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After what feels like forever, the Overwatch League is finally back for its fourth season. While everyone will still compete under COVID-19 conditions, the league has had time to learn from last year’s model and improve the structure. The regions have changed slightly, which should result in some interesting matches once the top teams reunite for the four tournaments that cap off each chunk of qualifier weeks.

But the question most people really care about is which team will stand atop the rest by the end of the season, and who will they face along the way? Will the San Francisco Shock still dominate after finally losing some key players? Which team will surprise everyone with an underdog run? And, no shade, but just how bad will the Los Angeles Valiant be?

Here’s what we think going into the first week of play.

West Division

While the West is the larger division, it looks like a lot of its talent has pooled at the top. And while the Shock might have some new faces and different rivals nipping at their heels, Week 1 should demonstrate how wide the gap between them and everyone else is.

Meanwhile, there is some potential intrigue elsewhere in the West. The Boston Uprising no longer look like a bottom-of-the-barrel Overwatch League squad, and Jake “Jake” Lyon’s return to the Houston Outlaws should make for some hype matches. Then there are the Dallas Fuel, who might finally get the breakout season fans have been promised for years.

1. San Francisco Shock

This isn’t a surprise to anyone, but the San Francisco Shock look like the team to beat in 2021. Coming off of back-to-back championships, San Francisco is the standard all others aspire to reach. After only losing one tournament during the 2020 season, their goal is to complete the three-peat.

Unlike the 2019-2020 off-season, the Shock have made significant changes. Specifically, Grant “moth” Espe and Kim “Rascal” Dong-jun have left for other Overwatch League teams. While they were key pieces to last season’s roster, new additions like Brice “FDGod” Monsçavoir can fill those holes. Normally, bringing in new players to replace key members of a championship team can be scary, but the Shock have a track record of doing just that and continuing their dominance.

Michael Czar

2. Los Angeles Gladiators

Veteran tank SPACE is anchoring the Gladiators’ new roster this season. Photo by Tyler-Demogenes for Activision Blizzard Entertainment.

For the Gladiators, the start of every Overwatch League season feels like it’s going to finally be their time to shine. What usually happens is, despite high expectations, the Glads can’t quite close the gap between themselves and the actual top teams. But this year the stars may finally have aligned, allowing Los Angeles to keep their shields up and secure a spot atop the standings.

Indy “SPACE” Halpern is there to hold down the frontline as a talented veteran while fellow tank and newcomer Kim “Muze” Young-hun gets his bearings. Based on his performance in Contenders, that shouldn’t take too long. Meanwhile, Moth’s addition to the team should be a huge boon for the Gladiators since the OG support duo of Benjamin “BigG00se” Isohanni and Jonas “Shaz” Suovaara is no more, and Kim “Shu” Jin-seo should be a solid partner for the former Shock support.

Finally, and most importantly, the team kept the DPS synergy of Kim “Birdring” Ji-hyeok and Chris “MirroR” Trinh intact. While the Gladiators’ new elements start to jell early in the season, those two will keep the pressure on opponents with a year of experience together under their belt.

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3. Washington Justice

Now, we might get some flak for this team’s position in the power rankings. However, if you only look at results and offseason acquisitions, No 3. makes more sense. After all, Overwatch League fans were surprised when the Justice put together one of the best underdog runs in the league’s history at the season playoffs in 2020. They finished third place in North America when nobody expected them to even win a single round.

The players who were key to that run, Jang “Decay” Gui-un and Lee “TTuba” Ho-sung, are still on the team, but the Justice have also arguably added better players around them. Bringing in  championship winning off-tank in Kim “Fury” Jun-ho, top-tier prospect in Kim “Mag” Tae-sung and great DPS depth should help them maintain success throughout the season. If this team can get hot again, they will challenge the Shock for that top spot.

Czar

4. Florida Mayhem
5. Dallas Fuel
6. Atlanta Reign
7. Toronto Defiant
8. Houston Outlaws
9. Boston Uprising
10. London Spitfire
11. Paris Eternal
12. Vancouver Titans


East Division

The East should certainly be spicy with teams like the Philadelphia Fusion coming to crash the Shanghai Dragons’ party. With only eight teams to prepare for, the competition should be a bit tighter than the West, though maybe not for everyone. Still, the back-and-forth between the best teams here feels like the perfect catalyst for someone knocking off the reigning champions.

1. Shanghai Dragons

The Dragons remained a (mostly) unstoppable juggernaut throughout 2020, finishing off the regular season with 27 wins and just two losses. Despite ultimately exiting the playoffs in third place after falling to the Seoul Dynasty in the losers finals, Shanghai are still poised to be the Eastern Division’s strongest contender coming into 2021.

Boasting one of the league’s flashiest support lines, a rock-solid tank line and last year’s MVP, Kim “Fleta” Byung-sun, the Dragons are definitely not short on talent. There have been a few roster changes over the offseason, but all the additions — like former World Cup champion Koo “Fate” Pan-seung and star damage player Jeong “Erster” Joon — only make this roster more formidable. Led again by Moon “Moon” Byung-chul, who received the Coach of the Year award last season, it’s looking unlikely that anyone can surpass the Dragons this year — at least, until playoffs roll around.

Bonnie Qu

2. Seoul Dynasty

Can Hong “Gesture” Jae-hee help the Dynasty stay flexible this season and finally live up to their potential? Photo courtesy of Activision Blizzard Entertainment.

The Seoul Dynasty had skyscraping highs and canyon-dwelling lows throughout 2020. The Hong “Gesture” Jae-hee-led squad went from a six-game losing streak to shutting three teams out in a row. The potential for success has always been there, but the additions of Jung “Anamo” Tae-sung and Park “Saebyeolbe” Jong-ryeol add much-needed leadership and consistency.

The addition of Lim “Toyou” Hyun-woo immediately improves Seoul’s tank line, too. That change, alongside solid DPS and support play, could mean we see more clutch plays against teams like the San Francisco Shock and Shanghai Dragons throughout the season. The biggest question is still about whether or not they can roll with the constant changes the Overwatch League throws at them, which the Dynasty have struggled with in past seasons.

The minor coaching changes, including the loss of Kim “WizardHyeong” Hyeong-seok, don’t seem like enough to address the bigger issues that this team has with planning for the evolving meta and hero pools. Seoul got lucky with that at the right times in 2020, but that may not happen again this year.

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3. Philadelphia Fusion

Perennial bridesmaids Philadelphia Fusion have jetted over to South Korea this year to compete in the Eastern Division, which has come with its own set of problems. The team recently released a statement on the issues they’re facing in bringing their Western players over to their new home base, meaning players like flex tank Gael “Poko” Gouzerch and main support Daniel “FunnyAstro” Hathaway may not be with the team when the season begins.

The Fusion have found a workaround for these issues, however, and it’s called “just signing more players.” The team has acquired two-time league champion Kim “Rascal” Dong-jun as well as legendary main support Yang “Tobi” Jin-mo in order to fill the gaps left by the players currently unable to join the team.

Just like always, Philadelphia is bursting at the seams with talent. Flex support Kim “Alarm” Kyeong-bo won Rookie of the Year in 2020, and damage dealer extraordinaire Lee “Carpe” Jae-hyeok requires no introduction. However, trepidation over how their newly assembled roster will fare with so little time to jell compared to every other team keeps us from ranking them above third place, for now.

Qu

4. New York Excelsior
5. Hangzhou Spark
6. Guangzhou Charge
7. Chengdu Hunters
8. Los Angeles Valiant

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Source: https://www.dailyesports.gg/overwatch-league-preseason-power-rankings/

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When does the World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Classic pre-patch start?

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World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Classic’s release date was announced today—and it’s just around the corner.

With a pre-patch introducing new races and classes, there will be a lot to do to prepare for the expansion’s launch on June 1.

The WoW TBC Classic pre-patch will officially begin on May 18. That will give players two weeks to take advantage of a new PvP honor system and leveling changes prior to the Dark Portal opening.

Unlike the original TBC pre-patch nearly 15 years ago, the TBC Classic pre-patch will give players an early introduction to Blood Elves for the Horde and Draenei for the Alliance.

Blood Elves can be paladins, something that was previously exclusive to Alliance races, and Draenei will be able to roll shaman, a previously Horde-only class.

Though leveling to 60 in just two weeks may seem like a tall task in WoW Classic, the changes coming in the pre-patch may help with the leveling experience.

Popular mage boosting will be nerfed slightly, but it will still be possible, as some high-level players have proven on the TBC Classic beta. 

More importantly, the pre-patch will initiate a change to Patch 2.4.3 from 1.13.7. And unless Blizzard makes a change to the patch, that will include a nerf to the amount of experience required to level from one to 60.

Meanwhile, if you’re not looking to level a Blood Elf or Draenei but want to make a new character, Blizzard is introducing a new paid level boost available beginning May 18. For $39.99, players can boost any of the original Classic races to 58. This paid service can only be used once per account.

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The best Corrupt cards in Hearthstone

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Corrupt cards in Hearthstone allow you to upgrade those cards if they’re in your hand and you previously played a card with a higher mana cost. While some cards with Corrupt are quite weak and don’t feel that impactful, others are elevated to a whole new level through the keyword.

These type of cards were recently introduced to the game, but they’ve been making a name for themselves with Warlock being the most notorious class and benefiting from most of them. Cards such as Tickatus, Strongman, Cascading Disaster, and Luckysoul Hoarder have propelled the class to new heights.

Here are the best five Corrupt cards in Hearthstone.

Cascading Disaster

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Cascading Disaster is a pseudo board wipe if played during the late game. If you play two cards with a higher mana-cost than four while it is in your hand, you’ll upgrade it twice to destroy three random minions on board for only a four-mana cost. It’s one of the strongest removals in the game and while you won’t always have the option to wait it out, you can still use it early on to destroy one or two minions for only four mana.

Strongman

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Strongman is a Common seven-mana card with 6/6 stats, but its Corrupt effect reduces its cost to zero, allowing you to play it easily after wiping the board with Twisting Nether. It’s one of the most overlooked creatures right now and can benefit various decks.

Luckysoul Hoarder

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The three-mana cost Luckysoul Hoarder is decent by itself, since it has 3/4 stats for such a cheap cost, but it’s very strong due to its two effects. The first one is shuffling two soul Fragments into your deck, which will restore two health when drawn later on, and the second one is a card draw. For three mana, you get 3/4 in stats, four health restored later on, and a card draw. The value is enormous.

Ring Toss

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Ring Toss is a lackluster card if not Corrupted, allowing you to Discover one Secret and cast it. But when Corrupted, you get to Discover two cards, which makes it very strong. You can adjust based on board and get two powerful Secrets to counter your opponent’s next turn.

Tickatus

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Tickatus is a self-mill Legendary card with powerful 8/8 stats for only six mana. But if played in a Control deck and Corrupted, you mill your opponent instead. With Control Warlock dominating the meta, this card is very powerful if you intend to go for the late game. You’ll have a card advantage and fatigue less compared to your opponent.

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Riot details upcoming changes to Tahm Kench, provides information on League account transfers

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Now that account transfers have been fixed, Riot has its eyes on unbenching the Kench.

In today’s “Ask Riot” developer post, Riot revealed that the long-awaited mini-rework to Tahm Kench is coming soon and detailed why League of Legends account transfers have been disabled for the better half of the last year.

Riot said the extensive changes to Tahm Kench, which have been hinted at for many months and recently seemed to appear in the teaser for the champion’s new Arcana skin, will finally be making their way to the PBE and live servers toward the end of the summer. These changes will include Tahm Kench’s current W and R abilities being swapped, with the power of each being optimized for their new positions in his kit.

“Tahm Kench’s current power is best utilized by highly-coordinated teams, which means he ends up much weaker for the rest of the player base,” said RiotPetrie, product lead for League. “To address this power discrepancy, we’re planning to move Devour to his ultimate (and buff it) and turn his W into a less-coordination reliant engage tool (think Abyssal Voyage, but shorter range and just for Tahm Kench… and with some added CC).”

The post also detailed why account transfers have been disabled for some time, resulting in players being unable to change their servers to other locations around the world until just recently. The system that Riot had in place for account transfers was incredibly unstable and had the potential of leaving out important account data upon the completion of the transfer, according to Riot Rapwnzel. This resulted in players having to submit numerous tickets to Player Support to facilitate the process, rather than having their accounts successfully transferred at the press of a button.

Account transfers have since been reactivated for the past few patches and Riot feels that the new system it’s implemented will prevent problems from occurring in the future.

“During this effort, we discovered some of these improvements could only be made by partnering with other teams at Riot, which took a bit more time,” Rapwnzel said. “We didn’t want to disrupt their schedule and projects with unexpected work.”


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Nintendo Switch on Track to Break Sales Records

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The Nintendo Switch is selling faster than the Wii or the PS4.
The Nintendo Switch is selling faster than the Wii or the PS4. | Photo courtesy of Nintendo

The Nintendo Switch has sold 84.59 million units in its 49 months on the market, according to new financial data Nintendo released Thursday. The console saw a 34.4% increase in sales between April 1, 2020 and March 21, 2021, up to $16.1 billion. Nintendo enjoyed an 85.7% net profit spike over that same period.

Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad says current sales trends put the Switch on track to cross 100 million unit sales faster than both the Wii and the PlayStation 4 did.

Nintendo has also sold 587.12 million Switch games since the platform’s launch in 2017, with 36 games on its platform selling a million copies. Twenty-two of those games were Nintendo titles, indicating 14 were made by third-party developers. That’s more million-unit sellers, and a higher number of third-party million sellers, than ever before.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons took the top spot at 20.85 million copies sold, while Super Mario 3D All-Stars sold 9.01 million copies and Ring Fit Adventure sold 7.38 million.

Although the Switch will remain a strong seller, its boom may be on the way out. Nintendo lowered its financial forecast for 2021 to reflect predicted manufacturing troubles caused by the ongoing semiconductor shortage.

“The production of products might be affected by obstacles to the procurement of parts, including the increase in global demand for semiconductor components,” Nintendo said. “The consolidated earnings forecast is based on the premise that we will be able to secure the parts needed for the manufacture of products in line with our sales plans.”

COVID-19 may also disrupt Nintendo’s business for the next year.

“Regarding the risk associated with COVID-19, while the impact on business results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 was limited, the supply of products might be affected if production and shipments are hindered,” the company said. “Other risk factors which are difficult to predict also continue to exist, involving areas such as development and marketing of products and services.”

Nintendo’s most anticipated titles — Breath of the Wild 2, Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4 — still have no release dates. The company gave no indication of how far along in development they were, but working from home has forced delays across the industry. It’s not hard to imagine Nintendo seeing similar struggles.

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