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San Francisco Shock trolls fanbase by “dropping” star player

Published: 23/Oct/2019 22:09 Updated: 23/Oct/2019 22:36

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch League champions San Francisco Shock trolled the internet after publishing a message suggesting that one of their stars was being dropped from the team in the midst of the ongoing free agency madness. 

The post, simply titled “Thank you Super” was published on the official NRG website along with a graphic with a picture of Matthew ‘super’ DeLisi. 

“We want to take this time to thank Super for everything he has done to support this team, on and off the stage,” the post says, mimicking the style of many press releases teams make when they are releasing a player. 

Super won an Overwatch League championship with the Shock.

“We know how stressful this time can be for Overwatch League fans and we wanted to give you a break from the heartbreaking goodbyes because not enough people say thank you and while it’s slow for us in the off season we wanted to give Super some extra recognition,” the post 180s before stating the Shock look forward to more success with him in 2020.

It would be extremely unlikely for the Shock to release one of their most talented and popular players just after a championship-winning season, but that didn’t stop many Shock fans from having mini heart attacks.

One user complained that the team shouldn’t be scaring them to which the Shock’s Twitter replied, “Happy Halloween”.

OWL Host Soe Gschwind-Penski replied with a gif and the words, “why do you delight in torturing me?” 

Some didn’t fall for the trick though and posted the infamous Tom Hardy “that’s bait” gif as a response. 

The Overwatch League’s off-season has been filled with monstrous roster announcements that have shaken the world of esports. Some of the biggest names in the game have changed teams such as Joon-yeong ‘Profit’ Park who transferred from the London Spitfire to the Seoul Dynasty

Additionally, the free agency status of some players has caught many by surprise such as the Fusion’s release of flex DPS Josue ‘Eqo’ Corona. 

To catch up with all the real roster moves, visit our off-season tracker and never miss a second of the 2020 free agency madness. 

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Team Tommey wins $20K Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: Final results

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:25 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 1:36

by Jacob Hale

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Totino’s was the latest to host a massive esports event with $20,000 on the line in one of the first proper  Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournaments, one that featured top pro players and some of the most popular streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they teamed up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to catch up on the event.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl recap

With a single-elimination bracket, teams only had one life to prove themselves with. As a result, four teams were immediately knocked out from the first round with no chance at redemption. Nameless, Swagg, Hitch, and Symfuhny all crashed out of the competition early on with their teams taken down right away.

While Tommey’s team advanced through to the grand final, they met a dominant force in the last series of the day. TeeP and his stacked squad refused to drop a map throughout the day. They came away with 3-0 wins over Symfuhny and Crowder to land in the finals.

The opening Hardpoint on Moscow came down to the wire with TeeP’s team narrowly edging it out. However, the next SnD on Miami was the polar opposite. Tommey’s team struck back with an insane 6-0 performance to tie things up. From here on out, their team kept the momentum rolling and closed out the grand final victory.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl results

Black Ops Brawl event
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The final bracket for Totino’s Black Ops Brawl.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl was a four-hour event that took place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show kicked off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily rewatch.

It was hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who played in the Black Ops Brawl event?

From the most accomplished pro players to the most popular streamers, plenty of big names got involved in this $20k competition. If you’ve been following Cold War events since launch, all of the familiar faces turned out for this one as well. Simp, Tommey, Shotzzy, and Symfuhny were just a handful of names that got involved. Below is a full overview of the captains for the Black Ops Brawl tournament.

  • Symfuhny
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee
Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
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Merk and Maven hosted the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

Eight teams were lined up for the start of the event as the single-elimination bracket got underway. One series loss was all anyone could afford. In total, the winning team had to get through three consecutive best of three matchups against the top challengers.

As for the prize pool, there was $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finished in second place.