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Allied Esports and Esports Entertainment Group Announce CSGO Legend Series

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in CS:GO | Jul, 10th 2020

Despite what Valorant fans might tell you, CSGO is not a dead game. There’s plenty of cash on the line for the CSGO enthusiasts, as we saw with the upcoming CSGO Legend Series! How does a €50,000 pot sound? Well, if you’re a pro player in Europe, it probably sounds pretty great.

CSGO Action Heats Up in August


Well, at the end of August, anyway. This event will be held exclusively online and will have 12 excellent CSGO teams of Europe competing in the Legends Series. The official title is the VIE.gg Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Legends Series.

“We believe that esports tournaments should not just be fun for participants, but also have the ability to help sponsors achieve their business goals, and our know-how and portfolio of esports brands, arenas, mobile trucks and studios uniquely meet that need in today’s ecosystem,” said Frank Ng, CEO of Allied Esports.

We think this tournament series is a grand idea. With Valorant trying to muscle in on the FPS turf, CSGO needs something to keep itself in the eyes of the public, and why not the Legend Series? Sounds pretty great to us! The HyperX Esports Studio in Hamburg, Germany will produce the tournament, but it will all be online. That’s likely to keep everyone safe in this COVID-19 world.

Real stakes are on the line here, and the idea that teams can get together to play online for €50,000 will keep them interested in their game of choice. Some people might think that playing online makes the game less enjoyable, but it’s a necessity in the name of safety.

“We’re excited to play a role in providing a platform for smaller teams to compete for prize money,” said Magnus Leppaniemi, head of esports at Esports Entertainment Group. “While the largest esports teams earned tens of millions of dollars in prize money last year, there are hundreds of smaller teams that get excluded from the flagship competitions. The VIE.gg CSGO Legend Series is our first effort at working to fill this void, and we look forward to getting involved in more events like this moving forward.”

That’s what we like about this. It allows smaller teams. There are so many opportunities for the biggest and best teams, but what about the rest of the community? They need to find a way to grow and make money too. Many teams don’t make the cut for tournaments, so this could be a way for some of those oft-forgotten teams to show what they can do. So, get ready for August and the CSGO Legend Series!

Source: https://www.esportstalk.com/news/allied-esports-and-esports-entertainment-group-announce-csgo-legend-series/

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How to Shiny Hunt in Dynamax Adventures in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra expansion

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Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra expansion has added a lot of new content for players to enjoy, including a brand new way to experience Max Raid Battles with the Dynamax Adventures mode. 

This new way to raid features tons of rare Pokémon that might be hard to obtain otherwise, including Legendary Pokémon, staters from multiple regions, and Pokémon capable of Gigantamaxing. And the best part is, all of them can be Shiny. 

None of the Pokémon featured inside the Max Lair where Dynamax Adventures are held have a Shiny lock, outside of a Poipole that you are gifted once you complete the story. That fact along with the discovery of improved Shiny odds in those raids has Shiny hunters around the world flocking into the tunnels. 

Dynamax Adventures makes it easy to Shiny hunt too, giving you the option to capture multiple Pokémon, a total of four per run, and check them all at the end to see if any of them are actually Shiny. This includes all of the Legendary Pokémon that you can catch at the very end of each adventure. 

Here are the basic steps you should take when trying to find Shiny Pokémon while playing Dynamax Adventures. 

Capture any Pokémon you want while clearing the four battles

You won’t be forced to keep anything you catch, so it doesn’t hurt and only increases your chances of actually nabbing a Shiny, even if it isn’t the one you really wanted. 

At the end of a run, you will be asked to select one of the Pokémon you captured to take with you, meaning you can at maximum take a single Pokémon as a prize. You can browse through the captures and see which ones are Shiny before making a decision, and you can also decline to take any of them if you are only looking for a Shiny. 

You still get Dynite Ore as a bonus too, and even if you fail to clear the final boss, you can still check and keep one of the other Pokémon you captured before being swept out of the den. 

Always decline to take a Legendary Pokémon if it isn’t Shiny

If you are trying to capture a Shiny variant of every Legendary Pokémon available in the Max Lair, this is the most important step you need to follow. 

If you choose to take a Legendary Pokémon with you after capturing it and clearing the adventure, you will be unable to capture that same Pokémon again, even if you run into it on another adventure. This means you need to make sure it is a Shiny on the review screen before taking it, otherwise, you won’t be able to get a Shiny version of it. 

If you didn’t capture any other Pokémon you will need to decline to take a Pokémon out at all and just take the Dynite. This will allow you to encounter that Pokémon again in a later adventure with no drawbacks. 

Don’t reset your game during a Dynamax Adventure

Some players not used to Shiny Hunting in Max Raid Battles might not know this yet, but soft-resetting your game won’t help you get a Shiny, at least during a Dynamax Adventure. 

Why is that the case? Because every time you enter the Max Lair, the encounter paths are randomized unless you have marked a path to a Pokémon you just lost to or purchased the information from Peonia. 

Soft-resetting does not guarantee you a path to the Pokémon you want and it actually can come back to bite you since resetting or disconnecting enough times will force you to pay a Dyonite penalty in order to get back into a run.

That means it is better to just finish out a run, choose not to take a Pokémon if you caught it and want a Shiny version, and jump back in for a clean adventure from the start. 

Source: https://dotesports.com/pokemon/news/how-to-shiny-hunt-in-dynamax-adventures-in-pokemon-sword-and-shields-the-crown-tundra-expansion

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March joins T1’s Dota 2 roster as head coach

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Legendary Korean esports organization T1 is bringing 32-year-old Park “March” Tae-won on as its head coach, reuniting with former MVP Phoenix teammate Pyo “MP” No-a in the backroom.

T1 will hope that the addition of March and his near-decade long tenure in competition and recent success with one of Southeast Asia’s finest teams will bring some much-needed stability to the organization’s ailing Dota 2 project.

March was active during the year as a player, captaining TNC Predator’s roster to the organization’s first Dota 2 Major win at MDL Chengdu. Citing a need to “go towards a different path”, TNC released March from their roster at the end of September.

Before his most recent stint with TNC, March has already dabbled in coaching with several teams, such as the short-lived Echo International that featured ana and Malaysian legend Wong “ChuaN” Hock Chuan, Wind and Rain, and Fnatic.

While the brand has its pedigree in the esports scene, its foray into the Dota 2 scene this year has been lackluster. The team took four months from the signing of Korean offlaner Lee “Forev” Sang-don to assemble a full roster around him.

A series of poor results saw the team unable to qualify for any tournaments in the Dota Pro Circuit, before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic grinded the competitive scene to a halt. Since then, the roster has gone through several iterations and is still missing a position one following the departure of Singaporean hard carry Galvin “Meracle” Kang in September.

Source: https://dotesports.com/dota-2/news/march-joins-t1s-dota-2-roster-as-head-coach

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How to Shiny Hunt the Regis in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra expansion

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Shiny Hunting is a big part of the Pokémon experience if you plan on doing more than just beating the games and completing the Pokédex, and one thing that Shiny hunters love is static encounters that aren’t Shiny locked.

A static encounter is when you can interact with an NPC, item, or Pokémon in the overworld and either enter a battle or receive the same Pokémon without any RNG. 

For example, in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra expansion has several static encounters with the Regis, Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizon. And you can easily jump into Shiny hunting some of them right as you finish talking with Peony in Freezington. 

The Regis are almost instantly accessible to you as you venture around the tundra, and the fastest method for Shiny hunting them is better than most strategies you could hope for, mainly because knocking out or running from a Regi won’t force you to soft reset. 

Many players have been talking about how defeating the Regis and then reactivating the floor patterns is quicker than soft-resetting, which could be true for some. So if you prefer this method, simply bring strong Pokémon that can easily defeat each Titan and you can quickly reset the encounter to try and re-roll for a Shiny. 

However, it should be noted that the three percent Shiny Odds increase that you would normally get for battling 500 or more of the same Pokémon only works for wild encounters, not static Pokémon. So if you were banking on the boost kicking in, you should probably move to a different method. 

The other unconventional method is simply running away from the encounter after you see it isn’t Shiny. This will only force you to redo the glowing patterns and talk to the statue again, which is a little more reliable than defeating the Regi each time and doing the same. 

Lastly, you can simply save before you start the encounter and soft-reset for a Shiny until you get one, the tried and true method that most hunters are used to. This is the best method when battling Regigigas since it is a Dynamax encounter rather than a normal one.

Source: https://dotesports.com/pokemon/news/how-to-shiny-hunt-the-regis-in-pokemon-sword-and-shields-the-crown-tundra-expansion

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