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Overwatch League Analyst roasts Babybay during impromptu phone call

Published: 1/Jul/2019 20:54 Updated: 1/Jul/2019 21:16

by Bill Cooney

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During the Overwatch League’s post-match Watchpoint show on Sunday, June 30, some banter between analyst Brennon Hook and Atlanta Reign player Andrej ‘babybay’ Francisty got a bit feisty.

Bren faced off against Jae-hee ‘Gesture’ Hong of the London Spitfire in a Widowmaker 1v1 match during the All-Star Weekend and was getting ready to do it again against Daniel ‘dafran’ Francesca during the Atlanta Reign’s Homestand Weekend on July 6 and 7.

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After Dafran appeared to back out of the showdown on Twitter, Babybay stepped up and made it clear he wasn’t scared of taking on Bren in his place instead.

Trash talk gone too far?

After Babybay offered to take dafran’s place in the challenge “to obliterate the trash known as @Brencasts” the caster fired back during Watchpoint on Sunday.

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“Not only is Babybay throwing shade at his former teammate, saying ‘I have to fill in your shoes bro after you’re gone from the League,'” Bren said, before fellow caster Salome Soe Gschwind-Penski asked if he would say that to Babybay’s face. “Absolutely, send me to Atlanta right now.”

Blizzard EntertainmentThe Atlanta Reign Homestand happens July 6-7 in Atlanta.

After a break, the desk actually got the pro on a phone call and the segment that started out as some fun trash talk descended into madness.

“Hey Babybay, you’re trash man, washed up, I’m going to absolutely roll you, when Atlanta comes around it’s not even going to be close,” Bren said, before Malik Forte had to force him to let Babybay get a word in.

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“You ain’t shit bro, I will dominate you, I will actually dominate you,” Babybay said over the phone on a live broadcast to tens of thousands of fans.

Bren lives and works around Overwatch so you would hope he’s better than the average player, but that might not help him against an actual pro, if his matchup against Gesture was the best he had to offer.

His chances haven’t stopped the caster from keeping the banter going though, including a strange video posted to Twitter featuring a cardboard cutout of DJ Khaled that may say more about Bren’s mental state than his readiness for this weekend.

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What is the Atlanta Homestand?

The Overwatch League and it’s teams are headed to Atlanta, Georgia this weekend for the second set of actual home matches, this time for the Atlanta Reign.

Previously in Stage 2 teams headed down to Allen, Texas for the Dallas Fuel Homestand weekend, which saw the arena jam-packed for both days of the competition.

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According to Ticketmaster there are still seats available for the Homestand weekend in Atlanta, but few enough we can assume there will probably be a pretty good crowd showing up to watch all the action.

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Jeff Kaplan reveals his ideal competitive Overwatch meta

Published: 8/Oct/2020 3:13

by Theo Salaun

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Blizzard Entertainment’s Vice President and Overwatch’s beloved Game Director Jeff Kaplan has revealed what he thinks is the ideal competitive meta for the expansive title.

Overwatch exists in many forms, from its highest ranks to its lowest, but the game’s competitive meta at the professional level has also varied greatly since the original release back in May 2016. 

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In the olden days, teams prioritized dive compositions led by Winston’s jumps and Tracer’s blinks. Then, in 2019, fans around the world either groaned or cheered as the divisive GOATS meta took center-stage, featuring a hefty squad built entirely with tanks and supports. 

Now, Kaplan is explaining his perspective on the game’s ideal state, following criticisms he levied back in July against the game’s double-shield reliance. Examining the game’s departure from a static, Orisa and Sigma-dependent environment, he dissects his compository ideology. 

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Barriers have held an uncomfortably powerful role in Overwatch for a long time.

As discussed in an interview with the Loadout, Kaplan is both aware of the professional scene’s interests and the casual base’s tendencies. Coupling those factors, he believes the game is at its best when there is some blend of high skill caps and diverse team compositions.

“The most ideal, healthiest state of the game is when the meta is somewhat fluid, when the meta is more map dependent or team match up dependent than it is static. We’ve all seen those moments when the meta has been completely static and all six players will just play the same six heroes every time. I think that’s fun from a mastery standpoint, but I think it’s a lot more exciting for viewers when creativity and curiosity come into play,” he said.

When Kaplan refers to a “static” meta, the simplest example is 2019’s GOATS, where three healers (Brigitte, Lucio, and Moira) were coupled with three tanks (D.Va, Reinhardt, and Zarya) and would barrel into opponents.

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It took tremendous teamwork to be pulled off successfully against other professional teams, but many fans considered it more tedious than entertaining after months of gameplay.

In its current state, Overwatch is not completely balanced, but there is a degree of variety to it. That diversity seen in the Overwatch League spans downward into the casual ranks. Kaplan indicates that this is in line with his department’s hopes.

“I think most of our players would say in the ideal meta, all our heroes would be viable in some way competitively. I think as a competitive goal from a game designing and game balancing perspective that is extremely challenging, but it’s obviously what we strive to achieve.”

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While he assures that Overwatch would be completely balanced in an ideal world, in the meantime, his team would at least like to push toward a game that varies to some extent based on coaching, player preference, and map.

It remains to be seen if current and upcoming patches can accomplish that, but Kaplan’s emphasis on “fluidity” is a welcome driving force.

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