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  1. India vs RSA - ODI PREVIEW - Cblu785 India starts as favourite while proteas will be looking to improve from their last performances against India, where they lost convincingly on their home soil too. For India, Opener Rohit Sharma still struggling with an injury but it's a good opportunity for Prithvi shaw to showcase his talent while opening for India. It will be interesting to see whether Virat Kohli goes with the wrist spinning pair of Kuldeep Yadav & Yuzvendra Chahal; both of them played a vital role in the dominating series win over South Africa in 2019, but it does make batting look a bit weaker while opting for five bowlers. India can find a solution of this in Hardik Pandya who is making his comeback from a back injury. While Hardik Pandya was supposed to be back in action from a back injury during India A's tour of New Zealand last year. That didn't come to pass. Then, Pandya was supposed to return for the senior side's tour of New Zealand. That didn't come to pass either. However, the all-rounder has now proven his fitness and form in the DY Patil T20 tournament, rattling off scores of 46, 105, 38 and 158*. Where first hundred had come off 37 balls and the second off 39 balls. His presence will definitely give India a bit more balance! India squad Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill. -------------------- Whereas for South Africa, batting mainstays Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen have been recalled to the South Africa ODI squad. Left-arm spinner George Linde has also been named for the first time in the 15-man squad in place of first-choice spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who is awaiting the birth of his child. The 28-year-old has so far played just a solitary Test for South Africa which came in India last year. Du Plessis hasn't played for South Africa in the 50-over format since the World Cup and was rested for the home series against England and Australia. During this period, he also quit captaincy handing over the reigns to Quinton de Kock. Van der Dussen, who cemented his spot in the middle order last year, featured in the ODIs against England but has been rested for the series against Australia. In the absence of these two batsmen, Heinrich Klaasen registered his first ODI century and debutant Kyle Verreynne made a vital contribution in their side's impressive win over Australia in the first ODI. Both the batsmen have retained their spots and so have Keshav Maharaj and Lutho Sipamla. Surprisingly Janneman Malan, who made his debut on Saturday (February 29) at Paarl & played some good cricket has been dropped from the squad. South Africa squad Quinton de Kock (C & WK), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Jon-Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lundi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj My prediction Highest Opening Partnership - South Africa South Africa Top Bowler - - Lungi Ngidi South Africa Top Batsmen - - Quinton de Kock India Top Bowler - Kuldeep Yadav India Top Batsmen - Virat Kohli If South Africa bat first(score) - under 280 If India bat first (score) - 315 + Team to win the match - it's really tough to beat India in India, so definitely I am going with India to win this match!
  2. Introduction Since it first hit crypto-base casinos back almost a decade ago, Dice has become one of the most popular wager-based games played online. Although the game itself has pretty much been left unchanged since it was first conceived, there have been quite a few enhancements to the game for the modern player to take advantage of. Here at Stake, you can enjoy one of the most tuned and refined versions of this classic. The Basics The game of dice is one that's quite simple to learn, yet can be a challenge to master. For starters, the game is played by selecting a payout (or multiplier) between 1.0102x and 9900x. Here on Stake, each payout increment corresponds to a roll number between 0.01 and 100.00, which is also converted as a win chance % to display the probability of winning the bet. Once you’ve selected a multiplier and filled in your desired wager amount, successfully rolling a number within the green limits equates to a win. If this happens, the game instantly pays out your wagered amount x multiplier. If the number you roll is within the red limits, this counts as a loss and the amount you bet is subtracted from your balance. Below you can see an overview: As you can see, there are two different ways of selecting a payout to play on - Either by dragging the visual bar or manually entering a multiplier in the payout box. When using the dragg option, keep in mind that the maximum you can select is 49.50x. This is due to the fact that incremental adjustments would be far too small (thus making them difficult to choose) if payouts up to 9900x were able to be selected in this manner. For payouts greater than 49.5x, you must manually type it in the payout box. After you’ve selected your bet amount and payout, you must also select a side (high or low). A roll can be a winner on one side, but a loss on the other so selecting the proper side is essential when playing dice. For example, if you were going for a max payout of 9900x on the high side and you rolled a 0.00, this would count as a loss since you needed to roll a 100.00. To change the side of where you predict the number to land, just click or tap the middle box labelled “Roll Over”. This will automatically update to display Roll Over (high) or Roll Under (low) depending on the side, which you can also visually see in the visual selector bar. The side with the green indicator is the one you are currently going for. Having two sides is what makes dice unique from similar games and allows players to have a vast number of roll possibilities. Game Mechanics At Stake.com, the game of dice covers a roll spread of 00.00 to 100.00 providing the player with 10,001 possible outcomes. Contrary to popular belief, the core algorithm which is used to calculate the roll result is quite simple: // Game event translation const roll = (float * 10001) / 100; In this equation, the result is calculated by multiplying the float by the number of possible outcomes (10,001) and then dividing that number by 100 in order to fit within Stakes’ stated range for dice. What is a float you ask? In programming a float, also known as floating-point, is essentially a numeric value with floating decimal points. Although you may see a result of 47.54, the actual result contains more digits to the right of the decimal and is then rounded to the nearest hundredth place for the game. You also may be wondering how Stake generates the roll outcome from start to finish. Although there are some programming bits to accomplish this, the process is both simple and transparent with only 3 steps. The conversion process for generating roll results goes like so: Bytes -> Float -> Final Result Initially, a hexadecimal 32-byte hash is generated by a Random Number Generator (RNG). This key stage is where the server seed, client seed, and nonce are all utilised to generate a string that is both random and fair. Based on what you set for your client seed, the end outcome will differ even while using the same server seed and nonce. With this being said, it is important to set your client seed to something unique to confirm that your rolls are indeed random. Once a hash is generated by the RNG, the float is generated by using 4 bytes of data which is then used to generate the final result in dice as explained above in the game event translation. Four bytes are used instead of one to ensure higher precision when generating the floating-point. If you’d like to see further details on the conversion of byte to floats, click here for the algorithm used. As you can see, the mechanics of dice aren’t as complicated as one would think. Despite its simplicity, the process used ensures that each roll is indeed random and is also verifiable essentially with a backwards calculation using the unhashed server seed. Advanced Features Stake’s dice game comes with some unique features that the player can leverage to their benefit. Auto Rolling We’ve covered the basics on how you can play dice, but what if you want to automate the process so that you don’t have to continue pressing bet over and over again? Luckily Stake offers a built-in auto rolling feature with user-settable variables for you to use. Start by selecting the “Auto” option in the top left instead of manual mode. This will bring up the variables displayed above. In this particular example, we’ve selected a bet amount of 1 satoshi and we’re going for 100x payout on high side. We’ve also set the auto roll system to bet a max of 100 rolls (which if it doesn’t hit within 100 rolls, it would stop the auto bet), and on each consecutive loss to increase the bet amount by 1%. Lastly, we’ve set the the auto roll to stop rolling once it reaches 500 sats profit or more AND to stop if the loss is greater than 100 sats. Although in this example, setting the max number of bets is redundant due to the stop loss used, there are strategies that you can come up with to leverage both at the same time. Once you’ve set your variables how you want, just press Start Autobet and the rest is taken care of by the system. This can be very handy for hunting larger payouts and to ensure proper discipline while playing. Note that the only variable required on the left side for auto roll is the bet amount. If you leave the rest blank, the game would roll indefinitely until either your balance runs out or you click Stop Autobet. Faster Betting If you prefer to roll faster, you can click the “Instant bet” setting in the bottom left to turn on instant betting. This will speed up your rolls significantly when using auto betting or hotkeys. Using Hotkeys In addition to the auto roll feature, you can also use hotkeys to play on manual. Doing so allows you to play more efficiently by manipulating the bet amount, payout, and betting all at the stroke of a key. To enable hotkeys functionality, click the “Hotkeys” icon in the bottom left and click “Hotkeys Enabled” in the modal window that pops up. Be sure to disable it when not being used so you don’t accidentally roll while trying to chat or type. All of these features make up a game which is truly unique and provides the ability to come up with an unlimited number of different strategies to try and profit from. In the next addition of the dice guide, we’ll go over advanced strategies and methods of play. Hopefully this guide helped to understand the fundamentals of dice at Stake a bit better - put these tools to use properly and hopefully you’ll make some profit!
  3. Jarrod

    EPL Midweek Preview

    EPL Midweek Preview Preview by @JieunSuzy Leicester City vs Aston Villa on Monday, March 9 2020, 20:00 GMT Aston Villa are the guests at King Power Stadium on Monday night for the Premier League meeting with hosts Leicester. Aston Villa are currently 19th in the EPL table and they will be looking to overcome Leicester side in this game. Aston Villa are in a slump right now, they only won 1 of their 5 recent matches. They only won against Watford in January, but have never won again since. Smith's team are still 19th in the table but are only two points from 16th-placed West Ham and would therefore move above the Hammers should they manage to triumph in this game. Leicester City have lost their last two Premier League matches on Monday, and won 1-0 against Birmingham recently. They have failed to win any of their last four matches in the Premier League (D2 L2), failing to score in their last three. However, they are still 3rd in the EPL table with 50 points (W15 5D 8L). In terms of history, Aston Villa have won only once of their 10 away Premier League games against Leicester City, winning 5-0 in January 2004 and have never won again since. With these results, Leicester most likely will put a show in this game. Leicester possible starting lineup: Schmeichel; Ricardo, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Perez, Praet, Ndidi, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy Aston Villa possible starting lineup: Reina; Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Targett; Nakamba, Luiz; Trezeguet, Grealish, El Ghazi; Samatta Arsenal vs Manchester City on Monday, March 11 2020, 19:30 GMT Arsenal will travel to Manchester on Wednesday, 11 March 2020. This will be an exciting match because the Gunners and the Citizens are going nearly equal strong into this match. The original match was scheduled to take place on March 1 but was postponed due to Manchester City's participation in the Carabao Cup final on the same day. Arsenal currently sit in 9th place in the table with 40 points (W9 D13 L6), only 1 point behind Tottenham (8th place) and 2 points behind Manchester United (7th place). Arsenal are on fire right now, they have won 3 of their last 5 matches. But still, They will struggle to compete against Manchester City. They currently sit in 2nd place in the table with 57 points (W18 D3 L6) far behind Liverpool with 82 points right now. Same as the Gunners, the Citizens have won 3 of their last 5 matches either. Manchester City have lost just 0 of their last 5 games against Arsenal FC (in all competitions). In terms of history, Arsenal haven’t won any of their last 6 games against Manchester City. However, with these recent game results, it will be tough to decide which one will pull this game off. Manchester City possible starting lineup: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Zinchenko; Rodri, B. Silva, D. Silva; Foden, Sterling, Aguero Arsenal possible starting lineup: Leno; Saka, Mari, Luiz, Bellerin; Xhaka, Ceballos; Aubameyang, Ozil, Pepe; Nketiah.
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    IEM Katowice 2020 

    IEM Katowice 2020 A recap by @jianisniceyo Top CSGO teams from all over world battle it out in Katowice – The home of Esports, where they’re fighting for a prize pool of $500,000. The group stage format is a double-elimination GSL Bo3 and the playoffs is in a single elimination Bo3 format, and the Grand Finals is to be held in Bo5. The teams from group A are: Astralis Cloud 9 FaZe fnatic Natus Vincere Ninjas in Pyjamas Renegades Vitality The teams from group B are: 100 Thieves Evil Geniuses G2 Liquid MAD Lions Mousesports Tyloo Virtus Pro OPENING ROUND GROUP A The first match in Group A resulted in a sweep between Vitality and NIP, where Vitality took the upper hand. The maps played are Vertigo which is NIP’s pick and Nuke which is Vitality’s pick. The win came from the contribution of ALEX having a rating of 1.43. Vitality moves on to upper semi-finals, NIP goes to lower round 1. The next match we have in group A is between Astralis and Cloud 9 which also came out as a 2-0 victory in favour of Astralis. The maps played are Overpass which is Cloud 9’s pick and Train which is Astralis’ map pick. Device came in crazy hot with all cylinders blazing having a rating of 1.57 and also Xyp9x , the clutch minster, once again proves why he is named as such having a rating of 1.52 thus giving Astralis the boost to overpower Cloud 9 2-0. Astralis moves on to upper semi-finals, Cloud 9 goes to lower round 1. Next match, we have Natus Vincere versus FaZe, both teams with top caliber players in the likes of s1mple, Perfecto, NiKo, and coldzera. This match did not disappoint, it went to 3 full maps Nuke, which is FaZe’s map pick and they won it convincingly with 16-9 map score. The 2nd map was at Dust2 which is NaVi’s map pick, it was a nail biter of a game but NaVi came out on top where they won it 16-14. The last map was Overpass where NaVi showed they are the better team in Overpass and won it 16-10. This was the closest series so far where it went back and forth but NaVi came out on top. Natus Vincere moves on to upper semi-finals, FaZe goes to lower round 1. The last match of the opening round was between Renegades and fnatic, it started on Dust 2 which is Renegades’ map pick but fnatic decimated them in map 16-4 behind a 1.69 rating of JW. The second map was inferno which is fnatic’s it was looking like Renegades is taking this map at the half, but fnatic managed to come back behind a strong performance of JW. Fnatic won this game 2 maps to none of Renegade. Fnatic moves on to upper semi-finals, Renegades goes to lower round 1. GROUP B The first match in Group B we see the French team G2 take on 100 thieves, G2 rolled past them with a very quick 2-0 where we only see 37 rounds played! The first map was Mirage which was 100 Thieves’ map pick but G2 convincingly won 16-3. The second map was Dust2, which is G2’s map pick, and they won 16-2. The quick stomp was because of huNter-’s 1.77 rating and AmaNEk’s 1.74. G2 moves on to upper semi-finals, 100 thieves goes to lower round 1. The next match we see was between the mousesports and the Chinese powerhouse Tyloo. Tyloo tried to put up a fight but mousesports were too much for them. The first map was Inferno where it was Tyloo’s map pick but mousesports performed better winning the map 16-5. The second map was Dust2 which is mousesports’ map pick they closed out the map 16-10. Mousesports moves on to upper semi-finals, Renegades goes to lower round 1. In the third match in the opening round of group B, we have Liquid taking on Virtus Pro. The first map was Vertigo which is Virtus Pro’s map choice. The first map went to overtime but Team Liquid managed to close it 19-16. The second map was Mirage which is team Liquid’s map choice and it went their way 16-9 behind a masterful performance of ELiGE going off with a rating of 1.55. Team Liquid moves on to to upper semi-finals, Virtus Pro goes to lower round 1. In the last match of our opening round, we have the Danish team MAD Lions taking on Evil Geniuses. The first map was Vertigo and it was MAD Lions’ map pick, but Evil Geniuses got the upper hand closing it out 16-7. The second map we have Dust2 which was Evil Geniuses map pick, but MAD Lions managed to close it on a nail biter 16-14. The third map was Nuke where Evil Geniuses took out MAD Lions easily closing the map out and the series 16-5. Evil Geniuses moves on to upper semi-finals, MAD Lions goes to lower round 1. LOWER ROUND 1 GROUP A Here we have Ninjas in Pyjamas take on Cloud 9 where they quickly disposed of Cloud 9. Playing only a total of 43 rounds. The first map was Overpass which was Cloud 9’s map pick where they got de_cimated. 16-2. The second map was Vertigo which is NiP’s map pick it, the half started heavily in favour of NiP thus giving them the lead coming in to the next half where they managed to beat Cloud 9 16-9. Ninjas in Pyjamas move on to lower Semi-Finals, Cloud 9 is eliminated. The next match of our lower round we get to see Renegades take on FaZe Clan. The first map was on Inferno which was Renegades’ map pick but FaZe came out on top closing the first map 16-12. The second map was Mirage, FaZe won the half convincingly and they ended the map 16-12. FaZe moves on to upper semi-finals, Renegades is eliminated. GROUP B Lower round action commences in Group B where 100 thieves is set to take on Tyloo. Tyloo chose the first map which is Inferno, but 100 thieves came out on top behind the back of a 1.54 rating on jks. They won the map 16-9. The second map was 100 thieves’ map pick and it was Vertigo. This time it was Liazz’s turn to go off, he tore down Tyloo with a rating of 1.60 closing the ending the map and Tyloo’s hope as they eliminate them. 100 thieves move on to lower Semi-Finals, Tyloo is eliminated. Next, we have the boys from Denmark MAD Lions take on Virtus Pro. The series went to full 3 maps and each one is as close as it can be. The first map was Overpass where it was MAD Lions’ map pick and it came out as a nail biter with MAD Lions staying on the top 16-14. The second map, we have Vertigo which is Virtus Pro’s map pick and it went in their favour winning the map 16-7. Lastly, we have Dust2 which came as close as it can be. It went to MAD Lions’ favour 16-13. MAD Lions move on to lower Semi-Finals, Virtus Pro is Eliminated. UPPER SEMI-FINALS GROUP A Astralis, the tournament’s apple of the eye, take on Vitality in the upper semi-finals. The French team Vitality, picked Overpass in map 1 where they were defeated by Astralis 16-9 on the back of dupreeh’s masterful performance 1.80 rating. The second map was Vertigo which is Astralis’ map pick where it went down to the wire. It went to double overtime where Astralis outlasted Vitality 22-19. Astralis moves on to upper final, Vitality goes down to Lower semi-finals. Next, we get to see the Swedes fnatic as they take on Natus Vincere. The first map was Dust2 which is Natus Vincere’s map pick but fnatic came out as the more prepared team and won the map 16-7 behind KRIMZ who has a whopping 2.16 rating which is the best in the tournament so far. Next map we have Inferno which is fnatic’s map choice it was as close as it can be and it was a nail biter. NaVi barely came out on top 16-14. The third map was Mirage, they are taking rounds from each other back and forth but fnatic showed that they are the better team securing the win and their spot in the upper final. Fnatic moves on to upper final, NaVi goes down to Lower semi-finals. GROUP B Here in group B we have G2 taking on mousesports where we see them go toe to toe as it went to 3 maps. In the first map, we have Dust2 which is G2’s map choice but mousesports came out as the better Dust2 team winning it 16-13. Next map we see Inferno which is mousesports map choice, but G2 quickly disposed of them 16-6. Third map we have, Nuke which was close at the half with 9-6 but G2 ran away with the win 16-7. G2 moves on to upper final, mousesports goes down to lower semi-finals. Our final upper semi-final match was between Liquid and Evil Geniuses where we also see them go the distance with 3 maps being played. The first map was at overpass which was Liquid’s map choice and the won it convincingly 16-7. The second map was at Nuke which is Evil Geniuses’ map choice and it went to overtime 15-19 where they force a game 3. The 3rd map was in Inferno where Liquid closed 16-10. Team liquid moves on to upper final, Evil Geniuses goes down to lower semi-finals. LOWER SEMI-FINALS GROUP A In the lower semi-finals in group A we get to see NaVi take on the Swedish ninjas, NiP. The first map was in Mirage which is NiP’s map pick but NaVi rolled over them taking the map 16-3. Behind s1mple’s 2.07 rating. Next map was at Train which is NaVi’s map pick where they were simply the stronger team closing out the map 16-10. Navi moves to Lower final, NiP is eliminated. In our next lower semi-finals match in group A, we get to see a showdown between Vitality and FaZe. The first map was Mirage which is FaZe’s map pick, it was a close map with both teams exchanging round after round but Vitality came out on top 16-14 where ZywOo managed to get a rating of 1.84. Next map was Nuke which is Vitality’s map choice but FaZe came out more prepared on Nuke and stealing it away from them 16-11. The third map was Inferno where we get to see the stars of each team perform their best but FaZe came out as the bigger team winning it 16-10. FaZe moves on to Lower final, Vitality is eliminated. GROUP B In our lower semi-finals in Group B, we get to see 100 thieves take on Evil Geniuses, the first map was in Inferno where it was 100 thieves map choice, but Evil Geniuses came out as the better inferno team winning it 16-12. Next map was Nuke where it was Evil Geniuses’ map choice, but 100 thieves stole this away from them 16-12. The third map, was Dust2 where JKAEM and the Aussies showed textbook counter strike and managed to beat Evil Geniuses, eliminating them. 100 Thieves moves on to lower final, Evil Geniuses is Eliminated. In our last semi-finals match in Group B, we have MAD Lions versus mousesports. Mousesports breezed through MAD Lions in game 1 where we have Train which was MAD Lions’ map choice. It ended 16-8 in favour of mousesports. Next map was Dust2 which was mousesports map choice and it proved to do them well. Woxic broke KRIMZ earlier record where this time, woxic went off and had himself a field day getting a rating of 2.45 and eliminating MAD Lions 16-4. Mousesports moves on to lower final, MAD Lions are eliminated. LOWER FINALS GROUP A In our lower finals we get to see a rematch of our opening round match day, a rematch between NaVi and FaZe. The first map was in Nuke which is FaZe’s map choice and they came in really prepared easily taking the first map against NaVi 16-8. Our second map was in Dust2 which is NaVi’s map choice and this time, FaZe was the one in the receiving end of NaVi’s wrath. The map ended 16-6 in favour of NaVi. In our third match was very close, it was a treat to all counter strike fans out there. They battled it out exchanged round per round but NaVi again proves to be the better team closing it out 16-14. NaVi moves on to playoff quarter-finals, FaZe is eliminated. GROUP B The lower final in group B was between 100 thieves and mousesports, the first map was in Inferno where it was 100 thieves’ map choice but mousesports had this one in the bag. They won it 16-10. The next map was in Dust2 which is mousesports map choice, but 100 thieves proved they are the better Dust2 team and secured their win 16-8. Our next and final map in the lower Finals was in Nuke where 100 thieves proved to be the better team and sealed the deal 16-14. 100 thieves moves on to playoff quarter-finals, mousesports are eliminated. UPPER FINAL GROUP A In our upper finals, we have Astralis taking on Fnatic. Both are heavy fan favourites going toe to toe. The first map was in Overpass which is fnatic’s map pick but Astralis showed to be the better Overpass team closing the map 16-9. Second map was in Vertigo which is Astralis’ map choice and they also closed out the map 16-8. To put it simply, Astralis was the only team that showed today thus booking their ticket in the semi-finals. Astralis moves on to playoff semi-finals, fnatic moves on to playoff quarter-finals. GROUP B Here we get to see the the French squad G2 take on Liquid, the first map was held in Dust2 which is G2’s map choice and it ended in their favour 16-11. The next map was in Vertigo which is Liquid’s map choice but unfortunately for them, it didn’t go their way and resulted in G2 taking the game and the series away from them, the map ended 16-10. G2 moves on the playoff semi-finals, liquid moves on to playoff quarter-finals. QUARTER-FINALS The first match of the quarter finals between fnatic and 100 thieves was a treat to all CSGO fans. It went down the wire where both maps played both reached overtimes. The first map was played in Inferno where fnatic took the early lead and 100 thieves managed to push it to overtime but unfortunately for them, they fall short in overtime and fnatic managed to close it out 19-16. The next map was in Mirage which is fnatic’s map pick but this time, 100 thieves had the early lead but fnatic crawled their way back to the game pushing it to overtime and again outperforming 100 thieves in overtime closing the map 19-16. Fnatic moves on to semi-finals, 100 thieves are eliminated. Our next match of the quarter finals was between NaVi and Liquid. The first map was in Dust2 which is NaVi’s map pick and it proved to benefit them well as they close the round out 16-11. The next match was in Mirage, which is Liquid’s map pick but they fell short and NaVi took advantage of it closing the map out 16-13. NaVi moves on to semi-finals. Liquid is eliminated. SEMI-FINALS Semi-finals action commences with NaVi taking on Astralis. Before this game started Astralis where heavy favorites to win but NaVi was the only team that showed. The first map was in Dust2 which is NaVi’s map pick and they made CSGO against Astralis, the currently ranking number 1 team, look easy. They closed the map 16-5. Next map was in Nuke which is Astralis’ map pick, but the map benefitted NaVi which again closes the map down 16-5. NaVi moves on to Grand Finals, Astralis is eliminated. On the other hand, we have G2 set to take on Fnatic. The series went to full 3 maps, where the first map was in Inferno which is fnatic’s map choice but G2 showed they are the better Inferno team closing the map out 16-12. Next map we have Dust2 which is G2’s map choice but it didn’t benefit them because the Swedes had a field day in Dust2 closed the map 16-11 tying the series. The third map was in Train which came down the wire but ended in G2’s favour 16-13. G2 moves on to Grand Finals, fnatic is eliminated. GRAND FINALS The Grand Finals was a Bo5 (Best of 5) filled with counter strike action where both teams select 2 maps each and the last one being random. The first map was in Nuke where it was G2’s map choice but Boombl4 had himself a field day having a rating of 2.58 closing the map 16-4. The next map was Dust2 which is NaVi’s map choice, it came down the wire but NaVi showed they are the better Dust2 team where s1mple took over and secured NaVi the map 16-13. The third map was G2’s map choice which is Mirage, but NaVi made it look easy. They decimated G2 16-2 where all NaVi’s member were in positive rating. NaVi closed the series 3-0 where Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev was named MVP of the IEM Katowice 2020.
  5. A massive waste, or just a wasteful mass? - nuuuitsjdragon In a recent statement by Ripple CEO, Brad Galirnghouse, Bitcoin & Ethereum mining have both been flagged as huge culprits in contributing towards global climate change. Research done by PWC’s blockchain expert Alex de Vries supports this fact by establishing current levels of electricity consumption for (BTC) mining to have surpassed the entirety of Chile’s (with an 18-million population). Correlated statistics for e-waste tell an even more troubling story - 98% of hardware from obsolete mining rigs ends up in landfills. As Bitcoin’s exponential difficulty curve works in tandem with the highly competitive market, it’s of no surprise that a combination of the two will cause e-waste numbers to increase at an alarming pace. If mining is truly causing such harm to our environment, perhaps it’s no wonder that Bitcoin and Ethereum miners’ ethics, or lack thereof, is not sitting well with Galirnghouse. After all, Ripple has been known to pre-mine ~ 60% of its entire supply - a move some purists define as “Centralised”, which in retrospect may turn out to be a better approach than initially thought. While on the topic of Centralisation, it could be interesting to point out that VISA was recently put to the test against Bitcoin for the amount of CO2 released in their transactions. In a shocking reveal, VISA had effortlessly won by a mile, or in this case - 780,650 miles - since that was the number of transactions it took to produce the same amount of Carbon Dioxide for one single Bitcoin transaction.
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    IPL Preview!

    IPL Extended Preview: - Cblu785 VIVO IPL 2020 has been scheduled between 29 March 2020 and 24 May 2020. Opening match will be played on 29 March 2020 between the Mumbai Indians (MI) Vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) which will be played in Wankhede Stadium Mumbai, Maharashtra. Final match to be played on 24 May 2020. Back in 1977, Kerry Packer came up with the idea of World Series Cricket, which had players from different nations playing together. But it was banned by the cricketing boards. But after 31 years, a competition in a similar spirit was inaugurated in India. By the look of the tournament, people started to love the entertainment it offered. Big sixes, cheerleaders, Bollywood stars cheering the team on the sidelines and the glamours opening ceremonies spiced it up for the audience. The league has created a new breed of batsmen from all over the world. A staggering 638 sixes were hit in the previous edition of the Indian Premier League. From a time where scoring 300 runs in ODIs was a mountainous task, modern era batsmen have begun to find new ways to score and T20s have played a huge role in it. India currently holds the record for scoring most the scores over 300 in ODIs, and IPL is to credit for this. After the IPL took off, T20 leagues have boomed in various countries around the world. From the Big Bash League in Australia to the Caribbean Premier League in the West Indies, T20 Leagues have spread all over and this further helps countries find talent. The Bangladesh Premier League, in particular, has helped the local talents a lot, with experienced campaigners playing a part in the league. These leagues also help generate a lot of revenue for the respective cricketing boards. Reports say that the IPL contributed a whopping Rs. 11.5 billion to the Indian GDP in 2015. With sponsors and TV rights, the money involved is huge. As many as 100 million people watched the IPL last season! With so many seasons gone by but it's popularity remains the same & now it is considered as one of the biggest league in the world! Some exciting times ahead from 29 march. Let's take a look at the teams competing: (1)- CHENNAI SUPER KINGS Purse: 14.60 crore Spent:14.45 crore Bought (4): Sam Curran (5.5 crore), Piyush Chawla (6.75 crore), Josh Hazlewood (2 crore), R Sai Kishore (20 lakh) Retained: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Lungi Ngidi, Monu Singh Squad strength: 24 One of the most successful team of this league, having won the title 3 times, kings looks rock solid on the paper. Their biggest strength is their openers in Watson & Faf Du Plesis & of course "THE THALA" the captain for the ages - Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2)--DELHI CAPITALS Purse: 27.85 crore Spent: 18.85 crore Bought (8): Jason Roy (1.5 crore), Chris Woakes (1.5 crore), Alex Carey (2.4 crore), Shimron Hetmyer (7.75 crore), Mohit Sharma (50 lakh), Tushar Deshpande (20 lakh), Marcus Stoinis (4.8 crore), Lalit Yadav (20 lakh), Retained : Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul, Sandeep Lamichhane Traded In: Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane Squad strength: 22 They are considered as one of the weakest performers of ipl but they played good cricket in the last season & they can just go ahead from this! JASON ROY & HETMYER are their biggest picks as both of them are match winners! (3)--KINGS X1 PUNJAB Purse: 42.70 crore Spent: 26.20 crore Bought (9): Glenn Maxwell (10.75 crore), Sheldon Cottrell (8.5 crore), Deepak Hooda (50 lakh), Ishan Porel (20 lakh), Ravi Bishnoi (2 crore), James Neesham (50 lakh), Chris Jordan (3 crore), Tajinder Dhillon (20 lakh), Prabhsimran Singh (55 lakh) Retained: KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Mohammed Shami, Nicholas Pooran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Hardus Viljoen, Darshan Nalkande, Sarfaraz Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Murugan Ashwin Traded In:K Gowtham, J Suchith Squad strength: 25 There is one thing about punjab either they plays supremely good or they will go down quickly, they needs to be more consistent as the tournament progresses! Maxwell, Neesham, Pooran, Rahul & Mujeeb can really turn the things around! (4)--KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS Purse: 35.65 crore Spent: 27.15 crore Bought (9): Eoin Morgan (5.25 crore), Pat Cummins (15.5 crore), Rahul Tripathi (60 lakh), Varun Chakaravarthy (4 crore), M Siddharth (20 lakh),Chris Green (20 lakh), Tom Banton (1 crore), Pravin Tambe (20 lakh), Nikhil Naik (20 lakh) Retained: Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi Traded In: Siddhesh Lad Squad strength: 23 Kolkata is a team which plays better cricket irrespective of the situation. Their X-factor lies in the power of dre-russ (Andre Russell). Narine, Russell, Morgon & Cummins are their big match players. (5)--MUMBAI INDIANS Purse: 13.05 crore Spent: 11.10 crore Bought (6): Chris Lynn (2 crore), Nathan Coulter-Nile (8 crore), Saurabh Tiwary (50 lakh), Mohsin Khan (20 lakh), Digvijay Deshmukh (20 lakh), Balwant Rai Singh (20 lakh) Retained: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Surya Kumar Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Anmolpreet Singh, Jayant Yadav, Aditya Tare, Anukul Roy, Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan Traded In: Sherfane Rutherford, Trent Boult, Dhawal Kulkarni Squad strength: 24 Literally the MOST SUCCESSFUL TEAM of this league! They always plays surprising cricket, they have won a title once where they doesn't even looks like making it to playoffs & ends up winning the title! With such talent in their squad in all departments another good season waiting for them! Rohit, Pollard, Pandya & Bumrah are their main guns! (6)--RAJASTHAN ROYALS Purse: 28.90 crore Spent:14.15 crore Bought (11): Robin Uthappa (3 crore), Jaydev Unadkat (3 crore), Yashasvi Jaiswal (2.4 crore), Anuj Rawat (80 lakh), Akash Singh (20 lakh), Kartik Tyagi (1.3 crore), David Miller (75 lakh), Oshane Thomas (50 lakh), Anirudha Joshi (20 lakh), Andrew Tye (1 crore), Tom Curran (1 crore) Retained: Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Mahipal Lomror, Varun Aaron, Manan Vohra Traded In: Ankit Rajpoot, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia Squad strength: 25 A team which never uses their money much for buying high profile impact players but still always performing higher than expectations perfectly defines royals. They had won the opening edition of IPL in 2008 under Shane Warne. Buttler is their X factor & Smith, Stokes, Samson & jofra are the other main players. (7)--ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGLORE Purse: 27.90 crore Spent: 21.50 crore Bought (8): Aaron Finch (4.4 crore), Chris Morris (10 crore), Joshua Philippe (20 lakh), Kane Richardson(4 crore), Pavan Deshpande (20 lakh), Dale Steyn (2 crore), Shahbaz Ahamad (20 lakh), Isuru Udana (50 lakh) Retained: Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Mann, Devdutt Padikkal, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini Squad strength: 21 Well, the most underachieved team of any league! They have all what a team wants, big match winning bowlers, the great Virat Kohli & AB De Villiers themselves but still they have nothing to show which is quite disappointing! They have added finch & steyn this time to their squad & we can hope a better performance from them. (8)--SUNRISERS HYDERABAD Purse: 17 crore Spent: 6.90 crore Bought (7): Virat Singh (1.9 crore), Priyam Garg (1.9 crore), Mitchell Marsh (2 crore), Sandeep Bavanaka (20 lakh), Fabian Allen (50 lakh), Abdul Samad (20 lakh), Sanjay Yadav (20 lakh) Retained: Kane Williamson, David Warner, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shahbaz Nadeem, Billy Stanlake, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan Squad strength: 25 Hyderabad has also tasted a lot of success in IPL. David Warner & Jonny bairstow forms a really dangerous looking opening pair for Sunrisers. Addition of Mitchell marsh & Allen provides extra stability for them. Their biggest trump card is new sensation Rashid Khan who is consistent enough to make things tough for opposition! Warner, Williamson, Rashid are their main players! Predictions - - - Teams to make it to the playoffs - Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals. FINALISTS - Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals ORANGE CAP(MOST RUNS) - JASON ROY PURPLE CAP(MOST WICKETS) - RASHID KHAN TEAM TO LIFT THE TROPHY - DELHI CAPITALS
  7. NBA Power Rankings for FEBRUARY By @JieunSuzy Heading into week 20, these are the 2020 NBA power ranking by the end of February. Milwaukee Bucks (W52-L9) Another dominant performance by the league’s best team. They have clinched the playoff spots already with 8 wins difference than the Toronto Raptors (2nd best in the eastern conference). Giannis Antetokounmpo, the star player of Milwaukee Bucks has been outstanding this entire season, carrying the Bucks with a total average 35 points, 15.8 rebounds, and 6.8 assists. Los Angeles Lakers(W46-L13) Lebron James and Anthony Davis’ the new star duo have been carrying the Los Angeles Lakers to dominate the entire western conference (1st seed in the Western Conference). They've been playing Davis at the five a little more over the last month (16.2 minutes per game) than they were previously (12.0). After playing three games against potential first-round opponents last week, the Lakers will play a big game against Bucks (1st seed in the Eastern Conference table) on Saturday. Houston Rockets (W39-L21) Over the games in San Francisco and Salt Lake City, the Rockets’ points from 3-pointers in total are 135 and opponents 42. However, their defense should boost them, both in regard to the numbers and the eye test. With Russell Westbrook, Robert Covington James Harden, and P.J. Tucker on the floor together, their communication and cohesiveness with switching almost everything has been on point. The Rockets were executing very well in games against the Utah Jazz last Saturday which put the Rockets back in fourth place. Boston Celtics (W41-L18) Jayson Tatum got the spotlight for the Sunday game against the Lakers. He matched his career high with 41 points which forced the Lakers to send double-teams at him in the second half. In this game without Kemba Walker, the Celtics lost with two-points difference. This loss to Lakers affected Boston’s place in NBA power ranking. LA Clippers (W41-L19) Recently, LA Clippers full squad have won four straight wins and pushed the Clippers into the top five in both offensive and defensive efficiency. However, They must suffer a defeat against the 76ers on Sunday, but their five-man bench unit came up big. The schedule gets even more interesting this week, with the Clippers' three opponents having the West's three best records over the last six weeks Denver Nuggets(W41-L19) In their most important game of the season to date (Friday in L.A.), the Nuggets had their worst game performance, allowing the Clippers to score 132 points on 99 possessions that gave the two teams identical records in the race for second place in the West. The defensive numbers should improve, because their next two opponents rank 29th and 30th offensively since the break. After hosting the Warriors on Tuesday, they'll play nine of their next 11 games on the road Toronto Raptors(W42-L18) The Toronto Raptors have come short Recently, They only won 3 of their last 4 games. Norman Powell and Patrick McCaw returned from absences over the weekend, but Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka took their places on the shelf and Marc Gasol hasn't played since late January. They came out strong against the Bucks on Tuesday, but the Milwaukee Bucks defense was just absolutely amazing. Now the Raps are in a real fight with the Celtics (who have a slightly easier remaining schedule) for the 2nd seed in the East. Oklahoma City Thunder (W35-L22) The Oklahoma City Thunder won 3 of their last 4 games, but they must suffer a defeat against the League’s best defense’ Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.The Thunder's third five-game winning streak was their best stretch of offense this season. They shot 42% from 3-point range and all five guys in their closing lineup averaged between 16 and 21 points over the five games. After they host the Clippers on Tuesday, the Thunder will play 13 of their final 21 games on the road. Utah Jazz (W37-L23) Utah Jazz won only 1 of their 5 recent matches. The Jazz have committed more turnovers than their opponents in 16 of their last 17 games, and that's more about their defense than their offense. The Jazz shot 19-for-37 from 3-point range against the Wizards' 30th-ranked defense and got great minutes from their bench on Friday to put an end to their four-game losing streak. Miami Heat (W39-L22) Miami Heat won 3 of their last 5 matches, including a loss to Cleveland on Monday in a game they led by 22 points and a loss to Minnesota (1-18 over its previous 19 games) on Wednesday in a game they led by 11 with three and a half minutes to go. The Heat still rank 26th in clutch defense, but Adebayo is not uncomfortable defending on the perimeter. In their next games, The Heat will compete against Magic. Dallas Mavericks (W37-L25) Dallas now are standing on the 7th seed at the nba table. The in-season improvement you'd hope to see from a guy coming back from ACL surgery has come. Kristaps Porzingis has averaging 16.8 points on an effective field goal percentage of 46.9% through his first 36 games. In their next games, they will compete against the New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, and Indiana Pacers. Philadelphia 76ers (W37-L24) The 76ers won 2 of their last 4 matches. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are now both on the shelf. Simons back-issues are impacting the 76ers performances right now, but if he can heal in the next six weeks, he will make sure to carry the Sixers to go back on top again. The Sixers have been pretty bad offensively with Milton and Simmons on the floor together, but they can obviously use all the shooting they can get and things might be different now that Milton knows he can play with the best. New Orleans Pelicans (W26-L34) Zion was outstanding play made the New Orleans Pelicans to win 3 of their 5 recent games. Zion Williamson has scored at least 20 points in 11 straight games and set a new career high with 35 (all in the paint or at the free throw line) against the Lakers on Sunday. However, they still couldn’t stop the 1st seed at the NBA Western Conference table. Indiana Pacers (W37-L24) The Pacers now have 4 consecutives wins when they've started their five best guys together, and the lineup has allowed exactly a point per possession in its 86 total minutes. They're 15-14 on the road, though seven of the Pacers' final 12 road games, including two of the four this week, are against teams with winning records. Memphis Grizzlies (W29-L31) The Grizzlies' are in a slump right now, they lost all of their 5 recent matches. They had issues on both ends of the floor and some brutal starts. They were outscored by the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, and they went almost four full games without holding a lead. Before their schedule gets tough again, the Grizz will play five of their next six games against teams with losing records. Sacramento Kings (W26-L34) The Kings won 4 of their 5 recent matches, including won 2 times against the 8th seed at the table-Memphis Grizzlies. They rank fifth defensively since the break, only nine of the Kings' final 22 games are against teams with winning records. Six of those nine are at home, and one of those six is against the shorthanded Sixers on Thursday. Orlando Magic (W27-L34) The Magic won 3 of their 5 recent matches, and they are standing on the 7th seed at the table. They scored more than 124 points per 100 possessions over their last seven halves of basketball, and rank sixth offensively since the break. The Magic's four leading scorers have combined a good field goal percentage. But their defense has suffered some slippage; The Magic are 3-9 in Western Conference arenas, with their final three road games against the West on a four-game trip that begins Wednesday in Miami. San Antonio Spurs (W25-L34) The Spurs aren't very good defensively, so they can't afford to struggle on the other end of the floor. They only won 1 of their 4 recent matches, including a win 114-113 against the Magic (7th place in the eastern conference). Aldridge could return on Monday, but Jakob Poeltl is out with an MCL sprain in his right knee. Brooklyn Nets (W26-L33) The Nets had three heart-breaking losses last week, coming up short on last-second possessions against Orlando, Washington and Miami. The Nets have slipped into eighth place and have lost 13 of their last 16 road games, with two more four-game trips left on their schedule. Portland Trail Blazers (W27-L35) Recently, The Blazers crushed the Orlando Magic with a score of 130-107. The Blazers are still just 4 games in the loss column behind the eighth-place Grizzlies and just one game into a stretch of 13 straight that are either against teams with losing records (11 of the 13) or at home (seven of the 13). They will compete against the Wizards on Wednesday to conquer the 8th seed at the table right now. Atlanta Hawks (W19-L43) Atlanta won 2 of their 5 recent matches. They suffered a great loss 127-88 against Memphis Grizzlies (8th seed in the western conference) yesterday. Atlanta ranks third in pace, fourth in offensive efficiency, and 23rd in defensive efficiency, with the Hawks and their opponents having combined to average 245 points over the six games. They will compete against the Wizards next saturday. Washington Wizards (W22-L37) The Washington Wizards are still just 4 games in the loss column behind the eight-place Nets. Bradley Beal breaks the Wizards record with 18 straight 25-point games, and a big jump in usage rate has him averaging a career-high 6.1 assists per game this season. He carried the Washington Wizards with consecutives back-to-back 50+ points.They will compete against the Hawks next Saturday, to conquer the 8th seed at the table right now. Phoenix Suns (W24-L37) The Suns just won 2 of their 5 recent matches, including a great loss against the Warriors (15th seed in the Western Conference). Just when the Suns had settled on a starting lineup that functioned well on both ends of the floor (it's outscored its opponents by more than 20 points per 100 possessions in its 226 minutes), they lost Kelly Oubre Jr. to a knee injury. Without Oubre, the Suns have lost three straight games. Charlotte Hornets (W21-L39) Recently, They lost against the Bucks with only 8 points difference. It was a weird week in Charlotte. Malik Monk was playing the best basketball of his career and had just got his first career start when he got suspended for violating the league's Anti-Drug program on Wednesday. They will struggle to compete against the 2nd seed at the table (Denver Nuggets) and the 4th seed at the table (Houston Rockets). New York Knicks (W18-L42) The New York Knicks only won 2 of their 5 recent matches. Mitchell Robinson has taken 96% (298/310) of his shots in the restricted area, the highest rate among 214 players with at least 300 total field goal attempts. And as he scored a career-high 23 points in the Knicks' win over the Bulls last Saturday, all 16 of Robinson's shots came in the restricted area. The Knicks will compete against Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder this week. Chicago Bulls (W21-L40) The Chicago Bulls won 109-107 with the Mavericks on Monday, they recorded 46.8% field goal percentage in that game and Coby White carried the game with 19 points. The Bulls allowed the Knicks' 28th-ranked offense to score 125 points on just 94 possessions last Saturday, with New York's 70 points in the restricted area being the most for any team in any game this season. They’ve also lost their last six games that have been within five points in the last five minutes. Detroit Pistons (W20-L42) The Pistons have only won 1 game of their 8 recent matches, They put an end to a seven-game losing streak last Friday, getting two big, last-minute buckets from Derrick Rose, who matched his season high with 31 points and has taken almost three times as many clutch shots (for the team that ranks 30th in clutch offense). The Pistons' two most-used lineups this season included Blake Griffin, who hasn't played since December. Cleveland Cavaliers (W17-L44) The Cavaliers lost 113-126 to the Utah Jazz on Monday. Even though Collin Sexton carried the game with 32 points, they still couldn't defeat the Utah Jazz. Collin Sexton can bend defenses with his acceleration and his willingness to push in transition but he still couldn’t lift up the team himself. Minnesota Timberwolves (W18-L42) The new Wolves are playing fast and free, attacking early off made baskets. Recently, They lost to the Mavericks 111-91. Their 107.4 possessions per 48 minutes since the All-Star break lead the league by a wide margin. With D'Angelo Russell in their team, he carried his new team on Friday, when the Wolves came back from 11 down with less than four minutes to go, having lost the previous 28 games that they trailed by double-digits. They will face the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. Golden State Warriors (W14-L48) The Golden State Warriors are in slump this season, they only won 2 of their 5 recent matches. They lost against the Wizards with 14 points difference on Sunday, recorded 47.2 pts field goal percentage but only 9/28 from the 3-points line (32.1%). With Curry and Klay Thompson absences, they are struggling to win right now.
  8. Free Bitcoin transactions, an eventual reality? - nuuuitsjdragon Something huge could be in the works for the entire Crypto-market. With reference to an article on xitheon( “Ian Brian Armstrong, Coinbase's chief executive officer, has just been granted a US patent (#10,510,053) for a system of sending bitcoin to email addresses without any miner fees. The method entails using email addresses that are connected to their online wallets, to send bitcoin as fluidly and easily as an email. The patent appears to exclusively focus on bitcoin, with no mention of other crypto assets, though that should not be taken as a sign there won't be changes made in that regard. The email system, assuming it's being implemented into Coinbase, will also feature a separate point of exchange allowing users to exchange fiat & bitcoin using a linked bank account. The entire structure suggests that no portion of it will charge users fees, instead these fees will be placed solely on the miners of the currency. It is being suggested that users may end up paying transaction fees when withdrawing their bitcoin to external wallets & services though.” Just like the early days of the internet, Bitcoin or rather - the entire Cryptocurrency sphere, is constantly evolving in all aspects. This has led to the rise of many projects, each with their own coin and story. Upon closer scrutiny, many of these lack potential and are destined to perform poorly once they outlive the initial hype. Since many of these were forked off Bitcoin in attempts to fix the flaws, they still share the same problems, agreeably slow speed and high fees, just to varying extents. This is why mass public adoption is still but a dream. The blockchain system was not created with the intention of serving the entire world as centralised currency; but rather as decentralised currency resulting in a fairer system. Such patented technology is almost-mandatory, if the goal is to have the public be able to use it without bog-downs or fee spikes. Huge, impactful companies like Coinbase can make a difference. Innovation, can at the very least, help defuse some of the bad stigma by media portrayal. Although still too early to tell, Cryptocurrency users everywhere are bound to be envisioning a future where free (and fast) Bitcoin transactions are an actual reality.
  9. El Clasico Review: Real Madrid vs Barcelona - Yosua Real Madrid shut down Barcelona with a 2-0 win in the 26th week of La Liga. Los Blancos have now the first place in the standings from Barca. After a 0-0 draw in their first meeting this season, this time around would prove to be a little different. A winning goal launched from Junior Vinicius in the 71’ was backed up with a Mariano Diaz strike in injury time. The win sees Madrid soar to first place in the La Liga standings, replacing Barcelona. Zinedine Zidane’s army is now leading with 56 points from 26 matches, one point ahead from Lionel Messi and squad. The Match Both teams relished the same quick rhythm of the game pace, with Madrid dominating in the beginning, but failing to create chances. The 19' saw drama’, with both Madrid and Barcelona getting a yellow card right after Dani Carvajal and Jordi Alba's tussle got serious. A chance was made by Barcelona in the 21’, with an Antoine Griezmann shot heading just over the bar. Meanwhile, in the 37', Madrid got a chance to counter-attack. Vinicius, who controlled the ball, launched a direct shot to the goal, but Ter Stegen saved - Madrid's first shot on target. Almost! In the 39', it looked as if Messi was going to take control of the game. Successfully catching Sergio Busquets assist, the Argentine striker also launched an attack using his left foot, but unfortunately the ball got blocked perfectly by Courtois. This saw the game out until half time; 0-0. In the second half, Madrid began to dominate the game. Isco started to become ever-so dangerous, with his header stopped by Pique on the goal line. As they continued to press, Madrid finally opened the floodgates in the 71'. Receiving Kroos pass, Vinicus launched a right-foot-shoot from a very tight angle. The ball slightly touching Piques foot, passing through Ter Stegen. Just two minutes later saw arguably Barcelona's biggest chance of the game. A run from Messi played in by Frankie De Jong, stopped at the death thanks to a flawless Marcelo tackle. This led us into injury time. Mariano Diaz, who had just came on for Karim Benzema, finished the game after a Carvajal assist. 2-0 to Los Blancos - a superb win. Real Madrid vs Barcelona Lineup: Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Valverde (Vazquez 86'), Casemiro, Kroos, Isco (Modric 79'), Vinicius, Benzema (Mariano 90') Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Alba, Umtiti, Pique, De Jong, Busquets, Arthur (Rakitic 81'), Vidal (Braithwaite 70'), Messi, Griezmann (Ansu Fati 81')
  10. New Zealand vs India 2nd Test Preview India suffered a stunning loss at wellington in their first test, which has raised a lot of eyebrows in the cricketing world. Whereas New Zealand -just like always, raised their standards to clinch a clinical win over a stacked Indian side! Christchurch is ready, New Zealand & India will meet again in 2nd test on the 29th of February. Questions were raised on the batting application of the Indians as their batsmen failed to get going at any stage of the game, but it also reflects how well New Zealand bowled. They executed their plans to perfection by drying things up for Indians. India's comprehensive loss in wellington will raise concerns for sure but should it be a cause for alarm? Maybe not. It wasn't that kind of loss regardless of the margin of defeat. It wasn't that kind of horrible beginning to a test series away from home where all seems lost after just a few days of cricket! Difference between both the sides in the first test - for the Blackcaps, approach to winning the test seemed to be focused more on strategic jabs than roundhouse punches. Where the Indians got in wrong was that they just seemed to be in the way more often than what they'd have planned or hoped for. For the Blackcaps, everything seems to be on track, bowlers are picking up crucial breakthroughs at crucial junctures & batsmen are responding to the situations as well. Their skipper Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor & Colin De Grandhomme were amongst the runs whereas veteren Tim Southee & Trent Boult responded with the ball! India has a lot to ponder upon their batting, the whole batting revolves around one of the best in the world Virat Kohli who will be really eager to turn things up after a bad outing in the first game. With the kind of cricket India has played in the recent times, we can hope for a better performance from them! They have missed out on their positive approach in last game & will be eager to make a strong comeback! New Zealand knows that India will come hard at them in 2nd test but New Zealand's never say die approach spices things up nicely! My predictions - It's a do or die game for Indians & they will push hard to draw the series... India to win at odds of 2.23×
  11. UEFA Champions League Preview By: @JieunSuzy (@bryanjon28) Chelsea F.C. vs FC Bayern Munich on Tuesday, 25th of February 2020, 20:00 GMT Chelsea will be welcoming Bayern Munich in the first leg of the round of 16 at Stamford Bridge, London on Tuesday night. Memories will be stirred of Chelsea's finest hour in the UEFA Champions League because Chelsea and Bayern Munich’s last Champions League encounter was the 2012 final, where the Blues won 4-3 on penalties at Bayern’s Allianz Arena. The Blues' have not been so good recently, winning one of their last five games. Not to mention, Chelsea have lost the formidable midfielder N'Golo Kante in several important matches in the coming weeks. Kante suffered an abdominal muscle injury when the Blues were overthrown by Manchester United 2-0 in an English Premier League match a few days ago. But still, keep in mind that The Blues have never lost at home to German visitors, winning six of nine fixtures, Bayern is playing fantastic in this Champion League season, they won over Tottenham Hotspur’s 7-0 and became only the seventh team – and first from Germany – to win all six games in the UEFA Champions League group stage this season. Bayern are unbeaten in their last 12 European away games (W9 D3), scoring at least two goals in all but a goalless draw at Liverpool in last season's round of 16 first leg. Keep in mind, Bayern were the only side to collect maximum points in this season's group stage, and finished as top scorers with 24 goals. With these kinds of results, maybe it will be tough for The Blues to fight against Bayern Munich right now. But, the victory was very important for Frank Lampard's troops considering that in the 2nd leg they had to travel to the headquarters of Bayern Munich. Not to mention, from 2005 to 2019 the two teams met five times. Chelsea won twice and Bayern three times. Possible line-ups Chelsea: Kepa; James, Christensen, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Kovačić, Kanté/Mount; Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Willian. Bayern: Neuer; Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Thiago; Coman, Müller, Gnabry; Lewandowski Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Bayern S.S.C Napoli vs FC Barcelona on Tuesday, 25th of February 2020, 21:00 ECT Napoli narrowly won 2-1 over Brescia in the 25th Serie A giornata at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti on Saturday night. These results bring positive impact to Napolil before entertaining Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday night. Napoli haven been playing good lately, they won 5 of their last 6 matches. The last victory against Brescia made Napoli stand on the sixth position of the standings in the table. In addition, the achievement motivated Insigne and his friends before competing against Barcelona on the European stage. It will be tough for Napoli to win against Barca, especially with lame conditions, because Napoli certainly will not be strengthened by Koulibaly in the match, because it is still in injury condition. Same as Napoli, Barcelona have been playing good too lately. They won 5 of their last 6 matches, and they stand on the first position of the standings in La Liga right now with 55 points. They won 5-0 against Eibar and 2-1 against Getafe was the latest example of how tough this team is at home. But in this tournament, as Barcelona knows better than anyone after the last couple years, strong play at home isn’t enough if you’re vulnerable on the road, and Barcelona’s have lost to Betis when they visited them last week. This will be tough to decide which one will win this game, but Barcelona won 3 of 4 matches against Napoli in history. Not to mention, this is the third time Napoli have reached the knockout stages of their six appearances, and they never progressed further than round 16. As for Barcelona, they have progressed past the Champion League round of 16 in each of the last 12 seasons, the longest run in the history of the tournament. Possible line-ups Napoli: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Mário Rui; Fabián Ruiz, Demme, Zieliński; Callejón, Mertens, Insigne Barcelona: Ter Stegen: Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Semedo; Arthur, Busquets, De Jong: Messi, Griezmann, Ansu Prediction: Napoli 2-1 Barcelona Real Madrid CF vs Manchester City F.C. on Wednesday, 26th of February 2020, 20:00 GMT Real Madrid will compete against Manchester City at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday night. This will be an exciting match between them because Manchester City have never won against Real Madrid - they have faced each other 4 times, each occasion in the Champion league, with Manchester City losing their 2 away games at Santiago Bernabeu and drawing the other 2 at the Etihad. Real Madrid won only 2 of their last 5 matches, including a 2-2 draw against Celta de Vigo last week. Recently, Real Madrid took a shock defeat at Levante's headquarters. Real Madrid defeated 0-1 due to conceding in the final period of the match. That became the only goal in the match and ensured Madrid down to the 2nd position in the Spanish League standings. This will be a tough match for Real Madrid considering that Real Madrid star Eden Hazard suffered another ankle injury during the match between Real Madrid and Levante’s and he certainly won’t play against Manchester City and El Clasico versus Barcelona. As for Manchester city, they won 3 of their last 5 matches. Recently, they won against Leicester City 1-0 at King Power Stadium, Leicester City headquarters, in a continued match in the English Premier League on Last Saturday. This result will bring a positive impact to the team ahead of the duel against Real Madrid. This match won’t be easy for Manchester City but still, they will take advantage against Real Madrid considering that Eden Hazard won’t play in this match Keep in mind that, Madrid's home record against English clubs is W8 D6 L2 and City's last trip to Spain brought a 4-0 loss at Barcelona in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage, their heaviest defeat in UEFA competition. They have won only twice in their ten visits to Spain (D1 L7). Possible line-ups Real Madrid: Courtois: Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Modrić, Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos; Vinícius Júnior, Benzema City: Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gündoğan; Mahrez, Agüero, B. Silva Prediction: Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City Olympique Lyonnais vs Juventus F.C. on Wednesday, 26th of February 2020, 21:00 ECT Lyon will welcome Juventus at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, France on Wednesday night. This is the sides' fifth match, all in the last six years. Juve won three of the first four fixtures, including a pair of 1-0 victories in France. Lyon are winless against Juventus in European competition (D1 L3), losing both of their home games against the Italian side by the same 0-1 scoreline. Lyon have won 2 of their last 6 matches, including 2 draws against Strasbourg and Amiens. Lyon squeezed into the last 16 as Group G runners-up having picked up eight points from their six games, one more than both Benfica and Zenit. With this result, Lyon have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League more times than any other French club (11). However, it’s been 10 years since they progressed past the round of 16 and they have scored only 3 goals in their last 9 knockout games in the competition (W1 D2 L6). In addition, Lyon will be without Memphis Depay who ruptured his cruciate ligament in December, ruling him out for the remainder of the season. As for Juventus, they won 3 of their last 6 matches. In terms of the Champions League, The Bianconeri won five of their six Group D games to finish six points clear at the top. Juventus will be looking to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for a fourth consecutive season. Cristiano Ronaldo is almost certain to start. Last year a well-rested Ronaldo hit a hat-trick when they fought against Atletico Madrid. Having missed a few games in the league CR7 will be raring to go in Lyon. In addition, veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini has returned to the side in recent weeks. This will be a tough match for Lyon considering that Juventus are unbeaten in eight matches against French sides, home and away, since a 2-0 loss at Bordeaux in the 2009/10 group stage. Possible line-ups Juventus: Szczesny; Danilo, Chiellini, Bonucci, Sandro; Pjanic, Matuidi, Ramsey, Betancur; Dybala, Ronaldo. Lyon: Lopes, Rafael, Marcelo, Andersen, Tete; Caqueret, Terrier, Aouar; Traore, Dembele, Cornet Prediction: Lyon 0-2 Juventus
  12. New Zealand v India: First Test Preview - Cblu785 India whitewashed New Zealand in their T20 series. New Zealand whitewashed India in their ODI series. It's now winner takes all, with a Test series beginning shortly. In a test match, it is important to analyse the behaviour of the pitch. Looking at the last series in NZ, the pitches of the two test matches flattened out with nothing for the quick bowlers to work with. But that's not enough to decide anything with these two nations. Surprisingly, NZ gave India a spicy green top in their practice match, where batsmen from both teams struggled to get going! In the past two years India's away tours are being more successful than the home series where they have lost a couple of big series;. However, With the likes of Southee, Boult, Wagner & Grandhomme they just might back themselves to give India a green top, knowing that India historically struggles in swinging & seaming conditions. India still starts as favourite with NZ having an outside chance, but I think a draw may be on the cards. All in all two good teams will lock horns on 21st of Feb & a brilliant contest between bat & ball awaits! My predictions - - India to win-45% Nz to win - 5% Draw - 50% at odds of almost 5× at stake BET HERE: https://stake.com/sports/cricket/international/test-series-new-zealand-vs-india/13744509-new-zealand-vs-india
  13. UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PREVIEW: ROUND OF 16 - LEG 1 By: @JieunSuzy (@bryanjon28) Atlético Madrid F.C. vs Liverpool F.C. on Tuesday, 18th of February 2020, 20:00 GMT Atlético Madrid will host Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday night. Tuesday’s clash will be just the fifth meeting between Liverpool F.C and Atlético Madrid. It will be the first time that these two teams have faced each other in the Champions League since the group stages of the 2008-09 competition, when both matches finished 1-1. Atletico have not been so good recently, they only won 1 of their 6 last matches across La liga and and the Spanish Cup. In terms of this season’s Champion league, Atletico also lost two of their six matches in the group stages of the Champions League but still managed to finish second in the table behind Juventus. Atletico will compete against Liverpool without the services of injured forwards Costa and Joao Felix, while former Spurs defender Kieran Trippier will also miss out on the chance to face Liverpool due to a groin issue. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admitted his team's focus was directly on Atletico Madrid after they won against Norwich City 1-0. Liverpool have been amazing throughout this season, the Reds are now 25 points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table with 25 wins, 1 draw, and 0 loss. As for Liverpool, Mane and James Milner are both fit having made their returns from injuries against Norwich on Saturday, and the former will be in the starting XI on Tuesday night. Atletico aren’t as fantastic and defensively perfect as they have been in previous years, they have endured a terrible run of form in recent weeks. On the other hand, The Reds have been doing impressively well in the Premier League cup, winning 10 of their last 11 Premier League games. With this impressive results, The Reds most likely will put on a show in this game. Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup: Oblak; Arias, Savic, Gimenez, Lodi; Vitolo, Koke, Thomas, Saul; Morata, Correa Liverpool possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane Dortmund F.C. vs Paris Saint-Germain F.C. on Tuesday, 18th of February 2020, 20:00 GMT Dortmund will welcome Paris Saint-Germain to German in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday night. It will actually be just the third meeting between the two teams in history since the group stage of the 2010-2011 Champions League. PSG must be wary of Dortmund, because Dortmund is one of the dangerous German teams in BundesLiga. Dortmund have put on a show recently, they have won 3 of their 5 last matches. The ‘wonderkid’ of Norwegia’ Erling Haaland helped Dortmund win the games with his hat tricks several times. They defeated Eintracht Frankfurt, Union Berlin, and FC Koln in BundesLiga. However, they have to suffer a 4-3 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen and 3-2 against Werder Bremen. Dortmund will be without the services of both Marco Reus and Thomas Delaney through injury, while an ankle problem is expected to rule Julian Brandt out of the contest. Not too much different, PSG also put on a show recently. The PSG team got a lot of praise from the fans because they won 4 of their 5 last matches across cups, including a 4-4 draw against Amiens. Not to mention, they also put on a show last week, winning 6-1 against Dijon. In the terms of Champions League, they were very impressive in the group stages of this season's tournament, winning five of their six matches to top Group A by five points from Real Madrid. As for PSG, Colin Dagba and Abdou Diallo are both unavailable through injury, but Neymar is expected to overcome a rib injury to start for the French champions on Tuesday. With these two teams amazing results over this season, it will be tough enough to decide which sides will win this game. Dortmund possible starting lineup: Burki; Piszczek, Akanji, Hummels; Hakimi, Can, Witsel, Guerreiro; Sancho, Haaland, Hazard PSG possible starting lineup: Navas; Meunier, Marquinhos, Silva, Bernat; Di Maria, Gueye, Verratti, Neymar; Icardi, Mbappe Atalanta B.C. vs Valencia CF on Wednesday, 19th of February 2020, 20:00 GMT Atalanta will welcome Valencia to Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Wednesday night. This will be the first encounter between Atalanta and Valencia on italian soil. It's also the first time the team from Bergamo will face Spanish opposition in a competitive fixture. Atlanta’s now have gone back to their normal rhythm and undefeated in their last 5 matches, after a little slump in mid-January. On Saturday Atalanta managed to turn their meeting against Roma on its head with a score 2-1. All of their last five encounters produced over 2.5 goals scored, as four also saw both involved sides to hit the back of the nets. On the other hand, Valencia have not been doing so well recently. They haven’t won any games in their last 3 matches and only triumphed in only 1 of the last 5 games. Prior to the last three games in which the team conceded a combined of 7 goals, Valencia were on a run of keeping a clean sheet in four consecutive meetings. Valencia and Atalanta have met just one time in history so far. The game took place in the summer of 2017 and served as a preparation for the upcoming season. Atlanta's won with 1-2, after both of their goals were scored by defenders. With these stats and results, it will be tough to decide which one will pull this off, because they only met 1 time in history. Atalanta Predicted Team Gollini; Tolói, Palomino, Djimsiti; Hateboer, de Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Gómez, Iličić; Zapata Valencia Predicted Team Doménech; Gayà, Diakhaby, Mangala, Wass; Parejo, Coquelin, Ferrán Torres, Soler, Maxi Gómez, Rodrigo Tottenham Hotspur F.C. vs RB Leipzig on Wednesday, 19th of February 2020, 20:00 GMT RB Leipzig will visit Tottenham Hotspur at Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Wednesday night. This will be the first time Tottenham compete against RB Leipzig, and it’s also the first time the team from Leipzig is facing an English club in the competitive fixture. RB Leipzig have reached the Champions League knockout stage for the first time in their history. The German side has been impressive this season, and currently sit in second place just a point behind leaders Bayern Munich. Last time out in the league, Leipzig picked up their first win in four games in all competitions with a 3-0 win over Werder Bremen. However, RB Leipzig have multiple injuries to deal with. Midfielder Tyler Adams has been ruled out with a groin injury, while his midfield teammate Kevin Kampl is a doubt with a foot problem. Skipper Willi Orban (knee) and fellow defender Ibrahima Konaté (hip) are also on the injury list, while centre-back Dayot Upamecano is suspended for this game. Spurs finished second in Group B, six points clear of third place. Recent form under boss Jose Mourinho has been impressive and the north London side are currently on a seven-game undefeated streak in all competitions. Last time out, Son Heung Min struck in stoppage time to secure a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa. As for Spurs, will be missing long-term absentees Harry Kane (hamstring) and midfielder Moussa Sissoko (knee surgery). Both winger Erik Lamela and defender Juan Foyth missed the Villa game with groin injuries and are considered doubts to appear on Wednesday. In terms of form, Spurs are on a better run, they haven’t suffered a defeat since their 0-1 loss to Liverpool on January 11th, and have won their last 3 games in a row. However, Leipzig saw a long unbeaten run snapped on January 25th, and have lost again since. Tottenham Predicted Team: Lloris; Aurier, Sánchez, Alderweireld, Tanganga; Winks, Lo Celso; Bergwijn, Alli, Son; Lucas RB Leipzig Predicted Team Gulácsi; Mukiele, Klostermann, Halstenberg, Angeliño; Laimer, Haidara; Forsberg, Sabitzer; Werner, Schick
  14. FIFA eWorld Cup 2020: Review Review by @jianisniceyo Ever since its inception in 2017, the eWorld Cup has featured the world’s best real-world football clubs and big named eSports teams. Its fourth instalment featured 24 teams competing for a prize pool of 100,000USD and the much sought out EA Sports Global Series points. Teams were divided into four groups of six. In the group stage, every team had played each other three times. The first game was played in either PlayStation or Xbox in a 1v1 format with the second game played on the other console. The third game is played in 2v2 format where each team shared their preferred console ahead of the tournament via draft. For each group stage game, teams will earn zero points for a loss, one point for a draw and three points for a win. Group A On the first matchday of Group A, Olympique Lyonnais had a dominating start against Nordavind DNB with 7 points to 1, and Gillette Infinity Esports with the same points with Hashtag United with 4 points each, and NEO outscored FaZe Clan with 5 points to 2. On the second matchday, the tide shifted, Olympique Lyonnais got the bitter end of being outscored 7 to 1 by NEO, Nordavind tying with Gillete Infinity Esports 4 to 4, and Hashtag United beating FaZe Clan 5 points to 2. On the third matchday, Olympique Lyonnais again got outscored 7 points to 1 by Hashtag United, Gilette Infinity Esports tied 4 points to 4 of FaZe Clan, and NEO tying 3 points to 3 of Nordavind DNB. On the fourth matchday, Hashtag United scored 6 points to 3 against NEO making them comfortable in first place and a secured slot in the knockout stages. Faze Clan again ties with Nordavind DNB 4 points each, and Olympique Lyonnais finally showing signs of life scoring 5 points to 2 against Gillete Infinity Esports. Then here comes the final match day, with FaZe Clan and Nordavind DNB in the verge of elimination with 12 points apiece, Hashtag United, even though they are sitting comfortably at first place, showed no mercy to Nordavind DNB 6 points to 3 sealing the deal, and eliminating Nordavind DNB out of the tournament. NEO and Gillete Infinity Esports tied with 4 points securing a knockoff stage spot for NEO, Here comes the upset of the group, before this match, Olympique Lyonnais was in the top 4 and FaZe Clan was at the bottom 2, but after a strong showing by FaZe Clan they managed to outscore Olympique Lyonnais 7 points to 1 which managed to steal a knockout stage spot against Olympique Lyonnais thus eliminating them. Hashtag United, NEO and Olympique Lyonnais progressed. Group B On the first matchday of Group B, FC Basel 1893 eSports dominated Blue United eFC 9 points to 0 in a very convincing fashion. Borrusia-E-Sports outscored Ellevens 5 points to 2, and Movistar Riders tied with Mkers with 3 points apiece. On the second matchday, Blue United eFC was again at the receiving end of a stomp being outscored 7 points to 1 by Movistar Riders. Mkers managed to tie with Ellevens with both teams securing 4 points for them. FC Basel 1893 eSports managed to outscore Borussia-E-Sports 5 points to 2 making FC Basel sit comfortably in first place in the first 2 days. On the third matchday, the stomper got stomped, this time Movistar Riders was the one who was at the receiving end of another 7 points to 1 with Ellevens showing an excellent performance. FC Basel 1893 eSports managed to make it even on their last match of the day against Mkers which both teams secured 4 points. Same thing happened with Blue United eFC's match against Borussia-E-Sports where they both secured a win in each of their 1v1's and drawing in their 2v2 match securing 4 points to each of their respective teams. On the fourth matchday, the first time we see FC Basel 1893 eSports being outscored, 2 points to 5 by Ellevens. Borussia-E-Sports secured 6 points against Movistars Riders' 3 points. On the last day of matchday in group B, FC Basel 1893 eSports and Borussia-E-Sports are mathematically secured in the knockout stage. Movistars Riders and Blue United eFC are on the verge of elimination. FC Basel 1893 eSports ended Movistar Riders' chance to qualify to the next round by outscoring them 7 points to 1 securing Movistar Riders' elimination. Borussia-E-Sports and Mkers managed to score 4 points apiece which then secured Mkers spot to the next round. Blue United eFC managed to outscore Ellevens 6 points to 3, but they fall just short in making it to the top 4. Mkers, FC Basel 1893 and Borussia E-Sports progressed. Group C On the first matchday of Group C, it was an even match up where all teams performed well. Fnatic managed to outscore AS Roma Esports 6 points to 3 and although Team QLASH got outscored by FK Austria Wien 6 points to 3, Nasr eSports and Redemption eSports also got 3 points where their match resulted in 3 draws, it makes this group interesting because after the first day, it is still unclear on who will be this group's leader it is still anyone's game at this point. Then comes the second matchday where we see a couple of one-sided matches, Fnatic breezed their way through FK Austria Wien where they dominated them 9 points to none. AS Roma Esports also manage to secure a dominating point lead against Redemption eSports where they outscore them 7 points to 1. Team QLASH managed to show signs of life where they manage to win a match against Nasr eSports but overall, Nasr won 2 of their 3 games securing 6 points for their team and 3 points for Team Qlash. On the third match day, we get to see another monstrous performance by Fnatic where they dominated again but this time it is against Team QLASH where they outscore them 9 points to none. Redemption eSports also showed a strong performance where they managed to dominate FK Austria Wien 9 points to none. AS Roma Esports managed to outlast Nasr eSports where they tie 2 of their matches and AS Roma Esports won 1 thus securing 5 points for them and 2 points for Nasr eSports. Fourth matchday comes and here we get to see AS Roma Esports dominating Team QLASH 9 points to none breezing through them in a very convincing manner. FK Austria Wien managed to outscore Nasr eSports 6 points to 3, and here on the fourth day, we get to see Group C's titan Fnatic fall to Redemption eSports being outscored 6 points to 3. In the last matchday here in group C, Fnatic and AS roma Esports are way ahead and are mathematically secured spots in the next round meanwhile Team QLASH needs to score 9 points and Nasr eSports needs to score none for them to qualify. But to Team QLASH's dismay, they only Nasr Esports managed to draw their first game against Fnatic and just by that game, mathematically, they secure their spot in the next round. The game against Fnatic ended 7 points to 1 in favor of Fnatic, and Team QLASH only managed to score 5 points against Redemption eSports' 2 points at this point, Team QLASH are eliminated. AS Roma Esports sitting comfortably just behind Fnatic at 2nd place outscore FK Austria Wien 5 points to 2, thus eliminating FK Austria Wien out of the tournament. AS Roma Esports, Fnatic and Nasr Esports progressed. Group D On the first matchday of Group D, R288 managed to secure a convincing lead against DUX Gaming where they managed to win 2 out of the 3 games and tie the 3rd game gaining 7 points for their team and 1 for DUX Gaming. Team FW AU won 1 out of the 3 games against Complexity Gaming and tying 2 of their remaining games thus securing 5 points for them and leaving Complexity Gaming with only 2 points. Same thing happened with Sporting CP Esports and Manchester City eSports but with Sporting CP Esports getting the upper hand winning 1 of 3 games and tying 2 of their remaining games giving them 5 points and Manchester City eSports with only 2 points. On the second matchday, after a monstrous performance at day 1, Team R288 was the one at the receiving end of a point blowout. They lost 2 games out of 3 and the remaining match being a tie against Complexity Gaming where Complexity gained 7 points there and Team R288 had 1 point. Sporting CP Esports had a great performance in their second 1 v1 but only managed to win 1 and tying 2 games against Team FW AU which gave them 5 points for that day, and the latter team only 2 points. In Manchester City’s eSports match against DUX Gaming the first 2 games were scoreless for both teams which then gave them 1 point apiece for draws, and it was decided by the 2v2 match where Manchester City eSports scored a goal against DUX Gaming which then gave them a total of 5 points and left DUX Gaming with only 2 points. On the third matchday, Team R288 won 1 out of 3 games against Manchester City’s eSports and tying the remaining games which then gave Team R288 5 points and Manchester City’s eSports with only 2 points. Complexity Gaming won 2 games out of 3 and lost their remaining game against Sporting CP Esports which gave them 6 points and Sporting CP Esports are given 3 points for their win. Team FW AU and DUX Gaming’s match was the closest this day because both teams each won one game and tied their remaining which gave them 4 points apiece. On the fourth matchday, interestingly enough, it is still unclear who is safe at this point because mathematically speaking, it is still anyone’s game. It becomes more of a puzzle when two of the three matches concluded, Team FW AU and Manchester City eSports match ended with a tie where both teams won a game each and their deciding match was draw, giving both teams 4 points each. The same thing happened with Sporting CP Esports and Team R288 where both teams won a game each and tied their decider giving 4 points to both teams. Complexity Gaming and DUX Gaming’s match was different because it ended with a 7-1-point lead where Complexity won 2 games and drawing their decider. In the last matchday of Group D, it is still unclear on who is going in and who will be eliminated. DUX Gaming won all their games against Sporting CP Esports securing them 9 points but is still unable to qualify because of the draw rules. Team FW AU won 2 games out of their 3 games and drawing their remaining game against Team R288 securing their knockout round spot. Team FW AU scored 7 points and left Team R288 with only one point. Manchester City eSports are on the verge of elimination and played their heart out only to fall short against Complexity Gaming. They won 1 game and drew another where they only gained 4 points but at least 5 points is needed for qualification, thus Manchester City eSports was eliminated. Team FW AU, Sporting CP Esports and Complexity Gaming progressed. Round of 16 Round of 16 started with 4 games starting at the same time, let’s open it up with Nasr eSports who barely qualified in group C upset group A leader, Hashtag United. Two games were played where their first 1v1 ended with a draw and the 2v2 where Nasr eSports defeated Hashtag United with 2 goals against 1. It is lackluster to see the top performer in the group make an early exit, but its also Nasr eSports who showed a bigger heart and completed the upset. Next, we got Fnatic disposing Gilette Infinity Esports eSports quite easily. They breezed through their competition and won both games quite convincingly with the 1v1 ending in 4 goals to none in favor of Fnatic and their 2v2 match also ended in Fnatic’s favor with 2 goals to none. Team Ellevens managed to beat Team FW AU in one of their matches and their remaining game ended with a draw which then led to Ellevens elimination Team FW AU. Group B’s Borussia-E-Sports take on Group D’s R288 where Borussia-E-Sports Managed to seal the deal after their first game ended with a draw and the 2v2 ending in a 2:1 goal lead for Borussia-E-Sports booking their ticket to the next round. Group B’s Titan FC Basel 1893 eSports had all of their 3 matches end in a draw against Sporting CP Esports, but it resulted in Sporting CP Esports moving on to the next round. AS Roma Esports went toe to toe with FaZe Clan with their first 2 games ending in a tie and their deciding 1 v 1 match ended with AS Roma Esports claiming the upper hand against FaZe Clan with a 2:1 goal lead. Group D’s top dog, Complexity Gaming breezed through their competition Mkers where they managed to win both of their games securing them a spot to the next round and eliminating Mkers. NEO and Redemption eSports match was thrilling at first, for their first game ended in a draw but the 2v2 ended with NEO making it look easy, scoring 3 goals to none, eliminating their opponent, Redemption eSports. Quarter Finals The quarter finals had 4 games starting at the same time, so let’s kick off with Ellevens beating Nasr eSports in their first game and drawing their 2v2 match with 1 goal apiece, sealing the deal and cutting Nasr eSports hope for the championship. Another strong showing by Fnatic was displayed as they managed to defeat Borussia-E-Sports going all the way to 3 matches, their first 2 matches was a split and the deciding game ended with a nail biting 4:3 goal score with Fnatic just barely winning it by the skin of their teeth. AS Roma Esports and Sporting CP Esports match also went 3 games where their first 2 games were a draw and AS Roma Esports winning their decider match moving on to the next round. We witness another 3-game match in our last game of the quarter finals with Complexity Gaming’s match against NEO where their first game ended scoreless for both teams and the second game each scoring 1 goal. It all boiled down to the deciding match where Complexity Gaming has NEO’s numbers and took it home with a 2:1 goal lead. Semi-Finals The start of the semi-finals started well for Fnatic as they take on Team Ellevens. The first game of their match, Fnatic was performing their best as they score 3 goals to none, only to go scoreless and lose their second and deciding matches against Team Ellevens. The 2v2 match ended 2:0 in favor of Team Ellevens and the deciding match was a 1v1 match also ending in 2:0 in Team Ellevens favor as they await the victor Complexity Gaming and AS Roma Esports semi-final match. Speaking of which, Complexity Gaming and AS Roma Esports match was a thing of beauty. Both teams fueled their hearts out where their first game ended in a draw were both teams are scoreless and the 2v2 match Complexity managed to steal a goal and book a win securing their Grand Final spot and ending AS Roma Esports hope to win the title. Finals Team Ellevens take on Complexity Gaming at the grand final where they go blow for blow in every match they play. It started with Complexity taking a convincing 2:0 lead against their competitor and are looking to seal the deal but at their second game, team Ellevens breathe new life as they hold on for tournament life and make it even scoring 2 goals against Complexity Gaming. Since both teams have each won one game, it all boils down to the deciding match where Complexity Gaming took the bag home in a penalty shoot out where they won 2:1 against their team Ellevens who also fought their hearts out but there can only be one winner. Complexity Gaming took home 40,000 USD behind the backs of their young guns, Joksan 'Redona' Redona Tello and Max Emilov 'MaXe_VIP' Popov and 2000 EA sports Global series points each. On the other hand, Team Ellevens fall short but they will go home with 20,000 USD and 1400 EA sports Global series points each.
  15. Women's T20 World Cup; Preview - Cblu785 The seventh edition of ICC Women's T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in Australia from Feb 21 to March 8. A total of 10 teams will be participating in the event & a total of 23 matches will be played among them. Australia, England & India start as favourites with defending champion Australia being the most successful team having won this title four times. The final is scheduled in historic MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground). The opening match of the event is going to be a heavyweight clash between Australia & India. Australia - At first glance, any cricket fan will give meg Lanning's led Australian team the edge to lift the trophy. They have a fiery batting line up followed by a clinical bowling attack. At the top of the order, they have one of the best in business - Alyssa Healy, who has scored runs at an average in shade of 40+ last year. Her form in last 7-8 matches is a point of concern for Australia & her form will determine how Australia go with their campaign. They do have some furious batting elsewhere however. with Gardner, Lanning, Haynes, Perry and Mooney filling the rest of the top order. They have a clinical bowling line up as well which includes Jonassen, Schutt & Vlaeminck. Jonassen also picked up a 5 wicket haul in her last T20 match, which is quite incredible. All in all they are strongest contender to win this tournament. INDIA - When big matches comes, India tend to always up their standards. This team has all the weapons which are required to win big tournaments. Their biggest trump card is Smriti Mandhana who rarely fails with the bat. They have some new faces coming up in Shafali Verma & Richa Ghosh who performed incredibly well in their last tri-series. Their X-Factor without question is their big hitter and their finisher, Harmanpreet Kaur - who also happens to be their captain! Their bowling stocks look a bit average with Pandey & Vastrakar as their main pacers, amongst a big army of spinners with the likes of Deepti,Rradha, Kaur & Gayakwad. England - England will be looking to make greatness here, escaping their underachieving stigma that has plagued them for some time. They have got some fine talent in their top order with the likes of Jones & Wyatt followed by some experience of Knight, Beaumont & Sciver. Their bowling isn't consistent enough to find crucial breakthroughs, as has shown in recent matches. Eccelestone, Brunt & especially Shrubsole have to step up in this tournament if they are to have success. TIPS: Most Runs: Smriti Mandhana Most Wickets: Anya Shrubsole Most Fours: Alyssa Healy Most Sixes: Sophie Devine Player of the Tournament - Smriti Mandhana To win the Cup - India
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