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STRIKER reveals gruesome hand injury week before OWL Grand Finals

Published: 22/Sep/2019 16:15 Updated: 22/Sep/2019 16:26

by Connor Bennett


San Francisco Shock star Nam-Joo ‘STRIKER’ Kwon has revealed that he’s suffered a gruesome hand injury just days before the Overwatch League grand finals.

When it comes to the Overwatch League, teams slug through a hard season just to reach the Grand Finals. Some teams fall off throughout the course of the campaign and mess up their chance to attain glory, while others, like the Atlanta Reign, take on a heroic run to try and upset the favorites.


So, with bragging rights, extra cash, and plenty of prestige on the line, you’d think that every player involved would be shacked up with the teams and getting ready to compete – but that hasn’t been the case for the San Francisco Shock and STRIKER. 

Blizzard EntertainmentStriker started in the OWL with the Boston Uprising before being traded to the Shock.

On September 21, the star DPS player revealed that he had injured himself in an accident – likely while riding a scooter or bike – damaging his left hand and knee in the aftermath. 


“I had an accident today, it hurts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” he tweeted, with accompanying images of the gruesome injuries. While slightly blurry, Overwatch fans can easily make out a number of cuts and lacerations on STRIKER’s hand – which could put his participation in the Grand Finals in jeopardy. 

While many fans and fellow players tweeted their support to STRIKER and asked how he had managed to injure himself, he’s yet to give a response – leaving everyone in the dark. 

As of writing, neither he nor the Shock have given an update on his status ahead of the Overwatch League Grand Finals despite continued questioning from fans and other concerned onlookers. 


It seems likely that nobody will get an answer until the team heads to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ahead of the end-of-season event. 

The Grand Finals event, which is being held at the Wells Fargo Arena, kicks off on September 29 with the Shock and the Vancouver Titans already securing their spots.


Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.


Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.


Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

Overwatch heroes 2020
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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.