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Team USA Hits xQc with the Disrespect in Overwatch World Cup Showdown with Canada

Published: 11/Sep/2018 1:37 Updated: 11/Sep/2018 10:58

by Joe O'Brien

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The USA and Canada clashed at the Los Angeles Qualifier for the Overwatch World Cup in the most anticipated match of the event.

The national rivalry between the two teams always makes for an interesting match-up, but this time around there were several levels to the contest.

The match-up pitted Overwatch League team-mates against one another top to bottom, from Dallas Fuel coaches Aaron ‘Aero’ Atkins and Justin ‘Jayne’ Conroy leading USA and Canada respectively to the LA Gladiators, LA Valiant, and Houston Outlaws players on both squads.

Meanwhile, former Dallas Fuel tank Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel made his return to competition for Canada, resuming a rivalry between himself and Houston Outlaws main tank Austin ‘Muma’ Wilmot, who also filled the position for Team USA.

The match certainly delivered on its hype, but after two games played the score-line was entirely in favor of the USA, putting them on match point heading into Anubis. At that point, the USA squad rub the score-line in for xQc and team Canada, in time-honored gaming fashion.

Some pro players are wary of bad karma when initiating such disrespect, and sure enough not only were xQc and Canada able to retaliate in kind later in the game, but the Canadian team ultimately won the map, extending the series to a fourth game.

Ultimately, though, the USA were able to secure the match, taking the final game on Rialto to deny any chance at a come-back and secure both the series and the higher seed going into the playoffs. Canada may yet have a chance at revenge, depending on how the playoff bracket plays out at Blizzcon.

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Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.