The most popular World of Warcraft streamer in the world Asmongold has explained why he’s not disappointed that the Shadowlands expansion has been delayed, but rather is excited by the news that its release date has been pushed back.
While Shadowlands was initially expected to be released in October 2020, that date has now been postponed, with Executive Producer John Hight stating that after months of testing, the team have made significant progress on core feature and gameplay in Shadowlands, but after listening to feedback it’s clear Blizzard need a little more time for “additional polish, and to balance and iterate on some interlocking pieces,” particularly in regards to the endgame.
Surprisingly, Asmongold isn’t upset by the news that the expansion has been delayed, but is instead excited to hear that Blizzard are taking some more time to work on the game, despite the fact that the release of Shadowlands would prove to be massive for him on his stream.
In late September, Asmongold aired his concerns about the upcoming Shadowlands expansion, explaining that long-time players really needed to love the game, saying: “For a lot of us who have played WoW for 15 years, we really don’t even like video games; we just like WoW. If this game sucks, there’s nothing else for us to do. That’s it. We have to make the game good because it’s all we do.”
For players like Asmongold and Bellular, their concerns came after spending some time on the Public Test Realm, with many creators saying the game wasn’t ready to be pushed with PvP balance, Monk balance, and Borrowed Power issues, while some portions of the expansion were not even ready to be tested. With fears that Blizzard could release an expansion that simply isn’t ready, many have been campaigning for the devs to push it back and ensure they get it right.
The news of the delay finally broke during a recording of his Allcast podcast. with Asmongold clearly delighted with the news: “I can’t believe it, man. This is a big deal. Everybody’s happy about this, this is a huge success and a huge win for the community. We just want the game to be good, and I’m glad that Blizzard shares that sentiment. I think everyone who saw or played that beta realized that there were a ton of problems, and here we are. It seems like we’re actually on the road to recovery.”
Of course, while many are happy with the news, there are some who are disappointed to hear that October 17 will come with no Shadowlands release, complaining that they had booked vacation days to play the expansion only for Blizzard to make this announcement.
At the moment, there is no official word on when World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will release, but with pre-patch still scheduled for October 13, there is hope that it won’t take too long for the developers to finish polishing.
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.
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.
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:
Soccer phenom Christian Pulisic
Hoopster Josh Hart
Top hoops draft picks Cole Anthony, Obi Toppin, and Tre Jones
DJ Deacon Phillippe
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
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:
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!
Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results
Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.
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.
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.
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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