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Geguri Speaks Out About Her Decision to Join Shanghai Dragons

Published: 1/May/2018 17:43 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 14:36

by Joe O'Brien

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Shanghai Dragons’ Kim ‘Geguri’ Se-yeon has spoken out about her decision to join the team.

Geguri signed with the Dragons during Stage 2 of the Overwatch League, becoming the first female player to join an OWL roster, although her debut wasn’t until Stage 3 due to visa delays.

Alongside Geguri, three more Korean players joined the predominantly Chinese squad, along with one new Chinese player in the form of Support He ‘Sky’ Junjian. The moves marked a near complete overhaul of the squad.

In the first two stages, the original line-up was unable to find a single match victory. Unfortunately, so far in Stage 3 the Dragons remain win-less, although there have been distinct improvements in their play.

Geguri has become one of the more talked-about players in the league, and while her gender naturally results in a slightly larger spotlight, for many she has also been the standout player on the struggling team. Consequently, some question why she chose to sign with what is clearly the weakest team in the league.

In a recent stream, Geguri reportedly spoke on the matter and also claimed that she didn’t wish for fans to disparage the other members of her team. The statement was translated by @kyleenim on Twitter.

“I chose to join Shanghai Dragons because I wanted to see how my talents can help the team out and I thought this would help me improve as a player. I was afraid that I would stagnate when I started out, but right now, I am very glad to be a part of this team.

I also dislike it when people say that I am the only good player in SHD because we all try our best and their efforts are the reason why I look so good in matches. So I want people to stop that misconception of me being the only good player in the team.”

The Shanghai Dragons are facing New York Excelsior and London Spitfire to close out Stage 3, and so they’re extremely unlikely to end the stage with a win. On their current trajectory, however, it looks increasingly feasible that they could claim a victory before the season ends.

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Overwatch players demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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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
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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.