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LEC Spring Split Playoffs: Fnatic marschiert – Misfits fliegt raus – League of Legends

Die erste Runde der Playoffs im Spring Split der LEC ist abgeschlossen – und das erste Team ist raus. Auf der anderen Seite zeigt Rekordmeister Fnatic, warum das Lineup um Rekkles gut drauf ist.

Die erste Überraschung in den LEC Playoffs gab es am Freitag. Da schlugen die MAD Lions Vize-Weltmeister G2 mit 3:2.

Auch im letzten Match des Wochenende gab es eine kleine Überraschung. Rogue, auf Rang 6 gesetzt, schlug mit Misfits das fünftplatzierte Team aus der regulären Saison mit 3:1. Damit müssen sich die Misfits aus dem Split verabschieden, während Rogue eine Runde weiter rückt.

Und dort wartet Origen am Freitag ab 18:00 Uhr. Denn das Lineup musste gegen Rekordmeister Fnatic aufstecken. 1:3 hieß es am Ende aus Sicht der Organisation von Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez.

Fnatic hingegen bestätigte die Form des Splits und darf nun gegen G2-Bezwinger MAD Lions am Samstag ab 17:00 Uhr im Halbfinale ran. Bei einem Sieg winkt das Finale.

G2 muss bis zum Sonntag um 18:00 Uhr warten. Dann kommt der Gewinner aus der Partie zwischen Rogue und Origen.

Die deutschen Teams Schalke 04 und SK Gaming mussten sich im regulären Split verabschieden und verpassten die Playoffs.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Tarantula Farming Getting Harder Due to Arrival of New Bug

Well, it was fun while it lasted. Thanks to the beginning of a new month — and the introduction of a new bug — tarantula farming is no longer as lucrative as it once was in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Although tarantulas are still as valuable as ever, it’s become more difficult to farm them when traveling to mystery islands.

Farming tarantulas is a pretty simple process — fly to a mystery island and pick every flower, chop every tree, and break every rock in sight. Once that’s done, take it all out of your inventory and place in on the beach. This creates an environment where other bugs wont’ spawn. Most butterflies, dragonflies, and beetles require the above objects as a requirement prior to spawning. Tarantulas, however, don’t require anything besides open space. This essentially turns the island into a massive tarantula wasteland.

Giant water bugs don’t fly away when you sprint by, meaning you’ll have to scoop them up with your net and release them in order to create room for a new bug. It’s still possible to farm tarantulas, but it’s no where near as lucrative as before. Your best bet is to get lucky and fly to a bamboo island with no rivers or ponds and try farming there. Still, bamboo islands are rare, so your options are bleak no matter how you cut it.

Tarantulas leave Northern Hemisphere islands at the end of April and won’t come back until November. Sadly, giant water bugs are sticking around until September, but at least they will be gone when tarantulas make their triumphant return. Until then, we’ll have to figure out another way to get rich quick — maybe we can all just hunt scorpions while we bide our time?

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Wii Sports Resale Prices Skyrocket Amid Self-Isolation Period

Gyms are closed near and far, leaving the world in a state of lethargic purgatory. Or rather, that would’ve been the case if it weren’t for the majesty that is Wii Sports. Droves of people are apparently finding their daily exercise in the classic Nintendo title, because its resale prices are skyrocketing.

The game released in 2006, so it only makes sense that its resale price was floating around the $10 range; Now, prices have jumped up towards the $30 mark, almost tripling in value thanks to the tyranny of COVID-19. Way to go, coronavirus.

Wii Sports is a bundle of simulations – the original containing just tennis, bowling, boxing, golf, and baseball. In a later sequel, Wii Sports Resort, even more mini-games were added. Despite the simplicity of the concept, the games turned out to be a huge hit with tens of millions of copies sold worldwide.

Using Wii-motes to perform less-than-graceful maneuvers is a pretty amusing way to burn some calories. Plus, pitting awkward Mii characters against each other in various sports is unfailingly entertaining to watch. Take the infamous “no u” Wii Tennis match, for example.

Sure, the stock market may be volatile right now, but Wii Sports prices are the true indicator of society’s current state. While some might argue that toilet paper is going to become the new currency, copies of Wii Sports is really where it’s at.

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Valorant’s mechanics & gunplay most resemble classic CS

Fans have been debating for a while which game Riot Games’ Valorant is most similar to, but now that the Valorant showcase on Twitch has finally allowed fans to witness and enjoy unfiltered gameplay, the opinions are starting to solidify. A large number of professionals, such as Jaryd “summit1g” Lazar, expressed the game is more similar to Counter-Strike 1.6 than Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) or Overwatch. In particular, summit stated on stream that the game is similar to CS1.6 in regards to movement and shooting.

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    CS-inspired gunplay and mechanics

    The gunplay draws significant inspiration from Counter-Strike, as each weapon has a unique spray pattern. Furthermore, recoil stabilization, such as crouching, is also a prominent mechanic in the game. Crosshairs placement matters too because of players clearing and holding angles the same way players would in CS.

    Unlike CS titles, most Valorant weapons feature “aiming down sight” (ADS). In games like Call of Duty, ADS is an integral part of the game. However, ADSing may present a disadvantage in Valorant as players are granted a more straightforward spray pattern but suffer a decreased damage output.

    Summit stated Valorant‘s movement was reminiscent of that in CS. He says players experience a massive movement decrease when taking damage. While taking damage does affect the player’s speed in CSGO, it’s less severe than in its predecessor. Furthermore, both run boosting and boosting aren’t possible in the game. Any players slide off the back of their teammate if they attempt to raise on top.

    During his stream, summit confirmed Valorant developers had implemented air strafing into the game. Despite this, it’s unclear whether players experience an increased movement speed due to air strafing. Additionally, there’s slight disagreement concerning whether or not Riot’s game has counter-strafing. Summit shared he felt the game does have counter-strafing to stop the movement immediately, but ex-professional CSGO player Eric “fl0m” Flom says Valorant does not have counter-strafing. If this is true, that would mean there’s no movement acceleration or deceleration like in CS games. According to a source from a private Valorant Discord, there is a maximum of 10% movement speed increase when “bhopping.”

    Valorant is no Overwatch

    The weekend’s Valorant event has clearly shown the game’s gameplay and mechanics have taken significant influence from legendary CS titles. The only significant similarity between Overwatch and Valorant at this point is that both games have abilities.

    When asked whether he thought Valorant would hurt CS, summit stated on stream, “I don’t know if it’ll hurt it. It’ll take some people.” While Riot developers have taken apparent influence from Valve’s FPS, CS‘s pure gunplay and perfectly designed mechanics are something unique to the franchise. Currently, Valorant‘s design is more similar to CS, but we’ll have to wait and see how the game develops over its lifetime.

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    Check Out These Adorable Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Plushies

    Would you die for Tododile wearing a scarf around his neck? So would we, and thankfully, fans can now get their own plush copy of the Pokémon, as Pokémon Center Japan has revealed brand new plushies based on Pokémon Mystery Dungeon DX, and they are absolutely adorable.

    The Mystery Dungeon plushies are available for worldwide shipping through Amazon Japan, and you have your choice of each starter available in the game, along with Pelipper and both regular and purple Kecleon. They really covered all their bases with this one. While the Pelipper and the Kecleon brother plushies don’t wear scarves, we’re still glad to see them included.

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    The stuffed Pokémon are stunningly crafted and keep the new art style found in Mystery Dungeon DX in mind. It’s great to see that every starter available in the game now has its plush form, as it gives fans access to plushies like Skitty.

    A few of the more popular Pokémon — such as Psyduck, obviously — are already sold out on Amazon Japan. However, they are available at marked-up prices through other retailers, so if your favorite is still available, snatch it up while you still have a chance.

    We could also possibly see an official release of these plushies outside of Japan, but due to the fact that the plushies originally released on March 6 and due to external issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems like it won’t be happening anytime in the near future. The game is still selling well, so you shouldn’t give up all hope yet, but still, considering that they’re just over $12 on Amazon Japan, you’d be missing out if you didn’t grab one while you had the chance.

    The Pokémon Center has been on a roll lately with its merchandise, and this is easily one of the cutest lines we’ve seen in a while.

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    Registration open for ONE Esports Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Invitational Online Country Qualifiers

    ONE Esports has unveiled the Online Country Qualifiers for their upcoming ONE Esports Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Invitational in conjunction with Battefly, the platform on which the qualifiers will be held. The Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Invitational will feature a prize pool of $150,000 and take place from May 2nd to July 5th, 2020.

    Prize pool breakdown:

    1st – $50,000
    2nd – $25,000
    3rd – $20,000
    4th – $15,000
    5th/6th – $8,000
    7th/8th – $6,000
    9th/10th – $4,000
    11th/12th – $2,000

    The event will be the first of two competitions done through a partnership between ONE Esports and Moonton, the game’s developer.

    “Southeast Asia is at the vanguard of mobile esports, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang has nurtured and grown one of the healthiest esports communities in the world,” said Carlos Alimurung, CEO of ONE Esports. “We will not only provide the community with opportunities to compete against the best Mobile Legends: Bang Bang teams, but also execute a world-class competition series that engages and wows esports fans,”

    A total of 256 teams per country will be the limit for the qualifiers. The teams will battle it out in a best-of-one bracket until the top eight teams are set and it moves to best-of-three series. The finals of each qualifier will be best-of-five.

    Country Qualifier dates:

    • Singapore May 2 – 3
    • Indonesia May 2 – 3
    • Malaysia May 9 – 10
    • The Philippines May 9 – 10
    • Myanmar May 16 – 17
    • Thailand & Laos May 16 – 17

    Those interested in participating can register for the qualifiers here.

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    How will other multiplayer titles try to compete with Valorant?

    There’s no secret that Valorant is one of the most hyped-up multiplayer titles in recent memory. Drawing in millions of concurrent viewers during its gameplay launch, players from all over the world are interested in what Riot Games is developing. After all, the company is behind League of Legends, which has been on top of the PC gaming world for nearly a decade. However, with so many players and viewers flocking to Valorant, where does that leave other multiplayer games?

    The allure of Valorant

    Said to be a mix of Overwatch and CSGO, Valorant is already drawing esports players away from their previous games of choice. Fortnite pros Poach and Jaomock recently announced their decision to compete in Valorant when it releases. The same will likely go for more professionals in Apex Legends, CSGO, etc.

    However, it’s not just the competitive players that are leaving. Many casual players will undoubtedly move over to Riot Games’ FPS when it launches later in 2020. This leaves the other multiplayer titles on the market in a strange, unfamiliar spot.

    It’s not exactly normal for a game like Valorant to have so much hype out of the gate. So, what will developers of other games do to try and keep up with Riot Games? Presumably, new content will be the start for many titles.

    Epic Games and Respawn have a new season coming out soon for Fortnite and Apex Legends, respectfully. This may not be enough on its own to retain the player base that will try their hand at Valorant, though. It’s also likely we can expect some sort of firm commitment from developers to its esports scene in an effort to stop the bleeding of losing professionals.

    However, it seems that developers can’t do too much to stop players from moving over to Valorant. The most companies can do is try to ensure there’s still a reason to come back and play their game along with Riot Games’ shooter.

    How much Valorant will you be playing? Let us know, and keep up with Daily Esports for all Valorant news.

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    PS Plus April 2020 vs Games with Gold: PS4 free games smash Xbox One… AGAIN

    The PS Plus and Games with Gold free game releases are finally here for PS4 and Xbox One.

    The April 2020 free PS4 games will be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers from midday on April 7.

    And PS Plus members are in for a treat in April, because the new games include Uncharted 4 and Dirt Rally 2.0.

    The new PlayStation Plus games will replace the existing line-up of Shadow of the Colossus and Sonic Forces.

    The first wave of Xbox Games with Gold releases are already available, as Project Cars 2 joins Xbox One, and Fable Anniversary comes to Xbox 360.

    Games with Gold subscribers will be able to download two more titles on April 16, when the Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle comes to Xbox One, and Toybox Turbos joins Xbox 360.

    Now that the April 2020 free games have been announced and are ready to go, now seems like a good time to pit Xbox Games with Gold against PS Plus in a battle to death.

    And spoiler alert, it’s already looking like another victory for Sony PlayStation Plus.

    The PS Plus highlight is obviously Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which has a Metacritic score of 93%.

    “Thrown back into the dangerous underworld he’d tried to leave behind, Nathan Drake must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves,” reads the official description.

    “Join Drake, Sam, Elena and Sully on an epic adventure around the globe, through jungle isles, bustling cities and snow-capped peaks in search of a lost fortune.”

    Dirt Rally 2.0 fares almost as well, scoring an impressive 84% on Metacritic.

    “DiRT Rally 2.0 dares you to carve your way through a selection of iconic rally locations from across the globe, in the most powerful off-road vehicles ever made, knowing that the smallest mistake could end your stage,” reads the official description.

    The Xbox Games with Gold releases aren’t quite as impressive, although it’s not a complete disaster.

    Project Cars 2, for example, has a Metacritic score of 84%, which is the same as Dirt Rally 2.0.

    “Over 180 elite vehicles are available for your choosing to compete on a variety of track surfaces including ice, dirt, and mud,” reads the Project Cars 2 description.

    “Featuring dynamic weather physics on 140 tracks, true-to-life handling, and multiple game modes, the ultimate driver journey begins at the wave of the checkered flag.”

    Containing the original game and its sequel, Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle is a little harder to judge.

    “In this collection of the award-winning game and its sequel, inhabit a world of chivalry, class warfare, and semi-appropriate cultural references — while complaining loudly to the Game Master,” reads a Microsoft description. “It’s all the fun of pen and paper RPGs and none of the lost dice!”

    On the one hand, the iOS version of the original game has a Metacritic score of 83%, while the PC sequel has a score of 67%.

    However you choose to judge the Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle, it’s clear that it’s not up to the same standard as Uncharted 4.

    Indeed, it would have to be a pretty special month for anything to beat Uncharted 4, which is one of the highest rated games ever on PlayStation Plus.

    Dirt Rally 2.0 and Project Cars 2 are both excellent racing games, and Xbox One owners do have the advantage of being able to play Xbox 360 games via backwards compatibility.

    So there you have it. In the battle between Xbox Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus, both services have stepped up their game for April 2020.

    While there can only be one winner – which is PS Plus – it’s a good month for fans of both consoles.

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    Team Esper face disciplinary action after allegedly throwing final RLCS game

    Team Esper, playing in the Oceanic league LPL that ties into the RLCS, have allegedly thrown their final game to team Fury. This gave Fury the playoff spot over Renegades, who fell just shy in fifth place. Psyonix has already stated that an investigation has started, while Team Esper posted a message that they have dropped the team. The final game itself can still be found on Twitch.

    Team Esper under investigation

    Team Esper came up against Fury in the final match of the season in the Oceanic league. Here, they lost their own playoff spot after losing game four, and game five would mean one of two things. Win, and Renegades would take fourth place. Lose, and Fury takes it.

    But from the first second, it was evident something fishy was going on with a completely botched kickoff by Team Esper. Even the casters took note of it. As the game went on, Team Esper made more and more noticeable “mistakes”.

    The community quickly caught on as well, calling for investigations and bans, and Psyonix complied. In a statement on the Rocket League Esports subreddit, Psyonix confirmed their investigation. They also said the following:

    “We take the integrity of matches extremely seriously, and any sort of intentional match throwing will not stand in our leagues. […] That being said, we are working on fully understanding the situation and are checking over game logs, getting information from players, and reviewing the gameplay. Once we have a full understanding of what happened, we will communicate our decision.”

    Dropped by the organization

    Whether it was already planned for the end of the season or not, Team Esper quickly released a tweet stating that their Rocket League roster had been let go. They released it so quickly, in fact, that they failed to catch an obvious misspelling of ‘farewell’ in there.

    A huge thanks to our Rocket League players for their hard work this season.

    Our time with them has drawn to a close, and we wish them all the best in the future.

    Hope to return shortly!

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    This is a developing story, and what might happen to the league standings remains unclear. Some pros are calling for a ban for the Team Esper players while Fury and Renegades play a tiebreaker to determine the fourth-place finisher. This would have originally led into the RLCS World Championships before the event was canceled.

    Psyonix has a difficult decision ahead of them, so stay tuned for Daily Esports for any updates on the situation.

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    Twitter User Recreates Pokemon’s Pallet Town In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

    Return to Pallet Town in this faithful recreation done in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

    There are few fictional locations more iconic than Pallet Town. Really less of a town and just a collection of three buildings surrounded by tall grass, Pallet Town is where that very first journey began to become a Pokémon master. Now, Pokémon is a multi-billion dollar empire spanning the entire globe.

    It’s also a Nintendo IP, so you probably won’t get sued for recreating it in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

    Twitter user TCL Poww used all the creative functions available in New Horizons to make Pallet Town on their island. The self-avowed Pokémon fan (at least, judging by their Twitter profile) spent untold minutes placing fences, flowers, and homes just as they would appear in Pokémon Red & Blue.

    Admittedly, this project likely wasn’t nearly as involved as recreating all of Hyrule in New Horizons, but it still took some effort. Two homes stand-in for the abodes of Red and Blue, while Blathers’ Museum is the perfect replacement for Professor Oak’s Laboratory. Dirt paths are a new addition to the town but don’t seem out of place given the topography.

    It’s notable how much attention to detail was spent here. The flower beds and small pond are exactly where you’d find them if you were to boot up your old Nintendo Gameboy and slot in a Red or Blue cartridge (if you could find one that still works, that is). Trees are placed identically to where you’d find them in Pallet town as well, and in the north, a collection of weeds represents the tall grass that is undoubtedly hiding a Pokémon just waiting to devour the player.

    Oh, you don’t remember that? Back in the day, Pokémon were dangerous wild animals that you needed to protect yourself from using your own enslaved Pokémon. It was a lot less wholesome than the franchise is today.

    You can’t catch Pokémon in this Pallet Town recreation, but you can still catch bugs and fish. It’s not quite the same, but at least it’s a lot less dangerous than trying to catch lizards that spew fire.

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