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South Korea’s Overwatch World Cup Group Stage Team Is Basically New York Excelsior

Published: 7/Jul/2018 3:48 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Joe O'Brien


Team South Korea has finalized its seven-man squad for the Overwatch World Cup group stage.

The line-up features five members of the New York Excelsior, the Overwatch League team that dominated the regular season, locking in the number one spot in just the second week of the fourth stage.

The full South Korea national squad features twelve players, but for the group stages teams are only able to field seven. Those seven are made up of five of the NYXL’s typical starting members, along with Philadelphia Fusion’s Lee ‘Carpe’ Jae-hyeok and LA Valiant’s Koo ‘Fate’ Pan-seung.

With the team being coached by Excelsior’s Yu ‘Pavane’ Hyeon-sang, it’s perhaps little surprise that, for the first stage of the tournament, South Korea is going for the safe option by fielding an almost entirely NYXL-based team. By the time they get to the playoffs at Blizzcon in November – assuming no massive upsets – they’ll have had time to experiment with integrating additional players.

South Korea’s group stage campaign will take place on home soil as they host one of the four group stages. Each group consists of six teams, of which two will advance to the Blizzcon playoffs. South Korea will be heavy favorites to top their group, with the stiffest competition likely to come from Finland, another team stacked with Overwatch League talent, followed by Russia as a potential dark horse.

Assuming they do reach the playoffs, the team will look to defend their title once again, with South Korea having won the World Cup in both 2016 and 2017. Of the 2017-winning roster, only Park ‘Saebyeolbe’ Jong-ryeol returns to compete for his country this year.


Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

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The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.