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The start and end dates for all Overwatch seasons

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Overwatch players have endured 28competitive seasons over the course of the last five years, from season one in 2016 to season 28 in 2021. In that time period, 11 new heroes have been released, along with 20 new maps.

Each season in the team-based multiplayer first-person shooter lasts approximately two months but tends to vary on a season-to-season basis. Overwatch’s first season began on June 28, 2016, and ended on Aug. 17 that same year, while season 28 kicked off on May 6, 2021, and will end on July 2, 2021.

The next season, season 29, is expected to start in July. Not all seasons come with new heroes, maps, or updates to the game, but major changes often coincide with seasons. Season 21, for example, introduced hero bans to the game.

Here are the start and end dates for all Overwatch seasons.

Season Start date End date
1 June 28, 2016 Aug. 18, 2016
2 Sept. 2, 2016 Nov. 24, 2016
3 Dec. 1, 2016 Feb. 21, 2017
4 Feb. 28, 2017 May 28, 2017
5 June 1, 2017 Aug. 28, 2017
6 Sept. 1, 2017 Oct. 28, 2017
7 Nov. 1, 2017 Dec. 29, 2017
8 Jan. 2018 Feb. 25, 2018
9 Feb. 28, 2018 April 28, 2018
10 May 1, 2018 July 1, 2018
11 July 2, 2018 Aug. 28, 2018
12 Aug. 31, 2018 Oct. 28, 2018
13 Nov. 1, 2018 Jan. 1, 2019
14 Jan. 1, 2019 March 1, 2019
15 March 1, 2019 May 1, 2019
16 May 1, 2019 June 30, 2019
17 June 30, 2019 Aug. 13, 2019
18 Sept. 3, 2019 Nov. 7, 2019
19 Nov. 9, 2019 Jan. 2, 2020
20 Jan 2, 2020 March 5, 2020
21 March 5, 2020 May 7, 2020
22 May 7, 2020 July 2, 2020
23 July 2, 2020 Sept. 3, 2020
24 Sept. 3, 2020 Nov. 5, 2020
25 Nov. 5, 2020 Jan. 7 2021
26 Jan. 7, 2021 March 4, 2021
27 March 4, 2021 May 6, 2021
28 May 6, 2021 July 2, 2021
29 July 2, 2021 TBD

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Source: https://dotesports.com/overwatch/news/start-end-dates-all-overwatch-seasons

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PUBG Mobile Global Championship (PMGC) 2021 unveiled with $6 million prize pool

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Tencent Games officially revealed the PUBG Mobile Global Championship (PMGC) 2021 today during the World Invitational (PMWI). It will take place from November 2021 to January 2022 and crown a world champion.

The PMGC will be the “biggest event in PUBG Mobile esports,” according to Tencent Games director of PUBG Mobile global esports James Yang, and comes with a humongous prize pool of $6 million—three times the prize money that was up for grabs during the last edition of the competition.

Just like last year, the PMGC 2021 will be split into the league and final stages. The league will take place in November and December 2021. The finals, on the other hand, will occur in January 2022. The company will reveal more information about the slots and schedule at a later date, according to Yang.

Related: Valdus Esports wins the PUBG Mobile World Invitational (PMWI) East 2021

The team with the most points from the league stage and finals of both seasons of each PUBG Mobile Pro League (PMPL) in 2021 will qualify for the PMGC. Aside from that, the top teams from the regional championships will also book slots at the Global Championship.

It hasn’t been confirmed if the upcoming PMGC will be a live event. Yang told Dot Esports over an email that Tencent is “trying hard” to hold the PMGC 2021 as an offline event, but there was “too much uncertainty” to guarantee anything at this point. He added that they were looking at several locations and venues.

Tencent will likely be a lot more careful this year after several players tested positive for COVID-19 during the 2020 finals of the PMGC. It was initially supposed to be held at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates from Jan. 21 to 24, 2021. Just a day before it began, however, Tencent announced that three players had tested positive. As a result, the rest of the players competed in isolation from their hotel rooms.

With the world battling a surge in coronavirus cases due to the delta variant, Tencent will be hoping the pandemic calms down before the PMGC begins in November.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/news/pubg-mobile-global-championship-pmgc-2021-unveiled-with-6-million-prize-pool

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Apex Legends Bug Hints at Possible Mastiff Hop-Up

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A new bug that appeared in Apex Legends could hint at a new hop-up coming to the Mastiff in Season 10.

A new bug that appeared in Apex Legends could hint at a new hop-up coming to the Mastiff in Season 10. / Respawn Entertainment

A new bug that appeared in Apex Legends could hint at a new hop-up coming to the Mastiff in Season 10.

Apex Legends players have uncovered a bug in the Arena mode that gives Mastiff a hop-ups lot it previously never had. According to Apex veterans, the last time a similar bug appeared, that weapon ended up with its own hop-up shortly afterward—or, at the very least, a new slot to apply one. After all, the most recent patch notes didn’t mention a new hop-up for the shotgun model.

Could the Mastiff be getting a hop-up?

The bug was first brought to light on the official Apex Legends subreddit board by Reddit user Happyboo56, posting an image of the slot bug early on Friday, July 23. In their post, they included a screenshot of the Mastiff shotgun with a slot available for a hop-up. The bug appeared in the Arena mode and on the upgraded Mastiff.

When players queue for Arenas, they’re able to choose loadouts and buy upgrades for their weapons between every round. This makes the circumstances for the bug unusually particular. The user did not mention what would’ve happened if they tried to apply a hop-up using the revealed slot.

“In arenas upgraded mastiff has a hop-up slot,” they wrote, “Possible hop-up for mastiff incoming or just a bug?”

Apparently, they aren’t the only one to encounter this bug either. A handful of commenters revealed they had the bug show up for them, too, with one noting they “stupidly upgraded to the best level just for nothing lol.”

Fellow players weighed in on the situation with the majority following Happyboo56’s logic, as well as supplementing it with additional evidence. Most believed the bug was a hop-up signifier for Mastiff.

“I had a bug In season 8 when Sentinel In my inventory got 5 hop-up slots,” Alfanef wrote.

Drmanowar8 replied, “Yea but the sentinel did end up getting a hop-up, so maybe we’ll get one for the mastiff?”

Others added that the Mastiff is noted to use “incendiary rounds” in the Titanfall lore. With the Rampage coming in Season 10 looking to apply the same or similar effect, players noted that it’s possible developers were looking to have Mastiff live up to its reputation. Of course, in lieu of a burning shotgun, there was no shortage of additional ideas in the post’s comments.

Shruggletuggle suggested, “Maybe we get slugs, longer range but less damage?”

“I would take a hop-up for the Mastiff + 30-30 Repeater that lets you reload 2 shots at a time instead of one,” Suasiv wrote.

Respawn Entertainment and the development team behind Apex Legends have yet to confirm any changes for the Mastiff in Season 10.

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Source: https://www.dbltap.com/posts/apex-legends-bug-hints-at-possible-mastiff-hop-up-01fb7vt9zt37?utm_source=RSS

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Pokémon UNITE Crustle Build

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Crustle is outperforming all of the other tanks at the moment

Crustle is outperforming all of the other tanks at the moment / Nintendo, The Pokemon Company, and TiMi Studios

Pokémon UNITE Crustle and their build path has a few key moves and held items that will give you the edge on your opponents.

Crustle happens to be the best tank in Pokémon UNITE at the moment, according to Pokemonunite.gg’s tier list. Fury Cutter and X-Scissor provide Crustle with a lot of damage for a tank, as well as the utility that comes from Rock Tomb and his UNITE skill, Rubble Rouser.

Build Path

Fury Cutter will want to be the first move you pick up. Fury Cutter allows for quick clears on Wild Pokémon, helping you level up from Dwebble into the mighty Crustle. Each hit on Fury Cutter buffs up the last, meaning by the time it’s your fourth or fifth hit, you will big be doing big damage to either Wild Pokémon or other players.

After Furry Cutter, prioritize Rock Tomb and X-Scissor, as those as your other strongest moves.

Held Items

Assault Vest, Rocky Helmet, and Aeos Cookie are Crustle’s strongest held items at the moment. Assault Vest and Aeos Cookie compliment Crustle’s tankiness, while Rocky Helmet will get a lot of value as you will be taking a lot of hits from players.

Assualt Vest will also combat a lot of the strong special attackers at the moment like Alolan Ninetails or Gengar.

Rocky Helmet is particularly good here since Crustle has a lot of shields. The item will deal percent damage to nearby opponents based on how much damage you take, whether shield or health damage.

For your item, you want to take Eject Button to quickly teleport around the map to score points from dunking or set up plays for your team.

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Valdus Esports wins the PUBG Mobile World Invitational (PMWI) East 2021

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Valdus Esports earned their crown as the champions of the PUBG Mobile World Invitational (PMWI) East 2021 today. The Thai team put up a dominating performance across the four days to take first place. 

Valdus had an impressive start to the PMWI after getting top five in all five games of the first day, with two chicken dinners. Since then, they didn’t look back. After 20 matches, the Thai representatives amassed 287 total points, 63 ahead of the second-placed Natus Vincere, and had the most chicken dinners (four) of any team in the invitational. They also boasted the second-highest number of kills (120). 

Valdus’ Tinnapop “Martin” Benjawong received the MVP of the competition. He boasted an average damage of 399, with an average survival time of 21 minutes and four seconds. He also averaged two kills per match.

Related: Here are the results for the PUBG Mobile World Invitational (PMWI) East 2021

The PMWI East 2021 took place between July 22 and 25. It had a charity prize pool of $1.5 million, which will be donated to different charities. With today’s victory, Valdus will receive $250,000 to donate to a charity of their choice. 

Here are the overall standings of the PMWI East 2021. 

  1. Valdus Esports (287 points)
  2. Natus Vincere (224 points)
  3. D’Xavier (186 points)
  4. Zeus Esport (183 points)
  5. Bigetron Red Aliens (165 points)
  6. DSGaming (149 points)
  7. Yalla Esports (147 points)
  8. DRS Gaming (144 points)
  9. REJECT (141 points)
  10. Blacklist International (137 points)
  11. A1 Esports (133 points)
  12. Geek Fam (132 points)
  13. I8 Esports (120 points)
  14. Nasr Esports (92 points)
  15. Fanatic Zombies (87 points)
  16. Team Myths (54 points)

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Source: https://dotesports.com/news/valdus-esports-wins-the-pubg-mobile-world-invitational-pmwi-east-2021

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