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Blade & Soul: the Rising Issue of Macro Users

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Blade & Soul kicked off in the west rather smoothly and it seemed that players were mostly satisfied with the current state of the Korean MMORPG.

Recently, I decided to spend a few hours with 1v1 and 3v3 arena matches and it was a common thing to see frustrated players complaining about macro users. In fact, everytime I was waiting in the PvP lobby I saw constant arguments going on about overpowered macros and even cheaters.

Blade & Soul: the Rising Issue of Macro Users

For those who do not know, macros basically provide automated rotations for players and also greatly enhance the weaving technique in Blade & Soul. This advantage can significantly increase a player’s damage output. But the most important aspect of macros is the exclusion of human error. Macros, unless the user is experiencing net lag, will always press the right keys with the defined delays and thus weaving becomes extremely simple. All the player has to do is basically move around with the character while holding down the macro key on the keyboard or mouse and all the skills will be used automatically. Quite boring if you ask me.

Understandably, players who can’t or don’t want to use macros are often beaten by those who do, which results in plenty of frustration and complaining on global channels and forums. The official Korean and Chinese servers were already facing issues with worse things than macros, including stuff like third-party programs for fully automated rotation and, of course,speedhackers. It will probably not take long for these programs to get their NA and EU equivalents that will most likely produce further disappointments.

I would not be surprised if NCSoft ends up deciding to ban macro users from Blade & Soul because the pressure from angered players is stacking up and complainers are waiting for a solution. Macro users are probably present in almost every MMORPG, and I don’t really blame them. The gamer mouse developing companies are releasing more and more complex gaming mice that bring their own macro software and players are more than happy to use them. This is probably a phenomenon that affects not only MMORPGs but online shooters and MOBAs too.

How to Level Up Fast in Blade & Soul

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How to Level Up Fast in Blade & Soul

As we all know, making gold is very important in a game, and blade & soul is without exception. When your character goes to high level, it needs more blade and soul gold to strengthen weapons or accessories. But how to level up fast in blade and soul ? Here, we share some tips with BNS players.

Like other MMOs, most of the progression comes from quests that you must complete. These quests can give you various rewards that is benefit for you, such as experience, ingredients and materials.

1. During Lv5 – Lv10, you need to finish all available quests. After finishing some quests, they will drop stones that you can use in the Wheel of Fortune system.
The stones function like tickets for the Wheel of Fortune. The stones will provide a random item to you after you have spun the wheel. These items are very important sometimes. For example, they are essential materials for strengthening your weapon. In that case, you need to repeat to do the quest to farm the stones.

2. After finishing side quests, you can get unique reward, such as soul shields which can help you gain strength and more experience.

3. Spend some time in grinding mobs. It is best to grind mobs on Lv10 – Lv15. You can gain more experience through grinding mobs, and you can’t get this experience from finishing quests. The Dragon Soup items can boost the experience that you gain from combat, so you can grind mobs with the Dragon Soup together to gain more experience.

4. Group up other players to grind the same area, and then you can finish grind easily.

5. Build the right character. Leveling up depends on two factors: how much AOE damage that your class has, and the defensive strength of your class. I think you won’t expect to move ahead with a poorly equipment and low defensive strength.

6. It is necessary to strengthen your weapon with gems and accessories, even if your level is high, since you need to improve your damage ability.

All in all, you may level up slowly at first stage (Lv1 – Lv10), and then speed up fast at high-level. When you reach Lv45 or Lv45+, you can take the game at your own pace, and use your way to reach Lv50.