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Huge Sale on Footprints, Portals and Character Effects - Free Frontier Mystery Box When you Spend PointsJul 18, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe've just released the Automaton Storm Brand Effect and also started a huge sale on Footprints, Portals and Character Effect microtransactions. In addition, we're offering one free Frontier Mystery Box when you spend points! Find out more below. The Automaton Storm Brand Effect replaces the standard effect of a Storm Brand skill gem with a red lightning effect that's popular among the community. Check it out by pressing M in game. This weekend a hundred Footprints, Portals and Character Effects are available at discounted prices, including the Illusionist Portal Effect, the Mystic Character Effect, the Infernal Footprints and many more. Press M to check out the discounted selection. This sale will run from the time of this post until 9PM July 22nd (PDT). This is also the final weekend of our three month promotion with Twitch Prime, so you only have a few days left to redeem the Steam-Powered Portal, Arcane Visage, Arcane Halo and Azure Weapon Effect for free. The offer ends on the 23rd of July (PDT). Find out more in this announcement. Additionally, we're offering one free Frontier Mystery Box when you spend any amount of points in the store! This means you can purchase the new Storm Brand effect or some microtransactions on sale, and get one Frontier Mystery Box as a gift! The offer is available on PC and consoles and ends at 9PM July 22nd (PDT). Please note: it's only possible to get one free Frontier Mystery Box from this promotion. Making additional microtransaction purchases will not grant additional mystery boxes. Purchasing a supporter pack will not grant a free mystery box but spending points from a supporter pack can grant a free mystery box. Thank you for your support and have a nice weekend! By the way, we've got some exciting news to share next week, so stay tuned! Streamer Interview - ChistorJul 17, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsIn continuation of our Streamer Interview news series, we reached out to Chistor, a popular streamer from our Russian community, to talk about his streaming career and history of playing Path of Exile. Hi, thank you for taking part in the interview! Please introduce yourself.Hello, my name is Stanislav, known as Chistor. I stream on Nice to meet you. How long have you been streaming for? How did you get into it?I started streaming in 2015. In 2012, following the release of Diablo 3, one of my teammates gave me a link to the channel of some guy called Kripparrian, he was pushing for the world first hardcore Diablo kill. Prior to that, I didn't even know it was possible to broadcast games and interact with viewers live, that blew my mind. I didn't have a chance to try out streaming back then as the internet in my city was really bad, so I kept studying in university, doing a few sporting activities, playing random games and online poker when I had free time. Then, a couple of years later my internet improved and streaming became possible in rather ok quality, so I decided to give it a go. At this point, I wanted to quit online poker, even though it was going pretty well, but that was something I didn't want to do in my life, so I cashed out all of my money from my poker account and made a streaming setup with it. I didn't have any plans or expectations of it, the idea was - if I play video games, why not also stream it. What can people expect from your stream? What kind of schedule do you follow?I treat my viewers as a group of friends. We play games together and have fun, anybody is welcome to become part of it. You can find me online at from midday to evening (CET) every day with very few days off. At the start of every league I push on stream non-stop. I stream in Russian but also do speak English, so feel free to chat and ask questions, as I always tend to help players with figuring out the game. In terms of content, you can expect pretty much anything - exploring new league content, making different fun or effective builds, pushing endgame, testing new strategies, checking out some interesting game releases and so on. Whatever is fun and enjoyable. There's no limit for types of content. How and when did you find out about Path of Exile?You may guess - Kripparrian played it on stream. That was the first time I found out about Path of Exile, haven't had a lot of free time during those days, was watching Kripp more than playing it myself. What was the moment that got you hooked on the game?I returned to Diablo 3 to try out its new seasons system in February 2015, during Season 2 and started streaming it. A few months later someone told me about this game called Path of Exile, which was getting official localization in CIS by Garena. At this point I stopped watching Kripparrian long ago, as he became a Hearthstone streamer and also hadn't played Path of Exile for a long time, so it was pretty much a fresh start for me...Highlights from the Video-Making CompetitionJul 16, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsLast week we started a video-making competition and have already received many interesting submissions! As is tradition, we'll be publishing frequent competition highlights until its end on the 5th of August (NZT). Check out this week's highlights below! 'EXILES' by steelsoldier Path Of Exile in 3 Genres by Harakiri2014 Video by yoshis The Forbidden Sun by Jousis Legion Build Showcase by tofu14 (Korean community submission)Hideout Showcase and Huge Sale on Hideout DecorationsJul 15, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsOur community has always been creative in decorating their hideouts and with the massive revamp of the hideout system in the Betrayal expansion, the amount of amazing and unique hideouts has grown significantly. For this news post we've gathered several interesting hideouts recently submitted by our players. Check out the video below! Here's a list of hideouts, featured in this video: Crystal Pass by paps Hanok by Arthur_von_Schreyer Divided Hideout by Arthur_von_Schreyer and Path_of_Derrok Arcanepunk 2077 by Noooberino If you're inspired to decorate your own hideout, you'll be happy to hear that we've started a huge sale on hideout decorations which will run for a week! There are 61 hideout effects and decorations available at discounted prices, included the Sin Cathedral Decoration, the Mystic Building Supplies Decoration, the Arcane Throne Decoration and more! Please note that this sale excludes new hideout decorations which were introduced since the release of the Legion expansion. Those will become a part of our daily deals rotation very soon. The sale runs all week alongside other daily deals until the 23rd of July. Press M in game to view the full list of discounts. Thank you for your support!Legion Concept ArtJul 14, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsAs soon as game designers make a decision on concept and mechanics of an upcoming league, the art team starts working on its visuals, creating concept art and assets. We know that many players enjoy checking out Path of Exile concept art, so we've gathered some to share with you today, including the concept art of Legion generals, the Legion Monolith and a couple of Legion uniques {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/d9a8c4b9b61f6ab313e8f912529f9aed2553674b.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/c664a415c959eea6f8c4710bdfbe6b9b8858cd71.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/908e4d1ab675474ade78f1a3f82f0901bd9a7611.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/e85a734984bd7bf338afec1672e44af5c1e5a99f.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/b707e9c9853ae1a28fa4ac13b6655a37c6b88101.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/b42e81bb106a580c09a5b1325049bb92c1d5373c.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/3f09b1f8231e167b201981a845f462d1075029d5.jpgLegion Generals FFA ShowcaseJul 11, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsSince the release of Legion expansion, some of our community has been wondering who's the strongest among the Legion Generals. In order to know, we arranged a fight between all five of them! 3.7.3d Patch NotesJul 10, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsThe team is finishing work on the next patch with improvements to the Legion and bug fixes. We're planning to deploy the 3.7.3d update by the end of this working week on PC and as soon as possible on consoles. In the meantime, we wanted to share the full patch notes with you to keep you in the loop regarding what we're working on. Please be mindful that these patch notes may not be final and are still subject to change before the patch. Legion Improvements Added a visual effect and audio that plays when an Incubator's requirements are fulfilled. Added audio to the indicator that displays on a Legion monolith if a General has spawned. The modifiers granted by passive skills that are conquered by Timeless Jewels are now displayed underneath the native modifiers that it grants. Fixed a bug where an Eldritch Incubator could drop T16 Shaper Guardian maps, when it should only be able to drop maps that can have the Elder's Orb applied to them. Fixed a bug where non-Piercing projectiles could not hit Queen Hyrri Ngamaku. Fixed a bug where Queen Hyrri Ngamaku would not drop items if killed while Frozen. Skill Improvements Some variants of the following monsters can once again be Spectred: Spectral Captain, Unstable Aberration, Pale Husk, Student of Pain, Student of Torture, Student of Brutality, Vassal of Inti, Raised Zombie, Shadow Minion, Unstable Devourer, Devourer, Plummeting Ursa, Slithering Servant, Frozen Supplicant, Storming Supplicant, Surging Adder, Mindless Scavenger, Fallen Horror, Impure Soldier, Impure Archer, Knitted Horror, Kiln Mother, Unholy Aberration, Wild Rhex, Farric Tiger, Craicic Sandspitter, Craicic Chimeral, Craicic Reaver and Starved Plague Rat. Fixed a bug where non-channelled movement skills that were used while channelling a skill would be used twice. Fixed a bug where you could sometimes continue channelling a skill even if you had released its keybind. Fixed a bug where, if you had used a skill while moving, objects would not be interactable nor display their labels until you stopped moving. Fixed a bug where Blink Arrow and Mirror Arrow sometimes failed to create a clone or teleport your character on Predictive networking mode. Miscellaneous Improvements The additional map drop that Map bosses can drop will now correctly be Shaped if the map chosen is Shaped on your Atlas. Improved client performance while in the Azurite Mine. Gems that are ready to level up now display their current level in the chat box notification. Increased the volume of Volatile Flameblood and Lightning Mirage audio when being spawned. While wearing the Aukuna's Will unique gloves, Raise Zombie will no longer prioritise corpses when cast if your target location does not have nearby corpses. Fixed a bug where the "Nearby Enemies are Blinded" aura granted by the Eclipse Solaris unique wand was being disabled when changing areas. Fixed a bug where Aukuna's Will unique gloves allowed you to cast Raise Zombie without having line of sight to that location....Streamer Interview - UbereliteJul 9, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsAs part of our ongoing Streamer Interview news series, we spoke with Uberelite about his experiences with Path of Exile. He's been playing since 2012 and is a long time member of the racing community. Hi Uber, thank you for taking part in the interview! Please introduce yourself. Thanks for having me! I’m theuberelite, also known as Uber. I'm 27 and have been a PC gamer for more than half my life at this point. Most people know me as someone that plays a lot of minion builds, though I'll play other things from time to time if they are interesting enough to me! When did you first get into Path of Exile? Back in Closed Beta... around 0.9.12 or so I believe. So around the time of Kripp playing Path of Exile for the first time. I had heard about the game before that from another friend but didn't try it as it was shortly after Diablo 3 came out and I was clinging to the hope that Diablo 3 would be good. What one thing caught your attention in the beginning and what one thing kept you coming back? The customization available with the tree, gems, and builds... the racing was also something interesting back then for me as well. I distinctly remember seeing spreadsheets for racing from a person named NotThat, also known as PandaMajere, and it was something that after I had played a few builds decided to pursue. What are the biggest differences you notice between now and when you started in terms of both the game and the community? Well, the game is much faster, that's for sure. The community difference that I notice is that there's a lot more people that speak from the softcore perspective, which is a good thing -- beats the hardcore elitism that plagued the forums and such for a long time. Though it bothers me a bit when I see people say things like “Pantheons are useless!” when they honestly aren’t. The other thing with the game is the tools outside of the game have made it much easier to optimize builds and come up with new things -- in particular, Path of Building. Not necessarily a terrible thing either, as Path of Building is still not necessarily easy to use, and you find people that have too many things checked off that aren't reliable. Path of Building has also made the game much more accessible and without it, I doubt we would be as fast as we are at discovering builds. What is your perspective on racing in Path of Exile back in the day compared to now? Back in the day races happened at a lot of different times, and you'd have a lot of random people who worked for different goals, full clearing sidezones for rewards and such. It was interesting since it almost gave racers different "categories" in the same way as speedrunning does. It's kind of a shame that that's not really around much anymore. If there's one thing from those days that I'd love to return, it's the races where you really couldn't practice for, nor can you play at all normally -- which made the experience fresh in a way. Things like Endless Ledge, and even more so, Descent. I re...Atziri Kill - Zizaran's ExileCon Qualifier EventJul 8, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsOn July 27th at 1pm (PDT), we will be supporting Zizaran in hosting the third of our ExileCon qualifying events. Players will compete in a Hardcore Solo-Self Found environment to be the first to kill Atziri, Queen of the Vaal in The Apex of Sacrifice. The winner will receive a VIP ExileCon prize package and entry into our ExileCon race finale! Zizaran's sponsor, Method, will be providing an additional ExileCon prize package to the second place winner! The event begins at 1pm on July 27th (PDT) and will open for 12 hours although it's likely that the top ten places will be filled within a few hours. The event is open to all who would like to participate and takes place in a separate event league so that there are no limits to the number of participants who may join. You'll be able to join the event under the character selection screen when it becomes available. Prizes1st Place VIP ExileCon Ticket (Access to the convention and VIP dinner). Flights to New Zealand. Accommodation for the convention weekend. Entrance into the ExileCon race event finale. 2nd Place - Provided by Method Regular ExileCon convention ticket. Flights to New Zealand. Accommodation for the convention weekend. 3rd - 10th Place Method will also be providing prizes to the rest of the top ten players who kill Atziri first. These are yet to be announced. Keep an eye out for Zizaran's announcement! If you'd like to watch the action unfold live, you can watch a broadcast of the event over at of Exile Video-Making CompetitionJul 7, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsIt's been exactly four years since we ran our first Path of Exile video-making competition! Our community has grown significantly over these years, so we thought it might be fun to host a similar competition again. The winners will be rewarded with microtransactions, some awesome physical items including an Art Book and T-shirts, as well as the opportunity to design a Rogue Exile that will stay in the game forever! Prizes Top Three Winners The top three submissions will receive the opportunity to design a Rogue Exile that will be immortalised in Path of Exile. You'll get to choose the look and direct the name of the exile. (Note that GGG reserves the right to ask you to change your design if it is inappropriate for the game.) Your choice of two Path of Exile T-shirts - (Chaos Orb, Shaper or Untainted Paradise). Please note that size availability for these shirts may be limited. Signed Path of Exile Art Book Chaos Orb Key Chain Brutus Art Print Your choice of Armour Set 250 points 4th - 10th Place Your choice of one Path of Exile T-shirt - (Chaos Orb, Shaper or Untainted Paradise). Please note that size availability for these shirts may be limited. Brutus Art Print Your choice of Armour Set 250 points Runner Ups 250 points The number of runner up prizes awarded will depend on how many entries to the competition there are. How to EnterCreate a short video related to Path of Exile content. Your video can contain anything, from awesome gameplay moments or builds showcase, to skits and even cartoons. It's ideal if your content is easy to consume and takes no longer than three minutes to watch. Then upload your video to YouTube or any other video hosting service and submit the link in the comments to this thread. The winning submissions will be selected based on the following criteria: How clearly your video refers to Path of Exile. How compelling or entertaining the video is. Conditions The competition will run from the time of this post until Monday the 5th of August at 5pm (NZT). Submissions made after this time will not be counted. We'll post the winners sometime in the following days. Any video that is submitted must be your own and must be created after the launch of this competition. Multiple submissions are welcome. If you want to create a montage of other creators' videos, this is permitted as long as it follows all legal guidelines of fair use standards.We always enjoy watching Path of Exile videos created by the members of our community, and we're very excited to see the videos you create for this competition! Good luck everyone!Frontier Mystery Box Concept ArtJul 4, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe're finishing this week by showcasing the concept art of the microtransactions introduced in the recently released Frontier Mystery Box. As usual, our artists have done an amazing job of bringing our idea of this Mystery Box to life, and we're happy to give you a little insight into its development process today. If you're interested to know how we design our Mystery Boxes and microtransactions, check out our posts about the creation of the Fire and Ice Mystery Box and the Ultimate Armour Set. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/ad3c14e52100b3dac1af786573b3d7aa0553cdeb.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/6e93a57eece757dbde28101380f9c8db1cf05473.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/13291cd3c02292d1594c5989aa5ca9b13d136c14.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/53f37246a1e516bb81a091342c30a705e092349f.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/a8990dda8fd716dff0c6d44e5c988a61f771ae03.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/5191ab308ee3925619717eff4541d9a7e0f2a065.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/ccbd7e905df79d2ed7a59c9f2a4915beb2973319.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/794bf4a35ca7943e8a9d8d8530c62e5aa4d3cf68.jpg{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/77617695579160e19b69373b21acd12d17ee7746.png{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/9f0c086c4eb8647e8e8b34bc147bd0be7489e997.jpg3.7.3b Patch NotesJul 3, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsIn a few hours we'll be deploying the 3.7.3b patch with server performance improvements as well as several bug fixes and crash fixes. While you're waiting for this update, why not check out its patch notes? Please note that the patch notes listed below may be changed prior to the release of this update. Fixed a bug that caused monster AI to consume too many server resources. This also fixes many cases where monsters were using their skills more often than intended (such as The Shaper in the Uber Elder encounter teleporting around too often and The Brine King using his Bubble Shield too often). Fixed a bug where the Master of Metal ascendancy passive could cause server performance issues. Fixed various cases where monster skills would not display correctly if you had left the area and returned while they were using the skill (for example, the Blood Meteors in the Ahuatotli, the Blind encounter). Fixed a bug where a single skill could sometimes be used multiple times in succession if another skill was used while you were holding down the original skills keybind. Fixed a bug where channelled skills could cause you to be kicked for performing too many actions. Fixed a bug where Legion Generals would not drop items if you were not in the area when they escaped. Fixed a bug introduced in patch 3.7.2 where the corpse of Aukuna, the Black Sekhema's rhex could be destroyed, preventing her safe landing. Fixed a bug where Harbingers spawned from the "Unique Boss is accompanied by a mysterious Harbinger" sextant modifier would spawn in inaccessible locations in Belfry Map, Lava Lake Map, Sunken City Map and Tower Map. Fixed a bug where you were unable to enter The Menagerie through Einhar's portal until you had spoken to him in The Forest Encampment. Fixed a bug where some parts of the Shipyard Map could become inaccessible if a Betrayal Fortification encounter was present. Fixed a bug where Herald of Purity was using the wrong visual effects when either the Blood Guard or Faith Guard Herald Effects were applied to it. Fixed a bug where /dance would not work on Predictive networking mode. Fixed a client crash that could occur while Piety was using her beam skill on Malachai. Fixed four instance crashes. Thank you for all your feedback and support!Huge Sale on Pets All WeekJul 2, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe're happy to announce that the huge Pet sale which started yesterday, will run for all week! More than 80 pets are available at discounted prices, including the community popular Celestial Cat Pet and the Gothic Horror Ghost Child! Aside from being fun travel companions, pets also work well in hideouts, so don't miss the chance to breathe life into your hideouts by letting some adorable dwellers in! Please note that this sale excludes new pets which were introduced last month, as well as some old ones. They will be included into other sales. The sale runs all week alongside other daily deals, and ends at Jul 08, 2019 9:00 PM (PDT). Press M in game to view the full list of discounts. Legion Statistics: Challenges and the Domain of Timeless ConflictJul 2, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsThe Legion League has been live for almost a month which means it's time to gather some statistics! Last week we talked about the class and Ascendancy breakdown in this league, and today we'll have a look at the number of challenges players have completed as well as the number of times people have opened the Domain of Timeless Conflict. Challenges This graph shows what percentage of players have how many challenges and only includes accounts that have completed at least one challenge. Challenge Progress (of Players With >=1) {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/b21e6d8b5ca619a0fcc57faca94aeb156b219e0b.jpg 18.15% of players have completed 12 challenges and earned the Monolith Helmet. 2.65% of players have completed 24 challenges and earned the Monolith Aura. 0.31% of players have completed 36 challenges and earned the Monolith Wings. The Domain of Timeless Conflict Below we listed the statistics of how many times players have opened the Domain of Timeless Conflict with various combinations of the Legion factions. Two Factions: Eternal, Karui: 89440 Eternal, Maraketh: 445 Eternal, Templar: 2413 Eternal, Vaal: 19800 Karui, Maraketh: 616 Karui, Templar: 2683 Karui, Vaal: 42538 Maraketh, Templar: 276 Maraketh, Vaal: 394 Templar, Vaal: 2144 Three Factions: Eternal, Karui, Templar: 3532 Eternal, Karui, Maraketh: 841 Eternal, Karui, Vaal: 101737 Eternal, Maraketh, Templar: 141 Eternal, Maraketh, Vaal: 291 Eternal, Templar, Vaal: 1352 Karui, Maraketh, Templar: 211 Karui, Maraketh, Vaal: 507 Karui, Templar, Vaal: 2523 Maraketh, Templar, Vaal: 111 Four Factions: Karui, Maraketh, Templar, Vaal: 651 Eternal, Karui, Maraketh, Vaal: 5564 Eternal, Karui, Maraketh, Templar: 770 Eternal, Karui, Templar, Vaal: 85309 Eternal, Maraketh, Templar, Vaal: 419 All Five Factions: Eternal, Karui, Maraketh, Templar, Vaal: 57256 Community ShowcaseJul 1, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe are always amazed by how many players like to express their talents in the form of Path of Exile fan art! As we often do, we've gathered some of the recently submitted fan art to share with you today. Alva and the Temple of Atzoatl by UNZlPPED {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/a7d097b4ef584cbf486d258afb940ab7e08e0f28.png Demigod Arc Witch by Gunoo {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/be182db2f53ea05c78c91efd492cafe1eb8610c4.jpg Abberath by haxxori {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/3177a1ceba89ce3ac828044dc13edcc1a84b69f6.png Niko by monstrts {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/ae0f90d6a4e1a76da91e9cf6981a7497c319b6ac.png Wraeclast Men's Health and Entertainment for Exiles by Kardalak {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/06fe2b4499885ccab1b951f1b8f1ce2c434c2954.png {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/07046b8a22de3abb4bab1f90b28b46bdc063fcd9.png {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/f2f3d4d5fb4fe857917fd57aefff292ee50270d3.png Einhar Crochet Figurine by lenlenrl {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/93f2dfaa0ead4f65e84757fc1373177e9fd5cce0.jpg Double Vaal by pangestu {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/b969255f8a8194a629d23435ce5c73ffde3eceec.jpgGlimmerwood Microtransactions are Now Available in StoreJun 30, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsMicrotransactions from the Glimmerwood Mystery Box are now available in the store! It's also still possible to combine some of the individual Huntsman and Madcap pieces into the new 'Transcendence' microtransactions. Check out the Glimmerwood Mystery Box trailer below to see everything that's available or check them out in the store by pressing M in game. In addition to 38 colourful cosmetic effects, we've also released the Glimmerwood Hideout and the Celestial Tree Decoration to give you more options with which to customise your hideouts. The Glimmerwood Hideout is located in a gloom mystical thicket with mushrooms and giant roots. With a cosy little cottage hidden in the woods, this hideout is completely ready for your exiles to move in! If you're looking for something unusual for your hideouts, we'd recommend checking out the new Celestial Tree decoration, a twisted alien tree with yellow spheres growing out of it. Check out the videos below! Thank you for your support!New Microtransactions and Huge Skill Effect Sale - Community Racing Event This SaturdayJun 27, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsEarlier today we deployed the 3.7.3 update with many improvements as well as several bug fixes. You can check out the patch notes here. Thank you for your reports and feedback so far! We're finishing this week by releasing new Water Elemental microtransactions, including the back attachment, pet and the character effect. Both back attachment and character effect will perfectly complete your new Water Elemental Armour Set as they are made of water and have whirlpool effects. The Water Elemental Pet is a small herd of blue seahorses which will travel alongside your character, leaving a trail of water behind. Check all of them out by watching the videos below, or press M in game to get yours. Additionally, this weekend we're holding a sale on a huge selection of skill effects! This sale includes every skill effect in the store except the ones that were released since the start of the Legion league. They will be available with a discount later! Press M in game to view the full selection of discounted skill effects. By the way, an ExileCon qualification racing event, arranged by community member Kammell, will start at 12PM this Saturday June 29th (PDT)! We're offering our support by providing an ExileCon prize package for the Rank 1 winner who will be flown to New Zealand to attend ExileCon and compete in the live ExileCon race finale! Click here, if you'd like to join! For more information about the event, check out Kammell's official post. Thank you so much for your support! Have a great weekend, everyone, and best of luck to our racers! Designing the Legion Jewels - Part ThreeJun 27, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsToday we're sharing the final portion of Hrishi's breakdown on designing the new Legion Jewels. If you missed Part One and Part two you can find them here and here. Templar The Agnostic This keystone actually has a longer history than most others, with the idea originating during the development of Delve. The original design for Hale Negator was to have this signature mod on it. However, there were significant problems with it working on an item like that that caused us to shelve it. When thinking of Templar themed keystones, I remember this mod and how it had been shelved away due to being difficult to do and asked if this was possible. As it turns out, the biggest roadblock back in the day was Energy Shield's interaction with taking damage. If we removed Energy Shield entirely, we could do it, and of course it meant we could be riskier in its balance since scaling both Life and Mana appropriately isn't trivial to do. The concept is basically trying to promote using your mana to heal you when you take damage. This way you get to fully invest in mana recovery and use that to heal your life pool instead. Inner Conviction This keystone might be among the oldest ideas in here. This was discussed as a keystone for the actual passive tree a very long time ago, but got shelved due for a number of reasons. When thinking of ideas this old keystone was pitched as one that was quite caster-focused. The downside of losing frenzy charges stings, but the payoff is there if you fully invest into power charges. Power of Purpose I've always liked the ability for a keystone to convert something into something else entirely different; it's one of the reasons Iron Reflexes is another one of my favourite keystones! This one very much follows that same concept, with some slight modifications to handle mana's unique situation here. Of course it's harder to stack mana than it is to stack armour, so I had wanted the ratio to be better than 1:1. Also I didn't want you to lose mana entirely, because then you're forced into using Blood Magic, which certainly violates what I wanted keystones to do. As it turns out, we could simply have a very large percentage of mana convert into armour. You'll just have to deal with having a highly diminished mana pool. Eternal Empire Supreme Decadence This keystone probably had the longest development cycle of this entire list. It started out doing something entirely different, with the only similar thing being that it dealt with Flasks. 50% less Flask Effect Flasks also affect nearby Allies This seemed relatively fun and straightforward at the time, but there were so many problems that came up from this. Not only was it going to be exceptionally hard for players to understand what effects were meant to transfer over to allies, there was the possibility of griefing and killing allies through the use of this keystone and certain unique flasks. So, we needed to re-think this. We couldn't go ahead with this considering all the problems it ha...3.7.3 Patch NotesJun 26, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsIn addition to a small 3.7.2b patch, which was deployed earlier this week, the team has been working on a bigger 3.7.3 update with many improvements and fixes. We're planning to release it by the end of this working week on PC. As usual, we have prepared a preview of its patch notes beforehand, so you can get an idea of what to expect. Please note that the patch notes listed below may be changed prior to the release of the 3.7.3 update. Legion Improvements Most, if not all, on-kill mechanics now work during Legion encounters. Added a visual indicator near the Monolith if either faction in a Legion encounter contains a General. Some Legion monsters can no longer generate Endurance, Power or Frenzy Charges. This is solely to reduce the impact on performance. Using the Lapidary Lens in the Temple of Atzoatl can now grant credit towards the "Corrupt a Gem into a Level 21 Gem" step of the Embrace Corruption challenge. Fixed a bug where no warning was given when trying to apply an Incubator to an item that had both an Incubator and a Labyrinth Enchantment on it already. Fixed a bug where a Timeless Jewel that conquered a passive skill that was not connected to your passive tree (through the use of Intuitive Leap) could either reset your passive tree or cause you to be unable to log in to that character. Skill Improvements You can no longer animation cancel skills that are supported by Unleash Support and have consumed Seals until all Seals have been used. Fixed a bug where skills that expend charges to bypass the skill cooldown, such as Flicker Strike or Vigilant Strike, would sometimes appear to expend more than one charge at a time. This was solely a display issue. Fixed a bug where Cyclone's area of effect did not display correctly to other party members. This was solely a visual issue. Fixed a bug where Frostblink, Dash, Chain Hook, Flicker Strike, Consecrated Path, Bodyswap and Flame Dash, when used just as an Incursion is ending, could cause you to not be teleported out of the Incursion. Fixed a bug where "Recently" effects were being affected by effects that caused them to expire slower. Fixed a bug where some enchantment effects were being affected by effects that caused them to expire slower. Fixed a bug where some ascendancy (Elementalist, Guardian, Slayer, Hierophant, Deadeye, Berserker) effects were being affected by effects that caused them to expire slower. Fixed a bug introduced in patch 3.7.2 where you could be incorrectly "kicked for too many actions" when using channelled skills if you were rapidly using the skill while moving. Fixed a bug where skills could repeat if used while holding down the Move keybind when going to pick up an item. Fixed a bug where triggered Molten Shell would absorb the damage of the hit that triggered it. Fixed a bug where Frenzy granted Frenzy Charges even if your attack did not hit. Miscellaneous Improvements Added 3D Art for Fractal Thoughts. Updated the 3D Art of Invictus Solaris to more accurately match...Download the Frontier Mystery Box Soundtrack for Free!Jun 25, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe know that many of you enjoy listening to Path of Exile soundtrack, created (and recently updated) by our composer Kamil. Today we'd like to add one more track to your playlist! As an appreciation for your continued support, we're making the soundtrack of the new Frontier Mystery Box available as a free download. To download the Frontier Mystery Box soundtrack, click (or Right-click, “Save link as”) on the file type you prefer: .flac or .mp3. If you want to hear more of Kamil's work, we recommend checking out his Soundcloud here or YouTube channel. Path of Exile Proves Once Again It Has One of the Most Loyal Fan Bases on SteamJun 4, 2018 - GitHypLast August, Path of Exile came just two thousand players short of hitting 100k for the first time ever. A bittersweet moment for the developers at Grinding Gear Games who certainly would have liked to finally break six figures, but who had also more than doubled the player base of their four-year-old game in a year's time. Now, after its usual seasonal player base slump, Path of Exile has once again come just shy of breaking six figures with the free-to-play game’s new 'Incursion' update. The latest time-traveling expansion saw an impressive peak of 96k players on Steam over the weekend with recent reviews from players remaining Very Positive. [caption id="attachment_351571" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Path of Exile Peak Concurrent Players on Steam via GitHyp[/caption] By doubling May’s peak of only 42k players, Grinding Gear Games have again proved they have one of the most loyal followings on Steam. Since 2013, Path of Exile has seen its share of highs and lows, but continued updates and improvements from the developers have always managed to keep players coming back for more. At the moment, Path of Exile is back to being the #4 most played game on Steam and it's just a matter of time before one of these big updates finally puts PoE over the 100,000 mark.Path of Exile Hits New Milestone at #4 on Steam Just Short of 100k PlayersAug 12, 2017 - GitHypBack in December, we reported that Path of Exile had reached its highest player count ever on Steam with 46k concurrent players. Now, eight months later, the popular action role-playing game has already doubled that prior record bringing in a new all-time high of 98k players and reaching #4 on Steam. When looking at PoE’s player counts over the past few months, you might think the game was in trouble seeing a 73% drop in its playerbase. Yet, the recent spike comes as no surprise. PoE has one of the most unique and loyal playerbases on Steam and the developers at Grinding Gear Games know how to keep fans always coming back for more. The most recent spike in players comes after the release of "The Fall of Oriath" expansion on August 4th. The first big update since March, which adds new acts, leagues, divine powers, and of course a whole lot more highly-anticipated loot. [caption id="attachment_283819" align="aligncenter" width="795"] Path of Exile's Peak Concurrent Players on Steam via GitHyp[/caption] Aside from constant waves of new content released by the devs every few months, PoE’s success has also come from its free-to-play business model which has been embraced by the community. The latest microtransaction reveal currently sits at a 99% approval rating on YouTube and the game has maintained very positive reviews on Steam. Another big factor contributing to PoE’s success has been Twitch. Some of the most popular streamers such a LIRIK, DansGaming, and itmeJP have all helped boost the game to a new all-time high of 76k peak viewers. Again, more than double the previous record of 34k viewers back in March on Twitch. As expected, Path of Exile’s playerbase is already on the decline since the release of the latest expansion. Dropping 24% one week after its record-setting weekend. Still, even with another potential 70%+ dropoff in players in the coming months, ARPG fans are sure to come back and help Path of Exile break 100k players in the coming months when the next big update hits.Path of Exile Reaches Its Highest Concurrent Player Count Ever on SteamDec 12, 2016 - GitHypReleased a little over three years ago back in 2013, Path of Exile’s playerbase continues to grow with each new content update that developer, Grinding Gear Games, releases on Steam. Most recently, the playerbase for PoE reached a new all-time high just two days after the December 2 release of Content Update 2.5.0: Breach. The Diablo-inspired action RPG has been one of Steam’s most played games for years, but on December 4, Path of Exile broke its previous all-time peak player record by bringing in an impressive 46,733 concurrent players in a single hour. And in doing so, the Breach update also helped PoE reach its highest ranking ever on Steam coming in at #5. [caption id="attachment_224765" align="aligncenter" width="770"]Path-of-Exile-Breach-All-Time-Player-Record-graph Path of Exile's Peak Player Count Per Hour Data via GitHyp[/caption] The previous highest peak for PoE was back in March 2016 when the game’s fourth major expansion, Ascendancy, brought in 36,913 players during its launch week.  So when comparing the two record-setting peaks, Breach’s launch has crushed Ascendancy with a 21% increase in players -- an impressive number, especially considering the age of the game. As expected, Breach's second weekend had a slight dip, but still managed to pull in 40k+ peak player days. The player counts for PoE always dip back down over the months following a big new update or season, but the developers at GGG seem to always find a way to bring players right back with enticing new features. Their latest launch has proven this once again becoming their most successful update yet which has grown the game’s playerbase significantly. With the current player counts higher than ever and recent user feedback on Steam being overwhelmingly positive, the future looks bright for both new and returning players venturing into Path of Exile’s dark fantasy world of Wraeclast.