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G2 Esports Upset Virtus Pro 2-0 at DreamHack Open: Cluj-Napoca

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G2 Esports pulled a huge upset win over VP and won 2-0 to qualify for the semi finals against Envyus at DreamHack Open: Cluj-Napoca. The scores were 16-10 on Cache (G2’s pick) and 19-17 on Train (VP’s Pick).

Cache started off very offense heavy, as both teams are known to be, with Snax flanking all the T’s in A main and whiffing multiple silenced USP shots before killing someone. VP went on to win the round thanks to an effort by TaZ to kill the bomb carrier and drop the bomb. VP won the first four rounds but lost to a G2 force buy and smoke play A. From then on, G2 would go on to win large chunks at a time. Maikelele and jkaem were two huge players for G2 on this map.

Maikelele won multiple 2v1s and 1v1s. Jkaem was having a breakout performance by top fragging in the match at 32 kills and only 12 deaths. He had a player rating of 1.96. He was jumping through smoke and getting spray-downs mid, getting multikills left and right. All his shining was at VP’s expense, as the team started off strong with neo getting triple and double kills at B and A. That momentum seemed to freeze for everyone except Snax, who was second overall on the map with 30 kills and a 1.67 player rating according to hltv.org.

Things moved to Train which was the Poles’ pick and a map they’re regarded as the best in the world on. G2 went in riding a big wave of momentum off their win on Cache. They won the pistol round and the two following rounds before VP got on the scoreboard with a win. In round five G2 force up and rushed the Ts in their spawn. After a few trades, it was down to Rain and Pasha. Rain chased pasha to A, then from A to B, shot him a few times before pasha ran back to A. Pasha planted by train, but for pop-dog/A main. Rain came out pop-dog and shot him as he went up from planting. The question is, why would pasha plant on that side when he knew the CT side was clear? The emotion on pasha’s face as he reached his hand over his eyes after his death said it all.

VP looked to have cracked. And as G2 began to rack up the rounds, 7-2, 8-2,9-2, all hope seemed lost for VP, despite everyone’s knowledge that G2 was on the heavily favored side of the map. But VP found life in the rounds to come, winning the next five rounds decisively, with a notable performance by Pasha holding ladder from two flanking CTs. The second half started off intense as G2 won their A execute while on the wrong side of a 2v3. But VP clawed their way back in, lead by Snax’s frags. They got down 6-12 before winning three in a row. They only lost the fourth round because of a triple kill by maikelele and went on to win the next six rounds. G2 was down 13-15 and needed to win two rounds in a row. Things looked bleak for G2 when they ran down ivy and towards pasha’s auto sniper, but they baited out a shot by him and killed him. The went on to win the round. The first half of Overtime was back and forth, but G2’s CT side proved too strong once again and VP fell.

VP seemed to have just been playing sloppy. Missed shots, bad plant spots, bad peeks. In contrast, G2 seemed razor sharp. High pace, fast shots. VP goes home disappointed as they are always a contender to win a major, as former major winners themselves. But they lost to the best version of G2 Esports yet, and by that I mean former team Kinguin. Maikelele has been taken off the primary awp role, which frees up his play and allows him to make an impact in other areas, which has proven key to their success. All the potential and promise of the team is starting to really show through in their play generally, not just in flashes and spurts.

Even with the form they showed today, they’ll have to get together and figure out how to take it to another level if they’re hoping to best the Envyus crowds got to see earlier in the day.

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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

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As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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