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Season Nine Ranked System

Want to Climb through Ranked? Then Check out the New Changes

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League of Legends ranked 2019 will see quite a few changes this year. In fact, this will be the largest shakeup in the League of Legends ranked system since they implemented role selection. They are changing the way that...
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Streaming Rights and Choices for ESL Tournaments

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ESL vs. Dota 2 Viewers In case you've been out of the loop, the Electronic Sports League (ESL) and Dota 2 viewers just had an epic face-off. What a way for the Dota 2 community to kick off 2018. In the...
What does the future of Hearthstone esports look like?

The State of Hearthstone Esports: What’s Next?

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Anyone who reads my articles knows that I’m a bit of a doomsayer, especially when it comes to Hearthstone, since I believe the game has taken the wrong direction over the past few years. But if we put our...
Oracle - Dota 2 Esports Predictions 2018

Our Crazy Dota 2 Esports Predictions for 2018

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2017 was a crazy year for competitive Dota 2. In the last nine months: Valve Corporation released a True Sight documentary episode on OG’s Kiev Major Grand Finals comeback against Virtus.pro. It led to controversy concerning their portrayal of the Virtus.pro...
Dota 2 Microtransactions

Dota 2 and Microtransaction Madness

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Many games use some form of microtransactions, and Dota is no exception. Dota 2 microtransactions are what help keep Valve's free-to-play game afloat, but there are plenty of reasons to criticize the current monetization model. Detractors of League of Legends...
AnyKey is leading the charge in the fight for making the world of gaming a more inclusive and welcoming for everyone.

AnyKey’s Unique Approach To Tackling Gaming Toxicity

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Foul language. Targeted harassment. Throwing games to piss off your teammates. Raiding a stream with inappropriate spam. Threats to leak personal information. There's a lot of behavior that fits under the umbrella of "toxicity" in gaming. While report and...
Path of Exile

Interview with Carl De Visser of Grinding Gear Games

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Carl de Visser is a Producer and Game Designer at Grinding Gear Games, and he took some time out of their busy War for the Atlas launch schedule to chat with Esports Edition about Path of Exile’s newest expansion,...
How and when should teams be able to pause in professional Dota 2?

Dota 2: How and When Should Pro Teams Be Allowed to Pause?

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Pauses are a contentious issue in professional Dota 2 matches. Unfortunately, the vast majority of pauses you sees in matches are usually accompanied by an excuse along the lines of "sry lag." Obviously, lag is a bigger problem in teamfights...
What will the Hearthstone meta look like when Kobolds and Catacombs goes live? Check out our predictions for a taste of what's on the way.

Hearthstone: Kobolds and Catacombs Meta Predictions

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Kobolds and Catacombs is only a few days away, and we finally have the full list of new cards at our disposal. This means it's time to start looking at what decks we think will appear when the expansion...
Dota 2 Geology

A Geologist’s Guide to the Dota 2 Map

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Why does the terrain on the Dota 2 battlefield look the way it does? In this article, we propose several hypotheses for geologic processes that have sculpted Dota 2's map. My introductory geology textbook always featured photos of real-life locations...
There's a PUBG update coming, and the game will finally be leaving Early Access.

PUBG’s Massive December Update

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PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is finally getting some of the features the community has been requesting for months. Currently, the test servers are running an updated version of the game while Bluehole irons out the bugs, and the update will...
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How Does Dota 2’s New Seasonal Ranked Matchmaking Work?

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As of November 22nd, Dota 2 has officially introduced Seasonal Ranked Matchmaking. This new system will force every Dota 2 player to recalibrate their matchmaking rank at the beginning of every six-month season. According to Valve, these "nitial calibration games will...