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Fnatic is struggling in the world of online CSGO

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Albert S. July 10, 2020

Fnatic’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster has had a rough start to 2020, and the team’s form has recently indicated that things may get worse for the team before they get better.

After the acquisition of Robin “flusha” Rönnquist and Maikil “Golden” Kunda Selim in the wake of the side’s failure to qualify for the StarLadder Berlin Major last summer, Fnatic embarked on a run of top four placements at seven events in a row, with their win on home soil at DreamHack Masters Malmo coming just a month later.

ESL Pro League Season 11 was CSGO’s first online competition this year and, unlike the events that followed, Fnatic looked to be at their peak. The squad strutted its stuff with R8 and knife kills aplenty, swaggering their way past every top team. 

It was an utterly unreal performance and culminated in a fitting finale against Mousesports, where a 16-2 win on Nuke proved to be the decisive blow in a 3-2 series victory. Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin was crowned MVP of the tournament with a 0.73 rating, and the Swedes scooped up $110,000 for their first-place finish. 

Fnatic was CS royalty again, and on the April 27, almost exactly four years on from when they were last at the summit, they returned to the #1 ranking on HLTV’s world rankings table. 

However, it feels like Fnatic have been suffering from a lack of motivation in the server since topping those tables earlier this year. They entered the ESL Road to Rio qualifiers as a heavy favourite in most Counter Strike betting markets, but ended up finishing a lowly 12th place after some shocking losses to the likes of ENCE, Dignitas, Vitality, and even Movistar Riders. 

They then entered DreamHack Spring Masters as reigning champions, but once again struggled and ended up dropping out in even worse fashion with losses to Faze Clan, Spirit, and MAD Lions. 

It was clear Fnatic was struggling with a plethora of issues, and the team hastily organised a bootcamp in preparation for their debut at a BLAST event at the Spring Showdown. While the team did perform a bit better, being knocked out by eventual Master finalists Team Vitality, it was still a performance that was a long way off what the Swedes were hoping for.

Arguably no team in the CS circuit revolves on momentum and confidence more than Fnatic, with players like Jesper “JW” Wecksell and Flusha looking like absolute shells of themselves without it. 

The calls from in-game leader Golden haven’t been the problem with Fnatic, with the team consistently setting themselves up in promising positions around most maps, it just seems to be a case of the players being punished for not being as strong individually as they once were. Fnatic’s record online against the bigger teams they’re used to playing on LAN has remained solid, but it’s the smaller teams they normally expect to brush aside or avoid playing entirely that are doing big damage against them. 

And unless Fnatic can figure out a way to recapture its lost swagger, it’s likely that the Swedish team will continue to absorb losses to teams most fans and analysts think it should be able to overcome.

Source: https://win.gg/news/4931/fnatic-is-struggling-in-the-world-of-online-csgo

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How to Play With Friends Online in Dynamax Adventures in Pokémon Sword and Shield The Crown Tundra

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Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have once again added a confusing method for you to play online with your friends with the new Pokémon Sword and Shield feature, Dynamax Adventures, in The Crown Tundra

In the DLC’s flagship mode Dynamax Adventure, you and three friends can fight in a raid to try and get a Legendary Pokémon at the end of it depending on which version of the game you own.

While you can fight alongside friends in the mode, it isn’t exactly explained well at the start. So how exactly can you take part in the new mode with friends?

Well, here is how to do it:

  1. Make sure everyone who wants to play the game is online in Y-Comms
  2. Everyone must go and talk to the lady and enter a random Dynamax Adventure
  3. Before you click “Invite Others” press the + Button to bring up the Link Code option
  4. Set an eight-digit link code that’ll be the same for everyone
  5. Once that’s set, click on “Invite Others” to enter the lobby
  6. If you have done it correctly, the lobby should start to fill up with your friends or you should join your friend’s lobby.
  7. Check the top-right of the screen to see your Link Code, if it isn’t there you have done it wrong.

If you do all that, you should be set to go on your adventure. Just a note, if you want to fight specific Legendary Pokemon everyone will need to have it on their list to join a lobby as far as we are aware of.

Source: https://dotesports.com/pokemon/news/how-to-play-with-friends-online-in-dynamax-adventures-in-pokemon-sword-and-shield-the-crown-tundra

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How to Separate and Rejoin Calyrex from Glastrier or Spectrier in Pokémon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra

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When you catch Calyrex for the first time in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra Expansion, they will be fused to either Glastrier or Spectrier and at first, glance, stuck together for all eternity.

Thankfully, however, there is a way to separate the two Pokémon if you want to have both in you party as two separate entities or switch up with two Pokémon are joint together as one.

Here is how to do it:

  1. Open up the Main Menu by pressing the X button.
  2. Go into your bag and switch to the Key Items submenu
  3. Find the Reigns of Unity
  4. With Calyrex in your party, click on the Reigns of Unity and click the fused Calyrex to separate them from their steed
  5. To rejoin them, click the Reigns of Units in your bag while Calyrex and either Glastrier or Spectrier are in your party. You should then be able to fuse them again.

Witht hat you should have complete control of the Pokémon on offer to create the party of your dreams, or switch between the two Legendary Horse Pokémon to find your perfect match.

Source: https://dotesports.com/pokemon/news/how-to-separate-and-rejoin-calyrex-from-glastrier-or-spectrier-in-pokemon-sword-and-shield-crown-tundra

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All increased spawns, encounters, and event raids for the Pokémon Go Halloween Event

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Spooks, scares, and so much more await you during Pokémon Go’s 2020 Halloween event, which is live now along with all of its frightful festivities. 

Until Nov. 3, players will be able to encounter tons of Ghost-types, including Gengar and Sabelye with special costumes and Galarian Yamask, which will be appearing for the first time. Lost of Shiny Pokémon will also be up for grabs throughout the event. 

If you completed the Mega Buddy Challenge Timed Research from last month, you’ll have access to more exclusive Timed Research that will reward Gengar Mega Energy, which will help a lot since Mega Gengar has joined the Mega Raid pool. 

If you plan on getting out and celebrate with the specters, here are all of the increased spawns, encounters, and event raids for the Halloween Event, with the event effects too. 

Event Effects

  • Double Catch Candy
  • Double Transfer Candy

Spawn Increases

  • Pikachu – Halloween Costume (Shiny Available)
  • Alolan Grimer (Shiny Available)
  • Ghastly (Shiny Available)
  • Haunter
  • Misdreavus (Shiny Available)
  • Sableye – Halloween Costume (Shiny Available)
  • Shuppet (Shiny Available)
  • Duskull (Shiny Available)
  • Chimecho 
  • Drifloon (Shiny Available)
  • Yamask (Shiny Available)
  • Litwick

Event Specific Raid Battles

  • One-star Raids
    • Bulbasaur – Halloween Costume (Shiny Available)
    • Charmander – Halloween Costume (Shiny Available)
    • Squirtle – Halloween Costume (Shiny Available)
    • Misdreavus (Shiny Available)
    • Sableye – Halloween Costume (Shiny Available)
  • Three-star Raids
    • Gengar – Halloween Costume (Shiny Available)
  • Five-star Raids
    • Darkrai (Shiny Available)
  • Mega Raids
    • Mega Gengar

If you want to encounter Galarian Yamask or Spiritomb, including Shiny Spiritomb, you will need to complete ‘A Spooky Message Unmasked‘ Special Research and other tasks during the event. 

Source: https://dotesports.com/pokemon/news/all-increased-spawns-encounters-and-event-raids-for-the-pokemon-go-halloween-event

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