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Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Nov 29, 2018.

Counter-Strike Team Caps Off Dominant Run With First-Ever Majors Win

<i>Counter-Strike</i> Team Caps Off Dominant Run With First-Ever Majors Win
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Nine of the ten players in today’s PGL Major finals had never made it to a Valve major finals before, with one team having never qualified for a major ever. Only Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko had competed in the finals of a major prior, and he’d been snubbed twice.

In a tense match between the two fresh contenders for the...

Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Nov 01, 2018.

Day two finals are underway at Evo 2017, starting with Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2

Day two finals are underway at Evo 2017, starting with Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2

Day two finals are underway at Evo 2017, starting with Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2. Top 8 play will continue throughout the night, with Injustice 2 and Super Smash Bros. Melee to follow on the Evo Twitch channel.

Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Oct 01, 2018.

These are the first glimpses of NBA Live 18, a return to the basketball court for Electronic Arts

These are the first glimpses of NBA Live 18, a return to the basketball court for Electronic Arts

These are the first glimpses of NBA Live 18, a return to the basketball court for Electronic Arts. A new campaign mode, split between the streets and the league, boasts a Destiny-esque growth and loot system for your virtual player.

Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Sep 25, 2018.

Turret Will Not Be Denied Its Shot In Pro League of Legends Match

Turret Will Not Be Denied Its Shot In Pro <i>League of Legends </i>Match
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In today’s semifinals between the Flash Wolves and Kingzone, Su “Hanabi” Chia-Hsiang was pushing up to the bottom lane turret when he decided to take his leave for a scrap in the middle area of the map. The turret, scorned but undeterred, shot a parting blast at Hanabi that would eventually be his undoing.

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Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Sep 03, 2018.

Mike “OlafRedland” Spragg displays his Evo wristbands after making it out of his Street Fighter V po

Mike “OlafRedland” Spragg displays his Evo wristbands after making it out of his Street Fighter V po

Mike “OlafRedland” Spragg displays his Evo wristbands after making it out of his Street Fighter V pool. Competitors this year receive a special wristband designating them as “official pool survivors” if they make it through their double-elimination bracket.

Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Aug 14, 2018. 12 comments

A Classic Counter-Strike Map Is Back In Competitive Rotation

A Classic <i>Counter-Strike</i> Map Is Back In Competitive Rotation

Every competitive game has its more memorable maps. Blood Gulch, Facing Worlds, 2Fort, and also, de_dust2. More well-known as simply Dust II, the map has been around for most of Counter-Strike’s life and is considered one of the best, most balanced maps in the game. Now, it’s back in active duty.

Yesterday’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive patch added the revamped version of Dust II back to...

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Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Aug 12, 2018.

The invites for the next Dota 2 major in Kiev were announced today

The invites for the next Dota 2 major in Kiev were announced today

The invites for the next Dota 2 major in Kiev were announced today. Eight teams receive a direct invite to the tournament, while a mixture of regional invites, Battle Cup Champions and the winners of the open qualifiers will fill out the field.

Below are the directly invited teams:

1. Wings Gaming
2. OG
3. Ad Finem
4. Team Liquid
5. Evil Geniuses
6. Digital Chaos
7. Newbee
8. Vici Gaming J

Notable Teams...

Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Aug 03, 2018. 3 comments

The Weekend In Esports: Midseason Finale

The Weekend In Esports: Midseason Finale

The 2018 Midseason Invitational comes to a close this weekend, marking about the halfway point in the competitive League of Legends season.

While Korea’s Kingzone takes on China’s Royal Never Give Up, the rest of the weekend will be packed with a variety of events as well. There are a ton of fighting game events, some Siege finals, and the Overwatch League keeps on keepin’ on.

Here’s what is...

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Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Jul 22, 2018. 20 comments

Darling In The Franxx Doesn't Make Good On Its Promises

<i>Darling In The Franxx</i> Doesn't Make Good On Its Promises

Darling in the Franxx is a show about children fighting monsters in giant robots, but through its 24 episodes, it undergoes a metamorphosis from teen melodrama with mecha to a galactic-scale conflict. This transition isn’t very smooth, however, and by the finale, Darling feels like a beautifully animated series that never quite sticks the landing.

The dystopian future of Darling in the Franxx...

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Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Jul 06, 2018. 21 comments

How Many Gokus Are In Dragon Ball FighterZ, Exactly?

How Many Gokus Are In <i>Dragon Ball FighterZ</i>, Exactly?

There is only one Son Goku in Dragon Ball, yet throughout the series’ history, he has embodied many different forms. Video games have attempted to keep up with the canon by including different versions of Goku, each with varying levels of “Goku-ness.” Hence the debate: how many Gokus are there, really?

Chris Person, Heather Alexandra, and Eric Van Allen, all prominent experts in the field of...

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Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Jun 30, 2018. 14 comments

Big Data Is The Future Of Esports

Big Data Is The Future Of Esports

“Game developers don’t like me,” said Sabina Hemmi. “Before I came around, there was no insight into how balanced a game was.”

Hemmi is joking. Partially. As the co-founder of DotaBuff, a site that provides statistics about Dota 2 gameplay, she can show with hard data if certain characters are stronger or weaker, and in what areas. As access to such data is becoming more commonplace, she says,...

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Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Jun 27, 2018. 4 comments

The Punch-Out-inspired boxing duck game Pato Box is coming to the Nintendo Switch eShop on July 9

The Punch-Out-inspired boxing duck game Pato Box is coming to the Nintendo Switch eShop on July 9

The Punch-Out-inspired boxing duck game Pato Box is coming to the Nintendo Switch eShop on July 9. It was already a pretty fun mix of puzzle solving and boxing on Steam , and now it will have Joy-Con motion controls to boot.

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Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Jun 25, 2018. 18 comments

Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion Is Wrecking Me And I Love It

<i>Splatoon 2</i>'s Octo Expansion Is Wrecking Me And I Love It

Splatoon’s campaigns have always been wacky, inventive, but rarely too difficult. They seemed designed to introduce players to the game’s different weapons and mechanics. The newly released Octo Expansion for Splatoon 2 isn’t about warm welcomes. It’s about mastering all that Splatoon can throw at you and then some.

The setup of the Octo Expansion is that you’re an Octoling, the...

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Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Jun 23, 2018. 21 comments

LonelyStreams Shows You What Happens In Twitch Streams With Zero Viewers

LonelyStreams Shows You What Happens In Twitch Streams With Zero Viewers

Many stories about Twitch revolve around celebrities, the influencers and tastemakers who have “made it” to a career of all-day gameplay streaming. But Twitch isn’t just star gamers; it’s pirate streams, bizarre Tim and Eric-style broadcasts, and average Joes just streaming their Overwatch matches. Many do so without anyone watching. LonelyStreams is the best tool to find them.

LonelyStreams...

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Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Jun 20, 2018. 15 comments

League of Legends Has Flipped Its Metagame On Its Head

<i>League of Legends</i> Has Flipped Its Metagame On Its Head

For a long time, League of Legends has had a consistent metagame. But the competitive environment and the individual and team strategies that result have recently changed at a rapid pace, leading to earlier fights, faster games, and a wild shift in the way players try to out-pick and out-play each other.

League is one of the most prominent games of its genre; it’s the MOBA that essentially...

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Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Jun 18, 2018. 5 comments

Dragon Ball FighterZ's Best Player Keeps Getting Better

<i>Dragon Ball FighterZ</i>'s Best Player Keeps Getting Better

Fighters are gearing up for the coming season of major Dragon Ball FighterZ events, and few look as fearsome as Goichi “Go1" Kishida.

The season of fighting game majors is almost upon us, and FighterZ competitors will go through the gauntlet, from Combo Breaker and the Summit of Power through to CEO and Evo 2018.

To get a feel for where everyone’s power levels are at right now, Goichi played a...

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Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Jun 18, 2018. 5 comments

Sudden Dota 2 Update Wreaks Havoc On Qualifier Tournament

Sudden <i>Dota 2 </i>Update Wreaks Havoc On Qualifier Tournament

The North American open qualifiers for the 2018 Dota 2 International were off to the races yesterday, with dozens of games being played to determine who would take a regional spot. And then along came a patch containing Dota 2's new battle royale mode, and everything fell apart.

A Dota 2 patch pushed yesterday included the game’s anticipated Underhollow mode, and while it’s unclear whether it...

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Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Jun 16, 2018. 5 comments

Base-building vault management sim Fallout Shelter is coming to PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switc

Base-building vault management sim Fallout Shelter is coming to PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switc

Base-building vault management sim Fallout Shelter is coming to PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch tonight. It will still be free, and the Switch version will have both touchscreen and Joy-Con controls, so get to making some more of those horror vaults .

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Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Jun 12, 2018. 23 comments

Samurai Game Ghost of Tsushima Is Gorgeous

Samurai Game <i>Ghost of Tsushima</i> Is Gorgeous

Sony showed the first gameplay of the upcoming samurai action game Ghost of Tsushima at their E3 2018 press conference this evening. It was a beautiful ballet of swords and arrows.

First announced at last year’s Paris Games Week , Ghost of Tsushima is the next game from Infamous studio Sucker Punch Productions, and it’s looking like a stark contrast to the superhero action of their previous...

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Eric Van Allen Eric Van Allen Jun 11, 2018. 15 comments

Bethesda Teases Fallout 76 Yet Again

Bethesda Teases <i>Fallout 76</i> Yet Again

Todd Howard took the stage to give us another tease of the upcoming Fallout 76 during Microsoft’s E3 press conference today. It didn’t answer many questions, but it did look pretty.

Set in the hills of West Virginia, the video shows several vault dwellers walking around the barren wasteland. The narrative seems focused on the idea of rebuilding after the destruction—76 will be set before...

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