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Overwatch League pros leak major off-season moves during live-stream

Published: 21/Oct/2019 0:32 Updated: 21/Oct/2019 0:58

by Brad Norton

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The 2019 Overwatch history, with new leaks having seemingly revealed where a number of marquee players will end up in 2020.

Very few superstars in the competitive Overwatch space have revealed their plans for the upcoming season. Various reports have indicated that Profit and Gesture will be taking their talents to the Seoul Dynasty lineup, and Dallas Fuel CEO Mike ‘hastr0’ Rufail, detailed how the North American organization would be rebuilding ahead of the 2020 season

Beyond that, details had been scarce until a recent, accidental broadcast featuring Overwatch League talent and professional players, revealed a wide array of major movements.

Unaware that their conversation was being streamed to the world on October 20, Overwatch League analyst Josh ‘Sideshow’ Wilkinson, Los Angeles Valiant support, Scott ‘Custa’ Kennedy, and Philadelphia Fusion support, Alberto ‘neptuNo’ González, revealed a great deal of previously undisclosed information. 

If the discussion is to be taken as gospel, the Los Angeles Gladiators will be entering the 2020 season with a tank line featuring Dallas Fuel’s Min-Seok ‘OGE’ Son, and LA Valiant’s Indy “SPACE” Halpern.

Despite having Australian main tank player Ashley ‘Trill’ Powell signed to the Dallas roster, the trio unveiled that Young-jin “Gamsu” Noh, was released from the Shanghai Dragons and signed to a $240,000 contract under the Envy owned franchise.

Blizzard - Overwatch LeagueGamsu began his Overwatch League career competing for the Boston Uprising before being traded to the Shanghai Dragons in 2019.

Additionally, the LA Valiant is “going full budget,” according to Custa. Implying that “they’re not paying anyone over $50,000 or $60,000 next year.”

As a result, DPS talent, Brady ‘Agilities’ Girardi and flex support player Young-Seo ‘Kariv’ Park have supposedly been traded from the LA Valiant to the Toronto Defiant. To fill out their DPS line, according to the discussion, fellow Canadian Lane ‘Surefour’ Roberts has also been signed to the Toronto squad.

Soon realizing that the entire discussion was being aired live, Sideshow gasped as Custa said, “please don’t tell me you’re streaming.”

The following is the full list of major talking points before the Overwatch League analyst rapidly switched the stream off.

  • Dallas Fuel showed interest in trading Won-sik ‘Closer’ Jung, for LA Valiant’s Custa, however the LA team viewed the deal as being too expensive.
  • Dallas Fuel have supposedly signed Gamsu from the Shanghai Dragons under a $240,000 salary.
  • Dallas Fuel main tank OGE has been acquired by the LA Gladiators.
  • LA Valiant’s SPACE has been recruited by the LA Gladiators.
  • LA Valiant is looking to cut costs for the 2020 season, reportedly not paying any members of the roster over $50,000 – $60,000.
  • LA Valiant DPS player Agilities and support player Kariv have been signed to the Toronto Defiant.
  • LA Gladiators DPS player Surefour has signed to the Toronto Defiant.

Until Overwatch League organizations officially announce their rosters for the 2020 seasons, take these leaks with a grain of salt. 

With the 2019 World Cup taking place at BlizzCon on Nov 2 to 3, and four months until the next season of competition begins, there’s plenty of room for many changes to disrupt these recent leaks.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”