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Nate Nanzer hints at return of fan-favorite Overwatch League analyst

Published: 6/Dec/2018 17:44 Updated: 6/Dec/2018 17:57

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer hinted that Jonathon ‘Reinforce’ Larsson could be returning to the OWL broadcast.

Formerly a pro player for legendary pre-OWL team Rogue, before moving to the Misfits team that eventually became Florida Mayhem, Reinforce officially announced his retirement from competition when he joined the Overwatch League analyst desk for Season One.

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With both an immense amount of knowledge and a playing resume to back it up, Reinfore arguably had the most authority when it came to analysis of any member of the talent team, and quickly became very popular with fans.

To the disappointment and confusion of many, however, after Season One concluded it was announced that Reinforce would not be returning as an analyst for Season Two, seemingly not by his own choice.

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In response, fans lobbied Blizzard to reconsider their decision on the matter, with over 2500 even signing a petition to re-sign him for the second season.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentReinforce was also part of the analyst desk for this year’s Overwatch World Cup.

Fortunately, it seems the requests have been heard. During an episode of the Overwatch League’s “Watchpoint” show, previewing the coming season, Nanzer suggested that fans hadn’t seen the last of Reinforce on the broadcast.

Nanzer raised the topic while speaking directly to fans – who he accurately predicted would at that moment be demanding “justice for Reinforce” in the Twitch chat – saying that the league was taking on board feedback. He later stated that “I just talked to Jonny the other day, we’ll see Jonny again some day.”

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Reinforce wasn’t the only departure announced after Season One, with Alberto ‘Crumbzz’ Rengifo also revealing that he won’t return in Season Two. For his part, recent hints have suggested that he might return to the broadcast team for the NA LCS in 2019.

Season Two of the Overwatch League is set to return on February 14.

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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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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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