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The Stream Team: Walking that Path of Exile journey

There is a path. For Exiles. And Massively OP’s MJ is an exile traveling that path. Where will it lead her today? Into danger! Isn’t that always where it leads? She’s charging through the lands in Path of Exile, prepping temples, hunting masters, and being a general baddy with her bow. Come be a part of that: Join us live at 9:00 p.m.

What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 16th, 2018

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The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG has the most complex character development?

Over the weekend, I was reading a makeup subreddit (don’t judge me – I swear there is a gaming point to this) and the lads and ladies were discussing what they would do if they had to start over with $200 and an empty makeup bag. As I’m flipping through the suggestions for how to maximize your budget with palettes and multi-use products, what floated up unbidden in my mind was that it looked exactly like the way City of Heroes players used to give build advice. Oh sure, every game with talents or whatnot has this, but City of Heroes was extremely complicated at its most extreme end and there was an absolutely epic program called MIDS to help you plan your character down to the tiniest mathematical equation. Put simply, whether you wanted to just have a vague clue which level to take which skill or you wanted to mix-max your every IO set, you needed MIDS, and so people would go on the forums and get into long discussions/arguments about those builds.

Path of Exile has always seemed to me another extreme example of detailed, maybe too-detailed-for-most-people, character development. I wish we had more games like this!

Which MMORPG has the most complex character development? And, as a bonus question, which MMORPG has the niftiest character development tool?

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Path of Exile adds two new Incursion Rooms with its next patch

The next patch for Path of Exile is adding two new Incursion rooms, and at a glance one sounds a lot better than the other. Would you rather visit the Torment Room, which is filled with tormented souls trying to possess the architect of the place? Or do you want to stop by the Strongbox Room, which is filled with piles of treasure? It really doesn’t sound like much of a contest. But we are assured that both rooms are, in fact, filled with equal amounts of danger when you enter and equal amounts of treasure when you successfully clear them.

Yes, you might be a bit dubious, but there’s a long-standing tradition of things in this game exploding with treasure when you kill them. Both rooms can be upgraded like other Incursion rooms, so while they will expand your choices they still work like any others as you smash your way through monsters. The patch is due to arrive very soon, so get ready for fun, treasure, and possibly having a moment of disconnect when you wonder why you would go to something outright called the Torment Room. There’s a reason you don’t call a nightclub the Misery Spot, right?

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The Stream Team: Plundering an entire Path of Exile temple

Thanks to friends, the last time Massively OP’s MJ built up her Path of Exile temple she was able to unlock all the rooms and even upgrade some of them. So there is a temple full of loot just waiting for her to plunder it. Tonight, the adventurers go to fill their pockets with treasure. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to see how much they can abscond with.

What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 25th, 2018

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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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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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