xQc blindsided by shock departure of his pro Overwatch team - Dexerto

xQc blindsided by shock departure of his pro Overwatch team

Published: 5/Dec/2019 6:04 Updated: 8/Dec/2019 18:59

by Andrew Amos


Former professional Overwatch player turned streamer Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel was blindsided on stream by the shock announcement by his Overwatch Contenders team, Gladiators Legion, stating the team would not be competing in 2020.

xQc’s beginnings in the esports and streaming space were through his endeavors in professional Overwatch. He has participated in the Overwatch World Cup multiple times representing Canada, and even played in the Overwatch League.

He’s toned back his playing commitments in recent months, but he was still on the Los Angeles Gladiators academy team, Gladiators Legion, for the 2019 season. 

However, he was dropped from the team in surprising fashion, with the team posting their departure from Overwatch Contenders on Twitter, without notifying him.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentxQc has been involved in professional Overwatch for quite some time.

After checking out Reddit nearing the end of his December 4 stream, the French-Canadian streamer’s attention was drawn to a post on /r/competitiveoverwatch, highlighting the end of Gladiators Legion.

“What does that mean,” he asked his chat, wrapping his head around the decision. “Does that mean I lose my job? Did I just get fired?”

xQc was a substitute for Gladiators Legion in 2019, after being removed from the Overwatch League in 2018 by Dallas Fuel. He was then picked up by the Sentinels-owned academy team, and streams under their banner, but had no knowledge of his pro team’s departure from the scene.

While his substitute spot on the Overwatch Contenders team is unlikely to be xQc’s big money-maker, he was still invested in the team. Even if he wasn’t on the starting roster, finding out over Twitter shocked the streamer.

“Okay, well, that happened I guess,” he said. “I didn’t even know. I hadn’t been told, I could have prepared for this in some way or another, f*ck man.”

There are a number of factors behind the decision to cut the Gladiators academy team. Whether it was expenditure-wise, or the restructuring of Contenders, it’s unlikely people will ever know the full reason. xQc doesn’t want to blame the people behind the academy team though, saying it could have been out of their hands.

“I don’t want to blame them though — maybe they didn’t know themselves and it was a late decision,” he said.

The Gladiators Legion are the fourth Overwatch League academy team to pull out of Overwatch Contenders in 2019. NRG Esports, the San Francisco Shock academy team, pulled out in early 2019, with Mayhem Academy getting dropped shortly after. 

XL2 Academy, run by the New York Excelsior, also departed the space at the end of the 2019 season. Both XL2 Academy and the Gladiators Legion made the Overwatch Contenders global finals, also known as the Gauntlet, in October of this year. 

All players from the Gladiators Legion have become free agents in light of the decision, except for xQc, who is undecided on whether he wants to return to competitive Overwatch or not.


Best Overwatch tricks to dominate any hero as Tracer

Published: 18/Nov/2020 0:07

by Michael Gwilliam


Tracer has been one of the best Overwatch heroes for quite some time with a tremendously high skill ceiling. However, in 2020, the character has some new tools up her sleeve that players should really take advantage of, especially with Overwatch 2 in development.

In a new video by educational YouTuber Nathan ‘KarQ’ Chan, Overwatch League pro and Tracer specialist Dante ‘Danteh’ Cruz shared his best tips to battle each of the game’s heroes.

As a general tip, he advises that players learn map geometry to better navigate your way around to confirm frags. Remember, an earlier patch in 2020 made it so Tracer can Blink upwards onto ledges allowing for some vertical mobility.

Knowing where these spots are and traversing sneakily will reward your gameplay and make you a huge threat to any enemy backline.

Roadhog secondary primary fire on King's Row
Understanding Hog’s primary and secondary fire is key.

Moving onto individual matchups, one of the most interesting tips that Danteh has for facing a D.Va is to Recall a bit earlier when she uses Self-Destruct. While most guides suggest to do so right away, he advises to do so earlier so you have even more time to secure a kill onto her in Baby form.

Against Roadhog, aside from staying away from his Hook, understanding how his primary and secondary fire operates will pay dividends. If you can play around both distances, you’ll have a much easier time to farm Ultimate charge off of him.

If the enemy has a Sigma, it’s best to open up the engagement with Pulse Bomb so he doesn’t have time to use Kinetic Grasp and eat it. After that, you should be free to melee him to death or use primary fire to secure the kill.

When dealing with an Ashe or Widowmaker, this is where the map geometry really comes into play. Use your map knowledge to get near those hitscan heroes and go in for the kill, especially if they’re already scoped in.

Doomfist can be a massive pain for a lot of heroes, but not for Tracer. Because he’s so cooldown reliant, you can easily get away from his abilities. If you’re able to focus him every chance you get, he won’t be able to do much.

Thanks to Tracer’s range buff, she can easily stay out of range from McCree’s Flash Bang while pressuring him. Use this to your advantage to negate his best tool in the 1v1.

Tracer sticks Baptiste with Pulse Bomb
Don’t be afraid to just stick Baptiste.

For Pharah, she can be a bit tricky to deal with, but keep in mind that she is often run alongside a Mercy pocket, which means the other enemy support may not have peel if you can focus on them. Make us of this and pressure the enemy backline to render the Pharah pick useless.

Against Baptiste, a lot of players like to wait until he’s already used Immortality Field before going for a Pulse Bomb. However, Danteh doesn’t agree. If you can stick Baptiste, even if he gets lamp out, it will be destroyed by the Bomb and leave him with a mere 40 HP. Don’t be afraid to just go for it.

Tracer can be a very rewarding character to play when you know what you’re doing. Keep these tips in mind next time you Blink into battle and watch your SR rise as you climb the Overwatch ladder.