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Has the Vancouver Overwatch League franchise brand been leaked?

Published: 22/Nov/2018 12:45 Updated: 22/Nov/2018 13:13

by Joe O'Brien

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Vancouver are the latest Overwatch League franchise to supposedly have their team brand leaked before their official reveal.

Vancouver are one of the last of the eight expansion franchises joining the Overwatch League for Season Two that haven’t announced their official team brand.

Now, however, an image of the team’s supposed logo, name, and colors has appeared on the /r/Competitiveoverwatch subreddit.

The apparent leak suggests that the team will be called the Vancouver Titans, with a yeti as their logo and a blue and green color scheme.

The supposed “Vancouver Titans” brand.

The Vancouver franchise is owned by Aquilini Investment Group, who also own the Vancouver Canucks. Given that the Canucks also compete in blue and green, the color scheme at least certainly seems feasible.

It was also previously hinted at by Overwatch podcast ReadySetPwn that Vancouver could be preparing this kind of branding.

However, in the wake of the leak of this image, ReadySetPwn stated that they’d been informed that while the concept is along the right lines, the actual image isn’t real.

A leak on November 7 revealed the logos of five of the expansion teams, four of which have been proven accurate. Vancouver was the only team whose brand remains unknown that wasn’t included in the leak, however.

Not all “leaks” have been as accurate though, with a supposed leak of the Toronto franchise’s branding claiming them to be the “Toronto Venom” proven false after they were officially revealed as the Toronto Defiant.

Vancouver have been perhaps the quietest of the eight new expansion franchises, with no official announcements regarding their roster or branding, or even staff.

RunAway won Season Two of Contenders Korea.

Though nothing official has been announced, rumors have suggested that Vancouver have picked up the full Contenders Korea Season Two-winning roster of RunAway.

RunAway were considered by many to be the best team outside of the Overwatch League, so their status was watched with great interest. RunAway manager Lee ‘Flowervin’ Hyun Ah confirmed that all eight players have been signed to the Overwatch League, although no more official news has surfaced.

Season Two of the Overwatch League kicks off on February 14. Washington D.C. is the only other expansion team yet to announce their branding, while Chengdu Hunters are the only other team that have not yet revealed any players on their roster.

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Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.