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Amazon Mobile Masters Recap: World of Tanks Blitz, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, More

October 22, 2017 | Posted by Adam Larck
World of Tanks Blitz

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World of Tanks Blitz

The first tournament of the weekend may be the most well-known game for console and PC gamers: World of Tanks Blitz. It’s basically like the original title, but condensed down and optimized for mobile and tablet.

HateUsMore, LoveUsMore, Purple Cobras and Equinox were the four teams chosen for the double elimination tournament, with the first two teams falling under the Pramo eSports group.

Coming into the tournament, the players interviewed talked about the strategy and situational awareness needed to come out on top in each match. And you could see where those ideas fit in the game, even as strategies crumbled around them in the heat of battle.

Teams of seven often split off into platoons of two-three tanks each, flanking around the outside to capture objectives. However, many times the strategies would devolve into some skirmishes right in front of each other, making matches wrap up quicker than expected.

Honestly, probably the best strategy and counter strategy came in the final round of HateUsMore vs. Purple Cobras, a rematch of the first round. Down 3-0, Purple Cobras tried to surprise HateUsMore with multiple heavy tanks going down a middle bridge before spreading out in the middle and trying to pick off outside flankers.

However, HateUsMore predicted the strategy and channeled them on that bridge, dooming them before they could even think about getting away. By the time Purple Cobras got one player off the bridge, the other six had been obliterated.

Overall, the Maus and the IS-7 were two of the most used tanks throughout the day. The Maus allowed for some agile movements and quick hit and run attacks, while the IS-7 was a nice all-arounder used to push to objectives and take a few hits while dishing out damage.

“A good Maus player is one of the most annoying things to play against,” Stephen Mayer said.

Final Standings:

First – HateUsMore

Second –  Purple Cobras

Third – LoveUsMore

Fourth – Eclipse

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Power Rangers: Legacy Wars

It’s a bit hard to explain Power Rangers: Legacy Wars without experiencing it firsthand. I guess the best way would be to call it a strategy fighter.

This isn’t a fighter that’s about pixel-perfect combos. Instead, players must build and use energy to use any kind of move, from blocks (which use 0 energy) to stronger attacks which can use 7-8 bars of energy. So, players try to strike a balance between building combos that will drain them of energy and smaller attacks that keep opponents on guard while not burning too much energy.

In addition, there are three different types of moves like rock, paper, scissions, in that some moves can break other moves and give advantage. It becomes very much a mental game of what moves to use when and if you should conserve energy for a massive attack or keep opponents guessing with smaller strikes.

For each match, players got to choose one main character and one assist to ban during the best of 7 match. The one constant was that the original Rita Repulsa was always an assist ban, due to her juggle and ability to lead to an almost instant win. What was a surprise, though, was the choice of main bans.

The players I talked to expected Zhane and Koragg to be banned throughout. While Zhane pretty much stayed banned, Koragg was only banned in a few matches.

“After the first match when they didn’t ban him, I think it changed the mindset,” Jeremy Schillaci (DunkSB412) said.

Having Koragg throughout his fights was a big help to tournament winner Schillaci. Schillaci may be the best Koragg player out there right now. After winning the tournament, he noted that in the first two rounds he would use characters he wasn’t as good at to leave Koragg and his other mains open for mid-round fights to make a comeback each match.

And comeback he did. Even in the championship match he dropped down 0-2 before four straight wins for the title.

Final Standings:

First – Schillaci

Second – Jonathan Nieves (Jonathan Snow)

 
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What a run by Team SoloMid.

It was a full day tournament for the team of three. First, they had to take on five teams through the morning and afternoon gauntlet, netting them a few tight matches and $10,000 in the process.

Then, they had to take on two of the top teams in the world (Cloud9 and Rogue) to finally complete the sweep and walk away with an additional $13,000.

While some of the matches showed TSM’s great teamwork and knowledge of when to push and how much, they were tested a few times in the gauntlet. Against ACE from Korea, it looked like they may finally have met their match after being aced and having the kraken summon stolen from them at the last second.

However, TSM could take the kraken down after losing just their turrets, letting them swing the game back around with the extra gold they earned to ace Team ACE right before the turrets would’ve destroyed TSM. The ace buffs let them finish off the final turrets and crystal before the respawn could happen, sending TSM to the Champion of Champions bracket.

In the round robin tourney, the kraken always played a key role leading to victory. Rogue used a kraken push to take out four turrets against Cloud9 before finally getting one more push into the crystal. Meanwhile, TSM used a kraken capture and a pair of aces to get past the final turrets to the crystal against Rogue.

Cloud9 vs. TSM looked like it might swing to Cloud9’s favor late in the game and force another round. They started figuring out TSM’s strategy and picking off their heavy hitter in fighting exchanges. However, the remaining TSM members got a second kraken summon to destroy the last turrets and eventually rush the crystal, letting them finish the day 7-0.

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