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Sinatraa wins Overwatch League Season Two MVP award

Published: 6/Sep/2019 1:43 Updated: 6/Sep/2019 2:19

by Andrew Amos

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San Francisco Shock’s Jay ‘Sinatraa‘ Won has been crowned the best player in the Overwatch League in 2019, winning the MVP award.

After climbing to the top of the Overwatch League ranks in season two, the San Francisco Shock and Sinatraa have been rewarded, with the DPS player winning the 2019 MVP award. 

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His Zarya and Doomfist were critical in his team’s success, and his damage stats were off the charts.

The San Francisco Shock tweeted in celebration of their star player’s triumph, saying “Shock fans, please welcome your new @OverwatchLeague MVP, @Sinatraa!”

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He topped the League’s damage as Zarya across the season with 12,662 per ten minutes, and he thrived in the GOATS meta which relied on team coordination. His player impact rating was one of the highest across the league, finishing with 119.05 – meaning he had 19% more impact than the average player in the OWL. 

While the American DPS prodigy didn’t see much play across stage four, being subbed out for Park “Architect” Min-ho, he’s still had an impact when he’s played. He has come on as a Doomfist specialist for the Shock, covering a gap in Architect’s hero pool.

Activision-BlizzardSinatraa was one of the best Zarya players in OWL during GOATS meta.

The Shock hitscan player had a rough start to his Overwatch League career at the end of season one last year, where he looked to carry without the support of his team on picks like Tracer. But, he’s evolved into one of the best team players in the League, working perfectly together with his Shock team mates to help secure their first stage playoffs title in stage two, and the first golden stage. 

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Tweeting out after the announcement, he said that winning MVP was a massive achievement.

“Winning MVP is truly a dream come true,” said the star DPS player. “Biggest shoutout to our coaching staff and players, this definitely wouldn’t be possible without them. I’m so happy.”

640,000 votes were cast by fans for one of five candidates: Matthew ‘Super’ Delisi, Lee ‘Twilight’ Ju-seok, Xu ‘Guxue’ Qiulin, Choi ‘Jjanu’ Hyun-woo and Sinatraa.

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He was also crowned as a DPS role star earlier in the week, and has been named in the US Overwatch World Cup squad for 2019.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentShock team mate Super was one of five MVP candidates.

The San Francisco Shock are participating in the Overwatch League season two playoffs, taking on the Atlanta Reign at 10pm ET on Friday, September 6. 

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Be sure to keep up with the action via our OWL playoffs hub.

CS:GO

HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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