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Cloud9, Immortals and others advance to VCT Stage 2 closed qualifer

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Cloud9 Blue, Andbox and Verison1 all move on to the Valorant Champions Tour Stage 2: Challengers closed qualifier as the final day of playoffs concludes.

After several upsets involving TSM, FaZe Clan and Sentinels, the final eight teams have been chosen to move onto the closed qualifier. 100 Thieves, Envy, Immortals, XSET and Built By Gamers have qualified alongside Cloud9, Andbox and Version1.

Both of the Masters finalists have been eliminated from the closed qualifier tournament. As a result, they will have to repeat the next open to qualify. TSM was defeated by Immortals after adding Braxton “Brax” Pierce as the sixth man to their starting lineup. Immortals were able to decisively overthrow the tenth best team in North America 13-1 on Haven and 13-6 on Bind. Similarly, Built By Gamers won 2-0 over the NA Masters Champions after 13-5 on Ascent and Haven.

NRG Esports and Gen.G miss out on Stage 2 closed qualifier

NRG Esports and Gen.G joined FaZe Clan and Sentinels on the list of teams that are missing the closed qualifier. All four teams made it to the VCT Masters event a few weeks ago with FaZe Clan and Senintels competing for the title. Sentinels pulled ahead of FaZe Clan and were crowned the Stage 1 Masters Champions.

Cloud9 Blue defeated Gen.G 2-0. This loss, along with losing to T1, made Gen.G miss out on their chances of Masters. Gen.G had defeated XSET, 100 Thieves and Envy to make it to the Lower Bracket Final. As it so happens, FaZe Clan defeated them in the Lower Bracket before they were able to make it to the finals.

NRG Esports, who had defeated 100 Thieves at Masters, was defeated by XSET. XSET was one of the first few teams to advance to the NA Masters event. However, after a loss to FaZe Clan and Gen.G, they were knocked out of the tournament.

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Source: https://www.dailyesports.gg/cloud9-immortals-and-others-advance-to-vct-stage-2-closed-qualifer/

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CS:GO Navi Chooses “b1t” For Their Five-man Lineup At RMR Tournaments

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Egor “flamie” Vasilev will be left out of RMR tournaments and DreamHack Masters Spring 2021.


Natus Vincere will be performing at the upcoming RMR tournaments with a change in its roster, due to the player-change penalty rules established by Valve. The team has announced through Twitter that they are moving away from the six-man roster approach to adhere to Valve’s new rules. Because of this, Egor “flamie” Vasilev will be left out of their roster for the upcoming RMR (Regional Major Ranking) tournaments and DreamHack Masters Spring 2021. On the other hand, Valeriy “b1t” Vakhovskiy will hold a permanent position on the team.

Flamie out, B1t in

Due to Valve rules stipulating penalties for using substitute players, NaVi’s rotating six-player roster was put in question. A team found in violation has to undergo a compounding penalty of 20% of the points earned at the event if they substitute at least one player during the tournament. In response, Na’Vi has said “Valve made it clear that they do not intend to change the rules. Na’Vi needs as many points as possible to qualify for the Major. In this regard, the team had to coordinate the final roster for the next tournament to avoid penalty points.”

Na’Vi will prepare for their upcoming challenges at a boot camp in Kyiv, Ukraine, from April 11-24. DreamHack Masters Spring, their first focus, will be held between April 29 and May 9. The later CIS RMR tournament is expected to take place in May, around the same time as the European and the North American tournaments. “Despite this, DreamHack is still an important tournament for NAVI,” the organization noted.

The decision to opt for b1t over flamie was not explained in detail. But the team’s coach, Andrii “B1ad3” Gorodenskyi, will be providing clarification in a YouTube video to be posted “next week.”

NaVi roster for DreamHack Spring:

  • Oleksandr ‘s1mple‘ Kostyliev
  • Denis ‘electronic‘ Sharipov
  • Ilya ‘Perfecto‘ Zalutskiy
  • Kirill ‘BoombI4‘ Mikhailov
  • Valeriy ‘b1t‘ Vakhovskiy
  • Andrii ‘B1ad3‘ Gorodenskyi (coach)

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Source: https://estnn.com/csgo-navi-chooses-b1t-for-their-five-man-lineup-at-rmr-tournaments/

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CoD: Players Call For Warzone HUD Update In Season 3

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Teamwork in Warzone can be hard, but this Reddit user may have solved all our problems.


It’s been just over a year since the release of Warzone, and while many players team up with a regular squad, some like to play with randoms online. In both scenarios, communication between your team can be hard, and Warzone’s UI does nothing to help that.

Well, Reddit user Abood_Abuoaid has created a new mockup for the Warzone UI, showing each player’s scorestreaks, plates, gas mask, etc.

this could be very helpful from CODWarzone

With over 5.5k Upvotes at the time of writing, this has proved to be very popular, with many players calling for the update to come soon. Warzone already shows if players have self revive, so adding the other icons shouldn’t be too much hassle for the developers.

This little addition to the Warzone UI would change the game drastically. Teamwork would be much easier, and the leader of the squad who’s always checking up on their teammates’ plate/UAV situation wouldn’t have to keep asking.

If we see this update, it’s likely to come with the Warzone map change that is rumored to happen soon. With a move to a Black Ops Cold War-themed Verdansk, many players will be excited to see what arrives in the coming months.

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Source: https://estnn.com/cod-players-call-for-warzone-hud-update-in-season-3/

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Top World of Warcraft teams clash in the AWC Shadowlands Circuit

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Throughout April 10, the top World of Warcraft teams continued to duke it out in the Arena World Championship Shadowlands Circuit. A place in the Season 1 Finals was at stake.

Arena World Championship Shadowlands Circuit Europe

Day 1 of the third week of round-robin matches began with games between Creed and Tegridy Damp in the Nagrand Arena. Creed won the first game and followed that up with two more victories.

Tegridy Damp tried to land a Freezing Trap for crowd control, but it was to no avail as the opposing team’s Demon Hunter landed The Hunt and helped end the third game.

Top World of Warcraft teams clash in the AWC Shadowlands Circuit Creed versus Tegridy Damp

Creed versus Tegridy Damp. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.

In the games between Blast Wave Bros and Ad Hoc Gaming, the latter team took the series with a quick 3-0. Against their opponent’s they played in the Nagrand Arena, Dalaran Sewers and Tiger’s Peak.

When Skill Capped faced Reload Esports, the first team was victorious in the Nagrand Arena. However, Reload Esports tied the score 1-1 at Hook Point. The third game took place in Empyrean Domain and had a nail-biting end, with Skill Capped earning another win.

Reload Esports had to win the next game, but the Dalaran Sewers arena went to their opponents. Meanwhile, the Method EU versus Cowana Gaming games were intense as both teams had a score of 2-2. Method EU won the fifth game in Empyrean Domain. This victory closed out the third week of Europe’s Arena World Championship games.

Arena World Championship Shadowlands Circuit North America

Over in the other region, the first round of games began with Unitas versus Cloud9. The latter team fought against their opponents in the Nagrand Arena, Ashamane’s Fall and Hook Point. They obtained victory with three consecutive wins.

Top World of Warcraft teams clash in the AWC Shadowlands Circuit North America Cloud9 Versus Unitas

Cloud9 versus Unitas. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.

World of Warcraft team Hamsters & Hares then clashed against OTK. While Hamsters & Hares earned a win in the first game, OTK tied the score 1-1 in the next arena.

OTK continued to turn the games around in the following two games, earning a score of 3-1.

The final game of the day came down to Method NA versus the Golden Guardians. Although the latter team fought valiantly in three different arenas, Method NA closed it out with a score of 3-0.

Top World of Warcraft teams clash in the AWC Shadowlands Circuit North America Method NA versus Golden Guadians

Method NA versus the Golden Guardians. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.

The first season of the Arena World Championship Shadowlands Circuit consists of four weekends. Once completed, each region’s top four World of Warcraft teams will head into the Season 1 Finals.

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Source: https://www.dailyesports.gg/top-world-of-warcraft-teams-clash-in-the-awc-shadowlands-circuit/

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DarkZero Esports strikes RESPAWN partnership

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North American esports organisation DarkZero Esports has welcomed gaming furniture manufacturer RESPAWN as its latest partner. 

The year-long partnership will see RESPAWN outfit DarkZero’s gaming facility in Las Vegas. 

Credit: DarkZero Esports

RELATED: RESPAWN Products becomes furniture partner of Misfits Gaming Group

As a part of the deal, both parties will also collaborate on creating content, unveiling new products and hosting giveaways. 

James Deasey, RESPAWN Partnership Manager, spoke on the partnership in a release: “We at RESPAWN Products are excited to be working alongside one of the premier organisations in Rainbow Six Siege, DarkZero Esports. 

“Tommy and the team at DarkZero have the drive and passion to continue to grow their brand exponentially, and that is something that aligns with our goals as well at team RESPAWN. As of today, RESPAWN Products is #GoingDark.” 

RESPAWN Products has previously kitted out facilities for Misfits Gaming Group, Atlanta Esports Ventures and Winchester-based Shenandoah University.

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Tommy Padula, Head of Partnerships at DarkZero, also commented: “We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with the battle-tested ergonomic gaming furniture brand of the future, RESPAWN Products. It’s important for us at DarkZero to provide our athletes with top of the line equipment to perform at their best.

“Through partnering with RESPAWN, we are making good on that promise. We are also excited to provide value and engage with our fans through product giveaways and sweepstakes. Looking forward to growing with our founding partners!” 

Esports Insider says: DarkZero’s gaming house is an 8,000 square foot facility, therefore partnering with RESPAWN Products to have it outfitted with its gaming furniture is certainly a great deal for the organisation. 

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Source: https://esportsinsider.com/2021/04/darkzero-esports-respawn-products-partnership/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=darkzero-esports-respawn-products-partnership

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