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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 demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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It’s Halloween time again, and that means the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is in full swing – and with it come some unique map changes on Eichenwalde, Blizzard World, and Hollywood. However, not everyone is on board with the new decorations.

While the maps may look nice with their Halloween horror makeover, there are some significant issues with them, primarily on Eichenwalde streets phase.

The German hybrid map can be one of the more challenging points for attackers, as they need to push the payload up a narrow bridge towards the castle.

At this juncture, players used to the normal version of the map tend to use abilities that boop opponents to secure environmental kills. Sadly, the Halloween variant makes doing so nearly impossible right by the left-side doors.

The Halloween version of Eichenwalde places a fence that prevents players from being booped off the map. Normally, Winston players will activate their Primal Rage ultimate and knock enemies off the map as they push from out of the left doors to contest the point.

23-year-old South Korean tank main Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the map’s redesign.

“3 years and this fence still exists in this Halloween map,” he said, posting a picture of the annoying fence. “Am I the only person who complains about this?”

Other players agreed with Kaiser. “The fact that the event maps make actual changes to the map that alter the gameplay is pretty dumb in a competitive game,” one replied.

The complaints aren’t anything new either. Famously, former Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel raged after the fence prevented him from knocking a Zarya off the map.

Halloween Sombra on Overwatch's Hollywood
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The changes to Hollywood are not as controversial.

While it’s nice to have special event versions of maps, as xQc noted in his clip, the competitive integrity of the game is damaged by major changes such as this.

Hopefully, Blizzard takes note of this when Overwatch 2 is released or Halloween 2021 rolls around and finally tears the fence down.