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MSI intros new gaming motherboards at CES 2017

It’s no surprise that gaming-oriented brands have a slew of new offerings on display at CES 2017. MSI is no exception, as they unveiled all the newest hardware showcasing the newest Intel processor, codenamed Kaby Lake.

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MSI’s newest set of motherboards, the Z270 Enthusiast series, aim to provide gamers with the latest innovations the company has to offer. The Gaming M7 and Titanium lines feature M.2 Shield, a cooling option for your Intel Optane SSDs, which helps prevent heat throttling. Also on board are VR-related tech: the VR Ready and VR Boost. VR Ready is a one-click feature on the MSI Gaming App that flawlessly switches your PC settings to max, allowing you to enjoy the best VR experience possible. VR Boost is a smart chip embedded in the motherboard that allows smooth, consistent, and strong signal flow to the dedicated VR-optimised USB port, reducing motion sickness in gamers who use VR goggles caused by inconsistent signal flow.

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The Performance Gaming line of boards are for gamers who don’t just want great performance, but also stylish lighting aesthetics. The ZZ270 Gaming Pro Carbon has built-in RGB Mystic Light. Through the app on the desktop or smartphone, you can control the lighting effects not just on the board, but also any other Mystic Light-enabled piece of hardware or peripheral, and even LED RGB light strips you wish to install. The Performance Gaming line also features Audio Boost with Nahimic 2 ensure sound quality is top notch thanks to an isolated audio PCB, audio covering, and gold-plated audio connectors.

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The Arsenal line of the Z270 boards are built to withstand punishment coming from long hours of gaming. The board is loaded with heavy plating, akin to a tank. The plating contains heat sinks that aim to keep the board and all connected components working at optimal levels for far longer, without performance dips. These boards feature the Lightning USB 3.1 Gen 2 system, ensuring high speed data transfers (up to twice the regular transfer speed) for all USB 3.1 Gen 2 devices plugged into the board’s ports. The DDR4 Boost on the other hand, ensures maximum performance and stability when working the RAM chips overtime via gaming, video editing, and large-scale rendering.

Expect the new MSI boards to dominate shelves soon.

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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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