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Shock reveal Striker’s status for OWL Grand Finals following accident

Published: 27/Sep/2019 19:32 Updated: 27/Sep/2019 21:02

by Bill Cooney


San Francisco Shock DPS Nam-joo ‘Striker’ Kwon’s status headed into the 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals was in question after hurting him arm and hand, but now the team has confirmed he’ll be on stage against the Titans.

Striker posted images of his injury that happened while he was skateboarding to Twitter on September 21 and a ton of people were wondering if it would allow him to compete in the Grand Finals.


At the Finals media day on September 27, Striker and his teammates confirmed that the DPS player would be good to go for the match on September 29.

Striker insists he’s ready to play

When asked about the injury and whether or not it would allow him to play, Striker confidently replied “Yeah i can play, I’m good.”


San Francisco coach Dae-hee ‘Crusty’ Park revealed the pro still doesn’t have full range of motion following the slip-up.

“He was trying to skateboard and he fell,” Crusty said of the incident. “Honestly it’s not perfect, he can’t move a lot, but it’s fine to play a game.”

The Overwatch LeagueStriker insisted he would be joining his team on stage for the Grand Finals.

Striker’s teammate Matthew ‘super’ DeLisi also confirmed that the DPS star would be at the Finals. 


“Striker’s fine, he’s good,” super said when asked about his teammates status

For Shock fans and anyone who enjoys high-level Overwatch, it’s very good news that Striker should be able to participate in the Grand Finals.

To the player’s credit, he’s insisted that the injury hasn’t affected his ability to play Overwatch since shortly after the accident happened.


The 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals

Striker will join the rest of the Shock as they face the Vancouver Titans in the Grand Finals on September 29 to determine who the best Overwatch team in the world for 2019 is.

The rival teams have faced each other four times before during the season (including in the Stage 1 and 2 playoffs), splitting the series at two wins for Vancouver, and two for the Shock.


Blizzard EntertainmentThe 2019 Grand Finals are taking place in Philadelphia on September 29.

It will be interesting to see how Striker performs in the biggest Overwatch match of the year and if his injury affects his play or slows him down at all.

Interview credit to Mike Gwilliam and Dustin Steiner.


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

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


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.


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.

Overwatch player Tiago
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.

Hanzk on Hanamura
Blizzard Entertainment
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.

Lucioball in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
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.