It is hard being you, what with all of the freebies being tossed in your direction by the goblins at Hearthstone
. First there were three free card packs
handed out earlier this month due as compensation for bugs, and now there are several login rewards
to celebrate this Hearthstone
So to get these free packs, you’ll need to log into the game once a day for three days in a row. Each day, you will get a free pack from a different recent expansion. Pretty simple stuff.
The HCT World Championship is running from January 18th through the 21st, with a million dollar prize pool that will be distributed amongst the top 16 competitors. This will mark the conclusion of the Hearthstone Championship Tour and the game’s Year of the Mammoth. You can watch the championship live below!
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 Rend, Sea of Thieves, The Black Death, Warframe, HEX, Fragmented, MU Legend, Final Fantasy XI, Monster Hunter World, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Dota 2, Wurm Online, Ultima Online, and Path of Exile, all waiting for you after the break!
Stretch your mind back into last year just a few weeks and you’ll recall that Hearthstone
suffered an irritating or blessed bug
, depending on your point of you: It wasn’t doling out dailies. How you gonna grind every day without your dailies, I ask you.
Welp, whether or not you were affected, you’re getting compensation now. Blizzard announced this morning that it’s dishing out freebie card packs as previously promised; in fact, those packs have reportedly begun arriving.
“As a celebration of Kobolds and Catacombs and a thank you to affected players for being patient while we worked to fix this issue, we’re sending all Blizzard players three Kobolds & Catacombs card packs, for free, on us!” Blizzard writes. “Your free card packs will arrive via Blizzard Battle.net gifting in early January. To redeem on mobile, just log into Blizzard Battle.net via your favorite browser. If you’re on PC, you can click the gift icon on the upper right next to your Battletag. If your packs don’t appear in-game after you claim them, please try restarting Hearthstone.”
Massively OP’s not-so-serious end-of-the-year awards continue today with our blooper award for Best worst MMO video. And the winner is…
Snow? Check. Good cheer? Check. Catchy tunes everywhere? Checkity check. Goblins and gigglegibbers in goofy get-ups? Great big check. New guide? Er…
Yes, it’s Frostfell time EverQuest II. And right about now is when I offer a guide to this wonderful winter event. Unfortunately, this year I won’t be. Actually it’s more of I can’t: I’m not being stubborn, there just isn’t anything to guide you through that hasn’t already been covered between the 2015 and 2016 guides. When the devs were passing out 2017 content, Frostfell was unfortunately skipped — or maybe it was out back recovering from too much celebrating last year! Whatever the scenario, there isn’t anything new to do, though there are a few new things to acquire or buy (eight new items at Santa Glug, five new ones at Gerbi Frostfoot, and three crafting scrolls.)
While you may never want to see another daily quest again, Hearthstone’s
players are clamoring for the opposite. Ever since the Kobolds and Catacombs
expansion released a few weeks back, there has been a nasty bug that’s kept the game from doling out much-needed dailies for some players.
Blizzard acknowledged the issue on the forums and said that it is working on a fix. In the meantime, the studio suggested several workarounds and promised that it would be gifting all players with three free card decks in January as an apology.
Speaking of Kobolds and Catacombs, how about a pair of videos to fuel knowledge and interest in the expansion? Tune in after the break for a video on the dungeon run journey and a look at the current meta of this card game.
No matter what type of mobile device you run as your daily driver, you’re probably going to be surprised to hear that Apple is the one getting out in front of the whole lockbox gambling thing. Turns out the company has updated its app guidelines to demand odds disclosures from games with lockboxes and lootboxes.
“Apps offering ‘loot boxes’ or other mechanisms that provide randomized virtual items for purchase must disclose the odds of receiving each type of item to customers prior to purchase.”
Given how many mobile games use these tactics – Hearthstone is coming immediately to mind – that’s going to make for some interesting spreadsheet crunching in the coming months.
As multiple people have pointed out, Apple rather likes doing business in China, and China is well-known for strictly regulating odds disclosure on gacha games and those similar. Companies like Blizzard and Grinding Gear Games have previously done the same.
Let’s talk about value. A couple of weeks back, I did an article on the healthiest games at the end of the year; today, I’m talking about the best value for the money. Isn’t that the same thing?
No, it isn’t. Because health is about “what games have the most robust community and are most likely to be around next year,” but value is about “where can you get the most for the least money on a reliable basis.” And while there is a fair amount of overlap, it isn’t a one-for-one comparison.
You may recall we did this last year as well. This year, there have been some pretty significant shakeups, due in no small part to the fact that the value-for-your-money in some titles has gone down, and at least one title from last year’s list has outright closed. So let’s take a fresh look at the games giving you solid value for your dollars. Let’s even say ten of them, arranged in list format.
‘Tis the season for so many Christmas events that you’ll have to forsake all family and tins of popcorn to get around to them all. Blizzard isn’t making it any easier on you, since pretty much all of its games are currently in the throes of holiday events.
World of Warcraft’s Feast of Winter Veil kicks off tomorrow with the traditional quests (say hi to the Abominable Greench for us!) and new holiday hats that can be found in dungeons. Overwatch is running its Winter Wonderland and challenging players to the new and ridiculous Yeti Hunt brawl.
Over at Heroes of the Storm, Winter Veil brings a quest chain with a special spray and mount as rewards. Then there’s Hearthstone, which is reskinning some of its game boards, tossing in seasonal emotes, and inviting players to a “Wacky Waxy Winter’s Veil” tavern brawl.
In non-event news, World of Warcraft had to delay an announcement of its 2018 plans but said that this info should be coming soon. And if you are deep into the new Hearthstone expansion, check out the following behind-the-scenes video of its making!
People who enjoy playing or watching competitive Hearthstone
will probably be excited about the recently announced changes to the game’s competitive play circuit
. The game is significantly upping the prizes for playing in official competitive events as well as instituting a point-based “Masters” program to keep solid players in the tournament circuit. If you’ve been around the competitive card game block before, the structure is more than a little reminiscent of some other card game that seems to have done all right for itself over the years
. And it means more matches and more incentive for players to take part, which is all good.
Of course, if you’re not into the competitive scene but still really enjoy playing it, you may be feeling a bit more of a pinch for the game; the title is still free-to-play, but it’s also getting more expensive year-over-year as the title moves away from single-player adventures toward more card sets. Of course, that’s also the price of getting every card rather than just the cards you want… but then, you can’t really control which cards you get from randomized packs, can you? But you can choose which cards you craft as you open more packs. So it balances in several directions.
On this week’s show, Justin and Bree sort out the pile of expansions and updates that developers are scrambling to get out of the door before the holiday break. From vampires to kobolds, there’s something for everyone this month, and it only looks to get nuttier with the new year!
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It’s a not-so-happy patch day for Lord of the Rings Online
. The studio said that it won’t be activating the new raid
with the rollout of today’s Patch 21.3.
“As we took a look at the Abyss of Mordath over the weekend on Bullroarer and read your feedback, we uncovered a couple of issues that we do not want present when the raid opens to the public,” SSG said. “We have decided to temporarily make the Abyss of Mordath raid inaccessible when Update 21.3 goes live on Monday, to give us time to correct these issues.”
Meanwhile, a Lord of the Rings digital card game was announced over the weekend for the PC. Fantasy Flight Games is adapting its own physical trading card game to the online realm as an initially single-player experience, although co-op play is planned for the future. The team touts the game’s “non-randomized approach” to card purchasing as one of its strengths.
The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game is coming to early access soon and will be launched as a free-to-play title in 2018. Check out the teaser trailer after the break!
He’s giving a sad goodbye to World of Warcraft
but a happy hello to Hearthstone
, as Game Designer Chadd “Celestalon” Nervig
has switched teams over at Blizzard.
Nervig announced the move on Twitter late last week: “Classes, systems, spreadsheets, the occasional obscure questline… These have been the primary focus of my life for years now. I cannot thank the WoW community enough, for your passion, your friendship, the laughs, the excitement, for being able to do something I love. It has been an honor. But the time has come for me to adventure elsewhere within Azeroth, and tackle a different challenge… Cards! I’ll see you soon, Hearthstone fans!”
Speaking of Hearthstone, have you seen this truly hilarious Kobolds and Catacombs live action trailer? It may just sweep the Oscars next spring, but you can watch it now after the jump.