Rdu perfectly predicts the future to pull off one-turn Hearthstone sweep - Dexerto
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Rdu perfectly predicts the future to pull off one-turn Hearthstone sweep

Published: 22/Oct/2019 1:39 Updated: 22/Oct/2019 1:59

by Brad Norton

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No different from any other competitive card game on the market, Hearthstone incorporates a great deal of luck into the core gameplay loop. When you manipulate the situation at hand and perfectly guess the outcome, it can lead to some hilarious and satisfying moments.

When you’ve crafted a powerful deck in Blizzard’s collectible card game, luck will play a large role in determining success as you’ll want to draw the right cards at the right moments. 

Professional player and Twitch streamer Dima ‘Rdu’ Radu knows all too well how the effects of Random Number Generator (RNG) mechanics can impact gameplay, yet he proved absolutely mystical when predicting his luck in a recent match.

Throughout an October 21 broadcast, the pro player demonstrated not only his deck-building prowess but also his immense experience of how to manipulate RNG in his favor. 

With the board stacked against him in a highly-ranked Legend matchup, it seemed almost impossible to rebound. With one free card at his disposal to open his turn, Rdu set forth a perfectly predicted chain of events that would drastically alter the outcome of the game.

“Tortollan [and] Flamestrike?” He questioned, before reaffirming that relying on luck was indeed his best move in the given scenario. Tortollan Pilgrim is a 5/5 Mage card that allows for one random spell in your deck to be cast on a random target at no mana cost. 

As Flamestrike is an area-of-effect spell that deals four damage to all enemy minions, praying that it popped up after activating Tortollan was all the streamer could do. Starting his accurate shot-calling streak, low and behold the Flamestrike appeared and subsequently wiped all but two minions from the board.

“Do we completely obliterate him? The streamer pondered, as though he had already seen the outcome of a future play.

Using Frostbolt to effortlessly help clear the board, Rdu then followed up by playing Zephrys the Great, another highly luck-dependant minion that can draw a ‘perfect card’ if a deck is free from duplicates. Calling it yet again with precision in tact, he wished for a Hungry Crab to clear the final Murloc on the board and the RNG gods delivered. 

Blizzard - HearthstoneThe Tortollan race was first introduced in the Journey to Un’Goro expansion.
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“How do you like them apples,” he joked as the play came to an amusing end. A flawless streak of predictions eventually led to the victory as his opponent quit the match shortly after being schooled by some crazy luck.

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Sources: Activision Blizzard collegiate partner Tespa closing down

Published: 9/Dec/2020 9:37 Updated: 9/Dec/2020 9:41

by Adam Fitch

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North American collegiate esports organization Tespa is coming to a close and will make way for new university programs from game developer Activision Blizzard, according to sources.

Headquartered in Blizzard’s offices in Irvine, California, the company confirmed to members that the “Tespa name and brand will not continue to exist come 2021” according to documents obtained by Dexerto.

Since their national expansion in 2013, the organization has existed as an “event support network” for colleges who have gaming and esports initiatives. In 2014, they partnered with Blizzard to host collegiate events for Hearthstone, League of Legends, StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch.

Following the closure of Tespa, the developer will continue to host competitive programs for students across North America. At the time of writing, there are programs for Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

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Tespa are well-known for hosting Heroes of the Dorm, a tournament that provided fully-paid tuition for the winning team.

The decision was at least partially made due to the restrictions surrounding hosting events in 2020 due to the global health situation. Tespa will “indefinitely” cancel their Chapter Program, a network of officially-recognized gaming clubs for students across Canada and the United States.

“With the rapid amount of change that has been in effect this year, we’ve taken time to reflect and plan for how we want our collegiate programs to grow in the future,” a document reads.

“The Tespa name and brand has been with us since the beginning, and although we are moving on from this brand, we’re excited for the opportunity to integrate more with our game franchises.”

Further solidifying the end for the company, there are plans to close the Tespa Community Discord — a hub for those who take part in the program.

To commemorate the closure, the company will share highlights and milestones from the community on their Twitter from December 9 to the end of the month.