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Overwatch veteran Taimou returns to competition in a surprising way

Published: 9/Jan/2020 1:52

by Brad Norton

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One of the most accomplished players in the history of Overwatch, Timo ‘Taimou’ Kettunen, has announced his return to competition after being absent from the Dallas Fuel for the majority of 2019.

A veteran of competitive Overwatch, Taimou made a name for himself in the early days as a standout European DPS player. Known for his extraordinary aim on hitscan heroes such as Widowmaker and McCree,  he led the charge in Korea for a decisive victory in APEX Season 1 and even helped Team Envy claim victory in the inaugural 2017 Overwatch Contenders Season.

Despite making it to the grandest stage of all and representing Dallas in Season One of the Overwatch League, Taimou was benched for a lengthy period as aim-based heroes took a backseat in the meta. After months of weighing up his future, the popular star announced his return on January 8.

Blizzard - Overwatch LeagueThe 26 year old DPS phenom also represented Finland in the Overwatch World Cup over three consecutive years.

Announced alongside a brief highlight reel showcasing his aiming prowess, Dallas Fuel officially confirmed the veteran would be parting ways with the Overwatch League in 2020 and dropping into Contenders competition with Team Envy instead.

“We cannot thank Mr. Good Aim enough for his unparalleled passion, spirit, & energy he has committed time and time again to the Fuel. We wish him utter success in his career. Thank you Taimou!”

Having competed for Team Envy from May 2016 all the way through until his transition to the OWL in January 2018, Taimou will be seamlessly switching back over once again and actively competing on a regular basis with the new Contenders roster.

Expressed in a November Twitlonger, Taimou outlined how being benched throughout the 2019 Overwatch League season “felt like a bad dream.” He even stopped “practicing for months” as the headshot expert failed to earn a starting spot on the Dallas roster throughout the GOATS-based meta. 

Despite the motivational difficulties he had endured, Taimou explained how he wasn’t quite ready to call it quits like a number of his contemporaries. “I don’t know anything about where I end up yet. All I know is that I can still make it,” he said.

While Taimou could have remained under contract with the Dallas Fuel for the 2020 season and continued to sit on the bench, the veteran decided to turn down a “higher salary” in order to “pursue happiness.”

“Streaming’s not it. 9-5 ain’t it. Whatever game or league, I’m gonna be playing until I’m 40 years old,” he said, indicating that the thrill of competition brings far more joy than a bigger paycheck from streaming or being benched.

While the full Team Envy Contenders roster for the first 2020 season is yet to be finalized, North American competition is set to kick off on January 11 with fourtreen teams battling it out in an initial seeding tournament.

There’s no telling if these matches will be broadcast so the world can see the veteran DPS shine once more, however, it certainly seems Taimou is most happy when competing, and he’s ready to give his all to the Contenders grind.

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Genius Overwatch trick lets Mercy escape fights on Numbani

Published: 24/Nov/2020 2:51 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 3:55

by Brad Norton

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Mercy has a new path to safety on Numbani thanks to an extremely clever Overwatch trick that lets her glide away from intense teamfights.

If you’re ever stuck in a pickle as Mercy, you can always fall back on her Guardian Angel ability to get you out of trouble. Moving from one spot to another in the blink of an eye can easily keep you alive when things are looking grim.

Angelic Descent also comes in handy, enabling Mercy as one of the more mobile Supports in the game. Her kit might be limited in terms of offensive output. However, she can move through the air like no other hero. It turns out her movement abilities might even be more useful than you’d first think.

A genius new spot on the first point of Numbani can have you gliding to safety in no time at all. Here’s what you need to know so you can execute it for yourself.

Overwatch Numbani gameplay
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Directly behind the Payload is where you want to line up for this unique trick.

If you’re positioned towards the back of the first capture point, you might be familiar with the often-deadly drop. It can be all too easy to get booped and fall to your death in this position. Whether it’s a Lucio flying overhead or a Wrecking Ball crashing into your team, you’ve likely experienced some pain in this location.

However, playing near this spot is worth the risk for this particular reward with Mercy. A simple tree beyond the railing is actually the perfect distance to jump right into. Once wedged between the branches, you can quickly walk forward and navigate up the front of the tree.

While you might think there’s nowhere to go from here, Mercy’s Angelic Descent completely changes the game. With a perfectly timed jump, you can slowly glide around the corner. This lets you rotate all the way behind the first point and land safely next to the street.

There’s a Mega health pack waiting for you upon landing as well. Just in case you get tagged up while making your escape.

First Point Escape Option |Numbani| For anyone who didn’t know you could do this as Mercy from Overwatch

It might not come in handy for every team fight, but if things are looking dire, it could be the perfect way to get out with your life.

Not feeding the enemy team is often just as important as building your own Ultimates. So keep this unique trick in mind the next time Numbani appears in rotation. It’s just another next-level tactic for Support mains to have at the ready.