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OWL 2019 MVP Sinatraa retires from Overwatch for Valorant

Published: 28/Apr/2020 22:59 Updated: 28/Apr/2020 23:48

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch League MVP and San Francisco Shock star Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won will officially be retiring from Overwatch to play Valorant, his now-former team has announced.

The San Francisco Shock bid a surprising farewell to their star player on April 28, but for those who had been watching Sinatraa’s streams, the news didn’t come as too great of a shock.

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Sinatraa had been discussing a “major decision” coming his way during recent broadcasts, but he didn’t reveal exactly what it was. Now, it seems he’s leaving the game that made him a household name in 2019 to get a head start on Valorant.

According to ESPN, Sinatraa will be joining the Sentinels esports organization and leaving behind NRG, the Shock’s parent org. Exactly how much money he’ll be making playing Valorant is currently unknown, but it was enough to make him walk away from his $150,000 a year Overwatch League contract.

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His last game with the Shock was a March 29 matchup versus the Los Angeles Valiant, which San Francisco actually lost 3-1.

Sinatraa wouldn’t have been able to stay on with NRG even if he wanted to, because of OWL rules that basically forbid retiring players from signing with any org that’s involved with a competing Overwatch League team.

Sentinels used to be the parent organization of the Los Angeles Gladiators, until they settled a lawsuit in 2019 giving control of the team to owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.

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Sinatraa helped lead the Shock to the 2019 OWL Grand Finals, but now they’ll have to continue without the star player.

Currently 20 years old, Sinatraa signed his contract with the Shock when he was only 17, and was still unable to even play in the League. Once he was able to play though, he led Team USA to a Gold medal in the 2019 Overwatch World Cup and became MVP after San Francisco’s storied 2019 OWL championship run.

He’s certainly the biggest Overwatch name to jump ship to Valorant so far, but based on the amount of hype, and the amount of current and former players consistently streaming Riot’s new FPS, he probably won’t be the last.

We don’t know who will be joining Sinatraa on the Sentinels Valorant team, but the organization also has Fornite World Cup champ Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf and another former OWL star Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel signed, so there are some interesting possibilities that could potentially happen.

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Sinatraa’s departure was announced before he’s even had his 2019 MVP skin revealed by the Overwatch League, and it’s unknown whether or not he’ll return to the game temporarily to check it out once it’s released.

Valorant is still in the early days of beta, and we’re sure to see more announcements coming from esports players switching to the new game as we get closer to release. But, this doesn’t make it any easier on the Shock fans who have to bid one of their star players an unexpected farewell.

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How to get October Overwatch Contenders Genji, Mercy & Symmetra skins

Published: 15/Oct/2020 18:23

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players can finally unlock exclusive Contenders cosmetics and skins by watching Tier-2 matches, and to celebrate, Blizzard is giving away two free Genji skins.

Each month, players will be able to tune into Overwatch Contenders and earn two special skins for two select heroes.

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Tracer may be the mascot for Overwatch League, but Genji is the mascot for Contenders, and as such, players will be getting home and away skins just by logging into their accounts.

Plus, players will be getting access to special a player icons and an in-game spray.

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Players will be getting free Genji Contenders skins.

How to unlock October’s Mercy & Symmetra skins

To kick off the new viewership incentives, players have to link their Battle.net account on the Contenders homepage and watch a few hours of content.

For October, players will need to watch seven hours of content to unlock the home and away Symmetra skins.

To unlock the home and away Mercy skins, players will need to watch 15 hours of content, or at least leave their computers on the Contenders homepage.

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Contenders features many regions including North America, Korea, Europe, China, South America, and Australia, so there are all sorts of chances to tune in.

Plus, the site is teasing event-specific rewards to come in the future with large events such as the Gauntlet, which takes the best teams from all regions and pits them against one another for Tier-2 supremacy.

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The Contenders skins had been leaked previously.

The skins had been teased quite a long time ago, with the cosmetics originally leaking when the game’s newest hero, Echo, went live. However, Blizzard pulled them claiming they had been “erroneously made available for purchase with OWL Tokens.”

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At least now players will get chances to support Tier 2 and earn unique cosmetics in the process. Not a bad deal. We can’t wait to see what skins are going to be unlockable next month.