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Posts tagged “Overwatch League”

The Overwatch League’s Hangzhou Spark know how to brand themselves

Since the Overwatch League announced eight new expansion teams for season two, there’s only been one question on everyone’s mind: what colours will they use? At first, it seemed they were all going to be duds, falling back on the sea of blues and reds already dominating the matches. The Chengdu Hunters did something interesting with their yellow kit, but nothing can match the most…

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Feature: Whistlestop tour

The Overwatch League’s city-based ambitions finally make sense to me

The Overwatch League has been busy in its off-season, announcing eight new teams that will join the competition when it starts back up again in January. Like the 12 that came before them, each will bear the name of a city: Paris, Guangzhou, Vancouver, and so on. But, for now, they’ll continue to play entirely from Blizzard’s arena in Burbank, California, with no real connection…

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The Overwatch League will add eight new teams in season two

The Overwatch League has been experiencing a pretty dramatic shake-up of late, with beloved players like Brandon "Seagull" Larned and Heo "Gambler" Jin-woo retiring to focus more on streaming, and some teams axing virtually their entire rosters (pour one out for the Shanghai Dragons and the Florida Mayhem). But it’s not all loss – today the League announced six new teams that will join the…

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Twitch will donate to Child’s Play for Cheers during the Overwatch All-Star Weekend

This weekend is the All-Star celebration for the Overwatch League, seeing the most popular players facing off in various special matches. All of it will be viewable on Twitch, and cheering on your favourites using the platform's Bits system will also benefit the charity Childs Play, which provides toys and games to children in hospitals and shelters worldwide.

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Overwatch World Cup hopeful xQc suspended for abusive chat

Popular Overwatch livestreamer and ex-Dallas Fuel professional player Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel was handed a 15-day suspension from Overwatch yesterday, after being repeatedly reported for abusive chat. This is only the latest in a long line of disciplinary actions taken against the player, who is scheduled to appear for team Canada in the Overwatch World Cup next month.

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Feature: Not always a winning pick

Competitive Overwatch rebuilds around Wrecking Ball

The Overwatch League might be in its off season, but competitive Overwatch rumbles on with the Contenders tier entering its playoff stages. Controversially, these playoffs have been taking place on an updated patch, introducing huge changes for players to adapt to, including the newest hero, Wrecking Ball, and the new version of Symmetra. Teams haven’t had a lot of time to practice with the new…

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Overwatch League fans are designing their own dream teams

Header image by Twitter user Jp3ilson. The Overwatch League’s franchising is a little weird. Supposedly a global league, the teams are overwhelmingly “based” in American cities – and I use scare quotes there because really all the teams live and compete in Los Angeles during the season and none draw from local players. But that hasn’t stopped fans from wanting their cities to be represented,…

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Feature: Is skill on the field all that matters?

What makes an Overwatch MVP?

When the Overwatch League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award was handed to Jjonak of the New York Excelsior, no one was really surprised. His Zenyatta play has undoubtedly been immensely valuable; a key factor in New York’s impressive 34-6 win-loss ratio. The amount of damage he deals far outstrips every other Zenyatta player in the League, and often that of DPS players, too – all…

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England won a thing!

If you're still licking your wounded pride after England stacked it in the World Cup, take solace in the news that an English team have won Blizzard's first professional Overwatch season. At the Overwatch League Grand Finals in New York over the weekend, London Spitfire--a team whose name could only be more mawkishly English if it were Sir Percy Brexitworth And The D-Day 1966ers--lifted the…

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Overwatch League to be covered on ESPN

American sports television network ESPN are to cover Blizzard's Overwatch League playoffs and grand finals, the end of the competition's first season, as well as planning to cover the next. I'm always fascinated when mainstream sports media peer over our fence and say "Ooh! That looks fun!" then face the impossible task of pleasing both game fans and channel surfers, so it'll be interesting to…

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Feature: Overwork in Overwatch

The Overwatch League must take burnout seriously

The Shanghai Dragons are still yet to win an Overwatch League game. In response to some fan’s concerns about this record, their manager, Yang Van, released a statement on the subject – but it ended up being less than reassuring. He explained that the Dragons "have the most intensive training scheme among all the teams... Our daily schedule starts at 10:30am as we leave for…

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Clickuorice Allsorts: burnout in the Overwatch League

As Blizzard's Overwatch League nears the end of its first season, Nicole Carpenter on Dot Esports takes a look at the "blurred line between work and play" and the stresses and strains it has placed upon players. With at least one team working 70-odd hour weeks, some players are experiencing mental and physical exhaustion, burning out before even the first season's done. Blizzard are experimenting…

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Being a fan of esports’ pioneering women is complicated

It’s two o’clock in the morning and I’m watching the Overwatch League stadium erupt for Kim "Geguri" Se-yeon. As the camera pans down the line-up of her team, the Shanghai Dragons, it’s always her that gets the loudest cheer, and by a wide margin. Because she’s a fantastic off-tank and because she’s one of the new additions that have so greatly improved the (admittedly still…

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Overwatch launches $5 Overwatch League team kits

Blizzard's swanky Overwatch League kicks off on Wednesday, with 12 teams representing cities across the globe, and what sport would be complete without flogging expensive merch? Blizzard today launch "jersey" skins, letting Overwatch characters wear your favourite team's clobber for $5 each. Five dollars! If you just like pretty skins, hey, Blizzard are letting all players buy one outfit for free so pick yourself something…

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Dress as your favourite esports team in Overwatch

If dressing Overwatch heroes up as bees, firefighters or David Bowie tributes isn't enough for you, then I've got good news - from the start of next year, you'll be able to don the colours of your favourite esports team. Blizzard have announced that the custom team skins available for each team competing in the Overwatch League will also be available for their supporters, though…

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London team confirmed for Overwatch League

eSports organisation Cloud9 will represent London in the Overwatch League [official site], Blizzard have confirmed. The team won't have an official stadium until after 2018, but when they do I'm envisaging half-time pies, coloured scarves and chants of Overwatch is coming home, it's coming home, it's coming etc etc (I know that's not accurate at all, but it's the first England-specific football chant I could think of,…

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Seven Overwatch League teams confirmed across US and Asian cities

Blizzard has announced the first seven teams to take part in the Overwatch League [official site], the game's official eSports league that's due to launch later this year. The teams will represent cities, almost like football teams, and will be owned by a mix of eSports guys and traditional sports business giants, including the head honcho at current NFL champions the New England Patriots. Yep, Overwatch is…

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