Hello everyone! Today is part 1 of our first patch to OP SkyBlock! This is a big update that fixes bugs and aims to rebalance the economy. We'll also be releasing the labor crate ► Part 1 - 9/15/19 Labor Crate The Labor Day crate will be released in this update - you can finally use your keys! Bug Fixes/Improvements This update comes with a wave of bug fixes and improvements to our back-end systems. Some of these aren't very exciting or need to remain secret to prevent dupes and otherwise, but here are a few nice ones: PvP Events have been fixed. Resolved issues with re-rolling shards. Added configurable taxes on anything eco-based (to be decided!) Money Hole This update introduces the Money Hole! You can now throw away your items and money for nothing more than the glory of being on the top of /HoleTop! We also have leaderboards coming soon. Any item that you've dropped into the void or allowed to despawn on the ground will grant progress towards your Money Hole: Sky Notes - Receive their full value in /HoleTop Block Frames - Adds 3 billion Any other items - Adds 1000 SBGG You can also use the command /throw <amount> to directly throw away your money into the hole! Enjoy throwing stuff away for little to no reason!! EXP Hopper The EXP Hopper is a new item that will function similar to the crop hopper - but with XP! You can place down a hopper and it will automatically suck up any EXP orbs that fall inside the same chunk. It will turn the EXP into bottles and each bottle will continue to grow in size until it has reached max XP or transferred to a chest. You'll be able to obtain an EXP Hopper from the Insanity Crate. We'll also be adding a JB blueprint for it in our JourneyBook rework in a future patch. ELITE SPAWNERS Our initial set of two new spawners will be coming out this patch. These new spawners will be quite a bit more expensive than the traditional Emerald Giant spawners, but will offer some big advantages in the form of spawn times, max stacks, and EXP. You must complete JourneyBook chapter 5 before you're able to purchase them. ► Part 2 - 9/20/19 CASINO The OP SkyBlock Casino is COMING! You'll be able to head over to the Casino and gamble against other players to win or lose big in our initial minigames: Coin Flip and Jackpot. We're also exploring options of playing against AI EMPOWERED VOTE PARTIES Get ready for empowered Vote Parties! For a heavy price of $49.99 USD a pop you'll be able to empower the next Vote Party run on the server (this is not itself a vote party, but a vote party empower-er for the next one that happens). Empowered vote parties will only include keys EPIC and above, as well as Insanity! The drop rates on keys are incredibly pumped up as well, with Insanity having the same rarity as Mystery in the normal VP, and Mystery at the same rarity as rare. The actual mechanics of the empowerer are actually that it will empower the next 4 * Players Online vote party key drops. Technically, there are situations where this could wear off slightly beyond or beneath one vote party. THE SKYBLOCK SENATE One of our biggest feature additions to date will be the introduction of SkyBlock senators! Starting on September 20th you'll be able to vote your fellow community members into the Senate! So what's it do, and hows it work? Starting September 20th, players will be able to nominate others for the SkyBlock Senate for one week (you can't nominate yourself!) After the nomination phase, players will have one more week to vote on their top ten senate picks from the top 20 nominees. You can vote for the same candidate up to two times. Once the election has been completed, new senators will receive a special tag and role in our Discord to propose new changes to SkyBlock on behalf of the community. The Senate will also have control over things like server-wide tax rates in an effort to keep the economy balanced for all. The SkyBlock senate acts as a kind of Legislative branch of SkyBlock. Our staff team would be the judicial branch, and I'm the Executive branch. We will ensure that we can help mitigate any kind of Senate corruption by giving myself veto power over any change the Senate proposes. The SkyBlock senate is a big deal. If all goes well, we will look to incorporate a similar feature into our new Prison mode (which should be making its way around in October!). Just like politics in the real world, be sure to vote for Senators who will best serve your and your fellow community member's interests! OTHER FIXES/IMPROVEMENTS Buffed Emerald Guardians to spawn every 90-105s Fixed Emerald Guardian and Diamond Fish spawning issues. Fixed an old issue with Squids being required to spawn below a certain Y. Now playing a Firework sound to players opening crates rather than firing a real firework (reduces VP lag) Island levels formatted. e.g. IS Level 1000000 is now 1M Fixed WorldAnchor blueprints in JB 5 [Delayed 24 hours] Added /xpbottle all -- I look forward to getting your feedback on these new updates! Expect the next update notes to be on the Prison side. Thank you everyone!