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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 14, 2019 at 05:00. 9 comments

Overwatch League's Role Lock Changes Still Can't Please Fans

Overwatch League's Role Lock Changes Still Can't Please Fans

Overwatch League fans asked for change , and they got it. The season’s fourth stage kicked off three weeks ago with the introduction of a 2-2-2 role lock that requires teams to be made up of two tanks, two DPS heroes, and two supports. This change would finally put the long-reviled “GOATS” meta, which involves three tanks and three supports, out to pasture. Now, there’s a new meta powered by...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 18, 2019. 12 comments

Role-Locking Is Coming To Overwatch, According To Leaked Video

Role-Locking Is Coming To Overwatch, According To Leaked Video

Today, a pre-recorded Overwatch League video leaked sharing news that Blizzard is apparently implementing role-locking in Overwatch and the Overwatch League. It is currently unclear how role-locking will manifest in the game itself.

Starting soon, all team compositions in the Overwatch League will consist of two damage-dealers, two supports, and two tanks, explained league staffers in the...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 16, 2019. 14 comments

2018's Worst Overwatch League Team Just Won A Championship

2018's Worst Overwatch League Team Just Won A Championship

Around this time last year, the professional Overwatch team Shanghai Dragons had just finished up a history-making 0-40 season . At the time, nobody would have expected that just one year later they’d be leaving the league’s top three teams in a heap of black-and-blue bodies on the ground. Maybe they should change their name to the Shanghai Phoenixes.

Overwatch League season two’s third stage...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 10, 2019.

Players Finally Let Loose At Overwatch League's All-Star Weekend

Players Finally Let Loose At <i>Overwatch</i> League's All-Star Weekend

This past weekend, during one of the Overwatch League All-Star games, NYXL DPS Jong-ryeol “Saebyeolbe” Park—a master of split-second timing and precision—rolled right off a ledge into the infernal fires beneath King’s Row. When asked what happened, he quipped, “That’s my plan. It’s fan service.”

The whole weekend felt like fan service, a victory lap after a season of improbable highs (the...

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 03, 2019. 17 comments

Role-Locking Could Resuscitate The Overwatch League

Role-Locking Could Resuscitate The Overwatch League

“Can I say anything I want?” asked Jong-ryeol “Saebyeolbe” Park after a particularly satisfying victory for his Overwatch League team, the New York Excelsior, last year. His translator nodded. Park’s eyes lit up. “I’m the best Tracer in the world.” He stuck his tongue out.

Park was referring to the Overwatch hero Tracer, a zippy damage-dealer who can turn back time to escape close calls in a...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jun 11, 2019. 18 comments

South Korean Overwatch League Broadcast Apparently Omits Pride Day Festivities

South Korean Overwatch League Broadcast Apparently Omits Pride Day Festivities

If you tuned into the Overwatch League’s Friday games, you probably saw dozens of esports fans decked out in rainbow garb or flashing LGBTQ-themed signs as soon as the camera turned their way. It was Pride Day for the Overwatch League—a day that Overwatch publisher Blizzard put on for fans to “come together for diversity and inclusion,” they said in their announcement.

But Korean fans who...

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Paul Tamayo Paul Tamayo Jun 03, 2019.

Pokémon Direct, Overwatch League and E3 Kick Off This Week

Pokémon Direct, Overwatch League and E3 Kick Off This Week

This week we’re getting Pokémon details directly from Nintendo, as well as jumping back into the Overwatch League, rising from the ashes in X-Men, and kicking off E3 week on Saturday. Here’s your heads up about what’s making waves big and small this week in the world of games and beyond. Watch the video above, or find out what’s coming in the post below.

The second installment of Assassin’s...

Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo May 25, 2019. 8 comments

Overwatch League Commissioner Leaves Blizzard For Epic

Overwatch League Commissioner Leaves Blizzard For Epic

The Overwatch League’s founding commissioner, Nate Nanzer, announced on Friday night that he is leaving one of the most-hyped pro esports leagues in the world. The news was first broken by ESPN, which reported that Nanzer is leaving the league for the team-based shooter to join Epic Games to work on competitive Fortnite.

“This has been the toughest decision of my life, because it means I won’t...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio May 24, 2019. 22 comments

Shady Numbers And Bad Business: Inside The Esports Bubble

Shady Numbers And Bad Business: Inside The Esports Bubble

The mainstream narrative of esports has been lovingly crafted by those who benefit from its success. There’s big money in esports, they say. You’ve heard the stories. Teenaged gamers flown overseas to sunny mansions with live-in chefs . The erection of $50 million arenas for Enders Game-esque sci-fi battles. League of Legends pros pulling down seven-figure salaries. Yet there’s a reason why...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson May 14, 2019. 5 comments

Thrilling Overwatch League Match Sees Only Undefeated Team Lose

Thrilling Overwatch League Match Sees Only Undefeated Team Lose

For the San Francisco Shock, locking up the first perfect stage in Overwatch League history was a nice cherry, but the team always had their eyes on the sundae: victory in Sunday’s stage two playoffs. Yesterday they once again faced off against Vancouver Titans, running back the stage one match-up that they lost (in what was the most thrilling match of season two so far) . The Shock fought...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson May 07, 2019. 4 comments

San Francisco Shock Complete Overwatch League's First-Ever Perfect Stage

San Francisco Shock Complete Overwatch League's First-Ever Perfect Stage

Whether you’re a professional basketball player or whoever left that Starbucks cup on the Game of Thrones set, everybody has off nights. Well, everybody except the rejuvenated San Francisco Shock. After a messy first season, they’ve spent season two looking like an entirely different team. Yesterday, they achieved something no other team ever has: a perfect stage.

Overwatch League seasons are...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Apr 17, 2019. 16 comments

Overwatch League Player Fined One Month's Salary For Inappropriate Comment To Streamer

Overwatch League Player Fined One Month's Salary For Inappropriate Comment To Streamer

An Overwatch League player who told a 17-year-old streamer that she was his teammate’s “second wife” has been fined one month’s salary and denied a bonus payment, his team announced today.

The streamer in question was Aspen, a successful Overwatch player who is partnered with esports organization Cloud 9. During a match streamed on Aspen’s channel yesterday, Chengdu Hunters DPS player Zhang...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Apr 10, 2019. 12 comments

Four Players Have Quit Overwatch League In The Last Two Weeks

Four Players Have Quit Overwatch League In The Last Two Weeks

Expansion teams and new meta aside, Overwatch League season two has felt, for the most part, like business as usual. Behind the scenes, however, teams continue to practice, scrimmage, and prepare rigorously, all while planning for a third season in which they’ll move to their respective cities all across the world. It appears to be taking a toll.

Following the abrupt departure of troll king...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Mar 30, 2019. 17 comments

Overwatch Pro Blocks Racist Message With His Own Face During Stream

Overwatch Pro Blocks Racist Message With His Own Face During Stream

During a recent stream, New York Excelsior Overwatch player and impossibly pleasant married person Jong-ryeol “Saebyeolbe” Park came up against a particularly unpleasant foe. Another player decided to use Overwatch’s in-game notification system to spam Saebyeolbe with a racist message he couldn’t immediately block.

The racist assbag in question continuously sent Saebyeolbe friend requests...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Mar 29, 2019. 11 comments

Popular Overwatch League Player Quits After Just One Month To Resume Streaming Career

Popular Overwatch League Player Quits After Just One Month To Resume Streaming Career

Overwatch League has plenty of astoundingly skilled players, but very few stars whose popularity transcends the game’s still relatively niche esports scene. Now it’s time to mark another burgeoning name off the list, because Atlanta Reign’s Daniel “Dafran” Francesca has quit after just one month of play during his debut season.

Dafran, a controversy-prone player who in 2017 got himself slapped...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Mar 26, 2019. 8 comments

Overwatch League's Stage One Finals Gave Us The Wildest Game Of The Season So Far

Overwatch League's Stage One Finals Gave Us The Wildest Game Of The Season So Far

Every now and then, in competitive games, there are matches where it feels like nobody lost. Yes, San Francisco Shock fell agonizingly short of dethroning the season two heirs apparent the Vancouver Titans. And yeah, they failed to snag $200,000 in bonus cash, having to settle for a second-place prize of half that. But both teams played like they’d been possessed by the roaring, never-say-die...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Mar 16, 2019. 15 comments

Overwatch League Teams Share Plans And Concerns About Moving To Their Home Cities In 2020

Overwatch League Teams Share Plans And Concerns About Moving To Their Home Cities In 2020

After two seasons of living and playing in and around Burbank, California, Overwatch League teams will finally be moving to their respective cities next year. Players and coaches have told Kotaku that they’ve been grappling with planning for these moves for a while, particularly with respect to players’ already grueling practice schedules.

Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer announced...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Mar 05, 2019. 7 comments

Some Of Overwatch League's Best 2018 Teams Are Getting Trounced In 2019

Some Of Overwatch League's Best 2018 Teams Are Getting Trounced In 2019

When the first season of Overwatch League came to a close, there was a compelling argument to be made that Los Angeles Valiant could have made the finals and even won the whole dang season if things had just gone a little more their way in key matches. This season, they’ve yet to win a single match.

It’s been a topsy-turvy first three weeks for Overwatch League’s second season, with most teams...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Mar 02, 2019. 12 comments

How A Joke About An Overwatch League Pro Driving A Bus Spiraled Out Of Control

How A Joke About An Overwatch League Pro Driving A Bus Spiraled Out Of Control

Esports professionals get to play video games for a living, but a job’s a job. Many players pour countless grueling hours into practice and preparation, not to mention actual matches and events. That’s why fans did a collective double take when, during season one of Overwatch League, rumors began to circulate that a Florida Mayhem player was moonlighting as his own team’s bus driver.

Nearly...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Feb 23, 2019. 13 comments

Overwatch League Team Slogan ‘Texas Hard’ Deflated by Boner Jokes

Overwatch League Team Slogan ‘Texas Hard’ Deflated by Boner Jokes

At the end of January, Overwatch League team the Houston Outlaws revealed their season two roster and, with it, a new slogan: “#TexasHard.” They hoped fans would wield this hashtag with sincerity and heart, evidently having forgotten that they were on the internet, where that has literally never happened. Today, they changed it.

The top (non-pinned) comment on the roster and slogan reveal...

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