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Insane Overwatch custom game adds CSGO’s popular ‘surfing’ mode

Published: 13/Sep/2020 1:24

by Bill Cooney

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One Overwatch player has created a new Workshop mode that’s almost a perfect copy of CS:GO’s famous surfing mod, and it’s a great tool to master the game’s movement.

Surfing is one of the most well-known and popular CSGO mods, allowing players to literally glide around courses set on the game’s maps and even improve their movement skills in the process.

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These surf maps challenge players to traverse or strafe through different combinations of ramps and obstacles as they fly along the tracks Lucio-style, requiring perfectly timed jumps, turns, and movement to reach the end of each course.

The mode has developed an entire subculture of its own over the years with plenty of dedicated players. Now, it’s seemingly finally made its way to Overwatch with a brand new Workshop mode using the latest and greatest map editing tools.

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“ow_Surf” is the name of the mod, a nod to its CS:GO counterpart. was created by Overwatch Workshop collective Grandeur Hammers. While a code might not be available just yet, it already looks like a ton of fun.

McCree serves as the perfect test subject for this mode, as he has some of the most basic movement mechanics in the game unless you’re using his roll, which doesn’t provide a ton of mobility to begin with anyway.

There’s no doubt Overwatch and CSGO have vastly different ways of getting from point A to point B, but that doesn’t mean both games don’t require practice to move around in the most efficient way, and surfing is a great way to do just that.

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Positioning does actually matter in Overwatch, especially for less-mobile heroes like McCree.

Of course, those among us who are Lucio mains will probably have no trouble getting the hang of this sort of thing; we spend most matches wall riding and jumping around like we’re playing the mod anyways.

Lately, we have seen a ton of wild new custom game creations, from a Game of Thrones remake to an exclusive Overwatch fighting game, and this is just the latest example of that. Considering the Workshop is just over a year old at this point, we can’t wait to see what players come up with next.

Of course, as mentioned above, the code for this mode isn’t available just yet, but we’ll have it for you here as soon it’s released.

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Overwatch League’s second commissioner steps down according to report

Published: 1/Oct/2020 19:32 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 19:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch League’s second straight commissioner, Pete Vlastelica, is stepping down after just one season with the league according to a new report.

According to The Esports Observer, sources claim that Vlastelica, who replaced Nate Nanzer in 2019 will be stepping down from his position.

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However, Vlastelica will remain President and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports, a title he continued to hold throughout his time as Overwatch League Commissioner.

OWL’s first commissioner, Nate Nanzer, left the league in 2019 to join Epic Games and help grow Fortnite’s competitive scene.

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The 2020 season was moved online after a few homestands.

The Esports Observer’s sources didn’t provide any additional information, and it’s unclear who will be in line to replace him.

However, the league confirmed the report in statement: “Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports and Commissioner of the Overwatch League, will transition from his role in ABE to focus on new entrepreneurial ventures on behalf of Activision Blizzard, following the Overwatch League Grand Finals. He was instrumental in building the company’s esports business and driving the industry forward, and we thank Pete for his contributions and impact on our business over the last four years.”

The news comes days before the North American Overwatch League All-Stars event, and just one week before the Grand Finals weekend is set to kick off.

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Unfortunately, the Overwatch League’s third season was heavily hindered by the ongoing global health crisis which put an end to the homestand events – something the league had been promoting hard in past years.

Only a few homestand events ended up happening such as those in Dallas, Washington, New York and Philadelphia before the league switched to an online format for the remainder of the season.

None of the four Asian, two European or two Canadian teams have hosted a homestand event yet as a result.

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Sinatraa and Super in OWL Grand Finals

As Dexerto previously reported, Activision is allowing CDL and OWL teams to skip franchise payments in 2020.

With uncertainty regarding the fourth season and anticipation mounting for Overwatch 2, it’s anyone’s guess as to how the league proceeds.

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Aside from issues facing the league outside of its control, Riot Games’ tactical FPS Valorant has resonated highly with many Overwatch pros. The 2020 season saw major names such as 2019 MVP Sinatraa retire from Overwatch to pursue a new career competing in Valorant.