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Path Of Exile: Incursion Coming June 1

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Path of Exile Incursion

Path of Exile is releasing a new expansion, Incursion, next month.

Path of Exile has become one of the most widely played dungeon crawlers today. The game is currently available on both PC and consoles. New expansions and leagues give players the ability to test out features that could possibly be rolled into the main game itself. DVS Gaming spoke with Chris Wilson, producer and developer at Grinding Gear Games for Path of Exile, about the new expansion, Incursion.

Incursion Temple of Atozatl

“The short term and long term goals in Incursion are to make the content replayable,” Wilson said. He pointed out that the content cycle will bring new leagues and/or expansions every 3 months. The upcoming expansion involves players rerolling fresh characters and a new economy.

The expansion involves exploring the Temple of Atzoatl, which was built during the height of the ancient Vaal Empire. The re-discovery of the temple during Incursion has prompted players to explore it in the past. The explorer Alva Valai will open a portal into the past to enter the Temple of Atzoatl. According to Grinding Gear Games, you can run the full temple every 11 areas and get 10 full Temple runs by the time you finish the main quest.

Incursion Temple Map

The choice is yours in what you want to upgrade in the Temple of Atzoatl.

The rooms in the temple will change if you perform specific actions in the past. You can upgrade rooms and open up new pathways to other rooms during each run. Killing enemies increases the time limit you have during each run. Upgrading each room, however, represents an increase in difficulty. Depending on your playstyle and what you want out of the temple, you’ll have to choose wisely to upgrade a room (usually by killing another architect) and choosing which pathways to open. For example, upgrading the Poison Garden room will result in players getting damaged over time via poisonous plants. These get stronger with each upgrade. However, if players are seeking specific rewards, they might want to upgrade specific rooms and survive the challenge.

Wilson also stated that the new expansion represents two layers of difficulty: the rush of a time trial and quick decision-making skills that require players to constantly be on the move. What do you think about the new Path of Exile expansion? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

BREAKING: Rick and Morty Getting 70 New Episodes!!!

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Rick and Morty

The dispute between the creative forces behind Rick and Morty and Adult Swim has come to an end.

Rick and Morty has become one of the most popular television shows in recent years. The show focuses on Rick and his grandson, Morty, who go on interdimensional adventures together. The show’s sense of humor has been a hit with fans of all ages, and many fans appreciated its bizarre yet interesting humor. Today, Rick and Morty is getting 70 new episodes, or at least 7 new seasons.

Rick and Morty promotional material

However, after Season 3 aired in 2017, the show’s future was in limbo. Unsurprisingly, fans demanded answers from the show’s creators, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. The show’s creators told fans that there were ongoing talks between them and Adult Swim.

Rick and Morty co-creator Roiland posted this image on his personal Twitter account. This means that the show is now back in development, although there has been no information on when Season 4 will air.

Rumors about the show circulated rapidly on the Internet. One of the show’s writers, Ryan Ridley, said that the show wasn’t even being worked on at all earlier this year. In contrast, Harmon and Roiland said that they were in talks with Adult Swim to renew the show. Given the tough negotiations in entertainment today, the latter reason may have been why the Rick and Morty rumor mill was churning at full speed since Season 3’s wrap-up in October 2017.

Rick and Morty fans during the lull between Season 3 and the announcement of Season 4?

The show’s co-creators have surprised fans before, and might do it again.

Given the unpredictable nature of the creative forces behind the show, it is still possible that we could see new episodes in 2018 itself. However, given that the contract between the two parties was just renewed, fans may have to wait until 2019.

What do you think about this latest development by Adult Swim? Are you looking forward to new episodes of Rick and Morty? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

EA Game Changers Program To Begin Accepting Applications

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EA Fifa

The Game Changers program offers benefits such as early access and exclusives.

Electronic Arts have opened up applications to their Game Changers Program. If you have an online presence, you are more then welcome to apply. The online presence could be Twitter, Facebook, Twitch, and more.  You can find out more information on the dedicated information page EA has set up for the program.

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EA Fifa

Game Changers is a community partnership program. This program empowers storytelling, and offers early gameplay access. The idea is to put the community at the center of events done by EA. Many players love storytelling, especially in games such as The SimsSo, the storytelling experience is a desired aspect among the Sim players, as well as other gamers.

As a game changer, EA will train and invest in you. In fact, they will even help you reach your goals. You also have a chance of being in the spotlight and shared on EA’s social channels if you are chosen to be a Game Changer. Currently, space is limited, but in the upcoming months, this could change.

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EA Fifa

The program is still in Alpha stage so that it could change drastically in the next few months. They hold training events that help their creators on Facebook, Twitch, and Youtube learn the latest in editing, content creating, and more. EA will require full disclosure, which is understandable. They expect transparency with every game changer they have.

EA does not partner with influencers, agencies, or talents that do not support full disclosure. The game changers will have complete control over their content. EA will not approve their opinions or material. Though, the content will be monitored just to ensure the requirements met.

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EA Game Changers

Are you going to apply for the Game Changers program? Let us know in the comments below what you think?

 

Battle For Azeroth Beta: War Mode Available For Testing

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War Mode PvP

Will War Mode represent a huge shift in PvP?

We previously covered the new approach to PvP in Battle For Azeroth. Simply put, War Mode enables PvP talents in the open world and gives better rewards, but subjects the player to attack from the enemy faction. This may be the answer to players who have complained about world PvP (specifically, the lack of it). Blizzard has turned on the mode for testing, allowing players to give feedback on what is working and what can be improved.

War Mode enlisted buff

As of this writing, turning on War Mode gives 15% increased experience. At max level, this turns into 10% extra rewards from completing world quests. Players can avail of increased gold or artifact power.

War Mode sample talent tree

In the current iteration of War Mode, players can select a PvP trinket and three PvP talents from Legion. One can pick between the classic PvP trinket, Adaptation (automatic removal of any crowd control effect longer than 5 seconds, with a cooldown of a minute), and Relentless (20 percent reduction in the duration of crowd control effects).

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War Mode sample talent tree 3

You can select three additional honor talents depending on your playstyle. You might select crowd control-related abilities if you want to keep the opposing faction away from you. A more offensive-minded player might select abilities that increase damage or stats associated with the player’s class and spec.

As with everything in the beta, nothing is truly final.

Game designer Phalanx said on the forums, “We will be doing some changes to honor talents based upon core class changes to selected classes. We may introduce new honor talents as well where appropriate. That said, I’d caution against expectations of huge sweeping changes or revisions to the current talents. We shouldn’t underestimate the possibility of new gameplay surfacing from the fact that you can choose among all of the honor talents in the new system.”

That being said, are you looking forward to War Mode? What direction do you think Blizzard is taking regarding PvP? Let us know in the comments below!

World of Warcraft Gold Worth More Than Some Real-Life Currencies

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Gold in World of Warcraft

Are you farming World of Warcraft gold? You might be (relatively) wealthy.

World of Warcraft gold has been a market in itself. In past expansions, gold selling sites would take to creative ways to advertise their websites. One such method was to have floating level 1 characters spell out the URL to gold selling sites. These sites would use hacked World of Warcraft accounts to advertise these services. Thankfully, there are now various ways and means for players to block and report these individuals from ruining the game experience.

World of Warcraft gold worth more than Venezuelan bolivar

World of Warcraft gold is so valuable that it is even worth more than the currencies of entire countries. One of these countries, Venezuela, has been experiencing massive inflation in recent years. One dollar is worth about 10,000 World of Warcraft gold, while one dollar is worth almost 70,000 bolivares. This is based on the black market rate, namely because the country is currently in political and economic upheaval.

World of Warcraft currency, as of this writing, is worth more than several other real-life currencies as well. The Indonesian rupiah ($1 = IDR 14,096), Iranian rial ($1 = IRR 42,024), and Vietnamese dong ($1 = VND 22,783) are all worth less than World of Warcraft currency according to XE Corporation.

World of Warcraft petro cryptocurrency

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro launched a cryptocurrency called the petro in February 2018. The cryptocurrency is allegedly backed by Venezuela’s vast oil and mineral reserves. The petro is equivalent to the price of a single Venezuelan oil barrel, much like World of Warcraft has set a price for a token (1 token is now approximately 200,000 gold, or $20). There are also reports that the bolivar will be revalued in June 2018 as the bolivar fuerte (strong bolivar).

What do you think of all your in-game gold farming efforts actually being worth it? Do you plan to farm even more World of Warcraft currency for the new expansion? Let us know in the comments below!

World of Warcraft Player Gets Jail Sentence For DDoS Attack

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DDoS

World of Warcraft is subject to DDoS attacks on a regular basis, but now there are consequences to those actions.

World of Warcraft and other online games are subject to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks because malicious individuals find a way to disrupt everyone’s gaming time. What is a DDoS attack? A DDoS attack is a way to make an online service unavailable by flooding the servers with requests from multiple sources.

Below is a visualization of what a DDoS attack would look like. While these attacks happen on a regular basis, it seems that those responsible slip through the fingers of Blizzard and law enforcement. Business returns to normal—at least until the next attack.

DDoS Attack Example

The man identified in the attacks is 38-year-old Romanian Calin Mateias. Mateias launched the attacks on World of Warcraft EU servers back in 2010. Some of the reasons he carried out the attacks were because of loot issues and membership in raid teams. There will always the occasional disagreement between who gets what piece of loot and who will be part of the team that gets to do Mythic raids. Mateias took it a lot further than that, disrupting the gameplay experience for everyone in the EU.

Mateias received an indictment in 2011 and was in custody since November 20 of last year. In February, he pleaded guilty to one count of intentional damage to a protected computer. He received a year of jail time as a result. Mateias also had to pay Blizzard Entertainment $30,000 for labor costs.

Mateias’ arrest may prompt DDoS attackers to think twice.

While Mateias’ sentencing may not be huge news by itself, European law enforcement recently shut down Webstresser.org, which was a facilitator of DDoS attacks. The website allowed users to pay for DDoS attacks against big and small websites alike. Law enforcement arrested the admins for their role in numerous attacks dating back to 2015. Actions were also taken against site users. These users originated from the Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Spain, Croatia, and Hong Kong, among others.

Should DDoS attackers be subject to harsher penalties? Let us know in the comments below!

Death Garden Closed Alpha Begins Tomorrow

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Death Garden,Behaviour Digital

Death Garden’s Closed Alpha launches tomorrow and hopes to create a solid foundation for the game.

Behaviour Digital will begin their closed alpha testing tomorrow for their new upcoming Asymmetrical Dystopian shooter: Death Garden. Players will don roles of either a runner or a hunter. Hunters chase runners on a procedurally generated map while they complete objectives.

Deathgarden,Behaviour Digital

Testing Begins on May 9th and will continue until May 13th until the end of the day. This testing period will serve as a period for feedback on gameplay and  to build an online infurstructure.

Some may be familiar with Behaviour’s other asymmetrical horror title, Dead by Daylight. Death Garden hopes to polarize the experience of the game in numerous ways. Dead by Daylight is a slower, more cautious game of hide and seek. Where as in Death Garden, Runners stand more of a chance to defend themselves against the deadly hunter in a fast paced environment with a more vertical terrain . Players will also be able to choose a loose role to play in fending off the Hunter stalking you. Each round, on top of choosing a class, players have access to a skill tree where they need to choose which powers to upgrade. The creative director, Ashley Pannell, wanted to create a competitive game

where controls are always responsive for both the runner and the hunter. It is about the users’ abilities and the choices they make to master the map.

DEATHGARDEN, Behaviour Digital

We were fortunate enough to experience Death Garden at PAX East 2018, and were very pleased with what was showcased and look forward to what’s to come. For a full recap of Death Garden, check out our first impressions.

To get all the details, players can watch the Kickoff Livestream on May 9th, at 2PM EST on Twitch.tv/deathgardengame. For those who want to participate in Deathgarden’s PC Closed Alpha program visit www.deathgardengame.com.

 

Battle For Azeroth Dungeon Preview: Waycrest Manor

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Waycrest Manor entrance

Waycrest Manor is the ancestral home of the Waycrest family.

Waycrest Manor is home to the Waycrest family. However, the drust and their leader Gorak Tul have taken over the mansion, corrupting Lady Waycrest on the way. Her daughter, Lucille Waycrest, has sought to reform the Order of Embers to combat the drust and Gorak Tul himself.

Waycrest Manor entrance

There are four bosses in Waycrest Manor: the Heartsbane Triad, Soulbound Goliath, Raal the Gluttonous, Lord and Lady Waycrest, and Gorak Tul himself.

Heartsbane Triad

Waycrest Manor Sister Briar

Waycrest Manor Sister Malady

Waycrest Manor Sister Solena

The Heartsbane Triad consists of Sister Briar, Sister Malady, and Sister Solena. The tank picks up the sister with Focusing Iris while the other two are stationary. The party must damage the players who have Soul Manipulation. Each sister has an interruptable spell, so these should be interrupted as much as possible to reduce damage. Sister Briar will cast Jagged Nettles on a player and healers must heal up the damage. Players must move away from the group with Unstable Runic Mark.

Soulbound Goliath

Waycrest Manor Soulbound Goliath

The Soulbound Goliath starts with an ability called Soul Harvest, which increases its damage by 5% every 2 seconds. This effectively makes the fight a DPS race. Tanks have to kite the boss into Wildfire to reduce the damage increase and pop defensive cooldowns for Crush. Party members will also be impaled, so DPS have to break out anyone affected by Soul Thorns. Burning Brush hits all party members with damage, so healers have to be prepared for that as well.

Raal the Gluttonous

Waycrest Manor Raal The Gluttonous

Raal the Gluttonous is the third boss of Waycrest Manor. In addition to summoning adds, he eats them to gain 5% increased damage. His Tenderize ability inflicts massive damage on whoever it targets, and players will have to use personal cooldowns to mitigate the damage. In addition, healers will have to heal up those targets. Rotten Expulsion sprays Nature damage in various points in the room, so players will have to avoid those as well. Players will have to slow and kill adds as well as avoid Rotten Expulsion to stop this boss’s hunger.

Lord and Lady Waycrest

Waycrest Manor Lord Waycrest

Waycrest Manor Lady Waycrest

The fourth boss (or bosses) of Waycrest Manor are Lord and Lady Waycrest themselves. Lord Waycrest starts the fight off engaging the party in battle. Players have to avoid Discordant Cadenza, which hits anyone standing in it for Shadow damage. DPS will have to burst down Lord Waycrest and spread out to avoid spreading Virulent Pathogen, a DoT that slows players and inflicts Shadow damage. Tanks will have to use defensive cooldowns to mitigate Putrid Vitality, which increases the boss’s haste and damage. Tanks will also get a DoT effect from Wasting Strike. After Lord Waycrest dies, Lady Waycrest brings him back and sacrifices herself, but joins the fight when Lord Waycrest is at 10% HP.

Gorak Tul

Waycrest Manor Gorak Tul

Gorak Tul returns in Waycrest Manor, having previously encountered his herald in a scenario Thros, The Blighted Lands. Like in the scenario, Gorak Tul summons adds and hits enemies with Darkened Lightning and Death Lens, with players having to step between the beam and the target. Players will have to spread out and kill adds. What makes matters worse is that the adds can be resurrected unless players use Alchemical Fire to take them out for good. Dread Essence can hit everyone for damage as well.

What do you think about the new dungeons in Battle for Azeroth? Let us know in the comments below!

 

What are the Enchanting Changes in Battle for Azeroth Beta?

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The Enchanting Profession Has Some Significant Changes Coming in Battle for Azeroth.  Is Enchanting Still a Strong Profession?

It looks like weapon enchants will be making a comeback in Battle for Azeroth.  Some of our old enchantments will remain, but there are some significant changes coming.  Here are the latest updates to enchanting, compiled from the beta test server and Wowhead.

Along with ring enchants that boost your secondary stats, glove enchants will be available to boost your professions, similar to what we saw in previous expansions.  You can boost crafting, surveying (alchemy), skinning, mining, and herbalism with glove enchants in BFA.

Players may be surprised to learn neck and cloak enchants are not currently available in BfA.  You will notice that other enchantments appear to be added instead to make up for this change.

Enchanters will see the return of weapon enchants with BfA.  Players can get a boost of 35% to their attack speed for 10 seconds with the Gale-Force Striking enchantment.  Users can get a boost to elemental spells by 20% with the Torrent of Elements enchantment.  The Siphoning weapon enchantment allows the user to obtain an extra 7% leech.  Players can also receive an occasional mana regeneration with the Coastal Surge enchantment.  You may also be introduced to another currently unnamed enchantment to help reduce the threat.

Along with the above weapon enchants, there is also a new group of enchantments that provide a boost to secondary stats.  You can receive a critical strike increase with the Deadly Navigation enchantment.  The Quick Navigation enchantment will provide a haste boost.  Masterful navigation imbues the weapon with a mastery buff.  Users can enchant their weapon with Versatile Navigation for a versatility boost.

Players can even increase armor with the Stalwart Navigation enchantment.  Each of these stat enchantments has a stacking effect and, once fully stacked, lasts for 12 seconds, providing a significant increase in that stat for the duration making these enchants very powerful for many players.

Players can also now enchant bracers to provide one of three hearthing benefits.  Users enchanting their bracers with Cooled Hearthing will have five minutes removed from their hearth timer.  Safe hearthing allows you to have an absorb shield while hearthing, which will most likely allow you to hearth safely even while in combat.  Crafters can also create the enchantment Swift Hearthing, allowing players to have a faster cast to their hearthstone.

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Crafters will also find interested in the PvP wands Honorable Combatant’s Salutary Scepter and Honorable Combatant’s Sorcerous Scepter.  Both of these wands offer 11 intellect and 16 stamina along with 12.23 DPS and require level 120 to equip.

Enchanting continues to hold an important place in BFA for crafters, and will likely have many sought-after enchantments to help boost player performance.  What do you think about the changes?  Let us know in the comments!