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Here’s what happens if an Overwatch League series goes beyond 7 maps

Published: 14/Sep/2019 17:40 Updated: 14/Sep/2019 19:26

by Michael Gwilliam

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During the 2019 Overwatch League play-in tournament, the series between the Shanghai Dragons and London Spitfire went an astonishing 8 maps all because the two had a draw on Kings Row. 

But what if the Dragons and Spitfire had tied more just one map? What if they tied on every map where a draw is possible? 

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The playoff format is “first-to 4” and not “best of 7”. This means that both teams play until one has four wins. A draw just negates the map entirely. 

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentThe Atlanta Reign nearly went to 8 maps, but managed to pull off an upset win against the Shock.

The game mode order is as follows: Control, Hybrid, Assault (2CP), Payload, Control, Hybrid, Payload. The team that lost the first map is able to pick the next in the corresponding game mode and so on and so forth.

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While it is possible to tie on Payload (an extremely rare occurrence), ties are far more likely to happen on Assault and Hybrid. 

Dexerto can now confirm that in the unlikely event that every map draws, after map 7 teams will keep playing Control until one side has four wins.

This means that Assault will only be played once, even if a series goes over 7 games. 

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Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentThe Spark 4-0’d the Atlanta Reign to reach the lower bracket semi-finals.

What is the longest possible series? 

If both Hybrid maps and the one Assault map ended in a draw with the series tied 2-2 after game 7, the teams would play three straight Control rounds – assuming those keep being split eventually leading to a winner-take-all game 10. 

However, if every single star in the universe aligns on a blue moon and there are somehow two payload ties in the same series, there would be 12 maps including FIVE Control game modes in a row. 

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentThe Vancouver Titans qualified for the Grand Finals with a win over New York on September 13.

While this is extremely unlikely and something we will probably never seen in a billion lifetimes, it is the absolute longest a playoff series could go. 

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The Overwatch League playoff are well underway and Vancouver Titans punched their way to the Grand Finals with a 4-3 win against New York on September 13. Their last opponent will need to emerge victorious through the loser bracket finals.

Keep it locked to Dexerto for more Overwatch League coverage en route to the Grand Finals in Philadelphia on September 29. 

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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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