When we sent Steven Messner into Black Desert Online [official site], he came out gushing about the MMORPG… then telling us how to build a production empire. It was not a small game, and it quickly became even bigger only a month after launch. Last week saw the release of the ‘Mediah’ expansion, a huge free update adding the eponymous new region to make the world about 30% larger – with all the new quests, bosses, items, and so on you’d expect from that.
The Mediah expansion’s headline additions are that whole dang new region, “over 1,000″ new quests, a huge boss which publishers Daum Games say “can take on hundreds of players at a time”, 40v40 PvP skirmishes on the Crimson Battlefield, mighty new weapons and armour, and craftable ‘alchemy stones’ to socket weapons. Hit the patch notes if you want to see more, including details on balance tweaks.
I’m never a long-term MMORPG player but I do always enjoy having new lands to explore, and Mediah looks pretty nice:
Black Desert Online has been out in other parts of the world since as early as 2014, remember, so the recent European and North American release is tapping into – and catching up with – those. This wasn’t something they quickly knocked out.
In case I haven’t said this enough, Black Desert Online ain’t your average MMO. And one of the places that is more apparent is when gearing your character. It can be a confusing process thanks to BDO’s not-so-great localization and how different it is from typical MMORPGs. I’m going to spell it all out for you in this guide, showing you how to upgrade equipment while demystifying some of the more obtuse conceptsâ€”like what the hell a ‘fail stack’ is.
As well as explaining how all of this works, this article should demonstrate, to those who aren’t convinced, that BDO is worth a look even if you’re burnt out on traditional entries in the genre.
How Equipment Differs From Most MMOs
In most MMOs, players are used to being handed a steady stream of marginally better gear as they work towards max level, but Black Desert treats its equipment system quite differently.
For starters, gear doesn’t have level restrictions, meaning a level one character can be decked out in the most powerful endgame gear. Don’t worry though, they won’t have the skills to make good use of it so you won’t get your ass kicked by a brand new player in sweet gear. There’s also quite a small selection of equipment to choose from, and you’ll typically only swap pieces a few times on your journey to level 50.
Finding gear can also be a bit challenging. With only a few options to choose from, tracking down where each piece resides can be a headache. By and large, the easiest way is to earn as much silver as you can and purchase everything from the player marketplace. There are a few valuable pieces that can be purchased from certain NPC merchants, and others that you’ll find grinding certain monsters or bosses. But by putting crafting skills to good use, you can make more than enough money to cover your equipment costs.
How to Upgrade Your Gear
Because gear isn’t level restricted, even the pieces considered valuable for endgame will start out relatively weak. In order to make them stronger, you need to upgrade them through three methods: transfusion, enhancing, and quality upgrading. Let’s explore each.
A pretty familiar concept to any RPG player. Using crystals with specific stat bonuses (like +1 attack speed), you slot them into sockets on a given piece of equipment and gain that stat bonus. In order to do this, talk to your black spirit companion and select the ‘transfusion’ option from his dialogue.
Starting out, focus on increasing your accuracy, which will help you to hit high level monsters easier and make leveling a breeze. Later, transfusion will play a crucial step in rounding out your character’s stats. You can read the recommended crystals to use for each class over on Black Desert Foundry in their class guides section.
Enhancing is the most important way to upgrade your gear. Around level 27, your black spirit companion will give you a series of quests that walk you through the steps, but you’re more than able to get started early if you have all the materials. To enhance your equipment, talk to your black spirit companion and select the ‘enhance’ option.
Using black stones, which can be found on level 25+ monsters or purchased on the marketplace, you can increase the base stats on a piece of gear up to 15 times, adding +1 to the name of the item for each success. Enhancing any item up to a certain point is pretty easy, but beyond that can become very resource intensive. Let’s break it down.
For armor, enhancing it up to +5 has a 100% chance of succeeding. Beyond that, your chances decrease significantly. Weapons can be safely enchanted up to +7 before risking failure.
Accessories are a bit different in that you don’t enhance them using black stones but another version of that same accessory. They always have a high chance of failure, but they’re also not as crucial to upgrade and can only go up to +5. Once you’ve successfully combined two, you’ll create a +1 version of that accessory. To increase your odds of getting a +2, use another +1 instead of the +0 version of an item. Just keep in mind that if you fail the enhancement, both accessories will be destroyed.
Failing an enhancement for weapons and armor doesn’t have the same consequence, thankfully. The black stone you used will be destroyed, and the equipment you tried to enhance will lose maximum durability. Fail enough times and that item’s maximum durability will fall so low that you’ll be unable to use it. The only way to restore that item’s durability is to acquire another version of that same item and take both to a blacksmith to be repaired. When you’ve dropped a few million silver on getting one piece of equipment, having to buy another one can really add up.
Fortunately, there’s a silver lining to this in that, for each successive failure while enhancing, you earn what’s called a ‘fail stack’. Fail stacks are a hidden bonus that increases your chances of a successful enhance, and for every failure that chance gets higher.
Now let’s say we’re trying to enhance a weapon from +14 to +15. That comes with a massively reduced chance to succeed, around 20%. You could throw away a ton of black stones and lower the item’s durability trying to luck out, or you can use a much smarter method by exploiting fail stacks.
Remember how I said accessories have a really high chance to fail when enhancing? That’s a good thing because some early-game accessories are also dirt cheap. By purchasing several dozen of the same kind, we can combine them together and hope that they fail. Each time that they do the next enhancement has a better chance to succeed. To maximize our odds, create several +1 accessories and then try and combine them with their weaker +0 versions. The odds are so low that you should easily acquire a dozen fail stacks. Once you have as many as you think you can manage without accidentally succeeding, you can use that increased chance to succeed on the item you’re actually trying to enhance â€” often saving some precious silver instead of wasting it on destroyed black stones or sacrificial equipment to repair lost durability.
Getting all of your gear to +15 will take a long time, but it’s also not something you need to fret about unless you aim to be one of the top PVPers in the game. Once you’re around level 30 and start finding black stones while killing monsters, consider purchasing whatever best-in-slot equipment you can for your class. An entry level endgame set will cost you just under a million silver, which isn’t a great deal if you’ve been investing in your crafting skills or grinding monsters and selling loot drops.
The final step in the process should only be completed once you’ve already achieved +15 on a piece of equipment, as doing so will significantly increase the costs of repairing max durability. Upgrading the quality will essentially transform the rarity of your equipment, taking it from a common green to rare blue to the coveted yellow. Doing so will also unlock extra stats, which can make that piece of gear all the more powerful.
To do this, you’re going to need to purchase special workshops located within cities while also acquiring some special materials needed for the upgrade. To find out more about purchasing homes, you can reference our production guide. which goes through the process, though if you’ve upgraded your equipment to +15 and haven’t bought a house at this point, I’d be amazed.
Upgrading from green to blue will always succeed, while blue to yellow has a random chance of success. Don’t worry though, all you’ll lose is some maximum durability and your materials if you fail, not the equipment itself. Unfortunately, fail stacks don’t seem to apply here, so you’ll just need to try your luck.
Final Thoughts and Some Quick Tips
With all of this spelled out, you should be able to start hunting down some nice pieces of gear and working towards a killer endgame set of equipment. Each class has their own preferences for which stats they should prioritize. However, just about every class flourishes using the Grunil armor set along with Yuria weapons and Bares accessories. Rangers are the only ones who work better with the Heve armor set instead, but still use the same Bares accessories and Yuria weapons.
Fortunately, all of those items are readily available on the marketplace for reasonable amounts of money. Even better, Yuria weapons can be purchased directly from an NPC named Ronatz in Calpheon City (use the NPC search button to find him!). You’ll need to befriend him first using the conversation minigame, but he’ll sell Yuria weapons for 90,000 silver, which is quite a steal.
For more advanced gear choices, you can reference your class on Black Desert Foundry, which will also show you where to find the ultra rare gear for building the ultimate warrior.
With Windows 10 well into its product cycle, Microsoft is looking forward to take Xbox One and Windows 10 forward as a unified platform. The companyâ€™s E3 media briefing centered around its new initiative called Xbox Play Anywhere which will allow cross-buy and Crossplay between Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Microsoftâ€™s approach and advancements in technology have led me to think whether we will ever get FIFA 17 crossplay.
FIFA 17 Crossplay between Xbox One and Windows 10
It goes without saying that FIFA 17 on PC does not enjoy a large sum of players when compared to home consoles, but it certainly does not mean that they are completely non-existent.
A few FIFA 17 players who do buy the game tend to spend 15-20 minutes on average trying to find an online match where it takes a couple of seconds on consoles. Moreover, the latency experienced by these PC players renders the game nigh unplayable.
While Microsoftâ€™s Xbox Play Anywhere initiative primarily focuses on exclusive titles, Sony has also been doing it with games like Rocket League and Street Fighter V. Moreover, when it comes to FIFA 17 Crossplay, I like to think that there are not many players who prefer KBM over a gamepad which takes away the competitive advantage that a KBM player has over a gamepad one in FPS. And even if someone is using a KBM, that should not cause much of a problem in a title like FIFA 17.
However, one important thing to note here is that cheats and exploits affecting the market on PC are way more than consoles. This essentially calls for an anti-cheat system which should not be too hard for EA to implement. Similar to Valve or Blizzard, EA can impose a perma-ban on players who are found guilty of cheating.
Alternatively, EA can leave the marketplace entirely out of this and focus on specific game modes for FIFA 17 Crossplay. And although I would hate to see PC gamers left behind, Crossplay between Playstation 4 and Xbox One should not cause such problems if we were to neglect exclusive features such as Legends on Xbox One.
However, with only a couple of months left until the release of FIFA 17, it must be impossible to implement the Crossplay feature now unless EA has been working on it all along to surprise fans at the eleventh hour. Lastly, when it comes to FIFA 17 network play, it essentially requires running the game simulation on both machines in lock-stop with both machines running the identical code which is obviously not possible on Crossplay.
A game like Call of Duty, on the other hand, has clients connecting to a server without needing to have the identical code. Since the server maintains the state of the game independently, the difference between clients does not come into play. This is obviously a speculation and things may be different, but this can be one of the reasons why we have not had FIFA Crossplay until now.
FIFA 17 is scheduled to release on Sept. 27, 2016 for PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and mobile devices.
Whatâ€™s your take on this FIFA 17 Crossplay debate? Let us know in the comments section below!
Here are some basic for you to consider before playing FIFA 17. Follow the hints below to be prepared for playing FIFA 17 for the first time or improve your FIFA 17 gameplay skills if you had already played it.
Know the New Features
To adapt your current FIFA skills to FIFA 17â€™s you need to know what is the difference between FIFA 17 and the older versions. The complete FIFA 17 features list is available at fifplay.com/fifa17-features. Go there and read all new features coming with FIFA 17, get comfortable with them and pay attention to the ones which affect the gameplay and the controls. For example, the New Attacking Techniques in FIFA 17, will allow you to orginse better attacks/counter attacks in the game where you need to be familiarised with its methods and controls. So does it for Set Piece Rewrite feature as well. Check out the FIFA 17 New Features and get your eyes and your mind used to them.
Know the Controls
You need to get familiar with FIFA 17 controls to play it like a pro. As always, we will be providing the official FIFA 17 control guides for you here once they are available. In fact, FIFA 17 controls are almost same as FIFA 16â€™s â€“ You can download FIFA 16 controls at fifplay.com/fifa16-controls.
Play the Training Mode
Go through all steps of FIFA 17 training mode. Start from the basic trainings and try to reach the highest levels. In training mode, you can try the controls and skill moves as well.
Turn on FIFA Trainer Option
Turn on FIFA Trailer mode available in FIFA 17. Like in previous version, FIFA 16, FIFA 17 Trainer is an in-game trainer which assists you to improve your gameplay by giving real time tips and tricks while youâ€™re on the pitch. Turn it on and execute the given tips when playing.
Play Offline/Single Matches
Play against AI and try to beat it. Start off with low level difficulties like Amateur or Semi-Pro, Go further up when you can already beat strong teams such as Barcelona or Bayern Munich on Semi-Pro level. Try to focus on defending first rather than scoring goals. After you are already good at defending, learn how to put your opponent under pressure and then try to score goals.
Play Online Matches
Online matches will teach you how to play FIFA 17 better since you are battling against a real FIFA player. Keep in mind that online matches could are usually laggy and this could affect your timing for shooting, dribbling, passing and in general, for your gameplay. Playing Online Seasons and Tournaments will improve your gameplay step by step as you play against people who are on the same level of gameplay as you. Try to promote to the next divisions/stages and give your best to improve yourself in FIFA 17.
Other Things to Consider
Find a formation that suits your playing style
Have more than two attacking methods, donâ€™t stick with one method of attacking
Try to read your opponentâ€™s next move when you play online
Form up your defensive line with the defenders with highest overall ratings in your club
Do not disconnect/leave the matches even if you know youâ€™re going to lose
MELBOURNE, Australia — Mauricio Pochettino says he is “very happy” at Tottenham Hotspur and that “this is not the right moment” for him to manage Argentina.
Pochettino, along with compatriots Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone and new Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli, have been linked with potentially taking charge of the Albiceleste on a part-time basis after a member of the commission currently running the nation’s governing body said last week: “We could choose to install any one of the three.”
Pochettino, 44, has a contract with Tottenham until 2021 after agreeing a new five-year deal in May, and says he has no plans to answer his country’s call to replace former boss Gerardo “Tata” Martino.
“I think the speculation is normal because I am an Argentinian coach at a top club in England,” Pochettino said. “There are a lot of rumours that appear in the media but I am very happy at Tottenham and so for that reason this is not the right moment.
“I feel proud because my name is linked with national team in Argentina. In same way, I’m very happy here in this moment and this is not the time to move.
“I wish all the best to Sam Allardyce and the FA and English football and we hope it will work for him.
“He was appointed the day before I came here and there’s no time to speak to my English international players. It’s difficult for me to analyse — I only wish him the best. It’s always important for English football to be successful.”
Martino stepped down in July after Argentina’s defeat to Chile on penalties in the final of the Copa America Centenario — following his captain Lionel Messi, who announced his international retirement immediately after the match.
Ex-Argentina international Pochettino joined Spurs from Southampton in May 2014 and guided the club to their highest ever Premier League finish of third last season.
Dan is ESPN FC’s Tottenham correspondent. Follow him @Dan_KP or on Facebook.
New England manager Sam Allardyce has said it is “far too early” to say whether Wayne Rooney will remain as the national team’s captain.
Rooney skippered the side at Euro 2016 but struggled to impress, although he did score the opening goal in the 2-1 round-of-16 defeat to Iceland from the penalty spot.
The Manchester United striker has 115 caps to his name and was given the armband in 2014, taking over from Steven Gerrard after that year’s World Cup in Brazil.
Asked if Rooney will remain as England captain, Allardyce said at St George’s Park in his first news conference since his appointment: “No, that’s far too early to make any predictions in that area.
“I’m going to leave that until I meet all the players and I get all the coaching staff together behind the scenes and plan for the internationals in September.”
England’s first 2018 World Cup qualifier is against Slovakia in Trnava on Sunday Sept. 4, although British media reported on Monday that a friendly against Croatia will be scheduled at Wembley for three days prior to that trip.
�� New #ThreeLions manager @OfficialBigSam addresses staff at @StGeorgesPark pic.twitter.com/0scdbW10PL
– England (@England) July 25, 2016
Former Sunderland boss Allardyce was appointed as Roy Hodgson’s successor on Friday.
Allardyce also confirmed that Sammy Lee, who he worked with at Bolton Wanderers, will be “one of many” who will join the England backroom staff.
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MELBOURNE, Australia — Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri says the club are “doing very well” with their summer transfer business but again refused to answer questions on the future of Manchester United target Paul Pogba or the potential arrival of Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain.
On Monday, The Guardian reported that United have made an increased offer of £92 million plus £10m in add-ons in a bid to secure a world-record transfer for the midfielder, who left Old Trafford on a free transfer in 2012 after refusing to sign a new contract.
Allegri refused to comment on the situation — and reports linking Juve with a €97.4m move for Higuain — following Juve’s defeat on penalties to Melbourne Victory on Friday.
And addressing the media in Melbourne ahead of the Old Lady’s second International Champions Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday, he was again tight-lipped.
“I am not going to talk about the transfer market news, we are just here to get ready. The club is going to talk about the transfer market and they are doing very well so I am happy in that regard,” he said.
Allegri expects to hand Juventus debuts to summer signings Miralem Pjanic and Medhi Benatia against Spurs and said the match against Mauricio Pochettino’s side would be an important part of the preparations for the new season.
“Benatia is going to play as well as Pjanic and [Roberto] Pereyra,” Allegri said. “Probably we are going to play with four defenders with either a young player or Alex Sandro at right-back.
“It is an important test. We will use it to test our condition. We will then finish our training season for the summer in Hong Kong. Tomorrow is going to be a very different game [to Tuesday]. There is going to be more intensity.
“I am going to try and play the players who played the first half of the last game more, even though it was only the first match. We are not sure if they are in the ideal condition to play a full match.”
The Bianconeri work on shape in front of tonight’s crowd at @AAMIPark ⚽⚫⚪ #ICCJUVTOT #ICC2016 #ICCMelb pic.twitter.com/ivpaqNKKar
– JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 25, 2016
Juventus failed to win in their first three games at the start of last season but still went on to claim a fifth successive Scudetto. Allegri is hoping this summer’s preparations set his side up for a better start to the new campaign.
“Again, tomorrow we are going to see a different, more intense game. We are going to play very important teams right from the beginning [of the Serie A season],” he added.
“At the end in the league, what is going to matter is getting as many wins as possible, so it doesn’t matter if it is against an important team or a middle team.
“If we think about last year, we managed to achieve only one point form the first three [match] days so surely we will not be able to make it worse than last season.”
Dan is ESPN FC’s Tottenham correspondent. Follow him @Dan_KP or on Facebook.
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If you’ve been following the news over the last thirty days, you probably know how difficult it has been to keep up.
Munich: Gunman acted alone, then killed himself
There’s been mass political upheaval in the UK, terror attacks in France and Turkey, protests in the US, a former Paralympian jailed for murder, police officers killed, the Chilcot Iraq war inquiry, and 10 people slaughtered outside a McDonald’s in Munich.
Will it ever end?
Here’s what the last thirty days looked like in pictures:
On June 23, Britain voted to back Brexit,Â ending its 43-year membership of the European Union.
A staggering 52% of people voted to leave the EU while 48% voted to remain.
The historic vote led to the resignation of former PM David Cameron and a petition being made immediately calling for a second referendum, which attracted more than 4 million signatures.
The UK now faces the tasking process of triggering Article 50, setting out negotiations for withdrawal.
SHADOW CABINET RESIGNATIONS
MORE: Brexit triggers fastest economy slump since recession
Labour’s shadow cabinet was thrown into disarray when Hilary Benn, the then-shadow foreign secretary, was fired overnight after telling leader Jeremy Corbyn he had no confidence in him.
More than a third of the shadow cabinet then resigned amid widespread anger atÂ about Mr Corbynâ€™s failure toÂ get the support ofÂ core Labour voters behind the Remain cause.
A bomb and gun attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport killed 41 people and injured more than 230 people on June 29.
Three attackers began firing at the terminal entrance and then blew themselves up after police fired back.
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On July 3, five militants stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh, taking hostages and opening fire.
The attack left 29 people dead, including 20 hostages, most of whom were killed with sharp weapons.
African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on July 6.
The sentence was much lower than many had expected and public prosecutors had demanded the mandatory minimum for murder of 15 years.
The Chilcot report of the Iraq Inquiry, published on July 6, delivered a damning verdict on the decision by former prime minister Tony Blair to send British troops to the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 without exhausting other solutions and without a clear plan for long-term security.
Responding to the report the same day, Mr Blair said: ‘I express more sorrow, regret and apology than you may ever know or can believe.’
PHILANDO CASTILE AND ALTON STERLING
On July 5, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot several times at point blank range by two Baton Rouge police officers in Louisiana.
Black police officerâ€™s heartbreaking Facebook message days before he was murdered in Baton Rouge
The next day Philando Castile was fatally shot by Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez after being pulled over in Falcon Heights with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds.
Diamond live-streamed a video on Facebook showing him slumped over in a bloodied t-shirt.
The shootings led to mass protests in Baton Rouge and elsewhere across America.
BATON ROUGE PROTESTS
MORE: Three police officers shot dead by masked gunman in Baton Rouge
Hundreds of people in Baton Rouge were arrested while protesting the police brutality, including Ieshia Evans, a 35-year-old nurse and mother.
An iconic image ofÂ Evans in a sun dress defiantly taking a ‘stand’ against heavily armoured officers was widely shared around the world.
DALLAS SNIPER ATTACK
Five police officers were killed and seven others wounded when a sniper attack occurred during a rally in Dallas in response to the Castile and Sterling shootings on July 7.
The shooterÂ was identified as 25-year-old Micah Johnson from Texas, who was later killed by police.
CAMERON OUT, MAY IN
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Former PM David Cameron was forced to give his parting speech early afterÂ Conservative MP Theresa May became the new leader of the Conservative Party.
She was appointed Britain’s second woman Prime Minister on July 13.
The former Home Secretary, who backed Remain in the European Union referendum, will be tasked with triggering Article 50, toÂ formally begin the Brexit negotiation process.
MORE: Theresa May turned into Margaret Thatcher right before our eyes during first PMQs
Portugal narrowly won the Euro 2016 after hosts France lost 1-0 in extra time.
Fifty-one matches were played over the course of the month with many of them seeing late goals, coming in the 85th minute or later.
Andy MurrayÂ became Wimbledon champion for the second time after beatingÂ Canadian Milos Raonic in the final.
The Scot won with 6-4 7-6 7-6 straight-sets having last won it in 2013.
Murray is the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon singles titles since Fred Perry in 1935.
MORE: Syrian kids are using Pokemon Go to get rescued
Nintendo’s Pokemon Go released in the UK on Thursday, July 14 and has literally taken the world by storm ever since.
The votes are in and Borussia Dortmundâ€™s Marco Reus has been tabbed as the global cover athlete for FIFA 17.
According to a press release from EA Sports, there were more than 3.1 million votes cast for Reus and the other candidates (James Rodriguez of Real Madrid C.F., Anthony Martial of Manchester United, Eden Hazard of Chelsea FC), but the 27-year-old German star was the victor.
Reus took to Twitter to say thank you to the fans who voted him in:
Just as EA Sports transitioned away from Wayne Rooney to Messi five years ago, the publisher is doing the same with this new brand of young and exciting stars of the pitch.
FIFA 17 releases in North America on September 27 and worldwide on September 29 for the Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One.
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