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xQc Defends Esports Journalist Slasher After Backlash Over Fissure Reports

Published: 13/Jul/2018 4:09 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch streamer Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has commented on the recent drama surrounding Baek ‘Fissure’ Chan-hyung’s place on the LA Gladiators and Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau’s reporting on the situation.

Fissure became the subject of some controversy after it was announced that he would not be competing in the first series of the Gladiators’ quarter-final against the London Spitfire, a stunning decision considering his contribution to the Gladiators’ success over the regular season.

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In the wake of the announcement, journalist Slasher reported on Twitter that Fissure’s absence was a result of his losing motivation due to his unhappiness in the team. Slasher also reported that Fissure wished to leave the Gladiators for an all-Korean squad ahead of Season Two.

Fissure responded to Slasher’s reports in a stream later, claiming that they were inaccurate, and that his absence was entirely performance-driven. Fissure did state, however, that he had talked to the Gladiators about his belief that building a team with a mutual fluent language would be a superior approach.

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Public opinion inevitably swayed back and forth as information on the situation came out. The Gladiators faced criticism for their decision to bench Fissure initially, and then Fissure became the subject after Slasher’s reports. Fissure’s own statement contradicting the reports then shifted focus back onto Slasher.

The pattern is a common one in the world of esports insider reporting, with a minority of fickle fans often willing to heap vocal criticism on whichever party they like the least, regardless of the content and context of their statements. With the disparity in respective fan-bases, it’s often reporters who suffer the brunt of such criticism if their reports are contradicted by a popular player.

In this case, however, Slasher has a surprising defender in former Overwatch League pro xQc. xQc stated during a recent stream that, though he’s no fan of Slasher, he doesn’t like seeing the backlash when, according to xQc, Slasher’s reports in this instance were correct.

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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.