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Sources: Worlds 2021 to take place at Iceland’s Laugardalshöll Indoor Sporting Arena from Oct. 5 to Nov. 6

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The 2021 League of Legends World Championship will take place from Oct. 5 to Nov. 6 in Reykjavík, Iceland, at the Laugardalshöll Indoor Sporting Arena, the same venue that previously hosted Riot Games’ VALORANT Masters and Mid-Season Invitational events, sources familiar with the plans told Dot Esports.

The event will be broken down into five stages, the same as the previous format of the annual event. The play-in stage will take place from Oct. 5 to 9 with the group stage running from Oct. 11 to 18. The playoffs will begin with the quarterfinals on Oct. 22 to 25, semifinals on Oct. 30 to 31, and finals on Nov. 6. No crowd will be allowed to attend.

Each stage of the event will take place solely in Iceland as a result of concern around the COVID-19 pandemic and the ability of players from most regions being able to travel to the country, as well as return to their home countries after the event. Riot is expected to confirm the Iceland event and the dates for it this week.

The move to Iceland came after Riot confirmed on Aug. 24 that the event would no longer take place in China, where it was initially scheduled, and would instead move to a European country. Dot Esports then reported on Aug. 30 that the event would be exclusive to Iceland after Riot safely ran the two aforementioned events in the country earlier this year. The move to Europe, Riot said in its announcement, is due to rising concerns around the Delta variant and those travel restrictions.

So far, only one region is reportedly unable to attend the event: the Vietnam Championship Series. That region has missed out on the 2020 World Championship, which took place with significant COVID-19 protocols in China in October and November 2020, and the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational in Iceland. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, visas for Vietnam residents have been increasingly restricted. How Riot will resolve the format without the VCS team present has not been announced.

All 22 teams that will travel to Iceland have been confirmed after regional leagues have taken place both online and offline around the world. Participants include LPL winner EDward Gaming, LCK winner DWG KIA, LEC winner MAD Lions, and LCS winner 100 Thieves, among others.


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Source: https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/news/sources-worlds-2021-icelands-laugardalsholl-indoor-sporting-arena-oct-5-nov-6

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New World team share details of upcoming server transfers in Q&A

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New World players have been eagerly awaiting news on the promised server transfers that Amazon Game Studios announced to remedy long server queues on launch. While they have been delayed, many questions were answered regarding the subject during a Q&A on the New World forum earlier today.

The Q&A took the most popular questions from the community regarding the server transfer service and provided some insight into its limitations, what players can expect, but sadly, no official date for it to join the game.

When server transfers are added to the game, all players will receive a single transfer token that is tied to the account, not character. This means that if you have multiple characters, you’ll only be able to transfer one. These tokens will be permanent so they can be used any time after distribution.

Amazon also confirmed that players will only be able to transfer between servers in the same region, but cross-region transfers are something the team is looking into for the future.

Something that players were worried about was not being able to transfer into servers that are currently marked ‘full,’ but the team attempted to ease fears of this by sharing that many servers will have the ‘full’ tag removed over the coming days.

“We monitor full status on a daily basis with changes as recently as today,” the spokesperson wrote. “’Full’ doesn’t indicate a server that always has queues, it indicates a server that during typical peak usage has a substantial queue. We will be relaxing Full status on many worlds when transfers start, to allow the most flexibility possible. After transfers have slowed down we will re-evaluate which worlds might still need the designation.”

If server transfers overwork a server, the team said they will re-evaluate and hand out new transfer tokens to players where necessary.

There were plenty of other questions answered so if you’d like to know what was said in detail you can check out the Q&A here.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/mmo/news/new-world-team-share-details-of-upcoming-server-transfers-in-qa

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NoPing releases its Dota 2 roster, will reform for next DPC season

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NoPing e-sports and its Dota 2 rosters have agreed to part ways ahead of the next Dota Pro Circuit season. In a statement, NoPing said it will be fielding a new roster for the next season, but the organization has no news to share at the moment. 

This is the second top-level South American roster to split with its sponsor organization in order to pursue other opportunities, following Thunder Predator doing the same following The International 10. 

“By decision of all players in the team, we will not continue with the current lineup,” NoPing said. “We respect the decision and wish success to the players that took the NoPing VPN name to various achievements in Dota 2.” 

Neither NoPing nor the players—William “hFn” Medeiros, Gonzalo “Darkmago” Herrera, Oscar Chavez, Farith “Matthew” Puente, and Jose “Panda” Padilla Hernandez—specified why the decision was made, but it is likely due to the team failing to qualify for TI10. Even though they were one of three teams from SA to make it to a Major, finishing ninth at the WePlay AniMajor, they flamed out in the regional qualifiers, losing to Infinity and Team Unknown. 

Related: Lelis officially leaves Quincy Crew, hints at further major changes

It is also unclear if the players wish to continue playing together or if they will disband entirely and look to find teams elsewhere rather than pursuing a new sponsor together. Here are the players that are now looking for a new home. 

With this announcement, only beastcoast and SG esports remain untouched among the top four teams in SA, meaning they have an edge heading into the next DPC season if their squads remain together. The ex-TP players did note that they would continue playing together, so even if they don’t find a new sponsor they will likely still be a force in the region.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/dota-2/news/noping-releases-its-dota-2-roster-will-reform-for-next-dpc-season

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Call of Duty: Mobile season 9 is called Nightmare

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Call of Duty: Mobile’s season nine is almost here. The new season will be called Nightmare, Activision revealed today, as Halloween is right around the corner.

As usual, a lot of new content is dropping with the season. This includes a Battle Pass (BP) which contains a new operator, weapon, blueprints, calling cards, charms, and more.

At tier 14 of the free BP, players will be able to get the Tak-5 Operator Skill. This skill gives players the ability to heal their team in battle. Besides this, players will be able to get the Swordfish at tier 21. This tactical rifle was first seen in Black Ops 4 and is now making its way to CoD: Mobile as well.

Modern Warfare’s Havoc Sawmill will be the new map for season nine. Additionally, the Halloween Standoff is returning to the game for a limited time as well to mark the festival.

Later in the season, players will also be able to unlock a new weapon, tactical equipment, and battle royale class through seasonal challenges. The weapon is called Thumper, which is a grenade launcher with just one ammunition. Flash Drone is the new tactical equipment that blinds enemies. Finally, the Pumped BR Class gives players a jetpack to take to the skies.

The season will last for about a month. The new content will be available gradually throughout season nine, Nightmare.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/news/call-of-duty-mobile-season-9-is-called-nightmare

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All teams qualified for the Wild Rift Horizon Cup

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The League of Legends: Wild Rift Horizon Cup will happen from Nov. 13 to 21 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Center. Ten teams from around the world will be competing for a share of the $500,000 prize pool. 

Wild Rift is still in its regional open beta stage, but this hasn’t stopped Riot Games from launching an esports scene this year. The Horizon Cup will be the first global esports event for the MOBA game. Riot has said that a full-fledged esports scene will be introduced in 2022. The exact format for the Horizon Cup hasn’t been revealed yet. 

Related: Wild Rift: Horizon Cup 2021 will not be the “first Wild Rift Worlds”

Here are all the teams that have qualified for the event.

  • Da Kung Gaming
  • ThunderTalk Gaming
  • KT Rolster
  • SBTC Esports
  • Team Secret
  • Team Queso

Summoner Series (North America)

  • Tribe Gaming

Japan Cup

  • Sengoku Gaming

Wild Tour (Brazil)

  • eBRO Gaming

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Source: https://dotesports.com/news/all-teams-qualified-for-the-wild-rift-horizon-cup

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