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1 year ago

Feature: Tekken the biscuit

I am bad at Tekken 7 – so I sought help from a pro

I keep getting beaten up by strangers. Tekken 7 is as traditional a fighting game as they come. You punch, you kick, you get shredded to pieces by a robotic woman’s saws-for-arms. At recent games show EGX, I saw two fighting game pros facing off in front of an audience, knocking seven shades of showmanship out of each other. I sat down to watch, enthralled…

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Feature: The science of skillz

Statespace: the neuroscientists who want to improve your gaming skills

With the proliferation of esports and the potentially huge sums of money involved if you make it to the top tier in some games it's not surprising that there are so many third-parties carving out a niche by offering to help improve your performance. One which caught my eye recently was Statespace [official site] which is being set up by Wayne Mackey and Jay Fuller.…

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Feature: Only three remain!

The International 2017: Three teams standing, two new heroes, and one TERRIFYING AI

The final day of The International 2017 looms, with only Newbee, LGD.Forever Young (LFY) and Team Liquid still in the running to win pro Dota 2’s highest accolade – yesterday saw both Invictus Gaming and LGD Gaming eliminated in surprisingly one-sided lower bracket matches. But first... new heroes!

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Feature: The competition is ramping up!

The International 2017: Five Dota 2 teams remain – who are they and how are they doing?

Four days into the main event and The International 2017 - Dota 2’s $24 million world championship - is down to its final five teams. Only Newbee, LGD.Forever Young, Team Liquid, Invictus Gaming and LGD Gaming remain, the other eleven squads to grace the main stage of Seattle’s KeyArena having fallen from the lower bracket and out of contention for the trophy.

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Dota 2: Everything you need to know for The International 2017 main event!

The main event of Dota 2’s premier mega-tournament, The International 2017, kicks off today – and the first round of matches has been decided by a group stage full of surprises. Here's everything you need to know to get you up to speed (or to bluff your way through a conversation with Dota-loving friends!)

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Feature: Everything you need to know

The International 2017: Your guide to the biggest tournament in professional Dota 2!

The International, Dota 2’s biggest competitive event (as well as esports’ most moneyed), returns to Seattle this week. This is the culmination of Dota’s year-long season schedule – all of it, all the Majors, third-party tournaments and rosters shuffles, have led to this 18-way showdown where over $23 million is up for grabs. Here's our James to explain what you're watching and give you crucial…

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Feature: Dota in front of an audience

What I learned playing Dota 2 with a professional player

Our James ventured out of unranked solo queue and ended up on a Dota 2 [official site] team captained by a professional player and being streamed to thousands as some of the most famous casters in the scene commentated his efforts. No pressure, then! Here's a little account of what happened and some advice for if you ever find yourself in this not-at-all-highly-specific situation... Last…

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Feature: Points win invites to win prizes!

How Valve’s Majors and Minors can heal pro Dota 2

With the biggest event in the competitive Dota 2 [official site] calendar – The International 2017 – due to take place next month, it might be a little early to start thinking about The International 2018. Unless, that is, you’re Valve, who have revealed a massive overhaul to how the entire next professional season will play out. Here's an in-depth look at why these changes…

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2 years ago

Feature: It's the journey not the destination

Why OG winning their fourth Major isn’t bad news for professional Dota 2

Four of the five Dota 2 [official site] Major tournaments have gone the way of team OG. But does that mean the professional Dota 2 scene is becoming predictable? Our James argues not... Fans of professional magician-punching were treated to a familiar sight at the recent Dota 2 Kiev Major: team OG, suddenly $1 million richer and lifting yet another first-prize trophy. As an organisation,…

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Feature: Major drama

Dota 2 Boston Major: Highlights and must-see matches

Another multimillion-dollar Dota 2 Major tournament has come to a close this weekend as top teams from all over the world battled for the Boston Major's Eaglesong trophy and a share of the $3m prize pool. Would OG be able to defend their title with a remixed lineup or would some feisty newcomers be able to snaffle it away? In case you're still avoiding spoilers…

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Feature: Korea meets Korea in the final match

League Of Legends World Championships: SKT Meet Samsung Galaxy In Grand Finals

League of Legends' World Championships tournament is about to reach its 2016 conclusion with the Grand Finals in Los Angeles' Staples Center. The finalists comprise two of the LCK's top teams (that's the Korean domestic league, in case you're new to professional LoL), SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy. They will be playing for over $2m* as well as the "best in the world" title,…

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Feature: Holy what!

Worlds Semifinals Bring The Best Series Of Competitive League Of Legends I’ve Ever Seen

This weekend saw reigning champions, SK Telecom T1, take on Korean League's domestic champions ROX Tigers in a spectacular best-of-five which immediately earned a place as one of the greatest matches of any League of Legends World Championships to date. It's definitely the best I've seen, and it occupied my thoughts for most of the following day. I even found myself pondering bits of it…

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Feature: This weekend on the Rift

League Of Legends World Championships 2016:
The Weekend’s Semifinals

Here's a quick and dirty guide to this week's League of Legends World Championships semifinals match-ups if you've not been following the story so far! The TL;DR if even a quick and dirty guide is too much reading is that there will be at least one Korean team in the finals no matter how the weekend matches play out and Europe's path towards the Summoner's…

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What You Need To Know For The League Of Legends World Championships 2016

League of Legends' [official site] tentpole/flagship event, the World Championships, is ramping up the pressure as we reach the knockout stage. There's a $1m top prize and a ridiculously enormous cup at stake but what if you've not been keeping up with the story so far? That's where this primer comes in! Here's what you need to know if you're only just dipping your toes…

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The RPS Summer Games: AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Today is the day! The parade is prepared, Horace is hovering by the podium, and the orchestra is tuning up to play the current RPS national anthem (Cascada's Evacuate The Dancefloor). Yes! It's the grand final medal ceremony for the RPS Summer Games! You'll remember that last week we ended on a cliffhanger - Alice was in the lead after embracing capitalism and Devil Daggers,…

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Feature: Not a happy little cloud in sight

The RPS Summer Games: Fan Art-stravaganza!

The grand finale of the RPS Summer Games is the Fan Art-stravaganza! This is also the part where you get to weigh in and cast a vote for your favourite RPS artist. In an ideal world you'd be voting for the best artwork inspired by a videogame so try not to fall victim to any emotional blackmail or lobbying for the pity vote!

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Feature: Death by just one cut

The RPS Summer Games: Devil Daggers

The last of the high-score events on the RPS Summer Games schedule is Devil Daggers [official site]. A glorious first person arena shooter with a graphical style determined to catapult us back into the nineties. I admired it from afar when it came out, but around half the staff got really competitive, sneaking off for "email" breaks which coincided with a "so-and-so is playing Devil…

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Feature: Things that go bump

The RPS Summer Games: Five Nights At Freddy’s

Third on the RPS Summer Games agenda is Five Nights At Freddy's [official site]. The cult favourite horror game challenges you to spend five nights in the security room of a building populated by animatronic horrors. Some people find it dull/daft and some people find it unbearably tense. For the Summer Games we're just trying to last as many nights as we can (or, if…

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Feature: Greed is gold

The RPS Summer Games: AdVenture Capitalist

The second RPS Summer Games event is... AdVenture Capitalist [official site]. If Clock Simulator was a sprint, this is the marathon event. Each contestant has 30 minutes to make as much money as possible by clicking on lemons, doughnuts, hockey teams and whatever else this casual clicker can offer.

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