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Fan-favorite Overwatch analyst Reinforce hints at return to Overwatch League

Published: 4/Feb/2019 11:41 Updated: 4/Feb/2019 12:38

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch analyst Jonathan ‘Reinforce’ Larsson has hinted at a return to the Overwatch League for Season Two.

Having been a staple of the analyst desk for Season One, Reinforce originally announced that he would be departing the broadcast for the 2019 season, and implied that the move wasn’t by his own choice.

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The decision left many fans disappointed and confused. As the only former pro player on the talent team, Reinforce could speak with unique authority about the game and the perspective of the players, and he quickly became very popular with viewers.

In the wake of the announcement, many Overwatch League fans rallied to get Reinforce back to the broadcast, with a petition for his return getting thousands of signatures.

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Now, it seems those fans may be getting their wish. In response to a tweet about him not being in the second season of the Overwatch League, Reinforce confirmed that this was in fact not true.

This isn’t the first hint that Reinforce will be making a comeback. It seems the Overwatch League heard the fan outcry at his departure, as Commissioner Nate Nanzer later stated during an episode of Watchpoint that fans would “see [Reinforce] again some day” and acknowledged the movement to get “justice for Reinforce.”

Exact details of Reinforce’s place in the second season of Overwatch League remain a mystery. It’s not clear whether or not he will once again be part of the analyst desk or take on a new role entirely, but with the league returning on February 14 it seems likely that fans will find out soon enough.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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