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Eagle Gaming claim Contenders EU Season 2 title on home soil – final placements

Published: 24/Sep/2018 21:18

by Joe O'Brien

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The second 2018 season of Overwatch Contenders EU has concluded.

The finals took place at the Overwatch World Cup Paris Qualifier on September 21, with Eagle Gaming taking on Angry Titans for the trophy. In the end, it was Eagle Gaming that emerged victorious, taking the series 4-1.

For Eagle, the result is to some degree redemption for their first season, in which they were the only team undefeated in the group stage but fell out of the playoffs in the first round to a 3-0 sweep by Team Gigantti. In Season Two, Eagle claimed revenge against Gigantti in the semi-finals before ultimately taking the trophy.

Eagle’s victory also adds to an incredibly successful weekend for French Overwatch on home soil. The success of the all-French Contenders team preceded victory for France in the Overwatch World Cup Paris Qualifier, with Eagle’s Nicolas ‘NiCO’ Moret competing for both teams.

Success for French Overwatch comes at an opportune time, with a Paris Overwatch League franchise among the new additions for Season Two. With the team presumably in the process of building a roster, the success of Eagle Gaming and Team France shows that there is French talent available should Paris be looking to field some domestic players.

Europe was also only the third region to have a new Contenders champion for Season Two, along with Korea and Pacific. In North America, South America, Australia, and China, the Season One champions were able to defend their title. Contenders EU champions British Hurricane, however, failed to reach the playoffs, finishing 9th-10th
in the group stage.

The Hurricane, along with the other three teams in the bottom four of Season Two, will have to fight for their place in Season Three through Contenders Trials, where they will meet the top four teams of the open division.

The final placements for Contenders EU Season Two:

  • 1st
    – Eagle Gaming
  • 2nd
    – Angry Titans
  • 3rd/4th
    – Team Gigantti
  • 3rd/4th
    – Winstrike
  • 5th/8th
    – 6nakes
  • 5th/8th
    – Orgless and Hungry
  • 5th/8th
    – Young and Beautiful
  • 5th/8th
    – One.PoinT
  • 9th-10th
    – British Hurricane
  • 9th/10th
    – We Have Org
  • 11th/12th
    – Bazooka Puppies
  • 11th/12th
    – Copenhagen Flames
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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.