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Overwatch pro Decay accused of holding Fuel “hostage” to force exit

Published: 5/Sep/2020 20:23

by Theo Salaun

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Back in June, the Dallas Fuel’s Gui-un ‘Decay’ Jang was accused of ‘benching himself’ before being released by the team in August. Now, after eliminating the Fuel from the playoffs, a former teammate has confirmed those rumors in a jab at the star DPS.

In 2019, Decay was an Overwatch League All-Star for the Los Angeles Gladiators before being acquired by Dallas ahead of the 2020 season and then surprisingly removed from the starting lineup in June.

This prompted the Atlanta Reign’s head coach, Brad Rajani, to explain that rumors indicated Decay had “benched himself and plays mostly Valorant in his free time.”

While Rajani was accused of baseless “baiting” by the Overwatch community, something was most certainly afoot in Dallas as the team ended up releasing the star DPS in August. Now, although it’s unclear what happened specifically, it appears that there was some truth to those rumors.

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Brad Rajani stirs rumors about Decay on Reddit and confirms them not to be bait.

After being released by Dallas, Decay was acquired by the Washington Justice. In a fitting anime-like storyline, his new team met his former team in the second round of the OWL playoffs, quickly swept them, and ended their season.

Following the match, the Fuel’s flex support, William ‘Crimzo’ Hernandez, took to Twitter to express his discontent — seemingly confirming some of the rumors from months back.

As Crimzo puts it, a loss is especially painful when it’s against “the person that held your team hostage for months in scrims because he was unhappy.” This ties directly into the former allegations that Decay had benched himself, as that reluctance to play with his team would inherently hurt the value of their scrims.

 

In response to Crimzo’s Tweet, there has been little to confirm or deny his accusation, as other pros around the league have simply expressed excitement over controversial comments instead.

The Los Angeles Valiant’s Caleb ‘McGravy’ McGarvey responded “HOLY F**K,” the Atlanta Reign’s Dustin ‘Dogman’ Bowerman, “GODAMN HE SAID IT,” and the Los Angeles Gladiators’ Indy ‘SPACE’ Halpern succinctly replied in a way that much of the community has: “Oh, it’s like that.”

That reluctance to pick a side speaks to the nuance of the situation, as few are comfortable assigning full blame to either Decay or the Fuel. Many fans have criticized the Dallas coaching staff for the unfortunate turn in their season, which also seems reasonable given the release of their head coach, Aaron ‘Aero’ Atkins, just a day after Decay.

 

Interestingly, Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles tacked on a different reaction to the drama, aimed directly at the contract situations that would permit a disgruntled player to hinder team practice. As a former Overwatch League caster and current esports insider, MonteCristo asserts that “OWL contracts basically allow players to hold entire teams hostage or quit practicing with no consequences.”

Without looking directly into Decay’s contract or knowing the Fuel’s specific locker-room circumstances, it’s obvious that the split was not entirely amicable. This continues a history of highly touted Korean players, like Hyeon ‘EFFECT’ Hwang, Min-seok ‘OGE’ Son, and Dong-jun ‘Rascal’ Kim, experiencing frustration with the organization.

OGE and Rascal both experienced greater success upon leaving to other teams, and it appears Decay has as well, given the results of their second-round drubbing against his old side. Now, he’ll look to prove that was no fluke as the Justice face the seemingly indomitable San Francisco Shock in the third round. 

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Best Overwatch tricks to dominate any hero as Tracer

Published: 18/Nov/2020 0:07

by Michael Gwilliam

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Tracer has been one of the best Overwatch heroes for quite some time with a tremendously high skill ceiling. However, in 2020, the character has some new tools up her sleeve that players should really take advantage of, especially with Overwatch 2 in development.

In a new video by educational YouTuber Nathan ‘KarQ’ Chan, Overwatch League pro and Tracer specialist Dante ‘Danteh’ Cruz shared his best tips to battle each of the game’s heroes.

As a general tip, he advises that players learn map geometry to better navigate your way around to confirm frags. Remember, an earlier patch in 2020 made it so Tracer can Blink upwards onto ledges allowing for some vertical mobility.

Knowing where these spots are and traversing sneakily will reward your gameplay and make you a huge threat to any enemy backline.

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Understanding Hog’s primary and secondary fire is key.

Moving onto individual matchups, one of the most interesting tips that Danteh has for facing a D.Va is to Recall a bit earlier when she uses Self-Destruct. While most guides suggest to do so right away, he advises to do so earlier so you have even more time to secure a kill onto her in Baby form.

Against Roadhog, aside from staying away from his Hook, understanding how his primary and secondary fire operates will pay dividends. If you can play around both distances, you’ll have a much easier time to farm Ultimate charge off of him.

If the enemy has a Sigma, it’s best to open up the engagement with Pulse Bomb so he doesn’t have time to use Kinetic Grasp and eat it. After that, you should be free to melee him to death or use primary fire to secure the kill.

When dealing with an Ashe or Widowmaker, this is where the map geometry really comes into play. Use your map knowledge to get near those hitscan heroes and go in for the kill, especially if they’re already scoped in.

Doomfist can be a massive pain for a lot of heroes, but not for Tracer. Because he’s so cooldown reliant, you can easily get away from his abilities. If you’re able to focus him every chance you get, he won’t be able to do much.

Thanks to Tracer’s range buff, she can easily stay out of range from McCree’s Flash Bang while pressuring him. Use this to your advantage to negate his best tool in the 1v1.

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Don’t be afraid to just stick Baptiste.

For Pharah, she can be a bit tricky to deal with, but keep in mind that she is often run alongside a Mercy pocket, which means the other enemy support may not have peel if you can focus on them. Make us of this and pressure the enemy backline to render the Pharah pick useless.

Against Baptiste, a lot of players like to wait until he’s already used Immortality Field before going for a Pulse Bomb. However, Danteh doesn’t agree. If you can stick Baptiste, even if he gets lamp out, it will be destroyed by the Bomb and leave him with a mere 40 HP. Don’t be afraid to just go for it.

Tracer can be a very rewarding character to play when you know what you’re doing. Keep these tips in mind next time you Blink into battle and watch your SR rise as you climb the Overwatch ladder.