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ESL Pro League Europe Recap Nov. 3

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TSM bounce back with three wins while NiP upset Envyus, and Virtus Pro and mousesports suffer heavy upsets outside of the ESL Pro League.

Team Solo Mid return to their winning ways 2-0 over Hellraisers and 1-0 over the troubled SK Gaming. Device looked sharp against Hellraisers in their first match on Inferno (16-11) while Hellraisers looked hopeful on Cache (16-14). TSM, who suffered a massive upset to NiP at the DreamHack Open: Cluj-Napoca this past weekend, performed exceptionally on their T-side inferno and on their CT-side cache. STYKO and Oskar continue to prove worthy assets to the Hellraisers line up, with Oskar being the most hot handed player for the team lately. According to the standings at pro.elsgaming.com, TSM enjoy a comfortable lead atop the rankings with 51 points and a 17:3 win:loss ratio while Hellraisers sit second to last with 12 points and a 4:12 win:loss ratio.

After the TSM double header, Ninjas in Pajamas were up against Team Dignitas and then Team Envyus. NiP made short work of Team Dignitas on Train(16-4) before going up against the DreamHack Open: Cluj-Napoca Champions Team Envyus. They played on Cobble, the map Envy is widely regarded as the best in the world on, and Envy came up far short of expectations and the win. NiP dominated their T-side going 12-3 at the half. F0rest was in the form that the team, and the fans, hoped he’d be in at the major and racked up two 3ks and a 4k by round 16. Envy was plainly out gunned. It wasn’t poor decision making, it was getting out played, and fiercely. Still, Envy lead NiP by one spot in the pro league by three points.

Outside of the ESL Pro League, Virtus Pro lost 0-2 to s1mple’s newest team, team Orgless. This marks the continuation of a struggle for VP to play up to their potential. They lost to G2 Esports during DreamHack and are currently ranked eighth in the ESL Pro League. Mousesports too has been struggling both with performances at LANs and online. Despite the ascension of NiKo to near superstar levels, mousesports is struggling to string together the wins necessary to being considered a top ten team. They suffered a 0-2 loss to team Greyface outside of the pro league today, and that’s a game they’d be expected to win. They have the talent, they have the in game leader, what they don’t have are the wins.

The North American ESL Pro League starts back up tonight with match ups including Conquest vs SKDC, Winterfox vs Complexity, CLG vs Team Liquid and Cloud 9 vs Luminosity Gaming, a rematch from DreamHack this past weekend.

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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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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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