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Overwatch pro claims “everyone wants out” of the competitive scene

Published: 6/Apr/2020 22:22 Updated: 7/Apr/2020 12:41

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch pro Seb ‘Numlocked’ Barton revealed some shocking information about the game’s future as an esport during an April 6 Twitch stream.

Barton, whose time in Contenders came to an abrupt end after the Montreal Rebellion dumped their roster on April 6, was asked about the status of Overwatch in general by a viewer.

While he could only go so far into detail, he didn’t paint a pretty picture about the future of the game, especially as many pros have already jumped ship to Riot Games’ Valorant.

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Numlocked briefly played in OWL in 2018.

“I can’t give away too many details, but everyone wants out,” he stated. “Nobody is happy with what Blizzard is doing.”

This news didn’t just extend to Contenders either. As it turns out, even the top stars in Overwatch League are unhappy with the state of the game.

“People want to get out of Overwatch League,” the British main tank continued. “Obviously people are pulling out of Contenders. Montreal Rebellion was the first, but they definitely won’t be the last to pull out.”

According to Barton, unless there are “big changes” things will only get worse from here on in.

The Montreal Rebellion’s former analyst Tanishq ‘Tanizhq’ Sabharwal echoed Barton’s statement but added his only vigor to the situation.

“I am moving to Valorant since OW Tier 2 is fully dead,” he said, but understood the decision by the team’s owner, OverActive Media, to drop the team. “Getting 1k viewers max on the Contenders stream isn’t worth any level of investment.”

In the lead up to Valorant, many Overwatch pros and streamers have abandoned the game to officially move onto Riot’s FPS.

Some of those names include former Apex Season 1 champion Timo ‘Taimou’ Kettunen, Brian ‘Kephrii’ St. Pierre and George ‘ShaDowBurn’ Gushcha.

With similar intensity to Sabharwal, Carter ‘Carter’ Smith announced he would be quitting once this season of Contenders ends.

“Overwatch is f**king awful. It’s a piece of s**t garbage f**king game that could’ve been the best,” he wrote in a TwitLonger. “It’s not the best, and will never be the best, because Blizzard has no f**king idea how to maintain a game and they never have.”

While this Overwatch League season has been plagued by global issues, hero pools have upped the workload of teams. Washington Justice coach Seetoh ‘JohnGalt’ Jian Qing went on record saying he was losing sleep coming up with strategies as the meta is in a constant state of flux.

“When you have to present stuff to the players and build a strategy, it was very very tough for our coaching staff,” he said back in March.

Overwatch 2 still doesn’t have a release date and one has to wonder if it will be able to solve the issues that players, coaches, and teams face. Until then, the future of the game could be in serious jeopardy.

Call of Duty

Team Tommey wins $20K Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: Final results

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:25 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 1:36

by Jacob Hale


Totino’s was the latest to host a massive esports event with $20,000 on the line in one of the first proper  Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournaments, one that featured top pro players and some of the most popular streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they teamed up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to catch up on the event.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl recap

With a single-elimination bracket, teams only had one life to prove themselves with. As a result, four teams were immediately knocked out from the first round with no chance at redemption. Nameless, Swagg, Hitch, and Symfuhny all crashed out of the competition early on with their teams taken down right away.

While Tommey’s team advanced through to the grand final, they met a dominant force in the last series of the day. TeeP and his stacked squad refused to drop a map throughout the day. They came away with 3-0 wins over Symfuhny and Crowder to land in the finals.

The opening Hardpoint on Moscow came down to the wire with TeeP’s team narrowly edging it out. However, the next SnD on Miami was the polar opposite. Tommey’s team struck back with an insane 6-0 performance to tie things up. From here on out, their team kept the momentum rolling and closed out the grand final victory.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl results

Black Ops Brawl event
The final bracket for Totino’s Black Ops Brawl.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl was a four-hour event that took place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show kicked off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily rewatch.

It was hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who played in the Black Ops Brawl event?

From the most accomplished pro players to the most popular streamers, plenty of big names got involved in this $20k competition. If you’ve been following Cold War events since launch, all of the familiar faces turned out for this one as well. Simp, Tommey, Shotzzy, and Symfuhny were just a handful of names that got involved. Below is a full overview of the captains for the Black Ops Brawl tournament.

  • Symfuhny
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee
Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
Merk and Maven hosted the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

Eight teams were lined up for the start of the event as the single-elimination bracket got underway. One series loss was all anyone could afford. In total, the winning team had to get through three consecutive best of three matchups against the top challengers.

As for the prize pool, there was $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finished in second place.