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Former Overwatch pro slams fans criticizing tearful Ryujehong interview

Published: 9/Sep/2019 0:02 Updated: 9/Sep/2019 1:02

by Brad Norton


Having reached the 2018 Overwatch League Playoffs as a member of the Boston Uprising, current Contenders commentator Avast, has given his take on the recent interview controversy.

Both in tears, veterans of the competitive Overwatch scene Tobi and Ryujehong of the Seoul Dynasty struggled to get their words out in an emotional post-game interview following their Playoff loss to the Hangzhou Spark.

Many online voiced their displeasure with the interview, arguing that it was unreasonable to have them on camera in such a state, however former professional player Avast, strongly disagrees. 

Taking to his Twitch stream, Avast underscored the importance of seeing icons in such emotional moments. 

“Do you think you would remember Seoul losing last night if you didn’t see Jehong and Tobi cry? Do you think you would have cared?”

Overwatch LeagueRyujehong makes his walk through the crowd.

While some fans claimed it was hard to watch, Avast countered by saying “this is the entire reason” for franchising in the first place.

As a former member of the Boston Uprising, an organization backed by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Avast chimes in with his unique perspective, stating that “It’s so people around the world can say; these are my players, these are my guys.”

Moments such as these can be vital in furthering a rapport with Overwatch League fans and after all, it was by choice that Ryujehong and Tobi engaged with the difficult interview.

“If you care so much about the players, why don’t you let them get the chance to have a cathartic moment on stream?” Avast concluded.

Overwatch LeagueA Grand Final view that players grind to reach all year long.

Finishing eighth overall this season, it has been a tumultuous run for the Seoul Dynasty roster, especially when factoring in the added stress of significant balance updates mid-Stage as well as entirely new heroes

You can keep up to date with all the latest in the 2019 Overwatch League Playoffs right here.


How to watch Valorant First Strike NA Global Finals: Stream & schedule

Published: 30/Nov/2020 13:39 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 20:05

by Andrew Amos


The Valorant First Strike Global Finals are here and the very best of North America are ready to go toe-to-toe in Future Earth. Eight strong teams have entered, but only one can be the champion. Here’s everything you need to know.

Weeks of competition has led to this. Across the world, the best Valorant teams have been duking it out for the chance to be crowned their regional champion. In no region, however, is the competition more fierce than in North America.

Heading into 2021 with the the Valorant Champions Tour looming on the horizon, a win in First Strike will mean a lot to teams as they start preparing for the first ever World Championship.

If you want to catch the best NA Valorant has to offer, we’ve got you covered right here.

Valorant First Strike NA: Stream

Just like the accompanying European leg of the event, the First Strike NA regional finals will be broadcasted live on the official Valorant Twitch channel.

The action will get underway on December 3 starting at 1:00 PM PST / 4:00 PM EST / 9:00 PM GMT / 10:00 PM CET. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience, so you can check back in once those times are sorted out.

Valorant First Strike NA: Teams & players

From hundreds of teams, only eight made it to North America’s First Strike Regional Finals. Fan-favorites like Sentinels, TSM, and T1 are mixing in with rising stars like Renegades and Immortals.

While Sentinels are the favored team heading into the event, given how close the teams are, it really could be anyone’s title.

Team Players
Team Envy food, crashies, FNS, mummAy, kaboose
100 Thieves Hiko, nitr0, steel, Asuna, dicey
Sentinels ShahZaM, SicK, sinatraa, zombs, dapr
Renegades retrQ, CP2, Winsum, randyySavage, Berghy
TSM reltuC, hazed, Wardell, Subroza, drone
FaZe Clan corey, ZachaREEE, Marved, babybay, Rawkus
T1 brax, AZK, Skadoodle, DaZeD, Spyder
Immortals Genghsta, jcStani, Jmoh, neptune, ShoT_UP

Valorant First Strike NA: Schedule & results


Thursday, December 3

Quarterfinals Envy vs Immortals 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM
Renegades vs TSM 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM

Friday, December 4

Quarterfinals 100 Thieves vs T1 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM
Sentinels vs FaZe 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM

Saturday, December 5

Semifinals TBD vs TBD 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM

Sunday, December 6

Grand Final TBD vs TBD 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM

Valorant First Strike NA: Final Placements

This post will be updated once the action gets underway, so be sure to check back to see the results!