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    Science-Fiction Weekly – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Han Solo, 10 Minutes Of Battlefront II Gameplay

    By GameInformer,


    Lucasfilm's secrets department has sprung a leak! Dozens of savory details for Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit the web this week, revealing everything from plot points to actual lines from the film. If you want to remain as SPOILER free as possible going into the film this December, run away from this article as fast as you can. Most of the leaks are tied to merchandise, which retailers cannot seem to keep off of shelves, even though none of it is supposed to go on sale until September 1.

    The most interesting leaks are from action figures that spout of lines of dialogue. A Kylo Ren figure features 60 different sounds and voice clips from the film. A video of the toy hears him say a few interesting things, such as "Don't be afraid." My immediate reaction is he's entering someone's mind to probe for information, but he could also be talking to Rey, should they meet up again. Other lines are "I've been waiting for you," and "No! It's too late!" That last one has to be targeted toward a reunion with Luke Skywalker, right?

    Adam Driver told Sunday Today that he hopes fans find Kylo Ren's role in The Last Jedi to be "unexpected." This is a common thought many actors have expressed, including Mark Hamill, who said he fundamentally disagreed with every choice made for Luke Skywalker in the new film's story. What would we classify as unexpected for Kylo Ren? Turning to the lightside? A death? Downing supreme leader Snoke to seize control of the First Order? The video below is a nice interview with Driver that shows how he's handling with the new level of celebrity associated with being in a Star Wars film.

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    Although many of The Last Jedi toys are sitting on store shelves, few people have been able to buy them, thanks to a street date alert that pops up at the register. Someone did manage to walk out of a store with the new 3.75-inch Star Destroyer set that comes packaged with Snoke. The first shot we saw last week established his immense height, but now we see he may be about fortune. The new shot from agalaxynearby shows his gold cloak is extravagant in design, and his left hand is adorned in large gold rings. Although we only saw Snoke as a hologram in The Force Awakens, we assumed he wore black, like a Sith lord. One can't help but speculate that the gold may be a reflection of other world leaders who are obsessed with gold, but I doubt Disney would let the story of Star Wars get that political.


    Regardless, it's fun to see this character take shape through the leaks. Is he powerful with the Force? Will he just sit in a chair? Director Rian Johnson told Entertainment Weekly that he's a "force of nature." Check out agalaxynearby's gallery for another shot of the mysterious First Order leader. Another merchandising leak gives us a good shot of the heroes united. Luke looms large in the background and Chewbacca returns, but the focus is clearly on the new generation of characters. Looks like Poe is going to the same stylist as Han Solo.


    If you thought the bad news surrounding the untitled Han Solo film was over, buckle up for another blast of disappointment. Actor Michael Kenneth Williams' role from the film was cut due to timing issues. Deadline caught up with Williams, and he said he was going to play a half-human, half-animal in the film. "When Ron Howard got hired to finish out the film, there were some reshoot issues that needed to be done in regards to my character, in order for it to match the new direction which the producers wanted Ron to carry the film in. And that would have required me on a plane a month ago to London, to Pinewood, to do reshoots," Williams said. "But I’m here, on location in Africa. It’s scheduling. I’m not going to be back on the market until the end of November after Hap and Leonard, and for them to wait that long for me, that would have pushed back the release date, which I believe is in May 2018. They wanted me now; I couldn’t go. So they had to clip-clip-clip.”

    On a more positive note, Star Wars Battlefront II's space combat looks ridiculously good. As much as I enjoyed piloting X-Wings and TIE Fighters in the first game, the space combat mode felt like a somewhat hollow deathmatch. DICE and Criterion are addressing this concern in the sequel, and as you'll see in the footage below, the flow of war is objective driven. Sony shared 10 minutes of footage of the PlayStation 4 version, which looks stunning. November 17 can't come soon enough!

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    I'll leave you today with a brief clip of a toy that gives a voice to the adorable porg creatures that live with Luke Skywalker. I'm getting a real Gremlins vibe from these things. Sure, they look and sound cute, but what do they eat?

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    Five Things You Need To Know About The Wonderfully Weird Biomutant

    By GameInformer,


    When I first heard about Biomutant, I was skeptical. It was billed as a “post-apocalyptic kung-fu fable,” which sounded a lot like one of those horrible pizzas that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would order. Every ingredient is fine on its own, but does anyone really want to put a slice of chocolate fudge, sardine, chili pepper, and whipped-cream pizza in their mouth? After getting a demo of Experiment 101’s game at Gamescom, I’m surprised to have had my mind changed so abruptly. Here are five reasons why you may want to keep an eye on Biomutant, too.

    Biomutant is weird, and it embraces that weirdness fully
    Studio head Stefan Ljungqvist summed it all up when he said, “It’s weird, in a good way.” There are a lot of familiar elements in Biomutant, but they don’t seem unpalatable together like a Ninja Turtle’s pizza. The combat would be at home in any number of stylish-action games. There’s a 16-square-kilometer open world to explore above ground, and an underworld of comparable size. Your raccoon-like character is customizable, from its gender to its body shape to the color and pattern of its fur. You have stats to manage, as well as weapon upgrades, clothing, and special items like electric bullets. Not weird enough for you? How about this: Your character can gain mutagen powers. OK, fine. In the demo we saw him acquire a mutation called “moth mouth” that let him barf out moths. These moths distract enemies and can cause them to attack their friends. It is called “moth mouth.” Let that sink in.

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    Your actions matter, except it seems like they actually might
    Ljungqvist says that one of the team’s goals is to give players a personal ending, based on their actions in the game. For example, early in the game you learn that the tree of life is dying, and that its death could have a drastic effect on the currently lush landscape. Do you choose to help restore its power? You don’t have to, though you may have to live with the consequences. There’s a morality system in the game, and it doesn’t just revolve around you, either. There are six different tribal factions in the game, and when you start the game it randomly determines whether each one will be “good” or “bad” to put it in simple terms. You can choose to align yourself with one or several of these tribes, find a way to unite them, or simply slaughter them all and call yourself kind. Ultimately, Ljungqvist says it’s a quest about personal discovery. Why does your character have an eyepatch? Where did he come from? What’s his name? These are all important mysteries that will Ljungqvist says will be paid off in ways more substantial than a handful of cutscenes that you watch at the end.

    The whole thing is narrated
    As you play the game, an unseen narrator will occasionally call out what’s happening. In the crafting menu, for instance, we made a long blade, whereupon the narrator remarked, "Looks good to me. Bet it makes a swoosh sound." That might make you think of Bastion, but Ljungqvist says it’s more like the announcer in FIFA. The identity of this narrator is one of the game’s many secrets. Of course, the game was just announced and it’s coming out next year, so there’s a chance it’ll be revealed at a later date. Regardless, it’s a fun addition to the action.


    It’s built around experimentation
    Your character will gain access to a host of mutagenic and psi abilities throughout his adventure, and the game is designed to allow you to incorporate these powers neatly into the blade and bullet action. The left trigger is used as a modifier button to access a second tier of attacks and abilities mapped to the face buttons. Experiment 101 wants players to do some experimentation of their own, finding ways to use telekinesis or chain lightning in combat. When I saw that the main character can get the ability to summon bouncy mushrooms and also telekinesis, I asked Ljungqvist if players could place a mushroom and then telekinetically slam them onto the springy fungus to launch them away or fling them into a pool of deadly oil. The answer? Of course you can, because why wouldn’t you be able to do that?

    There’s a big world to explore, and some silly ways to do so
    The world is large, and getting around on foot could be boring. Fortunately, you’ll be able to pilot a variety of vehicles, including a mech, hot-air balloon, and mechanical hand that walks around like Master Hand and also shoots enemies by making a gun shape. If fast travel is more your thing, you can unlock points by marking signs. How do you mark them, you ask? Fine. You pee on them.

    Biomutant is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC next year.

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    Community Highlights 8/18

    By DiabloFans,

    Westmarch Workshop

    This week's episode of the Westmarch Workshop covers the new patch notes and what other features we could see in this PTR.


    Watch live video from BlizzPro on www.twitch.tv

    Diablo Development Theories

    Rhykker talks about the recent new hires for the Diablo development team, and what this could mean for the future.


    Watch live video from Rhykker on www.twitch.tv


    Zhanji's 4-Man Clear

    Zhanji made a push for the top 4-man spot this past week, and the speed of the Boss Kill is a real testament to the power of the Necromancer. While this clear has already been beaten, the top clear (123 as of the time of writing) is only a few levels below the top GR128 clear of Season 10 — and only a month into Season 11. We've seen incremental GR pushes over the last few Seasons, but the Necromancer is really bringing a big shake-up for higher level teams.





    Awesome Necromancer Cosplay

    Astro Kerrie showed off a quick cosplay she put together of the Necromancer.


    You can find more of her Diablo-themed cosplays and more on her DeviantArt and Facebook pages.


    Necro Cosplay


    Why aren't Challenge Rifts More Competitive?

    Leviathan has been trying to stir up conversation on what could be done to increase community interest in Challenge Rifts and make them more engaging.

    Neinball (@NeinballGamer) is a content creator for Diablo Fans and a horadrim in training. Whether he's relaxing on Zegema Beach, fighting servants of the Corpse-God in the 41st millennium, or quelling Rebellions in the Outer Rim, his passion always brings him back to slaying Demons in Sanctuary.

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    Challenge Rift Weekly - Unhallowed Essence Multishot Demon Hunter

    By DiabloFans,

    Greetings, nephalem! Leviathan here! In this weekly column, we'll be taking a deep dive into the Challenge Rift for the Americas. We'll compare this Challenge Rift to previous ones for the class (as well as previous Challenge Rifts in general) while providing you with tips on how to beat the original time, and tactics to help you climb the Leaderboard. Let's get started!

    Build Breakdown

    This week's Challenge Rift sports a Demon Hunter rocking the classic Unhallowed Essence setup with standard Multishot accessories. All of the old standbys are present; the full Unhallowed Essence set, the Yang's Recurve bow, and the Deadman's Legacy quiver. However, the gear choices do start to deviate from the norm in the other ancillary slots and jewelry selections. There is no Focus & Restraint, a generic amulet, and Ancient Parthan Defenders, despite no reliable way to benefit from their Legendary power. The belt is also pretty puzzling, as Grenades is certainly great with Unhallowed Essence, but is not featured here, and therefore makes the Hellcat Waistguard a simple stat stick rather than anything transformative or build-defining.


    The skills are all traditional for the Multishot setup as well, with every selection feeling right except for the Archery passive. One might swap that for a more synergistic damage passive like Thrill of the Hunt or — in the case of this build, in particular — maybe even something more defensive, since the setup has a rather "glass cannon" feel to it. One thing to note is that without the Focus and Restraint combination, the generator loses much of its utility, as many of the choices in this build make Hatred regeneration a non-issue, and Discipline is recoverable through judicious Vault usage and smart Preparation presses.


    Let's analyze the Legendary gem choices and the Kanai's Cube powers. The gems are all underleveled, save for the Bane of the Powerful. As a result, you don't gain any benefit from Bane of the Trapped with no source of Slow effects in the build, and the Bane of the Stricken, while useful in high-level Greater Rifts, gets no opportunity to shine in this Greater Rift 45. Thus, your only concern, gem-wise, should be cleaning up minions against any Rare Elites to make sure you're maintaining the buff from your Bane of the Powerful. In Kanai's Cube, we see the classic Dawn, which vastly reduces the cooldown timer on Vengeance, Cindercoat, which allows for massive spamming of Multishot with little to no impact on our Hatred, and Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac, which brings back any skill that's on cooldown much quicker and can be utilized with this build to provide 100% uptime on Vengeance and nearly the same for your Companion - Wolf activations.


    Challenge Rift 8 - UE MS DH


    Playing The Challenge Rift

    The original time for the owner of this Challenge Rift is 5:20, which is actually the quickest time to beat we've seen since the inception of Challenge Rifts. However, that shouldn't be too intimidating as the Greater Rift itself is favorable to fast completions. As long as you are Vaulting regularly, taking advantage of Tactical Advantage for the movement speed bonus, and keeping good uptime on Vengeance and Companion, you should smoke this GR and likely land a time in the 3-4 minute range. Optimizing from there requires precise movement and key utilization of the Power and Conduit pylons located on the second floor.


    As previously mentioned, this version of the build is particularly glass cannon, so make sure to keep moving so that you don't get hit by any stray projectiles, especially on the first floor. Your damage output with all buffs active should be more than enough to kill non-elites in two or three Multishots, critical hits pending, so most threats should be dead before they get to you. This is classic Multishot tactics. The Shield pylon on floor one also affords you some leeway to stand still for a bit and get more Multishots out.


    If you're unfamiliar with Unhallowed Essence, do keep in mind that the 6-piece set bonus that makes your Discipline feed into your damage output relies upon your CURRENT Discipline. This means that if you just spent the last 10 seconds Vaulting and nearly depleted your Discipline, you'll do next to no damage, despite still having the same maximum Discipline. This is different, for instance, from other mechanics you might be familiar with. like the Legendary power on Reilena's Shadowhook for Necromancers, which is only concerned with your Maximum Essence. As such, use Preparation to keep your active Discipline high for the best damage output possible.


    Here is a clip of Garfm showcasing one of his early attempts at the Challenge Rift for a look at what a faster clear entails:


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    Let's Compare

    So, how does this week's Challenge Rift stack up to ones gone by? In my personal opinion, this selection continues to move in the right direction: builds that are fun to play, while still being a little off the beaten path. Yes, you may argue that the build is essentially a copy of the standard Unhallowed Essence Multishot, but the Kanai's Cube choices and lack of staples like Focus and Restraint certainly make for a bit of a different approach to get the most out of the setup.


    In the debut week of Challenge Rifts, the Americas had a Shadows Impale Demon Hunter that was quite close to the standard, cookie-cutter version. However, the major difference then was that one of the key components of the build — its mobility — was ripped from the Challenge Rift offering when the original player failed to utilize a Chain of Shadows belt. It made those of us with months of Shadows Impale experience scratch our heads a bit as we figured out ways to conserve Discipline throughout the Greater Rift. With that in mind, I'd rate this Demon Hunter Challenge Rift a peg above that one.


    Comparing this Challenge Rift to the other entries for the Americas more broadly, I'd say it's obviously much better than that Monk atrocity (which we still haven't quite recovered from) and about on par with the Crusader Seeker of the Light Challenge Rift from last week — the latter of which I'd argue was the best Challenge Rift offering until this week's appeared. I think Challenge Rift entries are at their best when they have a friendly ease of operation that your average player will be able to contend with, while still supporting a bit of complexity in terms of min-maxing every bit of utility to achieve the fastest times. This Challenge Rift seems to meet that criteria nearly spot on, so I give it an A, and we'll see where we go from here!


    Have you tried this week's Challenge Rift? Were you able to earn your Challenge Rift cache right away, or did it take you a few attempts? Have any other tips that I missed? Feel free to sound off in the comments and let us know what you think!

    Leviathan (@LeviathanD3) is a content creator for Diablo Fans and a Hardcore Crusader for life. You can likely catch him streaming high Leaderboard/Conquest rank attempts unless he's out taking photographs or discovering new music.

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    PTR Patch Notes 2.6.1 - v2.6.1.46946

    By DiabloFans,

    Official Notes

    Blizzard has posted the updated patch notes for the 2.6.1 PTR


    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Official Forums)


    • Monk Skills
      • Tempest Rush
        • Flurry
          • Reduced the maximum number of stacks from 500 to 100
    • Wizard Skills
      • Arcane Orb
        • Frozen Orb
          • Create an orb of frozen death that shreds an area with ice bolts, dealing 393% 950% weapon damage as Cold
    • Bug Fixes
      • Fixed an issue where your pets would double dip from the damage bonus granted by Wolf Companion

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      • Frostburn
        • No longer smart drops for Crusader.
      • Lord Greenstone’s Fan
        • Every second, gain 160–200% 300-400% increased damage for your next Fan of Knives. Stacks up to 30 times.
    • Set Items
      • Wrath of the Wastes
        • (4) Set
          • During Whirlwind and for 3 seconds after, you gain 50% damage reduction and your applied Rends deal triple damage.
      • Crusader
        • Armor of Akkhan
          • (6) Set
            • While Akarat's Champion is active, you deal 600% 900% increased damage and take 15% 20% 50% less damage.
        • Thorns of the Invoker
          • (2) Set
            • Your Thorns damage now hits all enemies in a 15 yard radius around you. Each time you hit an enemy with Punish, Slash, or block an attack your Thorns is increased by 35% 115% 70% for 2 seconds.
              • Note: There is currently an issue which causes the actual Thorns increase to be 35% instead of 70%; this will be fixed in an upcoming PTR patch
          • (6) Set
            • The attack speed of Punish and Slash are increased by 50% and deal 800% 1600% 2700% of your Thorns damage to the first enemy hit.
      • Demon Hunter
        • Natalya’s Vengeance
          • (6) Set
            • After casting Rain of Vengeance, deal 500% 750%2500% increased damage and take 60% reduced damage for 10 seconds.
      • Wizard
        • Firebird’s Finery
          • (6) Set
            • Your damage is increased by 120% 200% 150% and damage taken reduced by 3% for each enemy that is Ignited. This effect can stack up to 20 times. You always receive the maximum bonus whenever a nearby Elite monster is Ignited.
        • Vyr’s Amazing Arcana
          • (6) Set
            • Increased number of Archon stacks gained when hitting with an Archon ability from 1 to 2
            • You also gain Archon stacks when you hit with an Archon ability. Archon stacks now also reduce damage taken by 0.15% and have their damage bonus increased to 18%.
        • Chantodo's Resolve
          • (2) Set
            • Every second while in Archon form you expel a Wave of Destruction, dealing 350% 600% weapon damage to enemies within 30 yards
            • Every time you hit with an attack while not in Archon form, 350% 600% weapon damage is added to the Wave of Destruction, stacking up to 20 times
    • Bug Fixes
      • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where minions summoned by the Demon Hunter's Companion skill would double dip on damage from the (6) Set bonus on Embodiment of the Marauder
      • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where Gargantuan would double dip on damage from the (6) Set bonus on Helltooth Harness
      • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where Hydra would double dip on damage from the (6) Set bonus of Tal Rasha's Elements
      • Fixed an issue with the (2) Set power of Vyr's Amazing Arcana where your Arcane Blast and Arcane Strike would not Freeze enemies unless you had the Slow Time rune chosen
      • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where equipping certain Legendary items to a follower would cause performance issues
      • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue which caused the change to Dayntee's Binding to incorrectly affect existing versions of the item
      • Fixed an issue where the Wave of Destruction was doing slightly less damage than intended
      • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where the Legendary power on Gavel of Judgement was not being applied when the item was equipped
      • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where the equipping the new version and then the old version of The Short Man's Finger would result in no Legendary power from either being applied
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      • Rifts
        • The Shrouded Moors tileset and the large Temple of the Firstborn tileset can no longer be selected for Greater Rifts
        • The amount of experience and Rift / Greater Rift progress that Shock Towers provide has been increased

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    Gamescom News, Gladiator's Summit, Levantus, Warsong Scramble, Pet Battle Event

    By Curse,
    d3.pngWhy are the Nephalem So Powerful?

    hearthstoneIcon.pngGet a Free Frozen Throne Pack Today? You Were Bugged!

    Blizzard Gamescom Preview
    Blizzard released a preview of what we can expect to see at gamescom. The World of Warcraft section focused on upcoming content in Patch 7.3. You can catch the reveal ceremony at 9 AM PDT / 18:00 CEST on Wednesday, August 23.

    New Esports Show, Gladiator's Summit - Watch Now!
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
    The Gladiator’s Summit is a brand-new show dedicated to World of Warcraft Arena events, globally. In each new episode, released regularly during the year, we’ll keep you up to date with everything happening in WoW esports. That includes all the latest information, inside scoops on regional and global championships, and more about the teams and players themselves.

    Get The Esports Lowdown
    Want to know what’s happening when? This is the show to watch. Want to know how players prepare for battle, and how teams are formed? We’ve got it covered. Ever wondered why teams pick the combos they do? Now’s your chance to learn more. It’s a 360° WoW esports view, brought to you by our expert esports team.

    What is the Gladiator’s Summit?
    It’s a series of shows we’ll record throughout the season, released on our WoW YouTube channel. You can find out more about all our esports events, catch up with news and results, take a look at what’s coming up, and get genuine insider information on the talent, the tournaments, and the teams.

    Where can I watch the Gladiator’s Summit?
    All the latest episodes will be on our World of Warcraft YouTube channel. To find out when upcoming episodes will be available, head to our WoW esports site for all the latest news, and all upcoming esports events.

    What will the first episode be about?

    In the first episode, we go over the European Arena Cup season, just in time to get us all pumped ready for the European Championship Final!

    What will future episodes be about?
    We’ll be talking about the recent North America cups, recapping the action and discussing how the finals will go. We’ll also take a look at the European cups, and look into teams, players, and epic moments. Information on later episodes can be found on our WoW esports site.

    Who’s hosting the show?
    All the action will be brought to you by two of our most popular and knowledgeable hosts: Jackson “Bajheera” Bliton and Elliott “Venruki” Venczel.

    Jackson ‘Bajheera’ Bliton

    Elliott 'Venruki’ Venczel

    Where can I find out more?
    Find out when the latest episode will be released on our dedicated WoW esports website.

    World Boss - Levantus
    Levantus is up this week! He drops item level 860 gear and a Blood Relic. Shaman can also get the The Warmace of Shirvallah hidden artifact appearance for Doomhammer.


    PvP Brawl - Warsong Scramble
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    Every other week a new PvP Brawl will be available to players looking for something just a little different. Each Brawl will offer a variety of modes, rules, and scenic changes to the usual Battleground gameplay, and you’ll find them in the Group Finder tool (hotkey “I”) in the Player vs. Player tab. Just like Random Battlegrounds, you’ll receive a reward for achieving victory.

    Warsong Scramble – Capture the Flag
    Do you have a flag? Warsong Gulch has always been the scene of an epic Capture the Flag battle, but what happens when you can capture your enemy’s flag without your own at base? Find out when you step into this PvP Brawl! We’ve also added a few more power-ups to the field of battle to stir things up a bit. To win, your team will need to be the first to capture 5 flags.


    Weekly Bonus Event - Pet Battles
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    An extra weekly quest and rewards are here— the Pet Battles bonus event is underway!

    This Week
    All week, get out there and fight with your mighty minions. When the time comes to take on other players, open your Pet Journal and hit the “Find Battle” button to be matched up with an opponent whose team is competitive with yours.

    Look for the following all week long:

    hotsIcon.pngHeroes of the Storm - Obey the Call
    Dreadlord Jaina confirmed and Kel'thuzad is coming to Heroes. Don't forget to grab the Legendary loot chest from Twitch Prime.

    overwatchmini.pngOverwatch - New Map: Junkertown
    A new map is coming to Overwatch! Check back Wednesday for the new animated short.

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