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xQc returns to streaming Overwatch after being banned for “toxic behavior”

Published: 10/Jan/2019 21:54 Updated: 10/Jan/2019 23:19

by Bill Cooney

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Streamer Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel is back playing Overwatch on his main account for one of the first times since being suspended in 2018.

The former Dallas Fuel player hinted on Twitter that “Today was the day”, before beginning his placement matches a few hours later.

He’s streamed Overwatch occasionally on another Twitch account but has mostly stayed away from the game, apart from completing his Season 13 placement matches on stream.

Watch live video from xQcOW on www.twitch.tv

Since he’s been away from Overwatch, xQc has played a variety of games and done mostly some Just Chatting streams for viewers, but his return to Overwatch is drawing in more viewers than he’s seen on average in the last few months.

xQc hasn’t said he’s going to play anything more than the Season 14 placement matches, but plenty of fans seem happy to see him streaming Overwatch again.

The suspension in 2018 was for “toxic behavior” and at the time xQc said he was done with the game.

He seemed to stick to that for a few months, although he did play occasionally on an alternate Twitch account and finished his Season 13 placement matches at the end of the season.

Despite what he said, xQc is back playing Overwatch, but how long he decides to stick with it remains to be seen.

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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.