Review: Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Mouse

Bonus unboxing footage too.

There’s been a lot of buzz around the Pwnage branded mouse as they capture a market that seemingly is untapped for the most part by bigger brand names.

Pwnage brings us their “Ultra Custom Wireless Mouse” – a lightweight, wireless, and color customizable mouse with easily replaceable parts. I received mine recently, so lets talk about what you get with it – Mouse in white or black, extra back cover, extra primary button covers, extra rubber dpi buttons, USB C cable, USB wireless receiver, and button spacers. You also have the option to order an extra set of colored pieces if you wish!

The $90 base mouse still comes with an entire extra set of panels in the opposite base color.

The mouse comes in at only 69 grams using the honeycomb shell, while the solid shell bumps it up to 73 grams. hardcore users can use no cover at all, or even take out the battery and use it in wired mode only – but I think we can agree that defeats the appeal of this mouse. To put this weight into perspective, the 2 most popular big brand wireless mice right now are still both heavier – Razer Viper Ultimate (74g) and the Logitech G Pro Wireless (80g). However, the most impressive part is that the Pwnage is lighter WHILE being slightly bigger and more ergonomic. The G Pro and Viper are both ambidextrous, so some people find them less comfortable than an ergo mouse. I personally found the shape of the Pwnage to be suitable for medium to large hands, smaller hands might want to look elsewhere.

So the Pwnage so far on paper is more appealing than its main competitors, but how does it perform? The sensor in the Pwnage is the PAW3335, which is a high performing, low power consumption sensor. I also own a Logitech G305 and comparing them side by side, I can say the Pwnage works almost identically to the G305 Hero Sensor – at least from what a human can detect. The DPI levels match very closely after I set them both to 800. The mouse does go up to 16,000 dpi, but i don’t know what sane person would game at such an absurd dpi.

All the buttons have the perfect click and resistance; I often found myself doing a lot of misclicks on other mice, this was probably the first mouse I pulled out of the box and didn’t have to re-learn how to not accidentally click all the time. The side buttons are placed perfectly as well, no complaints. The scroll wheel includes an RGB effect and the rear has a RGB strip that lights up along with the Pwnage logo itself, which is visible only with the honeycomb shell, the solid shell will hide it.

How I set my Pwnage mouse up.

Overall, I am very happy with my purchase. The features beat out the more expensive brand name mice, while having a sensor that is just as good. You simply get more accessories/features for less money. At the time of writing, I purchased my Pwnage for $90 plus shipping, while the G Pro and Viper Ultimate are going for around $150, although I’ve seen those prices flex by about $20.

Also Pro Tip: I used a Gen X USB C magnetic charging tip and cable to make charging this mouse effortless. The magnetic cable just snaps into place. You can find them on amazon here.

Valorant: New Agent Killjoy Analysis

Valorant Act II is just around the corner and it’s bringing a new Agent with it.

Along with an overhauled ranking system, that I’m hyped for – Killjoy will be introduced. Her skill set details have been released:

  • Alarm Bot
    • Essentially a landmine version of Raze’s boombot. You can throw it down and it will go dormant, if someone enters its range, it will walk up to them and explode in the fasion of Raze’s boombot.
  • Turret
    • Self-explanatory turret, you throw it down and it covers a 180 degree cone and will shoot any enemy that enters that field of vision.
  • Nanoswarm
    • Looks like an AOE damage grenade. You can throw it like a grenade and then activate it to create a circle area of damage that lasts for a few seconds.
  • Lockdown
    • Looks like you place it down (can’t throw it) and it needs to wind up for about 10 seconds. Once it winds up it will cause a slow effect on anyone within a *very large radius*. The slow lasts for 8 seconds and also disarms them.

Thoughts

Killjoy is looking to be a very viable hero. Her defensive capabilities and even offensive both look strong af. I can sense a cross between Cypher and Raze.

On defense, her turret can quite literally cover an entire extra angle for you. The Alarm bot can work just as well as a Cypher trip wire to alert you when an enemy is entering and Nano swarm can slow a push from the enemy team. Not to mention lockdown can help push enemies off an entire site or force them to try to look for the device to shoot down, pushing them out of position. If you crossfire with your turret, enemies will have to choose between shooting you or the turret, either way you can deal some damage to them before they push the site.

Offensively, once again, lockdown can defend a site for an entire 10 seconds once you have the bomb down, or you can use it to push even. Grenades are always useful, so nanoswarm and even the alarm bot can clear deep corners if you don’t want to wide peek them. The turret remains useful for covering the bomb as well, so if you are the only player left, you get an extra set of eyes.

I get the feeling everyone will call Killjoy broken. Reyna definitely was overpowered on release, and she has since received some ninja nerfs making her more in line with the rest of the roster.

Check out the ability videos below:

Destiny 2’s Next Expansion Delayed Until November 2020

Expansions are pretty much the lifeblood of MMOs hence why delays make people upset in more ways than one.

But this delay might be understandable from a range of circumstances, not least among them the current global pandemic that is bringing the world to a halt.

It looks like the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t just impacting daily life and the economy in a broad sense but also the development of updates such as the much-anticipated expansion for Destiny 2, Beyond Light. That’s the reason behind the delay of Beyond Light until November 2020, an announcement that has come as a disappointment for many content-starved Destiny 2 fans.

In a game update, community manager David “Deej” Dague posted: “As the first chapter in a new trilogy of expansions, Beyond Light is the beginning of a new era of Destiny 2. We have a powerful story to tell and incredible new features that we’re really excited for players to experience. As always, our goal is to make the coolest, most entertaining expansion we can possibly make for our fans. To that end, we are doing what’s best for the game and moving the launch date. The past few months have been a challenge and will continue to be during this pandemic. We’ve learned to create together in a new way, by having to work apart from one another. Despite these hurdles, we’re still committed to the same level of quality that our fans expect.”

Though the delay is a disappointment for many, the devs promise to make up for it with a stellar expansion. They also are going to keep the community in the loop as to what they are developing and what that roadmap is looking like moving forward. And, to be clear, Beyond Light isn’t just your average expansion either. It is the beginning of a new yarn in the Destiny 2 saga and likely to bring a host of changes with it. It’s not quite World of Warcraft: Cataclysm level changes, but they’re a pretty big deal in terms of the game itself.

“Over the coming weeks, we’ll be unveiling more of what we’re working on for Beyond Light and what that also means for Season of Arrivals, which will now extend to November 10. Beyond Light sets the stage for an incredible future in Destiny 2 and, though it’s coming later than we originally anticipated, we’re excited to continue that journey with you this November.”

As for the current Season of Arrivals, it will extend until the November 10 launch of Beyond Light. Luckily for Destiny 2 players, Bungie has one of the most robust community support teams around so we’re likely to hear a lot more about Beyond Light in the coming weeks to keep us enthusiastic. 

Were you looking forward to the Beyond Light expansion? What would you like to see Bungie do with it? Let us know your thoughts on this story in the comments section.

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Valorant Act II Gets New Ranking System

Valorant released details on the new ranking system and new agent leaks

Ranking has been the root cause of much tilt and anger among all Valorant players. Understandably, deranking stresses everyone out and tough games against hackers and smurfs doesn’t help any. Riot has released details on their latest overhauled ranking system which introduces a ton of interesting features and mechanics.

Big changes:

  • They will display Act Ranks which are essentially a summary of your games for the season
  • You will have a badge that acts like a heat map that shows your best wins of the season at the highest level you have reached
  • A new “proven skill” concept will be shown which is the 9th best game you had of the season
  • Games at higher ranks will push out your lower ranked games
  • Act I may not get this new badge according to Riot’s post
Your act rank will be a compilation of your wins at the highest levels you played at

This new concept should help curve the smurfing problem as people will be motivated to keep playing on their mains since losses will be scrubbed out as you win more games at higher ranks. Many people are achieving a rank that they are happy with and preserving their accounts while creating new ones to stomp on lower ranked players. At the end of it all, only your highest ranked and best game wins will matter and be displayed.

BONUS for you guys, the new agent has leaked – Killjoy. More details to follow soon. Stay tuned.

GOG Galaxy 2.0 Adds Epic Games Store to Growing List of Gaming Portals

It looks like GOG Galaxy 2.0 is adding a big name to its already healthy roster of gaming services.

The ever-controversial Epic Games Store will join the likes of Xbox Live on the GOG one-size-fits-all app that connects gamers with all of their digital libraries without them having to sign in to each individual service. It’s basically a major life convenience – especially if you play the online sales and shop the best price no matter who the vendor is.

Of course, Epic is more than enthusiastic about this integration.

General Manager of the Epic Games Store Steve Allison said of being added to GOG Galaxy 2.0, “We’re excited that Epic Games Store integration has come to GOG GALAXY 2.0…It’s an important step towards breaking down walls between PC stores, as it enables a unified experience for players to manage their PC games library independent of where their games were purchased.”

Meanwhile, Epic’s Tim Sweeney tweeted, “Ultimately, ownership of digital items should be a universal notion, independent of stores and platforms. So much of the digital world today is frustrated by powerful intermediaries whose toll booths obstruct open commerce to keep customers and their purchases locked in.”

Gamers, on the other hand, are torn into multiple camps on this issue, as is to be expected. Some are grateful that yet another service is coming to GOG Galaxy. But others, particularly GOG diehards, see any involvement by Epic as a necessarily bad thing. You see, in case you haven’t followed the controversy, the Epic Games Store has gone somewhat hard in the race to win market share. Aside from having a title like Fortnite to buoy it, Epic also went after “exclusives” for certain games that left Steam gamers out in the dark. Naturally, the solution for those gamers, if they chose to do so, was to join up with the Epic Games Store and use both but the whole “timed exclusive” thing for some big name titles really rubbed people the wrong way. It seems they’re still pretty upset about it.

And it’s not like they’re totally out of left field. Exclusives on a PC were pretty much an unheard of concept. Normally that’s something you see on consoles. But here we are. On top of that, it seems some gamers want to question any firm associated with Epic no matter what the format. More than one Internet commenter has voiced concerns that this is evidence of Epic trying to buy GOG or something like that. There is absolutely nothing to back that up.

What about you? Will you be using GOG Galaxy 2.0 or will you wait until more services sign up for it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Is Shroud Going Pro in Valorant?

Shroud may be forming a new Pro Valorant team with “mOE”.

Ever since the shut down of Mixer and merging with Facebook Gaming, many big time streamers have been in limbo leaving many viewers in dark about their plans. Some embraced Facebook Gaming and kept their contracts from Mixer, while others have gone quiet or explored streaming on other platforms like YouTube.

Ninja did a stream on YouTube and people went nuts over it, but no formal announcements were made. Now we are hearing news about Shroud’s move. Supposedly Shroud did not accept a contract with Facebook and is currently not regularly streaming anywhere.

On a recent live stream from mOE Assad, he casually mentioned that he was starting a Pro Valorant team with Shroud and Just9n. He said he was speaking it into existence. Could this statement hint at the future for Shroud going Pro in Valorant?

Shroud mentioned before about how being a full time streamer and going Pro directly conflicts with each other. If he wanted to do one, he could not do the other. He goes into detail on how streaming his play style and tactics, would give competitors a blatant advantage as they can study everything that he does.

So that being said, now that Mixer is gone and he is out of a streaming contract, this opens up the avenue and opportunity for him to take a break from streaming and focus on going Pro. Shroud does have a big announcement coming soon, so we’ll see what he truly wants to do going forward.

Catch mOE slipping the news below:

The Upcoming Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare Season 5

Season 5 for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and its popular Warzone mode is almost here. And it couldn’t come soon enough for some fans.

To get things started, we’ll begin with the date that all of this is supposedly going to kick off: August 5.

In a brief teaser sent to Twitch streamer NICKMRCS and later picked up by outlets such as Gamestop, the Season 5 teaser hints at trains, the inside of the stadium, and even a nuclear explosion.

What does all of this mean?

For one, people are somewhat certain about the start date for the new season. Given that the current battle pass ends on that date it is safe to assume that the next round will begin on or around that same time frame.

Though the clips released so far don’t really give us much solid information to go on there is one salient feature that is being picked up on but most fans and that is the fact that you can see inside Stadium, something you can’t currently do.

This has speculation about an open arena running wild and it is something that is not only widely wanted but likely coming our way this season. Another event in the trailer, the nuclear explosion, has some imaginations wandering off into Fortnite territory and speculating that this could be evidence of a permanent “terrain altering” event. The likely candidate is Verdansk and what this means for that is just another area where we can all speculate but no one knows exactly what the devs have up their sleeves. Whatever it is, it looks exciting.

Of course, this is starting to become almost standard for Warzone and Modern Warfare. They keep knocking these updates out of the park and we can’t get enough.

Even though it isn’t a lot to go on, we won’t have to wait long to see what Infinity Ward has waiting for us.

What do you think? What are some of the features that you would like to see in Season 5? What about moving forward? Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments section below.

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