Ranking how committed every NFL team is to its starting quarterback, from 1-32

The Rams are committed to Jared Goff. Are the Eagles really tied to Carson Wentz long term?
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CFDA, Paper Team Up to Support 2020 Fashion School Grads

The CFDA and Paper have partnered to provide 2020 fashion school graduates a platform to increase their exposure and offer industry mentorship.
Together they chose five schools to highlight: Parsons School of Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, Savannah College of Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design and the Academy of Arts University. Each university’s fashion directors nominated their top students and Paper selected one from each school to pair with an established CFDA designer. Participating designers are Christopher John Rogers, Brandon Maxwell, Piotrek Panszczyk, Beckett Fogg of Area, Stacey Bendet of Alice + Olivia and Jonathan Cohen.
The featured students are Samantha D’Iorio of Parsons, Justin Chi of FIT, Max Condon of SCAD, Kyra Buenviaje of RISD and Kenneth Brody McCasland of AAU.

Images from RISD graduate Kyra Buenviaje’s ’20 senior thesis collection. 

Each graduate will be profiled on papermag.com and cfda.com today, accompanied by images of their work and a highlight reel of their virtual meeting with their design partner.
“Paper has always been dedicated to introducing and empowering the newest names in talent, and fashion is no exception,” said Justin Moran, digital director of Paper. “Under quarantine, fashion students are unable to show their final presentations, so we felt it was

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MJ in ’11: No Dream Team for me if Isiah picked

In an old interview that was recently aired on a podcast, Michael Jordan is heard saying that he told Rod Thorn, who was on the USA Basketball selection committee for the Dream Team, that “I won’t play if Isiah Thomas is on the team.”
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Michael Jordan on tape saying he wouldn’t play on Dream Team with Isiah Thomas

For years, Jordan has denied any involvement in Thomas not making the Dream Team.

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Inside the Miracle on Ice: How Team USA defied the numbers 40 years ago

Team USA was outpossessed, outshot and overmatched. So how did Herb Brooks’ team pull off the miracle 40 years ago? We go inside the numbers and strategy of the upset.
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Lowe’s five NBA things: The end of Jordan’s Bulls, a mystery team and a player in the MVP conversation

This week we spotlight the end of the Michael Jordan-era Bulls and the panic in trying to stop Damian Lillard.
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The Wailers team up with Bob Marley’s family and Shaggy for new single

The Wailers have collaborated with the late Bob Marley’s daughter and grandson, as well as Jamaican star Shaggy, for their latest single.
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Rhude and Clot Team on Double Happiness Collaboration

Los Angeles-based label Rhude and streetwear and lifestyle brand Clot have teamed up on a collaboration launching May 29 at Juice, Clot’s fashion and lifestyle store.
The capsule, titled “Double Happiness,” merges Rhude’s California sensibility with Clot’s streetwear ethos. The eight-piece collection, ranging in price from $ 166 to $ 708, is composed of short- and long-sleeve T-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants, a tracksuit and a hat featuring dual branding and designs like crosses, checker patterns and dragons with phrases like “Malibu, Hong Kong,” “seven blows of dragon” and the collection title.
Founded by Edison Chen and Kevin Poon in 2003, Clot has collaborated with companies such as Nike Inc., Jordan, Visvim, Fragment Design, Stüssy, Medicom Toy, and The Coca-Cola Co., among others. The founders also operate Juice stores in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Chengdu, L.A. and the brand’s home city, Hong Kong.
Rhude founder Rhuigi Villaseñor is also expanding his list of collaborators that includes Puma and Thierry Lasry. The brand participated in Nordstrom and Union’s Concept 005: Union & Company pop-up with Jordan, Fear of God, Marni, Reigning Champ, No Vacancy Inn and Cactus Plant Flea Market, among others.
“I love China. This collaboration was so important to me, to represent unity between both cultures and spread

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Megan Thee Stallion, Rihanna Team Up for New Savage x Fenty Lingerie Campaign

Megan Thee Stallion is taking her hit song “Savage” to the next level as the new brand partner for Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie brand.
The musician appears in the company’s latest campaign, #SavageXTheeStallion, which is part of the brand’s community-led summer campaign initiative where brand partners, ambassadors and influencers create self-produced photoshoots from their homes. The brand is teaming with mixed media artist Rafatoon to put together the campaigns.
Stallion appears in the campaign modeling pieces such as the brand’s Helenca Lace Push-Up Bra and Thong, the T-Shirt Bra and Booty Short and the Balconette Bra and Side Tie Undie.

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“Meg is the energy we were looking for,” Rihanna said in a statement. “She is a risk taker with an attitude, character and personality.”
The musician’s appointment as Savage x Fenty brand partner comes after Stallion helped launched the brand’s TikTok account in April with the #SavageChallenge, where she’s seen modelling the brand’s lingerie while dancing along to her hit song. The challenge has since gone viral on the social media platform, with the hashtag recording nearly 800 million views.
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The all-time starting five for every NBA Western Conference team

Steph and Wilt? Kobe and Magic? Harden and Hakeem? We imagine what every team’s best all-time lineup would look like.
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Source: Giants tell Baker to avoid team meetings

The Giants have told cornerback DeAndre Baker to stay away from team meetings and focus on his legal issues at this time, a source familiar with the team’s thinking told ESPN.
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Facebook buys GIF-maker Giphy to add to Instagram team

Giphy will join Instagram’s team and its library will be integrated into Facebook’s platforms
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Eres, Bonpoint Team Up for Mother, Daughter Swimwear

BEACH LIBERTY: Eres and Bonpoint have teamed up on a collection of swimwear for mothers and daughters, bringing a modern breed of French, bourgeois elegance to the beach — or poolside retreat.
The collection, which drops Monday, includes one- and two-piece bathing suits made with the signature Eres fabric in solids — coral pink and sky blue — and accessories in Liberty fabrics, including a light pareo and a canvas tote bag. Prices range from $ 60 to $ 300.
“It’s an alliance of houses to make our clients dream,” said Marie-Paule Michelli, creative director of Eres. 
Also, Michelli and Bonpoint artistic director Anne-Valerie Hash have known each other over the years; their families even vacationed in the same, Corsican seaside town. 
It is the first time Eres has ventured into the children’s realm and Michelli said she learned about the intricacies of the territory.  
“We learned a good deal of rules that don’t exist in ready-to-wear — norms for children’s wear — it’s very meticulous,” she said, using a French expression that refers to work by an ant. 
“The norms are pretty strict — that’s why there aren’t so many fashion players that operate in children’s wear,” Hash chimed in. She ticked off some examples: ribbons need to be kept short,

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Eres, Bonpoint Team Up for Mother, Daughter Swimwear

BEACH LIBERTY: Eres and Bonpoint have teamed up on a collection of swimwear for mothers and daughters, bringing a modern breed of French, bourgeois elegance to the beach — or poolside retreat.
The collection, which drops Monday, includes one- and two-piece bathing suits made with the signature Eres fabric in solids — coral pink and sky blue — and accessories in Liberty fabrics, including a light pareo and a canvas tote bag. Prices range from $ 60 to $ 300.
“It’s an alliance of houses to make our clients dream,” said Marie-Paule Michelli, creative director of Eres. 
Also, Michelli and Bonpoint artistic director Anne-Valerie Hash have known each other over the years; their families even vacationed in the same, Corsican seaside town. 
It is the first time Eres has ventured into the children’s realm and Michelli said she learned about the intricacies of the territory.  
“We learned a good deal of rules that don’t exist in ready-to-wear — norms for children’s wear — it’s very meticulous,” she said, using a French expression that refers to work by an ant. 
“The norms are pretty strict — that’s why there aren’t so many fashion players that operate in children’s wear,” Hash chimed in. She ticked off some examples: ribbons need to be kept short,

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Eres, Bonpoint Team Up for Mother, Daughter Swimwear

BEACH LIBERTY: Eres and Bonpoint have teamed up on a collection of swimwear for mothers and daughters, bringing a modern breed of French, bourgeois elegance to the beach — or poolside retreat.
The collection, which drops Monday, includes one- and two-piece bathing suits made with the signature Eres fabric in solids — coral pink and sky blue — and accessories in Liberty fabrics, including a light pareo and a canvas tote bag. Prices range from $ 60 to $ 300.
“It’s an alliance of houses to make our clients dream,” said Marie-Paule Michelli, creative director of Eres. 
Also, Michelli and Bonpoint artistic director Anne-Valerie Hash have known each other over the years; their families even vacationed in the same, Corsican seaside town. 
It is the first time Eres has ventured into the children’s realm and Michelli said she learned about the intricacies of the territory.  
“We learned a good deal of rules that don’t exist in ready-to-wear — norms for children’s wear — it’s very meticulous,” she said, using a French expression that refers to work by an ant. 
“The norms are pretty strict — that’s why there aren’t so many fashion players that operate in children’s wear,” Hash chimed in. She ticked off some examples: ribbons need to be kept short,

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LeBron James and Travis Scott Team on Class of 2020 T-shirt

The graduating classes of 2020 are getting a special treat from LeBron James and Travis Scott.
James’ Uninterrupted platform and Scott’s Cactus Jack label have collaborated on a 2020 Graduation T-shirt, designed by Scott. The shirt bears both Uninterrupted and Cactus Jack logos and the handwritten phrase “We’re all in this together.”
The collab is available for 72 hours, which started today at 3 p.m. ET and runs through Monday at 3 p.m. ET with 100 percent of proceeds going to LeBron James Family Foundation and Feeding Texas to support James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio and Scott’s home Houston.
James is also producing a prime time special to celebrate the high school graduating class of 2020 that will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and streaming platforms on Saturday. Special guests will include Kevin Hart, Zendaya, Megan Rapinoe, Lena Waithe, H.E.R. and President Obama.
The NBA superstar had been spending his quarantine with his family, doing Tiktok videos, sharing his sneaker collection and watching ESPN and Netflix doc “The Last Dance” with the rest of the world, while Scott held an “Astronomical” concert on Fortnite that drew 27.7 million unique participants, dropped an apparel collection with the game, and new song “The Scotts” with

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LeBron James and Travis Scott Team on Class of 2020 T-shirt

The graduating classes of 2020 are getting a special treat from LeBron James and Travis Scott.
James’ Uninterrupted platform and Scott’s Cactus Jack label have collaborated on a 2020 Graduation T-shirt, designed by Scott. The shirt bears both Uninterrupted and Cactus Jack logos and the handwritten phrase “We’re all in this together.”
The collab is available for 72 hours, which started today at 3 p.m. ET and runs through Monday at 3 p.m. ET with 100 percent of proceeds going to LeBron James Family Foundation and Feeding Texas to support James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio and Scott’s home Houston.
James is also producing a prime time special to celebrate the high school graduating class of 2020 that will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and streaming platforms on Saturday. Special guests will include Kevin Hart, Zendaya, Megan Rapinoe, Lena Waithe, H.E.R. and President Obama.
The NBA superstar had been spending his quarantine with his family, doing Tiktok videos, sharing his sneaker collection and watching ESPN and Netflix doc “The Last Dance” with the rest of the world, while Scott held an “Astronomical” concert on Fortnite that drew 27.7 million unique participants, dropped an apparel collection with the game, and new song “The Scotts” with

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LeBron James and Travis Scott Team on Class of 2020 T-shirt

The graduating classes of 2020 are getting a special treat from LeBron James and Travis Scott.
James’ Uninterrupted platform and Scott’s Cactus Jack label have collaborated on a 2020 Graduation T-shirt, designed by Scott. The shirt bears both Uninterrupted and Cactus Jack logos and the handwritten phrase “We’re all in this together.”
The collab is available for 72 hours, which started today at 3 p.m. ET and runs through Monday at 3 p.m. ET with 100 percent of proceeds going to LeBron James Family Foundation and Feeding Texas to support James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio and Scott’s home Houston.
James is also producing a prime time special to celebrate the high school graduating class of 2020 that will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and streaming platforms on Saturday. Special guests will include Kevin Hart, Zendaya, Megan Rapinoe, Lena Waithe, H.E.R. and President Obama.
The NBA superstar had been spending his quarantine with his family, doing Tiktok videos, sharing his sneaker collection and watching ESPN and Netflix doc “The Last Dance” with the rest of the world, while Scott held an “Astronomical” concert on Fortnite that drew 27.7 million unique participants, dropped an apparel collection with the game, and new song “The Scotts” with

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LeBron James and Travis Scott Team on Class of 2020 T-shirt

The graduating classes of 2020 are getting a special treat from LeBron James and Travis Scott.
James’ Uninterrupted platform and Scott’s Cactus Jack label have collaborated on a 2020 Graduation T-shirt, designed by Scott. The shirt bears both Uninterrupted and Cactus Jack logos and the handwritten phrase “We’re all in this together.”
The collab is available for 72 hours, which started today at 3 p.m. ET and runs through Monday at 3 p.m. ET with 100 percent of proceeds going to LeBron James Family Foundation and Feeding Texas to support James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio and Scott’s home Houston.
James is also producing a prime time special to celebrate the high school graduating class of 2020 that will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and streaming platforms on Saturday. Special guests will include Kevin Hart, Zendaya, Megan Rapinoe, Lena Waithe, H.E.R. and President Obama.
The NBA superstar had been spending his quarantine with his family, doing Tiktok videos, sharing his sneaker collection and watching ESPN and Netflix doc “The Last Dance” with the rest of the world, while Scott held an “Astronomical” concert on Fortnite that drew 27.7 million unique participants, dropped an apparel collection with the game, and new song “The Scotts” with

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LeBron James and Travis Scott Team on Class of 2020 T-shirt

The graduating classes of 2020 are getting a special treat from LeBron James and Travis Scott.
James’ Uninterrupted platform and Scott’s Cactus Jack label have collaborated on a 2020 Graduation T-shirt, designed by Scott. The shirt bears both Uninterrupted and Cactus Jack logos and the handwritten phrase “We’re all in this together.”
The collab is available for 72 hours, which started today at 3 p.m. ET and runs through Monday at 3 p.m. ET with 100 percent of proceeds going to LeBron James Family Foundation and Feeding Texas to support James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio and Scott’s home Houston.
James is also producing a prime time special to celebrate the high school graduating class of 2020 that will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and streaming platforms on Saturday. Special guests will include Kevin Hart, Zendaya, Megan Rapinoe, Lena Waithe, H.E.R. and President Obama.
The NBA superstar had been spending his quarantine with his family, doing Tiktok videos, sharing his sneaker collection and watching ESPN and Netflix doc “The Last Dance” with the rest of the world, while Scott held an “Astronomical” concert on Fortnite that drew 27.7 million unique participants, dropped an apparel collection with the game, and new song “The Scotts” with

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LeBron James and Travis Scott Team on Class of 2020 T-shirt

The graduating classes of 2020 are getting a special treat from LeBron James and Travis Scott.
James’ Uninterrupted platform and Scott’s Cactus Jack label have collaborated on a 2020 Graduation T-shirt, designed by Scott. The shirt bears both Uninterrupted and Cactus Jack logos and the handwritten phrase “We’re all in this together.”
The collab is available for 72 hours, which started today at 3 p.m. ET and runs through Monday at 3 p.m. ET with 100 percent of proceeds going to LeBron James Family Foundation and Feeding Texas to support James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio and Scott’s home Houston.
James is also producing a prime time special to celebrate the high school graduating class of 2020 that will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and streaming platforms on Saturday. Special guests will include Kevin Hart, Zendaya, Megan Rapinoe, Lena Waithe, H.E.R. and President Obama.
The NBA superstar had been spending his quarantine with his family, doing Tiktok videos, sharing his sneaker collection and watching ESPN and Netflix doc “The Last Dance” with the rest of the world, while Scott held an “Astronomical” concert on Fortnite that drew 27.7 million unique participants, dropped an apparel collection with the game, and new song “The Scotts” with

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LeBron James and Travis Scott Team on Class of 2020 T-shirt

The graduating classes of 2020 are getting a special treat from LeBron James and Travis Scott.
James’ Uninterrupted platform and Scott’s Cactus Jack label have collaborated on a 2020 Graduation T-shirt, designed by Scott. The shirt bears both Uninterrupted and Cactus Jack logos and the handwritten phrase “We’re all in this together.”
The collab is available for 72 hours, which started today at 3 p.m. ET and runs through Monday at 3 p.m. ET with 100 percent of proceeds going to LeBron James Family Foundation and Feeding Texas to support James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio and Scott’s home Houston.
James is also producing a prime time special to celebrate the high school graduating class of 2020 that will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and streaming platforms on Saturday. Special guests will include Kevin Hart, Zendaya, Megan Rapinoe, Lena Waithe, H.E.R. and President Obama.
The NBA superstar had been spending his quarantine with his family, doing Tiktok videos, sharing his sneaker collection and watching ESPN and Netflix doc “The Last Dance” with the rest of the world, while Scott held an “Astronomical” concert on Fortnite that drew 27.7 million unique participants, dropped an apparel collection with the game, and new song “The Scotts” with

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Billie Eilish, Takashi Murakami Team Up for Uniqlo Collaboration

Billie Eilish and Takashi Murakami have teamed up for a limited-edition T-shirt collaboration for Uniqlo that will be released later this month.
The UT collection will showcase the artistic perspectives of the two through graphics combining their styles, which were exclusively designed for Uniqlo.
Murakami, founder and president of Kaikai Kiki Co., directed Eilish’s 2019 music video, “You should See Me in a Crown.”
Eilish released her double-platinum debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” in March 2019. The album of the year made its debut at number one on the Billboard 200 in the U.S., as well as 17 countries around the globe. It was the highest-selling debut album of 2019 and the biggest North American debut of the decade.

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The 18-year-old singer and songwriter collaborates on her music with her brother Finneas. She has won five Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, two Guinness World Records, three MTV Video Music Awards and one Brit Award.
A spokeswoman for Uniqlo said details about the collaboration will be released next week.
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Billie Eilish, Takashi Murakami Team Up for Uniqlo Collaboration

Billie Eilish and Takashi Murakami have teamed up for a limited-edition T-shirt collaboration for Uniqlo that will be released later this month.
The UT collection will showcase the artistic perspectives of the two through graphics combining their styles, which were exclusively designed for Uniqlo.
Murakami, founder and president of Kaikai Kiki Co., directed Eilish’s 2019 music video, “You should See Me in a Crown.”
Eilish released her double-platinum debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” in March 2019. The album of the year made its debut at number one on the Billboard 200 in the U.S., as well as 17 countries around the globe. It was the highest-selling debut album of 2019 and the biggest North American debut of the decade.

Billie Eilish 
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The 18-year-old singer and songwriter collaborates on her music with her brother Finneas. She has won five Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, two Guinness World Records, three MTV Video Music Awards and one Brit Award.
A spokeswoman for Uniqlo said details about the collaboration will be released next week.
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David Robinson: Nobody, including Isiah Thomas, should be surprised he was left off Dream Team

"Can you be that surprised when people say ‘I don’t really want to play with the ‘Bad Boys?’"

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Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt Team Up for Superhero Film ‘Ball and Chain’

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt are re-teaming on the superhero movie “Ball and Chain” following their collaboration on “Jungle Cruise.” The project is being shopped among studios, including Netflix, but no distribution deal has closed. “Ball and Chain” is being written by Oscar nominee Emily V. Gordon and is an adaptation of the ’90s comic […]

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NFL lays out protocols to reopen team facilities

The NFL has laid out a set of protocols for the reopening of team facilities and has told teams to have them in place by May 15.
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NFL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus post-draft winners for every team

Ben Roethlisberger and Chandler Jones got some support in the NFL draft, while Alvin Kamara’s importance was cemented even more.
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Vanna White, Bob Mackie Team Up for ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Collection

Viewers of beloved game show “Wheel of Fortune” may have noticed cohost Vanna White is looking particularly glam this week.
The letter spinner has been modeling Bob Mackie archival gowns to help promote a new “Wheel of Fortune” collection by the designer available at shopwheeloffortune.com.
“I have been watching ‘Wheel’ and ‘Jeopardy’ since the Eighties. They are part of American life. Some nights I get all the answers and some nights I think I lost my brain,” Mackie told WWD. “Also, Vanna wore some of my dresses way back when and amazingly she is exactly the same size today.”
During the week, White also wears a new design Mackie custom-made for her, as well as a more casual piece, a $ 99 rainbow wheel pattern kimono from the “Wheel of Fortune” collection, which includes glitter T-shirts, denim jackets, scarves and neckties.
“I have been a huge fan of his my whole life,” said White, who has been on “Wheel” for 38 years. She made headlines at the end of last year after stepping in to host the show for three weeks while Pat Sajak was out for emergency surgery.
With more than 25 million weekly viewers, the Sony Pictures Television show on CBS reaches more people

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Lowe: How Toni Kukoc went from Dream Team nemesis to ’90s Bulls hero

The Bulls’ unsung star shares his thoughts on “The Last Dance,” his famous teammates and his Hall of Fame chances.
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Lowe: How Toni Kukoc went from Dream Team nemesis to ’90s Bulls hero

The Bulls’ unsung star shares his thoughts on “The Last Dance,” his famous teammates and his Hall of Fame chances.
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Brady and Gronk are back together again: What other athletes reunited on a new team?

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are teammates again. But they’re now with the Buccaneers after spending years together on the Patriots. What other athlete duos have teamed back up on a new team?
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NWHL adding first Canadian team, in Toronto

The NWHL is expanding to Canada for the first time, adding a team in Toronto for next season.
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Jackets GM lobbying to get team into playoffs

Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen says he is lobbying the NHL to get his team into the playoffs.
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Source: Nets’ Dinwiddie eyes Team Nigeria spot

Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who was not on the list of Team USA finalists, is trying to obtain a Nigerian passport in an effort to play for the country in the 2021 Olympics, a source told ESPN.
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How Michael Jordan’s Bulls built their last title team

A look back on all the transactions that created the 1997-98 Bulls team that captured its sixth title.
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The Streicher Sisters Team With Cannabis Dispensary Sweet Flower for 4/20

The Streicher sisters, owners of Beverly Hills beauty salon Striiike — Jenn, Kristie and Ashley — have partnered with Sweet Flower, the Los Angeles-based cannabis dispensary, to offer a curated menu of goods in honor of April 20, the national holiday for marijuana enthusiasts.
The launch aims to provide relief for the anxiety the public may be experiencing during these uncertain times as the world confronts the coronavirus pandemic, said Kiana Anvaripour, chief marketing officer of Sweet Flower.
“As we navigate the difficult times that we are faced with today, we wanted to create something light and fun…and allow them to honor the 4/20 holiday safely within their own homes,” Anvaripour continued.
And the California public is free to do so since 2016, when Proposition 64 was passed and legalized recreational use of marijuana for adults aged 21 years or older.
“Until we can get back in the salon, we really wanted to help bring our clients peace of mind during this time,” shared makeup artist Jenn Streicher, who counts Emily Blunt, Mandy Moore and Greta Gerwig as clients. “The menu we created with Sweet Flower has some of our favorite products that we’ve using to sleep a little easier, keep us calm during

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U.S.-based women’s league plots Canadian team

The United States-based National Women’s Hockey League is planning to expand with a team in the Toronto area and increase the league’s number of franchises to six, a source told the Associated Press.
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NHL Prospect of the Year: How Toronto’s Robertson surpassed expectations, plus our All-Prospect team

Nicholas Robertson, a 5-foot-9 Maple Leafs prospect, earned top honors. Who else was in the running, and what is our All-Prospect roster for 2019-20?
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Ex-WNBA player to coach men’s juco hoops team

Former WNBA player Tamara Moore, recently hired to coach the men’s basketball team at Mesabi Range College in Virginia, Minnesota, hopes to prove that a woman is equally capable of coaching a men’s squad.
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Report: CBS sacks Dan Fouts from No. 2 NFL broadcast team

Dan Fouts is out at CBS.

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The companies plan to add contact tracing to their operating systems so no extra apps are needed.
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Schelling 1st woman GM of top men’s pro team

Florence Schelling has been named the general manager of SC Bern of the National League in Switzerland. At just 31, she is the first female GM in top-level men’s professional hockey.
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Cardi B & Fashion Nova Team Up to Raise $1 Million

The "I Like It" rapper partners with the fashion brand to donate $ 1,000 an hour to those affected by COVID-19 for the next 42 days. Details here!
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Australia orders Team USA stadium game refunds

Around AU$ 5 million will be refunded to spectators of last year’s Boomers vs. Team USA two-game series at Marvel Stadium, after the consumer watchdog found promoter TEG Live had made false claims about its seating plan.
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The Hearthstone Team Gave Us Five Decks to Try on Day One of Ashes of Outland

The Year of the Phoenix is about to begin on April 7 in NA (April 8 in ANZ) in Hearthstone, ushering in a new expansion – Ashes of Outland, and a whole new class – Demon Hunter. The Hearthstone team is giving everyone 30 Demon Hunter cards to get them started, while new and returning players also get to choose a free deck in the class of their choice. Not only that, but card packs will no longer contain duplicates at any rarity – until you have a complete collection for that expansion at that rarity, of course.

It will be a great time to play Hearthstone, in other words, and to help you get up to speed, we asked Senior Game Designer on the Hearthstone team, Chadd Nervig, to give us a handful of decks for people to try on day one. These aren’t meant to be tier 1 decks, but reasonably competitive options to get you started. Let’s run through them.

Demon Hunter – Glaives of Fury

Chadd Nervig, Senior Game Designer: “It focuses on attacking synergies… such as early game plays like Battlefiend and Furious Felfin. Umberwing is also a really strong card, letting you get an attack in on two turns.

“Since this is a pretty aggressive deck, it uses Kayn Sunfury as a finisher a lot of the time, and/or Maiev to get around a big taunt. Glaivebound Adept is just really strong for all-round stats and damage, for both going over taunts and just being a big body. You’d probably think of Imprisoned Antaen as a ‘Big Demon’ card, but it has a pretty significant ability to close out a game with its damage… Metamorphosis is also an ‘over two turns Pyroblast’ so you can close out games.

Skull of Gul’dan is one of our few sources of card draw in this deck. It’s a pretty strong card draw tool, and the Outcast effect of it is pretty reliably castable in this deck… everything is pretty cheap. And because we’re attacking a bunch, [we include] Warglaives of Azzinoth.”

Deck code:

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Demon Hunter – Illidari Souls

Chadd Nervig, Senior Game Designer: “We’ve called this Illidari Souls because the primary token it’s using is Illidari Initiates that are summoned by Coordinated Strike or Command the Illidari. The main theme here is using tokens to generate power when they die, through things like Feast of Souls or Wrathscale Naga. Because we’re going to be summoning a bunch of tokens, we’ve also got Knife Jugglers in there.

“There’s a bunch of recurring themes here like Warglaives of Azzinoth, [which] is just a pretty good board clear, Metamorphosis can help close out games and Glaivebound Adept is pretty strong. But then Nethrandamus comes in to help be a big elbow drop sort of card…

“Illidari Souls is more of a combo deck – these big swing turns where you play a Coordinated Strike or even a Command the Illidari and use those to kill something off while you’ve got a Knife Juggler out and then Feast of Souls afterwards.”

Deck code:

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Demon Hunter – Demon Crushers

Chadd Nervig, Senior Game Designer: “This is the deck if you like big demons. The early game mostly revolves around stuff like AOE, discover, the lifesteal weapon, Eye Beam – ways to hold on, play defensively until we can start cranking out our big bombs. [The mid-range minions also help] get through to that period – defensively statted, with lifesteal and taunt, and explicitly not demons, because we want our demon synergies to be saved up for the stuff at the bottom [of the deck list]. Not all of our big things are demons – Coilfang Warlord’s not. You’ll just play him on curve. Take something big out with it and end up with a threatening taunt on the board.

“You’ve got Chaos Nova and Immolation Aura in here to act as AOE, Warglaives [of Azzinoth] is kind of a pseudo AOE. The big demons start coming in with the Raging Felscreamer – you can play that on four and then a Priestess of Fury on five, that’s a great combo. Then Fel Summoner on six. It’s only got three health so you can probably find some way to make it die the next turn. And then having that pull out hopefully a Pit Commander or a Hulking Overfiend or a Priestess of Fury – get some big bombs going. You effectively have eight biggish demons in the deck – the Priestesses of Fury, the Hulking Overfiends, the Pit Commanders and whatever you discover off of Netherwalker.”

Deck code:

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Mage – Spells are SO Fun!

Chadd Nervig, Senior Game Designer: “This is a deck that uses all spells. There are a couple of power cards in here that are specifically tied to that archetype – Font of Power to get you some minions: one mana to get three random Mage minions is pretty good. Apexis Blast is also quite good for this. It’s kind of like an old Firelands Portal, but for two less mana… and because our deck is all spells, Incanter’s Flow is of great value to us.

“We’ve got a couple of secrets in here, just Flame Ward and Netherwind Portal, so we’re running Ancient Mysteries as a way to draw those and make them free. We’ve got mostly mid-range-y cost spells here other than a couple of our freeze tools to hold onto the board.

“We’ve got the sidequest to get some big minions off all our spells, and whenever we don’t have a good play, or whenever we run out of steam, Evocation will fill us back up. Evocation’s pretty interesting in that – assuming you have a reasonable amount of space in your hand –  you can kind of use it as a ‘I want to go off and do a ton of things all at once’ or you can use it as ‘I don’t have a good play, it’s turn seven, he’s got a board and I don’t have any good play, I’ll just Evocation, get six cards to look at and one or two of them will probably be a pretty reasonable use of my mana,’ so it can sort of fill in any hole.”

Deck code:

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Priest – Buff ‘em Up!

Chadd Nervig, Senior Game Designer: “This is a Priest deck using some of the new cards in Ashes of Outland, and also some of the new Basic and Classic Priest cards… we’ve got Kul Tiran Chaplain, just reasonable stats [with a bonus]. We want Priest to be able to hold the board with high health minions and then heal them back up. We’ve also got some improved removal tools for control for Priest, such as Holy Smite and Shadow Word: Ruin – that’s the new AOE to destroy all the big things on the board – we like Priest being good at conditional removal.

“In terms of Ashes of Outland-specific cards, there’s a theme going on for Priest in Ashes for buffs, so we’ve got some cards like Sethekk Veilweaver – this is just a good tool in a buff deck. After you cast a spell on a minion – probably a buff, but it also works on removal cards like Holy Smite, we get to refill with more spells… this can chain quite a bit. Apotheosis is just a great buff – makes something bigger, gives it lifesteal. And Psyche Split is a really big buff, or rather, a small buff and then a copy. If you can have something stick… and then Apotheosis it and Psyche Split it on turn eight… that’s pretty reasonable. Dragonmaw Overseer is another good example of them fighting for board – good stats on the board… and then there’s a little resurrect in here – a lot of these cards work well with Psychopomp.”

Deck code:

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What Is It Like Going Behind the Scenes With the Hearthstone Team?

It’s kind of absurd how far out the Hearthstone team works. When I first visited Blizzard in August 2019 to see what they were cooking up for a March 2020 announcement, they were already six months into designing Demon Hunter and Ashes of Outland.

At that point, the 16-odd weeks of initial design that are used to spin up a new set – and a new class, in this case – were very much in the rear vision mirror, and they were well into the 16-odd weeks of final design. Not only was I was able to log into a build of Hearthstone with a collection manager sporting a full collection of Demon Hunter cards and the Ashes of Outland set (many of which would, of course, change significantly or be replaced), but I was playing games with them – playtesting a meta that wouldn’t exist until April the following year. The Hearthstone team works so far ahead that it wasn’t just the Ashes of Outland cards that were new, but Descent of Dragons and Galakrond’s Awakening too!

The system works this way out of necessity – the logistics of production demand that several sets are being developed in parallel at all times. An expansion, after all, is more than just 135 card designs – it’s art for all those cards, golden animations, VFX and audio effects to give them punch when used, VO to be written and recorded, engineering hurdles to be overcome, a cinematic to be produced, localisation to be managed, single player content to be planned out, bugs to be quashed, marketing and PR plans to build out, launch events and other live services to be created, and so much more.

And what this long process – about 11 or 12 months for regular expansions, but closer to 14 months for Demon Hunter and Ashes of Outland – means is that the dev team is living in a world of multiple, ever-shifting future possibilities. Several sets all in various stages of development and at different levels of flux. It’s kind of mind-boggling, really.[poilib element=”quoteBox” parameters=”excerpt=The%20dev%20team%20is%20living%20in%20a%20world%20of%20multiple%2C%20ever-shifting%20future%20possibilities.”]

And as a set’s release gets closer, it morphs from a web of interconnected possibilities into a stable structure; a defined plan that is largely locked in place. That also happens surprisingly early, but there’s still a fair amount of wiggle room.

In the case of Demon Hunter, for instance, the class’ identity was relatively set by the time of my first visit in August, but the implementation of those strengths and weaknesses continued to be refined until January. Initially, for instance, the team thought that Demon Hunter shouldn’t have any AOE, and would control the board through their ability to always be attacking and through single target removal, but that made having a Control archetype very difficult. Limited AOE had been implemented by the time I visited in August, but those cards – as well as the “big demon” package that comprised the spine of the Control archetype – were refined several times before the set was finalised.

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And when was that? The final balance pass was done in January, with the Descent of Dragons meta in mind and Galakrond’s Awakening kicking off. That pass is always done as late in the process as is possible.

Of course, the team had never added a new class to Hearthstone before, and there was one aspect of the whole development process that took a fair bit longer than they were hoping – and expecting. When it comes to a Hearthstone class, you see, its hero power is a foundational element – it’s a huge part of its identity and informs how the team will design for the class. And when it came to Demon Hunter, finding the right fit wasn’t easy. It changed again and again and again. And without a final hero power, none of the cards could really be finalised either.

For context, the goal was to have the hero power locked in by the end of initial design, but even by the time I visited in August 2019 – well into final design – the hero power I was testing had only been in the game for a few weeks… and didn’t survive for long after I left. The team continued to iterate and iterate, and only really locked the final hero power in by December – crazy late in the process.

From a selfish perspective, the fact that the team only landed on the final hero power in the eleventh hour made for a gripping development journey to follow. As I said, it’s so foundational, and so important to get right, that the stakes really were high. This is not the place to make a misstep. And to be honest, while the hero power I got to test in August was fine (+1 attack, usable twice) it was… underwhelming. It wasn’t the exciting new element for the exciting new class that I was expecting.[poilib element=”quoteBox” parameters=”excerpt=The%20fact%20that%20the%20team%20only%20landed%20on%20the%20final%20hero%20power%20in%20the%20eleventh%20hour%20made%20for%20a%20gripping%20development%20journey%20to%20follow.”]

The ability to admit when something isn’t right is absolutely critical in game design, and while the constant hero power reworks made for a painful birthing process, it also ultimately led to innovation; to a smashing of the perceived notion that hero powers have to cost two mana. That one change alone helped Demon Hunter to feel really different and to really hit the class fantasy that the team were striving for. And in a broader sense, it was also reflective of a newly energised Hearthstone team.

This is a team, after all, that’s now far more prepared to take risks and shake things up; that will deliver on a long-forsaken dream – a new class; that will prototype and build out a new mode when someone has a cool idea – Battlegrounds. And now, entering into the Year of the Phoenix, this is a team that’s actively making Hearthstone more accessible for new and returning players, that has overhauled the ranked ladder, that has added duplicate protection to cards of all rarities in packs, and which has actually given the player base a proper roadmap for the year ahead. Hearthstone – six years in – is in good shape and in good hands.

Players have been asking for something like this for years.
Players have been asking for something like this for years.

Getting the chance to follow the development process really was a dream project, and as you might expect, I’ve come away with a ton of material. You’ll find a bunch of the video content we produced spread throughout this feature (but if you’re interested in getting a real sense of how Hearthstone is developed, start with How Demon Hunter Was Brought to Life and then watch How the Hearthstone Team Designed Demon Hunter), but I figured I should also publish a few additional quotes and tidbits of information that will be of interest to the community. Enjoy!

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Initial Design Isn’t Actually the Beginning

A small group actually spends about a month before initial design begins, brainstorming the expansion (and class in this case) and what its key features and themes could be. This “pre pre phase” also includes tooling – i.e. setting up a dev environment for a new “branch” (expansion) so that when initial design begins the bigger group can start playtesting ideas immediately.

The Team Felt It Was Time to Lean Back Into WoW

2019 told a very Hearthstone-centric story, so it made sense coming into 2020 for Hearthstone to lean back into World of Warcraft.

Chadd Nervig, Senior Game Designer, August 2019: “We wanted to try going back to a core Warcraft story… We explore different options each time we start a new expansion, but Outland and Black Temple in particular really resonated with us a lot and fit well with the idea of doing a new class, so we went in that direction. The flavour for Ashes of Outland has evolved over time. Initially it was focused much more on Black Temple. We expanded it over time to cover most of Outland. We really like hitting all the nostalgia points of Burning Crusade for those who played it and it explores a very fleshed out, interesting world that’s a core part of Warcraft lore and history in a Hearthstone way.”

Hearthstone is Whimsical, But Its Heroes Are Taken Seriously

Ben Thompson, Former Creative Director, August 2019: “…when you look at Jaina or you look at Malfurion, there is a seriousness with which they’re handled… we don’t get too dark… but the idea is that these are your heroes…”

He's not mucking around.
He’s not mucking around.

How Did the Team Find the Right Approach for Hearthstone’s Illidan?

Principal Narrative Designer, Dave Kosak, January 2020: “We’ve taken very serious characters from Warcraft lore in the past and put them into Hearthstone. Kel’Thuzad was just, like, way over the top, and turned him almost into a comic character. We just had a lot of fun with Kel’Thuzad. When it came time to bring The Lich King into Hearthstone, that was a struggle because if he was just telling jokes, like Kel’Thuzad, it definitely would have lost what Arthas is. So Arthas is kind of the same character, but he breaks the fourth wall. He talks about how he’s going to destroy your deck and win the game. And he just delivered it as The Lich King would and maybe even dialed it up and a little more over the top. And that juxtaposition turned out to be really funny, and that worked.

“We didn’t want to do that for Illidan. It didn’t feel right for Illidan to break the fourth wall… We didn’t want him to be cracking jokes, like Kel’Thuzad, that wouldn’t work for us. So we had to find a way to get that Hearthstone charm in in other ways. And part of it is his own recollections. And then there are other times where we just present the story in different ways. In the single player we present much of the story in verse, and Illidan just sort of naturally takes to that. It just fits his character so well. And it gives it that Hearthstone charm, but you still feel like ‘this is the Illidan I know’.”

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Hearthstone Is in a Good Storytelling Place

Valerie Chu, Senior Narrative Designer, January 2020: “I do feel like we’ve reached a little bit of a turning point in showing all the different things that Hearthstone can do with story. Ever since Rise of Shadows introduced our ongoing narrative, we’ve shown we can do classic, silly Hearthstone moments, and then more serious, large-scale ones like unleashing Galakrond, and showing the story of Illidan’s youth with Malfurion, and the drastic consequences of a straightforward sibling rivalry! (Laughs) And it kind of let us stretch our wings a bit, along with the stuff that’s coming up with 17.2 [- the Ashes of Outland single player content] being in verse, and continuing to play with different formats to tell stories in a card game. It’s really exciting.”

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How is Flavour Text Written?

Valerie Chu, Senior Narrative Designer, December 2019: “Anyone can submit a joke, and often the end result is that we get everyone’s sense of humour in there – the whole Hearthstone team. You get to see how fun everyone is. And I think you get a little bit of a sense of maybe what it’s like in the break room or something, just hanging out with all of these whimsical, charming, sometimes very strange – like, loveably strange – people. We just want to share that with players and hopefully make them laugh. If you roll your eyes every now and then, that’s okay – we can take that criticism.”

Valerie Chu, Senior Narrative Designer, January 2020: “Once we get the greenlight to start, I’ll send out an email to the entire team twice a week with a set of cards, usually by class… all the way through [to] neutral. And then, at the end, Dave and I will get together – for this set, Chadd was assisting us as well – and we’ll read through everything, I added in a few of my own as well, and pick the ones that have people laughing so hard they fall out of their chairs… some people on the team will try and submit a joke for every card. They’re wonderful people.”

Principal Narrative Designer, Dave Kosak, January 2020: “They’re the real Heroes of Hearthstone.” (Laughs)

The Team Wasn’t Always Planning on Commissioning New Illidan Hero Art

It wasn’t until August 2019 that the team really broached the subject of whether they were going to commission new hero art for Illidan. “I think the assumption had always been, well, we have it – it’s in the tutorial,” former Creative Director Ben Thompson told me back in August. “That’s Illidan, that’s what people know, and I think that’s what people would expect. And that’s a fine answer – I think that’s probably true, and it would be fine, but I think the question got more volume when it was ‘but is that what’s right?’” They quickly decide that new art would be a cool way to further celebrate the fact that a whole new class was coming to the game. Creating that art is a story in itself. Check it out in IGN’s How Demon Hunter Was Brought to Life video.

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It Took a While to Find the Setting for the Cinematic

Check out this section of our January 2020 interview with Jeramiah Johnson, Associate Cinematic Director, and Principal Narrative Designer, Dave Kosak, about choosing the setting and narrator for the Demon Hunter teaser cinematic:

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And staying on Jeramiah and Dave, in December I asked them what they thought Hearthstone’s cinematic identity was. “I think that Hearthstone is a game that, at its core, is like a big warm ball of loveable joy,” Jeramiah replied. “And we really try to reflect that, and capture the feeling of whatever the game team is trying to put out there in the world. And since it’s the first thing that fans usually see, it’s the concentrated version of whatever the game is, so it’s like you get that full-flavoured experience from the beginning… and I think we always try to [determine], like – hey, where’s the line? And let’s just go leaping way over that. It’s always been the IP that allows us to push into ridiculous territory beyond which we’d normally be comfortable going.”

“The phrase we used at BlizzCon,” adds Dave, “was ‘raising the bar, lowering the brow.’”

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The First Hero Power Pitch Was OP

Chadd Nervig, Senior Game Designer, August 2019: “Our very first hero power when we were pitching the class was ‘deal two damage, take two damage’. That was somewhat risky – we knew that, trying that, it was somewhat risky, because it doesn’t feel great to have your opponent have a strong hero power that can destroy most of your early game minions, such that you don’t even feel like you want to bother playing. If it’s turn two on an empty board and you’re like ‘oh, I could play this 3/2, but it’s just going to get hero powered down’ it makes me feel bad. [So] I just don’t do anything. It stalled out early games where players just didn’t want to play into it. So that was the risk. We thought maybe the ‘take two damage’ would offset that and you’d be like ‘okay sure, I’ll keep throwing my 3/2s and 1/2s in and let them get killed at the expense that they’re effectively dealing two damage to the opponent’. In practice it didn’t really feel that way, you still felt just as bad playing them, so we iterated from there.”

Fury Was a Key Part of an Early Hero Power

We give a good overview of Fury in IGN’s How the Hearthstone Team Designed Demon Hunter video, but here’s a little more info on it for additional context.

Dean Ayala, Lead Designer, August 2019: “There was a couple of different versions of Fury but the one that I remember the most, the one that we spent the most time with, was – your hero power was ‘give yourself one attack’ and by attacking you would generate something called a Fury, and there’s a special bar beneath the mana crystals… your deck would be filled with ways to generate Fury, which means weapons – which are giving you attack, and then cards that say ‘spend Fury to do X thing’ so it’s like – if you attacked four times over the course of the game you’d have this bar of four Fury and then you could use all your Fury or use some of it to do some powerful thing.

“The problem, to me at least, was – even if attacking was a core part of Demon Hunter fantasy, this is a class that’s going to be in Hearthstone forever… so is every single deck going to be based around attacking? The answer to that question is just going to be no… maybe on launch most of the decks and maybe at the first expansion and second expansion most of the decks are based around attacking, but at some point we’re going to want to do something slightly different. Like, the Warlock hero power is great, you probably want to use it, [but] there are some decks that don’t utilise the Warlock hero power.

“So at some point when we’re playing a deck that’s not attacking very often, it’s weird to have this permanent bar that’s down there and you’re generating Fury, but you don’t have any cards in your deck that spend Fury because you don’t attack that much and the Fury spenders aren’t really worth putting in your deck. So you just have this permanent fixture that’s not really interacting with the way you play, which is – it was too big of a cost for us just to have this thing there…”

Work in progress examples of Fury UI options, the hero power and a card design.
Work in progress examples of Fury UI options, the hero power and a card design.

Chadd Nervig, Senior Game Designer, August 2019: “It also put a lot of the excitement in Fury. It really was fun in those decks that used it, but it made it one dimensional. That was the thing that they did and Fury was the exciting thing, not so much the individual cards. And Hearthstone’s a card game. Hearthstone’s at its best when the cards are exciting you. We can have a much wider variety of experiences and more things excite you when the cards are the focus, the cards are the excitement. So those are a variety of reasons why we ultimately steered away from Fury, but it was a pretty heavy part of our design process for a while.”[poilib element=”quoteBox” parameters=”excerpt=%22Fury%20was%20the%20exciting%20thing%2C%20not%20so%20much%20the%20individual%20cards.%20And%20Hearthstone%E2%80%99s%20a%20card%20game.%20Hearthstone%E2%80%99s%20at%20its%20best%20when%20the%20cards%20are%20exciting%20you.%22%20-%20Chadd%20Nervig”]

Dean Ayala, Lead Designer, August 2019: “Yeah, it was probably the one we playtested the most… initial design is approximately 16 weeks and final design is approximately 16 weeks, and I’d say from week one to eight or nine or ten or eleven or something like that, we were playtesting with this new Fury generation thing. There was a bunch of other stuff going on in decks so just because we ended up cutting it doesn’t mean we lost a ton of time. We ended up having to cut all the Fury spenders because there was no more Fury, but… in initial design there’s generally more cards than we need and then we cut back – so we ended up replacing it with some stuff that we’d already [designed].”

Chadd Nervig, Senior Game Designer, August 2019: “…a lot of the Fury-related stuff turned into Outcast. Not all of it, but a lot of that happened to fit.”

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Fury Would Have Made Demon Hunter Shallower

Ben Lee, Game Director, August 2019: “Fury… was super exciting, it would have been very different, it would have been very impactful and made a big bang when we launched it, but it would have made the long-term strategy of what the class actually is and how its cards evolve much more difficult, and honestly, probably more shallow.

“[With] Demon Hunter we’ve found, and one of the main reasons we moved away from that, is because it would basically always come back to ‘how does Fury work with this?’ And… we wanted the designers to have a huge amount of freedom in terms of what they can pursue in the future, because in two to three years from now we don’t want to be making exactly the same cards that function in a very similar way, we want to be trying different things, and I think, if you look at the classes, over the last five years, there’s definitely been some huge, big swings in how some of the classes play, just to give people variety, and we need the ability to do that with Demon Hunter in the future as well.”

The Hero Power Took a Long Time to Get Right

Dean Ayala, Lead Designer, January 2020: “In development we have schedules and rules where it’s like – we have this amount of time to finish this thing then we’re cut off. We have to be happy at this point because we have to move on, because we’ve got to make the rest of the stuff. You can noodle on something forever and the whole rest of the set suffers for that, and with the hero power… we had that date and then the date passed. And then we became unhappy with it and picked a new date. And then we picked something new and then that date passed. And a long time passed after that and we’re like ‘you know what? We need to pick a new date’ but you can’t do that for everything. If you do that for everything you don’t really have a schedule.

“That was the one thing that we picked that was really important, it’s like – look, we have to find something. We have to do something better than what we have because the hero power is the thing that lasts forever. We can change the Basic cards, we can change the expansion cards, we can change the archetypes, but changing the hero power is, like – of course we can always change it, but when we’re building all kinds of different cards and archetypes into what this hero power is, just changing the hero power alone is this huge piece that maybe the rest of the stuff that we make just doesn’t work after we do that. So it was important for us to get the right thing there…”

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Demon Hunter Initially Had Little Card Draw and No AOE

As I mentioned in the introduction, Demon Hunter’s class identity evolved steadily over the course of development. Here’s what Chadd Nervig, Senior Game Designer, had to say in August 2019: “It’s actually those limitations of what they can’t do that are often the most interesting and the most compelling to create interesting gameplay between them [- the classes]. In Demon Hunter’s case, some things like attacking furiously with their hero, came over great. We considered card draw versus card generation as something to be a limitation for them possibly, but we found quickly that in order to feel fast-paced they definitely needed a lot of card draw, so we ended up going with that as a strength for them. We also first started out trying to limit their AOE to basically no AOE. That in particular was a challenge, bridging the fantasy from WoW because in WoW a whole lot of their abilities are AOE-focused.

“And so we’ve been pulling back on that limitation a bit and exploring giving them a bit of AOE, in part because we’re trying to explore different archetypes of decks, different play styles, and having at least some little bit of AOE. Either AOE or healing tends to be required for control decks, not always, but that’s the general guiding idea, and we also knew we really didn’t want to go heavy on healing for them, that was pretty far off their kit, so we’ve been dabbling with little bits of AOE.

“Healing’s a good one – in WoW they do leech or lifesteal so that fit well in Hearthstone, and it also fit well with their ‘attacking furiously with their hero’ weapons and hero attack, but we also simultaneously don’t want to go heavy on healing, so we’ve been towing this line between having a little bit of healing – basically entirely through lifesteal – of small chunks, because we don’t want them to feel like ‘oh you get them down to five health and they – BAM – heal up to 30.’ That’s not the Demon Hunter style. But [if] they use lifesteal to heal for three or four over a few turns, that’s pretty reasonable for them, that offsets the fact that they’re actively taking a lot of damage to clear minions with their face using weapons and hero attack.”

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Outcast Was Originally Called Inner Demon

Chadd Nervig, Senior Game Designer, August 2019: “Outcast… was originally called Inner Demon. It was themed as your inner demon telling you what to do and was only on the rightmost card, kind of like [Stargazer] Luna was… but that actually was whole set wide – all the classes had Inner Demon cards, neutral did too. At some point we also had ‘Bloodthirst’ as a potential keyword, or ‘Frenzy’ – we didn’t really come up with a great name for that, but that was ‘trigger the first time a minion saw the enemy hero take damage’ – basically a one-time trigger. And at one point that was a Demon Hunter-specific keyword, at one point that was expansion-wide. You’ll often find we explore mechanics for potentially the whole set or potentially for individual classes. So we tried it both ways, then Fury became the focus of Demon Hunter during that point in development so most of those mechanic explorations became set-wide themes.”

A Number of Key Demon Hunter Legendaries Were Heavily Redesigned

Here are a couple of examples of legendary Demon Hunter minions that changed drastically over the course of development.

The evolution of Altruis the Outcast.
The evolution of Altruis the Outcast.
The evolution of Kayn Sunfury.
The evolution of Kayn Sunfury.

The Thinking Behind the Prime Designs

Dean Ayala, Lead Designer, August 2019: “…what we don’t want is, say you have a one mana 1/3 lifesteal and it shuffles… a two mana 4/4 lifesteal [into your deck], because [of] the part of it where it dies and then you topdeck it and it feels really random. We wanted to find a space where you shuffle something really powerful into your deck but it was something that you really wanted to use in the late game – it wasn’t something that was going to blow your opponent out of the game on turn four or something. So we’ve been trying to find designs where that works, where the back end of it is somewhat situational in some way or it just happens at a point in the game where really powerful stuff is happening – turn eight, turn nine, turn ten.

“I always look back at a card like N’Zoth, and N’Zoth feels like a fair card, I think, to most people… but N’Zoth, you play it, and it summons, like, 30/30 of creatures and they all have deathrattle, and people are like ‘yeah, it’s pretty fair’ so you can do some crazy stuff really late in the game it just gets frustrating when it’s turn four and you’ve filled your board with stuff and it’s like ‘well, my class literally doesn’t have access to anything that can deal with this thing’ so that feels really unfair. We try to do less of those cards nowadays.”

Primes and the Philosophy of End-Game Threats

Ben Lee, Game Director, December 2019: “We’ve really been trying to push what I term ‘end-game threats’ and those aren’t necessarily things that – BANG – end the game, it’s more they’re something that brings the game to a conclusion. In 16.0 [- Descent of Dragons] Ysera Unleashed is an example of that. We want cards like that to – not end the game instantly, but start the process of ending the game. Playing 30 minute fatigue games or even longer sometimes… isn’t really what we think Hearthstone as an experience should be.

“So there’s this cycle of cards called the Primes – they were also called Mark 2s at one point – where you have this powerful legendary and when it dies it goes back into your deck and becomes this second version of that. Those things are an end-game threat. So that’s one of the philosophical things I’ve been talking to the team about.”

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There Were a Few Iterations of Dormant

Chadd Nervig, Senior Game Designer, August 2019: “The development of Dormant had a couple of different previous iterations. We tried – what if they’re Dormant and then some trigger wakes them up? Like, once you play three minions they wake up. Or once you destroy a minion of your opponent’s or once you heal or something. We tried a bunch of triggers for it. We found that all just complicated things and really the pay-off – the feel we were going for – was ‘pay a little now, get nothing in the meantime, and then a lot later’ and the simple version of that, of just being like ‘okay, just wait two turns’ you understand that, you don’t need a whole lot of tracking. It’s either awake or it was played last turn or it was played this turn… so it just flowed well, and we could have the exciting parts be when they woke up.”

Yes, Mok’Nathal Lion is a Tribute to Hearthstone’s Current World Champion

Jeremy Cranford, Senior Outsource Manager, January 2020: “Whenever we can celebrate the Hearthstone champions, I think it’s really great. I was there at the first Hearthstone Championship at BlizzCon and watched Firebat win, and that was such an emotional moment. And then the idea of the Firebat card was really fun, so when [the] design [team] said ‘hey, we want to celebrate Lion’s win’ I think that was another really touching moment, when we saw her win, and being the first female champion, I said ‘oh yeah, let’s do it!’

“It was interesting, as one of our artists had just got back from Africa, so he’d been posting all these lion paintings, so I emailed him and said ‘hey Darren, would you like to do another lion painting?’ and he was like ‘do I!?’, so I told him the story about the Hearthstone champion and how her name is Lion, and he got really excited. So we painted it into the setting, with Blade’s Edge Mountains behind, and so I think people will be excited when they see that, and hopefully she is too.”

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Multiple Demon Hunter Archetypes Were Key

Dean Ayala, Lead Designer, August 2019: “One of the biggest challenges is – when Demon Hunter launches, they need to launch with more than one thing. Other classes have the advantage of – we can push one archetype, then give some tools for future stuff, give some tools that hook into past things, but you have, for Warlock, say – they have a deck from two expansions ago that’s maybe Control Warlock, from the last expansion they have Zoo, then this expansion maybe we’re doing some discard stuff, and they have this whole package of things, so if you want to play Warlock, there’s some avenues for you to explore.

“With Demon Hunter they don’t have a bunch of past stuff. We’re launching on day one with more cards, but not as much as all the other classes have access to. Eventually we’re going to get to a point where they do have that, but we want to launch with multiple archetypes so if you are excited about playing Demon Hunter there’s at least a couple of ways for you to play, and that’s pretty challenging to hit on day one, but that’s the goal.”

On the Philosophy of the Big Demons Deck

Dean Ayala, Lead Designer, January 2020: “A lot of the ways to make a ‘big’ deck, whether it’s big demons or big beasts or something – the way to play nine and ten mana cards is usually to cheat them out for some smaller amount of mana cost because getting to that stage of the game’s really difficult. It can also be pretty dangerous – if you only have two cards or so that are mana cheaty then there’s an extra emphasis on drawing those particular cards, [all] so you can play this ten mana thing on turn seven, and if… that’s the only way to play it and we have to balance around that, then playing it on turn ten is not something you want to do at all, so you only put it in decks where you’re cheating a bunch of mana.

“We’ve tried to position a lot of the [Demon Hunter] cards to where you can play them a little bit earlier sometimes, but it’s not this enormously huge swing. We have a card you can play on six mana now that will summon something from your hand [- Fel Summoner] and we have a couple of other cards that… reduce cost by two, but it’s nothing super extreme. We don’t really want to be in a space where there’s cards like Void Caller or Barnes – cards that allow you to do very very late game things pretty early on in the game – turn four, turn five – we tried to stay away from that as much as we could.”[poilib element=”quoteBox” parameters=”excerpt=%E2%80%9CWe%20don%E2%80%99t%20really%20want%20to%20be%20in%20a%20space%20where%20there%E2%80%99s%20cards%20like%20Void%20Caller%20or%20Barnes%20%E2%80%93%20cards%20that%20allow%20you%20to%20do%20very%20very%20late%20game%20things%20pretty%20early%20on%20in%20the%20game%E2%80%A6%E2%80%9D%20%E2%80%93%20Dean%20Ayala”]

The Team Will Rework Demon Hunter If Need Be

Dean Ayala, Lead Designer, January 2020: “If there are some archetypes that we really thought were important that needed to get there, [but] that didn’t get there, we’re not really going to hesitate to buff some cards. If there’s some that are a little bit too crazy and we pushed a little bit too far, we’re going to pull back on [them]. I think even the hero power’s something that we’re crazy happy with, but if it turns out – there’s some unforeseen circumstance that we didn’t really think of or it wasn’t working out the way we thought, I think we have bandwidth to even change something like that. So I think Demon Hunter is – Outcast and everything that goes along with that – is subject to change over time.”

Demon Hunter’s Classic Set Will Come… When the Time Is Right

Chadd Nervig, Senior Game Designer, August 2019: “We do want to have a Classic set for Demon Hunter… the solution we came up with was – during this year, the first year of Demon Hunters, they’re getting 15 cards per expansion, five extra per set. We’re going to take five cards from each set over this year and move them into Classic and make a Classic set, so if you are an active player this year, you end up with the Classic set for Demon Hunters just like you have ended up with the Classic set for all the other classes.”

Dean Ayala, Lead Designer, August 2019: “Basic and Classic are around forever, so we want to have designs that are healthy to be in the game forever. Stuff that promotes the style of gameplay that Demon Hunter should be playing, but having cards that are core win conditions are generally not the kind of card we want, because if you have a core win condition card that’s pointed in a very specific direction then it’s back the next set. Oh, you wanted this [new] package of cards to be fun? Well too bad because this [other] card exists and it’s always the one played and it’s always in forever…

“Something like Backstab’s okay. When you’re looking back on a Rogue game you’re not thinking ‘damn he Backstabbed me again so everything felt the same’ it’s like there’s a package of cards where you look back and you remember a game, like it’s a Burgle deck or a Tempo Rogue deck, whereas Backstab is a role-player in there. And I think we bring back cards like that for Demon Hunter, but they have to exist – if they don’t exist then we’re not going to force it, we’ll just make new cards.

“Hopefully these 15 cards, they exist, and we find the ones that make the most sense and we bring them into Classic and everything just works out great. It doesn’t always work that way… I’m a little bit sceptical that we’ll find all 15 cards that we need. Hopefully we do, and if not, then we’ll just create the cards that make the most sense.”

Chadd Nervig, Senior Game Designer, August 2019: “…I think another important aspect of this current plan is… the existing knowledge about the other classes – we know how Backstab and SI:7 and such work, but we don’t have that proven expectation for how Demon Hunter’s going to play. Choosing which cards are going to be permanent evergreen cards now is much more difficult, more risky, would require more changes, so offsetting that choice of what stays there permanently until we’ve gotten more experience with it is much more attractive.”

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Hearthstone’s New UI is Dynamic

When we first spoke to Max Ma, Lead UX/UI Designer in August 2019, the team had already settled on the new UI incorporating ten heroes. (See How Demon Hunter Was Brought to Life.) Implementing it, however, spurred a critical behind the scenes change.

Max Ma, Lead UX/UI Designer, January 2020: “Last time I showed you the ten heroes design, the 3-4-3 layout. We started talking about how to implement that with engineering. And engineering always has the best insight about what’s the most efficient way… Hearthstone is a game that we want to last for many years to come, and any decision we make will affect us for the long run, and we want to do what is right, in terms of engineering, in terms of design – what is more future proof.

“So engineering gave us the feedback of – hey, if we’re completely changing the layout from the 3 by 3 hero layout into a 3-4-3 layout, we have to maintain two systems, so ongoing the engineering complexity will be doubled, because we have to maintain the old system, while we’re supporting the new system going forward, and then sometimes we might have to re-use the old one if we want to go back to nine heroes for whatever reason, so that’s really painful.

“So the idea came up… what if we make a dynamic layout, and have a hero selection screen that can accommodate any number between one to ten heroes? So we start sketching it [out] – maybe we don’t bake in the hero frames, so the background’s just a flat piece of colour, and then we can slot the heroes into any layout we want. So we were kind of going back to the drawing board. The outcome didn’t really change, but behind the scenes everything changed…

“Another benefit of the dynamic hero layout [is] if you recall what we did in the Witchwood adventure, where we have only four heroes, and you see four of them [on the selection screen]… and then the rest are empty. So some players are like ‘can I unlock those?’ but no, there’s nothing there. It’s a weird layout. Why would you do that? It’s because we were locked into that 3 by 3 design. But with the new dynamic layout we can have four heroes in the middle, in a perfect square. It looks a lot more aesthetically pleasing. So it’s a win-win for everyone.”

The new-look Witchwood character select screen.
The new-look Witchwood character select screen.

The Priest Rework is Just the Beginning

Ben Lee, Game Director, January 2020: “Some of the classes are much tighter on vision and on class mechanics and class identity. Personally I’ve felt that way always as a player, and the team felt pretty passionately that Priest was maybe in the worst spot of all the classes on this front…

“Generally as a team we do think there’s more work to do on Basic and Classic… for now, for this rotation, we’re doing the things that we think we absolutely have to do to get it in a space where we can take some more time to really look at and potentially do a bigger re-factor if that’s the way we choose to go. But basically we want this package to come off as positive for players. We really are trying to make Priest’s core set more synergistic, more powerful and also, just more useful.

“We’re also thinking about the Divine Spirit/Inner Fire combo – that’s something that’s been around for a long time, and it honestly just doesn’t feel super healthy… Hopefully Priest players will be trying out some new things – some different things.”

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The “No Duplicates” Rule Reduces Variance

Ben Lee, Game Director, January 2020: “When you open a card pack we want it to feel exciting, we want it to feel different, we don’t want you to be just like ‘oh, I just got a bunch of duplicates’. Statistical variance is a really important part of this as well. We have a lot of players playing the game, so there’s some guy out there, who does the pre-order for the expansion, opens his cards and gets every single copy of the same epic, and that’s really bad for him – he loses so much dust economy from all the different potential things that he could play, and that’s just not a good experience. We don’t want that to happen and there is obviously varying degrees of that – some lucky person is getting every single unique card and everything in between, so we’re kind of shaving off all those rough edges to make it just a better experience – at least, we hope a better experience for everybody.”

Hearthstone Should Be a Tool Kit

Ben Lee, Game Director, December 2019: “…my vision of Hearthstone – what the team’s vision of Hearthstone is as well now, is – …your cards are like a traditional deck of cards. You can play a bunch of different games with it. It’s not just one game. With a deck of cards you want to play Solitaire, you want to play Poker, you want to play many different kinds of games, and to us, Hearthstone is a tool kit to play games in different ways and it’s done that a little bit over the past, but it’s something I think that over the last year we’ve really come to embrace a lot, and Battlegrounds is our first big foray into that, and we definitely want to do more things on that scope and scale. These things take time, so it’s not something that’s going to release tomorrow, but we definitely want to make more cool, different types of game modes.”

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The Hearthstone Team’s Current Approach

Last year the Hearthstone team experimented with a bunch of ways to shake up the meta between expansions, and while not everything landed – Luna’s Pocket Galaxy was reverted back to its original stats after becoming problematic after its buff, for instance – the sentiment was absolutely appreciated.

Game Director Ben Lee admits they made some mistakes, but told me in January: “I would always rather that the team take risks and try new things than play it safe and not do anything. And I think that’s the space we live in and we’ll see how it goes. We’re in a bit of a different world now, because we have things like Battlegrounds and some other big things we’re working on that are going to serve to shake up the game for players as well. We want Hearthstone to be somewhere you can come and play, and play whatever you want and have fun, and hopefully there’ll generally always be something new going on.”

Huge thanks to the Hearthstone team and Blizzard for not only greenlighting this project, but for being extremely generous with their time.

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Cam Shea is Editor in Chief for IGN’s Australian content team and has been playing Hearthstone since beta. He’s on Twitter.
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CHEERS TO HELP: Leading cosmetics manufacturer Intercos Group and spirits-specialist Campari Group have joined forces to produce hydroalcoholic sanitizing gel to distribute to health-care workers operating in the Lombardy region, one of the most affected by the coronavirus epidemic.
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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Review

Playing Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is, in many ways, exactly like saying its full name aloud: It starts off strong with the Pokémon you know and love, then quickly devolves into something very strange that goes on for far too long. Granted, there are plenty of reasons to adore developer Spike Chunsoft’s remake of the Gameboy Advance’s Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team from 2005, like its memorable characters and unique premise for example. But the guts of this roguelike dungeon crawler are sometimes hard to bear.

With monotonous dungeon crawling, predictable combat encounters, and a grind that can put you to sleep faster than a blast to the face from Butterfree’s sleep powder, it could’ve used more modern retouches to punch things up a little. Rather than serving as a nostalgic remake that heightens your love for your favorite pocket monsters, Rescue Team DX tests the limits of your commitment to the series with an outdated, tiresome slog.

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Rescue Team DX is a routine roguelike where you take your favorite Pokémon into procedurally generated dungeons filled with loot, traps, violent wild Pokémon, and lost souls in need of rescue. You also recruit new Pokémon to your cause by defeating them in battle or earning their respect by completing missions, which is a huge motivator to continue the grind even when it’s at its most irritating. In between dungeon delving, you’ll interact with vendors in Pokémon Square, manage and improve your Pokémon roster, and talk to Pokémon Rescue Team’s likeable cast of characters, which makes up some of the adventure’s most memorable moments.TKTK

[poilib element=”quoteBox” parameters=”excerpt=This%20facelift%20does%20little%20to%20address%20Rescue%20Team%20DX%E2%80%99s%20biggest%20issue.”]That doesn’t mean that there’s been no evolution at all – quite the opposite. Compared to the original Rescue Team’s low-res, rudimentary roguelike structure, Rescue Team DX is a vast improvement. The art style, for example, has been completely reimagined to look like an awesome, Pokémon-filled oil painting, which is without a doubt the most notable upgrade. Even on the big screen in the Switch’s docked mode, roaming around Pokémon Square and going dungeon delving rarely looks like something meant for a portable device. Other quality-of-life changes, like autosaving, auto-mode for exploration, expanding your maximum team size from four to eight, and incorporating mega evolutions and shinies make the journey through the often-dull business of dungeon exploration much more interesting this time.

The problem is this facelift does little to address Rescue Team DX’s biggest issue: the things you spend most of your time doing just aren’t that fun. Despite being procedurally generated, each dungeon is basically a carbon copy of the last, with tight hallways connecting to boxy rooms and enemies stalking each area. After the first hour, you’ll have experienced more or less all that these tedious treks have to offer but will still be subjected to dozens of hours more, practically uninterrupted.

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Combat while exploring these dungeons is a common and lifeless affair. Inspired by the mainline Pokémon series’ turn-based fights, each Pokémon has four moves and similarly take turns smacking one another around. But that familiar system has been greatly simplified and now feels decidedly low stakes. While you could decide which move to use one-by-one, slowing combat down to a crawl, the much easier option is to simply hold down the A button and let your Pokémon automatically choose the best move for you. After a couple seconds, enemies die and you continue exploring. The good news is that means combat is almost always brief, and getting through dungeons can be accomplished fairly quickly if you’re efficiently trying to complete quests and find the exit as soon as possible – and with so much tedium and so little reason to explore otherwise, that will likely be your goal.

[poilib element=”quoteBox” parameters=”excerpt=Simply%20hold%20down%20the%20A%20button%20and%20let%20your%20Pok%C3%A9mon%20automatically%20choose%20the%20best%20move.”]Boss fights, while a refreshing increase in challenge compared to the rest of the campaign, only serve to highlight the combat system’s flaws with their lengthier battles. A big, angry Pokémon will charge into battle to tense music only to enter into a prolonged battle of attrition where you mostly just tap A repeatedly and hope the boss dies before you run out of healing items. This exposes another flaw in the combat system: a complete lack of enemy health bars, which deprives you of the knowledge that you might be moments away from winning or miles off and are just throwing away healing items on a fruitless effort. These encounters are also extremely frustrating when you lose one, as it often requires you go through all or part of the dungeon again from the beginning.

There isn’t really a whole lot else to do in between each dungeon either. You’ll turn in quests to net rewards and level up your rescue team’s level, curate and customize your roster of Pokémon that can be converted into allies after defeating them in a dungeon, sign up for a rescue mission to save a fellow player from a dungeon they’ve been defeated in, and visit vendors throughout Pokémon Square to stock up on equipment and unlock new camps for your Pokémon to settle in, but these things usually only take a few seconds each before it’s right back to a variation of the same dungeon you just left. Training your Pokémon at the dojo is an easy way to level up your squad and make yourself more lethal in dungeons, but guess what? The dojo is just another dungeon where the Pokémon being trained is given less than a minute to kill as many enemies as possible to boost their XP – enjoy holding A more.

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Thankfully there is a worthwhile payoff for grinding your way through Rescue Team DX’s featureless hallways and zombie-like Poké-adversaries: its characters and story are genuinely great. As a clueless human who has been transformed into a Pokémon through unknown means and for a mysterious purpose, you’ll meet a memorable cast of talkative Poke-friends, like Gengar, who plays the incompetent heel, and an all-knowing Alakazam who serves as mentor to your fledgling rescue team. While the plot does make some odd turns and often takes far too long to get where it’s going, reaching each milestone manages to make the worst aspects of combat and exploration a lot more tolerable – even if large sections of story are interrupted with dungeon-crawling padding for no real reason except to make you wait for the next story beat to arbitrarily develop

Another bright spot is the endgame, as much of the best content is locked behind the elusive credits. Evolution of Pokémon, adding legendary Pokémon to your roster, more challenging dungeons, and more mysteries. But, of course, experiencing those surprises requires even more dungeon crawling, which does nothing to improve post-credits.
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DVF and the Girl Scouts Team for Limited-Edition Assortment

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Laviolette named coach of Team USA for worlds

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Inside the Miracle on Ice: How Team USA defied the numbers 40 years ago

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Vin + Omi Work With Team GB Athletes on Recycled Sports Clothing

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Omi described the fall 2020 show, which takes place at The Savoy hotel on Feb. 14, as its “largest, most recycled” yet. Team GB sailor Hannah Mills and fencer James Honeybone, who walked in Vin + Omi’s spring/summer 2020 show, contributed their unused pieces.
“We utilized every single bit of a fencing kit — from the blades, to the sabre, to the masks. Everything was chucked into” an entire look, said Omi.
Other highlights include a coat that was made by hand from a sail, as well as a jacket sporting all the Team GB sponsors’ logos jumbled together.
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Serena Williams and Secret Deodorant Team to Promote Gender Equality

Serena Williams is continuing her mission of women’s equality with a new job title.
The tennis champ is Secret Deodorant’s newest brand ambassador, teaming with the P&G-owned brand to promote gender equality in sports.
“[Secret] has a history of supporting women’s issues and fighting for women’s equality,” Williams said in an interview with WWD, ahead of the announcement on Tuesday. “That’s what I do. I fight for equality and I’m vocal about gender bias. It only makes sense for me to join in this charge with Secret.”
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Stenhouse on Daytona 500 pole with new team

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Bolt says no way speedy receiver Hill will make Olympic team

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Tom Brady pens heartfelt message to his ‘idol’ Joe Montana after being named to NFL All-Time Team

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Report: Terrell Suggs pushes for Ravens reunion by threatening to not report if another team claims him

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G League to add Mexico City team in 2020-21

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Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Team With Amazon for a New Series Inspired By Their Own Wedding

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Lamoureux twins have new motivation to return to Team USA

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Ionescu, Oregon top Team USA in historic upset

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EXCLUSIVE: Prada, Adidas Team on Long-term Collaboration

MILAN — Two powerhouses are joining forces, each bringing its unique expertise.
Prada and Adidas are launching a long-term collaboration with the goal to “investigate the realms of heritage, technology and innovation — and to challenge conventional wisdom through unexpected strategies,” the two companies said in a joint statement exclusively revealed to WWD. “The new vision draws inspiration from the rich legacies of both to reengineer timeless icons, and leverages the houses’ technological footprint to innovate. The path is an evolving and dynamic structure composed of key milestones, marking a significant departure from existing patterns while building on the houses’ strong milieu of shared approaches and pursuits.”
The initial result of the collaboration will be the release of two limited-edition Prada for Adidas styles, with a first model to be launched for men and women globally in December and made entirely by Prada in Italy.
The announcement follows a social media tease on Thursday, when both companies posted a photo on Instagram of Adidas and Adidas Originals shoe boxes peeking out of a classic white Prada shopping bag. The hashtag read #pradaforadidas.
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Warriors owner says tanking is ‘against every single thing’ team stands for after Steph Curry’s broken hand

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Palace Skateboards Teams With Juventus Soccer Team

ON THE FIELDS: In an unexpected move, Wednesday’s night soccer match between the Turin-based Juventus team and Genoa turned out to be a fashion affair.
Juventus’ players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, took the audience by surprise appearing ahead of and during the match sporting a training uniform and new jerseys, both branded by London-based streetwear firm Palace Skateboards, in addition to Adidas’ three-stripe logo. The German sportswear giant has served as Juventus’ partner since 2015.
The Palace Juventus kit includes predominantly white items such as a tracksuit, a T-shirt, a training uniform, as well as a scarf and hat in addition to the soccer club’s jerseys. The lineup is peppered with neon green and orange details.
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“It’s a great fusion between soccer and fashion to further widen our borders,” said Giorgio Ricci, Juventus chief revenue officer. “We wanted to make a surprise by appearing on the soccer field with a jersey that stems from the collaboration with an iconic and world-renowned

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The Kardashian Sisters Team for KKW Fragrance Collaboration

Kim Kardashian didn’t look far for her latest collaborators for her beauty brand.
For her KKW Fragrance label, Kardashian is teaming with sisters Khloé and Kourtney for the Diamonds Collection, a set of three fragrances that are each inspired by their own favorite scents.
“Working with my sisters for this collection was nostalgic,” Kourtney wrote in an Instagram post. “Fragrance is so personal, so being able to create my own scent from start to finish was an exciting experience.”
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Each Kardashian sister took to their Instagram accounts to share the inspiration behind their own fragrance. Kim stated her fragrance is fresh and floral and “becomes warmer as I wear it throughout the day.” Khloé stated her scent feels “feminine, sexy and strong” and is a mix of florals and musk. Kourtney’s fragrance is a combination of

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Which NFL team will be last to win first game?

There are four winless teams remaining in the NFL — Bengals, Jets, Redskins and Dolphins.

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NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus small-sample revelations for every team

Here are the definitive ranks after one week of the season. Plus, we identify an early trend for each club — and whether it’ll continue.
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Rivers: Clips knew OKC wanted to break team up

Doc Rivers says Kawhi Leonard was provided a list of players including Paul George in their free agency meeting, “which was a mistake. … We did know that Oklahoma City wanted to break their team up, so that helped.”
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Lastor, ‘The Endless Trench’s’ Irusoin, Malmo Team for Mikel Gurrea’s ‘Suro’ (EXCLUSIVE)

SAN SEBASTIAN – Barcelona-based Lastor Media and Malmo Pictures have teamed with San Sebastian’s Irusoin to produce “Suro” (The Cork), the feature debut of Mikel Gurrea and a product of San Sebastian’s Ikusmira Berriak program. The film stars Laia Costa, who broke through with Sebastian Schipper’s “Victoria” and also serves as executive producer, and Pol López […]

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Rivers: Clips knew OKC wanted to break team up

Doc Rivers says Kawhi Leonard was provided a list of players including Paul George in their free agency meeting, “which was a mistake. … We did know that Oklahoma City wanted to break their team up, so that helped.”
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Will superstars save Team USA next summer?

The Americans leave China with a seventh-place finish and lot of questions heading into the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
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Kobe: Titles no longer automatic for Team USA

Kobe Bryant thinks Team USA might have to get used to a new reality of losing in major events.
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How Team USA’s roster issues ended a gold-medal run

While the World Cup quarterfinals loss to France was disappointing for the Americans, it wasn’t surprising.
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What can Brown do for Team USA? Just about everything

Since teammate Jayson Tatum’s injury, Jaylen Brown has been a key contributor for Team USA.
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Team USA struggling to put up points in China

Gregg Popovich’s squad ranks just eighth among the 32 teams at the World Cup in points per game and a woeful 20th in field goal percentage. Why can’t this edition of Team USA score?
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Team USA game plans for Giannis and Greece

Team USA faces a familiar foe in NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo in the second round at the FIBA World Cup.
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Team USA wins by 53, next faces Giannis, Greece

Jaylen Brown had 20 points and seven rebounds as Team USA routed Japan 98-45 to set up a second-round game against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greece in the FIBA World Cup.
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Team USA beats Turkey in OT, Tatum injured

Free throws were the deciding factor in the United States’ overtime win, as Turkey missed its final four to keep the Americans in the game.
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NFL preview: 1-32 projections, breakout picks and a guide to every team

Big questions. Bold predictions. Breakout fantasy football candidates. This is what you need to know for the 2019 season.
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‘Natural-born leader’ Donovan Mitchell seizes role on Team USA

Gregg Popovich has entrusted Donovan Mitchell with a leadership role on Team USA, and the 22-year-old Utah Jazz star has embraced the challenge.
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10 lists of 10: Matthew Berry’s breakouts, sleepers and favorite team names

Key fantasy football stats, facts and draft advice in 10 mostly short lists of 10, including the best team names submitted by fans.
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‘Let’s have all the people write us off’: Blue Jackets’ GM confident in his team

Despite losing three critical free agents this offseason, Jarmo Kekalainen thinks his team remains a top contender.
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Why Team USA has no margin for error at the FIBA World Cup

An uneven tuneup schedule has shined a spotlight on Team USA’s flaws. Here’s what should worry this unproven group the most.
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Australia stuns Team USA, snaps 78-game streak

The U.S. men’s basketball team has lost for the first time in nearly 13 years, falling to Australia 98-94 in a pre-World Cup exhibition game on Saturday.
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Pop’s plans, scrimmage woes and more big Team USA takeaways

Which star has been most impressive in camp? Should Pop be worried about this roster? Brian Windhorst and Ohm Youngmisuk hit the biggest talking points ahead of Team USA’s World Cup journey.
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The All-Decade Team for all 31 NHL clubs

We picked a starting six for every team to represent the best of the 2010s, with no shortage of tough calls throughout.
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Bagley withdraws from Team USA consideration

Kings forward Marvin Bagley III has pulled out of the competition for a Team USA roster spot ahead of the FIBA World Cup.
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Engrave error: Lehner’s trophy lists wrong team

Robin Lehner, who was presented with the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in June, revealed on Twitter that his award listed his team as the Rangers instead of the Islanders.
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Team USA cuts Young, Adebayo after scrimmage

Following an exhibition game against the younger Select Team on Friday night, Team USA announced Thaddeus Young and Bam Adebayo were cut from the senior roster, and Select Team members Derrick White and Marvin Bagley III were promoted.
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What is Gregg Popovich doing coaching Team USA?

The Spurs coach doesn’t have anything to prove. So why is he sweating out practices in the desert with an undermanned Team USA squad?
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Team USA’s green monster: A Boston quartet could take on the world

Kemba Walker and his new teammates are taking advantage of Team USA training camp to build chemistry and usher in a new era in Boston.
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Men’s Wearhouse Names Three New Execs to Management Team

Carrie Ask has assembled her team.
The president of the Men’s Wearhouse and Moores divisions of Tailored Brands Inc. today will announce three hires that are intended to drive the stores more profitably into the future. The two divisions have sales of around $ 2 billion and operate nearly 900 stores in the U.S. and Canada.
New to the team are Mary Ann McGrath, who has been named senior vice president and chief marketing officer; Jerry Brandehoff, senior vice president and general merchandise manager, and Sharmila Sudhakar, vice president, e-commerce.
Ask said this group of “proven and talented” professionals “have successfully transformed each of their respective business domains to drive significant profitable growth for leading companies. We look forward to benefiting from their experience and leadership as we transform our business to deliver an unparalleled customer experience through personalized products and services, inspiring and seamless experiences in and across every channel, and brands that stand for something more than just price.”
McGrath has more than 25 years of retail experience and served most recently as senior vice president of customer relationship marketing for Williams Sonoma, Williams Sonoma Home and West Elm. She has also worked at Gymboree, Escada and Saks Fifth Avenue. Frank Hamlin had

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Barnwell: Four playoff favorites that could decline, and one team that could tank

Four 2018 playoff teams — and one rebuilding team — are likely to be worse in 2019. Here’s why each could see a drop off.
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Team USA faces big questions heading into camp

What’s going on with Team USA? We ask whether the Americans can win the World Cup with their roster and other questions in an FAQ heading into training camp.
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