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The name of the Paris Overwatch League franchise might have been leaked

Published: 1/Nov/2018 17:50 Updated: 1/Nov/2018 18:02

by Joe O'Brien

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The Paris Overwatch League franchise team name might have been figured out.

It appears that Paris owners DM Esports have applied for a trademark for the name “Paris Eternal” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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The trademark, which was noticed and shared by u/ClumsyLi, was filed on October 26. According to the USPTO the application itself has been accepted but it has not yet been assigned to an examiner.

DM Esports is a group led by Drew McCourt, President of McCourt Global which also owns the Olympique de Marseille football club.

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Paris have already announced their full roster, the first of the eight new expansion teams to do so. The team is headlined by two high-profile DPS players in Terrence ‘SoOn’ Tarlier and George ‘ShaDowBurn’ Gushcha, and is the first Overwatch League roster to be made up entirely of European players.

Paris isn’t the first team to have their name potentially leaked by a trademark application. Overwatch fans previously caught the Hangzhou expansion franchise applying to trademark the name “Hangzhou Railgun”. They have also yet to confirm their name, however.

So far, only two of the new teams have confirmed their branding – the Atlanta Reign and the Toronto Defiant, both of whom have now announced the majority of their rosters. Washington and Guangzhou have revealed one player each, while no news at all has come from Chengdu, Hangzhou, or Vancouver.

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Jeff Kaplan reveals his ideal competitive Overwatch meta

Published: 8/Oct/2020 3:13

by Theo Salaun

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Blizzard Entertainment’s Vice President and Overwatch’s beloved Game Director Jeff Kaplan has revealed what he thinks is the ideal competitive meta for the expansive title.

Overwatch exists in many forms, from its highest ranks to its lowest, but the game’s competitive meta at the professional level has also varied greatly since the original release back in May 2016. 

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In the olden days, teams prioritized dive compositions led by Winston’s jumps and Tracer’s blinks. Then, in 2019, fans around the world either groaned or cheered as the divisive GOATS meta took center-stage, featuring a hefty squad built entirely with tanks and supports. 

Now, Kaplan is explaining his perspective on the game’s ideal state, following criticisms he levied back in July against the game’s double-shield reliance. Examining the game’s departure from a static, Orisa and Sigma-dependent environment, he dissects his compository ideology. 

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Barriers have held an uncomfortably powerful role in Overwatch for a long time.

As discussed in an interview with the Loadout, Kaplan is both aware of the professional scene’s interests and the casual base’s tendencies. Coupling those factors, he believes the game is at its best when there is some blend of high skill caps and diverse team compositions.

“The most ideal, healthiest state of the game is when the meta is somewhat fluid, when the meta is more map dependent or team match up dependent than it is static. We’ve all seen those moments when the meta has been completely static and all six players will just play the same six heroes every time. I think that’s fun from a mastery standpoint, but I think it’s a lot more exciting for viewers when creativity and curiosity come into play,” he said.

When Kaplan refers to a “static” meta, the simplest example is 2019’s GOATS, where three healers (Brigitte, Lucio, and Moira) were coupled with three tanks (D.Va, Reinhardt, and Zarya) and would barrel into opponents.

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It took tremendous teamwork to be pulled off successfully against other professional teams, but many fans considered it more tedious than entertaining after months of gameplay.

In its current state, Overwatch is not completely balanced, but there is a degree of variety to it. That diversity seen in the Overwatch League spans downward into the casual ranks. Kaplan indicates that this is in line with his department’s hopes.

“I think most of our players would say in the ideal meta, all our heroes would be viable in some way competitively. I think as a competitive goal from a game designing and game balancing perspective that is extremely challenging, but it’s obviously what we strive to achieve.”

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While he assures that Overwatch would be completely balanced in an ideal world, in the meantime, his team would at least like to push toward a game that varies to some extent based on coaching, player preference, and map.

It remains to be seen if current and upcoming patches can accomplish that, but Kaplan’s emphasis on “fluidity” is a welcome driving force.

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