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Smash Ultimate fans hyped as Japan’s special tournament mode comes to NA

Published: 18/Sep/2020 18:25

by Michael Gwilliam

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Smash Ultimate fans annoyed at the fact that Japan had an exclusive tournament mode can rejoice in the fact that it has suddenly appeared for North American players.

On September 18, Smash players started reporting that a new mode was showing up in their menus titled “Official Tourney Qualifiers.”

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As Dexerto previously reported, Japan has a special mode that shows up from time to time with a ladder ranking component. The last tournament to do this made use of the new Small Battlefield stage.

The big factor, as noted, is the existence of a ladder system. As it stands, Smash Ultimate doesn’t have any sort of true competitive mode outside of third-party tournaments.

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A new tournament mode has finally come to North America.

Tournament details: how to join, prizes, and more

The mode is set to run on September 26 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM PST. The top 20 players with the best tournament score will be able to earn prizes. Not bad for three hours of work.

The Grand Prize first-place winner will earn 10,000 My Nintendo Gold Points, the next nine highest scores will win 4,000 My Nintendo Gold Points and the ten remaining will secure 2,500 My Nintendo Gold Points.

In order to enter, you just need to click on Official Tourney Qualifiers in the online section and select “yes” once reviewing the rules.

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Unfortunately, this particular game mode is hardly extremely competitive with items, stage hazards and other unconventional rules enabled. So, for fans expecting something similar to a third-party event, this isn’t exactly the same thing.

That said, the fact the mode is coming to North America now could be a huge deal, especially if Nintendo actually implements rules similar to that of major esports competitions.

This could also be a test run to see how the mode plays in North America before eventually doing something a bit more serious.

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Plus, there’s a good chance we will see the Mario 35 Anniversary Tournament scheduled for later this year use this mode.

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Apex Legends Evo shields are being nerfed again in Season 7

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:12 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:28

by Alan Bernal

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The Evo Shields in Apex Legends are set for another balance update that could come in Season 7, as Respawn are still fine-tuning how the armor upgrades to its max level.

Respawn brought the Evo Shields in the System Override patch in March, then made them a staple in the battle royale later on. Ever since then, the studio has been trying to find the right balance with the armor and its scaling defense as the game continues.

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As for the studio, the hunt for that equilibrium to the item will continue as Respawn Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein indicated that players could have an increased damage threshold to hit before getting a fully evolved shield.

This change is still in the implementation phases, however, since Respawn need to tinker with the game’s networking to actually bring in the patch.

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The Evo Armor values for max level will change, most likely in Season 7.

“We have a change planned for red Evo Shields for patch 7.0, but it required a little networking work (don’t ask; game dev is dumb) so we couldn’t ship it in 6.1,” Klein responded to a player who noticed there weren’t any changes to the shields in the Aftermarket update. “The plan is to increase the damage required to go to Red.”

At the time of writing, the Evo Shields need 500 damage inflicted to reach max level. That requirement is going to change, although the developer gave no indication for how much.

Complaints about the gear stem from how many people seem to have a fully upgraded Evo early in games.

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Though this could be attributed to the typical gunfight fiestas that happen at any major POI after dropping into the Arena, the problem is going to get a closer look within the studio.

There’s no word if there will also be a change to the armor max Evo Shields provide, but it’s not likely since Respawn tuned that not too long ago when Season 6 started.

In any case, the company is hoping the next round of changes will leave Apex Legends in a healthier state as it concerns the popular Evo Shields in the game.

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