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Chipsa slams Overwatch streamers for throwing games without consequences

Published: 5/Jun/2020 23:29

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch League pro Philip ‘Chipsa’ Graham called out players for seemingly being allowed to throw games on stream without facing any repercussions for their actions.

The Philadelphia Fusion Doomfist star, who has only played one map in the league thus far, was sent a video of retired pro Nikola ‘sleepy’ Andrews appearing to sabotage a match for his team.

The clip, which was from six months prior, features Sleepy trying to melee a bucket on Temple of Anubis up to the defenders’ high ground position in a “cup flip challenge.” Meanwhile, the streamer completely forgot about his team, and they were picked off one-by-one.

“I’m so sorry,” Sleepy apologized to his squad. “I had other important means to attend.”

A few moments later, as the streamer respawned, he joked it was an “easy throw” and that he “just wanted to play the map a little longer,” purportedly hoping to “gift [the enemy team] some SR.”

Graham, however, didn’t find Sleepy’s antics to be appealing in the slightest.

“This is just cringe. Chat, this is ban-worthy. This is literally ban-worthy,” he exclaimed. “What he’s just done should be ban-worthy. Like he’s just throwing. It’s so cringe.”

While Chipsa himself has been quite controversial in the past, going from Twitch star to pro without needing to grind in Contenders, he wasn’t afraid to call out the double standards that apply to some streamers.

“Imagine losing a game to this! This is such an important team fight as well,” he noted, observing how Sleepy’s team could easily have held back the enemy and earned either a draw or outright victory.

“Why is it that when some random guy does sh*t like this they get flamed and they get reported, but when a streamer does it, it’s fine?” he asked. “It’s so cringe!”

It will be interesting to see if Blizzard does take note of this behavior and take appropriate action by holding streamers to the same standards as the general player base.

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Overwatch players want Hanzo buff reverted as hero becomes tank killer

Published: 20/Jan/2021 17:46

by Michael Gwilliam

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Hanzo’s new Storm Arrow buff may have flown a bit under the radar when it was first introduced, but Overwatch players have soon discovered just how devastating he is with an improved shot recovery time.

On January 12, the Overwatch Kanezaka Challenge update went live, bringing some nerfs to Wrecking Ball, Ashe and Sigma as well as a buff to Hanzo that saw his Storm Arrow shot recovery time reduced from 0.3 to 0.25 seconds.

As it turns out, this buff is a lot bigger than it seemed on paper and has turned the Shimada archer into a tank buster.

Hanzo main ‘Arrge’ took to Twitter to explain just what this buff meant. After firing one normal arrow dealing 125 damage, he can follow it up by spamming Storm Arrows. Considering they do 70 damage each and he has five of them, this means he can deal 475 damage.

While Arrge’s math was slightly off, the fact remains the same: Hanzo can destroy tanks. Plus, that 475 doesn’t include headshots.

If every single shot was a headshot then the original arrow would deal 250 damage and then 140 for every Storm Arrow shot after that. This all adds up to a whopping 950 damage in under two seconds.

With 950 damage, Hanzo can delete any tank in the game with the exception being a Winston in Primal Rage, who would have 50 HP by the time it’s all said and done. However, with any sort of damage modification, Hanzo would be able to down him as well.

Hanzo wields his bow
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Hanzo’s Storm Arrows got buffed big time.

“I feel conflicted because it seems more viable to go for braindead frontline spam instead of using the strats I have practiced over the past few months,” Arrge remarked when asked how he felt about the buff.

“I don’t think this is a good change. They give him burst when he’s meant to be a sniper. They should do something different about storm arrows. And bring back his projectile speed,” another remarked.

Plenty of users seemed to be in agreement that a change to his primary fire speed would be better than this Storm Arrow buff. We’ll have to wait and see how the developers handle things, but for the time being, Hanzo may be the best tank-killer in the game.