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Pokemon Sword & Shield gets spooky Max Raid event perfect for Halloween

Published: 2/Oct/2020 19:52

by Brent Koepp

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Pokemon Sword & Shield’s Max Raid event for October has been announced, and will feature popular Ghost-type Gengar. The spooky monster’s G-Max battle is the perfect way to get in the mood for the Halloween season.

For its eighth generation title Sword & Shield, the Pokemon franchise introduced players to the Galar region which is largely based on the UK. The RPG included new features such as Dynamaxing and online Raid battles.

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While the Nintendo Switch title doesn’t officially have holiday-themed celebrations in-game, this month’s Ghost-based Max Raid event is perfect for Halloween.

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The popular Ghost’s G-Max form will be the focus of Sword & Shield’s October Raid event.

Sword & Shield gets spooky October Raid event

While many Trainers may have already captured the ‘mon’s giant form, those who have missed out are in luck as Sword & Shield’s Raid Event this October is based on the ghostly creature.

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Introduced in Gen I, Gengar has been a fan favorite since its debut in 1996. According to its Pokedex entry, the Ghost-type is said to “emerge from darkness to steal the lives of those who become lost in mountains.”

If that isn’t spooky enough, its G-Max form in Sword & Shield is even creepier, and states, “It lays traps, hoping to steal the lives of those it catches. If you stand in front of its mouth, you’ll hear your loved ones’ voices calling out to you.”

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Gengar’s G-Max form is actually kind of terrifying.

Pokemon Sword & Shield October raid event details

The event starts on October 1 and runs to the 31st. During this period, many Ghost and Dark types will be roaming Galar’s dens. The Pokemon that will be featured are listed below:

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  • Gengar (G-Max form)
  • Grimmsnarl (G-Max form)
  • Haunter
  • Drifblim
  • Duskull
  • Impidimp
  • Deino
  • Morpeko
  • Dusknoir
  • Morgem
  • Zweilous

While this isn’t an official Halloween event, it’s better than nothing. Plus not every Trainer may have caught a G-Max version of Gengar or Grimmsnarl yet,  making this a welcome second chance.

Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, Sword & Shield had already become the third highest-selling title in the franchise – proof that Pokemon has never been more popular.

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Chipotle Challenger Series 2020: Results, teams, format, more

Published: 2/Oct/2020 7:00 Updated: 2/Oct/2020 11:05

by Calum Patterson

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The Chipotle Challenger Series returned on Octrober 1, this time featuring Fortnite Battle Royale action as players and a star-studded list of influencers and streamers went head-to-head.

Both of the previous events in the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series were won by surprise teams, as unexpected players made it all the way through the qualifiers to take home the winner’s prize and a year’s worth of free burritos in the finale. 

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Chipotle Fortnite Challenge Results – October 1

This time, though, the winners were a little less shocking as Furious, Ronaldo, and illest took home the grand prize – $50,000 and a year’s worth of free Chipotle burritos!

The Trio blitzed through to first place with three extremely high scoring games out of their five in the grand finals. 77 points pushed them just ahead of the second-best team on the day by a total of three points.

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Full results & tournament recap.

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A look at the top three Trios at the end of the Chipotle Challenger Series event.

Who else was playing?

As well as the qualified teams, there was another stacked lineup of celebrities, streamers, and YouTubers taking part in the tournament. Here are some of the biggest names:

Streamers
  • CourageJD
  • Bugha
  • Myth
  • Aydan
  • Ewok
  • FRESH
  • NickEh30
  • Mongraal
  • Stable Ronaldo
  • MrSavage
  • Arkhram
  • Rehx
  • Ceice
  • Falconer
  • EmadGG

Other

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  • Soccer phenom Christian Pulisic
  • Hoopster Josh Hart
  • Top hoops draft picks Cole Anthony, Obi Toppin, and Tre  Jones
  • DJ Deacon Phillippe

Format

Qualifiers

In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there were four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams scored one point for each elimination they earned.

There was a total of four qualifiers for the tournament. Each qualifier:

  • Allowed up to 1000 trio teams
  • Had private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
  • Had a Ladder system that allowed registrants to play for the totality of the 3-hour window

Finale

Qualifying teams then have the chance to go head to head in a private lobby of 33 trio teams with streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes. Again, it was played in a private lobby, which included:

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  • The top four teams from each qualifying round
  • 17 teams of invited talent
  • A 5-game series

Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool

A total of $50,000 in prize money was presented to winners of the Fortnite event. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the winners also secured themselves free burritos for a year!

  • 1st: $30,000
  • 2nd: $15,000
  • 3rd: $5,000

Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results

Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.

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Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30

Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.

Full results & tournament recap

Chipotle Warzone Challenge #2 – July 16

As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.

Full results, highlights & recap

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What is the Chipotle Challenger Series?

The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.

A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.

These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.

Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.

Chipotle and esports

This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.

The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.

In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.

 

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