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World Cricket Championship 3 introduces dedicated esports mode with its latest update

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India, April 12, 2021: World Cricket Championship 3 with its new update introduces a dedicated esports mode titled ‘Esports Lobby’, along with a host of other features. The esports feature will allow users to host friendly tournaments while also facilitating seamless operations for organizers to host professional tournaments. Users will be able to spectate from various camera angles and shoutcast the matches.

WCC3 has featured in some prominent esports tournaments in the country including Redbull M.E.O., Skyesports, and LXG WCC tournaments. Being one of the only ‘Made in India’ games to feature in esports tournaments in the country, WCC is looking to make it easier for players and tournament organizers to conduct tournaments on the game with this latest update.

The WCC franchise now stands at more than 155 million downloads. The large fan base of WCC 3 will now have a chance to get a taste of the competitive esports experience. 

The latest update also includes custom difficulty settings, the ability to assign bowling actions alongside 7 new bowling actions, new cutscenes, challenge a friend mode, the ability to capture highlights, and more.

Says Next Wave Multimedia co-founder and CEO P.R. Rajendran,

Given the exponential growth of esports in the country in the past few years and many requests from our fans, we thought it would be an opportune moment to launch the ‘Esports Lobby’. With the newest update, we want to add value to the esports ecosystem with WCC3.

The custom difficulty setting is aimed at giving players more choices to play around with. The higher the difficulty, the more chances of getting kits and higher league scores. Apart from that, the new bowling actions along with the ability to assign them are aimed at bringing more versatility to the game. With new cut scenes and full camera control to capture highlights, WCC3 will give a further immersive experience.

The World Cricket Championship series has been created by Chennai-based Next Wave Multimedia Pvt. Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Nazara Technologies Ltd., a leading India-based diversified gaming and sports media platform. Launched in November 2020, the third installment is the latest in the series and offers new controls, real-time motion capture, as well as Hindi and English commentary from Aakash Chopra and Matthew Hayden respectively. The game has won the Indian Game Developers Conference’s “Studio Game of the Year” award and Google Play Store’s “Users Choice” Award 2020, just within a few months of its launch.

About World Cricket Championship Franchise: The World Cricket Championship Franchise (WCC), owned by Next Wave Multimedia Pvt. Ltd., is at more than 140 million downloads spanning from 2011 till 2020. This franchise which launched in 2011 comprises WCC Lite, WCC 2, WCC Rivals, and now WCC3. WCC 2 is also the winner of the AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge 2020 conducted by the Government of India. The robust core engine and game feature that power this gaming experience has been developed through a meticulous, 8-year period.

About Next Wave Multimedia Pvt. Ltd.: Next Wave Multimedia Pvt. Ltd., Co-founded by PR Rajendran, is a leading mobile game company in India. This Chennai-based studio is a subsidiary of Nazara Technologies Ltd., global gaming and sports media company. Next Wave develops quality casual and multi-player games in the sports genre.

Cricket games developed by Next Wave have seen over 165 million downloads across various platforms. With substantial expertise in developing cricket-based games, Next Wave’s ‘Big Bash Cricket’ is the official game of Cricket Australia’s Big Bash League, and “Battle of Chepauk” developed for the Chennai Super Kings, has seen over 17.8 million downloads.

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Source: https://www.talkesport.com/news/world-cricket-championship-3-introduces-dedicated-esports-mode/

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Modern Horizons 2 introduces compelling designs with Urza’s Saga, Diamond Lion

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Modern is the most popular eternal competitive format in Magic: The Gathering that attracts players to tabletop events and Magic Online. The upcoming set Modern Horizons 2 is created with Modern in mind, designing new cards specifically for the format.

The original Modern Horizons in 2019 had a major impact on the format, even leading to several bans due to power-level concerns. Despite the introduction of a handful of overpowered cards, Modern Horizons accomplished the goal to create a dynamic Limited format and introduce playable cards into the high-powered format.

Modern Horizons 2 is continuing the trend of unique card designs that couldn’t be printed in a Standard-legal set, but are ideal for Modern. On today’s Weekly MTG stream on Twitch, Wizards of the Coast previewed three cards from Modern Horizons that exemplify the unique design space the set can explore.

Modern Horizons 2 will release on Magic Online on June 3 with a full tabletop release on June 18. Spoiler season for Modern Horizons 2 starts on May 24 and ends on June 2.

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  • Type: Enchantment Land Urza’s Saga
  • Rarity: Rare
  • First ability: Urza’s Saga gains “Tap: Add one colorless mana”
  • Second ability: Urza’s Saga gains “Pay two mana, tap: Create a 0/0 colorless Construct Artifact Creature token with ‘This Creature gets +1/+1 for each Artifact you control.”’
  • Third ability: Search your library for an Artifact card with mana cost zero or one, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

Urza’s Saga is a showcase of the experimental design that was present in the original Modern Horizons and appears to be a part of the sequel, too. Urza’s Saga is the first-ever Land Saga and creates unique lines of play.

Urza’s Saga can create colorless mana for the three turns its on the battlefield. The second chapter creates an Artifact creature that’s also created by Urza, Lord High Artificer or Karn, Scion of Urza. When the third chapter resolves, Urza’s Saga is sacrificed, but it allows you to find an artifact that costs zero or one generic mana. Some options that can be found are Mox Amber and Tormod’s Crypt.

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  • Mana Value: One mana
  • Type: Artifact
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • First ability: Pay two mana, tap, Sacrifice Brainstone: Draw three cards, then put two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.

Brainstone is an artifact variation of Modern staple Brainstorm. Brainstone is one mana Artifact that can be sacrificed for two mana to get a Brainstorm effect. This Artifact is an underpowered Brainstorm that requires an investment of two more mana.

Colorless decks and non-Blue strategies could use Brainstone. It is a way for other strategies to get the same effect, but part of what makes Brainstorm great is its one-mana cost. This should be a solid card in Modern Horizons 2, but won’t make a huge impact on Modern.

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  • Mana Value: Two mana
  • Type: Artifact Creature Cat
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Stats: 2/2
  • First ability: Tap, Discard your hand, Sacrifice Diamond Lion: Add three mana of any one color. Activate only as an Instant.

Diamond Lion is similar to Brainstone as a variation on a more powerful Modern staple. Lion’s Eye Diamond is found in some combo decks like Dredge and Storm. Lion’s Eye Diamond is a powered-down Black Lotus. Diamond Lion costs two more mana, but it is a 2/2 Creature which isn’t that bad.

Diamond Lion could see play since the ability is coming with a decent body, which is better than Brainstone coming in as a do-nothing Artifact.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/mtg/news/modern-horizons-2-introduces-compelling-designs-with-urzas-saga-diamond-lion

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Vorpal Sword, Power Word Kill highlight early previews for MTG Adventures in the Forgotten Realms

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After several years of Magic: The Gathering crossing over into Dungeons & Dragons, the world’s biggest tabletop role-playing game will join forces with Magic for Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, the first crossover set in Magic’s history.

The two properties are both in the Wizards of the Coast family, making the cross over a natural transition. Adventures in the Forgotten Realms is a main expansion that brings D&D mechanics and flavor to the card gam,e which started as a way for adventurers to pass time in between D&D sessions.

During today’s Weekly MTG stream on Twitch, Wizards showed off a handful of preview cards for the upcoming set, including Legendary Creature Tiamat. The official spoiler season for Adventures in the Forgotten Realms starts on June 29.

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  • Mana Value: B
  • Type: Artifact Equipment
  • Rarity: Rare
  • First ability: Equipped Creature gets +2/+0 and has Deathtouch.
  • Second ability: 5BBB: Until end of turn, Vorpal Sword gains “Whenever equipped Creature deals combat damage to a player, that player loses the game.”
  • Third ability: Equip: BB

This magical item came to D&D inspired by the vorpal blade from Lewis Carroll’s poem Jabberwocky. In D&D, Vorpal Sword can instantly kill a creature with at least one head on a perfect 20 roll. This instant kill property is translated into this card well. Vorpal Sword is a cheap equipment to cast and equip.

At its core, Vorpal Sword will make a Creature a devastating threat in combat. +2/+0 and Deathtouch are two strong abilities. This will force unfavorable blocks and could combo well with First Strike equipment like Maul of the Skyclaves.

The activated ability is literally game-winning. When a creature equipped with Vorpal Sword deals combat damage to a player they lose the game immediately. The threat of activation with this equipment is real, even if it takes eight mana to use. Evasive abilities like Trample, Menace, or Flying could lead to surprising victories.

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  • Mana Value: W
  • Type: Artifact
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • First ability: When Portable Hole enters the battlefield, exile target nonland permanent an opponent controls with mana value two or less until Portable Hole leaves the battlefield.

A Portable Hole is a cloth that, when opened, creates an extradimensional hole that is 10 feet deep and can be used to hold, or trap, creatures and objects. Portable Hole is a one-mana Artifact that acts in a similar way to its D&D counterpart. Portable Hole can exile a nonland permanent with a mana value of two or less until it leaves the battlefield.

Portable Hole can be used to shut down key Creatures like Luminarch Aspirant or Fervent Champion in aggressive strategies. The card being able to hit any nonland permanent opens the door to take out an opponent’s key Artifact or Enchantment. Some early targets this hits is Improbable Alliance and Mazemind Tome.

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  • Mana Value: 1B
  • Type: Instant
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • First ability: Destroy target non-Angel, non-Demon, non-Devil, non-Dragon Creature.

Power Word Kill is a 9th level spell that causes a Creature within range to instantly die if they have 100 or fewer Hit Points. There are a lot more limitations on the Magic card of the same name. Power Word Kill is a cheap, but conditional removal spell. There aren’t a ton of Angels, Demons, Devils, or Dragons running around Standard. However, there are enough to make Power World Kill an awkward fit into main decks.

This is compounded with the knowledge that Adventures in the Forgotten Realms will have a Dragon tribal theme.

Power Word Kill could show up in some sideboards. It is a good removal spell without some of the limitations of Heartless Act and Eliminate. This can hit Creatures with counters on them and high Mana Value threats.

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  • Mana Value: 1G
  • Type: Creature Halfling Citizen
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Stats: 1/1
  • First ability: When Prosperous Innkeeper enters the battlefield, create a Treasure token.
  • Second ability: Whenever another Creature enters the battlefield under your control, you gain one life.

Innkeepers are a staple in almost every D&D campaign. They give quests, provide a place for adventurers to rest, and are generally delightful people. Prosperous Innkeeper is a strong utility Creature that should see plenty of play in Standard and Historic. The 1/1 Creature enters the battlefield with a treasure that helps you ramp.

The real value of the card comes with the second ability. Gaining life when other Creatures enter the battlefield is enough to recover against an early aggro onslaught or get out of Embercleave range. Prosperous Innkeeper will be strong in Historic Collected Company decks. In Standard, the Halfling Citizen could be a great two-drop in Winota, Joiner of Forces decks.

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms releases digitally on July 8 with a full tabletop release on July 23.

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Get On My Line returns in June, brings EU and NA brackets for Super Smash Bros. Melee and Ultimate

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Get On My Level is back with a new Super Smash Bros. Majo, taking the classic tournament series to the global stage with the help of Red Bull.

Get On My Line 2021 will feature both Smash Melee and Ultimate, with brackets for players in Europe and North America. Spread across two weekends, one for each game, the four brackets will have a total of $4,000 up for grabs. Melee will run on June 19 and 20, while Ultimate’s brackets will be held on June 26 and 27. 

NA Melee will be region-locked with pools split between the east and west coast, and there will be amateur matchmaking side-events for players eliminated in pools. Every bracket will be free to enter, but all events will be capped at 1,024 total entrants.

Melee players will be required to use a wired connection and Ultimate players will need to have access to and use a LAN adapter for their Nintendo Switch systems in order to participate. 

More individual details, including side events, commentary lineups, and info about the merch shop will be shared in the coming weeks. You can learn more about GOML Online and register for the event on smash.gg.

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Hawks Talon Gaming open new ‘Gaming House’ inside of State Farm Arena for NBA 2K League 2021 season

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Hawks Talon Gaming is moving into a new space, with the official unveiling of the team’s “Gaming House,” which sits on the fifth floor of the Atlanta Hawks’ State Farm Arena. 

Totaling 4,172 square feet and featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with a view of downtown Atlanta, the NBA 2K League team will use the facility as a hub for team practices and playing games remotely during the upcoming season. 

“We couldn’t have asked for a better space for our team this year,” Hawks Talon Gaming head coach and manager Wesley Acuff said. “While we do our competitions on the virtual court with the best of the best, it is important we put ourselves in a place that optimizes our performance for both practices and remote competition.”

The Gaming House somewhat replicates the feel of an NBA locker room, with folding chairs spread around the area, Uline Gear Lockers installed that feature custom name plates for each player, and more. 

The Hawks organization has also announced that Vice President of G League Operations Janice Koon will now help with leadership responsibilities for Hawks Talon Gaming.

 “We are thrilled to continue investing in Hawks Talon by creating this new space for them inside of State Farm Arena,” Koon said. “We are grateful for the collaboration between our creative team and building operations team who worked diligently to get the Gaming House completed in time for the upcoming season.”

Along with being used for competitions, the space is kitted out with individual streaming stations and Elgato hardware and software that players can use to broadcast live or create content.

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