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Masters Reykjavik Day 6 – Fnatic is through to the Grand Finals

They will be meeting Sentinels in a NA vs EU match

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They will be meeting Sentinels in a NA vs EU match.

Day 6 of Masters Reykjavik saw the top team from EU securing their spot in the Grand Finals. The journey Fnatic took was a bit bumpy, but they have consistently delivered results that have culminated with a spot in the Grand Finals.

The battle of EU was both anticipated and a hard fought one. Team Liquid gave their best to be at parity with Fnatic, but the other London team was too strong in both maps, Team Liquid was almost within reach of winning the map, but Fnatic snatched the victory away from them sadly.

Fnatic won 2-0.

In this matchup between the two giants of KR and EU, the two teams traded blows, quite literally. In the first map, Fnatic won with 13-8, while the second map NUTURN won 13-8 – with the same amount of KDA as well. In the end, Fnatic won with another 13-8 making them the winner of the lower brackets.

Fnatic won 2-1.

Final steps

Fnatic will now face Sentinels, arguably the best team in NA in the Grand Finals. The play will now be a best-of-five match, with the match happening at 5pm GMT. The winner will be hefting the first ever VALORANT Masters Trophy, and points for the winners will contribute to the Champions event happening at the end of the year.

Source: https://www.gosugamers.net/valorant/news/54445-masters-reykjavik-day-6-fnatic-is-through-to-the-grand-finals

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EOS: Why there’s a question mark attached to its long-term trajectory

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Disclaimer: The findings of the following analysis are the sole opinions of the writer and should not be taken as investment advice

The lack of buyers for EOS has certainly hurt its price progression on the chart. Facing strong competition from the likes of Solana, Cardano, and Ethereum, the smart contract operator has gone relatively unnoticed since the wider crypto-crash on 19 May. This was evident from its recent trading volumes which were nowhere near levels seen during its run-up to May highs.

While a bullish pattern did attempt to change this situation, 7 September’s flash crash came at an unfortunate time. Since then, while EOS did regain some lost ground, it was yet to fully convince observers of a speedy recovery.

At the time of writing, EOS was trading at $5.27 with a market cap of $4.94 billion.

EOS Daily Chart

Source: EOS/USD, TradingView

A falling wedge breakout in early September set EOS for higher price levels but 7 September’s flash crash played spoilsport. Since then, EOS began to take shape within a bear flag which presented chances of a breakdown. A close under the daily 20-SMA (red) and the $4.8-support would set EOS on a southbound path below 7 September’s swing low of $4.15.

The support areas of $4 and $3.5 would look to stem further bleeding in the market.

To shatter this outlook, EOS would need to register a close above $5.7 on strong volumes. This would allow the digital asset to target previous highs formed at $6 and $6.4.

Reasoning 

Now, the Relative Strength Index has been forming higher peaks over the past week and a half – A positive sign. However, the index is yet to assert itself in bullish territory. In a weak market, the RSI normally finds resistance between 55-60 and drops lower once again.

Similarly, the MACD was inching higher but at a relatively slow pace. A bullish outcome cannot be expected till the index rises comfortably above its half-line. The On Balance Volume presented a wider picture. According to the index’s downtrend, sell volumes have been higher than buy volumes over the past month.

Conclusion 

Since EOS was trading within a bear flag pattern, a breakdown can be expected going forward. In such a case, expect buyers to respond at support levels of $3.5 and $4. To overcome this situation, buyers need to maintain EOS within its current pattern. This would heighten the chances of a break in the opposite direction.

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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/eos-why-theres-a-question-mark-attached-to-its-long-term-trajectory

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U.S. Homeland Security Signs $1.36M Contract with Coinbase

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Coinbase will provide the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement branch with blockchain analytics software.
The crypto exchange has also provided software to the U.S. Secret Service and Inland Revenue.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch of the U.S. Homeland Security has given a $1.36 million contract to crypto exchange giant Coinbase for “business application” and “application development software”, according to the Federal Procurement Data System.

The new deal is Coinbase’s largest federal contract yet. The deal was signed on Thursday and is worth around forty times more than Coinbase’s last contract with the Homeland Security branch. 

Back on August 9 this year, the ICE paid Coinbase $29,000 for forensics software. According to a document dated August 3, the contract was given to Coinbase on the basis that the company is “the only vendor who can reasonably provide the services required by the agency.”

Details as to exactly what the ICE wants Coinbase software for are scarce. The same document later states, “This requirement is LAW ENFORCEMENT SENITIVE[sic], therefore minimal information will be provided publicly.”

ICE is not the first government agency to request Coinbase’s services. Last year, Coinbase announced its desire to sell analytics tools to two U.S. government branches: the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Inland Revenue Service. 

The IRS said that it could use several analytics tools to help catch blockchain-savvy tax dodgers, including “Coinbase Analytics”, formerly known as Neutrino. Coinbase acquired Neutrino back in 2019 for $13.5 million.

It was a controversial acquisition at the time since Neutrino members had been linked to an Italian organization called Hacking Team, which sold spyware to authoritarian regimes in Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Venezuela.

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong later expressed his regret towards the purchase and sacked the more dubious members of the team. Coinbase later sourced analytics software deals with both the Secret Service and the IRS

Coinbase is now inking million-dollar deals with the federal government. Move over Chainalysis: the U.S. government may have a new favorite blockchain company.

Source: https://decrypt.co/81263/u-s-homeland-security-signs-1-36m-contract-with-coinbase

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Solana’s DeFi Projects are Raising Millions of Dollars

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Solana may be up 122% in the past month, but its rise has begun to slow down. As the blockchain secures its place in the top 10 by market cap, investors in the nascent low fee, high-speed blockchain are turning their attention to something else: Solana’s decentralized finance protocols.

In the past week, investment in some Solana-based DeFi protocols came so thick and fast that the blockchain couldn’t handle all the attention. Solana crashed for 17 hours on Tuesday after bots rushed to invest in a token sale for Grape Protocol. 

But what are these new projects, how much have they raised, and who’s funding them? We take a look: here’s our roundup of some of the biggest protocols that are capping off a heady and hot Solana Summer, and a glance at those yet to come. 

Big IDOs

First is Grape Protocol, the culprit of the outage, which despite all the upset raised only $600,000 during its public raise on Raydium’s “Acceleraytor”. 

Grape Network hooks up to platforms like Discord, Telegram and (soon) Twitter to help decentralized communities coordinate over Solana and reward their members with cryptocurrencies. It’s all powered by the protocol’s token, GRAPE.

Next up is Parrot Protocol, which raised $69 million in an Initial DEX Offering from investors including Sino Global Capital, Alameda Research, and QTUM VC. Parrot’s a non-custodial lending platform and decentralized exchange—similar to the Maker protocol on Ethereum.

Parrot’s partly backed by PAI, an algorithmic stablecoin. In its IDO, however, Parrot sold a governance token called PRT. It’ll allow investors to vote on how the protocol is run and farm for yields on Solana without taking money out of yield farms on other Layer 1 blockchains

Parrot’s IDO slowed to a halt due to Solana’s outage but all was wrapped up by September 16. In a “Letter from the Parrot” this morning, the team said it’ll commence work on PRT staking, NFTs and adjustable interest rates. 

Many more projects are set to launch within the next few days on Solana launchpads like Solanium, Boca Chica, and Solstarter. Today, the sale for whitelisted users for MatrixETF, a decentralized ETF platform, began on Solanium. 

On September 16, a lending protocol called Larix launched on Solana. From September 15 through September 17, the total value locked in Larix rocketed from $1.7 million to $119 million. Solana, Huobi Global and Polygon are among investors.

Flippies, a sold-out NFT penguin collection, also launched on Solanium and will be distributed on September 21. Contrastive, a generative AI art series on the Solana blockchain is set to launch in two days

With the breakneck speed at which Solana continues to grow, the network’s ability to sustain all these diverse projects will be a good way to determine their success.

Source: https://decrypt.co/81262/solanas-defi-projects-are-raising-millions-of-dollars

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