It was a nearly perfect ending at Flashpoint Three for mousesports, who defeated Ninjas in Pyjamas in the grand finals to win the event and play spoiler to NiP’s dev1ce event debut with his new team.
NiP answered an early run from mousesports with a great T-side to start off Overpass, with the trio of Plopski, dev1ce, and REZ going off yet again. The Ninjas jumped out to a 10-5 lead, but had to hold off a mousesports comeback to claim their map pick 16-13.
Mousesports jumped out to a 9-6 lead after their own T-side on Nuke, and never let off the gas, surrendering zero rounds to NiP in the second half in a perfect CT side. David “frozen” Čerňanský had a spectacular showing, as did mousesports’ IGL Christopher “dexter” Nong, as mousesports rolled over NiP 16-6 to send the series to a final third map.
Mousesports had another strong start to their T-side on Inferno, with Robin ‘ropz’ Kool leading the way and some supplemental clutches from the likes of dexter. The same could be said in the second half, with another clutch from dexter putting the team on map and series point at 15-9. Mousesports closed it out the very next round, taking the series 2-1. The team only dropped a single map, the opener of this very series, in the entire tournament.
The routes taken by both mousesports and NiP to get to Flashpoint’s grand finals were surely a surprise to viewers, and perhaps to the teams themselves. Mousesports, who’ve been struggling as of late while still adapting to new IGL dexter, have dominated the field at Flashpoint Three. They won four straight series without dropping a map against Fnatic, BIG, Astralis, and G2 Esports. Dexter has been more than carrying his load on the killfeed on top of his in-game leading duties.
NiP entered Flashpoint with ultra high expectations, despite it only being their first event since acquiring dev1ce. The debut, and the tournament itself, got off to a rocky start with the controversy surrounding their map three replay vs Anonymo. Despite their wins over Anonymo and FPX, they were bounced down to the lower bracket by G2. There, they had to scratch and claw to get into the grand finals, winning against BIG, Heroic, and G2 despite dropping the first map in all three series.
Ninjas in Pyjamas have propelled up to the top of the Regional Major Rankings for Europe, making up for lost ground caused by deductions for making a roster move. Mousesports started at zero from 2020, but have now catapulted off to fourth, and are just a few points behind a secured Legends qualifier spot. There’s still a long way to go before the beginning of PGL Stockholm in late October, including two more RMR events, but both teams are sitting pretty after a strong start.
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How Archer Swap Has Helped End Ethereum’s Bidding War
Most DeFi users have heard of Ethereum’s high congestion issues, but few are aware of the controlling forces operating behind the scenes, and how badly they can be impacted by this single problem. When traders send a regular transaction via the Ethereum network, it is susceptible to attacks from bots or front-running software run by entities seeking to profit from trader activity.
Ethereum’s ecosystem is perhaps amongst the fastest growing in the crypto space. Thus, there are already many solutions that tackle this issue and operate for the benefit of the users and decentralized exchange (DEX) traders. Most of them have gone under the radar.
Archer Swap is part of the Archer DAO, a project with features designed to mitigate the risks associated with sending transactions on Ethereum. It protects users from Miner Extractable Value (MEV) strategies, sandwich attacks, and front-running bots while maintaining a connection with Uniswap and SushiSwap, two of the most popular DEXs on Ethereum.
In this sense, Archer Swap can be described as a DEX extension that enhances the trader experience on these dApps. This protocol combines two powerful sets of features that give traders improved operations on Ethereum – protecting them and making trades more cost-efficient.
The first set of benefits are called Archer MEV Shield. Besides protecting transactions from bot attacks, it allows users to eliminate failed transaction fees, a recurring problem on Ethereum. Traders can also cancel transactions at no additional cost.
The second feature is called Archer Trader Extractable Value (TEV), a proprietary and innovative concept introduced by Archer Swap. Operating within the Archer Relay, Archer TEV uses automated rebalancing transactions with bots to sync market prices when big market moves occur.
After a trade or a big swap, there is usually an arbitrage opportunity in a market. Archer TEV uses these opportunities to capture the value and redistribute it to Archer Swap users. In essence, Archer TEV takes revenue generated by Archer Swap and gives it back to one of the protocol’s core components, the traders.
Archer Swap Launches Campaign To Reward Traders
Following a community vote, Archer DAO recently launched a 6-week campaign to buy back and distribute its native token ARCH. In this way, the protocol can reward early adopters. The tokens will be acquired with the revenue generated by Archer TEV.
The protocol won’t have to touch its treasury reserves to attract new users to the platform. The protocol and the users will benefit – as more users trade on Archer Swap, the campaign will have more resources to acquire and distribute ARCH. Therefore, the token will most likely see an increase in buying pressure during the coming weeks, and the platform will see a surge in the number of users.
Archer DAO will distribute rewards every Friday from June 11th to July 16th, 2021. The platform will calculate rewards for each user based on their transacted volume for each week. The rewards will be delivered automatically and with basically 0 risk for the users, all they need to do is trade.
Archer Swap has had famous trades. In May, during the high of the dog meme coins, the inventor of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, used Archer Swap to dump his supply of Shiba Inu (SHIB), AKITA, MIRI, ELON, and others into the market.
The dump served a good cause, as Vitalik used this money to send over $1 billion to different charity organizations. The most notable is the Covid-19 relief campaign for India started by Polygon’s co-founder, Sandeep Nailwal. This trade could be among the most famous in 2021 and was enabled by a protocol whose main objective is to shield its users and give them back the power to operate safely within the Ethereum dark forest.
Crypto Crash Trends On Twitter As Bitcoin Falls Below $30,000
Twitter has gone into a frenzy after bitcoin fell below $30,000 this morning. The hashtag #cryptocrash is currently trending on the platform. This is after the coin broke the $30,000 stronghold and fell below it. A price that has been a stronghold for bitcoin for a while now. Speculations were that as long as the asset didn’t fall below $30,000, then there would be a recovery.
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Bitcoin has been in a downtrend for a couple of days now. News of mining rigs closing down in China pushing the price even further down. Falling below $30,000 means bitcoin is about to erase its gains for 2021. The coin was trading at $29,001 n December 2020. Only breaking the $30,000 barrier in 2021. Now bitcoin is trading at only 3% gains for the year 2021.
Bear Market Trends
Richard Bernstein was on Trading Nation two weeks ago to talk about the trends in bitcoin. The CEO called bitcoin a bubble. He pointed out that bitcoin was currently in a bull market. Noting that people were leaving the markets that were actually in a bull market behind.
Bitcoin crashes below $30,000 before recovering back up to $32,000 | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
Bitcoin has been struggling for the past two months. This was after the coin finally hit the all-time high of $64k in April. There was a lot of speculation that the coin was headed for $100k. But it seems the asset had other plans.
Analysts have compared this to the 2018 crash. When bitcoin hit a new ATH of nearly $20k and then proceeded to lose 80% of its value. At one point trading at a little over $3k.
There Is Still Hope For Bitcoin
Novogratz further explained that calling a bottom on the crash is hard to do. This he attributed to the large liquidations currently taking place across a number of assets.
With regards to the $30,000 price level, Novogratz said, “We’ll see if it holds on the day. We might plunge below it for a while and close above it.”
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The co-founder of Galaxy Digital noted that he wasn’t worried about the price crash. Explaining that he does not expect another crash of the 2017 magnitude to occur again. This he chalked up to the maturity of the ecosystem. Pointing out that much more mature players are now moving into the system.
“Every single bank is working on their own crypto project, how they can get bitcoin to their wealthy clients. I think a lot of clients that didn’t buy it the first time will see this as an opportunity to buy it and get involved.
– Mike Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Digital
Twitter users have taken to the platform to express their opinions on the current market movements. There are countless tweets asking people to not panic. That the market is going to recover. And right now, it is starting to look like they’re right as the market has gone back into the green. Bitcoin is currently back up to $32k, after a dramatic price drop below $30k.
Featured image from Forbes, chart from TradingView.com
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