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Report: Esports Organization Splyce to Manage Toronto’s Overwatch League Team

Published: 13/Aug/2018 22:20

by Vincent Genova

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More details about the new Overwatch League expansion franchise in Toronto have come out and a major name in esports will be involved.

Early reports indicated that Toronto would be the fourth new franchise to enter the OWL, now there is more information on how the ownership of the team will shake out.

ESPN is reporting that a group led by Canadian entrepreneur Michael Kimel is in the final negotiations to acquire the Toronto team for $35 million.

The esports organization Splyce is being brought on to manage the new franchise and will own 10% of the team.

Kimel is a venture capitalist from a wealthy Canadian family and started a wide variety of businesses from nightclub promotion to food delivery apps. He also owns a share of NHL team Pittsburgh Penguins.

Joining in the money group is Westdale Properties, a real-estate firm in Toronto. Westdale Properties is owned by Ron Kimel, Michael’s uncle.

OverActive Media, which invested at least $1.5 million in Splyce since April, will also be a member of the ownership group.

Splyce tried to get into one of the original OWL slots in Boston last year, but the owners of American NFL team the New England Patriots were awarded the franchise instead. It may be a costly move for Spylce as OWL franchise valuations have shot up by $15 million since last year.

Joining Toronto will be new franchises in Paris, Atlanta and Gangzhou, China.

The Overwatch League wants to add a total of six additional franchises for their second season, leaving two spots remaining.

Expansion teams can start adding players to their roster on September 9.

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Cheeky Overwatch trick lets Baby D.Va score environmental kills

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players looking to find a new lethal tactic with D.Va should look no further than this trick to surprise and tilt enemy teams.

Since 2016, Overwatch fans have taken highly to the hero D.Va, sporting countless cosplays, creating art, buying merchandise, you name it. Part of the reason for this is just how stylish the gamer-turned-mech pilot is.

As it turns out, however, even outside of her pink mech, D.Va can pack a punch and even eliminate any enemy hero in the game if the opportunity presents itself.

Most people know that D.Va’s Call Mech ability does a bit of damage if you use it directly on top of an enemy player, but not everyone realizes it also has knockback capabilities.

D.va from Overwatch looking cool
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D.Va is one of the most popular heroes, in and out of mech.

Boops can be one of the best ways in Overwatch to quickly deal with enemies regardless of their HP. Anyone from Roadhog to even Tracer (especially if limited by cooldowns) can fall victim to a well-timed push off the edge of a map.

As Reddit user ‘eregis’ showed, despite being at a disadvantage against a Soldier 76 who put down his Biotic Field for health restoration, the confrontation ended in their favor thanks to the knockback of Call Mech.

While on Rialto, the D.Va player had the Call Mech ability ready, but waited a bit to activate it. First, the player lured the enemy Soldier 76 to a bit of an unfavorable position on Rialto with his back to the water.

After getting the victim close enough to the ledge, the D.Va used Call Mech and sent 76 off the map and to his demise.

Of course, this trick is a bit of a high-risk play. Baby D.Va is tied with Tracer for the lowest-health hero in the game at only 150. However, unlike Tracer, D.Va does haven’t Blink or Recall to get out of tricky situations, so being able to time the Call Mech perfectly can be tough.

Next time you find yourself as Baby D.Va and an opportunity presents itself, try to see if you can secure frags with this ability. Your opponents will never see it coming.