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Samsung Galaxy Redeem Themselves With a Sweep Over SKT

The League of Legends World Championship 2017 Grand final was absolutely breathtaking, yet it was finished in only three games. Samsung Galaxy, silencing all the doubters, finally redeeming themselves, have clenched the title in epic fashion. Nobody saw such a sweep coming.  This team has been fighting and waiting ever since that historical night last year, as SKT shut them down in the 2016 finals. Recovering and sticking together was probably the hardest part, due to the doubt and mockery from surrounding communities. Playoff disappointments in the Spring and Summer Splits didn't help either, all people could coldly ask was; "Is this team finished?" They even lost 0-3 to SKT a few months back, to add insult to injury. Even during the event itself, as they made it no secret that they were chasing victory, there were doubts.  Samsung, although shining in the grand final, expectations weren't set too high as they managed Korea's third seed. This led to an underwhelming yet satisfactory group stage performance. However, the team pulled their socks higher than ever before to take out Longzhu Gaming and Team WE, and they couldn't have done it any later. Finding themselves with such momentum and the rematch of a lifetime ahead of them, the only thing in their way were the defending champions of SKT.  Although Samsung Galaxy were the statistical underdogs, the grand final told a different tale - they were in complete control. Well-thought teamfight attacks was one major factor to their triumph. Watching the euphoria surge through the players of SSG as they hoisted the Summoner's Cup with a few glum SKT fans in the background was quite moving. Denied a third-time victory, what effect will this have on their team dynamic? Will any team changes follow? Personally, second place at the Worlds shouldn't bring about such effect.  The roster of Samsung Galaxy will go down in history as legends who failed to give up, shrugged off the pressure and hate, to end a dynasty and start one of their own. 

Starcraft 2 Will Be Free-To-Play

With BlizzCon entertaining the many curious gamers and followers, Blizzard Entertainment had a few surprising announcements up their sleeve. One of their best received reveals was definitely the fact that Starcraft 2, will be made available to everyone free of charge. After 5 years, it's great to see Blizzard allowing full access to one of the originals in terms of esports.  As mentioned earlier, this was revealed at BlizzCon, the Blizzard-centred gathering of news and content. Mike Morhaime, the president of the organisation, was the one to go ahead and tell everyone the great news. However, not the whole of the game is yours, having conceded "large portions" including the initial game in the Starcraft 2-sage and Wings of Liberty. If you already own a copy of Wings of Liberty, one is entitled to the sequel, Heart of the Swarm, for the same price of zero.  Content continues with full granted access to the ladder of all three games in the series. Yet, before jumping straight into the multiplayer ladder, players need to complete a prerequisite of 10 game-of-the-day victories, supposedly an attempt to reduce combat account abuse.  With five years gone, is this move to late? Probably. Delaying such a move is perhaps why the franchise slipped away into disinterest as League of Legends and Dota 2 surged forward. Blizzard's motives are simple; to start regenerating community enthusiasm and enough funds to kick-start a larger esport, like it once was.  So as of right now, Starcraft Brood War and Starcraft 2 are completely free, with Starcraft 2 multiplayer and Wings of Liberty campaign releasing in due time on November 14. 

Project Eversio Reveals COD: WWII Roster

Call of Duty: WWII is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated titles from the famous franchise, both on an international and local level. We know for a fact that many local Maltese enthusiasts are have already invested a multitude of hours into the game in preparation for the largest event of the year, the GO Malta Esports Festival, also the first local event for the game. Just like the old days, friends are teaming up, the local community is brewing and organisations are preparing themselves. One such example is Project Eversio who revealed their new team for COD:WWII yesterday on their website. Let's take a look.  Almost instantaneously, the list of names brings a smile on our faces since we're quite familiar with them; personally and professionally. Without further ado, here are the names: Reuben "Randu" Grech Daniel "DeXx" Mifsud Luke "Zwa" Scicluna Matthias "Vision" Magro Probably the most well-known from the Maltese squad would have to be "Randu". With a great personality and sense of determination, he never gave up even though the community rejected the era of jetpacks. Only aged 20, he's achieved quite a lot. For the past year, he represented a fully sponsored international team, that of OneHash, alongside foreign teammates. The team managed 37th-44th and 29th-36th place finishes at the CWL Birmingham and Sheffield Open, respectively, this year. Luckily for us, the lone gun as decided to return home with Maltese teammates.  Speaking of which, they aren't pushovers themselves. Most notably, "DeXx" and "Zwa" were on that roster which won the MESF two years ago and the MCS #2, remember? "Vision" was also from that time period. In general, it's essential to point out the staggering amount of experience and potental this team has. The news post also includes an exclusive interview with "Randu"; which we strongly recommend to read:  https://eversio.org/news/view/50/eversio-is-back-to-call-of-duty Our favourite line from the interview is as follows: I think many Maltese teams will come back for WWII So do we, and Project Eversio is just one of many that will be looking to make a name for themselves locally, through our future events, ad perhaps internationally.  Gamers.com.mt wishes the best to Project Eversio's new team. We're excited to see how they perform at the upcoming MESF 2017! Header Image Credits - Eversio.org

The Gamers Lounge sponsoring The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017

Starting out as a company, Gamers.com.mt had some predictable yet reasonable goals to achieve to become the most prolific name in gaming on the island. Some aims included elevating events, providing online tournaments, animating the local scene and putting Malta on the international map when it comes to esports. One of our many set goals, was to create an exclusive atmosphere for professional gamers, a place where connection is unquestionable and teams can build from the ground up. If you haven't heard of it, we're describing our very own Gamers Lounge.  The Gamers Lounge is truly unique on a local scale. Where else can you drop everything, swing open a door and play whatever game at incredibly justified prices? Decked out with high-end peripherals from QPAD, monitors from none other than AOC, the most comfortable chairs from GT Omega Racing and some monstrous PCs to power roughly a dozen setups. The atmosphere is cooled by air conditioning, an a mini fridge stuffed with stonecold Red Bull. Gaming sessions can go on without any worries, since opening hours start from 9.30 in the morning to 7 at night; we've got to sleep too. Also, if you're in the market for a new peripheral, monitor, component or whatever for you gaming needs, you should definitely check out our constantly replenished stock of the newest and best products globally. These will also find themselves used in the upcoming Malta eSports Festival 2017.  As you're probably aware of, many of our staff at Gamers.com.mt were active competitively around 10 years ago, when COD2 was at its prime. Back then, practice was painfully annoying and unplanned, consisting of dragging set ups around and all this for a poor connection. Some of us envy what you have today; The Gamers Lounge - the perfect place for anything gaming in Malta. The fact that it's located next to Junior College makes it all the much sweeter for some.  If you're interested to learn more, follow the link here: http://shop.gamers.com.mt/the-gamers-lounge

SKT vs Samsung Galaxy: The Epic Rematch We've Been Waiting For

Wind back the clock roughly 1 year; a 6 hour final posted the young and inexperienced Samsung Galaxy against SKT on the biggest stage seen, Worlds 2016. Although lacking experience, SG pushed the veterans to the firs full five games in a finals series ever, only to fall short at the end. That time has passed, however, and we've gone full circle to where we began.  That's right, Samsung Galaxy and SKT have fought throughout the year, conserving their rightful spots as the best couple teams in the scene, to meet again in the upcoming match of epic proportions. As of right now, 24 hours remain until history is written once more.  Immortality against redemption, the successful against the vengeful. The Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing will have to make room for two of the biggest birds round. Those who've been attentively watching the event know how difficult its been for each team, inching closer after each map, each tight game, to finally be in the final.  SKT look to set a record in the world of esports, three straight World titles is totally unprecedented in the industry. Perhaps defying the doubts spectators had, following a four-game losing streak earlier this year, expect them to be calm and collected to take on another title. This, of course, will only happen if Samsung Galaxy doesn't give them any trouble, which is rather unlikely. Another shot at the crownis what they've been itching for all year. A storyline to take into account is that of "Crown", their star player that lost his lane to "Faker" last year, a definite reason to their loss. Since then "Crown" has been rather consistent, but his teammates have indeed stepped up to share the weight.  Many other thoughts run rampant over the match-up, such as junglers as champion choices; but I'm not LoL analyst. This series needs to go all the way, five games, to not fall short of the excitement. Personally, it's too close to call, but we're looking forward to seeing deep emotions along with fresh strategies and ideas reflective of this great season that we've had. 

The Razer Phone is Finally Here

Finally, after months of anticipation, rumours and speculation, the Razer phone is set to hit the shelves this coming month. If you've been anywhere on social media, youve definitely heard of this phone since coverage has literally exploded across social media. For good reasons too.  When a company like Razer makes a phone, certain expectations come to mind. We'll have to get this part out of the way; no RGB was actually quite a surprise from the company. Anyway moving on, this product was always going to be gamer-oriented; but they've also managed to tick quite a few other boxes to make this a potentially fantastic all-round phone. I say potentially because you never know what problems may crop up when retailed to consumers.  Going over specifications, this is where such a beast shines. Probably the largest selling point, is the screen - an UltraMotion Quad-HD 120 Hz IGZO IPS LCD panel similar to that of their laptop line-up; a first for the mobile market. At 5.7", one may begin to pity the battery life; like gaming laptops it will have to suffer, right? Well, Razer was thoughtful enough to include a 4000 mAh battery to keep everything running for as long as possible. This battery, along with the sexy anodised aluminium unibody puts the product at a considerable weight of 197 grams. What else does the phone pack? 2017 Flagship specifications are present as expected, namely, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and an Adreno 540 GPU. A whopping 8 GB of RAM, 8GB!, are present too. It wil be interesting to see how Razer uses up all of this. Apart from that, 64 GB of internal storage come included along with availability to add a microSD.  Other features include 2 front facing speakers, like on the Pixel 2, but this time crafted by Dolby Atmos to create supposedly great sound. Speaking of sound, wave goodbye to the headphone jack. However, unlike other phone companies, Razer includes a 24bit DAC in the provided converter for the USB Type-C port, so although it may be more cumbersome, you're getting better audio quality to drive more powerful headphones. Also included are a set of cameras, a single 8MP selfie and a dual camera system, utilising zoom and wide lens functions at the end. Again, these should be tested with the retail release.  Until now, the only form of negative visible on the specification sheet is the surprising Android 7.1 instead of Oreo. Maybe an update will ive you access to the newer version of android.  At an asking price of about 600-700 euros, the Razer phone is definitely a competitor in the modern market of smartphones. Who knows, maybe Gamers.com.mt will be able to review it when it comes out? Fingers crossed.  What do you think of the new Razer phone? Let us know below. 

Overwatch Competitive Season Seven Underway

Competitive play for Overwatch has restarted again, for the seventh time since its release date last year. Enthusiasts across all platforms, those of PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One are currently grinding for their spot in the new season. Officially, the new season commenced on the 31st October, a spooky start too.  Since then, players have been given 10 placement matches to complete, just like last season, to see where they stand skill-wise. Even if you don't place too well, Blizzard still rewards all participating players with a unique spray and icon. Those talented enough to reach the top 500 mark, on their respective platform and region, get an extra set of spray and icon so you can tell absolutely everybody that you made it in the top 500. Apart from these novelties, pivotal competitive points are also handed out corresponding to performance, allowing players to increase their own collections of golden weapons.  However, if these in-game rewards don't float your boat, there is one other option. Blizzard will soon be hosting the third season of Overwatch's Open Division tournament. Here, every keen gamer is welcome to test his luck and maybe find a way forwards. Below is how Blizzard describes it all: "It's an entry-level program for aspiring professionals and a place for aspiring professionals to test the waters. Teams face off against others in their region in a weekly tournament format." Matches and qualifications for the open tournament start momentarily, that is, 6th November and work their way throughout December to finish on the 10th. A total number of 8 teams would be the result of the distillation and these will all move on to the playoffs to take place December 16th to 17th. As of right now, signing up is as easy as going over to Overwatch's Open Division website: https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/esports/open_division. Maybe a Maltese team could pull through? Who knows?

PUBG Coming to XBOX on December 12th

After a fantastic display of exclusive games for Playstation 4 owners last week at Paris Games Week, including the likes of The Last of Us 2 and God of War, Xbox owners may be feeling a little down. However, this piece of news we've got will surely turn that frown upside down. The breakout game of the year, the very popular PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will find itself on Xbox One on the 12th of December. Read on to learn more about this exciting confirmation.  We say confirmation, because this was already foreshadowed at E3 this year, but most people seems to have forgotten. This didn't stop Xbox from refreshing everyone's memory yesterday on its Twitter feed. Following the release of the Xbox One X, PUBG will be an enhanced title. This means that with the new console, HDR and 4K textures are available. Yet, this doesn't mean that you can't play it on the Xbox One.   Compared to the PC version, there should be no major compromises or changes, but we'll have to await the release for confirmation. The Xbox One will launch with third-person Solo, Duo and Squads games alongside the most recent update regarding the climbing and vaulting update which we covered here: The coming two months are going to be huge for PUBG, having many updates pending and a new desert map. With 18 million copies sold already, on PC alone, spreading to Xbox should be an increase in success. For just 30 euros, it's a Merry Christmas indeed for Xbox owners, who'll have all the holidays to enjoy PUBG on the sofa.  Will Sony try getting their hands on the incredibly popular PUBG? 

Next Threat Stays True to its Name for COD:WWII

Probably the most awaited roster to hit the sticks for COD: WWII, but far from the first time, is that of Next Threat. Captained by Doug "Censor" Martin, a familiar face in the Call of Duty community, he looks to bring back some other old-timers to preserve their place when it comes to boots on the ground.  The announcement came from Censor's Twitter page, as he proudly posted a little montage showcasing each of the players involved. He confessed that they cannot wait to get back in the game. Namely, the roster goes by the four of "Censor", "Proofy", "Ricky" and "MiRx". Here's what we think of their potential.  Doug "Censor" Martin; he's a promising player who has been on a bizarre drought when it comes to achievements. His most notable was a victory of a mere $50,000 Black Ops 1 tournament, having nothing that notable to follow, never seeing silverware since. Yet, since then, he's grown incredibly over social media due to his focus on gym and even becoming part of the casting crew for Infinite Warfare's Championship. However, many will agree, that his segment after the action ended, was the most uncomfortable content ever. Speaking of caster, "Proofy" is definitely a more prominent name. Most-known for his time at Optic Gaming, he's tasted victory over multiple titles, including COD4, MW3 and Black Ops. Jetpacks proved too much for him and he's also done some casting duties this year too.  The other two players, "MirX" and "Ricky" are very much familiar with eachother, having teamed on Optic Nation, compLexity and Curse LV.  Regarding the name of the team, Next Threat, this is in respect to Censor's organisation back in Black Ops, being Quantic Nex-TT-hreat. The new roster does seem to respect the name, packing a wide variety of experience and storylines to potentially leave a mark. Their first test will come in the form of the CWL Dallas Open coming first week of December. 

PUBG May Be Banned From China

With PUBG on its unbelievable journey to global support and popularity one does tend to ponder; when will the game slow down?; when will it stop becoming popular? Recent news regarding a major disagreement in China could potentially slow down PUBG's growth considerably.  The Chinese Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association is the source of discrepancy. Claims of extreme gore and violence are the basis of their case, which drives to ban PUBG in the region. Other statements included the 'fact' that the game "deviates from the value of socialism" - but then again, what government-type values does PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds constitute? None, of course.  Regarding the probable effect on the community, if the disagreement follows through - it could be deadly. As of right now, surprisingly enough, a whopping 6,000,000 players login from their Chinese residence every day. This puts numbers from other parts of the world to shame, as shown in the graph below:  A disturbed analyst from Pacific Epoch, a Shanghai-based consultancy, could only say the following words: "This basically spells the death sentence for PUBG in China. PUBG's main problem is that the underlying ideology clashes with what's preached in China".  The funny thing is that PUBG hasn't actually been officially approved for distribution, meaning that all those 6,000,000 copies were taken through virtual private networks.  Could PUBG change a few things around to avoid this play-base loss? We'll have to patiently wait to find out.  More on the game, the 20 teams for IEM Oakland have been finalised, with all the action to take place mid-November- but that's an article on its own, which we'll definitely cover.  On a different note, Gamers.com.mt is proud to announce that last week we sent out our very first newsletter, packing all our most popular news articles of the week and event news. Didn't receive it? Be sure to create an account with us and register your email to mke sure you don't miss out on the most recent esports news internationally and locally.

Team Passes for 2018 CWL Dallas Open Sold out in 60 Minutes!

Here at Gamers.com.mt, it seems that we cannot stop writing about COD:WWII and everything going for it. We simply couldn't not cover one outrageous fact about the CWL Dallas Open. Only a few afters after the informational broadcast, the Dallas Open Team passes went on sale, and its quite unlikely that you and you're team managed to grab one.  In under an hour, the 2018 CWL Dalla Open Team passed sold out, in under an hour! MLG were emphatic about this bit of news as they readily shared it on Twitter. To put it into perspective, 176 team passes were available for the event. Respectively, this probably means that over 300 teams were constantly refreshing the purchase page, itching to preserve their position. Adam Apicella, a representative of MLG said the following, encouraging statement: "The fastest MLG CoD team pass sell rate by a wide margin." That wide margin certainly puts a grin on COD enthusiasts, solidifying expectations for this upcoming game. Apicella also added the following comment for teams, which he sympathised with, that didn't make the cut in time: "If you didn't get a team pass for Dallas, please email leagueops@mlg.tv with your full roster." So if any Maltese rosters were too late, there's still a chance to get in.  This December's event, taking place from December 8th to 10th, wil pool all the mentioned teams at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center to fight off for the $200,000 prize which awaits them.  We simply cannot stress it enough, Call of Duty is back and so is the community.  On a side note, regarding rostermania, Luminosity Gaming has confirmed their roster to include John and JKap from Team EnVyUs, two players looking to heal their wounds from Infinite Warfare. They'll be paired alongside Slacked and Octane. All the players on the team have a certain element of expertise, married with the potential slaying power of players such as John and Octane, it could very much be a top-tier team. One question which must be asked is; 'What's left of Team EnVyUs?" Rumours have been spreading wildly, but we cannot confirm anything for sure. 

French Gamer Turns Lamborghini into an XBOX Controller

Gaming controllers, as of now, aren't an expensive investment at all. A standard PS4 controller would set you back roughly 60 euros, maybe even more if you purchase a modified version from the likes of Razer, Scuf or Impact. Some controllers, such as those from ColorWare, often reach an all-high of $300 for one, due to a 24K gold coating. If not a standard controller, flight sticks may also soar to $400. But why are we discussing such prices? It's got something to do with a French gamer, a Lamborghini and an Xbox. Check out the video he posted on Youtube below: POG, the French car enthusiast in question, has a solid position across social media platforms of Facebook, Instagram and Youtube. He, quite oddly enough, felt inclined to convert his $400,000+ Lamborghini Aventador into a controller for his Xbox - that's one hell of a way to play Forza 7. It's safe to say that this is the most expensive Xbox controller ever created. However, it would be wrong to say that we've never seen anything like this before. In 2006, a Nissan Urge concept car was revealed, having an Xbox 360 in the back and an internal monitor to play the racing games of the time. Sadly, the car never met the asphalt and it's been forgotten since.  So if you thought you're looking to buy a new controller and you've got an extra sports car lying around, don't think twice to convert it into an incredible racing simulator. Hopefully you enjoy racing games, because I doubt it's that great for anything else.   Speaking of Xbox controllers, the gaming company has switched things up alongside their new console, the Xbox One X. Now, potential buyers are free to customise ordered controllers, limited to colours of the build, sticks and d-pad - yet, the price remains the same. The Xbox Designer Lab Creator Series are availabel right now.  I hope you enjoyed this interesting little post, not what we usually write about, but a Frenchman customising a Lamborghini into an Xbox controller is something we couldn't pass up. 

Vaulting and Climbing to Be Introduced to PUBG Next Week

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds are on the brink of change, as a game-changing 1.0 update on the test servers looks to switch things up a bit. Teased at E3 this year, how much of a change could this bring about? As you could expect, spacial awareness of individual players will be tested. Windows, on top of walls, cars, and other high obstacles are now angles of attack. New spots will definitely become available, new angles to be attentive of. This will increase the flexibility of the game, however, nobody expects everything to go smoothly the first time. This is why PUBG Corp encourages player to experiment and test the added features, readily informing about any bugs or issues. Below is a statement included in the company's announcement: "On the technical side, the system consists of about 40 animations adjusted for different heights and situations. We internally use the term vaulting to describe the action that involves crossing over an obstacle while climbing refers to a motion that will cause the character to remain on top of it. By default, control over vaulting and climbing is placed on the same key as jump and is context based." Alongside the bit of news, PUBG Corp also showed its concern regarding cheating in the community. It seems that the BattlEye bans, although consistent, aren't the maximum line of defence. Here's what they had to say: "For a very long time, our development team has been analyzing data from a large pool of users who show abnormal gameplay behavior to build a system that helps us positively identify cheaters. We are now able to use the system to identify and ban these users more proactively. Using this system, we have already identified and banned about 20,000 additional users in only one day."  Of course, these two updates aren't the only components of the 1.0 version. Full patch notes will be available to the public next week. Maybe there'll be other details which prove pivotal. We'll have to wait and find out. 

2018 Call of Duty World League Season Schedule

Following the informative broadcast which the CWL hosted this past Wednesday, we've managed to package all the important details of this year's competition right here. Keep reading to see how COD: WWII will be the largest title ever in the franchise, especially when it comes to the competitive scene.  November 3rd is the start of it all, the release date the world is weeping for so that we could all spend an unhealthy amount of time playing it; it's also the official launch date of the GameBattles pro point ladder. Professional players, or those looking to make a name for themselves can start from day one, hour zero. There will be a maximum points limit, so please enjoy some sleep. The ladders are the only way for new players to have access to the MLG 2K tournaments.  The first MLG 2K will take place on November 12th. Only a week and a half into the life of the game. Yet, this is belittled near the first international open event of WWII along with the rest of the others. Below is a list with most details; > CWL Dallas Open, December 8th to 10th > CWL New Orleans Open, January 12th to 14th > CWL Atlanta Open, March 9th to 11th Following these huge events, each having $200,000 and massive open brackets, are three others left to be announced. Amidst al the action, however, will be the return of last year's successful LAN league, the CWL Pro League. Below are the set dates for the incredible competition that awaits: > Stage One, January 23rd until April 8th > Stage Two, May 15th until July 29th The regular season will feature $200,000 on the line while $500,000 will be at stake during playoffs. Straight after Stage 2, will be the largest event of the year, having 32 teams, $1.5 million of prize: the 2018 CWL Championship.  Apart from that, the CWL did throw in a healthy surprise. A National Circuit will be held, to include online leagues for teams not in the CWL Pro League. This will definitely help those slowly making their way up.  Gamers.com.mt hopes to maybe see a few Maltese names in some rosters over the year in international competition. If not, there'll be plenty chance to prove yourself locally at the events we will be organising.  Yet again, Call of Duty keeps growing every year and we're not complaining. Bring on WWII. 

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