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Malik fires back at dafran for “overrated” Overwatch League talent jibe

Published: 15/Jan/2020 11:40

by Jacob Hale


Overwatch League desk host Malik Forte has hit back at Atlanta Reign Twitch streamer and former professional Overwatch player Daniel ‘dafran’ Francesca, calling the departing OWL talent an “overrated Gucci brand.”

Dafran retired from competitive play in March 2019, but has remained close with the esport ever since. When he made the comments about Malik and his fellow broadcast talent, he had been browsing the competitive Overwatch subreddit, which prompted his remarks.

He referred to talent – such as Malik, Auguste ‘Semmler’ Massonnat and Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles – as an “overrated Gucci brand” because of their demands for more pay, and even stated that there are better people for the job that would do it for less.

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Malik has been a core component of the Overwatch League broadcast talent in recent seasons.

Forte has worked as a desk host, stage host and reporter with the Overwatch League and within the wider community since 2016, but is evidently seeking pastures new alongside many of his peers.

That said, he didn’t take too kindly to dafran’s comments and pulled him up on it in a tongue-in-cheek tweet, posted on January 14.

“Damn son,” he started. “‘Gucci’? You know how racist they are and how much I don’t like them. You could’ve at least said ‘Lululemon’.”

Although this tweet seemed somewhat satirical in nature, a follow-up from Malik was a little more serious, imploring dafran not to “misinform his fans” and that he “doesn’t know anyone’s situation.”

Malik was met by criticism from some fans for bringing race into the equation, arguing that it was unnecessary, while others simply laughed at the Lululemon reference while others said that it will be a shame not to have him on broadcasts anymore.

Either way, Malik is obviously done with his work on the Overwatch League for now, but has yet to publicly announce what his next move is.


Sneaky Overwatch spot gets you to Watchpoint Gibraltar’s high ground fast

Published: 22/Nov/2020 21:26

by Julian Young


In any competitive shooter, good positioning and map control are key factors to achieving victory. The Overwatch community has once again shown how smart movement can benefit players, this time with a clever trick to gain the high ground on Watchpoint: Gibraltar.

Overwatch is a unique title that requires team coordination and individual skill to overcome opponents. Heroes need to synergize their abilities with teammates and perform well on their own to defeat the other team.

Outside of individual skill and good teamwork, positioning and map control are two additional factors to consider when a team plans and executes their strategy. Players are always looking for new ways to exploit their surroundings to help outsmart their enemies.

While many movement techniques are well-known in the Overwatch community, there are still some tricks that not all players are aware of.  In a video posted user ‘Hovspian’, they show off a lesser-known shortcut players can use to reach the high ground on Watchpoint: Gibraltar.

Found a new shortcut to highground on Gibraltar second from Overwatch

In the clip, the player is in the interior room located near Checkpoint B: a fairly open space with bits of cover in various spots and a vehicle hanging from the ceiling. They walk towards a forklift that is holding some containers, and then jump on top of the vehicle’s glass windshield.

From there, they jump onto the containers the forklift is holding, and then to the nearby ledge that lines the interior wall. From that position, they survey the room and show off an impressive vantage point where they can shoot down at any enemies in the open space below.

Overwatch Watchpoint Gibraltar Map
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An Overwatch player has shared a nifty trick to gain the high ground on Operation: Gibraltar.

While this may not be a new discovery for some Overwatch veterans, not every player knows about it. One user responded shortly after the post went live saying they were not familiar with this particular move, and thanked Hovspian for sharing it. For those unfamiliar with the movement on display in the clip, this climbing maneuver could prove useful in future matches.

Whether they are playing a damage, tank, or support role, all can benefit from movement that provides them with an advantage. This video is another example of how players can outsmart the competition with their movement skills, and add another trick to their existing arsenal.