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All event-exclusive, Today’s View research tasks and rewards for Pokémon Go’s New Pokémon Snap crossover event

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From April 29 to May 2, Pokémon Go players will be more likely to encounter Pokémon themed around Pokémon Snap‘s Lental region in the wild. 

The event itself will have a focus on taking snapshots of Pokémon and yourself in the app, which will tie into the event-exclusive and Field Research being added. 

Smeargle will be appearing more frequently in snapshots, though it will only appear a limited number of times. This will also be the first time players can encounter a Shiny Smeargle, but only until the event ends. 

So whether you just want to snap a few pictures or finish your entire catalog, here are all the research tasks you can complete, along with their rewards. 

Event-exclusive research

  • Take one snapshot of Wild Pokémon
    • Three Pinap Berries
    • Three Razz Berries
  • Take five snapshot of wild Pokémon
    • Dodrio encounter
    • Skarmory encounter
  • Use five Berries to help catch Pokémon
    • Wurmple encounter
    • Croagunk encounter
    • Stunfisk encounter
  • Use five Golden Razz Berries to help catch Pokémon
    • Lapras encounter
    • Skarmory encounter

Today’s View research

New Pokémon Snap page one

  • Take a snapshot of Metapod, Aipom, or Lotad in the wild
    • Five Poké Balls
  • Use three Berries to help catch Pokémon
    • Bunnelby encounter
  • Take three snapshots of wild Pokémon
    • Meowth encounter

Total Rewards: Dodrio encounter, five Nanab Berries, 750 XP

New Pokémon Snap page two

  • Take a snapshot of Sandshrew, Trapinch, or Cacnea in the wild
    • 10 Poké Balls
  • Use five Berries to help catch Pokémon
    • Sandshrew encounter
  • Take three snapshots of wild Ground-type Pokémon
    • Onix encounter

Total Rewards: Skarmory encounter, five Nanab Berries, 1,250 XP

New Pokémon Snap page three

  • Take a snapshot of Chinchou, Dinneon, or Ducklett in the wild
    • 10 Great Balls
  • Use seven Berries to help catch Pokémon
    • Wailmer encounter
  • Take three snapshots of wild Water-type Pokémon
    • Qwilfish encounter

Total Rewards: Mantine encounter, five Pinap Berries, 2,000 XP

New Pokémon Snap page four

  • Take 15 snapshots of wild Pokémon
    • Five Poké Balls
  • Take a snapshot of Dodrio, Mantine, or Skarmory in the wild
    • Skorupi encounter
  • Use 10 Berries to help catch Pokémon
    • 1,000 Stardust

Total Rewards: Clamperl encounter and 8,000 XP

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Checking connection: ROCCAT Kone Pro Air review

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If there’s one thing ROCCAT knows how to do, it’s creating fresh takes on aging ideas. 

It takes something special to stand out in the crowded lightweight gaming mouse market. With every company advertising its mice as being the next big thing in lightweight gaming, few actually deliver a new take. ROCCAT successfully avoids mundanity with its Kone Pro Air design, but performance is another story. 

The Kone Pro Air echoes its wired sibling’s best features but our review unit hit a major snag on its way to glory. 

Nuts, bolts, and clicks

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ROCCAT’s Kone Pro Air is a 75-gram wireless mouse featuring the brand’s unique design language. Coming in just 12 grams heavier than its wired sibling, the Kone Pro Air retains an impressively light weight for a wireless gaming mouse. For comparison, the Razer Viper Ultimate weighs in at 74 grams, edging out the Kone Pro Air by a mere gram. 

Photo via Colton Deck

ROCCAT’s lightweight wireless option comes loaded with Titan optical switches. These proprietary switches feature a 100-million-click lifespan, which is 30 million clicks longer than Razer’s optical mouse switches. Titan optical switches have a soft and airy feel to them that avoids feeling mushy, though they might not be for everyone. Titans have a crisp click to them but don’t feel quite as snappy as the Logitech G Pro X Superlight’s. 

Unlike the wired Kone Pro, the Kone Pro Air doesn’t have any issues with creak in the mouse one and two buttons. While this mouse has other issues, buttons feel sturdier than the standard Kone Pro’s. Not having the wobble in the side buttons or the creak in the mouse buttons like the Kone Pro makes the Air feel superior regarding its build. 

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Like the Kone Pro, the Air features the Titan Wheel Pro. ROCCAT’s proprietary scroll wheel uses a thin aluminum design to help cut down weight. The Titan Wheel Pro feels a bit harsher than a standard rubberized scroll wheel, but it’s easy to get used to and never presented any issues in-game.

The Kone Pro Air uses the same 19,000 DPI Owl Eye sensor as its wired sibling and features an industry-standard 1,000Hz polling rate. Our reviewer can vouch for this sensor as being a solid and consistent performer, but connectivity issues hampered their experience this time around. 

Disconnect

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ROCCAT’s Kone Pro Air mouse supports both wireless and Bluetooth connections. While Bluetooth is a nice backup connection if you’re working or very casually gaming, this connection type is largely disregarded as a viable gaming option. Having both connections is a plus, but the wireless connection was a major concern with our reviewer’s unit.

Our reviewer regularly experienced delays in their mouse movement. The mouse often locked up in one place and stuttered frequently on the wireless connection. A similar connectivity issue occurred with the Pwnage Ultra Custom Symm. Our reviewer tried the Logitech G Pro X Superlight and the Ultra Custom Ergo in the same USB ports and had no issues. 

After speaking with a ROCCAT representative, the wireless connectivity issue seems to be isolated to our reviewer’s copy of the mouse. The company said it’s working on a fix for the connection issue our reviewer experienced. Our reviewer will update this article with any new information regarding the issue.

Pwnage mitigated connectivity issues by including a wireless receiver extender that connects the dongle to the charging cable to bring the wireless dongle closer to the mouse. ROCCAT doesn’t include a receiver extender, which is a big oversight considering this specific copy of the mouse isn’t reliable at just three feet away. Our reviewer would like to see ROCCAT include a receiver extender in the box at this price point. Even if this is a case-by-case issue, there should be an included solution given the mouse runs over the hundred-dollar mark.

Bonafide glider

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When the wireless connection is working, the Kone Pro Air provides users a buttery glide. While the Kone Pro Air is heavier than the wired version, the wireless form and sizable PTFE mouse feet make it feel even more unencumbered than its wireless sibling. 

ROCCAT includes a pair of heat-treated PTFE feet on the mouse and another in the box. These feet are easily some of the best on the market. It’d likely be a piece of cake to hit flicks if the wireless connection was more reliable. ROCCAT’s feet outperform the feet on the Logitech G Pro X Superlight, which is no minor feat. 

Plugging the mouse in with the included USB-C PhantomFlex cable retains much of the glide, but it doesn’t feel quite as light on its feet. Given the connection issues, you could use this mouse in its wired configuration, but that essentially defeats the purpose of paying the wireless premium. 

Grip

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The Kone Pro Air’s saving grace is its remarkably comfortable shape. Like the wired version, the Air’s shape is a near carbon copy of the Kone Pure and sits somewhere between the Razer DeathAdder V2 and the Logitech MX518. Both mice are renowned for their comfort and performance, and the Kone Pro Air follows suit. 

ROCCAT’s Kone Pro Air measures identical to its wired counterpart at 2.83 inches (7.2cm) wide and 4.9 inches (12.56cm) long. Its size makes this mouse friendlier toward medium to large hands. Having a slightly wider flair at the rear and a pronounced hump may cause some discomfort for users with smaller hands.

For reference, our reviewer’s hand measures 7.7 inches (19.5cm) long and 4.1 inches (10.4cm) wide. These measurements put our reviewer’s hand in the medium to large category. Users with hands of similar size will likely find the Kone Pro Air to be one of the most comfortable gaming mice to use with a palm grip. The Kone Pro Air is easily one of the most comfortable palm grip mice around.

Fresh take

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Another strong point for the Kone Pro Air is its refreshing design. While some lightweight mice are still beating the honeycomb horse to death, ROCCAT is repurposing the honeycomb trope in fresh ways. 

We saw the Germany-based brand retool the honeycomb design with the Burst Pro mouse, and it’s taking that design language to new heights with the Kone Pro Air. The Kone Pro Air fades from a solid opaque finish to a transparent honeycomb design at the front. Both buttons are backed by RGB lighting to make the transparent honeycomb features pop. Even with all of its connectivity issues, the Kone Pro Air remains of interest thanks to having one of the freshest looks on the market. 

Is this for you?

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The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air shares the same remarkable shape as its wired sibling, but wireless connectivity issues with our review unit hamper what would otherwise be an exceedingly comfortable experience. ROCCAT’s latest effort is a valiant one, but there’s no looking past the connectivity issues of this review unit since there’s no receiver extender in the box. At this price, buyers should expect all these bases to be covered. 

Pros

  • Next-level palm grip comfort
  • Titan optical switches 
  • PTFE feet provide slightly more glide than Logitech’s best
  • Refreshing and recognizable design

Cons

  • Unreliable wireless connection outside of three feet

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Source: https://dotesports.com/hardware/news/checking-connection-roccat-kone-pro-air-review

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Every cosmetic arriving in Legends of Runeterra Patch 2.8.0

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Legends of Runeterra’s upcoming 2.8.0 patch is bringing the game’s next event, Dark Horizon. The upcoming occasion draws inspiration from the Dark Star and Cosmic skin lines from League of Legends. The Dark Horizon event also mirrors Shurima’s launch in Empires of the Ascended with a full-fledged event pass.

Aside from usual conventions, Dark Horizon adds two features never before done in LoR: champion skins and Mega Guardians. For the skins, the four introduced with Dark Horizon are exclusive to LoR and are split into two separate tiers of cosmetics. Champion skins in LoR are either exclusive card art alters (Riven and Shyvana), or have unique level-up animations in addition to card illustration changes (Yasuo and Zed).

Here’s every new cosmetic coming with Patch 2.8.0’s newest event, Dark Horizon.

Available in the event pass

Guardians (all premium)

Minionaut

  • That’s one small step for minions…
  • Personality: Spacey
  • Loves: Moonwalking

Dark Star Drake

  • He once got the Dark Emissary’s autograph.
  • Personality: Insatiable
  • Favorite Food: Star Systems

Cosmic Genius Von Yipp

  • Don’t even get the professor started on String Theory.
  • Personality: Mercurial
  • Loves: Long naps near suns

Dark Star Von Yipp

  • Try not to let his cute widdle paws distract you from the promise of Armageddon in his eyes.
  • Personality: Beguiling
  • Loves: Batting planets out of orbit

Cosmic Construct T-Hex

  • ENABLING ENIGMATIC DEITY PROTOCOL
  • Personality: Astute
  • Hobby: Calculating possible futures

Card backs

  • The Cosmos (Premium)
  • The Dark Star (Premium)
  • Shadow of the Dark Star (Premium)
  • Cosmic Exile (Outside of the Event Pass)

Emotes

More Fired Up (Premium)

  • There’s more where that came from.

Sparky Sparky Von Yipp (Free in the Event Pass)

  • Our differences make us stronger.

Everybody Gets Love!

Icons

Outside of the event pass

Champion skins

Cosmic Zephyr Yasuo

  • Alternate art + new level-up animation

Dark Star Zed

  • Alternate art + new level-up animation

Cosmic Exile Riven

  • Alternate art

Dark Star Shyvana

  • Alternate art

Boards

Dark Horizon

  • There is no escape.
  • This board has special visual effects and music.

Dark Emissary’s Realm

  • Orbiting just beyond the singularity’s reach, the Emissary feeds the Dark Star anything with the misfortune to drift by.
  • This board is always equipped with an exclusive Mega “Dark Emissary” Guardian, interactive elements, special visual effects, and music.

The new content can be purchased and earned through the event pass when LoR Patch 2.8.0 arrives tomorrow, May 19.

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Legends of Runeterra Patch 2.8.0 brings new event, Dark Horizon

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Legends of Runeterra’s next update, Patch 2.8.0 is releasing tomorrow. As expected with past update schedules, the next patch brings no balance iteration for Guardians of the Ancient. But it will add the game’s next event, Dark Horizon.

The newest event adds an “event road” that has multiple rewards for people who purchase the premium event path and those who go the free-to-play route. Dark Horizon also shakes up the cosmetic side of LoR by adding the game’s first legendary-tier board alongside a Mega Guardian.

In addition, there are now skins for champions and they come in two different tiers. The base tier provides a champion with new alternate art, but the other tier grants a new level-up animation in addition to a changed illustration.

Aside from the event, there’s a new Lab that brings a unique experience to the two-vs-two Duo Queue format. Players now have their own one-vs-one match alongside their partner and you get a match win if both members of your team win. If both teams acquire one victory, then a nail-biting tiebreaker will decide which team claims victory. Unlike other Labs in the past, bonus rewards await after your wins, with a chance to earn both Wildcards and Prismatic Cosmetics.

Here are all the important notes from Patch 2.8.0 and the Dark Horizon event.

New event: Dark Horizon

“Prepare for unfathomable cosmic power—the Dark Horizon event arrives along with Patch 2.8.0,” the patch notes read. “Travel along the infinite cosmos on the Dark Horizon Event Road, with rewards from the furthest reaches of the universe. A galaxy of new personalization items is also coming in the patch, including Cosmic and Dark Star champion skins, as well as our first legendary-tier board, complete with its own Mega Guardian.”

Champion skins

“Champion skins have made their way to Legends of Runeterra and we’re kicking things off with two skins each from the Dark Star and Cosmic Skin lines that are absolutely out of this world,” Riot said.

“Caught in an eternal conflict, Cosmic Zephyr Yasuo and Cosmic Exile Riven serve as warriors to defend the light against the unspeakable horrors of the Dark Star’s thralls, Dark Star Zed and Dark Star Shyvana.

Champion skins are a new way to personalize your favorite decks by taking them to an entirely new dimension. Equipping a champion with a skin will alter the art for all copies of each of that champion’s levels, as well as their accompanying flavor text. Some skins have entirely new level-up animations, and alter the appearance of summoned units (i.e. Dark Star Zed’s Living Shadows).

Look out for even more information about champion skins tomorrow before the patch drops.”

New Lab – Duo Queue: Shared Spoils

Patch 2.8.0 brings a new rotation to Multilab:

  • Lab of Legends
  • Duo Queue: Shared Spoils (New in 2.8.0)
  • Ultra Rapid Draw

“Grab a duo partner and a few of your favorite decks. It’s time for an entirely new two vs. two experience with independent lanes,” the patch notes read. “In Duo Queue: Shared Spoils, each teammate plays their own one vs. one match alongside their partner. A choice of unique ‘supply drop’ cards are offered to a player on each team every few rounds; the drops a player doesn’t choose are offered to their teammate, so choose your drops wisely to support your team! If both players on a team win, their team wins. If one player on each team wins their match, they’ll enter into a tiebreaker match to determine the winning team.

Just like with other co-op Labs, the P.I.N.G. system has returned with new pings to communicate with your partner. You can also drag and drop them on the board or directly on cards.

That’s not all, though. Bonus rewards await winners after each victory, with a small chance to earn Epic and Champion Wildcards, or even Prismatics if you’re lucky enough, so fight hard.”

Personalization

Champion Skins

Cosmic Zephyr Yasuo

  • Alternate art and new level-up animation

Dark Star Zed

  • Alternate art and new level-up animation

Cosmic Exile Riven

  • Alternate art

Dark Star Shyvana

  • Alternate art

Boards

Dark Horizon

  • There is no escape.
  • This board has special visual effects and music.

Dark Emissary’s Realm

  • Orbiting just beyond the singularity’s reach, the Emissary feeds the Dark Star anything with the misfortune to drift by.
  • This board is always equipped with an exclusive Mega “Dark Emissary” Guardian, interactive elements, special visual effects, and music.

Guardians

Minionaut

  • That’s one small step for minions…
  • Personality: Spacey
  • Loves: Moonwalking

Dark Star Drake

  • He once got the Dark Emissary’s autograph.
  • Personality: Insatiable
  • Favorite Food: Star Systems

Cosmic Genius Von Yipp

  • Don’t even get the professor started on String Theory.
  • Personality: Mercurial
  • Loves: Long naps near suns

Dark Star Von Yipp

  • Try not to let his cute widdle paws distract you from the promise of Armageddon in his eyes.
  • Personality: Beguiling
  • Loves: Batting planets out of orbit

Cosmic Construct T-Hex

  • ENABLING ENIGMATIC DEITY PROTOCOL
  • Personality: Astute
  • Hobby: Calculating possible futures

Card Backs

  • The Cosmos
  • The Dark Star
  • Shadow of the Dark Star
  • Cosmic Exile

Emotes

More Fired Up

  • There’s more where that came from.

Sparky Sparky Von Yipp

  • Our differences make us stronger.

Tyari Trans Pride

  • Will release at a later date for free.

Icons

  • Dark Horizon Icons
  • LGBTQ+ Poro Icons (will release at a later date for free)

Bundles/event pass

The Dark Horizon event pass will be available in the LoR store for 975 Coins. It grants access to an upgraded event path with premium rewards and immediately unlocks the Cosmic Genius Von Yipp Guardian Variant:

  • Play games to earn Star Fragments and unlock more rewards!
  • Purchase before June 2 to get an exclusive quest that awards 10 Star Fragments and a Rare Prismatic Chest.
  • Event ends and pass expires June 16 at 12pm CT.

Horizon’s Edge Bundle

The Horizon’s Edge Bundle is available in the store for 1,590 Coins, prorated for any items owned in the bundle. The bundle includes:

  • Dark Horizon Board
  • Exclusive Dark Emissary’s Realm Board with Mega Guardian

Cosmic Divide Bundle

The Cosmic Divide Bundle is available in the store for 4,921 Coins, prorated for any items owned in the bundle. The bundle includes:

  • Cosmic Zephyr Yasuo
  • Dark Star Zed
  • Cosmic Exile Riven
  • Dark Star Shyvana

Bug fixes

  • A Mighty Poro created by Braum level one should no longer visually overlap with other units in the back row.
  • Several improvements to text across the game in our continued effort for text consistency.

You can try out the newest Lab and claim the power of the Dark Star or Cosmics when LoR Patch 2.8.0 is released tomorrow, May 19.

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Legends of Runeterra Patch 2.8.0 adds skins for champion cards and Mega Guardians

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Legends of Runeterra’s next update, Patch 2.8.0, officially drops tomorrow. The next patch is adding a month-long event, Dark Horizon, and new cosmetics to LoR in the form of champion skins and Mega Guardians.

In an exciting twist, the skins arriving in LoR follow the Dark Star and Cosmic skin lines in League of Legends but are on champions that have never received looks for either thematic in the original game. Riven, Shyvana, Yasuo, and Zed are obtaining LoR-exclusive skins.

Similar to League, champion skins are purely aesthetic and have no bearing on gameplay. There are different tiers to which they can change appearance. Within one group of skins, they simply change the card art, like with Cosmic Exile Riven and Dark Star Shyvana.

The other tier of skins will provide new level-up animations in addition to altered card illustrations. This tier will launch with Cosmic Zephyr Yasuo and Dark Star Zed. Aside from altered animations, cards like Zed, which spawns extra units like his Living Shadows, will also receive changes in this tier.

LoR’s Guardian Companion cosmetic buddies are also receiving a new tier in the form of a Mega Guardian, which is tied to the Dark Emissary’s Realm Board. While it’s unknown and unlikely if The Dark Emissary can be used outside its specific board, it has unique interactive elements, special visual effects, and music on its exclusive board.

Image via Riot Games

Players interested in the champion skins and Mega Guardian can purchase them when LoR’s Patch 2.8.0 releases tomorrow, May 19.

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