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California earthquake doesn’t stop Overwatch pros from pushing the payload

Published: 6/Jul/2019 18:29 Updated: 6/Jul/2019 18:36

by Bill Cooney

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California has been rocked by earthquakes this week and one of them happened during peak West Coast Overwatch hours on July 5, but it didn’t stop Matthew “super” DeLisi and his team of pros from pushing the payload.

There have been two fairly powerful earthquakes so far in California this week that struck near the town of Ridgecrest, about two and a half hours away from Los Angeles where the majority of Overwatch League pros live.

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Some OWL teams were safely in Atlanta for the Reign’s Homestand Weekend, but Super, Indy ‘SPACE’ Halpern, Jun-woo ‘Void’ Kang and Damon ‘Apply’ Conti were all in a Competitive match when the tremors hit.

Blizzard EntertainmentThat last Earthshatter was a little much, Rein.

“Is that an earthquake?”

Poseidon decided to start shaking the earth right as Super as his team were resetting in spawn and it took a few seconds for the pros to realize what exactly was going on.

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“Yo, I just felt an earthquake, bro I just felt an earthquake,” Super told the other players in the Shock house. “Wait, what the fuck? I’m fucking shaking, wait, this is big.”

Blizzard EntertainmentCould D.Va’s bomb cause an earthquake? We like to think so.

If you look closely at Super’s stream you can kind of tell when the earthquake hits because of the face cam shaking.

But these are pro players – the best Overwatch has to offer – and a little seismic event wasn’t going to stop them from doing what they do best.

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As Super and his team pushed in the middle of a literal earthquake, SPACE even managed to eat the opposing Hanzo’s Dragonstrike with D.Va’s Defense Matrix, which may be the first time an Overwatch ultimate has been denied during a natural disaster.

Super and friends weren’t the only ones to feel the quake while playing Overwatch: Team SoloMid’s Ali ‘Myth‘ Kabbani was in the middle of a match when it hit, but the Fortnite pro didn’t seem too phased.

Luckily there haven’t been any deaths or reports of serious injuries from this week’s earthquakes, but they have caused plenty of damage and displaced a few thousand people.

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It is pretty amazing though that these Overwatch pros were able to push the payload easier during an earthquake than most players can under normal, less shaky circumstances.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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