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Dafran explains why he’s back to streaming Overwatch instead of Valorant

Published: 27/May/2020 19:41

by Michael Gwilliam


Legendary Twitch streamer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca returned to the platform following a one week ban and explained why he will not be playing Valorant unless its ranked mode receives significant changes.

The former Overwatch League pro, who recently started restreaming the Blizzard title after spending a lot of time on Valorant, was asked by his chat why he had stopped playing Riot Games’ tactical FPS.

In typical Dafran fashion, the DPS superstar pulled no punches and explained his position. “The ranked system is sh*t,” he blasted. “I reached the highest rank, so why even play?”

Dafran played one stage in the Overwatch League before retiring.

Unlike Overwatch, Valorant’s beta doesn’t feature a leaderboard or ranking system for individual players. Once you reach the rank of Valorant, there’s nothing else to achieve.

“There’s no solo or duo queue, and the highest rank is Valorant. That’s it!” Francesca continued. “What do you do after reaching Valorant? Nothing.”

Dafran then issued a very stern warning to Riot: “Imagine thinking that people are going to play your game just for fun. No one is going to play your f**king game if you can’t climb higher than Valorant. Everybody can reach Valorant. It’s not that hard.”

He raged on, stating that the lack of Top 500 leaderboards will hurt the game at the highest levels.

“They said they didn’t want solo or duo queue, and they never said anything about changing the ranked system,” he added after his chat reminded him the game was still only in beta. “They think their game is ready to go for launch, and that means they are satisfied with their ranking system mode.”

“I’m simply just not going to play Valorant,” the hitscan specialist concluded. “A lot of people aren’t going to play it either.”

This isn’t the first time the streamer has complained about Valorant either: On Twitter, he took issue with the game releasing early, stating it didn’t make him “hype,” but instead “sad” due to the lack of ranked options.

While Dafran may not want to play Valorant anymore – at least after reaching the highest rank again when the game releases on June 2 – fans of his Overwatch gameplay will get to see him shine, once more.


Crafty Overwatch spot can give you the drop on Lijiang Tower

Published: 30/Nov/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


A new perch where Overwatch players can hang out has been discovered on Lijiang Tower’s Night Market stage, and it’s somewhere the enemy team will never think to look.

There are plenty of out the way and unexpected spots you can post up on in Overwatch, and the stages of Lijiang Tower contain a good number of them.

With plenty of roofs, walkways, nooks, and crannies, there are plenty of places to lay in wait for unsuspecting enemies, but this one discovered by Reddit user InfamousHandy on a whole other level.

Overwatch Lijang Tower Night market spot ( IDK if this spot was shown before) from Overwatch

In the area just outside the spawn room, there’s a building to the right (or left depending on which side you’re on) that’s covered in dark awnings. As you can see, with an ability like Reaper’s Shadowstep it’s actually possible to get up there and chill as long as you like.

If you can get up to this spot on the enemy side with your ult without being seen or destroyed, you have a chance to drop down and score some eliminations while the other team is still regrouping.

It’s not just Reaper who can reach it either, Echo, Pharah, and Lucio also can on their own, and any hero can as well with the help of Symmetra’s Teleporter. Just imagine what it would be like to get a Bastion up there.

The only downside is that to have any chance in a regular match of getting kills with this, you will most likely have to make your way to the enemy side of the map, which can be a challenge all on its own sometimes.

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Side corridors are your friend for sneaking around on Night Market, shown here, ironically, during the day.

To increase your chances of making it across undetected, we’d suggest using the side corridors, if you lack a movement ability that lets you avoid the ground altogether, like Lucio.

With the Lunar New Year event coming right up after Winter Wonderland though, this strat might be worth keeping in your back pocket for those special Capture the Flag modes.