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Dallas Fuel preview awesome new training center ahead of Overwatch League Season 2

Published: 3/Oct/2018 22:21 Updated: 22/Jan/2020 13:07

by Bill Cooney

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The Dallas Fuel are looking to make advances in Season Two of the Overwatch League, and they’re starting off with a brand new training center.

During the inaugural season, fans admired the MTV-Cribs style pads of the various OWL teams, but now Dallas Fuel Owner Mike Rufail has unveiled plans for what looks to undoubtedly be the most stylish training center yet in the league.

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The images are only 3D renderings of what the final center will look like, but even they’re pretty impressive, with room for players to relax, practice and meet with coaches.

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Plans for the Fuel’s new home venue in Dallas are still taking shape, according to Rufail.

The Fuel Logo is placed pretty much wherever there’s room for it, tables, the floor, which is a level of branding the Overwatch League hasn’t seen much of yet, and should let everyone know who’s turf they’re on as soon as they walk in.

The Trade Group Gaming, who have worked with with the likes of Riot Games, Twitch, and ESL in the past, are partnering with the Fuel to bring this awesome training space to life.

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This is one of the bigger announcements from the Fuel this offseason, other than well-known Overwatch streamer Seagull announcing his departure at the end of the Inaugural Season.

The Overwatch League has added 8 new teams from around the world for Season 2, but they’ll all have a tough time beating the Fuel when it comes to style points after today.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.