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Cloud 9 Bolsters Overwatch Roster with KongDoo Panthera

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APEX Season 3 finalists KongDoo Panthera have signed with Cloud9, adding another full team to their roster. This comes a few weeks after the official announcement that owner Jack Etienne is bringing the team to London for the Overwatch League, and the signing of European team Laser Kittenz.

KongDoo lost an impressive 3-4 to Lunatic-Hai (who will be playing for South Korea’s OWL team) in the APEX Season 3 finals. They are currently undefeated in Season 4. They will finish out the rest of the season under their new name, C9 KongDoo.

In the official announcement, Etienne said of KongDoo: “Panthera’s run in Season 3 was nothing short of incredible, and the skills and passion they displayed in the finals are going to be right at home with Cloud9. These guys are fierce competitors and I know they’re going to finish what they started, so we’re really excited for what’s to come.”

The full roster will be representing C9, which consists of:

Kim “birdring” Ji-hyuk (DPS)

Kim “Rascal” Dong-jun (DPS)

Lee “Curious” Yeong-min (DPS)

Kang “Void” Jun-woo (Tank)

Baek “Fissure” Chan-hyung (Tank)

Seung “Bdosin” Choi-tae (Flex)

An “wakawaka” Jee-ho (Support)

This marks a crucial moment for the rest of the players currently under contract with Cloud9. The 4 players that formerly made up Laser Kittenz (Nevix, Kyb, mowzassa, and Greyy) will have a lot to prove before Cloud9 finalizes their Overwatch League roster. Cloud9’s North American team, consisting of Surefour, Adam, Roolf, Gods, and xepheR, looks inactive with all the players searching elsewhere for a new team. Bishop, from South Korea himself, departed NA C9 to join C9 KongDoo. Considering the language barrier, it’s unlikely that any parts of the teams will be merged, so it’ll be interesting to see who Cloud9 brings to the inaugural season of the Overwatch League. Considering past performances, it seems like KongDoo is on another level. The former Laser Kittenz will most likely see a lot of bench time and lower-tier tournaments in the upcoming months.

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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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