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Call of Duty: Warzone’s first big streamer tournament is being hosted by 100 Thieves

Call of Duty: Warzone is only a week old, but streamers have already been grinding out wins in the game’s battle royale mode, and that means it’s time for some competition. Thankfully, the game’s first big tournament has already been announced.

It’ll be hosted by the 100 Thieves esports organization, and it’s called Warzone from Home — a play on working from home, since that’s what many people in the United States are doing right now. Warzone from Home will bring together 16 teams of the biggest name Call of Duty streamers and influencers to compete against each other for the top spot. There will be a $50,000 prize pool with the proceeds going to the top teams’ choices of charities.

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Meanwhile, fans will be able to get in on the prizes too via Cash App, the tournament’s presenting sponsor, which is giving away $50,000 to viewers during the tournament.

There’s no word yet on which streamers will be competing in Warzone from Home, but with so many streamers playing Warzone already it seems like there will be no shortage of competitors. 100 Thieves’ Warzone from Home tournament will start on Friday, March 20. In days leading up to the tournament, 100 Thieves will announce who is competing, as well as who will be casting and hosting the stream.

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Dota 2: Patch 7.25 Highlight and Biggest Changes

Here are some of the highlights of the new patch.

The world is at war with the coronavirus. As a result, the vast majority of people are spending a lot of time at home. Naturally, this has a positive effect on many games, including Dota 2, which has the highest number of players for many years.

To make things even more interesting for the people who are under quarantine, Valve decided to release a new patch. 7.25 brings tons of changes, so let’s just check out some of the more notable ones.

General Changes

The first big change is related to the All Pick mode, where the picking is now different. It will have five rounds, where the Radiant and the Dire will pick one hero at the same time. The selection that each team makes is hidden until the next round begins.

Another change with the AP mode is in terms of the banning. Now, every single ban has a 50% chance of making it. However, if there are less than 10 heroes that are nominated for a ban, some of the heroes who have the highest ban rate in the current MMR bracket will be chosen randomly.

The power runs will spawn at the 4th minute now and there won’t be two of them after the 40th minute.

There are also other small changes, especially in the Neutral Creeps department, so check them out. Lastly, the heroes in Random Draft will be reduced from 50 to 40.

Item Changes

Patch 7.25 has a lot of item changes, so definitely check the full release. We will just try to cover some of the more notable differences from before.

The first one is related to Iron Talon. As you remember, this used to be one of the most popular items before until it was removed from Dota 2, just to be added again later as a Neutral item. From now on, it will work against the ancient creeps. Generally speaking, a lof of the Neutral Items are buffed, which was expected, especially after all those nerfs.

Boots of Travel are entirely changed. Instead of being an active item, it’s now a passive and it upgrades your TP scroll. Once you buy, it will reduce its cooldown to 40 seconds and allow you to use it on units. Also, you won’t be wasting a charge when you use it, and you will get even more movement speed.

Bloodthorn is also an item that will be different from now on. Instead of providing a critical strike, it will now give more attack speed. The reason for that is because it will require Hyperstone instead of Crystalys.

The last item that we will cover here is Nullifier. This became one of the most popular items when it was first released. Combined with Orchid, people started to refer to those items as the “Doom build” due to their effect.

However, these changes from now on because Nullifier is completely changed. Instead of muting enemies, it now will start dispelling the target for a total of 5 seconds.  Even though it will have a shorter duration, it will have less cooldown, more range, more damage, and more armor.

Hero Changes

Once again, there are too many hero changes to be covered at once, which is why we will just highlight a couple of them.

The first interesting new thing in Dota 2 is Bounty Hunter’s Aghanim. It now works entirely differently. Instead of shooting two Shrikens, it now applies Jinada to Shuriken toss, increases the cast range to 650 and lowers its cooldown to six seconds. In addition to that, BH’s Shuriken toss also costs less mana early on. There are also two changes in his talents (The level 15 + 50 AS is swapped out for + 75 Shuriken Damage, whereas the lvl 20 +125 Shuriken damage is changed for +60 AS).

Juggernaut is also a hero that has a new addition to his Scepter. Instead of improving Omnislash, he will now get a new spell called Swift Slash. It will do basically the same thing as Omnislash but it will only last 0.8 seconds. The spell will also have 650 cast range, 15 seconds cooldown and it will cost 100 mana.

Of course, it’s pretty much impossible to leave Dota 2’s newest heroes without changes. Patch 7.25 introduces an Aghanim Scepter upgrade to Snapfire that will grant her an ability called Gobble Up. When used, Snapfire will swallow an allied Hero or a Creep and spit it towards the enemies. When the unit lands, he will stun everyone for 1.5 seconds and do 100 DPS for 3 seconds. However, units will only be able to stay in Snapfire’s “belly” for 3 seconds.

Gobble Up will have a 40 secs cd, 400 radius, and 150 cast range. Also, another spell that has a small change is Scatterblast. Now, it will have a little bit longer cooldown on the first three levels.

More Hero Changes

Apart from Snapfire, the other new hero that was released in the Outlanders Update also has something new to show. Void Spirit also has an Aghanim’s Scepter upgrade. However, instead of providing him with a new spell, it gives Resonant Pulse two charges that also silence the enemy for 2 seconds.

The last hero that we will cover is Ursa. She became incredibly popular a few months ago and has been on the rise ever since. However, IceFrog decided to make some drastic changes in the newest patch.

First, Fury Swipes now deal significantly more damage (40 instead of 28 on level 4). Also, Overpowered has a little bit fewer attack counts, costs less mana and has a very low cooldown.

Unfortunately, the biggest change is to Ursa’s ultimate (Enrage). This spell is entirely different from what it used to be. Now, it doesn’t provide any sort of Fury Swipes multipliers. Instead, it grants a 50% status resistance. In addition to that, Enrage now has less cooldown on the first two levels and lats for a total of 1.5 seconds more on level 2.

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Hearthstone Battlegrounds patch 16.6 brings Flurgl, hero pool updates

Hearthstone announced its newest expansion, Ashes of Outland, today. Alongside the new expansion reveal, Hearthstone also announced changes to Hearthstone Battlegrounds that arrive today in the latest game update, patch 16.6. The game update includes the all-new hero Fungalmancer Flurgl. Besides this, there are changes to the strength of various heroes in Hearthstone Battlegrounds, and Illidan Stormrage is on the way.


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          Battlegrounds hero pool updates

          Hearthstone patch 16.6 retires Ragnaros, Sylvanas, and Patches the Pirate from the active hero pool. These heroes were among the lowest win-rate heroes currently available in Hearthstone Battlegrounds, according to Firestone’s statistics. Replacing these heroes are Sir Finley Mrrgglton, Professor Putricide, and the new hero Fungalmancer Flurgl.

          In the past, Sir Finley Mrrgglton and Professor Putricide got removed from the hero pool due to having too little of their own identity. This problem, in addition to a lack of strength compared to the other available heroes, made them clear choices to be removed. Today, however, they return to the game with some small adjustments.

          Sir Finley Mrrgglton gains an all-new passive hero power, “Adventure!,” which allows him to discover a new hero power at the start of the game. While this is likely much weaker than your alternative hero choices, it does create a novel mechanic. The other returning hero, Professor Putricide, now targets its hero power to any friendly minion, rather than the right-most minion.

          Finally, the latest addition to the Hearthstone Battlegrounds universe is Fungalmancer Flurgl.

          NEW HERO – Fungalmancer Flurgl added to the pool.

          Gone Fishing:

          [Passive] After you sell a Murloc, add a random Murloc to Bob’s Tavern.

          From the initial community response, we should expect Flurgl to be among the stronger heroes in Hearthstone Battlegrounds. This expected strength is mainly made possible due to the card Murloc Tidehunter, which creates various potent early-game possibilities. The way to go about this is by selling two of the weak Murlocs early on. If you purchase Murloc Tidehunter on round one or two, you can gain access to the higher-tier Murlocs early on in the match.

          Further balance updates for Hearthstone Battlegrounds heroes

          A total of eight heroes received a balance update in patch 16.6. The most notable changes include the ones to Milificient Manastorm, Deathwing, and The Rat King. Milificient Manastorm now grants all Mechs in Bob’s Tavern +2 rather than +1 attack. Deathwing, on the other hand, now only gives +2 attack, in place of +3 attack to all minions throughout the battle.

          The Rat King returns to its previous form of granting the typing +1 attack +2 Health, rather than the current +1/+1. This buff is made due to The Rat King now including a 5th typing, Dragon, which the developers expect to keep the hero balanced.

          Illidan Stormrage arrives March 26

          The final note of the announcement blog mentions that the next Hearthstone Battlegrounds hero is coming March 26. This hero is the new Demon Hunter class of Hearthstone, Illidan Stormrage. Illidan Stormrage’s hero power is the passive “Wingmen,” which allows the most left and right units to attack before the battle starts.

          For more Hearthstone news, be sure to read all about the new class, Demon Hunter, coming soon.

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        Beat Saber Sold 2M Copies & 10M Songs for an Estimated $67M Revenue

      • The Entire VR Industry in One Little Email

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        As VR’s best-selling title, Beat Saber is showing no signs of slowing down. Today Facebook, which now owns the studio behind the game, announced that Beat Saber has sold more than 2 million copies and 10 million songs via DLC.

        Beat Saber is the closest thing VR has seen yet to a ‘killer app’, now with 2 million units sold across all platforms (that includes Oculus PC, Quest, PSVR, and SteamVR). The game has also sold 10 million songs via paid DLC, Facebook said today on the official Oculus blog. The game has licensed songs from well known artists for paid DLC packs from the likes of Imagine Dragons, Green Day, Panic at the Disco, and more, including a made-for-Beat Saber album from Timbaland launching next week.

        Image courtesy Beat Games

        After initially launching in Early Access in May, 2018, Beat Saber studio Beat Games announced that it had reached the 1 million unit milestone 10 months later in March, 2019; today’s 2 million unit milestone comes just one year later, showing that sales of the game have hardly slowed down.

        A coarse estimate suggests the game has generated some $67 million in revenue; here’s how we figure:

        • 1 million copies sold at the early access price of $20
        • 1 million copies at the retail price of $30
        • 5 million songs bought individually at $2 each
        • 5 million songs bought bundled at $1.50 each (an average 25% discount)
        • This is a rough estimate of how much revenue the game has generated and doesn’t account for regional pricing and platform cuts.

          Either way, it’s a huge number for a VR game, and one that demonstrates the size of the VR audience and what scale developers could potentially reach. In the grand scheme of things, 2 million units is a small number compared to the non-VR gaming market, where highly anticipated titles can sell millions of units in their first day, but for a VR game like Beat Saber—which was born out of a two-person indie studio—it’s still a major success at its own scale.

          The game has done so well, and been so important to VR, that Facebook acquired Beat Saber studio Beat Games back at the end of 2019.

          While Beat Saber is the leading example of success in this space, the VR audience—and the developer ecosystem they support—appears to be growing healthily. When it launched at the end of 2019, Boneworks saw surprising success in its first week of sales, and actually outpaced Beat Saber to 100,000 units despite being available on only one of VR’s key platforms. Elsewhere, Oculus confirmed earlier this week that more than 20 games on Quest have reached more than $1 million in revenue, a milestone which saw a major uptick in the broader VR space in 2019.

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        Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late [cl-r] Juggles Up A PC Release This Month

        Action-adventure game Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late [st] will receive a PC update on March 27, upgrading the game to its most recent iteration, Under Night In-Birth: Exe-Late [cl-r]. The news was made official by game publisher Arc System Works via an announcement on Steam.

        Under Night In-Birth: Exe-Late [cl-r] was made available for Under Night console games on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch back in February, though this is the first time the [cl-r] upgrade will be available for PC devices.

        In addition to the game’s name change, the free update includes many changes, including a new game menu, mechanics, UI, and roster. Players can focus on developing their fighting skills – including new fighting combos and special attacks – in the online, arcade, story, and training mode. The free update also comes with 1000 character balance adjustments.

        Beyond the free content, the game developer FRENCH-BREAD has also promised that the update will allow players the chance to purchase new content that came with consoles releases, such as new fighter Londrekia, The White Knight. Players can get a new original story, stage, and music specific to his character. There’s also more new content available for purchase, such as new character color packs so players can make sure their avatars look their best while battling onscreen.

        For those who already own Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late [st] for their PC, the update will automatically download and become [cl-r] on March 27.

        Under Night In-Birth is a visual novel and 2D fighting game developed and published by FRENCH-BREAD and Arc System Works, respectively. The game takes place in a variation of 21st-century Japan, where a phenomenon called the “Hollow Night” takes place once a month. During this phenomenon, shadow-like creatures called “Voids” infiltrate the area. The story follows protagonist Hyde Kido, a boy who survived an attack by a void and transformed into an “In-Birth”, a person in a state of limbo where they are neither living or dead.

        The Under Night In-Birth: Exe-Late [cl-r] free update will be available for PC on March 27. Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late [cl-r] is currently available for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

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        Nintendo Indie World March 2020: All trailers and announcements

        The Nintendo Indie World Showcase for March 2020 happened earlier today. The event gave the company a chance to promote some upcoming Switch games from smaller studios. We’ve gathered up as many announcements and trailers from that presentation as we could. You can find all of them below.

        Blue Fire

        Coming this summer as a timed console exclusive for Nintendo Switch.

        Baldo

        This is an action-adventure RPG with an anime art style. It’s also a timed exclusive for Switch that is coming this summer.

        I Am Dead

        It’s a game where a ghost explores the afterlife in a town called Shelmerston with ancient mysteries. It’s also coming as a timed exclusive later this year.

        B.ark

        This is a family-focused shooter with an emphasis on cooperative play.

        Freakpocalpyse

        An adventure game that takes place during the end of the world. A timed console exclusive coming to Switch this summer.

        Above: Freakpocalypse from Cyanide & Happiness.

        Summer in Mara

        Here’s an open-world world sim that has players farming and exploring across an ocean. It’s launching as a timed console exclusive for Switch this spring.

        Quantum League

        This is a time-rewinding competitive shooter where you can join your past self and change the outcome of the battle. It’s coming to Switch later this year.

        The Good Life

        This is a debt-repayment role-playing adventure that the developer, Swery, describes as bizarre. You play as a woman who can ride a sheep or turn into a cat or dog. Also, you must solve a murder. It is coming to Switch this year.

        The Last Campfire

        This moody puzzle-adventure is coming to Switch and other platforms this summer.

        PixelJunk Eden 2

        It’s a music game where stages develop in real-time based on how you play. It is coming to Switch this summer.

        Above: PixelJunk Eden 2 for Nintendo Switch.

        Faeria

        A card-based strategy game with a vast single-player campaign. But it also has online multiplayer with both competitive and cooperative modes. Launches March 2020 for Nintendo Switch.

        Eldest Souls

        This is a brutal boss-rush battler where you build your character with custom items. It’s a timed console exclusive that comes to Switch this summer.

        Indie sizzle reel

        Nintendo bundled a number of indie games together in a sizzle trailer, which you can check out below:

        • Blair Witch: summer
        • Ghost of a Tale: spring
        • Sky: summer
        • Sky Racket: March 17
        • Superliminal: summer
        • Wingspan: spring
        • Dicey Dungeons: 2020
        • Bounty Battle: summer
        • Moving Out: April 28

        Exit the Gungeon

        This is a sequel to Enter the Gungeon that amps up the shooter action of the original. It is available as a timed console exclusive for Nintendo Switch later today. It’s already on Apple Arcade.

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        The New Face Of Jill Valentine Would Love To Return For Future Resident Evil Titles

        Jill Valentine is starring in the remake of Resident Evil 3, and the model who provides Jill’s new face would love to return for future entries in the series.

        Jill Valentine debuted as one of the two playable characters in the original Resident Evil, but this was back during the 32-bit era, when characters resembled blocky polygons, though Jill was played by a real actress called Inezh during the live-action sequences of the game. The original Resident Evil was remade for the Nintendo GameCube in 2002 and Jill used the likeness of Canadian model Julia Voth, whose likeness would also be used in later Resident Evil titles.

        Zotova was unable to reveal if she just provided her likeness to Jill Valentine, or whether she actually did any of the motion-capture work for Resident Evil 3. She also expressed her surprise at seeing a video game character running around with her face, especially when that character is being pursued by a creature like Nemesis.

        The success of the Resident Evil 2 remake could potentially lead to more of the action/survival horror style of Resident Evil games in the future, rather than the first-person horror that was used for Resident Evil 7. It’s possible that we could see remakes of other Resident Evil games were Jill appears (like Resident Evil 5) or even see new entries set during the uncovered periods from the timeline of the series, with possible Resident Evil 3.5 style games that chronicle the original downfall of the Umbrella Corporation. So it’s possible that Zotova could return in future Resident Evil games.

        Resident Evil 3 will be released for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on April 3, 2020.

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        Pokémon Sword & Shield: How To Find & Evolve Goomy Into Goodra

        Looking to capture Generation Six’s pseudo-legendary in Pokémon Sword & Shield? Well, sorry. You can actually only do that in 50% of those games.

        Goomy is a version exclusive to Shield, meaning that it will need to be traded for Sword players from someone with Shield, or through Pokémon Home. However, here’s how you can capture Goomy and evolve it in Pokémon Shield.

        The Location

        Goomy is a Pokémon that is only going to be found in the Wild Area. Usually, Goomy can be found at the Lake of Outrage. However, you’re going to need a specific set of circumstances, and luck, if you’re looking to capture Goomy.

        RELATED: Pokémon Sword & Shield: How To Find Drampa

        The Pokémon will only appear in rainy weather, and that’s only at a 2% rate. Don’t lose patience, as those are some pretty low odds. However, if you’d rather not wait that long, you can also try and find it through Max Raid Battles. Goomy can appear in Max Raid Battles in Axew’s Eye and Rolling Fields. Your chances might be better going down this route as its evolutions can appear in Max Raid Battles in the same areas.

        Evolving Goomy

        Fully evolving Goomy is a long process, as it will only evolve into its middle evolution, Sliggoo, once it reaches level 40. From there, you’ll want to level Sliggoo up to level 50 in the rain, which will result in Sliggoo evolving into the incredibly powerful Goodra.

        Unfortunately, it has no sort of special Gigantamax, Goodra can only Dynamax. However, even without a Gigantamax you’re in good shape, because Goodra is an incredibly powerful Pokémon on its own.

        In Battle

        Goodra has some terrific bulk when it comes to special defense, and it can carry out a hefty special attack as well. Draco Meteor is easily going to be Goodra’s best move, but giving it some coverage with moves like Earthquake isn’t a bad idea, either. Goodra’s physical defense leaves something to be desired, but overall, Goodra is an excellent Pokémon to add to your team. Due to its all-around high stats, Goodra can fit almost any role in your party that you’re looking to fill.

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        Call of Duty Modern Warfare Servers Queue & Maintenance amid huge Warzone update

        Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Call of Duty Warzone is down right now with servers for the game causing massive queues for the game.

        There's a huge spike of reports on down detector and on Call of Duty's own service status page the issues have also been confirmed.

        A message reads:

        "We're currently experiencing connectivity issues. This incident is under investigation."

        The servers seem to be straining under the weight of an all new update to the game which has introduced solos into Warzone alongside several Modern Warfare playlist changes.

        Some players appear to be able to get into the game, but many more are reporting issues with logging into the title on all platforms as well as major queues.

        Independent outage monitor site DownDetector has seen a surge in reports since 3pm when the game was supposed to go live for players that already own the title.

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        Exit the Gungeon coming to Nintendo Switch TODAY, surprise eShop Indie World reveal

        Exit the Gungeon was the surprise announcement of the Indie World broadcast, with the latest offering from Devolver Digital scheduled to drop on the Nintendo Swtch eShop today.

        Exit the Gungeon is the sequel to beloved bullet hell shooter Enter the Gungeon, and was the stealth drop in today’s Indie World broadcast.

        Exit the Gungeon takes off right where Enter the Gungeon left off and is a timed console exclusive for the Nintendo Switch.

        The pixel-based shooter is meant to drop on the Nintendo eShop today, however the service has been experiencing issues.

        The Nintendo Network online service has been hit with issues which has taken it offline for large parts of today.

        While the Nintendo eShop has also been affected, with users on the Switch, Wii U and 3DS greeted with errors messages when they try to access it.

        In their last update on the Nintendo eShop the Nintendo Europe Twitter account posted: “Unfortunately, we’re having some issues with our network services.

        “We’re looking to rectify the situation as soon as possible.

        “Thank you for your patience.”

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        • Legend of Zelda fans could get big Breath of the Wild 2 news soon

        Exit the Gungeon will also be available on Steam today – here is more on what fans can expect from the Devolver Digital and Dodge Roll Games title…

        EXIT THE GUNGEON

        Exit the Gungeon is a bullet hell dungeon climber immediately following the adventures of the misfit ‘Gungeoneers’ and their journey for personal absolution in Enter the Gungeon.

        The Gungeon has become a paradox and is collapsing!

        Armed with an ever-changing weapon, an insatiable need to loot, and the trusty dodge roll, each of our heroes must ascend and escape via their own unique route of increasingly perilous elevators.

        Battle against the last and most bitter of the Gundead at a frantic pace, slowing down just long enough to chat with some familiar faces… and a few new ones.

        Shifting rooms, enemies, bosses, bizarre weapons and items all combine to ensure that no two attempts to Exit the Gungeon are the same.

        Also, you can wear hats. Everybody loves hats, and spin-offs, which this game is… of Enter the Gungeon.

        The Nintendo Indie World presentation announced plenty of other indie games heading to the Switch in 2020 – including SWERY’s The Good Life and No Man’s Sky makers Hello Games new title The Last Campfire.

        Other titles that featured in the Indie World Direct were gorgeous looking RPG Baldo, colourful life-sim Summer In Mara and cute-em-up Bark.

        Today’s Indie World Direct took place ahead of a rumoured March 2020 Nintendo Direct dropping next week.

        If Nintendo do hold a full fat Direct next week then it will be the first proper Nintendo Direct since last September.

        Anticipation is high for the next Nintendo Direct where a number of possible major announcements could be made.

        We may find out about what will be the big holiday release for the Nintendo Switch this year.

        It had been thought that Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 was going to be the tentpole release for the Switch in 2020.

        But rumours have claimed BoTW 2 is taking longer to develop than anticipated and it could instead be out in 2021.

        If that’s the case then Metroid Prime 4, Mario Kart 9, Pikmin 4 and a new Paper Mario game are among the releases that could fill this schedule void.

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