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Psyche asteroid explorer arrives at Kennedy Space Center for launch preps

A U.S. military cargo plane delivered NASA’s Psyche spacecraft from California to the Kennedy Space Center last week, starting a three-month campaign to ready the asteroid explorer for liftoff on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket in August.

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Farmers Edge Announces C$75 Million Loan from Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

WINNIPEG, Manitoba–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Farmers Edge Inc. (“Farmers Edge” or the “Company”) (TSX: FDGE), a global leader in digital agriculture, today announced that it has entered into a C$75 million secured credit facility (the “Facility”) with Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited and/or certain of its affiliates (collectively, “Fairfax”) pursuant to the terms of a binding term sheet. The […]

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The coolest thing I saw at GDC: software that animates anything

Tell Anything World what you want, and it tries to make it happen using machine learning and over 500,000 3D models.

Latest Manus VR Gloves Promise New Levels of Finger Tracking Accuracy

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At GDC 2022 this week, VR glove creator Manus revealed its new Quantum Metagloves which the company says delivers significantly more accurate finger tracking than its prior solutions. Though priced for enterprise use, the company says it one day hopes to deliver the tech to consumers. Manus has been building motion gloves for use in […]

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What Is Next for Malta, the First EU Country To Legalize Cannabis?

Plant Medicine Week is dedicated to the recognition and advancement of the healing powers of cannabis and psychedelics—the event will take place in Valletta, Malta from April 5-8.

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Bet365 Reworks Multimillion-Dollar Debt of Stoke City FC Soccer Team

Bet365 believes in Stoke City FC, the English Football League Championship soccer team it purchased through a subsidiary 16 years ago. The gaming operator stands behind the club so much that it just reduced a huge amount of its debt. In 2006, through one of its subsidiaries, Bet365 bought Stoke City FC after the club […]

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Women in the Metaverse: Ekin Eriş of Infinite Arcade

Ekin has established her role as a frontrunner in the blockchain gaming space.
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Decentralized Biomedical Network DeBio Rolling Out Roketo’s Crypto-Streaming Solution To All Accounting And Payroll

Roketo, the crypto-streaming solution built on NEAR Protocol, has announced DeBio, an anonymous-first appchain for medical and bioinformatics services and data, will be rolling out the company's payment service to all their accounting and payroll. 

DeBio is a public project and transparency of transactions is the main reason why it turned from traditional banking solutions to Roketo. Currently, DeBio is using the streaming solution to pay more than 200 advisors and investors working on its project. Next month they are planning to roll the service out to all of their accounting and payroll.


“Roketo takes transparency to the next level compared to competitors. In services like Blockchain Explorer or NEAR Scan, we can see the list of transactions and content of the wallets but we don't have a view of where the tokens will be allocated. And in Roketo we see exactly how many tokens are allocated for the investors. Currently, we have 200 investors and it's important for us to be able to set hundreds of streams automatically, through a script, for them,” says DeBio CEO Pandu Sastrowardoyo.


“We're happy to have DeBio's trust as they're rolling out Roketo's crypto-streaming service to all their accounting and payroll. They've been with us paying a number of investors and advisors, and clearly, they've valued the transparency and ease of use of using the system that we've developed. Congratulations on further developing our relationship together, we look forward to it being a long and successful one,” says Roketo CEO Taras Dovgal. 


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About DeBio

DeBio is an anonymous-first appchain for DNA sequencing and medical and bioinformatics data management. DeBio utilizes its native token as payment for genetic and biomedical services provided by its partner labs. The team is also working to supplement its platform with additional payment options to cater to its diverse user base. They launched in Octopus Mainnet in December 2021. The Octopus Network is backed by the NEAR Protocol, which provides multi-chain computing and collaboration. DeBio tokens ($DBIO) have been minted in NEP-141 format in November 2021 and can be bridge to Substrate via Octopus bridge. For more information about DeBio visit debio.network


About Roketo

Roketo is a real-time streaming solution built on NEAR Protocol, which creates the ability to transfer funds in very small batches every second (in reality even less), so it looks like a stream of liquid going through a pipe. It creates new opportunities in the field of finance and provides plenty of ways to improve today's payment systems. It has achieved more than +6k streams and users and has more than $1M streamed value. For more information about Roketo visit roke.to 


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JTOWER and DOCOMO Agreed to the Master Transaction Agreement for Infra-Sharing of Existing Telecommunications Towers

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TOKYO, Mar 25, 2022 - (JCN Newswire) - JTOWER Inc. ("JTOWER") and NTT DOCOMO, INC. ("DOCOMO") have announced today that the companies have decided to enter into the master transaction agreement with the aim of promoting Infra-Sharing of DOCOMO's existing towers. The contract will enable the companies to make a transaction in which 6,002 telecommunications towers (maximum) owned by DOCOMO to be transferred to JTOWER for 106.2 billion yen (maximum) and DOCOMO will lease these towers from JTOWER ("the Transaction").

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Aims of both companies

JTOWER positions the purchase of existing telecommunications towers owned by telecommunications companies and the promotion of Infra-Sharing by attracting new tenants to these towers (carve-out) to be one of the key growth strategies. The Transaction will greatly expand its business foundation as a tower sharing operator.

DOCOMO is working to build an economical 5G network by promoting Infra-Sharing and the Transaction will enable further streamlining of network operations.
Future Initiatives

The companies plan to make the transfer of the towers where conditions have been met and JTOWER will strengthen its efforts to attract new tenants, such as telecommunications companies, including mobile network operators. Through these efforts, both companies aim to realize more efficient capital investments and operating expenses for the tenants of these towers and promote the early deployment of 5G network. Furthermore, the companies will contribute to the realization of a sustainable society by reducing environmental impact through the effective use of existing infrastructure.

JTOWER and DOCOMO will continue to strengthen collaboration in the field of Infra-Sharing and work to resolve social issues that contribute to the telecommunications industry.

About JTOWER

JTOWER Inc. was founded in June 2012 as the first Infra-Sharing company in Japan. Centered on indoor Infra-Sharing solutions that consolidate the mobile networks inside the building, we provide a wide range of services including 5G that contribute to the future. https://en.jtower.co.jp/

About NTT DOCOMO

NTT DOCOMO, Japan's leading mobile operator with over 83 million subscriptions, is one of the world's foremost contributors to 3G, 4G and 5G mobile network technologies. Beyond core communications services, DOCOMO is challenging new frontiers in collaboration with a growing number of entities ("+d" partners), creating exciting and convenient value-added services that change the way people live and work. Under a medium-term plan toward 2020 and beyond, DOCOMO is pioneering a leading-edge 5G network to facilitate innovative services that will amaze and inspire customers beyond their expectations. https://www.docomo.ne.jp/english/.


Copyright 2022 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.jcnnewswire.comJTOWER Inc. and NTT DOCOMO, INC. have announced today that the companies have decided to enter into the master transaction agreement with the aim of promoting Infra-Sharing of DOCOMO's existing towers.

Kindstar Globalgene Announces FY2021 Annual Results, Revenue Increases to RMB930.67 Million

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HONG KONG, Mar 25, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Kindstar Globalgene Technology, Inc. ("Kindstar Globalgene" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, collectively the "Group"; stock code: 9960.HK), a leading independent esoteric clinical testing service provider in China, today announced its audited annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021 ("2021" or the "Year").

During the period under review, the Group recorded total revenue of RMB930.67 million, representing a year-on-year increase of 4.4%. Revenue from non-COVID-19-related testing services was RMB868.57 million, an increase of 12.3%. The Group's consolidated gross profit was up by 5.4% year-on-year to RMB485.77 million, while the consolidated gross profit margin rose by 0.5% year-on-year to 52.2%. Cash and cash equivalents amounted to RMB1,796.7 million, a growth of 113.6% year-on-year. The non-COVID-19-related testing services segment recorded results of RMB197.18 million, an increase of 17.5% year-on-year. The Board has resolved not to distribute a dividend for FY2021.

Focused on specialty esoteric testing services and vigorously developed related services in six major specialty areas

Since its inception in 2003, the Group has been focusing on esoteric clinical testing services and is one of the first companies in China entering the esoteric testing service industry. During the period under review, the Group covered more than 3000 hospitals, in which over 60% are Class III hospitals, added three new laboratories and its esoteric testing volume exceeded 1.68 million, with positive growth in all six major esoteric testing specialty areas.

-- Hematology testing: The Group introduced 50 new testing items and added the Shanghai Xinnuo Baishi Medical Laboratory. During the period, the Group achieved revenue of RMB535.27 million and segment results of RMB152.57 million, representing a year-on-year increase of 14% and 15.7%, respectively.
-- Neurology testing: The Group launched six new projects covering diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and myasthenia [gravis] and also added 143 partnering Class III hospitals. The Group recorded revenue of RMB89.85 million and segment results of RMB14.06 million during the period, a year-on-year increase of 18.2 and 11.6%, respectively.
-- Maternity-related testing: The Group added the diagnosis of gestational syndromes during the period, and recorded revenue of RMB52.25 million and segment results of RMB3.55 million, representing a year-on-year increase of 0.2% and 0.5%, respectively.
-- Genetic disease and rare disease testing: During the period, the Group realized revenue of RMB43.50 million and segment results of RMB5.43 million, representing a year-on-year increase of 20.2% and 126.4%, respectively. Sales of multiple steroid hormone tests doubled year-on-year.
-- Infectious disease testing: The Group introduced 28 new testing items and added the Wuhan Kindstar Zhenyuan Medical Laboratory, achieving revenue of RMB51.97 million and segment results of [RMB]9.78 million during the period, representing a year-on-year increase of 3% and 33.2%, respectively.
-- Oncology testing: The Group launched new testing service items for various types of cancer, including intestinal cancer, cervical cancer, bladder cancer and liver cancer, achieving revenue of RMB8.62 million and segment results of RMB0.83 million during the period, 13.4% and 82.5% higher than the same period last year.
-- Others: The Group added more than 20 scientific research service projects in the areas of research services, CRO and new testing services, achieving revenue of RMB19.46 million and segment results of RMB5.99 million during the period, representing a year-on-year growth of 36.1% and 35.1%, respectively.

Persistent R&D investment to develop and expand new specialty esoteric testing business lines

As at 31 December 2021, the Group's R&D expenses amounted to RMB90.33 million, a year-on-year increase of 20.0%.The Group had 112 new R&D projects, 17 patents were pending or granted and 23 scientific research articles were published throughout the year. During the period under review, the Group stepped up its efforts in promoting the development of specialty esoteric testing services in China and expanding the scope of such services to cover cardiovascular diseases, ophthalmology, rheumatology and immunology.

-- Cardiovascular diseases: The Group focused on the R&D of biomarkers for cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease, acute myocarditis and acute myocardial infarction. It also conducted verification studies on the clinical value of biomarkers.
-- Ophthalmology: The Group actively explored opportunities in ophthalmic structured esoteric testing services and its R&D covered testing solutions for hereditary oculopathy, infectious oculopathy and autoimmune oculopathy.
-- Rheumatology and immunology: The Group began the initial development of six types of disease and drug detection projects, covering sicca syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, antiphospholipid syndrome and allopurinol detection.

Entered the IVD reagents field and optimized immune repertoire deployment

Wuhan Haixi Life Science Technology Co., Ltd., which the group owns a controlling stake, is a high-tech enterprise based on the R&D, manufacturing and sales of esoteric testing reagents providing systematic, comprehensive "high-precision and cutting edge" testing reagent products. The Group's main products, namely reagent kits for JAK2 genes and V617F mutations (PCR-fluorescent probe method) and reagent kits for leukemia fusion genes qualitative testing (PCR-fluorescent probe method) will enter the clinical trial stage of NMPA registration. During the period under review, the Group established its business presence in the field of IVD reagent kits in the upstream industry chain by holding shares in Wuhan Haixi Life Science Technology Co., Ltd.

As an important next-generation sequencing technology, the immune repertoire sequencing technology may bring disruptive changes to the industry in the future. During the period under review, the Group established Wuhan Kindstar Biotechnology Co., Ltd., which will focus on the application and development of the immune repertoire technology in multiple disciplines and explore the biopharmaceutical and immunotherapy pathways. In addition, to further improve its immune repertoire layout, the Group invested in Shenzhen Neoimmune Co., Ltd., a leading immune repertoire enterprise in China. Looking ahead, the two parties will commence strategic cooperation in the immune repertoire segment.

Strategy and Prospects

The Group will continue to consolidate its leading position in esoteric hematology testing in China and replicate its successful experience in hematology to expedite the growth of its specialty esoteric testing business in areas such as genetic diseases, rare diseases, infectious diseases, oncology and neurology. In the next three to five years, the Group will enter several new areas of specialty esoteric testing. At the same time, the Group is also committed to building strong relationships with a wide range of participants in the clinical esoteric testing industry (including doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, contract research institutions, academic institutions and regulatory agencies), deepening existing strategic partnerships, and expanding the existing cooperation network. Since its listing, the Group has attached great importance to opportunities for horizontal and vertical integration in the industrial chain. In the future, the Group will steadily achieve a strategic and forward-looking layout through investment, integration and empowerment, in order to boost its growth.

Huang Shiang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kindstar Globalgene, expressed full confidence in the future of China's esoteric clinical testing industry. He said, "Due to increasing public health awareness and an aging population in China, the demand for clinical tests has continued to increase. In recent years, China's esoteric clinical testing market has been growing faster than its routine testing market, and the Company has strived to develop and introduce advanced technologies to meet the enormous unmet medical demand in the country. Looking ahead, we will actively overcome the various uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to work hard to maintain the steady growth of our existing esoteric clinical tests, and develop and launch new services in specialty areas, thereby contributing to the precise diagnosis and advancement of treatments in specialty areas in China."

Kindstar Globalgene 2021 Annual Results Announcement:
https://www1.hkexnews.hk/listedco/listconews/sehk/2022/0325/2022032501238.pdf

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About Kindstar Globalgene Technology, Inc.
Kindstar Globalgene Technology, Inc. ("Kindstar Globalgene" or the "Group"; stock code: 9960.HK) is a leading independent esoteric clinical testing service provider and a major provider of hematology esoteric testing services in China. It has built a comprehensive testing portfolio, a broad hospital network and advanced technology platforms and also boasts the largest esoteric testing portfolio among all independent esoteric testing providers in China, with more than 3,500 tests on its service menu and offering one of the most extensive hematology testing portfolios worldwide, including over 2,300 testing items in the field. The Group primarily targets specialty areas with substantial growth potential or that can create significant synergies with its esoteric hematology testing services, including genetic diseases and rare diseases, infectious diseases, oncology and neurology. The Group was listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on 16 July 2021. Over the past 18 years, the Company has developed more than 1,100 testing items entirely in-house, and introduced approximately 2,400 testing items developed by or under license from third parties. The Group serves more than 3,000 hospitals in China, of which more than 1,500 are Class III hospitals, including all of the top 20 hospitals in the nation. The Group's mission is to offer a broad range of high-quality specialty testing services to patients and physicians worldwide, and to promote the application of precision diagnostics and medicine.

The Group's website: https://www.kindstar.com.cn/tc/



Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comKindstar Globalgene Technology, Inc. ("Kindstar Globalgene" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, collectively the "Group"; stock code: 9960.HK), a leading independent esoteric clinical testing service provider in China, today announced its audited annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021 ("2021" or the "Year").

Fastbase Stock Has Strong Potential to Soar in 2022

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NEW YORK, Mar 25, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Deloitte's United States Economic Forecast Q1 2022 examines the impact of the crisis in Ukraine, persisting inflation, and the lingering effects of COVID-19 on the US economy. The good news is that the US economy's performance has been better than expected. People are getting back to work, corporate profits for Q3 are 21% above the pre-pandemic level and the increased adoption of technology has accelerated labor productivity growth.

Deloitte's baseline scenario anticipates the pandemic jump-starting the widespread adoption of technology leading to faster growth. Morgan Stanley is also positive about the potential growth of tech stocks given the recent underperformance.

Heading into Q2 of 2022, it's time to look at the next greater investments for 2022.

For investors seeking to enter the market before the rest of the world catches up, we have found a prospering young tech firm with a strong growth potential in 2022.

For investors looking for tech stocks with extraordinary growth potential, we suggest taking specific notice of one of the SaaS web analytics leaders, Fastbase Inc. (OTC:FBSE). Launched in 2016, Fastbase Inc. embodies one of the top public companies that we believe will have the strongest share price upside in 2022. Fastbase Inc. (www.fastbase.com) already achieved massive market success by providing more than 1 million companies, including Fortune 500 businesses and global brands, with invaluable website visitor data and consequently attracting the attention from large investment firms.

In the past 2 years the visionary company launched tech solutions to satisfy uncovered needs in the market. Only last year Fastbase launched Trustfeed.com, one of the biggest internet ventures within the field of customer experience and product review. This year Fastbase is squaring the circle by launching Leads Navigator, an ultimate leads generation solution. Leads Navigator will be a catalyst for financial growth in 2022 with a very strong revenue model.

Fastbase Inc recently announced acquiring 24.5% of Etheralabs LLC, (www.etheralabs.io) a New York City based Venture Lab and Ecosystem that is investing in, creating, and implementing disruptive technologies across the Blockchain landscape. This acquisition allows Fastbase to access the latest blockchain advances to empower its data distribution business and support the new Leads Navigator solution.

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Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comDeloitte's United States Economic Forecast Q1 2022 examines the impact of the crisis in Ukraine, persisting inflation, and the lingering effects of COVID-19 on the US economy.

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands Classes: Which Class Is Best For You?

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands has arrived, and with it, Borderlands fans have their latest colorful adventure to embark on, albeit with a fantasy twist that turns grenades into spells, psychos into skeletons, and arch-nemeses into fairies and mushroom people. This makeover to Gearbox's long-standing formula also means the game's class system has been tweaked, reimagined, and often just plainly blown up in favor of the game's D&D-inspired world. Need some help picking the right class for you? Don't fret. Here's your complete guide to Wonderlands classes.

Which Wonderlands class is best?

There are six character classes in Tiny Tina's Wonderlands at launch, and though some have similarities to Borderlands classes you may recall from past games, none of them are so cleanly equivalent, so they take some getting used to. The classes are:

  • Stabbomancer
  • Graveborn
  • Spellshot
  • Spore Warden
  • Brr-Zerker
  • Clawbringer

Multiclassing explained

Before we dive into each class thoroughly, also note that once you get a few missions deep into the game, you'll be given the chance to assign your multiclass. This allows you to attach a second skill tree to your character, giving you four total Action Skills to pull from, in addition to all the added benefits you may unlock in the new skill tree. It's important to think about which classes pair well together, so we've included a section below for each class where we also recommend some seamless multiclass options.

Stabbomancer

The Stabbomancer is the first class that appears when you see the class menu, and that's no coincidence. It's the de facto solo or starter class and great for beginners or people who haven’t played Borderlands in a long time. Built to deal frequent bonus damage, playing as a Stabbomancer can almost feel like taking a co-op partner with you.

Early skill unlocks focus on melee attacks, movement speed buffs, and amplified critical hit damage. Collectively, that gives the Wonderlands Stabbomancer a swift and deadly skill set that makes dungeon-crawling on your lonesome more manageable than with other classes.

Class Feat

The Stabbomancer Class Feat is Dirty Fighting, which gives this class a higher critical hit chance than the rest. That's something that can quickly be improved upon too, thanks to some crit buffs available at the base of the skill tree.

Action Skills

Like other classes, the Stabbomancer's two starting Action Skills are built with different situations in mind. Using Ghost Blade, the Stabbomancer will unleash a massive spinning blade (made of…magic, I guess?) that does several seconds of area-of-effect damage at a rate determined by their equipped melee weapon. If you'd rather get sneaky than stabby, you should consider the Stabbomancer's other Action Skill: From The Shadows. With this, the Stabbomancer will go invisible for a few seconds, during which time all damage you deal counts as a critical hit, though a less powerful crit than you'd have when not in stealth. Still, the bonus damage plus invisibility can be the deciding factor in vanquishing a fierce pack of foes or toppling a tricky boss. You could even just use it to escape a dicey situation and get your Fatemaker out of harm's way.

Passive

The Stabbomancer's passive skills largely focus on buffing critical hit damage, critical hit chances, and the severity and longevity of status effects

How to build

When selecting your Twist of Fate, the game's starter builds, consider whether you want to make your strengths even stronger or patch up weaknesses. If you're playing solo, you should design a character background that doesn't hurt your constitution. However, the best preset in this case is the Failed Monk, which is built mainly for magic casters. The route I went was to select Raised By Elves, which gives me above average dexterity (and thus, even more crit damage) at the cost of my constitution, but then patched up that blemish by pouring my 10 free-standing extra points back into constitution and strength. In the end, this made my already impressive critical hits that much stronger without sacrificing my own health pool as a solo player.

Multiclass

When selecting my multiclass for Wonderlands, I was a few hours into the game and feeling like my gameplay wasn't distinctive enough from just another Borderlands, I was promised fantasy, but the weapons tended to feel like Borderlands guns in a witch's hat, so to speak. so I went with something that would give me a new perspective on the game's combat: Spellshot. While my build wasn't yet suited for becoming a part-time conjurer, I started pouring Hero Points into Intelligence, which increased my spell cooldowns, giving me more chances to fling magic around the battlefield.

For me, this made a world of difference. No longer was I just swapping among a sea of guns that didn't really feel at home in a fantasy game. Suddenly with multiclassing, I was firing critical hits from one hand and, well, literal fire from the other. If you're a tried-and-true Borderlands fan looking to mix it up in this spinoff, adding some magic to your repertoire makes for a well-rounded (but still quite literally sharp) Fatemaker.

Your build is up to you, but keep in mind who you'll be playing with and try to offset group weaknesses.

Graveborn

The Graveborn is an interesting class that might not be the most attractive on paper, but damn if it isn’t effective. Siphoning away enemy health through Dark Energy is the bread and butter of the Graveborn and it’s easier said than done. The key is to go all out. Fully sending your character into the heat of battle, barely keeping the balance between sacrificing your health and regaining it back, is the most effective and fun way to play Graveborn.

In my mind, the Graveborn is an excellent class for risk takers--players who don’t really want a class that's fully reliant on the spell casting cooldowns like the Spellshot, but aren’t interested in a melee brawler like the Brr-zerker. You’d think that the Graveborn is perfect for an average player that wants the best of both worlds, but the reality is that it’s probably better suited for veterans who aren’t worried about a whittling health bar, and can reliably break themselves out of a Death Save or two in the heat of the battle if they go down.

Class Feat

This floating companion will follow you around and hit enemies at range with Dark Magic, which is a new element in the game that leaches health from enemies and gives it to you. Whenever you cast a spell, your Demi-Lich will cast Hellish Blast, which chases down enemies and hits them with an area attack using the same element you just used.

Early on, the Demi-Lich is mostly just good for cracking jokes, but later you can stack certain upgrades to improve its efficacy. Some skills will even grant you more companions with specific perks increasing your own damage output based on how many companions you’ve got with you at any given time. It's messed up, but you can even use your Demi-Lich as a kind of bait where damage that would normally go to you becomes redirected to the companion’s health bar instead.

Action Skills

If you find the Graveborn to be kind of bare and dry with its abilities, Dire Sacrifice is the one action skill that looks pretty rad. Using this, you sacrifice some health to deal Dark Magic damage and leech health from enemies. The more health you sacrifice the more bonus damage you do. This skill is perfect for when you are surrounded by lots of small enemies or have a large boss down to a sliver of health and want to go in for the kill.

Conversely if you want a strong opening attack, you can use it as a starter and then quickly combine certain spells or even leeching weapons to quickly regain any health lost. Reaper of Bones is basically a game of extending your timer for as long as you can. When this is cast you get an increasing bonus to Dark Magic Damage which can heal you and extend the duration of this attack if you keep getting kills. The catch is you are constantly losing health with seemingly no end.

Once you run out of health you become invulnerable for a couple of seconds, and then come back with a small amount of health. If enemies are still alive by the time you run out of health, then GG my friend, because you are most likely going down. Combining this with health-stealing magic and guns is a must in case you deal with enemies tankier than your usual skeleton archer.

Passive Skills

Graveborn’s passive skill tree mostly focuses on leaching more health and outputting more damage to keep you alive in those full-send moments. There are some fun things that you can unlock later down the tree such as one skill that has a chance to summon a Dark Hydra, but the majority of your upgrade points will be invested into maximizing your dark magic life stealing, reducing your cooldowns, or increasing the damage output of your demon-lich companions.

How to build

When you choose your class you can pick an origin story that gives you certain buffs and debuffs to particular attributes. Graveborn players should go with “Failed Monk” which depletes your starting strength and dexterity, but dramatically improves upon intelligence and wisdom.

In terms of upgrade paths, a specific skill you should look into early on is the Faithful Thralls which buffs your damage based on how many active companions you have fighting on your behalf. Most of the skills are under-the-hood improvements that can activate on kills, or are passively activate in the background. Your Graveborn's usefulness overall though is heightened by your companions so prioritizing those that spawn more companions on your side is a must.

You’ll also want to consider which action skill you prefer. Do you gamble on the Reaper of Bones? If so, definitely put on a health leeching loadout. This means focusing on weapons, spells, and any gear that gives you more efficient health regeneration. This can apply to Dire Sacrifice, as well, but I would not recommend completely abandoning health-leeching weapons or gear from your arsenal.

Multiclass

Combining Graveborn with Spore Warden creates the Horticulturalist multiclass and the two work together beautifully. The more companions that Graveborn has, the better you'll be, because they’re constantly causing chaos, distracting enemies, and ideally leeching health back. That means Graveborn could use friends…a lot of them.

This makes Spore Warden an excellent choice since it comes with a little mushroom companion right off the bat. If I found that the action skills of Reaper of Bones or Dire Sacrifice were too risky, especially in more difficult situations, swapping to Spore Warden’s barrage attack of bows was a nice change of pace, but primarily it’s the mushroom buddy that does the heavy lifting.

You might be tempted to try Stabbomancer as the secondary class to combine with the Graveborn, but it’s important to consider the main stats that go into each class. A Stabbomancer can benefit from greater dexterity and strength, which is not the main focus of Graveborn. Graveborn players are better off leveling up constitution, wisdom and intelligence for faster spellcasting cooldowns. That combines nicely with Spellshot should you decide Spore Warden isn’t your forte.

Spellshot

The Spellshot, is a gun wizard who can dual-wield magic or turn enemies into Skeep. You can also make some big mistakes mid-tree so this class is for more advanced players who don’t mind a stats-focused build. That’s because partway through Spellshot you become a glass cannon reliant on building damage stacks and firing off spells to recharge your shields, now called Wards. Another huge thing to note is that if you play with a controller, this class is physically demanding because you’ll be mashing triggers and both bumpers on almost every attack. All that being said, a well-built Spellshot is a blast to play.

Class Feat

The Spellshot’s Class Feat is Spellweaving which means casting spells or reloading weapons builds stacks of increased spell damage. Understanding Spellweaving stacks become vital mid-tree.

Action Skill

The Spellshot's action skills are used to either place one particularly badass enemy on timeout or find powerful combinations of magic spells to melt enemies before they get the chance to fight back. Unlike other classes, the Ambi-Hextrous action skill allows the Spellshot to equip two magic spells at the same time and this can be used for some pretty rapid-fire situations. The Polymorph skill lets you turn one enemy into a Skeep which is some kind of alien sheep that floats. You can attack them while they are transfigured, but if you don’t, they will turn back to normal after a time. If you cast Polymorph on an enemy that is too high level to transform, you wind up just casting another equipped spell instead.

Passive Skills

The Spellshot passive skills all focus on casting and reloading weapons more quickly while escalating damage output through Spellweaving stacks. If you like to maximize damage through stats and aren’t too worried about unlocking flashy new abilities then this is your jam. If you’re a newer player or just experimenting, do not select Glass Cannon mid-tree, which boosts spell damage but stops your shields from automatically recharging. Make sure you fully understand Spellweaving stacks first--or skip the skill for a while--or you will die a lot.

How to build

It sounded fun to fire spells as fast as possible and cover wide areas of the field in elemental damage so here’s what I did. You may want to focus on more powerful spells fired less often--as always, decide what’s best for you. For the fastest rate of spell casting under Twist Of Fate, I went Failed Monk to boost Intelligence and Wisdom which reduces spell cooldown and increases elemental damage at the cost of critical hits. I then dumped all my points into Intelligence for the first portion of the game until I could fire off spells with the smallest possible time in-between. The only negative I noticed to this build was my melee attacks seemed to be weaker. It seems not to be explicitly stated, but this is probably tied to strength.

Multiclass

Multiclassing the Spellshot depends on what you want to do, but consider two ideas with ranged offensive glass cannon builds or more powerful defensive builds that let you get closer. I tend to like to do things that feel fun but many of you like to maximize stats. For a ranged fffensive Spellshot, go Clawbringer, mostly for the Wyvern companion that can reach out and set things on fire but also because if you’re fighting behind a team this class also hands out elemental team buffs. As a matter of fact, a glass cannon build behind a few friends can be insanely powerful. A great defensive Spellshot can go Spore warden to gain a tanky Mushroom buddy to give you space to step back and use your magic at a more casual pace. There’s really no right answer, I didn’t try this but even going Stabbomancer to vastly improve critical damage could really amp up a high damage build. Our reviewer even suggested leaning even more into the glass cannon build by going Graveborn, but proceed with caution if you go that route.

Spore Warden

From previews and trailers, the Spore Warden looked like just another druid/ranger class, but as it turns out, things get silly fast in the best way. This character is great for beginners and anyone who just wants to have fun. The companion is tanky and gives you a lot of space to try different playstyles. You’ll quickly be casting cyclones and smashing through fields of enemies turned snowmen with your best mushroom friend who also has a habit of farting things to death.

Class Feat

The Spore Warden’s Class Feat is the Mushroom Companion, and to be honest the Spore Warden isn’t really sure how to feel about that either. (Clip of Spore Warden asking if they will get infected). You can ping enemies for your mushroom friend to lunge at and they deal poison damage great for melting armor.

Action Skill

When it comes to Action Skills this class has Barrage and Blizzard. Barrage summons an ethereal bow that fires seven arrows dealing ability damage on impact. Arrows can be fired multiple times and ricochet off surfaces. They also take on any gun damage buffs you might have going.

Early in the game, the bow isn’t that impressive. At range, it fires arrows in a wide spread and too few arrows hit any targets. It’s only effective as a finisher, which a new class of melee weapons are already good at. It’s possible that later in the game certain builds might be able to turn the bow into something more like the Golden Gun from Destiny but the second Action Skill, Blizzard, is way more effective for most of the game. Blizzard spawns three Frost Cyclones that persist for a while slowing and freezing enemies. The cyclones can even chase flying creatures. As a matter of fact, once you get your cyclones going and level up your Mushroom Companion you can set a battle in motion and just kind of sit back. There are so many status effects going on that everything pretty much dies although it can sometimes be hard to see what’s happening--which is very Borderlands.

Passive Skill

The passive skill tree for Spore Warden is pretty straightforward, mostly increasing the damage and health of you and your Mushroom Companion but there are also two Skills you should go for. Early on, Spore Cloud lets your buddy do their fart attack and then just a bit later Medicinal Mushroom will let your mushroom friend come revive you. This is great for solo players.

How to build

There’s no one right way to do this since this is a very forgiving class. I went for a close-range build and chose the Twist Of Fate called Village Idiot which jacked up strength and critical damage but more importantly seemed to amp up the stagger effects of melee weapons. Then I dumped my extra points into dexterity for a higher critical chance and intelligence to mitigate the negative stats from Village Idiot and get a more neutral spell cooldown rate. In the early game, this made a hard-hitting build that would freeze enemies with cyclones, tank with mushroom friend, and then finish with staggering melee blows or critical shotgun hits. This build didn’t need a lot of Constitution to boost health and shields because enemies often aggroed on my companion. That being said, critical hits are more associated with the Stabbomancer so you may want to maximize the Spore Warden in other ways or build a more ranged class to take advantage of Barrage.

Multiclass

Multiclassing can also go in a wide number of ways but for this build, the Brr-Zerker's boosted frost damage from the Warden’s already very effective cyclones gave the option to essentially aim a much more targeted cyclone of sorts with the Brr-Zerker’s action skill.

Many spells require you to merely snap your fingers, Thanos-style, and we'll admit that such power feels really good.

Brr-Zerker

Everything you need to know about the Brr-Zerker comes from the word play that makes up its name. It is, at its heart, a riff on the Berserker, Borderlands' version of a heavy tank class, with a twist of frost-focused magic.

One of Wonderlands' new features is the dedicated melee weapon, and if you're interested in using it often, the Brr-Zerker is the perfect fit for you. Combine that with the enraged mechanic to deal bonus frost and you have a powerful closed-ranged fighter that’s all about jumping into the middle of the action. If you like having a large health pool, telling your enemies to “chill,” and close-ranged weapons, the Brr-Zerker is for you.

Class Feat

The Brr-Zerker’s Class Feat is Rage of the Ancients, which activates enraged every time you use an action skill. What does enraged do? It adds bonus frost damage to all your attacks. The duration of base enrage lasts 15 seconds, however it doesn’t deplete while an action skill is active. So if you use Dreadwind, which last 6 seconds, enraged will proc at the start, giving you a total of 21 seconds. You can also increase the duration of enraged by 35% if you activate an Action Skill, something you can take advantage of with Feral Surge, detailed below.

Action Skills

Your starting action skill is Dreadwind, where your Fatemaker will spin around for 6 seconds, dealing damage based on the stats of their equipped melee weapon. While in effect, you have increased movement speed and immunity to the slow status effect, so you can keep up as enemies move around and still hit them. You might notice at the start of the game, Dreadwind… doesn’t seem that effective. Damage doesn’t hit as hard as you’d like and enemies can still attack you, while getting put into Save Your Soul state ends your Dreadwind. Because Dreadwind is tied to the damage of your equipped melee weapon, this is a skill that only gets better the further into your playthrough, and you’ll want to prioritize passive skills that boost melee and close range damage, as well as scavenge vending machines for better melee weapons.

Your second action skill is Feral Surge, a single use lunging attack that will deal area frost damage to enemies. Feral Surge is a great way to get into a group of enemies faces quickly, apply frost damage to them, and then follow up with a close ranged weapon like a shotgun. However you can also chain Feral Surge, as its cooldown will reset if you kill an enemy with it. In fact Feral Surge will instantly kill an enemy if their health is below 20%. If you play this right you keep chaining Feral Surge over and over, bypassing its 32 second cooldown. This pairs beautifully with enraged, which as previously mentioned, can have its duration prolonged every time you activate a skill. To truly take advantage of Feral Surge requires more thought and planning then Dreadwind, but if that sorta ability chaining excites you, it's a really cool skill.

Passive Skills

As you might have guessed, the Brr-Zerker’s passive skills are about increasing the power of frost damage and melee damage, boosting states like enraged, and improving health and damage reduction so you can stay up close and personal. Blood Frenzy restores health and increases your enraged timer for every kill. The Old Ways deals bonus damage when very close to an enemy

How to build

The core to an effective Brr-Zerker is strong melee damage, plenty of health to keep you alive, and using your action skills as much as possible. That means allocating points into Strength, Constitution, and Attunement. For your twist of fate, Village Idiot is perfect for giving you that raw damage output upfront while keeping everything else you need neutral. Recovering Inventory Hoarder is also a potential option as it gives you a skill cooldown boost but you are gonna be sacrificing some Max HP and will want to put your extra points into that to even things out.

Multiclass

If you decide you want to pair Brr-Zerker with another class's action skill, pick one that has a skill you can use frequently so you are still activating Enraged all the time. For example, Spore Warden is a great option with Barrage which can be fired multiple times. Or you can take advantage of Blizzard and use your passive frost boosts to increase the power of the cyclones further.

Clawbringer

The Clawbringer is an elemental powerhouse and perhaps the most well-rounded of the classes. With a fistful of fire in one hand and lightning in the other, Clawbringer can bring a little bit of everything to the table, including their trusty Wyvern Companion.

There really aren’t any tricks to Clawbringer, which might make it a bit dull if you're looking to be a little more weird or active with your class. However, if you rather focus just on shooting and letting elemental magic happen with no extra effort on your part, the Clawbringer is a good choice, and can be a great class to pick second and pair with any of the others.

Class Feat

The Clawbringer’s Class Feat is Wyvern Companion, a cute little flying companion that will claw out your enemies eyes and reign hellfire down on them. Any increase in your damage also increases your companion's damage, which makes boosting fire damage very important if you want your Wyvern to be as effective as possible. You can’t control your Wyvern, and as a result it can be easy to forget they are there. If you want a feat that feels more active than passive you might not like the Wyvern, but if you rather have a buddy that deals bonus damage with no effort on your part, Wyvern is a good option.

Action Skills

Your starting action skill is Cleansing Flames, a massive hammer strike that slams the earth or nearby enemy skulls with large melee damage as well as a fire nova, creating a fire area-of-effect attack. Even at the start Cleansing Flame is a powerful skill and can deal some heavy damage, making it really fun and satisfying right out of the gate.

The second action skill is Storm Dragon’s Judgment, which gives the Fatemaker what is essentially Thor’s hammer. It's a ranged skill you throw that deals area of effect lightning damage for 8 seconds wherever it lands. You can also recall it back early, refunding some cooldown, and yes any enemies in its path back to you do take damage. Boy!

Passive Skills

When it comes to passive skills, the Clawbringer’s focus is on its three core attributes. Fire damage. lightning damage, and their Wyvern Companion. Rather than splitting your points into both fire and lightning, you're better off picking one element and focusing on it to maximize its potential. Fire might seem like the better choice because your wyvern breathes fire, however there are passive skills that give your wyvern lightning damage. Ultimately, you should pick the element based on which Action Skill you prefer.

How to build

Which Action Skill you end up preferring is also going to affect your build to some degree, which is a bit of a bummer because you pick the skill first. However, you can respec in Brighthoof if you change your mind later. While not quite as melee heavy as the Brr-Zerker is, melee and critical damage still play a key role in the Clawbringer’s action skills and as such Strength is good to invest in. The class can also be quite tanky, not with HP but with its Ward thanks to a few passive skills, so constitution is another place to put points, especially if you use Cleansing Flame, which requires you to get up close and personal. Wisdom is a great option if you want to go all in on the elemental side of them. For Twist of Fate, you can pick Village Idiot if you want to go big on the melee and crit damage, or for a slightly more risky option, Rogue Alchemist gives a large boost to Status Damage, at the cost of constitution. This can work out well though if you favor long-range weapons and Storm Dragon’s Judgment.

Multiclass

Because of how straightforward Clawbringer is, and because most of its skills don’t require extra work to activate, it can make a great multiclass option. It's always nice to have more elemental damage on your attacks and pretty much any class can benefit from having a Wyvern follow you around, setting stuff on fire. I find it to be a solid companion to the Brr-Zerker, who I played as my main class. I would focus on chaining Feral Surge and Enraged, while my Wyvern would just mop up everyone else.

For more on Gearbox's new looter-, uh, spellcaster, check out our Tiny Tina's Wonderlands review.

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