The 10 Most Iconic Weapons in World of Warcraft: Classic
World of Warcraft (WoW) is one of the most famous video games ever.
The time between WoW’s release in 2004 and its peak in 2010 is commonly known as “Vanilla”, or Classic, WoW.
This time period is the source of many players’ nostalgia: the era in the game became the most popular MMORPG in the world.
As an RPG, collecting gear and weapons is one of the most common activities for players, and often a symbol of prestige and respect.
Due to this, many items have become iconic and known throughout the player base as a badge of honor.
The Most Iconic Weapons in World of Warcraft: Classic
In this list, we will look at the top 10 most iconic weapons in Classic WoW:
10. Thekal’s Grasp and Arlokk’s Grasp
Many players who did not play during Classic may not recognize this pair of fist weapons, but their unique effect made quite an impact on players at the time. Dropped by High Priest Thekal and High Priestess Arlokk, respectively, these twin gauntlets have a chance of infusing the wielder with a blessing from the Primal Gods.
Thekal was a Zandalari High Priest of the Primal God, Shirvallah, the tiger god, while Arlokk was a Zandalari High Priestess of the Primal God Bethekk, the panther goddess. Both were sent to Zul’Gurub to stop Hakkar the Soulflayer but were turned by the blood god.
Players encountered these High Priests in the Zul’Gurub raid, along with other worshippers of Hakkar. During the encounters in this raid, each boss would turn into an animal at one point; Thekal would turn into a bipedal tiger while Arlokk would become a bipedal panther.
These priests each had a very low (3% – 14%) chance to drop these fist weapons, which alone were not very impressive. However, if a player equipped both, the effect Primal Blessing had a chance to proc, turning the player into a bipedal tiger just as High Priest Thekal does in the raid. This form increased ranged and melee attack power by 300 for 12 seconds.
9. Perdition’s Blade
A very sought-after weapon, this dagger was popular among Rogues during WoW Classic. At the time, Ragnaros was an easier boss compared to other raids at the time, so many players were using this weapon. As the tenth and final boss in the Molten Core raid, Ragnaros, the Firelord, was enslaved by the Old Golds millennia ago.
Banished by the Titan Watchers Tyr and Odin, and reawakened by Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan, Ragnaros resurfaced in Azeroth as an erupting volcano in Redridge Mountains, now known as Blackrock Mountain. The Firelord is one of the most famous bosses in all of World of Warcraft as he drops very valuable items.
Perdition’s Blade is not the most important drop from Ragnaros, but it is still a great dagger. This weapon was not too uncommon as it dropped from the Firelord at a 13.64% chance. Very common in PvP, Perdition’s Blade was powerful and had a chance on hit to blast a target with 40 to 56 Fire damage.
8. Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian
Available to druids, priests, mages, and warlocks, Atiesh is known as one of the rarest weapons in World of Warcraft.
Additionally, this staff was the only Legendary weapon for casters at the time, making it popular among those classes. Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian was a powerful staff passed down through the line of the Guardians of Tirisfal up until and including Medivh, the Last Guardian. It is currently wielded by Medivh’s former apprentice, Khadgar.
Following the assassination of Medivh, the staff was found by the Kirin Tor and brought to Dalaran.
The staff was put behind impenetrable barriers of magic but was lost and shattered during the destruction of Dalaran. The forty-two pieces of Atiesh were scattered across all of Azeroth.
In order to obtain this staff, players had to defeat bosses within Naxxramas and collect 40 Splinters of Atiesh, which combine to create the Frame of Atiesh. Players must then reach neutral reputation with the Brood of Nozdormu, a faction you start as hated. Only then will players be able to retrieve the base and head of the staff from C’Thun, the last boss in the raid Temple of Ahn’Qiraj, and Kel’Thuzad, the last boss in Naxxramas, respectively.
Finally, players must cleanse the staff in the dungeon Stratholme, and kill the demon Atiesh.
This Legendary staff is infamous for being difficult to obtain, as you must defeat some of the most difficult bosses in the game. Atiesh offers a few effects for players, including increasing the chance to hit with spells by 2%, increased damage and healing done by magical spells and effects by up to 150, increasing the spell critical chance of all party members within 30 yards by 2%., and the ability to create a portal, teleporting group members that use it to Karazhan.
The Benediction was regarded as one of the most difficult weapons for priests to obtain, as it required players to obtain an item from a raid boss and complete an epic quest alone.
In order to begin, players must loot the Eye of Divinity from the Cache of the Firelord, a chest that drops from Majordomo Executus in Molten Core. Additionally, players must collect the Eye of Shadow which drops from a few demons in Blasted Lands or Winterspring.
Players can bring the Eyes to Eris Havenfire in order to begin the priest quest that requires the player to save peasants from undead.
This was difficult because if a player failed the quest, there was a 2-hour wait between attempts. Upon completion, players will receive a Splinter of Nordrassil which can be combined with the Eye of Divinity and Eye of Shadow to craft the Benediction.
The Benediction is a great priest staff as it increases the critical effect chance of your Holy spells by 2% and increases healing done by spells and effects by up to 106. However, the most unique ability the Benediction offers is its ability to call forth Anathema. This changes the Benediction into the Shadow Priest staff, Anathema.
This ability has a 30-minute cool down and the staff restores 7 mana per 5 seconds and increases damage done by Shadow spells and effects by up to 69.
6. Rhok’delar, Longbow of the Ancient Keepers
Very similar to the Benediction, the Rhok’delar Longbow is an infamous hunters’ weapon.
The Ancients of Felwood were regarded by the night elves as the most powerful of their kind. When the Burning Legion invaded Kalimdor the first time, they corrupted the land and the Ancients fell prey to the corruption and have been locked in a petrified state ever since.
To begin, players must receive an Ancient Petrified Leaf by defeating Majordomo in the Molten Core raid.
Players learn that this leaf belonged to Vartrus the Ancient in Felwood. Vartrus offers the two quests required to craft this bow. “A Proper String” tasks players to collect a Mature Black Dragon Sinew from Onyxia.
Found in the Onyxia’s Lair raid, Onyxia is the daughter of Deathwing and sister of Nefarian, as well as the broodmother of the Black Dragonflight in Azeroth. “Stave of the Ancients” requires hunters to defeat four demonic corrupters in Felwood and forced players to complete this quest alone.
Once a hunter collected the heads of the four demons, Vartrus would reward them with an Ancient Rune Etched Stave. Together, these items were used to create Rhok’delar, Longbow of the Ancient Keepers as well as Lok’delar, Stave of the Ancient Keepers.
Rok’delar would improve your chance to get a critical strike by 1% and +17 ranged Attack Power while Lok’delar improved your chance to get a critical strike by 2% and added +45 Attack Power when fighting Demons.
Not only would hunters receive a fantastic weapon upon completing this quest, but also great bragging rights.
This Epic sword was a great weapon for Warrior and Paladin tanks during Classic.
Quel’Serrar is an ancient blade, forged by dragons long ago and gifted to the kaldorei. To begin the quest to obtain this sword, players must first obtain Foror’s Compendium of Dragon Slaying from bosses in the Dire Maul dungeon or from the auction house.
Players will then take this rare book to Lorekeeper Lydros in Dire Maul. Lydros will then reward the player with the Unfired Ancient Blade.
The warrior or paladin must then take the item into the Onyxia’s Lair raid and place it before the dragon. During the final phase of her battle, Onyxia will breathe fire onto the blade, and after a successful kill, it will become a Treated Ancient Blade.
Players must be careful as an unsuccessful encounter will require the player to pick up another Unfired Ancient Blade from Lydros before trying again. When the warrior or paladin brings the Treated Ancient Blade back to Lorekeeper Lydros, he will then award the player with Quel’Serrar.
The one-handed sword grants the wielder a chance to gain 13 defense and 300 armor for 10 seconds.
This is one of the few iconic tank weapons from Classic WoW and any warrior or paladin with the sword deserves to lead your raiding party.
4. Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros
This Legendary mace is one of the most recognizable weapons from Classic WoW as it has the same appearance as the weapon wielded by Ragnaros, the Firelord.
However, this mace does not drop from Ragnaros in the Molten Core raid; instead, the Firelord drops an essential ingredient, the Eye of Sulfuras. To craft Sulfuras, players must first obtain a Sulfuron Hammer. This is easier said than done as this mace requires rare ingredients and must be crafted by a blacksmith.
In order to start this process, a player must have level 300 blacksmithing and bring a Sulfuron Ingot to Lokhtos Darkbargainer in Blackrock Depths. This ingot can be collected by looting Golemagg the Incinerator, the seventh boss in the Molten Core raid.
This will reward the player with the recipe for the Sulfuron Hammer, which requires many rare ingredients found in the Molten Core raid or through other mining activities.
Finally, a blacksmith will be able to use the Black Anvil in Blackrock Depths to craft the Sulfuron Hammer.
After a long grind, players will now have Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros. The mace hurls a fiery ball that causes 273 to 333 Fire damage and an additional 75 damage over 10 seconds as well as dealing 5 Fire damage to anyone who strikes you with a melee attack.
This weapon is worth the grind and looks great in the hands of any WoW character.
3. Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood
This Epic Greatsword is actually one of the easiest weapons to acquire on this list.
The Ashkandi is a drop from Nefarian, the eighth and final boss of Blackwing Lair raid. Unlike some of the weapons on this list that require multiple boss encounters or grinding for items, the Ashkandi is known for its importance in the lore.
The flavor text on the Greatsword simply says “The initials A.L. are etched on the hilt.” It is believed this sword once belonged to Anduin Lothar due to the initials.
Additionally, the Brotherhood mentioned in the sword’s title is a reference to the Brotherhood of the Horse, also known as the Knights of Azeroth. Anduin Lothar is the only known member of the Brotherhood and gained the title of Regent Lord of Azeroth by rising through the ranks.
The sword is now found in the possession of Nefarian in Blackwing Lair. It is speculated that Neltharion, better known as Deathwing, acquired it after Anduin Lothar’s death at the end of the Second War. The darkened appearance and addition of dragons on the hilt suggest Nefarian corrupted the Greatsword.
At the time of Patch 1.11.0, Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood was the third-highest DPS weapon in the game. Additionally, the weapon has an effect that increases attack power by 86. This sword looks great, even by today’s standards, and is still an iconic weapon from Classic.
2. Corrupted Ashbringer
Iconic in both appearance and lore, the Corrupted Ashbringer is an easily recognizable weapon from Classic WoW.
The epic sword was originally known simply as Ashbringer and was wielded by Highlord Alexandros Mograine. When Highlord Mograine was assassinated, his own son, Renault, used the sword against him. Alexandros was raised as a Death Knight and the Ashbringer was corrupted.
The undead Alexandros continued to wield the corrupted blade as a member of the Four Horsemen within Naxxramas until his younger son Darion was forced to kill him. Darion then used the sword to kill himself, attempting to free his father’s soul which became trapped in the sword, and consequently became a death knight himself.
The sword became purified after Darion betrayed the Lich King. He relinquished it to Tirion Fordring. Tirion then purified it at the Battle for Light’s Hope Chapel.
Players would have the chance to acquire this corrupted blade by defeating the Four Horsemen in their encounter of the Naxxramas raid.
The Corrupted Ashbringer has a few unique abilities; these include increasing your critical strike rating by 28, increasing your hit rating by 10, a chance to steal 185 to 215 life from the target enemy, and inflict the will of the Ashbringer upon the wielder.
The will of the Ashbringer causes the player to appear slightly darker and Highlord Mograine to whisper to the wielder.
Its unique appearance and importance in the story of Classic WoW made this a popular weapon for many.
1. Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
This Legendary sword is easily the most well-known weapon from vanilla WoW and continues to be a meme today.
The weapon originally belonged to Thunderaan, Prince of Air, until he was defeated by Ragnaros. Unable to completely destroy Thunderaan’s essence, Ragnaros forced what little remained into a talisman of elemental binding and shattered it.
He gave the two halves to his lieutenants, Garr and Baron Geddon. Players can begin the quest for Thunderfury with Highlord Demitrian, a follower of Thunderaan.
Players would have to fight these bosses in the Molten Core raid and have a 4% chance to loot a Binding of the Windseeker from each. Players must then defeat Ragnaros himself to receive the Essence of the Firelord. Next, players must collect 10 Elementium Bars which are smelted from rare Molten Core and Blackwing Lair reagents.
If a player wanted to purchase these bars or ingredients, it would cost a ton of gold.
Finally, players must bring a raid group to Demitrian where Thunderaan will be summoned. Once defeated, the player will receive a Dormant Wind Kissed Blade. Unable to release his master, Highlord Demirtian instead crafts a sword with Thunderaan’s essence, thus creating Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker.
Wieldable by Warriors, Paladins, Rogues, and Hunters, this one-handed sword was well sought after. The iconic blade had many unique abilities which made it so useful, even for tanks. Thunderfury has a chance on hit to blast enemies with lightning, dealing 300 Nature damage and then jumping to additional nearby enemies.
Each jump reduces that victim’s Nature resistance by 25 and affects 5 targets. Your primary target is also consumed by a cyclone, slowing its attack speed by 20% for 12 sec.
Many of the weapons on this list are still iconic within the community, and some are still obtainable.
Alas, as max levels rise and the raids required to earn these weapons are forgotten, many of these weapons are either unknown to new players or left in the banks of veterans.
However, nostalgic players of the Vanilla era have rejoiced as World of Warcraft Classic has come to give these players a taste of the past.
All of the weapons on this list have returned in WoW Classic as players can experience the difficult raids once again. Whether you’re returning or it’s your first time in the world, maybe you, too, can enter an era of Azeroth before the time of Cataclysm.
Here’s a quick recap of the 10 most iconic weapons in World of Warcraft: Classic:
- Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
- Corrupted Ashbringer
- Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood
- Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros
- Rhok’delar, Longbow of the Ancient Keepers
- Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian
- Perdition’s Blade
- Thekal’s Grasp and Arlokk’s Grasp
Which do you think is the most iconic weapon in WoW Classic? Leave a comment below.
The 10 Best G Fuel Flavors of All Time
Which are the best G Fuel flavors of all time?
When it comes to gaming, your skill will only carry you so far.
The right set of equipment will enhance your game to a new level. With the perfect mouse, you will find comfort, precision, and the ability to program additional keys to suit your game.
You will also want to make sure you have a good set of headphones as any competitive game will require you to keep a keen ear and listen for any sound audio that could provide you with valuable information. Lastly, no gaming setup is complete without a keyboard as it is responsible for most of your inputs in the game.
Of course, you will want to make sure you are keeping your energy levels up, especially after playing long hours and G Fuel is the perfect way to re-energize yourself.
Many of the top gamers, including PewDiePie, swear by this drink due to its energy levels and antioxidants.
It is also fortified with focus aminos and numerous vitamins.
There are multiple flavors so it may be difficult to figure out which is the best for you so check out this list to help narrow down the competition.
The Best G Fuel Flavors of All Time
Without further ado, here’s our list of the 10 best G Fuel flavors:
G Fuel’s Galaxy Grape takes the classic and iconic flavor of grape and gives it an upgrade that will “take your taste buds on a journey through time and space.”
It has often been described as tasting like grape soda but without the artificial taste and carbonation, you would find in a soda.
Others have found it to taste like a grape popsicle or grape Gatorade but even better than those due to its energy-boosting qualities and lack of sugar.
9. Bahama Mama
It’s time to get tropical with this flavor! But you don’t have to spend your days lying on a beach somewhere in the Bahama’s to enjoy this feeling.
G Fuel’s Bahama Mama gives you the sweet and refreshing taste of pineapple, coconut, and orange right in your own glass without artificial flavoring.
Roman Atwood himself, the famous vlogger and YouTube star, promotes this drink as his official G Fuel flavor!
8. Ragin Gummy Fish
Unleash your rage with the Ragin Gummy Fish flavor from G Fuel!
This flavor tastes like what you’d expect from the name, Swedish fish but with a stronger hint of raspberry. You can also taste the passion and rage! Okay maybe not those two things but this flavor is delicious and often stands out as one of the most popular flavors.
In addition, this flavor was inspired and created by FaZe Clan’s own Jev and his love for gummy fish. Speaking of fish, the logo captures his essence through the fish’s angry expression and vibrant pink headphones.
So whether you want to support Jev or just love Swedish fish and need an energy boost, this flavor should definitely be a part of your gaming routine.
Summer comes packed in full with this flavor and with the full juicy, watery, and sweet taste you would expect from a watermelon.
But it isn’t an overly powerful sweetness but rather a subtle fruity one that is just as refreshing as the fruit.
If that isn’t enough for you then you should also know that iconic FIFA streamer CASTRO1021 heavily promoted this flavor before partnering with G Fuel and releasing his own flavor!
FaZeBerry comes in a red tint and features a strawberry scent to go along with its vibrant color.
Those who do not like the flavor of energy drinks will be in luck as this particular flavor tastes more like sweet fruit juice than an energy drink. Specifically, one can taste notes of acai, pomegranate, and strawberry.
While these sound typical of your berry flavors, one key difference here is that G Fuel uses natural ingredients which don’t give this flavor the artificial taste you expect from berry-flavored drinks.
FaZeBerry is also the official drink of the FaZe Clan so you can show your support and love by buying and drinking this flavor!
You should recognize the name PewDiePie and know that this flavor was named after a partnership with the famous Youtuber.
The flavor derives from the lingonberry, a Scandinavian berry that matches PewDiePie’s home nation.
Those who haven’t had lingonberries can expect a tart and slightly-sweet flavor. The powder itself is white so don’t be alarmed when it changes your water to a pink hue, after all, pink is a color very much suited for PewDiePie.
Not only is this flavor delicious, but it’s a great way to show your support of the Scandinavian Youtuber.
Not many are familiar with the guava flavor and if you find yourself in that category then you absolutely need to give this G Fuel flavor a try.
It is often described as being somewhere in between a pear and strawberry kiwi and not being overly sweet or tart.
It is the official drink of streamer CASTRO1021 so if you are looking for a solid resume look no further than his streams.
If you want to support this streamer or just enjoy this Mexican-inspired flavor then you definitely need to add this flavor to your daily regimen and enjoy the benefits that come with it.
3. Fruit Punch
There is no flavor more iconic than fruit punch. It can be found as a flavor for multiple kinds of drinks including gamer fuel.
Unfortunately, the flavor has a reputation for being artificial, but luckily you will find that isn’t the case here. As one of the three original flavors, fruit punch works hard to stand out and is a reliable choice for those new to G Fuel.
Unlike other fruit punch drinks, it is not overly sweet but rather has a refreshing and fruity flavor.
2. Hype Sauce
It’s time to pump it up with Hype Sauce.
As the name implies, you should absolutely get excited about this flavor as it resembles a raspberry lemonade and not the overly sweet and fake kind that you would normally find boasting this flavor.
It also doesn’t have the bitterness one can find in lemons and has a refreshing smoothness to it.
Its mellow and sweet taste is perfect for sipping all day and gives you the feeling of drinking a cool refreshing glass of raspberry lemonade.
1. Blue Ice
As the name implies, Blue Ice features a pleasing blue tint and a surprisingly sweet taste despite having 0 grams of sugar.
In addition to its sweetness, Blue Ice is also cool and refreshing and has a slight alcohol odor but does not contain any alcohol of course. It is described as tasting like the blue slushy drinks you find at gas stations only much better as it doesn’t taste artificial.
It is full of natural antioxidants and vitamins that promote energy and focus for both intense and stressful moments of gaming and recovering from these moments.
Blue Ice also stands out as being one of the three original flavors when G Fuel launched and still remains at the top of the flavors.
With G Fuel in hand, you will be able to maintain peak performance and outlast the competition.
Choosing the right flavor can be difficult, but once you find what you like you will be hooked. Due to its caffeine and natural ingredients, G Fuel can easily replace your coffee as well as pick me up when you are starting to feel sluggish.
It is the official drink of Esports and is also used by bodybuilders so its reputation precedes itself.
Regardless of why you are drinking G Fuel, with so many flavors to choose from there is one for everybody and every situation.
Here’s a quick recap of the 10 best G Fuel flavors of all time:
- Blue Ice
- Hype Sauce
- Fruit Punch
- Ragin’ Gummy Fish
- Bahama Mama
What’s your favorite G Fuel flavor? Leave a comment below.
Top 10 Escape From Tarkov Streamers and Their Gear
By Emily Barnes
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Becoming an established Twitch streamer is one of the most common ambitions for people around the world, and the market is as saturated as ever. In order to keep up with the competition streamers are constantly searching for new games to play and updating their setups to improve the quality of their streams. The majority of the most viewed games on Twitch rarely change, but more recently a certain game has made a regular appearance.
Developed by Russian studio Battlestate Games, Escape from Tarkov has recently soared to the very top of the Twitch browse page, and well-known streamers are taking advantage of the game’s rise in popularity. Escape from Tarkov provides players with a huge multiplayer first-person universe with RPG and MMO elements while prioritizing realism and an intriguing story-driven gameplay.
In late 2019 the Escape from Tarkov Twitch Drops Campaign was introduced allowing ample opportunity for players to receive in-game loot for simply watching streamers play the game. First you connect your twitch profile with your in game profile, watch streamers with broadcasts marked “drops are enabled”, and after a certain amount of time spent watching you are guaranteed at least one in-game item. Escape from Tarkov was also on sale during this time, increasing the normal amount of viewers on Twitch to over 200,000, showing the massive impact this marketing strategy and promotion had on the popularity of the game. Many streamers have taken advantage of this spike in viewership by streaming the game, and one of the most important parts of streaming is using the best gear to maximize your quality. Below is a list of the top ten Escape from Tarkov streamers and their gear:
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Smoke is a popular streamer boasting over 100,000 followers and averaging thousands of viewers for every broadcast. Already being primarily focused on playing first person shooters and survival games, Smoke choosing to play a title like Escape from Tarkov is not surprising at all.
Having a monitor with a crystal clear image of your games can significantly improve your game sense and skill, and Smoke is no stranger to this fact using an ASUS ROG PG279Q 27″ Gaming Monitor. A 27-inch screen provides Smoke with a large enough screen to increase game awareness completed with ASUS Ultra Low Blue Light filters that protect his eyes during those eight hour streams.
The mouse Smoke uses for gaming is the Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse with Esports grade performance. This mouse is created to be used by esports professionals with a 16,000 DPI and an extremely lightweight design. Although more towards the pricier side of gaming mice, for a successful streamer it’s a small investment towards the bigger picture.
Sequisha is very popular with over ten million twitch channel views and a substantial following. Known for his great sense of humor and very recognizable facial hair, Sequisha mostly streams shooter and survival games, and has recently been strictly streaming Escape from Tarkov. He also has a very substantial knowledge of video games considering he attended school for Simulation and Game Development. When he’s not streaming he’s creating 3D art and developing games.
His Twitch account was created in 2011, so he has been on Twitch for almost a decade. During the years of growing his following Sequisha has invested in a professional setup that is affordable and efficient. His mouse of choice is the Logitech G502 Proteus Core Mouse. This mouse is very customizable with a variety of balancing and weight settings and custom lighting options. Paired with the Logitech G513 RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard, Sequisha’s set up has a visually appealing and colorful look with many custom options.
Deadlyslob is known for focusing primarily on streaming and creating content around survival shooters: PUBG, Day Z, and of course Escape from Tarkov. His Twitch and Youtube profiles both have significant followings, and he has created informative content about Escape from Tarkov. For someone new to the game, Deadlyslob’s streams are a great way to improve your own gameplay.
Deadlyslob’s gaming rig sports an extremely powerful Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition GPU. This GPU is a powerhouse with the price tag to match. A Graphics Card as powerful as this one can run practically any game beautifully, and his ASUS 24-inch 144Hz Full HD FreeSync Gaming 3D Monitor is a wonderful pairing with top notch response time and resolution.
Sacriel is a lifelong gamer from the United Kingdom. He streams full time averaging thousands of viewers, and recently has heavily focused on Escape from Tarkov. Before starting to play Escape from Tarkov he logged over 3,000 hours in Day Z, showing his dedication to survival style games.
Sacriel’s gaming rig includes the NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2080 Ti which provides gamers with a very realistic gaming experience with a 13-phase power supply. For a realistic game like Escape from Tarkov, this graphics card is a perfect part for your gaming PC. Another part of his set up is the VIRTUOSO RGB WIRELESS High-Fidelity Gaming Headset, a high quality headset that is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.
Since his first stream in early 2018, Veritas has gained over 100,000 followers. To gain such a big following in such a short amount of time is nothing short of amazing, and Veritas is known for incorporating his musical talent into his streams.
Veritas’s setup includes the Cooler Master MasterKeys MK750 Mechanical Keyboard. This keyboard features a sleek floating key design with a surrounding RGB light bar. The removable magnetic wrist rest allows for maximum comfort for his streaming 40 hours a week. As a musician, it’s not surprise Veritas’s headset is on the pricey side. The Sennheiser R185 is a top quality headset that guarantees a high quality sound experience with no struggles to hear any footsteps or in game sounds.
Anton is another streamer from this list that puts a lot of his focus on creating informative content. He has created quite a following across multiple social media platforms and has done so without using a webcam. He is primarily focusing on creating Escape from Tarkov content across all his profiles.
Anton uses the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse featuring the next-gen HERO 16k sensor allowing for maximum speed, responsiveness, and accuracy. His monitor of choice is the ASUS ROG PG279Q 27″ Gaming Monitor with a 165 Hertz refresh rate for an enticing gaming experience that is visually stunning
4. Dr. Disrespect
Dr. Disrespect is one of the most mainstream streamers on this list. Known for his iconic mullet, charisma, and a controversy or two, Dr. Disrespect has soared in popularity on the platform. It shouldn’t be shocking to anyone that Dr. Disrespect quickly took an interest in playing a game like Escape from Tarkov.
Dr. Disrespect’s setup includes the extremely affordable Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse proving that you don’t have to break the bank to get gear that gets the job done well. Razer also manufactured Dr. Disrespect’s keyboard of choice, the Razer BlackWidow TE Chroma v2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.
3. Dr. Lupo
Continuing with mainstream streamers, Dr. Lupo is one of the most well-known names from Twitch. Previously known for excelling in games such as Fortnite and PUBG, Dr. Lupo has taken on Escape from Tarkov as well. Dr. Lupo is insanely skilled at most of the games he plays, and Escape from Tarkov is no exception.
Just like Smoke, number ten on this list, Dr. Lup uses the Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse. This mouse provides users with Logitech’s most accurate sensor available. His keyboard is also created by Logitech, the Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This keyboard was created to be used by esports athletes and provides a powerful yet quiet performance.
Summit1g has grown a following of millions of viewers. After retiring from the professional competitive CS:GO scene, Summit1g has seen massive success on Twitch. Summit1g is a variety streamer who has played many different games, and he most recently picked up Escape from Tarkov.
One of the more affordable parts of Summit’s setup is his headphones, the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700x Audiophile. Costing under $100 while maintaining a high quality sound and a unique open-air design make these headphones a great part of any setup. Summit’s monitor is the ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q Gaming Monitor that minimizes screen tearing and stuttering.
The final streamer on our list is none other than Pestily. Pestily is a very honorable man having served eight years in the Australian military and for the entire year of 2020 he is giving away all of his donations and tips to the Starlight’s Children’s Foundation. The combination of an interesting backstory, mechanical skills, and work ethic have caused Pestily to rise to success playing Escape from Tarkov.
Pestily’s gaming PC includes an impressive Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme 11GB. This graphics card can run even the most demanding games smoothly, and is a perfect addition to a serious streamer’s rig. His headset of choice is the Corsair Virtuoso, a moderately priced headset that provides high quality sound and comfort.
The streamers on this list have some similarities in their setups: Top quality monitors with blue-light protection, headphones with comfortability and high audio quality, keyboards with vibrant and customizable RGB lighting, and gaming mice varying in prices but maintaining the esports athlete standard.
Streamers will always benefit from keeping up with trends and playing games that they genuinely like. Incorporating games into your stream that run campaigns like Attack On Tarkov is a great way to boost your viewer count while rewarding people for tuning in. The streamers on this list have found major success in contributing to the surge in popularity for Escape from Tarkov, and have possibly helped a title to remain popular for years to come. If your new to Escape From Tarkov, check out our Top 10 Tips for Escape from Tarkov and our guide for Top 10 Guns In Escape From Tarkov!
Top 10 Best Original RPG Soundtracks
The masterfully-crafted melodies of my favorite video games often dissolve me in my at-home office space, floating back into these worlds I adore. Waves of nostalgia break, releasing sweet, sweet euphoria as I’m transported into the memorable battles and blooming landscapes of games past.
A truly great original soundtrack for a video game is timeless. It transcends outdated graphics and dusty game mechanics. Each score is like a save point for a moment; with a listen, loading the individual back into that space.
Some of the best soundtracks belong to RPGs, because these games more than any other strive to transport the gamer to a fleshed-out world with a strong narrative supported by vivid characters. They evoke feelings of wonder, of triumph, of loss, and this is all bolstered significantly by an imaginative background score.
Below are my top picks for the best RPG soundtracks of all time.
10. Secrets of Mana
The first of a few Square Enix additions, Secrets of Mana is the oldest pick on this list, a classic musical score by its own merits. Factor in that this game was composer Hiroki Kikuta’s first video game score, AND that he was limited greatly by the Super NES software capabilities. I put a lot of respect on this game’s soundtrack.
Within the parameters of the Super NES, Secret of Mana displays a full spectrum of emotional depth to accompany the game’s protagonist trio as they fight against the Empire. While the game itself hasn’t aged particularly well, the soundtrack is still a fantasy-laden, MIDI-driven bop. Ch-ch-check it out.
9. Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire
The classic premise of pitting wild animals against each other in battle has remained largely unchanged over the course of Pokemon’s long history. However, each iteration introduces a new region to collect all new Pokemon in, and an engaging soundtrack to liven up the adventure.
The 3rd Generation of Pokemon, Ruby and Sapphire, went particularly hard in the music, incorporating a broad list of styles that never got stale. Perhaps, I’m partial to the trumpet heavy soundtrack as a former player myself. Bops like the Lilycove City waltz, the pump-up Gym Leader battle music, and the prevailing Route 104 march keep me coming back for more.
8. Dark Souls 2
Dark Souls 2 is a standout in this list, because the game developers don’t care to coddle the player with music to carry them through their quest to kill a queen. Naught but the sound of your lonely footsteps and the roar of the monster will join you on your quest.
That is, until death is upon you. The Dark Souls 2 soundtrack is composed of epic boss music that complements the environment you’re fighting in. The Ancient Dragon fight has a loud cacophony of choral voices with interspersed bells that callout to the wingbeats of numerous dragons and the cathedral you fight before. The haunting strings of the Mytha fight really underscore the creepy movements of the beheaded snake lady who aims to smite you
Still, there are beautiful moments here, which is a divergence from the others in the series. Meditating to the sweet tune of Majula brings me great peace between getting slaughtered wrecked by every enemy imaginable.
While there isn’t a great deal of mood variety on this soundtrack, no other game scores legendary showdowns quite as well.
Indie hit Bastion follows the adventures of a sharp shootin’ young buck known as “The Kid,” as he navigates a beast-infested world following the mysterious Cataclysm. There is a prevalent Western theme throughout the soundtrack, slide guitars and distorted twang that pair well with the Sam Elliot esque narration along your journey.
The addition of strong vocal tracks in any video game is a bold decision, but memorably executed on “Setting Sail, Coming Home” and “Zulf’s Theme.” Whether you’re feeling nostalgic or just need a good soundtrack to ride off in the sunset to, Bastion’s got you covered.
6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Steel for humans, silver for monsters, and a golden soundtrack for the rest of us.
It’s no surprise to me that the rugged, monster-killing ladykiller Geralt got picked up for a television series. The Witcher 3 has it all: Lively, expansive world, sharp dialogue, but most important, a lovely cinematic soundtrack.
With the following DLCs, “Hearts of Stone” and “Blood and Wine,” the musical journey only continues along the route of tense clashes and quaint village pieces. The composer triumvirate of Marcin Przybylowicz, Mikolaj Stroinski and Percival really nailed it here. If you liked the Skyrim soundtrack, you’ll love this one.
5. Chrono Cross
Hopping back and forth between alternative universes can leave a player in a real headspin, especially when those realities tend to resemble each other. Composer Yasunori Mitsuda found inspiration within this complex game mechanic, composing a masterful soundtrack that explores this duality, evoking moods that complement two realities Serge and company bravely navigate.
What this leads to is a distinct musical experience whether you’re dashing around “Home” or “Another World.” One of the best examples of this is expressed within the two Terminas. While both have an overarching Celtic theme, Another Termina is driven by a beer swigging, bouncy Irish jig, while Home Termina retains its Irish roots in a more subdued manner, more akin to your local Renaissance Faire.
This soundtrack has also aged remarkably well. While it lacks ironclad hits to truly sweep you off your feet, the music of Chrono Cross swims along with no misses, an uplifting adventure through tropical paradise from first sip to last call.
4. Persona 5
Clearly, we’re showing a lot of love for JRPGs here. That said, Persona 5 is a breakout vibe on this list, high-octane acid-jazz with cooler coffeehouse piano to break up the action.
Bouncing between character’s mental labyrinths and exploring a cel-shaded Tokyo presents a unique opportunity for sound exploration, and Atlus delivers the goods. Even more impressive, the soundtrack is able to remain engaging and fresh throughout the nearly 4-hours album length.
While I haven’t played the game, this is one of those rarities that has me interested in picking it up solely based on the grooves, man.
Undertale has received a lot of hype among indie game connoisseurs, and it’s all dead on. The low-grade graphic style that may be initially off-putting hides a game with some of the best dialogue and narrative writing.
What might be most memorable is the vibrant soundtrack is the immense mood shifts you get here. “Death By Glamour” could easily fit into your favorite DJ’s party set, while the forlorn piano in “Undertale” makes you want to weep ugly tears. Megalovania is a raucous headbanger that fits the frantic boss fight, though it should be stated here that all of the boss fights really excel at having their own signature music.
This soundtrack has also seen many different remixes, which only further memorializes the powerful effect the music has had on fans.
2. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
In almost every way, global megahit Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, is superior to any other game in the series. Almost. Musically, Morrowind gets the nod over Skyrim as one of best gaming soundtracks birthed by prolific composer Jeremy Soule.
It’s not even close. At just under an hour long, the Morrowind soundtrack triumphantly cultivates the curiosity of the mushroomed continent, the serenity of solo exploration, the bold glory of fierce overland conflict. It almost feels like one continuous piece of music, no jarring transitions or flaccid fadeouts.
While Skyrim delivers three hours of beautiful ambience with a few memorable high points, the Morrowind soundtrack is an unceasing movement of captivating, truly epic storytelling.
1. Final Fantasy IX
Lemme tell you, choosing the best soundtrack from composer Nobuo Uematsu’s catalogue throughout the Final Fantasy series is a heart-wrenching endeavor. There are some seriously strong contenders here, and all could earn a well-deserved place on this list.
FFVI is a strong soundtrack throughout the album, with many high points including Kefka’s boss theme, “Dancing Mad,” which takes a close second to “One-Winged Angel” as the series’ best boss theme. FFVII easily has the best battle music across the series, but besides that, holds another sentimental high point in the collection with the tragically beautiful “Aerith’s Theme.”
Plus, who could forget the intense intro music of FFVIII “Liberi Fatali,” or the only song in the series I would take molly before listening to and dance my face off: “The Man with the Machine Gun.”
However, as a cohesive body of work that has stood the test of time, I give the crown to FFIX. Uematsu has stated in interviews this was also his favorite soundtrack, and with this soundtracks’ string of memorable hits it’s hard to disagree.
Some of the most recognizable tunes here are the sexy “Vamo Alla Flamenco,” the summer favorite “Ukulele de Chocobo,” Kuja’s savage organ piece “Wicked Melody,” and the sweeping love song “Memories of Life.”
One of the toughest parts about ranking this list was discerning personal nostalgia from the musical quality of these soundtracks. While there are some on the list I haven’t played, the strengths of the scores largely speak for themselves.
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