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World of Warcraft: Classic is Coming



Blizzard had recently announced that World of Warcraft: Classic will go live worldwide on August 27, 2019. For all World of Warcraft fans who remember the original iteration of the game, you will be able to dive into World of Warcraft: Classic with a subscription to relive all the appropriate raid content and other similar endgames to the original progression of the game.




If you had never played the original World of Warcraft, the experience is far slower than its current version. There are no flying mounts, grinding for an epic mount will take forever and players can expect to travel all around the world to unlock skills and complete quests. While all the guides should be available online, raiding will require a lot of patience and effort. (Get ready to start crafting arrows again).


Classic WoW Testing Schedule


According to Blizzard, Beginning May 15, select WoW players will be invited to participate in a small-scale, focused closed beta test. Players will also get a chance to help put our servers and technology through their paces in a series of stress tests running from May through July—you can opt in now through Account Management and select the WoW Classic beta. Subsequent stress tests will extend the opportunity to even more players. Level caps will also be in place to ensure we’re emphasizing the “stress” in “stress test”

STRESS TEST SCHEDULE*

  • Stress Test 1: Wed May 22–Thurs May 23

  • Stress Test 2: Wed Jun 19– Thurs Jun 20

  • Stress Test 3: Thurs Jul 18– Fri July 19

*Dates of each stress test are subject to change.




To fill our pool of beta and stress test participants, we’ll be choosing dedicated players who meet select criteria from both the WoW Classic beta opt-in and the standard Warcraft beta opt-in. Participants will also need to have an active subscription or active game time on their Battle.net Account. While opting-in to the beta is the primary way to make sure you’re in the running to join the test it doesn’t guarantee an invitation to the closed beta test. We may also consider additional factors such as how long a player has been subscribed to the game so that we have the right mix of players to ensure great feedback toward making WoW Classic the very best experience for the community.


If you’re eager to claim your character name in WoW Classic, take note: we’ll be opening character creation on Tuesday, August 13.**Players with an active subscription or game time on their account will be able to create up to three characters per World of Warcraft account. We’ll have more information on realm names closer to launch, but rest assured—you’ll have plenty of time to figure out your plans for realm domination!


World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary


Later this year, Blizzard will be rolling out a series of in-game activities in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth™ in celebration of the game’s 15th anniversary, culminating in a 25-player raid (accessible through Raid Finder) that will pit players against some of the most iconic bosses from throughout the game’s history. Players who make it through this epic trial will earn the Obsidian Worldbreaker mount, designed to evoke the terrible visage of the ancient Dragon Aspect Deathwing the Destroyer.


While there’s no collector’s edition specifically tied to WoW Classic, there is a Collector’s Edition Box to celebrate WoW’s 15th anniversary! The contents of this box pay tribute to iconic figures from WoW’s early days, including a towering limited-edition statue of Ragnaros. The Anniversary Box, set to release on October 8th, will cost $99.99 and can be preordered at the Blizzard Gear Shop.




Anyways, we can't wait for World of Warcraft: Classic to go live and hopefully we will see you there too!


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05/15/2019

DOTA 2: The International 2019 Shanghai



For all DOTA 2 fans worldwide, The International is the most anticipated event by far. According to Valve's twitter post, they have confirmed the date on August 20th through the 25th in Shanghai, China. As they are still finalizing details, we should be expecting tickets to go on sale in a couple of weeks. 



What is The International?

According to WikiThe International (TI) is an annual Dota 2 esports tournament hosted by Valve Corporation, the game's developer. The first tournament took place in Cologne, Germany at Gamescom in 2011 and was held shortly after the public reveals of Dota 2, with a total prize pot of $1.6 million. The second International took place in 2012 at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle and retained the same $1.6 million prize structure. For the third International in 2013, again at Benaroya Hall, Valve introduced an interactive, digital "compendium" which fans could purchase to follow the event and contribute to the prize pool; which reached a $2.8 million prize pool with $1.2 million added from compendium purchases.

The fourth International, this time held at the larger Seattle venue KeyArena in 2014, continued the practice of compendium sales and ultimately broke records for having one of the largest prize pool in esports history, with a total of nearly $11 million. The fifth International took place in 2015, with the prize pool totaling over $18 million, making it the largest esports prize pool for a single tournament until being consecutively surpassed by the sixth and seventh Internationals. The eighth International was held at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada in August 2018.


Why Shanghai, China?

From the previous DOTA 2 event held in Shanghai, The Shanghai Major was a disaster overall. However, looking at the statistics, the majority of DOTA 2 fans is Chinese and it is more logical business wise to bring the event to the source. The event will be held in the Mercedes Benz Arena with a seating capacity of 183,000.

The reason The Shanghai Major 2016 was a disaster because the organizer, Perfect World, was not equipped to handle the event. Some issues that occurred during the event was having non-sound-proof commentating booths, to weird noises on stream, and lack of private WiFi for teams. It was Valve's first attempt to go to China and this time around there shouldn't be any problems because PGL will be the event organizers for TI9. They are known to host some big tournaments in esports and with over a year to prepare for TI9, it is assured that the event will be flawless.

Conclusion

As a DOTA2 fan myself, I can't wait for this event to start. Even though there were some disappointments in the past, I have high hopes for this year's event in Shanghai, China. While we wait for the next battle pass to start, don't forget to check out our DOTA 2 page (https://ggmarket.com/games/dota2) to buy and sell your DOTA 2 items for real money. 




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04/26/2019

Ubisoft Donates €500K to help restore Notre-Dame



If you have been watching the news lately then you would have known about the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral but if you haven't then here is a basic overview of the situation.

On 15 April 2019, shortly before 18:50 CEST, a fire broke out in the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, severely damaging it. The cathedral's spire and the roof collapsed, and considerable damage was caused to the interior, upper walls, and windows; many cultural treasures such as works of art were evacuated from the building early in the emergency, but many others could not be removed and were damaged or destroyed. The stone vaulted ceiling beneath the burning roof limited the damage by largely blocking the fire from spreading to the interior of the cathedral. Overall, the fire took fifteen hours to extinguish. 

Quoting Ubisoft, "In light of Monday's events, we will be donating €500,000 to help with the restoration and reconstruction of the Cathedral. We encourage all of you who are interested to donate as well. In addition, we want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how. For one week, we will be giving Assassin's Creed Unity away free on PC, for anyone who wants to enjoy it. You can download it now for Uplay PC here: http://assassinscreed.com/unity-notredame/." 

From April 17th at 07:00 am to April 25th at 12:00 am (your local time). you can download Assassins Creed Unity on PC for free here, and you’ll own it forever in your Uplay games library.  



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04/17/2019

Path of Exile: Currency Ratio

Unlike traditional MMORPG or ARPG games, Path of Exile doesn’t have a currency system. Instead, players had deemed Chaos Orbs as the main currency in which you can trade for items or gear. Chaos Orb is a currency item that can be used to re-roll the random modifiers on a piece of rare equipment. They are a rare currency item that can be dropped by slaying monsters, opening chests and destroying boxes. With that said, from when a new temporary league starts to finish, the ratio of currency per Chaos Orbs will change over time depending on supply and demand.


From looking at the currency statistics on poe.ninja, you can get an idea of how many Chaos Orbs is needed to trade for another type of currency item or vise versa. For this example, we are looking at the statistics of Chaos Orbs VS Exalted Orbs from Synthesis league.



Looking at the Chaos Orb VS Exalted Orb history chart, at the beginning of a new temporary league, the Chaos Orb demand is at its lowest around 50 Chaos Orbs to 1 Exalted Orb.



This is mainly due to the fact that Chaos Orbs isn’t used more frequently compared to other currency items like Orb of Alterations, Chromatic Orbs, Jeweller’s Orb, Orb of Alchemy and Orb of Fusing.

Eventually, when more time has passed, the value of Chaos Orbs will decrease, and the cost for Exalted Orb will increase. After about two weeks into the league, looking at the history chart, you can see that the highest price point is about 150 Chaos Orbs to 1 Exalted Orb.



The higher demand for Exalted Orbs is due to the crafting materials needed for high-end crafting recipes, and depending on the method, the number of Exalted Orbs needs will vary from 1 to an infinite amount of time you want to perfect your crafted item. Overall, there is an old saying that “time equals money” and it is very accurate in Path of Exile. To a new player, the fast pace of the game and economy will be hard to grasp. It might be overwhelming at times but in my opinion, just take your time learning the game while you have fun slaying monsters with your friends. (For more information about crafting in Path of Exile, you can check out our guide "Path of Exile: Crafting 101").

 

 

 

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04/16/2019

Rampant Cheating in Apex Legends



As Apex Legends is becoming more popular each day, there is a higher chance of cheating within the game. With a simple search on google, you would be able to find all types of programs from aimbots to no recoil hacks.


According to an article on Kotaku, just a week after Apex Legends’ explosive release, a cascade of cheating allegations flooded player forums and every corner of the internet where the survival shooter’s players lurk. On esports newswires, articles over the past few weeks have accused Twitch streamers and pros like ElmZeroMobados, and Mengiez of using illicit hacks like removing recoil or aim locking to gain an advantage over opponents. Cheats for Apex Legends are being sold blatantly through YouTube, Discord, and a slew of hacking forums across the web. Even though the game publisher has been banning the cheaters, there aren’t any consequences to their actions, and they could instantly create a new account.


Cheating has been a part of gaming since the beginning and cheating aren’t limited to free games. Paid games like PUBG and CSGO has had their share of cheating as well. There are players out there that just want to ruin the experience for everyone. So, whether you agree to use a program to get an advantage over someone or just using your skills to dominate the field, then it is up to you.


From my experience playing Apex Legends, after running into multiple cheaters per game, it really kills the fun for me. So, I hope they can ban more cheaters, and it isn’t necessary to use a program to grind for a specific badge or levels. Anyways, if you are looking for a high-level Apex Legends account, you can always find an Apex Legends account for sell at GGMarket with all kinds of legendary items.



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04/10/2019

Path of Exile: Crafting 101


What is the best way to craft in Path of Exile? To give you a quick answer, it really depends on what type of modifiers you want on your item. In Path of Exile, every kind of currency serves a specific function in crafting an item to enhance your character. The primary currency item you will most likely use is:


Armourer’s Scrap

  • Improves the quality of an armor.
Blacksmith’s Whetstone

  • Improves the quality of a weapon.
Blessed Orb

  • Randomizes the numeric values of the implicit modifiers of an item.
Chaos Orb

  • Re-rolls a rare item with new random modifiers.
 Chromatic Orb

  • Re-rolls the color of sockets on an item.
 Divine Orb

  • Randomizes the numeric values of the random modifiers of an item.
 Exalted Orb

  • Enchants a rare item with a new random modifier.
 Jeweller’s Orb

  • Re-rolls the number of sockets on an item.
 Orb of Alchemy

  • Upgrades a normal item to a rare item.

 Orb of Alteration

  • Re-rolls a magic item with new random modifiers.

 Orb of Annulment

  • Removes a random modifier from an item.

 Orb of Augmentation

  • Enchants a magic item with a new random modifier.

 Orb of Chance

  • Upgrades a normal item into a random rarity.

 Orb of Fusing

  • Re-rolls the links between sockets on an item.

 Orb of Scouring

  • Removes all modifiers from an item.

 Orb of Transmutation

  • Upgrades a normal item to a magic item.

 Regal Orb

  • Upgrades a magic item to a rare item.

 Vaal Orb

  • Corrupts an item, modifying it unpredictably.

 

There are many types of crafting techniques that you can choose from. The difference depends on the number of orbs required and the rarity of the base item you plan to craft on.


Basic Crafting

There are only a few ways to upgrade a normal item to magic or rare item and it usually only takes one orb to complete the task. This is recommended while leveling a character through acts 1-10.

  • Use an Orb of Transmutation on a normal item to upgrade it to a magic item. If the magic item has only one modifier, then you can use an Orb or Augmentation to add another random modifier to the magic item.
  • Use an Orb of Alchemy on a normal item to upgrade it to a rare item.
  • Use an Orb of Chance on a normal item to upgrade it to either magic, rare or unique version of the item. The rarity is chosen at random, and the higher the rarity, the less likely will happen.

 

Advanced Crafting

After mastering the basic crafting techniques, going the advanced crafting route will involve more currency and time to craft your items. The advantage of using this technique is to craft a modifier that is suited to your build specifically. This is recommended when your character has completed act 10 and is able to use high-level items.

  • After using an Orb of Alchemy on a normal item, you can use a Chaos Orb on the rare item to re-rolls a rare item with new random modifiers.
  • Use the systematic method. This is more known as the alt/regal/exalt method. Below are the steps to use this method.

  1. Select a normal crafting base (preferably a high item level).
  2. Use an Orb of Transmutation on the crafting base.
  3. Use an Orb of Alteration on the magic item until you get two modifiers you want. (If only one modifier is shown then you can use an Orb of Augmentation to add another random modifier to the magic item).
  4. Use a Regal Orb to upgrade the magic item to a rare with an additional modifier. (You should have three modifiers at this point).
  5. If the additional modifier in step 4 is not what you want, then you can use an Orb of Scouring to start over from scratch.
  6. If you had successfully added a modifier you wanted in step 4, then you can use an Exalted Orb to add an additional modifier to a rare item. (In most situations, an item can have up to 6 different modifiers).
  7. In the end, if you achieved all the modifiers you need on the crafted item, then you can use a Divine Orb to modify the prefix and suffix values or use a Blessed Orb to change the implicit values on the item to get the highest modifier value possible.
  8. Use a Vaal Orb on the finished item. ***Caution*** Using a Vaal Orb can drastically increase the power or turn the item into something useless. After using a Vaal Orb, you cannot revert the outcome.


In conclusion, crafting in Path of Exile can be very basic or extremely advanced. It really depends on what type of modifiers you want on your item. If everything fails, then you can always save up your currency to purchase a crafted item from another player.

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04/08/2019