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16-year-old prodigy defeats seven-time champion at Classic Tetris World Championships

Published: 22/Oct/2018 17:59

by Mitch Reames


History was made in the Classic Tetris World Championships (CTWC) when a major upset saw a seven-time champion lose to a teenager.

Tetris on NES was released in 1989 and the game is almost twice as old as it’s current champion, 16-year-old Joseph Saelee from California.

Saelee learned about the game by watching YouTube videos and had only been playing Tetris for about a year when he entered the World Championships and ran through the competition, making the finals.

His opponent in the finals was the most dominant Tetris player of all time. There have been eight CTWC events in the past and Joseph Neubauer has won seven of them.

The young prodigy and the experienced champ went head-to-head in these finals, and the result shocked the crowd in Portland, Oregon.

Saelee took the first two games in the best of five series, but Neubauer had a commanding lead in game three. A brief slip up saw Neubauer’s board fill up and he had to watch as Saelee chipped down his lead in the late levels of the game:

Neubauer was a gracious loser, immediately hugging his young opponent. Saelee was initially composed but soon was overcome by emotion.

Saelee’s Twitch stream bio shows his first high score in October of 2017 and chronicles his progression over the last year that led him to the main stage and his deserved title of Tetris prodigy.


Overwatch player exposes how broken map points really are

Published: 25/Oct/2020 16:15

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch YouTuber and Twitch streamer Nathan ‘KarQ’ Chan has exposed why contesting or capturing points in the game can feel a bit off. As it turns out, the game doesn’t accurately tell you where the point really begins.

If you’ve ever played Overwatch, chances are you’ve had a game where you swore you were on the point at the last moment, but the game didn’t count it. This is because the objective’s visual identifier is much cleaner than the game would lead you to believe.

The first thing that KarQ explains is that he’s using a Workshop mode called Patriq’s Tool [WNSY6] to show a map’s true properties.

As visualized by a little rope, the true point begins once a character’s model crosses over that line. Additionally, green orbs indicate high ground locations that heroes can still be standing on to either contest or capture an objective.

Hanamura's point B dead zones
Hanamura has a weird dead zone by the stairs.

Starting with Hanamura, KarQ explains how the first point is slightly more extended than the visuals suggest. The second point, meanwhile has some wonky positions where for smaller heroes, they cannot contest near the right side’s stairs as there is a dead zone.

Temple of Anubis also has some glaring issues with dead zones that will prevent some smaller heroes such as Tracer from being able to contest. The defender’s right-hand corner on the second point features a massive dead zone that can even keep stall heroes like Mei from being able to contest. This is a big deal and something to keep in mind in-game.

Volskaya’s second point is completely busted with a single aerial spot on the point counting as a dead zone. This means that despite the capture point’s height being 8.70 meters, a random mid-air spot doesn’t count.

Moving onto King of the Hill maps, for Ilios Ruins, players can actually contest above every single ledge and corner above the point. This is important because it means that there’s no reason to throw yourself onto the objective and risk your life in overtime.

Meanwhile, Ilios Well, despite being a mirrored back, gives one side an unfair advantage because the point starts four stairs up on one section and only three on the other. One section of the map even features two random dead spots while the other side has potted plants where those dead zones are.

Ilios Well is a broken map
Ilios Well isn’t even mirrored.

This isn’t to say some of the maps aren’t well-made. Hollywood’s first point is nearly perfect on all sides, which makes one wonder why not all of them are like that.

With Overwatch 2 in development, hopefully, the team can adjust all the older maps to make the visual identifier more consistent so players know exactly where they can and can’t contest.