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Seagull, Dafran, more react to Sinatraa quitting Overwatch for Valorant

Published: 29/Apr/2020 6:20 Updated: 29/Apr/2020 19:10

by Brad Norton

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Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won made waves with his shocking transition from the Overwatch League to Valorant in an April 28 announcement. Here’s how some of the biggest names in Overwatch, and the wider esports industry, responded to the news.

After a dominant 2019 season with the San Francisco Shock, one that landed him the Overwatch League MVP award, Sinatraa announced his transition to Valorant in the midst of the 2020 season.

The departure of Shock’s biggest personality, and one of the faces of competitive Overwatch, came as a major shock to much of the esports industry. The game he’s swapping to, Valorant, is still in its Closed Beta period. Here’s how some of the biggest gaming stars reacted to the news.

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Sinatraa claimed the 2019 Overwatch League MVP award after a dominant season with the Shock.

Overwatch veterans react to Sinatraa’s announcement

A number of current and former OWL pros chimed in to commend last season’s MVP on his bold move. “Sadly won’t be the only player from OWL doing that,” Dallas Fuel’s Dylan ‘AKM’ Bignet hinted.

“Sinatraa was one of the best players in Overwatch till the end, absolute legend,” Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca said. “Can’t wait to watch him pop off in Valorant.”

Many of his peers chimed in with supportive comments or witty remarks. “Does OWL MVP now stand for Most Valorant Player?” Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned joked. However, others who departed from the Overwatch scene looked deeper into the impact of the announcement.

“Totally healthy for an esport’s reigning MVP and face of the league to leave mid-season for a game without any esports scene,” Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles expressed.

Could Sinatraa’s transition be the first of many for OWL players?

Former Houston Outlaws General Manager Matt ‘Flame’ Rodriguez argued that Hero Pools may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. 

“I have no insight here other than my own experience and thoughts but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say players probably feel like it is increasingly difficult to play any heroes at the peak of their capability when they are banned in and out every week.”

With various heroes unplayable throughout certain weeks of competition, Sinatraa was limited in what he could practice. Moving into Valorant, however, he has the freedom to practice and grind however he sees fit.

“Putting all that time into Overwatch for the past years must have you excited for this next step in your career,” former Overwatch pro turned Valorant player Lucas ‘Mendo’ Håkansson expressed.

Joining forces with the likes of former Apex Legends pros, and CSGO veterans, Sinatraa has already found himself a new home with the Sentinels.

While Valorant may still be in its Closed Beta period, countless pros around the world are preparing already. With players transitioning from Overwatch, Apex, and more, it’s clear that many are ready to give it their all in Riot’s upcoming FPS.

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New Overwatch custom game lets Doomfist live his parkour dreams

Published: 20/Jan/2021 17:35

by Lauren Bergin

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One of the features that makes Overwatch such a fun game are the countless number of custom modes created by the title’s players. This mode, nicknamed ‘Doom Parkour’ lets you dart around Blizzard World as Doomfist and live your wall running fantasy. 

There are a lot of things to love about Overwatch. The characters, the lore and the global locations each have their own respective charm, but one of the things fans love the most is the custom game mode.

This allows players to create (within reason) their own awesome game modes either based on pure imagination or, in some cases, other games. We’ve seen Genji become a challenger in Smash Bros, and the iconic Among Us transformed in true Overwatch style.

A new game has surfaced though, and it lets Doomfist mains live our their parkour fantasy or, alternatively, have a go of playing the floor is lava in Blizzard World.

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Doomfist is a love him/hate him style character, but this custom game looks awesome!

Doom Parkour sounds pretty fun

A recent mode created by u/wishp0ds rewards fans for making sure that movements are quick and snappy.

Not only does it pose a huge challenge for Doomfist mains because it’s a pretty difficult task in itself, but it’s a great way for DPS players to practice the infamous Nigerian villain. It helps you train your rollouts and gives you a great excuse to work out some awesome combos.

Also, if you look past the technicalities it’s just a lot of fun to zoom around the map and flex on your friends at how quick your times are and how cool your mix of abilities is.

Doom Parkour PB 16.02 Blizzard World! Code: 29Y0P from r/Overwatch

For fans that fancy a go at this little challenge, the code is 29Y0P. Not only is it a pretty fun game to try out solo, playing with friends and other players is a pretty fun option too. After all, Doomfist plays are always about the flex right, so draft in your mates and give it a go!