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Whether you are one of the people who have grown tired of the scene after it became repetitive or you are still just as passionate about watching CS:GO no matter how much the pandemic has changed the industry, BLAST Premier Fall Series is a tournament you don’t want to miss.

Intercontinental play is back on the menu at BLAST

The first stage of BLAST’s Fall season takes the first step back to what the scene was like before the pandemic hit earlier this year, and as if that wasn’t enough, there has also been big movements among some of the world’s best teams and players who are about to play in the $150,000 event.

So here’s a pitch for why you should keep your eyes peeled on the Fall Series:

Evil Geniuses and FURIA take on Europe

Oh yes.

After we saw nothing but regional action for what feels like an eternity by now, the time when the best teams from North America and Europe go up against each other is upon us again. That prospect alone should get anyone excited for the final two months of 2020, which will witness the return of intercontinental competition (albeit still online, at least for now) before the crazy year warped by the pandemic comes to a close.

In the BLAST Premier Fall Series, the first of a number of tournaments featuring big teams from both sides of the Atlantic, we will get a taste of what a true tier-one competition feels and looks like for the first time since IEM Katowice, with FURIA and Evil Geniuses getting ready to challenge the brunt of Europe to a battle between the two most competitive regions in CS:GO.

Europe will face FURIA’s relentless leader for the first time in close to a year

Although Liquid and Gen.G won the first two regional titles in ESL Pro League Season 11 and ESL One: Road to Rio once the pandemic struck in March, every single one of seven North American titles over the last five months have gone to either FURIA or Evil Geniuses, with Andrei “⁠arT⁠” Piovezan‘s side boasting four of them and Peter “⁠stanislaw⁠” Jarguz‘s squad the other three. So who better than these two teams to represent the North American region in this intercontinental clash?

If you’re a fan of other teams and aren’t caught up on what’s going on the other side of the pond these days, this is the time to start paying attention. There is no way a lineup as skilled as Evil Geniuses or one as unpredictable and in-your-face as FURIA doesn’t ruffle some feathers over in the Old Continent, where after a year of arT-less bliss, teams might have forgotten just how obnoxious it is to find the mega-aggressive Brazilian in their own spawn 20 seconds into the round and see him do it all over again in the next.

Complexity and G2 to showcase new superstars

Historic moves have been happening in Europe lately, with two big stars of the game about to enter a new chapter. After over six years with Australia’s No. 1 team, Justin “⁠jks⁠” Savage has just announced his move from the now-disbanded 100 Thieves squad to Complexity, where the 15th best player of 2019 will be hoping to reach new heights and pick up the first big trophies in his career.

Everything is pointing towards this being the perfect move for the Benjamin “⁠blameF⁠” Bremer-led side. The Aussie fits into many of Owen “⁠oBo⁠” Schlatter‘s previous roles, and the Danish in-game leader is giving up some of his own to accommodate the new member even better, and there’s no question that the lineup change, albeit sudden and unexpected, brings a serious boost to Complexity in terms of experience as well as skill.

ICYMI: jks: “I’m at the point in my career where I really just want to win a lot of things; this is the reason why I came to Complexity”

The only question is how quickly the team and jks will mesh together and reach the level of chemistry they need to consistently compete for titles. The likelihood of that happening in time for BLAST Premier Fall Series is low, with Complexity having only started practicing with the 24-year-old a week before their debut, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be an intriguing team to watch and a competitive one in a group with Vitality, BIG, as well as a potentially Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” Kovač-less FaZe.

NiKo is about to be a part of another one of the biggest moves in CS:GO history

Speaking of the Bosnian’s situation with his long-time team, it is not set in stone yet, but it looks increasingly likely that NiKo will complete the reported move to G2 in time for the $150,000 event. With FaZe in Group B and G2 in Group C, we might have to wait until the middle of the week to find out for sure, but we can at least muse about the possibility of the compelling new combination for now.

If François “⁠AmaNEk⁠” Delaunay is the man on the way out as expected, then this is a huge upgrade from every angle. Whether you look at experience, firepower, the X-factor, the ability to be a reliable secondary AWPer, or an additional source of ideas and calls, NiKo brings it all as one of the best to have ever touched the game. Given that he should have solid chemistry with the rest of the lineup from day one on top of that, there’s a good chance G2 will go from from the disappointing performer of late to a title contender almost overnight.

Astralis in full force again?

Changes also happened in the Astralis camp as the Danish organisation sold Patrick “⁠es3tag⁠” Hansen to Cloud9 and is set to welcome back Andreas “⁠Xyp9x⁠” Højsleth after he took a medical leave at the end of May. The Clutch Minister’s reintroduction to the roster puts an end to speculation regarding his future with the Danish powerhouse and brings with it the possibility of the back-to-back-to-back Major winning roster playing together for the first time in over five months, but we still have yet to receive confirmation that that will be the case.

At least we know that Xyp9x will indeed play in Astralis‘ opening match of Group C against MIBR on November 2, but there’s still a chance that someone else from the original five will not while Lucas “⁠Bubzkji⁠” Andersen steps into the active roster for the first time since he was put on the bench at the beginning of September, after playing just four matches.

Xyp9x is back after a long break

With Astralis staying silent about the specific roster they will use in BLAST for now and having the ability to submit all six players and swap them in between maps or matches according to the tournament organizer’s rulebook, we’ll just have to see in which direction they will decide to go. However, it’s reasonable to assume that the Danes will return to their best possible lineup whenever they can, so you can get your hopes up — with caution.

MIBR with a whole new look

The last time MIBR were in Europe, it was just after the player break and their stay lasted only a few weeks, but in that short period their atrocious results were enough to put the final nail in the lineup’s coffin and bring about a completely new era for the organization. As the phrase “out with the old, in with the new” goes, the Brazilian squad now no longer features any of their most senior members in Epitacio “⁠TACO⁠” de Melo, Fernando “⁠fer⁠” Alvarenga, and Gabriel “⁠FalleN⁠” Toledo after the first two were let go and the AWPer and in-game leader decided to step down in protest against the changes.

Last week, we finally got to learn the first step in MIBR‘s plan, which was to introduce Brazilian legend Raphael “⁠cogu⁠” Camargo as their new coach and manager. Just days later, it was announced that a trio of stand-ins had been brought in to fill in the gaps: Lucas “⁠LUCAS1⁠” Teles, one of the organisation’s former players, and two young guns in Vinicius “⁠vsm⁠” Moreira and Leonardo “⁠leo_drk⁠” Oliveira.

The temporary lineup will make its debut in BLAST Premier, in which they’ll have some tough opposition to play, with Astralis, FURIA, and G2 featured in the same group. Expectations are low for the brand new squad, but it’ll be intriguing nonetheless to find out just how different the new-look MIBR will be without the influence of the old guard and with the injection of some younger talent. Surely it can’t get any worse than the previous roster’s final moments?

Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/30530/four-key-storylines-of-blast-premier-fall-series

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Allay Their Fears WoW: How to Complete the Quest

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Allay Their Fears WoW: How to Complete the Quest | Photo Courtesy of Blizzard

The Allay Their Fears WoW quest can be completed in a few simple steps. First, the quest can be started once players reach the Garden of Respite. The enemies in this area are around level 60, so make sure you’re prepared for the fight.

Once at the Garden of Respite, the quest will tell players that a few of the wyrms and cloudfeathers have frenzied. The game will then prompt you to equip Korinna’s Allaying Crook. Once players have grabbed the weapon, a charge meter will appear on the bottom of the screen. Players must then fill that meter by killing wyrms and cloudfeathers scattered around the area with the Allayin Crook.

After players have killed enough wyrms and cloudfeathers to charge the bar, the next step is to complete a ritual which will release the souls of these animals. Players must head to the south of the garden. There is a makeshift alter hidden behind large flowers where the ritual must be performed. Once there, the player can hover over Karinna’s Allaying Crook. By clicking the weapon, souls will be released from the weapon and appear on the pillar. Vesiphone will thank the player, and they will have completed the quest.

Source: https://www.dbltap.com/posts/allay-their-fears-wow-how-to-complete-the-quest-01er7pmqvx69?utm_source=RSS

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The Rock Expresses Interest in Fortnite Skin Modeled on Him

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The Rock may be in the process of appearing in Fortnite as a wearable skin. | Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Getty Images

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may be in the process of having a Fortnite skin modeled after him.

ComicBook.com journalist Brandon Davis tweeted a photo of a float modeled after Johnson on Thursday, saying the cartoonish depiction of the float made him look like a character in Fortnite. Johnson himself replied to the tweet.

“Way ahead of you, BD” he wrote, followed by a winking emoji. “Great minds.” He signed off with an emoji of a glass of liquor.

There’s been no official word from Epic Games on the possibility of a crossover skin, but Johnson’s ubiquity in pop culture would make him a natural fit for the game.

Source: https://www.dbltap.com/posts/the-rock-expresses-interest-in-fortnite-skin-modeled-on-him-01er7qkjzqb1?utm_source=RSS

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Doublelift Retires: A Tale of Glory, Downfall, and Legacy

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Doublelift Retires: A Tale of Glory, Downfall, and Legacy | Courtesy of Riot Games

The best AD Carry in North America. Trash talker. Family tragedy. Back-to-back champion. Controversy. The man needs no introduction, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng announced his retirement on Nov. 25 in a long Twitter post reflecting back on his career, journey, history, and personal transformation. After nine eventful years of professional League of Legends career, Doublelift has decided to end his career at Team SoloMid.

Starting off his career in 2011, he bounced around teams a couple of times – and even played as a support at one point – before settling with Counter Logic Gaming (CLG). When he got back from DreamHack Summer 2011, Doublelift was kicked out of his house by his parents. After posting on LoL subreddit, eSports pundit Travis Gafford offered him a place to stay until he transitioned to gaming house. In CLG, it was George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis who helped the native Californian be known in the League of Legends professional scene. Despite the rocky journey, Doublelift called CLG home and brought a trophy to the team for NA LCS Summer 2015 until his departure to TSM. It was CLG’s first-ever LCS playoff title. It was also in CLG on July 4, 2015, that Doublelift became the first player in NA LCS to reach 500 kills. Doublelift started to be correlated with toxicity. When leaving CLG, midlaner Austin “LiNk” Shin openly talked about his difficulty working with Doublelift due to his toxicity and aggressive criticism towards his teammates. The latter eventually apologized publicly and pointed at the lack of leadership in the team.

Moving to TSM was a big moment for Doublelift. His announcement video in 2015 has been viewed by almost 2.8 million people on YouTube (as a comparison, his second comeback to TSM was only viewed by slightly more than 845,000 viewers and his TL move’s video announcement was seen by about 422,000 viewers). During Doublelift’s two-year tenure with TSM, he managed to win NA LCS Summer Splits in both 2016 and 2017. However, his international appearances never actually came to fruition, consistently falling at Groups stage. Doublelift was impacted when TSM’s management restructured the team in favor of G2 Esports’ Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez. Team Liquid quickly snagged Doublelift.

It’s during his time in Team Liquid that he showed his dominance for two years (LCS all splits in 2018 and 2019) by winning four consecutive titles, or as the community like to say back-to-back-to-back-to-back champion. Prior to his victory at the NA LCS 2018 Spring Split final, Doublelift experienced a family tragedy. It was arguably the most shocking news to the League of Legends community. Doublelift’s brother had attacked their parents in a knife assault, resulting in the death of their mother and a non-fatal injuries to his father. When he finally opened up on his possible absence during the finals, he said, “No, I’ve never considered [not playing] for a moment… And I think as my fans get to know me better, you know, they’ll realize that this is my life and without competition and without my fans, I would just be a normal person. And I don’t want to be a normal person. So, of course, I’m just gonna – nothing’s gonna stop me. Yeah, nothing.” With dedication, strength, and courage, he went on to win the title.

In the same year, Team Liquid was qualified for worlds before falling short in the Groups stage. Team Liquid and Doublelift finished second after G2 Esports in Mid-Season Invitational 2019. The trophy is Doublelift’s best international award in his career. After having a rough start as a team and motivation issue in Spring Split 2020, Doublelift left TL and returned to TSM to climb back to the top by winning LCS Summer 2020, granting TSM the first seed coming from NA for Worlds Championship. It was rather a disappointing Worlds result with the infamous 0-6 score in the Groups stage. Many people were still discussing SwordArt/Doublelift synergy before the latter announced his retirement.

In his long LCS career, he has eight LCS titles, eight Worlds appearances, two MSI appearances, 486 LCS games, 2,098 LCS kills, and a win-rate of 63.0%. Doublelift has 10 pentakills throughout his career, with four of them in LCS, making him have the most pentakills all-time in the LCS. His 156,102 CS and 431 gold/minute are third all-time records in LCS.

He may be the guy the community loves to hate but Doublelift, whose signature quote is “everyone else is trash,” is by far the most decorated player in LCS history.

Source: https://www.dbltap.com/posts/doublelift-retires-a-tale-of-glory-downfall-and-legacy-01er5w6f5k9n?utm_source=RSS

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Native Fortnite Locations: How to Complete the Challenge

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How to harvest buses and RVs in native Fortnite locations. | Photo courtesy of Epic Games

Native Fortnite locations are the focus of one of the fourth week XP Extravaganza challenges offering players last-minute opportunities to earn tons of XP and level up their Battle Pass.

Here’s how to complete the harvest buses and RVs in native Fortnite locations challenge.

Native locations in Fortnite are areas that have been brought over to the Chapter 2 map from the original Chapter 1 battle island.

Technically speaking, Doom’s Domain could count since it’s Pleasant Park with some minor tweaks, but to be safe you should stick to these other locations.

Here are the current Fortnite native locations on the Chapter 2 Season 4 map.

Your best bet would be to visit Retail Row, Risky Reels or Weeping Woods in Team Rumble, with the drive-in movie setting as the prime location. There are more RVs and busses in these locations than there are in Salty Springs, which means you’ll almost certainly be able to complete this challenge on your first try.

Simply destroy one bus or RV with your harvesting tool and just like that, 20,000 season XP is in the bag.

With there being just four days left to complete last-minute challenges before the Galactus season-ending event on Dec. 1, feel free to check out our guides on where to boogie before oblivion and how to deliver a semi-truck to Stark Industries.

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