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Overwatch World Cup Controversy After Streamer Dafran Snubbed for National Committee

Published: 2/Jun/2018 1:12 Updated: 10/Oct/2020 17:06

by Joe O'Brien

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The announcement of the Overwatch World Cup national committees has generated some controversy after popular streamer Daniel ‘dafran’ Francesca missed out on the Community Lead position for Denmark.

The Community Lead position on the National Committees was decided by fan vote, with all Overwatch players able to vote for the representative for their respective country.

Dafran was expected to be a lock for the Denmark Community Lead position, but when the national committees were announced, it was instead the largely unknown Lene ‘Xperiana’ Gaardmand, a streamer with a little over 500 Twitch followers and 200 Twitter followers – tiny figures compared to Dafran’s 226,000 and 20,000, respectively – who was selected.

The idea that Xperiana received the most votes is therefore almost inconceivable, leaving many – including Dafran – to question what had happened.

It seems highly likely that Dafran was disqualified for the position. One of the stipulations for being on the national committees was that all of the candidate’s Blizzard accounts be in good standing.

Unfortunately for Dafran, his account was banned mere days before the voting closed, after using a game exploit while streaming – although Dafran had earlier been warned to mind his behaviour after receiving several reports from players.

Dafran also received a more significant ban in June of 2017, with Blizzard suspending him from sanctioned events for the duration of Season 5 and banning him from competing in Overwatch Contenders seasons zero and one, prior to the Overwatch League.

Given that Dafran was allowed on the ballot in the first place, however, it stands to reason that the more recent infringements are responsible for his apparent disqualification.

Xperiana gave her own take on the matter while streaming:

What many fans find most frustrating, however, is that their vote was essentially invalidated by the fact that they were unknowingly voting for a candidate that couldn’t win. Had Dafran not been on the ballot at all, or removed prior to the end of the voting, it’s entirely possible that the outcome would have been different.

Blizzard has not yet made a statement on the matter.

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Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.