Overwatch League coach explains why he’s losing sleep due to Hero Pools - Dexerto

Overwatch League coach explains why he’s losing sleep due to Hero Pools

Published: 10/Mar/2020 22:47

by Bill Cooney


The new Overwatch League Hero Pools are apparently putting even more strain on players and coaching staff as they prepare for matches each week.

Hero Pools were introduced to the League starting with the Washington Homestand on March 7, and they’re aimed at shaking matches up from week to week.


The plan seems to have worked from a fan’s point of view, with the first Homestand in the U.S. capital featuring some of the most exciting matches we’ve seen so far in 2020 – but the new system might not be that popular with the teams, themselves.

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Washington’s first Homestand was also the first weekend of Hero Pools in the Overwatch League.

Washington Justice coach Seetoh ‘JohnGalt’ Jian Qing talked about the strain Hero Pools were putting on teams during a stream following the Homestand that previous weekend.


The coach said that before, teams had months to prepare for certain metas and matchups, but with the arrival of hero pools, they have to attempt to do the same in just a week.

“Before… you had five months to teach your team GOATS, you had a lot of time,” the Singaporean coach explained. “But now you have one week, and let me tell you, it’s not easy for the players, they’ve been resting less, sleeping less.”

It wasn’t just the players that found the new system taxing either; JonGalt also said that it was rough on his coaching staff and coaches from other teams, as well.


“The last two days before our match, I was getting like three to four hours of sleep [a night],” he added. “When you have to present stuff to the players and build a strategy, it was very very tough for our coaching staff.”

On top of that, Washington didn’t even have to travel before the Homestand on March 7, which JonGalt argued would be an extra added strain on team’s weekly schedules.

Overwatch League stage.
2020 is the first year OWL teams will play in their home cities, and there were already concerns about the increased travel time for teams before Hero Bans were announced.

For a league that has become infamous for player and staff burnout like the Overwatch League, Hero Pools could be pushing teams even closer to their limit.

Call of Duty

CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun


Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.


Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 


Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”


As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”


While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.


It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.