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Envyus Advance to Finals Over G2 Esports at DreamHack Open: Cluj-Napoca

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Envyus outlasted red hot G2 Esports in a competitive 2-1 set to advance to the finals at DreamHack Open: Cluj-Napoca. The scores were 10-16 for G2 on Dust 2 (G2’s pick), 25-21 on Inferno (Envyus’ pick) in triple overtime, and 16-7 on Cache.

I always say don’t bet on games with G2 Esports–I’m referring to the former kinguin line up–and their performance at DreamHack Open: Cluj-Napoca has been a shining example as to why. Things looked bleak for new definitive front-runner Envyus after G2 came storming out of the gate and over Envyus in a fairly quick 10-16 on Dust 2, the map Envyus infamously choked on with a 14-7 lead against fnatic at esl One: Cologne 2015. The first half was extremely competitive with the teams trading rounds back and forth. Jkaem opened up the second half with a double headshot at the top of mid in pistol round and a triple kill the next. G2 continued to impress the same way they did in their win over Virtus Pro on day three of the tournament, and jkaem is a standout reason as to why. This tournament has been his announcement as a force to be reckoned with on a team who’s skill cap is already nothing short of godlike.

According to hltv.org, jkaem wasn’t the only G2 member to post stellar numbers as dennis led the team in player rating and highest number of kills. Most notably, he aced Envyus to win the sixth round for his team. Dust 2 looked sloppy from Envyus. More than once rounds were decided by kennyS and Happy missing shots rather than landing them. They started off strong by coming back to win a force up on round two after losing the pistol, but G2’s T side proved too potent for them to establish a strong lead.

Moving into Inferno there were a lot of questions. Envy is regarded as one of the best Inferno teams, if not the best, but G2’s line up has produced some strong results on the map in the past. Kioshima came up big for the first time in the tournament on this map on the CT side. He played pit and seemed almost completely ignored by G2 on every push A, both in regulation and overtime. He and NBK both came up huge in overtime as G2 looked to B bombsite rushes. NBK’s auto-sniper seemed unstoppable thanks to his immaculate peeking positions on B. Still, in double overtime, G2 Esports were up three match points on the French favorites and lost not only their lead but the match as well.

Fox was the only G2 member to post a positive kill to death ratio, though two other members posted rating over 1.00. G2’s problem seemed to be communication. Too many times they were being gunned down one by one from flankers and no one would turn to try and trade the kill because no one was warned there was an enemy. This lead to a Kioshima triple kill in round 27. Pressure was mounting on both teams as the rounds piled on, and maybe it contributed to a breakdown in communication or a general confusion on G2. Both teams were showing signs of wear and tear as the game rolled on. Despite a strong performance, kennyS looked like a mess, constantly chewing his fingers and shaking. He lost a duel and lost his composure, but he wasn’t the only one. The smiles began to fade from G2’s face after they lost their 3 match points in overtime.

G2 looked like another team on Cache. Little mistakes like not clearing catwalk when entering A site contributed to huge plays like a 4k by apex, who not so quietly had his best map of the series, going so high as to top frag for his team. G2 looked calm at the 10-5 half thanks to a 1v5 clutch ace by Rain, who was entertaining throughout the entire series. Soon after though, things started to unravel. In round 18, Kioshima out shot maikelele, who’d have done him in with one bullet, in a 1v1 and maikelele screamed and slammed his fist on his mouse pad.  The final round was indicative of the lack of communication as happy flanked three CT’s highway and nabbed a 3k. No one was watching mid, no one turned to return fire and no one survived. Still, G2 should be proud of the way they performed at this tournament.

Envyus move on as the favorite to win and await the winner of Ninjas in Pajamas and Natus Vincere.

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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You can now preorder the official Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree strategy guide

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There will soon be a new book in Future Press’s Books of Knowledge series, which is FromSoftware’s officially licensed line of hardcover strategy guides. This will help players who are having trouble with Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. The base game came with two books, and now you can get the unholy trinity for $45 (or the equivalent amount in your currency). It will ship on September 30th.

Like the first two games, The Lands Between and Shards of Shattering, Shadow of the Erdtree is both a complete guide to how to play and a beautiful artbook with full-page pictures of enemies, landscapes, and weapons. This big book has 352 pages and is likely to sell out quickly, based on how quickly the ones that came before it did.

Do you know a lot about strategy guides? You could read the first two Books of Knowledge. If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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