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Overwatch finally comes to Smash Ultimate with incredible Doomfist mod

Published: 17/Aug/2020 8:17 Updated: 17/Aug/2020 8:23

by Andrew Amos

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Smash Ultimate already has its fair share of crossovers, but the Overwatch community isn’t yet represented. Enter this incredible Doomfist mod that brings the Nigerian fighter to life in the fighting game, giving fans the crossover they have so longed for.

Look, saying something is “the most ambitious crossover event in history” has been a little over done. Avengers memes aside, Smash Ultimate would definitely be in consideration for that title.

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Taking fan-favorites from titles like Sonic, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, Street Fighter, ARMS, and more, it’s at times seemingly easier to rattle off titles Nintendo hasn’t put a crossover in for in Smash Ultimate.

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Captain Falcon of F-ZERO fame is one of many franchises represented in Smash.

Overwatch is one of them, however. The Blizzard-developed FPS title is seemingly a pipe dream away from being included into Smash. However, that hasn’t stopped the community from trying to realize their dreams.

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Smash modder ‘CashClay’ has created an incredible Doomfist reskin for Smash Ultimate that looks exactly like what Sakurai would have in mind. The Nigerian Talon agent fits perfectly into the brawl-style fighter, getting up close and personal with his opponents.

The mod features his signature uppercut, as well as Doomfist’s Rocket Punch, allowing him to dash across the stage for huge damage. To make this concept as ‘realistic’ as possible in Smash, CashClay modelled his kit off a reskin of Captain Falcon.

Falcon’s kit fits Doomfist perfectly, although if he was actually to make his debut in Smash you’d expect Nintendo to work in his Seismic Slam and potentially his Meteor Strike ultimate as a Final Smash.

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This isn’t CashClay’s first rodeo when it comes to Smash mods. They have also created a great reskin of Ninja, using Metal Gear protagonist Snake as a model.

The reception from both sides ⁠— Smash and Overwatch ⁠— has been overwhelmingly positive. While the Overwatch community has commonly always petitioned for poster girl Tracer to get a spot in Smash, Doomfist definitely fits the bill better.

That was the thought of lead developer Jeff Kaplan when he was asked that question back in July in a Reddit AMA, and a stance he’s held steadfast for years.

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However, he did admit Doomfist would be the most logical. “I think a lot of people can immediately see Doomfist gameplay applying to Smash,” he said when asked yet again back in October 2019.

Tracer in Overwatch
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Tracer has always been a leading candidate for Overwatch heroes making the crossover to Smash.

This would please lead hero designer Geoff Goodman, who said the Nigerian brawler was created with a healthy dose of fighting game inspiration. “He’s kind of a fighting game hero already! He’s certainly inspired by fighting games.”

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With still a handful of DLC characters expected for Smash, there’s still time for Jeff and the rest of the Overwatch team to petition for a hero’s entrance. However, if all else fails, Overwatch fans can still get their fix with this amazing mod.

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Overwatch League’s second commissioner steps down according to report

Published: 1/Oct/2020 19:32 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 19:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch League’s second straight commissioner, Pete Vlastelica, is stepping down after just one season with the league according to a new report.

According to The Esports Observer, sources claim that Vlastelica, who replaced Nate Nanzer in 2019 will be stepping down from his position.

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However, Vlastelica will remain President and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports, a title he continued to hold throughout his time as Overwatch League Commissioner.

OWL’s first commissioner, Nate Nanzer, left the league in 2019 to join Epic Games and help grow Fortnite’s competitive scene.

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The 2020 season was moved online after a few homestands.

The Esports Observer’s sources didn’t provide any additional information, and it’s unclear who will be in line to replace him.

However, the league confirmed the report in statement: “Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports and Commissioner of the Overwatch League, will transition from his role in ABE to focus on new entrepreneurial ventures on behalf of Activision Blizzard, following the Overwatch League Grand Finals. He was instrumental in building the company’s esports business and driving the industry forward, and we thank Pete for his contributions and impact on our business over the last four years.”

The news comes days before the North American Overwatch League All-Stars event, and just one week before the Grand Finals weekend is set to kick off.

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Unfortunately, the Overwatch League’s third season was heavily hindered by the ongoing global health crisis which put an end to the homestand events – something the league had been promoting hard in past years.

Only a few homestand events ended up happening such as those in Dallas, Washington, New York and Philadelphia before the league switched to an online format for the remainder of the season.

None of the four Asian, two European or two Canadian teams have hosted a homestand event yet as a result.

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As Dexerto previously reported, Activision is allowing CDL and OWL teams to skip franchise payments in 2020.

With uncertainty regarding the fourth season and anticipation mounting for Overwatch 2, it’s anyone’s guess as to how the league proceeds.

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Aside from issues facing the league outside of its control, Riot Games’ tactical FPS Valorant has resonated highly with many Overwatch pros. The 2020 season saw major names such as 2019 MVP Sinatraa retire from Overwatch to pursue a new career competing in Valorant.