Legendary mage Secrets Midrange Naxx Deck Jan 2015
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So I played about 60 games with this deck in January, about 1/2 way through i decided to start recording what level i was at. Overall the deck does pretty well but  seem to average around 14.4 (14 with 2 stars). What i found with the deck is that it is pretty hit [...]

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MMO Week in Review: Expansion or riot
Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 January 2015, 8:00 pm

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At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

You gotta love a week with tons of huge MMO news! Guild Wars 2 avoided a riot by announcing its first expansion, The Elder Scrolls Online revealed it's going buy-to-play ahead of its June console launch, and Star Citizen declared that its persistent MMO portion will roll out to testers this year. Meanwhile, PAX South has wrapped up; here's a look at what we've published so far:
PAX South 2015: O'Brien and Johanson on Guild Wars 2's Heart of Thorns
PAX South 2015: Garriott and Long talk Shroud of the Avatar
PAX South 2015: Camelot Unchained's proactive community management
PAX South 2015: Hangin' with Frontier, playin' Elite on the Oculus Rift
PAX South 2015: SWTOR reveals its plans for this year
PAX South 2015: Notes from a Star Citizen town hall
PAX South 2015: Slaying giants in Motiga's Gigantic
PAX South 2015: The Untitled Game is whatever you want it to be
PAX South 2015: The Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns experience
Read on for the rest of this week's top MMO stories.

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    A different kind of community management
    In the crowdfunded independent industry, we are starting to see some ups and downs. Backers have seen some games fail and other games soar. One of those games that seems to be doing very well, at least if you ask its Community Manager Jenesee Grey and its legions of fans, is Camelot Unchained. At this weekend's PAX South, I spoke to Grey about her experience as a CM for a crowdfunded game.

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      One Shots: Haiku edition
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 January 2015, 4:00 pm

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      Believe it or not, I have been listening to you guys in the comments, and I know that there's been an ongoing desire for One Shots to provide the full-size pictures that are otherwise shrunk by our size limitations. So I'm happy to announce that starting this week, I'm including a gallery at the end of the column that will allow you to pull up larger screenshots if so desired.

      A few weeks ago I issued a screenshot challenge for folks to send in a haiku poem in addition to their picture. A select few of you did, starting with this striking pose from Final Fantasy XIV by reader Wolfyseyes:

      Facing this challenge
      One thought repeats in my mind:
      Please, please, please don't suck

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        MMO Burnout: Engineers in spaaace
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 January 2015, 2:00 pm

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        I missed the whole Minecraft craze. I was stupidly grinding my virtual life away in various MMORPGs, plus I couldn't get past Minecraft's so-fugly-it's-hip aesthetic. No matter, though, because Space Engineers takes Minecraft's core concepts and dolls them up with pleasing visuals, a nifty near future sci-fi setting, and addictive gameplay that's much more than the sum of its parts.

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          PAX South 2015: Slaying giants in Motiga's Gigantic
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 January 2015, 12:00 pm

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          Gigantic
          Motiga's Gigantic is one part Team Fortress, one part Dota, and one part Monster Hunter. The basic match structure will sound familiar to MOBA lovers -- two teams of five slug it out for superiority by controlling resources, leveling up, and killing one another -- but the skill-based mechanics, multiple maps, and shifting strategy priorities make the game more than a three-lane farm fest. Gigantic isn't about last-hitting or memorizing meta. Instead, it's about slaying giants and aiming true.

          I hopped in on a quick Gigantic match with some other press folks this afternoon at PAX South 2015, and in the midst of delivering an absolute drubbing to the scrubs (kidding!) on the other side of the table, I was able to get a feel for the game's combat system, characters, and the way its massive guardians change the way battles play out.

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            Tune In: Mythbusters Meets DOOM Next Weekend
            Posted by Bethesda Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 January 2015, 10:59 am
            For now over a decade, Discovery’s popular show MythBusters has helped put an end to longstanding myths relating to popular culture, news stories, and everyday life. For next week’s January 31st episode, they’re taking their expertise to video games. In this special episode dedicated to the hobby near and dear to our hearts, we’re excited […]


            PAX South 2015: O'Brien and Johanson on Guild Wars 2's Heart of Thorns
            Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 January 2015, 10:00 am

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            Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns
            ArenaNet's Mike O'Brien and Colin Johanson (and Commander Shepard) took to the PAX South 2015 stage yesterday morning to announce Heart of Thorns, the first-ever expansion for Guild Wars 2. If you're not up to speed, check out our post covering the announcement and the official site to get the broad strokes on the expansion's new zone, new profession, new progression system, and more.

            News of the expansion raised many a question from our readers (and our staff!). Massively's Larry Everett and I sat down with O'Brien and Johanson to try to get those questions answered and dive a little deeper into the changes coming to Guild Wars 2's living world.

            And no, there isn't a release date.

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              Counting Calories With MyFitnessPal
              Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 January 2015, 10:00 am


              I should really write about all the health/fitness apps I use, but for right now I want to talk about MyFitnessPal.  The others might come up in the course of writing this anyway.

              One of the things to do when you're trying to get healthier or change your diet is to start counting calories.  Since I'm doing that right now I wanted to write about this app because it's the best calorie counter that I've found.

              It's an app and also a website.  All the information syncs between the two.

              It has a huge library of food that is easily searchable.  Any user can submit new food to it.  Other users can then confirm nutritional info as correct and it will end up in their general library for everyone to use.

              The last time I used it was over 6 months ago and since then they've added a new feature.  Scanning barcodes!  I can't believe how easy this makes it to track calories.  Just point your phone at the barcodes of food or ingredients as you pull them out to make a meal.  It's database is really good at giving you the exact information for different brand name foods.

              MyFitnessPal also lets you set goals and adjusts calorie requirements to help you reach them.  It's nice that it will do that for you and you don't have to manually adjust calorie goals from week to week.

              It also integrates with other apps and services.  I use it with Runkeeper and a Withings scale.  It works flawlessly with them.

              I step on my Withings scale every morning and my info is synced to their service, which updates my weight in MyFitnessPal.

              Whenever I do physical activity I turn on Runkeeper and monitor my running, walking, or biking.  Once an activity is completed it automatically uploads the activity and how many calories I burned to MyFitnessPal.

              The MyFitnessPal app also works with the built in step tracker in iOS8.  As I move around throughout the day MyFitnessPal will add my steps tracked through my iPhone to my daily exercise and adjust my calories accordingly.

              Basically I'm using these apps in conjunction to automate monitoring my health as much as possible.  It still requires a little bit of work, but with my current setup it's less than 5 minutes of effort for me each day.

              I would highly suggest checking out MyFitnessPal.  Especially if you've thought about tracking your calories before but have never gotten around to it.  It's awesome and completely free.


              The Daily Grind: Which MMO devs cause you to follow a project?
              Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 January 2015, 8:00 am

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              Raph Koster's involvement with Crowfall has increased my interest in the game. I still doubt the title is for me, but given Koster's role at the forefront of my two favorite MMORPGs, I kinda have to pay attention.

              What about you, Massively readers? Are there any MMO devs whose involvement causes you to follow a project?

              Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!

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                Casual Gaming: Don’t Starve
                Posted by Home of my personas Saylah and Alysianah [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 January 2015, 6:00 am
                The premise is simple. The execution, not so much. I stumbled across Don’t Starve (DS) and its coop play alternative, Don’t Starve Together (DST), via Twitch.tv. After watching a few streams I wanted to try my own hand at not starving to death. From the outside looking in, it appeared to be The Sims meets Minecraft Survival Mode meets Harvest Moon. Okay y’all, I’m in.


                20 Minute Surrender Episode 1
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                20 Minute Surrender Episode 2
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                20 Minute Surrender Episode 3
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                20 Minute Surrender – Episode 4
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                20 Minute Surrender – Episode 5
                Posted by 20 Minute Surrender – A League of Legends Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 October 2012, 10:16 am

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                PAX South 2015: The Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns experience
                Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 January 2015, 9:00 pm

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                As MMO player surely know by now, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the first expansion ever for the ArenaNet MMORPG. In fact, most everyone suspected the announcement thanks to the leaked trademark information. But that didn't stop fans from being excited about it, nor did that bit of information satisfy their hunger.

                The emcee for the reveal event was none other than voice actor Jennifer Hale, whose voice players might recognize as Queen Jenna's. President and CEO of ArenaNet Mike O'Brien and game director Colin Johanson teased the PAX South crowd of over 1,500 fans waiting in the main theater. But the anticipation for new expansion started well before anyone even came to the stage.

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                  Make My MMO: January 18 - 24, 2015
                  Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 January 2015, 8:00 pm

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                  This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Star Citizen's release window made headlines, as did the new VAT tax that's about to hit Euro fans of the space sim opus. We also heard from TUG and Shroud of the Avatar, while Pantheon hosted a dev roundtable and promised a public vision.

                  Click past the cut for our weekly crowdfunding news roundup.

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                  MassivelyMake My MMO: January 18 - 24, 2015 originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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                    Norrathian Notebook: Five reasons to support EQ Next and Landmark
                    Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 January 2015, 4:00 pm

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                    I like Landmark and am looking forward to EverQuest Next. There, I said it. It should be no surprise. And as such, I certainly have a vested interest in how these games fare throughout their development and launch. I want to see them succeed. But the thing is, so should you -- whether or not you actually want to play them.

                    Unfortunately, it seems all too fashionable lately for folks to tear something down instead of build it up. So often when I'm following the discussions about EQ Next and Landmark, I hear plenty of reasons why folks don't like the games, and the reasons frequently have nothing to do with the games themselves. Detractors are going on about longstanding gripes and grudges instead of judging the games on their own merits (a practice that the whole world could certainly do without). Amid all the scathing comments I've heard directed at SOE for slights real and imagined, one recently gave me pause and made me reflect on the reasons that supporting these two MMO endeavors is worthwhile.

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                      PAX South 2015: SWTOR reveals its plans for this year
                      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 January 2015, 1:00 pm

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                      Pax South 2015: SWTOR reveals its plan for the year
                      When Eric Musco, the Star Wars: The Old Republic community manager, took the stage at the Community cantina last night at PAX South, he revealed that in 2015 the team wants to do something a bit different with this and future cantina crawl events. In the past, it has been policy not to reveal anything at the cantinas; they were intended to be social events where players could get some face-time with the developers of the game that they both enjoyed. However, going forward, the community and development teams have decided that each cantina will reveal that had not been mentioned before.

                      The reveal at this weekend's cantina came in the form of the yet-to-be-published producer's letter by Bruce Maclean. The completely made-up story is that it was stolen from his computer while he wasn't looking and printed out to share with us at the cantina.

                      After the break, you'll find a copy of that letter as it was dictated to cantina goers. The caveat, of course, is that this is not the final version of the letter that will appear on the official site in two weeks, so everything is subject to change.

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                        PAX South 2015: The Untitled Game is whatever you want it to be
                        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 January 2015, 2:00 pm

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                        The Untitled Game, better known as TUG, is one of the many recent titles that have earned a small crowdfunding fortune by shouting the word "sandbox" as loud as the internet will allow. The game's initial Kickstarter campaign raised $293,000; launching on Steam's Early Access marketplace helped Nerd Kingdom rake in an unspecified amount of additional dollars. The studio had a bold plan for an open-world, innovative crafting MMORPG, and it appeared as though players were ready to pay for it.

                        Things haven't gone so swimmingly since then. Funding issues in late 2014 forced the studio to lay off around half of its staff. Many MMO industry followers have been wondering whether the project will ever be released or it's just another crowdfunded pipe dream.

                        I took a look at TUG on the show floor at PAX South 2015 and talked to COO Brennan Priest about crowdfunding, layoffs, and killing things with axes. The one thing I can say for sure is that there is definitely a game here, and it seems as if it could be a good one.

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                          PAX South 2015: Guild Wars 2's Heart of Thorns is an expansion
                          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 January 2015, 11:35 am

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                          ArenaNet has just announced that Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is indeed an expansion.

                          Speaking from a packed main theater at PAX South 2015, ANet President Mike O'Brien formally confirmed the rumored expansion, saying it will take players "deep into the heart of the Maguuma jungle" and will avoid traditional expansion powercreep and gear treadmills by not raising the level cap. The expansion will introduce new group challenges, new profession specializations, and an account-based "masteries" system for character progression through the new territories.

                          Game Director Colin Johanson told cheering fans that new legendary weapons and precursors are inbound, as are epic quests that help players acquire their precursors. The expansion will include one new class, the Revenant, which is a heavy armor class that channels the spirits of the mists and famous characters from Guild Wars lore. Each existing class will receive new mechanics and weapons that "fundamentally" change how they play; for example, Rangers can become druids and Necromancers will be able to use greatswords. WvW will also finally get some love, and there will be a new GvG game mode called Stronghold, which of course means... guild halls!

                          The official site is live now, and the brand-new trailer is now below the cut. Massively's Larry Everett and Mike Foster are live at the event; we'll have more from San Antonio later this afternoon. Fans can follow the festivities on Twitch.

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                            PAX South 2015: Notes from a Star Citizen town hall
                            Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 January 2015, 12:00 pm

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                            Star Citizen
                            Star Citizen is such a big fancy deal that instead of having a panel or booth at PAX South 2015, Cloud Imperium booked a theater down the street and hosted 10 straight hours of forums and chit-chats with backers. That's right: There wasn't enough room in the PAX convention hall to accommodate all the Star Citizening Star Citizens needed to Star Citizen, so they had their own one-day mini-convention dedicated just to their game of choice.

                            One has to respect a development team willing to spend the entire day with its community (for a nominal fee, of course). I'm sure Star Citizens were absolutely amped to pay the same amount of money as a PAX day pass to hang out with CI all day. Unfortunately, I attended only the evening town hall with Chris Roberts, which I would describe as impenetrable to anyone without a license to pilot one of Star Citizen's $350 ships.

                            I did take some notes. I will try to parse them here.

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                              Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns
                              Posted by Heartlessgamer.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 January 2015, 12:25 pm
                              Via the Twitters: Guild Wars 2 expansion, Heart of Thorns, announced.

                              To which I say:





                              WRUP: Dropping all the subs
                              Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 January 2015, 10:00 am

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                              Welcome back to Massively's What Are You Playing, the game in which we tell you what we're playing this weekend and you guess, to the day, when WildStar will join ESO in dropping its sub. Winner gets the admiration of his peers!

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