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Polish Overwatch players open March Madness tournament with epic Torbjörn duel

by Bill Cooney

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It’s March Madness season for Overwatch, which is holding its own collegiate tournaments across the world and to start the festivities off in Poland players came up with a brilliant idea to have a Torbjörn duel.

Torbjorn is a fan favorite character in Overwatch and is also one of the game’s biggest memes, even after an update a few months ago to his ultimate and kit, players still find plenty of ways to clown on the engineer.

Torbjorn’s alternate weapon is his hammer, which is most commonly used to repair his turret but some players like to use the hammer’s offensive power to troll the other team, and sometimes their own.

So, to start off the Polish Collegiate Overwatch tournament, players from the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology (PJATK) and the Orły UW made a gentleman’s agreement to start the first match off with nothing but Torbjorn.

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As the two teams approached each other on Nepal’s Shrine map, each squad stopped on opposite stairs and let their chosen one waddle forward into battle.

The rules were simple enough: hammers only and the first team’s Torb to win would take the fight and the first capture of the point.

After sizing each other up, the two dwarfs went at it in an epic clash worthy of Ragnarok itself. Even the casters, after they figured out what was going on, joined in on the fun.

Dagrush would be the last Torbjörn standing for PJATK once the dust had settled and Warsaw, following through with the agreement, backed off and let them take the point first after Dagrush won.

The Torbjorn duel would end up foreshadowing how the rest of the match would go; PJATK would end up beating Warsaw 3-1 and knocking them out of the tournament.

Maybe the Overwatch League could use Torbjorn duels instead of coin flips next time to determine seeds if teams don’t want to play a full match. It could be somewhat competitive and still give fans something to watch without giving the team’s strategies away.

Having dueling Torbjörns to determine Overwatch League team’s fates would certainly be entertaining, but the chances of it actually happening outside of All-Star weekend are probably pretty low.