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Overwatch pro Mangachu unleashed Torbjörn’s hammer for charity

Published: 9/Oct/2018 17:24 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 11:26

by Joe O'Brien

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XL2 Academy player Liam ‘Mangachu’ Campbell put the hammer down at the Tip of the Hats charity event.

Tip of the Hats is a charity event that this year featured several Overwatch personalities, including Overwatch League talent and former pro player Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned. The event benefits Camp One Step, a charity for children with cancer.

The three-day broadcast featured a variety of different games, including various fun game-modes or unique challenges, such as the “three-legged gamer” mode which saw pairs battle with one player controlling the keyboard and the other the mouse.

Several of the matches took place in Overwatch, and Mangachu took the opportunity to unleash on a hero he doesn’t get to play in real competitive matches – Torbjörn. In particular, Mangachu made a point of attempting kills with Torbjörn’s hammer, arguably the least effective weapon in the game.

Over the course of the match, several prominent players fell beneath Mangachu’s hammer. His victims included several current and former pro players, but it was LA Valiant’s Scott ‘Custa’ Kennedy who suffered the most deaths at the hands of Mangachu’s Torbjörn.

As well as simply offering entertainment value, Mangachu’s Torbjörn contributed to the fundraiser directly, as Overwatch League analyst Joshua ‘SideShow’ Wilkinson apparently offered $50 for every hammer kill.

In total, the event raised more than $220,000 for Camp One Step, the most they’ve ever raised in a single year, and raising their total donated to $968,946.

Torbjörn has long been perhaps the most neglected hero in Overwatch, but that’s set to change as a major rework is currently being tested on the PTR. The overhaul is designed to make Torbjörn more viable in a wider range of scenarios, which should in theory boost both his play and win rate.

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New OWL season 4 start date may hint at Overwatch 2 release window

Published: 23/Nov/2020 20:48

by Michael Gwilliam

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In a new video, Overwatch League Vice President Jon Spector revealed that the fourth season of OWL will be beginning a bit later than normal, possibly hinting at a release of the game’s sequel.

Overwatch 2 was first announced at BlizzCon 2019 and since then fans have really been in the dark with the devs refusing to release any new information.

With the Overwatch League gearing up for its fourth season, fans have grown accustomed to seasons beginning in January or February, but that all changes going forward.

According to Jon Spector, the fourth season will be kicking off in the spring. While he chalked this up to the global health crisis, it’s also possible that Overwatch 2 could be influencing the decision a little bit as well.

Lucio in Overwatch 2
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Overwatch 2 will have a full campaign.

“Our 2021 season will start in the spring. That gives us a little more time to plan versus when we typically started in February,” he said. “It gives us and the teams a little bit more of an opportunity to deal with all the logistics and be ready to hit 2021 running when the season begins.”

With BlizzCon 2020 scrapped and moved to an online event in February, many fans believe that this will be where Blizzard shows off more from the long-awaited sequel including a release date.

Overwatch community figure Naeri tweeted, “The 2021 Overwatch League is officially set to be back in the spring. Therefore, it seems that you can check the exact release of Overwatch 2 on BlizzConline 2021.”

This isn’t the only evidence either. As Dexerto previously reported, streamer Metro, who leaked information about the sequel before it was made official claimed that the game will most likely be getting a beta if not a full release in 2021.

It would make sense that the league would want teams and players to be familiar with everything Overwatch 2 has to offer such as new heroes, maps and modes before the season begins.

Furthermore, there have been some rumors that season 4 will have a pre-season. This seems like another indicator that we’ll be looking at a completely new game.

Until then, we’ll have to keep our eyes open and see what the future holds once BlizzCon kicks off in February.