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World of Tanks 1.10 patch notes: New tanks & equipment overhaul

Published: 3/Aug/2020 15:18

by Joe Craven

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The brand new 1.10 update has dropped in Wargaming’s World of Tanks, bringing with it new tanks, equipment and a returning fan favorite map – in one of the biggest updates in the game’s ten year history. 

Wargaming’s World of Tanks originally released back in August of 2010, capitalizing on its massive multiplayer format to introduce its players to organized tank chaos. 10 years later, and World of Tanks is going as strongly as ever.

What’s more is that the game’s developers have a monumental update up their sleeves in order to celebrate it turning a decade old. The update – 1.10 – will feature a host of brand new tanks, equipment and the return of map Pearl River.

Pearl River from World of Tanks
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The Pearl River map, removed in update 0.9.10, makes it long-awaited return.

Not only is there new content coming to World of Tanks, but Wargaming are set to overhaul the game’s basic mechanics, meaning it will be a case of re-learning (some of) the ropes for long-time players.

“1.10 is the biggest World of Tanks update since 1.0 released in 2018,” said Max Chuvalov, the Publishing Director on WoT. “The biggest part of it is the new equipment system. The current iteration has been in the game for 10 years now and was definitely in need of a revamp. Players will now be able to experiment a lot more with their loadouts thanks to the new and improved equipment items.”

Alongside the new system and equipment, ‘slot specialization’ is coming. Every vehicle from Tier VI and above will have one of these slots, and all equipment will be placed into one of four categories: firepower, survivability, mobility and scouting. By placing certain pieces of equipment in this slot, tankers will get an extra bonus on top of the piece’s standard one.

Update 1.10 will also feature the introduction of 6 new Polish medium tanks. The best new tank being introduced is the CS-63, which introduces a gas-turbine engine to WoT.

“Boasting both standard and rapid mode, the latter will increase the vehicle’s engine power, as well as its top speed and acceleration,” say Wargaming. “However, when this mode is activated, its accuracy is significantly impacted.”

The CS63 tank from World of Tanks
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The brand new CS-63 tank introduces a gas-turbine engine.

Finally, the in-game communication system has been made simpler and more efficient, so tankers can concentrate more on the battle while delivering informative messages to comrades.

It certainly sounds like Wargaming are set to shake up the established formula, but some fans expressed reservations about the equipment changes. Whether they are won over after having spent some time with the new system remains to be seen.

Smash

Hungrybox explains why he’s temporarily quitting Twitch and social media

Published: 24/Oct/2020 12:31

by Joe Craven

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Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma, Team Liquid Smash main and popular Twitch streamer, has explained why he will be taking a short hiatus from the streaming platform. 

As far as Smash pros go, few have reached the popularity of Hungrybox. The Jigglypuff main, currently plying his trade for Team Liquid, has accumulated a monumental Twitch audience, sitting at over 230,000 followers at the time of writing.

In the 2019 MPGR world rankings, Hungrybox came out as first in the world. However, it seems that the chaotic, full-on life that comes with professional gaming and full-time streaming has caught up with Debiedma.

Team Liquid Smash Melee God Hungrybox addresses accusations
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Hungrybox is the world number one ranked Smash player.

On October 23, the 27-year-old explained his decision to his 235,000 Twitter followers, citing the need to “step away and unplug” for a while. According to his Twitch stats, he has been live every single day since the middle of July. That is over 106 days of consecutive streaming, so there is no surprise that Hungrybox wants some time away.

“Hi guys,” he tweeted, “it’s time for me to unplug and step away for a little while. [I] haven’t taken an actual break from this life in over three years. It’ll do my brain & heart a lot of good. Thank you for all the love. Looking forward to returning stronger. Juan.” 

When will Hungrybox return to streaming?

The Smash pro has not been explicit over when he will make a return, but fans can expect to see him back streaming in the near future. Past streaming breaks have been a few days to a week-long, but it will ultimately come down to how rested and rejuvenated Hungrybox feels.

Fans will just have to remain patient and trust that Debiedma will be back as soon as he feels able.