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Vancouver’s new Overwatch League team partners with Luminosity Gaming

Published: 15/Oct/2018 18:25 Updated: 15/Oct/2018 18:34

by Bill Cooney

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One of the new Canadian Overwatch League franchises – Vancouver – has taken another step ahead of the upcoming season, partnering with Canadian esports organization Luminosity Gaming.

The partnership was announced on Twitter and provides a link to a post on the official Overwatch League website discussing the partnership.

Luminosity will partner with Vancouver to “help craft and implement our strategy surrounding player acquisition, key staffing, day-to-day operations, marketing and more,” the post reads.

Luminosity has been in the competitive Overwatch scene for a long time, having started team Mixup, which featured notable names like Seagull and Harbleau back in 2016.

The Vancouver Canucks are also partnering with Luminosity as part of the deal. The Aquilini Group, which owns the Canucks, also own Vancouver’s yet-unnamed new Overwatch League team.

Along with Vancouver, the new Toronto Overwatch League team is also hitting the ground running, with an event revealing the team logo, colors and other information coming later in October.

The Overwatch League’s second season starts in early 2019 and with eight more teams, some restructuring had to be done to the match schedule, but at the end of the day, OWL fans shouldn’t be too upset about having eight new teams to watch each week.

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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.