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FaZe Clan Acquires Gorilla Core PUBG Roster

One of the teams scheduled to participate in the IEM Oakland 2017 PUBG event was Gorilla Core. Certainly a lesser known organisation, it had high expectations for the $200,000 event next week. We speak in the past tense of course, since it was just revealed that FaZe Clan has successfully acquired the full roster and will thus be represented at the event.  The squad, consisting of Max "MeTor" Lion, Anssi "mxey" Pekkonen, Jere "Jembty" Kauppinen, and Adrian "Haxete" Blom, is one of the top European teams heading into the invitation. FaZe Clan understood that and that's why the roster is theirs now. Here's what the organisation had to state regarding the situation:  "We’ve been looking into games that we are enjoying and believing in. We believe PUBG is one of them and as a first step; we are entering the esports side of the game. PUBG being a new esports means that the key is to work with the players that have intense drive to put in hours required combined with to focus to progress every single day. Then the talent will put you over the top. Gorilla Core got that." The competition is fiercer than ever for the IEM Oakland 2017, and we're only speaking of the PUBG side of things. Don't miss all the action on November 18th this coming week.  Other news in the scene include a new PUBG league to be released in the South Korean region. Top Korean organisation are extremely keen to enter the scene and support it further. This alongside the recent statistic that 20 million copies of PUBG have been sold as of 7th November this year; insane numbers for only an early access edition. These will definitely bump up as the official release date goes global and Xbox players gain access.  We can't wait to see how the competitive scene develops, especially locally. Catch some local PUBG action at the MESF 2017, the first Maltese event to host a tournament for the title. 

The Hulktastic Cup in Memory of "INTERNETHULK"

At the end of our article announcing the sad passing of Overwatch legend "INTERNETHULK" which you may read here: , we speculated on how the community would remember him and everything that his name stood for - maybe a few minutes of silence? Such a guess was blown out of the water by what came; a community tournament will be held in his honor. The speed at which everyone collaborated was insane, so much so that we couldn't even preview it.  The Hulktastic Cup was broadcasted November 11th at 2pm, Eastern time of course over at the Overwatch Twitch channel. Organised by none other than "Noukky", a competitive Overwatch Support player, she did a fantastic job at organising the whole thing and is commended for her efforts. 22 teams were brought together for the online tournament which followed a single eliminated best-of-three format played on PTR servers. Apart from the players and their teams, a total of 14 commentators pulled through to help deliver the gameplay to the thousands of viewers. With everything happening so fast, everyone involved should be applauded for getting involved and prioritising it.  Along with the short-time notice, no prizes were involved as the charity event focused on receiving donations from generous viewers towards the family of "INTERNETHULK" and their needs.  Although there were no prizes, there were the overall winners of the tournament. Finishing in first were Arc69, followed by -bird noises- with two other teams, with rather long names, finished third and fourth. Regardless, all who participated are considered winners, and not in a gooey cliche sense, but in a respectable manner as they offered their skills and time to help donate and support the cause.  Team Liquid, his team at the time of his passing, is also collecting letters of support for Hawelka's family having two addresses in Europe and North America so fans from around the world can send a message.  This is what esports is all about; community spirit and support. This is what Gamers.com.mt is proud of being a part of and what we're trying to developing on a local level.

PUBG Developer Bluehole Working on an MMORPG

If you haven't seen the trailer, Ascent:Infinite Realm is an upcoming title which you might want to check out. Powered by the game developer behind the community favourite of PUBG, Bluehole are now trying their hand in the MMORPG for the third time, but expect a lot more success this time round. Following their fantastic experience and ideas from PUBG, many are desperate to find out how the company approaches the genre.  Before we proceed any further, see the trailer below if you haven't already: As you may see, the cinematic sneak peek boasts ancient beasts, steampunk vehicular warfare packed in a fantasy RPG package decorated by modern graphics which look to impress. If we make our way to the game's official website, which is currently online here: https://www.airthegame.com/teaser , we can learn a handful more things. Aerial combat also seems to be an option, yet from the skies the game also ventures into deep pits filled with platforming enginuity and structure building. Customising aqnd constructing your own airship already looks like great fun. Apart from that, gamers can design their own unique quests to spice things up.  If PvE gameplay doesn't float your boat, there's a considerable amount of PvP options available and we wouldn't expect anything else from Bluehole. Once you enter the "Realm vs Realm" mode, battles between players may rage out and definitely a few more activities which we are yet to learn about.   Just like PUBG, Bluehole plan to sustain six months of closed beta versions throughout the first half of 2018. The game will be published by Kakao Games, the same publishers who worked on Bluehole's earlier MMORPG attempts.  What do you think of AIR, as it may be shortened? Do you think it will be worth the hype or is it just full of hot air? 

Overwatch Legend "INTERNETHULK" Dies at 30

Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka; esports player and coach, passed away this week at the young age of 30. Those familiar with the Overwatch scene recognise his name and what he's accomplished as an individual and for the competitive scene in general. Let's dial back and remember what he's done over his short-lived career.  Starting his journey all the way back, he had his finger in a quite a few pies, namely World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2 and League of Legends; thus he is considered an esports veteran by many. Throughout these titles, he played for a number of teams at a number of events with a relatively progressing amount of success. His big break came in the form of Overwatch, the esport which he's most remembered for.  Hawelka founded a team which would rise to prominence quickly in the Overwatch scene, that of IDDQD. So much so, most of the roster was signed under the banner of Team EnVyUs later on and Hawelka decorated himself with multiple title wins here. With his most recent switch though, the German national switch gears and opted for a coaching position. First at Laser Kittenz, then Rogue and finally, Team Liquid. Team Liquid's Overwatch team did disband, however, back in September yet Hawelka stayed on board as the head coach for the organisation's League of Legends team.  It was Team Liquid who announced his untimely death to the world through social media: As you may read above, the organisation demands that the family's privacy may be respected. His cause of death remains unknown to all, and hopefully they won't keep us guessing regarding how a 30 year old passed away so suddenly. Gamers.com.mt supports "INTERNETHULK" and we wish his family and close friends all the best.  Remember, professional gamers are people too, who feel emotions, pressure and know death just like me and you do. Effects of his passing are not known yet, but we can only assume that a few minutes of silence will be dedicated at the next notable Overwatch event. 

Beyond the Summit's Dota 2 Major Cancelled

After a shocking passage of events, it's been revealed that the Dota 2 Pro Circuit will have one less Major event than planned in its schedule. Certainly terrible news for enthusiasts and professionals, let's dive a little deeper to find out how this disappointment occured. We'll also see what other effects this will have on the Dota 2 season in general.  Beyond the Summit, the LA central studio and tournament coordinator revealed the upset through social media alongside Valve's own announcement. Apparently, this has all got to do with the poor time management regarding partnership. NGE, or Next Generation Esports, were supposedly partners for the event, but no agreement or financial deal was ever closed, making the event impossible to organise. For slight background, this organisation is the production company involved for the majority of Rocket League's esports coverage.  Here's what Beyond the Summit co-founder David "LD"Gorman had to add to the situation:  "BTS was exploring the possibility of running a major together with NGE in March 2018 as part of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit. Unfortunately, the event ended up not making sense for us and NGE, so it won't be happening. We couldn't figure out a financial model with NGE that would allow us to run an event that we felt was worthy of being labeled a Major." Following a 'go big or go home' mentality, the BTS found it pointless to organise an event if it were not worthy of being called a Major. Sponsors are important; Gamers.com.mt understands this concept very well, especially when it comes to organising our own events for you all to enjoy.  Regarding seasonal effect, assuming that no event is created to replace it, the total number of qualification points for The International 8 has been decreased considerably. With Virtus.pro topping the leaderboards of the Pro Circuit, due to a win at the ESL One Hamburg Major, the difficulty to catch up to them will be turned up a notch for the other competitors.  However, the minor Dota Summit 8 tournament will still go ahead as planned on December 13th. Tell us what you think of this let-down in the comment section below.

The Intel® Extreme Masters Oakland 2017: Don't Miss it

Only one week away, the Intel Extreme Masters Oakland 2017 is an event you don't want to miss. Combining the familiar competition of CS:GO and the fresh as ever side of PUBG, it's a pleasant mixture. The best in the world from both scenes will be battling it out on an international stage, the indoor Oracle Arena packing thousands of enthusiasts and of course, the huge amount of home-viewers through broadcasts.  Let's start by discussing the CS:GO half of things. A $300,000 prize pool hangs in the balance for all twelve teams. First, the dozen will fight through an unforgiving group stage, to utilise a BO1 system which is rarely seen. The two round robins will give way to three teams to advance. A top finish guarantees placement into the semi-finals, while a second or third place puts you into the playoffs to fight for the remaining spots in the semis.  Group A: SK Gaming, Cloud 9, NiP, Astralis, The MongolZ, EnVyUs Group B: FaZe Clan, G2 Esports, Gamit Esports, Team Liquid, Immortals, OpTic Gaming Semifinals will be BO3 and the grand final will be BO5. Winner takes a neat $125,000 of cash prize. Also, as added incentive, a team will receive $1000 for extra than base prizes for each group stage victory. What a great way to add so tension incredibly.  Diverting our attention to PUBG, there's plenty more to talk about. IEM Oakland 2017 will be the first ever PUBG stadium event having 20 teams of four players each wage war fr the $200,000 of prize money. As of right now, 12 teas have already been donated a spot straight into the competition, while 8 others found their way through the online qualifier; four each from NA and EU regions.  The event boasts two full days of PUBG action, at the end of which a winner will be crowned. Over the hours of competition, a different system is being used; no group stage-knockout system which we've all grown quite accustomed to. Not quite. All teams will compete in a total of 8 matches and can gain points according to finishing position and kill count. Total score is how a winner will be selected.  Invited: TSM, Team Liquid, Noble, Luminosity, Alliance, Cloud 9, GCE, NiP, Penta Sports, EG, Tempo Storm, Method Gaming Qualified: Crimson Esports, Whitekids, *AAA* Gaming, Team Pogchamp, Ghost Gaming, Ronin Esports, Miami Flamingos, Corn Shuckers.  To learn more about the event as a whole, check out this link: https://en.intelextrememasters.com/. Gamers.com.mt is practically shaken with excitement for the event, but we'll be busy, just like many of you will be, with the MESF 2017. 

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