Interview: Neowiz on Bless Online’s tech, class balance, gems, PvP, and more

Neowiz’s Bless has been the subject of much chatter lately (not least of all my own), with its troubled, let’s say, launch raising a bevy of questions and concerns among the game’s community. And as it just so happens, we recently had the opportunity to ask the Bless dev team at Neowiz some questions of our own.

In the exchange, conducted via email (and helpfully translated between Korean and English by the Bless PR team), the devs answer questions on a variety of topics, including the game’s performance and balance issues, chat limitations, and what players can expect from upcoming content updates. If you’re curious to know what they had to say, then read on for the full interview.

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World of Warcraft players petition Blizzard for Warlock changes

Are you playing a Warlock in World of Warcraft: Legion? If so, you’ve probably seen and experienced a lot of frustration from that class and its community over the changes and playstyle of the Warlock in the expansion.

A new community-driven effort is seeking to petition Blizzard for significant quality-of-life changes to the Warlock. Instead of simply creating a “sign here on the dotted line” petition, the effort’s leader has created a form to gather specific information from Warlock players that can be in turn compiled and handed over to the studio in a “last-ditch” attempt to get the devs to take action.

“Many players feel as though we have been stripped of class fantasy, utility, or even pure damage output,” the survey organizer wrote. “I am extending to you the opportunity to assist me in formally compiling a massive amount of feedback to present to Blizzard in a formal manner.”

See a video on the whole project after the break!

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The MOP Up: Blade & Soul brings in the Warlock (March 6, 2016)

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!

This past week Blade & Soul introduced the Warlock class, Firefall lost a beloved voice actor, Crowfall moved to a new office, and more!

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Preview Blade & Soul’s Warlock class in a new overview trailer

NCsoft is hyping Blade & Soul’s upcoming Warlock class with a fresh video today.

“The Warlock is Blade & Soul’s second dedicated ranged class with great power but considerable fragility. Many of their powerful abilities have significant casting times and long cooldowns, requiring one of two strategies to be employed: keep enemies at bay or incapacitated long enough to be able to cast the high damage abilities again, or reduce cooldown times through expert timing of other abilities.”

The most iconic aspect of a Warlock is their ability to summon a Thrall as an ally on the field. This Thrall lasts for only a short period of time, but can be useful in engaging an opponent while the Warlock is busy setting up the scene for their next big performance.”

Get your hands on the class on March 2nd when the action-combat MMORPG launches its Unchained update. In the meantime, the vid’s below.

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Blade & Soul’s Warlock is coming soon to an MMO near you

Fancy a dip into the demonic realm? Blade & Soul can oblige you, as this fantasy title is getting ready to tag in the Warlock as part of next month’s update.

The Unchained content patch, which arrives on March 2nd, will add the Warlock class and a bonus character slot just in case you’ve already maxed out your alt roster. This new magic user, who boasts “dark shadowy magic and explosively vibrant techniques,” flings fast combos and can summon demons to help stomp out the competition.

Also coming with the update is a new high-level dungeon called Naryu Labyrinth and the eighth floor of Mushin’s Tower.

Blade & Soul recently released its first post-launch content update and has already attained over two million accounts in the west.


DDO’s Update 26 introduces the Warlock class

Are you still playing Dungeons and Dragons Online? If so, you might want to know about the Update 26 release notes that were published late this week. The patch is called Warlock’s Legacy, and naturally it introduces the Warlock class which does large amounts of damage via Eldritch Blast and also features “a variety of bluff, control, and utility abilities.”

The patch notes go into quite a bit of detail regarding the Warlock class, and you can also learn more about by viewing the preview video from earlier this month that is embedded behind the cut.

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Dungeons & Dragons Online demos the upcoming Warlock

In the context of the tabletop game that gives Dungeons & Dragons Online its name, a Warlock is a class defined by making a pact for power with some exceptional power. DDO simulates this by giving you laser beams that fire out of your hands. That’s admittedly glossing over the details (they’re actually more like orbs than laser beams), but if you want information on the class, you can just jump down to watch the class in action for an hour.

Yes, the most recent livestream from the game’s developers covered the Warlock extensively, focusing on what the class can do and how players can make the most of it. Best of all, you don’t have to make any dark pacts in order to see it in all of its pew-pewing glory; just hop on down and start watching the archived stream.

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Perfect Ten: My favorite MMO pet classes

Most folks have certain class traits that appeal to them. Some love being that long-range archer sniper, while others get juiced on the feeling of being an invincible tank. There are those who prefer healing, those who love hybrid set-ups, those who like to conjure fire… and then there are those who love pets.

On our first Massively OP Podcast we fielded a question about MMO pet AI, which set me off on a long speech about just how much I love pets in games. Man, do I love ’em. I love how they make me feel as though I have constant companionship, I love how I feel “overpowered” when I’m fielding one, and I love how combat feels when I’m attacking a foe with one or more allies at my side.

Chances are, if your game has a pet class, that’ll be the one I’m playing. Here are my top 10 favorite pet classes in MMOs that I played for a serious length of time.

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