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Listen to the Moment the London Spitfire Secured an Overwatch League Grand Final Spot

Published: 21/Jul/2018 2:10 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 17:40

by Joe O'Brien

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The London Spitfire secured a place in the Overwatch League grand finals with a dominant victory over the Los Angeles Valiant.

Coming into the playoffs the Spitfire were arguably the lowest-rated of the six competing teams. Despite having proven the potential peak of the squad by winning Stage 1, poor performances in Stages 3 and 4 resulted in many writing London off.

That prediction seemed to be coming true in the first series of the Spitfire’s playoff run, in which they were convincingly beaten by the Los Angeles Gladiators in the quarter-finals. Following that defeat, however, the Spitfire came back with a vengeance, now on a twelve-map win streak following their defeat of the Valiant in the semi-finals.

The moment the Spitfire secured their grand finals place was captured on the Overwatch League broadcast. While those that don’t speak Korean won’t be able to understand exactly what’s being said, the emotion of the moment is unmistakable no matter the language.

The grand finals will be played on July 27-28 in the Barclays Center, New York. The Spitfire’s opponent has yet to be decided, with the Philadelphia Fusion currently leading 1-0 against New York Excelsior in the second semi-final.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.