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Sodapoppin explains how being a “boomer” made him quit WoW Classic

Published: 19/Feb/2020 5:39

by Isaac McIntyre

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Twitch star Chance ‘Sodapoppin’ Morris has revealed why he hasn’t returned to World of Warcraft since December, despite being such a big fan of the MMORPG’s Classic release that he took two months off streaming to grind it non-stop.

Before Blizzard dropped the long-awaited WoW Classic release, Sodapoppin was dubious that it would be a hit, but once the nostalgic title launched on August 26, the Twitch star became enamored with the MMORPG.

His love of the game even led to him taking a two-month hiatus from streaming to grind for the hallowed WoW Rank 14. When he returned to full-time broadcasting, however, he never again set foot in Blizzard’s huge fantasy world.

According to the variety streamer, his grind for Rank 14—the highest rank you can achieve in WoW, managed only by months of daily playing—made him realize he “wasn’t cut out” for the MMORPG’s competitive life.

It wasn’t that he didn’t like Blizzard’s immersive world, and the possibilities that lie within. In fact, he enjoyed the hundreds of hours he sunk into WoW Classic since launch. It was more just down to the fact he “couldn’t keep up.”

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Sodapoppin made a bid for WoW’s illustrious Rank 14, but came to a personal realization about his place in the game instead.

After one of his viewers asked him “What happened to Classic WoW?” during his February 18 broadcast, Sodapoppin knew it was time to explain why his fans hadn’t seen him loading back into Azeroth since his return.

“I was a [weapon] at that game, I took two months off of streaming to play it off-stream,” he replied. “Honestly, man, here’s what happened though. I played Classic World of Warcraft, and I realized I wasn’t very good at the game.”

That realization, the Twitch star admitted, slammed the breaks on any personal hype he had for the title, as well as his Rank 14 grind, and after taking some time to think about whether he really wanted to play, he shelved WoW for good.

“I’m 32 years old, I’m a boomer in a zoomer world, and I just can’t keep up with these kids. Their reaction time is outrageous. I learned my place very quickly, that I cannot function in the competitive gaming industry,” he continued.

Ever the dry-witted critic, Soda also made sure to salt a little bit of humor into his World of Warcraft revelation. He’s been playing plenty of The Isle, a dinosaur game where you enter the world of prehistoric beasts, and he felt that reflected his new path well.

“So here I am, back on the stream, ready to play as a dinosaur, old and extinct like me soon, just trying to fit in with my people. That’s what happened to Classic WoW,” he explained in a deadpan voice, before breaking into a smile.

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Sodapoppin compared himself to the dinosaurs of The Isle when it came to WoW: “old and extinct.”

Considering Soda had invested more than 1,400 hours into the MMORPG—basically 25% of his stream’s overall content according to TwitchTracker—it must have been a major decision for him to call time on his Azeroth career.

It seems to have been the right choice for him, however, as he made his triumphant return to the world of live gaming in January without a major dip in viewers.

Just because Soda has handed in the keys to the WoW kingdom too doesn’t mean other players haven’t been more immersed than ever, especially after Blizzard unlocked the next major Battle for Azeroth raid: Ny’alotha.

After a series of dev-caused restarts, and some mishaps with the final boss that caused raid guild Complexity to slam Blizzard for “meddling” in the challenge, the North American team finally lifted the World First title on February 6.

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Overwatch champ Super helps Jimmy Fallon create “cringe” gamer name

Published: 27/Oct/2020 18:32

by Michael Gwilliam

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Back-to-back Overwatch League champion Matthew ‘Super’ DeLisi was on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and helped the host come up with his own gamer tag.

During the October 26 interview, Fallon asked the San Francisco Shock main tank how he came up with his gamertag with the intention of creating his own.

As Super explained, back when he was a kid, he asked his brother to create an account for him. The name his brother came up with, for whatever reason, was Super7100 and he kept that for awhile.

“At some point I just decided the numbers looked stupid, so I cut off the numbers and then I was just stuck with Super,” he explained. “And I just kept it.”

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Super won two Overwatch League championships.

To this, Fallon inquired about any possible formulas for coming up with a name in a segment that Super would later call “cringe” when he rewatched the interview on Twitch.

“How could I come up with my gamer name?” Fallon asked.

“You can find inspiration from literally anything,” DeLisi said, prompting Fallon to pick up his miniature of the Empire State Building.

“I could be Empire,” suggested Fallon. “Or, this is the Statue of Liberty,” he continued, picking up another model. “That’s an old thermometer. Maybe… Old Thermometer. That’s my gamer name.”

“If you’re feeling it, that’s all you,” replied Super who let out an awkward laugh.

“Jimmy ‘Old Thermometer’ Fallon,” he remarked. “And a come from behind win for Old Thermometer!”

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Jimmy Fallon came up with an awkward gamer tag with Super.

Interestingly, this isn’t Super’s first time on Jimmy Fallon as the Shock player first went on the show back in 2019 with his former teammate Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won.

Whether Super is back for a third time may come down to if the Shock can win a third championship in season four of the Overwatch League having just won consecutive titles.