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Potential changes coming to Contenders in Season 3 have leaked

Published: 29/Oct/2018 18:51 Updated: 30/Oct/2018 17:44

by Bill Cooney

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Potential changes that could be coming to Overwatch’s Contenders Season 3 were leaked to Twitter and would drastically change how the Tier 2 Overwatch competition operates.

*Update: October 30* Blizzard have confirmed Contenders 2019 details. 

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The information comes from two anonymous Twitter accounts known as RealLeakBoy and Survivor: Overwatch who’ve been reporting roster moves and more throughout the off-season.

According to RealLeakBoy the changes coming to Season 3 of Contenders are significant, especially the change to how the season is played. Season 3 Contenders will reportedly be 100 percent online, with no LAN events for playoffs or finals.

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In addition to there being no more LANs, only Overwatch League academy teams will hold on to their spot going into Season Four, which means all non-academy teams will have to re-qualify for Season Four, no matter where they place.

Reactions to the news has been mixed, with some, like OWL caster Reinforce, saying it will benefit the Contender’s scene in the long run, to those who think this is just another sign that Blizzard doesn’t care about T2 Overwatch.

Earlier in October RealLeakBoy broke the news that Overwatch statistics site Winston’s Lab would be shutting down, a few days later, Wintson’s Lab founder Dennis Matz announced he was leaving the site to join the new Toronto Defiant.

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Whether or not this is exactly how things will go down remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: opinions on Contenders will continue to divide the competitive Overwatch community. 

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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