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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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Feeling a bit buzzed The Last of Us Pedro Pascal from HBO wins SAG Award

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Pedro Pascal may have indulged in a few too many Dark ‘n’ Stormy’s before the 2024 SAG Awards, where he clinched the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Joel Miller in the HBO adaptation of The Last of Us. Appearing slightly intoxicated, the actor portraying Joel confidently stepped onto the stage and stated, “This is incorrect for several reasons. I’ve had a few drinks. I believed I could become intoxicated. Thanks, HBO! Oh boy, I feel a bit embarrassed, but I really appreciate this.”

Pascal faced tough competition from Succession actors Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, and Matthew MacFadyen, along with The Morning Show’s Billy Crudup. He emerged victorious for the award and, seemingly oblivious to his defeated competitors, remarked:

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“I’ve been in the union since 1999, so this is a tremendous honor. “We’re on Netflix,” Pascal noted, mentioning the streaming platform’s position on censorship. “I might experience a surge of anxiety and decide to depart.” Pascal expressed gratitude to showrunner Craig Mazin, Naughty Dog head Neill Druckmann, colleagues, and production staff for their valuable contributions.

 

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REYNATIS appears as a rugged yet strangely attractive action RPG for PS5 and PS4

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It’s unfair to criticize the time it takes to develop PS5 and PS4 games, only to then judge REYNATIS for appearing a bit messy. Developers are investing significant sums in creating high-budget games nowadays, so maybe it’s about time we adjust our expectations and embrace slightly less polished releases instead.

This introduction sets the stage for FuRyu’s latest game, which could easily fit in as a late-gen launch on the PS3, but that doesn’t take away from its potential for enjoyment. A team of former Square Enix employees created this game, which explores a power struggle among magicians in Shibuya. Some aim to flaunt their abilities, while others prefer to keep them hidden.

The setting is truly remarkable; having visited Shibuya, it captures the essence of the iconic location perfectly. The combat appears solid, but there are performance issues to address, especially with the Japanese release scheduled for July 25th. Although there has been no official announcement regarding a Western release, we anticipate that a publisher will likely pick it up later this year.

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Leaked footage of LittleBigPlanet Hub on PS3 brings a nostalgic wave

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Once upon a time, Sony revealed Little Big Planet HUB, a free-to-play exclusive for the PS3 available on the PS Store. It seems that the game will merge all the content from LittleBigPlanet and LittleBigPlanet 2, giving fans the opportunity to play, create, and share without any cost. The concept was ambitious, which likely made the platform holder hesitant.

It is common knowledge that the planned release in August 2013 never materialized, with many speculating that it evolved into Little Big Planet 3. More than a decade later, footage from a beta version of LittleBigPlanet Hub has surfaced after an old NDA expired.

There is not much that is unexpected here: the gameplay resembles LittleBigPlanet, featuring floaty physics, prize bubbles, and narration by Stephen Fry. It’s intriguing to come across cancelled titles such as this one. A free-to-play version of LittleBigPlanet could potentially thrive in today’s landscape of creative live services similar to Roblox and Minecraft.

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