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New Luna build tears up Team Secret in WePlay AniMajor

Magical, physical…why not both?

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Luna has always had to pick between physical and magical damage, but a new hybrid strategy combines the best of both worlds.

The build recently appeared in the opening round of the WePlay AniMajor. Kiyalbek “dream” Tayirov was assigned a last pick Luna in AS Monaco Gambit’s wild card match against Team Secret. While he started with the standard physical build, he chose to bolster his late-game strength with Aghanim’s Scepter, Aghanim’s Shard, and Timeless Relic. The kit allowed dream’s team to pummel the European juggernauts in game two.

This build is distinct from both established Luna builds. Magic damage Luna has trouble farming creeps, and physical Luna struggles to keep up with other carries in the late game. This build solves both problems by switching halfway through the game. If it can succeed in an official Dota 2 major, it can definitely win you some MMR. 

How to play magic Luna carry

The build plays exactly the same as traditional Luna in the laning phase. Use Lucent Beam to secure last hits and harass the off-laner until a kill opportunity arises. Luna is pretty solid at brawling before level four, so try to pair up with an offensive support hero like Witch Doctor or Crystal Maiden.

Instead of the usual Wraith Bands and Mask of Madness, rush Dragon Lance. The item helps Luna with her extremely short attack range and it offers excellent stats for an agility core. Aim for Power Treads and Dragon Lance around 11 minutes.

The midgame for magical carry Luna is also familiar. You want to build a Yasha item and a Black King Bar. The exact order depends on the state of the game. If you need to show up to fights early, go for BKB first. This build lets you clear out the jungle with Moon Glaives and participate in fights when Eclipse comes off cooldown.

Around 30 minutes, harder carries like Medusa and Spectre start to come online. Luna struggles to match their physical damage or tankiness, and it’s not really worth the effort to try and do so. Instead of the standard Butterfly and Satanic, queue up Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard. Luna’s Scepter turns her Eclipse into a ground-targeted ability with a massive radius. It also doubles the number of Lucent Beams and removes the single-target limit. The Shard lets Luna play similarly to Skywrath Mage, dancing around the fight while dumping magic nukes that also send out right clicks. The Dragon Lance from earlier also helps Luna stay in her ideal range. Even the tankiest heroes can melt from an upgraded Eclipse. Add all three Lucent Beam talents and it becomes a Ravage, Sonic Wave, and Mystic Flare rolled into one.

The best neutral item for magic Luna is Timeless Relic, as it buffs Eclipse’s damage and ministun. Spell Prism is valuable for its cooldown reduction and Minotaur Horn offers a but of bulk and safety. No matter what neutral items hit the map, this new hybrid Luna build can ride with the best.

Source: https://win.gg/news/8304/new-luna-build-tears-up-team-secret-in-weplay-animajor

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The World Economic Forum’s Cryptocurrency Guide Lists Its Choice Of “Winning” Projects

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The World Economic Forum (WEF) has published its community paper on cryptocurrency. It contains information on getting started, exploring the blockchain, and so on. It also lists several cryptocurrencies that meet its scalability stamp of approval.

As an influential body, some have taken this to mean the WEF has selected its choice of winning cryptocurrency projects, which, if rumors are to be believed, will receive a significant push over the coming years.

The WEF See Cryptocurrency As Transformational

Various centralized authorities, and their representatives, have sent mixed messages surrounding cryptocurrency and its role in future society.

This includes ECB President Christine Lagarde, who earlier this year blasted Bitcoin’s “funny business” in facilitating money laundering, and U.S Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who pointed out Bitcoin’s limitations as a payment mechanism, and much like Lagarde, its use in illicit financing.

“To the extent it is used I fear it’s often for illicit finance. It’s an extremely inefficient way of conducting transactions, and the amount of energy that’s consumed in processing those transactions is staggering.”

Nonetheless, the Swiss-based international organization for public-private cooperation has signaled its approval of cryptocurrency via its latest guide. The 22-page report details practical guidance, for both individuals and corporate professionals, on transacting, dapps, governance systems, scalability, and consideration of regulations.

As cryptocurrencies transform how we trade, transact and interact online, it has become more important than ever for technology leaders to have experience with these innovations.

As expected, the report mentions the big two, Bitcoin and Ethereum, even dedicating an entire section to Ethereum to discuss its programmability and usefulness in facilitating technological innovation.

Along with that, in the throughput and scalability section, the report also lists six cryptocurrency projects with brief text on their ability to handle large volumes of transactions. They are Algorand, Cardano, Celo, XRPL, Solano, and Stellar.

The Great Reset

During covid times, the WEF has caught the attention of many truth seekers. They raise concerns over the WEF’s role in steering the world recovery.

Among the WEF’s predictions by 2030 is “you’ll own nothing. And you’ll be happy.

Some have described this future scenario as a centralized system of control and manipulation. Even a throwback to Medieval feudal society, which consisted of a bottom rung of the peasantry who were slaves to the landowners.

Reuters have fact-checked this “stated goal” and dismissed it because it was a reference to the trend towards the prevalence of renting over ownership.

“False. The World Economic Forum does not have a stated goal to have people ‘own nothing and be happy’ by 2030. Its Agenda 2030 framework outlines an aim to ensure all people have access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property.”

Either way, should investors take the WEF’s mention of Algorand, Cardano, Celo, XRPL, Solano, and Stellar as cryptocurrency projects to watch in the future?

Source: https://bitcoinist.com/the-world-economic-forums-cryptocurrency-guide-lists-its-choice-of-winning-projects/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-world-economic-forums-cryptocurrency-guide-lists-its-choice-of-winning-projects

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Ethereum, Stellar Lumens, VeChain Price Analysis: 14 June

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Even though Bitcoin climbed back above $39,000 after a jump of 8% in a single day, not all coins witnessed a surge in value. Alts such as Ethereum, Stellar Lumens and VeChain saw limited gains within their down-channel and awaited further cues for a breakout.

Ethereum [ETH]

Source: ETH/USD, TradingView

A look at Ethereum’s 12-chart showed the formation of a down-channel after a break above $2,900 was denied by sellers. On the verge of a breakout from the pattern, ETH bulls tussled with the upper trendline at press time. Interestingly, the upper trendline saw some interplay between 20-SMA (red) and 50-SMA (yellow) and hence, it was an important area to retake. A successful breakout would likely result in a 13% hike back towards its upper ceiling of $2,900.

MACD was close to a bullish crossover as the Fast-moving line caught up to the Signal line. However, RSI maintained below 50 and lower highs indicated weakening. A failed breakout would likely see ETH maintain its downtrend within the channel.

Stellar Lumens [XLM]

Source: XLM/USD, TradingView

Stellar Lumens also attempted a break above its down-channel at the time of writing. A successful breakout would likely trigger a 13% jump towards 23.6% Fibonacci level ($0.388) and 50-SMA (yellow). An extended bullish outcome could even result in an additional 20% rise at the 38.2% level ($0.46) and 200-SMA (green).

Squeeze Momentum Indicator suggested that bearish momentum has declined over the past few days and backed a favorable outcome. However, RSI has remained in bearish territory since 19th May and even pointed south at press time. The index could continue towards the oversold zone before a reversal can be expected. Such an outcome would see XLM maintain within its down channel over the coming days.

VeChain [VET]

Source: VET/USD, TradingView

VeChain was in a similar predicament as its counterparts ETH and XLM. The crypto-asset also traded within a down channel and eyed a break above its upper trendline, an area that clashed with 20-SMA (red) and 50-SMA (yellow). An early breakout would likely boost VET towards its 200-SMA, close to strong resistance line of $0.152. If such an outcome is denied, further dips were possible towards defensive lines of $0.091 or $$0.0825. The presence of a demand zone within this area could cushion an extended sell-off.

VET’s RSI gave was an example of yet another altcoin that switched to a downtrend after a key breakout was denied – in this case – $0.152-resistance. The index could decline towards the oversold zone before shifting gears. Supertrend Indicator still presented a sell signal but interestingly placed a stop-loss at $0.136 and 200-SMA- making this area critical to VET’s success.


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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/ethereum-stellar-lumens-vechain-price-analysis-14-june

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Charles Hoskinson hits back after billionaire calls Cardano a ‘cult’

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Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz said over the weekend that he was ‘shocked’ over Cardano’s valuation while calling the community a weird cult.

“And so things like Cardano, it shocks me, the valuation. And it shocks every smart developer I know. They have done something to create this weird cult,” he said.

Cardano, the number five cryptocurrency has a market cap of just under $50 billion and is within striking distance of Binance Coin (BNB). The high-speed blockchain logged one of the highest ‘commits’ on GitHub last week, but some bigwigs remain unimpressed.

Novogratz picked up on a common criticism of the project. That is, how can a half-complete network with no operational smart contracts be valued so highly?

While there is some validity to this point, the “weird cult” comment has drawn a barrage of disapproval from Cardano supporters. Input Output Global (IOG) CEO Charles Hoskinson himself waded into the controversy by accusing Novogratz of bitterness.

“Let me translate the billionaire speak for you guys. He’s saying that he doesn’t see a backdoor to get in at a favorable price or manipulate the market like the rest of the VC coins,” Hoskinson tweeted.

Novogratz says Cardano is all show and no go

Novogratz dropped the bombshell speaking to Yahoo Finance Anchor Zack Guzman, in which he remarked that value is no longer derived from code. Instead, it’s a “social construct,” or as he made more explicit, all about the branding.

Hoskinson has addressed the issue of the lack of smart contracts on several occasions, saying they are on the way. But to accuse IOG and Cardano of criminality is a step too far and grossly misrepresenting the situation.

More recently, addressing the differences between Cardano and Ethereum, Hoskinson said Cardano’s slow and steady “scientific method” is, in his mind, the best way to counter system failure.

“The way we do things is a bit more mature and responsible because the way that we do things results in a better assurance that the systems we build won’t fail,” he said in a recent video.

The question is, is Novogratz’s anti-Cardano stance coming from a pro-Ethereum perspective? Or does he sincerely believe Cardano is all fluff?

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