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Controversial Overwatch Streamer xQc is Returning to Competition

Published: 7/Jun/2018 16:48 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 16:01

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch streamer and former Overwatch League player Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel is returning to competition.

xQc will compete as the main tank for GOATS for the upcoming Contenders Trials NA.

Contenders Trials will see eight teams compete for four slots in Season Two of Contenders itself. Four of those, including GOATS, qualified for Trials through the Open Division, while the others are the four bottom teams from Contenders Season One.

Formerly of the Dallas Fuel, xQc competed in the first two stages of the Overwatch League, before parting ways with the team. His time in the league was marked by controversy, having received suspensions on two occasions, primarily for behavior while streaming.

Though xQc was released from Dallas before the end of the mid-season signing window, which meant he could have sought a place on a new team, he never returned to the league. Instead, he chose to move to streaming full time.

xQc did recently discuss the possibility of returning to competition, however, stating that he’d already been in talks with Overwatch League teams. As successful a streamer as he undoubtedly is, it seems the desire to compete remains, and fans of xQc might hope that this foray into competition could indicate an intent to return to the bigger stage of the Overwatch League.

Contenders Trials NA will take place from June 9th to June 24th, with Contenders NA subsequently kicking off on July 3rd.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.