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The Best Blizzard Games For Esports Competitions

The Best Blizzard Games For Esports Competitions

Blizzard Entertainment is a true titan of the gaming scene and it has understandably carved out an enviable position in the burgeoning world of esports. The iconic developer and publisher has been releasing cult titles since it was founded by a trio of UCLA graduates in 1991 and it is now part of America’s largest gaming company. Activision Blizzard boasted revenue of $7.5 billion in 2018 and Blizzard Entertainment games played a huge part in that strong performance.

Nowadays, it is hugely important for publishers to crack the competitive gaming scene as it is extremely lucrative and leading esports enjoy remarkable longevity. Blizzard Entertainment may have lost the rights to Dota 2–one of the world’s most popular esports–to Valve Corporation in a bitter dispute, but it still possesses a formidable stable of giants in the competitive gaming scene.

Here are its five most important titles:

Overwatch

Blizzard released this multiplayer first-person shooter to global acclaim in 2016, with reviewers praising its class-based combat, polished gameplay, and utterly magnificent artwork. Overwatch was hailed as fun, accessible and extremely well-made, and it became an instant classic.

It pits teams featuring soldiers, mercenaries, scientists, and adventurers against one another in the near future, and it is perfectly set up for the sort of intense multiplayer action that lends itself well to competitive gaming.

The Blizzard team did not initially set out to create a new esport, but they soon recognized its potential in this field. The first organized, prize-winning competitions were launched just a few months after the game’s release, and ESL quickly put together the Overwatch Atlantic Showdown. At Blizzcon 2016, Blizzard announced that it would launch the Overwatch League as a result of intense demand from fans. It began in 2018 and boasted a $3.5 million prize pool, instantly catapulting Overwatch into the top 10 most lucrative esports for gamers to compete in.

The first season proved to be a smashing success, as London Spitfire beat Philadelphia Fusion at the Grand Finals in New York’s Barclays Center to become the first league champions.

Intel and HP were the league’s first sponsors, before Toyota got on board, while ABC, ESPN, and Disney XDaired contests live. The prize pool was increased to $5 million for the 2019 season and new franchises joined from across the world, ensuring competitive Overwatch gaming as it continued to soar.

Hearthstone

This free-to-play digital card game dazzled critics when it was launched in 2016. Eurogamer gave it a perfect 100 score and said it was “overflowing with character and imagination, feeds off and fuels a vibrant community of players and performers, and it only stands to improve as Blizzard introduces new features”. The game builds upon the Warcraft lore, so it instantly appealed to a huge group of fans, and it reeled in all manner of gamers thanks to its fun, accessible, fast-paced gameplay.

It is also blessed with sophistication, subtlety and a high skill ceiling that has enabled it to become one of the world’s most popular esports game. It was behind only LoL, CS:GO, Dota 2, and Overwatch in Twitch viewing hours in 2018, with Heroes of the Storm in sixth and StarCraft II seventh in a strong showing for Blizzard.

Wagering on esports has become a hugely important factor in the growth of this nascent scene, as many fans love to grab a stake in the action. Dedicated betting sites like https://unikrn.com/bet offer a huge range of markets in esports, and Hearthstone is one of the most important titles in this regard. It now faces intense competition from the digital version of Magic The Gathering Arena, but Hearthstone has a loyal following and it should continue to flourish in future.

StarCraft II

This is the most established esport in the Blizzard roster, as there have already been more than 5,000 professional StarCraft 2 tournaments. A grand total prize money of $30 million has been dished out to 1,900 pros over the years, and it is another important esport for wagering purposes. The game was launched all the way back in 2010 but, like LoL and Dota 2, it has achieved fantastic longevity thanks to its popularity within the competitive gaming scene.

It is a real-time strategy game that continues the epic saga of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg as they wage battle across the galaxy. StarCraft II was released on a free-to-play basis as of November 2017, with microtransactions for skins, voice packs, and so on, making it a commercial success.

Professional play began upon its launch and, after a blip that lasted for a couple of years, it is going strong once more. The last three World Championship Series have carried prize pools of $700,000 and it also recently featured at IEM Katowice 2019, with a $400,000 contest.

Heroes of the Storm

This multiplayer online battle arena game sees legendary heroes and villains from WarCraft, StarCraft, Overwatch, and Diablo summoned to the Nexus to fight for glory. The MOBA genre is arguably the most important to the world of esports, thanks to the success of League of Legends and Dota 2. Since it was released in 2015, Heroes of the Storm has emerged as a serious contender to those leading titles in the popularity stakes, thanks to its varied gameplay and strong cast of characters.

It has already seen prize money in the excess of $18 million at its professional tournaments, making it the sixth most lucrative esports in history. However, Blizzard made the shocking announcement in December 2018 that it was canceling the Heroes Global Championship for 2019. An overwhelming sense of sadness and betrayal were the dominant emotions among pros, yet there is still hope that a competitive scene may be revived for this popular title someday.

Warcraft 3

The original Dota as a custom map creation within Warcraft 3, so that Blizzard execs could feel aggrieved at its success in esports with Valve. Warcraft 3 itself never enjoyed such a strong scene, although it has seen 1,300 tournaments and prize money reaching $5.4 million over the years.

The game was released in 2002 and it is now a grand dame of the industry, but Warcraft 3 Reforged will be released this year and that could give the title a fresh injection of life.

It will boast improved graphics, new dialogue, and better pathfinding, which could make it more appealing as an esport. There are still tournaments going on, but some fans would prefer Blizzard to stop spending so much time remasteringWarcraft 3 and instead channel its efforts into developing a fourth entry in the popular series. Warcraft 4 really could take the esports world by storm.

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This article is a Guest Post written by James Metcalfe from Unikrn.com

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How the Storytelling of WoW Keeps Evolving

For over 14 years now, World of Warcraft has remained to only be active, but relevant as a whole in the gaming community. While it did not define the massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) genre that we have today, it continues to be a part of it. More importantly, it continues to evolve with it. With the release of its seventh expansion, Battle for Azeroth, WoW boasts a thriving fanbase, along with tons of third-party marketplaces selling WoW accounts, WoW Gold and boosting services. However, there’s one thing that the players all agree on—the storytelling of the lore has definitely improved.

Storytelling in WoW: Then & Now

Game storytelling doesn’t get much more epic than the Warcraft universe. With the franchise turning 25 years old soon and having released the seventh expansion, World of Warcraft stories have been told as a fantasy world set in conflict. Epic struggles, each with grand heroes and vicious villains push players into the spotlight while these wars raged, with the players protecting the safety of the virtual lands they live on. And since then, players have been held in captive awe as to how Blizzard has told its stories since the early days. Mind you that they’ve managed to evolve their stories to keep up with the changing tastes and technologies of the time and to keep the players immersed and entertained.

How Battle of Azeroth Keeps Things Entertaining

Back when World of Warcraft launched Facebook, Youtube, or smartphones weren’t even in existence. WoW was the first MMORPG to have a social network, with the millions of players playing the game.  Since then, the newest expansion, Battle for Azeroth, has taken place in the shadow of the opening act for World of Warcraft, the War of the Thorns. In this event, both Horde and Alliance players head to the Night Elf territory of Darkshore to take part in the battle. Eventually, the Alliance falls back and the Horde claims Darnassus, the capital city of the Night Elves. Sylvanas Wind runner, the Horde Warchief, then makes the decision to burn Darnassus down while still full of civilians in an unprecedented act of genocide. Whether you choose to be a member of the Alliance of the Horde is up to you.

Blizzard decided to mix things up on patch 8.1, Tides of Vengeance. A quest line called the Fate of Saurfangwill now have a rare player choice inside it. When players meet up with Zekhan, they’ll now have an option to either accept his quest or reject it. Accepting the quest will have it play out like normal, but a rejection leads players down a darker, more loyal path. Upon rejecting Zekhan, loyal Horde players will be given a quest to return to Sylvanas and tell her of this treachery. Sylvanas then reveals that she has “special plans” for Zekhan, which doesn’t sound particularly good for anyone.

Wrap Up

While World of Warcraft has offered light choices like this in the past, these quests usually revolve around the character (or an NPC) killing someone. The choice with Zekhan is far more involved than most other World of Warcraft choices, especially since it has the potential to drastically impact the narrative.

Ultimately, the ability for characters to choose which sides to serve, Saurfang or Sylvanas, is fantastic. It’s exciting, new, and may lead to a whole new avenue that’ll eventually open up WoW to more people. The question is what comes next? How will this new method of storytelling be used for both sides? One thing’s for sure, it’s going to take more than a branching story to create a satisfying ending for those who are hyped for the new expansion.

Halfway There: WoW Battle for Azeroth Achievement Flying Mounts

WoW Mounts Battle for Azeroth Whether it’s Earth or Azeroth, there’s no better way to travel than to do so way up high. And although there’s the option to teleport, nothing competes with being on your own WoW mount riding through the clouds while looking down at the utterly fantastical world below. In true World of Warcraft fashion, you’ll have to unlock this ability. If you’ve been playing for quite some time now, you’ll know right off the bat that this is a tedious task. The same goes here in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.

Explorer and Diplomat

Just as it was in Legion, there are two achievements that you need to accomplish in order to gain access to the skies. But for now, only one of the two is currently available, which is Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder: Part One, so you’ll just have to go with that.

Like in Legion, to unlock the achievement in question, you need to unlock a handful of other achievements first.

First on the list is the Battle for Azeroth Explorer, which requires players to explore the following areas:

  • Tiragarde Sound
  • Stormsong Valley
  • Nazmir
  • Drustvar
  • Zuldazar
  • Vol’dun

Next would be the achievement Azerothian Diplomat, which requires to earn Revered status with certain factions. For Alliance, that would be the Proudmoore Admiralty, Order of Embers, Storm’s Wake, or7th Legion. For the Horde, that would be the Zandalari Empire, Talanji’s Expedition, Voldunai, and The Honorbound.

Note: Both factions must earn Revered status with Champions of Azeroth and Tortolian Seekers.

Another necessary achievement is the Wide World of Quests. This requires you to finish 100 World Quests in KulTiras and Zandalar. It’s pretty tedious, but hey, it’s the lofty price you have to pay for you to soar up high. Besides, once you’re done with this achievement, you’re pretty much set for life, as this is an account-wide achievement. The same goes for battle for Azeroth Explorer and Azerothian Diplomat.

Tour of Duty, Forever

After that would be Kul Tourist for Alliance and Zandalar Forever! for the Horde.

For Kul Tourist, you’ll need to achieve the following achievements:

  • A Sound Plan – finish the Tiragarde Sound storylines
  • Stormsong and Dance – finish the Stormsong Valley storylines
  • Drust Do It – finish theDrustvar

For Zandalar Forever!, you’ll need to finish more achievements compared to Kul Tourist. But hey, you’re part of the Horde, so you’re tougher than those puny Alliance do-gooders anyway.

These achievements are as follows:

  • The Throne of Zuldazar – complete the Zuldazarstorylines
  • Secrets in the Sands – complete theVol’dun storylines
  • The Dark Heart of Nazmir – complete theNazmir storylines
  • A Bargain of Blood – complete the Blood Gate quest line in Zuldazar
  • The Final Seal – Complete the Zandalar Forever scenario in Zuldazar

Fight Before Flight

Once you’re done with all those achievements, it’s time for the last one: Ready for War.

For the Alliance, you need to accomplish the following campaigns:

  • Nazmir Foothold
  • Zuldazar Foothold
  • Chasing Darkness
  • Blood in the Water
  • Vol’dun Foothold
  • Blood on the Sand
  • A Golden Opportunity
  • The Strike on Zuldazar

As for the Horde, it’d be as follows:

  • Drustvar Foothold
  • Stormsong Valley Foothold
  • The Marshal’s Grave
  • At the Bottom of the Sea
  • Tiragarde Sound Foothold
  • The First Assault
  • Death of a Tidesage
  • The Strike on Boralus

These achievements are, unfortunately, not account-wide. Which means you’ll have to do them all over again for another character. But with Azeroth Pathfinder, Part One, the only reason to get them for your alternate characters would be for completionist purposes.

After accomplishing all those achievements, congratulations! You now have Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part One. Aside from being halfway to having a flying mount, you’ll be rewarded with 20% Increased Mount Speed in KulTiras and Zandalar.

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.

Escape From Tarkov Beginner’s Guide

Escape From Tarkov Beginner's Guide

Escape from Tarkov is a gritty, tactical shooter where you lose your gear when you die. Gameplay revolves around the search for Escape from Tarkov Items, such as guns or armor. Players can keep them if they succeed in their bid to escape. Otherwise, they lose it all. It currently features two game modes, a high-risk survival mode, and a lower risk, no penalty mode. There are more things planned for it so look forward to changes in the future.

If you’re feeling lost or confused about the game, you’ve come to the right article. Here are some essential tips and tricks new players need, as well as some refreshers for old ones.

Play Offline

It’s a good idea to take the time to play the game in offline mode. You’ll be able to familiarize yourself with the gameplay this way. Since EFT is a realistic shooter, there are mechanics and rules that will be different from other games. While prior experience to other first-person shooters is indeed a good thing, every game handles their guns differently.

It’s also important to know the maps well. With this kind of knowledge, you won’t get lost while going to the extraction point. It will also help you find good ambush spots or hiding places, as well as locate where loot spawns are. You’ll be able to use the environment to your advantage.

By playing offline, you remove the threat of better players jumping the gun on you. You’ll be able to build your confidence without the crushing discouragement of lack of perceived progress. Besides, online play is more unpredictable because of other players. Then there are the cheaters and hackers. All in all, it’s better to wade in and out from offline to online, than straight-up diving into online mode.

Farm Scavs

The best way to start collecting gear is to farm Scavs. They’re the AI faction, and the second gameplay mode lets you play as one. Scavs are always armed, and also drop necessary items such as money or meds. Just take their gun, vest, or bag and leave. That way, you’ll always have back up equipment in future rounds. Play as one every time it’s available so you don’t lose as much as when you use your main character.

There’s no set method to farm, and what works for another won’t necessarily work for you. Go and find the best way to farm for yourself.

Get Experience

As the saying goes, ‘practice makes perfect’. You’ll have to play for hours and hours just to gain experience and improve your situational awareness skills. With that, you’ll realize when it is better to engage or simply run away. There’s also the matter of determining whether it is safe to loot a body or not, and whether to use meds or save them for later. Every situation is unique, so you have to be exposed to all kinds of circumstances to be able to react accordingly.

Survival doesn’t mean you kill all your opponents, mind you. Sometimes, it’s knowing when to stay down and retreat.

Other Tips

You should also learn how to let go of items you wanted to get but couldn’t get your hands on. There’s also the persistence to try again and again even after multiple failures. Know what’s valuable and what can be left behind. You can also participate in Escape From Tarkov trading to boost your funds.

Only you can decide how you want to play, so play how you want. Slow and steady, or fast and risky, the most important thing is to not forget to have fun. May you survive and escape Tarkov more often!

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How to make the Best Artifact Deck Build

Artifact Deck Build

Deck building can be all sorts of things. If you’re up to the mental challenge, it can be quite fun. If you’re not sure what you want it to be, it can be perplexing, painstaking, and maybe even both. That’s usually the case when you’re attempting to build the best deck possible. After all, the “best Artifact deck” is such a lofty goal, and any attempts to achieve it can be quite daunting. To help you out with that, here are some quick tips you can follow.

The Colors of Victory

First and foremost, keep in mind that there is no such thing as an objectively best deck. It can be highly competitive, but never truly the best. All decks have shortcomings and flaws and you can only do so much to cover them. At the end of the day, the best deck you can make will only be the best for you, even if you use advanced strategies in deck-building.

Since there’s no such thing as “that one ultimate deck to end all decks”, the best deck you’ll make will be the best deck according to your deck-making ability and will have to reflect your preferred play style. If you have more than one play style, you’ll have to make many Artifact decks, with each one being the best that they can.

The colors of your heroes and your deck will determine your play style. The colors and their specialties are as follows:

  • Red – heroes and creeps that are tough and strong, focused on aggression.
  • Green – centered on mobbing the enemy with creeps; heroes are geared to bolstering its forces.
  • Blue –heroes take time to get strong but deal board-wide damage later on; creeps and spells are all about dragging the game on.
  • Black – this color is geared towards taking out enemy heroes quickly, forcing the opponent to discard cards, and earning gold faster.

Setting the Pace

The play style of decks depends on their pace. The three general kinds are the following:

  • Aggro – focused on keeping the enemy pressured right from the get-go before they can set up properly. As previously mentioned, black and red cards are geared for this.
  • Mid-range – these decks are all about having a decent start and quickly building creeps and later on strengthening their forces. This is a signature of green cards.
  • Control – despite the long setup, a control deck completely dominates the game later on through sweeping damages and other techniques. Often a technique employed by blue cards.

There’s no better color or pace over another, only something more suited to your preferences. If you want, you can even do a two-color deck in order for one color to complement the other, with both covering their respective flaws. For example, you can have a red and blue deck, which will put pressure on your enemy early on while the blue side of the deck primes for long-term control.

Mixing and Matching

Mind you, it’s not the only the nature of one color that you have to account for. You also have to cover how long it takes before a particular hero can set itself up. That means if you plan on using heroes like Luna or Zeus, you need to have your other cards cover them while you get the mana or conditions necessary to pull off their respective signature spells.

On the other hand, if you want to stick to your strengths instead of rounding out your deck, you can also go with a more synergistic approach. A good example of this is having a red and black deck, as both colors aggressively pursue an enemy and have heroes that deal much damage. The green and blue combo are also synergistic, as green’s numerous and heroes will sustain them while the blue spells and heroes slowly but surely establish dominance.
All of those, however, are general advice. That means there will be problems unique to your deck that you never know you had until you play. Some of them can be remedied by changing your deck composition. If you have the money despite the high Artifact card price, go for it. Rinse and repeat until you got that part covered.

To be the best Artifact player, you don’t have to make the best deck ever. You just need the best personal deck that you can make, and then play the best you can. All there is to it.

Maplestory 2 Mesos Archer Skill Guide

Thanks to their popularity as an archetype and their inherent ability to take out enemies from safe distances, Archers have become a staple class in RPGs. This is very much true in MapleStory 2. So if you want to channel your inner Legolas and be a sharpshooter yourself, here’s a guide on how to build one and what to spend your Maplestory 2 mesos on.

Beyond the Bow: Attributes and Gear

First things first: attributes. For the Archer, you’ll be pumping both DEX and Crit. How much you’ll put on either depends on how much damage you’ll be churning out. To get the optimal balance, you can attack the training dummies outside any guild house/hall and fine-tune your attribute points depending on the result.

As for gear, these will be the necessary bonuses each piece of gear must have. The bonuses are arranged according to priority.

Weapon:Piercing > Physical Attack > Dexterity > Boss Damage

Headgear/Suit/Top/Bottom: Boss Damage > Physical Attack > Accuracy

Gloves: Boss Damage > Physical Piercing

Shoes: Boss Damage > Accuracy

Cape: Piercing > Boss Damage

Belt: Piercing > Boss Damage

Earring/Amulet: Piercing > Boss Damage

Eagle Eye: Mad Shooting Skills

Now for the Archer skills! There are a lot of them, but we’ll only cover the class’s bread-and-butter skills, which are the following:

Rapid Shot – The archer shoots ignited arrows thrice, dealing 42% damage to the nearest enemy within 9 meters. On top of that, the arrows pierce the enemy thrice and hit the other enemies behind it. The skill will be autocast if the skill key is held down.

Arrow Storm – The archer fires a volley of arrows, dealing 39% damage 20 times to 8 enemies inside a 4.5m radius. To increase the range to 7.5m, hold the skill down for 0.5 seconds. During casting, you have knockback immunity.

Bronze Eagle – This bird serves as the archer’s companion, flying by to their side whenever they land a critical hit. The Bronze Eagle increases their Dexterity by 4.4% and becomes available for commands.

Bronze Eagle Claw – Bronze Eagle attacks the enemies, dealing 302% damage to 8 enemies. This attack also does an additional 60% damage per second for 6 seconds, and also reduces their movement and jump power by 30%.

Agile Archer (passive) – Increases piercing by 1% and evasion by 1.

Conditioning (passive) – Increases physical attack and movement speed by 1%.

Sharp Eyes – Increases critical rate of allies within 5 tiles around the archer by 13 and accuracy by 1 for 180 seconds. The seal lasts for 20 seconds, and increases the caster’s critical rate by 4.

Ice Arrow – The archer fires 3 ice arrows that deal 58% damage to enemies 9m in front of you. The ice arrows pierce the enemy 4 times and hit enemies behind the initial target. On top of that, enemies’ movement speed is lowered by 4% per hit, and can stack to a maximum of 10 times.

Simple and Reliable Archer Builds

There are two Archer skill builds. The first is the Archer All Content Sharp Eyes DPS Build. For this build, you open with Sharp Eyes for the buff, then begin the offense with Screwdriver Shot and Arrow Storm, and subsequently follow up with Rapid Shot while those are in cooldown. In addition, you can also use Bronze Eagle Claw from time to time.

If you have trouble with SP, use the Snipe passive as it gives you an SP recovery boost if there are no enemies within 4m. Also, for evasion, get Evasive Salvo, as you can’t always use Eagle Glide.

The next build would be the Archer Chaos Raid/Dungeon/World Boss Pierce Build. It’s almost similar to the first, except you’ll put more points in Sharp Eyes and Ice Arrow for this one. Sure, other offensive skills will pack a bit less of a punch, but it more than makes up in Piercing and Boss damage, as well as utility.

So there you have it–the Archer for Maplestory 2.Hopefully, you’ll try our recommended builds and have a blast with them!

A Really Costly Treasure Hunt: Top Rarest World of Warcraft Items

rarest WoW items

Beyond saving Azeroth and getting into the seemingly never-ending loop of finishing raids for better gear in order to accomplish even more difficult raids, what do World of Warcraft players do? Collect rare items! It’s not for everybody, as quite a lot of them are worth hundreds of thousands of WoW gold. Not to mention impractical, as a lot of them don’t offer utility, have any combat applications, or increase your attributes anyhow. Still, it doesn’t matter. The fact that they’re hard to find is what makes them worth going after.

Here’s a look at the rarest World of Warcraft items.

Brawler’s Harness

A great number of rare items have no practical use. On top that, many of them are merely common items that are devoid of value until the item has been discontinued or the means to obtain it no longer exists, making the old copies of the item suddenly pricey. The Brawler’s Harness is a good example of this. It is a gear Horde players receive upon character creation, making it essentially worthless. That was until Cataclysm came along and the item was finally phased out. Now, it goes for 100,000 gold a piece! If you’re a Horde player, you hopefully didn’t chuck it out.

Chromatic Sword

Another item that became valuable after being phased out in Cataclysm is the Chromatic Sword. Although unlike the Brawler’s Harness, this one’s an accidental case. It’s a low-level item, but it’s pricey not only because of its post-expansion rarity, but also because it’s a popular transmog item due to its beauty. Limited supply, high demand – you do the math and you’ll get why it’s steeply priced at a whopping 500,000 gold.

XorothianFirestick

On the other hand, if you’re a hunter – especially a Dwarven one – then you might want to go for the XorothianFirestick. This cool, classy, and classic-looking gun used to be obtainable through a now-gone long quest chain. The said quest is only available to Warlocks, who will then have the exclusive ability to summon a boss at Dire Maul as it is part of a quest.

The only way to obtain the item now is by finding a Warlock that took on that quest and make him or her summon the boss that drops the gun. Unfortunately, Warlocks that still have access to that content have become few and far in between.

Fluorescent Green Mechanostrider

This is one of the rarest of the rare items, if not the most, as there was only one of it, and now it’s gone. A green robot bird mount, it’s a mere palette swap of a mechanostrider that was given by a GM to Neshe, a player that accidentally deleted the mount on his backpack. But despite being just a change in color, it’s actually an item that GM’s shouldn’t have given to an ordinary player in the first place.

However, during the Warlords of Draenor cycle, Neshe was caught selling the item that was never meant to be in player’s hands in the first place for a huge amount of gold. For doing so, Blizzard gave his WoW account the banhammer and deleted the rare item.

Big Love Rocket

Event items are also a popular kind of rare items, and one of those is the Love Rocket. It’s exactly as the name suggests, and it’s fittingly only obtainable through the Love is in the Air during the Valentine season. To make the rocket tougher to get, only one person in the entire player base can loot it once per day, and its chance of dropping is one out of 3,330. No surprise it’s rare.

Collecting rare items is just as much of an adventure in Azeroth as taking down the Burning Legion or fighting the opposing faction. So why not try to get your hands on them? We’re sure it will be a long, exciting, and rewarding quest.

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Not Taking Sides: Why Play as Alliance and Horde in WoW: Battle for Azeroth

In World of WarCraft: Battle for Azeroth, the latest expansion of Blizzard’s long-running MMO, players are given the incentive to not just stick to their chosen faction, but to also experience what it’s like to be on the opposing one.

Horde vs Alliance

World of WarCraft has been running for more than ten years now, so anyone who’s stuck to one faction for years won’t likely change sides just because of a new expansion. However, for World of WarCraft: Battle for Azeroth, they should. If you happen to be one of those faction loyalists who still aren’t convinced, here are the reasons, aside from the exclusive WoW mount, to check out the other side of the battlefield. We bet our bottom WoW gold that you’ll agree with us by the end of this article.

A Decade of Changes

The first reason would be because the Alliance and the Horde have changed—a lot. After a long, long time, there is a huge lore-related distinction between Alliance and Horde once again, all thanks to Battle for Azeroth. This time, it’s no longer just about the Alliance being this incorrigible bulwark of defense against threats to their kingdoms and the world.

As for the Horde, it’s an understatement to say that they’ve come so far from being this belligerent orc-exclusive race. In time, they’ve become a rag-tag band of oppressed and misunderstood races that don’t fit anywhere else but in the faction, looking for their place in the planet whose sensibilities are founded on Alliance values.

If you stayed loyal to one faction for quite some time, especially since the beginning, you wouldn’t notice these changes, be it your own or the opposing one. In Battle for Azeroth, however, these changes have reached a culmination point. Thus, now, while the war-focused expansion is still the zeitgeist of World of WarCraft, there’s no better time to see how much the factions have changed.

Nothing Like What They Are Today

But despite all the growing up both of Azeroth’s factions have made, deep down there is still that pettiness between the two, thus the reason why we have Battle for Azeroth right now. This brings us to the second reason for you to scope out the opposition: a chance to be in the other faction’s shoes while the conflict is at its peak and before they change—for better or worse.

To be fair, calling the reasons the Alliance and Hordeback at each other’s throats after their uneasy unity in Legion petty is a hyperbole. However, no matter how big—or valid—the whys of this war being reignited are, there is still a much bigger threat ahead: The Void. The worst part is that it’s an existential one, so cooperation from both sides is going to be necessary.

With a danger like that looming on the horizon, this might be the last time a war between Alliance and Horde would be this hot. Not to mention the fact that this kind of danger will undoubtedly change the face of the two factions. So while both the Alliance and Horde are very much like how we’ve known them for quite some time now, doing what we’ve known them to, better play them now.

The Other Campaign Trail

One more thing worth noting is the huge difference in the campaigns of the two factions, as well as the new allied races. For this expansion, Alliance and Horde campaigns greatly differ from one another. The objectives and locations are nothing like the ones you can experience on the other side. So to truly appreciate Battle for Azeroth and experience everything has to offer, you’ll have to check out both factions.

Lastly, there are the allied races. The Alliance has Dark Iron Dwarves, Void Elves, and LightforgedDraenei, while the Horde has Nightborne (Elves), Mag’HarOrc, and the HighmountainTauren. These new classes have their own unique looks, traits, and abilities, making them worth the try.

Battle for Azeroth is going to be unlike any other expansion; that’s why it deserves to be seen from more than one perspective. And the best way to do that would be to see how things are on the other side is, well, by being there.

GR8 Christmas Giveaway

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8 days – 8 Winners – 8 Coupons – $50 each

Gamers! How’s your 2018? Must be thrilling, correct? Let us make your 2018 more exciting and start 2019 with a big smile. Christmas is all about giving. For gamers, that means holiday game sales and giveaways. Luckily for you, PlayerAuctions is also having a big Giveaway worth $400!

What is the GR8 Christmas Giveaway

PlayerAuctions is coming up with the “Gr8 Christmas Giveaway” contest for 8 days where 8 Winners will get $50 coupons each. These coupons can be used to purchase any gaming goods sold on our PlayerAuctions website. So if you become one of the lucky winners, you can just grab anything our sellers have to offer.

This Gleam giveaway is easy to take part in as itis absolutely free to join. Participate now: https://blog.playerauctions.com/playerauctions-giveaway/gaming-goodies/

PlayerAuctions In-Game Assets Available

If you’re interested in joining but haven’t heard of PlayerAuctions before, here are the kinds of products and services you can choose from:

  • Currency – You can buy in-game currency or your game of choice. Whether it is gold, silver, coins or anything – there are a number of options to choose from.
  • Account – With PlayerAuctions accounts for sale, you can rest assured that you’ll be purchasing accounts with competitive endgame gear, a maxed-out level for either characters or the account itself, and lots of currency. Do note that the more viable an account is, the more expensive it will be.
  • Items – If you don’t have the time or in-game money to acquire competent gear, you can always buy them from our sellers. For a fair price, you’ll receive solid gear that will be meta until the next update.
  • Power Leveling – Other than gear, you can also have level or rank earned on your behalf by availing of Power Leveling services. Aside from levels, you can also pay for this service in order to have someone else farm on your account.

If you are chosen as a winner of this Giveaway, then you will get a $50 coupon to purchase anything you like on PlayerAuctions. If the price is higher than $50 then it can be paid off with your payment option.

Here are the important details:

  • Giveaway contest dates: 25th December 2018 to 1st January 2019
  • Total days: 8 Days
  • Total winners: 8 Winners
  • Winners announcement date: 4th January 2019

Just participate in the Giveaway and maybe you could be the lucky winner to get a $50 coupon from PlayerAuctions. Here are the brief details about the Giveaway contest.

  • You just have to be 18 years old and above to participate in the Giveaway
  • Complete the tasks that you’ll be required to do. How much you complete the tasks given to you will determine how many entries you’ll receive for the giveaway. Our team will verify the entries we’ll receive and will automatically disqualify any invalid and spammy entries.
  • The contest will run from December 25, 2018 to January 1, 2019. After this period, entries will no longer be accepted. The 8 winners will be drawn at random.
  • The winner’s name will be announced at the same participation link
  • PlayerAuctions has the right to decide the winners. This decision will be final.

So there you have it–our GR8 Christmas Giveaway! Participate now: https://blog.playerauctions.com/playerauctions-giveaway/gaming-goodies/

We hope that you would take part in these festivities, and even better: be among its eight winners. Good luck and happy holidays!