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xQc and aKm trade barbs ahead of Overwatch World Cup playoff match-up

Published: 23/Oct/2018 12:35 Updated: 23/Oct/2018 12:44

by Joe O'Brien

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Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel and Dylan ‘aKm’ Bignet exchanged verbal shots after meeting in a ranked Overwatch game.

The two previously competed alongside one another for Dallas Fuel, but it seems there’s little love lost between them now.

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Though xQc no longer competes in the Overwatch League, he and aKm are set to clash on a competitive stage at the World Championship playoffs.

xQc will be playing as the main tank of Canada, while aKm is one of the DPS players for France going into the quarter-final match-up between the two nations.

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During a recent ranked game on Busan, xQc ran into a trio of Team France players, with aKm playing alongside Terrence ‘SoOn’ Tarlier and Gael ‘Poko’ Gouzerch. The French players were ultimately the victors, taking the game narrowly 2-1.

Unusually, DPS player SoOn actually played as xQc’s opposite number on Reinhardt – a fact aKm was quick to highlight when he and xQc began trading barbs after the game.

xQc responded by saying that “matchmaking won’t save you on stage aKm”, but he wasn’t happy to leave it there. After the lobby ended, xQc sent aKm a direct message to take a shot at the infamous “aKm blade”, a meme about aKm’s slow-charging Genji ultimate, before removing him from his friends list.

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The playoffs of the Overwatch World Cup will take place at BlizzCon on November 2-3. France and Canada will meet in the first round of the single-elimination bracket, and the winner will progress to face either China or Finland for a spot in the final.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.