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Group Stage winners and Playoff schedule for BBD 2024

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Group Stage for the million-dollar Dota 2 tournament BetBoom Dacha recently concluded. After the end of the Dota 2 pro circuit by Valve in 2023, BBD emerged as one of the biggest Dota 2 esports tournaments among others.

Out of the 12 participating teams, fans now have their top eight. These teams will be moving forward to the Upper Bracket Quarterfinals in the Playoffs running from February 11 to February 16.

LGD Gaming from Group A and Xtreme Gaming from Group B were the best-performing teams from their respective groups. On the other hand, Aurora, Virtus. pro, nouns and OG will now return home as 9th to 12 place on the leaderboard with $20,000 each.

Group A qualifiers

LGD Gaming
Team Liquid
Gaimin Gladiators
Team Falcons

Group B qualifiers

Xtreme Gaming
Team Spirit
Azure Ray
BetBoom Team

Playoffs

The aforementioned teams have now secured their spot in the Playoffs. All teams will start from the Upper Bracket Quarterfinals. Four winners of the Upper Bracket Quarterfinals will move to the Upper Bracket Semifinals, while the losers will land in the Lower Bracket knockout round.

Out of the four losers, only two will move to the Lower Bracket Quarterfinals. From there matches will be in the Double-elimination bracket with one team from the lower bracket and upper bracket each reaching the grand finals.

Upper Bracket Quarterfinals Schedule

LGD Gaming Vs BetBoom Team
Team Spirit Vs Gaimin Gladiators
Xtreme Gaming Vs Team Falcons
Team Liquid Vs Azure Ray

All matches for the Upper Bracket Quarterfinals will take place on February 11. Matches in the upper brackets and the lower brackets during the playoffs will be played as best-of-three. The grand finals however will be played as best-of-five with the winner of BBD 2024 taking home $400,000.

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Jay Shah shuts critics by his take on Virat Kohli’s leaves against England

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Jay Shah has spoken about the leaves taken by Virat Kohli during the Test series against England. The secretary of the Indian Cricket Board was in an interview where he was asked about the reason behind the star cricketer opting out of the series against England. Jay backed Virat for his decision to opt out of the series against England. 

Jay felt that a person who represented India for 15 years straight without taking much rest deserves to get rest when he wishes to. He added that Virat is one such cricketer who does not ask for leave without any major reason. The secretary of the Indian Cricket Board felt that the players needed backing from the fans and the board. 

“If a person, for the first time in a 15-year career, asks for personal leave, it’s his right. Virat is not a player who will ask for leave for no reason. We need to trust our player and back him,” said the secretary of the Indian Cricket Board in his statement. India recently announced its squad for the last three Test against England. It did not feature Virat, which received mixed reactions from the fans.  

India will lift the 2024 T20 World Cup under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy’ – Jay Shah

When asked if Kohli would be ready to play the fifth Test at Dharamshala, Jay claimed that they would talk about it with Virat soon. “We will talk about it with him [soon],” added Shah in his statement. Jay was further asked about India’s campaign in the T20 WC 2024. He was confident of India winning the tournament under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma.  

“I am confident that India will lift the 2024 T20 World Cup under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy in Barbados,” Jay claimed. It raised the eyebrows of the fans who are of the opinion that the star batter might lead India in the major tournament. Sharma has been the Indian captain in the last two years or so. He led India in the major tournaments like the WTC 2nd cycle, the T20 WC 2022, and the ODI WC 2023. 

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Henry Cavill talks about his involvement in Warhammer 40k franchise

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Henry Cavill, for most people, is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. However, gamers also see him as one of their own. It is no secret that the former Superman/Witcher is a huge fanboy for video games.

In a recent interview with Josh Horowitz, Cavill talked about being a part of the upcoming Warhammer 40k show. The actor is a huge fan of the Warhammer franchise and can basically talk about it all day. Cavill also reportedly spent his early COVID-19 pandemic days making mini Warhammer figurines.

“It is the greatest privilege of my professional career to have this opportunity. I can’t say too much, but to have this opportunity to bring it to the screen and be at the tiller so it can be faithful, is key to me,” Cavill said responding to the question.

A certified gamer

Back in 2020, Cavill posted a video of building his own PC. He has also reminded everyone time and time again of his gaming hobbies. He was also excited to be a part of the Witcher show, however he left the series after Season 3.

This was due to the producers and the actors having a different vision for the series. Cavill wanted to stay faithful to the source material, but the show had other plans. Now, he is involved with the Warhammer Cinematic Universe.

In his announcement video from December 2022, Cavill revealed that they are working with Amazon and Natalie Viscuso. The series is currently in the making and the actor has promised people something unique.

To all of you Warhammer fans out there, I promise to respect this IP that we love. I promise to bring you something familiar. And I endeavour to bring you something fantastic that is, as of yet, unseen,” he said.

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Ritika Sajdeh outrightly calls out Mark Boucher on his statement regarding Rohit Sharma’s MI captaincy change

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Ritika Sajdeh has reacted to Mark Boucher’s statement on MI’s decision to change their captain for the IPL 2024. Rohit Sharma’s wife took to Instagram and posted a comment on the post mentioning Boucher’s opinion on MI’s transition phase. The former SA player claimed the move of MI to change the captain was a purely cricketing decision. 

In his statement, the former WK batter of South Africa added that MI got their former player back through the trade window and felt that it was a transition phase. “I think it was purely a cricketing decision. We saw the window period to get Hardik back as a player. For me it’s a transition phase,” said Boucher. He further added that people in India often get emotional. 

Boucher claimed that the fans did not understand the transition phase and felt that there must be a view without emotions being involved. “A lot of people don’t understand in India, people get quite emotional. But you know you take the emotions away from it,” Boucher added. The former SA batter added that it would bring the best out of Rohit as a batter. 

Ritika Sajdeh’s comments on Mark Boucher’s statement

Boucher felt that Rohit getting rid of captaincy would enable him to go and express himself in the middle as a pure batter. The statement of the former SA cricketer did not seem to go with the wife of Rohit. She took to Instagram and wrote “So many things wrong with this.” The comment of Ritika has now gone viral on the internet as the fans are divided over her opinion. MI got Hardik Pandya via trade for INR 15 crores. 

In turn, they named him the captain of the side for the IPL 2024, a decision that has not gone well with the fans of Rohit. There was a decrease in the number of followers of MI on social media platforms. For the first time since 2013, MI will be led by a skipper other than Sharma for an entire season. MI would be hoping to win their 6th IPL title. 

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