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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.

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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!”

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos

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The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.

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With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.

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As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.

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FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.

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FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.

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FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson