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Where would Heroic rank alongside the other CS:GO miracle runs?

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It’s safe to say not even the biggest Heroic fan would have predicted them to win ESL One Cologne’s European bracket, and their run has to be considered one of the greatest upsets in modern Counter-Strike history. How does it stack up against the era-defining surprises of the past? Take a trip down memory lane with us and enjoy a few legendary CS:GO clips with all the crowd noise we wish we could have right now!

6) NiP Magic flickers one last time at IEM Oakland 2017

“holy fuck the chip spam worked” – this was the highest-rated Reddit comment after an incredible performance by the Ninjas, still featuring all but one of the legendary core on what was perhaps their last great adventure. It was one of the most improbable of title defenses as they topped Group A featuring SK and Astralis, beating the Brazilians 2-1 before setting up the grand final matchup with the still indomitable karrigan-led FaZe Clan side. It was their first title since the previous year’s Oakland event, and even though the international team crushed the Swedes on their own map picks (16-7 on Inferno and Overpass), losing on Cobble and Train set up Cache as a decider where Xizt turned back the clock with an incredible individual performance, as his team clinched multiple eco rounds to crawl to the title.

Even though it’s only been three and a half years since then, most of the players involved in this monster match are way past the point of competing on a stage of similar stature. With mousesports out of the top ten and the Dignitas core sinking far below the sightlines, only NiKo and rain remain near the top from this ten. Are you feeling old yet?

5) BIG wins the first big title of the online era in the spring

For a team that lost to Movistar Riders in the qualifiers of the Europe Minor qualifiers just as we were entering into the online era (not to mention their joint-last finish in ESL Pro League Season 11, albeit with a 2-3 score and on tiebreakers), rising to the top of the pile was nothing short of sensational, especially once you consider what followed after. Pulling off the ultimate comeback against a surging G2 in the grand final of DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 turned out to be a mere sign of things to come.

Still, the BIG core already has some decent pedigree thanks to deep Major runs in the past, and at the time you could still argue that the online results shouldn’t be taken so seriously, which means tabseN and co. can’t quite push past some of the other candidates on this list.

4) DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018: MSL’s finest hour

It was August 2018, just as the teams emerged from the dark wilderness of the player break. With the Major looming large, the stacked field in Stockholm seemed like a harbinger of things to come. Instead, it brought surprise after surprise: group stage eliminations for fnatic and NRG, defeats to FaZe Clan and Na’Vi in the quarter-finals, then the rest of the madness.

North actually topped their group ahead of Astralis, winning 2-1 thanks to an overtime win on Mirage despite a huge comeback masterminded by gla1ve. They then demolished Na’vi with a 16-3 Train and a 16-9 Inferno, but it was perhaps their win over mousesports which highlighted their newfound resilience the most: despite a 16-0 loss on Dust 2 to open the series, they clawed their way back with a 16-14 win on Inferno, securing their spot in the grand final with a 16-12 Mirage game.

There’s no better way to put it: they demolished Astralis on Dust 2 the very next day, winning 16-1, and even though they lost their own map pick of Train 16-6, they still had the fortitude to close out the series on Overpass with ten out of twelve T rounds in the second half. Watching from home, it felt like entering a mirror universe.

Of course, we all remember what came next: Astralis dominated the FACEIT London Major immediately thereafter as North crashed out the New Challengers Stage due to losses against HellRaisers, Team Spirit and Vega Squadron. They have not made it to the final of an S-Tier event since then.

3) The Miracle of Massachusetts: Cloud9 win the Boston Major

Perhaps this choice is controversial. Wasn’t North America’s only Major title one of the biggest upsets in CS:GO history? Well, yes, which is why it makes top three on our list. However, what most of us don’t recall anymore is that even though Cloud9 (and NA teams in general) had a horrible record at the Majors, the Skadoodle/RUSH/Tarik/automatic/Stewie2K quintet was ranked fifth in the world, ahead of fnatic and G2. They made it to the semis of the aforementioned IEM Oakland event shortly before they went to Boston, and had quite a few other deep runs on their resumé in 2017, which means that as incredible as their accomplishment was, Heroic’s run was even more out of the blue than FaZe Clan’s most painful defeat.

Still, there’s always that Inferno B hold to savor.

2) Heroic’s heroics in Cologne

It’s remarkable how quick the rise of this Heroic roster was. This is only the fourth tournament they competed in with this particular lineup, and they only survived the group stage thanks to a head-to-head win against the basement dwellers of North, losing to Team Vitality in the first playoff round soon thereafter. Just as BIG scored their first big win, they finished 9-12th. This placed them in 24th on the HLTV rankings at the time.

What came since then was nothing short of spectacular, with a fourth-placed finish at cs_summit 6 followed by a silver medal at DreamHack Open Summer 2020’s European bracket, with two losses to BIG over the course of the event. And now? The five plucky Danish heroes slayed each and every dragon in their path, and even if HUNDEN fell by the wayside, their dominant run through the playoff makes them the team to watch going forward in the online era.

1) Zeus fulfills his destiny in Krakow

And yet, there’s nothing more incredible – or depending on your point of view, a bigger fluke – in CS:GO tournament history than Gambit’s Major win in Poland, a team stuck in fifteenth place on the HLTV rankings at the time that also lost “every online match and practice” during the run-up to the set-piece event. It’s no wonder the two Majors with the most unexpected winners featured the most variance due to a best-of-one unseeded Swiss group bracket: Gambit earned their spot in the playoffs thanks to a 16-10 win over a mousesports side still featuring lowel, an impressive 16-6 against G2 and a 16-11 win over a VP side on the tail end of their glistening careers. They followed this up with a straightforward 2-0 against the recently reassembled legendary fnatic lineup which was still shaking off the effects of its recent GODSENT-infusion (only to be torn apart by FaZe swooping in for olof), following up with the series of the tournament in their close-fought 2-1 win over Astralis. The final against the rookies of Immortals felt like an undercard battle of lightweights, though it did have its fair share of legendary moments.

Boom. Sour grapes or not, zeus’ redemption arc and fulfilled promise remains one of the most appealing storylines of CS:GO history, and a historic upset we won’t see topped anytime soon.

Photo credit: HLTV

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Two World of Warcraft pets inbound after meeting $1 million charity goal

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World of Warcraft players will receive a pair of unique in-game pets following the reaching of a donation milestone for Doctors Without Borders.

The charity fundraiser reached its initial goal of $500,000 on March 24. Just shy of a month later the ultimate goal of $1 million has been met.

Players on the retail World of Warcraft servers can now redeem a pair of in-game pets–Bananas the Baby Gorilla and Daisy the Sloth.

Bananas is a traditional pet that will follow you around Azeroth as normal. Daisy is a pet that players can carry upon their back as they move around on their adventures.

These two rewards will be available until August 1, so make sure to not leave it till to late before adding these adorable critters to your collection.

The duo is available to all players whether you contributed to the campaign and can be redeemed through the Blizzard Shop in the Battle.net client.

The Charity Pet program in World of Warcraft is one of Activision Blizzard’s initiatives to support global fundraising. The company similarly released a cosmetic pack in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 titled the “Call of Duty Endowment United Pack,” with proceeds put towards helping veterans find employment.

For those looking to get their hands on their new pet friends right now, only Bananas can be claimed, while Daisy will be made available in the near future.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/wow/news/two-world-of-warcraft-pets-inbound-after-meeting-1-million-charity-goal

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Magic Arena to give away $50,000 during Friday Night Magic event with MrBeast

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Magic Arena is partnering with YouTuber MrBeast for a Friday Night Magic in-game event where two players can win $25,000.

With in-store play no longer an option due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Friday Night Magic events on Arena started amid worldwide lockdowns. This Friday, an additional special guest and level of competition will be present, as MrBeast will be playing Arena from 1pm to 2pm CT anonymously.

Preconstructed decks will be provided for the event and two players that are lucky enough to play against MrBeast could win the $25,000 prize. Entry into the event is free.

Participants must enter the event and complete their matches. Players that concede early will be disqualified. The prize winners will be contacted through their email registered with Arena.

This opportunity is only open to residents of the United States, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Austria, and Portugal. Winners must be 18 years old. 

MrBeast is a popular content creator with 60 million subscribers on YouTube who built his name off of massive monetary donations and random acts of kindness. This is the first time MrBeast will be partnering with Wizards of the Coast for an event.

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Teamfight Tactics Set 5:Reckoning 11.9 PBE Patch Notes

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Team Fight Tactic's new Set 5: Reckoning will bring exciting new features into the game.
Team Fight Tactic’s new Set 5: Reckoning will bring exciting new features into the game. | courtesy of Riot Games

Teamfight Tactis Set 5: Reckoning patched PBE, bringing tentative balance changes.

Season 5: Reckoning has been on PBE for the last month with various new features. The general public seems satisfied because Season 4 has been dragging on for a bit. As the release date approaches in less than a week, the game makes a few changes before the official release.

The PBE patch happened April 20 with changes in the following area:

Let us take a closer look at major changes. For the full patch note, see Riot’s official 4/20 PBE Update article.

The April 20 PBE patch removed the two gold per win payout and added a two gold per loss payout.

Hyper Roll is a new game mod coming this season. Players start with 10 health, and love one health per defeat. Experience cannot be bought with money, and rolls costs health. This would require different gameplay from original ranked queue with a faster phase estimated 15 minutes per game. See Teamfight Tactics: Hyper Roll on Riot’s official website for detailed information about Hyper Roll.

The Forgotten champions have bonus Ability Power and Attach Damage.
The Forgotten champions have bonus Ability Power and Attach Damage. | courtesy of Riot Games

With the new season comes new traits and champions. A few new members include Draven and Viego, a part of the Forgotten champions. Another interesting champion is Little Devil Teemo where he takes health and not coins to be recruited. The list of traits and champions is found in the Trait Overview Cheatsheet released by the official Teamfight Tactics Twitter.

The shop roll odds for Level seven and eight has both decreased.

Spatula spawn rates on the carousel has been adjusted in stage two, three and four at the rate of 45%.

A total of 19 items have gone through changes in patch April 20.

Shadow items went through changes, where most items were weakened other than the Shadow Blue Buff and the Shadow Hextech Gunblade. More information about Shadow items can be found in the Reckoning Gameplay Overview by Riot.

The develop team continues to work on Teamfight Tactics to release Season 5: Reckoning. Players can be excited for a balanced gameplay on April 27 when the new season officially starts.

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Dallas Empire benches Huke, promotes FeLo to starting roster

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The Dallas Empire has benched Huke in favor of Challengers player FeLo, the team announced today via Twitter.

Huke, who at one time was touted as one of the best players in the Call of Duty League this year, will move to a “reserve role,” according to the Empire’s tweet. FeLo will make his first CDL start against Stage Two Major champions Toronto Ultra on Sunday, April 25.

“FeLo will be in the starting lineup Sunday against Toronto as we move Huke to a reserve role,” the Empire’s statement reads. “The team has felt we are playing below our potential, and with FeLo playing so well in Challengers, he’s earned a shot to compete in the starting lineup.”

Huke tweeted: “Wish them the best, another challenge for me and I’m here for it.”

FeLo is a veteran of the Call of Duty scene, competing for the likes of OpTic Nation, CLG, Rise Nation, compLexity, eUnited, and Evil Geniuses. After spending the entire 2020 season in Challengers with Triumph Gaming, FeLo signed with the Empire as the team’s only substitute in January 2021.

The Empire won their first match of Stage Three earlier today, defeating the Paris Legion 3-1. During the series, Huke had a 1.05 K/D ratio, the second-worst of the four players. Shotzzy, the reigning league MVP, had a 0.82 K/D.

Dallas are in second place in the 12-team league with 190 CDL Points right now. They’re 12-7 on the season and finished second and third at the Stage One and Stage Two Majors, respectively.

FeLo and Dallas will take on the Ultra in the last match of the first week of Stage Three at 5pm CT on April 25.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/call-of-duty/news/dallas-empire-bench-huke-promote-felo-to-starting-roster

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