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Overwatch streamer Redshell says more OWL pros are quitting

Published: 30/Apr/2020 17:36

by Michael Gwilliam

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High-profile Overwatch streamer ‘Redshell,’ known for his dynamic Lucio gameplay, revealed that even more Overwatch League pros will be quitting the game during an April 29 broadcast.

The news comes after former 2019’s OWL MVP Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won announced he was retiring from Overwatch to play Valorant for the Sentinels organization.

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When asked about what he thought about Sinatraa leaving and if more pros will be following in his footsteps, Redshell revealed that it wouldn’t surprise him if a “handful” of pros jumped ship.

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Sinatraa retired from Overwatch to go pro in Valorant.

“It wouldn’t surprise me, that’s all I’m going to say,” he claimed, but soon found himself revealing more info that he heard. “I know for a fact that a handful of people are leaving.”

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The streamer stressed that Sinatraa was simply the “first of many,” but declined to offer more specifics on who would be the next big name to switch games or retire.

“I don’t want to leak it because it’s not my place to leak it,” the support main explained, yet provided more specifics on the number of pros that will be quitting Blizzard’s hero-based FPS.

“I know for a fact at least five Overwatch League pros are leaving,” the streamer added.

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Redshell is well-known within the competitive community by both pros and analysts alike.

This lines up with what Overwatch pro Seb ‘Numlocked’ Barton said earlier in April when he claimed that “people want to get out of Overwatch League.”

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Pros from other games have their eyes on Valorant.

“Nobody is happy with what Blizzard is doing,” the British tank player revealed, and stressed that unless there were big changes, it would only get worse.

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While Valorant hasn’t even been fully released yet and is still in the beta phase, industry insiders such as Complexity CEO Jason Lake have claimed that players have been receiving offers “north of $20K per month.”

In 2017 it was revealed that the minimum Overwatch League salary was $50,000 a year, so it would seem like Valorant teams are stepping up to match or surpass what players were making in OWL.

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Only time will tell who the next big name will be to announce they will be quitting in favor of Riot Games’ new FPS.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.