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DJ Khaled Will Perform at the Overwatch League Grand Finals

Published: 26/Jul/2018 7:47 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:08

by Joe O'Brien

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It has been announced that DJ Khaled will perform at the Overwatch League grand finals.

The grand finals are taking place at the Barclays Center in New York on July 27-28, and DJ Khaled will perform ahead of the games on Saturday July 28.

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Matches on Saturday kick off at 6pm CT, with DJ Khaled’s set taking place before then. Blizzard announced that the show would be streamed on Twitch, although it’s unclear whether DJ Khaled’s set will be shown on any of the other platforms that the grand finals themselves will appear on.

Musical performances at esports events aren’t unheard of, but they’ve typically been met with lukewarm reception. DJ Khaled is among the bigger names to try to pull it off, however, so perhaps he can set a new standard.

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The grand finals will be between London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion, the latter of whom denied New York Excelsior the opportunity to compete in front of a home crowd.

As the lowest seeds in the playoffs, the two teams might not have appeared likely finalists, especially against each other, but both London and Philadelphia caught fire for the most important matches of the season, blistering their way to Barclays Center.

The grand finals kick off with the first best-of-five at 9pm CT on Friday July 27. Saturday will host the second best-of-five, as well as a third and final series should the teams be tied after the first two.

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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.