This week, the Lootpocalypse is upon us once again! Beginning tomorrow (9/23) at 9am PT, you’ll begin seeing increased drop rates for loot as well as discounts on Loot Packs. Here’s a basic breakdown of what you can expect:
• Temporary increases to Legendary gear drop rates
• Major enemies will have a chance to drop Rare and Epic gear
• Discounted Loot Packs
You’ll be able to enjoy Lootpocalypse until Monday morning at 9am PT, so make sure to get in some quality time over the weekend to get your hands on some of that sweet loot!
EDIT: In regards to Quick Match, You may remember that last week, Creative Director Randy Varnell laid out a few ideas that we’ve been discussing for future tweaks to our matchmaking experiences. One of these ideas, the “Quick Match” queue, is going live in Battleborn TODAY on all platforms.
As our normal weekly hot fixes begin rolling out this afternoon, you’ll begin seeing the “Quick Match” PVP experience. Quick Match will feature a high chance for both Meltdown and Capture maps, with a small chance of seeing an Incursion map sneak in … ya know, just to keep things spicy.
We wanted to include a small chance of Incursion because we heard from the community that many of you like to re-queue for a chance to play any of our modes, as you did in Chaos Rumble. We believe this adjustment will improve wait times for players who like to play these matches on these platforms.
We look forward to hearing your feedback after you’ve had a chance to dig into these changes!
Also, in case you missed it, we're turning on QUAD XP in public matches today and tomorrow! You can get more details [HERE](https://forums.gearboxsoftware.com/t/this-weekends-shift-code-and-you/1546839).
We’re easing back to hot fixes this week with a very minor gear adjustment. As you know, hot fixes begin rolling out every Thursday at 2pm CT unless otherwise noted. In case you missed it, we talked a little bit about the differences between a hot fix and an update in [Battleplan 18](https://forums.gearboxsoftware.com/t/battleplan-18-9-8-16/1546057), so check that out if you’re curious!
• Uncommon variants of “White Lightning” now grant CC Reduction as their conditional secondary stat instead of Sprint Speed
In this week’s Community Spotlight, we thought we’d call out a guy many of you know – @MentalMars. If you’re not familiar with MentalMars’ work, he curates an incredibly informative website that deals in Battleborn news and info. Not only that, but the guy makes a pretty killer wallpaper and has his entire collection available for download. If you want to keep up on the latest info sourced directly from the community, you’re in the marketing for a rad new wallpaper, or maybe both, look no further than MentalMars.com! Here’s a video with Mars chatting with Creative Director Randy Varnell:
EDIT: Apparently there was some disappointment about there not being any lore this week. This cannot stand! Like Alani? Like lore? Have some Alani lore:
After the boiling and siphoning of Akopos’ oceans (and the darkening of its star system), little record survives of the various inhabitants of its waters. The Way of the Emulan monks lives on, however, through the most unlikely of their order: Alani.
For an underwater monastic sect that preaches inner calm and fluid mindfulness, Alani certainly seems to have a sunny and outgoing disposition. Perhaps it’s because, given that the order was eradicated, Alani never had the opportunity to reach the zen calm espoused by the elders. But more likely, her natural zeal and vitality was inherited through her Helician lineage. Strange as it may seem, Alani is not actually a native of Akopos: her human father and Helician mother, under such circumstances as are often left to be wondered about for a lifetime, gave her to the Emulan monks. Maybe they meant to come back for her later, when circumstances changed. Maybe they didn’t. Poor Alani may never know.
You may ask, “Are Helicians aquatic?” and to that, I’d say catch Galilea Azmozeus try and tell a joke, you can’t get much drier. Luckily, through the surgical modification prowess of the Emula, Alani was soon breathing and swimming through water with the best of them. Typically, however, the Helicians natural hardiness is more than enough to see them through any hostile environment, and incompatible lungs are far from the worst a Helician has faced. Indeed, their longevity and stubborn vigor put them at natural odds against the Jennerit, whose own aims of artificial eternity brought them enormous jealousy (given that the natural Jennerit lifespan lasts only a few centuries). This enmity came to a head with the War of Being (C.R. 19208-19304), in which the Helician Corps played a critical role among the Arbiters of Being (Eldrid elite warriors trained and equipped specifically to combat the Sustained). Incidentally, it was during the War of Being that the planet-being Mikollopria released spores to aid in the war effort; among those spores was the bud that would come to be known as “Miko” among the Battleborn.
Ultimately, the Jennerit emerged victorious, and the Helicians were soon subjugated as a servant-caste, whose only avenue of recognition was through military excellence in service of those they reviled. Small wonder, then, that Alani isn’t particularly fond of the Jennerit after they conquered one of her peoples and destroyed the other.
A couple weeks ago, we hinted at our upcoming October update and the fact that we’d have more details about its contents very soon. The time is almost at hand as next Thursday, 9/29, we’ll go live with our next stream which will focus on the October update! Gearbox Software Community Manager Joe King will be joined by Creative Director Randy Varnell and Designer Grant Kao to detail everything from character balance tweaks to new features that you’ll see popping up. As always, we’ll be taking questions from the community via the chat, so make sure to come ready with questions in tow! Not only that, but we’ll be giving away some PAX West MEGA Codes – the codes we gave away at our PAX West panel earlier this month! We’ve had LOTS of requests for these codes and this will be your first chance (of many) to get your hands on one! Make sure to check out the stream live next Thursday (9/29) at 3pm PT (6pm ET) or archived afterwards on the Gearbox Software Twitch channel!
The PAX West MEGA Code contains:
• 18 Loot Packs (3 of each faction’s Commander Packs, and 3 Legendary Loot Packs)
• 5 Cyber skins (Rath, ISIC, Alani, Ernest, Attikus)
• 10,000 EC