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Best Gengar build in Pokémon UNITE

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None of Gengar’s stats may look too overwhelming, but beware—the scariest part of this tricky Pokémon is its combo potential that will leave you looking at a respawn timer in seconds.

The Kanto region’s spooky ghosts, Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar, join the starting lineup of Pokémon in Pokémon UNITE, and bring with them the tricks that have made them some of the most popular Pokémon in the series. Holding true to their main series appearances, these Pokémon are quite frail though deal massive damage if left unchecked.

These Pokémon are classified as expert-level Speedsters, which describes them very well. Players just getting used to this line may find themselves in bad situations often due to their inability to survive in most fights, as they boast one of the lowest defensive statlines in the game. But with that poor defense comes incredible potential for offense, though like their expert-level classification implies, none of these Pokémon is easy to master.

Purchasing a Gengar Unite License will set players back a whopping 10,000 Aeos coins. To be sure that Gengar will be worth the purchase, players should try out Gengar and its pre-evolutions in the Practice Area.

With some of the best combos in the game, Gengar thrives within the jungle and being a constant nuisance to opponents all over the map. Here’s the best build for the Shadow Pokémon that takes advantage of its glass cannon potential:

Held Items

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Wise Glasses

Gengar’s attack power is high, but it could be higher. In Pokémon UNITE, all of Gengar’s moves are classified as special attacks, meaning the Wise Glasses are the best choice to boost this type of damage. Even a small boost to its special attack can make a huge difference in its game-defining Sludge Bomb + Hex combo, so players looking to utilize Gengar should level up the Wise Glasses as much as they can.

Shell Bell

Like other junglers in UNITE, Gengar struggles with self-sustain. While this isn’t a huge issue due to the sheer damage output that Gengar has, this lack of sustain may stop combos before they’re completed. Thankfully, this game’s version of the Shell Bell rewards Gengar for dishing out constant special attacks, granting it a little HP back each time one of its move successfully strikes an opponent. And with the resets that Gengar gets with its kit, the Shell Bell will certainly be in effect often.

Float Stone

Since Gengar thrives within the jungle, it’s best to ensure that it can do so freely. Thankfully the Float Stone passively provides Gengar with all of the additional speed it needs to venture from camp to camp, as well as invade opponents in the side lanes. The Float Stone does come at a cost, however, as it boosts Gengar’s attack stat in the process—a stat that this Pokémon does not utilize when dealing damage outside of basic attacks.

Battle Items

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Fluffy Tail

Gengar has very little problems clearing camps, but there’s always room to do so quicker. The Fluffy Tail and its vital stun and damage increase to Wild Pokémon is exceptionally helpful while Gengar is still a Gastly or Haunter, as they do not have full access to the combos that Gengar does. The item even has pay-offs late-game, since it will affect Drednaw and Rotom camps—even giving you and your team an edge against Zapdos.

Slow Smoke

Another one of Gengar’s flaws is its inability to open situations where the rest of its team can engage. If the player isn’t planning to go in and defeat an opponent in one fell swoop, Gengar may be on the receiving end of some unexpected visitors ready to take advantage of its low defenses. One way that Gengar can be a team player is by taking the Slow Smoke, which slows opponents in an area for a short duration. That way Gengar can set up beneficial situations for itself that not only can it escape if needed, but its teammates will be able to capitalize easily as well.

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Level one: Will-O-Wisp

The name of UNITE’s early game in the jungle is fast clears. While Gastly struggles a bit in early clearing, Will-O-Wisp provides additional chip damage with its burn on top of the damage the move already does to handedly take down Ludicolo and Bouffalant camps. Should an opponent venture too far into your territory, it will also do enough damage to scare them away.

Level five: Sludge Bomb

When Gastly evolves into Haunter, it gains access to the powerful move Sludge Bomb. Although Will-O-Wisp’s burn chip damage is taken away, it is replaced by Sludge Bomb’s poison. This may not seem substantial at first, but when combined with the next optimal move, the true power of these Pokémon is unleashed.

Level seven: Hex

With access to both Sludge Bomb and Hex, Haunter and Gengar become unstoppable. Like in the main series titles, Hex does boosted damage to Pokémon inflicted by status conditions, like poison. Since Sludge Bomb poisons opponents each time it’s used, Hex will always do tremendous damage. In addition to this increased damage, Hex allows Haunter and Genger to teleport to a targeted location and, after successfully attacking, it reduces its own cooldown—making this powerful combo available for use once more almost instantly.

Level nine: Phantom Ambush

Gengar’s Unite Move, Phantom Ambush, doesn’t do damage initially, rather opting to give the Shadow Pokémon a dash and increased movement speed. However, if used again it deals massive damage to Pokémon in an area-of-effect and slows their movement speed, opening them up for further damage from the Sludge Bomb + Hex combo and ensuring that Gengar is fast enough to catch its prey.


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Discord tests YouTube integration with new feature

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Discord has rolled out a new feature called Watch Together to select servers today. 

Through a partnership with YouTube, Watch Together allows Discord users in a call or voice channel to enjoy YouTube-hosted videos together. This feature also allows for a shared music listening experience if users queue up YouTube music videos. Participants can even create playlists with the new feature. The main downside to this feature is that users will have to watch and hear ads during the video playback. 

This news comes after YouTube forced the popular Groovy Discord music bot offline at the end of August. A few weeks later, YouTube forced Rhythm bot offline as well, which had been used on more than 20 million Discord servers. 

The Groovy and Rhythm Discord bots were immensely popular for their ability to easily play the audio of any YouTube video into any Discord voice channel. This allowed users to listen to any music they wanted while circumventing YouTube’s website and Spotify Premium’s Discord integration. 

Google, YouTube’s parent company, explained to The Verge in August that the Groovy and Rhythm bots were in violation of YouTube’s Terms of Service because they were repurposing YouTube content for their own commercial gain. For this reason, Google issued cease and desists to the owners of both Discord music bots.

Discord plans to roll out the Watch Together feature for all servers by the end of next month. Right now, the feature is only available to Discord friends and family servers and the Discord-run Game Labs server.

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All Riptide patches and stickers in CS:GO

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CS:GO fans were welcomed today by a new Operation, Riptide. Like previous Operations, this one is also packed with new modes, features, gameplay changes, and cosmetic items.

While players will be able to complete weekly missions to upgrade their Operation Ride coins in CS:GO, collectors will have their eyes set on the new skins and stickers that they can unlock. 

These cosmetic items will be in high demand throughout the season. Players who unlock extremely rare items can also find themselves receiving multiple friend requests asking if they’d consider selling or trading their new rare cosmetic.

Here are all the Riptide patches and stickers that were added to CS:GO with Operation Riptide.

Operation Riptide Patch Collection

Riptide Sticker Collection

Foil Stickers

Riptide Surf Shop Sticker Collection

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How to Host a Private CS:GO Match

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With Tuesday’s release of Operation Riptide, Valve finally enabled CS:GO players to host a private match on Valve’s own servers. While the process may seem daunting it’s quite straightforward and virtually anybody can do it. Here’s how to host a CS:GO match using the new private queue system:

Valve’s brief description of the new CS:GO Private Queue reads “With a player-generated Queue Code, a group of friends can match amongst themselves into a Premier match on Valve servers.”

This Queue Code refers to a code assigned to every Steam Group which allows group members to host private matches on Valve’s servers. In order to get this Queue Code players need to be part of a Steam Group or create a new.

The process for creating a Steam Group is pretty simple and can be done almost instantaneously. Once players and their friends have a Steam Group they can create a Private Queue match.

Valve made the process for creating a private match extremely simple. After clicking the “Play CS:GO” button in the game’s main menu they will be able to select a variety of different game modes including “Private Queue” located under the “Competitive” tab.

CS:GO Private Match, Private Queue

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Like most private matches, players can make their game joinable to friends or turned on invite-only mode. To enable the invite only mode players merely need to deselect the “Open Party” option. Players can copy the game code to send out to their friends, join via a Steam Group, or join using a code from another player.

Valve’s new private match feature, Private Queue, is easy-to-use and secure, exactly what the player base hoped for from the new mode.

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NBA 2K22 Best Controller Settings: Current Gen and Next Gen

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Here are the best Controller Settings to use in NBA 2K22 on both Current Gen and Next Gen.

Here are the best Controller Settings to use in NBA 2K22 on both Current Gen and Next Gen. / Photo courtesy of Ralston Dacanay, 2K

In NBA 2K22, using your optimal controller settings may make you realize that the game plays for you a lot more than desired by default.

As seen in past 2K titles, changing up the Defensive Assist Strength and well as Pass Target settings may help much more than you would have previously thought. For those looking to clamp up and make accurate passes more consistently, here are the best controller settings to use in NBA 2K22 on Current Gen and Next Gen.

As alluded to earlier, there are mainly three things that you want to make sure are to your liking in the Controller Settings menu.

First off, with the Shot Meter, this is ultimately up to what you’re comfortable with, especially with moving shots being much more effective this year. However, as seen commonly at the higher levels of competition, turning off the Shot Meter is eventually the way to go for the extra shooting boost it grants.

Next, the Defensive Assist Strength is something to be aware off as this adjusts how much the game controls your player when guarding on-ball. For those who find that they’re often too slow to check speedier guards, this may be because your Defensive Assist Strength setting is too high. I prefer to have this setting on the lower end, around 15-35 to ensure that I am in predominantly in control of each step my player takes.

The third major Controller Setting to adjust is your Pass Target Profile, which affects how the game assumes which player you want to get the ball to when passing with the X/A button and the left stick. I set my Pass Target Direction to 69, the Distance to 30 and the Openness to 1. While some might prefer to have their Openness set as high as 90, it might not be the best idea to rely on that as more experienced defenders might be leaving their guys open briefly to bait the pass.

One last thing to take note of is that for those looking to use the Pro Touch Finishing Badge, you do need your Shot Timing to be set to “Shots and Layups” or “Layups only” in order for it to activate.

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