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. 


Overwatch’s tank mains want nerfs as Echo & Zenyatta make ranked “hell”

Published: 15/Jan/2021 20:44

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch tanks have been on the receiving end of some major nerfs lately with Sigma and Wrecking Ball on the chopping block, but now players are calling for changes to two heroes responsible for making ranked “hell” for them.

Tanks in Overwatch are critical pieces of any team composition and while they’ve seemed overpowered for quite some time, now, Echo and Zenyatta seem to be on the receiving end of fury from the playerbase.

Notably, Echo’s ability to delete targets with ease thanks to her ammo count and powerful Focusing Beam makes her a dangerous foe while Zenyatta’s Discord Orb shreds tanks.

When applied, Discord Orb causes an opponent to receive 30% extra damage. As such, large health pool tanks can be obliterated when focused down thanks to Zen’s utility.

Echo using Focusing Beam
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Echo has a lot of tools to be a pain for enemy teams.

Players on Reddit have been vocal in calling for changes. “Tanks f**king suck to play right now and the sigma nerfs just solidified that for me,” wrote user HaMx_Platypus.

“None of the tanks actually feel like tanks at all when you’re going up against 30% Discord,” they added.

Redditors chimed in with their own thoughts. “Completely agree, Discord should be taken back down to 25% at least,” one wrote.

Zenyatta attacks

“Echo’s issue is that her clip is too big,” another pointed out. “The Sticky [cool down] doesn’t matter, the issue is she can often use them again before having to reload.”

“It’s bonkers that she can combine all 3 abilities (right click, throw out a few left clicks and then immediately use beam) to stack the damage, as it will literally kill any hero in the game if you land the stickies,” a fan blasted.

Another took their criticism of Echo and Discord to another level. “Discord is simply too powerful. It’s literally like 6 Mercy boosts at a time and 90% of the time that’s going onto the main tank. Plus you add the spam damage that Zen does and it’s just unreal,” they slammed.

“Echo was poorly designed. I couldn’t tell upon release but it’s much clearer now. She just has too many tank-busting abilities and not enough punishability,” the user further remarked.

With so many players voicing their frustration, it may be a sign for Blizzard to consider some slight nerfs on the Experimental Mode in the coming weeks.