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Liquid says Alphari will take a break from competitive play until June 27

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After making the surprising decision to bench Alphari one game into the 2021 LCS Summer Split, Team Liquid has now announced that the superstar top laner will be sidelined and “on break” until Sunday, June 27.

In the team’s statement, Liquid said the coaching staff benched Alphari after their game against TSM due to “performance and attitude issues.” These concerns were something that caught the attention of the team in the practices leading up to the new season, according to Liquid.

These issues stemmed from “private reasons” in Alphari’s personal life, according to Liquid’s statement. As a result, the team said it should have allowed the 21-year-old to take a break from pro play before the split even began. Liquid also acknowledged that there wasn’t enough communication surrounding the situation, but the entire team and staff will be working to create a plan moving forward.

The statement ended with the team giving its full support to Alphari, hoping that he can solve his personal issues while also finding his motivation to play once again. In the meantime, the team’s Academy top laner Jenkins will be filling his spot for the next two weeks.

Alphari has been one of the best players in the LCS this year and, more importantly, one of the most important members on Liquid’s explosive roster. His ability to consistently perform at a high level and carry has helped the roster excel. But now, they must adapt to a player who might not have the same firepower. This team still has a plethora of star talent across its lineup, however. With Santorin, Jensen, Tactical, and CoreJJ ready to lift more of the weight being placed on their shoulders, Liquid should still be a feared team as the season continues.

You can watch Liquid in action during the second week of the 2021 LCS Summer Split with a match against Team Dignitas tonight at 6pm CT.


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Source: https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/news/liquid-says-alphari-will-take-a-break-from-competitive-play-until-june-27

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Pokémon Home launches June update, introduces Catch Calendar and Model Viewer

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Pokémon Home’s June update is now live and players can take advantage of the brand new features introduced in Version 1.4.

The key features of this latest update are the Model Viewer and the Catch Calendar. The Model Viewer will allow users to take a look at their Pokémon from many angles, instead of the single angle the game was restricted to before.

With the Catch Calendar, players can keep a log of the exact day they caught their favorite Pokémon, the app will even note down special occasions so you may relive memories with your Pokémon. Another handy new feature alongside the Catch Calendar is the new option to view your Pokémon arranged by the date in which they were caught.

Alongside this update, players can score themselves Gigantamax factor Bulbasaur and Squirtle through mystery gift both in the Pokémon Home mobile app or in Pokémon Sword and Shield for Nintendo Switch.

For those strictly using Pokémon Home, this may be your only opportunity to score these rare Pokémon. For Sword and Shield players it is the only chance they’ve had so far to complete the set of original starters, all with Gigantamax forms.

The update is currently live for mobile users and will be rolled out to Pokémon Home Switch users shortly. 

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Source: https://dotesports.com/pokemon/news/pokemon-home-launches-june-update-introduces-catch-calendar-and-model-viewer

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Gigantamax Bulbasaur and Squirtle available in Sword and Shield to celebrate new Pokémon Home update

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In celebration of Pokémon Home’s latest update, players in Sword and Shield can score themselves both Gigantamax Bulbasaur and Squirtle starting today.

The two Pokémon are available via Mystery Gift from today until June 30. If you want to add them to your collection, simply go to the Mystery Gift option in your Sword or Shield game and select get via the internet.

These two Pokémons’ Gigantamax forms were introduced during the Isle of Armor DLC after players completed the first trail at the Master Dojo. But now players who don’t own the expansion can score it for themselves.

Players who scored one of these starters using the DLC can take advantage of this Mystery Gift, alongside the Charmander gifted to players once they complete the story, in order to collect all three starter Pokémon with a Gigantamax factor.

Today’s update to Pokémon Home, version 1.4, boasts the addition of a model viewer as well as a catch calendar for players to track when they first added Pokémon to their collection.

Pokémon Home is available both on mobile and on the Switch and allows players to curate all their Pokémon into one hub where they can keep a track of their collection as they endeavor to catch em’ all.

If you plan on scoring yourself one of these Gigantamax starter Pokémon, we suggest you take advantage of the Mystery Gift rewards now, as it isn’t clear when they’ll be made available again outside the DLC.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/pokemon/news/gigantamax-bulbasaur-and-squirtle-available-in-sword-and-shield-to-celebrate-new-pokemon-home-update

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The Pokémon Centre reportedly sending gifts to buyers of exclusive Chilling Reign ETBs after manufacturing error

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After a manufacturing error for the upgraded Pokémon Chilling Reign Elite Trainer Boxes, The Pokémon Center shared in an email with purchasers that they are sending buyers some extra goodies with their order.

Chilling Reign included an upgraded Elite Trainer Box that was set to boast 10 booster packs, two more than the standard eight. In manufacturing, the boxes only wound up with the regular eight, however.

To make it up to buyers of these boxes, The Pokémon Center will be not only sending them two loose booster packs and a $10 refund, but they’ll also receive three cards from the set Galarian Articuo V, Galarian Zapdos V, and Galarian Moltres V.

If you ordered your Chilling Reign ETB from the Pokémon Centre and it hasn’t yet been canceled, you’ll be receiving these goodies along with the refund in the weeks following shipment.

For this set, The Pokémon Centre offered multiple ETB options, with the more expensive choice boasting 10 booster packs, a metal damage counter, and coin all for an extra $10. It isn’t clear if the units that suffered from the manufacturing error still contain these metal additions, but we will find out soon when the product launches globally tomorrow, June 18.

The Pokémon Centre will stick with the addition of releasing upgraded ETB’s when the next English TCG set Evolving Skies launches in August. These upgraded boxes will also have 10 booster packs, but seemingly have different goodies since they come with a hazard warning for sharp points.

If you plan on getting this limited edition ETB’s, do pre-order early since it is likely stock will be snatched up fast. 

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How to unlock the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War season 4 battle pass

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The season four battle pass for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has arrived.

The pass features 100 tiers of unlocks for both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, offering players a ton of new things to play and grind for, including a new operator and two new guns.

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The cool thing is if you have CoD Points saved up from playing Warzone or a recent purchase, you can use them toward the battle pass in Black Ops Cold War if you’re using the same Activision account.

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To buy the pass, navigate to the Store section of the multiplayer menu and pick up some CoD Points if you need them. In the Store tab, you’ll find the battle pass for season four. You can also scroll to the battle pass tab and press Square on PlayStation or X on Xbox.

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There are two versions of the battle pass. The first one, the default one, is 1,000 CoD Points. The second one costs 2,400 CoD Points and it’ll unlock 25 tiers of the pass to begin with, giving you instant access to the MG 82 LMG. You’ll also be just six levels away from unlocking the C58 assault rifle.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/call-of-duty/news/how-to-unlock-cod-bocw-season-4-battle-pass

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