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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.

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.

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.

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

SF Shock wins Overwatch event
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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 player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

by Michael Gwilliam

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Mei’s Cryo-Freeze has to be one of the most annoying abilities in Overwatch, granting the hero complete invincibility for its duration. Now, a player has discovered a brilliant trick to counter the ice-themed hero.

In Overwatch, there are few abilities as unique as Cryo-Freeze. It places Mei inside of an ice cube that heals her and cleanses any status effects such as Ana’s biotic grenade.

However, the most annoying thing about the ability is how it makes Mei completely invulnerable. For the few seconds she has it activated, she can survive anything from point-blank D.Va bombs to Sigma’s Gravitic Flux.

Some players have found ways to “time” abilities so they connect with Mei as she exits her ice cube cocoon, such as Tracer’s Pulse Bomb or a Reinhardt charge. However, this tactic is reliant on the Mei using Cryo-Freeze’s whole duration. If she cancels it early, then there’s a chance that she’ll end up surviving or dodging the oncoming attack.

Mei uses ice block in Overwatch
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Mei’s ice block is extremely powerful.

Luckily, a new technique has been discovered which should make countering Mei a breeze. As shown by Reddit user bleubey, Junkrat can actually place his trap directly on top of Mei’s ice cube.

This trick should guarantee that the Chinese environmentalist hero gets trapped and is extremely vulnerable to any attacks. With any luck, you can even catch the Mei player completely off-guard and force out her ultimate.

That exact thing happened in bleubey’s clip. After coming out of the cube, the Mei found herself trapped and ended up wasting her Blizzard in the process, only to be taken out of the picture by a damage-boosted Junkrat grenade.

I find it amusing that you can put a junk trap on top of Mei’s head while she’s an ice cube from Overwatch

Users on the site were shocked to see that such a trick even existed. “I’m almost gold border and I never knew this,” wrote marioaprooves.

“I’m GM and I never knew this sh*t. Holy f**k,” stated another, clearly shocked at what they had witnessed.

Mei freezes Roadhog
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Mei has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

Bleubey responded in turn that they only found out by complete accident, proving that such a tactic really went under the radar for a long time.

The next time there is a Mei giving your team trouble, try swapping to Junkrat and taking her out with this neat trap hat maneuver.