Ahmadzadeh: Iran are aiming for the semis – collectionfifatips.com

  • Iran’s Mohammed Ahmadzadeh set to contest his sixth FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
  • Ahmadzadeh scored a hat-trick in his first ever world finals match
  • In his last appearance in the competition, Iran were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Tahiti

When Iran captain Mohammad Ahmadzadeh walks out on to the sand at the National Beach Soccer Arena in Nassau on Thursday, his mind will no doubt go back to his FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup debut over ten years ago. Thanks to the extensive experience he has acquired since then, he will be hoping to lead his troops all the way to the semi-finals of Bahamas 2017.

Now 30, Ahmadzadeh began playing the game during his childhood in the coastal town of Rudsar. Capped for the first time by his country in 2006, he is now a mainstay of the national team, having appeared in five Beach Soccer World Cups to date.

The scorer of 17 goals in as many games on the big stage, he admitted to being “astonished” at that figure, as he explained in an interview with FIFA.com: “It makes me want to kick on and shine at the next World Cup and to score even more goals. I’ve got the experience to make that happen.”

Recalling his happiest world finals memory to date, he said: “Tahiti [2013] was the tournament I’ve enjoyed the most so far. We reached the last eight for the very first time and I had a big part to play in that success.”

Ahmadzadeh has seen enough and learned enough along the way to gauge how far Iran have come in recent times: “We were just amateurs 11 years ago. But in the last five years professional players have come into the Iran team and we’ve played a lot of games against other top-level national sides.

“When we went to Tahiti, we lacked experience and our only thought was to get past the group phase. We went on to reach the quarter-finals, though. And in the Bahamas, we’ll be giving our all to make the last four.”

Thinking big
If they are to reach that objective, Ahmadzadeh and his team-mates will need to negotiate a tough group that also features Mexico, Italy and Nigeria. El Tri will provide Iran’s first opponents on Thursday, with Gli Azzurri up next two days later, and the Nigerians last on Monday 1 May.

Despite the scale of the task awaiting the team from the Middle East, Ahmadzadeh is confident about their chances of success: “I think we’re going to win the group. We’re going to do everything we can to beat Italy and Mexico. We know both of them well because we’ve played them before in competitions and friendlies.”

Two years ago in Portugal, Ahmadzadeh told FIFA.com that Iran’s goal was to make the second round at least, one they fulfilled by advancing to the last eight for the second world finals running. At Bahamas 2017, however, they are aiming to go further.

“Iran are one of the top teams in the world and we’re not inferior to anyone,” said the skipper. “I’m convinced that if we can make the second round, then we’ll go on to the last four.”

In trying to make that happen, Ahmadzadeh will have the support of a core of equally seasoned players: “There are five or six of us who’ve played at five World Cups. That’s half a team with a lot of experience.”

Wrapping things up, the goalscorer looked back on his previous appearances on the global stage and pointed to what he can bring to Iran’s bid for glory at Bahamas 2017: “I’ve played in a lot of Beach Soccer World Cup matches and I’ve seen the highs and lows. The team has pulled together whenever things have gone against us, and I’m going to draw on all my experience to help my team-mates and make sure we can go as far as we can.”

Ahmadzadeh’s confidence in Iranian success is well founded. A passionate exponent of beach soccer and a veteran of five World Cups, he has every right to dream of big things on Bahamian sand over the next few weeks.

Did you know?
– Ahmadzadeh has played in the United Arab Emirates and Belarus.
– Former Brazil player Benjamin is one of his role models.

Who is Arsenal-bound defender Sead Kolasinac? on collectionfifatips

The Schalke defender is set to sign for Arsenal on a free transfer and Goal gets the lowdown on what qualities he will bring to the Gunners

Arsenal look to have beaten the likes of Chelsea, Juventus and Manchester City in the race to sign Sead Kolasinac.

The 23-year-old Bosnia & Herzegovina international has attracted interest from clubs across Europe following a series of impressive performances for Bundesliga giants Schalke this season.

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Kolasinac is a versatile defender who predominantly plays at left-back but can also be deployed in defensive midfielder or centre back, with his arrival likely to displace the out-of-form Nacho Monreal on the left flank.

Goal has taken a look at Kolasinac’s strengths, weaknesses and what he’ll bring to the Premier League side next season.


KOLASINAC PROFILE


This season the performances of Kolasinac have gone up a level. After sitting on the bench for the first few matches of the campaign, he managed to surpass Chelsea loanee Baba Rahman at left-back and make the position his own. He has since become one of Schalke’s most important players, which is testament to how hard he works and trains every day.

His tackling in the recent derby against Borussia Dortmund was particularly impressive. After a flick over Ralf Fahrmann by star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kolasinac managed to slide in to prevent a shot and an almost certain goal from Christian Pulisic, which drew plenty of plaudits following the match. 

Suleyman Koc Sead Kolasinac Paderborn Schalke

“You have to get stuck in now and then,” explained the left-back. “My role is to stop the opposition scoring.” 

Kolasinac's biggest strengths are his tackling and tendency to almost always win the ball when he slides in. It’s difficult for wingers to play against him because he’s powerful, strong and surprisingly quick when you factor in his physically imposing frame.

Last season the consensus was that Kolasinac needed to improve his attacking play. He has done that with aplomb and with seven assists and three goals he is one of Schalke’s top attacking threats this season. His crossing has improved, but, despite the improvement in his offensive abilities, there is no doubt that his chief qualities lie in defence more than attack.

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His biggest weaknesses are his technique, which is occasionally suspect, and his shooting, which requires improvement, although with the way Arsenal play it is more likely that he will be asked to cross the ball than strike from distance. His right-foot is particularly weak.

Schalke manager Christian Heidel has repeated through the season that he wants Kolasinac to stay at Schalke but his impressive form this season means his head will probably be swayed. His style of play would fit perfectly in the Premier League and he’d be a great signing for Arsenal.

Liverpool v Crystal Palace Betting: Benteke ready to haunt Reds – collectionfifatips.com

Both teams are in need of points and our tipster is expecting a goal-laden game when Sam Allardyce’s Eagles take on Jurgen Klopp’s men on Merseyside

Liverpool moved back into third place in the Premier League with a vital 1-0 win against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon.

Liverpool edged home by a single goal margin for a second successive week in beating the Baggies and Jurgen Klopp's charges will be hoping for a hat-trick of Premier League wins when Crystal Palace visit Anfield this weekend.

The Eagles, though, are sure to provide a stiff test, for Sam Allardyce's charges have lost just one of their last seven matches – a run of results that includes impressive wins against both Chelsea and Arsenal. Furthermore, the south Londoners showed steely resolve as they came from 2-0 down to pick up a precious point against Leicester City at Selhurst Park last Saturday afternoon.

Betfair Sportsbook go 11/2 (6.50) that the south Londoners take another step towards safety with a win and  7/2 (4.50) that the Eagles collect a point from the match in Merseyside.

Crystal Palace

The Reds, unbeaten in seven, are closing in on a place in the top four and they can move a step nearer to achieving that objective with a win against Palace, with  1/2 (1.50) that Klopp's charges maintain momentum by taking maximum points against the Eagles.

Liverpool enjoyed a thrilling 4-2 victory against Palace when these teams met at Selhurst Park back in October and there is certainly plenty of potential for the goals to flow when the rivalry is renewed. Indeed, Betfair Sportsbook offer 4/6 (1.67) that there are more than two goals scored and  17/10 (2.70) that this fixture produces at least four goals – both teams can be backed to find the net at 5/6 (1.83)  ahead of this crucial clash.

In the absence of top scorer Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino has stepped up to the plate for Klopp's charges, netting the decisive goal in both of his last two appearances and there is  13/10 (2.30) that the Brazilian maintains his scoring streak with a goal against Palace.

GFX Liverpool Crystal Palace betting

The Eagles, too, pack a punch in attack and front man Christian Benteke may feel that he has a point to prove having joined Palace in the summer after an unsuccessful spell at Anfield last term. The Belgian has bagged five goals in his last five games for club and country and there is  11/5 (3.20) that he scores against his former employers this weekend.

Those who fancy the hosts to march on may be tempted by the  23/20 (2.15) quote for Liverpool to win a match in which both teams are on target, while the Eagles can be backed at 17/2 (9.50) to take three points from a game in which there are goals at both ends.

Better value, though, may lie in simply backing goals galore when these teams meet and, as such, Betfair Sportsbook's 17/10 (2.70) quote for more than three goals to be scored could offer good value for punters.

Liverpool v Crystal Palace Betting: Benteke ready to haunt Reds - collectionfifatips.com

Over 3.5 goals at 17/10 (2.70) for a 2pt stake with Betfair Sportsbook

collectionfifatips – Messi suffering worst El Clasico run of his career

The Barcelona star hasn’t scored in six games against Real Madrid and will be aiming to rediscover his spark at the Santiago Bernabeu

Lionel Messi is enduring the worst El Clasico run of his career as Barcelona prepare to face Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

'Rooney has reached the end at Man Utd'

Messi is returning to the scene of his last goal against Madrid in the hope that he can arrest his current six-game Clasico goal drought.

On that occasion, in March 2014, Messi netted a hat-trick to help his side to a memorable 4-3 victory against a ten-man Madrid side.

Since then, however, Messi has found it much tougher and even failed to find the net in last season’s 4-0 rout of Madrid at the Bernabeu after coming on as a second-half substitute following his return from a long-term lay-off.

Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Barcelona Real Madrid

Messi remains the Clasico's all-time leading goalscorer, though, with 21 goals in 33 appearances to date, though in recent games his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, has had more success, scoring three in his last six.

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Ronaldo earned plaudits in last season’s 2-1 win at Camp Nou after his goal ended Barcelona’s 39-game unbeaten streak, but he failed to register in December’s 1-1 draw.

Barcelona currently sit three points behind Madrid in the table, though Zinedine Zidane’s side still have a game in hand, putting them in the driving seat in the title race.

Candycloud Park Event on collectionfifatips

This sweet new event runs from April 12–May 3!

The infinitely wealthy Papa Pazhu is throwing his daughter Opal a special birthday party themed after her favorite heroes– the “Four Guardians.” Pazhu has booked this decadent soiree at  Candycloud Park—an amusement park in the clouds. He’s invited all of Opal’s friends to come and celebrate this sweet-treat of an occasion. Unfortunately, two troublemakers named Yippi and Skippi learn about the party and decide to crash it, and they’re not going to leave until someone “plays” with them. Luckily you happen along just as Papa Pazhu is desperate for someone to enter Candycloud Park and save the party.

You’ll enter the Candycloud Park instance through a portal in Jadestone Village. This is a daily dungeon but, unlike prior event dungeons, there aren’t any resets to gain additional runs. You’ll need to defeat both Yippi and Skippi to save the children and earn your rewards in return. These giant babies (in appearance and temperament) are just looking to have a good time—unfortunately that includes hitting you and your friends really hard with giant hammers. They’ll try to play with you together or one at a time, and they each have their own special moves designed to get you in the partying spirit. If you can avoid the explosive gingerbread men, defeat the Candycloud Mascots, and avoid getting caught by Yippi and Skippi’s never-ending desire for you to just shake your groove thing, you may escape alive!

After they’ve had their fun they’ll drop a Guardian Chest, and an illusion of one of the Four Guardians will greet you and reward you with upgrade/crafting items as well as Cloud Tokens.

The Daily Quest and Dynamic Quest reward a Candycloud Treasure, which is guaranteed to contain a Cloud Token, and gives you a chance at upgrade/crafting materials and additional bonus Cloud Tokens. Cloud Tokens are the currency for the Candycloud Park event, and are obtained through the Daily Dash, Daily Challenge, Heroic dungeon daily quests, bundles from the Hongmoon Store, and of course from the Candycloud Park event dungeon itself.

Through the Dragon Express you’ll find a variety of items to purchase with Cloud Tokens, most notable of which are:

  • Flawless Brilliant Hongmoon Heptagonal Peridot
  • Sacred Oil
  • Forging Orb
  • Chakra Shield (which can be traded in with more Cloud Tokens for an Ebondrake Wheel)
  • Taikhan’s Skin
  • Flower of Lament
  • Legendary Gem Hammer
  • Radiant Energy
  • Mysterious Crystal
Chakra Shield Ebondrake Wheel

Dungeon Daily Quests

Here are the dungeons and corresponding daily quests which grant Cloud Tokens:

Dungeon

Daily Quest

Tokens

Sogun’s Lament

Asura’s Return

1

Gloomdross Incursion

The Umbral Mark

1

Shattered Masts

Quiet the Raging Seas

1

Desolate Tomb

The Bonds that Bind Us

2

Ebondrake Citadel

Zakhan’s Blade

2

Naryu Foundry

Roar of the Furnace

2

 

Additionally, the Extra Confidence buff, which increases Attack Power and reduces damage, will be available in the Normal Mode of these dungeons for the duration of the Candycloud Park event.

Blade & Soul Championship Series 2017 – collectionfifatips.com

Blade & Soul announces their esport initiative for the West.

Blade & Soul is excited to announce that North America and Europe will be participating in the Blade & Soul World Championship for the first time in 2017!

Regional Championships

The Championship Series for North America and for Europe will start very soon, and teams of 3 will join together to earn Fighting Points over the Championship period. Fighting Points are earned by the teams through in-game rankings (both 1v1 and 3v3), open events, and online tournaments. The teams with the most Fighting Points will be invited to compete in the Regional Championships, with the top teams moving on to represent their region in the World Championships.

More details on Fighting Points and how you can earn them will arrive shortly, when we’ll also open up team registration. You must be in a registered team in order to participate!

Eligibility

In order to compete in the Championship series for Blade & Soul, you need to register in a team and be a resident of the region your team registers in. Make sure you have at least one level 50 character on your account at the time registration opens. Also, you can only register to play in one team!

We’ll have more information on how to register, as well as the full rules of the Championship series soon.

If you have any questions, come ask them in our forum thread, or watch our special Secrets of the Stratus livestream on April 13.

Start building your team, brush up on your PvP-fu, and practice your tag technique as the West heads to the World Championships for Blade & Soul! 

collectionfifatips | Secrets of the Stratus Now Live!

The next epic expansion for Blade & Soul has arrived.

Dungeons

Secrets of the Stratus introduces new dungeons to challenge even the most well-seasoned martial artists. Will you delve deep into the Naryu Sanctum with a band of adventurers and discover its well-guarded secrets? Or climb to the highest heights of Mushin’s Tower, and seek fame and fortune alone?

Learn More

Item Changes

A number of item changes are being made in this update, including a revamp of the crafting and upgrade material system, a reduction to Legendary weapon upgrade costs, new weapon upgrade stages, new Legendary accessories, and the introduction of the Mystic Badge—a new skill-enhancing equipment slot.

Learn More

Systems Changes

The update brings some big changes to existing systems, as well as introducing some huge new ones. First and foremost class skill trees and skill points have been removed in favor of a more streamlined and intuitive system. There are also additional Hongmoon Levels, and the new Hongmoon Training Room, which lets you practice your skills in a solo environment and earn some rewards while you do.

Learn More

Celestial Basin

Descend into the Celestial Basin, an area near the newly revealed Gunwon City. Explore this long-forgotten jungle as you complete quests, collect Celestial Peaches (of course), and of course earn brand new and shiny rewards—including the new Mystic Badge equipment items.

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Candycloud Park

What happens when a rich old man throws a Four Guardians-themed birthday party for his daughter at an amusement park in the sky? It’s held hostage by two giant babies, of course! Ascend into the clouds, save this sweet girl’s party from these rotten toddlers, and serve them their just desserts.

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Store Updates

The Grand Phoenix Costume is a premium-tier costume blazing its way into Earthen Realm—for a limited time only! Included is all the individual pieces of the costume, a set of weapon skins, and matching Heroic, Awakened, and Ultimate pet appearances—all included! We’re also going to be giving away some of these costumes, so be sure to click through to enter the sweepstakes. Last but not least there are some big store UI and feature updates to share.

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Secrets of the Stratus 3.0 Patch Notes

Content & Events

  • Act 7 and Gunwon City are now available!
    • Complete Act 7 between April 12 and May 3 and receive the Secretkeeper outfit and adornments as a quest reward!
    • Moonwater Soul, Pet Aura, upgrade materials, and Flawless Hongmoon Sparkling Hexagonal gems are available through quest rewards from completing Act 7.
  • The Hongmoon Training Room is now available and can be accessed by pressing F12.
    • Learn and execute combos for the elemental specializations of your choice to earn rewards.
    • Practice your skills against any Heroic Dungeon or Raid bosses, with the option to spawn a Training Dummy to assist you.
  • The Candycloud Park event dungeon is now available from April 12 through May 3.
    • Level 50 characters can complete the dungeon once per day.  No resets are available.
    • Collect Cloud Tokens and redeem them in the Dragon Express for prizes including but not limited to:
      • Flawless Brilliant Hongmoon Heptagonal Peridot
      • Sacred Oil
      • Forging Orb
      • Ebondrake Wheel Adornment
      • Taikhan’s Skin
      • Legendary Gem Hammer
      • Radiant Energy
      • Mysterious Crystal
    • You can also earn Cloud Tokens for completing the Daily Quests for the following dungeons:
      • Sogun’s Lament
      • Gloomdross Incursion
      • The Shattered Masts
      • Desolate Tomb
      • Ebondrake Citadel
      • Naryu Foundry
    • The Extra Confidence buff which provides increased Attack Power and decreases damage taken will be available in the above dungeons for the duration of the event.
    • Additional Cloud Tokens can be obtained from:
      • Daily Challenge
      • Daily Dash
      • Hongmoon Store
  • The Blessing of Wisdom has returned and will be available from April 12 through May 3.  It provides the following buffs:
    • Increases Combat XP by 50%
    • Increases Daily Quest XP by 50%
    • Increases Guild Points earned by Crafting and Gathering by 100%

General

  • 4-member party mode and dungeons have been removed.
    • Drops from 4-member dungeons have been merged into 6-member loot tables.
    • 4-member achievements have been updated and can now be obtained in 6-member mode.
    • Some dungeon and boss mechanics have been adjusted in Normal Mode and Hard Mode.
  • The following dungeons offer 6-member Hard Mode:
    • Desolate Tomb
    • Ebondrake Citadel
    • Naryu Foundry
    • Naryu Sanctum
  • The Confidence buff is no longer available for 6-member dungeons.
  • The level cap has been increased to Level 50 Hongmoon Level 20.
  • Statistics gained from Hongmoon Levels have been removed and replaced with the Hongmoon Point system.
    • You now earn 5 Hongmoon Points for each Hongmoon Level.
    • Assign points to Offense or Defense from the Character Status window (P).
    • Additional bonus effects are applied at certain point thresholds in Offense or Defense.
  • Players can now create and join Social clans through the Clan menu (H).
    • Social Clans are a way for players to join together for adventures while enjoying some of the benefits of being in a clan without some of the pressure.
    • Social Clans can not be leveled up and are not eligible for Ranked Battlegrounds or rewards.
    • Existing clans are now known as Competitive Clans.
  • Daily Challenge has been updated:
    • Heavenly Energy is no longer available from completing the Daily Challenge
    • Daily Challenge Reward Chest has been added which grants various upgrade materials.
  • You can now add friends cross-server.
  • Your chat history is now preserved when moving to and from Cross-Server Dungeon and Arena.
  • You can now use /roll or /dice to randomly generate a number based on what you enter:
    • Using /roll [min]-[max] will randomly generate a number between [min] and [max].
    • Using /roll [number] will randomly generate a number between 1 and [number]
  • The cost for Remote Delivery and Windstriding has been removed.
  • Evolved Attack and Defense have been removed.
  • PvP Attack Power and Defense and Boss Attack Power and Defense have been added.
  • New hairstyles are now available for all races.  New ear and tail combinations have been added for Lyn.
  • New customization options for Familiars have been added at Groomer NPCs.
  • New loading screens are now available.

User Interface

  • The overall UI has received visual improvements.
  • The character select screen has been updated with new visuals.
  • Cross-Server Dungeon, Battlegrounds, and Arena are now all accessed by pressing F8.
  • Emotes are now accessed by pressing Shift+F3 (previously F12).
  • The Currency Exchange is now accessed by pressing F9 (previously Ctrl+C).
  • Quest Letters have been moved to their own tab in the Quest Journal (J).
  • Game Guide functionality has been added and can be accessed by pressing Ctrl+B. Content will be added at a later date.
  • Character inventories have been increased by 1 row (8 spaces) for no cost.

Equipment

  • Upgrade costs are being changed and reduced for the following weapons:
    • Baleful/Seraph Weapon Stage 1-10
    • Ivorymoon Weapon Stage 1-10
    • Awakened Ivorymoon Weapon Stage 1-10
    • True Ivorymoon Weapon Stage 1-10
    • Galaxy Weapon Stage 1-9
  • Upgrading from True Ivorymoon Weapon – Stage 10 to Baleful or Seraph Weapon now requires a Dark Stone or Light Stone which can be purchased from Dragon Express.
  • New Legendary Weapons are now available:
    • Seraph/Baleful Weapon Stage 11-12 now available
      • Seraph/Baleful Weapon – Stage 11 can upgrade to Raven Weapon – Stage 2
      • Seraph/Baleful Weapon – Stage 12 can upgrade to Raven Weapon – Stage 3
    • Galaxy Weapon Stage 10-12 now available
    • Riftwalk/Dawnforged Weapon Stage 1-3 now available
      • Seraph Weapon can upgrade to Riftwalk Weapon
      • Baleful Weapon can upgrade to Dawnforged Weapon
  • The Raven effect from Raven Weapons has been increased for the following classes:
    • Lightning Blade Master
    • Wind Kung Fu Master
    • Earth Soul Fighter
    • Frost Soul Fighter
  • Divine Dragon Bracelet and Tiger Bracelet are now available and enhance specific skills for each class.
    • Combine a Draken Bracelet from Naryu Sanctum with either an Unrefined Divine Dragon Bracelet or Unrefined Tiger Bracelet from Mushin’s Tower F16-20 to create the Legendary bracelet of your choice.
    • You can exchange Unrefined Divine Dragon Bracelet for Unrefined Tiger Bracelet and vice versa at Tower Trader NPC Kangcha in Mushin’s Tower.
  • Mystic Badges are now available from Celestial Basin and can be purchased with Celestial Peaches and Raven Feather or Lunar Twilight Flower.
    • Premium Members can purchase Mystic Badges for a discounted price via Dragon Express.
  • Eternity and Transcendence Soul Badges are now available from Tower Trader NPC Kangcha in Mushin’s Tower for Yunsang Prayer Beads and Retrived Secret Technique.
    • Premium Members can purchase Eternity and Transcendence Soul Badges for a discounted price via Dragon Express.
  • The 8-piece set bonus for Lightning Soul Shield from Skybreak Spire now also increases the damage of Honed Slash, Dragontongue, and Flicker by 8%.
  • The 3-piece set bonus for Dauntless Soul Shield from Skybreak Spire now also increases the damage of Swift Strike, Tiger Strike, Cyclone Kick, and Searing Below by 15%.
  • The 3-piece set bonus for Lifebane Soul Shield from Skybreak Spire now increases the damage of Cobalt Punch and Dragonfury by 15%
  • The 8-piece set bonus for Starblade Soul Shield from Midnight Skypetal Plains now reduces the cooldown of Five Point Strike by 30%, increases the damage of Five Point Strike by 60%, and increases the damage of Lightning Draw and Searing Slash by 50%.
  • The 8-piece set bonus for Southern Tiger Soul Shield from Midnight Skypetal Plains now also increases the damage of Comet Strike by 30%

Items

  • Several key upgrade and crafting materials have been revamped:
    • Frozen Stinger is now Sacred Orb.
    • Honorary Ornament is now Elysian Orb.
    • Soulstone, Moonstone, Sacred Orb, and Elysian Orb now must be converted to crystals to be used for crafting, upgrading equipment, and most transmutations.
  • The cost to transmute Premium Silverfrost Transformation Stone has been reduced and the chance of a successful transmute has been increased.
  • Reduced the cost to transmute Flawless Hongmoon gems.
  • The Inferno outfit is now available through Clan Crafting.
    • Infernal Design is now available through Naryu Foundry Hard Mode.
    • The Infernal Horns adornment is now available at Achievements Merchant NPC Kiyeon in Zaiwei.
    • The Infernal Wing Cape adornment is now available from the Faction Trader NPC in Soulstone Plains.
  • The following items are now Bound to Account:
    • Locked Sacred Longgui Soul Shield – Chest 1-8
    • Battleground Soul Shield – Chest 1-8
    • Draken Ring, Draken Earring, Draken Necklace, and Draken Belt
  • White Orb is now required to activate the Dragon Stream in Heaven’s Mandate as well as summon the Kaari Lord in Cold Storage.
    • Blue Orb, Green Orb, Red Orb, and Ivory Dragon Scale can now be exchanged for White Orb through the Manage Antiques window.

Skills

  • The Skill System has been overhauled and each class has received significant changes to their skills. Press K to access the Martial Tome in-game to see the new changes.
  • Skill trees and skill points have been removed from the game.
  • Skills are unlocked by reaching certain levels (Hongmoon Skills still need to be unlocked).
  • Skill specializations are created by choosing a primary element then choosing between 0-3 moves for each skill.
  • You can still save skill builds and unlock additional skill pages with Training Expansion Vouchers.
  • Assassins, Force Masters, and Summoners received additional bug fixes and updates to their skills on top of the overhaul.

Ranked Seasons

  • 1v1 Season 10 has begun and will run for 9 weeks from April 12 through June 14.
  • Beluga Lagoon Season 5 has begun and will run for 9 weeks from April 12 through June 14.
  • Mushin’s Tower Season 1 has begun and will run for 9 weeks from April 12 through June 14.
  • Starting on June 14, all ranked game types will start and end on the same day and have 9 week seasons.

Localization

  • Fixed and updated localization in English, German, and French.

collectionfifatips | Secrets of the Stratus – Store Update Overview

New items and updates are arriving for the Hongmoon Store.

Making its grand debut in Secrets of the Stratus is the Grand Phoenix Set. This is an all-inclusive set that has everything you need to blaze your way through the Earthen Realm!

The Grand Phoenix Set will be able to be purchased on the Hongmoon Store for 4,799 NCoin/Hongmoon Coin and includes the following items:

  • Grand Phoenix Costume
  • Grand Phoenix Crown
  • Grand Phoenix Wings
  • Grand Phoenix Pet – Including Heroic, Awakened, and Ultimate appearances
  • Grand Phoenix Weapon Chest (Grants appropriate weapon for your class)

Want your feline friend to match as well? Also available the Hongmoon Store will be the Grand Phoenix Cat Set available for 799 NCoin/Hongmoon Coin.

Is luck usually on your side? For the debut of the Grand Phoenix Set we’ll be running a sweepstakes and giving away ten Grand Pheonix Sets for each region. Each task you complete gives you an additional entry, so be sure you complete as many as you can, and definitely be sure to read the terms and conditions to ensure you’re eligible to win.

The Grand Phoenix Costume won’t be around forever, so be sure to make a sizzle and get it before May 3 while it’s still… hot, Hot, HOT!

New Hongmoon Store

A redesigned Hongmoon Store arrives with the Secrets of the Stratus update! The store is receiving major changes, like an updated user interface, daily deals, and a hot items feature.

Within the new Hongmoon Store you’ll find the user interface has improved, bundles are now distinguished with gold backgrounds, rotating banners are on display to showcase new items, fewer clicks are needed to get around, there’s a list of the hot items, and daily specials.

Today’s Specials

Upon entering the game you’ll have a new popup window that showcases the eight items of the day. When you click an item you’ll be directed to the new Hongmoon Store feature: Today’s Specials.

Today’s Specials displays eight items that are available to purchase with NCoin or Hongmoon Coin, and have a set limit of how many can be purchased. For items you can purchase multiples of, the price rises with each purchase until reaching the item’s purchase limit. At 12am UTC, the current items will refresh with a new set of eight items. The Today’s Specials items mostly include things like lower-tier upgrade materials and costumes.

Mastery Bundle

A new once-per-account bundle joins the Duelist Bundle and Student Bundle (previously called the Starter Pack)! The Mastery Bundle is full of items useful for those who are returning to Blade & Soul, or for brand new level 50s.

Here’s the content of the Mastery Bundle:

  • Advanced Hongmoon Reinforcement Chest
    • 30 Gold
    • 200 Silverfrost Refining Stones
    • 25 Moonstone Crystals
    • 5 Naryu Tablets
    • 3 Silverfrost Transformation Stones
    • 90 Soulstone Crystals
    • 10 Flowers of Lament
    • 40 Lunar Twilight Flowers
  • Hongmoon Pinnacle Accessory Chest
    • Pinnacle Belt
    • Pinnacle Bracelet
    • Pinnacle Earring
    • Pinnacle Necklace
    • Pinnacle Ring
  • Flawless Sparkling Hongmoon Hexagonal Diamond
  • Flawless Sparkling Hongmoon Hexagonal Amethyst
  • Hongmoon Energy – Stage 1

collectionfifatips | Instant Level 50 Now Available

Insta-boost your new character!

Level 50 Character Creation Vouchers are now available in-game, and you can instantly boost any new character to max level. Once a character is boosted, you’ll start in Act 5 – Chapter 1, and automatically placed in the all-new Hongmoon Training Room.

To celebrate the release of Secrets of the Stratus we’re discounting the vouchers to 3200 NCoin until May 2, when they’ll return to their standard 4000 NCoin price. For those of you who enjoy percentages, that’s 20% off!

To ensure you’re adequately prepared for your adventures in the Earthen Realm, all boosted characters will receive the following items:

  • Ivorymoon Weapon – Stage 1
  • 20 Gold
  • Training Accessory Chest
    • Silverfrost Valor Soul Shield Set
    • 1 Ivorymoon Accesorries
  • Training Consumable Pouch
    • 50 Dumplings
    • 30 Repair Kits
    • 30 Healing Tonics
    • 30 Hongmoon’s Unsealing Charms
    • 30 Hongmoon’s Keys
    • 20 Quintessences of Hongmoon
    • 26 Dragon Pouches
    • 5 Brillant Venture Tokens

The Level 50 Character Creation Vouchers can be purchased on the Character Creation screen or from the Hongmoon Store.

collectionfifatips | WEST HAM: King strikes Hammers down

Bournemouth missed two first-half penalties but still managed to secure a deserved first win of 2017 courtesy of King’s 90th-minute goal

Joshua King's hat-trick helped Bournemouth secure their first win of 2017 in a dramatic 3-2 triumph over West Ham, despite the Cherries missing two penalties at the Vitality Stadium.

Pacy forward King was the man to miss Bournemouth's first effort from 12 yards in the ninth minute with Michail Antonio putting the Hammers in front just 48 seconds later.

King quickly made amends with a fine solo goal to level proceedings before Benik Afobe this time fluffed his lines from the spot to add to Bournemouth's frustrations.

Bournemouth did take the lead early in the second half thanks to King's close-range effort, before late drama ensued, starting with Andre Ayew restoring parity with eight minutes remaining.

But Eddie Howe's men were not to be denied as King again pounced from close range in the last minute of normal time to earn a timely three points for Bournemouth, who end an eight-match winless Premier League run and move eight points clear of the drop zone.

West Ham, meanwhile, have now gone four games without a win and missed out on the chance to force their way into the top 10.

Ryan Fraser dragged a shot across goal and Afobe headed a Marc Pugh cross wide in a lively opening from Bournemouth.

The hosts looked poised to make the most of that bright start when Sofiane Feghouli hauled down Charlie Daniels when he burst into the box, but King placed his penalty wide.

And 48 seconds later West Ham went in front. Harry Arter's misplaced pass was stolen by Feghouli and he found Antonio, who picked out the bottom-right corner on the spin.

Antonio continued to trouble the home defence and he fizzed a 20-yard effort past the right-hand post before creating a chance for Manuel Lanzini, who failed to keep his shot down when well placed.

Bournemouth remained a threat, though, and West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph was called into action twice in the space of a minute to keep out Fraser's long-range half-volley and a powerful header from Steve Cook.

Randolph could do nothing to stop Bournemouth's equaliser, though, as King neatly chipped the ball over Jose Fonte's head with his right foot before drilling home with his left.

Incredibly, Bournemouth were awarded another penalty when Fonte was deemed to have tripped Pugh in the box.

Afobe took the responsibility this time, but his tame effort was saved easily by Randolph low to his right.

The end-to-end nature of the opening period continued right up to the half-time whistle as only Artur Boruc's outstretched left boot prevented Feghouli from restoring the London side's lead.

There was no let-up in the drama after the break as Bournemouth took the lead within three minutes.

Cook rose highest to meet Fraser's free-kick and, as the West Ham defence appealed in vain for offside, King calmly applied the close-range finish.

Referee Bobby Madley duly consulted with his assistant as the visitors continued with their protests, but the goal was allowed to stand.

Afobe was then denied by Randolph as the Hampshire side pressed for a third goal, but as the final whistle loomed, West Ham began to look the more threatening and duly made it 2-2 with eight minutes left.

Pedro Obiang's superb pass split the home defence wide open, Sam Byram delivered the low cross and fellow-substitute Ayew swept the ball home.

Bournemouth were not done, though, and King fittingly had the last word, rattling home from eight yards out after Randolph had parried Jack Wilshere's initial effort into his path.

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