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OWL caster Hexagrams apologizes after “concerning” August 15 broadcast

Published: 18/Aug/2020 4:21

by Andrew Amos


Overwatch League’s Robert ‘Hexagrams’ Kirkbride has apologized for his August 15 cast of Shanghai Dragons vs London Spitfire. Fans expressed concern due to his “out-of-character” performance on the official YouTube broadcast.

The Dragons vs Spitfire may not have been the most noteworthy match of the weekend on the server. It was a quick 3-0 to the dominant Shanghai, with the once-cellar dwellers of the Overwatch League cementing themselves as 2020’s team to beat.

However, what happened on the cast caught people’s eye. Hexagrams was forced to step in for the APAC broadcast after Wolf Schroder had to go back to the States to finalize his Korean visa.

Sleep-deprived and coming off a long schedule, Hexagrams put together an “out-of-character” cast. The OWL veteran swore numerous times, neglected the league’s sponsors, and more. Fans initially thought he was “casting drunk.”

However, Hexagrams explained straight after the broadcast that he was put into a rough situation with his schedule. Coupled with insomnia and anxiety, Hexagrams’ “mental” broke.

“Sometimes your mental breaks. Sometimes it’s been six months looking at the same walls and you have to take sleeping pills and work at 1am. Sometimes your mental breaks and that’s okay,” he tweeted directly after the broadcast.

He apologized further a few days after the broadcast, saying that he wanted to clarify what happened that night.

“Obviously, I don’t like having to switch my sleep schedule. It’s hard to flip that switch and stay up, but I was excited to cast the games and work with Seth and Jack, I figured it’s just two nights then back to normal,” he said in an August 17 statement.

Hex reportedly couldn’t fall asleep ahead of the broadcast due to insomnia, leading him to be awake for 32 hours straight. He managed to get some sleep, but he said “my filters were off, my sharpness was not good, [and] it wasn’t the work I expected to put out.”

“I’ve made private apologies, but I do want to apologize to the teams, players, and fans. It was not the performance I wanted to put out there.”

The caster also noted that he had “very little solid memory of the cast itself.”

Hex has received wide-spread support from various members of the Overwatch League community, who said they were more “concerned” about a friend’s health than anything he did on broadcast.

“Some keep saying how I ‘looked pissed’ or was ‘subtlety throwing shade.’ I was more so concerned about a friend. Glad he’s feeling better now. That’s absolutely the most important thing,” co-caster Seth ‘Achilios’ King told fans.

The Overwatch League will return on August 21 for Week 29.


Overwatch champ Super helps Jimmy Fallon create “cringe” gamer name

Published: 27/Oct/2020 18:32 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 21:40

by Michael Gwilliam


Back-to-back Overwatch League champion Matthew ‘Super’ DeLisi was on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and helped the host come up with his own gamer tag.

During the October 26 interview, Fallon asked the San Francisco Shock main tank how he came up with his gamertag with the intention of creating his own.

As Super explained, back when he was a kid, he asked his brother to create an account for him. The name his brother came up with, for whatever reason, was Super7100 and he kept that for awhile.

“At some point I just decided the numbers looked stupid, so I cut off the numbers and then I was just stuck with Super,” he explained. “And I just kept it.”

Super competing at an OWL event
Robert Paul/Blizzard Entertainment
Super won two Overwatch League championships.

To this, Fallon inquired about any possible formulas for coming up with a name in a segment that Super would later call “cringe” when he rewatched the interview on Twitch.

“How could I come up with my gamer name?” Fallon asked.

“You can find inspiration from literally anything,” DeLisi said, prompting Fallon to pick up his miniature of the Empire State Building.

“I could be Empire,” suggested Fallon. “Or, this is the Statue of Liberty,” he continued, picking up another model. “That’s an old thermometer. Maybe… Old Thermometer. That’s my gamer name.”

“If you’re feeling it, that’s all you,” replied Super who let out an awkward laugh.

“Jimmy ‘Old Thermometer’ Fallon,” he remarked. “And a come from behind win for Old Thermometer!”

Super on Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon came up with an awkward gamer tag with Super.

Interestingly, this isn’t Super’s first time on Jimmy Fallon as the Shock player first went on the show back in 2019 with his former teammate Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won.

Whether Super is back for a third time may come down to if the Shock can win a third championship in season four of the Overwatch League having just won consecutive titles.