Diablo 3 Dueling & PVP System FAQ

The time has finally come, the D3 PVP dueling patch, is on the public test realms currently.  It will be implemented into the live servers within the next month.  It only took them, I don’t know, a year and change to do it.  Enough of the complaints though! Here is all the information you need about the new PVP system in Diablo 3.

How to duel someone in Diablo 3?  Well you need to go to the PVP zone.

How do you get to the PVP zone? You talk to Nek the Brawler.

Where is Nek the Brawler?  Nek the Brawler is located in New Tristam.

How many people can the new D3 zone support? The new PVP zone can support 2-4 players at once, and is a free for all.

There are four different areas in the PVP zone, which is called Scorched Chapel.  The areas are the church, the river, the lake and the graveyard.

If you die in the dueling world, you resurrect in the same zone.

Death is not permanent for hardcore characters (nor  soft core obviously)

You will not take durability damage while in the PVP zone, which is good because if you get in there with TLN you will be dying, A LOT. ;)

The point of the dueling system is basically for fun and bragging right between friends currently.  Blizzard has stated they didn’t want it to be an E-Sport more of just a fun event and something to do.  Honestly, it will be like Diablo 2’s PVP system, but with less people and a little bit more control.   Balls to the wall and no holds barred.


New League of Legends Ranked System FAQ & Info

As of you may have already heard, or if it is a later date, League of Legends has decided to toss out the ELO ranking system and go with a more divisional type of ranking / ranked game solution.  This new ranked LOL system is very similar to that of Star craft 2’s ranking system.   This needed to be done because the ELO system wasn’t a good motivator for most people.  It was extremely annoying and didn’t really promote playing ranked as much as it should.  This new system will place you into Tiers, with your friends, and has a bottoming out limit so even if you tank 10 games, you ultimately will still be at your highest tier.

So for more detail I will talk about the tiers.  Basically there will be low to high tiers like Starcraft 2.  Bronze being the lowest(0-1050 elo), Silver (1050-1300 elo), and so on.  Once you are into your tier it will be a group of about 250 people in your division, so you would say I’m silver tier and in “Gankplanks Hardy Crew” division.  When you view your division you will see your place, from rank 1 to rank 250, you will also see things that signify if someone is doing well, say on a winning streak,  and other little signs relating to the person.

The positive side to this type of ranking system with League of Legends is that if you lose a game, the farthest you can fall is to rank 250.  You will maintain your tier unless you become inactive for a month or longer.  To get promoted, you will have a series of games, and depending on how you do in those games(somewhat like placement matches) will determine if you will be bumped up to the next tier(gold, silver, platinum, ect…).

If you watch any league of legend streams, you will notice that many the pro players are in their games with the same people very often.  This will somewhat be the case for everyone now, because it will want to place you with friends and people from your division before it branches out for other players from a different division.  Pretty awesome bro!

Well those are just the basics of the system and my ELO numbers for the bronze > silver brackets may be slightly off.  Enjoy the new system & let’s hope you get an awesome division name.

Hyper Fast WW Barb Build – 1.0.5 – Beginner Barbarian Guide


For live advice and gear checks, check this stream – http://www.twitch.tv/thegoldenaxe  (author of this guide)
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If you are already well versed in the WW Barb build, this thread may not help you much. If you are somewhat familiar or new, this thread has everything you need to build a speed demon WW farming machine.


For 1.0.5, concentrate more on getting ASI up. If you can add some lifesteal and LOH, great. ASI on gear and a fast offhand (dagger with innate ASI is nice) this will help offset the proc nerf. This is tested and functions fine in PTR highest levels. Check my build to see what I use if you are curious. I had no problems rolling through PTR with my ASI up and the same LOH and LS from 1.0.4.

This spec is for speed and to kill all whites along the way quickly. It is built to hold fury and carry WOTB for as long as possible. I found my old build that does not emphasize ASI and Movement speed to be slow, so this is my guide to my build, if you are interested. Aim for these stats, showing in your details list with these passives on :

Weapons Master, Nerves of Steel (or tough as nails if it makes more HP), Ruthless
UPDATE : you may want to change out Nerves if you have super armor – for something else you may like that has been changed in 1.0.5 like Animosity or wtvr.
If you go over any of the stats I would recommend it being strength first.

Armor : 5500 (level 62 or 63 helps, or +armor on whatever is a bonus)
All Resist : 550 (get it wherever you can. Easier on shoulders, chest, legs, feet)
- Keep armor : res at 10:1 ratio. This is the most effective. Dont get off the ratio.
- I will not explain the ratio here, buts its been mathimatically worked out.
- This gets your damage reduction on each over 60% minimum.
- You can skimp here a little. Keep the ratio.

Strength : 2000
- Keep it high as you can. This is a minimum. Get it wherever you can.
- Dont forget the every str point is and armor point too.

HP : 40,000 (get vit over life%, but both will do. Nerves of steel uses vit)
- Basic amount, you can skimp a couple k too.

Crit. Chance : 45% (most important stat – get it everywhere, maxed if you can)
- You MUST have high crtch. The whole build revolves around it.
- Stacking crtch/B. Rage with Mighty Weap allows high fury regen.

Crit. damage : 400% total (I get all my Crt Dmg from quad crit on weaps.)
- Main hand 1k plus Axe with double crit.
- Off Hand dagger etc (high attack speed) with 700+ LOH, double crit.
- It is easy to get the crit dmg on weaps, hard on gear with other stats.

Life On Hit : 1200 (get on Off Hand and Ammy only)
- LOH is important to stay alive. The attack speed is what procs this more.
- Try to get all of this between OH and Amulet. This is best.
- You cant start to drop LOH under 1000 or less once your damage gets godly.

Life steal : 2.8% (belt)
- Absolutely a must. Your damage is so high this is your #1 survival method.
- This has become more importand in patch 1.0.5

Movement Speed : +24% (boots and bracers/chest)
- Go fast. Have fun. Faster move = more mobs = more fury = more fun!
- drops more tornadoes faster.

Attacks Per Second : 1.8 (over all in details list)
- Attack speed is what makes your tornadoes tick more.
- Tornadoes do damage based on Main Hands damage.
- Tornadoes tick based on speed of last weapon swung.
- Attack speed listed on weapon is for that weapon only. ASI from gear is for both hands
- Fast Tick Tornadoes heal faster, kill faster, regen fury a LOT faster
- I get ASI on rings, ammy, bracers, DW

Damage : 80k at rest (passives on, no skills popped, with axe)
- You can get a safe 65K if you use Mighty Weapon instead.
- When you pop WOTB, you will see what a phsycopath you are.
- When you get good at using the build, WOTB lasts forever – RAWR!
- You can still do well with a little less damage.

Skills : Battle Rage – Into the Fray (fury generator)
War Cry – Impunity (buffs and fury generator)
Sprint – Run like the Wind (The core of the build, your main damage dealer)
Wrath of the Berzerker – Thrive on Chaos (Phsycopath!)

Main attack : Bash – Instigation (Hard hit, fury generator, not for main damage)

Secondary attack : Whirlwind – Hurricane (What else? Keep that speed up!)

Put all this together and what you have is a fast moving, hard hitting, surviving barb that has super strong fast tick tornadoes. Tornadoes derive their damage from your main hand (20%). They tick based on the attack speed of the last weapon swung. The proc coefficient is 20% (to activate your LOH and LS). This build maximizes these things. My tornadoes spawn more (movement speed), tick faster (attack speed), generate fury and health faster (proc more cause of high tick), and hit harder (main hand damage). They melt everything and are the core of the build. Not revolutinary, but I dont see many barbs with 25% ASI and 24% movement.

Dont skimp on weapons. Your main hand can be an Axe if you need the crit chance, but once you get higher DPS go with a Mighty Weapon with double crit as this is much better at holding fury! Double crit and over 1k (ish) base for either of those. Your offhand should have most of your LOH (800 if you can, search 700) and double crit. Usually a dagger because they ar fast. Any other stats is a bonus (IAS, str, vit etc.) These will not be cheap.

I try to get all my LOH on OH and ammy. That way I can stack high crt ch, asi and str on rings, gloves, bracers. Dont forget the belt – you need a full stat load on that. Life steal is a must!

You can armory ‘THEGOLDENAXE’ if you want to have a refference to go on and base your gear upon that.


Many have asked me to add this because obviously this build can cost a billion. So here is a quick reference to my build, cheap style. Search the following and try to snipe the best available in bids!! BIN is usually too much! Rares are now MUCH cheaper due to legendary buffs! Use rares, forget the legendaries for a beginner build, they are very effective!

Helm : Str, vit, RA, CrtCh, socket.
Shoulders : Str, vit, RA
Amulet : Str, RA, Vit, CrtCh, ASI, LOH 300+
Chest : Str, Vit, RA, 3 sockets
Pants : Str, Vit, RA, 2 sockets
Belt : Str, Vit, RA, Life Steal 2.8% or greater
Gloves : Str, Vit, RA, CrtCh, ASI
Bracers : Str, Vit, RA, CrtCh
Rings : High Str, CrtCh, ASI
Boots : Str, Vit, RA, Movement 12%
Main Hand : DPS 900+, Crit Dmg (50%+), socket (axe or mighty weap)
Off hand : DPS 600+, Crt Dmg (50%+) LOH 800+, socket

Now I understand that you may not be able to get all stats on everything in your budget. However, if you move them around a bit, you can find deals. Lots of stuff is cheap when one value is low – just do the inverse on a complimentary piece of gear (High str, low vit, reverse for next piece – both cheap!) The most expensive things will be the amulet and OH, perhaps you may find them cheap! Over all, it does not matter how you allocate stats, just aim for these overall values in your details screen with Ruthless, Nerves of Steal and Weapons Master for passives, NO cooldowns popped! :

Str : 2000 (DPS and Armor for this, most important base stat!)
HP : 30K plus (40K ideal, but pricey!)
Armor : 5000
RA : 500
CrtChance : 35% (will buff higher when you pop your cooldowns – do not go lower!)
CrtDamage : 350% (this comes from your weaps – 50% on each with sockets n gems)
APS : 1.6 (fast offhand dagger is best, Swords second, MH is 1.3, rest is gear buffs for ASI)
LOH : 1200 if you can get it, a little less is OK
Life Steal : 2.8% minimum. (On belt. If you can get it on weap, easy to get boss belt!)
Movement Speed : +12% minimum

This should get you moving! There are many combinations to get these stats, just do your best sniping those auctions!

Top 5 Indie Games of 2012

This year I have played a lot of Indie games, so here is a list of what i think, are the best indie games of 2012.

1. Bastion – It may not have come out this year, but I love this game to death.  The voice narrating  was amazing, and the game play was fast and crisp.  It takes some good reflexes and is challenging, but also has a unlimited death mode so anyone can beast the game.  I will be replaying this game many more times.

2. Dust Force – Dust force is another fast reflexes game which has an amazing soundtrack and crisp controls and movement.  If you are looking for a challenging game I would check this one out.

3. Mark of the Ninja – A fun, stealth assassin indie game.  Kind of like a 2D Tenchu: The Stealth Assassin.  Great fun and a pretty long game playtime wise, defiantly worth a purchase and at least one beat.

4. Hotline Miami – This game is very vulgar and graphic, but the game pulls you in with a solid sound track and great game play. One of those games you have to beat in a few sittings because of how awesome it is.

5. Limbo – This indie game is so unique, the entire game is shades of black and white in 2D.  The puzzles are great and it can be beat in a few hours if you are smart enough to figure out all the puzzles. I want to play it right now actually.

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 – Freezing Issues & Awaiting Textures

Since release Call of Duty Black Ops 2 has had some issues on the PS3.  These issues are mainly freezes that occur at random times, and also when you join the first game of the day, or a game already in progress.  It will freeze on awaiting textures from my experience.  The fix for this issues is patch 1.04.   I do believe that it fixed the awaiting textures black ops 2 freeze, but after I update to the new patch yesterday, the game from on a black loading screen with the trinity black ops 2 loading icon.

It seems as if they fix one thing they break another, definitely not a smooth release, but I am hopeful that they will get this fixed, at least by patch 1.06 :P.

Black Ops 2 PS3 Update – Patch 1.04 Notes

Here are the updated patch notes of Call of Duty Black Ops 2 patch 1.04 on the PS3.  The issue of lag seems to still be there, and it is pretty aggravating, but overall they did a lot of balance changes and fixed a few glitches etc.

PlayStation 3 Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Patch 1.04 Notes

New Features & Feature Improvements

  • Added support for posting Live Stream URLs to Twitter.
  • Improved audio/rumble responsiveness when hitting enemies with gunfire.
  • Improved overall communication of Double XP when enabled.
  • AAR better communicates how much XP was earned in each match.
  • Added the ability to “View League Teams” from any player’s Playercard.
  • Added the ability to “View Playercard” from League solo leaderboards.
  • Added a number of security system enhancements.
  • Added Hardcore Kill Confirmed playlist to the Hardcore category

Issues Addressed

  • Fixed a rare hang (“Awaiting Textures”) upon loading into maps when joining a session in progress after fresh boot.
  • Game now resets the Care Package for a non-owner if the owner re-rolls the package using the Engineer perk.
  • Players with Black Hat PDA can no longer hack a Care Package faster than the owner can capture it.
  • Addressed an exploit where modified console hackers could maliciously spread infected films to other users.
  • Added a fail-safe to prevent spawn trapping in CTF.
  • Increased sight checks on turrets to improve spawning algorithms.
  • Fixed a number of new UI error messages reported by users.
  • Addressed a number of issues that would cause friendly/enemy color indicators on equipment and scorestreaks to display as the wrong team.
  • Improved overall Theater and Live Streaming stability.
  • Improved film rendering stability and made progression bar more accurate while rendering a film.
  • Addressed issues which prevented some master challenges from being completed.
  • Precision challenge “Wet Work” will now unlock with 10 kills.
  • The wins challenge will now account for all FFA modes when ending a match with a tie (if you are in the top 3).
  • Players that help with the “Synchronized Attack” challenge now get credit for it.
  • Players will not be able to manually take control of their AGR if they die at the exact moment that their AGR deploys.
  • Emblem Editor no longer closes the current emblem when discarding changes.
  • Players using Ghost will no longer be invisible at all times in Custom Games with the mini-map option set to “constant”.
  • Players using Ghost and a Suppressor attachment will no longer appear on the enemy’s minimap while shooting and moving while a UAV is up.
  • The median for the K/D graph in the AAR is set to 1.0 instead of 0.0.
  • Players can no longer get on top of the shrubs in Nuketown 2025.
  • Thermal vision overlay no longer appears using the VTOL glitch.
  • Kills from the explosion on the explosive crossbow bolt now count towards challenges.
  • Counter UAV no longer remains for the rest of the game after a host migration.
  • Clan tag is no longer locked immediately after prestige.
  • Offline profiles can no longer be exploited to join online games when an online profile is also signed in.
  • Multi-team games no longer count as a tie if an entire team quits.
  • Fixed an area in Express where K9 Unit dogs could get stuck.
  • EMP grenades no longer affect the CODcaster HUD.
  • Party Privacy count no longer affects how many bots will spawn in Combat Training.
  • Shadows seen through sniper scopes now render more correctly.
  • Players can no longer stand on invisible collision in Carrier.
  • “Drop Shot” medal is no longer awarded after standing back up.
  • Players can now copy a custom class to the extra prestige slot.

Gameplay Balancing

The following is a list of numerous gameplay balancing tweaks that were made after thorough review of statistical data from usage patterns of weapons, equipment, perks and scorestreaks since launch.

  • UAV: cost increased from 350 to 425.
  • Lightning Strike: added 750ms delay


  • Bouncing Betty: increased the grace period between trigger and activation by 200ms.
  • Sensor Grenade: increased the range (now 1000 units), frequency (now 800ms between pings), and amount of time (now 6s) that players appear after explosion.
  • Concussion Grenade: decreased movement penalty and turn speed penalty when hit.


  • All: increased hip fire recoil.
  • All: increased max hip fire spread from 4.75 to 5.
  • All: reduced bullet penetration.
  • MSMC: increased recoil slightly.
  • PDW-57: increased recoil slightly.

Assault rifles:

  • All: reduced idle sway for more reliable long-range aiming.
  • XM8: reduced lethal range of 3-hit kills from 250 to 50 inches.
  • XM8 + Select Fire: increased recoil.
  • FAL OSW + Select Fire: increased recoil.
  • SWAT-556 + Select Fire: increased recoil.
  • MTAR: Made auto aim values consistent with all other assault rifles.

Sniper Rifles:

  • All: increased hip fire spread.
  • All + Laser Sight: increased hip fire spread.
  • XPR-50: increased recoil slightly.


  • R870: reduced one-hit kill range by 45 inches.


  • B23R: reduced headshot multiplier from 1.4 to 1.
  • KAP-40: reduced headshot multiplier from 1.4 to 1

How to Unlock Golden Guns in Black Ops 2

I just unlocked my first Golden Camo Gun Skin in Black Ops 2, for yes, the MP7

I hit it at level 55 of my first Multiplayer play-through.  It is easier that I thought it would be, and I got almost all the unlocks without even paying attention to the challenge description until later on.

If you want to see what you need to do to unlock the Golden Camo skin in COD Black Ops 2 then go to -

Challenges > Guns > Weapon > Camos and you will see what is left to unlock. 

Here are a few easy tips I can say that helped me get my Camo.

1. For the get 150 kills without perks & 150 kills without attachments, I did this in about 5 games in FREE FOR ALL.  It was so easy and took about an hour.

2. The hardest unlock for me to get was the 10 Bloodthirsty medals, not because it was hard, but because it unlocked really late into the process, and it was my last one, so I was anxious to get it over with.

That’s all there really is to the golden gun camo skins in Call of Duty Black Ops 2, so enjoy, pwn some noobz, and unlock the gold!

How to own in Nuketown 2025 in Black Ops 2

Nuketown 2025 may be my favorite part of the new Call of Duty game, Black Ops 2. 

I am very impressed that the designers decided to make it have it’s own game mode also.  24/7 Nuketown weekend had HUGE success in the first installment of the Black Ops game so I guess they took some notes.

After playing hours and hours of Nuke Town in the first and second black ops, I have learned a few simple tips to do very well almost every game.   Here are some tips to own on Nuketown.

  1. Be aggressive.   The map is so small that the aggressors usually win.  You can try to camp and take it slow, but after a few kills, any good player will just spam nade your camping spot.
  2. I like to use a SMG on this map ALL THE TIME.  SMG’s seem to have the fastest rate of fire, and are made for smaller areas as there range isn’t the best.  I guess this doesn’t really matter, but I always do the best with the SMGs because of my aggressive play style.
  3. If you can stay behind/in the middle of the busses in the middle, you can usually outplay everyone and get good kill streaks if you are smart and cover both your flanks.
  4. NADE NADE NADE.  DO THIS! I honestly just usually throw both of my grenades away at the early start of my respawn so I don’t get distracted with them later.  I usually get multiple kills a game with just throwing them where I think the enemy is off the bat.
  5. When you are in one of the two houses at the windows, don’t stand directly in the window, stand to the side so you can’t be seen by everyone, only the people who come into your path of fire, giving you the advantage every time.
  6. Lay some mines or whatever defensive item you have at the door up from the stairs so you don’t get knifed while in the house.
  7. If an enemy has a massive kill streak reward and everyone is getting slaughtered when they spawn, camp inside the house until it is over!!

Honestly these tips are very minor and most players who have played a while should know this stuff like second nature, but there are a few, and I know this because I slay them in Nuke Town every day, who could use this information.  I hope it was helpful, don’t get upset or frustrated just try to get better!

How to level fast in Call of Duty Black OPS 2

With COD Black OPS 2, the leveling process is much like that of the previous franchises Call of Duty games.  You level from getting kills, objectives, kill streaks, and challenges.  Obviously the best way to level will be to just play the game, but the better you are, and the more kills you get, basically boils down to how fast you will level.  You can confirm this by just playing with a few friends who are much better than you.  If you really want to know the best modes for leveling the most efficiently, here they are.

  1. Kill Confirmed – This mode is great, fast paced, and you get more points for grabbing the dog tags and the denied kill dog tags.  This adds up fast and IMO is the best mode for leveling fast in black ops 2.
  2. If you are good, and consistent, search and destroy can grant a lot of XP, but you HAVE to get kills or you are better off basically playing any game mode.
  3. Ground War – I like ground war a lot, but it fits my play style and most games I get atleast 15 or 20 kills so the XP comes in pretty fast, and in turn helps me get challenges done faster.

All in all, to level fast, play what you are good at, and stop reading so much and just play the game man! Game after game after game after game!! Enjoy and have fun with the game and the levels will come, and if you want to beat your friends, then just stay up later than they do :P.  Goodluck my nerd bros.


                                                                                  PWN LIFE

How to get Black Ops 2 Nuke Town Zombie Map

If you were like me, and super stoked for the Nuke Town Black Ops 2 Zombie Map, well, here is some unfortunate news for some people.

In order to get this nuke town zombie map, you have to buy the Hardened Edition of Call of Duty Black Ops 2.

For much of us it is too late, but hopefully some stores will still carry it.  This is one of the main reasons I wanted the new Black ops 2, and now, despite the increased price for one map, 20 extra dollars -_- … I might not even be able to play it at all until they hopefully release it for the PSN or 360 store.


O well – I will still get it, and pwn it, and the zombies, but it’s somewhat lame to me that they put in things like this, and I have lost respect for them and their money hungry ways…