"Platinum" Overwatch player wins pro match after emergency substitution - Dexerto
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“Platinum” Overwatch player wins pro match after emergency substitution

Published: 29/Jul/2020 21:08 Updated: 30/Jul/2020 3:07

by Michael Gwilliam

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A Platinum ranked Overwatch player made his professional debut in Contenders North America on July 28, shocking the competitive landscape by managing to secure a surprising win for his team.

Right before their losers’ bracket match against Triumph, Square One’s flex support Tomáš ‘Exorath’ Kotačka was unable to play due to a power outage.

With no one available, the team had to get their player development coach, Sebastian ‘Tokki’ Hutchinson, to fill in.

What made this fill so strange is that Tokki’s Support rank appeared as a mere 2534 SR. That’s extremely low and far below the SR of Contenders players, who often make up the Top 500 leaderboards.

Additionally, Tokki’s career peak on this particular account was 3.8 SR, which means he never even reached Grand Master. However, Tokki clarified in a statement to Dexerto that the rank wasn’t quite representative of their skill. The account in question was “made only for spectating scrims,” he explained. “So it never got to rank up.”

According to caster Thomas ‘Tridd’ Underwood, the emergency substitution was agreed upon by both teams. However, looking back at it, Triumph may wish they never agreed to the arrangement, as they ended up losing the first-to-two series two maps to none.

On the Brigitte, Tokki was able to help rally his team to victory with ease, winning Oasis 2-0. Then, on Volskaya Industries, Square One secured the win 3-2 to take the series. (Match begins at 54:10 for mobile viewers)

“I really couldn’t tell that was a sub playing for Square One,” Rosemary ‘Nekkra’ Kelley noted after the match.

It’s unclear whether the victory is a testament to Tokki’s hidden skill or the power of Brigitte as a hero. It would have been interesting to see how the assistant coach would have performed on a hero like Lucio, Zenyatta, or Ana.

Coaches being emergency substitutions are rare, but not completely unheard of. To use traditional sports as an example, in 2015, Florida Panthers goaltending coach Robb Tallas had to briefly suit up in pads after both of the team’s NHL caliber goalies suffered injuries.

It just goes to show that sometimes being a coach means having to do a bit more than just review tape.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.