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Best Garchomp build in Pokémon UNITE

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The Gible line has long been one of the most popular evolutionary lines in the Pokémon series. The inclusion of the final evolution, Garchomp, as Champion Cynthia’s partner in the Sinnoh region only helped its popularity. These Pokémon are taking over Unite Battles in Pokémon UNITE and have quickly risen to the top of the meta.

Gible, Gabite, and Garchomp enter UNITE as All-Rounders, meaning they don’t excel in any single stat. Instead, they flourish in multiple different capacities. And when Gible evolves fully into Garchomp, these balanced stats create a monster.

The game classifies these Pokémon as intermediate-level due to the all-in nature of their kit. Once any of these three Pokémon has engaged an opponent, they’ll have little room to escape. Unless Garchomp can pull through and defeat multiple Pokémon at once, players may find themselves staring at a respawn timer when they thought they had the upper hand.

Here’s the best build for Garchomp that maximizes its damage potential while ensuring its survival.

Held Items

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Muscle Band

It comes as no surprise that the Muscle Band is an excellent choice for Garchomp. Since Garchomp constantly wants to be in the enemies’ faces, it’s best to find ways to make its already high attack stat even higher. The Muscle Band also rewards Garchomp for using basic attacks, which pairs nicely with Garchomp’s passive ability to increase its attack speed after each successful basic attack.

Rocky Helmet

Garchomp’s ability is Rough Skin, which allows it to reflect some of the incoming melee damage at the opponent. The Rocky Helmet also reflects damage taken back at the opponent, though it disregards whether their damage is melee or ranged. Against opponents like Machamp and Zeraora, a Garchomp with the Rocky Helmet can not only dish out immense damage, but these melee-centric Pokémon might end up doing more damage to themselves than to Garchomp.

Scope Lens

The focus on mixed damage from basic attacks and moves means that boosted critical hit rate and damage is perfect for Garchomp. Garchomp’s kit doesn’t passively increase its critical hit rate, but holding the Scope Lens can raise critical chance and critical hit damage, boosting Garchomp’s damage potential even further. Not every move is guaranteed to be a critical hit, however, so it’s best to ensure that you’re constantly attacking enemies with basic attacks and moves such as Dragon Rush to activate it.

Battle Items

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Full Heal

Garchomp’s gimmick is being the center of attention and ensuring that opponents don’t take its presence lightly. Unfortunately for trainers, this means that Garchomp is incredibly susceptible to status conditions and various hindrances that opponents can cast to render the Mach Pokémon more useless than a splashing Magikarp. Luckily, the Full Heal item not only snaps Garchomp out of any bind but also gives it some protection against additional effects for a short duration. This way, Garchomp will have no problems charging in headfirst with a Dragon Rush.

X Attack

Like the Muscle Band, the X Attack capitalizes on Garchomp’s already high attack and makes it even higher. While not necessary considering the sheer power of Garchomp’s various moves and Unite Move, the X Attack provides a little extra boost should Defenders or Supports be causing you trouble.

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Level one: Bulldoze

Gible struggles to be an aggressive face before it has evolved into Gabite. Bulldoze is one of the few area-of-effect moves available at level one, and it lets Gible progress to lane quicker than opponents by attacking more Wild Pokémon at once. It’s still not a great move, but it’s the only viable option. Unless you’re planning to support a teammate with Sand Attack, that is.

Level six: Dragon Rush

The game starts to get more interesting once Gible evolves into Gabite at level six. Dragon Rush works better than Dig when it comes to fulfilling Garchomp’s all-in fantasies. Dig is a viable option if players want to use Garchomp to initiate fights for their team. Still, Dragon Rush’s ability to shove opponents and decrease their movement speed when upgraded works much more efficiently for the rest of Garchomp’s kit. 

Level eight: Dragon Claw

Gabite learns its last move before fully evolving into Garchomp. Much like Dragon Rush, Dragon Claw is a dash that deals significant damage to opponents in Gabite’s path but deals damage in two consecutive hits rather than one. Gabite’s attack speed increases with the second swipe, and when paired with its passive, both Gabite and Garchomp will deal even more consistent damage to opponents.

Level ten: Livid Outrage

Quite possibly the strongest Unite Move in the game, Livid Outrage makes Garchomp absolutely unstoppable. Although difficult to control, Garchomp’s Unite Move unleashes a multi-hit onslaught where the player is forced to maneuver the rampaging Garchomp with each hit. The final part of the Unite Move pushes opponents away but leaves Garchomp vulnerable and unable to move for a short duration. This move, in combination with Dragon Rush and Dragon Claw, lets Garchomp shred through an entire team at once, but the maneuver is risky and will take practice to master.


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Dota 2’s 7.30d patch buffs Clinkz, nerfs Silencer, and adds a lot of rebalancing

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Less than two weeks away from the start of The International 10, Valve has released a new gameplay update that rescales a lot of moves today in some last-minute balancing before the biggest Dota 2 event of the year. 

The 7.30d patch changes in the eyes of most fans involve Clinkz getting even stronger, Silencer taking significant nerfs, and some general confusion at the wording of changes made to Zeus’s Static Field. 

For the Zeus changes, Thundergod’s Wrath was buffed to scale damage from 300/400/500 to 300/425/550, but Static Field saw the following adjustment: 

  • Damage no longer counts as HP removal (Heavenly Jump can now put blink dagger on cooldown and affects effects that are canceled by damage like healing salve).

This initially confused some players reading through the patch, but it essentially means that instead of simply removing HP from opposing heroes, the move will now actively deal damage. This will allow it to interact with more abilities, effects, and items directly. 

Clinkz is already a pretty strong hero generally, and now Burning Barrage will do an additional five percent in total attack damage, up to 65 percent from 60 percent. Additionally, Burning Barrage Arrows were increased to plus three as a level 20 Talent. 

Silencer received some sizable nerfs, with the Arcane Curse Silence Penalty Multiplier reduced from 2x to 1.7x and Last Word’s Scepter Radius going from 650 to 500. People are still actively calling for more Vengeful Spirit nerfs, but this patch only affected her by decreasing her Agility Gain from 3.4 to 3.2.

Other heroes like Tiny, Tinker, and Bane had several moves nerfed and rescaled to be slightly more balanced, while others like Broodmother, Timbersaw, and Wraith King saw buffs for the same reason. Additionally, several Neutral Items and Overwhelming Bling were also reworked.

You can read the full patch notes on the official Dota 2 blog.

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How to charge an iPhone 13?

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Apple customers may have noticed that iPhone boxes got noticeably smaller starting with the iPhone 12, when Apple removed some parts from the inside of the box. Like last year, iPhone 13 series doesn’t come with a charger, hence the smaller boxes.

Users will still receive charging cables, meaning you’ll only need an adapter to charge your iPhone 13. While most adapters will do the trick, it’s important to avoid using other third-party charging equipment for iPhones since they have different voltage values.

If this is your first time purchasing an iPhone and you don’t have an extra iPhone charger, then you’ll need to order one. The official charger will often be the best choice since it was designed to be used with the iPhone. 

Alternatively, you can also try out wireless charging since iPhone 13 models all support the feature. Placing your iPhone 13 on top of a wireless charger will be enough to start charging the battery. A power bank can also be an alternative, but you’ll need a cable to fully charge your iPhone 13 with a power bank.

Users who are looking to preserve their battery’s health can try keeping their charge levels around 20 and 72 percent. Letting your phone run out of battery or charging it to the max levels can degrade your battery life. Apple also offers battery replacements, so if your battery degrades faster than normal, you can always get it replaced to keep your iPhone new.

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Overwatch game director hints at new heroes next OWL season, confirms all 32 heroes will return in the sequel

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All 32 characters will return to the fight in the next Overwatch League season, according to Overwatch 2 game director Aaron Keller—and fans may even see new faces when the competition’s next season starts.

During today’s Overwatch League grand finals broadcast, Keller revealed all 32 heroes from Overwatch will return in the OWL’s 2022 season, which will run in an early build of Overwatch 2. He also hinted at the possibility of “a few more” new faces.

“Our plan is that we will have all of those heroes, all 32 of those heroes, playable for the next season of Overwatch League,” Keller said. “And who knows, there might even be a few more.”

Although we don’t have any information on who these heroes are, the next season of the OWL running on an early build of Overwatch 2 provides an opportunity to glimpse a few of the new characters when the competition kicks off in April, as hinted by Keller.

In addition to Keller’s hints, the OWL grand finals halftime exhibition match showcased several returning heroes and led fans through the new Push map, Rome. This was also our first glimpse at professional gameplay involving the Sombra and Bastion reworks, announced earlier in the show. Keller noted that more reworks for existing heroes are on the horizon, though he didn’t give any further details.

Sojourn, revealed in full during BlizzConline 2019, is one of the new heroes in Overwatch 2, but it’s still unclear if she will be available during the next season of the Overwatch League. The Canadian hero will join the roster alongside a new Push map located in the snowy city of Toronto when Overwatch 2 releases, and she will bolster the ranks of damage-focused heroes armed with her railgun—the first of its kind in the franchise.

Although fans can get a taste of Overwatch 2 when the next season of the OWL kicks off in April, the sequel doesn’t have a set release date yet.

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Shanghai Dragons win the 2021 Overwatch League championship

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It may have taken a few years, but the Shanghai Dragons have finally soared to new heights. 

In a 4-0 sweep against the Atlanta Reign, the Dragons earned the 2021 Overwatch League championship and solidified an incredibly dominant season today. After winning two tournaments in a row earlier this year, the Shanghai Dragons arrived ready to claim the crown. 

The first map, Ilios, was a relatively even affair, with Atlanta running their signature rush style against Shanghai’s aggressive dive. While the Reign’s DPS fought valiantly, the Dragons set the pace on both rounds and took the map with a dominant win.

Atlanta next took us to Hanamura, one of the team’s most historically successful maps as far as playoffs were concerned. Reign completed the map and put up a solid fight, but Shanghai were up to their old tricks. Last year’s MVP Kim “Fleta” Byung-sun was back in pristine form on Pharah and repeatedly stopped the Reign’s attacks. Shanghai went up 2-0, but Atlanta certainly didn’t make it simple for them.  

The Reign unsurprisingly brought Shanghai to King’s Row next, a map that highly favored all of Atlanta’s best heroes. In the closest map of the series, Shanghai brought out what looked like a new composition to deal with the Reign’s rush. 

Dragons flex support Kim “Izayaki” Min-chul stunned on his signature Zenyatta while Grand Finals MVP Lee “LIP” Jae-won rotated through heroes and caused destruction on all of them. Atlanta’s pro sniper Kai Collins did his best on Hanzo to deal with the assaults, but Shanghai overtook his team in the end.  

On the final map, Havana, Atlanta pushed through some of Shanghai’s defenses to claim two points of the Escort map. Unfortunately for them, that effort wasn’t quite enough, and former MVP Fleta destroyed Atlanta’s defenses with one final Pulse Bomb to seal the deal. 

By winning the 2021 Grand Finals, the Shanghai Dragons also close up a key part of the organization’s past. In the inaugural Overwatch League season, the original Shanghai Dragons roster was the only team to go completely winless, racking up a 0-40 season record. Three years later, after a massive reconstruction and new fervor for the game, the team has now taken home the final championship from Overwatch’s original iteration with a 4-0 score. 

As this season’s champions, the Shanghai Dragons have won $1.5 million in prize money as well as the gleaming Overwatch League trophy. The Atlanta Reign will take home $750,000 as runners-up.

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