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The New Head Coach of Dallas Fuel Has Been Announced

Published: 16/May/2018 16:00 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:54

by Joe O'Brien

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Dallas Fuel has announced the signing of Aaron ‘Aero’ Atkins as the team’s new head coach.

Aero joins from Overwatch Contenders NA team Fusion University, which he recently coached to victory in the inaugural season.

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Aero replaces Kyle ‘KyKy’ Souder, who parted ways with the team during Stage 3 of the league after coming under heavy criticism from fans for the team’s poor results. KyKy has since joined the coaching staff of Texas rivals the Houston Outlaws.

Dallas Fuel owner and CEO Mike Rufail commented on the addition:

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“We have a lot of respect for the success Aaron has achieved as a coach in competitive Overwatch. His work this year with Fusion University speaks for itself, putting together an undefeated run with players from across the globe who are playing together for the first time. And when we won Overwatch Contenders in 2017 as Team Envy, I remember being impressed by how focused and prepared Aaron had the FNRGFE team we faced in the playoffs. We’re excited to bring his mentality, track record of winning, and the cerebral way in which he approaches the game to the Dallas Fuel.”

The new head coach will have his work cut out for him if he’s to turn the team around and end the season on a more positive note.

The Fuel came into the league as one of the most storied teams of the pre-OWL era, coming off of a Contenders NA victory and expected to lead the charge for the non-Korean teams. After three stages of competition, however, they find themselves in tenth place in the overall standings, and on recent form only spared the label of weakest in the league by the total failing of the Shanghai Dragons.

The move comes just ahead of the fourth and final stage of the Overwatch League regular season. The Fuel’s results so far put them long since out of reach of a spot in the end-of-season playoffs, but there’s still the Stage 4 playoffs to fight for if they can turn things around significantly.

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Meanwhile, Dallas Fuel’s results will still have implications for the end-of-season playoffs. With several teams fighting for the available spots, Dallas could well play spoiler if they manage to find wins against squads still in the running.

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

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.

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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.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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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.

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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.

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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.

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