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Path of Exile’s Elementalist wins Incursion League popularity contest

Which classes are most popular in Path of Exile’s Incursion League? Grinding Gear Games has released the stats for the first three weeks of the newest league showcasing the classes that players are using the most. And results are quite different than the last league. In Incursion, the Elementalist sits on top of every category; in contrast, it was a least favored class in Bestiary League. GGG noted that these results are also affected by the recent rework of classes, bringing Saboteur into second place as players experiment with the new traps.

Check out all the results on the official site and see where your class sits on the popularity ladder, and then maybe poke through the updated patch notes!

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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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Diablo III starts Season 14 and the Great Treasure Goblin Hunt

The Season of Greed is upon us, and the only way to satiate it is to dive into Diablo III. Season 14 started this past week, bringing the debut of seasonal content, which is really just an ongoing in-game event.

This time around, it’s more treasure goblins: “For the duration of Season 14, all treasure goblin spawns will be doubled. This means that each time you encounter a treasure goblin in the wild, they’ll be accompanied by an exact duplicate of themselves for two times the loot, chaos, and fun!”

As with past seasons, this one features new cosmetic rewards, the boots and pants of the Conqueror set, journey rewards, and conquests. Season 14 will run through September 16th, although the non-seasonal leaderboard will persist past that.

Source: Diablo III

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Fractured rallies fans for Kickstarter with a gameplay teaser

With hopefully all of the elements in place for a successful campaign, the team behind intriguing sandbox MMORPG Fractured said that it’s ready to take the blossoming title to Kickstarter on June 25th. This is only a slight delay from the team’s original intent to seek crowdfunding in early June.

To get fans hyped, Dynamight Studios has put together three short gameplay videos to demonstrate the game. The first of these was posted this week, with two to come in the days ahead.

The video below takes players on a tour through a nasty-looking swamp with all sorts of oversized mushrooms, tentacles, enemies, and even man-made structures. The vantage point, you might note, is very similar to that of Diablo III.

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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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Wild Mage successfully funds on Kickstarter and confirms multiplayer

Congratulations are in order for Luna Orion, which just saw its Wild Mage successfully fund earlier this week! The open-world fantasy game, which the creators described as a weird mix of Final Fantasy XI, Minecraft, and Fruit Ninja, raised $85,374 from 1,752 backers over the course of the campaign.

This is particularly good news for online gaming fans, as the $60,000 stretch goal for multiplayer support was crossed. “As I mentioned many times, one of the important motivations for making this game personally is to be able to stay connected with my family and friends living in other states/countries while playing a game I enjoy and made myself!” the team posted. “Again, this will be Diablo-style online multiplayer/co-op, 4~6 players per world, PvE. The single-player base game release on Steam will still be Q4 2019. Multiplayer will be implemented later in the form of an update after MP specific alpha/beta testing.”

Other stretch goals achieved included bringing the game to the Nintendo Switch, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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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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Diablo builds a new game while Hearthstone preps free packs and events

A job listing for a Blizzard dungeon artist has the gaming community buzzing today, as this particular listing is for a “new and unannounced” Diablo title. This confirmation of a Diablo project undoubtedly comes as a relief to fans who might have feared that Blizzard had abandoned the franchise entirely.

“The minions of Hell are growing stronger,” the studio posted. “We’re working on a new, unannounced Diablo project. Are you a skilled dungeon artist? Come work with us, and together we will build something exceptional.”

Meanwhile, Diablo III is ramping up for Season 14, which will be the first season to revolve around a theme. In this case, it’ll be the theme of “greed,” so expect a lot more treasure goblins hopping around.

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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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