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IEM KATOWICE 2016 SUMMARY

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One year more at Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice, best gamers return to achieve the great trophies of this competition. This event took place on March 4-6 at Spodek Arena, which has a 10.000 viewers capacity, who watched all the amazing games, enjoying the ESL event.

Not only could they win the first place trophy at IEM but also they could win a combined prize pool of $500.000.

We bring you a brief summary about all the competitions played there:

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At IEM we could find the 32 best players in the World, it was surprising because we couldn´t watch a Korean final so we could enjoy a confrontation between Polt, Korean, without so many problems, and Snute, Norwegian.

Finally, Polt achieved the first place.

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS

After a group phase with some surprises, we got a semifinal played by Asian, North American and European teams. SK Telecom T1 won against Team SoloMid easily and Fnatic achieved to qualify beating Royal Never Give Up team.

In this way, SK telecom T1 played the grand final against Fnatic where we could watch the first two matches were equated but in the third one, Fnatic gave up in the 22nd minute of match.

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COUNTER STRIKE:GLOBAL OFFENSIVE

We focus in quarter-finals where NaVi and Fnatic didn’t give any choice to Tempo Storm and Virtus.Pro, who played in their country.

So, NaVi played against Luminosity, Brazilian, who avenged their compatriots and in the other semifinal, we could fin Fnatic against Astralis, achieving the victory the first one, playing some matches until very late at night.

In this way, Fnatic won Luminosity in the grand final, thanks to Olofmeister and Flusha.

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HEARTHSTONE

In this competition we had some good news because Spanish achieved a trophy thanks to Esteban “AKAWonder” Serrano, giving no choice to other compatriots like Doky and Espumito. He was in the final against SilverName, Russian, where he won three consecutive matches.

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HEROES OF THE STORM

The North American  team, Dignitas, achieved the victory 3-0 against mYinsanity, repeating what happened in the Hearthstone final, because he didn’t give any choice. NaVi started being a favorite team but then, they couldn´t qualify for the quarter-final, although it´s notable the way Francisco Antonio “GranPkt” Núñez Sorribas played.

IEM CHALLENGE KATOWICE

In the CSGO female tournament, WRTP won after being unbeatable because they didn’t lose any match. They played against CLG Red in the grand final, achieving as result 2-0.

 

These are the highlights of this eSport party, we hope we won’t have to wait too long until the next big event.

 

Irene Dufour (@iredufour) y Javier Roca (@javihalabalusa)

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Hearthstone estandar, a new way to play

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It quite public that Hearthstone has become one of the big players in the eSports. With more than 30M players it is loved by the casual comunity and pro/competitive players like me, ALX (@AlxShow) in OMNIS.

In this last days Blizzard has launched an announcement which is in the mouth of everyone as its application will change the game in a way we have never seen before.

For those who already knows other card games new formats and splitting the game in more game modes won’t be a new discovery. In this case Blizzard has called “Standard” their new child and it has enough features to become mainstream in the competitive scene. We could sum it up by saying that it will restrict the collections we can use cards from depending on the format we want to play. If you want to know more I have made this video for you to understand it in just one minute (the video is in Spanish, I recommend you to see it anyways as it is really visual, you will find the official announcement link in English below anyways).

For those who don’t understand Spanish or if just you want to check this info, here you have the official source.

I hope you like it and please remember that you can take part in our giveaway just subscribing the youtube channel and following our twitter account and the account of Kinguin. By doing this you can win a 20E Battle.net Gift card, find the Twitters below.

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Hearthstone The Grand Tournament Analysis with Alx (@AlxShow)

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Greetings, Grand Tournament participants!

Today starts the season 18, the first using “The Grand Tournament” cards from the start, therefore I have been summoned to shed some light on how the meta will evolve and what changes we should expect.

Basically “The Grand Tournament” brings us two new mechanics:
Inspire: An ability that triggers when using the power hero.
Nexus-Champion Saraad
Jousting: As battlecry (or not) we will compare a random minion from our deck with one from our rival’s, if our cost more something will happen.
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The first impressions are that the new cards of “The Grand Tournament” are designed for a slower meta. We need higher costing minions to be able to play Jousting with reasonable chances of winning and therefore, we have to be slower. Same happens with insipire, using the hero power is not the fastest play ingame, usually we have to wait 2 extra turns to guarantee taking the advantage of the inspire mechanic, use hero power altering cards ([Maiden of the Lake]) or just wait for the next turn to use the hero power, in every case we are not going to be fast.

There are many new possibilities but, despite the wishes of a great part of the community, the old archetypes are still feasible and have not changed, at this point the new “The Grand Tournament” cards have not beeng able to get Grim Patron Warrior out of his throne.

This last week of the Season 17 has been intense when it comes to testing and we have some archetypes that stand out in the current meta.

The new champion

If there is, currently, a decklist capable of fighting the throne and become part of the TIER 1 family it is the loved and hated, Secret Paladin.

Basically the goal is to establish a board and then realse the Kraken aka Mysterious Challenger that will buff our entire board if it remains alive that turn, nothing more to say than Competitive Spirit.

In my opinion and just after 7 days of the release, this is the only “The Grand Tournament” original archetype capable of being, at least, the shadow of Grim Patron.

The new challenger

Another outstanding decklist is the  Dragon Priest.

Just one step behind the Paladín we have the Dragon Priest, it uses the classic dragon cards but it has been boost with three new additions: Wyrmrest Agent, Twilight GuardianChillmaw.

One of the common mistakes to avoid is playing very reactive and control like, starting from turn 4 or 5 we have to look for the window to stop being reactive and dropping a threat, we want to close fast the game.

The fun

I had to write this list, is has been one of my favorites this week and it is mainly thanks to Lock and Load.

We run some of the staples of the Hunter and it is capable of closing games from the start, as hunter usually does, the difference is that instead of playing Loatheb or Savannah Highmane to close games we have Lock and Load an a great pool of spells to refill our hand and simply roll over our rivals if the game goes to the late game.

These are my thoughs and my reflection on The Grand Tournament, What about you, what will you play? what do you think?

I created a list with the new decks that are being played by pros or streamers, have a look here:TGT Pioneer decks

 

Thanks for reading:

Alx (@AlxShow)

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OMNIS @ Euskal Encounter 23

By | eSports, Event, Gaming, Hackprende, HearthStone, LAN, Party | 3 Comments

We are back home,

Omnis has been present in Euskal Encounter 23. It’s been five incredible days and we want to thank you for all the support you have shown us. We went there like ninjas, no media presence, no webpage nor social media accounts, we wanted to start there, surrounded by what we love, more than 4000 techonlogy and gaming enthusiasts.

Remember that you can still participate in our giveaway, we have a headset, a keyboard and a fan by Mars Gaming for you, and 10 Steam keys, you can win any of this prizes just by followin any of our social media accounts.

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Follow us to enter the giveaway:

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The event has been really sucessful, we have presented our technoogical project, Hackprende in front of a marvelous audience, our thanks to you for the partcipation and your help. Stay tunned, as you know we are going to carry it out in Asia and we need your help for that.

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20150725_164633Hackprende invaded a lot of devices in the event, you can learn more about it here. If you like technology, both hard and soft, for sure ou will love a Hackprende session. Our colleague Dirk (@Agr3gam3) has been working nonstop for the whole event to make this happen.

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Finally, as you can guess the first picture in this post, our first eSports participation has been really successful. Alx (AlxShow) reached the final in the Hearthstone tournament by OGseries with 232 players, with a deck of his own creation that caused a sensation at the event and managed to write the first entry in our honors room. Soon we will have his analysis on the web.

We can only say thanks, thank you very much, thanks for your support to our players, our projects and to each of the members of the team.

Finally thanks to the team that has made this possible, Nerul (@neruloverdose) & Halabalusa (@JaviHalabalusa), you are the best.

See you soon.