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Pokimane predicts that Valorant will be the “Overwatch killer”

Published: 16/Mar/2020 10:58 Updated: 16/Mar/2020 11:20

by Andy Williams


Popular Twitch streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has tipped Riot Games’ Valorant to be the title that dethrones Overwatch from the top of character-based shooters.

Riot Games’ venture into the tactical shooter genre has plenty within the esports domain eagerly anticipating their upcoming release.

Valorant’s gameplay revolves largely around its extensive roster of Agents, who each have their own ability set — which will ultimately play a large role in the outcome each round.

Viper on Bind's Reactor Site A in Valorant.
Riot Games
Agent abilities will work most like a personalized utility belt, equipping each Agent with their own unique way of segmenting maps.

Based on early alpha gameplay and teaser trailers, many have hailed Valorant to be the perfect blend of CS:GO and Overwatch. However, it’s Blizzard’s team-based shooter that Pokimane believes is vulnerable to Valorant’s imminent threat.

Talking on the Episode 11 of the Offline TV Podcast, the gang started toing and froing with Team SoloMid streamer, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, about Valorant and what the meta of the game will look like on release.

After drawing comparisons to Blizzard’s Overwatch, Anys stated: “I think it might be the Overwatch killer,” to which William ‘Scarra’ Li sarcastically responded, asking: “Do you think there needs to be a game for that to happen?”

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Pokimane continued to discuss Overwatch’s slump from where it was a few years back. “The more I think about it, and I think about Overwatch’s decline, this is just going to be the last nail in the coffin really.”

Jeremy ‘Disguised Toast’ Wang edged in with how Overwatch’s competitive league’s setup was ruined by Activision Blizzard. “Overwatch kind of just ruined their competitive league, with just how it was set up,” Wang opened.

“You have to fly to places to play and they inflate their numbers, and then they sell it to sponsors, then the sponsors are like, ‘wait something’s not adding up.’”

Of course, the popular Facebook streamer was referring to the franchised Overwatch League, where teams have been trying a home and away format for the first time — which has taken a backseat with the imminent threat of the coronavirus outbreak.

Pokimane’s argument of Valorant being the “Overwatch killer” is a logical argument, considering both titles share so many similarities. However, with Riot’s character-based shooter not even released yet, only time will tell whether her opinion prevails to be right.


LS reveals how xQc reached out to him during T1 fans backlash

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:57

by Alex Garton


Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare has revealed that Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel reached out to him during the T1 backlash offering his support and advice.

T1’s accidental leak that revealed LS was set to be the organization’s new League of Legends coach resulted in a wave of backlash against both parties.

Fans of the organization opted to send unjustifiable racial and homophobic abuse towards LS, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending packages to her address. T1, from an outside perspective, did not handle the situation appropriately and seemingly offered little support to LS during this period.

This resulted in LS disabling his Twitter and going completely dark for a short period of time. This was no doubt due to the amount of hate and criticism he was receiving from T1 fans. One person who reached to support him was huge Twitch personality xQc.

xQc has over four million followers on Twitch.

xQc reached out to LS during T1 fans backlash

LS revealed on stream that the Twitch personality reached out to him in support. “Before I disabled my Twitter and went dark on everything, xQc was one of the very few people who reached out to me,” he said.

It was obvious LS was surprised he had reached out to him due to the streamer’s popularity: “Despite the fact that I’m like an insect compared to him, in terms of like brand and size and everything, it’s very nice.”

LS repeated multiple times that xQc is a “real one”, showing his appreciation for his support and care.

It’s clear that xQc reaching out to LS really meant a lot to him and helped him get through the difficult patch. Sometimes, just reaching out to somebody going through a hard time can make a world of difference.

Now, it’s just great to see LS back on track with the League of Legends content and streaming again.