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Overwatch League pro Viol2t suspended and fined for multiple toxic slurs

Published: 28/Jul/2020 4:30 Updated: 28/Jul/2020 4:32

by Brad Norton

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The San Francisco Shock has decided to suspend and fine Park ‘Viol2t’ Min-ki from its Overwatch League (OWL) lineup following a series of controversial slurs throughout recent Twitch streams.

A wide array of controversies have seen OWL talent punished publicly and internally over the years. Be it inflammatory remarks from star players or simple memes shared online, consequences often follow close behind.

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San Francisco’s Flex Support recently came under fire for telling a popular streamer to “kill [himself]” on July 10. However, this toxicity was left unchecked as the organization failed to address the matter. Viol2t competed on behalf of the Shock just days later in a July 18 matchup against the Boston Uprising.

Following a second string of slurs on July 27, Shock has now acted and issued punishment for his behavior. Viol2t has been fined and suspended for his toxicity while streaming competitive games.

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Overwatch League statement from San Francisco Shock General Manager
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The full statement from San Francisco Shock General Manager Chris Chung.

While the organization currently sits in third place in the regular-season standings, the team will be playing its next game one player down. Following the South Korean player’s second public controversy, Shock General Manager Chris Chung announced his punishment on the same day.

“Viol2t’s actions were not in line with what we expect of our staff and players in or out of game,” the Discord post read. There’s no telling how costly the first part of the punishment was, though Chung assured “Viol2t will be receiving a fine from the San Francisco Shock.”

Secondly, the Support player will be forced to sit out from an upcoming Shock matchup as well. For the August 1 match against the Houston Outlaws, the team will have to rely on one of its substitutes.

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“We will continue to work with Viol2t and monitor his in-game behavior closely to ensure this is the last incident of its kind.” 

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Viol2t was part of the 2019 OWL championship roster under the Shock banners.

As one of the league’s leading teams, Shock currently has 10 world-class players under contract. Filling the Support role shouldn’t be much of an issue, especially with 2019 champion Grant ‘Moth’ Espe on standby.

At the time of writing, Viol2t is yet to issue his own personal statement on the matter.

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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.