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xQc slams Blizzard’s handling of tier-two Overwatch esports

Published: 6/Dec/2019 9:55

by Joe O'Brien


Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel took shots at Blizzard during a recent stream over their handling of the tier two competitive Overwatch scene.

While xQc has been a full-time streamer since his departure from the Overwatch League in March 2018, the former pro still takes interest in the state of the game, and as ever isn’t afraid to give his unfiltered opinion.

While the Overwatch League itself expanded in 2019, bringing in eight new teams and consequently offering more spots for pro players with the guaranteed salaries and protections that come with the OWL, the opportunities for players to make a living outside of the league are much more limited.

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Beneath the Overwatch League is the Blizzard-run Overwatch Contenders, but many fans and players have been critical at the level of investment from the developers in tier two competition, especially given the lack of third-party tournaments.

“Blizzard isn’t marketing tier two in any way, shape, or form,” xQc stated. “They make no attempt at making things exciting for tier two.”

To illustrate his point, xQc opened Microsoft Paint and began to draw a representation of the various levels of Overwatch competition, starting with the Overwatch League itself, followed by tier two competition – Overwatch Contenders – and then a long drop off to “tier three”.

“Here we’ve got everything that is tier three, and in that you have poverty, homelessness, despair, and depression. But the thing with Blizzard is that they’re slowly trying to merge tier two together, at which point there won’t be that many differences between tier two and tier three.”

xQc’s rather scathing appraisal of the tier-2 Overwatch scene comes after the Los Angeles Gladiators announced that they would be pulling their academy team, Gladiators Legion – for whom xQc was a substitute player – out of Contenders.

LA Gladiators aren’t the only Overwatch League team to have withdrawn from Contenders. New York Excelsior also announced that they would be discontinuing XL2 Academy for 2020, and earlier in 2019 Florida Mayhem, San Francisco Shock, and Paris Eternal also stopped fielding teams in Contenders.


Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

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The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.