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by Published on 2015-09-23 10:41 AM

September 22nd Hotfixes, Hellfire Amulet and Bans, Future Ghost Changes

How Good is Master Jouster, Hearthstone Americas Qualifiers VoDs, Strength in Numbers

Shacknews Interview Round-Up, Shop Sales, Rotation for Sept. 22, 2015 and Rexxar Price

Meet the New Overwatch Heroes - Junkrat (Defense) & Roadhog (Tank)

Armory Stats - Brewfest Achievements
Today we are looking at the achievements you can earn from Brewfest. This data is from 2.1 million players active since August 1, 2015.

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Name Side Points
Direbrewfest Kill Coren Direbrew.
69.21% 10
Does Your Wolpertinger Linger? Obtain a Wolpertinger pet from the Brewfest quest line.
57.28% 10
Have Keg, Will Travel Obtain a Brewfest mount, or transform yours into one using Brewfest Hops.
57.17% 10
Down With The Dark Iron Defend the Brewfest camp from the Dark Iron attack and complete the quest, "This One Time, When I Was Drunk..."
55.44% 10
A Brew-FAST Mount Obtain an epic Brewfest mount.
42.77%
Brew of the Month Join the Brew of the Month club.
37.12% 10
Brewmaster Complete the Brewfest achievements listed below.
35.35% 10
Almost Blind Luck Fall 65 yards without dying while wearing Synthebrew Goggles during the Brewfest Holiday.
34.28% 10
Brew of the Year Sample 12 beers featured in the Brew of the Month club.
23.43% 10
Disturbing the Peace While wearing 3 pieces of Brewfest clothing, get completely smashed and dance in Dalaran.
15.83% 10


Harvest Festival
Harvest Festival is back again and mostly unchanged from previous years. This year, the quests reward a stack of 3 of your choice of consumable items that give your character a ghostly color tint for an hour.


Level Type Name
1Junk Vengeful Spiritshard
1Junk Peaceful Spiritshard
1Junk Forlorn Spiritshard
1Junk Anxious Spiritshard


Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Ashran Bug
Letting everyone know that we're aware of a potential issue where players already in an active Ashran battle may receive a second pop-up prompt asking if you'd want to join the Ashran battle. This second prompt is a bug and is being looked into. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Renewing Subscriptions in Greece
We wanted to let you know that we’re aware of the payment issues our players in Greece are currently facing. Certain banks are not processing international digital transactions for certain types of products, leaving many of you unable to pay for Blizzard games and services with credit cards or PayPal.

We’re carefully monitoring this situation, and we’d like to remind you of other payment options that are available to you. For World of Warcraft game time:
  • Pre-paid game cards should be available at local retailers like Plaisio, Public, Media Markt, Seven Spots, e-shop.gr, etc.
  • Those with in-game gold to spare can purchase 30 days of game time on the Auction House with the WoW Token

We’re also working with external partners and local retailers to bring Battle.net Gift Cards to Greece soon. These cards will provide you with an additional payment option by allowing you to charge up your Battle.net Balance in order to purchase items, including game time, in the Battle.net Shop. You can find more information here.(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Merc mode is awesome, but one flaw. Why are merced Alliance players allowed to whisper Alliance on the other team?
what did you like or dislike about it? (holinka)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Yea I find it really weird talking about that ex forever. Not only that but w.e you opinion on gets blamed on recent wow devs
I try to talk about the features I worked on and decisions I made. I don't have any context for recent stuff. (OccupyGStreet)
I know but there's ppl out there waiting to point out some cool thing you mention and turn it into a negative for blizz devs
I agree it is not cool to use my comments to try and leverage change on the current dev team. (OccupyGStreet)

Except the "alternative" is always substantially less rewarding, so it will never be cared about.
You can't just offer easy vs hard with the same rewards. Nobody will opt into hard "just because." (OccupyGStreet)



Overwatch - New Heroes: Junkrat and Roadhog
Two new heroes have been announced, and Overpwn has all of the details!

by Published on 2015-09-21 05:29 PM

Update (10:15 PM EDT): Added tonight's hotfixes

Brewfest 2015, Armory Stats - Brewfest Mounts, Blue Tweets, GW2 PvP Growing, DLC #505

Patch 6.2.2a Hotfixes - September 21
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Creatures and NPCs
Tanaan Jungle
  • Remnant of the Blood Moon: To reduce the number Drained Blood Crystal needed to start the encounter, the health of the Blood Moon has been reduced to 1000 (down from 10,000).

Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Archimonde
    • The duration of Nether Corruption has been reduced to 5 seconds so it doesn't persist across multiple portal phases on Raid Finder difficulty.

PvP
Mercenary Mode
  • Players should no longer receive a bonus objective to kill a tower guardian for the wrong faction, Rylai Crestfall (Alliance) or Jeron Emberfall (Horde) while fighting as a mercenary.

Achievements
  • Rescue Operation: Fixed an issue where players were unable to free captured prisoners.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent Monks from being able to use Zen Flight in areas where they were able to use other flying mounts.
  • [Requires a realm restart] Fixed an issue where the Swarming Insects debuff that prevents flight in The Feeding Pits in Townlong Steppes could persist incorrectly after leaving the area.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause characters to receive loot for the wrong class in Personal Loot mode on Mythic difficulty.

BlizzCon 2015 In-Game Goodies Round-Up
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Heading to BlizzCon 2015 or planning to watch online with the Virtual Ticket? Take a gander at the collection of epic in-game goodies you’ll get when you join us for the convention in person or at home.

World of Warcraft – Murkidan Pet
After consuming the shin bone of Gul'dan, this fiesty demon hunter was caged for 10,000 years by his brother Murkfurion. Now he’s ready to unleash his finfernal rage in pet battles across Azeroth!




Heroes of the Storm – Nexus Battle Beast Mount
Teams will tremble and Cores will crumble when you storm into combat astride the mighty Nexus Battle Beast!


Hearthstone – Blizzard 2015 Card Back
Hearthstone on phones, Tavern Brawls, Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and more—a very cool year, indeed.


StarCraft II – Portraits
Show off your status as a galactic BlizzConquerer with a pair of Legacy of the Void–themed portraits invoking the mysteries of the Xel’Naga and the power of the Spear of Adun.


Diablo III – BlizzCon Pennant, Pet, and Portrait
A trio of treasures awaits! Fly the colors of the BlizzCon crusade with an all-new pennant, and mrglgllglgll the demonic hordes with your Murkgoblin pet and portrait.*


This year’s epic collection of in-game goodies will be available to everyone who purchased a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket or who’s attending the show in person (just redeem the Digital Bonuses code you received when you purchased your tickets), and will be unlocked for use after BlizzCon begins. Head to the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket page to order or learn more!

*Windows/Mac version only
by Published on 2015-09-20 10:42 PM

Feedback and Suggestions Compilation, How to Archon, Crafting 25 Legendary Fists

Popular Constructed Decks of the Week, Archon Team League Decklists, BlizzCon Opening Week eSports

Americas Championship Playoffs!, Hottest Plays of the Week #46

Brewfest 2015
Brewfest is back again, with item level 670 trinkets, a few new rewards, and heirloom weapon upgrades! This year the event runs from September 20 to October 6. You will need 500 x Brewfest Prize Token to purchase the new rewards.

If you are still leveling alts, don't forget to grab the Brewfest Enthusiast buff at 6:15 AM and 6:15 PM server time outside of Ironforge and Orgrimmar at the Tapping of the Keg ceremony.



New Rewards

Level Type Name Cost
1Junk Steamworks Sausage Grill200 × 
1Companion Pets Stout Alemental200 × 
1Other Brewfest Banner100 × 
90Consumable Ancient Heirloom Scabbard300 × 
100Consumable Timeworn Heirloom Scabbard500 × 

Updated Trinkets

Level Type Name
670Trinket Brawler's Statue
670Trinket Mithril Wristwatch
670Trinket Coren's Cold Chromium Coaster
670Trinket Bitterest Balebrew Charm
670Trinket Bubbliest Brightbrew Charm
670Trinket Thousand-Year Pickled Egg

Old Rewards

Level Type Slot Name Cost Model Viewer
1Companion Pets Wolpertinger's Tankard200 × 
1Companion Pets Pint-Sized Pink Pachyderm100 × 
20Holiday Preserved Brewfest Hops20 × 
1Quest "Brew of the Month" Club Membership Form200 × 
1HeadHead Brown Brewfest Hat50 × 
Modelviewer
1HeadHead Green Brewfest Hat50 × 
Modelviewer
1HeadHead Blue Brewfest Hat50 × 
Modelviewer
1HeadHead Purple Brewfest Hat50 × 
Modelviewer
10HeadHead Blix's Eyesight Enhancing Romance Goggles100 × 
Modelviewer
1ChestChest Brewfest Regalia200 × 
Modelviewer
1ChestChest Brewfest Dress200 × 
Modelviewer
1FeetFeet Brewfest Boots100 × 
Modelviewer
1FeetFeet Brewfest Slippers100 × 
Modelviewer
1Consumable Angry Brewfest Letter50 × 
1Consumable Brewfest Pony Keg100 × 
20Consumable Fresh Brewfest Hops2 × 
20Consumable Fresh Dwarven Brewfest Hops5 × 
1Consumable Brewfest Keg Pony200 × 
1Consumable Brewhelm2 × 
1Consumable Pandaren Brewpack100 × 


Armory Stats - Brewfest Mounts
Today we are looking at collection rates of the three mounts you can earn from Brewfest. This data is from 2.1 million players active since August 1, 2015 and 3.7 million players active enough to still be on armory.

The Great Brewfest Kodo and Swift Brewfest Ram have a ~3% chance to drop from Keg-Shaped Treasure Chest and the Brewfest Ram is no longer obtainable.

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Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Class design involves such exciting variety. One day, I may be brainstorming high-level concepts for abilities used by a pirate... (Celestalon)
...and the next, we're calculating the edge angle of an n-gon simulating a circle with variable radius that intersects two known points. (Celestalon)

Raids
Trivia question. What made you decide that the TOC/ICC model with normal/hc was better than the Ulduar model with hardmodes?
Tough to cover in 140 characters, but mainly clarity and consistency. (WarcraftDevs)

PvP
I have full conquest gear, why do I get blue medallion as human when I use Mercenary?
We didn’t feel it was appropriate to give someone a free conquest item. (WarcraftDevs)

lost my title with the new mercenary mode, specifically with my HotA title.... pvp title cant be expose in pvp
We didn’t feel it was appropriate to use faction titles with Mercenary mode. (WarcraftDevs)

Reasonable thread about recent tournament.(not mine) http://t.co/kW1RG5dB19
The whole "will never be an esport" is nonsense. But I'm fine with critiques of clarity of the broadcast. (holinka)
Our goal is to provide an exciting event for the WoW community & celebrate our players. We aren't looking to dethrone anyone. (holinka)
Not trying to be 'big-headed' or suggest you'd be completely in the wrong. I think there's a compromise for the overall better
Certainly we think we can do things to make it easier to follow and watch and we'll continue to try and improve. (holinka)

Assuming I accept what you often suggest,3v3 better gameplay.Does it make up for the -huge- watchability loss?I don't think it does
We don't plan on making the game less fun to play so it can be more fun to watch. (holinka)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
IDK if you can asnwer this but: You did play WoD before Leaving Blizzard?
Not really. Frostfire was barely playable at the time and it sounds like it evolved a lot anyway. (OccupyGStreet)



Guild Wars 2 - PvP Growing
The Game Director for Guild Wars 2 recently replied to some PvP concerns, letting players know that PvP is growing and larger than ever before.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
The current system is making the player base smaller by the minute.
While I’ll let the PvP team respond to the other points here, I do want to take a moment and address this:

PvP has steadily grown in population and play hours going on nearly a year now. It’s sky-rocketed since the game went free, and the two weeks before this have been our best weeks literally since the week the game launched. We anticipate this week will be the best week login/play wise PvP has ever had in the history of Gw2.

I don’t want to trivialize your points – and our competitive team has some great reasons why things operate the way they do they’ll lay out and explain in relation to leagues soon: I do want to call out you’re using false population data to support your point.

From an ArenaNet perspective, PvP is the fastest growing part of Gw2 and had more success for us as a business in the last year than it’s had by far in the history of the Guild Wars franchise. Next year is going to be even bigger because of that success.

I’m really proud of the work the team has done and the work our amazing player community who has helped grow competitive PvP just as much as our dev team has and would hate to see that lost in this discussion.



Dark Legacy Comics #505 - In the Bag
DLC #505 has been released!

by Published on 2015-09-19 03:16 PM

Feedback and Suggestions Compilation, How to Archon, Crafting 25 Legendary Fists

Hearthstone September Loot Crate Items - Free Card Pack!

Americas Championship This Weekend and Sale, Monk Solo Support SEL Match

Pirate's Day
Pirates' Day is here again. The only change to the event is the addition of Big Bag of Booty.



Armory Stats - Pirate's Day and Day of the Dead
Today we are looking at how players are doing on the completion of Pirates' Day and Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead doesn't take place until November, but it is close to Blizzcon, so hopefully we will be busy with news by then.

Today's data is from 2.1 million players active since August 1, 2015.

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Name Percent Points Category
The Captain's Booty Drink with the Dread Captain DeMeza to join her crew during Pirates' Day.
35.61% 10World Events
Dead Man's Party Dance with Catrina to become a skeleton during the Day of the Dead.
47.30% 10World Events
To The Afterlife Defeat a contender while wearing a contender's outfit purchased during Day of the Dead.
9.72% 5World Events
Vientos! Defeat 20 contenders while wearing a contender's outfit purchased during Day of the Dead.
4.73% 5World Events
Calavera Defeat 50 contenders while wearing a contender's outfit purchased during Day of the Dead.
4.13% 10World Events


Patch 6.2 - Naval Hats
If you are looking for Naval themed hats for Pirate's Day, don't forget about the new hats added in Patch 6.2. There is also the Ghostly Iron Buccaneer's Hat, which will transform you into a skeleton pirate for an hour! It is a ~37% drop from Captain Ironbeard in Tanaan Jungle.


Level Type Name Source
100Other Ghostly Iron Buccaneer's HatLooted
1Cosmetic Captain's Hat Petty Officer
1Cosmetic Captain's Hat Petty Officer
1Cosmetic Fleet Commander's Hat Charting a Course
1Cosmetic Fleet Commander's Hat Charting a Course


Blizzard Entertainment and Random House LLC Partner for New Novels
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Good news, book lovers! Next year you can look forward two new exciting novels from Blizzard Entertainment universes. So prepare yourself for World of Warcraft: Illidan by William King due to release in March, and for an original StarCraft novel by New York Times bestselling author Timothy Zahn. We will be localizing these books in several different languages so stay tuned for more details!


Additionally, we're pleased to announce that Blizzard Entertainment and Random House LLC will be partnering up to publish not only the novels mentioned above but many more from the Warcraft universe, StarCraft universe, and other Blizzard universes.

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Do you think you can devote too many resources trying to "outdo" yourself that you deliver good content but too little of it?
Easily. This is a big problem in game development. I preach the mantra "the enemy of good is perfect." (OccupyGStreet)

In the past, being behind on content was OK (Kara, SSC, etc). Is being behind current content really an issue? What changed?
The team worked hard on Ulduar, but many players weren't ready for the content and didn't participate. (OccupyGStreet)
We didn't want a model where later tiers saw less and less participation. Not sure that was the right call, but that was the logic (OccupyGStreet)

More real talk: are MMO subs REALLY cyclical? Which has changed more: game design or gamers? Which influenced the other more?
I think players have just "been there / done that." RTS as a genre isn't as widespread as it used to be either. (OccupyGStreet)
Blizzard does fine with their MMO and RTS but the list drops off quickly after them. (OccupyGStreet)
Some genres seem more evergreen, principally FPS and some RPGs. MMO may need to innovate dramatically to stay vibrant as a genre. (OccupyGStreet)
Do you think it's because gameplay is "second" in MMOs (and usually dull, compared to FPS)? Or because of the "casual" shift.
I think something about FPS gameplay is evergreen. You don't get bored of those games for some reason. (OccupyGStreet)



World of Warcraft Skyrim Mods
johnskyrim is back, sharing a Judgement Armor Skyrim mod on Reddit today. We also included some of his previous work.

by Published on 2015-09-18 10:34 AM

Datamined Patch, Tamplier's Diablo Fanart

Ben Brode Interview - Deck Slots, Secretadin, Internal Stats; Strength in Numbers, HS Probability Guide

BNet and Twitch Integration, New Maps, Blizzcon Schedule Revealed, Top 5 Fails #16

Patch 6.2.2a Hotfixes - September 17
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Gorefiend
    • Increased the duration for Digest and Resisting to 35 seconds (up from 30 seconds) on Mythic difficulty.
Grimrail Depot
  • Fixed an issue where players were incorrectly able to reflect damage for a number of abilities during the Nitrogg Thundertower encounter.
Icecrown Citadel
  • The Lich King: Players that fall off the platform during the final stage of the encounter should no longer remain stuck in combat and be able to release their spirits.

PvP
Ashran
  • Recreant is now applied if a player does not accept the prompt to enter Ashran.
Mercenary Mode
  • Fixed a situation that could cause the Mercenary mode buff to not be applied correctly on a character.

Achievements
  • Master of the Seas: The title associated with this achievement is now account-wide for level 100 characters.
  • Rumble in the Jungle: The title associated with this achievement is now account-wide for level 100 characters.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Matchmaking Normal Difficulty Groups
Very unlikely, the extra convenience of having an automated queuing system for normal mode would be immediately defeated by the lack of coordination that these groups are usually accustomed to.

LFR's difficulty level is tuned exactly to match the level of coordination that one can expect (on average) from a group formed by an automated system.

Let people queue for Normal if they want to - but don't change mechanics to accommodate random queueing. Leave Nm as it is, difficulty-wise.
Given that extra option, I believe very few would be satisfied with queueing for LFR only.

What you said actually sounds reasonable at first, but once such an option becomes available, it creates false expectations. If such content isn't properly tuned for random grouping, it will only lead to nerf requests. We see that happening all the time even in LFR as I'm sure you're all aware, especially when new raids launch and they're slightly over-tuned.

There's also this issue with automated systems and their detrimental effects on the social potential of a game, which is an essential factor for any mmorpg, so we want to be very careful whenever we expand or change such systems. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

BlizzCon Opening Week – October 28 to November 1
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Last year, we needed an extra weekend for all the World Championship eSports. This year, we need a week! The Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and WoW Arena World Championships, along with the StarCraft II WCS Global Finals, will launch from Burbank, CA between October 28 and November 1.

The BlizzCon Opening Week will host 96 elite eSports players from across the globe battling for the opportunity to be crowned World Champion at BlizzCon. This is eSports you need to watch, and you’ll have plenty of streaming options available on BlizzCon.com for each game.

So, which matches will be played at BlizzCon Opening Week, and when? We’ve broken it out for each game below:

Hearthstone World Championship
Prize Pool: $250,000
Number of Players: 16
Schedule: October 28-31, 9:00 a.m. PDT

Matches: The Hearthstone World Championship kicks off with four groups of four players vying against each other in a dual-elimination format. Match 1 of each group will play October 28, with Match 2 and the first eliminations on October 29. October 30-31 will see each match advancing a player to BlizzCon, as we make our way through the winners and decider matches of each group.

Heroes of the Storm World Championship
Prize Pool: $500,000
Number of Players: 8 Teams (5 players per team)
Schedule: October 28, 1:30 p.m. PDT

Matches: The Heroes of the Storm World Championship features 2 dual-tournament groups in the first round. No teams will be eliminated during Opening Week, but each team will get to show their stuff in the initial matches of each group.

WoW Arena World Championship
Prize Pool: $250,000
Number of Players: 8 teams (3 players per team)
Schedule: October 30-31, 1:30 p.m. PDT

Matches: Each of the 2 dual-tournament groups in the Round of 8 will compete October 30-31. Two teams will advance to the Round of 4 bracket (played at BlizzCon November 6) based on the results of these matches, while the other two Ro4 teams will be determined at BlizzCon.

StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals
Prize Pool: $250,000
Number of Players: 16
Schedule: November 1, 10:00 a.m. PST

Matches: The Global Finals will follow last year’s tried and true format. The top 16 players in the WCS Global Standings will be seeded into a single elimination bracket. All matches of the Round of 16 bracket will take place November 1. Eight of the 16 players will advance to the Round of 8 matches (played at BlizzCon November 6).

You’ll also be able to watch coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and all of the StarCraft II, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and Heroes of the Storm matches taking place at BlizzCon for free in HD at www.blizzcon.com. The StarCraft II finals will also be available to watch via the official WCS website.

Twitch Battle.Net Integration
Twitch has added the ability to link your Battle.Net account to your Twitch account and Blizzard is giving away a Heroes of the Storm portrait to those who link it and watch some of a Heroes of the Storm regional championship. Some kind of reward could be added for WoW in the future!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Twitch and Blizzard are teaming up to reward those who not only love to play Heroes of the Storm, but watch it, too!

Secure your portrait
For a limited time, anyone who watches a Heroes of the Storm regional championship while logged into Twitch with a linked Battle.net account will receive a special “Storm Watcher” portrait in Heroes of the Storm.


Your first opportunity to secure this portrait is quickly approaching. Tune in to the Americas Championship on September 19 and 20, and you’ll be among the first to receive the new portrait. After watching the Americas or other regional championship events, the portrait will be awarded to qualifying players starting in October, when it will appear in your in-game portrait collection.

  • Log in to your account on Twitch.
  • Navigate to the Settings menu by clicking your account name in the top-right corner of the home screen.
  • Click on the Connections tab.
  • Follow the instructions after selecting a region and clicking Connect next to Battle.net.

Click Here to go straight to the Twitch.tv settings page!

Do I need to keep my accounts linked to receive the portrait?
In order to make sure we're able to properly grant the portrait award, please make sure you leave the accounts linked until the portrait has been awarded to your Battle.net account. We hope to offer additional promotions using this technology in the future, so we recommend leaving the account link in place if you’re interested in participating.

If I watch another region's championship and have my account linked, will I receive the reward in my home region?
Yes, watching the Americas, Korea, Europe, or Taiwan championships on Twitch will grant you the in-game portrait in all regions.

If I watch the event on a mobile device will I receive the portrait?
Yes, as long as you are logged in to Twitch and your accounts are linked while you watch the event, you will be eligible for the portrait reward.

Will other Blizzard games offer similar promotions?
The Heroes of the Storm “Storm Watcher” portrait is the only active promotion currently available. We’re considering rolling out similar promotions for our other games, but we don’t have any additional details to share at this time.

Visit HeroesoftheStorm.com/eSports to learn more about the Americas Championship and our other regional championship events!

Poll - WoW Twitch Streams
Do you watch WoW streams?



Overwatch - More Teasers and Hints
Some more teaser images appeared today, along with a note to check back for a special report next week. You can get all of the details on Overpwn.


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