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Minnesota ROKKR shock OpTic Chicago at the Stage 2 Major

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One of the craziest series of the 2021 Call of Duty League has ended with Minnesota ROKKR taking down OpTic Chicago. Minnesota pulled off a miracle win against Chicago, advancing themselves at the Stage 2 Major,  in round four of the loser’s bracket.

The series was full of surprises by the two teams. It was one of the most intense matches of the year that ended with an insane play by Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi. Three OpTic players lined up to help Abedi win a 3-1 in the final round. Chicago looked absolutely dejected after the loss.

OpTic Chicago loses a stunner to Minnesota ROKKR

In the rematch that most CDL fans wanted to see, the top two seeds in Group B didn’t disappoint. Nearly every player on the map performed well, with all members of the two squads finishing with above a .85 K/D.

The series didn’t start out too exciting, though. None of the first four maps came down to a close finish. The ROKKR managed to take the first two respawn maps, which was a huge surprise. OpTic was able to dominate the first Search and Destroy and second Hardpoint.

The final Search and Destroy made the series one to remember. It was a back-and-forth affair that saw OpTic take a 5-3 lead at one point. Minnesota, as they’ve done since Eli “Standy” Bentz arrived on the scene, fought back.

They managed to tie the game up at 5-5 and then chaos ensued. At the A site on Moscow, OpTic came out of a scrap with a 4-2 man advantage and then eventually a 3-1 advantage. This was all for naught though, as Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi made perhaps the play of the year to win Minnesota the map and the series.

Chicago formed a three-man conga line at the A site, allowing Accuracy to fire a few bullets into all of them and clutch the round. It’s unclear what caused OpTic to line up in that way. The reactions to this moment were some of the best of the season, as seen below.

Minnesota walks away with the round and series, remaining alive in the Stage 2 Major. OpTic Chicago falls in one of the most dramatic ways possible, ending their Major run. The ROKKR play again tomorrow, Sunday, April 11, against the Toronto Ultra.

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Source: https://www.dailyesports.gg/minnesota-rokkr-shock-optic-chicago-at-the-stage-2-major/

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Pokémon Go Special Weekend announced, features global partners like Verizon, 7-Eleven Mexico, and Yoshinoya

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A new Special Weekend event is coming to Pokémon Go later this month. 

Niantic is partnering with various companies around the world to make this Special Weekend event happen from May 29 at 12am to May 30 at 11:59pm local time. 

These partners include Verizon in the U.S., 7-Eleven Mexico, and Yoshinoyain Japan. In-game tickets can be acquired from participating partners, either physically or digitally.

While you will need a ticket to access a majority of the bonuses, there are some features that will be made available to players around the world from May 28 to 31. This includes the number of Gifts you can open daily being doubled and trade range being increased to 40km. 

Starting on May 29 from 11am to 5pm local time, players will see Clefairy, Jigglypuff, Eevee, Marill, Sableye, Stunky, Spritzee, and Swirlix more frequently when using Incense. Shiny Eevee will also have a boosted chance of appearing. 

Different Unown will be attracted to Incense depending on the participating partner in your region, though Shiny Unknown will not be appearing. 

  • Verizon: Unown V
  • 7-Eleven Mexico: Unown S
  • Yoshinoya: Unown Y

The next stage of the event begins at 12am local time on May 29 and will run until 11:59pm local time on May 30, with the focus shifting from increased encounters to event-exclusive Timed Research. 

During that period, Timed Research will reward players with encounters, including Eevee, Spritzee, Swirlix, and Deino. Other rewards will include bonus XP, Stardust, an Incense, a Star Piece, a Lucky Egg, Spritzee Candy, and Swirlix Candy.

Players will also have an increased chance of receiving Lucky Pokémon when trading with a friend and becoming Lucky Friends when interacting with a friend during the weekend. Double XP bonuses will be active for capturing certain Pokémon and you can earn an exclusive medal by simply redeeming the ticket code and participating in the event. 

You can redeem your promo code ticket on the official Pokémon Go Offer Redemption website.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/news/pokemon-go-special-weekend-announced-features-global-partners-like-verizon-7-eleven-mexico-and-yoshinoya

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Astralis send OG to Flashpoint 3 lower bracket

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Astralis secured a 2-0 victory over OG to close out the first day of Flashpoint 3, the European Regional Major Ranking (RMR) event. In a rematch of the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown gameAstralis‘ last one with Nicolai “⁠device⁠” Reedtz — the Danes got their revenge and advanced in the upper bracket.

Inferno was a 41-round thriller that went Astralis‘ way despite the best efforts of Nikolaj “⁠niko⁠” Kristensen and Shahar “⁠flameZ⁠” Shushan, while an impressive display from Astralis on Nuke finished things off in two.

“Great start to the tournament once again, let’s keep going this time,” Astralis‘ captain Lukas “⁠gla1ve⁠” Rossander wrote on Twitter after putting up a 1.23 rating for the series, proving pivotal to the victory alongside Andreas “⁠Xyp9x⁠” Højsleth. On the other hand, OG‘s star duo Mateusz “⁠mantuu⁠” Wilczewski and Valdemar “⁠valde⁠” Bjørn Vangså struggled to live up to expectations in the series and will be hoping they can make a deep run through the lower bracket of the 16-team event – where they face off against Vitality first.

gla1ve was leading by example against OG

A second-round force-buy win set up OG for a 4-1 lead on the T side of their map pick, Inferno, but Astralis came back into it with lockdown defenses to bounce back to a strong 10-5 half time score. The Danes extended to 12-5 before valde‘s Deagle triple kill changed the tides of the game, starting the comeback for OG. They eventually forced overtime with niko being the hero, but after two sets of added rounds it was Astralis that came out on top with strong play from Xyp9x and gla1ve.

Astralis showed some vintage form on Nuke as they powered on the offensive side to grab an 8-1 lead in no time. The struggles of OG were brought to an end thanks to flameZ‘ ramp lockdown in 3v5, inspiring his team to claw the scoreline back to 9-6 for the half. Unfortunately, there was little to see from OG in the second part of the map. Their pistol win was countered by Astralis‘ force, leading to a comfortable closeout, 16-11.

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Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/31726/astralis-send-og-to-flashpoint-3-lower-bracket

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Paris Eternal signs Contenders veteran Dridro

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The Paris Eternal will bring in European Contenders veteran main support Arthur “Dridro” Szanto as its new starter, the Overwatch League team announced today.

This move comes after the team parted ways with Alberto “Neptuno” Molinillo a week ago, leaving the franchise without a main support on the roster. Keeping in line with the all-EU roster, Dridro joins a team that’s preparing for a bounce-back performance in the June Joust.

After a decent performance in the Steel Series Invitational preseason tournament, the Eternal failed to qualify for the May Melee knockout rounds with a 1-3 record in the qualifying matches.

Neptuno was the longest-tenured Overwatch League player on the roster and his departure left a hole in the lineup both in and out of the game. Dridro might be a name that’s unfamiliar to most fans, but EU Contenders viewers will recognize the longtime veteran in the scene.

Most recently, Dridro won Contenders 2021 EU Season One April with New Kings. The squad defeated Shu’s Money Crew in a 4-1 contest on May 4. Before finding success on New Kings, Dridro was a part of many different EU and NA Contenders rosters since 2018, including Uprising Academy and Montreal Rebellion.

The Paris Eternal open June Joust competition against the Toronto Defiant on May 21 at 2pm CT.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/overwatch/news/paris-eternal-signs-contenders-veteran-dridro

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Dallas Empire’s 2020 Call of Duty League Championship tribute is now live in Warzone

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The inaugural Call of Duty League champions are now on display inside of Call of Duty: Warzone for all to see.

A massive trophy statue and banners featuring the five championship-winning players’ faces now adorn the Stadium point of interest in Verdansk, paying tribute to last year’s winners in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Just don’t question the logistics of a 2020 winner being on display in 1984 Verdansk.

The massive trophy statue first appeared in Warzone last week, covered with a cloth. But the CDL broadcast on Sunday, May 9 revealed the tribute in a video featuring the five players reacting to the news.

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Shotzzy, iLLeY, Crimsix, Clayster, and Huke’s faces are now in-game for all to see. Although the latter two players have since moved on to different teams, creating some slight awkwardness in the video, the fivesome is cemented in history as the CDL’s first champions.

This tribute sets a cool precedent moving forward since it’s likely that future CDL champions will also have some sort of in-game tribute like this one. It’s certainly cool to see such support for esports in one of the world’s biggest games.

This weekend is the CDL’s Stage Three Major, featuring all 12 teams in competition for big money and standings points. It begins on Thursday, May 13 at 2pm CT.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/call-of-duty/news/dallas-empires-2020-call-of-duty-league-championship-tribute-is-now-live-in-warzone

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