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

Published: 15/Oct/2018 16:13

by Joe O'Brien

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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.

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Overwatch YouTuber discovers how much weight Junkrat carries per game

Published: 30/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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An Overwatch YouTuber has done a lot of research to determine how much weight Junkrat carries on him in a single round of Overwatch.

The destructive Australian hero has an insane amount of equipment on his person. His frag launcher, grenades, two mines, a bear trap and of course, his Riptire ultimate on his back.

While it’s not very realistic for a hero to carry around that much on his person, the hero himself isn’t very realistic to begin with, as he literally walks around on one leg and uses his own mines for vertical mobility.

Firstly, the YouTuber had to go through all the items and find some real word comparisons beginning with Riptire.

Junkrat on Temple of Anubis
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Junkrat carries a lot of weight on him during a round of Overwatch.

For this, Fraglrokt decided to use the tire fellow YouTuber Colin Furze made, which is 16 inches and powered by a chainsaw engine. Once factoring the weight of the tire, its rims and the engine, it comes to a whopping 74 pounds.

And that’s only for a single tire. Junkrat’s ultimate comes up pretty fast, so it’s likely that he’ll be carrying at least three per round.

When it comes to Junkrat’s grenades, Fraglrokt decided they were close enough to the M67. With five grenades per reload, we’re looking at 4.4 pounds.

After looking over former Overwatch League pro Jake ‘Jake’ Lyon’ and average players to see how often they reload per round. It was determined that Jake reloads around 35 times while average players do so 57 times. This equals out to being 44 times a round, which when multiplied by 4.4 comes out to 202.4 pounds.

Moving onto the trap, Fraglrokt took the middle ground after looking at a couple of options and decide that Junkrat’s is probably 36 pounds. With players using an average of 13 traps per round, it comes to 468 LBS.

Finally, moving onto Junkrat’s mines, seeing as they resemble anti-tank mines, that’s what Fraglrokt decided on for his real-world comparison. With players using 35-42 mines per round, that comes out to a staggering 1058.75 pounds.

Junkrat equipment weight
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Junkrat carries 2000 pounds on him in one round.

After factoring all the results, including the Total Mayhem passive, it was determined that the hero carries approximately 2,000 pounds every single round of Overwatch.

Of course, the whole video was just for fun, but it really puts the absurdity of Overwatch in perspective.