Niantic has just confirmed that there will be 4 Pokemon GO live events this year. They will be hosted in the UK, US, and Taiwan in the first half of the year.
Pokemon GO Live Events Dates
1. Lantern Festival (Taichung City, Taiwan)
- This 4-day event will take place from 6th to 9th February
2. Safari Zone (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
- First USA event will hit us from 27th to 29th of March
3. Safari Zone (Liverpool, UK)
- Pokemon GO will be in Beatles hometown from 17th to 19th of April
4. Safari Zone (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
- Last Safari Zone will take place in the City of Brotherly Love from 8th to 10th of May
Pokemon Goes Taiwan
You will be pleased to know that the Lantern Festival is completely free. Unlike Safari Zone, this will be an epic, city-wide event. As for Pokemons, you can expect to see Electrike, Mareep and other similar electric beasts. Additionally, you may also encounter various bug Pokemons such as Illumise and Volbeat. Illumise is a particularly interesting choice, as it usually chills in South and North America, and Africa. Lastly, you will have the opportunity to capture Unown L – the rarest type of Pokemon, while soaking on the beautiful songs of Chimecho. What’s not to love?
What About Safari Zones?
The first Safari Zone event will happen in Tower Grove Park in St. Louis. This is admission only event, with tickets ranging between $ 12 and $18. In park, you will be chasing Mankey, Snivy, Ferroseed, and Teddirusa. Chatot, a Pokemon usually reserved for South America, will also be making its appearance. If you are lucky, you may find Unown S just snooping around.
2020 is the first year in which the UK will be a part of Safari Zone. It will work identically to the first event, with early access tickets going for £18, and regular ones for £12. In the wild, you will find Krabby, Dratini, Oshawott, and Chinchou. Relicanth, a pokemon that’s originally from the Pacific Islands, will be making am exclusive appearance. Make sure to explore every part of Sefton Park, as there’s a chance you will encounter Unown V.
Unfortunately, the details for the 3rd Safari Zone event are still unknown. However, once they are out, they will appear right here.
Fortnite: the top 5 players in Fortnite Chapter 2
After Season X and the World Cup, players wanted more. The World Cup set high expectations for the best players in the world. In the last update, it came with a complete review of what the players liked most during the ten seasons. That with the changes in the set of withdrawals, map and mechanics, the competitive scenario was well ahead. This was very evident in Fortnite Chapter 2.
Fortnite Chapter 2 saw a number of talents emerge that no one expected to see. Fortnite Chapter 1 provided a squad format, the second had a very similar doubles format. The soils remained a lasting pillar. The brilliance that players demonstrated in Season X was due to the different formats. However, some other popular World Cup highlights have disappeared. Only those who could maintain a level of success in Chapter 2, Season 1 and 2, could be considered one of the best players.
We at Gaming Net highlight some players that stood out last season. This list includes the results of Fortnite Chapter 2 of Season 1, and Season 2. We are based on the three FNCS competitions, offline tournaments and various Cash Cups. Check out the list of the top 5 players from the last half of Competitive Fortnite.
5 – ROCCO “SAF” MORALES
Saf is a former Ghost Gaming player, being one of the elites in Fortnite history. He and his partner Zayt, have achieved many achievements. Regardless of the circumstances, he is always in the finals of the best tournaments. This domain continued after Fortnite transitioned to Chapter 2 and a whole new scenario.
Saf teamed up with Zayt, Commandment and HighSky to form an excellent team for the FNCS competition. Of the four qualifying weeks, they won three. At the end of the first season of Fortnite Chapter 2, they finished in fourth place. After their dominant performance in season 1, Zayt and Saf remained virtually the same in season 2.
At FNCS Duo, from Chapter 2 Season 2, they got together again and it was flawless. In one game, the two of them were sanctioned as one of the best players of all time. Saf continued to play in top-level tournaments, reaching the FNCS Grand Finals Invitational and reaching 31st place. We can say that in the near future, Saf will find even more success in the competitive market.
- 3x FNCS Finalist
- 4th in Chapter 2 Season 1
- 1st in Chapter 2 Season 2
- 31st in FNCS Invitational
- 5x Solo Cash Cup Top XNUMX
- 29th at the Australian Open Summer Smash
4 – WILLIAMS “ZAYT” AUBIN
Zayt’s career can be defined with a lot of hard work and dedication. Just consider your history of success and everyone will know it. Zayt always presents his game at a high level, no matter what the competition is. His game is fluid, this makes him one of the greatest of all time in Fortnite.
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 1 was fun for Zayt. He and Saf together with TSM Commandment and SEN HighSky won three of the four weeks of FNCS. In the Grand Final they took fourth place. The duo Zayt and Saf in the FNCS Duo did what they do best. At the Grand Finals they grabbed the victory and didn’t let it go. Zayt then went to ninth place on the FNCS Invitational. Success is the name of the game and Zayt is one of the best at finding it over and over again.
- 3x FNCS Finalist
- 4th in Chapter 2 Season 1
- 1st in Chapter 2 Season 2
- 9th at FNCS Invitational
- 56th at DreamHack Anaheim
- 24th at the Australian Open Summer Smash
3 – ALEXANDRE “ANDILEX” CHRISTOPHE
Frenchman Andilex consolidated himself in the European Fortnite competition in just a few months. In Fortnite Chapter 2 of the first season, he quickly became one of the best players in Europe. He joined forces with 4zr, Noward and DRG for FNCS. The four of them finished 11th in the finals, achieving two wins in four weeks. But that made Andilex continue to stand out in LAN performance. He first traveled to Sweden for the DreamHack Winter event and almost won the competition. Overall, he came in second and $ 15,000.
Andilex performed very well at DreamHack Anaheim. He finished in sixth place. After that the Frenchman dominated the FNCS of the second season of Chapter 2. He and Nayte won the entire tournament and US$ 35K each in the process. Andilex took seventh place in the Grand Finals at the invitation of FNCS. Andilex’s rise continues regardless of the season or goal.
- 3x FNCS Finalist
- 11th in Chapter 2 Season 1
- 1st in Chapter 2 Season 2
- 7th at FNCS Invitational
- 6th at DreamHack Anaheim
- 2nd at DreamHack Winter
- 1x Solo Cup Cup winner
- 4x Solo Cash Cup Top XNUMX
- 5x Duo Cash Cup Top Ten with Nayte
2 – BENJY “BENJYFISHY” FISH
The competitive world of Fortnite in recent years has seen the emergence of many European talents. Benjyfishy’s rise is one of the most extraordinary in the game. Some players had a comeback in their performances after the World Cup, but that was not the case for Benjy. He continued to make his name alongside other prominent players, mitr0 and Mongraal.
What sets Benjy apart from the rest is his sense of play and fine mechanics. After Season X, Benjyfishy impacted solo competitions. In his solo career, he stood out with several wins in the Solo Cash Cup, in addition to the two consecutive wins in qualifying at the FNCS Invitational, 13th in AO Summer Smash, 11th in DreamHack Winter and 11th in DreamHack Anaheim. In addition, Benjy took second place in the FNCS of the squadrons of Season 1 of Chapter 1, with Mongraal, Wolfiez and Nayte.
At just 16, Benjy has an enviable track record. He maintains the mentality by making the game fluid and easy. It is a very big challenge to stay in the TOP 3, but Benjy can do it. Despite its age, benjyfishy is a household name in competitive Fortnite. It’s only a matter of time before Benjy appears when the spotlight is on him.
- 2x FNCS Finalist
- 2nd in Chapter 2 Season 1
- 56th at FNCS Invitational
- 2x FNCS Invitation Qualifier Winner
- 3x Solo Cup Cup winner
- 9x Solo Cash Cup Top XNUMX
- 1x Winner of the Duo Cash Cup with MrSavage
- 6x Duo Cash Cup Top Ten with Mongraal and MrSavage
- 11th on DreamHack Anaheim
- 11 on DreamHack Winter
- 13th at the Australian Open Summer Smash
1 – MARTIN “MRSAVAGE” FOSS ANDERSEN
Unlike most players, MrSavage has advanced skills in the game. He has remained at the top over the years even outside the European region. After the Fortnite World Cup, MrSavage reached all of the Fortnite Champion Series Grand Finals, except for the Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 1 squads. His consistency is one of the good points that makes him the best.
At just 15 years old, the Norwegian won three Solo Cash Cup victories only in Fortnite Chapter 2. MrSavage won several War Legend tournaments, placed 15th with IDrop in chapter 2 of the 2nd season of FNCS and 15th in FNCS Invitational. At DreamHack Anaheim, he won a Victory Royale in the final match and won the title. He continues to impress, regardless of the format, scoring system or his teammates.
After an impressive performance in LAN, MrSavage joined the organization 100Thieve. He found Benjyfishy, both 15 years old. Regardless of age, he had an enviable competitive mindset. With all of those things added up and the DreamHack Anaheim victory, he reached the top of the Fortnite competition, where he remains today.
- 2x FNCS Finalist
- 12th in Chapter 2 Season 2
- 15th at FNCS Invitational
- 3x Solo Cup Cup winner
- 10x Solo Cash Cup Top XNUMX
- 1x Duo Cash Cup Winner w / benjyfishy
- 2x Duo Cash Cup Top Ten with Endretta and benjyfishy
- 1st at DreamHack Anaheim
- 14 on DreamHack Winter
Minko Minkov, Game Designer at Rebellious Software – Interview Series
Minko Minkov, is a Game Designer at Rebellious Software, a development company focused on making games that make you think.
When did you originally discover your passion for gaming?
I was 12 and I have just discovered fantasy books (“The Little Prince” and various gamebooks). I wanted to share those adventures with my friends but simply telling them what the book is about felt too boring, so I wanted to make them relieve these adventures. That is how I made my first game. It was of course a very simple dice game – a hero walking through a labyrinth, painted in a notebook.
Do you have a personal favorite game and why does this game resonate with you?
A classic from 1999 – Heroes of Might and Magic III. I don’t like games with a very high pace or where quick reactions are needed. I am a very calm and laid-back person, so I enjoy this type of games. HOMM3 is a turned based strategy game (no time pressure) with a very hard-core fantasy style and up to 8 people can play together on the same PC – the perfect match for the children of the 90s in a small town, where only 1-2 families on the block could afford a PC.
What made you choose to become a game designer?
After making my first few games, I discovered that watching other people play games and try to overcome the obstacles and advance through the story is as much fun for me, or even more fun, then playing games myself. It brings me enormous joy to go into my imaginary worlds and create adventures, which help people to escape reality for a bit. It is the perfect job for me and I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to dream every day.
Could you tell us about Rebellious Software and what the company does?
After the amazing results at the NASA Space Apps Challenges, the guys gained enough confidence and wanted to start working on bigger projects, and it had to be something we are very passionate about. The direction was clear – gaming!
We are an indie game developer based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Our goal is to create games that challenge existing genres with creative innovations.
One of the first products that was launched was the Chicksbook app, could you describe what this does?
Chicksbook was developed before we switched to game development. It was part of the NASA Space Apps Challenge – the largest hackaton in the world with 25 000 participants. NASA Space Apps Challenge is an annual event that brings hot challenges that NASA was facing both in the daily life on Earth and in space exploration. Raising chickens at home during that period was among those problems as many people started doing it for more healthy products without any preparations which led to multiple diseases being spread across the USA. So, we created an app – Chicksbook that can help people raise their chickens, schedule vets appointments, detect diseases, etc. We event received recognition from USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture). All that was in 2013 and Chicksbook won one of the six categories in the hackaton.
Another early app was the leaf zone, what is this app?
Leafzone was another project developed for NASA Space Apps Challenge in the following year. You can use the app to take s photo of a plant and the app will tell you the species of the plant and whether it has any diseases. In addition, it was sending data to servers about how affected is the plant from the ozone holes which was the ultimate goal of the app – to gather information on where the ozone holes are most affecting plants. Leafzone was another successful application that won one of the six categories in the NASA Space Apps Challenge 2014.
World of Myths is the latest game that is being worked on, could you tell us about this game?
When we started with our first brainstorming sessions about the theme of our first major game, everyone made a list of their favorite fantasy themes, characters, books. In the end, all lines crossed at “Mythology” – the myths and legends of the ancient civilizations.
The game itself had to be a collectible card game (CCG) as we are all very passionate card game players. Combined, we have played almost every card game that was ever created – Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh, Hearthstone, Legend of the Five Rings LCG, including the game that brought us all together – Game of Thrones LCG.
Using all the knowledge we have accumulated throughout the years, playing all those card games, we were able to put together some of the best elements, that would fit the digital format of the game and also create a combat system like no other.
The game board looks deceptively simple with only 5 slots for playing creatures, but the Endurance mechanic and the 3 different Temples, that can be plundered for various bonuses on each successful attack, makes for very deep and strategic gameplay, where luck (RNG) is reduced to a minimum. This is truly a skill-based game where every move counts – like chess with fantasy creatures!
What type of players would like this game?
The game is for the mid-core player. Someone who would like much less complexity and more manageable card pool than Magic, but deeper and more strategic gameplay then Hearthstone. It is truly free to play game with an amazing art style.
What do you enjoy the most when you work on World of Myths?
I personally love creating new cards. From the very first steps of digging through the books to find the right mythical creature, imagine what his abilities in the game should be and then testing for the balance and most importantly – the fun it would bring to use it in play!
Is there anything else that you would like to share about Rebellious Software?
We are a small but extremely motivated team, trying to outperform studios with 10 times our size in this very competitive industry. So far it is working well and the great reviews we have received for World of Myths on Steam (85% positive reviews) give us the strength to move forward.
League of Legends: Lillia, the new Champion of LoL
Lillia will be the next champion to be launched in League of Legends (LoL). The information was confirmed by Riot Games itself on Tuesday (7). The developer released an animated trailer introducing the new champion and launching the newest event, the “Festival do Florescer Espiritual”. His arrival had been speculated for a few weeks. Including leaks of your art and information about the route and more details.
Champion Lillia will be the first craft hunter to be launched at LoL since Kayn’s arrival in 2017. With arrival scheduled for July 22, next to the Festival of Spiritual Blossom with patch 10.15. It is worth mentioning that three champions were expected to be launched in the coming months, being a hunter, which in this case would be Lillia herself, plus a murderer and a sniper.
The new champion has the characteristics of a centaur, a creature present in Greek mythology that is the mixture of a human being with a horse. She is the second character with a similar appearance to arrive at LoL. The first was Hecarim, released in April 2012. In addition, many MOBA fans are making comparisons between Lillia and Neeko because of some similarities. In particular, the color of their hair and the relationship that both champions have with nature.
Lillia is a young woman who lives in a hidden forest in Ionia and has champion Ivern as her great friend. Ivern is another playable character in LoL. This forest, called “garden” by Lillia herself, has a different type of magi. It brings together the dreams of humanity within. The champion’s story has a beginning related to the so-called “Mother Tree”. Who develops a disease caused by the lack of dreams of the human beings around him. She discovers that she can harvest people’s dreams to feed her mother. So, Lillia decides to explore the world beyond her garden to help keep her alive.
In League of Legends, Lillia promises to be a hunter who will have a very large initial learning line. Needing more effort from players to truly master their entire skill kit.
Your skills focus a lot on increasing your movement speed and decreasing your opponent’s. In addition, she can literally put her enemies to sleep. Taking advantage of this to wreak havoc with his staff.
Passive – Lillia’s abilities apply Dust of Dreams, dealing a portion of the target’s maximum health as magic damage for a period.
Q – Lillia swings her branch in the air and deals magic damage to nearby enemies. The attack deals real damage to those at the outer edge of the circle. When she can attack with the ability, Lillia also gains movement speed.
W – Lillia sets up a huge attack with her branch, dealing magic damage to enemies. Enemies at the center of the impact take more damage.
E – Lillia casts a “Swirlseed” overhead, dealing magic damage to enemies and slowing them for a period. If Lillia’s seed fails, it will continue to roll until it hits an enemy or collides with the ground.
R – Lillia performs a lullaby about her enemies and those affected by her Dream Powder get slower and slower before falling asleep for a period of time. When awakened by damage, enemies take additional magic damage.
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