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The 5 Best Maplestory 2 Classes to Play as, Based on DPS

5 Best Maplestory 2 Classes

A player’s choice of class in any MMO is crucial. After all, you’ll be stuck as that class for the rest of your playthrough of the game—barring games that allow class switching. Maplestory 2 isn’t in that latter category though, so choosing a class is something that needs careful consideration.

Some of the classes in MP2 may need more Maplestory 2 Mesos to get the best out of its skills and abilities. However, if you’re the type to enjoy absolutely destroying bosses as fast as you can, that’s not really going to be an issue.

Without further ado, here are the five best classes for PvM in Maplestory 2.

Heavy Gunner

Heavy Gunner is a good PvM-focused class. It has the fastest clear times, provided the player knows how to properly cycle through their skills. When they do, the damage they can dish out is massive. However, if the enemy zips around the map, it gets hard to hit. They’re also a bit lacking in terms of options for mobility. If you’re up for the challenge, however, it can be a very rewarding choice.

Wizard

Wizards deal greater damage per hit. They’re a crowd control class with many area-of-effect spells. For all its potential to deal much damage, it has low defense. A handy teleport skill is its best friend to avoid enemy attacks. Just be careful when you use the skill, as it could cancel the spell you’re casting. While it’s a beginner-friendly class, some of its combos do need some technical skills to pull off.

Assassin

Assassins rely on critical hits for their high burst damage. They’re really mobile and attacks at mid-range. It’s a good thing, as they don’t really have much health. One or two hits from a boss (especially the stronger ones) can knock them down for the count. Overall, assassins need players who are good at judging distance and avoiding enemy attacks. They’re the straight-up heavy damage dealers.

Berserker

Berserkers have the highest HP and can dish out damage like no other. However, being a melee class means you have to go up close and personal to the enemy. For some bosses, that almost certainly spells suicide! There’s also the difficulty of keeping up stacks of their passive buff. When you’re able to figure out a strategy for that though, you’re rewarded with the highest damage a melee class can reach.

Runeblade

Runebladesare mid-ranged fighters who enchant their swords with ice, fire, or storm elements. They have good mobility and have the most visually-pleasing skills. Depending on how you build them, you can be a crowd controller, a damage dealer, or a support character. A highly-versatile character, it can also be a little difficult when you’re trying to dodge attacks while spamming skills.

Of course, that’s only for the damage dealing classes. If you’d rather support your friends, Priests or Soul Binders might be closer to your preference. It all depends on your preference. Take the time to learn about the pros and cons of each class and ask yourself exactly how you want to play. There are multiple character slots so you can start again if the class isn’t what you expected. At any rate, it’s more important that you enjoy the game.

Go and have fun on your Maplestory 2 adventure!

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Path to the Future: Albion Online Roadmap

Albion Online has been released for quite some time now. So much so that even its most loyal fans are now starting to ask; what’s next for the ambitiously unorthodox MMO? The answer: A lot. The team has numerous plans for the game to be bigger and better as time goes on. Check out the roadmap and see what’s in store for Albion Online in the near and not-so-near future.

Fight for the Crystal

First off the list would be improvements and new content for both PVP and open world. There is more focus on the former, especially in Guild versus Guild (GVG). That is because GvG is the highlight of high-level guild gameplay. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen often enough, so to promote it and make it more accessible, they’re introducing the Crystal Realm GvG Battles.

To participate, guilds must have a watchtower. One watchtower means one battle slot for one of their teams in a Crystal Realm Battle.

For this particular GvG battle, there will be two timezone groups, and each territory will be in either of these groups depending on its prime time. All fights within a particular timezone will take place at the same time. So if you want to get the most or even all of the rewards from Crystal Realm Battle, you need to have several active GvG teams. That means lots of watchtowers.

Between Resources and Monster Spawns 

As for PVE, the team has also made a few adjustments. For Tier 8 resources, they will no longer be found on territories, as they will be redistributed to the open world. But despite the removal of these resources, territories will still be fought over because they still generate siphoned energy.

Also, there will be a new version of Guardian Elementals for biomes. They will be balanced so that they can put up a worthy fight against parties of 3 to 5, and will yield a good amount of resource rewards.

Aside from Guardian Elementals, the team is also considering adding extra rare open-world mob spawns. These spawns range from small and rare creatures that can be handled solo to big open-world fights that require lots of players to be taken down.

As expected, the latter will be yielding massive rewards, so hopefully, you would encounter them and have a big and considerable team with you when you do. There will be no announcements for these spawns, so you’ll really have to find them by chance. In case you don’t, fret not for your online buddies would hopefully message you about it.

That’s So Random

Last but not least, open world dungeons are going to be randomized. The devs are currently working on a system that will randomize not only the position of dungeons, but also their content. Player groups that will roam the open world will have the chance to find these dungeons and get first dibs on the special loot inside. They’re going to be worth lots of  Albion Online Silver, so make it a point to do what you can just get your hands on them.

In case you enter one, take note that other players will be able to follow you and engage you in PVP, so be very careful and wary. However, don’t be too worried about getting camped, as the dungeons are pretty difficult to find anyway.

And much like random spawns of big monsters, players will also have the chance to find consumable maps that lead to even more difficult dungeons with much better rewards upon usage. They’ll be yielding great loots, and you’ll be much safer from other players in these dungeons, so they’re definitely worth finding.

For better or worse, the land of Albion is ever-changing. With this roadmap, it’s safe to say that it’s for the latter. So greet the future of this realm with cheerful expectation and great preparation.

Botany FFXIV Gil Guide

Botany FFXIV Gil Guide

Among the Disciples of Land, Botany is one of the more accessible ones, and for many good reasons! Thus, it’s highly advisable that you take it up. Here’s how you can level up and make your fair share of Gil in Final Fantasy XIV as one.

Beginning the Botanist Life

As a Botanist, you’ll be earning FFXIV Gil by using the materials you gather for the following Disciples of Hand classes:

Carpentry, Weaving, Culinarian, and Alchemy. You can also sell the materials as they are and have them purchased by other crafters for a good price. In addition to that, gathering plants is a rather calming activity, a good way to take a break from hectic questing and constant battles.

To start your life as a Botanist, talk to Fufucha at Gridania (6, 8). He’ll be giving you a low-level hatchet, signaling the beginning of your life as a botanist. Now you can start leveling and gearing up.

Leves for Leaves

As early as level 1, you can already start gathering. Take on the class quests, as well as the Level 1-5 Levequests from Gridania Adventurers’ Guild and The Bannock. Once you hit level 10, you can get level 10 Levequests from Central Shroud, Bentbranch Meadows. The next Levequests locations are as follows:

  • Level 15 – East Shroud, Hawthorne Hut
  • Level 20-25 – South Shroud, Quarrymill
  • Level 30 – Eastern La Noscea, Costa del Sol
  • Level 35 – Coerthas, Observatorium
  • Level 40 – Coerthas, Whitebrim
  • Level 45 – MorDhona
  • Level 50 – Ishgard

But don’t just be content with class quests and Levequests. You should also try your hand at rotations. Not only will this ensure that your daily grind won’t be stale; it’s also going to prepare you for the future.

It might seem a lot less convenient, but it’s now a more diverse and flexible experience. Plus, the materials you’ll be gathering at this point are going to be more useful. That means more worth in FFXIV Gil. Do note that before you start leveling up past 50, you should visit Fufucha.

The reason behind the breath of fresh air in Botany leveling after 50 is Scrips and collectibles. For this new kind of gathering, you’ll be tapping unspoiled botany nodes, which you’ll be gathering as collectibles. You’ll then hand them over to an NPC in MorDhona, which can earn you up to hundreds of thousands of EXP per unspoiled collectible Botany node.

Endgame and Business

By that point, it’s going to be a cycle until you reach level 60, when you’ll have to start buying “Regional Folklore Tomes” to unlock new Botany nodes. Keep in mind that they’re worth lots of Scrip.

Now, for the million-Gil question: What specific materials are going to earn you the most? Well, as much as we’d like to give a definite answer, it’s far too server-dependent to give one. For that, you’ll have to check the Mogboard.

However, as a basic rule, general materials used to craft basic materials are a quick and easy way to make Gil. Good examples of these are logs and cloth, as well as ingredients used for foods and potions. Heck, materials required to be turned in for Botany quests can also be quite the sell. After all, selling materials are all about selling to the lazy: you’re doing someone else’s work for their money.

When compared to other Disciples of Land, Botany is right in the middle when it comes to profitability. It could’ve been better, but it’s definitely not in a bad place. That means it’s all up to you how you’re going to make Disciple of Land work for your favor.

Final Fantasy VII: AVALANCE and Cloud Strife Beginnings

Final Fantasy VII: AVALANCE and Cloud Strife Beginnings

RAll the major lands of Gaia were engulfed in endless wars for supremacy. These wars left so much pain and desolation that the planet and its inhabitants were on the verge of hopelessness. Shinra Electric Power Company would then emerge as the dominant force on Gaia, establishing order through totalitarian control of the planet’s economy—but at what cost?

Cloud Strife had always looked at SOLDIERS and the Shinra Power Company they worked for with awe. Having lived in the slums, barely able to make ends meet, he was always fascinated by the stories the older boys in the neighborhood had to tell.

At that point in his life, he was looking forward to working for Shinra Electric Power Company. When he was 14, he would become one of the thousands of young men who sent letters to the corporation seeking (and ultimately hoping) to be one of its elite enforcers.

However, His first few attempts were not encouraging. Before he would become a soldier, Strife would be hardened by life on the mean streets. He spent months wandering around Midgar taking any kind of work he could get.

Cloud had become very asocial, struggling and barely able to make ends meet ever since he could remember. Through the struggles, however, he had learned to depend on himself. At Midgar, he would meet all manner of seedy characters from bullies, con artists, as well as unscrupulous merchants. All this only served to reinforce his anti-social behavior.

Weeks before he was called to work with AVALANCHE, he had met a flower merchant named Aerith Gainsborough. She was a cheerful and charming young woman he had encountered by chance while wandering the streets of Midgar.

At first, he was suspicious of her. He had never encountered someone like her while he was growing up. Even though Cloud was suspicious, he would increasingly grow fond of her.

When Cloud was finally called to be a soldier, working for Shinra Electric Power Company he was over the moon. He trained daily with some of the elite soldiers working for Shinra. He was determined to be the best. Shinra would send him on assignments for weeks at a time.

It is not that Cloud had not heard about the Jenova Project. He had heard the rumors that some evil scientist had discovered a means to turn the planet’s lifestream and channel it into ordinary humans who would then acquire the power of the ancients. He had also heard that those who were part of this project often turned into monsters. He just did not have a clue that the corporation he sought to work for as an enforcer would be the very company that was sucking the very life out of Gaia and condemning it to extinction.

After spending some time working as a SOLDIER, he began to notice that he was experiencing emotional and psychological distress. He had been talking to Aerith who he often met while he was walking down the streets of Midgar. It was Aerith who would enlighten him about the Cetra, the lifestream and why the biggest corporation on the planet was looking for a flower vendor.

Aerith provided a lot of important information to Cloud and the AVALANCHE team they had just formed. However, the strange flashbacks and the unpredictable emotions caused by Mako had started taking a toll on Cloud. Especially, given the fact that he felt he was spending a lot of time with Aerith at the expense of the relationship he had with Tifa – his childhood friend.

It is at this time that Cloud built a fake persona using memories he absorbed from his friend Zack, while he was a soldier exposed to Mako. Cloud soon discovers that these strange flashbacks were created subconsciously to cope with the fact that he had failed to qualify as a first class SOLDIER while his friend Zack had.

As part of AVALANCHE team, Cloud works with Barrett – the team leader- to destroy all the Mako generators. Cloud is still working to overcome the adverse effects of the Mako energy he was exposed to when he was working as a SOLDIER. He has been trying to resolve his feelings towards Tifa and Aerith. At first, seeing him as a mere antisocial mercenary trained by Shinra, Barrett has no time for Cloud.

However, Barrett still needs Cloud’s skills. After all, he saved Aerith, an ancient who was wanted by Shinra. The Corporation needs her to get more information on utilizing the planet’s lifestream and activating Black Meteor. Barrett also knows he needs Cloud’s skills and experience working as a SOLDIER if the team is to pursue Sephiroth to the other end of the world.

The planet is rich in crystals referred to as Materia. The AVALANCHE team can use a combination of materia to launch fast and automated counterattacks. They manage to break into the Shinra Headquarters where they locate Sephiroth and his alien mother Jenova.  Will they be on time to save the planet?

Disclaimer: This article is a guest post written by Nicole Allen 

PlayerAuctions is the Top Player-to-Player Trade Marketplace

PlayerAuctions is the Top Player-to-Player Trade Marketplace

You don’t have to go far for proof of this fact. We’ve got state of the art security, a welcoming community, and provides 24/7 customer support. We have been running without a hitch since 1999, and our trading community is constantly growing. While we can’t really eliminate any unsavory elements, we try our best to keep damage at a minimum. Any dispute between buyer and seller is also met with a thorough investigation to find the best solution.

With a New Feature: the Market Price Tracker

Now, we have a new service, and it’s the PlayerAuctions Market Price Tracker. It’s a concept mainly for tracking stock prices, but here it is applied to player-to-player trading. It tracks the price of a game currency in a span of time (from a week to almost a year). A chart represents and shows the rise and fall of the game’s currency’s price to make it easier to see.

While that’s the main purpose of the tool, there are a few other information to take note of on the page. The first is the varying prices of the currency in different servers (if applicable). That table shows the average price and whether it has risen or dropped in seven days. Next is the chart that shows the best-rated sellers there are for the currency. There’s space for only seven, but rest assured, there are more trustworthy sellers than those seven. Last but definitely not the least, there’s another graph that shows the most expensive item sold for that game.

Why Should You Care?

Well, the first reason is to maximize your profits. Sure, you could be drowning in dough by just selling the most expensive item you can think of. But what if you can make that dough even larger?

The first way is by learning the patterns of the game economy. That can be aided by the chart that maps the rise and fall of the currency’s price. By looking at the dates when the price rises and checking what event or update happened, you can predict when the next spike will be. Then you can sell your item or currency for more than usual. You can even track it per server if you wish.

The second is by showing who the reliable sellers are. PlayerAuctions has a system where former buyers of a seller can leave a comment on the currency, service, or item they bought. As those accumulate, the next buyers of that same service/item/currency can be sure that the seller will deliver. On the market tracker page, you can see the highest-rated ones. You’ll be able to buy their wares without worry.

The third is by categorizing all the offers by the server they operate on, you don’t have to struggle with the filters and scouring through irrelevant offers. There’s even a link to the offers on the page so you can go directly to where you need to go.

We’re dedicated to giving the best trading platform we can. That means consistent, reliable service and constant upgrading and addition of features new and old. You can even help us improve by sending your suggestions by email.

So join the best gaming marketplace and reap the benefits now!

Classic PC Titles That Continue to Withstand the Test of Time

Classic PC Titles That Continue to Withstand the Test of Time

Timelessness is the one characteristic that separates a classic title from games that come a dime-a-dozen. For a game to truly stand the test of time, however, it needs constant innovation. Moreover, it needs to do so without compromising the core qualities that made it such a standout in the first place. It doesn’t matter if a game may seem dated because of grainy graphics or its mechanics are somewhat passé. It all boils down to the gaming experience that people can take from it. From niche crowds, right up to the mainstream, the world of gaming is strewn with titles that embody the word longevity.

Today, we’ll take a look at a few classic PC titles that continue to stand up to the test of time–80s and 90s PC games that embody versatility and longevity. While there are certainly others that fit the bill as well, we narrowed our choices down to the top three most relevant titles in terms of overall impact in gaming culture and current mainstream relevance.

Ultima Online

The Ultima series had already had numerous iterations—with each release proving to be more successful than its predecessor—under its belt before Origin Systems finally decided to hop on the online bandwagon. The result was Ultima Online which was rolled out way back in 1997 as one of the most highly-touted Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. To create a buzz, the game was kicked off with the assassination of (producer) Richard Garriot’s avatar during a stress test.

With multiple Guinness records and a rich history to boot, Ultima Online certainly fits the bill as a timeless masterpiece. While the initial subscriber expectation was set at a meager 15,000, it actually reached an excess of 120,000 subscribers after a year. With such numbers, it’s should come as no surprise that it still has steam.

Starcraft

Released all the way back in 1998, Starcraft is amazingly still being updated even two decades later. Though when you think about it, it really should come as no surprise. Gaining a solid fan base right from the get-go—to the tune of 1.5 million copies sold in 1998—it still rides high after 20 years. Starcraft’s appeal and cultural impact is undeniable as it is far-reaching.

A timeless game needs to change with the times while retaining the key components that made it appealing to the masses in the first place. With all the updates over the years, Blizzard Entertainment managed to make Starcraft as relevant today as it was back in the Nineties.

Genesis

Here’s the oldest of our trifecta of classics that refuse to succumb to Father Time: Genesis. In fact, Genesis is so old-school, it’s actually a text-based game! Back in 1989, very few people—if at all—knew about the internet. It was during such Jurassic conditions that a group of savvy Swedish students created the game. It didn’t stay a humble game, though. As the internet grew, so did the game. As a result, there are over 60 guilds for players to join, and a sprawling expanse of the world—including Middle Earth and the Forgotten Realms—to explore.

A great game can be found practically anywhere. You don’t even need to get in on the latest releases to enjoy a fully immersive experience. Do yourself a favor and indulge in these retro games before time finally catches up and snatches them away from us. Enjoy!

Easy to Miss Basics: OSRS Tips You Probably Didn’t Know

Easy to Miss Basics: OSRS Tips You Probably Didn’t Know

Despite being a decade-old game with features ten years behind the base game, Old School RuneScape (OSRS) has some tips that even some long-time players probably don’t know exist. Perhaps you don’t know all the tricks of the trade that’s why we’re giving you the lowdown. Read up and make your OSRS life easier with these pointers.

Gold Amulets for Sale

Gold is one of the most significant resources players should have in the game. It’s important for players to get a chunk of gold as early as possible. Earning gold in earlier levels, however, can be time-consuming, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t simpler ways like crafting gold amulets.

In fact, crafting gold is doable with F2P players, which requires only level 8 Crafting, and its time improves the skill in question. Aside from the necessary skill level, you need gold bars and an amulet mold to craft gold amulets. Gold bars cost 93 Old School RuneScape Gold points, while gold amulets are usually sold for 159G, a 66GP profit. Once you start racking in lots of OSRS Gold, it will feel rewarding.

Going for Cheap Wine

In real life, wine is pricey. On the other hand, in OSRS, wine is much cheaper than lobsters and expensive fish. So, what does wine have to do with those two items? Well, lobsters and fish are what players usually buy so that they can use safe space spots again when they’re training for Range or Magic. Although lobsters are 200GP and only restore 11HP, wine is a whopping forty times cheaper for 5GP, and it heals just as much. The downside is that it reduces attack by 2. Then again, since you’re investing in Range and Magic, it’s safe to say that it’s your bread and butter to your combat game, so this shouldn’t be problematic.

Your Cat for Death

Selling your pet cat for Death runes may seem like a cold thing to do, but if you’re focused oriented and not too sentimental, then go for it. First, knock out Gertrude’s Cat quest. Afterward, you’ll be able to sell your cat for Death runes to a citizen in West Ardougne. The older your cat is the more runes. A fully-grown cat fetches for 200 Death Runes. It’s considerably easier to grow a cat since it only takes three hours for a cat to become fully developed. In that span of time, you’ll have to pet the cat and feed it sardines. Then, you sell it. Somewhat sad, but hey, it works.

Unlimited Tokens

If you want tokens at the Warrior’s Guild but don’t want to spend tokens to earn more, there’s an easy way to handle it. First, have 100 tokens to enter the Cyclops Room (don’t worry because you won’t use a single token). To pull off this trick, just enter the room, kill one of the Cyclops, go back out, and reenter. Since the one-limit timer starts every time you get in, you won’t consume any tokens.

Something to consider if you’re not aware, you can prayer-flick more than one prayer at a time (three to be exact). A solid combination includes (1) Attack Prayer, (2) Defense Prayer, and (3) Strength Prayer.

These handy and not-so-well-known OSRS tips can step up your gameplay. Even though these tips aren’t groundbreaking, they’ll make your life easier, so give them a shot.