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The Two New Overwatch League Teams Have Been Officially Revealed

Published: 2/Aug/2018 22:53 Updated: 2/Aug/2018 22:54

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Overwatch League has signed two new teams for the 2019 season, officially announcing them on August 2.

The teams will be based in Atlanta, Georgia and Gangzhou, China respectively, and will be joining the 12 franchises that are currently in the league.

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The team that will be based in Atlanta is owned and operated by Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media, and automotive services company, which has partnered with Province, Inc. to form Atlanta Esports Ventures. 

Paul Hamilton, the president and CEO of Atlanta Esports Ventures, spoke excitedly about bringing the OWL to Atlanta:

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“The popularity of Overwatch and esports in general has created a diverse fanbase that we in Atlanta are excited to engage. With the creativity of Blizzard Entertainment and the determination of Atlanta Esports Ventures, we are poised to create the preeminent esports team in the heart of the Southeast.”

The Guangzhou franchise will be owned and operated by the Nenking Group, a financial and entertainment conglomerate, and owner of the Guangzhou Long Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Their chairman, Zhong Naixiong, is looking forward to having their city represented in the OWL:

“We are so excited to bring an Overwatch League team to Guangzhou. The Nenking Group and the Long Lions have deep roots in this region, and we can’t wait to represent our city on the world stage and make our fans proud.”

Blizzard EntertainmentThe London Spitfire made history as the champions of the first ever season of the Overwatch League, defeating the Philadelphia Fusion in the Grand Finals in Brooklyn, New York.

Pete Vlastelica, the president and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues, is very pleased with their two new additions:

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“After thrilling fans with an amazing Grand Finals at the Barclays Center, we’re excited to follow that up by expanding the Overwatch League next season. We’re pleased to add the Atlanta and Guangzhou teams to the ownership group, and we look forward to bringing the league to even more fans across both regions in 2019.”

Likewise, the commissioner of the OWL, Nate Nanzer, spoke about the promise and potential their two new franchises bring to the league:

“We know Atlanta and Guangzhou have deeply engaged fan communities and we can’t wait to unveil their teams. As the league continues to grow, we’re looking forward to seeing more talented pros in action as more roster spots open up.”

The official names, logos and themes, and rosters for both of the new teams have not yet been revealed, but will be done so in the near future along with the 2019 season schedule for the OWL.

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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