The San Francisco Shock just made Overwatch League history by becoming the first back-to-back champions after taking down the Seoul Dynasty 4-2 in the Grand Finals.
Check out the intense closing moments of the match below:
Kwon “Striker” Nam-joo had 72 final blows on Tracer and Hanzo which led his team. This performance helped lead the San Francisco Shock to take home the team’s second consecutive title. In addition to the title, Striker won the 2020 Grand Finals MVP presented by T-Mobile. Striker joins Choi “ChoiHyoBin” Hyo-bin who was named Grand Final MVP in 2019.
“I’m proud of the entire Overwatch League staff around the world who worked incredibly hard to put on a great show for our fans. Thank you to all four teams who competed this week as part of our 2020 Grand Finals, and congratulations to our winners, the San Francisco Shock,” said Jon Spector, Vice President of Overwatch Esports at Blizzard Entertainment in a statement.
With the 2020 OWL season concluded, roster construction for 2021 has now begun.
NBA 2K has just announced the return of the MyTEAM Unlimited $250,000 Tournament for NBA 2K21. The tournament will be played using the MyTEAM Ultimate Mode on NBA 2K21 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and will feature a 5-on-5 format and allows users to choose any 13 cards from their collection.
Players can enter the tournament by reaching Emerald Unlimited tier in Unlimited mode of MyTeam during the pre-qualifying period.
Pre-qualifying periods for each GameDay begins at the start of each new season:
Pre-Qualifying Period for First Game Day on October 10: Play between September 4, 2020 at 12:00:00 AM local time until October 11, 2020 at 12:59:59 AM PHT.
Pre-Qualifying Period for Second GameDay on November 22. Play between October 16, 2020 at 11:00:00 PM PHT until 12:59:59 AM PHT on November 22, 2020.
Pre-Qualifying Period for Third GameDay on January 3, 2021. Play between November 27, 2020 at 11:00:00 PM PHT until 12:59:59 AM PHT on January 3, 2021.
Pre-Qualifying Period for Fourth GameDay on February 7, 2021. Play between January 8, 2021 at 11:00:00 PM PHT until 12:59:59 AM PHT on February 7, 2021.
For players that reach Emerald Unlimited tier, they earn a spot in one of the four GameDays:
October 11, 2020
November 22, 2020
January 3, 2021
February 7, 2021
Only a total of 32 players or 16 players per console will earn the chance to compete on February 21, 2021, for a single-elimination format tournament. From here, only two will continue to the Finals where $200,000 will be awarded to the champion, while the runner–up will take home $50,000.
For more on the NBA 2K21 MyTEAM Unlimited $250,000 Tournament rules, click here.
Blizzard has announced the official rosters for the upcoming Overwatch League 2020 All-Stars events. OWL All-Stars Asia will take place later at 4-10PM (GMT+8), while OWL All-Stars North America will be held on October 4 from 2-6AM (GMT+8).
As far as events go, All-Stars Asia will have an additional four more matches but both sets of All-Stars will be competing with the following matches:
T-Mobile Talent Takedown — Overwatch League broadcast talent play a 6v6 match in a 3-map set.
Widowmaker 1v1 Tournament, presented by State Farm — Top players compete in a 1v1 headshots-only format as Widowmaker.
All-Star Game — Overwatch League all-star players compete in a 6v6 match in a 3-map set.
While these are the additional four matches for All-Stars Asia:
Winston Skills Challenge – Four players will compete in a 1v1 tournament to be the first Winston to push a neutral Wrecking Ball into the Ilios Well.
Genji Skills Challenge – Four players will compete in a 1v1 single-elimination tournament to determine the greatest Genji.
Ana Skills Challenge – Pros go head-to-head in an Ana free-for-all. Played in two rounds, each round ends when a player reaches 20 eliminations, or after 5 minutes.
Who is Meta? – Eight players with the best Fleta Deadlift percentages will compete in a Hero Gauntlet match. A Fleta Deadlift is when a player accounts for 50% or more of team’s final blows in a map win. The winner is the first player to get an elimination using a pool of 22 heroes.
A total of USD 225,000 is up for grabs during both All-Star events with the breakdown as follows:
All-Star Game winner
Widowmaker 1v1 winner
Widowmaker 1v1 runner-up
Winston Skill Challenge winner
Genji Skill Challenge winner
Ana Skill Challenge winner
Who is Meta? winner
As far as rosters go, both rosters were voted on by fans from round the world.
Hyobin “Choihyobin” Choi – San Francisco Shock, Tank
Menghan “Ameng” Ding – Chengdu Hunters, Tank
Euiseok “Fearless” Lee – Shanghai Dragons, Tank
Jun Woo “Void” Kang – Shanghai Dragons, Tank
Dong-gyu “Mano” Kim – New York Excelsior, Tank
Han-been “Hanbin” Choi – Paris Eternal, Tank
Qiulin “Guxue” Xu – Hanzhou Spark, Tank
Gicheol “Cr0ng” Nam – Guanzhou Charge, Tank
Byungsun “Fleta” Kim – Shanghai Dragons, Damage
Gui-Woon “Decay” Jang – Washington Justice, Damage
Junyoung “Profit” Park – Seoul Dynasty, Damage
Seonchang “Ans” Lee, San Francisco Shock, Damage
Gilseong “Glister” Lim – London Spitfire, Damage
Hyojong “Haksal” Kim – New York Excelsior, Damage
Jun-ki “Yaki” Kim – Florida Mayhem, Damage
Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee, Philadelphia Fusion, Damage
Sang-Min “Myunb0ng” Seo – Boston Uprising, Support
Minki “Viol2t” Park, San Francisco Shock, Support
Kyeongbo “Alarm” Kim – Philadelphia Fusion, Support
Jae Gon “Leejaegon” Lee – Shanghai Dragons, Support
Jin Seo “Shu” Kim – Guanzhou Charge, Support
Seonghyun “Jjonak” Bang – New York Excelsior, Support
Jin-mo “Tobi” Yang, Seoul Dynasty, Support
Min-chul “Izayaki” Kim, Shanghai Dragons, Support
All-Stars North America:
Matthew “Super” Delisi – San Francisco Shock, Tank
Indy “Space” Halpern – Los Angeles Gladiators, Tank
Benjamin “Benbest” Dieulafait – Paris Eternal, Tank
Caleb “Mcgravy” Mcgarvey – Los Angeles Valiant, Tank
João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles – Houston Outlaws, Tank
Andreas “Nevix” Karlsson – Toronto Defiant, Tank
Gael “Poko” Gouzerch, Philadelphia Fusion
Niclas Smidt “Shockwave” Jensen – Vancouver Titans, Damage
Terence “Soon” Tarlier – Paris Eternal, Damage
Kai “Ksp” Collins – Los Angeles Valiant, Damage
Dante “Danteh” Cruz – Houston Outlaws, Damage
Brady “Agilities” Girardi – Toronto Defiant, Damage
Nicolas “Nicogdh” Moret – Paris Eternal, Damage
Dusttin “Dogman” Bowerman – Atlanta Reign, Support
League of Legends 2020 World of Championship (Worlds 2020) will kick off on September 25 in Shanghai, China. Worlds 2020 marks the tenth iteration of the annual international League of Legends tournament.
This year, Worlds will feature 22 teams from across the globe down from the traditional 24. This comes after the Vietnamese Championship Series (VCS) teams announced that they will be unable to compete due to the global pandemic. The 22 teams will look to have the honor of raising the Summoner’s Cup and be crowned League of Legends World Champions.
Despite this, this will be the first year for the Southeast Asian Pacific Championship Series (PCS) will compete at Worlds as well as fourth seeds for the Chinese League of Legends Pro League (LPL) and the European League of Legends European Championship (LEC).
The 22 teams are as follows:
China – LPL
Europe – LEC
Korea – LCK (League of Legends Champions Korea)
North America – LCS (League of Legends Championship Series)
Southeast Asia – PCS
Brazil – CBLOL (Campeonato Brasileiro de League of Legends)
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) – LCL (League of Legends Continental League)
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Japan – LJL (League of Legends Japan League)
Latin America – LLA (Liga Latinoamérica)
Oceania – OPL (Oceanic Pro League)
Turkey – TCL (Turkish Championship League)
The VCS teams, despite not attending, will be awarded their full share of the Worlds prize pool as if they had competed in the event.
The tournament is divided into three stages – the Play-In Stage, the Group Stage, and the Knockout Stage.
The Play-In Stage runs from September 25 – 30. The initial stage will feature the teams from Brazil, CIS, Japan, Latin America, Oceania, Turkey, in addition to the second seed from Southeast Asia, the third seed from North America, and the fourth seeds from China and Europe.
The 10 teams are divided into two groups for the Group Stage and will play in a best-of-one single round-robin. The top team per group earn a spot in the Group Stage while the third and fourth team will face off to compete against the second team to earn the final third and fourth teams.
The Group Stage will feature 16 teams and are drawn into four groups. This stage features a best-of-one double round-robin format with the top two teams continuing into the Knockout Stage.
The Knockout Stage is the culmination of the tournament as the top eight teams will fight in a best-of-five single-elimination bracket. At the end of the Knockout Stage, a champion will be crowned.
Ubisoft announces a new massive multiplayer outdoors playground entitled Riders Republic which will release on February 25, 2021 for the PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series, and PC.
Riders Republic was developed by Ubisoft Annecy and is a social playground where players can experience the thrill of extreme sports in open and densely populated world. Among these sports include biking, skiing, snowboarding, wing suiting, and rocket wing suiting.
Players can do these variety of extreme sports in a variety of destinations like American National Parks like Bryce Canyon, Yosemite Valley, Sequoia Park, Zion, Canyonlands, Mammoth Mountain, and Grand Teton.
There’s also a variety of multiplayer modes that can be played with a squad. These include:
Competitive Races and Trick Challenges with PvP and solo modes
Mass Starts – Frantic 50-player races
Multiplayer Arenas – a mode with 6v6 PvP matchups
Online cups – a mode to show off and show out to make it to the top of the leaderboard
The game also has a career mode wherein players can make a pave their way in the different sports, rise to the top of the leaderboard, and sign with sponsors. Riders can be customized through progression-based gear.
A Gold Edition and Ultimate Edition will be available for pre-order. Gold Edition will include the base game, Year 1 Pass, exotic kits, the BMX Sport add-on, and exclusive content. Ultimate Edition, on the other hand, includes the Year 1 Pass and four exclusive cosmetic packs: Cosmic, Rainbow, Neon and Skull’n Style. In addition to this, It includes 20 Helicopter tickets to reach summits faster.
Riders Republic will release on February 25, 2021 for the PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series, and PC, with free upgrades given to those who purchase the current generation version of the game.
The Summit will take Division Agents to a high-rise building where players can scale up to 100 floors of action. Here you’ll face different challenges and enemies on each floor. The ultimate goal is to reach the rooftop where a special battle awaits. There are Rally Points (permanent checkpoints) so players can choose to focus on certain sections of the building.
Season 3 will also be introduced as part of Title Update 11. It will bring a new manhunt and major improvements for its core features. Players will target Bardon Schaeffer, the leader of the Black Tusk as he recruits four disavowed agents to form and lead a new rogue cell.
Some of the major improvements include the introduction of Appearance Mods or Transmogrification, improved Rainbow loot, and Agnostic Mod Slots.
The Summit and Season 3 are available for Warlords of New York owners but the improvements to the game will available for all players.
With the official launch of the PlayStation 5 out of the way, one of the many questions that people have is how much backward compatibility with the PS4 will the latest console actually have.
A report from Washington Post with PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has all but confirmed that the PS5 will support “99%” of the games from its predecessor.
“The PS4 community will continue to be incredibly important to us for three or four years. Many will transition to PS5, we hope if we do our job well, but tens of millions will still be engaged with the PS4.”
In addition, the company has also announced a new service for PS Plus subscribers called the PS Plus Collection which will offer 18 PS4 first-party titles for download. The new service makes games like The Last of Us Remastered, Persona 5, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and Detroit: Become Human, to name a few, available for download for the PlayStation 5.
Seeing the titles from the PlayStation 4 with the upgraded graphics of the PlayStation 5 will be very exciting, and with 99% the PS4 titles supported, it makes an upgrade look very enticing.
Ubisoft has just announced nine new tracks that people can dance to in Just Dance 2021, including the likes of ‘Blinding Lights’ by the Weeknd and ‘Without Me’ by Eminem.
Coming from their initial song list that saw ‘All the good girls go to hell’ by Billie Eilish and ‘Feel Special’ by Twice, Just Dance 2021 is bringing in more tracks to liven up the mood.
These songs include:
Blinding Lights by the Weeknd
Without Me by Eminem
Till the World Ends by the Girly Team
The Weekend by Michael Gray
Samba de Janeiro by Ultraclub 90
Runaway (U & I) by Galantis
Bailando by Paradisio ft. Dj Patrick Samoy
Dibby Dibby Sound by DJ Fresh & Jay Fay ft. Ms Dynamite
Boy You Can Keep It by Alex Newell
Players with a Just Dance Unlimited subscription or an active trial period can try out ‘Without Me’ by Eminem via Just Dance 2020 for a week.
The company also has just launched Season 4 of Just Dance 2020, It’s Showtime. The new season reveals a world inspired by Broadway and musicals. It’s Showtime will debut two events: The Party which happens until September 24 and The Gala which runs from October 15 – November 5. The event are available for all Just Dance 2020 owners on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One devices, and PlayStation 4.
Just Dance 2021 will be released on November 12, 2020 for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, as well as Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
Riot Games Southeast Asia and Riot Games have just announced the League of Runeterra: Targon Showdown Philippines from September 12 to 13, 2020. The showdown match will feature Rumble Royale talents and members of the Legends of Runeterra community.
The Legends of Runeterra: Targon Showdown Philippines will showcase the latest Call of the Mountain expansion. The expansion introduces the Targon region and 89 cards which includes seven champions.
The talents and members of the community will battle it out for glory and a prize pool of USD 1,000. The talents include:
Day 1 of the tournament will feature a Swiss format, where participants will compete to earn points and race to get the highest percentage. There will be five rounds with a best-of-three format per match. All matches will be played in a Conquest format with three decks and one ban. In order to win, players have win with the remaining two decks in order to win the game. The top eight players will advance to Day 2.
Day 2 will be a best-of-three single elimination bracket that will continue the Conquest format.
Catch the Legends of Runeterra: Targon Showdown Philippines on the official Rumble Royale Facebook page from September 12-13, 2020.
Riot Games and AAPE BY A Bathing APE have announced their collaboration on an apparel collection named AAPE BY A BATHING APE x League of Legends collection. The collaboration will also have an upcoming Prestige Edition skin in League of Legends for True Damage Yasuo.
The True Damage Yasuo skin was originally developed with modern-day streetwear and lifestyle design implications in mind. This made it easy to adapt the silhouette to feature AAPE BY A BATHING APE apparel.
The Prestige Edition of the True Damage Yasuo will be available to all players for the rest of 2020 for 100 in-game Prestige Points.
AAPE BY A BATHING APE X LEAGUE OF LEGENDS is a unisex limited apparel collection, featuring an outerwear jacket, t-shirt, a pullover hoodie, a cargo pant, a pair of sneakers, and a hat, all available on AAPE.jp and in select stores globally. An exclusive t-shirt of True Damage Yasuo Prestige Edition will be available globally on both the Riot Games’ merch website and part of the full collection.
More details on the collection will be revealed on the AAPE website on September 18, 2020.
League of Legends’ Pacific Championship Series 2020 Summer Split has just recently come to a close with the Taiwanese team Machi Esports (MCX) being crowned champions.
Machi Esports battled it out with Hong Kong squad PSG Talon (PSG) in the Finals. The two teams had played each other 16 times on stage in this calendar year and split the matches between themselves. The two teams have established their rivalry as an “El Clasico” of the PCS.
The two teams went the distance in an exciting five-game Upper Bracket Finals with PSG inching out a victory. The loss dropped MCX to the Lower Bracket where they faced and swept fellow Taiwanese squad J Team, forcing a rematch of the Spring Split Finals between MCX and PSG.
This time around, MCX were ready for revenge from the Upper Bracket Finals and the Spring Split Finals as they swept their rivals to claim the Summer Split title.
This is the first championship for Machi Esports after seven years competing in the Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau League of Legends Master Series and now in the Pacific Championship Series. In addition to the title and Worlds 2020 spot, the team also took home USD 30,000.
Despite the loss, PSG Talon will still be representing the region alongside Machi Esports at the 2020 World Championship in Shanghai, China.
PBA Basketball Slam: Arcade Edition is officially available on Steam Early Access. Ranida Games, the Filipino independent game studio, mentioned its release on Steam early in August.
The game is a 2-on-2 arcade-style full court basketball game based on the mobile PBA Philippine Slam 2020! – Basketball. The Steam version carries over and enhances the exaggerated gameplay which includes high-flying dunks and epic moves.
PBA Basketball Slam: Arcade Edition gives players the opportunity to play with up to four players via local multiplayer or online via Steam’s Remote Play Together.
With the new Dream Address feature of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can now visit the KFC Island without lining up or waiting for the island to go live!
Ogilvy and KFC Philippines previously set up an official KFC branch in Animal Crossing, with only a limited number of individuals allowed to visit the island. Now, you can visit anytime, simply by typing DA-2831-0006-0430 as the Dream Address code.
Along with the announcement, the Colonel wants to visit your islands too! All you have to do is to build a KFC-inspired island on Animal Crossing: New Horizons. From there, upload your best screenshots on Facebook with the dream address. Don’t forget to tag @KFCPhilippines and use the hashtag #KentuckyFriedCrossing to be qualified!
The best islands will get to meet and greet the Colonel and will be tagged as one of the official KFC branches on Animal Crossing. In addition, the Colonel will be giving away Bells for all your hard work.
Chop chop, that’s an order from the Colonel himself, and for more information on the promo, you can check out the official KFC Facebook page.
K/DA, the virtual pop group featuring League of Legends champions Ahri, Kai’Sa, Evelynn, and Akali, is making their official comeback and it all begins with the new song THE BADDEST.
The group released official lyric music video for the THE BADDEST, group’s follow-up to debut 2018 hit POP/STARS. The talent line-up for the new song includes the POP/STARS performers, SOYEON and MIYEON of the K-Pop girl group (G)I-DLE alongside new collaborators Bea Miller and Wolftyla.
K/DA will also be releasing their debut EP later this year. The EP will include THE BADDEST in addition to new tracks with a variety of artists. It will be released from the Riot Games Music label which has released acts like DJ Sona, True Damage, and Pentakill.
“We can’t wait for everyone to hear the new track, followed by the EP later in the year, which is packed with tons of surprises for League of Legends and K/DA fans to enjoy,” said Toa Dunn, Head of Riot Games Music.
K/DA has evolved to embrace a more global sound and has formed its musical identity around the girls in the pop group instead of the vocals of any one individual talent. This allows K/DA to welcome a much larger roster of musicians to join the group in their comeback.
The current pandemic has forced schools and students alike to start the new school year online. This means that first-year students won’t be able to experience walking through the various halls of their new school for the first time.
A team of students from the University of Santo Tomas put things into their own hands by rebuilding their beloved campus in Minecraft, which you can see below:
“We built the campus to instill the tradition that UST upholds every year for its freshmen students. We also missed UST which led us to build a team for its creation, ” explained UST Minecraft Founder, Charles Nobleza when we asked him what made the team want to make the campus in Minecraft.
According to him, the project took two months to build and there are around 80 people on their team.
I didn’t graduate from UST and haven’t been to the campus enough times to know the entire place but it does look quite impressive. It has the iconic Arch of the Centuries, Plaza Mayor, and Main Building. By iconic, I definitely mean the areas of the school that are seen the most. The team also included condominiums and food spots around the four streets of the campus, in addition to the buildings inside.
The team of students have partnered with the school which made the first year tour possible.
This is a pretty cool way to welcome the new students into college, especially one as legendary as UST. The fact that they did so in Minecraft is just icing on top.