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Overwatch League Analyst Reinforce Gives Incredibly Honest Thoughts On No Longer Competing

Published: 8/May/2018 5:45 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 15:19

by Joe O'Brien


Overwatch League analyst Jonathan ‘Reinforce’ Larsson gave a very honest answer about his retirement from competition in a recent AMA.

Prior to joining the Overwatch League talent team, Reinforce was a professional player himself. He originally made his name as the main tank for Rogue, who were for a time considered the best team in the world, before moving to an all-Swedish Misfits.

The new Misfits squad never reached the heights that Rogue had managed, and eventually Reinforce stepped down from the team. Misfits eventually became the Florida Mayhem, but after it became clear that Reinforce wouldn’t be able to find a place on an Overwatch League team he instead joined the broadcast as an analyst.

In a recent AMA, Reinforce opened up about what it was like to make the decision to step away from competition to take the position as an analyst, and whether he would consider returning as a player.

In response to a question about whether he would compete again, Reinforce is very candid about his struggles coming to terms with no longer competing, going into detail about his thoughts on the matter and the difficulties of trying to accept giving up on it.

A lot of my co-workers would say this is an easy “no”, but there’s a lot more to it than that honestly.

I listed in some comment below that there was never really a moment in time where I made the conclusive decision to retire from pro play. What I have told myself is that I will never play for a Contenders or open division team, because that would be retracing in my career path, but I have not yet been able to put the pro player life behind me.

It’s a mental struggle and honestly, I’ve been quite depressed the last few months about facing the decision to stop playing Overwatch competitively and not being able to tell myself that it’s over.

From a bigger picture, playing Overwatch is the best skillset I have in life. I’m the 1%, probably even the 0.1% or even 0.01% of Overwatch players, I am a hell of a good Overwatch player. Facing the thought of me telling myself to simply stop doing what I am the best at in life so far, to pursue other interest I don’t ever know I’ll be as good at is scary as fuck. There’s a large risk I won’t be as good as I am at Overwatch at ANYTHING ELSE in life, EVER, and I have a long life yet to live.

Do I think I have it in me to play for an Overwatch League team? Absolutely. Do I miss playing on stage, and most importantly the biggest stage of them all? Yes. And so this decision is haunting me every day I wake up, because I am dealing with removing myself from my dreams when I am so laughably close to fulfilling them. It’s not me as a 14-year-old in the playground saying “I want to be this when I grow up”, it’s me going to work every day seeing the Overwatch League stage I dreamt of playing on for years, and telling myself I’m better off sitting on the desk analyzing because “job security” or “some more spare time to play Overwatch with”.

Realistically, I should get a new hobby, but I’ll probably never ever be as good as any hobby in the world as I am at Overwatch, so as the incredibly competitive person I am, what’s the point if I can’t be the best at it?

Do I have any intentions of getting back into the pro scene as a player? I mean, no, but I guess? Because improving and getting better at Overwatch is the main thing I am working on towards right now every day, because I’m too mentally weak of a person and scared to give up on my ambitions of playing in the Overwatch League and being the best at something in my life. It would kill me and I would feel lost without it.

I think it’s hard to understand this answer unless you reflect on it from a personal standpoint, for example, if Uber were forced to stop casting Overwatch tomorrow, or Sideshow could never analyze a video game again, they’d have to deal with the difficulties of moving on with their life the same way, and it applies to you reading this comment and what you’re very passionate about yourself. One could say I am still very good at analyzing Overwatch, and “hey it’s the same thing”, but it’s really not the same, and the emotional peaks of competing and being the best in the world at something, is not the same as walking into the office every day to talk about video games, and trying to “become the best broadcaster” is nothing compared to the thrill of “being the best player”.


How to get Overwatch Sombra Golden Gun Spray

Published: 26/Oct/2020 16:10

by Nate Searl


Overwatch is always looking for new ways to keep their players engaged and new rewards are always a great way to do this. It looks like players will have an opportunity to get a shiny new spray featuring Sombra’s Golden Gun in Season 25. 

According to a leak from OverwatchNaeri on Twitter, players can earn a brand new spray in Season 25 of competitive play in Overwatch.

The spray is an animated image of Sombra’s weapon with a big “XXV” (25 in roman numerals) under the gun.

How to get the spray

Earning the spray is going to be the hard part. To get it, you need to reach the top 500 in competitive Season 25 of Overwatch. It shouldn’t matter if you finish in the Top 500, as long as you make it there at some point in the season. You should get the spray upon reaching the Top 500 for the first time. This is how other Top 500 sprays have worked in the past at least.

Getting to the Top 500 is exactly what it sounds like. You need to be in the top 500 players in your region according to your Skill Rating. Usually, this means you will need to be Grandmaster in rank around 4,200 Skill Rating. So if you want the skin and you aren’t quite Grandmaster yet, be sure to check out our guides and start grinding to get good!

When does Season 25 start?

Overwatch Season 24 end date
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Overwatch Season 24 end date

Currently, it’s still Season 24, so you can’t get the new spray quite yet. Season 24 is currently set to end on November 5, which means that Season 25 should begin directly after that. Assuming there are no unexpected delays, you can expect the new season to begin on November 5 as well.

Season 25 should be no different than Season 24 outside of upcoming balance changes. The Overwatch team is still hard at work on Overwatch 2, which means we likely won’t see any radical changes or new content in the near future. So, you can expect the meta to be similar to what it is now and begin preparing for your climb once the new season starts.

Remember, your Skill Rating only gets a soft reset, so climbing now will also be beneficial for earning the skin once next season begins as well.