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As the group stage of The International ends, a lot of surprises certainly have shocked the fans out there. But perhaps nothing could be more shocking than seeing last year’s TI4 champions, Team Alliance, crash out of the group stage.
Coming into the 4th day of phase two of the playoffs, a lot of people had their hopes ups for the Swedes despite their shaky performance in the previous days. With a 5-8 record, the team needed to win their last two matches in order to keep their hopes alive of snatching the $4.9 million prize. The team had to face their long-time rivals Team Na`Vi and top 2 seed Team EG.
The odds initially looked good in Alliance’s favor after they won with a well-coordinated Naga strat against Na`Vi, but eventually, they lost to a much stronger EG team.
Before the Alliance-EG matchup, there has been a lot of speculation among the fans that Team EG will throw away the match against their sister team in order for Alliance to make it out of the group. But doing so will get EG tied with DK at 10-5 and lose their 2nd spot—a position EG would certainly not want.
The game looked good for Alliance at the start, but EG was able to pull themselves together in the end with much better execution and a stronger teamfight composition lineup. This ended the hope of all Alliance fans and all speculations as well. The team will only receive a $37.5k cash prize.
Meanwhile, Fnatic and Empire also failed to impress their fans as they got on the same sinking boat with Alliance. Despite being eliminated, both teams took home $21k each for their efforts.
On the top of the bracket, Vici Gaming and EG secured the top 2 spots and will directly go straight to the main event on July 18. The two teams are guaranteed to have at least a top 6 finish and roughly a $640k cut of the prize pool.
The final matches of the day were the tie-breaker matches between LGD, Newbee, and mousesports. Both Chinese teams LGD and Newbee came out on top to keep their hopes alive.
Now that we have determined the top 10 teams, this marks the end of the group stage and will now proceed to the 3rd phase of the playoffs.
Stay tuned for more updates on The International Dota 2!
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It’s crazytalk to assume that anyone who’s come across the anime series ‘Shingeki no Kyojin’(Attack on Titan) wouldn’t have, at least once, envisioned themselves as a part of the Survey Corps. With all the very colorful characters in it too, it isn’t hard to figure out why Shingeki no Kyojin surged forward in the consciousness of many anime fans.
Shingeki no Kyojin is a fairly new series, but it already enjoys a cult following of fans both in the US and in other parts of the world. It is set in a world where steam-punk technology enables the protagonists, among the last of humanity, to do battle with gigantic humanoids called Titans. These are also the reason for humanity’s extinction; Titans eat humans, so an extinction event is set in place at the time the main protagonist comes into the picture.
If you’ve always wanted to know what it feels like to be Eren Jaeger (the main protagonist), here’s the chance for you to do so: there are increasing reports that the Attack on Titan series might be ported for the North American 3DS. It is only a possibility, and not yet a surety, though, that this series is ported to the 3DS.
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There is no solid confirmation that the game is going to launch, however. The developer, Japanese game studio Spike Chunsoft, has since said in a Joystiq report that it was looking for a North American publisher to help in the release of the game for the Western market.
Since then, there had been no reports so far that the game was about to launch in the North American market. The news was received with mixed reactions, with some saying that the game should feature the protagonists and their ability to zip around, using their 3D maneuver gear to manipulate and get around their surroundings. Still, there are the pessimists, who are confident with their views that this game would turn out to be another clone of the more popular Spider-man series. The Spider-man series, as we all know, features Spider-man zipping around Manhattan with the help of his web-shooters.
The game in question, Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind (Shingeki no Kyojin: Hangeki no Tsubasa) was released in Japan last December 5, 2013. It is an action game that was developed and released by Spike Chunsoft exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS.
Owing to the barrier-transcending trait of the game, since then, the Attack on Titan 3DS sales have spiked considerably in Japan. It has enjoyed sales of more than 93000, and that was on the first week of release alone. There were reports that the game was sold out in stores, and as of February this year, more than 240,000 copies of the game were sold in the market.
As for the anime, fans are awaiting the second season. A report has since said that the Season 2 release is fast approaching, and that it is slated to be released this month.
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Good news for Xbox One players, as Microsoft officials now offer free game trials for game developers. According to the announcement, Microsoft allows game developers to create free trials for Xbox One that can be upgraded to full version. Players will now be able to play the game for a limited feature until they decide to purchase the full version of the game.
It is much more convenient for the players, as they are no longer required to purchase a game that might end up back on its box for being so lame. Xbox One supported full game downloads and demos since launch. Game trials were not part of their features back then.
However, the announcement only covers Xbox One and not Xbox 360. Xbox 360 players will not be able to enjoy the said support.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Microsoft ID@Xbox director, Chris Charla, announced that they would now start offering game trials.
“In the same way that we update the Xbox One OS every month, they update the development system every month – or regularly, anyway. So that’s something that we recently turned on. I don’t think we’ve seen any ID@Xbox games yet that have shipped with trials, but we may well in the future. It’s something that’s open to everybody.”
According to Charla, they are now putting a lot of effort to make ID@Xbox games easier to discover. However, they do not plan to segregate indie games from the rest. They just made an option that allows you to search ID@Xbox games only.
ID@Xbox receives continuous support and popularity despite of the “indie launch parity” controversy it faced back when it launched. More than 65 developers moved in since February. There are “hundreds” of ID@Xbox games being developed, according to Charla. With all of these options available, players will have a lot of games to choose from without spending too much money.
Once you beat the game (and enter the Hall of Fame), pay a visit to the Battle Institute in Limiose City which can be located in the North Boulevard. There, you’re going to pit your strongest Pokemon against five Pokemon Trainers (computer controlled). The institute is gonna evaluate your skill, and you will be winning interesting prizes.
In Battle Institute, you are free to pick a Pokemon from your party or Battle Box.
Here’s how it works: 3 Pokemons for a Single Battle and 4 Pokemons for Double Battles. That being said, no Pokemon can hold the same item. Once done, go and check your stats at the PC.
Below are the Battle Institute rewards:
Beginner Rank (0-999): You are going to acquire 3 BP and either Clever Wing, Swift Wing, Genius Wing, Health Wing, Resist Wing or Muscle Wing.
Novice Rank (1,000-1,999): You are going to acquire 5 BP and either Swift Wing, Health Wing, Genius Wing, Clever Wing, Resist Wing or Muscle Wing.
Normal Rank (2,000-2,999): You are going to acquire 7 BP and either Swift Wing, Clever Wing, Resist Wing, Genius Wing, Health Wing or Muscle Wing.
Super Rank (3,000-3,999): You are going to acquire a whooping 9 BP and either Carbos, HP Up, Zinc, Calcium, Iron or Protein.
Hyper Rank (4,000-4,999): You are going to acquire 11 BP and either HP Up, Carbos, Zinc, Calcium, Iron or Protein.
Elite Rank (5,000-5,999): You are going to acquire 13 BP and either HP Up, Carbosm Zinc, Iron, Protein or Calcium.
Master Rank (6,000-6,999): You are going to acquire the ultimate 15 BP and PP Up.
Also, we present some helpful tips for you to get a high score in Battle Institute:
- Avoid letting your Pokemon faint under any circumstances.
- Use a variety of moves to confuse your opponent.
- Switch your Pokemon frequently.
- Win your matches with a lot of remaining HP.
- Beat every opponent in the possible fewest turns.
- Hit your opponent’s Pokemon with super effective moves.
- You are not allowed to use items from your Bag during this time.
- Every Pokemon who is going to enter battles will be set to Level 50.
- Although you cannot quit the test while it’s in progress, you can choose to give up and run. However, the Institute will treat it as a loss.
And finally, these Pokemons will not be allowed to enter the Battle Institute competition:
Zygrade, Xerneas, Genesect, Keldeo, Victini, Kyurem, Zekrom, Arceus, Shaymin, Giratina, Manaphy, Dialga, Palkia, Deoxys, Jirachi, Rayquaza, Ho-Oh, Groudon, Kyogre, Celebi, Darkrai, Lugia, Mew, Meleotta, Reshira, Phione, Mewtwo and Yvetal.
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Everyone (almost) knows about YouPorn. It is a YouTube copycat that broadcasts pornographic videos. And porn surely does not have anything to do with gaming. But what happens when YouPorn decides to sponsor a Dota 2 or League or Legends team?
YouPorn got some attention lately, as rumors began to circulate about their interest in game tournaments. Rumors says that YouPorn might sponsor a team to play for these tournaments. Unsure about their decisions, they have decided to ask their avid followers about their next move.
Last July 10, the official YouPorn Twitter account posted a question that asked some of its followers about their opinion regarding YouPorn sponsoring a team for DOTA 2 or League of Legends.
“Do we have any competitive LoL, DOTA 2, or Heartstone players following us? What do you think about YouPorn sponsoring a team?”
Well, it is pretty much encouraging as many YouPorn followers go with “Do it” comments. Some followers do not like the idea of YouPorn sponsoring a gaming team. If you think about it, you will have to add the brand name to the the name of every player that YouPorn sponsors. You can have YouPorn: SMaSH, or YouPorn: “DragonFist”, and it suddenly gives it a “different” meaning. Other comments suggest that YouPorn should go with Blizzard’s real-time strategy game, StarCraft 2. However, YouPorn has not replied to any of them to confirm its side.
Game tournaments like DOTA 2, League of Legends, and Heartstone, generates a lot of viewers. If games like these attracts millions of players from all over the world, it makes sense if YouPorn wants to get in. Players from all over the world watch these games via live video streams. Players watch their favorite teams along with the sponsors.
The International DOTA 2 world Championship is currently happening. With all the hype that is going on in these competitions, there will surely be more sponsorships for the next international gaming competitions.
Quickly Shut Off Yor Flashlight
In iOS’s Control Center, an access to a flashlight is included. If your flashlight is active, you’ll be able to shut it off quickly using the camera shortcut from your iPhone’s lock screen.
Close Three Apps At Once
Do you need to force-close multiple applications quickly? Instead of looking like you’re clawing your phone’s screen, swipe your screen with three fingers to close three apps.
Search Text Messages
Here’s another feature that you might not know about your iPhone. If you want to find a specific text message, at the top of the message interface, pull down the search bar or simply tap on it to reveal it.
Use Rich Formatting
In some apps, you can make texts bold, italics or underlined. But if you have no idea it exists, then you might miss it.
Highlight the text you wish to edit, and then in the copy/paste pop-up, tap the arrow. After that, select the “B I U” to configure the formatting options.
Make Custom Vibration Alerts
Do you wanna know if your girlfriend is calling without looking at your phone? iPhone has got a fun option that will let you create a custom vibration for specific contacts.
To do this, go to Contacts, then pick a contact, and on the upper-tight corner, tap Edit.
Scroll your way down to Vibration, tap on it select Create New Vibration. An interactive screen will open, create a pattern tapping and holding. If you want long vibrations, use long presses.
Lock Focus and Exposure
When you’re using your iPhone’s camera, tapping its screen will set the focus and exposure for that object. However, the settings will be lost the moment the camera moves.
To lock your iPhone’s focus and exposure, tap and then hold until a yellow bar appears at the top of your phone’s screen. Even if you move your camera, the exposure and focus will be unaffected.
Charge Your Device Faster
There are times that you will need to charge your phone fast, and the quickest way to do that is to enable Airplane Mode. This will cut off all your phone’s data transmissions, and your device will charge faster. Also, be sure to leave your backlight off, too.
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