Esports journalist Slasher doesn't buy that there are no cheaters in pro Overwatch - Dexerto

Esports journalist Slasher doesn’t buy that there are no cheaters in pro Overwatch

Published: 15/Oct/2018 16:13

by Joe O'Brien


Esports journalist Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau suspects there are cheaters at the professional or semi-pro level of Overwatch.

Slasher recently took to Twitter to speculate on the likelihood that somewhere in the upper echelons of competitive Overwatch, players are or have cheated in the game.

Overwatch certainly hasn’t lacked for drama and controversy. Season One of the Overwatch League itself saw multiple instances of players being disciplined for their behavior out of game, while a couple of players were suspended for their involvement in boosting services. Outside of OWL, there have been reports of match-fixing, or at least attempts to do so.

Notably absent, however, have been any players caught cheating at the highest levels. From the Overwatch League, to third-party tournaments, to the various divisions of Contenders, or even in online competitive play, there hasn’t been a single high-profile instance of a player cheating.

Even notable accusations now seem less frequent, though that wasn’t always the case. In the early days of Overwatch, scepticism regarding outstanding players was far more common. Perhaps the most notable target was Timo ‘Taimou’ Kettunen, whose flashy Widowmaker play was spectacular enough that when he joined Team Envy, they tested him on a freshly-built PC to confirm his legitimacy.

In the Overwatch League era, with millions of dollars in salaries, sponsorships, and prizes on the line for the most successful Overwatch players, Slasher isn’t convinced that everyone is playing fair.

While all tournaments take precautions against cheating – with the Overwatch League itself the most controlled, being played in Blizzard’s arena and all equipment being provided by the league – cheating certainly insn’t unheard of at the highest level in esports, with the most prominent examples occurring in CS:GO.

It’s worth noting, however, that Slasher’s point is a general one, rather than being aimed at any specific players, regions, or tournaments.


Overwatch players demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam


It’s Halloween time again, and that means the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is in full swing – and with it come some unique map changes on Eichenwalde, Blizzard World, and Hollywood. However, not everyone is on board with the new decorations.

While the maps may look nice with their Halloween horror makeover, there are some significant issues with them, primarily on Eichenwalde streets phase.

The German hybrid map can be one of the more challenging points for attackers, as they need to push the payload up a narrow bridge towards the castle.

At this juncture, players used to the normal version of the map tend to use abilities that boop opponents to secure environmental kills. Sadly, the Halloween variant makes doing so nearly impossible right by the left-side doors.

The Halloween version of Eichenwalde places a fence that prevents players from being booped off the map. Normally, Winston players will activate their Primal Rage ultimate and knock enemies off the map as they push from out of the left doors to contest the point.

23-year-old South Korean tank main Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the map’s redesign.

“3 years and this fence still exists in this Halloween map,” he said, posting a picture of the annoying fence. “Am I the only person who complains about this?”

Other players agreed with Kaiser. “The fact that the event maps make actual changes to the map that alter the gameplay is pretty dumb in a competitive game,” one replied.

The complaints aren’t anything new either. Famously, former Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel raged after the fence prevented him from knocking a Zarya off the map.

Halloween Sombra on Overwatch's Hollywood
Blizzard Entertainment
The changes to Hollywood are not as controversial.

While it’s nice to have special event versions of maps, as xQc noted in his clip, the competitive integrity of the game is damaged by major changes such as this.

Hopefully, Blizzard takes note of this when Overwatch 2 is released or Halloween 2021 rolls around and finally tears the fence down.