Ever want FIFA tips from the pros? We’ve got you covered. Earlier this month, we had a chance to talk to a pair of incredible FIFA pro players: Complexity Gaming’s Joksan and MaXe. They took home back-to-back FIFAe Club World Cup Championship titles, and that’s no small feat. As someone who does not keep up with FIFA as much as I’d like and is perenially bad at the games, it was a genuine pleasure to talk to both MaXe and Joksan to learn a lot about the games. We spoke with the two about what it’s like to win championships in the game, tips for efficiently practicing, and much more.
Jason: First of all, congrats on being back-to-back FIFAe Club World Champs! A 3-1 victory is nothing to sneeze at. Were there any serious challenges that came from playing New York City Esports?
MaXe: Of course, NYCFC was the best opponent we could have faced. I know Squirrel very well, and I knew the games were going to be as close as they were.
Joksan: Yes. It’s always tough to play Didy, who I considered to be one of the best North American players ever. It’s always a tough game.
Jason: As a pair that have pretty much dominated the North American scene, have there been any stumbling blocks on your way to success?
MaXe: Yes, there are always some lows in competing. We finished sixth in the first week of qualifying, and we weren’t in a good spot. Thankfully, we managed to recover and find our form in the following weeks.
Joksan: I think we have had our share of success when it comes to playing Club World Cup. We’re always at our best level. We have stumbled individually but always have each other’s backs for the Club World Cup.
Jason: One of the hardest things about FIFA can be figuring out the right squad, as far as a beginning player goes. What do you look for when putting together a team to compete with?
MaXe: I always try to find players that I can dribble well with. That is why I used 98 Pele because he is good at creating space in the box.
Joksan: When putting together a team, I look at a few different areas. For my attackers, I look for players that are fast and have five-star skills. As for defenders, I look for players that are tall and agile.
Jason: On that note, a major hurdle is to get the players you want. Do you have any advice for newcomers trying to field a successful team?
MaXe: Practice makes perfect, and the more time you play, the better chances you will have of unlocking better players in the game.
Joksan: At the end of the day, you can’t win if you don’t play. It takes time to build out a good team, but if you focus on improving as a player and having fun, it comes a bit more organically.
Jason: Do you have favorite/go-to players that you rely on more than others, and if so, why?
MaXe: I love Gullit and Vieira. They are must-have players in every FIFA game.
Joksan: You can always count on Neymar and Ronaldo at the beginning of the game. They’re the best players.
Jason: It’s surely not easy to be successful in online gaming. What about tips for smart practice time or in-game strategy you could offer a would-be FIFA pro?
MaXe: Make sure that when you’re practicing, you’re working on a specific aspect of your gameplay. If you play with no plan on what you want to improve, you won’t see as strong results.
Joksan: You do not need to be burning yourself out and playing every single day for long periods of time to practice. Instead, go for a more chill route and practice smart. As for online games, you need to adapt to the gameplay ASAP.
Jason: How did you guys get into the professional scene of FIFA?
MaXe: I got into FIFA competitively at the age of 12, which was FIFA 15. I had to wait until FIFA 19 to be able to compete, and I haven’t looked back since.
Joksan: I saw a FIFA 17 tournament on YouTube and wanted to try my hand at competing more professionally as I thought I was pretty good.
Jason: What would you say is the hardest part of playing competitive FIFA?
MaXe: The hardest part is the mental side of things. FIFA is a game where you can get very unlucky, and a lot of things can be out of your control. What is in your control, however, is your ability to stay composed and remain focused on what you need to do no matter what happens in the game.
Joksan: Certainly not unique to competitive FIFA, but a difficult aspect would have to be the adjustment to playing online when the connection is poor.
Jason: If you could compete against professional footballers, do you have any dream opponents?
MaXe: I would love to play against Van Dijk or Berbatov.
Joksan: I would love to play against Neymar.
Jason: If you could make any one change to FIFA, what would it be?
MaXe: Bring back second man pressing, and increase the speed of the gameplay.
Joksan: When you are verified to be able to use any player you want.
Jason: Because I’m always curious about anyone who plays FIFA/football games, who is your team?
MaXe: I am a Liverpool fan.
Joksan: Real Madrid and Mexico.
Blockchain monitoring provider PARSIQ integrates with crypto custodian Hex Trust
PARSIQ, a blockchain monitoring & event tracking service provider, today announced it entered into a new strategic partnership with Asia-based digital asset custodian, Hex Trust.
The partnership will enable PARSIQ to provide PRQ token holders with bank-level security to keep their assets safe; while offering Hex Trust’s clients additional security with enterprise-grade monitoring.
Listed on the OKEx exchange since the beginning of this year, PARSIQ (PRQ) is a “reverse-oracle” blockchain platform that addresses the lack of adequate monitoring and analytics tools in the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Users can keep tabs on events across different blockchains in real-time and connect those events to any off-chain apps and devices to facilitate different workflows.
Last year, the firm secured funding support under the USD $100 million accelerator fund offered by Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange.
Aiming to help propel the mass adoption of blockchain automation tools, PARSIQ has inked a slew of deals with trusted blockchain labels since its establishment in 2018. Among those are Algorand, Dash, Bitfury Crystal, and AllianceBlock, and, most recently, SuperFarm, Injective, PAID Network, and Chainlink.
Collaboration with Hex Trust is another significant step toward realizing the company’s vision to operate a safe cryptocurrency platform that meets the strictest global regulatory requirements. It will allow PARSIQ to use Hex Trust’s proprietary safekeeping solution “Hex Safe” for custody of PARSIQ’s treasury. In addition, clients will be able to store their PRQ assets in Hex Trust’s custody vault.
“Onboarding a company like Hex Trust and getting custody support for PRQ tokens adds a new level of validity to PARSIQ and underlines just how much security means to us and our holders,” said Tom Tirman, CEO of PARSIQ.
The deal is a win-win for both stakeholders. Hex Trust can leverage PARSIQ’s infrastructure for blockchain transactions and automate internal business processes such as notifications, deposit processing, and security monitoring.
“We are delighted to have been appointed PARSIQ’s custodian and provide the highest security levels for their digital assets. Teaming up and integrating their transaction monitoring and automation tools into our custody platform will provide added benefits for our clients and improve their overall experience,” Alessio Quaglini, Co-Founder and CEO of Hex Trust added.
Price analysis 4/16: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, DOGE, ADA, DOT, LTC, UNI, LINK
Dogecoin’s (DOGE) massive rally to $0.45 propelled it to a market capitalization of over $54 billion to make it the fifth most valuable cryptocurrency by market cap.
This lofty market cap comes as a surprise to many since the project has no active developers and is only a meme coin, thus the current rally brings back memories of the excesses seen during the ICO boom in 2017.
Rallies like the one seen in Dogecoin indicate that several traders have entered the fray and are looking to get rich overnight. The only positive sign is that the mania has not spread to other coins. If it does, then the crypto markets are likely to witness a sharp correction in order to shake out the weak hands.
CNBC host Jim Cramer has become one of the first well-known people to reveal that he closed half of his Bitcoin (BTC) position. While Cramer’s selling is an isolated event, it does warn that not all professional investors who have recently turned Bitcoin believers are going to be long-term HODLers.
If the institutional investors rush to the exit, it could cause a huge correction in several cryptocurrencies. Traders should be mindful of irrational exuberance and avoid being sucked into FOMO-driven trades as it’s better to stick to a trading plan and think long-term rather than dream of overnight riches.
Let’s study the charts of the top-10 cryptocurrencies to identify the critical support levels and outline various bullish and bearish scenarios.
The bulls could not capitalize and build upon the breakout of the overhead resistance zone at $60,000 to $61,825.84 on April 13. Bitcoin price turned down on April 14 after hitting an all-time high at $64,849.27 and the bulls are currently attempting to flip the $60,000 level to support.
If they manage to do that, the BTC/USDT pair may make one more attempt to resume the uptrend. A breakout of $64,849.27, could start the next leg of the uptrend that could reach $69,540 and then $79,566.
However, the negative divergence on the relative strength index (RSI) is warning of a possible correction. Interestingly, the price reversed direction when the RSI had reached close to the downtrend line.
If the price dips below the 20-day exponential moving average ($59,427), it will be the first sign that buyers may be losing their grip. The break below the 50-day simple moving average ($55,814) will further cement the view that a deeper correction is likely.
The bulls may attempt to arrest the decline near $50,460.02 but if this level cracks, the pair could drop to the critical support at $43,006.77.
Ether (ETH) extended its uptrend and hit an all-time high at $2,545.80 today. Profit-booking by traders pulled the price down to $2,300 but the long tail on the day’s candlestick suggests that bulls continue to buy on dips.
If the price recovers and the bulls push the price above $2,545.8, the ETH/USDT pair could start the next leg of the uptrend. The next target objective on the upside is $2,745 and then the psychological level at $3,000.
The upsloping 20-day EMA ($2,131) and the RSI near the overbought territory suggest the path of least resistance is to the upside. This bullish view will be invalidated if the price turns down and breaks below the 20-day EMA. Such a move could pull the price down to $1,925.10.
Binance Coin (BNB) formed a Doji candlestick pattern on April 14 and that was followed by an inside day candlestick pattern on April 15. Both these setups indicate indecision among the bulls and the bears. This uncertainty resolved to the downside today.
However, a minor positive is that the bulls are defending the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level at $483.95, as seen from the long tail on the day’s candlestick. The bulls will now try to push the BNB/USDT pair above the all-time high at $638.56 and resume the uptrend.
Conversely, a break below $483.95 could pull the price down to the 20-day EMA ($437). A break below this support will suggest that the traders are rushing to the exit and that could result in a drop to the breakout level at $348.69.
XRP is currently correcting the sharp rally. The bulls are attempting to defend the first support at the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level at $1.48, as seen from the long tail on the day’s candlestick.
The XRP/USDT pair may now consolidate between $1.48 and $1.96 for a few days before starting the next trending move.
A break above $1.96 could start the next leg of the uptrend that could reach $2.54. The rising moving averages and the RSI in the overbought zone suggest the bulls have the upper hand.
Contrary to this positive assumption, if the bears sink the price below the $1.48 support, the pair could drop to the 20-day EMA ($1.18). Such a move will suggest the bullish momentum has weakened and that could delay the next leg of the uptrend.
Dogecoin’s momentum has been picking up since the past three days and that has resulted in the massive pump today. This shows that more and more traders are getting sucked into the trade due to FOMO.
Usually, such buying frenzies end in a major top formation. After the last bull has purchased, the price reverses direction and the waterfall decline starts. It is difficult to predict a top during such a frenzy but the psychological $0.50 level may act as a hurdle.
The decline after the DOGE/USDT pair tops out is likely to be vicious. The usual 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level may not hold and the pair is likely to drop to the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level at $0.20.
Traders should control the urge to get into such trades even at the risk of missing out on some profits.
Cardano (ADA) has been facing a tough battle between the bull and the bears near $1.48 for the past two days. Although the bulls managed to push the price above $1.48 today, the bears have been quick to pull the price back below the level.
After the third unsuccessful attempt to sustain the price above $1.48, the bulls seem to have dumped their positions today, resulting in the formation of an outside day candlestick pattern.
However, the long tail on today’s candlestick suggests the bulls bought the dips to the 20-day EMA ($1.28) aggressively. The bulls may now make one more attempt to drive the price above the $1.48 to $1.55 resistance zone.
If they manage to do that, the ADA/USDT pair could resume the uptrend and start the journey toward $2. Conversely, a break below the moving averages could offer the bears an opportunity to sink the price to $1.03.
The bulls pushed Polkadot (DOT) above the $42.28 level on April 13 but could not challenge the all-time high at $46.80. This shows a lack of demand at higher levels. The altcoin has dropped below $42.28 today and the bears will now try to sink the price below the 20-day EMA ($40).
If they succeed, the selling could pick up further as the bulls may rush to cover their positions. Such a move could sink the DOT/USDT pair to $32.50 and then to the critical support at $26.50.
Contrary to this assumption, if the price again rebounds off the 20-day EMA, it will suggest that bulls have not given up. They will make one more attempt to thrust the price above the $46.80 resistance and resume the uptrend.
Litecoin (LTC) is in a strong uptrend. The bears had tried to start a correction today but the bulls purchased the dips aggressively as seen from the long tail on the day’s candlestick. The reversal may have caught several aggressive bears on the wrong foot, which could be the reason for the pick-up in momentum.
The LTC/USDT pair has broken out of the target objective at $307.42, clearing the path for a rally to $374. However, the RSI above 76 signals caution because, in the past, the pair has repeatedly entered a correction when the RSI level reaches close to 80.
The critical support to watch on the downside is the 20-day EMA ($241). A break below this support will be the first sign that the bulls are tiring and a deeper correction is likely.
Uniswap (UNI) broke out to a new all-time high on April 15 but the bulls are struggling to sustain the higher levels. When the price fails to follow up higher after breaking out of a significant resistance, it indicates exhaustion.
However, the long tail on the day’s candlestick suggests the bulls continue to buy on dips. If the buyers can propel the price above the all-time high at $39.60, the UNI/USDT pair could rally to $43.43 and then $50.
On the other hand, if the price again turns down and breaks below the 20-day EMA ($32), several aggressive bulls who had purchased the breakout of $35.20 may bail out of their positions. The long liquidation could pull the price down to $27.97.
Chainlink (LINK) surged above the $36.93 overhead resistance on April 14, signaling the resumption of the uptrend. The altcoin hit an all-time high at $44.33 where profit-booking set in.
However, the long tail on the day’s candlestick suggests that the bulls aggressively purchased the dip to $38.52 today. This indicates that the sentiment remains positive and the bulls are buying at lower levels.
The buyers will now try to resume the uptrend by pushing the price above $44.33. If they succeed, the LINK/USDT pair could rally to $50.
Contrary to this assumption, if the price again turns down and breaks below the $36.93 support, the pair could drop to the 20-day EMA ($34). If this support cracks, the decline could extend to the 50-day SMA ($30).
The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk. You should conduct your own research when making a decision.
Market data is provided by HitBTC exchange.
How The XRP Community Reply To The SEC’s “Shady” Move
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lawsuit against Ripple Labs, and executives Brad Garlinghouse and Chris Larsen seem to have taken a weird turn. According to the former federal prosecutor and defense lawyer James Filan, the Commission could have allegedly bypass certain rules to its benefit.
#XRPCommunity #XRP #SEC v. #Ripple @sentosumosaba BREAKING: DISCOVERY DISPUTE REGARDING #SEC CONTACTING FOREIGN REGULATORS AND SEEKING DISCOVERY OUTSIDE RULES OF FEDERAL PROCEDURE AND HAGUE CONVENTION. LETTER MOTION ATTACHED.https://t.co/53ytaZCjTi
— James K. Filan (@FilanLaw) April 16, 2021
The SEC apparently is “pursuing discovery” from the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on Ripple. This method is called Memoranda of Understanding (“MOU”) and, according to a document file with the Southern District of New York and Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn, violates the Hague Convention.
The document was introduced by Ripple Labs legal representation and claims the SEC has at least 11 MOU demanding documents from “overseas entities”. The document claims “many” of these entities are the payments company business partners” and about 10 international regulators.
The defense qualifies the process as “improper” and part of an “intimidation tactic” to allegedly reduce Ripple’s capacity to conduct business outside of the U.S. The document said:
Not only is the use of pre-litigation investigative tools prejudicial to Defendants and the recipients of such requests, as described below, it also prevents this Court from exercising its lawful discretion regarding the scope of permissible foreign discover.
Behind the judge’s back, the SEC violated U.S. civil court rules by issuing multiple “MOUs” to obligate foreign govts to obtain files from @Ripple‘s foreign business partners. They got caught.
Read the full letter to Judge Netburn here 👇https://t.co/9P7wIMfTr8
— CryptoLaw (@CryptoLawUS) April 16, 2021
SEC “unjust” advantage in XRP case?
Commenting on the discovery, lawyer Jeremy Hogan said the SEC is placing indirect “regulatory pressure” on Ripple and its partners. Since the Commission is the only party capable of employing said tactic Hogan said:
This is NOT something a “typical” Plaintiff could do and it’s not fair, so Ripple is calling dirty-poker (…). (former prosecutor), this is typical government prosecutorial pressure-litigation, applying pressure not only to you but your business friends as well.
General Counsel for Gala Games Jesse Hynes also gave his opinion and claim it was an “insane” move by the regulator. Hynes highlighted the importance and implication this lawsuit could have for the crypto industry and said:
Shame on the SEC! On the bright side, the SEC is basically admitting that this is a matter of great political and worldwide significance. Can’t wait for that Summary Judgment motion with a major questions doctrine argument.
XRP is trading at $1,64 with an 8.9% correction after an impressive rally in the past days. On the weekly and monthly chart, XRP sits at 55.9% and 255.2% profits.
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