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Team Liquid Topple TSM in 3-1 Series, Will Meet Cloud9 in Finals

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On Saturday, April 10, Team Liquid took down TSM in a 3-1 series in the 2021 Mid-Season Showdown losers’ bracket finals and will advance to meet Cloud9 in the Grand Finals on Sunday, April 11. Top laner Barney “Alphari” Morris was untouchable on the day and was awarded Player of the Series.

No jungler, no problem

On April 9, TL veteran jungler Lucas “Santorin” Larsen announced that due to health issues he’d been experiencing, Jonathan “Armao” Armao would be starting in his place. Rather than being the weak point that many would’ve expected from an emergency sub, Armao’s last-minute transition was seamless, and his stage performance on the day played an integral part in TL’s victory.

The story of the series was TSM’s inability to close out with the seemingly insurmountable leads that they’d amassed for themselves. Liquid held fast in the face of these major gold deficits and capitalized on TSM’s mistakes with picture-perfect engages from Alphari and support Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in.

Game 1 came down to a clutch base defense from TL followed up by back-to-back teamfight wins.  TSM often overstayed on their plays and failed to secure proper positioning for themselves around neutral objectives. A game-changing Gnar ultimate from Alphari was the nail in the coffin for the defending League of Legends Championship Series champs.

A dominating 8/0/3 Orianna performance from Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage brought TSM back from the brink of defeat. For a moment, it looked as though TSM had the tools and momentum to bring the series to game five. Team Liquid had other plans and completely shut out TSM in game 4 with a nearly perfect game. The final game time was 23:14 and final kill score was 19-0.

Rematch against Cloud9

With this win, Team Liquid will advance to the MSS Finals for a shot at redemption against Cloud9. The team that first knocked them into the lower bracket on April 3. A win there would give them the honor of representing North America in the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The MSS Finals take place on Sunday, April 11, at 12 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. At time of writing, there has been no confirmation on whether or not Santorin will play in the finals.

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Source: https://www.dailyesports.gg/team-liquid-topple-tsm-in-3-1-series-will-meet-cloud9-in-finals/

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How to complete Flashback Coutinho SBC in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team

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EA Sports added a 90-rated Team of the Season (TOTS) Flashback version of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona to FIFA 21 Ultimate Team on May 8. This item is available through the squad-building challenge (SBC) menu in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team.

This is Coutinho’s first special card. EA added this Flashback version to celebrate his inclusion in FUT 20 Team of the Season So Far (TOTSSF). He’s also a part of this year’s LaLiga TOTS promotion and will be available until May 16.

EA has greatly upgraded all of Joaquín’s skills, which include his Pace (+20), Physical (+13), Shooting (+11), Passing (+10), Dribbling (+9), and his Defending (+9) when compared to his 83-rated gold version.

This SBC costs around 529,300 FUT coins on PS4, 520,700 on Xbox One, and 623,500 on PC. This card is fairly priced when you look at his great stats. But he can also make strong links with other incredible players, like 98-rated TOTY Messi, 94-rated TOTS Casemiro, 94-rated TOTS de Jong, and Brazilian legends such as Pelé, Ronaldo, and Garrincha.

If you want to complete TOTS Coutinho SBC, you’ll have to turn in two squads: Die Bayern, Seleção, and League Finesse. The first segment requires an 84-rated squad with 75 chemistry minimum, one Inform card, and at least one player from Bayern. The second one needs to be an 86-rated squad with 60 chemistry minimum, one Inform, and at least one player from Brazil. Finally, the third solution asks for an 87-rated squad with 50 chemistry minimum and at least one player from Bundesliga.

Here’s the cheapest solution to complete TOTS Philippe Coutinho right now, according to FUTBIN, a website that specializes in FIFA content.

Die Bayern

  • GK: Péter Gulácsi 85-rated (RB Leipzig)
  • LB: Eden Hazard 83-rated (Real Madrid)
  • CB: Jérôme Boateng 82-rated (Bayern Munich)
  • CB: Konrad Laimer 82-rated (RB Leipzig)
  • RB: Hakan Çalhanoglu 86-rated (Milan)
  • CDM: Axel Witsel 84-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • CDM: Marcel Sabitzer 83-rated (RB Leipzig)
  • CAM: Julian Brandt 84-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • LM: Raphaël Guerreiro 84-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • RM: Koen Casteels 83-rated (VfL Wolfsburg)
  • ST: Andrej Kramarić 82-rated (Hoffenheim)

Seleção

  • GK: Andrea Consigli 86-rated (Unione Sportiva Sassuolo Calcio)
  • LB: Nicolás Tagliafico 84-rated (Guangzhou Evergrande)
  • CB: Paulo Dybala 88-rated (Juventus)
  • CB: Stefan de Vrij 84-rated (Internazionale)
  • RB: Oscar 83-rated (Shanghai SIPG)
  • CDM: Bruno Fernandes 87-rated (Manchester United)
  • LM: Son Heung-min 87-rated (Tottenham)
  • RM: Gareth Bale 83-rated (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • CAM: Dele Alli 83-rated (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 87-rated (Arsenal)
  • ST: Rui Patrício 84-rated (Wolverhampton)

League Finesse

  • GK: Alisson Becker 90-rated (Liverpool)
  • LB: Roman Bürki 84-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • CB: Michał Helik 86-rated (Barnsley)
  • CB: Ederson de Moraes 94-rated (Manchester City)
  • RB: Rui Patrício 84-rated (Wolverhampton)
  • CDM: Wilfred Ndidi 84-rated (Leicester City)
  • LM: Raphaël Guerreiro 84-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • CM: Axel Witsel 84-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • CM: Koke 85-rated (Atlético de Madrid)
  • RM: Daniel Parejo 85-rated (Villarreal)
  • ST: Iago Aspas 84-rated (Celta de Vigo)

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Source: https://dotesports.com/fifa/news/how-to-complete-flashback-coutinho-sbc-in-fifa-21-ultimate-team

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Pokémon fans collaborate to make incredible Pokémon Adventures Sinnoh concept trailer

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In a collaborative effort between multiple Pokémon fans, artists, musicians, and editors, content creator millenniumloops has released another trailer concept that reimagines how one of the upcoming Pokémon games could look.

In the past, millenniumloops released a trailer that reimagined how Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl could look in full 3D using assets from previous Pokémon games. 

This time, they took the traditional Diamond and Pearl and combined it with elements of Pokémon Legends: Arceus to create a visual concept for Pokémon Adventures Sinnoh. This included full 3D landscapes for many locations in the Sinnoh region, like Oreburgh City, the Valley Windworks, and the Distortion World from Pokémon Platinum

The trailer also showed customization and accessory options, such as letting Pokémon wear scarves and other themed items or bringing back the Poké Ball Seal mechanic, which would use visual effects to change the animation of a Pokémon being sent out into battle. 

Millenniumloops and the team behind the trailer reimagined some of the gameplay elements too, using the Legends: Arceus battle system to provide a more involved look and some voice acting in the battle between Flint, one of Sinnoh’s Elite Four members, and Dawn. That battle also included fan concepts and models for what a Mega Infernape and Mega Empoleon could look like. 

The team even went a step beyond and showed aspects of the various Mythical Pokémon events that lead to encounters with Darkrai and Shaymin. 

The entire concept trailer is incredibly well made and had a lot of work put into it. But, as millenniumloops themselves noted, the entire thing is just an animated concept. It’s in no way a game and was made using mostly animation and editing software, including Blender, After Effects and Photoshop, which makes it closer to fan art than anything related to a fan game. 

But even though the trailers are just concepts and fan art, millenniumloops plans to keep creating them moving forward. 

“I want to thank you all for your love and feedback,” millenniumloops said. “I make these so I can inspire and motivate other creators/developers and to give you all a peek at what could someday be the future of Pokémon games as I try to be part of it. This is just the beginning of a long series, so stay tuned as much more is to come in the future.”

You can find a link to everyone who contributed their music, art, and voices to the Pokémon Adventures Sinnoh game concept trailer in the description of the video. 

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Source: https://dotesports.com/pokemon/news/pokemon-fans-collaborate-to-make-incredible-pokemon-adventures-sinnoh-concept-trailer

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How to complete TOTS Moments Barrenetxea SBC in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team

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EA Sports added an 89-rated Team of the Season (TOTS) Moments version of Ander Barrenetxea from Real Sociedad to FIFA 21 Ultimate Team today. It can be obtained by completing a set of squad-building challenges (SBC).

This is Barrenetxea’s first special card. He’s part of the LaLiga TOTS promotion. TOTS celebrates and highlights the best players who had a large impact on their respective clubs in the different leagues across Europe. Player Moments cards are used to celebrate a special match or season that a specific player had in the past. EA created this Player Moments card to celebrate Račić’s superb inside-the-box goal against SD Eibar.

EA massively upgraded all of Barrenetxea’s stats, including Shooting (+26), Physical (+25), Passing (+21), Pace (+13), Dribbling (+9), and Defending (+6), when you compare this new card to his 73-rated silver version. You can complete this SBC until May 15.

This is a good card with balanced skills. TOTS Moments Barrenetxea has four-star skill moves and weak foot. You can further elevate his quality by applying the marksman chemistry style, which will increase his Dribbling (+8), Shooting (+5), and Physical (+5), maximizing many of his skills, like his Finishing, Shot Power, and Dribbling.

This SBC costs around 208,700 FUT coins on Xbox One, 208,150 on PlayStation 4, and 256,450 on PC. The price is fair for this card, but it still doesn’t have anything too special to justify spending your fodder on it unless it fits your playstyle.

If you want to complete TOTS Barrenetxea SBC, you’ll have to turn in two squads: La Liga and 85-Rated Squad. The first segment requires an 84-rated squad with 65 chemistry minimum and at least one player from LaLiga. The second one just asks for an 85-rated squad with 60 chemistry minimum.

Here’s the cheapest solution to complete TOTS MomentsAnder Barrenetxea currently, according to FUTBIN, a website that specializes in FIFA content:

La Liga

  • GK: Koen Casteels 83-rated (VfL Wolfsburg)
  • LB: Nicolás Tagliafico 84-rated (Ajax)
  • CB: José Giménez 84-rated (Atlético de Madrid)
  • CB: Jan Vertonghen 83-rated (Benfica)
  • RB: Thomas Meunier 81-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • CM: Koke 85-rated (Atlético de Madrid)
  • CM: Axel Witsel 84-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • CAM: Raphaël Guerreiro 84-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • LW: Mikel Oyarzabal 84-rated (Real Sociedad)
  • RW: Jesús Corona 84-rated (Porto)
  • ST: Raúl Jiménez 84-rated (Wolverhampton)

85-Rated Squad

  • GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma 85-rated (Milan)
  • LB: Jorge Grant 85-rated (Lincoln City)
  • CB: Milan Škriniar 84-rated (Internazionale)
  • CB: Leonardo Bonucci 85-rated (Juventus)
  • RB: Danilo Pereira 82-rated (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • CM: Christian Eriksen 85-rated (Internazionale)
  • CM: Arthur Oliveira Melo 84-rated (Piemonte Calcio)
  • LW: Adem Büyük 85-rated (Yeni Malatyaspor)
  • RW: Pizzi 84-rated (Benfica)
  • ST: Romelu Lukaku 85-rated (Internazionale)
  • ST: Paul Mullin 85-rated (Cambridge United)

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Source: https://dotesports.com/fifa/news/how-to-complete-tots-moments-barrenetxea-sbc-in-fifa-21-ultimate-team

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Skys breaks down 1-vs-4 clutch vs. BDS: ‘I waited patiently for my opportunity’

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Alexander “Skys” Magor arguably made the play of the first day of the Six Invitational 2021 group stage.

Early in DarkZero’s Rainbow Six Siege match against BDS today, Skys was left alone against four members of French juggernaut BDS. Had Skys lost the round, BDS would’ve tied the score at 3-3 on their attacking half, a substantial win on Kafe Dostoyevsky. But Skys isolated each player in succession and, to cap it off, won a gunfight against superstar Stéphane “Shaiiko” Lebleu.

“I just remember that Kyle [“Mint” Lander] had died… I honestly don’t remember everything,” Skys said during a post-match press conference. “My teammates communicated where most of the people were… I just waited patiently for my opportunity.

Regardless of precise memory, Skys’ one-vs-four clutch resonated with fans and is widely regarded as one of the best plays of the day. DarkZero went on to lose the map in maximum overtime, however, with a scoreline of 8-7.

Skys also said he’s grateful for international competitions to return. “For like a four-month span, we were literally only playing SSG and TSM,” he said.

Another early loss to FaZe Clan put DarkZero at 1-2 on day one of the group stage. DarkZero went down 5-0 to FaZe in the opening half of the day but fought their way back to a respectable 7-4 loss. Head coach Brandon “BC” Carr said slow starts are normal for DarkZero, though, and it’s something they’ve been working hard to improve on.

“Our comms take a little while to get going… we got penalized and got too far behind to really come back,” BC said. “We didn’t necessarily change the game plan or anything like that. We knew how we wanted to approach FaZe, it just took a while for us to start firing.”

DarkZero are going to have to find a way to start quicker against their next opponent. They take on the red-hot Team Empire on May 13 at 4am CT and can’t afford to drop many more maps. If DarkZero don’t finish in the top four in their group after the round robin has completed, they’ll be facing a single-elimination tournament as opposed to the double-elimination safety net given to those in the top four.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/rainbow-6/news/skys-breaks-down-1-vs-4-clutch-vs-bds-i-waited-patiently-for-my-opportunity

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