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Shanghai Dragons Parts Ways With Another Head Coach

Published: 10/May/2018 20:15 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 18:28

by Joe O'Brien

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Shanghai Dragons head coach Wang ‘RUI’ Xiangriu has stepped down from the team due to illness.

The team hasn’t announced that they are bringing on a new replacement for RUI, instead handing the head coaching role to assistant coach Son ‘Kong’ Jun-Young for the time being.

This isn’t the first head coach that the team has lost this season, with controversial coach Chen ‘U4’ Congchan having parted ways with the team earlier in the season.

The Shanghai Dragons have struggled throughout the Overwatch League, remaining without a series win to their name with three stages completed.

After Stage 2 the team was able to bring in several new additions, including four Korean players, to help reinvigorate the squad. While the changes certainly saw the Dragons in more impressive form in Stage 3, the major overhaul in combination with new language barriers leaves the team still without a win heading into the fourth and final stage.

The break between the third and fourth stages has seen multiple teams make changes to their coaching staff. Boston Uprising and San Francisco Shock both parted ways with their head coaches, the former moving on to replace the latter.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Fuel still seeks a new head coach to replace Kyle ‘KyKy’ Souder, who is increasingly linked to the Houston Outlaws, while Florida Mayhem head coach Vytis ‘Mineral’ Lasaitis announced he would be taking a break.

For the Shanghai Dragons, there might never be a more important time to find their best form. The team’s opening Stage 4 match will be against the Dallas Fuel on May 16th, likely the best chance they will get at putting a win on the board this season.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.