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Hangzhou Spark suspend absent Overwatch player, pursuing legal action

Published: 2/Aug/2019 12:55 Updated: 2/Aug/2019 13:24

by Joe O'Brien


Overwatch League team Hangzhou Spark have suspended DPS player Cai ‘Krystal’ Shilong and appear to be considering taking legal action for breach of contract.

According to a translation by Chinese Overwatch news Twitter @OWBeacon of a post by the Spark on Chinese social media site Weibo, Krystal has been suspended indefinitely effective immediately, and the consequences for his breach of contract will be handled by Hangzhou-based Tiance Law Firm.

It’s currently unclear exactly what consequences the Spark hope to pursue through the law firm.

The statement comes following an announcement by Hangzhou on July 25 that they had issued a fine and a “grave warning” to Krystal after the player was absent without permission.

The team stated that Krystal requested a ten-day leave to return to China from Los Angeles, where the Overwatch League teams currently compete, due to a family sickness.  The request was granted by the team, but he failed to return on the agreed date despite not requesting to extend his leave.

Hangzhou Spark have also now made a lengthy post detailing their experiences with Krystal, which highlights a variety of difficult behavior over the course of his tenure with the team.

Robert Paul/The Overwatch LeagueHangzhou Spark are one of the eight teams new to the league in Season 2.

Krystal was allegedly absent from or late to practices and activities going back to the Spark’s initial pre-season training in October 2018-January 2019, which took place in China. When the team travelled to the US ahead of Stage 1, he apparently entered on a tourist visa and was therefore unable to compete, despite the organization having secured the appropriate work visa.

These allegations, along with allegations of Krystal’s disruptive behavior within the team, are evidenced by images of the stamps on Krystal’s passport and messages between himself and the team.

The Spark also claim that after Krystal requested to be traded earlier in the season, they explored the possibility with Guangzhou Charge, Boston Uprising, and Washington Justice, but that no agreement was ever reached.

According to the post, Krystal has still not returned to the team, as he states he is suffering from depression and is being examined in hospital.


Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.