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Na’vi Best LG 2-0 to Advance at IEM San Jose

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Na’vi beat Luminosity Gaming in a close 2-0 to advance to the semi finals at IEM San Jose. Na’vi won 16-13 on Mirage(LG’s pick) and 19-17 in overtime on Overpass(Na’vi’s pick).

From an analytical standpoint, LG picking Mirage took some brass ones. Mirage plays towards all of Na’vi’s strengths — all of them. It’s suited to execution, it’s sniper friendly and it allows for a lot of creative strategy. The problem for LG is that those happen to be their strengths as well. LG has oft been compared to Na’vi in their methodical play, set execution, explosiveness and, of course, their signature awper. It’s what made for such an exciting match, now and when they met at DreamHack Open: Cluj-Napoca. Mirage started in LG’s favor with FalleN picking up a crowd exciting 3k and no one on their team dying. LG would go on to win the next five rounds though they would be contested through every one of them. When Na’vi did win a round, they still lost all their living players to the bomb. Economy management was tough for both teams as the momentum swung back and forth. Na’vi matched their opponent’s winning streak of six before, of course, LG snapped theirs. The half would end 9-6 in LG’s favor, but Na’vi won the pistol dominantly. Na’vi would go on to bite chunks off rounds off at a time, breaking LG’s economy a couple of times on their way to the win. Seized led the team in overall frags at 25, but he was one of three players on Na’vi who posted 20 or higher. On the Brazilian team, FalleN dropped a 30 bomb with a positive kill/death ratio of +14, and they lost. He had two other team mates who posted 21 and over. Those numbers should demonstrate how close this map and this match were.

Overpass was just as competitive. Na’vi grabbed the pistol on T side on an A push. They ran into trouble as LG bought up in round 2 but failed to capitalize with their utilities. They did win their first rifle and battled their way to an 8-7 half in their favor, but on a CT favored map, 8-7 didn’t seem like enough. Cold came alive on the T side, with the stronger weapons of course. Rounds 12 and 13 saw him grab a triple kill and a double kill plus assists. Cold’s play has become increasingly interesting since their impressive showing at DreamHack: Cluj-Napoca. But it wasn’t just colzera that battled back to reach overtime, three other members had over 20 kills, including 29 by falleN. But they lost two of their T rounds and lost to a push on A to finish the match. Guardian grabbed several multikills and was critical of his team’s performance as a unit in the post match interview. Na’vi felt and looked like a team, but worst case scenario they were five guys dropping 19 or more frags on Overpass, so that’s not so bad.

Natus Vincere face the winner of Team Liquid vs Virtus Pro in the semi finals Sunday.

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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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