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The Overwatch League Grand Finals Will Take Place in a Major Arena

Published: 9/May/2018 16:55 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:50

by Joe O'Brien

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The Overwatch League Season One Grand Finals will take place in the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, New York.

The grand final will take place July 27th-28th, with the winner crowned the champions of the league’s inaugural season.

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The venue already has something of an esports history, having hosted ESL One New York premier CS:GO tournaments in recent years to much praise. It’s also perhaps a fitting location given that the season so far suggests a high probability that the New York Excelsior will appear in the finals.

At the end of Stage 4 of the OWL’s regular season, the top six teams in the overall season standings will secure a spot in the playoffs. The top seed from each of the two divisions will advance straight to the semi-finals, while the other four qualifying teams will be drawn into the quarter-finals based on overall seeding.

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The quarter-finals and semi-finals will take place in the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California, where the rest of the season has been hosted, from July 11th-21st. The final showdown between the surviving two teams will take place in the Barclays Arena.

The grand final itself will be a best-of-three of best-of-five series, meaning a team will need to win two series in order to take the championship. The first series will take place on Friday July 27th, and series two and three (if necessary) will take place on Saturday July 28th.

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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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