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Fnatic jungler Maurice ‘Amazingx’ Stückenschneider to take a two week break 

After three weeks of action in the European League of Legends Championship Series, Fnatic has announced that their jungler, Maurice ‘Amazingx‘ Stückenschneider will be taking a two week break from competitive play. This announcement comes after mixed performances from the jungler and the team.

Prior to this announcement Fnatic finished the third week with a 2-0 loss against Misfits and a 2-1 win against ROCCAT. In their win against ROCCAT, Amazing earned himself the Player of the Series after showing an impressive performance on Ivern.

Despite an improvement in his performance, it looks like they’re hoping to improve their performance and standing sooner rather than later as they approach the cross-group games.

While Amazingx takes his two week break, Fnatic Academy jungler, Mads ‘Broxah Brock-Pedersen will play with the main squad while Daniel ‘Dan’ Hockley will take on the Fnatic Academy jungle, pending Riot Games’ approval.

Broxah has shown impressive performances in the Challenger Series and the qualifiers where he played alongside EU LCS veterans Mateusz ‘Kikis Szkudlarek and Rasmus ‘MrRalleZ‘ Skinneholm. The Fnatic Academy squad dropped only one game in the Challenger Series Qualifiers and took down Paris Saint Germain 2-0 in the first week of the Challenger Series.

This announcement will be interesting for both Fnatic squads and is a first for the team. The move to switch out a main roster player for a Challenger team player in hopes to improve synergy and performance is reminiscent of the Team Liquid and Team Liquid Academy roster swaps during the 2016 Season wherein they called up TLA AD Carry, fabbbyyy and let Piglet play for TLA.

This move for Team Liquid proved crucial giving the main roster a much needed utility AD Carry and giving the Challenger squad another carry. However in the case of Fnatic, the two junglers have very similar play styles and switching out a veteran for a rookie in a role that plays a massive role in shot calling may be questionable.

It will be interesting to see how Broxah will perform on stage and if he offer more to the team than the veteran. Aside from this, it will be interesting to see how the team will handle their roster after the two weeks are over and Broxah performs well.

 

 

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CLASH ROYALE | Welcome the Goblin Gang

The fourth and last card of the first set of new cards of 2017 in Clash Royale is finally out and like the first two cards, it can be unlocked from Arena 9, Jungle Arena.

Goblin fans, rejoice because it’s time to welcome the new Common Card, Goblin Gang!

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Unlike the first three new cards of 2017, the Goblin Gang isn’t necessarily a new card because in a nutshell it deploys the Goblins and Spear Goblins in one budget card. Playing both cards separately will cost players 4 Elixir to play, whereas the Goblin Gang only costs 3 Elixir. It may not be the most unique card, but it is the first card that combines melee and ranged Troops in one card.

While not quite as strong as the Skeleton Army, the Goblin Gang offers a unique mechanic with Goblins able to tank for the Spear Goblins. Countering the Goblin Gang may be as easy as using splash units like the Bomber or the Valkyrie or spells like The Log, Tornado, or Arrows but unlike the Skeleton Army, Goblins will survive Zap at tournament standard. Because of these interactions, the Goblin Gang isn’t a quite a replacement to the Skeleton Army instead may find its own place in Clash Royale.

What is perhaps one of the biggest challenges of the Goblin Gang is because it has a melee line and a ranged line, it will take getting used to as far as deployment is concerned.

With the addition of this card, there are now six Goblin cards that can be played with two spells in order to make a somewhat all Goblin deck. It may not be as strong as one would hope, but it will be interesting to play, to say the least.

 

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Super Robot Wars V is now available

Many PlayStation owners fondly remember a purely Japanese game that came out during the console’s heyday: Super Robot Wars. The game featured all the Japanese giant cartoon robots like Mazinger Z, Combattler V, different kinds of Gundam, and Voltes V to name a few. Now, in the era of the PS4, the franchise makes it return in Super Robot Wars V.

The is available now for purchase in Southeast Asia for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®Vita in both digital and physical package.
Super Robot Wars V is the second and latest title in the Super Robot Wars 25th anniversary commemorative project. Robots from many different animation series will cross the boundaries of their worlds and join forces to fight a common enemy in this simulation RPG game. The game tells a complete original story, set in a new world.

「Extra Action」 – A New System Feature

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A new parameter called ExC (Extra Count) has been introduced. Accumulate ExC by fulfilling certain conditions such as attacking enemy units on the map, or leveling up a unit’s main pilot. Use accumulated ExC to activate a special 「Extra Action」 command, which allows a range of special moves such as 「Boost Dash」, 「Direct Attack」, and 「Smash Hit」.

「Extra Order」 – New System Feature

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The battleship-specific 「Extra Order」 command uses ExC in exchange for granting special effects to surrounding allied units, such as 「Emergency Recovery」, 「Focus Up」, 「ExC Up」, and 「Recover Action」. Except for 「Focus Up」, none of the commands can be used on the player’s own unit.

「Nine」 – New Character

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The addition of Nine introduces a new character whose existence is closely intertwined with the System 99 OS of the VangRay prototype anti-alien mobile weapon (the main character’s robot). 「Nine」 works alongside the game’s main characters Soji and Chitose.

The hardcopy of the game is now available in all DataBlitz outlets nationwide.

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Intel Extreme Masters World Championship Katowice League of Legends primer

Intel Extreme Masters World Championship Katowice League of Legends is starting in just a few hours and while it the teams aren’t as stacked that previously hoped, the pride of raising the cup and going home the IEM World Champion is still there.

The teams that will be playing are the European teams G2 Esports, Unicorns of Love, and H2k-Gaming; the LMS teams Flash Wolves and Hong Kong Esports; the Korean teams ROX Tigers and Kongdoo Monster; and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) team M19.

Teams will play in a double elimination Group stage that will initially be played in a best-of-one format, after which the consecutive games will be played in a best-of-three format.  The two teams that survive the Group Stage will then move on the playoffs to play in a best-of-three semifinals and the winner of which will face in a best-of-three finals.

Group A comprises of ROX Tigers, H2k-Gaming, Hong Kong Esports, and M19. ROX Tigers will be facing M19 while H2k-Gaming will be facing Hong Kong Esports. My prediction for Group A, ROX Tigers and H2k-Gaming will make it out of the group stage.

Group B is definitely more stacked than Group A with Kongdoo Monster, G2 Esports, Flash Wolves, and Unicorns of Love. The first matchups will be between Kongdoo Monster and Unicorns of Love and the second will be between G2 Esports and Flash Wolves. Unlike Group A, Group B is a tougher group to predict but if I had to make one it would be G2 Esports and Flash Wolves to make it out of the group.

If I were to make a bold prediction as to who will win the entire tournament, it’ll have to be G2 Esports. Assuming they’re able to perform as they do in the EU LCS, I do believe they can win the entire thing.

 

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