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The US Army has a surprisingly good Overwatch team

Published: 11/Sep/2019 0:14 Updated: 11/Sep/2019 15:48

by Michael Gwilliam

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The US Army isn’t exactly who you first think of when you imagine an esports team, but they have some serious skills in Overwatch and other games. 

As a newly uploaded video from the US Army’s esports Twitter shows, Blizzard World is a battleground they know quite well. 

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In the clip, off-tank player Czarcas7ic on the D.va and Symmetra main MageOW can coordinate amazing combos just as well as anyone else on ladder in organized play. 

D.va’s ultimate can lead to amazing multi-kills.

With the enemy team trying to retreat, Czarcas7ic activated his self-destruct ultimate while MageOW places a teleporter sending the exploding mech right into the enemy backline for the impressive quad kill.

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How did the US Army get into esports?

In 2008, John Talaske helped launch the United States Army’s Warrior Zone Program, an initiative which inserted gaming into Recreation Centers. This project was launched after Talaske saw  the success of his ‘Fort Lewis Soldiers’ Counter-Strike server. 

When the army was looking to build a new type of recreation center, they asked young soldiers what activities they were looking for. Gaming topped the list. 

Warrior Zones are pretty much high-tech recreation centers with TVs, poker and pool tables, high-speed internet, and a bar that serves draft beer. Of course, there’s game setups too.

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In a 2018 interview with Shoryuken, Talaske said fighting games were “at the top of preferred tournament play.”

The Army now participates in a bunch of games from Call of Duty and Street Fighter to Overwatch and CS:GO.

Capcom/Street FighterThe US Army likes Street Fighter quite a bit.

Some of the benefits to this program is that it can enhance a soldier’s focus and strategy by allowing them to work together on something intended to be fun. And as the above clip proves, it seems to be working quite well. 

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Next time there’s a D.va bomb suddenly in your backline, it may just be the US Army. 

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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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