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Goldenboy is Overcome With Emotion While Talking About Hosting the Overwatch League Finals

Published: 31/Jul/2018 15:51 Updated: 31/Jul/2018 16:00

by Ross Deason

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Alex ‘Goldenboy’ Mendez was overcome with emotion while watching the Overwatch League Finals back during a recent Twitch stream.

The veteran of esports commentary hosted the $1.7 million playoffs, which aired live on ESPN, and teared up when the enormity of how far he’s come hit him.

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The former Halo and Call of Duty commentator asked “how many times does a kid from the hood get to realize his dreams? Ya know?”

The likable personality proceeded to make an impassioned speech about his career in esports and how hosting such a prestigious event on a channel like ESPN was all he ever wanted:

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“I think that’s what makes this so special,

“I grew up in a single family household, my mother taking care of us and my father.. Ya know, they didn’t get along,

“I always wanted to do this, this was my dream, this was it. This is all I ever wanted. And then to be on prime time ESPN with the name Alex Mendez, I just hope that there is a kid in the hood somewhere that sees this and says ‘I could do it too’. That’s what I want. That’s my dream.”

The 30-year-old presenter is one of the longest serving members of the esports community and has worked for a number of different companies, covering multiple games, during that tenure.

However, Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League has pushed the boundaries of what the epsorts community has seen in the past, with incredible production value, prime time slots on ESPN and more. Goldenboy clearly feels blessed to be a part of all of that.

London Spitfire won the first ever Overwatch League Grand Final, defeating Philadelphia Fusion and netting an impressive $1 million in the process. Goldenboy was joined by a host of esports veterans on the English broadcast, including Chris Puckett, Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles, Auguste ‘Semmler’ Massonnat and Matthew ‘Mr X’ Morello.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.