Florida Mayhem builds majority-Korean roster with three new additions for Overwatch League Season Two - Dexerto
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Florida Mayhem builds majority-Korean roster with three new additions for Overwatch League Season Two

Published: 15/Oct/2018 8:48 Updated: 15/Oct/2018 8:49

by Joe O'Brien

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Florida Mayhem have announced the addition of three new players to their Overwatch League roster.

Support player Choi ‘Kris’ Jun-soo joins from Meta Athena, DPS player Lee ‘BQB’ Sang-bum from X6-Gaming, and main tank Yoon ‘Swon’ Seong-won from NRG Esports.

Fans of OGN’s discontinued APEX tournament may recognize Swon by the name “Butcher”, under which he competed for Kongdoo Panthera and Kongdoo Uncia in seasons one to three.

The new additions are pending approval by the Overwatch League, but so far no players are known to have been denied entry to the league.

In the case of BQB there could be some complications, however, as he was previously linked to boosting while playing with X6-Gaming. In Season One, Dallas Fuel’s Son ‘OGE’ Min-seok and Philadelphia Fusion’s Kim ‘SADO’ Su-min both faced suspensions before being able to compete for the same offence.

BQB has already been punished by X6-Gaming in May 2018, when their investigation found –that he had been linked to boosting services. BQB’s winnings were donated instead to charity, and he was prohibited from broadcasting on his personal stream for three months. It remains to be seen whether the Overwatch League will see fit to apply its own penalty.

These new signings bring Florida Mayhem’s roster up to nine players, crossing the eight-player threshold all teams must hit by December 8. Having fielded a majority-Swedish line-up at the start of Season One, Season Two sees a dramatic shift for the Mayhem, with Kevyn ‘TviQ’ Lindström and Damon ‘Apply’ Conti the only non-Korean players on the squad right now.

Season Two of the Overwatch League is set to kick off on February 14. It has yet to be announced whether there will be any pre-season show-matches before then, as there were before the start of Season One.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.