Gods Medusa key in honor of the console closed beta launch

Hi-Rez’s turn-based strategy card game Hand of the Gods — you might recall it better as SMITE Tactics or even its internal name, Hotgods — formally launches closed beta on console today, arriving on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

“The​ ​beta​ ​for​ ​Hand​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Gods​ ​kicks​ ​off​ ​by​ ​offering​ ​special​ ​bundles​ ​for​ ​PlayStation​ ​Plus​ ​and​ ​Xbox​ ​Live Gold​ ​members–including​ ​FREE​ ​access​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Closed​ ​Beta​ ​for​ ​those​ ​members! Starting​ ​today,​ ​PlayStation​ ​Plus​ ​and​ ​Xbox​ ​Live​ ​Gold​ ​members​ ​can​ ​receive​ ​the​ ​Hand​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Gods promotional​ ​bundle​ ​for​ ​free!​ ​Each​ ​bundle​ ​features​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​Leader​ ​Skin​ ​and​ ​also​ ​includes​ ​an​ ​Exclusive Card​ ​Back​ ​and​ ​Player​ ​Icon.​ ​In​ ​addition,​ ​the​ ​bundle​ ​includes​ ​five​ ​Core​ ​Packs​ ​to​ ​give​ ​new​ ​players​ ​a​ ​jump start​ ​in​ ​building​ ​their​ ​decks.”

Want even more stuff? Hi-Rez has granted us codes for the Legendary Greek God Medusa, redeemable on either console (but not PC). Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!

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The Stream Team: Depart to SMITE’s afterlife in costume with new patch

Who needs to wait until the end of the month to start celebrating Halloween? Certainly not Massively OP’s MJ! (She might actually start in January, but that’s beside the point.) SMITE is getting in the holiday spirit with today’s Departure to the Afterlife update. There are plenty of new Odyssey skins along with the Halloween themed Arena map. Halloween chests in game offer spooky music, skins, and other goodies, and MJ has some treats to give away as well:

  • Trick or Treat Cupid
  • Grim Reaper Thanatos
  • Harbinger Nike
  • Dark Summoner Nu Wa
  • Shogun Hachiman
  • Wild Druid Artio

Join us live at 9:00 p.m. and you can win some new costumes for your favorite gods!

What: SMITE
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Check out the screens and watch the update trailer embedded below.

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SMITE 4.1.9 Departure to the Afterlife brings back the Halloween arena and new skins

Halloween is taking over SMITE this month — and every other MMO and MOBA, of course, but that’s OK because it’s the best holiday of the year and you know I’m right.

This week’s update introduces new skins for multiple characters, including Halloween skins for Thanatos (shown above), Cupid, Izanami, and Susano, several of which are part of the latest leg of the game’s ongoing Odyssey 2018 overhaul. Players should further expect new Japanese-themed quests and the return of the Halloween Arena, plus some balancing tweaks for Ao Kuang, Awilix, Cu Chulainn, Erlang Shen, Izanami, and Raijin. Check out the video for a detailed look at what to expect from this chapter of Odyssey!

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