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LA Valiant’s Custa Comments on His Place in the Australian Overwatch World Cup Team

Published: 9/Jun/2018 5:33 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:04

by Joe O'Brien

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LA Valiant’s Scott ‘Custa’ Kennedy has commented on his position in the Australian Overwatch World Cup team.

During a recent stream, Custa clarified his involvement with the Australian national team as the competing nations build their squads for the 2018 World Cup.

Most teams are currently holding tryouts as they decide on the players that will make up the national rosters, with squads having to be confirmed by July 5th.

Custa states that he intends to play with the team if they’re interested in choosing him, but he won’t be involved in tryouts or practice until after the Overwatch League ends, due to the connection issues between the US and Australia, and the difference in patch between the Overwatch League and the live servers.

As a result, it seems likely that Custa’s spot in the squad will be determined largely on reputation alone, as the Overwatch League will finish after the roster deadline. The LA Valiant currently sits in second place in the league, looking likely to take the number one spot in the Pacific Division and book a trip to the playoff semi-finals.

The Overwatch League playoffs will begin on July 11th, although the Valiant are likely to skip the first round. The grand finals will take place on July 27th-28th in the Barclays Centre in New York.

Despite being the only Australian player to have made it into the inaugural season of the Overwatch League, Custa has never represented his country at the World Cup. The Australia line-ups that competed in 2016 and 2017 were built around existing chemistry in Australian teams, primarily Blank Esports, while Custa competed in North American squads prior to the OWL.

Team Australia will compete in the Thailand group stage of this year’s World Cup. If they finish in the top two of their group, they will advance to the eight-team playoffs at Blizzcon in November.

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Overwatch players demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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It’s Halloween time again, and that means the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is in full swing – and with it come some unique map changes on Eichenwalde, Blizzard World, and Hollywood. However, not everyone is on board with the new decorations.

While the maps may look nice with their Halloween horror makeover, there are some significant issues with them, primarily on Eichenwalde streets phase.

The German hybrid map can be one of the more challenging points for attackers, as they need to push the payload up a narrow bridge towards the castle.

At this juncture, players used to the normal version of the map tend to use abilities that boop opponents to secure environmental kills. Sadly, the Halloween variant makes doing so nearly impossible right by the left-side doors.

The Halloween version of Eichenwalde places a fence that prevents players from being booped off the map. Normally, Winston players will activate their Primal Rage ultimate and knock enemies off the map as they push from out of the left doors to contest the point.

23-year-old South Korean tank main Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the map’s redesign.

“3 years and this fence still exists in this Halloween map,” he said, posting a picture of the annoying fence. “Am I the only person who complains about this?”

Other players agreed with Kaiser. “The fact that the event maps make actual changes to the map that alter the gameplay is pretty dumb in a competitive game,” one replied.

The complaints aren’t anything new either. Famously, former Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel raged after the fence prevented him from knocking a Zarya off the map.

Halloween Sombra on Overwatch's Hollywood
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The changes to Hollywood are not as controversial.

While it’s nice to have special event versions of maps, as xQc noted in his clip, the competitive integrity of the game is damaged by major changes such as this.

Hopefully, Blizzard takes note of this when Overwatch 2 is released or Halloween 2021 rolls around and finally tears the fence down.