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Overwatch | Anniversary

Overwatch Anniversary 2017

Overwatch | Anniversary event

As was promised earlier, on May 23 Overwatch began to celebrate the first birthday of the game. There are no special events like “Uprising” this time, but there are many other interesting additions and changes.

First, all the characters learned to dance: for example, Tracer dances Charleston, Angel – Hustle, and Farra plays on an imaginary guitar. Dancing was added to the emotions section. Secondly, a dozen of legendary skins was created: D.Va can be dressed up in a pinup, and you can make from Lucio a jazz musician (with this skin, even the compositions change on acceleration and healing!). Third, there are a lot of small things – profile icons, replicas, and graffiti.

Overwatch Anniversary event

The above is part of the “Anniversary” and is caught in special containers. As usual, at the time of the event, all standard boxes were replaced with special ones. They will fall until 12 June.

However, not all new cosmetics are available exclusively at the event. Orisa, Sombra, Reaper and Tracer received several standard emotions – they can be obtained at any time.

Anniversary new maps

Finally, Blizzard expanded the list of arenas: “Necropolis” near the Anubis temple, “Castillo” near Dorado and “The Black Forest” near Eichenwald were added to the “Ecological Station: Antarctica“. These arenas will become part of the “Duel” and “Liquidation” regimes and show the life of the heroes of the game (more about this – in the videos below).

Overwatch Anniversary

The rules of these modes, by the way, have changed a little. In “Duels” now there is a limited choice of characters instead of a random hero. And in the “Liquidation” system is blocking one the fighters, with whom you have already won in one of the rounds. That is, the most powerful bundle of Roadhog, Ana, Soldier-76 will from now on be seen much less often.

Blizzard also thought about those who are not familiar with Overwatch yet. The company will hold a free weekend in the game on all platforms from 26 to 30 May. In addition, the shooter is now sales with a discount.


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Street Fighter V: Plans on future

Steet Fighter

Street Fighters V Will be supported till 2020 year.

Street Fighter V

In the inreview to the Famitsu general producer of Capcom studio Yoshinori Ono tell that the studio have a plans for this game and that they will not end support until 2020 year.

Also Ono said that this is not the title that is supposed to be supported for 1-2 years and company, at the moment, discuss which steps they will do to promote 5 part of this famous fighting. Updates will be regular, but what they will contain, Ono is not ready to tell us.

Capcom planing to release another game of another seria until next part of Street Fighters, but they focused on the promotion of cybersport path of the Street Fighter V and maintaining big events.

Basic informatiom about Street Fighter V

Steet Fighter

Street Fighter V – is a video game in a Fighting Genre, was developed and published by Capcom company. It is 2d fighting with a 3d graphic, the main task of player – achive victory over an opponent with using various combos.

While using those combos you fill energy bar, that has 3 marks (Like in Street Fighter x Tekken). 1 mark is used to provide Special attack – EX-special. And full bar can be using to make a devastating combinations of attacks – Critical Art. Also SFV has a stun bar, if you fill it with your attacks then enemy will be Dizze.

Main feature of this game is a V-Gauge. V-gauge fills after attacks that you receive or after using V-skills. V-gauge marks are various for each character. When you gain at least 1 mark of V-gauge you can perform a V-Reversal, that is analogue to Apha Counter from Alpha seria, and if you fill all marks of V-Gauge you can use your V-Triggerspecific for each character ability  (Increase damage, Summon a partner and etc).


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League of Legends: Results of 2016 season

League of Legends

Riot Games has published the results of the season 2016

Riot Games has summed up the 2016 season, in which named two fives of champions – with the highest ratio of victories and the most selected.

The company also released a list of heroes, whose popularity has grown in 2016, and has collected the most interesting facts about the 17 regions. Kayle, Amumu, Galio, Kog’Mao and Sona finished 2016 with the best ratio of wins and losses. Yasuo, Lee Sin, Lux, Ezreal, Thresh and became the most chosen in the past season.

League of Legends

Players also were more likely to take Zyre in matches, Barda and Yorick. Riot Games has allocated 17 regions for achievements related to Leaugue of Legends. In Russia it was marked by the composition of Albus NoX Luna for excellent performance at the 2016 World Cup and play for Amumu, which kills 5.6 players on average. This figure exceeds by 0.5 Amumu statistics worldwide.

In Western Europe, Riot Games highlighted League Fest. It was held in the UK at the end of August. On it was helded a tournament for 15 thousand pounds of sterling and the country’s biggest cosplay contest. In Northern and Eastern Europe, the main achievement of the season the company chose Comic Con 2016 in Bucharest. North America distinguished 4-meter detailed model of Thresh.

 

Recap os 2016 season

Riot Games also introduced the “random numbers.” In this column was Gangplank, which on average earned more than all gold, Jeanne, place more totems then anybody else. Zak character ended 2016 with the best KDA. Shiva and Kindred set a record for the number of dead forest monsters. Timo was killed over a billion times.

LoL eSport

The company has made an overview of the 2016 – starting with a new character Jhin, who appeared in the game the first of February, and ending with the World Cup. His finale was held on 29 October. Season 2016 in the League of Legends ended on 7 November. Season-2017, presumably starts on 7 December.

 

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Overwatch: New hero, map, and mods

Ecostation Overwatch

Overwatch was recently updated and now Sombra was added in hero list. Also developers add new map for 1×1 and 3×3 game mods – Ecostantion: Antarctic, and of course completely new mod – Arcade. Now in quick matches you can not take same hero in team, just like in competiteve, and they greatly reworked almost all heroes.

Welcome – Sombra

Sombra Overwatch

Sombra – universal hero of Assault role. Deal damage at medium range with her sub machine gun, and hack all that lies at her way – First aid kits or enemies.

Sombra Abilities:

  • Hack. Sombra hack an enemy and he can not use his abilities or medkit, making him useless.
  • Disguise. Sombra cover her self in the cloack of shadows and becaming invisiable for enemies, and her movement speed greatly increased. If you use any attacking ability then your disguise will be revealed.
  • Translocation. Sombra throw a small beacon. While this beacon is active she can teleport toward to it (even if it still in air).
  • Impuls. Sombra release impuls that hack all nearby enemies, destroy barrires and shields.
  • Opportunist. Passive ability. With this Sombra see enemies that have low hp at any time.

New map – Ecostantion: Antarctic

Ecostation Overwatch

Map arena for 1×1 and 3×3 mods. First map for these new mods.

Ecostantion: Antarctic was built for the study of abnormal natural phenomena that began to emerge after the Rise of the Machines. Once on this ecostation blizzard appear, and researchers have been cut off from civilization. When food supplies began to come to an end, the scientists decided to dive into cryostasis, in the hope that someday Overwatch find and rescue them. But no one came to help. While scientists were cryogenically frozen, Overwatch disbanded, and all other ecostations was closed. After many years of cryogenic sleep they could be awakened only one researcher – it was Mei.

New game mode – Arcade

Arcade Overwatch

Arcade” – a game mode where players can take part in the matches of various formats with modified rules. It is a converted mode “Brawl”. “Arcade” was announced on November 4, 2016 at BlizzCon 2016.

For every 3 wins in any “Arcade” mode,  you will be rewarded with 1 container. You can get up to 3 containers per week. If you try some new “Arcade” mode for first time, then you will also receive the container.

New Genji outfit – Oni Genji

The appearance can be obtained by following the conditions of the promotional campaign “Nexus Challenge“. From November 15, 2016 to January 4, 2017 you need to play 15 games with friends in Heroes of the Storm in “Against AI” modes, “Quick Play”, “Draft unrated” or “Rating Game”.



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KeSPA President continues to fight for the recognition of eSports at the international level

KeSPA

Jun Byung-hun – President of the Korea e-Sports Association (KeSPA), member of the National Assembly from 2004 to 2016, has an additional post at the International e-Sports Federation (IESF).

Founded in 2008 by agreement of the nine countries as founding members, IESF headquartered in Seoul holds an annual eSports World Cup, in which professional players from all over the world take part. IESF now expanded and includes 47 countries.

KeSPA

Why eSport deserves to become an official Olympic sport?

As head of his country in the global e-Sports Federation, Yun Byung Heon said that his ultimate goal: “Make eSports official Olympic sport.”

E-sport was regarded as a next generation business model in the whole world, and this trend could be confirmed by the example of many countries in Europe, Asia and North America. Companies are increasingly investing in E-sport.- Jun Byung-hun

This interview with The Korea Times at headquarters KeSPA and IESF in Yongsan, central Seoul, on 21 October.

IeSF

The IESF working with members-countries in order to strengthen the status of e-sports as well as other sporting events like baseball and football. Our main goal is to ensure membership in the International Olympic Committee (IOC), we want that electronic sports acquired the status of official Olympic disciplines. – Jun Byung-hun

IESF taking steps to gain recognition by the IOC. IESF carries out doping tests on players participating in competitions and tournaments. checks became official since the signing of the agreement with the World Anti-Doping Agency three years ago.

Look at China, Europe and the United States. Internationally renowned media and platforms, such as Yahoo, ESPN, YouTube and Naver are expanding their investment in e-sports. Famous European football clubs such as Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain, Valencia and many others begin to join this business. – Jun Byung-hun

Frenchman Lucas «DaXe» Kyuiyre, who signed a contract with the football club “Paris Saint-Germain”, became world champion in FIFA 17 by the version of Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) 2016.

Results of these steps

eSport

Let us remember that the Korea e-Sports Association at a special conference in January 27, 2015 put forward a proposal for assigning e-sports  to a “second-level discipline” status. The Olympic Committee is supported. An important step towards the inclusion of e-sports in the Olympic Games. “Second level” means that not all conditions for official recognition by the International Olympic Committee was made. But things are moving.


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Winners of the LoL World Cup

Winners of Summoner Cup

SK Telecom T1 win the World Cup in League of Legends

Winners of Summoner Cup

October 30, 2016 ended the World Cup finals for the popular MOBA game League of Legends. Winners are cybersportsmans from the South Korean team – SK Telecom T1.

In the final they met with their compatriots from the collective Samsung Galaxy and won them with a score of 3 : 2. Many say that this was the most exciting grand finale of the World Cup in the history of League of Legends. “This series was the most difficult match of my career in the League of Legends. We are all very exhausted, – said Lee Sang-Hyeok nicknamed as Faker, which is a player in the middle line of team SK Telecom T1. – Thank you for rooting for us. But leave the force for the future – we shall return. ”

Professional Korean team, which is considered as one of the best in the region. The team was formed from the merger of SKT T1 S and SKT T1 K at the end of 2014, after which the team stepped on the championship trail in the spring LCK 2015. Repeated LCK champions, winners of the All-Star 2014. SKT1 prestigious tournament is one of the strongest teams in the world, regularly showing its high level.

SKT T1

Therefore, SK Telecom T1 captured Summoner Cup for the third time, what can not do any team before them. The winning team also took to home a cash prize of more than $ 2 million. Winning of Samsung Galaxy amounted to slightly more than $ 760 thousand. Five of Russian from Albus NoX Luna completed performance at the quarterfinals stage. The most valuable player of the tournament is Faker.

We should recall, that grand final of League of Legends – World Championship 2016 was held in sport complex “Staples Center” Los Angeles. Detailtd description of the final match you always can find on this blog, and records of all game – on YouTube Channel LoL eSports.

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Whats new in Overwatch?

Overwatch League

Blizzard will make a Overwatch League

Overwatch League

During the conference, Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit Executive director of Activision Blizzard Bobby Kotick said that the company is planning to create their own league of eSports Overwatch for professional teams.

The head of Activision Blizzard reported that the cyber competitions already bypassed American sports leagues like the NFL and NHL by the number of spectators. Therefore the company has decided not to stand aside and create Overwatch League.

Commentary from Bobby Kotick:

“You will have the Overwatch league which will have a certain number of teams. Those teams will be a combination of professional sports teams as owners and endemic sports teams as owners”

DIVA Soldier Zarya

This year, Blizzard has established a Overwatch world championship. On it 16 national teams will compete in the BlizzCon 2016 festival. This tournament does not have a prize fund, but all participants will receive a small bonus and a free trip to BlizzCon. The final stage of the competition will be held in 5-6 November, in Anaheim, USA.

Third competitive season of Overwatch will start at 1 December

Overwatch season 2

Blizzard Entertainment Company published information about the third season of competitive games in the Overwatch. The second season will last until November 25, 2016, and the next will begin in a week after.

Developers have already begun preparations for a third season. Test server received an update that changed the algorithm for calculating the competitive ranking. The amendments are designed to ensure that players do not receive an inflated number of points, then lost ten matches to stronger opponents. The company has not released details of the new mechanism.

Competitive mode appeared in Overwatch in June 28, 2016. Up to August 18 players fought for the unique icons and points of competitive modes, for which you can buy gold coloring weapons. The second season began on 1 September. Blizzard increased the maximum number of rating points from 100 to 5 thousand. And introduced the classification of players through the ranks.

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Players of League of Legends may increase prize pool of Worlds 2016

LoL Fan prize pool

In brief

25% of the amount of each image sold Championship Zed this year will be used to increase the prize pool Worlds 2016 of League of Legends. This feature will become traditional for all future World Cup games events.
If you’re familiar with The International of Dota 2, then you probably know that the money in the prize pool collected by the players of Dota 2 themselves, ~25% of each TI goods that was sold during some period of time will be added as a prize pool of The International.

New step of the LoL Esports

League of Legends Worlds

Riot Games previously don’t use that approach, highlighting their own prize pool at Worlds (analogue of The International in the League of Legends). Nevertheless, the division LoL Esports experiencing unstable times, a lot has happened in the course of this season, and some changes are made to the structure.

While most of the changes concerns the owners of cyber commands and other organizational nuances, there are some changes that can be directly participated by usual players of League of Legends. From this Worlds, 25% of the sales of each Championship skin will start to increase the Worlds prize pool.

Soon, Riot will release a Champion Zed skin. If players will buy this skin, the will not only get the Champion Zed himself, but also they will increase the prize pool of the Worlds 2016, group stage of which will start at 30 September.

This condition will be applyed to a set of images, based on the winners of the Worlds. In other words, the team that will win this year’s Worlds, get theirs own set of skins to personally chosen champions, and 25% of the sales of each will go to the team’s pro-player pocket on which a set was created.

Such innovations have a positive impact on the development of eSports for League of Legends, which is already at the highest level.

At this Moment Prize pool of Worlds was increased in 2 times!

LoL Fan prize pool

 Although it is less effective if you compare it with crowdfunding of the Dota 2, since when we talk about League of Legends it comes to buying a specific image on a particular champion, but Riot still managed to increase the prize pool by 2 times.
25% of sales Championship Zed and Championship Ward in 2016 came in about $ 2 million in addition to the original pool.
To the result was much greater, Riot should think about a special set for the next Worlds, which would be interested in a lot of players League of Legends. Anyway, it’s a start and definitely good.

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Overwatch World Championship 2016

Overwatch World Championship 2016

Overwatch – Best of the Best

Overwatch World Championship 2016

Blizzard Entertainment Company announced the list of the national teams, the last qualifier for the Overwatch World Championship 2016. The qualifications involved more than 50 teams, but the ending was reached only by 16. The group stage of the tournament will start on October 29 in Anaheim, USA.

Overwatch World Championship 2016

Overwatch World Championship will take place in two stages. In the group stage, teams will compete in the round tournament format, but in the playoffs – for single-elimination system.

List of participants of the tournament:

Finland

  1.  Jonas «zappis» Alakurtti
  2.  Timo «Taimou» Kettunen
  3.  Lauri «mafu» Rasi
  4.  Calle «hymzi» Honkala
  5.  Jiri «LiNkzr» Mashalin
  6.  Yani «Tseini» Kahkonen

France

 

  1. «AlphaCast»
  2.  «Mickalow»
  3.  «Kitty»
  4.  Lyuron «DeGuN» Prinderr
  5.  Jonathan «Kryw» Nobre
  6.  Jean-Louis «KnOxXx» Boyer

Russia

  1.  Ruben «Rubikon» Zurabyan
  2.  Alex «Cypher» Yanusheuski
  3.  Andrew «uNFixed» Leonov
  4. Stepan «Godspeed» Serov
  5. George «ShadowBurn» Hushcha
  6.  «Redzzzz»

Spain

 

  1. «Linepro»
  2.  Alberto «neptuNo» Gonzalez
  3.  Sergi «Winghaven» Torres
  4.  Jose Antonio «Bromas» Ramos González
  5.  Jonathan «HarryHook» Tessedor
  6.  Pescanova

Sweden

  1.  Andre «iddqd» Dahlström
  2.  Calle «Zave» Haag Nilsson
  3.  Sebastian «chipshajen» Vidland
  4.  Sebastian «Zebbosai» Olsson
  5.  Christian «cocco» Jonsson
  6.  Kevin «TviQ» Lindstrom

Germany

  1.  Dennis «INTERNETHULK» Haveyka
  2.  Martin «BUR1X» Burik
  3.  Tarek «kr4tosdigga» Ekmekchi
  4.  Arthur «art1er» Bischoff
  5.  Nicholas «skipjack» Rosada
  6.  Arthur «Eissfeldt» Marx

USA

  1. Brandon «Seagull» Land 
  2.  ster
  3.  Ronnie «Talespin» Dupree 
  4. Adam «Adam» Esquel
  5.  Denial «Gods» Greyzer
  6.  Adam «MESR» De La Torre

Canada

  1.  Lane «Surefour» Roberts
  2.  whiz
  3.  Poke
  4.  iid
  5.  LoganDaBest
  6.  Chris «HuK» Laranzher

Brazil

  1.  BRKsEDU 
  2. ziG
  3. Flawz 
  4. Nextage
  5. soulive 
  6. Insanityz

Chile

  1.  Vardoc 
  2. Roarscrach 
  3. Shal 
  4. SIRPETTERNOW 
  5. Blanco 
  6. yibraN

China

  1.  iGFireRoy 
  2. iGiCELee 
  3. iGFireLinkin 
  4. iGFireYjjPP 
  5. iGFireNai8 
  6. GFireTresor

South Korea

  1.  Miro 
  2. zunba 
  3. 류제홍 
  4. EscA 
  5. AFTaiRong 
  6. AFArHaN

taiwan

  1.  聶寶 
  2. Lu «Zonda» Jong
  3. Danny 
  4. Lilgho 
  5. LazyTitan 
  6. EDIBOSS

Singapore

  1.  Dest 
  2. Pamyu 
  3. Phython 
  4. Doubted 
  5. Marcus Tan «Revenant»  Sin
  6. RebornZ

Thailand

  1.  oPuTo 
  2. KOKFC 
  3. NzNr 
  4. hymzi 
  5. Mickie 
  6. keRLos

Australia and New Zeland

  1. Muselk 
  2. Refz t
  3. ermo 
  4. Kura 
  5. yuki 
  6. HeyKatie

Overwatch World Championship 2016

Playoff Championship will be held from 4 to 5 November. It is noteworthy that in this tournament will be no prize pool, and participants will receive a small bonus and a free trip to BlizzCon.

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Weekly news: Morgan Freeman in StarCraft2, and another CS:GO event

Weekly major events: Microtransactions in StarCraft2, Another CS:GO LAN-event


Snoop dog meets Star Craft II

In the Reddit a few users publiced screenshots of an Blizzards questionnaire. In it developers want to know players opinion about the potential microtransactions in StarCraft2 multiplayer.

Snoop dog starcraft2

Blizzard was interesed in how player would react to the appearance an additional skins, various voice actings and new emoji in StarCraft2. The cost of the planned microtransactions ranged from 2 to 4 dollars.

But peoples attention are attracted not by skins but by possible voice acting acters wich will tell every player’s actions in multiplayer matches. In addition to Arthas, Thrall and the owner of Hearthstone Tavern, comment events could Morgan Freeman and Snoop Dogg. In comments to posts on Reddit, some users have said that for the voice of Morgan Freeman they are willing to pay several times more than indicated in the questionnaire development.


Gfinity CS:GO Invitational

Gfinity announced another LAN event for CS: GO as part of the British Eurogamer Expo. 4 teams selected by the organizers will fight for $ 100,000 on Gfinity CS: GO Invitational at 22-25 of September. Invitation to the event was received only by GODSENT team.

gfinity cs:go
Participants of Gfinity CS: GO Invitational start with the single-elimination grid into 4 teams. In the first day professionals will play a show match with the visitors of the Expo, and in 23, 24 September semi-finals will start. At September 25 we will know the names of the holders of the trophy and the largest share of the prize pool, which is $ 100 000. The format of matches remains unknown, but at last year Gfinity Champion of Champions all games were Best of 5 . Then the victory was celebrated Team EnVyUs.

Gfinity – the largest organizer of eSports competitions on the territory of the United Kingdom. The company was founded in early 2013 and since then has spent 4 LAN Event for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and several championships in other disciplines.