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Haksal wins OWL Season 2 Rookie of the Year award after incredible season

Published: 6/Sep/2019 0:39 Updated: 6/Sep/2019 1:38

by Andrew Amos

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Vancouver Titans’ Kim ‘Haksal’ Hyo-jong has claimed the 2019 Overwatch League Rookie of the Year award after a remarkable first season.

While Haksal is by no means a rookie to Overwatch, having played competitively since 2016, he had to wait until this season to join the world’s best in the OWL. The Vancouver Titans took full advantage of this, bringing him and the whole RunAway roster from Korea, and they’ve dominated.

Known for his Genji and Pharah before the GOATS meta, Haksal also revitalized himself as a top Brigitte player to earn the honor of being the Rookie of the Year in 2019.

Announced before the start of the Overwatch League playoffs, the Overwatch League tweeted “Introducing your #OWL2019 Rookie of the Year – @RunawayHaksal2!”

His stats for the 2019 season tell a story of how Vancouver were able to top the rest of the competition in all metas. His hero damage and healing on Brigitte was the top of the league throughout the season, helping keep his team alive and on top of the fight. 

Once role lock was enforced though, he dusted off picks like the Genji and again topped the league on final blows and fight win rate. It also made for many highlight worthy plays, like this Dragon Blade shared on the Overwatch League twitter, with the caption “Haksal doing what Haksal does best.”

Haksal also topped the player impact rating across all stages, with 123.42. The next highest in the Overwatch League was his team mate Seo “SeoMinSoo” Min-soo at 120.37, while the most impactful player from another team was the San Francisco Shock’s Jay “Sinatraa” Won with 117.94.

The player impact rating tries to quantify how good someone is based off their stats as well as hero strength during any given patch. Given the average is having an impact of 100, Haksal had 23% more impact that the average player in the League.

Activision-BlizzardHaksal’s Brigitte and Genji dominated OWL 2019.

The road isn’t over for Haksal though. Winning Rookie of the Year is a great personal accolade, but the Titans won’t be satisfied with anything less than a trophy in Philadelphia. 

After finishing the regular season off with a 25-3 record, they enter the playoffs as favorites. However, they haven’t won a stage playoffs since stage one, even though they’ve been a top-two seed in all three stages. 

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentThe Vancouver Titans are one of eight teams left in the Overwatch League season two playoffs.

Vancouver are currently playing Seoul Dynasty in the Overwatch League season two playoffs. The winner moving on to the semi finals, while the loser will have to climb through the lower bracket. 

Keep up with all the action via our Overwatch League playoffs hub.

Fortnite

Epic confirms Fortnite World Cup 2021 has been canceled

Published: 5/Dec/2020 5:55

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Epic Games has confirmed that they have “no plans” for any live events next year, including Fortnite World Cup 2021, all but canceling the event. It’s something many fans expected but still feared, even though most understand it’s necessary.

Fortnite’s competitive scene is one of many that have been rocked in 2020. It was something nobody anticipated or expected, at least, in terms of how severe an impact it would have on the world.

Unfortunately, we’re not out of the woods yet, and that means there’s still a spanner in the works. Epic Games has decided it’s still too risky to host live events anytime soon.

They’ve opted to cancel all live events in 2021, including the Fortnite World Cup. They laid it all out in their latest blog post.

Epic Games Fortnite World Cup Canceled 2021
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The Fortnite World Cup is the premier event in the Fortnite competitive scene.

“Our intent is to eventually hold global in-person tournaments again, but our priority for any such event is the health and safety of our players and staff,” they said. It’s a sentiment that other organizations have shared.

“With so much still unknown about what is practical and safe, we do not plan to hold in-person events in 2021, including a Fortnite World Cup,” they added. However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any competitions at all.

“We will continue to provide online competitions throughout 2021 with the hopes that physical events, in some form, can return at some point in the future,” they said. 

It’s crazy to think that we might still be a year away from seeing LAN esports events again. However, it’s a sensible decision given the circumstances.

Epic Games Fortnite World Cup Canceled 2021
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Fortnite fans will need to wait at least another year before seeing a LAN tournament.

It’s bittersweet news for fans and players around the world. They’d love to see competitive LAN events in the Fortnite scene once again.

But at the same time, it’s good to know that Epic Games has everyone’s best interests at heart. They aren’t willing to risk anything, which is nice.