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World Cyber Games Returns: Signups, games, dates, location and more

Published: 22/Mar/2019 23:42 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 13:21

by Wyatt Donigan

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Brought to you by the World Cyber Games: Register to compete in the qualifiers here.

After a five-year hiatus, the World Cyber Games (WCG) in finally making a return with the 15th edition of the popular global esports competition.

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How the World Cyber Games began

WCG started in October of 2000 with the ‘WCG Challenge’ that featured esports stalwarts such as Quake III Arena, Unreal Tournament, and StarCraft: Brood War.

While that initial event featured just 17 countries and less than 200 players, the event expanded to over 70 countries and over 600 players for many subsequent tournaments.

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WCGAt its height, WCG was one of the most beloved esports tournaments in the world.

As the event grew in player base and scope, so did the selection of games. By the time the 2013 edition came around, WCG has seen everything from Counter-Strike 1.6 to Guitar Hero to Halo 3.

With so many of the biggest games in the esports community represented, WCG became the go-to event for many players around the world.

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Despite the growing success and importance of the event, however, WCG was forced to close its doors in 2014. A few attempts were made to bring the popular tournament series back in the years following, but most fell through and it seemed as though the legendary event was gone for good.

WCGWCG seemingly closed its doors for the last time with the 2013 edition of the tournament series.

 

Return of the World Cyber Games

That all changed with the announcement of WCG 2019, with the finals set to held from July 18 to July 21.

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After bouncing around between various locations throughout the years, WCG 2019 is returning to Xi’an, China and is being organized in full cooperation with the People’s Government of Xi’an.

“We are preparing a wide array of entertainment programs in addition to its game tournaments to regain and solidify the glory of WCG as the leading global esports festival,” said Hyuk Bin Kwon, Chairman of the WCG Committee.  “I extend my sincere gratitude to the Qujiang New District of Xi’an, the birthplace of the ancient Chinese civilization with an amazing historical heritage, for deciding to support WCG’s plan to showcase various aspects of the future digital culture to audiences from all over the world.”

While the last edition of WCG featured nine games, the revitalized WCG 2019 will feature a slimmer collection of the following six games:

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  • Dota 2
  • Honor of Kings
  • Clash Royale
  • Warcraft III: Thr Frozen Throne
  • Hearthstone
  • CrossFire

WCGWCG 2019 will feature a lean lineup of six esports titles.

 

How to register for the World Cyber Games

The tournament isn’t exclusive to big-name professionals, though, as there are a number of open qualifiers taking place for each game on the list. The qualifiers kicked off on March 11 and will run through March 26.

You can sign up for the National Qualifiers taking place in the Americas, APAC, Europe, and China through the official WCG website.

The Regional Qualifiers will then take place in April, with the Regional Finals happening in May. Everything will then culminate with the Grand Final in Xi’an on July 18-21.

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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