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London Spitfire Draws First Blood Against LA Valiant in Overwatch League Semi-Final

Published: 19/Jul/2018 4:28 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Joe O'Brien


The London Spitfire took down Los Angeles Valiant 3-1 in their opening semi-final series.

The Spitfire carried their momentum from the quarter-finals through to an impressive victory in the first series of the semi-final best-of-three.

The final 3-1 score-line is a little deceptive, as the series actually went to a full five maps, with the two teams drawing on the fourth map, Hanamura.

London Spitfire entered the playoffs in disarray, finishing the regular season with their weakest stage performance. The first match of their playoff run seemed to follow in the same vein, suffering a 0-3 defeat at the hands of the LA Gladiators, but the Spitfire were able to regroup and come back with consecutive 3-0 wins of their own to advance to the semi-finals.

Having finally harnessed the immense potential the roster should always have had, London is now an entirely different beast, and that carried through to their first semi-final series. The LA Valiant ended the season on a high, winning the Stage 4 playoffs, and have been touted by many as the favorites to now take the trophy.

The Valiant find themselves immediately on the back foot, however, with London now only needing one more series win to reach the grand finals. The Los Angeles squad, meanwhile, will need to win back-to-back best-of-fives of Friday July 21 in order to advance.

It was a rough start for both of the top seeds from the regular season, as the New York Excelsior – who as the number one team skipped to the semi-finals, like the Valiant – also fell in a convincing loss to the Philadelphia Fusion in their own opening series.


Overwatch YouTuber discovers how much weight Junkrat carries per game

Published: 30/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


An Overwatch YouTuber has done a lot of research to determine how much weight Junkrat carries on him in a single round of Overwatch.

The destructive Australian hero has an insane amount of equipment on his person. His frag launcher, grenades, two mines, a bear trap and of course, his Riptire ultimate on his back.

While it’s not very realistic for a hero to carry around that much on his person, the hero himself isn’t very realistic to begin with, as he literally walks around on one leg and uses his own mines for vertical mobility.

Firstly, the YouTuber had to go through all the items and find some real word comparisons beginning with Riptire.

Junkrat on Temple of Anubis
Blizzard Entertainment
Junkrat carries a lot of weight on him during a round of Overwatch.

For this, Fraglrokt decided to use the tire fellow YouTuber Colin Furze made, which is 16 inches and powered by a chainsaw engine. Once factoring the weight of the tire, its rims and the engine, it comes to a whopping 74 pounds.

And that’s only for a single tire. Junkrat’s ultimate comes up pretty fast, so it’s likely that he’ll be carrying at least three per round.

When it comes to Junkrat’s grenades, Fraglrokt decided they were close enough to the M67. With five grenades per reload, we’re looking at 4.4 pounds.

After looking over former Overwatch League pro Jake ‘Jake’ Lyon’ and average players to see how often they reload per round. It was determined that Jake reloads around 35 times while average players do so 57 times. This equals out to being 44 times a round, which when multiplied by 4.4 comes out to 202.4 pounds.

Moving onto the trap, Fraglrokt took the middle ground after looking at a couple of options and decide that Junkrat’s is probably 36 pounds. With players using an average of 13 traps per round, it comes to 468 LBS.

Finally, moving onto Junkrat’s mines, seeing as they resemble anti-tank mines, that’s what Fraglrokt decided on for his real-world comparison. With players using 35-42 mines per round, that comes out to a staggering 1058.75 pounds.

Junkrat equipment weight
Junkrat carries 2000 pounds on him in one round.

After factoring all the results, including the Total Mayhem passive, it was determined that the hero carries approximately 2,000 pounds every single round of Overwatch.

Of course, the whole video was just for fun, but it really puts the absurdity of Overwatch in perspective.