ESL to host $250,000 CS:GO tournament

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Esports event organiser ESL is again gathering the best Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) teams from around the world to fight for a community funded prize pool of $250,000.

This will be based in Cologne at Gamescom from August 14th to 17th and follows ESL’s record-breaking Counter Strike event in the Spodek Arena (Katowice, Poland) earlier this year, where Polish team Virtus.pro won.

It generated 3.5 million combined viewer hours and over 6.2 million sessions recorded.

Ulrich Schulze, Managing Director of Pro Gaming at ESL, said: “After our thrilling event in Katowice, we are excited to once again host a tournament with a community funded prize pool. eSports is a great place to be right now and with the community growing as it is, we’re happy to be given the opportunity to showcase the best in competitive gaming once again. The biggest gaming event in the world is the perfect place to host the best CS:GO teams from all over the globe and all of us here at ESL are looking very much forward to what gamescom has to offer.”

Alexander Nehr, Product Manager at ESL, added: “Having watched the Finals in Katowice it will be absolutely brilliant to watch Virtus.pro and Ninjas in Pyjamas take the stage again in Cologne. With exciting teams such as Team Dignitas and HellRaisers, who constantly improve their gameplay to surprise their opponents, the tournament looks to be fantastic. Can’t wait to see which teams qualify in the coming weeks. You definitely don’t want to miss this tournament.”

Up-and-coming teams will have the opportunity to qualify for the tournament. The competition line-up will include the top eight teams from the Katowice event alongside eight teams decided by regional qualifiers (six from Europe, one from North America and one from Oceania/Australia).

The invited teams are as follows:

  • Virtus.pro
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Team Dignitas
  • Teamglobal (formerly LGB eSports)
  • CompLexity Gaming
  • HellRaisers
  • Team LDLC.com
  • Fnatic

For more information visit www.esl-one.com

Quick look: Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3)

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If you were a child in the early 1990’s, the chances are you either owned or played a Sega Mega Drive.

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Is World Cup Brazil better than FIFA 14?

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The annual release of the latest incarnation of the FIFA simulation is a highlight of the gaming calendar. This year’s version, FIFA 14, has been received with the requisite fanfare. In fact, many fans have expressed the opinion that FIFA 14 eclipses its keen rival Pro Evo 14, making it the top dog when it comes to football gaming. But what are the differences between this and the new World Cup game for Xbox 360 and PS3 - and which one is better?

The circus surrounding the latest version of the full game each year means that quite often, the standalone FIFA productions, such as the recently released FIFA World Cup Brazil, go forgotten. But there are plenty of reasons why fans should check out this version, timed to coincide with this summer’s FIFA World Cup. In fact, in many ways, World Cup Brazil is a superior game to FIFA 14.

Now if you’re expecting World Cup Brazil to be a technically and graphically superior experience to FIFA 14, then you may well be disappointed. However, if you’re looking for a game that is simply a lot of fun, this is where World Cup Brazil has the definite edge. For a start, the game play itself is more entertaining. There is a range of new shooting and passing animations and features, which makes for a football game with enhanced attacking flair. Perhaps this is all in keeping with the Brazilian World Cup theme. The result is strikers who unleash fearsome and acrobatic shots on goal which are a joy to both produce and watch.

Sensibly though, the game creators have also enhanced the abilities of goalkeepers and defenders. Keepers are now more adept than they are in FIFA 14 at palming the ball away or punching clear. Defenders meanwhile, although often outstripped by their attacking opponents for speed and skill, are now able to flick the ball behind when defending a corner and jostle for position with opponents, giving them a real battling edge.

Although the animation doesn’t perhaps replicate reality as effectively FIFA 14, there are some excellent features which you won’t find elsewhere. Coaches can be seen prowling the touchline, gesticulating to their team and urging them to victory. Meanwhile, the action periodically cuts to a scene of fans celebrating in a town square in front of a big screen back home.

With 203 national teams, 7,469 players and 21 new stadiums including all 12 authentic stadiums from Brazil to choose from, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to personalising your game with World Cup Brazil. There are also some great modes of play at your fingertips. The “Captain Your Country” mode sees you take on the persona of a single player, with the aim of distinguishing yourself to become captain as the tournament progresses. Meanwhile, “Road to the FIFA World Cup” allows you to control the destiny of a nation’s fortunes throughout an entire tournament, from the qualifying phase right through to the final at the famous Maracana Stadium on July 13th.

Another great feature is the two radio stations which you can listen to while you play, giving you the latest news from the tournament. It features over 50 hours of recorded content from well-known commentators and pundits. The only real downside to World Cup Brazil is that it’s not available on next-gen consoles such as PS4 or Xbox One. That aside though, this is an excellent production which can only enhance your World Cup experience.

Second opinion from Leet editor Dom Sacco

This is a guest post and I thought I’d share my two cents on the game. There’s no doubting FIFA World Cup is a fun game but of course don’t forget it lacks the online Ultimate Team mode found in recent versions of the annual FIFA games. Then there’s the fact that it obviously has no club teams. For a full-price game, this is a little disappointing, but if you’re in the mood for some World Cup fun and you’re happy to pay the price, World Cup Brazil won’t disappoint.

Hearthstone: Mage secret / ice deck for beginners’ ranked matches

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If like me you have started playing ranked matches in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and you’re looking for a basic deck to quickly get past the first few ranks, why not give this mage secret/ice focused deck a look?

It’s super fun to play, pretty simple to build and got us from the bottom rank (25) to rank 20 in a few hours (with a six-win streak). And if you use it to reach rank 20 by the end of April, you’ll unlock a cool Pandaria card back for your troubles. This deck costs just over 1,000 arcane dust to make.

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Eight ways to handle online gaming trolls

How to handle trolls in video games online

Trolling, griefing, flaming… call it what you like, but it all boils down to generally being a dick. With tons of popular online games around today like Call of Duty (CoD), FIFA and League of Legends (LoL), it seems there are more trolls spouting abuse in online games than ever before.

There are already a lot of ‘how to deal with trolls’ guides out there online, but I’ve found that many are convoluted, with surprisingly little advice or proper examples of effective comebacks that you can actually use. I’ve played with a hell of a lot of gaming trolls over the years, and in that time I’ve learnt how to deal with their whining ways. Here’s a concise guide with eight quick tips for dealing with trolls in video games.

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Thief tips: How to be a master thief

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Want to know some advanced tips for Thief – the new game for Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC?

Here’s our advice on how to be a master thief.

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How to transfer from Pokémon Black or White to X and Y (and get a free Celebi)

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Do you want to know how to transfer your Pokémon from Pokémon Black, White, Black 2 or White 2 to Pokémon X or Y?

Using the Pokémon Bank and PokéMover apps on the 3DS, we’ll show you how. And if you do it before September 30th, you’ll get a free Celebi legendary Pokémon.

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Octodad tips, tricks and funniest moments

Octodad tips and tricks

Octodad, the game where you control a suit-wearing octopus disguised as a human, is out now. And it’s bloody good fun.

You can finish it in a few hours, but we’ve come up with some tips and extras to help you get the most out of the game.

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Why Charizard Y is better than Charizard X

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When I first got Pokémon Y, I was disappointed to learn that I couldn’t Mega Evolve my Charizard into the Fire/Dragon hybrid Mega Charizard X.

X in my opinion looks much better in black and blue than the standard Charizard orange, plus he’s a dragon type. But come the end of the game, and testing out Mega Charizard X on a friend’s game, I’ve discovered why I prefer Mega Charizard Y.

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Pokémon X and Y: Trading centre and chat zone

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Are you looking for a certain Pokémon in Pokémon X or Y? Can’t find the trade you want using the in-game Global Trade Station (GTS) or Wonder Trade?

Leave a post below and chat with other users to swap friend codes and trade Pokémon, or take part in Friend Safaris and hunt for shiny Pokémon together.

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