Shroud suggests Overwatch League is 'cringe' - Dafran, Taimou and more respond - Dexerto

Shroud suggests Overwatch League is ‘cringe’ – Dafran, Taimou and more respond

Published: 24/Feb/2019 16:37 Updated: 30/Apr/2020 16:53

by Connor Bennett


Former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek doesn’t seem to be a fan of the Overwatch League, with a number of current pros responding – after the streamer dropped a vague tweet. 

The second season of the Overwatch League kicked off on February 14 and has already seen some major shocks with the Shanghai Dragons finally picking up their first win after 43 matches.

However, the former CS:GO pro doesn’t seem impressed by the OWL, appearing to mock it on Twitter – prompting a number of current Overwatch pros to fire back.

Patrick Dodson/The Overwatch LeagueThe London Spitfire will look to retain their OWL season one crown.

Shroud vaguely tweeted out “Overwatch League,” with a gif of Michael Scott from The Office USA making a scrunched face – typically indicating ‘cringe’.

However, the Twitch streamer’s tweet was vague enough to set a number of current Overwatch pros off, as they responded with varying comments of their own.

Current Atlanta Reign player Daniel ‘dafran’ Francesca replied with: “go and play your Fortnite tourneys, shroud,” while Los Angeles Gladiators star Lane ‘Surefour’ Roberts simply responded “um,” highlighting his confusion at shroud’s post.

Dallas Fuel DPS player Timo ‘Taimou’ Kettunen answered shroud’s tweet with a photo of an angry Pepe the Frog meme, captioned “Fren (friend),” questioning what the former CS:GO pro was getting at with his post.

Nikola ‘sleepy’ Andrews, support for the San Francisco Shock joined in the replies to Shroud with a pensive emoji face – seemingly confused at what the former CS:GO pro was trying to get at.

The Shock star didn’t take kindly to the comments either.

However, Shroud did find some support for his tweets as his former Cloud9 teammate Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip poked fun at Overwatch players.

Stage one of the Overwatch League’s second season continues until March 17 but it’s unlikely that shroud will be one of the few hundred thousands of viewers tuning in on a regular weekly basis to support their favorite squad.

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Dr Disrespect explains how Black Ops Cold War could be “so much more fun”

Published: 21/Oct/2020 3:29

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Dr Disrespect has chimed in on the much-maligned SBMM system used in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and other titles, and although he doesn’t blame Treyarch, the Doc is less than impressed with the system and wants it removed.

Dr Disrespect is all about violence, speed, and momentum. However, he hasn’t been able to spread his wings in Black Ops Cold War and fly like the eagle he was born to be, and he blames it all on SBMM.

SBMM, which stands for skill-based matchmaking, is a system used in many popular games to try and balance out lobbies.

Some players and developers think it’s a good thing, but many others believe it tends to ‘punish’ higher-skilled players like Dr Disrespect. It throws them into lobbies with other elite players, which results in ‘sweaty’ games where everyone is good and trying really hard to win.

The game becomes more serious and less casual, and it demands more effort, which is less than ideal for streamers like the Doc, who want to entertain.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is one of many games that uses SBMM.

Dr Disrespect has never been one to hold his tongue and mince his words on matters important to him. In his latest stream, he had a frustrating time playing Black Ops Cold War due to SBMM and shared his thoughts.

Man, that SBMM, what a… what a…” he said, struggling to find the words to summarize his rage. “SBMM results to exact same fight every single time.” It’s a sentiment shared by players from many different games and skill brackets.

“It has nothing to do with… game design,” he added.

“Treyarch knocks it out the park… I just think it has something to do with a lot of the technical stuff… I would take that tech out.”

Dr Disrespect
Dr Disrespect isn’t one to hold back on his opinions, especially when it comes to games.

Dr Disrespect knows that it isn’t Treyarchs fault. Instead, he refers to a “third-party” who works with them and “manages all the data and everything.” He says, “they’re able to make all these tweaks, and all that stuff,” and the fact that SBMM is implemented at all is “such a bummer.”

“I want some sheep in my lobbies,” he said. “I want a couple triple peekers. The game could like just be so much more fun. I don’t understand why they have it.”

The related segment begins at 3:38:30 in the video below.

Dr Disrespect isn’t the first person to express his concerns about SBMM, and he won’t be the last. However, the Doc is a pillar in the gaming community. He has also been involved in some behind-the-scenes level design, so his opinion has some weight.

Either way, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is still loads of fun. SBMM might even help you become a better player if you’re willing to embrace it.