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Atlanta Reign announce Dafran’s retirement from Overwatch League

Published: 29/Mar/2019 0:03 Updated: 29/Mar/2019 0:18

by Bill Cooney

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The Atlanta Reign announced on Thursday, March 28 that Danial ‘Dafran’ Francesca was officially retiring from the Overwatch League as a player, but would still be involved with the Reign organization.

Dafran appeared to quit before Season 2 even got going, but in the end he decided to stick around and ended up helping Atlanta reach the Stage One playoffs.

After some big time Zarya plays, he became one of the breakout stars in Stage One, so Dafran and the Reign seemed poised for a strong Stage 2 before the news of his retirement broke.

Robert Paul/Blizzard EntertainmentDafran quickly became a favorite among fans.

According to a statement from the Reign, Dafran informed the team of his decision to retire a week before the Stage One playoffs, but didn’t want to draw attention away from his team during playoffs by making such a big decision public.

When the announcement was made public, Reign and Overwatch League fans reacted with a mix of sadness and disbelief that one of the League’s newest stars was leaving the team.

This is probably the biggest roster change of the Overwatch League season so far, and it will be interesting to see how Atlanta works to replace Dafran going forward into the rest of the season.

Dafran, who got his start as a Twitch streamer, seems ready to get back to streaming full time, a choice that several former Overwatch League players have made.

The Reign’s statement from March 28.

Dafran won’t be leaving the Overwatch League entirely, he will stay on with the Atlanta Reign as the newest member of the organization’s stream team on Twitch.

“Professional gaming was always the biggest dream of mine since I was very young and you gave me a shot. Sadly it is not anymore,” Dafran wrote shortly after the announcement. “I would rather be a streamer at this point in life and chill.”

Now Dafran will join the ever-growing list of former OWL players turned full-time Twitch streamers, like Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned and Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel, who just announced he would be joining the Gladiator’s parent organization Sentinels as a streamer.

Even though he won’t be with the team on stage, Dafran reassured fans the Reign would have no trouble finding success without him.

“Don’t worry, the Atlanta Reign are gonna pop the fuck off with or without me,” he wrote. “They are all fucking insane players and the coaching team is always working hard.”

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Genius Overwatch trick lets Mercy escape fights on Numbani

Published: 24/Nov/2020 2:51 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 3:55

by Brad Norton

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Mercy has a new path to safety on Numbani thanks to an extremely clever Overwatch trick that lets her glide away from intense teamfights.

If you’re ever stuck in a pickle as Mercy, you can always fall back on her Guardian Angel ability to get you out of trouble. Moving from one spot to another in the blink of an eye can easily keep you alive when things are looking grim.

Angelic Descent also comes in handy, enabling Mercy as one of the more mobile Supports in the game. Her kit might be limited in terms of offensive output. However, she can move through the air like no other hero. It turns out her movement abilities might even be more useful than you’d first think.

A genius new spot on the first point of Numbani can have you gliding to safety in no time at all. Here’s what you need to know so you can execute it for yourself.

Overwatch Numbani gameplay
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Directly behind the Payload is where you want to line up for this unique trick.

If you’re positioned towards the back of the first capture point, you might be familiar with the often-deadly drop. It can be all too easy to get booped and fall to your death in this position. Whether it’s a Lucio flying overhead or a Wrecking Ball crashing into your team, you’ve likely experienced some pain in this location.

However, playing near this spot is worth the risk for this particular reward with Mercy. A simple tree beyond the railing is actually the perfect distance to jump right into. Once wedged between the branches, you can quickly walk forward and navigate up the front of the tree.

While you might think there’s nowhere to go from here, Mercy’s Angelic Descent completely changes the game. With a perfectly timed jump, you can slowly glide around the corner. This lets you rotate all the way behind the first point and land safely next to the street.

There’s a Mega health pack waiting for you upon landing as well. Just in case you get tagged up while making your escape.

First Point Escape Option |Numbani| For anyone who didn’t know you could do this as Mercy from Overwatch

It might not come in handy for every team fight, but if things are looking dire, it could be the perfect way to get out with your life.

Not feeding the enemy team is often just as important as building your own Ultimates. So keep this unique trick in mind the next time Numbani appears in rotation. It’s just another next-level tactic for Support mains to have at the ready.