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Dallas Fuel’s aKm Comments on His Relationship with Former Team-Mate Rascal

Published: 4/May/2018 5:55 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:48

by Joe O'Brien

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Dallas Fuel’s Dylan ‘aKm’ Bignet has commented on his relationship with former team-mate Kim ‘Rascal’ Dong-jun.

Both Rascal and aKm joined the Dallas Fuel at a similar time ahead of Stage 2 of the Overwatch League, brought on near the beginning of the mid-season signing window. Rascal eventually departed the team near the beginning of Stage 3.

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During Rascal’s time with the Fuel he and aKm were involved in a back-and-forth that saw both players publicly criticize each other for issues within the team. When Rascal ultimately departed the team, the Fuel’s official statement implied that he was a troublesome team-mate.

In a recent post on the competitive Overwatch subreddit, aKm talked about his relationship with Rascal. He takes responsibility for his part of the issues the pair had, and acknowledges that he could have done more to help Rascal overcome his own struggles in the team.

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While things didn’t work out for Rascal with Dallas, it seems he and aKm have settled their differences since.

aKm also commented on his current position within the team, and the criticism he has received for his play. Problems with player personnel have seen aKm pushed into playing heroes such as Genji and Tracer, a position he’s not accustomed to and was never intended to play when he was originally brought on.

The Dallas Fuel currently sits in tenth place in the overall league standings with a 6-24 record, and finished Stage 3 in eleventh at 1-8.

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Jeff Kaplan reveals his ideal competitive Overwatch meta

Published: 8/Oct/2020 3:13

by Theo Salaun

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Blizzard Entertainment’s Vice President and Overwatch’s beloved Game Director Jeff Kaplan has revealed what he thinks is the ideal competitive meta for the expansive title.

Overwatch exists in many forms, from its highest ranks to its lowest, but the game’s competitive meta at the professional level has also varied greatly since the original release back in May 2016. 

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In the olden days, teams prioritized dive compositions led by Winston’s jumps and Tracer’s blinks. Then, in 2019, fans around the world either groaned or cheered as the divisive GOATS meta took center-stage, featuring a hefty squad built entirely with tanks and supports. 

Now, Kaplan is explaining his perspective on the game’s ideal state, following criticisms he levied back in July against the game’s double-shield reliance. Examining the game’s departure from a static, Orisa and Sigma-dependent environment, he dissects his compository ideology. 

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Barriers have held an uncomfortably powerful role in Overwatch for a long time.

As discussed in an interview with the Loadout, Kaplan is both aware of the professional scene’s interests and the casual base’s tendencies. Coupling those factors, he believes the game is at its best when there is some blend of high skill caps and diverse team compositions.

“The most ideal, healthiest state of the game is when the meta is somewhat fluid, when the meta is more map dependent or team match up dependent than it is static. We’ve all seen those moments when the meta has been completely static and all six players will just play the same six heroes every time. I think that’s fun from a mastery standpoint, but I think it’s a lot more exciting for viewers when creativity and curiosity come into play,” he said.

When Kaplan refers to a “static” meta, the simplest example is 2019’s GOATS, where three healers (Brigitte, Lucio, and Moira) were coupled with three tanks (D.Va, Reinhardt, and Zarya) and would barrel into opponents.

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It took tremendous teamwork to be pulled off successfully against other professional teams, but many fans considered it more tedious than entertaining after months of gameplay.

In its current state, Overwatch is not completely balanced, but there is a degree of variety to it. That diversity seen in the Overwatch League spans downward into the casual ranks. Kaplan indicates that this is in line with his department’s hopes.

“I think most of our players would say in the ideal meta, all our heroes would be viable in some way competitively. I think as a competitive goal from a game designing and game balancing perspective that is extremely challenging, but it’s obviously what we strive to achieve.”

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While he assures that Overwatch would be completely balanced in an ideal world, in the meantime, his team would at least like to push toward a game that varies to some extent based on coaching, player preference, and map.

It remains to be seen if current and upcoming patches can accomplish that, but Kaplan’s emphasis on “fluidity” is a welcome driving force.

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