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South Korean Overwatch coach told ‘never return’ after World Cup loss

Published: 5/Nov/2019 17:03 Updated: 5/Nov/2019 17:23

by Michael Gwilliam

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South Korean Overwatch fans were so livid over the team’s performance in the World Cup, they told coach Dae-hee ‘Crusty’ Park he wasn’t welcome back in the country.

At BlizzCon 2019, South Korea suffered its first-ever defeat at the Overwatch World Cup with a loss to France in the group stage. The team would later go on to lose to the United States twice, once in the group stage and again in the semi-finals. 

Team USA main tank, Matthew ‘super’ DeLisi, who won the Overwatch League championship with the San Fransisco Shock under Crusty, explained to his Twitch viewers that South Korean fans were very upset with the loss.

Blizzard EntertainmentTeam USA captured Gold at the Overwatch World Cup.

According to Super, he talked with Crusty after USA’s victory and the coach revealed to him that fans on the South Korean forums told him specifically that they “don’t want him to come back to Korea”.

“It’s a little bit brutal over there. They said: ‘Crusty, don’t come back to Korea’. Listen, these fans in Korea, they have a high expectation of their teams,” he explained in response to a fan curious about why Korean players often apologize for underperforming.

“Okay, so if they f**k up then they feel like they have to give an excuse or a reasoning because otherwise they’re going to get roasted,” he added. 

The main tank then revealed that Crusty said he “will never do World Cup ever again because of it” in reference to the immense backlash. 

According to a third party translation of Crusty’s stream by semi-pro Lutional, the World Cup team lacked proper practice and preparation due to scheduling conflicts. After the loss he called each player personally to apologize and take responsibility.

The South Korean Overwatch World Cup had been undefeated going into 2019. Previously, the squad emerged victorious in 2016, 2017 and 2018 with dominating performances capturing gold each time.

It will be interesting to see what approaches the team takes going forward into 2020 as they attempt to reclaim Gold. That is, of course if they even get the chance.

As of this posting, a 2020 World Cup has not been confirmed. It’s unclear what Blizzard would purpose from an esports standpoint for Overwatch if the global competition is put on hold. 

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Why an Overwatch 2 delay could be a blessing in disguise

Published: 17/Jan/2021 23:38 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 23:41

by Bill Cooney

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We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever on Overwatch 2 and everyone wants to see big news at BlizzConline 2021. But if we don’t get a release date, we shouldn’t be treating it like the end of the world.

The hype around Overwatch 2 was incredible when the first trailer and gameplay were revealed at BlizzCon 2019 but, after that, it steadily died down to little more than background noise with no official updates or news whatsoever coming from Jeff Kaplan and the team since.

Really, it’s only coming back on everyone’s radar because of BlizzConline, the online replacement for the canceled 2020 convention starting on February 19. Of course, we don’t know anything about what’s officially going to be covered there, but so far people have been saying we could see anything from just a few shots of new heroes, maps, and other content, all the way to a full-on release date.

But, drawing a line in the sand with a set date could be one of the worst things to do to the game before it even comes out.

Everyone obviously wants to play a good game day one on release, but, we’ve all come to expect to be drip-fed information on the newest upcoming titles at every stage, and to know roughly when they’re coming out. This hasn’t happened for Overwatch 2, and to say people are starting to get anxious over it would be arriving very late to the party.

The way it works though is if a game has a set release date from developers of publishers, then it becomes news when or if that date gets delayed or pushed back, and you better believe the pitchforks will come out on Twitter when people find out they’ll have longer to wait.

You may have seen where this is going, but take Cyberpunk 2077 for example — from E3 through the lead-up to the release (which was delayed multiple times) we were shown video after video of incredible-looking gameplay and promised an immersive, futuristic world to get lost in. We got neither.

Instead, most of us got a bug-filled mess that barely worked unless you had a high-end PC or the latest gen console, and even then it still didn’t deliver everything that was promised. It was so bad, Sony even pulled it from the PlayStation store. Now, just imagine that happening to Overwatch.

Overwatch 2 concept art
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Concept art, screenshots, trailers, and a bit of gameplay are basically all we’ve had to tide us over since 2019.

Not to say Jeff and the Overwatch team aren’t capable of delivering an amazing product — they’ve proven they can do that already — but for the sequel to be the best that it can be, they should take all the time they need. We all want to play OW2 ASAP, but if they need to hold off on a release date a while longer to avoid a broken, buggy joke, then so be it.

“I don’t know, I have no idea,” Kaplan said about a release date all the way back at BlizzCon 2019. “Just let us make it great, that’s all we care about more than anything, we don’t have a date in mind.”

That kind of thinking might be a bit of what endears Jeff to the community, as someone who worked on World of Warcraft when today’s “Classic” was just the entire game, he’s one of the last links to the “old Blizzard,” one that even had its own definition of the word “soon™” coined by fans, which is good to keep in mind as we continue to wait for Overwatch 2.

“Soon™: Copyright pending 2004-2021 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. “Soon™” does not imply any particular date, time, decade, century, or millennia in the past, present, and certainly not the future. “Soon” shall make no contract or warranty between Blizzard Entertainment and the end-user. “Soon” will arrive some day, Blizzard does guarantee that “soon” will be here before the end of time. Maybe. Do not make plans based on “soon” as Blizzard will not be liable for any misuse, use, or even casual glancing at “soon.”