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Overwatch pro Birdring collapses after clutching OWL playoff win

Published: 4/Sep/2020 23:59

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch League had its own version of Michael Jordan’s iconic “flu game” on September 4 as Los Angeles Gladiators star Ji-hyeok ‘Birdring’ Kim pulled off the performance of a lifetime – and even collapsed as the playoff series ended.

The hitscan prodigy may have led his team to victory over the Toronto Defiant, but it wasn’t easy. As it was revealed during the broadcast, Birdring had flu-like symptoms before the match, resulting in him missing map one, which his team lost.

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However, he was subbed in for map 2 and made his presence known, frequently winning sniper duels while battling through his symptoms and opponents.

In the end, Kim and the Gladiators were forced to a map five on Lijang Tower after being denied the series win on Dorado. The final map ended up going the distance, as well, with LA and Toronto winning on Night Market and Control Center, respectively.

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After the Gladiators managed to overwhelm the Defiant on Gardens, with some major help from Kevin ‘kevster’ Persson’s Sombra EMPs, Birdring appeared to faint as the match came to a close.

Concerned social media users noticed that Birdring fell to the ground as his team celebrated, and were eager to hear how the Korean DPS star was doing, given his status.

Luckily, he is fine according to the organization. “Birdring is doing ok!” the Gladiators tweeted.

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“We were monitoring him earlier and subbed him in when he felt well enough to warm up and play. He felt dizzy standing up, but is walking around now and is going to go rest for the night,” they further revealed.

The Overwatch League was quick to respond, dubbing the match “The Birdring Flu Game” and stated it would be “going into the history books.”

The Gladiators have now qualified for the quarter-finals of the Overwatch League playoffs, where they will have some wiggle room for a defeat as the format switches to double elimination.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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