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Seagull Explains The Immense Strategic Depth of the Overwatch League

Published: 6/Sep/2018 13:17

by Joe O'Brien

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Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned talked about the nuances Overwatch League strategy in a recent stream.

Though now a full-time streamer, Seagull made his name as a competitive player and competed for Dallas Fuel in Season One of the league, filling both the DPS and Flex Tank roles during his time with the team.

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During a recent stream, Seagull explained the depth of strategic planning that goes into Overwatch at the highest level, recounting a story from when the Dallas Fuel played New York Excelsior in the semi-finals of the Stage 4 playoffs.

It was the most important match of the Fuel’s season, having long since missed out on a spot in the season playoffs and never before having reached a stage playoff.

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For King’s Row, the fourth map in the series, Seagull had prepared an offensive opening as D.Va specifically for the match against New York. When it came to the game itself, Seagull went out as planned and caught Bang ‘JJoNak’ Sung-hyeon‘s Zenyatta seemingly alone.

The apparent vulnerability was a little suspicious, so Seagull held back. Sure enough, it turned out New York had set a trap of their own, countering a tactic that Seagull hadn’t even used before.

The anecdote offers an insight into the depth of strategy in the Overwatch League, the level of planning and forethought on both sides and the mind-games that don’t always manifest on the broadcast.

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Dallas Fuel ultimately won the map, but ultimately lost the series 2-3. Nevertheless, the team going blow for blow with the most dominant squad of the season was a testament to the incredible turn-around they made in the final stage.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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