NiKo opens up but none of what he said bodes well for G2
Flashpoint’s second season is right around the corner with a very different set of squads looking to compete than what we’ve seen the first time around. In case your favorite team isn’t around to fight for a portion of the million dollars they offer, we’ve put together a handy list of reasons to support the various participants.
Not only is this an exciting team brimming with talent, there are also fascinating storylines which could emerge if the boys in blue end up doing well at Flashpoint. The big question is whether ALEX can do it without ZywOo or if their story is the esports equivalent of Guardiola and Messi in the Champions League but the redemption arc of woxic after his odd departure from mousesports comes in as a close second. Besides, the NA scene could use a bit of a boost, even if the org is running a majority-European roster to glory. The colossus-versus-juggernaut memes would be immense!
The Brazilian side made more strides in the art of self-immolation than CS for most of the year and their temporary replacement squad surprised everyone with their spirited showing at the BLAST Premier Fall Series. Having made it to the grand final of the first season as part of FalleN’s last dance that never quite was, it’ll be tough to do one better in Flashpoint’s second outing – but if you’d like the org to stick with this bunch of players as much as possible, a playoff tilt would do a world of good for this upstart side.
Just as it seemed like OG finally cracked the code and managed to conquer their close encounters of the 14-16 kind, their showings at IEM Beijing seem to suggest there’s more adjustments to make. NBK-‘s showings continue to remain a concern and an underwhelming result at Flashpoint may be what prompts a roster change. Fans of the current side should hope for a deep run to ensure the band gets to stick together going forward as we hopefully emerge from the online era.
The Swedes have already reinvented themselves over the course of 2019, becoming championship contenders again with the return of Golden, but they were also one of the big losers of the pandemic era and the online-only play it brought along. Any concerns about motivation should be out of the window here: as one of the favorites playing for Flashpoint’s outsized prize pool, questions must be asked if JW and co. fail to rise to the occasion – but if they do well, no doubt he himself will bring all the Twitter sass we need for November.
Being a VP fan must have felt like water torture for the past couple of years as seemingly everything the org touched turned rotten – but the ex-AVANGAR core has suddenly revitalized itself, and possibly just at the right time, with a chance to follow up a win at IEM New York with a portion of the Flashpoint megabucks. A strong performance from a team coming from the qualifiers always makes for a good story and could very well motivate big-name non-founders to pay more attention to the competition going forward.
Let’s be real: c0ntact’s CS:GO story so far is one of the saddest out there. Having paid big for the remnants of the CR4ZY roster which set the world alight in Berlin, they haven’t had any meaningful success since after G2 swooped in to blow the roster apart. Joint-last finishes in recent online cups and a 9th-place slot in the inaugural Flashpoint season are not the sort of returns you’d like to see on a $1.5 million investment.
Though c0ntact itself is no stranger to the big leagues, holding an OWL and a CDL slot alike, their Counter-Strike prospects could use a kick in the backside. The revamped roster with Spinx and rigoN began to show some signs of life, too, as they made it to the DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 main event coming through the entire open qualifier, beating out Heretics and byali’s Poland side in the process at the later stages. Whether that’s a sign of meaningful improvement remains to be seen: calling it a comeback story doesn’t quite sound right but a “getting started” story is also one worth cheering for.
Though the reunion of the old Ninjas didn’t work out the way they wanted – and we’ll never know what would have happened had they had a chance to keep on keeping on in a LAN environment – the new-look Dignitas lineup deserves a chance and Flashpoint serves as their only real pathway into the scene right now with the ESL and BLAST avenues apparently closed out and no RMR events in sight. Nostalgia still remains a powerful tonic and if you’d like to see f0rest get out of jail, rooting for Dignitas is just the thing to do.
You don’t get to see much of Envy nowadays due to the near-collapse of tier 2 NA CS at this time, with no recorded results since the summer’s RMR events. Their surprise playoff run at the Road to Rio tournament was followed by a joint-last place finish at cs_summit 6, a result that could very well have been the catalyst of further changes in the side. With kuben recruited as the coach and manager plus the removal of moose and ryann in the favor of LEGIJA (previously their coach) and Endpoint’s Thomas, this is a new-look Envy side and yet another interesting international mix, an exotic prospect in North American Counter-Strike whose strong showing would be a breath of fresh air in an otherwise fairly stale scene.
Gen.G were hit hard by the VALORANT talent raid, losing daps and s0m in a project that was beginning to show some promise with wins at DreamHack Open Anaheim 2020 and ESL One Road to Rio’s American bracket. Though it seemed like a foregone conclusion that they would sign oBo after his high-profile departure from Complexity, we’re instead left with two stand-ins in the form of Xizt and kreaz (previously of Syman Gaming, now known as K23). The temporary nature of this squad leaves us with the personalities: fans of the ex-NiP squad could root for them alongside Dignitas for what would be Mr. Landström’s approximately fourth last hurrah – remember FaZe and Fnatic? – and those who have fond memories of Cloud9 rosters past can root for some long overdue success for autimatic and even koosta in the black-and-gold colors.
The Season 1 winners are not quite what they used to be, with a very different lineup aiming to return to the summit this time around. The loss of Bubzkji, AcilioN and HUNDEN has definitely had an effect on the team’s results, which makes it somewhat unlikely that they’ll make it all the way through again, especially with the high-tier invited opposition. Still, if you like the idea of Flashpoint royalty and a team that consistently triumphs against the odds, you could do worse than to root for what is yet another strong Danish team gracing Counter-Strike.
Ze Germans were one of the big winners (pun intended) of the online era, winning events left and right early on before fading away after a poor showing at “Cologne”. With XANTARES finally coming online as every event transitioned online, it seemed like the squad has finally found the right tactical formula to accommodate his talents as tabseN moved to the in-game leader role. Flashpoint serves as their best chance yet to prove the doubters wrong and show that their big wins on Mirage were not just a mirage.
Sorry, no, can’t do it. They deserve to go down in flames and I can’t wait to hate-watch their games.
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Call of Duty: Mobile is quite often plagued with issues and bugs despite being out of Beta for quite a while, the authorization error (code 5,1401,1200) is a commonly occurring and pesky issue that is even acknowledged by the developers themselves and could be due to multiple reasons such as:
Going to your settings > app info and clearing cache & storage data will wipe all your login credentials as well as locally stored maps, skins, etc.
TCP 10012, 65010, 65050
UDP 7500, 7774, 20002
Also Read | Xbox Game Studios is having a sale on Steam
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Dota 2’s major update just landed on Steam which is sized at about 500MB. This update adds a new hero to the already wide-ranging list of 120 Heroes after Hoodwink was introduced (now 121 after update 7.29).
Dawnbreaker is a tank carry and melee-type hero that has the ability to heal her allies.
Here’s an introduction on Dota 2’s official blog:
She possesses a total of four abilities with one of them being a passive ability, her abilities are as follows:
Patch 7.29 also features a redesigned terrain which changes the placement of power and bounty runes, outposts, ward cliffs, and general foliage. All Tier 1 and Tier 2 areas have considerable changes in this newer version.
Items such as Necronomicon and Royal Jelly have been removed, while Abyssal Blade no longer has a blink effect and the current line-up of heroes have gone through changes as well and one of the most notable differences in this update is that Crystal Maiden can now move freely during her ultimate “Freezing Field” ability, provided you have purchased a shard upgrade.
Microsoft has always been vocal about supporting and releasing their games on PC extensively, including Steam, and has even published their newer titles on the platform with more to come. Xbox Game Studios titles are upto 75% off including Forza Horizon 4 which launched a month ago on Steam, two years after its initial release on both Xbox and PC.
The list includes several notable games such as:
If you were looking to grab one or more of these titles, now seems like the best time to do so. And if you’re interested in a cheaper option, there’s always the Xbox Game Pass which offers 100+ games at a very low cost.
The publisher sale will end on April 12.
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Call of Duty: Mobile is quite often plagued with issues and bugs despite being out of Beta for quite a while, the authorization error (code 5,1401,1200) is a commonly occuring and pesky issue which is even acknowledged by the developers themselves and could be due to multiple reasons such as:
Going to your settings > app info and clearing cache & storage data will wipe all your login credentials as well as locally stored maps, skins etc.
An unstable connection could be preventing you from logging into the game, restarting your router can fix this issue. If you’re on WiFi, try forwarding your ports in your Router’s settings to
TCP 10012, 65010, 65050
UDP 7500, 7774, 20002
If the previous two options fail, you can always re-download COD: Mobile from the Play Store on your device or check for any pending updates by going to “My Apps & Games” in the Play Store.
Sometimes using a VPN might fix the issue as it lets you switch to a different server or region depending on the location you’re connected to. While any Free VPN should do the trick, we’d recommend using a premium VPN such as Nord, Proton, ExpressVPN or Private Internet Access as their servers offer better speeds and lower latency in comparison. Be sure to connect to a region that’s the closest to your location for a stable experience.
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