That's Meta Aug 17, 2021

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Have you ever seen a meta shift that was so bad that it made the game near unplayable? One of the worst metas that many gamers will often reference is the Teamfight Tactics meta, though many may consider some additions to Overwatch have been the worst meta shifts. What do you think is the worst meta? The best?

Today's Drop is a ~5 min read!


INDUSTRY NEWS

Steam Deck Looks to Support Xbox Cloud Gaming

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Source: Phil Spencer

When the Steam Deck was announced last month, gamers were excited. There have been rumors about a steam console for a while. Valve have also been creating all sorts of accessories and products to test out such as a controller and big picture mode. Some may stay with the Steam Deck others may not. As we wait for this highly anticipated device, we learn more what it is able to do.

Steam is looking to get into the console business. The Steam Deck aims to help gamers access their Steam Library in handheld form. Nintendo has always reigned as the best hardware for this department. Playstation tried to compete with a few versions of the Playstation Portable, but it just did not work out. With the backing of a staple launcher and good hardware the Steam Deck looks to push Nintendo.

Xbox and Steam seem to work hand in hand. Xbox boss, Phil Spencer, tweeted about playing games such as Halo and Age of Empires on his Steam Deck. Spencer praised the device’s screen and controls using the Xbox Cloud. Gamers have been following this device seeing which kind of games, especially AAA, can be played at a reasonable rate. With Spencer talking about his experience, we can anticipated that the Xbox Game Pass just continues to be one of the best subscription services available with availability on PC, Xbox and soon the Steam Deck.

The Steam Deck is the next big piece of hardware coming to gaming. While we won’t see the first major rollout until the end of the year, gamers have been watching with anticipation. As a new handheld is on the horizon, we will see how the Nintendo reacts. Hopefully creating more competition and quality in the industry.


ESPORTS

Triumph Wins CS:GO ESEA Summer Cash Cup

Source: ESEA

Triumph beat RBG 2:1 in the grand-final of ESEA Summer Cash Cup 6 North America Counter Strike Tournament. This tournament was open for everyone, so there was only one bracket for all the teams. All matches up until the Semifinals were in the 'best of one' format. The last two matches were held in 'best of three'.

In the semifinals, Triumph managed to win Extra Salt 2:1. Extra Salt won the first half on Inferno 8:7, crushing Triumph 2:9 on the first map. On the second map, Triumph won the first half, but lost their initiative and conceded 16:13 Overpass. On a positive note, Extra Salt continue to lead, winning the first half on the third map 10:5. However on defense, Triumph managed to make a comeback and win the third map 16:13.

Match stats

Source: HLTV

The first map of the grand final turned out to be easy for Triumph  because they won it 16:5. RBG showed no signs of defeat however, having snatched a victory on the second map with a score of 16:6. The first half of the third map stayed for Triumph, 10:5. RBG tried to make comeback, but Triumph showed good defense on Mirage, which helped them to win the last map.

Match stats

Source: HLTV

For the victory within ESEA Summer Cash Cup 6 North America Triumph received $9,000.


GAME UPDATES

Hearthstone Devs Aim To Slow Down Game Following Massive Meta Change

Source: playhearthstone.com

Each Hearthstone expansion almost always has these key factors: new cards from each class, new legendaries, and a new key word (a word that triggers a special effect.) With these new factors comes massive meta shifts that can totally change the way the game is played both in classic and wild modes. Unfortunately, sometimes too much of a change can really cause issues for players.

United in Stormwind is the latest of the new expansions, and naturally changed a lot about the current gameplay. Some of the new features included three part questlines and a new keyword: Tradeable (meaning you can swap that card for a random one in your deck.) Following these new cards came a total overhaul in deck diversity, with most players switching to nothing but combo decks. These decks are insanely fast, and often times it is very quick and easy for players to get the cards they need to combo and win. Unfortunately, games are now lasting less than 8 turns at times, and players with longer decks are completely wiped out from winning if they come across a quicker combo deck.

Blizzard has stated they are making a few changes by "limiting the efficiency at which combo decks can assemble the pieces they need to win, and reducing the burst damage that board-based decks have access to from hand." The following changes are going to be made to help combat this, though there will be more to come:

  • Flesh Giant - Old: [Costs 8] → New: [Costs 9]
  • Incanter’s Flow - Old: [Costs 2] → New: [Costs 3]
  • Il’gynoth - Old: [Costs 4] 2 Attack, 6 Health → New: [Costs 6] 4 Attack, 8 Health
  • Darkglare - Old: [Costs 2] 2 Attack, 3 Health → New: [Costs 3] 3 Attack, 4 Health
  • Battleground Battlemaster - Old: [Costs 5] → New: [Costs 6]
  • Kolkar Pack Runner - Old: [Costs 2] 2 Attack, 3 Health → New: [Costs 3] 3 Attack, 4 Health
  • Granite Forgeborn - Old: 4 Attack, 5 Health → New: 4 Attack, 4 Health
  • Conviction (Rank 1), Conviction (Rank 2), Conviction (Rank 3) - Old: [Costs 1] → New: [Costs 2]

SALES

Top 5 Steam Games On Sale This Week

  1. Dark Deity - Now $19.99
  2. The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood - Now $25.99
  3. Seed of Life - Now $19.99
  4. Lawn Mowing Simulator - Now $25.49
  5. Humankind - Now $49.79

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