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Even more 2-2-2 Overwatch role lock details leaked during xQc stream

Published: 17/Jul/2019 15:37 Updated: 17/Jul/2019 22:22

by Michael Gwilliam

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Former Overwatch League pro xQc gave his stream even more hints that 2-2-2 role lock was coming while trying out for Team Canada.

“What are we running? Are we going to be locking something?” the controversial streamer asked, prompting a reply from Canadian coach Louis “Tikatee” Lebel-Wong.

“So in the lobby…Danny’s been nice enough to make us a Workshop Mode that will lock your lobby slot to your role. So, if you’re in the top two slots you can only play tanks. Second tier, you can only play DPS and last two you can only play supports. So this is just to prevent overtime switching off your role and stuff like that. Just to keep you reminded that you’re locked in to 2-2-2.” 

While GOATS or 3-3 has dominated the pro scene for quite some time, teams such as the Shanghai Dragons have found ways to beat it using triple DPS and Wrecking Ball as the solo tank.

With the meta beginning to evolve, choosing to run 2-2-2 could be less optimal overall compared to other compositions that have emerged.

Coach Tikatee responded to a Reddit post about the decision to run 2-2-2 tryouts stating, “To clear this up, we decided to lock our tryouts to 2-2-2 for a couple of reasons. We wanted players to be able to showcase their abilities and the depths of their hero pools… It forces players into a new environment where on the fly problem solving/decision making can shine.”

Tikatee did mention that he wanted to prevent players from swapping roles to stall the point in overtime, something that wouldn’t be able to happen if role-lock was implemented.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentxQc has lead Canada to 2nd and 3rd place finishes at the 2017 and 2018 World Cups.
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“Whatever the state of the game might look like come Blizzcon I want to make sure my team is ready for anything,” Titakee added.

Additional tryouts for Team Canada are planned. In the same thread, Titakee wrote, “More players will be joining us during the ongoing scrims this week. Agilities wasn’t in today simply because he asked for time off as he’s taking a short break after the stage 3 playoffs.”

The Overwatch World Cup begins Friday, November 1 at Blizzcon. 

Last year’s World Cup final saw South Korea win for the third straight year, defeating China by a final score of 4-0. Canada finished third with a victory over Team UK in the bronze medal game.

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CSGO Player Ditches ENCE for Military | Richard Lewis Reacts to Sergej’s Exit

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:58

by Bill Cooney

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The loss of Jere “sergej” Salo to military service could be very bad news for Finnish esports org ENCE’s prospects “for the rest of their sorry existence,” according to Richard Lewis.

ENCE started out as a genuine underdog story from Finland, a region that has definitely contributed its fair share of great players to professional Counter-Strike over the years.

When Sergej joined the team at 16 he was already one of the standout players on the roster, and helped ENCE compete as one of the top teams in the world. But, the cutting of Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen in early 2020 sent the team into a “death spiral,” according to Lewis.

“He [sergej] looks to have gone into a terminal slump, I mean he’s barely scraping a one rating on HLTV.” Lewis said. “He clearly wants out, and then you hear the news that he’s being benched with immediate effect because he wants to go do his national service in Finland and get it out of the way now.”

Finland requires 3-6 months of compulsory military service for eligible males, however, it is possible to defer or put it off if you play esports, which is what many Finnish pros do, choosing to wait to do it until later.

For sergej to want to go and complete his service at 18, after being one of the best young players in the world “tells you all you need to know about what is going on in ENCE right now,” according to Lewis.