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OWL fans praise “fire” Jeff Staple Season 3 streetwear collection

Published: 16/Jan/2020 23:38

by Andrew Amos

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The Overwatch League announced their new apparel partnership with Jeff Staple, the brains behind streetwear brand Staple Pigeon, leaving the community excited for what’s to come next in the merch department.

2019 was a disappointing year for Overwatch League fans in terms of merchandise. After 2018’s collection with Into The AM was deemed too expensive, the league partnered with Fanatics for a cheaper alternative.

However, the Fanatics merch was an even bigger let down, with quality issues making even the most die-hard fan contemplate supporting their team. To help bring back the hype, the league has partnered with streetwear brand Staple Pigeon for their 2020 collection, and fans are already praising the move.

Paris Eternal streetwear collection for OWL
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The Overwatch League has partnered with streetwear designer Jeff Staple for their 2020 merch collection.

The partnership, which was initially teased on January 15, was made public just 24 hours later. The new jersey styles are simple, featuring a colored stripe across the front with the team name embedded, and the team’s logo on the shoulders.

Player names will be added onto the front of jerseys, just above the team name stripe , according to Jon Spector, OWL’s Senior Product Designer. More details about jersey numbering will be released when pre-orders open on January 28.

“There were a bit of styling cues from the techwear trend,” Jeff Staple said in an interview with the OWL. “We wanted the pieces to have this very utilitarian feel. It didn’t make sense to do something overly ornate or overly nostalgic.”

With a new style comes a new fit, which was aimed to help players feel comfortable on stage, as well as be flexible for many different body types.

“The styling and fit had to be comfortable,” he said.

“You want to be comfortable, breathable, yet warm where needed. On the fitting side, esports athletes are also unique because in other sports, body types are much more consistent and inline. Esports players come in all shapes, sizes, and genders, so we had to make a kit that could accommodate [that].”

Jerseys aren’t the only thing Staple Pigeon are bringing to the Overwatch League though. The streetwear brand is revamping the 20-team collection of jackets, compression sleeves, hats, and beanies on top of short and long-sleeved jerseys.

Seoul Dynasty streetwear collection
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Simple stripes and tri-colors dominate the new Overwatch League x Staple collection.

The kits have been widely praised by the Overwatch League community after a year of controversy surrounding 2019’s jerseys.

“Anytime there’s merch that I don’t have to think twice about if it’ll look weird to wear in public, I’m immediately in,” said Twitter user ‘BradKillion.’ “This set is looking pretty dope!”

These comments were mirrored across all social media platforms, with fans labelling the new designs as “super clean and stylish” and “actually straight fire.”

The OWL x Staple collection will be released on January 28 for pre-order, with players taking to the stage on February 8 in the new kits.

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Genius Overwatch trick lets Mercy escape fights on Numbani

Published: 24/Nov/2020 2:51 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 3:55

by Brad Norton

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Mercy has a new path to safety on Numbani thanks to an extremely clever Overwatch trick that lets her glide away from intense teamfights.

If you’re ever stuck in a pickle as Mercy, you can always fall back on her Guardian Angel ability to get you out of trouble. Moving from one spot to another in the blink of an eye can easily keep you alive when things are looking grim.

Angelic Descent also comes in handy, enabling Mercy as one of the more mobile Supports in the game. Her kit might be limited in terms of offensive output. However, she can move through the air like no other hero. It turns out her movement abilities might even be more useful than you’d first think.

A genius new spot on the first point of Numbani can have you gliding to safety in no time at all. Here’s what you need to know so you can execute it for yourself.

Overwatch Numbani gameplay
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Directly behind the Payload is where you want to line up for this unique trick.

If you’re positioned towards the back of the first capture point, you might be familiar with the often-deadly drop. It can be all too easy to get booped and fall to your death in this position. Whether it’s a Lucio flying overhead or a Wrecking Ball crashing into your team, you’ve likely experienced some pain in this location.

However, playing near this spot is worth the risk for this particular reward with Mercy. A simple tree beyond the railing is actually the perfect distance to jump right into. Once wedged between the branches, you can quickly walk forward and navigate up the front of the tree.

While you might think there’s nowhere to go from here, Mercy’s Angelic Descent completely changes the game. With a perfectly timed jump, you can slowly glide around the corner. This lets you rotate all the way behind the first point and land safely next to the street.

There’s a Mega health pack waiting for you upon landing as well. Just in case you get tagged up while making your escape.

First Point Escape Option |Numbani| For anyone who didn’t know you could do this as Mercy from Overwatch

It might not come in handy for every team fight, but if things are looking dire, it could be the perfect way to get out with your life.

Not feeding the enemy team is often just as important as building your own Ultimates. So keep this unique trick in mind the next time Numbani appears in rotation. It’s just another next-level tactic for Support mains to have at the ready.