Blast Cup: We celebrate our six Axie Infinity tournament series!

The 2nd of December Blast hosted the last Axie Infinity Origin Cup. Starting in October, six weeks and six editions went by. The result proved to be a resounding success! What started on August 2022 with the Pro-players training tournament, was only the spark that started the fire. The tournaments were held on Axie's esports server in collaboration with Cryptocitypress. Each online event attracted 64 players to compete for a $USD 150 prize pool. The Blast Cups consisted of a single elimination bracket with all charms and runes unlocked. A total of 384 players took part and registered in Blast.gg and aimed for the top 16 to earn qualification to the Grand Finals. Blast Cup 6th edition podium While there is no date confirmed yet, the Axie Blast Cup Grand Finals are coming in early 2023. It will feature the best 128 players, qualified and invited. They will compete for a AXS 500 prize pool! 2023 looks very promising for Blast and Axie will no doubt be a big part of it. Hope to see you there. To learn all about Blast and our competitions and projects, make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram. If you are not part of our Discord community yet, then what are you waiting for? It is not only our community hub, but where we coordinate and keep in touch with users and players for everything related to the online event. Join us!

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Warzone 2.0 outlives a poor launch and shows great promise

It is no surprise that Call of Duty's newest entry, Modern Warfare 2, became the talk of the town with a variety of perspectives and reviews. The remake sequel to the acclaimed series shortly after brought with it the launch of the new COD Battle Royale: Warzone 2. As promised, arriving at Al-Mazrah has proven a very different experience from Verdansk for most long-timers or Warzone players. However, this isn't necessarily a good thing and it hasn't been a smooth journey so far either. What could be described as the most anticipated BR of the year, Warzone 2.0 dealt with high expectations . With a company as large as Activision Blizzard behind it one could have hoped for a better launch: it was (and has been) infested with bugs and random issues. From a first menu display going wrong and crashing to gameplay breaking accidental mechanics. Even the feel has changed as the new title fiddles with different movement and isn't afraid to explore beyond an established formula. It has gotten progressively better, but it is still getting on track. To put it in perspective, Warzone 2.0 surpassed 488.000 simultaneous players on Steam just days ago and is currently the top-selling game on the platform. These numbers become even more impressive when taken into account that the game can also be played via Battle.Net. Used to fast-paced movement and combat, many COD fans didn't find the slower paced gameplay to their liking. “The intent of the gameplay loop is to make it closer to a battle royale experience, so this means playing a little bit closer to the battle royale elements of Apex Legends and PUBG", reflected Warzone YouTuber JGOD. From slower vehicles and scattered cash to two simultaneous circles, Warzone 2.0 offers a different experience. The battle royale includes brand new features like proximity chat, looting system, strongholds and even the already enjoyable surprise of the DMZ mode. As an expert on level design, well-reknown streamer Dr Disrespect praised what Activision Blizzard has achieved building Al-Mazrah. Crashes, bugs and an unfamiliar gameplay hasn't prevented Warzone 2 from early success. With constant tuning and feedback from the community, we could have a new worthy Call of Duty iteration in our hands. Time will tell if devs are paying attention, but it has been the case so far since the game feels more polished after one week. Have you tried it yourself already? Written by Augusto Chiarito

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Axie Blast Cup: On our way to our 3rd edition

Since Blast integrated Axie Infinity Origin we've had an incredibly positive response from the community. Our Pro-Players Training competition in preparation for AxieCon was a resounding success as we collaborated with Cryptocitypress and caught the attention of big talents, who were most pleased with our clean and smooth platform and system. Therefore, we announced the Axie Blast Cups as soon as we had the opportunity. This new series of competitions offers players the chance to test their skills weekly and fight for a $USDT 150 total prize pool. We are already on our way to host our 3rd Blast Cup!But that's not all! The top players will qualify for the Blast Cup Grand Finals with $AXS 500 on the line. Finals will take place once our six editions come to an end. There, we will witness the clash of the highest skilled competitors. The first two editions have already taken place and showed us great potential with MeatValue and Paradyze taking the big win home for the QU3ST guild! If you haven't had the chance yet, our 3rd Blast Cup will be the perfect time to join in and aim to qualify for the grand finals. You can find all you need to know to take part in the competition through our User Guide.We will be waiting for you at our Discord Server. There, we actively coordinate and keep in touch with users and players for everything related to the online event. But our Discord isn't just a place to prepare to compete: it is the Blast community hub, where users are free to debate, share common interests and meet new people. As we look to go even further, we are most pleased with the current results of collaborating with Cryptocitypress once again. The Axie community continues to offer us feedback and guide us on the right path with nothing but interest and optimism for all that is yet to come.

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Thank you Argentina Game Show!

For a full weekend event, we took part in Argentina Game Show with our very own dedicated space. The team attended the massive event in Centro Costa Salguero, Buenos Aires, where more than 100,000 people passed through to enjoy experiences in the gaming, esports, geek culture, tech and music sphere. With the presence of many big brands, Blast fit right in with a well located stand that was not only appealing by design, but by its activities as well. Over 1,500 visitors gave the Blast Roulette a try looking to win our best prizes featuring Nitro Discord or Blast merchandising. We decided to host Clash Royale tournaments in our platform during the 3 days event where players could participate in a remote and free manner to demonstrate one of the big potentials of the platform in asynchronous competitions. But that's not all! We brought our own 360° video machine which was most appealing for all kind of cosplayers. Blast's stand was packed with a huge LED screen where people could easily find out what we are all about, a leaderboard screen on the side where players could check their current ranks, some fancy lighting to highlight the space, a smoke machine to go with our 360° videos machine and a fancy electronic roulette. It was a unique opportunity for Blast and for new unfamiliar blastrs to discover us and join our ever-growing community. Blasts's unique proposal in the web3, esports and NFT sphere caught the attention of many. It managed to attract a big new wave of followers into our social platforms and helped position our Discord server even higher. Then, newcomers discovered our repertoire of games and prizes with PUBG, COD, Axie Infinity Origins, KoinsNFT and more. During our Clash Royale special editions, we handed out more than USD 200 in earnings. While it was open to all, we had some of the best pro-players in the region take part. Not to brag, Blast's stand was always swarming with attendees and an infinite line was formed every time the roulette came online. We gave away more than USD 200 in Nitro Discord only, and much more in merchandising like Blast T-shirts and holo stickers. We are proud to say that it was a very successful, demanding and fulfilling endeavor and are already eager for more! With the opportunity to stand side by side along international brands, to experience big caliber LAN esports events and to enjoy music shows with some of the best talent, Argentina Game Show is always a unique experience for all of us. It is clearly one of the most attractive proposals of the year and we will definitely see you there next time! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Blast (@blastgmi)

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How to compete in Axie Infinity Tournaments

In this guide we’ll learn the steps of how to compete in Axie Infinity tournaments in Blast. If you don’t have a Blast account yet, read this one first. Let’s see how the tournament detail looks like for an Axie tourney. In the detail header you can find the prize pool and entry fee, and the timer for the different phases of the tournament (Registration, Duration, Finish Time).When we click the Join button on the page, if you haven't played before, a modal will come up: This means you need to provide your Ronin Address as an account, for the app to be able to track your matches. Clicking on 'Connect' will take to the Profile section. In this section, include the Ronin address containing the Axies that you will be using in the tournament. Providing a different Ronin could cause disqualification. Before After Once connected, go back to the tournament page and click Join once again. This time the modal should show this: Clicking 'Join' here will show a new modal, to check if the connected Ronin Address is the one you'll be using to compete in this tournament and your Discord handler for tournament interactions and chat rooms. It's VERY important and mandatory to provide the correct Ronin Address here, because that's what Blast uses to automatically fetch your match results, creating a faster, smoother experience for everybody! You can confirm if everything is correct, or head to your profile to make changes. Aside from the Ronin Address, you'll be ask to provide your In-Game Name, and register the Axies you'll be using to create your teams/compositions during the matches. After providing this data and hitting on Continue, the app will prompt Metamask. Confirm the transaction to join the tournament and complete the registration. Notice that you would need Matic to pay for gas fees. The first time a user creates an account at Blast we'll drop you some Matic for gas fee purposes. Once joined, you can find your username on the Players section, see the tournament Rules, and once started, the brackets! Once the tournaments starts, find your username in the Brackets section to see how are up against in each round.Notice that we separate big bracket rounds in different branches, choose a different branch to see the rest of the players. In this section you can see your opponent details in each round, to be able to add them as friends in the game, and challenge them. You can find this information clicking the 3 dots menu. Also, notice the little sword? That indicates the player that should challenge first, which is assigned randomly. Also in this section you can see the partial score for each game, and a Check-in button to signal your opponent that you're ready to play ! And that's it ! Have fun and if you run into any issues, make sure to report them in our help channels on Discord!

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How to compete in Koins NFT tournaments

In this guide we'll learn the steps of how to compete in Koins NFT tournaments in Blast. If you don't have a Blast account yet, read this one first.But first things first, Koins is an amazing game in which players can buy, trade, and compete in races with their Koins in different trackuariums! In order to enter a tournament, players need to buy at least one Koin to be able to join. Let's see how the tournament detail looks like for a Koins tourney. One thing to keep in mind, is that in this case the prize pool and the entry fee are in different tokens. Prize pool will typically be in a stable coin, while the entry fees are to be paid with Koins own token Kuzushi (KUZ). Let's see how we can join the tournament once we have everything we need: our Koins and KUZ for the entry fee. When we click the Join button on the page, a modal comes up: This modal details the prize pool, its token and the entry fee. Keep in mind that the first time we enter one of this tournaments, we need to approve Blast to spend KUZ in our behalf. As usual we can opt-in to approve any amount checking the box. When we click Join, another modal comes up, this time, to select our Koins! In this tournaments, we can choose to Join as many Koins as we want, and we can do that all at once, or choose a Koin now, and then Join with some more Koins after. In this modal we simply pick the Koins that we want to compete, and click Approve. Keep in mind that the entry fee is for every Koin that we want to use.For example in this case if the fee is 10 KUZ and I want to use all my Koins in the tournament, I would need a total of 30 KUZ to do it. After clicking Approve, our wallets will prompt us to sign the transaction, and that's it, we are in! All we need to do now is go run some races in the game! Blast automatically logs the results to rank the Koins in the leaderboard. As you see in the leaderboard, our Koins are highlighted and our scores appear in the last column of the table. We can see more details clicking in each row.If we scroll down, the next section explains the rules, scoring and prizes of the particular tournament. As usual in Blast tournament pools, once the tournament period ends the top positions receive a percentage of the prize pool automatically. In the case of Koins you might be wondering what happens if you sell or rent your Koin during the tournament. Well, once the tournament finishes, the current owner of the Koin will receive the prize pool, regardless of who joined the Koin to the tournament. That'it, have fun competing in Koins NFT tournaments!

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Pro Players Training: The first Axie Infinity Origin tournament in Blast!

The 7th of August, Blast celebrated the first Axie Origin tournament to take place in the platform in collaboration with Cryprocitypress. 32 players participated in the private competition with well-known names, personalities and guilds. After long preparation and planning, Blast adapted and evolved to include the tools required and was ready to host an online event of this caliber. It demanded a new approach into a real time updating bracket system and provided an experience with minimal delay. The 32 player bracket gave way to a five round competition and exceeded expectations. As the first Axie Origin tournament, Pro-Players Training was an enriching experience to adjust and improve for the new challenge that meant the arrival of Axie Infinity Origin to Blast. Competitors celebrated what meant an unusually immediate prize pool payment and enjoyed real competition in preparation for AxieCon. In the end, MeatValue claimed the title of champion with a 2-0 closing win versus HinchaRC in the grand finals. The tournament proved to be a huge success and was praised by the players. “We loved it, and really enjoyed the great organization and professionalism”, celebrated the Starlight Guild. Participating player blakess said. “The quality was excellent while comparing it to many other official competitions, hope that you get to host many more”. Here is what our event-partners from Cryptocity had to say: “When all the features and additions are finally integrated, Blast will be without a doubt the platform of preference at the level of competition in Axie Infinity and other games, since they listen to the needs of the players and plan to deliver a product according to the highest standards in the gaming industry”. As time goes on, Blast continues expanding into uncharted territory knowing full well its potential. With the feedback of our partners, the players and the team at Blast itself, this is only the beginning for Axie events and will pave the way for upcoming open-to-all editions and beyond. Expect much more Axie news from us soon enough!

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EthLatam was awesome!

The team was at EthLatam, the first edition of this conference took place at Buenos Aires on August, at a beautiful venue in Recoleta. The ETH community in Argentina hosted a great conference, where the team got together and enjoyed great talks from ecosystem thought leaders including Vitalik Buterin himself. On the gaming side, the talks focused on Play and Earn as a means to create financial inclusion in emerging markets. Latam was one of the biggest markets in terms of adoption of the P2E trend lead by Axie Infinity. A combination of high inflation rates and low average income meant for players from countries like Venezuela to see an opportunity of additional income (and fun!) in P2E games. The guild ecosystem in Latam has really grown, with educational and scholarship programs all around the scene. On the technical side, the conference had a focus on the upcoming Merge, Ethereum's major upgrade and transition to Proof of Stake scheduled for mid september. Another major topic was the ever increasing need of truly decentralized systems and platforms, in the context of increasing regulation efforts and censorship. Aside from the talks, the team was at EthLatam to connect with builders, founders, and crypto power users from the region. There are some incredible teams working in the space, and it was great to be able to discuss, share and comment with them. Overall EthLatam was a great event organized and hosted by the fast growing crypto community in Argentina, congrats!

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Blast announces a partnership with Koins NFT game

Hi Blasters, today we wanted to officially announce our partnership with Koins, an upcoming PVP-style, play and earn, transmedia racing game where players from all over the world can compete against each other to reach the podium. Together we will create tournaments with exciting prizes and contests. We are confident that this partnership will allow us to offer both communities a really engaging game with the best tournament technology. Koins is close to launching the beta of their PVP racing game. We invite all of you to join their social media accounts to be updated with all their information regarding the release of the game. About Koins Koins is a PVP-style play and earn racing game, part of a transmedia universe that seeks to expand through web series, podcasts, webcomics and more. The community of players is a key part of this universe, as all their actions have an impact on the narrative events of the universe. Website |Telegram| Twitter| Discord About Blast Blast is a platform that allows players to participate in gaming tournaments and challenges, playing and competing for cryptocurrency prizes. We automate everything to provide gamers a smooth and frictionless experience, guaranteed fair resolution and automatic payments. We aim to be the platform of choice for esports professional tournaments, as well as to integrate into the web3 gaming circuit, giving them a trustful platform with an attractive design where they can create their tournaments. All this allows us to help gamers monetize their skills and the time they spend playing the games they love. Website |Twitter| Instagram| Discord

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