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Icy Veins is joining the Enthusiast Gaming network. The existing team is staying on and will work with Enthusiast Gaming to maintain what you have come to expect from Icy Veins, but also develop new content and keep improving user experience.
After 10 years of operating Icy Veins as an independent website, Vlad and I have made the decision to sell the business to Enthusiast Gaming, the company that has been providing the ads on Icy Veins for the past four years. You can find out more about Enthusiast Gaming and the deal itself by reading the press release.
As part of the deal, Vlad and I will be staying on for the long term and we will work together with Enthusiast Gaming to not only maintain what you have come to expect from Icy Veins, but also develop new content and keep improving user experience.
Obviously, the money played an important factor, but the deal will also allow us to manage the site in a much more effective manner. Relieved from all administrative duties, we will be able to focus fully on the content creation part and will receive help from Enthusiast Gaming to scale up operations (particularly in terms of software development).
If you have questions, I'd be happy to answer them in the comments!
Today is the 10th anniversary of Icy Veins. We launched the site on the 21st of March 2011. What a journey it's been! To mark the occasion, we're organizing a huge giveaway with tons of really cool prizes. From extremely rare mounts to US and EU Mythic Nathria runs or epic Blizzard store items and more, there's a lot to win if you celebrate with us. It will run until the 28th of March.
How Can I Enter?
To enter the giveaway, please head to the Gleam page we created and follow the instructions. The main action (worth 3 entries) is to retweet the tweet announcement for the giveaway. You can increase your chances to win by completing the other possible actions (follow/like us and our partners on social media and join our Discord servers).
After the giveaway ends, we will draw 30 winners, who will win the prizes listed below.
What Prizes Can I Win?
Winners US Prizes EU Prizes #1 1x Castle Nathria Mythic Run with BDGG 1x Magic Rooster Egg (purchased on wowtcgloot.com) $500 to spend on the US Blizzard Gear Store A bunch of items from the in-game store (given to us by Blizzard, see below) + 30-day gametime + Shadowlands Epic Edition 1x Epic Celebration Bundle 3-month Curseforge Premium 1x Castle Nathria Mythic Run with Echo 1x Magic Rooster Egg (offered by Magicuz) 500€ to spend on the EU Blizzard Gear Store A bunch of items from the in-game store (given to us by Blizzard, see below) + 30-day gametime + Shadowlands Epic Edition 1x Epic Celebration Bundle 3-month Curseforge Premium #2 1x Castle Nathria Mythic Run with BDGG A bunch of items from the in-game store (given to us by Blizzard, see below) + 30-day gametime 1x Epic Celebration Bundle 3-month Curseforge Premium 1x Castle Nathria Mythic Run with Echo A bunch of items from the in-game store (given to us by Blizzard, see below) + 30-day gametime 1x Epic Celebration Bundle 3-month Curseforge Premium #3/#4/#5 3 mounts and 3 pets of your choice from the in-game store 30-day gametime 1x Epic Celebration Bundle 3-month Curseforge Premium A 3 mounts and 3 pets of your choice from the in-game store 30-day gametime 1x Epic Celebration Bundle 3-month Curseforge Premium #6 to #15 1x Epic Celebration Bundle 3-month Curseforge Premium 1x Epic Celebration Bundle 3-month Curseforge Premium The complete list of mounts and pets that Blizzard so nicely provided us is as follows. Items in bold will be given only to #1 winners.
Transformer Beacon Sprite Darter Transmog Steamscale Incinerator Enchanted Fey Dragon Dreadwake Cap'n Crackers Argi Lil KT Blossoming Ancient Alabaster Mount Dottie Brightpaw Echo's Own Giveaway
Echo and Magicuz are running a separate giveaway on Twitter, with an extra chance to win a full clear of Mythic Castle Nathria.
What Are The Rules?
The giveaway starts the moment this post goes live. The giveaway ends on the 28th of March at 23:59 Pacific Time. You will no longer be able to enter after that. Anyone can enter. When entering the giveaway, you region will be inferred from your location. We will contact winners after drawing them to confirm it. If you win, we will contact you by email. You have 48 hours to reply, before we pick a different winner. If you win #1 prize in EU, you will need to share personal information so we can purchase the items for you on the Blizzard Gear Store and send them to you (the US store has a gift card option, but it appears that the EU one does not). The Castle Nathria Mythic runs are on the Horde side. We will cover faction/server transfer costs for Alliance player to do the booster run and then go back to their former server/faction. A Message From Vlad and Myself
Finally, Vlad and I want express our most sincere thanks to all of the users who have made the growth and continued existence of Icy Veins a possibility. Meeting readers at our very first BlizzCon and at Gamescom and seeing the positive messages from people who have been helped by our content over the years has always motivated us to work hard to ensure that our content is constantly evolving to new heights, both in terms of accuracy and usability, and the warmth of the community always helps to push us forward.
Another year comes to an end, and we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas!
All of us here at Icy Veins would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! We are grateful for your continued support and the valuable feedback you provide on a daily basis.
2020 has been a difficult year for a lot of people, so let us hope that 2021 puts an end to the ongoing health crisis.
Cyberpunk 2077 has (finally) been launched and we have spent the past days testing and writing as much as possible to prepare our wiki for the game!
IcyWiki and Cyberpunk 2077
For those of you that don't already know, the team here at Icy Veins started a project a while back called IcyWiki. These were wiki-style sites looking to cover a variety of games, not just Blizzard-made ones, and one of the games we were most excited to cover was Cyberpunk 2077.
I took a personal interest in the project because, frankly, I was incredibly excited for the game and had been since the first trailer popped up, and that led to me being one of the people at the forefront of the development of the site.
Now, after the game has released, I and others within the team have been tirelessly testing and playing the game, collecting information, and preparing the website for our users. The site isn't finished, especially not in terms of content, as the game has enough to cover in it that it could even rival WoW's level of depth (maybe not quite that much, but it's a lot). We will be working throughout the future to continue adding to the site and expanding the features available on it, so please, keep that in mind!
What is Cyberpunk 2077?
For those of you that have never played the game before, nor purchased it, I would definitely recommend it (at least for PC, currently). There are some issues, as noted by the community, but overall, the game is extremely fun to play. If you want to give it a look, you can take a look at one of the many trailers released.
The game was created by CD Projekt Red, the company behind the Witcher game series, and is an FPS Action-Adventure (previously RPG). You will take on the role of V, a fully customisable mercenary (link is NSFW), who is looking to make their name in the dangerous world of Night City.
NOTE: The text below has no spoilers, but the links to certain pages do! If you do not want any spoilers for the game, do not click on the links below!
You will play through an amazing main story, but there are countless side quests and relationships to explore, weapons and armour to collect, cars to find, and so much more. The people you find and the conversations you have are directly impacted by the choices you make too, with certain relationships being locked behind certain behaviour (don't pick the wrong line!). For example, if you choose to start out as a Street Kid, you'll find new conversation lines to choose from whenever someone accuses you of lying - your word is your bond and you don't want anyone questioning it!
Lifepaths aren't the only things that can affect your journey through Night City - you'll have points to spend in attributes in skills that unlock special choices and paths in the game. Got a door that's in your way? Why not rip it open with brute force by investing into the Body attribute or hack it with your Technical Ability.
These attributes also unlock skills, similar to specialisations in WoW, that help to bolster your skills towards a certain playstyle. Want to run through Night City as a stealthy hacker? Make sure to pick up some Intelligence and Cool attributes. If you'd rather leap into the middle of a fight with Mantis Blades, then you'll need to make sure you pick up some Reflexes attribute points.
Contributing to the Cyberpunk IcyWiki
Whatever your chosen playstyle may be, the game will definitely be great fun to play and maybe you'll end up getting as hooked as we are already!
If you do start playing the game and want to help us build the content we have on the site faster, you can do so at anytime! All of our pages are open to edits by users, so if you see anything that you feel needs changing or adding, please go ahead! All help is welcome!
If you are unfamiliar with the system and need help doing so, you can always ask in our dedicated Discord server for IcyWiki, where we will do everything we can to help you understand the system and learn how to use it. You can also give us any feedback you have for the site there.
As the League is now fully underway, those of you that are PoE veterans are likely already knee-deep in the new Heist mechanics and builds. If you're struggling to get going with understanding the new League's economy, make sure to check out the first week of analysis from The Chaos Report.
The Chaos Report is known for its extremely in-depth analysis of everything economically-related to Path of Exile and, as expected, this week's episode is no different. From Exalted Orbs to unique items to look out for, this week's episode will make sure you're making the best economic decisions you can throughout the start of the Heist League.
If you would prefer to read through a written transcript of the video, you can check that out here on PoE Vault, our sister site.
For those of you that aren't quite ready to dive into the gritty details of the League just yet, but are still interested in giving Path of Exile a try, we have numerous build guides, as well as a guide to the Heist League and its mechanics.