Overwatch League community reacts to 2020 “homestand” format, losing stage playoffs - Dexerto
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Overwatch League community reacts to 2020 “homestand” format, losing stage playoffs

Published: 16/Jul/2019 17:11 Updated: 16/Jul/2019 20:04

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch League announced the format for the 2020 season today and everyone has a hot take.

Starting next season, every team in the league will be hosting at least two “homestand” events like the ones we have seen this year in Dallas and Atlanta. The LA Valiant will be hosting the third and final homestand event this year in the final week of the regular season.

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“Homestands every weekend in 2020 is going to be incredibly fun. I -much- prefer this format to simply having single home/away games. Can’t wait to cast in the middle of Dallas/Atlanta level energy every match!” OWL commentator Doa said

Some teams such as the Vancouver Titans have already revealed where their homestand matches will take place.

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The Dallas Fuel Twitter confirmed a report by the Dallas Observer that the team would host five weekend matches – the most any one team is allowed.

One of the biggest takeaways is the fact that there will no longer be stage playoffs throughout the season.

In fact, stages are done for the foreseeable future and with them stage breaks. Teams will, however, still have bye weeks just as they do this season.

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Stage playoffs have resulted in some of the most thrilling matches in Overwatch’s history such as last weekend’s Stage 3 final where the Shanghai Dragons defeated the San Francisco Shock.

Writer Yiska tweeted, “Getting rid of Stage playoffs entirely is a huge loss for the Overwatch League and a grave mistake in my opinion. The average league match is comparatively a snoozefest. Online viewers lose out in a major way. We have less high points than DotA2 now.

Caster Monte Cristo agreed, replying “I also think that stage playoffs are an awesome part of the format and I am sad to lose them next year.”

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Team UK’s Community Lead and meme lord Bad Pachimari had a similar take.

“Sad they’re removing stage playoffs for OWL. Wanting to see the best team at a certain meta + playeachother.. rather than waiting what could be months before their only game next year sucks. Allstars is ok, but I would rather have something mid-season or stage playoffs back.”

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While there is certainly a lot to take in, more will be revealed once the full schedule is announced in August.

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

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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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.

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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. 

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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