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Greetings everyone,

I'm excited to announce the first phase of our "VortexPvP Reborn" series of launches, Skyblock Cloud. This launch marks the start of an exciting new period for Vortex in which it will see vast improvements in features, content updates, and quality of life upgrades. The names of the servers for the foreseeable future will remain the same over the course of resets, to avoid any confusion to new players.

The launch order will be Skyblock, Factions, and finally, Prison. More details about both Factions and Prison will follow in the coming weeks once we're ready to share the exciting updates we're bringing you.

Before I delve into the details of this reset, please note the following date and times as to when we're launching Skyblock Cloud:

April 20th, 2019
3 PM EST / 12 PM PST / 8 PM GMT

For any other timezones, type "3PM EST" into Google, and the appropriate time will be displayed based on your location.

Server Details
The following information are the basic server details for our upcoming reset. To see new features, keep scrolling until you see the "Features" section.

Island Top
As per usual, we'll be offering store vouchers for those players that have the highest valuation islands. To get island value, place valuable blocks and type /is level. In the near future, a Discord bot will broadcast these standings every hour for players to stay up-to-date on where they are. These vouchers will be distributed every week from April 27th onward, until the map comes to a close.

#1 - $75 Voucher
#2 - $50 Voucher
#3 - $35 Voucher
#4 - $20 Voucher
#5 - $10 Voucher
What is being reset?
Below is a list of gameplay elements that will be cleared with the upcoming reset:
  • Your Island
  • mcMMO Credits
  • Your Balance
  • Island Upgrades
  • Personal Data
    • Enderchests
    • Private Vaults
    • Inventories
    • Chests
    • Any non permanent perks or items
What is not being reset?
  • Unlocked Kits
  • Donator Ranks
  • Hopper Upgrades
  • Any permanent perks or items
Not only are we adding tons of new content on launch, but a series of weekly updates to keep gameplay fresh and exciting. These will include limited time kits, events, island themes, commands, and a whole lot more. The content listed below is what will be available on day-one of launch, with the rest of the new content being revealed close to their own launch on Discord.

In the spirit of our wonderful space theme, we're re-branding Minions to Aliens. Aliens will not only be getting a cosmetic upgrade, but also a brand new tier system being put into place to upgrade your Alien to perform brand new, and more complex tasks for you.

Tier One Alien
  • Rename your Alien (without color)
  • Change your Alien's armor color
  • Link a chest to your Alien
  • Mining task (Mines the block in front of it and stores items)
  • Slayer task (Kills the mob in front of it and stores drops)
  • Fisherman task (Fishes out of the nearby water and collects items)
Tier Two Alien
  • All perks of Tier One Alien
  • Rename your Alien (with color)
  • Change the skull your Alien has (any Minecraft username)
  • Farmer task (Farms and collects nearby crops)
  • AFK task (Keeps the current chunk loaded in order to keep spawners active)
  • Collector task (Automatically picks up any dropped items in that chunk and stores it in your chest)
  • Sell task (Sells designated items from a chest periodically every few seconds)

Fishing Rewards
Fishing rewards are finally back. Fish either by yourself, or with your minion and earn random loot. Win rare items such as crate keys, boosters, and more by building a pond on your island and fishing away. This system will likely receive an upgrade mid-way through this reset, stay tuned.

Island Missions
Similar to our previous Factions itterations, we're introducing missions to Skyblock. View the current mission by typing /is missions. You'll see the goal that your island needs to complete, alongside the leaderboards of everyone playing. At the end of the mission, the top three Islands with the highest score will win prizes.

Island Alts
Need to have alts AFK your island while you and your island members are offline? No problem! Introducing Island Alts, a system where you can invite alts to your Island while not having them count as members. You'll be able to manage these as the owner of your island, with options to add them to your island or kick them from your island. They will not show up on /is top or any other leaderboards, and will have certain limitations placed on what they can do as island alts.

Casino Revamp
The current casino layout is clunky and could be made to look far better. We're completely revamping the way the casino looks with this upcoming revamp, as well as adding several new games. The stakes are high and the bets are even higher, how much will you make in our brand new casino?

Island Permissions
Tired of new island members being able to do anything and everything they want on your island? We're adding island permissions, which the owner of the island can tweak to limit what members can do. There are tiers that island owners can promote their members to, as well as tweaking specific permissions for specific players.

Island Message-Of-The-Day
Need to let your members know something important right as they login? Islands can now type /is motd [message] in order to alert their members right away that a certain task needs to be completed. This will be shown every-time an island member logs in, until changed.

Island Inspect & Transaction Log
Don't trust your island members? Type /is inspect and right-click any chest to see detailed logs of who moved what in and out of the chest, at what time, and how much of it they moved. This feature is integral to both staff and players to maintain a safe environment for playing. Additionally, the Island Bank will be getting a new feature called Transaction Logs. Like the name suggests, every transaction will be stored and displayed to check who withdrew or deposited money.

Island Info
You can now view information such as island members, island upgrades, island level, and more by doing /is info [island]. Stay up-to-date on your competition and outpace them with your newfound information.

Bosses will be rolled out in the form of content updates as the server progresses. There will be two tiers of bosses available on launch, with more on the way. Bosses can be spawned on your island, and killing them will yield you rare loot such as Monthly Crates, Keys, Aliens, and more. The better the loot, the more difficult the boss will be. It is advised that you fight these bosses with your island members for maximum chance of success.

Bug Fixes
  • Added 5 minute golden apple cooldown
  • Fixed an issue where consumable items were not activating 100% of the time
  • Fixed an issue where /is coop was causing issues with opening certain chests
  • Switched our rollback plugin to a much more reliable solution
  • Various performance enhancements to hold more players efficiently
One of the biggest updates with Reborn is a change in our strategy for ranks. While Vortex has been a global rank system type server previously, we're going to be changing that this reset in order to offer quite a lot more to you. Before you go into panic, everyone with existing ranks will be compensated accordingly with a transition plan that ensures a smooth turnover into the new system.

There will be a separate post made talking about exact steps to migrate ranks, but here's a general rundown in Q&A format:

Q: Will I keep any rank I currently have / purchased previously?
A: You will be compensated directly for any ranks you have purchased, with that compensation redeemable for our new per-server rank system prior to the reset.

Q: How many ranks will there be per server?
A: There will be five per-server ranks and one global rank. The global rank will offer perks on all servers, while there will be five ranks on Skyblock, five ranks on Factions, and five ranks on Prison.

Q: Why are you switching to per-server ranks?
A: Offering per-server ranks gives us the opportunity to offer a whole lot more in the actual packages while not clumping them together in bundles that have nothing to do with each other. The next couple resets will see far more cosmetic features added to all of the ranks, as well as items and commands that make gameplay much more interesting.

Q: How expensive will the new ranks be?
A: The new ranks will remain relatively cheap, and ample compensation will be offered to those that have already supported us.

As I already said, a separate post will be made with full details about this new system, as it does apply to all three servers. Expect that post sometime this week, prior to the reset. In that post, we'll be answering any additional questions you may have.

VortexPvP Reborn will undoubtedly be one of the best periods of time that Vortex has seen. We're doubling down on development resources, content, influencers, and much more to make the experience ultimately great. I'm very excited to join the team and help take Vortex to new heights. With best regards from the rest of the team and myself, we'll see you on April 20th for an absolutely kick-ass season.

See you soon,


Hopefully this reset can last longer than a week before the top 3 is set for the reset, GG