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Superstar Xavier Woods explains his rare WWE 2K20 “ability”

Published: 23/Oct/2019 21:36 Updated: 23/Oct/2019 22:27

by Scott Robertson

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When a WWE 2K20 player asked Xavier Woods about a glitch he was experiencing, the six-time WWE tag team champion responded that it was actually a unique comeback ability.

“If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.” Hall of Famer and legendary wrestler Eddie Guerrero once said that, but is replicating yourself with an exact clone considered cheating?

Maybe, but even if that question is answered, it doesn’t explain why Twitter user @LyMoula had two versions of WWE wrestler Xavier appear in the ring during a game of WWE 2K20. He asked Woods on Twitter “what on earth” was going on, but Woods clarified that is actually a unique comeback ability.

The ability is titled “Gamer Rage” and it occurs “when you and your entire team is losing so bad that you have a legitimate out of body experience.”

Woods is of course joking, but that hasn’t stopped WWE 2K20 players from experiencing Gamer Rage themselves. WWE 2K20 was released on October 22, and is an absolutely broken, glitch-riddled mess. In one day, it has already produced some legendary bugs.

The launch of WWE 2K20 went so poorly that the #FixWWE2K20 hashtag trended at the top of Twitter, with huge news sites like Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, and Forbes running stories on its disastrous first couple of days, as well as nearly all gaming news and reviews sites.

This is the second sports-related 2K release to have troubles at launch this year. Players called out for 2K to fix NBA 2K20 when it released in early September. The NBA 2K team said on Twitter that they would “begin working around the clock” to prepare a patch that would fix significant issues. 

While many fans still say NBA 2K20 has problems, and its reviews on Steam are overwhelmingly negative, the game has sold remarkably well, reaching the top sales spot for games in 2019.

TwitterWoods’ partner Big E also duplicated himself in that same match

WWE 2K20 has so far not mentioned any need for a patch or update on their Twitter account, but instead are already promoting a $50,000 Twitch Rivals competition. 

Xavier Woods is an avid gamer, and runs the successful YouTube channel titled UpUpDownDown. Woods recently suffered an Achilles injury and will be out of wrestling action for some time, but tweeted that he’d spend the time off streaming and attending conventions.

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Valorant dev responds to players asking for map-specific queues

Published: 29/Nov/2020 1:30

by Alan Bernal

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A Valorant developer gave weight to the idea of map-specific queues after Icebox’s mixed reception made it difficult for some to get any meaningful practice on the map.

Icebox has been a divisive addition to Valorant. There are some members of the community who swear it’s a great example of a tactical map that demands a thoughtful approach to Agent ability usage; and there are others who believe it’s the worst map to grace the game.

Unfortunately, people in either camp share the same matchmaking playlist. This presents a problem, at times, in which people who want to play Icebox can matchmake with someone else who will then dodge that particular map.

Luckily, there are discussions within Riot Games for a solution that could include special playlists that feature specific maps.

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Some players have been dodging Icebox too many times, and Riot might try to find a solution for it.

“Could you please put a separate queue so that we can quickly get some experience,” a message to Riot said. “I found it hard to get used to Icebox because people keep dodging so I can’t rack up the hours to get used to the map.”

Riot Insight and Strategy dev on Valorant, Coleman ‘Altombre’ Palm, responded with an encouraging word, noting how the idea is “a great suggestion and it’s something we’ve talked about ourselves as well.”

One of the last times Riot addressed map selection playlists was back in July, when Senior Producer Ian Fielding said from a competitive standpoint, separating the matchmaking pool wasn’t ideal for players.

“Splitting up matchmaking into separate map pools would reduce the overall players in our matchmaking pool,” Fielding said in an Ask Valorant blog. “Which not only slows down matchmaking, but makes it more difficult for us to produce fair matches.

“Given that, we currently don’t have plans to enable map specific selection for Matchmaking.”

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As disappointed as some players might have been, Altombre’s update has given some hope that Valorant could one day include these smaller matchmaking queues.

Although who’s to say it would look anything like the kind found in CS:GO. In League of Legends, Riot has people lock in a primary and secondary role to choose which one they get in a match.

In some instances, a player won’t get either. Moreover, if the system determines there’s a lack of sufficient players queuing for a certain role, then the game offers a brief reward for anyone willing to fill it.

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A map selector could be coming to Valorant, though it might not look what people are familiar in CS:GO.

A general idea like that could be applied to Valorant’s maps. Although tweaked to fit the concept, that could be a solution to let people choose which two locales they prefer, while maintaining the possibility of getting any map at the end of the day.

In either case, it sounds like Riot wants to tackle this issue in some capacity soon, and hopefully it results in a meaningful quality of life update for Valorant.