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Lol Wild Rift Beta: Everything You Need to Know

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in League of Legends | Apr, 2nd 2021

One of the biggest releases of the entire year for mobile games is the long-awaited release of the League of Legends Wild Rift beta. The open beta is now available, allowing players to enjoy the game in early access around the world as it is finally available for play.

Everyone Can Join in on the LoL Wild Rift Beta


The League of Legends Wild Rift beta is available right now by the time you are reading this around the world on Android and iOS devices. Simply pick up the device of your choice and download it there. Keep in mind that it is a pretty hefty download but you are able to finally enjoy it.

Keep in mind, though, that the mobile game is in the early access format right now so there are plenty of changes, additions, and fixes that are likely to be on the way in the future. Furthermore, there are going to be issues and bugs with this version of the game so bear that in mind, too.

First revealed a long time ago, the Wild Rift beta is here and is offering players one of the finest mobile game experiences that you can find. For now, it seems that this title will only be available on mobile so you won’t likely see it on PC or even consoles in the near future.

To help you get ready for the mobile beta, we are going to break down everything that you need to know about it. From what this game is to who you can play as in it, to even some tips on how to win matches online. Here is everything that you need to know right now about the League of Legends Wild Rift beta.

What Is Wild Rift?


For starters, what is the League of Legends Wild Rift beta? It is basically the League of Legends game that millions around the world know and have loved for so many years but in a mobile format. The main game has been taken, streamlined some, and formatted to work on mobile devices.

It is a MOBA game and not just any but the mobile version of arguably the game that really put the genre on the map. Though it is the creator of the MOBA genre, it is by far the one that made it so popular, helped the esports industry to thrive, and crafted some really popular music in the process.

Wild Rift might have a new name attached to it but don’t let that fool you: this is pretty much League of Legends in its purest form possible while still working well on mobile devices. As such, you are going to see some massive changes like touchscreen controls and more streamlined matches.

Other than that, the general gameplay is here and is exactly what you would expect it to be. If you have played any game on mobile in the past like Arena of Valor (Honor of Kings), then you will be right at home with the League of Legends Wild Rift beta.

Current Champions List and Future Additions


One of the most important features that is here in the open beta mobile game are the champions. The characters that you know, love, and have created cult followings for are likely here. But it is worth noting that only a fraction of the legends are in this mobile release.

LoL: Wild Rift - Regional Android Alpha | Riot Games
Play as Yasuo in the Wild Rift beta..

As the game is in early access for now, not every character from the main PC game is here and ready to go. Riot Games made the choice to release the game with a handful of heroes available and then add some more as time goes on.

In general, there are around 60 heroes that are here and available for playing and unlocking already. Considering that the main League of Legends proper has almost 150 heroes to date, that is barely more than a third of the cast that you will find in the current mobile release.

But you do have the ones that you would likely want to play as, with the most famous League characters already here, like Lux, Garen, Ahri, Evelynn, and so on. If you are a K/DA fan, you can rest assured that they are all here and with their special musical skins to boot!

The six classes are also represented well with a good selection of different characters from each of them, providing a nice variety overall. It is likely that you will be able to find someone in the roster that you like and are good at playing as, given the sheer number of characters.

League of Legends: Wild Rift - Soft Launch Deconstruction & Competitor Analysis
..or Jinx if you’re feeling a bit crazy

Better yet, though, Riot Games is promising to release some new characters on a pretty regular basis. The first one, Gallo, is already confirmed for just a few days after the launch of the open beta and is probably already here by the time that you are reading this.

There are four more legends coming after that as well, including Rammus, Kha’Zix, Rengar, and Renekton over the course of the next month or so. It is hopeful that we will see a new legend every week or every other week or so, which would be a great way of handling the missing roster.

Give it a year or two and the game will be more on par with the mainline PC title, so fret not. There is no guarantee that the release schedule won’t slow down in that time period, but if it remains pretty popular, we imagine that it will only be a matter of time until it is equal to or even greater in terms of success than its big brother on PC.

What Classes Are Best for You?


Before we jump into how to play the League of Legends Wild Rift beta, you need to figure out who you are going to play as. The tutorial and other introductory game modes will be great for helping you decide but we would like to give you a general breakdown of the classes in LoL.

There are six classes in total, with matches typically having five on five game modes. This means that you are likely to possibly not have all six classes represented in each match, though most of the characters are dual classes so there is that, too. Here is the full list:

  • Tank
  • Fighter
  • Marksman
  • Assassin
  • Mage
  • Support

If you’ve played any of the MOBA games out there, then you are likely familiar with these classes already. The tank is your general damage sponge who is there to support the team by taking damage and trying to keep the attention on them while the other classes deal out some serious damage.

The fighter class can be a bulkier DPS class that is focused on melee attacks but not nearly as bulky as the tanks out there. They are great for beginners who want to deal damage, have some rather simple gameplay, but still enjoy contributing to the overall match.

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Dozen’s of your favorite League characters are already available

The third group are the marksman class, a ranged melee class that is best categorized by those types of archers or gunners that you would expect from the name. They shoot from far away, deal some serious damage, are a great help in the endgame of a match, but can be a little bit squishy.

Next up is the assassin, which is another potentially squishy class but an insane damage-dealer that is focused on sneaking up on foes and taking them out when they least expect it. They also have a special role within the roster that we will get to in a little bit.

The mage is perhaps the biggest and most popular class in the game, as it has a lot of characters that are capable of ranged magical attacks. This class is varied and interesting, with tons of different playstyles and abilities. They are explosive, flashy, and popular for a reason. Some are pretty simple characters while others are some of the most complex in the game.

And last but not least, there is the support class. There is no single main support in the game at this time with only hybrids for now that are supports and another class, like tank or mage, along with it. But the general rule of them is that they are here to support another character through either buffs, heals, and the like. They are great for those who don’t want to participate too much in the fighting but stick back and support.

How to Play and Game Modes


At this time, there aren’t many game modes in the League of Legends Wild Rift beta. There are the wide range of tutorial modes available, to which you will have to complete a couple of them to actually enjoy the game. This might be annoying to veterans but it is a huge fix for newcomers.

Back in the day years ago, I first tried League, personally, and was at a loss, especially without some of the more accessible games like Arena of Valor and Smite that we have today. But these tutorials are some of the best in the genre, truly opening up the floodgates of LoL to everyone.

When you have done the tutorials, it is recommended that you do the co-op versus AI match mode. This one will partner you up with other real players but against bots. It is pretty easy to win but gives enough challenge to help you learn the mechanics and characters you play as.

Wild Rift’s map will look familiar to LoL players, but with a few changes for mobile

It is also great for finding who you want to play as so that you are ready for the cream of the crop when it comes to Wild Rift: the PvP matches. This is where you will face off against real players in some highly competitive matches online.

Once you reach level 10, you can even participate in the ranked matches where you battle for fame and glory, and maybe a special prize or two along the way. There aren’t too many game modes right now besides the normal five on five but that should change over time.

As for how to play the game, the main Wild Rift map is broken down into three lanes: the solo lane, mid lane, and duos lane. Mid is typically for the mage class or someone powerful who can take control of this very important area while the solo is for another powerful DPS character.

Meanwhile, the duos lane is for the support to join with another character and help them out. Then there is the jungle where there are monsters for, typically, one player to grind levels with. This is usually done by the assassin class who can then help out the solo and mid lanes when necessary.

The general goal of the match is to reach the enemy nexus and take it out. But along the way, you will have a bunch of turret, minions, and other players to deal with. The rule of thumb is to take out minions to level up and other players when you get the chance but focus on the objectives, too.

When you are in the turret, be sure to leave before your minions are defeated or else you will be targeted for some serious damage. While in the turret, don’t attack the other players or risk being targeted immediately. Matches can be slow, taking out turrets and other players a little bit at a time.

The baron, dragon, and the like are great monster bosses for the team that can give buffs to doing those tasks. It is a delicate balance of not risking too much but risking it all when necessary, teamwork, and communication. If you have a hard time, the tutorials and cooperative matches are there to help.

How to Unlock More Champions


Lastly, you might want to unlock more champions as you go in the game. This is natural, especially if you find that the starting ones don’t really work for you. Fortunately, this is a free game but the champions are not necessarily so easily free.

You can play this without spending any money but it will take you a while for sure to unlock more characters. Some are unlocked by leveling up or completing tasks for a free champion while others will require one of two currencies.

The first one is free and is earned over time but it takes a whole lot of this to unlock even one character. However, the other currency is much easier to get since you just pay some real money and have it instantly. But that isn’t for everyone so players looking to save money will have to make do for now.

Fortunately, there are some great events going on at launch that will let you earn a couple of champions, some of which are completely up to you which one you want, so it is worth practicing with ones you are interested in or checking out their abilities.

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Source: https://www.esportstalk.com/blog/lol-wild-rift-beta-everything-you-need-to-know/

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Two World of Warcraft pets inbound after meeting $1 million charity goal

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World of Warcraft players will receive a pair of unique in-game pets following the reaching of a donation milestone for Doctors Without Borders.

The charity fundraiser reached its initial goal of $500,000 on March 24. Just shy of a month later the ultimate goal of $1 million has been met.

Players on the retail World of Warcraft servers can now redeem a pair of in-game pets–Bananas the Baby Gorilla and Daisy the Sloth.

Bananas is a traditional pet that will follow you around Azeroth as normal. Daisy is a pet that players can carry upon their back as they move around on their adventures.

These two rewards will be available until August 1, so make sure to not leave it till to late before adding these adorable critters to your collection.

The duo is available to all players whether you contributed to the campaign and can be redeemed through the Blizzard Shop in the Battle.net client.

The Charity Pet program in World of Warcraft is one of Activision Blizzard’s initiatives to support global fundraising. The company similarly released a cosmetic pack in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 titled the “Call of Duty Endowment United Pack,” with proceeds put towards helping veterans find employment.

For those looking to get their hands on their new pet friends right now, only Bananas can be claimed, while Daisy will be made available in the near future.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/wow/news/two-world-of-warcraft-pets-inbound-after-meeting-1-million-charity-goal

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Magic Arena to give away $50,000 during Friday Night Magic event with MrBeast

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Magic Arena is partnering with YouTuber MrBeast for a Friday Night Magic in-game event where two players can win $25,000.

With in-store play no longer an option due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Friday Night Magic events on Arena started amid worldwide lockdowns. This Friday, an additional special guest and level of competition will be present, as MrBeast will be playing Arena from 1pm to 2pm CT anonymously.

Preconstructed decks will be provided for the event and two players that are lucky enough to play against MrBeast could win the $25,000 prize. Entry into the event is free.

Participants must enter the event and complete their matches. Players that concede early will be disqualified. The prize winners will be contacted through their email registered with Arena.

This opportunity is only open to residents of the United States, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Austria, and Portugal. Winners must be 18 years old. 

MrBeast is a popular content creator with 60 million subscribers on YouTube who built his name off of massive monetary donations and random acts of kindness. This is the first time MrBeast will be partnering with Wizards of the Coast for an event.

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Teamfight Tactics Set 5:Reckoning 11.9 PBE Patch Notes

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Team Fight Tactic's new Set 5: Reckoning will bring exciting new features into the game.
Team Fight Tactic’s new Set 5: Reckoning will bring exciting new features into the game. | courtesy of Riot Games

Teamfight Tactis Set 5: Reckoning patched PBE, bringing tentative balance changes.

Season 5: Reckoning has been on PBE for the last month with various new features. The general public seems satisfied because Season 4 has been dragging on for a bit. As the release date approaches in less than a week, the game makes a few changes before the official release.

The PBE patch happened April 20 with changes in the following area:

Let us take a closer look at major changes. For the full patch note, see Riot’s official 4/20 PBE Update article.

The April 20 PBE patch removed the two gold per win payout and added a two gold per loss payout.

Hyper Roll is a new game mod coming this season. Players start with 10 health, and love one health per defeat. Experience cannot be bought with money, and rolls costs health. This would require different gameplay from original ranked queue with a faster phase estimated 15 minutes per game. See Teamfight Tactics: Hyper Roll on Riot’s official website for detailed information about Hyper Roll.

The Forgotten champions have bonus Ability Power and Attach Damage.
The Forgotten champions have bonus Ability Power and Attach Damage. | courtesy of Riot Games

With the new season comes new traits and champions. A few new members include Draven and Viego, a part of the Forgotten champions. Another interesting champion is Little Devil Teemo where he takes health and not coins to be recruited. The list of traits and champions is found in the Trait Overview Cheatsheet released by the official Teamfight Tactics Twitter.

The shop roll odds for Level seven and eight has both decreased.

Spatula spawn rates on the carousel has been adjusted in stage two, three and four at the rate of 45%.

A total of 19 items have gone through changes in patch April 20.

Shadow items went through changes, where most items were weakened other than the Shadow Blue Buff and the Shadow Hextech Gunblade. More information about Shadow items can be found in the Reckoning Gameplay Overview by Riot.

The develop team continues to work on Teamfight Tactics to release Season 5: Reckoning. Players can be excited for a balanced gameplay on April 27 when the new season officially starts.

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Dallas Empire benches Huke, promotes FeLo to starting roster

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The Dallas Empire has benched Huke in favor of Challengers player FeLo, the team announced today via Twitter.

Huke, who at one time was touted as one of the best players in the Call of Duty League this year, will move to a “reserve role,” according to the Empire’s tweet. FeLo will make his first CDL start against Stage Two Major champions Toronto Ultra on Sunday, April 25.

“FeLo will be in the starting lineup Sunday against Toronto as we move Huke to a reserve role,” the Empire’s statement reads. “The team has felt we are playing below our potential, and with FeLo playing so well in Challengers, he’s earned a shot to compete in the starting lineup.”

Huke tweeted: “Wish them the best, another challenge for me and I’m here for it.”

FeLo is a veteran of the Call of Duty scene, competing for the likes of OpTic Nation, CLG, Rise Nation, compLexity, eUnited, and Evil Geniuses. After spending the entire 2020 season in Challengers with Triumph Gaming, FeLo signed with the Empire as the team’s only substitute in January 2021.

The Empire won their first match of Stage Three earlier today, defeating the Paris Legion 3-1. During the series, Huke had a 1.05 K/D ratio, the second-worst of the four players. Shotzzy, the reigning league MVP, had a 0.82 K/D.

Dallas are in second place in the 12-team league with 190 CDL Points right now. They’re 12-7 on the season and finished second and third at the Stage One and Stage Two Majors, respectively.

FeLo and Dallas will take on the Ultra in the last match of the first week of Stage Three at 5pm CT on April 25.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/call-of-duty/news/dallas-empire-bench-huke-promote-felo-to-starting-roster

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