When we sent Steven Messner into Black Desert Online [official site], he came out gushing about the MMORPG… then telling us how to build a production empire. It was not a small game, and it quickly became even bigger only a month after launch. Last week saw the release of the ‘Mediah’ expansion, a huge free update adding the eponymous new region to make the world about 30% larger – with all the new quests, bosses, items, and so on you’d expect from that.
The Mediah expansion’s headline additions are that whole dang new region, “over 1,000” new quests, a huge boss which publishers Daum Games say “can take on hundreds of players at a time”, 40v40 PvP skirmishes on the Crimson Battlefield, mighty new weapons and armour, and craftable ‘alchemy stones’ to socket weapons. Hit the patch notes if you want to see more, including details on balance tweaks.
I’m never a long-term MMORPG player but I do always enjoy having new lands to explore, and Mediah looks pretty nice:
Black Desert Online has been out in other parts of the world since as early as 2014, remember, so the recent European and North American release is tapping into – and catching up with – those. This wasn’t something they quickly knocked out.
In case I haven’t said this enough, Black Desert Online ain’t your average MMO. And one of the places that is more apparent is when gearing your character. It can be a confusing process thanks to BDO’s not-so-great localization and how different it is from typical MMORPGs. I’m going to spell it all out for you in this guide, showing you how to upgrade equipment while demystifying some of the more obtuse concepts—like what the hell a ‘fail stack’ is.
As well as explaining how all of this works, this article should demonstrate, to those who aren’t convinced, that BDO is worth a look even if you’re burnt out on traditional entries in the genre.
How Equipment Differs From Most MMOs
In most MMOs, players are used to being handed a steady stream of marginally better gear as they work towards max level, but Black Desert treats its equipment system quite differently.
For starters, gear doesn’t have level restrictions, meaning a level one character can be decked out in the most powerful endgame gear. Don’t worry though, they won’t have the skills to make good use of it so you won’t get your ass kicked by a brand new player in sweet gear. There’s also quite a small selection of equipment to choose from, and you’ll typically only swap pieces a few times on your journey to level 50.
Finding gear can also be a bit challenging. With only a few options to choose from, tracking down where each piece resides can be a headache. By and large, the easiest way is to earn as much silver as you can and purchase everything from the player marketplace. There are a few valuable pieces that can be purchased from certain NPC merchants, and others that you’ll find grinding certain monsters or bosses. But by putting crafting skills to good use, you can make more than enough money to cover your equipment costs.
How to Upgrade Your Gear
Because gear isn’t level restricted, even the pieces considered valuable for endgame will start out relatively weak. In order to make them stronger, you need to upgrade them through three methods: transfusion, enhancing, and quality upgrading. Let’s explore each.
A pretty familiar concept to any RPG player. Using crystals with specific stat bonuses (like +1 attack speed), you slot them into sockets on a given piece of equipment and gain that stat bonus. In order to do this, talk to your black spirit companion and select the ‘transfusion’ option from his dialogue.
Starting out, focus on increasing your accuracy, which will help you to hit high level monsters easier and make leveling a breeze. Later, transfusion will play a crucial step in rounding out your character’s stats. You can read the recommended crystals to use for each class over on Black Desert Foundry in their class guides section.
Enhancing is the most important way to upgrade your gear. Around level 27, your black spirit companion will give you a series of quests that walk you through the steps, but you’re more than able to get started early if you have all the materials. To enhance your equipment, talk to your black spirit companion and select the ‘enhance’ option.
Using black stones, which can be found on level 25+ monsters or purchased on the marketplace, you can increase the base stats on a piece of gear up to 15 times, adding +1 to the name of the item for each success. Enhancing any item up to a certain point is pretty easy, but beyond that can become very resource intensive. Let’s break it down.
For armor, enhancing it up to +5 has a 100% chance of succeeding. Beyond that, your chances decrease significantly. Weapons can be safely enchanted up to +7 before risking failure.
Accessories are a bit different in that you don’t enhance them using black stones but another version of that same accessory. They always have a high chance of failure, but they’re also not as crucial to upgrade and can only go up to +5. Once you’ve successfully combined two, you’ll create a +1 version of that accessory. To increase your odds of getting a +2, use another +1 instead of the +0 version of an item. Just keep in mind that if you fail the enhancement, both accessories will be destroyed.
Failing an enhancement for weapons and armor doesn’t have the same consequence, thankfully. The black stone you used will be destroyed, and the equipment you tried to enhance will lose maximum durability. Fail enough times and that item’s maximum durability will fall so low that you’ll be unable to use it. The only way to restore that item’s durability is to acquire another version of that same item and take both to a blacksmith to be repaired. When you’ve dropped a few million silver on getting one piece of equipment, having to buy another one can really add up.
Fortunately, there’s a silver lining to this in that, for each successive failure while enhancing, you earn what’s called a ‘fail stack’. Fail stacks are a hidden bonus that increases your chances of a successful enhance, and for every failure that chance gets higher.
Now let’s say we’re trying to enhance a weapon from +14 to +15. That comes with a massively reduced chance to succeed, around 20%. You could throw away a ton of black stones and lower the item’s durability trying to luck out, or you can use a much smarter method by exploiting fail stacks.
Remember how I said accessories have a really high chance to fail when enhancing? That’s a good thing because some early-game accessories are also dirt cheap. By purchasing several dozen of the same kind, we can combine them together and hope that they fail. Each time that they do the next enhancement has a better chance to succeed. To maximize our odds, create several +1 accessories and then try and combine them with their weaker +0 versions. The odds are so low that you should easily acquire a dozen fail stacks. Once you have as many as you think you can manage without accidentally succeeding, you can use that increased chance to succeed on the item you’re actually trying to enhance — often saving some precious silver instead of wasting it on destroyed black stones or sacrificial equipment to repair lost durability.
Getting all of your gear to +15 will take a long time, but it’s also not something you need to fret about unless you aim to be one of the top PVPers in the game. Once you’re around level 30 and start finding black stones while killing monsters, consider purchasing whatever best-in-slot equipment you can for your class. An entry level endgame set will cost you just under a million silver, which isn’t a great deal if you’ve been investing in your crafting skills or grinding monsters and selling loot drops.
The final step in the process should only be completed once you’ve already achieved +15 on a piece of equipment, as doing so will significantly increase the costs of repairing max durability. Upgrading the quality will essentially transform the rarity of your equipment, taking it from a common green to rare blue to the coveted yellow. Doing so will also unlock extra stats, which can make that piece of gear all the more powerful.
To do this, you’re going to need to purchase special workshops located within cities while also acquiring some special materials needed for the upgrade. To find out more about purchasing homes, you can reference our production guide. which goes through the process, though if you’ve upgraded your equipment to +15 and haven’t bought a house at this point, I’d be amazed.
Upgrading from green to blue will always succeed, while blue to yellow has a random chance of success. Don’t worry though, all you’ll lose is some maximum durability and your materials if you fail, not the equipment itself. Unfortunately, fail stacks don’t seem to apply here, so you’ll just need to try your luck.
Final Thoughts and Some Quick Tips
With all of this spelled out, you should be able to start hunting down some nice pieces of gear and working towards a killer endgame set of equipment. Each class has their own preferences for which stats they should prioritize. However, just about every class flourishes using the Grunil armor set along with Yuria weapons and Bares accessories. Rangers are the only ones who work better with the Heve armor set instead, but still use the same Bares accessories and Yuria weapons.
Fortunately, all of those items are readily available on the marketplace for reasonable amounts of money. Even better, Yuria weapons can be purchased directly from an NPC named Ronatz in Calpheon City (use the NPC search button to find him!). You’ll need to befriend him first using the conversation minigame, but he’ll sell Yuria weapons for 90,000 silver, which is quite a steal.
For more advanced gear choices, you can reference your class on Black Desert Foundry, which will also show you where to find the ultra rare gear for building the ultimate warrior.
Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games. But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol’ breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months.
Below is the full, hundred-strong roster, complete with links to our coverage if you want to find out more about any of the games, or simply to marvel at how much seemed to happen in the space of 52 short weeks.
They’ve got a few extra categories to browse over on Steam, including top new releases by month, the top-selling VR games (no comment) and the best-peforming graduates from the early access programme. The one we’re most interested in, though, is ‘top sellers’, which covers the games with the most gross revenue – i.e. including DLC sales, which is why there are a fair few free-to-play entries. This gives us a pretty clear sense of what people were most keen to play last year.
Valve don’t provide individual ranks for these games – so we don’t know, for instance, if Plunkbat ultimately sold more copies than CSGO did – but instead has arranged them into olden hit record-themed categories. Without knowing exactly what the criteria for each of these is, my guess is ‘owns a mansion on every continent’ – ‘takes regular private helicopter rides’ – ‘has live-in staff’ – ‘owns a Tesla’.
Without further ado, here we go. At the end of it all, I’ve rounded it up into a few key info-stats that give us a better sense of the shape of PC gaming in 2017.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
The latest incarnation of Valve’s deathless team shooter.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Ubisoft’s military shooter continues to do the business two years after release.
The sometime DayZ-rivalling survivo-multiplayer game from Daybreak Studios.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
Open-world tactical shooting, again from the house of Ubi.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
CD Projeckt’s sprawling, beautiful, dirty fantasy RPG.
Instantly accessible car-football fun from Psyonix.
Never heard of it.
ARK: Survival Evolved
Online dinosaur-bothering and survival.
Dota 2 (F2P)
Valve’s own take on the Warcraft III-derived moba.
Divinity: Original Sin II
Larian Studios hit big again with this traditional but expansive fantasy RPG.
Grand Theft Auto V
Rockstar can spare a dime or two.
Digital Extreme’s free-to-play sci-fi MMO shooter, which saw some big updates over 2017.
Jason Vorhees in a surprisingly good, though buggy, asynchronous online game.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Will 2018 be the year of Elder Scrolls VI?
Frontier’s sprawling sandbox spaceship MMO.
Madness and perversion abide in this squad-based roguelite.
Right, let’s do some maths.
Most successful publishers*:
Ubisoft – 7
Bethesda – 7
Sega – 6
Paradox – 5
Valve – 4
*Purely based on number of entries. Total monies earned is an entirely different matter, which we have not been given data for.
Big publisher vs ‘indie’ split:
Note – this ratio could vary by up to 10 titles in either direction depending on your definition of the increasingly useless term ‘indie’, so let’s use it only as a working approximation.
Games primarily about killing things vs games not primarily about killing things
Well, those are the games that made the most money, but a slightly different and arguably more meaningful metric is which games most people are playing. I won’t do so many entries here or I’ll go mad, but here’s the top ten. No new names from the above in there, but these offer a good insight into how the Steam playerbase en masse tends to think. Guns/online/hats, in the main. The only game here that isn’t a shooter is Dota 2.
Games with over 100,000 simultaneous players
Ark: Survival Evolved
Grand Theft Auto V
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
You can find a few more, in the 50,000/25,000/15,000 cateogries here, and those do house a few games that aren’t in the bestselling list. To save you a click, those are Absolver, Total War RoMe II, Clicker Heroes, Elex, No Man’s Sky, World of Tanks, Portal 2, Mount and Blade Warband, Deceit, Yi Gi Oh!, Life Is Strange: Before The Storm and Starbound.
Which leaves me with just one last piece of extremely important information to share with you before we get on with 2018 in earnest:
The 132nd Annual Business Meeting (ABM) of The IFAB took place in Zurich on Monday
Main focus of the meeting was on the experiment with Video Assistant Referee (VAR)
Items related to football development and the quality and fairness of the game were also discussed
The 132nd Annual Business Meeting (ABM) of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) took place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, on Monday. Chaired by FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General, Zvonimir Boban, the meeting covered an extensive list of important items related to the development of football and how best to improve the quality and fairness of the game.
The main focus of the ABM was on the experiment with Video Assistant Referee (VAR), which has been taking place in more than 20 football competitions around the world over the last two years. This has included the use of VAR in over 800 competitive matches. Full analysis of the VAR experiment can be found here.
The IFAB were encouraged by the positive and thorough results of the VAR experiment and agreed that a proposal to ensure consistency in using VAR would be made for approval at The 132nd IFAB Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Zurich, Switzerland, on 3 March 2018.
Among the other items discussed during Monday’s ABM was a detailed report on the two-year experiment of allowing an additional substitution in extra time, which has been conducted in various competitions around the world, and proposed changes to the Laws of the Game for 2018/19.
Further details on the items discussed at Monday’s ABM can be found here.
Dungeon Finder is often a tool for finding groups for 5-player dungeons, at the same time as a signifies of directly entering those situations. Dungeon Finder is usually accessed by way of the Group Finder, found through a button on the micro menu in the bottom of the user interface. Dungeon Finder is unlocked at level 15.
Dungeon Finder selects players to type a party from all servers inside the battlegroup, so there need to have not been a complete group of players on one particular realm. Note that it truly is not doable to queue for dungeons outdoors on the player’s level bracket or expansion level; e.g. level 80 players can’t queue for classic or Burning Crusade dungeons.
The first screen players see shows the role choice toggles and also the sort of dungeon preferred. By default, the selection is to get a random dungeon. This can be changed via the Form dropdown to such options as Random Lich King Heroic, Random Burning Crusade Dungeon, or Random Classic Dungeon. Operating a random dungeon confers further rewards in the form of emblems and gold.
Deciding on a precise dungeon or dungeons could be accomplished by picking the quite initially choice in the Variety dropdown. The UI adjustments to show a list of dungeons, all of which are selected. To narrow the list, click the checkbox next to the category line to select/deselect all dungeons in that category. Players can also collapse categories of dungeons by clicking the +/- box simply to the left with the category checkbox.
Snuggled in-between the Toy Box and Appearances within your Collections, the Heirloom Tab is property to a one of a kind choice of gear in contrast to any other inside the game. This guide is committed to the Heirloom Collection, what they are, where to find them, and ways to receive them.
Heirloom gear is different from each and every other kind of gear that is definitely obtainable in Planet of Warcraft. There are three distinctive qualities about Heirlooms that tends to make them so appealing to quite a few players:
1. Collections Tab – Once an heirloom is obtained, it can be added to the Heirloom Tab below “Collections”, the same spot as Mounts, Pets, the Toy Box, and Appearances. It doesn’t matter which character obtains the heirloom when any piece is added, any other character on that account can open up the tab at any time and develop new copies. Heirlooms are automatically added to the Heirloom Tab the moment they’re bought or obtained. For any heirlooms acquired prior to 6.1, log onto the characters that have these heirlooms equipped, or in their bags or bank for them to be added towards the tab. As soon as an heirloom is within the collection, simply clicking on it creates a new one particular and it really is placed in their bags. If a class can dual-wield two of your same weapon (or two with the exact same trinket), they only need to be purchased as soon as, as an additional one could be designed in the tab. Mailing heirlooms in between characters are no longer important (but still feasible, if preferred).
2. Experience Boost – Some heirlooms (but not all) present an XP boost, everything you earn by questing, killing monsters, running dungeons, and so on, is increased in many amounts whilst these pieces of gear are equipped. Some heirlooms only raise XP gains when in PvP Battlegrounds. The XP enhance offered by distinctive pieces of gear stack with each other. By way of example – if a character is wearing both Burnished Helm of Might (+10% raise) and Ripped Sandstorm Cloak (+5% boost), they get a combined total of +15% encounter gained.
3. Level Scaling – the statistics on the gear will scale up or down, based on the level of the character currently wearing them. Say, as an example, a warrior includes a two-handed heirloom axe equipped, how highly effective that axe is going to be is directly related to what level that character is at present: Level 1 +3 Strength Level 20 +7 Strength Level 60 +17 Strength Level 80 +27 Strength Level 100 +133 Strength
Heirlooms do have their limitations, even though, so there are some points to keep in mind:
1. Heirlooms possess a cap to how higher they will scale having a character. This cap is level 60, level 90, level 100, or level 110, based on what level upgrade the heirloom has. Once a character reaches this cap, they no longer benefit from an expertise enhance plus the stats no longer enhanced. (I.e. the moment a character dings level 60 with Tattered Dreadmist Robe equipped (and with no upgrades on it), all knowledge gains cease and the stats will remain at that level regardless of how many additional levels they get.)
2. When upgraded heirlooms reach the level cap of an older expansion they still have stats that are relative to that expansion. In some cases, there’s a sharp increase in mob difficulty from 1 expansion to the subsequent, so it may be essential to decide involving stronger gear for 1 level or an XP boost. As an example, the heirloom weapons at level 80 will be substantially significantly less effective than your initially green quest reward weapon in Cataclysm content.
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Two women’s football tournaments later in the year
Happy New Year! 2018 is upon us and is set to feature fantastic football aplenty. To make sure that you do not miss any of the must-see events in store, FIFA.com has rounded up the highlights on the horizon. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your brand new diary and note down the following key dates.
2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Undoubtedly the main footballing event already marked in the calendar of most football fans around the world is the global showpiece at Russia 2018. On Thursday 14 June, the first of 64 games will kick-off with the hosts against Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium, with the 2018 World Cup Final taking place at the same venue on Sunday 15 July.
Here they are! The groups for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia!
Which game are you most looking forward to?! #WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/CYBTaqkgpF
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) 1 December 2017
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 Less than a month after the final whistle is blown in Moscow at Russia 2018, focus shifts to the women’s game. With the picturesque region of Brittany set to host this year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the tournament will begin in Vannes on Sunday 5 August, with the final to be played at the same venue on Friday 24 August.
Fans keen to learn the fate of the qualified teams will also need to note down Thursday 8 March, the date on which the draw will be held to split the 16 teams into four groups.
FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 South America has not hosted a global women’s youth finals for a decade, since Chile played host to the U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2008, and so fans of women’s football across the world will be turning a keen eye to Uruguay later in the year. The tournament will begin on Tuesday 13 November, and conclude on Saturday 1 December.
When all the teams are known, the draw will take place in Zurich on Wednesday 30 May.
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 It seems a little hasty to already be thinking ahead to the next edition, after Real Madrid retained the trophy just a few weeks ago, but it is always worth keeping ahead of the game. UAE 2018 will begin on Wednesday12 December, with the final set to be played on Saturday 22 December.
Planet football will also see other huge events, such as the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow on 12–13 June and the 2018 edition of The Best FIFA Football Awards™, with a venue and date for the latter to be confirmed later in the year.
Of course, we cannot forget the steady supply of club football all year round, from leagues to domestic cups and continental competitions, which you can keep track of as they happen with our Live Scores section.
Too much information to take in all at once? Fear not, simply stay tuned to FIFA.com or the FIFA App and follow our accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep on top of everything during what promises to be another fantastic year in football.
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Everton are hoping to conclude a deal to hire Sam Allardyce as manager in time for Wednesday’s Premier League clash with West Ham United, sources have told ESPN FC.
Discussions between Everton and Allardyce’s representatives have taken place since Monday, with further talks planned on Tuesday, and sources have said there is a growing confidence within Goodison Park that the club’s six-week search for a replacement for the sacked Ronald Koeman is close to an end.
The talks come as sources told ESPN FC’s Peter O’Rourke that Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca has turned down the Everton job to stay with the Ukrainian giants.
Allardyce, who had publicly ruled himself out of the Everton job earlier this month due to the Merseyside club’s desire to recruit Watford manager Marco Silva, is now ready to accept the challenge of steering Everton away from the threat of relegation, however, and could be in charge for the visit of David Moyes’s West Ham on Wednesday.
The 63-year-old has been out of work since resigning as Crystal Palace manager at the end of last season, with the former England boss claiming at the time that he had retired from management.
But after expressing an interest in the United States job following the departure of Bruce Arena in the wake of the country’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Allardyce admitted he was open to a return to Premier League management after Koeman’s departure last month.
With Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri favouring Silva, Allardyce insisted he would not pursue the chance to manage the club.
But Everton’s dismal run of form under caretaker-manager David Unsworth — they have suffered five defeats in seven games in all competitions — and their failure to prise Silva from Watford has forced Moshiri to accept the need to look elsewhere and turn to Allardyce.
Sources have told ESPN FC that Allardyce is keen to appoint former Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare, who worked under the 63-year-old during his brief spell as England manager, as his assistant at Everton.
Mark Ogden is a senior football writer for ESPN FC. Follow him @MarkOgden_
MANCHESTER — Pep Guardiola will speak to his Manchester City players to see if they are happy before deciding on his January transfer business.
City are in the middle of an 18-game winning streak, with Guardiola using a core of his first-team squad while other players such as Ilkay Gundogan, Eliaquim Mangala, Claudio Bravo and Yaya Toure have not made any Premier League starts this season.
Guardiola has hinted that he may look to strengthen his squad in the transfer window and the Catalan doesn’t want anyone at the club who doesn’t want to be there.
“In the winter break and the window in the summer time, we are going to [assess] everything and if they are happy or not,” he told a news conference ahead of City’s clash with Southampton on Wednesday night.
“If they are comfortable being in the position they had in the past — playing or not playing — they have to decide because the future will be like this. Always we want players that want to stay here.”
City maintained their eight-point lead at the top with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Huddersfield Town on Sunday.
They had to wait until the 84th minute before Raheem Sterling’s winner in a game they dominated with 80 percent possession.
Guardiola was delighted with how his side stayed patient and stuck to their passing principles, particularly ahead of the game against Southampton, who held out for a point at the Etihad last season.
“That’s good. There is no panic. And in the last 15 minutes when we changed Vincent Kompany for Gabriel Jesus, it sends a message to the team that we still want to win,” he said.
“We believe in what we want to do. It happened because last season we were working on that as well. The results help a lot for the mentality of the team to believe a little bit more. Winning games in a row helps us believe in what we want to do.”
Guardiola will have a full squad to choose from tomorrow with the exception of injured duo Benjamin Mendy and John Stones.
But he faces a dilemma on whether to select Kompany, who has only just returned from a calf strain, or select Mangala — who has not started a Premier League game since May 2016.
“I am really impressed with his behaviour in training. He hasn’t played regularly until now and he always accepts it,” Guardiola said of the French defender.
“He has his specific qualities and that is so important in the league sometimes. We’re going to use him when we believe we need him.”
Jonathan is ESPN FC’s Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.
Arsenal have appointed Barcelona’s outgoing director of football Raul Sanllehi as their new head of football relations.
Sanllehi’s contract with Barcelona runs out on Dec. 1, and he will move to the Premier League club Arsenal to take up his new role in February.
The club announced that Sanllehi would “lead future player negotiations” alongside manager Arsene Wenger, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy as well as “represent and support the club with international and domestic governing bodies.”
Gazidis told the club’s official website: “In the past three years we have supplemented our team with more top-class expertise across every aspect of our football operations.
“Raul’s appointment is another important step in developing the infrastructure we need at the club to take everything we do to the next level. Raul has extensive contacts across the football world and has been directly involved in some of the biggest transfers in Europe in recent years. We look forward to him bringing that expertise to Arsenal.”
Sanllehi’s arrival will be another major part in the ongoing reshuffle of Arsenal’s backroom staff, with CEO Ivan Gazidis having also brought in Borussia Dortmund’s chief scout Sven Mislintat earlier this month to head up recruitment operations.
Sanllehi has been credited with playing a key role in Barcelona’s signing of Neymar from Brazilian club Santos and has a reputation as one of Europe’s most respected transfer negotiators.
The backroom shuffle by Gazidis is seen by many as an attempt to prepare Arsenal for life after Wenger, who has kept a number of key staff members on for a large part of his 21-year reign as manager.
Arsenal announced in September that transfer negotiator Dick Law was stepping down, while chief scout Steve Rowley has also taken on a lighter workload since Mislintat’s appointment and is expected to eventually retire.
Mattias is ESPN FC’s Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.
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