Clash Royale: Tips and Tricks

In the mobile wargaming realm, Clash Royale is the best game available for all of you to play. It’s highly competitive and strategic which makes it a highly nuanced game. If you’ve been trying your hand at this game but are having no luck, hang on because we’ll go through some tips and tricks to help you get those wins.

Have a balanced deck: The number one thing you need to keep in mind when you play is that you should have a balanced deck. Keep melee combatants as well as archers in your deck. Have a balance of units too.

Tower Attacking Units: There are particular units designed to attack towers. One of the best ones is hog rider so be sure to be using him frequently. They are also focused which makes them immune to distraction if your opponent places a unit nearby on the battlefield. 

Pair Units: Solo units are likely to get destroyed easily so be mindful of these and try to send out units in pairs. There are some combinations which are really effective, experiment and find out which ones are the best. You can add a giant in front of a balloon for protection and so forth. 

Spells: Spells can help you gain advantage over your enemies and should be used when required. Some good spells include Freeze which stops enemy troops in their position for a few seconds, allowing you to gain an advantage or maybe take down an entire tower using Hog Rider. Zap is also an amazing spell which deals an extensive amount of damage. 

Use Swarms: When facing big foes, the most effective way to take them out is to use swarms. Powered up goblins are also helpful as are skeletons. Minions inflict a lot of damage when in huge numbers but swarms are susceptible to fire arrows so keep this in mind.

HyperX Cloud Alpha S Blackout Review – for the minimalist gamer

It seems that HyperX is on a roll when it comes to India and has been releasing a lot of their iconic headsets for the Indian market. Earlier we had done a comprehensive review of the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless headset which is available to read here. 

This time HyperX has come out with their new minimalist headset called the HyperX CLoud Alpha S Blackout Edition. Usually a different colour scheme isn’t much to write home about but there is certainly a dearth of such headsets in the market which makes it all the more important. 

Exterior and Comfort

The latest variant in the Cloud S Alpha gaming headsets range sports a pure black exterior which also includes the HyperX logo at the side of the earcups along with branding on the textured headband. The logo is not too noticeable in most lighting conditions which adds to its minimalist appeal. 

The deep black colour extends to the braided cable, cushioned ear cuffs, and the side bars. 

The headset has been made keeping in mind the needs of gamers which means that playing for long hours is a breeze, thanks to the ergonomic design coupled with soft ear cuffs. 

The ear cuffs are swappable – there is one made with soft leather that isolates noise really effectively and one made of fabric which doesn’t do a good job when compared to the former. It’s all personal preference when it comes to this though the leather ear cuffs tend to be a tad bit more comfortable.

Connectivity and Features

The headset has definitely designed keeping in view the needs of the PC gamer as it connects using a USB cable. The trademark feature laden inline controls are present here too, with a 7.1 Surround option button, volume controls, mute and unmute mic as well as an option to change the balance between voice chat and video game sound. 

The inline controls attach to the headset using a 3.5 MM jack which means that if you ditch the inline controls you can connect your headset to your PS4 controller or phone. 

Audio

As is expected with HyperX headsets, the audio quality is quite impressive and the virtual 7.1 surround sound works like a charm. The ear cuffs or the type of media you consume doesn’t make a difference at all. In fact music and video games sound especially punchier and rich using this headset.

HyperX has focused more on clarity instead of bass which makes the sound very clear and each footstep and gunshot can be clearly heard. Horror games are going to be one hell of a ride with this one.

The 7.1 Virtual Surround sound is also extremely effective and each minute detail is clearly audible.

Verdict

The HyperX Cloud Alpha S is a great mid range headset and there are no compromises made- in the sound as well as the comfort department.

Best Snipers in Free Fire

A good sniper can turn around the fortunes of a team in Battle Royale games. When used effectively snipers can take out people in one shot and give you instant advantage in a firefight and this is why in today’s article we’ll be covering the best snipers to use in Garena Free Fire:-

  1. Dragunov: One of the best automatic sniper rifles in the game, the Dragunov or SVD deals a devastating amount of damage. This kind of power makes it a rare find as it is only found in air drops and is not part of the ground loot. A decent fire rate makes it one of the faster snipers in game. 
  1. SKS: Like a sibling to SVD, the SKS works pretty much the same way except for the fact that it is much easier to come by. It takes 3 body shots to down an enemy using the SKS provided that an opponent is wearing a level 2 vest. 
  1. KAR98K: This balanced rifle makes for a good gun to improve your aim as well as get some easy kills in the process. Unlike PUBG the Kar98K in Garena Free Fire is pretty balanced and deadly. 
  1. M82B: One of the most versatile guns around, the M82B is the newest gun to be added into the arsenal of Free Fire. It deals additional damage to vehicles and Gloo walls which makes this a go to option for many snipers in the game. This is not all, the gun also has extra armour piercing which makes it effective against armoured players. 
  1. AWM: The king of all snipers, the AWM is, without a doubt, the best sniper in the game. With its great accuracy over very long distances, the AWM can win you games without even having to get close to an enemy. What makes this gun amazing is its headshot damage. No matter which helmet your enemies are wearing, a shot to the head with this beast is always a one hit kill.

Free Fire: Flaming Fist Event

All of us can take out enemies using a gun in Free Fire but there’s a different kind of thrill which comes from taking out an enemy using a melee weapon. It takes some skill(and good luck) to do so efficiently while simultaneously dodging enemy bullets.

Garena Free Fire already contains a variety of melee weapons to take your enemies out in style: including katanas and a pan. But with the latest event coming in October, players will be able to take out enemies in style using their fists. The Flaming Fist is the first melee skin to make its way into the massively popular mobile battle royale game: Free Fire.

The trailer for the same is embedded below:-

Ever since the announcement, players have been itching to know what the skin will cost, does it have any bonuses and how can one obtain the skin. At the time of writing this article there aren’t many details available.

The skin was made available on the Indonesian servers earlier last month. A spin event will determine whether you get the skin or not, along with this, players will also get a chance to win a 9999 diamond jackpot in the same event. 

As always spinning the wheel will cost diamonds. A single spin costs 20 diamonds whereas a 10 spin combo can be obtained for 180 diamonds. A spin which has double the chance of dropping a jackpot can be obtained for 30 diamonds.

SCOUT’S YOUTUBE ACCOUNT HACKED

All of us have heard of Tanmay “Scout” Singh, one of the biggest names in the Indian eSports scene. This is largely due to his impressive run as a pro player of PUBG Mobile as well as a member of Fnatic India. Scout gained an immense following on YouTube due to his skills and a loud persona.

But unfortunately, fame comes at  price and for Scout it was being targeted by hackers who managed to get into his YouTube account. This made SCout take to Twitter to voice his concern and ask YouTube for help as he was unable to recover his account using any other means.

According to Urvesh, Scout’s YT editor, the hackers managed to change the recovery email address as well which made it impossible to recover the account. None of the hackers have made any changes or harmed the YT account in any way and it is highly unlikely that they’ll be able to do anything because YouTube is working on the recovery process. 

This drives home the fact that one should always enable two factor authentication to keep your account as safe as possible.

How to use shotguns effectively in Free Fire

When in short range use the 12 gauge is a saying that I just made up but it doesn’t make it any less important. This is because shotguns are the most effective weapons when it comes to close quarters or indoor fights in Garena Free Fire. One or two rounds of a shotgun shell are enough to take out even the most heavily armoured players. But these weapons are high risk high reward weapons because if you miss even one or two shots it’s quite likely that the enemy will kill you. 

In this guide I’ll walk you through on how to use shotguns effectively in Free Fire:

Sensitivity: This is personal preference but you may wanna have a sensitivity which feels the most precise for you and not the one which lets you just flick faster at the cost of being inaccurate. The shotgun is afterall a weapon which requires you to hit your shots. If you have a very high sensitivity, you can try lowering it to check whether it helps you in being more accurate.

Level your sight: In order to deliver maximum damage you need to headshot your opponent. Thankfully, with the shotguns it is easier to do it due to close range. Keep your sight leveled on the chest while but as soon as you’re about to shoot, flick it up and it’ll be an easy headshot.

Quick weapon switch: Always remember to switch on quick weapon switch in Settings>Control as this will allow you to switch over to your other weapon in case you run out of bullets or the shotgun becomes infeasible due to range. Switching to another weapon is much quicker than reloading your current one. 

Smart Reload: Try to keep your weapons reloaded beforehand just in case you need to make a switch. Also you can reload a single bullet and then shoot as shotguns provide this capability so be sure to use that in dicey situations.

Cover: Try peeking from doors if you know an enemy is in the room and shoot a single shot and then go behind cover again. Keep doing this till you kill the enemy. It’s one of the most effective techniques used in almost every fps game to prevent you from being an easy target while also being unpredictable.

Best Assault Rifles in COD Mobile

ith the ban of PUBG Mobile, COD Mobile has seen an unprecedented rise in India and for good reason. The game has one of the best gameplay mechanics in the battle royale genre along with a lot of money being invested in development. There are regular updates along with a variety of game modes which make the experience even more interesting. 

If you have made the switch to Call of Duty Mobile or were playing it for a while, the first thing you’ll want to know is the guns that are suitable in all scenarios. There are a variety of ARs to choose from but in this article, we’ll be listing some of the best ones along with their stats.

KN44 – Considered by many as the best gun in the game, the KN44 is the most versatile AR and it is suitable for close as well as mid-range combat. Its time taken to kill(TTK) is really low and has a very balanced stat sheet:-

  • Damage: 57
  • Fire Rate: 62
  • Accuracy: 51
  • Mobility: 55
  • Range: 50

HBRa3 – Another one of the greats, this assault rifle boasts of an incredibly fast fire rate which makes it an absolute beast in close-range engagements. The only flaw is that the gun isn’t as good as you’d like it to be during mid to long-range engagements.

  • Damage: 55
  • Fire Rate: 67
  • Accuracy: 54
  • Mobility: 54
  • Range: 46

LK24 – The LK24 Assault Rifle is one of the best guns for long-range fights due to minimal recoil coupled with a high damage per shot(dps). You’ll need to be skilled at the game to use it to its full potential. 

  • Damage: 47
  • Fire Rate: 62
  • Accuracy: 68
  • Mobility: 60
  • Range: 55

Parafal AR in Free Fire: All you need to know

he latest update in Garena Free Fire – the OB24 update, also referred to as the BOOYAH Day update is now available to download. It introduced a slew of new features including new weapons as well as quality of life improvements. A detailed overview of the same is available here. Two new weapons have been added to the game including the PARAFAL Assault Rifle which looks like it’s going to be used a lot. 

The PARAFAL’s specs sound as if it’s looking to replace your sniper because it has a high DPS and a low rate of fire. A few shots should be enough to take out your enemy but if you miss even one shot, you could be in trouble as it’s not a very mobile gun to say the least. Couple this with the fact that it has a low fire rate makes it situational- just like your sniper rifles.

Stats:-

The exact stats and some details such as reload time have not yet been completely revealed by the developers so we’ll have to wait for that but some info is available below.

  • Damage: 48
  • Magazine Size: 30
  • Rate of Fire: 0.245
  • Attachments: Muzzle, Stock, Magazine, Grip and Scope

Availability:-

The gun will be available for use in the Classic and Clash Squad modes. Do try out the gun and tell us whether it’s goin to result in a new meta or is just going to be used passively by a few players.

Free Fire OB24 Update: All you need to know

Free Fire is all set to launch a new update that will be available for all of us to experience at exactly 5:30 PM IST. The maintenance has been going on since 10 AM which leads us to assume that it’s going to be a sizable update. The OB24 update comes on account of Free Fire’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration. 

What will the OB24 update bring?

New Gameplay Mechanics – These quality of life improvements will certainly change the game quite a bit and even though they may seem insignificant they are huge quality of life improvements. The last one is going to switch up things quite a bit due to people being able to reach previously unreachable places. 

Weapon Adjustments – A plethora of nerfs and buffs to weapons will make the gameplay more interesting and maybe make people more hesitant to use the Kar98k.

Spawn and Training Island Updates – In spite of having no real game difference, these features make for a fun addition though.

Language – This certainly makes for a much-needed improvement as adding Hindi as a language will make the game so much more accessible in the Indian market.

Characters – The Garena Free Fire OB24 update brings two new characters- Dasha and Sverr to the game. 

New Guns – The M21 Sniper and Parafal AR are going to be introduced in the game as soon as the update goes live. 

Bermuda Remastered – We finally get to play in Bermuda Remastered even during classic BR. 

Pet Rockie – The less you know the better…

How to download PUBG Mobile 1.0 international version

We all are aware that PUBG Mobile has been banned from India following border tensions with China. It was banned along with a slew of other apps, the complete list of which, can be found here.

The version of PUBG Mobile which we had in India was published by Tencent which is a Chinese company whereas the developers of PUBG Mobile are originally Korean. This means that the international version of the game is, in-fact, published by Bluehole with no Chinese stakeholders whatsoever. 

In this article, we’ll give you step by step instructions on how to go about downloading the international version of the game and keep enjoying those chicken dinners without having to worry about the PUBG Ban India. 

HOW TO DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL PUBG MOBILE 1.0 GUIDE

  • Download APK from here.
  • Download OBB file from here.
  • Enable ‘Install from Unknown Sources’ in Android. To do this go to Settings>Safety and Privacy>Allow Installation From Unknown Sources.
  • Install the APK but don’t open it.
  • Copy the downloaded OBB file to Android/OBB/com.tencent.ig. Create the folder if it isn’t there.
  • Launch the game. 

Disclaimer: Indian players please download the global version at your risk as it might lead to bans.

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