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Critical Role return date & new format officially announced

Published: 25/Jun/2020 21:24

by Theo Salaun


The world’s most popular Dungeons & Dragons series, Critical Role, is finally set to resume with some modifications after a hiatus.

Acted by a variety of proudly nerdy voice actors and helmed by Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer, the last episode of Critical Role’s second campaign, episode 99: High Stakes, High Seas, aired on March 16, 2020. Now, it’s officially coming back—with numerous safety precautions.


As explained by Creative Director Marisha Ray in an update video, Critical Role will be returning for the 100th episode of its second campaign on July 2nd. With advice from the CDC, WHO, and various entertainment unions, the production team has created a new “social distancing set” that ensures maximum safety of the cast and crew. 

The new set will feature everything from individual tables for cast members, split seven to even 21 feet apart, a skeleton crew, and weekly to bi-weekly testing for all on-hand personnel depending on recording schedule. In addition, Critical Role will now be pre-taping their content and monitoring conditions with the possibility that they put production on hold again if things are deemed unsatisfactory or should local governance mandates change.

After months of down time, fans of the popular series will be thrilled to hear that their favorite gang, the Mighty Nein, is heading back to sea—where their ship was last seen being trailed by a…dragon turtle.

Critical Role blends entertainment with the fantasy adventure of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game. While the game has existed since 1974, the series has been around since 2015, existing across podcast platforms, YouTube, and live-streamed on Twitch before getting turned into a variety of accompanying media like books and comics.

The series has also played a strong role in charity fundraising. While offering a ton of merchandise to their eager fans, including customized flasks and a collection with Hot Topic, the show’s cast is constantly involved in social work—both using their platforms for advocacy and funneling all show donations toward charities.

It’s an obvious cultural sensation, not just for its entertainment value but for the warmth of its community. The cast doesn’t just care about killing bad guys in a fantasy world, they care about their fans and helping out in the real world too.

The 100th episode will air on Thursday, July 2nd. The team is excited, the fans are excited, but Ray summed it up best: “This game is such a huge part of our hearts and souls … We’ve missed you, we love you, and…is it Thursday yet?”


Tyler1 amazes Smash Ultimate pros after battling MkLeo on Twitch

Published: 28/Nov/2020 1:38

by Andrew Amos


Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp faced off against the number one Smash Ultimate player, Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ López Pérez, in what was meant to be a fun T1 crossover. Instead, the League challenger got to work, trash talking and smashing about the best in the world.

Tyler1 doesn’t do anything by halves. He’s loud, and has the personality to match. He revs up his Twitch stream to hundreds of thousands of adoring fans daily, who are there not for the gameplay, but for the Tyler1 ride.

Those who caught the streamer’s November 27 cast were certainly in for a ride. The League of Legends star collided with Smash Ultimate’s biggest name, MkLeo.

It makes sense a crossover between the two was inevitable ⁠— with both being part of prestigious organization T1 ⁠— but the action exceeded everyone’s expectations. Of course, Tyler1 got trounced by MkLeo. However, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t able to get a stock or two, and the League streamer let the Smash pro know about it.

“Leo, I don’t think you’re that good dude. How bad are Smash players if I almost f**king beat you,” Tyler1 said, while struggling to get more than half a stock on average every game.

MkLeo didn’t take it lying down though. “You’re so bad that you’re really good at the same time,” he hit back with.

Tyler1 kept frying the big fish though. Next on his stop of trash talk was Leffen. “Leffen is a scrawny p*ssy a** b*tch. Kid sucks at f**king Smash. Rages at a children’s game, f**king loser,” he said, which had MkLeo in stitches. He had enough slaptalk for Samsora and other pros too.

Fans were also treated to some iconic Tyler1 reactions, and there was none bigger than the streamer’s bewilderment at Arsene, Joker’s Persona. “What the hell is that? Did you just enter a cheat code, bud? Are you cheating?”

After it was all said and done though, the crossover did what it intended to do. It united the League of Legends and Smash communities, and entertained everyone in the crossover that no one really wanted, but they definitely enjoyed.

“Playing and chilling with [Tyler1] really made me realize what it is to be a streamer and a gamer. Loved his personality and him as a person, looking forward to more collaborations like these,” MkLeo said on Twitter.

“T1 playing smash with Leo was actually so godlike. Makes me actually want to play league more and see if I can get to further than Masters,” Samsora also added on Twitter.

Tyler1 kept his side of the story nice and quaint though: “It was pretty fun.”