Flash Point 77: A Hot Cup Of Teo

flashpoint-podcastKristy is in the midst of an interstate move so Ootinicast‘s Teo joins us as a co-host for a May the 4th edition.

Points of discussion:

SWTOR
- BioWare’s plan to survive 2014 (article link)
- Galactic Strongholds delay (link)
- New info on Nar Shaddaa housing (link)
- May 4th in-game reward: the MT-4T droid
- 2.8 has hit the PTS (link)
- Episode 2 of Galactic Gamers Coalition podcast (link)
- Seeker Droid Quest Glitched (link)
- Your Lore Is Stuck In My Canon: The Chiss Ascendancy

Jawa Junk Pile
- Star Wars Episode 7 cast announced (official info, or our humorous take)
- Change to Star Wars Expanded Universe (link)
- PAX Aus tickets selling fast (link)
- GameSpy closes (link)
- Elder Scrolls Online future content (link)
- WildStar
- Free Comic Book Day
- Star Citizen hits $43 million in funds (link)
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- Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account, Kris’s Twitter account and ODS-1′s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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Seeker Droid Quest on Voss: Still Glitched

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Welcome to Glitch Swamp

For those SWTOR players trying to complete the Seeker Droid quest line, I’m afraid you may be in for some disappointment. I’ve been slowly working through the quests and had gotten up to ‘Where Madness Takes Root’.

Voss is the location and it’s just another case of using your seeker droid to capture a rage seed. The only trouble is, in this location your seeker droid doesn’t work. When you enter the area it will tell you your seeker droid detects something, but after a few seconds say it no longer doesn’t. If you activate your seeker droid before that notification, it starts the seeking process but doesn’t progress.

Given this, I lodged a ticket (after searching the net and finding this is a common issue) and got the following response from BioWare support:

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So basically – if you experience this issue you can’t complete the quest line. There’s no fix in the works and nor is there an ETA on when there will be. Frustrated much?

UPDATE: As of Game Update 2.8 this issue is now resolved. Yay!

SWTOR 2.7.1 Full Patch Notes

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2.7.1 Patch Notes

Highlights

Season Two has opened for combatants! Giradda the Hutt summons you to join the Ranked Warzone Arena queue and compete for glorious rewards (to be announced later). Ratings have been reset for this occasion and, in the mighty words of Baron Deathmark, “Get in there and go berserk!”

The Ranked Warzone Arena Leaderboards have been updated for Season Two! Season One has been archived and is still able to be viewed.

 Ranked Warzone Arena Daily and Weekly Missions are now available from the PvP Mission Terminal. These quests offer increased Credit and Ranked Commendation rewards. Pick them up today and honor Giradda the Hutt!

From May 2nd at 18:00 GMT until May 5th at 07:00 GMT, gain twice the experience while fighting for the Sith Empire or the Galactic Republic!
Bounty Contract Week is back! 

Cartel Market

  • The Cavern Varactyl creature mount is now available in the Cartel Market! Cost: 2400 Cartel Coins.
  • The Exterminator’s Armor Set is now available for preview in Collections.
  • The Humble Hero Armor Set is now available for preview in Collections.
  • The Corsec Electrobaton is now available in Collections.
  • Pieces of Mira’s Armor Set are no longer invisible when worn.
  • The tooltip for the Deep Red/Deep Yellow Dye Module now correctly identifies its colors.
  • The Cartel Market version of “Title: Conscript” can now be sold on the Galactic Trade Network. The version of this title granted as an in-game Mail reward remains untradeable on the GTN.
  • Corrected a typo in the description of the Deep Pink/White Dye Module which indicated the primary color was Deep Purple.
  • The Marka Ragnos Armor Set now unlocks in Collections if pieces were purchased from the Interplanetary Component Exchange (I.C.E.) vendor.
  • The Collections interface now navigates correctly when clicking into another category if you are above Page 10 on your current category.

General

  • Addressed an issue that could cause a crash in certain Flashpoints, such as Esseles, Black Talon, Boarding Party, and The Foundry.
  • The Bolsterizer has been added to the training area of the Ziost Shadow (Imperial Fleet) and the Gav Daragon (Republic Fleet). Using this console bolsters the character as if he or she had entered a Warzone.
  • Increased the rendering quality of Lightsabers in the Preview Window.
  • The Taxis on Coruscant no longer flicker while in flight.
  • Fixed an issue that could result in permanent disconnection from the chat server.
  • Quick Ground Target Activation of Ground Target Area of Effect abilities no longer results in improper character animations when using the ability on your character.
  • Added a background image to the Nightmare Dread Fortress and Nightmare Dread Palace Achievement pages.
  • The “Species: Gran” Codex Entry can now be obtained by Imperial players on Balmorra.
  • The Codex Entry “The Red Engine” is now correctly restricted to Sith Inquisitor and Sith Warrior.
  • Corrected an issue where the Cormium Crystal Shard, commonly known as the “blue museum crystal,” could not be picked up by players, rendering the +10 Datacron on the Imperial and Republic fleets impossible to attain.
  • The ears on Male Twi’lek Body Types 2, 3, and 4 are now visibly humanoid and no longer appear smooth.

Flashpoints + Operations

  • The French and German voiceovers in Assault on Tython and Korriban Incursion are now better timed with conversation animations.
  • The Achievement for defeating the Cartel Warlords in Scum and Villainy now grants after finishing the encounter instead of on each individual boss.
  • Fixed an issue where the Reprogrammed Heavy Turrets were not spawning for Republic players in the Starship Assembly scenario of Kuat Drive Yards.
  • The elevator after the Lord Renning/Master Riilna encounter in the Korriban Incursion Flashpoint now has appropriate collision.
  • Dread Guard Bulwarks now deal the correct amount of damage in 16-Player Nightmare Dread Fortress.
  • Dreadmaster Tyrans no longer places Marked for Death on players affected by Simplification in the Story and Hard Modes of Dread Palace.
  • On the Mission step “Speak with Sergeant Tarsten” in Korriban Incursion, the map note now correctly displays Sergeant Tarsten.
  • Missing and incorrect Mission Log entries in the Korriban Incursion Flashpoint have been updated and corrected.
  • Missing and incorrect Mission Log entries in the Assault on Tython Flashpoint have been updated and corrected.
  • Major Imos and Major Travik in the Assault on Tython Flashpoint now correctly reset if pulled too far off of the main platform.
  • Dread Master Brontes now properly destroys any Energy Spheres spawned while using the ability Supremacy.
  • Increased the range and rate at which the Hands of Brontes apply their shield in the final phase of the Dread Master Brontes encounter in Dread Fortress.
  • Changed the name of two of the versions of Mass Affliction that the Dread Guard Corrupters in 16-Player Nightmare Mode Dread Fortress cast to more clearly show it is three separate abilities being cast: Mass Affliction, Total Affliction, and Absolute Affliction.

Items + Economy

  • Fixed an issue that would cause certain pieces of gear (such as the Dancer gear sets) to cause texture issues on the character wearing the item.
  • Rakghoul DNA Canisters are now Bound to Legacy.
  • Gray Helix Components are now Bound to Legacy.
  • Completed Bounty Contracts can now be traded on the Galactic Trade Network.
  • Reputation rewards from the Bounty Broker’s Association are now purchased exclusively with Completed Bounty Contracts instead of Credits.
  • Recovered Relics can now be traded on the Galactic Trade Network.
  • The THORN Sanitization Chestguard and the THORN Containment Chestguard now render the Cathar female Body Type 2 correctly when equipped.
  • The Fearless Retaliator’s Saberstaff, Unconquered Defender’s Saberstaff, and Indomitable Vanquisher’s Saberstaff can now only be equipped in the Main Hand slot as intended.
  • The knockoff protection offered by the Lucky-77 Swoop has been improved.
  • A Dye Module Slot has been added to the Ancient Infernal Boots.

Missions + NPCs

  • Addressed an issue where the Security Network Terminal could get stuck in an unusable state during the Mission “Watchtower Watchers” on Oricon.
  • Talking with Lana in the Fleet cantina during the Mission “Forged Alliances: Part I” can now only be done while ungrouped, as was originally intended.
  • The Voss enemies Boss Zraska and Ancient Sith Dreadnaught now respawn appropriately.
  • The Rakghoul World Boss “Rakghoul Overlord” now respawns on the Republic world of Taris as intended.
  • Achievements now correctly reference the name of the Assault on Tython and Korriban Incursion story Mission “Forged Alliances: Part I.”
  • The access missions for Kuat Drive Yards, Korriban Incursion and Assault of Tython can now be shared from your Mission Tracker.
  • Fixed a bug where a Mission giver was playing the wrong conversation.
  • Treek no longer disappears into or appears from the ground in Smuggler cinematics.
  • The final conversation with Lana Beniko on the Mission “Forged Alliances: Part I” (Imperial) can no longer be triggered early.
  • Fixed a bug where players were able to start the conversation with Colonel Darok multiple times after completing it on the Mission “Forged Alliances Part I” (Republic).
  • Players with Treek, HK-51 or C2-N2 are now able to select Option 1 to complete the conversation with Tavus in the Trooper Class Mission “The Shadow Fist.”

Warzones

  • Warzone Mission Turn-in Terminals have been added to every Warzone and Warzone Arena.
  • Warzone Queue percentages have been reverted to their original states, with all game modes having an equal chance to occur. Original Huttball and Quesh Huttball Pit share a percentage chance.
  • Adjusted the matchmaking logic of the Ranked Warzone Arena Queue to reduce the frequency of matching teams together with large gaps in average Rating when there are potentially better matches available.
  • The Warzone Scoreboard now highlights teammates as intended.
  • Expanded the acid cloud at the end of the Corellia Arena to cover more areas of the map. The damage now also aligns more properly with the animation.
  • The Lower Acid Pits in the Quesh Huttball Pit are now more accurate with their damage.
  • Players underneath the floor below an Acid Pipe are no longer hit with acid in the Quesh Huttball Pit.
  • Reworked the Grapple animation in Quesh Huttball Pit.
  • Added collision to the Acid Pipes in Quesh Huttball Pit.
  • The Western Terminal in Novare Coast now shows the appropriate team color while it is being captured.

Miscellaneous

  • Corrected numerous graphical issues with shadows and shadow rendering across the galaxy.
  • The “R” key is now bound to “Chat Reply” by default.

SWTOR Galactic Strongholds Delayed

I want my Tatooine Homestead with this view

I want my Tatooine Homestead with this view

Bioware’s Senior Producer for SWTOR, Bruce Maclean, has announced that the next SWTOR expansion, Galactic Strongholds, will be delayed close to two months.

The reasons given below are well explained and the upside is that some previously unannounced features will be available at the later launch date.
Have a read for yourself:

For the past year, we’ve made it our goal to share updates and information on what’s happening in the studio and our upcoming plans for the game. We got the message that you appreciate transparency and want to know what we are working on. With that in mind, we wanted to share a change in plans to our most recently announced digital expansion, Galactic Strongholds.

We have been listening to what you, our players, were hoping to see from the Galactic Strongholds expansion. When playing early builds of Galactic Strongholds it became that clear that our June Early Access date was simply not enough. For this to truly feel like an expansion, it needs to include the full set of features, including those originally coming later in the year. So what does this mean? We are moving the start date for Subscriber Early Access from June 24th to August 19th in order to deliver to you the most features at the highest level of quality. The result will be a far more compelling experience, including additional features such as the ability to place your vehicles and pets in your Stronghold and for Guilds to conquer planets . To conquer a planet, Guilds must complete weekly Conquest events earning points to place at the top of the Guild Leaderboards. Conquering a planet gives the Guild special perks and rewards. This means that Subscribers will be the first to play the full slate of expansion features (everything!) at the start of Subscriber Early Access, a month before everyone else.

This additional time allows us to add:

  • Conquest Events: use the power of your Stronghold to dominate these events and earn rewards
  • Guild Flagships will now offer expanded functionality for Guilds:
    • Provide powerful buffs to Guild members from orbit
    • Transport entire groups to your personal coordinates instantaneously
    • Compete in Conquest Events to conquer entire planets
  • New Stronghold: Tatooine Homestead
  • Vehicles, Mounts, Pets, and Companion Characters can be placed as decorations in Strongholds

 

Combine that with the original feature list…

  • 3 unique Player Strongholds, one on each Capital World plus the Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace
  • 2 faction-specific Guild Flagships (Valor-class Cruiser for the Republic and Harrower-class Dreadnaught for the Empire)
  • Legacy Stronghold Storage
  • Ability to gain Prestige tracked on Prestige Leaderboards
  • Hundreds of Decorations to discover and collect

 

…and the result is an expansion that’s worth waiting for!

The additional features and time shift means some adjustments in other parts of our plan:

May 4th remains the Subscriber deadline for Bonus Cartel Coins Grant to the sweet tune of 1000 Cartel Coins!

May 11th is no longer the deadline for Strongholds Early Access rewards but as a thank you to all of our Subscribers as of this date, we are giving you the following rewards:

  • Exclusive Subteroth minipet (delivered in Update 2.7.2)
  • Two Character Titles “The Intrepid” (delivered in Update 2.7.2) and “The Illustrious” (delivered in Game Update 2.9)
  • A sprawling Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace with five additional rooms unlocked
  • Stronghold Name “Galactic Stronghold”

 

July 15th is our new deadline for Subscriber Rewards for Early Access, and you must be a Subscriber by this date to claim the Subscriber Early Access Rewards:

  • The luxurious Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace with three additional rooms unlocked
  • Stronghold Name “Galactic Stronghold”
  • Character Title “The Illustrious” (delivered in Game Update 2.9)

 

August 19th is Game Update 2.9: Galactic Strongholds Digital Expansion Subscriber Early Access!

Preferred Early Access and the Official Launch will follow in September and October. Be sure to visit www.swtor.com/galactic-strongholdsfor more specific dates and details.

 

Over to you: is the delay a good things or a frustration that could have been avoided? I for one will be fascinated how you have vehicles / mounts logically stored within an indoor stronghold…..

Flash Point 76: General Derkaderk and The King Of Snark

flashpoint-podcastA SWTOR-heavy episode (yes it does happen!) but there’s a good dose of other MMOS as well and some great listener suggestions for discussion points.

Points of discussion:

SWTOR
- 2.7: Invasion impressions
- new story arc – who is behind the curtain?
- Boston Cantina info provided on flash drives (link)
- PvP season 2

Jawa Junk Pile
- Setting up a gaming rig: piece-by-piece versus pre-assembled (thanks to @jayconnell for the suggestion)
- Is The Secret World still worth playing? (thanks to @jasonetheridge for this suggestion and the TESO point below) (link to TSW ARG info)
- The Elder Scrolls Online duplication bug
- Azeroth Choppers (link)

- Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account, Kris’s Twitter account and ODS-1′s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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New Investigation Missions for The Secret World

further_analysisFuncom have announced a new pack of investigation missions for The Secret World. The nitty gritties from Funcom on what the missions involve:

We are introducing a new type of downloadable content pack for The Secret World called Sidestories. These packs offer new content outside of our regular Issue structure, and is available for everyone in the in-game Item Shop.

Sidestories: Further Analysis gives you the chance to delve into four brand new Investigation Missions! Hone your puzzle solving skills and play through four fresh stories spread throughout the game world.

An epic reward, The Inspector’s Gadget and a Deep Mystery Box, awaits those who complete all four missions! You get the Investigation Mission called Immersion from Lisa Hui in the Scorched Desert, where you investigate Orochi comms equipment in Egypt to try and get a signal from Tokyo HQ.

In The Animate Clay you return to Dr Anton Aldini in New York and follow the trail of one of his lost creations as it struggles to find its purpose.

Trials of the Dragon starts you off in the Shadowy Forest and lets you explore the monster hunting prowess of your old friends, Tibor and Luminita. Here you get the opportunity to undergo the Draculesti trials to become a true monster hunter.

The fourth Investigation Mission, The Abandoned, marks a return to the mysterious  Mosul and sweeps you  into the back stories of the fairytale creatures of the Shadowy Forest.

Over to you – anything in there that get’s you excited?

Flash Point 75: Dodgem Cars on Tatooine

flashpoint-podcastWe’re all agog about setting up shack in SWTOR, plus we gabble on about TESO, Diablo and a whole lot more. And it all happens amongst a tsunami of internet issues.

Points of discussion:

SWTOR
- 2.7: Invasion game update
- Double XP weekend starting April 11th
- Galactic Strongholds expansion
- The Asteroid ship option for Galactic Starfighter
- David’s datacron balloon ride on Tatooine
- My Lore Is Stuck In Your Cannon: Human History
- last week’s super special sale (and lack of promotion of same)

Jawa Junk Pile
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- Diablo Reaper of Souls
- Star Citizen breaks 41 million dollar milestone
- EVE online breaking news!

- Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account, Kris’s Twitter account and ODS-1′s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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SWTOR 2.7: Invasion – Full Patch Notes

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Game Update 2.7: Invasion

Highlights

New Story Arc: Forged Alliances! Start this story arc by speaking to a droid on the Fleet near the new Outbound Mission Hangar.

New Flashpoints! Beginning the next major storyline of Star Wars: The Old Republic, the Korriban Incursion and Assault on Tython Tactical Flashpoints are now available to players at level 55.

Nightmare Mode is now available for the Dread Fortress! Even greater horrors await those who wish to challenge the bastion of the Dread Masters, and the Operation provides even greater rewards in the form of new Dread Master equipment!

Ranked Warzone Season 1 has ended! Characters that had a qualifying rating have been mailed their rewards. We are currently in Pre-Season 2 and Season 2 will begin with 2.7.1! Giradda congratulates the winners and looks forward to the bloodshed in Season 2! Ranked Arenas are still active for teams to prepare for the next season.

Quesh Huttball Pit, a new Warzone, is available for play! Baron Deathmark hosts the latest Huttball match on the toxic planet Quesh. Join the Warzone Queue and Go Berserk!

New Galactic Starfighter Domination Map: Denon Exosphere! An ongoing space battle featuring massive capital ships is ongoing in the exosphere of the ecumenopolis Denon. Wreckage from the battle is scattered around the area as forces fight to control a strategic space station. This map features two permanent spawn points for each team, adding more strategic spawning and attack possibilities.

Bounty Contract Week is back! The In-Game event runs from April 8th to April 15th, starting and ending at 12:00PM GMT.

General

  • New options are available for the Ground Target Area of Effect reticle:
    • Sticky Ground Target Reticule – When active, this option makes it so your Ground Target Reticule doesn’t disappear if the target location is out of range or the ability otherwise fails. Example: Bounty Hunter attempts to activate Death From Above, but their target location is out of range. With this option active, the GTAoE reticule will persist and allow the player to instantly attempt to use the ability again. If this option isn’t active, then the reticule will disappear and the player will have to click again.
    • Quick Ground Target Activation – When active, pressing a hotkey that belongs to a GTAoE twice will use the ability at the feet of the Player’s target. Example: The Player has the Pass the Huttball ability saved to Hotkey #3. The Player targets an ally and then presses 3 two times. The Huttball Pass will be activated at the feet of the targeted ally. If this option is turned off, then there are no changes to the existing behavior.
  • All equippable gear pieces have their Item Rating displayed in the tooltip. Weapons and armor have not changed.
  • In the equipment tooltips, mods/enhancements now display their Item Rating in parentheses instead of their Item Level.
  • While unequipped, mods/enhancements display their Item Rating in their tooltip.
  • The “Species: Weequay” Codex Entry can be obtained via a Lore Object on Nar Shaddaa.
  • The “Species: Trandoshan” Codex Entry can be obtained by killing a Trandoshan on Belsavis.

Cartel Market

  • New Starfighter Pack: The Hotshot’s Starfighter Pack!
    • The Hotshot’s Starfighter Pack items can now be previewed in Collections.
    • The Hotshot’s Starfighter Pack will be available on May 6th. Cost: 320 Cartel Coins
    • Hypercrates containing 24 Hotshot’s Starfighter Packs will be available on May 6th. Discounted by 10% for a limited amount of time! Cost: 6912 Cartel Coins.
  • New bundles of Imperial and Republic Galactic Starfighter cosmetic items are available in the Cartel Market. Discounted by 30% for a limited amount of time! Cost: 2037 Cartel Coins
  • The new “Data Entry” Rest and Recharge item can now be previewed in Collections.
  • Many items that were previously missing temporary bind timers have had them added.
  • After an extensive summit meeting, a council of Dark Side elders has decreed that silent theatrical mediums are no longer considered “inherently not dark” and players with Dark Side alignment can now use “Emote: Mime.”
  • The M8-3R Astromech Droid and Model FT-6 Pike now have entries in the Promotional Items category of Collections.
  • The Weekly Pass: Operations is now a level 15 item. This allows non-subscribing players below level 50 to use the Weekly Pass to gain access to appropriately-leveled Operations during Events that feature them. Level restrictions on Operations still apply. The description of the item in its tooltip and on the Cartel Market has been updated to reflect this change.
  • The Charcoal Dewback can now be unlocked through Collections.

Classes +Combat

Jedi Knight

General

  • Force Sweep now requires a primary target to activate.

Guardian

  • Focused Defense has been redesigned: It now empowers the user with 10 charges of Focused Defense, lasting up to 30 seconds. Whenever the user takes damage, a charge of Focused Defense is consumed to heal the user for a moderate amount. This ability can be used while stunned or otherwise controlled but cannot be used while above 70% health. Cooldown increased from 45 seconds to 2 minutes.
  • Enure now has a 60 second cooldown (down from 90 seconds).
  • Challenging Call now immediately reduces threat by a moderated amount while not in Soresu Form.

Vigilance

  • Commanding Awe now applies its 7%/15% damage resistance while Enure is active (instead of Focused Defense).

 

Focus (Guardian)

  • Through Peace reduces the cooldown of Focused Defense by 15/30 seconds.
  • The bonuses from Felling Blow and Singularity now only apply to players if they are the primary target of Force Sweep. Non-player targets are always affected if they are inside the Force Sweep radius.

Sentinel

 

Focus (Sentinel)

  • The bonuses from Felling Blow and Singularity now only apply to players if they are the primary target of Force Sweep. Non-player targets are always affected if they are inside the Force Sweep radius.

Sith Warrior

General

  • Smash now requires a primary target to activate.

Juggernaut

  • Enraged Defense has been redesigned: It now empowers the user with 10 charges of Enraged Defense, lasting up to 30 seconds. Whenever the user takes damage, a charge of Enraged Defense is consumed to heal the user for a moderate amount. This ability can be used while stunned or otherwise controlled but cannot be used while above 70% health. Cooldown increased from 45 seconds to 2 minutes.
  • Endure Pain now has a 60 second cooldown (down from 90 seconds).
  • Threatening Scream now also immediately reduces threat by a moderate amount while not in Soresu Form.

 

Vengeance

  • Deafening Defense now applies its 7%/15% damage resistance while Endure Pain is active (instead of Enraged Defense).

 

Rage (Juggernaut)

  • Through Passion reduces the cooldown of Enraged Defense by 15/30 seconds.
  • The bonuses from Dominate and Shockwave now only apply to players if they are the primary target of Smash. Non-player targets are always affected if they are inside the Smash radius.

Marauder

 

Rage (Marauder)

  • The bonuses from Dominate and Shockwave now only apply to players if they are the primary target of Smash. Non-player targets are always affected if they are inside the Smash radius.

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Sage

  • Force Barrier now has an additional effect. While protected by Force Barrier, charges build up and grant Enduring Bastion. Enduring Bastion is a shield that absorbs an amount of damage based off the charges (1-4) that are present when Force Barrier ends. Enduring Bastion also grants immunity to interrupt and lasts for 5 seconds after Force Barrier ends. Force Barrier now has an additional rank to train at level 55, so visit your trainer!
  • Mental Alacrity also gives 100% pushback resistance in addition to its other effects.

 

Seer

  • Healing Trance is now immune to pushback.
  • Egress has been moved to Tier 2 in the Seer Tree. Pain Bearer has been moved to Tier 1 in the Seer Tree. Psychic Suffusion has been moved to Tier 4 in the Seer Tree.

 

Telekinetics

  • Psychic Projection now has a 50%/100% chance to grant a Psychic Projection charge when using Disturbance on a target affected by the user’s Weaken Mind. The Psychic Projection charge causes the user’s next Telekinetic Throw to channel and damage twice as fast.
  • The chance to trigger Tidal Force is now 100% (up from 60% for Disturbance and Turbulence and 20% for Forcequake) and is based on ability activation rather than dealing damage with Disturbance, Turbulence, or Forcequake. The 10-second rate limit remains, and Forcequake now shares a rate limit with Disturbance and Turbulence.
  • Concentration now decreases the pushback from Turbulence by 50%/100% (up from 35%/70%).

 

Balance (Sage)

  • Presence of Mind now builds up a charge whenever the Sage deals damage with Telekinetic Throw. At 3 charges, the next Disturbance or Mind Crush is activated instantly and deals 35% more damage.
  • Telekinetic Focal Point now also decreases the force cost of Disturbance by 15% per stack.

Shadow

  • Spinning Kick is now a stun rather than a knockdown against players and stronger enemies.

Sith Inquisitor

Sorcerer

  • Force Barrier now has an additional effect. While protected by Force Barrier, charges build up and grant Enduring Bastion. Enduring Bastion is a shield that absorbs an amount of damage based off the charges (1-4) that are present when Force Barrier ends. Enduring Bastion also grants immunity to interrupt and lasts for 5 seconds after Force Barrier ends. Force Barrier now has an additional rank to train at level 55, so visit your trainer!
  • Polarity Shift also gives 100% pushback resistance in addition to its other effects.

 

Corruption

  • Innervate is now immune to pushback.
  • Fade Out has been moved to Tier 2 in the Corruption Tree.  Empty Body has been moved to Tier 1 in the Corruption Tree.  Force Suffusion has been moved to Tier 4 in the Corruption Tree.

 

Lightning

  • Lightning Barrage now has a 50%/100% chance to grant a Lightning Barrage charge when using Lightning Strike on a target affected by the user’s Affliction. A Lightning Barrage charge causes the user’s next Force Lightning to channel and damage twice as fast.
  • The chance to trigger Lightning Storm is now 100% (up from 60% for Lightning Strike and Thundering Blast and 20% for Force Storm) and is based on ability activation rather than dealing damage with Lightning Strike, Thundering Blast, or Force Storm. The 10-second rate limit remains, and Force Storm now shares a rate limit with Lightning Strike and Thundering Blast.

 

Madness (Sorcerer)

  • Wrath now builds up a charge whenever the Sorcerer deals damage with Force Lightning.  At 3 charges, the next Lightning Strike or Crushing Darkness is activated instantly and deals 35% more damage.
  • Focal Lightning now also decreases the force cost of Lightning Strike by 15% per stack.

Assassin

  • Spike is now a stun rather than a knockdown against players and stronger enemies.

 

Deception

  • Voltaic Slash no longer requires spending points in Impose Weakness.

Smuggler

General

  • Defense Screen has had its cooldown reduced to 20 seconds, its maximum duration reduced to 10 seconds, and now absorbs slightly more damage per use.
  • Flash Grenade now blinds a single target.

Gunslinger

  • Hunker Down is no longer removed when leaving cover. However, the player must return to cover to gain the protections offered by Hunker Down.

 

Dirty Fighting (Gunslinger)

  • Hold Your Ground now reduces the cooldown of Defense Screen by 2/4 seconds (down from 7.5/15 seconds).

Scoundrel

  • Street Tough now allows Flash Grenade to blind up to 5 targets within 5 meters.
  • Scamper has been redesigned. Using Scamper grants a charge lasting 10 seconds that allows the player to Scamper again within a 10 second window, after the second roll the ability goes on a ten second cooldown. If the charge is not used during this ten second window the ability remains off cooldown to be used again at a later time. In addition the energy cost has been removed making the ability free to use and the player no longer Scampers a shorter distance if snared.

 

Sawbones

  • Emergent Emergencies’ now grants Upper Hand when Emergency Medpac is used regardless of the target’s health, but this effect can only occur once every 10 seconds.

 

Scrapper

  • Slippery Devil now gives the Scampering Scoundrel a short window of defense against all attack types (which stacks with Scamper’s normal defense bonuses).
  • K.O. now grants a buff that makes Backblast not require being behind the target after using Shoot First for 10 seconds and now immobilizes the target 3 seconds instead of knocking them down.

 

Dirty Fighting (Scoundrel)

  • Smuggled Defenses now reduces the cooldown of Defense Screen by 2/4 seconds (down from 7.5/15 seconds).
  • Scurry now has a 50%/100% chance to make the next Kolto Pack activate instantly, cost no energy, and not require or consume Upper Hand.

Imperial Agent

General

  • Shield Probe has had its cooldown reduced to 20 seconds, its maximum duration reduced to 10 seconds, and now absorbs slightly more damage per use.
  • Flashbang now only blinds a single target.

Sniper

  • Entrench is no longer removed when leaving cover. However, the player must return to cover to gain the protections offered by Entrench.

 

Lethality (Sniper)

  • Hold Your Ground now reduces the cooldown of Shield Probe by 2/4 seconds (down from 7.5/15 seconds).

Operative

  • Preparedness now allows Flashbang to blind up to 5 targets within 5 meters.
  • Exfiltrate has been redesigned. Using Exfiltrate grants a charge lasting 10 seconds that allows the player to Exfiltrate again within a 10 second window, after the second roll the ability goes on a ten second cooldown. If the charge is not used during this ten second window the ability remains off cooldown to be used again at a later time. In addition the energy cost has been removed making the ability free to use and the player no longer Exfiltrates a shorter distance if snared.

 

Medicine

  • Surgical Precision now grants Tactical Advantage when Surgical Probe is used regardless of the target’s health, but this effect can only occur once every 10 seconds.

 

Concealment

  • Shadow Operative Elite now gives the Exfiltrating Operative a short window of defense against all attack types (which stacks with Exfiltrate’s normal defense bonuses).
  • Jarring Strikes now grants a buff that makes Backstab not require being behind the target after using Hidden Strike for 10 seconds and now immobilizes the target 3 seconds instead of knocking them down.

 

Lethality (Operative)

  • Escape Plan now reduces the cooldown of Shield Probe by 2/4 seconds (down from 7.5/15 seconds).
  • Quickening now has a 50%/100% chance to make the next Kolto Infusion activate instantly, cost no energy, and not require or consume Tactical Advantage.

Trooper

General

  • Full Auto now deals 4 ticks of damage instead of 3, with the first tick of damage occurring at ability activation. The total damage of the ability is unchanged, so each new tick of damage does slightly less than before.

Commando

  • Tech Override now has a base cooldown of 60 seconds.

 

Gunnery

    • Overclock now reduces the cooldown of Tech Override by 7.5/15.
    • Steadied Aim now prevents 50%/100% of pushbacks towards Full Auto, Charged Bolts and Grav Rounds.

 

  • Curtain of Fire now has a 33%/67%/100% chance to occur when using Grav Round or Charged Bolts.
  • Special Munitions now reduces the cost of High Impact Bolt by 3/6/9 Ammo while in Armor Piercing Cell.

 

Combat Medic

  • Combat Shields is now a Tier 2 Skill.
  • Efficient Conversions is now a Tier 3 Skill.

Bounty Hunter

General

  • Unload now deals 4 ticks of damage instead of 3, with the first tick of damage occurring at ability activation. The total damage of the ability is unchanged, so each new tick of damage does slightly less than before.

 

Mercenary

  • Power Surge now has a base cooldown of 60 seconds.

 

Arsenal

  • Power Overrides now reduces the cooldown of Power Surge by 7.5/15.
  • Stabilizers now prevents 50%/100% of pushbacks towards Unload, Power Shots and Tracer Missiles.
  • Barrage now has a 33%/67%/100% chance to occur when using Tracer Missile or Power Shot.
  • Upgraded Arsenal now reduces the cost of Rail Shot by 3/6/9 Heat while in High Velocity Gas Cylinder.

 

Bodyguard

  • Power Shields is now a Tier 2 Skill.
  • Heat Dampening is now a Tier 3 Skill.

Flashpoints +Operations

Flashpoints

  • The Korriban Incursion and Assault on Tython Flashpoints have been added to the Tactical Flashpoint category at level 55.
  • Added the Outbound Missions Hangar level to the Imperial and Republic Fleets with access to the Assault on Tython and Korriban Incursion Flashpoints. These new Hangars can be accessed via the Mission Departures elevators.
  • Adjusted the health and damage of the bosses of the Czerka Corporate Labs and Czerka Core Meltdown Flashpoints to bring them in line with other Tactical Flashpoint bosses.
  • Reduced the radius of Security Chief Zokar’s Rocket Launcher ability in Czerka Corporate Labs.
  • Added two more Kolto Stations to the Security Chief Zokar encounter in Czerka Corporate Labs.
  • The CZ-2X Infiltrator Droids in Czerka Corporate Labs have had their weapons upgraded and now have increased range.

Operations

  • Nightmare Mode is now available for the Dread Fortress! Even greater horrors await those who wish to challenge the bastion of the Dread Masters, and even greater rewards in the form of new Dread Master equipment!This iteration of Nightmare Mode is a little different than others. The usual additional mechanics are present, as well as a new buff on the enemies called Nightmare Power. This buff grants the usual additional health and damage that has been added to previous Nightmare Modes. Anyone powerful and coordinated enough to defeat Dread Master Brontes while she is under the effect of Nightmare Power will be granted a new unique title!

    At a future date, we will remove this buff, leaving the new mechanics in place but the health and damage dealt will return to usual Hard Mode values, and the title will no longer be possible to obtain.

  • Hard and Nightmare mode Operations no longer share the same lockout. Completing a Hard Mode Operation does not prevent the completion of the Nightmare version of the same operation.  You can check the status of your lockouts in the Lockouts tab of the Mission Log.

Galactic Starfighter

General

  • The cooldown on Koigran Turn, Snap Turn, and Retro Thrusters has been increased.
  • The Power cost of Power Dive has been reduced.
  • The cooldown and Power cost of Barrel Roll has been increased.
  • Upgrades relating to the cooldown times and Power costs of these abilities have been rebalanced to account for the changes.
  • Missile lock breaking effects now consistently evade Cluster Missiles with the “Double Volley” upgrade.
  • Shield Projector’s visual effects now show up properly on all ships in the ability’s radius.
  • Icons for EMP Field’s accuracy debuff and Sensor debuff now show up on affected targets.
  • Bombers can no longer drop Drones inside of structures or asteroids.

Ships + Hangar

  • Two new Scout ships, the Spearpoint and the S-SC4 Bloodmark have been added. These support ships have access to new components designed to improve the effectiveness your squadron:
    • Combat Command – This system component increases weapon accuracy and power generation for all nearby allies (including the user)
    • Tensor Field – This system component increases the speed and turning rate of all nearby allies.
    • These ships can also equip a Repair Drone as their shield. (Identical to the Repair Drone found on the Bomber)
  • Two new Strike Fighters, the FT-7B Clarion and the FT-3C Imperium have been added. These command ships only have one primary and secondary weapon, but have system components that improve the effectiveness of your allies:
    • Combat Command – Increases weapon accuracy and power generation for all nearby allies (including the user)
    • Repair Probes – Attaches a repair probe to all nearby allied ships, which slowly restores hull over 20 seconds.
    • Remote Slicing – Transmits a slicing code that disables a ship’s system ability, and slowly drains shield power, making the ship vulnerable to your allies.

Component + Crew

  • The Dustmaker, Comet Breaker, and Demolisher Gunships can now equip Thermite Torpedoes.
  • Missile Sentry Drone concussion missiles and Seeker Mines are no longer launched at ships that are immune to missile locks.
  • EMP Field’s “Missile Lock Immunity” upgrade now cancels in-progress missile locks when it is activated.
  • Seeker Mines now have a proper in-game model.
  • Seismic Mines and Hyperspace Beacon have ended their ongoing battle for dominance and no longer share an icon. Seismic Mines now has a new icon.
  • The amount of weapon and engine Power drained by Ion Railgun hits is now linearly scaled by the current charge level of the Railgun. For example, a Railgun hit at minimum charge (25%) that previously drained 60 units of power, now only drains 15 units.
  • EMP Missiles now have sound effects when launched.
  • Scourge and Jaesa (both Light Side and Dark Side versions) no longer have their names and descriptions hidden in the Galactic Starfighter crew list.

Items + Economy

  • Brutalizer is a new tier of PvP gear obtained via Ranked Warzone Vendors on the Republic and Imperial Fleets. It requires Ranked Warzone Commendations as well as the associated Obroan piece.
  • Warzone & Ranked PvP gear vendors have had their items updated:
    • Ranked vendors now sell Brutalizer gear.
    • Warzone vendors now sell Obroan gear.
    • Warzone & Ranked Enhancement Vendors have been updated with new enhancements.
  • The effect of the Obroan Relic of Shield Amplification now occurs in PvP areas.
  • Many head slot items that were missing voice modulation have been given voice modulation.
  • Dread Master gear now drops from Nightmare Mode bosses.
  • Dreadforged gear is now craftable.
  • New Legacy Offhands are now available from the Gree Enclave Galactic Reputation Vendor.
  • All Czerka Weapons sold by the Ordanance Acquisition Corps (Empire) and The Adjudicators (Republic) vendors have had their costs reduced to 120 Elite Commendations.
  • A new “Galactic Starfighter” category has been added to the Galactic Trade Network. All Starfighter ship unlocks and customization unlocks have been moved into this new category.

Missions + NPCs

  • “[WEEKLY] Tactical Flashpoints” is a new Mission available on the Priority Mission Terminal which provides rewards for completing five level 55 Tactical Flashpoints each week.
  • Certain Companions no longer jump into frame during the cinematic on the Mission “A Family Matter.”
  • The Mission “The Heart of Darkness” in Act II of the Bounty Hunter chain now properly updates even if players choose the Dark Side option.
  • The Ship Training Dummy is no longer hogging the camera and doesn’t obstruct the view during the conversation with Risha in the Smuggler Mission Beryl’s Bargain.

Warzones

  • The Leaderboards have been reset for the end of Season 1 and preparation for Season 2. Archived data for Season 1 can be found on the main Leaderboard page.
  • Quesh Huttball Pit has been added to the Warzone rotation. The normal Warzone queue has been temporarily adjusted to increase the amount of times the Quesh Huttball Pit will be selected.
  • Power-up icons (Healing ‘plus’, Speed ‘run’, etc.) have been added underneath power-ups in all Warzones to show which power-up respawns at that position.
  • Daily and Weekly PvP Missions have been updated to include credit for the new Warzone.
  • Added the Mission Terminal that begins each of the various PvP Missions to the spawning area of each Warzone.
  • Corrected an issue that would cause combinations of lower level mods (such as the popular 46 Prototype mods) and higher level color crystals (including those from the Cartel Market) to result in a higher Bolster bonus than intended.
  • Corrected an issue that prevented weapon damage ranges from being properly bolstered. This results in an increase in damage coming from abilities that deal weapon damage.
  • Bolster has been updated to account for the new tiers of gear, and now provides additional Expertise to elder game PvE gear. Bolster still caps at a level slightly below Obroan gear.
  • Characters who do not wield weapons with Expertise mods and crystals are now capped at 1936 Expertise instead of the full 2018.

Bioware Announce Next SWTOR Expansion: Galactic Strongholds

Strongholds___Star_Wars__The_Old_RepublicBioware have made an announcement of the details of the next digital expansion for Star Wars The Old Republic.

Titled Galactic Strongholds, it’s an interesting expansion in that it is solely about Player housing or guild ships. It’s slated for a release this August, exact date to be confirmed.

Player Housing

Called a stronghold, your personal space can be located on Nar Shadaa or Coruscant / Dromund Kaas depending on your faction – and you can have one in Nar Shadaa and your capital as well, via your Legacy.

Customisation is available and will be via crafted furniture and the ability to display rewards. Some decorations will also drop in Flashpoints etc as well. It’ll be interesting to see just how far customisation can go, because as we discussed on the last podcast, it could be a make or break for how successful the strongholds are. As far as how you get a stronghold in-game, the FAQ states:

You will be able to purchase ownership of Personal Strongholds with credits you earn in-game or with Cartel Coins in the Cartel Market. For a limited time, Subscribers as of May 11, 2014, receive a complimentary unlock of the luxurious Nar Shaddaa Stronghold plus THREE ADDITIONAL ROOMS ALREADY UNLOCKED (no purchase necessary – a value of 1,500,000 credits)! Subscribers as of June 24th gain a complimentary unlock of the Nar Shaddaa Stronghold (minus the additional rooms) through July 28th.

There’s also a ranking system for strongholds, based on a ‘Prestige Score’ each time you add a decoration. And last but not least – there’ll be an option for shared storage amongst your Legacy – that alone will have a lot of people cheering.

Guild Ships

Guild flagships are also on offer in this expansion, but the details on them are a little more limited at this stage. In fact, there’s no significant information beyond confirmation from BioWare that PvP will not be an option at this stage.

Access dates

For subscribers (active by May 11th if you want the three unlocked extra rooms), access to the Nar Shadaa Stronghold will be available from June 24th to July 28th, then Preferred players (former subscribers or those who have purchased items from the Cartel store) will have access from the 29th July until whatever date the expansion actually launches.

So over to you, how much of a bonus do you see the stronghold being? And what’s your predictions for the guild flagships? Oh – and don’t forget to check out the short announcement video here.

Lucky-77 Swoop: Thoughts?

Ok, it’s not as ugly as I thought it would be, but it’s still not great:

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Anyone out there likely to make this their main vehicle? Thought not.

Flash Point 74: Qyzen Fess and a Ball Gag

flashpoint-podcastIt’s a veritable storm of MMO news over the past few weeks, and we jump boots and all into a bunch of it.

Points of discussion:

SWTOR
- Player housing
- Double XP weekend

Jawa Junk Pile
- TESO beta
- Wildstar
- Star Citizen
- Warlords of Draenor
- Titanfall

- Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account, Kristy’s Twitter account and ODS-1′s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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Hearthstone Patch Notes – 1.0.0.4944

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General

  • Golden Heroes have been added and now can be unlocked after winning 500 Ranked games with a Hero! Track your progress on the deck selection screen in Ranked Mode.
  • New card backs have been added.  Collect these by doing awesome things such as participating in each Ranked Season!
  • The Hearthsteed mount reward has been added and can now be obtained for your World of Warcraft account! Win 3 games in Play or Arena mode to acquire one of your own!
  • You can now connect to other regions (Americas, Europe, Korea, Taiwan) of Hearthstone regardless of the region that is set on your Battle.net account. Account progress and card collections are saved separately per region. This feature will become available once the patch is live in all regions.
  • The “Players Near Me” feature is now enabled by default.  You can disable this feature in the Options Menu.
  • The queue timer now only shows up after you’ve been waiting a while.
  • The total amount of gold that an account can hold at any given time has been set at 20,000 gold; gold cannot be earned on accounts with 20,000 or more gold until some gold has been spent.  This cap is intended to combat certain methods of gold acquisition that violate our Terms of Service. The spirit of fair play is extremely important to us, and we will continue to monitor gold acquisition activity closely to ensure a fun and enjoyable game environment for everyone.
  • Certain Expert cards have been changed and the amount of dust that you get from disenchanting these cards have been temporarily increased such that it is equal to the amount of dust that it would have originally cost to craft those cards. Affected cards are:
    • Nat Pagle
    • Tinkmaster Overspark

 

Ranked Play

  • During each Ranked Season change, players may now start the new season at a rank higher than the default Angry Chicken rank, depending on the rank that was obtained at the end of the previous season. You’ll receive one bonus star for every rank you achieved in the previous season.
  • The Angry Chicken rank now starts with 0 stars, instead of 1. Bawk!?

 

Arena

  • Arena rewards at 10, 11, and 12 wins no longer reward common non-golden cards.

 

Visuals

  • Many new card effects have been added. +3 Sparkles/+5 Shinies.
  • Minions who have Taunt and Stealth now have an effect that more clearly indicates that Taunt is temporarily disabled during Stealth.
  • Mass disenchanting now has new and improved graphics. Now you can mass disenchant in style!
  • The UI that pops up when challenging a friend to a duel has been improved. Wow, so challenge.
  • Minions that have been blessed by Blessing of Wisdom now show the trigger “lightning bolt”. Talk about a bright idea!

 

Gameplay

  • If you disconnect from a game, you now have 60 seconds to try and reconnect and pick up from where you left off.
  • The Expert AI has been sent to Hearthstone training camp and should now be more challenging.
  • If a player’s deck contains all Golden cards, a Golden Coin will compliment your deck if you happen to go second.
  • Unlocking a hero now plays that Hero’s emote. Well met!
  • Secrets can now only activate on your opponent’s turn.
    • Activating your own secrets feels a little strange, but mostly, the ability to do this was preventing us from creating new and powerful secrets that trigger off of events you can easily control (like a minion dying).  They end up functioning just like spells, instead of trying to bait your opponent into a bad play.  This change keeps secrets working like traps you lay for your opponent, instead of spells that you cast and use on your own turn.

 

Card Changes

  • Nat Pagle now reads: At the start of your turn, you have a 50% chance to draw an extra card.
    • Nat Pagle will now draw a card at the start of your turn rather than at the end. Nat had too much draw power for a card that is fairly hard to counter so early in the game, making it almost an auto-include for many decks.  This change reduces the power of the card and gives players more time to counter the card before it starts.
  • Tinkmaster Overspark is now a 3/3 (up from 2/2) and now reads: Battlecry: Transform another random minion into a 5/5 Devilsaur or a 1/1 Squirrel.
    • Tinkmaster is a neutral card that silences and often shrinks big creatures. This reduces the amount of big, fun creatures in the environment. We think this change will increase the amount fun creatures in the environment, and bring him more in-line with his cost and overall power. Tinkmaster should still show up in certain types of decks, but will no longer be appearing in every high level deck.

 

Bug Fixes

  • Water Elemental (Mage) will now properly freeze armored heroes as intended.
  • Ancestral Healing (Shaman) will now always attempt to heal a minion for its full Health regardless of its current Health.
  • The issue where minions randomly swap battle positions with other minions is a result of many factors and issues. All known circumstances and issues that result in minions dancing randomly around have been resolved.
  • Cards now better respect personal space while in a player’s hand. Similar to the minion swapping issue, all known circumstances and issues that result in cards overlapping with other cards in a player’s hand have been resolved.
  • The New Deck button in the Collection Manager no longer stays highlighted if you quickly click the Done and No buttons after selecting a hero.
  • The Hearthstone client will no longer remain in the foreground when you click on another program.
  • You can now select a friend in the friends list by clicking on their medal in Play mode.
  • If you were playing a friendly game when daily quests were granted, you are now correctly notified after the game.
  • The Repair Bot’s healing ability now generates an entry in the game history.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the buttons to stop working for a short moment when transitioning back to the main hub.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented some accounts from properly receiving friendly challenges.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented some accounts from joining Play, Practice or Friendly games if they have a custom deck in their collection.
  • Fixed an issue where entering a new Arena run while getting a new daily quest can cause the Arena purchase and the back buttons to be unresponsive.
  • Fixed an issue where you will receive a toast stating your friend has just come online if you log into Hearthstone and that friend was already online.
  • Fixed an issue where attempting to create a new deck would cause the game to time out after about a minute.
  • Fixed an issue where backing out of a deck list while its deck tile is animating to the top of the list will cause the deck list buttons to become unresponsive.
  • Fixed an issue where cards opened in packs or earned from defeating heroes may not appear in your collection after restarting the client.
  • Fixed an issue where clicking on the Last Played player area in friends list opens up the Add a Friend prompt without automatically filling in the player’s BattleTag.
  • Fixed an issue where the credits can be played while in the Today’s Quests screen.
  • Fixed an issue where the quest Level Up! is completed upon reaching a total level of 10 instead of level 10 on one Hero.
  • Improved many graphical effects and fixed various graphical and game behavior issues.
  • Fixed a number of audio and sound issues.

 

Mac

  • Toggling full screen mode on some resolutions and monitors will no longer cause the window borders to be visible.
  • Fixed a graphical issue that could occur when changing resolutions.
  • Loading into a game will no longer cause graphical issues while on high graphics settings.
  • The system menu bar will no longer display over the client in full screen mode.
  • Using Alt + Tab to switch focus while in full screen mode will no longer cause the dock to appear over the client.