Bronze Overwatch streamer explains how he climbed to Grandmaster

Published: 23/Feb/2021 19:29

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch Twitch streamer Asa has been playing the game since all the way back in Season 4 where he began his journey down in Bronze. Despite placing so far down the rank totem pole, he managed to eventually reach GM, but how?

Ranking up in Overwatch can be a serious grind. After playing five placement games on a desired role, the game will put you in a skill rating tier ranging all the way Bronze to Master with players then having to win to reach Grandmaster.

This grind can take a long time, however. Wins earn players around 20 SR, so the journey from say a 2,500 Platinum Rank to 3,500 Master can take many matches.

For Asa, he first began with only 800 SR, but over time, he managed to climb through multiple ranks to reach the highest peak he’s at today with 4,018.

Speaking to Dexerto, the 16-year-old explained how he managed to pull it off and the challenges he faced along the way.

One major problem he had to overcome was hardware limitations. “The hardware I used was awful. Dealing with an awful setup was the main thing that held me back,” he explained.

“Hardware improvement was a very gradual process, and although it helps, it doesn’t define a player,” he added. “You can play on 60fps with a $10 mouse and be better than someone with a decked out setup.”

Hanzo looks on shocked
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Going from Bronze to GM is an impressive feat.

According to Asa, his biggest improvement method came from playing in an organized setting and joining a team. “I found coaching there and over the years it has shaped me as a player the most out of anything. I highly recommend looking into organized teamplay if you’re trying to improve because it truly is an incredible source for learning.”

Despite going from Bronze to Gold in just two seasons, he did face some difficulties in Platinum and Diamond before eventually breaking through to reach Masters and Grandmaster four seasons later.

That all said, the Canadian believes the best way for anyone stuck in low ELOs to “realize that you’re no better than your teammates and you deserve the rank you have.”

Sombra activates EMP on Lijang Control Center
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Ranking up can be a serious grind.

“A lot of players in all ranks struggle with ego, and I used to as well. The only true way to climb is to understand what level you’re at and working hard at trying to improve. It’s a pretty simple formula: you get better than the people at your rank, you win more games. Simple as that,” the streamer stated.

For anyone currently stuck in ELO hell, following in Asa’s footsteps could be as simple as setting your ego aside and focusing on yourself. After all, if he can do it, what’s stopping you?

Call of Duty

How to unlock FARA 83 (Galil) in Warzone & Cold War Season 2

Published: 25/Feb/2021 3:11

by Brad Norton


Season 2 of Warzone and Black Ops Cold War introduced the FARA 83 Assault Rifle to the mix. Here’s everything you need to know to grab this devastating weapon for yourself.

With the arrival of Season 2 in BOCW and Warzone comes an assortment of new content. From fresh Operators to new modes and maps, there’s a ton to sink your teeth into. Chief among the new additions is a powerful Assault Rifle.

The FARA 83 marks the seventh Assault Rifle in Treyarch’s latest release. While it is a force to be reckoned with in multiplayer, it’s also usable in Warzone thanks to the recent integration.

Whether you’re exclusive to the battle royale or a multiplayer grinder in BOCW, unlocking this new gun couldn’t be simpler. Here’s what you need to know.

How to unlock the FARA 83 in Season 2

FARA 83 gameplay in Black Ops Cold War
The FARA 83 Assault Rifle packs a punch in BOCW & Warzone Season 2.

Given it’s the newest addition to BOCW and Warzone, everyone will be wanting to get their hands on the Assault Rifle as soon as possible. Thankfully, you’ll be able to grab it without much of a hassle.

The FARA 83 is unlocked at Tier 15 of the Season 2 Battle Pass. Regardless of what you’re playing, you’ll be earning progress on the overlapping Battle Pass. Just 15 Tiers of progress and this new weapon is all yours.

As a result, XP gains are vital if you’re trying to secure the gun early. The more you play, the quicker you’ll be able to grab it, however, there is another option.

Fastest way of unlocking new FARA 82 in Season 2

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Rather than a specific challenge, the FARA 83 is unlocked through the Season 2 Battle Pass.

As with all previous Battle Passes in Call of Duty, Season 2 allows you to buy your way through it. While you can grind and earn each Tier, there is a paid alternative to quickly rush through.

Purchasing the Battle Pass Bundle at 2,400 CP instantly unlocks the first 20 Tiers as usual. Therefore, the FARA 83 can be yours instantly, without even having to play a single match.

Once the new Assault Rifle is in your possession, you’ll still have to level it up all the same. There’s no buying your way through weapon progression for now. 

Be on the lookout for the FARA 83 across both Warzone and BOCW; it’s sure to be a popular pick as everyone gets their hands on the new gun.