With the Midsummer Fire Festival roaring through July 5th and artifact weapons on their way out of the game, World of Warcraft is heating up this summer. Additionally, the nearly 16GB Battle for Azeroth pre-patch is now available to download in the launcher background.
In the second part of a Forbes interview, Game Director Ion Hazzikostas has a few suggestions for what players should be doing to get ready for the expansion. His suggestions include grabbing your class mounts, running Chromie’s time hopper events, securing artifact appearances, running the Mage Tower, capping your crafting skills, and getting your Keystone Master achievement for mythic+ dungeons.
And to keep your anticipation stoked for Battle for Azeroth, check out MadSeasonShow’s excellently produced history of World of Warcraft video that takes players through the history of the game from 1999 to today.
World of Warcraft and e-sports go together like coffee and donuts! Macaroni and cheese! Bubblegum and walking! Yeah maybe more like that last one. And Blizzard is not giving up making the two work. In a new stream and dev blog out today, the company discusses just how season of the Mythic Dungeon Invitational is going to work.
Like last season’s showdown, this season’s will begin with two weeks of proving grounds beginning February 27th and March 6th. “During the two-week Proving Grounds period, you’ll form a group of five friends and tackle the highest difficulty Mythic Keystone dungeons you can handle,” Blizzard explains. “Your goal is to complete a total of five level 23 Mythic Keystone dungeons over those two weeks.” Duplicate runs don’t count, you can’t swap out characters, and you’ve got to beat the timer. Then you’ll register your team and await your invitation for stage 2. It’s an invitational, after all.
Path of Exile
is fond of issuing manifestos, especially when it’s nerfing stuff and trying to break it to you gently
. This week’s manifesto is doing just that ahead of the game’s War for the Atlas expansion Friday while leaving the buffs for you to puzzle out from the patch notes.
At the core of the nerfs is the Vaal Pact Keystone. “Being able to leech instantly meant that many threats were completely mitigated by high-damage fast-hitting characters with minimal leech investment,” Grinding Gear Games explains. “Vaal Pact has been changed to no longer grant instant leech, but instead doubles your character’s leech rate and maximum leech rate. This was one of the most heavily-requested nerfs in the history of Path of Exile.”
In addition to debuffs for several other skills, the game will also make leveling from 95 to 100 take significantly more playtime. GGG has further discussed how your Atlas will be affected by the patch (you may see changes to your completed maps) and just what you can win by participating in the new Abyss Challenge League, which launches alongside the expansion.
So the latest raid for World of Warcraft is out now, but perhaps you don’t have a regular raid group. What will you do while waiting for the content to be available? Perhaps you’ll try out the new test realm, which is rolling out the promised worldwide level scaling for leveling characters. The scaling will ensure that you can enjoy zones in their entirety before outleveling them, along with level-appropriate rewards along the way.
Future updates to the PTR will include new Silithus changes, new Ulduar timewalking, and more post-Antorus content. But that’s not there yet.
Or you might find other things to do with your time, instead. For example, the sixth season of Legion’s ongoing PvP challenges has started, so maybe you don’t care much about Antorus but do care about beating the living snot out of fellow players. Heck, the bright side about Antorus is that there will be ongoing tuning and new Legendary upgrade items coming even from Mythic keystone runs, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to work your way up and get things done regardless.
Digital Extremes announced this morning that it’s halting development on The Amazing Eternals.
“After many discussions internally on the state of The Amazing Eternals, we have decided to hit the pause button on development at this time. This decision didn’t come lightly. We worked hard to make a game that we are proud to say was shaping up to have great potential. However, we took an honest look at the current gaming landscape and how the game was performing in Closed Beta. Unfortunately, the game wasn’t attracting players fast enough to support a viable matchmaking player base with the current game design direction, which is the lifeblood of this type of game. So, with heavy hearts, we’re taking a step back to reevaluate the design and may revisit our intrepid heroes in the future.”
Refunds for those who purchased founder packs will be granted beginning today; the servers will stay up until November 2nd.
The bankers in Stormwind have seen some stuff, man. You can just see them chilling on their lunch breaks talking about how the Ashbringer used to be whispered in legends, but now banks are just clogged with Ashbringers. That’s the way the World of Warcraft turns, though, and the good news is that you won’t have to stop looking like you’re swinging around Ashbringer or any other artifact weapon once the next expansion rolls around. Yes, you can transmog that slightly better green weapon to look like a mythical artifact, why not?
Of course, the flip side is whether or not you can even obtain the appearance, and the answer to that is also an affirmative… with two caveats. If you’re hoping to obtain the Mythic keystone appearance or the Mage Tower appearances, unlock those before the next expansion comes out; those will be going away once you can make the challenge trivial. If you’re hoping to just have the normal artifact appearance, though? Don’t fret, it’ll still be there with the next expansion, and on through the next one beyond that.
Digital Extremes’ new retro-pulp shooter/TCG hybrid The Amazing Eternals (fka Keystone) has been under heavy development since its reveal last summer, most recently with characters Niia, Worp, and Ray; locations Odona, Multiverse, and Space Map; a new game mode codenamed Daring Delivery; and a nifty feature called mini-boards:
“Mini-Boards have the ultimate reward of granting a Keystone card, which is a special Ability that replaces your usual Q Ability. Mini-Boards will have branching paths for players to progress toward different Keystone Cards. For example, Ray’s Keystone Cards change his Turret to a Healing Station for his allies or a temporary Phase Shift that renders Ray untouchable by enemies for a short time.”
Want to check out the beta? Then you’re in the right post, as DE’s granted us a bundle of keys providing standard access to beta. Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab a key!
Massively OP’s MJ has been looking forward to showing off The Amazing Eternals since she played it at PAX West. And now is her chance! She’s ready to dive into this Jumanji-esque experience and check out the various Eternals. So far, her favorite is the healer, Nautica. You’ll also have the chance to join MJ in game: She has a number of beta keys to give away! Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. for a chance to win as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…
What: The Amazing Eternals
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
Not all e-sports tournaments have to do with players beating on each other’s faces, although to be fair, that seems like a vast majority of them. However, Blizzard is introducing a different type of tournament today in World of Warcraft with its Mythic Dungeon Invitational that draws more from the PvE side of the game.
During the invitational, 32 teams from across the world will be competing over the course of three weekends to work their way up in the rankings. How will they do this? By racing through set mythic-level dungeons in World of Warcraft, of course!
It sounds as though teams will be competing against each other to see which can clear a dungeon the best and fastest: “These teams will need to balance speed, skill, and strategy to claim their victory over their opponents. Keystone levels and affixes will be determined by Blizzard and all competition will take place on special tournament realms in which all players compete on an even playing field.”
If I had to pick a PAX West booth to give an award to for sheer fun factor, it would go to Digital Extremes’ new board/card/computer game combo The Amazing Eternals. (I’m not alone: The booth also got an award from a magazine!) The retro bowling alley vibe — complete with bowling shirts, orange shag carpet, and wood paneling — combined with the awesome old TV console frames on the monitors just screamed funky and fun.
Did that same vibe translate into the game? Yup. It was prevalent when I got to dive in and try a couple of matches. Admittedly, the first one was less fun, but that’s because I jumping in totally blind; the enjoyment spiked up quite a bit more after talking with Lead Game Designer Allen Goode and actually learning about the game. And now you, too, will have that same info so you can have a blast in your matches — or at least know better what’s going on!
Digital Extremes’ new shooter/TCG hybrid The Amazing Eternals (fka Keystone) launched its founders program this week, rolling into closed beta with a new trailer to boot and bringing the whole show to PAX for lucky attendees to play in person. If a founder pack isn’t in your future but you still want to check out the beta, then you’re in the right post, as DE’s granted us a bundle of keys providing standard access to the closed beta game.
Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys and check out the PAX trailer!
Remember back in 2015 when a gamer sneaked into Digital Extremes’ headquarters and wandered around for a day, tricking the unassuming Canadian devs into spilling the beans on a top-secret “FPS with cards” game they were working on? Last spring, we found out that game was a real thing, a retro-pulp shooter/card game hybrid called Keystone.
Today, however, we’re finding out that the “Keystone” title has been scrapped in favor of a new one: The Amazing Eternals. The Warframe dev asserts now that Keystone was just a codename for the closed alpha, which is drawing to a close and will soon be replaced with a closed beta that you too can pay to play.
“Building from its Closed Alpha test with thousands of enthusiastic new players, free-to-play Canadian developer and publisher Digital Extremes will launch the Founders Program for The Amazing Eternals (formerly codenamed Keystone) Tuesday, August 29. Using the community-driven model that helped grow Warframe to great success, The Amazing Eternals Founders Program rewards early adopters with direct development team collaboration, exclusive in-game gear, instant access to the Closed Beta, and more. Join the Multiverse by signing up free for a chance to get into The Amazing Eternals Closed Beta or enter the game instantly with the Founders Program launch on Tuesday, August 29!”
World of Warcraft is giving e-sports another go. In a blog post going live this afternoon, Blizzard has announced the Mythic Dungeon Invitational, an e-sports competition themed around Mythic Keystone dungeons with a $100,000 prize pool.
“Teams aspiring to battle on the global stage must first push themselves through a gauntlet of Mythic Keystone dungeons, taking on increasingly difficult Mythic Keystones and earning the best scores on the Proving Grounds,” says the studio. “Top scoring contenders will be invited to join as one of 32 outstanding teams from around the world, competing for a share of the $100,000 prize pool—and ultimately claiming bragging rights of the #1 spot. Once chosen, 8 teams from the Americas, 8 from Europe, 8 from China, and 8 from Asia-Pacific will be tapped to face the challenge, proving they have what it takes to go all the way to the finals.”
Would-be participants should complete Mythic Keystone dungeons between July 25th and August 8th, submitting their best score to Blizzard, which says it will be “be judging performance across the 5 dungeons in which the team achieves the highest Keystone Level during those two weeks.” The top groups will be welcomed to a single-elimination bracket invitational event around in September. And yes, the rest of us will get to watch.
Source: Press release