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Invictus Gaming, Thunder Predator jump in Dota 2 team rankings

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The ONE Esports Singapore Major was the first proper international tournament in Dota 2 since Dota Summit 12 in March 2020. Questions were abound in regards to how the six Dota 2 regions would stacke up against one another. Surprisingly for many fans, there was a great deal of parity there.

Five different regions had teams place in the top six. Fittingly, the most recent installment of WIN.gg’s Dota 2 team rankings reflect that. Despite China, Europe, and CIS long having an airtight hold on almost every top-10 spot, teams from around the world are now getting some love.

Here are the rankings following the Singapore Major:

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Invictus Gaming wins major, still not top-ranked Dota 2 team

Invictus Gaming’s Dota 2 team scored a critical win by taking first place in the ONE Esports Singapore Major. While one might expect them to rocket up into the top spot as a result, well not so fast.

Though Invictus Gaming’s win is huge and essentially guarantees them a spot at The International 10, the team’s overall body of work isn’t defined by consistent dominance in the way that Team Secret’s or Evil Geniuses’ is. Even ahead of the Singapore Major, Invictus Gaming stumbled and took an early elimination from FDC Season 3. The team also hasn’t completely shaken the ugly end to 2020 it endured.

Still, placing deep inside the top 10 is nothing to shrug at and the team is in a strong position to climb further up if anyone higher starts to slip.

NA teams climb with Evil Geniuses, SA with Thunder Predator

North American Dota 2 was the subject of a whole host of memes throughout 2020, with OG’s Johan “N0tail” Sundstein leading the charge. Evil Geniuses may have lost to Invictus Gaming in the Singapore Major finals, but the team’s performance at the tournament still acquitted the region when it came to questions over its legitimacy.

Thunder Predator did the same, but in even more impressive fashion. The South American runner-up absolutely dominated the group stage by going 12-2 in maps. Despite being given a reality check in the opening round of the playoffs by Team Secret, the team still forced its way through the lower bracket to take home a respectable sixth-place finish.

Those performances ultimately saw both Evil Geniuses and Thunder Predator make some serious gains, and they weren’t alone. NA regional rival Quincy Crew also maintained a strong position despite washing out of the Singapore Major in the first round of the lower bracket while playing with a substitute, while Undying, 4 Zoomers, and beastcoast all made gains but still fell outside the top 10.

This uptick may or may not last over time, but things will likely become more clear once the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit season resumes in just a few weeks.

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Source: https://win.gg/news/7789/invictus-gaming-thunder-predator-jump-in-dota-2-team-rankings

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Epic adds iHeartRadio, Krita, and more apps to its launcher

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Epic Games is expanding its reach by adding more PC apps to the Epic Games Launcher, the company announced today.

This means that users will be able to download and run various apps through the Epic Games Store, including the already available Spotify.

The newest additions to the platform’s app page include Itch.io, Brave, KenShape, Krita, and iHeartRadio. Here’s a brief description of each of them along with any limitations that have been listed by Epic. 

  • Itch.io: DRM free, indie-focused game store where developers run a “pay what you want” pricing model for consumers. 
  • Brave: Open-source browser that automatically blocks ads and website trackers while letting users send cryptocurrency contributions to content creators and websites they want to support. 
  • KenShape: Software used to generate 3D models based on 2D pixel art drawn using various shapes, which is directly compatible with most game engines. 
  • Krita: Digital painting app that’s used by millions to create illustrations, comics, animations, sketches, paintings, and more. 
  • iHeartRadio: Free all-in-one digital music, podcasting, and livestreaming radio service that also offers subscriptions that give access to on-demand features. 
    • Available only in North America.

Epic is also launching a Fortnite partnership with Spotify today at 7pm CT, where Fortnite Crew Members will receive three free months of Spotify service if they’re new Spotify premium subscribers. 

More apps are going to be coming to the Epic Games Launcher in the future, including Epic’s face-to-face social network Houseparty and Discord.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/business/news/epic-adds-iheartradio-krita-and-more-apps-to-its-launcher

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When is the Destruction of Verdansk Part 2 in Warzone?

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When is the Destruction of Verdansk Part 2 in Warzone?
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When is the destruction of Verdansk Part 2 in Warzone? Activision kicked off Call of Duty: Warzone’s end with a big nuclear event. Although the game crashes made it difficult for players to fully enjoy the experience, what comes next is just a few short hours away.

The next phase of the event kicks off at 12 p.m. PST. For now, players have only been able to access Rebirth Island’s night mode. Part two of the event comes 24 hours after the nuke’s launch, which saw a missile launch from one of the silos around Verdansk. A mushroom cloud engulfed Stadium and Downtown, and the explosion immediately spread throughout the map.

Part two of the event kicks off in Rebirth, so you’ll need to hop into the night mode if you want to see this next step for yourself. There will be plenty of live content creators checking out the event live if you’re unable to make it.

What can we expect next? It’s sort of hard to anticipate what is to come, but it’s essentially confirmed that players will have access to a 1984 reskin of Verdansk. In the meantime, Season 3 is officially live, and there have been a lot of changes to popular weapons in Warzone.

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Live-Action Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3 Trailer Released

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Activision has released a brand new live-action trailer for Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3.
Activision has released a brand new live-action trailer for Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3. | Activision, Treyarch

Activision has released a brand new live-action trailer for Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3.

Titled “Squad up the World,” the trailer went live early on Thursday, April 22—marking the definitive start of Warzone’s Season 3. Its release marks a welcome return to live-action footage as fans haven’t seen a new trailer of this type since 2017. Squad up the World featured appearances by several notable celebrities and musicians, dipping in and out of “game” as they performed military-style feats to the prolific track “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC.

The trailer, itself, primarily focused on capturing the intensity experienced by players as they band together with friends to dominate Verdansk. Directed by Gibson Hazard—best known for his work on the music videos of Drake, Billie Eilish, and more—fans had a chance to see some of the biggest names in hip hop and gaming, alike, come together and showcase exactly what Warzone is capable of.

Names such as Saweetie, Swae, Young Thug, Michelle Viscusi, Mookie Betts, and even Nadeshot flashed across the screen firing well-known weapons, operating copters, and careening through the city streets in a high octane, action sequence reminiscent of in-game events.

In an attempt to bring that feeling home, the audience even got a chance to see them sitting behind screens, themselves, controllers in hand, and headsets secured reacting to the actions their “in-game” counterparts just performed.

Regardless of Season 3’s rocky start in the past 24 hours, long-time players are no doubt feeling a bit of nostalgia following its trailer release. Perhaps this is the turning point Activision needs to win its player base back and kick off the next segment of Warzone in style.

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League players raise more than $7 million for charity with Elderwood Ornn fundraiser

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After years of waiting, League of Legends fans finally got their hands on a second Ornn skin with Riot’s latest charity fundraiser, Elderwood Ornn, in December 2020. That skin, it turns out, raised more than $7 million for charity from the end of last year to early January, the developer revealed today.

The purple and bright blue skin, which cost 1,350 RP (or roughly $10), raised money for the Riot Games Social Impact Fund at Impact Assets, the developer’s charitable financial partner, beating Dawnbringer Karma’s $6 million charity record from the previous year.

“Thank you all so much for continuing to support highly impactful organizations around the world,” Riot said. “We hope you’ll join us again in this year’s charity fundraiser, so we can continue to build a better world together.”

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The Social Impact Fund was created in 2019 as a “unique philanthropic venture” fund that allows Riot to make “direct investments” into a variety of “global organizations” aimed at “solving some of the world’s most pressing issues.”

Since establishing the project, the League community has raised over $13 million for charity, not including the many millions of dollars contributed for skins like Dark Star Cho’Gath in 2018 before the fund was created. 

Altogether, that money has been donated to more than 25 different causes around the world. 

“The Riot Games Social Impact Fund is an independent entity separate from Riot Games the developer and publisher,” Riot’s fundraiser page reads. “It is also structured in such a way that all funding must be used to pursue positive social impact.”


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