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Overwatch League pro BABYBAY leaves San Francisco Shock for Atlanta Reign

Published: 2/Apr/2019 23:16 Updated: 2/Apr/2019 23:44

by Bill Cooney

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During a busy day in April Fools’ Day madness to make announcements so people would actually believe them.

BABYBAY has been a part of the San Francisco Shock since Season One, so his departure would have made for a great April Fools’ joke and a lot of Shock fans probably wish it actually was.

BABYBAY has been a fixture on the Shock since day one.

Why BABYBAY?

After the departure of Daniel ‘dafran’ Francesa from the Atlanta Reign following Stage One, there was a ton of speculation about who the team would bring in to try and replace him.

On Friday, March 29, Atlanta announced they had signed Daniel “FunnyAstro” Hathaway to a two-way contract, between the Reign and the ATL Academy Contenders team.

After trolling fans on Twitter about dafran coming back for April Fools’, Atlanta announced they had acquired BABYBAY on April 2.

It will be interesting to watch and see how BABYBAY adjusts to Atlanta and how the Reign do in Stage 2 with a new lineup.

What’s next for the Shock

The Shock, even after losing a charismatic player like BABYBAY, should do just fine without him on the roster headed into Stage 2 and the rest of the season.

Following Season 1, the young Shock roster has started to come together and the squad was just barely beaten by Vancouver in the Season 2 Stage 1 finals.

Elsewhere in the Overwatch league The Dallas Fuel traded Richard “rCk” Kanerva for Boston Flex Tank Lucas “NotE” Meissner and there’s rumors of even more trades to come.

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Overwatch players discover signs of possible Hanamura rework for Overwatch 2

Published: 15/Jan/2021 0:25

by Michael Gwilliam

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Eagle-eyed Overwatch players may have found evidence of a potential rework of the assault map Hanamura after familiarizing themselves with Kanezaka.

The game’s newest map, Kanezaka, is unique in that it’s positioned directly below Hanamura and can be seen when looking at it from above.

While there is no mistaking the large buildings seen off in the distance on Kanezaka as the ones from Hanamura, there are some slight differences that could point towards a future rework.

As Redditor ‘_Panthera_Unca_’ explained in their post, “on Kanezaka you see Hanamura, but it looks different to the actual map, in particular, the tower in the Middle (on Kanezaka) has replaced these two buildings, but the main tower for 2nd and 1st seems to be the same.”

Overwatch Kanezaka map
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The Kanezaka map seems to be home to many mysteries.

It begs an interesting question: why would Blizzard create a different version of Hanamura when it’s supposed to be the same map?

The Redditor has a theory that Blizzard is reworking Hanamura, but are saving it for Overwatch 2.

“Maybe I am reading too much into this, but I think it wouldn’t even be like Blizzard to not add Kanezaka to Hanamura, with the love for detail they have shown in the past but putting in a wrong model just seems so out of place for them,” they concluded.

Hanamura Rework? Explanation in comments from Overwatch

Assault/2CP game modes are, for many Overwatch players, the bane of their existence. The mode is widely controversial, requiring plenty of teamwork to pull off a successful attack.

Blizzard has discussed potential changes to 2CP in the past and even let users test some concepts with the Experimental Mode, but any major fix would require a whole map rework.

Notably, both Paris and Horizon Lunar Colony have been removed from the competitive rotation for a long time to undergo reworks, so it’s possible that more maps are being redesigned behind the scenes.

We’ll have to wait and see what Blizzard has planned, but expect to hear more news on Overwatch 2 and maybe even what’s happening with Hanamura come BlizzCon in February.