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All increased spawns, encounters, and event raids for the Pokémon Go Halloween Event

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Spooks, scares, and so much more await you during Pokémon Go’s 2020 Halloween event, which is live now along with all of its frightful festivities. 

Until Nov. 3, players will be able to encounter tons of Ghost-types, including Gengar and Sabelye with special costumes and Galarian Yamask, which will be appearing for the first time. Lost of Shiny Pokémon will also be up for grabs throughout the event. 

If you completed the Mega Buddy Challenge Timed Research from last month, you’ll have access to more exclusive Timed Research that will reward Gengar Mega Energy, which will help a lot since Mega Gengar has joined the Mega Raid pool. 

If you plan on getting out and celebrate with the specters, here are all of the increased spawns, encounters, and event raids for the Halloween Event, with the event effects too. 

Event Effects

  • Double Catch Candy
  • Double Transfer Candy

Spawn Increases

  • Pikachu – Halloween Costume (Shiny Available)
  • Alolan Grimer (Shiny Available)
  • Ghastly (Shiny Available)
  • Haunter
  • Misdreavus (Shiny Available)
  • Sableye – Halloween Costume (Shiny Available)
  • Shuppet (Shiny Available)
  • Duskull (Shiny Available)
  • Chimecho 
  • Drifloon (Shiny Available)
  • Yamask (Shiny Available)
  • Litwick

Event Specific Raid Battles

  • One-star Raids
    • Bulbasaur – Halloween Costume (Shiny Available)
    • Charmander – Halloween Costume (Shiny Available)
    • Squirtle – Halloween Costume (Shiny Available)
    • Misdreavus (Shiny Available)
    • Sableye – Halloween Costume (Shiny Available)
  • Three-star Raids
    • Gengar – Halloween Costume (Shiny Available)
  • Five-star Raids
    • Darkrai (Shiny Available)
  • Mega Raids
    • Mega Gengar

If you want to encounter Galarian Yamask or Spiritomb, including Shiny Spiritomb, you will need to complete ‘A Spooky Message Unmasked‘ Special Research and other tasks during the event. 

Source: https://dotesports.com/pokemon/news/all-increased-spawns-encounters-and-event-raids-for-the-pokemon-go-halloween-event

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Twitch to reportedly add new chat moderation features

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In recent months, growing publicity around the rise in hate raids on Twitch has caused enough of a stir for the platform to take action. Twitch announced earlier this month that it’d be suing two alleged hate raid organizers to determine their identities. 

In WIRED’s report on the issue, a Twitch representative said Twitch was suing to “dissuade [hate raid organizers] from taking similar behaviors to other services, [helping] put an end to these vile attacks against members of our community.”

But Twitch is taking more than just legal action. Now, reports have surfaced that new chat moderation features are in the works to help Twitch creators prevent new, unverified accounts from sending messages or emotes in live chats. 

Zach Bussey, a livestreaming-focused journalist, tweeted out that “Twitch will soon be giving streamers better control over who can chat in their channels based on email and/or phone verification.”

Screengrabs have surfaced of these reportedly upcoming Twitch features, which are all “subject to change,” writes Bussey. But these chat options will be called “Channel Privileges,” according to the screengrab, and are divided into two main categories under Chat Verification: Email Verification and Phone Verification. Twitch streamers can decide if they want some, all, or no chatters to have their emails or phone number verified prior to chatting. Streamers can also set up exemptions for current subscribers, VIPs, and moderators in their channels. 

These settings would offer a basic additional level of protection for creators who want a safer streaming environment on Twitch. Requiring users to have a verified phone number and email could, theoretically, cut down on the number of users creating new anonymous accounts to harass streamers. 

But creators have raised concerns on Twitter that email verification may not offer much protection for Twitch streamers looking to reduce their chances of being harassed or hate-raided on the platform. Twitch partner CarcinogenSDA pointed out that Twitch currently allows users to register multiple accounts to the same email. “Make it so that it’s one email per Twitch account,” CarcinogenSDA said. “It’s so annoying they haven’t done that yet, it makes verifying email completely moot if bots spammers and trolls can just rereg on the same email.” 

Some Twitch streamers have criticized these new chat verification features, arguing that it’s an example of Twitch attempting to absolve itself of a responsibility to keep the platform safe. In response to these new features, Twitch streamer SiriusWolf said “sadly this once again puts the burden on the streamer” to regulate their own stream and be the frontline against harassment instead of the platform itself. 

While some creators are criticizing the move, many are calling for further action. Horror-focused Twitch streamer jellyzine contends “now all [Twitch] need[s] to do (which would literally solve almost everything regarding hate raids) is take away the ability to host and raid if you’re not at least affiliated. I don’t see how this isn’t an option to [Twitch].” Right now, the only raid moderation settings on Twitch are to “allow all raids,” “only allow raids from friends, teammates, and followed channels” and “block all raids.”

Screengrab via Twitch

SiriusWolf likewise has some suggestions for Twitch, saying it could add CAPTCHA security checks when users click the “Follow” button. This would ensure that accounts are authentic and not bot accounts attempting to “follow-bot” or otherwise harass a streamer via automated methods.

Former Kotaku writer and current journalist for The Washington Post Nathan Grayson also weighed in on the issue. “This is one of the means of combatting hate raids Twitch has mentioned a few times,” Grayson said. “Looks like these more granular channel-level tools will be available to streamers soon.”

It’s unclear when these reported chat verification features will become available on Twitch.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/streaming/news/twitch-to-reportedly-add-new-chat-moderation-features

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Battlefield 2042 beta reportedly starting on Oct. 6

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Following Battlefield 2042’s initial delay from Oct. 22 to Nov. 19 earlier this month, Electronic Arts and Dice promised to keep fans updated on an open beta that would be running in the near future. Now, a previous insider’s claims have seemingly confirmed that the beta will begin on Oct. 6. 

The original report came from known Battlefield insider Tom Henderson, with a new set of images from Chinese live streaming platform Bilibili backing the info that said the beta would also be delayed. 

Before Battlefield 2042 received its official delay announcement on Sept. 15, the open beta was reportedly set to launch on Sept. 22, but that didn’t happen. Henderson noted a day later that early access for the beta would start on Oct. 6, with the actual open beta going live on Oct. 8, based on data found in an “internal system.”

Now, promotional images on Bilibili confirms that “events” will be held from Oct. 6 to 9. This does not mean that the beta will end on Oct. 9, but rather, seems to be some form of bonus for broadcasters on the platform to coincide with the beta launching. 

None of this information has been confirmed by Dice or EA, but if either company plans to keep true to the “updates coming later this month” portion of the delay statement, an announcement should be coming within the next few days.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/general/news/battlefield-2042-beta-reportedly-starting-on-oct-6

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Hecarim and Udyr to receive buffs, Jarvan IV and Irelia among champions to be nerfed in League Patch 11.20

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Since League of Legends Patch 11.19 focused heavily on professional play and the upcoming 2021 World Championships, Riot is taking a step back and taking the Patch 11.20 to look at some glaring issues that have been plaguing solo queue for some time.

Riot Phlox, designer on the Summoner’s Rift team for League, revealed that Riot would finally be taking a look at some of the most powerful champions that have ravaged solo queue over the past few patches. In their place, some picks that have gone in and out of the meta throughout the year are planned to be given some relevance back.

In the top lane, Irelia, Shen, and Singed are all set to receive nerfs. While Shen and Singed nerfs may seem unprecedented, Irelia has been one of the strongest top lane/mid lane flex picks since her mini-rework earlier this year. Though Riot attempted to give players more counterplay against her, she has consistently been an issue when allowed to snowball and she has access to immense amounts of healing.

Jarvan IV and Taliyah are the targets of jungle nerfs, which should come as no surprise to solo queues players over the last two patches. The win rates of both champions have soared thanks to a growing gank-focused meta and their potential to roam freely around the jungle, escaping harm with ease. According to OP.GG, both Jarvan and Taliyah have maintained more than a 50 percent win rate in Patches 11.18 and 11.19, accompanied by massive jumps in their pick rates during that time.

Amumu is also listed as receiving nerfs next patch, though this probably isn’t for his performance in the jungle. Rather, these nerfs may target his power in the support role, where he has established himself as one of the best supports in the current meta thanks to the addition of another charge of his Q. While Riot probably won’t take away this additional Q due to Amumu’s struggle in the jungle, its cooldown or mana cost will likely be the target of nerfs.

Shaking up the jungle seems to be Riot’s game plan for Patch 11.20. Within the handful of champions planned to receive buffs, Elise, Hecarim, and Udyr are all listed. Although Hecarim and Udyr aren’t very powerful in the current meta, the last time they received buffs resulted in some of the least jungle diversity the game has seen in years, especially in pro play. The extent to which these two junglers will be buffed has yet to be confirmed, but previous experience shows that too much tuning on these champions, in particular, may be detrimental to a healthy jungle meta.

Meanwhile, Elise has been sitting in the shadows for a bit too long, and will hopefully be welcomed back into the overall jungle pool. She and the other jungle champions will be joined by an increase in the healing offered by Smite, which will allow more fragile junglers like her to better clear camps without having to base right afterward.

The last two champions on the buff radar are Darius and Senna, both powerful champions on their own that have not necessarily been bad picks in their respective roles. Riot has deemed these two champions worthy of solo queue help, and details of which should be revealed tomorrow.

The only item being changed in this patch is Lord Dominik’s Regards, an item occasionally built by marksmen to counter high-armor champions like Malphite. The power in this item comes from its armor penetration, though it is unlikely that stat will be touched with these buffs. Marksman items have been a big target of buffs and nerfs throughout the 2021 season, with many like Lord Dominik’s being niche buys for players.

The extent of the buffs and nerfs in this League Patch 11.20 preview are unknown but are likely to be revealed in the coming days. These changes listed are tentative and subject to change prior to Patch 11.20’s release on Oct. 6.

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The difference-makers: The best junglers at Worlds 2021

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Over the last few years, the jungle position in professional League of Legends has become one of the most important roles on a team. Whether you’re playing at the highest level or playing a solo queue game, a good jungler can mean the difference between an easy win and a grueling loss due to their control over the pace of the game.

Junglers are the catalysts for their team’s early game, help activate some star players through ganks, and serve as the overall engine for a competitive squad. But at this year’s World Championship, every jungler at the tournament will need to elevate themselves to new heights to lift their own squad into the upper echelon of the game’s greats.

Here are the best junglers heading into the 2021 World Championship.

Canyon

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The Korean superstar has been one of the best players in the ever since he and the rest of DWG KIA exploded onto the international League scene. He was one of the best performing junglers during the 2021 LCK Summer Split, with the second-highest average damage to champions per minute and the fourth-most kills in his role, according to League stats site Oracle’s Elixir.

His almost-telepathic connection to the team’s mid lane phenom ShowMaker make them one of the best duos in League history, which has led to the team’s utter dominance over Korea through the past year and a half. The 20-year-old has a champion ocean as usual, boasting 15 unique picks played over the course of the summer.

If DWG KIA are victorious, you can bet on them having a true jungle canyon to work with in many of their matches.

Tarzan

Photo via LPL Twitter

As another former member of the “what-if” Griffin superteam, Tarzan hasn’t received as much focus from mainstream media compared to some of his other teammates. This is partially because LNG Esports—the team he joined at the start of 2021—hasn’t been able to build a great roster around him just yet, and as a result, they’ve been a middling squad in the LPL.

But the 22-year-old star has still been able to keep a high enough form to help his team capture China’s final spot at Worlds 2021. He had the third-highest KDA of any LPL jungler in the summer and has shown elite play during the final series against Team WE in the 2021 LPL Regional Finals, where he collected 18 kills, 32 assists, and only two deaths through four games.

In an interview with Ashley Kang, the talented star said he has “become as good as he was before, or even better,” and that his “eyes for the game” have come back. If we’re truly getting a motivated, evolved Tarzan, the rest of the competition better not underestimate the storm he’ll be bringing next month.

Tian

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If Doinb is the mad scientist in the mid lane, Tian is the facilitator that gets the whole team going from the shadows of the jungle. The 21-year-old jungler is looking to win himself another Summoner’s Cup after stumbling in 2020, showing that last year was simply an off-year to this team’s brilliance.

Tian is always looking to help set up a play across the map, whether he’s comboing with his superstar mid laner, running through the top side with Nuguri, or setting up an attack on the bottom side with Lwx and Crisp. He’s proactive and has a great champion pool that ranges from picks like Viego, Lee Sin, Diana, Olaf, and Xin Zhao.

Wei

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In a similar vein, Wei has also been the playmaker for Royal Never Give Up on the team’s path to Worlds, and he’s only 18 years old. He might not have as diverse a champion pool as the other players at the top of the list, but he has shown he can make an impact so the rest of his high-powered team can succeed.

Through the summer, his most-played champions were Lee Sin, Olaf, and Xin Zhao; 22 of his games were played on one of these three picks. This could be a bit of a problem if an enemy team pinches his champion pool, but there are far more scarier players to focus on this team. As a result, he should be able to get one of his preferred picks, which should allow him to thrive alongside the rest of his teammates.

Inspired

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When you think of Rogue and their successes, most LEC fans know that without the play of Inspired, this team wouldn’t be nearly as good as they were this past year. The 2021 LEC Summer MVP was the engine of this roster this past split; whenever Inspired had a good game, there was a good chance the rest of the team would follow.

The talented young star had the best early-game stats of any EU jungler this past season and the sixth-highest KDA in the league, according to Oracle’s Elixir. He has been impressive individually and has some great mechanics, but the only problem that he has is when he and his team are forced to play together into the mid-to-late game. Rogue simply doesn’t play like the sum of their parts, and their macro play just hasn’t looked great so far. It’ll be interesting to see if their powerful solo players can perform like a single unit when the tournament begins.

You can catch all of these players and the rest of League‘s best when the 2021 World Championship begins on Oct. 5.


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Source: https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/news/the-difference-makers-the-best-junglers-at-worlds-2021

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