Esports

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Splatoon 2 has been in Switch owners' hands for almost a full week, as squeaky-clean newcomers and grizzled ink veterans alike have been tearing through countless turf wars. While the battles rage on, we wanted to chat with some top-level players to get their assessment of the sequel: What's the best tool for inking? What's been the best improvement, and what does the game still need?

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Benoit "Gunfight" Arquilla, a French fighting game competitor living in Japan, proved the community's age-old "never give up" adage still holds true in 2017 during a recent Street Fighter V live stream. After getting rocked by a strong Laura player named Suika during the final round of their online match, Gunfight was able to mount an impressive comeback that left his opponent reeling. The best part? He was sure he was finished right up until a clutch trade turned the tides in his favour, declaring, "I'm dead," as he was getting thrashed.

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It's not often Sydney gets a taste of international esports, and it's even rarer that esports makes its way to the CBD. But the harbourside city got a taste of both over the weekend when Blizzard brought the Overwatch World Cup to town.

After a few surprises, scraps and a finish involving several overtimes, Australia and Sweden booked their tickets to the finals in Blizzcon later this year. But the tournament was also revealing on several other fronts, both for what it said about Overwatch and where the professional scene sits right now. Here's five things we learned from Blizzard's grand tournament.

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In the Super Smash Bros. Melee community, how you play can matter far more than who you are. Recently, a top Melee player made his grand re-entry into the game's competitive scene a little over a year after assaulting a Florida gas station clerk, causing a rift among fans and pros over whether it's proficiency or personality that matters most.

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Early this morning, esports organisation ESL announced a number of changes to its rules regarding cheating, doping, bribery and, most notably, match-fixing. In accordance with these changes, four former players from iBuyPower who were lifetime banned for fixing a match will be allowed to compete in ESL events.

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Fighting games are complicated. That's just a simple truth. As the genre has developed over the last few decades, franchises have become inundated with mechanics that both alienate newcomers and drive divisions between players. The makers of the upcoming game Fantasy Strike are trying to change that.

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With a home crowd and a successful first two matches, Australia looked comfortable in their quest to qualify for the Overwatch World Cup finals at Blizzcon later this year. As Australia has historically done so often however, they began to falter, losing their third group match to Sweden and finding themselves staring down the barrel of a playoffs defeat to Japan. But with moments to spare in overtime, Australia flipped the final point and booked themselves a ticket to Blizzcon later this year.

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Rapper Waka Flocka Flame was in town for DreamHack Atlanta, performing a set at the tournament and video game convention. It so happens that Flocka is a fan of games, and so during a desk segment for a Dota 2 match between Team Secret and Planet Odd, he joined the panelists to give his thoughts on Dota, games, and what he'd play with Snoop while high.

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Nobody likes getting trapped in the corner. The Pokemon Stadium level had moved into its sheer rock wall phase when Justin "Plup" McGrath decided to knock off another one of David "R2DLiu" Liu's lives without breaking a sweat.

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After this week's League Champions Korea matches, the reigning world champions of SKT T1 have gone 0-8 in the last two weeks. It's an unprecedented slide for a team that has been the de facto best in the world. SKT T1 is a three-time world champion, whose roster includes not just the god of mid lane Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok, but a long list of superstars.