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Overwatch League Champions London Spitfire announce first new addition for Season Two

Published: 16/Oct/2018 17:09

by Joe O'Brien

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London Spitfire have announced the first new addition to their Overwatch League roster for Season Two.

Element Mystic DPS player Lee ‘Guard’ Hee-dong is the first to join the Season One champions as they round out the squad that will attempt to defend their title in Season Two.

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Guard joins from an Element Mystic roster that had dominant performances in the group stages of both Season One and Season Two of Contenders Korea, but ultimately fell short in the playoffs of both, unable to reach the trophy many anticipated they would lift.

London Spitfire ultimately won the Overwatch League with just a seven-man roster, having kicked off the season with a full twelve players. After struggling to find consistent success with an extended line-up, the team ultimately streamlined the squad in Stage 4, and finally found form again in time for the playoffs.

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With the large roster apparently having been difficult to manage during the regular season, it seems likely that Spitfire are selecting new recruits carefully. Guard’s addition offers the team a substitute at DPS, but it remains to be seen how much play time he’ll receive between Park ‘Profit’ Jun-young and Kim ‘Birdring’ Ji-hyeok, who many considered the league’s most formidable duo in Season One.

Though Guard is the first addition to the Spitfire, this isn’t the first change to the squad this off-season. It was recently announced that Support player Jung ‘Closer’ Won-sik has been transferred to Dallas Fuel. The Spitfire will therefore have championship-winners in each starting spot should they opt to, but all substitutes for Season Two will be new additions.

With the new season setting a minimum roster size of eight players, the Spitfire will have to add at least one more player to their squad before December 8.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.