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Overwatch pro teases xQc’s return to OWL

Published: 25/Oct/2019 11:46 Updated: 25/Oct/2019 13:14

by Joe O'Brien

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Los Angeles Gladiators tank Indy ‘SPACE’ Halpern teased the idea of a return to the Overwatch League for Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel.

During an impromptu AMA on Twitter, xQc was asked about his dream Overwatch League line-up, and answered by naming SPACE and Support player Scott ‘Custa’ Kennedy as the key players in his opinion.

In response, SPACE himself agreed that they had made a formidable pair as a tank line, and suggested that it might be time for the duo to be reunited.

SPACE and xQc originally competed together as the tank duo for Arc 6, a squad which housed several players that ultimately went on to join the Overwatch League, including ‘Custa’ and ‘Danteh’ . The pair haven’t played alongside each other since the OWL began, however.

xQc originally competed for the Dallas Fuel from the start of the Overwatch League’s inaugural season, but ultimately departed the team before the end of Stage 2, following multiple controversies that saw him suspended from play twice.

Since then, xQc has instead dedicated himself to streaming, and has become one of the most popular broadcasters on Twitch. Though he still plays Overwatch occasionally, he has branched out into a variety of different titles.

xQc might have left the Overwatch League well over a year ago, but it wasn’t the last time he’s competed in the game. He returned to play for Team Canada in the Overwatch World Cup in 2018, and is set to do so once again at this year’s World Cup, which is taking place on November 1-3.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentxQc has continued to compete in the Overwatch World Cup after leaving the OWL.

A reunion with SPACE certainly wouldn’t be impossible from a logistical standpoint – SPACE recently joined the Los Angeles Gladiators, and xQc is technically a substitute for their Contenders team Gladiators Legion. He could certainly be promoted to the Overwatch League squad if both parties were interested.

That is the crux of the matter, however. As xQc fans will be aware, the former pro has expressed no desire the make a return to the league, and has often been critical of the current state of Overwatch. In conjunction with his enormous success as a streamer, it seems very unlikely that xQc will ever return to full-time pro play.

Nevertheless, fans of xQc as a player can perhaps take some small hope from SPACE’s suggestion, even if it seems highly likely that it’s nothing more than a pipe dream at best.

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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.

Roadhog secondary primary fire on King's Row
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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.

Tracer sticks Baptiste with Pulse Bomb
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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.