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The New Hanzo Won’t Appear in Overwatch League Stage 4

Published: 9/May/2018 19:30 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:50

by Joe O'Brien


Overwatch League Analyst Josh ‘Sideshow’ Wilkinson has confirmed that the new Hanzo changes will not appear in Stage 4 of the Overwatch League.

The Overwatch League is played on a tournament realm that isn’t automatically updated alongside the live servers. Within each stage, this ensures that all matches are played under the same conditions, and avoids teams suddenly having to adapt to changes in hero balance.


The tournament realm is updated between stages, but isn’t always brought entirely in line with the live servers. When major new additions are made shortly before the beginning of a new stage, they are sometimes left out – for example, though Brigitte was released before the end of Stage 2, she wasn’t added for Stage 3.

Hanzo recently received some significant changes that amount to a major overhaul for the hero. His Scatter Shot ability was replaced with a new “Storm Shot” skill that allows for the rapid fire of several arrows, a new Lunge movement ability was added and the rest of his kit received minor tweaks.


During a recent stream, Dallas Fuel player Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned, a well-known Hanzo player, commented that he believed that Hanzo would remain as he was before the change for Stage 4 of the league. Sideshow later confirmed that Seagull was correct.


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
Blizzard Entertainment
Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.