Killjoy: New Valorant agent revealed!

Valorant’s newest agent was recently officially revealed following an accidental leak on the official website. The agent is called Killjoy which is ironic, considering how elated and excited we were upon hearing the news. Taking a look at her abilities which include turrets, grenades, and traps which she can spring upon enemies, we can safely say that she packs a lot of punch.

The news didn’t really catch players by surprise as earlier this week, Riot’s website had displayed info and some videos about Killjoy’s abilities. Though the information was quickly removed some data miners did manage to catch the info.

New agents are always exciting because they result in a meta change and make the game more challenging and fun to play. With the turret ability, Killjoy can deploy a turret which scans a 180-degree radius and shoots any enemy it sees. This may prove especially useful in scenarios where one needs to guard multiple angles and doorways.

Killjoy’s abilities include:-

ALARMBOT: A bot that hunts down enemies that get in range. Once the bot reaches the enemy, it explodes, applying Vulnerable.

TURRET: Deploys a turret that fires at enemies in a 180-degree radius.

NANOSWARM: A grenade that deploys a swarm of nanobots that deal damage.

ULTIMATE ABILITY – LOCKDOWN: Deploys a lockdown device that detains all enemies in a certain radius.

The official Killjoy reveal trailer.

Riot Games has said that Killjoy will release along with Act 2 on August 4.

Top 5 alternatives to PUBG Mobile

There’s no denying that PUBG Mobile is one of the most popular games in India currently. But if one is to trust the rumours floating around on the internet, a PUBG ban in India may be imminent. This has left many loyal PUBG gamers with a dark cloud looming over their heads. If you’re one of these people, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered with our list of the Top 5 alternatives to PUBG Mobile. These games offer you an experience similar to PUBG and are available across a wide variety of platforms. 

And hey, we host tournaments of a couple of games from this list too so be sure to check out our Tournaments page!

Let’s get started:-

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  1. Call of Duty: Mobile – Admit it, you knew this was gonna be here. Ever since Activision published the acclaimed first-person shooter on Android and iOS, it seems that the only way for COD Mobile has been up. Since its launch in October last year, COD Mobile has racked up huge amounts of loyal fans with some even calling it the best battle royale game on Mobile. With a wide variety of operators to choose from, fluid game movement, a satisfying kill mechanism, and beautiful graphics Call of Duty: Mobile has certainly raised the bar for battle royale games. 

Platforms: Android and iOS

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  1. Garena Free Fire – This PUBG-esque game was actually released before PUBG Mobile and laid the groundwork for battle royale games on mobiles. With an extremely fun gameplay system supported by regular updates from Garena, Free Fire provides players with a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Also, there isn’t a lot of difference between PUBG Mobile and Free Fire and you should feel at home when trying it out.

Platforms: Android and iOS

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  1. Rules of Survival – This 300 player battle royal game by NetEase Games has been in beta access since November 2017. This game is probably the most akin to PUBG among other games mentioned on the list but nonetheless, Rules of Survival is an incredibly chaotic and intense battle royale game with a very wide variety of weapons, equipment, and game modes to choose from. Definitely worth checking out.

Platforms: Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS

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  1. Creative Destruction – They say imitation is the best form of flattery, and Creative destruction has managed to flatter Fortnite unlike any other. With cartoony graphics, colorful visuals, a building mechanism, and responsive controls Creative Destruction is THE game for those of us who want to play Fortnite but also don’t want to play Fortnite. So grab a friend or two and jump into the arena.

Platforms: Android, iOS, and Microsoft Windows

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  1. Knives Out – No, not the movie. Knives Out is a battle royale game developed and published by NetEase Games which is rapidly climbing up the charts in downloads and player base, especially in Asia. in 2018 Knives Out made more money than both Fortnite and PUBG which is largely credited to its intense gameplay and PUBG like feel. This is a game you must check out if you’re a fan of the battle royale genre.

Platforms: Android, iOS, PlayStation 4(Japan only), Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows

TEN TIPS AND TRICKS TO IMPROVE AT COD MOBILE

When Call of Duty: Mobile released in October 2019 no one knew that it would go on to become the worldwide phenomenon it is today. Upon release, Call of Duty: Mobile had dived headfirst in a market dominated by the likes of PUBG and Garena’s Free Fire.

The game surpassed all expectations by becoming one of the biggest mobile game launches in history with over 250 Million downloads by June 2020. Bringing an almost console-esque experience in the hands of millions of people, COD Mobile is one of the hottest games right now.

With its battle royale and team deathmatch multiplayer modes coupled with fluid movement and shooting mechanics, it takes time to improve at Call of Duty: Mobile but using the tips listed below, you’ll be owning noobs in no time.

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  1. Optimize your in-game settings: If you own a phone which supports Ultra HD graphics but does so at a lower FPS, you should always lower the quality in order to get better frame rendering and higher framerates. A high framerate results in more responsiveness from your device which results in an in-game advantage over players who use higher graphics settings. Try out different control methods, especially the Advanced Mode which enables one to completely customize the HUD(Heads-up display), how to hold your weapon, and adjust the crosshair.
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  1. Select your character class correctly: COD Mobile has multiple classes for you to choose from in the Battle Royale mode. These classes are:-

Clown- This class mobilizes zombies that will attack all enemies near you, all the while reducing your vulnerability to them. Useful in late-game scenarios when you may need to detect campers. Abilities include Toy Bomb and Anti-zombie.

Ninja- As the name suggests, this class provides equips you with two advantages: stealth and mobility using the Dead Silence and Grapple Gun abilities respectively.

Defender- Useful when you’re in an open area, Defender has the ability to place a Transform Shield in front of you for cover. The Reinforced ability reduces the damage you take from everything except bullets.

Mechanic- The Mechanic class can call in an EMP Drone that causes interference to hostels around you. The Engineer ability provides augmented sight for vehicles, traps, and equipment.

Smoke Bomber- This is the newest class in COD Mobile and it summons a cloud of smoke on the user targeted area. This slows down the enemies while revealing their location.

Medic- One of the most useful classes in the game, Medic has the ability to put up a medical station that heals the entire team. The healing time is also reduced.

Scout- The sensor dart ability in the Scout class helps reveal enemy positions on the radar. The passive ability is that this class can see fresh enemy footprints.

Trap Master- This class is one of the most versatile classes in-game, you can set up high voltage wire traps that reduce enemy health significantly. The class also increases the skill recharge and movement speed of nearby allies.

Airborne- Airborne class has the ability to catapult your entire team into the air using a device aptly name, ‘Ejection Device’. It’s great for escaping or reaching an Airdrop first. The passive ability which increases your buoyancy helps you glide further.

Poltergeist- Similar to Apex Legends’ Wraith, this class has the ability to become near-invisible in order to escape enemies stealthily. Your movement speed is also increased while being in the stealth state. 


Trickster- One of the best classes in the game, Trickster can create holographic imposters of itself, thereby confusing enemies. It also helps detect enemy locations due to increased hearing prowess.

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  1. Communication is key: It is always recommended that if you want to improve, you should play with a pre-made squad. Learn the call-outs, walk your teammates through tactics, try out different playstyles with your teammates, and see which one suits you best.
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  1. Work on your movement: All good players in the FPS genre have one thing in common and that is impeccable movement. Good aim can only get you so far but knowing how to peek corners when to crouch when to go prone and how to use cover effectively makes or breaks a player. Learn how to pre-fire those corners, predicting the location of the enemy and pre-firing is the easiest way to get a guaranteed kill. Learn how to crouch slide in order to get behind cover effectively and without taking damage.
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  1. Use your throwables effectively: COD Moblie has multiple throwables available for use. Learning how to use them effectively can give you the upper hand in every situation. Timing your flashbangs correctly can get you an easy squad-wipe by killing the disoriented enemies. Smoke grenades can help you prevent enemies get extra information about your position.
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  1. Make use of your Scorestreaks: When you manage to get a kill chain, your character will be awarded with various kill streaks such as UAV, Drone and a Predator Missile. These kill streaks will help you turn the battle around to your advantage and can be customized according to your needs. 
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  1. Pay attention to your ammo: It’s very common for people to find themselves running of ammo, especially when you’re running and gunning(and actually getting the kills). In order to keep your ammo in check learn how to spray and burst fire effectively. Using single shots when necessary helps conserve ammo. Diversifying your weapon choices can help you adjust to the type of ammo that is available in the vicinity.
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  1. Try to avoid first contact while playing BR: When you are learning the game, you should try and drop at zones with fewer enemy squads as this helps you loot more effectively. You can build up your arsenal and then take on enemies to give you a higher chance of securing kills.
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  1. Chase Airdrops: You should try to chase airdrops but not only to loot but also to kill other enemies who may be coming towards the airdrop. Be careful, this can backfire too if another team is waiting for you there so be vigilant of your surroundings.
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  1. Keep moving: Although arguably it’s not always a good idea to be constantly on the move while playing the BR, you should be careful not to wait too long in one area because as the zone shrinks you may have to move and other teams may be waiting to take you out at the edge of the zone. Also, We hate campers.

TL:DR- Git gud and happy gaming!

One phone to rule them all? ASUS ROG Phone 3 revealed

ASUS recently unveiled the latest iteration in its android gaming phone series, the ASUS ROG Phone 3. 

It’s designed keeping in mind the needs of the modern mobile gamer with an overclocked processor, a high refresh rate display, and a huge 6000 mAh battery for those long gaming sessions.

In this article, we will take a look at the specifications, price, where to buy, and other essential info.

Here’s all you need to know about the new ROG Phone 3.

ASUS ROG Phone 3: Price and release date

The ASUS ROG Phone 3 was unveiled on 22nd July 2020 and it will be sold on Flipkart at a price of ₹49,999(8 GB RAM, 128GB ROM) on the 6th of August(expected). 

There’s also another edition called the ASUS ROG Phone 3:Strix Edition which trades the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus for the standard Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC.

ASUS ROG Phone 3: Notable features

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC: The ASUS ROG Phone 3 is one of the first phones to hit the market with the Snapdragon 865 Plus chip. The 3.1 GHz CPU paired with an overclocked Adreno 650 GPU makes for a deadly combo.  

Bigger, better battery: The phone sports a 6000mAh battery bundled with a 30W wired fast charger.

144Hz display with low latency: The ROG Phone 3 has 6.59 Inch AMOLED display with HDR 10+ support. It also comes with a 144Hz refresh rate along with 25 ms touch latency.

Quad Cameras(3+1): The back camera has a 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor, along with a 13MP ultra-wide lens, and a 5MP macro camera. The front camera is 24MP.

Air Triggers: The ultrasonic pressure-sensitive sensors placed on the sides of the phone make a return on the ROG Phone 3. These Air Triggers can be configured for individual games too.

Software: The X-Mode on the ROG Phone 3 helps you configure lighting, performance, and other nitty-gritty tweaks on the phone. Armory Crate lets you configure individual games.

ASUS ROG Phone 3:  Specifications

The complete specifications of the ASUS ROG Phone 3 are as follows:-

Is PUBG’s run in India over? All you need to know about the PUBG ban.

After the sweeping ban on 47 more Chinese apps by the Indian government on Monday, it seems that the next app to come under the crosshairs of the government is PUBG Mobile. 

PUBG Mobile has around 175 million downloads in India which had propelled it to become a household name in India. 

Though PUBG was developed by a South Korean company called Bluehole, the catch is that Tencent, a Chinese multinational corporation owns a major chunk of the game.

The government is considering this ban possibly because of border tensions, data-security, and privacy concerns that Chinese apps are notorious for.  

PUBG has been the subject of criticism in the past too but it was mostly due to the addictive nature of the game which had a psychological impact on players.

PUBG ban was implemented in Pakistan too, citing long term psychological effects but on July 26 a Pakistani court revoked the decision and the game was unbanned. Though it’s highly unlikely that a PUBG ban if it happens, will last indefinitely due to the developers being South Korean and Tencent just owning only part of the share.