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Los Angeles Valiant are giving any Overwatch player a chance to go pro

Published: 5/Sep/2019 0:40 Updated: 5/Sep/2019 1:17

by Bill Cooney

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The Los Angeles Valiant announced on Wednesday, September 4 that the team would be holding open tryouts ahead of Overwatch League Season 3.

Los Angeles finished the 2019 season in the bottom half of the Overwatch League with a disappointing 12-16 record following Stage 4.

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As with most teams, the Valiant will probably make a few offseason additions to the roster and it looks like they’ll be holding open tryouts for some of them.

Overwatch League/Robert PaulDo you have what it takes to join the Valiant?

How do we try out for the Valiant?

Obviously, L.A. isn’t looking for any Mercy main or Genji one-trick coming in off of the street, this is the Overwatch League after all.

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All players that want a shot at trying out have to have a peak SR of at least 4300 during season 16, 17, or in the Role Queue Beta Season.

Interested and qualified players can sign up for the open tryouts here, but you better hurry, because submissions won’t be accepted after September 10 at 11:59 PST.

Holding open tryouts isn’t unheard of in Overwatch esports, but teams usually do it for their Contenders teams, so it will be interesting to watch and see if anything or anyone comes out of the tryouts.

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Does this mean Valiant are going to cut players?

Holding open tryouts doesn’t necessarily mean the Valiant are going to be making some drastic roster readjustments before next season.

The Valiant are the only team in the Overwatch League to not have a Contenders Academy team, so there’s nowhere else for the player(s) who make it through the tryouts to go.

It could just be an attempt to bolster up the roster headed into next season, but it’s a long offseason, and you never know what could happen.

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The Overwatch LeagueOnly the Valiant know for sure what’s going to happen this offseason.

So, Overwatch players who think they have what it takes to wear the hallowed green and gold (and a high enough SR), get out there and get signed up.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Lucioball in Overwatch
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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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