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Could Spitfire repeat? OWL hosts reveal London’s dominance on Sigma playoff patch

Published: 28/Aug/2019 18:00 Updated: 4/May/2020 14:15

by Michael Gwilliam

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The London Spitfire could two-time Overwatch League champions if rumors that they’re looking dominant on the latest patch of the game are true.

For the play-in bracket and playoffs, the Overwatch League will be playing on the Sigma patch. Which means the game’s newest hero will be playable and probably very, very meta.

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Potential league MVP Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won recently told his stream that he expects Sigma to have a 100% pick rate from every team. If that’s not meta, then nothing is.

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The London Spitfire could be unlikely season 2 champions.

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During an episode of Platchat – a podcast hosted by Overwatch League hosts and former pro Jonathan ‘Reinforce’ Larsson discussed how they’ve heard the Spitfire have been dominating teams.

According to Brennon Hook, the all-Korean Spitfire roster is looking extremely good. (19:28 for mobile viewers) 

“My sources have told me Spitfire is actually the best team,” Reinforce added.

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“Why does this always happen with Spitfire?” Hook asked. “They get tough in playoffs, bro. They get this newfound motivation. They’re just coasting during regular season…”

“Also, very lucky with the meta,” the former Swedish pro once again chimed.

Matt ‘MrX’ Morello then revealed when he talked to the team earlier in the year, they told him they didn’t want to burn themselves out early on and they knew they just needed to be good near the end. “At worst this team, if they mailed it in, were going to be in the play-ins.”

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Josh ‘Sideshow’ Wilkinson said that if London can become back-to-back champions then Joon-yeong ‘Profit’ Park and Jae-hee ‘Gesture’ Hong are the best players of all time. The panel also agreed they’d be the best team of all time.

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The Spitfire dominated the Grand Finals in 2018.

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Last year, the London Spitfire came out of nowhere to win the League playoffs and many had written them off after they lost their first game to the LA Gladiators. However, the squad pulled together and crushed teams, including the Fusion in the Grand Finals.

Profit was named the playoff MVP for his incredible performance.

The Overwatch League season 2 play-in tournament begin August 30 and 6pm PST.

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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