Overwatch's Jeff Kaplan reveals NHL tradition he wants in OWL - Dexerto

Overwatch’s Jeff Kaplan reveals NHL tradition he wants in OWL

Published: 28/Sep/2019 6:30 Updated: 28/Sep/2019 14:41

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan believes that the Overwatch League can borrow a ritual from the National Hockey League to further honor the legacy of champions.

On Sunday, September 29 the Overwatch League will decide its season 2 champion when the San Francisco Shock battle the Vancouver Titans in the Grand Final. 

Kaplan is known to be a massive hockey fan and told Dexerto at the Overwatch League Grand Finals media day that he and his brother attended game 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup finals where the LA Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils to win their first championship. 

Every championship-winning team and the players on the roster get their names engraved on the cup – something Kaplan wants to see implemented in the Overwatch League.

Kaplan mentioned specifically that he loves this ritual in the NHL and would like to see it introduced in the OWL too. “I think having players’ names engraved on the trophy in future seasons would be very cool,” Kaplan said.

While there are no plans so far to begin engraving players’ tags or real names, it would help strengthen the prestige of the trophy – something no other esport has yet to really attempt.

The Stanley Cup engraves all players names on the trophy.

The Stanley Cup was first awarded in 1893 to the Montreal Hockey Club. Since then, the cup has been awarded 103 times with 20 current NHL teams being champions at one point.

If the Overwatch League does begin engraving names, it’s unknown if previous champions would be added retroactively or if the trophy will undergo a redesign to better suit the engraving ritual. 

Spitfire won the first Overwatch League finals.

What do OWL Champions win? 

The winning team is not only awarded the Overwatch League trophy, they also win $1.1 million and a special exclusive skin honoring their team. 

The 2018 champion London Spitfire had a custom Flying Ace Winston skin, designed after the World War 2 pilots. 


Cheeky Overwatch trick lets Baby D.Va score environmental kills

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players looking to find a new lethal tactic with D.Va should look no further than this trick to surprise and tilt enemy teams.

Since 2016, Overwatch fans have taken highly to the hero D.Va, sporting countless cosplays, creating art, buying merchandise, you name it. Part of the reason for this is just how stylish the gamer-turned-mech pilot is.

As it turns out, however, even outside of her pink mech, D.Va can pack a punch and even eliminate any enemy hero in the game if the opportunity presents itself.

Most people know that D.Va’s Call Mech ability does a bit of damage if you use it directly on top of an enemy player, but not everyone realizes it also has knockback capabilities.

D.va from Overwatch looking cool
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D.Va is one of the most popular heroes, in and out of mech.

Boops can be one of the best ways in Overwatch to quickly deal with enemies regardless of their HP. Anyone from Roadhog to even Tracer (especially if limited by cooldowns) can fall victim to a well-timed push off the edge of a map.

As Reddit user ‘eregis’ showed, despite being at a disadvantage against a Soldier 76 who put down his Biotic Field for health restoration, the confrontation ended in their favor thanks to the knockback of Call Mech.

While on Rialto, the D.Va player had the Call Mech ability ready, but waited a bit to activate it. First, the player lured the enemy Soldier 76 to a bit of an unfavorable position on Rialto with his back to the water.

After getting the victim close enough to the ledge, the D.Va used Call Mech and sent 76 off the map and to his demise.

Of course, this trick is a bit of a high-risk play. Baby D.Va is tied with Tracer for the lowest-health hero in the game at only 150. However, unlike Tracer, D.Va does haven’t Blink or Recall to get out of tricky situations, so being able to time the Call Mech perfectly can be tough.

Next time you find yourself as Baby D.Va and an opportunity presents itself, try to see if you can secure frags with this ability. Your opponents will never see it coming.