ESports

Braxton ‘swag’ Pierce returns to professional Counter-Strike, playing with Cloud9

Former IBUYPOWER player Braxton ‘swag’ Pierce is returning to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to play competitively for the first time since a ban he picked up in January 2015.  Pierce was one of seven players banned by Valve at all competitive events. Since that time, he’s been streaming for Cloud9 and …

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Warcraft 3 gets a Public Test Realm, with several changes to the 15 year old game

Blizzard have introduced a Public Test Realm for Warcraft 3, a first for the venerable real-time strategy title. Blizzard have stated that the PTR is primarily aimed at implementing a bunch of balance changes, in addition to updating assets and several other improvements. It’s poured fuel onto the raging fire …

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UK and US earn spots in the Overwatch World Cup top 8, taking place at Blizzcon

The United States and United Kingdom have secured their spots at the Overwatch World Cup main event, taking place from November 3, during Blizzcon. The US and UK triumphed over Taiwan and Germany in the playoffs, with the UK remaining undefeated in terms of map score, Taiwan failing to score …

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OpTic Gaming scores big win at Call of Duty World League Championship 2017

OpTic Gaming last night emerged as the winners of the Call of Duty World League Championship 2017, claiming a lion’s share of the $1.5m purse, one of the biggest prize pools in console gaming. OpTic, known as The Green Wall to their fans, beat out Team EnVyUs for the win …

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Valve tease two new heroes at Dota 2 International

Valve have announced two new heroes for MOBA Dota 2. The announcement came from The International, Dota 2’s biggest tournament of the year, and showed off two new characters, a zorro-esque mammal of some kind, and a red-skinned fairy, both of which will be coming in the forthcoming Dueling Fates …

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OpenAI Dota 2 bot beats Dendi in showmatch at The International

This weekend’s Dota 2 International in Seattle saw many upsets, but perhaps none bigger than in an intermission before an LGD / Liquid match which saw Na’Vi star Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin get beaten by an AI. Not one of Dota 2’s famously poor bots, mind you. This bot is developed …

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Overwatch season five comes to an end on August 29

Overwatch’s fifth season of Competitive Play is coming to an end at the end of August, a little over two weeks away on August 29 at 1am in the UK. This means that players looking to snag a higher rank, or even compete for one of the top 500 player …

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Overwatch League: How do you solve a problem like Korea?

After a very slow first year of competition the Overwatch pro scene has exploded over recent months. Blizzard has finally woken up and realised that it had to actually talk about the Overwatch League if they wanted it to start this year, sending everyone, even the mainstream media, in a …

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Australian Quake Champions player qualifies for Quake World Championships with 272ms ping

Daniel ‘dandaking’ De Sousa has qualified for the Quake World Championships. De Sousa, also known by his handle Astroboy, made headlines last month when he qualified for a US-based Quake Champions tournament while playing from his native Australia with a ping of over 200ms. The story here is largely the …

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We opened 51 Hearthstone Knights of the Frozen Throne packs, here’s the low down on what you might get

Hearthstone’s Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion is out, and to celebrate, we opened 51 card packs from the expansion to see what came out. My wrists hurt from opening all of those cards, and I found myself six adorable Snowflipper Penguins, each less adorable than the last. Our 50 …

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