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TteSPORTS Draconem RGB Cloth Edition Mouse Pad Review

RGB is an additive colour model in which red, green, and blue light is added together in various ways to reproduce a broad array of colours – definition courtesy of Wikipedia. The colourful glory that is RGB has stolen the hearts of most PC gamers, leading to RGB mousepads, because why not? Approaching this new idea is TteSPORTS with the Draconem RGB Cloth Edition Mousepad, the first product to bring RGB colour to the Draconem family. Let’s see if it’s worth the price. Beginning with the packaging, it’s a simple and sturdy box which as always displays all the fundamentals in TteSPORTS red and black. Unboxing is as easy as sliding the plastic mould out, revealing the mat comfortably lying under a styrofoam sheet. Besides the warranty, quick start guide and two stickers, no other accessories come in the package. The package will definitely withstand any mishaps and bumps from orders.  Taking out the mat out of its mould gives way to some more information. A light weight of 360 grams will make it practically negligible in any carry case, thanks to a thickness of just 4mm. The mat, although a cloth edition, cannot be rolled up and has a reasonable amount of flex. Connectivity is granted by a rubbery cable sticking out from the control panel and a gold plated connection. Face up, the mat maps 355 by 255 mm, an average to small size.  Apart from area are the aesthetics given by a black colour contrasted by a white TteSPORTS dragon and headed by the control panel with a couple of physical buttons. So how does it perform with a mouse on it? Well, the “specially optimised surface with textured weave for superior tracking” stays true to its description. Using an optical or a laser mouse was a pleasure.  The mat stood indifferent to anything thrown at it, thanks to a rubberised bottom which is commendably easy to clean as it doesn’t stick to the point of fluidity.  Mice slid effortlessly on the surface, providing accuracy and precision as stated. However, there are a few gripes to mention regarding user experience. Firstly, the border of the top cloth face is extremely rugged and creates a terribly unpleasant grazing effect against any moving skin in contact. Another detail which TteSPORTS may have missed is the fact that a wired mouse will tend to have its wire come in contact with the control panel which may prove annoying in tense gaming situations. This may be avoided by using a mouse bungee or going wireless of course.  In general, it’s a great experience. Finally, we can get down to the main selling point of the product, being the RGB lighting effects. As expected, all 16.8 million colours are at your fingertips along with the effects given by TteSPORTS’ software. The “command centre” is available as a download from the product page. After a while, perhaps too much time, the software was tediously setup and we were ready to play around. A satisfactory brightness and lovely vibrancy is achieved by the mat and all colours seem to be well-defined. As mentioned earlier, if a static colour bores you, TteSPORTS has you covered with some effects. These include wave, spectrum and pulse; pretty orthodox and standard.  Speed and colour brightness are freely changed.  At over 50% brightness, any colour illuminates the white brand logo which was certainly designed specifically for that; nice touch. The only thing we could take away from the lighting is that it cannot be synced with any mouse, even of the same brand. Also, the wave effect seems a bit mechanical if one focuses on it, but it’s forgivable. To round off lighting, no internal memory means that all three profiles are saved on the PC which is definitely not as sweet. The last thing to discuss in this review is the control panel at the head with its physical buttons. Power and effect may be toggle from here. The power button is rather self-explanatory,  but the effect button is different in mechanism. Holding it down allows the user to dance through the effects including static, but no colour may be set except red from here. It’s a great way to use up the extra space for more functionality. To conclude, the Draconem RGB Cloth Edition Mouse Pad is a product to look out for; packing superb lighting, fine quality and professional performance with an amazing price tag of €50. RGB  mousepads are still new to the market, with most brands like Razer and Corsair giving it a go at higher prices. This product is aimed at conscious, budget gamers who want to give their mousepad some life without having to spend a pretty penny. Who it’s for: Budget PC gamers RGB enthusiasts Who it’s not for: Those with a higher budget Those who’d like to sync colour effects with the rest of their setup. If you're interested, check out the product page: http://www.ttesports.com/productPage.aspx?p=269&g=ftr Also, those who've been taking note have realised that we've created quite a lot of TteSPORTS product reviews lately. This is because we've had access to such a great amount of products, only a couple more are left. 

Optic Gaming Win The CWL Championship 2017

Yesterday evening, the 13th of August, saw the end of the Infinite Warfare season in dramatic fashion with the biggest event of the year; CWL Championship. Ever since day 1, it’s been a battle for each team to establish dominance which made more than a few teams favourites while going into this event. Let’s break down how the event went. The first couple days of hectic group stages happened as expected with the only real surprises were the fall of Evil Geniuses to Str8 Rippin and perhaps Red Reserve’s failure to make it through in a tiebreaker.  After group stage, of course, came the brackets.  Again, with so many games being played we can only discussed the more interesting ones. Examples include Rise Nation’s upset to Team Infused and the young blood of eUnited taking down LG this early in the event. LG, one of the more favoured teams, would fall very early into the loser’s bracket; but from there they’ll make it to a top 4 spot along with Rise Nation.  Moving on to the second round of bracket play, only one EU team remained to challenge all the other NA teams.  Splyce would face off against OG to perhaps play out the most intense series we’ve seen in a long time of Call of Duty. Ulitmately, however, OG took it in the game 5.  Alongside OG in victory were Faze, eUnited and nV- three other teams who were primed to win the whole thing.  On the other side of things, LG and Rise were dispatching team after team in the loser bracket.  The final round of the winners bracket saw a famous OG/Faze match which was over in less than an hour thanks to a 3-0 from Optic Gaming. The other match in the bracket was eUnited vs nV, where the boys in blue crushed the hopes of the Clayster-led youngsters of eUnited.  Those who fell from the winners bracket quickly went home after facing LG or Rise, certainly due to the dropping in morale after failing in the winners bracket. To see how every match in the bracket went; check out this link: http://cod.esportswikis.com/wiki/2017_Call_of_Duty_World_League_Championship#Results Sooner than ever, we were in the final bracket and four teams were left standing; OG, nV, Rise and LG. The names of NV and Rise were not always there in many people’s opinions since both of them have had a terrible season, but a top 4 in champs absolutely changed that.  Rise and LG faced off alongside OG and nV. Rise were sent home, as LG took revenge from a prior 3-0 which they suffered early by returning the favour. OG lost to nV on the Alpha Stage and were drained; they’d now have to beat Team EnVyUs twice on the mainstage to be able to call themselves champions. In their way, however, was LG who didn’t put up much of a fight as this was OG’s year evidently. The grand final would be an epic match based on the deep rivalry between two of the oldest organisations in Call of Duty esports; Optic Gaming and Team EnVyUs. The Greenwall was fired up after a hot performance against LG and the veterans in blue were calm and composed as in all their other games.  Infinite Warfare would boil down on these two teams. OG gained first blood with the first map of hardpoint, but then lost the SnD to take the next two maps for the victory in the first series. After that 3-1, nV fans and players looked shaken and panicked- a recurring nightmare was about to be actuated. Just a couple weeks ago, they faced the exact same situation against the same team who beat them after two series. It was all dejavu, but in the biggest tournament of the year. The second series went out of hand for nV who submitted three maps in less than 50 minutes to Optic Gaming. Obviously, OG have managed to break their looming curse of not showing up at Champs and what a time to show up. Heading into this year, the shear amount of story lines was incredible along with the ambiguity of a pure favourite.  Scump, Formal, Crimsix and Karma will walk home with a new ring each; making it 3 for Karma and 2 for Crimsix.  The team walks away with the coveted trophy, $600,000 of prize and the right to call themselves the best. Most viewers shut off the stream after that because MLG created a terribly obnoxious after-show which dissuaded around 50,000 viewers as the site displays amount of viewers at the top right.  Although the community may have shut out Infinite Warfare, for competitive Call of Duty we haven’t seen such amazing competition since BO2.

TteSPORTS CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 Headset Review

Revealed at CES 2017, the Cronos Riing Headset by Thermaltake for the TteSPORTS brand is an attempt to join the rest of their RGB products with an epic headset. For €90, does it deliver on the recent buzz regarding the new line of products? TteSPORTS seems to think so, let’s see what we think. Jumping straight into it, let’s begin with the look of this product. Rocking a bold and modern look, the headset cherishes the brand colours along with a sleek suspension mechanism and some solid cups decorated in RGB lighting. The illuminated brand dragon really sets this product on fire. Dunked in diamond black, a matte finish tops it all off with a little retractable microphone just in case you missed it. If you can’t tell, we think it’s got a sexy and unique aesthetic. Yet, before you can look at it with your own eyes, some unboxing needs to be done.  Of course, the box is also coloured in red and black and on the front face it proudly shows off the product with a plastic window panel.  Rotating the package gives you full access to an overwhelming amount of specifications along with its key features. Releasing the headset is thankfully very simple,  sliding out the plastic mould is all that needs to be done. Apart from the headset, a quick start manual and some warranty documentation will fall out from the bottom. A quick note on the box itself, it’s somewhat rigid but is weakened a little by the panel; it should do fine in deliveries.  To summarise, unboxing is quick and easy which allows one to replace the headset back in its packaging, for whatever reason, seamlessly. Now that it’s out of the cage, it’s time to toss it on for a feel. If you’re used to full coverage of the ear, this peripheral will certainly seem alien at first. This is due to the suspension’s elasticity. Yes, the mechanism gives way to immediate calibration and a more natural feel. However, the suspension is extremely reluctant here and will not allow one to comfortably engulf the ear, as it stay pushing the ear lobe up. So, it’s best as an on-ear experience. Ignoring this small flaw, it’s a pleasure to wear. The cups have a firm yet soft and breathable experience which prevents discomfort and sweating.  Three smaller pillows, consisting of the same material, line the headband. When you quickly need to hear what’s going on in the real world, the headset will rest happily on the neck thanks to a 90° swivel which keeps the stylish look going. You’ll feel assured and confident in moving the parts, since the build quality is fantastic. The product has a solid construction paired with a satisfactory weight while even sporting some incredible flexibility.  Commendable wearing experience and build from TteSPORTS. The only negative is the fact that the glossy plastic attracts scratches immensely, though they aren't very visible unless you take a close look. Delving into sound, there’s a lot this peripheral has to offer. Specifications list 3D 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound experience and a frequency response rate ranging from 20Hz to 20KHz. Thanks to the “tilting oversized” 50mm drivers, the statistics are satisfied. Listening to audio was enjoyable in the closed cup design, singing clear highs and mids while holstering a slightly above average bass for the price point. Stereo audio may be a little flat at first; which is why software is available online at no extra cost. The software in question is bursting with features and adjustments waiting to be set, including the RGB lighting. All sound is provided by a 2m cable finished by a gold connection which is irremovable from the cup. Before heading into that, the inline controller deserves some attention. Positioned in an ergonomic position, 4 buttons circle an RGB illuminated TteSPORTS dragon. Two are dedicated to volume toggling, one for 3D 7.1 VSS toggle and an EQ button to change between the 4 preset audio profiles. At the side there is a mute option for whenever your mum calls during those intense gaming sessions online. It will be noted that the light from the patch of RGB isn’t enough to see what the buttons’ functions are at night.  Also, the 3D 7.1 VSS toggle may come in handy because although enabling it does grant an immersive and pinpoint experience, it automatically modifies the audio profile to favour bass. With that out of the way, let’s head on back to the software.   Starting with the “Speakers” section, here one can toy with sample rate,  create equalising profiles which cannot be part of the pre-set four accessed from the controller and a few other selections provided by a third-party company Xear. These include, Xear Surround Headphone, Xear Audio Brilliant, Xear Dynamic Bass and three more prefaced by this company’s name. For the review we didn't bother toying with all these settings but they could offer a better experience.  The next section is for the microphone. Offering volume control, sample rate and voice changing, it doesn’t really affect the recordings. Moreover, the microphone is fairly clear having great noise cancellation but a little bit of static. Retractable from its discreet position, the spine is malleable to wherever you wish to put it. It also lights red but stays red to the disappointment of the RGB earcups. Speaking of RGB, TteSPORTS attempt at controlling the colours through software should end this review.  Lighting effects are as follows; static, pulse, spectrum cycling, spectrum running, music rhythm, single blink, double blink, rapid blink and rapid pulse.  The features are orthodox exepct for the rapid blink and pulse which are poor attempts to try adding variety since the original pulse and blink can be made faster with the speed slider.  Then there are the colours; they could be better. It’s extremely obvious that the light source is at the bottom cup, since the lower half of the ring gets much brighter than the rest of it.  Some colours don’t look to vibrant on the cups due to a lack of saturation, for example yellow and purple.  In general, a valiant attempt with effects but the colours could be improved. Who it’s for: Gamers looking for comfort, style and a modern look Gamers who need great immersive audio and a decent microphone Those who are looking for RGB for this price point Serious competitors who need the durability and precision Who it’s not for: Those with a higher budget Enthusiasts who want to sync RGB with other peripherals Gamers who dislike the colour scheme Check out other TteSPORTS products at the Gamers Lounge now while stocks last; http://shop.gamers.com.mt/search?keyword=ttesports

Zeus Returns to Na’Vi along with Kane

After losing “GuardiaN” only a week ago, Natus Vincere has rounded up the team with a familiar face. This roster movement was part of a deal between the Ukrainian team and the PGL Major winners, Gambit Esports. “Zeus”, or Danylo Teslenko, has left Gambit to return to Na’Vi. Following his return, “seized” has found himself back on the active line-up after stepping down late July with “GuardiaN”. Apart from the player, came a coach from Gambit who’ll be replacing the former coach of Andrey “Andi” Prokhorov. The coach in question is Mykhailo “Kane” Blagin. Fortunately for “Andi”, he’s been offered an analyst role for the organisation of Na’Vi. Yet, one would stop to question; why would “Zeus” leave Gambit right after their huge win at the Krakow Major? Apparently, it all started due to internal issues within Gambit’s team structure which point at the coach for the most part. The players were clearly unhappy with their coach and wanted change. However, “Zeus” wouldn’t have any of it. Upon realising what was happening to, probably, a good friend of his, he approached the others with a choice. Either Kane stays or he himself leaves with him. Therefore, he was sent packing to Na’Vi. "At this stage the guys decided to kick our coach, Kane, even with the condition that I will leave with him."He is a man who I've worked and been friends with a long time, a man who taught me and helped me get through last year's kick from Na`Vi, and a man who helped us win the major. But the team thinks otherwise, overlooking my experience in this situation and my attempts at saving the roster." – Zeus on twitter. Losing an in-game leader such as Gambit may hurt them in the future, as they currently hunt for a new one to replace “Zeus” and a new coach. It’s probable that Na’Vi will benefit from this deal far more than Gambit does. If the player saw fit to defend the coach, he’s ought to be talented. The CEO of the organisation couldn’t be more delighted. "Life provides unexpected opportunities, I am proud that the legend is back to the club."

Group Stage Schedule for CoD Champs

As most Call of Duty esports enthusiasts would know, 32 of the best teams in the world will be at Orlando, Florida this week to claim the title of champions for the Infinite Warfare season.  With five teams in each of the eight groups; a total of 48 group stage games need to take place before the playoffs. There being so many games, it’s possible to get lost and miss out your favourite team’s matches; that’s why we’ve assembled the schedule below. Starting tomorrow, the next two days will be dense with fast-paced action.  Wednesday, August 9th 16:00: OpTic Gaming vs. 3sUP              Epsilon Esports vs. Echo Fox              Team EnVyUs vs. Mindfreak Black              Elevate vs. Projekt Evil 17:30: eUnited vs. Mindfreak               Luminosity Gaming vs. Supremacy               Infused vs. Lethal Gaming               Rise Nation vs. Vitality 19:00: Evil Geniuses vs. Str8 Rippin              FaZe Clan vs. Allegiance              Red Reserve vs. eRa Eternity               Fnatic vs. Tainted Minds 20:30: Splyce vs. Team Kaliber              Cloud9 vs. Rogue              Ghost Gaming vs. Millenium              Enigma6 vs. MRN Black 22:00: OpTic Gaming vs. Epsilon Esports              Team EnVyUs vs. Elevate              Echo Fox vs. 3sUP              Projekt Evil vs. Mindfreak Black 23:30: Luminosity Gaming vs. Rise Nation            eUnited vs. Lethal Gaming            Mindfreak vs. Infused            Supremacy vs. Vitality Thursday, Aug. 10 16:00:  FaZe Clan vs. eRa Eternity             Red Reserve vs. Allegiance             Fnatic vs. Evil Geniuses             Str8 Rippin vs. Tainted Minds 17:30:  Splyce vs. Millenium             Ghost Gaming vs. Team Kaliber             Enigma6 vs. Rogue             Cloud9 vs. MRN Black 19:00: OpTic Gaming vs. Echo Fox             Epsilon Esports vs. 3sUP            Team EnVyUs vs. Projekt Evil            Elevate vs. Mindfreak Black 20:30: eUnited vs. Infused             Mindfreak vs. Lethal Gaming            Luminosity Gaming vs. Vitality            Rise Nation vs. Supremacy 22:00: FaZe Clan vs. Red Reserve             Allegiance vs. eRa Eternity             Fnatic vs. Str8 Rippin             Evil Geniuses vs. Tainted Minds 23:30:  Splyce vs. Ghost Gaming              Millenium vs. Team Kaliber              Enigma6 vs. Cloud9              MRN Black vs. Rogue All matches will be broadcasted across all 4 streams. The above times have been converted to the local time from Eastern Time.  

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