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xQc Defends Esports Journalist Slasher After Backlash Over Fissure Reports

Published: 13/Jul/2018 4:09 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 16:04

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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Seagull explains why Overwatch is the “best it’s ever been”

Published: 19/Oct/2020 18:05

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch streamer Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned has been playing a lot more Overwatch than usual because he believes the game is in the best state it’s ever been.

In a new YouTube video, the former Overwatch League pro delved into why he believes the 2016 title is in such a fantastic state.

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“In previous patches or metas or historically with Overwatch, it’s pretty common to go through a long queue time, you load up the game, you hit tab and you take a quick look at your team comp,” the streamer said, describing how a typical match begins.

According to Seagull, in the past, having a team comp that didn’t follow the meta such as running double shield or Brigitte would be an instant loss. However, in the current patch, it’s completely different: “It’s one of the most balanced patches in Overwatch history.”

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Larned continued to state that most team comps on the ladder are very map-specific, giving the game a huge sense of variety. The 28-year-old said he’s seen every combo of supports and tanks with everything be viable in some capacity.

Another big benefit is how there’s no hero who is so strong that teams have no choice but to run them if they want to win. While there are some characters who will always be niche such as Bastion, Seagull has seen most heroes getting playtime.

He believes this is all due to the experimental card, implementing two patches per month as opposed to one, and not being afraid to nerf heroes.

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Brigitte runs into battle on Route 66
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Teams no longer have to run Brigitte to win.

 

“They cannot be afraid to nerf characters in the future, especially as Overwatch 2 will more than likely launch with a tonne of new characters that will probably be totally crazy,” he added. “Even though we’re going to be bored until Overwatch 2 comes out, at least we aren’t shooting at shields literally all day.”

So far, Blizzard has yet to announce a release date for Overwatch 2, but some new leaks have suggested that we could be getting the sequel as soon as February 2021.

Only time will tell if Blizzard can continue to keep the game balanced leading up to and beyond the next installment’s release.

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