MG News – Squad releases from Early Access

The Teamwork-Military-Shooter Squad (https://store.steampowered.com/app/393380/Squad/) has released from Early Access on Steam. If you are interested, be sure to grab it before October 7th. On that date, the developers will increase the price to roughly 50 €, as a result of its release from Early Access.

Since it’s initial release in 2015, Squad has gathered a small but loyal core group of players among the Monkey-Gamers. Because of it’s emphasis on squad-based gameplay, inbuilt VOIP communication and epic 50v50 battles, the monkeys have jointly logged in thousands of hours, with many more sure to come.

If you are interested in achieving victory not by having the quickest reflexes in EU-West, but through your ability to communicate and to overcome obstacles together, then head over to our Discord. Tag the “@Squad” role and we’ll show you the ropes.

Until then, remember to stick to your Squad-Leader. See you on the Battlefield, soldier!

Toben

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THE BERLIN MAJOR

Lady- and Gentlemonkeys it is that time of year again: GO-Time

On August 23rd the qualifier starts to select the 8 of 16 Teams to advance to the main tournament. I will keep the post short and sweet this time. The teams to watch are Vitality and … that’s it. I mean I am going to watch Mouz and NRG, a game of G2, North, CoL here and there just to see their form. There are a lot of reshuffled players in those teams but the lineups have not played on a high level together for a long time or they are just breaking through. If I was a betting man, i would go with the experienced teams: Vitality, NRG, G2, Mouz, North, Hellraisers, Avangar, and lastly Cr4zy.

Waiting in the main tourney are: Liquid, Astralis, Ence, FaZe, NaVi, NiP, mibr, and Renegades (???, oh well…) with Liquid as the Favs to win this one. Even I am rooting for the horseheads this time, tho NaVi always got a shot, but i predict top 4 for them, Astralis as the other contender is a possible finalist, but if they run into Vitality, we have a great match on our hands. NiP, FaZe, mibr and Renegades will have to fight really hard to not slump into the lower 8 of the final 16. The Renegades have a real shot at the top 8 with the lack of form of these former top teams. Ence was slumping, but I hope they can rev up their engines again and play without fear. My dream results are Vitality vs Liquid in the Final (and may it be a great game), with NaVi, Astralis 3rd to 4th. Ence, Mouz, Renegades and NiP in 5-8th, but especially those last 2 picks are not going to happen. Final Stage is starting August 28th and the final is on September, the 8th. For more Info visit hltv.org

TI 2016 in full gear, heading to finals

A couple of heavyweights already had to leave the tournament held in Seattles Key Arena, right at Valves doorstep in the state of Washington, USA. A smaller wildcard tournament and a groupstage opened up the 10 day (!) tournament, which to me is more attractive than these other games in Rio where drugged up Ppl get splashed with poowater and do some stuff that could actually hurt you. But we are approaching the end of it fast: Saturday will be the grand finals, but on the way there will be more matches that are worthy of a grand final already. To be frank, EU Dota 2 got put in it’s place: Alliance, OG, Navi and Escape went down and out fairly soon, with OG and Alliance putting up decent fights. Among the winners bracket top 4 were 2 Chinese teams -EHome and Wings, 1 South Korean with MVP Phoenix and the US Evil Geniuses, last years champion, with EG and Wings duking it out for the first spot in the Grand Final. Ehome and MVP will wait in the losers bracket for Digital Chaos or TNC and fnatic or Liquid respectively.

Sadly, the time difference between CET and Pacific standard is 9 hours, which puts half the games into the morning hours, Stream starts daily at 19 CET and -depending on gamelength- will last around 12-14 hours typically and the vods are available on the respective twitch channels in case you don’t want to stay up until morning.

You can catch all the action on twitch in 3 languages with a plethora of casters and analysts and explainers of all kins and colours that make it easy to understand the action even for a total rookie, may it be after the game latest.

Bracket and schedule: Dota 2 official Page