Are you ready to take on the challenge of a Wizard’s lifetime? The upcoming Spring Update, currently on Test Realm, introduces 5th Age PvP! With 5th Age, PvP play will be moved to a season-based system with season-based leagues, a new zero-sum Elo scoring system, and a complete overhaul of the fundamentals of how we achieve a fair and fantastically fun competitive PvP gameplay experience. A new PvP system is just the start of what you can check out in the Spring Update!
Have you ever wanted to show off your spell casting abilities outside of combat? Now you can with an exciting array of new spells called Cantrips! Also in the update are new Beastforms for Beastmoon events, an expansion to Spellements that extends the feature to your main Arc 1 spells, a new Loyalty Program that rewards long-term concurrent subscribers, and much more. It’s a super spellrific update.
With all that and more, let’s take a closer look at the newsletter, shall we!
In Recent Wizard News:
MAR 10: We Stand with Ukraine
MAR 15: Wizard101 Europe Server Transition Process Begins
MAR 22: New Cuddly Capybara Pet
MAR 24: PvP Roundtable with AwesomeTheSauce
MAR 31: KI Live with Spring Update teasers
APR 1: April Fools Barrel of Fun Mount
APR 4: New Bird House Bundle
APR 9: Fansite Festival Weekend
APR 12: Spring Update Test Realm start
Keep updated on the latest news for next month on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, including special announcements from community fansites! Read on for more fun happenings with the community and their Spiral activities.
KI LIVE: SPRING UPDATE TEASERS
Marching into spring with a couple special guests, Spring Update teasers of plenty, and answers to your burning questions on this month’s KI Live! You can almost smell spring Test Realm as we move further into the year, so we thought we’d give you some hints as to what’s coming up.
Mike Sears was back on the show with JM Specht, aka voice of Dyvim WhiteHart, to demonstrate more great voice work! Check out his website if you want to learn more about his career: http://www.rhymeswithmayhem.com
We also introduced a new pet snack pack! The KI Live Snack Pack offers a chance at 3 random Mega Pet Snacks from a new set of snacks that are all themed around KI Live! You can only receive this pack by redeeming certain KI Live codes.
Missed the show? No worries! You can watch the recording on YouTube:
It's always a blast hanging out with the community, so let us know what you most like about KI Lives so we can continue to make them even more fun to watch.
Secret Reader Bonus - The giveaway code was also changed up a bit with an exclusive Pirate101 code provided this time. As of this newsletter's announcement, for those who didn't get a chance to redeem the KI Live giveaway code yet, we opened it up again (KILIVESUPERBOOTS) for another 500 redemptions!
But wait, there’s more! We also are bringing back the ‘classic’ KI Live codes. Redeem (KILIVEMARCH2022) to get an exclusive to KI Live, the KI Live Snack Pack in both Wizard101 and Pirate101!
A great gameplay tip submitted to KI Live comes from Julia and Wizhead:
"Never go into a battle with a full backpack you might find yourself losing items as you quest." - Juia
Wizhead adds: "ALWAYS turn on backpack item lock, you can find it under settings in your spell book!"
5TH AGE PVP DEV DIARY AND ROUNDTABLE
With 5th Age, PvP play will be moved to a season-based system with season-based leagues, a new zero-sum Elo scoring system, and a complete overhaul of the fundamentals of how we achieve a fair and fantastically fun competitive PvP gameplay experience, which most of this news was mentioned in the Dev Diary with Ratbeard!
After the dev diary we had a great discussion with AwesomeTheSauce in a PvP Roundtable where 5th Age PvP was discussed:
WIZARD101 CONTENT CREATORS
Wizards! There are a ton of great community resources on how to get started as a powerful Wizard and explore the Spiral and so we wanted to show them off and present the creators in a more powerful and upfront way.
Check out the updated Content Creators page for a list of prominent fansites, livestreamers, and other community groups!
NEW ART FROM ADAM ROUSH
Adam has been busy creating cool new art! Check out a few of his latest concepts below:
“Here's the Xiphos weapon, which is a snake-themed sword. Also, the color variants of the Strix.” - Adam Roush
“Here's the Elephant Mount from the Aquila hoard pack.” - Adam Roush
“Here are the Watermoles that you meet in Sky City in Lemuria.” - Adam Roush
“Here's the Xiphos weapon, which is a snake-themed sword.” - Adam Roush
FINAL BASTION SPELLMAKER TOOL
Final Bastion presented on his YouTube channel an excellent Beastmoon Mayhem getting started guide. Even if you are an experienced Beastmoon player, this guide is worth reviewing for tips and tricks about succeeding in this incredibly fun and competitive event.
“The Spellwrighting Contest that introduced the Spellmaker tool for our site is over, but the tool didn’t really get a proper introduction. That’s why I’ve decided to create a guide to explain some of the features that Final Bastion’s Spellmaker tool is capable of. In addition to making your own spell, you can also use the Spell Balancer to make your spell’s damage on par with in-game spells. But more on that later!
The original idea of a Card Maker comes from another official fansite - Legends of the Spiral, and you can check out their tool here.” - Final Bastion
For this month’s art spotlight, we are showcasing the winner of DuelCircle's Art Contest. Congrats to Tatiana RainbowRiver!
"Hello! Here is my submission for the Mander Masterpieces contest! I created it in Clip Studio Paint and had to go in-game to get screenshots for references of the Krokopshinx. I really liked that area of Krokotopia because of the ice and the blue manders!
I wanted to participate in this contest because I don't draw wizard101 stuff despite playing the game a lot, so I thought this would be good practice and a fun experience! I also really like manders, so I took the opportunity to learn how to draw them. I think it was a pretty decent start! Thank you to DuelCircle and KingsIsle for hosting this fun contest!" - Tatiana RainbowRiver
We would love to see more screenshots and art from the community for next month’s newsletter. Do you have something amazing to share? Send it to us in an email to email@example.com! We’re always interested in showing off more fan art, gameplay guides, videos, and other content.
Community art by: Swordroll
Keep updated on what’s happening in the community right here in our community news section. For every newsletter, we receive direct from the community links to new gameplay guides, exciting upcoming contests, and much more. Thanks to the following fansites and other community leaders for their contributions this month!
April 9-10th was the annual Fansite Festival for Wizard101 and Pirate101 communities! Dozens of community leaders and fansites got together to host two days of amazing activities. Did you attend? Let us know! Here is some of what was going on:
A special thanks to Around the Spiral, Legends of the Spiral, Final Bastion, DuelCircle, Stars of the Spiral, Adventures of the Spiral, Arcanum's Archives, Senor Spicy, Iridian Willowglen, the Fansite Festival organizers, all the other leaders and participants to make this event an exciting yearly occurence for the community. Thank you all!
More from DuelCircle
The final three weeks of Spring gameplay on the DuelCircle Competitive front have begun!
"The 1st round of the Mid-Season Showdown gave us some incredible games, and now you can watch the VODs on YouTube!
Due to the Easter holiday, Round 2 begins Friday Night at 6:30pm ET and Semis/Finals Saturday at 3pm ET." - DuelCircle
Major Badge Achievement
Congrats to Logan BattleGem on achieving the Castle Inspector Badge after 500 consecutive days of working toward the badge!
"One of the most difficult and time-consuming badges KingsIsle has added to Wizard101, I have finally received the CASTLE INSPECTOR BADGE! It took me a total of 500 consecutive days to just earn this badge and now I can finally celebrate!
This badge is awarded for rating a total of 5000 castles in the Castle Tours Headquarters. KingsIsle implemented a limit for rating houses, only being able to rate a maximum of 10 castles per day. If you were to consecutively rate 10 castles per day until you rated a total of 5000 castles, it would take you 500 days, well over a year’s worth of dedication and commitment to the game. Well, I did the impossible and managed to be one of the few players to receive it!
Good luck to anyone wishing to pursue this badge!" - Logan BattleGem
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