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How to Watch League of Legends Wild Rift Verizon 5G Invitational

Published: 22/Oct/2020 12:05 Updated: 22/Oct/2020 12:06

by Daniel Cleary

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Riot Games has announced they will be hosting an invitational event to showcase their upcoming mobile title, League of Legends Wild Rift, with many of the biggest personalities taking part. Here’s what you’ll need to watch.

With the release of Wild Rift’s beta now going live in select regions, such as Indonesia, Japan, and other Asian countries, many MOBA fans, particularly in the West, have been waiting to experience LoL’s mobile version.

While the servers for Europe and North America aren’t expected to be added until late 2020 or early 2021, Riot have decided to host an event featuring some of the biggest League of Legends stars and more, to give fans another look at Wild Rift’s gameplay.

Wild rift gameplay
Riot Games
The Wild Rift invitational will feature a showmatch on the new mobile game.

When does the LoL Wild Rift Invitational start?

Just days after Wild Rift was featured in Apple’s latest showcase event, Riot announced that the Verizon 5G invitational event was scheduled for Thursday, October 22.

Viewers will be able to tune into the event and catch all of the action at 6:30PM PT/ 9:30PM ET / 2:30AM BST / 3:30AM CEST.

How to watch League’s Wild Rift Invitational

The Wild Rift Verizon 5G Invitational will be featured on the official Twitch Rivals’ channel, which we have embedded below.

A stream of the Wild Rift showcase event will also be available on Twitter for mobile fans to tune into, letting you choose how you want to watch.

Popular gaming presenter Geoff Keighley has confirmed that he will also be commentating on the action with a co-stream planned for the upcoming event.

Official Twitch Rivals stream

Who will be playing in the Wild Rift Invitational?

There will be a total of 10 players participating in the Wild Rift invitational. With professional League of Legends players and different influencers ready to be split into two teams, before competing against one another on stage.

Stars like Meteos, Zedd, Rick Fox, and more have all been confirmed for the Wild Rift Invitational, which will be played on iPhone 12 Pro devices.

You can find the full list of participants below.

All Wild Rift Invitational players

  • Will ‘Meteos’ Hartman
  • Nate Hill
  • Gabriella ‘LeTigress’ Devia-Allen
  • Rick Fox
  • Zac ‘Aphromoo’ Black
  • Emmalee ‘EMUHLEET’ Garrido
  • Cesaro
  • Zedd
  • Joe Manganiello
  • Chrissy Costanza
Call of Duty

Envoy explains why SMGs “are not viable” in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 26/Nov/2020 7:25

by Brad Norton

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Black Ops Cold War may have some strong Submachine Guns, but OpTic Chicago’s Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon believes Assault Rifles are absolutely dominant when it comes to competitive play.

Treyarch’s latest release has barely been out for a few weeks but a meta is already forming. As Call of Duty League teams get valuable practice time in, and dozens of early tournaments set the tone, a trend seems to have emerged.

2019’s Modern Warfare featured a solid mix of SMGs and ARs throughout the year. However, Black Ops Cold War is all but dominated by ARs, according to both Envoy and OpTic teammate Seth ‘Scump’ Abner.

While scrimming Atlanta FaZe and a few other CDL teams, they “were getting bodied,” due to the AR dominance. “The subs are not viable in this game at all,” Envoy followed up.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
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Could SMGs be struggling to keep up all year in Black Ops Cold War? Envoy certainly thinks so.

As the primary SMG user on the team, Envoy is the one that will be sticking to the class for essentially every single map. Previous years have featured various mixes of roles, though this year appears to be leaning towards a three-to-one split: Three players running with ARs, and just one with an SMG in-hand.

“On certain maps it’s like three (ARs) and one sub on each team,” Scump explained. However, certain teams are even going a step beyond that due to the sheer power of ARs in Black Ops Cold War.

“We ran into New York and they ran four AK74’s on Moscow,” Envoy said. “I was mind blown. I feel like subs are just harder in this game. We switched to the AK-74u and it’s a bit easier but the MP5 was just impossible.”

Obviously, it’s still early days. Things could change drastically before the start of the 2021 season. Balance updates are already coming through from Treyarch, so SMGs could get some love sooner than later. For the time being though, Black Ops Cold War has Envoy “wishing [he] had an AR.”

The relevant topic begins at the 1:41 mark below.

This isn’t entirely a result of weapon balancing either. There’s more that goes into shaping the meta than first meets the eye. “It’s part of the map design too,” Envoy explained. “How many [head glitches], how many open lanes, where the hills are at.” With four ARs, some objectives are “just unbreakable.”

There’s no date set in stone for the 2021 season just yet. Though we’ll be sure to keep you updated as the meta evolves in the lead-up to the next year of CDL action.