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A Marketplace For Rocket League Items

Do you think your Battle-Car needs a makeover? Have you run out of crate unlock keys and can’t wait to earn a few back? On playerauctions.com you can find all sorts of rocket league items on sale and auction.

What’s Rocket League you ask? Well if you haven’t played it yet then you better start now before you are the only one left not playing the sequel to  Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars! There’s a ball; there are cars, loads of whacky physics and enormous amounts of fun to be had in the virtual world of Rocket League. The only catch is that you got to build up and use rocket league items in the game maintain an advantage over fellow competitors.

Be Smart And Avoid The Wait

One way is to earn the keys, open crates and be one among the herd. The other way is to engage in the player to player transactions, either in an online auction room or p2p sales platform. Playerauctions.com is just one example, but there are several other portals offering rocket league items on a direct sale/auction basis.

Now, the reason we found Playerauctions.com great for Rocket league merchandize is due to its long history in p2p transactions and the simple process of buying and selling. You can register as a seller if you have items to trade, or as a buyer if you want to buy stuff. Put up a listing, decide on the price and your turnaround time to get started. Alternatively, as a buyer just select the items you want, pay for them and await delivery.

If you don’t get your items delivered or the turnaround time is over, you can request a full refund and cancel the order. It really is that simple, dealing in rocket league items.

Some of you might still be concerned with the security of such player to player trading marketplaces. Majority of these websites have advanced protection, buyer guarantee and multiple layers of fallbacks in case of complications or even cyber attacks. Your transactions are just as safe as they are on Steam or Origin.

Remember to bookmark these guys for Rocket League Items.

My First Gaming Chair Review – EWin Racing Champion Series

Today we are going to look at the Champion Series Gaming chair from EWin Racing. These guys make some fabulous gaming chairs that any respectable gamer will instantly fall in love with. I got mine, courtesy of EWin Racing and boy what a treat it is!

EWin Racing Champion Series – Introduction

EWin Racing makes all sorts of gaming chairs and two things immediately stand out when you buy one of their products. First, the construction is superb with full metal body and limited plastics unless it is necessary. Second, the seats are meant for uninterrupted gaming.

The Champion series is comfortable and adjust quickly to your body type thanks to its unique design and ergonomics. Though mine was a sample that I received from EWin Racing, it was surprisingly brand new, which gave me the opportunity to look at the packaging, and that’s where we shall begin the review.

EWin Racing Champion Series – Unboxing

Unboxing the chair reveals an aluminium 5 star base, which is light and doesn’t feel flimsy like some plastic footing of other brands. Removing the base reveals the back rest, which already comes attached to the neck and adjustable lumber support. Almost immediately, I fell in love with the design of the chair. It isn’t “in-your-face”, but it has dramatic ascents running across the backrest and cushions. Remove the back rest, and you get to the accessory box and the seat.

The accessory box has the instruction manual, side covers for the arms, hydraulic system and cover, wheels (they are matched to the chair!), a base platform that lets you go up and down plus the spring for the backrest and a pair of rubber gloves.

EWin Racing Champion Series – Assembly

I began by first putting in the wheels under the base, which is surprisingly simple. You just have to push the wheel heads into the slots on the bottom. No detailed work needed here.

The next step is to attach the back with the seat. Thankfully, Ewin Racing provides four bolts preassembled into the body of the back rest. Use an Allen key to remove those four bolts and keep them aside. On the seat are two flanges to the rear that you then line-up with the back rest such that the four bolts go through the flanges and back into their respective holes. Loosely screw the bolts and tighten all four until the back rest is firmly secured to the seat. (See image below)

Flip the back rest and seat combo over to expose the underbelly of the seat. Once again all necessary bolts are attached, so you just remove those that you need without having to worry about confusing numbers and directions. To attach the tri-stand that connects the seat to the hydraulic and base, just undo the screws that match with the tri-stand’s slots and fix it on nice and tight. (See image below)Bolting to the underside of seat

To install the hydraulic into the base just drop it in and secure it in place with the hydraulic cover. Then grab the whole chair and drop it over the hydraulic system to finish assembly. All that remains later is to hide the flanges on the seat using the only remaining pair of covers.

EWin Racing Champion Series – What Stood Out

As a whole, the chair boasts a metal construction with high density perforated leather foam and a beaded edge running around the chair with padding on the arm rests that are firm but not too much. Same goes for the seat cushioning and back cushioning that isn’t too soft nor tough. (See image below)

Moving to the bottom, each leg has some amount of rubber padding on the front, so your feet don’t slide off if you like propping them up on the base legs like I do. The wheels are smart in that they don’t need screws to stay in place, so you never have to worry about them coming undone.

Back up to the seat, the lumbar support and neck cushion are surprisingly well designed. They don’t feel like an after though but rather a part of the overall chair. The folks at EWin Racing probably included these cushions right from the beginning of the design. And, if you aren’t human and prefer neglecting the comfy pillows, you can remove both.

The arm rests do go up and down with a range of 800mm, which isn’t bad though a bit of movement to the sides or the front would have been nice. As for the chair itself, it sits 470mm high at its lowest position and can rise to 600mm at its highest. The knob underneath the seat lets you adjust the back rest tension to suit your preference. I like keeping mine at the lowest tension, which is how the chair reached me. (See image below) 

The last thing I want to cover is lowering the back. This chair does a complete 180 degree such that you are horizontal on it! Surprisingly, it is handy depending on what you want to do. Playing an intense game that needs your full concentration? Keep the tension high and the back at near vertical. But if you’re going to relax, Netflix and chill then push the handle to fall as far back as you need. Remember that knob to adjust the seat and back rest tension? Well, that’s what comes handy here as you finely balance the tension to suit your preference when tilting back.

EWing Racing Champion Series Gaming Chair Verdict

With plenty of styling options, embroidery choices, and killer looks, there is no doubt that EWin Racing Champion Series is a gaming chair. They may call it an “ergonomic computer gaming office chair, ” but that’s just sugar coating the truth, which is that the Champion Series is a comfortable beast looking gaming chair worthy of being a permanent companion to your gaming rig.

E-Sports

The Most Successful E-sports Teams

The world of e-sports has come to stay. The innovations that are happening in the sphere of technology have deepened the meaning and significance of such sports. The industry is growing in popularity and worth. It is running so fast in the bid to catch up with other types of sports activities in the amount of money involved in tournaments and competitions. Within the last few years, nobody would have expected the professional e-sports teams to get to the level they are today. But they have beaten all odds and now have a place in the world sports scene. A look at the outcome of tournaments, the sponsorships, the number of fans and viewership, and the volume of social media following, reveals that some teams are bigger than others.

Fnatic

This is a London based e-sports teams that have been in existence since 2014. One could say that it is one of the biggest of them all, and in essence, one of the most popular and richest. It has a fan spread that cuts across the whole world and have been doing so well in tournaments in the past years.  It is estimated that the group is worth more than $42 million, and one of their major strengths involve well packaged merchandising and marketing. The pioneer edition of the League of Legends tournament was picked by them. In the social media, they are followed by more than 2 million fans. Their teams are involved in League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, Dota 2, CSGO, and Overwatch.

Cloud9

This is another wonderful and very popular e-sports team. They have great teams in most of the e-sports games. with an estimated worth of $30 million, they play in the CSGO, Overwatch, Smash Bros, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Vainglory, and Call of Duty. They also have a selection of streamers. One amazing thing about the Cloud9 team is that they have succeeded in achieving all these within the shortest possible timeframe. They came to the scene only in 2013.

Team SoloMid

Ask any of the fans of the League of Legends about the Team SoloMid (aka TSM), and they will tell you a lot about them if they are really informed fans. This is a North America based e-sports team, and real e-sports betting tips are banking on them to take over the future. Some of the most loved and most popular players are on this team. They include the man named Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg and his teammate Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng. Apart from the League of Legends where they are famous, their teams are also found in Vainglory teams, Hearthstone, CSGO and Super Smash Bros. They are worth around $27.4 million, and their fans are so die-in-the-wood that they can actually kill for them.

Evil Geniuses

When you talk about the trailblazers in the e-sports world, then you need to consider the Evil Geniuses. They came on board in 1999 and have built something awesome since then. Though established by Alexander Garfield as a Canadian counter strike team, they are based in the United States, and their net worth is estimated to be around $27.3 million. In 2015, Dota 2 tournament, their team came first and took home the $6m prize money. They came back in 2016 and took the third position – also going home with $2 million. They have a professional team for Halo, and their teams also play in the Street Fighter V and the StarCraft II.

The biggest upset in recent eSport raises a question on the format of tournaments.

Many fans watched in silence as SG Gaming, a relatively unknown Brazilian stack, knocked Team Secret off the 3000000$ price pool Kiev Major. Long will this match linger in our memories as one of the greatest upsets in the history of eSports.

This event sparked a fierce discussion in the eSport community regarding the single-elimination format of the tournament. No wonder, seeing that next round showed that while SG Gaming is a good team that can put up a fight, they are simply one level below other teams. Given a chance to climb the lower bracket, Secret would have had a good shot at changing the outcome of the entire tournament.

Supporters of the double-elimination format bring up a strong argument that if a tournament is to crown the current champions among all teams, independently of things between particular ones. Almost every team has their favorite scrimmage partners who know them like the backs of their hands. Skills showed in matches between such teams are not the accurate reflection of their power level because understanding your opponents style is important in all eSports. In such situations (ex. unlucky seeding), a better team, who would have stomped the tournament otherwise, might end up knocked out by their scrim partners.
It is also relevant in games where “cheese” tactics exist. A team or player may use a surprising strategy to win one match but still lose in the long run. Tournaments should reward masters, not one-trick ponies.
Not everyone agrees with that stance.
Some people say that tournaments should encourage these high-risk high-rewards plays as they are what allows us to see mesmerizing underdog stories. They point out that it is leagues’ and general rankings’ role to show the most consistent teams and tournaments are all about the feeling of the moment and glorious victories. In their opinion, a champion should withstand all obstacles and cheeses. Should a team overlook an issue, they shall pay the price. Like in war, there are no second chances. That’s a pretty good point when you consider the fact that it was Secret’s pride and cockiness that cost them a shot for 1000000$.

Apart from that, there’s an issue of time & money – tournaments played with double-elimination format take essentially double the time of single-elimination ones.
It may seem pretty good for the viewers for they wouldn’t just watch more games but also sometimes get a second chance to root for their beloved team as they would struggle to fight through the lower bracket, however, it is disastrous for organizers. It’s already common to see games dragging out for hours. Doubling that would mean either additional costs (and these events are already quite costly) or cutting down the number of teams. The latter means that while some may be happy to see their team for the second time, others may not get to see theirs at all (and that means fewer viewers, fewer tickets sold and smaller tournaments).

There is no straightforward answer to the question about the formats. The only thing we can be sure is that now Team Secret will think twice before underestimating their opponents.

What do you think about it? Should there be a standard format or should it be up to individual tournaments? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

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