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Why Golden Guardians decided to take a bet on WoW esports




World of Warcraft is one of the most iconic titles in the history of gaming. Over the past 15 years, just about anyone who considers themself a “gamer” has either played the title for a period of time or has friends who have.

While WoW’s player base isn’t as sizable as it’s been in the past, the massively multiplayer online game’s history makes it one of the most unique titles in esports—and Golden Guardians are looking to cash in on that.

Golden Guardians has signed two different WoW esports teams in the past month, filling out a competitive roster that could rival just about any other squad out there.

Last month, the team added one of the top-10 raiding guilds in the world to its organization by bringing on Big Dumb Guild. And this past week, Golden Guardians brought in Method’s former North American Mythic Dungeon International squad.

The two groups that compete in separate WoW PvE esports join the organization’s PvP Arena World Championship team, formerly known as The Move, which has been with Golden Guardians since December.

While WoW might not be the force that it once was in gaming, Golden Guardians’ head of esports Hunter Leigh said he’s been considering the title’s potential since before Method broke the mold by broadcasting Race to World First events starting in the fall of 2018.

“People are so focused on what WoW isn’t anymore that they’re not really focused on what WoW is,” Leigh told Dot Esports. “It was on my shortlist of under-appreciated titles that, when we did expand, there were some rich opportunities.”

Leigh said that after the organization signed a PvP team, a number of guilds and teams reached out to them about joining the organization. And while he didn’t disclose what other teams contacted them, Big Dumb Guild was among them. Within six months, the organization announced that it was partnering with the guild as it expanded its presence in WoW esports.

Prior to adding WoW players, Golden Guardians primarily competed in League of Legends. But the org has since expanded into Apex Legends, Teamfight Tactics, and fighting games as well.

Though investing in a game like WoW that has multiple different esports competitions inside it might be a cause for concern to some organizations, Leigh sees it as a stronger opportunity for growth.

“That’s the strength of WoW esports right now is that there are all these different things for fans of the game, even people who haven’t played the game in a while, to cling onto,” Leigh said. “There are things that speak to the way they played the game back in the day or a part of it that they really liked.”

Whether it’s raid, PvP arenas, or mythic dungeons, every player has a different esports element to WoW that they can relate to.

Teaming up

Golden Guardians’ decision to negotiate with Big Dumb Guild came around the same time that Complexity was announcing a deal with the world’s top raiding guild, Limit. Though the deal could be seen as competition, Leigh was happy that another organization saw the same value in WoW raiding guilds as he did.

“It was validating for sure,” he said. “I think what was most helpful was that the Limit/Complexity model was a very different model than the Method model for how to get into this.”

Meanwhile, the structure that Complexity-Limit brought to the table created a model that Golden Guardians could use as a starting point for its own foray into WoW raiding.

Prior to Complexity’s deal with Limit, the only organization that was highly invested in WoW raiding was Method, a team that started out as a raiding guild first and slowly transformed into a fully-branded esports organization.

In terms of how the organization plans to profit from WoW esports, Leigh said the team has a number of ideas for content plans, including crossover events to test PvP players in PvE content and vice versa.

“They really are like two different worlds,” he said. “You can be so insanely good at one and really, really terrible at the other.”

While he wasn’t ready to disclose other plans, Leigh said he’s confident that by allowing all three teams of players to intermingle, there should be more unique content ideas to brainstorm.



Four key storylines of BLAST Premier Fall Series




Whether you are one of the people who have grown tired of the scene after it became repetitive or you are still just as passionate about watching CS:GO no matter how much the pandemic has changed the industry, BLAST Premier Fall Series is a tournament you don’t want to miss.

Intercontinental play is back on the menu at BLAST

The first stage of BLAST’s Fall season takes the first step back to what the scene was like before the pandemic hit earlier this year, and as if that wasn’t enough, there has also been big movements among some of the world’s best teams and players who are about to play in the $150,000 event.

So here’s a pitch for why you should keep your eyes peeled on the Fall Series:

Evil Geniuses and FURIA take on Europe

Oh yes.

After we saw nothing but regional action for what feels like an eternity by now, the time when the best teams from North America and Europe go up against each other is upon us again. That prospect alone should get anyone excited for the final two months of 2020, which will witness the return of intercontinental competition (albeit still online, at least for now) before the crazy year warped by the pandemic comes to a close.

In the BLAST Premier Fall Series, the first of a number of tournaments featuring big teams from both sides of the Atlantic, we will get a taste of what a true tier-one competition feels and looks like for the first time since IEM Katowice, with FURIA and Evil Geniuses getting ready to challenge the brunt of Europe to a battle between the two most competitive regions in CS:GO.

Europe will face FURIA’s relentless leader for the first time in close to a year

Although Liquid and Gen.G won the first two regional titles in ESL Pro League Season 11 and ESL One: Road to Rio once the pandemic struck in March, every single one of seven North American titles over the last five months have gone to either FURIA or Evil Geniuses, with Andrei “⁠arT⁠” Piovezan‘s side boasting four of them and Peter “⁠stanislaw⁠” Jarguz‘s squad the other three. So who better than these two teams to represent the North American region in this intercontinental clash?

If you’re a fan of other teams and aren’t caught up on what’s going on the other side of the pond these days, this is the time to start paying attention. There is no way a lineup as skilled as Evil Geniuses or one as unpredictable and in-your-face as FURIA doesn’t ruffle some feathers over in the Old Continent, where after a year of arT-less bliss, teams might have forgotten just how obnoxious it is to find the mega-aggressive Brazilian in their own spawn 20 seconds into the round and see him do it all over again in the next.

Complexity and G2 to showcase new superstars

Historic moves have been happening in Europe lately, with two big stars of the game about to enter a new chapter. After over six years with Australia’s No. 1 team, Justin “⁠jks⁠” Savage has just announced his move from the now-disbanded 100 Thieves squad to Complexity, where the 15th best player of 2019 will be hoping to reach new heights and pick up the first big trophies in his career.

Everything is pointing towards this being the perfect move for the Benjamin “⁠blameF⁠” Bremer-led side. The Aussie fits into many of Owen “⁠oBo⁠” Schlatter‘s previous roles, and the Danish in-game leader is giving up some of his own to accommodate the new member even better, and there’s no question that the lineup change, albeit sudden and unexpected, brings a serious boost to Complexity in terms of experience as well as skill.

ICYMI: jks: “I’m at the point in my career where I really just want to win a lot of things; this is the reason why I came to Complexity”

The only question is how quickly the team and jks will mesh together and reach the level of chemistry they need to consistently compete for titles. The likelihood of that happening in time for BLAST Premier Fall Series is low, with Complexity having only started practicing with the 24-year-old a week before their debut, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be an intriguing team to watch and a competitive one in a group with Vitality, BIG, as well as a potentially Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” Kovač-less FaZe.

NiKo is about to be a part of another one of the biggest moves in CS:GO history

Speaking of the Bosnian’s situation with his long-time team, it is not set in stone yet, but it looks increasingly likely that NiKo will complete the reported move to G2 in time for the $150,000 event. With FaZe in Group B and G2 in Group C, we might have to wait until the middle of the week to find out for sure, but we can at least muse about the possibility of the compelling new combination for now.

If François “⁠AmaNEk⁠” Delaunay is the man on the way out as expected, then this is a huge upgrade from every angle. Whether you look at experience, firepower, the X-factor, the ability to be a reliable secondary AWPer, or an additional source of ideas and calls, NiKo brings it all as one of the best to have ever touched the game. Given that he should have solid chemistry with the rest of the lineup from day one on top of that, there’s a good chance G2 will go from from the disappointing performer of late to a title contender almost overnight.

Astralis in full force again?

Changes also happened in the Astralis camp as the Danish organisation sold Patrick “⁠es3tag⁠” Hansen to Cloud9 and is set to welcome back Andreas “⁠Xyp9x⁠” Højsleth after he took a medical leave at the end of May. The Clutch Minister’s reintroduction to the roster puts an end to speculation regarding his future with the Danish powerhouse and brings with it the possibility of the back-to-back-to-back Major winning roster playing together for the first time in over five months, but we still have yet to receive confirmation that that will be the case.

At least we know that Xyp9x will indeed play in Astralis‘ opening match of Group C against MIBR on November 2, but there’s still a chance that someone else from the original five will not while Lucas “⁠Bubzkji⁠” Andersen steps into the active roster for the first time since he was put on the bench at the beginning of September, after playing just four matches.

Xyp9x is back after a long break

With Astralis staying silent about the specific roster they will use in BLAST for now and having the ability to submit all six players and swap them in between maps or matches according to the tournament organizer’s rulebook, we’ll just have to see in which direction they will decide to go. However, it’s reasonable to assume that the Danes will return to their best possible lineup whenever they can, so you can get your hopes up — with caution.

MIBR with a whole new look

The last time MIBR were in Europe, it was just after the player break and their stay lasted only a few weeks, but in that short period their atrocious results were enough to put the final nail in the lineup’s coffin and bring about a completely new era for the organization. As the phrase “out with the old, in with the new” goes, the Brazilian squad now no longer features any of their most senior members in Epitacio “⁠TACO⁠” de Melo, Fernando “⁠fer⁠” Alvarenga, and Gabriel “⁠FalleN⁠” Toledo after the first two were let go and the AWPer and in-game leader decided to step down in protest against the changes.

Last week, we finally got to learn the first step in MIBR‘s plan, which was to introduce Brazilian legend Raphael “⁠cogu⁠” Camargo as their new coach and manager. Just days later, it was announced that a trio of stand-ins had been brought in to fill in the gaps: Lucas “⁠LUCAS1⁠” Teles, one of the organisation’s former players, and two young guns in Vinicius “⁠vsm⁠” Moreira and Leonardo “⁠leo_drk⁠” Oliveira.

The temporary lineup will make its debut in BLAST Premier, in which they’ll have some tough opposition to play, with Astralis, FURIA, and G2 featured in the same group. Expectations are low for the brand new squad, but it’ll be intriguing nonetheless to find out just how different the new-look MIBR will be without the influence of the old guard and with the injection of some younger talent. Surely it can’t get any worse than the previous roster’s final moments?


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Discussing roster changes, recent tournaments, and NA teams in Europe on HLTV Confirmed S5E12 with smooya




The HLTV Confirmed talk show is back after a one-week break, with plenty of tournament results and roster news to catch up on. Natus Vincere‘s fourth-place finish in IEM New York CIS and Vitality‘s fourth silver medal of the year will be key talking points, as will the rumor of Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” Kovač going to G2 and news of MIBR‘s new lineup.

smooya will take part in the live show on Twitch

Joining the show to give his insight will be Owen “⁠smooya⁠” Butterfield, who will also touch on his time with c0ntact, where he played as a rifle-AWP hybrid, and talk about the UK players and teams finally finding some success.


Hot seat with smooya (20 min)
-Rifling in c0ntact
-Team exit and future
-UK players finding success
Recent news (15 min)
-Aerial steps down from ENCE
-Cloud9 terminate NA team contracts
-ESIC bans seven MDL AU teams
-OG, BIG, fnatic in Flashpoint 2
Tournaments (20 min)
-NAVI falter, VP on 16-series win streak
-Heroic on top again
-Vitality second-place curse
(Another) Shuffle season (30 min)
-MIBR announce trial lineup
-MAD Lions reveal refrezh, HooXi
-jkaem to Apeks
-Nivera joins Vitality
-Cloud9 cash out for es3tag
-Future of AZR, Liazz, Gratisfaction
-G2 closing in on NiKo
BLAST starting (20 min)
-How will FURIA and EG do?
-Return of Xyp9x?
-Potential for upsets?
Playtime (15 min)
-Leftover topics and viewer questions

Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill will be hosting the show, with Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda, and Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin composing the rest of the panel.

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How to Shiny Hunt in Dynamax Adventures in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra expansion




Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra expansion has added a lot of new content for players to enjoy, including a brand new way to experience Max Raid Battles with the Dynamax Adventures mode. 

This new way to raid features tons of rare Pokémon that might be hard to obtain otherwise, including Legendary Pokémon, staters from multiple regions, and Pokémon capable of Gigantamaxing. And the best part is, all of them can be Shiny. 

None of the Pokémon featured inside the Max Lair where Dynamax Adventures are held have a Shiny lock, outside of a Poipole that you are gifted once you complete the story. That fact along with the discovery of improved Shiny odds in those raids has Shiny hunters around the world flocking into the tunnels. 

Dynamax Adventures makes it easy to Shiny hunt too, giving you the option to capture multiple Pokémon, a total of four per run, and check them all at the end to see if any of them are actually Shiny. This includes all of the Legendary Pokémon that you can catch at the very end of each adventure. 

Here are the basic steps you should take when trying to find Shiny Pokémon while playing Dynamax Adventures. 

Capture any Pokémon you want while clearing the four battles

You won’t be forced to keep anything you catch, so it doesn’t hurt and only increases your chances of actually nabbing a Shiny, even if it isn’t the one you really wanted. 

At the end of a run, you will be asked to select one of the Pokémon you captured to take with you, meaning you can at maximum take a single Pokémon as a prize. You can browse through the captures and see which ones are Shiny before making a decision, and you can also decline to take any of them if you are only looking for a Shiny. 

You still get Dynite Ore as a bonus too, and even if you fail to clear the final boss, you can still check and keep one of the other Pokémon you captured before being swept out of the den. 

Always decline to take a Legendary Pokémon if it isn’t Shiny

If you are trying to capture a Shiny variant of every Legendary Pokémon available in the Max Lair, this is the most important step you need to follow. 

If you choose to take a Legendary Pokémon with you after capturing it and clearing the adventure, you will be unable to capture that same Pokémon again, even if you run into it on another adventure. This means you need to make sure it is a Shiny on the review screen before taking it, otherwise, you won’t be able to get a Shiny version of it. 

If you didn’t capture any other Pokémon you will need to decline to take a Pokémon out at all and just take the Dynite. This will allow you to encounter that Pokémon again in a later adventure with no drawbacks. 

Don’t reset your game during a Dynamax Adventure

Some players not used to Shiny Hunting in Max Raid Battles might not know this yet, but soft-resetting your game won’t help you get a Shiny, at least during a Dynamax Adventure. 

Why is that the case? Because every time you enter the Max Lair, the encounter paths are randomized unless you have marked a path to a Pokémon you just lost to or purchased the information from Peonia. 

Soft-resetting does not guarantee you a path to the Pokémon you want and it actually can come back to bite you since resetting or disconnecting enough times will force you to pay a Dyonite penalty in order to get back into a run.

That means it is better to just finish out a run, choose not to take a Pokémon if you caught it and want a Shiny version, and jump back in for a clean adventure from the start. 


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