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Hints of CSGO Source 2 beta hidden in new Dota 2 update

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Valve added nearly all of CSGO’s shaders and entities to Dota 2 today with the MOBA’s massive Dawnbreaker Update.

Danger Zone is shaping up to be one of the first parts of CSGO to make the jump to Source 2, judging from the Dota 2 patch. 10 minutes after Dota 2 fans met the game’s new hero, Valve pushed another update to the game that changed the signing on its maps. The patch didn’t seem to add anything new, but that’s because the hidden additions had nothing to do with Valve’s popular MOBA.

Valve hides CSGO’s Danger Zone in massive Dota 2 patch

There weren’t any creeps or scepters in this second Dota 2 patch, but Hostage Zones, security doors, and almost all of the shaders CSGO relies on to draw its playspaces. Valve essentially hid them twice, once stuffed inside Dota 2’s pak files and once again embedded inside the game’s actual maps. Between the 10-minute gap and the extra trouble Valve took to hide Danger Zone’s port, It seems as though the developer attempted some slight of hand as it moved the assets.

With players enamored with all the other bells and whistles of Dota 2’s 7.29 patch, Valve likely expected to be able to sneak this one past data miners in the wave of bug fixes that followed. But SteamDB’s Pavel Djundik unpacked the maps almost as soon as they landed on hard drives.

Somehow Valve managed to put the content inside Dota’2 maps without increasing their size, leading some to think that Valve revealed the move intentionally. After all, why use millions of hard drives when it could walk it across the office. Either way, the compressed shaders and Source 1 entities mean that CSGO’s Source 2 development is much closer than anyone had thought possible. It’s an exciting day for CSGO fans, especially now that Valve publicly moved the largest amount of CSGO assets to Source 2 in history.

Interestingly, Valve first tested embedding things in a game’s maps nearly three months ago, but it didn’t try it with CSGO or Dota 2. Instead, players noticed compressed entities in Team Fortress 2, hinting at the increasing possibility that other Source games are set to join CSGO on Source 2. Source 2 will give Danger Zone a much larger area for the battle royal mode’s maps, and that means devs will probably bump up the Zone from 20 to possibly 30 or 40 players. Overall, it doesn’t matter if players are Dota fans, CSGO fans, TF2 fans, or just fans of Valve.

It’s a good day because big things seem to be on the horizon.

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Source: https://win.gg/news/7829/hints-of-csgo-source-2-beta-hidden-in-new-dota-2-update

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Leona Heidern cuts into the King of Fighters XV lineup

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As many fans predicted, The SIlent Soldier Leona Heidern is joining the King of Fighters XV roster, bringing her combat-centric personality to the ring. 

She was featured in the original announcement trailer for the game, so it was only a matter of time before she was shown cutting away at the competition. Despite this, she is technically the 20th fighter joining the game’s roster. 

Leona is an explosive and direct fighter that mixes fast motions with her claw-like form, which allows her to optimize her slashing-style that pairs well with her acrobatic movements. 

Many of her moves involve coating her attacks or body parts with a blade-like aura. This lets her pierce her opponents with her strikes, and even extend the blades to her energy attacks, such as with her Cutting Ball. 

Since Leona was not shown to have a team, we might be seeing the return of the Ikari Warriors in the near future. That would mean both Ralf Jones and Clark Still will be joining the roster, unless SNK decides to really shake things up with some of Leona’s normal supporting cast.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/fgc/news/leona-heidern-cuts-into-the-king-of-fighters-xv-lineup

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The 6 best VALORANT Agents to use for Replication game mode

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VALORANT’s Patch 2.09 dropped yesterday with a bunch of minor balance changes and map tweaks. Though competitive players may need to spend a decent amount of time to see if anything in the meta has changed, a new limited-time game mode will be available for fans to enjoy.

In the Replication game mode, teams will get to play with a single agent. When a Replication match begins, you’ll be able to vote on an agent. Once the agent is selected, all of the members of your team will play as the chosen character.

If you’re already having evil thoughts about perma-flashing your enemies, Riot may be one step ahead of you on that one since the developer also included a “flashguard” to help VALORANT players maintain their eye health.

The Replication game mode will only be available for two weeks, and these are the agents that you should try playing in the mode before it rotates out.

Raze

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When you know the enemy team is rushing through a corridor, there won’t be enough grenades in the world to cut them off. That may not be an issue at all, if you have a team of Razes, however.

A full Raze team can open the door to a world of opportunities both in terms of defense and offense. You can try flying into a bomb-site with Raze’s Blast Packs or set your Boom Bots toward the same direction for a robot uprising.

Paint Shells, on the other hand, can be a nightmare to deal with for your opponents. Throwing a couple of them from different directions to corner the enemy team can be enough to secure around by itself. When you all have your ultimates available, you may as well queue up the song Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas. 

Cypher

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In most VALORANT games, the information flow within a team is often the deciding factor between securing a round or going bust. The level of communication can increase drastically if you’re a team of Cyphers.

With carefully placed Spycams around the map, you can have eyes on almost anywhere important on the map. Trapwires will work wonderfully to secure objectives, and once all Cyphers start using their ultimates, your enemies will have nowhere to hide on the map.

Omen

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No matter the map or the composition you’re running, Omen can always be a crucial part of any lineup. Considering the number of mobility tools he has, dealing with him can prove itself to be a difficult task.

While one decent Omen is already a trouble for most teams, dealing with five of them can make anyone dizzy. As five Omens, you can surround the enemy team from all angles, but it can also be a double-edged sword. If you get separated around the map, you can also get picked off one by one, which is never good.

Viper

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Having less space to work with while you’re covering a site can make it impossible to withstand enemy fire. Once you block an exit, you can just expect your enemies to show up from the other side.

With a team of Vipers you can lay down multiple Toxic Screen and trap your opponents in a box. To stay one step ahead of your opponents, you may want to get up-to-date with all the smoke and wall locations for Viper.

Brimstone

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Brimstone has multiple abilities that make him a great pick for the Replication game mode. It’s his ultimate that lets him really shine, however, and your enemies will need to think not twice but thrice after you occupy a bombsite with multiple Orbital Strikes.

Aside from his ultimate, Incendiary will also be another great tool that can make it relatively easier to defend our push hotspots on any map.

Killjoy

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If you liked the idea of starting a robot uprising with Raze, you might also want to give it a try with Killjoy as well. Killjoy is equipped with multiple automated tools that make her one of the best agents to try out in the Replication mode.

Setting up multiple Alarmbots and Turrets at the same time can be quite difficult to deal with for your opponents, and you’ll be able to get creating with all the extra Lockdown charges on your team.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/valorant/news/the-6-best-valorant-agents-to-use-for-replication-game-mode

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Renekton, Scorched Earth skin now available on Wild Rift

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The latest champion to join the Wild Rift as part of Patch 2.2c is none other than the butcher of the sands, Renekton.

Now available to purchase in-game, Renekton offers players a powerful yet simple champion for their top lane needs. Those who are familiar with the champion from League of Legends will have no trouble picking up Renekton in Wild Rift as his kit is mostly unchanged between the games.

Alongside the champion, you can also score yourself the Scorched Earth skin to spice up Renekton’s appearance on the Rift. Introduced in patch 2.2b, Renekton is one of four champions that can partake in nemesis duels and this can occur when he comes face to face with Nasus during a match.

There is criteria that must be met for this unique battle feature to occur and you can check those out on Riot’s website. The champion who emerges victorious in combat will score themselves a buff for the rest of the game.

Later in Patch 2.2c, you can expect to see plenty of new skins added including a selection from the Blood Moon range, and a new Pride event on May 24. A full list of everything including in this latest update can be found here.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/news/renekton-scorched-earth-skin-now-available-on-wild-rift

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Konami reveals 2021 Lost Art Promotion, includes second run of Dark Magician Girl

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Over the last several weeks, Konami has slowly been revealing all of the new promotional cards that will be featured at Official Tournament Stores for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG for upcoming physical releases. 

Now, the Lost Art Promotion list has been fully detailed and will include a second run of the special Lost Art variant of Dark Magician Girl from last year, along with 11 other cards. 

These Lost Art promos will be handed out at participating OTS stores when customers purchase $30 or more in sealed Yu-Gi-Oh! product. These packs will be refreshed and released in the middle of every month and will only be available while supplies last. 

Many of these cards will be released with artwork that has never been officially released outside of the OCG. Here are the confirmed cards that will be featured in this promotion. 

  • Dark Magician Girl
    • Will return to promo packs later this year
  • Raging Eria
  • Blazing Hiita
  • VWXYZ-Dragon Catapult Cannon
  • Vampire Vamp
  • Celestia, Lightsworn Angel

The remaining cards will be revealed later this year, so it is likely that the Dark Magician Girl promo will run at some point during the late Summer months. You can reach out to your local OTS locations for more details on the promotion and if they will be participating in it.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/yu-gi-oh/news/konami-reveals-2021-lost-art-promotion-includes-second-run-of-dark-magician-girl

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