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 Jax — Community Manager
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  • 30 Aug
 Jax — Community Manager

Welcome back!

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This latest update includes a host of improvements and features to MORDHAU - starting with duels, we’ve now implemented our first iteration of ranked play, a variety of gameplay improvements, map balancing to Crossroads, quality-of-life improvements, new cosmetics and more!

This update is the first of multiple coming to MORDHAU within the coming weeks; we’ve decided to break up our incoming additions into smaller updates to ensure that we can release new content without excessive delays. Expect iterative patches coming in the very near future that will build upon what’s currently available, and stay tuned for even more content and features soon, such as new maps, modding support, more gameplay adjustments and improvements for weapons, shields and archers, the new Invasion game mode, ranked 3v3 mode and more!

If you’d like to read all the changes for this update, check out our changelog:
https://mordhau.com/forum/topic/19609/patch-09-changelog-30082019/

As said above, we've decided to break up the content and features we’ve been working on for the past few months into smaller, progressive updates that will gradually build upon the base game. This will allow us to release specific things when they are ready, instead of holding up progress until all of these features are complete. We expect to have a much quicker turnaround between our latest update and the next; while we don’t have a specific timeline, a reasonable estimate would be a matter of weeks between these updates.

You can look forward to (in no particular order):

Maps

Feitoria and Castello are nearing completion, and should be ready very soon! To provide a bit of insight, these two maps are in different stages of completion, with Feitoria being closer to a release. Expect these maps to come along with other updates, but it’s likely that they will come in different patches.

Invasion

The Invasion game mode is an asymmetrical attack-defend mode with a heavier emphasis on teamwork, objective interaction and a more focused experience than what you’d find in Frontline. Progress has been great on this mode, and at the moment we’re currently play-testing it on Camp, so we can further refine the mode before adding it to other maps. We plan on polishing this up in the coming weeks, and implementing the mode on all maps that currently have Frontline enabled.

Ranked

With our latest update, we’ve launched 1v1 duels in a “beta” state to further refine our matchmaking, Elo system and to gauge interest in the game mode. Once we’re satisfied with the state of duels, we’ll be expanding this mode to include ranked 3v3’s as well. It’s important that we ensure duels play well first, and make sure that the gameplay and “meta” is in a good state before opening up the team variant.

Mod Support

While making a Software Development Kit (SDK/mod tools) is a big priority for us, it’s also a major undertaking that will require quite a lot of development resources, and ultimately quite a bit of time as well. To help support our wonderful modding scene, we’re currently in the process of implementing mod auto-download features - server owners can simply select what mods they want, and players only need to join the server to download these mods!

These are just the main areas we’re currently addressing, but more progress will be coming in the future as well. Thank you for your patience, and we’ll see you on the battlefield!

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  • 30 Aug
 Jax — Community Manager

Patch #09 Changelog 30/08/2019

Gameplay
Added ranked Duel mode
Added Crossroads extension - now with two points, hopefully better balance and a new ruined tower
Added Veteran’s set - full armor set with 31 variations
Team damage in Frontline now disabled for 5 seconds after spawning
Friendly toolbox spikes now deal a maximum of 25 damage to teammates, fixing the griefing done by placing spikes in front of spawns. Enemy knockback is not affected by this, meaning you can still kick an enemy into spikes built by his teammate
Added autoban of 30 minutes for having 7 teamkills in a match. Currently only for melee and projectile weapons, excludes some things like catapult etc.
Added team damage % display on votekick
Raised votekick ban duration to 10 minutes
40% of people now need to partake in votekicks for it to have effect (50% previously)
Horse desync and hitboxes are now fixed
Horse riders no longer get a damage boost on the slower horse speeds, now only from gear 3 and onwards
Horse rider momentum damage now works both ways, so that infantry can one shot horse riders when hit at high speeds
Horse acceleration slowed down slightly
Horse bump knockback reduced slightly
Horse bump hitbox reduced significantly & fixed desync on horse turning
Horse bump slowdown reduced
Horse now slows down slightly when hit by a melee weapon, the unarmored horses more than the armored one
Riders on horses can now capture points
Horse respawn time reduced to 30 seconds
Firepots adjusted - fire starts much less damaging but faster - the fire is louder and generally easier to notice and react to
Toolbox destroyable walls now start with a foundation instead of a half wall
Battle royale minimum players to start reduced to 6
Removed walk debuff on Explosive Keg deliverables
Siege tower objectives now take two trips to complete
Damageable world collision will no longer ignore the weapon tip (non-damageable will do so still), which means things like destroyables won't ignore it, making it easier to hit

Combat
Fixed crouch hitbox “iframe” bug
All armory weapons strike and stab releases reduced 25ms - this will make attack releases slightly faster and more grounded/less floaty looking
Parry window reduced 25ms (this is mainly compensation for the new releases)
Chamber window for strike and stab reduced 50ms
Stab early release increased slightly (0.325 -> 0.35) - this will make stabs hit slightly slower out of the early release animation, making them slightly easier to read
Stabs now have 25ms smaller feint and morph windows than strikes
Combo feint window increased 100ms
Hitstop recovery is now 50ms faster (hitstop followup attacks can be started 50ms faster)
Added new dynamic feint lockout distribution based on feint time - this will make early feints slightly more punishable while making late feint followup attacks more reliable to hit and less prone to get double parried. Currently has only a very small effect, adds 25ms at the earliest feint and shaves off 25ms at the latest.
Morph to kick is now 25ms faster
Kick feint now costs 5 stamina
Kick range vs held block shields increased very slightly
Kicks now ragdoll people on ladders
Kick now drains 15 stamina instead of 20
Kick now gives 15 stamina instead of 10
Kick miss recovery increased 50ms (0.6 -> 0.65)
Parry turncap is now significantly less strict
Hand hitboxes are now disabled in parry window, this will fix some inconsistent hits trough parry
Bound upper attacks (overheads) are now 5 degrees more diagonal to make them easier to hit
Fixed active parry draining stamina - now gives stamina
Chamber disarm will now give stamina to the person who did the disarming too (same as parry disarm)
Stamina start regen delay raised to 1.25 (from 1.0)
Fury now gives full stamina on kill
Flesh wound now costs 3 points
Chase mechanic range increased slightly (4.5m -> 5m)
Chase mechanic activation time reduced to 500ms (from 1s)
180 Turn sprint momentum mechanic is now very slightly stronger, making it a bit harder to turn 180 and run in an instant

Weapons & Equipment
Buckler stamina negation increased by 1
Targe stamina negation increased by 1
Timed block shields no longer give stamina on disarm
Kite and Heater shield now have slightly stricter blocking turncap
Held block shields now always have a movement slowdown of 3/3/3 armor when equipped in hand, ignoring armor values (does not stack) - this does not change much for armored shield loadouts, but significantly nerfs light armor with held block shield combinations.
Longsword main mode strike release increased 25ms
Longsword strike turncaps slightly more strict
Longsword main mode strike raw damage increased slightly, this will greatly improve HTK against armored legs
Longsword main mode strike combo speed 25ms faster
Messer strike stamina drain increased by 1
Waraxe strike combo speed slowed down by 25ms
Waraxe strike turncap slightly more strict
Waraxe strike stamina drain reduced to 20 (from 21)
Executioner sword damage against armored legs buffed very slightly
Estoc strike turncaps slightly more strict
Greatsword main mode strike headshot damage vs plate armor to 48 (reduced from 50)
Greatsword alt mode strike releases reduced 25ms
Zweihander strike turncaps slightly more strict
Zweihander main mode strike combo 25ms faster
Shortspear strike & stab turncaps slightly more strict
Shortspear strike & stab releases reduced 25ms
Bastard sword strike turncaps slightly more strict
Halberd alt mode stab turncap slightly less strict
Spear alt mode turncaps more strict
Javelin damage vs plate torso reduced to 45 (from 50)
Removed flourish emote from pavise
Toolbox now starts with 6 ammo
Fixed some leg damage values being wrong (1H axe, Greatsword & Zweihander halfswording)
Poleaxe now has stricter turncaps
Poleaxe now has 5cm more range
Poleaxe alt mode is now the same range as the main mode
Poleaxe main mode strike combo 25ms faster
Poleaxe strikes now have better damage vs armored legs
Poleaxe stab headshot damage vs plate helmet reduced to 45 (from 50)
Heavy Handaxe now has stricter turncaps and faster windups, making it less floaty
Bardiche main mode strike turncap slightly more strict
Bardiche main mode strike combo 25ms faster
Battle Axe main & alt mode strike turncap slightly more strict
Battle Axe main mode strike combo 25ms faster
Billhook strike turncaps slightly more strict
Eveningstar strike combo 25ms faster
Added new experimental longbow sway
Crossbow sway now stable for longer before it starts swaying, making it more reliable to use

Maps & Gamemodes
Lowered pillar on Contraband
Fixed out of bounds exploit on Contraband
Fixed all reported map exploits on Taiga

Visuals & Misc.
Added new Emblems: Carcosa, Melee Slasher, Purgatory, Raptor Rider, Royal Pug, Tempest Knights
Fixed missing gold & XP bug
Fixed a bug where loadouts could be written over when in face customization and going back to mercenary list
Fixed a bug with firepots that caused performance issues and damage against wooden structures higher than it should be
Fixed buckler passive projectile box being too big
Fixed fist falling animations in first person
Fixed a bug where the catapult could be turned faster than intended
Fixed the spawning naked bug in Skirmish
Certain buildables will no longer perform depenetration, fixing cases where players would be teleported around and could break certain maps. Can cause players to get stuck as a result if they stay in the spot while it's building
Adjusted hitstop attack blending for new recovery
Fixed characters bouncing around on ammoboxes
Removed flying horse from FFA camp

Audio
Improved Footstep & human awareness sounds volume and distance - they are now louder and can be heard further without the sounds being LODed
Sound occlusion is now less extreme, meaning you can hear sounds behind walls or around corners louder and clearer

UI
Added rudimentary chat filter toggle (Disabled by default)
Added tabs to post match screen on Duel mode (this setup will later be applied to other modes)
Added and/or updated the following languages: Chinese traditional and simplified, Italian, Korean, Spanish, French, Russian, German
Added new translators to credits
Split matchmaking modes into Ranked and Casual tabs
Players leaving and rejoining the server will now also have their kills/deaths/assists restored, not just score
Updated Bot and Credits backer attributions

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  • 20 Aug
 Jax — Community Manager

@SWSeriousMike said:
As always we can only speculate as they ain't tellin' us nuffin'. But my guess is that it's not Triternion staff that is closing those threads.

not us as far as i know, i'll double check some closed posts and talk to the mods as well

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  • 18 Aug
 Jax — Community Manager

The reason before this is that our backend systems for progression are pretty broken - there's not much we can do to fix the current system, as it's just not designed for what we're telling it to do.

That being said, it's looking like the next update will most likely introduce a new backend system that will fix these problems and be much less prone to errors.

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  • 18 Aug
 Jax — Community Manager

At the moment we're doing heavy bugfixing for ranked and a lot of the new tweaks that are incoming.
The way it's looking is that we're most likely going to drop an update with ranked, gameplay/general improvements and quality of life features first (also probably a bit of a rebalance to xroads), and then release another update relatively soon afterwards with the new maps and anything we didn't get sorted for the first one.

Our reasoning for potentially doing it this way is that there's no good reason to hold up Ranked and general improvements for the maps. As for the maps, there's been more of the same, a lot of optimization work and now we're also setting up gameplay logic (like frontline objectives, spawn points for game modes, different playable areas for each, I'm pretty sure Horde/BR setup as well). A point to note is that Feitoria needs a lot of work for optimization, since it's such a big and visually dense map with interiors and stuff - that's not to say the map will run badly, but that it needs a lot of optimization work so it doesn't run badly. This optimization work is time consuming, but it can't really be 'sped up' by throwing the whole art team at the problem; it just takes time.

As for the SDK and Invasion, these are long term goals we want to start working on ASAP. We're focusing on the short-term stuff (maps and ranked, etc.) because we realize there is a lack of content currently, and we want to fix that before starting work on the big things that will take up the bulk of our manpower. Mod tools will be awesome as they let the community make the content they want, but if it takes us a few months or more to get an SDK working it doesn't make sense to drop everything else and work on that, while the base game is sorely lacking in content. Invasion is something that is currently in the 'on-paper' design phase, and while it will be a big task to make, it shouldn't take forever, as we're most likely using existing maps for it.

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  • 18 Aug
 Jax — Community Manager

The thing is the SDK will take a lot of resources (ie manpower) to get working, it doesn't make sense to do it before having a more acceptable amount of base content - if we dropped everything to work on it now, we wouldn't have the content. Working on it post content-update, we'll have more stuff in game that will make the small official content drought more bearable than now.

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  • 18 Aug
 Jax — Community Manager

@Quadsword said:

@Jax said:
We obviously care about the game and we're working on updates,
if we wanted to jump ship with the money we wouldn't be making big updates and working super hard on content and features.

Actions speak louder than words. I haven't seen a single acknowledgement about the awful US servers. They've been awful for 4 months and it's starting to become difficult to find matches even at peak hours because - surprise - people are getting fed up with the atrocious servers and are quitting the game.

That's because, as far as I know, there aren't any major issues with US servers. I'm Central US and have no issues. LA servers have a few problems that are in the process of being addressed, but aside from that I have had almost nothing reported about any server problems.

Then there's this:

@Jax said:
Mm to clarify, maps may or may not make it with the ranked update, it depends on where the maps are at progress wise and when everything else is ready.

I can see it being 50/50 whether or not it comes in one big update or two smaller ones, but if the latter happens the maps definitely won't have as long of a wait as it's been since the last patch to now.

Essentially, we don't want to hold back an update if it's possible, as there's no real reason to keep ranked from coming if it's ready and the maps aren't, but the maps are very close to being done, so we'll see what happens.

EDIT: Not everything is coming that was in the update, SDK is a long term goal that isn't going to be ready for a while.

Christ, it's Insurgency Sandstorm all over again. Wait months on end for a big update only for that update to be a massive disappointment and drive tons of players away.

Well SDK is a long term thing, and it's implied as being something that won't be in the next update in that post itself. Maps are taking a little longer than expected, but progress is going well - we're not going to hold an entire update to wait for that content, might as well just release that separately at a slightly later date.

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  • 17 Aug
 Jax — Community Manager

We obviously care about the game and we're working on updates, if we wanted to jump ship with the money we wouldn't be making big updates and working super hard on content and features.

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  • 17 Aug
 Jax — Community Manager

umm

no?

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  • 16 Aug
 Jax — Community Manager

Mm to clarify, maps may or may not make it with the ranked update, it depends on where the maps are at progress wise and when everything else is ready.

I can see it being 50/50 whether or not it comes in one big update or two smaller ones, but if the latter happens the maps definitely won't have as long of a wait as it's been since the last patch to now.

Essentially, we don't want to hold back an update if it's possible, as there's no real reason to keep ranked from coming if it's ready and the maps aren't, but the maps are very close to being done, so we'll see what happens.

EDIT: Not everything is coming that was in the update, SDK is a long term goal that isn't going to be ready for a while.

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  • 15 Aug
 Jax — Community Manager

The update will have everything mentioned in that dev update post + a lot of general improvements to the combat, crossroads should be rebalanced, weapon changes, shield changes, and some more features. It will be a good update.

EDIT: Wasn't really thinking too hard when I wrote this, maps may or may not be included, and SDK is a long way out. The next update is focused around ranked primarily, but work is being done to get the rest of what's been talked about in that update ready for some point in the future. Sorry for any misinformation.

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  • 14 Aug
 Jax — Community Manager

@PC_Principal said:

@PC_Principal said:
update when?

soon™

I'll let you all know when we start wrapping up

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  • 11 Aug
 Jax — Community Manager

we made the goals up as we went, big secret don't tell anyone

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  • 5 Aug
 Jax — Community Manager

rapier loses initiative if you rmb+lmb, a riposte from a maul will beat a rapier stab from the neutral. That being said, rapier gambles (attacking out of turn) can be a little annoying, but once you realize someone is gambling hard accels and less feints/morphs/drags will shut them down quickly.

Rapier may get some changes in the future (less about nerfs, more about a rework) but atm it's only really viable against people that have no understanding of timing.

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  • 27 Jul
 Jax — Community Manager

try verifying files on steam!

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  • 23 Jul
 Jax — Community Manager

This pretty neat

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  • 19 Jul
 Jax — Community Manager

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Hello!

In this post I’ll be discussing some plans for the future of Mordhau, and what the team has been working on recently. Please note that most, if not all features and content covered are in varying stages of completion; everything is Work-In-Progress and may change prior to its release or be canceled. As for timelines and estimated release of these things, we focus more on ensuring they are up to our standards as opposed to setting hard deadlines, so things will come when they’re ready.

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Content / Maps

Our main priority post-release has focused around bringing in additional content to help keep the game feeling fresh - while a handful of weapons, cosmetics, and the map Crossroads were added, our artists have been hard at work on fully-fledged maps that will be playable in all game modes.

Feitoria is a sprawling town and accompanying village that will alternate between crowded streets, chokepoints, and more open areas and will have an emphasis on verticality and interiors as well. Currently, progress is going well on Feitoria, and our level designer is working on optimization, interior/background polish, and configuring the map for game modes.

Castello on the other hand, is a southern-European/ Mediterranean inspired castle keep and walled courtyards. It will have a similar feel to Grad, but with a more involved castle section, including portcullis control and close-quarters fighting. At the moment, Casello has begun its final art pass, along with some fine-tuning of the lighting and post-process effects.

Existing maps aren’t being forgotten, however - while we’re prioritizing new maps over spending all of our time tweaking the existing ones, we’re aware of balance and gameplay issues on existing maps, especially Crossroads, and will be improving them.

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Game Modes

Recently, we have been hard at work on implementing ranked modes into Mordhau, as we feel it is a perfect fit for the high-skill gameplay that Mordhau brings to the table. You will earn a distinct rank - here’s a quick preview of them:

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In addition to Ranked, we’re also working on a 64-player attack/defend mode which will capture the feeling of a medieval battle, with sieging and progressive objectives. We’re calling this mode “Invasion” in-house, and we’re in the process of designing the mode. It’s important that we’re able to retroactively add this mode to existing maps, as our levels are designed to be usable in all game modes when possible. This mode will not come next patch, but in the future.

We’ve been listening to your feedback, and we’re aware that Frontline is a bit of a polarizing topic - some people love it, others hate it. We’ve been looking into ways to reduce stalemates and make Frontline have more of a back-and-forth “tug of war” feel to it, and increase the player’s feel of involvement with the objectives. Nothing on this front is set in stone, but we’re looking into ways to improve the game mode nonetheless.

Balance & Gameplay Improvements

We’ve been listening to your feedback on game balance and frustrations with the game, and we’ve identified some areas that need a bit of work in this regard. Horses feel a bit too powerful and unfun to fight against and we’re looking into ways to make horses fairer to fight against, adding more risk to the horse riders while keeping them deadly and powerful. These potential changes include things like momentum damage against the rider, a smaller and more accurate horse flinch hitbox, fixing the desynced horse hitboxes causing players to hit through them and making horses more fragile against bigger groups of infantry, and more.

Fire bombs can also be frustrating at the moment, and we’re working on ways to fix these as well. We’re currently re-working the way fire damage is applied - it will start out much less damaging and faster, and standing in the fire will cause the damage to ramp up, making it behave more like one would expect from a fire. This will make the fire bombs less punishing when players only “touch” the fire shortly. In addition to this, the fire will be louder in volume and generally more noticeable. Players will still have to respect the fire as an area denial, but situational awareness will be increased and avoiding them will be much easier.

At higher levels of play, especially in duels, we noticed that the buckler can be overly powerful. We’re looking into removing the 30 stamina gained when the buckler is disarmed, but increasing the usefulness of the buckler when it comes to stamina costs when blocking weapons. We’re also looking into making swing manipulation look better overall without compromising the skill of the game, and adjusting a few weapons turn caps which are a bit too extreme at the moment (For example, Spear in short grip), making the game a bit more grounded. There will be many more adjustments and improvements, including Javelins among other things, to help fine-tune the already amazing combat.

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Quality-of-Life / Miscellaneous Improvements

As we’ve discussed in our statement recently, we’re taking toxicity and racism seriously. At the moment we are discussing and experimenting with ways to add more tools to the game to help curb unwanted behavior. One area of focus is on preventing griefing and vote-kick abuse; we’re interested in adding more information to vote selection screen, such as the player in question’s team kill amount and team damage ratio, as well as a reason for the kick. We’d like to add an easier user interface for starting vote kicks, as the current method via the console is functional, but not exactly the easiest or most polished method we could implement.

A client-side chat filter is also in the works; while muting players removes anything they’ve said, you can only do that after they’ve said it. We plan on adding a filter that will automatically remove inappropriate or offensive messages before you have to see them, which will help to curb toxicity quite a bit.

In terms of griefing, we’re looking into ways to easily identify placed structures and their team/owner, so it’s more apparent to see if a teammate is intentionally placing structures to disrupt gameplay, and who exactly is the one doing it. We’re also looking into other ways to prevent griefing with toolboxes and firepots, to prevent players having to rely on votekick to deal with them in the first place.

While the majority of progression/gold issues have been fixed, there are a few persistent bugs remaining with our backend system. We’re looking to switch to a more reliable backend system that will handle player inventory, purchasing items, and player progression to resolve these issues for good. Additionally, we’re looking into server improvements to help reduce ping and latency problems.

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Mod Tools / SDK

We are also well aware of the high demand for modding tools, and it is not something we are ignoring. At the moment, development is focused more around our short-term goals of increasing the amount of content that the base game provides and we’ll look into an SDK and mod support in the future.

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  • 19 Jul
 Jax — Community Manager

@ToLazy4Name said:
The game is doing fine. Do you people have any sense of proportion? Holding relatively steady at 10k players is ridiculously good for a multiplayer title as niche as this one.

That being said, the rest of your post is on point. Extremely slow updates, understandable or not, are really letting the game stagnate and the almost complete lack of (official) communication is inexcusable as far as i'm concerned. Quit playing ARMA 3 and drowning yourself in IPAs Jax and write something up to post in the announcements tab weekly or some shit. I know Crush barely speaks English and is prone to flip out and gamble everyone around him, but that's what you signed up for.

or you could make me admin and let me do it

lol we are going to be putting a little announcement out very soon, showing off some new stuff

also the arma 3 launcher counts as "playing" so i have like 4k hours of afk time from forgetting to close it

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  • 16 Jul
 Jax — Community Manager

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This includes macros to exploit for gold

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  • 16 Jul
 Jax — Community Manager

What's your steamID?