Monte & Semmler slam Blizzard's lack of "integrity" in Overwatch League - Dexerto
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Monte & Semmler slam Blizzard’s lack of “integrity” in Overwatch League

Published: 10/Feb/2020 4:45 Updated: 10/Feb/2020 22:17

by Brad Norton

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After dedicating years of their lives to the Overwatch scene, esports talent and former Overwatch League casters Christopher MonteCristo Mykles and Auguste ‘Semmler’ Massonnat lashed out at comments from the new Vice President of the league.

While the Overwatch League returned on February 8 after a four-month offseason, it did so without a number of familiar faces both on the desk and on the commentary team, including Monte and Semmler. 

Numerous members of the broadcasts revealed throughout the offseason that they would not be returning for the third year. After hearing comments from the new OWL VP, Jon Spector, during the 2020 opening weekend, however, they fired back, slamming Blizzard for its handling of the league.

Overwatch League stage.
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The 2020 season marks a new era in Overwatch League history as all games move to a home and away format.

Previously hitting out at the league’s new commissioner Pete Vlastelica, Monte pulled no punches when taking aim at the league’s Vice President this time around.

Throughout an interview with ESPN’s Jacob Wolf, Spector admitted the league “couldn’t be happier” with its current set of casters, hosts and analysts alike. “We feel really good about the lineup we’ve put together,” he added.

Listing newcomers to the talent lineup for 2020, one particular comment appeared to rustle feathers as Spector labeled new additions as individuals who “live and breathe Overwatch.”

Responding to the statement, Semmler threw his own version of a quote from Blizzard into the mix, insinuating his was the more accurate reflection of the company’s outlook: “People who specialized in our game that we can lowball thanks to our monopolistic hold on the scene and/or their dependence on us for visas.”

Following up, Monte chimed in with a lengthy response to the interview outlining how he had been involved behind the scenes “before the game was even released.” 

“I spent years of my life grinding tape, visiting team houses, producing my own content, and casting OW from Apex Season 1,” he said, highlighting how he has in fact, lived and breathed Overwatch longer than any other on-air talent.

“What OWL is doing right now is attempting to cover-up their own poor management and decisions at the expense of people who put everything they had into the league.”

“I would let this be a lesson to other people who consider working with OWL that this is how you get treated on the way out. There is no loyalty, there is no appreciation, there is no integrity,” he added.

Evidently bridges have been burnt between those operating the league and former on-air talent. While Monte recently announced his new venture with Cloud9 and Semmler returned to CSGO, the duo have not shied away from airing their thoughts on Blizzard’s treatment of the OW scene since their departure. 

Update: 10/02 – 2PM

 After Dexerto reached out to Blizzard for a response, Overwatch League Vice President Jon Spector apologized for his comments and further clarified his statement.

“I want to apologize for my comments yesterday. I did not intend to slight anyone, but I failed to provide some important context before answering a question about my excitement for our 2020 talent lineup. I’d like to offer the context now that I should’ve provided yesterday.

“We are proud of our 2018 and 2019 broadcasts, and we feel great about our lineup this season. We’re incredibly thankful for all of the talented voices that worked to launch the first two seasons of the Overwatch League. We would not be where we are today without your work–thank you all for living and breathing Overwatch and supporting our League since the beginning.”

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Cheeky Overwatch trick lets Baby D.Va score environmental kills

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players looking to find a new lethal tactic with D.Va should look no further than this trick to surprise and tilt enemy teams.

Since 2016, Overwatch fans have taken highly to the hero D.Va, sporting countless cosplays, creating art, buying merchandise, you name it. Part of the reason for this is just how stylish the gamer-turned-mech pilot is.

As it turns out, however, even outside of her pink mech, D.Va can pack a punch and even eliminate any enemy hero in the game if the opportunity presents itself.

Most people know that D.Va’s Call Mech ability does a bit of damage if you use it directly on top of an enemy player, but not everyone realizes it also has knockback capabilities.

D.va from Overwatch looking cool
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D.Va is one of the most popular heroes, in and out of mech.

Boops can be one of the best ways in Overwatch to quickly deal with enemies regardless of their HP. Anyone from Roadhog to even Tracer (especially if limited by cooldowns) can fall victim to a well-timed push off the edge of a map.

As Reddit user ‘eregis’ showed, despite being at a disadvantage against a Soldier 76 who put down his Biotic Field for health restoration, the confrontation ended in their favor thanks to the knockback of Call Mech.

While on Rialto, the D.Va player had the Call Mech ability ready, but waited a bit to activate it. First, the player lured the enemy Soldier 76 to a bit of an unfavorable position on Rialto with his back to the water.

After getting the victim close enough to the ledge, the D.Va used Call Mech and sent 76 off the map and to his demise.

Of course, this trick is a bit of a high-risk play. Baby D.Va is tied with Tracer for the lowest-health hero in the game at only 150. However, unlike Tracer, D.Va does haven’t Blink or Recall to get out of tricky situations, so being able to time the Call Mech perfectly can be tough.

Next time you find yourself as Baby D.Va and an opportunity presents itself, try to see if you can secure frags with this ability. Your opponents will never see it coming.