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Overwatch community comes together to troll Overwatch League analyst

Published: 18/Jan/2019 14:05 Updated: 18/Jan/2019 14:34

by Joe O'Brien

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The Overwatch community has come together to collectively troll Overwatch League analyst Joshua ‘Sideshow’ Wilkinson.

It began when Sideshow decided to take part in the “10 year challenge”, which saw people posting photos of themselves in 2009 and 2019 to show how much (or little) they’d changed in 10 years.

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The photo of young Sideshow immediately caught the attention of the Overwatch community, with many making comparisons to the hobbits in the Lord of the Rings movies, while others suggested the photo looked like the album art for an indie band.

Despite the jokes, the image might have been forgotten shortly if it hadn’t been for Overwatch talk show “Tactical Crouch” using it to promote Sideshow’s appearance on the show. Sideshow then made the fatal error of claiming that “this pic is NOT gonna become my online presence.”

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Naturally, the internet responded by immediately doing everything in its power to contradict him, spurred on by Sideshow’s former co-worker and room mate Jonathan ‘Reinforce’ Larsson, who began a campaign to spread the photo with the intention of making it the first thing that appears when anyone googles “Sideshow Overwatch”.

The current results of such a search are already rather amusing, with the primary result in fact being a picture of fellow British Overwatch League analyst Brennon ‘Bren’ Hook. This isn’t the only instance of Bren being mistaken for another member of the Overwatch League talent team, with the Esports Awards using a clip featuring him instead of nominee Mitch ‘Uber’ Leslie.

The Overwatch community has rallied behind the cause. On the Competitive Overwatch subreddit, a post of the photo simply titled “Sideshow Overwatch” has hit nearly 3000 upvotes, and everyone from community figures to Overwatch League teams have been sharing the image on social media.

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Sideshow has tried in vain to prevent the movement, but in doing so is likely to have only spurred on efforts to increase the photo’s prevalence.

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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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