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The Los Angeles Valiant have acquired KuKi from Seoul Dynasty

Published: 14/Sep/2018 1:45 Updated: 14/Sep/2018 1:46

by Joe O'Brien

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Seoul Dynasty have transferred main tank Kim ‘KuKi’ Dae-kuk to the Los Angeles Valiant.

KuKi is the first official addition to the Valiant following the end of Season One, after the team announced the departure of three players, including substitute main tank Seb ‘Numlocked’ Barton.

As the substitute tank behind Gong ‘Miro’ Jin-hyuk for much of the season, KuKi saw limited play for the Seoul Dynasty, but did take over as the starter during the final stage when the team was struggling.

With LA Valiant tank duo Koo ‘Fate’ Pan-seung and Indy ‘Space’ Halpern among the most highly-praised in Season One of the league, it seems likely that KuKi will remain a substitute player rather than being the team’s primary starter.

“We’re excited to add KuKi as a veteran presence to our young tank core,” said Michael Schwartz, LA Valiant General Manager. “In addition to creating depth in our front line, his knowledge and professionalism is a valued asset to the development of our roster.”

KuKi isn’t the only former Dynasty player now on the LA Valiant roster, with DPS Chae ‘Bunny’ Jun-hyeok having been traded to the Valiant in the mid-season signing window of Season One.

Seoul Dynasty’s new main tank has already been announced, with the team having acquired Baek ‘Fissure’ Chan-hyung from the Los Angeles Gladiators. In addition to these transfers, flex tank Koo ‘xepheR’ Jae-mo has also been traded to Florida Mayhem.

Between the transfers and the players they released, the Seoul Dynasty is set for a significant overhaul for Season Two, with six players departing the roster and so far one new addition. With teams requiring a minimum eight-man roster and Seoul now depleted to just six players, further additions are guaranteed.

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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.