New York Excelsior's Pine Reflects on Becoming "The Big Boss" and Tough Times in the Overwatch League - Dexerto

New York Excelsior’s Pine Reflects on Becoming “The Big Boss” and Tough Times in the Overwatch League

Published: 25/Jul/2018 5:42 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:08

by Joe O'Brien


A recent feature by the Overwatch League tells the story of one of the league’s most popular stars, “Big Boss” Kim ‘Pine’ Do-hyeon.

One of the DPS players for New York Excelsior, Pine made a massive impact on the league early on despite not even being a starting player.

With a highly-specialized skillset and high-risk, high-reward play style, Pine was mostly used as a substitute DPS player for certain maps by the Excelsior, who instead opted for the stability and flexibility of Park ‘Saebyeolbe’ Jong-ryeol and Kim ‘Libero’ Hae-seong for the majority of their games.

When Pine was on form, however, he produced some of the most epic plays of the entire league, a walking highlight reel with the likes of McCree and Widowmaker. In Stage 1 he was only consistently fielded for Control maps, but when he did come out he dominated the game, earning the nickname “Big Boss Pine”.

Pine hasn’t always been so charmed, however, and in a look back on his road to earning the title he touched on the struggles he had prior to becoming a professional player, and the depression he fell into during Stage 2 of the league, for which he was almost entirely absent.

The New York Excelsior were eliminated in the semi-finals of the Overwatch League Season One playoffs by Philadelphia Fusion, a surprising upset based on regular season form. Despite falling short in the playoffs, the Excelsior were the league’s pre-eminent team for almost the entirety of the first season, and will undoubtedly be favorites going into Season Two.


Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl


An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

Overwatch Battle Pass
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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.