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Team Liquid Upset Virtus Pro 2-0 at IEM San Jose

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IEM San Jose 2015

Team Liquid crushed an Incomplete Virtus Pro 2-0 to advance to the semi-finals at IEM San Jose. Liquid beat VP 16-2 on Overpass(Liquid’s pick) and on Mirage(VP’s pick).

Overpass opened with an ace by FugLy that stopped VP’s push through bathrooms. While Virtus Pro is playing with a stand-in, CSGOLounge’s Michu in for snax, they and their fans should expect more out of them at a LAN event. Their first win came during their first rifle round on the back of a byali 3k. Rounds six and seven saw Team Liquid keeping at all of their members alive, give or take 1. Round eight saw VP’s second and last win of the map off of a strong A long execute and out duel of Elige. Personal highlight was the following round in which Hiko was left in a 1v2 against PashaBiceps and Byali. Hiko hit a fading away shot on sniper window on B site before turning around and out-shooting byali, who was on site. Hike smiled and nodded his head steadily as he nabbed a seventh round for his team. Nobody on Team Liquid had more than nine deaths while only one person on VP, byali, had a kill count in the double digits. Semmler took up for VP’s stand in Michu, but michu delivered the least kills, by 1, and the lowest player rating of .28. The lowest player rating on TL was 1.26.

Mirage was considerably more competitive, though 16-4 would mean VP technically did 100% better than they did, despite it closing out at 16-9. Liquid won the pistol round on an A retake after VP trades one for one on the bombsite. Liquid go up 5-0 before VP took their first round on an A take. VP picked up the next four but not without contention. Their losing streak ends on a double fake A in which they never planted the bomb once they made it on site. Liquid went on to win the half 9-6, losing the last round of the half. Pasha and Byali held B site during pistol round, grabbing three and two kills respectively. Liquid would go on to win a force up next round and with it, more or less, the game. Elige led his team in frags with 27 while pasha led his with 21. VP saw an overall better performance, but Hiko was right when, after the win, he said, “No snax, no win.”

When he was asked if Team Liquid could win, a smile broke over Hiko’s face and he calmly said, “Yes.”

Team Liquid moves on to face Natus Vincere in the semi-finals as the last American team.

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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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