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USA National Coach Reveals Intense Selection Process for Overwatch World Cup Squad

Published: 8/Jun/2018 1:57 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 17:19

by Joe O'Brien

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The head coach for the US Overwatch World Cup team, Aaron ‘Aero’ Atkins, has revealed the process by which the national committee will select the team.

The national teams for each country will be selected and trained by a national committee made up of a General Manager, a Coach, and a Community Lead. The General manager for each was selected by Blizzard, while the other two positions were selected by public vote.

The committees will have until July 5th to select and announce their twelve-man roster, but they have total freedom over how they decide which players to pick.

For the USA team, coach Aero – who is currently the head coach of Dallas Fuel, and previously coached Fusion University to victory in Contenders NA Season One – announced the rigorous process by which the squad will be chosen.

The USA committee will apparently invite twenty-five players to participate in the process, who will then be split into four teams. The teams will battle it out internally over a two-week period, with one then dropping out and three advancing to a more intense final stage through which the final roster will be built.

Aero detailed the process in a recent Twitlonger:

Hi everyone, Coach Aero of Team USA here to talk about our plan to craft an all-star lineup for 2018’s US Overwatch World Cup team. In order to build a process you need a plan and in order to make a plan you need a goal. Getting straight to the point, our goal is to represent our country honorably and, ultimately, take home the gold. While there are multiple ways to build a team, we felt that our best homegrown options are within the highest levels of competition available in Overwatch: the Overwatch League and Overwatch Contenders.

Twenty-Five of America’s best will be invited to tryout for a spot on the USA World Cup team.The invited players will be split into four teams: Team Theodore, Team Thomas, Team George, and Team Abraham. We have chosen to name our trial teams after the American Presidents that are depicted on Mount Rushmore to both honor their contributions to America and entrench a sense of patriotic duty in the players that have been invited to participate. Once assembled teams will face off in private, internal scrimmages across a two week period following the conclusion of the regular season of Season 1 of the Overwatch League.

Once the first week of play has been completed, three of the four teams will advance to week two where competition will be more intense. At the conclusion of week two, the final 12 candidates will be chosen to represent Team USA. Across both weeks, each player will be evaluated in various categories, including but not limited to: mechanical skill, team play, communication, and attitude. Prior to each map, teams will be given time to prepare strategies with more direct Coach intervention during week two.

On behalf of the USA committee, we are humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to represent our country in the Overwatch World Cup. We’re committed to building and growing the best possible team that the USA has to offer. Invitations will be sent out privately via Discord and Twitter DM’s. Don’t forget to follow @TeamUSAOWWCfor updates and don’t hesitate to ask us questions in the Team USA Discord Server: https://discord.gg/TeamUSA

With the Overwatch League and Contenders having given more players the opportunity to show what they’re made of since last year, many of the teams could look significantly different this time. One of the stars of last year’s USA team and now DPS player for the Houston Outlaws, Jacob ‘Jake’ Lyon, has already recused himself from the process, stating that he has “bigger plans” this year.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.