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  • Overwatch: Lucio is Getting a Damage Buff

    overwatch lucio damage buffWith the new public test realm live on the PC, we can start to see some of the changes to Overwatch's Lucio.

    For a long time, Lucio has been considered to be one of the top tier support heroes in Overwatch. His ability to heal his entire team with an automatic area of effect has proven to be the game winner in countless situations. Lucio's ultimate ability has helped teams fight off enemies in scenarios that would otherwise be unsurvivable.

    In the public test realm, all of that is about to change, although he'll be getting some buffs to his own personal performance alongside these changes. Soon, Lucio's radius on his area of effect ability will be limited from 30 meters down to just 10 meters. This is quite a big jump and will make a massive difference in team fights where Lucio's team is spread thin.

    To balance this change a little, the healing done from Lucio's healing song has actually been increased by 50%, so if you are within the radius of Lucio, you'll get even more heals. This will put pressure on Lucio players to actually travel between players that need healing. This will mean Lucio players will be required to adopt a more active playstyle to heal their teammates, in a similar fashion to Mercy or Ana.

    Lucio will also be getting a buff to his own abilities. The projectile speed of his basic weapon will be an increase from 40 to 50, and his wall running will give Lucio a 30 percent movement speed boost. Jumping off of a wall will also temporarily boost Lucio's speed. By the sound of it, Lucio will become even harder to hit, and his additional speed will help him to travel between heroes that need his support.

    Many Overwatch players are considering this patch to be a nerf to Lucio, but with a more active playstyle, Lucio players could potentially benefit from these new changes.

  • OpTic Take Halo World Championship Win

    optic world championshipOpTic gaming has managed to hit their second consecutive Halo World Championship win this month after they faced up against EnVyUs in the grand finals.

    OpTic has been dominating the Halo scene recently. Unfortunately, they didn't quite perform as well as they may have liked to throughout the majority of the Halo World Championship. EnVyUs, on the other hand, looked as if they had the entire championship in the bag.

    Even though they had performed incredibly well during the tournament, we weren't ruling out the nV grand final win. In fact, to begin with, EnVyUs had won 12 games in a row. By the time EnVyUs had reached the finals, they had only lost a total of two games. With the two teams facing off in the finals, it looked as if EnVyUs could have easily taken the game from OpTic's grasp after the incredible performance from EnVyUs earlier in the tournament.

    Things took a turn for the worst on EnVyUs's side, however. While EnVyUs scored a quick 2-0 lead in the first game, which was CTF, OpTic managed to pull it back to score themselves a first win with a 3-2 scoreline.

    The next game was Slayer. It was also incredibly close, but OpTic took the win 50 kills to 44. nV took a huge lead over OpTic in game three, but OpTic pulled it back with a 100-65 scoreline in Strongholds.

    With game 4 on the way, things were now looking in OpTic's favor. It was a tight race, but game 4 CTF saw OpTic pull out a 1-0 victory.

    As a result, OpTic gaming are now two time Halo World champions and they happily took home the $500,000 first place prize. Team EnVyUs, on the other hand, took home $200,000 which is still something to write home about.

  • Dark Souls 3 Gets New Patch

    dark souls 3 patch pvpA brand new patch has hit Dark Souls 3 that adds a number of new PVP features and increases the frame rate for PS4 Pro owners.

    The frame rate increase for PS4 Pro owners will be automatically activated, so players will not need to do anything to make use of their PS4 Pro console. As for the time being, there aren't any additional graphics settings for PS4 Pro owners.

    The new 1.11 patch adds PvP arenas for the game's Undead Match modes. The new PvP arenas are called Dragon Ruins and Grand Roof. The new patch has also made it possible for friends to stick together on the same team. Previously, players could join games with their friends in, but players were assigned to teams randomly.

    It should be noted that the new Dragon Ruins and Grand Roof PvP maps are exclusive for those who own the Ashes of Ariandel DLC pack or The Ringed City DLC pack, the latter of which will officially launch on March 28.

    The new Dark Souls 3 patch has also made a number of smaller gameplay tweaks and overall bug fixes. Many balancing tweaks have also been implemented in the latest 1.11 patch, and some preparations for the upcoming The Ringed City DLC have been made.

    The new patch went live on March 24 for PS4 and Steam players. Have you managed to try out the two new PvP maps yet? If you have, let us know your thoughts on them.

  • Overwatch Hero Orisa Now On Live Servers

    overwatch hero orisaAfter a short time on the public test environment on the PC, Orisa, a new hero in Overwatch, has been added to the live servers for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

    The new hero, named Orisa, is a brand new tank hero for Overwatch. To begin with, Orisa will not be available in competitive play. For the first few weeks, Orisa will be limited to Quick Play, Arcade and the Play Vs. AI modes. Blizzard has explained that they'd like their player base to get to learn how Orisa works before she is thrown into the competitive meta.

    While Orisa is a tank, she has an arsenal of abilities to help protect her team, which makes her a viable support as well. Her main weapon is called the Fusion Driver - it can deal consistent damage to enemies, but Orisa is slowed down the longer the weapon is used as a throwback. Her alternate fire is called Halt and this allows Orisa to create a small detonated charge that can slow enemies.

    Orisa's ultimate ability is called Supercharger. With this, Orisa can fire a device that can buff the damage output of all nearby enemies. Orisa's other abilities include Protective Barrier, which is a static shield that can block incoming damage, and Fortify, which reduces the amount of damage Orisa can take for a short period of time.

    In other news, a recent patch in the public test environment brought a number of changes to Lucio. These changes will soon go live to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and public PC servers.

  • New Horizon Zero Dawn Patch, Details Inside

    horizon zero dawn patchA brand new patch has been pushed out for Horizon Zero Dawn on the PlayStation 4. Patch 1.10 should now be live. The new patch fixes a number of major bugs and gameplay progression issues. A few quality of life features have been added in the latest patch as well.

    In the new patch, players will be able to buy multiple items at once from merchants by holding the X button on their control. The X-axis controls can also now be inverted via the in-game settings menu.

    Some small changes have been made to the way items drop in Horizon Zero Dawn. The costs of items have been adjusted to reflect this game as well. These small changes all add up to make an overall tweak to the in-game item economy.

    Some adjustments have been made to humanoid AI within Horizon Zero AI, although we're not yet sure what exactly has changed here.

    If you've had any issues with progressing through the Horizon Zero Dawn campaign, you'll be relieved to hear that many progression issues have now been fixed in the latest patch. In the patch notes, it was mentioned that if you have any progression issues while playing Horizon Zero Dawn, you should perform a manual reload by loading a recent quicksave or manual save.

    While this patch hasn't done anything to change gameplay, it's great to see that Guerrilla Games are working hard to iron out all of the bugs that got past them before the game went gold. Let us know if you're still having any progression issues after the new 1.10 patch.

  • New GTA Online Car Released

    new gta online hijak rustonA brand new update for GTA Online has been pushed out to live servers. The new update is available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC and adds a brand new car and some other additional content to the game.

    The brand new car added to the ever-growing GTA Online car list is called the Hijak Ruston, and it will set players back $430,000. The Hijak Ruston is set to be a fast-paced supercar that'll get players zipping around at a slightly lower price point.

    "Stripped down and drenched in carbon fiber, the Hijak Ruston is a lightweight & pint-sized packet of fury," Rockstar mentioned in a recent statement.

    "It might not win any safety awards, but the Ruston's low profile gets you as close to the tarmac as you're ever going to want to be, so nestle in and brace yourself for some tight turns and even tighter clenches. A unique and elegant addition to the Sports class, the Hijak Ruston is now available in GTA Online at Legendary Motorsport."

    The new car was added alongside some additions to the in-game Creator Content. Rockstar provided a statement on the content featured in the new update.

    "Stunt Races recently received a big addition with the Special Vehicle Circuit update and we're expanding the toolbox for the Rockstar community to take things up a few notches."

    "In addition to the Rocket Voltic, Ruiner 2000 and Blazer Aqua becoming available in the Stunt Race Creator, we're adding a collection of new Props designed to highlight these vehicles' unique abilities, including Hurdles, Boost Refills and Explosive Crates."

    "New psychedelic Stunt Tubes will send racers on a trip through alternate dimensions, while destructible walls will leave some serious carnage in your wake as you power your way to victory."

  • New Xbox One Update to Feature Tournaments and More

    xbox one update arena tournamentsA big update for Xbox One is on its way and it's going to add a few new features to the current user experience.

    One of the biggest features will appeal to esports fans and competitive players on the Xbox platform. ESL has partnered with Xbox to create the Arena. The Arena will be a brand new way for competitive players and teams to find upcoming tournaments and esports events to attend.

    With the built-in Arena tools, teams will be able to sign up for tournaments, take part, and see match fixtures live from within the Arena app. To begin with, Arena will be hosting a number of ESL-backed World of Tanks tournaments. Arena is expected to include tournaments for more games in the future as well.

    Another milestone feature included in the next Xbox One update will be custom Gamertag pictures. Ever since the early days of the Xbox 360, Gamertags pictures have been limited to those that have been unlocked from playing games or those purchased through the Xbox Games Store.

    Starting with the upcoming Xbox One patch, players will be able to upload images from their phone or PC and use it as their custom Gamertag picture.

    The new Xbox One update will bring a number of other changes as well, alongside a number of bug fixes. For example, Xbox One users that are accessing Wi-Fi via a network that requires user sign-in can now be used on the Xbox One without complication.

  • New Gears of War League in May

    gears of war 4 league IGLIt's about time Gears of War got some more love from tournament organizers. It's now been confirmed that a new Gears of War 4 league is on its way.

    The upcoming Gears of War 4 league will feature a $25,000 prize pool and live LAN finals in Huntington Beach, California. The new Gears of War 4 League was announced by International Gaming League and it will be open to existing pro teams and amateur players.

    The new Gears of War 4 League from IGL will not be a part of the Gears Pro Circuit, but it's still quickly become an event on everybody's radar.

    The League will kick off with 4 open qualifiers, all of which will take place on March 18. After that, three more open qualifiers will he held on March 25, April 8 and April 15. Four of the best teams from each qualifier will move to ladder play. The ladder will run for a month, after which the twelve teams at the top of the ladder will be taken into league play.

    No invitations have been sent out for the Gears of War 4 League from IGL, so it'll be an open event up for grabs by any potential rising talent. Players will need to visit the proIGL website to sign their team up for the open qualifiers to take part.

    With this newly announced $25,000 event and the Gears Pro circuit, we potentially have a lot of pro Gears of War 4 events on our plate this year.

  • Big Infinite Warfare Patch Hits Servers

    infinite warfare type-2In preparation for CWL Dallas, a brand new Infinite Warface patch has hit servers across all platforms.

    The new patch includes a number of bug fixes and tweaks, but most importantly has made some adjustments to some weapons. The highlight for this patch's weapon balancing is the changes to the KBAR and the Type-2.

    The KBAR and NV4 have now both been nerfed, while the Type-2 has been buffed, which makes it one of the most viable weapons in competitive play.

    Below, the full weapon balancing changes for the latest Infinite Warfare patch have been listed.

    • Type-2 (AR mode)- Slight increase to the fire rate and a decrease to ADS recoil
    • Type-2- Slight increase to hip fire spread when in akimbo mode
    • Volk- Increase to the 3 bullet hit kill range
    • Titan- Slightly increase to the fire rate and an increase to the 4 bullet hit kill range
    • KBAR- Slightly decrease to the 4 bullet hit kill range
    • NV4- Slightly increase to the ADS recoil
    • R-VN- Increase to the 3 bullet hit kill range
    • Widowmaker- Reduced delay between bullets within the burst
    • DMR- Slight decrease to the ADS time
    • EBR-800 (AR mode)- Increase to the 5 bullet hit kill range
    • EBR-800 (Sniper mode)- Reduce ADS sway speed

    With the latest patch, it's now also possible for players to kill each other at the same time. If players use their weapons simultaneously, both players can drop dead. To begin with, this feature can be switched on in custom game lobbies, but will be switched off for public games

  • Glaz to Get Upgrade in Rainbow Six Siege

    glaz buff rainbow six siegeGlaz has slowly been phased out of competitive play, and Ubisoft have taken notice. As a result, it looks like Glaz will be getting a much needed buff.

    A new video posted to the Rainbow Six Siege Twitter profile showcases a thermal imaging scope for Glaz - when Glaz zooms in with his sniper, the thermal heat signature of enemy players can be seen through walls.

    Ubisoft didn't mention whether this would be a feature for all operators, or whether it would be exclusive to Glaz, but it would make sense that the feature was locked down to Glaz's sniper rifle.

    So far, we don't know when this new feature will be brought to Rainbow Six Siege. There is a big update planned for later this month, so we may see the new thermal scope added to the game then.

    Hopefully, the feature isn't too overpowered at the beginning. We expect the play rate for Glaz will spike massively after the patch for his thermal scope hits live servers, though.

    Recently, Rainbow Six Siege rolled into a new season and Ubisoft unveiled a collection of new operators, new maps, and new weapons as part of the Velvet Shell expansion. All of the maps and operators can be played for free, but season 2 pass holders were given the operators early and for free. Those without a season 2 pass must purchase the operators with currency earned in game, or with currency purchased with real money.

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