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BIG, Heroic cruise past Brazilian representatives in DreamHack Masters Spring

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Two straightforward games concluded the BO1 phase of DreamHack Masters Spring 2021. After winning FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe Finals and then crashing out of the IEM Summer closed qualifier, BIG put up a masterclass against FURIA, taking them down 16-6 on Vertigo.

The world No. 2 and winners of ESL Pro League Season 13, Heroic, lived up to their status in their opening game of DreamHack Masters Spring against paiN. The Brazilians mustered little more than sporadic success, as Casper “⁠cadiaN⁠” Møller and co. took the victory on Nuke, 16-6.

tiziaN put up a stellar performance against FURIA (1.72 rating)

The results set up a BIGHeroic upper bracket semi-final, the winner of which will at minimum secure a place in the quarter-finals of the playoffs. The two sides last met in March in the group stage of Pro League, where the Danes were victorious 2-1.

FURIA, who are now on a four-match losing streak, will be optimistic about staying alive in DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 as they face countrymen paiN. The team featuring Rafael “⁠saffee⁠” Costa and Rodrigo “⁠biguzera⁠” Bittencourt rose to No. 27 in the world ranking thanks to success in North America but are yet to prove themselves on the Old Continent.

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Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/31662/big-heroic-cruise-past-brazilian-representatives-in-dreamhack-masters-spring

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Krafton acquires mobile game development company Dreamotion

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Kraftonhas decided to acquire South Korean game development company Dreamotion for an undisclosed sum, the company behind PUBG announced today.

Dreamotion was established in July 2016 and has so far released three games for Android and iOS devices, namely Ronin: The Last Samurai, Road to Valor: World War II, and Gun Strider.

Krafton said in a release that it plans to introduce a variety of different titles through the new acquisition. While the company hasn’t commented on the nature of these new games, they will likely be for mobile given Dreamotion’s portfolio.

“I think the passion of Dreamotion, which has demonstrated creativity and production capabilities by presenting a variety of games with a sense of speed, is in line with Krafton’s vision,” Kim Chang-han, CEO of Krafton, said.

Dreamotion will become Krafton’s fifth independent gaming studio after PUBG Studio, Bluehole Studio, Rising Wings, and Strike Distance Studio. The most popular of these is PUBG Studio, which was formerly known as PUBG Corporation until its merger with parent company Krafton in December 2020. It developed the hit battle royale title PUBG and is also currently creating a new mobile game called PUBG: New State expected to release later this year.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/news/krafton-acquires-mobile-game-development-company-dreamotion

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Jamppi sticks to his guns, confirms he won’t be returning to CS:GO

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Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen has doubled down on his commitment to VALORANT.

The Finnish sniper confirmed he won’t be returning to Counter-Strike in a recent stream.

“Don’t be mad guys, but I’m going to stick to VALORANT,” Jamppi said on Wednesday. “So I’m not going back to CS. That’s for sure now. I hope there will not be too many people upset about it, but the decision was extremely hard to make.”

Jamppi wasn’t allowed to participate in Valve-sponsored events due to a VAC ban dating back to 2013. This led to the player stepping down from ENCE and pursuing a career in VALORANT in January 2021. 

In April, Valve updated its eligibility guidelines to only disqualify players from events if they had received a VAC ban less than five years prior to a minor or major tournament. This change made Jamppi eligible to compete again in CS:GO

But despite this, Jamppi is clearly dead set on VALORANT. The Team Liquid player qualified for VCT Masters Reykjavík on May 2 after beating Fnatic in the finals of VCT EMEA Stage Two Challengers.

A recent report indicated that Nabil “Nivera” Benrlitom, the brother of Jamppi’s teammate ScreaM, was close to signing a contract with Liquid. As an already established roster, this suggested that a player, perhaps Jamppi, would be stepping down in the near future. But now, that looks like it’s no longer the case. 

Jamppi will represent Liquid at VCT Masters Reykjavík on May 24.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/valorant/news/jamppi-confirms-he-wont-be-returning-to-csgo

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FaZe Clan’s cameram4n on March LATAM roster shuffle: ‘We’ve never seen a region change so much’

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FaZe Clan were arguably the biggest beneficiary of the March transfer window in Rainbow Six Siege. Following a series of underwhelming results, the storied organization released four members of their roster, opting to buy out the majority of the MiBR roster.

The move reunited long-time FaZe Clan player Gabriel “cameram4n” Hespanhol with the organization, and also added Jaime “Cyber” Ramos, José “Bullet1” Victor, and Lucas “soulz1” Romero Schinke. Only Leonardo “Astro” Luis remained, once again joining with cameram4n.

“We’ve never seen a region change so much,” said cameram4n. “That’s probably because of us… it felt good, especially for me, because I got to come back to FaZe Clan.”

The only team that fundamentally stayed the same in the LATAM region in March was Team Liquid. MiBR’s roster was pillaged, and they bought out the Team oNe roster as a result, Team oNe was forced to make a patchwork roster with players from multiple teams, Black Dragons took on the old FaZe members.

It was quite the offseason–and it looks like it’s paying off. The new-look FaZe has been burning through the LATAM region. They tied for first in BR6 with Team Liquid, their chief rivals, but fell to Team oNe in the opening playoff round of the Copa Elite Six. Regardless, FaZe came to France with high expectations after obtaining the MiBR core that was the best team in Brazil during 2020.

Despite the shuffle, Brazilian teams have been highlighted by fans and analysts as some of the favorites coming into SI, and FaZe is no exception. Soulz1 has been instrumental throughout the regular season, and his support play has been one of the reasons why analysts think FaZe has a chance at winning it all.

LATAM has high expectations coming into France. The region is expected to have one of their teams raise the hammer in victory when the tournament is done. FaZe Clan has had a strong start to the tournament, but there’s still lots of Siege to be played.

“Every team that’s here, they’re the best in the world,” soulz1 said, when speaking about his experiences attending his first Invitational. “If we can play against these teams and show a good performance, that means we’re on a high level.”

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Source: https://dotesports.com/rainbow-6/news/faze-clans-cameram4n-on-march-latam-roster-shuffle-weve-never-seen-a-region-change-so-much

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When will Squeak arrive in Brawl Stars?

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In the most recent Brawl Talk, Supercell unveiled two new Brawlers coming to Brawl Stars in season six–Belle and Squeak.

Belle is a chromatic Brawler, which means that she’s available in the season six Brawl Pass, which will end on June 21. Squeak, on the other hand, will arrive a bit later into the season.

Squeak is an alien who is a part of Colonel Ruffs’ Star Force. He has evolved from the drool of Ruffs’ dog toys. His main attack is a toy that can be thrown over a short distance. These toys stick to enemies and walls due to Ruffs’ drool and explode.

Related: Belle’s new Star Power Grounded launched on Brawl Stars

His super is a frag grenade. It can be thrown over walls and explodes after a short period, dealing damage to all enemies in a large radius around it.

Screengrab via Supercell

When will Squeak be released into Brawl Stars?

Squeak will be released on May 20 and will come in the mythic rarity. Brawl Stars players will be able to spot a countdown in the Brawlers section of the game.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/mobile/news/when-will-squeak-arrive-in-brawl-stars

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