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The Best Blizzard Games For Esports Competitions

The Best Blizzard Games For Esports Competitions

Blizzard Entertainment is a true titan of the gaming scene and it has understandably carved out an enviable position in the burgeoning world of esports. The iconic developer and publisher has been releasing cult titles since it was founded by a trio of UCLA graduates in 1991 and it is now part of America’s largest gaming company. Activision Blizzard boasted revenue of $7.5 billion in 2018 and Blizzard Entertainment games played a huge part in that strong performance.

Nowadays, it is hugely important for publishers to crack the competitive gaming scene as it is extremely lucrative and leading esports enjoy remarkable longevity. Blizzard Entertainment may have lost the rights to Dota 2–one of the world’s most popular esports–to Valve Corporation in a bitter dispute, but it still possesses a formidable stable of giants in the competitive gaming scene.

Here are its five most important titles:

Overwatch

Blizzard released this multiplayer first-person shooter to global acclaim in 2016, with reviewers praising its class-based combat, polished gameplay, and utterly magnificent artwork. Overwatch was hailed as fun, accessible and extremely well-made, and it became an instant classic.

It pits teams featuring soldiers, mercenaries, scientists, and adventurers against one another in the near future, and it is perfectly set up for the sort of intense multiplayer action that lends itself well to competitive gaming.

The Blizzard team did not initially set out to create a new esport, but they soon recognized its potential in this field. The first organized, prize-winning competitions were launched just a few months after the game’s release, and ESL quickly put together the Overwatch Atlantic Showdown. At Blizzcon 2016, Blizzard announced that it would launch the Overwatch League as a result of intense demand from fans. It began in 2018 and boasted a $3.5 million prize pool, instantly catapulting Overwatch into the top 10 most lucrative esports for gamers to compete in.

The first season proved to be a smashing success, as London Spitfire beat Philadelphia Fusion at the Grand Finals in New York’s Barclays Center to become the first league champions.

Intel and HP were the league’s first sponsors, before Toyota got on board, while ABC, ESPN, and Disney XDaired contests live. The prize pool was increased to $5 million for the 2019 season and new franchises joined from across the world, ensuring competitive Overwatch gaming as it continued to soar.

Hearthstone

This free-to-play digital card game dazzled critics when it was launched in 2016. Eurogamer gave it a perfect 100 score and said it was “overflowing with character and imagination, feeds off and fuels a vibrant community of players and performers, and it only stands to improve as Blizzard introduces new features”. The game builds upon the Warcraft lore, so it instantly appealed to a huge group of fans, and it reeled in all manner of gamers thanks to its fun, accessible, fast-paced gameplay.

It is also blessed with sophistication, subtlety and a high skill ceiling that has enabled it to become one of the world’s most popular esports game. It was behind only LoL, CS:GO, Dota 2, and Overwatch in Twitch viewing hours in 2018, with Heroes of the Storm in sixth and StarCraft II seventh in a strong showing for Blizzard.

Wagering on esports has become a hugely important factor in the growth of this nascent scene, as many fans love to grab a stake in the action. Dedicated betting sites like https://unikrn.com/bet offer a huge range of markets in esports, and Hearthstone is one of the most important titles in this regard. It now faces intense competition from the digital version of Magic The Gathering Arena, but Hearthstone has a loyal following and it should continue to flourish in future.

StarCraft II

This is the most established esport in the Blizzard roster, as there have already been more than 5,000 professional StarCraft 2 tournaments. A grand total prize money of $30 million has been dished out to 1,900 pros over the years, and it is another important esport for wagering purposes. The game was launched all the way back in 2010 but, like LoL and Dota 2, it has achieved fantastic longevity thanks to its popularity within the competitive gaming scene.

It is a real-time strategy game that continues the epic saga of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg as they wage battle across the galaxy. StarCraft II was released on a free-to-play basis as of November 2017, with microtransactions for skins, voice packs, and so on, making it a commercial success.

Professional play began upon its launch and, after a blip that lasted for a couple of years, it is going strong once more. The last three World Championship Series have carried prize pools of $700,000 and it also recently featured at IEM Katowice 2019, with a $400,000 contest.

Heroes of the Storm

This multiplayer online battle arena game sees legendary heroes and villains from WarCraft, StarCraft, Overwatch, and Diablo summoned to the Nexus to fight for glory. The MOBA genre is arguably the most important to the world of esports, thanks to the success of League of Legends and Dota 2. Since it was released in 2015, Heroes of the Storm has emerged as a serious contender to those leading titles in the popularity stakes, thanks to its varied gameplay and strong cast of characters.

It has already seen prize money in the excess of $18 million at its professional tournaments, making it the sixth most lucrative esports in history. However, Blizzard made the shocking announcement in December 2018 that it was canceling the Heroes Global Championship for 2019. An overwhelming sense of sadness and betrayal were the dominant emotions among pros, yet there is still hope that a competitive scene may be revived for this popular title someday.

Warcraft 3

The original Dota as a custom map creation within Warcraft 3, so that Blizzard execs could feel aggrieved at its success in esports with Valve. Warcraft 3 itself never enjoyed such a strong scene, although it has seen 1,300 tournaments and prize money reaching $5.4 million over the years.

The game was released in 2002 and it is now a grand dame of the industry, but Warcraft 3 Reforged will be released this year and that could give the title a fresh injection of life.

It will boast improved graphics, new dialogue, and better pathfinding, which could make it more appealing as an esport. There are still tournaments going on, but some fans would prefer Blizzard to stop spending so much time remasteringWarcraft 3 and instead channel its efforts into developing a fourth entry in the popular series. Warcraft 4 really could take the esports world by storm.

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This article is a Guest Post written by James Metcalfe from Unikrn.com

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The 5 Best Maplestory 2 Classes to Play as, Based on DPS

5 Best Maplestory 2 Classes

A player’s choice of class in any MMO is crucial. After all, you’ll be stuck as that class for the rest of your playthrough of the game—barring games that allow class switching. Maplestory 2 isn’t in that latter category though, so choosing a class is something that needs careful consideration.

Some of the classes in MP2 may need more Maplestory 2 Mesos to get the best out of its skills and abilities. However, if you’re the type to enjoy absolutely destroying bosses as fast as you can, that’s not really going to be an issue.

Without further ado, here are the five best classes for PvM in Maplestory 2.

Heavy Gunner

Heavy Gunner is a good PvM-focused class. It has the fastest clear times, provided the player knows how to properly cycle through their skills. When they do, the damage they can dish out is massive. However, if the enemy zips around the map, it gets hard to hit. They’re also a bit lacking in terms of options for mobility. If you’re up for the challenge, however, it can be a very rewarding choice.

Wizard

Wizards deal greater damage per hit. They’re a crowd control class with many area-of-effect spells. For all its potential to deal much damage, it has low defense. A handy teleport skill is its best friend to avoid enemy attacks. Just be careful when you use the skill, as it could cancel the spell you’re casting. While it’s a beginner-friendly class, some of its combos do need some technical skills to pull off.

Assassin

Assassins rely on critical hits for their high burst damage. They’re really mobile and attacks at mid-range. It’s a good thing, as they don’t really have much health. One or two hits from a boss (especially the stronger ones) can knock them down for the count. Overall, assassins need players who are good at judging distance and avoiding enemy attacks. They’re the straight-up heavy damage dealers.

Berserker

Berserkers have the highest HP and can dish out damage like no other. However, being a melee class means you have to go up close and personal to the enemy. For some bosses, that almost certainly spells suicide! There’s also the difficulty of keeping up stacks of their passive buff. When you’re able to figure out a strategy for that though, you’re rewarded with the highest damage a melee class can reach.

Runeblade

Runebladesare mid-ranged fighters who enchant their swords with ice, fire, or storm elements. They have good mobility and have the most visually-pleasing skills. Depending on how you build them, you can be a crowd controller, a damage dealer, or a support character. A highly-versatile character, it can also be a little difficult when you’re trying to dodge attacks while spamming skills.

Of course, that’s only for the damage dealing classes. If you’d rather support your friends, Priests or Soul Binders might be closer to your preference. It all depends on your preference. Take the time to learn about the pros and cons of each class and ask yourself exactly how you want to play. There are multiple character slots so you can start again if the class isn’t what you expected. At any rate, it’s more important that you enjoy the game.

Go and have fun on your Maplestory 2 adventure!

Halfway There: WoW Battle for Azeroth Achievement Flying Mounts

WoW Mounts Battle for Azeroth Whether it’s Earth or Azeroth, there’s no better way to travel than to do so way up high. And although there’s the option to teleport, nothing competes with being on your own WoW mount riding through the clouds while looking down at the utterly fantastical world below. In true World of Warcraft fashion, you’ll have to unlock this ability. If you’ve been playing for quite some time now, you’ll know right off the bat that this is a tedious task. The same goes here in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.

Explorer and Diplomat

Just as it was in Legion, there are two achievements that you need to accomplish in order to gain access to the skies. But for now, only one of the two is currently available, which is Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder: Part One, so you’ll just have to go with that.

Like in Legion, to unlock the achievement in question, you need to unlock a handful of other achievements first.

First on the list is the Battle for Azeroth Explorer, which requires players to explore the following areas:

  • Tiragarde Sound
  • Stormsong Valley
  • Nazmir
  • Drustvar
  • Zuldazar
  • Vol’dun

Next would be the achievement Azerothian Diplomat, which requires to earn Revered status with certain factions. For Alliance, that would be the Proudmoore Admiralty, Order of Embers, Storm’s Wake, or7th Legion. For the Horde, that would be the Zandalari Empire, Talanji’s Expedition, Voldunai, and The Honorbound.

Note: Both factions must earn Revered status with Champions of Azeroth and Tortolian Seekers.

Another necessary achievement is the Wide World of Quests. This requires you to finish 100 World Quests in KulTiras and Zandalar. It’s pretty tedious, but hey, it’s the lofty price you have to pay for you to soar up high. Besides, once you’re done with this achievement, you’re pretty much set for life, as this is an account-wide achievement. The same goes for battle for Azeroth Explorer and Azerothian Diplomat.

Tour of Duty, Forever

After that would be Kul Tourist for Alliance and Zandalar Forever! for the Horde.

For Kul Tourist, you’ll need to achieve the following achievements:

  • A Sound Plan – finish the Tiragarde Sound storylines
  • Stormsong and Dance – finish the Stormsong Valley storylines
  • Drust Do It – finish theDrustvar

For Zandalar Forever!, you’ll need to finish more achievements compared to Kul Tourist. But hey, you’re part of the Horde, so you’re tougher than those puny Alliance do-gooders anyway.

These achievements are as follows:

  • The Throne of Zuldazar – complete the Zuldazarstorylines
  • Secrets in the Sands – complete theVol’dun storylines
  • The Dark Heart of Nazmir – complete theNazmir storylines
  • A Bargain of Blood – complete the Blood Gate quest line in Zuldazar
  • The Final Seal – Complete the Zandalar Forever scenario in Zuldazar

Fight Before Flight

Once you’re done with all those achievements, it’s time for the last one: Ready for War.

For the Alliance, you need to accomplish the following campaigns:

  • Nazmir Foothold
  • Zuldazar Foothold
  • Chasing Darkness
  • Blood in the Water
  • Vol’dun Foothold
  • Blood on the Sand
  • A Golden Opportunity
  • The Strike on Zuldazar

As for the Horde, it’d be as follows:

  • Drustvar Foothold
  • Stormsong Valley Foothold
  • The Marshal’s Grave
  • At the Bottom of the Sea
  • Tiragarde Sound Foothold
  • The First Assault
  • Death of a Tidesage
  • The Strike on Boralus

These achievements are, unfortunately, not account-wide. Which means you’ll have to do them all over again for another character. But with Azeroth Pathfinder, Part One, the only reason to get them for your alternate characters would be for completionist purposes.

After accomplishing all those achievements, congratulations! You now have Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part One. Aside from being halfway to having a flying mount, you’ll be rewarded with 20% Increased Mount Speed in KulTiras and Zandalar.

Master These Moves to Rank Up Quickly in Rocket League

There’s just something about those Rocket League items that are reserved for champions. They’re always cool, whatever they are. Maybe it’s just the fact that they’re reserved for the best of the best. Once you have one, everybody knows you’ve been a champion at least once.

To help you with getting that Champion item, here are some moves to master first.

Half Flip Recovery

This maneuver is basically a U-turn using a canceled backflip and an air roll. It lets you turn the car 180 degrees in a fast and efficient way without losing momentum. The most basic of moves, you’ll find that you’ll be using this more often than you thought.

The first step in performing this maneuver is to start a backflip and cancel it halfway (when all four wheels are up in the air). From there, just do the air roll, and you’ve completed the half flip. Do it in a flowing motion.

Quick Power Slide

The Quick Power Slide is basically drifting, but with a boost. It’s good for turning in sharp angles. When doing the Power Slide in the tutorial, it’s a little wobbly and uncontrollable. When you’re trying to keep the ball moving toward the opponent’s goal, that’s a bad thing. The Quick Power Slide keeps your car stable and, in a fast-paced game such as Rocket League, that’s a huge bonus.

Doing it is easy, just keep the boost on when you execute a power slide.

Kickoffs

Kickoffs are an important part of the match, because anyone (or any team) that is good at them can dominate a match. A proper kickoff gives a huge advantage to the player (and their team). It is absolutely essential to learn how to do proper kickoffs.

There are two characteristics of a good kickoff, height and how goalside you are. For height, a ball bouncing between two car noses will continue so until one nose becomes higher than the other. That higher nose becomes a barrier that the ball will bounce off over the other car.

As for being goalside, imagine a straight line that splits the arena in half and goes through both goals. It will pass through the ball at its starting position on the center. Being goalside is being aligned with that line when hitting the ball.

There will be no details on how to do kickoffs, as there are many variations. You can search for video tutorials on those variations, or create your own version.

Double Jump Aerial

Aerial shots and fights will become more frequent as players climb the ranks. Therefore, to be as prepared as you could be, it would be good to practice aerial maneuvers early. One such maneuver is the Double Jump Aerial. It can get you to a ball up in the air in a quick, efficient way.

This maneuver involves double-tapping the jump key, while not moving. (If done while moving, it will make the car flip.) At the peak of that second jump, turn on the boost and direct the car toward the ball.

Mid-Boost Jump

This is a more advanced maneuver to master, and an aerial one at that. This move also lets you zoom to the ball quickly, though it’s up to your judgment whether to use this or the double jump boost instead. It’s also a little harder to control on top of being harder to do.

To execute a Mid-Boost Jump, jump, pull back a bit while boosting and then jump again.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. However, since nothing’s perfect, aim for consistency instead. Practice these moves until they become muscle memory. Along with these moves, you should also train your judgment and positioning. Those are essential skills to train, as knowing how to perform these moves means nothing if you can’t get your timing or positioning right. Lastly, don’t neglect your defense.

So play, practice, and observe. Take each day as it comes, and don’t let failure be the end. Enjoy Rocket League!

Don’t Be Offensive: Defensive Play Tips for Rocket League

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Patience is a virtue. This is very much true in video games, especially in Rocket League where defensive playing is key to victory, and patience is a core of defensive playing. Unfortunately, a lot of players don’t seem to have that particular positive trait, and it wouldn’t be surprising if you’re one of these people. It’s not entirely your fault, as Rocket League isn’t the kind of game to promote patience. Nevertheless, you need it, especially if you want to get Rocket League Items.

You probably know that you need it too. That’s why you’re here. So without further ado, here are tips for defensive playing. They’ll be a great help to you.

What’s The Goal?

If you’re the goalie, then you really have no choice but to play defensively. And, contrary to popular belief, you play a big role in the kickoff.

So, for your first tip as a goalkeeper, a good way to get a great head-start would be to grab the first boost pad and then stay in the goal. It’s preferable to stay inside so that you have enough space to block the ball in case it gets in. And, whenever you’re sitting inside the goal, it is better to position yourself sideways so that you can just move to the left or right when it’s time to block.

Another great way to get a very early game advantage would be to observe where the ball is going. If it’s headed towards you, do your best to block it. And, when you block it, make sure to do so in a very safe manner. Better be simple and sure, than fancy yet risky. Because, if the latter fails, it’s a point for your opponent. In football – and Rocket League is definitely football – one point is a big deal, as there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to catch up.

Caught In the Middle?

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not only the goal where you have to play defensively; you also have to do that when you’re on the mid-field. And when you’re on the mid-field, playing defensively can help you earn some points. A good way to do that is by trying to see if the ball is going to the corners of the field. If they are, then you better get there before the ball does as it’s often a good opportunity for you to get a goal. But don’t try to be too daring or forward. If it’s not going to be a sure goal, then it may be better to not try as your opponent might be able to steal the ball.

On the other hand, if and when you’re not feeling confident in shooting, just keep pushing the ball to the enemy’s side of the field and let your teammates be the one to score. By doing this, you’ll be awarded with assists or even accidentally make a goal yourself.

All About The Movement

Aside from where you are in the field, you also need to consider how the ball is moving. If it’s rolling (on the ground, obviously), then simply hit it; no need for anything fancy. If it’s bouncing, jump-hit it. When you do, time it, as you’re pretty likely to miss it. And if it’s in the air, then you either use your 100% boost to block it, or if the moment is right and you’re confident, make a shot. If you have no boost and you want to block the ball, simply double jump.

It’s not easy to always be on your toes, but in a game like Rocket League it definitely pays off. So if I were you, I’d make defensive playing a lifestyle.