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Apex Legends Mobile Beta Regions Revealed: How to Get In

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in Apex Legends | Apr, 19th 2021

It is finally time for the beginning of the beta for Apex Legends Mobile. The mobile version of the popular battle royale game is finally coming soon and we have the first details about when and how you will be able to play it. Unfortunately, it comes down to the Apex Legends Mobile Beta regions. 

Apex Legends Mobile Beta Details Revealed


The first details for the beta have been revealed and it looks like it is coming much sooner than we expected. Respawn Entertainment is finally ready to talk about this mobile port and everything that is surrounding it. This is great since the developer has been pretty tight-lipped about the situation. 

Thus far, we have only been able to get news about the beta and everything through the other playtesters and those who have insider info. Thankfully, the beta is confirmed and we know how even the Apex Legends Mobile Beta regions will work and all. 

This new version of the game is being considered as something built from the ground up for mobile devices. This means that it has been designed, specifically, for touchscreen controls and smaller screens. In this way, the controls are streamlined to allow for players to easily play there. 

In addition, there are some meaningful optimizations made to this version of the game to ensure that this is the “most advanced battle royale combat available on a phone.” That is a bold claim from Respawn and we will have to wait and see for now. 

There are no video clips shown officially yet for the mobile version but we do know some about this version from the screenshots that have been shared. It does look like the overall detail for the game is less than before as expected, but it isn’t so bad that it is extremely noticeable. 

It does look decently good and the characters themselves are alright, but they do seem to be the ones who have taken the most hits when it comes to the look of them. Lastly, Respawn made it clear that this version is a “new version” entirely but one that stays true to the original so keep that in mind. This tells us that it is likely a PUBG Mobile versus PUBG proper type of situation. 

What Regions Will Be Included


As for the start of the beta testing for this mobile iteration, there are only some Apex Legends Mobile Beta regions that will be included. At this time, it looks like the beta will be extremely limited as it will only be available to two regions in particular. 

The only places where players will be able to check out the beta are India and the Philippines, and that is literally it. If you don’t live in one of those two places, you are not guaranteed a chance to check out the mobile release of the game ahead of time. 

Apex Legends is coming to mobile devices and phones - Polygon

While this might be frustrating, this is the sort of thing that most major mobile releases like this one will do. When it comes to huge online multiplayer games, there are a lot of unknowns and issues that can spring up when a lot of players are checking it out. 

As such, mobile releases will typically have a beta test like this one that is limited to specific regions. Those regions are usually less populated and more focused than larger places like the United States and China, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. 

Both India and the Philippines are highly populated areas, with India, in particular, having a growing and thriving group of gamers there. But I can see why it was included in the initial Apex Legends Mobile Beta regions as battle royale games have been met with controversy over the last year. 

PUBG Mobile is famous for not being available in that country anymore and Tencent has yet to come up with a permanent solution to this. It seems that, hopefully, EA and Respawn have figured out a way to make the Apex Legends Mobile game be allowed in India, which is great news for players there. 

It almost feels like this is a direct attack against PUBG Mobile as it seems that Apex Legends Mobile is being touted as the true competitor to that title on mobile after the loss of Fortnite for many mobile devices. 

Beta Start Date and Number of Players


For those of you who are in the Philippines and India, and are interested in checking out this mobile iteration for yourself, you won’t actually have to wait too much longer. Unfortunately, a beta release date has not been revealed yet but it really isn’t far away at all. 

Apex Legends is coming to mobile as its own game: Apex Legends Mobile | Gamepur

Though no release date has been set, Respawn has already revealed that it will begin later this month. Given that we are currently more than halfway through the month already, we imagine that it is likely beginning either this week or the next; the next being more likely since we imagine a release date would have already been announced if it was this week. 

That is very soon and that means that we should start seeing footage of the mobile version in action in the coming weeks. Though beta testers are many times required to agree to terms that they won’t share footage publicly, this is something that inevitably happens anyway so stay tuned for that soon. 

As for the number of players who will be allowed into the beta test for Apex Legends Mobile, it is only going to be a very limited set of players. In total, Respawn is noting that only a few thousand players in India and the Philippines will be allowed to check it out at first. 

Now, is that a few thousand players per country or altogether with both of them combined? Either way, it seems that the beta test will be severely limited for the time being. 

Other FAQ Details About the Mobile Version


Here is where things get important for those of you who are not interested in the Apex Legends Mobile Beta might be wondering how this affects the main battle royale game on PC and consoles. As mentioned, these titles are being treated as different beings entirely. 

Being that it is being built specially for mobile devices, this means that it will not have crossplay with the console and PC versions of Apex Legends. This is a bit surprising since the Nintendo Switch version that recently came out also has crossplay with the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC versions. 

Apex Legends Mobile will be a “new game,” and won't have crossplay | The Loadout

It was thought that the mobile iteration would follow in the steps of Fortnite and have crossplay in some way, but it seems that it is going more the route of PUBG Mobile in this case. It will be free-to-play as well, though, matching the big brother counterpart of this mobile version. 

It will never include items that will give a gameplay advantage to those who purchase them. What is interesting, though, is that it won’t necessarily have the same items as the PC and console Apex Legends. It will have a unique battle pass and selection of cosmetics that are different from what we’ve seen thus far. 

Again, this is something that is similar to that of PUBG Mobile in which we saw some cosmetic items released for that game but not the PUBG proper. Hopefully, though, Apex Legends Mobile will not get the best items like in that situation or crossovers with pop culture that don’t show up in the main game. 

To answer the question of whether or not Respawn itself is working on this mobile iteration, it actually is. There is a team at Respawn dedicated to Apex Legends Mobile that is filled with experts on mobile game development who are leading the creation of this port. 

It is being coordinated with other partners, which is likely Tencent from what we have heard in the past about this mobile port. Thankfully, this should mean that it is a separate team at Respawn so you shouldn’t have to worry about this game taking away from the main game on PC and consoles. 

Platforms for the Beta and Future Plans


Being that this is Apex Legends Mobile, it is inevitably coming to both Android and iOS devices. However, when it comes to the mobile beta, though, that isn’t the case for now. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise but this is only happening for Android for now. 

This means that iOS players, even those in India and the Philippines where the beta is happening, will have to wait some time before they are able to jump in and check it out. Fortunately, Respawn has already noted that iOS support is coming down the road as the beta expands more. 

Speaking of the beta expanding, it is not going to stay this limited forever. There are already plans for this to be the first of several beta tests this year. As the testing continues, the size of the test will be expanded, more regions will be added, and the aforementioned iOS support will arrive. 

Then, when it is time for the game to go even broader than that, there will be a page that will allow for players to pre-register for the game and sign up for news about the future betas. This gives us a decent timeline for what is coming in the near future for Apex Legends Mobile. 

It seems that the tests will get bigger first, then more regions will be introduced, and then there will be at least one iOS beta test of some kind. After that, it is likely that the game will launch into an open beta or a full release of some kind where probably everyone who wants to play it can check it out. 

However, we have no idea the timing of when these different steps will happen but we do know that the mobile game is still aiming to release this year, so it should all happen rather quickly. Even if your particular region is not included in any of the closed beta tests, an open release is on the way. 

How to Possibly Get in When It Starts


Finally, there is the matter of the first closed beta for Apex Legends Mobile. Will you be able to get in when it starts, even if you don’t live in the Philippines or India? This is something that is currently unknown as the beta has not yet started in those countries. 

But something that we have found in the past is that closed betas in certain regions were able to be accessed by anyone around the world through the use of APK files and VPNs. This happened in the past with games like Pokemon Go and others. 

There is a chance that you will be able to find the APK file for the beta test on Android uploaded by someone once it starts. You would then need to download it from a reputable source and be sure to install a VPN to show that you are playing from that particular country. 

But this is not guaranteed to work. With the limited nature of the beta test, it could be limited to the first few thousand players or the download links could be limited to only one user, so others will not be able to share it. Or, there could even be an account system where only certain approved accounts can log in and play it. 

But we will know more information about how the closed beta will work and if you can possibly access it from afar in the near future once the actual test begins in the Philippines and India. 

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Source: https://www.esportstalk.com/news/apex-legends-mobile-beta-regions-revealed-how-to-get-in/

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When does the World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Classic pre-patch start?

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World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Classic’s release date was announced today—and it’s just around the corner.

With a pre-patch introducing new races and classes, there will be a lot to do to prepare for the expansion’s launch on June 1.

The WoW TBC Classic pre-patch will officially begin on May 18. That will give players two weeks to take advantage of a new PvP honor system and leveling changes prior to the Dark Portal opening.

Unlike the original TBC pre-patch nearly 15 years ago, the TBC Classic pre-patch will give players an early introduction to Blood Elves for the Horde and Draenei for the Alliance.

Blood Elves can be paladins, something that was previously exclusive to Alliance races, and Draenei will be able to roll shaman, a previously Horde-only class.

Though leveling to 60 in just two weeks may seem like a tall task in WoW Classic, the changes coming in the pre-patch may help with the leveling experience.

Popular mage boosting will be nerfed slightly, but it will still be possible, as some high-level players have proven on the TBC Classic beta. 

More importantly, the pre-patch will initiate a change to Patch 2.4.3 from 1.13.7. And unless Blizzard makes a change to the patch, that will include a nerf to the amount of experience required to level from one to 60.

Meanwhile, if you’re not looking to level a Blood Elf or Draenei but want to make a new character, Blizzard is introducing a new paid level boost available beginning May 18. For $39.99, players can boost any of the original Classic races to 58. This paid service can only be used once per account.

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The best Corrupt cards in Hearthstone

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Corrupt cards in Hearthstone allow you to upgrade those cards if they’re in your hand and you previously played a card with a higher mana cost. While some cards with Corrupt are quite weak and don’t feel that impactful, others are elevated to a whole new level through the keyword.

These type of cards were recently introduced to the game, but they’ve been making a name for themselves with Warlock being the most notorious class and benefiting from most of them. Cards such as Tickatus, Strongman, Cascading Disaster, and Luckysoul Hoarder have propelled the class to new heights.

Here are the best five Corrupt cards in Hearthstone.

Cascading Disaster

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Cascading Disaster is a pseudo board wipe if played during the late game. If you play two cards with a higher mana-cost than four while it is in your hand, you’ll upgrade it twice to destroy three random minions on board for only a four-mana cost. It’s one of the strongest removals in the game and while you won’t always have the option to wait it out, you can still use it early on to destroy one or two minions for only four mana.

Strongman

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Strongman is a Common seven-mana card with 6/6 stats, but its Corrupt effect reduces its cost to zero, allowing you to play it easily after wiping the board with Twisting Nether. It’s one of the most overlooked creatures right now and can benefit various decks.

Luckysoul Hoarder

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The three-mana cost Luckysoul Hoarder is decent by itself, since it has 3/4 stats for such a cheap cost, but it’s very strong due to its two effects. The first one is shuffling two soul Fragments into your deck, which will restore two health when drawn later on, and the second one is a card draw. For three mana, you get 3/4 in stats, four health restored later on, and a card draw. The value is enormous.

Ring Toss

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Ring Toss is a lackluster card if not Corrupted, allowing you to Discover one Secret and cast it. But when Corrupted, you get to Discover two cards, which makes it very strong. You can adjust based on board and get two powerful Secrets to counter your opponent’s next turn.

Tickatus

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Tickatus is a self-mill Legendary card with powerful 8/8 stats for only six mana. But if played in a Control deck and Corrupted, you mill your opponent instead. With Control Warlock dominating the meta, this card is very powerful if you intend to go for the late game. You’ll have a card advantage and fatigue less compared to your opponent.

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Riot details upcoming changes to Tahm Kench, provides information on League account transfers

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Now that account transfers have been fixed, Riot has its eyes on unbenching the Kench.

In today’s “Ask Riot” developer post, Riot revealed that the long-awaited mini-rework to Tahm Kench is coming soon and detailed why League of Legends account transfers have been disabled for the better half of the last year.

Riot said the extensive changes to Tahm Kench, which have been hinted at for many months and recently seemed to appear in the teaser for the champion’s new Arcana skin, will finally be making their way to the PBE and live servers toward the end of the summer. These changes will include Tahm Kench’s current W and R abilities being swapped, with the power of each being optimized for their new positions in his kit.

“Tahm Kench’s current power is best utilized by highly-coordinated teams, which means he ends up much weaker for the rest of the player base,” said RiotPetrie, product lead for League. “To address this power discrepancy, we’re planning to move Devour to his ultimate (and buff it) and turn his W into a less-coordination reliant engage tool (think Abyssal Voyage, but shorter range and just for Tahm Kench… and with some added CC).”

The post also detailed why account transfers have been disabled for some time, resulting in players being unable to change their servers to other locations around the world until just recently. The system that Riot had in place for account transfers was incredibly unstable and had the potential of leaving out important account data upon the completion of the transfer, according to Riot Rapwnzel. This resulted in players having to submit numerous tickets to Player Support to facilitate the process, rather than having their accounts successfully transferred at the press of a button.

Account transfers have since been reactivated for the past few patches and Riot feels that the new system it’s implemented will prevent problems from occurring in the future.

“During this effort, we discovered some of these improvements could only be made by partnering with other teams at Riot, which took a bit more time,” Rapwnzel said. “We didn’t want to disrupt their schedule and projects with unexpected work.”


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Nintendo Switch on Track to Break Sales Records

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The Nintendo Switch is selling faster than the Wii or the PS4.
The Nintendo Switch is selling faster than the Wii or the PS4. | Photo courtesy of Nintendo

The Nintendo Switch has sold 84.59 million units in its 49 months on the market, according to new financial data Nintendo released Thursday. The console saw a 34.4% increase in sales between April 1, 2020 and March 21, 2021, up to $16.1 billion. Nintendo enjoyed an 85.7% net profit spike over that same period.

Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad says current sales trends put the Switch on track to cross 100 million unit sales faster than both the Wii and the PlayStation 4 did.

Nintendo has also sold 587.12 million Switch games since the platform’s launch in 2017, with 36 games on its platform selling a million copies. Twenty-two of those games were Nintendo titles, indicating 14 were made by third-party developers. That’s more million-unit sellers, and a higher number of third-party million sellers, than ever before.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons took the top spot at 20.85 million copies sold, while Super Mario 3D All-Stars sold 9.01 million copies and Ring Fit Adventure sold 7.38 million.

Although the Switch will remain a strong seller, its boom may be on the way out. Nintendo lowered its financial forecast for 2021 to reflect predicted manufacturing troubles caused by the ongoing semiconductor shortage.

“The production of products might be affected by obstacles to the procurement of parts, including the increase in global demand for semiconductor components,” Nintendo said. “The consolidated earnings forecast is based on the premise that we will be able to secure the parts needed for the manufacture of products in line with our sales plans.”

COVID-19 may also disrupt Nintendo’s business for the next year.

“Regarding the risk associated with COVID-19, while the impact on business results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 was limited, the supply of products might be affected if production and shipments are hindered,” the company said. “Other risk factors which are difficult to predict also continue to exist, involving areas such as development and marketing of products and services.”

Nintendo’s most anticipated titles — Breath of the Wild 2, Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4 — still have no release dates. The company gave no indication of how far along in development they were, but working from home has forced delays across the industry. It’s not hard to imagine Nintendo seeing similar struggles.

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