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Blizzard bans a ridiculous number of Overwatch accounts in South Korea for “Toxicity”

Published: 2/Jan/2019 19:44 Updated: 4/Jan/2019 2:03

by Bill Cooney


On January 2 Blizzard announced bans, suspensions and punishments for more than 18,000 South Korean Overwatch accounts for “toxicity” and other offenses.

It’s not the first time Blizzard has mass-published the names of banned or suspended accounts from South Korea. After Season 12, they banned or suspended more than 1,400 players for “account sharing” and other offenses.

Now, the company has suspended a total of 18,188 accounts just a few days into Competitive Season 14, which started on December 31, 2018.

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As they’ve done previously, Blizzard listed all of the 18,188 accounts that were suspended or banned on the official Korean Overwatch forums.

Blizzard’s End User Liscence Agreement prohibits “Harassment, “griefing,” abusive behavior or chat, conduct intended to unreasonably undermine or disrupt the Game experiences of others, deliberate inactivity or disconnecting, and/or any other activity which violates Blizzard’s Code of Conduct or In-Game Policies.”

It’s not clear if all of the suspensions are permanent, because Blizzard only specified which accounts were being banned or suspended, they didn’t list the specific punishment in the post.

Blizzard has handed out bans that were non-permanent or proportional to the extent of the violation in the past, so a lot of the over 18,000 accounts could be back after a while.

This public naming of banned or suspended players is nothing new to South Korean Overwatch fans, who are used to seeing account names and reasons for bans published in the open.

A year ago, in January 2018, Blizzard banned more than 22,000 accounts for cheating, boosting, account sharing and more, smaller infractions.


Dafran shows off incredible Overwatch Dynamite tactic with Ashe

Published: 4/Dec/2020 0:04

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer-turned-farmer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca showed that he is still insane at Overwatch by utilizing a simple trick with the hero Ashe.

Dafran has long been considered one of the best Overwatch players on the planet, despite only spending one stage in OWL back in season 2. While he was known mostly for his sensational McCree, Soldier, and Tracer plays, the Danish DPS star can also frag out on Ashe.

During a December 3 broadcast, Dafran found himself attacking on Junkertown and in a prime position to help his team capture Point B.

On the Ashe, Dafran noticed all sorts of enemies were grouping in a small room they need to funnel through to get into the streets phase area. With his Widowmaker ally using her ultimate to fully reveal their location, Francesca decided to take matters into his own hands.

Ashe leads her team on Rialto
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Ashe can be a big threat with Dynamite.

With his B.O.B active on the other side of the room and the enemies waiting for the big Omnic butler to disappear before they made their move, Dafran threw his Dynamite barely inside.

Ashe’s Dynamite can be one of the most impactful abilities in Overwatch, dealing massive damage upon the explosion and then a bit more over time. Those closest to the explosion take 50 damage with 100 burn damage coming over time.

Once the Dynamite exploded, the enemy Ashe, Baptiste, Zenyatta and Widowmaker were at his mercy. Speaking of Mercy, the Dane had one pocketing him, making sure he inflicted extra damage.

With some simple hip firing, he was able to eliminate the three targets before ADSing to dink the Widow for the quadruple kill – plus, 60% in brand new ultimate charge for another B.O.B.

“That’s an Overwatch League play, dude!” he exclaimed. “Holy f**k, dude.”

The best part about the whole sequence is just how simple it really was, and there is no reason you can’t replicate it in your games. Just remember how easy Ashe’s Dynamite can be to land if you don’t overcomplicate the toss and opt to just hip fire.

It may not be the flashiest, but it can win entire team fights with relative ease. Give it a shot next time you queue up as DPS.