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Jinx joins Fortnite in League of Legends crossover

Jinx, the reckless blue-haired loose cannon from League of Legends, is taking a break from her busy day-to-day life in Piltover to make her way to the rocky shores of Fortnite.

Epic is plastering the face of the popular champion, younger sister of Vi, and main character of Riot’s upcoming animated series Arcane all over the Fortnite item shop in the form of a Jinx outfit, pickaxe, spray, back bling, lobby track, and loading screen starting today at 7pm CT.

To celebrate the premiere of Arcane on Nov. 6, the collaboration will mark the first time a League character has been featured in a non-Riot game. 

The series, which is set to release on Netflix but will also be co-streamed on Twitch by a handful of content creators at 9pm CT that evening, explores the balance between the rich, utopian city of Piltover and the seedy, oppressed underground of Zaun, giving players a glimpse into the world of League.

Fortnite has executed high profile collaborations and entertainment experiences while remaining committed to bringing players content that enriches their experience both in and out of game, a dedication we share and admire,” said Brandon Miao, Riot’s cross-product experiences and partnerships lead.

Fortnite fans should already be well-accustomed to crossover characters by now. They’ve seen it all, from Halo’s Master Chief on Dec. 12, 2020 to Street Fighter’s Chun-li on Feb. 21, 2021 and more.

Riot confirms Caitlyn’s auto-reset combos

League of Legends’ resident sheriff Caitlyn might be getting some new looks in her upcoming art and sustainability update, but Riot Games has confirmed that it’ll be taking away a huge aspect of her kit in the process.

Many players are familiar with the various combinations that Caitlyn can use to maximize her damage, including headshot auto attack animation cancels. This worked by allowing Caitlyn to immediately proc her headshot auto attack by first attacking a non-headshot target. Riot’s design lead Daniel “Rovient” Leaver joined a discussion and said that “these auto-resets are gone and we have no plans for them to return.”

The ASU team fixed how Caitlyn’s headshot code works, according to Riot Rovient. But in the process, they unintentionally removed the attack resets. Because these auto-cancels “shouldn’t be in her kit anyway,” they aren’t going to try to make the coding worse just to return the mechanic to the champion.

The community has voiced its complaints about this, saying that this completely removes an aspect of the champion that made her unique to other marksmen in the game. Caitlyn’s auto attack cancel combos gave the champion depth and provided experienced players with a way to express their skill at a higher level. She’s relatively easy to learn and pick up but hard to master.

Rovient said that the developers are going to monitor Caitlyn’s data over the next few patches. If any of her rates begin to change drastically, then the team will consider giving her adjustments as needed. He did say, however, that the decision to add or remove the auto-resets will remain with the gameplay team for the future.

Caitlyn’s art and sustainability update should be hitting the League live servers with Patch 11.23, which is set to release on Wednesday, Nov. 17 2021.

Astralis adds K0nfig and blameF to Counter-Strike roster

The Danish organization has signed Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke, Benjamin “blameF” Bremer, and head coach Alexander “ave” Held to “revitalize” the team and bring Astralis back to where it “belong[s].”

The players and coach are set to replace Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, Emil “Magisk” Reif, and Danny “zonic” Sørensen, who have served as longstanding members of the team, winning multiple Majors and tournaments. 

They are expected to part ways with Astralis no later than January 2022, when their contracts expire

“To eliminate the insecurities and ensure the clarity and focus, we need to create the best possible conditions for everybody on and around the team,” Kasper Hvidt.

“We add two world-class players and a new, strong coach profile who all bring a lot of energy and motivation to build on the strong Astralis legacy and to be a contender for the biggest titles again.”

K0nfig and blameF, who Hvidt describes as “absolutely world-class,” are already well-established players in the Danish scene, having competed together in Complexity. “In addition to their obvious qualities on the server, they come with a personality, motivation, and energy that will be felt all the way out to the back rows in the biggest arenas,” 

While ave, who is known for his “unique” and “deep insight” in Counter-Strike, will look to bring tactical understanding and analytics skills to the team, as well as preparation, strategy, and structure.

“I come with an analytical and strategic approach, with a focus to be prepared [as] best [as] possible, so we get the best out of each player individually and out of the team,”

“I cannot promise titles from day one, but I can promise we will come top prepared and give everything we have.”

Team Secret parts ways with Zai

The European Dota 2 roster shuffle is continuing at full force after The International 10. TI10 third-place finisher Team Secret announced today that the team is parting ways with Zai, who’s been with the team for over three years.

This news may have come as a shock to many fans since the team performed well at TI but didn’t reach the grand finals by a single game. The team and Zai are bidding farewell to each other “on the best of terms” and Team Secret will be in the market for an offlaner before the next DPC season kicks off.

Zai thanked his teammates and coach for “making these past three years some of the best years” he’s had playing Dota 2 in his farewell statement and said goodbye to Team Secret “one more time” as he heads in a new direction.

“It is a sad moment, but I have to accept that all good things come to an end,” Puppey said. “I have nothing but love for this man, not only is he an amazing and persistent teammate, he is also a great friend. No matter where you go and what you do, I am sure you’ll find success. I wish you nothing but the best.”

Zai first joined the org in 2015 but left after a seven-month run to join Evil Geniuses. Before coming back to Team Secret in 2018, Zai also had a year-long stint on OpTic Gaming alongside PPD. Zai was a core part of the Team Secret roster during his time with the team, and despite not being able to win the Aegis, the roster had one of the most dominant seasons in 2020. 

Dota 2 fans are naturally wondering what might be next for the Swede and a few possible destinations for Zai. Zai and Nisha may join a team together, potentially Team Liquid, indicating that there might be more departures from Team Secret.Considering the next DPC season starts within a month, fans may start hearing more about the upcoming roster moves before Nov. 29.

NiP launching “Ninjas in Brazil” VALORANT division

The Ninjas in Pyjamas organization has announced it is moving its VALORANT division to Brazil as part of a new “Ninjas in Brazil” initiative that will include a new LATAM-based headquarters.

This change means that the organization will be parting ways with the active members of its European VALORANT roster—Emir “rhyme” Muminovic, Egor “chiwawa” Stepanyuk, Yaroslav “Jady” Nikolaev, Adam “ec1s” Eccles, Charles “CREA” Beauvois, coach Emil “eMIL” Sandgren, and assistant coach Kévin “Ex6TenZ” Droolans. All of these people are now “allowed to explore new opportunities,” according to COO Jonas Gunderson. Gunderson was blunt in his reasoning for the decision.

“We’ve been in [VALORANT] from the beginning because we love what it brings to the table, but have been unable to unlock the potential of the game both from a performance and engagement standpoint,” Gunderson said. “We wanted a foundation that we could invest in long term, allowing us to allocate big resources and innovation. Our current EU positioning isn’t good enough for our ambitions.”

NiP is seeking to establish an “even stronger foothold” in Latin America, building off the foundation of their Brazilian Rainbow Six Siege roster, who are reigning Six Invitational champions. The organization plans to establish another Young Ninjas academy in Latin America, all leading to a “full-scale Ninjas in Brazil division.”

Overwatch 2 will be delayed, says Activision Blizzard

Activision Blizzard revealed today in a third-quarter update to its investors that two games in the company’s pipeline—Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV—will have a “later launch” than originally anticipated. 

“While we are still planning to deliver a substantial amount of content from Blizzard next year, we are now planning for a later launch for Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV than originally envisaged,” a slide from the presentation reads.

A delay for Overwatch 2 could throw off plans for the Overwatch League’s fifth season, which launches in April. The league was set to play on an early build of overwatch 2, in which teams will move to a five-vs-five competitive setup. 

Later slides in the presentation say that the Overwatch League will still run on this early build in April.

Psyonix partners with BMW for next RLCS EU regional, adds BMW M240i to the game

Psyonix is teaming up with BMW to bring new content to Rocket League. Additionally, the luxury German vehicle company will be the title sponsor for the second regional tournament of the European Rocket League Championship Series 2021-22 circuit.

Starting on Nov. 4, players can grab the new BMW M240i in-game, with its iconic stylings and the ability to add your own Rocket League flair to it with other customizable items—as long as they aren’t part of another licensed partnership.

The car itself will be available for 1,100 Credits in the shop, which will also give you a set of BMW M240i Wheels, the signature Thundernight Metallic Decal, a United In Rivalry Animated Decal that changes color when you reach supersonic speeds, a Bavarian Hat Topper, and the BMW Player Banner.

You can also tune into the BMW Rocket League Open for the RLCS 2021-22 season. The top EU teams are set to battle from Nov. 5 to 7. 

Just like with some other previous partnerships, Psyonix is hosting a BMW Freestyle Tournament throughout the competition on Nov. 4. It will be invitation-only and feature 16 of Rocket League’s best freestylers facing off in a single-elimination bracket and their share of a $25,000 prize pool.

Here’s the full event roster: 

  • Den
  • Fadez
  • Faith
  • Flytz
  • Gappled
  • Henkovic
  • Jxsh
  • Letho
  • Maktuf
  • Mesko
  • Panther
  • Reel
  • Sours
  • Stonner
  • Trap
  • Tx

The BMW M240i and its corresponding licensed items will only be available to purchase for a limited time. So if you want it, get it before it drives off.