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Friday, Jul 11

Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers debuts on iPad, exclusive until next week

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PC, Android and Xbox versions will be out later

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Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers is officially out for iPad, and will remain exclusive to the Apple tablet until next week, July 16. That's when we'll actually be seeing it for Android, PC and Xbox consoles. For now, however, iPad users will get a first go at the next installment of MTG.

In Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalker, players find themselves challenged to the "Hunt Bigger Game," where they confront the formidable Garruk Wildspeaker of Magic Multiverse fame. What does this all mean? Well, he's pretty much done hunting animals, because the player makes for better game. At your disposal will be a fully customizable deck, a "full deck-building experience" from Stainless Games.

Grab Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalker now from the App Store now. Or wait until next Wednesday for it to come out on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Amazon Kindle and Android.


League of Legends loves robots, new Mecha Aatrox and Mecha Malphite splash arts are gorgeous

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Reminiscent of a certain movie involving Jaegers

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Presentation is everything, and when it comes to the new League of Legends Mecha Aatrox and Malphite splash art, Riot has successfully blown our minds. First spotted on the PBE, they'll be going live alongside their respective skins in the near future. 

The artists have really embraced the whole mecha theme with the new splash, with a clear influence from Guillermo Del Toro's 2013 kaiju/giant robots movie Pacific Rim, both in style and composition. The deeply saturated colors give a more graphic, comic-book feel, and they seem to be in mid-scene, waiting in their hangars for the blast doors to open. You can even see yordles like Rumble, Heimer and a mystery silhouette tending to the controls, watching the Mecha Aatrox and Malphite roll out. Seriously, Pacific Rim.

Movie references aside, the skins (and artwork) were added to the PBE just yesterday, so we're thinking they'll go live pretty soon. Better save up that RP.

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EVO 2014 Championship Series side tournament schedule, from Persona 4 Arena to Mortal Kombat 9

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8 games not enough? How about another dozen?

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Shoryuken isn't a huge organization; a small team can only organize and hold so many tournaments at one time. It's no surprise then that for EVO 2014 Championship Series the fighting game community has decided for itself that eight games isn't enough. As a result, there will be a dozen (more than a dozen?) side tournaments going on throughout the weekend. Unfortunately, Shoryuken doesn't keep track of these tournaments. In fact, it's almost impossible to find information on all of them anywhere.

As a fan of EVO myself, I couldn't just sit back and not have a schedule up for all of these great tournaments. That's why I'm putting together this schedule of side-tournaments for the EVO 2014 weekend. Not all games may necessarily be here, as there are a lot of side tournaments, and not all information on each tournament will be here either. This is just my best effort at organizing a list of places to watch these tournaments. If you want to play in them, EVO attendees, you're on your own.

Without further ado, here's the schedule for EVO 2014 Championship Series' side tournaments. Oh, and all times listed will be Pacific coast time (PDT), which is three hours earlier than east coast time (EDT). For Ultra Street Fighter IV, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, King of Fighters XIII, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Injustice: God Among Us and Killer Instinct see the main EVO post.




EVO 2014 Championship Series begins, fighting game tournament opens with Melee and Street Fighter

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One of the best streamed gaming events of the year

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If MOBAs aren't your thing, then how about three days of the biggest fighting game tournaments of 2014? EVO 2014 Championship Series  has begun, featuring eight different main games and a bevy of side tournaments as well. We're talking about Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Killer Instinct, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, King of Fighters XIII, Super Smash Bros. Melee and then the big daddy of them all, Ultra Street Fighter IV.

Today's focus will be on both Ultra Street Fighter IV and Super Smash Bros. Melee, as both games will have their entire pools, quarterfinals and semi-finals burned through in preparation for the finals on Sunday. In between the gaps, however, will be the entire Tekken Tag Tournament 2 tournament as well as plenty of Injustice: Gods Among Us. Again, the only final played today will be for Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

The schedule will be split between three different streams provided by tournament host Shoryuken. Almost all of the action will be featured on the main stream, and almost no action will be featured on the third stream. Still, just for folks who know exactly what they want to watch, we've got the full schedule which we'll post below our main stream embed.

If folk can only show up for one day, make it Sunday. There is seriously nothing like watching the finals for these fighting game tournaments. It will fill your gaming heart with eSports joy. Enjoy EVO 2014, everyone! Make sure to comment about what games you're excited about.

Main Stream - Second Stream - Capcom Fighters

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The International 2014's group stage continues, day three's set of 36 matches to decide many teams' fate

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The final marathon Dota 2 day will end in sorrow for some

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The group stage of The International 2014 has entered its twilight days. Both day one and day two saw a total of 72 Dota 2 games played and only 52 remain. That's... still a lot of games. Nevertheless, the mood is different today compared to those previous. Day one was exciting, full of unexpected decisions and unexpected wins. Day two was practically The Empire Strikes Back, what with the old guard acclimating to the new meta and retaking control. Day three has become somber as teams realize their fates, their very life in the tournament, will likely be decided today.

ViCi Gaming, iG and Team DK have climbed to the top of the standings, much as expected. After showing some weakness on day one, each team came out strong on day two. Meanwhile, the big threats to the current Dota 2 royalty, Na'Vi.US, Liquid and Cloud9 haven cooled off a bit. Each team is stuck in the middle of the pack or risking dropping into the bottom six which will be eliminated after Saturday. Meanwhile, Alliance and Fnatic are fighting for their lives, and mousesports and Arrow should already be resigned to elimination and looking to shake things up a bit.

Picks on day two were still rather similar to day one. There was a lot of Doom and Skyrwrath Mage being played, though Skywrath had a much poorer showing as teams started to figure out his style. Razor, Mirana and Shadow Shaman have also been picked a huge amount of times, proving that even the support meta can be extremely boring and uninsipired to watch.

Day three will once againt feature 36 games broken into 9 sets of four games. Each set of four will be played at the same time and broadcast live individually, and via the Valve multi-cast stream. Don't forget the noob stream, which teaches players all of the basics as they're watching them on-screen. Here's the full match-list, as well as the updated standings all the way at the bottom. Fear the standings spoilers if you want to avoid that!

Official Dota 2 Blog - The International 2014 Hub - Twitch Channel 

Group Stage Day 1 - Group Stage Day 2

Series 19

  • Na'Vi vs. Na'Vi.US (Results: _Na'Vi.US______)
  • Team DK vs. ViCi (Results: _ViCi__________)
  • Fnatic vs. iG (Results: _iG____________)
  • LGD vs. Alliance (Results: _LGD___________)

Series 20

  • Cloud9 vs. Empire (Results: _Cloud9________)
  • Team DK vs. Titan (Results: _Titan_________)
  • Arrow vs. Fnatic (Results: _Fnatic________)
  • mousesports vs. Evil Geniuses (Results: _Evil Geniuses_)

Series 21

  • Empire vs. LGD (Results: _LGD___________)
  • Team DK vs. Na'Vi.US (Results: _DK____________)
  • iG vs. Liquid (Results: _iG____________)
  • Evil Geniuses vs. ViCi (Results: _Evil Geniuses_)

Series 22

  • mousesports vs. Titan (Results: _mousesports___)
  • Na'Vi.US vs. NewBee (Results: _NewBee________)
  • Na'Vi vs. Liquid (Results: _Na'Vi_________)
  • Alliance vs. ViCi (Results: _ViCi__________)

Series 23

  • iG vs. LGD (Results: _iG____________)
  • Titan vs. Na'Vi.US (Results: _Titan_________)
  • Na'Vi vs. Team DK (Results: _DK____________)
  • Alliance vs. Cloud9 (Results: _Alliance______)

Series 24

  • Empire vs. Evil Geniuses
  • mousesports vs. Fnatic
  • Liquid vs. ViCi
  • NewBee vs. Arrow

Series 25

  • Cloud9 vs. iG
  • Na'Vi vs. Arrow
  • Titan vs. LGD
  • NewBee vs. TeamDK

Series 26

  • Evil Geniuses vs. Na'Vi.US
  • Liquid vs. Alliance
  • LGD vs. mousesports
  • NewBee vs. Empire

Series 27

  • iG vs. Na'Vi
  • ViCi vs. Cloud 9
  • Liquid vs. Titan
  • Fnatic vs. Empire

Official Dota 2 Blog - The International 2014 Hub - Twitch Channel 

Group Stage Day 1 - Group Stage Day 2


  • ViCi 9-2
  • Evil Geniuses 8-3
  • iG 8-4
  • Team DK 8-5
  • NewBee 7-5
  • Titan 7-5
  • Cloud9 6-5
  • Liquid 6-5
  • Na'VI 6-5
  • Fnatic 5-6
  • Alliance 5-7 *
  • LGD 5-7 *
  • Na'Vi.US 5-8 *
  • Empire 3-8 *
  • mousesports 3-8 *
  • Arrow 2-9 *

*Currently risking elimination.

Official Dota 2 Blog - The International 2014 Hub - Twitch Channel 

Group Stage Day 1 - Group Stage Day 2

Categories: PC Games

Thursday, Jul 10

First ever Guild Wars 2 International All-Stars Tournament begins in August, includes major regions

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Players from China, North America and Europe go all-in

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Guild Wars 2 goes global in August when the first Guild Wars 2 International All-Stars Tournament kicks off at gamescom 2014. Players from China, North America and Europe will be going head-to-head in a massive PVP tournament that also happens to be the game's first real global competition. Prepare yourselves.

For the event, ArenaNet will be working with to stream the entire tournament. The actual show floor in Germany will feature daily matches, while Twitch will actually be livestreaming for the rest of the world. Definitely a huge step for ArenaNet to be taking, and here's hoping for some great matches.

In addition to the international tournamen, ArenaNet will be letting their North American and European communities vote on who they want to see in the All-Stars Tournament, choosing from two 16-player pools featuring qualified competitors. In China, competitors will be picked from KongZhong's weekly tournament series; KongZhong is the Guild Wars distributor in China.

gamescom will take place in Cologne, Germany, from August 14 through August 17.

Categories: PC Games

Skullgirls Encore expands to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita sometime in 2014

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More Skullsgirls on more platforms

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Skullgirls Encore will be expanding its horizons this year when Lab Zero Games releases the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita versions. Yes, the ladies are going to new places, and I'm not just talking about EVO 2014.

Previously released to the Sony Entertainment Network (and Xbox LIVE Arcade), Skullgirls Encore has already been out for PlayStation 3. Later this year, however, developer Lab Zero and distributor Autumn Games will be showing the rest of the Sony family a bit more love with PS4 and Vita versions. No concrete date was given, but we'll no doubt here more soon, what with EVO 2014 coming up.

After a rather messy fallout between Lab Zero and Konami over content distribution for Skullgirls, the 2D fighter was delisted from Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network (now SEN). The developer's answer to this was to make Skullgirls Encore, a new and improved version of the original with balance updates, new palettes, stages and characters. Since Skullgirls for PC was left alone, Encore was never released for PC but continues to receive updates alongside Encore.


Alien: Isolation trailer teases pre-order levels featuring voices by original cast, including Ripley

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Bringing back some familiar faces

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Alien: Isolation looks appropriately terrifying, but why not throw in some of the original faces of the series? A new trailer from SEGA and Creative Assembly shows off the pre-order bonus content from the Nostromo Edition, which lets you play as some of the original characters from the 1979 Alien movie. Yes, that does include Ripley. 

The DLC takes places after the deaths of Brett and Kane, when the survivors must figure out a way to escape. Become Ripley, Dallas or Parker in this fight for survival. Ash and Lambert will be present to lend their aid as well, because what Alien fan wouldn't want to see the entire Nostromo crew together in one place?

Anyway, check out the trailer below, and remember to pre-order Alien: Isolation to access the Nostromo Edition. The game will actually be released on October 7 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.


Nintendo holding first Super Smash Bros. 3DS tournament at the San Diego Comic Convention

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We'll call it the Smash Mash and those buttons won't know what hit them

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Nintendo is doubling down on the competitive elements of Super Smash Bros. for the launch of the Wii U and 3DS sequels, it seems. After a hugely successful Super Smash Bros. Wii U tournament during E3, in which top Melee and Brawl players went head to head, and then with the upcoming EVO Championship tournament this weekend, Nintendo is thirsting for more. Today they announced the first Super Smash Bros. 3DS tournament, planned for the upcoming San Diego Comic Convention.

SDCC will kick off in late July and Nintendo will be attending with an off-site "gaming lounge" at the Marriott Marquis & Marina. On July 25 fans can begin signing up for the tournament in a first-come, first-served fashion. A preliminary round will have groups of four face off with only the winner continuing on to the finals. The finals will be played one versus one, slowly dwindling down the pool to just one winner.

It's an interesting choice for Nintendo to make Super Smash Bros. 3DS' first tournament be fan registration only. I personally believe they're going this route because a full-on professional tournament might show that the game doesn't hold up the the competitive expectations that the franchise is known for -- mirroring my impressions from E3. That doesn't change whether the game is tons of fun, which it most certainly will be, but it's still interesting to think about.

Super Smash Bros. 3DS is planned for release October 3, with its Wii U bigger brother planned to be launched this holiday season.


Love it or hate it, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair's second English trailer out

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Ah, the roster of characters looks so fun!

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I absolutely love Danganronpa. It's one of my favorite games on the PS Vita, and I couldn't be more excited for Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair's release September 2. I fully admit, however, that the English voiceover for the first game was painful to listen to. As in, worse than Funimation's early anime dubbing bad. Thus, it's with half of a smile and half of a frown that I introduce Danganronpa 2's second English trailer.

It's not just that the voiceover in these Danganronpa titles is quite bad, it's also that in translation so much of what's said comes out as utter gibberish. So when NIS America puts together a trailer for the game, snipping bits and pieces of the game and putting them together to create a "sizzle" reel of sorts, it's doubling down on the rough parts of the game. Listening to Monokuma's screeching howl of a voice as he rambles about nothing in general... it's a bit difficult to sit through.

Then comes the beatings. Let's be clear, Monokuma is a messed character. He's responsible for many deaths, or at least for creating the situation that leads to multiple deaths. He's not a sympathetic character at all and that becomes very clear after the playing the game for a while. However, in a trailer that's introducing a game based on murder mysteries, it's a bit uncomfortable to see a cute-ish bear beating its sister before any gameplay is even shown.

Sigh, but this is a niche Japanese game on the PS Vita after all. It doesn't have to appeal to the masses or appear well-produced if its goal is to continue to sell to that niche market. Still, if they're aiming for niche, why not just play the Japanese audio?

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair will be released exclusively on the PS Vita starting on September 2 in North America. If the trailer doesn't fit your fancy, check out the handful of new screenshots that have also been released. No audio in a screenshot!

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