collectionfifatips – Villarreal chief angered by La Liga referees carrying Real Madrid bags

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Real Madrid pulled off a stunning, come-from-behind victory to reclaim top spot in La Liga with a 3-2 win over Villarreal.
A flurry of late goals saw Real Madrid reverse a 2-0 deficit, as they came back to win 3-2 against Villarreal at El Madrigal.
A flurry of late goals saw Real Madrid reverse a 2-0 deficit, as they came back to win 3-2 against Villarreal at El Madrigal.

Villarreal president Fernando Roig is irked that the referees who officiated his team’s game against Real Madrid left La Ceramica stadium carrying plastic bags with the logo of La Liga leaders Real.

The visitors came from behind to win 3-2 on Sunday evening and reclaim top spot in La Liga.

“What has surprised me and made me laugh is that the referees have come out [of the stadium] with Real Madrid [plastic] bags,” Roig told Cadena Cope radio. “They were carrying [plastic] bags of Real Madrid. I don’t know what they had in those bags.

“Our coach did not like that the refereeing delegate came to say goodbye and while he shook our coach’s hand, with the other he was holding a Real Madrid bag. He didn’t like it. I don’t think that is good.”

Roig added to Marca: “I just don’t think it’s a good image. They tell me it’s common. But they have not come out with Villarreal bags.”

The Spanish Referees’ Committee (CTA) told Marca that the bags which the referees were carrying after the game only had Real Madrid merchandising such as “keychains, pins and pens.”

Spanish referee Jesus Gil Manzano had been under scrutiny 12 minutes into the second half after awarding Real Madrid a questionable penalty for a handball on Villarreal’s Bruno Soriano.

Toni Kroos had taken a shot and after Villarreal’s Victor Ruiz stuck out a leg to block the effort, the ball struck Bruno on the arm.

Real trailed 2-0 at the time but equalised thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo spot-kick.

Substitute Alvaro Morata scored the winner seven minutes from time.

“Clearly it was not a penalty,” Roig said. “We are told that a rebound does not warrant a penalty for handball and the referee interpreted it another way.

“They [Real] made a great comeback but thanks to a penalty. Had the penalty not been given, we could have held on.”

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

collectionfifatips – U.S. under-20s beat Mexico to close in on CONCACAF Championship final

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The United States took a major step toward qualifying for this summer’s Under-20 World Cup with a 1-0 win over Mexico at the CONCACAF Championship on Monday.

Sporting Kansas City’s Erik Palmer-Brown opened the scoring in the 29th minute, heading home following a corner from Brooks Lennon. Mexico defender Diego Cortes got a foot to the ball on the line but could not keep it out.

Mexico rarely tested the U.S. defense and goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, whose father — former U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann — watched from the stands in Costa Rica.

The U.S. had two clear chances on counter-attacks to double the lead late on, but Mexico keeper Jose Hernandez did well to cut out the chances.

The match opened the classification stage at the CONCACAF event, with two groups of three teams each. The top two teams in each group qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in May, while the group winners will play in the CONCACAF final.

El Salvador faces Mexico on Tuesday before playing the Americans on Friday. A draw in either match would be enough to ensure Tab Ramos’ U.S. squad qualifies to play in South Korea this summer.

Monday’s result was just the U.S.’s under-20s second victory in 10 tries against Mexico — and first since 1986 — at the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, which the Americans have never won.

Mexico had been unbeaten in its last 20 games at the event, dating back to 2009.

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collectionfifatips – Ferrara: Zidane has Italianised Madrid

The former Napoli and Juventus defender says his old teammate has embraced the Italian defensive philosophy to make Real Madrid successful again

Real Madrid's success under Zinedine Zidane has come about because the Frenchman has "Italianised" the Spanish giants since replacing Rafael Benitez, according former Juventus team-mate Ciro Ferrara.

During their playing careers Ferrara and Zidane won two Scudetti titles, the Supercoppa Italiana and UEFA Super Cup at Juventus, before both going into management.

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In Zidane's 13 months at Madrid they have become champions of Europe for the 11th time and posted a club-record 16 successive victories in La Liga, while also equalling Barcelona's record of 39 league games without defeat.

Ferrara, who currently coaches China League One side Wuhan Zall, says part of the reason for Madrid's impressive run under the Frenchman comes from his experiences in Serie A and the tactics he learned.

"My friend Zidane has already Italianised [Real Madrid] by finding the right balance for the defence," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Madrid face Ferrara's former club Napoli in the Champions League next week in the first leg of their last-16 clash, and the 50-year-old says Zidane's side will embrace their Italian influence even more to progress.

"At the Bernabeu Madrid will play their game, no doubt, but if they leave too many gaps in Naples then it will be fun," he added.

"I am convinced that Zizou will be even more Italian in this challenge."

Ending Madrid's hopes of successive European crowns will not be easy for Napoli, but Ferrara believes they can do it and expects two players to be key to their chances. 

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"I believe two men will be critical to Napoli," he said. "[Jose] Callejon and [Raul] Albiol.

"Both, having played for Real, can make it clear to their team-mates what they need to do to overcome tensions and fears of a big game."

collectionfifatips | Kalinic: I am not worth €50 million

Tianjin Quanjian may have been eager to splash the cash on the Fiorentina striker but the Croatian was not keen on a move to the Chinese Super League

Nikola Kalinic says he is not worth the €50million transfer fee Tianjin Quanjian were reportedly prepared to pay for his services in January.

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The Fiorentina striker was one of many players linked with a move to the Chinese Super League following a rich vein of form in Serie A that has brought him 10 goals this season.

Tianjin Quanjian – coached by former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro – were linked with a swoop for the 29-year-old and are believed to have met the release clause in his contract at Stadio Artemio Franchi.

However, the Croatian turned down their advances and is not convinced he is worth the money reportedly offered for him.

"It would have been a done deal if I had said yes, even if I'm not sure what the club would have said," he told the Corriere della Sera. 

"Fabio Cannavaro called me, but for me the issue closed and has never been re-opened.

"I am really not worth the €50m release clause and I doubt anyone will spend that for me."

While many have swapped European football for the CSL on substantial wages, Kalinic insists money is not the main driver in his career.

"I want to point out I didn't know precisely how much the offer was but money isn’t everything in life," he added.

"I only just arrived in the football that really matters a year and a half ago and I didn't want to leave now.

Lampard can be a successful coach, says Conte

"I think I still have a lot to give in European football."

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collectionfifatips | Ellis: We have to evolve

While 2016 will not go down in USA women’s football history as its most successful year, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™-winning coach Jill Ellis continues to push the programme forward. After their early, quarter-final exit from Rio 2016, USA responded positively with six straight wins: a 3-1 victory over a rapidly-improving Netherlands and a series of comfortable wins against Thailand, Romania and Switzerland, featuring fresh faces and a growing player pool.

With a determination to keep the Stars and Stripes at the top of the tree in the ever-growing and competitive environment of women’s football, Ellis speaks exclusively with FIFA.com about lessons she learned in a disappointing 2016, handling the pressure that comes with the job and much more.

FIFA.com: On paper, 2016 hasn’t been a memorable year in terms of trophies for a historically successful team like USA, but what successes have there been behind the scenes?
Jill Ellis: Going into 2016 we knew it was going to be a transition year in terms of a lot of our top players retiring. The biggest focus for us was integrating new players and trying to evolve as a team. In certain areas of our game we have actually improved. But bringing in younger players like Mallory Pugh and to give them a chance to experience a world event like the Olympics, that is going to pay dividends down the line for us in the next World Cup.

Typically an Olympic roster does not change a whole lot from a World Cup Roster. But we mixed things up and brought in some different players. That is important, because it’s our development. We want to win World Cups and using that platform to get our players experience was important.  

Every coach in the world is influenced to a degree by former coaches and players, who are your greatest influences in your career as a coach?
A lot of people. In my college days of recruiting players and almost cutting my teeth in that environment in terms of honing my skills, getting better and being a better manager, that was helpful. I would attribute that to all the players that I have coached in the college ranks. My father has had a huge influence over me. He was a coach and probably gave me my first in-depth look into what coaching was about. When I was in college April Heinrichs was our assistant coach. She was a tremendous player and former national team coach.

There have been a lot of people that have influenced me. I am a voracious learner. I love to watch soccer, learn and go and watch other sports to take things away. In terms of players: You can take away something from every player. Abby (Wambach) was a tremendous player to work with. Her leadership skills, her poise, her motivation to players. All those things were wonderful attributes to see. 

When did you realise you had a talent for coaching?
At a young age my dad would threw me out in front of 250 people at his camps and say, ‘Hey, go and teach the principles of attack and the principles of defence’. From an early age I was put out in front of people. I am actually a more shy person, but suddenly realising when you are out there, you have to step forward and perform. I realised that that part was not difficult for me in terms of being a presence out in front of people. I never measured myself in terms of being successful or being good at what I do. I just did it. When you do something like that, you just hope that things work out well for you. Being true to who I am probably has been the most influential thing to how I am as a coach. My personality is a blend of how my coaching style is. 

Why do you love coaching? Why did you become one?
I did not plan on it. At the time in America coaching was not really a career that women got into. I went actually into the business world for a couple of years, and I was a writer. My passion just drew me back to the game, and I got an opportunity to take a job. And I did it. It was sort of a leap of faith. The pay and the salary were very, very low. So was it a career path at the time? No. It was probably a passion decision in terms of what I love. What I love about the game are the people, and certainly the game itself. But it is the people you interact with, meet, influence and learn from that makes this sport so exciting.

Our game is evolving so quickly that where we are is not going to be good enough to win in 2019.

USA coach Jill Ellis

What are some of the lessons you’ve learned as a coach the past year?
A lot of good lessons. The biggest take away for us coming out of the World Cup was – as I said to the players – our game is evolving so quickly that where we are is not going to be good enough to win in 2019. We have to evolve. The players understood that. Sometimes when you win something you think you have arrived. No chance. We have to continue to grow because the game is growing so fast.

In terms of preparing for an Olympics, we had to balance more this year than we did the previous year. The players with their club commitments as well. A lot of coaches around the world deal with that. Our players were balancing the club world with their national team commitments. That was kind of different for us. Before we always had the players when we needed them. That was important, working with the club coaches, dealing with injuries and that type of thing helped me in terms of my growth.  

USA are used to having more pressure to perform and win titles at the major tournaments. How do you handle the pressure, and do you enjoy it in a way? 
I don’t think people go into coaching if they are not prepared to deal with pressure. Everything is determined by winning and losing, right? If you go into something afraid of losing, then I don’t think you could be true and successful. You have to plan on every detail happening. And if it happens, it is wonderful and if it doesn’t? You go back to the drawing board and continue to recommit yourself. I knew taking this job, I knew what it was about. I knew there is hardly any margin for error at this job. You know, you have to win. But I enjoy that. I sleep well at night. I don’t feel pressure, because once you know the expectation, you know what you’re getting into. You just go with it.  

There is no major tournament for the USA this year. What would success look like for you with the team in 2017?
Our biggest focus coming out of the Olympics was to continue to have a very aggressive schedule. We will play Japan, England, Germany, France and Brazil. We have all these teams lined up to play. That is important, because you can’t take an off year.

The other part of my focus was to deepen our pool and expand our roster in terms of seeing more players. We did that coming out of the Olympics. We have had a lot of players coming in and getting their first caps. What we are doing already is we are building for 2019. It starts with finding players, expanding your player pool and growing as a team. We have some bigger tournaments. We have our SheBelieves Cup, which Germany, England and France come in. It is a very competitive tournament, and will be a good measure for us. What’s important for us this year is getting our younger players experience against those top teams. That will help us down the line. 

What do you hope your legacy will be as a coach, whenever your coaching career finishes?
I hope the players would feel that they have a coach committed to their performance and development, and that they enjoyed their experiences. Part of who I am is connection with players and with my staff. Making an environment where people want to be a part of it, that’s a nice legacy to leave. If we can win some medals along the way, that would be pretty special too. When you look back on your career, I don’t think of medals. I think of people that crossed my path that I have learned from or shared a laugh with or even tears with. Those are the memories I’ll take away.

collectionfifatips – Loading Screen Art Contest

Community artists can see their creations inside Blade & Soul!

We’re announcing the first ever Loading Screen Art Contest for the Western playerbase, and we’re calling all artists for a chance to win the ultimate prize: for use inside the Blade & Soul game!

Rules

See the full terms and conditions of the Loading Screen Contest to see if you qualify.

Design

You can illustrate something new, ‘shop a screenshot, or express your art some other way—sky’s the limit! The submission must be digital artwork, follow the theme of Blade & Soul, and must be your own original work; any designs that violate copyright or someone else’s intellectual property will be disqualified. Below are a few of the loading screens that can be found in game.

  • All entries must be digital artwork and in .jpg format, 2048×1200 and 72ppi resolution.
  • We require that there is no text on the image; this includes signatures and watermarks. We will be crediting the user with an appropriate layer to match the image.
  • All entries must be appropriate for your region’s rating.

There will be a black fade layer on top of the loading screen at the bottom of the image approximately 300px tall, please make sure there are no important parts of your art in this area. You don’t have to include this fade in your image, it will be applied on the loading screen as an overlay. You can download the overlay here to see how it will look on your art.

Prizes

One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • Art showcased in the Blade & Soul game as a loading screen
  • $100 USD worth of Hongmoon Coin (8000 Hongmoon Coin)
  • Exclusive Community Events Costume: Kindred Soul

Ten (10) Finalists will receive:

  • Art showcased in the Blade & Soul game as a loading screen
  • $50 USD worth of Hongmoon Coin (4000 Hongmoon Coin)
  • Exclusive Community Events Costume: Kindred Soul
Kindred Soul

The Grand Prize Winner and ten Finalist’s submissions will be showcased as loading screens within various areas of Blade & Soul that do not have a fixed loading screen tied to the area (ex: the Poharan loading screen appears when entering Blackram Supply Chain). The winning loading screen images will not be a permanent addition and will be removed at a undetermined time in the future, or when the next loading screen art contest is held and new images are created to take their place.

Judging

The Blade & Soul team will select the Grand Prize Winner and Finalists, and they’ll be announced on February 27.

Judging will be focused on creativity, overall aesthetic of the image, and ability to follow the Blade & Soul theme and style.

Submissions

All entries are to be submitted by February 6 at 11:59pm PST, and should include the following:

  • Real first and last name
  • Chosen display name (will be displayed on the loading screen)
  • Region (NA or EU)
  • NC Account Email (or email that will be used to create a Blade & Soul account)
  • Maximum of 1 image entry allowed per person
  • A short description for the entry, 150 words or less
  • File formats must be .jpg, 2048×1200 and 72ppi resolution
  • Statement: “This email is submitted as an entry in the Blade & Soul Loading Screen Art Contest.”

Entries that don’t meet these requirements may need to be disqualified.

 

 

Please read the full terms and conditions of the contest before entering.

Anniversary Update Patch Notes on collectionfifatips

The Anniversary Update arrives January 18!

Anniversary Update

Come celebrate Blade & Soul’s birthday from January 18 until February 8 with the 1st Anniversary Festival! Earn special event coins to spend on rare and powerful rewards—including the ultimate Hongmoon Sparkling Hexagonal Diamond. In addition, we’re celebrating by giving YOU a present! Claim your 1st Anniversary Festival Gift from the Hongmoon Store (limit 1 per account) for exclusive goodies—including the Costume Design Contest Winner—and a unique achievement and title. Also for the duration of the Anniversary Festival the Blessing of Wisdom buff is returning, and the Heroic Confidence buff will be temporarily upgraded to Extra Confidence.

But that’s not all! We have some permanent updates to the overall game itself: weapon skins are seeing a nice quality of life change, increased drop rates on some sought-after items, and we’ve also reworked the pet appearance system to make it more customizable.

 

Thank you to everyone that has been with us for this first year, and we’re looking forward to many more with you. Happy 1st Anniversary!

 

Anniversary Update 2.10 Patch Notes

1st Anniversary Festival

  • The 1st Anniversary Festival event is now available from January 18 through February 8.
    • Visit Jadestone Village at the Viridian Coast and Zaiwei in Silverfrost Mountains to check out the anniversary decorations and join the festivities.
    • Complete the “One Year, Countless Adventures” daily quest every day to earn 1st Anniversary Coins and a 1st Anniversary Pouch.
    • 1st Anniversary Coins are also available from the Daily Dash, completing the Daily Challenge, Silverfrost Heroic Dungeon Daily Quests, and certain bundles on the Hongmoon Store.
    • Exchange 1st Anniversary Coins through the Event Items tab of Dragon Express to earn rewards including but not limited to:
      • Hongmoon Sparkling Hexagonal Diamond
      • Forging Orb
      • Sacred Oil
      • Silken Splendor costume
      • Taikhan’s Skin
      • Flower of Lament
      • Legendary Gem Hammer
    • For a limited time, you will also be able to transmute a Hongmoon Brilliant Heptagonal Diamond using the following items:
      • 1 Hongmoon Sparkling Hexagonal Diamond
      • 240 1st Anniversary Coin
      • 10 Gold
  • From January 18 through February 8 the 1st Anniversary Festival Gift will be available for free (limit 1 per account) from the Hongmoon Store.  It contains:
    • 1st Anniversary Hat
    • 1st Anniversary Glasses
    • 1st Anniversary Cupcake
      • Consume the 1st Anniversary Cupcake to receive an exclusive achievement and title!
    • Anniversary Fireworks
    • Wonderland outfit
    • Butterfly Mask adornment
    • Alice Ribbon adornment
    • Hongmoon Unsealing Charm (x10)
    • Hongmoon Key (x10)
  • The Blessing of Wisdom has returned and will be available from January 18 through February 8.  It provides the following buffs:
    • Increases Combat XP by 50%
    • Increases Daily Quest XP by 50%
    • Increases Guild Points earned by Crafting and Gathering by 100%
  • From January 18 through February 8, the Confidence buff will be replaced with an Extra Confidence buff which lowers damage received and increases damage dealt in 6-member Silverfrost Heroic dungeons.

General

  • A new Daily Dash is available from January 18 through February 8.
  • Midnight Skypetal Plains now features Frenzy Time which provides additional rewards at certain times:
    • Each weekend from Friday 6 AM until Monday 6 AM server time, players will receive twice the amount of reward chests from each Stage of Enraged Sacred Longgui.
  • Weapon skins are now returned when removing or replacing a weapon glamor.
    • Master Founder’s Pack redeemers will receive a new Heavy Metal Weapon Box within a week of the Anniversary patch.
  • Character Server Transfers will be made available from the Blade & Soul website in the month of January.
  • Fixed an issue where Character Profiles did not display correctly when the character had an elemental accessory equipped.
  • Fixed an issue where mouseover tooltips for Soul Shields were not displaying correctly on Character Profiles.
  • Pets and Soul Badges can now be viewed in Character Profile.
  • New window size options have been added to B&S TV, including an audio only mode.
  • Dungeon Overviews can now be posted to chat and feature clickable item tooltips.

Classes

Assassin

  • Poison Breath / Choke Bomb / Plague Mist (4)
    • Poison is now refreshed upon successfully hitting an enemy with 5 Poison Stacks with Poison Breath (Tier 3 Stage 1), Choke Bomb, or Plague Mist.
    • Fixed an issue where a Poison stack was not being applied in certain situations when using Poison Breath (Tier 3 Stage 1), Choke Bomb, or Plague Mist.

Blade Dancer

  • Lightning Flash (F)
    • Lightning Flash (Stage 2) has had its attack speed increased.
  • Reversal (Tab)
    • Fixed an issue where the incorrect tooltip would be displayed for 2 seconds after the knockback effect was applied by Reversal (Stage 2).
  • Multislash (2)
    • Multislash (Tier 2 Stage 2) now deals increased Wind damage with Wind Focus training.
    • Multislash (Tier 2 Stage 2) now reduces the cooldown of Whirling Scourge by 2 seconds for each hit with Wind Focus training.
  • Lightning Draw (C)
    • Lightning Draw (Tier 5 Stage 1) now deals additional area of effect damage.
    • Lightning Draw (Tier 5 Stage 2) now deals additional damage to enemies affected by Grab or Phantom Grip.
  • Storm Cleave (V)
    • Storm Cleave (Tier 2 Stage 3) now grants additional Lightning Damage for 4 hits with Electric Focus training.

Blade Master

  • Dragontongue (RMB)
    • Dragontongue now deals reduced damage.
    • Dragontongue now deals increased Flame damage upon critical hit.
  • Second Wind (Tab)
    • Fixed an issue where targets would sometimes have certain statuses cleared when hit with Second Wind Stage 1 or Stage 2.
  • Lightning Draw (4)
    • Lightning Draw (Tier 5 Stage 2) now recovers 2 Focus on every critical hit.

Summoner

  • Line of Sight
    • Fixed an issue where Summoners were sometimes not able to use True Friend (Tier 3 Stage 1) (X), Evade (SS), or Retreat (F) when their familiar was not in line of sight.
  • Farewell (F)
    • Fixed an issue where the resurrection effect would fail in rare circumstances.
  • Entangle (RMB)
    • Entangle has had its cast speed increased.
    • Entangle now has to successfully cancel an enemy’s defense skill to apply Knock Down for 3 seconds.
  • True Friend (X)
    • Fixed an issue where the resistance effect would not be applied to the Summoner in rare circumstances.
  • Beckon (E)
    • Fixed an issue where the resistance effect would not be applied to the Summoner in rare circumstances.

Pets

  • Pets have been re-designed into two separate items–the Pet Aura and the Pet.
    • Pet Auras retain the attribute bonuses and can be upgraded in the same fashion as before.
    • Pets can now be applied to, replaced on, or removed from Pet Auras to change their visual appearance.
      • If desired, Pets can also be equipped directly to provide 2950 HP.
      • Pets can be converted to Sealed Pet Enhancement Stones via Transmutation.
  • Existing Heroic and Legendary pets can be salvaged to receive the Pet Aura and the Pet items.
  • Ultimate Pet Aura can now be transmuted to Unleashed Pet Aura.
  • A Heroic Pet Aura can be purchased from the General Goods tab of Dragon Express for 10 Gold and 3 Pet Enhancement Stones.
  • The chance of transmuting an Ultimate Pet Aura from a Loyal, Gusty, or Furious Legendary Pet Aura has been increased.

Items

  • Increased the drop rate of Legendary Accessories from 4-member and 6-member Desolate Tomb, Ebondrake Citadel, and Naryu Foundry.
    • Draken Necklace, Draken Ring, and Draken Belt can now be purchased from Dragon Express for tokens acquired from their corresponding dungeons.  4-member dungeons provide more tokens than 6-member.
  • Increased the drop rate of Taikhan’s Skin from 4-member and 6-member The Shattered Masts.
  • Increased the drop rate of Forging Orb from 4-member and 6-member Naryu Foundry.
  • Increased the drop rate of Petal of Lament from 4-member and 6-member Sogun’s Lament, Cold Storage, and Heaven’s Mandate.
  • Increased the drop rate of Naryu Tablet from Heroic Silverfrost dungeons.
  • Increased the drop rate and quantity of Silverfrost Refining Stone from Expert and Heroic Silverfrost dungeons.
  • Sacred Longgui Key is now available from the Premium Membership tab of Dragon Express.
  • Forging Orbs can now be purchased from the Daily Challenge tab of Dragon Express.
  • Antidotes, Mass Revival Charms, and Escape Charms have all been consolidated into a single item each instead of having different items for each region.
    • You can exchange your existing items through the Antiques window.
    • Crafting Guilds, Recipes, NPCs, and Achievements have been updated to reflect this change.

PvP

  • Duel Match Battle Frenzy has been added which increases Zen Bean acquisition by 25% from 6:00 AM until 6:00 AM the following day on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
  • Tag Match Battle Frenzy has been added which will increase Zen Bean acquisition by 25% from 6:00 AM until 6;00 AM the following day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • Beluga Lagoon and Whirlwind Valley Frenzy Time now grants 75% additional Battle Point and XP, up from 50%.
  • 1v1 Duel Match Season 1 has begun and will run from January 18 through March 1.
  • Beluga Lagoon Season 1 has begun and will run from January 18 through March 1

Localization

  • Fixed and updated a large amount of text, voiceover, and cutscene localization in English, German, and French.