Overwatch League caster MonteCristo has hilarious reaction as New York Excelsior admit sandbagging in Season One - Dexerto

Overwatch League caster MonteCristo has hilarious reaction as New York Excelsior admit sandbagging in Season One

Published: 11/Feb/2019 12:16 Updated: 11/Feb/2019 12:27

by Joe O'Brien


Overwatch League commentator Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles was finally vindicated as New York Excelsior’s Hong ‘ArK’ Yeon-joon admitted that his team sandbagged some games in Season One.

New York Excelsior were the dominant force of the Season One regular season. Over the first three stages they lost only three regular season series, and won the Stage playoffs in both Stage 2 and Stage 3.

They were so dominant, in fact, that they had locked in their spot in the end of season playoffs before the fourth stage even started, and guaranteed the first seed after just two matches of Stage 4.

Towards the end of the fourth stage, however, New York started to show some signs of mortality. They lost three more series in that stage – as many as the rest of the season combined previously – and weren’t able to win the Stage Playoffs.

While some speculated the downfall of the Excelsior, others – most notably MonteCristo – suggested that the team had taken their foot off the accelerator having secured their place. Letting players rest after a long and arduous season, as well as not giving other teams a look at their strongest strategies ahead of the $1.5 million playoffs, were more valuable than winning a few largely meaningless matches.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentNew York Excelsior missed their chance to play on home turf in the finals of Season One at New York’s Barclays Center.

Fans who insisted that NYXL simply weren’t as dominant any longer, however, claimed vindication when the team fell in the semi-finals of playoffs to Philadelphia Fusion, falling short of the ultimate trophy.

Heading into Season Two of the league, MonteCristo spoke to NYXL Support player ArK on an episode of OverSight, the Overwatch League talk-show MonteCristo hosts with Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields. To MonteCristo’s evident delight, ArK admitted that the team had in fact “sandbagged” some of their games in the final stage of Season One.

MonteCristo was sure to share the revelation on Twitter in typical fashion, reminding followers “I have more information than you do, idiots.”

Season Two of the Overwatch League will finally kick off on February 14. New York Excelsior will take part in the second match of the new season, facing off against Boston Uprising after Philadelphia Fusion and London Spitfire clash in a rematch of the Season One grand final.


Seagull explains why Overwatch 2 will focus on PvE campaign over PvP

Published: 25/Oct/2020 22:59

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer and former Overwatch League pro Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned delved into why he believes the sequel’s campaign will be getting more attention from the developers than the multiplayer PvP.

While Overwatch 2 was announced at BlizzCon 2019 to much fanfare, a lot is unknown about the sequel. What we do know, however, is that the game will feature a campaign mode that should push the story forward drastically.

Additionally, there will be at least one new PvP mode in the form of ‘Push,’ new maps, and several new heroes added to the roster.

According to Seagull, while the competitive multiplayer component is in a good spot, Blizzard’s devs are probably pivoting the franchise.

Sojourn in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Overwatch 2 will have new heroes.

As Larned explained, they’re doing this to “better appeal to all the casual players who love the Overwatch universe, but stopped playing because they don’t want to play PvP.”

“How many people do you know who see Overwatch cinematics and say ‘that looks so f**king cool’ and then they log in, but they don’t want to play a hardcore sweaty PvP game?” he further noted.

He continued to compare the casual player base to fans of World of Warcraft and Destiny, where there is a heavy focus on PvE content, and how Overwatch 2 will appeal to them.

“And then you have a dev team who is all former MMO developers who worked on f**king Titan for like a billion years before that game got canceled,” he added. “Of course they’re probably going to make the coolest f**king PvE game. It’s like the best sequence of events.”

“They have an audience that really loves the universe…of course they’re going to go down that line,” Seagull claimed. “That seems pretty straightforward to me.”

With BlizzCon 2020 moved to February, it’s looking like we’re going to learn a lot more about the game and how it will appeal to both casual and ladder players in 2021.

But, if you’re anything like Seagull, you can’t wait to see how the team handles the long-awaited, highly anticipated sequel.