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The Lead Pokémon – Competitive Pokémon Guide

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The Lead is, as I said before, a Pokémon that should ideally be picked last on your team. The reason for this is that not all leads will be suitable for all teams.

The purpose of a lead in my opinion  is to start battle off to your rhythm. The lead does not necessarily have to be a speedy Pokémon, although a fast lead is always useful. What it does need to have however, is the ability to impose your will from the get go.

A good option for a lead is for it to immediately set up entry hazards, Pokémon such as Azelf, Infernape and even Metagross make for good leads, as they are either fast enough to set up entry hazards such as stealth rocks and spikes (which will damage your opponent for the rest of the game provided they don’t have a rapid spin user) or they are so bulky that they can take the hit with little to no fear.

Should you choose to run a weather team, you’d want a Pokémon that is able to set up the weather immediately, be it via a move or by an ability, such as drought. This is part of why Tyranitar makes for a very good lead, as it has the ability sand stream, which will immediately summon a sand storm, and it also has good bulk to withstand hits while setting up entry hazards that same turn.

However a great choice in my opinion is an Anti-Lead. What is an anti-lead? Well it’s a Pokémon that is used as a lead to counter your opponent’s lead. For example, Azelf is quite a popular lead Pokémon (although not as popular as it was a few years ago) and as a psychic type, it is weak to dark type attacks. So due to the amount you’ll see Azelf, a Pokémon like Weavile can make for a reliable choice as a lead which can KO your opponent’s lead and prevent them from establishing their rhythm in the game.

There are tones of Pokémon that can make for good leads, just make sure that they are right for what you need them to do, as a good lead can easily make or break your game plan.

Next time we’ll talk about the sweeper.

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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