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Overwatch League pro JAKE explains decision behind sudden retirement

Published: 7/Dec/2019 21:41

by Scott Robertson


Following two seasons of play for the OWL team Houston Outlaws, DPS player Jacob ‘JAKE’ Lyon has announced his retirement from competitive play.

In just a matter of a couple of days, two massive stars from the first two seasons of the Overwatch League have stepped back from professional play. First, NYXL’s ‘big boss’ in Do-hyeon ‘Pine’ Kim retired after sitting out for most of season two.

Now, another prominent DPS star joins him in retirement, as JAKE announced on December 7 that his time was up. 

Robert Paul / Blizzard EntertainmentJAKE celebrates with the Outlaws

In announcing his retirement, JAKE assured fans that despite the way the story ended, he doesn’t regret the journey that’s led to this moment.

“I’ve sacrificed relationships, sleep, and SO much time to become a professional player,” he wrote on TwitLonger. “Despite the sacrifices, though, I do not regret chasing down my childhood dream. The chance to compete at the highest level among the best players on the planet was worth it all.”

JAKE hinted that perhaps he had lost just a bit of his competitive fire, and declared that he would “rather retire and pursue new dreams/goals than give less than 100% effort and collect an OWL player salary for another 12 months.” 

TwitLonger: @jakeowJAKE’s full twitlonger announcing his retirement.

He acknowledged some of the setbacks that led to this decision as well, including trying to keep up with the rapidly shifting competitive meta that many members of the community have taken issue with.

“In giving everything to grind the game, I have forcibly stagnated my process of learning, growth, and exploration that I feel allowed me to reach this competitive level in the first place,” he said. “As a pro player, I felt that I was just treading water trying to keep pace with the rapid pace of improvement/adaptation that is a constant in the OWL.”

Robert Paul / Blizzard EntertainmentFarwell, JAKE. Thank you for everything.

Global travel was also cited as a reason for JAKE to hang up the mouse and keyboard, as travel for all OWL players is expected to skyrocket next season with the shift to the homestand format.

JAKE’s story began with former Team Fortress 2 team bird noises, before moving on to Luminosity Gaming Evil, and eventually the Houston Outlaws. He competed with the United States national team at the 2017 Overwatch World Cup.

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Team Tommey wins $20K Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: Final results

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:25 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 1:36

by Jacob Hale


Totino’s was the latest to host a massive esports event with $20,000 on the line in one of the first proper  Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournaments, one that featured top pro players and some of the most popular streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they teamed up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to catch up on the event.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl recap

With a single-elimination bracket, teams only had one life to prove themselves with. As a result, four teams were immediately knocked out from the first round with no chance at redemption. Nameless, Swagg, Hitch, and Symfuhny all crashed out of the competition early on with their teams taken down right away.

While Tommey’s team advanced through to the grand final, they met a dominant force in the last series of the day. TeeP and his stacked squad refused to drop a map throughout the day. They came away with 3-0 wins over Symfuhny and Crowder to land in the finals.

The opening Hardpoint on Moscow came down to the wire with TeeP’s team narrowly edging it out. However, the next SnD on Miami was the polar opposite. Tommey’s team struck back with an insane 6-0 performance to tie things up. From here on out, their team kept the momentum rolling and closed out the grand final victory.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl results

Black Ops Brawl event
The final bracket for Totino’s Black Ops Brawl.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl was a four-hour event that took place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show kicked off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily rewatch.

It was hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who played in the Black Ops Brawl event?

From the most accomplished pro players to the most popular streamers, plenty of big names got involved in this $20k competition. If you’ve been following Cold War events since launch, all of the familiar faces turned out for this one as well. Simp, Tommey, Shotzzy, and Symfuhny were just a handful of names that got involved. Below is a full overview of the captains for the Black Ops Brawl tournament.

  • Symfuhny
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee
Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
Merk and Maven hosted the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

Eight teams were lined up for the start of the event as the single-elimination bracket got underway. One series loss was all anyone could afford. In total, the winning team had to get through three consecutive best of three matchups against the top challengers.

As for the prize pool, there was $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finished in second place.