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Blizzard issues swift response following Overwatch players’ racist rant

Published: 10/Apr/2019 22:08 Updated: 11/Apr/2019 17:23

by Bill Cooney


A clip of Overwatch players’ racist screeching during a competitive match has prompted a response from Blizzard.

Voice and open chat in online games, not just Overwatch, has plenty of problems with toxicity but the clip shared by ‘Respect_Rose‘ is pretty over the top no matter what game you play.

The clip was taken during a competitive match on Blizzard World and begins as Rose is defending the first point with her team when the tirade begins.

What happened in the clip?

In the clip it’s clear that at least three of Rose’s teammates are getting in on being racist online, but it’s hard to tell exactly who’s talking during the clip.

What is clear is that Rose’s teammates were dogpiling her because of her race and Blizzard made the right move by taking action.

Rose said that the incident hasn’t discouraged her from gaming and it’s far from the worst she’s seen online, but she posted the clip to send a message.

“I’d just like to say, this is certainly not the worst altercation I had in gaming. I’ve done Modern Warfare, I’ve done Call of Duty, GTA you name it. But I wanted to post this clip to show that it’s still happening in 2019.” Rose said. “Yes I could have muted, yes I could have left but no matter what I do as a POC (person of color) and ESPECIALLY to the LGBTQ community , no matter where we go there’s discrimination period. I also don’t want POC and the LGBT communities getting discouraged from continuing what they want to do.”

The response from Blizzard who are now looking into the incident.

What was Blizzard’s response?

After Rose posted the clip to Twitter, Blizzard Customer Support and Josh Engen from Overwatch’s Social Media team responded to a post of the video from esports reporter Rod ‘Slasher‘ Breslau and said that they were looking into the situation.

Apart from Blizzard’s response, Rose also got a lot of support from the Overwatch community after posting the clip.

It’s obvious from the response that the vast majority of Overwatch players find this kind of behavior disgusting, but a few bad apples like this can really tarnish the reputation of a game’s community.


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.